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Author, THE VIRAL UNDERCLASS | Celadon/Macmillan 2022 • Prof, Northwestern @MedillSchool @ISGMH • PhD in 🇺🇸 Studies • Repped by @McKinnonLit 📚
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Jan 17,
nbcnews.com/news/us-news/r… Look at this photo and framing here & compare it to depictions of how poor ppl, college student, migrants, Black folks, gay men, disabled ppl are accused of bug chasing or causing their illness though sloppiness and selfishness (h/t @kamilumin) “Some with recent Covid diagnoses are finding that contracting the illness they worked so hard to dodge for so long has brought them an unexpected reprieve from anxiety — instead of compounding it further,” @NBCNews frames this story, along with a smiling white family.
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Jan 16,
I have been beside myself with puzzlement that Democrats, so aligned with Hollywood, have not been running PSAs non stop throughout the last year w celebrities (who’d surely do them for free) abt vaccines, masks, how to get & use home tests etc. Truly bizzare. Dolly Parton did her own vaccine video. Why isn’t the US govt asking “unifying” figures everyone loves like Dolly or Tom Hanks or Garth Brooks to do PSAs? Why aren’t they asking George W. Bush and Bill Clinton , a member of the Yankees and of the Red Sox to do them together?
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Jan 16,
I don’t have a lot of patience for academic navel gazing about toxic workplaces and “publish or perish pressure” bc many have never worked elsewhere and are unfamiliar with “publish AND perish publishing” or worse—shift work, retail, office jobs, manual labor We should all have better working conditions in al jobs. But academic jobs are that: jobs. They're not a personality, a lifestyle, a religious or secular mission. They're a job. A confusion abt this comes from ppl in them who never leave school after kindergarten.
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Jan 15,
1. The Golden Palace coming to Hulu might be a good time to finally pitch my "Dorothy Zbornak is the Anakin Skywalker of the Golden Girls" essay.

Think about. From the pilot, Dorothy is cast like an evil, prone-to-chokeholds-villain—like Darth Vader. ImageImage 2. Dorothy is repeatedly cast as the mean, loser, ugly monster. They hide her in dark, dour clothes. The make fun of her height and her brute strength.

Just like Darth Vader. ImageImage
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Jan 15,
Back home in the Guardian for the first time 3 yrs, to read Biden to filth for home tests, masks & leaving the US "worse off than we were under Trump in the most lethal metric: more deaths are taking place under the Democrat than under his predecessor." theguardian.com/us-news/2022/j… In the essay, I explore why so many ppl are angry with the Biden administration—at times because the administration has pursued a vaccine only approach which, ironically, undermines what vaccines actually do best. I use a "rain jacket analogy"
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Jan 15,
Late to this, but

—301 of them (65%!) died of Covid! I think you mean "dying WITH" not "dying OF police duty"

—A "300%" increase is from 6 attacks to 19 attacks—so, an increase of 13 attacks

—Vehicle strikes increased by just 16 (42 to 58), in a yr of record traffic deaths! This is STRAIGHT UP COPAGANDA! And remember, this is being reported by @abc3340, the ABC affiliate in Tuscaloosa...and ABC news started the "Covid parties" moral panic in 2020 out of...Tuscaloosa! cc @ajbauer @RottenInDenmark
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Jan 15,
I like feeling accomplished abt something I can consistently do in 2 minutes

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Jan 15,
1. Obama was unusual in that he wasn't the handpicked candidate of the DNC or its owners. (Having billionaire Penny Pritzker run his fundraising sealed his Wall St bona fides.) Otherwise, Dems choose unelectable VPs (Biden, Kaine, Harris) they hope they can install later. 2. But it's weird they always tend to pick VPs who are just awful retail politicians with no support. Biden ran unsuccessfully for president for decades and called Obama "articulate" and "clean." Harris was polling 5th in her home state. TIM KAINE?!!!?! Who was he???
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Jan 14,
1. A report from the streets of Chicago, where CPS students are walking out, demanding better conditions to face Covid-19. Riding my bike up Statr St towards the Board of Ed, I already see hundreds of students on their way 2. Students crossings fittingly, at Ida B. Wells Drive
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Jan 14,
Damn, poppers discourse done even coming out on NPR @AdamZmith @byadamrhodes @dannynett ! “I’m Robert Siegal and this is NPR—National Poppers Radio”

😂🎙😂🎙😂🎙 h/t @ehphd
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Jan 14,
It's fine to be angry w Democrats. You can't reason w Republicans. But a pro-Hillary friend once asked "Do you want to argue w neoliberals or w fascists?" The Dems have the WH & Congress, so I am arguing w & angry at them, bc they're letting ppl die & handing off to fascists. For years, the Dems have been using the threat of Republicans like an abusive spouse with their fist raised uses the threat of violence ("Do what I want or I'll put you out on the street, then you won't have a home at all and you'll REALLY have something to cry about." )
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Jan 14,
Is my tweet thread just going to be typing fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck about everything from now on Well @RoniNYTimes, shall we dig up the arrest record of everyone's crimes from 35 years before deciding if they are deserving of a vaccine, dental care, an organ transplant—or should they get THE DEATH PENALTY nytimes.com/2022/01/13/hea…
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Jan 14,
If Marie Antoinette were a Democrat @ArionneNettles Google It
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Jan 14,
These people are fucking classist ghouls, they have no idea what the fuck is going on in the world whatsoever, their idea of plebes living up to their personal responsibility is fucking googling the latest hot restaurant across town The idea that ppl might be illterate, computer illiterate, not have access to a computer, be a shift worker w multiple jobs and caregiving responsibilities, not have good transportation options, or IDK not want to stand in line in the cold is anathema to them
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Jan 13,
Do I know anyone on here who is an expert on Star Trek transporter technology? I have a question!! Two questions: If they can beam someone from the distance of the surface of the planet directly to sick bay or the bridge instead of to the transporter room, why can’t they beam them from anywhere in the ship to the planet? Why do you need to go the transporter room to be beamed?
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Jan 12,
1,743 people died of Covid yesterday. Most ppl I know are holding to make most future plans in the near future. Meanwhile, commerce just rolls on as if nothing is happening, as if everything is going to be just fine, as if there's no need for a holding pattern. It unsettles me. It's outdoors, maybe things will be better by the summer. But the relentless way commerce just rolls over our consciousness as if nothing is happening will never not unsettle me.
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Jan 12,
1. The Drake condom hot sauce rumor shocked me most bc I thoght…men still use condoms!?! It made me think of some medical anthropology history in the making.

In the 70s, the birth control pill largely freed straight women & men from condoms, which gay men had never used. 2. For a short period of time, straight men and women and gay men were having a lot of sex without condoms—the pill taking care of pregnancy worry for thr straighths, and cheap antibiotics taking care of STIs for the straights and the gays as needed
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Jan 12,
I just learned Google employees who haven’t worked in their offices in nearly ~2 years~ all have their own PCR-like instant tests! While shift working clerks, instacart shoppers, factory workers stand in the cold on lines or go without tests! A very underclsss made at every turn! Finding tests, looking for tests, waiting for tests…in the case of shift workers, losing time you could be earning money or resting waiting in line for tests…if you just work for Google, you don’t have to go to an office, you can test whenever and how often you want, for free—
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Jan 11,
So many people, me included, feel beaten down and depressed. This is bc as we start year 3, we are yet again tasked w the impossible: Carry out difficult, alienating, individual tasks which are doomed to never be enough bc they require a state response that isn’t happening. So many people feel ashamed to be depressed, like they’re a failure bc they struggle to teach online or they feel privilege guilt for mourning a 3rd birthday w/o their friends.

It’s not you. There’s little any of us can do. It’s the system. And it is ok to feel broken by it.
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Jan 11,
JUST. GIVE. THE. FUCKING. TESTS. AWAY. EVERYWHERE. YOU. CAN. WITHOUT. PAPERWORK. YES. I. LITERALLY. MEAN. GIVE. THEM. AWAY. FOR. FREE. AT. SCHOOLS. IN. THE. MAIL. AT. VAX. SITES. WITHOUT. INSURANCE. OR. FORMS. OR. WEBSITES. JUST. PUT. TESTS. IN. HANDS. AND. UP. NOSES. FOR. FREE! I believe it includes Medicaid and ACA plans.

Still 30 million—THIRTY MILLION—have no insurance at all, not even Medicaid!

STOP FUCKING AROUND AND JUST GIVE OUT THE TESTS. MASKS, TOO!

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Jan 10,
I don’t feel like most of us have accepted how bad this is going to make life, nor how many lives it will end. The vaccines are working well at individual protection—but the scale of direct harm & collateral damage of what’s coming is almost as unfathomable as it was preventable. Vaccines work best at a population level by making them encounter viruses so infrequently, they have fewer chances to breakthrough.

What we have is runaway community spread — like pointing a fire hose at someone wearing a water resistant jacket & expecting them to stay dry.
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