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Over Easy – Here Comes the Sun

7:50 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Sunrise on the flats: Key West, Florida

Here Comes the Sun

Good morning firedogs, and happy Tuesday!

Aaron Swartz, the 26 year old activist and software designer, committed suicide last Friday. Many feel that Aaron was driven to suicide by vindictive prosecution  at the hands of the State of Massachusetts. I happen to agree. Here are 10 awful crimes that get you less prison time than Aaron was facing. Now the Westboro Baptist Church is threatening to picket Aaron’s funeral.

Robert Burns via HuffPo -Military suicides reached record high in 2012.

Pentagon figures obtained Monday by The Associated Press show that the 349 suicides among active-duty troops last year were up from 301 the year before and exceeded the Pentagon’s own internal projection of 325.

Am I the only one that finds it messed up that the Pentagon has internal suicide projections?

This is an opportune time to remind everyone that if you feel like taking your own life, or know someone who may be feeling this way, please reach out and talk to someone. Life’s problems are temporary, but suicide is permanent. You or someone you know who is feeling this way should contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

I strongly, strongly encourage anyone who suspects that a friend or family member may be contemplating suicide to contact these folks. And if you yourself, Dear Reader, are considering ending your life, hear me; I love you, and you’re worth sticking around for. I promise.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

From the Guardian and Tehran Bureau, the story of a gay man who escaped Iran to Norway.

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad says there are no homosexuals in his country. This is the story of an invisible community

George P. Bush (P for ‘puke’?) taps family’s connections to raise $1.3 million in just two months. He’s running for office. I’m sure you’re all as shocked as I am. This is my shocked face.

Today there will be a live press conference from the Mars Curiosity Rover team at 10:00am Pacific time. You can view the presser here.

A flash mob covered ‘Here Comes The Sun’ in a Madrid unemployment office. I’m sure the folks there needed a happy moment.

A little ditty to start the day.

That’s all I’ve got for today folks. See you in the comments!

…oh, and if anyone is lurking COME OUT AND PLAY! We won’t bite!

Over Easy – In the Mood

7:50 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller because I said so

Good morning firedogs! Happy Tuesday to you all.

I’ve decided that my normal topics of activism and education are going to evolve into a grab bag. There hasn’t been much in the way of education news lately that has caught my attention, so I decided to take myself outside the box. If you don’t like it, vote me off the island!

Here are your links for the day.

Gun control has been a hot topic in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre. Here in Central Texas, Travis County officials are poised to take a step in the right direction.

Here’s a great article from WarIsACrime.org about indigenous Guatemalans (read Maya) resisting the incursion of American mining corporations.

A story that made me happy. From the folks over at BuzzFeed – Servicemembers Kicked Out Under Military’s Gay Ban Since ’04 To Receive Full Separation Pay.

Boulder, CO. A neighborhood held a candlelight vigil on Sunday to mourn an elk that was shot and killed by a police officer.

You’re in good hands with AllState, right? Not so much. At least these Sandy victims are not.

That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Be sure to head over here to check out EdwardTeller’s coverage of the Shell flustercuck in Alaska, here for a great article by amerigus on the Steubenville rape case, and here for Tom Engelhardt’s write-up including Bill McKibben’s recent piece on climate change. (MyFDL rawks)

Here’s a cute kitten pic just because.

And a tune.

See you in the comments!

Over Easy – An Introduction

7:09 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Good morning everyone, and welcome to our brand new daily feature Over Easy.

Hungry For Some Over Easy Links & Chat?

As many of you know, we recently lost a dear and valued friend, activist, inspiration, and front page contributor here at the Lake. Richard de Berry, aka Southern Dragon, was many things. A wonderful friend. A staunch defender of his fellows. A strong and just activist. A thinker. A gentle and good soul. He has been commemorated well here by others, and I have no wish to elicit further tears and sorrow, so I’ll move along.

I bring up Richard only to segue into an explanation of our new project. Richard was responsible each day, Monday through Friday, for the Lakeside Diner, a collection of newsworthy links and a meeting place for many of us online denizens to gather and start the day. Since Richard’s passing we have surely missed him, but have also missed the space that he provided us to come together and be as one before going out into the world to face the day. I feel this space is a part of Richard’s legacy, and I wish to continue it.

In the spirit of togetherness and community that FDL has fostered in us, I and others came together yesterday and came up with a plan. A new space, similar to the Lakeside Diner, for us to meet and share links, break bread, and be merry. Through our conversation this concept emerged: Over Easy.

Without further ado, your regular contributors will be: Myself, msmolly, demi, Ruth Calvo, and BoxTurtle. Others have offered their services, and will surely be worked into a rotation as we iron out the details.

We will cover a variety of topics, all of us with a particular specialty or theme. Posts will include links to relevant articles, videos, etc., and an invitation for open discussion. Off topic is safe, and even encouraged. Posts will go up Monday through Friday at 9am Eastern, 6am Pacific.

Please bear with us as we pilot this new ship out of the harbor and into open seas and calm water. It’s our maiden voyage, so there will surely be some hiccups along the way.

I’m going to focus on local activism and education. I like the grassroots stuff and the teach-our-kids stuff, so that will be my cup of tea. Here is your first batch of links (please pardon the lack of content. Short notice, work in the real world, my dog ate my links, insert other generic excuses here):

  • An on-the-ground report from Staten Island by Joanne Stocker, Kenneth Lipp, and Dustin Slaughter. These fearless activists, of Team Occupy Your Mom fame, spent 3 days in Staten Island in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
  • Austin School District cancels UT play about same-sex penguin parents.
  • Op-ed from The LA Times about for-profit universities preying on Veterans. The exploitation of the GI Bill to turn a profit is infuriating.

I’ll close as a better man than me always did – Namaste. Never. Give. Up.

Photo by jeffreyw under a Creative Commons license on Flickr.