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Umar Lee

Why Progressives Should Think Twice About Embracing Uber and Lyft

Umar Lee | April 19, 2014 | Business
St. Louis is already a city that has lost so many good-paying blue-collar jobs. Lyft and Uber are part of the Walmartization of America: part-time workers earning fast-food wages. These drivers are in a very real sense akin to scab workers, and like the companies they drive for, represent regression and not progression.
Lawrence J. Hanley


Riding Public Transit Best Way to Celebrate Earth Day

Lawrence J. Hanley | April 18, 2014 | Green
So, if you're casting about for something to do this Earth Day, why not take the bus, subway or train? And post photos of your Earth Day ride on Facebook and tweet them using hastags #transit and #EarthDay.
Jim Wallis


The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion

Jim Wallis | April 18, 2014 | Religion
For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday -- it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say "He is risen," I remember that it's not just a theological affirmation, but something I need personally.
Food Riot


How to Use a Coffee Shop As an Office and Not Be THAT Person

Food Riot | April 18, 2014 | Taste
I see people unnecessarily using two tables when they really could condense down into one.
Kevin Walsh


$100 by Tuesday and You Could Be a State Senator: Great Pay, Hours and Benefits!

Kevin Walsh | April 18, 2014 | Detroit
Do you hate those knocks on the door with people holding clipboards? Have you thought of running for office but don't want to be the next Avon lady?


WATCH: Does Penis Size Matter? Here's One Answer From The Animal Kingdom

TEDTalks | April 18, 2014 | TED Weekends
From a sea creature's detachable, swimming penis to violent bedbug sex, this is a tour of the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. What can we learn about a species from how it has sex? Let's get it on
Arianna Huffington


Congrats, Graduates: Now Go Out There and Redefine Success

Arianna Huffington | April 17, 2014 | College
We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.
Toby Barlow


A 50 Percent Increase in Parking Fines? Crazy Detroit

Toby Barlow | April 17, 2014 | Detroit
Parking is not a profit engine. It is a service that should help local retailers, restaurants, and other businesses. It's a way to cycle traffic through and keep neighborhoods moving.
Dale Hansen

Terri Lynn Land Campaign Is a 'Silly Sideshow'

Dale Hansen | April 17, 2014 | Detroit
Earlier this month my colleague Josh Pugh wrote a piece which talked about a questionable political ad aimed at Democratic Senate hopeful Gary Peters. Josh believes that Gary Peters' opponent Terri Lynn Land should denounce the ad, given that it included an attack on Peters' daughters. Anytime the media...
Sen. Bernie Sanders


Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Sen. Bernie Sanders | April 17, 2014 | Politics
The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.
Robert Redford


President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil

Robert Redford | April 17, 2014 | Green
Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean -- the last bastion of America's polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife.
Kateri Allard

To the Mother of My Patient

Kateri Allard | April 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.
J. Peter Donald

One Lesson We Must Learn From the Boston Marathon Bombing

J. Peter Donald | April 16, 2014 | Crime
Despite warnings and near-constant reminders, many governments and first-responder agencies haven't thought thoroughly about communicating with the public during a crisis. In fact, most haven't even written a crisis communications plan.
Philip K. Howard


Another Bipartisan Call to Reform the Infrastructure Approval Process

Philip K. Howard | April 15, 2014 | Politics
To have any hope of modernizing our energy production and distribution, we urgently need to rethink the way that we approve infrastructure projects in America.
Dr. Peggy Drexler


Equal Pay for Equal Work a No-Brainer, Right?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | April 15, 2014 | Politics
Last Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked -- for the third time -- the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill proposing to close the pay gap between men and women. The goal of the bill -- the attainment of equal pay for equal work -- seems like a no-brainer, right? Women with the same job, and same qualifications, as men deserve to be paid the same. They do not deserve to be discriminated against in salary on the basis of gender. Seems obvious. And yet not a single Republican voted in favor of the Act, and many Americans no longer know what to think, either. The problem is that the message has been greatly muddled, twisted, and usurped, mostly for political gain.
Matthew Fossen


Detroit: A Story of Bankruptcy, Hope, and the Road to Settlement

Matthew Fossen | April 14, 2014 | Detroit
It has been nearly a year since Detroit filed for bankruptcy, and in the four months since being granted bankruptcy protection eligibility, the road to recovery still looks long amid the city's latest revision to its bankruptcy plan.
Mike Weisser


Gun Violence Is a Public Health Issue -- Doctors Should Treat It That Way

Mike Weisser | April 14, 2014 | Politics
As so much of the current gun debate is generated by fear -- fear of crime, fear of violence, fear of government -- physicians should bring their clinical experiences in managing fear to this debate and thus provide patients with sound and effective alternatives to picking up a gun.
David Coates


Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | April 14, 2014 | Politics
The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.
Brian Levin, J.D.


Kansas Murder Suspect Is Hate Leader Who Cut Deal With Feds

Brian Levin, J.D. | April 14, 2014 | Politics
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, the alleged triple murderer who defiantly yelled "Heil Hitler" from the back of a rain spattered patrol car in Overland Park, KS on Sunday afternoon is a notorious, though exiled, hate group leader with a criminal record that dates back decades.
Brian Moody


Why Aren't More People Buying Green Cars?

Brian Moody | April 11, 2014 | Business
Tax credits, low emissions and super high mpg are all worthy goals, but in the end, it's all about the price. Lower the price and sell more cars -- in this case, it's just that simple.
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