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RT @stewartbrand@twitter.com "Pinker’s book is not a case for the Enlightenment that invites refutation, but a refutation of the arguments of the counter-Enlightenment which, it turns out, have been wrong all along." twitter.com/QuilletteM/status/

True and tells you a lot about how we tend to see the world.
RT @JasonAntrosio@twitter.com "Although some aspects of anthropology appeal to various sectors of the public, the fact is that a large part of what anthropologists have to say requires intellectual effort, and moreover is often rather disturbing to people’s peace of mind." (Benthall, Β buff.ly/2tAndkn)

It’s a feudal system.
RT @Cherrell_Brown@twitter.com Jeff Bezos makes 230,000 a MINUTE, but we can’t guarantee 15/hr for everyone?


The sort of thing you can only believe if you live in a globalized Silicon Valley bubble.
RT @ElectrekCo@twitter.com Tesla CEO Elon Musk: β€˜self-driving will encompass all modes of driving by the end of nextΒ year’ wp.me/p3P83g-gub

The recent popular surge in racist IQ discourse, like Trump’s comment about @MaxineWaters@twitter.com, can actually be traced back to a long history of race science and an article by Steven Pinker from 2005. Thread on this history:

RT @OmanReagan@twitter.com Finally, the third false claim that race science ultimately depends on: β€œthat intelligence is highly heritable, and that different IQ averages between population groups have a genetic basis.” But, Evans notes, this first requires looking at IQ tests, starting with the history.

If you ever wondered why that β€œyou can’t live under capitalism while critiquing it” nonsense became so common over the last decade, there it is in the New York Times, in their very first article on Occupy.

This article from 2011 uses the same trope of the out of touch privileged millennial that you see in today’s NYT op-eds about student activism, portraying them as both too idealistic and not cynical enough.

The NYT article sneers at the idea of using spectacle and performance for activism, seemingly totally unaware of the entire history of American social movements doing so, from lunch counter sit-ins to marches against the Vietnam and Bush wars.

NYT mocking the start of Occupy, a movement that went on to inspire people across the US to talk about wealth inequality again, and I would argue, led directly to the Bernie Sanders candidacy.

Remember that this derision for young people’s activism isn’t new in the New York Times. They discounted the beginning of Occupy completely, and it then went on to sweep the nation and go global. nytimes.com/2011/09/25/nyregio

Read this thread on Doug Ford. We’ve been warning about the rise of a Canadian β€˜Trumpism,’ and here’s more evidence. Add this to the Peterson effect and it’s long past time to recognize the very real threat of a national scale right-wing reactionary response to Trudeau.
RT @Richard_Florida@twitter.com 6. It's like a Trumpist populist running for Governor of a large American Blue State, like California, NY or Massachusetts. That's what makes it especially scary.

In case your weekend plans involve trying to walk through walls, at least know your chances of success. Thread:
RT @Astropartigirl@twitter.com Thought you all might like to know, say, the probability of a human passing through a wall. Yes? Yes, because is fun! Let's begin!

Just noticed The Farthest is on Netflix in Canada - but I'm not going to watch it and hold out for the real thing, the full 2 hour version that wasn't edited down for an audience they assumed wasn't smart enough (North America).

RT @JanetPhD@twitter.com @jeffbax@twitter.com @PBS@twitter.com @NASA@twitter.com Only version available in North America is US-tv shorter/different. Rest of world can see/purchase full 2-hour @TheFarthestFilm@twitter.com. US funders/producers priority: fit their own short documentary into same 2-hour time slot w/ Farthest, plus market only US version. Makes me sad & mad.

Imagine if you were technically an adult but the idea of cleaning your room seemed so revolutionary that you started worshipping the self-help author who suggested it.

Customer Service Hell: An act in 7 parts, infinitely looping.
RT @OmanReagan@twitter.com πŸ€–: Thank U for calling @ChoiceHotels@twitter.com, how can I help U
Existing reservation.
πŸ€–: OK, book a new reservation
πŸ€–: Do you have a choice number
πŸ€–: I'm sorry, I didn't get that
*I press zero*
πŸ€–: I think you want to talk to an agent, let me transfer you
πŸ€–: *hangs up on me*

*I say bye, thanks, hang up and dial number @ChoiceHotels@twitter.com πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» gave me to contact the hotel and resolve the issue*

πŸ€–: I'm sorry; the number you have reached is not in service...

*I scream and start again*

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: I'll make you a new reservation
It's a special rate with local organization
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: What number do you have for hotel
*I give # from @ChoiceHotels@twitter.com web site for hotel*
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: Call this number instead *gives me #*
*writes down #*
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: *starts reading long closing script*

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: What is the name of person who made reservation
*I give name*
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: What is your address
It's not under my address
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: Is it in [wrong city]
No, it's in [right city]
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»: There's no reservation, please call the @ChoiceHotels@twitter.com hotel
I tried, they don't answer