Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 5

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Her rapist was convicted and jailed by a military court. Two years later, he was freed. (from CNN–Warning! May be upsetting to some!): “Master Sgt. Richard D. Collins was tried for the rape of Harmony Allen before a military court on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in late February 2017. He pleaded not guilty.

During the trial, Allen was asked to point out the man who raped her. “As soon as I looked at him, I vomited” on the witness stand, she said.”

Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group (from The Guardian): “Obria runs a network of clinics across the US, many of which suggest on their websites that they offer abortion. The clinics are actually opposed to abortion and all forms of contraception.”

The Trouble With Rape (from Granta): “I understood that a lot of big publications were going through lawsuits brought about by contributing to the downfall of powerful men, men such as Harvey Weinstein – my heart is full of gratitude for what the New Yorker and Ronan Farrow accomplished in helping to set in motion the #MeToo movement – and that as a major news source in the US they experience a kind of pressure not experienced by literary magazines, and I don’t fault them for following their legal department’s advice; but for a long time afterwards I was fixated on phrasing like might upset him or he might not like it, which repeated over and over again in my head. I couldn’t believe that to publish this short piece with the New Yorker – many a writer’s dream – the man who’d raped me, even when I didn’t use his name, even when I didn’t write the piece to get him in trouble but simply to share a type of experience that I know more people than we’d like to be aware of have also had, had to be contacted. So much had been taken from me by the rape, by him satisfying his sexual itch one night with a child who didn’t even yet understand what sex was, and now I was losing publishing opportunity because he had no personalized voice mail (meaning that they could not satisfy their policy by leaving him a message). Apparently the man, for some reason (one’s imagination strives), did not want to be found. His email addresses too, discovered through background checks by both myself and the magazine, had been deactivated. I completely understood the magazine’s position. And yet again, in effect, the man and his rights and needs became more important than mine.”

How people with mental illness become prisoners in Alabama (from AL.com): “That’s when Purshock joined an increasing number of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Jails and prisons now treat more patients nationally than psychiatric facilities, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national organization that advocates for more state-funded treatment beds.

Incarceration often leaves patients untreated and under stress, a combination that can aggravate psychotic symptoms.”

Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay (from The New York Times): “Colorado employers were shocked to learn they were paying nearly eight times what the federal government did for outpatient services like an emergency room visit, an X-ray or a checkup with a specialist at Colorado Plains Medical Center, northeast of Denver.

Across the nation, hospitals treating patients with private health insurance were paid overall 2.4 times the Medicare rates in 2017, according to the RAND analysis. The difference was largest for outpatient care, where private prices were almost triple what Medicare would have paid.”

US is hotbed of climate change denial, major global survey finds (from The Guardian): “Americans were also more likely than any other western country polled to say they did not know whether the climate was changing or people were responsible – a total of 13% said this.”

At Baltimore’s National Aquarium, Climate Change Presents Challenges Inside And Out (from NPR): “Of the more than 50 sites the aquarium has surveyed, so far not one has been deemed safe enough from things like fierce storms and algal blooms, both projected to worsen as temperatures rise.”

The GOP Has Its Final Anti-Abortion Victory in Sight (from Slate): “But never mind: The point is how we got here. After decades of accruing small technical advantages, it’s not crazy to say that the modern GOP is on the precipice of achieving one of its highest aims—made possible thanks to some closed polling stations here, a gerrymandered district there, judges confirmed against tradition and precedent, a president who lost the popular vote. Some of these were obvious—and later camouflaged by suggestions that we “get over it”—but the bulk of those strategic advantages were secured more quietly, distributed across statehouses and carried out without arousing too much public alarm, because none of this is what the public wants. It doesn’t matter. And it’s almost too late.”

Don’t Forget About the Julian Assange Rape Allegations (from Medium): “There’s a brutal irony to all this: WikiLeaks, which was putatively about exposing the truth and holding powerful people accountable for their actions, now exists to circulate lies and help one powerful man escape consequences for his actions. But Julian Assange could not accomplish all this alone. He succeeded at lying to the world because the world wanted him to succeed. Despite all we’ve supposedly learned in the past nine years — about rape, about politics, about Assange himself — many of us still believe him.”

My Childhood In A Cult (from The New Yorker): “One night after dinner, as everyone sat around in the living room drinking wine and talking, as they usually did, I was sitting on the floor, taking it all in. I felt a surge of love and belonging. I was just about ready to stay for good. At that moment, a man who was seated in a nearby armchair put his empty glass in front of me as he was talking, the unspoken command being “Get me more wine.”

Dutifully, I took the glass and got up to refill it. As I entered the kitchen, it struck me that most of the women were doing dishes, floating around to refill glasses, or getting the kids ready for bed. Women served men here. I had been raised that way, of course—but now the custom put me in a kind of panic. Suddenly, I couldn’t imagine staying.”

And that’s all for this time. Drop by again for more information and articles that you might find informative. 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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