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Tuesday 224

Perspective | Why law enforcement has a blind spot for white male violence

Filed under: Politics — zundel @ am

The history of policing is linked to white male violence.

Source: Perspective | Why law enforcement has a blind spot for white male violence

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Thursday 219

Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Insect ‘Apocalypse’ in the U.S., Study Warns | Smart News | Smithsonian

Filed under: Politics, Science — zundel @ pm

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-pesticides-are-driving-us-insect-apocalypse-study-warns-180972839/

Monday 216

The El Paso mass shooting and defenses of white people with racist opinions.

Filed under: Politics — zundel @ pm

He was writing  in the dominant mode by which white nationalist ideas are presented in America: as a second-order concern, or, better yet, a third-order one, a warning that liberals, by denouncing racism, run the risk of offending or provoking the people who hold those racist views (or views that may seem, to a snobbish and uncaring coastal elite, to be racist, when in fact they reflect the reasonable or at least understandable frustrations or fears of the people who hold them).

Polite media outlets have been full of these defenses of racism, or defenses of the feelings of white people with racist opinions, since Trump’s victory.

via The El Paso mass shooting and defenses of white people with racist opinions.

Monday 85

Havel

Filed under: Politics — zundel @ pm

Havel’s Specter

What prevented rebellion was “the general unwillingness of consumption-oriented people to sacrifice some material certainties for the sake of their own spiritual and moral integrity.”

In Havel’s analysis, in other words, the basis of Communist power was consumerism. The Communist regimes were not different in kind from the West; they were merely, to borrow a phrase, the avant-garde, and Havel thought the West should consider them “a kind of warning.” In hand-to-hand combat, the dissident’s antagonist was banal greed, a force not destined to pass out of the world with the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Sunday 50

Selling digital snake oil to spooks

Filed under: Computers, Politics, Security — zundel @ am

Given that:

A Pentagon study in January found that it had paid $285 billion in three years to more than 120 contractors accused of fraud or wrongdoing.

this $20 million scam is small change.

Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Security

The software […] prompted an international false alarm that led President George W. Bush to order airliners to turn around over the Atlantic Ocean in 2003.

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Tuesday 3

Not driving in California

Filed under: Android, Politics, Security — Tags: — zundel @ pm

Court OKs searches of cell phones without warrant

Saturday 344

The Punishment of Success

Filed under: Medicine, Politics — Tags: , , — zundel @ am

AIM, the Adult Industry Medical Foundation, the most accomplished and successful sexual health organization in the US, and a national resource, continues to get attacked by unrealistic zealots and public officials on a turf war.

AIM Office To Reopen Tomorrow During Dispute With Health Dept.

L.A. City Council: Deny Film Permits to Non-Condom Shoots

The pragmatic and successful get harassed by the bureaucratic and political.

Friday 343

The Wisdom of Whores

Filed under: Medicine, Politics, Society — Tags: , — zundel @ am

During December you can download a free ebook version of Elizabeth Pisani‘s The Wisdom of Whores.

Saturday 302

Low-tech ball check

Filed under: Politics — Tags: — zundel @ am

For the First Time, the TSA Meets Resistance

Assume the position: TSA begins new nut-busting pat-downs

From the comments:

Wear a kilt or a skirt.

Don’t wear underwear.

Be hard, or wet.

Do not break eye contact the entire time.

Moan.

I, for one, welcome our new overlords.

We get so much for our tax dollars. Thanks.

Saturday 288

Porn, HIV, and AIM

Filed under: Medicine, Politics — Tags: , — zundel @ am

Anyone who has worked too closely with sexual health and government public health knows how political this can get — tragically.

Recently a porn actor got a positive result on an HIV test. And again a media and political storm erupts.

AIM does better testing and education than anyone in public health.

I quote from AIM‘s press release:

AIM HIV Press Release Oct. 13, 2010

The misfortune of a patient testing positive for HIV has been turned into a tragic farce by the efforts of groups to exploit the patient for their political and financial gain.

Under law, reporting to Los Angeles County HIV Epidemiology Program can only occur upon the return of a Western Blot test. That test was taken immediately upon the first indication of a potential infection, but the results take one week to return. Los Angeles County does not, and cannot under law, accept any other test results. […] AIM cannot, under the California regulations, provide any information to other state entities or private individuals.

Earlier this year, the State attempted to violate Federal HIPAA and related privacy laws by demanding personal, identifying information from a patient who tested positive for HIV in June 2009. The California judiciary, specifically Judge Winifred Smith of Alameda County, rejected those lawless efforts and issued a preliminary injunction last summer. Through the press, the State is making the same unlawful demands again, while knowing that the State is under a binding injunction barring it from demanding access to those kinds of records.

The industry is behaving responsibly and cautiously, as it always has, by placing a moratorium on filming any person one or two generations removed from sexual contact with the current patient. Upon completion of testing that cohort, in about ten days or two weeks, as well as highly sophisticated analyses of the genetic components of the infection, the nature of the exposure will be determined.

A little background:

Watch a video interview with AIM founder Sharon Mitchell. It’s worth watching the longer interview.
X-Rated Health: An Interview With Sharon Mitchell
also at http://aim-med.org/news/2010/04/28/1272486586/

Latest HIV-in-Porn-Panic: Rumor Control Central Re-Opens for Business

Unfortunately, irresponsible gossip bloggers, a sensationalistic local press and various activists with different agendas have already begun spinning the few facts thus far made public to their own ends, with potentially disastrous consequences. Before that process whirls out of control, let’s have a look at what we actually know so far.

Pfizer sued over Viagra ads

Monday 283

Paladino

Filed under: Politics — Tags: — zundel @ pm

Perhaps his name doesn’t mean what you’d think. Perhaps it means something else. Dan?

On Sunday, Mr. Paladino, speaking to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, said children should not be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

Unrepentant, Paladino Calls Gay Parades ‘Disgusting’

Friday 280

LoLoJack

Filed under: Politics — Tags: — zundel @ am

Double-plus-good, y’all.

Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back

We know real subversives only ride public transportation.

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