Recommended reading for the day: Stet, a brilliant short-form SF piece by Sarah Gailey. One paragraph, plus footnotes and annotations.
I, for one, welcome our new robotic Dance Dance Revolution overlords.
Wow — impressive and powerful work by March For Our Lives: The Most Vicious Cycle.
Excellent news: Washington’s state Supreme Court outlaws death penalty
A followup to yesterday’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day:
According to this map, I (along with many of my Seattle-area friends) live on Duwamish tribal land, part of the Puget Sound Coast Salish tribal group (is that the right term to use?). The closest village was “sawh-WAHWH-weh-wad (‘place of whistling’). Duwamish. On Cedar River about 2 miles above present-day town of Renton. This village was occupied by the riverine Duwamish or doo-AHBSH, after doo (‘inside’) referring to (present-day) Duwamish River, Black River and Cedar River, along all of which this group resided.”
The land was part of Cession 347, taken by the United States in the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, ratified and proclaimed in 1859 (19KB .pdf). The signatory for the Duwamish was Chief Si’ahl, namesake of the city of Seattle. For all the land taken by this treaty, the tribes were “paid” $150k (roughly $4.3 million in today’s dollars — or roughly 1.3% of the cost of Avengers: Infinity War), distributed over nineteen years not as direct funds, but “to be applied to the use and benefit” of the tribes as directed by the government.
Despite being the first signatory tribe of the Point Elliott Treaty and having cultural history and stories dating back to the last ice age, the Duwamish Tribe is still not recognized as an indigenous nation by the United States Government.
Oh, wow — well, that’s it for Google+, folks. It was probably only a matter of time, but going out on a customer-data exposing bug is a bad way to go.
I can’t remember the last time I had to do this, but it’s nice to know that changing a tire is still a life skill I can handle. Yay?