What do we bring to Mind of Cleveland?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 02:58.

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed strange Clevelandesque slogans posted on billboards around town, with the attribution "Mind of Cleveland". I remember wondering if this was another Cleveland+hype campaign... or about AIDS prevention... and planned to google it later...

Firehouse Food

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:07.

I love cookbooks. 

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Recycled Houses

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:03.

You gotta see this - there are much much better things coming out of Texas than GW Bush and Texas crude.

Watch this video: Recycled Houses

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high rollin'

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 11:32.
Since we're thinkin' big silver bullets, let's think even bigger. Here's a plan that I think is brilliant and truly gets to the heart of what Clevelanders want and need. We have the space and the beginnings already, so let's consider stemming the tide of gamblers to Detroit and bring 'em downtown to feed the city's coffers. You want to throw away your money? Hey, we want to take it from you! Yeah! Read all about the proposal for a Casino in Cleveland here. I'm so convinced this is what we need, I am going to rush right out and buy a cocktail dress for the occasion! Lift a glass; this could be a bright future (and I'm not kiddin'!)
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"Energy Wasting Day"

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 22:19.


April 1st is "Energy Wasting Day"

A Great Idea, and A Great Video...

Stop the Financial Double-Standard for Green Cars

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 22:05.

Car At Gas Pump

It seems like many people, especially in the big media, are obsessed with whether or not that hybrid/plug in hybrid/electric car/etc will "pay for itself" with fuel savings. The latest example is the (misleading) "The payoff for plug-in hybrids: 95 years?".

The Green-Collar Wave: High Tide for Van Jones

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 12:24.



Those following the race for the Democratic presidential nomination closely enough to understand the main tenets of each candidate's economic agenda can surely appreciate the importance of green-collar workforce development as a vital economic development and community development opportunity.  The buzz around sustainability seems to have reached a crescendo these days, and a legion of local eco-activists has much cause to feel much vindication as a result.  The word is really getting out!  To borrow from Gestalt philosophy, raising awareness is the critical first step necessary to move any system to the point of meaningful action.  It would really behoove our communities to prepare intelligently for this inevitable time with sound research and due diligence. This is the time to look to the most charismatic, capable, and cogent leaders and follow their example.

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Cleveland's Sporting News

Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 11:15.

I got my Plain Dealer the other day to see what new spectacle I’d find.

Oh, my. A full-page, front page of LeBron. “Mr. Cavalier,” the headline said, noting that “LeBron is Cleveland’s all-time leading scorer.”


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 17:59.

Almost every time I post to Realneo I  find I am asking myself the same question  (which comes from a sense of urgency):   is this post what I should be spending my time on?  is the subject a priority?

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If you didn't read this, please do

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 16:45.

Below is a taste of the article from the Times mentioned a moment ago.

Six of the Fallen, in Words They Sent Home

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New York Times piece on 6 fallen soldiers

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 16:42.

If anyone missed the New York Times piece on yesterday's  front page giving the words six fallen soldiers sent home to their families and friends, please read the attachment below.

It is one of the most moving things I've read. For link, go to "read more."

the value of our ecosystem

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 21:03.

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then-than less-fewer I-me

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 20:24.

OK, OK! I have to post this once again! It is driving me crazy!

I wondered if it wasn’t a really bad Cleveland Accent, but apparently this is not a regional issue.  Let's learn the difference between "then" and "than".

Here's the entry from Wikihow on then and than. Why am I roused about this? Here you go...

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FYI - Norm re: Lead Outreach & Training

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 16:49.

24)  Lead Outreach and Training
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the
National Community-Based Lead Outreach and Training Grant Program.
This grant will support the partnership of national organizations

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Submitted by MillerBuster Report on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 19:27.
Our County Commissioners see themselves not as County administrative managers, but rather as economic development officers.   

But they have no economic development training, experience, or credentials - and no public mandate.  

They haven't even advertized the Ameritrust Tower anywhere but 3 times in the Plain Dirty Dealer.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 18:21.
bill callahan cleveland foreclosure reporter
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surfing sustainable design on sunday morning

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 10:38.

 I began by reading about architecture in the NYTimes, but went surfing.

Here's the journey:

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 19:46.

In Ohio the sap is running.

So Richard Benjamin stokes 'er up - got to get that sap to 218 degrees F! 

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Getting Elemental: An Ode to H2O

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 17:36.

Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day and while most people don't know this, I thought I'd take the time to give H2O its just due.  Sometimes it helps to bring things down to the elemental level - as NEO residents so many of us take the 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water that comprise our Great Lakes for granted.  Few people seem to be aware that lake water levels are at historic lows, or what a rapidly dwindling freshwater supply globally has been doing to extinction rates of dependent species of wildlife.  The formula is simple: freshwater use is exponentially increasing while supply is most definitely not.  We use over twenty times more water per person in the U.S. than we did a century ago, and the energy costs involved with agriculture, waste water treatment, and industrial use are growing at staggering rates as well.  I find it ironic that the most highly developed nations in the world are setting this kind of example.  The problem is exacerbated in the most underprivileged parts of the world, which, not coincidentally, face the greatest dearth in freshwater supply.  Primitive technologies and grossly inappropriate waste management and disposal practices (95% of sewage and 75% of industrial waste is returned to surface waters untreated) are the biggest problems in these nations.  Global climate change throws even more uncertainty into the mix.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 14:43.

At the City Club recently, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson-Jones suggested that the first priority for the County goverment was "economic development", and that's why the Commissioners and Fred the Fixer Nance were working so hard to be able to pay a wealthy developer from out of state to build and operate a public-private pirate ship here in Cuyahoga.

Cleveland used to illustrate Iraq war cost

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 16:28.

The Nation magazine chose Cleveland as the city to illustrate the cost of the War in Iraq to one troubled city. The two-page spread in the March 31 issue shows what could have been bought to meet public needs with $479.2 million, Cleveland’s share of the war cost.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 13:25.

Of all the possible investments that are needed here in Northeast Ohio’s Cuyahoga County and in Cleveland,  the County Commissioners have chosen – in secret meetings and without the vote of the public – to spend over $900,000,000.00 (even more for a possible 60 year contract) in a scheme whose only acknowledged public benefit is amorphous “trickle down”.   

Coal Power's Deja-Meltdown

Submitted by Charles Frost on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 10:22.

Coal Power's Deja-Meltdown

By Denis Du Bois


The government's futuristic "clean coal" power project has joined the long list of scuttled coal plants. The death spiral of coal energy is reminiscent of the 1980s popular blockade of nuclear plant construction. Investors and even the Bush administration are backing out.


Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 10:02.
(to Librarians and other people, and they will be NICE to you!) From Library Journal Insider:


A Retired Librarian Leaves $2M to West Hartford Public Library

March 19, 2008

Often, the story of an unexpected major bequest involves a patron who quietly but regularly used the library. In the case of the West Hartfort Public Library, CT, however, the story stars a longtime reference librarian, Thomas Kilfoil, who died in 2005 at 82 and left the library $2 million. (He worked until he was 79.)

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