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John Yoo Meets Torture and at Long Last Recognizes It?

John Yoo, principal author of the Office of Legal Counsel’s “Torture Memos” that gave the green light to the CIA and other governmental agencies to carry out torture under Bush, has this week surprisingly distanced himself from some of...

The Petroleum Tax

American Capitalism is an economic complex of Rube Goldberg machines, of systems and testicles, tentacles and assholes. The falling price of crude oil is proof positive enough, Obama’s energy policy has got us moving down the right track… right?...

Judge Orders NYPD to Release Records on X-ray Vans

A state judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to release records on a secretive program that uses unmarked vans equipped with X-ray machines to detect bombs. The ruling follows a nearly three-year legal battle by ProPublica,...

Do Fetuses Have More Rights Than Women?

There is a severe disconnect between what the majority of people think their rights are and what the actual state of affairs is. Women are now involuntary incubators under the law in many states. Their civil liberties as a...


Man in protective clothing for infection control



The average American's chances of contracting Ebola are comparable to winning the lottery two days in a row; as likely as being trampled by zebras in New York’s Central Park, and comparable to being struck by a meteor while playing wiffle ball in your own back yard.


Brisdelle: New Menopause Drug or Alchemy?


In 2013, the FDA finally approved a drug without estrogen for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. When compared to placebo, a study shows that Brisdelle significantly diminished the number of hot flashes in women who took the drug for at least four weeks and for as long as three months. To many it appears...

Gun Violence

What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding


One of the critical studies that we supported was looking at the question of whether having a firearm in your home protects you or puts you at increased risk.

Azadi (Freedom) Sqare

The Forgotten History of American Support for the Shah


The week of February 11th marked the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution; the popular uprising that successfully deposed the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had ruled the country since September 1941, after Britain and the Soviet Union invaded and occupied Iran and forced the abdication of his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi. While...