Taking Advantage of Our Good Nature

Submitted by metroparks muse on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 21:28.

No matter the uproar in Cuyahoga County, in Cleveland Metroparks, at least, it's politics as usual.  Or as unusual -  as the renaming of Rocky River Nature Center is proceeding over the loud objections of the public.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 10:14.

Jessica, Aladeen, Mohammad and Mustafa rode their bikes to see the kids perform in Lincoln Park under the stars! 

Map the Mess: Using social network analysis to uncover hidden connections

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 07:44.

Reading all the connections coming out in the coverage of the County investigation gets a mind-numbing after a little while.

A group of us are turning to social network software to draw maps of the relationships. The patterns become more clear with a network map. We can start to connect different people and projects". The Juvenile Justice Center, Ameritrust, Med Mart, to name a few.

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Understanding the climate ostrich

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 22:35.

By Kari Marie Norgaard
Whitman College, US


AMAZING - I Never Thought People In Spain Even Knew There Was A Cleveland, Ohio, USA...

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 22:19.

Green Patriotism Bus Ads Prompts Americans to Address Climate Change

by Petz Scholtus, Barcelona, Spain on 07.31.08green patriot bus ad image

Canaries were once used to warn miners of deadly methane levels. The Canary Project is about exactly that: warning us of severe changes to come. Using visual media and art works, the Canary Project spreads public understanding of climate change and supports those who commit to find solutions.


Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 14:05.

Back in April I wrote an item here about the necessity for newspapers.

As I wrote then, “Talk all you want about weekly alternatives, bloggers and citizen activists – and we need them badly as prods and sometimes even more – but newspapers have the heft, expertise and man/womanpower to go in depth on issues.”

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Question of the Day: Which NEO leader should replace Dimora?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 08:54.

Northeast Ohio has some of the dirtiest water and beaches in the world, because we have some of the dirtiest leadership in the world, and that is very poor for Cleveland's image and economy. Fortunately, it seems the region is now positioned to clean up at least one of our messes.


Submitted by Roldo on Tue, 07/29/2008 - 14:13.

Let’s not get carried away with the FBI & IRS raids on some politicians and a few business people who will likely get off for “cooperating.”

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FBI/IRS PoolGate Investigation excellent conclusion to lead awareness week

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/29/2008 - 13:02.

As a fitting end to Lead Awareness Week, the FBI and IRS provide an exciting, high profile demonstration that lead poisoning doesn't only impact poor inner city kids living in old, rotten housing, but impacts white, suburban baby boomers poisoned throughout their longer lives, as well. Though not yet reported in the mainstream media, REALNEO members have documented for years the failures of our growing population of aging and so mentally-declining industry-tainted and functionally defective business and government leadership, and the impact of lead poisoning on the people of all ages of the region. The combination of toxins - especially lead - and an aging population is the explanation for America's failing competitiveness, especially in historically polluted heavy industrial and old, dense urban areas, like Cleveland.

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Is lead linked to mental decline?

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 21:55.

Is lead linked to mental decline?

Some experts say long-ago exposure to the toxin adversely affects the brain later in life, but more study is necessary.

Could it be that the "natural" mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before?

That's the provocative idea emerging from some studies, part of a broader area of new research that suggests some pollutants can cause harm that shows up only years after someone is exposed.

The work suggests long-ago lead exposure can make an aging person's brain work as if it's five years older than it really is. If that's verified by more research, it means that sharp cuts in environmental lead levels more than 20 years ago didn't stop its widespread effects.

"We're trying to offer a caution that a portion of what has been called normal aging might in fact be due to ubiquitous environmental exposures like lead," says Dr. Brian Schwartz of Johns Hopkins University.

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FBI Investigation Rocks Cuyahoga County Government

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 18:37.

Cuyahoga County Commisionar Dimora

County Commisioner Jimmy Dimora   (photo:



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Scary world ?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 15:51.

(This photo was taken in Berea)

A fellow librarian sent this article link Source:

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Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 17:31.

Vivian Goodman reported recently on the 40th anniversary of the Glenville Shoot-out on WKSU. She provides links to interviews with some people who gave remembrances of violent clash between Black Nationalists and Cleveland Police. For a look at a piece of Cleveland history, you can find her reports, including interviews, here:

Bloggers for Obama, Part 2

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 16:41.

I had so much fun at the Barack Obama campaign headquarters in East Cleveland, leading up to the March primary, meeting people and feeling part of something important, that I was excited by news the Shaker Heights campaign office was opening, July 24, 2008... hope to see one in EC soon. Sudhir and I stopped by to enjoy the good vibe. Cool to see a group line dancing to the energy. As we left, Sudhir said he'd like to go to a McCain event, just to see how it compares... I suggested he go to church or a gun show in Central Ohio...

Plan For PARK(ing) Day (September 19, 2008)

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 21:51.


Park(ing) day (from Flicker)

What’s Lurking in Your (Expensive Granite) Countertop?

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 21:05.
July 24, 2008

What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?

What movie changed your life?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 08:56.

My colleague at work suggested that we show movies that matter to the kids this fall.  So, a discussion ensued.  What visuals really made a dent in your life?  We could go on and on about songs that affected us, but films come back to haunt our dreams.

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Today Marks 40 Years Since Glenville Shootout

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 16:46.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Glenville shootout that devastated Cleveland. I see no reference in the Plain Dealer to this historic time in Cleveland.

It’s a time that should be remembered because it remains a significant part of our past, particularly our history of race relations and why Cleveland has had so many problems in the last 40 years.

We forget that we are what we were.

The mistakes of the past give birth to the errors of the future and even today as the city struggles with the horrors of shootings and killings that seem so senseless I see reflections of 1968.  Yet, the outcomes are predictable because we haven’t worked to cure the basic causes of poverty and ignorance.

I would ask you to look – even make a copy – of the review article about 1968 that I wrote a short time ago. Part of it deals with the Glenville shootout and that period of racial conflict.

My feeling is that we are headed into a period that may reflect 1968 but with somewhat different disturbing and violent behavior.

It can be found here.

Another article examining the 1968 Cleveland eruption is available in the Nation magazine at this link with ability to download article:

Question of the Day: I'd like to buy ad space on

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 15:12.

Today I received an email with the message below, and I've received several like this recently, inquiring for text-link ads. I've seen those popping up on many sites, and I bet they work pretty well, for a while. But I can only imagine where such text-links may lead... and wonder what are the best ways to commercialize content via REALNEO. Is it this...?:

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Attention REALNEO Shoppers

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 02:00.

Even though I've known City Fresh farmer Maurice Small for years, and plan to be one of his "Fresh Stops", I hadn't been to one, so decided to stop by my neighborhood Fresh Stop, at Huron Road Hospital, to see what the excitement is about. It seems to be simple... it's the food. But it is more... it's the connections of neighbors with their place and with fresh local food.

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good to be back

Submitted by Susan Miller on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:34.

It's good to be back in Cleveland. I rode in on the redline from the airport and got off the greenline at Southington to be welcomed by friends an easy walk away. Stories were told and beer, cheese, etc. shared. A couple days home and I have spoken to a few of you, corresponded with others and spent time with a handful of my Cleveland homeys. I have been trying to catch up on the news, but it is deep here. Lead awareness week, convention centers overshooting their budgets, bank stock prices plummeting, PBS in the hood with Bill Moyers' Journal... wow! All old news though…

I have been busy in the sleepy hamlet of Apalachicola with family mourning the loss of two immediate family members. My Cleveland family - please stay put. I have had enough...

It wasn’t what you might call “my summer vacation”, but it was a trip. Here’s what I saw.

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We're in Brooklyn Bridge Territory

Submitted by Roldo on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 14:39.

Maybe they can leave the roof off and forget about the foundation.

Then maybe Fred Nance, Tim Hagan and Sam Miller can bring that sucker in under a half billion tax dollars.

That, of course, doesn’t include interest in about the same amount, plus generous overruns for contractor friends. Oh, and don’t forget the little items they aren’t talking about subsidizing – parking garages and a new luxury hotel, built, of course, on Sam’s land.

Government and Social Leadership Stands United as GCLAC Against Lead Poisoning in NEO - Committed to Eradication by 2010

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 23:09.

The most important message communicated at today's press conference kicking-off Lead Awareness Week was that our government leadership at the state, county and municipal level stand united to eradicate lead poisoning in Northeast Ohio by 2010. Publicly expressing their concern about lead poisoning here, and their commitment to its rapid elimination, East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones added important voices to the chorus of public health and social service champions of the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council... a unique, world-class collaboration of around 85 organizations.


Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 16:00.

Since American automakers are having a tough time would you accept a new auto with a couple of doors missing so the company could save some money?

Would an automaker dare ask a customer for such a concession?

Newspapers – having a financially tough time – are asking just about that – less newspaper, fewer stories, and light content and soon at a higher cost.

Summer Reading II

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 10:03.

Last night's Bill Moyers Journal discussed the mortgage meltdown and the role of Wall Street and the Federal Reserve Bank with author William Greider--order the book from a local library on line* and educate yourself on how we got ourselves into this mess.  In a word--GREED.

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