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Facebook allowed job ads to exclude women

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A group of women jobseekers, working with the Communications Workers of America and the American Civil Liberties Union, are "filing charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday against Facebook and 9 employers," reports the New York Times. It's a simple case, as least in abstraction: Facebook let job advertisers target users by gender, but it is a violation of federal law to discriminate on the basis of gender or to aid and abet such discrimination.
“That seems pretty egregious,” said Ms. Katz, who specializes in bringing discrimination cases. She said Facebook’s technology made it akin to an employment agency. “The fact that they’re using this tool to facilitate discrimination absolves neither the hiring business nor Facebook.”
Facebook delenda est.
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Facebook CEOs are just dumber. They just are.
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Opinion | The Truth in Trump’s Law-Enforcement Hypocrisy

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While Mr. Porter was forced to resign based on the allegations against him, at least he was able to resign. My clients locked up on Rikers Island because they can’t make bail are fired as soon as they miss a day’s work. Employment consequences are just the beginning. Once accused, my clients also have no control over whether they are evicted from public housing, investigated by child welfare, or arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Cohen was privileged to be able to make an informed decision, unburdened by time constraints and the inherent pressures of jail, about whether to accept the government’s plea offer. Paul Manafort’s recent guilty plea came only after he had the benefit of a full preview of the strength and scope of the government’s evidence in his previous jury trial.

Just look at how my clients are treated and you will understand the real reasons that about 95 percent of convictions in the system are the result of guilty pleas. Unlike Mr. Manafort’s experience, my clients are forced to make decisions without knowing the evidence against them, often detained away from their families who would offer them solace, with limited access to private space, critical tools and technology to assist in their defense, and deprived the ease of working collaboratively with their attorneys that is so necessary for optimal representation.

I have deep concerns and reservations about the power of FISA, but Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign aide who came under law-enforcement suspicion of spying for Russia, received a far more rigorous process to ensure fidelity to the Fourth Amendment than my clients ever do. Despite the “no hearing” uproar about the F.B.I.’s process of obtaining a secret warrant to wiretap him, there are never hearings before criminal warrants are issued — federal, state, FISA or otherwise. I welcome Mr. Trump to look at the judges who approved the surveillance. I know one of them well. I spent a year as law clerk to Raymond J. Dearie. I witnessed firsthand, on a range of cases — including one of the few terrorism cases prosecuted through trial on American soil — how deliberate, thorough and deeply protective of individual and civil liberties he is.

By contrast, my clients are routinely targeted, stopped and frisked without any warrant at all. I now represent a 19-year-old so afraid of being stopped again for no reason by the police that he fears walking a block to get a sandwich at his corner deli. Even when the police seek a warrant in advance, they often cite confidential informants, who may or may not exist, and the alleged observations of discredited police officers with little to no internal oversight before judges sign off. Searches are executed in early-morning home raids in which police break down doors, guns drawn, and order everyone, including children, onto the ground to be cuffed. My clients rarely get to challenge these constitutional violations. They are forced to give up their right to a hearing to contest the legality of government intrusion in exchange for more favorable guilty pleas.

This is the difference between justice for the masses and justice for the few. I’m not upset at how well Mr. Trump’s friends and colleagues have been treated. After all, the Constitution worked for them. I just want that same treatment for my clients.

Mr. Trump and his friends are the lucky ones. We should not begrudge their privilege. We should demand that same treatment for all.

Scott Hechinger (@scotthech) is a senior staff attorney and the director of policy at the Brooklyn Defender Services.

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mousewife: Alright alright alright back at it again with Hurricane info since Florence is gonna be...

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mousewife:

Alright alright alright back at it again with Hurricane info since Florence is gonna be bearing down on the Carolinas in a few days

Know your local shelters, just in case! IF YOU HAVE PETS BE AWARE OF THE ONES THAT ACCEPT PETS! Unfortunately not all of them do

Beware of price gouging! Especially on gas!

BE PREPARED FOR GAS STATIONS TO RUN OUT OF GAS!

SOMETHING TO ADD:

DO NOT ASSUME YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GET THINGS VIA PRIME RIGHT BEFORE THE STORM

I could not stress this more. It was a HUGE issue last year! Amazon can and WILL run out of things in their warehouses- INCLUDING FANS, BATTERIES, AND PORTABLE CHARGERS. And shipping will be delayed due to the storm! If there’s anything AT ALL you need from amazon via Prime order it ASAP. 3rd party sellers were gouging the shit out of stuff like fans just before Irma last year on amazon so if you want stuff and don’t want to pay and arm and a leg for it, GET IT NOW

Don’t bother with buying things like flour and eggs and milk! Don’t buy perishables! If you lose power they will do nothing for you!

Fill gallon freezer bags with water, seal them tightly with duct tape, and freeze them before the storm! If you lose power you’ll be able to toss them in your fridge to keep it cooler longer! You’ll also have extra emergency water if you need it

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Tape "X"s will do nothing to save the window, but they will point out to First Responders (and everyone else) that this is a glass window that hasn't broken and they ought to be careful of it.
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REPOST @TinySnekComics - you know what’s cool?  VOTING...

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REPOST @TinySnekComics - you know what’s cool?  VOTING THIS NOVEMBER!!! if you retweet anything today, make it is!!  

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Before Hedy, There Was Barbara Lamarr

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Barbara Lamarr as one of the early vamps of Hollywood, with a public life of glamour and gossip, and a real life that is somewhat of a mystery, due to her habit of making up interesting stories. Lamarr came from a vaudeville family, went to California to perform a burlesque act with her sister, then moved to writing screenplays for film, and eventually starred in several movies herself, one in which she convinced Benito Mussolini to appear. Offscreen, there was also a kidnapping, four marriages, and endless partying.    

She was the toast of the town, often sleeping no more than two hours a night to fit in all of her merrymaking. The five years following her big break were filled with a lot of joy, but also a lot of drugs, tapeworm-filled crash diets, and a struggle to prove herself a capable mother. She had to stage the adoption of her own son, Marvin, years after his birth as she’d had him out of wedlock.

Read about the outrageous life of Barbara Lamarr at Messy Nessy Chic.

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6 Underrated (And Selfish) Benefits Of Parenthood

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