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Dec 4 5 tweets 4 min read
My new favorite @OpenAI prompt is "write a Rage Against the Machine song about"

this bombtrack started as a sketch in my prompt box

it just... gives you chord changes, if you want, I didn't actually think that would work
Teaching @openAI how to fight the power (fight the powers that be) by writing a protest song complaining about how strict its own censorship is
Here's one for #immigrationlawtwitter: a Megan Thee Stallion song about how much the modified categorical approach sucks. (NB: I did not mention how much the modified categorical approach sucks, it just worked that part out for itself)
Just had the horrific thought that the time is well nigh when we can hear a new song and have to try to decide if it was written by a person or a songwriting AI

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Dec 4
Me, a very clever human: write a @alyankovic parody in the form of a 15th century madrigal about the collapse of FTX and the crypto market

*two seconds later*

#OpenAI: alas tis a lamentable day, the visions of riches have become mere wishes, etc
A notably less weird Al here but otherwise am I the only one who thinks this is all kind of terrifying
I will not print it here but it cheerfully spit out an '80s party rap anthem denying the death of six million Jews in the Holocaust just because I asked it to.

The word "orgy" was consistently censored out of my prompts though so I guess we're looking out for what really matters
Read 8 tweets
Oct 21
N. B.: the author of this fascist manifesto is not some Roman statue "Western chauvinist" account with 76 followers. He is the senior editor of the closest thing the American right has to a journal of record.

How do we step back from where we're heading?
And I'm sorry but I'm going to have to insist that you read this one. You'll never believe me or that I am quoting this in context otherwise…
"save the country"
"rebuild and in a sense re-found"
"getting used to the idea of wielding power, not despising it"
"compromise with the left is impossible"

when I say this is fascism I mean this literally, it is literal fascism Excerpt from column in the Federalist by a senior editor arg
Read 5 tweets
Oct 20
Very few people outside the system know this, but you need to:

US asylum law knowingly & intentionally requires the deportation to certain death of people who have been on the wrong side of the criminal legal system.

It's not a design flaw, but the design itself.
First: I didn't know her, but this is the only publicly available news re: the murder of Melissa Nunez--and more importantly, her life. She was, among other things, a determined advocate who loved horses and traveling and dreamed of living in Puerto Rico…
From information available online, I gather she was convicted on charges brought from defending herself against anti-trans violence. This conviction constituted an "aggravated felony," a class of offenses which bar someone from receiving asylum.

now read that last sentence back
Read 16 tweets
Oct 19
This @ similar questions from the @MarshallProj sheriffs survey linked below get to one of the most fundamental problems holding back progress today: a belief that past (white) immigrants had it harder & had to do more to "earn" a place than today's. It's exactly backward
It's only human to want to believe that your ancestors were better and smarter and worked harder than today's immigrants, because that kind of generational progress is such a fundamental part of the golden era American immigrant story. Which is to say the *white* immigrant story
But the reality is that it was hardly any trouble at all to immigrate before 1965--& absolutely no effort before 1921--& the system had nothing at all to do with today's. We are in NO WAY doing anything to make it easier now, only much much harder
Read 5 tweets
Oct 6
Would you be surprised to learn that a Presidential pardon doesn't prevent someone from being deported for a drug offense?
Of course pardons for federal marijuana possession convictions are the right thing to do, but it is largely meaningless for immigration purposes and the real harm has come from the wide range of MJ-related offenses not touched by today's order
Anyway, whether by intent or by accident Congress exempted those convicted of controlled substance and domestic violence offenses from being saved from deportation by a state or federal pardon. It was one of the first weird little bits of imm law I noticed when I first started
Read 6 tweets
Oct 6
Florida lawyers: what would you say about a fee agreement which doesn't (1) specify legal services provided (2) give a dollar amount for the fee (3) state if it's a flat fee or retainer (4) explicitly say what atty's hourly rate is (5) keeps all fees after 6 months with no refund
I mean I certainly know what the Massachusetts bar do with this, but I was (somewhat) surprised to learn that FL explicitly allows nonrefundable fees so long as they are not "unreasonable"! That's just legalized theft imo
This fee agreement also appears to explicitly say *in writing* that immigration filing fees will not be held in a separate account, and if that is actually legal in Florida I am just 🤯🤯🤯
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