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Finishing up one of the two big motions in my TSA case — my reply in support of partial summary judgment. I'm now on the "no, TSA does not get to violate its own regulations" section. That really ought to go without saying, but their main defense is that I shouldn't get to make them do what they and their regulations said they'd do. (Srsly.) It's due by midnight Eastern time today; you can watch me write it (or contribute in document comments) if you want. :-P
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+Dan Zlotnikov I commented after I submitted it. It was submitted at 11:58 according to CM/ECF. ;-)

Impartiality is not, IMHO, the same as denying all post hoc extensions. There can be some reasonable standard for why you couldn't get it in (or extended) on time without being discriminatory. But they take almost any excuse to deny cert; they take very few cases.
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Webcomic: Marriage equality!! Fuck yes USA!! Congratulations!! But is in incredibly amusing to me how people on the internet are acting lik
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+Rugger Ducky​ wars are not emotional reactions. Making attention-seeking fuss on media is. Wars are calculated power games, although often miscalculated, but still.
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Had another atonic-tonic episode yesterday. Probably the most physically awkward one yet.

It was ~10pm. I was mid sentence, had just sat down on a stool by the kitchen counter, and had maybe a half second of warning (enough to put my stick out to tripod myself but not to get onto the floor in recovery position or say something). Was facing away from Brown, so it took a bit of time for them to notice something was wrong (until I was starting to slowly lose balance).

Brown helped me get down to the floor safely, but the dining table and kitchen counter were both in the way. We weren't really able to get me moved to a better location without causing more pain from neck / hip torsion, so I ended up spending about an hour under the table with Brown trying to make sure I wasn't hitting bone against wood too hard.

After getting my emergency meds it got better a bit and I eventually fell asleep for a couple hours. Woke up at 1am, groggy and a foggy, but able to at least walk myself to bed.

On the plus side, I didn't lose swallow, tongue-click, or index finger functionality during any of it. On the negative side, I probably would have been injured if I'd fallen from the stool, I had muscle spasms that made me hit my limbs on nearby wood, and I couldn't move my limbs at all (just eyes, mouth, and a couple fingers).

If a service dog had been there… I don't think the dog would've been able to do much other than possibly alert Brown a bit earlier (unless I get very lucky and it can detect onsets before I can, in which case the dangerous situation could've been entirely avoided), or possibly to act as a big furry pillow to prevent me from hitting my limbs against the table legs. Plus the mental relaxation.

Brown didn't have the strength to just lift and move me (eg to the nearby couch). A dog might have the strength to drag me, though as dead weight unable to move my own limbs to avoid injury and with table legs in the way, that seems like a difficult proposition.

No obvious trigger; was feeling fine beforehand, had just had most of dinner, was talking and walking (though with my stick), etc.

Sooooo yeah. I think that makes three or four in the last year or so. Not as bad as others (e.g. I didn't lose swallow or basic communication mechanisms, lasted only an hour), but pretty physically awkward.

Maybe I should just start avoiding any sort of unstable seating like stools. :-/
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+Missuss Waggsnapps Not particularly. Temperature was fine.
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I'm not really sure how to feel about this. The parts described — letting the kid have the gender expression, name, pronoun, etc they want — seem obviously fine to me. But there's at least an implication about whether medical treatment would be appropriate.

Hormonal treatment pre-puberty would surely be more effective than post- (e.g. androgen insensitivity syndrome seems like proof of that), but I've no idea how much benefit that tapers off at much earlier ages. And I really have no idea how early a child can develop a coherent, lasting gender identity (enough to justify medical intervention), nor how one would be able to tell.

Tough question, balancing the future adult's informed desire / consent vs the greater effectiveness of early treatment. Reminds me a bit of the cochlear implant issue in Deaf culture.

Also makes me wish there were more options for less all-or-nothing gender transition, and for reversibility / more effective post-adolescent treatment. Partially that's purely a medical technology issue, partially it's cultural, in that transitioning a little bit (or to a nonbinary gender) isn't as supported as transitioning to a strongly held binary gender identity.
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Puberty blockers have been used for over 20 years for precocious puberty. They have a long history of safety in kids.  If your child does have precocious puberty and you don't treat it, besides psychological issues your child will probably be short as ephiphyseal closure occurs early.  It's far more damaging to do nothing.
 
Like +B. Maura Townsend  my friend's child was the same age as her friend's when she expressed her gender.  She is also too young for puberty but will also go on puberty blockers when she's old enough, and will stay on them until she makes a decision.  Her parents are happy about the blockers, because it gives their child a chance to gain experiences that will allow their child to make the right decision for herself on a major life-altering situation.  
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Finishing up one of the two big motions in my TSA case — my reply in support of partial summary judgment. I'm now on the "no, TSA does not get to violate its own regulations" section. That really ought to go without saying, but their main defense is that I shouldn't get to make them do what they and their regulations said they'd do. (Srsly.) It's due by midnight Eastern time today; you can watch me write it (or contribute in document comments) if you want. :-P
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Gah so cute. Also gah that if I get a service dog, it'd be my fault in separating the dog from its first humans. :-/
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+Sai Valuing one's own life is something I've struggled with too, for a large swath of reasons. Hell, I think not valuing it highly is what helped me survive being a teenager in my parent's home. 

You've got my empathy, which perhaps is part of why I so badly want you to be able to value your life. Much love from me to you.
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Got my laptop operational again… just barely in time to write up my reply (69) re. the IFP affidavit privacy motion (65, 66) that TSA opposed (67).

Had to file an emergency motion for extension (68) last week (reason: "my hard drive is dying"). Next up: PSJ reply by July 6, MTD response by July 11. Wish I had more spoons…
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+Glenn Willen And with the $500 cost waived, 'cause it's a recall. :-P
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At Villa Pizza at NYC port authority bus terminal just now, navigating blind, the employees just straight up lied to me. I asked if they had anything vegetarian other than pizza, and they said no. A manager they said that actually they have salad, muffins / cookies, garlic bread, etc. I'm pretty sure they also had cheese bread, but they said they didn't. Lying to a blind person = zero stars.

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+Jeff Mitchell I specifically asked about things other than pizza, like bread sticks.
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Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.
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+Sai​​​​​​ I do have a spouse who helps with that, so the dog for me is a net spoon win. I still think I get a spoon win when the spouse is away and I'm going solo with the dog, but it's easier when the spouse is here.

We don't do intensive training, though - I'm always working on a few activities but it's all very low key. So we're always maintaining old behaviors as a matter of course, and thinking about one or two new ones.

Currently: working on moderating the excessive Dance of Joy when we prep for his walk, where he "helps" me put on my shoes by standing on my feet, leaps around me in circles, etc. I got him to moderate himself for me and then taught my spouse how to get the same behavior. It's still in progress but he now lies down calmly to prompt me to get the leash on. Spouse is now getting similar results after believing it wasn't possible. (Behold the power of feedback.)

And over-enthused greetings to other dogs, many of whom don't want a dog bounding up. I'd already trained him in an automatic sit when passing humans (sitting him gets him still and smaller, so a bicyclist or jogger can pass easily), so we're working on him holding the sit around dogs and not going "hihihihihi omg hi!" to them.

We've previously done a lot of other training, and that just gets maintained naturally by doing it as it comes up and reinforcing it.

He needs weekly brushing and I do all of that because for some reason the spouse doesn't like grooming. (It's astonishingly easy with a dog brought up to like being handled; for him grooming is another form of petting.) Most service dogs are from breeds that are moderate at most on grooming needs, but they do produce some fur. We had a Shepherd mix who gave "three bags full" twice a year when he blew coat. So there's extra cleaning, which is harder on carpet and very easy on wood or other smooth flooring. I hate vacuums so found a pet hair broom with rubber bristles which gets the fur off carpet and wood alike.

I go on 95% of the walks and have the leash on the majority of those, so I'm doing all of the time consuming parts. The dog gets me exercising more than I would alone because he's so happy to go out. I do less of the feeding because my hands ache a lot so it's hard to open containers. I do all of the pilling because spouse is squeamish about feeding pills (pilling isn't actually that hard, but you have to put your fingers in the dog's mouth if the pill tastes nasty), and I take point on any first aid.

It's very personal, though. I have a brain thing where I feel supported by dogs, so they don't drain energy from me the way humans can. (I'm an ambivert.... I need human time like an extrovert, but human time also drains me like an introvert. Dogs don't drain me.)

I would suggest sitting a friend's dog when they're on a trip, or fostering a low-challenge dog for a month, to see how you respond. Go for a low energy and well socialized dog for this test - any service dog will be matched to your energy levels and have excellent manners.
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Hi! My full name is Sai; my handle is saizai.

Right now, I'm primarily working on Make Your Laws (G+), a practical liquid democracy project. I also have CogSai (G+), a YouTube channel about cognitive science.

- I was twice suspended :-/

MYL disclaimer: things I post to my own stream are my own musings, not official positions on behalf of Make Your Laws. If I don't mention MYL, they're not even that, they're just my own personal political beliefs — something I do not mix with the non-partisan, systemic PoV I take with MYL. If you're reporting on MYL, please respect the difference; I do not want to be a public figure, and my personal political beliefs are not relevant.

If I know you outside G+, or if you have something interesting for us to talk about that hasn't come up in comments, please send me a private message. Unfortunately, I just get too many adds to track them. If I don't add you back, that's only a comment about my lack of mental bandwidth, not about you; I still enjoy good crunchy conversation, though.

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