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  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 Helps Black Voters Across the Board. Is It Enough?

    4 March 2015, 2:28 pm by: Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

    A new report takes an in-depth look at racial patterns in voting. African-American voting rights have come a long way since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Yet America still hasn’t rid itself of some of the ugly ways in which it…
  • 'It’s the Blackness That Scares Everybody': Why White People Favor 'African Americans'

    4 March 2015, 1:40 pm by: Brittney Cooper, Salon

    White people have a far more negative view of the term 'black' than they do of the term 'African American.' A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of…
  • Women's Bodies Can't Perform Magic (Someone Please Tell Republicans)

    4 March 2015, 1:22 pm by: Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

    The GOP still knows nothing about female anatomy. Do Republican men think women are mythical creatures, like unicorns or fairies? It’s the only explanation I can come up with to make sense of the party’s continued insistence that women’s bodies can…
  • Atheist Group Blasts ‘Absurd’ Decision to Censor Its Easter Billboards

    4 March 2015, 1:05 pm by: David Ferguson, Raw Story

    A representative from American Atheists called the decision 'discriminatory.' The group American Atheists addressed the controversy surrounding its billboards in Nashville, Tennessee by pointing out that it’s hypocritical of the company to censor the…
  • Russell Brand Explains the Real Reason Westerners Join ISIS: Alienation

    4 March 2015, 12:03 pm by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    Isolation is the culprit, not Islam. The spectacle of Westerners leaving their homes to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS has captured media headlines, with CNN even suggesting that ISIS is using “kittens, Nutella” to lure female fighters.Some…
  • 5 Reasons Conservatives Wouldn't Actually Want Netanyahu To Be Our President

    4 March 2015, 11:28 am by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    The GOP is enamored with the Prime Minister, but Israel endorses many policies Republicans would loathe. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress yesterday marked a point of historic acrimony between our two countries, as it was the…
  • Why I Absolutely, Positively Never Want to Have a Child

    4 March 2015, 11:01 am by: Jessica Burnell, AlterNet

    There is no caveat to this statement. This post originally appeared on Femsplain.com.I am about to tell you something that may shock you. Are you ready? Are you sitting down? Okay.I do not want children.Now let me be clear, it’s not that I don’t want…
  • Could Common Food Additives Be Causing Serious Health Problems?

    4 March 2015, 10:04 am by: Katie Levans, EcoWatch

    New research suggests they do. Emulsifiers approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are commonly added to processed foods to improve texture, increase shelf life and prevent oils and fats from separating. You’ll see them listed on…
  • Robert Reich: How the Next Democratic Nominee Could Rescue America

    4 March 2015, 7:53 am by: Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

    We need to take radical steps. It’s seed time for the 2016 presidential elections, when candidates try to figure out what they stand for and will run on. One thing seems reasonably clear. The Democratic nominee for president, whoever she may be, will…
  • Jon Stewart: Congress Gave Netanyahu ‘Longest Bl*wjob a Jewish Man Has Ever Received’

    4 March 2015, 7:12 am by: AlterNet

    The Daily Show host called the Israeli Prime Minister's visit a "festival of slights." Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress yesterday served a dual function: shoring up his close relationship with our Republican leadership and giving him a global…
  • Clear Proof Bill O'Reilly is a Serial Liar About His Past

    3 March 2015, 4:29 pm by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    There's no wiggle room. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has been under fire following a series of revelations that seem to show he lied about numerous major reporting milestones in his career, from witnessing the murder of nuns in El Salvador to being witness to…
  • Right-Wing Christians Screech About ‘KGB’ Spies After City Simply Checks Church’s Zoning…

    3 March 2015, 4:17 pm by: Travis Gettys, Raw Story

    Concern over a Florida church's possible lack of an emergency exit leads to suggestion of a war against religion. A Florida pastor claims his religious rights were violated after city officials investigated whether his church had the necessary permits on…
  • Why Major League Soccer Players Could Be on the Verge of a Major Work Strike

    3 March 2015, 3:02 pm by: Michael Arria, AlterNet

    MLS is no worker's paradise for its talent. In the fall of 1969, a little over a year after Sports Illustrated dubbed him “Baseball’s Best Centerfielder,” Curt Flood was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood, who…
  • Meet the Burlesque Dancer Who Was Fired For Her Voluptuous Curves

    3 March 2015, 2:58 pm by: Paul Oswell, The Guardian

    A New Orleans club is feeling the wrath of social media over the dismissal of performer Ruby Rage. A week after Mardi Gras, it is business as usual in the neon gaudiness of New Orleans’s dive bars and strip clubs. That is, except Lucky Pierre’s. The…
  • 4 Things More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Enrichment

    3 March 2015, 2:46 pm by: Juan Cole, JuanCole.com

    Israel faces more important security threats -- many of its own creation. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been strident and continually harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly…
  • Secular Blogger Brutally Murdered for His Beliefs—And Bangladesh Will Do Nothing About It

    3 March 2015, 2:23 pm by: Mehnaaz Momen, AlterNet

    Religious extremists attacked Abhijit Roy and his wife with a meat cleaver in a public square. Evidence at the crime scene. Credit: Arunabha Rahman Anjan (Abhijit's friend).A pair of glasses, a pen, blood and brains surround the lifeless form of Abhijit…
  • 9 Social Panics That Gripped the Nation, Were Totally False, and Did Horrible Lasting Damage

    3 March 2015, 2:17 pm by: Janet Allon, Kali Holloway, AlterNet

    Americans flip out over the strangest things. The latest in AlterNet's Fear in America series. Editor's note: The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to…
  • Noam Chomsky: Defeating ISIS Starts with the US Admitting Its Role in Creating This Fundamentalist…

    3 March 2015, 2:01 pm by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

    It would take remedying the massive damage inflicted on Iraq in order to deal with the turmoil in the region. We air the second part of our two-day interview with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. Chomsky is…
  • What Rift? 5 Times Netanyahu's Speech Showed America's Well on Board With His Dangerous Plans

    3 March 2015, 1:31 pm by: Michael Arria, AlterNet

    Rhetoric aside, Israel and the US still want the same things. For the past couple weeks, the American media has focused on the fact that various members of congress planned on skipping Netanyahu’s speech. Predictably, this was perceived by many on the…
  • Here’s How to Find Out If Your Penis Is a Normal Size, According to Science

    3 March 2015, 11:24 am by: Agence France-Presse, AFP

    Scientific research has come up with an average length for guys. What is an “average” size for a penis?The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66 cm around, according to an…
  • Taser International and Cops Profiting from Police Brutality

    3 March 2015, 9:33 am by: Michael Arria, AlterNet

    Taser has seen its stock price double since Michael Brown was killed. Taser International, one of the nation's largest suppliers of body cameras, has direct connections to some police chiefs who have been advocating on its behalf.According to…
  • Jon Stewart Mocks John Boehner's Terrifying Kissy Face

    3 March 2015, 9:27 am by: AlterNet

    In response to a press question, Boehner puckers up his lips and ... watch below. With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the reign of Boehner and McConnell is upon us. Or, as Jon Stewart said last night, the unstoppable…
  • Israeli Security Veterans Speak Out Against Netanyahu, Calling Him a 'Danger' to Israel

    2 March 2015, 4:25 pm by: Jonathan Cook, AlterNet

    Former generals urge Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress before damaging U.S. relations even further. In an unprecedented move, 200 veterans of the Israeli security services accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being a “danger”…
  • Meet the Menstruators Fighting Canada's 'Tampon Tax'

    2 March 2015, 4:14 pm by: Sarah Berman, The Tyee

    A Q&A with two young activists leading a campaign for tax exemption. It's an uncomfortable conversation at first, but once a tax exemption on menstrual products is in place, you won't even notice it's there.That's the tongue-in-cheek messaging Jill Piebiak…
  • Hey, Smug White People: You (Yes, You) Are a Racist, Too

    2 March 2015, 3:08 pm by: Kali Holloway, AlterNet

    Don't imagine that being a racist is something that only happens to other people. If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it's that there are no racists in this country. (In fact, not only…
  • Tennessee Churches Pray For City to Pass Ban on ‘Swingers Club’ and ‘Sinful’ Acts

    2 March 2015, 2:50 pm by: David Edwards, Raw Story

    Churches in the Volunteer State protested a social club's plans to relocate near a Christian school. Members of nearly a dozen Tennessee churches gathered over the weekend to protest a so-called “swingers club” which plans to open near a Christian…
  • Honduras Is Sold as a Libertarian Paradise -- I Went, and Discovered a Capitalist Nightmare

    2 March 2015, 2:29 pm by: Edwin Lyngar, Salon

    A glimpse into a society run for the benefit of a handful of the rich and global conglomerates. Last month, I spent my final vacation night in Honduras in San Pedro Sula, considered the most dangerous city outside of the war-torn Middle East. I would not…
  • How a Father With a Twitter Account Stopped a White Supremacist Terrorist from Shooting a Bunch of…

    2 March 2015, 2:19 pm by: Paul Rosenberg, Salon

    9/11 truther spewed terrifying and hateful threats, and one dad could not let it go. How do you stop a bad man with a gun? How about a good man with a Twitter account? That’s how things played out over the President’s Day weekend. It began on Saturday…
  • Noam Chomsky: U.S. Thinks of Israel as an 'Offshore Military Base'

    2 March 2015, 2:07 pm by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

    The U.S. helped provide the arms to Israel in last year's destruction of Gaza. Six months after the end of a devastating Israeli assault on Gaza, aid agencies have condemned the lack of progress in rebuilding Gaza, saying reconstruction of tens of…
  • What the Hell Is Concierge Medicine?

    2 March 2015, 1:43 pm by: Alison Prelusky, Daily Kos

    This personalized form of health care comes with a heavy price for the patient. Recently, I was dumped.It seemed to come out of nowhere. As far as I knew, everything was fine, and I honestly had no reason to think otherwise. She dropped the axe by way of…

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