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Sai (saizai)8,767@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  
Sai (saizai)8,767Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004  

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2016-07-22 16:52:41 (31 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Help wanted: any firearm, real or fictional, that resembles my ocarina

I would like to include the closest possible match in my sworn affidavit to the court, but I am failing to find any "firearm", even from a cartoon, that resembles my ocarina (as TSA alleged). If you can find one, please comment w/ a a link to an image and name of the source (e.g. make and model if real, or name of show and character if not).

(Yes, this is the exact same ocarina — a Pacchioni DoppiaV alto C — about which TSA said "Passenger Sai also had a heavy solid ceramic orange object. It was an extremely dense unidentifiable object that resembled a small firearm.")

Most reshares: 6

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2016-07-11 10:12:45 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I need help transcribing videos of TSA abuse for use in court very soon, in two major cases.

They're all on YouTube publicly, and open to public caption submissions/edits. My filing is due July 31 at latest, but I need it done well before then, since I also have to write & research briefs.

Most are fully or partially transcribed, and need checking & annotation of who is speaking when. Some are not transcribed at all, though.

In each video, you should be able to click cc -> contribute captions (or similar) from any signed in account.

All of them need full transcriptions, with speaker indicators, including objective description of any visible actions.

Feel free to share. I would appreciate a CC to any lists, and an email from contributors letting me know what they've done.

Thanks!

Most plusones: 19

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2016-06-28 13:04:48 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

I sued the TSA and all I got was an injunction and this lousy check for my costs. :-P

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2016-07-27 20:37:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-26 20:22:56 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

"… choose between a terrible option and total annihilation". Sounds about right to me. I'm no fan of Clinton — frankly I'd rather have either Stein or Johnson — but it's either her or a major risk of being the next Turkmenistan or Russia. And I'm no fan of the system either — the US is far from being a representative democracy — but I'd rather it survive long enough to be fixed.

So… fuck Hillary. Just remember to vote for "continued survival of the country".

___"… choose between a terrible option and total annihilation". Sounds about right to me. I'm no fan of Clinton — frankly I'd rather have either Stein or Johnson — but it's either her or a major risk of being the next Turkmenistan or Russia. And I'm no fan of the system either — the US is far from being a representative democracy — but I'd rather it survive long enough to be fixed.

So… fuck Hillary. Just remember to vote for "continued survival of the country".

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2016-07-25 08:27:15 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

+Conlanging: The Documentary, conlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim thematch.)<... more »

+Conlanging: The Documentary, conlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution you make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/___

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2016-07-23 08:06:04 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The Washington Post pulls no punches.

The Washington Post pulls no punches.___

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2016-07-22 16:52:41 (31 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Help wanted: any firearm, real or fictional, that resembles my ocarina

I would like to include the closest possible match in my sworn affidavit to the court, but I am failing to find any "firearm", even from a cartoon, that resembles my ocarina (as TSA alleged). If you can find one, please comment w/ a a link to an image and name of the source (e.g. make and model if real, or name of show and character if not).

(Yes, this is the exact same ocarina — a Pacchioni DoppiaV alto C — about which TSA said "Passenger Sai also had a heavy solid ceramic orange object. It was an extremely dense unidentifiable object that resembled a small firearm.")

Help wanted: any firearm, real or fictional, that resembles my ocarina

I would like to include the closest possible match in my sworn affidavit to the court, but I am failing to find any "firearm", even from a cartoon, that resembles my ocarina (as TSA alleged). If you can find one, please comment w/ a a link to an image and name of the source (e.g. make and model if real, or name of show and character if not).

(Yes, this is the exact same ocarina — a Pacchioni DoppiaV alto C — about which TSA said "Passenger Sai also had a heavy solid ceramic orange object. It was an extremely dense unidentifiable object that resembled a small firearm.")___

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2016-07-22 10:33:25 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

My estimation of Somerville mayor Curtatone just went up:

“My unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment to addressing systemic racism in our nation,” Curtatone said in a statement to Boston.com. “I’ve made very clear to our officers that we should be thankful for—and reinforce—what we have here in Somerville: a safer community thanks to the highest quality policing by a force dedicated to community policing, de-escalation, proper use of force, and anti-bias awareness.”

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/07/20/somerville-police-union-asks-mayor-remove-black-lives-matter-banner-city-hall

My estimation of Somerville mayor Curtatone just went up:

“My unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment to addressing systemic racism in our nation,” Curtatone said in a statement to Boston.com. “I’ve made very clear to our officers that we should be thankful for—and reinforce—what we have here in Somerville: a safer community thanks to the highest quality policing by a force dedicated to community policing, de-escalation, proper use of force, and anti-bias awareness.”

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/07/20/somerville-police-union-asks-mayor-remove-black-lives-matter-banner-city-hall___

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2016-07-21 20:45:12 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Combined with my other reshare of +Yonatan Zunger, let's be blunt: this is a preview of what the post-Trump US looks like. Not immediately, sure … but not that far in the future. It's a natural ideological progression.

In the department of news which should shock absolutely nobody, the Turkish parliament (controlled by Erdogan's "Justice and Development" party) has declared a three-month state of emergency, during which the President can detain people arbitrarily, issue decrees with the force of law, and do various similar things. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has promised to use this to "cleanse the state" and "eliminate those who are trying to harm the country."

At current count, over 10,000 people have been arrested following the coup, and nearly 60,000 have been removed permanently from their jobs, especially teachers, judges, and police officers. For contrast, roughly 750 people are believed to have actually taken part in the coup attempt.

(Bonus tip for those new to this subject: "temporary" states of emergency aren't. There's always some reason to extend them. Egypt had one continuously from 1981 until the government was overthrown in 2011, for example.)

via +Lauren Weinstein___Combined with my other reshare of +Yonatan Zunger, let's be blunt: this is a preview of what the post-Trump US looks like. Not immediately, sure … but not that far in the future. It's a natural ideological progression.

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2016-07-21 20:34:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

+Yonatan Zunger, elaborating in the comments: "Nazism isn't just "that particular set of guys in the 1930's and 40's." It's an ideology with clear pillars: the conceptualization of history as a struggle between races (where "races" is a bit closer to the English word "nations"), the superiority of action over thought, the importance of the will of the leader as the purest expression of national greatness. It's perfectly possible to be a Nazi without wearing any particular design of uniform.

If we make the excuse saying "sure, it's the same thing, but he hasn't actually murdered millions of people yet, so it's not fair to compare them" then yes, we would be abetting: Hitler didn't magically start being bad in 1942 (Final Solution) and was just a radical political candidate before that. Nor did he magically start... more »

“Aus Cleveland, mit deutschem Gruß” [1]

This image is actually an excellent illustration of the two varieties of the "German Greeting." As Wikipedia notes, [2] "Hitler gave the salute in two ways. When reviewing his troops or crowds, he generally used the traditional stiff armed salute. When greeting individuals, he used a modified version of the salute, bending his right arm while holding an open hand towards those greeted at shoulder height." I doubt he ever managed quite this smooth a transition between the two, though.

(For those who are about to argue that it was really a wave taken out of context... yes. That's absolutely possible. And an excuse like that would be perfectly reasonable the first time, or even the second time. But six months into a campaign where "did they really mean that Nazi reference?" comes up every week at the most, where speeches talk about nothing but the importance of the leader's unfettered Will and how this strengthens the nation against the other races which are slowly corrupting and destroying it, any benefit of the doubt is long lost.

In fact, it's actively inappropriate; when something has become clear and you still try to excuse it with a "benefit of the doubt," you're not being polite, you're abetting it.)

[1] "From Cleveland, with German Greetings." See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/laura-ingraham-called-appearing-nazi-salute-article-1.2719389
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_salute___+Yonatan Zunger, elaborating in the comments: "Nazism isn't just "that particular set of guys in the 1930's and 40's." It's an ideology with clear pillars: the conceptualization of history as a struggle between races (where "races" is a bit closer to the English word "nations"), the superiority of action over thought, the importance of the will of the leader as the purest expression of national greatness. It's perfectly possible to be a Nazi without wearing any particular design of uniform.

If we make the excuse saying "sure, it's the same thing, but he hasn't actually murdered millions of people yet, so it's not fair to compare them" then yes, we would be abetting: Hitler didn't magically start being bad in 1942 (Final Solution) and was just a radical political candidate before that. Nor did he magically start being bad in 1939 (invasion of Poland), or 1938 (Kristallnacht), or 1933 (burning of the Reichstag), or 1923 (Munich Putsch). Nazism existed before Hitler and it existed after Hitler, and Trump is a champion of precisely that ideology.

At this point, to make any excuses for them is abetting. Yes, they are actually that bad. We are dealing with actual, literal Nazis here. "

All comments on OP please. I don't want to moderate this. :-P

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2016-07-20 13:15:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Comments on OP please.

I was rather concerned when people started to come out against the Turkish coup on the grounds that it was anti-democratic. Not because I'm convinced the coup would have been a great idea, but because there were two distinct groups objecting to the coup: one on the basis of democracy, and one on the basis of supporting Erdogan's autocracy. And it was very clear which of these groups would be holding the reins if the coup failed.

Since then, Erdogan has removed 2,700 judges and all 15,000 university deans in the country, as part of a broader set of roughly 45,000 people who have been fired, suspended, or detained. (See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-coup-latest-news-erdogan-istanbul-judges-removed-from-duty-failed-government-overthrow-a7140661.html) It's quite clear that most of these people had nothing to do with the coup, which was an entirely military affair, but that the lists of known enemies were well-prepared in advance. Today, a blanket travel ban preventing all academics from leaving the country was added.

Erdogan has further announced that an "important decision" will be coming later today, which is widely anticipated to be part of an absolute crackdown on any opposition to his rule. (This is, one should remember, a country where journalists are routinely sent to prison for insulting the President)

The fact is that Erdogan has been steadily and forcefully moving towards absolute rule for years, eliminating anyone he sees as either opposed to him or (in the case of his popular former PM Ahmet Davutoğlu) simply too popular in their own right.

There may be reasons to oppose the failed coup, but protecting democratic institutions is not one of them; it is highly unlikely that any such institutions will be left by the end of this year.___Comments on OP please.

2016-07-19 01:50:50 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Help wanted: place to live in Boston, MA, NY, or DC areas Sept through Dec; Patreon support

I have an offer for a place to live in the Boston area, but for reasons I won't go into, I can't rely on that going through successfully, and need a backup. Ideally in the Boston area; next-ideally, in MA; otherwise, in NY or DC.

Also, have I mentioned I'm broke? Your support at patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc would help me be able to pay for things like rent and food. I currently cannot afford to do so, and the support systems for that are a lot harder than you think unless you've done it.

Oh, and I'm re-taking the LSAT; re-applying to and possibly visiting a bunch of law schools; possibly moving stuff out of storage from a nowheresville in New England when I can't drive; on meds I can't go without for a month that docs won't prescribe for more... more »

Help wanted: place to live in Boston, MA, NY, or DC areas Sept through Dec; Patreon support

I have an offer for a place to live in the Boston area, but for reasons I won't go into, I can't rely on that going through successfully, and need a backup. Ideally in the Boston area; next-ideally, in MA; otherwise, in NY or DC.

Also, have I mentioned I'm broke? Your support at patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc would help me be able to pay for things like rent and food. I currently cannot afford to do so, and the support systems for that are a lot harder than you think unless you've done it.

Oh, and I'm re-taking the LSAT; re-applying to and possibly visiting a bunch of law schools; possibly moving stuff out of storage from a nowheresville in New England when I can't drive; on meds I can't go without for a month that docs won't prescribe for more than a month and for which I can't re-establish care in a new place in less than 2-3 months; attempting to help people out on a few things I can't talk about publicly; currently unable to use my contacts because my eyes got fucked up and had to go to an ER (hopefully resolved soon); moving internationally at the end of August to an uncertain living situation; dealing with the FEC, IRS, and SSA (super efficient); checking a possible first real diagnosis for my photophobia (promising but have to always be conservative); meeting with TFL about how to fix their blind accessibility; depression being way up again; … etc etc fucking etc.

Sooo yeah. Two basics — having a safe place to live and having a bare minimum of money to live on — would be very helpful.

There's a lot of other stuff that would be helpful too, but I'm out of belief that it's worth trying to ask for more complicated support, and out of spoons to gamble on it. :-/___

2016-07-19 01:26:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Help wanted: transcription; FOIA document review; Patreon support

1. TSA agreed to the court giving me 45 days more to respond to their massive MSJ/Vaughn in the FOIA case. Court approved. So that's due Sept 22 now. At least some reprieve in looking through thousands of pages of non-accessible documents for clues of what is improperly withheld, missed in search, etc. Plus refresh of case law on withholdings, especially (b)(5), and briefing an equally massive opposition / cross-motion.*

2. I have to brief the SFO case by July 31, including supporting affidavits, transcripts, and a staggering amount of research. (Labeled as "SFO", it's really about all my medical liquids incidents nationwide, and related issues, and the related class actions.)

3. I have to file an alternative motion in the § 46110 motion ASAP, with affidavits and whatnot showing my... more »

Help wanted: transcription; FOIA document review; Patreon support

1. TSA agreed to the court giving me 45 days more to respond to their massive MSJ/Vaughn in the FOIA case. Court approved. So that's due Sept 22 now. At least some reprieve in looking through thousands of pages of non-accessible documents for clues of what is improperly withheld, missed in search, etc. Plus refresh of case law on withholdings, especially (b)(5), and briefing an equally massive opposition / cross-motion.*

2. I have to brief the SFO case by July 31, including supporting affidavits, transcripts, and a staggering amount of research. (Labeled as "SFO", it's really about all my medical liquids incidents nationwide, and related issues, and the related class actions.)

3. I have to file an alternative motion in the § 46110 motion ASAP, with affidavits and whatnot showing my "substantial interest" in TSA orders, as well as the existence of those secret orders, because TSA claims I filed my petition too early, and the court wouldn't let me supplement it. So I have to get a new petition filed one way or another, supported by overwhelming evidence so TSA can't play naïve.

4. I got an email today about the SEA response that they had to give me. It basically says "we're giving you more time to appeal". I responded about how I already did appeal, but I'd give them another chance. I had that set to file tomorrow, but it'll be put off another month.

5. I have to re-file a couple dozen FOIA/PA requests so they come under S.337 for litigation purposes. Fun. Also I should start a spreadsheet of that, and of all the procedural violations.

… and that's just the legal stuff. My personal life is a bit of a high-stress mess right now too. Spoons, what spoons?

* As a small sample of the scale of what I'm dealing with: here's my processing spreadsheet. So far I've broken out just the Vaughn indices — not including the declarations, MSJ arguments, etc., let alone my own analysis of the documents.

On the plus side, it gives a basic overview of what they claim they're withholding and why they claim they're withholding it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lDKlYu8ldjbaFSxeI2ae49pJYmBdcFA-o_YUeudd8Y8/edit#gid=0___

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2016-07-18 10:47:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

FWIW, I think that is fairly unusual. There are fairly safe ways to do this. But we all make mistakes; it's just that here, a moment of inattention combined with a misunderstanding about the sound source caused not just bumping into something, but much more severe injury potential.


In copenhagen a year ago, I witnessed a blind man fall onto the tracks.
The trains give an audio signal when they are open for boarding, and he must have heard our train's signal, and mistaken it to have originated from his own platform (we were at the next track over, no platform in between).

I could see it coming, but the situation paralyzed me so that I couldn't act until he had already fallen.

And even then, all I could do was rush to the nearest door and shout as loudly as I could that a man was on the tracks.

Luckily someone reacted who could see him, and even more luckily the train pulling into the station managed to stop short. I don't know if the people waving at the driver contributed to that or not.

But it really drove it home how much of a gamble it is for a blind person to take a train at a normal station.

Here +Sai writes of the issues from personal experience.

Worth thinking about___FWIW, I think that is fairly unusual. There are fairly safe ways to do this. But we all make mistakes; it's just that here, a moment of inattention combined with a misunderstanding about the sound source caused not just bumping into something, but much more severe injury potential.

2016-07-18 09:31:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

If you are enough of a geek that (a) you want to follow the AUSC Rules Committee's activities and (b) are frustrated at their lack of RSS feeds… here you go.

It's not advanced enough to get actual direct links to the document (that's buried in a sub-link), nor to deal with the pagination.

But it's at least enough to give updates so you (… I) don't have to manually check the pages @ http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/records-and-archives-rules-committees/

http://feed43.com/aosuc_rules_agendas.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_suggestions.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_reports.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_minutes.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_superceded.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_transcripts.xml

http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_fjc_studies.xmlh... more »

If you are enough of a geek that (a) you want to follow the AUSC Rules Committee's activities and (b) are frustrated at their lack of RSS feeds… here you go.

It's not advanced enough to get actual direct links to the document (that's buried in a sub-link), nor to deal with the pagination.

But it's at least enough to give updates so you (… I) don't have to manually check the pages @ http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/records-and-archives-rules-committees/

http://feed43.com/aosuc_rules_agendas.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_suggestions.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_reports.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_minutes.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_superceded.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_transcripts.xml

http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_fjc_studies.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_special_projects.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_style.xml___

2016-07-18 00:15:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Not long ago, J. Kozinski wrote an essay on "Criminal Law 2.0"*, suggesting reforms to the federal rules to make criminal trials more fair. He didn't (and won't) actually propose them formally to change of the rules. So I've decided to do so.

You can help:
1. If you are comfortable with legalese: go through the suggestions in the paper and mirror them in my document, based as heavily as possible on existing court rules somewhere, and consistent with the existing rules. I've done two sections so far; copy that approach.

My document is open to comments, so you can make suggested edits inline.

2. The targets are some of the most cautious judges in the US, which demands a far different tone and approach. Note, also, that this cannot be an omnibus package. I'm limiting it to the reforms suggested in Kozinski's paper, so that it has a... more »

Not long ago, J. Kozinski wrote an essay on "Criminal Law 2.0"*, suggesting reforms to the federal rules to make criminal trials more fair. He didn't (and won't) actually propose them formally to change of the rules. So I've decided to do so.

You can help:
1. If you are comfortable with legalese: go through the suggestions in the paper and mirror them in my document, based as heavily as possible on existing court rules somewhere, and consistent with the existing rules. I've done two sections so far; copy that approach.

My document is open to comments, so you can make suggested edits inline.

2. The targets are some of the most cautious judges in the US, which demands a far different tone and approach. Note, also, that this cannot be an omnibus package. I'm limiting it to the reforms suggested in Kozinski's paper, so that it has a unifying theme and the credit of an extremely well respected jurist. It cannot include things that would require any change in law, just court procedure.

That said: if you are involved in any movements that care about criminal justice reform, please have their leaders get in contact with me privately. Please don't do wide dissemination yet. This cannot be treated as an ordinary political lobbying effort, or it will fail. It can benefit from amici that will be well respected by the judges and present themselves formally.


My aim is to have this done by about November. (Too much other stuff to do.)

* http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2015/06/Kozinski_Preface.pdf___

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2016-07-15 23:01:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-15 22:40:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Let's take the counterfactual but very similar "In Defense of Military Unions."

Doesn't sound like a great idea, does it? The reason is simple: militaries and paramilitary organizations like the police are coercive instruments of state power. Since at least the 1500s, It's been recognized as fundamentally important to stability that that coercive power remain in the hands of the state. And since the Roman republic, it's been recognized as critically important to democracy that that power be utterly subordinate to democratic institutions.

This is why the military offers recruits only two options: take the terms which are offered or remain a civilian. It's why the military severely curtails soldiers' civil rights. Because everything we care about in our society depends on the consensual illusion that political power comes from somewhere other than the... more »

Let's take the counterfactual but very similar "In Defense of Military Unions."

Doesn't sound like a great idea, does it? The reason is simple: militaries and paramilitary organizations like the police are coercive instruments of state power. Since at least the 1500s, It's been recognized as fundamentally important to stability that that coercive power remain in the hands of the state. And since the Roman republic, it's been recognized as critically important to democracy that that power be utterly subordinate to democratic institutions.

This is why the military offers recruits only two options: take the terms which are offered or remain a civilian. It's why the military severely curtails soldiers' civil rights. Because everything we care about in our society depends on the consensual illusion that political power comes from somewhere other than the barrel of a gun.

Police are less dangerous, but not much less. Police unions create contractual relationships with the state. Those contractual relations have the force of law. And that private law supervenes on democratic attempts to create police accountability, because -- in criminal matters -- the management of police departments is the very authority to which the police are accountable.

In all other labor organizing, labor and management are negotiating over the usual subjects of contracts: how much is labor paid; what are the conditions of retirement or disability; how many hours are worked, and when. But the primary subject of negotiation between police unions and city governments is policing strategy and citizens' civil rights.

It is utterly impermissible for governments to negotiate with private parties about civil rights in a way that actually supervenes on public law.___

2016-07-15 16:57:35 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I've obtained records from MEM PD re the young woman with a brain tumor who was bloodied in a TSA incident about a year ago.

CCTV is on the way; I'll upload it to YouTube, update the link, and post it to my personal G+/Twitter when that happens.

Frankly I think the police report / TSA's claims therein are either lies or mischaracterizations. TSA did the same sort of thing with me twice, and both times the video I obtained proved that they had simply lied outright in their written statements

Thanks again to MuckRock for helping with the Tennessee citizenship requirement.

Feel free to share. https://s.ai/tsa/cohen/ is the canonical reference and will be kept updated.

I've obtained records from MEM PD re the young woman with a brain tumor who was bloodied in a TSA incident about a year ago.

CCTV is on the way; I'll upload it to YouTube, update the link, and post it to my personal G+/Twitter when that happens.

Frankly I think the police report / TSA's claims therein are either lies or mischaracterizations. TSA did the same sort of thing with me twice, and both times the video I obtained proved that they had simply lied outright in their written statements

Thanks again to MuckRock for helping with the Tennessee citizenship requirement.

Feel free to share. https://s.ai/tsa/cohen/ is the canonical reference and will be kept updated.___

2016-07-14 22:08:05 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A couple weeks ago, coming back from a comedy club, I tried entering the Tube station at Bethnal Green, through one of the ordinary gates. (Note: I was in full blind mode at the time; light-sensitized by the club and by sudden lights from headlights etc.)

When I went to go through the fare gate, tapping ahead per usual for caning, the gate suddenly cloosed on me — actually pinching my arms to my sides painfully and preventing me from moving. Y'know, the sort of thing that all motorized doors (eg elevators, busses) have had safety regulations about for decades. It took a couple station agents to force them back open.

I promptly filed a FOIA ("SAR") for the CCTV and a complaint to TFL, asking for the specs of the fare gates, since they ought not be tripped by a cane and ought have a functional safety mechanism to prevent them continuing to exert force ifs... more »

A couple weeks ago, coming back from a comedy club, I tried entering the Tube station at Bethnal Green, through one of the ordinary gates. (Note: I was in full blind mode at the time; light-sensitized by the club and by sudden lights from headlights etc.)

When I went to go through the fare gate, tapping ahead per usual for caning, the gate suddenly cloosed on me — actually pinching my arms to my sides painfully and preventing me from moving. Y'know, the sort of thing that all motorized doors (eg elevators, busses) have had safety regulations about for decades. It took a couple station agents to force them back open.

I promptly filed a FOIA ("SAR") for the CCTV and a complaint to TFL, asking for the specs of the fare gates, since they ought not be tripped by a cane and ought have a functional safety mechanism to prevent them continuing to exert force if someone's in the way. I also filed an insurance claim when they offered it.

While at it, I also brought up the fact that almost nothing on TFL is blind-accessible, let alone deaf-blind.

I have not a fucking clue where which platforms are, where the bus stop is, what busses stop at the stop I'm at, what bus just stopped in front of me (let alone the one behind it), which way to go to get the district line in the direction I want, which way my desired exit is (if it's quiet or there are multiple exits), where the elevator is, which side I should walk on (usually left, but not always), where the "help point" stations are, whether a button by an elevator is to call the elevator or ring an alarm, etc. etc.

Most of that could be solved by just giving me tactile info wherever you give visual signs. Some would need tactile flooring.

Some could be done more cleverly, like with fans. (There's a pressure differential in the direction of exits when you're in an enclosed space. You probably don't notice it, but I certainly do. A fan could boost that natural signal… and keep people cooler too.)

Anyway, now they want to meet up with me in person next week. I'm not sure why. Try to dissuade me from escalating? Try to understand
blind navigation issues better? (They've already had consultations with RNIB, Sense, etc; what am I going to do other than be much blunter?) Explain how really they're trying so much and look at all the wheelchair ramps they've installed so why am I not happy?

I guess we'll find out.

In the meantime… two major legal briefs due in the next 2-3 weeks, with a lot of research required for both (both legal and data); a cross-country move in a month with possible retaliation for me being a troublemaker; LSAT to re-take; law school apps to re-file and rewrite essays; a couple more suits to file; MYL shit to deal with; several new medical issues; and personal stressors of a wide variety on top of that. Yay!___

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2016-07-12 14:18:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Live now: House OGR hearing on a bill with spectacularly bad timing, at the least. "FADA was introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador (H.R. 2802) and Senator Mike Lee (S. 1598) and has 171 cosponsors. It prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person believes, speaks, or acts in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction about marriage."

https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/religious-liberty-and-h-r-2802-the-first-amendment-defense-act-fada/

Live now: House OGR hearing on a bill with spectacularly bad timing, at the least. "FADA was introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador (H.R. 2802) and Senator Mike Lee (S. 1598) and has 171 cosponsors. It prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person believes, speaks, or acts in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction about marriage."

https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/religious-liberty-and-h-r-2802-the-first-amendment-defense-act-fada/___

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2016-07-11 10:12:45 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I need help transcribing videos of TSA abuse for use in court very soon, in two major cases.

They're all on YouTube publicly, and open to public caption submissions/edits. My filing is due July 31 at latest, but I need it done well before then, since I also have to write & research briefs.

Most are fully or partially transcribed, and need checking & annotation of who is speaking when. Some are not transcribed at all, though.

In each video, you should be able to click cc -> contribute captions (or similar) from any signed in account.

All of them need full transcriptions, with speaker indicators, including objective description of any visible actions.

Feel free to share. I would appreciate a CC to any lists, and an email from contributors letting me know what they've done.

Thanks!

I need help transcribing videos of TSA abuse for use in court very soon, in two major cases.

They're all on YouTube publicly, and open to public caption submissions/edits. My filing is due July 31 at latest, but I need it done well before then, since I also have to write & research briefs.

Most are fully or partially transcribed, and need checking & annotation of who is speaking when. Some are not transcribed at all, though.

In each video, you should be able to click cc -> contribute captions (or similar) from any signed in account.

All of them need full transcriptions, with speaker indicators, including objective description of any visible actions.

Feel free to share. I would appreciate a CC to any lists, and an email from contributors letting me know what they've done.

Thanks!___

2016-07-11 09:10:44 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I have been told how dangerous being in the sun is by my white friends. How it will burn their skin, and how they have to take all these precautions when they are exposed to the sun. From the time they were kids they were warned about the dangers of sun exposure. They will go as far as changing the clothes they wear, and for some they fear being exposed to the sun at all.

How weird.

The sun doesn't hurt me, and never has. When I plan on going out, I never once bother to think about the sun. I can be exposed to the sun for hours. I have gotten darker when I've been exposed to the sun, but I've never been afraid or overly cautious of it. I hear people telling me about sun burns, but, I don't get burned...the sun can not really be all that bad?

I've heard stories on the news about the dangers of sun burns, and I've seen data recording the dangers of the... more »

I have been told how dangerous being in the sun is by my white friends. How it will burn their skin, and how they have to take all these precautions when they are exposed to the sun. From the time they were kids they were warned about the dangers of sun exposure. They will go as far as changing the clothes they wear, and for some they fear being exposed to the sun at all.

How weird.

The sun doesn't hurt me, and never has. When I plan on going out, I never once bother to think about the sun. I can be exposed to the sun for hours. I have gotten darker when I've been exposed to the sun, but I've never been afraid or overly cautious of it. I hear people telling me about sun burns, but, I don't get burned...the sun can not really be all that bad?

I've heard stories on the news about the dangers of sun burns, and I've seen data recording the dangers of the sun exposure. You can't believe everything you hear on TV. It'd do folks some good to be grateful for all the good the sun does. Its so silly how scared white people are of their kids being exposed to the sun. Teaching their kids to be cautious of it, prevent burns or worse. They are being ridiculous, because my kid is fine when he's exposed to it.

How can I believe you when you tell me what the sun does to you? I've seen sunburns, but they can't really hurt that bad or people would never go outside. I'm pretty sure we can all agree we need the sun don't we? My friends that say they hate the sun are taking it too far. Plus, explain to me, how I have white friends that have never burned? Ya know, I think some people are exaggerating this whole "sun exposure is dangerous" thing. You can tell me about painful and negative experiences that your family and friends have had in the sun, but I just can't believe you. You really should just get over it.

Is it something white people are doing to make your experiences in the sun so painful and dangerous? If you taught your kids how to act they wouldn't get sunburned. Campaigning for protection and safety when exposed to the sun seems unnecessary. I think sunblock is a waste. Just people being ungrateful to the sun.

Is it making you angry, frustrated, or annoyed that I am refusing to validate your experience or denying it's a reality all together? I have a privilege that you simply do not have. In this scenario do I get to explain what it is like to you, when I really haven't known what you face on a regular basis? I can ignore the dangers and reality you face, because its not my own. Its easy, because its never been a problem for me. Your experiences with the sun have shaped your opinion. Some of you have never even gotten a sun burn, but you know that it could happen, and you don't want it to. Huh. Weird.

Is it so ridiculous that you and your children want to feel just as safe as me and my child do when we're out in the sun? Was it strange how far I was willing to go to deny and invalidate your experience with the sun? Maybe I should take the time to look around, or even listen? Maybe I wouldn't ignore it if it was a danger to me and my family? Maybe instead of getting annoyed at how cautious you are, I could respect that your experiences have made you feel this way.

This is what black people are trying to explain to you. There is a danger. It is real. It is scary. We don't feel safe. We want to feel safe. Listen to us when we are telling you about our experience. There is a reason why the NAACP, and other organizations exist. The reality is different for me, here in this country as a person of color. Stop refusing to acknowledge that these fears, and dangers exist.___

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2016-07-08 12:07:53 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of FOIA, and the recent enactment of Public Law No. 114-185, S. 337 (114th), the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, I have updated my FOIA / PA template to include language from the new law and to streamline things. Feel free to use it for your own FOIA / Privacy Act requests: https://s.ai/foia/template

In honor of the 50th anniversary of FOIA, and the recent enactment of Public Law No. 114-185, S. 337 (114th), the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, I have updated my FOIA / PA template to include language from the new law and to streamline things. Feel free to use it for your own FOIA / Privacy Act requests: https://s.ai/foia/template___

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2016-07-06 07:55:34 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Higher quality video (TW: death): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glZKW-yzRqA

Related: https://medium.com/@brandi.collins/to-be-black-is-to-be-surveilled-2d12404748ca
https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/civil-rights-groups-seek-expose-surveillance-black-lives-matter

Warning: The video below shows a man being executed. The post below contains graphic details and discussion.

Early this morning, Baton Rouge police arrested a local man named Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, for selling CD's outside a local food mart. In the video, you can watch two officers throw him to the ground and pin him with their bodies; then one of them draws his weapon, places it inches from his head, and fires twice. After the camera turns, you can hear three more shots fired.

According to the coroner's initial report, Sterling was killed by "multiple shots to the chest and back." (See: http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/32371223/coroner-man-shot-by-brpd-multiple-times-to-chest-back-2-officers-placed-on-leave)


I'm deleting the rest of what I wrote here – a quite lengthy, second-by-second analysis of the video – because trying to do this highlighted a more important point for me.

I've been in lots of hand-to-hand fights. I've been in fights at this range involving lethal weapons, and I can imagine this fight from any of the three perspectives. I can tell that at 0:18 – when officer #1 has Sterling's legs pinned, officer #2 has his upper body pinned, and officer #1 yells that he has a gun – officer #2 has no way of knowing whether #1 means that Sterling has a gun on his person, or whether he's drawing and trying to fire. I can tell that drawing a gun, pointing it at someone's head, and threatening them is exactly what I would have done from 0:19 to 0:21. I can feel in an internal rhythm exactly how long those last three seconds would have lasted during a fight – the exact sort of pause that normally leads to a fight ending.

And I can also tell that what happened at 0:22 – firing twice, pausing five seconds, firing three times – is not something I would have done unless my intention were to kill. I can work out exactly three ways it could happen. One is if Sterling suddenly tried to escape; but the video shows nothing like that. The second is if I panicked in the heat of a first real fight. I could easily see someone untrained and inexperienced doing precisely that – and even continuing to shoot later, after they staggered back. That's the exact sort of reason why untrained and inexperienced people shouldn't walk around with guns. But nothing suggests these cops were like that.

The third, and the only one I can't work around, is if officer #2 – I can't imagine myself in this position anymore, but I've seen other people do it – was in an unstoppable escalation mode from the time he drew his gun. The sort of situation where you aren't really seeing anything around you, just responding to your own adrenaline and impulses. But if that's what happened, that explains the first two shots, not the last three. The last three were making sure he was dead.

But what I realized when writing the much more detailed analysis was how little of this matters. I was trying to write out a second-by-second analysis, deliberately taking the officers' position to see how it would look from there, and realizing that there would be some shred of doubt, absolutely.

And if I imagine prosecuting this case, I realize that it turns entirely on the characterization of the people.

If this had been a fight between three civilians, with two of them having – let's just assume – a very good reason to be tackling and immobilizing the third, then I would feel confident that I could get a conviction. The video clearly shows the shooting; they would have to prove self-defense, which would mean convincing a jury that Sterling was about to kill them. There's nothing on the video showing it; you would have to convince them that he was the sort of dedicated killer who, even pinned by two people and with a gun to his head, and even in the fog of a fight, could quietly and calmly draw and aim.

Being brutally realistic: race would matter to a jury in a case like that. If three white people had been in a fight like this, it would be all about establishing the character of the people, who was likely to be telling the truth. If three black people had been involved, the jury would have enough doubts in their hearts about the self-defense argument that they would convict, especially on lesser charges. If two black people had attacked a white person like this, the trial would last ten minutes. If two white people attacked a black person, it would be touch-and-go; anything bad in the victim's history would get the killers off.

The fact that it was police officers in this case simply makes things far more extreme. Even leaving aside the tremendous procedural obstacles to ever prosecuting a cop – they can't legally even be questioned in Louisiana until they have both a lawyer and a union rep, and are allowed thirty days to get that – or the even more tremendous political obstacles – that a prosecutor depends on the police, and vice-versa – any shred of doubt will weigh on their side, as otherwise you're trying to stop police from doing their jobs. Any indication that the victim was less than an angel will be more than enough. You'd be a fool to go to trial.

And more importantly, what I realized when trying to write out the detailed analysis was that I was trying to defend my conclusions, very carefully, from the inevitable response of people who could watch the same video and extract reasonable doubt from it.

The fact is this: if the players in this story were three different people, nobody would be trying to extract every even vaguely credible hypothesis to defend them. That's exactly the same issue as I mentioned for a jury, above; there will be enough people who watch this video, wanting to find that doubt, that even as I tried to simply write an analysis which didn't exonerate them I realized that I was reaching infinitely far for justifications, which I would never do in other circumstances.

That's the thing: "reasonable doubt" is a dangerous creature. The way I normally explain it is, if you can come up with a story for what happened that explains what you saw in court and doesn't make you immediately say "oh, bull shit," that's what a reasonable doubt is. It doesn't have to be the defense's story of what happened, although they may give you such a story. If you can tell a story that explains what you just saw where the defendant isn't guilty, that's reasonable doubt. And if you can't, if every attempt to explain the evidence otherwise makes you think someone is pulling your leg, that's when you can convict.

But real trials don't work that way, for two reasons. The first is that if the jury is predisposed to believe one side or the other, they will stretch their definition of bullshit one way or the other. (The second, less relevant here, is that all evidence indicates that juries don't actually understand "reasonable doubt;" they really vote on "do we think he's guilty?," which is a very different question. For more on that, see Kozinski's famous essay "Criminal Law 2.0:" http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2015/06/Kozinski_Preface.pdf)
And I was seeing the same thing, trying to explain what I saw in this video, which I knew any prosecutor would see trying to explain this to a jury. Enough people will want to believe that the officers did the right thing that you could never convict. And that has nothing to do with what's on camera here; it has everything to do with the stories people want to tell about the people.

The fact is, Alton Sterling was a black man. He very likely did not have a perfect angel's background; I don't know yet, but almost nobody actually does. The people who shot him were police officers. They most likely don't have a perfect angel's background either, but that won't matter; any argument I have to make here, and any argument a prosecutor would have to make in front of a jury, would be about their characters, whether you want to live in a world where a cop might execute a man in a fit of anger or whether you want to live in a world where he probably deserved it. And I know what kind of world most people want to live in.

This sort of thing is exactly why we say that black lives matter. Because if we were talking about a white man who had died, especially a nice, respectable one, maybe someone middle-class from a life like we imagine ourselves having or wanting, we would be looking at it intuitively from that victim's point of view, and looking for a reason why such a horrible thing would have happened to them – and blaming the cops. And if we are looking at a black man who has died, maybe someone who feels very different, even dangerous, then we look at it intuitively from the police officers' point of view, or from the point of view of someone who might have been scared of that man, and look for a reason why such a thing made sense.

It's when we start to make arguments like those to ourselves that we lose track of the fact that this was a fight where two people took on one person, pinned him to the ground, and shot him five times.

And no matter who it was, we should be frightened. Because if they can do this to them, one day they'll feel OK doing it to other people, too. There's no sense in which there's a danger only to black people, or Latino people, or to Jews, or to women; when there is a danger to the person standing next to you, there is a danger to you. You are never safe when your neighbor's house is on fire.

This is why – even if there were no other reason to, even if there were no morals or ethics in this world at all – I would say, Black Lives Matter. I would say, we cannot allow ourselves to look at this video and come up with justifications for why it was okay that we would not do if the person who was shot had looked exactly like us, or our spouses, or our children. That is the plain and simple thing which that sentence means: not that black lives matter more than others', but that they do not matter less, that we can never justify a black death in a way that we would not apply to our own.

And I know, with a stone in my heart, that this is not what many people are going to say. It will be hard to convince people that Alton Sterling's death was wrong – it will be hard to even have the conversation with people – because many people will jump, in their hearts, to explain why it was right. Because they will see themselves only in the police officers, not in Alton Sterling's eyes, and they will reach for justifications as though they were justifying themselves.

I do not ask you to see this only through Alton Sterling's eyes.

I ask you to see it through all three sets of eyes, to watch this video and understand how it happened from each perspective, and to use that to make your conclusions, to have your discussions. To know that you could have been any one of those people, not just one or another.

I see myself through two sets of eyes here, and they make me afraid.___Higher quality video (TW: death): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glZKW-yzRqA

Related: https://medium.com/@brandi.collins/to-be-black-is-to-be-surveilled-2d12404748ca
https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/civil-rights-groups-seek-expose-surveillance-black-lives-matter

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2016-07-05 08:51:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

I've heard about the wheelchair damage thing from +Ian Smith , whose wheelchair is very expensive and critical to being able to get around or even interact with anything higher than ~5' off the ground (i.e. almost everything). It happens often enough that airlines paying for damage is almost the primary method that wheelchair gets repaired regularly (since medical insurance doesn't cover it).

I have generally not had problems getting an airport wheelchair, probably in large part because I use both a walking stick and guide cane.

One major benefit of being in a chair is that you get to skip more or less all lines, and go through secret employee-only shortcuts. :-) It's also, y'know, required for me to be able to reach my plane in some semblance of an okay physical condition, especially if I have heavy bags.

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I've heard about the wheelchair damage thing from +Ian Smith , whose wheelchair is very expensive and critical to being able to get around or even interact with anything higher than ~5' off the ground (i.e. almost everything). It happens often enough that airlines paying for damage is almost the primary method that wheelchair gets repaired regularly (since medical insurance doesn't cover it).

I have generally not had problems getting an airport wheelchair, probably in large part because I use both a walking stick and guide cane.

One major benefit of being in a chair is that you get to skip more or less all lines, and go through secret employee-only shortcuts. :-) It's also, y'know, required for me to be able to reach my plane in some semblance of an okay physical condition, especially if I have heavy bags.

On the flip side, most of the airport chairs are push only (not the normal sort with wheels on side), so if I'm left alone, I'm stranded — it locks in place and I can't even access the lock-bar (which is like a lawnmower, on the top back) to paddle myself, let alone have regular wheel access to move myself around.

The hired pushers are generally great — in large airports I would not have the energy to get where I need to without them — but also constantly short staffed.

So if I want to get food or something along the way, want to go to the bathroom (which might take a while), buy something, just look at something neat like out a window or at an exhibit… too bad for me. If left alone and I get hungry, too bad. This is of course severely compounded if my light sensitivity is particularly bad that day, or if I'm mute, because I may not be able to read menus (which are up high, right next to bright lights) or even know which way to go.

For that matter, I've once had a pusher flat out refuse to take me where I wanted to go, saying instead that he was going to take me somewhere he thought was better. Maybe his advice was in fact better than my idea, but I rejected it, and he refused to obey my directions for where I wanted to go. That's really not OK; I felt so unsafe I had to switch to my sticks and told him to fuck off.

Other times, airlines have flat out denied that they have access to wheelchairs with side wheels on request, and lied about other airlines having them or being willing to lend 'em out … when other airlines in the same airport have them and are perfectly wiling to lend them. That happened to me at SEA. (I caught them in the lie when we came across a pusher from another airline, with a spare side-wheel chair, and asked them to borrow it so I could get around by myself — which they let me do.)

They claim that they check on you regularly, but that's just not true IME. I've been left alone, with no check-in and no ability to move myself, for an hour or more.

I don't have a service dog (yet). Although my doctors have recommended I get one, and one organization (ECAD) said they'd train one for me, the org backed out on me because my needs were too complicated. I don't doubt the writer's experiences with people assuming that service dogs are only for blind people (they're not, under EU, UK, & US law), or assuming people w/ service dogs can walk long distances (… what?), or ignoring the rules that say service dogs can always travel with their human in the cabin (under the seat), velc. The concept of people having multiple disabilities is incomprehensible to many people.

So is the concept that people with disabilities are still full persons. I get that with blindness a lot — https://s.ai/essays/blindness — where people just think it's okay to ignore me, treat me as as incompetent, suddenly grab me (or my guide cane), etc just because I'm blind. Same thing w/ muteness. I've had gate agents flat out refuse to talk to me, despite me telling them in writing that I'm mute and not deaf and I am asking them to talk to me with their voice.

In fact, two times (both at LHR) I've been flagged for additional security, by airlines or their contractors, explicitly because I was mute and not answering security questions "verbally".

At SEA (https://s.ai/tsa/legal/sea), where I came up to a checkpoint in a wheelchair, a TSA supervisor refused to let me go through screening because I was neither willing to go through AIT, nor able to stand w/ my hands above my head unsupported as required for it. (On top of haranguing me about his mistaken ideas of my physical abilities.) TSA has so far refused to respond to my Rehabilitation Act complaint about it, claiming that it didn't raise any disability issues. (Their deadline runs out July 18, at which point I'll just take them to court again for the same thing I won about last time.)


I've been considering a lawsuit against the airlines that lack user-accessible wheelchairs and/or full access to pushers, because being stranded — or for that matter, simply being limited in where I can go because they're short-staffed and busy — is not okay. But I've got too much on my plate to do that now. If anyone else has similar experiences though, I definitely want to know about them. It seems like a class action lawsuit to me, and would benefit from a greater diversity of stories.

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2016-07-04 15:35:20 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Compared to American cops, this is jedi grade police work in de-escalation. She'd also have gone to the hospital in the US… but not in the same condition as she started. (Nor without cuffs on.)

Compared to American cops, this is jedi grade police work in de-escalation. She'd also have gone to the hospital in the US… but not in the same condition as she started. (Nor without cuffs on.)___

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2016-07-03 20:32:24 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Tennessee FOIA volunteer found:
https://www.muckrock.com/foi/memphis-319/cohen-v-tsa-documents-26634/

More TSA / police abuse. Not clear who did this, but I've FOIA'd it, so should hopefully know soon enough. They've been sued for $100k.

Cohen v. TSA case docs https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VcXIzZy1HSDF0VXc&tid=0BzmetJxi-p0VLUFmYk1LRHdHU1U#list
My FOIA https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VZnhENEhUYnhBNVU

h/t +Satyr Icon ___Tennessee FOIA volunteer found:
https://www.muckrock.com/foi/memphis-319/cohen-v-tsa-documents-26634/

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2016-07-03 08:05:49 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Rulings from a US District Court are rarely of national importance, because any rulings which are at all controversial are almost certain to be appealed – it's the rulings from the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court that tend to stand. But every so often, one comes by that is structured in a way that's particularly likely to withstand those appeals, and those rulings can have a long-lasting impact. Judge Walker's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger was such a ruling, and its careful crafting had a tremendous impact on gay marriage cases ever after. Judge Reeves' injunction in the HB1523 case may have a similar effect on "religious liberty" laws around the country.

The context of this is that in the past few years, a large number of states have passed "religious freedom" bills which essentially grant people a right to discriminate because of a sincerelyhe... more »

Rulings from a US District Court are rarely of national importance, because any rulings which are at all controversial are almost certain to be appealed – it's the rulings from the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court that tend to stand. But every so often, one comes by that is structured in a way that's particularly likely to withstand those appeals, and those rulings can have a long-lasting impact. Judge Walker's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger was such a ruling, and its careful crafting had a tremendous impact on gay marriage cases ever after. Judge Reeves' injunction in the HB1523 case may have a similar effect on "religious liberty" laws around the country.

The context of this is that in the past few years, a large number of states have passed "religious freedom" bills which essentially grant people a right to discriminate because of a sincerely held religious belief which they hold. Invariably, these bills tend to reference very particular forms of discrimination: in the past few years, against the LGBTQ community.

If you go a bit back in time, virtually identical laws were used to legalize racial discrimination as well. These laws largely fell apart after the Supreme Court's 1983 ruling in Bob Jones University v. US, where the court ruled that the IRS was allowed to revoke the university's tax-exempt status (derived from its religious affiliation) if it tried to use its religion as grounds for discrimination.

To understand the political importance of that, one has to go back a bit further, to Brown v. Board of Education, the case which overturned "separate but equal." This 1954 decision prompted tremendous opposition; Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd declared a policy of "massive resistance," which included closing a wide range of public schools outright rather than permit them to be integrated.

What happened over the next several decades was the rise of private schools across the South, especially religious schools. As private organizations, they were not subject to Brown v. Board and could continue to discriminate; they thus became "whites-only" schools, and systems of scholarships were set up to ensure that a wide range of white students would be able to attend them. As more of the white population (which really means the middle- to upper-class white population) attended them, funding to public schools was dramatically curtailed. This was repeated at every level from elementary to university.

The 1983 Bob Jones decision effectively banned formal discrimination policies at these schools. In response, the schools tended to eliminate their official racial policies – or at least, just enough to get the courts off their backs. (Bob Jones University, for example, didn't lift its ban on interracial dating until 2000, when George W. Bush's campaign visit there brought the policy back to national attention) Ever since, the "segregation academies" became nominally integrated – but in practice, as the article linked below details, various policies have maintained de facto segregation.

(Incidentally, this is also the context for understanding debates over "charter schools" and "school vouchers" in the eastern US. In the West, with its somewhat different history, these debates have a different meaning altogether, but this fact is often lost in discussion – something which makes politics very confusing at times)

"Religious liberty" bills made a sharp comeback after the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that a "closely held" corporation could have religious views of its own which were subject to legal protection – and indeed, that such a protection might even overwhelm a compelling government interest, like providing health care to the public. This ruling was based on a federal law, the 2003 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which places strict limits on the federal government's power to block people's rights to freedom of religion. That law replaced a 1993 law of the same name which also applied to states, but which was struck down in 1997. (The modified law has been tested by the Supreme Court and passed muster)

However, the 1993 and 2003 federal laws came from a very different context; the motivating case of the 1993 case was Native American use of peyote in religious rituals, and public outcry when (under the laws of the time) two men were fired from their job and denied unemployment benefits for having participated in such. The law was passed nearly unanimously. The extension of this right to corporations, and its ability to overrule even a Bob Jones-style government interest, came as a surprise to many: nineteen members of Congress who supported the original law, and separately the US Solicitor General's office, both wrote briefs to the court in Hobby Lobby expressing surprise and alarm, and noting that this was by no means what they intended or anticipated.

In the wake of Hobby Lobby, and with the parallel increasing clarity that gay marriage was going to be allowed, a rush to pass state RFRA laws, and similar laws, happened across conservative states. Unlike the 1993 and 2003 laws, these laws were often far more explicit (either in their text, or in their Congressional discussions, or both) about precisely which freedoms they intended to protect: the freedom to discriminate.

Mississippi's HB1523 was one of the most overt about this, and this is the law that Judge Reeves struck down yesterday. His decision is important because it captures the precise constitutional defects of this law, the very things that you think should be defects: first, that HB1523 protects certain religious beliefs over others, and that people with contrary beliefs are unprotected – which means that it is a case of the government explicitly "putting its thumb on the scales" of religion, favoring one over another. Second, it does so by unduly burdening a particular group in society. This is specifically barred by the Establishment Clause (as determined by cases like Thornton v. Caldor): a law which advances religious beliefs at the expense of those who don't share them is specifically forbidden.

Third, it violates the guarantee of equal protection under law; specifically, under the 1996 Supreme Court decision in Romer v. Evans, you can't pass laws against people specifically because of their sexual orientation; specifically, such laws have no "rational relationship to legitimate state interests."

(Almost all laws reduce someone's rights, even if that "someone" is "murderers." If that loss of right is contested in court, there are different levels of justification that the government has to have for it, depending on the nature of the rights. The lowest bar, the one which applies by default, is "rational basis;" all the government has to show is that the law has some rational relationship to its normal interests. For laws which circumscribe rights on certain special bases like race, there is a much higher "strict scrutiny" bar, where the government has to not only show that the law achieves a "compelling government interest," but that it is the narrowest possible means of achieving that. Rational basis tests rarely fail; strict scrutiny tests rarely succeed. The federal RFRA required strict scrutiny, for example, for any law which impinges someone's ability to exercise their religion. While sexual orientation is not one of the special categories which automatically trigger strict scrutiny, the way that race is, Romer v. Evans found that such laws don't even pass rational basis. A major open question about the law in the next decade or so is whether sexual orientation will be moved on to the strict scrutiny (or more likely, the harder-to-explain "intermediate scrutiny") list.)

This ruling is almost the opposite of final, and yet it will have tremendous impact. First, it is only a preliminary injunction, meaning that the law is held in abeyance only until this case is actually resolved with a final verdict; however, such injunctions require (among other things) that the case have a "substantial likelihood of success," and from the text of the decision, it's pretty clear that the HB1523 proponents have no hope in Reeves' court.

Second, this ruling came from a district court, and will certainly be appealed. The fifth circuit is known as a fairly conservative circuit, but this case is sufficiently egregious that even the appeals court may rule against it. No matter what happens there, though, it is certain to be appealed to the Supreme Court by one side or the other. What happens next is likely to depend on the composition of the Court at that time – who fills the ninth seat, whether any other justices leave the bench before that, and so on. Since it's likely to take a few years until that happens, much of that is an open question, and will depend strongly on the outcome of the next Presidential and Congressional election.

But given the rather clear structuring of this ruling, and its firm grounding in a wide range of fairly recent Supreme Court rulings, this ruling is likely to be quite influential in those ultimate discussions. It would be hard for the Court to overrule this without overturning Bob Jones in the process, something most members of the Court would be loathe to do. On the other hand, a Scalia-era court might have done so: he almost certainly would have favored it, and would have likely pulled the entire conservative wing of the court along with him.

So we are left in an interesting situation: the final outcome of this case is likely to depend strongly on who is on the Supreme Court when it reaches them, and a ruling against HB1523 would have wide-ranging impact, not only invalidating similar laws across the country but placing meaningful effective boundaries on just what "religious freedom" is allowed to imply. Yesterday's district court ruling is likely to play a meaningful part in that question, and so we should all continue to watch this and see how it develops.

More reading material:

Judge Walker's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, an excellent illustration of how a district judge can influence higher courts. NB that the jury, or the original trial judge in the case of a bench trial like this one, is the one who can speak to things like the credibility of witnesses; later appeals can be about issues of law, but not issues of fact. Walker did a splendid job of focusing his decision on the factual side, showing that the arguments made by lawyers and witnesses added up in a very specific way. That made this decision especially hard to contest later on. https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/files/09cv2292-ORDER.pdf

Judge Reeves' decision on HB1523: http://files.eqcf.org/cases/316-cv-00442-35/

More about Bob Jones v. US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Jones_University_v._United_States

More about the "segregation academies:" http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/in-southern-towns-segregation-academies-are-still-going-strong/266207/___

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2016-07-02 23:32:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Whoa, I thought "you" was originally formal singular. But this rant fascinates me!

Next time someone complains about singular "they" I'll point them to this 17th century rant against singular "you"

<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Ellwood>


Whoa, I thought "you" was originally formal singular. But this rant fascinates me!

Next time someone complains about singular "they" I'll point them to this 17th century rant against singular "you"

<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Ellwood>
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2016-07-01 19:45:27 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

More TSA / police abuse. Not clear who did this, but I've FOIA'd it, so should hopefully know soon enough. They've been sued for $100k.

Cohen v. TSA case docs https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VcXIzZy1HSDF0VXc&tid=0BzmetJxi-p0VLUFmYk1LRHdHU1U#list
My FOIA https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VZnhENEhUYnhBNVU

h/t +Satyr Icon 

More TSA / police abuse. Not clear who did this, but I've FOIA'd it, so should hopefully know soon enough. They've been sued for $100k.

Cohen v. TSA case docs https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VcXIzZy1HSDF0VXc&tid=0BzmetJxi-p0VLUFmYk1LRHdHU1U#list
My FOIA https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VZnhENEhUYnhBNVU

h/t +Satyr Icon ___

2016-07-01 09:52:57 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

FOIA Improvements Act passed; FOIA request suggestions welcome

1. S.337 (114th), FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, got signed by President Obama yesterday:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/337
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/30/fact-sheet-new-steps-toward-ensuring-openness-and-transparency

The major changes:
a) presumption of release — agencies have to show that it "reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption" or that it's prohibited by law
b) the (b)(5) exemption ["deliberative process privilege", aka "this would be embarrassing"] no longer applies to documents >25 years old

It applies for all requests made since enacted.


2. I'm going to re-submit all my pending requests so I can litigate them under the newl... more »

FOIA Improvements Act passed; FOIA request suggestions welcome

1. S.337 (114th), FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, got signed by President Obama yesterday:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/337
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/30/fact-sheet-new-steps-toward-ensuring-openness-and-transparency

The major changes:
a) presumption of release — agencies have to show that it "reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption" or that it's prohibited by law
b) the (b)(5) exemption ["deliberative process privilege", aka "this would be embarrassing"] no longer applies to documents >25 years old

It applies for all requests made since enacted.


2. I'm going to re-submit all my pending requests so I can litigate them under the new legal standard.

If you have any suggestions for documents I should request, please speak up now, as I'm intending to file it soon. (I have to wait a month until I can sue them for not responding.)___

2016-06-30 18:47:20 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

CBP wants to start collecting "social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes" of "possible nefarious activity and connections".

For now, it's "optional" and for non-US citizens… but you can bet this is a prelude to being mandatory, and that US citizens will face the same as retaliatory action from other countries. This is more mass surveillance that will only invade the privacy of innocent people and get used for nefarious governmental activity.

Got comments? Send them to CBP at the link.

CBP wants to start collecting "social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes" of "possible nefarious activity and connections".

For now, it's "optional" and for non-US citizens… but you can bet this is a prelude to being mandatory, and that US citizens will face the same as retaliatory action from other countries. This is more mass surveillance that will only invade the privacy of innocent people and get used for nefarious governmental activity.

Got comments? Send them to CBP at the link.___

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2016-06-29 15:19:30 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

More info on State v Denver Allen [TW: description of murder]

I called the clerk's office. They don't have a modern records system, but here's the background…

On August 26, 2015, Denver Allen was in Floyd County jail after having been picked up on other charges pending in the neighboring Bartow County, GA. (I've tried to find out what those other charges are, without success.)

During the night, he allegedly murdered his cellmate, Stephen Nalley, by "jerking him off the top bunk and bashing his brains out", and then "took a bath in the dead man's blood". This description is allegedly from what he told police afterwards.

He was kept in Floyd County on an indictment for two counts of non-capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and aggravated battery (all felonies).

He was found competent to standt... more »

More info on State v Denver Allen [TW: description of murder]

I called the clerk's office. They don't have a modern records system, but here's the background…

On August 26, 2015, Denver Allen was in Floyd County jail after having been picked up on other charges pending in the neighboring Bartow County, GA. (I've tried to find out what those other charges are, without success.)

During the night, he allegedly murdered his cellmate, Stephen Nalley, by "jerking him off the top bunk and bashing his brains out", and then "took a bath in the dead man's blood". This description is allegedly from what he told police afterwards.

He was kept in Floyd County on an indictment for two counts of non-capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and aggravated battery (all felonies).

He was found competent to stand trial by a psych evaluation. Apparently, he was not happy about this.

During the June 20, 2015 hearing he wanted to change his appointed attorney, Jamie Wyatt (a 40+ year public defender), for having sexually assaulted him. During that hearing, he was surrounded by 8 deputies, and wearing a shock belt.

Hearing transcript: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VS0Q3V0c5YUM5MGs/view

After the hearing, Judge Durham recused himself, and it was automatically reassigned to Chief Judge Walter Matthews (who is retiring Sept. 1).

He has also been ordered to take a new psych evaluation. "Like an autopsy", how long the psych evaluation takes will depend on how much pressure is put on them.

And that's where it's at now.


I was told that a similarly crazy hearing had previously happened in Bartow County, GA before Judge Howell, but I was not able to get more information on that.

The incident Floyd County was previously known for was a murder case involving Sotty Harper and Michelle Reynolds, featured on 20/20, in which the couple, who were youth directors in church, allegedly plotted to kill her husband so that they could be together.

Basic docket info:

STATE OF GEORGIA VS. ALLEN, DENVER FENTOA, Case Number -15CR02515, JFL002, 11-20-15
Indictment: Single Defendant filed on 11-20-15. Type: Felony: Non-Capital
Arrest Warrant filed 08-27-15, Felony: Non-Capital [172110], WT-15-9475
Count 1): Murder-F [16-5-1]. Date: 08-26-15, Felony
. Warrant Number: WT-15-9475. Executed 08-27-15
Count 2): Murder-F [16-5-1]. Date: 08-26-15, Felony
Count 3): Assault (Aggravated)-F [16-5-21]. Date: 08-26-15, Felony
Count 4): Assault (Aggravated)-F [16-5-21]. Date: 08-26-15, Felony
Count 5): Aggravated Battery-F [16-5-24]. Date: 08-26-15, Felony
Defendant: DENVER FENTOA ALLEN
2526 NEW CALHOUN HWY, ROME, GA 30161
Birth Date: 10-19-84, Age: 31
Race: White. Sex: Male
Victim: STEPHEN NALLEY - DECEASED
Law Enforcement Officer: CALEB MORANG
Witness: GENE PROCTOR (CORONER)
Former Attorney For Defendant: Andrew Watson
Appointed Conflict Attorney: James C. Wyatt___

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2016-06-28 13:04:48 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

I sued the TSA and all I got was an injunction and this lousy check for my costs. :-P

I sued the TSA and all I got was an injunction and this lousy check for my costs. :-P___

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2016-06-27 09:54:11 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Here is an OCR'd PDF of the transcript from State v Denver Fenton Allen, in which J. Bryant Durham Jr. considered Allen's motion to fire his public defender for demanding oral sex in exchange for good representation… and ?motions asking the judge to do the same. The judge was … not sanguine. Feel free to share. Any additional info from the clerk (pending) will be @ s.ai > legal archive > case law > wtf.

Here is an OCR'd PDF of the transcript from State v Denver Fenton Allen, in which J. Bryant Durham Jr. considered Allen's motion to fire his public defender for demanding oral sex in exchange for good representation… and ?motions asking the judge to do the same. The judge was … not sanguine. Feel free to share. Any additional info from the clerk (pending) will be @ s.ai > legal archive > case law > wtf.___

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2016-06-26 23:46:26 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

Because I suspect... no, I know damn well that the same could happen in my native Germany. There are already significant groups pandering to hate, racism, and intolerance. PEGIDA. The Alternative für Deutschland party. And if more mainstream politicians feel that they must pander to these, baser instincts - if they indicate that displaying... more »

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

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

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

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

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

This could be us.___

2016-06-26 18:42:21 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Major TSA FOIA case: help wanted cataloguing ~1k pages of withholdings etc

In my FOIA case against the TSA, see https://s.ai/tsa/legal/foia & https://s.ai/foia/#tsa, I recently received TSA's MSJ and Vaughn declarations, defending thousands of pages of withholdings on a variety of grounds.

There were almost 900 pages released to me, most of which have substantial withholdings. There are another ~3-5k pages withheld. These are, for the most part, records of TSA's policies and procedures, as well as records documenting various abuses against me and others.

The Answer is 28 pages; statement of facts 27 pages; MSJ 23 pages; Vaughn declarations etc 217 pages.

There are also some thousands more pages of records that I know exist because they are referenced in stuff I got and/or in filings of administrative record in other cases. These need to be... more »

Major TSA FOIA case: help wanted cataloguing ~1k pages of withholdings etc

In my FOIA case against the TSA, see https://s.ai/tsa/legal/foia & https://s.ai/foia/#tsa, I recently received TSA's MSJ and Vaughn declarations, defending thousands of pages of withholdings on a variety of grounds.

There were almost 900 pages released to me, most of which have substantial withholdings. There are another ~3-5k pages withheld. These are, for the most part, records of TSA's policies and procedures, as well as records documenting various abuses against me and others.

The Answer is 28 pages; statement of facts 27 pages; MSJ 23 pages; Vaughn declarations etc 217 pages.

There are also some thousands more pages of records that I know exist because they are referenced in stuff I got and/or in filings of administrative record in other cases. These need to be catalogued too, so that I can document the inadequacy of search.

I need to compile a giant spreadsheet of all the deficiencies, inconsistencies, missing documents, BS exemptions, etc.

Unlike TSA, I don't have a whole team working on it for months. I have just me — and my deadline is August 8.


To get a sense of what I have so far (with massive redactions I now need to fight), see https://s.ai/foia/#tsa

To get a sense of what they're withholding — and why it's important — see their MSJ docs:
Vaughn declaration https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VdlpJMV9XX091UXM/view
SSI declaration https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VcnowZmVvLTdwbDA/view
Statement of facts https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VS2tDc2RDSldPRTg/view
Memorandum https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VSnVTbWgtUUZLNEE/view


If you could help me in going through this massive set of documents, so that I can prepare an opposition and cross-motion to help get TSA's policies, procedures, etc made fully public, please contact me privately.

If you could help with analyzing and publishing, please let me know that also. I don't want to release documents without accompanying analysis, which is why most of what I have is not yet public. Even with the redactions, there's a lot of interesting material.___

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2016-06-24 00:46:19 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

In other TSA news, the accused war criminal they hired is not doing so well in court:
ED VA https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2022459189397148162 4th Cir https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=16844641583947845190
SCOTUS cross cert petitions pending, Nos. 15-1464 & 15-1345.

In other TSA news, the accused war criminal they hired is not doing so well in court:
ED VA https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2022459189397148162 4th Cir https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=16844641583947845190
SCOTUS cross cert petitions pending, Nos. 15-1464 & 15-1345.___

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2016-06-23 23:51:36 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

TSA complained that they won't be able to obey the court's evidence preservation order in the future unless I tell them about my travels, including the identity of personnel. They don't like that I offered to do so. Well, I say ask and ye shall be estopped from receiving. See also:

Proposed order:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0Vc3NWZ0RicFJzSE0/view
Proposed separate order to TSA personnel:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VaTB1aUhQREdfUUk/view

TSA complained that they won't be able to obey the court's evidence preservation order in the future unless I tell them about my travels, including the identity of personnel. They don't like that I offered to do so. Well, I say ask and ye shall be estopped from receiving. See also:

Proposed order:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0Vc3NWZ0RicFJzSE0/view
Proposed separate order to TSA personnel:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VaTB1aUhQREdfUUk/view___

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2016-06-22 23:58:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

21:23 "I don't have money for any of this [addiction recovery treatment]."
"Yeah, you don't need any money for this. It's health care."

… maybe some day the United States will join the rest of the world in this belief.

21:23 "I don't have money for any of this [addiction recovery treatment]."
"Yeah, you don't need any money for this. It's health care."

… maybe some day the United States will join the rest of the world in this belief.___

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2016-06-21 14:43:28 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

TSA's position is that I shouldn't get to challenge their "orders" if I file too early — in this case, before they made an affidavit about the order I'm challenging, which affected things months ago — or if I file too late, like >60 days after they secretly issued their "order".

On the plus side, I have them in a self-contradiction (estoppel). Hopefully the court will agree that 49 USC 46110 is unconstitutional for lack of due process. It functionally deprives people of the ability to ever challenge what TSA claims to be an "order" — whenever they claim that was.

TSA's position is that I shouldn't get to challenge their "orders" if I file too early — in this case, before they made an affidavit about the order I'm challenging, which affected things months ago — or if I file too late, like >60 days after they secretly issued their "order".

On the plus side, I have them in a self-contradiction (estoppel). Hopefully the court will agree that 49 USC 46110 is unconstitutional for lack of due process. It functionally deprives people of the ability to ever challenge what TSA claims to be an "order" — whenever they claim that was.___

2016-06-21 00:12:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Are you a conlanger, around London late June / early July, & interested in meeting others? Let's! http://doodle.com/poll/d3myxvv8uht2bxv6 … or PM me.

Are you a conlanger, around London late June / early July, & interested in meeting others? Let's! http://doodle.com/poll/d3myxvv8uht2bxv6 … or PM me.___

2016-06-21 00:12:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Are you a conlanger, around London late June / early July, & interested in meeting others? Let's! http://doodle.com/poll/d3myxvv8uht2bxv6 … or PM me.

Are you a conlanger, around London late June / early July, & interested in meeting others? Let's! http://doodle.com/poll/d3myxvv8uht2bxv6 … or PM me.___

2016-06-20 18:16:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The FBI is compiling a giant database of fingerprints and photos, and wants to exempt itself from Privacy Act regulations requiring people to have access to & ability to correct their own records. (See wpo.st/Q-Rh1)

If you've been arrested (w/ charges not filed or dropped) for anything related to non-violent protest within the last 5 years in CA, FL, MD, MI, NY, TX, or VA, you can help a group at Georgetown that's trying to challenge this — see attached. Please share!

The FBI is compiling a giant database of fingerprints and photos, and wants to exempt itself from Privacy Act regulations requiring people to have access to & ability to correct their own records. (See wpo.st/Q-Rh1)

If you've been arrested (w/ charges not filed or dropped) for anything related to non-violent protest within the last 5 years in CA, FL, MD, MI, NY, TX, or VA, you can help a group at Georgetown that's trying to challenge this — see attached. Please share!___

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The button shows the number of followers you have directly on a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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