10 thoughts on “Texas Style

  1. Y'all ready? says:

    An unofficial collaborator or IM (both from German inoffizieller Mitarbeiter), or euphemistically informal collaborator (informeller Mitarbeiter), was an informant in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) who delivered private information to the Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or Stasi). After peaking at a little above 200,000 during the mid-1970s there was a network of around 189,000 informants, working at every level of society, when the German Democratic Republic collapsed in 1989,.
    The Stasi’s network of secret informers was one of the most important instruments of repression and also one of the most critical pillars of power supporting the one party dictatorship that ran the country. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unofficial_collaborator

  2. Neighborhood monitor says:

    Guangdong, China: The director of the local family planning center showed me the record book that meticulously charted the menstrual cycles and pelvic examination results of every woman of childbearing age in the village. He said 98% of the 280 women were fitted with IUDs. Every three months, he broadcasts an announcement through the village summoning every woman for a mandatory ultrasound to check that her IUD is still in place.
    “How do you know when a woman is menstruating?” I asked him.
    “She has to report her cycles to the family planning monitor assigned to her street – If the monitors suspect anything, they’ll rummage through the woman’s bins to check for soiled sanitary towels.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/may/06/chinas-barbaric-one-child-policy

    • p/s says:

      The Chinese Communist Party is developing a ‘stability maintenance system’ that will carve up neighborhoods into a grid pattern with 15-20 households per square, and give each grid a dedicated monitor who will report back on residents’ affairs to existing neighborhood committees.
      Neighborhood committees in China have long been tasked with monitoring the activities of ordinary people in a certain area, but the new grid management system will allow the ruling party to manage the daily lives of ordinary people even more closely, as well as giving indicators of possible dissent at an early stage. https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-setting-up-grid-system-to-monitor-ordinary-people-04102018121018.html

    • p/s says:

      “…The law was overwhelmingly backed by Texas Republicans and signed by the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott. In response, Anonymous announced a campaign, dubbed “Operation Jane,” to render data collected in efforts to report abortions useless.
      As part of that campaign, Anonymous hackers took down the Texas GOP’s website and replaced it with, among other things, an X-rated image of a man stretching out his anus. (There is an archived version of the hacked website [link], but view with caution: It is graphic.) Hackers also replaced the state GOP’s mission statement with one that read, in part, “WE REALLY REALLY LOVED THE HANDMAID’S TALE AND WISH TO ENACT IT TO IT’S FULLEST. FOOTBALL!!!!!!”
      Texas Republicans acknowledged the vandalism with a statement on their website claiming it prompted them to ramp up their online security. The statement was accompanied by fields allowing website visitors to enter their payment card information and make a donation. The statement reads, in part, “Stand with us now against these cyber criminals and their brazen attacks by rushing a contribution to harden our digital defenses.” https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/texas-gop-hacked/

  3. Law & Oder says:

    The legal architect of the Texas abortion ban has argued in a supreme court brief that overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark decision which guarantees a right to abortion in the US, could cause women to practice abstinence from sexual intercourse as a way to “control their reproductive lives”.
    Former Texas solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell, who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state’s near-total abortion ban, also argued on behalf of anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life that women would still be able to terminate pregnancies if Roe was overturned by traveling to “wealthy pro-abortion” states like California and New York with the help of “taxpayer subsidies”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/17/texas-abortion-ban-jonathan-mitchell-supreme-court-brief
    The amicus brief: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-1392/185344/20210729162610813_Dobbs%20Amicus%20FINAL%20PDFA.pdf
    The supreme court is due to hear a Mississippi case this term that experts say could lead to the reversal of the Roe decision by the court’s conservative majority. [Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit] https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-1392/184703/20210722161332385_19-1392BriefForPetitioners.pdf

  4. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    Two disbarred lawyers sued a Texas doctor who performed an abortion. Flustered ‘pro-lifers’ are backpedaling : Anti-choice groups are embarrassed that their draconian law is being enforced the way it was designed https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/26/texas-doctor-abortion-sued-pro-lifers-backpedaling
    “…Two complaints – both from men living out of state – were filed against Dr Braid on Monday morning. One, a rambling, weird document, comes from a convicted felon and disbarred former attorney named Oscar Stilley, who is serving a prison term on house arrest in Arkansas. That complaint, which Stilley seems to have written himself, makes multiple references to Dr Braid’s conduct regarding “bastards” and his supposed belief in a god referred to by the Hebrew name “Elohim.” Stilley, who has said he does not personally oppose abortion, feels strongly that “if there’s money to be had, it’s going to go in Oscar’s pocket.”
    The second lawsuit is from a man named Felipe Gomez of Illinois, another disbarred lawyer, who labels himself “pro-choice plaintiff”, and whose complaint asks only that SB8 be overturned. These test cases, strange and off-putting as they are, now represent the best chance for SB8 to be vacated, and for abortion rights to be returned to Texans – at least for now.”

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