you can store pokemon and items in computers in this universe
living animals, stored in computers
THEY PUT CRIMINALS INTO COMPUTER STORAGE
this would also show why it’s safe for fucking ten year olds to make cross country trips - no courts, no prisons… you just have police officers waiting for you to commit a crime and then BAM you’re stuck in a fucking floppy drive
this is some serious shit guys
This— like almost every single aspect of Pokemon— has nightmarish implications, since you could set the length of sentence by just adjusting the system clock, so the convicts can be sent away for however many years and it’s still today when they get out.
…Which means you can utterly destroy people by pokeballing them and setting it for 1,000,000 years or something. Maybe that’s why the pokemon are all sub-verbal killing machines willing to fight gladiatorial battles for cruel masters unconcerned with their suffering: they’ve been reduced to violent, mindless, candy-colored animals by their imprisonment, because it’s a million years in there. They were rulers of this world once, proud and accomplished; their art shook the heavens with its beauty, and their science put all the stars within reach. Now they “Use Struggle Bug!” because a preteen with a videogame obsession demands they destroy another of their kind for amusement.
Labor Department Prohibits Hiring Discrimination Against Trans People
Read the article for details, but the upshot is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that it is now illegal for the federal government to discriminate against prospective hirees based on trans status.
Which is kinda huge and important.
It’s important not just for the whole “march of progress” or “basic human decency” thing, but because of the way they did it. They didn’t write any new guidelines, they didn’t pressure Congress to pass any new legislation, they didn’t get a ruling from a federal court… they just determined that existing lawalready covers trans people because it specifically includes “gender” as a prohibited basis for discrimination. It’s important because it’s the decision of a federal Department-level agency’s own internal rules commission and merely expands the scope of existing law, which means one rightwing judge can’t strike this down on a single appeal in a single court case; rightwing politicians can’t stall or modify or committee-kill it like they could with new legislation; a rightwing president (Satan willing and the creek rises) can’t rage-flip it with an executive order; and it happened in the normal course of business, so the rightwing propaganda empire didn’t notice it in time to rally their toolbox faithful to protest it.
It’s just done. These wheels, they grind exceedingly fine.
In a decision described by one legal expert as “game-changing,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing federal law protects transgender individuals from sex discrimination on the basis of their gender identity.
When Mia Macy was passed over for a position at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, that she said had been promised was hers, the Phoenix police detective’s investigative prowess kicked in.
More than a year ago, Macy, who is transgender, had contacted the director of an ATF crime laboratory in Walnut Creek, Calif. about an open position as a ballistics forensic technician. At the time, she presented herself as a man. But Macy soon informed the hiring agency that she was transitioning from male to female. Five days later, she was told the Walnut Creek position had been eliminated due to federal budget cuts.
Only it hadn’t. Someone else had been hired for the job, and Macy suspected she had been dropped from consideration after revealing she was transgender. She filed a complaint in June 2011 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender identity.
Now, in a decision described by Macy’s attorney as “game-changing,” the EEOC has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender individuals from sex discrimination.
Title VII does not simply prohibit discrimination based on biological sex, the EEOC, an independent agency that enforces federal workplace discrimination laws, ruled in a 16-page decision issued April 20.
Rather, the law’s “protections sweep far broader than that, in part because the term ‘gender’ encompasses not only a person’s biological sex but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity,” the commission ruled. Macy’s case has now been remanded for further investigation.