All Americans Should Be Free to Express Their Opinions About Generals

The Indianapolis Star (Rashika Jaipuriar and Kaitlin Lange) reports that Twitter has removed Rep. Jim Banks’ tweet about “Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender four-star officer”:

The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.

Twitter policy forbids “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
I for one do not welcome our new social media overlords. It seems to me that all civilian officials, and all citizens, have to be free to express their views about generals (and others).

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Help! Our Middle-Aged Friend Says He’s Falling in Love With Our Teen Daughter.

Our advice columnists have heard it all over the years. Each Sunday, we dive into the Dear Prudie archives and share a selection of classic letters with our readers. Join Slate Plus for even more advice columns—your first month is only $1.
Dear Prudence,
A college friend has long been an “uncle” to our two children. He has been there for school events, milestones, vacations, etc. Our daughter went away to college this year, to a town about 45 minutes from this friend’s house.

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

OpinionPollution

Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

OpinionPollution

Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Management by Metrics Is Upending Newsrooms and Killing Journalism

Journalism is in crisis. The past two decades have seen tens of thousands of newspaper jobs vanish and hundreds of communities become news deserts. Run-amok commercialism continues to hollow out and distort our news media in increasingly dangerous ways. Yet, despite such worrying signs, the precise contours of these structural transformations often escape scrutiny, and it’s often unclear what’s truly new. After all, profit-driven media have always underserved and misrepresented large segments of society along socioeconomic divides.

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Dear Care and Feeding: Why Do I Feel So Weird Questioning My Daycare Provider?

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Dear Care and Feeding,
My son is almost 2 and for the past 18 months he has been going to a lovely home daycare with an experienced provider we trust. As far as I can tell, she does a wonderful job. My son is always happy to be there and has genuine affection for her.

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SNL’s Michael Che Nails Trump’s New ‘Sex Offender’ Social Network

Colin Jost opened the Halloween edition of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” with the “most haunting image” he saw this past week. No, it wasn’t Kanye West in his creepy white mask, he joked: “Sorry, Ye, he goes by Ye now. Even though no one looks at this and goes, ‘Yay!’”
He was actually talking about Steve Bannon, “former White House, I want to say garbage man,” who was held in contempt of Congress this week for avoiding a subpoena in the January 6th investigation. “But this is what Bannon wants,” Jost said.

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Minnesota lawmaker asks supporters to donate to Capitol rioter’s defense fund

US Capitol Grounds East Plaza off First Street and East Capitol Street, Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon, 6 January 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography

A Minnesota lawmaker is raising money for his constituents who are facing charges for their involvement in the January insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. According to The Guardian, Minnesota state senator Mark Koran (R) took to Facebook with a post in reference to members of the Westbury family.

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How the Capitol rioters’ ‘Stop the Steal’ movement outsmarted Facebook

US Capitol Grounds East Plaza off First Street and East Capitol Street, Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon, 6 January 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography

The Trump-led “Stop the Steal” movement may have seemed like a chaotic event of disorderly confusion when the mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, but further research actually details how the movement managed to outsmart the social media geniuses at Facebook.

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Buttigieg’s paternity leave is a reminder that the US prioritizes work over family | Arwa Mahdawi

The Week in PatriarchyPete Buttigieg

Buttigieg’s paternity leave is a reminder that the US prioritizes work over family

Arwa Mahdawi

The transportation secretary is ‘at work’ like the heroic workaholic he is – but that undermines the whole point of parental leave

‘Forget bonding with your vulnerable newborns, there are urgent emails to be sent.’ Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP

‘Forget bonding with your vulnerable newborns, there are urgent emails to be sent.’ Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP

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