Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

February 18th, 2017

In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. Ohio and Cuyahoga County Actions: Join the Ohio Pipeline Task Force. [Update @ 0315 on 18 February: short term profits, a lifetime’s worth, ought not to trump generations of […]

REMEMBER WHAT KILLED H.G. WELLS’ MARTIANS…

February 16th, 2017

Ralph Nader, in An E.Coli’s Message to President Trump, writes: The current troubling news reports from China are describing a major Avian Flu epidemic among huge flocks of chickens. Such epidemics have been worrisome to public health specialists because they could be the precursor of transmission to humans and a possible global pandemic. Since President […]

WE HAVEN’T GONE OVER THE CLIMATE CLIFF, YET…

February 16th, 2017

MANAGER YOUR TIME BY MANAGING YOUR ENERGY…

February 14th, 2017

Occasionally I find a post—rather than a comic—from Scott Adams worth repeating. This post on managing energy to manage time resonates with all the reading I’ve been doing from Cal Newport since I finished his Deep Work last year. The key challenge to the strategy is that most people do are not self-employed and able […]

SHOWDOWN COMING ON PUBLIC SUBSIDIES

February 12th, 2017

For the first time in more than two decades two civic organizations are opposing an Establishment desire to seize more public dollars to subsidize a downtown development—the Quicken Arena. Citizens are actually challenging the political leadership and their corporate dictators, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which represents high-powered business and legal elites. This is not apparently […]

WHY DO WE WANT MORE THAN ALL WE CAN BE…?

February 11th, 2017

Last year I distributed images to several friends and associates of Superman and Wonder Woman in the power poses described by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk. Cuddy’s concept is akin to the Fake it until you make it philosophy and has come under attack in the years since she first proposed her idea, but […]

I SEE A GREAT FUTURE FOR SCOUT MALDONADO…

February 10th, 2017

I have no doubt that Joe Maldonado will uphold the Cub Scout Promise to do his best. Scouting is changing and that is all very good. Previously…

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON CONTINUES TO ACT AS
CORPORATE STOOGE IN PUBLIC SQUARE DEBATE

February 10th, 2017

Why is the Plain Dealer handling Mayor Frank Jackson with velvet gloves? The mayor’s absurd stance on Public Square—that terrorism is a reason for keeping Superior Avenue closed, putting public transit in a hammerlock—is laughable. Where’s the cartoon for this sham? Jackson’s is a stubborn position without merit. It’s absurd and someone should say so. […]

WE THE PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, JOIN IN…!

February 7th, 2017

Ralph Nader could have been addressing any meeting of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus with this essay. Nader, in Citizens Getting Justice Done, writes: Far from the corrosive political circus unfolding in Washington, DC, local citizen groups are improving conditions for the people in their own backyards. Although they receive almost no national media attention, […]

A GOOD DAY IS ONE WHERE YOU WAKE UP…

February 4th, 2017

I’m fond of suggesting that any day you wake up is a good day. The rest is all gravy. John Burnside, writing in Writing is what I steal from the usual flow of things for The Guardian’s My Writing Day series takes a similar line’ In the final analysis, that probably says it all: a […]

SEEING THE METHOD IN TRUMP’S MADNESS…

February 2nd, 2017

Ralph Nader, writing in Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation, looks at President Donald John Trump’s first two weeks in the Oval Office: The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable […]

I COULD LIVE ON A NARROW BOAT…

February 2nd, 2017

I think I first considered the narrow-boat lifestyle while watching the PBS Inspector Morse series. To my mind, the combination of tiny-house simplicity and the adventure of regularly changing the view from your front porch seems perfect.

STANDING UP BY KNEELING WORKS FOR AXSON…

February 2nd, 2017

Good on Rodney Axson. The young man took a national protest movement—launched by NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick last August—local when he followed Kaepernick’s example and took a knew during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. By doing so, Axson demonstrated his character and others have noticed. Jen Steer, reporting in Brunswick football player threatened […]

GRANDPA, WHAT WAS WINTER LIKE…?

February 2nd, 2017

JACKSON—FAILURE WHO OFFERS MORE OF SAME

February 1st, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has become too enamored of himself. He has been, at best, a mediocre mayor. At worse, he’s been a mayor too taken by his own mediocrity to recognize he’s been a failure where he was most needed to succeed. That’s the place he’s from—the most impoverished part of Cleveland’s inner city. Instead […]

I’M JUST ONE PERSON. WHAT CAN I DO…?

February 1st, 2017

HISTORY LESSONS FOR NEXT ELECTION

January 20th, 2017

Is Cleveland ready for a change election? Certainly, it is in dire need of a transformation in leadership in the mayor’s office and administration. We’ve had major change elections in the past when mayors and their administrations have shown cracks in ruling that could not be ignored. This is a comparable time, I’d say. Poor […]

NADER PENS AN OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP…

January 18th, 2017

Ralph Nader writes: Dear President-Elect Trump, You’ve come a long way without my advice, but ascension to the White House invites listening to what this letter has to say. During the primary campaign you said more than once that you had to speak and behave the way you did to get the mass media’s attention. […]

JUST EXPLAIN THE FACTS, THEY’LL GET IT, RIGHT?

January 18th, 2017

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

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