Archive for the 'Ralph Nader' Category

JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT, NOT REPEAT, NEWS…

September 21st, 2017

Nader, in The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons, writes: For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, […]

WRONG ABOUT CORPORATIONS SINCE 1982…

September 16th, 2017

Ralph Nader has crushed a misconception I’ve touted as law for years. I can’t begin to number the times I’ve said that corporations have one, and only one legal obligation: to maximize shareholder value. I was wrong. Not only was I wrong, but I’ve been wrong since 1982, which means that I was never right […]

RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY: 1932-2017…

September 7th, 2017

Ralph Nader, in Needed—An Educational Institute to Extend Dick Gregory’s Legacies writes: On hearing about the loss of Dick Gregory, at age 84, political analyst and former White House counsellor Bill Curry said, “He was the first successful black comedian who insisted on having opinions.” Until Dick Gregory—with his pioneering, satiric, audacious humor on stage […]

OF COURSE WE CAN, BUT WE’LL BE TOO BUSY TO…

August 30th, 2017

What would be necessary for anyone to learn a lesson? Real fear that the failure to do so would, without any doubt, seriously discomfort a person beyond their reason. Sadly, while Ralph Nader attempts to make the case otherwise, I’m not optimistic. Nader, writing in Can the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?, argues: […]

MUST OBAMA BREAK PRECEDENT AND SPEAK OUT…?

August 22nd, 2017

Perhaps the smallest club of powerful (so far) men living today is that made up of past and present presidents of the United States of America. That group, today, stands at six: James Earl Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barack Hussein Obama and Donald John Trump. There is a […]

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

A WRECKING CREW HAS ONLY A SINGLE PURPOSE…

August 8th, 2017

The central mission of the Republican Party has been to destroy government’s ability to rein in greed and protect the 99 percent. They now have in a president and top government officials a cadre of individuals who hate government (except when they see a profit to be made) far more than we could imagine. Ralph […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

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 […]

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