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It's strange to be aware that I have a set of beliefs that I don't have adequate justification for, or even know to be false. I've been told that I'm fairly extreme both in having principled beliefs at all, and in self-awareness / internal consistency. I wonder whether this is what all beliefs are like for most people, not just a clearly tainted subset.
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Exactly!
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I've obtained the 2 videos that Memphis Airport claims are all they have on the screening of Hannah and Shirley Cohen. Hannah Cohen is the young woman with brain cancer who was bloodied by MIA PD after being arrested following a problem with TSA. Details @ https://s.ai/tsa/cohen

AIT screening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLCSUApEh-w&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- Cohens' AIT screening starts at 24:08 (mother first).

Exit and arrest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zLyUowapak&list=PLfijmJ80EzesGeV9_rb5jwZixLg0rzoEI
- starts off at around 28:20 in, but before then, the mother is waiting on the near left side (as one can see from the pan left at around 28-29m in).
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Recently I was at a party by a local friend. Made me think of how … my "normal" is pretty shit, and my disability is getting to be pragmatically crippling.

1. Getting there required multiple transfers at very large stations. I had not a fucking clue where anything was, and would've been totally lost. I was full on extreme light-sensitive (under glasses + hat + bus windows, sudden move out of shaded area was stabby pain) and mostly mute (partially to conserve my energy). Even following Alex, I was totally confused. Plus there was some problem with my Oyster card. And difficulty finding the right residential spot.

2. During, I had to ask for changes to the environment — lights dimmed dramatically (including computer monitors off), temperature changed (got a blanket, windows closed), etc — for me to be able to interact sighted (e.g. to be able to play a game that has cards). Yay imposing on others.

3. At the end, I had an episode and was stuck on the table for about an hour unable to move. Would have been worse had Alex not tended to me and known how to communicate w/ my locked-in clicks method plus some ASL fingerspelling. Even so, I wasn't able to even stand up on my own, even with my walking-stick — nor walk down a couple flights of steps on my own (had to be supported by Alex), nor have the stamina enough to get farther than the gate (so, reliant on taxi). And my phone died, so I had to be reliant on my host getting one for me too. And I was only barely functional for it, so it's not like I could have given him directions or payment or whatnot myself.


It's … I don't even know what. It's not a "new normal". It's been like this for years — at any time, any or all of this can happen, or significantly worse — but it's never acclimatized. It's just a reminder of being unable to … do really fucking basic things myself without disrupting others, like "get to a party, participate, and leave at the end".

I don't know how to deal with that. It is what it is, yes. But being a constant burden on others? I don't know if I could even survive living alone at this point for very long, let alone having a life.

There's been a lot of "I guess this is a thing I don't get to do any more" lately. "Live independently and productively without being a burden on others" being one of the things I can't do any more is … really extremely not okay for me.

And it makes all sorts of social relations have this completely unfair caveat of e.g. "oh by the way you might have to make sure I don't die and am able to get to transport etc if I suddenly keel over and go unresponsive". That's … really not okay either.

And of course it's just been getting worse over time, with no known reason, treatment, or cure. I'm just … crippled, now. In ways that are exceptionally difficult to explain to doctors and government agencies. (Which is a whole other quagmire. Having to explain to new doctors when I move often that yes, I really do need those controlled meds I've had for years, and waiting for you to refer me to yet another secondary evaluation is going to be pointless and risk me not having meds and get into a much, much worse state… having my health at the risk of some bureaucrat who doesn't think I've convinced them enough of my extremely rare condition and I have to play the whole dance over and over again, when I have so few spoons to even do the most basic things like even calling for a refill at all, is … "wearying" is so laughably understated that I'll just leave it there.)

Among too many other things that I won't get to.

So… I guess that I no longer just have disabilities. Rather, they have, in fact, disabled me.


… and on top of that, some people are still so generous and kind to me. I do not know how to deal with that, either.
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+Shaun Griffith If only I could even cache my own. But no.
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All you have to do is start your own religion. That you sincerely believe in.

Which reminds me, I was going to do that…
 
Ugh.

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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The most important part of the religions are the organizations. Believing that a flower petal fell off the flower to take the blame for someones passing gas doesn't mean much unless there is a group of other people that that shape their behavior in a different way from people who do not claim to share the belief.

Really, I remember people in my Jr High school thinking they were so smart because they claimed to be spiritual but be against organized religion. I am now pretty sure that that is silly. The organization may have helped its' members survive (whether by nice or nefarious means) The ritual and belief doesn't mean much without the behavior to match.

Also, blinding people will HID lights could kill them... and generally killing people cuts us off from their knowledge which might help help correct ourselves. Nearly everyone who drives a car with projector housings and HID lights is performing a crime against humanity.
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Furthermore, TSA has given me a response to the non Rehabilitation Act aspects of my SFO, BOS, and SEA complaints. (This is over 3 years late. But hey, they responded without my having to sue them to get this letter. Improvement!)
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+Tobias Thierer Of course not. But they acknowledge that they have to respond, at the very least. That is an improvement, though a small one.
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There are three companies in the country which run almost all of its private prisons: GEO, CCA, and MTC. This is a plot of the stock prices of the two public ones (GEO and CCA) today, after the Department of Justice announced that the Federal government was done with private prisons: the Deputy AG has directed the department to "substantially reduce" or decline to renew expiring contracts with all of them. [1]

It would be hard to find a set of companies that I would be happier to see fail. If you had to come up with an outrageous example of "perverse incentives," private prisons would top the list: these companies' contracts with states and localities specify minimum numbers of people that these governments must imprison, at which point they are handed over to these companies for use as "free" labor. [2]

One of the key motivating factors for this change was good journalism in action: an investigative reporter went undercover as a guard in a private prisons, and the resulting article is incredibly worth reading. If you haven't, check it out: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/cca-private-prisons-corrections-corporation-inmates-investigation-bauer


[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/the-department-of-justice-is-ending-the-use-of-private-prisons-2016-8

[2] Many people don't notice the loophole in the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." It took about seven years after the Civil War for people to realize the full economic value of this loophole, that you could arrest people on any charge and then use them as slave labor. Elaborate systems of kickbacks to judges and arrest quotas showed up almost immediately, and have been immensely profitable ever since)
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It needs to happen in the states, too, but it's a great start.
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This popped into my head while thinking of something completely different, so I scribbled it down real quick.
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+Rogue Black When you said "I would say then that unconscious sex is just off-limits." — did you mean that pragmatically only (as a matter of being careful about law as it happens to be), or as your own position morally? (You say you don't "also" think other things I listed are off-limits.)

Re BDSM: I fully agree with what you said, but unfortunately that's still not the state of the law in some states. (It's been improving gradually.) I do think it has a great deal to show on consent in general to things that are normally clearly illegal without consent, and "consensual non-consent" as a subset of that.


> I cannot grant the premise that all seniors are senile or have dementia. There is a wealth of evidence to the contrary.

I didn't presume (and don't believe) that either, but I acknowledge that I was unclear. My question of course pertains only to those who do have the condition described.


> No, I would not say that, however I'm guessing these cases, while I'm unfamiliar with them specifically and I'm taking you on face value that they exist, are complicated by communication and pornography laws. Inconsistencies need to be addressed.

Yes, there are differences in laws about statutory rape, possession/production/dissemination/etc of pornography in general and child pornography in particular, etc — both within and between states, let alone between the states and the federal laws.

(Hell, there are still differences like cousins being legally allowed to marry in one state, and criminalized for having sex in another.)


I gave the various analogies because they all have the common element, of someone being legally unable to give consent (under current law, in some jurisdictions).
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How long is an hour?

ETA: s/60/6/g
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36000s usually, but rarely, 36001
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+Sai Yes, I guess that follows from my comment. Or the extra second is it's "own' hour, if need be? I have no idea, really. ;-)

(I think I'll now crawl back in my nice, warm, safe hole where all days are 24hrs, all hours are 60m, all minutes are 60s.... Yes... much better... mmm...)
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Blizzard managed to make me cry about a robot.

Trigger warning for PTSD.
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TSA is starting to take my legal threats seriously. In an effort to avoid getting sued again for refusing to respond to my formal complaints, after some negotiations, they have given me their formal Rehab Act response to what happened to me at SEA, below.
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I wish I was successful enough to have bitcoin... 
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If you know any UK journalists, preferably in London, who'd be interested in a story about a major public entity knowingly violating clear UK law, harming public safety, please LMK. I have video & supporting docs.

One caveat: this is under embargo until Aug 22; maybe longer, if it acts on my request to take significant steps to correct the problem.
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+George Monbiot​ - look him up..
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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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