Joe Verkuyl

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Noam Chomsky: America is a terrified country

The philosopher on the violence we wage abroad, the income inequality we face at home and where we go from here<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity," published by Zuccotti Park Press.</i> Reprinted from Truthout.org. with …

The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting

A House minority from white districts wants to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets it<p>On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken. You’ll read lots of explanations for the dysfunction, but the simple …

Is The U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed?

Armed drones have become a prominent feature of U.S. counterterrorism efforts around the globe. The unmanned aerial vehicles are regularly used to surveil and strike targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and are now being used in similar efforts in Yemen and Somalia.<p>Some argue that drones are highly …

The Tea Party’s inspiration: A tax revolt that destroyed California

An anti-tax referendum in California started the “mad as hell” brigade — and led to the current faux-populists<p>In California, as in most of the country, tax policy rarely showed up as a political issue prior to the late 1960s. With the economy chugging along, most Americans paid their taxes without …

Want to Win a Political Debate? Try Making a Weaker Argument

384<p>SHARES<p>If all of American politics could be epitomized by a single emotion, it would be the frustration of watching an ignorant politician …

How “Bridesmaids” ruined the female sex comedy

Just making jokes about poop and sex doesn’t make a movie feminist<p>Gender studies majors and lady bloggers, take note: The figurehead of contemporary American feminism is not Hillary Clinton, or Sheryl Sandberg, or even Tina Fey. It’s Aubrey Plaza in "The To-Do List<i>.</i>" As Brandy Klark, an uptight …

Edward Snowden’s father reveals FBI asked him to fly to Moscow to convince son to return home

MOSCOW — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden told <i>The Washington Post</i> that the U.S. government asked him “to consider flying …

Breastfeeding and Other Early Influencers on Children’s IQ

A new study solidifies the connection between breast-feeding and intelligence, but it’s not the only way that mom can influence youngsters’ IQ, even …

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Tig Notaro: You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry

"My friends used to call me Huckleberry Tig."Kate Lacey photo<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><b>Update (6/13/2016):</b> …

The People We’re Leaving Behind

There was something dismally familiar about an article in Monday’s New York <i>Times</i> about Afghan interpreters and the difficulties some of them have in getting visas to the United States, the country that employs them in jobs that mortally threaten their lives. For anyone who lived through the Iraqi …

Study: 1 in 3 People Is Distracted by Their Phone While Crossing Busy Streets

Is it okay to hit them (lightly)?<p>quinnanya/flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> Smartphones are the root of all societal ills, borne directly of Satan. Last spring, Michigan resident Bonnie Miller was texting when she walked heedlessly off of a pier and into Lake Michigan. Many cities have lately implemented distracted …

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

"Don't take anything that happens to you there personally," the woman at the local chamber of commerce says when I tell her that tomorrow I start …

The Revolution is Being Televised | War & Conflict

Filmmaker: Adam Pletts<p>This film tells the story of six media activists in Syria.<p>Amidst the chaos of the uprising they struggle to tell the story of Qusayr, their town to the outside world. They risk their lives on a daily basis coming under attack from the regular and indiscriminate heavy</i> …

Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad

British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious …

A Grandstanding Senator Decided To Tell A Cop How To Do His Job. Big Mistake.

How That Annoying Drone From Inception Took Over Movie Trailers

Image: Sara<p>The <i>New Yorker</i> describes the sound as “that low and loud synthesized hum—ominous and brain-addling.” It wasn’t always there, but nearly …

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

Hooked on junk

Image via Flickr user Vox Efx (Creative Commons)<p><b>On Thursday, March 28 at 19:30 GMT:</b><p>Do you find certain foods impossible to resist? New York Times reporter and author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us", Michael Moss, is in The Stream to expose the secrets behind addictive food. Based …

What Difference Will Same-Sex Marriage Make?

<i>Protestors Alex Corona (C) and David Milligan (R), partners who say they wish to get married if the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned, rally in</i> …

Knitting Sweaters While Burma Burns

Julia Pierson Sworn In