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Sai (saizai)8,759@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)8,759Sai'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 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +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: 3

2016-09-13 16:54:59 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

TSA medical liquids (SFO) case update: good news/bad news, tl;dr, & help req

Good news: judge granted my IFP ("I'm broke") motion and seal ("I don't want my finances on public record") — i.e. the issue I've been arguing in 1st & DC Cir. (See https://s.ai/ifp & https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp)

Bad news: judge denied me counsel & a hearing to discuss the case. So for now, I still have brief it. It's complex — multiple jurisdictions & events, circuit split issues, class action claims, etc. Plus lots of video & other evidence.

What it's about: https://s.ai/tsa/#sfo / https://s.ai/tsa/legal/sfo

I'm suing TSA to make them:
a) screen all liquids (etc) presented for screening without any questioning or disclosure about "medical necessity", judging how much is&qu... more »

Most plusones: 23

2016-08-23 00:09:46 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Recently I was at a party by a local friend. Made me think of how … my "normal" is pretty shit, and my disability is getting to be pragmatically crippling.

1. Getting there required multiple transfers at very large stations. I had not a fucking clue where anything was, and would've been totally lost. I was full on extreme light-sensitive (under glasses + hat + bus windows, sudden move out of shaded area was stabby pain) and mostly mute (partially to conserve my energy). Even following Alex, I was totally confused. Plus there was some problem with my Oyster card. And difficulty finding the right residential spot.

2. During, I had to ask for changes to the environment — lights dimmed dramatically (including computer monitors off), temperature changed (got a blanket, windows closed), etc — for me to be able to interact sighted (e.g. to be able to play a game that hascards).... more »

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2016-09-25 16:51:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

A transgender man — granted asylum in the US due to persecution in Mexico for being trans — was prohibited by Indiana from changing his legal name to match his (already legally male) gender, due to state law requiring proof of citizenship to change name. He's suing the state to change this, through its governor (and Republican VP candidate) Mike Pence.

Complaint filed, Doe motion filed and granted, summons served, no response yet. All major legal filings to date are attached. He's represented by TLC & MALDEF. See also http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/13286

A transgender man — granted asylum in the US due to persecution in Mexico for being trans — was prohibited by Indiana from changing his legal name to match his (already legally male) gender, due to state law requiring proof of citizenship to change name. He's suing the state to change this, through its governor (and Republican VP candidate) Mike Pence.

Complaint filed, Doe motion filed and granted, summons served, no response yet. All major legal filings to date are attached. He's represented by TLC & MALDEF. See also http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/13286___

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2016-09-25 04:36:49 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-24 19:51:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-23 04:13:25 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

If anything, I think +Ken Popehat is far too lenient in this post. I'd say that such a policy is statistical manslaughter.

I would not wish upon anyone to learn what it is like to have suicidal thoughts, nor to have to hear others' — but it seems that those who made this policy would uniquely benefit from having the experience that they wish to silence in others.

If anything, I think +Ken Popehat is far too lenient in this post. I'd say that such a policy is statistical manslaughter.

I would not wish upon anyone to learn what it is like to have suicidal thoughts, nor to have to hear others' — but it seems that those who made this policy would uniquely benefit from having the experience that they wish to silence in others.___

2016-09-19 21:24:13 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Dear journalists covering legal matters: please run your story (and sources) by someone who knows even minimal amounts of law before you post. The recent coverage on Romine / Digital Homicide v Does claims that the court granted Romine a subpoena. Wrong. That's just a proposed order (like it says on the docket), required in most courts as an attachment to a motion. The court hasn't ruled on it either way.

Incorrectly publishing that there's an active subpoena out to de-anonymize 100 people is very irresponsible journalism — and demonstrates that you don't know really basic legal procedure, like whether a document is issued by the court vs the plaintiff. (Or that you couldn't be bothered to do a 15-second check.)

Dear journalists covering legal matters: please run your story (and sources) by someone who knows even minimal amounts of law before you post. The recent coverage on Romine / Digital Homicide v Does claims that the court granted Romine a subpoena. Wrong. That's just a proposed order (like it says on the docket), required in most courts as an attachment to a motion. The court hasn't ruled on it either way.

Incorrectly publishing that there's an active subpoena out to de-anonymize 100 people is very irresponsible journalism — and demonstrates that you don't know really basic legal procedure, like whether a document is issued by the court vs the plaintiff. (Or that you couldn't be bothered to do a 15-second check.)___

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2016-09-19 14:26:00 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-19 03:31:07 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Anyone familiar with AR-15s: was that starting from a full field-stripped breakdown?

In badass 30 seconds, Democratic candidate assembles AR-15 blindfolded, explains “I also believe in background checks, so the terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these.”

“I’m Jason Kander. Senator Blunt has been attacking me on guns. Well, in the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle,” the blindfolded Kander says to the camera as he assembles the weapon.

“In Afghanistan, I’d volunteer to be an extra gun in a convoy of unarmored SUVs. And in the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights.”

“I also believe in background checks, so the terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these.”

“I approve this message, because I’d like to see Senator Blunt do this.” [as he clicks the final piece in place]___Anyone familiar with AR-15s: was that starting from a full field-stripped breakdown?

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2016-09-15 05:23:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-15 00:38:12 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-13 16:54:59 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

TSA medical liquids (SFO) case update: good news/bad news, tl;dr, & help req

Good news: judge granted my IFP ("I'm broke") motion and seal ("I don't want my finances on public record") — i.e. the issue I've been arguing in 1st & DC Cir. (See https://s.ai/ifp & https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp)

Bad news: judge denied me counsel & a hearing to discuss the case. So for now, I still have brief it. It's complex — multiple jurisdictions & events, circuit split issues, class action claims, etc. Plus lots of video & other evidence.

What it's about: https://s.ai/tsa/#sfo / https://s.ai/tsa/legal/sfo

I'm suing TSA to make them:
a) screen all liquids (etc) presented for screening without any questioning or disclosure about "medical necessity", judging how much is&qu... more »

TSA medical liquids (SFO) case update: good news/bad news, tl;dr, & help req

Good news: judge granted my IFP ("I'm broke") motion and seal ("I don't want my finances on public record") — i.e. the issue I've been arguing in 1st & DC Cir. (See https://s.ai/ifp & https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp)

Bad news: judge denied me counsel & a hearing to discuss the case. So for now, I still have brief it. It's complex — multiple jurisdictions & events, circuit split issues, class action claims, etc. Plus lots of video & other evidence.

What it's about: https://s.ai/tsa/#sfo / https://s.ai/tsa/legal/sfo

I'm suing TSA to make them:
a) screen all liquids (etc) presented for screening without any questioning or disclosure about "medical necessity", judging how much is "needed", etc,
b) allow all liquids that pass screening to go through (your water is not a weapon),
c) pay for the damages caused by 10 years of this stupid liquids policy (which is in the billions of dollars, by a rough estimate), and
d) stop calling cops on people just for objecting to an illegal policy (and force cops to stop detaining people for that)

It's titled from the SFO incident, but I've documented >6 airports just for me personally (5 on video), which'll all be part of the same case.

How you can help:
a) transcribe https://s.ai/tsa/raw_videos (or improve existing captions) using YT's caption-contribution service — make sure it identifies who said what, and includes objective descriptions of any visible activity;
b) donate @ patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc / s.ai/pp — it takes a lot of time & work, for which I can't legally get compensated (per Kay v Ehrler), and I'm broke (that's what IFP means); and
c) reshare this.

(FB: https://www.facebook.com/saizai/posts/10105700348258203
Twitter: https://twitter.com/saizai/status/775745161246699520)

If you know lawyers who'd be interested in representing me on this, please contact me privately. (Yes, I've already asked ACLU, DRA, & EPIC.)___

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2016-09-12 20:34:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

In my FOIA case, TSA just filed a supplement, reversing the "non-responsive" withholdings they had previously made when I pointed out a D.C. Cir. case that said that's not allowed. They don't actually confess error (there's no "we promise not to do that again"), so I'll still have to brief it for permanent injunction purposes. But hey, some progress towards cooperation!

In my FOIA case, TSA just filed a supplement, reversing the "non-responsive" withholdings they had previously made when I pointed out a D.C. Cir. case that said that's not allowed. They don't actually confess error (there's no "we promise not to do that again"), so I'll still have to brief it for permanent injunction purposes. But hey, some progress towards cooperation!___

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2016-09-03 22:43:11 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I don't think I could describe much of my life as making me happy. Depression makes that essentially unattainable. But I suppose there are things that I find interesting, or hopefully-useful, or so forth. Perhaps that'd be enough, if I had the spoons.

I don't think I could describe much of my life as making me happy. Depression makes that essentially unattainable. But I suppose there are things that I find interesting, or hopefully-useful, or so forth. Perhaps that'd be enough, if I had the spoons.___

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2016-09-02 22:14:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Cert petition filed on whether a district court's denial of counsel can be immediately appealed. See https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp for plain-English summary and list of the 5-8 circuit split. Thanks again to my pro bono appellate counsel.

Cert petition filed on whether a district court's denial of counsel can be immediately appealed. See https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp for plain-English summary and list of the 5-8 circuit split. Thanks again to my pro bono appellate counsel.___

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2016-08-27 01:31:18 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

It's strange to be aware that I have a set of beliefs that I don't have adequate justification for, or even know to be false. I've been told that I'm fairly extreme both in having principled beliefs at all, and in self-awareness / internal consistency. I wonder whether this is what all beliefs are like for most people, not just a clearly tainted subset.

It's strange to be aware that I have a set of beliefs that I don't have adequate justification for, or even know to be false. I've been told that I'm fairly extreme both in having principled beliefs at all, and in self-awareness / internal consistency. I wonder whether this is what all beliefs are like for most people, not just a clearly tainted subset.___

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2016-08-24 19:42:32 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-24 14:25:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I've obtained the 2 videos that Memphis Airport claims are all they have on the screening of Hannah and Shirley Cohen. Hannah Cohen is the young woman with brain cancer who was bloodied by MIA PD after being arrested following a problem with TSA. Details @ https://s.ai/tsa/cohen

AIT screening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLCSUApEh-w&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- Cohens' AIT screening starts at 24:08 (mother first).

Exit and arrest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zLyUowapak&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- starts off at around 28:20 in, but before then, the mother is waiting on the near left side (as one can see from the pan left at around 28-29m in).

I've obtained the 2 videos that Memphis Airport claims are all they have on the screening of Hannah and Shirley Cohen. Hannah Cohen is the young woman with brain cancer who was bloodied by MIA PD after being arrested following a problem with TSA. Details @ https://s.ai/tsa/cohen

AIT screening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLCSUApEh-w&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- Cohens' AIT screening starts at 24:08 (mother first).

Exit and arrest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zLyUowapak&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- starts off at around 28:20 in, but before then, the mother is waiting on the near left side (as one can see from the pan left at around 28-29m in).___

2016-08-23 20:26:42 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How long is an hour?

ETA: s/60/6/g

How long is an hour?

ETA: s/60/6/g___

2016-08-23 00:09:46 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Recently I was at a party by a local friend. Made me think of how … my "normal" is pretty shit, and my disability is getting to be pragmatically crippling.

1. Getting there required multiple transfers at very large stations. I had not a fucking clue where anything was, and would've been totally lost. I was full on extreme light-sensitive (under glasses + hat + bus windows, sudden move out of shaded area was stabby pain) and mostly mute (partially to conserve my energy). Even following Alex, I was totally confused. Plus there was some problem with my Oyster card. And difficulty finding the right residential spot.

2. During, I had to ask for changes to the environment — lights dimmed dramatically (including computer monitors off), temperature changed (got a blanket, windows closed), etc — for me to be able to interact sighted (e.g. to be able to play a game that hascards).... more »

Recently I was at a party by a local friend. Made me think of how … my "normal" is pretty shit, and my disability is getting to be pragmatically crippling.

1. Getting there required multiple transfers at very large stations. I had not a fucking clue where anything was, and would've been totally lost. I was full on extreme light-sensitive (under glasses + hat + bus windows, sudden move out of shaded area was stabby pain) and mostly mute (partially to conserve my energy). Even following Alex, I was totally confused. Plus there was some problem with my Oyster card. And difficulty finding the right residential spot.

2. During, I had to ask for changes to the environment — lights dimmed dramatically (including computer monitors off), temperature changed (got a blanket, windows closed), etc — for me to be able to interact sighted (e.g. to be able to play a game that has cards). Yay imposing on others.

3. At the end, I had an episode and was stuck on the table for about an hour unable to move. Would have been worse had Alex not tended to me and known how to communicate w/ my locked-in clicks method plus some ASL fingerspelling. Even so, I wasn't able to even stand up on my own, even with my walking-stick — nor walk down a couple flights of steps on my own (had to be supported by Alex), nor have the stamina enough to get farther than the gate (so, reliant on taxi). And my phone died, so I had to be reliant on my host getting one for me too. And I was only barely functional for it, so it's not like I could have given him directions or payment or whatnot myself.


It's … I don't even know what. It's not a "new normal". It's been like this for years — at any time, any or all of this can happen, or significantly worse — but it's never acclimatized. It's just a reminder of being unable to … do really fucking basic things myself without disrupting others, like "get to a party, participate, and leave at the end".

I don't know how to deal with that. It is what it is, yes. But being a constant burden on others? I don't know if I could even survive living alone at this point for very long, let alone having a life.

There's been a lot of "I guess this is a thing I don't get to do any more" lately. "Live independently and productively without being a burden on others" being one of the things I can't do any more is … really extremely not okay for me.

And it makes all sorts of social relations have this completely unfair caveat of e.g. "oh by the way you might have to make sure I don't die and am able to get to transport etc if I suddenly keel over and go unresponsive". That's … really not okay either.

And of course it's just been getting worse over time, with no known reason, treatment, or cure. I'm just … crippled, now. In ways that are exceptionally difficult to explain to doctors and government agencies. (Which is a whole other quagmire. Having to explain to new doctors when I move often that yes, I really do need those controlled meds I've had for years, and waiting for you to refer me to yet another secondary evaluation is going to be pointless and risk me not having meds and get into a much, much worse state… having my health at the risk of some bureaucrat who doesn't think I've convinced them enough of my extremely rare condition and I have to play the whole dance over and over again, when I have so few spoons to even do the most basic things like even calling for a refill at all, is … "wearying" is so laughably understated that I'll just leave it there.)

Among too many other things that I won't get to.

So… I guess that I no longer just have disabilities. Rather, they have, in fact, disabled me.


… and on top of that, some people are still so generous and kind to me. I do not know how to deal with that, either.___

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2016-08-22 02:05:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-22 00:07:42 (22 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

All you have to do is start your own religion. That you sincerely believe in.

Which reminds me, I was going to do that…

Ugh.

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

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

Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg warned, was “a decision of startling breadth.” How broad is just now becoming clear.___All you have to do is start your own religion. That you sincerely believe in.

Which reminds me, I was going to do that…

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2016-08-19 08:40:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Blizzard managed to make me cry about a robot.

Trigger warning for PTSD.

Blizzard managed to make me cry about a robot.

Trigger warning for PTSD.___

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2016-08-18 21:56:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Furthermore, TSA has given me a response to the non Rehabilitation Act aspects of my SFO, BOS, and SEA complaints. (This is over 3 years late. But hey, they responded without my having to sue them to get this letter. Improvement!)

Furthermore, TSA has given me a response to the non Rehabilitation Act aspects of my SFO, BOS, and SEA complaints. (This is over 3 years late. But hey, they responded without my having to sue them to get this letter. Improvement!)___

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2016-08-18 21:53:06 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

TSA is starting to take my legal threats seriously. In an effort to avoid getting sued again for refusing to respond to my formal complaints, after some negotiations, they have given me their formal Rehab Act response to what happened to me at SEA, below.

TSA is starting to take my legal threats seriously. In an effort to avoid getting sued again for refusing to respond to my formal complaints, after some negotiations, they have given me their formal Rehab Act response to what happened to me at SEA, below.___

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2016-08-18 17:14:34 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

There are three companies in the country which run almost all of its private prisons: GEO, CCA, and MTC. This is a plot of the stock prices of the two public ones (GEO and CCA) today, after the Department of Justice announced that the Federal government was done with private prisons: the Deputy AG has directed the department to "substantially reduce" or decline to renew expiring contracts with all of them. [1]

It would be hard to find a set of companies that I would be happier to see fail. If you had to come up with an outrageous example of "perverse incentives," private prisons would top the list: these companies' contracts with states and localities specify minimum numbers of people that these governments must imprison, at which point they are handed over to these companies for use as "free" labor. [2]

One of the key motivating factors for this... more »

There are three companies in the country which run almost all of its private prisons: GEO, CCA, and MTC. This is a plot of the stock prices of the two public ones (GEO and CCA) today, after the Department of Justice announced that the Federal government was done with private prisons: the Deputy AG has directed the department to "substantially reduce" or decline to renew expiring contracts with all of them. [1]

It would be hard to find a set of companies that I would be happier to see fail. If you had to come up with an outrageous example of "perverse incentives," private prisons would top the list: these companies' contracts with states and localities specify minimum numbers of people that these governments must imprison, at which point they are handed over to these companies for use as "free" labor. [2]

One of the key motivating factors for this change was good journalism in action: an investigative reporter went undercover as a guard in a private prisons, and the resulting article is incredibly worth reading. If you haven't, check it out: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/cca-private-prisons-corrections-corporation-inmates-investigation-bauer


[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/the-department-of-justice-is-ending-the-use-of-private-prisons-2016-8

[2] Many people don't notice the loophole in the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." It took about seven years after the Civil War for people to realize the full economic value of this loophole, that you could arrest people on any charge and then use them as slave labor. Elaborate systems of kickbacks to judges and arrest quotas showed up almost immediately, and have been immensely profitable ever since)___

2016-08-15 12:33:46 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

If you know any UK journalists, preferably in London, who'd be interested in a story about a major public entity knowingly violating clear UK law, harming public safety, please LMK. I have video & supporting docs.

One caveat: this is under embargo until Aug 22; maybe longer, if it acts on my request to take significant steps to correct the problem.

If you know any UK journalists, preferably in London, who'd be interested in a story about a major public entity knowingly violating clear UK law, harming public safety, please LMK. I have video & supporting docs.

One caveat: this is under embargo until Aug 22; maybe longer, if it acts on my request to take significant steps to correct the problem.___

2016-08-14 22:00:37 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

During #emfcamp  2016, at the prompting of some folk on IRC, I ran an ad hoc course on blind navigation — taking people around the camp with blindfold and one of my canes, having them notice various cues I use (wind-shadows, cane-strike echolocation, grass texture, etc). Probably about a dozen total. (emfcamp.org/line-up/2016/external/248-blind-navigation-crash-course is one instance)

The results were fairly positive; I was afraid it might give an impression of blindness being a pitiably overwhelming deprivation, rather than a focus on different cues, and that mostly didn't happen.

I feel acutely like an impostor here. I'm only part time blind (s.ai/essays/blindness). I've never even received formal O&M training, let alone been qualified to give it. Maybe I don't know what I don't know about how badly I did it. Maybe I managed to give some sense of whatit... more »

During #emfcamp  2016, at the prompting of some folk on IRC, I ran an ad hoc course on blind navigation — taking people around the camp with blindfold and one of my canes, having them notice various cues I use (wind-shadows, cane-strike echolocation, grass texture, etc). Probably about a dozen total. (emfcamp.org/line-up/2016/external/248-blind-navigation-crash-course is one instance)

The results were fairly positive; I was afraid it might give an impression of blindness being a pitiably overwhelming deprivation, rather than a focus on different cues, and that mostly didn't happen.

I feel acutely like an impostor here. I'm only part time blind (s.ai/essays/blindness). I've never even received formal O&M training, let alone been qualified to give it. Maybe I don't know what I don't know about how badly I did it. Maybe I managed to give some sense of what it's actually like. Maybe I ought not be doing it anyway.

I don't really know. Being severely depressed is skewing my ability to think.___

2016-08-12 16:47:23 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

There's a proposed bill in CA to add felony liability for
prosecutors who fail to disclose Brady/Giglio (exculpatory) information to the defense: AB 1909, introduced February 11, 2016 by Patty Lopez.

Of course the question is: even if they can be held liable for a felony, who will actually have the chutzpah to prosecute fellow prosecutors?

Passed assembly floor & all senate committees so far.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1909

Text diff vs current law:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1909

There's a proposed bill in CA to add felony liability for
prosecutors who fail to disclose Brady/Giglio (exculpatory) information to the defense: AB 1909, introduced February 11, 2016 by Patty Lopez.

Of course the question is: even if they can be held liable for a felony, who will actually have the chutzpah to prosecute fellow prosecutors?

Passed assembly floor & all senate committees so far.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1909

Text diff vs current law:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1909___

2016-08-12 15:10:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Privacy change to Federal Rules now open for public comment

A small part of my suggestion (15-AP-E) to improve privacy protections for poor (IFP) litigants has been approved by the Judicial Conference and slated for public comment. Namely, p. 18 part C (redline at p. 53) of the proposal:

"Form 4: Removal of Question Asking Petitioners Seeking to Proceed in forma Pauperis to Provide the Last Four Digits of their Social Security Numbers [Item 15-AP-E]

Litigants seeking permission to proceed in forma pauperis must complete Appellate Form 4. Question 12 of Appellate Form 4 currently asks litigants to provide the last four digits of their social security numbers. The clerk representative to the Advisory Committee has investigated the matter and reports that the general consensus of the clerks of court is that the last four digits of a social security number are not... more »

Privacy change to Federal Rules now open for public comment

A small part of my suggestion (15-AP-E) to improve privacy protections for poor (IFP) litigants has been approved by the Judicial Conference and slated for public comment. Namely, p. 18 part C (redline at p. 53) of the proposal:

"Form 4: Removal of Question Asking Petitioners Seeking to Proceed in forma Pauperis to Provide the Last Four Digits of their Social Security Numbers [Item 15-AP-E]

Litigants seeking permission to proceed in forma pauperis must complete Appellate Form 4. Question 12 of Appellate Form 4 currently asks litigants to provide the last four digits of their social security numbers. The clerk representative to the Advisory Committee has investigated the matter and reports that the general consensus of the clerks of court is that the last four digits of a social security number are not needed for any purpose and that the question could be eliminated. Given the potential security and privacy concerns associated with social security numbers, and the lack of need for obtaining the last four-digits of social security numbers, the Committee proposes to amend Form 4 by deleting this question."


Announcement: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment

Proposed rules: http://www.uscourts.gov/file/20163/download


If you support this change, I'd appreciate you filing a public comment saying so. It's open for comment now until Feb. 15:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USC-RULES-AP-2016-0002___

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2016-08-11 22:05:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-11 02:49:30 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Yet.

Yet.___

2016-08-03 21:53:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In trying to fix a citation form of UNLWS' ?autonym, +Alex Fink & I just realized that there's actually no grammatically cogent way to say "this sentence is written in UNLWS" in UNLWS, because it's literally too tautological to be renderable. One can say "X is UNLWS" (technically, "X is the medium in which this glyph itself is written"), or "UNLWS exists" (technically, "there exists [a?] medium in which this text is written", where the determiner is unspecified), but "X is itself" is apparently not something we have a way to express.

In trying to fix a citation form of UNLWS' ?autonym, +Alex Fink & I just realized that there's actually no grammatically cogent way to say "this sentence is written in UNLWS" in UNLWS, because it's literally too tautological to be renderable. One can say "X is UNLWS" (technically, "X is the medium in which this glyph itself is written"), or "UNLWS exists" (technically, "there exists [a?] medium in which this text is written", where the determiner is unspecified), but "X is itself" is apparently not something we have a way to express.___

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2016-08-03 09:30:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Reminder: 11 days left; it's just over half funded; and there are some nice new perks if you enjoy art or flags.

+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 LCS members 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/___Reminder: 11 days left; it's just over half funded; and there are some nice new perks if you enjoy art or flags.

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2016-08-02 21:09:11 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

TSA appeal update (s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp): Brief filed (by my pro bono counsel, Tillman Breckenridge, <3) re district court's denial of appointment of counsel under 42 U.S.C. § 2000a-3, and interlocutory appealability thereof.

Brief:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VQXQ1T0c0NEc1bzg/view
Appendix:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VdUhSS3RVX2VOZ1E/view

TSA appeal update (s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp): Brief filed (by my pro bono counsel, Tillman Breckenridge, <3) re district court's denial of appointment of counsel under 42 U.S.C. § 2000a-3, and interlocutory appealability thereof.

Brief:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VQXQ1T0c0NEc1bzg/view
Appendix:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VdUhSS3RVX2VOZ1E/view___

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2016-08-01 11:25:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

SFO (liquids) case update: I've asked the court again to give me waiver and a lawyer, and seal for my detailed financial affidavit, since this one's too hard for me to do pro se. (The memorandum linked below is the detailed part about privacy rights.)

Hopefully the judge is willing to hold a hearing about my claims, rather than requiring me to file a detailed formal complaint, which is beyond my skill & spoons to do.

The 9th Circuit is a lot better than the D.C. Circuit on this — though there's a case against, it doesn't really apply, and there's a S.D. CA. case (Lexin) that's perfect, as it says the 9th got it wrong by failing to consider the issues that are the basis of my motion, applying the 1st Circuit case (In re Boston Herald v Connolly) and the balancing test (Press-Enterprise II).

The D. MA. / 1st Circuit case is pending am... more »

SFO (liquids) case update: I've asked the court again to give me waiver and a lawyer, and seal for my detailed financial affidavit, since this one's too hard for me to do pro se. (The memorandum linked below is the detailed part about privacy rights.)

Hopefully the judge is willing to hold a hearing about my claims, rather than requiring me to file a detailed formal complaint, which is beyond my skill & spoons to do.

The 9th Circuit is a lot better than the D.C. Circuit on this — though there's a case against, it doesn't really apply, and there's a S.D. CA. case (Lexin) that's perfect, as it says the 9th got it wrong by failing to consider the issues that are the basis of my motion, applying the 1st Circuit case (In re Boston Herald v Connolly) and the balancing test (Press-Enterprise II).

The D. MA. / 1st Circuit case is pending a meta-meta-meta issue (collateral appealability and remand for reviewable findings).

Also, TSA denied the two FTCA claims in this suit, because the lawsuit is pending… which means that I can start to sue them for the thing I'm already suing them for within the next six months. Bizarre… but it gives a basis for 6-month extension, which I'll need if I can't get a lawyer appointed to write the complaint for me. This case is way more complex than anything else I've done so far.

Motion: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VY3FGSWItNXktZ2c/view
Public affidavit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VT09wWG1ESkZ4VUE/view
Memorandum of law: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VSm52WXIwS1JzZlk/view
Proposed order for hearing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VaERnS2RYZ3FGODg/view
Proposed order to approve merits: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VRkZaUEpsV0d5ZVE/view
Alternative order to deny, with stay and appeal allowed: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VdHV5bGJETTgxU0E/view___

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2016-08-01 10:28:52 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Proof by example of why we need more women in positions of power like judgeships. What're the odds that a male judge would've given a shit about lack of pants & feminine hygiene products… let alone enough to immediately stop and call the warden about it? "Jail officials contend that the woman was wearing athletic shorts covered by a long shirt."

Source: http://www.wdrb.com/story/32574665/video-metro-corrections-inmate-appears-inappropriately-dressed-before-judge - Jefferson District Court, Louisville, Judge Amber Wolf.

Proof by example of why we need more women in positions of power like judgeships. What're the odds that a male judge would've given a shit about lack of pants & feminine hygiene products… let alone enough to immediately stop and call the warden about it? "Jail officials contend that the woman was wearing athletic shorts covered by a long shirt."

Source: http://www.wdrb.com/story/32574665/video-metro-corrections-inmate-appears-inappropriately-dressed-before-judge - Jefferson District Court, Louisville, Judge Amber Wolf.___

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2016-07-29 19:45:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Read it for yourself:
N.C. State Conference of the NAACP v. Patrick McCrory, No. 16-1468 (4th Cir. July 29, 2016):
http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161468.P.pdf

Previous decisions in these cases:

N.C. State Conf. of the NAACP v. McCrory, 997 F. Supp. 2d 322 (M.D.N.C. 2014)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1812729377622964517

League of Women Voters of N.C. v. North Carolina, 769 F.3d 224 (4th Cir. 2014)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1764802835619317129

North Carolina v. League of Women Voters of
N.C., 135 S. Ct. 6 (2014) (granting stay pending cert)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1049647598293159358

North Carolina v. League of Women Voters of N.C., 135 S.Ct. 1735 (2015) (denying cert)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=10108922086252364700

NC... more »

So, the 4th Circuit has struck down North Carolina's monstrous voter-suppression law. But I think the articles on how momentous this decision is -- and it's huge -- are understating its actual effect.

Because the 4th Circuit contains every plausible Southern swing state except Florida. ___Read it for yourself:
N.C. State Conference of the NAACP v. Patrick McCrory, No. 16-1468 (4th Cir. July 29, 2016):
http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161468.P.pdf

Previous decisions in these cases:

N.C. State Conf. of the NAACP v. McCrory, 997 F. Supp. 2d 322 (M.D.N.C. 2014)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1812729377622964517

League of Women Voters of N.C. v. North Carolina, 769 F.3d 224 (4th Cir. 2014)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1764802835619317129

North Carolina v. League of Women Voters of
N.C., 135 S. Ct. 6 (2014) (granting stay pending cert)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1049647598293159358

North Carolina v. League of Women Voters of N.C., 135 S.Ct. 1735 (2015) (denying cert)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=10108922086252364700

NC State Conf. NAACP v McCrory (combined) (M.D. N.C., Jan. 15, 2016)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13870395180579937067

NC State Conf. NAACP v McCrory (combined) (M.D. N.C., April 25, 2016)
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=5580510365985214792

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2016-07-28 10:36:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-27 20:37:18 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +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 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +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 (8 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; 4 +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___

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