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

9:01 – Mon 03 February 2020

Supermarket Robot Listed as Alibi in High-Profile Connecticut Murder Case from VICE

…don’t use that picture as part of your alibi, expecting Marty to prove that you weren’t helping your one-time boyfriend murder his wife.

12:01 – Mon 03 February 2020

I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.

Harriet Tubman

9:03 – Tue 04 February 2020

How Jim Crow lives on in skewed housing laws from Futurity

To…minimize the potential for perpetuating segregation and discrimination, crime-free housing ordinances should not rely on stops or arrests as a measure of the danger a tenant poses to his or her neighbors.

12:05 – Tue 04 February 2020

Any time while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told that I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it—just to stand one minute on God’s earth a free woman—I would.

Elizabeth Freeman

9:02 – Wed 05 February 2020

The 3 biggest security threats to our election that no one is talking about from Fast Company

…more than a third of counties overseeing toss-up congressional elections have email systems connected to voting registration databases that could be vulnerable to hacking.

12:02 – Wed 05 February 2020

We have never conformed with that class of philosophers who would keep the people in ignorance, lest they might change their opinion from former predilections.

Martin Delany

9:04 – Thu 06 February 2020

The Majority of Voters Now Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. It’s About Time. from The Intercept

It intersects…the fight to end mass incarceration, racial profiling, and transphobic police violence; the demand for a social safety net; and robust and protections for all workers.

12:04 – Thu 06 February 2020

Is the object of his thought lofty in its character, so is he. Is it low, so is he. We rise or fall, we ascend or descend, according to our ideals.

William H. Crogman

9:05 – Fri 07 February 2020

These West African artifacts tell stories of great forgotten empires but also the battle to own Africa’s art from Quartz

…led to the attempted destruction of knowledge of indigenous systems of governance in favor of European-imposed ones in West Africa.

12:03 – Fri 07 February 2020

We too often mistake individuals’ honor for race development and so are ready to substitute pretty accomplishments for sound sense and earnest purpose.

Anna J. Cooper


Since I try to limit my tweets, there’s occasionally a link that doesn’t make the count of five. Often, it’s something technology-related that not many non-technical people would be interested in, such as…

An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music sounds

…this is like going from the resolution of a 1980s television to the high-def televisions of today.

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