Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

September 2nd, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BOBBY, JIMMY AND JAMES NEFF…

August 31st, 2015

Former Plain Dealer columnist James Neff has written a thriller-like book—Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa—of the long smoldering battle between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa, two giants on the national scene in the 1950s and 1960s. The book is stacked with inside info about how Bob Kennedy, as a staffer of the 1950s Senate […]

WILL WHAT I CHOOSE ENLARGE OR DIMINISH ME..?

August 23rd, 2015

Why do we tell people to do what makes them happy? Is there a utility in happiness? How do we know that we are happy? How long must we exist in a state of happiness before we can consider ourselves happy? One of the more important ideas I acquired in college came from a Political […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON HASLAM GETS PARKING DEAL…

August 21st, 2015

Hey, Jimmy Haslam, can we wipe your butt for you? Do you need anything else we can give you? That’s the attitude of Mayor Frank “Neighborhood” Jackson and Council President Kevin “Go Along” Kelley. And other city leaders for decades. The pair has just given another gift to the Cleveland Browns owner. Parking. One of […]

WHY INVESTING IN CARBON IS A BAD MOVE…

August 20th, 2015

Not a bad idea for your family, your community, your nation or the planet (well those too) but a bad idea for your investment portfolio. This email hit my desk this morning. Dear Jeff, What has the Wellcome Trust gained from its investments in coal, oil and gas? The answer is that they have nose-dived […]

JUST HOW HEAVY IS YOUR SLEDGE…?”

August 19th, 2015

—from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam, p. 175 Gavin Aung Than writes: Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was a scientist, aeronautical engineer, writer, and the 11th President of India, serving from 2002-2007. During his decorated 40-year scientific career, Kalam pioneered India’s space, missile and nuclear programs, earning him the […]

BOO HOO HOO AMAZON RECRUITS, GET REAL…

August 18th, 2015

Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows So, The New York Times talks to highly paid Amazon employees looking to be treated like they’re still living at home with their shelf of Best Smile trophies. Well, boo hoo hoo. Welcome to the real world where work is work. These people fell for the do what […]

JULIAN BOND: 1940-2015…

August 16th, 2015

MILITARIZED POLICE HOPE ACOUSTIC CANNON’S SHRIEK WILL DROWN OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 15th, 2015

So, images crowds of protesters engulfed in clouds of tear gas result in uncomfortable images of militarized police earning their Michael Brown Bonus. Sound waves, however, are invisible and military contractor LRAD is cashing in on that fact with police forces across America. Lee Fang, writing in Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black […]

THIS BETTER BE THE LAST BONUS HE EVER GETS…

August 15th, 2015

Every time I think that we’ve seen the last stupid police officer, that we’re turning a corner on institutional racism in America, along comes another clueless cop to burst my bubble. This is the reason why we need Black Lives Matter, because to people like Todd J Bakula, Black lives are just a way to […]

NO WONDER BIG SUGAR IS IN A SCREAMING PANIC…

August 15th, 2015

Last Tuesday I wrote about watching the documentary Fed Up, a film exploring the obesity epidemic in America and the central role played by sugar in that national disaster. This morning, while reading about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a Mauritanian sentenced to death for the crime of writing an article critical of the prophet Mohammed, […]

BILL MCKIBBEN COMES OUT FOR BERNIE…

August 14th, 2015

Bill McKibben convinced then Guardian Editor Alan Rushbridger to take on what has become Rushbridger’s legacy: Keep Carbon In The Ground. McKibben is convinced that Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate who will address Global Warming and Climate Change. He writes: Why is the next presidency so important? There are many answers to that […]

AH, THE REAGAN YEARS…

August 14th, 2015

Previously and the follow up, Alice is fine.

PHYSICIANS, FIRST DO NO HARM…

August 14th, 2015

In the latest in the Keep Carbon In The Ground… campaign, Emma Howard writes: Today in the Guardian, almost 1,000 health professionals from around the world have come together to ask the Wellcome Trust to move their money out of fossil fuel companies on ethical grounds. They have signed a letter calling on the multi-billion […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT DO BROWNS FANS WANT,
A $15,000,000 SCOREBOARD OR A WINNING TEAM…?

August 13th, 2015

A sales tax goes out of business. Don’t clap. Another one—of the same shade—goes into effect. August 1. July 2015 ended the 15-year sin tax we suckers voted for a decade-and-a-half ago. And the total take for the sin tax as of the end of last month was $135,421,613. Cash received. That’s a lot of […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 12 AUGUST…

August 12th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. SO, DOUG MCMILLON’S […]

THE HEIR TO RACHEL CARSON’S SILENT SPRING

August 12th, 2015

I first wrote about Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate on 14 March, at the beginning of my consideration of The Guardian’s Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. I ordered a copy of Klein’s book from the library and waited nearly five months for my request to be filled. That was a […]

VIVA LE DECROISSANCE…!

August 12th, 2015

I have a new favorite word this morning: decroissance. The word appears in a footnote on page 93 of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. Klein writes: In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing not to believe the fiction […]

FEEL THE BERN ON THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE…

August 11th, 2015

Bernie Sanders writes: Climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency. If we don’t act aggressively now to combat it, there will be major and painful consequences in store later: rising oceans that inundate coastal areas, bigger superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, worsening droughts, out-of-control wildfires, historic floods that come year after year, rising food prices, and […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE POSSIBILITIES FOR
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF CLEVELAND…?

August 11th, 2015

It’s never too early it seems for political navel gazing. So who do you think will run for mayor of Cleveland in 2017? And does it matter since mayors don’t run the town. Mayor Frank Jackson, in his third term, was to me Neighborhood Councilman. He took care of his ward. As mayor, he’s the […]

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