Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer, All a-Twitter

Another July, and Twitter is still here. Though I hear they may start filtering our feeds, similar to Facebook, based on some mysterious algorithm that figures out what you're interested in.

Regular readers of my best-of-Twitter posts may note a bunch here from a new source named Jamie Kilstein, a male feminist vegan atheist comedian. He has a podcast called Citizen Radio.

I noticed that several of this month's tweets are about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case:

Is it illegal for me to ask what religion a corporation is during a job interview?
By Mat Honan

An illustrated guide to American personhood:

By Sarah Baker

It's almost as if the linkage between employment and health care is a fundamentally terrible idea.
By Tom Tomorrow

You know, I *did* have this sneaky feeling that making a basic human right dependent on market/employer whims was kinda iffy.
By Blake Stacey

Reminder: It's 2014 and still conservatives are all fussy pants that women can suppress our own ovulation like it belongs to us.
By Amanda Marcotte 

I wonder how many corporations would object to paying for female contraception if they had to pay for maternity leave...
By Jason Sweeney

Still waiting for a corporation to have a religious objection to paying so little that their employees have to live off food stamps.
By Pete Nicely

Keep your filthy hands off my guns while I decide what you can & can't do with your uterus.
By Sarah Silverman 

Am always intrigued when Rush Limbaugh, married like 20 times & childless, says how birth control is just for hos.
By Josh Marshall Also faved by: Jen Deaderick

If a business’ owners want religious protection, they should lose all corporate/LLC protections and isolations, as the company is personal.
By Marco Arment
And others are about the child refugee build-up at our southern border:
BREAKING: Nation of immigrants who fled persecution persecutes immigrants fleeing persecution, irony surrenders to stupidity
By Rex Huppke 

The Statue of Liberty, traditionally the symbol of Protecting The Homeland from immigrants:

By David Roth

Nothing shows your pride in America more than standing at the border and screaming at people who want to be Americans.
By Frank Conniff

God, grant me the serenity to yell at immigrant children, the courage to still say I'm a Christian, and the ignorance to not get the irony.
By Rex Huppke
But otherwise, no major patterns, other than my usual topics, strewn throughout:
An English teacher discussing homophones on a school's website was fired for "promoting a gay agenda." Really.
By Hemant Mehta

Attn Business Insider, that's not his "torso":

By Rob Beschizza

There's something vaguely terrifying about a grown man wearing overalls. If only one side is buttoned, the end is near.
By Aparna Nancherla

If they put Shirley Chisholm on the $20 I would cash out my bank account in $20s and roll around in them.
By Sarah Jaffe

It's still strikes me as really weird that we debate how to seriously cut poverty as if no one else has figured it out.
By Matt Bruenig

Here is a cool monster from a medieval map if you needed that today. It is a “sea-pig.” (via

By mapzen

Markets structurally impoverish the disabled, elderly, young, families with children -- the constant churn of those it unemploys.
By Matt Bruenig

Is it inevitable that with age, even smart people start saying things that are okay, but slightly, weirdly, out of touch? Don't answer that.
By Monika Bauerlein

America’s debt load:

By Demos_Org

Play With It As It Lays. #DogMovies.
By Frank Conniff

Poor kids need democratic schooling the most because they're often the ones confined in the most regimented, authoritarian environments.
By Nikhil Goyal

Segregation within school is at least as much of a problem as segregation by school. Aggregate number's hide this.
By Adam Holman

"Whiteness is the original identity politics. And, worse still, it was militarized identity politics." – Gerald Horne
By Greg Carr

"The redemptive power of _______" is a phrase usually applied to things that don't work for me.
By Chris Steller

We should question the sacrosanct nature of college, but also acknowledge that alternatives to college aren't attainable for low-income.
By Nikhil Goyal

I hate hipsters. Their smug faces, their vegan diet, tiny feet and sawdust bedding. No wait, I meant hamsters.
By Athena Scalzi

I look forward to the day when motorists have to roll down the window and push a button...

By Highchair Kings

"I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all." – E. B. White
By Jon Winokur

My mind boggles at the amount of effort spent on the technical solution of a CMS [content management system, used on websites] when content and people problems are virtually ignored.
By Mark Boulton

When will they make a movie about a bunch of cool dudes having one last adventure before settling down? Come on, Hollywood!
By jamiekilstein

We went directly from "gays destroy society" (actually still in TX GOP platform) to "waaa stop oppressing me" without pausing at "I'm sorry."
By Josh Barro

In 2013 Cook County [Chicago] spent $500M on prisons and $1.9M on violence prevention. What if we reversed those numbers?
By Emily McGinley

Good thing the USA has "In God We Trust" on their money, otherwise I might think they were some greedy, selfish, corrupt jerks.
By almightygod

By jamiekilstein

Who benefits from getting society to believe the sky is falling?
By Sisyphus38

It's sad to live in a country where you dread important cases going to the Supreme Court.
By jamiekilstein

Unclear on the concept:

By Stacey Burns

"People talking about traditional marriage between a man & a woman usually also mean the woman should be submissive." Quoting #citizenradio
By Faith Beauchemin

I have an alert set up for when we all stop capitalizing the Web.
By Chris Steller

The idea that we can't have legitimate critiques of elected officials we support is absurd.
By Brittney Cooper

Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.
By Bill Murray

People often forget that when Milton Glaser designed the “I ❤ NY” logo, he also gave birth to the whole idea of using “I ❤ for anything.
By Nick Sherman

Cooking pasta when suddenly, Cookie Monster:

By Halloween Costumes 

I hate when adults call kids lazy. It means that the kid doesn’t want to do what you want him to do but would rather do what he wants to do.
By Sisyphus38

I really wish Star Trek hadn't skipped over the part about how Earth became a peaceful planet. That seems like useful information right now.
By pourmecoffee

It’s very important that the department stores of the world keep fat people looking frumpy. So you can spot us in a crowd.
By Rainbow Rowell

New female Thor to be paid less than male Thor. Reports already suggest she is "bossy" and displays "God-like" arrogance.
By Wajahat Ali

You think people are pissed about a black Captain America & female Thor, wait until they realize Superman was an undocumented immigrant baby
By Steve Marmel

Here's what happens if you wash and blow-dry a cow.

By Matt Owen

It's weird that when it comes to the idea of Love Thy Neighbor, many Conservative Christians want a religious exemption.
By Frank Conniff

Since I ride a bike I keep getting told to OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS, but when I do that in the car it pisses people off. Super confusing.
By Ken Paulman

Used to be afraid of Jehovah's Witnesses talking to me about Jesus & God, now afraid of foodies talking to me about cast iron pans and chili.
By Rich Lowtax Kyanka

If you get in arguments about the atrocities happening in Gaza feel free to use me as your "Jewish Friend."
By jamiekilstein

Talking about charter schools without talking about selection bias is just talking.
By Patrick Steele

Are political reporters legally required to use the term "partisan wrangling" in every article they write?
By Jonathan Blake

"Each of us values what we read differently. Rubrics depend on the pretense that all readers can or should agree." – Maja Wilson
By Alfie Kohn

I get chain mail and chain letters mixed up.
By Chris Steller

Efficiency is bullshit. Efficiency is the demand of an industrial system wanting us to bend humanity to the demand of money and machine
By Audrey Watters

Whenever writing seems too hard, I remember that Black Beauty managed to write his autobiography, and he didn't even have hands.
By M. Molly Backes

One more time: Jails and prisons ARE inherently violent. They ARE violence.
By Prison Culture

If I found out Michael Bay was going to make a 3D Calvin and Hobbes movie I think that's when I would stop joking and actually hunt him down.
By jamiekilstein

Asking Dick and Liz Cheney about public policy is like asking Jenny McCarthy about vaccines.
By Josh Barro

Problem: Daughter got totally gendered toys for her birthday. Solution: teach her to disassemble them.

By Don Neufeld

Gazans seem to have a lot of grit and persistence to withstand this stuff every few months. Bet their test scores are through the roof.
By Matt Bruenig

We're giving $8 million a day to Israel to help the occupation while people in Detroit are getting their water turned off.
By Dawud Walid

In a world where graphic design is crime one brave frog stuck in white cube in the fog zone won't forget his passion:


When you use data to study people, ask "who gains power with this info?" If it's not the people whose data you are using, there's a problem.
By Hilary Mason

Seriously though, Hollywood is never more committed to non-traditional casting than when it's picking Northern Europeans for bible epics.
By AdamSerwer

"The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'" — Shirley Chisholm
By The Crisis Magazine

I don't believe in broad statements.
By Chris Steller

"Why buy a cow if you get the milk for free?" the man asked. "I'm not for sale," growled the cow. The man screamed as a talking cow ate him.
By Julieanne Smolinski

They told me I couldn't have a pet dinosaur. They LIED:

By Erin Schmalfeld

One way that power factions train people to submit is to make them so jaded they say "this doesn't surprise us" for every abuse.
By Glenn Greenwald

$400 billion for warplanes. There's no financial crisis in the US. We simply care more about killing brown people than we do anything else.
By Saladin Ahmed

When you concentrate on my many weaknesses, I will too, and I will become that story.
By Sisyphus38

Being a lady means realizing that, if you went back in time to meet your heroes, a lot of them would probably try to grope you.
By Maggie Koerth-Baker

I am embarrassed at some of the opinions I held 10 years ago. I wonder if I will think the same 10 years from now.
By Sisyphus38

Never liked the term “nonfiction." The truth should have its own word, and not be shackled to its antonym.
By Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neither standards nor testing nor weakening tenure address the opportunity gap; these are red herrings unlike equity in funding & class size.
By leonie haimson

Tweets about food stamps are fun to read because a lot of them are impossible, e.g. people claiming someone used food stamps at McDonalds.
By Matt Bruenig

Good food stamp critics are also clairvoyant -- they know people's intentions and home life details.
By David Kaib

Thanking God for sparing you in a natural disaster is like sending a thank-you note to a serial killer for stabbing the family next door.
By Mrs. Betty Bowers

Something has gone very wrong if we'll pay $5 for a greeting card, $3 for gift wrap, but resent paying more than $2.99 for a book.
By John Connolly

"We need to invade the Middle East to get those women back their rights! ...Just not equal pay, birth control and a say in their bodies!"
By jamiekilstein

"We show grace to the institutions of systemic sin while condemning the individual sinner. It should be the other way around."
By Craig Greenfield

We need less hackathons, more apprenticeships. Less bootcamps, more classes. Less rockstars, more mentors. Develop people instead of product.
By Jordan Rinke

If you want great public schools, start with children and work UPWARD. Instead, our policy makers start with corporations and work DOWNWARD.
By Mark Naison

YOU are likely a WORKER, and thus, it is in YOUR best interest for EVERY WORKER to have the RIGHTS you want for yourself.
By Paul Thomas

If a type designer is staring a little too intently at your chest, you're probably wearing a shirt with their font on it.
By Process Type Foundry

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." —James Baldwin
By Paul Thomas

Someone found Godzilla in Michigan:

By Halloween Costumes

Look at it this way, if there were no hypocrites there would be no cartoonists.
By Mathew Paust

FACT: In recent study, majority of white grads found a job through friends/family. 68% of black grads found it on their own.

This generation is bad because they spend too much time on their phones, unlike the Good Generation that fire-hosed black people.
By Alaina Grey

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
By Socrates


By Marcus Brigstocke

How to ruin a book: Step 1) Assigned Reading. Step 2) Chapter Questions. Step 3) Vocabulary.
By Paul Pichurski

I think the Melissa Harris Perry Show is the only news show whose idea of covering women's issues isn't shopping tips or keeping-your-hubby-in-line segments.
By jamiekilstein

It's almost crazy to think that before Twitter, all of this nonsense stayed in people's heads.
By Chris Rock

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