Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 33

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 “to share is to care”, as the Quintessons once said by accident. 😉

Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep (from Pro Publica): “The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.

On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.”

‘Soldiers of Jesus’: Armed neo-Pentecostals torment Brazil’s religious minorities (from the Washington Post): “There was a pounding at the door. Strange, the priest thought: He wasn’t expecting anyone. Marcos Figueiredo hurried to the entrance of his home temple and opened it.

Guns. Three of them. All pointing at him.”

In Sweden’s Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving (from the Associated Press): “Slipping his hand from a massive reindeer skin mitten, Inga illustrated the problem, plunging his hand into the crusted snow and pulling out a hard piece of ice close to the soil.

Unusually early snowfall in autumn was followed by rain that froze, trapping food under a thick layer of ice. Unable to eat, the hungry animals have scattered from their traditional migration routes in search of new grazing grounds.”

The Killing of Mr. Pickles (from Nathan Winograd): “Instead of being made available for adoption, Mr. Pickles was housed in Building 9 at the Downey shelter, one of seven facilities in the LACDACC system, behind a locked gate inaccessible to the public. This is the feral (and medical) building. Here, healthy cats deemed “feral” (like Mr. Pickles erroneously was) are housed next to sick cats, ensuring that those who enter healthy don’t leave that way, if they leave at all.”

We Need to Talk about White Women and Race (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “Let’s start with slavery. Were white women who lived in the south subject to the constraints of patriarchy? Absolutely. But owning enslaved people could give a white woman status and power. And many white women absolutely took out any frustrations they might have felt in their personal lives on their enslaved people, as Eliza does in Harriet. Having that kind of power over someone is corrosive.

Facing the constraints of patriarchy did not make white women any more likely to identify with, ally with, or support black women. Not in the least.”

‘Missing link’ penguin fossil shows how they evolved after dinosaurs went extinct (from CNN): “Penguins weren’t always the petite, tuxedo-sporting birds we know and love today. Once, giant penguins the size of humans reigned supreme.

But how did they evolve into the creatures living in Antarctica? Scientists have discovered fossils that act like the missing link for their evolution — and it all happened after the dinosaurs went extinct.”

Climate change: Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise (from the BBC): “As more carbon dioxide is released enhancing the greenhouse effect, much of the heat is absorbed by the oceans. In turn, this warmer water can hold less oxygen. The scientists estimate that between 1960 and 2010, the amount of the gas dissolved in the oceans declined by 2%.”

The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die (from CNN): “But the way some white conservatives tell the story of Thomas’ rise from poverty also perpetuates racist stereotypes. They imply that Thomas and his hard working, no excuses grandfather are unusual characters in the black community. They depict Thomas as this lonely apostle of self-reliance, as if most black people prefer sitting on the couch drinking Kool-Aid while waiting for the government to send them a check.”

Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care (from Pro Publica): “A few hours earlier, a nurse practitioner at the Border Patrol’s dangerously overcrowded processing center in McAllen had diagnosed him with the flu and measured his fever at 103 degrees. She said that he should be checked again in two hours and taken to the emergency room if his condition worsened.

None of that happened. Worried that Carlos might infect other migrants in the teeming McAllen facility, officials moved him to a cell for quarantine at a Border Patrol station in nearby Weslaco.

By the next morning, he was dead.”

Opposing Hateful People Doesn’t Make Me Hateful (from John Pavlovitz): “The only people I have a problem with—are those select few who see compassion as a character flaw, who aren’t interested in understanding the pain another person is going through, who are so callous that they would embrace cruelty instead of kindness, who believe America is their birthright and their pigmentation a sign of their supremacy.”

With that said, we’ll draw this one to a close. Stop by again for more op-eds and information you may just find fascinating. 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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