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Most of this is not activism-related; some of it is not even politics-related. But I'm reading a lot more widely than I used to, and I thought other folks might also be interested in some of my finds?

Election-related
* Graham preparing 'Dreamers' bill - bipartisan bill to protect DACA participants

* An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy (Sarah Kendzior). I really liked this - more hopeful than the title sounds, to me.

* Nonprofit journalists are gearing up with a flood of donations (NYT)

* Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone (Deadspin?). This was a cathartic read.

Around the world
* How an Indian Innovator Reverse-Engineered the Making of Sanitary Pads (NYT Mag) - A guy figures out the cheapest possible way to make pads, reproduces the manufacturing equipment, and starts setting up little shops all over India run by local women. There are still good things happening in the world, you guys.

* The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NYT). AKA why you should throw out your non-stick pans, but also a decades-long story of criminally awful pollution and one guy who did something about it.

* Bloomberg's "Jealousy List", aka stuff so good they wish they'd published it. aka where I found a lot of these other links!

Date: 2016-12-08 06:16 am (UTC)
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*reads the DuPont article*

D:

Date: 2016-12-09 04:30 am (UTC)
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Dupont article: WOW.

So, here's the thing: my dad worked for Dupont as a chemical engineer for umpteen years (he's now retired). My dad's plant did textiles, not Teflon, and my dad's in excellent health, but I remember the plant spewing out lots of grey billowy stuff which my dad assured me was steam...

anyway... so... my mom had four pregnancies, only two of which are my sister and me. The other two (male, first and last pregnancies) had identical heart defects. I could not tell you what the defect was, because my mom has blocked pretty much everything out, but I remember she showed me the letter for the second one where they suggested that because it was the identical problem that there might be a genetic issue. I spent the part of my life where I was getting pregnant semi-terrified that I would have the same thing happen to my pregnancies, and more than a little convinced I would never have a live male child. I do.

It's a single data point, and who knows what the truth is -- I did the math for a regular X-linked recessive gene and I'd still have a pretty low probability of my kids having an issue, but... now I have to wonder, if my dad had worked for a different company, if we had lived somewhere else, whether I'd have a big brother. (And maybe a little brother too, but I suspect they wouldn't have had a fourth kid in any case.)

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