Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 7

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

The Lawlessness of the Dobbs Decision (from Slate): “Why is Dobbs not just wrong, but lawless? Because it is utterly unprincipled. It articulates a reason for overruling Roe out of one side of its mouth, then repeatedly protests that it will not be bound by this reason out of the other side of its mouth. The court’s opinion is now the law, but this is not legal reasoning that can or should be respected.”

Instagram and Facebook remove posts offering abortion pills (from the Associated Press): “Almost immediately, Facebook and Instagram began removing some of these posts, just as millions across the U.S. were searching for clarity around abortion access. General mentions of abortion pills, as well as posts mentioning specific versions such as mifepristone and misoprostol, suddenly spiked Friday morning across Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and TV broadcasts, according to an analysis by the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.”

Facebook Is Banning People Who Say They Will Mail Abortion Pills (from Vice): “Motherboard was able to post the phrases “painkiller pills can be mailed,” “pills,” and “abortion” without issue. Motherboard posted “abortion pills can be mailed” a second time, and it was flagged for removal, and this time the reporter “agreed” with the decision.”

June 16, 1816: The Inception of Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s Prescient Warning About Reproductive Rights (from The Marginalian): “The notion of reproductive rights was nowhere near the cultural horizon in Mary Shelley’s lifetime. Still beyond the horizon were most basic human rights for women. No woman could vote. No woman could attend university. In her entire century, only four women successfully obtained divorce, and only after demonstrating savage brutality from their husbands. Husbands were legally allowed to beat and rape their wives, who were their property. Women could not own property, including their own bodies.”

‘I’ve never experienced pain like that’: Influencers recount harrowing experiences with Daily Harvest crumbles, blast company’s handling of recall (from CNN): “Pearson says he tried the lentil crumbles twice, both times leading to intense stomach aches. It was the second try, however, that sent him to the ER. After symptoms that included “excruciating” stomach pains, fever, chills, itching of the hands and feet, and jaundice, Pearson underwent testing that revealed — just like Silverstein — elevated liver enzymes, as well as high bilirubin. Doctors ultimately decided to remove Pearson’s gallbladder.”

Truck Driver Rams Into Abortion Rights Demonstrators At Roe Rally In Iowa (from the Huffington Post): “Video taken by Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker shows several women standing in front of the truck with their arms outstretched, trying to get the driver to stop. But the driver keeps pushing forward and bowls them over, injuring several of them.”

Clarence Thomas says he has ‘no idea why or how’ he got nominated to the Supreme Court: book (from Business Insider): “While speaking with Pack, Thomas revealed he was surprised when he heard that Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, a revered civil-rights trailblazer and the first Black jurist on the high court, was stepping down from his post.”

Senator in 2010 deposition: 13-year-olds can consent to sex (from the Associated Press): “The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, and although there is an exception in the law for minors between the ages of 14 and 17 who have sexual contact, there is no provision under which a 13-year-old could consent to sex. When Bethea pressed if his answer was still the same “if I ask you that question in terms of your position as a father,” Lankford maintained his stance.”

The Thomas promise: Roe is only the beginning (from OnlySky): “Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia had supported both Justices during their Senate hearings, and now suggest that they were misled by their rhetoric on Roe.”

Roe Is a Mirage: Conservatives Wrongly Think No Roe Means No Abortion (from OnlySky): “There is no path to zero abortions. People will keep having sex, accidents will happen, and no amount of Christianity, moral badgering, or puritanical laws will eliminate all abortions. But I know a way to cut it by as much as 90 percent, which is a lot more than it’ll get cut by making it illegal. Abortions are just the symptom; the actual problem is unintended pregnancy.”

The death of Roe, and the three prongs that killed her (from OnlySky): “Even after closely watching the whittling away of US abortion rights for years, the Dobbs draft opinion, leaked in early May, was particularly disgraceful. Alito’s reasoning is weak and in the service of his ideology, disregarding the rights and interests of pregnable persons entirely.”

Here Comes the Sun—to End Civilization (from Wired): “When a coronal mass ejection comes your way, what matters most is the bullet’s magnetic orientation. If it has the same polarity as Earth’s protective magnetic field, you’ve gotten lucky: The two will repel, like a pair of bar magnets placed north-to-north or south-to-south. But if the polarities oppose, they will smash together. That’s what happened on September 2, the day after Carrington saw the blinding beam.”

Lyft Pays Shareholders $25 Million for Driver Sexual Assaults—But Nothing for Survivors (from Jezebel): “The small glimpses of language from Lyft’s millionaire shareholders celebrating the settlement, framing themselves as the company’s actual victims, and relegating rape survivors to a footnote—nameless, faceless women on the receiving end of those unfortunate “safety concerns”—dehumanizes survivors like Turkos, she says. The term “safety concerns” in itself, being used to describe her gang rape, is infuriating, but predictable coming from Lyft and its shareholders. “A Lyft driver held a gun to my head while I begged for my life—that’s what they call a ‘safety concern.’ They minimize it because they want to move right past that, because [the details] don’t help with profit, return on investment.””

Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites (from The Markup): “Facebook itself is not subject to HIPAA, but the experts interviewed for this story expressed concerns about how the advertising giant might use the personal health data it’s collecting for its own profit.”

That’s all for this go-round. But don’t worry. I’ll be back again with more links you just might want 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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