Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 21

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.

Hundreds stranded in the cold waiting for buses in chaotic post-Trump rally scene (from CNN): “After the rally, police officers tried to control the scene, but struggled to bring order to the pandemonium. There were no campaign advance teams in sight. One local advance volunteer said they were given no instructions how to get supporters back onto the buses.

“We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer said, shaking his head.”

Parents of Palmetto girl suing pastor, church over alleged blackmail attempts (from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune): “Oliver says the Sheriff’s Office investigated a criminal complaint and traced the source of the internet protocol address – a number assigned to a device connected to a computer network – used to send the messages to the then 16-year-old girl.

The complaint says it belonged to the father of Jason B. Lane’s wife, who had no children residing in his townhouse. However, he advised that he shared a wireless network with Pastor Jason B. Lane, his wife and their son, who resided in an adjoining townhouse.”

Backers of QAnon conspiracy theory on path to U.S. Congress (from Reuters): “Messages pushed online by its adherents aim to vilify and criminalize political rivals with unfounded allegations. The ADL civil right group called it “an amalgam of both novel and well-established theories, with marked undertones of antisemitism and xenophobia.”

Right-wing small business owner Marjorie Taylor Greene, who declared in a 2017 video that “Q is a patriot,” is expected to win a House seat in rural northwest Georgia after her opponent dropped out.”

Inside Minnesota’s Boogaloo movement: Armed and eager for societal collapse (from the Minneapolis StarTribune): “Solomon was there on behalf of the “Boogaloo Bois,” a loose-knit anti-government extremist movement that advocates armed revolution. Its adherents merge the in-person paramilitary activities of far-right militias with widespread mobilization on social media platforms such as Facebook. They appeared en masse earlier this year at gun rights protests in Virginia and at rallies against COVID-19 restrictions around the country. The Boogaloo Bois have since achieved greater prominence — and with it new law enforcement scrutiny — amid the unrest over Floyd’s killing.”

Béla Lugosi: actor, union leader, anti-fascist (from Workers.org): “During the Great Depression, Lugosi played an active role in the Screen Actors Guild. As a SAG founding member, he served on the union’s advisory board. Lugosi organized for the union on the set of “The Raven,” which co-starred Boris Karloff, a SAG member who was famous for portraying Frankenstein’s monster, in 1935.

By World War II, Hungarian dictator Miklos Horthy allied with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In opposition, Lugosi helped form the Hungarian-American Council for Democracy, calling for “Nazism to be wiped out everywhere.””

Stonehenge: Sarsen stones origin mystery solved (from the BBC): “English Heritage said the opportunity to do a destructive test on the core proved “decisive”, as it showed its composition matched the chemistry of sarsens at West Woods, just south of Marlborough.

Prof David Nash from Brighton University, who led the study, said: “It has been really exciting to harness 21st century science to understand the Neolithic past, and finally answer a question that archaeologists have been debating for centuries.”

That’s all for today. Drop by again next week for more reading material to keep you occupied during this time. Until then, 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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