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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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 19:10.

I visited the Arcelor Mittal Cleveland Works this afternoon to take a a look.   The sun came out making the scene fairly photogenic.  I began to take photos from the public way.

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MMPI - $901 million; County (so far) Zero

Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 16:18.

The County has pulled another Gateway. Only better - for the operators.

It looks as if the medical mart and convention center will cost County taxpayers – and this is if there are no snafus - $1 billion.

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Can I build you a house & pay you to live in it?

Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 09:49.

The Cuyahoga County Commissioners have given me a  great idea.


Let's privatize the Commission by hiring one person who actually  knows what he or she is doing and do away with electing our three Stooges for Private Businesses of Any Kind, aka, Tim Hagan, Jimmy Dimora & Peter Lawson Jones.

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Find joy

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 00:52.

Only a few more weeks to go Cleveland.  We can do it!

PD Frames the NEO Economy - and rightfully recognizes REALNEO!

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 19:08.

A nice writeup in the Plain Dealer by freelance contributor Terri Mrosko on the front page of today's Employment section provides a positive portrayal of our region and its ideal positioning as a region poised for significant economic progress.  The article makes strong points in mentioning a growing manufacturing sector and rising economic growth and employment numbers despite national indicators pointing to a deep recession.  As Mrosko points out, technology underpins these successes across the board -whether represented by a solid foundation of expertise in healthcare, engineering, and manufacturing technologies or the inspiring near-future potentials in alternative energy technology and nanotechnology.  While higher paying jobs in NEO are growing at a rate exceeding national averages (boosted by double digit growth in high tech, biomedical, and professional services), the region retains a double-digit advantage over national averages for metropolitan areas for cost-of-living.  A growing populace is living well!


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 19:11.


If you owned a $40,500.000.00 parking structure,  would these images concern you?  (by the way, if you live in Cuyahoga County, you DO OWN IT)

What's in a name?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 08:48.

From the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission blog:

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved names for five tributaries of Euclid Creek yesterday: Claribel Creek, Redstone Run, Stevenson Brook, Verbsky Creek, and the East Branch of Euclid Creek.

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Why do we do this?

Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 03/17/2008 - 12:06.

Just as a reminder to relate to the cost of the medical mart and  the new convention center construction, bonding and payments, don't forget that the County already spends heavily with tax fund for the convention business.

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Top 5 Things to Remember When Reading Stories About "Cures" and "Breakthroughs" and Medical Marts

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/16/2008 - 22:28.

Headlines in current Cleveland media promote a Medical Mart and Convention Center to cure our ill economy. The Plain Dealer quotes Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora saying "We're looking for a tremendous economic boon - something we haven't had for many years here".... and fellow Commissioner Tim Hagan saying "This is a turning point and a defining moment for this community". Such bold claims make me think of The Top 5 Things to Remember When Reading Stories about Alzheimer’s Disease “Cures” or “Research Breakthroughs”:

The Battle in Seattle - Friday Night @ The Cleveland Intnl Film Festival

Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Sat, 03/15/2008 - 16:48.

Friday night I saw The Battle in Seattle, a film about the WTO meetings in Seattle.  It is a powerful look into the growing resistance to the WTO.  The film left my friends and I feeling that we really ought to know more about the pros and cons of the WTO considering how moved so many people are to action by the negitive impacts of the organization.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 03/15/2008 - 14:25.

 What is it about Buddhists that encourages their intense involvement in politics?