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Alternet Headlines for 11 April 2013

Ayn Rand Paradise in America | 4 People Shot by Toddlers Since Last Weekend | How America Breeds Mental Illness

The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise
Les Leopold, AlterNet
Tennessee lawmakers have elevated hatred for government and disgust for poor people to an art form. READ MORE»

5 Juicy Tax Breaks That Corporations Enjoy That the Public Can't Touch
Scott Klinger, AlterNet
Do you get a tax break for breaking the law? READ MORE»

Rand Paul Explains Black History to Black People
Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
In a speech at Howard University, the Kentucky senator tried to change his record on the Civil Rights Act and explained to an African American audience all the great things the GOP has done for them. READ MORE»

How America Breeds Mental Illness from Birth Until Death
By Belén Fernández, Al Jazeera
The over-diagnosis and over-prescription that dominates the mental health care scene in the US contributes to a system that is better at producing disorders than fixing them. READ MORE»

Hello Baseball, Goodbye Brain: Wouldn't It Be Great If We Could Channel Our Sports Passion Toward the Theft Going on in Washington?
By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet
Our money is being stolen not at the corporate sports stadium but at the corporate White House. READ MORE»

At Least 4 People Have Been Shot by Toddlers Since Last Weekend
By Andrea Peterson, Think Progress
Will the 14 senators who’ve promised to filibuster any gun safety legislation will succeed in their efforts to maintain the status quo. READ MORE»

Obama's New Treasury Secretary Pushes Austerity That Spreads Global Misery
By William K. Black, New Economic Perspectives
Lew spends Spring Break in Europe with fellow austerity hawks who promote harmful economic nonsense. READ MORE»

How the West Fueled the Ever-Growing Carnage in Syria
By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet
The actions of the United States and its allies in Syria have only led to escalating violence and chaos. READ MORE»

Margaret Thatcher Was a Privatization Pioneer, and This Is the Story of How Her Agenda Did Nothing But Make Life Worse for Millions of People
By Michael Hudson, Michael Hudson's blog
The one essay you need to read to understand what a pernicious ideology "free market" privatization is. READ MORE»

5 Bizarre Sex Products Designed to Make You Feel Shame About Your Body
By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon
Bet you didn't think you needed semen pills. READ MORE»

The Secret to Colorado's Legal Marijuana Success Story
By Phillip Smith, Drug War Chronicle
Smart regulations will protect the new legal status of cannabis in Colorado. READ MORE»

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