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When Will Liberal Democrats Finally Break Free of the Democratic Party?

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Posted on Jul 5, 2014

Some say it’s about time that progressives stop voting for Democrats who act like right wingers; ancient mating patterns explain why Tibetans can live at such high altitudes; meanwhile, the word “corporation” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. These discoveries and more below.

At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you’re supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats.

Here’s Why Tibetans Can Live Comfortably At Crazy-High Altitudes
Ancient mating patterns seem to have given these plateau dwellers an odd advantage.

Meats: A Health Hierarchy
In case you’ve not yet purchased your weekend meat, here is a pretty harrowing/empowering case for choosing chicken instead of beef when you can.

These Awesome Bus Benches Double as Homeless Housing
A Vancouver organization’s pop-up shelters provide a dry spot to sleep.

Clinton Global Initiative For Rigged Corporate Trade
NAFTA promoters in the ’90s promised increased U.S. exports and jobs, with shrinking trade deficits.

Israeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead for Weeks
TRNN Middle East Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says Palestinian anger towards the Palestinian Authority has reached unprecedented levels, and that the Israeli government is now trying to instigate a third intifada in order to legitimize military actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Did Facebook Hurt People’s Feelings?
It’s no secret that social media can affect your mood, making you experience certain feelings based on the information you see and the people you interact with.

For Pride and Prejudice to Make Sense Today, Jane Has to Be 40
While the novel remains a classic because of its timeless characters, one thing doesn’t translate: its heroines’ ages.

Show Me What ‘a Broad Array of Ideological Views’ Looks Like
Apparently, this is what we’ve come to in this country, when “consulting a wide variety of perspectives” is in fact limited to a discussion within a narrow range, from the extreme right to mainstream liberalism.

Corporations: Still Not People
Watching big companies abandoning corporate citizenship shows the flaw in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

ISIS Should Be Catalyst for New Middle East Alliance
The events unfolding in Iraq are a grave development, accelerating the expansion of radical Islam in the Middle East.

I Worked at Hobby Lobby and Saw the Troubling World of Corporate Christianity
It was the most difficult job I’ve ever had.

Welcome to the Traffic Capital of the World
What I learned from the crippling gridlock in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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