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kcfreecycle links for 2008-04-01

Monday, March 31st, 2008
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kcfreecycle links

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

delicious doesn’t seem to want to update the daily kcfreecycle links, so…until we get the problemo fixed, you’ll need to hit up our delicious account to see all the new linky goodness we’ve added for you! Hopefully we’ll have it up and running again soon.

http://del.icio.us/kcfreecycle

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WANTED: Common sense, critical thinking skills and a healthy dose of skepticism

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Via the Associated Press, a sad example of what can happen when people don’t don their thinking caps on the internets (or in life, for that matter):

Man scammed by Craigslist ad

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A pair of hoax ads on Craigslist cost an Oregon man much of what he owned.

The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

But Robert Salisbury had no plans to leave. The independent contractor was at Emigrant Lake when he got a call from a woman who had stopped by his house to claim his horse.

On his way home he stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater.

“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.”

The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. On his way home he spotted other cars filled with his belongings.

Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.

The trespassers, armed with printouts of the ad, tried to brush him off. “They honestly thought that because it appeared on the Internet it was true,” Salisbury said. “It boggles the mind.”

Jacksonville police and Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrived but by then several cars packed with Salisbury’s property had fled.

He turned some license plate numbers over to police.

Michelle Easley had seen the ad that claimed Salisbury’s horse had been declared abandoned by the sheriff’s department and was free to a good home.

“I can’t stand to see a horse suffer so I drove out there and got her,” Easley said. “The horse didn’t look abandoned. She is in good shape for being 32 years old.”

But it looked odd, so she left a note on Salisbury’s door explaining the ad. She then decided to call to make sure the ad was legitimate when the second similar ad appeared.

“I feel bad because I was a part of it,” Easley said. “It felt right to call the police.”

Fagan praised Easley’s honestly but said prosecution was likely for anybody caught with Salisbury’s property.

Items can be returned with no questions asked, Fagan said.

Detectives have contacted Craigslist’s legal team to try to trace the ad.

And this isn’t the first time such a hoax has appeared on Craigslist, either.

So please, exercise caution when responding to ads placed on Freecycle, Craigslist and the like; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you want to gift an item to someone in need, it’s probably best to give it directly to a non-profit organization. And don’t give out too much personal info to strangers, on- or off-list.

More safety tips here.

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kcfreecycle links for 2008-03-25

Monday, March 24th, 2008
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kcfreecycle links for 2008-03-24

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
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Kinship Circle: Homes & Help Needed For Flood Survivors

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Just thought I’d pass this along as an update to Friday’s post.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 1:03 AM
Subject: Homes & Help Needed For Flood Survivors

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

RELIEF GLOBAL * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters
3/22/08: Missouri Floods – Homes & Help Needed For Animal Survivors

IN THIS ALERT:

1. UPDATE: Piedmont, Missouri Flood Disaster
2. Foster Or Adopt A Feline Flood Survivor!
3. Illinois Shelter Faces Rising Floodwaters

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kcfreecycle links for 2008-03-23

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
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H2-Y0! It’s World Water Day!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

And since Dr. Stephen Colbert, DFA is just as refreshing as the wet stuff (and also due in no small part to the crazy amount of yard work I have to do today), I’ll let him give you the lowdown on WWD. Here are all five segments of Thursday’s Colbert Report Special ReporT, “Watershift Down: Getting the Sea Monkey off America’s Aqua-Back.”

If you’d like to learn more about World Water Day (this year’s theme: Sanitation), check out http://www.worldwaterday.org and http://www.worldwaterday.net. Also, you can read more about the awesome Dean Kamen here. (If you only watch one clip, make it Stephen’s interview with Dean, which is the fourth one down below.)

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kcfreecycle links for 2008-03-22

Friday, March 21st, 2008
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Kinship Circle: Animal Shelter Underwater! Piedmont, MO & Update

Friday, March 21st, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:45 PM
Subject: Animal Shelter Underwater! Piedmont, MO

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

RELIEF GLOBAL
3/18/08: Animal Control (& Town) Underwater! Piedmont, MO

IN THIS ALERT:

1. PIEDMONT ANIMAL CONTROL UNDERWATER – EMERGENCY
2. Piedmont, Missouri Evacuated for Flooding
3. Animals Saved From Floods At Southern IL Shelter

Kinship Circle has just learned tonight (3/18) that the town of Piedmont, in rural Missouri, has evacuated due to severe flash flooding. We are posting as much information as we have at this time and will follow-up with more verified facts as they become available.

We know, but have not yet confirmed:

* The town’s animal control is underwater, animals evacuated. Some died in floodwaters.
* Stray Rescue St. Louis (active in Katrina rescue) appears to be headed to Piedmont.
* It has rained nonstop 48+ hours and other Missouri/Illinois shelters may need help.

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