Cliff Weathers

10 Subtle Signs You’re About to Get Canned

There are obvious signs you’re about to be terminated: You’ve had several poor performance reviews, you don’t get along with your supervisor, or your company is having financial difficulties. And some employees deserve to be let go: they may be unproductive, confrontational, dishonest, or abusive.

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Nuclear 'Ticking Time Bomb' Is a Real Threat to New York, but the Feds Don't Seem to Care

A little more than a year ago, a transformer fire and oil spill reminded the world that Indian Point, an aging nuclear power plant, sits only about 40 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Later it was revealed that the fire was caused by a short circuit due to insulation failure in a high-voltage coil in the transformer.

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The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

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'Pro Life' GOPer Says It's Fine For Kids to Die in the Name of God

In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing.

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Bill O’Reilly Totally Loses It, Threatens Reporter

Bill O’Reilly has raised the bar in his war against journalists. Late last night, The New York Times disclosed that O’Reilly threatened a reporter during a phone conversation with him discussing possible embellishments he made regarding his reporting during the Falklands War.

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Pot is 114 Times Safer Than Booze, Says Study

A new report, by the journal Scientific Reports, finds that marijuana is far safer than other recreational drugs, including and especially alcohol.

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Your HR Department Hates You: How Corporate Overseers Exploit Workers

For most of the 20th century, corporations got along just fine without human resources departments. Instead, they had personnel managers who found new employees and handled the welfare of those on payroll. Personnel managers were pretty low on the corporate totem pole, quietly administering a multitude of banal tasks.

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St. Louis Cops Turned Off Camera to Hide Abuse of Suspect

St. Louis cops turned off a dashboard camera that recorded them tasering and kicking a man pulled over at a traffic stop. But as the cops were abusing Cortez Bufford, a female officer told them to stop as a camera in a police car was still videorecording. 

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Why Chipotle Can Make You Fat

A New York Times report on “fast casual” restaurants shows that the meals from such establishments can really pile on the calories. In fact, one meal might have a day’s worth of calories or more.

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NSA's Massive Cyber-Spying Efforts Called "Superhuman"

A leading software security company has suggested that the U.S. Government is behind the spyware it has found in the hard drives of numerous consumers, and that this stealth software may be part of the most sophisticated international cyber-surveillance program ever seen. And computers may have been infected with this software as far back as 2001.

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"Bomb Train" Derails and Explodes in West Virginia, Two Towns Evacuated

A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia, causing massive explosions and sending one tanker car into a nearby river where the contents have reportedly spilled and caught fire. 

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Is Cable TV's Rip-off Tyranny Coming to an End?

Disgusted with high costs, poor service, and the abuse they get from call centers, some 4 million U.S. cable subscribers have cut the cord in the past few years. Many of them are opting for Internet television devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast used to stream on-demand video services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus.

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Lawyer Says He Has Fool-Proof Method for Dealing With DUI Checkpoints

A Florida criminal defense attorney has gone to war against DUI checkpoints, saying the compulsory traffic stops by police violate state laws and civil rights.

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4 Reasons You Should Buy a Used Car Instead of a New One

Buying a used car was once quite a tradeoff. While initial purchase price was much less, buying used was a risky investment. There was always that chance that the car could be unreliable, especially if the previous owner didn’t take good care of it. However, cars are more reliable than ever before and last much longer (even if not well maintained previously). They can be easy on your budget through the entire ownership experience.

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The Real 'Snowpocalypse' Is in Boston - And Yes, Climate Change Is Likely to Blame

Not one, but two snowstorms are forecast to hit the East Coast this weekend, which will likely pile on to New England’s already insane tally. Boston already has more than 77 inches of snow this winter, and is having a hard enough time digging out from two back-to-back “once-in-a-lifetime” snowfalls.

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4,000 African Americans Were Lynched by White Mobs

Nearly 4,000 African Americans were victims of “racial terror lynchings” in the South between 1877 and 1950, according to a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative.

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The Banking Giant That Helped the 1% Hide Billions in Taxes

HSBC, the world’s second largest bank, helped some of the richest people in the world stash away billions in assets to avoid taxes. The Swiss arm of the British banking giant encouraged wealthy clients to hide their fortunes from governments and other taxing authorities and helped to make their transactions untraceable.

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When Your Cable Company Attacks: Why Comcast Abuses Its Customers

When it comes to popularity, cable companies rank down there with members of Congress, root canals and Nickelback. Current and former customers agree; they hate the high cost and poor service, and they especially hate the runaround they get from call centers.

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Texas School Says 9-Year-Old's 'Magic Powers' Are a Terrorist Threat

A fourth-grade boy was suspended from school for making a "terroristic" threat after he told a classmate that he could use his “magic ring” to make him disappear.

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9 Craziest Claims Made by Anti-Vaxxers

The measles outbreak and recent statements by politicians like Rand Paul and Chris Christie have reignited the debate on childhood vaccinations. However, there is very little to debate; vaccinations are proven to protect public health. Still, this isn’t stopping vaccination critics from spouting misinformation. Here are nine examples.

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​Is Fracking Really Dying?

Two short years ago, industry analysts and television pundits were toasting North Dakota as the “Saudi Arabia of North America.” But the fracking rush that made the Peace Garden State the poster child of the U.S. energy boom has gone bust.

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Atheist Teacher Claims He Was Fired for Objecting to Christian Proselytizing in Public School

An Indiana school teacher says that he was fired by his school’s Christian principal and school board because he identifies as an atheist.

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What You Have to Earn to Be in the 1% in Every State

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute says that the benefits from the economic recovery are being enjoyed by the nation’s top 1% of income earners while the rest of us still languish with relatively stagnant, even falling, wages.

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Why (Almost) Everyone Got Snowpocalypse Wrong

This morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Great ‘15 Blizzard had spared much of the state, especially New York City. In Central Park, only 8 inches fell, and in the nearby Hudson Valley accumulation is little more than 4 inches. Scant amounts of snow continues to fall in those areas, but the storm ended up passing 25 miles to the east of the city, sparing it from the brunt of its force.

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Snowpocalypse: How Global Warming Creates Gargantuan Blizzards

Severe winter storm events often prompt naysayers to mock, “Where’s that global warming?” But while the concept may seem to conflict with rising global temperatures, these storms are actually obvious evidence of man-made climate change.

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8 Shockingly Common Home Pollution Dangers

The Environmental Protection Agency says the air we breathe indoors can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. And that is largely our fault as we unwittingly introduce products into our home that diminish the quality of our air. While we may know that secondhand smoke, radon gas and molds impair our indoor air quality, many sources of indoor air pollution aren’t so obvious.

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There Are Crazy Conspiracy Theories About Light Bulbs, and Then There Are Some Real Dangers

The light-bulb aisle has never been more confusing. Gone are traditional incandescent bulbs, replaced by Halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and a variety of expensive light-emitting diode (LED) lights. And while these greener choices come with their unique trade-offs, they're not necessarily the unsatisfactory alternatives their detractors claim them to be.

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5 Ways Outlet Malls Aren't a Good Deal and Trick You Into Buying Crap

Outlet stores have been around since the Depression era when they were often located right next to manufacturing plants and known as “factory stores.” These stores were where consumers, often factory employees, could bypass the middle man and get deep discounts. If a product was blemished, dented or defective in any way the deal was that much better.

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Mayor of Paris to Sue Fox News for Wildly Inaccurate, Insulting Coverage

The Mayor of Paris, France is threatening to sue Fox News over its claim that the city contains several “no-go zones” where non-Muslims cannot walk safely and Sharia law is practiced.

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The Shockingly Gory Experiments Conducted on Animals So Americans Can Have Cheap, Tasty Meat

The federal government is behind the hideous and inhumane experimentation on livestock animals, according to a new report by the New York Times.

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5-Year-Old Shoots Baby Brother Dead With Unsecured Gun Allegedly Belonging to Grandfather

A 5-year-old boy shot his 9-month-old brother, killing him with his grandfather’s handgun on Monday in the tiny rural town of Elmo in northwest Missouri. Reportedly, the weapon was not locked up and the older sibling had easy access to it. The shooting is belived to be accidental.

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