Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 36

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. Hey, they might have been on to something. 🙂

Google veterans: The company has become ‘unrecognizable’ (from CNBC): “The change has been noticed by some on the outside, too. “What the hell is going on over there?” tweeted Andreessen Horowitz partner Martin Casado over the summer. “The brain drain at Google right now is astonishing.””

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church’s sex abuse list (from the Associated Press): “Victims advocates had long criticized the Roman Catholic Church for not making public the names of credibly accused priests. Now, despite the dioceses’ release of nearly 5,300 names, most in the last two years, critics say the lists are far from complete.”

‘I just don’t call out sick anymore at all’: New report says Walmart punishes employees for taking sick days (from Business Insider-article is two years old but worth a read, as I had to deal with this): “Among the complaints A Better Balance received, employees have said they’re afraid to call out sick, they’ve been penalized and even fired after taking sick time, and they face financial ruin as a result.”

How to stay sane if Trump is driving you insane: Advice from a therapist. (from Politics Means Politics): ““I feel like I’ve lost faith in humanity, in our country, in myself,” a client told me recently. “Is this depression, or is this the election?”

“Good question,” I replied. The truth is, individual psychology is hugely influenced by political realities. Many of us feel insane right now because our world is not sane. Current events are very much at odds with our natural optimism, and our belief in human goodness and progress.”

Casually Homicidal Republicans Share Violent Fantasies Of Killing Us All If Trump Loses In 2020 (from Wonkette): “Look. I know we’re all feeling a tad jaded at this point. We’ve got a pussy-grabber in the White House and we’ve spent the last four years watching Trumpy idiots march around with torches screaming about how Jews will not replace them (though someone ought to get on that), accuse people of being in child sex cults that harvest adrenal glands to get high, claim that JFK Jr. is alive and sending them special messages to decode on 8chan… it’s hard to be truly shocked by anything anymore.

And yet, as jaded as I might be, I am still quite taken aback by how very frank and casual many Trump supporters are about homicide being a thing that is on the table for them if they don’t get their way.”

How the GOP is already working on how to impeach Hillary Clinton if she wins (from Business Insider-article is from 2016 but is an interesting read): “Some Republican lawmakers seem to be trying to delegitimize a Hillary Clinton presidency before it’s clear there will be one. They are threatening to block her Supreme Court nominees, investigate her endlessly, or even impeach her.”

FIRST ACTIVE FAULT ZONE FOUND ON MARS (from National Geographic): “More immediately, the marsquakes are a promising sign for what’s still to come from the InSight mission, which aims to untangle Mars’ current tectonic activity, as well as use the tiny trembles to map out the planet’s interior, similar to how an ultrasound can peer inside our bodies.”

The History of Black Incarceration Is Longer Than You May Think (from History News Network): “Recent scholarship has explored the roots of modern mass incarceration. Launched in the 1980s, the war on drugs and the emergence of private, for-profit prison systems led to the imprisonment of many minorities. Other scholarship has shown that the modern mass incarceration of black Americans was preceded by a nineteenth-century surge in black imprisonment during the Reconstruction era. With the abolition of slavery in 1865, southern whites used the legal system and the carceral state to impose racial, social, and economic control over the newly liberated black population. The consequences were stark. In Louisiana, for example, two-thirds of the inmates in the state penitentiary in 1860 were white; just eight years later, two-thirds were black.”

Never Safe Reality Is An Unbearable State of Primal Existence (from TransParent Expedition via Patheos): “So here I am, easily triggered which creates stress. The stress creates cortisol which limits the ability of the hippocampus to have an effective conversation with the prefrontal cortex. In the meantime, with no hippocampus to have a conference call with the prefrontal cortex, the prefrontal cortex goes offline leaving nothing to tell the amygdala there is no danger.

In plain English, I am almost always in fight or flight mode and it will take less and less to create that feeling over time.”

What Happens When Japan Stops Looking ‘Japanese’? (from The Atlantic): “The system is unforgiving. Many asylum seekers are held in detention centers while their cases are being processed, particularly if they are believed to have used fraudulent documents to escape to Japan. (Johnny’s father did two stints in detention.) Applicants can legally work while they wait for their paperwork to be reviewed, but not for the first eight months after their arrival. And if they are rejected and appeal, like Johnny has, they are either detained or put on “provisional release,” which comes with restrictions on employment, health-insurance coverage, and travel within the country.”

George Soros is not a Nazi, explained (from Vox-from 2018 but it bears repeating): “For one thing, on the day World War II ended in Europe (May 9, 1945), Soros was 14 years old, too young to even hypothetically apply to join the SS (which had a minimum age of 17), and roughly 10 years younger than Groening, the actual, real-life Nazi.

And for another, Soros is Jewish.”

That’s all for this week. Drop by again next time for more information that will tickle your knowledge bone! 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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