Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

PIPELINES ARE LEAKING LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE…

May 24th, 2017

So, most mornings I post one new pipeline story to my running Keep Carbon In The Ground page, but this morning my news feed gushered. First up is this story from Taylor McKinnon at The Center For Biological Diversity—Public Records Sought Over Rover Pipeline’s Compliance With Environmental Laws. McKinnon writes: The Center for Biological Diversity […]

[UPDATED AT 4:03 A.M. ON 24 MAY] THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD

May 22nd, 2017

NOTE: THIS UNFOLDING STORY IS STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE NEWER, UNRELATED, STORIES DO APPEAR BELOW [Updated @0403 on 24 May—Sam Allard is possibly the only working journalist in Cleveland: City Council President Kevin Kelley is on Trial, Whether He Likes it or Not. [Councilman and Mayoral candidate Zack] Reed stated what he’d […]

READING THIS WILL MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE…

May 19th, 2017

Making people aware of a bad behavior makes people more likely to engage in that bad behavior. Our mothers were wrong: if everybody is jumping off the bridge, of course you’re going to want to jump off the bridge, even if doing so is blindingly stupid. Yes, yes. I know that that is counter intuitive […]

HAS MAYOR FRANK JACKSON’S MESSAGE BEEN
“DROP DEAD” TO CLEVELAND’S NEEDY?

May 18th, 2017

For the past 10 years or so Mayor Frank Jackson’s message to Cleveland’s most needy neighborhoods has been seen by many as: Drop Dead. Back in 1975 when New York City was on the brink of bankruptcy President Gerald Ford delivered a speech essentially offering no federal help to our largest city. The New York […]

WHAT I (AND EVERYONE) DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL…

May 17th, 2017

I am fond of saying that I only learned on useful lesson in four years of high school and that was how to type (and I learned that for all the wrong reasons, primarily that I got to be one of only two guys in a class of girls). Public education is broken for many […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
ROGUE ETP PISSING ON OHIO AND OUR HISTORY…

May 16th, 2017

My congressional representative Jim Bupkis* Renacci remains silent on the rogue fossil fuel company pissing on his constituents living along the scorched-scorched earth path of the Rover pipeline. This morning I learned two additional ways that Energy Transfer Partners is flipping the bird at Ohioans as workers gleefully bulldoze a path across the state, regardless […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
MEET ETP, THE ROGUE COMPANY PISSING ON OHIO…

May 15th, 2017

If you were an Ohioan pissed off at those protesters in South Dakota supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the attempt to halt Energy Transfer Partners construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line, then environmental karma is coming for your land. ETP has already had the first leak in the not-yet-opened DAPL and—surprise, surprise—dumped […]

THIS NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE MAYORAL ELECTION

May 14th, 2017

It was eight years ago that I wrote this about Jeff Johnson: The retirement of Glenville Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott should mean a return to city hall of Jeff Johnson. With a bit of humility Johnson becomes a strong future possibility for Mayor of Cleveland. He’s got the guts for the job. I also wrote […]

THIS IS SHERRY MILLER’S SHERRODSVILLE, OHIO…

May 12th, 2017

Sherry Miller did not say that taking her land, at any price, was acceptable, but when a giant fossil fuel company—with the full support of climate-change denying Republican politicians—comes banging on your front door, there is no good choice but to believe that David could smite Goliath and win the good fight. So Miller fought […]

ONLY THE FIRST OF MANY TO COME, I’M SURE…

May 11th, 2017

When you run a for-profit business there is only one rule: do all that you can to maximize your profits. That generally means shaving corners in ways that keep you ahead of your competitors and if those corners involve potential injury and risking legal action, well, you have to weight the potential profits against the […]

SEN. BROWN CALLS TRUMP ON NAFTA PROMISE…

May 9th, 2017

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has a plan for fixing the North American Free Trade Agreement. He writes: I have spent my entire career fighting for a trade policy that puts Ohio workers first. Two days after last November’s election, I called the president-elect’s transition team and offered to work with them to make good on […]

PERSECUTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE IMAGINARY…

May 7th, 2017

Last week, in my continuing coverage of the barbaric lashing and imprisonment of blogger Raif Badawi, I posted an update from The New Arab: Saudi Arabia sentences man to death for ‘insulting religion.` The story tells us that: A court in eastern city of Hafar al-Batin handed down the sentence to Ahmad al-Shamri last week, […]

A METAPHOR FOR DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY…

May 4th, 2017

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
WE THE PEOPLE TO ISSUE A CITIZENS’ SUMMONS…

May 4th, 2017

After Bernie Sanders withdrew from the 2016 race for the Democratic Party nomination the people who believe in the necessity for progressive policies directed towards the needs of the 99 percent and not the 1 percent stayed organized. As I’ve heard Steve Holecko say time and time again as part of his introduction at meetings […]

ALLARD DISSECTS Q DEAL AND REFERENDUM…

May 3rd, 2017

For the first time since I moved to Cleveland back in November of 1984, Cuyahoga County’s corporate elites may actually get their hands slapped for digging down to the bottom of the cookie jar and I think we have to thank President Donald John Trump because he created this toxic political climate that has progressives […]

BILLIONS FOR DEFENSE BUT BUPKIS FOR CHILDREN…

May 3rd, 2017

President Donald John Trump famously changed his mind about nation building and America first and getting involved in civil wars in other countries—perhaps because he understands our own so well—after he saw tragic pictures of children injured and slaughtered in Syria. He was so moved that he ordered our Navy to launch nearly 60 million […]

KEYSTONE XL: DRIVING THE U.S. PIPELINE ROUTE

May 2nd, 2017

This morning The Guardian launched a three-part series focusing on the mother of all pipelines: the Keystone XL. Why Keystone? Oliver Laughland, writing in in Part I—Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake—explains: Framed as a victory over government regulation and a win for jobs creation by the Trump administration […]

SUPERINTENDENT CEO BARBARA BYRD BENNETT—
SYMBOL OF CLEVELAND’S CORPORATE ELITES

May 1st, 2017

The really gross crime of Barbara Byrd Bennett wasn’t that she was brazenly stealing, even from school children, but the trail of supposedly high-standard people and institutions she dragged along with her. Or that accompanied her knowing what they were supporting. Indeed, subsidizing her and her games. That’s not in the trial record. And how […]

MARCH FOR CLIMATE, JOBS AND JUSTICE…

April 29th, 2017

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: XIV…

April 29th, 2017

I first, knowingly, encountered clinical depression in the early ’90s when a co-worker shared that she was taking Prozac so that she didn’t need to spend her lunch hours crying in her car parked at the back of the parking lot. Since then I’ve known quite a few people who suffer from Depression, some so […]

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