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Sai (saizai) has been at 4 events

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Sai (saizai)8,667@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 Laws300Following 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 Laws300The 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)8,667Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004 

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Robert Best2,617Google+ Relevance CircleWhat people of "relevance" do we have in common? Care to share?This big shared circle contains my most "relevant" circles according to G+. It also only contains people/profiles who post publicly (Either occasionally or prolifically).Do you recognize others in the list? (I think the probability is high)As far as I know, the visual beside the "Add people" button below shows you the 8 people from this circle who are most "relevant" to you. Also, if you click that add people button, the list inside is also ordered by "relevance".Some people in this circle I know very well... others I haven't met at all (Besides interfacing with what they share publicly on G+) I'm curious, what circles do we share of high relevance? Give a few people shout outs! Let's have a random chat.You were likely notified of this post... I normally don't share to any of my specific circles, so as to avoid sending out unwanted notifications... But since I have you and your attention here... HELLO! Have we talked before? Why do you think I have you circled? What's of relevance for you? (Besides people on G+) If we do know each other... Have we been in touch lately? If not, let please catch up!2015-03-03 01:03:39455000
Colin Wilson56Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post #circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-09-08 06:25:20459111619
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
Ryan Johnson2,352sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     #myseoissocial     #besocial     #socializethesocial     #trust   #circles   #sharedcircle     #followers      #social     #socialnetworking     2014-04-16 05:12:352629212
John Nuntiatio33,101#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #tennis #europe   #asia   #america   #africa   #australia   #football   #golf   #basketball   #news  2014-04-09 06:25:5632961213
John Nuntiatio32,205#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health2014-04-03 06:40:30128164
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
John Nuntiatio29,361#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-09 11:43:13251109
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
Zbynek Kysela1,918BEST SHARED CIRCLE - Share, share, share!===================================HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles -> Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle". Done. You're welcome :) ZbynekMy entire social presence:*****************************http://xeeme.com/bouchac*****************************2012-12-07 20:33:1441920625
Kurt Smith14,400Thought Provokers Circle Share - Who's Made You Think Lately?Who's Made You Think Lately? Are they in this circle? For me, +Dede Craig King had me really going last Monday, +Lacerant Plainer always gets me thinking, and just a few days ago it was +Randy Hilarski.Here's latest round of the Thought Provokers Circle. This is an #awesomesauce  circle of great plussers who will make you think (we're all trying anyway). The cool thing about this circle is that you had to be recommended by someone else to get in.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and tell why they make you think. #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharepubliccircle   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles  2012-12-04 15:53:26287653061
Brunner Nathan325Some people that comment and follow back.Don't forget to give a share and a plus one.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #circles2012-11-29 18:03:5327516419
Kurt Smith6,542Thought Provokers Circle Share -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Next round of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think, well maybe. Here's some of the people and wisdom inside:"And a few of us that make you go "HUH???" from +Bearman Cartoons. " Ummmm.... I suddenly feel like I'm back in grade school again and the entire class is giving me the look... You're going to get your arse kicked at recess!!!! said +Frank Garufi Jr.. Check out and discover some new people - I've met +Dede Craig King, +Susanne Ramharter, +MommyLovesTech.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-31 14:11:37275922881
Kurt Smith4,603Thought Provokers Circle -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Round 2 of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think! New additions include +Thomas Power, +Bobbi Jo Woods and dozens of others.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-17 13:52:172561193675
Tim Moore23,874My Go To Circle when I'm using +Google+ from my mobile --- which is a lot!IF you use +Google+ from your mobile device and want GREAT CONTENT, then this is a money circle for you.  All the guys and gals in here are fantastic and post very shareable items.Created for the circle when you want to reliably find and share great content quickly from your mobile!>>> Help your friends who may be new here to +Google+ - share this circle with them.  They will love you forever......... or at least until payday. :) #greatcontent   #sharing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Public Circles +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles  #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  +Shared a circle with you +Full Circle  #mobile  2012-10-02 19:10:48484723561
Kurt Smith3,250Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...' Circle ShareHere's round 1 of the Thought Provokers Circle. Last week I asked who people follow because their posts make you think. The post (  http://bit.ly/WdN9HG) snowballed and here's the result - an amazing circle of great plussers who wil make you think!Add them and check them out, and discover some really cool new people to follow on G+. Please reshare with your followers to expand the thinking.If you'd like to join in, suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think. #circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +CIRCLES on Google+  +Circles 2012-10-02 13:37:49218494954
Jd Geier883My Top 99 CircleThe #top99   #sharedcircles  are going around... I figure I don't share circles that often, so here's mine.  I tried to filter out family, businesses, non-users (deleted?)... but I may have missed one or two.If you're notified of this post, you're in it. :)Want to make your own?Go to circles. Make sure 'sort by relevance' is selected at the top. Drag and drop to select roughly 100 people. Make a new circle. Maybe edit out a few personal people etc.. but thats it.. pretty simple.. Share the circle with the little share button in the middle of the new circle and tag it with #top99. Done :)2012-07-25 02:14:3499102
Sophie Wrobel9,700Where Google+ fails: My shrinking geek circleWhere did all the real geeks go?This is my second circle share, and (like the first one) a very small circle. It is also one with many lesser-known faces. These are people who are not necessarily hackers, but they all have one thing in common, something that annoys everyone who doesn't understand geek culture, and that turns other geeks on - they will ruthlessly and methodolically take apart the semantics of anything you say, and go to utmost lengths to defend their reasoning. They will keep you sharp.I'm also sharing this circle as a call for help. This circle is the one circle that I curate that has shrunk considerably in the past few months. I figure it is high time to share it before it reduces itself to zero. Some of its ex-members are now homelessly wandering without a new platform to gather on. But where have the rest of this geek exodus gone off to?And, oh yes, the question which we all suspect an unspoken answer to but don't want to acknowledge it: why is Google so seemingly desperate to drive the geeks out?2012-06-28 06:11:2192115
Henry A. Otero (Hanko9)9,525Google+ Engagers Circle #2... created by YOU!!! Everyone included in this circle was recommended by someone in the circle. These are YOUR favs!!!Here are the first 500 people from Circle #1 (there are NO duplicates). https://plus.google.com/117412175333096244275/posts/62yfETEsZgx#circlemonday #circleshare #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles +Nothing but Circles 2012-06-18 21:30:4250010522
Richard Law2,621Imaginary Robots should be in everyone's stream. #doshare #sharedcircles #circleshare2012-05-07 20:41:36231000
Lee Smallwood8,954Want to share the 2nd of 2 circles of Engaging People here on G+ I love their content, the way the engage and I recommend you step and say Hello to them :)Have a great weekend all :)2012-04-13 17:23:5433731622
Richard Law2,040My imaginary robots circle; one of my favorites. #sharedcircle2012-04-03 19:24:54199011
Sophie Wrobel6,893Cream of the cream: My mentor circleThis is my first circle share. I've been rather hesitant to share circles as I feel that circle shares are incredibly impersonal: you get a pile of suggestions without any real idea why, or where they fit in your world. Then +Gideon Rosenblatt proposed a wonderful idea: a Google+ Mentors Circle. The idea being, you add people to this circle who you want to be your mentor, target them by following their posts and building a relationship with them so that you can win them as your mentor. And: what a circle to share! That is the 'cream of the cream' circle.While I don't follow that definition so strictly - I've always been one to silently observe and pick and choose qualities that I'd like to attain, and then copy particular 'role models' without necessarily asking for a more formal relationship - I did start collecting people whom I want to learn some particular quality from into a circle. Potential mentors, you could say. And then I realized: This wasn't a circle I could share. Some of those people were G+ lurkers. Others were using G+ as a Twitter-crosspost-outlet or Reader-sharing-outlet without actually engaging in conversation. So I removed them and was left with a circle of people whom I want to learn something from, who post insightful content and who respond to conversations actively. And that, fellow readers, is this circle. Since these people happen to also be 'big noisy people' on the most part, I expect you are already following some of them. If not, feel free to meet and greet, and/or guess what I'm trying to learn these days. :)I'll share a second circle, one with my favorite 'not-so-noisy' people to read based on content quality, later - again, as an attempt to counter the trend of sharing circles with too much noise.2012-04-01 22:44:0518303
Anthony Fox10,032International CircleIf you want to go global on Google+The countries represented by this circle:Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Catalonia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, US, Vietnam, Venezuela2012-03-28 17:31:02274774259
John Kellden4,179The Moneyball TeamGoogle+ Visionaries, take 2An update of the circle I previously shared. I've removed most of the big hitters.I figured they're in the ten thousand range or more and will survive being cut. Will share them in a new circle in the not too distant future. I also removed some Google Pages. This is the Moneyball Team of Google+. And I mean that as the highest possible praise.#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 13:04:39500648
John Kellden4,179Google+ VisionariesThese 365 people are mandatory to interact with. I suggest you set aside a moment each day for each one in this circle. Which is why I've added 365 people. Seriously, do.Ok, so it's not humanly possible to do that. Think of it as a Google+ smorgasbord of awesome people then.As with my previously shared link of 500 Great Google Plus People, I've looked at these people from a number of different angles. They passed with flying colours. :)#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 11:09:54365231829
John Kellden4,057Great Google Plus PeopleWorth Waiting For. I've thrown every heuristic and the kitchen sink into this, pondering from a great many angles, with the intention of creating a shared circle that is nothing other than mindblowing. You won't get instant fame, fortune and world peace by interacting with this bunch of people, but pretty damn close. This is like an online portable, accessible, interactive Chautauqua. And then some. Enjoy!2012-03-17 15:45:4949913914
Todd Vierling1,010The Lesser Celebrities of Google+My first broad-based shared circle. These people aren't super-prolific posters with thousands of commenters like Scoble or +Mike Elgan (there's nothing wrong with that; his content is nifty, but I simply can't keep up).These folks may not have follower counts in the hundreds of thousands, but they regularly post things that are interesting, geeky, funny, thought-provoking, and generally worth the read. A good addition to anybody's stream.First point, this circle seriously needs more women, and I plan to reduce the gender divide (and increase the diversity in general) before re-sharing this circle. And secondly, after cobbling this list, I'm sure that I left out a dozen or more folks whom I intended to add here. So this circle will probably be a tad bit larger the next time I share it.2012-03-02 19:19:1026102
Christopher Franko (Sr)6,707This is my #Suggested user circle.Everytime I see someone suggest cool plussers, I usually put them in this circle.#Circle, #share , Include yourself in shared circle. #winningwednesday2012-02-29 19:05:48254915
Hacker News Circle5,679Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/23/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-23 17:00:12999023
Forrest Thiessen382Cure for Slim Stream Syndrome (SSS)I was discussing with +Phil Tubb the other day that--in my experience--the way people use Facebook and Google+ are quite different. I've seen people follow family members and old friends and classmates on Facebook to learn about how friends are getting along, who's dating whom, what people had for dinner, etc... and when they come to G+ many of those people they follow on Facebook aren't here yet, so their stream is still and quiet ("just the sound of crickets", as +Aisha Thiessen told me). Unlike Facebook, though, G+ is much more about finding new friends and people whose interests you share, though--with a little poking around and a little "gardening" of your circles, you can find all kinds of interesting people... but how to get started finding those folks, and curing "Slim Stream Syndrome" ("SSS")?There are a growing number of ways to do this (searching G+ for a topic that interest you, for example), but one is to load yourself up with a "starter set" of G+ people that someone recommends to you as having interesting things to say (or at least that share funny cat photos...). I just spent half an hour quickly going through my circles and pulled together this "shared circle" of people who (a) post regularly on G+; (b) say interesting (or entertaining) things, and do it well (whether I always agree with them or not); and (c) encourage discussion. (It's not an all-inclusive list by any means--please don't be offended if I didn't include you!).If you're suffering from SSS, consider clicking on the "Add circle" link below--that will copy all these folks into a new circle in your G+ account, and away you go. If you don't like or enjoy what you're seeing from them, take them out of your circle, and they're gone; if you do, see who they're sharing things from and discussing things with, and you'll soon find other new people on your own to add to your circles.Have fun with it!2012-01-22 03:06:0739323
Hacker News Circle5,699Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/21/2012 at 12:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-21 05:00:13999002
Hacker News Circle5,681Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/19/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-19 17:00:12999001
Hacker News Circle5,681Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/19/2012 at 12:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-19 05:00:27999010
Hacker News Circle5,656Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/16/2012 at 12:31pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-16 17:31:13999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 17:00:08999041
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 11:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 16:00:10999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 10:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 15:00:10999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 09:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 14:00:09999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 08:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 13:00:15999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 06:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 11:00:15999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 05:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 10:00:14999000

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2015-01-24 00:54:17 (110 comments, 1 reshares, 414 +1s)Open 

+Hank Green claimed that his questions weren't known beforehand … but it sure came off as pre-filtered fluff. Extremely softball questions, no followup, no challenge to his administration's policies, etc. I get that it's intimidating, but … you have a chance to interview the President, and you waste it on letting him use you to do PR? That's not journalism, it's astroturf. :-/

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2015-02-21 05:43:40 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

\o/?

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2015-01-24 00:54:17 (110 comments, 1 reshares, 414 +1s)Open 

+Hank Green claimed that his questions weren't known beforehand … but it sure came off as pre-filtered fluff. Extremely softball questions, no followup, no challenge to his administration's policies, etc. I get that it's intimidating, but … you have a chance to interview the President, and you waste it on letting him use you to do PR? That's not journalism, it's astroturf. :-/

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2015-03-03 23:48:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

In case you missed it: the DoJ issued a formal position statement in December saying that transgender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as gender discrimination.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-directs-department-include-gender-identity-under-sex-discrimination
http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2014/12/18/title_vii_memo.pdf

In case you missed it: the DoJ issued a formal position statement in December saying that transgender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as gender discrimination.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-directs-department-include-gender-identity-under-sex-discrimination
http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2014/12/18/title_vii_memo.pdf___

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2015-03-03 21:41:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-03 01:30:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

My SCOTUS case (s.ai/ifp) just got featured as the National Law Journal's Brief of the Week. \o/
http://www.nationallawjournal.com/supremecourtbrief/home/id=1202719348618/Brief-of-the-Week-Indigent-Plaintiffs-Seek-Privacy

My SCOTUS case (s.ai/ifp) just got featured as the National Law Journal's Brief of the Week. \o/
http://www.nationallawjournal.com/supremecourtbrief/home/id=1202719348618/Brief-of-the-Week-Indigent-Plaintiffs-Seek-Privacy___

2015-03-03 00:47:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today, the FEC released a new draft response to our request re. whether foreign nationals can contribute the IP resulting from their coding and designing services to us, and we submitted comments on the existing drafts. Both are @ https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip#docs

It's open to public comment until March 4 at 5pm Eastern. If you want to comment on the record, just email ao@fec.gov, refer to AOR 2014-20, give your name, and clearly explain your position. It's currently scheduled for discussion at the March 5 open meeting, though that may be moved to March 6 or 10 depending on weather.

Today, the FEC released a new draft response to our request re. whether foreign nationals can contribute the IP resulting from their coding and designing services to us, and we submitted comments on the existing drafts. Both are @ https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip#docs

It's open to public comment until March 4 at 5pm Eastern. If you want to comment on the record, just email ao@fec.gov, refer to AOR 2014-20, give your name, and clearly explain your position. It's currently scheduled for discussion at the March 5 open meeting, though that may be moved to March 6 or 10 depending on weather.___

2015-02-28 16:13:54 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dear Googlers: Please fix search for legal cites.

Example: google "Thomas v. Cate, 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012, 1029-1030 (E.D. Cal. 2010)". That's a full, standard format case citation.

I get various docs that cite it (which is actually useful, since I can spider others' arguments that cite it*), but not the case. OK, let's try scholar.google.com -> case law (which I can't autosearch from scholar.google.com tab completion in chrome, which is another problem). Huh, still no results.

Only when I put in the bare case cite - 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012 - dod I finally get the result. Instead, it should be the first google hit, with a direct link to paragraph 1029, i.e. https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8077828207685361756#p1029

* Note that 'how cited' in google scholar -> case law doesn't reveal non-opinion citations.W... more »

Dear Googlers: Please fix search for legal cites.

Example: google "Thomas v. Cate, 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012, 1029-1030 (E.D. Cal. 2010)". That's a full, standard format case citation.

I get various docs that cite it (which is actually useful, since I can spider others' arguments that cite it*), but not the case. OK, let's try scholar.google.com -> case law (which I can't autosearch from scholar.google.com tab completion in chrome, which is another problem). Huh, still no results.

Only when I put in the bare case cite - 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012 - dod I finally get the result. Instead, it should be the first google hit, with a direct link to paragraph 1029, i.e. https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8077828207685361756#p1029

* Note that 'how cited' in google scholar -> case law doesn't reveal non-opinion citations. Which, again, lame. I want to know how it's been cited in arguments, not just in opinions. Argument citations' context very often have relevant case collections and so forth.

While I'm at it:
* Could you please just buy everything on PACER and offer to make it all hosted for free to the courts? Paying 10¢ per page for electronic documents is sheer nonsense.

* Please support Westlaw & Lexis cites too. I don't have access to either, but I often have to look up cases cited using WL. And you don't seem to even have FRD opinion texts at all. (E.g. "United States ex rel. Englund v. Los Angeles, 235 F.R.D. 675, 684 (E.D. Cal. 2006)" - it has citations, but not the opinion. What gives?)

As is, google scholar very often fails, even for opinions. I end up having to try to find it in PACER case locator, go through the docket manually to find the date & document #, and only then do I get to read the document (not always even then, since some docket-listed documents aren't on PACER for whatever reason).

Spending $0.20-$3.00 just to search for a court opinion (supposed to be free!) is incredibly stupid.

* You have duplications in google scholar, eg among different citation forms of the same thing, even for SCOTUS cases (eg US vs Sup Ct style cites). I suggest collapsing them and making parallel paragraph citation anchors (#p for the most official, #sctp, #wlp, etc for the rest).

Example: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=8221341191343035930&hl=en&as_sdt=8006

* Adding the docket text for opinion results would be helpful. It often has tl;dr summaries or some extra info.

* Linking related cases (eg appeals) would also be very helpful.___

2015-02-27 19:18:46 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Does your company have a drinking culture? I wrote this document in collaboration with folks who care deeply about workplace culture and its intersection with alcohol. We hope it will help colleagues understand and include each other better throughout the working world.

Does your company have a drinking culture? I wrote this document in collaboration with folks who care deeply about workplace culture and its intersection with alcohol. We hope it will help colleagues understand and include each other better throughout the working world.___

2015-02-27 18:37:44 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

TSA case update - my filings yesterday & today:

#25 Emergency to compel response to my affidavit and give me more time to respond to such a complicated MTD, which can be severed from the PSJ I filed almost two months ago. (Plus their counsel is testifying in a motion, tsk.)

#26 Motion re their FTCA administrative remedy deficiency claims (together with more definite statement, #26-1, of money damages on the underlying cases, which will hopefully prevent any similar FTCA timeliness claim in the later suits for those)

#27 Motion to partially substitute & join US as defendant-intervenor

Of course, all opposed, even though 28 U.S. Code § 2679(d)(1) makes substitution mandatory once a certification is filed, which they did.

Their position seems to be basically "oppose absolutely everything". I tried hard to negotiate a reasonably amicable... more »

TSA case update - my filings yesterday & today:

#25 Emergency to compel response to my affidavit and give me more time to respond to such a complicated MTD, which can be severed from the PSJ I filed almost two months ago. (Plus their counsel is testifying in a motion, tsk.)

#26 Motion re their FTCA administrative remedy deficiency claims (together with more definite statement, #26-1, of money damages on the underlying cases, which will hopefully prevent any similar FTCA timeliness claim in the later suits for those)

#27 Motion to partially substitute & join US as defendant-intervenor

Of course, all opposed, even though 28 U.S. Code § 2679(d)(1) makes substitution mandatory once a certification is filed, which they did.

Their position seems to be basically "oppose absolutely everything". I tried hard to negotiate a reasonably amicable settlement. But at this point, I suppose it's murum aries attigit.

I'm sharing the full folder of (electronic format) filings so you can peruse it all for yourself. Everything will be put in there as it's filed, in case you want to keep tabs on it.___

2015-02-27 04:03:12 (37 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I find it interesting how some people seem to think that, basically, they get to pick whichever laws they want to follow and declare the rest of them not 'legal'. After a whole ton of pseudolegal bullshit, it boils down to just "I don't think this law is right".

And really, I get that. There are lots of laws I don't think are right. On some, the Supreme Court agrees with me; on some they don't, so oh well, sucks to be me, gotta change the law. That's the step I think they just skip over. Instead of acknowledging that the law exists and sucks and needs to change, they just go straight to whatever pseudolegal belief they have about "natural law" or "jurisdiction" or the like and deny that the law even exists (or at least, as applied to them).

I guess I find such mystical thinking in general fairly fascinating. (See e.g. my post about... more »

I find it interesting how some people seem to think that, basically, they get to pick whichever laws they want to follow and declare the rest of them not 'legal'. After a whole ton of pseudolegal bullshit, it boils down to just "I don't think this law is right".

And really, I get that. There are lots of laws I don't think are right. On some, the Supreme Court agrees with me; on some they don't, so oh well, sucks to be me, gotta change the law. That's the step I think they just skip over. Instead of acknowledging that the law exists and sucks and needs to change, they just go straight to whatever pseudolegal belief they have about "natural law" or "jurisdiction" or the like and deny that the law even exists (or at least, as applied to them).

I guess I find such mystical thinking in general fairly fascinating. (See e.g. my post about David-Wynn Miller's oeuvre [1] for an even more crazy strain of this. Watching his videos gives me the same kind of fascination as watching videos of people with really rather horrible but somewhat hilarious neurological disorders like anosagnosia.)

Warning: link is to a youtube comment thread. Similar amusing BS in the video. :-P


[1] https://plus.google.com/103112149634414554669/posts/HqHPmtmpjvE___

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2015-02-27 00:12:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

TSA case update: Here's their response to my complaint: 31 pages of total stonewalling.

Basically, they say that I have no right to get an answer to my Rehab Act complaint at all; they're not liable for anything even if they did deliberately obstruct the investigation; I have no right to sue any of them individually nor the agencies themselves; the court has no subject matter jurisdiction; etc etc etc.

I wish I could say I was surprised by anything other than the length, but I'm not.

TSA case update: Here's their response to my complaint: 31 pages of total stonewalling.

Basically, they say that I have no right to get an answer to my Rehab Act complaint at all; they're not liable for anything even if they did deliberately obstruct the investigation; I have no right to sue any of them individually nor the agencies themselves; the court has no subject matter jurisdiction; etc etc etc.

I wish I could say I was surprised by anything other than the length, but I'm not.___

2015-02-25 19:03:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

TSA case update: Just filed a combined reply re my motion to compel their participation in a 26(f) discovery conference, response to their motion to stay discovery, and motion for certification of 1292(b) interlocutory appeal. Links to my exhibits, my motion, their response, etc in the sidebar comments at top of the document.

Probably the most thoroughly researched motion I've filed so far. We'll see how it goes. They have 10 days to file a reply to this, and until tomorrow to file an answer or motion to dismiss for my complaint, and a response to my motion for partial summary judgment.

TSA case update: Just filed a combined reply re my motion to compel their participation in a 26(f) discovery conference, response to their motion to stay discovery, and motion for certification of 1292(b) interlocutory appeal. Links to my exhibits, my motion, their response, etc in the sidebar comments at top of the document.

Probably the most thoroughly researched motion I've filed so far. We'll see how it goes. They have 10 days to file a reply to this, and until tomorrow to file an answer or motion to dismiss for my complaint, and a response to my motion for partial summary judgment.___

2015-02-23 00:35:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I'm starting to have almost an appreciation for the dark arts of government legal stonewalling. Working on a response motion that involved a bunch of legal research on Iqbal, qualified immunity, interlocutory appeals, discovery motions, standing, etc. Should be … interesting to see how it plays out.

(On the plus side, two lawyers I've talked with informally about my motion thought it's pretty good. Turns out that suing the TSA is pretty good legal training. ^^)

I'm starting to have almost an appreciation for the dark arts of government legal stonewalling. Working on a response motion that involved a bunch of legal research on Iqbal, qualified immunity, interlocutory appeals, discovery motions, standing, etc. Should be … interesting to see how it plays out.

(On the plus side, two lawyers I've talked with informally about my motion thought it's pretty good. Turns out that suing the TSA is pretty good legal training. ^^)___

2015-02-21 05:43:40 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

\o/?

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2015-02-21 04:30:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-21 00:38:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

No video recording available, unfortunately. Talking with the Commissioners about the nuances of intellectual property law — and open source licensing — crossed with federal campaign finance law was interesting.

Here's the audio from our discussion with the FEC about our advisory opinion request on foreign nationals' contribution of intellectual property resulting from volunteered services:

http://www.fec.gov/audio/2015/2015021202.mp3

See https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip for more information.___No video recording available, unfortunately. Talking with the Commissioners about the nuances of intellectual property law — and open source licensing — crossed with federal campaign finance law was interesting.

2015-02-19 18:33:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Things I did not know were a thing until today when Misty and Flurry both convulsed/screamed/bit wildly after stepping on the same patch of sidewalk :/

(we're now mostly fine, incident has been reported to police)

Things I did not know were a thing until today when Misty and Flurry both convulsed/screamed/bit wildly after stepping on the same patch of sidewalk :/

(we're now mostly fine, incident has been reported to police)___

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2015-02-19 15:38:28 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Original study, The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings by Aron et al: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf

NYT writeup: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html

The original study first tried various matching strategies (by MBTI and affection type, for instance), and didn't specifically discuss romantic closeness, just general interpersonal closeness. (I didn't see a mention of it even asking participants about their sexual orientation.)

It also didn't have the four-minute stare; that was added by Catron (see the NYT piece).

However, it did claim to show a fairly significant increase in closeness just by answering the following questions / doing the tasks with a partner, in series, alternating who reads the question/task:more »

Original study, The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings by Aron et al: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf

NYT writeup: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html

The original study first tried various matching strategies (by MBTI and affection type, for instance), and didn't specifically discuss romantic closeness, just general interpersonal closeness. (I didn't see a mention of it even asking participants about their sexual orientation.)

It also didn't have the four-minute stare; that was added by Catron (see the NYT piece).

However, it did claim to show a fairly significant increase in closeness just by answering the following questions / doing the tasks with a partner, in series, alternating who reads the question/task:


Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?


Set II

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?


Set III

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ... “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.___

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2015-02-19 15:37:30 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Original study, The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings by Aron et al: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf

NYT writeup: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html

The original study first tried various matching strategies (by MBTI and affection type, for instance), and didn't specifically discuss romantic closeness, just general interpersonal closeness. (I didn't see a mention of it even asking participants about their sexual orientation.)

It also didn't have the four-minute stare; that was added by Catron (see the NYT piece).

However, it did claim to show a fairly significant increase in closeness just by answering the following questions / doing the tasks with a partner, in series, alternating who reads the question/task:more »

Original study, The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings by Aron et al: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf

NYT writeup: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html

The original study first tried various matching strategies (by MBTI and affection type, for instance), and didn't specifically discuss romantic closeness, just general interpersonal closeness. (I didn't see a mention of it even asking participants about their sexual orientation.)

It also didn't have the four-minute stare; that was added by Catron (see the NYT piece).

However, it did claim to show a fairly significant increase in closeness just by answering the following questions / doing the tasks with a partner, in series, alternating who reads the question/task:


Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?


Set II

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?


Set III

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ... “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.___

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2015-02-18 13:33:10 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Does anyone know of any federal case that has been brought by someone who was legally married to their cousin in one of the ~20 states where it's legal, against one of the ~7-11 states where it's a criminal offense or void?

Side note: Alabama, the state of the current big brouhaha over AL C.J. Moore's refusal to comply with the federal district court's decision in Searcy v. Strange overturning Alabama's anti-SSM amendment, does permit first cousin marriages. I wonder if he would be as vocal in protecting their right to have their marriage recognized in, say, Utah (where it's both void and a criminal offense)…

Does anyone know of any federal case that has been brought by someone who was legally married to their cousin in one of the ~20 states where it's legal, against one of the ~7-11 states where it's a criminal offense or void?

Side note: Alabama, the state of the current big brouhaha over AL C.J. Moore's refusal to comply with the federal district court's decision in Searcy v. Strange overturning Alabama's anti-SSM amendment, does permit first cousin marriages. I wonder if he would be as vocal in protecting their right to have their marriage recognized in, say, Utah (where it's both void and a criminal offense)…___

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2015-02-17 00:57:29 (57 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A rather … interesting debate. The interviewer must have studied up pretty well (or had some legal training).

It's interesting to me that Moore didn't get called out on his basic argument, though: he claims that people have a right to opposite-sex marriage. Great!

But… why does that mean there's not a right to same-sex marriage? Whose opposite-sex marriage rights are harmed by a same-sex marriage?

He says that the state has to obey the Supreme Court, but it seems like he doesn't think it has to obey a federal district court order, though the supremacy clause is the same in both cases.

And he doesn't really address whether his own order to Alabama probate judges that they should not issue same-sex marriage licenses is overruled by federal supremacy. (Except, I guess, on the technicality that they weren't parties to the federal suit, buttha... more »

A rather … interesting debate. The interviewer must have studied up pretty well (or had some legal training).

It's interesting to me that Moore didn't get called out on his basic argument, though: he claims that people have a right to opposite-sex marriage. Great!

But… why does that mean there's not a right to same-sex marriage? Whose opposite-sex marriage rights are harmed by a same-sex marriage?

He says that the state has to obey the Supreme Court, but it seems like he doesn't think it has to obey a federal district court order, though the supremacy clause is the same in both cases.

And he doesn't really address whether his own order to Alabama probate judges that they should not issue same-sex marriage licenses is overruled by federal supremacy. (Except, I guess, on the technicality that they weren't parties to the federal suit, but that got slapped down the second a probate judge was joined to it…)

It'd be interesting if he gets fired and reelected again, like happened w/ the Ten Commandments statue.___

2015-02-16 17:27:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So here are a few creepy police robots:

http://discoverylab.cis.fiu.edu/telebot/ (supposedly helping disabled cops / veterans, but basically a large, menacing, weaponized, remote control robocop)

http://www.desert-wolf.com/dw/products/unmanned-aerial-systems/skunk-riot-control-copter.html ("riot control helicopter" with surveillance, laser dazzlers, strobe lights, pepperballs, etc)

http://knightscope.com/about.html (Dalek-like surveillance robot, with the philosophy of "if you're 'in public' you have no expectation of privacy, so we'll record and store everything we can")

- video interview: http://time.com/65021/robot-cop/

So here are a few creepy police robots:

http://discoverylab.cis.fiu.edu/telebot/ (supposedly helping disabled cops / veterans, but basically a large, menacing, weaponized, remote control robocop)

http://www.desert-wolf.com/dw/products/unmanned-aerial-systems/skunk-riot-control-copter.html ("riot control helicopter" with surveillance, laser dazzlers, strobe lights, pepperballs, etc)

http://knightscope.com/about.html (Dalek-like surveillance robot, with the philosophy of "if you're 'in public' you have no expectation of privacy, so we'll record and store everything we can")

- video interview: http://time.com/65021/robot-cop/___

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2015-02-16 16:46:07 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

An Addams Family take on catcalling.

An Addams Family take on catcalling.___

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2015-02-14 19:23:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Whee. :-)

Video from the AOR discussion isn't available yet, but will post when it is.

Here is our testimony before the FEC in the post-McCutcheon rulemaking hearing.___Whee. :-)

Video from the AOR discussion isn't available yet, but will post when it is.

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2015-02-14 14:08:31 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Ah, legalese. So clear! So precise! So impenetrable!

Ah, legalese. So clear! So precise! So impenetrable!___

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2015-02-14 13:34:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Still, in those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. It felt as if hierarchies were being dismantled, as if justice were being democratized. As time passed, though, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive."

"Still, in those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. It felt as if hierarchies were being dismantled, as if justice were being democratized. As time passed, though, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive."___

2015-02-13 14:12:36 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Adding "open folder in Textmate" to OSX:

Open Automator.app -> new -> service. Receives selected: files or folders, in: Finder.app. 1. Get selected Finder items. 2. run shell script: cat | sort -u | xargs -I foo -L1 /usr/local/bin/mate foo

Save as "Open in Textmate". Right click on folder -> services -> Open in Textmate. Enjoy.

The finder selection contains duplicates and a trailing newline. The sort -u ignores the duplicates; the xargs -I (that's capital i) make xargs not break on spaces, and ignore the trailing empty line (which would otherwise open an empty textmate window).

Some other instructions online didn't work properly, so I might as well share the fix.

Adding "open folder in Textmate" to OSX:

Open Automator.app -> new -> service. Receives selected: files or folders, in: Finder.app. 1. Get selected Finder items. 2. run shell script: cat | sort -u | xargs -I foo -L1 /usr/local/bin/mate foo

Save as "Open in Textmate". Right click on folder -> services -> Open in Textmate. Enjoy.

The finder selection contains duplicates and a trailing newline. The sort -u ignores the duplicates; the xargs -I (that's capital i) make xargs not break on spaces, and ignore the trailing empty line (which would otherwise open an empty textmate window).

Some other instructions online didn't work properly, so I might as well share the fix.___

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2015-02-13 03:45:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

When examining the chain of events that led up to an airplane accident, the accident report looks at every step in the chain of decisions that led up to it. We rarely do so for car accidents -- but this PSA (masterfully done) and this article suggest why we should.

This is really one of the best-made PSA's I've ever seen. It's terrifying.

When examining the chain of events that led up to an airplane accident, the accident report looks at every step in the chain of decisions that led up to it. We rarely do so for car accidents -- but this PSA (masterfully done) and this article suggest why we should.

This is really one of the best-made PSA's I've ever seen. It's terrifying.___

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2015-02-10 17:39:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Make sure your account stays secure and get some free storage space? Sounds win-win to me. :)

Make sure your account stays secure and get some free storage space? Sounds win-win to me. :)___

2015-02-08 00:53:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Looking up the political contributions various people have made is interesting.

One curious point: Obama and Hillary donated do each others' campaigns in 2008. (Just search their names and see.)

Looking up the political contributions various people have made is interesting.

One curious point: Obama and Hillary donated do each others' campaigns in 2008. (Just search their names and see.)___

2015-02-08 00:47:48 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Alex Fink abusing Unicode:



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+Alex Fink abusing Unicode:




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2015-02-07 16:33:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Made a first stab at listing audio/video publications of court arguments. Please help expand it. :-)

Made a first stab at listing audio/video publications of court arguments. Please help expand it. :-)___

2015-02-06 23:28:49 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Just received: "Thank you for your request to testify at next week’s Commission hearing on REG 2014-01, Earmarking, Affiliation, Joint Fundraising, Disclosure, and Other Issues.  … The Commission is inviting you to testify for up to three minutes…"

Also, our AOR on volunteer contributions of IP (makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip) is scheduled for Feb 12. (fec.gov/agenda/2015/agenda20150212.shtml)

So, it's official: I'll be testifying before the FEC twice next week. Whee.

Now to prepare a lightning talk on campaign money laundering…

Just received: "Thank you for your request to testify at next week’s Commission hearing on REG 2014-01, Earmarking, Affiliation, Joint Fundraising, Disclosure, and Other Issues.  … The Commission is inviting you to testify for up to three minutes…"

Also, our AOR on volunteer contributions of IP (makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip) is scheduled for Feb 12. (fec.gov/agenda/2015/agenda20150212.shtml)

So, it's official: I'll be testifying before the FEC twice next week. Whee.

Now to prepare a lightning talk on campaign money laundering…___

2015-02-06 22:30:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If any of you happen to live in DC and be able to host me next week (or know someone who might), please let me know. I'll be in town to testify at FEC hearings.

If any of you happen to live in DC and be able to host me next week (or know someone who might), please let me know. I'll be in town to testify at FEC hearings.___

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2015-02-04 23:34:01 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The City of Oakland is suing the feds to prevent them from going after a medical marijuana dispensary. It's an interesting argument.

The City of Oakland is suing the feds to prevent them from going after a medical marijuana dispensary. It's an interesting argument.___

2015-02-04 22:16:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Here's the DEA's training materials for how to conduct "parallel construction", i.e. prosecuting someone based on classified information that can't legally be used against them in court and therefore making a whole separate chain of evidence that the defendants won't be able to know is based on classified info (so they won't be able to get it). Interesting stuff.

Here's the DEA's training materials for how to conduct "parallel construction", i.e. prosecuting someone based on classified information that can't legally be used against them in court and therefore making a whole separate chain of evidence that the defendants won't be able to know is based on classified info (so they won't be able to get it). Interesting stuff.___

2015-02-04 21:56:46 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

TLDR: A professor at California State University is looking for folks 18+ who identify as pansexual, polysexual, "or another non-binary sexuality" to do a 20-30 minute online survey. 

I've participated in one of Karen's previous studies, and I appreciate her work, so I've volunteered to post her blurb around. If you'd like to support academic research and have a few minutes to spare, please consider participating and/or spreading the word. Thanks!

http://tinyurl.com/pansurvey2015

#queer   #lgbtqia   #pansexuality  

TLDR: A professor at California State University is looking for folks 18+ who identify as pansexual, polysexual, "or another non-binary sexuality" to do a 20-30 minute online survey. 

I've participated in one of Karen's previous studies, and I appreciate her work, so I've volunteered to post her blurb around. If you'd like to support academic research and have a few minutes to spare, please consider participating and/or spreading the word. Thanks!

http://tinyurl.com/pansurvey2015

#queer   #lgbtqia   #pansexuality  ___

2015-02-04 00:57:46 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Ironies of effectively treating drug addiction with drugs that are highly restricted.

Ironies of effectively treating drug addiction with drugs that are highly restricted.___

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2015-02-01 13:43:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Makes prefect sense. Well, at least just as much sense as the usual description of some kid who can't even pass an other-minds test having any theology. Except of course if it's not belief at all, but merely tribe affiliation dressed up in apologetics — a viewpoint that (alas) has far more explanatory power.

Conversations with +Yonatan Zunger​​ & +Randall Munroe​​ have made me wonder a lot about how one could break that grip, and whether it'd even be a good idea. It's a rather thorny problem from a meta-political POV, but it seems like a prerequisite to rational discussion, fact-checking, education, etc even being relevant to policy "debates".

Makes prefect sense. Well, at least just as much sense as the usual description of some kid who can't even pass an other-minds test having any theology. Except of course if it's not belief at all, but merely tribe affiliation dressed up in apologetics — a viewpoint that (alas) has far more explanatory power.

Conversations with +Yonatan Zunger​​ & +Randall Munroe​​ have made me wonder a lot about how one could break that grip, and whether it'd even be a good idea. It's a rather thorny problem from a meta-political POV, but it seems like a prerequisite to rational discussion, fact-checking, education, etc even being relevant to policy "debates".___

2015-01-31 15:56:26 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

TSA rehab act suit update: court granted TSA's motion for extension and denial of expedition in full, so default is moot. They now get until Feb 26 to respond to both my complaint & PSJ.

OTOH, I've been granted CM/ECF access, so I won't have to do everything by paper now, and I have a motion to compel discovery in the mail*. They'll no doubt oppose it tooth and nail; we'll see how it goes.

There's a widespread circuit split over post-Iqbal pre-dismissal discovery standards, most of which has not gotten into appellate courts for technical procedural reasons. Possibly another SCOTUS case…

PS If you support my work holding the TSA to account (or any of the other public interest non-profit work I've been doing exclusively for the last couple years), I'd greatly appreciate donations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't pay, so I'mp... more »

TSA rehab act suit update: court granted TSA's motion for extension and denial of expedition in full, so default is moot. They now get until Feb 26 to respond to both my complaint & PSJ.

OTOH, I've been granted CM/ECF access, so I won't have to do everything by paper now, and I have a motion to compel discovery in the mail*. They'll no doubt oppose it tooth and nail; we'll see how it goes.

There's a widespread circuit split over post-Iqbal pre-dismissal discovery standards, most of which has not gotten into appellate courts for technical procedural reasons. Possibly another SCOTUS case…

PS If you support my work holding the TSA to account (or any of the other public interest non-profit work I've been doing exclusively for the last couple years), I'd greatly appreciate donations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't pay, so I'm pretty much broke. My ability to continue depends on donations; they really do help a lot (especially if recurring). PayPal s.ai/pp / Bitcoin s.ai/btc (1-time) s.ai/btcr (recurring), or checks to address @ s.ai/contact. Thanks in advance!




* Motion to compel:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DPvt34pMG3CzOeGrh_DG-zhlp-r_j3K3iPZhUZd-Gkk/

Exhibit 1: Affidavit
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O_ss1_Txy6Sbtp2AYfpv7aqNGUQpxtHLdOSAchUDQGA

Exhibit 2: RFA
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Iyc7YJa0XaNV5knWJS8xpb9odS8-J6pdyd2yf9etxHE/___

2015-01-31 03:28:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Your yak is in another castle.

Your yak is in another castle.___

2015-01-30 13:55:38 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Huh. G+ finally decided to let me have a custom URL — not +Sai, but +saizai. I guess the name system is too broken for mononyms to get + names, but they decided to allow nicks?

Huh. G+ finally decided to let me have a custom URL — not +Sai, but +saizai. I guess the name system is too broken for mononyms to get + names, but they decided to allow nicks?___

2015-01-30 13:40:05 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

O food-chemist types: I want to be able to use Nerds and/or Pop rocks in cooking. However, unless the food is ultra dry, the food itself activates / dissolves it; I want it activated in the mouth.

a) Is there a way to do this that does not involve coating them with something that must be bitten through, i.e. so that it is saliva activated but not activated by the other liquids (water, milk, oil, egg …) in the food?

b) What can I coat them with that will not activated them but will preserve them for bitten activation? They're extremely reactive.

One plausible suggestion I've gotten so far and not yet tried is vegetable wax. Anything else?

crosspost: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/54189/preserving-nerds-pop-rocks-so-they-activate-in-the-mouth-and-not-in-the-food

O food-chemist types: I want to be able to use Nerds and/or Pop rocks in cooking. However, unless the food is ultra dry, the food itself activates / dissolves it; I want it activated in the mouth.

a) Is there a way to do this that does not involve coating them with something that must be bitten through, i.e. so that it is saliva activated but not activated by the other liquids (water, milk, oil, egg …) in the food?

b) What can I coat them with that will not activated them but will preserve them for bitten activation? They're extremely reactive.

One plausible suggestion I've gotten so far and not yet tried is vegetable wax. Anything else?

crosspost: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/54189/preserving-nerds-pop-rocks-so-they-activate-in-the-mouth-and-not-in-the-food___

2015-01-29 14:12:34 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Researching post-Iqbal / Twombley pleading and pre-dismissal discovery standards is … interesting and depressing.

First a bit of background for the non-lawyers in the audience, then on to the rest. (And of course: IANAL, IANYL, TINLA.)

1. When you start a lawsuit, you do so with a "complaint", which is one of the few types of things you can file in a lawsuit that's a "pleading" (FRCP 8). Basically, the complaint, answer, and reply to the answer are the only "pleadings". Everything else is generally a "motion".

Defendants can respond to a complaint in lots of ways, but basically the main 3 are:
a) file an answer (saying 'we didn't do it, here's why')
b) file a motion for summary judgment (FRCP 56(a), saying 'here's proof we didn't, please close the case immediately')
c) file a motionto... more »

Researching post-Iqbal / Twombley pleading and pre-dismissal discovery standards is … interesting and depressing.

First a bit of background for the non-lawyers in the audience, then on to the rest. (And of course: IANAL, IANYL, TINLA.)

1. When you start a lawsuit, you do so with a "complaint", which is one of the few types of things you can file in a lawsuit that's a "pleading" (FRCP 8). Basically, the complaint, answer, and reply to the answer are the only "pleadings". Everything else is generally a "motion".

Defendants can respond to a complaint in lots of ways, but basically the main 3 are:
a) file an answer (saying 'we didn't do it, here's why')
b) file a motion for summary judgment (FRCP 56(a), saying 'here's proof we didn't, please close the case immediately')
c) file a motion to dismiss ("MTD", FRCP 12(b), saying (a) the court doesn't have jurisdiction; (b) they didn't get served; (c) the complaint doesn't allege something that, if true, would be illegal [aka 'demurrer', or "so what if I did"]; or (d) the complaint doesn't make an adequate claim [i.e. "they didn't even claim I did anything wrong"]

2. If you want to get "discovery" in most federal lawsuits — answers to questions, depositions, documents, etc from the other side — you first have to have a meeting (FRCP 26(f) conference) about it to discuss how you're going to go about it, the timeline, how you can simplify things, etc., "as soon as practicable", unless it's an exempt type of case (e.g. FOIA) or there's a court order saying otherwise.

If you refuse to participate in a 26(f) conference, you can get sanctioned. (FRCP 37(f))


3.  _Iqbal_ and Twombley were two Supreme Court decisions on the standard for pleadings. Twombley was about complicated class-action lawsuits; Iqbal came afterwards, about a Muslim who alleged that Ashcroft & Mueller had created a policy for prosecuting / arresting / etc people that was discriminatory against Muslims.

Before these cases, to survive a MTD, a complaint had to basically just say "this is what I allege they did wrong and here are the facts that I claim are true that support that", and any (non-legal) factual claims had to be assumed to be true by the court, along with any reasonable inferences. If those were enough to sustain a claim, then it wouldn't get dismissed.

After them however, the facts claimed get extra screening — they're not just accepted as true (for a MTD), but have to be "plausible" based on the "experience and common sense" of the judge.

Of course, there are a lot of civil rights cases where a judge's "common sense" might not believe that violations are happening, but they are anyway, and evidence gotten through discovery would prove that. (For discussion, see http://www.acslaw.org/sites/default/files/Civin_Adegbile_Iqbal_Twombly.pdf )

Also, it adds essentially a level of proof required just to get in the door. Often, that proof just isn't available to a plaintiff, because the defendants have it. (E.g. about their state of mind, their statistics in similar cases, their emails about it, etc. etc.)

So post-Iqbal, defendants can dismiss a case before the plaintiff really gets a chance to get the evidence that would show they're right.




So, why am I researching it?

Well, the TSA is refusing to participate in a FRCP 26(f) conference with me on my Rehabilitation Act lawsuit, and claiming that it's not an exempt type of case — so because we haven't had the conference yet, I can't get discovery. Basically, they're unilaterally blocking me from getting discovery.

They gave a few BS reasons for doing so; the most recent is Iqbal.

However, they haven't even filed a motion to dismiss, answer, or the like (in fact, they passed the deadline to do so).

Also, Iqbal doesn't say that a plaintiff doesn't get to have discovery until an MTD is heard. It says an MTD can be heard before discovery is finished, i.e. at whatever point it comes up.

So, I'm preparing to file a motion to compel them to participate in a 26(f) conference, give me my discovery, and sanction them for refusing to cooperate.

We'll see how it goes…___

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2015-01-24 02:29:35 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Evidently judges laugh, too. Watch around 15:00 — in the middle of a long discussion of whether anyone present had had the experience of driving a car with 70lb of drugs in the tires and would know how different it feels from a normal car. Also, evidently Judge Fletcher used to do tire balancing for a living back in college, and Judge Wardlaw can't tell if she has a flat. It's interesting to see them openly apply personal experience in their skepticism of the prosecution's case.

Evidently judges laugh, too. Watch around 15:00 — in the middle of a long discussion of whether anyone present had had the experience of driving a car with 70lb of drugs in the tires and would know how different it feels from a normal car. Also, evidently Judge Fletcher used to do tire balancing for a living back in college, and Judge Wardlaw can't tell if she has a flat. It's interesting to see them openly apply personal experience in their skepticism of the prosecution's case.___

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2015-01-24 00:54:17 (110 comments, 1 reshares, 414 +1s)Open 

+Hank Green claimed that his questions weren't known beforehand … but it sure came off as pre-filtered fluff. Extremely softball questions, no followup, no challenge to his administration's policies, etc. I get that it's intimidating, but … you have a chance to interview the President, and you waste it on letting him use you to do PR? That's not journalism, it's astroturf. :-/

+Hank Green claimed that his questions weren't known beforehand … but it sure came off as pre-filtered fluff. Extremely softball questions, no followup, no challenge to his administration's policies, etc. I get that it's intimidating, but … you have a chance to interview the President, and you waste it on letting him use you to do PR? That's not journalism, it's astroturf. :-/___

2015-01-24 00:00:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll probably* be in DC Feb 21 & 22 (±1-3 days on both ends) to testify before the Federal Election Commission — on post-McCutcheon campaign finance regulations and on volunteer contributions of IP.

If you happen to be around there and interested in meeting up and/or hosting me and/or helping me prep for my first formal governmental testimony thing**, please let me know.

* They haven't confirmed yet, nor said when they will…
** Possibly under oath, and trying to simultaneously be very blunt about currently-legal political money laundering and very carefully nonpartisan, diplomatic, & legally precise. Also, possibly media. >.>

I'll probably* be in DC Feb 21 & 22 (±1-3 days on both ends) to testify before the Federal Election Commission — on post-McCutcheon campaign finance regulations and on volunteer contributions of IP.

If you happen to be around there and interested in meeting up and/or hosting me and/or helping me prep for my first formal governmental testimony thing**, please let me know.

* They haven't confirmed yet, nor said when they will…
** Possibly under oath, and trying to simultaneously be very blunt about currently-legal political money laundering and very carefully nonpartisan, diplomatic, & legally precise. Also, possibly media. >.>___

2015-01-22 02:48:12 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

… and part 2: they totally failed to answer or defend against my complaint, past the due date that they acknowledged. So I should win by default.

… and part 2: they totally failed to answer or defend against my complaint, past the due date that they acknowledged. So I should win by default.___

2015-01-22 02:46:26 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Replying to the TSA's latest, part 1: no, they do not deserve an extension on the simple motion for partial summary judgment to decide that they have unlawfully withheld and unreasonably delayed responding to my Rehab Act complaint for the last two years.

Replying to the TSA's latest, part 1: no, they do not deserve an extension on the simple motion for partial summary judgment to decide that they have unlawfully withheld and unreasonably delayed responding to my Rehab Act complaint for the last two years.___

2015-01-21 23:52:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Unlike certain other agencies, the FEC is actually fairly responsive… and willing to overturn an improper FOIA denial on administrative appeal. Next, we'll see if they release the further documents we requested. :-)

Recently Level the Playing Field (LPF) asked the FEC to change the rules for candidate debates. However, two parts of LPF's request were redacted by the FEC. MYL PAC submitted a FOIA request for the unredacted document.

Our initial request was denied because the redactions concerned an ongoing formal complaint filed with the FEC (a "Matter Under Review", or "MUR"). We administratively appealed that denial.

Today, the FEC responded to our appeal by reversing the denial and releasing the complete, unredacted request. (See below.)

The redacted portions referred to a MUR filed by LPF against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a privately run non-profit that has had a de facto monopoly on all major presidential debates since 1987. CPD is in effect run 50-50 by the Democratic and Republican parties, and has consistently excluded third party candidates from all national presidential candidate debates.

These debates are hugely important in who has a chance of being elected to high office, especially for president. LPF's rulemaking petition is a public proceeding to change how the debates are run to allow third party candidates a fair chance… yet LPF and CPD are commenting based on secret documents. We don't think that's fair, and it doesn't allow the public to make fully informed comments.

Therefore, we have filed a second FOIA request with the FEC asking for the release of all documents in the LPFv. CPD complaint. We also asked that the FEC publicly announce the release of the extra information and extend the period for public comment.

Here's what we've gotten so far (as well as CPD's and MYL PAC's public comments on the rulemaking petition):

Unredacted LPF request: http://sers.fec.gov/fosers/showpdf.htm?docid=312656 CPD's reply: http://sers.fec.gov/fosers/showpdf.htm?docid=310982
Our reply: http://sers.fec.gov/fosers/showpdf.htm?docid=310991


Redactions made to the original LPF request:

* p 14, after "sponsorship":

"For this reason, the CPD’s rule violates the existing rules on debate
sponsorship, as detailed in a complaint that Petitioner has filed with
the FEC. [27]"

and the footnote:

"[27] See Complaint of Level the Playing Field and Peter Ackerman
against the Commission on Presidential Debates and its directors,
filed with the Federal Election Commission simultaneous to the filing
of this petition."

* p 175, fn 13, after "2014":

"[13] See Expert Report of Dr. Clifford Young, dated Sept. 5, 2014,
submitted as an exhibit to the Complaint of Level the Playing Field
and Peter Ackerman against the Commission on Presidential and its
directors, filed with the Federal Election Commission."___Unlike certain other agencies, the FEC is actually fairly responsive… and willing to overturn an improper FOIA denial on administrative appeal. Next, we'll see if they release the further documents we requested. :-)

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