Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 42

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time for another Weekly Reader! As always, if you have anything you’d like to share, head over to the comments and drop me a link! The more, the merrier!

Minneapolis Police Caught on Video ‘Hunting’ Activists (from Rolling Stone): “In one stark moment caught on a police body cam, a line of cops in the street confronts a small group of protesters on the sidewalk, raising their less-lethal arms, which resemble small shotguns. A female protester yells to the police, “We’re unarmed. What the fuck are we going to do to you? We’re out here peacefully protesting. This is fucking America!””

How AT&T helped build far-right One America News (from Reuters): “Since then, AT&T has been a crucial source of funds flowing into OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, court records show. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant.”

Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’ (from The Guardian): “Although vaccines are suppressing the level of infections, the UK reported 49,156 Covid cases on Monday, the highest figure since mid-July. Rates are highest among secondary schoolchildren, with an estimated 8.1% of this group thought to have had Covid-19 in the week ending 9 October.”

“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults (from ProPublica): “Universities across the country have long faced scrutiny for their handling, and mishandling, of sexual assault cases. But Liberty University’s responses to such cases stand out. Interviews with more than 50 former Liberty students and staffers, as well as records from more than a dozen cases, show how an ethos of sexual purity, as embodied by the Liberty Way, has led to school officials discouraging, dismissing and even blaming female students who have tried to come forward with claims of sexual assault.”

Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook’s formula fostered rage and misinformation (from the Washington Post): “Theinternal debate over the “angry” emojiand the findings about its effectsshed light on the highly subjective human judgments that underlie Facebook’s news feed algorithm — the byzantine machine-learning software that decides for billions of people what kinds of posts they’ll see each time they open the app. The deliberations wererevealed in disclosures made to the Securities and Exchange Commission and provided to Congress in redacted form by the legal counsel of whistleblower Frances Haugen. The redacted versions were reviewed by a consortium of news organizations, including The Washington Post.”

One Texas Woman’s Cross-Country Journey To Get An Abortion (from the Huffington Post): “Maria is just one of the many people who have had to travel out of Texas to get an abortion since S.B. 8 went into effect on Sept. 1. The handful of abortion clinics left in the state ― many of which still provide gynecological and primary care services ― have been relegated to providing abortion care to the lucky few who know they’re pregnant before the six-week mark.”

Take a Walk in the Garden, Before It’s Too Late (from the New York Times): “Some of what he jots down you might expect: a list of what didn’t go so well, or plants that didn’t make the grade, or an area he neglected that will require reworking. “Get that early spring planning on the radar now,” he said.”

Facebook lobbying surges to $5M amid whistleblower uproar (from Politico): “The surge of congressional and executive branch lobbying came as Facebook faces an antitrust suit from the Federal Trade Commission as well as bills that could make it easier for regulators to break up the company. The quarter also marked the beginning of a still-rolling crisis inspired by Haugen, who provided documents to Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the news media backing up accusations that Facebook knowingly concealed data showing the social harm its products inflict. (Facebook has denied the accusations.)”

In-N-Out Burger isn’t only opposed to vaccine mandates. It also supports anti-LGBTQ politics (from the San Francisco Chronicle): “But for anyone who’s paid attention to the ins and outs of In-N-Out over the years, news that the fast-food chain refused to do the vaccine checks required by both counties should not have been a shock. Nor should its petulant response: “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.” The LGBTQ community has long been wary of the company, and with good reason.”

‘Carol’s Journey’: What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users (from NBC News): “Among Haugen’s disclosures are research, reports and internal posts that suggest Facebook has long known its algorithms and recommendation systems push some users to extremes. And while some managers and executives ignored the internal warnings, anti-vaccine groups, conspiracy theory movements and disinformation agents took advantage of their permissiveness, threatening public health, personal safety and democracy at large.”

Death Threats Are Creating a Mass Exodus of Election Officials (from Vice): “VICE News spoke with over a dozen election officials who had experienced death threats and felt endangered during the 2020 election period. Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit.”

Art historians try to identify enslaved Black child in an 18th-century portrait (from CNN): “Drawing on records from the early 1700s, the curatorial investigators note that it was then routine to ship boys of African descent under 10 years of age to Britain to serve as domestic servants in affluent households. Thousands of Black children and adults were bought there in “slavish servitude,” the researchers report, attesting to the nation’s investment in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The child would probably have served as a so-called “page” in the household of one of the men depicted.”

That’s all for today. But drop by again next week, when I’ll have even more info-tainment for you to read. So 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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