Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:
  1. How to preserve land from development? Collectively buy it! (this would be even better if the DNR wasn’t one of the buyers): http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/06/23/land-trust-raises-enough-money-preserve-land-overlooking-white-river/423248001/
  2. Kevin Carson has a 4-step plan to address “cost disease": https://c4ss.org/content/48039 Quote:
    1. Destroying all unnecessary waste of inputs, all unnecessary production, all planned obsolescence, and unnecessary labor, in order to reduce necessary labor time and production costs to the absolute minimum; while at the same time
    2. Abolishing the privileges and monopolies by which the propertied classes enclose the productivity gains of technological improvement for themselves, as a source of rents, and
    3. Taking advantage of small-scale, ephemeral means of production to remove the largest share of production possible from the sphere of paid employment to direct production for use in the social sphere; so that
    4. All the cost savings of increased efficiency go to the public in the form of reduced work hours and reduced prices, while the remaining hours of paid labor are evenly distributed and pay enough to buy back the full value of everything produced.
  3. Experimental Theology claims we don’t actually find Jesus’s ethic beautiful, and that we need spiritual formation to address this gap: https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-hard-difficult-and-terrible-beauty.html
  4. If you give power to your allies, it will likely eventually be used elsewhere: http://craphound.com/news/2017/06/23/canada-trump-shows-us-what-happens-when-good-politicians-demand-surveillance-powers/
  5. This Open Textbook Library is a great tool: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ Part of the Open Textbook Network: http://research.cehd.umn.edu/otn/membership/network-members/ #AbolishIP
  6. SMBC accurately awards another point to “Huxleyan" as the predominant type of dystopia: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/listening
  7. The Grugq analyzes the Reality Winner/Intercept leak: https://medium.com/@thegrugq/real-talk-on-reality-cf07cbb78530
  8. Philosophy Force Five! http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190
  9. Anthem is paying out $115 million from the 2015 breach: https://www.ibj.com/articles/64366-anthem-agrees-to-115-million-settlement-over-data-breach
  10. Poorly Drawn Lines asks if your priorities are in order: http://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/priorities/
  11. Lunarbaboon is making a difference: http://www.lunarbaboon.com/comics/difference.html
  12. With Marsh closing, IBJ has an update on what is happening to grocery stores in downtown Indy: https://www.ibj.com/articles/64211-proposed-marsh-store-sales-set-table-for-downtown-free-for-all
  13. Butler University buying back the Christian Theological Seminary land and leasing back to CTS: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2017/06/12/butler-university-eyes-expansion-purchase-christian-theological-seminary-campus/375254001/
  14. IndyStar explains what those weird tubes are on the north side of Indy: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/06/12/septic-tank-elimination-program-moves-through-meridian-hills/380885001/
Read anything over the last week that I should add for next time? Let me know in the comments!