Stories by Rachel Neumann

Rachel Neumann is the author of the new book Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness. She has worked with numerous leading Buddhist and spiritual authors, including the Dalai Lama, Sylvia Boorstein, and Sulak Sivaraksa. subscribe to Rachel Neumann's feed

Posted on: Sep 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Two chances to win! Pick who will be President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, or pick your favorite ideal world nominee.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

What do you get when you cross the Love Parade, thousands of anti-war marchers, a guy in a red satin shirt singing for Jesus, some young anarchists with kerchiefs on their faces, and fifty police in riot gear?

Posted on: Sep 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Two seemingly unrelated news items that, taken together, should make us very afraid.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A spate of articles remind me why feminism needs a make-over, again.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Lackluster hurricane responses and evasive Supreme Court nominee responses got you down? Why not take a break and celebrate the Kiwis this weekend.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I made a solemn vow never to judge other mothers. But Britney Spears is forcing me to break it.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Don't be fooled by John Robert's bland exterior. Only an evil genius could think of so many ways to say so little.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Yes, in this day and age, there are still racially segregated bathrooms. Still think civil rights complaints shouldn't be "too easy" to prove, Mr. Roberts?

Posted on: Sep 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Oh, whoops, you mean the hearings aren't over? Somebody should have told the Senate.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

An appeals court ruled today that U.S. citizens can be held <i>indefinitely</i> without charges. What on earth gave them the confidence that our government would do this justly?

Posted on: Sep 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Eugene Robinson reminds us why the hurricane aftermath is an indictment of conservative, Reagan-era orthodoxy.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

California Governor Schwarzenegger responds to crisis by vetoing gay marriage.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The American Family Association, an anti-gay anti-reproductive rights organization, wants to help hurricane victims, as long as the victims are church-goers who will be appropriately grateful.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

With less than a tenth of our resources, Cuba survived a Category 5 hurricane and evacuated 1.5 million people without a single death. Now they're offering help to the United States.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Mike Davis wrote a piece last year about a hurricane catastrophe in New Oreleans. Too bad "I told you so" doesn't save any lives.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

After thirty years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice William Rehnquist is dead. The convservative court he shaped lives on.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Note to Louisiana: next time be a swing state and elect the President's brother for Governor and you might get help a lot faster.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The aftermath of hurricane Katrina lays bare ugly truths about race and poverty in the United States. It's infuriating and bewildering, but mostly just plain sad.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The FDA is making sure that Plan B, the over-the-counter "morning after" contraceptive, is safe, effective, and never available.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Although we'd rather not, it's important that we see the latest round of torture photographs from Abu Ghraib.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Under attack from evangelicals, pharmaceutical companies, and the federal government, scientists are becoming the new underground superheroes.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Is Supreme Court nominee John Roberts gay? Does Mrs. Roberts hate men?

Posted on: Aug 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If you raise a kid, you're a parent -- whatever your gender, sexuality, or marital status.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A young woman was shot with a Taser at an anti-war protest this weekend. It begs the question: as anti-war sentiment gains intensity, will the police response intensify as well?

Posted on: Aug 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Anti-immigrant forces have succeeded in framing the border debate so that immigrants are referred to by their legality and not their humanity.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Just when we thought childhood was safe again, new studies surface of unethical pesticide testing and preschoolers' perilous eating habits.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I'm keeping my thoughts to myself for the next month. Here's hoping a few politicians will learn from my example.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

There are too many days when anything serious feels too heavy and anything light, too frivolous. Perhaps it's the price we pay for living in the Terror Error.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Military investigators are saying that the prison commander at Guantanamo Bay "abused and degraded" prisoners but didn't torture them. That's like saying Bill Clinton smoked pot, but didn't inhale.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration is classifying documents faster than I can blink. Too bad they can't take a lesson from Eminem: transparency is our greatest strength.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Some of the technological gadgets I'm longing for: a remote that turns off other people's cellphones and a microphone for journalists with a built-in bullshit detector.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Despite the Bush/Blair spin, the London attacks weren't necessarily an attack on our values.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Terrorist attacks, a Supreme Court nomination battle looming like a cloud of locusts, hurricane warning. What are you going to do? Stick your toes in the sand and pick up a good book.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A university research study finds that women feel more pain than men. Why does this have men cheering that women are the "real" wimps?

Posted on: Jul 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

For my daughter, the Fourth is the day an elephant fell from the sky. Optimistically, I'll take that as a metaphor for political change.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Why did Justice O' Connor have to resign today? A secret lover? A yearning to take up oil painting? Couldn't she have waited at least until fall, when my daughter starts pre-school and I have some time for the battle?

Posted on: Jun 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

How can H&M clothes be so cute -- yet so cheap? Afraid of the most probable answer, but too guilty to keep shopping, I decided to take a closer look.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

With great wine, flamenco, progressive politicians, and now gay marriage, Spain is surpassing France as the coolest European country by far.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bob Dylan's decision to sell his new album exclusively at Starbucks isn't as hypocritical as it seems.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Watching Venus Williams<a href=""> beat Jill Craybas,</a> the unseeded player who'd just beat her sister, at Wimbledon is satisfying on a number of levels.