As discussed previously, on Fridays, I present my weekly social media roundups. Note that toots 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 my commentary here, where I don’t feel restricted by message length.

diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week

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

9:06 – Mon 23 October 2023

An abstraction of a feminine-coded form dancing in front of (part of) a Pakistani flag
An abstraction of a feminine-coded form dancing in front of (part of) a Pakistani flag
Image credit: CC-BY 3.0

Transwomen in Pakistan reclaim their ancestral heritage from Global Voices

However, after months of campaigning by conservative religious groups and political parties, Pakistan’s top religious court overturned salient features of this law in May 2023, stating that trans people were endangering the Islamic way of life.

Hashtags: #Pakistan #LGBT

This article covers a lot more ground than I can cover in an excerpt and a summary. Go read it.

12:04 – Mon 23 October 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

The man who neither gives in charity nor enjoys his wealth, which every day increases, breathes, indeed, like the bellows of a smith, but cannot be said to live.


Hashtags: #Quotes

9:02 – Tue 24 October 2023

Image Not Shown: Navajo Presidential candidate Jonathan Nez speaks during a Presidential Forum at Arizona State University, July 12, 2022, in Phoenix

Former Navajo Nation president announces his candidacy for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District from Daily Kos

Nez said he believes voters care less about which party holds the seat than whether their representatives are taking concrete action to improve their lives.

Hashtags: #USPol #Congress #NavajoNation #Arizona

I don’t have much to say other than “good luck to him.”

12:07 – Tue 24 October 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

The measure of a man’s life is the well spending of it, and not the length.


Hashtags: #Quotes

9:03 – Wed 25 October 2023

Image Not Shown: Two prescription bottles lying on their side with pills falling out

After Purdue Pharma lawsuit, competitors swooped in from Futurity

The authors found that the increase in competitor spending occurred regardless of whether prescribers’ counties were above or below the national median in terms of opioid overdose deaths per capita.

Hashtags: #Opioids #Purdue

The study pitches this as a story of unintended consequences of stopping Purdue, and not of corporate greed requiring regulation to keep it in check.

12:06 – Wed 25 October 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Francis Bacon

Hashtags: #Quotes

9:07 – Thu 26 October 2023

Image Not Shown: Wave pattern visualizations

New technique uses near-miss particle physics to peer into quantum world − two physicists explain how they are measuring wobbling tau particles from The Conversation

But without the chaotic fireworks produced by head-on collisions, these near-miss events are far quieter and ideal for measuring traits of the elusive tau.

Hashtags: #Physics #CERN #StandardModel

While I wouldn’t consider this one of the most important stories of the week, I do find it interesting.

12:03 – Thu 26 October 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

No one is more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much.

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

Hashtags: #Quotes

9:05 – Fri 27 October 2023

Image Not Shown: A woman using a laptop computer glances in exasperation at her credit card.

Let’s Trash Junk Fees from OtherWords

The Bureau is now working to eliminate fees on basic information services, like providing account balances, and making it easier for consumers to switch banks.

Hashtags: #USPol #CFPB #Finance

Since the post makes a point to mention credit unions as an alternative to this nonsense, I’ll echo that endorsement. I switched over to the local credit union over a decade ago, and can only honestly complain that I didn’t think to do so sooner.

12:05 – Fri 27 October 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

It is only the ignorant who despise education.

Publius Syrus

Hashtags: #Quotes


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.

Image Not Shown: A classical-architecture building with a nearby crane in front of a hundred dollar bill

An interoperability rule for your money from Pluralistic

So if you tell your bank to give your data to a competitor – or a comparison shopping site – it will have to do so…or else.

Yes, this goes into different aspects of the same rule as the Friday article. It seemed warranted.

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