Articles Worth Reading

If you are as weary as I am of ginned-up sex scandals and a half-wit half-governor’s emails being treated as serious news, here are a few articles about issues that actually matter:

In “Rape, Revisited,” from the June 10 edition of Guernica. Anne Fernald makes a connection between the public reaction to two recent high-profile sexual assaults, and Clarissa, “Samuel Richardson’s great (and massive) 1747-48 novel of the rape and eventual death of Clarissa Harlowe at the hands of the rake Robert Lovelace.”

Putting on Sunglasses Won’t Stop Climate change of Biblical proportions,” Jacqueline Marcus, Buzzflash.

The Weiner controversy consumed the media right when Newsweek cover story, “Weather Panic,” hit the magazine racks. This alarming report describes the crisis we’re all facing: Extreme climate change conditions at “biblical proportions”. As this article screams for our attention – reminding us of the extreme droughts, extinction of thousands of species, rising oceans and hot temperatures, horrific floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and worse – what’s getting all the media focus instead? Weiner’s underpants.

Navy Commandos Expect Their Shrinks To Be Waterboarded,” Spencer Ackerman, Wired (“Danger Room”):

The military trains its troops to deal with the contingencies of getting stranded behind enemy lines. That involves passing a rigorous course called Survival Evasion Resistance Escape, or SERE — which, for elite commandos, simulates capture and torture. If SERE sounds familiar, that’s probably because former Air Force psychologists involved in the program brought its harshest methods, like waterboarding, to the CIA shortly after 9/11 for use against captured terrorists. The rest is infamy.

But that was an aberration. SERE psychologists are actually supposed to stop torture if they observe it. And they’re supposed to provide guidance during the extreme training “if students show signs of becoming mentally unstable,” according to a recent solicitation for SERE shrinks from U.S. Special Operations Command. One of the ways they’ll know is that they’ll have had to experience all the pain of the SERE course themselves.

AT&T Gave Cash to Merger Backers,” Eliza Krigman, Politico:

AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash.

In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal.

Money changes everything, for sure.

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