Weekly Round Up! Texas and a Typhoon

Our hearts go out to all the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.  You can support UNICEF’s efforts to deliver supplies to children and their families online or by texting RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.

 

Warren Faidley, storm survival expert, talks to Radio Australia about the almost unprecedented strength of Haiyan, which meant that “A lot of the normal precautions you would take simply would not work.”  Listen to find out what might.

 

Kyle Thiermann on Grind TV talks about his Surfing for Change videos and Surfing Magazine picks it up.  Thiermann  outlines how he, as an athlete, wants to change perceptions of environmentalism, remarking that “Surfers are more reliant on the environment than any other sport in the world.”

 

Outside Magazine runs a profile on Dr. Sandra Steingraber and the success of her efforts against fracking.  Weighing her fame against other anti-fracking celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Outside notes that, “none of them are as uncompromising or informed,” quoting Dr. Steingraber as saying, “The data is showing us that we’re killing our planet and killing our children … And scientists have a moral position to make sure that the data makes a difference.”

 

Engineering.com spotlights Dr. Edith Widder and her pollution-mapping projects which employ bioluminescence as a tool.

 

Returning to the scene of the crime,” Kathleen Hanna hit the land of Bikini Kill’s origins, Olympia, Washington, to perform with her band The Julie Ruin and to screen Sini Anderson’s new documentary about her, The Punk Singer, the trailer for which is now online!

 

Jessica Valenti at the Nation covers the situation created by the restrictive new Texas abortion law which has closed a third of the state’s clinics, and talks to the executive director of a Texas abortion fund, who tells Valenti, “What’s so infuriating about these laws is that the people who have the least ability to fight back are the very people the laws affect most severely.”

 

Arsalan Iftikhar goes on CNN to talk about the LAX airport shooting, recapitulating how the white shooter’s actions fit into the legal definition of domestic terrorism, yet is not being labeled as such.

 

When Miami Herald journalist Jim Wyss was detained by the Venezuelan government while reporting on its economy and upcoming elections, John Yearwood flew to Caracas to help secure his release, and ultimately usher him home, commenting after Wyss’ 48 hour detention, “There’s no question that the release would not have happened this quickly without the help of many people, including some within the U.S. government.”

 

Slate prints an adapted excerpt of Josh Klein’s latest book, Reputation Economics, which provocatively propounds that privacy isn’t our right, anymore.  Ever since we traded it for pictures of cats, privacy has become a commodity.  Read on to learn how he says we can profit from it.

 

“What this country needs and what migrants want is a humane, secure immigration system,” Enrique Morones writes at the San Diego Union Tribune.

 

Bruce Campbell kills the rumors he started about a new sequel to Army of Darkness.  “It’s all Internet b.s. – there’s no reality whatsoever. These random comments slip out of my mouth or Sam Raimi’s mouth, next thing you know, we’re making a sequel.”

 

Richard Rodriguez goes on PBS NewsHour to talk about his new book Darling, and his writing form of choice: the essay.

 

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