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Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Blacks Running From Cops Is Entirely Logical -- and So Common

By Neeraja Viswanathan , AlterNet

An excerpt from the book "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City" and an interview with author Alice Goffmann.

More Nails in the Coffin of the Middle Class: 5 Things That Could Make Life Even Worse for Most Americans

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Unless the U.S. changes course economically, the worst may be yet to come.

Why the GOP Hasn't (Yet) Paid For Its March to the Right

By Jacob Hacker, Paul Pierson, The American Prospect

The growing extremism of Republicans is the main cause of increasing political gridlock and public disgust with Washington.

5 Foods We Thought Were Bad For Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

And 4 other foods we are still debating.

"Atheism is Freedom" Why I Love Being an Atheist Even Though I Live in Iran

By Kaveh Mousavi, AlterNet

Absence of religion has helped me greatly, and I am sure there are others have a similar experience.

Settlement Won’t Even Cover Medical Bills for Baby Whose Face was Blown Apart by Police Grenade

By Cassandra Fairbanks, The Free Thought Project

No officers were charged for their near-deadly negligence, and the department claimed that they did not know that there were children in the home.

Christian Bakers Blame Satan When Crowdfunding to Pay for Discrimination Fine Gets Shut Down

By Jin Zhao, Raw Story

GoFundMe canceled the legally dubious fundraiser after it reached $110,000 in donations

40 Years On: What the Fall of Saigon Can Tell us About the End of Iraq and Afghanistan

By Christian Appy,

How to turn a nightmare into a fairy tale

I Also Left My Kid in the Car: Mothers Share Stories of Their Own Public Shamings

By Salon Staff, Salon

One mom's mug shot was on the news. Another almost lost custody. What happened when a "good samaritan" intervened

Tortured, Jailed Black Seniors Released--But Denied Social Security After Life In Prison

By Frederick Lowe, New American Media

As they are released, another injustice surfaces.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rightwing Media Cynically Exploits Unrest in Baltimore to Push "Race War" Narrative

By Adam Johnson, AlterNet

#BlackLivesMatter is not targeting white people, it’s targeting white supremacy.

5 Ways It's Become a Crime to Be Poor in America, Punishable by Further Impoverishment

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.

Baltimore Freddie Gray Protests Turn Violent as Police and Crowds Clash

By Jon Swaine, The Guardian

Arrests made outside Orioles baseball stadium on further day of protest

Obama and Bill Nye Rip Climate Deniers in Congress Using ‘I’m Not a Scientist’ Excuse

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

Nye also encouraged the president to promote “science every day in every grade,” calling it a huge opportunity.

America's Eating Disorder: Guess Who Profits From Our Doomed Obsession With Weight Loss?

By Harriet Brown, Da Capo Press

Bariatric surgery is the latest medical development in the world of obesity treatment.

Why Do We Let New Atheists and Religious Zealots Dominate the Conversation About Religion?

By Peter Birkenhead,

The current argument leaves no room for the nuanced perspective.

Freddie Gray Was Not Put in Seatbelt During Fatal Arrest

By Oliver Laughland, The Guardian

Police have confirmed that there was a possible protocol breach.

I Am Pro-Abortion, Not Just Pro-Choice: 10 Reasons Why We Must Support the Procedure and the Choice

By Valerie Tarico, Salon

I believe that abortion care is a positive social good -- and I think it’s time people said so

Christian Right Bigots Destroyed LGBT Lives for Decades: Now They Claim to be Victims?

By Alvin McEwen, AlterNet

Sorry guys, you are not victims. You never were.

5 Wacky Conspiracy Theories From the Right About Hillary Clinton

By Gary Legum, AlterNet

The former secretary of state's critics have a whole new batch of molehills to try and make into mountains.

Innocent Man Convicted After FBI Confused His Hair With a Dog's

By Josie Wales, The Free Thought Project

Santae Tribble served 28 years in prison as a result of the mistake.

8 Corrupt Drug War Cops Who Outraged Us this Week: Cocaine Cowboys Edition

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Cocaine can be a real test of a police officer's character.

How the Trans Pacific Partnership Signals the Death of the Republic

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

The deal's proponents cannot see they are selling out U.S. sovereignty to foreign and multinational corporations.

Fired Florida Deputy Ignored 911 Call From Dying Woman So He Could Finish His Pizza

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

An investigation indicated that he disregarded a woman having a heart attack.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

How Corporate America Invented Christian America

By Kevin Kruse, Basic Books

How one reverend’s big business-backed crusade altered the political landscape.

What's Behind Michael Dyson's Over-the-Top Takedown of Cornel West?

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

Hoping to salvage Obama’s legacy and his own reputation, Michael Eric Dyson is lashing out at their most relentless African-American critic.

Waffle House's Diner Empire is Based on Right-Wing Politics and Ripping Off Workers

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Waffle House is financing Republican politicians who advocate for weak labor oversight.

The Simple 'Secret' to Making a Woman Orgasm Way Too Many People Still Don't Get

By Jill Hamilton, AlterNet

A new documentary called "Science, Sex, and The Ladies" is a fun and educational film about women getting off.

The GOP’s Pathetic Money Groveling: Why the Republican Nomination Will Go to the Highest Bidder

By Heather Digby Parton,

The entire 2016 field is already cozying up to billionaires.

Of War and Metaphor: Documentaries and Interviews from the 2015 Full Frame Film Festival

By Isaac Miller, Jyllian Gunther, AlterNet

This year's crop of films offers a look at our age of endless literal and metaphorical wars.

Shocking Video Shows Teen's Horrifying 3-Year Incarceration at Rikers Island

By Raw Story, Raw Story

Kalief Browder was arrested on charges of stealing a backpack.

President Obama Attempts to Defend the Administration's Latest Drone Disaster

By Dan Roberts, Alan Yuhas, The Guardian

A former adviser has called on officials to release further details of the hostage killings.

Cop Ruptures Man’s Spleen as Fellow Officers Take Pics and Laugh

By Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

Robert Liese was in jail for being unable to pay a $60 bar tab.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson: 'It’s Not the World I Wanted to Leave You'

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Our world is a far more screwed up, degraded place.

Paul Krugman Demolishes the 'Zombie' Ideas That Have Eaten Republican Brains

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

How else to explain how these false economic ideas live on and on and on?

The Murderous Scam White Elites Have Perpetrated on Blacks and Whites for at Least 4 Centuries

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

Decade after decade in America -- including today -- white elites get away with murder by turning blacks and whites against each other.

While Hillary Was Secretary of State, Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Could Clinton's silence on the matter be due to a serious conflict of interest?

Liberland: Hundreds of Thousands Apply to Live in the World's Newest—Very Tiny—Libertarian 'Country'

By Daniel Nolan, The Guardian

Who can resist the allure of no taxes and no government interference in people's private lives?

2016 Gets Even Dumber: The New York Times Worries that Jeb Bush's Weight Loss Will Doom Him

By Jim Newell, Salon

The paper of record asks the burning question of whether a thin man can win over fat America.

Take That, Christian Right -- Americans Go to Church About As Much As Godless Europeans

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

America is not a Christian nation. We're a secular nation that suffers a small but vocal minority of theocrats.

Scott Walker's Dismal Record: Let's Look at What GOP Candidates Failed to Do as Governors

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

They were supposed to show off the GOP's deep bench. Instead, they highlighted incompetence.

WATCH: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Reveals Jon Stewart's Inner Geek in Amazing Daily Show Interview

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Yeupp, the Daily Show host even has a favorite element.

Meet the Brave Doctor Still Researching Marijuana Even After Getting Fired for It

By April M. Short,

Dr. Sue Sisely is not letting bureaucratic obstacles or political retribution stop her. And veterans suffering PTSD thank her for it.

"Running While Black": Protests Swell Over Death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Police Custody

By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

The 27-year-old African-American man died Sunday from spinal injuries, one week after Baltimore police arrested him.

The Love of My Life Died from Suicide and I'm Trying to Share His Music

By Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet

Keith wanted to be heard. Since his life ended abruptly, I'll be making that happen by spreading his music around the world.

Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

By David Sirota, AlterNet

Currently, about 9 percent -- or $270 billion -- of America’s $3 trillion public pension fund assets are invested in private equity firms.

Body Cam: Cop Ignores Dog Sign, Hops Fence in Response to a Burglar Alarm, Kills Homeowners Dog

By Cassandra Fairbanks, The Free Thought Project

The deputy insists the dog came right at him and that he was “defending himself” for her dog running at him.

Video Contradicts Police Claims About Black Man Who Died in Jail Cell After Arrest For Sagging Pants

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Louisiana police reportedly used a stun gun on 38-year-old Ervin Leon Edwards.

David Petraeus Gets 2 Years Probation for Sharing Classified Info With Mistress -- Why Don't Whistleblowers Get Off So Easy?

By , AFP

The Justice Department had previously said that Petraeus acknowledged giving sensitive information to his mistress.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

By Tony Newman, AlterNet

Drug use doesn't discriminate, but the war on drug users does.

Is a Bomb Train Rolling Through Your Community?

By Reynard Loki, AlterNet

A short documentary warns about the dangers posed by trains that transport explosive crude oil across North America.

Americans See How Extreme Scott Walker Is, As He Lashes Out Against Legal Immigrants

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Walker and the other GOP candidates are showing us who they truly are, before the deluge of political ads.

Tulsa Cop Facing Manslaughter Charges Allowed to Take Caribbean Vacation

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

A judge's decision suggests yet more special treatment for the wealthy former insurance executive.

Jon Stewart: The Difference Between Atlanta Cheating and Wall Street Scandals Is Who Got Punished (Video)

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

The lesson is, crime doesn't pay—unless you work on Wall Street.

How the NYPD Is More Humane to Coyotes Than African-Americans

By Shaun King, DailyKos

Who knew the NYPD had dart guns and Tasers?

Clint Eastwood Claims He Didn’t Threaten to Kill Michael Moore, Though 'It Isn’t a Bad Idea'

By Anna Silman, Salon

The curmudgeonly director addressed rumors that he threatened to shoot Moore back in 2005.

4 Ways Lawmakers Still Grovel to the Christian Right, Even As Right-Wing Religion Declines in America

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

From Bibles to school prayer, legislatures are signaling their religious stripes.

Amy Schumer Is Making Genius Feminist Comedy (Video)

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

On the Season Three premiere of her notorious comedy show, the comedian skewered misogyny in a way that's smart, funny and brilliant.

The Love of My Life Died from Suicide and I'm Trying to Share His Music

By Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet

Keith wanted to be heard. Since his life ended abruptly, I'll be making that happen by spreading his music around the world.

Why You Should Never Diet Again: The Science of Weight Loss

By Dr. Traci Mann, HarperWave

There are biological and psychological forces that make regaining lost weight all too easy.

What Happened When My Boyfriend Became My Girlfriend

By Suzannah Weiss, AlterNet

We tried to love beyond gender, and hit the wall.

Medical Marijuana Mom's Son Seized After He Talks About Pot's Benefits

By Art Way, Drug Policy Alliance

A well-known activist is fighting for her parental rights after Kansas police and CPS took her child.

Tax Cuts For the Rich Made Kansas Broke — So Now Republicans Move to Raise Taxes on the Poor

By Joan Shipps, Raw Story

This is from a state that has a law making it illegal for poor people to go to swimming pools.

Workers Say Walmart Closed Stores to Retaliate Against Activists

By Laura Clawson, DailyKos

The action in Pico Rivera, California, is linked to a store that has been the center of labor organizing.

America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

We're now legislating away poor people's right to be happy.

Cops Kill Man for Refusing to ID as He Dropped Off Stray Cat to Animal Shelter, Police Remain Silent

By Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project

What was a seemingly selfless act of kindness would subsequently end with Lawrence being fatally gunned down by a cop.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GOP Candidates' Dumbest Move Yet

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The top Republican hopefuls have all endorsed or floated plans that would raise the retirement age.

Has Earth Day Been Hijacked?

By Reynard Loki, AlterNet

The most successful public awareness environmental campaign is also used for corporate greenwashing.

Obama Says Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' on TPP Trade Agreement; Clinton Fails to Say Yes or No

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The rift over the agreement in the Democratic party is growing.

Scott Walker Is Toast—The Crazy Move that Cost Him the Kochs and Probably the Nomination

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

First he had the Koch endorsement. Then he didn't. Why? A Glenn Beck interview where Walker proved wackier than Cruz.

Documentary Blows Open Serial Killer's 25-Year Spree of Killing Black Women and Shocking Lack of Interest in Catching Him

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Filmmaker Nick Broomfield discusses 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' and a society that treats poor black women as "disposable people."

Drug War in Retreat? Why One of Obama's Top Drug Cops Is Resigning

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Michele Leonhart is being pushed out the door. Her disastrous performance last week in Congress over DEA sex scandals sealed her fate.

Pregnant Fast-Food Worker Robbed at Gunpoint Then Fired for Not Repaying Stolen Cash

By Jen Hayden, DailyKos

"It's like nobody cares about the fact that I was robbed at gunpoint."

I Am a Cook in the U.S. Senate But I Still Need Food Stamps to Feed My Children

By Bertrand Olotara, The Guardian

I work 70 hours a week doing two jobs but I cannot make ends meet.

The Big Shift Needed for Humanity to Protect the Earth: Restore the Commons

By Jay Walljasper, Blue Mountain Center

On Earth Day, let's talk about making the commons the organizing principle of social, economic and cultural life.

What Ted Cruz and Rand Paul Fail to Grasp About the Constitution

By Elias Isquith, Salon

GOP candidates constantly invoke the Constitution. A Yale Law professor reveals what they all fail to grasp.

Baltimore Officer Suspended in Freddie Gray Case Has Past Accusations of Domestic Violence

By Jon Swaine, Oliver Laughland, The Guardian

Protests continue as people demand charges against six officers.

Woman Successfully Defends Herself from Armed Attacker Only to Be Shot When Police Arrive

By Cassandra Fairbanks, The Free Thought Project

It's not the first time a woman has been treated like a criminal for defending herself against an abusive former spouse.

Senator Offers a Truly Bizarre Rationale for Pushing Through a Dangerous International Corporate Trade Deal

By Sam Knight, The District Sentinel

John Cornyn says the exodus of migrant kids fleeing from Honduras justifies advancing the TPP.

Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know

By Nick Turse, TomDispatch

Documents show that AFRICOM personnel have all too regularly behaved in ways at odds with 'core values.'

How Wall St Has Quietly Bilked Billions from Cities Across the US

By Ed Walker, Naked Capitalism

The impact of these transactions on cities is horrifying.

Meet 6 of the World’s Top Environmental Heroes

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch

Representing each of the six inhabited continents, these heroes have won the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists.

How the Russia-China Strategic Partnership Marks a New Global Power Shift

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Eurasia as we knew it is dead.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6 Surprising Ways Progressives Are Actually Kicking Butt in Congress

By Eric Laursen, AlterNet

Is there a potential for a shift away from centrist Democrats?

Listeria Outbreak: Inside a Major Ice Cream Company's Recall

By Reynard Loki, AlterNet

Blue Bell's entire line of frozen treats may be contaminated with a deadly food-borne pathogen.

The Big Cheat: Why Teachers Are Going to Prison While Charter School Operators Get Accolades

By Jeff Bryant, AlterNet

Atlanta's school teachers aren't alone in their attempts to cheat the system.

Robert Reich: The Clever New Business Tactic That's Making Work in America Hell

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

All the blather about “family-friendly workplaces” is meaningless if workers have no control over when they’re working.

AlterNet Comics: Matt Bors on Police and the "Whiteness Fairy"

By Matt Bors, AlterNet

It's helpful in a police encounter to employ the services of a Whiteness Fairy.

Jon Stewart Slams Hypocritical GOP Pot Narc

By , AlterNet

There's always one guy who comes along and ruins the party. In this case, it's Chris Christie.

One of the Biggest Myths About Atheism, Debunked

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Is a big myth about atheism just a projection of right-wing Christian rage?

Did You Hear the One About the 5 Funniest Presidents in History?

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Even without speech writers and joke polishers, these guys were genuinely funny.

Marco Rubio’s Deranged Religion, Ted Cruz’s Bizarre Faith: Our Would-Be Presidents Are God-Fearing Clowns

By Jeffrey Tayler, Salon

Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton all spout pious religious lies. We must grill them on what they really mean.

Cop Who Shot and Killed 7-Year-Old Girl While Filming a Reality Show Is a Police Officer Again

By Cassandra Fairbanks, The Free Thought Project

Aiyana Stanley-Jones lost her life because of Officer Joseph Weekley's reckless and violent actions.

6 Little-Known Facts About Nipples

By Ducky Doolittle, Kinkly

Whether they're big and bouncy or cute and pert, breasts - and their nipples - have a lot in common.

The U.S. Is Still Executing People, But the Anti-Death Penalty Movement Is Growing

By Mario Marazziti, Seven Stories Press

Opposition to the death penalty in the U.S. is stronger now than at any point since the courts re-legalized it in 1976.

The Richest 0.01 Percent of Americans Gave 42 Percent of Political Donations in 2012

By Stephen Wolf, DailyKos

It should come as no surprise that policymakers look after the ultra-wealthy instead of the rest of us.

What It Means For Your Health When Your State Refuses to Expand Medicaid

By Viji Sundaram, New America Media

Nearly 60 percent of African Americans and 40 percent of Latinos live in states that have not expanded the program.