Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 6

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

If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A (from the Huffington Post–Side Note: Their chicken is highly overrated.): “I’m not saying that in order to be a “good” person or ensure you don’t support despicable businesses, you have to hermetically seal yourself inside your home and only eat food you’ve hydroponically grown and only wear clothes you’ve woven on a loom built using recycled popsicle sticks and the stickier variety of bodily fluids you have handy. I’m saying that when you know a company is anti-queer ― and, what’s more, when a company like Chick-fil-A goes out of its way to tell you as much ― you shouldn’t support them no matter how delicious a reason you can order up.”

Do pregnant women have fewer rights than the dead? (from OnlySky): “One corpse can supply tissues and organs that could save the lives of a whole host of people. Yet, in the United States, we cannot even get organs donated by corpses, unless that person formally and explicitly stated the wish to be an organ donor, in advance, while alive.”

She Helped Create the Big Lie. Records Suggest She Turned It Into a Big Grift. (from Reveal News): “A former PTA mom-turned-Tea Party activist, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht has played a pivotal role in helping drive the voter fraud movement from the political fringes to a central pillar in the Republican Party’s ideology. Casting herself as a God-fearing, small-town Texan, she’s spread the voter-fraud gospel by commanding airtime on cable television, space on the pages of Breitbart News and even theater seats, as a new feature film dramatizing her organization’s exploits, “2000 Mules,” plays in cinemas across the country.”

I belong to me: Learning agency and consent after Christianity (from OnlySky): “As a girl growing up into a woman within the Plymouth Brethren movement, not only did I not belong to myself, I also had lots of people to answer to. Lots of authorities who could offer input into my life whenever they pleased. Lots of people to submit myself to: all the elders at my church, all older Christians, all men. Even peers were encouraged to “exhort” me to better, more Christ-like behavior.”

US Southern Baptist churches facing ‘apocalypse’ over sexual abuse scandal (from The Guardian): “But the publication of the report and the subsequent list of names has led to pushback within the organization – despite the horrific details contained within it. “I am terrified that we are breaching our longstanding position of being a voluntary association of independent churches, when we start telling churches that they should do this or do that to protect children or women,” said Joe Knott, a North Carolina attorney and longtime committee member.”

A Banking App Has Been Suddenly Closing Accounts, Sometimes Not Returning Customers’ Money (from ProPublica): “Marrero’s grievance is not unusual. Chime, which provides app-based banking services to an estimated 12 million customers, has according to experts been generating a high rate of complaints, with 920 filed at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since April 15, 2020. “For a company that most people have never heard of, I think that’s a lot of complaints,” said Lauren Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center.”

Facebook is shrinking (from Vox): “That means it’s more important than ever that Meta change its strategy in order to retain and attract new eyeballs. To do that, Meta said it’s investing more in short-form video features like Reels, its TikTok clone. And in the long term, the company is making huge investments (to the tune of $10 billion in losses in the past year) in building out its AR/VR capabilities and other futuristic technologies that support the metaverse.”

That’s all for this edition. But don’t fret; I’ll be back soon with more articles for you to bookmark. Until then, have a great rest of your week 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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