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  • What the Frack Is Happening? Hailing the Major Activist Victories in the Anti-Fracking Movement

    31 March 2015, 11:20 am by: Reynard Loki, AlterNet

    From the aggressive anti-fracking moves in Maryland to a statewide ban in New York, the anti-fracking movement is alive and well. The nation's first federal regulations on fracking, unveiled by the Obama administration last week, sparked immediate…
  • More Scientology Shockers: 5 Revelations from “Going Clear” Left out of the HBO Film

    31 March 2015, 12:32 am by: Anna Silman, Salon

    From the disappearance of David Miscavige's wife to the Church's smear campaign against journalist Paulette Cooper. People were shocked by the revelations in “Going Clear,” Alex Gibney’s expose about the Church of Scientology that aired on HBO last…
  • Another Dead Factory Worker for Key Apple Supplier: Does the Company Even Care?

    30 March 2015, 6:47 pm by: Michael Arria, AlterNet

    What killed Tian Fulei? Tian Fulei, a 26-year-old worker at a Chinese factory that makes the iPhone 6, was found dead in a dormitory on February 3. According to his family, Fulei had been working 12-hour days, seven days a week, during the months leading…
  • Woman Records Parole Officer Sexually Assaulting Her During Home Visit

    30 March 2015, 3:29 pm by: Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

    The victim recorded the assault on her cell phone because she wanted the cops to believe her. A south Florida parole officer has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman whose probation he was supervising, WSVN reports.Coral Springs…
  • After Vicious Smear Campaign by Ted Cruz Adviser, Two Missouri GOP Officials Commit Suicide

    30 March 2015, 3:06 pm by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    The deaths of Spence Jackson and Tom Schweich have caused outrage following attacks against Schweich. Yesterday, Spence Jackson, a spokesman for Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich—who committed suicide last month—was found dead of “an apparent…
  • What Happened When I Posed As a Man on Twitter

    30 March 2015, 2:37 pm by: Alex Blank Millard, xojane

    For one week, I got to see what it's like to be treated with respect online. Last weekend I became a man. I’ve dreamed about becoming a man before, wondered what it would be like to have genitalia that hangs, imagined myself free to walk alone with…
  • Female Cop Sucker Punches Handcuffed Man in the Face For No Reason, Fellow Cops Do Nothing

    30 March 2015, 2:24 pm by: Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

    Suspect was cooperating with cops when out of nowhere, a female officer walks up to him and punches him. Toledo, OH — Police in Toledo will have a hard time building the trust of their citizens after a cellphone video showed one of their officers…
  • Ricky Gervais on Being an Atheist: ‘It’s Just the Supernatural Thing I Don’t Buy’

    30 March 2015, 2:13 pm by: Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

    'I just don’t believe there’s a God. That’s all there is to it.” In an interview with the New York Daily News to promote the one-hour series finale of his television show “Derek,” comedian Ricky Gervais discussed his atheism, saying he has a…
  • Whoops: Indiana’s Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Act Opens the Door For the First Church of…

    30 March 2015, 2:04 pm by: Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

    The law puts the state in an awkward position with those who profess to smoke pot as a religious sacrament. In a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the…
  • Stigmatizing Depression and Suicide Won't Help Explain Germanwings Tragedy

    30 March 2015, 1:13 pm by: Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

    Yes, copilot Andreas Lubitz was treated for suicidal thoughts. That doesn't mean we can make blanket statements about depression. Andreas Lubitz, the copilot authorities claim intentionally downed a plane in the French Alps week, was treated for suicidal…
  • My Personal Libertarian Hell: How I Enraged the Movement and Paid the Price

    30 March 2015, 12:47 pm by: Edwin Lyngar, Salon

    I used to be a Libertarian. Then I had the gall to criticize them in an article. The most dangerous thing you can do on the Internet is to send your banking information to a mysterious Nigerian prince. The second most dangerous thing you can do is to write…
  • Are We Heading Towards a New Global Financial Crisis?

    30 March 2015, 12:45 pm by: Heather Stewart, The Guardian

    Next to nothing has been done about countries that can’t repay their debts. Greek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they…
  • AlterNet Comics: Introducing the Submerged State of South Florida

    30 March 2015, 12:13 pm by: Jen Sorensen, AlterNet

    In response to a ban on state employees using the term "climate change," south Floridians are pushing for secession.  …
  • Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Fuel the Fire in the Gulf

    30 March 2015, 11:47 am by: Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

    Whatever happens in Iraq and Yemen, the political temperature of the region is getting hotter by the day. Foreign states that go to war in Yemen usually come to regret it. The Saudi-led military intervention so far involves only air strikes, but a ground…
  • Millennials Have No Roadmap to Adulthood

    30 March 2015, 11:14 am by: Zach Stafford, The Guardian

    My parents and grandparents knew just what kind of adults they should be at 25. I don’t, but it’s not my fault. Life is often referred to as a highway, to borrow from Tom Cochrane, and for my generation that hasn’t changed.“Adulthood today lacks a…
  • Israel Is Only Going to Change Its Horrific Behavior If Outsiders Force It to

    30 March 2015, 11:04 am by: Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace

    For too long, the majority of the voices in the Jewish community have urged the treating of Israel with kid gloves. Israel's recent election was a clarifying moment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal to Israelis' worst racist instincts worked.…
  • How Gates the Foundation and Western Countries Are Plotting to Take Control of Africa's Agriculture

    30 March 2015, 10:07 am by: Stephen Greenberg, Oliver Tickell, The Ecologist

    Small farmers are being marginalized and excluded thanks to corporate-friendly regulations. A battle is currently being waged over Africa's seed systems. After decades of neglect and weak investment in African agriculture, there is renewed interest in…
  • What It's Like to Be a Liberal Guest on Right-Wing Radio

    30 March 2015, 9:32 am by: Harmon Leon, AlterNet

    Many hosts only invite you to their shows so you can be their liberal punching bag. This past week I found myself at the headquarters of Fox News in midtown Manhattan. I wasn’t there as part of some post-Occupy Wall Street protest; I’d actually been…
  • A Man In California Wants to Kill My Son

    30 March 2015, 9:17 am by: Amelia, Huffington Post

    An Orange County lawyer's ballot proposal calls for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state. It's been a long and exhausting week, and my oldest son and I are curled up on the couch together. While he will always be my baby boy, he doesn't…
  • Feeling Intense Emotions Doesn't Make You Crazy—But That's Not What Big Pharma Wants You to Think

    30 March 2015, 8:32 am by: Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

    In a new book, Dr. Julie Holland argues that pharmaceutical companies target women and medicate their emotions. In 2014, a great deal of ink was spilled about the need to stop calling women crazy. Though dismissing women as emotional and irrational is…
  • Jon Stewart's Replacement as 'Daily Show' Host Finally Announced

    30 March 2015, 8:20 am by: AlterNet

    South African comedian and 'Daily Show' contributor Trevor Noah will take over the show later this year. After months of rampant speculation, the results are in. The New York Times  reported this morning that 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor…
  • John Oliver Explains Why April Fool's Day Is the Worst

    30 March 2015, 7:49 am by: Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

    'April Fools Day is to comedy what St. Patrick's Day is to Irish culture.' John Oliver does not like April Fools’ Day. As a matter of fact, he believes that “anyone who claims to be excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath because what…
  • I Was Helped by Female Viagra

    29 March 2015, 10:21 pm by: Amanda Parrish, Salon.com

    Whys is there pushback to something women want? I would say I’m a pretty lucky woman. I have four great kids, a satisfying job, and a tall, dark and handsome husband who makes me feel like the sexiest woman in the world.The only problem is that I don’t…
  • 4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, Big Time—And How They Can Pay Us Back

    29 March 2015, 10:13 pm by: Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

    Corporate greed has reached its limit. It does not have to be this way. The distorted belief that wealthy individuals and corporations are job creators has led to sizeable business subsidies and tax breaks. The biggest giveaway is often overlooked:…
  • WATCH: Female Cop Sucker Punches Handcuffed Man, Fellow Cops Do Nothing

    29 March 2015, 8:37 pm by: Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

    This is not the way to build trust with the community. Toledo, OH — Police in Toledo will have a hard time building the trust of their citizens after a cellphone video showed one of their officers assaulting a handcuffed man.“Police brutality captured…
  • WATCH: SNL Does Brilliant Skit Mocking Starbucks Race Awareness Campaign

    29 March 2015, 6:44 pm by: Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

    The sketch show imagined a gender awareness program from Pep Boys. Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured a fake commercial that took aim at Starbucks’ recent — and disastrous — campaign to increase racial awareness by having its…
  • Five of the Worst Congresses in American History

    29 March 2015, 5:41 pm by: Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

    The current Congress is approaching a single-digit approval rating. Believe it or not, there have been worse. America is caught in the throes of the 114th Congress. May the world take pity on us. They are so gridlocked they can’t even agree that sex…
  • McCain Suggests Israel "Go Rogue," Blow Up Iran Negotiations By Starting War

    29 March 2015, 4:58 pm by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    He made the suggestion during a floor speech. As Iran talks appear to be coming to a close with a successful agreement that would both lead to the lifting of international sanctions and restrictions that would prevent the country from obtaining nuclear…
  • Bill O'Reilly's Jesus Film is Filled With 'Truthiness' Problems, Too

    29 March 2015, 4:44 pm by: Brook Wilensky-Lanford, The Guardian

    The Fox host confuses religious interpretation with facts. Killing Jesus - the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book premiering on 29 March - is not history. This might seem like an obvious statement, but it bears repeating, given how the three-hour…
  • Why Are We Waxing Ourselves Totally Bare? The Sexual Politics of Hair Removal

    28 March 2015, 5:08 pm by: Rebecca M. Herzig, Salon.com

    The mania for hair removal goes way beyond pubic regions now. When asked about pubic hair removal, most American women tend to describe their efforts as a form of “self-enhancement”—a way to feel cleaner and more attractive. While some report opting…

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