Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 35

New year, new logo. Because why not?

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s the latest edition of Weekly Reader! Did you post a Pulitzer prize winning blog post? Is there an amazing article in your local newspaper? Did you find something awesome on the internet that you want others to read? Then head over to the comments section and let me know about it!

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? (from the Guardian): “Portugal’s remarkable recovery, and the fact that it has held steady through several changes in government – including conservative leaders who would have preferred to return to the US-style war on drugs – could not have happened without an enormous cultural shift, and a change in how the country viewed drugs, addiction – and itself. In many ways, the law was merely a reflection of transformations that were already happening in clinics, in pharmacies and around kitchen tables across the country. The official policy of decriminalisation made it far easier for a broad range of services (health, psychiatry, employment, housing etc) that had been struggling to pool their resources and expertise, to work together more effectively to serve their communities.”

Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church (from Chicago Magazine; dated 2012 but a fascinating read): “The true believers of the ultrafundamentalist Independent Baptist movement were accustomed to Schaap’s style. If he wasn’t scolding his flock for not living up to God’s demands (tithing, volunteering, “soul winning”), he was delivering R-rated sermons that, for example, likened the Lord’s Supper to having sex with Jesus Christ. “He would just repeatedly talk about sex and repeatedly talk about women, how they were dressed and body parts . . . in graphic detail,” recalls Tom Brennan, who attended the church for six years and is now an Independent Baptist pastor at Maplewood Bible Baptist Church in Chicago.

Unfortunately, it went well beyond talk. Last September, Schaap, 54, a married father of two, pleaded guilty to taking a 16-year-old girl he was counseling at First Baptist across state lines to have sex. Denied bond, he awaits sentencing in the Porter County Jail; the minimum term is ten years.”

How Donald Trump got rich (from Business Insider): “But disregard all the material on doing deals. Doing deals didn’t actually have much to do with Trump’s success.

Instead, turn to the section on Trump’s father, Fred.

In many ways, Fred Trump’s is the more extraordinary story, because he managed the difficult jump from rags to riches.”

The Vegan Diet Bloggers Who Think Periods Are ‘Not Natural’ (from Broadly via Vice): “Through Freelee and Miliany espouse different theories, they both come to the same conclusion: that modern society has sold women the idea that menstruation is healthy and that periods are better lighter or halted altogether by adopting raw and vegan diets.”

Jesus Was a Rape Baby (from Medium): “Donald Trump Christians argue Mary was not raped because God did not physically sexual assault Mary. God’s penis did not penetrate Mary’s vagina. She didn’t feel anything. The “overshadowing” brought neither of them sexual pleasure or release, which, according to Trump Christian beliefs about sexuality, rendered the impregnation “pure” and “holy.” Trump Catholics take it a step further by rendering Mary a perpetual virgin, perpetually an un-erotic and in-orgasmic servile mother.

The “virgin birth” is the ultimate argument in favor of sexual exploitation and abuse — it’s okay to impregnate a girl without her consent so long as she doesn’t feel it happening. To the Trump Christian, God’s “overshadowing” of Mary was not wrong because it was not violent. It wasn’t a “legitimate” rape. Trump’s God is the patron saint of those who exploit unconscious girls and women.”

Russians launched pro-Jill Stein social media blitz to help Trump win election, reports say (from NBC News): “Building support for Stein was one of a “roster of themes” the Moscow-sanctioned internet trolls “turned to repeatedly” in their effort to disrupt the election, according to a research team led by the New Knowledge cybersecurity firm. The researchers also found that the campaign to bolster Stein gained in intensity in the final days of the presidential campaign and largely targeted African-American voters.

The reports, prepared by separate groups of cyber experts, add to the growing body of evidence that the Russians worked to boost the Stein campaign as part of the effort to siphon support away from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump.”

As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions. (from the Washington Post via MSN): “The anger arises because although the sell-off allowed Sun Capital and its investors to recover their money and then some, the company entered bankruptcy leaving unpaid more than $80 million in debts to workers’ severance and pensions.”

2018 Has Been One Long Decade (from John Pavlovitz): “But we’re tired from doing something else too, something far more personal. We’re all inventorying the relational collateral damage of these days: the fractures we feel in our families, the divisions we see in our social circles, the ugliness we’ve witnessed on our timelines—in our neighbors and church friends, and in ourselves.”

And that’s all for now. Stop by again for more links and posts that you didn’t know you had to read. Until then, happy reading!

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--official and non--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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