Tuesday News: Game of Thrones kills off characters, Jewel v. NSA update, history of Black Canadians, and essay on reading and depression
A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin revealed the news at the Writers Guild West Awards on Saturday, Showbiz411 reports. “Everybody better be on their toes,” Martin said, adding that the creators of the HBO show, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “are even bloodier than I am.” –Time
Jewel was filed in 2008 on behalf of ordinary Americans. The case is based on a wide range of NSA mass surveillance disclosed to the public in a series of newspaper articles starting in 2005 and bolstered by a former AT&T technician whistleblower who revealed a tap on AT&Ts fiber optic “Internet backbone.” The public learned that the NSA was copying Internet traffic as it traversed the backbone, also known as Upstream collection, as well as that it was collecting telephone call detail records in bulk. EFF’s clients alleged that these practices violate the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution and several other laws related to electronic surveillance. –Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Book of Negroes illustrates an aspect of history that is little known, particularly the contradictions that existed in the very foundation of the American enterprise, which is reflected in the story of each individual listed.
“Here we have Harry Washington …he was a slave of George Washington who became the first president,” said Damani Davis, Archivist at the National Archives. “So we have the scenario where George Washington is fighting the British in order to attain freedom for patriots here, in what became the United States, but this enslaved person who’s owned by George Washington has fled his master in order to gain freedom from whom the Patriots are attempting to gain their freedom.”–NBC News
I’m enjoying — really, really enjoying — reading and talking about reading in a way that I never have before. It’s not a support system for me. Rather, it’s an engaging, fully-immersive experience that I am an active, present part of. I’m still turning to dark books but the way I feel about them is changed. I think I love them even more because I see my world in there. Because I am able to see what is and isn’t reality. I’m coming at stories with a better sense of who I am and what it is I believe, increasing my empathy for characters and choices they make. –Book Riot