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Over Easy – Cory Booker, Loan Sharks, and Sweet Jane

7:55 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

Good morning you lovely firedogs! There’s coffee, and I’ve got french toast on the griddle. Sit a spell, eat, and peruse the links.

A plate of french toast with fresh fruit.

Fancy some french toast? Come into Over Easy & chat a while.

I’m sure everyone remembers Kelly Thomas, the homeless man beaten to death by Fullerton, CA police last July. Thomas was schizophrenic. Now, Salon has the links to a study that shows at least half of the people shot by police in this country each year suffer from mental illness.

How Civil Disobedience Improves Crowdsourced Disaster Response (and Vice Versa) by Patrick Meier, PhD.

This must have stuck in Bloomberg’s craw. I love seeing him humbled. Also, The Guardian has a nice piece about Occupy Sandy and the NYPD.

How about some political activism from a politician? Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, challenged himself to live on a food stamp budget for 7 days. $30 to spend. The tech-savvy guy even blogged the entire experience. Here is the final blog post from day 7. If you have a few minutes, check out his updates from all 7 days here.

Interesting news from CNet. This just made getting arrested a lot more interesting.

Gender, Debt, and Dropping Out of College. (Will need to open .pdf at link to view full article.)

Bank protestors in Switzerland demonstrate how to take on a loan shark. Pic.

Oh hey! Remember those formaldehyde-tainted trailers that FEMA bought in the wake of Katrina? FEMA is selling them.

I saw this yesterday and had to pass it along. Too cool to not share. Rare cat filmed up close.

Since I’ve done this two weeks in a row now, I might as well continue. Some music.

See you in the comments.

Photo by Jules Morgan released under a Creative Commons license.

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, 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 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.