Newsletter #108: The Brain Science Behind Queer Conflict

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There’s brain science to help us queer people understand why we’re so mean to each other. We’re traumatized people, and that shapes our thinking heavily. Fortunately, there are ideas of how we can break out of that cycle and offer each other support instead of condemnation.
(Kai Cheng Thom for Xtra)

Google contractors are unionizing with the steelworkers. A majority of workers at HCL, a Google contractor in Philadelphia, have signed union cards and can start using collective bargaining to improve their conditions and wages.
(Edward Ongweso Jr for Motherboard)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have released a how-to guide for their very effective methods of street demonstration. It illustrates the various roles they’ve developed for how to confront police and win.
(DimSumDaily Hong Kong)


Loose Leaf Security: Covering Your Webcams
Liz and Geoffrey discuss all the ways that hackers can access your webcams and why it’s worth covering them physically.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! Practical Cryptography

Kelley Robinson speaks at PyGotham 2018 about the math behind modern cryptography.

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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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