Hello, Friends. How are you? I had an unusual week which included a more-than-usual-amount of work hours, but bummer-for-me, not much blogging — and randomly, four appointments for podcast interviews. Here’s the first one: It’s called the Do Justice podcast and the interview is about my Twitter thread on abortion.
Our weekend plans are very laid back. Betty gets back from Girls Camp tomorrow and we’re excited to go see Toy Story 4. How about you? Anything fun happening at your house?
I hope you’re in the mood for some weekend reading, because I have an especially good link list for you. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:
-Babies in cages is in the news again. It’s overwhelming and discouraging. To get caught up, read this article from Texas Monthly, and try this thread, with reports from a legal volunteer in Border Patrol facilities. Then read Alexandra Petri’s Appropriate ways of describing what is happening at the border in the Washington Post. And read this article from the NYT where a caseworker gives a rare look into what it’s like to care for separated children. Also read about how the Trump administration argued before a Ninth Circuit panel that they don’t need to provide beds, soap or toothbrushes to kids separated from their parents.
–In Scotland, there’s a Bookstore you can Airbnb. Guests who book it take a turn staying there and running the shop.
-The history of the Equal Rights Amendment, explained by Teen Vogue.
-If you lose your wallet, the majority of people who might find it will return it, and the more money it contains, the more likely they will be to return it.
-The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates gave powerful testimony about reparations. “Enslavement reigned for 250 years on these shores. When it ended, this country could have extended its hallowed principles — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — to all, regardless of color. But America had other principles in mind.” I hope you get to read it (or to watch or listen to it).
-A 10-year-old girl from Colorado scaled El Capitan in Yosemite National Park!
-When Donald Trump raped E. Jean Carroll in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.
-The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it. (WP)
-Russia found a 40,000 year-old wolf head that was preserved in ice.
–How much wealth should billionaires donate? All of it. “…even if both the proposed wealth tax from Senator Elizabeth Warren and the income tax from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were passed into law, billionaires would almost certainly see their net worth stay the same or even continue to rise.”
-What was the best summer job you had as a teen?
-Thanks for discussing the Alzheimer’s + Menopause connection. Not to freak you out, but in the comments, a reader left a link to an article about the connection between Schizophrenia + Menopause too. Holy cow. Please read it.
-This week is the 37th anniversary of the brutal hate crime murder of Vincent Chin on the night of his bachelor’s party. But the murderers were only fined $3000 & served no jail time. This happened in my lifetime, but I had never heard about it before.
–Do you watch Judge Judy? (NYT) A whole lot of people do. It’s the #1 daytime show. Sometimes I forget how different my media consumption is than it used to be. I watch lots of shows, but almost always on streaming services — we don’t have TV channels and haven’t for the last eight+ years. So I don’t see Judge Judy at home, but it’s often showing on public TVs (like at doctors’ offices).
I hope you have such a good weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.
P.S. — My stripey-colorful top and skirt from Boden arrived! I really love this outfit.