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


The real election…

Americans seem absorbed with politics at this point in our history.  The upcoming elections are a major focus in a news cycle that varies between pre-election, election and post-election.  It is a topic that never leaves and to some extent it is a diversion from the real election.

There is a saying that you have three votes.  You vote with the cash box, the ballot box and if all else fails, the cartridge box.  I think this should be updated to include the computerin’ box but I won’t get into that here.  Of these votes, we are trained to believe it is all about the ballot box.  That is not the real vote.  That is not the real election. Continue reading