Stories by Rod Bastanmehr

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Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Kevin Swanson asks, what would the devil do?

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The shocking destruction is part of a city-wide initiative to rebrand Gangnam more 'tourist-friendly.'

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The former presidential hopeful confides he never goes anywhere without his gun.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Upscale gun clubs, or "guntry" clubs" are sprouting up all over

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Did these winners really deserve to walk home with the night’s top prizes, or did they just give the Academy what it wanted?

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

How Brooklyn's chief aesthetic is making Manhattan's top plastic surgeons a pretty penny.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Case lacks 'sufficient evidence of willful misconduct,' court says.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Wait, Ted Nugent has a brother?

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Despite likely defeat, Georgia lawmakers try for new-fangled Jim Crow law.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

How our least favorite conglomerate may be ridding the world of our favorite insect.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Parents call the move, "traumatic and humiliating."

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The 77-year-old collapsed right outside a firestation.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

She follows on the heels of conservative gay activist Jimmy LaSalvia.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

North Carolina grand jury fails to indict officer who killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Obama announces task force to deal with epidemic of college sexual assault, says it's personal.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Jimmy LaSalvia denounces Republican 'culture of intolerance.'

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

From this year's most overlooked and beyond, the Academy has a more than questionable track record.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

At University of Delaware, the gov. seems to have done whatever necessary to hold onto the reigns of power.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss prefer to pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

This time the people in charge of U.S. nuclear weapons were found cheating on the proficiency exams.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why are so many of America's youth spending time behind bars?

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

What does it mean that the Nazi mastermind is topping the non-fiction charts?

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

On the opposite side of the world from the 'polar vortex,' dangerously high temperatures are wreaking havoc.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New study shows that hallucinogenic drugs may reduce recidivism rates.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The bankrupt city is attempting a comeback story, and needs writers to tell it.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Italian promotional campaign has come under fire for marginalizing its black star.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Whistleblower wishes all a happy new '1984'.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Consumer Reports shines a sickening light on America's most popular meat.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

School lunch programs are very expensive, he argues.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Experts and social media wonder: Has zero tolerance run amok?

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Yet another indication of the callousness of some of the city's 'haves.'

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Two new physics papers add credence to the notion that the universe resembles a 3D Projection.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Scientists have found a genome that links humans with species that is neither human nor neanderthal.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

'Binders of women!' 'Legitimate rape!' War on choice! Good luck guys!

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The state wants 10 death row inmates to be executed in 2014, despite questions about its new lethal injection drug.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Not that false advertising bother the rabidly right-wing billionaire brothers.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The fast-food conglomerate would do just about anything to avoid paying a living wage.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Commission bars speakers with accents, unless they provide written text.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Despite cannabis being legal in Colorado, an 'odor ordinance' could spell trouble for users.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A new report states that a wave of asteroids could hit over the next 10-20 years.

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