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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Star Athlete Gets Away with Gender-Based Violence as Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Oscar Pistorius, Ray Rice... when will the culture of impunity for violence against women end?

Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy -- Continued Under Obama -- Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

Why American policy abroad strengthens groups like ISIS.

NEW VIDEO: Stunned Eye-Witness to Michael Brown's Shooting Puts His Hands Up, Mimicking Brown in Real-Time

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Witnesses say Brown "put his hands up," and "the officer was chasing him."

5 Things the Religious Right Needs to Learn About the 10 Commandments

By Robert Boston, AlterNet

Veneration of the commandments as the source of all laws is a modern-day affectation of the Religious Right.

Crap Detector: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Lies Like a Rug… to Seduce Contributions

By , AlterNet

Plus, a new love fest between Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton.

How Billionaires Like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Sam Walton Are Destroying America

By Steve Fraser, Tom Dispatch

Democracy for sale is no democracy at all.

Why I Married My Abuser

By Anonymous, The Frisky

The world a victim lives in — a world of isolation and diminished self-esteem — is not so simple to undo.

World Leaders from 20 Nations Explain How to Dig Our Way Out of the Devastating War on Drugs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy is a useful roadmap.

Paranoia Time: A Single Doorknob Can Infect Up to 60 Percent of People in a Building in Just Two Hours

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New study reveals office break rooms, not restrooms, are the greatest ‘hot spots’ for contamination.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Nails the NFL's Absurd Dissembling in the Ray Rice Affair

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Do they really expect us to believe they did not see the elevator video before?

The New Super Food: Why Microgreens Are All the Rage

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Get your vitamin fix with these miniature, nutrient powerhouses.

How Smoking Pot May Alleviate PTSD Symptoms When Sufferers Are Faced With Traumatic Triggers

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

New research adds further urgency to the movement for government-sanctioned medical cannabis.

Why We Let Cops Get Away With Murder but Vilify Even the Best School Teachers

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

The underlying problem is a fundamental lack of resources, which turns poor communities into self-cannibalizing entities.

If Alcohol Were Discovered Today, Would it be Legal?

By David Nutt, Cambridge's UIT Press

Booze has created a public health crisis of immense proportions.

11 Conditions Required to Achieve Simultaneous Orgasms

By Tracy Moore, Jezebel

Be warned: coming together isn't easy.

Georgia Republican: I Prefer ‘Educated Voters’ to an Influx of ‘African-American Shoppers’

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

A clear echo from a painful racial past.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Primary Tuesday: A Day of Infamy for Democracy Reformers that No One Noticed

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Only the left sees losing as a victory.

7 Right-Wing Christians Who Got Their Comeuppance in Hilarious Ways

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

They were so lofty about others’ behavior -- only to be caught in the pettiest of their own sins.

5 Bogus Excuses People Use to Avoid the Flu Vaccine

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

You're a lot more likely to die of the flu than ebola or terrorism.

Walmart May Make Up to $78 Million Forcing Employees to Pay for New Work Uniforms

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Low-paid employees working for the richest family in America have to buy clothes they can’t afford to adhere to the corporation’s new dress code.

The Weird Link Between Marijuana and Radical Islamists in Syria

By Helen Redmond, AlterNet

Relentless war has already shattered much of Syria's legal agricultural economy.

Women's Bare Breasts Are Disappearing from France's Beaches

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Why a new generation prefers to cover up.

The Shocking Militarization of America's Police Finally Catches the Interest of the US Senate

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The military pipeline to thousands of police departments keeps growing.

Domestic Violence Victims Stay for a Million Reasons: Janay Rice's Are Her Own

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Asking a battered woman why she didn’t leave is just another way to pass judgment on her and excuse her abuser.

It's Hard to Be a Fan of Amazon, Uber and Yelp At This Point

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

Recent deplorable actions by some of America's biggest brands.

'Bad Feminist': How the Hunger Games Help Me Deal with a Horrible Trauma

By Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial

An excerpt from Roxanne Gay's new book.

Hooray! Science Says It’s Possible to Retrain Brain to Want Healthy Food

By Jodie Gummow, AlteNet

Researchers were able to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Goes to Town on the Ridiculously Overhyped Apple Watch Launch

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

It's going to change the way we communicate with our wrist! Wait, huh?

U.S. Has Been a Force for Nothing Good in the Ukrainian Crisis

By Patrick Smith, Salon

Confrontation -- even to the point of recklessness -- was Washington's preferred strategy.

Join the Internet Slowdown on September 10!

By Michael Winship, Moyers and Company

Imagine what cyberspace would be like if the big ISP companies charge us more for faster service.

Making Community College Free for All

By Yessenia Funes, YES! Magazine

Sound like a dream? In Tennessee, it's about to become a reality.

Half of North America Bird Species Facing Extinction

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Noam Chomsky: The Real Reason Israel "Mows the Lawn" in Gaza

By Noam Chomsky,

Like other states, Israel pleads "security" as justification for its aggressive and violent actions. But knowledgeable Israelis know better.

5 Popular Retirement Destinations Abroad: The Dream and the Reality

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

There is plenty of good, and not so good, when contemplating going expat.

Now Is the Time For A New Abolition Movement

By Frank Joyce, AlterNet

Until racism is addressed, a more humane social contract is unattainable.

How Cops Seize Billions of Dollars from Ordinary People Who Haven't Even Been Charged With a Crime

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

A Washington Post exposé on civil asset forfeiture provides disturbing new details about the practice.

Classy: Union Leader Giving Speech on Class Divide Cut Off by Royal Baby Announcement

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

News of a new aristocrat simply cannot wait!

​The Climate March: Will It Be a Call to Arms For the Earth, Or Are More Radical Actions Needed?

By Bill McKibben and Chris Hedges, Democracy Now!, Truthdig

Two opposing viewpoints from the event's organizer and an activist journalist.

How GOP-Dominated Kansas Is on the Verge of Unthinkable Upsets

By Jim Newell, Salon

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts could lose to independent candidate Greg Orman, while the unpopular GOP Gov. Sam Brownback might be unseated by a Democrat.

8 Most Vile Twitter Reactions to ESPN Anchor Who Called Out NFL

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

The tweets targeted at Cari Champion show how pervasive acceptance of violence against women is.

Raw Sugar Is Hyped as a Healthier Alternative to Refined, But It's Exactly the Same

By Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

We spoke with the experts and crunched the numbers.

Maternity Death Rates Are Very High In The U.S., But Congress Doesn't Seem To Care

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

America ranks 60th out of 180 countries in maternity death rates, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Robert Reich: Why Berkeley Is Back in the Center of a Fight of the People Against the Powerful

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere.

America’s Painkiller Nightmare: 40 Die a Day from Overdoses

By Erin Marie Daly, Counterpoint Press

Legal drugs are laying waste to our families and friends.

Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for NATO

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

NATO's encroachment in Russia’s backyard threatens an armed conflict between Russia and NATO-aligned countries.

In New Orleans, Gluttony and Starvation Live Side by Side

By Katy Reckdahl, Next City

A recent study finds New Orleanians go hungry more than anywhere else in the United States.

Monday, September 8, 2014

4 Ways Greedy Capitalists Rig the System to Profit Off Our Misery

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Each of us is a source of profit, as long as we rent or own, save a little money, and drink water.

When Did Americans Become the Enemy? New Video Explores Decades Of Police Militarization

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A strong call to disarm on the eve of U.S. Senate hearings.

America's Energy Madness—We're Banning Solar Panels, But Many Towns Can't Regulate Fracking

By Ellen Piligian, AlterNet

When it comes to state and local politics, the oil industry is much more powerful than green energy.

The Big Screaming Problem with the Low-Carb Diet Study That Has Food Experts Up in Arms

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Before you start a low-carb diet, there is one glaring issue in the new popular study.

How Antonin Scalia Singlehandedly Destroys America's Claim to a Superior Justice System

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

He doesn't think executing an innocent man matters. How can such a depraved human be on our Supreme Court?

Robert Reich: Why Berkeley Is Back in the Center of a Fight of the People Against the Powerful

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere.

Mysterious 'Back-to-School' Virus Sends Thousands of Midwestern Kids to Hospital

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Why is the ‘summer cold’ getting so many kids so ill?

5 Life Lessons I Took Away From Burning Man

By Francesca Hogi, Huffington Post

I don't plan to start burning my possessions anytime soon, but I will practice letting go.

The Rebellion to Save Planet Earth: Why Civil Disobedience Could Be Our Last, Best Hope

By Ted Hamilton,

Traditional methods for fighting global warming have proven fruitless.

Why Are Cops Shooting So Many Mentally Ill People?

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Besides lack of training, too many mental health clinics are closing.

The Federal Government Is Now Growing 30x More Marijuana for Research—Here's How They Got Their Arms Twisted into Doing It

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

Will the government's cannabis research blockade finally be broken?

Canadian Tycoon's Opulent Bahamas Estate Poses Grave Environmental Risks

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

Watchdog groups are taking mogul Peter Nygård to court for illegally expanding his enormous oceanfront resort.

5 Ways the U.S. Enabled the Radical Islamic State

By Russ Wellen, Foreign Policy in Focus

ISIL, now the Islamic State, has become the stuff of nightmares, and the US is, at least partially, to blame.

Almost Every Slice of American Society Wants To Strengthen Social Security Except Washington Insiders

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Most Americans want better benefits, and they agree on how to pay for them.

Inside the Pentagon's Quest to Expand the Empire into Africa

By Nick Turse, Tom Dispatch

This is exactly how not to win hearts and minds in Africa.

Secrets of the Darknet: From Nude Celebrities to Beheading Videos

By Charles Arthur, The Guardian

The internet’s grim underbelly caters for every niche belief and warped obsession – and it’s remodelling reality accordingly.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

7 Asinine Right-Wing Moments This Week: Celebrities Get As Vile As Politicians

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Wingnuts run amok, with their nonsense and victim-blaming,

How Will Humans Meet Their End? 5 Cosmic Risks

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Can we find ​our demise​ in the heavens?

The Horror and Inhumanity of Solitary Confinement

By James Ridgeway, CounterPunch

Half of all prison suicides are in solitary.

Graphene: How Carbon May Help Save the Planet From Global Warming, Drought and More

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The green, medical and tech communities are betting on this unlikely two-dimensional wunderkind.

Noam Chomsky on One of America's Ugliest Chapters in Its History

By Emanuel Stoakes,

And there's still no accountability for the perpetrators.

Why We’ll Never Stop Taking Naked Photos

By Tracy Clark-Flory,

The theft of celebrity pics highlights how essential nude selfies have become to sexual self-expression.

As the World Burns, Our Political Class Whoops It Up with the Plutocracy

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers and Company

It's party time, whether in Martha’s Vineyard or at the Kochs’ posh retreat in Southern California.

Why the 1 Percent Absolutely Has No Clue About the Need to Raise Wages

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

Some actually believe that Americans are better off today than they were 40 to 50 years ago.

Bob Dylan In New York City Before Anyone Knew Him: The Year of Wine, Women, Song and Protest

By Dennis McNally, Counterpoint Press

Before folk and rock merged, Dylan had the attitude.

What Seeking an Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade

By Katherine Stewart, AlterNet

Nancy Howell Lee’s 1969 book, 'The Search for an Abortionist,' should be required reading amid the recent restrictions on reproductive freedoms.

25 of the World's Weirdest Drinking Customs (Graphic)

By Samantha Felix,

Never toast with a glass of water in Spain, or you may severely regret it.

Pregnant? Here’s Why That Tuna Sandwich Might Be a Bad Choice

By Rachel Cernansky, Civil Eats

The FDA's new dietary guidelines leave out a crucial warning about canned tuna.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Koch Brothers’ Top Political Strategist: The Minimum Wage Leads to Fascism!

By Elias Isquith,

In newly released audio, a top Koch adviser, Richard Fink, lets loose a greatest hits of libertarian crankery.

Elizabeth Warren Tells Bill Moyers Why She'll Never Be a DC Insider

By Bill Moyers,

Washington works for lobbyists and lawyers, it doesn’t work so well for American families, says Warren.

Chomsky: U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth's Climate

By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet

Humanity has the effect of an immense asteroid hitting the planet.

The Police Body-Cam Peep Show: Are You Ready to Give Up Your Privacy, Too?

By Trevor Timm, The Guardian

It’s about time we recorded the cops. But when the camera’s rolling on everybody, can you really root out the bad?

The Post-VMAs Pop Cultural Comedown: How Did We Go From “FEMINIST” to the “Fappening”?

By Andi Zeisler, Salon

A week after Beyoncé's performance, the entertainment world has never seemed like a scarier place for women.

8 Freaky Sleep Disorders You Haven’t Heard About

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Think your nightmares are as frightening as it can get? Think again.

Rest Easy, There Are Now Tests to Make Sure Your Cup of Coffee Isn't Loaded with Dirt

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Coffee purists rejoice. There won't be any dirt, twigs or soybeans in your cup of Joe.

I Understand Why Westerners Are Joining Jihadi Movements Like ISIS. I Was Almost One of Them

By Michael Muhammad Knight, The Washington Post

Twenty years ago, I ditched my Catholic high school in upstate New York to study at a Saudi-funded madrassa in Pakistan.

It's Open Season on Journalists Working in the World's Danger Zones

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

The recent killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff highlight the risks and dangers reporters face throughout the world to get the truth.

Berkeley Votes to Bring Free Medical Pot to Low-Income Patients and Fox News Freaks Out [VIDEO]

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The combination of charity and marijuana are a recipe for a right-wing headache.

7 Can't-Miss Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life

By Emma Nicholson, The Huffington Post

And it's not all that hard.

Republicans are Still Trying to Destroy Obamacare, and They're Still Losing

By Scott Lemieux, The Guardian

Conservatives want to protect your right to an avoidable death due to a lack of health insurance. It’s the principle of the thing.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Watch What Happens When Police Confront a White 'Open Carry' Gun Nut

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Police show great patience with a possibly drunk, agitated, gun-waving white man. What if he were black?

Why Kim Kardashian Is the Perfect Icon for Our Sick Society

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Behold, the id of American-style capitalism.

3 Ways American Workers Get Screwed Without Even Realizing It

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

Thanks to extra responsibilities like email and overtime, we spend many more hours on the job than we think we do.

How I Felt When I Looked at Those Hacked Celebrity Nudes

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

I clicked, then hated myself for it. Why do so many of us, even women, feel entitled to female bodies online?

8 Exotic Marijuana-Infused Delectables That Put Simple Pot Brownies to Shame

By April M. Short, AlterNet

High-tech pot companies are concocting clever infusions, testing them for potency and labeling their dosages.

Why So Many Westerners Are Drawn to Fight in Mideast Wars

By Scott Atran, The Guardian

Volunteers for Isis are searching for the sublime and all that is lacking in the jaded, tired world of democratic liberalism, especially on the margins where Europe’s immigrants mostly live.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Hilariously Insane 2014 Campaign Ads

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

It's enough to make you want to shoot your television—like the weird guy running in Alaska.

Patriot Act’s Absurd New Spawn: Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Worse

By Marcy Wheeler, Salon

Creative legal interpretations may now enable the government to sign off on things that will blow your mind.

A Simple Rule About Sex Some Men Seem to Miss

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Some men are confused about what constitutes consent.

What Climate Change? Rand Paul Says Hillary Clinton Should Focus on Terrorism, Not Clean Energy

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The former Secretary of State says the U.S. should become a clean energy superpower, but Sen. Paul says she lacks wisdom.

The Epic Food Fight Between Corporations and Americans Who Want to Eat Healthy

By Ben Agger, Truthout

The United States cannot afford food capitalism, given the interaction between health care costs and the Western diet.

Native American Kindergartner Sent Home on First Day to Cut Hair

By Carrie Healey, The Grio

Ironically enough, F.J. Young Elementary’s mascot is the Seminole.

What I Learned Working as a Phone Sex Operator -- 16 Surprising Secrets of the Trade

By Wednesday Lee Friday, Kinkly

What it's like on the other side of the line.