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David Wild


"Give Peace a Chance": A Naïve But Heartfelt Playlist

David Wild | July 24, 2014 | Entertainment
So with all the tragic violence in The Middle East today and The Cold War being crudely reheated by Putin, here is one man's naïve but heartfelt playlist for Peace. It may not have much to do with the realities of the situation in Gaza or Ukraine, but as John Lennon once said, "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
Elliot Mincberg

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Comparing Hobby Lobby with the two rulings in civil rights law cases issued by the Court over the last year, the key factor that explains how the conservative majority ruled is not precedent, the language of the statute, or congressional intent, but who wins and who loses.
Jane Fonda


Déjà Vu All Over Again: From Akin to Ellmers to Aiken

Jane Fonda | July 24, 2014 | Politics
North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is running against Clay Aiken this November, urged the Republican Party, especially men in the party, to bring policy discussion "down to a woman's level."
Abby Huntsman


Six Year Blues

Abby Huntsman | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Mr. President, for too long your approach to foreign policy has been reactive, not proactive. It feels like we're always playing catch-up. Now is the time to tell us what it is you want us to do. What are our goals? What is most important to us? And how are we going to get there?
Michael Rosenblum


Warning All Bloggers and Video Makers!!!

Michael Rosenblum | July 24, 2014 | Media
There is a generally held perception that the Internet is a digital free for all, open platform, do what you like world. Nothing could be further from the truth, (as this so clearly points out).
Spencer Aronfeld


Does Florida Really Hate Gay Marriage?

Spencer Aronfeld | July 24, 2014 | Gay Voices
The ban on same-sex marriage won't stop people from being gay; rather it just prevents them from publicly expressing their love by entering into a committed relationship that is recognized by the law.  Would such a marriage really be so wrong?  
Travis Nichols


Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

Travis Nichols | July 24, 2014 | Green
Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.
Tom Engelhardt


Living in a Photographically Redacted Post-9/11 World

Tom Engelhardt | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in the public landscape, there's ever less to photograph. So here are a few tips for living more comfortably in a photographically redacted version of our post-9/11 world.
Josh Stein-Sapir



Josh Stein-Sapir | July 24, 2014 | Media
If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.
His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud

Selective Humanitarianism: #LookImHelping...?

His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud | July 24, 2014 | Impact
The Internet, social media and mass mobilized movements have not only defiantly displayed our ability to care, but also, that we can act upon it. But when it comes to war, have we truly organized ourselves beyond the sporadic stunts of protests and popular retweets?
John Feffer


MH17: Cold War Replay?

John Feffer | July 24, 2014 | World
Before this war in Ukraine claims more victims and sends U.S.-Russian relations into a deep freeze, both Obama and Putin need to realize that both sides benefit a great deal more from cooperation than confrontation.
Magda Abu-Fadil


War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | July 24, 2014 | Media
Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleading and unethical. These unfolding conflicts demonstrate how words have become meaningless and have been taken out of context. In the interest of precision, I...
Michael Winship


Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | July 24, 2014 | Politics
No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.
Noor Tagouri

The Elephant in the Newsroom

Noor Tagouri | July 23, 2014 | Good News
Let's address the elephant in the newsroom: a Muslim woman with a headscarf. Yes, I am a news reporter. And yes, I keep this scarf on my head while reporting (though not always this particular scarf). There has yet to be a Muslim woman who wears the hijab anchoring American news in any commercial market. Needless to say I wanted (and still want) to fill the gap.
Arianna Huffington


Here's What Happens When You Type 'Why Am' Into Google in New York

Arianna Huffington | July 24, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google. As the Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot has put it, burnout is "civilization's disease." The thought of so many people hunched over their laptops or iPhones, asking Google, "Why am I so tired?" or "Why am I always tired?" is really sad. And the answer is not going to be given to us by an algorithm. But we can start by shutting off our devices and getting some sleep.
Danny Schechter


Suicidal Bombers Over Gaza and a World Coming Apart

Danny Schechter | July 24, 2014 | Media
While Washington is busy lecturing Russia on a loss of human life in that plane crash, they are enabling the deadly Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, and now, after so much damage has been done, claim to want to stop it.
Madeline Wahl


I Don't Want Your Apology. I Want You to Think Before You Tweet.

Madeline Wahl | July 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Why make the statement at all? Why feel the need to tweet something immediately instead of sleeping on it, or even waiting five minutes and actually considering whether it's something that should be sent out into the world?
Robert J. Elisberg


Polls Show That People Care Obamacare Cares

Robert J. Elisberg | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Finally, something other than a love for pizza has brought Americans together. Happiness over their health coverage with the Affordable Care Act. Go figure.
Jacquie Jordan


A Real Overnight Success

Jacquie Jordan | July 23, 2014 | Media
In Allen Salkin's new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, he describes Rachael Ray's rise to TV fame. What I love about his take on her, is that she is the perfect example of the overnight success, that was years in the making.
Barry Lando


OK, Wise Guy -- What Would You Do About Hamas?

Barry Lando | July 23, 2014 | World
The only way to bolster more moderate voices among the Palestinians is for Israel to make it evident that more moderate policies can achieve something for the Palestinian people. Otherwise, forget it.
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