By Matt Blanchfield | June 29, 2018 | Comments Off on We’re Looking For A Few Good Reads
In Trump’s America, there’s never a shortage of fascinating news stories to read…unfortunately. This week is no exception. Here are some of the stories we’re following at the moment.
Just when you thought we couldn’t get any closer to Orwell’s 1984, we learn from Business Insider’s Sinéad Baker that the NSA and AT&T are cooperating on a surveillance program. It seems that in eight heavily fortified buildings around the country, AT&T is helping the NSA “review people’s texts, phone calls, and browsing data…” Welcome to post-democratic America.
Coming under the heading of “Oh, shit!” we learn from Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern that Neil Gorsuch Declares War on the Voting Rights Act. It seems Gorsuch has made it his personal crusade to allow states to employ race-based gerrymandering to exclude “certain people” from power.
Another scary story from Business Insider. Whitney Wolfe Herd is the CEO of dating app company Bumble. She is also an avid feminist.Then, her company became the target of a Neo-Nazi organization. Her company has suffered cyber-attacks and she herself has to travel with a bodyguard. This is a truly terrifying development and does not speak well for the future of personal freedom in this country.
And last for the day, just in case you thought the GOP couldn’t get any weirder, consider this piece from LGBTQ Nation, Evangelical Christians are now backing an actual pimp in a Nevada election by John Gallagher. Yes, folks, it seems the GOP and its resident evangelists are backing Dennis Hoff for a seat the Nevada legislature. The kicker? Mr. Hoff is a pimp. As in a fer-real pimp. He owns several bordellos. But that’s okay with conservative Christians, so long as he’s a Trump kinda guy.
Sort of brings a whole new meaning to the term “selling out,” doesn’t it?