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I don't know who made this, but it's a fun game for anyone who cares about sex workers' rights should they ever find themselves in a debate with a feminist who thinks sex work is a threat to women's rights. The acronym SWERF refers to radical feminists who exclude sex workers from the goals of equality.

(TERFs, alternatively, are radical feminists who exclude trans women. Since these two camps tend to overlap, people concerned with the right of people to self-determine often joke about harassment and abuse by feminists as the "SWERF and TERF menu".)
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HB2 remains a disaster, and the NC governor has doubled down on calling discrimination against trans people "common sense".
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So in case you haven't heard, a group of neo-Nazis decided to engage in a campaign to post publicly online personal information of anyone who has spoken up against them, for instance by opposing the choice of the conference organizers of LambdaConf to invite a prominent neo-Nazi to speak. The LambdaConf organizers have characterized the virulent racism as just "a political opinion" and refuse to rescind the invitation to speak.

They've already started harassing the friends and extended family of several people on the list, including harassing said people through their employers and the employers of their families. And more people are being added to the list, in their attempt to silence viewpoints that speak up against racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Some of your acquaintances (possibly including yours truly) are inevitably going to wind up on that "list of SJWs". It is worthwhile thinking about things you can do to support your friends, and to help anyone on that list. That is all.
Opposition research used to be for politics. Now it's fair game for anyone on the Internet you disagree with.
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Don't fight the hypothetical. I already admitted Hitler's art was poor. In this hypothetical (which was largely your analogy) it is notable for some reason simply so that for the sake of the analogy the organizers have a non-political reason to select it. (If you don't know why Urbit and Hoon would be interesting to someone interested in functional programming, perhaps you should read about them in more detail?) 
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Yay! I get one more weekend!
This is all because of an overlap of federal and state holidays with the usual April 15 IRS deadline.
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I'm counting on it.
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Let's talk for a second about North Carolina's HB2, and look the HRC's gift horse right in the mouth. Super happy that +Sundar Pichai signed the letter, but I am incredibly pissed at the organizers of the letter. Why?

Read the wording of the letter (and not the PR fluff surrounding it). The letter states opposition to HB2 because it "overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination". Says nothing about the fact that it specifically targets trans and gender-expression-variant people. This is like saying "all lives matter" instead of "black lives matter". Yes, overturning LGBT non-discrimination ordinances is bad. But the bill doesn't just 'sanction' discrimination, it causes massive discrimination and makes the state utterly unliveable for trans folks.

People need to say that they explicitly oppose bathroom bills. Not just say "we oppose attempts to repeal non-discrimination bills". It's downright cowardly and erasing to refer to HB2 as an "anti-LGBT" law. It was targeted specifically at trans people. Acknowledge it. Support trans people explicitly.

And never, ever, ever trust the HRC. Lambda Legal, NCTE, and the ACLU do great work. The HRC keeps repeatedly showing its true colors.
The Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC released a letter from dozens of major business leaders from across the country calling on NC Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal radical provisions of discriminatory HB 2 in upcoming legislative session
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I understand why you're angry. I would not have noticed that if it wasn't pointed out. I may even have made the same mistake. But perhaps now I won't. 
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Since several people have been asking me about this, I just want to mention: At Bradley's instigation, I spent a few hours chatting with Chris Poole a few years ago. What I discovered was a man who was quite thoughtful about issues of social dynamics and interactions. 

The things that 4chan became (in)famous for grew rather organically out of the system, out of the people who ended up congregating there and the ways they used the tools. Poole is by no means a troll or a troll-curator, and I actually think that with the rather different crowd of people who hang out here on G+, he's going to make something really exciting.

(When you ignore the people who came and went quickly, there's actually a pretty awesome culture here on the Plus. I've had more good conversations on this site than I've had, cumulatively, on the entire rest of the Internet. This is a good place to build from.)

So I'm looking forward to seeing what he does. And fear not: we aren't about to become a den of infamy. This isn't that kind of place, and we don't intend for it to be.
Chris Poole, the founder of 4chan, one of the world's most infamous websites, has joined Google. Poole announced the news in a blog post today, saying that he was impressed by the "intelligence,...
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I'm going to say this elsewhere as well, but I see a lot of analogies between Moot and between Grego from the Orson Scott Card Ender series.

"Grego: standing in the middle of the grassy square, the crowd alert around me, each of them connected to me by a taut invisible wire so that my will is their will, my mouth speaks their words, their hearts beat to my rhythm. I have never felt this before, this kind of life, to be part of a group like this, and not just part of it, but the mind of it, the center, so that my self includes all of them, hundreds of them, my rage is their rage, their hands are my hands, their eyes see only what I show them. The music of it, the cadence of invocation, answer, invocation, answer... They complete my phrases; when I have to stop to breathe in, they shout for me, so that my voice is never stilled, but rises out of the throats of five hundred men and women."

"A momentary silence. A lull. An opportunity. Think of the right words. Think of something to bring them back, they’re slipping away. They were part of my body, they were part of my self, but now they’re sliding away out from under me, one spasm and I’ve lost control if I ever had control; what can I say in this split second of silence that will bring them back to their senses?"
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The most comprehensive summary of sex work politics you'll ever read. It discusses the difference between legalization and decriminalization, details the different approaches in various countries, explains how criminalizing clients (the Nordic or Swedish model) fails, and examines how Western feminism is placing the concerns of professional women over those of poor, vulnerable people and youth, who tend to be "rescued" by being thrown in jail, detained or deported. Read the whole thing. Twice.
A growing movement of sex workers and activists is making the decriminalization of sex work a feminist issue.
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+Kyrinn S. Eis​ France is tasting its own Medicine for which it was famous once upon a time 
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People in MA, your ability to use public restrooms is also under fire.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1320

I could list out the ways in which it is bullshit, such as how it ignores that intersex people exist, or how it goes beyond bathrooms to also include activities like sports or educational programs. Or how the heck enforcement is supposed to work when not all cis women "pass" as women, or how trans people who "pass", whatever the fuck that means anymore, would be harassed going into the birth assignment room, or how cis people ALSO use different restrooms to, say, help a disabled partner or their child. But, perhaps you would like to continue your day without seeing me in full blown rant mode.

In the list of cis privilege, I would like to call out today "not having to periodically check up on the legal situation in your state to see if you're at risk to lose access to taking a piss in a public restroom".
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Google supports Massachusetts H.1577, a bill that would add "gender identity" to existing Massachusetts equal rights law, protecting transgender individuals from discrimination when using public accommodations.

We gathered in the Google Cambridge office last Friday to show our support for #EveryoneWelcome  in Google & in Massachusetts :)

For more info:
http://www.freedommassachusetts.org/
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1577
https://twitter.com/MassAGO/status/719587235679617024
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I'll probably produce a few useful essays next week out of #SREcon16. But for now, flight home, then sleep. From all I've heard so far people really enjoyed the conference, and I'm going to spend this weekend not seeing anyone but my spouse and metamour to decompress after overheating my extrovert emulation module.
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Also, hello from SREcon16 where we're having an industry-wide conversation about SRE.
 
My day job:  convincing wired reporters to put references to Hegel in stories about Google's Site Reliability Engineering division.  Status:  Exceeding Expectations. :-)

Also, this is about the SRE book and it's a great article.  
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We believe in equal rights and equal treatment for all. This North Carolina law is misguided & wrong. #WeAreNotThis · Embedded image. 3:20 PM - 24 Mar 2016. 367 Retweets446 Likes. Reply to @google. Replies. Art Or Not Art. 9m9 minutes ago. Art Or Not Art @artdecider. @google art.
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The actual citizens of North Carolina are nearly 2/3 against discrimination according to this polling data.  Most of the blame goes to the extremist government (and the system leading to that).
http://www.vox.com/2016/2/23/11100552/charlotte-north-carolina-lgbtq-pat-mccrory

Presumably why they wanted to ram this through so fast without public oversight.
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    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2014 - present
    As of June 2015, I manage the Bigtable Site Reliability Engineering team in New York City.
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    Senior Software Engineer (part-time), 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    TA (6.035/Sp2012, 6.172/Fa2012), LA (6.042/Sp2012), UROP (Su2012), 2012 - 2012
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    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2011 - 2012
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I make your intertubes work (or more specifically, bits and pieces of Google). Also a feminist, trans rights advocate, disability rights ally, social justice activist, and occasionally a sex-positive blogger and poster of vegan food porn. Veteran of the #nymwars.

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