Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

HELL, NO…!

May 22nd, 2015

In an action of such inconceivable chutzpah that I swear would have made Richard Nixon think twice, Saudi Arabia, already a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (how the fuck did that ever happen) seeks the presidency of that body. In a move that will definitely drill the “final nail in the coffin […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

May 22nd, 2015

Bernie Sanders For President In 2016 Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

HAS DID RAND PAUL GONE GO ROGUE…? NO…

May 20th, 2015

[Update at 1000 on 21 May: So, Paul spoke for 630 minutes and only managed to waste a day of the senates time. Two years after rising to national prominence with a 13-hour talking filibuster against drones, Rand Paul has made another marathon speech on the floor of the US Senate – only this time […]

JUST HOW EVIL ARE COAL COMPANIES…?

May 20th, 2015

Pretty fucking evil. Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company. As part of a PR offensive to rebrand coal as a “21st-century fuel” that can […]

BEST MONKEY-MIND ANALOGY EVER

May 20th, 2015

Over the years, in addition to practicing meditation, I have taught a number of courses on meditation. My starting point has always been a discussion of monkey mind, that incessant cacophony of thoughts that fill our heads when we are not intensely focused on what we are doing in the moment. I have used analogies […]

WHEN DOES THIS BIRDETERIA OPEN…?

May 19th, 2015

A brood of Blue Birds fledged two or three days ago. Today the hawk has a new perch.

SEN. SANDERS TENDERS END TO COLLEGE TUITION…

May 19th, 2015

Dear Friend, We need the best-educated workforce in the world if we’re going to compete effectively in the global economy. To do that, we must make certain that every person in this country who has the ability and desire can get all the education they need—regardless of the income of their family. That is why […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A TAX YOU CAN EASILY AVOID…

May 19th, 2015

Cleveland Arts want to be like Cleveland Sports. And who can blame them. Free money. No strings attached. Easy to get. No spending monitors. And the biggies get Big Bucks. Dollars that is. By the millions! Since the cigarette tax started in Feb. 2007 they have access to more than $144 million as of the […]

THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN HALLIBURTON…

May 19th, 2015

A friend here in Cleveland once shared a story about the glory days of the city when wealth abounded and power pulsated in the from offices high above Lake Erie. Cleveland’s railway giants, the Van Sweringen brothers, were convinced to hire a new kind of employee, a public relations consultant. After several months of unsuccessful, […]

THE NEW PIRATES OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN…

May 18th, 2015

I never gained entrance to the Order of The Blue Nose, but some of my shipmates on board the USS Bainbridge did after I was discharged. The arctic is hostile place and sailors venture there at their peril. Drilling for oil that we cannot use without risking environmental collapse is madness. Corporations, like Royal Dutch […]

FOR THE CLASS OF 2015…

May 18th, 2015

SHELL LEARNED NOTHING FROM SOUTH AFRICA…

May 18th, 2015

I still have my Shell Discredit Card that I carried as part of a protest against apartheid in South Africa. Maybe that helped, maybe not, but the protest fit well with Suzanne McGee (and my own) tips for effective consumer boycotts. In the stupid-idea-from-a marking-wanker category, Shell has leapt to the top of the award’s […]

PADDLE IN SEATTLE, SAYING NO TO SHELL…

May 17th, 2015

Keep Carbon In The Ground…

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ASSHOLES…?

May 15th, 2015

I long ago figured out that, unless real harm is in the offing, attempting to counter, or at least correct, the behavior of an asshole is simply not worth the time. Oliver Burkeman (writing in Don’t let an asshole get to you for The Guardian) attempts to touch the essence of assholiness when he writes: […]

NO DUCK AND COVER FROM CARBON BOMBS…

May 15th, 2015

In the 1950s and into the 1960s, teachers drilled school children in the arcane and worthless practice of duck and cover as a way of protecting themselves from either quick immolation or a slow painful death in the event of a blast from an atomic bomb. This morning The Guardian, in their continued Keep It […]

GROWN UP ISN’T A A DEATH SENTENCE…

May 14th, 2015

I spent my 20s having an adventure—seeing the world via the Navy while engaging in a vast array of hedonistic activities, partying for four years (and graduating with a 3.79 GPA) at Ohio University and generally making my life all about me. At 29 I decided the time had come to grow up, settle down […]

WHAT IS PRESIDENT OBAMA HIDING FROM US…?

May 14th, 2015

The measure to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty failed in the U.S. Senate yesterday 52-45 with all but one Democrat—Senator Tom Carper of Delaware—voting against the measure. So who can read the text of the TPP? Not you, it’s classified. Even members of Congress can only look at it one section at a time […]

WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE

May 13th, 2015

Who, and what, we are is not static. We are in this moment, but we were not a moment ago and we will still be a moment from now. The constant changes are subtle, there are no magic switches we may throw; enlightenment is in that moment: before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON COUNTY CIGARETTE TAX
TARGETS CLEVELAND’S POOR, WORKING CLASS…

May 7th, 2015

The drive to extend the arts and culture tax could take $150 million from Cuyahoga taxpayers. It will most likely hurt the poorest residents. It is solely a cigarette tax and raises significant revenue with little attention to where that money goes. And the worst part of the tax, which goes most heavily to the […]

THRIVING ON, AND RELISHING, CHAOS…

May 4th, 2015

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