I agree that tarring an entire group with the same brush is not OK. I also understand the frustrations of everyone who’s been posting using the hashtag #AbledsAreWeird. I read stories every single day from blind people and other people with disabilities, (deaf people, people who are on the autism spectrum, ETC.), expressing frustration and anger at the way they have been treated and are still being treated by people who don’t appear to be disabled in any way, and I think jumping to condemn them for expressing that frustration which is something I see quite often, is also the wrong take. So far I’ve only seen one objector to the #AbledsAreWeird hashtag offer something that would communicate the same message without tarring an entire group with the same brush, and I think that’s telling.
I found out about the #AbledsareWeird hashtag due to the corresponding reactionary outrage on the part of those opposed, and I’m wondering at the irony of the outrage against the outrage.
Several of the people I’ve seen reacting with outrage/disgust/objection to the hashtag and accusing participants of bigotry against abled people are also more than willing to tar, say, undocumented immigrants with the same kind of brush, and I’m thinking that they should take their own advice when it comes to what is essentially tone policing of anyone participating in the AbledsAreWeird hashtag.
Alienating abled people is I think the least convincing of the arguments against the hashtag. By that logic, we shouldn’t fight for web or physical accessibility, because it might piss people off.
More broadly, I think there has to be a balance between offense/outrage and just letting live, but the people who bitch about everyone being offended all the time are just as trigger-happy and contribute to the whole thing. In other words, everybody’s offended all the time, even the people bitching about social justice warriors or whatever, but the grievances depend on who’s speaking. There is, after all, nothing new under the sun.
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Yet another advantage to owning my own data: I can share the text of screenshots as text. 🙂
I know that for you Facebook-having people, this is no big deal. You have resigned yourself to the idea of Facebook owning your data.
No, we haven’t all resigned ourselves to Facebook owning our data. But too many people have, or don’t understand why owning their data is important. So for the Facebook crowd, one more reason to own your data. Facebook wants to be the “one authentication service to rule them all”, and this is not a good thing because it means that should you choose not to have a Facebook account, you’ll lose access to other completely unrelated services. I’m picking on Facebook, but this would be just as bad if anyone else tried to do it. This is an example of social networks overstepping their bounds, and they wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t know they have millions of users who will gladly log into whatever with their Facebook account because it’s perceived to be quick and convenient, turning over all their data, (including personal information), to a for-profit company that will gladly sell it to the highest bidder.
BTW if you’re reading this on Facebook, click the link at the bottom of the status message to visit the original so you can see all the links.
Gorsuch would not protect the rights of disabled students
Contrary to an earlier decision by an impartial hearing officer, Judge Gorsuch held that a
student with autism did not have a right under the federal Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) to an education that would provide a chance to achieve intellectual
and social skills outside the classroom. This, even though Congress made clear that
?prepar[ing] [students] to lead productive and independent adult lives, to the maximum
extent possible” is a major goal of the IDEA. See Thompson R2-J Sch. Dist. v. Luke P., ex
rel. Jeff P., 540 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 2008).
Over a vigorous dissent, Judge Gorsuch authored the majority opinion in A.F. ex rel
Christine B. v. Española Pub. Sch., 801 F.3d 1245 (10th Cir. 2015), which held that a student
cannot, for technical reasons, assert a claim for violations of the Americans with Disabilities
Act if she had earlier settled with a school district for violations of the IDEA even though, as
Congress made clear, students have distinct rights under both laws.
Judge Gorsuch authored the majority opinion in Garcia v. Board of Education of
Albuquerque Public Schools, 520 F.3d 1116 (10th Cir. 2008), holding that even when a
school violates a student’s rights under the IDEA, the student may still be entitled to no
remedy for an IDEA violation if the student leaves the school out of frustration with the
school‘s continuous failure to follow the IDEA.
Supreme Court justices are confirmed by the senate. So, if you care about the rights of people with disabilities, (especially students), then if you’re not already ringing your congresscriters’ phones off the hook over some of these other nominees, now would be a good time to start.
@realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it . . . so I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working — and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.
I’m going with: Whatever he tweets on either account will get posted on the other. Sheesh.
The Great Trumkin is right. It will change. Because there’s nothing like watching a total douche bag fascist masquerading as a republican get elected to the highest office in the land to unite the country. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct, at every single level. I hope you like the presidency Trump, because you and your lackies, (inside and outside of the government), are going to work for it. There’s a time to put down the pitchforks. This time isn’t it. And I’m confident that, once all those people who voted for you thinking you’d make their lives better realize that you don’t give two shits about them, they’ll join up. So good luck with the next four years Mr. President Elect, because they’re going to be a very long four years.
- Expired SSL (certificate)
- Doesn’t force https, (I suppose when you have an expired certificate that’s just icing on the cake),
- Exposed CMS login information, both database username and password as well as weblogin username and password, (You’re a God damn moron if you do that, and you’re even worse if you’re selling full cybersecurity services and you’re doing that, and oh, did I mention the info is exposed in plain text files that live on the server and are browsable?)
- Uses Flash (which has become so prone to vulnerabilities that modern browsers don’t support it, and Adobe, (its creator), recommends that you use HTML 5 instead
- Using EOL’d (end-of-life, meaning it’s not even getting security updates), PHP version
- SSL Lab grade of F
- Using Joomla 3.1.1 (released in April, 2013 – current is 3.6.5)
- SSH exposed to public access, (why don’t you just post your root password somewhere and get it over with)
- FreeBSD 6 (released in 2008)
- Open ports, so many open ports…
If Giuliani is confirmed, we are completely and totally fucked on the cybersecurity front. Terrorists aren’t going to need to fly planes into buildings, or run over people with trucks. They’ll just have to sick a bunch of toasters on the government and take it all down. All this talk about defeating ISIS, and with a Giuliani confirmation, they’ll be handed the tool they’re literally most effective at using, and winning with. Good job guys, good fucking job!
Amanda is currently reading Code of Conduct
Amanda gave 3 stars to Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France (Rashi’s Daughters #3)
Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. Some sleet may mix in. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snowfall around one inch.
A mostly clear sky. Low near 25F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
If there’s enough snow/sleet, (in other words, more than just sprinking), I’ll be sure to provide some audio to contrast with Monday’s torrential downpour. We’re only supposed to get an inch, (which isn’t really a big deal), and it’ll stick around long enough to freeze and become icy slush over Saturday night. Also there will be raids on the stores tomorrow. Yay southern living!
It’s currently raining so hard outside that my computer’s tiny speakers can’t keep up. It’s been doing this pretty much all day. I sincerely hope we aren’t supposed to get more tomorrow because I’m pretty much sick of it.
Update: You can, apparently, scrape the feed, but only sort of, because you don’t get complete control of the data that comes across.
Amanda gave 4 stars to Act of War (Scot Harvath, #13)
(Actually, I did this Tuesday before I left work, so I’m not sure if it counts as part of today’s progress report, but anyway).
I plan to edit the files down to smaller size pieces, separating them into sections for easier consumption.
This morning, I listened to the first and second files again, and I also plan to retype the notes from those two files in a better attempt to glean what’s important from them.
Up until now, I’ve been focusing on typing the files verbatum, which has slowed me down.
I also plan to get in touch with Belinda to see about getting together this weekend to compare organization techniques, study together, ETC., since she’s been at this longer than I have.
My goal is to have all of this done by Tuesday of next week.
My files are in complete disarray right now, so among the tasks I’ve set for myself to have completed by Tuesday is imposing organization on them and their contents, which I feel will be accomplished by everything I’ve outlined above.