Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 38

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.

Almond Milk Is Even More Evil Than You Thought (from The Cut): “The high mortality rate among bees who pollinate almonds, beekeepers believe, is due in part to the enormous quantities of pesticides used on almonds — far more than any other crop in California, whose Central Valley region is responsible for more than 80 percent of the world’s almond supply. What’s more, almond pollination is especially demanding for bees, because they need to wake up from their annual period of winter dormancy one to two months earlier than usual to begin. Then, once they start, massive numbers of bees are concentrated in small geographic areas, making it easier for diseases to spread among them.”

The best country in the world to raise a child? It’s not America, survey finds (from CNN): “But if you factor in such qualities as safety, gender equality, green living, family friendly laws and human rights, you’d look elsewhere. The US came in at number 18 for best country to raise a child, beaten by many countries in Europe, Canada and Australia. Child raising is just one of several categories listed in the survey.”

The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret (from Cosmopolitan): “By age 9, she says, she’d been raped by one of her older brothers. By 12, she’d been abused by her father, Abner*, a chiropractor who penetrated her with his fingers on the same table where he saw patients, telling her he was “flipping her uterus” to ensure her fertility. By 14, she says, three more brothers had raped her and she was being attacked in the hayloft or in her own bed multiple times a week. She would roll over afterward, ashamed and confused. The sisters who shared Sadie’s room (and even her bed) never woke up—or if they did, never said anything, although some later confided that they were being raped too.”

Joker’s Oscar Nominations Are a Joke (from Slate): “Above all, Joker is committed to grittiness. It is so gritty. Its Latino youths tormenting poor Arthur Fleck? Gritty. Its bums gathered around fires? Gritty. Its culminating riot, with citizens in clown masks smashing car windows and shooting Bruce Wayne’s parents? So gritty you can taste the grit, in your mouth, getting in between your teeth.”

The majority of women feel relief, not regret, after an abortion, study says (from CNN): “Researchers found that at five years after having an abortion, only 6% expressed primarily negative emotions. The overwhelming majority of women surveyed — 84% — had positive emotions or no emotions whatsoever about their abortion decision, even if they hadn’t felt that way when they were making the decision to have an abortion.”

Christians Pray At a Discount: Muslim inmates charged more for religious texts (from the Pennsylvania Post): “But near the end of the commissary catalogue — listed between $1 Spanish-language birthday cards and $0.90 pens — is a Quran, the holy text for Muslims, priced at $21.20. A prayer rug, used by Muslims during prayer to keep knees, hands and heads clean, costs $23.32. Altogether, the items an observant Muslim inmate needs to pray cost a combined $44.52 at the Adams County facility.

In contrast, the prison sells the King James version of the Christian Bible for $7.95, about a third of what a Quran costs.”

Flu leaves a 4-year-old girl blind in Iowa (from CNN): “Doctors showed Jade’s parents the MRI results. Her brain was “lit up like a Christmas tree,” her mother remembers.

“They said she had significant brain damage. They said our child might not ever wake up, and if she did, she might not ever be the same,” she said.

Over the next few days, Jade remained almost completely unresponsive.”

MRFF Founder Mikey Weinstein Takes On White Supremacist (from Medium): “The New Hampshire Nationalists website, which has since been taken down, featured a swastika, arguably the premier symbol of hate in the world. The swastika was made up of four “T’s” and paid homage to President Donald Trump for his enabling and game changing behavior.”

The Internet’s Most Repulsive Men Are Throwing A ‘Make Women Great Again’ Convention And Oh My God It’s So SAD (from Wonkette): “Yes! For the low, low price of $1,999 a ticket ($999 a ticket and a plus one if you act now!), you can learn all of the secrets to reeling in the kind of man who sits on YouTube all day whining about how women aren’t all barefoot and pregnant anymore. Men like Stefan Molyneux, Mike Cernovich, and organizer Anthony Dream Johnson (who claims he is the 1st President of the Manosphere), along with a bunch of other creepy dudes you’ve never even heard of and definitely have no interest in speaking to for more than five minutes, never mind marrying.”

It Looks Like Health Insurance, but It’s Not. ‘Just Trust God,’ Buyers Are Told. (from The New York Times): “These Christian nonprofit groups offer far lower rates because they are not classified as insurance and are under no legal obligation to pay medical claims. They generally decline to cover people with pre-existing illnesses. They can set limits on how much their members will pay, and they can legally refuse to cover treatments for specialties like mental health.”

That’s all for this week. Stop by later on to find more interesting reads. 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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