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

    23 October 2014, 11:35 am by: Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

    Scientists are getting closer to discovering the cause of this increasingly common condition. Could autism be in the air we breathe? A growing body of research suggests that the answer could be yes, despite dangerous misinformation spread by celebrities like…
  • VIDEO: Robert Reich Reveals the Secretive Tactics of Big Soda—And Why We Must Defeat Them

    23 October 2014, 10:51 am by: Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

    Big Soda is pulling out the stops in Berkeley to keep Americans obese and unhealthy. I got a call the other day from a stooge of Big Soda who was doing a “push poll” — trying to get me and all my neighbors to vote against Berkeley’s proposed…
  • WATCH: Little Foul-mouthed Princesses Rampantly Drop F-Bomb...For a Damn Good Reason

    23 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    "F*ck that sexist sh%t!" If you can't stand the idea of little angelic girls cursing, you better not watch this video. On second thought, maybe you should. Because what the f*ck is so bad about saying f&ck? There are a lot of things more f%cked up than…
  • All Eyes on Kansas: Battle for Marriage Equality Boils Over, Putting Conservatives on the Defensive

    23 October 2014, 7:52 am by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Inside Kansas' struggle for equality in law, politics and religion. Tom Witt had planned an ambush. The burly director and lobbyist for Equality Kansas who moves and talks more like a Marine drill sergeant than laid-back Kansan, had spent days working to…
  • Why Oregon Is About to Be the Poster Child for How to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

    22 October 2014, 4:11 pm by: Doug Fine, AlterNet

    25 percent of tax revenues will go to mental health and substance abuse agencies. At the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland last month, the atmosphere was that of a winning NASCAR pit crew during the victory lap. Bullish is too…
  • Why Halloween Candy Is a Far Bigger Threat to Americans Than Ebola

    22 October 2014, 3:38 pm 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. As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I’m wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will…
  • Arrested for Singing? This Is What NYPD Officers Are Doing With Their Time

    22 October 2014, 2:44 pm by: Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

    Recent videos illustrate what happens when "broken windows" policing is the law of the land. Two videos released within the last week show the NYPD unnecessarily harassing people in the city’s subway stations. The first video, posted by Vice last Friday,…
  • Keene State and the Dangers of Drunken Young White Men

    22 October 2014, 2:13 pm by: Brittney Cooper, Salon

    As the Keene State protests showed, some people feel the freedom to (literally) piss on people. Guess who they are. Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Perhaps it’s the gorgeous leaves, the steaming mugs of apple cider, or the fact that my…
  • Noam Chomsky Blasts America for Its Inhumane Israel Policy

    22 October 2014, 2:05 pm 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. The following is a transcript of Democracy Now!As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an…
  • I Lost Everything to Sex Addiction

    22 October 2014, 1:47 pm by: Brian Whitney, Substance.com

    It wasn't about sex, although I did enjoy that; it was about control and power. The following first appeared on Substance.com: I don’t like calling myself a sex addict. When people hear that term most of them tend to have one of three reactions.Some…
  • How Capitalist Germany Made College Possible for Everyone, While It Seems Impossible in America

    22 October 2014, 1:27 pm by: Barbara Kehm, Truthout

    Clearly it's possible. This article originally appeared in Truthout.If Germany has done it, why can’t we? That’s the question being asked by many students around the world in countries that charge tuition fees to university. From this semester, all…
  • 7 Things McDonald's Really Wants You to Forget

    22 October 2014, 11:32 am by: Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

    The fast-food giant's record is checkered when it comes to treatment of workers and the environment. It's news that few can believe. Profits at McDonald’s fell an astounding 30 percent during the third quarter and have been slumping for four quarters. The…
  • Nothing's Wrong with Renee Zellweger's Face—Something's Wrong With Us

    22 October 2014, 11:21 am 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. To be a female celebrity is to lose at every turn. Dare to age? Face-shame at best and be out of work at worst. Get noticeable plastic…
  • Why Conservatives Opt for Propaganda Over Reality

    22 October 2014, 10:55 am 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. Pew Research set out to find what’s behind what it considers the increasing political…
  • Research Behind Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Supplement Was Bogus, Authors Admit

    22 October 2014, 10:02 am by: Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

    “America’s doctor” promoted spurious weight-loss products to his audience. A research paper that touted the weight-loss benefits of an extract from green coffee beans has been retracted by the researchers that published it. Green coffee had been touted…
  • I Was Forced From My Home and Am Living In Constant Fear Because of Relentless Death Threats From…

    22 October 2014, 8:31 am by: Brianna Wu, xojane

    This is what happens when you stand up to the misogyny of gaming culture. They threatened the wrong woman this time. I am the Godzilla of bitches. I have a backbone of pure adamantium, and I’m sick of seeing them abuse my friends.The misogynists and the…
  • Why Is Big Coal Pretending to Be the Savior of the Developing World?

    22 October 2014, 8:19 am by: Kevin Grandia, EcoWatch

    These countries deserve something much better than the old, dirty energy North America no longer wants. This story first appeared at EcoWatch.comThere is a growing drumbeat being played by the coal industry around the idea that their product will…
  • Robert Reich: Why I'm Worried About America

    22 October 2014, 7:34 am by: Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

    We used to understand that leadership required something other than drones and bombs. We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two people are infected with his body fluids.The real crisis is the hysteria over…
  • These Senior Citizens Are Serving Life in Prison Over Pot

    21 October 2014, 9:33 pm by: Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet

    Should five non-violent offenders die behind bars for a crime Americans increasingly believe should not even be a crime? Right now, five adults await death in prison for non-violent, marijuana-related crimes. Their names are John Knock, Paul Free, Larry…
  • Some People Think CrossFit Is Nutty and That Makes CrossFit Really Angry

    21 October 2014, 6:03 pm by: Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

    Critics question its safety and its culture, but CrossFit’s aggressive response is a tad more worrisome. You’d be hard pressed to find an article — outside one written by a CrossFit enthusiast — that reviews this exercise phenomenon without asking…
  • Right-Wing Publication Tries to Claim That Obama Is a Conservative

    21 October 2014, 4:14 pm by: Luke Brinker, Salon

    The president “has bent over backward to protect corporate profits,” says ex-Reagan administration domestic policy aide Bruce Bartlett President Barack Obama “has governed as a moderate conservative,” former Reagan administration domestic policy aide…
  • My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child

    21 October 2014, 3:56 pm by: Dr. Hakim, AlterNet

    If Imal were a white American kid, this drone strike tragedy would not have befallen his father. Imal, a 7 year old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul.As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother…
  • 13 Most Ugly, Offensive,and Weird Costumes for Halloween 2014

    21 October 2014, 11:29 am 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. Putting on my judgy face at the Halloween store. Photo Credit: xojanePutting on my judgy face at the Halloween store. Content note: Some…
  • Can New Economic Model Save Detroit From Financial Collapse?

    21 October 2014, 11:14 am by: Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

    Advocates of the "New Work New Culture" economic model think so. Most Americans could never conceive a United States without capitalism. But a group of labor activists students and academics have convened in Detroit to discuss whether a new economic model is…
  • 4 Terrible Mistakes We Can't Afford to Make With Ebola

    21 October 2014, 10:50 am by: Karen Greenberg, TomDispatch

    Our response is starting to echo the war on terror. We can't let that happen. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com   here.These days, two “wars” are in the…
  • 5 Most Extremist GOPers Who Might Be Headed to Congress

    21 October 2014, 10:38 am by: Right Wing Watch

    Congressional hopeful Glenn Grothman worries that “gals” are running — and ruining — America by leading a “war on men.” The conventional wisdom is that so-called establishment Republican candidates by and large triumphed over Tea Party radicals…
  • Shocking New Report: Superrich Have Grabbed Half the World's Assets

    21 October 2014, 8:29 am by: Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

    They're eyeing the other half. According to a new report, the richest one percent have got their mitts on almost half the world's assets. Think that’s the end of the story? Think again. This is only the beginning.The “Global Annual Wealth Report,”…
  • 6 of America's Most Panicky, Misinformed Overreactions to the Ebola Virus

    20 October 2014, 7:15 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Imagine what would happen if Ebola was a widespread threat? In the U.S., there’s growing evidence that Ebola can be quarantined. But the same cannot be said about wild overreactions marked by panic, ignorance and intolerance as parents, school boards and…
  • The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers Are the Most Misinformed

    20 October 2014, 5:40 pm 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. Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why…
  • Can Cancer Be Prevented—And Even Cured—Through Diet? This Scientist Is Convinced It Can

    20 October 2014, 5:34 pm by: Clare Howard, AlterNet

    T. Colin Campbell has set off a war with the food industry. He says the CIA has shown up at his door with questions. Colleagues have warned him not to pursue his controversial research findings. One of his professional organizations considered kicking him…

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