Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 33


It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s another edition of the Weekly Reader! Found a blog post worth reading? Got a hot tip on a hot story? Found a link that you want to share? Drop it like it’s hot in the comments!

A RAPED MIGRANT TEEN ASKED TRUMP OFFICIALS FOR AN ABORTION. SHE GOT COUNSELING WITH BIBLE VERSES AND COLORING. (from Vice): “The teenager was taken to “options counseling” at a so-called crisis pregnancy center named Choices Pregnancy Center, in Arizona, White wrote. He also noted in the email that the facility was on a list of providers approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. Crisis pregnancy centers, which are frequently faith-based institutions, aim to convince women not to have abortions. Choices Pregnancy Center has four medically licensed locations in Arizona, does not perform or refer patients for abortions, and belongs to the Christian nonprofit CPC of Greater Phoenix, according to its website.”

A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job (from the Intercept): “That’s one extraordinary aspect of this story: The sole political affirmation Texans like Amawi are required to sign in order to work with the school district’s children is one designed to protect not the United States or the children of Texas, but the economic interests of Israel. As Amawi put it to The Intercept: “It’s baffling that they can throw this down our throats and decide to protect another country’s economy versus protecting our constitutional rights.””

The Corruption of the Republican Party (from the Atlantic): “The corruption I mean has less to do with individual perfidy than institutional depravity. It isn’t an occasional failure to uphold norms, but a consistent repudiation of them. It isn’t about dirty money so much as the pursuit and abuse of power—power as an end in itself, justifying almost any means. Political corruption usually trails financial scandals in its wake—the foam is scummy with self-dealing—but it’s far more dangerous than graft. There are legal remedies for Duncan Hunter, a representative from California, who will stand trial next year for using campaign funds to pay for family luxuries.* But there’s no obvious remedy for what the state legislatures of Wisconsin and Michigan, following the example of North Carolina in 2016, are now doing.”

‘They don’t care’: Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties (from the Guardian): ““Why should we trust Facebook when it’s pushing the same rumors that its own factcheckers are calling fake news?” said a current Facebook factchecker who was not authorized to speak publicly about their news outlet’s partnership. “It’s worth asking how do they treat stories about George Soros on the platform knowing they specifically pay people to try to link political enemies to him?”

“Working with Facebook makes us look bad,” added the journalist, who has advocated for an end to the partnership.”

Women have been written out of science history – time to put them back (from the Conversation): “Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive lasting popular recognition.”

“Father, Husband, Brother, or Son” Is for White Men (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “Most white Americans’ “father, husband, brother, and son” are white. Many white Americans cannot seem to see past that. As a result, “father, brother, husband, or son” too often comes with an implicit racing. White men are father, brother, husband, and son. Black men and other men of color are coded as threats. They are othered. They are not “father, brother, husband, or son.” They are danger. They are thugs. They are gang members. They by definition cannot be law abiding men simply living their lives and supporting their families. They are treated as criminal.”

The Van: When Religion and Medicine Collide (a Story from the Arcata High Pepperbox) (from the Lost Coast Outpost): “J. Rophe Medical is a pro-life organization with religious ties. While some of the information provided by J. Rophe is accurate, other information is false or skewed. As a medical institution, J. Rophe operates with questionable medical ethics. Considering all of these factors, Pepperbox was left with this question: Should the J. Rophe Medical mobile unit be parked so close to a high school?”

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants (from the New York Times): “For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.”

This shame isn’t for the young and powerless to bear, it’s not ours (from the Sydney Morning Herald): “That it’s these women who have to jeopardise their careers and reputations when they’ve done nothing wrong, because they implicitly understand (and have been proven to be right by women who’ve gone before them) that there are rarely consequences for men whose careers and reputations are considered “important”.”

Washington, DC, is suing Facebook over Cambridge Analytica (from CNBC): “Prosecutors said 852 D.C. users downloaded the misleading application provided by Cambridge Analytica but that a much larger portion of D.C. residents, approximately 340,000 people, had their data collected because they were friends of those initial users through Facebook. This could mean Facebook faces a fine of up to $1.7 billion if all 340,000 instances are considered “violations” under the statute.”

And that’s all for today. Drop by next time where I’ll post more links for you to browse at your leisure. Until then, 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 miss him every day.
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