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Ending the filibuster has always seemed dangerous to me, since the GOP has a major structural advantage in the Senate, yet a government that cannot pass legislation is also dangerous.

How about any bill that passes the House must get a straight up or down vote?

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‪An argument can be reductive, unfair, and wrong in all the details and still be rhetorically devastating.‬

This is why we’ll never stop dunking on each other as the world burns around us.

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It’s a kind of faux monoculture millennial cool, but I can’t help but like the Moxy hotels. One of the few lobbies I don’t want to escape the moment I enter it.

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A little grace for myself in the face of hard problems

I think it’s fun and funny to joke about delaying a task you dread only to have it take far less time than you expect. I just posted about that the other day.

But the truth is, problem solving is hard cognitive work and all that time in dread was my brain wrestling with the problem on some background cycles.

If I got started right away, the task would be tedious and hard, and I may not come to an answer I’m comfortable with. The right time to solve a problem is when it comes surprisingly easy and feels like the “right” way to do something.

In truth, I celebrate that I am getting better at identifying the right time and conditions to sit and work on a problem and seeing an elegant solution unfold quickly.

What I am struggling with is not feeling so bad during the waiting period when I haven’t quite figured out what to do yet.

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Today’s office has not been a hurdle to get work done. Honestly, the iPad Pro has made a difference here. I don’t fit comfortably with a MBP. I have to plan what I’m going to work on, but otherwise smooth flying.

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Why is it important to measure? Last year I read more than any year before, and it was great! But I also felt like I went through long stretches of not reading.

Today, the Kindle app showed me I was wrong.

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Please share with me photos of your small corner reading area. I need to add one to my bedroom and am lacking in inspiration.

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We moved her bed to be in the sun because she likes to lay out in the warmth. Of course she chooses to lay right next to the bed instead.

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A couple of weeks into the New Year. I got my shit together to start trying again and get a bit healthier. Progress has been pretty steady so far.

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Two Baltimore Neighborhoods Demonstrate Government Sponsored Wealth Gap

A lot of white people in America who don’t support progressive taxes, and don’t support various ways government can redistribute wealth point to one thing: they have earned what is theirs. When we talk about reparations— they didn’t own slaves.

How many of them know the history of their wealth?

This story about two Baltimore neighborhoods is just one small example of how explicit government policy and action created and sustained a racial wealth divide just a generation or two ago.

Because I grew up in the New York City tri-state area, I frequently heard from people whose families, like mine, emigrated to the US with little, long after slavery. These immigrants and their descendants made clear that because they didn’t participate in slavery or the Jim Crow South and they came to the US with little, they had no reason to have to pay taxes that supported black people in America to correct for our original sin. It seemed preposterously unfair.

They were and are blind to the ways their own family wealth in America was created and supported through explicitly racist policy programs that lead to affordable home ownership for their families. They have benefited from white supremacy all the same.

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Universe: do this thing. Me: I shall hold onto this dread in my heart for weeks. Also Me, 10 mins before deadline: That was twice as good and took 1/20th as long as I thought.

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