As discussed previously, Fridays host my weekly Twitter roundups. 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 and I notice. Most have not, or I don’t notice. 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.

9:03 – Mon 12 December 2022

Cherokee Nation wants to send a delegate to the House — it’s an idea older than Congress itself from The Conversation

The Treaty of Fort Pitt, also known as the Delaware Treaty, included a provision for a delegate should the Delaware Nation ever form a state and join the fledgling union…

Every once in a while—and I really should put a full post together—I wonder what Congress and the United States in general would look like if everybody who the government had authority over, including occupied territories, had proportional representation in Congress. Would we have a country that included Japanese and Filipino states, or would we cut Puerto Rico, Guam, other “territories,” and Native American tribes loose to become sovereign countries? How would that affect the balance of power?

12:05 – Mon 12 December 2022

Chase after truth like Hell, and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.

Clarence Darrow

9:04 – Tue 13 December 2022

To avoid the health effects of stress, get proactive from Futurity

However, as with the first study, proactive coping had no effect for older adults.

This follows up on a study that I believe I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, fleshing out the limitations of the findings.

12:02 – Tue 13 December 2022

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

9:01 – Wed 14 December 2022

The Author of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Just Got Indicted for Money Laundering from VICE News

Harding was indicted for money laundering, wire fraud, and making false statements, and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

Around the world, I don’t think that we draw nearly enough attention to the fact that regressive politicians and governments almost all have ties to oil money and serious criminal activity. Maybe we should take their policies less seriously and stop treating them like they have honest ideas?

12:04 – Wed 14 December 2022

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

Amy Lowell

9:05 – Thu 15 December 2022

Good News for the 65 Million Americans Who Rely on Social Security from OtherWords

Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, who will be House Speaker next year, says he will take a must-pass debt limit bill hostage to cut our earned Social Security benefits.

Not mentioned in the article, because most people don’t think of things this way, but Social Security stands as a complete embarrassment to Republican policy. They know full well that the program costs no money in the budget, so that cutting the program wouldn’t “shrink government” at all. Rather, it stands as blatant, unambiguous evidence that we can lift people out of poverty by giving them money. And that exposes their “see government as the problem, not the solution” philosophy as invalid.

12:03 – Thu 15 December 2022

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.

Walt Whitman

9:02 – Fri 16 December 2022

These culturally conscious African fashion designers are leading another sportswear revolution from Global Voices

These are some of the brands shaking up the athleisure industry by adding their own cultural touch.

I don’t have much use for sportswear, but I like seeing regional companies pick up.

12:01 – Fri 16 December 2022

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


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.

Scientists Discover Oldest DNA Ever, Revealing 2 Million-Year-Old Lost World from VICE Motherboard

This tantalizing vision has one notable omission: Carnivores. While no traces of predators were found in the eDNA samples, Willerslev’s team suggested that this was simply because carnivore populations tend to be far smaller than herbivore populations, producing a sampling bias.

While hardly a critical story, I do find it interesting.

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