Quick Linkdump

A quick roundup of links because I’m busy today.

Busy day ahead, so here’s a few links I saved up.

5 Things: Pandemic trauma, weird Secret Service conspiracy, LGBTQ+ rights, Ketanji Brown Jackson, & Russia

In today’s 5 Things, we’re talking about trauma caused by the ongoing pandemic, some kind of weird conspiracy possibly aimed at the Secret Service(?), the ongoing GOP attack against LGBTQ+ people, Judge Jackson getting confirmed to the SCotUS, and a poll on how Americans feel about Russia these days.

Absolutely gorgeous day today, practically summer weather out there. Here’s a quick peek at the news.

  1. NPR: People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on – This is not even a little surprising. I dunno if it qualifies as PTSD, but the pandemic is definitely fucking everyone up.
  2. AP: US: 2 posed as agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers – The more we learn about this story, the weirder it gets.
  3. NBC News: A Texas teacher faces losing her job after fighting for gay pride symbols in school – Just another example of the evil shit the GOP is doing to the LGBTQ+ community.
  4. Washington Post: Senate confirms Jackson as first Black woman on Supreme Court – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed for the SCotUS.
  5. Pew Research Center: Seven-in-Ten Americans Now See Russia as an Enemy – Great. Now if we could just get 70% of Congress to see Russia as an enemy…

5 Things: The Post Office, vaccines, COVID-19, Ivanka Trump, & Fox News

Today’s 5 Things includes the Post Office reform bill, what’s ahead for COVID vaccines, COVID-19 cases in the UK, Ivanka Trump’s testimony, and Fox News Fox-Newsing it up.

It’s a beautiful, warm sunny spring day out there, and my brain has absolutely refused to produce anything useful today. Too nice out, can’t brain.

  1. The Hill: Biden signs Postal Service reform bill into law – This bill removes the requirement that the Post Office pre-fund its retirees’ benefits, which was what was causing the vast majority of the financial stress, so this is a big win. It would be better if someone would boot DeJoy’s ass out of the top seat, but I’ll take what I can get.
  2. NPR: Another booster? A vaccine for omicron? Here’s what could be next for COVID vaccines – Quick peak at what might be coming down the pipe for future COVID vaccinations.
  3. NBC: U.K. reaches record Covid levels, with nearly 5 million cases – We lag behind the UK by several weeks, so brace yourselves. I see Oregon’s cases are creeping up a smidge lately.
  4. CNBC: Ivanka Trump testified for 8 hours before House panel investigating Jan. 6 riot – I am forced to assume that this was just eight solid hours of Ivanka repeating “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember.” Either that or she had a fit of the smarts and sold her dad up the river to keep herself out of trouble.
  5. Rolling Stone: Fox News Doctored Clips of Obama’s Visit to the White House to Make It Seem Like Biden Was Lost – Because of course they did. 🙄

5 Things: Book banning, the next pandemic, moral panics & red scares, the climate crisis, and Fox News

In today’s 5 Things we’re talking about book bans, what we can do to prevent the next pandemic, MAGA Cultists and their moral panics and red scares, the upcoming climate apocalypse, and reaching Fox News viewers.

Twitter announced this morning that they’re putting Elon Musk, who just bought about 9% of Twitter, becoming the largest share owner of Twitter, on the Twitter board of directors. That doesn’t seem like it’s going to work out well for anyone.

Facebook is a toxic cesspit and Twitter’s worse. Tumblr’s got it’s own problems. Instagram’s a hive of Photoshopped weirdos… I’m pretty sure this whole “social media” thing has turned out to be a nightmare and we should all just go back to blogs and email.

I’m not saying blogs and email were better – it was just a lot harder to completely brainwash tons and tons of people at once with nothing but a LiveJournal and your Hotmail account.

Anyway, the news…

  1. NPR: Efforts to ban books jumped an ‘unprecedented’ four-fold in 2021, ALA report says – The American Library Association says they usually get about 500 challenges a year – about 500 tries at banning some book or another. In 2021 they got 1,597 book challenges. Many of those books were on LGBTQ+ topics or written by Black authors or LGBTQ+ authors.
  2. Vox: Pandemic-Proof – This is basically a landing page for Vox’s week-long push on how to prevent the next pandemic. Bookmark this and check back.
  3. Washington Post: The new red scare: The right leans into pedophilia accusations – If you’re hearing a lot of accusations of pedophilia and grooming levied against liberals and LBGTQ+ people, here’s why. The MAGA Cultists are ginning up the next moral panic.
  4. NPR: It’s not too late to stave off the climate crisis, U.N. report finds. Here’s how – Love that hopeful headline, there. We’ve got about eight years left to drastically change our ways to save the climate. I hold exactly zero hope that we will do what’s needed.
  5. Bloomberg: What If Fox News Viewers Watched CNN Instead? – This is from the Opinion section, and it’s “analysis,” but it’s talking about a study where they paid FOX News viewers to switch to CNN for awhile and charted the change in their opinions. Pretty interesting stuff.

5 Things: GOP, COVID-19, Physician-assisted death, Facebook & TikTok, & Jan. 6

Today’s 5 Things includes articles about the GOP’s attack on liberal rights, physician-assisted death in Oregon, Facebook attacking TikTok, and more on Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

First, read this Twitter thread. Now, read this one.

I need everyone to understand that this looks like hyperbole, but it. is. not. In as much as the GOP/MAGA Cultist movement has a goal, it is this: A “return” to the mythical 1950s they’ve built up in their minds. Straight white men in control and unassailable, women trapped in the home with few or no rights and stuck cranking out babies, LGBTQ+ driven out of public life and criminalized, and anyone not white enough made into second class citizens or banished from the country.

And please recall that not all that long ago, Irish and Italian people weren’t considered “white” in America, so don’t think you’ll be okay just because you’re pale and male, folks.

  1. Talking Points Memo: Loud And Proud: Republicans Take Aim At Whole Constellation Of Privacy Rights – Please pay attention to this. The GOP is taking aim at everything from women’s bodily autonomy to marriage equality to history and more.
  2. Vox: Covid-19 safety doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Here’s how to think about it going forward. – As a general FYI, the Yankee Candle Index (IE, the number of people on Amazon buying Yankee Candles and then leaving angry reviews that the candles have no scent) is creeping back up. This his been a mildly amusing and also accurate indicator of COVID surges.
  3. NPR: Physician-assisted death in Oregon is no longer limited to just state residents – You don’t have to live here to die with dignity anymore.
  4. Washington Post: Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok – Keep this story in mind when you hear about the next “dangerous TikTok challenge” on the evening news.
  5. The Guardian: Revealed: Trump used White House phone for call on January 6 that was not on official log – Yet more evidence showing that the Trump administration was deliberately hiding/destroying proof of their Jan. 6 activities.