Tabs and Takes

After members of the United Auto Workers walked off the job at midnight, Twitter stripped the union of its account verification without notice, according to a UAW official. The account, as of publication time, lacked verification — but its blue check was restored shortly after the story began circulating widely. Twitter’s verification policy temporarily removes verification from accounts that change profile pictures, which the UAW did in conjunction with the walkout.

There are also political complexities. The region where the lithium deposit was found is sparsely populated today, but both the Paiute and the Shoshone claim it as unceded ancestral land. They lost it during the Snake War, one of the lesser-known and bloodiest conflicts of America’s westward expansion, which was partly triggered by white settlers’ dreams of mineral riches. The tribes, environmentalists, and local ranchers have all recently sued to prevent the creation of an open-pit lithium mine nearby. They’ve been unsuccessful, but litigation concerning this new deposit may unfold differently. Srinivasan stressed that the process will be unpredictable and time-consuming. If history is any indication, it could take a decade.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. gVOR10 says:

    Re Ramaswhatshisname, it seems like much of modern politics, especially on the right has become performance art. I’ll believe and vote for what I find most entertaining. Especially so on the right, but far from exclusively.

  2. Kathy says:

    This raises the question of how hard is it to just show a little caring about those around you.

    That’s socialism! Didn’t we learn that with the righteous refusal to mask during the trump pandemic (which was a hoax and a bioweapon and just the flu)!

  3. Michael Cain says:

    America Just Hit the Lithium Jackpot.

    As Musk commented when asked about the discovery, lithium deposits at usable concentrations aren’t hard to find now that we’re looking for them. The hard part is refining. Lithium ore from various sources is shipped to China for refining. I was more excited when I came across this company the other day. Living downstream from century-old mining and refining sites that still leach nasty stuff into surface water makes you paranoid.

  4. anjin-san says:

    There’s Videotape! Annals of Feral Lauren Boebert

    I’ve been a fairly regular theater goer for over 30 years – SF, NYC, London – I don’t think I’ve ever even seen someone get so much as a warning from an usher about unacceptable behavior.

    Boebert’s weak mea culpa – using her divorce as an excuse – is thin. We all go through bad situations in life, it’s no excuse. Unfortunately, this is who she really is.

  5. Bill Jempty says:

    America Just Hit the Lithium Jackpot.

    That reminds me of one of the definitions for LOL-

    Laugh out loud
    Lots of laundry
    Leftover Lasagna
    Lesbians on Lithium

  6. MarkedMan says:

    @anjin-san: Boebert seems to have that Rand Paul thing going – delighting in causing someone pain simply because they know they can get away with it. All this performative stuff seems to have happened after the pregnant woman asked her to stop vaping.

    Remember when that neighbor attacked Rand Paul and Paul pretended to have actual injuries and sued the guy? It was instigated because the neighbor kept a fastidious yard and once asked Paul not leave piles of hedge clippings and other yard debris next to his property line. Paul then made a point of piling debris up there. The neighbor then started to clear and bag Paul’s debris as well as his own. Then Paul took to hiding half his debris behind his garage, and would wait until the neighbor had cleaned up and ended his yard work for the day, and then come dump the other half there.

  7. just nutha says:

    Open pit mining is an environmental and ecological disaster, but I guess that’s okay as long as it’s for a “green” goal*, right?

    *Green in both senses, in this case.

  8. CSK says:


    Well, that’s the denotative definition of an asshole, isn’t it?