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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • AlterNet Comics: The Globola Crisis

    21 October 2014, 10:06 am by: Jen Sorensen, AlterNet

    The planet is burning with a fever ...  …
  • 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…
  • Meet the Researcher Who Thinks Cancer Can be Prevented -- Even Reversed -- Through Diet

    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…
  • The Facts About Fearbola

    20 October 2014, 5:19 pm by: Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

    You'd think we know the difference between the truth claims of science and the tribal claims of culture -- it's tempting, but delusional. When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that…
  • Oklahoma Man Opens Fire on Ex-Girlfriend for Not Leaving ‘Fast Enough’: Police

    20 October 2014, 4:52 pm by: David Edwards, Raw Story

    As the woman collected her belongings and prepared to walk out the front door, the man allegedly fired a “long gun” inside of the residence.  Oklahoma man was taken into custody late last week after police said that he shot at his ex-girlfriend because…
  • How a SWAT Team Killed an Innocent Man Outside His Childhood Home

    20 October 2014, 3:24 pm by: Alison Clement, Salon

    A SWAT team mistook Sam Mullane for two suspects and shot him in the driveway. In the middle of the night of May 31, 2012, a SWAT team arrived at a house deep in Oregon’s coastal forest, searching for two men suspected of a brutal beating in nearby…
  • How the Media's Hyper Ebola Anxiety Is Playing into the Hands of the Republicans

    20 October 2014, 3:07 pm by: Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America

    If Republicans want the media to remain relentlessly focused on the anxious Ebola storyline prior to Election Day, they're in luck. As Republicans seek to gain a partisan advantage by ginning up fear about the Ebola virus in preparation for the midterm…
  • The Right's Lena Dunham Delusion: How Misogyny and Hatred Fuel Their Screeds

    20 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Katie McDonough, Salon.com

    The National Review's hit piece was disgusting, but far from unique. There is an intractable kind of misogyny that resists all argument. It’s easy to point to National Review Online writer Kevin D. Williamson’s response to Lena Dunham’s “Not That…
  • Guess Who Gives More of Their Money to Charity: People Who Make More or Less Than $200k a Year?

    20 October 2014, 2:50 pm by: Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

    Philanthropy and income have an inverse relationship. Billionaire CEO Nicholas Woodman, news reports trumpeted earlier this month, has set aside $450 million worth of his GoPro software stock to set up a brand-new charitable foundation.“We wake up every…
  • Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter to Fight Online Shaming and Harassment

    20 October 2014, 2:05 pm by: Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

    The woman at the center of the Internet Era's first scandal says enough is enough when it comes to cyberbullying. Monica Lewinsky was at the crux of the Internet-era’s first great scandal and she took a lot of abuse on AOL, UseNet and other early online…
  • An Open Letter to the U.S. and Israel: You Can Rescue the Rule of Law From Laughter

    20 October 2014, 1:55 pm by: Paul Laverty, AlterNet

    A member of the jury at the Russell Tribunal in Brussels recalls witnesses' accounts on the dire situation in Gaza. (Paul Laverty was a member of the Jury at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine which heard expert testimony on the situation in Gaza following…
  • How Overblown Ebola Panic Could End Up Costing Billions

    20 October 2014, 11:47 am by: Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

    Fear is even more expensive than medical costs. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly a quarter of Americans are worried about catching Ebola, despite the fact that their chances of actually getting it are vanishingly small at this point. A recent…
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing Dissent Offers 12 Reasons Why Texas' New Voter ID Law Is…

    20 October 2014, 11:20 am by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Ginsburg dissent calls out thinly veiled GOP voter suppression. This weekend, U.S. Supreme Court reporters pulled an all-nighter waiting for the ruling on whether Texas’ new voter photo ID law, which may prevent up to 600,000 otherwise eligible voters from…
  • Paul Krugman Divulges Exactly Why Amazon Is So Evil and Dangerous

    20 October 2014, 9:53 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    Case in point: Delivery times for Paul Ryan's book and book criticizing Koch brothers. Sometimes Paul Krugman eases into his column by writing metaphorically, or giving some valuable background. In Monday's column, he just up and blurts out his point:…
  • VIDEO: John Oliver's Brilliant, Hilarious Solution to the No Cameras in the Supreme Court Rule

    20 October 2014, 9:26 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    Oral arguments have never been so compelling! You know those absurdly popular cat videos? Well, if you don't, trust us, they are absurdly popular.HBO's John Oliver thinks they might hold the key to making Supreme Court oral arguments "must-watch TV."In a…
  • The Toxic Marriage That Killed Comedy Legend Phil Hartmann

    19 October 2014, 4:13 pm by: Prachi Gupta, Salon.com

    Reading Mike Thomas' bio of Hartman, nothing will prepare you for the horrific ending you already know is coming. If you grew up watching “SNL” or “The Simpsons,” you surely have many fond memories of Phil Hartman, the versatile character actor who…
  • It's Time for Muslims and Atheists To Stop Shouting and Start Talking to Each Other

    19 October 2014, 4:03 pm by: Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman, The Guardian

    Blanket statements fall apart when you’re confronted with the diversity of religious and nonreligious experiences. Lost in the venomous arguments that have recently been flying back and forth between Muslims and atheists – on HBO and on op-ed pages,…
  • Big Challenges Ahead in Fighting Ebola

    19 October 2014, 3:57 pm by: Jonathan Fowler, AFP

    A vaccine may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016. The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.As the death toll from the…
  • "We've Created a Generation of People Who Hate America:" Filmmaker Laura Poitras on Our Surveillance…

    19 October 2014, 2:54 pm by: Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

    Back to that Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many…
  • How Facebook and Apple's Egg-Freezing Policies Hurt Working Women

    18 October 2014, 8:21 am by: Michele Goodwin, AlterNet

    When an employer offers to freeze your eggs, see it as a Trojan horse, not a gift. Last week, the tech industry launched a salvo in response to widespread criticism about the lack of gender diversity within its ranks: freeze your eggs at no expense. See it…
  • Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Childs' Abuser?

    17 October 2014, 6:02 pm by: Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

    How 'failure to protect' laws are locking up mothers whose partners commit child abuse. When they first started dating, Arlena Lindley said Alonzo Turner was a sweet guy. She said he was kind to her and her toddler son Titches. But a few months later, Turner…
  • Ayahuasca: Is It All Crazy Visions and Hallucinations, Or Is There More to This Tea?

    17 October 2014, 5:16 pm by: Laura Barcella, The Fix

    Making sense of all the hype. The following first appeared on The Fix. Also on TheFix.com: Atheist Inmate Receives $2 Million Settlement Over Forced 12-Step Drug Rehab; Habit or Addiction—Who Decides?; Women Are Not PowerlessMy first real boyfriend, C,…
  • 6 Brave Researchers Busting the Myths Behind Everything We Think We Know About Drugs

    17 October 2014, 2:33 pm by: April M. Short, AlterNet

    Despite stigmas associated with illegal drugs, they speak out against drug myths. To get the public on board with the violent, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful war on drugs, the government has had to spin some pretty elaborate stories about drugs and…

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