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Coming towards the end of The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. Thoroughly enjoying it. It does a great job of presenting an alternative to our present, dominant system. From an outsider's perspective. It shows how inconceivable some of its characteristics and excesses would seem if you hadn't grown up immersed in them. Fantastically written, too.

Thompson, if he is to be believed, has sampled the entire rainbow of
legal and illegal drugs in heroic efforts to feel better than he does.
As for the truth about his health: I have asked around about it. I
am told that he appears to be strong and rosy, and steadily sane. But we
will be doing what he wants us to do, I think, if we consider his exterior
a sort of Dorian Gray facade. Inwardly, he is being eaten alive by tinhorn
The disease is fatal. There is no known cure. The most we can do
for the poor devil, it seems to me, is to name his disease in his honor.
From this moment on, let all those who feel that Americans can be as easily
led to beauty as to ugliness, to truth as to public relations, to joy as to
bitterness, be said to be suffering from Hunter Thompson's disease. I don't
have it this morning. It comes and goes. This morning I don't have Hunter
Thompson's disease.
-- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., on Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: Excerpt
from "A Political Disease", Vonnegut's review of "Fear and
Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72"

The campaign has made it to the final round of bidding for our effort to divert the of our local telecom into .

The major public critique from our opponents is that our cost of capital is too high (though our opponent is a heavily leveraged publicly traded company), so would welcome suggestions as to sources of friendly $$ to bite off pieces of the high interest loan that is currently most of our 's financing!

Someday I look forward to spending more time on than on the Loomio forums.

Here's how the 3 person, full time I'm in balanced stability, magnitude and equality of .


1. Set 3 months as our target runway.

2. Made income levels from "barely surviving" to "I can't imagine earning more."

3. Wrote what we would each need/want at each level.

4. Normalized everyone on the maximum per-level answer and multiplied by members.

6. Monthly we distribute at the level that gives us 3 months of runway with a 30% budgeted overhead.

How do you do it?

Nice intro piece by @ntnsndr . I think we need more like this with examples of how specific tools could be used.
"The Rise of a Cooperatively Owned Internet"

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an opponent uses "well organized" pejoratively against a campaign you're working on... πŸ˜‚

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"the goal of every venture-backed company is to increase usage by some metric end over end over until the people who gave you that startup capital get their payday.
#Twitter never saw #Trump as a problem, because they saw him as the solution…Where does your responsibility lie?"

β€œOne person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end” by Mike Monteiro

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I have a UI question: how do I add back columns that I've removed?

@mattcropp oh wow! I grew up in and never knew this.

@mattcropp Of course, condensation is what happens when they're breathing against the glass. :-)

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@frankiesaxx Cool! My wife is a Cemetery Commisioner in our town, and something of a graveyard nerd. I'll have to ask if she's heard of the podcast! Sounds like something up her alley...

My guess is if you brought a high-powered hand spotlight you could see something, but, barring that, just a dark hole...

Apparently there was a New Haven, doctor in the 1800s who had a phobia about being buried alive, so he designed his coffin to have a viewing window. We visited it today but sadly/thankfully the window has long since been obscured by condensation...

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