Unbranded; without a registered trademark.

 

We Need To Talk About Facebook

Just to give a short outline of the problem. By using Facebook, activists do not just make their own communication, their opinion, their ‘likes’, etc. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and we consider this far more important - they expose structures and individuals who themselves have little or nothing to do with Facebook. Facebook’s capability to search the net for relationships, similarities etc. is difficult to comprehend for lay people. The chatter on Facebook reproduces political structures for the authorities and for companies. These can be searched, sorted and aggregated not just in order to obtain precise statements regarding social relations, key people, etc., but also in order to make predictions, from which regularities can be deduced. Next to mobile phones, Facebook is the most subtle, cheapest and best surveillance technology available.

 

We Need To Talk About Facebook

Just to give a short outline of the problem. By using Facebook, activists do not just make their own communication, their opinion, their ‘likes’, etc. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and we consider this far more important - they expose structures and individuals who themselves have little or nothing to do with Facebook. Facebook’s capability to search the net for relationships, similarities etc. is difficult to comprehend for lay people. The chatter on Facebook reproduces political structures for the authorities and for companies. These can be searched, sorted and aggregated not just in order to obtain precise statements regarding social relations, key people, etc., but also in order to make predictions, from which regularities can be deduced. Next to mobile phones, Facebook is the most subtle, cheapest and best surveillance technology available.

 

SFBG:

One of the most interesting elements in this case is the possibility  that the legality of same-sex marriage in California may hinge on  whether a deputy clerk in Imperial County has the right to represent the  people of California in a legal appeal.
See, the governor and the  attorney general usually defend state laws when they’re challenged in  court, but in this case, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown  declined. In essence, they both said they thought Judge Vaugh Walker’s  decision overturning Prop. 8 was just fine.
So the supporters of Prop. 8 have to make the case they have  legal “standing” to appeal — and the judges seemed more than a little  dubious about that. The political group that backed Prop. 8 was in  trouble from the start, and couldn’t really demonstrate what legal  authority it had to handle the appeal. The deputy clerk from Imperial  County, which has a population of 166,000, argued through her lawyer  that she would have to sign marriage certificates, and that Prop. 8  directly affects her job. That didn’t get very far, either.
And if the  appeals court tosses the case on the standing issue, nothing else  matters. Walker’s ruling is affirmed and same-sex marriage is legal in  California.

SFBG:

One of the most interesting elements in this case is the possibility that the legality of same-sex marriage in California may hinge on whether a deputy clerk in Imperial County has the right to represent the people of California in a legal appeal.

See, the governor and the attorney general usually defend state laws when they’re challenged in court, but in this case, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown declined. In essence, they both said they thought Judge Vaugh Walker’s decision overturning Prop. 8 was just fine.

So the supporters of Prop. 8 have to make the case they have legal “standing” to appeal — and the judges seemed more than a little dubious about that. The political group that backed Prop. 8 was in trouble from the start, and couldn’t really demonstrate what legal authority it had to handle the appeal. The deputy clerk from Imperial County, which has a population of 166,000, argued through her lawyer that she would have to sign marriage certificates, and that Prop. 8 directly affects her job. That didn’t get very far, either.

And if the appeals court tosses the case on the standing issue, nothing else matters. Walker’s ruling is affirmed and same-sex marriage is legal in California.

thedailywhat:

Tweet of the Day: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responds to Lady Gaga via Twitter on the subject of domestic policy.
I’m not sure how I feel about this.

thedailywhat:

Tweet of the Day: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responds to Lady Gaga via Twitter on the subject of domestic policy.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

I brought up something new tonight…

amberofthismoment:

Over a few beers, I suddenly started spouting off about how my mom hasn’t met Casey after dating for a year and how much it bothers me that her side of the family doesn’t accept me and how I could be fired, legally, at any moment for being gay. I almost brought my drinking buddies to tears. Then I realized what a downer I was being and changed the subject.

But I’m still thinking about it.

Fury.

Excuse me, I have something in my eye.
Fuck off, it’s allergies.

Excuse me, I have something in my eye.

Fuck off, it’s allergies.

To paraphrase a great leader:
There is no substitute for having one of your own at the table.

To paraphrase a great leader:

There is no substitute for having one of your own at the table.

If you utter the words “activist judge” today, be prepared for your grandchildren to use the word “bigot” tomorrow.