Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 22

It’s time once more for all the news and views that you can peruse! It’s another Weekly Reader! As always, if you want to be part of the action, drop a link or three in the comments! Sharing is caring, after all.

Anti-vaccine protesters are likening themselves to civil rights activists (from Politico): “The approach reflected the level of desperation among families staunchly opposed to vaccinating their children — a desperation that peaked Friday night when an activist threw a menstrual cup with what appeared to be blood at several state senators during floor session.

But the civil rights claim shocked lawmakers, especially those representing minority communities that have suffered generations of racism and economic injustice. Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) called it “borderline racist” and said vaccine protesters need to revisit their history books.”

What Is Bi Visibility Day? Here’s Why We Need To Celebrate Bisexuality On September 23 (from Bustle): “Some people assume that bisexuals can retreat into straight privilege when we please, as not though we don’t understand what it’s really like to be discriminated against. And, personally, I’ve gotten off pretty lightly. I’ve never suffered any physical abuse because of my sexuality. But the men and women calling me a dyke on the street and the people sending me threatening internet hate don’t seem to be put off by the fact that I’m bisexual. If anything, it just incites them more.”

He tweeted hate at her. She sued. Then she met him (from CNN): “Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin had encouraged trolls to target Dumpson after her historic win in May 2017 as the first African-American female student body president at American University in Washington. She was black, she was a woman and she was excelling at university — all things that white supremacists hate.”

She fled North Korea for a better life. She died with her young son in an apartment in Seoul (from CNN): “The case has become a lightning rod in South Korea, where some are arguing that the government is doing little for the thousands who have fled the repressive regime in North Korea. They want to see a thorough investigation into Han and her son’s death and policy changes to prevent future tragedies.”

Millions of US women say first sexual experience was rape (from AlJazeera): “Almost seven percent of women surveyed said their first sexual intercourse experience was involuntary; it happened at age 15 on average and the man was often several years older.

Nearly half of those women who said intercourse was involuntary said they were held down and slightly more than half of them said they were verbally pressured to have sex against their will.”

The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump (from The Guardian): “Here six whistleblowers and former government scientists describe being sidelined by the administration – and why they won’t be quiet.”

When the Crusade for Animals Falls Victim to Oppression (from Medium): “And, during my tenure working on the local emergency pager, I responded to a call from a concerned woman who’d found an abandoned days-old kitten under her porch. When I came to pick up the kitten, I had her sign a generic give-up form that spelled out that euthanasia was a possibility. But I was instructed to repeatedly convey that we would do our absolute best, and so that’s what I said, even as the woman described her careful search for an organization she knew would work around the clock to help this tiny being pull through. It was my job to make sure I did not leave without that cat — that I said whatever necessary for the woman not to change her mind.

The entire way back to PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, I sobbed, petting the infant cat in my lap, telling her things would all be OK, even though in my gut I knew it wouldn’t, that she never really had a chance. I even began plotting out how I might take a detour and deliver her to a rehabber instead. But how could I explain a missing kitten to the woman waiting with the needle? I couldn’t, so I complied without a word.”

Vaping appears to be making hundreds of people sick. Doctors have no idea why. (from Vox): “The first patient presented at the Salt Lake City hospital, where Harris works, on August 6. The man, in his 20s, was vomiting and had aches and pains. He also couldn’t breathe properly. So Harris tried to figure out if an infection may be causing the problems — and found nothing.

“It’s not typical [to see a young person] go to the ICU in that much distress without an obvious infection,” she told Vox. Within days, several more cases surfaced — and Harris and her colleagues at the Intermountain Healthcare hospital group started to suspect the cause may be vaping, or THC oils, since that’s the only thing the patients had in common.”

A venue turned down an interracial wedding, citing “Christian belief.” It’s far from the first to do so. (from Vox): “Critics of these sorts of accommodations argue that they are nothing but a shield for people who want to discriminate against others. To make that point further, civil rights advocates often argue that there is little distinguishing these sorts of accommodations from bans on interracial marriage and racial discrimination. Supporters of religious exemptions counter that there are clear civil rights laws that ban discrimination based on race, and that they would not break these laws.

But incidents like the one at the Mississippi venue suggest that there are people who aren’t aware of the distinction some groups have sought to construct.”

Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger (from The Guardian): “I think we have to face the truth that no one seems to want to admit. This is no longer a case of excessive narcissism or grandiosity. We’re not simply dealing with an unusually large ego.

The president of the United States is seriously, frighteningly, dangerously unstable. And he’s getting worse by the day.

Such a person in the Oval Office can do serious damage.”

Scientists Were Wrong About DNA – It Is Actually Held Together by Hydrophobic Forces (from SciTech Daily): “DNA is constructed of two strands, consisting of sugar molecules and phosphate groups. Between these two strands are nitrogen bases, the compounds which make up organisms’ genes, with hydrogen bonds between them. Until now, it was commonly thought that those hydrogen bonds were what held the two strands together.

But now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology show that the secret to DNA’s helical structure may be that the molecules have a hydrophobic interior, in an environment consisting mainly of water. The environment is therefore hydrophilic, while the DNA molecules’ nitrogen bases are hydrophobic, pushing away the surrounding water. When hydrophobic units are in a hydrophilic environment, they group together, to minimize their exposure to the water.”

If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them (from The Guardian): “For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”

That’s all for today. Stop by again for 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 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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