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Journalist & historian. Pub musician. Dad. Husband. I also do dishes. My book: #TheBrightAges https://t.co/v9cihOknRe. Subscribe: https://t.co/rhkQHioWqV.
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23 Jul
I wish opinion pages didn't feel the need to publish incoherent garbage in order to achieve balance. If a set of ideas on one side of an issue are evidence free, unsupportable, racist, trash ...maybe you just don't need to publish them.
I love opinion essays. I love writing them. I love reading them. I love the project of writing an argument in a narrow word count that is persuasive, but also true. That contains evidence, but is also iterative pushing you to the next essay, the next argument, the bigger source.
I want you to write, read, share, love, opinion essays. I want to write them a lot. I wish I could do it full time, or at least have a staff gig where I wrote weekly or whatever year for one outlet (even if the pay was only side hustle worthy).
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23 Jul
I /love/ the G with the Hermes wings. It's amazing.
It reminds me of
I mean who doesn't think that car is cool? Bad people. That's who. It's an amazing car and so is the Winged Gs.
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20 Jul
Jamming with @infamousfiddler and embarrassing my daughter by playing Stacy’s Mom. Excellent good time yeah.
When I sing “and the ceiling’s painted gold, and Mary’s hair is red” I somehow think not of my own time living in Venice, but the fiction of @guygavrielkay
I am convinced that “I had a little girl in a holler tree” is a line from True Thomas as well as a @billybragg and Woody Guthrie song.
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19 Jul
I think sometimes about the books I might have written with a 2:2 load, grad students who speak/read all the right languages, all kinds of sabbaticals and releases. I thought once about applying for a @MellonFdn scholarship that I learned didn't apply to my little university.
@MellonFdn Mellon has this amazing "new directions" fellowship and I wanted one to spend a year taking disability studies at UIC down the road, but only people already at elite schools can apply.
@MellonFdn there's no meritocracy.
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18 Jul
I was sleeping so well before my son woke up for … maybe two minutes … at 3:30 am and now …
At least there are coffee, scones, peaches, and fish to be caught when the sun comes up.
I kissed my boy and he gave me the worlds most glorious smile before instantly going back to sleep. Then I lay in bed for an hour. And now here we are, just eating scones and listening to birds waking and looking for the first light in the sky.
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14 Jul
Grandad did. A New England preacher, freedom rider, pacifist, gardener, fisherman. A baritone voice like sandpaper over stone. Good at cards. Ran for Congress during the Vietnam War on the Peace Party ticket. Lived long enough to hear McNamara admit he was wrong.
Maybe I lost the plot here
Man was arrested for civil disobedience a lot.
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13 Jul
Reading about non tenure track organizing and admin resistance at Howard.
Note that three of the requirements here, as at many institutions, require zero dollars. Just treating employees well and giving them job security.
we want our institutions to be better than they are when it comes to treating us well. they aren't. institutions will never love you back.
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13 Jul
I'd like to talk for a moment about #BodilyAutonomy and #Vaccination. Some context, I'm pretty ride or die for bodily autonomy when it comes to leftwing values, as I wrote here for @thenation -- thenation.com/article/archiv…
@thenation Bodily autonomy, classically, stops when your actions harm someone else. "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins," the adage, but I actually think swinging a fist at someone's face at all is pretty out of bounds. Threatening counts.
I do not want the state coercing people to have needles put into their bodies; but I think it's reasonable for the state to say that if you choose to be unvaccinated (without medical exemption - those are the folks who herd immunity shields), you are also choosing to stay home.
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13 Jul
I regret tweeting about politics
Today I took a trash can and used a hose, degreaser, an old rag, an old broom, to scrub out the filthy reeking bottom of the can. I’d rather tweet about that.
The other week I used a shop vac to take about 20 trips of grey water (raw sewage) out of a holding tank so we could replace a sewage pump I’d rather tweet about that.
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12 Jul
I wonder how many people Scott Atlas killed.
and if anything could have been done to stop him from killing people.

buzzfeednews.com/article/stepha…
I genuinely don't know.
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12 Jul
someone buy this for me.

engelvoelkers.com/en-it/property…
come on I need it
commme onnnnnnnnn
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12 Jul
make PTO for vaccine side effects mandatory on a nationwide basis.
all fixes are going to be incremental at this point, bringing small slices of the unvaccinated whole into the clinics for their shots. But that's the one I'd like to see right away.
followed by schools and colleges/universities adding covid-19 vaccine to their mandatory list.

cnn.com/2021/07/10/opi…
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12 Jul
what if i dropped everything and got an mfa
what if i dropped everything and went to journalism school
what if i dropped everything and learned portuguese
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11 Jul
(203 obviously plus at least an hour to rest in a cambro but that is gonna happen so)
Isn’t gonna
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9 Jul
I had a very good sandwich but choose not to abandon my pedantry.
promises made, promises broken

#Perry2024
is a sandwich a "snack" technically speaking? Promises made, goalposts moved
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9 Jul
TW: Suicide, depression.

I spent years talking with Amy about her mental health and not saying anything really about mine. She has been one of my guides though and I always share her work.
I wish y'all had not shared/QT'd that suicide note, those of you who did. Please don't do that again. If you don't know what I'm talking about then that's good.
it hasn't been a good day in ye olde brain of mine but anyway, I'm gonna make a sandwich and I filed an essay this morning to fie on you, brain.
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9 Jul
If you think some thing might be a suicide note, please don’t RT or QT it. If you are sure it’s not one please make that clear in your tweet.
This is a deliberately vague tweet. Just think please.
I don’t know the details but I have had ideation around self harm since I was 9 so I’d rather you were careful.
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8 Jul
This is again such a reveal. On the one hand students protest a cop-owned coffee shop. On the other hand the state lawmaking apparatus forces curricular changes and institutes surveillance of what happens in the classroom.

For the reactionary centrist, these are the same.
Excuse me, a thin blue line displaying fiancée of a retired cop owned the coffee shop.

Here’s a news story on her tort claim. boisedev.com/news/2021/03/2…
The details are contested, but I’m happy to concede sometimes leftwing students protest loudly. The difference for Young is that sometimes leftwing students protest HER so they are the real threat.
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7 Jul
just thinking that really assuming we make it to the fall, it's going to be everyone's first day all over again.
I haven't met a student in my office since march 6th 2020 or so.
the idea of doing so is like starting a new job over again
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7 Jul
I feel like a lotta smart people spend a lot of time spreading bullshit under the guise of refutation.
the fisking of that national review incel piece for example. There's nothing in there that requires serious engagement. It's not serious. It's just bullshit. The author knows it. You know it. Calling out its incoherence isn't really going to help. And it might hurt by spreading.
calling out incoherence in right wing writing feels good tho I give you that
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7 Jul
I just want to note that not one of the autistic people who have been fighting this for years was quoted in the article. There are reasons for this in basic journalism practice when it comes to court decisions. Those practices are wrong.
In this piece the journalist quotes the school, summarizes the schools arguments, says the FDA gave no comment, and summarizes both the decision and the dissent. That’s the job of the reporter.

But it’s not enough.
If you’re reporting on electric shocks given to autistic people you should quote autistic people. If you don’t have time to call some leaders in the community, then orgs like ASAN put out statements. Quote them.
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