Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 39

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s another edition of your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, give a shout out in the comments!

In 2019, Almost All of Facebook’s Top Christian Pages Were Run By Foreign Troll Farms (from Relevant Magazine): “The Facebook study was conducted in the lead up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and found that these troll farms were targeting the same audience that Russia attempted to manipulate in 2016 with their own Facebook misinformation campaign. Though Facebook was aware of the troll farms and their manipulation of Americans in 2016, they did little to address the issue.”

For States Dealing With the Spotted Lanternfly, the Policy Is No Mercy (from the New York Times): “She said she had heard joggers in Pennsylvania parks scream when the insects landed on them. Yoga practitioners at a vineyard were unnerved one year when swarms of lanternflies began hitting them on the head, Professor Urban said.

She said she had collected pictures from homeowners who found their decks blackened by the sooty mold. They are so enraging, Professor Urban said, that about two years ago she saw a small girl take off her flip-flop and beat the insects at a pagoda that had become infested.

“It was horrible,” she said.”

The Fall of the Aztec Empire: What Really Happened in the Battle of Tenochtitlan? (from Discovery Magazine): “The problem is, five centuries after the Aztec capital toppled, researchers are reexamining the narrative of Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan that comes mostly to us through the eyewitness accounts of Cortés’ soldiers, an account by historian Francisco López de Gómara based on interviews with Cortés, and the latter’s own letters.”

Unvaccinated People Need to Bear the Burden (from The Atlantic): “For the privilege of flying, Americans already give up a lot: We disclose our personal information, toss our water bottles, extinguish our cigarette butts, and lock our guns in checked luggage. For vaccinated people, having to show proof of vaccination when flying would be a minor inconvenience.”

Clamoring for ivermectin, some turn to a pro-Trump telemedicine website (from NBC News): “The groups highlight the challenge public health officials and tech companies face in cracking down on Covid-19 misinformation — and the lengths some people will go to embrace fringe and misleading Covid advice. NBC News obtained access to several groups that are dedicated to ivermectin or have recently embraced the drug. Some groups have tens of thousands of members and can easily be found through Facebook’s search feature.”

That’s all for this time. But don’t fret: I’ll be back next week with more information you didn’t know you wanted in your life. So until then, have a great rest of your week and 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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