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Over Easy – Cyberman Squid Uprising

7:50 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Cyberman

Cyberman

Good morning firedogs. Happy grab bag Tuesday! Here are your links.

Glennzilla on the Pentagon’s plans for a massive cyber-army. What could possibly go wrong?

Anyone remember Joseph Goebbels? How about his step-kids? Well, their descendents are billionaires now, living the good life. The family has had it’s hands in BMW, Daimler, and Mauser Firearms over the years.

From the awesome Carl Sewall (@carlsewall) on Twitter, the best headline you’ll read today. You don’t even need to read the story. Just read the headline.

ICYMI, our good friend David Dayen published a piece at The New Republic yesterday. Fantastic writing from him, not that I’m surprised. David delves into the work Progressives have down to relieve California’s fiscal woes and actually balance the state budget.

Another hat tip to @CarlSewall – Sarah Palin was paid $15.85 per word spoken on air during her three years at Fox News. Anybody know someone over at Fox? I’ll work for a tenth of that.

Here’s one for our science nerd friends, and also for our IT nerd friends. I’m a little bit of both :)

You bored yet? Read this.

And because I haven’t seen it mentioned on the ‘Lake yet, here’s a report on the widespread raids and arrests of journalists in Iran 2 nights ago.

We activists all need a lift sometime.

A Giant Squid (skip to 2:25 in if you’re impatient).

Photo from trevorme via flickr.

Over Easy –

7:55 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Fried egg, sunny side up

Fried egg, sunny side up

Good morning everyone, and welcome to your second Tuesday edition of Over Easy.

I’d like to personally thank all of the contributors and commenters who have made us successful in our first week. You’re all wonderful.

Here are your links for the day

Rolling Jubilee has now raised over $350,000, which they plan to use to purchase and forgive over $7 million in personal debt. This is an excellent project. Please contribute at their page if you can.

It’s Mutual Aid, Stupid. Opinion piece from HuffPo about Occupy Sandy’s relief efforts, and the state of Occupy as a whole.

As activists functioning in the age of handheld, advanced technologies, it is necessary for us to fully understand the functions of our devices at the most basic levels, and to know how to maintain privacy and security in the face of tyrannical governments. Have you visited your local CryptoParty?

From AntiWar.com, 500 Egyptian Activists enter Gaza with medical supplies. Brave people doing meaningful work in the face of war.

In early November, the great state of Georgia passed a constitutional amendment to establish an independent commission to fast-track charter school approval and development. A number of organizations and politicians, now including the Georgia State Legislature’s Black Caucus, are filing a lawsuit to stop the amendment.

Washington State voters narrowly approved the construction of up to 40 charter schools, after rejecting similar ballot measures 3 times in the past. There was a lot of outside money thrown behind Initiative 1240, and local activists have vowed to contest the new law.

Beyond Proposition 30: California’s education future by Louis Freedberg at EdSource.org. The author brings up issues of funding inequity, per capita spending on education, and other problems facing California schools.

And now for a local project, near and dear to my Orange Hippo heart – Orange Santa, an annual event aimed at giving a Christmas to families in need. Orange Santa provides food, clothing, presents, and other general support for local families who need it most. Hippos United, our non-profit that succeeded in passing a local tax initiative to close the budget gaps for our school district, is heading up the fundraising efforts. My wife is acting as liaison with all the local schools, organizing fundraising days and events, and my children and I will be volunteering on distribution day. If you have any extra funds this holiday season, we would appreciate your help. You can donate online here (don’t mind the 2011 stuff in the format. The donor link is still live and being used). If you prefer to contribute old school through snail mail, contact me in the comments and I’ll provide my email address. We’ll work something out from there.

As always, Off Topic is safe here. I’ll see you in the comments.