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Atlantic writer. HBO film of 'Our Towns' now airing. https://t.co/XLc4CaW2Ol

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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
8 hours ago
2/2 Ms. Tetteh won’t be running for prez in 30 yrs, because she was born in Ghana. That’s a crazy part of US constitution, and not the only one. But her example is useful on countless fronts, including the US “superpower” of attracting and absorbing talent from around the world
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
9 hours ago
American hero, June 2021 edition: Verda Tetteh, age 17, Fitchburg MA. https://t.co/gJK7M7y7h7 (Admitted to Harvard; won $40,000 scholarship from her high school; asked at commencement that it go to someone planning to attend community college.)
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
13 hours ago
2/2 If you were wondering, it is IMPOSSIBLE to open an airliner’s door while it is at altitude. Related idea: imagine trying to push open a car’s front door, while it is going 100mph. You can’t. Diff but related pressure effects w airliners, and HUGELY greater force to overcome
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
13 hours ago
1/2 Aviation notes, re recent Delta flt w emergency landing in Oklahoma: -The unruly-pax situation obviously is serious, for flight crews, airlines, everyone. Flt attendants need support of various kinds. Glad they managed this so well.
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Niels Lesniewski
17 hours ago
If I were a media reporter, I would be working on a feature about how much major media outlets are spending for the privilege of a minimum of press access at the G7. Like, who does the cost-benefit analysis on that?
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
a day ago
Buy it! Read it! Listen to it! (And if in doubt, start with Buy It!) New mystery novel by my friend @ricredman https://t.co/8IU8OdVU3p
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Eric Redman
a day ago
The audiobook is fun listening! Like the fatal thrust of a spear with which the tale begins, @KurtKanazawa's telling of the story is done with emphasis. I'd enter to win the audiobook for free if I hadn't already bought it. :-) https://t.co/ofTfM0PbVX
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
2 days ago
2/2 [Even though at the time pilot certificates were issued w your SS number. Since changed.] I said, “I know the guy!” Had same experience w same examiner. Dug out my logbook and, via Zoom, showed the check-ride signature, w/ same name Aviation world is small, and colorful
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
2 days ago
1/2 For aviation enthusiasts: Talking w someone today who had private-pilot checkride in Pac NW in 1990s, around time I had instrument checkride there. Started telling me about his examiner, who spent flight on conspiracy theories, “never write your SS number on forms…"
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
2 days ago
Telemarketing call just now: Him: “Because you’ve enjoyed your stays at [hotel chain with name of a former prez, where I have never been], we’d like to offer you an 85% discount on future bookings.” Me: “Maybe I can save us both some time… ”
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
2 days ago
-This is good global health policy, plus coldly self-interested for US. (As long as virus thrives anywhere, it can mutate and spread.) -It is good “soft-power” strategy for US. -Jiu-jitsu on critics. (“We hate the vaccine. And also, you shouldn’t give it to these foreigners.”) https://t.co/kiXJTGDGJP
@KateSullivanDC
Kate Sullivan
2 days ago
Biden: “Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favors or potential concessions. We're doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic. That's it. Period.” https://t.co/Y59vGMRoNv
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
3 days ago
I am believe-in-when-we-see-it about most AI “breakthroughs.” As spelled out here: https://t.co/tgfEKCu4Ew Counter-example: The grammar/syntax checkers now built into Gmail are *usually* correct and helpful, which is night-and-day contrast to always-wrong early grammar checkers
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
3 days ago
Fascinating piece by my longtime friend @ricredman , about the complex history of Hawaii as a locale for crime novels, and how his (excellent) new ‘Bones of Hilo’ fits into that tradition. https://t.co/59U2YbNs7k
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
3 days ago
Have argued many times that Erie PA is “representative” town of our era. In challenges, in grit, in inclusion/exclusion, in hopes, in dozen diff ways. Eg https://t.co/8q03WMSGGh + https://t.co/TW7K1h9UCx Now Erie’s @BenSpeggen w @Menajerie video series https://t.co/ynRILrxy6W
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James Fallows
3 days ago
To make point for Nth time since Jan 20: -After WJC worked like crazy on bipartisan budget deal, in 1993 he got zero R votes in House, zero in Senate -After Obama worked like crazy for biprtsan health deal, in 2010 he got zero in House, zero in Sen Biden knows this, or should. https://t.co/02h4ceEP2D
@mindys4Biden
Mindy Fischer Writer
4 days ago
Welp. The negotiations with Republicans on infrastructure are officially over. The GOP says no deal. After wasting 2 months fucking around with them, none of them will vote for the bill. Who could've ever seen this coming?? I'm just shocked. Shocked I tell you.
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James Fallows
3 days ago
2/2 And if I could have bought whole pallets of this one stamp, I would have. It has all the ingredients: - Public art! - WPA! - Letter carrier (as I once was) as civic figure! - Classic aircraft! Almost afraid to ask if this mural is still there, in Piggott AR . The end. https://t.co/YUzO6HPbix
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
3 days ago
1/2 When the USPS released this series of “Post Office Murals” stamps, commemorating WPA-era public art in those civic spaces known (pre-DeJoy) as post offices, I bought up all they had in stock at the local PO. Love sending “actual” letters, with these stamps. https://t.co/wcL7bHNQi2
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@JamesFallows
James Fallows
3 days ago
People of Sioux Falls! Hope to see you in two weeks. https://t.co/gMthJvs2xY
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Paul TenHaken
3 days ago
Big news! We're excited to be the first city to host a screening of #OurTownsHBO 6:30 pm June 23 @SFStateTheatre! Join me after for a panel discussion w/ filmmakers @SteveAscher, Jeanne Jordan and @JamesFallows and @FallowsDeb. Reserve tickets at https://t.co/dSQiF21Q4r https://t.co/TyZyBu4K3S
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Sewell Chan
4 days ago
“Hedge funds and private equity firms have a track record of cutting the reporting staff of local newsrooms to increase profits. We must stop viewing this trend as inevitable. We need to confront it head on.” ⁦@stevenwaldman⁩: https://t.co/2ToI2C8jdH
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