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 25 March 2024

Image Not Shown: Child wearing mask holding tray of food with two cafeteria workers behind the counter. A sign reads: Friendly reminder: All meals require a fruit or vegetable

Free school meals for all may reduce childhood obesity, while easing financial and logistical burdens for families and schools from The Conversation

The Community Eligibility Provision increases school meal participation by reducing the stigma associated with receiving free meals, eliminating the need to complete and process applications and extending access to students in households with incomes above the eligibility threshold for free meals.

Hashtags: #Obesity #Nutrition #Education

I find it so impressive that we have known for decades that feeding students at school provides better outcomes for the students in both health and academics—making the schools look better in the process—and it costs less than trying to make sure that we only ever help the absolute neediest of students, and yet, we’ll fight over the validity of such programs, because we conditioned generations of people into believing that they should never acknowledge the possibility of governments improving things.

12:02 – Mon 25 March 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

When one perceives that the saloon is not the cause that menaces the safety and welfare of society, that it is not the cause of poverty and crime, one must, if honest with one’s self, and if possessed of a truly revolutionary spirit, transfer activities to other fields.

Lena Morrow Lewis

Hashtags: #Quotes #WomensHistory

9:01 – Tue 26 March 2024

Image Not Shown: Gumroad logos

Gumroad Celebrates Sales Spike While Adult Creators Panic from 404 Media

Just searching “gumroad sale” on Twitter as of Monday morning shows an endless scroll of creators making everything from calendars to 3D art, cosplay photo sets and VRChat avatar models.

Hashtags: #Gumroad #AdultContent

I don’t have any connection to that world, as far as I know, but even so, it exhausts me to see story after story about payment processors shutting out some already-marginalized group or other, while those same payment processors happily take a cut of abusive but somehow “respectable” transactions. Plus, you know me, I want more independent media, actually independent and not a large studio that happens to not own a quarter of the market. We won’t get more independent media, if everybody who wants to sell something needs to stop and question whether their work qualifies as “adult content” or any number of other nebulous categories that these payment processors ban.


in reply to: Gumroad Celebrates Sales Spike While Adult Creators Panic

Payment processors choosing who may and may not earn money reeks of the Motion Picture Production Code, some elite group deciding what topics the public has permission to think about.

If you don’t know the sordid history of the MPPC, you really should give the Wikipedia article a quick skim.

12:07 – Tue 26 March 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

There are, however, some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth.

Emma Goldman

Hashtags: #Quotes #WomensHistory

9:04 – Wed 27 March 2024

Image Not Shown: Tiger (or person in a tiger hoodie) brushing teeth

Your oral health is connected to your mortality from Futurity

…Yu suggests primary care physicians consider asking about their patients’ dental habits and condition to get a fuller picture of their overall health.

Hashtags: #DentalHealth #Mortality #Health

I don’t really know what to do with this information, since the “connection” could plausibly mean that poor overall health leads to poor gum health, but the story warrants more attention as it evolves.

12:05 – Wed 27 March 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

This work is not for yourselves. Kill that spirit of self and do not live above your people but live with them and if you can rise, bring someone with you.

Charlotte Maxeke

Hashtags: #Quotes #WomensHistory

9:03 – Thu 28 March 2024

Content Warning: US Media

Image Not Shown: A shopper at a Piggly Wiggly deli counter

Strange things are afoot at the Sheboygan Piggly Wiggly from Daily Kos

Aaaaah, that’s the stuff. Just good old-fashioned Trump-supporting Americans, voters who don’t mind migrant concentration camps or the undoing of democracy itself if it means bringing the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola back under three bucks.

Hashtags: #Media #USPol #NaziNextDoor

I’ve said it before, and I’ll almost certainly say it again in the future, but corporate media has such concentrated ownership that it will always push the narrative of a more-conservative world than actually exists. They need to, because if they don’t, their owners might need to pay their taxes…

12:01 – Thu 28 March 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

That who is not free in his house, does not have his house. That who is not free in homeland, had lost his homeland.

Marija Jurić Zagorka

Hashtags: #Quotes #WomensHistory

9:05 – Fri 29 March 2024

A collage depicting Erdoğan working a marionette
A collage depicting Erdoğan working a marionette
Image credit: Image by Arzu Geybullayeva

How Turkey’s opposition media empowers Erdoğan from Global Voices

Erdoğan created the label Feto’cu in the wake of the 2016 coup attempt carried out by the Gülen Movement. Feto, an acronym for “Fetullah Gülen Teror Orgutu” (Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization), is frequently used by the government sympathizers and supporters, to tarnish critics’ reputations and social standing.

Hashtags: #Turkiye #Media

Expect the same tactics to come to a media outlet near you, I assume.

12:06 – Fri 29 March 2024

Quoted on Mastodon

With few exceptions, every man of any social class, owing to an infinity of unflattering reasons for a sex that passes as strong, considers the privilege of his sex as a natural phenomenon and defends it with astonishing tenacity, calling on God, the Church, science, ethics, and existing laws, which are merely the legal sanction of the prevarication of a dominant class and sex.

Anna Kuliscioff

Hashtags: #Quotes #WomensHistory


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.

Redis is no longer free software from LWN

The Redis in-memory database system has had its license changed to either the Redis Source Available License or the Server Side Public License; neither license qualifies as free software.

First, you probably already know my opinion on these sorts of license-changing stunts to claim the community of Free Software while trying to dodge competition. 👎

However, this could also quickly get interesting. If you read through the comments, you see a second story emerge that this change in license violates the rights of several contributing developers. Even their fix directly violates the terms of the BSD license, by not specifying who owns the original, underlying copyright to which code. 🍿

A Wikiwomen promotional image featuring a Lucy Moore quote: Building gender equity on Wikipedia is feminism in action. I edit to lift up others and make the achievements of extraordinary women from the global majority better known.
A Wikiwomen promotional image featuring a Lucy Moore quote: Building gender equity on Wikipedia is feminism in action. I edit to lift up others and make the achievements of extraordinary women from the global majority better known.
Image credit: CC BY-SA 4.0

Five lessons from writing a biography for a woman from every country in the world from Wikimedia Diff

Whilst there’s no shortage of women to write about – there can still be a shortage of reliable sources to support their inclusion.

I wanted to share this post, largely because it hits on an issue similar to what I see for a lot of the year in these posts: When celebrating a particular history, heritage, or pride month, like Women’s History month for March, I can often find many likely candidates for interesting quotes, but no recorded quotes by them.

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