Natalie Shure

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump's Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports (sorry for "Grey’s Anatomy" and Papa John’s pizza, Planet Earth!). And our political nutbaggery is no exception. But when it comes to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves. The GOP frontrunner is a woman-hating reality TV star whose campaign has mostly focused on his lust for ethnic cleansing. The global reaction to Trump mania has been a sense of disgust; Trump is the native son of a country that worships selfishness above empathy, corporate interests over justice and notoriety over prestige. As French author Marie-Cecile Naves put it to Politico, “Trump represents the America we love to hate…He is our negative mirror image, a man we see as brutal, who worships money and lacks culture — someone who lets us feel a bit superior about being European."

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8 Most Hilariously Dumb Ways America Has Tried to Keep Teens From Getting High

Within days last month, representatives of the famous DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) both advocated for and condemned the legalization of marijuana as the best option to keep kids safe. In a letter to the editor in Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch, deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment wrote such sensible things as, “I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.”

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6 Celebrities Who Should Really STFU About Their Vile Activism

Superstar anti-vaxxers have been taking a well-deserved bashing in the media for abusing a platform that has nothing to do with scientific credentials to dole out dangerous advice on children’s health. Jim Carrey was lambasted recently for a string of deranged tweets criticizing vaccines, calling California’s governor a “corporate fascist” for daring to protect public health by making MMR inoculations a requirement to enter public schools. (Savvy observers suspect his medieval views were likely solidified during his years-long relationship with Jenny McCarthy, the anti-vax movement’s flagship recruit.) Alicia Silverstone, Jenna Elfman, Selma Blair and Charlie Sheen are also all reportedly against peer-reviewed medical science when it comes to their own dumb kids. 

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Why You Don't Have to Be Libertarian A-Hole to Survive a Worldwide Catastrophe

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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Inside the Underground Bunker Condos Where 1 Percenters Plan to Ride Out the Apocalypse

Without the savvy to live off the land that we associate with survivalists, how are the one-percenters supposed to get through the apocalypse? It’s tough to envision the well-heeled skinning deer to feed their Wall Street dinner party guests. But now the elite have another option. Instead of handing the future to bearded crackpots building sandbag barricades on rural compounds, the rich can score a luxury underground Survival Condo nice enough to remind them of the one they left in Manhattan. 

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5 Worst Things Rich People Did This Week

The scroogiest among us don’t hold anything back just because of some holiday. ’Tis the season to be just as miserly as usual. Here’s our weekly roundup of some of the worst infractions committed by one-percenters. 

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The 7 Worst Things That Happened This Week: Cheney Unapologetic After Torture Report

Why are you so mad about torture when you should be mad about universal healthcare?

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Kmart is Burdening its Employees with Ever-Increasing Black Friday Hours

I woke up extra early on Thanksgiving morning to report on the Kmart DOORBUSTER SALE that yanked store associates away from their families on the holiday. In light of weeks of hysterical marketing surrounding the cesspool that is Black Friday, you’d expect these people to have done some market research, wouldn’t you? But at 6:00a.m. on America’s biggest annual secular holiday, there were a total of seven people in line for the misleadingly-named DOORBUSTER at Kmart on Broadway in Lower Manhattan. And we couldn’t have stampeded each other to death if we tried. 

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7 Shockingly Awful Things Rich People Did This Week

1. One Poor Family’s Loss is Some Weirdly Named Horse’s Gain 

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7 Sh*tiest Things Rich People Did This Week

We’re not saying money is the root of all evil, but it’s a bit easier to get away with acting like a monster if you’re bankrolled. Here’s how the mega-wealthy, both corporations and individuals, have wreaked havoc on society this week. 

7. Elected Public Servants Come Together to Keep Pesky Knowledge Out of Government Agencies. The Science Advisory Board Reform Act, a bill scientists and environmentalists argued undermines the independence of the body that shapes Environmental Protection Agency policy, passed in the House this week. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) spoke in favor of the bill, lamenting that the Board “excludes industry experts, but not officials for environmental advocacy groups.” And why should experts who’ve dedicated their lives studying these issues have an easier time getting on the board than some guy with an MBA? A letter signed by organizations including the National Resource Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund warned that the Reform Act will in effect stack SAB with pro-business members with cash entanglements placing them solidly on Team Fracking, Carbon Emissions and Resource Depletion. The ascientific fiddle-faddle was sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), author of hyper-religious Armageddon novels, who has the darndest habit of telling journalists he just doesn’t think this climate change baloney is real, doggone it.

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.1% of America Now Controls 22% of Wealth: The Wealth Gap Has Killed the Middle Class

A new working paper by London School of Economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman sheds some very unflattering light on the American wealth gap, which has reached levels unseen since the Roaring ‘20s. The wealth gap has been overtaking the income gap as a popular cultural topic since Thomas Piketty’s splashy Capital in the 21st Century, and Saez and Zucman’s work fills in some crucial blanks to flesh out Piketty’s contentions. Saez and Zucman conclude that the top .1% of America now controls 22% of the aggregate wealth – an especially troubling figure when examined in the context of America’s stubbornly conservative political landscape.

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