As discussed previously, this is my 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

I also don’t generally attach pictures to posts with quotations.

9:05 – Mon 30 March 2020

Farms with diverse crops protect animals and the climate from Futurity

But in the diversified systems the researchers studied, the endangered birds can be found year after year.

12:03 – Mon 30 March 2020

Wishes which cannot be fulfilled are said to be “pious.” It is assumed, apparently, that only profane wishes are fulfilled.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

9:04 – Tue 31 March 2020

Donald Trump Says America’s Ventilator Shortage Was “Unforeseen.” Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth. from The Intercept

Almost every federal agency you can imagine has, in fact, warned about shortages—and some have offered specific and sobering estimates of need…

12:04 – Tue 31 March 2020

One may as well preach a respectable mythology as anything else.

Mary Augusta Ward

9:02 – Wed 01 April 2020

Capitalist Death Cultists Demand Mass Human Sacrifice from VICE Motherboard

…not an exaggeration to say that for every avoidable death that we allow as a society in favor of financial gains, we are actively choosing to literally drown a human being in their own blood.

12:05 – Wed 01 April 2020

An ignorant doctor is the aide-de-camp of death.


9:03 – Thu 02 April 2020

Spreading through the chain

One Step Ahead from Nicky Case

Alas, people are contagious before showing symptoms! We’re one step behind the virus.

If you only read one out of the six articles, here, this should be the one. It’s also the shortest and has the most pictures!

12:01 – Thu 02 April 2020

Kings can tolerate everything but three practices—revealing a secret, an outrage on his harem, or a blow aimed at his power.


9:01 – Fri 03 April 2020

3,400-year-old Mesoamerican ball court sheds light on origins of the game from Ars Technica

the game was already important enough to people in the highlands to occupy a prominent place in the city and justify the investment of resources it took to build a stone court.

12:02 – Fri 03 April 2020

A community which is inspired by feelings of ill-will towards other communities is low and ignoble.

Muhammad Iqbal


Because it accidentally became a tradition early on in the life of the blog, here’s a sixth article that didn’t fit into the week, but too weird to not mention.

Big Oil is cheap: Should the government take it over? from Fast Company

When the group ran the numbers in 2015, it would have cost more than $1.1 trillion to buy 25 coal, oil, and gas companies. Now, to buy out the entire sector would cost around $700 billion, she says. That’s for 100% ownership; the government could also spend less to take a 51% ownership and gain control.

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