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ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

June 28th, 2016

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

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June 24th, 2016

Wait a minute. The Cavs won the NBA championship? Everyone feels great! I don’t think so. Because it really doesn’t change anything. Not anything real. We’re all losers in the actual count, money-wise. Buy a new CAVS T-Shirt, a new cap. Whatever they’re selling. Does that change anyone’s life? For more than a few moments. […]

THIS ELECTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY SUPER PACS…

June 18th, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Our political economy—a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago—has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens. It is well known that when “we the people” get lax about our consumer rights and our voting choices, both the companies […]

MY HEART’S DESIRE IS A TRAP…

June 14th, 2016

Many years ago I gave a writer friend of mine a copy of Outsider in Amsterdam. I discovered Janwillem Van De Wetering through his non-fiction Zen trilogy: The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery; A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community; and Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on […]

RULE NO. 1: NEVER TRUST YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW…

June 13th, 2016

FEELING GOOD NOW TRUMPS FEELING BAD LATER…

June 11th, 2016

I would think that I’m prone to addictive behaviors. When I smoked tobacco I did so at the rate of 60 Marlboro cigarettes, or more, a day and I quit smoking dozens of time—once for more than 100 days—before finally stopping on 5 December 1981. Despite ample opportunities in the military and college, I managed […]

REALLY WANT TO PAY MORE CITY TAXES?

June 10th, 2016

City Council may have a hard time voting to raise the hourly rate of pay for workers in the city to $15 an hour. However, none of its 41 employees is paid less than $15 an hour. Indeed, only one ($17.68) is paid less than $20 an hour. Council members are paid, according to the […]

THE REAL SUCKING AT THE GOVERNMENT TEATS…

May 28th, 2016

Whenever government seeks to encourage economic endeavors for the good of the nation unintended consequences arise, often in the form of businesses created solely to suck at that particular teat. This is the heart of corporate welfare that led in recent years to the rise of for-profit universities, often existing only online, that have trapped […]

WHY THE OLIGARCH’S HATE SOCIALISM…

May 26th, 2016

TO BE A LEADER GET IN FRONT OF THE CROWD…

May 25th, 2016

If we have some peace within ourselves, in our way of thinking, speaking and acting, we’ll be able to influence people and inspire them to go in the same direction. p. 111 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh There are so many ways to come at this statement: physician, heal thyself; […]

JIMMY HASLAM AND HYPOCRISY—FRIENDS FOREVER

May 20th, 2016

Hypocrisy abounds here among sports team owners. It’s almost as bountiful as their greed. That’s saying something. Dee and Jimmy Haslam play the two-faced game better than their team plays football. Not hard, I guess. We got a good example of it recently when the Plain Dealer and our TV news (what a joke—news?) gave […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 18 MAY…

May 18th, 2016

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. YET MORE OF […]

A FINANCIAL CANCELLATION WORTH THE COST

May 17th, 2016

A friend was looking for an old clipping from a 1960 Newsweek story about the Plain Dealer. To help I said I’d search some boxes of my old stuff. I didn’t find the clipping. I did discover, however, a lot of memories. More than I’ll tell here. But one I can’t resist. I reveal a […]

APRIL WAS THE (DO I NEED TO SAY?) ON RECORD…

May 16th, 2016

I have a very real fear that as the months tick along, these headlines are going to become inevitable and boring. The twisted image that comes to mind is that of a doctor telling a terminal cancer patient that the cancer has spread to a new organ and now occupies a higher percent of their […]

WHICH DYSTOPIA ARE WE HEADED FOR…?

May 12th, 2016

This week I read the final installment in the graphic novel version Stephen King’s Dark Tower books. (I read the books years ago.) Without going into great detail, King writes in eight volumes of an environmentally ravaged dystopia. When I was a young reader the fear of such futures were driven by atomic wars. Later, […]

ANOTHER CLEVELAND $1 BILLION BOONDOGGLE

May 11th, 2016

How desperate in the early 2000s was the Cleveland Establishment to get a new convention center and thus shoot for the 2016 Republican Convention? As desperate as anyone could possibly be. Mouth-wateringly. However, to squeeze out new revenue for a convention center—atop the huge mounds of money already spent on sports venues—posed a problem. Even […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 11 MAY…

May 11th, 2016

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. MR. MCMILLON: OPEN […]

BREAK FREE: AUSTRALIA…

May 8th, 2016

We’re halfway into the two weeks designated by 350.org for civil disobedience and political actions demanding nations take direct actions to prevent a global meltdown from the burning of fossil fuels. Citizens of Australia took actions in Newcastle as reported by Helen Davidson, writing for The Guardian, in Dozens arrested as anti-fossil fuel protesters join […]

SO, JUST WHO ARE THE 3 PERCENT…?

May 6th, 2016

I’ve posted this video from Jimmy Kimmel elsewhere, but I think what Kimmel, and the very real scientist involved, have to say is bears repeating. Lack of unanimity is not the same as controversy. Right and wrong are not relative equals to be reported and decided upon, Facts are not convenient or inconvenient data points […]

WE’VE BEGUN BREAKING FREE…

May 5th, 2016

[Note: is Post No. 15,000 on Have Coffee Will Write.] More… Jimmy Kimmel adds his two cents…

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