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Identity Politics vs. The Law of Identity

Very nice essay here!  

Why AI must be stopped now

“With AI, humanity is outsourcing its executive control of nearly every key sector —finance, warfare, medicine, and agriculture—to algorithms with no moral capacity.”  Yves Smith Read the whole article here: Why Artificial Intelligence Must Be Stopped Now

from Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – quotes and notes

When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court? Her answer: When there are nine.   “[L]egal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion procedures … center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature …” Gonzales v. Carhart [She wasn’t pleased with the argument of Roe …

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an interesting comment about the dominance of binary

(from Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman) She writes, regarding a creature with a radial form, “something like a five-armed starfish” … “But the radial pattern which had developed out of the budding spiral had remained throughout evolution and completely dominated all mental and psychic processes” (p11) Is that why we’re so obsessed with binary? …

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Great piece from Babylon Bee – “I don’t want my skull fractured …”

“600,000 killed in …”

“600,000 killed in 4-inch advance on western front.” from The Onion’s Our Dumb Century (1915)

The Montreal Massacre (and Donna Decker’s Dancing in Red Shoes Can Kill You)

People who are/were shocked by the Montreal Massacre don’t know women’s history.  Men have been killing us for centuries.  Simply because we’re women.  They kill each other too, but in that case, it’s mostly because of their target’s sexual orientation, tribal affiliation, or skin color.  They kill us because of our sex. Is it more …

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“Factory workers guaranteed …”

“Factory workers guaranteed eight-hour work day while teething.” from The Onion’s Our Dumb Century (1907)

great line from David Brin’s Earth

“Honestly … I just couldn’t be interested in a man so egotistical he insists, in a world of ten billion people, that his genes are desperately needed.” (p120) (and so much else … a novel worth reading, for sure.)

Another Tim Dorsey novel …

Coconut Cowboy – as always, several good bits … about a meeting of an anarchist group (p205-6): “What would the official minutes look like? … ‘Meeting not called to order …’ ‘Minutes from previous meeting shredded …’ ‘Agenda rejected’ …’ ‘All officers impeached’ ‘Group disbanded’ …” about obsessive compulsive disorder (p206): “I prefer the term …

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