by Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch Waking Times Pet owners around the country are seeing their beloved canines perish after letting them cool off in waters harboring toxic algae. Dogs in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas have all died recently after swimming in waters covered in a harmful algae bloom, which is difficult to detect. “Your typical lay person will not be able to tell one algae from another, or a good from a bad,” said Dr. Mark Aubel, of Greenwater Laboratories who studies harmful algae blooms, to Atlanta’s 11 Alive. “It just kind of behooves anybody that sees algae in a lake, in … Continue reading DOGS ARE DYING FROM TOXIC ALGAE IN LAKES AND PONDS

Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast The hashtags were out in force Saturday morning, running well ahead of the facts. by  Kelly Weill This story has been updated. Moments after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was announced dead in what law enforcement sources described as an apparent suicide in his New York City jail cell, conspiracy theories about his death erupted. Epstein, 66, was being held on child sex-trafficking charges for his role in allegedly procuring underage girls for wealthy men. He had been on suicide watch in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan after a previous suicide attempt last month, … Continue reading Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

The Endangered Sex Scene

JOHN CUNEO How Hollywood grew wary of intimacy by KATE JULIAN “This is my kit.” Alicia Rodis, who since early last year has been HBO’s lead intimacy coordinator, a new title that translates roughly to chief sex-scene coach, held up a clear vinyl case filled with what at first glance appeared to be toiletries and packages of pantyhose. On closer examination, though, the products and their names were mysterious. Shibue. Hibue. Stanga. “Let’s say we’re coming in to do a sex scene,” she said. “They’re simulating sex and they’re excluding genitals—we are going to see someone fully naked, but not their genitals—and … Continue reading The Endangered Sex Scene

Who Actually Feels Satisfied About Money?

“It’s not just how much you have—it’s what you do with it,” says one researcher who studies money and happiness. by JOE PINSKER These days, not even the rich feel rich. According to a recent survey by the financial-advisory firm Ameriprise Financial, only 13 percent of American millionaires classify themselves as wealthy. Even some of those surveyed who had more than $5 million across their bank accounts, investments, and retirement accounts said they didn’t feel rich. If multimillionaires don’t feel wealthy, who does? I decided to go to Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and a co-author … Continue reading Who Actually Feels Satisfied About Money?


by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times Look around in this fancy land called the U.S. and you’ll get the impression that people are just rolling in dough. They got fabulous new cars, expensive houses loaded up with imported goods, the latest smart phones, designer wardrobes, and they’re never about to turn down a good time. But it’s all an illusion. It’s fake. In reality, 80% of Americans are in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Which means most of us are broke, and almost nobody owns anything at all. All that great stuff you see all around isn’t true prosperity, it’s owned by banks and … Continue reading EVERYONE IS BROKE BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A DEBT SLAVE ANY LONGER

Undercover in a Hospital Bed

image CreditCreditCharlotte Mei By Tim Lahey, M.D. Secret shoppers pretend to be sick to help make hospitals safer for everyone else. A nurse walked in with a loaded syringe. “Can you lift your gown?” she asked. The woman on the gurney held the scratchy emergency room blanket closer to her chin. “What’s in the syringe?” she asked. The nurse frowned. “Don’t you want the medicine your doctor ordered?” The woman took a deep breath and kept asking questions. She had more than just self-interest on the line. She was a “secret shopper,” a consultant pretending to be a patient in order … Continue reading Undercover in a Hospital Bed


by Caitlin Johnstone, Guest Waking Times If you have spent literally any time arguing against western imperialism in any public forum, you have had the experience of being accused of “supporting” one of said imperialism’s targets. If you argue against regime change interventionism in Syria, you’ll get accused of being an “Assadist” or “Assad apologist”. If you argue against regime change interventionism in Iran, you’ll you’ll get people saying that you “support the Mullahs”. Enter into any debate of sufficient liveliness and it’s only a matter of minutes before it happens. There was a meme going around at the height of the most … Continue reading ‘GOOD GUYS’ AND ‘BAD GUYS’ ARE A HOLLYWOOD ILLUSION