The biggest story in the news this week was the flap over Hillary Clinton's e-mail while Secretary of State. While it's clear that she certainly didn't break the law, I think her decision to use her own private, unsecure platform reflects incredibly poor judgement and ought to be a factor in her prospective presidency. Just because something's legal, it doesn't mean it can't inform the kind of decisions someone might make in the future. If that's insight to a (second) Clinton presidency, I'm not interested.
So who actually got their hands on those e-mails?
Because I already thought Hillary was an ineffective leader, the e-mail story didn't rock me the way it may have others. Rather, the piece of content that I found most interesting on the topic was this look at the Romanian hacker who actually broke the story. Check out this piece from ZeroHedge on Guccifer, the (now convicted) hacker who broke this all open.
Pollution on Mount Everest
In less than 100 years, Mount Everest has gone from the most inaccessible, remote place on Earth to a tourist destination for the ultra-rich thrillseeker. The impact on the environment has been incredible, with tons of human excrement, oxygen tanks, and other garbage left behind on the mountain. While it wasn't a focus of the article, this article led me to spend my afternoon reading about people who were left behind on Everest and bodies remain. Morbid, but super interesting.
Will Justice Kennedy save Obamacare?
I'm not sure that I buy this, but Slate has a unique take on Justice Kennedy's questioning in this week's Obamacare case. They believe that he may approach the case from that delivers what would be perceived as a left-leaning ruling (supporting the law) for a conservative cause. Kennedy questioned whether the plaintiff's interpretation of the law banning subsidies on the federal exchange would be tantamount to unconstitutional coercion of the states by the federal government. I understand the line of reasoning Slate outlines (I don't know that it's Kennedy's), but it would be something if he swings the case in favor of upholding the law for a completely different reason than the four liberal justices.
The real roots of India's rape culture
India's rapid modernization has led to a conflict the replays in most modernizing countries: younger, upwardly mobile people and conservative, older people who resist the change happening around them. This article from Vox asserts that this conflict is the root of India's rape culture, which is the nexus where young women are modernizing their lives in a way that "invites" rape in the eyes of conservatives, whole those rapists escape in a justice system dominated by the same conservative minds.