Category: Alternet

Jan 22

Conservatives Just Don’t Understand That Racism Runs Deep in American Education

Click here for reuse options! Behind the push to roll back school discipline protections lies a dangerous dismissal of bias in classrooms. Betsy DeVos and company are at it again. The DeVos-led Department of Education is currently cooking up ways to get rid of the 2014 Obama-era guidelines for K-12 public school discipline, which was aimed …

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Jan 21

Trump Is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist and Erratic Behavior

Every wannabe dictator needs an emergency to cement his power. The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is proposing widening the permissible use of nuclear weapons to include responding to cyberattacks and other non-nuclear attacks to U.S. infrastructure. The Pentagon has already outlined this expanded nuclear strategy in a draft document sent to President …

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Jan 21

Mixing These Drugs With Marijuana Can Be Dangerous

Read this and then go have a talk with your doctor. Medical students do not get an education in the endocannabinoid system, which is a shame. Most doctors have a firm understanding about pharmaceuticals and other traditional Western medicinal therapies. You might get lucky and have a personal physician who has a basic knowledge about …

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Jan 21

Diabetes Crisis Threatens to Undermine Health Care—While GOP Destroys It

Republicans are undermining virtually all programs that can help. The first year of Donald Trump's presidency has been marked by repeated and unfortunately all too successful efforts to cut off health care access to Americans, particularly the young. Trump administration efforts to discourage people from signing up for health care meant that 2017 ending with 3.2 million fewer Americans with …

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Jan 21

‘Cash before Christ’: Bishop William Barber Accuses Franklin Graham of Being ‘Bought Off’ to Defend Trump

The son of evangelical televangelist Billy Graham has been defending President Trump’s year in office. The Rev. Dr. William Barber blasted Rev. William Franklin Graham III, the son of evangelical televangelist Billy Graham, for defending President Donald Trump’s year in office. Barber admonished Graham to “stop lying” during an appearance on “AM Joy” with MSNBC anchor …

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Jan 21

How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers

The Catholic and Protestant churches promoted themselves by persecuting witches. The Salem witch trials of the 1690s have an iconic place in American lore. But before the Salem witch hunt, there was the “Great Hunt”: a larger, more prolonged European phenomenon between 1560 and 1630 that led to 80,000 accusations and 40,000 deaths. Why’d it happen? Well, …

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Jan 21

10 Things to Never, Ever Say to Someone Struggling Financially

Click here for reuse options! When people are doing well, it can be hard for them to grasp the economic realities of the U.S. in 2015. The global economic downturn of the late 2000s and early 2010s has not been limited to the United States by any means. Many economies in the European Union have …

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Jan 21

Does ‘Fire and Fury’ Passage About Nikki Haley Imply She and Trump Are Having an Affair?

Author Michael Wolff said the clues are in his book. On Friday night, author Michael Wolff set tongues wagging and pages turning by implying to “Real Time” host Bill Maher that President Donald Trump is having an affair and that the clues are in his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Slate.com pointed to a …

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Jan 21

Facebook’s News Feed Changes Could Elevate Fake News While Harming Legitimate News Outlets

Facebook’s new algorithm exacerbate the spreading of conservative misinformation. This article originally appeared on Media Matters. New changes announced by Facebook to elevate content on its users’ news feed that is shared by friends and family over that shared by news publishers could wind up exacerbating Facebook’s fake news problem. Over the past year, Facebook has struggled to …

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Jan 21

Jim Hightower: Guess Who’s Making Sure Many Huge Corporations Stay Profitable?

As always, the American people are stuck with the bill. The hustlers claim that job incentives are a sound investment of our tax dollars, because those new jobs create new taxpayers, meaning investments soon pay for themselves. Hmmm … not quite. In fact, not even close. Last year, Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive …

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