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Friday, October 24, 2014

7 Facts That Show the American Dream Is Dead

By Richard Eskow, AlterNet

The key elements of the American dream are unreachable for all but the wealthiest.

Did Elizabeth Warren Just Open the Door to a White House Run?

By Luke Brinker, Salon

After months of insisting that a 2016 bid is off the table, the Massachusetts senator sounds a different note.

Popular Asthma Drug's Deadly Side-Effects Revealed (Once Merck Stopped Making Money from It)

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Now that the patent has run out on Singulair, its dangers are being acknowledged.

Meet the Kansans Who Bravely Fought for Gay Rights Against a Formidable Conservative Movement

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Their years long struggle affected families, church, work, law and politics.

Noam Chomsky: The One Big Thing America Needs to Do to Turn Itself Around

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

We could start by actually living up to our own laws.

Bullied 14-Year-Old Fights Back and Gets Severely Injured—Now HE Faces Assault Charges

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Eric Martin's ordeal continues at the hands of law enforcement.

Krugman Dismantles the Right's Hysterical Fear of Actual Democracy

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

What's really behind the fight against non-existent voter fraud.

The Right's Fruitless Search for a Democrat as Terrible as Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

The GOP has sought revenge over Akin's failed Senate bid following his "legitimate rape" comment.

VIDEO: Louis CK Crashes Brad Pitt's Hilariously Awkward 'Between Two Ferns' Interview

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Comedian saves the day with awful ISIS and Ebola jokes.

Science Busts One of the Most Common Myths About Smoking Pot

By Paul Armentano, NORML

A recent study proves what most real-life pot smokers already know.

Is There a Case to Be Made for Eating Vegan Donuts?

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

Vegan donuts may carry less guilt in eating them, but are they any healthier?

6 Things We Need to Do for Black Men in America

By Imara Jones, ColorLines

The president can use executive action to reform several mistaken policies and procedures that stack the deck unfavorably for black men.

Department of Homeland Security Executes Panty Raid in Kansas City

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

What's their job again?

My Strip Club Bullying Nightmare

By Kayden Kross, Salon

For me, working in a strip club was a lot like "Mean Girls." And when I became a porn star, it only got worse

Thursday, October 23, 2014

All Eyes on Kansas: Battle for Marriage Equality Boils Over, Putting Conservatives on the Defensive

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Inside Kansas' struggle for equality in law, politics and religion.

Memo to Anti-Vaxxer Jenny McCarthy: Research Points to a Very Different Culprit for Autism

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Scientists are getting closer to discovering the cause of this increasingly common condition.

Why Conservatives Opt for Propaganda Over Reality

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives are consuming a right-wing media full of lies and misinformation, whereas liberals are more interested in media that puts facts before ideology.

VIDEO: Robert Reich Reveals the Secretive Tactics of Big Soda—And Why We Must Defeat Them

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Big Soda is pulling out the stops in Berkeley to keep Americans obese and unhealthy.

7 Things McDonald's Really Wants You to Forget

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

The fast-food giant's record is checkered when it comes to treatment of workers and the environment.

Noam Chomsky Blasts America for Its Inhumane Israel Policy

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

The renowned academic recently addressed the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict to 800 people inside the U.N. General Assembly hall.

Why Do Women Face So Much Abuse Online?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have to grapple with free speech and hate speech—and they haven’t done a good job.

Can New Economic Model Save Detroit From Financial Collapse?

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Advocates of the "New Work New Culture" economic model think so.

I Lost Everything to Sex Addiction

By Brian Whitney,

It wasn't about sex, although I did enjoy that; it was about control and power.

Why Halloween Candy Is a Far Bigger Threat to Americans Than Ebola

By Jill Richardson, Other Words

If you want to save yourself and your kids from a scary disease, stop fretting about Ebola and eat less sugar.

These Senior Citizens Are Serving Life in Prison Over Pot

By Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet

Should five non-violent offenders die behind bars for a crime Americans increasingly believe should not even be a crime?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

They're eyeing the other half.

Arrested for Singing? This Is What NYPD Officers Are Doing With Their Time

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Recent videos illustrate what happens when "broken windows" policing is the law of the land.

Can Cancer Be Prevented—And Even Cured—Through Diet? This Scientist Is Convinced It Can

By Clare Howard, AlterNet

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

Research Behind Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Supplement Was Bogus, Authors Admit

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

“America’s doctor” promoted spurious weight-loss products to his audience.

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers Are the Most Misinformed

By Chris Mooney, AlterNet

Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.

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.

Keene State and the Dangers of Drunken Young White Men

By Brittney Cooper, Salon

As the Keene State protests showed, some people feel the freedom to (literally) piss on people. Guess who they are.

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 has no place in our lives.

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.

Robert Reich: Why I'm Worried About America

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

We used to understand that leadership required something other than drones and bombs.

Nothing's Wrong with Renee Zellweger's Face—Something's Wrong With Us

By Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy, The Guardian

All the actress did was pull back the curtain on our hypocrisy by letting herself be seen in public past a certain age.

I Was Forced From My Home and Am Living In Constant Fear Because of Relentless Death Threats From Male Gamers

By Brianna Wu, xojane

This is what happens when you stand up to the misogyny of gaming culture.

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

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.

Why Is Big Coal Pretending to Be the Savior of the Developing World?

By Kevin Grandia, EcoWatch

These countries deserve something much better than the old, dirty energy North America no longer wants.

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.

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.

Some Millennial Jews Taking 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 Kimberly, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.