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+Conlanging: The Documentaryconlangingfilm.com/about, is a feature length documentary film about conlangers worldwide, made by +Britton Watkins  (a conlanger!) and his husband +Josh Feldman . Their previous work includes the film +sennition.

The LCS is pleased to announce, conlang.org/conlanging-film, that we are supporting the film with:
a) a direct contribution of $1000,
b) up to $2,000 more in 1:1 matching grants for LCS members’ contributions to the film’s Indiegogo fundraiser*, indiegogo.com/projects/conlanging-documentary-film; and
c) 10 high-quality conlang flags, to be offered as perks.

* Anyone who is an LCS member at any time between July 11 and August 15, 2016 qualifies for the matching grant — even if you join after you made your contribution. (Once the fundraiser is finished, contributors will be sent information on how to claim the match.)

The film will be screened in full at the next LCC, for in person attendees. We also hope to have Britton there, presenting a talk about the journey of the film’s production and other highlights specially for conlangers.

If you have not contributed to the documentary fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. This is going to be a very important and high quality movie, which could not be in more capable hands. And any contribution you make, however small, will effectively be doubled through our grant. The fundraiser perks are very nice as well. :-)

If you would like to participate in the movie, you still have until August 15: conlangingfilm.com/mysubmission/
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+Ed S The contributor rewards are regardless of target match. Only the film itself is yet to be finished; the rest are already available. (Well, the shirt is still finalizing design, but that's a print-on-demand anyway.)
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Help wanted: any firearm, real or fictional, that resembles my ocarina

I would like to include the closest possible match in my sworn affidavit to the court, but I am failing to find any "firearm", even from a cartoon, that resembles my ocarina (as TSA alleged). If you can find one, please comment w/ a a link to an image and name of the source (e.g. make and model if real, or name of show and character if not).

(Yes, this is the exact same ocarina — a Pacchioni DoppiaV alto C — about which TSA said "Passenger Sai also had a heavy solid ceramic orange object. It was an extremely dense unidentifiable object that resembled a small firearm.")
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+Ethan ­ I think the x ray gun still has the lead on that.
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Combined with my other reshare of +Yonatan Zunger, let's be blunt: this is a preview of what the post-Trump US looks like. Not immediately, sure … but not that far in the future. It's a natural ideological progression.
 
In the department of news which should shock absolutely nobody, the Turkish parliament (controlled by Erdogan's "Justice and Development" party) has declared a three-month state of emergency, during which the President can detain people arbitrarily, issue decrees with the force of law, and do various similar things. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has promised to use this to "cleanse the state" and "eliminate those who are trying to harm the country."

At current count, over 10,000 people have been arrested following the coup, and nearly 60,000 have been removed permanently from their jobs, especially teachers, judges, and police officers. For contrast, roughly 750 people are believed to have actually taken part in the coup attempt.

(Bonus tip for those new to this subject: "temporary" states of emergency aren't. There's always some reason to extend them. Egypt had one continuously from 1981 until the government was overthrown in 2011, for example.)

via +Lauren Weinstein
Turkish lawmakers declared a three-month state of emergency Thursday, overwhelmingly approving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 's request for sweeping new powers to expand a government crackdown after last week's attempt military coup.
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French state of emergency has been going on for a while... And something always happens in the last 21 days to warrant its extension...
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I was rather concerned when people started to come out against the Turkish coup on the grounds that it was anti-democratic. Not because I'm convinced the coup would have been a great idea, but because there were two distinct groups objecting to the coup: one on the basis of democracy, and one on the basis of supporting Erdogan's autocracy. And it was very clear which of these groups would be holding the reins if the coup failed.

Since then, Erdogan has removed 2,700 judges and all 15,000 university deans in the country, as part of a broader set of roughly 45,000 people who have been fired, suspended, or detained. (See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-coup-latest-news-erdogan-istanbul-judges-removed-from-duty-failed-government-overthrow-a7140661.html) It's quite clear that most of these people had nothing to do with the coup, which was an entirely military affair, but that the lists of known enemies were well-prepared in advance. Today, a blanket travel ban preventing all academics from leaving the country was added.

Erdogan has further announced that an "important decision" will be coming later today, which is widely anticipated to be part of an absolute crackdown on any opposition to his rule. (This is, one should remember, a country where journalists are routinely sent to prison for insulting the President)

The fact is that Erdogan has been steadily and forcefully moving towards absolute rule for years, eliminating anyone he sees as either opposed to him or (in the case of his popular former PM Ahmet Davutoğlu) simply too popular in their own right.

There may be reasons to oppose the failed coup, but protecting democratic institutions is not one of them; it is highly unlikely that any such institutions will be left by the end of this year.
The crackdown touches nearly all of Turkey’s professions as authorities go after alleged coup supporters.
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Help wanted: transcription; FOIA document review; Patreon support

1. TSA agreed to the court giving me 45 days more to respond to their massive MSJ/Vaughn in the FOIA case. Court approved. So that's due Sept 22 now. At least some reprieve in looking through thousands of pages of non-accessible documents for clues of what is improperly withheld, missed in search, etc. Plus refresh of case law on withholdings, especially (b)(5), and briefing an equally massive opposition / cross-motion.*

2. I have to brief the SFO case by July 31, including supporting affidavits, transcripts, and a staggering amount of research. (Labeled as "SFO", it's really about all my medical liquids incidents nationwide, and related issues, and the related class actions.)

3. I have to file an alternative motion in the § 46110 motion ASAP, with affidavits and whatnot showing my "substantial interest" in TSA orders, as well as the existence of those secret orders, because TSA claims I filed my petition too early, and the court wouldn't let me supplement it. So I have to get a new petition filed one way or another, supported by overwhelming evidence so TSA can't play naïve.

4. I got an email today about the SEA response that they had to give me. It basically says "we're giving you more time to appeal". I responded about how I already did appeal, but I'd give them another chance. I had that set to file tomorrow, but it'll be put off another month.

5. I have to re-file a couple dozen FOIA/PA requests so they come under S.337 for litigation purposes. Fun. Also I should start a spreadsheet of that, and of all the procedural violations.

… and that's just the legal stuff. My personal life is a bit of a high-stress mess right now too. Spoons, what spoons?

* As a small sample of the scale of what I'm dealing with: here's my processing spreadsheet. So far I've broken out just the Vaughn indices — not including the declarations, MSJ arguments, etc., let alone my own analysis of the documents.

On the plus side, it gives a basic overview of what they claim they're withholding and why they claim they're withholding it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lDKlYu8ldjbaFSxeI2ae49pJYmBdcFA-o_YUeudd8Y8/edit#gid=0
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+Sven Guckes I doubt anyone would be interested in that kind of detail. And anyway, you can see 'em all in the case history if you want it.

This is more just me venting about current stressors. It is not particularly useful as a high-level or externally-understandable explanation.
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If you are enough of a geek that (a) you want to follow the AUSC Rules Committee's activities and (b) are frustrated at their lack of RSS feeds… here you go.

It's not advanced enough to get actual direct links to the document (that's buried in a sub-link), nor to deal with the pagination.

But it's at least enough to give updates so you (… I) don't have to manually check the pages @ http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/records-and-archives-rules-committees/

http://feed43.com/aosuc_rules_agendas.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_suggestions.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_reports.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_minutes.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_superceded.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_transcripts.xml

http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_fjc_studies.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_special_projects.xml
http://feed43.com/aousc_rules_style.xml
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The Washington Post pulls no punches.
He is unfit for the presidency and cannot be endorsed.
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It's a shame (and kind of pathetic) that more media outlets are not taking the same stand for the sake of the future of our nation. The MSM played the biggest role in getting fascism this close the White House with the non stop coverage they gave nearly every childish insult or insane policy statement this grifter made - not to mention the tacit consent and general acceptance of the pathogical lying and bigoted dog whistles that are a daily hallmark of Leader Trump's dark carnival. Neutrality is morally reprehensible when this fact is so clear: Donald Trump is a xenophobic nativist, an extreme danger to the freedoms and institutions our nation was founded on - he will have no concern with governing with the consent of the people - America's first despot and dictator. 
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My estimation of Somerville mayor Curtatone just went up:

“My unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment to addressing systemic racism in our nation,” Curtatone said in a statement to Boston.com. “I’ve made very clear to our officers that we should be thankful for—and reinforce—what we have here in Somerville: a safer community thanks to the highest quality policing by a force dedicated to community policing, de-escalation, proper use of force, and anti-bias awareness.”

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/07/20/somerville-police-union-asks-mayor-remove-black-lives-matter-banner-city-hall
Somerville police officers are asking that the city’s mayor remove a banner supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement from City Hall and replace it with one proclaiming “All Lives Matter.” In a Tuesday letter addressed to Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Somerville Police Employee’s Association, the bargaining unit for 90-95 patrol officers, called the city’s support of the …
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+Eric Duprey True. And much, much higher for blacks.
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+Yonatan Zunger, elaborating in the comments: "Nazism isn't just "that particular set of guys in the 1930's and 40's." It's an ideology with clear pillars: the conceptualization of history as a struggle between races (where "races" is a bit closer to the English word "nations"), the superiority of action over thought, the importance of the will of the leader as the purest expression of national greatness. It's perfectly possible to be a Nazi without wearing any particular design of uniform.

If we make the excuse saying "sure, it's the same thing, but he hasn't actually murdered millions of people yet, so it's not fair to compare them" then yes, we would be abetting: Hitler didn't magically start being bad in 1942 (Final Solution) and was just a radical political candidate before that. Nor did he magically start being bad in 1939 (invasion of Poland), or 1938 (Kristallnacht), or 1933 (burning of the Reichstag), or 1923 (Munich Putsch). Nazism existed before Hitler and it existed after Hitler, and Trump is a champion of precisely that ideology.

At this point, to make any excuses for them is abetting. Yes, they are actually that bad. We are dealing with actual, literal Nazis here. "

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“Aus Cleveland, mit deutschem Gruß” [1]

This image is actually an excellent illustration of the two varieties of the "German Greeting." As Wikipedia notes, [2] "Hitler gave the salute in two ways. When reviewing his troops or crowds, he generally used the traditional stiff armed salute. When greeting individuals, he used a modified version of the salute, bending his right arm while holding an open hand towards those greeted at shoulder height." I doubt he ever managed quite this smooth a transition between the two, though.

(For those who are about to argue that it was really a wave taken out of context... yes. That's absolutely possible. And an excuse like that would be perfectly reasonable the first time, or even the second time. But six months into a campaign where "did they really mean that Nazi reference?" comes up every week at the most, where speeches talk about nothing but the importance of the leader's unfettered Will and how this strengthens the nation against the other races which are slowly corrupting and destroying it, any benefit of the doubt is long lost.

In fact, it's actively inappropriate; when something has become clear and you still try to excuse it with a "benefit of the doubt," you're not being polite, you're abetting it.)

[1] "From Cleveland, with German Greetings." See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/laura-ingraham-called-appearing-nazi-salute-article-1.2719389
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_salute
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Help wanted: place to live in Boston, MA, NY, or DC areas Sept through Dec; Patreon support

I have an offer for a place to live in the Boston area, but for reasons I won't go into, I can't rely on that going through successfully, and need a backup. Ideally in the Boston area; next-ideally, in MA; otherwise, in NY or DC.

Also, have I mentioned I'm broke? Your support at patreon.com/saizai / s.ai/btc would help me be able to pay for things like rent and food. I currently cannot afford to do so, and the support systems for that are a lot harder than you think unless you've done it.

Oh, and I'm re-taking the LSAT; re-applying to and possibly visiting a bunch of law schools; possibly moving stuff out of storage from a nowheresville in New England when I can't drive; on meds I can't go without for a month that docs won't prescribe for more than a month and for which I can't re-establish care in a new place in less than 2-3 months; attempting to help people out on a few things I can't talk about publicly; currently unable to use my contacts because my eyes got fucked up and had to go to an ER (hopefully resolved soon); moving internationally at the end of August to an uncertain living situation; dealing with the FEC, IRS, and SSA (super efficient); checking a possible first real diagnosis for my photophobia (promising but have to always be conservative); meeting with TFL about how to fix their blind accessibility; depression being way up again; … etc etc fucking etc.

Sooo yeah. Two basics — having a safe place to live and having a bare minimum of money to live on — would be very helpful.

There's a lot of other stuff that would be helpful too, but I'm out of belief that it's worth trying to ask for more complicated support, and out of spoons to gamble on it. :-/
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FWIW, I think that is fairly unusual. There are fairly safe ways to do this. But we all make mistakes; it's just that here, a moment of inattention combined with a misunderstanding about the sound source caused not just bumping into something, but much more severe injury potential.
 

In copenhagen a year ago, I witnessed a blind man fall onto the tracks.
The trains give an audio signal when they are open for boarding, and he must have heard our train's signal, and mistaken it to have originated from his own platform (we were at the next track over, no platform in between).

I could see it coming, but the situation paralyzed me so that I couldn't act until he had already fallen.

And even then, all I could do was rush to the nearest door and shout as loudly as I could that a man was on the tracks.

Luckily someone reacted who could see him, and even more luckily the train pulling into the station managed to stop short. I don't know if the people waving at the driver contributed to that or not.

But it really drove it home how much of a gamble it is for a blind person to take a train at a normal station.

Here +Sai writes of the issues from personal experience.

Worth thinking about
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Not long ago, J. Kozinski wrote an essay on "Criminal Law 2.0"*, suggesting reforms to the federal rules to make criminal trials more fair. He didn't (and won't) actually propose them formally to change of the rules. So I've decided to do so.

You can help:
1. If you are comfortable with legalese: go through the suggestions in the paper and mirror them in my document, based as heavily as possible on existing court rules somewhere, and consistent with the existing rules. I've done two sections so far; copy that approach.

My document is open to comments, so you can make suggested edits inline.

2. The targets are some of the most cautious judges in the US, which demands a far different tone and approach. Note, also, that this cannot be an omnibus package. I'm limiting it to the reforms suggested in Kozinski's paper, so that it has a unifying theme and the credit of an extremely well respected jurist. It cannot include things that would require any change in law, just court procedure.

That said: if you are involved in any movements that care about criminal justice reform, please have their leaders get in contact with me privately. Please don't do wide dissemination yet. This cannot be treated as an ordinary political lobbying effort, or it will fail. It can benefit from amici that will be well respected by the judges and present themselves formally.


My aim is to have this done by about November. (Too much other stuff to do.)

* http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2015/06/Kozinski_Preface.pdf
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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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