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Saturday, October 18, 2014

This Week in Religion: Vatican Has Revolutionary Ideas about Homosexuality, Then Quickly Backtracks

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

'Let's not create the impression of a positive evaluation of same-sex relationships!'

8 Mistakes We're Making About Ebola That We Also Made When AIDS Appeared

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

We can learn a lot from missteps early in the AIDS crisis.

The Right's Sneaky New Strategy to Take Control of Women's Lives

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Their latest effort to hoodwink women is even more shameless than usual.

Arrested for Peeing? What’s Really Behind NYPD’s “Public Lewdness” Crackdown

By Gabriel Arana,

To stop minor infractions, police are monitoring gay hookup spots for public masturbation. Here's the bigger story.

5 Reasons to Stop Talking Sh*t About People From the South and Midwest

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

Nobody should be dehumanizing people -- and progressives especially are supposed to be fighting for the dignity, equality, and humanity of everyone.

America’s Looming Freak Show: How GOP Control Will Terrorize a Nation – With No Political Repercussion

By Joan Walsh, Salon

The GOP will shame themselves if they run Congress—but it'll be torture for the rest of us.

4 Weirdest Things We Learned About Sex This Week

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

The old adage, “Don’t have sex in the sea or you will get stuck to person you’re having sex with,” is true.

Jackson Browne Tackles What Matters Most on New Album

By David Chiu, AlterNet

The singer-songwriter addresses affairs of the heart and problems of society on his new record 'Standing in the Breach.'

I Grew Up in a Family of Crack Addicts. So Why Did I Fear Being Taken Away?

By Andrea Moore, The Guardian

Children the system fails often become adults involved with what they once despised: addiction, incarceration, neglect and abuse.

What Happened When 'Citizen Radio' Visited MSNBC...

By Jamie Kilsten and Allison Kilkenny, Simon & Schuster

In their new book, independent radio co-hosts Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny recall their appearance on 'The Rachel Maddow Show.'

The Media's Ebola Coverage: The More You Watch, The Less You Know?

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America

The fact that Americans have such a weak grasp on the facts doesn't speak well for the quality of coverage to date.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brace Yourself America: The Polar Vortex Is Coming Back

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

East coasters, especially, are in for another brutal winter.

Amazing Video: How to Be a Female Pop Star in Five Easy Steps

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"If all else fails, fire rockets out of your bra."

International Community Promises to Rebuild Gaza ... with Sweat Shops to Exploit Palestinian Workers

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

John Kerry and Tony Blair are pushing a bizarre disaster capitalist plan.

America's Wealthiest Are Just Too Damn Rich to Have a Functioning Society

By Sam Pizzigati, Other Words

With middle-class net worth crumbling, the Forbes 400 grow wealthier than ever.

26 Arrested at Walmart Protest Outside Alice Walton's Luxury NYC Condo

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

New York doesn't even have a Walmart store, but the company still casts a shadow over the city.

Marijuana Addiction Is (Almost) All in Your Head

By Maia Szalavitz,

The prohibitionist crowd's myths about marijuana and addiction are wildly far-fetched.

7 Most Absurd Instances of GOP Fearmongering (ISIS Is Coming!)

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Amid economic progress, the party's candidates are looking to frighten voters in the coming elections.

Why We Must Let Obama and CDC Head Thomas Frieden Do Their Jobs to Combat Ebola

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

Despite some missteps, they are doing it right.

Smut in Jesusland: Why Red-State Conservatives Are the Biggest Porn Hounds

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Their guiding principle seems to be, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Paul Krugman Reveals How Conservative Economists Are Like Superstitious Medieval Crusaders

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The market is treated like a God, whose will only they can divine.

WATCH: The GOP's Worst Race-baiting Ad Since Willie Horton

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Republicans just hit another despicable low.

How John Oliver and Stephen Colbert Foiled the GOP's Lame Quest for Cool

By Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

Republicans tried to reach women and young voters with fancy ads. Trouble is, Oliver, Stewart and Colbert saw them too.

Everyone in America Could Go to College for Free for the Amount of Money Spent on Mideast Wars

By Imara Jones, ColorLines

Students on the verge of entering high school have never known a time when the United States is not at war.

8 Biggest Myths About Ebola, Debunked

By James Ball, The Guardian

It's not the species-ending disaster some fear it could be.

Fracking for the Cure? Susan G. Komen Foundation Partners With Energy Services Firm

By David Sirota, AlterNet

The foundation has been accused before of helping "pinkwash" corporations whose products critics say may actually promote cancer.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Is Scary, But These 6 Things Are a Lot Scarier

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Most Americans are just not at that much risk. Here are the real killers.

Want to Be a Happier, More Successful Person? Try the Power of Negative Thinking

By Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

New book suggests we rethink that whole positive thinking thing.

Former Fundamentalist Exposes Christian Right's Bizarre PR Sham

By Edwin Lyngar, Salon

Just watching their films shows their vile, heavy-handed tactics.

Chomsky: There's an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children

By Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson, Truthout

The academic talks about education and indoctrination, ISIS, and the media in a new interview.

7 Disastrous Outcomes of Our New War in the Middle East

By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch

What could go wrong in our battle against ISIS? So many things.

Democratic Fundraising Gets Shriller And Shriller As Party Abandons Candidates

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Civic-minded citizens deserve better but aren’t getting it.

The Problem with the West's Ebola Response Is Still Fear of the Black Patient

By Hannah Giorgis, The Guardian

Ebola is now a stand-in for any combination of ‘African-ness’, ‘blackness’, ‘foreign-ness’ and ‘infestation.’

I Fell in Love With a Woman Dying of Cancer

By Aimee Swartz, Salon

Jackie and I fell hard, despite her illness. But how could I love someone while anticipating the loss of her?

'New York Times' Journalist James Risen Prepared to "Pay Any Price" to Report on War on Terror

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Risen, who could face prison time, says that "without aggressive investigative reporting, we can’t really have a democracy."

10 Shocking and Wildly Depressing Facts About Being Homeless in Uncaring America

By Bill Quigley, AlterNet

The figures are both staggering and sobering.

5 Things Men Must Learn About Sex

By Jamie Utt, Role Reboot

The messages men receive about sex don't just hurt women.

Why the Nobel Peace Prize is a Red-Faced Moment for Pakistan and India

By Sandip Roy, New America Media

We may choose on both sides of the border to regard these Nobels as a way of humiliating our respective nations by only seeing our ugliest problems.

Plastic Junk Litters Our Oceans, Killing Sea Life — And It’s Getting Worse

By Karin Kamp, Moyers and Company

These plastics can make the water look like a giant murky soup, intermixed with larger items such as fishing nets and buoys.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hightower: It's the Immigration Fearmongers We Should Be Worried About, Not Their Ebola Hype

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Trying to spread panic about immigrants and their risks is highly damaging to society.

How Economists With Bad Ideas Wreck Your Life, America's Economy, and the World

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Author Jeff Madrick discusses what bad ideas cost us, and how to defeat them.

Imagine if Politicians Were Forced to Tell the Truth in Their Ad Campaigns

By Harriett Levin Balkind, AlterNet

Lies distort every critical issue the U.S. faces.

The Age of Loneliness Is Killing Us

By George Monbiot, The Guardian

Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Robert Reich: Why Is the Government Subsidizing the 1 Percent of Colleges?

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

What justifies so much government spending per student at private elite universities?

The Device That Can Help End Unplanned Pregnancies

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

If teens take to this device the way they’ve taken to cell phones, unplanned pregnancy could go the way of landlines.

Near-Death Experiences May Not be Hallucinations: We Could Have Real, Postmortem Awareness

By April M. Short, AlterNet

A new study finds that consciousness might continue to occur minutes after the heart has stopped beating.

How a SWAT Team Upended My Baby’s Life — and Got Away with It

By Alecia Phonesavanh, Salon

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old's chest -- and just got off scot-free. But here's why it gets even worse.

Why We Need to Put an End to the 'Sexiest Woman Alive' Franchise

By Andi Zeisler, Salon

You can celebrate a woman’s sexiness in ways that don’t involve comparing her to meat.

In the U.S., Downward Mobility and Vulnerability Is a Widely Shared Experience

By Joseph Stiglitz, The Huffington Post

Those at the bottom are only a short step away from bankruptcy.

How Seeing the Internet as Reality Fuels Murderous ISIL Success and Recruitment

By Robert Fisk, The Independent

It isn't ISIS that radicalizes Muslims before they head off to Syria, but the Internet.

Why Is Chevron Trying to Buy the Government of This Northern California City?

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

This comes only two years after an explosion at a local Chevron plant sent 15,000 people to the hospital.

Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined

By Doug Fine, AlterNet

New technologies are only beginning to unlock the possibilities of hemp.

Koch-Backed Charter School Founder Makes Millions From Public Education

By Marian Wang, ProPublica

Businesses can now run chains of public schools, conflicts of interest be damned.

James Risen Challenges the Greed, Power and Endless War of the National Security State

By Norman Solomon, AlterNet

The New York Times investigative reporter's 'Pay Any Price' is an instant landmark in the best of post-9/11 journalism.

How Falling Oil Prices Could Impact the World

By Juan Cole, Truthdig

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

How Immigration Politics Will Affect the 2014 Election

By Matt Barreto, Gary M. Segura, PublicAffairs Books

There are significant political risks for the GOP in 2014 and beyond if comprehensive reform fails.

Meet the CIA’s 10 Favorite Drug Traffickers

By Nick Alexandrov,

The agency has supported -- even created -- many of the world's most notorious drug kingpins. Just as long as they serve U.S. foreign policy.

'Homeland' Star Nazanin Boniadi on Hijabs and Tackling Prejudice on TV

By Priya Elan, The Guardian

The Iranian-born actress shares her experiences.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Can't Catch a Break: 14 Depressing Facts About Americans and Vacation

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Studies indicate that the world's most productive workers work fewer hours.

Why Are Researchers Finding Traces of Radioactive Particles in Baby Teeth?

By Andrea Stone, AlterNet

Data indicates we still don't understand the dangers of nuclear energy.

“Citizenfour”: Laura Poitras’ Secret Snowden Documentary Is Electric

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

A gripping real-life spy thriller about the Snowden-Greenwald meetings got several standing ovations at NY premiere.

The Horror of One Mentally Ill Man’s Journey Through America’s Prison System

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

He did not live to tell his own story.

What Are Singles Over 50 Looking For In A Partner? You Might Be Surprised

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New research shows older people are a lot more fussy than millennials when it comes to online dating.

10 Foods You're Eating Wrong

By Kristin Kirkpatrick, Huffington Post

Not all potatoes are created equal.

The U.S. Is Number One -- But in What?

By Lawrence Wittner, History News Network

The country is tops when it comes to violence and weapons exports but ranks low in healthcare and education.

7 Ways Sex Is Way More Awesome In My 50s Than It Was In My 20s

By Erica Jagger, Huffington Post

Sex has changed, in ways you wouldn't expect.

Why Bill Maher's Defense of Muslim-Bashing Just Doesn’t Make Any Sense

By Myriam Francois-Cerrah, Salon

For all his odes to liberal ideals, Maher's latest effort to demonize Muslims reveals a disturbing, illiberal truth.

One of Monsanto's Leading Products Has Been Linked to Cancer -- Again

By Jeff Ritterman, Truthout

Roundup is known to cause birth defects in vertebrates, and is now a scientifically demonstrated cancer risk.

Gary Younge: The Low, Low Cost of Black Life in America

By Gary Younge, The Guardian

Is there a price to pay for summarily killing a man?

NRA Backs Sheriff Who Said Enforcement of Gun Laws May Lead to Civil War With Feds

By Timothy Johnson, Media Matters for America

"I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms," said Maryland sheriff Mike Lewis.

America's Middle East Strategy Is in Tatters

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

In both Syria and Iraq, ISIS is expanding its control rather than contracting as the recent U.S.-led airstrikes proved ineffective.

Ohio Pastor Forced Vasectomies, Abortions Because Kids Divert Money Away From Church: Report

By David Edwards, Raw Story

An ex-member of Grace Cathedral said televangelist Ernest Angley advised a friend to think of the fetus inside her as “a tumor.”

20 Vile Quotes Against Women By Religious Leaders From St. Augustine to Pat Robertson

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

The media’s most unabashed misogynists are actually tame compared to their ideological ancestors.

'The Walking Dead' Rips Up TV Rulebook With Season 5 Opener

By Brian Moylan, The Guardian

The hit zombie series' new season got off to an off-kilter if incredibly satisfying start.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Police Can Take Your Property For No Reason—And Buy Crazy Things With It

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Cops even go into chat rooms with trophy shots of their seizures.

Shocker: Leading Atheist Richard Dawkins Finally Admits Religion Isn't the Problem in Mideast

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Evolutionary biologist parts ways with other atheists.

10 Things Women Should Not Have to Put Up With at College

By Laura Bates, The Guardian

Being openly treated as sexual prey—not okay.

Conservative Icon Federal Judge Sees the Light—Writes Amazing Dissent on Voter ID Laws

By Brad Friedman, Brad Blog

Judge Richard Posner definitively dismantles Photo ID voter restrictions.

What My Time in America's New Oil Boomtown Taught Me About Our Climate Madness

By Laura Gottesdiener, Tom Dispatch

Beneath the giddiness of this new energy empire lurks loneliness of an almost indescribable sort.

The Kink in the Human Brain: Why Are Humans OK with Destroying the Planet?

By George Monbiot,

Pointless consumption is destroying our planet.

Paul Krugman on What's Really Killing the World Economy

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Righteousness is running amok.

Zeroing In On Sociopaths: Feds Finally Make Animal Cruelty a Top-Tier Felony

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

The move will finally offer a way to track animal abuse and analyze crimes against animals.

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong

By James W. Loewen, The New Press

Schools continue to perpetrate myths about Columbus.

It Doesn't Add Up: Why Is the US Bombing Grain Silos in Syria?

By Ajamu Baraka, CounterPunch

The official storyline doesn't make sense.

Myth Bust: One Dog Year Does Not Equal Seven Human Years

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Calculating the age of your pooch is a bit more complicated than that.

4 Reasons We Should Take America's Inequality Personally

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

It's infuriating.

Young Black Males 21 Times More Likely to Be Shot by Police Than Whites

By Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica

The black boys killed can be disturbingly young.

The Strange World of Safe-for-Work Porn

By Tracy Clark-Flory,

A peek inside the online communities devoted to the art of making X-rated images hilariously PG.

The Federal Govt's Highest Agency for Fighting Disease Finds US Ebola Outbreak 'Deeply Concerning'

By Tom Dart, The Guardian

CDC chief: other hospital staff could have been exposed.

Elizabeth Warren: Obama Sided with Wall Street Over People Losing their Homes

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

"He picked his economic team and when the going got tough, his economic team picked Wall Street.”

Can the Corporate Media Finally Handle the Truth Gary Webb Exposed?

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

Big newspapers could have taken the opening created by “Kill the Messenger” to make amends for their egregious behavior in the 80s.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Generic Drugs Can Give Cheap Medical Relief, But There Are Some Real Risks

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Generics are not always cheap or effective.

5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week: Biblically Correct Sex Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Plus Fox freaks out about the 'attack on Columbus Day.'

Rumors Swirling About Israel's Shocking 'Endgame' Plan for Palestinians in Gaza

By Jonathan Cook, AlterNet

With a surprise role by Egypt.

Is College Still Worth It?

By Christopher Newfield, Los Angeles Review of Books

Higher education is heading in the wrong direction.

Snowden Vindicated—'Citizenfour' Documentary Untangles the NSA Leak Saga

By Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian

Laura Poitras unpacks a historic intel controversy.

How Independence Can Be Feast or Famine for Breakaway Countries

By David Morris, AlterNet

If Scotland had gone independent, it would almost certainly endure fiscal hardship. Catalonia, on the other hand, would benefit.

This Is Your Brain on Money: Why America’s Rich Think Differently Than the Rest of Us

By Sean McElwee, Salon

Nobody's perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths.

The Atlantic Monthly's Weird Deathwish Article Is an Insult to the Elderly

By Paul Kleyman, Generations Beat Online

A middle-aged bioethicist's high-profile rant casts more heat than light.

How a Twitter Campaign Exposed the Madness of Banning Medical Marijuana

By Angela Bacca, Cannabis Now

When Cory Hunt learned about pot's healing potentials, he decided to go public with the #illegallyhealed campaign.

Pastor's Wife Tried To Kill Daughters After Getting 'End of the World' Messages from Estranged Husband

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Woman stabs daughters after telling them she wanted them to "meet Jesus Christ."

Bill de Blasio Is a Progressive Leader on Education and Poverty

By Richard (R.J.) Eskow, The Smirking Chimp

So far Bill de Blasio has done exceptionally well at leading by example.