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.

9:02 – Mon 13 November 2023

Image Not Shown: Fingers tap on a keyboard, with clip art grocery carts floating around

Letting low-income Americans buy groceries online in 2020 with SNAP benefits decreased the share of people without enough food from The Conversation

Buying groceries online makes life easier for anyone who has trouble purchasing food in person, including people with disabilities, those with limited transportation access or those living in remote locations.

Hashtags: #SNAP #FoodSecurity #SafetyNet

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but it turns out that giving poor people money that they can spend reduces poverty. The more you condition that money—forcing them to show up in person, requiring that they constantly push their job search forward, auditing their financial information to verify that they can’t survive without the money, and so forth—the less it reduces poverty. Therefore, especially if you want to play the role of Class-Not-Race Guy, for some reason, then you should actively support policies that get more unconditional money into the hands of poor people.

Oh, I bring something like this up a bunch of times every year? Who knew…?

12:04 – Mon 13 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

The legislation of the government has been directed rather to the protection of the rights of money and property than to the best good of the citizen.

Susette La Flesche

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:05 – Tue 14 November 2023

Image Not Shown: Teacher showing anatomical model during class and wearing face mask

How Black female teachers enrich science with anti-racism from Futurity

Teachers made cultural and sociopolitical connections to science while using K-12 science content standards known as Next Generation Science Standards, specifically encouraging students to ask questions.

Hashtags: #Science #Education #Gender #Race

At my own high school—if you’ll pardon the personal history—whether we took her classes or not, a Black female science teacher probably became the first person to challenge many of us to become better people, and that work (of course) went sadly under-recognized.

12:02 – Tue 14 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

Quick to string his bow for vengeance; ready to bury the hatchet or smoke the pipe of peace; never was he first to break a treaty or known to betray a friend with whom he had eaten salt.


Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:04 – Wed 15 November 2023

Image Not Shown: City University of New York (CUNY) professional staff, faculty and students protest outside Baruch College's Newman Vertical Campus in Manhattan against tuition hikes and to call for state investment in CUNY, 2 June 2023

Cuts to humanities in US universities are a symptom of an inhumane age from openDemocracy

Together, these actors have succeeded in reframing education as an ‘industry’ rather than a public good, but we don’t have to accept that narrative.

Hashtags: #Education #Humanities

Even in business-friendly majors, I watched for close to twenty years at my own school, as they replaced or removed any class that didn’t apply directly to getting a typical programming job. I can only imagine how bad things have gotten in entirely separate departments.

12:01 – Wed 15 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

When the white man landed on the shores of the New World, an eclipse, blacker than any that ever darkened the sun, blighted the hopes and happiness of the native people, races then living in tranquility upon their own soil.

Eli S. Ricker

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:07 – Thu 16 November 2023

Image Not Shown: The Jezebel logo, with its tagline crossed out in red pen

Advertisers Don’t Want Sites Like Jezebel to Exist from 303 Media

Spanfeller blames, as is seemingly required in every CEO layoff notice, “economic headwinds” and “macroeconomic news.”

Hashtags: #Media #Advertising

Oh, hey, it looks like advertising destroys everything it touches, and maybe we should stop relying on it as the method for funding basically all mainstream art everywhere. As a reminder, the United States Supreme Court nearly banned advertising in 1967, and the PageRank paper details the toxicity of advertising in its first appendix. Again, then, maybe we should stop relying on it to fund everything…

12:07 – Thu 16 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

Women would be coming along crying, and it was not because they were cold, for they were used to the cold. It was not because they were sick, for they suffered a great deal.

Sarah Winnemucca

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage

9:01 – Fri 17 November 2023

Image Not Shown: Pink-and-blue see/hear/speak-no-evil monkeys sitting around an old communications tower, speaking with cans and string

Big Telco’s fury over FCC plan to infuse telecoms policy with facts from Pluralistic

Congress ordered the FCC to crack down on “digital redlining.” That’s when historic patterns of underinvestment in majority Black neighborhoods and other underserved communities create broadband deserts…

Hashtags: #Telecommunications #FCC

Facts influencing policy? Whatever will they think of next…?

12:03 – Fri 17 November 2023

Quoted on Mastodon

We have come with our eyes shut, following Major Wynkoop’s handful of men, like coming through the fire.

Chief Black Kettle

Hashtags: #Quotes #NativeAmericanHeritage


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.

Content Warning: Israel/Palestine

Image Not Shown: Graffiti reading "Free Gaza!"

Digital Blackout: Systematic censorship of Palestinian voices from Global Voices

Some users face challenges hosting live videos. Posts containing hashtags like “Free Palestine” and “I Stand With Palestine” are often hidden or removed, under the pretext of violating the platform’s content policies.

The stakes feel too high and I feel far too unqualified to say anything definitive about the overall situation, but it does consistently strike me how language and institutions somehow always find a way to “accidentally” favor one side to the exclusion of the other.

Image Not Shown: This photograph taken on Nov. 2, 2023 in Geneva, shows "Bleu Royal," a rare 17,61 carats internally flawless fancy vivid blue pear shaped diamond that sold for $43.8 million at a Christie's sale of rare jewels in Geneva on Tuesday

Vivid Blue Diamond Sells for Nearly $44 Million at Christie’s Auction from Voice of America

Max Fawcett, head of Christie’s jewelry department in Geneva, said the diamond was unique because of its deep rich blue color and its unmodified pear brilliant shape.

I hate the politics and economics around diamonds and other gems, like anyone who pays attention. However, even I can’t help but take a beat to admire this thing.

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