What I’m Reading – May 7, 2017
It has been a bit of a week, so I know I’m missing some critical events from the last week.
Horrific Legislation and Executive Orders
“Under the amendment, states would have the all-clear to waive the ban preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to patients based on pre-existing conditions. That means companies could also deny preventive health care services, like mammograms and gynecological exams, to these patients, which many sexual assault survivors in particular rely on following an attack.” Under the GOP’s health plan, sexual assault could be considered a pre-existing condition (by Marie Solis for Mic)
“The phone banks began lighting up almost immediately. But to the great dismay of DHS officials, it appears many callers took the agency’s words at face value, and are making use of the hotline to report encounters with criminal aliens…of the extraterrestrial variety.” Homeland Security is not happy with your calls about space aliens (by Esther Yu Hsi Lee for Think Progress)
“St. Louis police did not initially share many details about Crawford’s death, his father, Edward Crawford Sr., told the Post-Dispatch Friday morning. But he does not believe his son’s death was intentional. ‘I don’t believe it was a suicide,’ he said, adding that investigators were ‘being hush-hush.'” The Protester [Edward Crawford] From The Famous Tear Gas Photo In Ferguson Is Dead In An Apparent Suicide (by Tamerra Griffin for Buzzfeed)
“Other reported incidents of shaming include a child in Alabama whose arm was stamped with “I need lunch money”. Canteen workers have been instructed to throw out the meals of youngsters unable to pay. That children from poorer backgrounds have to deal with such degrading tactics speaks volumes about wider attitudes and a toxic political climate around poverty.” Lunch-shaming in schools has no place in the battle against child poverty (by Mary O’Hara for The Guardian)
“The collapse of the festival became a national punchline. Those involved believe McFarland and his co-organizer Ja Rule started out wanting to deliver on their promises — an ultra-lux experience on a private island formerly owned by Pablo Escobar, with famous models dancing on yachts, bottle service at beachside concerts, and hidden treasures accessible only by jet-ski. But all agree they knew or should have known well in advance it wasn’t going to work.” “Let’s just do it and be legends, man” (by Gabrielle Bluestone for Vice)