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Not likely to be giving a link to the Daily Mail very often, but… that is a pretty awesome photo.
The stunning photograph shows the tiny brown weasel clinging to the back of the green woodpecker as it takes flight across Hornchurch Country Park in east London.
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Everyone has a mini-Putin on their back? d:
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In case you missed it: the DoJ issued a formal position statement in December saying that transgender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as gender discrimination.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-directs-department-include-gender-identity-under-sex-discrimination
http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2014/12/18/title_vii_memo.pdf
New Memo Applies to All Department of Justice Components and U.S. Attorneys. Attorney General Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will take the position in litigation that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on ...
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+Gordon Hatt More like the drive-by potshot style, but close enough. :-P

And yay progress.
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Woot!

Although I have a tendency to read indigent as indignant ;-)
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Dear Googlers: Please fix search for legal cites.

Example: google "Thomas v. Cate, 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012, 1029-1030 (E.D. Cal. 2010)". That's a full, standard format case citation.

I get various docs that cite it (which is actually useful, since I can spider others' arguments that cite it*), but not the case. OK, let's try scholar.google.com -> case law (which I can't autosearch from scholar.google.com tab completion in chrome, which is another problem). Huh, still no results.

Only when I put in the bare case cite - 715 F. Supp. 2d 1012 - dod I finally get the result. Instead, it should be the first google hit, with a direct link to paragraph 1029, i.e. https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8077828207685361756#p1029

* Note that 'how cited' in google scholar -> case law doesn't reveal non-opinion citations. Which, again, lame. I want to know how it's been cited in arguments, not just in opinions. Argument citations' context very often have relevant case collections and so forth.

While I'm at it:
* Could you please just buy everything on PACER and offer to make it all hosted for free to the courts? Paying 10¢ per page for electronic documents is sheer nonsense.

* Please support Westlaw & Lexis cites too. I don't have access to either, but I often have to look up cases cited using WL. And you don't seem to even have FRD opinion texts at all. (E.g. "United States ex rel. Englund v. Los Angeles, 235 F.R.D. 675, 684 (E.D. Cal. 2006)" - it has citations, but not the opinion. What gives?)

As is, google scholar very often fails, even for opinions. I end up having to try to find it in PACER case locator, go through the docket manually to find the date & document #, and only then do I get to read the document (not always even then, since some docket-listed documents aren't on PACER for whatever reason).

Spending $0.20-$3.00 just to search for a court opinion (supposed to be free!) is incredibly stupid.

* You have duplications in google scholar, eg among different citation forms of the same thing, even for SCOTUS cases (eg US vs Sup Ct style cites). I suggest collapsing them and making parallel paragraph citation anchors (#p for the most official, #sctp, #wlp, etc for the rest).

Example: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=8221341191343035930&hl=en&as_sdt=8006

* Adding the docket text for opinion results would be helpful. It often has tl;dr summaries or some extra info.

* Linking related cases (eg appeals) would also be very helpful.
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+Glenn Willen I use RECAP all the time. :-)
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TSA case update - my filings yesterday & today:

#25 Emergency to compel response to my affidavit and give me more time to respond to such a complicated MTD, which can be severed from the PSJ I filed almost two months ago. (Plus their counsel is testifying in a motion, tsk.)

#26 Motion re their FTCA administrative remedy deficiency claims (together with more definite statement, #26-1, of money damages on the underlying cases, which will hopefully prevent any similar FTCA timeliness claim in the later suits for those)

#27 Motion to partially substitute & join US as defendant-intervenor

Of course, all opposed, even though 28 U.S. Code § 2679(d)(1) makes substitution mandatory once a certification is filed, which they did.

Their position seems to be basically "oppose absolutely everything". I tried hard to negotiate a reasonably amicable settlement. But at this point, I suppose it's murum aries attigit.

I'm sharing the full folder of (electronic format) filings so you can peruse it all for yourself. Everything will be put in there as it's filed, in case you want to keep tabs on it.
Sai v DHS et al 1-14-cv-01876-RDM 2015-02-25 20 Sai Combined reply re motion to compel 26(f) conference, response in opposition to motion to stay, and cross-motion for 28 USC 1292(b) certificate of appealability.pdf. Feb 26. PDF. Sai v DHS et al 1-14-cv-01876-RDM 2015-02-25 20-1 Exhibit George v ...
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+Joseph DeVincentis It did, but I kept trying to give them more chances to cooperate. Perhaps they saw this as weakness rather than reasonability; perhaps they would have acted the same regardless.

In any case, fuckit. As to the organization, no surrender. As to the individuals in this particular case (who are as yet not represented separately), I'm still open to negotiation (i.e. a plea deal of admissible testimony blaming someone else in exchange for individual capacity dismissal).
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TSA case update: Here's their response to my complaint: 31 pages of total stonewalling.

Basically, they say that I have no right to get an answer to my Rehab Act complaint at all; they're not liable for anything even if they did deliberately obstruct the investigation; I have no right to sue any of them individually nor the agencies themselves; the court has no subject matter jurisdiction; etc etc etc.

I wish I could say I was surprised by anything other than the length, but I'm not.
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+Filip H.F. Slagter Cthulhu forbid they do something decent.
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TSA case update: Just filed a combined reply re my motion to compel their participation in a 26(f) discovery conference, response to their motion to stay discovery, and motion for certification of 1292(b) interlocutory appeal. Links to my exhibits, my motion, their response, etc in the sidebar comments at top of the document.

Probably the most thoroughly researched motion I've filed so far. We'll see how it goes. They have 10 days to file a reply to this, and until tomorrow to file an answer or motion to dismiss for my complaint, and a response to my motion for partial summary judgment.
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Sai v DHS et al 1-14-cv-01876-RDM 2015-02-25 Combined reply re motion to compel 26(f) conference, response in opposition to motion to stay, and cross-motion for 28 USC 1292(b) certificate of appealabilityUnited States District Court for the District of Columbia Sai Plaintiff v. Department of Homeland Security et al Defendants Civil Action No.: 1:14-cv-01876-RDM Combined reply re motion to compel 26(f) conference, response in opposition to motion to stay, and cross-motion for 28 USC 1292(b) cer
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+Filip H.F. Slagter Quite possible, at least for TSA HQ. They did track my posts on various other forums. Don't know if their lawyer does that too.
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TSA just released their response to my complaint about my screening at BOS (http://s.ai/tsa/#bos):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VTjZZUmVmZFpYeTg/

They claim that not answering questions is somehow "obstructing"; that my use of paper to communicate objections to the search, rather than to answer questions, meant that I did not have the right to have paper; that I was never discriminated against on the basis of my disability; etc.

That's a whole bunch of lies, omissions, and blatant misrepresentation of law… but at least now I have them on record. And it only took 25 months and a lawsuit, instead of the 6 months and simple complaint required by law.

They still haven't responded to my complaint about my screening at SFO (http://s.ai/tsa/#sfo).

My Rehabilitation Act lawsuit: 
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VS1RDTkZfZHRrdmM#list 

- Note especially the complaint, their motion to dismiss, and the motion to compel & response to it — docs # 1, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30 & attachments.


Even their own documents about it, which I got from my FOIA / Privacy Act lawsuit, contradict their claims. See e.g. the BDOs' statements about my screening, where they explicitly say that my not speaking and my satirical t-shirt were why I was subjected to secondary screening:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VYTFjN2JOMlJiVU0/

(Those statements have multiple outright lies, as the CCTV video proves, but I haven't uploaded a final cut of the video yet. Will try to get it up soon.)

PS Support would be appreciated: PayPal http://s.ai/pp / Bitcoin http://s.ai/btc
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+Beth Winegarner TSA aren't even police. They have no authority to do anything other than search for weapons or explosives, in the least intrusive manner possible — and I in no way obstructed that at any point. And, y'know, 1st, 4th, & 5th amendments.

Unlike Bonds, I was not testifying before a grand jury and was not using a refusal to answer to somehow mislead, let alone to mislead someone to whom it is illegal to make false statements. I had not obligation whatsoever to say anything, nor did they have any right to take any action against me for that.

They sure as fuck do not get to literally prevent me from speaking based on my choice to speak in protest of their actions rather than in answer to their unlawful interrogation.
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+Thomas Tuttle He previously posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xe6nLVXEC0 - lyrics: https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Boyinaband/Don-t-Stay-in-School — about the K-12 curriculum being mostly useless and overly forced. It went viral.
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Today, the FEC released a new draft response to our request re. whether foreign nationals can contribute the IP resulting from their coding and designing services to us, and we submitted comments on the existing drafts. Both are @ https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/volunteer_ip#docs

It's open to public comment until March 4 at 5pm Eastern. If you want to comment on the record, just email ao@fec.gov, refer to AOR 2014-20, give your name, and clearly explain your position. It's currently scheduled for discussion at the March 5 open meeting, though that may be moved to March 6 or 10 depending on weather.
Should PACs be allowed to receive contributions of intellectual property from foreign nationals' volunteer services? AOR 2014-20 (original) / (FEC scan). Foreign nationals aren't allowed to contribute money (or other "things of value") to a political committee, but they are allowed to volunteer ...
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Does your company have a drinking culture? I wrote this document in collaboration with folks who care deeply about workplace culture and its intersection with alcohol. We hope it will help colleagues understand and include each other better throughout the working world.
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Inclusiveness Towards Non-Drinkers: FAQMaking Employee and Client Events Welcoming to Non-Drinkers Frequently Asked Questions This document: http://tinyurl.com/sober-faq Send this document to your company’s marketing team, event organizers, and leadership, to help them understand the importance of making events inclusive and welcoming to
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+Kenneth Lakin the Psychology Today link has "Though studies showing that FAS was a very rare outcome of largely severe alcoholism emerged as early as 1980—with numbers never rising over 1 case in 1000—FAS as a notion was transformative" which was good enough for me.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-gender-ourselves/201211/loaded-question-drinking-while-pregnant
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I find it interesting how some people seem to think that, basically, they get to pick whichever laws they want to follow and declare the rest of them not 'legal'. After a whole ton of pseudolegal bullshit, it boils down to just "I don't think this law is right".

And really, I get that. There are lots of laws I don't think are right. On some, the Supreme Court agrees with me; on some they don't, so oh well, sucks to be me, gotta change the law. That's the step I think they just skip over. Instead of acknowledging that the law exists and sucks and needs to change, they just go straight to whatever pseudolegal belief they have about "natural law" or "jurisdiction" or the like and deny that the law even exists (or at least, as applied to them).

I guess I find such mystical thinking in general fairly fascinating. (See e.g. my post about David-Wynn Miller's oeuvre [1] for an even more crazy strain of this. Watching his videos gives me the same kind of fascination as watching videos of people with really rather horrible but somewhat hilarious neurological disorders like anosagnosia.)

Warning: link is to a youtube comment thread. Similar amusing BS in the video. :-P


[1] https://plus.google.com/103112149634414554669/posts/HqHPmtmpjvE
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+Sai Sounds like they do in your country.  But not in NZ they can't.  Only a psychiatrist can lock up a person.  

I agree that society that makes differently people people "disabled" so by making assumptions that we are all "normal" (e.g. in the case of deaf people, NZ recognises sign language as an official third language but it is not taught to all children in school so this is only a first step).
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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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I'm interested in lots and lots of things; this is only a small part of them. See my website for more: http://s.ai

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I'm mononymous; my full legal name is just "Sai". AFAIK it's the shortest [Romanized] full name in the world. I also have the shortest possible email: i@s.ai [modulo ccTLDs that have direct MX records, which SMTP may or may not support…].
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