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Sai (saizai)8,820@117472075050913769851 & @103112149634414554669 designing vocabulary for UNLWS (s.ai/nlws), the non-linear written language. We're starting with Herodotus' story of the Egyptians' investigation of who had the most ancient language. Might do more if there's interest. For this one, you can participate w/ comments or q&a; future ones might include others on video or the like. If you're curious as to how we work on UNLWS together, this is it.UNLWS Vocab Creation Hangout #12014-12-06 21:27:563  
Make Your Laws311Following up from the April 23rd meeting, the Federal Election Commission is slated to discuss @100183759660923071401' Bitcoin advisory opinion request (AOR) and how to compromise between the two previous drafts. Draft C: http://saos.fec.gov/aodocs/201402_2.pdf More info: https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin Join @103112149634414554669  live for the meeting, and get on the hangout afterwards if you'd like to discuss it or ask questions. Link to join the hangout will be posted here. Previous: http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9QhBI2onLE2nd FEC meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AOR 2014-02)2014-05-08 16:00:003  
Make Your Laws311The FEC is having a webinar about e-filing on April 2, 1-2:15pm Eastern. http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables Anyone who wants to join the hangout (before or after the FEC meeting) is welcome to chat about MYL's tech progression (including e.g. making an open-source Ruby gem for FEC e-filing).FEC e-filing roundtable; MYL tech update2014-04-02 18:45:003  
Sai (saizai)8,820Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004  

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2016-01-28 15:52:08 (94 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I'd like to start a secular church of human rights — an actual, IRS tax exempt, incorporated church. Its creed would be something relatively universal, like parts of the UDHR / ICCPR exercisable by individuals.

In addition to giving out ministerships to anyone who reads and affirms the creed, it would serve as a legal umbrella for people to assert civil rights, and secular beliefs, in the name of religious freedom.

If you're interested in joining, or helping me start it (I need 3 trustees, 15 members, and ~$500 to start), please LMK.

ETA: Here's the draft creed, certificate of incorporation, and bylaws. It's open for anyone to comment and suggest edits, so please do! (In particular, the creed and church name.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rkZi5ka4ySMzWOU-G5jl0jlXcONu9U9OzUa1SC_2yL4/edit

Most reshares: 6

2016-01-21 08:17:29 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

John Brennan is the guy who got so pissed at TSA that he stripped at a checkpoint. He was then arrested, acquitted on 1st Amendment grounds, tried by a TSA "administrative law judge" and fined $500, and now suing the TSA to get that overturned.

I paid for some of the filings (e.g. the 100 pages of TSA's response brief in Brennan v TSA, 14-73502 doc #21-1 & 21-2), so figured I might as well share. Enjoy.

I haven't yet scraped through it all myself, so if you find anything that looks interesting, please quote it in comments. (It's likely to be relevant to my litigation against all of TSA's secret "orders", notably including the new mandatory-AIT rule.)

He's got website: nakedamericanhero.com

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2016-01-21 08:17:29 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

John Brennan is the guy who got so pissed at TSA that he stripped at a checkpoint. He was then arrested, acquitted on 1st Amendment grounds, tried by a TSA "administrative law judge" and fined $500, and now suing the TSA to get that overturned.

I paid for some of the filings (e.g. the 100 pages of TSA's response brief in Brennan v TSA, 14-73502 doc #21-1 & 21-2), so figured I might as well share. Enjoy.

I haven't yet scraped through it all myself, so if you find anything that looks interesting, please quote it in comments. (It's likely to be relevant to my litigation against all of TSA's secret "orders", notably including the new mandatory-AIT rule.)

He's got website: nakedamericanhero.com

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2016-02-09 20:59:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-09 09:40:21 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 20:04:02 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Want a free extra 2GB of Google Drive storage, and a more secure Google account? Take a quick security check-up for your account and you'll get an extra 2GB of free-forever Drive storage. (And yes, it stacks with last year's security checkup bonus!)

https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount

Want a free extra 2GB of Google Drive storage, and a more secure Google account? Take a quick security check-up for your account and you'll get an extra 2GB of free-forever Drive storage. (And yes, it stacks with last year's security checkup bonus!)

https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount___

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2016-02-07 06:59:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Note: the author, Marc Randazza, is a major 1st Amendment lawyer whose primary clients include the porn industry. So, potential conflict of interest — though his position here is consistent with his others.

Note: the author, Marc Randazza, is a major 1st Amendment lawyer whose primary clients include the porn industry. So, potential conflict of interest — though his position here is consistent with his others.___

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2016-02-07 06:54:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-05 18:13:52 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-05 16:58:43 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

I might actually be getting better at argument. Just convinced the (fairly skeptical) judge that I should be given copies of not just opinions, but other authorities cited by the court (e.g. treatise sections), and in PDF format, not paper. A minor thing, but it is important to at least* have full access to everything the court (or opponents) rely on.

* Even that isn't really enough. For instance, one of my motions was denied on the basis of unpublished district precedent. Had I known it, I wouldn't have made the motion, but I had no realistic way to do so, because unlike the AUSA opposing me, I don't have Lexis, West, Shepard's, and law librarians to rely on. IMO it is deeply unjust that any part of the law should be behind a paywall; it magnifies imbalances of power. Cf. Kafka, _Before the Law_…

I might actually be getting better at argument. Just convinced the (fairly skeptical) judge that I should be given copies of not just opinions, but other authorities cited by the court (e.g. treatise sections), and in PDF format, not paper. A minor thing, but it is important to at least* have full access to everything the court (or opponents) rely on.

* Even that isn't really enough. For instance, one of my motions was denied on the basis of unpublished district precedent. Had I known it, I wouldn't have made the motion, but I had no realistic way to do so, because unlike the AUSA opposing me, I don't have Lexis, West, Shepard's, and law librarians to rely on. IMO it is deeply unjust that any part of the law should be behind a paywall; it magnifies imbalances of power. Cf. Kafka, _Before the Law_…___

2016-02-05 13:59:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

+Craig Kaplan wrote a fairly interesting game: take a pentomino — or more complex shape — and try to surround it completely with copies of itself. In particular, try to surround it with either the minimum or maximum number of copies, or try to surround it with multiple layers.

It's a fun and challenging game, with intuitive UI. More description @ isohedral.ca/goodfences

What's more surprising is that this puzzle is actually human-tractable: it's an open problem mathematically, and probably NP-hard.

To give a sense of scale, for a simple L-pentomino, the number of distinct surrounds is around 8 million — and that's not including attempts that have dead ends. Yet I solved that problem in a couple minutes.* It also turns out that the L-pentomino has exactly one maximum surround, though a bunch of almost-maximums.

The layering part iscalled H... more »

+Craig Kaplan wrote a fairly interesting game: take a pentomino — or more complex shape — and try to surround it completely with copies of itself. In particular, try to surround it with either the minimum or maximum number of copies, or try to surround it with multiple layers.

It's a fun and challenging game, with intuitive UI. More description @ isohedral.ca/goodfences

What's more surprising is that this puzzle is actually human-tractable: it's an open problem mathematically, and probably NP-hard.

To give a sense of scale, for a simple L-pentomino, the number of distinct surrounds is around 8 million — and that's not including attempts that have dead ends. Yet I solved that problem in a couple minutes.* It also turns out that the L-pentomino has exactly one maximum surround, though a bunch of almost-maximums.

The layering part is called Heesch's problem. Some of the polygons can be three-deep, and some can be tiled (i.e. infinitely deep). Even for relatively simple shapes like the ones in the game, it's not at all clear how to find that out short of brute force search.

The minimum-surround seems to be much easier than the maximum-surround problem, but again not really clear why.

As for the maximum-surround problem, to quote Craig: "You'd have to have a way to turn some arbitrary instance of, say, 3-SAT into a very special shape that can be surrounded only if the 3-SAT instance is satisfiable. Ouch."

So the potential search complexity is roughly exponential… and how you go about solving is what makes it interesting.

See Craig's slides explaining the math behind this game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-AcXzYJWYi0OHk5clFWaEF5SG8/view 

If you're a computational complexity person, and want to work this out, talk to +Craig Kaplan. Apparently there are several interesting open problems here.

* My very vague guess is that I'm doing something like simulated annealing, but I think it would be very interesting to find out what algorithm humans actually use to solve it.___

2016-02-05 13:57:28 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

+Craig Kaplan wrote a fairly interesting game: take a pentomino — or more complex shape — and try to surround it completely with copies of itself. In particular, try to surround it with either the minimum or maximum number of copies, or try to surround it with multiple layers.

It's a fun and challenging game, with intuitive UI. More description @ isohedral.ca/goodfences

What's more surprising is that this puzzle is actually human-tractable: it's an open problem mathematically, and probably NP-hard.

To give a sense of scale, for a simple L-pentomino, the number of distinct surrounds is around 8 million — and that's not including attempts that have dead ends. Yet I solved that problem in a couple minutes.* It also turns out that the L-pentomino has exactly one maximum surround, though a bunch of almost-maximums.

The layering part iscalled H... more »

+Craig Kaplan wrote a fairly interesting game: take a pentomino — or more complex shape — and try to surround it completely with copies of itself. In particular, try to surround it with either the minimum or maximum number of copies, or try to surround it with multiple layers.

It's a fun and challenging game, with intuitive UI. More description @ isohedral.ca/goodfences

What's more surprising is that this puzzle is actually human-tractable: it's an open problem mathematically, and probably NP-hard.

To give a sense of scale, for a simple L-pentomino, the number of distinct surrounds is around 8 million — and that's not including attempts that have dead ends. Yet I solved that problem in a couple minutes.* It also turns out that the L-pentomino has exactly one maximum surround, though a bunch of almost-maximums.

The layering part is called Heesch's problem. Some of the polygons can be three-deep, and some can be tiled (i.e. infinitely deep). Even for relatively simple shapes like the ones in the game, it's not at all clear how to find that out short of brute force search.

The minimum-surround seems to be much easier than the maximum-surround problem, but again not really clear why.

As for the maximum-surround problem, to quote Craig: "You'd have to have a way to turn some arbitrary instance of, say, 3-SAT into a very special shape that can be surrounded only if the 3-SAT instance is satisfiable. Ouch."

So the potential search complexity is roughly exponential… and how you go about solving is what makes it interesting.

See Craig's slides explaining the math behind this game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-AcXzYJWYi0OHk5clFWaEF5SG8/view 

If you're a computational complexity person, and want to work this out, talk to +Craig Kaplan. Apparently there are several interesting open problems here.

* My very vague guess is that I'm doing something like simulated annealing, but I think it would be very interesting to find out what algorithm humans actually use to solve it.___

2016-02-05 09:32:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Virginia house subcommittee passed an anti-trans bathroom bill yesterday. Hasn't yet come to floor vote, and no VA Senate analogue that I could find. If you're in VA, contact your critter and ask them to kill HB 781: whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Virginia house subcommittee passed an anti-trans bathroom bill yesterday. Hasn't yet come to floor vote, and no VA Senate analogue that I could find. If you're in VA, contact your critter and ask them to kill HB 781: whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov___

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2016-02-05 08:56:37 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

In other news, I got a free copy of +XCOM, so… don't expect to hear from me much for a week. (And yeesh, games are big these days.)

In other news, I got a free copy of +XCOM, so… don't expect to hear from me much for a week. (And yeesh, games are big these days.)___

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2016-02-05 08:52:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Now for something different: #conlang  progressive rock music in Ithkuil (ithkuil.net) by brothers John & Paul Quijada, sung by +David Peterson. English lyrics in the video description.

Now for something different: #conlang  progressive rock music in Ithkuil (ithkuil.net) by brothers John & Paul Quijada, sung by +David Peterson. English lyrics in the video description.___

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2016-02-05 08:51:17 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Now for something different: #conlang  progressive rock music in Ithkuil (ithkuil.net) by brothers John & Paul Quijada, sung by +David Peterson. English lyrics in the video description.

Now for something different: #conlang  progressive rock music in Ithkuil (ithkuil.net) by brothers John & Paul Quijada, sung by +David Peterson. English lyrics in the video description.___

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2016-02-05 08:26:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Now fully briefed: my motion for fees & costs as the prevailing party in my Rehab Act case, s.ai/tsa/legal/rehab_act. (Motion & opp below.)

Potentially interesting question of first impression: can a victorious pro se plaintiff recover nominal (i.e. $0) attorney's fees? Blazy v. Tenet, 194 F. 3d 90, 94 (D.C. Cir. 1999) says that they can recover fees paid to e.g. consulting attorneys or experts. Kay v. Ehrler, 499 U.S. 432 (1991) says they can't recover for their own time (even if they're a lawyer).

But AFAICT, nobody's tried to claim purely nominal fees as a matter of law before. I'm doing so because it's a legal status: namely, it means I won enough to not just recover costs, but also fees. (Grant of fees is an element in various other things.)

Also today, a judicial hearing on providing me with all authorities cited by opposition and the... more »

Now fully briefed: my motion for fees & costs as the prevailing party in my Rehab Act case, s.ai/tsa/legal/rehab_act. (Motion & opp below.)

Potentially interesting question of first impression: can a victorious pro se plaintiff recover nominal (i.e. $0) attorney's fees? Blazy v. Tenet, 194 F. 3d 90, 94 (D.C. Cir. 1999) says that they can recover fees paid to e.g. consulting attorneys or experts. Kay v. Ehrler, 499 U.S. 432 (1991) says they can't recover for their own time (even if they're a lawyer).

But AFAICT, nobody's tried to claim purely nominal fees as a matter of law before. I'm doing so because it's a legal status: namely, it means I won enough to not just recover costs, but also fees. (Grant of fees is an element in various other things.)

Also today, a judicial hearing on providing me with all authorities cited by opposition and the court, for free, in electronic format. Cf. Lebron v. Sanders, 557 F. 3d 76 (2d Cir. 2009).

Motion: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0Vb1RXZFdGdnVyNVE Opposition: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VeVJ1bWk3bW5qZ2s/view
Reply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VSFRRV05kUWEtdTg/view___

2016-02-05 01:30:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

All the Malheurians have now been indicted, under 18 USC 372. h/t +Anne-Marie Clark​  
http://res.cloudinary.com/bdy4ger4/image/upload/v1454604468/297973639-Bundy-Indictment_cctuf1.pdf

All the Malheurians have now been indicted, under 18 USC 372. h/t +Anne-Marie Clark​  
http://res.cloudinary.com/bdy4ger4/image/upload/v1454604468/297973639-Bundy-Indictment_cctuf1.pdf___

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2016-02-04 06:18:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I don't have time to write an explainer for this, so you'll just have to settle for the raw news. Short version: In the past few months, a large number of street kids, mostly refugees from Morocco, have been living near Stockholm's main train station. The police have been wanting more powers to get rid of them, but haven't gotten much. Last week, they announced that the main train station was now "unsafe" and had been "taken over" by said street children. 

Yesterday, a group of about 200 masked men stormed the station, distributing leaflets and beating anyone who "didn't look Swedish." This action was coordinated by the NMR (a local Nazi group), and a follow-up rally was held this morning in Stockholm by the SDP (a far-right party, think the Swedish version of Donald Trump). 

Police made no attempt to stop the attack. Three peoplew... more »

I don't have time to write an explainer for this, so you'll just have to settle for the raw news. Short version: In the past few months, a large number of street kids, mostly refugees from Morocco, have been living near Stockholm's main train station. The police have been wanting more powers to get rid of them, but haven't gotten much. Last week, they announced that the main train station was now "unsafe" and had been "taken over" by said street children. 

Yesterday, a group of about 200 masked men stormed the station, distributing leaflets and beating anyone who "didn't look Swedish." This action was coordinated by the NMR (a local Nazi group), and a follow-up rally was held this morning in Stockholm by the SDP (a far-right party, think the Swedish version of Donald Trump). 

Police made no attempt to stop the attack. Three people were arrested, one for punching a plainclothes cop, another for possession of brass knuckles; all have been released. The official police statement is that they "could not confirm that violent attacks took place.”

For a little context, the presence of far-right groups and their readiness for actions like these is not even remotely secret, and the police statement that the area was now unsafe and there was nothing they can do was widely read as a coded message that vigilantes were welcome. (There's a whole history of complicated interplays between Swedish police, the local and national government, and these groups, with "if you don't let us do something, I guess it'll just have to be them" being a classic negotiating tactic)

Important notes here are the extreme coordination of the group (200 people showing up on schedule, dressed in black with balaclavas, literature ready to distribute, and ready for an organized attack), and the tacit cooperation of the police.

NB that violence against immigrants, Muslims, and Jews has been on a sharp rise across all of Europe, and far-right parties have been making significant political inroads, but this is the first highly coordinated attack. Earlier attacks have primarily been by small groups (3-5 people) on individuals, and haven't shown signs of organization, uniforms, etc.

There's lots more that could (and should) be written here, to give context about just why there were so many refugees living there, the six-month ramp-up of the conflict, and the political shifts within Sweden and more broadly within Europe as a result, but I'll have to leave those for someone else to write.

Useful additional coverage: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/12131460/swedish-far-right-migrant-attack-stockholm.html

(And yes, I realize that I just linked the Daily Mail as the primary source below. Going through English-language coverage of the story, theirs was actually the most thoroughly researched and informative, and didn't have any egregious biases that I could spot. Damned if I know why their coverage was the best, but it was. Normally the Mail is mostly suitable for wrapping fish in.)___

2016-02-03 15:31:46 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Congress passed a scarlet letter law for passports of "sex offenders" (including e.g. teen sexters).

Congress passed a scarlet letter law for passports of "sex offenders" (including e.g. teen sexters).___

2016-02-02 01:48:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Submitted: Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, UCLA, USF
Pending fee waiver code: Stanford
TODO: Boston College, Boston University, Columbia, George Washington, Georgetown, New York, Northeastern, Southwestern, Virginia, William & Mary, Yale

/kazoo

Good thing I have the LSAC fee waiver. $95-130 per just to apply? Yeesh. (And even with a waiver, it's $30 per after the first 4…)

Submitted: Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, UCLA, USF
Pending fee waiver code: Stanford
TODO: Boston College, Boston University, Columbia, George Washington, Georgetown, New York, Northeastern, Southwestern, Virginia, William & Mary, Yale

/kazoo

Good thing I have the LSAC fee waiver. $95-130 per just to apply? Yeesh. (And even with a waiver, it's $30 per after the first 4…)___

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2016-02-01 16:35:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-31 14:03:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Here's my resume for law school applications. Due soon. Comments / suggestions for improvement welcome. Essay templates coming next.

Here's my resume for law school applications. Due soon. Comments / suggestions for improvement welcome. Essay templates coming next.___

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2016-01-31 13:50:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

They haven't posted video yet, so… here's the slides from the talk I gave in Oct. 2015 about what happened to me at BOS, and TSA's obstruction of justice in covering it up. This was before I won the Rehab Act case compelling TSA to at least respond to me. Cf. https://s.ai/tsa/legal/bos &  https://s.ai/tsa/legal/rehab_act

Some slides not accessible because TSA violated the E-FOIA Act. :-/

They haven't posted video yet, so… here's the slides from the talk I gave in Oct. 2015 about what happened to me at BOS, and TSA's obstruction of justice in covering it up. This was before I won the Rehab Act case compelling TSA to at least respond to me. Cf. https://s.ai/tsa/legal/bos &  https://s.ai/tsa/legal/rehab_act

Some slides not accessible because TSA violated the E-FOIA Act. :-/___

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2016-01-30 21:03:31 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

1st time playing +XCOM 2, during a launch event ( #xcom2london ). On legend (max) difficulty. Flawless victory. (Everyone else, including a guy from 2K, got at least some of the squad killed… and a couple people had to retreat on the mission with near TPK.)

1st time playing +XCOM 2, during a launch event ( #xcom2london ). On legend (max) difficulty. Flawless victory. (Everyone else, including a guy from 2K, got at least some of the squad killed… and a couple people had to retreat on the mission with near TPK.)___

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2016-01-30 20:59:30 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

+Christopher Elliott's article in WaPo, in part about me (cf. s.ai/tsa/legal/46110), is in the 2016-01-31 Sunday print edition. Travel section. Thanks to Erick Posner on fb for the photos.

Online version: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/travelers-are-less-certain-about-the-airport-screening-experience-than-theyve-been-in-years/2016/01/28/c08ac524-c131-11e5-9443-7074c3645405_story.html

+Christopher Elliott's article in WaPo, in part about me (cf. s.ai/tsa/legal/46110), is in the 2016-01-31 Sunday print edition. Travel section. Thanks to Erick Posner on fb for the photos.

Online version: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/travelers-are-less-certain-about-the-airport-screening-experience-than-theyve-been-in-years/2016/01/28/c08ac524-c131-11e5-9443-7074c3645405_story.html___

2016-01-30 06:35:58 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Alarm woke me and keeping me awake (@~5am). Turned out to be a fire or burglar alarm from construction site next door. Called council noise complaint line; they're out of service so they won't do anything about it. Fire brigade said it's probably burglar alarm, so not their job. Police don't investigate burglar alarms without eyewitness verification of something suspicious. It's still going,~2h later.

I thought the UK was all about ASBOs. Maybe just for chavs, not construction companies …

Alarm woke me and keeping me awake (@~5am). Turned out to be a fire or burglar alarm from construction site next door. Called council noise complaint line; they're out of service so they won't do anything about it. Fire brigade said it's probably burglar alarm, so not their job. Police don't investigate burglar alarms without eyewitness verification of something suspicious. It's still going,~2h later.

I thought the UK was all about ASBOs. Maybe just for chavs, not construction companies …___

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2016-01-30 05:53:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

I have never quite come to terms with the fact that, mostly, what I want out of a conversation is brief, painful relief from being wrong, no matter what it takes. And that basically no one else wants that.

I'm not good by nature, and not correct by nature. I started out my life knowing nothing. Any relief from ignorance I've ever had has been brief, and the process of getting there has often been painful. I'm more stubborn than I ought to be.

I can't say how I'd feel if I'd been browbeaten out of the right position over and over agian.

I have never quite come to terms with the fact that, mostly, what I want out of a conversation is brief, painful relief from being wrong, no matter what it takes. And that basically no one else wants that.

I'm not good by nature, and not correct by nature. I started out my life knowing nothing. Any relief from ignorance I've ever had has been brief, and the process of getting there has often been painful. I'm more stubborn than I ought to be.

I can't say how I'd feel if I'd been browbeaten out of the right position over and over agian.___

2016-01-30 02:08:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a court case that decided that the US, not Nevada, owns certain BLM-managed land. Contrast to the Bundyites' view, which seems best expressed here: http://www.infowars.com/blm-action-in-nevada-is-unconstitutional-heres-why/

Thanks to +Anne-Marie Clark for the pointer, at +Andreas Schou's post https://plus.google.com/+AndreasSchou/posts/XfAop49BV7t

Here's a court case that decided that the US, not Nevada, owns certain BLM-managed land. Contrast to the Bundyites' view, which seems best expressed here: http://www.infowars.com/blm-action-in-nevada-is-unconstitutional-heres-why/

Thanks to +Anne-Marie Clark for the pointer, at +Andreas Schou's post https://plus.google.com/+AndreasSchou/posts/XfAop49BV7t___

2016-01-30 01:26:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Briefing complete in my motion for emergency preservation order re. SEA evidence, based in significant part on an outright accusation that TSA spoliated CCTV evidence from BOS and therefore cannot be trusted when they make generic assurances. All docs @ link, under pending item #6.

Briefing complete in my motion for emergency preservation order re. SEA evidence, based in significant part on an outright accusation that TSA spoliated CCTV evidence from BOS and therefore cannot be trusted when they make generic assurances. All docs @ link, under pending item #6.___

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2016-01-29 04:12:36 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Again: interesting, and posted without comment.

I conditionally preferred Bernie on the broad details of his program, but only until I saw how absurd the details of his policies were. Single-payer does work, but there are tradeoffs. There is a huge body of evidence on what those tradeoffs are. It's like neither he nor any of his staff have seen any of it.

I don't quite blame him for this. The problem is that America has no socialist policy establishment; no one you can ask, "will this work?", and get any answer other than "well, is this socialist? Then yes." Which means that when American politicians try to make socialist policy, they end up with bullshit. I mean that in the Frankfurt sense: "things said with utter disregard for what the truth might be"."

You cannot replace a $2.9t industry with a $1.0t government program without cutting salaries or coverage. You can't leave even a rump private insurance market, because doing so screws you out of your monopsony pricing power. Not to mention the fact that you can't get a single payer system past any Senator which Kansas or Indiana might plausibly elect.

But I want to relate this back to reparations, and why Bernie won't say he supports them:

Bernie knows that virtually all of his supporters are white. His support among minorities is very, very low. Purely symbolic proposals directed at white liberals are popular among white liberals. Purely symbolic proposals directed at remediating the problems of black Americans are not. For all his ethical steadfastness, Sanders is still a politician: he can push daydreams about single payer because they will not alienate his base; he cannot push daydreams about reparations because they will.

He can throw out bullshit single-payer plans because they're things his base will accept. It's a cynical political move that looks like idealism only because the narrowness of his goals. His rejection of reparations is, similarly, a cynical political move that looks like pragmatism only because of the narrowness of his base.___Again: interesting, and posted without comment.

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2016-01-29 03:51:18 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-28 15:52:08 (94 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I'd like to start a secular church of human rights — an actual, IRS tax exempt, incorporated church. Its creed would be something relatively universal, like parts of the UDHR / ICCPR exercisable by individuals.

In addition to giving out ministerships to anyone who reads and affirms the creed, it would serve as a legal umbrella for people to assert civil rights, and secular beliefs, in the name of religious freedom.

If you're interested in joining, or helping me start it (I need 3 trustees, 15 members, and ~$500 to start), please LMK.

ETA: Here's the draft creed, certificate of incorporation, and bylaws. It's open for anyone to comment and suggest edits, so please do! (In particular, the creed and church name.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rkZi5ka4ySMzWOU-G5jl0jlXcONu9U9OzUa1SC_2yL4/edit

I'd like to start a secular church of human rights — an actual, IRS tax exempt, incorporated church. Its creed would be something relatively universal, like parts of the UDHR / ICCPR exercisable by individuals.

In addition to giving out ministerships to anyone who reads and affirms the creed, it would serve as a legal umbrella for people to assert civil rights, and secular beliefs, in the name of religious freedom.

If you're interested in joining, or helping me start it (I need 3 trustees, 15 members, and ~$500 to start), please LMK.

ETA: Here's the draft creed, certificate of incorporation, and bylaws. It's open for anyone to comment and suggest edits, so please do! (In particular, the creed and church name.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rkZi5ka4ySMzWOU-G5jl0jlXcONu9U9OzUa1SC_2yL4/edit___

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2016-01-28 12:05:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

TW: cancer, surgery, planning for mortality

TW: cancer, surgery, planning for mortality___

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2016-01-28 11:03:33 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

See +Yonatan Zunger's commentary: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YonatanZunger/posts/JSDJ3CT4j4d

Behold: Dr NIM. The 1960s mechanical plastic computer that can beat you at a game of Nim.___See +Yonatan Zunger's commentary: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YonatanZunger/posts/JSDJ3CT4j4d

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2016-01-27 22:23:40 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Posted as interesting history I didn't know. I have no comment. >.>

Posted as interesting history I didn't know. I have no comment. >.>___

2016-01-27 16:39:43 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

In the last couple years, I've had increasingly severe light sensitivity. It's at the point where in normal daylight, I can't really go outside without sunglasses on, and often even with sunglasses on it hurts too much to keep my eyes open. It varies in severity, but that's the baseline level now.

Here's an essay about my experience.

In the last couple years, I've had increasingly severe light sensitivity. It's at the point where in normal daylight, I can't really go outside without sunglasses on, and often even with sunglasses on it hurts too much to keep my eyes open. It varies in severity, but that's the baseline level now.

Here's an essay about my experience.___

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2016-01-27 13:19:37 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Video, documents, etc from my BOS incident now up

https://s.ai/tsa/legal/bos/

The BDOs selected me because I was mute and wearing a satirical shirt; they screened me for ~40m looking almost exclusively at my prescription labels, notes, checkbook, books, etc; they ripped paper out of my hands (literally depriving me of speech) in admitted retaliation for my protesting the illegality of their search and refusing to answer questions.

(The admission can be found both in the BDOs' notes and TSA's formal response to my complaint & appeal.)

I'm probably never going to manage to get around to making an actual edited video, so I've put up what I have. That includes the video, BDOs' notes, my notes, complaint, post-litigation response, appeal, & appeal response. At some point I'll try to condense it there as well, but I don't... more »

Video, documents, etc from my BOS incident now up

https://s.ai/tsa/legal/bos/

The BDOs selected me because I was mute and wearing a satirical shirt; they screened me for ~40m looking almost exclusively at my prescription labels, notes, checkbook, books, etc; they ripped paper out of my hands (literally depriving me of speech) in admitted retaliation for my protesting the illegality of their search and refusing to answer questions.

(The admission can be found both in the BDOs' notes and TSA's formal response to my complaint & appeal.)

I'm probably never going to manage to get around to making an actual edited video, so I've put up what I have. That includes the video, BDOs' notes, my notes, complaint, post-litigation response, appeal, & appeal response. At some point I'll try to condense it there as well, but I don't really have the energy to do so now and likely won't for a while. :-/ Hopefully the complaint & appeal are pretty straightforward. 

Feel free to share etc however you like; just give a link to the page.___

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2016-01-27 06:20:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-27 02:00:37 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

I got another care package today (at my US address). I'm guessing that this is the one where I asked GAO for all their TSA-related reports and so forth. Why is is that government agencies do not understand "native electronic documents only"… despite that being the law since 1996? ><  ETA: Evidently GAO isn't subject to FOIA, but rather 4 CFR 81. But still… it's not 1995.

I got another care package today (at my US address). I'm guessing that this is the one where I asked GAO for all their TSA-related reports and so forth. Why is is that government agencies do not understand "native electronic documents only"… despite that being the law since 1996? ><  ETA: Evidently GAO isn't subject to FOIA, but rather 4 CFR 81. But still… it's not 1995.___

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2016-01-26 16:44:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Someone said that they thought of this image as a description of my efforts against TSA. Hee.

[Teddy bear with sword & shield standing over a sleeping child, fending off a much larger dragon-demon thing. Info: http://www.themarysue.com/teddy-bear-movie-followup/]

Someone said that they thought of this image as a description of my efforts against TSA. Hee.

[Teddy bear with sword & shield standing over a sleeping child, fending off a much larger dragon-demon thing. Info: http://www.themarysue.com/teddy-bear-movie-followup/]___

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2016-01-26 04:47:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Here is TSA's standard MOU re. CCTV at airport checkpoints — including what must be covered, how long it's kept, etc. I submitted it as evidence of TSA's spoliation of BOS video to support the motion for an evidence preservation order filed today. See https://s.ai/tsa/legal/46110

Here is TSA's standard MOU re. CCTV at airport checkpoints — including what must be covered, how long it's kept, etc. I submitted it as evidence of TSA's spoliation of BOS video to support the motion for an evidence preservation order filed today. See https://s.ai/tsa/legal/46110___

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2016-01-26 04:23:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-25 07:35:51 (27 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Would you support the first first amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Namely (removing outdated parts): The proportion of Representatives shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.
archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

Would you support the first first amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Namely (removing outdated parts): The proportion of Representatives shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.
archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html___

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2016-01-25 06:44:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-24 02:46:59 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Possible class action suit v TSA re liquids policy

I'm going to be filing a lawsuit soon about TSA's treatment of me at SFO. One aspect is a potential class action: TSA's policy of preventing or confiscating liquids in more than a small amount.

I'll be suing for damages (cost of liquids, injury, distress, etc) and injunction (to prevent TSA from refusing to screen liquids or refusing to let people travel with liquids that have been cleared by screening).

If you would be interested in being part of the class, please let me know using the attached form — especially if you
* personally have had liquids confiscated or been prevented from traveling with them — includes water, juice, pie, perfume, snow globes, etc
* suffered some economic loss (like the value of the liquid discarded, cost you had to pay for liquids you would otherwise havebro... more »

Possible class action suit v TSA re liquids policy

I'm going to be filing a lawsuit soon about TSA's treatment of me at SFO. One aspect is a potential class action: TSA's policy of preventing or confiscating liquids in more than a small amount.

I'll be suing for damages (cost of liquids, injury, distress, etc) and injunction (to prevent TSA from refusing to screen liquids or refusing to let people travel with liquids that have been cleared by screening).

If you would be interested in being part of the class, please let me know using the attached form — especially if you
* personally have had liquids confiscated or been prevented from traveling with them — includes water, juice, pie, perfume, snow globes, etc
* suffered some economic loss (like the value of the liquid discarded, cost you had to pay for liquids you would otherwise have brought, harm caused to you because you did not have something medically necessary, etc)
* are willing to testify to the facts of your situation in a sworn affidavit that will be made public (possibly as a John Doe, if justified by the facts, e.g. harm to your career from being outed as having a disability)

I am of course not a lawyer and not your lawyer. I can't represent you in court. As the primary class representative, I will be trying to get a lawyer to represent the entire class in court, in addition to aspects of the case that are specific to me.

In short: I'm not promising you anything at all, other than that I will take your info into consideration and try to do what I think is right.

Part of what would help me to find a lawyer for this is to demonstrate that the class exists, and what typical claims are. Possibly I may want to have other class representatives as well, if someone else's situation is more typical than mine or represents a different group than mine.

Feel free to discuss, ask questions, etc. here, and feel free to share.

ETA: The whole point of a class action lawsuit is to make it viable to sue over a whole lot of people being injured a small amount (including e.g. less than $1). So please do fill out the form even if your injury is very minor, so long as it's at least $0.01. And list the total amount. ___

2016-01-22 22:52:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

"What a huge debt this nation owes to its "troublemakers." From Thomas Paine to Martin Luther King, Jr., they have forced us to focus on problems we would prefer to downplay or ignore. Yet it is often only with hindsight that we can distinguish those troublemakers who brought us to our senses from those who were simply... troublemakers. Prudence, and respect for the constitutional rights to free speech and free association, therefore dictate that the legal system cut all non-violent protesters a fair amount of slack."

Garcia v. Bloomberg, 865 F. Supp. 2d 478, 482 (S.D. N.Y. 2012)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12984464077913356196#p482

/via Brennan v. DHS & TSA, No. 14-73502, petitioner's brief at 21 (9th Cir., filed March 2, 2015)

"What a huge debt this nation owes to its "troublemakers." From Thomas Paine to Martin Luther King, Jr., they have forced us to focus on problems we would prefer to downplay or ignore. Yet it is often only with hindsight that we can distinguish those troublemakers who brought us to our senses from those who were simply... troublemakers. Prudence, and respect for the constitutional rights to free speech and free association, therefore dictate that the legal system cut all non-violent protesters a fair amount of slack."

Garcia v. Bloomberg, 865 F. Supp. 2d 478, 482 (S.D. N.Y. 2012)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12984464077913356196#p482

/via Brennan v. DHS & TSA, No. 14-73502, petitioner's brief at 21 (9th Cir., filed March 2, 2015)___

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2016-01-22 12:51:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-22 05:37:44 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-21 08:17:29 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

John Brennan is the guy who got so pissed at TSA that he stripped at a checkpoint. He was then arrested, acquitted on 1st Amendment grounds, tried by a TSA "administrative law judge" and fined $500, and now suing the TSA to get that overturned.

I paid for some of the filings (e.g. the 100 pages of TSA's response brief in Brennan v TSA, 14-73502 doc #21-1 & 21-2), so figured I might as well share. Enjoy.

I haven't yet scraped through it all myself, so if you find anything that looks interesting, please quote it in comments. (It's likely to be relevant to my litigation against all of TSA's secret "orders", notably including the new mandatory-AIT rule.)

He's got website: nakedamericanhero.com

John Brennan is the guy who got so pissed at TSA that he stripped at a checkpoint. He was then arrested, acquitted on 1st Amendment grounds, tried by a TSA "administrative law judge" and fined $500, and now suing the TSA to get that overturned.

I paid for some of the filings (e.g. the 100 pages of TSA's response brief in Brennan v TSA, 14-73502 doc #21-1 & 21-2), so figured I might as well share. Enjoy.

I haven't yet scraped through it all myself, so if you find anything that looks interesting, please quote it in comments. (It's likely to be relevant to my litigation against all of TSA's secret "orders", notably including the new mandatory-AIT rule.)

He's got website: nakedamericanhero.com___

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2016-01-21 01:12:27 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

… this is genuinely fucked up. It is indeed an amazing product, and probably the creepiest possible way that it could have been advertised. What the fucking fuck?

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6ngM0LHxuU — which notes "In light of viewer feedback, we would like to clarify that the women in this video are all actresses; no one was forced to act against their will in any way." Which is kinda missing the whole fucking point about being deliberately creepy.

… this is genuinely fucked up. It is indeed an amazing product, and probably the creepiest possible way that it could have been advertised. What the fucking fuck?

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6ngM0LHxuU — which notes "In light of viewer feedback, we would like to clarify that the women in this video are all actresses; no one was forced to act against their will in any way." Which is kinda missing the whole fucking point about being deliberately creepy.___

2016-01-20 21:54:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Primary source: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/judgments/david-miranda-v-secretary-of-state-for-the-home-department/

Primary source: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/judgments/david-miranda-v-secretary-of-state-for-the-home-department/___

2016-01-20 01:02:26 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I have a Tesla C2070 6gb graphics card sitting in my amazon merchant inventory. Unfortunately, I can't use it right now (because my desktop is in storage), and it's hard to sell (because it's expensive, and rare outside heavy computing environments). Anyone interested in buying or trading? I'd like to get something Thunderport-compatible (short of a breakout rig that costs almost as much as the card itself).

I have a Tesla C2070 6gb graphics card sitting in my amazon merchant inventory. Unfortunately, I can't use it right now (because my desktop is in storage), and it's hard to sell (because it's expensive, and rare outside heavy computing environments). Anyone interested in buying or trading? I'd like to get something Thunderport-compatible (short of a breakout rig that costs almost as much as the card itself).___

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