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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop

By Chase Madar, The Nation

In the wake of Ferguson, the law is firmly on the side of police who open fire on unarmed civilians.

Darren Wilson's Shocking TV Interview After Decision: I Wouldn't Have Done Anything Differently

By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

I have a 'clear conscience' over Michael Brown shooting, Wilson tells ABC News.

Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious

By Tim Wise, AlterNet

Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that.

The 5 Biggest Myths About Black Friday

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The biggest shopping day of the year isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Transporting Crude Oil Via Train Carries Huge Risks—And Residents Often Don't Even Know It's Happening

By Isaiah Thompson, ProPublica

Local residents and government officials are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.

'It Is Officially Open Season on Black Folks': Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Vine Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights opens up on the travesty of justice in Missouri.

10 of America's Strangest Drug Laws

By Douglas Capraro,

If you're a man living in Newtown, Pa., you'll need a written note from your wife to buy beer.

Scientists Explain Why You Won’t Be Changing the Minds of Climate Deniers This Thanksgiving

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Living through extreme weather doesn't affect people's views on climate change, a new study finds.

Oklahoma Woman Accidentally Shot and Killed by 3-Year-Old Son While Changing Baby's Diaper

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Police said the boy kept saying, “Mommy shot,” as officers buckled him into a squad car.

Want To Know The Day You'll Die? This Website Predicts It

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The project uses demographic data to offer you a projection of your lifespan.

What If the Russians and Chinese Were Mired in Our Conflicts With Afghanistan and Iraq?

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Imagine what the war hawks would be spouting in Congress.

'Food Chains' Documents the Shameful Exploitation of Migrant Workers

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

A new documentary explores the unsavory links between American agribusiness, grocery giants and consumers.

How the Threat of Electric Shocks Gave Fascinating Insight in Understanding How Altruistic We Can Be

By Molly Crockett, The Guardian

Subjects willing to sacrifice twice as much money to prevent another person from being shocked, than to prevent themselves from being shocked.

The Battle For Anne Frank: Who's the Rightful Owner of Her Copyright?

By Jack Boas, AlterNet

A dispute over an expiring copyright could sully a moral icon.

Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars

By Medea Benjamin , AlterNet

The discussion should focus less on Hagel's replacement and more on changing the Pentagon's policies.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop

By Chase Madar, The Nation

In the wake of Ferguson, the law is firmly on the side of police who open fire on unarmed civilians.

'It Is Officially Open Season on Black Folks': Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Vine Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights opens up on the travesty of justice in Missouri.

Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious

By Tim Wise, AlterNet

Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that.

Is There Any Hope for America to Transcend the Disastrous Thinking of the National Security State?

By Don Hazen, Jan Frel, AlterNet

Tom Engelhardt discusses his new book and the national security state.

I am Utterly Undone: My Struggle With Black Rage and Fear After Ferguson

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

I woke up in black skin today -- and felt its scourge. After Ferguson, here's what "rule of law" means to me now.

17 Steps Civil Rights Groups Recommend to Prevent More Cop Killings and Stop Abusive Policing

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Institutional racism and abusive policing can be rolled back—but will it?

Robert Reich: College Gets You Nowhere

By Robert Reich,

While a college education is now a prerequisite for joining the middle class, the middle class is in lousy shape.

Ferguson, Goddamn: No Indictment for Darren Wilson Is No Surprise. This Is Why We Protest

By Syreeta McFadden, The Guardian

Ferguson is a microcosm of all the narratives about race and America that we fear and suppress.

How Oligarchs Destroyed a Major American City

By Anis Shivani, AlterNet

Central Houston has been converted into an exclusive playland for the rich.

Ferguson Decision: No Justice for Family of Michael Brown

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

No criminal charges were brought against Officer Darren Wilson.

The Big Takeaway from the Ferguson Ruling: White Supremacy Is Alive and Well

By Falguni A. Sheth, Salon

With "no indictment" announced against Darren Wilson, a perverted natural order of things was affirmed.

How Legal Highs and the Internet Are Transforming the Underground Drug World

By Maia Szalavitz,

"Legal high" drugs such as Spice, K2 and bath salts are changing the drug landscape.

How a Loner Became a Mass-Murderer: Report on Sandy Hook School Killer Reveals Shocking Details

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

As Adam Lanza's mental health deteriorated, his access to firearms did not.

Cop Fired For Dating Man With Criminal Record Three Years Ago

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Why did this NYPD officer lose her job?

Why Labeling GMO Food Is a No-Brainer

By Andrea Stone, AlterNet

We’ve labeled food for quality and religious reasons for centuries. Why should today be any different?

Texas Approves Textbooks With Moses as Honorary Founding Father

By Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch

New school books claim that Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution.

Our Economy Is Built Around a Bunch of Scams and Pure Greed -- and the Alternatives Are Staring Us in the Face

By James Howard Kunstler,

There is almost no public chatter about President Obama's failure to rein in the banking system.

How I Beat Predatory Sallie Mae at the Student Loan Game

By Stefanie Gray, The Guardian

The loan giant preyed on my poverty, hounded me, took me to court ... and then lost.

Naomi Klein Lays Bare the Conflict Between Capitalism and the Climate

By Tom Athanasiou, Earth Island Journal

Tom Athanasiou’s review of Klein’s latest book, 'This Changes Everything.'

China Is Not Yet Ready to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

By Alex Ellefson, AlterNet

Gay rights advocacy in China is gaining momentum this year.

Tech Companies Are Peddling a Phony Version of Security, Using the Govt. as the Bogeyman

By Bill Blunden, CounterPunch

Monolithic corporations aren’t our saviors -- they’re the central part of the problem.

John Oliver: No Presidential Pardon for Turkeys -- They Are Too Tasty

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The 'Last Week Tonight' host calls the presidential turkey pardon a strange tradition.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson Decision: No Justice for Family of Michael Brown

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

No criminal charges were brought against Officer Darren Wilson.

7 Leading Candidates for Corporate Rip-Off of the Year

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

These acts of corporate treachery take billions of dollars from the American people.

5 Things Powerful People in Washington Believe That Have No Basis in Reality

By Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

"People in Washington don’t have time for reality. They’re lost in a world of their own."

Paul Krugman: Deluded New Majority in Congress Insists We're Living in an Ayn Rand Novel

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Why years of failed economic policy may get even worse.

14 Greedy Companies That Are Forcing Employees to Work on Thanksgiving

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Plus, the stores that are giving their workers off for the holiday.

Paul Ryan's Flabbergasting Hypocrisy

By Elias Isquith, Salon

Ryan's secret machinations to install a right-wing political hack at the Congressional Budget Office shock even the jaded.

How Much Would You Pay for Some Dirt From Where a Man Was Dragged to Death?

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

The dark business of murderabilia is thriving.

Economic Double Whammy: America's Growing Wealth Divide Is Actually Putting People out of Work

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Mounting evidence points to the scary reality that the wealth divide harms the job market.

I Took A Class on How to Pick Up Women—But I Learned More About Male Anxiety

By Gareth Rubin, The Guardian

The truth is a lot of men are painfully shy guys who break out in sweats at the thought of even speaking to a girl.

Personal Story: Some of the Happiest Days of My Life Were Spent Doing Heroin with My Dad

By Jacqueline Burt,

I know I should say those sordid hours were a waste of time, but they weren't.

Rudy Giuliani Accused of 'White Supremacy' for His Obsession with Black on Black Crime

By David Edwards, Raw Story

Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson told the former NYC mayor, "this is the defense mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind."

Why Iraqis May See ISIL as Lesser Evil Compared To U.S.-Backed Death Squads

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

Ten years of U.S. efforts to impose a brutal military solution in Iraq have only brought more death, destruction and chaos to its people.

Who Rules the World? How Concentration of Wealth and Political Power Undermines Global Democracy

By Benjamin Dangl, TeleSur

We cannot depend on the 1% of the world to lead us away from disaster: they caused our global crises in the first place.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jon Stewart: I Have “Daily Show” Burnout

By Sarah Gray,

Stewart shows his vulnerability in a fascinating and revealing interview with Howard Stern.

6 Off-the-Wall Right-Wing Moments this Week: Celebs Who Like to Lecture Rape Accusers

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Plus Fox and Republican apoplexy about immigration rages on.

The Real Michael Phelps Scandal Is the Offensive Portrayal of Intersex People

By Claudia Astorino, The Guardian

Intersex people are fighting for their basic human rights.

This Week in Religion: Revisionist History, the Hitler Card and Pat Robertson on Speed

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

The religious right said some more ridiculous and repellent things this week.

Startup Bros Trying to Bio-hack Vaginas Is the Problem with Silicon Valley

By Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

When a man introduces a made-up project to make lady-parts smell like peaches, it’s hard to be surprised that the industry is largely straight, white men.

Why You Might Want to Think Twice About Buying a Butterball Turkey

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

When it comes to Butterball, animal welfare groups have gone cold turkey on consuming the brand.

Are We Slaves to the Physical Needs of Our Bodies?

By Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

Can our fundamental beliefs, including free will, be influenced by whether we want to sleep, pee, or have sex?

Activists Launch #MyHungerGames to Tell Real Story of American Inequality

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Ordinary Americans tweet about high debt and hard choices.

Our Government Has Become a Clearing House for Big Money

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers

Health insurers, media and telecommunications, retailers, Big Pharma – no wonder Washington’s K Street is lobbying’s road to Paradise.

Colbert Mocks Media Hysteria Over Chocolate Shortage

By Sarah Gray, Salon

What a bunch of jokers.

10 Reasons Why New York City Is the Best Place to Get Sober

By Elizabeth Atlas,

Think about it: The Big Apple is the Holy Land of therapy.

10 Agonizing Reasons Why Depression Can Be So Unbearable

By Shireen Dadkhah, Your Tango

Depression isn't logical. You can't reason with it.

Marley-Boro Man: Reggae Icon Bob Marley to Become Face of Global Weed Brand

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Marley's favorite herb is coming to the U.S. in the form of lotions and other accessories.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I Went Undercover to Become 'Ex-Gay': Inside the Sordid World of Conversion Therapy

By Harmon Leon, AlterNet

Posing as a confused gay man, I journeyed into the world of charlatans and religious conmen.

7 Sh*tiest Things Rich People Did This Week

By Natalie Shure, AlterNet

Kmart plays Scrooge and Uber targets journalists—it's been a rough couple of days for the rest of the 99 percent.

This Week in Religion: Revisionist History, the Hitler Card and Pat Robertson on Speed

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

The religious right said some more ridiculous and repellent things this week.

Study Shows Dramatic Correlation Between GMOs And 22 Diseases

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

As crops that use the herbicide glyphosate rise, so do a wide range of diseases.

Former Amazon Employee Set for Hunger Strike at Seattle Headquarters

By Oliver Laughland, Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

He is also calling for customers to boycott Amazon and for current employees to go on strike.

How Hackers Could Stop Your Car...or Even Your Pacemaker

By Temitope Oluwafemi, The Conversation

Internet-connected consumer electronics are vulnerable to attack.

Why Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the 'New Atheists' Aren't Really Atheists

By Reza Aslan, Salon

Religious scholar Reza Aslan believes that these anti-theists employ a way of thinking that ironically is similar to religious fundamentalism.

The Driving Force Behind America's Warp Speed Decline into an Unequal Society

By Les Leopold, AlterNet

Corporate power is bad, but the financial industry is behind the atrocious wealth divide.

The Weirdness of Realizing That One's Comedy Heroes Are Monsters in Their Private Lives

By Curtis Cook, Curtis Cook

As a kid, I wanted to be a comic after listening to a Bill Cosby tape. I don't know if I can say that anymore.

"The Ultimate Humiliation": What It's Like To Be Prison Strip-Searched

By Sue Ellen Allen, Ravishly

I always felt so vulnerable in my nakedness and if the officer was hostile, it made it worse.

5 Amazing Things I Learned from the World's Leaders of the Organic Food Movement

By Anna Lappé, AlterNet

We can’t indefinitely blanket our farms with synthetic fertilizer or fend off pests and weeds with toxic petrochemicals.

Why I Chose to Publicly Share My Abortion Story

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

The 1 in 3 Campaign launched a national abortion speak-out. Here's why I told my story.

Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Industry Sells a False Message of Hope

By Todd Pitock, Haaretz

When visitors exit the Frank family's hiding place, it’s hard to tell if the awfulness of Anne Frank's plight has registered.

Friday, November 21, 2014

12 Crazy, Desperate, Hate-Filled Republican Reactions to Obama's Immigration Order

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The GOP again shows its ugly side.

7 Trendy Superfoods That Aren't So Good For You

By Sofia Barrett-Ibarria, AlterNet

Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing.

So Many People Are Badly Traumatized by Life in America: It's Time We Admit It

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

From a crushing economy, to government spying, to endless wars, are we breaking down?

Bill Cosby and the Rape Accusers: Stop Looking Away and Believe Women

By Roxane Gay, The Guardian

Why do we need so many women to come forward? One is enough.

'I Am Lonely, Will Anyone Speak to Me?' Inside 10 Years of the Saddest Internet Thread

By Tori Telfer,

In 2004, this sad thread started. It's still going even as the Internet has totally changed.

5 Toxic Chemicals in the Products You Use Every Day

By Sage McHugh, AlterNet

The truth behind some common ingredients in your sunscreen, deodorant, lotions and make up.

‘It Was the State’: Thousands Protest Forced Disappearance of Mexican Students

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

In late September, 43 Mexican college students went missing in the town of Iguala. Activists worldwide are demanding answers.

After Fearmongering Kills the NSA Reform Bill, What’s Next?

By Zoë Carpenter, The Nation

This setback shows that Congress is disinterested and/or incapable in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.

Obama's Bittersweet Immigration Reform: Millions Protected, Millions Left Behind

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The President is trying to create a new legal architecture for immigration policy and enforcement.

PHOTOS: Israeli Police Ransack Homes of 40 Palestinians During al-Shaludi Home Demolition

By Allison Deger, Mondoweiss

Residents were evacuated to a flimsy plastic tarp across the street overnight.

Paul Krugman Destroys All Arguments Against Obama's Immigration Action

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"It's a simple matter of human decency."

WATCH: Jon Stewart Nails the Absurdity of Mary Landrieu's Keystone XL Pipeline Bid

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"You could also hire a hundred people to chisel d#cks on Mt. Rushmore."

7 Fascinating Discoveries About Sexual Fantasies

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

Guess who thinks about having sex with two women? (Hint: nearly everyone.)

Meet the White Supremacist Who’s About to Be Nevada’s House Speaker

By Luke Brinker, Salon

This politician has attacked Jews, women, Martin Luther King and gay men in his writings.

Drug-Testing For Food Stamps Shames the Less Fortunate

By Jill Richardson, Other Words

The poor suffer from hunger — not the munchies.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amazon Is Crushing Main Street and Threatening the Vitality of Our Communities

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Why we should not shop with Jeff Bezos' predatory online powerhouse.

Why Bill Cosby Is Finally Facing Consequences for Alleged Rape

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Has there been a sea change in the way society views rape?

Network News' Shameful Decision to Snub Obama's Immigration Address

By Eric Boehlert, MediaMatters

What's behind this bizarre decision about an issue that affects millions and is said to be so controversial?

Walmart's Bottomless Greed: Dodging Billions in Taxes, Scheming to Avoid Billions More

By Steven Rosenfeld, Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Rich companies like Walmart want more tax cuts now and in the next Congress.

WATCH: 3 Really Cute Grandmas Try Smoking Pot for First Time . . . Gigglefest Ensues

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"I can feel tingling in my brain."

How Police Use Military Tactics to Quash Dissent

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Police have militarized from boots to brainstem.

Giant, Putrid ‘Fatberg’ Blobs Lurk in U.K. Sewers, and They’re Starting to Wreak Havoc Here in the U.S.

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Colossal masses of congealed fat, sanitary wipes and feces may cause epic waste-water failures.

Elizabeth Warren: Why Obama's Latest Wall Street Appointee Should Be a No-Go

By Elizabeth Warren, Huffington Post

Wall Street and big banks are over-represented in this administration.

The Pill That Can Make Your Boyfriend Look Ugly and Make You Depressed

By Holly Grigg-Spall, The Guardian

The hormonal impacts of taking contraceptive medication for years on end are neither properly understood nor reported.

The Most Common Republican and Democratic Names

By Alex Ellefson, AlterNet

The creators of a baby name app found some surprising patterns in some election data.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares the Secret of Time Travel

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Tyson explains black holes, time, and the science behind the popular movie Interstellar.

House Republicans Pass Bill Forbidding Scientists from Advising EPA on Their OWN Research

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

"We get it, you don't like science. Especially when it interferes with your corporate clients."

Jon Stewart: 'Governor Chris Christie Has a Pig Problem,' Literally

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Watch comedian expose Christie's naked presidential posturing when it comes to pig farming.

Why We Have Sex

By Jill Hamilton, AlterNet

Some of the top-rated videos on porn sites provide the somewhat surprising answer.

Forget What They Tell You: Denial Can Help You to Recover From Addiction

By Stanton Peele,

Evidence shows that being saddled with an “addict” identity often harms people.

Why We Need to Stop Putting Teenagers Behind Bars

By Nadeen Shaker, AlterNet

Our juvenile justice system is profoundly flawed. But government officials are finally taking action toward reform.

6 Ways to Eat Healthy When You're on a Busy Schedule

By Mark Hyman, M.D., The Huffington Post

For instance, frozen vegetables (preferably organic) become a real timesaver.