Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 30

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! So feel free to share away!

The Final Frontier (from The New Yorker): “I knew my father felt this way, and understood why, though I didn’t necessarily share the feeling. There was plenty more “Star Trek” to love. “The Inner Light,” from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “Far Beyond the Stars,” from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” were two of my favorite episodes of television, period. But, when I heard the words “Star Trek,” I never pictured, say, the conflicted Klingon Starfleet officer Worf, or the buttock-headed, avaricious Ferengi, or the sleek, cetacean U.S.S. Voyager, from later series. I thought of the originals: Kirk and Spock and their Enterprise, the NCC-1701.”

The Eclipse of Truth (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “Today, though, I’m worried. The anti-vaxxer movement has grown to the point that it is undermining public health, leading to a slew of think pieces analyzing why so many people have stopped believing scientists. Our societal unwillingness to move on climate change is also related to a disbelief of scientists—and as scientists grow more dire and worried in their predictions, I fear this may only grow worse.”

Chick-fil-A Won’t Entirely Rule Out Donating to Anti-LGBTQ Charities Again (from Vice-Keep boycotting!): “Chick-fil-A says it will now focus its charitable efforts in three areas: education, homelessness, and hunger. But when asked more specifically, it did not go so far as to say that it will no longer donate to organizations that oppose LGBTQ rights.”

The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core? (from CNN): “Now, Weiss finds it tedious to associate with the majority of people — though he “unfortunately” still has some friends who believe in a round Earth. “I have no problem with anybody that wants to believe we live on a ball. That’s their choice,” he says. “It’s just not something I resonate with.”

Weiss’ preferred community is those who share his life-altering belief.

And that community is vast.”

If Your Children Came Home This Week (from John Pavlovitz): “If they did, get on your knees and be grateful.

If they did, consider yourself fortunate.

Some children didn’t come home this week.

Some children died in their school.”

“YOU’RE ESSENTIALLY A PRISONER”: WHY DO DUBAI’S PRINCESSES KEEP TRYING TO ESCAPE? (from Vanity Fair): “Theories about Haya’s departure, too, have come hot and heavy. Facts are scant—and certainly not found in the public square. It is simply understood that the emir’s wives and daughters are off-limits as a subject of chatter. “It is said that human scorpions dwell on the earth in the form of gossipers and conspirators, who trouble souls, destroy relationships, and subvert the spirit of communities and teams,” is the way that Sheikh Mohammed has described loose talk.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the single leading source of anti-vax ads on Facebook (From Ars Technica): “While the data is in some ways vague and incomplete, it clearly shows that anti-vaccine propaganda was unified in promoting perceived harms of vaccines, conspiracy theories, and the idea of vaccine choice.

Compared with pro-vaccine Facebook ads, the anti-vaccine ads had slightly higher budgets and more reach. Anti-vaccine ads also had fewer sponsors—27 unique buyers of 145 anti-vaccine ads compared with 83 unique buyers of 163 pro-vaccine ads.”

The insect apocalypse is coming. Here’s what you can do about it (from CNN): “However, the report says we can all act as first responders and take relatively simple steps to help reverse what the report describes as a “catastrophic decline in the abundance and diversity of insects.”

“Insects live in our parks and gardens. Gardeners can really make a difference,” he said.”

The Massacre That Spawned the Alt-Right (from Politico): “What happened next took just 88 seconds, but still reverberates 40 years later. In a confrontation where white supremacists began firing pistols, rifles and shotguns, and with television cameras rolling but police nowhere to be found, five communists were shot dead in broad daylight. Ten others were injured, some left to lie bleeding in the streets.”

CDC announces breakthrough in vaping lung injury investigation (from The Verge): “The chemical, called vitamin E acetate is now considered a “chemical of concern” by the CDC, which is investigating the outbreak. As of November 5th, 2019, 39 people have died of the injury, and 2,051 cases are being investigated.”

David Silverman and the Wages of Whiteness (from Daylight Atheism via Patheos): “If we’re contemplating depriving someone of their life or liberty, then yes, due process is essential. But to suggest that a private organization has to go through a laborious legal procedure to fire an employee – that, once it chooses a person to be their public face, they can’t dismiss him from that position without convening a trial, hiring attorneys to defend him, and getting a judge to rule that they’ve proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt – is a comical caricature of how the law works. You also don’t need due process to unfriend someone on Facebook, turn down a date, or take them off your Christmas card list. We’re allowed to make up our own minds about a person’s character without a judge’s say-so.”

That’s all for today. Drop by again–same bot time, same bot channel–for even more information on things that matter. 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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