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Sunday, March 16, 2014

8 Shocking Instances of Moronic Right-Wing Malevolence This Week

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Poor people just love sitting around being poor' ... and more.

In the Nation's Boomtown, Homeless People are More Visible and Invisible Than Ever

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

Wealthy San Francisco is where elderly homeless women sit at bus stops all day waiting for shelter beds.

Why It's Impossible to Create a Top 10 List of the Most Neurotoxic Man-Made Chemicals

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

Toxins are hard to classify, harder to regulate, and even harder to remove from the products we consume.

Conservative Myths About the Minimum Wage, Debunked

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

Contrary to conservative myths, raising the minimum wage would boost the economy, benefit all workers, and won't hurt consumers.

Why I'm Naming the New Lesion in My Ill Wife's Brain 'Anthem BlueCross' After the Criminals That Denied Her Medicine

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Private insurance did everything in its power to stop my wife from getting care.

10 Reasons We Love Love

By Kira Peikoff,

Research shows being in love is good for your health, and can even make you less sensitive to pain.

I Am Serving a 10-Year Mandatory Minimum for Marijuana in Colorado

By Eddy Lepp, Cannabis Now

It's pretty ironic that the Feds would send me here — to the only state that has made sales of marijuana completely legal.

A Dirty Little Secret of U.S. Foreign Policy on Crimea: There's Not Much We Can Do

By Michael Cohen, The Guardian

What the hell are the pundits and experts even arguing about? They’re arguing in circles around Obama’s very limited options.

In 21st Century's Biggest Media Sale, CIA-Inflated Amazon Chills WaPo Journalism

By Keane Bhatt, FAIR

After selling to the highest bidder, WaPo turns a hard right.

Stripping My Way Through College

By Melissa Petro,

A nonprofit intern counts down the hours until she can shed her office attire in a Times Square gentlemen's club.

10 Most Important Ways for Creative People to Fight Doubt And Insecurity

By Lauren Modery, Thought Catalog

Below are some mantras I try to remind myself on a daily basis when uncertainty rears its ugly face.

10 Weirdest Works of Art

By Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

A tour through some of the strangest, most shocking surrealist art around.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Your Secrets, Medical Info and Sexual Habits are Being Grabbed, Compiled and Resold Online

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A new book offers ways to block cyber-tracking.

The Right's Crusade to Repeal the 20th Century

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Opposing the minimum wage, overtime pay, even child labor laws, the GOP is trying to make it easier to exploit workers.

7 Crazy (And Not So Crazy) Theories on What Happened to Flight 370

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

The mystery has spawned hundreds of theories, some very far-fetched.

5 Interesting Reasons You Gain Weight When You're Stressed (and 4 Simple Ways to Avoid It)

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Here are great research-based coping strategies you can use to fight back.

8 Pronunciation Errors that Changed Modern English

By David Shariatmadari, Comment Is Free

Toe-may-to, toh-mah-to?

Meet the Corporate Shill Spending Millions to Keep Workers from Getting the Pay They Deserve

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Richard Berman collects millions in non-profit donations, and then funnels the money into his for-profit PR firm.

Washington Actually Laughs at Itself at the Annual Gridiron Club Dinner

By Mark Shields, Creators Syndicate

The attempts at humor by three speakers, Ted Cruz, John Kerry and Charlie Crist, didn't disappoint the white-tie event's attendees.

Ukraine Now Headed by Fascists and Neo-Nazis

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Is anybody paying attention?

What If Your Drab, Dull Job Was Working in a Sex Dungeon?

By Chris Hall, AlterNet

Professional dominatrix Cheyenne Picardo's new film reveals the reality of most sex work.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison

By April M. Short, AlterNet

For 40 years, poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.

9 Blind Spots Most Therapists Share

By Michael Bader, AlterNet

Even professionals forget that there are exceptions to the rules.

Conservatives: Sex Is Bad Unless We're the Ones Having It

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Sex is wrong and dirty for poor people. Everyone else, carry on.

"Guys We Fucked:" The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast That Everyone's Talking About

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Two comedians began interviewing their former sexual partners, and the result is magic.

5 Neocon 'Solutions' That Could Spark Catastrophe in Ukraine

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Hawks in the Republican and Democratic parties are pining to escalate the Ukraine crisis.

Teacher Uses Students to Try to Uncover Drugs on Campus

By Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News

This takes the idea of underaged informants to a whole new level.

How Economic Inequality Kills

By Kathleen Geier, The Nation

The appalling human costs of our current economic system.

Indigenous Vow: We'll Be 'Dead Or In Prison Before We Allow' Keystone Pipeline

By Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence

The TransCanada project could intersect with a main water source for the Sioux Nation.

Colbert on Colorado: 'The Market Has Spoken and the Market Is Toking'

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The comedian takes a look at the state of "potsylvania" and how Colorado is making money off ganja.

The Bratton Pivot: Can a “Progressive” Mayor Contain the NYPD?

By Nick Malinowski, AlterNet

The New York Police Department continues hassling poor minorities.

8 Most Disgusting 'Foods' Fed to Children

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Remember Fruit by the Foot and giant pixy stix?

Paul Ryan: Overrated Fraud

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Ryan clearly thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery.

My Co-Worker Made Racist Comments to Me and I'm the One Who Was Punished

By Jenn M. Jackson, xojane

Corporate America has a lot to learn about race relations.

America is About to Lose One of Its Best Public Resource: Public Libraries

By Democrats Ramshield, Daily Kos

Libraries are an American success story that shouldn't die.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meet the Florida State Attorney Who Vindictively Wants to Send Marissa Alexander to Jail for 60 Years

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Angela Corey is making sure this domestic violence victim will suffer as much as possible.

Americans Are Huge: 5 Surprising Reasons Why We May Be Getting Fatter

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Everything from livestock fatteners to government marketing dooms Americans looking to lose weight.

10 Tough Truths From Harry Reid About The Kochs’ Lies, Propaganda and Radical Un-American Agenda

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The Democratic Senate Majority Leader has had enough.

The Crimean Exception: Never Before in Autonomy Struggles Has a People Chosen Between Oppressors

By David Morris, AlterNet

When given the choice most regions choose statehood. Crimea doesn't have that opportunity.

Fox Doesn't Know What Obama's Move to Expand Overtime Will Do But Attacks Anyway

By Michelle Leung, MediaMatters

Here's why their arguments are complete bunk!

9 Valiant Religious Right Efforts to End Masturbation Forever (Hint: They Failed)

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

The emergence of Internet porn has re-occasioned a moral freakout over masturbation.

The Unbelievable Shift Towards Rational Drug Policy

By Maia Szalavitz,

2014 could be an unprecedented turning point.

It Took Just Hours After the Malaysian Plane Disappeared for Suggestions Muslims Were to Blame to Spill Out

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Islamophobes like Rupert Murdoch were quick to target the blame.

Washington's Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa—Colonialism 2.0?

By Nick Turse, TomDispatch

Hawks see Africa as a real growth area for future armed interventions.

Fox News Has “Angry Grandpa” Freakout

By Joan Walsh, Salon

O'Reilly's upset that Democrats can reach young non-cable viewers because it's dooming his network -- and his party.

Ferrari and Yacht Dealers Rejoice! Wall Street Hands Out Even More Obscene Bonuses Than Last Year`

By Sarah Anderson, Other Words

If the $26.7 billion in bonuses had instead gone to minimum wage workers, our economy would be expected to grow by about $32.3 billion

I Wanted Sex More Than Anything and My Husband Preferred Sleep -- How to Deal With a Low-Libido Partner

By E.G. Moore, xojane

How had my husband become the only man I'd ever known whose priority list didn’t include sex on a regular basis?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

3 Things That Make Libertarian Heads Explode

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Libertarians tend to ride on theoretical unicorns that don’t take them too far in the real world.

There's Something Very Wrong with the Official Story About the Boston Bombings

By Russ Baker, WhoWhatWhy

There are gaping holes in the story about the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells Bill Moyers Why Faith and Reason are Irreconcilable

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

'Some myths deserve to be broken apart out of respect for the human intellect.'

Random Drug Testing for All? The Chilling Proposal That Could Eradicate Your Privacy

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Former NIDA director suggests parents engage in the random drug testing of their children.

Hey, Bill O'Reilly and David Gergen! You Should Really Hear Abe Lincoln's Fart Joke

By Alex Pareene, Salon

A quick rundown of presidential jokes that might have violated the "majesty" of the office.

Disturbing Trend: The Rise of Luxury Gun Clubs

By Rod Bastanmehr, AlterNet

Upscale gun clubs, or "guntry" clubs" are sprouting up all over

California Gov. Jerry Brown Faces Protests Over Fracking as Epic Drought Looms

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet

CA's Democratic Party is split over a toothless regulation bill, and water-intensive drilling.

Can You Learn How to Give Cunnilingus from an App?

By Emer O'Toole, The Guardian

With a touchscreen, you might never know when you've hit the spot.

How the GOP’s Bubble of Ignorance Keeps Leading Them to Humiliation

By Brian Beutler, Salon

Why does the right keep falling for false stories about poverty and social programs?

The CIA's Dark Shadow in America

By Gary Younge, The Guardian

The CIA has concealed unspeakable horrors abroad. Increasingly they are casting darkness at home.

5 Ways Not to Be a Pushover When You Practice Compassion

By Katie Loncke, Tikkun Daily

It starts with the attitude of telling someone: 'Try having more compassion. If you did, you’d see things my way.'

America Ranks 98th in the World? The Shocking Dismal Number of Women in Elected Office

By Steven Hill, The Nation

Why does the U.S. still have such low numbers compared with the rest of the world?

By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire: The Climate of Change and the Dangers of Stasis

By Rebecca Solnit with an introduction by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Our climate crisis requires us to evacuate our normal ways of doing things. It will not be easy, but divestment can be done now with no loss, even possibly with an upside.

Sex As Work? The Fascinating Story of How Sex Workers Changed Our Cities

By Yasmin Nair, AlterNet

The history of urban centers is the history of their sex workers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How Did College Education Become So Ridiculously Expensive?

By Bill Zimmerman, AlterNet

America wasn't always riddled with student loan debt. Here's what caused the cost of higher education to skyrocket.

There's Something Very Wrong with the Official Story About the Boston Bombings

By Russ Baker, WhoWhatWhy

There are gaping holes in the story about the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

What It's Like to Spend a Day Delivering Marijuana by Bicycle in New York City

By Hunter Stuart, Huffington Post

Business is booming in the Big Apple.

Why We're Fascinated With the Disappearance of Flight 370

By Natasha Lennard, Salon

In a world where our every action can be traced, catalogued and digitized, there's something eerily mysterious about something so large vanishing without a clue.

7 Telltale Signs Social Media Is Killing Your Self-Esteem

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Perhaps it’s time for a social media spring-cleaning.

How Amazon, PayPal and eBay are Financing Hate

By Heidi Beirich, SPLC Intelligence Report

Hate groups advertise some Amazon products on their own sites, earning commissions of up to 10 percent.

Politicians Who Support Fracking Are Starting to Pay a Political Price

By David Dayen, Salon

As a popular Dem governor politicks at his party convention, he runs into unexpected turbulence.

Chomsky: How the US Is Playing with Fire in Asia

By David McNeill, Noam Chomsky, Japan Times

A shifting balance of power in Asia has the potential for regional conflicts if it's not managed, warns Chomsky.

Why Joining Russia Might Be Crimea's Most Reasonable Option

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

As a new Cold War hysteria grips U.S. pols and pundits, the truth of the situation in Ukraine is getting foggy.

Female Masturbation Comes Into Its Own in Pop Music

By Carly Lewis, The Guardian

St Vincent, Cyrus and Minaj don't fight for the right to pleasure, they just do it and they do it themselves.

How the U.S. and Israel Use Similar Techniques of Racist Policing and Mass Incarceration

By Ali Abunimah, Haymarket Books

Ali Abunimah's new book explains why the struggle for Palestinian human rights is closely linked to the struggle for human rights at home.

How Playing with Barbies Can Stunt Girls’ Career Aspirations

By Elizabeth Limbach, AlterNet

New study suggests playing with Barbie "creates a limit on the sense of what’s possible for their future."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Who's A Populist? It's Time to Act on the Ingredients of Change Sitting in Our Laps

By Jim Hightower, The Nation

Jim Hightower's humorous journey linking robust populist history to today's grassroots.

WATCH: Snowden Participates in SXSW Panel, Says the NSA Has Set 'Fire' to the Internet

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The man who exposed mass surveillance spoke via video in his first public live appearance since fleeing the U.S.

The GOP's Other War on Women: 5 Gender Battlegrounds Beyond Abortion and Contraception

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Women care about more than birth control. From guns to poverty, here's why the party is doomed.

Buy Less, Do More: 5 Reasons Experiences Make Us Happier than Things

By Lindsay Abrams,

It's time to shift from materialism to experientialism, says author James Wallman.

Robert Reich on America's Economic U-Turn and How to Move Forward Again

By Robert Reich,

America has forgotten how we came to economic prosperity: working together.

The Christian Right's 'Religious Freedom' Wants to Elevate Beliefs Above Human Rights — And It's Working

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Sacrosanct religious rights will let conservatives roll back rights for LGBT and women.

4 Ways Young Americans Are Saying No to Car Ownership

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

America's love affair with cars is ending as a new generation turns to more attractive options.

What Became of the Leader Many Wanted Obama to Be?

By David Bromwich, Tom Dispatch

Obama may now see himself to be something like a benevolent monarch — a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial.

4 Frightening Ways We're Reverting to the Dark Days of Our Past

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Gains made in our country's progressive years are in serious jeopardy.

Kinky Sex: Have We Become More Sexually Adventurous?

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Think your sexual fetishes are abnormal? Think again.

Are You Suffering From "Fragidity"—Pretending You're on Top of Things, but It's a Masquerade?

By Jeremy E. Sherman , Psychology Today

Ever feel like you are treading water, exhausted, frantic, flailing? Who are you trying to save?

Is Putin the Perfect Candidate for the U.S. GOP?

By Tina Dupuy, The Smirking Chimp

He's their Fabio.

Traveling Through Palestine While Black: A Firsthand Look at a Slow-Moving Annexation

By Bill Fletcher Jr., AlterNet

Witnessing a brutal occupation, where permanent insecurity and maximum humiliation are the norm.

'Indica' and 'Sativa' Barely Scratch the Surface When it Comes to Marijuana Strains

By Jeremy Daw, The Leaf Online

As the pot market explodes with variety, current labeling systems fall short.