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Saturday, June 14, 2014

10 Most Un-Christian Church Signs

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

These are some of the most cringe-inducing signs deemed appropriate to place in front of houses of worship.

Another War in Iraq — Just What U.S. Needs!

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

Why should America return to the disaster that Bush administration lies set in motion in 2002?

5 Over-the-Counter Meds You Likely Use That Just Don't Work

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Save your money and try these common sense treatments instead.

The 3 Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

By Robert Reich,

Rather than confront poverty, Republicans are taking a different tack: Peddling lies.

The Trader Joe's Incident: What Do We Do About Everyday Sexism In Our Lives?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Should we speak up? What's the cost of silence? Do things ever change?

Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers Had Virtually No Rights—But Key Victories are Changing All That

By Dani McClain, The Nation

Sheila Bapat's new book explores how domestic workers were excluded from labor protections.

The Bush, NeoCon and Pro-War Liberal Blunders That Produced the New Mess in Iraq

By John Tirman, MIT Center for International Studies

The root of this foreign policy fiasco was the U.S.'s heavy reliance on military solutions.

Mark Ruffalo and Scott Smith Boldly Fight for Clean Water

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The actor/activist and Water Defense's chief scientist discuss the importance of testing in protecting our most valuable resource.

Why Is One of America's Most Prestigious Medical Journals Promoting the Feds' Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Line?

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

A paper in the esteemed journal uses distortions to lay out the federal case for keeping marijuana illegal.

Who Owns Your Womb? Women Can Get Murder Charge for Refusing C-Sections

By Michele Goodwin, AlterNet

Think you always have a choice over how to give birth? Think again.

The Tech Industry’s God Complex is Getting Out of Control

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

Silicon Valley's brightest stars are increasingly swept up in the fantasy that technology will give us superpowers.

The Gun Lobby’s New Tactic: Redefining 'School Shootings' So They Don’t Count

By Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

If you’d lost the capacity to be appalled by those opposing reform of America’s gun laws, their latest effort should fix that.

Friday, June 13, 2014

8 Reasons Some CEOs Make 331 Times As Much As Their Employees

By Dave Johnson, AlterNet

We all know income inequality is a major problem, but the reasons for it rarely break into the mainstream media.

How to Retrain Your Brain To Kick Bad Habits and Addictions

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

There are ways to rein in the worst parts of our psyche.

Nice Try, Right-Wingers, But There's No Way to Spin Vegas Shooters as Lefty Radicals

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Smoking pot did not make Jerad Miller a liberal. Nor did it make him violent.

The Real Legacy of the OJ Simpson Trial—You Can Buy Your Way Out of Jail

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

Too poor to hire a good lawyer, or even make bail? You're out of luck.

It's Time to Stop Fox News: "The Right Wing Wants to Destroy Everything Great About This Country”

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

The right was always going to obstruct Obama. Liberals must match their media might, or history will repeat itself.

13 Ways Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos Sent Creationists into Total Freakout Mode

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Each of Cosmos's 13 episodes inspired a mixture of panic and outrage from the religious right.

How Seattle Fought for $15 and Won

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

The organizing director of 15 Now explains the tactics, obstacles and lessons learned from Seattle's fight for $15.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Digs Into the Iraq Mess—What Mission Was Accomplished?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Iraq is finally ready to greet us as liberators. Way to go, everybody."

When Did Mass Shootings Become so Frighteningly Mundane in America?

By Sue Miller, The Guardian

Isla Vista, Seattle, Las Vegas, now Troutdale. Summer 2014 already has violence everywhere.

A Surprising Way to Amp Up Sexual Satisfaction

By Liz Langley, AlterNet

Holding out for the perfect time can lead to epic moments.

The Radical Changes Afoot in Iraq Will Send Shockwaves Across the Mideast

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The fall of Mosul has not only changed the balance of power between Iraq’s three main communities but also affects the political geography for Iraq and Syria.

The Perils of Hipster Economics

By Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera

When urban decay becomes a set piece to be remodelled or romanticized.

The Peculiar Tale of How Immigration Became Illegal

By Sara Campos, Los Angeles Review of Books

A new book examines current immigration policy through a historical lens and with an eye toward improving immigrant rights.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Ayn-Rand Loving Billionaires and Vast Right-Wing Machine Behind David Brat

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

David Brat's "surprise" win over Eric Cantor was in the works for years.

Why Does the Right Embrace Ignorance as a Virtue?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Dismissing facts and science has become a staple of conservative ideology.

From Stephen King to Slenderman: Why the Horror Genre Is Especially Horrible for Women

By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Salon

Sex with a faceless demon? No thanks.

When Did Mass Shootings Become so Frighteningly Mundane in America?

By Sue Miller, The Guardian

Isla Vista, Seattle, Las Vegas, now Troutdale. Summer 2014 already has violence everywhere.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Eviscerates 'Justice' System that Imprisons People for Being Poor

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Sadly hilarious segment lays bare the real-life return of debtors prisons.

12 Devastating Testimonials from Americans Who Did Everything Right and Still Fell into Economic Ruin

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Their struggles are not far removed from those of millions of Americans.

Witness Wednesday Protests Launched In Washington To Highlight Tragedy of Longterm Unemployed

By Mara Kardas-Nelson, AlterNet

Three million American lives fall apart and not a single Republican lifts a finger to help.

After I Was Raped, I Couldn't Even Leave the House — Now, I Travel the World Solo

By Amy Gigi Alexander, World Hum

Despite some fear, here's why I continue to travel alone.

From Dirty Sexts to Amazing Toys, Sex’s Radical New Golden Age

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

Tech destroying romance? No way! Not when you can do all of this with an iPhone ...

Milwaukee Bar Constructs Fake Brazilian Slum Where Yuppies Can Enjoy Watching the World Cup

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Lucky customers can experience the glamour of horrific poverty while sipping brewskies.

How US Private Prisons Are Making Millions by Jailing Migrants in Deplorable Conditions

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies.

Yet Another Pious Diet Regime to Squeeze the Joy Out of Good Food

By Jay Rayner, The Guardian

Gwyneth Paltrow 'eats clean', which tells you all you need to know about the latest self‑deluded food fad.

Hershey’s Sues Seattle and Denver Pot Shops Over 'Reefer’s Cups,' 'Mr. Dankbar' and 'Hashees'

By , Cannabis Now

The giant candy company wants the profits from the edibles so far.

The Truth About Child Abuse and Poverty

By Dawn Post, City Limits

Poor parents are not more likely to hurt or neglect their kids. They're just more likely to be punished for failings both real and imagined.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How the Government Bribes Police to Arrest People For Smoking Pot

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Police use the number of low-level drug arrests to sustain critical law enforcement funding from the federal government.

New Ayn Rand Nutjob Goes to Washington? The Scary Economic Thinking of Dave Brat

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Majority Leader Eric Cantor is ousted by a Rand-worshiping econ professor.

Don't Let the Hype Stop You from Protecting Yourself — 5 Things to Know Before Baking In the Sun

By Andrea Stone, AlterNet

Sunscreen's benefits far outweigh any health worries.

Elizabeth Warren Faces Right-Wing Stooge: Here’s Who’s Quietly Funding Her Top Critic

By David Dayen, Salon

Who's paying Matthew Chingos of Brookings to criticize the senator's student loan plan?

U.S. Revives Domestic Terror Unit Amid Rise in Right-Wing Shootings

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

It couldn't come soon enough.

Are You a Perfectly Hidden Depressed Person?

By Dr. Margaret Rutherford, The Huffington Post

A person may seem perfectly fine on the outside, but may be actually living in despair privately.

The 'King of Coal' Threatens to Sue EPA For Lying About Climate Change

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Robert Murray, the largest independent coal producer in the U.S., says science is on the side of 'global cooling.'

5 Reasons to Boycott Starbucks

By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

It's time to ratchet up the pressure on the coffee giant for its policies and practices over organics and fair trade.

Don't Turn Up Your Nose at Fast Food Eaters

By Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

Moralists sneer at people who choose McDonald's or KFC. But not everyone has the time to invest in cooking from scratch.

Women Dominate Coaching, as Role Meets Important Needs

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The best coaches draw on some of the same tools as therapists.

5 Cruel Values Israel and America Share as Jailer and Executioners

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to force-feed hunger striking prisoners like the U.S. does at Guantanamo Bay.

The Ultimate Guide to Shutting Down Conservative Anti-Piketty Hysteria

By Sean McElwee, Salon

"Capital in the 21st Century" has sent conservatives into a rage. Here's how to debunk their favorite attacks.

Congratulations, David Brat: Your Win over Eric Cantor is Totally Meaningless

By Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian

Beating a House Majority Leader for the first time in 115 years doesn't mean Washington needs to hail the conquering Tea Party hero...even if it already has.

Why U.S. White Supremacists Are Ecstatic Over European Election Results

By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet

Dreams of replicating what happened in the EU in the US.

A Vinyl Renaissance Is Supporting Record Stores Across the Country

By Rob Patterson, Progressive Populist

The resurgence of vinyl records proves how good things from our analog past can be appreciated and valued again.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 Products Consumers Like to Scrimp On, But Shouldn’t

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

For some key purchases, going cheap is never a good idea.

Why Is Cable Television So Afraid to Admit That Many of America's Terror Attacks Are Right-Wing?

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

CNN is afraid to call a major social threat by its real name.

The Catholic Irish Babies Scandal: It Gets Much Worse

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

New revelations of unauthorized vaccine trials, among other horrors.

WATCH: The Powerful Anti-'Redskins' Ad the NFL Refuses to Air

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don't . . ."

Trader Joe’s NYC Store Defends 'Racist, Sexist, and Misogynistic' Songs on Playlist

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Even after Elliot Rodger's killing spree, Trader Joe's manager says the store will keep playing a famous song that demeans women.

5 Ways Global Sporting Events Like Brazil's World Cup Wreck Lives and Exploit the Poor

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Mega-sport tournaments: where fun and games mask violence and plunder.

The Bowe Bergdahl Lesson: There's No Room for Conscience in American-Style Warfare

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Walking away from failed, immoral wars is just not the American way.

5 Shows to Watch Now That Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 'Cosmos' Is Over

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Here's some science programming to fill the cosmic void now that "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" has finished.

Jon Stewart Flattens Fox for Drummed Up Bergdahl Beard Controversy

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"The 'id' is like the Fox News of your brain."

7 Ways to Unwind at Night (That Don't Involve Alcohol)

By Mark Sisson, The Huffington Post

Put the nightcap away -- these seven rituals will put you in a relaxed state of mind before you go to sleep

Life Without Sex – It's Better Than You Think

By Anonymous, The Guardian

After I was diagnosed with a neurological condition, my partner left me and I decided to try celibacy.

7 Secrets to Living to a Ripe Old Age

By James Walsh, The Guardian

The sometimes contradictory tips by centenarians who lived to tell.

The Sewage-Filled Jail on ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Real

By Jamilah King, ColorLines

And a new campaign is out to bring attention to conditions in women’s prisons.

Ranchers Want Our Public Lands for Their Livestock, and Want the Govt. to Stick It to Wild Horses and Taxpayers

By Vickery Eckhoff, AlterNet

Ranchers who graze their cows on federal lands are hellbent on taking wildlife and the public along with them for the ride.

Time for Congress to Probe Bill Gates’ Education Coup

By Diane Ravitch,

The revelation that education policy was shaped by one unelected, wealthy man is ample reason for congressional hearings

How You Can Use Your Diet to Help Fight HPV Infections

By Andreea Nica, AlterNet

Food and environmental lifestyle changes are integral to the recovery process.

Air Conditioning Raising Nighttime Temperatures in the U.S.

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network

Waste heat from air conditioners has a measurable effect on nighttime temperatures in American cities.

Monday, June 9, 2014

One of Big Pharma's Most Disastrous Drugs Destroyed This Man's Spine

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Merck was aware of a popular drug's impact on bones but still pushed it on doctors and patients.

5 Doomed, Hilarious Efforts by the Religious Right to Disprove Science

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

The GOP has some interesting theories, like the weaponization of AIDS to doom heterosexual culture.

How the Right-Wing Echo Chamber Helped Spawn the Las Vegas White Supremacist Shooters

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

Watch as Fox and other conservative outlets purposely deflect or ignore this story.

George Will: Being a College Rape Victim is a 'Coveted Status that Confers Privileges'

By Katie McDonough,

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying to gain status.

Paul Krugman on the Surprising Reason Limiting Carbon Emissions Makes Conservatives so Angry

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Vested interests are only part of the story.

Take It From a Former Military Deserter: Bowe Bergdahl Has Suffered Enough

By Graeme Wood, The Guardian

The story of another famous U.S. veteran who left his post is instructive.

Does Sex Work Beat Walmart Type Jobs?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

The choice to do sex work mostly boils down to the bottom line.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains How Republicans Blew It on Climate Change

By Chris Mooney, Mother Jones

According to the astrophysicist, denying science in the political sphere is just bad strategy.

How a Big Agribusiness Firm Infiltrated the EPA and Made a Mockery of Science

By Kamil Ahsan, AlterNet

Expensive coverups have kept a dangerous chemical in America's water supply.

Our Phone Obsession Is Turning Us Into Zombies

By Will Durst, AlterNet

Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse has materialized and we are it.

Slenderman: Nightmarish Info-demon or Misunderstood Cultural Icon?

By Andrew O'Hehir,

No, a made-up monster didn’t cause a tragic crime.

What's the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

By Angela Bacca, AlterNet

The largely misunderstood distinction now has two correct answers.

Why Are Hospitals Aggressively Pushing Formula on Newborns?

By Linda Bergersen, MS, AlterNet

The trend is spurred on over concern that a baby appears to be dropping weight.

Eduardo Galeano: The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer

By Eduardo Galeano, Tom Dispatch

Just as the World Cup is about to begin in strife-torn Brazil...

PBS’s Bonnie Erbe Accepts Award from Anti-Immigrant Group

By David Neiwert, Southern Poverty Law Center

The longtime “To the Contrary” host said she no longer considers herself a progressive.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

6 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: I’m Not A Scientist But I’m Going to Wage War On Science Anyway

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Carbon dioxide is good for plants, why do we have to limit it?"

6 Most Hilarious Pot Freak-Outs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

These prohibitionist panics make Maureen Dowd's New York Times column look like nothing.

5 “Cosmos” Moments that Made Creationists’ Heads Explode

By Sarah Gray,

"Cosmos" may be finishing soon, but these truths are written in the stars--whether Ken Ham likes it or not.

Bible Verses That Atheists Love

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

We asked prominent atheists what parts of the Bible they find inspiring and beautiful.

Why We’re Shocked by White Heroin Use

By Ishmael Reed, The Nation

Do white pundits, reporters and TV producers have a no-snitch policy on exposing crises in the white community?

Mass Murderers Brazenly Hold Conference, Discuss Tools of Trade

By David Swanson, War Is a Crime

Even the University of Virginia has an "applied research institute" for applying research to the practice of mass murder

5 Most Important Lessons from “Cosmos”

By Sarah Gray,

"Cosmos" may end on Sunday, but its lessons will keep us thinking for a long time to come.

Man Who Served More Than 20 Years in Prison After Coerced Confession Seeks Justice

By Jarrett Murphy, City Limits

June 20 will see the next action on a bid by Hincapie, a 41-year-old man convicted of murder as a teen, to throw out the original verdict.

The Past Isn't Past: The Economic Case for Reparations

By Joshua Holland,

Hundreds of years of slavery and the American-style apartheid known as Jim Crow continue to hurt the economic prospects of African-American babies born today.

Therapy Benefits Us All

By Jill Richardson, Other Words

Getting help isn't just for those with psychiatric problems — it's for anyone who is human.

Is a Tiny House Right for You?

By Nicole D'Alessandro, Eco Watch

Learn more about this growing U.S. movement to achieve financial freedom and create a smaller ecological footprint.

7 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Protect Your Bones At Any Age

By Barbara Hannah Grufferman, The Huffington Post

These methods will help you lower your risk of breaking a bone and avoid osteoporosis.