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Alright, I put inquiries in with everyone I could find who was distributing comics.
If there is a title you want, I'll see what we can do.
So apparently DC just cut ties with Diamond, and Diamond is likely to be entirely revamping their business as a result.
We were 1950s style spies, basically.
Anyway, I think about that a lot.
Remember when kids programs advertised encryption as a toy?
When I was 10, we had decoder rings, and we sent messages back and forth to one another with covert dead drops and an ever escalating set of cyphers and encryption methods.
We built book safes and false bottom boxes. We hid secrets. We organized against our teachers. We agitated.
I was a child, it was a game.
Was your childhood like this?
I think I could have enough local business to justify it pretty quickly, but I'd feel a lot more confident if I could get a pick list going.
I'm considering setting up an account with Diamond (the only comic book distributor in the country) so that we can carry a small smattering of comics.
Their minimum order is $425/month, and you have to place a monthly order or they won't do business with you.
That works out to be about $100/week, which isn't Horrible, but it's also not great when you're talking about items that mostly cost $3/each. So I'd need to be moving 141 comic books a month to meet their minimums.
This week, for far too many reasons to enumerate, is kicking my ass.
Today, for the first time in a while, I feel hopeful about the state of the world. I don't know why, but I woke up feeling like things had turned a corner and might actually get better.
It felt today like we are winning.
I hope I'm not wrong.
We did 1100 in sales today and literally did not stop cleaning at any point. That shit was exhausting.
On the other hand, the world is an absolute trashfire.
I spoke with a cop for a few hours yesterday. The conversation started with him saying "The protesters are right but..."
and ended with him saying "No DA in their right mind is going to bring charges against cops on a regular basis. It would break the justice system. Shit, I guess we are the bad guys."
But he didn't quit his job, so I guess he's okay with that.
Alright, I spent some more time reading about disaster radio and ... I think it might be just barely fast enough to use for some kind of message board or social network style application that stores data temporarily on a cache node to be downloaded later by an end user.
I'm trying to suss out the edges.
Police brutality in the past
For various reasons, I was reading about the city of Philadelphia's unjustifiable bombing of residential housing with intent to murder members of the organization Move.
I knew about this event in the abstract, but I didn't know the details.
I know more details now, they do not make the police look better.
The power asymmetry in this country is stark. The bombing was punitive and terroristic. It served no functional purpose beyond destruction. ACAB
I'm pretty convinced that bad stuff is going to happen WRT the internet in the coming months, and I'm thinking a lot about our plan B's and how we don't have any right now.
I'm also going to read some wodehouse, research disaster radio some more, and setting up some onion sites.
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