Usually

Mar. 4th, 2010 03:05 pm
afterthree: (pouty face)
Usually I am efficient. Usually I am on top of things. Usually I don't make mistakes, or babble, or have to do things twice just to get them right.

I swear usually I am all of those things.

Except, apparently, today.

Today, I am everything flailing and bumbling and awkward. Today I am Captain Correction. In order to be usually awesome, I apparently have to store up all those tiny bits of daily fail, and today the valve burst and we are in full-force Fail Flood mode. I advise everyone to get to high ground.

God, today cannot be over soon enough. *sigh*

afterthree: (doctor points)
I feel as thought I haven't posted very much in January. This is because I haven't. :P There are several half-written posts sitting all over the place, but I never seem to have the time to finish them.

But there is stuff! So I'm bringing the bullet points:

  • Fandom friends! Once again there's a fandom charity event taking place, this time to raise funds to help people in Haiti. Last time we had a fandom charity event we raised quite a lot of dollars, so check out [community profile] help_haiti for neat fandom things being auctioned off. Also! If you remember, the Christmas before last I made some terribly cute Harry Potter plushies. These little guys are fun to make, so I've put one/a pair on auction at [community profile] help_haiti; check my thread here.


  • Last week Facebook banned Calgary transman Dominic Scaia from Facebook for posting a post-op photo of his bare chest. The photo did not break any of Facebook's Terms of Service that I can tell. It was neither excessively gory nor sexual in any way.

    It's unclear what bothered Facebook about Dominic's photos. Section 3.7 of its Terms of Service regulates that content not be "hateful, threatening, pornographic" or contain "nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence." It's clear a male chest falls into none of these categories. Scaia says, "They were from two-and-a-half weeks post-op and included my face. I was holding the camera from above, my chest was bare and I was wearing jeans. None of the photos were in the least bit gory."

    Facebook does not moderate photographs individually. They rely on users to report offensive content. The only people who could view Scaia's pictures were friends that he'd added to his account. He'd had the photos up for a week without a problem. The evening before he was banned, Dominic accepted a friend request from a young, flirtatious girl. He thinks she looked through his photos and discovered that the cute boy she'd added was not born physically male, choosing then to report his account.

    It's there where things become confusing. It's Facebook's policy to remove photos that are deemed offensive and to send a warning. It is not the company's policy to disable accounts over photos. This does not mean that Facebook has a rule of banning transgender people, it means that one staff moderator made the grossly misinformed choice to ban his account.


    Over 6,000 people have joined a Facebook group in an attempt to raise awareness about this. Today, Scaia finally received a reply back from Facebook, saying his photos were in violation of the Terms of Service. His account has been reinstated, but all his post-surgery photos have been removed, and he has been sternly told not to upload photos of "that sort" again, saying: "photos containing nudity or other graphic or sexually suggestive content are not allowed".Local radio show Gaywire has published an open letter to Facebook. Xtra.ca has an article with one of the photos in question here.

    Any signal boosting would be appreciated. Facebook is a major social networking site and a major photo-sharing site that many trans people -- including Scaia -- use for advocacy and sharing personal stories and experiences with other transmen and women, and sharing post-op photos is part of that sharing. This was a transphobic knee-jerk reaction by a company after one transphobic user reported the image. There was no warning; the account was immediately frozen. It took Facebook over a week to respond to questions and un-freeze the account. This is not cool on many levels.
afterthree: (edmond kicking ass)
I have kinda forgotten what it's like to have a job I genuinely enjoy doing. I take less breaks because -- WHOA CONCEPT -- I like my job and my company and thus am posting less. It surprises nobody that I post mostly from work. :P

So! Security Theatre continues:


  • TheStar.com asks how can we make our airports more like Israel's, which handles far greater terror threats with far less inconvenience. "At Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, screening is done in 30 minutes." The basic gist? Training airport security and personnel what a suspicious person actually looks and behaves like, and having them look for -- WHAT A CONCEPT -- that.

    "But here it is done completely, absolutely 180 degrees differently than it is done in North America," Sela said.

    "First, it's fast – there's almost no line. That's because they're not looking for liquids, they're not looking at your shoes. They're not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you," said Sela. "Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes ... and that's how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys."


    This kind of behavioral profiling I don't object to, especially if the people doing the profiling are actually thoroughly trained on what to look for.

  • Everybody's talking about the Backscatter X-rays apparently being implemented all over. The ones that break child pornography laws. And how will non-binary gendered people be affected by this? They say only "same sex" people will view the scans in a separate room not visible to the public, but what about trans, intersexed and gender queer people? What kinds of scrutiny will a trans-man come under when scans reveal female genitalia? Because what I'm sure these people want in their life is even more of this.

  • The TSA has withdrawn their subpoenas on the two bloggers who posted the new rules on Boxing Day and apologized for their strong-arm tactics. They've also promised to resolve issues one of the bloggers has been having with his laptop ever since the agents seized it to image the hard drive. This doesn't really pacify me toward the TSA at all.

  • Canadian airlines might have to break Canadian privacy laws to enforce the new TSA rules that would force them to collect the name, gender and birth date of every Canadian who flies through American airspace, even if their planes don't touch the ground in the States. If Canadian privacy laws change because of this shit, I am going to freak the FUCK out. Canada has comparably fantastic privacy laws and has managed to retain them through the last decade, and if that changes because of an underwear bomb.... Anyway. Unsurprisingly, a Muslim woman from Nova Scotia has already been refused entry to the US after being questioned for four hours and fingerprinted for trying to do something as threatening as visit her husband.


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