elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
EFF to San Francisco Entertainment Commission: Don’t Turn SF into a Police State

APRIL 11TH, 2011
News Update by Eva Galperin

The city of San Francisco has a long history of political activism and cultural diversity, which could be in danger if the San Francisco Entertainment Commission has their way. The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined civil liberties and privacy groups in criticizing a proposal from the San Francisco Entertainment Commission that would require all venues with an occupancy of over 100 people to record the faces of all patrons and employees and scan their ID’s for storage in a database which they must hand over to law enforcement on request. If adopted, these rules would pose a grave threat to the rights of freedom of association, due process, and privacy in San Francisco.


I've already shared this on my FB, but please echo it along. As I wrote there: RAAAAAAAAAAAAGE.

If you live in SF, and you are able, please consider attending the public hearing tomorrow, April 12, at 6:30 PM
in Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.
 
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
I have not been posting about politics here recently for the simple reason that Facebook makes link-sharing so very very easy. But it's hard to make commentary there, considering the character limit.

Still. I got something to say. To all the, like, five people who are reading here.

Union busting? We got it.

Debtors' prisons? We'll get right on that.

Busting poor people who carry cash? Yep, working on it.

And don't even get me started on Republican efforts to make the IRS audit you to make sure that a) that pregnancy you terminated came about through rape or incest and that b) if your pregnancy did not come about through rape or incest, you didn't use any taxpayer money to pay for it, including using tax write-offs to pay for your NONgovernment-run health insurance plan.

Yeah, you heard me.

This is the shit that Republicans are working on, when they supposedly got elected to work to create jobs in this country.

RAAAAAAGE.
 
elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions

Filed by: Kate Kendell
April 17, 2010 4:00 PM

Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place--wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold's care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.


OH HELL NO.
 
elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
Court eases business, union election spending rule

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer

Thursday, January 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, (AP)

The Supreme Court threw out a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections Thursday, ruling that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress. The decision could drastically alter who gives and gets hundreds of millions of dollars in this year's crucial midterm elections.

By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned two of its own decisions as well as the decades-old law that said companies and labor unions can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. The decision threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.


As I just wrote in my Facebook, WHAT. WHAT. WHAT THE EVER-LIVING SHIT.

Congratulations, five conservative justices. You just gave nonliving entities which have huge checking accounts and which also already have a disproportionate influence on the governance of this country... even MORE influence. You just handed the Congress to the likes of AIG and Exxon/Mobil. I hope you're fucking proud of yourselves, you smug pieces of shit.

I wish I could go back in time to slap silly the moronic judges who declared that corporations should have the same rights as individuals.


ETA: And in fact, I am so furious about this that I left a comment at the White House website. No, Obama can't and shouldn't interfere with SCOTUS, but I had to register my opinion somewhere, and where better than at the top?
 
elbales: (Can of wup-ass)
Because I took part in a very short RaceFail conversation in a friend's journal which subsequently got linked to here, I am fully expecting at least a handful of people to drop by this journal to be hateful.

Do not even start with me. I did not comment in any of the many journals that were part of the mainline discussion because I had nothing I wanted to say on the topic.

If you comment on any post in this journal whatsoever, on any topic related to RaceFail, I will ban your ass, and if your comment is hateful, I will also report you. This is the only warning I'm going to give. I talk about issues of racism with people in real life. I do not choose to do it here on LiveJournal.

That's it. End of bitchface. I'm done with this shit.

ETA: Don't bother adding me to the linkspam on Dreamwidth. Seriously.
 
elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
Don't click through if reading stories about crime (and really scummy criminals) upsets you )

I think "broken" covers it if spread thinly. There is something very, very fucked up in our country's criminal justice system where it touches the lives of Native Americans. We can all thank the great men who signed and broke and signed and broke and signed all those treaties with the Indians. And I have no earthly idea how we could go about fixing it.
 

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