June 3rd, 2021

Via Twitter

Saw this on twitter and have verified for myself that the change depicted on the screenshot below is correct, and that it was made no earlier than May 28 — more likely on June 1. The article was published on February 17 2020:

Also, it's beautiful to watch how some media would praise Fauci re his emails:

(link to the tweet, containing this video fragment, from which MSNBC, by the way, removed this final moment of fawning when it published this clip on youtube)

while at the same time, other media, such as Tucker's show, would insist that the emails prove, incontrovertibly, that Fauci lied and needs to be put under criminal investigation.

Information literacy this, you curriculum-changers!

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Every time I see someone announce that they are leaving a FAANG company, it leaves me deeply astonished (well, okay, maybe not any FAANG; I've heard the engineering environment at Amazon can be pretty shitty). Especially if a person has a senior position and a distinctive voice in the community. Like, what could even be better?

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An article in today's issue of the Times:

Is this their attempt at cancelling someone who had written something icky in their personal blog over a decade before getting hired by Google? Sure, it's amusing that this person is the head for diversity (yet, on the other hand, it's a view one would expect of the modern left, which probably includes all of the diversity officers); but come on, personal opinions are personal opinions.

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This is also from the Times:

I am not sure I was ever aware — and if I was, I have since forgotten — that the word tsar is not just a cute metaphor that I took it to be. So I was a bit taken aback when I saw different media use the word completely unironically.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's lists this meaning, which the media seems to have completely normalized by now (screenshot below). Merriam-Webster, in contrast, does not offer a specifically political definition, as Cambridge Advanced Learner's does; but does supply recent examples of usage, such as "President Biden has tapped a longtime economic adviser, Gene Sperling, as his pandemic relief czar." Is this usage of tsar a recent thing? When did it happen?