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‘The ghost of Manzanar’: Japanese WW2 internee’s body found in US (from the BBC): “Lori Matsumura told Associated Press that she knew her grandfather’s remains were in the mountains somewhere, because her grandmother would show her a photo of the pile of stones that covered his body.
Her aunt, Kazue, also told her he was known as “the ghost of Manzanar”.”
Putin’s Big Lie (from The Atlantic): “Events of this year, which marked the 80th anniversary, may also have reinspired the Russian president. In September, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the pact, as well as the two totalitarianisms that destroyed so much of Europe in the 20th century. That kind of statement rankles Putin, who now holds annual celebrations of World War II Victory Day and uses the war as one of the symbolic justifications for his own authoritarianism. He wants to make Russia not just great again, but “great” precisely as it was “great” in 1945, when the Red Army occupied Berlin.”
She Reported Her Sexual Harasser To Instagram. It Banned Her Instead. (from The Huffington Post): “As an outspoken feminist and mental health advocate, Venus decided to post screenshots of the man’s messages on her Instagram Story and page (censoring his genitals and username) to call attention to the kind of harassment women endure daily on the platform. She also blocked and reported him to Instagram. It wasn’t long before he contacted her from two newly created accounts to threaten and verbally abuse her.”
ICE Detention Center Captain Was on a Neo-Nazi Website and Wanted to Start a White Nationalist Group (from Vice): “Frey’s participation on Iron March and self-identification as a “fascist” in his profile raises questions about his tenure while holding a position of authority over the lives of vulnerable populations, including migrants, who are often people of color.”
Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ (from The Guardian): “Kaiser said the Facebook data scandal was part of a much bigger global operation that worked with governments, intelligence agencies, commercial companies and political campaigns to manipulate and influence people, and that raised huge national security implications.
The unpublished documents contain material that suggests the firm was working for a political party in Ukraine in 2017 even while under investigation as part of Mueller’s inquiry and emails that Kaiser says describe how the firm helped develop a “sophisticated infrastructure of shell companies that were designed to funnel dark money into politics”.”
The Long Con (from The Baffler): “Some Romney lies posit absences where there are obviously presences: his claim, for instance, that “President Obama doesn’t have a plan” to create jobs. Other Romney fabrications assert presences where there are absences. A clever bit of video editing can make it seem like Romney was enthusiastically received before the NAACP, when, in fact, he had been booed. There are lies, damned lies, statistics—like his assertion that his tax cut proposal won’t have any effect on the federal budget, which the Tax Policy Center called “not mathematically possible.” That frank dismissal vaulted the candidate into another category of lie, an attempt to bend time itself: Romney responded by calling that group “biased”; last year, he called them “objective.””
TESS mission spots ‘Tatooine’ system and Earth-size potentially habitable planet (from CNN): “The stars whirl around each other in orbit every 15 days, with one 10% more massive than our sun and the other is more diminuitive and cooler.
And the planet was found by a high school student.”
Defining Violence (from Andreas Avester): “But why do people argue about which actions should or should not be labeled with the word “violence”? Why have the definition wars in the first place? Human languages are artificial constructs, word meanings are inherently arbitrary. The moment a group of people agrees that some sequence of sounds means something specific, then that’s what this word means. Some society can define words like “woman,” or “violence” to have any meaning they like; word meanings can be either very narrow or very broad.”
Chief Justice Roberts warns we’re taking “democracy for granted.” His rulings haven’t helped. (from Vox): “Yet, even if the chief did intend his report as a subtle dig on Trump, the prescription Roberts offers is rather mild. Civic education is a good thing, but it is no solution to problems like partisan gerrymandering or voter suppression — problems that Roberts has exacerbated in his judicial opinions.”
A US Army officer’s mom just got deported. He says he feels betrayed (from CNN): “Cruz previously applied to a program that protects relatives of active US military members from deportation, but the request was denied, family members said. CNN is working to confirm the reason for the denial.
Rebollar Gomez had lived in San Diego for more than 30 years, family members said. She’d been deported three times previously. Each time, she returned to the United States to be with her children, family members told reporters.”
Transparent Expedition of Surviving Suicide and High Fidelity Humanity (from TransParent Expedition via Patheos-Warning! This deals with suicide/self-harm. Tread carefully!): “I stared at the picture my child drew as sleep started to encroach upon me. For the first time in years I said a prayer of sorts. “God, if you exist, f*** off and I’ll see you in hell.” Tunnel vision was starting. Then came fear of the abyss and a desire to live. My hands trembled too much to make a call. I did not want to talk to anyone anyway. I did not think I deserved life but I did not want death.”
Bereaved People Aren’t Strong, We’re Trying To Survive (from John Pavlovitz): “That’s it. That’s the reality of this kind of loss. Despite what we may want to be true about grief, there really are no silver lining life lessons or detached moments of perspective that shield your heart from the scattering shrapnel of grief.
It’s just horrible.
It’s just a nightmare.
It just blows.”
That’s all for today. Stop by again next week for a few more articles you might find fascinating. Until then, happy reading!