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.

9:03 – Mon 29 January 2024

Image Not Shown: A mother and her adopted son smiling, laughing and cuddling on the front porch in Buffalo, New York, in November

Warm caregiving in childhood protects heart health later from Futurity

…while having a supportive caregiver is crucial to a life course of health, the stability and consistency of that support and warmth in childhood is just as important of a predictor of later life CVH.

Hashtags: #Children #Health

It doesn’t surprise me that treating children well improves their health, but I always appreciate having numbers to put to that sort of assumption.

12:04 – Mon 29 January 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.

Lewis Carroll

Hashtags: #Quotes

9:02 – Tue 30 January 2024

Image Not Shown: Taylor Swift posing on stage at a concert

Taylor Swift is driving voter registration, and conservatives are terrified from Daily Kos

On Jan. 9, Fox News’ second-rate Tucker Carlson clone Jesse Watters implied that Swift’s decision to once again promote voting this past September was some kind psy-op campaign.

Hashtags: #USPol #GoTV #Misogyny

I bring this up regularly, but really think about how Republicans see their own chances of success, that a singer recommending that people register to vote—and not much more than that—sends them into such a pants-wetting panic. But they want us to fear them, needing laws to keep certain people out of public discourse entirely, and needing guns to enforce their idea of a “polite society.” Don’t fear them. Vote the impotent losers out and crush their movement.

12:01 – Tue 30 January 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

Be courteous, be obliging, but don’t give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.

George Eliot

Hashtags: #Quotes

9:04 – Wed 31 January 2024

Image Not Shown: Members of the faculty union of the California State University system walk a picket line in December 2023

1 in 10 US workers belong to unions − a share that’s stabilized after a steep decline from The Conversation

But for unionization to spread, nonunion workers must be convinced that the very real risks of a unionization drive are worth it.

Hashtags: #Labor

What makes this even more difficult is that we paper over that fear of job loss with a story about individualism making us all want to negotiate better deals for ourselves. That story serves to make people who value collective actions think of themselves as outliers who’d have no chance of success.

12:05 – Wed 31 January 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.

Mark Twain

Hashtags: #Quotes

9:01 – Thu 01 February 2024

Image Not Shown: Picture of the Vodun Zangbeto

Benin: The National Vodun Festival is now ‘Vodun Days’ from Global Voices

Present in certain West African countries such as Togo, Benin, and Nigeria, this spirituality is also practiced in the African-descended communities of the Americas, particularly in Brazil, the United States, and the Caribbean.

Hashtags: #Benin #Religion #Arts

I hope that they can manage to destigmatize the label, as well as get some much-needed tourism money flowing.

12:02 – Thu 01 February 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

W. E. B. Du Bois

Hashtags: #Quotes #BlackHistory

9:07 – Fri 02 February 2024

The Wall Street Bull statue charging past a sleeping dog, behind a fence with a beware-of-dog sign posted
The Wall Street Bull statue charging past a sleeping dog, behind a fence with a beware-of-dog sign posted
Image credit: Sam Valadi, Disco Dan, CC BY 2.0, modified

The long sleep of capitalism’s watchdogs from Pluralistic

By buying your cheating advice from the same company that is paid to certify that you’re not cheating, you greatly improve your chances of avoiding detection until you’ve blown town.

Hashtags: #Capitalism #Auditing #Monopolies

During the 1980 Presidential campaign, I often heard adults lament how we’d probably have a better time if organized crime ran the government. At the time, I wrote it off as related to the still-improbable-to-me success of The Godfather. In retrospect, though, I can’t help but suspect that this came out of some arm of the Republican Party, both implying that we didn’t and shouldn’t have a functioning government, and also preparing a generation to accept corruption as a normal part of governance.

12:06 – Fri 02 February 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

If the American manhood will arouse itself and speak to those fellows in plain language, not to be misunderstood, they can save themselves, their country and their children, from the fate of poverty which awaits them.

Lucy Parsons

Hashtags: #Quotes #BlackHistory


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.

Jamendo and Winamp for Creators from Craig Maloney’s Blog

Naturally one can’t just delete their creator account. Winamp’s system is so convoluted that there’s always at least one dependency laying around. I can’t remove the tracks that are on there, nor can I remove the album that’s up there. Albums must have at least two tracks, so I can’t delete all of the tracks from the album. As long as I can’t delete the tracks or album I can’t delete the account.

For those not in the know, Jamendo started life as a discovery system for Free Culture music, and went out of their way to help users find tracks with particular licenses, as well as the usual search criteria. At some point, they stopped allowing people to search by license, and buried licensing information on individual song pages. Now, it sounds like they’ve chosen to monetize “their” catalog without permission from the artists who uploaded their library.

I had hoped that the problems with the other music platforms might snap them out of whatever they envisioned as their modern direction, but apparently it caused them to reinforce that bad idea.

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