Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 44

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time once again for your Weekly Reader! Got some hot links, blog posts, or articles from a local paper you’d like to share? Head over to the comments and let us know. The more, the merrier!

You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus (from The Atlantic): “Severe illness caused by viruses such as H5N1 also means that infected people can be identified and isolated, or that they died quickly. They do not walk around feeling just a little under the weather, seeding the virus. The new coronavirus (known technically as SARS-CoV-2) that has been spreading around the world can cause a respiratory illness that can be severe. The disease (known as COVID-19) seems to have a fatality rate of less than 2 percent—exponentially lower than most outbreaks that make global news. The virus has raised alarm not despite that low fatality rate, but because of it.”

Losing the America I Thought I Had (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “The shooting of the three officers took place in the home of Tyran Cooper, a drug dealer who had been extorted by the officers for years. That’s right—the officers were extorting money from local drug dealers as the price of doing business. That’s called corruption, and probably worse. Cooper had recently fallen behind on his extortion payments, which is why the officers were at the house hassling Woods in the first place.

Woods is black. So is Spencer, who is still on death row. The three police officers were white. Among the factors that hampered Woods’ defense: Alabama has no state-wide public defender system. Woods struggled to maintain an attorney, and each lawyer who represented him made serious mistakes, including missed filing deadlines.”

Jordan Peterson, Addiction, and the Cult of Personal Responsibility (from Skepchick): “His daughter explained all of that in a video in which she says Peterson “almost died from what the medical system did to him in the West,” which you gotta love. Not following a doctor’s orders, trying to go cold turkey off a benzo, and then flying to some shithole in Russia where things like “science” and “pesky ethical guidelines” have no place — none of that almost killed him. It was definitely what the medical system did to him. In the West.”

After Flint Water Crisis, Number Of Students With Special Education Needs Spikes (from WBUR): “Jessica Gutierrez, a Flint native and mother of five, says she noticed significant behavioral changes in her children since the water crisis.

“I’ve had a child that was potty trained and now all of a sudden she has a problem with incontinence,” Gutierrez says. “The worst types of behavioral issues are the ones where you can see that your child realizes that what they’re doing is not normal.”

Her children were tested, and all five were diagnosed with different psychological and development issues. But only one of her children is currently in a special education program.”

The Night Sky Will Never Be the Same (from The Atlantic): “These satellites have turned out to be far more reflective than anyone, even SpaceX engineers, expected. Before Starlink, there were about 200 objects in orbit around Earth that could be seen with the unaided eye. In less than a year, SpaceX has added another 240. “These are brighter than probably 99 percent of existing objects in Earth orbit right now,” says Pat Seitzer, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan who studies orbital debris.”

You can’t have both religious freedom and religious dominance (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “I grew up in a conservative evangelical home in the 1990s and early 2000s, and I don’t remember hearing a lot about religious freedom. My impression, based on my own experience, is that “religious freedom” took off as a catchphrase on the Right at the same time that LGBTQ rights became increasingly accepted by the mainstream. From where I’m standing, calls for “religious freedom” look more like a claim developed specifically to discriminate against LGBTQ people than anything else.

It also makes a handy argument for denying people health insurance that covers contraceptives, of course. Still, overall, religious freedom claims’ primary target seems to be LGBTQ individuals.”

Like Warren, I Had My Own Sexist Run-In with Chris Matthews (from GQ): “Then there is the open secret of Matthews’s everyday behavior off camera with guests, which often creeps up to the line of sexual harassment without actually crossing it, so that women can never feel that it’s worth jeopardizing their own careers to complain. Many women in politics or media who have interacted with the bombastic host have some kind of story about him making them feel uncomfortable on the job. I have my own.”

Mass Incarceration Is Making Infectious Diseases Worse (from The Atlantic): “The penal system remains a source of diseases that spread among prisoners at rates far exceeding those in the communities from which they came. Of more than 10 million incarcerated people in the U.S. alone, 4 percent have HIV, 15 percent have hepatitis C, and 3 percent have active tuberculosis. These diseases are part of our criminal justice system, then, metered out and sanctioned implicitly by the state.”

You’ll Never Know Which Candidate Is Electable (from Five Thirty Eight): “This whole concept of electability is frustrating to voters like Brooks Vander Kopsa of Granger, Iowa. Standing in the back of the crowd, he told me who is and isn’t electable makes no sense to him — but he’s not even sure it matters. “There’s all this talk about electability. ‘Oh, this person is so much more electable than that person.’ But when I look at policy and I look at track record, I don’t know who is more electable than Bernie,” he said. “So, electability. I guess I don’t know what that is.””

These Are the Women Who Have Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct (from Time–from 2017 but worth the read): “These are the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct on the record, in chronological order from when their accusations surfaced.”

With that, we’ll draw this to a close. Stop by again for more information you didn’t know you needed. Until next time, have a great weekend and 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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