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Hi! I'm Stephen. I have over a decade of experience in criminal justice, civil legal aid, government service delivery, and the role of data/technology in all of that. I've done litigation, research, tech projects, and organizing. Always trying to get better at all of it.

I also sometimes make music, go on hikes, go birdwatching, and hang out with my cat. I think that's basically it!

Just saw something about people using Instagram "close friends" stories to invite people to events, and it made my anxiety spike, so I thought I would say publicly: if anyone wants me to attend something, they have to actually directly tell me so (DM me somewhere, email me, text me, tag me, whatever). Do not just hope I will see a random thing posted somewhere.

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mumford and sons being fash 

imagine writing out a statement that's like "in today's modern climate of woke cancel culture mobs, i simply cannot continue to be a member of mumford and sons"

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uspol 

This is not me saying "Republicans Bad," it's me saying that there's clearly some nuance to the mythological idea of California as a "liberalizing" force in national politics (and also the commonly-held Liberal idea of Ohio as "backwards" or "dysfunctional")

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I'm realizing this because that means California and Ohio sent the same number of Republicans to this Juneteenth vote, and 0 from Ohio voted against it, but 2 from California voted against it.

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I just realized that there are as many Republican House representatives from California as there are from Ohio (11 each)

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Still hooked on the Ukraine Eurovision entry, which now that I pay attention to the video and lyrics is possibly a sort of post-COVID / post-Chernobyl (?) hygge-Mad-Max EDM folk festival anthem youtube.com/watch?v=U7-dxzp6Jv

pol palestine 

I posted more about this on Twitter, but I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish community, where they made me feel stupid and unwelcome in my own community whenever I even hinted that I thought Israel might be the bad guys. This made it nearly impossible to even think my opinions through, let alone TALK about them. So as a result, I've been angry and ashamed at the Israeli occupation of Palestine longer than I have felt able to talk about it.

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Raise your hand if you've ever been called antisemitic by members of your own family because of things you said about Israel and Palestine? 🙋🏻‍♂️

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Confused that when I clicked on the article "Everything You NEED to Know about Demi Lovato's Fro-Yo Snafu" and it wasn't just a blank page.

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How to make your own chemical weapons wipes 

Rosehip Medics in Portland OR documented their recipe and assembly process for their DIY chem wipes (for treating tear gas & pepper spray), you can download the pdf here: filedropper.com/diypseudoconch

Stay safe!

I have received permission to invite non-Capital-District attendees to our upcoming panel discussion on reparations. The panel is generally local activists and researchers, but could be interesting even for non-local folks. Next Tuesday, April 13, 6pm. Details on the Facebook event! Let me know if you have questions! facebook.com/events/4409077572

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"The effort to ~manifest~ and ~normalize~ across Instagram specifically ranges from bot-like nonsense splashed over gorgeous imagery to clinical-grade psychological advice with entry-level graphic design. Anyone can contribute to rebuilding global mental health with a stock image of the galaxy and a quote ripped from goodreads.com."

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The Dirt is one of my newer newsletter subscriptions, and it is proving to be consistently my favorite each week. Here is today's, on toxic positivity affirmation shitposting. dirt.substack.com/p/dirt-affir

YouTube Recommendation 

I don't know if any of y'all follow Andrew Huang, but he's now doing a thing where he's gone to space (?) and is living on a spaceship (??) to hunt down time crystals (???) but otherwise still just doing music production reviews and tutorials. It's great. youtube.com/watch?v=mlgkSrFq6h

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why would anyone consume an article in text form when they could simply go to youtube and have the same content read to them by a guy in a black graphic t-shirt and a goatee over the course of 10 to 15 minutes.

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1974, Joni Mitchell stops in the middle of performing "Both Sides Now" to talk about Star Trek:

"Did you ever used to watch that show called Star Trek? (cheers from crowd) Oh... I just had a flash of this show, that I saw while I was singing this tune. It was the only show where Dr. Spock ever got any emotion, right? You remember that one? It was really great because... " (https://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=83, she goes on to talk about Spock and clouds, just amazing)

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Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.

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