As discussed previously, this is my weekly Twitter roundup. Note that tweets of articles generally include header images from the articles, which I don’t include here unless their creators happen to have released them for use under a free license. Most have not. But I now add most of my commentary here, where I don’t feel restricted by the message length.

diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week

I also don’t generally attach pictures to posts with quotations.

9:02 – Mon 04 July 2022

What the world needs now: A new deal in a reformed global economic system from Global Voices

From this, we may conclude that the richest Western nations may not be the focus of post-pandemic economic recovery.

I originally planned to skip Monday’s posts for the holiday, but this seemed to fit well on the topic of “independence.”

12:04 – Mon 04 July 2022

There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

Frederick Douglass

This quote most specifically convinced me to post on Monday, coming as it does from What to a Slave Is the Fourth of July?, which—as I discussed on Monday—echoes a lot of what needs saying about the 2022 Supreme Court term.

9:04 – Tue 05 July 2022

Women make a historic first for U.S. currency from the Bureau of Global Public Affairs

…Malerba will oversee the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Knox, and serve as a senior adviser to Yellen.

I may quietly question what has taken us so long—and quietly answer “racism”—but I have to praise yet another excellent appointment, here.

12:03 – Tue 05 July 2022

I have spent my entire adult life defending our democracy, but I never—never—thought it would be necessary to defend it from an attempted violent overthrow in our Nation’s own Capitol Building.

Tammy Duckworth

9:03 – Wed 06 July 2022

Anti-abortion pregnancy centers will likely outlast the age of Roe from The Conversation

…these organizations are mostly funded by individual donations, commonly raised through banquets…Some anti-abortion groups like Focus on the Family and the Knights of Columbus give them grants.

We all definitely need to understand these organizations better. Consider that, if they don’t have a “need” to scare women out of having abortions, but have no interest in closing down, they must have a plan that requires them to interact with vulnerable pregnant women, and I can’t think of a more chilling setup to a future news story…

12:01 – Wed 06 July 2022

The mind alike,

Vigorous or weak, is capable of culture,

But still bears fruit according to its nature.


9:01 – Thu 07 July 2022

Let’s all stop ignoring The Fandom Menace. It’s real, and it’s winning from Salon

We close the loop by expecting there to be another incident, and already knowing the reason, guaranteeing the cycle will begin anew.

While I didn’t say it about major studio releases, I got into this a bit in my post on ethical media consumption, where I wrote a bit about judging works by their community responses. I meant that you should judge a work by how producers of an artistic product operate, when one of its lead personalities harms a fan. However, we can extend that in the opposite direction, when fans attempt to bully one of the personalities. In either case, to be worth my support—and yours, I hope—the producers need to work to protect the vulnerable party, not sales numbers.

12:05 – Thu 07 July 2022

Wickedness, by whomsoever committed, is odious, but most of all in men of learning; for learning is the weapon with which evil is combated, and when a man is made captive with arms in his hand his shame is more excessive.


9:05 – Fri 08 July 2022

How Swimming Pools Tell the Story of Race in America from VICE

On June 18, 1964, a photo was taken of James Brock…pouring acid in a pool where young Black activists were participating in a swim-in to protest segregation at the hotel.

I realize that variations of this story have shown up hundreds of times over the last few years—I’ve probably posted links to several, myself—but as the summer heats up, it never hurts to have a reminder that white people destroyed community pools before allowing Black people to use them, and allowed their children to spread the stereotype that Black people couldn’t swim, to justify their absences from privatized pools.

12:02 – Fri 08 July 2022

Alas for love, if thou wert all, / And naught beyond, O Earth!

Felicia D. Hemans


Because it accidentally became a tradition early on in the life of the blog, I drop any additional articles that didn’t fit into the one-article-per-day week, but too weird or important to not mention, here.

Screen both parents for depression past baby’s first year from Futurity

The findings suggest that increased screening for parental depression across a wider age range and in a broader array of clinical settings has the potential to identify families in need of resources.

Years ago, I argued to my boss that the company needed better paternal leave and care, because I had a colleague who, as a new father with no time off, basically turned into a zombie from lack of sleep and probably mild depression. He couldn’t get anything done, and he probably cost the company more than putting him on paid leave would have.

Credits: Header image is Circular diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week from a manuscript drafted during the Carolingian Dynasty.