Here are 8 things you should never feed to dogs and cats

Who knew that a few sticks of sugar-free gum could kill your dog?

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Here are 4 of the biggest quacks plaguing America with false claims about science

It may be easy to draw a caricature of a "quack” as a cross between the ShamWow pitchman and an alchemist, but they’re really not so easy to spot. Modern-day quacks often cherry-pick science and use what suits them as semantic backdrop to fool unsuspecting consumers. Quacks may dazzle people with fanciful research studies or scare them with intimidating warnings before trying to peddle products that make unreasonable promises. And those who use these alternative, unproven products may forego treatments that would be more likely to help them.

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Here are 10 subtle signs your boss is about to give you the boot

There are obvious signs you’re about to be terminated: You’ve had several poor performance reviews, you don’t get along with your supervisor, or your company is having financial difficulties. And some employees deserve to be let go: they may be unproductive, confrontational, dishonest, or abusive.

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Your HR department hates you: How corporate overseers dehumanize workers for profit

For most of the 20th century, corporations got along just fine without human resources departments. Instead, they had personnel managers who found new employees and handled the welfare of those on payroll. Personnel managers were pretty low on the corporate totem pole, quietly administering a multitude of banal tasks.

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Here are 9 of the craziest claims made by anti-vaxxers

The measles outbreak and recent statements by politicians like Rand Paul and Chris Christie have reignited the debate on childhood vaccinations. However, there is very little to debate; vaccinations are proven to protect public health. Still, this isn’t stopping vaccination critics from spouting misinformation. Here are nine examples.

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What if everything we know about treating depression is wrong?

A  study is challenging the relationship between depression and an imbalance of serotonin levels in the brain, and brings into doubt how depression has been treated in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

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The most brazen rip-off ever: How the beverage industry brainwashed you to fear tap water

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

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Here's why your human resources department hates you

For most of the 20th century, corporations got along just fine without human resources departments. Instead, they had personnel managers who found new employees and handled the welfare of those on payroll. Personnel managers were pretty low on the corporate totem pole, quietly administering a multitude of banal tasks.

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WATCH: Lawyer says he has fool-proof method for dealing with DUI checkpoints

A Florida criminal defense attorney has gone to war against DUI checkpoints, saying the compulsory traffic stops by police violate state laws and civil rights.

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When your cable company attacks: Why Comcast abuses its customers

When it comes to popularity, cable companies rank down there with members of Congress, root canals and Nickelback. Current and former customers agree; they hate the high cost and poor service, and they especially hate the runaround they get from call centers.

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Why (almost) everyone got the #Snowpocalypse wrong

This morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Great ‘15 Blizzard had spared much of the state, especially New York City. In Central Park, only 8 inches fell, and in the nearby Hudson Valley accumulation is little more than 4 inches. Scant amounts of snow continues to fall in those areas, but the storm ended up passing 25 miles to the east of the city, sparing it from the brunt of its force.

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There are some crazy conspiracy theories about light bulbs -- and then there are some real dangers

The light-bulb aisle has never been more confusing. Gone are traditional incandescent bulbs, replaced by Halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and a variety of expensive light-emitting diode (LED) lights. And while these greener choices come with their unique trade-offs, they're not necessarily the unsatisfactory alternatives their detractors claim them to be.

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Terrifying experiments are conducted on animals so that you can eat cheap, tasty meat

The federal government is behind the hideous and inhumane experimentation on livestock animals, according to a new report by the New York Times.

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Maryland couple in trouble with the law for letting their kids walk to playground unsupervised

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say that their neighbors have called the local police and Child Protective Services because their children, ages 10 and 6, have been spotted walking to two area playgrounds without adult supervision. One playground is a mile away from the Meitiv’s home in Silver Springs, while the other is just two blocks down.

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Quackwear: Big pseudoscience wants to sell you wearable metal to improve your health

Until only a few years ago, copper and magnetic wearables were products marketed mostly on cheesy late-night television commercials for their miraculous healing properties. But recently, these alternative therapy products have become fashionable, and even widely accepted as legitimate medicine, with sports leagues, professional athletes and celebrities endorsing their healing properties. It’s a $1 billion-a-year industry in the U.S., and it appears to be growing.

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