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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

Who knew that a mix of plants including lemongrass, peppermint, and vanillin could work so well.

Yes, I'm Fat, But Spare Us the Cruelty This Summer

By Phoebe-Jane Boyd, The Guardian

Summer is open season on those of us who take up a bit more space in this world.

The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

This new attack by Boehner on Obama's legitimacy as president is nothing more than an extension of the earlier Republican Birther attack.

Right-Wing Christian Group Tried to Convert This City's Kids — But They're Fighting Back

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Child Evangelism's efforts to convert kids is facing organized opposition.

5 Reasons the Rich Are Ruining the Economy by Hoarding Their Money

By David Atkins, AlterNet

Why supply-side economics just doesn't work.

“Snowpiercer” Is the Movie of the Year, At Least So Far

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

The 99 percent fight back aboard a train to nowhere, in a dazzling action flick that's also a political parable.

How I'm Having Best Sex of My Life at 60

By Walker Thornton, Kinkly

Put your sexual needs first, whatever your age.

Libertarians’ Sneaky New Crusade

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

Finding ways to exploit regulatory loopholes is another way to game public goods.

Collapse of America's Shopping Mall

By Seph Lawless, Artivist Publishing

Photographer Seph Lawless' book 'Black Friday' chronicles the abandoned malls that are rotting across America.

5 Hidden Sources of Sugar in 'Healthy' Foods

By David Zinczenko, The Huffington Post

And you thought such foods as salad dressing and dried fruit were nothing like soda and candy bars.

Despite Science, New Medical Cannabis Laws Prohibit Smoked Cannabis

By Angela Bacca, AlterNet

Smoking bans are not backed by scientific research and they serve to proliferate a black market.

Friday, June 27, 2014

7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Neuroeconomics is giving us a picture of the brain on money. Some of it isn't pretty.

The 'Food Babe' Blogger's Attack on Beer Gains National Attention, But Experts Call It 'Quackmail'

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Scientists and brewers challenge blogger Vani Hari's claims about beer ingredients.​

Is Veganism Child Abuse?

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

A mother is arrested for infant neglect after a hospital crisis that began with her veganism.

This Is Why You Should Care That the Government Can Know Everything About You

By Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

The secrets of the corporate security state.

6 Unbelievably Insensitive Things Said to Rape Victims

By Erika L. Sánchez, AlterNet

This is what rape culture looks like.

World Cup Fever Really Has Hit America — Sorry, Ann Coulter

By Dan Hancox, The Guardian

The right-wing pundit's hysterical rant against the "socialist" sport is not really landing.

Hmm . . . The Supreme Court Enjoys a Much Bigger Buffer Zone than the One It Just Took Away from Abortion Clinics

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Protestors are not allowed in the giant plaza in front of the court.

5 States Gunning to Make Their Kids As Scientifically Illiterate As Possible by Teaching Creationist B.S.

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Some states have attempted to pass bills that either remove evolution from the curriculum or allow teachers to offer alternative theories.

Gun Nuts Are Terrorizing America: The Watershed Moment Everyone Missed

By Rick Perlstein, Salon

From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to "open carry" movement's menace, the left's timidity has spawned a nightmare.

Imagine Strangers Screaming "Murderer" an Inch from Your Face While You're Trying to Get Medical Treatment

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Protestors outside abortion clinics are not kindly "counselors." They are violent and aggressive.

Brooklyn College Defends Academic Freedom By Saying No To Koch Millions For Its Business School

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A libertarian professor cries foul, as if the Kochs are apolitical.

6 Counterintuitive Tricks for Making Love Last

By Jeremy E. Sherman , Psychology Today

The opposite can also be true of our preconceived notions of love and relationships.

Is American Capitalism in Profound Trouble?

By Scott Gast, Orion Magazine

Author Gar Alperovitz proposes a solution: a cooperative economic model that puts workers first.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think 'Religious Freedom' Means Forcing Their Faith on You?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Religious freedom has turned into conservative code for imposing Christianity.

The Feds Have Turned America Into a War Zone: 4 Disturbing Facts About Police Militarization

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Why do even small towns now deploy paramilitary forces?

Supreme Court Throws Out Abortion Clinic Sidewalk Buffer Zones, Saying Free Speech Includes Bullying Women

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Chief Justice John Roberts writes another opinion for the religious right.

Congress Blocks Marijuana Decriminalization in D.C., Racist Pot Arrests Rage On

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The district’s residents have no voting representatives in Congress, so the power of the vote has been superseded.

How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

By Paul Glastris and Haley Sweetland Edwards, Washington Monthly

A debilitating brain drain has actually been under way in Congress for the past twenty-five years.

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Daily Show Takes on the Absurd Leniency Colleges Show to Sexual Assaulters

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Expelled upon graduation? Isn't that graduation?"

4 Ways Your Constitutional Right to Privacy Has Been Gutted Since 9/11

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

The Fourth Amendment no longer seems to apply.

The Rise of a Right-wing Quack: Faux Historian David Barton's Shocking New Influence

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The ascent of Glenn Beck's favorite "historian" is terrifying.

How the USDA Helps McDonald's, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Sell Junk Food

By Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

The feds also helped bring you the Taco Bell Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla and several other fast-food gems.

The Pentagon Funds 'Terror Studies' to Dissect and Neutralize Dissenters

By Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

The military has enlisted universities to figure out how to deal with dissatisfied populations throughout the world.

10 Most Important Things to Learn About Sex

By Liz Langley, AlterNet

These are a few bits of hard-won wisdom I wouldn’t mind shouting out to my past self.

The Ghoulish Trollery of Dick Cheney

By Joan Walsh, Salon

He barely remembers his old friend Ahmed Chalabi and imagines nuclear terror scenarios in detail. Has he lost it?

Worldwide Protests Erupt Over the Racist, Failed War on Drugs

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

On June 26, people in over 100 cities in at least 46 countries will speak out.

Don't Go Back to Iraq! 5 Things We Must Do to Avoid Another Insane, Pointless War

By Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus

This is how wars always start.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Devastating Illness That Pot Might Aid and the Medical Marijuana Pioneers Fighting to Change the Law

By Angela Bacca, AlterNet

This product could improve the lives of thousands of people.

How the Feds Are Recruiting Spies at Campuses Across the US

By Roberto J. Gonzalez, University of Minnesota Press

Spy agencies have spent millions on funding centers in universities nationwide.

“The Internet’s Own Boy”: How the Government Destroyed Aaron Swartz

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption — and paid a cruel price.

There Is No Internet 'Outrage Machine,' Just Outrageous Rape Apologists

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Don't court controversy by whining about 'privileged' victims and then feign surprise at the backlash. Your time's up.

How You Can Permanently Damage Your Brain If You Keep Putting Off Sleep

By Michael Breus, Huffington Post

Avoid the cycle of 'sleep debt.'

Cops Can't Grab Your Cellphone Data Without a Warrant, Supreme Court Rules

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A major privacy ruling comes after police fishing expeditions.

8 Things You Should Know About the Shocking Legal Memo That Justified Assassinating a U.S. Citizen

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

A Justice Department memo attempts to rationalize the unthinkable.

Inside the Titanic Power Struggle in Iraq to Control Its Oil

By Michael Schwartz, Tom Dispatch

The oppressive Maliki regime is racked with insurgency because of the prime minister's refusal to share oil revenues with the Sunnis.

Why John Oliver Is Edgier Than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

By Prachi Gupta, Salon

How John Oliver became the sheriff of cable news.

Hightower: Officer Friendly Is the Policeman of the Past -- Now They Look Like Navy Seals

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Militarization is a dangerous and ultimately deadly perversion of the honorable purpose of policing -- and it is out of control.

Why Corporate 'Negative Speech Rights' Is as Dangerous as Corporate Free Speech

By Simon Davis-Cohen, AlterNet

Only in America would the First Amendment be twisted like this.

The GOP Is the Pro-Death Party

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

Conservatives like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal give tax breaks to the rich but won't fund health care for working-class Americans.

Out-of-control Central Banks are Buying Up the Planet

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

In China and elsewhere, central banks are turning from monetary policy to asset grabs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Deadly Disease in Meat That Health Officials Are Ignoring

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Health officials are too protective of the meat industry.

Glenn Greenwald: 'What I Tell People Who Say They Don’t Care About Their Privacy'

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

“Those people don’t believe what they’re saying,” the civil liberties-focused journalist says.

Meet the Guy Stealing Your Retirement Savings Right Under Your Nose

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Don't let your broker enjoy comfortable retirement with your money.

A Secret Plan to Shut Down Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work

By Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future

A report suggests that many of the SSA’s critical functions could soon be outsourced to private-sector partners and contractors.

Robin Thicke's Creepy, Stalker-ish Video

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Romanticizing the creepy and potentially harassing efforts of a man obsessed with his ex sends a dangerous message to young men about what "romance" really is.

Southern GOPer Says Only Christians Should be Protected by Constitution

By Ed Kilgore, The Washington Monthly

An odd interpretation of the document.

The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Restrained, Isolated Against Their Will

By Heather Vogell, ProPublica

A young boy with autism shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and shut him into a “scream room.”

7 Craziest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories About Internment Camps

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Specters of concentration camps have started turning up everywhere some conservatives look, from climate change resolutions to census forms to job postings.

Iraq's Destruction Is a Reminder of the Ugly Face of American Empire

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Why are the cheerleaders of slaughter, who have been wrong about Iraq since before the invasion, still urging us toward ruin?

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich: Why Are Clinton and Biden Playing Down Their Wealth?

By Joan Walsh, Salon

When top Democrats deny their good fortune, it plays into GOP arguments they’re out of touch with average voters

Why Starbucks Baristas Should Be Wary of the Education the Company Is Offering Them

By Michelle Chen, The Guardian

There's a potential downside to the coffee chain's plan to offer a partial tuition discount to its non-union workers.

Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)

By Deji Bryce Olukotun , AlterNet

The Internet's promise to enable more people to significantly improve their lives has not been fulfilled, an important new book argues.

Why Boston Has the Best Tasting Tap Water in the Nation

By Daniel Moss, YES! Magazine

New Yorkers may disagree but Beantown's environmental protection efforts are its water's secret ingredient.

8 Things Not To Ask Bisexuals

By Elena Novak, Everyday Feminism

Hopefully this list will dispel some misunderstandings about what it means to be bisexual.

My Love Affair With Nicotine Gum

By May Wilkerson,

First I chewed it to quit smoking, but then I couldn't quit--it was my perfect drug.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Don't Be Fooled: 5 Traits Uber Shares With Exploitative Old School Capitalist Companies

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

It's time to take a more skeptical look at what the NY Times calls the hottest start-up on earth.

Meet the Woman Who Made Creationists Apoplectic, Inspiring Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

By Andrew O'Hehir,

The widow of Carl Sagan discusses science vs. religion, and how men get credit for her work.

7 Successful, Famous, Cannabis-Smoking Geniuses

By DJ Reetz, The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine

From Neil deGrasse Tyson to Bill Gates, plenty of geniuses admit to enjoying pot.

WATCH: John Oliver's Latest Epic Rant Hilariously Nails Dr. Oz and the Supplement Industry

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"We're all looking for flowery language from our physicians."

My 500-Mile March to Protest Sheldon Adelson, The Koch Brothers and Big Money’s Influence in Politics

By Kai Newkirk, AlterNet

Month long protest march pushing for campaign finance reforms ends in arrests.

How Being a Bridesmaid Is Driving Me to the Brink of Bankruptcy

By Carey Purcell, AlterNet

At $1,700 a pop, being a bridesmaid is a pricey commitment. So why do groomsmen get away with spending so little?

The Tea Party's Embarrassing Irony: Its Ideal Nation Rejects Basic American Beliefs

By Elias Isquith, Salon

Tea Partiers like Rand Paul want a "democracy" in which big questions are never debated.

Say You Want A Revolution? Larry Lessig Says Change How Political Campaigns Are Funded-Starting Now

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Why an anti-corruption SuperPAC could succeed where reformers and Democrats failed.

What Makes a Slut? Apparently, Just Being a Woman

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

The ubiquitous slur is a warning to women to conform to narrow feminity standards or else.

How Wall St. Investor Greed in Real Estate Can Devastate Families -- The Tragic Death of 2-Year Old Zahara Cedillo

By Laura Gottesdiener, Tom Dispatch

Exposing the Dark sides of the investor rush in squeezing profits from America's rental market.

Why I Came Out of the 'Good Girl' Closet At 50 and Started to Enjoy Casual Sex

By Erica Jagger, Huffington Post

I wasn't about to sit still for being slut-shamed and age-shamed on OKCupid.

Iraqi Nightmare Is the Latest Symptom of Our Deadly Oil Addiction

By Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian

Iraqis are paying the price yet again for our ill-conceived imperial hubris.

'Pray or You're Fired' -- Workers Allege Forced Prayer at Company

By Nick Divito, Courthouse News

Employees from a health care company claim they were required to participate in the "belief system" of "Harnessing Happiness" or, "more commonly, 'Onionhead.'"

The Important Role of Armed Resistance in the Black Civil Rights Movement

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

Even Martin Luther King Jr.'s Atlanta home was a discreet arsenal of weapons.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

6 Despicable Right-Wing Outrages This Week—The War on Women Rages On

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

George Will thinks he is "more serious" than you about rape.

Major Federal Health Official Admits That Prohibition Has Harmed Research Into Marijuana's Benefits

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

There would be far more literature about cannabis’ efficacy if the feds didn't impede studies.

GOP’s Sudden Scandal-Mania: Why Criminal Probes and Infighting are Taking Over the Party

By Simon Malloy, Salon

From Walker and Christie's falls from grace, to revived Tea Party hostility, here's why the party is coming apart.

The Food Industry's Hiding Something: How to Expose America's Most Secretive Industry

By Lindsay Abrams,

Will Potter tells us about his ambitious new project: Using drones to investigate the facts behind our food.

Huge Propaganda War Going On in Baghdad

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The government is trying to maintain morale in the capitol by downplaying ISIS successes, emphasizing patriotism and stressing that Baghdad can never fall.

How to Watch the World Cup

By Will Durst, AlterNet

'Make your own red and yellow cards and hold them up when you need snacks,' and other (hilarious) tips.

Beware: 8 Common Toxic Household Products That Will (Probably) Kill You

By Madeleine Somerville, Cleis Press

The very air you breathe could be trying to kill you.

After Almost Three Violent Decades of Racism, Movement Leader Explains Why She's Calling It Quits

By Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

Lynette Avrin describes her life in an interview and her decision to abandon racism.

Scary New Congressional Bill Would Force Medication on Some Mentally Ill People

By David Grossman, AlterNet

Amid high-profile shootings, proposed legislation would commit people against their will.

How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

By Farah Ahmad, Center for American Progress

As the U.S. becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.

Activists Quickly Organize to Oppose More War in Iraq

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

The American public is sick and tired of war — and the movement to end it is growing.

Is There Inequality in Casual Sex?

By Danica Johnson, Everyday Feminism

One side says it empowers women, while another argues it reaffirms sexist double standards.

The Koching of America — and of PBS

By Richard Eskow, Curbing Wall St. Project

PBS' withdrawal of funding for a documentary on the Koch Brothers shows how public broadcasting has fallen under corporate influence.