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Oakland's new ordinance is unconscionable for a spectacular number of reasons.

First, it has no mechanism of due process whatsoever; a person can be evicted, either by their landlord or by the city attorney, simply on the basis of an accusation without any recourse.

Second, it gives several groups which already have great power over the poor an even greater power over the poor. This is not, normally, something one considers to be a positive objective.

And third, this gives police even more egregious power over sex workers, as simple arrest is now enough to get someone evicted from their home. Given the tendency of police to abuse such power in the past, e.g. to forcibly extort sex and money, I cannot imagine any reason why it would be reasonable to give them a far-more-serious club to hold over people's heads.

I would be quite shocked if this law were to survive a court challenge, as it seems to directly contradict constitutional guarantees of due process. However, it is also structured so that its victims are likely to be the ones least able to defend themselves, and to not be "attractive defendants" in the resulting case, which will make it harder to find a test case to take to court and get this overturned. That could leave this reprehensible ordinance on the books for years until it is finally resolved.

This sort of law cannot be allowed to stand: pressure needs to be placed on Oakland's city council to reverse its decision immediately.

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“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time, when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#CarlSagan   #Quote  
HT +Media Matters for America 
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Elegant little Aussie invention, injects air bubbles in shower water, feels same, saves water. http://phys.org/news82299918.html/
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These are some of the oldest trees on Earth. They're super badass. #WIREDclassic

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Listening to OMD's early records the last few days (Organisation, Architecture & Morality, Dazzle Ships). So, so great.
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