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a manager where i work was saying that his friend (brother? i dont remember) is "getting screwed" bc he owns a lot of apartments across the US and because of the moratoriums on evictions tenants are choosing to not pay rent "just because they know they can get away with it"
in case you needed to be reminded that landlords are fucking terrible leeches
Long running autonomous space in #SanFrancisco, Station 40, who 5 years ago beat an eviction of their building, is launching a rent strike as the bay area begins a "shelter in place" lock-down. https://www.instagram.com/p/B90jYgNBX4145l41EWS1q0xm_X9ABacC7Ev9SU0/
Coronavirus, UK politics
Confirmation from the FT about Cummings' involvement in the strategy:
"Since mid-February, as the virus morphed from a health issue into a national crisis, the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings has helped to shape Mr Johnson’s approach..."
Actual biological illness
That's the order from most concern to least for #COVID19 for me
Bong Joon Ho has a movie called "the host" that I can't stop thinking about right now ("love in the time of cholera" too)
("least" is relative here, I still don't want to get sick or get anyone else sick)
Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?
because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon
The latest n+1's opening editorial is partially about the comeback of bookstores and has some good jokes at b&n's expense
It's sad that the #Oregon legislature has to even consider passing a law requiring businesses to accept #cash. Some of us would like to hang onto what little #privacy we have left. Not to mention this is exclusionary to some lower-income and minority communities.
For a while now, I've noticed that some cashiers give me the stinkeye when I pull out the cash. Excuse me for making you do your job! Excuse me for my tiny act of resistance!
two portions to the show. First, we catch up with Mitch from Red Strings and Maroons podcast about some of what they saw at the A2 rally in Richmond on January 20th & about antifascist intervention. Then, Alexander Reid Ross talks about disinformation, tankies, conspiracy theories & media literacy
Oakland, Moms 4 Housing, eviction, purchase, +
An unexpectedly positive coda to that abhorrent Oakland eviction by the militarily-armed Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently:
"In a huge victory that may change the way Oakland (and other cities) looks at vacant housing, homeless mothers who took over an empty property in Oakland announced on Martin Luther King Day they will be purchasing the home through the Oakland Community Land Trust."
"As part of the deal, the company has also agreed to allow the city of Oakland, the land trust, or other affordable housing organizations the first right of refusal on all of their other Oakland properties. In other words, the city will be first in line to have the option to purchase when Wedgewood’s 50 properties go on the market.
It’s a big deal.
Make no mistake: It’s a reluctant, begrudging agreement on the part of Wedgewood. Moms 4 Housing, in collaboration with the Oakland Community Land Trust, repeatedly offered to buy the house during eviction proceedings. The company repeatedly refused."
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