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2016-04-17 03:28:38 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

It turns out people are uncertain about very different things :)

Also: not really, it's dicey and I wouldn't risk it, no. 

Most reshares: 14

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2016-06-17 03:02:07 (8 comments; 14 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

After a week that was really... not fun... here's a little bit that brightened my day.

Happy Lady Day!

Most plusones: 60

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2016-04-22 02:29:54 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-18 21:00:02 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The left is suffering the exact same problem the right is: we've given space to uninformed trolls because they were temporarily convenient, and demagogues have risen on their backs.

And the people who follow unthinkingly are happy to hate anybody who is not "their team".

We've turned politics into a pure popularity contest, and now we're getting the highschool clique behavior that comes with it.

Food for thought.

ETA: There is room for criticism of Clinton; I've certainly done so myself. But there's quite a bit of hate I see out there, and repetition of misogynistic talking points that taken as a whole, really take me aback. Especially some of the big ones, never seem to apply to other (male) (Democratic) candidates, as the very first paragraph or two outlines. Now pair that with the fact that Trump is such a nasty piece of work especially toward women -- but so-called liberals will vote for him instead of her to blow things up? -- and that she and Obama are largely in agreement, but I never see criticism of Obama over the same points (hello, TPP?)...and so over the last several months, I have come to reluctant agreement with this.

The Left’s enthusiastic embrace of these tropes and rhetoric props up the narrative that, for a woman to have reached the upper echelons of power in her field, she could only have done so through depravity and deception. Her success is undeserved, and she is therefore unworthy — and dismissing Clinton’s campaign as a “coronation” only gives credence to a culture that has for so long cheered the brutal teardown of accomplished women.

Hillary Clinton is indeed, as her critics claim, part of the “the establishment.” Like all women of lofty ambition, she is keenly and woefully aware that in 2016, less than a century out from women’s suffrage, pioneering into a space formerly only occupied by men requires an acceptance that gender constrains one to work within the system, rather than from outside of it.

So the next time you say, “I hate Hillary Clinton,” ask yourself why.

(comments closed)___The left is suffering the exact same problem the right is: we've given space to uninformed trolls because they were temporarily convenient, and demagogues have risen on their backs.

And the people who follow unthinkingly are happy to hate anybody who is not "their team".

We've turned politics into a pure popularity contest, and now we're getting the highschool clique behavior that comes with it.

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2016-07-16 14:14:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Bloom county

Bloom county___

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2016-07-14 06:51:11 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

So long, blue planet.

Out of the blue, this came along in my FB feed... Is this a golden opportunity for us to learn something about how the internet works, or is it too much of a red herring? (Via +Dawid Kuroczko actually.)

I also suggest pasting the URL (http://yackler.ca/blog/2016/07/09/scientists-say-giant-asteroid-hit-earth-next-week-causing-mass-devastation/) into the Facebook search box to see how others shared this. I didn't find as many examples via G+, where URL search is also no longer working very well. (There was a point where it seemed to work better.) Partial URL returns a couple more desired results than full URL: https://plus.google.com/s/scientists-say-giant-asteroid-hit-earth-next-week-causing-mass-devastation___So long, blue planet.

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2016-07-13 14:08:15 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Oh look. Linus still happy to have an offensive, invective-filled culture of bullies. 

Oh look. Linus still happy to have an offensive, invective-filled culture of bullies. ___

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2016-07-01 17:06:05 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

You should also make sure the official campaign shirts are brown. Anything else is pandering.

(OK, fine. Maybe white robes with hoods work, too)

You should also make sure the official campaign shirts are brown. Anything else is pandering.

(OK, fine. Maybe white robes with hoods work, too)___

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2016-07-01 17:02:44 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

And there we are.

"We should scrap EU-mandated labour market regulations and social protections as fast as possible. There is no reason why we should accept European limits on how many hours people do in the office - so long as we have a minimum wage in place, which we do, then it is up to every individual how long a shift he or she wants to put in. Issues such as parental leave can be freely agreed between companies and staff. Employers who want to hire lots of young women, the best educated, most skilled part of the workforce, will be generous; others less so. But business can decide for itself."

Looks like the citizens of the UK have lots to look forward to in their bright, new, post-Brexit future!___And there we are.

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2016-06-28 06:19:09 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

As +Yonatan Zunger​ said, powerful, eloquent, and true.

This brotha just dropped the mic like Odin dropped Thor's hammer when he cast him out. Ain't no one picking this up after him! Damn son.

"The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander." -Jesse Williams

Agree with each and every word he said. Point blank, period!___As +Yonatan Zunger​ said, powerful, eloquent, and true.

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2016-06-25 19:59:27 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

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2016-06-24 20:39:29 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

In case you thought that Brexit thing only affects Britain. Or at worst, Europe.

And we're just getting started.

In case you thought that Brexit thing only affects Britain. Or at worst, Europe.

And we're just getting started.___

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2016-06-21 00:36:34 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Somebody went to the trouble of getting stung by 70+ insects, and then rates the pain and provided descriptions of how it feels.

And lovely descriptions, if I may say.

Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail nail.

for the Florida Harvester Ant. Not to be confused with the Maricopa Harvester Ant:

After eight unrelenting hours of drilling that ingrown toe nail, you find the drill is wedged in the toe


Somebody went to the trouble of getting stung by 70+ insects, and then rates the pain and provided descriptions of how it feels.

And lovely descriptions, if I may say.

Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail nail.

for the Florida Harvester Ant. Not to be confused with the Maricopa Harvester Ant:

After eight unrelenting hours of drilling that ingrown toe nail, you find the drill is wedged in the toe
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2016-06-18 01:40:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Excerpt: It is with a very heavy heart that I have to add more sad news onto an already devastating week. 20-year-old Black trans woman Goddess Diamond has been found murdered in New Orleans, making her the 14th known trans person killed in the United States this year. The New Orleans Advocate reported the brutal details of her death on June 9th, and though they noted that Goddess does present as a woman on her Facebook page, and though they were corrected about her identity by one of her co-workers the following day, they continue to misname and misgender Goddess throughout their original article and their updates to it. 

Trans women continue to be dehumanized and have their personhood and womanhood devalued by nearly universally damaging representation in pop culture, scapegoating political legislation, and even misgendering in their own obituaries. As these violent actionsagainst ... more »

Excerpt: It is with a very heavy heart that I have to add more sad news onto an already devastating week. 20-year-old Black trans woman Goddess Diamond has been found murdered in New Orleans, making her the 14th known trans person killed in the United States this year. The New Orleans Advocate reported the brutal details of her death on June 9th, and though they noted that Goddess does present as a woman on her Facebook page, and though they were corrected about her identity by one of her co-workers the following day, they continue to misname and misgender Goddess throughout their original article and their updates to it. 

Trans women continue to be dehumanized and have their personhood and womanhood devalued by nearly universally damaging representation in pop culture, scapegoating political legislation, and even misgendering in their own obituaries. As these violent actions against them continue, so will the justifications for their deaths.

Since this time last year, 22 known trans people have been killed in this country. That’s a rate of nearly one murder every other week. ___

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2016-06-17 03:02:07 (8 comments; 14 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

After a week that was really... not fun... here's a little bit that brightened my day.

Happy Lady Day!

After a week that was really... not fun... here's a little bit that brightened my day.

Happy Lady Day!___

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2016-06-16 13:39:54 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The politicians offering their "prayers and thoughts"?

Let's not forget a large number of them are very actively trying to hurt the LGBTQI community wherever and whenever they can, at any cost.

Yes, most of their fundamentalist bills doing don't make it into law, thankfully. But they keep trying. Anti-LGBTQI laws are introduced at an unprecedented rate.

These efforts are part and parcel of creating an atmosphere of hate, enabling the Orlando shooter and their ilk.

The only reason they are "supportive" right now is that they think they can leverage our grief to instead stoke the flames of Islamophobia.

We see you. You will not get away with this. 

The politicians offering their "prayers and thoughts"?

Let's not forget a large number of them are very actively trying to hurt the LGBTQI community wherever and whenever they can, at any cost.

Yes, most of their fundamentalist bills doing don't make it into law, thankfully. But they keep trying. Anti-LGBTQI laws are introduced at an unprecedented rate.

These efforts are part and parcel of creating an atmosphere of hate, enabling the Orlando shooter and their ilk.

The only reason they are "supportive" right now is that they think they can leverage our grief to instead stoke the flames of Islamophobia.

We see you. You will not get away with this. ___

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2016-06-15 23:59:04 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

The world is not a safe space, and it only gets safer when you fight like hell for it. We weren't given the spaces we have.

We'd still take a bullet for you, literally, and figuratively.
You were just never supposed to have to take a bullet for us.

I'm the awkward generation in between. I didn't have to fight. But I still remember seeing a lot of the fight, when I had no idea who I was, or that this would affect me.

And when I found out who I was, I truly, honestly, believed it would never again be this hard. The fight was mostly done. I thought all I'd need to do was be open about who I was, so people would not be afraid of the unknown. And because I owed it to the people who fought for me.

So we could sweep aside the "last few obstacles".

And when my elders told me I should be careful, and there'd be people who... more »

The world is not a safe space, and it only gets safer when you fight like hell for it. We weren't given the spaces we have.

We'd still take a bullet for you, literally, and figuratively.
You were just never supposed to have to take a bullet for us.

I'm the awkward generation in between. I didn't have to fight. But I still remember seeing a lot of the fight, when I had no idea who I was, or that this would affect me.

And when I found out who I was, I truly, honestly, believed it would never again be this hard. The fight was mostly done. I thought all I'd need to do was be open about who I was, so people would not be afraid of the unknown. And because I owed it to the people who fought for me.

So we could sweep aside the "last few obstacles".

And when my elders told me I should be careful, and there'd be people who might want to kill me, and that sometimes, even holding hands could be too much, I laughed. I thought they were stuck, unable to adjust to this new, better world.

And I'm truly sorry for that. I should've continued fighting, and I should've continued to be watchful.

There will always be people who want us dead. We will have to be vigilant, and fight on, so not too many of us have to die, because that is the best we can hope for.

And never forget.___

2016-06-15 18:03:32 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If you care about privacy and security, go apply. Now.

+Lea Kissner​ and her team work on really important and extremely interesting things. Working on that team matters.

And Lea and every single other team member I met are fantastic people to work with.

Why are you not sending that resume yet?

Join us! I lead a team at Google focused on the Privacy and Security of Google's products. Really, we stand between our users and the dark places of the internet. That covers a lot of ground: interesting, important ground. (See more detailed description below.)

Want to join us? Let us know why and send your resume to protect-users@google.com.

Come stand with us between Google’s users and the dark places of the internet. That is why our team is here; we do whatever it takes to help Google build great products that respect our users. Get involved in a huge swath of fascinating products and the challenging problems they encounter. We have major growth opportunities to help improve your technical, problem-solving, people, and leadership skills.

Our work mostly falls into two general categories, with a sprinkle of a third:
Guard. Work with teams to find and solve technical and product privacy and security issues. This mostly means consulting, teaching, and learning good privacy/security practice. Think “design review” with extra interesting tradeoffs.
Strengthen. Make it easy to do the right thing. This can mean everything from designing and building new infrastructure to working with teams to make existing systems better to building privacy/security-related product features (e.g. the recently launched object blurring feature in Youtube or HTTPS for Blogspot) or building shared libraries.
Extinguish. Sometimes we fight fires. It’s a good idea to put them out, then find ways to generalize solutions and learn from mistakes in ways that solve or avoid problems, not just for one team but for many.

We’re looking for SWEs and Privacy Engineers who can rip a system apart, understand how it works, and how to improve it. We’re looking for Program Managers and Technical Program Managers who can really get things done. Our current team is very passionate about privacy&security and has extensive experience to share with newcomers; several of our members were among the first Google SWEs working on privacy and some hold PhDs in privacy and/or security.

No privacy or security expertise needed, though it’s a bonus; we approach these problems in a unique way and so we assume everyone joining our group has something to learn and something to teach. We find that people with the following four characteristics (and a strong desire to stand between our users and the dark places of the internet) love this work and our team:

See broken things. Some focus on how a system works. Some people find it more interesting to see how a system breaks. We spend quite a bit of time figuring out how things break and how to fix them.
Like to fix them. Find solutions that work. There are many factors here; engineering costs, user experience, machine resources, reliability, etc. Work with the team to design a recommendation that makes sense for where the service is.
Like talking to humans. As you might guess, we spend quite a bit of time talking to people, not 100% of our time banging out code. It’s a great way to learn very interesting things and increase your ability to make big things happen across Google.
Like autonomy. Lots of room to grow and thrive with a supportive team at your back. The nature of our work means that each team member is often the privacy expert in the room with a product team, solving novel, difficult problems.

Diversity along every axis is a huge plus. We tackle hard, strange problems and having more understanding of the diversity of humanity and points of view available makes us stronger and more effective.

Oh, and we play board games. :)

My team is currently looking in Mountain View, California, but other Security&Privacy teams are hiring in other places, like Zurich, Seattle/Kirkland, and more.___If you care about privacy and security, go apply. Now.

+Lea Kissner​ and her team work on really important and extremely interesting things. Working on that team matters.

And Lea and every single other team member I met are fantastic people to work with.

Why are you not sending that resume yet?

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2016-06-15 14:38:44 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Storified live tweets of SC Trump rally today. NSFW and unnerving. This is a battle between civilization and flat-out evil. Stomach-churning, but we have to look it in the face.

via +Karen Conlin , who is as horrified as I am.

Storified live tweets of SC Trump rally today. NSFW and unnerving. This is a battle between civilization and flat-out evil. Stomach-churning, but we have to look it in the face.

via +Karen Conlin , who is as horrified as I am.___

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2016-06-15 01:14:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-06-07 13:58:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

How Libertarian thinking is destroying communities.
This is what Libertarian cities would actually look like.

How Libertarian thinking is destroying communities.
This is what Libertarian cities would actually look like.___

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2016-05-29 00:21:07 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

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2016-05-29 00:18:49 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

o.O

The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it’s consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states.

“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner.

Trump is also refusing to use his own money to fund his campaign. In other words, what Donald Trump is telling the voters iscompletely ... more »

o.O

The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it’s consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states.

“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner.

Trump is also refusing to use his own money to fund his campaign. In other words, what Donald Trump is telling the voters is completely different from what is happening behind closed doors.___

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2016-05-20 20:36:40 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

That is wrong in so many directions, it's comical.

The French joke is well known outside the US, too.

The rest of the world is with us in the sense that they're all busy electing fascists themselves.

But most importantly, taking to the streets doesn't solve anything. You'll need to come up with what you're doing afterwards. Tell me again how that is coming along?

#Sanders2016___That is wrong in so many directions, it's comical.

The French joke is well known outside the US, too.

The rest of the world is with us in the sense that they're all busy electing fascists themselves.

But most importantly, taking to the streets doesn't solve anything. You'll need to come up with what you're doing afterwards. Tell me again how that is coming along?

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2016-05-08 21:38:39 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Never let it be said the left can't develop the stupid-equivalent of the tea party.

___Never let it be said the left can't develop the stupid-equivalent of the tea party.

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2016-05-07 03:18:54 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Oh god please this must happen

http://imgur.com/a/hon7Y___Oh god please this must happen

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2016-05-03 02:46:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Indeed. As I've said before, if you follow "Bernie or Bust", you're the equivalent of a three year old who'd rather destroy everything than share toys with others. (Same goes of course for the "Hillary or noone" folk.)

I was going to flame some jackass in a thread here on G+, but I decided to do it as a rant right here instead.

<rant>
As an early and ardent Sanders supporter, the whole "Bernie Or Bust" mentality seems utterly stupid. Divisive and stupid. Not vote? Stupid. Stupid, stupid stupid.. Vote for Trump instead of Hillary? Supremely stupid. Hang yourself first. I have some rope you can borrow, too.

Me, I think Sanders still has a chance, as long as we California Sanderista can get and keep our ducks in order. Many seem to have taken their eyes off the prize because they're too damned thin-skinned, like they were expecting softball play in what is essentially a hardball game. Put your protective gear on and get out on the field. Time to join the Big Leagues. If you're not already walking precincts and working phone banks, you're missing out on a great opportunity to try to build the kind of future that you're hoping for. Win or lose, you can at least say you tried.

What is it we want to accomplish? Taking the country in a different direction than it has been for the past four decades, or just seeing your Own Personal Savior in the White House? The latter seems pretty cultish, don't you think? We're talking a long game here, not some magical change that's going to miraculously occur when St. Bernie of the Birds fulfills some prophecy people have created in their heads. Voting down ticket to get the RWNJs out of local government and getting more Dems into both Houses is of utmost importance this election, regardless of who the Democratic nominee is; and this is especially more so during future midterms, when most voters on our side can't even seem to make it to the polls. Why do you think the GOP was so successful in stymying President Obama's efforts anyway? Because every liberal non-vote is a vote for the conservative candidate. By not showing up down-ticket and in the midterms, we are responsible for filling the House and Senate with Republican jerks.
Focus, people, focus. Get the vote out.

And frankly, hearing other Sanderistas calling people things like turncoats, brainwashed, and delusional isn't winning any points in my book. They come off sounding like paid GOP Trolls playing Divide and Conquer with our side. Or maybe they're the type of ideological purists that Heller warned about. I can't wait til those folks start purging the "unfaithful" from Sanders' ranks.

The man's message is "Not me, US," remember?

I've seen this "Left Eats Its Children" nonsense far too many times before. It gave us Nixon, Reagan and Bush II. You folks seriously want to go around that block again? Seriously? And you're calling other people delusional because they cite polls and facts? Oh, right, it's us being turncoats, delusional, or brainwashed by the MSM.

Get a grip. Start working toward some political solidarity. Help us build the kind of consensus that can't be stopped or divided. For that you need earn and create long-term allies. Not more enemies.

 And don't even try to argue with me about my opinion. For all I care, you can go pound sand. Block button is my Mjölnir, and I'm like Thor at the ready.
</rant>

https://twitter.com/Kalarlis/status/709462033918341121___Indeed. As I've said before, if you follow "Bernie or Bust", you're the equivalent of a three year old who'd rather destroy everything than share toys with others. (Same goes of course for the "Hillary or noone" folk.)

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2016-05-02 21:10:24 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

It's been nearly 50 years since Stonewall.

How far we have come, and how far we haven't moved at all.

As a lesbian, I'm now legally recognized in my marriage, my wife and kid are on my VA benefits. Those are huge moves forward in progress.

But we have always left out our trans brothers and sisters. They're even left out of the official history of Stonewall in many places. http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html doesn't even once make note of the law that started the riots. Every word referring to the movement is gay. Trans doesn't even make an appearance (neither does lesbian, but yeah.)

There was a law in place that reminds me of today's bathroom bullshit. Under NY law at the time, every person had to be wearing at least 3 pieces of "sex correct clothing". It was that law that led police to raid the... more »

It's been nearly 50 years since Stonewall.

How far we have come, and how far we haven't moved at all.

As a lesbian, I'm now legally recognized in my marriage, my wife and kid are on my VA benefits. Those are huge moves forward in progress.

But we have always left out our trans brothers and sisters. They're even left out of the official history of Stonewall in many places. http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html doesn't even once make note of the law that started the riots. Every word referring to the movement is gay. Trans doesn't even make an appearance (neither does lesbian, but yeah.)

There was a law in place that reminds me of today's bathroom bullshit. Under NY law at the time, every person had to be wearing at least 3 pieces of "sex correct clothing". It was that law that led police to raid the bars.

The trans men and women (back then just called butches and drag queens) were the main targets. They would be arrested, jailed, and intentionally punitively raped by police or put into cells with those the police knew would sexually abuse them. They suffered every day, knowing a single whim from a police officer could result in their beating and rape at any time.

Stonewall started like any other raid. The butches and queens were arrested, handcuffed, and brought outside to await transportation to jail. By all accounts, those are the people who finally decided enough was enough. Some accounts have the first person fighting back as a butch, some as a trans woman, but most gay men and lesbians didn't join in until the second day.

That first day, it was the trans people fighting back who began the liberation of all of us. But when push came to shove, groups like HRC turned their back on our trans allies over and over.

I'm a woman, but even at this moment I wouldn't pass the 3 items of clothing requirement. I get looked at questioningly in women's restrooms. I get called Sir on a daily basis.

This fight isn't just about our trans friends and allies, it's about righting the wrongs we have done them for the last 50 years. Let's make sure everyone knows the history, knows who the real heroes and heroines are in this fight. ___

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2016-05-02 19:40:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Written last month. Still applicable, IMO.

Although I think that down-ticket is actually more important than upticket. Consider a lot of the crap going on right now -- these are at local and state levels! If you don't want to vote for Clinton, then vote Green (Stein), write in Sanders, or leave the top ticket empty, and vote the rest of the ticket.

I mean, it sure as hell isn't the presidential office setting up all these trans-hate bathroom bills. It sure as hell isn't the administration putting up the NYPD to all kinds of illegal searches. It sure as hell isn't the president telling Arizona to stomp all over its polling infrastructure...

Now, in my experience people, even nice and liberal ones, often really hate being checked on their privilege. If this makes you mad, then you might wanna think about that.

But like the people who... more »

Written last month. Still applicable, IMO.

Although I think that down-ticket is actually more important than upticket. Consider a lot of the crap going on right now -- these are at local and state levels! If you don't want to vote for Clinton, then vote Green (Stein), write in Sanders, or leave the top ticket empty, and vote the rest of the ticket.

I mean, it sure as hell isn't the presidential office setting up all these trans-hate bathroom bills. It sure as hell isn't the administration putting up the NYPD to all kinds of illegal searches. It sure as hell isn't the president telling Arizona to stomp all over its polling infrastructure...

Now, in my experience people, even nice and liberal ones, often really hate being checked on their privilege. If this makes you mad, then you might wanna think about that.

But like the people who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 in protest at Al Gore, Bernie-or-nobody voters are making a decision with implications that go far beyond their narrow frame of reference. [...]

[H]ad George W Bush never been elected, thousands of Americans would have never died in the Iraq war, not to mention many thousands more Iraqis. Then there is the matter of Hurricane Katrina, in which a natural disaster turned into a man-made catastrophe due to the incompetence of the Bush administration and their total lack of regard for the lives of poor black people in New Orleans.

Yes, affluent, mostly white progressives survived the last Republican regime, but those who literally cannot afford to act as piously as y’all suffered. I have critiqued the Obama administration, but to act as though he has not been an agent of change – and that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t do more good than Donald Trump – is to dance with delusion. Had many of these voters supported the Democrats in the non-presidential election years, Obama would’ve been able to promote an even more progressive agenda.

People who refuse to vote for a less-favored Democrat on principle are just punishing a second constituency unlikely to vote: those who know very little about the power they yield because they are so marginalized they feel their say doesn’t matter.

Not only that, but this refusal to vote rewards an even smaller constituency: the rabid rightwingers/teapartiers/fundamentalists and generally hate filled people with a power all of proportion to their numbers.
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2016-04-27 20:22:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

#TrumpSux ? What are you, three?

I'm so glad we have kindergardeners vying for a chance to be President if the US.

Edit: Possibly satire. See mispelings. And 2-Oh-1-6. Sadly, entirely believable satire.

#TrumpSux ? What are you, three?

I'm so glad we have kindergardeners vying for a chance to be President if the US.

Edit: Possibly satire. See mispelings. And 2-Oh-1-6. Sadly, entirely believable satire.___

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2016-04-27 19:38:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I... wut...

In the "weird, even if you assume high levels of ambient weird" files, we bring you: An automated tongue that allows licking anime characters on screen. 

Because the world needed that.

(Liberated from a private share - please let me know if you'd like to be credited)

I... wut...

In the "weird, even if you assume high levels of ambient weird" files, we bring you: An automated tongue that allows licking anime characters on screen. 

Because the world needed that.

(Liberated from a private share - please let me know if you'd like to be credited)___

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2016-04-22 21:36:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Coloring.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2016/04/21/1317-coloring/

Coloring.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2016/04/21/1317-coloring/___

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2016-04-22 18:58:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

That's pretty darn cool. Go Trojan! 

(Not Trojans, though. Bruins FTW!)

That's pretty darn cool. Go Trojan! 

(Not Trojans, though. Bruins FTW!)___

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2016-04-22 02:29:54 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

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2016-04-19 15:07:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Mostly, Sanders pretended to accuse Clinton. Unless his lawyers completely forgot that campaign finance is regulated by the FEC, not the DNC.

And oddly, 15 minutes after the press release on this, he starts fundraising off it.

I used to think he might actually truly be different, but turns out he's exactly the same as other politicians. And in that case, I prefer experience.

___Mostly, Sanders pretended to accuse Clinton. Unless his lawyers completely forgot that campaign finance is regulated by the FEC, not the DNC.

And oddly, 15 minutes after the press release on this, he starts fundraising off it.

I used to think he might actually truly be different, but turns out he's exactly the same as other politicians. And in that case, I prefer experience.

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2016-04-17 18:09:45 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Conversely - if you're sick and tired of working for idiots like Alex St. John, keep in mind there are plenty of places that will pay you what you're actually worth.

Do come work there, keep your sanity and health. Maybe make fun games in your spare time, instead of working on something just to pay the bills.

Or, if games are truly your life, find a sane games company. There are plenty. I had the pleasure of working with some of them.

Just avoid the idiots wielding crunch as a badge of honor.

“You need to get an actual job producing productivity software if you want to be paid ‘fairly’ and go home at 5 pm,” St. John writes. “Anybody good enough to get hired to write games can get paid more to work on something else. If working on a game for 80 hours a week for months at a time seems ‘strenuous’ to you … practice more until you’re better at it. Making games is not a job, pushing a mouse is not a hardship, it’s the most amazing opportunity you can possibly get paid to pursue … start believing it, and you’ll discover that you are even better at it.”

Wow.___Conversely - if you're sick and tired of working for idiots like Alex St. John, keep in mind there are plenty of places that will pay you what you're actually worth.

Do come work there, keep your sanity and health. Maybe make fun games in your spare time, instead of working on something just to pay the bills.

Or, if games are truly your life, find a sane games company. There are plenty. I had the pleasure of working with some of them.

Just avoid the idiots wielding crunch as a badge of honor.

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2016-04-17 03:28:38 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

It turns out people are uncertain about very different things :)

Also: not really, it's dicey and I wouldn't risk it, no. 

It turns out people are uncertain about very different things :)

Also: not really, it's dicey and I wouldn't risk it, no. ___

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2016-04-15 18:49:53 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

All aboard the Nope Train!

___All aboard the Nope Train!

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2016-04-15 15:54:28 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

according to one report, Silva's back passage contained "two mobile phones, two batteries, pliers, two drills, eight pieces of a hacksaw, five nails and three SIM cards".

And a partridge in a pear tree.

This, of course, is only about the evil inmates. The fact that private greed exploits prisoners by charging a fortune for phone calls has nothing to do with it. 

according to one report, Silva's back passage contained "two mobile phones, two batteries, pliers, two drills, eight pieces of a hacksaw, five nails and three SIM cards".

And a partridge in a pear tree.

This, of course, is only about the evil inmates. The fact that private greed exploits prisoners by charging a fortune for phone calls has nothing to do with it. ___

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2016-04-14 16:15:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Really? This matters?

Last time we elected a village idiot because people could imagine having a beer with him. Having learned nothing, we now get really excited about handshakes.

How about we look at actual policies? Probably asking too much.

You can tell about a man by his handshake.. Bernie didn't even low down to make sure his hand position was correct. #FeeltheBern
___Really? This matters?

Last time we elected a village idiot because people could imagine having a beer with him. Having learned nothing, we now get really excited about handshakes.

How about we look at actual policies? Probably asking too much.

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2016-04-14 13:23:28 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

And all over the Internets, internet tough guys are complaining, wondering why "we" didn't shoot them down.

Let's quote somebody who actually was in the Navy and commanded a ship, shall we: "You don’t get to kill people just because they’re being annoying."

I know that's a difficult concept, but maybe worth considering. 

And all over the Internets, internet tough guys are complaining, wondering why "we" didn't shoot them down.

Let's quote somebody who actually was in the Navy and commanded a ship, shall we: "You don’t get to kill people just because they’re being annoying."

I know that's a difficult concept, but maybe worth considering. ___

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2016-04-13 20:17:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

“What happened in Flint would never have happened in a wealthy, white suburb of Detroit.” —Hillary (10:10 AM - 13 Apr 2016)

(I really wish shares of tweets would include the tweet text.)

The responses don't make sense. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of "BernieSaidItFirst" with "there ya go, play the BS race card. Create more false hate and division".

Well, which is it? (I note the Republican logo on one of these :-P)

And another nonsensical one: " Yup, Clinton will just continue what Obama left off." Umh, what?

I, for one, am more than happy to see both Dem candidates say that Flint is unacceptable. Particularly when the Republicans keep backing away from that one.

It's also worth noting that if you search on twitter regarding Sanders & Flint or Clinton & Flint, both candidates areaccus... more »

“What happened in Flint would never have happened in a wealthy, white suburb of Detroit.” —Hillary (10:10 AM - 13 Apr 2016)

(I really wish shares of tweets would include the tweet text.)

The responses don't make sense. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of "BernieSaidItFirst" with "there ya go, play the BS race card. Create more false hate and division".

Well, which is it? (I note the Republican logo on one of these :-P)

And another nonsensical one: " Yup, Clinton will just continue what Obama left off." Umh, what?

I, for one, am more than happy to see both Dem candidates say that Flint is unacceptable. Particularly when the Republicans keep backing away from that one.

It's also worth noting that if you search on twitter regarding Sanders & Flint or Clinton & Flint, both candidates are accused of making political hay of Flint, of using it as a prop, while the other candidate is actually investing time & effort to help them out. It's really quite eye opening to see this all over the map.___

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2016-04-13 19:48:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Exactly this. 

Exactly this. ___

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2016-04-13 04:51:40 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Extra funny for victims of skeletal animation systems

Extra funny for victims of skeletal animation systems___

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2016-04-13 04:41:45 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Next up - AI Wars. Like Core Wars, but with neural nets. (If you don't know Core Wars, please read up on it. Your life will be richer for it. Or you'll find a new time sink. Something)

Also - this is fun. :)___Next up - AI Wars. Like Core Wars, but with neural nets. (If you don't know Core Wars, please read up on it. Your life will be richer for it. Or you'll find a new time sink. Something)

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2016-04-13 04:28:25 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Because neither greed nor prejudice are great foundations for rationality.

Waiting for the next release of "Cognitive dissonance and the Philosoraptors", my new favorite band.

___Because neither greed nor prejudice are great foundations for rationality.

Waiting for the next release of "Cognitive dissonance and the Philosoraptors", my new favorite band.

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2016-04-13 02:09:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Awe

Awe___

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2016-04-10 23:24:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

But tell me more about how sexism is totally not an issue in politics.

___But tell me more about how sexism is totally not an issue in politics.

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2016-04-09 17:57:14 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Artisanal Pepsi blends. Sure. Why not.

Pepsi tested it to be in the "top 10% soda improvements" of the last decade or so. If only they stopped for a moment to remember what those "improvements" were.

Oh well. It's the drink for the discerning soda drinker. Whoever that is. 

Artisanal Pepsi blends. Sure. Why not.

Pepsi tested it to be in the "top 10% soda improvements" of the last decade or so. If only they stopped for a moment to remember what those "improvements" were.

Oh well. It's the drink for the discerning soda drinker. Whoever that is. ___

2016-04-09 16:57:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Hearing a bit too much conspiracy theory lately, i propose Occam's spa - where reality gets a makeover, and reason takes a bath.



Hearing a bit too much conspiracy theory lately, i propose Occam's spa - where reality gets a makeover, and reason takes a bath.

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2016-04-08 18:58:58 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Wherein the secret of good portrait photography is given away once and for all.

Really. Have a session with a good portrait photog, and there's a good chance that a) they'll offer you a glass of wine, and b) they'll really encourage you to play and have fun.

We're all sticks in the mud in normal state, it seems.

This is fun.___Wherein the secret of good portrait photography is given away once and for all.

Really. Have a session with a good portrait photog, and there's a good chance that a) they'll offer you a glass of wine, and b) they'll really encourage you to play and have fun.

We're all sticks in the mud in normal state, it seems.

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2016-04-08 15:48:49 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

An interesting approach to substantiating claims that Hollywood skews white male. Yes, nobody is exactly surprised by the outcome of the analysis (hint: Hollywood skews white, male, and is ageist towards women).

But it's actual data that you can slice and dice. Looking for a film with 100% female dialog? Done. (There's a total of 4 in that dataset.) Always knew that Mulan got the short end of the dialog stick? Here's the proof.

For the lovers of data:

"Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles.

But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. How many movies are actually about men? What changes by genre, era, or box-office revenue? What circumstances generate more diversity?

To begin answering these questions, we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of lines for male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever."

http://polygraph.cool/films/___An interesting approach to substantiating claims that Hollywood skews white male. Yes, nobody is exactly surprised by the outcome of the analysis (hint: Hollywood skews white, male, and is ageist towards women).

But it's actual data that you can slice and dice. Looking for a film with 100% female dialog? Done. (There's a total of 4 in that dataset.) Always knew that Mulan got the short end of the dialog stick? Here's the proof.

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