Weekly Reader Vol 2 Issue 10

Happy July Fourth, everyone! It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s another edition of your Weekly Reader. As always, if you have anything you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to drop a link in the comments!

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses to describe abortion bans (from The Guardian): “The Guardian’s updated style guide on abortion bans is in line with the view of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest professional organization for doctors specializing in women’s health.

ACOG, which represents 58,000 physicians, says the term “heartbeat bill” is not medically accurate.”

A West Point cadet was sentenced to 21 years in prison for raping a sleeping classmate. Now, he’s free to return to school. (from CBS News): “In their ruling Monday, the judges also cited the fact that the female cadet could easily identify Whisenhunt as one of her classmates, and the fact that he did not attempt to clean up the semen he left behind in her sleeping bag, as reasons to believe it must have been consensual.”

Women take a hit for reporting sexual harassment, but #MeToo may be changing that (from The Conversation): “Simply by following the rules – using her company’s designated procedure to report the sexual harassment – Sarah’s career advancement was jeopardized.

This finding suggests that women who hesitate to report sexual harassment are acting not incompetently, but perceptively and rationally.”

Foxconn’s delays might finally give Wisconsin the upper hand (from The Verge): “But six months into the Evers administration, Foxconn has fallen so far behind schedule and changed its plans so drastically that it may have opened the door to revise the contract. In fact, it could now be in the company’s interest to make those revisions.”

Watching Elizabeth Warren Come Alive (from Slate): “I wanted to see for myself, to understand the allure of Warren, and to figure out how women are thinking about her. Plus, it would make this whole infuriating question of whether a woman is ever going to be “electable” much simpler, I thought, if she happened to be a natural at this campaigning thing. She isn’t, as it turns out, a natural at the kind of straw-boater-and-bunting idea of campaigning we’ve internalized over a century of watching white male candidates eat steaks in Iowa. She is something rather different.”

If you drink bottled water, you could double how many microplastic particles you ingest, study says (from CNN): “Whether you drink tap or bottled water is key to annual ingestion of micro-plastics: The researchers estimated annual particle intake via drinking water to be approximately 75,000 for boys, 127,000 for men, 64,000 for girls and 93,000 for women if bottled water is the only source.

For those who consume only tap water, additional microplastic intake for boys is 3,000 particles, 6,000 for men, 3,000 for girls and 4,000 for women.”

‘Everyone is used to relatives that are doofuses’: Kamala’s sister breaks tradition (from Politico): “A no-nonsense boss who became a single mom at 17 and earned a law degree from Stanford before embarking on a long career in progressive activism, she’s emerged as a primary attraction in her own right. Aside from standing in for Kamala at fundraisers, Maya can be seen at campaign stops posing for pictures with selfie-seekers who recognize her from social media and her time as an MSNBC talking head — a gig she landed after advising Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.”

NASA captures stunning photo of the entire sky in X-ray (from CNN): “The collision created the first observed instance of a single source emitting ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, as well as light, which was released in the form of a 2-second gamma ray burst. The collision also created heavy elements such as gold, platinum and lead, scattering them across the universe in a kilonova — similar to a supernova — after the initial fireball.”

In The Time Before You Say Goodbye To Them (from John Pavlovitz): “The moment we meet the people we love, the clock starts ticking. The very second our paths cross with another human being, we are actually counting down. Every meaningful relationship we have in our lives, exists in the ever-shrinking time before we say goodbye to them. We should love and move and speak with the urgency befitting this truth.”

Saudi Teenager Faces Death Sentence for Acts When He was 10 (from The New York Times): “The Saudi human rights group also said Murtaja had been held for years without charge, first in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer, before he was coerced into a confession. Amnesty International confirmed that the public prosecutor’s office sought the death penalty for Murtaja when he was first brought to trial in August 2018.

Executions — often by beheading — are common in Saudi Arabia and rights groups say they typically come after years of imprisonment, torture and a sham trial. But it would be extraordinary even for Saudi Arabia to behead a defendant accused of acts committed while still a child.”

That’s all for now. Stop by again next week for some more links of interest. 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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