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2015-12-16 03:35:06 (39 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.

Most reshares: 27

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2016-03-24 22:30:01 (10 comments; 27 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 75

2016-01-28 07:51:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)

Latest 50 posts

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2016-12-03 17:53:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Lapo Elkann, heir to the Fiat fortune, claimed in November that he had been kidnapped by a transgender sex worker in Manhattan, who was demanding his family send $10,000 (£8,000) "to guarantee his safety." When investigators caught up with him, they discovered it had all been a ruse by Elkann in an attempt to squeeze more money from his family after a bender in the Big Apple.

There appears to have been a woman involved -- at least, Elkann is said to have spent two days holed up with her, partying. He is believed to have come up with the plot when he ran out of money to continue paying for the sex worker's time and the substances being used.

The sex worker was also arrested when authorities caught up with Elkann, because the world is shitty and full of awfulness. According to the Daily Beast, however, the charges against the sex worker have been voided and sealed (source:... more »

Lapo Elkann, heir to the Fiat fortune, claimed in November that he had been kidnapped by a transgender sex worker in Manhattan, who was demanding his family send $10,000 (£8,000) "to guarantee his safety." When investigators caught up with him, they discovered it had all been a ruse by Elkann in an attempt to squeeze more money from his family after a bender in the Big Apple.

There appears to have been a woman involved -- at least, Elkann is said to have spent two days holed up with her, partying. He is believed to have come up with the plot when he ran out of money to continue paying for the sex worker's time and the substances being used.

The sex worker was also arrested when authorities caught up with Elkann, because the world is shitty and full of awfulness. According to the Daily Beast, however, the charges against the sex worker have been voided and sealed (source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/28/fiat-heir-lapo-elkann-arrested-for-faking-his-own-kidnapping-with-escort.html). It is not known under what terms, but thank the gods. Sex workers are not usually that fortunate.
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2016-11-15 07:26:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

This is worth another read a year later now that we elected the person advocating mass-deportations...

Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.___This is worth another read a year later now that we elected the person advocating mass-deportations...

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2016-08-20 15:57:40 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Ugh.

The ACLU, in a friend-of-the-court brief in the Stephens case, underscored the concerns that Ginsburg raised in Hobby Lobby. The implications of a ruling in the funeral homes’ favor would be “staggering,” it declared. “People hold sincere religious beliefs about a wide variety of things, including racial and religious segregation and the role of women in society. … If religious motivation exempted businesses from anti-discrimination laws, our government would be powerless to enforce those laws.”

Among other things, “business owners could refuse service to people of color, on the ground that their religious beliefs forbid racial integration. Employers could refuse to hire women or pay them less than men, because their religious beliefs require women to remain at home. And educational institutions receiving federal benefits could impose religiously motivated racialsegregation p... more »

Ugh.

The ACLU, in a friend-of-the-court brief in the Stephens case, underscored the concerns that Ginsburg raised in Hobby Lobby. The implications of a ruling in the funeral homes’ favor would be “staggering,” it declared. “People hold sincere religious beliefs about a wide variety of things, including racial and religious segregation and the role of women in society. … If religious motivation exempted businesses from anti-discrimination laws, our government would be powerless to enforce those laws.”

Among other things, “business owners could refuse service to people of color, on the ground that their religious beliefs forbid racial integration. Employers could refuse to hire women or pay them less than men, because their religious beliefs require women to remain at home. And educational institutions receiving federal benefits could impose religiously motivated racial segregation policies on their students. All civil rights laws would be vulnerable to such claims where the discrimination was motivated by religion.”

Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg warned, was “a decision of startling breadth.” How broad is just now becoming clear.___

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2016-08-20 15:55:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

For #StevenUniverse  fans this can be a hard essay to read, but I think it's important. I want to know how my fave is problematic.

https://medium.com/@dtwps/all-these-black-characters-and-0-done-right-how-steven-universe-fails-its-black-fanbase-part-i-81e0b0b8c3fe#.fon06zuzt

For #StevenUniverse  fans this can be a hard essay to read, but I think it's important. I want to know how my fave is problematic.

https://medium.com/@dtwps/all-these-black-characters-and-0-done-right-how-steven-universe-fails-its-black-fanbase-part-i-81e0b0b8c3fe#.fon06zuzt___

2016-08-04 02:26:50 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Systematic racism is alive and well in America.

I live in a gentrifying black neighborhood (Bed-Stuy), and as I was coming home from work today I witnessed a moped rider being run off the street into parked cars by a white SUV. A blue striped white SUV. And the moped rider was my neighbor's son, who with his friends tinkers with and welds together homemade mopeds. And sometimes rides them around the block, at reasonable and safe speeds, signaling, always going the correct way down the streets etc. OH SHIT.

Four cops jumped out of the SUV [which had neither siren nor lights on] once he'd been forced into a parked car, tackled him, and arrested him, then confiscated his motorbike. A pile of other cops came to watch, including an unmarked car with two plainclothes police and a big van to haul away the bike.

I caught the whole thing on video as soon as I realized what... more »

Systematic racism is alive and well in America.

I live in a gentrifying black neighborhood (Bed-Stuy), and as I was coming home from work today I witnessed a moped rider being run off the street into parked cars by a white SUV. A blue striped white SUV. And the moped rider was my neighbor's son, who with his friends tinkers with and welds together homemade mopeds. And sometimes rides them around the block, at reasonable and safe speeds, signaling, always going the correct way down the streets etc. OH SHIT.

Four cops jumped out of the SUV [which had neither siren nor lights on] once he'd been forced into a parked car, tackled him, and arrested him, then confiscated his motorbike. A pile of other cops came to watch, including an unmarked car with two plainclothes police and a big van to haul away the bike.

I caught the whole thing on video as soon as I realized what was going on [and yes, you should film, any time you see a person of color being harassed by the police]. Seriously, the escalation of force and arrest was unnecessary and did nothing to make my neighborhood safer. Had this kid been white, he'd have been pulled over with siren/lights and let off with a warning. Instead, he was ridden off the road, tackled, and hauled off for arrest.

The racism of broken windows, caught in action. And we wonder why there are so few black engineers. Because when they tinker and experiment, they're locked up and given criminal records.___

2016-07-21 11:15:32 (28 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This is utterly hilarious, and so true.

I'm pretty sure I'm a combination of "Pansexual Trans Girl" and "Manic Poly Dream Girlfriend".

(seen on /r/polyamory)

This is utterly hilarious, and so true.

I'm pretty sure I'm a combination of "Pansexual Trans Girl" and "Manic Poly Dream Girlfriend".

(seen on /r/polyamory)___

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2016-07-07 13:51:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I demand disarmament of the NYPD, which murders innocent black civilians at an all-too-alarming rate. Police have demonstrated they have itchy trigger fingers and can't be trusted with black lives.

NYC folks: you can call your City Council member. Look them up at http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Or call the Speaker of the City Council at 212-788-7210 and encourage her to act. Her thoughts and prayers etc. at https://twitter.com/MMViverito/status/751023457589194752 are not enough by themselves.

Hope is not a strategy. Make it harder NOW for police to take black lives, even if the longer-term solution of changing racism and systemic injustice in America will take decades.

#AkaiGurley #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter

I demand disarmament of the NYPD, which murders innocent black civilians at an all-too-alarming rate. Police have demonstrated they have itchy trigger fingers and can't be trusted with black lives.

NYC folks: you can call your City Council member. Look them up at http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Or call the Speaker of the City Council at 212-788-7210 and encourage her to act. Her thoughts and prayers etc. at https://twitter.com/MMViverito/status/751023457589194752 are not enough by themselves.

Hope is not a strategy. Make it harder NOW for police to take black lives, even if the longer-term solution of changing racism and systemic injustice in America will take decades.

#AkaiGurley #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter___

2016-07-07 11:59:58 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

It baffles me why ordinary police are allowed to carry guns in the US. Take guns away from cops, and it makes it harder for them to murder innocent people of color on the slightest whim.

Why not adopt the UK system of dedicated firearms units kept separate from ordinary patrol duties?

#AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter  

It baffles me why ordinary police are allowed to carry guns in the US. Take guns away from cops, and it makes it harder for them to murder innocent people of color on the slightest whim.

Why not adopt the UK system of dedicated firearms units kept separate from ordinary patrol duties?

#AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-06-27 01:50:23 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Wow.

These are snippets from the new, post- #Brexit United Kingdom. They are originally from a huge Facebook album, and I am resharing them here because some people can't access that album.

https://www.facebook.com/sarah.leblanc.718/media_set?set=a.10101369198638985&type=3

Now, some of you might think I am posting this to make an "anti-British statement. But really, I am not.

Instead, I want to make a statement how close xenophobia and racism are slumbering under the surface of society, and how easily they can emerge.

Because I suspect... no, I know damn well that the same could happen in my native Germany. There are already significant groups pandering to hate, racism, and intolerance. PEGIDA. The Alternative für Deutschland party. And if more mainstream politicians feel that they must pander to these, baser instincts - if they indicate that displaying xenophobia is something socially acceptable - then racist incidents will surge just as much in Germany as it is now happening in the United Kingdom.

This could be us.___Wow.

2016-06-08 22:05:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm excited to open registration for the June NYC SRE Tech Talks next Wednesday: https://developers.google.com/events/sre/nyc#june_2016

I'm also excited that SRE Tech Talks are coming to Cambridge, Pittsburgh, and Dublin, IE this summer. Preregister at https://developers.google.com/events/sre

I'm excited to open registration for the June NYC SRE Tech Talks next Wednesday: https://developers.google.com/events/sre/nyc#june_2016

I'm also excited that SRE Tech Talks are coming to Cambridge, Pittsburgh, and Dublin, IE this summer. Preregister at https://developers.google.com/events/sre___

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2016-06-05 17:19:54 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Seriously, get a security key. http://www.amazon.com/Yubico-Y-123-FIDO-U2F-Security/dp/B00NLKA0D8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Nasty social-engineering attack on Google two factor authentication:

https://twitter.com/cyber_fear/status/739070160691154944___Seriously, get a security key. http://www.amazon.com/Yubico-Y-123-FIDO-U2F-Security/dp/B00NLKA0D8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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2016-06-04 14:27:56 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Insert obligatory disclaimer: my thoughts only, not those of my employer.

Personally, I'd rather be slower to launch something than to flush my colleagues' work-life balance down the toilet.

Interesting.___Insert obligatory disclaimer: my thoughts only, not those of my employer.

Personally, I'd rather be slower to launch something than to flush my colleagues' work-life balance down the toilet.

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2016-05-17 20:52:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I don't know who made this, but it's a fun game for anyone who cares about sex workers' rights should they ever find themselves in a debate with a feminist who thinks sex work is a threat to women's rights. The acronym SWERF refers to radical feminists who exclude sex workers from the goals of equality.

(TERFs, alternatively, are radical feminists who exclude trans women. Since these two camps tend to overlap, people concerned with the right of people to self-determine often joke about harassment and abuse by feminists as the "SWERF and TERF menu".)

I don't know who made this, but it's a fun game for anyone who cares about sex workers' rights should they ever find themselves in a debate with a feminist who thinks sex work is a threat to women's rights. The acronym SWERF refers to radical feminists who exclude sex workers from the goals of equality.

(TERFs, alternatively, are radical feminists who exclude trans women. Since these two camps tend to overlap, people concerned with the right of people to self-determine often joke about harassment and abuse by feminists as the "SWERF and TERF menu".)___

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2016-05-08 03:23:13 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The most comprehensive summary of sex work politics you'll ever read. It discusses the difference between legalization and decriminalization, details the different approaches in various countries, explains how criminalizing clients (the Nordic or Swedish model) fails, and examines how Western feminism is placing the concerns of professional women over those of poor, vulnerable people and youth, who tend to be "rescued" by being thrown in jail, detained or deported. Read the whole thing. Twice.

The most comprehensive summary of sex work politics you'll ever read. It discusses the difference between legalization and decriminalization, details the different approaches in various countries, explains how criminalizing clients (the Nordic or Swedish model) fails, and examines how Western feminism is placing the concerns of professional women over those of poor, vulnerable people and youth, who tend to be "rescued" by being thrown in jail, detained or deported. Read the whole thing. Twice.___

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2016-04-14 18:34:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

People in MA, your ability to use public restrooms is also under fire.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1320

I could list out the ways in which it is bullshit, such as how it ignores that intersex people exist, or how it goes beyond bathrooms to also include activities like sports or educational programs. Or how the heck enforcement is supposed to work when not all cis women "pass" as women, or how trans people who "pass", whatever the fuck that means anymore, would be harassed going into the birth assignment room, or how cis people ALSO use different restrooms to, say, help a disabled partner or their child. But, perhaps you would like to continue your day without seeing me in full blown rant mode.

In the list of cis privilege, I would like to call out today "not having to periodically check up on the legal situation in your state to see if... more »

People in MA, your ability to use public restrooms is also under fire.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1320

I could list out the ways in which it is bullshit, such as how it ignores that intersex people exist, or how it goes beyond bathrooms to also include activities like sports or educational programs. Or how the heck enforcement is supposed to work when not all cis women "pass" as women, or how trans people who "pass", whatever the fuck that means anymore, would be harassed going into the birth assignment room, or how cis people ALSO use different restrooms to, say, help a disabled partner or their child. But, perhaps you would like to continue your day without seeing me in full blown rant mode.

In the list of cis privilege, I would like to call out today "not having to periodically check up on the legal situation in your state to see if you're at risk to lose access to taking a piss in a public restroom".___

2016-04-12 20:07:58 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

HB2 remains a disaster, and the NC governor has doubled down on calling discrimination against trans people "common sense".

HB2 remains a disaster, and the NC governor has doubled down on calling discrimination against trans people "common sense".___

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2016-04-12 00:21:56 (22 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

So in case you haven't heard, a group of neo-Nazis decided to engage in a campaign to post publicly online personal information of anyone who has spoken up against them, for instance by opposing the choice of the conference organizers of LambdaConf to invite a prominent neo-Nazi to speak. The LambdaConf organizers have characterized the virulent racism as just "a political opinion" and refuse to rescind the invitation to speak.

They've already started harassing the friends and extended family of several people on the list, including harassing said people through their employers and the employers of their families. And more people are being added to the list, in their attempt to silence viewpoints that speak up against racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Some of your acquaintances (possibly including yours truly) are inevitably going to wind up on that "list of... more »

So in case you haven't heard, a group of neo-Nazis decided to engage in a campaign to post publicly online personal information of anyone who has spoken up against them, for instance by opposing the choice of the conference organizers of LambdaConf to invite a prominent neo-Nazi to speak. The LambdaConf organizers have characterized the virulent racism as just "a political opinion" and refuse to rescind the invitation to speak.

They've already started harassing the friends and extended family of several people on the list, including harassing said people through their employers and the employers of their families. And more people are being added to the list, in their attempt to silence viewpoints that speak up against racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Some of your acquaintances (possibly including yours truly) are inevitably going to wind up on that "list of SJWs". It is worthwhile thinking about things you can do to support your friends, and to help anyone on that list. That is all.___

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2016-04-11 21:21:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Google supports Massachusetts H.1577, a bill that would add "gender identity" to existing Massachusetts equal rights law, protecting transgender individuals from discrimination when using public accommodations.

We gathered in the Google Cambridge office last Friday to show our support for #EveryoneWelcome  in Google & in Massachusetts :)

For more info:
http://www.freedommassachusetts.org/
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1577
https://twitter.com/MassAGO/status/719587235679617024

Google supports Massachusetts H.1577, a bill that would add "gender identity" to existing Massachusetts equal rights law, protecting transgender individuals from discrimination when using public accommodations.

We gathered in the Google Cambridge office last Friday to show our support for #EveryoneWelcome  in Google & in Massachusetts :)

For more info:
http://www.freedommassachusetts.org/
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1577
https://twitter.com/MassAGO/status/719587235679617024___

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2016-04-09 21:54:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yay! I get one more weekend!

Yay! I get one more weekend!___

2016-04-09 06:05:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I'll probably produce a few useful essays next week out of #SREcon16. But for now, flight home, then sleep. From all I've heard so far people really enjoyed the conference, and I'm going to spend this weekend not seeing anyone but my spouse and metamour to decompress after overheating my extrovert emulation module.

I'll probably produce a few useful essays next week out of #SREcon16. But for now, flight home, then sleep. From all I've heard so far people really enjoyed the conference, and I'm going to spend this weekend not seeing anyone but my spouse and metamour to decompress after overheating my extrovert emulation module.___

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2016-04-07 06:35:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Also, hello from SREcon16 where we're having an industry-wide conversation about SRE.

My day job:  convincing wired reporters to put references to Hegel in stories about Google's Site Reliability Engineering division.  Status:  Exceeding Expectations. :-)

Also, this is about the SRE book and it's a great article.  ___Also, hello from SREcon16 where we're having an industry-wide conversation about SRE.

2016-03-30 17:03:29 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Let's talk for a second about North Carolina's HB2, and look the HRC's gift horse right in the mouth. Super happy that +Sundar Pichai signed the letter, but I am incredibly pissed at the organizers of the letter. Why?

Read the wording of the letter (and not the PR fluff surrounding it). The letter states opposition to HB2 because it "overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination". Says nothing about the fact that it specifically targets trans and gender-expression-variant people. This is like saying "all lives matter" instead of "black lives matter". Yes, overturning LGBT non-discrimination ordinances is bad. But the bill doesn't just 'sanction' discrimination, it causes massive discrimination and makes the state utterly unliveable for trans folks.

People need to say that they explicitly oppose... more »

Let's talk for a second about North Carolina's HB2, and look the HRC's gift horse right in the mouth. Super happy that +Sundar Pichai signed the letter, but I am incredibly pissed at the organizers of the letter. Why?

Read the wording of the letter (and not the PR fluff surrounding it). The letter states opposition to HB2 because it "overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination". Says nothing about the fact that it specifically targets trans and gender-expression-variant people. This is like saying "all lives matter" instead of "black lives matter". Yes, overturning LGBT non-discrimination ordinances is bad. But the bill doesn't just 'sanction' discrimination, it causes massive discrimination and makes the state utterly unliveable for trans folks.

People need to say that they explicitly oppose bathroom bills. Not just say "we oppose attempts to repeal non-discrimination bills". It's downright cowardly and erasing to refer to HB2 as an "anti-LGBT" law. It was targeted specifically at trans people. Acknowledge it. Support trans people explicitly.

And never, ever, ever trust the HRC. Lambda Legal, NCTE, and the ACLU do great work. The HRC keeps repeatedly showing its true colors.___

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2016-03-24 22:30:01 (10 comments; 27 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

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2016-03-08 00:38:04 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Since several people have been asking me about this, I just want to mention: At Bradley's instigation, I spent a few hours chatting with Chris Poole a few years ago. What I discovered was a man who was quite thoughtful about issues of social dynamics and interactions. 

The things that 4chan became (in)famous for grew rather organically out of the system, out of the people who ended up congregating there and the ways they used the tools. Poole is by no means a troll or a troll-curator, and I actually think that with the rather different crowd of people who hang out here on G+, he's going to make something really exciting.

(When you ignore the people who came and went quickly, there's actually a pretty awesome culture here on the Plus. I've had more good conversations on this site than I've had, cumulatively, on the entire rest of the Internet. This is a good place... more »

Since several people have been asking me about this, I just want to mention: At Bradley's instigation, I spent a few hours chatting with Chris Poole a few years ago. What I discovered was a man who was quite thoughtful about issues of social dynamics and interactions. 

The things that 4chan became (in)famous for grew rather organically out of the system, out of the people who ended up congregating there and the ways they used the tools. Poole is by no means a troll or a troll-curator, and I actually think that with the rather different crowd of people who hang out here on G+, he's going to make something really exciting.

(When you ignore the people who came and went quickly, there's actually a pretty awesome culture here on the Plus. I've had more good conversations on this site than I've had, cumulatively, on the entire rest of the Internet. This is a good place to build from.)

So I'm looking forward to seeing what he does. And fear not: we aren't about to become a den of infamy. This isn't that kind of place, and we don't intend for it to be.___

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2016-03-04 22:24:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Sympathy and support for my former coworkers at Three Rings Design, which was my first real employer.

They're great people, and any help with finding jobs for them will surely be appreciated.

Sympathy and support for my former coworkers at Three Rings Design, which was my first real employer.

They're great people, and any help with finding jobs for them will surely be appreciated.___

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2016-03-02 13:10:41 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Omg...

Omg...___

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2016-02-29 21:40:17 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Criminal defense lawyer's 41-tweet rant about injustice after just having gotten an innocent & terrified 17 year old Black male's criminal charge dismissed after the arresting police officer wildly lied, knowing there would be no consequence to the officer for lying. 

Criminal defense lawyer's 41-tweet rant about injustice after just having gotten an innocent & terrified 17 year old Black male's criminal charge dismissed after the arresting police officer wildly lied, knowing there would be no consequence to the officer for lying. ___

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2016-02-29 21:38:40 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Constitutional crisis ahoy.

// Former CIA director Michael Hayden believes there is a legitimate possibility that the U.S. military would refuse to follow orders given by Donald Trump if the Republican front-runner becomes president and decides to make good on certain campaign pledges. //
___Constitutional crisis ahoy.

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2016-02-27 13:29:49 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

If only this research had existed 15 years ago :(

New research finds that young transgender children who have socially transitioned (that is, who are living their lives as the gender they identify with) had positive mental health outcomes. Until now, studies had shown significantly higher rates for depression and anxiety in transgender children. Nearly half attempt suicide by age 24.

Researchers at the University of Washington looked at 73 children ages 3-12 living as their identified gender and compared those children against two control groups — their own siblings and another group. They found average scores for depression and only slightly elevated anxiety rates.

“It puts out the possibility that being a transgender child doesn’t have to be associated with negative mental health outcomes in the way that to date the research has suggested,” said Kristina Olson, Ph.D., lead author of the study and director of the university’s TransYouth Project. She hopes to follow these children for 20 years.___If only this research had existed 15 years ago :(

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2016-02-24 14:01:14 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

I'm just going to remind people of this again.

Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.___I'm just going to remind people of this again.

2016-02-21 04:46:59 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I don't understand why some Asian-Americans are supporting Peter Liang. Police brutality is police brutality, and #BlackLivesMatter. Hell, the police are a menace to brown people of all races, including Asian people. I don't support Peter Liang, and refuse to circle wagons around him.

I don't understand why some Asian-Americans are supporting Peter Liang. Police brutality is police brutality, and #BlackLivesMatter. Hell, the police are a menace to brown people of all races, including Asian people. I don't support Peter Liang, and refuse to circle wagons around him.___

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2016-02-15 00:03:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

"[Polyamory's] not for people who are afraid of relationships,” Franklin Veaux tells the Washington Post, noting that’s a common assumption about polyamory. “That would be like saying mountain-climbing is for people who are afraid of heights. If you’re scared of relationships, you're certainly not going to do multiple relationships.”

This is a great piece that touches on a lot of the first questions people have when they encounter polyamory. Veaux is coauthor of the brilliant polyamory guide "More Than Two," which he wrote with one of his partners, Eve Rickert, and he recently published the disarmingly honest memoir "The Game Changer" about his struggles to find the right relationship structure and make himself safe enough for others to love (full disclosure, I wrote the foreword to "Game Changer." The proceeds from that were donated to aproject t... more »

"[Polyamory's] not for people who are afraid of relationships,” Franklin Veaux tells the Washington Post, noting that’s a common assumption about polyamory. “That would be like saying mountain-climbing is for people who are afraid of heights. If you’re scared of relationships, you're certainly not going to do multiple relationships.”

This is a great piece that touches on a lot of the first questions people have when they encounter polyamory. Veaux is coauthor of the brilliant polyamory guide "More Than Two," which he wrote with one of his partners, Eve Rickert, and he recently published the disarmingly honest memoir "The Game Changer" about his struggles to find the right relationship structure and make himself safe enough for others to love (full disclosure, I wrote the foreword to "Game Changer." The proceeds from that were donated to a project to benefit journalists and a crowd-funding effort on behalf of a sex worker). Veaux been writing about ethical questions in polyamory for decades, and should be the first stop for anyone curious about alternative relationship structures.

Like most introductory articles, however, this one glosses over the metamorphosis that's occurred in polyamory since "The Ethical Slut." After all, the idea that polyamory is a free-for-all isn't some kind of mass delusion. Polyamory was once as political as it is personal (and still is in some quarters), and there was (and some would argue, is) incredible power and importance in the wholesale rejection of the notion of a solid union on which everything gets built -- especially for women.

But we have made some modest gains, separated the wheat from the chaff within monogamous structures, and taken what serves. We can need more and want more and be more personal, and in this process we have realized that we need to take better care of ourselves and each other than we have been. This growing sense of compassion has spurred a rise in discussions of ethics and responsibilities, resulting in some excellent work that will benefit not only polyamorous individuals, but anyone who desires to cultivate a healthy relationship. Without question, Veaux and Rickert are a part of this and I can't recommend their book "More Than Two" enough.

Of course, ideological holdouts of the more laissez faire days of polyamory are still among us, as are the kulaks of love who hold on for dear life to the benefits conferred on the primary at the expense of the rights of the secondary -- and who could forget their emotional libertarian offspring who love to come to the pot luck empty-handed, feast, and take off without helping to clean up?

The recent work done by polyamory's trailblazers benefits everyone, regardless of their preferred relationship structure, but choosing to be polyamorous doesn't magically solve any of the issues inherent to relationships. As with monogamy, there is hard work involved in ensuring we create strong connections that benefit and enrich all participants, that acknowledge their agency, that are safe enough for everyone to advocate for their needs.___

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2016-02-10 16:05:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-02-09 19:32:14 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

We are excited to announce the second of a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City!

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at Google's campus in Chelsea, at 75 Ninth Avenue. Doors open at 5:30pm, food will be served at 6pm, and talks start at 6:30pm and run until 8pm.

You can register at https://events.withgoogle.com/february-2016-site-reliability-engineering-nyc-tech-talks/

We are excited to announce the second of a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City!

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at Google's campus in Chelsea, at 75 Ninth Avenue. Doors open at 5:30pm, food will be served at 6pm, and talks start at 6:30pm and run until 8pm.

You can register at https://events.withgoogle.com/february-2016-site-reliability-engineering-nyc-tech-talks/___

2016-01-28 07:51:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)

Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)___

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2016-01-28 07:49:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of ape... more »

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of a perfectly blue sky.

To the seven who gave their lives that day – CDR Francis R. Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, and Ronald E. McNair, and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and S. Christa McAuliffe – you are not forgotten.


Photo: STS-51L as it cleared the tower, approximately T+2.7 seconds, 16:38:02 UTC, January 28th, 1986, seventy seconds before it began to disintegrate. The fatal failure of the O-ring on the right booster had already happened. Image KSC-86PC-0081, from NASA.___

2016-01-11 22:42:16 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I'm organizing a set of monthly tech talks for and by Site Reliability Engineers/DevOps engineers in the New York City area! We have some very exciting talks planned for the inaugural set of talks on Wednesday, January 20. Plus, free food!

Hoping to see people there!

I'm organizing a set of monthly tech talks for and by Site Reliability Engineers/DevOps engineers in the New York City area! We have some very exciting talks planned for the inaugural set of talks on Wednesday, January 20. Plus, free food!

Hoping to see people there!___

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2016-01-08 14:04:16 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The hell...

The FBI mass-mailed an advert for a fake sex slave auction on a kinky social network after obtaining user email addresses through a warrant. Their goal was to rescue victims of trafficking. The investigation found no victims, but agents believe the BDSM community represents a real market for the sale of human beings.

Four people were arrested. Given how common such auctions are and how immersive such fantasies can get, it's difficult to say the FBI's ruse was sufficiently obvious to justify arrest.

Kinksters, you're up. Welcome to the War On Trafficking. Please take a seat and hand over your assets.___The hell...

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2016-01-06 18:25:59 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Some people have more ISK than sense. Fortunately, spooky wormholers are on standby to relieve said people of their bling.

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.___Some people have more ISK than sense. Fortunately, spooky wormholers are on standby to relieve said people of their bling.

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2016-01-06 18:24:51 (25 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.___

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2016-01-05 11:39:18 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I think it's even more disgraceful that they would force me to go through if I am able, and interrogate me so skeptically about my abilities. I'm neither willing nor able, and fuck them for trying to second guess me on either.

I think it's even more disgraceful that they would force me to go through if I am able, and interrogate me so skeptically about my abilities. I'm neither willing nor able, and fuck them for trying to second guess me on either.___

2016-01-01 12:15:00 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Not a hypothetical.

Just went through SEA TSA. STSO explicitly refused to let me go through screening without AIT unless medically unable; I said I was neither willing nor able to go through AIT, but willing to get patdown, so he refused me boarding. Bags given back to me etc.

I insisted on him calling his supervisor (he initially refused). The TSM came eventually and overruled the STSO, allowing me to have a patdown.

However, TSM then interrogated me about my liquids, wanting to decide whether they are medically necessary or not. I refused to disclose any medical info; he eventually relented and permitted my liquids to be screened.

Got ~80% of it on video.

Will write it all up tomorrow in affidavit to 1st Circuit. On plane now, about to fly. Back online tomorrow.

No order received from the court yet.___Not a hypothetical.

2015-12-28 17:28:57 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent us a bill due to a discrepancy in income reported to the IRS vs. to them, because Google treated our spousal medical benefits in 2012 as taxable for federal but not state purposes.

Fortunately, it only took 15 min on the phone to clear up, as soon as I said the words "same sex marriage" and "health benefits". Woo.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent us a bill due to a discrepancy in income reported to the IRS vs. to them, because Google treated our spousal medical benefits in 2012 as taxable for federal but not state purposes.

Fortunately, it only took 15 min on the phone to clear up, as soon as I said the words "same sex marriage" and "health benefits". Woo.___

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2015-12-23 02:12:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

+Sai is trying to stop the policy with an motion for an emergency injunction.

+Sai is trying to stop the policy with an motion for an emergency injunction.___

2015-12-22 20:57:27 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

I am positive this will be used to discriminate against trans travellers.

Well, fuck. Anyone wants to guess how often "security considerations" would mean you can't opt out of the imaging machines?

While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security

h/t +Liz Fong-Jones___I am positive this will be used to discriminate against trans travellers.

2015-12-18 19:25:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I don't think that skewed gender ratios always produce hostile environments, but this story from Bioware is a very clear example of one that did.

On the flip side, I had a great experience with Three Rings Design even though I was the only woman working in engineering, so there are a few places that don't suck even in spite of a lack of diversity-by-the-numbers.

___I don't think that skewed gender ratios always produce hostile environments, but this story from Bioware is a very clear example of one that did.

On the flip side, I had a great experience with Three Rings Design even though I was the only woman working in engineering, so there are a few places that don't suck even in spite of a lack of diversity-by-the-numbers.

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2015-12-16 03:35:06 (39 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.___

2015-12-16 00:35:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Okay folks... here's something on this whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing.

I've been a pagan for more than 20 years now.  I haven't celebrated Christmas in even a secular fashion for at least ten (unless you count seeing a matinee and eating sushi with my friends as celebrating).

If you say "Merry Christmas" to me, do you know what I'm going to say?  *"Same to you and your family."*  Incidentally that is the same thing that I will say if you say "Happy holidays," "Happy Hanukkah," or "Happy Kwanzaa."  Same thing I will say if you wish me a Happy New Year or even a Blessed Yule or Happy Solstice (the things I actually do celebrate at this time of year).

Maybe a few times when someone has wished me a Merry Christmas and I was really in a bad mood, I've shrugged and walked away or calmly said&qu... more »

Okay folks... here's something on this whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing.

I've been a pagan for more than 20 years now.  I haven't celebrated Christmas in even a secular fashion for at least ten (unless you count seeing a matinee and eating sushi with my friends as celebrating).

If you say "Merry Christmas" to me, do you know what I'm going to say?  *"Same to you and your family."*  Incidentally that is the same thing that I will say if you say "Happy holidays," "Happy Hanukkah," or "Happy Kwanzaa."  Same thing I will say if you wish me a Happy New Year or even a Blessed Yule or Happy Solstice (the things I actually do celebrate at this time of year).

Maybe a few times when someone has wished me a Merry Christmas and I was really in a bad mood, I've shrugged and walked away or calmly said "Thanks, but I don't celebrate that.  Happy New Year!"  I have never gone off on someone for telling me Merry Christmas.  Not even one time.  Nor have I ever seen someone do that to someone else.

You know what I have seen, though, on multiple occasions?  People who call themselves Christians berating overworked cashiers and other customer service people, loudly and rudely, for saying "Happy Holidays" instead of saying "Merry Christmas."  

There are actually a lot of winter holidays and you can't tell by looking at someone which ones they celebrate.  *What the heck is wrong with being inclusive and recognizing in your well wishes that not everyone celebrates the same ones as you?*  If you're hugely against that and really need to tell everyone "Merry Christmas" even though you know some people don't want to hear it - is that really about wishing them well, or is it about making a point?  If you're at the point of yelling at someone because you don't like the way they're wishing you well, what grounds do you possibly have to complain if someone else does it to you?

There is no war on Christmas and I wish to Goddess you'd knock it off.  You go celebrate your thing.  Go to Christmas Eve services, and then (if you're really feeling spiritual) spend the next day volunteering at a homeless shelter or giving away your possessions or something.  Local charities can always use the help.  
Though ironically the stuff that seems most common for Christmas celebrations in the US has little to do with poverty and charity - carols, exchanging presents, wreaths, lighting candles, decorating trees, mistletoe, cooking big feasts - has very little to do with Christianity at all.   You know what people used to do?  Fast.  And spend the whole day in an unheated church.

But have fun with all those pagan traditions which are definitely, DEFINITELY "ruining Christmas" (along with those plain red Starbuck's cups).  Just let me know which ones you've decided are the ruining ones and which ones are in the spirit of the season.

Happy holidays everybody, from your local grinch witch.  Sigh.___

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2015-12-04 01:07:49 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

My girlfriend Erica taught me how to spin on our date last night, and today I started spinning Misty fur!

Coming soon to Brooklyn: the hipster-est scarves knit from hand-spun Samoyed fiber produced with love by +Misty the Samoyed and +Flurry the Golden Sammie :)

My girlfriend Erica taught me how to spin on our date last night, and today I started spinning Misty fur!

Coming soon to Brooklyn: the hipster-est scarves knit from hand-spun Samoyed fiber produced with love by +Misty the Samoyed and +Flurry the Golden Sammie :)___

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2015-11-29 23:25:34 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.... more »

I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.

And note that the radicalized far right has been the source of nearly all the terrorist attacks in the US for the past century and a half: the exceptions can be counted. (Anarchist and communist terrorism in the early 20th century; a few incidents from the radicalized far left in the 1960's; and 9/11) Yet this is how we choose to set our priorities.

Nor is the NYT alone in this; we have the Washington Post with the headline "Alleged Colorado gunman was adrift and alienated," showing off the editor's tic of saying "alleged" as an apotropaic talisman against libel suits; mercifully, that article is about how it was quite clear that he was a frightening and dangerous person for some time. But the article immediately next to it explains that "not until much more is known about alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. and his motivations will the political implications of his actions become clear." (Have you ever seen this applied to a terrorist act elsewhere? Whence this benefit of the doubt?)

I won't even describe what's going on in the right-wing press, or on Twitter; look in to that particular pit of despair at your own risk. Let's just say that it's clear that there's a substantial fraction of the population which favors terrorism as well, and the news media is apparently split between "beholden to them" and "pusillanimous."

If I had not already been disappointed nearly beyond repair at the common sense of the editorial teams of many of our major newspapers, this would have done me in. ___

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