Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

February 10th, 2016

End Racism in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi…

HOW BAD CAN IT BE, MR. BUDISH?

February 9th, 2016

It was great news that headlined the Plain Dealer recently. “Convention center complex costing taxpayers less, officials say,” read the headline. Hey, another downtown success story. Cheer now! And, of course, we believe “officials” because they make it “Official.” Why else would they be called officials? Cuyahoga County, led by executive Armond Budish and the […]

WE’RE ALL FAKES AND WE’LL ALWAYS FALL SHORT…

February 7th, 2016

My government once trusted me around nuclear weapons. Granted, they were small, only a few kilotons, not the city busters we really worry about, but still, they were fully functional nuclear missiles. The U.S. Navy did so because of an interlocking web of safeguards any reasonable intelligent individual could have circumvented. Those safeguards ultimately depended […]

HOW OUR MONEY FLOWS FROM COUNTY AND CITY

February 5th, 2016

Cuyahoga County paid bondholders for the 1990 construction overruns of the Quicken (then Gund) arena another $8,321,713 on Jan. 15th. Yes, we’re still paying on 1990 debts for Gateway. The County does it every Jan. 15th and will through to 2023. So far the bonds—thanks to Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle and Jim Petro—have cost taxpayers […]

MAKING TO LIVE DEEP MY LIFE’S DEFAULT…

January 31st, 2016

So, Henry David Thoreau was my first non-familial, hero. I have tried to emulate him in many ways and, for the most part, fallen short. Like many before me, I became obsessed with the 16th paragraph of Walden’s second chapter: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME

January 29th, 2016

You should have expected it. It’s back to the same old political mentality: Taxpayers swallow. Cuyahoga County Council members want to raise their pay by a whopping 15.5 percent. This is the reform Council, remember. Let’s not be cheap about it. But that’s what you might expect for corporate executives pay raises. Not public servants. […]

THIS IS CALLED GRAVITY…

January 28th, 2016

HUSSY, MADAM, COURTESAN, SPINSTER, WENCH…

January 28th, 2016

George Carlin famously gave us the seven dirty words that you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Oxford University Press, in an exercise of collocation, went Carlin one better and gives us eight words that indicate English (or for we secessionists on the other side of the pond, […]

TIME NOW TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

January 23rd, 2016

Will Bates of 350.org writes: Dear friend, It’s official: this week NASA confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. And it’s not just warmer weather that people have been feeling. The impacts of a climate being cooked by a reckless fossil fuel industry are being felt right around the world. From devastating flooding […]

PATHETIC, SIMPLY PATHETIC…

January 22nd, 2016

So, media is frustrated because technology is thwarting their need to demand we watch their commercials and like the petulant children they are, they are resorting to holding their breath until they turn blue. Guess what, I don’t care. I don’t need to watch Larry Wilmore so badly that I’m willing to turn off ad […]

2015 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD…

January 21st, 2016

Damian Carrington, writing in 2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm for The Guardian ledes: 2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Data released on Wednesday by the UK Met Office shows the average […]

THE WAY SCIENCE WORKS…

January 20th, 2016

That which will kill us is not what we don’t know, but what we believe we know that is false.

RUMBLE, RUMBLE, RUMBLE…*

January 3rd, 2016

Anger works. Rage works. Being mad as hell and vowing not to take it anymore works. Rebellion works. Revolution works. Revenge works. Ralph Nader writes in The Rumble from the People Can Work that: If only the people who engage in “road rage” would engage in “corporate rage” when they are harmed by cover-ups or […]

CLEVELAND—MORE THAN ONE TERRIBLE STAIN

December 31st, 2015

The New York Times spanked Cleveland hard this week with an editorial entitled, Cleveland’s Terrible Stain. The starkness of those words contain an assessment that really calls for much more than the one incident—the senseless killing of a 12-year old Tamir Rice by police. Cleveland’s “stains” go far beyond what the Times finally acknowledged on […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS GRAB 34,000
HOURS OF POLICE PROTECTION TO DATE

December 23rd, 2015

If Cleveland and the U. S. Justice department are truly interested in providing safety to Cleveland residents they had better look carefully at the use of the city’s police force. Where and who gets served. It looks badly skewed to me. Toward the rich and their playthings. Naturally. Records show Mayor Frank Jackson provided 34,173.5 […]

HE LEFT [LEAVES] ME [US] THINKING

December 18th, 2015

Giving to the Future from CSRL on Vimeo. From Ralph Nader…

YOU DON’T ARGUE WITH I DON’T TRUMPS I CAN’T

December 18th, 2015

So, today is Friday and Friday is the day The Guardian posts Oliver Burkeman’s weekly column: This Column Will Change Your Life. I might get frustrated that the column isn’t posted early enough for me to read the newest offering when I get up—the time is presently 0525 EST/1025 GMT—but I survive because I’m slowly […]

BUDISH ADMINISTRATION BOUGHT OUT

December 17th, 2015

/> Tie it up with a big red bow. The gift is complete. It’s that time of year, isn’t it? And our business leaders are great gift TAKERS. Cuyahoga County has been awarded the business/civic establishment that rules the public agenda, as it has for 50 years and more. Not as successfully as now, however. […]

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