Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 12

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time once again for your regularly scheduled 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.

Jailed Portland Protesters Must Agree to Stop Going to Protests to Be Freed (from Newsweek): “”Defendant may not attend any other protests, rallies, assemblies or public gathering in the state of Oregon,” states a document entitled “Order Setting Conditions of Release.” The document is given to arrested protesters to sign before they’re allowed out of jail.”

Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine (from The Daily Beast): “Before Trump and his supporters embrace Immanuel’s medical expertise, though, they should consider other medical claims Immanuel has made—including those about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.”

A Piece of Mars That Fell in Antarctica Contains Ingredient for Life, Scientists Discover (from Vice): “Humans have been chucking robots over to Mars for decades, but occasionally, Mars does us a literal solid by chucking a piece of itself back over to Earth. In 1984, for instance, scientists discovered a four-pound meteorite from Mars in the Allan Hills region of Antarctica, which is known as Allan Hills 84001. Now, scientists have determined that the four-billion-year-old fallen chunk of Mars contains a key ingredient for life.”

National Guard major will dispute top administration officials over decision to clear protesters near White House (from CNN): “The prepared testimony of DC National Guard Major Adam D. DeMarco, who is set to appear before a hearing on Tuesday, challenges Attorney General William Barr’s account of the dispersal. DeMarco, who described himself as one of the senior National Guard officials on the scene, ran as a Democrat for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018.”

A Red Lobster employee found a rare blue lobster. Instead of cooking it, the restaurant sent it to an Ohio zoo (from CNN): “Red Lobster staff named the blue lobster Clawde after the restaurant’s mascot and contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which then reached out to the zoo.”

Read the FBI’s Damning Case Against the Recently Arrested Nintendo Hacker (from Vice–article is from February, but is relevant due to the Nintendo Gigaleak that has surfaced recently): “But only one month later, in October 2016, Hernandez phished a Nintendo employee through its online developer portal, a place where developers officially interact with Nintendo to develop and list their game on Nintendo’s online store. Hernandez “persuaded a Nintendo employee to respond to a help request posted on a Nintendo online forum,” the affidavit said. “The threat actor used the stolen account credentials to upload malware onto the site, which logged the tokens of legitimate users logging onto the site, and later to gain administrator access to the Developer Portal and download proprietary Nintendo data.””

Anti-fascists linked to zero murders in the US in 25 years (from The Guardian): “Over the same time period, American white supremacists and other rightwing extremists have carried out attacks that left at least 329 victims dead, according to the database.”

White supremacists or anti-police libertarians? What we know about the ‘boogaloo’ (from The Guardian): “Like the rightwing anti-government militia and Patriot movements of the 1990s and 2000s, many “boogaloo” supporters see the current federal government as illegitimate, while remaining deeply patriotic. They revere the constitution and see themselves as the true descendants of America’s founding fathers. In their view, current US lawmakers are the equivalent of occupying British forces during the revolutionary war. Among the “boogaloo” merchandise for sale online are images of George Washington armed with a modern, AR-15-style rifle.”

Texas hospital forced to set up ‘death panel’ as Covid-19 cases surge (from The Guardian): ““I have been a nurse for almost 30 years and I had never seen a time like this in our community,” said Corando Rios, a nurse at Starr County Memorial hospital’s Covid-19 unit. He tested positive for coronavirus a few days ago and is recovering at home in quarantine.

“We are not ICU [intensive care unit] capable, but we are doing ICU work. We now have a state emergency response team of nurses, medics, respiratory therapists, and nurse assistants, and last week two doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists came from the US Navy,” added Rios. “We are doing the best we can with the resources available.””

The Poison of Male Incivility (from The Cut): “All these words somehow cast Ocasio-Cortez and her female colleagues as the disruptive and chaotic forces unleashed in this scenario, suggesting that they shattered norms in a way that Representative Yoho’s original, profane outburst apparently did not. (Perhaps Yoho’s words weren’t understood as eruptive and norm-shattering because calling women nasty names, in your head or with your friends or on the steps of your workplace, is much more of a norm than most want to acknowledge).”

This sculpture at CIA headquarters holds one of the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries (from CNN): “In the middle of CIA headquarters, there sits a sculpture that contains a secret code that has stumped top cryptologists for decades.

In the late 1980s, artist Jim Sanborn was commissioned to create a sculpture to be displayed at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Knowing some of the world’s top intelligence officials would see the piece practically every day, Sanborn made a work of art that is, in a word, puzzling.”

That’s all for today. But don’t fret. I’ll have more items to share next week. So until then, happy reading and stay safe!

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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