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Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 Worst Right-Wing Moments This Week: Limbaugh Set to Drown in Own Toxic Spewage

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Tragic events really bring out the worst in the right.

How the New Monopoly Capitalism Will Crush You to Smithereens

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Journalist and author Barry Lynn sounds the alarm about one of the greatest threats to our liberty today.

Dumbest Police Chief in America

By ExpatGirl, Daily Kos

I am scratching my head over how it is possible to be as clueless as the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments.

8 Factors That Are Lowering the Price of Buying Sex

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New Economist report reveals the hourly rate of sex is in steady decline.

Paul Krugman: Want to Strengthen the Recovery? Stop Listening to Paranoid Inflationistas

By Katie McDonough,

If the "too-muchers" triumph over the "not-enoughers," economic weakness could become permanent depression.

Workamping — The New Vagabond Lifestyle of Living in an RV and Chasing Seasonal Jobs

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The cost of living still applies to road warriors and free spirits.

Why We Shouldn't Mock People Who Say They Have Gluten Sensitivity

By Carey Purcell, AlterNet

Some are frustrated that the media portrays gluten sensitivity as a myth rather than a medical condition.

Police Chief Claims Shooting Victim May Have Been Involved in Robbery, But Says Cop Who Fired Shots Didn't Know About It

By Jon Swaine and Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Confusion reigns in Ferguson after a quiet night.

McDonald’s Summer Camp Looks Like a Child Labor Camp

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

The Philippines branch offers a 5-day summer program that could not be more blatant indoctrination.

8 Creative, Unpredictable Ways People Are Enjoying Marijuana

By Rula Al-Nasrawi, AlterNet

The Erowid community has quite a bit to say about pot.

The Big Contradiction: American Bombs Dropping On Extremist Group Funded By U.S. Allies

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

An embarrassing fact: the Islamic State's rise has been fueled by cash from citizens of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

What the Media Isn't Telling You About Lauren Bacall and Bogart

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

Lauren Bacall was a true-blue, New York, left-of-center, liberal Democrat her whole life.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

As the Golden State suffers through an epic drought, bottled-water companies are selling the state's water elsewhere.

Schools Find Justice Panels More Effective Than Suspending Students

By Aparna Alluri, AlterNet

In one Brooklyn school, a more humane approach to addressing difficult behavior has helped suspension rates plummet.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ferguson Police Use Press Conference To Criminalize Michael Brown

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Officer Darren Wilson was responding to a robbery when he shot Brown, but that doesn't explain why he killed the teen.

The Surprising Discovery About How 'Low Calorie' Menus Can Totally Backfire

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Human nature is so unpredictable.

Fox News Is Really Freaked Out by Atheists

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The network’s customer base is afraid, and nothing in the news business sells faster than fear.

​5 Health Products That Never Lived Up to Their Hype

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

While these pills and potions were touted as miraculous, they never delivered the goods.

Why Activists Are Blocking an Israeli Ship From Docking on the West Coast

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

A coordinated “Block the Boat” solidarity action will leave Israel looking elsewhere to unload its goods.

How John Oliver Torpedoed the Reassuring Tropes of Fake News

By Steve Almond, Salon

The "Last Week Tonight" host isn't interested in offering a balm for tough times. He wants you to pay attention.

One Nation Under SWAT: The Militarization of America's Police

By Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch

Amidst the outrageous police presence in Ferguson, a look at how local law enforcement is turning communities into war zones.

New Hampshire Declares State of Emergency Over Synthetic Marijuana

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Forty-four people have overdosed after using a chemically engineered marijuana imitation.

National Marijuana Arrests Have Tripled Since 1991

By Ryan Knapp, AlterNet

This disturbing trend does not reflect the growing national acceptance of pot.

11 Signs You May Have an Alcohol Problem

By Beth Leipholtz , The Huffington Post

If you're drinking to the point that it often clouds your judgment, you should put that bottle down.

Israeli News Site Debunks Netanyahu's Tunnels-to-Kindergartens Myth

By James North and Phil Weiss, Mondoweiss

Israel's PM claimed Hamas was constructing tunnels aimed at his country's kindergartens -- propaganda that The New York Times and CNN reported.

Black America’s Everyday Reality: Ferguson and the World that Terrorizes Us

By Ian Blair,

Powerful images coming from Missouri are just a small dose of the life we know and endure. It's time to embrace it.

Why I Opened a Vaporium and Am Dedicating My Life to Reducing Smoking

By Talia Eisenberg, The Huffington Post

We need to make e-cigs that are already helping millions of people reduce or cease smoking more widely available.

GOP Candidates Kiss the Ring Of the Radical Christian Right

By Lou Dubose, The Washington Spectator

Gatherings of Christian conservatives play a role in moving the Republican Party further to the right.

ISIS: The Birth of a Terrifying New State

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

It is wishful thinking from the West and regional leaders that the fall of ISIS might be sudden and swift.

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Schools' Use of Restraints

By Heather Vogell, ProPublica

Despite the frequent use of restraints and seclusion, the schools reported zero instances of either practice to federal investigators.

Eye Witness Account from Ferguson Committeewoman as Protests of Police Killing Continue

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

"During the daytime, police are out in their regular plainclothes. As things escalate, they might start putting on the riot gear."

Could Candy Help Alleviate Alcohol Dependence?

By Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D., The Huffington Post

Carbohydrates might take the edge off painful moods.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The militarization of police is harming civil liberties, impacting children, and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.

10 Ways Racism Killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

The police ended their lives, but white racism actually killed them.

Journalists' Arrests In Ferguson Spark Media Outrage Over Increased Police Militarization

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Reporters from Washington Post and Huff Post detained as riots intensify following Michael Brown shooting.

Sick of This Market-Driven World? You Should Be

By George Monbiot, The Guardian

These days, being a deviant from the prevailing wisdom is something to be proud of.

7 Astounding Facts About the Insane Cost of War

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlteNet

The stark facts of incredibly costly warfare.

12 Candidates Who Engage in Electoral Extremism

By Evelyn Schlatter, SPLC Intelligence Report

These folks who are running for office collectively have biases that are homophobic, anti-abortion, and anti-government.

How the Right Wing Has Been Wrong on the Question of Virginity

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

A new study shows women don't feel that bad about giving up their virginity.

New York Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested for Filming Police Arrest Black Man

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Randy Credico was arrested by two undercover transit cops on the subway.

The 9 Smartest Relationship Tips Ever

By Tracy Clark-Flory,

Forget the relationship help aisle, this is the best advice the world has to offer.

Obama Administration Exploiting Humanitarian Missions to Push Shady Policies Abroad

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

USAID used an HIV prevention program to try to undermine the Cuban government.

Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords

Yet old energy companies like oil, gas and coal are trying to undermine the gains made by the solar industry

The Loony Bin Known as Boehner's House of Representatives Is Messing Up Just About Everything

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

These ideological zealots are preventing any of the progress that America desperately needs.

My Daughter's Growing Up Without a Father Because I'm Serving Time for Legally Selling Pot

By Luke Scarmazzo, Cannabis Now

I ran a state-approved dispensary, but was arrested for violating federal marijuana laws.

Lawsuit Details How OK Trooper Turned Traffic Stop into Abduction and Brutal Rape

By David Edwards, Raw Story

When he began asking inappropriate sexual questions, the woman “began to fear for her safety."

In Sweetheart Deal, Macy’s Conviction to Be Expunged Over Worker's Death

By Russell Mokhiber , Corporate Crime Reporter

Macy’s pays the fine--and then gets the conviction erased and the probation terminated, following a deadly accident.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Missouri Police 'Shoot Second Man' in City Where Teenager was Killed

By Jon Swaine, The Guardian

It happened right after demonstrations over the police shooting of Michael Brown, 18.

Undercover Audio Exposes Anti-Abortion Activists’ Alarming Scare Tactics

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Anti-choice protesters are taking down license plates and tracking doctors and patients on spreadsheets.

Cannabis-Based Batteries Could Charge Your Phone in Seconds—And Change the Way We Store Energy

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Scientists are using industrial hemp for futuristic 'supercapacitor' batteries.

'He Sawed Off My Hair With a Dull Knife': The Horrific Misogyny of Mixed Martial Arts Culture

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

Reports that MMA fighter Jon Koppenhaver beat his ex reveal the brutal sexism in the sport.

'Family Values' Means Very Different Things for Men and Women in the Christian Right Hierarchy

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

It's hypocrisy riddled with double standards.

Why 2014 Won't Be Anything Like a Blowout Election for Republicans in State Elections

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Despite all the doomsday talk, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary.

Why Are Police Departments Classifying Brutal Physical Assaults as ‘Minor Offenses’?

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

An investigation reveals that the Los Angeles Police Department has misclassified hundreds of violent crimes.

Why Does Sleeping In Just Make Us More Tired?

By Nick Stockton,

Oversleeping feels so much like a hangover that scientists call it sleep drunkenness.

Why Cows Are the 800 Lb. Gorillas of Climate Change

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Want to help the environment? Cut meat out of your diet.

How Israel's Assault on Gaza Is One Big Marketing Campaign for Its Weapons Manufacturers

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Pummeling Gaza is a sick form of 'product demonstration' for Israel on a civilian population.

Regulators: Mega-Banks Like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Still a Giant Threat to America

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

We are all sitting ducks waiting for the next financial shitstorm.

How Climate Change Is Destroying One of the World's Natural Wonders

By , AFP

An Australian government report warns that the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is "poor."

23 Million Bike Share Rides in America: Zero Fatalities

By Lindsay Abrams,

An amazing statistic.

New Arrest Data Under de Blasio's First 6 Months Reveal a Racial Police Bias Similar to Bloomberg

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Disappointing, but too early to say de Blasio has failed.

Inside the Weird Right-Wing Plot to Derail Medical Marijuana in Florida

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Hypocrisy surrounds a key ballot initiative.

What Israel Has Become: Dropping 1,000 LB Fragmentation Bombs on People Living in Concrete Hovels

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Peace in the area will come when we force the powerful to end the blockade of Gaza.

Iraq Exposes the West's Hypocrisy on Whose Lives Are Worth Saving

By Carne Ross, The Guardian

America's record on which groups gets saved is shameful.

Robin Williams Was a Powerful Voice on the Issue of Addiction

By May Wilkerson,

His death will broaden the national conversation about addiction.

Surprise! North Carolina Cuts to Jobless Benefits Did Not Help Workers

By Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute

Republican leaders argued that rolling back unemployment benefits would increase employment in the Tar Heel State. Nice try.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

6 of the Biotech Industry's Biggest Marketing Myths to Convince You GMOs Are Great

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Here are six of Big Biotech's biggest marketing lies.

Major Scientific Journal Argues Humans Are Wired to Believe in God: Believers Rejoice, Atheists Rebut

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

An essay in 'Nature' says we all believe in god, no matter what. Can it be right?

Robin Williams' Death Is a Wake-up Call: Why Depression Is Tragically Misunderstood

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., affecting an estimated 16 million adults.

The World’s 10 Most Dangerous Foods People Actually Eat

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Handle with care—these exotic edibles may actually kill you!

Disgusting: Piggish Fast-Food Giant Accused of Stealing Workers' Wages

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches has been skimping on the fair pay.

Noam Chomsky: America's Support for Israel Underwrites Human Atrocities in Gaza

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

The scholar says that a shift in America's opinion could make a difference surrounding the occupation.

Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen Sparks Call For Peaceful Gatherings Nationwide

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Organizers hope nationwide moments of silence will help heal communities angry over the fatal police shooting of Mike Brown.

How Obama Can Address One of His Biggest Political Crises

By William Greider, The Nation

It turns out that making life difficult for a leader who disappoints and doesn’t keep his word can produce dividends.

Three Charts to Send to Your Right-Wing Relatives, Guaranteed to Make Their Heads Spin

By Dave Johnson, Curbing Wall St. Project

We'll be in real trouble if we go back to the Bush administration's economic policies.

The Dreaded 'Bad Trip' on LSD -- Researchers Are Starting to Understand What Causes Them

By Matt Harvey,

New research into psychedelics as therapies is figuring out how to maximize safety and benefits.

Marketing Failure: Candy for Children That Looks Like Prescription Medicine

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

File this one under "bad ideas marketers come up with."

As Washington DC Remains Gridlocked, Cities Are Shifting Toward Progressive Politics

By Gary Younge, The Guardian

These mayors are pursuing policies Obama has been unable to enact on the national stage.

The 6 Phases of Getting Dumped

By Annelia Alex, Huffington Post

We tend to forget just how terrible the experience is, unless we're experiencing it.

Solution to Iraq Quagmire Is Peace With Iran, Says Ex-Colin Powell Adviser

By Lawrence Wilkerson, The Washington Spectator

Lawrence Wilkerson:"No peace can come to the region, unless Iran is a fully participating and cooperating party on the side of IS’s enemies."

The Moral Case for Making All Cars Driverless

By Ronald Bailey, Reason

Once safety proven, self-driving will change the shape of cities and the ways in which people live and work.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Black People Are Shot First, Given Due Process Later (Maybe)

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

The shooting of Mike Brown reveals an ugly truth about the relationship between black America and police.

What's Odious and Dickensian? 4 Discriminatory Ways People Suffer Income Segregation

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

“Poor doors” simply reflect the inequality inherent in our society.

Introducing the Tea Party’s Horrifying Cousin: Constitutional Conservatism

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The sad club of dupes known as the Tea Party is not the real problem. This scary ideological undercurrent might be.

How Did the Suburbs Become the Zip Code From Hell?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Hard times have found a new neighborhood.

My Christian Apartment Complex Allowed Me and My Partner to Move In—As Long As We Didn't Have Sex

By Bird Pilatsky, xojane

Were we literally incapable of having sex in their worldview?

Not Everyone Has the Tools to Become Rich: How Our Childhood Shapes Our Ability to Succeed

By Anthony W. Orlando, Huffington Post

Children raised in poverty can have long-lasting psychological scars that affect everything from job prospects to marital happiness.

8 Absurdities From Inside Sarah Palin's New TV Channel Echo Chamber

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Sarah Palin, unfiltered. Just what the world needs now.

Why Are Environmentalists Being Blamed for Bursting the Fracking Bubble?

By Richard Heinberg, EcoWatch

The industry has a lot to gain by portraying itself as the victim of powerful environmental interests.

One Little Piggy Had Birth Defects: Is Monsanto's Roundup to Blame?

By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout

A herbicide marketed by Monsanto is linked to a string of birth defects in pigs.

The Best and Worst Places in America to Educate Your Child

By Elizabeth Hines, AlterNet

A newly released study ranks the quality of education in each state.

We're Not a Post-Racial Society: We're an Innocent-Until-Proven-Racist Society

By Danielle Henderson, The Guardian

When you encourage white people to be blind to race, they become blind to racism.

Robert Reich: The World Needs This Saner Approach to Capitalism

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Shareholder capitalism wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Air Conditioning, Farting Contests and Other Snapshots from the US War in Afghanistan

By Ann Jones, Tom Dispatch

Critical of US policies from the get-go, I saw nothing on the Army bases I visited to change my mind.

5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes You Miserable at Work

By Alexander Kjerulf, Huffington Post

Being totally inauthentic doesn't really do much for the psyche, or the office.

Finally, A Simple Plan That Can Reverse Inequality and Save America's Sinking Middle-Class

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Public assets allow the economy to produce great wealth that's not shared.

What the Republican Love Affair with Uber Is About

By Andrew Leonard,

It speaks volumes about the company's business model.

Does Bill O'Reilly Have Any Shame When It Comes to Stereotyping Black Men?

By Jordana Jarrett, FAIR

'O'Reilly Factor' host defended a suspended reporter for racist remarks.

When Oil, Corporate Greed and Exploitation Collide

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

The documentary 'Big Men' is a refined, methodical probe into wildcatting capitalism and corporate neo-colonialism.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Looks Like Quite the Sci-Fi Flick Blockbuster, But...

By Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

It's a pretender to the throne.

5 Ways the Wall Street Journal Is Unintentionally Humorous and Ridiculous

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

It's funny in a sad way...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Assault on Gaza a 'Hideous Atrocity'

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

The renowned scholar says that when you pursue a policy of repression and expansion over security, things are going to happen.

American Apparel, Please Spare Us Your Fantasies About Schoolgirls

By Barbara Ellen, The Guardian

The clothing company's latest ad is just more unsavory sexualization of teens.

What Men Are Really Saying When They Harass Women on the Street [Video]

By Jenny Kutner,

BuzzFeed translates catcalling into the objectifying language it implies.

The Republicans in Congress Are the Biggest Bunch of Slackers Around

By Will Durst, AlterNet

This August, Congress is, in essence, taking a vacation from nothing.

6 Bonkers Right-Wing Statements This Week: Peace Prizes for Warmongers Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

War brings out the worst in conservatives.

Tent Camping in America Is One Big Toxic Experience

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

A govt. law requires a pretty hazardous toxin in all tent fabric.

The Science of Happiness

By Melinda Welsh, Sacramento News & Review

Scientists and experts share five ways to lead a better life.

Sibling Incest: Does US Society Understand the Associated Risks?

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Sexual contact between siblings may be destructive, though it doesn’t always constitute abuse.

Anti-Anxiety Meds We're Flushing Down the Toilet Could Be Increasing the Lifespan of Fish

By Lindsay Abrams,

The unexpected "benefits" of wastewater pollution.

What the Gaza Slaughter and the U.S. Border Crisis Have in Common

By Belén Fernández, AlterNet

'Borders for us but not for you' is the common denominator uniting the U.S. and Israel.

Why a $16 Billion Fine Is Chicken Scratch for a Big Bank

By Richard Eskow, Curbing Wall St. Project

Spare your sympathy for somebody who deserves it.

7 Reasons Why the Rent Is Too Damn High

By Erika Eichelberger and AJ Vicens, Mother Jones

Here are seven charts that explain the problem by such factors as income, cities and race.

Now Is a Critical Moment to Stop Some Scary Global Corporate Deals That Are in the Works

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

Solidarity will build the power needed to transform trade so people and planet come before profits.