Not Prescient

"Of all the prospects raised by the evolution of digital culture, the most tantalizing is the possibility that technology could fuse with politics to create a more civil society."

— Jon Katz, Wired 5.04, Apr 1997

Still the best tech writing out there at the time.

Obama rejects comparison between Trump’s immigration policy and his own, encourages protests

http://wapo.st/2kk3u2C

Obama pledged before leaving office to only speak about Trump's policy moves “where I think our core values may be at stake.”

So that took 10 days.

Obama rejects comparison between Trump’s immigration policy and his own, encourages protests
A spokesman said Obama “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”

CBP in Clear Violation of Court Orders and, by extension the Constitution

We need to nail Trump to the wall on this.

As the night wore on, it became increasingly clear that CBP was defying Brinkema’s ruling. Lawyers concluded that that meant someone was in contempt of court. The judge could theoretically send in federal law enforcement officers to force CBP to let the lawyers meet with the detainees. But sending in the U.S. Marshals—who are part of the Department of Justice—to take on Customs and Border Patrol—which is part of the Department of Homeland Security—would have been a bureaucratic clash of the titans. And, like everything else that night, it would have been unprecedented. It didn’t happen.

Then at around 11:45 pm, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker showed up.

Booker stayed back there for about half an hour, and then he pushed through the crowd of roaring protesters and—flanked by glowering policemen—addressed the crowd. After a few opening words, he held up a copy of Brinkema’s order.

“I am now of the belief that though this was issued by the judicial branch, that it was violated tonight,” he said. “And so one of the things I will be doing is fighting to make sure that the executive branch abides by the law as it was issued in this state and around the nation. This will be an ongoing battle.”

“They told me nothing, and it was unacceptable,” he said. “I believe it’s a Constitutional crisis, where the executive branch is not abiding by the law.”

Trump’s Border Patrol Defies Judge, U.S. Senator at Dulles Airport as His First Constitutional Crisis Unfolds?
Legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority Muslim countries found themselves detained as they landed at Washington Dulles International Airport as President Trump’s half-baked Muslim ban went into effect over the weekend.

This is appalling and mind-blowingly stupid

Trump reorganized the National Security Council to, along with other changes, give Bannon a regular seat on the principals committee — the meetings of the most senior national security officials, including the secretaries of defense and state.

That memo also states that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise.”

Yeah why would you need the director of national intelligence sitting on the National Security Council. Waste of time. Clearly.

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role
The president held a series of calls Saturday with world leaders and restructured the National Security Council.

We are the bad guys

We are the empire, breaking apart families and driving innocents to despair.

We're the people with ridiculous make-up and hair in the Hunger Games.

We are the benign racists, who swear we don't hate people of color; we just can't be bothered to care when our choices will ruin their lives.

You can lie to yourself – and you will have to, to deny this – but it doesn't change the new reality.

We are the bad guys.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/woman-set-deportation-attempts-suicide-jfk-article-1.2958066

Woman set for deportation attempts suicide at JFK
A woman distraught over being forced back to her native country attempted to kill herself inside Kennedy Airport.

5calls.org

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And… I'm a talker. I don't know how folks with anxiety do it at all.

Kate asked me about these exact same problems tonight, and I said "Hey let's check out this site 5calls."

And I have to tell you, after looking through what the site does to help you out with these kinds of things – to help you make a difference – I got really excited.

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Check it out.