Here is some stuff in the news today...
[Content Note: Racism] I don't have a link for this, BECAUSE ALL OF THEM ARE SO TERRIBLE, but I've seen a number of public admonishments recently to professional athletes who are protesting police shootings of Black people to "stick to sports." And I just really need to say: STOP IT. That is just rank, dehumanizing trash. Essentially telling people "your humanity only matters to me so much as it is used to serve entertaining me" is absolutely vile. Enough.
[CN: Police brutality; racism] "Congressional Black Caucus: Use 'Full Weight of the Federal Government' in Investigations of Police Shootings: 'The killing of unarmed Black men and women by police is a crisis,' Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said. 'It is an emergency. And it has not just affected those victims and families of those who were killed, it has affected every Black man and woman who wonders when they or someone they know will be killed next.'"
[CN: Carcerality; self-harm; transphobia] "Chelsea Manning sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement for suicide attempt." Rage seethe boil. In a statement, Manning wrote, in part: "I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don't know how to explain it. I am touched by your warm messages of love and support. This comforts me in my time of need."
[CN: Racism] "Yesterday, more than 50 First Nations from Canada and the United States signed a treaty to unify their fight against new pipelines that would increase dependence on oil sands from Alberta, Canada." The treaty states: "As sovereign Indigenous Nations, we enter this treaty pursuant to our inherent legal authority and responsibility to protect our respective territories from threats to our lands, waters, air and climate, but we do so knowing full well that it is in the best interest of all peoples, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to put a stop to the threat of Tar Sands expansion."
[CN: Video may autoplay at link] The Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed Hillary Clinton, which is a pretty big deal: "The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century—a tradition this editorial board doesn't take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst. That's why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton." They haven't endorsed a Democrat in more than 90 years.
The LA Times has also endorsed Hillary Clinton, under the super subtle headline: "Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe." But tell us how you REALLY feel!
[CN: Video may autoplay at link] The Clinton campaign gave one of its prime seats at the debate to Mark Cuban. LOL OMG that is going to get under Donald Trump's skin sooooo hard.
Speaking of the debates, this New York Times piece contrasting the debate prep styles of the two candidates is quite a read! Honestly, if I knew nothing about either one of them, I could make a decision about for whom to vote on this article alone.
Uhhhh lol. "Donald Rumsfeld, 84, Says George HW Bush, 92, is Voting for Clinton Because 'He's Up in Years.'"
This collection of photos of mama bears with their cubs is breathtakingly adorable.
What have you been reading?