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Looking at Twitter threads at the turn of the month has now become a nice routine. And almost every time I encounter threads of the same kind: US citizens who have been in (mostly European) countries, needed medical help there and then were stunned how quickly and how cheaply they got it. I could add a thread like this every month, but for readers in Germany the value of knowledge is probably not that high.
Somehow you roughly know that the health insurance system in the USA has many problems - but the recounted “my visit to the doctor in Great Britain / Sweden / Italy was so easy” only has a real wow factor for people who are used to the US system. Even so, I wanted to refer to one of these threads this time because it stands for many similar ones. For him as for everyone: click on the first tweet and the whole thread opens.
1. You found a lump
When I lived in Iceland, I found a lump. I had no idea how to navigate finding a doctor, so I went to our show's production manager.
Me: I found a lump. Can you help me find a doctor?
PM: Just go to the cancer center.
Me: Okay. How do a get a referral?
PM: What's a referral?
- Mary Robinette Kowal (@MaryRobinette) June 3, 2019
2. "Dear Albert Camus"
Post-vom-Wagner parody is quite a common genre, but these are really good ones:
Dear G.W.F. Hegel,
You come from Stuttgart, the Swabian Motor City. You write thick books. But you can't fill up cars with books. Because Germany should stay mobile. People have to go to work or to the hairdresser.
Your F.J. wagner
- Nils Markwardt (@FJ_Murau) May 30, 2019
3. Police violence
What happened again this month is what I like Twitter threads for: A story thread being washed into my timeline on a topic I had never heard of. This time it's about an extremely dark incident from the eighties.
On this date - May 13, 1985 - Philadelphia Police dropped a bomb from a helicopter on a home owned by radical black nationalist group MOVE, destroying the house, killing 5 adults and 6 children, and causing a fire that burned down 61 black middle class homes. 1 / pic.twitter.com/WJQmJwbsbG
- Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) May 14, 2019
4. Why libraries are important
What you learn when you work in a library. This list starts out funny, but it's a deep, deep thread that shows who it hits when libraries are slimmed down or cut short.
Things I have learned about the general public whilst working at the library:
1. A huge number of people under 20 can't read face clocks, having grown up with only digital one.
2. Many people don't know how to spell "library." It's in our email address. This causes problems
- Secret Library Gorgon 🐍 (@grumpwitch) May 15, 2019
5. Bassoon god
Tiny thread, but who hasn't always wanted to know what a bassoon with an amplifier sounds like?
This is a thread of interest to barely anyone, but that's what Twitter’s all about, right? So, this is my bassoon. I've had it for 30-odd years. I don’t play it very often because there’s not much call for it. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/F2VTTMdpwI
- Rhodri Marsden (@rhodri) May 11, 2019
6. "I am the last survivor of the war"
In May 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in the US state of Washington. About four hours away by car, a scientist spent the night alone in an observatory. When he woke up and was only surrounded by ashes and darkness, he thought. there had been a nuclear attack - it was the eighties, so he couldn't even check his cell phone to see what had happened. The full story here:
"Hours lost: 6th Reason: Volcano"
Doug Geisler's telescope log from 39y ago today - he was the sole person at Manastash Ridge Observatory when Mt. St. Helens erupted!
I interviewed Doug earlier this year for #TheLastStargazers and got to hear the full tale… pic.twitter.com/6V4PGQiSQU
- Emily Levesque ✨️ (@emsque) May 18, 2019
7. Images and their power
A food for thought on the subject of journalistic craft: Why selection of images is important. With Slate or the Guardian I have often noticed positively that sometimes someone is sitting in a wheelchair / is a woman / is not white in symbolic photos, without the subject of the text. Because the topic in question does not only affect white, male people who are not in wheelchairs. There was never more than a brief, benevolent remark with me, that's why I found this thread so good in its detail:
This is a huge moment for me right now. @zeitonline manages to do something that I have hardly seen so much. It creates an incredible representation that almost moved me to tears pic.twitter.com/2lLGC525oD
- Vanessa Spanbauer (@VanSista) May 19, 2019
8. All kinds of data
I was familiar with “Big Data” memes, but someone here has invested a disproportionate amount of time and creativity in data jokes. I welcome that.
- D.I.S.C. Our (@mistertim) May 23, 2019
9. WiFi in London's underground
Anyone who uses the WiFi in the London Underground must expect in the future that it will be logged how they get from A to B. So far there was only the data from entering and leaving the respective train stations, where you had to hold your Oystercard to a reader. Now the transport company is learning a lot more about its passengers. A thread about why this can be tricky and what data protection rules should apply.
1 / BIG news today for London: TfL is announcing that it is rolling out technology to track passengers using wifi full time from July 8th.
I've written about this story for some time, so if you'll forgive me, a little thread on why this is cool but also ... controversial!
- James O'Malley (@Psythor) May 22, 2019
10. One crow picks the other ... oh.
If you are on Twitter and are interested in black birds, you will probably follow the Ravenmaster and learn so much about the ravens in the London Tower. But I also came across this Momat in a thread about crows, which I found interesting. Not because of "not digging an eye" - crows sometimes do much worse to each other:
I've been getting a lot of questions lately on the theme of "did I really just see crows killing another crow ?!" so let me dedicate a quick thread to the topic. pic.twitter.com/MpuF0T8QX8
- Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) May 29, 2019
11. A kind of obituary
Perhaps only I, as a journalist, like to read about other journalists, but this touched me. Robert Pear was such an influential and knowledgeable man that even Nancy Pelosi commented on his death. But I find this everyday look of a much younger colleague even more remarkable:
There are a handful of bylines I remember from looking at NYT front pages as a little kid. Robert Pear is one of them. Then I got hired as a copy editor at NYT and got to work with him. 1 / x https://t.co/aDOGLrIgYY
- Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) May 8, 2019
12. Science 1, Marketing 0
Pseudo Health Water And How To Use A Little Science To Debunk It As Bullshit:
Alkaline water is a high priced hoax that will not change the pH of your blood and tissues. However, I am very curious if this water is actually pH 10 As stated on the bottle. STAY TUNED FOR LAB TESTING! pic.twitter.com/6YUFPyrEzY
- Cheryl Keller Capone (@KellerCaponePhD) May 21, 2019
13. The last working day
At the almost end, a little something from the warm-around-the-heart series:
THREAD: Floyd Martin retires after nearly 35 years as a mailman tomorrow. I went with him on his route today. pic.twitter.com/qZhUVY7Sz8
- Jennifer Brett (@Jennifer__Brett) May 22, 2019
14. Theresa shampoo
In probably the last month with her as Prime Minister, the closing thread this time belongs to Theresa May. And a couple of bottles of shampoo.
Theresa May as bottles of Tresemmé. A thread: pic.twitter.com/vEjHEHveSG
- Sam (@sam_bambs) May 21, 2019
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