Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 37

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time for another issue of your Weekly Reader! Got a blog post you want to share? Found an interesting editorial that you’d like to post? Or maybe you just want to let everyone know about an article you found. If so, drop us a link in the comments!

Unvaccinated TikTokers Are Calling Themselves ‘Purebloods’ (from Vice): “The term “pureblood” doesn’t exactly have the best connotations. But now unvaccinated people on TikTok are, er, trying to reclaim the term as a way to tout their “superiority” over their jabbed fellow citizens.”

“The phrase was popularized by J.K. Rowling’s villain Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series as a way to distinguish between those with “pure” wizard ancestry and everyone else, drawing parallels with the Nazi doctrine of the “master race.” As a concept, basically, it’s been used to justify some of the worst crimes against humanity in history.”

The Dark Side of ZEISS (from Y.M. Cinema Magazine): “We wrote a decent amount of articles regarding the exceptional lenses of ZEISS, especially its professional high-end ultra polished and beautiful cinema glass. There is no doubt that ZEISS offers excellent cinematography solutions for filmmakers. On the other hand, the company has a shady past regarding World War II. In the years of the Nazi dictatorship, ZEISS was increasingly focused on equipping the German armed forces. However, this article is going to focus on the forced labor that ZEISS has utilized during the War.”

Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Gargling Iodine to Prevent Covid-19 (from Rolling Stone): “Povidone iodine, often sold under the brand-name Betadine, is an iodine-based treatment largely for topical use that kills bacteria. It’s a “commonly used cleanser in the ER and OR,” says Kenneth Weinberg, an emergency room physician in New York City. “If you’re in the ER and someone has a wound to sew it up, you use it to clean with.” When told that anti-vaxxers had taken to gargling with Betadine, Weinberg said, “Fuck me! Of course they are.””

The summer before 9/11 (from the Washington Post): “It was the first day of the summer of 2001, leery and languid. The new president, George W. Bush, had recently signed a $1.35-trillion tax cut, but the economy was stalling. The tech bubble had burst, but Americans were still lounging on the bloat of prosperity. Kenneth Lay, a pal of Bush’s, had been crowing about the health of his energy-trading company, Enron, which was reporting $50 billion in revenue. Engineers in Silicon Valley were readying a top-secret gizmo, code-named “P-68.””

Take It From Them: Americans Hospitalized With Covid Regret Not Getting the Vaccine (from Rolling Stone): “The degree to which right-wing influencers like Valentine are responsible for the vaccine hesitancy fueling the Covid resurgence can’t be overstated. Local radio hosts, cable news talking heads, and Republicans in Congress have duped tens of millions of Americans into failing to protect themselves and others from the disease. These unvaccinated millions are now coming down with severe cases of Covid at an alarming rate. Like Valentine, many of them are expressing regret that they neglected to get the vaccine.”

It’s Not a Death Cult, It’s a Mass Murder Movement (from Medium): “What should we call people who advocate an action they know will kill not themselves but others? Not suicidal but homicidal.”

“And in this case we should call them mass murderers.”

“They aren’t volunteering to take the bullet from Trump’s gun in the middle of midtown Manhattan; they’re helping him point it at someone else and pulling the trigger.”

Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission (from Science): “In this work, we develop a quantitative model of airborne virus exposure that can explain these contrasting results and provide a basis for quantifying the efficacy of face masks. We show that mask efficacy strongly depends on airborne virus abundance. On the basis of direct measurements of SARS-CoV-2 in air samples and population-level infection probabilities, we find that the virus abundance in most environments is sufficiently low for masks to be effective in reducing airborne transmission.”

Facebook says post that cast doubt on covid-19 vaccine was most popular on the platform from January through March (from the Washington Post): “For example, the article that surged earlier this year on Facebook’s platform, which is used by more than 2.8 billion people each month, was a factual article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel (distributed by the Chicago Tribune) about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating the death of a doctor who passed away two weeks after taking the coronavirus vaccine, according to the report. (Months later, the medical examiner’s office found that there wasn’t enough evidence to say whether the vaccine played a role in the doctor’s death).”

“Facebook has said it will take down outright false information about covid-19, but has argued that conversations about factual articles should not be suppressed.”

That’s all for this week. But drop by again next week when I’ll be back with more random information that you didn’t know that you needed to read. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe and I’ll see you soon!

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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