July 9, 2018: A twitter thread With minor edits to fix typos or phrasing that 280 characters made unclear. (2022 note: I use moms, women, and breastfeeding in this piece because the majority of existing legislation and proposed legislation is based on biological determinism and does not recognize non-binary and trans parents who have given birth. I see you, I recognize you, you are valuable.)
Trigger Warning: A thread on the commodification and conscription of women’s bodies. You’ve been warned. Exploring relationships between childbearing, work, coercive control, breast feeding, formula, gig economies, capitalist exploitation, colonialism and colonialist paternalism…
Was 1918 better equipped for a pandemic? Quite possibly yes, despite having almost no medical interventions once people did get sick. They barely had oxygen, no antibiotics, steroids or bronchodilators. What they did have, we haven’t been able to rebuild.
This is Free City. Look at this guy. He’s one of the sunglasses people. And the people who wear sunglasses? Are heroes. They have a devil-may-care attitude and they run this town. Bombshell:You are so hot. Revenjamin Buttons, dropping into driver’s seat: Oh, I know. See? That’s not even his car. Or his wife. For the sunglasses people, they get to do anything they want. They go on all sorts of missions, they got cool hair, cool clothes. I mean, laws aren’t really laws to them.They’re more like mild suggestions. Like, I don’t think he’s gonna return that car. Or that nice lady. See what I mean? Hero.
Thus begins Free Guy. 105 words of thesis statement.
I note here: there will be homework, because seriously, you’ve gotta have basics. Do the reading. I’m not sending you at books, just articles. I’ll screenshot if it comes from a high word count source.
Money laundering is the process of evading taxation and/or legal obligations such as payroll taxes and/or Obscuring the documentation of income from illegal actions or sources. It’s a crime of its own, but money laundering is what makes crime pay.
Originally a twitter thread, 26 August, 2021; commentary on cotton shopping bags
Hey, let’s talk about a couple of terms that are going around: “cradle to gate cost” and “end of life cost”. (Also sometimes “cradle to grave cost”). Cradle to gate measures what an item costs to manufacture, ship and get through the point of sale. Tracking stops after sale.
It’s a really useful metric for manufacturers, and for disposable, single use items, because single use items may see a small amount of travel before they’re used and discarded, but it’s a very minor addition to the cost of the item.
A long thread on the primary alternative to the US model of policing, with some history, mostly for context. Long thread. References used at end. (And yes, there is synthesis here.)
The US police system is an independent evolution vs the rest of the Anglosphere. And a blighted evolution, since ours developed out of systems specifically intended to support racist institutions. The American system started with slave patrols. It’s fruit from a poisoned tree.