In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: War on agency] Andrea Grimes continues her terrific coverage of the hearings on Texas' omnibus abortion bill: "Texas Abortion Providers Testify of Struggles in Wake of HB 2."

[CN: War; terrorism] In Iraq: "Tens of thousands of members of one of Iraq's oldest minorities have been stranded on a mountain in the country's north-west, facing slaughter at the hands of jihadists surrounding them below if they flee, or death by dehydration if they stay. UN groups say at least 40,000 members of the Yazidi sect, many of them women and children, have taken refuge in nine locations on Mount Sinjar, a craggy mile-high ridge identified in local legend as the final resting place of Noah's ark. At least 130,000 more people, many from the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, have fled to Dohuk, in the Kurdish north, or to Irbil, where regional authorities have been struggling since June to deal with one of the biggest and most rapid refugee movements in decades. Sinjar itself has been all but emptied of its 300,000 residents since jihadists stormed the city late on Saturday, but an estimated 25,000 people remain. 'We are being told to convert, or to lose our heads,' said Khuldoon Atyas, who has stayed behind to guard his family's crops. 'There is no one coming to help.'" I don't even have words. I am ashamed that my government created, with a manufactured war of choice, the chaos in which this is happening.

[CN: Homophobia] Welp, just days after Uganda's Constitutional Court ruled the nation's "Anti-Homosexuality Act" null on a technicality: "Members of the Ugandan parliament held a press conference yesterday to announce their plan to bypass rules of procedure in order to vote on and reinstate the anti-homosexuality act." Absolutely vile.

Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs (basketball) "made a historic hire" by "tapping WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach—the team's first woman to assume that role, only the second female ever on an NBA coaching staff, and the first woman to be hired full-time." Congratulations, Becky Hammon!


[CN: Racism; misogyny] Craig Ferguson, host of CBS' Late Late Show, announced he would be leaving soon, and his replacement will be another white dude! Because of course.

And finally! This is an incredible video of a man in Australia whose leg fell through the gap between a train and the platform as he was boarding. He got stuck, and attempts to pull him up were futile. So everyone got off the busy commuter train, lined up, and PUSHED THE TRAIN TO ONE SIDE so he could be safely untrapped. AMAZING. Good job, everyone!

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