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How Our Government Is Trying to Scare Us into Submitting to Corporate Dominance Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The FBI's surveillance of Occupy is an explicit warning by the security services to all who consider dissent. READ MORE»

How the Conservative Movement Cons Its Naive Followers Out of Their Cash Alex Pareene, Salon

The most prominent conservative organizations in the nation are primarily dedicated to separating conservatives from their money. READ MORE»

5 Most Terrifying Things About the Likely New CIA Head John Brennan Alex Kane, AlterNet

President Obama tapped a man for the top CIA post who has supported drone strikes, torture and extraordinary rendition. READ MORE»

Austerity Disaster: Hurricane Sandy Victims Thrown to Lending Sharks and Privatized "Relief" By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

Disaster victims are now expected to shoulder relief expenses that used to be shared publicly. READ MORE»

The Secret Sex Lives of Christian Women By Jia Tolentino, The Hairpin

There’s something sexual about the way that some churches present the idea of God to young Christians, particularly women. READ MORE»

Was Fiscal Cliff Deal a Stinker, or Did Obama Win One? By Joshua Holland, Michael Tomasky, AlterNet

Mike Tomasky of the Daily Beast and AlterNet's Joshua Holland have very different views on the question. READ MORE»

Debt! How Human Beings Become Enslaved to Powerful Interests By Jeffery Atik, Los Angeles Review of Books

David Graeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" traces the history of debt in human relationships, exploring the complex power dynamics at play. READ MORE»

Weird Science: Siberian Psychologists Caning Patients "On the Buttocks" in New Addiction Treatment The Fix

Siberian psychologists are taking a hair-raising approach to helping people with addiction: literally beating it out of them. READ MORE»

Homeless in Suburbia By David McKay Wilson, Teaching Tolerance

As more suburban students face homelessness, schools have a crucial role to play in ensuring their safety and fair treatment. READ MORE»

America’s Craziest Sheriff Sends Armed Posses to Arizona Schools By Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress


Joe Arpaio has thought of less friendly uses for firearms in his recent past. Back in November, the sheriff decided to arm his deputies with automatic weapons to stop “illegal aliens” “attempting to escape” his county. READ MORE»

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