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I signed and so should you if you can afford to.
Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.
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Lapo Elkann, heir to the Fiat fortune, claimed in November that he had been kidnapped by a transgender sex worker in Manhattan, who was demanding his family send $10,000 (£8,000) "to guarantee his safety." When investigators caught up with him, they discovered it had all been a ruse by Elkann in an attempt to squeeze more money from his family after a bender in the Big Apple.

There appears to have been a woman involved -- at least, Elkann is said to have spent two days holed up with her, partying. He is believed to have come up with the plot when he ran out of money to continue paying for the sex worker's time and the substances being used.

The sex worker was also arrested when authorities caught up with Elkann, because the world is shitty and full of awfulness. According to the Daily Beast, however, the charges against the sex worker have been voided and sealed (source: It is not known under what terms, but thank the gods. Sex workers are not usually that fortunate.

An heir to the Fiat fortune is facing court in New York after allegedly faking his own kidnapping.
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#douchery  :/ What a bag.
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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.
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In the long run this is a good thing, because it allows the Hobby Lobby decision to be re-litigated before a supreme court without Scalia. 
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This is utterly hilarious, and so true.

I'm pretty sure I'm a combination of "Pansexual Trans Girl" and "Manic Poly Dream Girlfriend".

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+Gretchen S. I think I know at least four such couples. And I've been in one of them.
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It baffles me why ordinary police are allowed to carry guns in the US. Take guns away from cops, and it makes it harder for them to murder innocent people of color on the slightest whim.

Why not adopt the UK system of dedicated firearms units kept separate from ordinary patrol duties?

#AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter  
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There is a pervasive gun culture in this country. And it would be unsafe to disarm law enforcement before disarming the citizens.

I'd be fine with doing both.
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I'm excited to open registration for the June NYC SRE Tech Talks next Wednesday:

I'm also excited that SRE Tech Talks are coming to Cambridge, Pittsburgh, and Dublin, IE this summer. Preregister at
SRE is what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem. Our mission is to protect, provide for, and progress the software and systems behind all of Google’s public services.
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I signed and so should you if you can afford to.
Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.
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This is worth another read a year later now that we elected the person advocating mass-deportations...
Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.
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I was just thinking about this post. Wish it were getting more exposure.
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For #StevenUniverse  fans this can be a hard essay to read, but I think it's important. I want to know how my fave is problematic.
If the title isn’t a clue: Your favorite queer-awesome show fails on racial lines to a horribly deep degree, and nobody cares.
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Hmm. All I know about this show is that my more annoying QTPoC friends LIVE for Garnet memes. I initially found this essay a subjective autistic over-analysis of a freakin' cartoon.

I also believe this analysis is an important, alternative lesson on the real ways racist/racialized tropes are hidden throughout American culture. Hmm.
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Systematic racism is alive and well in America.

I live in a gentrifying black neighborhood (Bed-Stuy), and as I was coming home from work today I witnessed a moped rider being run off the street into parked cars by a white SUV. A blue striped white SUV. And the moped rider was my neighbor's son, who with his friends tinkers with and welds together homemade mopeds. And sometimes rides them around the block, at reasonable and safe speeds, signaling, always going the correct way down the streets etc. OH SHIT.

Four cops jumped out of the SUV [which had neither siren nor lights on] once he'd been forced into a parked car, tackled him, and arrested him, then confiscated his motorbike. A pile of other cops came to watch, including an unmarked car with two plainclothes police and a big van to haul away the bike.

I caught the whole thing on video as soon as I realized what was going on [and yes, you should film, any time you see a person of color being harassed by the police]. Seriously, the escalation of force and arrest was unnecessary and did nothing to make my neighborhood safer. Had this kid been white, he'd have been pulled over with siren/lights and let off with a warning. Instead, he was ridden off the road, tackled, and hauled off for arrest.

The racism of broken windows, caught in action. And we wonder why there are so few black engineers. Because when they tinker and experiment, they're locked up and given criminal records.
but they quipped to me about "I bet your phone has a lot of storage space, eh"? Was afraid to get closer than standing on my own property. Liz Fong-Jones. 2h2 hours ago. Liz Fong-Jones @lizthegrey. seriously, the way to pull people over is to flash lights and wait for them to pull over, ...
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I am so sorry to hear of this further violation of civil rights +Jame Ervin . I sincerely hope that soon those rights will be rightfully given.
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I demand disarmament of the NYPD, which murders innocent black civilians at an all-too-alarming rate. Police have demonstrated they have itchy trigger fingers and can't be trusted with black lives.

NYC folks: you can call your City Council member. Look them up at

Or call the Speaker of the City Council at 212-788-7210 and encourage her to act. Her thoughts and prayers etc. at are not enough by themselves.

Hope is not a strategy. Make it harder NOW for police to take black lives, even if the longer-term solution of changing racism and systemic injustice in America will take decades.

#AkaiGurley #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter
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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.

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.
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My white privilege came crashing down reading all these reports during the weekend. I live near Huntingdon where those notes were put through Polish people's mail boxes.

I'm an EU immigrant. It's quite a feeling to realise I could be a target at any time I'm in public space and seem foreign enough to not be 'an English rose born and bred'.

I wish people had voted Remain. I understand not everyone who voted Leave is a racist. I even go as far as saying I know we couldn't have known the racist outbursts were going to happen if Leave got the majority. I'm not calling for a second referendum, or allowing EU immigrants to vote.

All I personally want is that these reports and the expressions of shock and grief aren't being brushed off as boring and/or negativity, with the headline of 'we British now need to get to work to make this mess to work'. There are immigrants in UK too, who can't just up sticks and leave, who have to live and work in that same mess, who didn't ask for it, and want and NEED to work with British people to make it work, without feeling that their concerns and voices aren't worth the paper the politicians wipe their arses with.

UGH. I have spoken.
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