Thursday’s news links – Dec. 31, 2020

Trump Could Still Start a Last-Ditch War With Iran The Atlantic

We already know that Trump is thinking about attacking Iran. In mid-November, after he lost the presidential election, Trump asked for military options against Iranian nuclear facilities, a reckless idea that was derailed by top aides. Since then, the United States has sent B-52 bombers on missions in the Persian Gulf three times, including a 30-hour round trip from North Dakota to the Gulf on December 29.

US bomber mission over Persian Gulf aimed at cautioning Iran AP

People of trans experience are incredibly vulnerable. They are widely discriminated against at school, at work, and are denied access to basic healthcare. But 2020 has been a particularly bad year due to the efforts of conservatives and so-called radical feminists to mainstream discrimination against women of trans experience, and to delegitimize men of trans experience. The common thread of the conservative and so-called radical feminist argument is that anyone who was assigned male at birth is potentially dangerous, and should not be given access to safe spaces such as rape crisis centers and women’s bathrooms.

Bracing for a possible Iranian-linked attack in Iraq, U.S. officials warn ‘the threat streams are very real’ Washington Post

Trump Pardons Racist Former Maryland Cop Who Unleashed Her Canine on Homeless People for Fun The Root

‘Hypocrisy and Horror’: Outrage After Trump DOJ Clears Cleveland Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Common Dreams


‘This Is Warp Speed?’ At Current Pace, US Will Take 10 Years to Adequately Vaccinate the Public Against Covid-19, Analysis Warns Common Dreams

Warp Speed chief: U.S. won’t get AstraZeneca vaccine until April Politico

Transgender Trouble: 40 Years of Gender Essentialism and Gatekeeping Current Affairs

In this article, I will attempt to answer these questions and address arguments against fundamental rights from both radical feminists and conservatives. I will draw upon my own experience of transitioning from male to female as a teenager in the early 2000s, as well as the experience of friends who have transitioned more recently. In doing so, I hope to convince the reader that despite Rowling’s alarmist framing, gender clinics have more often than not been a paternalistic obstruction to individuals of trans experience.

These Are the Very Real Dangers to the U.S. Economy of Not Issuing $2,000 Stimulus Checks Wall Street on Parade

The ‘Revolutionary’ Fight Over California’s Hidden Oil and Gas Wells Gizmodo

No Evidence of Massive Russian Hack Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

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