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WHERE I GO FROM HERE…

November 22nd, 2014

2004 me and 2014 me… I’ve invested a great deal of time in recent weeks considering the questions about the next part of my journey as a novelist and journalist, and where I want to take my blogs Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal. Back in 2005, Cleveland alternate news weekly […]

WHAT DO WE DO WITH WHAT WE KNOW…?

November 22nd, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America hit 2,394 and PZ has opened a second comment thread: Later this morning in America… Meanwhile, in New York City… Residents and community […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
ATTACKED, TO BE WHACKED BY FLACKS…

November 17th, 2014

I have been attacked! Whacked by a flack no less. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be attacked by a paid flack who was a big Pooh-Bah publisher and editor. My critic is Brian Tucker the former publisher for Crain’s Business Review, a pro-business weekly. His ad notes, After 25 years […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI H…

November 8th, 2014

The fact that human beings have created, and daily create, this self-directed system through which they divest themselves of their innermost identity is not therefore the result of some incomprehensible misunderstanding of history, nor is it history somehow gone off its rails. Neither is it the product of some diabolical higher will which has decided, […]

HINT: NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM…

November 7th, 2014

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: As […]

WHY BUCKEYES ARE CALLED WORTHLESS NUTS

November 7th, 2014

The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all. The cases decided were from […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI G…

November 7th, 2014

Position in the power hierarchy determines the degree of responsibility and guilt, but it gives no one unlimited responsibility and guilt, nor does it completely absolve anyone. Thus the conflict between the aims of life and the aims of the system is not a conflict between two socially defined and separate communities; and only a […]

AYN RAND’S ALPHA AND OMEGA IN PICTURES…

November 6th, 2014

From Ayn Rand by Daryl Cunningham…

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI F…

November 6th, 2014

Everyone, however, is in fact involved and enslaved, not only the greengrocers but also the prime ministers. Differing positions in the hierarchy merely establish differing degrees of involvement: the greengrocer is involved only to a minor extent, but he also has very little power. The prime minister, naturally, has greater power, but in return he […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: JOHN KASICH, CHRIS QUINN AND
CLEVELAND’S DYSFUNCTIONAL PLAIN DEALER…

November 5th, 2014

The Plain Dealer—and I use that name despite the division with the Northeast Ohio Media Group (which sounds like some ad consulting firm)—appears to display a dual personality disorder. A web site and a printed paper. Would Macy’s tell Gimbles? Why the division within a newspaper? And does the newspaper understand the confusion it displays? […]

THE 19TH CENTURY IS THE NEW 21ST CENTURY…

November 5th, 2014

In the wake of the violent upheavals of the French Revolution, European monarchies came together in 1791 at the Pillnitz Conference to declare their support for the embattled Louis XVI and warn the burgeoning revolutionaries of the dangers of toppling a fellow monarch. Far from stifling the ambitions of the insurgents however, this declaration was […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI E…

November 5th, 2014

If an entire district town is plastered with slogans that no one reads, it is on the one hand a message from the district secretary to the regional secretary, but it is also something more: a small example of the principle of social auto-totality at work. Part of the essence of the post-totalitarian system is […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF STATE OVER CHURCH…

November 5th, 2014

Via Zen Pencils… Previously…

WHO IS ZEPHYR TEACHOUT…?

November 4th, 2014

Which is to say, there is one issue that subsumes all other issues, upon which all other issues depend—and that is restoring democracy itself. If we don’t have a responsive democracy, all the debates about charter schools, and fracking, and high-stakes testing, and the militarization of police forces—all of which are issues I care about—they […]

PLAIN DEALER, HENRY GOMEZ, TAKE NOTE…

November 4th, 2014

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VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI D…

November 4th, 2014

The woman who ignored the greengrocer’s slogan may well have hung a similar slogan just an hour before in the corridor of the office where she works. She did it more or less without thinking, just as our greengrocer did, and she could do so precisely because she was doing it against the background of […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI C…

November 3rd, 2014

The greengrocer had to put the slogan in his window, therefore, not in the hope that someone might read it or be persuaded by it, but to contribute, along with thousands of other slogans, to the panorama that everyone is very much aware of. This panorama, of course, has a subliminal meaning as well: it […]

HOW MANY CIRCUS PEANUTS DID YOU EAT TODAY…?

November 2nd, 2014

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI B…

November 2nd, 2014

It seems senseless to require the greengrocer to declare his loyalty publicly. But it makes sense nevertheless. People ignore his slogan, but they do so because such slogans are also found in other shop windows, on lampposts, bulletin boards, in apartment windows, and on buildings; they are everywhere, in fact. They form part of the […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL DATA ON
GATEWAY FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS…

November 1st, 2014

It may be hard to believe but the Cleveland Indians, not the Gateway Economic Development Corp., will be paying for current improvement at Progressive Field. That’s what Gateway says. Here’s what Gateway says the major capital improvement at Progressive Field are: Sound System—$4,760,000. High Structural Steel—from $725,000 to $2,184,230. Concrete resurfacing—$3,000,000. For a total of […]

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