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My friend made a DnD group for newbies and while I have no idea what I’m doing, I know I’m proud of Athame, my Tiefling Druid.

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#whyisign #deaftalent learning ASL is incredibly fun and super beneficial but i didn’t always see it that way!! here i chronicle the struggle of accepting my Deaf identity and why i wanted to learn ASL!

Beta Launch!!

Hello everyone! Exciting news: we are ready to announce that we will be launching the Pillowfort beta this Friday, February 3rd, at 3PM EST! We’ll be sending out emails to everyone who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign with access keys you can use to create an account– you’ll get one key for each $5 you contributed, so if you receive more than one key you can create several accounts for yourself (with different emails or the same email), or give the extra keys to friends so they can sign up. We’ll also be releasing our community policies and details about the moderation system within the next couple days, so stay tuned for that. And as always, thanks to all of you for supporting us all this time, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Irresistible Mistakes Collab CM with Bluria Bene
Shunichiro Tachibana cv: Masahiro Yamanaka

The Jp app version is a few seconds longer and can be accessed on the campaign tab

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Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections
Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

Welcome to “Why We Didn’t Drop This 101″

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.

The scope and sophistication so concerned Obama administration officials that they took an unprecedented step – complaining directly to Moscow over a modern-day “red phone.” In October, two of the people said, the White House contacted the Kremlin on the back channel to offer detailed documents of what it said was Russia’s role in election meddling and to warn that the attacks risked setting off a broader conflict.

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Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said…

We’ve got to make sure this NEVER happens again

important caveat to my earlier post is that if you have directly relevant professional skills, even if you’re new in political work, you should definitely offer those to smaller organizations. If you’re a lawyer, a journalist (or former journalist - the point is more someone with media connections or knowledge about how to get media), a social worker, a graphic designer, a licensed childcare provider, a grant-writer, a videographer, a photographer, or an accountant – and you are willing to volunteer in that capacity – please go to a small organization first. Heck, if you’re a doctor or nurse, please volunteer with organizations where that is useful (tent city unions, environmental justice groups that study pollution impacts, students’ organizations fighting budget cuts that reduce nurse access, universal healthcare campaigns). 

I don’t have a problem getting former NYT employees or lawyers involved, and we actually have strict limits on volunteer labor in those capacities – because we have our own legal department, for example – so you will be able to use your skills more in a small organization and that organization will also disproportionately benefit. 

Macron, standing by Putin, calls RT and Sputnik ‘agents of influence’

Here’s an approximative translation of the exchange by this person

The question, asked by a RT journalist:

The Russian journalists [from Russia Today] had difficulties accessing your headquarters during your campaign. What do you think about this and how do you plan on building your relationship with journalists, Mr. President?

Macron’s reply:

I have always had an exemplary relationship with foreign journalists…but they have to be journalists.

Politicians are responsible for making decisions, & also also saying what they think: when press organisations spread vile untruths, they are no longer journalists, but agents of influence.

Russia Today and Sputnik were influential agents during the campaign that have, on several occasions, produced untruths about my person and my campaign. And I confirm to you that I considered that they had no place in my headquarters.

All professional foreign journalists, including Russian ones, had access to my campaign. It’s simple. Those are and always will be my rules. And that is why it was a serious matter that foreign press organisations, acting under under whomever’s influence, interfered in a democratic campaign by spreading grave untruths.

In this matter, madam, I will not yield anything. So, let us be clear. Russia Today and Sputnik did not act as press organisations and journalists, but as agents of influence, propaganda and lies. No more no less.

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Trump Promises to Cut Funding to Climate Change Programs in First 100 Days
In Gettysburg this weekend, Trump unveiled his agenda for first 100 days in office.

Donald Trump promised he would immediately redistribute funds earmarked for UN climate change programs and channel them to domestic projects. In a speech in Gettysburg, Trump said during his first 100 days in office, he would also lift restrictions on energy production, including oil, natural gas and “clean coal,” and greenlight projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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I'm really excited to have first dibs on a username instead of spending 2 days trying to think of an available one

I’m not going to lie: I can’t wait to be able to be Wolf instead of Volfy or Volfyblog, haha! Those getting beta access through the Indiegogo campaign are going to get a truly awesome reward in that regard.

A simple typo gave Russian hackers access to Clinton campaign emails

  • Russian hackers sent Clinton campaign manager John Podesta a falsified (phishing) message asking him to provide his email password.
  • Campaign aide Charles Delavan advised that the email was “legitimate” and “John needs to change his password immediately." 
  • Delavan says he knew it was a phishing attack and meant to type "illegitimate." Read more

One other thing I’d like to remind people is that the next president could nominate up to four Supreme Court Justices. I know that’s not a sexy issue and it doesn’t tend to dominate the headlines, but it really, really should. Whatever issues you’re passionate about (voting rights, access to abortion, campaign finance, health care, etc.) the Supreme Court wreaks massive influence on them all. The Court is composed of a mere (usually) nine people who together decide things like whether you should be able to vote in Alabama if you’re black or if you should have to drive 300 miles to get an abortion if you’ve been raped. So in the coming weeks and months you have to decide if you’d like Hillary Clinton to nominate the people who make those decisions for you or if you’d prefer Donald Trump to do that. To illustrate, Donald Trump could substantively influence critical decisions your granddaughter has to make about her reproductive health care, long after you’re dead. And that’s not a silly thought exercise, that’s an elementary understanding of how the Supreme Court, whose Justices are appointed for life, shapes American lives through law.

So my hope in writing all this is that somebody might read it and move past the cult of personality nonsense that makes up the bulk of election “news” and think about what matters to them, on an issue-by-issue basis and vote based on that.

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Donald Trump: Women Will 'Have To Go To Another State' For Abortions If Roe V. Wade Is Repealed
Trump pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose the law that guarantees women the right to have an abortion.

Affirming his campaign pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion, President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday said that women would “have to go to another state” to get an abortion if the court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” he said in his first post-election interview, on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?” Lesley Stahl asked.

Trump responded: “Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”

When Stahl asked if he thought that was acceptable, Trump said to wait and see.

“Well, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”

It is unclear exactly what Trump would do for reproductive rights as president, given that he has held a variety of positions on abortion, but the picture does not look bright.

Completely repealing Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion, would take some time because it would likely require several more Supreme Court vacancies to shift the balance of the court.

But as president, Trump could chip away at abortion access. He ran his campaign pledging to appoint “pro-life judges” to the Supreme Court and to allow states to outlaw abortion, frequently saying that the issue “should go back to the states.” In addition, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ®, has a history of opposing abortion and restricting reproductive rights in his state.

In March, Trump suggested that women who seek abortions should punished, though he later walked back his comments.

Interestingly, unlike with abortion, Trump on Sunday said that he would preserve last year’s Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality nationwide, saying that “it’s done” and “settled.”

“It was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done,” Trump said. “I’m fine with that.”

Trump would not say if he supports marriage equality, but Pence has said that it would lead to “societal collapse,” as well as that he believes being gay is a choice and supports the harmful practice of conversion therapy for LGBT individuals.

Ugh. Looks like Roe v. Wade and abortion access is grave danger.

h/t: Marina Fang at Huffington Post

Three ways in which capitalism limits democracy

I. Domains with broad collective effects removed from collective decision making

“First, by definition, ‘private’ ownership of means of production means that significant domains which have broad collective effects are simply removed from collective decision making.” Wright 2010, 82

Idea of democracy: collective decision about collective fate

  • “The idea of democracy is that people should collectively make decisions over those matters which affect their collective fate, not that all uses of resources in a society should be made through collective-democratic processes.” Wright 2010, 82

Private decisions of capitalist owners have collective consequences

  • “The key issue, then, is that the private decisions made by the owners of capitalist firms often have massive collective consequences both for employees and for people not directly employed in the firm, and thus the exclusion of such decisions from public deliberation and control reduces democracy.” Wright 2010, 82

More democratic society

  • Workers democratic control within firm
  • External democratic controls

II. Inability to democratically control capital flows undermines ability to set collective priorities

“… the inability of democratic bodies to control flows and movement of capital undermines the ability of democracy to set collective priorities even over those activities which capitalist firms themselves do not directly organize.” Wright 2010, 83

  • Local tax base depends on private investment
  • Limited power to decide how to allocate social surplus
  • Disinvestment constrains allocative decisions

“The issue here is not simply that many of these decisions are made outside of democratic deliberation, but that because investments are made privately, the threat of disinvestment heavily constrains all other allocative decisions within democratic bodies, even over those things in which capitalists do not make investments.” Wright 2010, 83

III. Concentrations of wealth subvert principles of political equality

“Third, the high concentrations of wealth and economic power generated by capitalist dynamics subvert principles of democratic political equality.” Wright 2010, 84

“The key to political equality is that morally irrelevant attributes should not generate inequalities in political power. Capitalism violate this condition.” Wright 2010, 84

Wealthy have disproportionate influence over political outcomes

  • “Wealthy people have a much greater ability to contribute to political campaigns. Powerful people in corporations are embedded in social networks which give them access to policy makers in government, and are in position to fund lobbyists to influence both politicians and bureaucratic officials. They have greater influence on the media, especially the private capitalist media, and through this they are able to influence public opinion.” Wright 2010, 84
  1. Contribute to political campaigns
  2. Access to policy makers
  3. Fund lobbyists
  4. Influence over media and thus public opinion

“While one-person-one-vote in electoral competition is a critical form of political equality, its efficacy in insuring broad political equality in capitalist democracies is severely undermined by the deep interconnections between political and economic power within capitalism.” Wright 2010, 84

SOURCE: Erik Olin Wright. 2010. Envisioning Real Utopias.

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What's your take on the news about one of Bernie's (now former) staffers breaching a firewall in the DNC database and accessing Hillary's data?

Okay so, I’m just going to explain what happened first of all to get everyone up to speed:

So today, the Bernie Sanders campaign just filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Convention for the right to view their voter data. 

All candidates bidding for the Democratic party nomination create contracts with the DNC which endow candidates with specialized voter data access relative to their campaigns, and the rules are very clear and finite: the DNC must keep data belonging to each campaign private and if either the candidate or the DNC breach the terms of their agreement then the agreement may only be terminated once the accusing party alerts the alleged perpetrating party as to why their contract is being terminated and gives them ten days to rectify the situation.

Earlier this week, the DNC voter software NGP VAN glitched and allowed the Bernie Sanders campaign to access the Hillary Clinton campaign’s voter data. The DNC alleges that several members of the Bernie Campaign took advantage of the glitch and accessed Clinton’s files, though the Bernie campaign fired Josh Uretsky whom they claim was the only man involved in the data collection. Uretsky has since said that he was only trying to show the DNC there was a problem in the first place, but I find that doubtful. Anyway, because member(s) of the Sanders campaign accessed said data, the DNC suspended the Sanders’ campaigns access to its own voter data which means that the campaign cannot find voter information which is important in fundraising and get out the vote efforts, which the Sanders campaign is claiming is costing them over $600,000 a day. 

The Sanders campaign filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the DNC did not follow their contract and did not notify the Sanders campaign of their plan to terminate their agreement nor its reasoning and thus did not give them the ten day rectification period. Also, they claim that they did nothing wrong in the first place because, regardless of whether or not Uretsky acted without authorization of the greater campaign, what he did was not technically a breach of the contract since he simply accessed available data, so it’s actually the DNC’s fault in the first place for breaching their contract with Hillary and publicizing her data.

In all honesty, I think that, whether or not the Sanders campaign acted with collective intent, the DNC are legally in the wrong at this point, they didn’t act in accordance with their own regulations and that’s on them. Sanders and his campaign have been wronged contractually, and the only obligation they really had to disregard the Clinton data would be a moral one - and that argument on part of the defendant isn’t viable in a court of law. 

As for my personal opinion, I’d say that I’m almost completely positive that the DNC is out to get Sanders in any way they can. It’s obvious they favor Hillary; she is the establishment candidate. They actively promote her, and their limit of the number of Democratic debates is a pretty shallow ploy to deny exposure to other candidates. And besides, this same thing happened in 2008 to the Clinton campaign, yet no one was suspended from voter access then.