Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

FEINGOLD CALLS OUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…

August 19th, 2017

Russ Feingold, writing in How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists for The Guardian, opines: It takes approximately 30 seconds to send a tweet. A half hour to draft and release a statement. And the shelf life of both is only marginally longer. We should not commend Republican party elected officials […]

IMF DECLARES NEOLIBERALISM TO BE REAL…

August 18th, 2017

So, this long-read caught me off guard. I had no idea that Neoliberalism wasn’t real. I thought the concept had been around since the ’90s (actually the ’30s). Who knew? Stephen Metcalf, reporting for The Guardian in Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world explains: Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a […]

DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER

August 17th, 2017

What’s wrong with the Plain Dealer? The city’s leading media voice has failed to even comment once editorially on the Ohio Supreme Court decision on the signatures of more than 20,000 voters. The Court validated the necessity for the City of Cleveland to examine the signatures for a vote on the Quicken Arena deal. You […]

RICH-BOY GAMBLING CASINO TAKES ANOTHER HIT…

August 17th, 2017

While of late Matt Taibbi, the heir to Hunter S. Thompson has been writing mostly about our current political nightmare, I first came to his writing because of his ability to yank back the curtain on the arcane world of rich-boy gambling known as Wall Street. It was Taibbi that I first heard about the […]

FALSE EQUIVALENCIES FROM THE ALT-WRONG…

August 17th, 2017

American, by virtue of its entangled roots, is an insanely convoluted language filled with words possessed of multiple meanings and pronunciations. People who aren’t fortunate to learn the lexicon and grammar from birth have a much harder time learning our language than we will ever have learning theirs. Seriously. One of those words is Right. […]

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

NEVER TRUST ANYONE WHO HAS THE ANSWERS…

August 12th, 2017

When I was an undergrad at Ohio University during the Reagan years, I learned never to date psychology students because they seemed to be focused on finding cures for what ailed them. Oliver Burkeman, writing in his weekly essay This column will change your life for The Guardian expands my epiphany to include the authors […]

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

JUST EAT FOOD FOR FUCK’S SAKE…!

August 11th, 2017

Like many, if not most, Americans I wrestle with how I eat on a nearly daily basis. I’m drawn to food porn (both cooking and dieting books) when I pass the book displays at my local libraries and have to steel myself to not take one more book out. I’ve yet to find better eating […]

A WRECKING CREW HAS ONLY A SINGLE PURPOSE…

August 8th, 2017

The central mission of the Republican Party has been to destroy government’s ability to rein in greed and protect the 99 percent. They now have in a president and top government officials a cadre of individuals who hate government (except when they see a profit to be made) far more than we could imagine. Ralph […]

NOW FLAKE IS WORRYING ABOUT TRUTH…?

August 7th, 2017

Senator Jeffry Lane Flake, R-Az., (a fourth, no second “e,” spelling for our shared name) wants to be the Republican party’s next faux maverick. Now that the Republican Party is crashing down around his ears, Flake thinks that the way out is to now, NOW? to tell the truth? Flake, Whining in Conservatives face a […]

DR. TOMMY CURRY AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT…

August 5th, 2017

Subscribe to Rob Redding’s radio show. I have. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of breaking bread with a man I consider to be, and am honored to call, my third brother, Cavana Faithwalker. Cav has been down home in Alabama for a number months and I was pumped when he let me know […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

WILL WARREN BUFFETT RESCUE HEALTHCARE…?

August 2nd, 2017

Personally I have greater faith in individuals like Bernie Sanders than I do anyone with more money than they know what to do with, but maybe Ralph Nader has insights that I lack. Writing in Will a Mega-Billionaire Rescue America from GOP’s Insurance Mayhem?, Nader explores his question: Before recommending a practical way to reverse […]

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

NOON, TODAY: PROTEST PNC AND ROVER PIPELINE…

July 26th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: WHEN: Noon, Today, Wednesday, 26 July. WHERE: PNC Bank, 1900 E. 9th St., Cleveland. PNC is a major financier of the Rover Pipeline. Why is this a bad thing? The Rover Pipeline will run 365 miles across Ohio to transport fracked gas to the Gulf of Mexico and Canada […]

BEST DESCRIPTION OF PROCRASTINATION EVER

July 25th, 2017

Oliver Burkeman, writing in On being tempted by the call of the perverse for The Guardian, quotes a bit of Edgar Allan Poe on productivity’s hoariest demon: procrastination. Burkeman pulls only a few words from Poe but I was motivated to read the entire work—an essay-cum-short story titled The Imp of the Perverse. There Poe […]

WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT WITHOUT OUR POWERS…

July 22nd, 2017

Ralph Nader argues that half of democracy is showing up. I put the number much higher, up around an Allenesque 80 percent. Showing up, in my book, includes doing your homework, understanding how to form a defensible argument; skills that are hard to find on Facebook or Twitter. We are powerless only if we choose […]

OBSESSION WITH PRODUCTIVITY NOT PRODUCTIVE…

July 19th, 2017

So, over the past three years I’ve been gradually working myself through Oliver Burkeman’s opus: This Column Will Change Your Life—yes, the title is tongue-in-cheek—because, like Burkeman, I have a lifelong obsession with being better. For me, the focus began in high school when I stole the book How To Study Better And Get Higher […]

WHAT I SAID TO SEN. ROB PORTMAN THIS MORNING…

July 18th, 2017

After reading of the cowardly plan by Senate Majority Leader Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (R-Ky.) to duck-and-cover by repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act without a viable replacement I called and wrote to my Republican senator, Robert Jones Portman, to let him know how I feel. This was my message: Good morning, My name is Jeff […]

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