As promised (or threatened), this is the weekly Twitter roundup. Note that tweets of articles generally include header images from the articles, which are not included here unless they happen to be available under a free license. Most are not.

diagrams showing the division of the day and of the week

9:05 AM · Mon 13 January 2020

New York Is Proposing the Creation of a ‘Public Venmo’ from VICE

…it would create the country’s first publicly owned electronic banking platform, as well as a digital currency…

12:04 PM - Mon 13 January 2020

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.

Thomas Carlyle

9:04 AM - Tue 14 January 2020

Salty drinking water may take a toll on education from Futurity

…correlation between too much salt and repeating a grade only affected young children.

12:05 PM - Tue 14 January 2020

I regret the time I have been eating instead of being in pursuit of learning - for time is precious.

Fakhr al-Din al-Razi

9:02 AM - Wed 15 January 2020

Joe Biden’s Role in Creating the Student Debt Crisis Stretches Back to the 1970s from The Intercept

Biden helped write a separate bill that year blocking students from seeking bankruptcy protections on those loans after graduation.

12:01 PM - Wed 15 January 2020

The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require.

Mírzá Husayn-`Alí

9:01 AM - Thu 16 January 2020

Raising the minimum wage just $1 would cause suicide rates to drop from Fast Company

…the study saw no effect between minimum wage increases and the suicide rates of those with a college education or higher, and that strengthens this study’s evidence…

I didn’t have space to mention this in the tweet, but it’s worth pointing out somewhere that the House of Representatives passed a minimum wage bill back in July of 2019, but it’s one of the hundreds of bills waiting for Mitch McConnell to bring to the Senate floor.

It’s difficult to not bring partisan politics in an issue when one party is literally sitting on a law that would provably save lives.

12:02 PM - Thu 16 January 2020

Who can measure the worth of a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo or Beethoven in dollars and cents?

Lucy Parsons

9:03 AM - Fri 17 January 2020

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine from Quartz

Experts worry the practice will allow campaigns to suppress the vote or say different things, possibly opposing things, to different people.

Again, not mentioned in the tweet for space reasons, but whenever these Facebook manipulation issues come up, it’s worth a reminder that Zuckerberg almost certainly wants to run for President, at some point, and already has a stated bias.

12:03 PM - Fri 17 January 2020

There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.

W. E. B. Du Bois

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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.