Corvid Charity

The official name for this idea is Corvid Charities but Corvids encompass more birds than crows so…. TBD.

This is based on many ornithological studies including this one at the University of picture of a crowWashington, the findings of a hacker/writer named Josh Klein and a non-profit I attempted to start a few months ago. After working and living in downtown Portland, OR among the homeless and addicted, I did a lot of research into mental illness, addiction, crime,  homelessness and the links between it all.  I pinned down affordable and accessible mental health programs as both the #1 thing that would affect all of those inter-connected problems and the most cost-effective way of trying to solve all those problems.  I’ve long had an interest in animal intelligence but it turned towards crows with what ironically turned out to be a legend.  The research into mental health, my volunteer experience and animal intelligence all came together after an off-hand joke to a friend. Continue reading


Yes, I know I’m weird, but….

… I was using Google Insights to track racial/sexual epithets by state and did a search for “homelessness”. While I do find it interesting and inexplicable the New Mexico would have such a high search rate for this…what was really interesting was the chart above that showing timing for searches.

Notice that it has a regular pattern and looks very much like an EKG for a normal heart.  It peaks every November and a smaller peak in April. November is obvious – Thanksgiving. I am assuming that the April peak is driven by Easter. It bottoms out in July or August when, I assume, people are worried about their vacations Continue reading