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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Noam Chomsky: How the Bin Laden Raid Could Have Led to Nuclear Annihilation of Humanity

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

Ever since the first nuclear weapon was deployed, we have been playing with fire.

5 of the Most Ridiculous and Widely Believed Anti-Government Conspiracy Theories Today

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

No, the govt. isn't stockpiling guillotines.

Brutal Treatment of Kids at Rikers Island Jail ‘Inspired by Lord of the Flies,’ Says DOJ

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

Adolescents at the New York City jail are routinely subjected to physical abuse at the hands of guards and other inmates.

Watch Rand Paul Run Away from Discussion With DREAMers

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The Kentucky Senator left Rep. Steve King alone to debate the status of undocumented immigrants with two DREAMers.

Liberation as Impulse Control: Sigmund Freud, Radical Anti-Capitalist?

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

Despite its general rejection, psychoanalysis can be a process that can liberate patients from the compulsive need for gratification.

I Took a Christian Virginity Pledge As a Child And It Nearly Destroyed My Life

By Samantha Pugsley, xojane

I'm now thoroughly convinced that the entire concept of virginity is used to control female sexuality.

America's Inequality Nightmare

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The problem just appears to keep getting worse.

How Big Tobacco Is Ripping off the Poor in Addition to Killing Them

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

Tobacco companies are spending huge sums to fight cigarette tax hikes—and lying about their motivations.

My Trials of Dating While Overweight

By Laura Bogart, Salon

For too many men, my weight is a problem, or a fetish. But I want somebody who will hold my hand -- and more.

Israel's Actions Against Palestinians Violate Human Rights

By Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights

The country and its leaders must be held accountable in courts throughout the world.

How Target is Infiltrating Public Schools to Build Customers for Life

By Rachel Cloues, Rethinking Schools

"I want to be able to do my job without feeling subservient to corporate power," says this teacher-librarian.

Does NASA's Data Spell Doomsday for New York City?

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

Urban drowning is a growing possibility.

Here Are Some Great Alternatives to Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novel Classics

By Crawford Kilian, The Tyee

For those tired of games, thrones and rings, check out these other sci-fi/fantasy alternatives for your bookshelf.

Why I Didn't Get Turned on Going to a Major Sexpo

By Jessica Reed, The Guardian

It’s a bit like finally discovering that fairy tales are not real.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Why You Can't Reconcile God and Evolution

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

4 reasons that "God made evolution happen" makes no sense.

Krugman on the Other Surprising Obama Success Story No One Is Talking About

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Nope, not Obamacare this time.

Stretching During a Jog Is "Suspicious Activity"? America's "Counterrorism" Efforts Out of Control

By Simon Davis-Cohen, AlterNet

Suspicious activity reports can remain in databases for up to 30 years.

Isn't the U.S. Pot Thing Frustrating? Great Success, Popular Support and Ugly Backlash

By Don Hazen, April M. Short, Jan Frel, Steve Rosenfeld, and Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

The nation has a split personality when it comes to pot.

I'm About to Have an Abortion

By Jenny Kutner, Salon

When I went looking for other women's stories, they were all about the aftermath. What about the week before?

Robert Reich: Just Imagine If People Were Paid What Their Work Is Really Worth to Society

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Social workers, teachers, healthcare workers would make a lot more than hedge fund managers and lobbyists.

4 Groups of People Conservative "Compassion" Is Hurting

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

No, Paul Ryan, the poor don't need your brand of "help".

America's Massive National Security State Is the 4th Branch of Government

By Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

Who rules Washington?

3 Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don't Want to Hear

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Any thinking person should be able to recognize the hardships of poor families.

Pick Your Doomsday: 9 End-of-the-World Theories that Will Haunt Your Dreams

By Sarah Gray,

Don't rule out a robot uprising — or something even weirder.

What You Wouldn't Know About About Israel and Gaza If You Read the New York Times

By Patrick Connors, Mondoweiss

How the paper protects its readers from the brutal reality.

Conservatives and Liberals Can't Agree on What Constitutes Reality

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

Unsurprisingly, race drives much of the political polarization in America.

From Clinton to Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

The same forces trying to ruin Obama schemed to remove Bill Clinton from office.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Watch: Cops Violently Drag Naked Grandmother Out of Her Apartment

By Sarah Gray,

A video captures the NYPD arresting a woman as she shouts that she needs her oxygen.

Why Are Humans Violent? The Psychological Reason We Hurt Each Other

By Kirk Schneider, AlterNet

Terror management theorists explain how when we feel small and humiliated, we'll do anything to feel big.

Israel Spied On John Kerry During Failed Peace Talks

By Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Israelis eavesdropped on the secretary of state's phone calls.

5 Most Demented Right-Wing Moments This Week

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Bachmann: "Obama is trying to bring foreign nationals to the country to do medical experimentation."

One Racist Cop Made 80% of Seattle’s Marijuana Citations This Year

By April M. Short, AlterNet

And 36 percent of the tickets he wrote were issued to African Americans.

6 Horrible Things We Have to Face Because of Climate Change

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Climate change is not a buzzword. It's a catastrophe, and it's here.

Is the American Media Finally Waking Up to the Truth about Israel's Assault on Gaza?

By Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

There are more signs Israeli assaults on Gaza are solidifying a perception that Israeli leadership has lost its moorings.

Why Do Religious Groups Get Your Tax Money to Preach and Discriminate?

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Faith-based organizations find many ways to game the system to their advantage.

Why Do Straight Women Often Prefer Penetration Over Oral Sex?

By Jenny Kutner,

Are lesbian vaginas somehow different from straight ones?

How We Can Push Back the Privatization Assault That's Destroying the Postal System

By David Morris, AlterNet

A successful boycott to stop the further privatization of the post office could lead to the restoration of the USPS' former glory.

John Oliver Shames Americans for Public Apathy Toward Prison Rape

By Jelani Hayes, AlterNet

No one deserves to be the victim of a sexual crime.

Roller Coaster Horror Stories

By Lilah Raptopoulos, The Guardian

Stuck upside-down, covered in vomit, on acid — after a summer full of theme-park mishaps, you told us your worst experiences.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Documentary 'The Kill Team' Captures Nightmare of War

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

Dan Krauss' film tells the tragic story of members of the infamous U.S. platoon involved in the murders of Afghan civilians.

10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Democrats and Republicans alike have fallen over themselves to support Israel’s attack.

The Best ’90s Songs You Completely Forgot About

By Annie Zaleski,

From "Miss Teen USA" to "Sister Havana," the '90s gems that somehow disappeared from the cultural radar.

Debtor Nation: 35 Percent of Americans Owe Bills to Collection Agencies

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

From medical bills to gym membership fees, increasing numbers of us can't meet our debts.

Amid All the Recent Tragedy In the World, This Is the Little Thing That Got Under My Skin

By Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics

Sometimes it is a small thing, seemingly a trivial thing, that stabs right through me.

Who Broke the Ceasefire? Obama Blames Hamas Against All Evidence

By Max Blumenthal, Allison Deger, AlterNet

In a bid to legitimize Israel’s violence in Gaza, Washington continues a disturbing pattern of baselessly blaming Hamas.

Libertarian Sham: Using the L Word to Hide Even Worse Politics

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The Koch brothers and their conservative allies are using the L word to disguise their latest schemes.

Pesticides in Your Coffee?

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Why you should check your coffee label twice.

7 Weirdest Uses of Boobs, Ever

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

Tits for troops? Snuggling contraband? Here are some unorthodox ways the ever-popular breast has been used.

Reporter: Comcast-Linked News Site Removed My Article on Net Neutrality Lobbying

By Lee Fang, Republic Report

Strong net neutrality rules are needed to help protect minority viewpoints online.

The Sinner's Top 10 Guide to Happiness

By Naomi McAuliffe, The Guardian

Pope Francis confuses commandments for behaviour with tips for happiness. The nefarious know bad things bring true contentment.

7 Food Strategies for a Natural Energy Boost

By Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger

Skip the energy drinks and try these natural methods instead.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses After Two Hours—Israeli Shelling Resumes

By Jason Burke, Julian Borger, The Guardian

40 Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire—Hamas takes Israeli soldier prisoner.

America’s Stupid and Self-Obsessed Capitalist Culture, Perfectly Lampooned by ... Weird Al?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Why the nerd comic might be the most relevant artist of the moment.

Looking For Love? The Top 5 U.S. States To Date For Single Moms and Dads

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Study: Single fathers have an online dating advantage over single mothers, regardless of location.

6 Biggest Myths About Israeli Assault on Gaza, Debunked

By Omar Baddar, Salon

Why this fight now? Who started it? What happened with the kidnapped Israeli teens? Getting to the bottom of myths.

The 10 Best Summer Romance Movies

By Guy Lodge, The Guardian

As the mercury rises, the inhibitions disappear, at least on the screen. See if you agree with this list.

Paul Krugman Reveals the Real Reason that Knowledge Is Not Power

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Otherwise, Congress would not ignore the consensus of scientists and economists.

Progressive Progress in New York City? One Expert Gives His Grade

By Don Hazen, Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

City Limits editor Jarrett Murphy reflects on Bill de Blasio's first controversy-plagued months in office.

10 Ways Life in America Encourages Obesity

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Despite all of the weight-loss schemes and goofy fad diets, life in America promotes obesity.

Rand Paul Continues to Associate with Old Neoconfederate Allies as He Prepares a Presidential Run

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Most presidential candidates don’t have race-baiting ghostwriters.

Congress Lets Western States Burn, Fails to Find Funding to Combat Wildfires

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Recess begins without lawmakers acting on legislation to fund firefighting efforts in Oregon, Washington and California.

How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath

By Scott A. Bonn, Psychology Today

There are important differences.

Brazil Is a Leading Military Spender? Some Surprising Countries Building Up Their Warchests

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The global arms race knows no boundaries.

Bill O'Reilly Pretends the Blatant Racial Injustice of the Drug War Doesn't Exist

By Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, AlterNet

His language reflects a long history of demonizing marginalized communities.

6 Shocking Facts About Seafood Production

By Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger

A few more reasons to pass on that fish stick.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

4 Reasons Why the Newly Declared GOP ‘War FOR Women’ Is a Ridiculous Joke

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

The GOP's package of bills aimed at improving women's economic circumstances is laughably transparent.

Right-Wing Backlash Against 'Smartypants' Like Neil deGrasse Tyson

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservative elites delight in tearing down smart, educated people.

10 Reasons to Be Hopeful that We Will Overcome Climate Change

By Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian

Action in China, falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, for starters.

Israel's Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The worsening of life for people in Gaza is a deliberate goal of the Israeli military.

If the Kids' TV Show Doc McStuffins Is Teaching White Kids to Be Colorblind, I Want None of It

By Kate Tuttle, AlterNet

Race still matters, even if the folks at Disney would like to pretend otherwise.

I'm a Lesbian Marrying a Man

By EJ Levy, Salon

My sexual orientation didn't change; I just fell in love with a man.

How the FBI Is Creating Terrorists

By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet

A new report reveals that the bureau "may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals" through sting operations.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Spanks Parasitic, Tax-dodging Corporations

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Corporations have only been people for 4 years. They're toddlers."

The Media's Pro-Israel Bias: Why Does TV News Look Like a Netanyahu Ad?

By Chris McGreal, The Guardian

No one is asking the Israeli officials parading across the screen the hard questions.

Unhappy in Your Relationship? The Underlying Psychological Issue Behind Relationship Stress

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

How codependency and shame can ruin intimacy.

9 Most Horrifying Chain Restaurant Concoctions

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

The Xtreme Eating Awards 'honored' such food as 'A1 Peppercorn Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries' and 'The Big Slab.'

Why I Can't Stop Cheating on My Husband

By Lea Clark, Role Reboot

It’s a cheap, temporary ego boost. What have I become?

'I Cried as I Took Notes,' Reporter on Gaza's Child Victims

By Sara Hussein, AFP

AFP Middle East correspondent: "I've seen dead children before, but never like during this war in Gaza. Never so many, never so often."

Exploited: Migrants Working For Qatar World Cup Have Gone Unpaid For a Year

By Robert Booth and Pete Pattisson, The Guardian

Builders who fitted out lavish offices used by tournament organizers say they are trapped after collapse of contractor.

Canada's Medical Marijuana System Is Surprisingly Corporate-Friendly

By DJ Reetz, The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine

The system was touted as a step toward greater access, but some see it as a step backwards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Big Pharma Meds Almost Sent Me to an Early Grave, While Pot Helped Ease My Disease

By Angela Bacca, AlterNet

Crohn's disease and conditions like it have become big business for Big Pharma.

Debunked: The Mendacious Propaganda Israel is Pushing to Justify Its War On Gaza

By Mustafa Barghouthi, AlterNet

It was Israel that initiated the assault on Gaza--not the Palestinians.

Listen Up, America: It’s Time to Start Making Mass Transit Free!

By Henry Grabar, Salon

City governments have much to gain by letting riders off the hook.

The Creepy Reason WalMart Ice Cream Fails to Follow Laws of Nature

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

An Ohio mother thought something was wrong when the ice cream she left outside refused to melt.

No, We Can't Trust Rand Paul on Race Issues, Says Civil Right's Pioneer

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

"I would say that he is the great pretender."

No, Teens Don't Smoke More Pot In Medical Marijuana States

By April M. Short, AlterNet

A new national report dispels the common prohibitionist argument.

Secrets of the Right-Wing Brain: New Study Proves Conservatives See a Hostile World

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Phony WMD, Benghazi, birthers, truthers: turns out there's a scientific explanation for deniers and Tea Partiers.

Hightower: Our Do-Nothing Congress Takes a Vacation

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Another sign of our leaders' total disconnect from the hard realities of the workaday majority they're supposed to serve.

How Your Appearance Affects Your Behavior

By Margaret Neale, Huffington Post

Our cultural preoccupation with physical appearance isn't just a narcissistic tendency; it reflects our striving for social standing.

America's 10 Most Hated Banks

By Erika Eichelberger, Mother Jones

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, these financial institutions draw the most complaints.

Is Girl-Power Advertising Doing Women Any Good?

By Natalie Baker, Bitch Magazine

Why are multinational corporations suddenly so interested in fighting sexism?

6 Facts You Should Know If You've Ever Worked As an Unpaid Intern

By Blair Hickman, ProPublica

ProPublica spent a year investigating the opaque world of the intern economy.

Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

You can designate someone as a terror suspect even without concrete evidence, according to the government.

Why One School District Is Throwing All of its Student Laptops Away

By Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report

Is giving students laptops a terrible idea?

Robert Reich: US Companies Take Advantage of American Perks, Go Abroad

By Robert Reich,

Since 2000, almost every big American multinational corporation has created more jobs outside the United States than inside.

CBS' Host Bob Schieffer's Absurd Claims on Gaza

By Peter Hart, FAIR

The 'Face the Nation' host's comments come as Israeli attacks in Gaza has killed over 1,000.