Goodnight. Sleep Clean.

By MARIA KONNIKOVA SLEEP seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? Something that would, as an added bonus, be less likely to get us killed back when we were sleeping on the savanna? “Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you’re out in the wild,” Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester’s medical school, told me. “It has to … Continue reading Goodnight. Sleep Clean.

NGOs sound alarm on Colombia’s child victims of sexual violence and forced prostitution

In a 2009 file photo, demonstrators protesting against violence in Colombia, perform during a rally entitled “Women at the Square” in Bogota. REUTERS/Fredy Builes by Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly 50,000 Colombian children, most of them girls, were raped and or sexually abused by warring factions in the country’s armed conflict between 2008 and 2012, said a new report that also raised the alarming issue of children being used in “networks of forced prostitution” in regions where foreign contractors work in the oil industry. For five decades Colombia has been mired in fighting between state security forces, … Continue reading NGOs sound alarm on Colombia’s child victims of sexual violence and forced prostitution

The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming

—By Josh Harkinson Starting about 90 miles northwest of Sacramento, an unbroken swath of national forestland follows the spine of California’s rugged coastal mountains all the way to the Oregon border. Near the center of this vast wilderness, along the grassy banks of the Trinity River’s south fork, lies the remote enclave of Hyampom (pop. 241), where, on a crisp November morning, I climb into a four-wheel-drive government pickup and bounce up a dirt logging road deep into the Six Rivers National Forest. I’ve come to visit what’s known in cannabis country as a “trespass grow.”“This one probably has the … Continue reading The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming

10 Shameful Ways America Abuses Its Own Citizens

By Jodie Gummow Land of the free? More like home of the exploited. Recently,  Human Rights Watch released its  World Report evaluating each country’s human rights practices around the globe. The United States fared poorly in safeguarding the rights of its own population, with those hit hardest by abuse typically the most vulnerable in the society, including racial and ethnic groups, minorities, the poor, immigrants, prisoners and the elderly. Here are 10 key areas identified by HRW where the United States fell short in upholding and preserving human rights. 1. Harsh sentencing. The United States has the world’s largest incarcerated … Continue reading 10 Shameful Ways America Abuses Its Own Citizens

No, You Don’t Need God to be a Good Person — Why Don’t Many Americans Get This?

By CJ Werleman Most of the developed world agrees that you don’t need religion to be moral. This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a  survey conducted among 40,080 people in 40 countries between 2011 and 2013. The survey asked a simple question: is belief in God essential to morality? While clear majorities say it is necessary, the U.S. continues to be an outlier. In 22 of the 40 countries surveyed, the majority says it is necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person. “This position is highly prevalent, if not universal, in Africa … Continue reading No, You Don’t Need God to be a Good Person — Why Don’t Many Americans Get This?

Officers’ body cameras raise privacy concerns

LOS ANGELES –  Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use. And some rank-and-file officers are worried the technology might ultimately be used to derail their careers if, for example, an errant comment about a superior is captured on tape. Most law enforcement leaders and civil liberties advocates believe the cameras will ultimately help officers because the devices give them a way to record events from their point … Continue reading Officers’ body cameras raise privacy concerns

15 Red Flags Not to Ignore In Any Relationship

by Brenda Della Casa Ever feel as though you always find yourself in situations with the slightly shady? Take off the rose-colored glasses and pay attention to these bright red flags. Your sanity (and friends who care about you) will thank you. 1. Boundaries, What Are Those? Whether it’s a “joke” at your expense, language you don’t appreciate, or pressing you to share information you have been clear you deem private, anyone who doesn’t respect your right to your own space (emotional, personal, physical or mental) is going to have you going from 0-to-frustrated in no time. 2. They Spill … Continue reading 15 Red Flags Not to Ignore In Any Relationship