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Kee Hinckley

Kee Hinckley 

Fascinated by the boundaries of technology and social behavior.

Occupation: I create things using code, words, and ideas.

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2017-02-22 18:12:48 (151 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

DHS plans to set up a Guantanamo for refugees. A facility outside of U.S. court jurisdiction.

The DHS plan is to deport anyone crossing the border back to Mexico, and if they aren't Mexican, have them wait in a detention center there while applying for asylum.

1. This appears to violate the 1951 Refugee Convention. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/StatusOfRefugees.aspx) articles 31 and 32. It also probably violates the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution.
2. This implies that Mexico is going to be willing to house our detention centers.
3. This implies that Mexico is going to be fine with our shipping non-Mexicans (currently the majority of illegal immigrants) to Mexico.

But think about it for a minute. This would be an American facility in another country. Not on American soil. Does that sound familiar? While DHS says that... more »

Most reshares: 9

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2017-02-22 18:12:48 (151 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

DHS plans to set up a Guantanamo for refugees. A facility outside of U.S. court jurisdiction.

The DHS plan is to deport anyone crossing the border back to Mexico, and if they aren't Mexican, have them wait in a detention center there while applying for asylum.

1. This appears to violate the 1951 Refugee Convention. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/StatusOfRefugees.aspx) articles 31 and 32. It also probably violates the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution.
2. This implies that Mexico is going to be willing to house our detention centers.
3. This implies that Mexico is going to be fine with our shipping non-Mexicans (currently the majority of illegal immigrants) to Mexico.

But think about it for a minute. This would be an American facility in another country. Not on American soil. Does that sound familiar? While DHS says that... more »

Most plusones: 67

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2017-02-22 18:12:48 (151 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

DHS plans to set up a Guantanamo for refugees. A facility outside of U.S. court jurisdiction.

The DHS plan is to deport anyone crossing the border back to Mexico, and if they aren't Mexican, have them wait in a detention center there while applying for asylum.

1. This appears to violate the 1951 Refugee Convention. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/StatusOfRefugees.aspx) articles 31 and 32. It also probably violates the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution.
2. This implies that Mexico is going to be willing to house our detention centers.
3. This implies that Mexico is going to be fine with our shipping non-Mexicans (currently the majority of illegal immigrants) to Mexico.

But think about it for a minute. This would be an American facility in another country. Not on American soil. Does that sound familiar? While DHS says that... more »

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2017-02-24 08:44:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Keeping Up With The Kattarshians' Is Iceland's New Reality TV Show About Cats

Would you (or your cats) watch this reality show? ;-) " Producer Inga Lind Karlsdóttir says that many mocked the idea of a TV program starring kittens, but "all the people who were laughing then aren't laughing now."

If you spoke to Inga Lind Karlsdóttir on the phone without knowing what she did for a living, you'd probably still be able to guess that she's the feminist producer of the world's first online reality TV show about cats. She's just got one of those voices. It's warm and soft, a contrast to the famously stark volcanic landscape of Iceland, where hit show Keeping Up With The Kattarshians is based.

The show's premise is simple: four kittens, all from a local animal rescue shelter, are made to live together in an oversized dollhouse rigged with hidden cameras. The kittens: Guðni, Ronja, Briet, and Stubbur have captivated an Icelandic—and global—audience. Though viewing figures aren't available yet, Inga says that the show (which is available to stream online) has already attracted the highest-ever traffic to Icelandic broadcaster Nutiminn's website.

Alongside endlessly cute viewing content, the show has been credited with raising the profile of animal adoption in Iceland. Created in partnership with the Icelandic Cat Protection Society, all four animals have been adopted just over a week in, and new feline stars are preparing to enter the house."___Keeping Up With The Kattarshians' Is Iceland's New Reality TV Show About Cats

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2017-02-24 07:01:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

"Many of them are not Christian, but it's not about that. It's about us being Christian to them." 1

Bishop of the Olympia, WA Diocese of the Episcopal Church, Greg Rickel.

There's an awful lot packed into those two sentences. It's the sort of short sentiment that wants to be read a few times over.

Rickel was describing the predominantly Muslim refugees from Iraq and Syria that his Diocese helps to settle and integrate into their new American lives.

His Diocese is suing the Trump administration with the legal aid of the ACLU.

What is the church's standing to sue?

"When the executive order was issued on Jan. 27, the (church's) Refugee Resettlement Office was expecting to receive over 20 refugees families, including families from Syria, Iraq and Somalia, into the community in the coming days weeks and... more »

"Many of them are not Christian, but it's not about that. It's about us being Christian to them." 1

Bishop of the Olympia, WA Diocese of the Episcopal Church, Greg Rickel.

There's an awful lot packed into those two sentences. It's the sort of short sentiment that wants to be read a few times over.

Rickel was describing the predominantly Muslim refugees from Iraq and Syria that his Diocese helps to settle and integrate into their new American lives.

His Diocese is suing the Trump administration with the legal aid of the ACLU.

What is the church's standing to sue?

"When the executive order was issued on Jan. 27, the (church's) Refugee Resettlement Office was expecting to receive over 20 refugees families, including families from Syria, Iraq and Somalia, into the community in the coming days weeks and months," said the brief filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle.

"In fact, five of these families had already been booked on scheduled flights into the U.S. when the executive order was issued."

The RRO assists in the immigration of 190 individuals each year. As noted in the brief, many refugees have come from countries covered by Trump's executive order.

"The Episcopal diocese's refugee resettlement program stems from the moral obligation of the Episcopal faith to welcome and assist strangers, especially those who are poor, sick and most in need of help," added the church's brief with U.S. District Court in Seattle. 2

JAMES: Bishop Greg Rickel, who leads the diocese, says the lawsuit is also about asserting the right of a church to practice its faith, in particular the Bible's call for Christians to welcome the stranger.

RICKEL: So welcoming the stranger is a gospel mandate.

JAMES: And what does that mean - welcoming the stranger?

RICKEL: The stranger is someone who we maybe don't know, don't understand, wouldn't usually be around. For us as Christians, we would say the stranger always comes to us as Jesus. 1

Sometimes it is impossible for me to separate my Philosophy of Religion and Political Projects posts.

1 http://www.npr.org/2017/02/20/516292276/episcopal-church-sues-trump-administration-over-travel-ban

2 link below___

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2017-02-24 06:59:59 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

And this one is for +Sordatos Cáceres.

#plusonly 

And this one is for +Sordatos Cáceres.

#plusonly ___

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2017-02-24 06:40:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

"Bobbin" again, when he was two (and presumably known as "Charles").

Edit, I just looked it up. He was known as "Charley" before he became Bobbin.

"Bobbin" again, when he was two (and presumably known as "Charles").

Edit, I just looked it up. He was known as "Charley" before he became Bobbin.___

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2017-02-24 06:33:18 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

My grandmother Dorothy with her father "Bobbin" (Charles Herman Kuenzli). Somewhere in Ohio.

My grandmother Dorothy with her father "Bobbin" (Charles Herman Kuenzli). Somewhere in Ohio.___

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2017-02-24 06:30:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

My Aunt Marjorie, my father, and my newly born Aunt Lois.

My Aunt Marjorie, my father, and my newly born Aunt Lois.___

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2017-02-24 06:09:02 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Think we should end immigration?

___Think we should end immigration?

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2017-02-24 06:06:08 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Private Prisons are back. Despite the documented abuses. Despite the obvious perverted profit motives.

Criminal Justice for Fun and Profit. Or, at least, Profit.

Anyone surprised that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions have decided to reverse the Obama policy to move away from for-profit private prisons. Because what can possibly go wrong with the government signs contracts with private prison companies and they get to decide how to meet their margins -- especially when the contracts include minimum occupancy clauses?

(And, parenthetically, is anyone surprised that this comes out just as hints are coming from Trump and Sessions that the Feds are going to resurrect the War on Drugs against marijuana, even in states that have declared it legal? Or that this comes out just as Homeland Security has need of a lot of additional internment space to deal with all those "illegal immigrants"?)___Private Prisons are back. Despite the documented abuses. Despite the obvious perverted profit motives.

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2017-02-24 04:49:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Another day. Another racist kills someone. But, as I've been told before, this has nothing to do with Trump.

And as usual, the racist didn't even kill the people he thought he was killing. Not that he probably cared.

I agree with the author though. What's really chilling is that he walked into a strange bar, ordered a drink, and confided in the bartender that he had just "killed some Muslims" and needed a place to hide.

Talk about living in a political bubble.

:sigh: ___Another day. Another racist kills someone. But, as I've been told before, this has nothing to do with Trump.

And as usual, the racist didn't even kill the people he thought he was killing. Not that he probably cared.

I agree with the author though. What's really chilling is that he walked into a strange bar, ordered a drink, and confided in the bartender that he had just "killed some Muslims" and needed a place to hide.

Talk about living in a political bubble.

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2017-02-24 04:04:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

An open-source, distributed, secure file-sharing system from Google. https://upspin.io/ .


Something which may be of interest to various security- and open-source minded folks: we just open-sourced a distributed, secure file-sharing system. Full technical details at https://upspin.io/ .

(I know most of its authors, and they're very, very, good at what they do)___An open-source, distributed, secure file-sharing system from Google. https://upspin.io/ .

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2017-02-24 01:58:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

❝ I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions.

He looked at me and said nothing.

It was only later that I learned he authored an essay under a pseudonym, extolling the virtues of authoritarianism and attacking diversity as a “weakness,” and Islam as “incompatible with the modern West.”

My whole life and everything I have learned proves that facile statement wrong. ❞

A damn good read. Take the time - you won't be sorry.

h/t +Lindsey Clements___❝ I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions.

He looked at me and said nothing.

It was only later that I learned he authored an essay under a pseudonym, extolling the virtues of authoritarianism and attacking diversity as a “weakness,” and Islam as “incompatible with the modern West.”

My whole life and everything I have learned proves that facile statement wrong. ❞

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2017-02-24 01:54:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-24 01:21:05 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Three new studies of school vouchers all show declining performance by student who used them. Even the positive studies only showed improvement in a limited set of cases, most had mixed results.

I would guess that this won't impact the proponents of vouchers at all, since their argument is often based more on ideological concerns.

❝ a third voucher study was released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank and proponent of school choice. The study, which was financed by the pro-voucher Walton Family Foundation, focused on a large voucher program in Ohio. “Students who use vouchers to attend private schools have fared worse academically compared to their closely matched peers attending public schools,” the researchers found. Once again, results were worse in math. ❞

___Three new studies of school vouchers all show declining performance by student who used them. Even the positive studies only showed improvement in a limited set of cases, most had mixed results.

I would guess that this won't impact the proponents of vouchers at all, since their argument is often based more on ideological concerns.

❝ a third voucher study was released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank and proponent of school choice. The study, which was financed by the pro-voucher Walton Family Foundation, focused on a large voucher program in Ohio. “Students who use vouchers to attend private schools have fared worse academically compared to their closely matched peers attending public schools,” the researchers found. Once again, results were worse in math. ❞

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2017-02-24 01:05:13 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is pretty damn fascinating - results of every Presidential election by state. You can see the total swap of D to R in the south and from R to D in most other areas. You can also watch the rust belt flip in the past election.
https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/5vq4sk/updated_for_2016_this_is_every_united_states/?ref=share&ref_source=link

This is pretty damn fascinating - results of every Presidential election by state. You can see the total swap of D to R in the south and from R to D in most other areas. You can also watch the rust belt flip in the past election.
https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/5vq4sk/updated_for_2016_this_is_every_united_states/?ref=share&ref_source=link___

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2017-02-24 00:58:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

❝ “I believe that the story exists,” Herstein said. “But the facts in it can’t possibly be right. That absolutely can’t be right. How did Trump spend $10 million in one month and Obama spent $11 million in a year? It defies logic.” ❞

___❝ “I believe that the story exists,” Herstein said. “But the facts in it can’t possibly be right. That absolutely can’t be right. How did Trump spend $10 million in one month and Obama spent $11 million in a year? It defies logic.” ❞

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2017-02-23 23:18:50 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

A to-scale view of what the sun and planets look like from Trappist-1f.

I assume the actual coloration is an artist rendition. But that's one amazing sky.

Sci-Fi Sky

The newly discovered planetary system is perfect for science fiction. Seven rocky worlds, three potentially habitable. But since the planets all orbit close to their star, the apparent sizes of these planets would rival that of the Moon. I put together a graphic showing what TRAPPIST-1 and its planets would look like as seen from TRAPPIST-1f, which is an Earth-sized planet in the center of the habitable zone. If you lived there, the sky would be amazing.

Image credits:
Planets - NASA/JPL (public domain)
TRAPPIST-1: NASA/Walt Feimer (public domain)
Moon - Gregory H. Revera (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Sun - NASA/Goddard (public domain)___A to-scale view of what the sun and planets look like from Trappist-1f.

I assume the actual coloration is an artist rendition. But that's one amazing sky.

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2017-02-23 20:24:39 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Arizona Senate votes to apply racketeering laws to anyone who plans or attends a protest that later turns violent.

We'll see if the Republican-controled House has any more sense.

Arizona Senate votes to apply racketeering laws to anyone who plans or attends a protest that later turns violent.

We'll see if the Republican-controled House has any more sense.___

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2017-02-23 19:32:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I haven't shared this in a while. Devil in the Kitchen - Wizard's Walk. A little celtic thrash fiddle music some friends did when they were in high school.

I haven't shared this in a while. Devil in the Kitchen - Wizard's Walk. A little celtic thrash fiddle music some friends did when they were in high school.___

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2017-02-23 19:11:21 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

On Immigration, Sanctuaries, and Historical Analogies

Folk on the Right have been using an interesting argument in the battle over so-called "sanctuary cities," accusing them of using the same sort of "nullification" stance as the antebellum South used to justify its slave trade. (That a number of folk on the Right continued to make such nullification arguments under the Obama Administration seems to have flown under their rhetorical radar.)

This historian's perspective is that sanctuary city efforts are more akin to what states and cities in the North did in refusing federal mandates to return escaped slaves back to captivity, and draws on arguments not that federal laws don't apply, but that the federal government cannot dragoon local law enforcement into actions on their behalf.

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165256
... more »

On Immigration, Sanctuaries, and Historical Analogies

Folk on the Right have been using an interesting argument in the battle over so-called "sanctuary cities," accusing them of using the same sort of "nullification" stance as the antebellum South used to justify its slave trade. (That a number of folk on the Right continued to make such nullification arguments under the Obama Administration seems to have flown under their rhetorical radar.)

This historian's perspective is that sanctuary city efforts are more akin to what states and cities in the North did in refusing federal mandates to return escaped slaves back to captivity, and draws on arguments not that federal laws don't apply, but that the federal government cannot dragoon local law enforcement into actions on their behalf.

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165256

It's an interesting counter-argument. To go back to the Obama Administration, imagine what the reaction would have been if the EPA had argued that local sheriffs had a moral, if not legal, responsibility to monitor pollution emissions at local rivers, or if the Education Dept. had told city police departments that they must enforce workplace laws on sexual discrimination -- interview workers, call in any suspected cases, etc.

Compelling the police to act as immigration officers is not only analogous, but -- as has been noted before (and can be inferred from the 1851 poster below) -- damages relationships between the community and local law enforcement, and endangers the community as a whole. Will someone who is here illegally (be they escaped slave in 1851 Boston or undocumented worker in 2017 Los Angeles) be willing to report to the police a robbery, or a rape, or an observed drug deal, if doing so opens them to being grabbed by those same police and shipped off?

Historical analogies (in any direction) are always a little suspect, but it's an interesting duel of perspectives, as well as a cautionary tale.___

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2017-02-23 18:30:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Politicizing Science Is Nothing New: It Happened To Ben Franklin http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/02/23/politicizing-science-is-nothing-new-it-happened-to-ben-franklin/#44bf8e5a74d2

Politicizing Science Is Nothing New: It Happened To Ben Franklin http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/02/23/politicizing-science-is-nothing-new-it-happened-to-ben-franklin/#44bf8e5a74d2___

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2017-02-23 17:21:36 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

It's tough being Secretary of State when the president ignores you and sets foreign policy via Twitter.

It's tough being Secretary of State when the president ignores you and sets foreign policy via Twitter.___

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2017-02-23 17:16:27 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Has Britain lost it's mind? Income requirements for living in-country with your foreign spouse? "mixed-nationality married couples are forbidden to live in the U.K. if the British spouse receives an annual salary less than $23,140. Other forms of income, or money earned by the foreign partner, are not considered."

The rich telling poor people to eff off yet again.___Has Britain lost it's mind? Income requirements for living in-country with your foreign spouse? "mixed-nationality married couples are forbidden to live in the U.K. if the British spouse receives an annual salary less than $23,140. Other forms of income, or money earned by the foreign partner, are not considered."

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2017-02-23 16:59:26 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The Strange Case of Everet vs. Williams: When Two Highwaymen Took Each Other To Court: "Former business partners battling it out in court isn't so unusual—unless that "business" involves robbing unsuspecting gentlemen." https://shar.es/19RKNH 

The Strange Case of Everet vs. Williams: When Two Highwaymen Took Each Other To Court: "Former business partners battling it out in court isn't so unusual—unless that "business" involves robbing unsuspecting gentlemen." https://shar.es/19RKNH ___

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2017-02-23 09:35:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Republicans in North Dakota: interfering with the free market.

Republicans in North Dakota: interfering with the free market.___

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2017-02-23 09:27:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

If you dig this #Snuffythulhu, then please, do yourself a favour and click through to check out the rest of this artist's awesome creations. Holy shiznax.

#Tentacthulhu is in awe.

If you dig this #Snuffythulhu, then please, do yourself a favour and click through to check out the rest of this artist's awesome creations. Holy shiznax.

#Tentacthulhu is in awe.___

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2017-02-23 07:30:27 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

According to Republican policy, the person on the left must use the woman's room, and the person on the right must use the men's room. And this is in order to protect people from being harassed and attacked.

What do you think the odds are that they won't be harassed or attacked if they do?

According to Republican policy, the person on the left must use the woman's room, and the person on the right must use the men's room. And this is in order to protect people from being harassed and attacked.

What do you think the odds are that they won't be harassed or attacked if they do?___

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2017-02-23 07:00:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

What happens when you leave the kids alone for a minutes with their grandmother.

What happens when you leave the kids alone for a minutes with their grandmother.___

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2017-02-23 06:59:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Persian princesses.

Persian princesses.___

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2017-02-23 06:37:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Your moments of cute.

Your moments of cute.___

2017-02-23 05:14:47 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Would anyone be interested in getting together in Seattle for brunch, lunch, lupper, supper, or drinks March 11 (Saturday)?

(Yes, you read correctly, breakfast was not an option.)

I expect to be flying back from San Jose that Friday evening, and I thought it might be fun to stay over in the city and then meet up with all these interesting people I've never met, and/or a few I knew many years ago, and/or one or two I haven't seen since grade school.

If there's interest, I'll set up a when2meet so we can pick a time. And people should suggest locations. In the past I've found dinner buffets work best (flat rate for everyone, adding people's not a big deal), but we're not likely to get one of those on a Saturday. We'll probably need reservations.

Now excuse me while I crawl back into my introvert hole.

Would anyone be interested in getting together in Seattle for brunch, lunch, lupper, supper, or drinks March 11 (Saturday)?

(Yes, you read correctly, breakfast was not an option.)

I expect to be flying back from San Jose that Friday evening, and I thought it might be fun to stay over in the city and then meet up with all these interesting people I've never met, and/or a few I knew many years ago, and/or one or two I haven't seen since grade school.

If there's interest, I'll set up a when2meet so we can pick a time. And people should suggest locations. In the past I've found dinner buffets work best (flat rate for everyone, adding people's not a big deal), but we're not likely to get one of those on a Saturday. We'll probably need reservations.

Now excuse me while I crawl back into my introvert hole.___

2017-02-23 03:15:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Couldn't for the life of me figure out why I had a box in the mail labeled "Contains Sharp Object".






Cuisinart recall blade.

Couldn't for the life of me figure out why I had a box in the mail labeled "Contains Sharp Object".






Cuisinart recall blade.___

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2017-02-23 02:33:50 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

"[Secretary of Education] DeVos initially resisted signing off and told Mr. Trump that she was uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions."

Credit where credit is due. I didn't expect that of her, but I'm glad she recognized the harm this setback will cause.

"[Secretary of Education] DeVos initially resisted signing off and told Mr. Trump that she was uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions."

Credit where credit is due. I didn't expect that of her, but I'm glad she recognized the harm this setback will cause.___

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2017-02-23 02:29:41 (40 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A Reagan Legacy: Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants

This is what happens when a conservative president realizes that deporting every undocumented immigrant is neither feasible, nor humane.

It covered anyone who could show they had been in the country for over four years. Which is harder than you might think if you've been trying to stay under the radar. Trump is currently trying to deport anyone (except registered Dreamers) who has been in the country less than ten years.

My former sister-in-law became a citizen because of this law.

A Reagan Legacy: Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants

This is what happens when a conservative president realizes that deporting every undocumented immigrant is neither feasible, nor humane.

It covered anyone who could show they had been in the country for over four years. Which is harder than you might think if you've been trying to stay under the radar. Trump is currently trying to deport anyone (except registered Dreamers) who has been in the country less than ten years.

My former sister-in-law became a citizen because of this law.___

2017-02-23 01:59:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"We've got the DTs...The Donald Trump Blues"

A dear friend's cousin, Raphael Richman, sings the Donald Trump Blues. Two versions, so keep listening and try to laugh, not cry.___"We've got the DTs...The Donald Trump Blues"

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2017-02-23 01:22:53 (22 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

European salmonella DNA in Aztec burials linked to 1540s epidemic that killed up to 80% of the country's native inhabitants

___European salmonella DNA in Aztec burials linked to 1540s epidemic that killed up to 80% of the country's native inhabitants

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2017-02-22 20:15:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Vodafone debuts in Spain in world premiere of Hydra, the new version of TiVo.
#tivoemp

Vodafone debuts in Spain in world premiere of Hydra, the new version of TiVo.
#tivoemp___

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2017-02-22 19:43:26 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

So basically, "Yankee Doodle" is an insult somg calling people gay.

A Queer Taste for Macaroni: "With his enormous hair, painted face, and dainty attire, the so-called “macaroni” was a common sight upon the streets and ridiculing prints of 1770s London. Dominic Janes explores how with this new figure — and the scandalous sodomy trials with which the stereotype became entwined — a widespread discussion of same-sex desire first entered the public realm, long before the days of Oscar Wilde." http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/02/22/a-queer-taste-for-macaroni/ ___So basically, "Yankee Doodle" is an insult somg calling people gay.

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2017-02-22 19:37:34 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I've said we have more common ground than politicians want us to think. Here's a twitter algorithm that uses that fact to make connection recommendations.

How a Twitter Algorithm Could Bring Democrats and Republicans Closer Together. Computer scientists have found a way to help Twitter users on either side of a divisive issue step out of their respective bubbles and reach across the aisle. http://www.seeker.com/how-a-twitter-algorithm-could-bring-democrats-and-republicans-closer-t-2278318604.html___I've said we have more common ground than politicians want us to think. Here's a twitter algorithm that uses that fact to make connection recommendations.

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2017-02-22 18:55:48 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

❝ Sanctuary cities share with their abolitionist forebears a deep moral commitment to liberty and equality. And, when it comes to legal theory, sanctuary policy is rooted not in the nullification theory popular in the slaveholding South, but rather in the Tenth Amendment’s prohibition on federal “commandeering” of local government. This anti-commandeering argument similarly underlay the “personal liberty” laws passed in northern states to disentangle them from the slave rendition machinery. ❞

___❝ Sanctuary cities share with their abolitionist forebears a deep moral commitment to liberty and equality. And, when it comes to legal theory, sanctuary policy is rooted not in the nullification theory popular in the slaveholding South, but rather in the Tenth Amendment’s prohibition on federal “commandeering” of local government. This anti-commandeering argument similarly underlay the “personal liberty” laws passed in northern states to disentangle them from the slave rendition machinery. ❞

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2017-02-22 18:12:48 (151 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

DHS plans to set up a Guantanamo for refugees. A facility outside of U.S. court jurisdiction.

The DHS plan is to deport anyone crossing the border back to Mexico, and if they aren't Mexican, have them wait in a detention center there while applying for asylum.

1. This appears to violate the 1951 Refugee Convention. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/StatusOfRefugees.aspx) articles 31 and 32. It also probably violates the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution.
2. This implies that Mexico is going to be willing to house our detention centers.
3. This implies that Mexico is going to be fine with our shipping non-Mexicans (currently the majority of illegal immigrants) to Mexico.

But think about it for a minute. This would be an American facility in another country. Not on American soil. Does that sound familiar? While DHS says that... more »

DHS plans to set up a Guantanamo for refugees. A facility outside of U.S. court jurisdiction.

The DHS plan is to deport anyone crossing the border back to Mexico, and if they aren't Mexican, have them wait in a detention center there while applying for asylum.

1. This appears to violate the 1951 Refugee Convention. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/StatusOfRefugees.aspx) articles 31 and 32. It also probably violates the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution.
2. This implies that Mexico is going to be willing to house our detention centers.
3. This implies that Mexico is going to be fine with our shipping non-Mexicans (currently the majority of illegal immigrants) to Mexico.

But think about it for a minute. This would be an American facility in another country. Not on American soil. Does that sound familiar? While DHS says that refugees would video conference in for refugee application, consider why they feel the need to do this in Mexico, not the U.S.. After all, it would be cheaper and easier to set up a holding facility here.

A facility in Mexico would not be bound by American laws. This would be Guantanamo for refugees. A facility out of reach of the American legal system.___

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2017-02-22 18:09:46 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

NYTimes: 7 Earth-Size Planets Identified in Orbit Around a Dwarf Star

NYTimes: 7 Earth-Size Planets Identified in Orbit Around a Dwarf Star___

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2017-02-22 17:18:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Seating". My mother's house in Maine.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Seating". My mother's house in Maine.___

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2017-02-22 16:55:45 (42 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Who exactly did he think was planning them? Or is this a code for "paid actors"?

Tweetizen Trump -- 2017-02-22 "Fake Crowds"

I'm sure, after yesterday's paucity of commentary, you were saving up those creative juices for something. Let's go see!

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'Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities' [1]

So that one was from your Social Media Minions, Donald (though I assume it had your approval). It included a link to an article about a poll, headlined like the quote above.[2] The poll (a Harvard-Harris) poll has some interesting results:

1. Yes, as you indicted, 80% agree with the statement that "cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities."

2. 52% approve of the executive orders to build a wall, hire more immigration officers, and revoke money from "sanctuary cities".

That one is interesting, when you break down the parts: 53% of voters oppose a border wall. 75% favor an increased border patrol.

3. 53% support a 120-day suspension of US refugee programs overall. 51% say we should accept fewer Syrian refugees; 34% think we should take in the same, 15% believe we should accept more.

So, yes, the "sanctuary city" thing is a clear PR win for your side, Donald. Locales that want to make a case for why having local law enforcement working actively with immigration authorities has risks and dangers that are not more widely appreciated need to do so more clearly.

On the other hand, as you well know, Donald, different polls can "prove" different things. Sometimes they even predict presidential races incorrectly (at which point some people call them "fake", as they do anything they dislike). Other polls have given different opinions of your travel ban, etc.:[3]

-- 59% oppose your travel ban executive order
-- 53% believe the administration did a poor job of communicating it.
-- 50% oppose suspending immigation/refugee programs from those regions
-- 59% oppose the border wall ... oh, wait, that's a similar result.

Picking and choosing which polls you want to believe in (or, in turn, governing based on poll results) is generally speaking not considered a good thing. (Of course, if you're just cherry-picking the poll results you like in order to sway the public -- well, that's kind of a despicable thing, Donald, don't you think?)

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The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad! [4]

Sooooo much to unpack here, Donald.

-- The obvious goal is to discredit all local protests of Repulican elected officials, by conjuring up a cabal of fiendish "liberal activists" gathering together "so-called angry crowds" -- probably all actors paid by George Soros (as opposed to actors paid by you[10]). You offer no evidence of this, of course, but I'm sure you saw it on a Fox News headline someplace, as it's an accusation bandied about a lot by ... well, by Republican officials unprepared for protesters.[9]

-- So if a protest at Chuck Schumer's office was organized (planned, or scheduled, or invitations sent out to supporters through a phone tree) by a local TEA Party group, or the Mothers Against Mean Democrats Who Hate Our Country, or the NRA, or the local Young Republicans ... would you consider that okay?

-- Are you suggesting that the people protesting are not actually from the elected officials' districts? Or are not US citizens who should be able to express their opinions through their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble? Are you implying that they are not actually angry, just ... what?

It's a ton of innuendo in a five pound box, Donald. But it's just the sort of dismissive snark toward your opponents (while impugning their authenticity, their patriotism, and their activism) that I would expect from our dear leader.

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One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win! [5]

Well, he actually predicted in July 2015 (!) you would win the GOP nomination (or at least that Democrats should get out and vote to deal the possible threat, which could simply be fear-mongering on his part rather than actual prediction). [6]

But ... hey, nice way of reminding us, once again, in case we'd forgotten (or in case you wanted to reassure yourself), that you won the presidential election.

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Very much enjoyed my tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture...A great job done by amazing people! [7]

So quick question, Donald: given your plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, do you consider the "great job done by amazing people" to have been a productive use of federal funds (about half of the $540MM it cost to build)? Do you support the $922MM asked for by the Smithsonian Institution for 2017?[8]

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Sort of a slow day, but with the normal blend of innuendo and attacks on people who you think are mean to you and your friends. Keep up that tweeting!

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[1] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/834142323881684993
[2] http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320487-poll-americans-overwhelmingly-oppose-sanctuary-cities
[3] http://www.pollingreport.com/immigration.htm
[4] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/834181712783560705
[5] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/834377364947816448
[6] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHkPadFK34o
[7] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/834384982495940613
[8] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/03/23/smithsonian-institution-asks-congress-for-922-2-million-for-2017/?utm_term=.285fa5a86d81
[9] http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/democrats-town-halls-chaffetz/
[10] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-escapes-fec-punishment-paid-actors-at-presidential-announcement-966428

___Who exactly did he think was planning them? Or is this a code for "paid actors"?

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2017-02-22 16:51:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

This is my life.

Days of our lives now.

https://xkcd.com/1802/

#funny #xkcd ___This is my life.

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2017-02-22 09:43:43 (35 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

This piece by Laurie Penny on Yiannopoulos and his "Lost Boys" is excellent.

However they may bluster online, the new right and the alt-right hate being called Nazis.

Good to know.___This piece by Laurie Penny on Yiannopoulos and his "Lost Boys" is excellent.

2017-02-22 09:23:58 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I strongly suspect we have otters under the house. Or perhaps raccoons. Persistent fishy smell. And occasionally one hell of a racket.

The fishy smell has been here since we bought the house. It comes up from some points in the wall, and is particularly strong outside by one corner of the house. When we were dog-sitting, the dog would spend long minutes with her nose right up against the baseboard. The racket ranges from scrabbling (which could be anything, things always sound big through the walls) to occasionally big thumps that scare the hell out of you in the middle of the night.

Still. Otters tend to burrow, and some of the noises really sound like they are in the walls. Someone has suggested weasels. But raccoons might be the most likely possibility. But boy that fish smell is strong. Looks like some (careful) under-house exploration (and maybe spreading flour for tracks)... more »

I strongly suspect we have otters under the house. Or perhaps raccoons. Persistent fishy smell. And occasionally one hell of a racket.

The fishy smell has been here since we bought the house. It comes up from some points in the wall, and is particularly strong outside by one corner of the house. When we were dog-sitting, the dog would spend long minutes with her nose right up against the baseboard. The racket ranges from scrabbling (which could be anything, things always sound big through the walls) to occasionally big thumps that scare the hell out of you in the middle of the night.

Still. Otters tend to burrow, and some of the noises really sound like they are in the walls. Someone has suggested weasels. But raccoons might be the most likely possibility. But boy that fish smell is strong. Looks like some (careful) under-house exploration (and maybe spreading flour for tracks) is in my future. :/___

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