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Marissa Alexander Accepts Plea Deal, Forced to Return to Prison

alternet.org — Marissa Alexander, the domestic violence victim facing trial in Florida for firing a warning shot, accepted a plea deal on Monday. The deal required Alexander to plead guilty to aggravated assault in exchange for three years in prison. The 1,030 days she already spent in prison will be counted.

The Big Takeaway from the Ferguson Ruling: White Supremacy Is Alive and Well

alternet.org — For days, large swaths of the U.S. and the globe waited to hear whether or not the grand jury would indict Office Darren Wilson. For a week, Missouri governor Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency, calling out the National Guard to "maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech."

Is There Any Hope for America to Transcend the Disastrous Thinking of the National Security State?

alternet.org — Covering war, empire, the national security state and occasionally a cultural commentary, Tom Dispatch features some of the best and most established progressive writers on the block -- the likes of Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky, and Andrew Bacevich -- and it has done so at a remarkably steady pace for over a decade: about 150 essays a year.

How 'Legal Highs' and the Internet Are Transforming the Underground Drug World

alternet.org — One reason that media coverage of drugs so frequently sucks is that few reporters follow the subject regularly enough to develop any real expertise. But the opposite is true for British journalist Mike Power.

How Oligarchs Destroyed a Major American City

alternet.org — A startling change for the worse has occurred in the physical appearance and occupancy of central Houston over the last few years. Entire historic neighborhoods, while superficially modernized, have had their character destroyed. How can change on this scale take place so fast, despite the lessons of the recent national housing collapse?

Texas Approves Textbooks With Moses as Honorary Founding Father

alternet.org — The Texas State Board of Education approved several dozen social studies textbooks after a contentious battle over their treatment of subjects including climate change, the role of slavery in the Civil War, Islam, and biblical influence in America's founding.

How a Loner Became a Mass-Murderer: Report on Sandy Hook School Killer Reveals Shocking Details

alternet.org — The short life of Adam Lanza, the killer responsible for the 2012 mass shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, was a perfect storm of missed cues, bungled mental healthcare, overwhelmed and absentee parenting, easy access to guns, violent video games and online chats where murder was discussed like baseball scores.

Ferguson Decision: No Justice for the Family of Michael Brown

alternet.org — There will be no justice for the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. After three months of deliberations, a 12-member grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, did not find probable cause to press charges against Darren Scott, a white 28-year-old Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man during a daytime confrontation on August 9.

China Is Not Yet Ready to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

alternet.org — When a district court in China missed the deadline this month to issue a ruling on a high-profile lawsuit against a gay conversion clinic, it alarmed the country's gay rights activists, who were initially hopeful that the court's willingness to hear the case meant the government might be opening up to China's LGBTQ community.

Tech Companies Are Peddling a Phony Version of Security, Using the Govt. as the Bogeyman

alternet.org — This week the USA Freedom Act was blocked in the Senate as it failed to garner the 60 votes required to move forward. Presumably the bill would have imposed limits on NSA surveillance. Careful scrutiny of the bill's text however reveals yet another mere gesture of reform, one that would codify and entrench existing surveillance capabilities rather than eliminate them.
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Nov 28, 2014

Twitter misrepresents the real world, computer scientists warn telegraph.co.uk/science/scienc…

Nov 28, 2014

I’ve been in Philly for 5 days, and will be eating @LeesHoagieHouse for the third time #Winning

Nov 28, 2014

Not sure what's more ridic: the photo of me & my wife or my college lava lamp instagram.com/p/v9hhxViEtY/

Nov 28, 2014

The idea that Wall Streeters shouldn't fill every top govt post is portrayed here as a radical notion: nytimes.com/2014/11/28/bus…

Nov 28, 2014

@DubFaktion @neiltyson think you proved his point. People were treating fellow people pretty badly in medieval times.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @neiltyson: Our image of evil space aliens surely derives from a fear that they will treat us just as we treat one another.

Nov 28, 2014

Kentucky legislature to consider bill to force disclosure of fees paid to Wall St firms managing state pension: kentucky.com/2014/11/28/356…

Nov 28, 2014

The Nat Geo miniseries about the 1990s that I worked on is re-airing on Nat Geo TV right now instagram.com/p/v9GkUCiEtG/

Nov 28, 2014

Remember way back when Glenn Beck was a big thing? Good times.

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