"The Welfare Marketplace: Privatization and Welfare Reform" by Mary Bryna Sanger.
Hello! I'm Stephen. Here's a real #intro:
I've been a lawyer for ~8 years. For 6 years I represented marginalized folks in Ohio's courts, mostly appeals. For the last 2 years I've worked in systems and data for public defenders. Now I live in NYC and work in the Bronx.
I work with #data, #ethicaltech, process/systems improvement, #policy, #communications, #cjreform, and where all of that intersects. Let me know if you want to talk about any of that! (Also into #maps, #scifi, #hiking, my cat)
Over on Twitter, @jessamyn said about a project that she'd be "happy to help" with something but didn't want to run it. "Happy to help but don't want to run it" will be printed on my tombstone when I die from being crushed by a toppling pile of unfinished to-do lists.
I absolutely love this video, both as a concrete and thorough debunking of a persistent internet myth, but also as a thesis on why debunking myths is so important, especially right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLAwG7CjF_k
I mostly agree with this: "The Beatles were so good that they're not very interesting to talk about-- it's like listening to someone drone on about the Grand Canyon. No other band has generated as much dull commentary, even as the music remains unimpeachable."
Sometimes I forget how cool "Beatles for Sale" is. This song absolutely hammers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFo9STa70E
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And also it lets Chicago cops say things like "this outrageous story sullies the good name of Chicago." Which rings so false to me, a guy who was almost beat up multiple times in Chicago for being Jewish.
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From a certain perspective, this whole story is an overlapping set of victories for a certain conservative mindset: it makes law enforcement look great and fair, it makes progressive-leaning folks look like they'll manipulate facts to get what they want, and it makes conservative folks look like victims. These are all, in my opinion, dangerous outcomes, especially given the current political climate.
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one of the hardest things to learn as a depressed former Gifted Kid™ is that half-assed is better than nothing. take the 50%, 40%, even 20% job. scrubbing your face is better than not taking a shower at all. picking up your clothes is better than never cleaning. nibbIing on some bread is better than starving.
DO THINGS HALFWAY. NOW YOU'RE 100% BETTER OFF THAN YOU
reply by redheadhatchet:
One of my college professors used to say "anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." I didn't understand that for years because I didn't do anything poorly. I couldn't do anything poorly. I had to Do Everything Perfectly.
But brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all when that 2 minutes seems exhausting. Doing ten minutes of yoga is better than 10 minutes of sitting when 30 minutes of cardio sounds impossible. Changing my clothes is good when a whole shower is impossible. Standing on the porch for a few minutes is worth it after being in the house for three straight days because l don't have the energy to go anywhere.
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly... because doing it poorly is better than not doing it.
Systems Analyst, Bronx Defenders ¤ Former Public Defender
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