Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 45

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!

Facebook Won’t Remove This Woman’s Butthole As A Business Page (from BuzzFeed News: article is from January and yes, the page has finally been removed, but it’s existed since 2012, when she was underage. Way to go, Facebook.): “Samantha Jespersen never wanted her butthole to be the first thing that came up when someone Googled her name. But to her horror, she discovered “Samantha Rae Anne Jespersen’s Butthole” — a Facebook business page — was the very first result.

The Page was created in 2012, when she was only 15 years old. But Jespersen, now 23 and a professional baker, didn’t discover it until 2015. Her reaction was “What the fuck?” “How did this happen?” she told BuzzFeed News.”

Here’s why people are panic buying and stockpiling toilet paper to cope with coronavirus fears (from CNBC): “According to Paul Marsden, a consumer psychologist at the University of the Arts London, the short answer can be found in the psychology of “retail therapy” — where we buy to manage our emotional state.

“It’s about ‘taking back control’ in a world where you feel out of control,” he said. “More generally, panic buying can be understood as playing to our three fundamental psychology needs.””

Iowa girl regains eyesight after losing vision to flu (from CNN): “Just weeks after leaving the hospital in January following her recovery from the flu, family members noticed that Jade DeLucia, 4, suddenly was walking by herself to the bathroom, without touching the walls.

Testing it, family members asked her where her uncle was. Jade walked right to him.”

On body horror and growing up strange (from Wellcome Collection): “I wasn’t able to articulate it at that age, but I understood the deeper meaning of the tale. The horror lay not in the image of Jenny’s head tumbling from her neck as her husband looked on, but in Jenny’s lifelong physical fragility, in her need to keep that fragility a secret lest someone take advantage of it. Even the person who was supposed to love her most in the world couldn’t be trusted to believe what she told him about her body and its needs.”

Here’s a list of disinfectants you can use against coronavirus (from CNN): “The federal agency released a five-page list of chemicals and products Thursday that it says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that’s responsible for the disease.

“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.”

Big media is covering up Trump’s terrifying incoherence in a time of emergency (from Presswatchers.Org): “Tell me this is normal.

Tell me this is unremarkable.

Tell me this is behavior by the President of the United States of United States of America at a critically important briefing about a potentially deadly pandemic that does not bear mentioning.”

The abuse and threats made to Greta Thunberg by people from Bristol (from the Bristol Post): “The thousands of negative comments were on familiar themes – questioning the validity of climate science, questioning the rights of children to go ‘on strike’ from school, questioning young people’s use of technology, transport and general carbon footprint and complaining about the disruption of the city centre’s roads being closed.”

A black female-owned company was flooded with hate speech and 1-star reviews after it was featured in a Target commercial (from CNN): “She said the company’s rating went from two stars to a 4.9 in less than a day because of all of the comments from people who said they love their products.

“It was really beautiful to see so many people supporting us, you know, and lifting us up and speaking words of encouragement,” Dixon said.”

What Elizabeth Warren’s loss says about us (from Vox): “Alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders, Warren represented the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the fight for the 2020 nomination. (It’s not yet clear if she’ll endorse Sanders now that she has exited the race.) She was often integral in shaping the conversation of the race and promised “big, structural change,” telling her supporters to dream big and fight hard for their cause. Unlike Sanders, Warren promised not to reject much of the political system altogether but instead to overhaul it from the inside, rooting out the corruption she sees as the cause of so many of the ills of American society today.”

How the Dutch Do Sex Ed (from The Atlantic): “As an American parent visiting Nemo over the years, I’ve noticed that Dutch families hardly blink at the permanent Teen Facts display. There, guests of any age can put their arms in tongue puppets to mimic French kissing. They can learn about hormones, mood swings, and zits. Guests can peer into a tank of white ooze representing a lifetime’s manufacture of semen, then settle in to watch a giant cartoon, on loop, in which a boy and a girl traverse puberty side by side.”

With that, we’ll draw this edition to a close. Stop by again for more reading material you might find fascinating. So until then, happy reading and have a great week!

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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