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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8 Surprising Celebrities Outraged by Israel's Assault on Gaza

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The growing number of stars speaking out signals that mainstream American opinion is shifting on Israel.

'Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

As Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

The Day I Was Nearly Arrested for Having an Autistic Son

By Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Salon

Moms have been arrested for going on job interviews and letting their kids play outside. It almost happened to me over a tantrum.

Ex-Lowe’s Employee Sues After ‘N*gga Black’ Paint, Other Racist Incidents Go Unchecked, Lawsuit Claims

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Racial, disability and sex discrimination allegedly cultivated at Gainesville, Va. store.

Gangs, Guns and Judas Priest—The Secret History of a U.S.-Inflicted Border Crisis

By Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian

Central America did not always have a gang epidemic. We exported that.

NRA Floats Idea of Kids Needing to Show Gun Proficiency to Advance to the Next Grade

By Timothy Johnson, MediaMatters

NRA: "What if instead of gun-free zones, we had gun-required zones?"

Meet the New GOP Prototype for Enriching Local Elites While Enacting Christian Right Dogma

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Kansas under Gov. Sam Brownback is in fiscal ruin, but the wealthy still stay wealthy.

These Top 10 Food Companies Control Nearly Everything We Eat

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

A new map puts our food system in a whole new light.

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

New report shows a growing possibility of home-grown terror.

Israel in 2014 Is Like Germany in 1933—Can the Madness Be Stopped?

By Orit Weksler, AlterNet

A Jewish settler and an exiled Israeli anti-war activist agree.

Hightower: Is Citigroup's $7 Billion Fine Bogus?

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

It may be seen as a victory, but the fine doesn't make up for the damage inflicted by the banking giant.

Do We Really Need Sports Drinks?

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

For those who aren't professional runners, sports drinks and energy bars don't provide nutritional value.

The Truth About MSG -- Is It Dangerous or Not?

By Amanda Greene, The Huffington Post

Here's all you need to know about the flavor enhancer and whether you are sensitive to it.

The Bizarre Story of How Lesbian Church Worker Was Fired After Newspaper Article Outed Her

By Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News

Colleen Simon is suing a Missouri Catholic parish over her termination after a newspaper article mentioned her same-sex marriage.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Corporate Takeover of 'All Natural' Food

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

The hunger for profits has compromised food labeling.

Israel’s Brutal War on Palestinian Children

By Mohammed Suliman, Al-Akhbar

Children in Gaza have been consistently targeted by Israeli forces.

4 Ways America Is Complicit In Israel’s War Crimes

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Israel is using American weapons and money to pound Gaza.

Did Courts Just Gut Obamacare? There's More to This Story Than You Think

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Two federal appeals courts. Two opposite rulings Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Florida Town Makes It a Jailable Offense to Wear Saggy Pants

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Anyone caught wearing low-hanging pants in Ocala faces a six-month jail sentence and $500 fine

Hamas Offers Reasonable Truce, Greeted by Deafening Silence

By Francesca Albanese, Mondoweiss

The Western media didn't seem to notice that Hamas and Islamic Jihad proposed a 10-year truce on the basis of 10 very reasonable conditions.

Ugly Right-Wing Underbelly of the Libertarian Cause on Display at Silicon Valley Conference

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Tech attendees probably have no idea of many speakers' repugnant pasts.

5 Reasons It’s Time for the 4-Day Work Week

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Wouldn't you be happier and more productive?

MSNBC Commentator: I Was Canceled Because I Criticized Network's Pro-Israel Coverage

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Rula Jebreal says her appearances have been canceled since she took the news network to task over its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Secretive National Prayer Breakfast Group, "The Family" Linked to Hobby Lobby Case

By Bruce Wilson, Talk To Action

A group of wealthy Christians are funding a major campaign against LGBT rights.

Thomas Friedman's Latest NYT Piece Reads Like an Airbnb Ad

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

It's unusual for the writer to focus on a company rather than the conflict in Gaza and the Malaysian Airlines plane crash.

How I Went from Being a Southern Baptist Preacher's Daughter to an Open Atheist

By Lala Stone, AlterNet

After a suicide attempt and sexual assault, Lala Stone shares her path to how she reevaluated her beliefs.

Levi's CEO: Why Your Jeans Should Never See the Inside of a Washing Machine

By Chip Bergh, Huffington Post

Chip Bergh says that if you want to conserve water, consider changing the way you clean your jeans.

Inside the Fight for the Future of the Internet

By David Morris, Institute for Local Self Reliance

The political debate over broadband speaks to the greater issue of democracy and locus of authority.

Half of All New Energy Capacity in the US This Year Is Renewable

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch

Solar and wind lead the way.

How John Kerry's Phony Diplomacy Set Up the Gaza Disaster

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

AlterNet's Max Blumenthal characterized the current conflict as "an absolute failure of U.S. diplomacy."

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

By Dave Johnson, AlterNet

Walgreens and Medtronic are among those renouncing or trying to renounce their U.S. corporate citizenship

Israel Is Simply Wrong This Time

By Stephen Pizzo, AlterNet

Israeli settlers are stealing land. There's no other way to put it.

Almond Milk Is Kind of a Scam

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

The popular dairy alternative doesn't deserve the love it gets, Mother Jones says.

5 Innocuous Activities That Can Get You Put in the Govt.'s Anti-Terrorism Database

By Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News

5 U.S. citizens say they were put into a counter terrorism database for harmless activities like photographing landmarks.

Journalistic Malpractice: The Media Enables the Right-Wing Politicization of Science

By Reed Richardson, The Nation

From Hobby Lobby to climate change, journalistic disinformation happens all the time.

Ramtha, New Age Cult Leader, Unleashes Drunken, Racist, Homophobic Rants to Large Following

By Susy Buchanan, Southern Poverty Law Center

She "channels" a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior.

Thoughts on Turning 70, America's Decline, and About a Dozen Shocking Developments I Never Saw Coming

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

We may be hardwired for prediction. But we're terrible at it.

Sex and the Carnival: What the Museum of Sex Misses About the Erotic History of the Fairground

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

"Funland," an exhibit about the sexual subtext of carnivals, is heavy on nudity but light on substance.

How Simple Awareness of Fast Food Brands Can Lead to Making Kids Fat

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

A recent study finds knowledge of unhealthy foods can predict a higher BMI.

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Gaza Suffers Its Deadliest Day After ‘Heinous Massacre’

By Kim Sengupta, The Independent

A bloody assault on town of Shuja’iya was motivated by revenge for the deaths of 13 soldiers.

How Creationists in Texas Are Pressuring Schoolbook Publishers to Bring God into Biology

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

A special interest creationist group is trying to undermine science education.

You Know Your Country Sucks When You Look Wistfully Back at Stalin

By Ted Rall, AlterNet

The U.S. ranks lower than Oman, Saudi Arabia and Barbados for infrastructure.

10 Races That May Hinge on "The War on Women"

By Joshua Holland,

Overall, the Democratic advantage is most pronounced among younger, unmarried women.

Is a Meth House Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon?

By A.J. Dugger lll, The Fix

How public attitudes, big pharma and medical insurers contribute to the continuing rise of meth labs.

Jose Antonio Vargas: Handling of US Border Crisis Is 'Tragic on Many Levels'

By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

The journalist and immigration activist was detained by US border patrol agents on Monday.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

7 Silly Things Right-Wingers Got Angry About Last Week

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Exhibit A: Conservative radio host worries that the idea of a gay-themed Burger King Whopper could spread.

America's Overwhelming Contempt Toward Atheists and Muslims

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Republicans are the biggest haters.

Israel: America’s Frankenstein Monster

By Andrew O'Hehir,

Israel's harshest critics and most ardent defenders agree on one thing: The battle is really about America.

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Rally Across France, Defying Ban on Demonstrations

By Alice Ritchie, AFP

Tens of thousands march for Gaza in London, while clashes spark in Paris.

Laws Targeting Homelessness Have Increased Dramatically Across the Country

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

A new report finds these laws are being passed with wide voter approval.

11 Pieces of Terrible Sex Advice From Fox News

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

Such tips as "sex is like cooking" and "New Year's Eve kissing etiquette" are both bad and hilarious.

How America's Sporting Events Have Turned into Mass Religious Events to Bless Wars and Militarism

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The religious reverie—repeated in sports arenas—is used to justify our bloated war budget and endless wars.

Illegal-Psychiatric Drug Hypocrisy and Why Michael Pollan Is Smarter Than I Am

By Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet

Before Pollan gained influence authoring books about food, he wrote articles about American psychotropic drug hypocrisy.

Rape at College, Then Rape by College

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

Hobart & William Smith Colleges does a Steubenville.

Food Is a Drug -- And We Have to Learn to Say No

By Rosie Boycott, The Guardian

Our entire relationship with food has to change if we are to tackle the obesity crisis.

Doritos' Long, Slow Descent Into Madness

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Over the years, Doritos have found new ways to extend their brand to the point of absurdity.

Drug Testing and Racial Profiling Go Hand in Hand

By Cameron Turner, The Fix

Whites trump blacks in most drug use. So why do many employers assume black applicants are drug users?

Activists Organize 'Standing Our Ground Week' Ahead of High-Stakes Marissa Alexander Hearing

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Why are Stand Your Ground laws applied to paranoid, gun-wielding men but not women fighting off domestic abusers?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

4 of the Biggest Quacks Plaguing America with False Claims About Science

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

From the Food Babe to Dr. Oz, these four are the media’s biggest fear-mongers and snake-oil peddlers.

What I Learned Growing Up in the South as a Feminist, and the Problems With Today's Feminist Movement

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Young women turning away from feminism has become a media meme. What's up with that?

“I Am Living in A Horror Movie”: What It’s Like to Raise A Family in Gaza

By Rania Elhilou,

My voice is only one of millions suffering through the nightmare in Gaza. Is anyone out there listening?

The Next National Nightmare: A Republican Majority Congress in 2015

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The Washington Post predicts the Republicans will win big this fall.

Bill Gates’ Pleasurable Female Condom Is Almost Here

By Jenny Kutner,

Innovators and public health advocates are hinging their hopes on a new vaginal design to stop the spread of STIs.

The Heart of the Problem With Israel: The Mass Expulsion of the Palestinian People

By Donna Nevel, AlterNet

Central to the achievement of the “Zionist dream” is the notion that Jewish lives matter more than Arab lives.

9 Marijuana Policies from Around the World that Are Way Ahead of the U.S.

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The U.S. is far behind when it comes to drug laws that actually make sense.

Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic

By Chris Hedges, The Real News Network

A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public.

Street Artist: NYPD Subway Crackdown Is Killing Livelihoods, Creativity

By Nick Malinowski, AlterNet

A busker says that the police clampdown on subway performers "does not bode well for anyone in New York City."

How Creationists in Texas Are Pressuring Schoolbook Publishers to Bring God into Biology

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

A special interest creationist group is trying to undermine science education.

Progressive Values Are America's Values, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Netroots Nation In Keynote Speech

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

When progressives fight for working Americans they can win, Warren tells crowd.

Men Aren’t Entitled to Women's Time or Affection. But It's a Hard Lesson to Learn

By Cord Jefferson, The Guardian

Beware a bro who knows what he 'deserves': the friendzone is only purgatory if women's decisions are less valid.

10 Things Only People Over 30 Know About Dating

By Emily Bracken, The Huffington Post

A writer offers words of wisdom about bad sex, indecision, and learning to love yourself.

Notable Anti-Drone Activist and Grandmother Sentenced to Prison for Photographing Protest

By Jeff Stein, Ithaca Voice

Grady Flores was sentenced to jail for violating an order of protection after being part of a demonstration against drones.

Comcast’s Worst Nightmare: How Tennessee Could Save America’s Internet

By David Sirota, AlterNet

In a rare twist, the private telecom companies are seeking government intervention to clamp down on competition.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Heart of the Problem With Israel: The Mass Expulsion of the Palestinian People

By Donna Nevel, AlterNet

Central to the achievement of the “Zionist dream” is the notion that Jewish lives matter more than Arab lives.

Americans Are Leaving Religion Behind and It Scares the Hell Out of the Christian Right

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives are getting more frantic and repressive by the minute, in response to America's growing secularism.

America Is Ripe For Authoritarianism

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The pitiful state of the economy makes the U.S. vulnerable.

Israeli Police Ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir Family Home and Arrest Relatives in Apparent Revenge Raid

By Max Blumenthal, Mondoweiss

They also arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges.

AIDS Researchers and Advocates Perished on Downed Malaysian Jetliner

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Among those killed was Joep Lange, a giant of HIV research and advocacy.

The New Age of Global Paranoia: Russia, Ukraine, and the Plane Crash

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

Collateral damage from Ukraine's civil war: The 21st century takes another sharp turn into the unfriendly unknown.

First Night of Israeli Ground Ops Kills 27 Palestinians; Ambulances Come Under Fire

By Allison Deger, Mondoweiss

Those civilian casualties included three children.

‘We Are Moving from Iron Dome to an Iron Fist’: Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza

By Adam Horowitz, Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

In total so far, 231 Palestinians–most of them civilians–have been killed by Israel. One Israeli has been killed by rocket fire.

Net Neutrality Fight Isn’t About Saving Internet Freedom, It’s About Saving Internet Commerce

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Since when is the freedom to sell more stuff online a pro-consumer cause?

WATCH: Jon Stewart Schools Republicans on Definition of Tyranny

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

"When your main concern about deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party's chances in the upcoming midterm elections, that’s not tyranny."

This Isn't the First Time: 5 Other Commercial Airliners That Were Shot Down

By Dana Liebelson, Patrick Caldwell, Molly Redden, Mother Jones Online

No wars have started over such incidents, but we've come close.

How Scientologists Are Sneaking Their Way into Schools to Spread Their Propaganda

By Robert Martin Wolfe, City Limits

A drug education program is functioning like a Trojan Horse.

What's the Best Natural Sexual Lubricant? You Might Be Surprised

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

Using the right lube is key.

Horror on Gaza Beach: NYT Photographer Recounts Witnessing Israeli Killing of Four Palestinian Boys

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks saw the Palestinian youths' bodies after an Israeli gunboat shelled a beach.

What Went Wrong In Iraq?

By Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch

Correspondent Dahr Jamail offers his account of recent events in Iraq, and how the U.S. is contributing to the country's disintegration.

House Voted (Twice) to Allow Marijuana Banking Services

By Russ Belville, AlterNet

Democrats were joined by a growing faction of Republicans.

The Problem With Iggy Azalea

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, black women remain pushed to the sidelines.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘We Are Moving from Iron Dome to an Iron Fist’: Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza

By Adam Horowitz, Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

In total so far, 231 Palestinians–most of them civilians–have been killed by Israel. One Israeli has been killed by rocket fire.

Report: Americans Among Passengers on Malaysia Airlines Jet That Was Shot Down

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The plane, carrying 295 souls, went down near the Russia/Ukraine border.

Giant Mystery Hole Appears in Siberia, But No One’s Sure What Caused It

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Scientists think global warming might have something to do with it.

9 Truly Evil Things Right-Wing Christians Do

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Too many devout believers claim a righteous mandate to say and do things that are truly horrible.

Bombshell Study: America's Wealthy Even More Obscenely Rich Than Anybody Thought

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Wealth inequality in the U.S. is even more astounding than previous statistics showed.

Israel Is Committing Genocide in the Gaza Ghetto

By Ilan Pappé, Electronic Intifada

Why Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip amounts to an incremental genocide.

Young Women Trading Blow Jobs for Cheap Booze? The Truth About Sexploitative Party Games

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

A teen goes viral for servicing men in a bar — all for a free drink. Why this is both shocking -- and not.

5 Surprising Ways Tea Can Improve Your Health

By Andreea Nica, AlterNet

Tea's powerful properties have been shown to relieve stress and boost mental clarity.

America's Response to Child Refugees Fleeing Bloodbaths Is to Take Terrible Care of Them and Send Them Back

By Joshua Holland, Bill Moyers

Wingnuts are hurling epithets at fleeing children, and media coverage of their plight is no less repugnant.

Almost Half the Time, You're Not Eating the Fish You Think You Are

By Eve Turow, The Huffington Post

The number is even worse in fish restaurants.

Yet Another College Under Fire for Mishandling Rape Case

By Angus Johnston, RH Reality Check

Sunday’s NYT report on an incident at Hobart and William Smith Colleges comes at a time when the failure of U.S. colleges to address campus rape is under high scrutiny.