Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 20

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It’s time again for news and views for you to peruse. It’s another edition of the Weekly Reader! Got a hot story of your own? Give us a shout out in the comments!

I’ve studied false rape claims. The accusation against Kavanaugh doesn’t fit the profile. (from Vox): “This accusation has not been fully investigated, so we don’t yet know what happened for sure. But Ford’s allegation does not, based on what I’ve researched, have the characteristics of a false rape accusation. I would know. I’ve studied hundreds of them.”

FACEBOOK SUPPRESSED A STORY ABOUT BRETT KAVANAUGH’S OPPOSITION TO ROE V. WADE. WE’RE REPUBLISHING IT. (from the Intercept): “Kavanaugh’s apparent endorsement of Glucksberg as the sole test for determining unenumerated rights, in other words, threatens a whole lot more than the right to an abortion. It also suggests that he believes that a wide range of Supreme Court decisions governing sex, romantic relationships, and intimacy were wrongly decided.”

To The Non-Racist White People, Please Just Be The First (from My Mixed Thoughts): “Through all of this, what bothers me the most is not the raving racism of this crazy woman. It’s the silence and indifference of the 20+ people who witnessed the entire situation taking place. After the woman got off, a few people told me they were sorry that happened and some made comments about the woman being crazy, but nearly every one of those people (mostly white) chose not to intervene during the situation, even though they knew the situation was wrong.”

Facing Hurricanes or ICE Raids (from John Pavlovitz): “This is where we are now: people of color would rather face the fury of a natural disaster than the cruelty of our Government, and I don’t blame them. They have good reason. The body of work is expansive.”

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever (from the New York Times): “The new data was reported to members of Congress, who shared it with The Times. It shows that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage Central American migrants, roughly the same number of children are crossing the border as in years past. The big difference, said those familiar with the shelter system, is that red tape and fear brought on by stricter immigration enforcement have discouraged relatives and family friends from coming forward to sponsor children.”

How Facebook Harms People By Allowing Fake Health News (from Without a Crystal Ball via Patheos): “When I logged on to Facebook, I shared my frustrations about my son’s diseases. I wanted support from my friends and family. Ultimately, what I ended up getting was a litany of propositions for ways to get off medications to cure my son.”

Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide (from Harper’s Bazaar): “Denying people their citizenship is a clear way to indicate that they should no longer expect to receive the rights of citizens. The right to a fair trial? They shouldn’t expect that. Not being investigated without just cause? Forget about it.”

North Carolina didn’t like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it (from The Guardian): “In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts.

The legislation drew ridicule, including a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert, who said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.””

Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Based On Lies. Here’s The Research To Show It. (from The Huffington Post): “Fear is an extremely powerful force, but so is truth. As evidence continues to demonstrate that protecting the rights of transgender people poses no threat to our society, hopefully we can move closer to doing what’s right. Transgender men and women shouldn’t have to worry about violence or harassment when deciding where to relieve themselves, and they shouldn’t have to spend more than a millisecond figuring out which bathroom to use. It’s time for them, like everyone else, to be able to get in and out quickly and safely, so they can get back to focusing on life’s many demands outside the confines of a bathroom stall.”

20 years ago, research fraud catalyzed the anti-vaccination movement. Let’s not repeat history. (from Vox): “But there’s more to the story. While the World Health Organization’s 2015 target to eliminate measles has not yet been met, progress against the disease has actually continued globally. So the 20th anniversary of Wakefield’s paper is a good time to assess where we are with measles, to look back at the science behind the measles-autism link, and consider how we can prevent another dubious idea that’s harmful to public health from taking hold.”

Running While Female (from The New York Times): “At the same time, we have also adapted to the realities — and risks — of running while female. Just as our bodies learned how to sprint around the curve of a track, our muscles learned to tense up when men honked their horns as they passed us. And just as we learned to use that nervous feeling in our gut before a race to propel us across the finish line, we also recognized the gut feeling that told us a trail wasn’t safe to run on alone.”

These Are the Trans People Killed in 2018 (from The Advocate–Warning: this may be disturbing to some readers. Proceed with caution!): “Transgender Americans are facing an epidemic of violence. Twenty-seven trans people, mostly women of color, were murdered in the U.S. in 2017, tying it with 2016 as the deadliest year on record. Of course, the number of victims in any given year is likely much higher, given that some are misgendered by police or media, and some homicides not reported at all.”

That’s all for this week. Stop back again when I post an amalgamation of articles that you might find interesting. Until then, I bid you happy reading.

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About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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