Back in 1974, the agricultural multinational Monsanto developed a class of herbicides using glyphosate as the key ingredient. By the 1990s, the company had created corn, soy and cotton seeds genetically altered to resist glyphosate herbicides, meaning farmers could kill weeds without fearing for the health of their crops. Today, Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used weed-killer in the world.
There are certain politicians Jon Stewart clearly relishes mocking. There’s his southern belle Lindsey Graham impression; Mitch McConnell as slow, bewildered turtle; and as an old-standby, Dick Cheney as evil Sith lord. Stewart dedicated much of last night’s episode to debunking the misleading statements made by Cheney, or as Stewart calls him, a man who is “rotten to his very core, which is in itself a tiny black hole from which no joy or light could escape.”
Decades of intervening in conflicts in the Middle East has not taught us much. Last week, the Obama administration reached a “historic outline of a framework of an outline for a potential draft of a prefinal tentative nuclear deal arrangement pending approval” along with five other countries. But GOP congressional leaders have fought the agreement every step of the way, from what they say is concern about the “blowback” and “unintended consequences” such a deal may bring.
AlterNet and other progressive news sites frequently publish articles about the decline of Christian hegemony in the United States. While this view is to some extent true, it doesn’t necessarily account for other long-term demographic trends, including population growth and migration. In a new report, The Future of World Religions, the Pew Research Center attempts to round out the picture and look at patterns of faith on a global scale.
We associate Kansas with flat dry plains, Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz, heartland America. As Jon Stewart said, Kansas has long been our “standard-bearer for normalcy.” Under the governorship of extreme right-winger Sam Brownback, Kansas can better be understood as an example of what the GOP envisions for our country. Kansas has become a veritable “righttopia,” complete with low taxes, deregulation, and strict limits on social welfare spending. It is a state where gun owners no longer have to take a required eight-hour training course, and which has a long laundry list of establishments where welfare recipients can’t spend their money.
The much-heralded historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the U.S. has come to a standstill, to the surprise of pretty much no one. The deal, which would relieve Iran from the crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe as long as it severely restricts its nuclear capabilities and agrees to rigorous inspections, was hammered out over weeks of negotiations. But once Israel and congressional Republicans got involved, all bets were off.
On any given night in New York City, while most of us are sleeping, an entire workforce is moving through the streets. They’re taking the elevated 7 train out to Elmhurst, Queens on their way home from late shifts, cleaning midtown office buildings and delivering boxes of fresh produce to cavernous restaurant basements.
In a video uploaded to YouTube yesterday afternoon, a New York Police Department officer launches a profanity-filled, xenophobic tirade against an Uber driver. Officer Patrick Cherry, a detective in the joint terrorism task force, spends a full three minutes berating the rattled driver, who appears unsure why Cherry is so upset.
In 2014, a great deal of ink was spilled about the need to stop calling women crazy. Though dismissing women as emotional and irrational is hardly a new phenomenon, a Washington Post op-ed by dating coach Harris O’Malley provided the fodder for a thousand blog posts on the subject. As O’Malley writes, “It’s a form of gaslighting—telling women that their feelings are just wrong, that they don’t have the right to feel the way they do.”
John Oliver does not like April Fools’ Day. As a matter of fact, he believes that “anyone who claims to be excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath because what they’re really saying is, ‘I can’t wait to hurt the people close to me!’”