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Dec 15, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
"on Wednesday, the account was suspended, a month after @elonmusk had promised not to do so in the name of “free speech."… @elonmusk "A few hours later, Sweeney’s personal account was also suspended, as were the more than 30 other accounts he runs that track the private jets of celebrities, including Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, and Kim Kardashian.

And now Sweeney is ready for war."
Dec 15, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
"Indiana is reportedly the first state to specifically allow the use of force against police.

The new rule was passed with a nudge from the NRA, which has pushed permissive gun laws around the country. "… "The measure is essentially just a public-servant-specific amendment to the state's 2006 so-called Castle Doctrine bill, which allows people to do whatever they have to to stop someone from illegally entering a home or car."
Dec 14, 2022 8 tweets 4 min read
"in the five closest GOP House wins, the Republicans won by a combined measly 6,652 votes.

Republicans’ gain of any seats at all came from just 22,370 votes, the *combined* margin of their 9(!) closest victories."… "The most razor-thin victory was Colorado Representative Lauren @RepBoebert's closing win over Democrat Adam Frisch.

The far-right candidate won by 546 votes—a 0.16% margin that triggered an automatic recount."
Dec 14, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
“Climate change has increased the likelihood of severe hurricanes.

But there is a bigger culprit behind rising damage costs:

Americans flocking to coastal areas.

This migration has added to the number of homes, businesses & other buildings in harm’s way …… “The most aggressive effort to persuade Americans to leave hurricane-threatened areas may be a new program that prices federal flood insurance according to climate risk, dramatically increasing costs for people living in vulnerable places.

But relocation is a tough sell.”
Dec 14, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
“For a brief time during WWII, government subsidies for childcare were available to women working for the war effort.

Coverage included medical care, enrichment activities, meals and snacks, at a cost of less than $10 a day per child in today’s dollars”…
Dec 13, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
"When we asked whether people approved of threatening a politician who is “harming the country or our democracy,” 24% approved.

When we asked if people approved of assassinating a politician described in the same way, 1 in 5 approved."… Image "Levels of approval for both scenarios were slightly *higher for Democrats* than Republicans, driven largely by the approval of younger Democratic men."
Dec 13, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
“An entrance to Central Park will be named the Gate of the Exonerated, for the teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime that triggered a national conversation on racial injustice.”… “The designation of the gate is a rare instance of a municipality formally memorializing its colossal mistake, acknowledging the error in sandstone, etched onto the wall at the point where the teenagers entered the park that evening.”
Oct 2, 2022 8 tweets 2 min read
"Remember SF Supervisor Dan White? [He resigned from his position in 1978, and a few weeks later assassinated both Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk.

He was the Kyle Rittenhouse of his day.

No wonder Tucker Carlson loves him."… Carlson, chief propagandist for the neo-fascist movement, claimed in his 1991 Trinity College yearbook that he was a member of the “Dan White Society.”

No such org existed, but that Carlson would find that “funny” is plenty revealing of how central homophobia is to [him]."
Oct 2, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
I enjoyed this (vulgar) new comedy @ThisFoolHulu.

“It succeeds as an unsentimental comedy about community and family… and what a pain in the neck they can be.”

“There’s plenty of substance here, hidden behind the jokes about bodily functions, penises & inappropriate actions.” I predicted that there would be a Morrissey reference in the show and there was.

And I’m happy report that it consisted of the character saying “I fucking hate Morrissey” 😂
Sep 30, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read

The police supplied chips for the munchies and pizza for dinner.

Their purpose, though, was sober: to show officers what marijuana impairment looks like, and the stoners how the drug can mess with their driving.”… “Participants have two 30-minute periods to get high.

After each one, they are ushered into classrooms for a battery of field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line—or trying to.”
Sep 6, 2022 10 tweets 2 min read
"Economics, Democracy, and Freedom: It’s All One Argument -

For their policies to succeed, Democrats need to tie their economic ideas to the broader ideals all Americans are taught to cherish."… "The concept of freedom, as I’ll explain, is one the left has almost completely ceded to the right.

What Democrats and progressives have to understand is that, today, they cannot afford to abandon it, and these aren’t separate fights."
Sep 4, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
“Chile Votes on Constitution That Would Enshrine Record Number of Rights -

If voters approve the text, Chile, which legalized divorce only in 2004, would suddenly have more rights enshrined in its constitution than any other nation.“… “Many Chileans worry that the new charter would too drastically change their country, and their concerns have been amplified by confusion over the details, uncertainty over the impact and rampant misinformation.”
Sep 4, 2022 23 tweets 3 min read
“As states go in different directions on social and economic policy, the consequences will be deeply felt by all Americans, regardless of their place on the political spectrum, with implications around the world.”… “The differences go well beyond just hot-button ideological issues and rules on voting.

Take economic policy…”
Jul 6, 2022 25 tweets 4 min read
“Why Canada Isn't Having a Traffic Safety Crisis -

As roads in the US get more dangerous, Canada’s traffic fatalities have been going down.

These practices and policies help explain why.”… “Around 118 of every million Americans died in crashes in 2020, two and a half times the Canadian rate of 46.

And the gap between the two is widening;

US road deaths per capita rose 19% from 2010 to 2020, while Canada’s rate fell at almost the same pace.”
Jul 6, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
“We need to draw down carbon—not just stop emitting it -

Carbon removal is no substitute for reducing climate pollution.

But it is now a necessary tool to keep temperatures in check.”… “Some companies have erroneously suggested that carbon removal could allow us to keep emitting at nearly half current global levels.

But that would necessitate sucking up and storing away carbon dioxide at levels that are almost certainly technically or economically infeasible,”
Jul 6, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
“The semester-long course will be taught at the high school by a professor from West Los Angeles College.

Students who complete the elective course, which will be held after school, will receive college credits.”… “In addition to going over what the letters “LGBTQ” stand for, Lockett said the course will discuss the difference between gender and sexual identity, delve into the history of queer people worldwide, and touch on more recent pop culture & history, including 1969 Stonewall Riots”
Jun 29, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
“How a Public University Is Bowing to a Conservative Crusade -

With relatively little state funding, @BoiseState should be able to resist pressure by Idaho Legislature.

Instead the university, led by a liberal transplant, has repeatedly capitulated.”… “Across the US, elected officials in red states are seeking to impose their political views on public universities. Even as they decry cancel culture, they’re leveraging threat of budget cuts to scale back diversity initiatives, sanitize teaching of history & interfere w/policies
Jun 29, 2022 9 tweets 2 min read
"Such rural gains are in the early stages & could be vulnerable to a national economic downturn. They also depend on how far the back-to-the-office movement goes. In recent months, office reopenings & waning pandemic have drawn some workers back to cities… Image "Even so, recent trends reflect the impact that remote work has had on rural and urban geography.

Rural counties saw a net gain in population from mid-2020 through mid-2021, a sharp shift from the decade preceding the pandemic, when they lost residents."
Jun 29, 2022 12 tweets 5 min read
"That reason the coup attempt failed is Trump’s incredible laziness and complete aversion to personal risk.

A whole party prostrated itself before its leader.

Lawyers confected idiotic, barely-even-trying justifications."… "Thousands of people stood ready in the streets to escalate the violence and stop legitimate politics from proceeding.

But Trump himself, the one plotter whose vigorous participation was absolutely necessary, seems to have spent most of that day watching TV and ignoring texts"
Jun 29, 2022 11 tweets 2 min read
“California affordable housing can top $1 million per unit -

Their exorbitant price tags mean that taxpayers are subsidizing fewer apartments than they otherwise could while waiting lists of renters needing affordable housing continue to grow.”… “A driver of the increases is labor & material prices, which have soared because of inflation, supply-chain probs & worker shortages.

But investigation found numerous factors within control of state & local govts also to blame for high cost of building affordable housing in CA.”
Jun 29, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
“Yet, when the AP reporter made the same exact post but swapped out the words “abortion pills” for “a gun,” the post remained untouched.

A post with the same exact offer to mail “weed” was also left up and not considered a violation.”… “Abortion pills, however, can legally be obtained through the mail after an online consultation from prescribers who have undergone certification and training.”