Saturday Link Love: Mongolia, Porn, and Cookies

Saturday Link Love: Mongolia, Porn, and Cookies December 14, 2019

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier!

There’s a conservative civil war raging — over porn, on Vox—“On Friday, four Republican members of Congress — Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Banks, Vicky Hartzler, and Brian Babin — penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr over their ‘concern for the rule of law as well as the welfare of our people.'”

Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep, on ProPublica—“During a summer 2019 hunting trip, Donald Trump Jr. killed a rare argali sheep. The Mongolian government issued him a hunting permit retroactively and he met with the country’s president.”

Trump’s speech in Hershey revealed a presidency off the rails, on Vox—“Over the course of a more than 90-minute delivery, Trump pushed conspiracy theories and blatant lies, trashed law enforcement officials that aren’t blindly loyal to him, exhibited thuggish tendencies toward protesters, made misogynistic remarks, and demonstrated that he fundamentally misunderstands the Constitution.”

Why every website wants you to accept its cookies, on Recode—“These cookie disclosures are also a symptom of one of the internet’s ongoing and fundamental failings when it comes to online privacy and who can access and resell users’ data, and by extension, who can use it to track them across the internet and in real life.”

These last two are not recent articles, but both seemed relevant given some conversations earlier this week. 

Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism, on Feminist Wire—“Black communities and black parents have struggled against the cultural ‘truth’ that black children are never innocent children.  As a historian of black girlhood, I’ve seen these arguments made time and again by white perpetrators of violence.”

‘Segregation’s Constant Gardeners’: How White Women Kept Jim Crow Alive, on Pacific Standard—“Elizabeth McRae’s recent book introduces us to good white mothers, PTA members, and newspaper columnists who were also committed white supremacists.”

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