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Sai (saizai)8,685@117472075050913769851 & @103112149634414554669 designing vocabulary for UNLWS (s.ai/nlws), the non-linear written language. We're starting with Herodotus' story of the Egyptians' investigation of who had the most ancient language. Might do more if there's interest. For this one, you can participate w/ comments or q&a; future ones might include others on video or the like. If you're curious as to how we work on UNLWS together, this is it.UNLWS Vocab Creation Hangout #12014-12-06 21:27:563  
Make Your Laws300Following up from the April 23rd meeting, the Federal Election Commission is slated to discuss @100183759660923071401' Bitcoin advisory opinion request (AOR) and how to compromise between the two previous drafts. Draft C: http://saos.fec.gov/aodocs/201402_2.pdf More info: https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin Join @103112149634414554669  live for the meeting, and get on the hangout afterwards if you'd like to discuss it or ask questions. Link to join the hangout will be posted here. Previous: http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9QhBI2onLE2nd FEC meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AOR 2014-02)2014-05-08 16:00:003  
Make Your Laws300The FEC is having a webinar about e-filing on April 2, 1-2:15pm Eastern. http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables Anyone who wants to join the hangout (before or after the FEC meeting) is welcome to chat about MYL's tech progression (including e.g. making an open-source Ruby gem for FEC e-filing).FEC e-filing roundtable; MYL tech update2014-04-02 18:45:003  
Sai (saizai)8,685Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004  

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2015-06-08 23:07:31 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I think I've had the opposite problem in general: I notice a lot that people tend to ascribe to me motives that might make sense if, e.g., I were very high on self-monitoring but that are nothing vaguely like how I actually think. I tend to assume that other people don't think like I do, though I do try to treat others as I'd like to be treated, which is not necessarily the right thing to do.

Also for me: saying I'm 'agender' is mostly saying "no thanks". I don't particularly want to be on the spectrum. I don't mind if you do, though I tend to only be attracted to others who also are not strongly gendered.

For whatever reason, I seem to have a lot of trans friends. I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to be gender dysphoric — partially because I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to have a strong gender int... more »

Most reshares: 10

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2015-06-29 10:38:11 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)

Most plusones: 33

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2015-06-29 21:42:27 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.

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2015-06-30 18:06:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

At Villa Pizza at NYC port authority bus terminal just now, navigating blind, the employees just straight up lied to me. I asked if they had anything vegetarian other than pizza, and they said no. A manager they said that actually they have salad, muffins / cookies, garlic bread, etc. I'm pretty sure they also had cheese bread, but they said they didn't. Lying to a blind person = zero stars.

http://goo.gl/maps/GwyOM

At Villa Pizza at NYC port authority bus terminal just now, navigating blind, the employees just straight up lied to me. I asked if they had anything vegetarian other than pizza, and they said no. A manager they said that actually they have salad, muffins / cookies, garlic bread, etc. I'm pretty sure they also had cheese bread, but they said they didn't. Lying to a blind person = zero stars.

http://goo.gl/maps/GwyOM___

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2015-06-29 21:42:27 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.___

2015-06-29 13:53:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In NYC today and some of tomorrow. If you are too and want to meet up, please ping me privately.

In NYC today and some of tomorrow. If you are too and want to meet up, please ping me privately.___

2015-06-29 13:24:22 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

On my way to service dog interview. A bit nervous about the whole thing. But if it works out (and I can raise the money…), would probably be very helpful. Will try to get some video to share.

Got laptop drive replaced yesterday. New drive itself seems good; SMART testing from Tails checked out clean. dd'd the device image back over, which seems to pass fsck and have a functional recovery partition, and boots / unlocks the encrypted system position in single user mode, but gets stuck on an obscure error trying to do full boot. Fortunately I have multiple forms of backup for that part (full device dd, partition dd, partition dmg image, file vault), so should be fixable. TBD when I get back tomorrow.

On my way to service dog interview. A bit nervous about the whole thing. But if it works out (and I can raise the money…), would probably be very helpful. Will try to get some video to share.

Got laptop drive replaced yesterday. New drive itself seems good; SMART testing from Tails checked out clean. dd'd the device image back over, which seems to pass fsck and have a functional recovery partition, and boots / unlocks the encrypted system position in single user mode, but gets stuck on an obscure error trying to do full boot. Fortunately I have multiple forms of backup for that part (full device dd, partition dd, partition dmg image, file vault), so should be fixable. TBD when I get back tomorrow.___

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2015-06-29 10:38:11 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)___

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2015-06-28 13:15:12 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-27 18:31:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

My thoughts on the Supreme Court's opinions in Obergefell v Hodges (the same sex marriage case just decided), in vlog format because typing on a phone keyboard is too damn cumbersome. Video broken, will redo later.

My thoughts on the Supreme Court's opinions in Obergefell v Hodges (the same sex marriage case just decided), in vlog format because typing on a phone keyboard is too damn cumbersome. Video broken, will redo later.___

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2015-06-27 17:34:10 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"It is a story I’ve seen repeated time and time again as my friends have disappeared off the site, often never to return. This time there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."

"It is a story I’ve seen repeated time and time again as my friends have disappeared off the site, often never to return. This time there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."___

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2015-06-27 16:15:54 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This just in: Scalia talks to hippies. Also, something probably implied about his own marriage here.

This just in: Scalia talks to hippies. Also, something probably implied about his own marriage here.___

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2015-06-27 16:04:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's curious what kinds of lack of representation Scalia finds objectionable. No mention of race, gender, non-Christianity, orientation, age, generation of immigrant, being the subject of criminal justice, etc… I somehow doubt he would be quite so concerned with that part of the Court's makeup. He's not wrong on what he says here, but I find his silence more telling.

(Also, "no true Westerner"? Seriously? That's nearly verbatim the name of a fallacy…)

It's curious what kinds of lack of representation Scalia finds objectionable. No mention of race, gender, non-Christianity, orientation, age, generation of immigrant, being the subject of criminal justice, etc… I somehow doubt he would be quite so concerned with that part of the Court's makeup. He's not wrong on what he says here, but I find his silence more telling.

(Also, "no true Westerner"? Seriously? That's nearly verbatim the name of a fallacy…)___

2015-06-25 15:11:34 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My hard drive has a SMART failure and is on Apple's specific model recall list. Shutting down my computer until drive is replaced, hopefully Sunday. Will have my phone, but not access to all my data etc.

My hard drive has a SMART failure and is on Apple's specific model recall list. Shutting down my computer until drive is replaced, hopefully Sunday. Will have my phone, but not access to all my data etc.___

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2015-06-25 00:25:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today, TSA filed their opposition (#67) to my motion (#65 & 66 )to be allowed to file for IFP status with my finances under seal (rehashing my SCOTUS cert case, s.ai/ifp). Evidently they think that it's inconceivable that someone could fly regularly but be poor, though I submitted a sworn affidavit from MEP +Julia Reda that goes to that, so they think that I should have to tell the public my detailed personal finances. Plus various other things. Take a read for yourself.

I have to reply in a week. I also have to file a reply to summary judgment by Saturday, and to the motion to dismiss in another two weeks. :-/

Today, TSA filed their opposition (#67) to my motion (#65 & 66 )to be allowed to file for IFP status with my finances under seal (rehashing my SCOTUS cert case, s.ai/ifp). Evidently they think that it's inconceivable that someone could fly regularly but be poor, though I submitted a sworn affidavit from MEP +Julia Reda that goes to that, so they think that I should have to tell the public my detailed personal finances. Plus various other things. Take a read for yourself.

I have to reply in a week. I also have to file a reply to summary judgment by Saturday, and to the motion to dismiss in another two weeks. :-/___

2015-06-24 22:38:01 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Went to court today for trial in my lawsuit against +Equifax. (They refused to update my report, refused to give me a copy, gave knowingly false information to two creditors that resulted in adverse action, etc. — despite pretty extreme lengths I went to get them notified.)

Their excuse: "we get thousands of faxes a month". OK, but I tried a dozen times over a year, and they're a multi-billion dollar company. So I think they can afford a few more fax lines to comply with statutory obligations.

They did update my credit report… the day before trial. And gave me a copy during the hearing. (I filed in October, and they have a 1-month statutory obligation to update their records.)

And that updated credit report is wrong. Address misspelled, no credit score (required by state law), two incorrect, derogatory accounts (one from a collections agency that notifiedall... more »

Went to court today for trial in my lawsuit against +Equifax. (They refused to update my report, refused to give me a copy, gave knowingly false information to two creditors that resulted in adverse action, etc. — despite pretty extreme lengths I went to get them notified.)

Their excuse: "we get thousands of faxes a month". OK, but I tried a dozen times over a year, and they're a multi-billion dollar company. So I think they can afford a few more fax lines to comply with statutory obligations.

They did update my credit report… the day before trial. And gave me a copy during the hearing. (I filed in October, and they have a 1-month statutory obligation to update their records.)

And that updated credit report is wrong. Address misspelled, no credit score (required by state law), two incorrect, derogatory accounts (one from a collections agency that notified all the CRAs a year ago that they were deleting their report)…

They flew out a senior manager from Atlanta to come to the trial, rather than hiring some local lawyer. I think they may end up paying me more than the settlement offer I made that they rejected. Statutory damages are around $1k per, plus unlimited punitive damages; small claims court is limited to awards of $5k + costs.

TBD. Should have the verdict in a week.

Will be funny if they refuse to pay and I get to file collections against them.___

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2015-06-23 15:36:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I wonder if the legs interfere when doing hard turns. Also, wear a helmet, especially if you're going to be jousting on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkaFBkEe8ZE

That said, awesome mod. Some manufacturer should make this available as a fairing. Would probably help a lot with the visibility issue.

FWIW, I drove a motorcycle for several years as my exclusive transportation, in everything from severe heat & humidity to rain, snow, night, etc. I made a giant custom luggage on the back for groceries (using a 24 gallon Rubbermaid action packer box with hard attachments to the grab bar and cargo hooks). Had to sell it during a move, though. :-/

So I do know about the practicalities of having one. Never raced, but have occasionally taken hilly curves that had me at knee-touching-ground angles.

Someone gave me a horse so i put an engine in it.......????___I wonder if the legs interfere when doing hard turns. Also, wear a helmet, especially if you're going to be jousting on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkaFBkEe8ZE

That said, awesome mod. Some manufacturer should make this available as a fairing. Would probably help a lot with the visibility issue.

FWIW, I drove a motorcycle for several years as my exclusive transportation, in everything from severe heat & humidity to rain, snow, night, etc. I made a giant custom luggage on the back for groceries (using a 24 gallon Rubbermaid action packer box with hard attachments to the grab bar and cargo hooks). Had to sell it during a move, though. :-/

So I do know about the practicalities of having one. Never raced, but have occasionally taken hilly curves that had me at knee-touching-ground angles.

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2015-06-23 14:08:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Irony.

Irony.___

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2015-06-23 13:49:46 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Let's try that again…

Let's try that again…___

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2015-06-23 13:12:26 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 





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2015-06-23 01:30:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-23 01:15:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I really want to hear the radio traffic on this one. "Um… tower, we're coming back in for an emergency landing. We have a cat malfunction. The cat appears to be stable."

Double-take at 1:00 is awesome.

This today. Only this.___I really want to hear the radio traffic on this one. "Um… tower, we're coming back in for an emergency landing. We have a cat malfunction. The cat appears to be stable."

Double-take at 1:00 is awesome.

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2015-06-21 22:32:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

No, asexuality is not a "complicated" concept. Sexuality is a complicated concept. Ditto for agender vs gender, atheism vs theism, etc. The lack of a thing is not complicated; it's having it that's complicated.

No, asexuality is not a "complicated" concept. Sexuality is a complicated concept. Ditto for agender vs gender, atheism vs theism, etc. The lack of a thing is not complicated; it's having it that's complicated.___

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2015-06-21 11:55:36 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is simultaneously amazing, ridiculous, and terrifying.

As it turns out, the assembly instruction 'mov' is Turing complete.

This is simultaneously amazing, ridiculous, and terrifying.

As it turns out, the assembly instruction 'mov' is Turing complete.___

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2015-06-21 11:52:28 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Flight sim

Flight sim___

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2015-06-21 04:32:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Google’s attempts to fight the surveillance gag order angered the government, with the Justice Department stating that the company’s “resistance to providing the records” had “frustrated the government’s ability to efficiently conduct a lawful criminal investigation.”

Google’s attempts to fight the surveillance gag order angered the government, with the Justice Department stating that the company’s “resistance to providing the records” had “frustrated the government’s ability to efficiently conduct a lawful criminal investigation.”___

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2015-06-20 02:56:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

See http://conlangingfilm.com for more. +Alex Fink​ & I are in it, as are a whole lot of conlang community notables. +Britton Watkins​ himself, in addition to being a filmmaker, is also a conlanger. Production is still ongoing, and it's a very promising start. Glad to have something about conlangers, by conlangers, with good production values & accessibility to the public. :-)

If you haven't seen our project introduction yet, please take three minutes and thirty seconds to check it out. :-)___See http://conlangingfilm.com for more. +Alex Fink​ & I are in it, as are a whole lot of conlang community notables. +Britton Watkins​ himself, in addition to being a filmmaker, is also a conlanger. Production is still ongoing, and it's a very promising start. Glad to have something about conlangers, by conlangers, with good production values & accessibility to the public. :-)

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2015-06-19 20:22:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

During the #FEC  meeting yesterday about a petition for post-Citizens United rulemaking brought by Chair Ravel and Commissioner Weintraub, several Commissioners raised procedural concerns. We re-filed the Ravel/Weintraub petition (during the meeting) in our own name to moot those concerns and ensure that it is publicly discussed. We're not commenting on the actual content until it's made available for public comment, when we'll file comments with everyone else.

During the #FEC  meeting yesterday about a petition for post-Citizens United rulemaking brought by Chair Ravel and Commissioner Weintraub, several Commissioners raised procedural concerns. We re-filed the Ravel/Weintraub petition (during the meeting) in our own name to moot those concerns and ensure that it is publicly discussed. We're not commenting on the actual content until it's made available for public comment, when we'll file comments with everyone else.___

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2015-06-19 20:04:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

/via +Liz Fong-Jones, who's a Google employee and therefore can't comment or host comments on Google-involved litigation… but I totally am not, so comment away :-) 

Jacob Appelbaum's legal disclosure from Google about Wikileaks Grand Jury investigation (with images, tweets) · bbhorne

Via https://twitter.com/marciahofmann___/via +Liz Fong-Jones, who's a Google employee and therefore can't comment or host comments on Google-involved litigation… but I totally am not, so comment away :-) 

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2015-06-19 13:40:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yo +Autumn Tyr-Salvia, I heard you like skulls… 

Yo +Autumn Tyr-Salvia, I heard you like skulls… ___

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2015-06-19 13:26:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm apparently way behind on sharing tearjerkers.

The fact that we have all of this incredible infrastructure and change of cultural support is amazing. When I transitioned a decade ago, there just wasn't any kind of support except some static websites with names/photos of the few and brave who were publicly out, a few forums and email lists, and the only trans people I'd ever met face to face were the 'Joy Luck Club' of mostly Asian trans women working in tech that I found a year or two after I'd transitioned.

I'm apparently way behind on sharing tearjerkers.

The fact that we have all of this incredible infrastructure and change of cultural support is amazing. When I transitioned a decade ago, there just wasn't any kind of support except some static websites with names/photos of the few and brave who were publicly out, a few forums and email lists, and the only trans people I'd ever met face to face were the 'Joy Luck Club' of mostly Asian trans women working in tech that I found a year or two after I'd transitioned.___

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2015-06-19 01:25:41 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Original terrorist clothing. As seen in London.

Original terrorist clothing. As seen in London.___

2015-06-16 11:57:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Liz Fong-Jones, we now have a more functional (i.e. spam-free) mailing list. It's under a Google Apps group. Anyone can join; we've already added people who were on the previous team@makeyourlaws mailing list, but feel free to add yourself. - +Sai (I also have a new MYL work G+ account, whee)

Thanks to +Liz Fong-Jones, we now have a more functional (i.e. spam-free) mailing list. It's under a Google Apps group. Anyone can join; we've already added people who were on the previous team@makeyourlaws mailing list, but feel free to add yourself. - +Sai (I also have a new MYL work G+ account, whee)___

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2015-06-15 12:20:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-11 15:35:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-11 08:47:45 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If you want World of Goo or Super Meat Boy (via Steam), comment and I'll send you an activation key. First come first served, only have one of each. Gone.

If you want World of Goo or Super Meat Boy (via Steam), comment and I'll send you an activation key. First come first served, only have one of each. Gone.___

2015-06-10 16:11:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Finally done: a very dense motion for IFP affidavit privacy, to be presented in my TSA case. If denied, we can hopefully appeal and go back to SCOTUS (cf. s.ai/ifp). Arg page limits.

Finally done: a very dense motion for IFP affidavit privacy, to be presented in my TSA case. If denied, we can hopefully appeal and go back to SCOTUS (cf. s.ai/ifp). Arg page limits.___

2015-06-09 22:36:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Had a judicial conference today, about TSA's failure to respond to my complaint appeal and their FOIA failures. Halfway through, my voice just went out; started strangling and couldn't form words. No idea what it sounded like to them.

Eventually I got osx say working, which helped some, though it made full participation difficult since they started deferring too much to my opponent to state my position for me and not giving me enough time to interject.

Eventually I managed to use a whisper, which was also strained, but at least that managed to get through real time.

So yeah. First time my mutism has directly affected something like this. :-|

OTOH, I did get most of what I asked for. I get to file a motion to amend to include their failure to respond to my appeal. The judge has ordered TSA to cooperate with me in trying to resolve outstanding issues with... more »

Had a judicial conference today, about TSA's failure to respond to my complaint appeal and their FOIA failures. Halfway through, my voice just went out; started strangling and couldn't form words. No idea what it sounded like to them.

Eventually I got osx say working, which helped some, though it made full participation difficult since they started deferring too much to my opponent to state my position for me and not giving me enough time to interject.

Eventually I managed to use a whisper, which was also strained, but at least that managed to get through real time.

So yeah. First time my mutism has directly affected something like this. :-|

OTOH, I did get most of what I asked for. I get to file a motion to amend to include their failure to respond to my appeal. The judge has ordered TSA to cooperate with me in trying to resolve outstanding issues with their FOIA productions within the next two months and file a joint status report by late July. After having been brushed off by TSA for a year, this is good news.

Downside: judge seems inclined to rule in TSA's favor and deny me leave to supplement my FOIA complaint to include all the FOIAs failed since I filed suit — though I can file a new lawsuit. I should be able to present it at least as evidence in favor of permanent injunction, demonstrating agency pattern & practice etc. TBD. First the Rehab Act case filings.___

2015-06-09 14:27:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Giving credit where it's due: the +U.S. Department of State OIG office responded very promptly (2 days!) to my request for all their reports, and has them online already. https://oig.state.gov/reports-type 

Other agencies are giving me a lot of red tape not permitted by law, trying to avoid even entering my request. (I wonder how well "administrative closures" and refusals to enter a request are reflected in the mandated annual FOIA reports to Congress…)

Giving credit where it's due: the +U.S. Department of State OIG office responded very promptly (2 days!) to my request for all their reports, and has them online already. https://oig.state.gov/reports-type 

Other agencies are giving me a lot of red tape not permitted by law, trying to avoid even entering my request. (I wonder how well "administrative closures" and refusals to enter a request are reflected in the mandated annual FOIA reports to Congress…)___

2015-06-09 13:58:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here's another checklist the TSA & DHS follow religiously.

Here's another checklist the TSA & DHS follow religiously.___

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2015-06-08 23:07:31 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I think I've had the opposite problem in general: I notice a lot that people tend to ascribe to me motives that might make sense if, e.g., I were very high on self-monitoring but that are nothing vaguely like how I actually think. I tend to assume that other people don't think like I do, though I do try to treat others as I'd like to be treated, which is not necessarily the right thing to do.

Also for me: saying I'm 'agender' is mostly saying "no thanks". I don't particularly want to be on the spectrum. I don't mind if you do, though I tend to only be attracted to others who also are not strongly gendered.

For whatever reason, I seem to have a lot of trans friends. I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to be gender dysphoric — partially because I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to have a strong gender int... more »

I think I've had the opposite problem in general: I notice a lot that people tend to ascribe to me motives that might make sense if, e.g., I were very high on self-monitoring but that are nothing vaguely like how I actually think. I tend to assume that other people don't think like I do, though I do try to treat others as I'd like to be treated, which is not necessarily the right thing to do.

Also for me: saying I'm 'agender' is mostly saying "no thanks". I don't particularly want to be on the spectrum. I don't mind if you do, though I tend to only be attracted to others who also are not strongly gendered.

For whatever reason, I seem to have a lot of trans friends. I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to be gender dysphoric — partially because I can only sorta vaguely imagine what it'd be like to have a strong gender in the first place. But it's important for them, and I'm glad that it's a problem that's getting more easily addressed these days (though still definitely not good), and I hope I've been respectful of others' gender/etc identities. (Yes, sometimes it's more than one per body; that can get even more confusing…)

I guess for me, if anything, I have total body dysphoria. There's nothing particular I'd prefer to be (aside from the usual practical stuff, like having more strength/endurance), but I also don't feel like I particularly belong in this body. Or any body, really.

Bodies are weird.___

2015-06-08 22:26:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Got a call from a FOIA office today… insisting that I had to have a first and last name or they wouldn't process my request. Also that they wanted me to give 'em a physical address. 

Even though the statute doesn't permit any consideration of the identity of the requester, asking for any personal information about them, or treating non-US citizens differently, and requires responding in the (email, electronic) format requested…

I told 'em it's not my problem if their system is programmed incorrectly, my name is legally irrelevant anyway, and I'm  not going to give them a postal address because it seems like they're intending to violate the law by sending me a response in a format I don't want (eg paper).

So far they've caved every time. TBD how it goes with the rest. One journalistic benefit: I'll be able to make an exactcompa... more »

Got a call from a FOIA office today… insisting that I had to have a first and last name or they wouldn't process my request. Also that they wanted me to give 'em a physical address. 

Even though the statute doesn't permit any consideration of the identity of the requester, asking for any personal information about them, or treating non-US citizens differently, and requires responding in the (email, electronic) format requested…

I told 'em it's not my problem if their system is programmed incorrectly, my name is legally irrelevant anyway, and I'm  not going to give them a postal address because it seems like they're intending to violate the law by sending me a response in a format I don't want (eg paper).

So far they've caved every time. TBD how it goes with the rest. One journalistic benefit: I'll be able to make an exact comparison between all 70+ OIG-having agencies' handling of FOIA requests.___

2015-06-08 17:26:38 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I have reason to believe that my communications are being monitored by the NSA (… more than the general public's). If you want to talk about anything sensitive, please be sure to contact me using GPG, Redphone, and/or OTR (the crypto, not the fake google chat feature by the same name). Assume that anything else is monitored and recorded.

I have reason to believe that my communications are being monitored by the NSA (… more than the general public's). If you want to talk about anything sensitive, please be sure to contact me using GPG, Redphone, and/or OTR (the crypto, not the fake google chat feature by the same name). Assume that anything else is monitored and recorded.___

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2015-06-07 19:57:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Interesting to hear about the Bitcoin AO @ ~20:00. I wrote the AOR that got unanimously approved. I also wrote the comments for +Make Your Laws opposing the first Bitcoin AOR.[2]

Ditto for e.g. contribution laundering — there's a reasonable line to be drawn[3] balancing associational privacy for issue advocacy and disclosure of money that might unduly influence elections or create even an appearance of quid pro quo corruption.

I find it very unfortunate that both sides in such debates tend to polarize it, when there are are more nuanced discussions to be held. I'm hopeful that we'll get Commissioner Goodman's vote in favor of our proposal, as well as his Democratic counterparts', like we did with the Bitcoin AOR.

[1] https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin/
[2] https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin/caf
[3]http... more »

Interesting to hear about the Bitcoin AO @ ~20:00. I wrote the AOR that got unanimously approved. I also wrote the comments for +Make Your Laws opposing the first Bitcoin AOR.[2]

Ditto for e.g. contribution laundering — there's a reasonable line to be drawn[3] balancing associational privacy for issue advocacy and disclosure of money that might unduly influence elections or create even an appearance of quid pro quo corruption.

I find it very unfortunate that both sides in such debates tend to polarize it, when there are are more nuanced discussions to be held. I'm hopeful that we'll get Commissioner Goodman's vote in favor of our proposal, as well as his Democratic counterparts', like we did with the Bitcoin AOR.

[1] https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin/
[2] https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin/caf
[3] https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/laundering___

2015-06-07 18:36:22 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

John Ellis Bush's full name isn't being used for political attacks like Barack Hussein Obama's was. I wonder why. I'd imagine that someone wanting to portray him as a disconnected rich white guy would want to use his full name rather than the homey acronym, just like those who wanted to portray Obama as foreign / Muslim used his middle name.

John Ellis Bush's full name isn't being used for political attacks like Barack Hussein Obama's was. I wonder why. I'd imagine that someone wanting to portray him as a disconnected rich white guy would want to use his full name rather than the homey acronym, just like those who wanted to portray Obama as foreign / Muslim used his middle name.___

2015-06-07 08:35:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

FOIA'd: all office of inspector general (OIG) reports, for all federal agencies that have an OIG.

In case you think this is overbroad, everything I've asked for (other than the index and stuff related to fulfilling my request itself) is stuff they're required by law to proactively disclose already, before getting a request. But they often don't, or do so with redactions that aren't sustainable under FOIA. So this is just a way of making them do their job.

Support government transparency? Supporting me would be nice: patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc. :-)

FOIA'd: all office of inspector general (OIG) reports, for all federal agencies that have an OIG.

In case you think this is overbroad, everything I've asked for (other than the index and stuff related to fulfilling my request itself) is stuff they're required by law to proactively disclose already, before getting a request. But they often don't, or do so with redactions that aren't sustainable under FOIA. So this is just a way of making them do their job.

Support government transparency? Supporting me would be nice: patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc. :-)___

2015-06-06 22:05:39 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours."

#FuckYeahLibrarians  

"We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours."

#FuckYeahLibrarians  ___

2015-06-06 21:11:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Mathematician-linguist nerdsnipe: "I'm not dead co-yet."

Mathematician-linguist nerdsnipe: "I'm not dead co-yet."___

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2015-06-05 14:01:35 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Newest gayhomophobe.com winner, ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert, confirmed today by sister of former victim: https://gma.yahoo.com/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named-104016079--abc-news-topstories.html

Newest gayhomophobe.com winner, ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert, confirmed today by sister of former victim: https://gma.yahoo.com/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named-104016079--abc-news-topstories.html___

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2015-06-04 13:31:02 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This is something I didn't expect to ever say, but: +Rand Paul is totally correct.*

(* At least, for the content of this 10.5-hour speech. I disagree with him on many other policy issues — though in fairness, that's also true of every US politician I know of.)

I'm very impressed that he can talk for that long, fully cogently, without random filler or even much repetition. I do my own talks from an outline, and can extemporize reasonably well — but I'd have a very hard time matching this performance.

I am not a fan of the abuse of filibuster, e.g. when it's done by mere secret threat to filibuster, to hold one issue hostage to another, or to pointlessly drive Congress into deadlock (as has been done many times over the last few years).

However, it's an important tool for minorities to be heard — especially when the talk itself (whichsometi... more »

This is something I didn't expect to ever say, but: +Rand Paul is totally correct.*

(* At least, for the content of this 10.5-hour speech. I disagree with him on many other policy issues — though in fairness, that's also true of every US politician I know of.)

I'm very impressed that he can talk for that long, fully cogently, without random filler or even much repetition. I do my own talks from an outline, and can extemporize reasonably well — but I'd have a very hard time matching this performance.

I am not a fan of the abuse of filibuster, e.g. when it's done by mere secret threat to filibuster, to hold one issue hostage to another, or to pointlessly drive Congress into deadlock (as has been done many times over the last few years).

However, it's an important tool for minorities to be heard — especially when the talk itself (which sometimes has been just reading a phone book or the like) substantively discusses the issues. This is how it should be used. (It'd have been better if he did so from a discussion on the USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization, rather than some random other bill, but I suspect that he wouldn't have been allowed to do so procedurally.)

I wonder how often groups of senators have cooperated in a mega-filibuster, e.g. yielding the floor to each other so that they can go take a break (nap, pee, eat, etc) in a round-robin fashion.

I also wonder how the Congressional filibuster rules about e.g. having to stand the whole time would apply to members with disabilities, like Duckworth, Langevin, and McCain.

The trick of yielding for a question without losing the floor is close, but not quite the same. Supposing the question might take an hour or two to ask, can the speaker with the floor leave during a question without losing the floor?

Another thing I noticed in watching recent senate hearings: there seems to be a regular trick where they ask the clerk to check whether there's a quorum present, the clerk goes about it very very slowly, and they or someone else then rescinds the request by unanimous consent. This seems like a very roundabout way of doing what it really is, i.e. a motion for brief recess. I wonder why they don't just say anyone can get a recess for up to 5 minutes with the same standard as when they can call for a quorum check.

I wonder how much policy overlap there is between e.g. +Rand Paul and +Bernie Sanders. They'd be an impressive team; both actually have consistent ideology, which is a sadly rare thing for politicians.


Anyway, you can watch his speech on youtube at 2x speed (a mere 5 hours :P), or here's the full transcript: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2015-05-20/html/CREC-2015-05-20-pt1-PgS3092-2.htm (starting from the first instance of the word 'patriot')

Also, here's the USA FREEDOM Act (HR 2048) that was passed on Tuesday: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2048enr/pdf/BILLS-114hr2048enr.pdf — it's worth reading the full text.

(Also, speaking of stamina, congratulations to whoever had to transcribe this. I hope they didn't get carpal tunnel…)

ETA:  Here's an interesting paper about the procedure on filibuster, cloture, and quorum calls that answers some of the questions above: 
http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%270E%2C%2APLW%3D%22P%20%20%0A___

2015-06-04 00:43:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I've been feeling for a while like I should write up a poem about the dualities of my experience with disability, but I still don't have a solid idea of the structure, metaphor, or seed to work from. :-/

詩心ある、
でも詩語がない。
残念ね。

I've been feeling for a while like I should write up a poem about the dualities of my experience with disability, but I still don't have a solid idea of the structure, metaphor, or seed to work from. :-/

詩心ある、
でも詩語がない。
残念ね。___

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2015-06-03 22:28:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Watch these simultaneously in two windows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDorTBEhEtk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihv4f7VMeJw

Props to +Derek Muller (Veritasium) & Destin Sandlin (+SmarterEveryDay) for making a great experiment and edit synch.

Watch these simultaneously in two windows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDorTBEhEtk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihv4f7VMeJw

Props to +Derek Muller (Veritasium) & Destin Sandlin (+SmarterEveryDay) for making a great experiment and edit synch.___

2015-06-03 22:05:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a pen is a good guy with a pen."

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a pen is a good guy with a pen."___

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