What I’m reading today 10/30/2017

Baltimore organizers schedule second Ceasefire with momentum from first – Baltimore Sun

Organizers of last month’s 72-hour “ceasefire” in Baltimore — which rallied the city around a message of peace, even if it didn’t completely silence the gunfire — have announced another event this fall.

The first ceasefire, the product of months of brainstorming, organizing and awareness efforts, included marches, cookouts and vigils, with people offering “Free Hugs” and messages of peace.

The weekend was pierced by violence — including at least two homicides — but still a success, organizers and attendees said.

I guess I don’t understand success. With a goal of no murders using a gun, they ONLY had two? How is two murders during a ceasefire success?

France Is Running Out of Butter for Its Croissants – Bloomberg News

Finding butter for the breakfast staple has become a challenge across France. Soaring global demand and falling supplies have boosted butter prices, and with French supermarkets unwilling to pay more for the dairy product, producers are taking their wares across the border. That has left the French, the world’s biggest per-capita consumers of butter, short of a key ingredient for their sauces and tarts.

Many of us have an image of France that includes romance and love. We all know, as the Great Paula Deen has taught us, that butter is love. So with a shortage of butter, will our image of France become more like Baltimore?

California clears first hurdle to breaking into three states – Washington Examiner

California has cleared its first hurdle to going from one state to three smaller states.

Golden State residents who support billionaire Tim Draper’s initiative to break the state into smaller parts will now begin collecting signatures to get the plan on next year’s election ballot.

The plan proposes making the area including and north of San Francisco into one state, a coastal region extending south to Los Angeles another state, and everywhere south and east of those a third state.

First Brexit, then Catalonia, and now California? Who’s next?