It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s another summer edition of your Weekly Reader! As always, if you want to share a little something, let me know in the comments!
It Was Never about a Fetal Heartbeat (from Love, Joy, Feminism via Patheos): “This is all very interesting scientifically speaking, but this article suffers from a fatal flaw—the author took abortion opponents at their word and assumed they actually cared about when the fetal heartbeat begins. They don’t.”
It’s Not About You, Sweetheart: On Venting & Allyship (from Another White Atheist in Colombia via Patheos): “So it’s a skill we could all stand to talk a little more about training ourselves on–especially with so many issues in the world that require our presence, and our allyship, without ever offering the surety that we’ll be thanked for it.”
George Soros wasn’t a Nazi, he was a 14-year-old Jew who hid from them (from The Independent): “Unlike other parts of Barr’s rant – namely her comparison between a black woman and an ape, since deleted and apologised for, though not before it cost her ABC sitcom – the actress has shown no regret for writing “George Mr Soros is a Nazi.””
A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children (from ProPublica): “It’s rare to hear from Border Patrol agents, especially since the Trump administration has put them at the front lines of its sweeping immigration crackdown. Public access to them is typically controlled and choreographed. When approached off duty, agents say they risk their jobs if they speak about their work without permission. As a result, much about the country’s largest federal law enforcement agency — with some 20,000 agents policing the borders and ports — remains shrouded in secrecy, even from congressional oversight, making it nearly impossible to hold it accountable.”
The Really Big One (from The New Yorker): “Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude. The 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, which killed sixty-three people and caused six billion dollars’ worth of damage, lasted about fifteen seconds and had a magnitude of 6.9. A thirty-second earthquake generally has a magnitude in the mid-sevens. A minute-long quake is in the high sevens, a two-minute quake has entered the eights, and a three-minute quake is in the high eights. By four minutes, an earthquake has hit magnitude 9.0.”
Climate change will kill us with heat if nothing is done to fix it, study says (from Penn Live): “The group says climate change is already manifesting itself in the form of deadlier storms, rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires and floods, but the heat extremes forecast in their analysis of the rest of the 21st Century shows an intensity of heat that will affect the daily lives of more Americans than ever before.”
Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps (from Anchor Editions): “The military commanders that reviewed her work realized that Lange’s contrary point of view was evident through her photographs, and seized them for the duration of World War II, even writing “Impounded” across some of the prints. The photos were quietly deposited into the National Archives, where they remained largely unseen until 2006.”
Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke (from The Verge): “Here’s another way to say it: the biggest FTC fine in United States history increased Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.
What lesson would you learn from that? Would anyone?”
Tougher Gun Laws Mean Fewer U.S. Kids Die, Study Shows (from The Daily Beast): “Researchers found that states with stricter gun-control laws had 4 percent fewer pediatric deaths when compared to more lax states, and those that have had universal background checks for firearm purchases in place for at least five years had a 35 percent lower risk.”
Trump’s Assault on Somali Refugees Goes Way Beyond Just Ilhan Omar (from Mother Jones): “What that means, he says, is that thousands of Somali refugees, many of whom have been displaced for years and cannot return to Somalia safely, have been “left out in the cold and cut off from from this really important last resort option of being able to find safety in the US.””
That’s all for now. Stop by again next week for more links of interest. Until then happy reading!