Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones. ASME board. Mom. Upzoning, street tree, and rescue dog enthusiast. Migrating to Threads (and BS), same handle.
Jan 23 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Today, we launched a giant project on American Oligarchy.
From the rise of Trump, to crippling housing prices, to reality TV, there's nothing that explains America's crises like seemingly limitless power (and oft farcical vanity) of the super rich: motherjones.com/politics/2024/…2/ First, a quick video preview of what a full issue of @MotherJones magazine, plus a lot more online, holds: tiktok.com/@motherjonesma…
Oct 19, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Sure seems like big news orgs should update their "what we know and don't know" stories about the bombing at the hospital to mention in the first graph that the hospital itself was not hit or even sustained much damage! npr.org/2023/10/18/120… 2/ NPR doesn't have a transcript up yet but listen to this 3-min piece that's a good rundown of the whole situation npr.org/2023/10/19/120…
Oct 9, 2023 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
1/ I want everyone to realize that Elon has set up his site so that these snuff videos will be monetized for his blue checks.
2/ Responsible newsrooms will not shove them into your feed. Certainly @MotherJones will not. But some will. So protect yourself accordingly. Starting staying off "for you" which is now a cesspool of Nazis on the make. Use "folllowing" instead.
Aug 18, 2023 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
People who think blocking should be eliminated are exactly like the people who get mad when you turn down a free drink or tell you to smile.
Yeah, most people who harass you on twitter won't threaten you physically. But, just like the dude at the bar, you never know.
And, harassment and trolling and threats are psychologically harmful.
Aug 10, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Clarence Thomas has always been a stain on American jurisprudence but it is Chief Justice John Roberts that bears the responsibility for the reputational implosion of the Court, by failing to institute ethics codes that all other federal judges abide by: propublica.org/article/claren…
Oh look, the dude that Trump installed *as ethics counsel* at the Office of Management and Budget was part of the trips shoveling favors to Clarence Thomas
Jun 20, 2023 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Timeline cleanse from Tours, France, where today we visited the Musée de la typographie (really as much a workshop), where Muriel Mechin, a second generation artisan of typography, lithography, and small offset presses holds forth. 2/ He is a second generation printer/artist—started working with his dad at 14. He loves puns (@daudig). My French was nowhere near being good enough to extract all he wanted to convey, but he did ink up a bunch of mini presses to make us some prints…
Jun 20, 2023 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
1/ Whenever I think about Hunter Biden, I can’t help but remember that as a little kid, he watched his mother and sister die. He and Beaux were critically injured in that crash and in Hosptial for long time, during which his 29-yo dad was sworn into Senate and began commuting…
2/ who knows why one kid processes devastating trauma “better” than another. He was too young to really recount exactly what he saw and heard and felt. Anyway, spent the rest of his life in brother’s shadow, also not easy.
He should be accountable for any illegal acts and…
Jun 19, 2023 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
1/ Timeline cleanse thread from France. The epic gardens of Villandry, just after a big thunderstorm.
2/these are the formal gardens…
Jun 17, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Below is a much longer thread on the incredible public transit/bike infrastructure/street cleaning in Paris.
This year: currently on a bus that came right in front of our hotel, straight shot to high speed train we will take to the Loire.
2/ It would enormously undercut any climate gains that @GavinNewsom has won. Way more CO2 emissions, way more traffic, way more particulate/sound pollution.
Jun 6, 2023 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
1/ East Coasters: you need to learn about AQI—air quality indexes—and the aps you need to figure out how dangerous the smoke is.
It can be VERY dangerous, eps for kids, asthmatics, etc.
Air Visual aka IQAir is one I recommend.
2/ here’s a view on Air Visual for Manhattan rn. Bad but out here we’ve seen far worse. Also forecasts which are ~helpful
May 19, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
"One issue is whether this is a good use of taxpayer time and money. Peskin said his request to hold the meeting at UN Plaza will cost $4,650: $2,000 for the SF Gov TV equipment, $2,000 for “media services” and $650 for Board of Supervisors tablecloths." sfstandard.com/politics/polit…
$650 for Board of Supervisor tablecloths, I just can't even with this city and it's endless round of performative stunts by the entire swathe of city leaders.
May 16, 2023 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
This @frontlinepbs is very very good but I don’t understand why their house account only runs still photos and traditional promo clips instead of just excerpts. For this or any episode!
Like...I went looking for the clips to show you guys how jaw-dropping some of the details in this are and couldn't find them.
This isn't just a Frontline thing, it's a whole PBS thing. You guys have video editors! Use them!
May 7, 2023 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Going to distract myself from American carnage by noting that the trappings of British royalty are immensely stupid and tacky looking? Like a run-down casino:
Those are just immensely ugly outfits.
May 6, 2023 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
One of the metrics by which you can measure SF's troubles is how people who have kids move out of the city, due to high housing costs and struggling schools, mainly. We are becoming a city of the very rich and the very poor and this bullshit isn't helping: sfchronicle.com/sf/bayarea/hea…
Without an actual conservative counterweight, SF's Dems/left just increasingly turns on itself in ways that are super unhealthy, alienating to larger voter base, and...just exceedingly weird.
Apr 26, 2023 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
A story the national media—particularly Fox and @nypost—won't pick up. Allegedly the retired SFFD official who was beaten by a homeless dude has been linked to multiple assaults on homeless people, weapon of choice: bear spray.
bear spray is a thing that a lot of Californians have/have used while camping. But nobody walks around with bear spray, which is much more concentrated than mace, with a canister capable of sending the compound much much further than mace ones.
Apr 26, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Yeah so the lawyer hired by both Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon—and represented famous #metoo defendents— was himself accused of gang raping a 17 when he was a student at Berkeley and paid a settlement businessinsider.com/bryan-freedman…
not sure if having an accused gang rapist defend you against termination for what looks to be (at least in part) sexual harassment is a choice I would make but very on-brand for Tucker.
The NYT had a prewrite for SpaceX blowing up nytimes.com/live/2023/04/2…
SpaceX saying nbd if rockets close up that’s how we learn…same attitude Tesla takes to autopilot horrors
Apr 19, 2023 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
1/ What does "electrify everything" actually take? To answer that question, we turned to @JesseJenkins, whose research is behind a lot of the thinking in the IRA. Buckle up, it's eye-popping: motherjones.com/environment/20…2/ The IRA and two other Biden-era laws should lead to massive—though still insufficient—progress to a net zero (ie: no more CO2 put into atmosphere than is taken out) economy: motherjones.com/environment/20…