To the Sycophantic Morons Barking About the Courts to Get You to Vote

Guess what? So far, just 10 of Obama's judicial nominations, and less than 4%, have worked as lawyers at public interest organizations, according to this report from Alliance for Justice (pdf). It also shows that only 10 nominees have had experience representing workers in labor disputes. 85% have been either corporate attorneys or prosecutors. Yeah....your pseudo knowledge of civics sure showed us the importance of this issue:

"OMGZ vote! The SCOTUS and the courts, stupid!"

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Partisans and Their "Most Important Election of Our Lifetime" Crap

When partisans start in with the "most important election of our lifetime" nonsense, it shows how little they really care about your lifeline. The 2000 election qualifies, but it was stolen, and not by Ralph Nader. It was stolen by the Kangaroo SCOTUS, Katherine Harris, and the entire Bush family. What does that tell you? 

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Introducing priceman's Rants: No Real Choices for the People

Democrats disgust me now more than Republicans or the tea party with very few exceptions. Republicans and the tea party (barring some agreements on civil liberties and ending the wars) stand for something truly awful, but it is something. You have to respect that.

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Gender Prison: On Spreading Love...for Valentine's Week

I'd like people to read an Op-ed by Lucian Clark that was published in the Advocate this morning: Why Are Narratives Around Transgender People Always So Negative?

Clark has his own website, called Gender Terror.

People like me are terrors to people who hate trans* people. My very existence shatters many of their beliefs. I literally terrorize their definitions.

Similarly, my own Tuesday column, which I label Gender Prison is not about any prison I am locked in. It is about the prison you allow yourself to be incarcerated in...which I attempt to point out...because your imprisonment always works to our detriment.

I hope people have noticed that I search for positive news stories about us to mix in with the usual stories of us being assaulted and/or murdered. I mean, we can't ignore what happens to people like Islan Nettles and Cece McDonald and the others who have gotten less coverage…but whose lives are nonetheless deserving of having their existence acknowledged. But it is necessary to also share the lives of those who are…or could be…role models for the transpeople who are struggling to build meaningful lives.

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#StopTheNSA

The Day We Fight Back

Today is the day we fight back. It's only the beginning, but at least it's a start. We need to form broad coalitions to push back against the increasingly technologically advanced surveillance state we've let this nation become. Let's discuss some actionable goals each of us could take in order to initiate this push, either individually or together. We must prove that we are more than simply the aggregate of our data. We are also the small initiators of great change, if only we put our minds, bodies, and souls up to it.

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Sunday Train: Taking That High Speed Train in Georgia

I saw this news back in early January (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 8 Jan 2014):

A high speed rail line between Columbus and Atlanta would cost between $1.3-$3.9 billion over the next 20 years to build, but once up and running would more than pay for its operations and maintenance, a consultant said today.

It could also have a huge economic impact, according to Kirsten Berry, project manager consulting firm HNTB Corp., which performed the $350,000 study of the economic feasibility study of high speed rail between Columbus and Atlanta. The study was funded with a $300,000 Georgia Department of Transportation grant and the rest in private donations, according to city Director of Planning Rick Jones.

Now, the actual feasibility study itself has not been released, although the overview presentation to the Columbus GA stakeholders has been released, and I was going to wait until that feasibility study was available to talk about this on the Sunday Train. But then this happened:

Atlanta (CNN) -- Empty streets, shuttered storefronts and abandoned vehicles littering the side of the road. That was the scene across much of metropolitan Atlanta on Wednesday as people hunkered down to wait out the aftermath of a snow and ice storm that brought the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area to a screeching halt.

... and given the severe state of auto-dependency in the greater Atlanta area, I concluded that the state of plans for HSR in Georgia merits a closer look.

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Utah Republicans caught with their tweets down

Republican Utah lawmakers Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, decided to act like twelve-year-old boys on twitter last Monday. And I mean no offense to 12-year-old boys.

At least one intern was blamed for the "embarrassing situation."

Anderegg posted that a private men's room near his office was occupied and went on to add that he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change to use the open women's."

Niederhauser's account was quick to respond, chiding Anderegg for a computer glitch that last week mistakenly listed him as a co-sponsor of a bill that would ban discrimination against GLBT Uthans:

Switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you! You’re a new man. Er … woman.

Within an hour of the exchange, Brandie Balken's telephone began to ring. Balken is the executive director of Equality Utah, which advocates on behalf of the GLBT community in Utah. Many of the phone calls were from staff members of lawmakers.

They said, ‘We’ve got a problem here."

--Balken

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Marcy Wheeler joins Greenwald and Co. in the new First Look Media venture

Billionaire money or not, it's hard to believe that ALL these talented and principled people could be made to sell out! I'm feeling more and more like this will succeed, and not be fucked up by Omidyar. Fingers crossed!

emptywheel and First Look Media: Beginnings and Continuity

 

 

 

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Amnesty International report: The State Decides Who I Am

Amnesty International has a new report, published on Tuesday: The State Decides Who I Am: Lack of Legal Gender Recognition for Transgender People in Europe.

For transgender people, official identity documents reflecting their gender identity are vitally important for the enjoyment of their human rights. They are not only crucial when traveling but also for everyday life; depending on the specific country, individuals may be asked to produce an official document when they enroll in school, apply for a job, access a public library or open a bank account.

--Amnesty International, The State Decides Who I Am

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