imagine devoting your entire life to a violent power fantasy, getting exactly what you wanted with a whole country under your thumb, then having the nerve to complain that oppressing people "feels like a routine"
Jan 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
"Hot goods": the Dept of Labor can freeze interstate shipment of "hot goods"- those made in violation of min wage, overtime, or child labor laws. NCAE says that's too harsh!
And "oppose any & all" enforcement against human trafficking in agriculture speaks for itself.
The whaling episode has everything. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, farm policy, pest control, World War II food rationing, food conglomerates with their own whaling fleets, & the birth of the petroleum age.
Dec 29, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Check out all the shed lobster exoskeletons on the ground. Moulting is the riskiest point in most crustaceans' life cycle, so they look for hidey holes just big enough for a lobster & too small to allow predators.
Looks like cinderblocks are a good size for spiny lobsters!
Not aiming to rude here, I understand most people take farmers at face value when they talk about how XYZ will affect rural communities.
But farmers are a wealthy minority in rural areas! With very specific financial interests! That don't get discussed outside the industry!
Dec 16, 2022 • 25 tweets • 5 min read
Ok friendos it's time for the soy sauce supply chain infodump
So there's a person, more of a group effort now, on tumblr looking into Japan's soy sauce industry in the aftermath of World War 2. There's a compilation of their work & findings here, with links to more info in the comments.
Sinema's consistently put self-promotion over any coherent political strategy.
So, a splashy independent run that fucks over her core constituency (AZ never-Trump Republicans, or about 5% of Arizona) is 100% on brand.
Dec 5, 2022 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
What's this, an account from Lumberton yelling about how Fayetteville is gross & crimey? Oh boy. Let's look up some stats.
Fayetteville NC homicide rate: 11.34 per 100K
Lumberton NC homicide rate: 28.1 per 100K
This is what I'm talking about with the "haha Fayettenam" stuff.
Lumberton's got real problems bud! Your homicide rate is close to triple Fayetteville's. You could, idk, get productively engaged in your hometown or something.
But sure go ahead, tell yourself that someone *else* is "mad about living in a shithole." let it all out LMAO
Dec 4, 2022 • 19 tweets • 4 min read
Some local context. This is in Southern Pines NC. It's kinda like the Shelbyville to Fayetteville's Springfield. The Eagleton to our Pawnee.
Southern Pines is where the snobs go so they don't have to look at Fayetteville!
Here's the story of Pinehurst & Southern Pines. Back in the Gilded Age some robber baron got tired of winter, took a train south, & when he found the first place it was warm enough to play golf, he built a resort town.
It's been a wealthy golf retirement enclave ever since.
Nov 29, 2022 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Today's hot new scam is a luxury "chemical free" laundry detergent that gives you skin infections
I'm just at a loss over how you load up a laundry detergent with enough P. aeruginosa to give people skin infections.
Jul 26, 2022 • 36 tweets • 8 min read
Some monkeypox context, bc we need that I guess.
Full disclosure: I'm not a human doctor. I'm a doctor for crops.
So this comes from the POV of agricultural epidemiology: how diseases hang out in the landscape & sometimes run into people & the plants/animals we hang out with.
Monkeypox is 1 member of a big family of orthopoxviruses: