PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE VS. RIGHT TO REPAIR: FIXING OUR OWN BROKEN STUFF SHOULD BE STANDARD

by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch Waking Times When our smartphones, televisions or other gadgets stop working, it seems like the only choice we have is to get rid of it. This never-ending stream of electronic waste has created mountains of toxic trash that’s hazardous to people and the planet. That’s why consumers and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe are fighting back under the burgeoning “Right to Repair” movement that demands manufacturers make products that last longer and are easier to fix, BBC News reported.At least 18 U.S. states are considering repair legislation and a similar proposal arose in European Parliament. States that have introduced “Right to Repair” bills include … Continue reading PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE VS. RIGHT TO REPAIR: FIXING OUR OWN BROKEN STUFF SHOULD BE STANDARD

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO PUBLIC SEX

by Isabelle Kohn Or: How not to get caught and end up on the sex-offender list On June 12, 2017, 68-year-old Peggy Klemm had very public sex with a man 20 years her junior against the wall of a bait shack in her suburban Florida retirement community. According to the police report, horrified onlookers called 911 to report the “emergency,” which climaxed a bit differently than Klemm might have intended — she was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. At her sentencing hearing, Klemm, who has 14 grandchildren, blew a kiss to her husband (different guy) and mouthed the words “I … Continue reading A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO PUBLIC SEX

CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) The next time you spot a security dog at the airport, chances are it’ll be some kind of cuddly breed with floppy ears. That’s because the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided that dogs with pointy ears are too “scary” for travelers – particularly younger travelers. While the TSA isn’t officially changing its dog policy to avoid breeds like German Shepherds in favor of, say, Labradors, the federal agency has indicated that it’s going to focus on maintaining a “floppy ear” force wherever possible so as to avoid “scar[ing] children.” “We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA … to … Continue reading CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

An Elephant’s Personhood on Trial

Two elephants play in a river in Thailand.WOOTTHISAK NIRONGBOOT / GETTY A legal case involving a famous solitary elephant poses a fundamental question about animals’ rights. by BRANDON KEIM Forty-seven years ago, the Asian elephant now known as Happy was one of seven calves captured—probably in Thailand, but details are hazy—and sent to the United States. She spent five years at a safari park in Florida, time that in the wild would have been spent by her mother’s side. Then she was moved to the Bronx Zoo in New York City. There Happy remains today, and since the death of … Continue reading An Elephant’s Personhood on Trial

30 STARTLING AND LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT AMERICA

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times Most people really have no idea how this country is legally constructed and how this affects our relationships with other nations in the world. So much of what we have been taught to believe about the so-called ‘democracy’ is utterly false, and in order to truly understand why things are the way they are, with so much debt, war and tyranny, you need to know these 30 facts. This list was compiled and edited by A. True Ott, PhD, and was originally posted at his site, here. In order to understand what is REALLY going on covertly, “behind … Continue reading 30 STARTLING AND LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT AMERICA

Collective psychiatry

A mental patient is seen at a hospital for those suffering from mental illnesses in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, 6 October 2010. Photo by Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Chinese psychiatry remains committed to the political ideal of mental hygiene, long after its discrediting in the West by Emily Baum is an associate professor in history at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China (2018). Edited by Sam Haselby In English, the term ‘mental hygiene’ likely sounds a bit stale. Having gained a brief but widespread ascendancy in the first half of … Continue reading Collective psychiatry

Who Wins When Cash Is No Longer King?

STEPHEN BRASHEAR / GETTY It won’t be the poor. by SIDNEY FUSSELL Of the most popular coffee shops in San Francisco’s Financial District, only one is manned by a robot. Every morning, in a glass-and-wood booth on the corner of One Bush Street, customers queue around a whirring hydraulic arm, waiting for it to serve them cappuccino. It’s an odd sight. Cafe X has three San Francisco locations, and all are cashless and fully automated, with orders taken via app. The one I pass on the way to work each morning is mere steps away from Amazon’s cashless Go store, … Continue reading Who Wins When Cash Is No Longer King?