Archive for the 'Politics' Category

AVOIDING THE PROBLEMS WITH BOYCOTTS…

July 22nd, 2014

Boycotts are always problematic, but they can be effective. Putting our money behind our personal convictions helped to bring down South Africa’s apartheid regime. But when does joining a consumer boycott of products or services produced by a specific company or originating in a given region of the world make sense? It’s a question that […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FORBES:
HE WAS SO GOOD AT BEING BAD…

July 20th, 2014

George Forbes, not any mayor, was the most powerful political figure of our era. He ruled at a time when public money flowed to major developers. He was the grease that made it flow. Forbes clearly dominated Cleveland politics for most of two decades – 1970s and 1980s – that coincided with my time at […]

COMING TO A DORMANT FAULT NEAR YOU…

July 19th, 2014

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which […]

THE FCC WILL FENCE IN THE COMMONS…

July 16th, 2014

You can count on the big carriers – the Comcasts and the Verizons – to churn up a propaganda storm in coming months, supplementing their mega-million-dollar lobbying campaign in Washington. There will be the usual statements, which often turn out to be misleading or outright false, from official spokespeople. But watch out for the less […]

TAXES TO PROP UP FAILED CHARTER SCHOOL…

July 16th, 2014

[Value Learning and Teaching] Academy, a 600-student charter school in Pendleton, will remain open next year thanks to a judge’s ruling Monday. In a potentially precedent-setting decision, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Nadine Allen is forcing the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor the school next year, thereby saving it from closure. She also […]

I’M GOOD TO GO…

July 15th, 2014

The ever vigilant guard dog Buster (right) knows that Welshmen will not yield! Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage

ROLDO RIGHTS ON JUSTICE MANGLED, DENIED…

July 14th, 2014

As a follow-up to the last posting on the historic battle between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, I am presenting a piece written in 1980 about the first anti-trust trial by the city against the private utility company. It reveals how power works its destruction. A good deal of it […]

A WISE WOMAN SAID…

July 11th, 2014

Make no decisions that cause you to lose sleep. First of all, sleep is simply too precious. You need energy for everything you do when it comes to campaigning, and you have no spare sleep. Right now, I have less than 12 weeks left before my primary, and then it’s basically over — there is […]

WE HAVE TWO YEARS TO CHALLENGE THIS…

July 10th, 2014

While the US Supreme Court has deemed that not allowing protesters to get right in the face of women seeking abortions is a violation of their free speech rights, the sensitivities of delegates to political conventions are so delicate that they can be shielded from opposing views. Mano Singham writing in Seeing Cleveland through fresh […]

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE THREE…

July 10th, 2014

What follows below are a few of the bits from Glenn Greenwald’s and Murtaza Hussain’s Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On that I first mentioned yesterday. Of all that I read, Jaffer’s comment below (bold, emphasis mine) is the most telling and disturbing. Indeed, the government’s ability to monitor […]

WHICH NATION WILL BE NEXT…?

July 10th, 2014

Diplomatic relations between Germany and the US plunged to a new low after Angela Merkel’s government asked the top representative of America’s secret services in Germany to leave the country. While not formally amounting to a full expulsion, the move nonetheless sends a dramatic signal: after a year-long dispute triggered by the revelations of NSA […]

HERMANN GOERING INTERVIEWED…

July 10th, 2014

We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction. “Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want […]

WELL…?

July 10th, 2014

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE TWO…

July 10th, 2014

The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for the intelligence agencies referring to “Mohammed Raghead.” After an extensive investigation by the Intercept on Wednesday reported that the NSA and the FBI spied on […]

HOBBY LOBBY’S INSIDIOUS AGENDA…

July 9th, 2014

Think the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was just about birth control? Think again. Immediately after the Hobby Lobby ruling, Rick Warren and other high-profile religious leaders began lobbying the Obama administration to demand a religious exemption in an executive order which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S FOULED POLITICS…

July 9th, 2014

Cleveland’s Muny Light facility on the city’s east side and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating company Chairman (and Field Marshall Rommel aficionado) Ralph Besse. (inset upper left) Cleveland in 2014 loves to proclaim its love of private-public partnerships. The reason: the private sector wants to suck resources from the public sector – sin taxes, tax abatements, […]

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD…

July 9th, 2014

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes: • Faisal […]

A SENSIBLE AND VITAL BIT OF LEGISLATION…

July 8th, 2014

Back on 2 April, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) introduced S. 2207 The Real Time Transparency Act of 2014. The bill, written in response to the the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which abolished caps on an individual’s total donations to federal candidates, parties and some political committees, Sen. King’s […]

TRUST US, WE’RE THE WASHINGTON POST

July 7th, 2014

Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. A breakdown […]

SNOWDEN: WHAT IT ALL MEANS TO YOU, A PRIMER…

July 6th, 2014

When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong’s Mira hotel in June, his mission was ambitious. Amid the clutter of laundry, meal trays and his four laptops, he wanted to start a debate about mass surveillance. He succeeded beyond anything the journalists or Snowden himself ever imagined. His disclosures about the […]

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