Weekly Reader Vol 2 Issue 27

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 something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments! The more articles, the better! Because sharing is caring! And we ❤ reading on this little blog!

4 Ex-Evangelical Women on Their Memories of Hell Houses (from the Cut): “These things took various forms, but they all followed the same trajectory: The crowd would file through elaborately decorated rooms in a megachurch, each of which featured earnest youth-group teens who acted out some horror of the secular world, like drinking or premarital sex. The teen characters would make choices, and face consequences, and, usually, die some horrific, bloody death (drunk driving and botched abortions were Hell House mainstays). The point of it all was, I guess, to bring new people to Christ, but the kind of kids who went to Hell Houses tended to be Christians already; most of us were only at this church-sanctioned activity because our parents wouldn’t let us do anything fun on Halloween.”

Not Voting is Not A “Statement” (from John Pavlovitz): “Not voting is not a “statement.”

It’s rendering yourself invisible.
It’s silencing your own voice.
It’s self-marginalization.
It’s allowing your future to be determined by other people and pretending that’s a moral victory.
Not voting essentially gives someone else a blank they get to fill-in on your behalf—since you aren’t present to tell anyone exactly what your values are, what boils your blood and keeps you up at night, what matters most to you. Whatever message you imagine you’re sending by opting out, remains unspoken in your head—and you end up saying nothing.”

Facebook included far-right Breitbart News in its new ‘high quality’ news tab (from Business Insider): “Among the various online platforms rounded up in the tab, Breitbart News stands out as a controversial pick. The site stylizes itself as an objective publication, but it doesn’t just lean right – its former executive chairman who went on to run Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Steve Bannon, described it as “the platform for the alt-right.””

Foxconn finally admits its empty Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ aren’t being developed (from The Verge): “In Racine, another planned innovation center destination, there does not appear to have been any work done whatsoever. “Foxconn is focusing on the (Mount) Pleasant campus,” Shannon Powell, a spokesman for Racine Mayor Cory Mason, told WPR. “Should an innovation center in the city get up and running there would certainly be a grand opening event.””

COCA-COLA NAMED MOST POLLUTING BRAND IN GLOBAL AUDIT OF PLASTIC WASTE (from The Intercept): “Coke was the top source of plastic in Africa and Europe and the second largest source in Asia and South America. In North America, the company responsible for the most plastic found in the cleanups was Nestle, followed by the Solo Cup Company, owned by the Dart Container corporation, and Starbucks. Coca-Cola ranked fifth among the companies responsible for plastic waste in North America.”

The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping (from The Atlantic): “When the web browser Netscape went public on August 9, 1995—the day many cite as the beginning of the dot-com bubble—its stock skyrocketed from $28 to $75 in a matter of hours, even though the company wasn’t profitable. In today’s market, the opposite is happening: Unicorns with no positive earnings are getting slaughtered at the gates. WeWork’s valuation fell more than 80 percent pre-IPO when investors balked at its mounting losses. Peloton, Lyft, and Uber have also struggled to persuade public markets to grade them on a curve; all saw their stock prices fall on the day of the public offering. Institutions and retail investors are refusing to fork over to unicorns the valuations that private investors were expecting—particularly Softbank, a major backer of Uber, DoorDash, and WeWork.”

I’m an American doctor. Here’s the truth about Juul, vaping and legalizing marijuana (from The Independent): “Adapting the same e-cigarette technology used for nicotine vaping, THC vapes use a lithium-ion battery to send electrical current through a wire that is coiled several times to create resistance and heat. An absorbent wick, usually cotton, brings the e-liquid to the heated wire, which is then aerosolized and inhaled by the user. At every step for every component it takes to make these black market vapes, there is the potential for disaster.”

Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says (from CNN): “As the United States sees these steep increases in STDs, there also has been a slow decline in treatment options for one infection in particular: gonorrhea.

The threat of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea persists across the United States and around the world. There have been a growing number of gonorrhea cases that are resistant to some of the antibiotics used to treat the infection.”

The Worst Day in Earth’s History Contains an Ominous Warning (from The Atlantic): “The finding may be satisfying for asteroid fans, but it is an ominous one. Ocean acidification, a hallmark of the planet’s previous mass extinctions, is happening again today.”

And that’s all for now. Drop by again for more information that you didn’t know you needed. 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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