Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 9

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!

Fired Employee Claims Facebook Created Secret Tool to Read Users’ Deleted Messages (from Gizmodo): “The described tools were allegedly created as a type of loophole to access data from Messenger without using Meta’s standard back-end, which the suit claims would normally be prevented from accessing the deleted material. In practice, operators like Lawson would often use the tool to fulfill law enforcement requests. According to the suit, law enforcement officials would submit questions about a supposed suspect, which could include requests for information on who the potential suspect was messaging, when certain messages were sent, and in some cases, even what the messages contained.”

This Fucking Shirt (Updated) (from The Rude Pundit): “I’ll say this: Jizzing dildo Jesus is a hell of a lot smarter image than this dumbfuckery. Skull Gunface is just goddamn stupid, to be sure. But on the left, we wouldn’t bother with this kind of idiocy because it’s just so masturbatory and worthless. It’s so fucking smug, rubbing people’s faces with something that you think is edgy but is really simply demonstrating that you probably gave a ton of your hard-earned money to alleged billionaire Donald Trump, and that makes you a complete dumb fuck.”

Rage Against the Machine Protests Supreme Court and Border Patrol During First Show in 11 Years (from Variety): ““Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level. Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers. Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one cause of death among children and teenagers.” And to conclude: “Abort the Supreme Court.””

GOP Senate Candidate Herschel Walker Floats A Jaw-Dropping Air Pollution Theory (from The Huffington Post): ““Since we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move,” Walker explained. “So it moves over to our good air space. Then now we got to clean that back up,” he added.”

MAGNIFICENT HUBBLE IMAGE OF A CLUSTER WARPING SPACE AND STRIPPING GAS (from SyFy): “Without the lensing this would be impossible; the galaxy is too small and too far away for even Hubble to see much. The magnifying effect of the lens (both making it bigger and brighter) is what made this possible.”

The empire the Aztecs couldn’t conquer (from the BBC): “Born and raised in California, I grew up unaware of this part of my heritage as it was lost in my family after my grandfather passed away in 1978. My grandmother was left with five kids and no income, but after saving up, she brought my dad and his siblings to the United States in 1983. Under pressure to assimilate, my father disconnected from our P’urhépecha culture, and it was only recently, when I began to be curious about my identity, that I started questioning him about our past. So in 2021, at the age of 31, he brought me to Michoacán for the first time. That’s when I met my uncle Israel, and he revealed that not only were we P’urhépecha, but that my great-grandmother, Juana, was still alive and living in the small pueblo of Urén nearby.”

99% of Humans Will Experience Daylight at the Same Time on Friday, but There’s a Catch (from CNet): “The catch with the claim of near-universal simultaneous daylight for all humans is that millions of people will be under astronomical twilight, so named because the remaining sunlight is so faint that really only astronomers are likely to notice. Unless you’re in a location with virtually no light pollution, you’re likely to think it’s already as dark as it’s going to get.”

Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Government Has a Thing About Hitler. It Likes Him. (from The Daily Beast): “Comparing a political party to the Nazis in any form is generally considered the lowest form of political criticism, but it’s no longer possible to resist the comparison in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Japan. Because he and his Cabinet admire the Nazis—out loud. And this weird reverence for both the Nazis and the World War II military dictatorship that ran Japan have been there from the start.”

Adopt and make them Christian: Oklahoma politicians theocratize the uterus (from OnlySky): “We also must remember that the Bible is hugely problematic on human rights issues, especially those involving women. Beyond the cherry-picked love verses (and those are certainly present), Republican zealots are building their platforms on anonymously written books penned by domineering patriarchs who often subjugated and penalized women through their sexuality.”

The Biden-McConnell Deal to Make an Anti-Abortion Advocate a Federal Judge Is Still On (from Slate): ““I understand how brutally manipulative Mitch is,” Yarmuth told Slate, “but at some point you have to stand up to him. You have to just confront him and say, ‘no, we’re not gonna appoint your people. We’re not gonna let Mitch McConnell appoint judges and other federal officials in a Democratic administration.’””

That’s all for this edition. But I’ll be back next week with more articles for you to browse. Until then, have a great weekend 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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