We can’t sustain our discipline without hearing voices of all people!

I am a straight white male Classics PhD. However, the voices of Latin speakers and Classics scholars need to be more diverse. We can’t sustain our discipline without hearing voices of all people. Everyone must be included in the conversation. You are all welcome to join us. I’m heartened to see more and more people […]

Stop, I’m still getting over the crickets!

Okay since this game sucks, I’m gonna share the story of the time my dad left a tupperware full of bladder stones on the kitchen table. Context: My dad is a veterinarian and mom’s a vet tech. When I was a kid they would always bring home cool and weird stuff they pulled out of […]

What would you do if your anxiety didn’t exist?

Found a question I posed to my self in an old notebook: What would you do if your anxiety didn’t exist? I have had a big uptick in anxiety in the past month. No clear reason, no single trigger in life, just an uptick in general anxiety and panic attacks. Received a script that exacerbated […]

Wanning Sun and Haiqing Yu have accused reporters of stoking xenophobia…

Long thread on a fraught subject. Wanning Sun and Haiqing Yu have accused reporters of stoking xenophobia with “insinuative journalism” on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia (article republished here) ; https://t.co/tnjvALR1JS It’s a thoughtful piece and deserves close attention. As journalists we have to make sure we don’t lapse into clumsy generalisations when reporting on […]

The very idea is viscerally offensive to them!

People get so angry when you suggest that government, business, and mainstream media might seek to hide, discredit or ignore information that would lead to accountability, a reduction in profits, or social unrest. The very idea is viscerally offensive to them. The decades long use of asbestos with full knowledge among some insurance companies and […]

What does Michael Cohen’s sentencing submission tell us about ?

THREAD: What does Michael Cohen’s sentencing submission tell us about his cooperation against Trump and the potential involvement of others in his criminal conduct? (Short answer: A lot more than you might expect) Late on Friday night, Michael Cohen’s attorneys filed his sentencing submission. It is really worth a read: https://t.co/sRZFwcXWsd A sentencing memorandum is a […]

Something happened at the Capitol Tuesday to reaffirm my long…

Something happened at the Capitol Tuesday to reaffirm my long-held view that liberals should stop believing what conservatives say liberals believe. 2. One of the biggest obstacles in the history of American liberalism has been this tendency among liberals to accept as true things liberalism’s enemies say about it and them. 3. Newly elected members […]

The argument that malicious, even non-human speech on the web…

The argument that malicious, even non-human speech on the web—like racist trolls who are backed by megadonors, and therefore the bots and sponsored posts that amplify their racism—is protected speech? That always had a very direct analogy to me: Citizen’s United. The idea that paid-for bot networks pushing out racist garbage to game Twitter’s Trending section […]

Trump’s play now will be to purge the Justice Department!

In light of Session’s “resignation,” I want to re-up a point I made back in September. Trump’s play now will be to purge the Justice Department, stonewall congressional investigations, and rely on SCOTUS to protect him. I honestly wasn’t expecting him to start literally the day after the election, but here we are. The key […]

“Republicans can’t pass bills anymore” – It’s kind of a big deal!

I feel like “Republicans can’t pass bills anymore” has become oddly underrated as a consequence of the midterms. It’s kind of a big deal. Yes, the midterms didn’t shatter liberals’ sense of existential dread about Trump occupying the White House but midterms can’t do that. Had Republicans won, they’d have passed laws that harm millions […]

What should we make of Trump’s firing of Jeff Sessions?

THREAD: What should we make of Trump’s firing of Jeff Sessions? BREAKING: JEFF SESSIONS RESIGNS AS ATTORNEY GENERAL.  https://t.co/Ssxvp7w5LW Sessions’ chief of staff will be the acting attorney general for now, Trump says. “”We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will […]

Clearly, the President has something to hide!

Clearly, the President has something to hide. Donald J. Trump; “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well…. ….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for […]

Chuck Schumer is an utter failure as Dem Senate leader!

A lot of ink will be spilled debating what 2018 means, but one thing is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt, Chuck Schumer is an utter failure as Dem Senate leader. Schumer spent the entire past 2 years running the caucus with one goal, protecting red state Dems. His plans failed. Add in his […]

Bye-bye Bilbo Bigot! Jeff Sessions recused himself in name only!

Bye-bye Bilbo Bigot! Jeff Sessions recused himself in name only, going on to fire Comey anyway. He is a racist, a liar, and a disgrace as AG. The Mueller probe was no safer with Sessions than without him. Good riddance. Sessions spent his life attacking civil rights and helped create some of the Trump admin’s […]

This thread isn’t about what’s wrong with Texas!

I’ve been pondering the rally in Texas. I lived there for 13 years, loved lots of people and lots of stuff about Texas. This thread isn’t about what’s wrong with Texas. Here are a few salient observations unnoticed by the Morning Joe commentators. (#RevThread # 113 Unholy) The crowd was 22,000. 22,000? In enormous Texas. […]

Your very existence requires anger & fear! (‘Donald J. Trump’)

@realDonaldTrump with every fiber of your rotten being you‘ve incited & condoned hate. Never in 643 days have you discouraged people from unleashing the violence inside them. Your very existence requires anger & fear. You need it like normal people need oxygen. This is on you. Today is further proof our struggle is asymmetrical. The […]

Let’s talk about Disney, fairytales & consent!

Alright. Let’s do this. (rolls ups sleeves) Let’s talk about Disney, fairytales & consent. @IMKristenBell gave everyone fainting spells when she suggested Snow White might not be the best movie to let kids watch because of it’s message about consent. She has a point. (THREAD) (2) Now hold up. I am NOT judging you for […]

Notes on the ‘women’s rights vs trans rights’ framing that’s popped up recently!

Notes on the ‘women’s rights vs trans rights’ framing that’s popped up recently, since I’m starting to see (I hope) well-meaning and non-bigoted feminist colleagues buying into it. In short, it’s a ploy, and distracting attention from the very real threats to women’s services. First, we should always be wary when we see ‘competing rights’ […]

Hello from Senate Judiciary: Recess Edition!

Hello from Senate Judiciary: Recess Edition. Dems are upset Grassley scheduled a judicial noms hearing during the recess; Grassley says they agreed to the date knowing this might happen. Kennedy is slated to run it, not Grassley — so far just Sasse is here Senate Democrats are ticked that Grassley scheduled two hearings on judicial […]

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