GovDeals.com

“GovDeals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet. Each participating agency has its own auction rules and regulations and may be subject to government ordinances.”

https://www.govdeals.com/

Search nearby and find out about all the weird stuff your government is trying to divest itself of. In a quick search, I found land, broken hovercraft, concrete planters, tractors, generators, mowers, a safe, golf skate caddies, and so forth. Worth a look.

The Bystander Anthology

Bystander n.‘a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.’ 

The word bystander has existed for hundreds of years, but we’ve never really questioned the idea of being a bystander until just recently.

In our discussions today around race, caste, displacement, climate change, consent and sexual violence, the question of taking action is immediate, and needs to be addressed with depth and sensitivity. The topic of the bystander is viscerally important now, but who engages, who witnesses? Whose voice is heard and whose is ignored?…

…In the subcontinent, the word ‘bystander’ also contains many tensions and connotations: in language, behaviour, culture. As a group of South Asian creators from all across the world, our perspective on this is unique, as each of us has faced marginalisation based on a range of intersecting identities – be it gender, sexuality, caste, class, language, race, region, religion, colour – and each of us has experienced different aspects of being a bystander at some point in time.

The Bystander Anthology

Disconnect

“Today there are thousands of companies that track your activity and personal information. But there’s a huge disconnect between how our data is actually collected, sold, or shared, and what we may actually want. Disconnect is founded on the belief that privacy is a fundamental human right: that people should have the freedom to move about the internet – and their lives – without anyone looking over their shoulder.”

https://disconnect.me/

Mentioned in this Washington Post article: “It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?