Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 48

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s time once again for your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, leave a link in the comments!

One of the World’s Wealthiest Oil Exporters Is Becoming Unlivable (from Bloomberg): “For wildlife, it almost is. Dead birds appear on rooftops in the brutal summer months, unable to find shade or water. Vets are inundated with stray cats, brought in by people who’ve found them near death from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Even wild foxes are abandoning a desert that no longer blooms after the rains for what small patches of green remain in the city, where they’re treated as pests.”

The Dallas QAnon Cult Believes JFK Was Disguised as Trump at Arizona Rally (from Vice): “At the beginning of November, Protzman managed to convince hundreds of people to travel from across the U.S. to Dallas based on the prediction that JFK would suddenly reappear and reappoint Trump as president. The prediction, and multiple others in the weeks that followed, failed to come true, but Prtozman has convinced several dozen people to remain with him in Dallas, as he continues to promise that some major revelation is coming.”

They’re Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump’s Rally (from Rolling Stone): “Protzman, who sometimes goes by Negative48 online, built a notable following through his Telegram channel and has drawn dozens of people to the large scale gatherings in Dallas, which has led one major influencer in the QAnon community — QAnon John, the organizer of the For God & Country Patriot Roundup — to call Protzman “crazy” and his followers “cult material.””

Spiders in the car: Check this one spot before driving to prevent a crash (from ABC Everyday): “It is important in these moments of panic to remember that the last thing the spider wants to do is try and bite you, says Dr Seeman.”

The Most Popular Hot Sauce In Each State (from the Huffington Post): “Instacart also identified the states that buy the most hot sauce (North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, California and North Carolina) and the ones that purchase the least amount of hot sauce (Hawaii, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Rhode Island). “

Genetic risk factor found for Covid-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say (from NBC News): “After comparing the genetic differences between those who lost their sense of smell and those who reported that they did not suffer this effect, the study team found a region of the genome associated with this split that’s situated near two genes, UGT2A1 and UGT2A2. Both of these genes are expressed within tissue inside the nose involved in smell and play a role in metabolizing odorants.”

The pitchforks are out for Kohl’s (from CNN): “For the second time in as many months and third time in a year, an activist investor is putting pressure on the department store chain to make changes or sell the company.”

Cold case team believes it has solved the mystery of who may have betrayed Anne Frank (from NPR): “Their answer, outlined in a new book called “The Betrayal of Anne Frank A Cold Case Investigation,” by Canadian academic and author Rosemary Sullivan, is that it could have been a prominent Jewish notary called Arnold van den Bergh, who disclosed the secret annex hiding place of the Frank family to German occupiers to save his own family from deportation and murder in Nazi concentration camps.”

New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie (from The Daily Beast): “The full scope of the Uihlein’s anti-election and extremist funding is actually far more sweeping. According to the foundation’s latest tax filing, the supply chain mogul contributed more than $4 million to groups affiliated with efforts to overturn the election and other acts of far-right extremism.”

How Karl Marx Influenced Abraham Lincoln and His Position on Slavery & Labor (from Open Culture): “Lincoln and Marx became mutual admirers in the early 1860s due to the latter’s work as a foreign correspondent for The New York Daily Tribune. From 1852 until the start of the Civil War, Marx, sometimes with Engels, wrote “over five hundred articles for the Tribune,” Blackburn notes. Fiercely anti-slavery, Marx compared Southern planters to the European aristocracy, “an oligarchy of 300,000 slaveholders.” Early in the war, he championed the Union cause, even before Lincoln decided on emancipation as a course of action. Marx believed, writes Blackburn, that ending slavery “would not destroy capitalism, but it would create conditions far more favorable to organizing and elevating labor, whether white or black.””

That’s all for this week. But I’ll be back in another seven days with more linkage than you can shake a cursor at. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe 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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