Quickies: Kavanaugh Exposed, Austin’s Abortion Travel Fund, and Surveillance State Fashion

  • Brett Kavanaugh: Even Worse Than We Thought, by Jessica Mason at the Mary Sue: Although the focus during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings was his sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford, others alleged sexual misconduct, including Deborah Ramirez and the 25 corroborating witnesses to Kavanaugh sticking his penis in her face at Yale. The FBI never contacted a single person, even though some of these witnesses left messages with the FBI. Kavanaugh should be impeached along with Trump, for perjury during his hearings at the very least. (Maybe someone could also find out how he managed to get out of significant debt before his Supreme Court nomination.)
  • Austin, Texas Becomes First US City to Fund Travel Expenses for Patients Obtaining Abortion Care, by Julia Conley at Common Dreams: “[Austin’s] city council on Tuesday night voted 10-1 in favor of a $150,000 fund which people will be able to draw from to pay for childcare, travel expenses, and lodging when they obtain abortion care.”
  • Fooling Facial Recognition with Fashion, by Jessie Li at Axios: With the rise of facial recognition technology and increasing state surveillance, designers are coming up with some really great ideas for using fashion and makeup, among other devices, to fool facial recognition software. Odds are, they won’t always be effective, as technology and state actors adapt, but the sheer number of creative ideas suggests that some activists might be able to stay a step ahead.

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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