Link Roundup: July 22

Greetings Flood fans (b-boys, flood girls?). Jo is currently abroad appreciating arts and culture, but don’t worry I’ve got all the links you need right here – rather less punctual than usual but equally damp.

Firstly, time for a new Floodcast aka the ALP Is A Desiccated Corpse-cast. While we have bemoaned the state of the modern ALP once or twice before, I really enjoyed hearing Liam, Jo and Max dig into the root causes (plus of course those tasty Infrastructure Australia deep cuts).  

This month I’ve been extremely busy sugar soaping the living shit out of my rental house and this thread of posts from a hellish landlord message board was just what I needed to crystallise my sadness and exhaustion into pure righteous rage. DESTROY LANDLORDS HOMES FOR ALL. Probably don’t follow my lead and drive yourself mad googling how little your landlord paid for your house in the 90s though, instead how about reading about some possible paths to socialised housing? Also did you know if parts of your rental are past their “useful life” (carpets = 10 years, paint = 7-10 years) you don’t need to pay for any damage? For more fun facts about depreciation and understanding whatever the hell fair wear and tear means I highly recommend these websites (1, 2) – bookmark them for your next bond battle.

In the dampness department, I was totally absorbed by this long piece about the impact of sea level rises on Californian coastal towns (read while at the beach or during your riverside commute for best effect). Come for the explanation of seawalls and sand dynamics, stay for the exploration of how the hell politicians, planners and community organisers are trying (and mostly failing) to balance short-term defence of private property and infrastructure with the serious changes needed to long-term survival. How can local-level politics reckon with managed retreat?

“It’s Miami,” she said. “We are surrounded by water! There’s not a solution. But nothing is going to happen!”

If you prefer your sea level rise pieces on the black comedy side, try “Heaven or Highwater”, which takes a trip to the “frontlines of capitalist hypocrisy” to report back on the incredible spin and cognitive dissonance on display in Miami’s (thriving! already underwater!) high-end real estate market.

While those are both grim as hell, I was really pleased to see how widely the article I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle was shared this month. Are we finally ready to move on from plastic straw shaming to collective solutions to systemic problems?

When people come to me and confess their green sins, as if I were some sort of eco-nun, I want to tell them they are carrying the guilt of the oil and gas industry’s crimes...While we’re busy testing each other’s purity, we let the government and industries off the hook completely.

Flood and friends also recommend:

This powerful reminder of the harm caused by under-funding social services, particularly poignant as both major parties wave through tax cuts for the rich.

Dewey Crumpley on how art should respond to racism, and its potential as a teaching tool

Everything is a monopoly again: Netflix’s predatory pricing and the road back to vertical integration, the withering away of Hollywood and how this promotes self-censorship:

Fresh hells from the innovation industry: real-time surveillance of your teen!

And for some closure, if any of you like to sit in the dark and listen to music that grinds you into a fine pulp, give this good and very weird new album a try.