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.

9:01 – Mon 24 October 2022

Partner violence more likely for young gender and sexual minorities from Futurity

Psychological violence was the most common form of victimization reported, at 37.6%, followed by sexual violence (22.1%) and physical violence (19.5%).

While this seems obvious—abuse comes from people who want a power imbalance in their relationships, and so targeting vulnerable people fits right in with that—but more people should know the data.

12:03 – Mon 24 October 2022

All I thought was, they’ve had executive chefs before, but being the first female, the first Asian, the first minority and the first Filipino meant a lot to a lot of people.

Cristeta Comerford

9:04 – Tue 25 October 2022

MacArthur Foundation celebrates ‘exceptional creativity’ from the Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Tomeka Reid, a jazz cellist and composer in Chicago, honors jazz’s traditions while experimenting with new sounds.

I’ve never actually seen anything documenting these awards, so I appreciate seeing who got them, this round.

12:02 – Tue 25 October 2022

Just as we’ve started measuring the outcomes for our military treatment facilities, that’s the expectation we’ll also be having for providers participating in the military health system.

Raquel C. Bono

9:03 – Wed 26 October 2022

Diwali: A celebration of the goddess Lakshmi, and her promise of prosperity and good fortune from The Conversation

These two words seem to refer to two distinct goddesses in the earliest Hindu literature, the Vedas.

I hope those who celebrate had a great time.

I mean, I also hope those who didn’t celebrate had a great time…

12:04 – Wed 26 October 2022

As you inform citizens, you also help them to develop opinions on the fundamental political, economic, and social issues affecting their lives.

Michele J. Sison

9:02 – Thu 27 October 2022

Ugandan poet spreads her message despite new law to criminalize online dissent from Global Voices

That same year, Dr. Nyanzi was arrested and charged with cyber harassment for insulting Museveni after she wrote and published a poem about the president’s mother’s vagina on her Facebook page.

I’ve surely said this before, but authoritarians always fight an uphill battle, because nobody likes their policies, and it doesn’t take much to stand up to them. By contrast, cooperative organizations adapt and have buy-in.

12:01 – Thu 27 October 2022

Accountability practices throughout any particular detention facility must be standardized and in accordance with applicable regulations and international law.

Antonio Taguba

9:05 – Fri 28 October 2022

The War on Immigrants Is a War on All Poor and Low-Income Americans from OtherWords

Immigration is not a crisis — but the political, economic, and environmental factors that push people out of their homes are.

I know a lot of people who increasingly believe that almost all inter-group problems (ethnic, religious, etc.) come from AstroTurfing campaigns, set up to distract from class wars. As Lyndon Johnson put it:

If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.

You notice that Republicans need to constantly juggle, in this space. They want or need to divide people, for anybody to believe that their policies make any sense. But they also want cheap labor to drive down wages and disrupt employee protections. Therefore, they need people to want to crack down on immigration, but also to tolerate their lack of progress on the subject. If they “solve” the “problem,” then laborers have a stronger position, and they lose a cheap division.

12:05 – Fri 28 October 2022

Women now command at sea. They serve in combat. They serve in the air. They serve on the sea. And they serve underneath the sea.

Bette Bolivar


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.

Before Roe v. Wade There Was the Jane Collective from Voice of America

I frequently say that the existence of the Janes fifty years ago should make us optimistic for abortion rights. People stepped up to illegally perform surgical “dilation and curettage” abortions. Today, vacuum aspiration tools and pharmaceuticals can far more easily and safely terminate a pregnancy. In the long term, that makes it almost impossible to actually stop people from getting abortions, no matter how clever legislators feel when enacting bans.

What the Hell Is MAGACommunism? from VICE Motherboard

Together, they decry the “vulgarization” of Marxism by Western liberals, traffic in the language of “deep-state” conspiracies, and mock “planet worshipers,” dismissing modern climate change efforts as virtue-signaling “green fascism” backed by corporate entities.

I wanted to call attention to this, because these dolts keep demanding that we not call them “Nazis” just because they happen to carry Nazi flags to rallies and insurrections. Can we call them that, now that they identify as a nationalist socialist party? Because it seems like they want to make their identification straightforward, here.

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