Obviously, the people attacking scientists are nuts- but the fact that scientists still think they can fall back on "How foolish of people to think we could ever be subject to external pressure" is pretty delusional given how many people died while they denied COVID was airborne.
As a STEM educator, it really sucks that highly credentialed people have to defend science from a position of sorely damaged credibility- but they brought that on themselves. Smugly pretending to still have credibility above reproach isn't helping them rebuild it.
This goes double for journalists. Yes, we still believe in them as institutions, but both science and journalism let people who trusted them down, there's no way to retcon those deaths as having happened for any reasons but political and economic. The facts were known.

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23 Nov
*Non-Chinese Only*

What is this?
Hold up everyone, I forgot to wear my poker cheating pants😆
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21 Nov
Just my general STEM-Ed advice/opinion since I haven't posted it in a while.
The single best first purchase is a used ThinkPad (x220 is fantastic) and teach them how to install Linux on it.
This comes before all STEM-Ed games/toys/kits etc.
Then the @adafruit Circuit Playground.
Other people have other opinions, mine is that's the best bang for your buck. I'm not a fan of learning fundamentals on SBCs, futzing around with little screens, wires and keyboards mean they're better to apply what you've already learned on more usable hardware.
Remember I had zero interest in tech until I was 19 and needed money- and could get a remote junior Rails dev gig if I learned the basics.
It's never too late, the same advice applies- a used ThinkPad, Linux.
I learn tech very slowly at first- but have infinite attention span.
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11 Nov
My school broke the rules mostly and we spoke a lot of Cantonese in the classroom, and I was extremely militant about not speaking Mandarin if I could avoid it well into my late teens. The problem is part and parcel of this is severe anti-migrant sentiment.🧵
You can't say “we’re in Guangdong, we’re going to speak Cantonese” without implicitly excluding immigrants from other parts of China. Most foreigners are unaware of how provincial Chinese can be, how everything in every major city is blamed on “outer province people”.
Local language is, and always has been used deliberately as a shibboleth, a tool of exclusion and discrimination by Chinese against other Chinese. This was a primary reason a lingua franca had to be settled on- to keep us from cutting each other's throats for another 1000 years.
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26 Oct
The fact that the comments about my erasure have been carefully ignored:

…have not so much gotten an “oops” from @NPRHealth or the @RadioDiaries team makes it pretty clear it wasn’t an oversight.
Why is this kind of constant erasure a problem? One- because of representation- if young women don’t see female engineers, they’re less likely to pursue that themselves. Two, because in many lines of work, mine included, recognition is the primary path to career advancement.
There are few exceptions to the media's obsession with Tech Bros as the solution to all of the world's problems. When an exception does occur- and a woman steps up to work on a tech problem, xenophobia, nationalism and concerns about her gender expression should take a back seat.
Read 4 tweets
26 Oct
@NPRHealth Would not have killed you to give me some credit for the work I did on this. I just could not get anyone to visit her and do final fitting and troubleshooting on the collars I had manufactured for her. Everyone talks up a storm about helping but when it comes time to show up🙄
@NPRHealth I'm in China, I can't easily get packages past customs to mail the collars back and forth and Martha isn't going to be able to see what needs to be changed. You'd think it would be Americans who helped her but nah- it was a bunch of Chinese who did the work while you tweeted.
@NPRHealth Box of 30 collars I shipped to Martha, fabricated at no cost by my local textile startup friends- all someone had to do was show up and let me know what changes had to be made but naaaaa, let's tweet and write news stories about how *someone* should so something.
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