Oh, thanks @TeamMidwest for the heads up on the Indigenous Environmental Network's statements on (critiques of, of you weren't clear) "carbon offsets"

e.g. a denouncement at the UN of the practice of selling the right to do environmental harms to those who can pay the offset as ongoing colonialism ienearth.org/carbon-offsets-ca

(and general category) ienearth.org/category/climate-

Report: Monsanto paid Google to bury unfavorable news" class="next-head

Monsanto had a spreadsheet of 23 specific steps it was taking to spin the news cycle in a more favorable direction." class="next-head

futurism.com/monsanto-google-h

Censorship proposals intended to hurt large Internet companies would actually protect them from competition. Don’t be surprised if those companies fail to put up a fight. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/07/key-

Remember, Amazon workers are striking today. So don't be a scab, avoid Amazon's businesses.

If you're looking for e-books, you're in luck!

All these shops sell e-books without DRM, and most will work on your Kindle (look for MOBI format).

libreture.com/bookshops/

RT @EFF@twitter.com

Instead of enshrining Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft as the Internet’s permanent overlords and then striving to make them as benign as possible, we can fix the Internet by making Big Tech less central to its future. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/07/inte

🐦🔗: twitter.com/EFF/status/1149431

Lots of people who like Free Software are also ableist assholes who fetishize the process of development above the users who are supposedly more free, let's face it. Not everybody codes or has the time to contribute to every project composing an entire operating system, Mr. Stallman, and that doesn't mean you can blame them for it either.

I love Free Software, but the people behind it can be assholes a lot of the time.

@dansup But still there is no easy install for us plainfolks to set up our own instances 😭

I really appreciate all that effort you poured into pixelfed, I just wish it would be more accessible...

Random #sff awesomeness --

In Jan 2021, we'll all be able to buy an anthology of W.E.B. duBois' spec fic.

Yes, *that* W.E.B. duBois. Some of his spec fic has been available for a while if you know where to looks. But lots of it has been lost or simply never got published.

Here's a link to the 'forthcoming' book on Amazon:

smile.amazon.com/Fantasy-World

If you don't want to wait, duBois' sf short The Comet is available for free on Gutenberg: gutenberg.org/files/15210/1521

#books

It's the same sort of pervasive cultural money spunk that has largely gestated in retro, if anything I'm surprised it took this long to find an avenue into indie. Though there's plenty of previous wrt inaccessible artefacts being fetishized. Rohrer's tosh, games only available to a select few, limited time etc...

Can't really raise much of a fuck over the yellow executive toy, tbh.

This podcast I'm listening to raised a good point as to why I might not be reading anything when I put it on my nightstand.

I need to put my #Books in a "reading spot" a place where I will pay attention to my books. My stack of 12 books just kind of gets ignored?

The funny thing is I do read in my bed. I need to think of a place I can put it where my dog won't mess with it.

Little construction bees deserve little construction hats (courtesy of Mim ^_^ )

“In Scotland, we spit the word out – ‘property’. You can’t own the land, the land owns you. What I found in England is there’s such a lack of physical space, and it’s usually upper-class-controlled. England has never recovered from the Norman conquest. That deeply embedded class system is so divisive.”

Amazing story of how the hebridean island of Eigg fought back against their feudal lords and won, the island has belonged to its community for over 20 years now. Decisions are made by consensus and the cost of living is half of that of the average "affordable housing" in the highlands.

theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/s

This coming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

If you're lucky enough to find loads of free digital comics, you can keep them all safe in your own Libreture library.

Start any paid plan on and through the following week and get 50% off for 6 months!

Libreture.com

Quick (possibly controversial) Reader Poll:

When recording your reading activity, would you use a status of 'Paused' to record the fact you had stopped reading a book while you read something else, with the intention of returning to it later?

Yes/No/Maybe

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