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Why the Normal Rules of Politics Don't Apply to Donald Trump
Posted on: May 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet
This transformation of the election into a soft-core reality show is also where Trump’s greatest vulnerability lies.
Spiritual, but Not Religious, but Not Woo-Woo
Posted on: Apr 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet
If I hesitate today to call myself religious, it’s not because I don’t identify as a Jew; it’s because “religious” can imply, and to more than just me, dogmatic authoritarianism.
I've Seen Trump's Li'l Donald — Believe Me, It Was Little
Posted on: Mar 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet
One man's glimpse of the Trump family jewels.
Jihadism Isn't Nihilism: What Everyone Gets Wrong About ISIS
Posted on: Nov 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet
ISIS's ideology has been called extreme nihilism. Here's why that's not accurate.
Is It Game Over for Jeb Bush?
Posted on: Oct 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet
It's a question GOP elders are asking this weekend.
Why It's Getting to Be Damn Near Impossible to Know What Food Is Actually Healthy
Posted on: Aug 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Corporate funding is producing oceans of questionable information when it comes to health.
The Incredible Effect Jon Stewart Had on Society
Posted on: Jun 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet
There's something very interesting about the Daily Show's final episodes.
Republicans Who Think They Can Mau Mau Hillary Clinton Might Want to Think Again
Posted on: May 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The master 2016 narrative they’re going with – dishonesty – is as dangerous for them as they want it to be for Hillary Clinton.
Does Our Cultural Programming Make Satire Impossible in America?
Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet
It's one of the most potent ways to challenge authority there is.
8 Events That Have Turned This Summer into a Hellish Experience
Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Gaza, Ebola, and Ferguson -- there wasn't much to be optimistic about in these last few months.
Having a Facebook Account Is to Beg to Be Manipulated
Posted on: Jul 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet
You’re a guinea pig in research studies of how best to target, engage and monetize you.
How to Organize Your Books
Posted on: Jul 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Even in our digital world, there is still something uniquely special about physical books.
It's a Little Creepy When Political Candidates Send You Mail Tailored to Your Religion
Posted on: Apr 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet
When we use campaigns to exaggerate differences among us, it becomes harder to use the time between them to bind us together.
Why Is This Blog Post Different From All Other Blog Posts?
Posted on: Apr 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Ma Nishtana -- Let's not fool ourselves again about the true situation humanity is in.
The Weird Power of Criticism and Reviews in Our Society
Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet
They can take on the role of classy gossip, status markers, taste-mongering framed as analysis. They're also a bullshitter's best friend.
Confessions of an Ex-Hoarder
Posted on: Dec 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet
'There’s no mystery why I've saved so much stuff: to prove that I’m alive, that I’m someone, that my trail on this earth is worth preserving.'
It's Important to Know How the Stories We Tell Ourselves -- True, or Not-- Shape our World... for Better or Worse
Posted on: Nov 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet
When no one knows what comes next, the political advantage goes to the most powerful narrators.
You Will Be Shocked at How Ignorant Americans Really Are
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet
What Americans don't know and don't understand is quite an obstacle to progress.
The Deeply Disturbing Ways the Kochs Are Trying to Convince Us We Don't Want Better Healthcare
Posted on: Sep 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Are we going to fall for the PR sham that we shouldn't let 'Uncle Sam stick his finger up our butt?'
The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever
Posted on: Sep 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions.
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