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

    25 November 2014, 8:13 pm by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

    Vine Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights opens up on the travesty of justice in Missouri. On Monday St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury had found "that no probable cause exists" to charge Officer…
  • Darren Wilson's Testimony Reads Like Ramblings of a Paranoid White Supremacist

    25 November 2014, 3:37 pm by: Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

    If you have not yet read Darren Wilson's testimony to the Ferguson grand jury which decided that he would suffer no ill consequences for his decision to kill Michael Brown, please do so.Wilson's description of the events on the day that he decided to shoot…
  • I am Utterly Undone: My Struggle With Black Rage and Fear After Ferguson

    25 November 2014, 1:44 pm 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. If I have to begin by convincing you that Black Lives Matter, we have all already lost, haven’t we? So let’s not begin there. Let’s begin…
  • 17 Steps Civil Rights Groups Recommend to Prevent More Cop Killings and Stop Abusive Policing

    25 November 2014, 1:17 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Institutional racism and abusive policing can be rolled back—but will it? What can be done to prevent more police killings like the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri? What can be done to dismantle institutional racism that encourages police to…
  • Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop

    25 November 2014, 10:30 am 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. How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a no-bill of…
  • Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious

    25 November 2014, 10:14 am by: Tim Wise, AlterNet

    Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that. I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has…
  • Robert Reich: College Gets You Nowhere

    25 November 2014, 9:38 am by: Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

    While a college education is now a prerequisite for joining the middle class, the middle class is in lousy shape. This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost.The…
  • Ferguson, Goddamn: No Indictment for Darren Wilson Is No Surprise. This Is Why We Protest

    25 November 2014, 9:19 am by: Syreeta McFadden, The Guardian

    Ferguson is a microcosm of all the narratives about race and America that we fear and suppress. "I’ve been dreaming of death. Seeing pictures of death. Seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines."Just days before Michael Brown and his brown…
  • The Big Takeaway from the Ferguson Ruling: White Supremacy Is Alive and Well

    24 November 2014, 11:03 pm by: Falguni A. Sheth, Salon

    With "no indictment" announced against Darren Wilson, a perverted natural order of things was affirmed. For days, large swaths of the U.S. and the globe waited to hear whether or not the grand jury would indict Office Darren Wilson. For a week, Missouri…
  • Ferguson Decision: No Justice for Family of Michael Brown

    24 November 2014, 8:46 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    No criminal charges were brought against Officer Darren Wilson. There will be no justice for the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.After three months of deliberations, a 12-member grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, did not find probable…
  • China Is Not Yet Ready to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    24 November 2014, 4:43 pm by: Alex Ellefson, AlterNet

    Gay rights advocacy in China is gaining momentum this year. When a district court in China missed the deadline this month to issue a ruling on a high-profile lawsuit against a gay conversion clinic, it alarmed the country’s gay rights activists, who were…
  • John Oliver: No Presidential Pardon for Turkeys -- They Are Too Tasty

    24 November 2014, 4:40 pm by: Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

    The 'Last Week Tonight' host calls the presidential turkey pardon a strange tradition. Saying he is like a “psychotic ex, sending you videos all of the time,” John Oliver — whose Last Week Tonight is on hiatus — posted a video to YouTube to discuss…
  • Is There Any Hope for America to Transcend the Disastrous Thinking of the National Security State?

    24 November 2014, 3:44 pm by: Don Hazen, Jan Frel, AlterNet

    Tom Engelhardt discusses his new book and the national security state. Covering war, empire, the national security state, and occasionally culture, TomDispatch features some of the best and most established progressive writers on the block, the likes of…
  • Naomi Klein Lays Bare the Conflict Between Capitalism and the Climate

    24 November 2014, 3:37 pm by: Tom Athanasiou, Earth Island Journal

    Tom Athanasiou’s review of Klein’s latest book, 'This Changes Everything.' The first thing to say about Naomi’s Klein’s latest book is that its title makes a grand promise, This Changes Everything – and that’s before you even get to the…
  • How a Loner Became a Mass-Murderer: Report on Sandy Hook School Killer Reveals Shocking Details

    24 November 2014, 2:28 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    As Adam Lanza's mental health deteriorated, his access to firearms did not. The short life of Adam Lanza, the killer responsible for the 2012 mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, was a perfect storm of missed cues, bungled mental…
  • Tech Companies Are Peddling a Phony Version of Security, Using the Govt. as the Bogeyman

    24 November 2014, 2:28 pm by: Bill Blunden, CounterPunch

    Monolithic corporations aren’t our saviors -- they’re the central part of the problem. This week the USA Freedom Act was blocked in the Senate as it failed to garner the 60 votes required to move forward. Presumably the bill would have imposed limits…
  • How I Beat Predatory Sallie Mae at the Student Loan Game

    24 November 2014, 2:10 pm by: Stefanie Gray, The Guardian

    The loan giant preyed on my poverty, hounded me, took me to court ... and then lost. Beginning when I was an 18-year-old university student, I took out four Sallie Mae “Tuition Answer” loans worth about $36,000 between 2006 and 2008 – which was more…
  • Our Economy Is Built Around a Bunch of Scams and Pure Greed -- and the Alternatives Are Staring Us…

    24 November 2014, 12:33 pm by: James Howard Kunstler, Kunstler.com

    There is almost no public chatter about President Obama's failure to rein in the banking system. Wall Street is only one of several financial roach motels in what has become a giant slum of a global economy. Notional “money” scuttles in for safety and…
  • Paul Ryan's Flabbergasting Hypocrisy

    24 November 2014, 12:27 pm by: Elias Isquith, Salon

    Ryan's secret machinations to install a right-wing political hack at the Congressional Budget Office shock even the jaded. As a general rule, I try not to write about hypocrisy in politics. It’s such a constant, such a fact of life, that it can feel a bit…
  • How Legal Highs and the Internet Are Transforming the Underground Drug World

    24 November 2014, 11:12 am by: Maia Szalavitz, Substance.com

    "Legal high" drugs such as Spice, K2 and bath salts are changing the drug landscape. One reason that media coverage of drugs so frequently sucks is that few reporters follow the subject regularly enough to develop any real expertise. But the opposite is…
  • Texas Approves Textbooks With Moses as Honorary Founding Father

    24 November 2014, 10:00 am by: Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch

    New school books claim that Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution. The Texas State Board of Education approved several dozen social studies textbooks after a contentious battle over their treatment of subjects including climate change, the role of…
  • How Oligarchs Destroyed a Major American City

    24 November 2014, 9:30 am by: Anis Shivani, AlterNet

    Central Houston has been converted into an exclusive playland for the rich. A startling change for the worse has occurred in the physical appearance and occupancy of central Houston over the last few years. Entire historic neighborhoods, while superficially…
  • Paul Krugman: Deluded New Majority in Congress Insists We're Living in an Ayn Rand Novel

    24 November 2014, 9:02 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    Why years of failed economic policy may get even worse. Paul Krugman is not exactly optimistic about the new Congress that will be sworn in in January. That's because both houses of legislature will be dominated by the party that has essentially failed to…
  • Rudy Giuliani Accused of 'White Supremacy' for His Obsession with Black on Black Crime

    23 November 2014, 8:35 pm 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." Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) is more focused on “black on black” crimes than police violence…
  • Personal Story: Some of the Happiest Days of My Life Were Spent Doing Heroin with My Dad

    23 November 2014, 8:29 pm by: Jacqueline Burt, Salon.com

    I know I should say those sordid hours were a waste of time, but they weren't. “Look what I got,” my father said, holding up a little plastic bag.I’d never shot heroin before, but I was curious about it, and always open to any substance that would…
  • 5 Things Powerful People in Washington Believe That Have No Basis in Reality

    23 November 2014, 6:21 pm by: Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

    "People in Washington don’t have time for reality. They’re lost in a world of their own." To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M,…
  • 7 Leading Candidates for Corporate Rip-Off of the Year

    23 November 2014, 5:50 pm by: Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

    These acts of corporate treachery take billions of dollars from the American people. There are so many to choose from. Every one of these selections is an act of corporate treachery that takes billions of dollars from the American people. 1. Selling…
  • I Took A Class on How to Pick Up Women—But I Learned More About Male Anxiety

    23 November 2014, 3:21 pm 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. Sleazy. Everyone thinks the “trained” pickup artist is a sleazy, predatory lizard stalking women. The truth is some are like that, but…
  • The Real Michael Phelps Scandal Is the Offensive Portrayal of Intersex People

    23 November 2014, 3:11 pm by: Claudia Astorino, The Guardian

    Intersex people are fighting for their basic human rights. Being intersex isn’t itself headline-worthy, and more importantly, our lives aren’t headlines. We’re just people who happen to be intersex.But this week, Taylor Lianne Chandler’s claim that…
  • Jon Stewart: I Have “Daily Show” Burnout

    23 November 2014, 1:12 pm by: Sarah Gray, Salon.com

    Stewart shows his vulnerability in a fascinating and revealing interview with Howard Stern. Jon Stewart was on the Howard Stern show earlier this week, and of the appearances Stewart’s done to promote his film “Rosewater,” this was one of the most…

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