National-Security Leak: Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old NSA contractor and Air Force veteran, was arrested and charged yesterday with leaking classified information to a news organization, within hours after TheIntercept published an NSA document related to the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election. One way investigators could have traced the document back to Winner: a nearly invisible code of dots left on the document by a color printer.
Public Works: President Trump launched his campaign plan to improve America’s infrastructure with a new proposal to privatize air-traffic control. The gist of the plan is to free up the federal government from operating a business it regulates; it’s supported by the controllers’ union, though critics say it isn’t the best answer to the flight industry’s efficiency problems. Elsewhere, EPA head Scott Pruitt claimed the U.S. has created 50,000 coal-mining jobs since last year—an inaccurate statistic that severely overstates the importance of coal to the nation’s economy.
At 56, RuPaul is in little personal danger of being phased out; he is, to the contrary, one of gay pop culture’s most enduringly relevant figures. Over the past quarter century, he has done more than anyone to bring drag to the American mainstream. At the same time, he has used his platform to act as life coach to the queer masses, counseling self-love and hard work to combat social stigma and inner doubt. (Catchphrase: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?“) But lately, thanks to political developments, this inspirational package has come with a dose of indignation, and a sharpened sense of social purpose.
The most important thing about the article, in my opinion, was that it called out the arrangement for what it was—slavery. I finished that article empathizing with Lola Eudocia’s tragic life, and a number of questions haunted me throughout the day: How complicit am I in such a system? Were/are my family’s domestic “helpers” paid fairly, or were/are they enslaved? Did they choose that arrangement, or were they “given” to someone like Lola Eudocia? Should I ask my family? How widespread is such a situation in the Philippines and among Filipinos abroad today? What can we do for her family? What can we do about it globally? What else am I complicit in perpetuating?
Without Lola Eudocia’s story, I wouldn’t have been asking these questions of myself. I hoped to find others’ responses to them around social media when I logged on after work. Instead, I was confronted with a much simpler one: Is Alex Tizon a villain?
Happy birthday to Tom (who turned 18 around the time of the first kidney transplant), from Nan to Judy (the same age as Hillary Clinton), and to Ginny (the same age as the state of Hawaii) from Maria, who writes: “35 years of friendship and still going strong!”
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