If you love something, they say, let it go. If it comes back to you, it was your long-suffering and traumatized trading partner, Mexico.
Our so-called president — who is to presidents what Skyline is to chili — continues to demonstrate that his only impulse in affairs both domestic and foreign is a blind, blundering malice. He seems determined to tank an improbably successful economy with pointless tariffs (also known as “taxes”). He has bullied Mexico once again, for the sake of humiliation or maybe just distraction.
As always, the cruelty is the point.
We see it in so many ways — the deliberately manufactured “migrant crisis” that is robbing children not only of parents, but of education, healthcare, and recreation, just for the hell of it. The vulnerable immigrants shaken down in the shadows by people who hold all the legal, financial, and political cards. (The Latino USA story below is must-read.)
However, it’s not all bleak. Emma Boettcher successfully slew the smirking monster Holzhauer; writers are unionizing and going on strike; and perhaps Trump’s reelection chances are less rosy than we suppose. And it’s Pride month, so that’s… something?
Here is this week’s round-up of the must-reads from the web:
- A Child Lost in Translation (Latino USA)
- The Lost Boys of Galveston, Texas (New Yorker)
- Trump Administration to End Schooling, Recreation, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in Shelters (Education Week)
- Parsi Cafes, A Centuries-Old Tradition In India, Are Vanishing (The Salt)
- Redistricting Guru’s Hard Drives Could Mean Legal, Political Woes For GOP (NPR)
- The Vox Media Union walks out (CJR)
- Bernie Sanders: Workers should control the means of production (People’s World)
- My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia (New Yorker)
- The preachers getting rich from poor Americans (BBC)
- Frank Kameny (Making Gay History)
- Pride50: Transgender rights trailblazer Marsha P. Johnson (NBC News)
- The Forgotten Tale of How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make ‘Sesame Street’ (Daily Beast)
- Trump faces giant penis mown into field near airport where he lands for UK state visit (Independent UK)
- US wants access to NHS in post-Brexit deal, says Trump ally (Guardian)
- How an Old-School L.A. Video Store Thrives in a Netflix World (KQED)
- Susan Fowler’s memoir has a title and a release date (TechCrunch)
- An Ode to Team Dresch, The Lesbian Queercore Band That Made Me Who I Am (Them)
- Roky Erickson Remembered by Dinosaur Jr., Spoon, Oneohtrix Point Never, More (Pitchfork)
- How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy (Planet Money)
- The Healing Power of Gardens: Oliver Sacks on the Psychological and Physiological Consolations of Nature (Brain Pickings)