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Sai (saizai)8,700@117472075050913769851 & @103112149634414554669 designing vocabulary for UNLWS (s.ai/nlws), the non-linear written language. We're starting with Herodotus' story of the Egyptians' investigation of who had the most ancient language. Might do more if there's interest. For this one, you can participate w/ comments or q&a; future ones might include others on video or the like. If you're curious as to how we work on UNLWS together, this is it.UNLWS Vocab Creation Hangout #12014-12-06 21:27:563  
Make Your Laws308Following up from the April 23rd meeting, the Federal Election Commission is slated to discuss @100183759660923071401' Bitcoin advisory opinion request (AOR) and how to compromise between the two previous drafts. Draft C: http://saos.fec.gov/aodocs/201402_2.pdf More info: https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin Join @103112149634414554669  live for the meeting, and get on the hangout afterwards if you'd like to discuss it or ask questions. Link to join the hangout will be posted here. Previous: http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9QhBI2onLE2nd FEC meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AOR 2014-02)2014-05-08 16:00:003  
Make Your Laws308The FEC is having a webinar about e-filing on April 2, 1-2:15pm Eastern. http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables Anyone who wants to join the hangout (before or after the FEC meeting) is welcome to chat about MYL's tech progression (including e.g. making an open-source Ruby gem for FEC e-filing).FEC e-filing roundtable; MYL tech update2014-04-02 18:45:003  
Sai (saizai)8,700Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004  

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2015-08-18 01:47:27 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

a) Sai is actually my full name, not "known on the Internet as" or "goes by". It's insulting to add those caveats.
b) USPS claims not to bulk collect, see https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VNDJfVDdwdER1Y1E
c) full docs: http://s.ai/foia#smc

h/t +Steve Pirk plus.google.com/+StevePirk/posts/eDEyaUpbZTK

Most reshares: 7

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2015-08-13 21:39:49 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

New York Times article on special mail cover (the national security version of warrantless pen register equivalent for mail), based on documents I obtained via #FOIA  — see http://s.ai/foia#smc for full docs.   ETA: Print edition: Friday 2015-08-14, national section, p. 16

Most plusones: 31

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2015-08-24 20:52:21 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Maybe I'll frame it. :-)

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2015-09-04 01:33:01 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Today, I formally filed a lawsuit against the TSA and a whole bunch of others regarding events at BOS. (See s.ai/tsa#bos.) I'll post it once it's docketed and I've given it a bit of  touchup (which I'll do shortly - I had to get it in within a hard deadline, and on paper, so it is not my best work).

One thing I will finally get to do: aggressive discovery.

As a start: despite agreed-to evidence preservation demands, and litigation to compel production, I've only gotten video of one angle of one part of the events. Nothing from the pre-secondary search, nothing from what happened outside the area of the table, etc.

My inference is that they destroyed the video evidence. That's called spoliation and obstruction of justice, which is a Very Bad Thing. (It's multiple federal felonies.) So I'm writing up a motion for a subpoena of the missinge... more »

Today, I formally filed a lawsuit against the TSA and a whole bunch of others regarding events at BOS. (See s.ai/tsa#bos.) I'll post it once it's docketed and I've given it a bit of  touchup (which I'll do shortly - I had to get it in within a hard deadline, and on paper, so it is not my best work).

One thing I will finally get to do: aggressive discovery.

As a start: despite agreed-to evidence preservation demands, and litigation to compel production, I've only gotten video of one angle of one part of the events. Nothing from the pre-secondary search, nothing from what happened outside the area of the table, etc.

My inference is that they destroyed the video evidence. That's called spoliation and obstruction of justice, which is a Very Bad Thing. (It's multiple federal felonies.) So I'm writing up a motion for a subpoena of the missing evidence and all audit logs etc.

If they did destroy it, then basically the court has to assume that any missing video would probably have proven my version of events where our testimony is different. (Plus they might go to prison.)

That's just the start.

Murum aries attigit.___

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2015-09-02 20:22:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-02 16:03:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I probably can't get to London by Oct 3 to take the LSAT. The closest I can switch to is in Bridgewater, but no public transit will get me there by 8am. :-/

So... would anyone be willing to drive me from Boston to Bridgewater at ass am on October 3? It's 1h drive. (I could get back by myself.)

I need to either change centers or withdraw by Sept 4.

(Oh, and they denied me accommodations, because my SAT and IQ scores are too high, so obviously I'm not currently disabled at all, no matter what my doctors say. Grrr.)

I probably can't get to London by Oct 3 to take the LSAT. The closest I can switch to is in Bridgewater, but no public transit will get me there by 8am. :-/

So... would anyone be willing to drive me from Boston to Bridgewater at ass am on October 3? It's 1h drive. (I could get back by myself.)

I need to either change centers or withdraw by Sept 4.

(Oh, and they denied me accommodations, because my SAT and IQ scores are too high, so obviously I'm not currently disabled at all, no matter what my doctors say. Grrr.)___

2015-09-02 15:05:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

People with LEXIS or similar access: could you please email me (tsa@saizai.com) a copy of A “Top Ten” of New Tort Tools from The New Restatement for Physical and Emotional Harm, Trial Magazine, p. 44, April 2010?

If you have PDFs of the Restatement of Torts (2nd) and especially (3rd), I'd greatly appreciate those as well. Thanks in advance!

People with LEXIS or similar access: could you please email me (tsa@saizai.com) a copy of A “Top Ten” of New Tort Tools from The New Restatement for Physical and Emotional Harm, Trial Magazine, p. 44, April 2010?

If you have PDFs of the Restatement of Torts (2nd) and especially (3rd), I'd greatly appreciate those as well. Thanks in advance!___

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2015-09-01 20:21:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Got my 2nd interim release from TSA on my policies & procedures FOIA. 1,395 pages processed, 101 withheld in full, 1,294 released with partial exemptions per (b)(3), (b)(6), and (b)(7)(C). Will try to update soon with details of new docs, but a bit difficult with non-functioning hardware & two major legal briefs due imminently (... plus various other stuff, like medical issues).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VSkJrR19rMWVaZVk/view

Contents of this batch (approximately):
* 70p Emergency Amendments
* 14p Security Directives
* 327p security programs
* 111p passengers w/ disabilities
* 94p video surveillance storage/access/etc
* 160p no fly etc lists
* 779p BDO training materials

Got my 2nd interim release from TSA on my policies & procedures FOIA. 1,395 pages processed, 101 withheld in full, 1,294 released with partial exemptions per (b)(3), (b)(6), and (b)(7)(C). Will try to update soon with details of new docs, but a bit difficult with non-functioning hardware & two major legal briefs due imminently (... plus various other stuff, like medical issues).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VSkJrR19rMWVaZVk/view

Contents of this batch (approximately):
* 70p Emergency Amendments
* 14p Security Directives
* 327p security programs
* 111p passengers w/ disabilities
* 94p video surveillance storage/access/etc
* 160p no fly etc lists
* 779p BDO training materials___

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2015-08-31 20:50:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 13:43:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

TSA's latest: "Defendants would suffer an unfair detriment and Plaintiff would derive an unfair advantage if, having already produced a response to [my summary of the partial administrative record], they would also have to produce an administrative record."

Also, they still think I should have no ability to make them respond to my complaints, and their regulations and written promises saying they'll respond within 180 days are totally meaningless and unenforceable.

TSA's latest: "Defendants would suffer an unfair detriment and Plaintiff would derive an unfair advantage if, having already produced a response to [my summary of the partial administrative record], they would also have to produce an administrative record."

Also, they still think I should have no ability to make them respond to my complaints, and their regulations and written promises saying they'll respond within 180 days are totally meaningless and unenforceable.___

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2015-08-28 23:46:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Filed first motion in BOS case. (It's purely meta - to let me file the complaint itself electronically, like lawyers are allowed to. And to allow me to file for IFP w/ sealed affidavit. Still need to draft the complaint.)

Filed first motion in BOS case. (It's purely meta - to let me file the complaint itself electronically, like lawyers are allowed to. And to allow me to file for IFP w/ sealed affidavit. Still need to draft the complaint.)___

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2015-08-27 19:42:27 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Oh look, another care package from the TSA FOIA department.

Oh look, another care package from the TSA FOIA department.___

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2015-08-27 18:23:03 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 17:47:33 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Any idea WTF is wrong with my laptop? memtest returns clear, disk utility returns mixed results (clear for gpt, and for system partition, but corruption on bootcamp position), and SMART just hangs at 10%. :-(

Any idea WTF is wrong with my laptop? memtest returns clear, disk utility returns mixed results (clear for gpt, and for system partition, but corruption on bootcamp position), and SMART just hangs at 10%. :-(___

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2015-08-26 12:32:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

See also John Clifford's LCC1 talk: https://youtu.be/OQx_wc1kieM

Conlang gone terribly, terribly wrong. A language with 120 words, forcing you to make up phrases for everything. Naturally, different people make up different phrases and don't necessarily understand each other.

+Sai might find this interesting.___See also John Clifford's LCC1 talk: https://youtu.be/OQx_wc1kieM

2015-08-26 02:23:52 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A few days ago, at about 11pm, the fire alarm went off while I was napping. It was incredibly loud, had lots of layered tones, etc… and pretty much paralyzing for me. There wasn't any indication of actual danger, so I hid under a blanket covering my ears until it stopped, which took a few minutes.

When I woke up the next day… I couldn't hear very well. It was like having very strong earplugs in. Plus ringing in my ears, some dizziness, pain, and dark red ear wax when I tried to clean them. So… ER.

Fortunately, (a) I had just been informed that I am in fact qualified for state health insurance even though I haven't gotten the card or enrollment yet, and found out my insurance number; (b) my neurologist had just recommended specialty neurologists here, one of which was an eye & ear specialty clinic that has an ER and is about 15 minutes away from where I'mstayi... more »

A few days ago, at about 11pm, the fire alarm went off while I was napping. It was incredibly loud, had lots of layered tones, etc… and pretty much paralyzing for me. There wasn't any indication of actual danger, so I hid under a blanket covering my ears until it stopped, which took a few minutes.

When I woke up the next day… I couldn't hear very well. It was like having very strong earplugs in. Plus ringing in my ears, some dizziness, pain, and dark red ear wax when I tried to clean them. So… ER.

Fortunately, (a) I had just been informed that I am in fact qualified for state health insurance even though I haven't gotten the card or enrollment yet, and found out my insurance number; (b) my neurologist had just recommended specialty neurologists here, one of which was an eye & ear specialty clinic that has an ER and is about 15 minutes away from where I'm staying; and (c) +Fish N was able to come with me.

On the down side, it was very humid and extremely bright. As in, bright enough that even under my hat, sunglasses, blindfold, and closed eyes, it was very painful for me to point my head in the general direction of the Sun. So I got to navigate with my guide cane (and try to avoid stepping in puddles) and be very, very confused by some of the intersections.

Oh, and did I mention I was mute, too?

The ER was actually pretty good (once we found it). I asked for an ASL interpreter and got one within about 30 minutes — which is pretty good. One of the nurses also knew ASL. 

Part way through I had to switch to fully blindfolded because even the indoor lighting was too painful. Got around okay with my cane. Didn't get hassled about it at all (maybe because it's an ear & eye ER so they're used to blind people?)… though some random doctors walking by were very confused about why an apparently blind person was complaining about the light levels and also using an ASL interpreter. ><

Several of the nurses and doctors, directed questions or comments either at Fish or my interpreter. I had to ask one several times (through my interpreter) to please look at and talk to me. That was kinda rude.

They were otherwise quite nice overall, being reasonably good about being nice, telling me what was going on, what was about to happen, what results were, etc. (Especially for an ER.)

Having an interpreter makes them want to get things done much faster ('cause they're paying him), so it took less time (about 2 hours?) than it probably would have otherwise. Fortunately, it finished just as he had to leave (and the last nurse was the one who knew ASL).

Being able to communicate using full speed ASL made things so much easier. More than I expected. 

I had to slow down for fingerspelling ("neuro-ophthalmologist" isn't exactly a standard sign, nor are various medicine names…), and there were a couple mistakes (e.g. we have different signs for 'muscle', which caused me to have to correct him a few times before I realized what the issue was), but it's gratifying to know that I'm fluent enough to be able to even have conversations with a doctor via ASL.

Turned out that I just had very bad earwax plugs in both ears; after a couple tries they mostly got it out. Got a hearing test to confirm; evidently my hearing sensitivity, especially for high pitch, is very high. Regained full hearing and the pain / ringing / etc went away by the next day.___

2015-08-25 21:53:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

New #FOIA  disclosures from the #USPS  @ http://s.ai/foia/#smc
- the new (2014) version of the handbook has added a whole new section (9 pages) — all of them withheld from me, including the title
- the USPS reorganized which division handles classified information

They haven't responded to my request fully, so hopefully more on the next appeal.

New #FOIA  disclosures from the #USPS  @ http://s.ai/foia/#smc
- the new (2014) version of the handbook has added a whole new section (9 pages) — all of them withheld from me, including the title
- the USPS reorganized which division handles classified information

They haven't responded to my request fully, so hopefully more on the next appeal.___

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2015-08-25 18:09:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

TSA, via the DHS, via the US Coast Guard, finally responded to my appeal  [1]  of their decision [2] on my complaint [3]. Naturally, they found themselves to have acted totally reasonably. On the up side, I have them locked in to a legal position that I think is untenable, and they've asked me to sue the DHS Secretary by name, so I'll oblige.

[1] https://docs.google.com/document/d/13iexccFe-FmL1sdvkEl-F9CdRhlU4zpPofb00X9VfIA/edit
[2] https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VTjZZUmVmZFpYeTg/
[3] http://s.ai/tsa/bos/complaint

TSA, via the DHS, via the US Coast Guard, finally responded to my appeal  [1]  of their decision [2] on my complaint [3]. Naturally, they found themselves to have acted totally reasonably. On the up side, I have them locked in to a legal position that I think is untenable, and they've asked me to sue the DHS Secretary by name, so I'll oblige.

[1] https://docs.google.com/document/d/13iexccFe-FmL1sdvkEl-F9CdRhlU4zpPofb00X9VfIA/edit
[2] https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VTjZZUmVmZFpYeTg/
[3] http://s.ai/tsa/bos/complaint___

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2015-08-25 13:51:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"This is a survey for people who are transgender, trans, or non-binary. It doesn't matter if you have transitioned gender or if you plan to."

If (and only if) your answer to any of the following is yes, please take the survey:
* Do you think of yourself as transgender?
* Do you identify as more than one gender or as no gender (such as genderqueer or non-binary)?
* Do you currently live full-time in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth?
* Someday do you want to live full-time in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth?
* Have you seriously thought about living in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth (transitioning gender)?
* Do you consider yourself to be a cross-dresser?
* Do you live part of the time in one gender and part of the time in another gender?

If you are trans and in the US or a US citizen, please go take this survey.

Please go take it even if you're nonbinary.
Please go take it even if you're closeted/ pre-transition.
Please go take it even if you're a US citizen living out of the country right now.
Please go take it even if you're not a US citizen, but living in the US right now.

http://www.ustranssurvey.org/___"This is a survey for people who are transgender, trans, or non-binary. It doesn't matter if you have transitioned gender or if you plan to."

If (and only if) your answer to any of the following is yes, please take the survey:
* Do you think of yourself as transgender?
* Do you identify as more than one gender or as no gender (such as genderqueer or non-binary)?
* Do you currently live full-time in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth?
* Someday do you want to live full-time in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth?
* Have you seriously thought about living in a gender that is different from the one assigned to you at birth (transitioning gender)?
* Do you consider yourself to be a cross-dresser?
* Do you live part of the time in one gender and part of the time in another gender?

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2015-08-24 20:52:21 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Maybe I'll frame it. :-)

Maybe I'll frame it. :-)___

2015-08-24 00:16:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Are TSA screeners "investigative officers" authorized to perform "searches" under 28 USC 2680(h), thus making the United States liable under the FTCA for intentional torts (assault, false imprisonment, etc) they make? 2680(h) exempts the US from liability unless the tort was made by "any officer of the United States who is empowered by law to execute searches, to seize evidence, or to make arrests for violations of Federal law."

- Courts saying yes:
Armato v. Jane Doe 1, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190080 (D. Ariz. May 15, 2012)
Pellegrino v. TSA 855 F. Supp. 2d 343 (ED Pa. 2012)
Pellegrino v. TSA, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52468 (E.D. Pa. April 16, 2014)
George v. Rehiel, No. 10-586 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 28, 2011)

- Courts saying no:
Coulter v DHS et al, No. 07-4894, 2008 WL 4416454 (D. NJ. Sept. 24, 2008)
Welch v. Huntleigh USA Corp., No.... more »

Are TSA screeners "investigative officers" authorized to perform "searches" under 28 USC 2680(h), thus making the United States liable under the FTCA for intentional torts (assault, false imprisonment, etc) they make? 2680(h) exempts the US from liability unless the tort was made by "any officer of the United States who is empowered by law to execute searches, to seize evidence, or to make arrests for violations of Federal law."

- Courts saying yes:
Armato v. Jane Doe 1, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190080 (D. Ariz. May 15, 2012)
Pellegrino v. TSA 855 F. Supp. 2d 343 (ED Pa. 2012)
Pellegrino v. TSA, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52468 (E.D. Pa. April 16, 2014)
George v. Rehiel, No. 10-586 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 28, 2011)

- Courts saying no:
Coulter v DHS et al, No. 07-4894, 2008 WL 4416454 (D. NJ. Sept. 24, 2008)
Welch v. Huntleigh USA Corp., No. 04-663, 2005 WL 1864296 (D. Or. Aug. 4, 2005)
Walcott v USA et al, No. 13-CV-3303 (E.D. NY. Oct. 18, 2013)
Weinraub v. United States, 927 F. Supp. 2d 258, 262-63 (E.D. N.C. 2012)
Corbett v. TSA, No. 12- 20863-CV, 2012 WL 8963931, at *9-10 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 16, 2012)

A thing I'm going to have to argue in both D. MA. and N.D. CA, and that TSA is certainly going to bring up in their motion to dismiss.

If this sounds like an interesting circuit split to you or a lawyer you know, please email me. :-)___

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2015-08-22 20:59:12 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."

Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."___

2015-08-22 16:26:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I just realized that
a) I have to file my BOS case Real Soon Now™ to preserve standing (… w/in 2 weeks), and
b) I could actually file it in person because I'm in Boston, and so is the D. MA. main courthouse.

Ack / yay.

I just realized that
a) I have to file my BOS case Real Soon Now™ to preserve standing (… w/in 2 weeks), and
b) I could actually file it in person because I'm in Boston, and so is the D. MA. main courthouse.

Ack / yay.___

2015-08-20 19:54:44 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a partial diff of the  #TSA  Transportation Security Searches directive (2012 vs 2009), from my #FOIA : http://s.ai/foia#tsa (see link for first 4 pages of my original doc)

Notice some interesting things they changed? ;-)

Here's a partial diff of the  #TSA  Transportation Security Searches directive (2012 vs 2009), from my #FOIA : http://s.ai/foia#tsa (see link for first 4 pages of my original doc)

Notice some interesting things they changed? ;-)___

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2015-08-19 15:31:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Free copy of Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians at the link (via Steam) to first person who claims it. Please LMK if you do so I can delete this post.

Free copy of Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians at the link (via Steam) to first person who claims it. Please LMK if you do so I can delete this post.___

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2015-08-18 20:51:29 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Can you do stats better than the #TSA ? They #FOIA  redacted p in n * p * (1-p) > 9, but gave the value of n. Warning: ability to do math might give you Sensitive Security Information™!

Can you do stats better than the #TSA ? They #FOIA  redacted p in n * p * (1-p) > 9, but gave the value of n. Warning: ability to do math might give you Sensitive Security Information™!___

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2015-08-18 18:08:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

From my #FOIA  of  #TSA 's secret "behavior detection" study:
* Their main "outcome" is "fraudulent documents".
* >91% of their cop calls are not weapons or terrorism related at all.
* The main "serious" prohibited/illegal items they find are drugs and ammo.
* What are "serious" prohibited/illegal items? That's a secret!

Will be releasing more @ s.ai/foia#tsa soon; just snippets for now (also on Twitter @saizai). Prepping an in depth analysis.

Support my work? Consider supporting me: patreon.com/saizai

From my #FOIA  of  #TSA 's secret "behavior detection" study:
* Their main "outcome" is "fraudulent documents".
* >91% of their cop calls are not weapons or terrorism related at all.
* The main "serious" prohibited/illegal items they find are drugs and ammo.
* What are "serious" prohibited/illegal items? That's a secret!

Will be releasing more @ s.ai/foia#tsa soon; just snippets for now (also on Twitter @saizai). Prepping an in depth analysis.

Support my work? Consider supporting me: patreon.com/saizai___

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2015-08-18 14:02:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-18 11:21:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Just won my #FOIA admin appeal of +USPISDC' Glomar repsonse ("cannot confirm or deny") re special mail covers. They've been ordered to give me more. See appeal determination @ s.ai/foia/#smc. Will post docs there, here, & on Twitter @saizai as I get them.

/cc +The New York Times 

Reminder: support my work? Consider supporting me: patreon.com/saizai.

Just won my #FOIA admin appeal of +USPISDC' Glomar repsonse ("cannot confirm or deny") re special mail covers. They've been ordered to give me more. See appeal determination @ s.ai/foia/#smc. Will post docs there, here, & on Twitter @saizai as I get them.

/cc +The New York Times 

Reminder: support my work? Consider supporting me: patreon.com/saizai.___

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2015-08-18 01:47:27 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

a) Sai is actually my full name, not "known on the Internet as" or "goes by". It's insulting to add those caveats.
b) USPS claims not to bulk collect, see https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VNDJfVDdwdER1Y1E
c) full docs: http://s.ai/foia#smc

h/t +Steve Pirk plus.google.com/+StevePirk/posts/eDEyaUpbZTK

a) Sai is actually my full name, not "known on the Internet as" or "goes by". It's insulting to add those caveats.
b) USPS claims not to bulk collect, see https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VNDJfVDdwdER1Y1E
c) full docs: http://s.ai/foia#smc

h/t +Steve Pirk plus.google.com/+StevePirk/posts/eDEyaUpbZTK___

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2015-08-15 01:12:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-14 14:01:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Print edition: today, NY edition, national section, p. A16. Snag a copy for me? :-) (I should be getting a couple from them, but just in case.)

New York Times article on special mail cover (the national security version of warrantless pen register equivalent for mail), based on documents I obtained via #FOIA  — see http://s.ai/foia#smc for full docs.   ETA: Print edition: Friday 2015-08-14, national section, p. 16___Print edition: today, NY edition, national section, p. A16. Snag a copy for me? :-) (I should be getting a couple from them, but just in case.)

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2015-08-13 21:39:49 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

New York Times article on special mail cover (the national security version of warrantless pen register equivalent for mail), based on documents I obtained via #FOIA  — see http://s.ai/foia#smc for full docs.   ETA: Print edition: Friday 2015-08-14, national section, p. 16

New York Times article on special mail cover (the national security version of warrantless pen register equivalent for mail), based on documents I obtained via #FOIA  — see http://s.ai/foia#smc for full docs.   ETA: Print edition: Friday 2015-08-14, national section, p. 16___

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2015-08-13 17:31:37 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-13 16:57:21 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

CT Supreme Court rules death penalty violates CT constitution

"In prospectively abolishing the death penalty, the legislature did not simply express the will of the people that it no longer makes sense to maintain the costly and unsatisfying charade of a capital punishment scheme in which no one ever receives the ultimate punishment. Public Act 12-5 also held a mirror up to Connecticut’s long, troubled history with capital punishment: the steady replacement by more progressive forms of punishment; the increasing inability to achieve legitimate penological purposes; the freakishness with which the sentence of death is imposed; the rarity with which it is carried out; and the racial, ethnic, and socio-economic biases that likely are inherent in any discretionary death penalty system. Because such a system fails to comport with our abiding freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, weh... more »

CT Supreme Court rules death penalty violates CT constitution

"In prospectively abolishing the death penalty, the legislature did not simply express the will of the people that it no longer makes sense to maintain the costly and unsatisfying charade of a capital punishment scheme in which no one ever receives the ultimate punishment. Public Act 12-5 also held a mirror up to Connecticut’s long, troubled history with capital punishment: the steady replacement by more progressive forms of punishment; the increasing inability to achieve legitimate penological purposes; the freakishness with which the sentence of death is imposed; the rarity with which it is carried out; and the racial, ethnic, and socio-economic biases that likely are inherent in any discretionary death penalty system. Because such a system fails to comport with our abiding freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, we hold that capital punishment, as currently applied, violates the constitution of Connecticut."

State of Connecticut v. Eduardo Santiago, SC 17413 (CT Sup. Ct. 2015)___

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2015-08-12 22:56:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Yes, that's actually the order itself as original, not a redaction of the order.

Yes, that's actually the order itself as original, not a redaction of the order.___

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2015-08-12 18:02:03 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Polyglots, please help! Here is TSA's "language access" binder, which contains translations of its standard warnings / instructions / etc in Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Traditional Mandarin), Chinese (Simplified Cantonese), English (US), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese (parallel w/ US English). 20 pages each.

Please take a read of the languages you understand and let me know if there is anything off about the translation, including e.g. cultural or other localization issues with text or images. (Also please let me know if there isn't.)

Please add notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XQGHLthI9W-RByPmVREwijKzV-0_pBgozREEVG5YzKE/

Polyglots, please help! Here is TSA's "language access" binder, which contains translations of its standard warnings / instructions / etc in Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Traditional Mandarin), Chinese (Simplified Cantonese), English (US), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese (parallel w/ US English). 20 pages each.

Please take a read of the languages you understand and let me know if there is anything off about the translation, including e.g. cultural or other localization issues with text or images. (Also please let me know if there isn't.)

Please add notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XQGHLthI9W-RByPmVREwijKzV-0_pBgozREEVG5YzKE/___

2015-08-12 16:43:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Yonatan Zunger: > I know the bureaucrat-impressing game.
> (That's the one where you roam the streets of DC with a gang and kidnap bureaucrats for naval service, right?)

+Yonatan Zunger: > I know the bureaucrat-impressing game.
> (That's the one where you roam the streets of DC with a gang and kidnap bureaucrats for naval service, right?)___

2015-08-12 13:40:53 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Journalists: I just got 1400+ pages from TSA FOIA docs. I would like help reviewing and publishing them w/ analysis. I require credit (name + url) at minimum, preferably co-author on byline (with the work to go with it). If you're interested, email me @ tsa@saizai.com.

Here's what I have. All are, AFAIK, first ever releases:

Part 1-b Bates 63-73 - 11p - MD 100.4 2012-01-25 Transportation Security Searches
Part 1-c Bates 74-75 - 2p - 2014-05-15 guidelines on using table of offenses and penalties
Part 1-c Bates 76-105 - 30p - 2014-05-15 table of offenses and penalties
Part 1-c Bates 106-112 - 7p - MD 1100.75-3 2014-02-12 Addressing unacceptable performance and conduct
Part 1-c Bates 113-140 - 28p - MD 1100.75-3 2014-02-12 Addressing unacceptable performance and conduct - handbook
Part 2 Bates 408 - 1p - OD 400-30-7A 2014-10-21 Exercise of FSD... more »

Journalists: I just got 1400+ pages from TSA FOIA docs. I would like help reviewing and publishing them w/ analysis. I require credit (name + url) at minimum, preferably co-author on byline (with the work to go with it). If you're interested, email me @ tsa@saizai.com.

Here's what I have. All are, AFAIK, first ever releases:

Part 1-b Bates 63-73 - 11p - MD 100.4 2012-01-25 Transportation Security Searches
Part 1-c Bates 74-75 - 2p - 2014-05-15 guidelines on using table of offenses and penalties
Part 1-c Bates 76-105 - 30p - 2014-05-15 table of offenses and penalties
Part 1-c Bates 106-112 - 7p - MD 1100.75-3 2014-02-12 Addressing unacceptable performance and conduct
Part 1-c Bates 113-140 - 28p - MD 1100.75-3 2014-02-12 Addressing unacceptable performance and conduct - handbook
Part 2 Bates 408 - 1p - OD 400-30-7A 2014-10-21 Exercise of FSD discretion
Part 3-i Bates 409-931 - 523p - Language access binder
Part 4-a and 4-b Bates 932-962 - 6p - MD 1100.73-5 2013-09-30 Employee responsibilities and code of conduct
Part 4-a and 4-b Bates 938-962 - 25p - MD 1100.73-5 2013-09-30 Employee responsibilities and code of conduct - handbook
Part 4-c Bates 963-970 - 8p - TSA CRL complaint form
Part 5-a Bates 971-1181 - 211p - TSA LEO statement of joint objectives, Airport security program and 49 CFR 1542 implementation guidance 2014-09-26
Part 5-b Bates 1182-1187 - 6p - Security Capabilities Advanced Surveillance Program 2011-10 v3 - Usage policy guidance
Part 6 Bates 1188-1200 - 13p - MD 2810.1 2012-04-23 SSI Program
Part 6 Bates 1201-1205 - 5p - SSI Identification Guide 0060 v1.0 2006-09-27
Part 6 Bates 1206-1207 - 2p - Posting material on TSA Intranet 2006-09-29
Part 6 Bates 1208-1212 - 6p - SSI Identification Guide 0060 v1.0 13-004 v1.0 2013-04-16
Part 6 Bates 1214-1287 - 74p - MD 2810.1 2012-04-23 SSI Policies and Procedures Handbook v1
Part 7 Bates 1288-1292 - 5p - FLD 7102 2011-05-24 Special Mission Coverage for OLE-FAMS
Part 9 Bates 1325-1330 - 6p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 - executive summary
Part 9 Bates 1331-1338 - 8p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 - contents and key terms
Part 9 Bates 1339-1342 - 4p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 1 - introduction
Part 9 Bates 1343-1349 - 7p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 2 - background
Part 9 Bates 1350-1360 - 11p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 3 - study overview
Part 9 Bates 1361-1387 - 27p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 4 - descriptive analyses
Part 9 Bates 1388-1392 - 5p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 5 - establishing the base rate
Part 9 Bates 1393-1418 - 26p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 6 - instrument-level criterion-related validity
Part 9 Bates 1419-1452 - 34p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 7 - item-level criterion-related validity
Part 9 Bates 1453-1466 - 14p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 1 chapter 8 - discussion
Part 9 Bates 1463-1473 - 7p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 appendix A - SPOT referral report and list of serious prohibited-illegal items
Part 9 Bates 1474-1484 - 11p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 appendix B - operational SPOT referral database overview
Part 9 Bates 1485-1506 - 22p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 appendix C - base rate study methodology
Part 9 Bates 1507-1528 - 22p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 appendix D - base rate site visit report
Part 9 Bates 1529-1542 - 14p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 appendix E - exploratory factor analysis
Part 9 Bates 1543 - 1p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 2 - summary
Part 9 Bates 1544-1767 - 224p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 3 appendix F - supporting tables for data source, descriptives and establishing the base rate and criterion-related validity
Part 9 Bates 1768-1779 - 12p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 3 appendix G - supporting tables for exploratory factor analysis reported in appendix E
Part 9 Bates 1780-1789 - 10p - SPOT referral report validation study final report 2011-04-05 - volume 3 appendix H - additional case information

I definitely want to be coauthoring anything on that last one, possibly the LEO one also. (They are heavily but not entirely redacted.)___

2015-08-11 17:39:49 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Credit: +Ryan Castellucci 

If you're storing your BTC on brainwallet, just move them in order to avoid stealing...
Here's the tragic story of a 50 BTC loss or how Brainwallet use weak design and get down in order to void mass BTC stealing
The PoC for the wallet cracking is here: https://github.com/ryancdotorg/brainflayer___Credit: +Ryan Castellucci 

2015-08-11 17:35:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Translation into blackhat: "Come hack our shit! It's probably vulnerable!"

Oracle's Mary Ann Davidson appears to be the Donald Trump of Chief Security Officers.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150811052336/https://blogs.oracle.com/maryanndavidson/entry/no_you_really_can_t

When I saw this yesterday I honestly wasn't sure if the blog had been hacked or something. The original has since been deleted but consensus now seems to be that it was real.___Translation into blackhat: "Come hack our shit! It's probably vulnerable!"

2015-08-11 17:34:53 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Translation into blackhat: "Come hack our shit! It's probably vulnerable!"

Oracle's Mary Ann Davidson appears to be the Donald Trump of Chief Security Officers.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150811052336/https://blogs.oracle.com/maryanndavidson/entry/no_you_really_can_t

When I saw this yesterday I honestly wasn't sure if the blog had been hacked or something. The original has since been deleted but consensus now seems to be that it was real.___Translation into blackhat: "Come hack our shit! It's probably vulnerable!"

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2015-08-11 13:39:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Uh oh. If you have a HTC device, now's the time to rotate your fingerprints. 

oh wait you can't do that

maybe biometrics are a bad idea

Uh oh. If you have a HTC device, now's the time to rotate your fingerprints. 

oh wait you can't do that

maybe biometrics are a bad idea___

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2015-08-10 19:21:33 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Uh oh. If you have a HTC device, now's the time to rotate your fingerprints. 

oh wait you can't do that

maybe biometrics are a bad idea

Uh oh. If you have a HTC device, now's the time to rotate your fingerprints. 

oh wait you can't do that

maybe biometrics are a bad idea___

2015-08-10 16:04:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Coming soon to a major newspaper near you: http://s.ai/foia 

Not going to scoop my collaborators on an exclusive, but should be interesting. Will post when it goes up. ;-)

Coming soon to a major newspaper near you: http://s.ai/foia 

Not going to scoop my collaborators on an exclusive, but should be interesting. Will post when it goes up. ;-)___

2015-08-09 06:46:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Boston peeps: I'll be in Boston for probably the next couple months (ish). I'd like to see my friends and make new ones. Please ping privately if you'd be interested in meeting up and/or know people I should meet. (Feel free to reshare.)

Boston peeps: I'll be in Boston for probably the next couple months (ish). I'd like to see my friends and make new ones. Please ping privately if you'd be interested in meeting up and/or know people I should meet. (Feel free to reshare.)___

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2015-08-08 01:44:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-06 19:35:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Been using the NFB cane I got recently (for free, yay) as a replacement for the ball adapter on my hiking sticks.

Pro: Very light and long. Very good feel / sound. Very visible. Not mistaken for a ski pole. (… I've gotten that one a lot about my regular sticks for some reason, even though they're wrapped in reflective white tape w/ red accents.)

Con: Fiberglass, so whenever it gets caught on something, in bends and I worry it'll suddenly just snap. And the tip is shaped like a thin disc, so it gets stuck in cracks all the fucking time. I have to light-hand it even on regular sidewalks, let alone cobblestone or the like. 

Might switch back. Thinking of making some sort of custom cane adapter with a 3D printer or the like, so I don't have the weight of a pipe fitting + JB Weld like now.

Been using the NFB cane I got recently (for free, yay) as a replacement for the ball adapter on my hiking sticks.

Pro: Very light and long. Very good feel / sound. Very visible. Not mistaken for a ski pole. (… I've gotten that one a lot about my regular sticks for some reason, even though they're wrapped in reflective white tape w/ red accents.)

Con: Fiberglass, so whenever it gets caught on something, in bends and I worry it'll suddenly just snap. And the tip is shaped like a thin disc, so it gets stuck in cracks all the fucking time. I have to light-hand it even on regular sidewalks, let alone cobblestone or the like. 

Might switch back. Thinking of making some sort of custom cane adapter with a 3D printer or the like, so I don't have the weight of a pipe fitting + JB Weld like now.___

2015-08-06 01:17:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Re. my staying with a mutual friend:
> they live alone, so if you are sufficiently not-people to them, then you're probably nice to have around for company
> er, not-people as in "do not require spoons to have around"

Probably the first time I've been called not-people as a compliment. <3.

Re. my staying with a mutual friend:
> they live alone, so if you are sufficiently not-people to them, then you're probably nice to have around for company
> er, not-people as in "do not require spoons to have around"

Probably the first time I've been called not-people as a compliment. <3.___

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2015-08-05 18:53:38 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

TSA care package just arrived at my mail forwarding agent. Should get it soon, modulo having to find a CD drive… 

TSA care package just arrived at my mail forwarding agent. Should get it soon, modulo having to find a CD drive… ___

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2015-08-04 18:21:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Starting to get TSA docs in.

Have gotten 129 pages so far out of ~1400 they say they're releasing to me now. Just starting to go through it…

Starting to get TSA docs in.

Have gotten 129 pages so far out of ~1400 they say they're releasing to me now. Just starting to go through it…___

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2015-08-02 01:50:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-01 02:44:33 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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