Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

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

December 7th, 2016

[Update at 0525 on 6 December: The initial celebration has died down and we need to understand how this victory came about—In Dakota Access pipeline controversy, Obama’s ties to tribes played pivotal role—before the inevitable shit hits the fan in January.] [Update at 0430 on 5 December: What great news to start of the work […]

SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION

December 5th, 2016

Why do we offer significant welfare to an industry—sports—worth billions of dollars: NFL—$76 billion; NBA $54 billion; MLB $38 billion? That’s a lot of dollar value. Yet our revenue-struggling city/county pick up the tab. We get extorted in public. Three sports businesses are worth a total of $168 billion. And always growing. The NFL, best […]

IS GOOGLE ALERTS SHADOWBANNING DAPL NEWS…?

November 28th, 2016

Back on 5 November I created a Google Alert to follow daily news on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I haven’t received an alert since Wednesday, 23 November. What with all the holiday activities, I looked away until this morning. Boy, was that a mistake. A lot has happened since last Wednesday, not the least is […]

ANNDDD… I’M BACK…

November 25th, 2016

As promised, I’m back from a mini-retreat from the news, but over the course of the last 16 days a lot of news was published and guess what? My world didn’t collapse. So I’ve decided to ease my way back in over the balance of 2016 and decide, probably somewhere short of my previous deep […]

TAKING A MUCH NEEDED BREAK FROM THE NEWS…

November 24th, 2016

Between now and the morning of 25 November, I’ll be taking a news break. I’ve removed all of my usual news-source links from my blogroll and I won’t be listening to the radio in my car. The only story I intend to follow will be events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline and I’ll be doing […]

EVERY TIME I THINK OF GOING BACK ON TWITTER…

November 24th, 2016

So, you know I ditched both Twitter and Facebook more than three years ago, but occasionally I think about returning. Thankfully, on this Thanksgiving, someone writes a post or an article reinforcing my position that all social media (not just Twitter and Facebook) are addictive time sucks designed to be addictive time sucks and, like […]

THIS COLUMN POST WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE…

November 23rd, 2016

So, I’ve been a devotee of Julia Cameron’s morning pages from her 1992 book, The Artist’s Way, since the mid-90s when I began writing my first (yet unpublished) novel Cold Silence. My morning writing routine consisted of: Step 1—complete my morning pages, Step 2—read a Lawrence Block article from his collections of Writing Fiction columns […]

GODZILLA—DR. ROBERT CIALDINI—EMERGES…

November 22nd, 2016

So, about two years ago Oliver Burkeman wrote in This column will change your life: false reasons for The Guardian, about how people convince us to elect them to public office. That column now, in retrospect, seems a template for the past 15 months. Everyone knows politics is a cynical game: to last a week […]

THE BARRICADES WILL CRUMBLE WITHOUT PEOPLE…

November 19th, 2016

Yes, I understand that this posting violates my no news rule until after Thanksgiving, but I trust Ralph Nader far more than the usual crew and he’s offering his unfiltered opinion on events, not news, so deal. Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants […]

DON’T WAVE THE CARROT; LIGHT THE FIRE…!

November 18th, 2016

I first came across Alfie Kohn’s work fifteen years, or so, ago when I read Punished By Rewards. The basic idea is that punishment and rewards are equally bad for a student’s education because the central message of both tactics is that the task at hand really sucks and that no one in their right […]

JACKSON FORGETS WHERE HE CAME FROM

November 17th, 2016

Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor from the most deprived area of the city has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants downtown gets! It has self-determination. It gets what […]

GLOBAL WEIRDING, PART V: YES, WE’VE KNOWN…

November 17th, 2016

Previously…

OUT OF SORTS…? MISE EN PLACE…!

November 12th, 2016

Over the course of my life I have found that when I feel out of sorts the reason lies in the chaos or clutter in my surroundings. If I want to be focused and deliberate then I have to ensure that my place is focused and deliberate. This is the lesson of Mise En Place, […]

CLARENCE DITLOW: 1944-2016…

November 12th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writing in The Guardian Angel for America’s Motorists, remembers: America’s motorists are less safe today with the passing of their Guardian Angel—engineer/lawyer Clarence Ditlow, the Director of the Center for Auto Safety. The generating force behind the recalls of millions of defective motor vehicles, Mr. Ditlow pressured the federal auto safety agency and […]

GLOBAL WEIRDING, PART IV: HOW DO WE KNOW…?

November 10th, 2016

Previously…

I REALLY LIKE THIS: COMFORT IN, DUMP OUT

November 10th, 2016

I once lost a job opportunity in my 20s because, I believe, I didn’t know what to say when I learned of someone’s potential tragedy. I simply didn’t know what to say. How do you respond when you learn (as I did this morning) of a death? What words are right when someone you know […]

I’M A LARK AND I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…

November 8th, 2016

I’m a Lark, a person who is at his best before noon. I know that there are owls out there who can’t think straight before noon and so what I prefer is counter to their best interests, but I also think that we’re at our bests when our internal clocks actually synchronize with the natural […]

EXPLORING GLOBAL WARMING THE WEIRDING WAY…

November 7th, 2016

Joanna Walters, reporting in Katharine Hayhoe, climate evangelist, takes to the web to convert nonbelieversfor The Guardian, writes: While most US climate scientists live amid constant controversy, [Katharine] Hayhoe believes she is enduring an acute level of abuse because she reaches parts of the population many of her peers cannot reach. She’s an evangelical Christian. […]

MY PLAN FOR 9-24 NOVEMBER: (NEARLY) NO NEWS…

November 5th, 2016

For the 16 days running from Wednesday, 9 November to Friday, 25 November, I have a plan. With a single exception—events in and around the Dakota Access Pipe Line (I’ve set up a Google alert for this purpose)—I’m not going to read any news. Full stop. I’m also not going to write any news here […]

WE THE PEOPLE MUST GATHER THE SILVER…

November 5th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writing in The Silver Linings of Silver-Tongued Donald, discovers the seemingly impossible from Election 2016: Are there any silver linings to the tumultuous, degrading, sordid presidential campaign of Donald Trump—a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king, and supreme hypocrite to his own accusations about others? Yes. Here are seven: 1. New York Times […]

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