Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

PRACTICING COMPUTATIONAL KINDNESS

April 30th, 2016

Oliver Burkeman, writing in Why thinking like a computer scientist can help with big decisions for The Guardian suggests that we practice computational kindness: When making a plan with a friend, it feels polite to say you’re flexible about when to meet, or that you don’t mind at which restaurant. But refusing to state your […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

April 30th, 2016

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

MAGIC PRODUCTIVITY IS A SWORD IN THE STONE…

April 28th, 2016

Year ago I knew a woman addicted to self-help books. She read them like an a crack head lighting her pipe. She lived (and maybe still lives) her life in search of the perfect solution, Christ’s cup, Excalibur. I’m that way with productivity porn, but I’ve come, in recent years to see my addiction for […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 27 APRIL…

April 27th, 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. WOULD YOU TAKE […]

CLEVELAND IS A CITY UNDER THE THUMB

April 26th, 2016

It’s been going on for years now. Public decisions privately made. It’s so ordinary that it seems natural. Private interests create the public agenda. For private advantage. Insuring it’s paid for with mostly public dollars. Making sure the dollars weigh most heavily upon common people. Regressive taxes are favorites. Meaning ordinary people pay greater shares […]

NEVER EAT ANYTHING BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD…

April 25th, 2016

Who decides what is a portion? Ultimately, we do, but most of us don’t stop to consider the question: we think a portion is whatever the amount of food in the box or can or bag we’re about to eat is. A small bag of potato chips is not a serving. A can of pop […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 20 APRIL…

April 20th, 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. IS AMAZON’S LEAD […]

$11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY

April 19th, 2016

Jeff Appelbaum, a lawyer and principal for Cuyahoga County on the new county-owned Hilton Hotel, strongly disputes the figures used by me to calculate the cost of restaurant/bar facilities at the new hotel. I totaled figures at $11 million. He diminishes the cost outlines he provided me by substantial numbers. I can see his complaint […]

THE LOONY RIGHT ENDORSES HILLARY…!

April 19th, 2016

Two mentions of a presidential candidate endorsement crossed my desk this morning that, while I sure she is glad to have the nod, Hillary most likely wishes the leg-up stayed under the radar. The first comes from the far-right propaganda machine, The Reason Foundation. Headlined Hooray for Hillary Clinton’s Ties to Walmart, reasonista and editor […]

WATCH: WHEN SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT

April 17th, 2016

From Field_Of_Vision, the documentary film division of The Intercept_ comes When Speaking Is Difficult, a documentary by AJ Schnack, that explores the subject of mass shootings in a way only cinema can do. This film is similar to The Guardian’s The Counted, in that documentary is an ever growing work in progress. John Thomason, in […]

BLAH, BLAH, RECORD TEMPERATURES, BLAH, BLAH…

April 16th, 2016

That’s the way the drumbeat of record temperatures has come to feel, but the drummer can be made to stumble and, in time, Sarah Palin and her ilk notwithstanding, fall silent. Damian Carrington, reporting in March temperature smashes 100-year global record for The Guardian, writes:The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and […]

GLOBAL MURDER FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY…

April 14th, 2016

In 19687 I was a geeky 8th grader with special science privileges at a rural school in rural Southeastern Ohio. I and my friends spent long days outside and in the surrounding woodlands of Warren Township. We got to see up close and personal some of the air and water pollution that came from the […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 13 APRIL…

April 13th, 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. WALMART NO LONGER […]

WHY IS OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP SO LIFELESS?

April 12th, 2016

Are we at the lowest point of political leadership since the mid 1960s when white ethnics politically controlled Cleveland? And thought they would coast on. Surprise! It didn’t last a half decade. Cleveland was a city of 750,000 strong. But also a city showing the decline that was to come. What to do? Surely, the […]

FOLLOWING THE WALMART MONEY TO HILLARY…

April 12th, 2016

I’ve known about the connections between Walmart and the Clintons since the beginning and if there is one reality in the 2016 Democratic Party race, Hillary Clinton has never met a wealthy donor she wouldn’t suck up to. Walmart heiress Alice Walton fits Hillary’s bill perfectly. Marlena Fitzpatrick Garcia, reporting in Hillary Clinton Received a […]

WE DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT THE COUNTED…

April 12th, 2016

Jon Swaine, reporting in The Counted so far: you ask, we answer for The Guardian, writes: Guardian US is continuing in 2016 to record every death caused by law enforcement officers—something that no government agency has done, even as unrest has rocked several American cities following controversial fatal encounters with police. This award-winning investigation, titled […]

MATT TAIBBI PULLS DOWN SAFE SPACE WALLS…

April 11th, 2016

I’m a firm believer in ensuring that schools are safe spaces, for minors. Once you’re 18, when you’re an adult, then the time has come to grow up and deal with the scary place known as reality. Matt Taibbi, opining in College Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Demanding ‘Safe Spaces’ for Rolling Stone crosses over […]

IS A 95 PERCENT SCORE GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU…?

April 11th, 2016

I’ve never checked my credit score, I have no idea what the credit reports (or background checks) have to say about me, but I do know—thanks to the Internet—that I share my name with a lot of people and that I’ve lived—thanks to the Navy—in a lot of different places. I don’t think that I’d […]

MATT TAIBBI NAILS THE NUT OF TOO BIG TO FAIL

April 11th, 2016

Nobody fucks with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla because, well, King Kong. The only way to deal with a monster is to either a.) become a monster yourself—Predator vs. Alien—or b.) shrink the monster down to a manageable size. Bernie Sanders thinks that path taken by Trust Teddy Roosevelt is the better way, but Hillary Clinton […]

WHAT I’M READING: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

April 9th, 2016

I’m catching up on a trio of stories that directly affect my family in what is known locally as The Mid-Ohio Valley. I grew up in and around Marietta, Ohio and left the region after graduating from Warren High School in 1973. During high school, a combination of factors—my involvement with Scouting, Mr. Smith’s and […]

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