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Sunday, April 20, 2014

6 Dastardly Right-Wing Declarations This Week: The Phyllis 'Expand the Gender Pay Gap' Schlafly Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And: The poor should kiss the ground beneath the rich.

Celebrating Easter? Which Contradicting Biblical Account of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are You Going to Pick?

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The Gospels are so at odds that they don’t even agree on the meaning of Jesus’ death.

Never Mind Cliven Bundy: Here’s the Real David vs. Goliath Story Between Ranchers and Feds

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

Shoshone sisters have been battling the U.S. for land it ceded to the tribe 150 years ago.

6 Ways to Turn Bad Stress into Good Stress

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as healthy stress.

The 420 Myth: How Did '420' Become Synonymous with Pot?

By 420 Time Staff, The 420 Times

There are still a bong-load of misconceptions revolving around the term’s supposed derivation.

White Supremacist’s Genocidal Paranoia: Inside the Mind of the White Man March Founder

By Toby McCasker, Salon

Kyle Hunt, of the White Man March, is scared of an "anti-white diversity agenda"—and other rancid delusions.

What If You Get Along Great With Everyone...But Your Spouse?

By Mark Goulston, AlterNet

Some people see their partner as a problem to be solved. Here's how to reconnect.

Is 'Sex After Kids' Ever the Same As Before?

By Fiona Morrow, The Tyee

A new documentary reveals surprising new answers.

What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., AlterNet

It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is.

Hey Vegans, Don't Be Jerks: Why It Helps No One to Judge Their Food Choices

By Jill Richardson, OtherWords

You can't encourage other people to eat a diet that's better for them and the planet by getting all vegangelical on them.

Activism in the Digital Age: Who Is Technology Leaving Out?

By Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence

"My main warning for activists is to not be misled by digital metrics, by retweets and reblogs and likes and views."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 Things to Know About How Corporations Block Access to Everything from Miracle Drugs to Science Research

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Our system of intellectual property rights is patently ridiculous.

Obama's First-Amendment Defense of Political Liars

By Eric Zuesse, AlterNet

The Solicitor General will defend deceptive campaigning before the Supreme Court.

The Secret Life of a Germaphobe

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Life can be tough when you're constantly scrutinized for your love of all things anti-bacterial.

19 Ways to Peeve Your Lover

By Jeremy E. Sherman , Psychology Today

How we drive each other crazy in the name of love.

5 Sordid Biblical Tales of Sex and Violence Perfect for Hollywood Blockbuster

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Whether the stories gathered in Genesis are assets or liabilities for Christianity may be open to debate.

Casinos and Offshore Gaming Sites Furiously Battle Over Billions in Gambling Revenue

By Nicholas Kusnetz , The Center for Public Integrity

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.

Google Glass, Techno-Rage and the Battle For San Francisco's Soul

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

The advent of Google Glass has started an incendiary new chapter in tech's culture wars. Here's what's at stake.

5 Protests Blooming in Washington, D.C., This Spring

By Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence

It’s not just the cherry blossoms busting out across the nation's capital, but protests of all varieties.

The Majority of American Medical Doctors Think Marijuana Should be Legal

By Raul Duke, The 420 Times

Sanjay Gupta's not the only doc who likes pot—not by a long shot.

Pistorius Trial Shows Portrait of Many Gun Loving Domestic Bullies

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Many domestic batterers say "you're never leaving me alive" and, despite orders of protection, their chilling prediction often comes through.

Paul Ryan's New Budget Proposal Is The Same Joke He Told Us Before

By Jim Hightower, OtherWords

In the latest round of attacks on accessible health care for all, the GOP causes public upchuck over same old, same old.

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You're Fabulously Wealthy

By Dave Johnson, AlterNet

Rents in urban areas are skyrocketing. What’s going on?

I Grew Up in an Apocalyptic Christian Cult

By Flor Edwards,

The world didn't end in 1993 as our cult leader predicted. So what happened next?

7 Over-the-Top Reactions to Chelsea Clinton's Pregnancy Announcement: It's a Prop Baby for Hillary!

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

What a week! First the shoe truthers—now the baby truthers.

Thom Hartmann: How America Killed Its Middle Class

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

We're heading into a world that looks like a Charles Dickens novel.

Joe Scarborough's Insane Conspiracy Theory: The Census Is Fixed!

By Alex Pareene, Salon

MSNBC's conservative talking head doesn't care that there's not a shred of evidence for that claim.

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

SPLC finds users—like Frazier Glenn Miller—are disproportionately responsible for major killings.

Are Addicts and the Mentally Ill Responsible for Their Behavior?

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

Is it wrong to get angry at people suffering from mental problems like depression or addiction?

After Holding Mentally Disabled Man Hostage for 34 Years, Texas Rules He Conspired to Keep Himself in Jail

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And rather than freeing him, a Lonestar State judge just ruled he can be retried.

8 Foods That Should Not Exist (I Tried Taco Bell's Breakfast Menu So You Don't Have To)

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Astoundingly, I got out of the affair with only minor internal injuries.

Fox News 'Hero' Cliven Bundy Is a Pampered Millionaire, Not a Rugged Rancher

By Edwin Lyngar, Salon

Watching Fox rally to the defense of moneyed interests like mining and ranching is unbearable.

Michael Lewis Is Right—Our Financial System Is Totally Broken

By David Sirota, AlterNet

But a financial transaction tax would go a long way towards fixing it..

8 Terrifying Facts About NSA Surveillance

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

The NSA is too heavily vested in its programs; it is not going to give up spying on us despite efforts at reform.

Why I am Both Turned on and Disgusted by Porn

By Emily Heist Moss, Role Reboot

There are no clear cut answers when it comes to porn. But that's why we have to have smart discussions about it.

Why the Media's Fearmongering on Marijuana Effects on the Brain Is Faulty

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

A neuroimaging study of the brains of marijuana smokers caused unwarranted frenzy.

A Hot War With Russia Is Conceivable: Top Scholar Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

The dangers are growing all the more real.

Even Exposure to Air Pollution Cuts Across Racial Lines in America

By Carimah Townes, Think Progress

Dirty air is linked to asthma, kidney damage, heart disease, and cancer.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 10 Most Obese States in America (And the Right-Wing Policies That Promote Poor Health)

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Republicans promote policies that entrench poverty, and obesity and poverty often go together.

Why Do Christian Right-Wingers Pretend America's Laws Don't Apply to Them?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives are demanding special rights to disobey universally applicable federal laws.

Koch Brothers Wealth Surges Past $100 Billion as They Try to Buy the Senate With Expensive Lies

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The multibillionaires are currently using their vast wealth to influence the 2014 mid-term elections.

GOP’s New Class of Jokers: Meet the Rising Stars of the Dumbest Rebrand Ever

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Welcome to the lamest reinvention in modern history. Why these "young guns" are just as scary as the old male ones.

How '420' Became the Big Day for Weed Smokers Across America

By Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

The little known origins of the 4-20 holiday

8 Most Absurd Things We're Teaching America's Kids About Sex

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

According to America's moral scolds, sex is like used chocolate, backwash and duct tape.

Walmart Worker: Why Did the Waltons Get $8 Billion in Subsidies While I Had to Pay Taxes?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Walmart workers deliver a message about spreading the wealth.

The 10 Most Horrifying Fast Food Gimmicks of All Time

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

KFC's Double Down is back, and it's in disgusting company.

Nevada Ranch Stand-Off Was One Big Promo for Rustic Right-Wing Millionaires

By The Thom Hartmann Show, AlterNet

The right-wing media machine jumped at the chance to support Cliven Bundy's fight to graze his cattle on public land for free.

Killing Nature's Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Since 2004, the killing of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled.

What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., AlterNet

It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is.

In Parts of the South, Glorifying Slavery No Longer Pays the Bills

By Suzi Parker, Al Jazeera America

Southern towns have long-unresolved racial problems that aren't easy to change.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Matt Taibbi: The SuperRich in America Have Become 'Untouchables' Who Don't Go to Prison

By Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi, Democracy Now!

Taibbi discusses his new book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap."

Why Is ABC Paying Laura Ingraham Lots of Money to Be a Racist?

By Heather "Digby" Parton, Salon

In apparent effort to counter non-existent "liberal media bias," here's what ABC News will get from Laura Ingraham.

Paul Ryan and the GOP's Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan—Less Money for Poor Kids, More for the Rich

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

Could it be more obvious that Washington is owned by the wealthy?

5 Explosive Revelations Leaked from Senate Report Exposing CIA Torture

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

What's already public is a clear and systematic abuse of power and human rights.

Fort Hood Massacres Show How Vulnerable We Are to Soldiers Who Have Suffered from the Traumas of War

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

And the government is cutting services to the very vets who need help.

Unarmed Black Man Shot in the Back by San Antonio Police, Parents Say

By David Lee, Courthouse News

The officer has a history of racial profiling and a short temper.

The Secret Anti-Abortion Law That's Sweeping America

By Erika L. Sánchez, The Guardian

Pro-lifers can't reverse Roe v Wade. So they're shutting down clinics with red tape and a smile. Don't believe the lie.

Kathie Lee Gifford Is a Trojan Horse for Conservative Causes

By Daniel D'Addario, Salon

The less-than-candid 'Today' show host lets her real right-wing flag fly on her podcast.

The 1% Wants to Ban Sleeping in Cars Because It Hurts Their 'Quality of Life'

By Gary Blasi, The Guardian

Depriving homeless people of their last shelter in life is Silicon Valley at its worst.

Drug Company Dominance Makes Some Shrinks Very Rich, and Many Patients Over Drugged

By Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet

Psychiatry has a real credibility problem on its hands.

Why the Christian Right Is Freaking Out Over a Honey Maid Graham Crackers' Ad

By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet

Family-positive marketing from Chips Ahoy, Oreos and Honey Maid has conservatives going crackers.

What Made the Chicago Teachers' Strike a Success? Their Commitment to the Community

By Emily Wilson, AlterNet

The dramatically victorious strike showed it's possible for unions to fight back and to win.

Meet the Drug Rehab Celebrity Dispensing a Dangerous Brand of Intolerance

By Maia Szalavitz,

Bob Forrest gives the finger to opioid maintenance—and to the consensus of international scientific opinion.

The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

By Gary Cohn, Capital and Main

California, the most progressive state in the U.S., still boasts a sizeable — and growing — corporate Democrat contingent.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unlike the US, Here Are 6 Countries That Are Experimenting How to Make Workers' Lives Better

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

France curbs after-work emails, while a Swedish city experiments with six-hour work days.

How a Comcast-Time Warner Merger Will Make Your Cable and Internet Worse and More Expensive

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

A closer look at TWC-Comcast reveals their claim of "substantial public interest benefits" is anything but.

The New Economic Events Giving Lie to the Fiction That We Are All Selfish, Rational Materialists

By David Bollier, AlterNet

The commons lies at the heart of a major cultural and social shift now underway.

Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied

By Elias Isquith, Salon

The teen sought proof that school administrators were ignoring his plight. So they had him arrested.

Robert Reich: Happy Tax Day VIDEO—Why the 1% Pay a Much Lower Rate than You

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

The former labor secretary explains why the rich pay less, and how we can change it.

5 Amazing Things Scientists Have Discovered About Psychedelics

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Psychedelics have the potential to treat cancers, addiction and psychological traumas.

Why I Am Totally Hooked on the Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial

By Hadley Freeman, The Guardian

Televised celebrity trials are nothing new, but watching this male star sob and squirm is extraordinary.

Google Joins the Kochs in Pumping Funds into the Conservative George Mason University

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

A new article reveals the notorious university is deep in the pockets of the Internet search giant.

How Organic Food Is Breaking Down All Class Boundaries

By Tracie McMillan, Comment Is Free

One of the most harmful myths about poor people is that they could care less about what they eat.

Society Is Starting to Wake Up to Rampant Street Harassment of Women

By Hannah K. Gold, AlterNet

A growing and vocal movement is fighting to empower the women who have to deal with public harrassment on a daily basis.

Washington in Libya: A Case Study in How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land

By Nick Turse, Tom Dispatch

Sending more armed men is not the solution.

One of the Top Republican NSA Cheerleaders in Congress Is Retiring to Become a Right-Wing Radio Host

By JP Sottile, NewsVandal

Rep Mike Rogers, former FBI Special Agent and Michigan congressman is slated to become the next scripted DJ on conservative talk radio.

How Obama's Brother's Keeper Initiative Could Improve the Lives of Millions of Minority Males

By Pedro Noguera, The Nation

The initiative includes structural changes, not lectures, to help young black and Latino men thrive.

Why Are We Doing So Little to Expand Opportunity for America's Children?

By Alan Jenkins, Campaign for America's Future

The disparate race- and ethnicity-based opportunities we’re affording our nation’s children has the potential to cripple our society.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inside the Private Prison Industry's Alarming Spread Across America

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

For-profit companies like Geo-Group are buying up any politician they can find to expand their share of the "market."

How Forcing Children to Read Before They're Ready Can Badly Backfire

By Laurie Levy, AlterNet

Pushing kids to learn fast may rob them of the joy that was once a part of the learning process.

How the World's Only Superpower Is Vulnerable to Catastrophe

By Emanuel Pastreich, John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Nation

The U.S. is poised to collapse with self-inflicted wounds.

If You Can ‘Speak’ with Your Money, Then Why Is It Illegal to Ask For It?

By Andrew Small, Economic Hardship Reporting Project

McCutcheon bolsters the conservative ideal of money-as-speech, so why don't our laws protect the poor for asking for pocket change?

How Buying Organic Fertilizer Can Lead to Armed DEA Agents Bursting Through Your Door

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Agents followed Angela Kirking home and snooped through her garbage because of where she shopped.

Meet the Twisted 'Pioneer' of the Right-Wing War on Women

By Whitney Strub,

Charles Keating was best known for his shady financial dealings, but his politics were even more destructive.

How Financial Giant Blackstone Got the Cops to Kick Us Out of Our Home

By Michael Donley, Carmilla Manzanet, In These Times

Financial companies shouldn't be allowed to wield this kind of power over citizens.

TurboTax Maker Linked to 'Grassroots' Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

By Liz Day, ProPublica

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

Why Is This Blog Post Different From All Other Blog Posts?

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

Ma Nishtana -- Let's not fool ourselves again about the true situation humanity is in.

Paying for America's War Machine Is a Terrible Waste of Tax Money

By Lisa Savage, AlterNet

It’s time to redirect our resources to meet human needs. It’s time to bring the war dollars home.

Behind Closed Doors, the Pentagon Is Talking About America's 'War' in Africa

By Nick Turse, Tom Dispatch

The U.S. is making a terrible mess. Is anyone paying attention?

SEC Prosecutor Says SEC Top Brass Are Corrupt

By Eric Zuesse, AlterNet

Prosecutor calls out institutional corruption.