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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meet the Researcher Who Thinks Cancer Can be Prevented -- Even Reversed -- Through Diet

By Clare Howard, AlterNet

T. Colin Campbell has set off a war with the food industry.

Shocking New Report: Superrich Have Grabbed Half the World's Assets

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

They're eyeing the other half.

The Facts About Fearbola

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

You'd think we know the difference between the truth claims of science and the tribal claims of culture -- it's tempting, but delusional.

The Impulse Society: How Our Growing Desperation for Instant Connection Is Ruining Us

By Paul Roberts, Bloomsbury USA

Consumer culture does everything in its power to persuade us that adversity have no place in our lives.

Right-Wing Publication Tries to Claim That Obama Is a Conservative

By Luke Brinker, Salon

The president “has bent over backward to protect corporate profits,” says ex-Reagan administration domestic policy aide Bruce Bartlett

Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Childs' Abuser?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

How 'failure to protect' laws are locking up mothers whose partners commit child abuse.

How the Media's Hyper Ebola Anxiety Is Playing into the Hands of the Republicans

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America

If Republicans want the media to remain relentlessly focused on the anxious Ebola storyline prior to Election Day, they're in luck.

My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child

By Dr. Hakim, AlterNet

If Imal were a white American kid, this drone strike tragedy would not have befallen his father.

Why Oregon Is About to Be the Poster Child for How to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

By Doug Fine, AlterNet

25 percent of tax revenues will go to mental health and substance abuse agencies.

13 Most Ugly, Offensive,and Weird Costumes for Halloween 2014

By Lesley Kinzel, xojane

The bad news: Dozens of "Indian Princess" costumes continue to exist. The good news: You can be a sexy lobster instead.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6 of America's Most Panicky, Misinformed Overreactions to the Ebola Virus

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Imagine what would happen if Ebola was a widespread threat?

Some People Think CrossFit Is Nutty and That Makes CrossFit Really Angry

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Critics question its safety and its culture, but CrossFit’s aggressive response is a tad more worrisome.

We Spend $9 Billion a Year to Lock Up People With Mental Illnesses: Here's What We Should Do Instead

By , AlterNet

San Antonio, TX has found a better approach to mental illness than handcuffs and jail cells.

4 Terrible Mistakes We Can't Afford to Make With Ebola

By Karen Greenberg, TomDispatch

Our response is starting to echo the war on terror. We can't let that happen.

How the Quest for Happiness Can Have a Big Downside

By Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener, Psychotherapy Networker

Trying desperately to seek the positive and avoid the negative can lead you to fail at what you desire most.

5 Most Extremist GOPers Who Might Be Headed to Congress

By , Right Wing Watch

Congressional hopeful Glenn Grothman worries that “gals” are running — and ruining — America by leading a “war on men.”

How a SWAT Team Killed an Innocent Man Outside His Childhood Home

By Alison Clement, Salon

A SWAT team mistook Sam Mullane for two suspects and shot him in the driveway.

How Some Millennial Jews Are Taking a Different Approach to Eating Kosher

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

They're thinking more about what they consume for ethical and sustainable reasons.

AlterNet Comics: The Globola Crisis

By Jen Sorensen, AlterNet

The planet is burning with a fever ...

Guess Who Gives More of Their Money to Charity: People Who Make More or Less Than $200k a Year?

By Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Philanthropy and income have an inverse relationship.

Why We Don't Want Bill and Melinda Gates Controlling the WHO Response to Ebola

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

The world of private dollars played a role in consigning thousands of people to death.

A Red State Privatization Horror Story

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

How GOP governors used the cover of privatization to enrich campaign donors and political cronies.

An Open Letter to the U.S. and Israel: You Can Rescue the Rule of Law From Laughter

By Paul Laverty, AlterNet

A member of the jury at the Russell Tribunal in Brussels recalls witnesses' accounts on the dire situation in Gaza.

Oklahoma Man Opens Fire on Ex-Girlfriend for Not Leaving ‘Fast Enough’: Police

By David Edwards, Raw Story

As the woman collected her belongings and prepared to walk out the front door, the man allegedly fired a “long gun” inside of the residence.

Monday, October 20, 2014

How Overblown Ebola Panic Could End Up Costing Billions

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Fear is even more expensive than medical costs.

Paul Krugman Divulges Exactly Why Amazon Is So Evil and Dangerous

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Case in point: Delivery times for Paul Ryan's book and book criticizing Koch brothers.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing Dissent Offers 12 Reasons Why Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Ginsburg dissent calls out thinly veiled GOP voter suppression.

6 Brave Researchers Busting the Myths Behind Everything We Think We Know About Drugs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Despite stigmas associated with illegal drugs, they speak out against drug myths.

Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter to Fight Online Shaming and Harassment

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The woman at the center of the Internet Era's first scandal says enough is enough when it comes to cyberbullying.

The Toxic Marriage That Killed Comedy Legend Phil Hartmann

By Prachi Gupta,

Reading Mike Thomas' bio of Hartman, nothing will prepare you for the horrific ending you already know is coming.

VIDEO: John Oliver's Brilliant, Hilarious Solution to the No Cameras in the Supreme Court Rule

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Oral arguments have never been so compelling!

The Right's Lena Dunham Delusion: How Misogyny and Hatred Fuel Their Screeds

By Katie McDonough,

The National Review's hit piece was disgusting, but far from unique.

10 Facts You Need to Know About the Devastating Disease You or Someone You Love Will Likely Get

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

In the future, you will likely get Alzheimer's or care for someone who has it.

How Facebook and Apple's Egg-Freezing Policies Hurt Working Women

By Michele Goodwin, AlterNet

When an employer offers to freeze your eggs, see it as a Trojan horse, not a gift.

It's Time for Muslims and Atheists To Stop Shouting and Start Talking to Each Other

By Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman, The Guardian

Blanket statements fall apart when you’re confronted with the diversity of religious and nonreligious experiences.

Big Challenges Ahead in Fighting Ebola

By Jonathan Fowler, AFP

A vaccine may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016.

Open Relationships Reduce Jealousy? 12 Surprising Facts About Non-Monogamy

By Zhana Vrangalova, AlterNet

For one thing, swingers report more exciting and satisfying lives than the general population.

Meet the Man Who Lied to Send the Rosenbergs to Their Deaths

By Sam Roberts, The Huffington Post

The testimony of David Greenglass, who recently died, helped seal the doom of the couple involved in the infamous espionage case.

Would You Choose a "Good" or "Better" Apple? Whole Foods Begins Ranking Produce

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

The categorization will be based on the level of responsible growing tactics from each item’s farmers.

Special Note to Readers: AlterNet Regrets Author's Plagiarism

By , AlterNet

Articles by CJ Werleman discovered to have numerous examples of plagiarism.

Alabama Jailers Let Prisoners Die From Easily Treatable Illnesses to Save Money

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

A 19-year-old died in jail as the result of a gangrenous wound in his foot.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Police Raid on Okra Plants? 10 Totally Pointless SWAT Raid Nightmares

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Here are some frightening, egregious examples of Americans being terrorized by SWAT teams and military-like units.

What Was the First Act of Sexual Intercourse In the World Like?

By Ian Sample, The Guardian

Fossils point to bony, L-shaped male organs and female ‘cheese-grater’ genitals.

6 Dumbest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ebola Stupidity Rages On

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Trump ups the ante with an insane tweet about the president.

Surprise: A Majority of Millennials Don't Have a College Degree—That’s Going to Cost Everybody

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Young people without college degrees and decent jobs are on a downwardly-mobile slide.

I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

By Abby Norman, Huffington Post

Here's what everyone is failing to report.

Atheist Jailed 100 Days for Refusing Religious Drug Rehab Wins $2 Million Settlement

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

This is why the separation of church and state is so critical.

The Fiery Shafts of Love: 20 Piece of Sex Advice from Ancient Greece and Rome

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

If you’re having trouble meeting chicks, you might want to go to a play and stop reeking of billy-goat.

Ancient Siberian Mummy Had Breast Cancer and Self-Medicated with Marijuana

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

Russian scientists make an important discovery.

Big Pharma Has An Interest in Rich People Being Sick

By Giles Fraser, The Guardian

What profit is there in a healthy population?

Indecision Is Essential: Why We’re Looking at Our Tough Choices All Wrong

By Susan Ewing,

An exciting new theory posits that our trouble making choices is actually essential to learning who we are.

America's Richest Black County Still Crushed by Foreclosure Crisis

By Nathalie Baptiste, The American Prospect

Meanwhile, the big banks were bailed out and are now making record profits.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This Week in Religion: Vatican Has Revolutionary Ideas about Homosexuality, Then Quickly Backtracks

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

'Let's not create the impression of a positive evaluation of same-sex relationships!'

8 Mistakes We're Making About Ebola That We Also Made When AIDS Appeared

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

We can learn a lot from missteps early in the AIDS crisis.

The Right's Sneaky New Strategy to Take Control of Women's Lives

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Their latest effort to hoodwink women is even more shameless than usual.

Arrested for Peeing? What’s Really Behind NYPD’s “Public Lewdness” Crackdown

By Gabriel Arana,

To stop minor infractions, police are monitoring gay hookup spots for public masturbation. Here's the bigger story.

5 Reasons to Stop Talking Sh*t About People From the South and Midwest

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

Nobody should be dehumanizing people -- and progressives especially are supposed to be fighting for the dignity, equality, and humanity of everyone.

America’s Looming Freak Show: How GOP Control Will Terrorize a Nation – With No Political Repercussion

By Joan Walsh, Salon

The GOP will shame themselves if they run Congress—but it'll be torture for the rest of us.

4 Weirdest Things We Learned About Sex This Week

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

The old adage, “Don’t have sex in the sea or you will get stuck to person you’re having sex with,” is true.

Jackson Browne Tackles What Matters Most on New Album

By David Chiu, AlterNet

The singer-songwriter addresses affairs of the heart and problems of society on his new record 'Standing in the Breach.'

I Grew Up in a Family of Crack Addicts. So Why Did I Fear Being Taken Away?

By Andrea Moore, The Guardian

Children the system fails often become adults involved with what they once despised: addiction, incarceration, neglect and abuse.

What Happened When 'Citizen Radio' Visited MSNBC...

By Jamie Kilsten and Allison Kilkenny, Simon & Schuster

In their new book, independent radio co-hosts Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny recall their appearance on 'The Rachel Maddow Show.'

The Media's Ebola Coverage: The More You Watch, The Less You Know?

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America

The fact that Americans have such a weak grasp on the facts doesn't speak well for the quality of coverage to date.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brace Yourself America: The Polar Vortex Is Coming Back

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

East coasters, especially, are in for another brutal winter.

Amazing Video: How to Be a Female Pop Star in Five Easy Steps

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"If all else fails, fire rockets out of your bra."

International Community Promises to Rebuild Gaza ... with Sweat Shops to Exploit Palestinian Workers

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

John Kerry and Tony Blair are pushing a bizarre disaster capitalist plan.

America's Wealthiest Are Just Too Damn Rich to Have a Functioning Society

By Sam Pizzigati, Other Words

With middle-class net worth crumbling, the Forbes 400 grow wealthier than ever.

26 Arrested at Walmart Protest Outside Alice Walton's Luxury NYC Condo

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

New York doesn't even have a Walmart store, but the company still casts a shadow over the city.

Marijuana Addiction Is (Almost) All in Your Head

By Maia Szalavitz,

The prohibitionist crowd's myths about marijuana and addiction are wildly far-fetched.

7 Most Absurd Instances of GOP Fearmongering (ISIS Is Coming!)

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Amid economic progress, the party's candidates are looking to frighten voters in the coming elections.

Why We Must Let Obama and CDC Head Thomas Frieden Do Their Jobs to Combat Ebola

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

Despite some missteps, they are doing it right.

Smut in Jesusland: Why Red-State Conservatives Are the Biggest Porn Hounds

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Their guiding principle seems to be, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Paul Krugman Reveals How Conservative Economists Are Like Superstitious Medieval Crusaders

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The market is treated like a God, whose will only they can divine.

WATCH: The GOP's Worst Race-baiting Ad Since Willie Horton

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Republicans just hit another despicable low.

How John Oliver and Stephen Colbert Foiled the GOP's Lame Quest for Cool

By Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

Republicans tried to reach women and young voters with fancy ads. Trouble is, Oliver, Stewart and Colbert saw them too.

Everyone in America Could Go to College for Free for the Amount of Money Spent on Mideast Wars

By Imara Jones, ColorLines

Students on the verge of entering high school have never known a time when the United States is not at war.

8 Biggest Myths About Ebola, Debunked

By James Ball, The Guardian

It's not the species-ending disaster some fear it could be.

Fracking for the Cure? Susan G. Komen Foundation Partners With Energy Services Firm

By David Sirota, AlterNet

The foundation has been accused before of helping "pinkwash" corporations whose products critics say may actually promote cancer.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Is Scary, But These 6 Things Are a Lot Scarier

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Most Americans are just not at that much risk. Here are the real killers.

Want to Be a Happier, More Successful Person? Try the Power of Negative Thinking

By Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

New book suggests we rethink that whole positive thinking thing.

Former Fundamentalist Exposes Christian Right's Bizarre PR Sham

By Edwin Lyngar, Salon

Just watching their films shows their vile, heavy-handed tactics.

Chomsky: There's an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children

By Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson, Truthout

The academic talks about education and indoctrination, ISIS, and the media in a new interview.

7 Disastrous Outcomes of Our New War in the Middle East

By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch

What could go wrong in our battle against ISIS? So many things.

Democratic Fundraising Gets Shriller And Shriller As Party Abandons Candidates

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Civic-minded citizens deserve better but aren’t getting it.

The Problem with the West's Ebola Response Is Still Fear of the Black Patient

By Hannah Giorgis, The Guardian

Ebola is now a stand-in for any combination of ‘African-ness’, ‘blackness’, ‘foreign-ness’ and ‘infestation.’

I Fell in Love With a Woman Dying of Cancer

By Aimee Swartz, Salon

Jackie and I fell hard, despite her illness. But how could I love someone while anticipating the loss of her?

'New York Times' Journalist James Risen Prepared to "Pay Any Price" to Report on War on Terror

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Risen, who could face prison time, says that "without aggressive investigative reporting, we can’t really have a democracy."

10 Shocking and Wildly Depressing Facts About Being Homeless in Uncaring America

By Bill Quigley, AlterNet

The figures are both staggering and sobering.

5 Things Men Must Learn About Sex

By Jamie Utt, Role Reboot

The messages men receive about sex don't just hurt women.

Why the Nobel Peace Prize is a Red-Faced Moment for Pakistan and India

By Sandip Roy, New America Media

We may choose on both sides of the border to regard these Nobels as a way of humiliating our respective nations by only seeing our ugliest problems.

Plastic Junk Litters Our Oceans, Killing Sea Life — And It’s Getting Worse

By Karin Kamp, Moyers and Company

These plastics can make the water look like a giant murky soup, intermixed with larger items such as fishing nets and buoys.