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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How the Gun Industry Preys on Paranoid, Insecure Men Like Elliot Rodger

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

The gun industry targets exactly the kind of men who shouldn't be armed and dangerous.

Our Elites Are Extremely Isolated from Real Life in America -- and That's Dangerous

By Richard Eskow, Blog for Our Future

Tim Geithner’s new memoir shows yet again just how out of touch and deluded America's elites are.

White Guy Killer Syndrome

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

Black men are not rolling into college campuses and movie theaters to shoot large numbers of people.

A Creative, Healthier Way to Eat Meat

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

People are warming up to the idea of buying and eating whole animals, not just the choice cuts.

Don't Buy the 'Sharing Economy' Hype—Airbnb and Uber Facilitate Rip-offs

By Dean Baker, The Guardian

Dodging taxes and regulation isn't just disruptive, it's bad for the economy.

You'll Never Guess Where the U.S. Ranks in the Latest World's Happiest Countries Survey

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

No, not even close to being in the top ten.

The Shockingly Stupid Video that Pro-Gun Group Open Carry Texas Does Not Want You to See

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Neither food, nor children are more important to these men than their assault rifles.

Behind the Sexist Ideology That Preoccupied Mass Murderer Elliot Rodger

By Igor Volsky, Think Progress

This subculture betrays deep rooted misogyny and homophobia, as well as users who feel entitled to have sex with beautiful women.

The Words Every Woman Should Know

By Soraya Chemaly, Role Reboot

Men discount what women say with surprising regularity. Here’s how women should respond.

Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the Right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the Battle for American Science

By Sean McElwee, Salon

The real reason conservatives are freaking out about Neil deGrasse Tyson: He's laying bare their worst hypocrisies.

There Is No Such Thing As Consumer Privacy

By David Macaray, CounterPunch

Surveillance on consumers and prospective employees – from knowing what they buy, to what they visit online – has grown more sophisticated.

GMO Grass: Coming to a Lawn Near You?

By Charlotte Warren and Ronnie Cummins, EcoWatch

Lawns all over the country will be green, lush—and toxic.

10 Ways to Get High -- Naturally

By Mark Sisson, The Huffington Post

Your body can achieve a state of euphoria and pleasure through these 10 chemical-free steps.

Undocumented, Uninsured, and $200,000 In Medical Debt

By Jesus E. Valenzuela-Felix, New America Media

Jorge Toledano’s mother recovered from meningitis, but her family amassed $200,000 in medical bills as a result.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big and Small

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

One and a half million dead — many in wars you never heard of.

5 Takeaways From Jim DeMint, One of Washington's Most Hated Men

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A new book takes ideological blinders to a new level.

Let's Stop Searching For A "Messiah" And Build A Movement

By Dave Johnson, Curbing Wall St. Project

The Right puts its resources into long-term movement building ... and the Left puts theirs into candidates.

Elliott Rodger, Isla Vista Shooting Suspect, Posted Racist Messages As Well As Misogynistic Ones

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Man full of murderous hate was revered on hateful website.

The Fake Patriotism of Fox News

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

What the right doesn't get about Memorial Day.

Krugman: How American Capitalism Fails—and Northern European 'Socialism' Succeeds—at Job Creation

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And why that's not a story the mainstream media likes to tell.

Tea Party's Failed Propaganda: It Was Always A Tool of the Republicans

By Heather Digby Parton,

The myth that the movement was all about economic issues — not social ones — is finally laid bare.

Preventing Future Isla Vistas — Sucking Out the Poison

By Mark Goulston, Psychology Today

How to drain the pus out of an unstable mind before it explodes.

From Belle Knox: An Open Letter to Alyssa Funke, Whose Suicide Must Never Be Forgotten

By Belle Knox, xojane

The similarities between us are chilling.

As Soldiers are Remembered, Difficult Struggles With PTSD Extend to Veterans' Families

By Nancy Wride, Elements Behavioral Health

As a child, Christal Presley was traumatized by her father's behavior after he served in Vietnam. Now she is helping children of veterans with PTSD.

More Than Half of Black College Graduates Underemployed

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Recent black college graduates have been hardest hit by the Great Recession.

Organizers Call for Changes to Al Qaeda Film Shown in Newly Opened 9/11 Memorial Museum

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Critics says the film indicts the entire religion of Islam, not just the violent extremists responsible for the attack.

Elliot Rodger's California Shooting Spree: Further Proof that Misogyny Kills

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Attributing the deaths of six people and wounding of several others in Isla Vista to 'a madman' ignores a stark truth about our society.

The Santa Barbara Mass Shooting, Elliot Rodger, and Aggrieved White Male Entitlement Syndrome

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

When an entire social structure has been erected to reinforce the lie that white folks are "normal" and "Others" are "deviant," it can be very difficult to break out of denial.

Medical Pot Political Turmoil As San Jose Is Roiled by Attempts to Restrict Sale and Use

By April M. Short, AlterNet

A proposed ordinance would seriously restrict marijuana dispensaries in San Jose.

The Mainstream Media's Top 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

By Janine Jackson, FAIR

Corporate media needs to get a clue.

The 10 Most Annoying Questions I Was Asked About My Anorexia Memoir

By Kelsey Osgood,

The author of "How to Disappear Completely" has endured a bunch of off-the-mark interviews since its publication.

Federal Dollars Help Gentrifying Neighborhoods, Not Most Distressed Communities

By Angela Caputo, The Chicago Reporter

The federal program designed to help blighted communities recover from the foreclosure crisis, helps gentrifying communities more than those that need financial support.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Elliot Rodger's California Shooting Spree: Further Proof that Misogyny Kills

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Attributing the deaths of six people and wounding of several others in Isla Vista to 'a madman' ignores a stark truth about our society.

Why Jesus Would Have Hated Most Modern Day Religion

By Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet

Jesus would not be a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity.

7 Most Absurd Right-Wing Statements This Week: Sajak and Coulter Lead the Irrational War on Science

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Climate scientists are unpatriotic racists"... and more.

Why Much Nutrition Advice Is Bunk

By Jill Richardson, Other Words

Mainstream registered dietitians even attended a conference sponsored and catered by McDonald’s to earn continuing education credits.

Elliot Rodger's Revenge Against Humanity: Mental Illness Wrapped in Toxic Entitlement

By Katie McDonough,

In moments after unspeakable tragedy we must not rush to conclusions. But here's one thing we already know too well.

Beating Marlboro to the Joint: How Federal Prohibition Allows Micro Marijuana Companies to Thrive

By David Downs, AlterNet

It's the first time in economic history that a growing, multi-billion market has no big, multinational players.

Seven Dead in 'Premeditated Mass Murder' Shooting Near California College Campus

By Martin Pengelly, Martin Williams, The Guardian

A video has emerged of the suspected 22-year-old gunman, who appeared, “severely mentally disturbed.”

Transgender Teen Spends Five Weeks in Solitary at an Adult Prison — Without Being Charged

By Katie McDonough,

"I can feel myself growing more and more isolated ... I need to be given treatment ... This prison cannot do that."

The American Disdain for Self-Reflection: What We Still Haven't Learned After 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Attacks

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

We are collectively unwilling to examine our foreign policy or our counterterrorism actions.

7 Ways to Make Your Campsite Greener

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Leave only footprints, take only pictures ... and have a good time.

5 Alarming Facts About the Racial Wealth Gap

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

A new report paints a disturbing picture of our unjust economy.

Woman, 92, Denied Photo ID to Vote for Lack of Birth Certificate

By Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog

Ruby Barber's situation is typical of the hundreds of thousands of registered voters in Texas who don't have a photo ID necessary to cast a ballot under a state GOP law.

New Environmentalists Are Taking Bold Actions — and It's Working

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

The fight for environmental justice broadens, deepens and becomes more militant.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Is Not Knowing Something A Sign of Weakness? Creationists Think So

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

The anti-science patrol is again attacking Neil deGrasse Tyson, this time over his take on the origins of life, the economy and climate change.

GOP’s “Happy Loser” Syndrome: Why the Right May Not Want the White House

By Heather Digby Parton,

Conventional wisdom says Republicans need to evolve and get younger. But that overlooks their true agenda.

All Aboard the Global Gazillionaire Gravy Train!

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

You could make a reality show about Ben Bernanke's fatcat world tour.

The Truth About Race In America: It’s Getting Worse, Not Better

By Gary Younge, The Nation

Schools are resegregating, it’s getting harder to vote and too many are incarcerated: America is becoming more separate and less equal.

Seven Dead in 'Premeditated Mass Murder' Shooting Near California College Campus

By Martin Pengelly, Martin Williams, The Guardian

A video has emerged of the suspected 22-year-old gunman, who appeared, “severely mentally disturbed.”

Inside the World's Child Obesity Epidemic

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

These kids have a powerful foe made up of food and beverage industry giants, commercial media and U.S. Government policies.

The Other War in Afghanistan: How US-Led War on Drugs Devastates Impoverished Farmers and Fails to Slow the Drug Trade

By Helen Redmond, AlterNet

A new report reveals that the 12-year war on drugs in Afghanistan has been a disaster.

Is Yik Yak the Most Vile Social Media App of All?

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Cyberbullying has hit a new low with this anonymous messaging service.

Dear Graduates: Don’t Follow Your Dreams (A Commencement Speech For the Mediocre)

By Tim Donovan, Salon

The brutal truth is that most people can't pay the bills by "living their passion." So what can we do instead?

School Reformers Gain Momentum Fighting Corporate Influence

By Owen Davis, AlterNet

A growing movement in education resists the trend toward privatization.

Who Is More of a Hypocrite on Gay Rights, Koch Brothers or Famed Gay Marriage Attorney Ted Olson?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The LGBT movement's famed lawyer works for one of the top funders of anti-gay hate.

6 Terrifying Things Monsanto Does: Why You Should Join the Second Global Protest on Saturday

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto.

Cows, Rice Fields and Big Agriculture Consumes Well Over 90% of California's Water

By Guy Saperstein, AlterNet

Low-flow showerheads help save much less water than people think.

4 Ways You Can Seek Back Pay for an Unpaid Internship

By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica

Think you’re entitled to be paid for your unpaid internship? Here are resources you should know about.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Toddlers Dosed With Speed? How Big Pharma Hooks America's Kids on Dangerous Meds

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Children with ADHD are easy targets because they will be lifelong patients and repeat customers.

Gasland's Josh Fox Busts James O'Keefe's Latest Bogus Claim

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The conservative videographer's latest 'gotcha' video bombs at Cannes.

6 Bad Things That Have Happened to Greedy Walmart Recently

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Lawsuits, divestments and weak sales—oh my!

Family Secrets Revealed: New Book Tells All About the Koch Family

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Daniel Schulman's latest work takes a look at one of the most powerful families and supporters of conservative causes

How Do You Get Rid of Your Sexy Pics and Videos After a Break-up?

By Fay Schopen, The Guardian

You might not like the answer, because some things really do last forever.

OK, So Mark Cuban Apologized—But Is He Right That We're All Prejudiced?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Five disturbing takeaways from a professor who studies hidden biases.

Teen Faces Life in Prison...For Pot Brownies [Video]

By April M. Short, AlterNet

He used hash to make the brownies, which is a felony under Texas law.

Why We Kiss

By Jennifer Verdolin, Ph.D., AlterNet

Evidence suggests that the first romantic kiss serves as a way to assess the long-term potential of a mate.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Slams Blatant Republican Hypocrisy on Veterans

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Featuring Stewart's uncanny McConnell imitation.

Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

By Tom Engelhardt,

Is climate change a crime against humanity? Let's go with... Yes.

6 States Where Non-Wealthy Rural White People Actually Vote In Their Economic Interests Instead of Jamie Dimon's

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

White and rural often means far-right Republican. Not in these states.

10 Most Horrendous Meat Concoctions Dished Out in America

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Wanna try a maggot sandwich? Here are some inventive foods from state fairs that will either make your mouth water or stomach churn.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: It's Time for Reparations for the Violent Oppression of African-Americans

By Bill Moyers, Ta-Nehisi Coates,

Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says Americans have to confront the country's slave past and right the wrongs inflicted on African Americans

Drone Deaths and Force-Feeding: Obama's Trail of Broken Promises

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

The president has crushed transparency on torture, continued drone attacks and left the Guantanamo prison open.

"Antitrust Us!" AT&T Swallows Yet Another Media Company

By Mark Fiore, AlterNet

How do you foster more competition? Have more companies merge, of course.

Italians Broke Into Hated U.S. Army Base and Planted Pot Seeds Everywhere

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The seeds were scattered to “liberate our land from the foundations of war.”

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How Right-Wingers Are Amping Up Their War on Science and Reality

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Republicans are taking their science denialism to striking new levels.

Why You Won't Find Any Trigger Warnings in My Class or on My Syllabi

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

Learning is about rethinking our views, which is incompatible with censorship.

Why American Conservatives Are Suddenly Freaking Out About Guillotines

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Are they afraid the people’s patience is not endless?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams CNN for Its Stupidity on Climate Change

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Why do networks like CNN suggest that climate change is up for debate?

You'll Never Guess When a New Study Says Old Age Begins — And 25 Signs You've Hit It

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

If age is just a number, this is a pretty high one.

Robert Reich: American Capitalism is Broken

By Robert Reich,

Why the vast majority of Europeans and Canadians live longer, happier lives.

Endless War: Top Obama Lawyers Tell Congress the President Can Do Anything In War On Terrorists

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The White House takes Dick Cheney’s argument after 9/11 one step further.

People Would Rather Vote for a Cheater Than an Atheist

By Sarah Gray, Salon

A recent poll show that Americans would rather vote for a cheater than a nonbeliever

The Race Wealth Gap Is Even Worse Than You Think

By Maya Rockeymoore, The Grio

Blacks own six cents for every dollar possessed by whites. Where's the outrage?

VIDEO: Comedian Janeane Garofalo Does Not Think You Should Shave Your Pubic Hair

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"It's like eyebrows—but different."

Couple Fined $750, Threatened With Jail for Feeding Homeless People

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Debbie and Chico Jimenez refuse to turn their backs on the hungry.

Why I Live in a Dumpster

By Jeffrey Wilson, xojane

My daughter's friends don't believe her when she tells them, "Daddy lives in a dumpster." But it's true!

Why Sex Feels Good (and Why It Can be Stressful)

By Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., AlterNet

Sex is a boom and bust way for you to get the brain chemical that makes you feel relaxed and secure.

The Secret to the Mediterranean Diet

By Joanna Blythman, The Guardian

Researchers claim to have found why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy. But is their science valid?

The GOP Doesn't Want You to See This Koch Brothers Documentary

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

A new film exposes the actions of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, such as their millions of dollars spent to attack labor unions

NSA Is Secretly Taping Every Conversation in the Bahamas with the Help of the DEA

By April M. Short, AlterNet

And they're spying on 250 million private citizens in five foreign countries.

US Troops Deploy to Chad in Hunt for Nigerian Girls

By , AFP

The US has deployed 80 military personnel.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Rational thought and evidence are the creationists' biggest enemies.

Chauvinist McConnell Faces New Kind of Democrat: Why Grimes Really Matters

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Remember when men hostile to women’s rights were the Democrats’ future? That's so 2006.

Enforcing School Dress Codes Teaches Girls to be Ashamed, Not 'Modest'

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Everyday school dress codes disproportionately target, shame, and punish girls – especially girls who are more developed than their peers.

Inside the CIA's Sordid Role in Creating a Global Health Emergency

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The intelligence agency has promised to stop using vaccination campaigns as a front for conducting covert operations. But the damage is done.

Poverty is a "Foreign Country" on the American Screen

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Can we admit that poverty is as American as apple pie?

Warning: This Article Could Traumatize You

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Should colleges be required to issue 'trigger warnings' for cultural works that might upset students?

Corporations Want Control of the Marijuana Industry -- Here's How to Stop It

By Jonathan P. Caulkins, The Washington Monthly

Putting the growing legal pot business in the hands of for-profit corporations could pose serious and dangerous consequences to the public

Inside the Troubling Rise of Fascist Parties Across Europe

By Robert Kuttner, The Huffington Post

History is repeating itself as Europe's political leadership puts the needs of the banks first and the people last.

I Finally Had an Orgasm, And My Husband Didn’t Even Know

By Amanda Kling, Salon

I went to a sex class to spice up our marriage. The toy I bought worked -- but afterward, I felt lonelier than ever

10 Food and Drink Companies That Are Making Climate Change Worse

By Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian

Cereal and soft drinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report.

Fracking Hotbed Is a Regulatory Disaster

By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety.

What's the Real Reason "Capital in the 21st Century" is Doing So Well in the U.S.?

By Thomas Ferguson, The Real News Network

Thomas Ferguson, leading expert on political money, explains why the Democrats have taken up inequality - and when the will drop it.

Why Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier -- and Smarter

By David Sobel, YES! Magazine

New approaches to kindergarten offer a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be -- if we're willing to think beyond the classroom walls.

Why We Shouldn't Worry About Teenagers Using Mobile Phones

By Joanna Moorhead, The Guardian

Cell phones may be addictive, but we're all hooked on them anyway.