Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 15

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 have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments!

Yeah, Republicans—It’s The Guns (from John Pavlovitz): “We know that depression matters, that addiction matters, that a culture of violence does, that toxic misogyny does, that institutional racism does, that incendiary politicians do, that personal upbringing does, that extremist religion does—and we believe in addressing all of these areas, both personally and legislatively where possible.

But we damn well know that the guns matter—because the guns are the preferred method of choice when unwell unstable, angry people want to murder many human beings quickly. When it comes to easily-accessible instruments of rapid carnage, it is guns by an American country mile.”

Making America White Again (from The New Yorker): “It may be hard to feel pity for the men who are making these bizarre sacrifices in the name of white power and supremacy. Personal debasement is not easy for white people (especially for white men), but to retain the conviction of their superiority to others—especially to black people—they are willing to risk contempt, and to be reviled by the mature, the sophisticated, and the strong. If it weren’t so ignorant and pitiful, one could mourn this collapse of dignity in service to an evil cause.”

Donald Trump, George Washington, and the White Supremacist Presidency (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “We are told that the American Revolution, with its rhetoric of liberty, affected Washington’s view of slavery. We are left to assume that he become a reluctant slaveholder, retaining his slaves only to maintain his position, intent on freeing them on his death. This position—to delay putting an end to human chattel slavery in order to maintain one’s social status for a few more years—would have itself been reprehensible. But the story of Ona Judge severely complicates even this narrative.”

Robot racism? Yes, says a study showing humans’ biases extend to robots (from CNN): “The robots used in the study are clearly robots but have human-like limbs and a head, with exterior complexions that are white — which is to say, pinkish — or black — really, a deep brown. In the “shooter bias” test, black and white people and robots appeared on a screen for less than a second, and participants were told to “shoot” those holding a weapon. Black robots that were not holding weapons were shot more than the white ones not carrying guns.”

44 Years. 41 Allegations. Now The Past is Catching Up (from ESPN): “The men told virtually identical stories — of being charmed, groomed, coached and sexually molested by Mainwaring for weeks, months or years under the auspices of sports training, mental training, spiritual guidance or some combination of the three. They say their coach used his Olympic credentials, coaching achievements, relationships with accomplished athletes and expertise in psychology and physiology to persuade them to train with him, often at no charge. Many said they had little or no previous sexual experience when they met him.

Collectively, they rendered a detailed and consistent picture of a con man so skilled that he often conducted the abuse without his victims even realizing they were used as tools of his perversion.”

Boy Scouts of America have a ‘pedophile epidemic’ and are hiding hundreds in its ranks, lawyers claim (from NBC News): “The revelation that the lawyers had identified a small army who they claim are previously unknown scout sex abusers was contained in the lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia by a Pennsylvania man identified only as “S.D.” who claims he was assaulted “hundreds” of times over a span of four years in the 1970s.”

Walmart Retaliates Against Worker Who Urged Employee Walkout Over Gun Sales (from Gizmondo): “Following a pair of deadly mass shootings over the weekend, including one at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, a Walmart e-commerce category specialist, Thomas Marshall, posted two memos widely within the company, urging mass action by employees to pressure management to cease the sale of firearms. Now, Marshall claims he and one of his colleagues are unable to access their internal accounts.”

Rituals of Childhood (from Kieran Healy): “In any given week in America, you can watch as a different ritual of childhood plays itself out. Perhaps it will be in El Paso, at a shopping mall; or in Gilroy, at a food festival; or in Denver, at a school. Having heard gunshots, and been lucky enough to survive, children emerge to be shepherded to safety by their parents, their teachers, or heavily-armed police officers. They are always frightened. Some will be crying. But almost all of them know what is happening to them, and what to do. Mass shootings are by now a standard part of American life. Preparing for them has become a ritual of childhood. It’s as American as Monday Night Football, and very nearly as frequent.”

A Hudson Megachurch, a Beloved Pastor and the International Sex Abuse Scandal They’ve Tried To Hide (from The Cleveland Scene): “Randall’s elastic relationship with truth is well-known to close listeners of his talks. Some have reported to Scene that his facts are wont to change, that his personal history, and indeed, the story of his tribulations in Manila, have a foggy and even improvised quality. Your “weirdo meters go up,” when you hear him talk about the Sankey case, said one current member of CCC.

A missionary in the Philippines who was present at the raid and throughout the ensuing legal battles in Manila was even more explicit in a 2014 conversation with Scene. She called Randall’s account of his detention a “total fabrication.””

CBD for pain relief: What the science says (from CNet): “Because the different types of pain don’t always respond to medication the same way, it can be difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the effect of CBD on pain. But, with that said, here’s what researchers know so far.”

And that’s all for this one. Drop by again for more interesting reads that you didn’t know you would need. So 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 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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