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

The problem isn’t mental health—it’s access to guns, says a new study

The “dangerous people” framework is a myth. by DEREK BERES A new study by University of Texas Medical Branch researchers states that gun access, not mental health, leads to gun violence. The team discovered that mental illness and personality traits are not reliable indicators of gun violence. This line of research could have important implications for legislation and rehabilitation. America doesn’t have a gun problem; it has a mental health problem: a post-mass shooting slogan trotted out time and again. Like many other slogans, it suffers from a major flaw: it isn’t true. That’s the consensus of a recent study published in … Continue reading The problem isn’t mental health—it’s access to guns, says a new study

For the hate of dogs

A dhole (Cuon Alpinus) attends a Sambar deer kill in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Photo by Tontantravel/Flickr We treat pet dogs with such sentimentality while their wild, endangered relatives are feared and persecuted. Why? Sy Montgomery is an author and naturalist. She has published 28 books for adults and children, including The Soul of an Octopus (2015) and most recently How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (2018). She lives in New Hampshire. Edited by Pam Weintraub It sounds like a jet – but it can’t be. I look up into the jungle canopy at Khao Yai National Park … Continue reading For the hate of dogs

How Men and Women Spend Their Time

PLASTICBOYSTUDIO / GETTY Despite years of data, the unpaid-labor gap hasn’t improved much at all. Anastacia Marx de Salcedo,  Author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat In one of my many failed schemes to introduce a more equitable division of labor into my home, I stuck lined Post-it Notes on the refrigerator. “Please write down the chores you do. At the end of the week, we’ll figure out if anything needs to change.” I recorded my contributions zealously: cooking, dishes, laundry, sweeping, swiping (bathrooms). Although they did a few household tasks—a load of dishes here, … Continue reading How Men and Women Spend Their Time


Mandy Froelich, Truth Theory Waking Times Fair Oaks Farm, located in Fair Oaks, Indiana, was once dubbed the “Disneyland of agricultural tourism,” according to The Associated Press. But, this title is now under review following the release of undercover footage by the animal rights group Animal Recovery Mission (ARM). The pursuit was reportedly the “largest undercover dairy investigation in history” and resulted in a number of shocking discoveries. EcoWatch reports that mid-June, the ARM released footage of the farm which is one of the largest dairy farms in the US. The farm produces the Fairlife milk brand in conjunction with Coca-Cola, reports The Indianapolis Star. Furthermore, the farm is a … Continue reading BIGGEST UNDERCOVER DAIRY INVESTIGATION UNVEILS HORRIFIC ABUSE AT ‘DISNEYLAND’ OF FARMS


by John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times Pia Klemp, a 35 year old German boat captain, is facing up to 20 years in prison for rescuing refugees who were drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. Klemp is accused by authorities in Italy, for “assisting in illegal immigration,” and if convicted, she will serve her sentence in an Italian prison. Klemp works with a charity called Sea-Watch that conducts rescue missions for people who are stranded in the Mediterranean Sea. The vast majority of the people who are rescued in these missions are refugees coming from Africa and the Middle East. However, … Continue reading FEMALE BOAT CAPTAIN FACING 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RESCUING DROWNING REFUGEES

Who really owns the past?

European tourists having a picnic in a temple in Egypt, 1898. Photo by LL/Roger Viollet/Getty Images Cultural heritage is an ideal imposed from above. It’s time to listen to what communities value about their own histories by Michael Press is an archaeologist and writer living in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the author of Ashkelon 4: The Iron Age Terracottas of Ashkelon and Philistia (2012). Edited by Sam Haselby Mosul’s old city lies in ruins. A major section of the third largest city in Iraq has been destroyed by war. Two years after the Iraqi government and the United States-led coalition recaptured it from … Continue reading Who really owns the past?