Off Twitter all day but I heard the North Idaho siren and must answer the call: there are many parts of North Idaho that are not what my family would call "in the toolies" but this company is IN THE TOOLIES…
Look at this website. The copyright was last updated in 2008. The design is straight out of.....2002? They are the people you call when you live in the woods and no other company will get you internet. Based in Priest River, serving Priest Lake.
I used to go to church camp in this area and it's the sort of place where you'd be out hiking and find an RV in the middle of nowhere and shut the fuck up v quickly and back away. It's prime American Redoubt real estate.
Anyway if you want to read about why a North Idaho ISP would actually cave to these demands to block Twitter/FB here are a few primers; also if you don't want to sound like an idiot don't call it Northern Idaho……

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I hope you'll spend some time with these stories — filled with joy, deep loneliness, epiphany and mourning — of people navigating the pandemic while living alone:…
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I wrote about what's actually going on when your day is filled with meeting after meeting after meeting and no one's paying attention and then you have to schedule another meeting:…
When I started looking at this graph it took me awhile to realize that the big jump about 2/3 of the way into the year coincided almost perfectly when kids went back to school — people started scheduling *even more* meetings
To me, this gets to the heart of constant-meeting-culture: scheduling meetings feels like a way to assuage concerns about productivity (and precarity); in practice, more meetings almost always just makes you feel less productive, more like shit
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11 Dec 20
Unmanageable traffic, neglected public transit, no parking downtown, roomy homes with backyards a solid 45 minutes away in traffic, untenable extended summers, you know, the dream
Forgot to mention an ever more white and homogenous population in the urban core!!!
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