Episode 10

August 08, 2022


An Episode About Rats

An Episode About Rats
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An Episode About Rats

Show Notes

Dr. Alex Berr is on the pod to 1) brutally roast me several times and 2) help me think about the questions regarding the business of selling and distributing animals. The question that drives this episode is: Are animals products? We talk about the industry standards for both pet rats and lab rats when it comes to breeding, caretaking, and liability. Dr. Berr got her PhD in biomedical engineering and has PLENTY of experience with mice...it's really cool stuff. While this episode is absolutely hilarious, it's also pretty dark and gross. Don't listen if you're squeamish about animal stuff; this one is simply not for you. I forgot to put a disclaimer up top so consider yourself warned. Anyways, go see Uncontrolled Variables at the Lincoln Lodge this Thursday at 7:30pm! :)


Mr. McKnight works to keep on rolling, Liz Such, Kaneland Krier 2013


Caruso v Crawford Hospital, NY 1979

Bazzini vs Garrant, NY 1982


Special report: Thousands of mice were euthanized at Rutgers during last year's campus shutdown, Madison McGay and Hayley Slusser, The Daily Targum 2021

The History of the Lab Rat Is Full of Scientific Triumphs and Ethical Quandaries, Sam Schipani, Smithsonian Magazine (This one has EAR RAT in it)


USDA uncovers abuse at rodent supplier that PETA claims is used by PetSmart, Russ Wiles, AZ Central 2016

Petco Rats Need Bigger Warning, Jury Told. Ameena Shelling, Courthouse News Service 2016

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Other Episodes

Episode 1

January 03, 2022

Clothing Donation Bins / Tvind Teachers Group

Jaxi Alegria joins to talk about commercial clothing donation bins, specifically the ones tied to an international political cult. Big swing for the first episode! We'll talk about troubled teen facilities, international fugitives known for tax evasion, fradulent charities, and how sexy you have to be to commit certain crimes.  Listen on Amazon Prime / Audible Listen on Youtube 1. Tvind Alert Website 2. Minneapolis and USagain bins, Grant Wilson 3. Case Summary of Danish Prosecutor vs. Mogens Amdi Petersen 4. FBI Report on Tvind, 2001 5. Former supporters describe charity leader's rise and fall, Chicago Tribune 6. Concerning Tvind, Steen Thomsen 7. Charity Commission Report, 1997 8. Fresh abuse allegations at children’s ‘home of horrors’ with links to ‘cult-like’ group, Tom Bristow 9. Teachers Group: The cult-like group linked to a charity that gets UK aid, BBC 10. US taxpayers are financing alleged cult through African aid charities, Reveal News 11. PlanetAid's 2020 Annual Report, Talks about One World University and Humana People to People 12. Tvind's Website Timeline stating that they founded One World University and Humana People to People ...



Episode 5

January 18, 2022

Johnson & Johnson's Transvaginal Mesh Thingy

My friend Bibi joins to talk about Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh implant that has been the center of class action lawsuits around the globe. Comedy podcast!! In this episode, we’ll dive into gruesome detail about how your organs sag with age, how some products have tried and failed to alleviate that problem, and how your work emails should never be the subject of court litigation. Follow @BustedBizBureau on all social media! It really helps me out, thanks! Footnotes: The history and evolution of pessaries for pelvic organ prolapse, Shah et al. 2005 FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, Gill v Ethicon Sàrl (No 5) [2019] FCA 1905 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA The People of the state of California vs JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ETHICON, INC.and DOES 1 Case No. 37-2016-00017229-CU-MC-CTL, January 2020 Ethicon complaint reviewer says in J&J trial that patients felt vaginal mesh instructions fell short of explaining risks, Northern California Record 2019 Revealed: Johnson & Johnson's 'irresponsible' actions over vaginal mesh implant, The Guardian  Huskey v Ethicon Day 4- Huskey Takes the Stand, Jane Akre, 2014 'Scandal' of vaginal mesh removal rates revealed by NHS records, The Guardian Patient Recruiter and Physician Plead Guilty in Bribery and Kickback Scheme in Connection with Transvaginal Mesh Litigation, DOJ 2021 Orlando doctor facing federal charges banned from performing ...



Episode 9

July 25, 2022


A woman with literally no water signs in her astrological chart through Pluto, Claire Rufin, joins me to throw away any chances I had at getting sponsored by BetterHelp! I'm working through a lot of my own understanding on the subjects in this episode, including how a CEO who is presumably worth millions of dollars would take to Reddit to address a complaints lobbied by a Youtuber named Memeology 101. Anyways, this episode is about privacy, employees' rights, and big data. I could not have formed my understanding on these subjects without Cathy O'Neill's Weapons of Math Destruction: AWESOME book! But yeah, I think this is a unique take on BetterHelp. Claire was great on this podcast, @claireannalee is her instagram, I'm cracking open a daiquiri with a paper straw in her honor tonight.  Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O'Neill 2016 How Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit behemoth, suddenly imploded, Lance Williams, Reveal News Sep 2016 Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?, Lauren Weber and Elizabeth Dwoskin, WSJ 2014 When Your Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat, Leslie Kwoh, WSJ 2013 At Talkspace, Start-Up Culture Collides With Mental Health Concerns, Kashmir Hill and Aaron Krolik, NYT Aug 2020 Eat the Rich episode 90: Online Therapy Platforms https://jezebel.com/the-spooky-loosely-regulated-world-of-online-therapy-1841791137 https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/betterhelp/ https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/4/17932862/betterhelp-app-youtube-sponsorship-controversy-explained https://pitchbook.com/profiles/investor/461812-87#overview https://medium.com/@alonmatas/when-betterhelp-found-itself-in-a-youtube-controversy-3fd472229a4e https://www.betterhelp.com/privacy/ https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rollingstone.com%2Fculture%2Fculture-features%2Fbetterhealth-app-astroworld-travis-scott-1255876%2F https://www.betterhelporg.com/ ("Robust Reporting") ...