Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Senate

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 02:02.

I can't resist weighing in on the Illinois Senate appointment, the "go slow" Illinois legislature and events that can lead to the loss of a Senate Democrat seat. The common refrain is that Governor Blagojevich has lawfully appointed an individual who should be allowed to take the Senate seat. But if the Governor had been recorded and was awaiting prosecution for some other horrendous violation, we wouldn't be doubting the Senate's ability, desire and power to deny the seat.

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Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 20:26.

Frank Jackson is trying to let people know he’s Cleveland’s mayor. After all, he does have to run for that office, though at least at this time there isn’t much talent around that appears able to challenge him.

However, the Medical Mart & Convention Center issue has shown how little weight he exhibits as the Cleveland mayor on big issues of the day.

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A Cleaner Way to Keep the City Running

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 15:10.

Small Wind Turbines On An Apartment Building

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Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 15:09.

They may soon begin selling reporter’s desks at the Plain Dealer.

A message today went to employees announcing the PD will be looking to rent parking and office space in its Superior Ave. and E. 18th building.

Management said that it was working with Grubb & Ellis “to explore the possibility of leasing a portion of the parking garage.”

In addition, the paper will attempt to lease space in its relatively new building working with Cresco, Ltd.

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guy templeton black's board canidate 12 page bio for tremont west development corporation

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 03:45.

guy templeton black's board canidate 12 page bio for tremont west development corporation

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horrifing Video: Israeli clusterbomb hits Gaza Marketplace

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 19:54.

horrifing Video: Israeli clusterbomb hits Gaza Marketplace

Sending several links because YouTube has a habit of pulling such things off their site

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Glad to see career public job-jumper Richardson gone as Commerce Secretary

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 16:02.

In these changing economic times, the last person we needed as commerce secretary was Bill Richardson. So glad to see him removing himself as Obama Commerce Secretary - a poor, politically-motivated choice in the first place... I'll be glad to see Richardson diasappear from public "service" entirely. One more old leader gone. Who will now be promoted to position of Commerce Secretary... another old economy leader or a new social innovator?

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Cleveland Blue Bridge - Happy New Year NEO

Submitted by bginley on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 12:59.

a snapshot from new year's day in the flats...not much left on the ground, so i turn to structure]

Detroit Shoreway Bridge, Cleveland


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 10:23.

Congratulations Mr. Feagler on your retirement. You may not remember me, the sullen teen dragged along by her father at Higbee's at the Westgate Mall and Rustic's, but I grew up with you, and to me, you finally get to realize my father's dream of Neverland.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 15:08.
image of chris kennedy on realneo returned by google image search
Recently I have taken a keener interest in how Google web searches are engineered, and in particular how Google searches for images on the internet.
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REAL.COOP Media Open House Roundtable Planning

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 13:44.

When Doug Clifton became editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, I was in frequent communication with Columnist Tom Brazaitis. I shared with Tom information technology advice to improve the newspaper - like adding email addresses to the articles in the paper (which they didn't do at the time), and completely transforming how they used the Internet. Tom suggested I contact Clifton directly, which I did, and Doug was very receptive to feedback and we ended up corresponding regularly.

A gym powered by sweat and tears (with videos) - From Oregon, via the BBC

Submitted by Charles Frost on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 10:50.

BBC News, Portland, Oregon


A US gym has installed specially-adapted exercise bikes that recycle energy generated by people as they work out.


Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 21:19.

What page are we on? What year is this? And where did Fred Nance go?

The latest muddle on the med mart suggests that the big boys can’t get the ducks in a row again.

Backroom dealing and pressure are being exerted. By someone upon someone. Messages are being sent.

MMPI (Merchandise Merchandise Properties Inc.) maybe wants a smaller convention center and apparently a different site than the Downtown Gang (Greater (or Lesser) Cleveland Partnership & Forest City Enterprise) desires.

That would benefit MMPI.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 19:43.


Among animals, making light (outside their body) seems to be an occupation engaged in only by man.  The photo above is of a thorium mantle incandescing  white hot. Wikipedia has more info.

Atom bomb, anyone?  (about a million mantles and you could make one)

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Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 16:59.

Just as a reminder that there is plenty of room for meetings without a new convention center. Why doesn’t Cleveland Positively sell out of these venues? Quoting from a Cleveland Crain’s Business listings here are convention and meeting spaces available in Cleveland and its near suburbs. Lest we forget in order to build another structure for the Forest City Gang: - Cleveland Convention Center – 124,067 square feet of meeting space. - I-X Center – 101,045 square feet. - Playhouse Square Center – 90,000 square feet.

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Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 14:13.

What have you done lately for Randy Lerner, Sam Miller, Albert Ratner, Tim Hagan, the Cleveland Orchestra or the Playhouse Square Foundation?


You may not know it but as a resident of Cuyahoga County you have been extremely generous to these richest of our rich.
The figures are in through December for a number of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County taxes.

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A bug for the New Year

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 12:05.

Best wishes for an improved 2009. Happy New Year, all!

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 21:47.

In the Late Fall of 2003 Norm Roulet, at the invitation of Ed Morrison, introduced the REALNEO social media concept using the open source Drupal platform to a crowd at REI in the Peter B Lewis building at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. Until Norm’s introduction of Realneo, the REI forum had been (trying) to use wikis for their internet communication.

I happened to be in that audience, and I logged onto Realneo as user No. 53 - four years and four weeks ago.

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comments on dance made elsewhere

Submitted by Susan Miller on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 13:18.

I made a comment at the end of a long discussion on the role of critic to choreographer and audience at Downtown Dancer, a blog in the holler of Manhattan's dance mecca. I add it here as a way to keep track (personally) and to share my thoughts on dance with the NEO dance interested community.

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Joe Goode Performance Group

Submitted by Susan Miller on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 13:08.

Joe Goode PG Stay Together

I wrote this review of Joe Goode Performance Group when they visited Cleveland in 2007. It was published in Coolcleveland. Here it is gathered with my other dance musings to add to the file.

More great dance like this in NEO, please.

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Question of the Day: What Are The Odds That The MedCon Is A Con Now?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 06:06.

Jeff Buster's poll on REALNEO asking "If Peter Lawson Jones immediately withdrew his support for the Medical Mart Convention Center would his public career benefit?" motivated me to spend the time to explore the probability the MedCon is already dead, and our leaders will let us know that when they return from their vacations... and get the nerve. What do you think?

Homeless man cuddling dog

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 06:00.
homeless_man_ cuddling_dog.jpg

How do you choose between shelter and a best friend?
This is the impossible decision pet-lovers face when
losing their homes. Since most shelters don't allow
animals, homeless people with pets often elect to stay

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