I always thought that I would be the first one to welcome anarchy.
Turns out anarchy is best viewed from quite a distance. I wasn't that concerned over the government shut down. I figured I wouldn't be effected, although I do have empathy for those employees that are furloughed. Other than having my passport renewal delayed a bit, I didn't give it much thought... until I realized that I work for a law firm that has a case pending in just about every federal court in the country.
OK so now I am concerned, and confused. I found this resource which was of minimal help to me right now but could be an enormous help in the future.
Imagine, if you possibly could, being in prison for a crime you didn't commit.
I can barely tolerate waiting on the subway when there is a ten minute delay. I couldn't possibly imagine being in prison for a crime I didn't commit. I don't think you can either.
Trust me, I know that prisons are full of guilty people, but there are also innocent prisoners. Some of these prisoners have been put to death for a crime they did not commit. Prisoners have actually been found innocent AFTER they have been put to death. That should give you pause the next time you want to cry "not fair" shouldn't it? We all know that life if not fair and the sooner you learn it the better off you will be. But this goes beyond "not fair" this is taking away someone's life whether it be the death penalty or life in prison.
Everyone feeling sad now? GOOD! Now here's what you can do about it. Contact the Innocence Project. Many states have local offices where you can get the training that you need to help someone who is innocent. You can help fix the system. You can be a catalyst for change. You can be someone's hope. I double dog dare ya! When you can help someone who has no choices, it feels so damn good.
Here is a link to the Innocence Project that will help you understand what you can do to help What I can do to help
Ted is a website (of course) of video speeches of ideas worth spreading.
If you logged on today you would find:
Onora O'Neill : What we don't understand about trust.
Andreas Forgacs : Leather and meat without killing animals.
Marla Spivak : Why bees are disappearing. * I was once told that Albert Einstein told us humans to be very afraid when the bees disappeared. I spent weeks trying to verify this statement and could find nothing to substantiate the statement. Maybe Marla can shed some light on this bee situation.
C'mon this is an awesome sample of what you can learn! Type anything in the search box and I bet my good eye you will find an awe inspiring speech with an idea that is definitely worth spreading.
www.ted.com -- check it out, then pass it on to someone else and inspire them.
Might also be a good spot to find, lets say, an expert?
Our firm uses Best Authority to generate Tables of Authority for briefs. Its a wonderful product and I have never had any problems with it... until last week.
We were trying to get a brief out the door, you know the scenario -- its late, everyone is tired, everyone is trying to pitch in to help. I ran the Table of Authorities using Best Authority, kept the Table of Authorities to print cases that were unreported for the brief and handed the brief off to another paralegal for proofreading (remember I cannot proofread unless everyone in my office suddenly goes blind) that's the rule.
I go through the Table of Authorities and start printing cases. I check them twice and send the cases down to the attorney. The attorney calls and tells me that I am missing cases. Ummm... no I'm not. Yes you are. I don't think so. Want to see it? Yes!
Turns out that Best Authority did not pick up all the cases on the Table of Authorities. All of the cases were cited properly. I have always checked the Table of Authorities to make sure that the cases are cited to the correct page, but in the 10 years I have been using that software it never occurred to me to check to make sure it picked up every case.
Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I wait with bated breath for this list every year. It's the Beloit 2017 Mindset List for incoming freshman. The list is 60 items that make this graduating class different from all others.