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Jaybird

Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Jaybird
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    Two indicators:

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  2. Chip Daniels
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    Tales from the American Gulag:
    Arizona inducing the labor of pregnant prisoners against their will
    The Arizona Department of Corrections is inducing the labor of pregnant prisoners against their will, according to three women incarcerated at the Perryville prison in Buckeye.

    The women say they were forced to have their labor induced, despite wanting to have a spontaneous birth.

    Medical records reviewed by The Arizona Republic show all three women were induced before their due dates. The women consented to have their medical information released. Stephanie Pearson and Desiree Romero had their labor induced at 39 weeks gestation in 2022. Jocelyn Heffner was induced in the 37th week of gestation on two separate occasions during separate incarcerations in 2020 and 2022. Report

  3. Jaybird
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    A couple of Tuesday Afternoon newsdumps that get into both Congress working with Twitter and the FBI doing so:

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  4. LeeEsq
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    No thread on the happenings and going on in Congress right now?Report

  5. Jaybird
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    Another one of these.

    Seriously, you’d think that the people who do this would do a better job of keeping a low profile.

    Since at least 2017, Kay LeClaire has claimed Métis, Oneida, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Cuban and Jewish heritage. Additionally, they identify as “two-spirit,” a term many Indigenous people use to describe a non-binary gender identity. In addition to becoming a member and co-owner of giige, LeClaire earned several artists’ stipends, a paid residency at the University of Wisconsin, a place on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force and many speaking gigs and art exhibitions, not to mention a platform and trust of a community – all based on an ethnic identity that appears to have been fully fabricated.

    LeClaire declined to be interviewed, but provided a statement by email to Madison365.

    “I am sorry,” they wrote. “A lot of information has come to my attention since late December. I am still processing it all and do not yet know how to respond adequately. What I can do now is offer change. Moving forward, my efforts will be towards reducing harm by following the directions provided by Native community members and community-specified proxies. Currently, this means that I am not using the Ojibwe name given to me and am removing myself from all community spaces, positions, projects, and grants and will not seek new ones. Any culturally related items I hold are being redistributed back in community, either to the original makers and gift-givers when possible or elsewhere as determined by community members. Thank you.”

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  6. Philip H
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    She glanced around. This didn’t look like some random prank. Her family was one of the only Jewish households on their street in Stoneham, Mass. Five more swastikas littered the lawn that November morning. Five more menacing scribbles:

    JEW BITCH.

    JESUS HATER.

    GO TO HELL, JEW BITCH.

    The girl ran back inside.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2023/01/03/hate-speech-rise-antisemitism/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F38b99b8%2F63b5ba9fef9bf67b2349ea73%2F59738e7cade4e21a848fe4b9%2F27%2F70%2F63b5ba9fef9bf67b2349ea73&wp_cu=5471d46db8b7f35fdd491ffd33791772%7C2AE372BEC443EE5DE050007F01004171Report

  7. Saul Degraw
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    Free speech warrior Elon Musk personally orders suspension of Chad Loder from twitter for reporting on far-right figures that Musk likes: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/01/04/mudge-finds-a-new-job/

    “A co-founder of the company was Chad Loder, now an activist documenting racist and far-right attackers, including some who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol. Loder was banned from Twitter by an order from owner Elon Musk, according to a former employee who saw a screenshot of the notes accompanying the decision.”Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Saul, I’m surprised to find you supporting racist Nazi. I mean, your post suggests you’re concerned that banning people is suppression of speech, which has long been established to actually mean that you want to say racial slurs and be openly supportive of Hitler and not get in trouble over it.Report

  8. DensityDuck
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    Saul, I’m surprised to find you supporting racism. I mean, your post suggests you’re concerned that banning people is suppression of speech, which has long been established to actually mean that you want to say racial slurs and not get in trouble over it.Report

  9. Philip H
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    Just over a quarter of US service members have experienced food insecurity in recent years, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation.

    The report, released this week, said that 25.8% of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel were food insecure. More than half of that percentage – 15.4% – were active duty troops.

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/04/politics/military-food-insecurity/index.htmlReport

  10. Jaybird
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    Dark Brandon doing what Trump wasn’t able to accomplish:

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  11. Chip Daniels
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    Hey remember all the crying and hysteria over shoplifting at Walgreens last year as part of the OUTTACONTROL CRIME panic? I think we even saw a video posted here.

    About that:
    Walgreens executive says ‘maybe we cried too much last year’ about theft
    A top Walgreens
    executive on Thursday acknowledged the company may have overblown concerns about thefts in their stores after shrinkage stabilized over the last year.

    During an earnings call, the company’s chief financial officer, James Kehoe, said shrinkage was about 3.5% of sales last year but that number is now closer to the “mid twos.” He also said the company would consider moving away from hiring private security guards.

    “Maybe we cried too much last year,” Kehoe said. “We’re stabilized,” he added, saying the company is “quite happy with where we are.”
    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/05/walgreens-may-have-overstated-theft-concerns.htmlReport

    • Chip Daniels in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Oh, but if you want to find the thieves inside a Walgreens, just ask to see the manager:

      Walgreens employees have just received a preliminary approval from a federal judge in California approving a $4.5 million settlement for claims of unpaid wages. The workers alleged that the pharmacy chain violated state labor laws by failing to properly pay its employees at its distribution centers. More than 2,600 workers stand to benefit from the payout which the judge found to be fair and a good recovery considering the potential risk of going to trial. Each eligible employee, who worked at any of Walgreens’ distribution centers in California between November 6, 2014, and June 2, 2020, who does not opt out will receive approximately $1,200.

      The class action lawsuit, which was filed back in November of 2018, alleged that hourly workers for Walgreens in distribution centers in California had failed to receive pay for all of their hours worked. The violations claimed included: (1) rounding down hours on employee timecards, (2) requiring employees to wait in line to complete security checks pre and post shift without pay, and (3) failing to pay premium wages to workers who were denied meal breaks. Additionally, the lawsuit included a claim to receive civil penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) which is allowed in California based on Walgreens’ alleged violations of the labor law.

      https://www.fslawfirm.com/blog/2020/12/walgreens-workers-to-receive-4-5m-wage-deal/

      Weird how this kind of outtacontrol crime never seems to hit the cable news.Report

  12. Jaybird
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    Huh. This is an unmitigated win:

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    • North in reply to Jaybird
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      Good ol’ Joe.Report

    • InMD in reply to Jaybird
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      This is also absolutely the right call.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird
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      I mean, if pressed, I could come up with a handful of appropriate non-competes.

      Pierce Brosnan, I understand, is not allowed to show up in any movie wearing a black-tie tuxedo. Like, for the rest of his life. Remember in The Thomas Crown Affair how he was wearing a white tie tuxedo with the tie undone and the top two buttons of his shirt open?

      THAT WAS CONTRACTUALLY REQUIRED!!!!

      Now I may think that that sort of thing is *SILLY* but I don’t automatically see it as illegitimate.

      But the fact that my examples of there being, in theory, some non-competes out there that are not abusive should not be seen as support for, for example, the non-competes that Subway apparently handed out to their sandwich artists.

      Now I’m just wondering how far the limitations on this sort of thing go…Report

      • InMD in reply to Jaybird
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        My opinion is that there are very narrow circumstances where it is reasonable, primarily in the realm of expert developers of IP. The true ‘secret sauce’ people, if you will, who are very handsomely compensated for their efforts. In those cases it isn’t unfair to restrict them from going across town and building your biggest competitor the thing you invested loads of time, effort, and resources in those individuals to create.

        But the admins and the sales staff and, hell, even the regular ol’ code monkeys most of the time? Just no reason for it.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Jaybird
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      You prefer mitigated wins? Odd word choice.

      But proof once again that Democrats can and do actually govern . . . .Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to Jaybird
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      Clicking through to get to the rule itself, and seeing the most prominent replies to the announcement, reinforced my decision to leave twitter. Nevertheless, thanks for flagging this, it’s a very good thing.Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird
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      Finally, those railroad workers can take their labor to other railroads.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine
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        Heh.

        There’s also the thing about companies agreeing to not poach employees from other companies that I find interesting.

        That’s one hell of a gentlepersxn’s agreement they’ve *STILL* got going on there. I’m surprised that someone hasn’t yet defected.

        But this step is very much a step in the right direction. Jimmy John’s having non-competes was complete and total bullcrap.Report

        • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird
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          Agreed. But most non-competes are white-collar (NELP says 70%) so this is one of those fancy Labour not Labor sleights of hand that feels good mostly to people like us. But yes, better done than undone. Combox fodder is still just fodder.Report

  13. Philip H
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    Once again, a state Supreme Court saves the state legislature from itself:

    The South Carolina state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s six-week ban on abortion violates the state’s constitution.

    The 2021 law had banned abortions once ​what it called a “fetal heartbeat” is detected, which can be as early as ​four weeks, and more commonly, six weeks ​into pregnancy, with exceptions for ​fetal anomalies, risk to the life of the mother​, or in ​some cases of rape or incest. ​

    In a 3-2 ruling, the court concluded that the law ran afoul of the state constitution’s privacy protections, with Justice Kaye Hearn writing in the lead opinion that the “state constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.”

    While the state can impose some limits on those rights, Hearn wrote, “any such limitation must be reasonable and it must be meaningful in that the time frames imposed must afford a woman sufficient time to determine she is pregnant and to take reasonable steps to terminate that pregnancy.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/05/politics/south-carolina-abortion-ban-ruling-unconstitutional/index.htmlReport

    • InMD in reply to Philip H
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      This is positive news and I think (hope?) there’s a good chance we will see more of it. The counter will be an attempt to amend the state constitution to say that abortion is not protected, a fight I think its advocates will usually lose, especially where it comes down to a referendum on the issue.Report

  14. Jaybird
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    Perspective:

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    • Chip Daniels in reply to Pinky
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      What makes it interesting is would anyone’s position change if it was a rainbow cap or BLM tee shirt?

      I would support the teacher in both cases.Report

      • Chris in reply to Chip Daniels
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        There are a handful of BLM-related examples from schools, including at least one who won a similar lawsuit.Report

      • Sequity in reply to Chip Daniels
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        Naked displays of religion ought to be considered problematic within schools, just as they are when they are displayed on public buildings without possibility of refute.

        I do not say the same thing if the “rainbow cap” comes with a goat, a Jesus, and a Menorah. That’s saying “we support all religions.”

        Government endorsement of religion is abhorrent to a free society.

        BLM/MAGA is more akin to a political statement, and, as such, I think it could have usefulness in teaching, provided the experiment is not Stanfordian.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Pinky
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      Anything with limits to QI interests me.

      The courts have ruled not that the teacher won the lawsuit but that it could proceed.

      Good news all around.

      Not that I think that the teacher should win, mind. But that I don’t think that the Principal should be immune from her winning before anybody gets a chance to hear the case.Report

  15. Philip H
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    So here’s the truth: The military has indeed changed, because American society has changed, and so has the nature of modern warfare. Our military needs not just guys with big muscles, but people with a wide variety of skills and knowledge. To be maximally effective, it can’t deprive itself of the talents of large swaths of the population.

    But conservatives — especially those whose ideas about war come mostly from the movies — don’t like many of those changes. While they sometimes claim to oppose “politicization” of the military, what they actually want is for their cultural and political agenda to prevail there. They want the military to be a bulwark against progressive social change, where traditional gender norms are reinforced and reproduced.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/01/09/conservatives-military-wokeness-masculinity-crisis/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F38c4b6a%2F63bc4ce6ef9bf67b23532742%2F59738e7cade4e21a848fe4b9%2F54%2F72%2F63bc4ce6ef9bf67b23532742&wp_cu=5471d46db8b7f35fdd491ffd33791772%7C2AE372BEC443EE5DE050007F01004171Report

    • Damon in reply to Philip H
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      All that he man stuff is only necessary if you want to take and hold ground-assuming you’re not going to nuke or carpet bomb it, and even then, you have to occupy it. Women cannot do boots on the ground work as effectively as men, and I suspect, they are less willing, on average, to sacrifice themselves. Males have a long history of doing so. The combat units (not necessarily the officers) have typically come from more conversative locations in our country. Whether or not conservatives have issues with “woke-ness” because “they actually want is for their cultural and political agenda to prevail” in the military is possible, but it’s just an assertion. This IS an opinion piece. One could also be of the opinion that, for combat jobs, certain standards are necessary and should not be lowered just to allow “out groups” to participate.Report

  16. Saul Degraw
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    Ken White has a good essay about what Cancel Culture really looks like: https://popehat.substack.com/p/hamline-university-and-cancel-culture

    TL/DR but Hamlin University offered an online course on Islamic Art that was taught by an adjunct professor. Said professor stated they would be showing images of the Prophet Mohammad numerous times and in numerous ways but a student still complained and the adjunct was fired. The admin for the school generally beclowned themselves. Ken White defined Cancel Culture as thus: “Here’s how I’ve defined “cancel culture” — it’s “when speech is met with a response that, in my opinion, is very disproportionate.”

    Hamline University declining to renew the lecturer’s contract over this controversy is, in my opinion, cancel culture, which you can take to mean “censorial, unreasonable, and excessive, and unbecoming to a university.”

    Nothing about Hamline University’s policies, background, affiliation, or curriculum would lead anyone to believe that its classes will adhere to the cultural rules of a sectarian component of Islam. As Professor Khalid points out, the notion that Muhammad must not be depicted visually is a tenet of conservative Islam, not of all Muslims. Hamline University is not Islamic. It’s, at most, Methodist. The class was not, apparently, marketed as being specifically for Muslim students, nor as adhering to any particular belief system. It’s apparently undisputed that the image has historic and artistic significance and is relevant to art history. I’ve heard no serious argument that the picture was not pedagogically appropriate. The lecturer carefully warned the students of what was coming, explained the significance to the dispute over whether it’s appropriate to depict Muhammad visually, and let people leave if they wanted.”

    What Hamlin is though is a lower-tier university that has been suffering declining enrollment and demographic shock for a while now. It closed its law school in 2015 by “merging” it with another local law school, William Mitchell. The school has a modest endowment and a budget that exceeds that modest endowment. In short, it takes what students it can get to stay open and treats those students with utmost deference. Plus the admin allowed itself to be used by people who would distort the meaning of Islamophobic for their own advantage.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Eh, the whole “Enlightenment Values” thing has fallen out of favor but if someone asked me for a list of 10 reasons that I was generally opposed to College Debt Forgiveness, this sort of thing would show up on the list.

      If students want this sort of thing, they can pay for it themselves.Report

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Jaybird
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        The counter argument is that it is a lot easier to tell students to pound sand when they are not paying tens of thousands of dollars a year for the privilege of attending your college/university.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Saul Degraw
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          “We have to forgive student debt so that we can protect more adjunct professor jobs!”

          Nah. I’m good.

          The more that universities pander to their customers, they’ll enjoy being able to raise prices at the same time that degrees become less able to demand high salaries.

          Or certain categories of degrees, anyway.Report

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