don't let -isms pass as "silence implies consent"
I remember when I was a young woman working in Roxbury MA in a Digital Equipment manufacturing plant. The plant employed mostly local African-American black workers, and the man who ran the plant was Nigerian born, and a Nigerian citizen.
Believe me, the African-American American citizens were quite aware of the difference between a person who was a black person of free African descent and one who was a local descendant.
But moreover, anyone who worked at the plant who was a citizen of an African nation, or a citizen of the US of free African descent, was likely to be essentially racist against the "children of slaves," believing they came from a "damaged culture." That was the exact wording that was used.
There's a lot of kumbaya, in the informal and formal sense, since Obama declared his candidacy, regarding this issue. I for one have found it pretty refreshing.
People of every color find reasons to be "Sneeches." It's not a black thing, it's not a European thing. It happens between Japanese and everyone else in Asia. Between the main Chinese ethnic group and everyone else in China. Between the Brahmin in India and everyone else, and everyone else but the poor Dalit still, decades after Gandhi legislated morality.
Where people in the United States are more likely to think that the Rroma woman selling them a flower is a native American, and gypsies belong in some category with dragons, unicorns, and Disney characters, in Europe Rroma are still in the same honeybucket they were before they and the Jews were shipped to the camps, in a lot of peoples' minds.
It's actually almost refreshing when it bubbles up so we get to say stop it, in solidarity -- you know? We can pile on that as not being cool. Because we believe in judging people by the content of their character.
Prejudice isn't going away in our lifetime. We just need to stop thinking it's polite -- or even safer -- to ignore it. At school, at work, in media, in government.
"If you see something say something." Screw terrorism. Pick up on the hate, and tell them to STFU, y'all. The people who hate are so much more of a danger to our society.
Just tell them stop. One voice. One love. One nation under God.
three years and so much chilling effects later...
Vandersloot set out to destroy Mother Jones along with a young gay reporter who wrote a story for the Post-Dispatch about Vandersloot's homophobic obsession with barring gays from the Boy Scouts. He was brutal, throwing expensive lawyers and his own bullying presence into the mix. The reporter, Peter Zuckerman, was the target of full-page ads in the paper, and was outed publicly which brought him some serious harassment.
trying to come up with a way to continue on
has graciously offered to help me set up a page sometime in the next monthish. (Thanks, Scott!)
My dyscalculia makes working through web design even with forms pretty tortuous. Anything with forms really -- doing my own SSI work was horrible, even with all my background in grantwriting and administrivia.
And writing, much as I love it, slows me down a lot more than it once used to.
I am pondering, and testing waters. I have always been a storyteller, rather more gabby perhaps than I aught to be once I am going.
How would people feel about supporting a political/issue/AMA livestream sort of thing based on Patreon, if I set up the infrastructure for that, on a semi-regular basis? I'm looking at some of the stuff Amazon has set up for kits (which are incredibly cheap because of their acquisition of ). And since SSI is paying me back pay to when I first applied, I'll have a small lump, even after I pay some debts.
Ever the entrepreneur, I guess. But it's no good if people aren't interested in actually pitching a dime in the tin cup. :)
I used to work in radio, and when I'm not dealing with nonfiction, it would be fun to do some audiobook or record videos of storytelling (I used to busk some, and am considering getting my busking license in Cambridge next year again).
I know I'm "disabled" but dammit, I'm not dead. They'll dock my SSI and it's extra paperwork, but I'd rather do something useful and see if it pans out.
So, thoughts? You can send me email through my profile if you don't want to comment here too.
If I set up Patreon, how many folks who read my stuff would ponder putting in something, I don't know, monthly as a subscription, a per article thing, a per tweet thing, a per livestream thing -- what do people feel about this?
I've never done this before, and most people who are doing this are doing it to promote their music, or things more tangible as products than the on the spot analysis of current affairs. I think my strong suit is that I give a lot of insights into what's happening as it happens.
I like to think it's a good thing.
I don't want to stop doing it, but it would be nice for folks who can afford it, to be able to set up a channel such that I'm not living quite as lean, becaue now, it's pretty clear SSI is all I'm seeing for quite a while. My lawyer says it's likely three years until my case gets a hearing for SSDi.
So, I'm trying to get creative...heh...
Actually, I'm feeling a little ill over this.
You'll have no idea how many or how far back this goes.
ofcourse if you went to school in Iraq when Udae was coming it was not safe. But we should not expect that kind of safety standard in America.
Islamophobia is a disease - a form of paranoia
I'm not going to link the video, because I don't want to give her more hits, but notorious Islamophobe Pam Gellar is shopping around a video of a newly landed Muslim refugee in the EU, who, faced with a news camera, angrily draws his finger across his throat.
She frames this as an ISIS terrorist landing ready to kill all the white folks, naturally.
Well, what I see? Is a frightened political refugee saying, "Are you out of your mind? I am here fleeing persecution and have family back in Syria still -- get that camera out of my face!"
This man is likely no more harm than that little drowned boy. Pam Gellar is a beacon of hate.
Amazing how our fears and compassion (or lack thereof) color our world.
Does a long dead artist's politics influence your feelings on his art?
My mother, as the Jewish wife of a Unitarian Universalist minister, always endured Mendelssohn's Wedding March with thin lips pressed.
To her, it was not a joyous "Here comes the bride!" but a representation of the greater gentile society's ignorance or apathy regarding respect for rabidly anti-Semitic voices in the artistic community. But she was so often expected to attend weddings, and politely STFU on some couples special day.
She was appropriate.
Wagner used to get to her too.
Her father, a Polish Jew, lost everyone but his one brother in the Holocaust. His brother died without children during the war, and her dad died the year WWII ended, of pneumonia.
So when I read this article on 's site about a community organizer from NYC who protests Renoir exhibits from DC to Boston due to the artist's anti-Semitism (but citing the artists suck art style), I couldn't help chuckling, and thinking of my mom.
My life is odd...
Increasingly, intelligence and law enforcement uses business to skirt laws
When we told Adm. John Poindexter he couldn't have his Total Information Authority, we didn't know there would ever be Google and National Security Letters.
And that's how we got PRISM and Google crying for help through their quarterly reports on how many NSLs they're being served...
But the nature of things like Moore's Law say we need a systemic law to cover a systemic problem.
Can we just pass a law that says something like:
Law enforcement and intelligence services may not procure in the raw or for collation any data through the private sector that they aren't allowed by law to collect and collate for themselves.
Because you know, that would just solve a lot of problems. Systemically, it would solve about half the problems we've run into as "scandals" in the last decade or two.
It's not that privacy is dead. It's that our law enforcement and intelligence community are lazy bastards with heads like rules lawyers who assume that we need nannying, can't accept relative risks, and that they need to use CYA to protect themselves from us.
And of course, because they act like idiots, that last part is true.
Obscurantism, which is rampant in intel and law enforcement, creates self-fulfilling prophesies when errors are revealed in high policing. High policing is incompatible with democracy.
Stop it guys.
And stop with the sidestepping of your data collection rules by using the private sector. This isn't a game.
Here's today's example:
If you think you should be allowed to shred your own documents, you should support strong encryption.
When we shred documents we ensure that nobody (not even ourselves) can still read them. It's the safest way to ensure that old documents that you want to forget about don't fall into the wrong hands. There are other ways to prevent that, like storing your documents in a safe. That's a good idea, but it's not quite as good as shredding them because safes can be broken into.
So, when you're sure you don't need documents anymore, shedding them is a good idea. Businesses do this all the time, and it's legal as long as they have a clear and consistent policy.
Sometimes we are legally required to keep and hand over documents, like when they're relevant for a court case. But a law requiring everyone to keep all their documents forever, just in case, just because we now have the technology to do so cheaply, would be an unprecedented reversal of our traditional right to destroy information. That's what some government agencies want to do with the information we send over the Internet.
Now, you might wonder why we can't come up with a technical solution that satisfies everyone? For example, there is no technical reason why, with the appropriate search warrant, a government official can't be given secure access to information in your Gmail account. If we have the technology to secure your access to your Gmail account, we can also secure authorized government access. Securely authenticating users and checking their permissions requires careful work, but it's something we pretty much know how to do. (In particular, try out two-step authentication today!)
But securing communication over the Internet works differently. The idea is that on the open Internet, adversaries can record everything computers send and receive. (This is not just theoretical: we now believe that many governments and maybe others actually are recording lots of information!) But these recordings will be useless to them when our computers properly encrypt the connections and the bad guys don't have the keys.
So, if everything sent over the Internet might be recorded, how do we preserve our privacy? When a web browser is done downloading a file or you close an Internet chat, the software on both sides of the connection can automatically shred the keys. (The technical term for this is "perfect forward security".) This is very much like shredding a letter after you've read it, but more secure. It ensures that nobody can make a useful recording in transit and, unless the computers on either end save a copy, the information is gone.
Some U.S. government officials are proposing various vague but complicated-sounding schemes for giving the government access to the stuff we sent over the Internet. You don't need to know the details. Here's what they all, necessarily, have in common: they require that our computers don't shred the keys when we're done communicating. Instead they send them somewhere to be saved for later, in case the government needs them.
Building the systems to do this all the time would be an extremely difficult and expensive job for the computer industry, It can never be as safe as not doing it. Shredding stuff when we're done with it is always going to be safer than not shredding it. And the bad guys know this already.
So here's the question before us: do we want to give the computer industry a large, expensive project that will probably make the Internet more dangerous and scare away customers, in order to make things easier for large government agencies and law enforcement?
You might be concerned that the Internet will "go dark" for law enforcement. If everything is encrypted, how will they catch the bad guys? Well, there is still lots of information that's not shredded. Think about everything Google and Facebook and phone companies and your ISP and airlines and advertisers and banks know about us. Don't worry, the government will still be able to get the data it needs, if they know where to look. Figuring out appropriate legal processes for access to online accounts is quite doable.
Properly securing all that online data is a big and important job, and we're far from done. There are new security breaches in the news every week. We need to keep plugging away at keeping the bad guys out and shredding things when they are no longer needed.
Some companies are quite good at computer security (and I think Google is one of them), but for governments and industry as a whole, we're far behind. We need to do much better at defense, and for that we need strong encryption.
I don't care what his income background is.
I'm on SSI. I'm damn lucky I grew up with parents who grew up as kids during the Great Depression, and grew up in rural Vermont. Even so, all my food is not bought on SNAP. Some is bought on cash.
Part of that is because it is better for my nutrition if I spend some cash getting vegetables and fruits at Haymarket, here in Boston, which doesn't take SNAP, only cash. Otherwise, my diet would be very poor in fruits and veggies. Cities are particularly food deserts for meat, fresh fruit, and veggies for the poor.
That's why we're fat. We eat carbs and oils to load up cheap. We're pale, and fat, and unhealthy people, and that goes for our kids too. And our kids don't learn well or compete with the smart rich kids which suits folks on the cul-de-sacs JUST FINE.
Don't tell me it's about us being lazy. It's about who gets the next generation's jobs. Bill doesn't want the people who are poor now to succeed. Neither does Trump.
It's always like this. Italians struggled in Boston until they made it. Then they stepped on the necks of the Irish. Irish struggled, then they stepped on the necks of the blacks. Blacks have been struggling, latinos after, and everyone else after them. Let's not talk about what happened to the Roxbury mosque.
It's not about who specifically. It's about where they are in the current pecking order.
Everyone was stunned when Jack Kennedy got to be president in 1960 -- Catholic and Irish. Joe Kennedy's kid. Who remembers that now? It was as stunning as Obama having an African father, which when I was a young woman here in Boston, didn't make him African-American, but part African. Things change though. Now people just care that he's dark skinned, and are equally stunned as 1960.
But Jack Kennedy didn't represent the indentured Irish who came over to serve rich English households after the potato famines. And Obama certainly doesn't represent or descend from the slaves who were bought and sold as chattel property on our plantations for centuries They both came from relatively untouched, rich families, with traditions of charity or uplift perhaps.
Neither ever knew hunger.
Bill O'Reilly will never know hunger, and never (if he's lucky) have to worry about hunger for his children or his family.
I actually think I went by Haymarket on one of my too-few visits back East and thought it was amazing, though I didn't get to stop because we were on our way somewhere else. I really wanted to. The traffic was a thing of terror; if I lived in Boston or Cambridge I'd want it to be somewhere walkable. But a Bostonian friend of mine taught me how to drive with confidence in SF.
That's so sad about your friend.
Wonder if the kid behind the counter was any older than the community college students.
Here he is in full flower. He sees no contradiction with what he said he would do under fire, and what he actually did when he faced down a gunman.
I don't believe you can judge another person for how they behave when facing down a gunman. I don't believe you can say what you'd do in that situation if you haven't been there. But its hard for me to not judge Carson when he tells a gunman to go point his gun at someone else, and then comes back years later and says other people were doing it wrong – particularly when one of those other people did what Carson did not do, and demonstrated willingness to risk sacrificing his own life to save others.
The subtext of this article is not being emphasized.
The data on police violence against civilians has always been collected in this way by the FBI, and has always been radically under-reported.
Come on, ! Take it out to the next level. Transparency is winning out but the win is a win that extends back decades.
Until today, the FBI has worked tirelessly to discredit nonprofits and activists who attempted to critique the numbers coming out of the Justice Department, saying such effort at criticism sided with criminals and so on.
The methods the FBI relies on today, which they admit inevitably lead to under-reporting and delays, have been the basis of our crime stats throughout FBI record-keeping. #blm How many deaths and abuses went invisible? How many activists were discredited in the public eye on the basis of "hard statistics?" Families dissed?
Yes, it is beyond ridiculous. It is beyond the point where so many families deserve...I don't know...the common decency of an apology. Respect. Minimum.
Not just some bureaucratic twaddle about CYA.
It is particularly poignant to hear Chicago complain that their cops, who have not disentangled themselves from corrupt cooperation with local gangs since prohibition and yet adhere to the thin blue line and make death threats to internal whistleblowers (as recently as 2/15) are afraid to lay hands on gang members for fear of the "court of public opinion."
In Chicago, Rahm, most of us paying attention expect a cop who lays off a gang member electively? Is just protecting department associate business. But hey, nice PR.
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