Archive for the 'Ralph Nader' Category

WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT WITHOUT OUR POWERS…

July 22nd, 2017

Ralph Nader argues that half of democracy is showing up. I put the number much higher, up around an Allenesque 80 percent. Showing up, in my book, includes doing your homework, understanding how to form a defensible argument; skills that are hard to find on Facebook or Twitter. We are powerless only if we choose […]

WHAT ARE OUR PILLARS OF SOCIETY SUPPORTING…?

July 12th, 2017

RalphNader, in A Clarion Call for our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice, writes: It is time for an urgent clarion call. Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious over-reach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our society must step up to reverse the decline of our country. Here […]

AMAZON IS A BIGGER SNAKE THAN EVEN WALMART…

July 6th, 2017

I’ve been a regular shopper at Whole Foods at both the University Heights and Woodmere locations. I made a point recently of stopping in at both stores to inform management that I’ve always enjoyed shopping in their stores and that I was saddened to think that I could not do so any longer. The reason? […]

MIGHT DRIVERLESS CARS HELP SENIOR MOBILITY…?

June 26th, 2017

Ralph Nader very rarely misses a beat, but in the case of the issue of driverless cars, I think he missed an important aspect. He can be forgiven that, however, because I haven’t heard the issue raised as of yet: driverless cars, either owned or shared, could provide aging baby boomers with an alternative to […]

LIBERTY AND FREEDOM PALE BEFORE DEMOCRACY…

June 20th, 2017

Earlier today I wrote about The Gang Who Can’t Talk Straight plotting in secret to slash $834 billion from Medicaid and throwing 23 million Americans under the Trumpcare II bus. This evening I’m reading Ralph Nader’s take on the Senate shenanigans. Nader, in Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them, writes: In 2006 a […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

ROLDO ON RALPH NADER RADIO TODAY, 17 JUNE…

June 14th, 2017

Roldo Bartimole will be a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Saturday, 17 June, to discuss his pieces on the Quicken Loans Arena deal: THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD and DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS. In 2014, Ralph Nader called Roldo: Arguably Cleveland’s greatest investigative reporter of the past half […]

PROFITING FROM ILLNESS IS JUST WRONG…

May 30th, 2017

I have tried to make the case before that there are certain universal services that ought not be subject to profit. At the top of my list are education and healthcare. When a profit motive is introduced to either—no matter how well intentional or meaning—they are corrupted. When the question shifts from “how best can […]

DON’T MAKE THE PRISON-INDUSTRIALISTS RICHER…

May 26th, 2017

Yesterday on The Sound Of Ideas, host Mike McIntyre featured an encore presentation of a show first aired on 6 April of this year: Know the Risks of Opioid Addiction. The first half of the show featured to recovering addicts and a physcian specialing in recovery. The second half brought on two members of the […]

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 […]

SAVING OURSELVES FROM RAGE AND RAPCITY…

April 27th, 2017

We know what unregulated capitalism looks like. We only have to read the works of Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair to see, in horrifying detail, the depths capitalists will go in the add a penny or two to their wealth. People’s lives are destroyed, people die for those pennies, yet, because we somehow believe that […]

FINANCIAL IGNORANCE ENABLES OUR OPPRESSORS…

April 11th, 2017

In my day job I work with a range of students to help them more from their studies. While my work covers the gamut of topics, I probably spend more time on maths skills than any other subject. One of the messages I do my best to reinforce with my charges is that those who […]

TRUTH IS OUT THERE, BUT FINDING IT IS HARD…

April 4th, 2017

Sean Spicer is not the Trump administration press secretary burning down the system. Ralph Nader, writing in Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners, encourages journalists to do their damn jobs: I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions […]

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS WE CANNOT ALTER…

March 23rd, 2017

Ralph Nader, in Reason and Justice Address Realities, writes:F It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the […]

SILLY CITIZENS, COURTS ARE FOR BILLIONAIRES…

March 9th, 2017

That lawsuits—like the one from infamous Stella Liebeck—are only filed by greedy ne’er do wells seeing fast money in suing big corporations with deep pockets hoping for go-away money, is a matter of dogma among a large segment of economically disadvantage (i.e. not on the Forbes’ 400 list) Americans. The dogma, of course, is pure […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
WE’RE NOT PAID, BUT REPRESENTATIVES ARE…

March 2nd, 2017

Last Saturday afternoon, some 200 or so of Congressman Jim Renacci’s constituents stood in the cold outside his Parma office because the doors was looked and Renacci and his staff were missing in action. We will have another chance to demand that Renacci start doing his job in Strongsville on Monday, 6 March, at the […]

COURTS FOR BILLIONAIRES, NOT THE REST OF US…

February 23rd, 2017

Ralph Nader, in Restricting People’s Use of Their Courts, writes: In not so merry old medieval England, wrongful injuries between people either were suffered in silence or provoked revenge. Cooler heads began to prevail and courts of law were opened so such disputes over compensation and other remedies could be adjudicated under trial by jury. […]

REMEMBER WHAT KILLED H.G. WELLS’ MARTIANS…

February 16th, 2017

Ralph Nader, in An E.Coli’s Message to President Trump, writes: The current troubling news reports from China are describing a major Avian Flu epidemic among huge flocks of chickens. Such epidemics have been worrisome to public health specialists because they could be the precursor of transmission to humans and a possible global pandemic. Since President […]

WE THE PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, JOIN IN…!

February 7th, 2017

Ralph Nader could have been addressing any meeting of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus with this essay. Nader, in Citizens Getting Justice Done, writes: Far from the corrosive political circus unfolding in Washington, DC, local citizen groups are improving conditions for the people in their own backyards. Although they receive almost no national media attention, […]

SEEING THE METHOD IN TRUMP’S MADNESS…

February 2nd, 2017

Ralph Nader, writing in Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation, looks at President Donald John Trump’s first two weeks in the Oval Office: The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable […]

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