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  • What Happened When I Took on a Bunch of Gun Nuts in a Deeply Red State

    17 September 2014, 5:46 pm by: Amanda Gailey, Salon

    Want to understand why it's so hard to win the most basic gun safety reform? Here's how the debate so often goes. I volunteer for Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, a grass-roots organization seeking to reduce gun casualties by calling for an increase in the…
  • Are Prudish School Dress Codes Targeting Girls in Violation of Discrimination Laws?

    17 September 2014, 4:53 pm by: Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

    Singling out female students for humiliation and discipline because of their sex is a blatant violation of federal law. In the last few weeks, almost 200 students – almost all of them female – at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York have…
  • 10 Words You Didn't Know Used to Be Dirty

    17 September 2014, 2:52 pm by: Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9

    Did you know that a "hat" meant something else back in the day? The following piece first appeared on i09. We chortle today at the number of "ejaculations" in Sherlock Holmes stories, and laugh at how old newspaper stories describe the "erection" of…
  • How One Twitter User Tracked Down Philadelphia Hate Crime Suspects All Through Social Media

    17 September 2014, 2:51 pm by: Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

    “This won’t be tolerated. Not in our town, not anywhere.” Last week, a gay couple was walking in the Center City district of Philadelphia when they were approached by a group of about a dozen men and women—all white, well-dressed, and in their early…
  • Adrian Peterson And What Our Fathers Did to Us

    17 September 2014, 2:43 pm by: Jeb Lund, The Guardian

    You can never move on from toxic discipline. There are many possible reactions to reports that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson beat two of his children. To return to the NFL’s obsession of ethics via optics, you could wonder why his…
  • Why Is the Right-Wing So Shocked that Miss America Worked with Planned Parenthood?

    17 September 2014, 1:53 pm by: Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

    Conservative sites are flipping out, but the pageant has a long pro-choice history. If you thought her less than mind-blowing performance of “Happy” had Miss America fans in a snit, wait till they find out where Kira Kazantsev used to work.The newly…
  • America's Political Spectrum Is Not Left to Right, It's Top to Bottom—And It has Failed the People

    17 September 2014, 1:40 pm by: Jim Hightower, AlterNet

    Every day, there are populist uprisings, both large and small, all across this country. My father, W.F. "High" Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn't know it. Didn't know the word, much less the history or anything about populism's democratic ethos. My…
  • 8 Worst Things Urban Outfitters Has Done

    17 September 2014, 11:36 am by: Katie Halper, AlterNet

    The recent furor over its faux-bloodstained Kent State sweatshirt isn't the only controversy the company has been involved in. On Monday, Urban Outfitters made headlines when it posted for sale on its website a Kent State sweatshirt. There's nothing…
  • How Conservative Christians Are Trying Their Damnedest to Make America's Kids Wildly Ignorant

    17 September 2014, 10:31 am by: Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

    You wouldn't believe what they're trying to stick in school kids' curriculum. One of the biggest obstacles for the conservative movement when it comes to recruiting new members is, to be frank, reality itself. History, science, economics are all fields…
  • Chelsea Manning: How to Make ISIS Fall on Its Sword

    17 September 2014, 10:10 am by: Chelsea Manning, The Guardian

    Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire. The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States…
  • WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Joe Scarborough's Hypocritical Fury at Hillary Clinton's Gamesmanship

    17 September 2014, 9:35 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    "Willary or Won'tary?" Most pundits think they already know the answer." Jon Stewart covered the earth-shattering news that Hillary Clinton attended Senator Tom Harkin's Annual Steak Fry in Iowa last week, her first visit to the state that pretty much…
  • MI County Sells Injured Mom’s Home Over One Tax Bill, and Will Keep Extra $80,000 Profit

    16 September 2014, 6:59 pm by: David Edwards, Raw Story

    A dream home turned into a nightmare. A Michigan mother says that she is devastated because Kalamazoo County is foreclosing on her home after brain bruises from a car accident caused her to miss a single tax payment two years ago.Deborah Calley told…
  • Naomi Klein on the Great Clash Between Capitalism and the Climate

    16 September 2014, 6:29 pm by: Don Hazen, Jan Frel, AlterNet

    Klein discusses her new book, "This Changes Everything." Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate is coming out just as the UN is meeting on climate change, and a massive rally to protest the lack of progress on global…
  • What NFL Star's Scandal Reveals About Black vs. White Child-Rearing

    16 September 2014, 6:08 pm by: Brittney Cooper, Salon

    Black parenting is often too authoritative. White parenting is often too permissive. Both need to change. In college, I once found myself on the D.C. metro with one of my favorite professors. As we were riding, a young white child began to climb on the seats…
  • The Training Manual for US Addiction Counselors Is Full of Myths

    16 September 2014, 5:55 pm by: Substance.com

    How can professionals work effectively when they are this misinformed? The following first appeared on Substance.com: Forty-five US states use the examination conducted by the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) for the…
  • 3 Things That Will Happen to Your Wallet in the Next Year

    16 September 2014, 5:42 pm by: Edward Harrison, AlterNet

    Is the so-called recovery coming your way? Lately, we’re hearing a lot of upbeat news about the economy. U.S. hiring recently hit the highest level in almost seven years. And America’s economic output, or GDP, rose over 4 percent in the last quarter.…
  • Texas Proposes Rewriting School Books to Deny Manmade Climate Change

    16 September 2014, 5:15 pm by: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

    In the proposed 6th grade texts, students were introduced to global warming amid false claims that there was scientific disagreement about its causes. Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate…
  • Meet the Columbia Student Who Will Carry a Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled

    16 September 2014, 2:25 pm by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

    Emma Sulkowicz said the school had botched her case. In an interview with Democracy Now!, Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has vowed to carry a dorm room mattress until her alleged rapist is removed from the school, explained the idea…
  • How Denial Caused One Major Health Catastrophe, and How It May Trigger More Crises

    16 September 2014, 2:14 pm by: Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

    We haven't learned our lessons yet. Nearly 15 years ago, the unspeakable happened in AIDS-ravaged South Africa. The nation’s president, Thabo Mbeki, was apparently fooled by posts on Western Internet websites that disputed whether HIV caused AIDS, and he…
  • How the Bush Administration Covered Up the Saudi Connection to 9/11

    16 September 2014, 1:57 pm by: James Ridgeway, CounterPunch

    It's a story of how the White House sought to suppress evidence that would reveal how much it knew of the attack plot. In his New Yorker article, posted on the magazine’s web site last week, Lawrence Wright tells how the Bush administration deleted 28…
  • 10 Sneaky Sugar Sources That Hold Your Weight Hostage

    16 September 2014, 1:47 pm by: JJ Virgin, The Huffington Post

    You may be shocked to know that these seemingly innocuous foods contain added sugars. Years ago, I had a client who ate pristinely, removed food intolerances from her diet, combined weight resistance with burst training, got eight hours of sleep every…
  • This May Be the Most Absurd Way Fox Has Tried to Scare Older White People

    16 September 2014, 1:22 pm by: Joan Walsh, Salon

    New Fox News paranoia: ISIS at the border! Beheadings aren’t enough, apparently. Right wing promoters of eternal war have a new way to scare Americans into fighting ISIS: insisting the Islamic terrorists are sneaking into the “homeland” via the…
  • Schools Acquire Grenade Launchers, MRAPs and Other Military Equipment -- What Could Possibly Go…

    16 September 2014, 12:54 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Better safe than sorry is given as reason for police excess. Saying they never know when a hostage-taker or shooter could strike, more than 20 school districts across the county have been acquiring surplus military equipment from the Pentagon, including…
  • Salt Is Not the Enemy. Guess What Actually Ruins Your Health Instead?

    16 September 2014, 12:03 pm by: Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

    Salt, we may have done you wrong. Just the other day I purchased a bag of roasted peanuts, sensing my mouth water in ancipation of the salty goodness. Wrong! I had accidentally bought the unsalted version. Folks, there are few things less tasty than an…
  • WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Sen. Lindsay Graham for Saying ISIS Will Kill Every Last One of Us

    16 September 2014, 11:13 am by: AlterNet

    Stewart makes fun of Sen. Lindsay "We're All Gonna Die" Graham's paranoia fest. On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart started out the segment by pointing out that 13 years ago Al-Qaeda had made it pretty clear they wanted to attack America: we even got…
  • 10 Infuriating Graphs About Life in America If You're Not Rich

    16 September 2014, 10:04 am by: Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future

    These create a paint-by-numbers picture of the lifelong losing game faced by working Americans. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. If that’s true, the following ten images could provide the lyrics for a thousand blues songs. The graphs are…
  • Adrian Peterson Accused Of Abusing Another Son

    16 September 2014, 9:26 am by: Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

    The star running back is already accused of abusing another 4-year-old son. Adrian Peterson is under new scrutiny, as another mother with a 4-year-old son by the NFL star claims he struck the boy as a form of discipline, KHOU 11 News reports.Peterson is…
  • 'The Burning Bed,' 30 Years Later -- And Ray Rice, Now

    15 September 2014, 9:22 pm by: Susan Grigsby, Daily Kos

    The groundbreaking TV movie highlighted the issue of domestic violence, which has been illustrated again with the case involving the NFL player. On the evening of October 8, 1984, over one-third of all American television sets were turned to NBC for the…
  • In America, Healthy Eating Is for the Privileged

    15 September 2014, 2:36 pm by: Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

    A luxury item. Although kale salad is making its way to some family dinners, the fact remains that eating healthy is often thought of as something for the rich to entertain, and for the bottom rung to struggle with. According to new study published in the…
  • Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

    15 September 2014, 2:15 pm by: Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky's Official Site

    The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world. The following is a short excerpt from a classic, The Chomsky Reader, which offers a unique insight on a question worth asking -- how is it that we as…

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