Scott Thill

Scientists Agree: Men Significantly Increase Their Risk of Cancer By Drinking a Can of Soda Every Day

According to a Swedish study from Lund University published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it takes a single daily can of soda to increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent, compared to a man who never touches the stuff. 

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4 Things You Should Know About Your 'Third Eye'

Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state. 

Indeed, according to recent research, we could be increasing our chances of contracting chronic illnesses like cancer by unnecessarily bathing its evenings in artificial lightworking night shifts or staying up too late. By disrupting the pineal gland and melatonin's chronobiological connection to Earth's rotational 24-hour light and dark cycle, known as its circadian rhythm, we're possibly opening the doors not to perception, but to disease and disorder. A recently published study from Vanderbilt University has found associations between circadian disruption and heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

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Cops Are Already Trying to Use Computers to Predict Crime -- It Ain't Gonna Work

A small story popped up in the news this November -- "A unique collaboration between a University of California, Riverside sociologist and the Indio Police Department has produced a computer model that predicts, by census block group, where burglaries are likely to occur. ... The result is an 8 percent decline in thefts in the first nine months of 2013." The Indio police chief called the project the "wave of the future."

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5 Ways Futurist Elon Musk's Enterprises May Change the Course of Our Lives

Hey, what are you up to these days? Elon Musk is helping build a future to save our globally warming asses. A gifted visionary, engineer and capitalist, the fortysomething Musk, also a founder of Paypal, has long dreamed of crucial advances in solar power, electric cars and space travel. And then he somehow went out and made them real. And real profitable. 

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The 7 States Leading the Charge for Clean Energy

Full disclosure. I'm greenvesting thousands in solar and other no-brainer renewable energy alternatives, because I want to help save the world from an exponential mass extinction thanks to crap energy policy. 

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4 Things You Should Know About Your 'Third Eye'

Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state. 

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7 Examples of Daily Show Cowardice: Why Does Jon Stewart Wimp Out So Often?

Jon Stewart has changed late-night television for the smarter, but The Daily Show's satire kingpin has a way of cowering before powerful people when they come on his set for interviews, not asking the tough questions. It's a stark contrast from his hard-hitting comedy sketches and reviews of the day's news, where Stewart and his coterie of correspondents can really bare their fangs. Stewart's guests on set are often the same people he lampoons, but something changes when they are in the room...easy targets get kid gloves.  Here are seven of Stewart's weakest interviews.

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Why It's So Hard to Get to the Bottom of Links Between Food and Cancer

Drop pretty much everything you're eating if you want to live. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition -- featuring the scary title, "Is everything we eat associated with cancer?" -- found that somewhere around 80 percent of ingredients it randomly pulled from a hallowed cookbook was associated with the chronic disease that kills millions a year.

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Say It Ain't So -- A Can of Soda a Day Can Increase the Risk of Cancer for Men by 40 Percent?

According to a Swedish study from Lund University recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it takes a single daily can of soda to increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent, compared to a man who never touches the stuff.

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Atheists vs. Christians: Inside One of America's Bitterest Nativity Scene Battles

Legend has it that the atheist Damon Vix led the charge that stopped the California beach city of Santa Monica from erecting and enabling life-sized Christian nativity scenes that crowded out the seaside views of an increasing demographic of locals and tourists. Vix has made plenty of enemies along the way. As one online detractor wrote, "His goals include riding [sic] the world of Christianity and removing 'One Nation Under God' from the pledge of allegiance. He is an active member of the American Atheist in Santa Monica and spends his free time doing everything in his power to end free speech in America if it relates to Christianity. Surprisingly he is still managing to live in Santa Monica despite being one of the most hated men in America."

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Are There Speed Freaks in the Major Leagues Trying to Gain an Edge, or Just a Lot of Legitimate ADHD Patients?

Sports fans find it hard not to laugh at psychostimulants in the headlines. Scan them today and you'll find busted users in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and elsewhere breaking rules to swallow pills, in sports whose predictable drug abuse goes back decades. But kids emulating these athletes, and those who aren't, are also snorting and selling psychostimulants to stay awake to make grades and money. And then what? One starts to wonder whether we're stimulating too many psychos.

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Think Twice Next Time About Touching a Receipt with Your Bare Hands -- Your Unborn Child May Thank You for It

If you're looking to avoid further hormonal freakouts brought on by the hated Bisphenol A (BPA) -- a frightening endocrine disruptor reportedly found in 96 percent of women but consumed more by their children, then you might want to clean out your wallet. Or perhaps forego shopping receipts altogether until you hear otherwise from conclusive scientific studies -- which could take many years to straggle in. 

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"Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter": 8 Antebellum Vampire Zombies in Politics and Pop Culture

Zombies, vampires, monsters. Whether they're feeding on blood, brains or the body politic, throughout recorded history they have functioned as resilient parasites hell-bent on exhausting and annihilating their hosts. Sound familiar

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10 Great Reasons to Kill Our Absurd Ban on Growing Hemp

America's industrial ban on hemp is "a poster child for dumb regulation," argues lazy ass pothead! Wait, sorry, scratch that. Make that Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, introducing an amendment last week to the densely contested 2012 Farm Bill, which is either a subsidies and sustainability savior or callous food austerity, depending on who you ask. But if you ask Wyden, "the best possible Farm Bill" is one that repeals a ban on industrial hemp the United States is already quite busy, and expensively, importing from the few feet it takes to cross the Canadian border.

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5 Ways Law Enforcement Has Bungled Drug War Raids

Drugs have always been part of the collective human experience, and they forever will be. But bungled drug raids that terrorize citizens for no good reason should end up in the dustbin of history. 

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Unregulated Fracking for Decades? Why California May Be a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Editor's Note: Check out AlterNet's new special coverage page on fracking.

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10 Great Things To Be Thankful For in 2011

Thanksgiving's traditional harvest festival in the United States is about much more than doping up on tryptophan. It's a time to reflect on the bounty of our singular planet and its diverse people, especially when it comes to earnest progressives, who are out there fighting hard for the best interests of both. Here are their shining examples from across the spectrum:

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Top 10 Great Works of Nuclear Cinema

Despite the maddening lack of mainstream coverage, Fukushima remains a ticking time bomb, according to physicist Michio Kaku, who said Northern Japan was almost wiped off the map. In other words, there's really no good news.

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Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

Scientists have been predicting for years that global warming would produce record-breaking extremes on either side of the thermometer. This past winter, America survived its so-called snowpocalypse, and now that summer has arrived, we've got a heat dome.

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The UN Is Aiding a Corporate Takeover of Drinking Water

Early last month, pharmaceutical titan Merck became the latest multinational to pledge allegiance to the CEO Water Mandate, the United Nations' public-private initiative "designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices."

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Ecstasy As Treatment for PTSD from Sexual Trauma and War? New Research Shows Very Promising Results

According to outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, rising health care costs for the military have ballooned from $19 billion in 2001 to over $52 billion in 2011. But there's a pill for that, explained Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies' (MAPS) executive director Rick Doblin.

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Where Does Billionaire Monopolist Bill Gates Get Off Saying Bigger Class Size and Fewer Teachers Is the Education Solution?

Once dominant, now America is just average when it comes to education. Its public solution, recently communicated by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates? Increased class sizes, decreased teacher counts, fewer advanced degrees, and probably more mediocrity.

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8 Big Reasons Why Carly Fiorina Would Be a Disaster in the Senate

Republican candidate and itinerant executive Carly Fiorina is on a quixotic quest to unseat Democratic senator Barbara Boxer, one of the Golden State's most progressive politicians with a long history of national service. This alone should prove she isn't very good at either politics or business. But reality, and aggressive GOP backing and funding, dictates differently. So here's a handy list of eight reasons why the ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO is bad biz for those scant few Californians who might still be undecided.

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Dianne Feinstein Tries to Play the Big Villain in the Fight for Legal Pot

Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein signed the dotted line on California's Proposition 19, which would responsibly decriminalize cannabis for personal use after ballot results this November. But she signed the wrong side, becoming co-chair of the No on 19 Campaign -- the latest in a long line of out-of-touch positions by Feinstein in California politics.

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Corporate Mortgage Scams Threaten to Crash an Already Shaky Housing Market

The Great Recession may have ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, but U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner isn't buying it. Neither are recently revealed foreclosure and eviction scams at GMAC Mortgage, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and other too-big-to-fail financial firms swimming in both American taxpayer cash and the Federal Reserve Bank's divine intervention.

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The Infuriating Cell Phone Racket

If you're not angry with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint -- America's four national wireless providers that reportedly control 90 percent of the market -- then here's some ridiculous news to raise your righteous ire.

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Are Goldman Sachs and the Megabanks Able to Wipe out an Entire Economy with a Keystroke?

"We have found no evidence that these events were triggered by 'fat finger' errors, computer hacking, or terrorist activity, although we cannot completely rule out these  possibilities," a recent Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) report on the so-called May 6 "Flash Crash" that wiped out a cool trillion in a mere half-hour weakly admitted. "Much work is needed to determine all of the causes of the market disruption."  

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How China Holds the American Economy by the Balls

On May 1, China popped the cork on Expo 2010 in Shanghai, a months-long international celebration signifying the ascension of the city, and thereby its parent nation, as a global economic and cultural powerhouse. Meanwhile, in the United States, China's economic and cultural power has come under mounting fire.  

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Intelligence Agencies Allegedly Going to Extremes to Suppress Video Confirming Pentagon Massacre Cover-up

Editor's Note: Wikileaks has released the video as promised with this note:

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Have You Caught Gold Fever? The Value of That Shiny Metal Is as Artificial as Paper Money

Quick, check out this hot investment tip! For decades now, the Federal Reserve has been suppressing the true value of gold to keep its prodigious impact out of the market, which is currently dominated by fiat currencies like the dollar and light-speed binary code transactions like high-frequency trading. If you stripped away the Fed's continuing manipulation, gold's free-market value, currently hovering around $1,000 per ounce, would increase by multiples. Wait, are you yawning? Why are you leaving?

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