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Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/22/2006 - 16:07.
What are your principles? How about the following:
1. Attack poverty and world hunger as if our life depends on it. It does.
Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 08:46.
Who are Roger Peterson and Judith Swain and why should you care?These world-leading scientists are part of America's “brain drain,” genetic researchers moving overseas to work on stem cell research, a trend almost certain to expand under the hostile climate in the US reflected in the President's veto of the stem cell research legislation. The veto maintains a failed policy that is leaving American researchers far behind in one of the most important scientific fields. Here are a few “brain drain” examples:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/19/2006 - 00:58.
As real NEO is a huge place, with years of content or every sort on a broad range of subjects from 100s of sources, I thought I'd share some of my experiences navigating this community.
First off, remember you can simply "Search" the site for any keyword... go to SEARCH here.
If I'm browsing rather than searching, the first thing I check out is the center column of recent posts to see what's new - always surprising.
Then, I watch the blocks... in the right margin top are comments - those are always fascinating, and I like to interact with the other members here.
Then we have today's popular content, and below that is especially revealing... "Last Viewed".
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/18/2006 - 05:08.
It is time for major transformation and transition for REALNEO, and I invite you to help make that happen. REALNEO is a free open source software (FOSS) social computing environment developed by a collaboration of members, and they own their information, and maintain a copyright in all their postings on this site. At this time, there are 100s of members and 1,000s of postings, and 1,0000s of comments, representing significant intellectual property of lasting value on the Internet and to this community, in every context. I launched REALNEO in October, 2004, and many people have been instrumental in developing value here. It has always been the understanding in this community that REALNEO would reside in the public domain and operate as or within a non-profit entity. At this time the ownership of the tradename REALNEO must be transferred to the public, and it is well past time for REALNEO.US to move to a sustainable technical and social platform. I am open to all partners interested to lead future development of REALNEO, and there are many reasons this will be an exciting process.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 21:22.
Now that I must waste much of my time and energy preparing to sue Robert "Okihawk"/:NEOhawk" Hawkins I must conduct discovery determining the many ways to diverted business from his employer, REALinks, LLC, and acted against all stakeholders. One place where his record is told is on REALNEO, and so I am preserving his strings of inputs here.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 15:52.
The origins of REALNEO.US live at http://clevelandcause.tribe.net/ where I first organized this revolution, while I was based in Northern California and fighting to help the real NEO economy from afar. Read the manifesto that was the CAUSE for REALNEO.US below... the very first copy sent to my friend and co-conspirator with REALNEO.US, Louis Carl Edwards, via Tribe.net on December 21, 2003 at 4:19 AM, West Coast time:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 15:32.
I've spoken to real estate, planning and economic development professionals in NEO about the false assumptions used for all planning in NEO, which take the position our economy is based on and driven by scarcity. We hear all day, every day, from the Plain Dealer to the Cleveland Planning Commission, that we have scarce resources here and must play every Joker and wild card we may to create value, in quiet crisis. I take the opposite viewpoint, that we have abundant resources here - plenty of excellent land and historical infrastructure, wealth and intellectual property - what I see as scare is effective leadership - and what leadership claims control is feudal and greedy. No doubt, that we are a place of environmental crises hampers growth of our economy, and scarcity of environmental activism slows our movement to a new economy, but in the seven generation context of real social change, we are in a strong position of abundant natural and human resources that may have great value forever, if not destroyed by current ineffective leadership decisions like poisoning our air and water, and neglecting public health and so education. For a conceptual overview of scarcity vs. abundance in economics, read on:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 10:38.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 10:21.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/13/2006 - 18:21.
Until a few days ago, I smoked steadily for the past 18 years... at a pack a day, that represents about 6570 packs... 131,400 or so nails in my coffin, at a lifetime cost of around $25,000. If I have cancer as a result, the cost to myself, family and society will be much higher. Now that I am working through withdrawal from addiction to smoking, it is a good time to hate all those who are responsible for the fact anyone in my lifetime has smoked at all, and that over the next 100 years a billion people will die as a result. Hate them all... spit on their graves... from Jesse Helms ("Washington's Number One Guardian of the Health of the Cigarette Industry") to the Marlboro Man (several, actually, who died of cancer) and so many potentially good farmers made wretched in government subsidy and greed by evil industry, politics and lawyers. The only real winners from that misfortune are the greatest losers in NEO, Jones Day, who make ungodly money to kill smokers with strategies like: "The key defense strategy in smoking and health litigation is (and must be) to try the plaintiff."
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 03:10.
I was sad to learn that the Fulton Street Bar and Grill was closing this Spring, as that was an Ohio City institution and great place to stop for a drink or meal in one of my favorite neighborhoods.. within a few blocks offering great locally owned, high quality dining options, from landmarks Johnny Mangos, Hecks, Great Lakes, and Parker's to relative newcomer Le Oui Oui Cafe. But as a destination and neighborhood, Ohio City can benefit from as much great culinary density as possible, and the loss of the Fulton seemed tragic. But what's new in this oldest part of town is definitely NEO and Ohio City's gain, as the fantastic "modern.mex" joint Momocho (slang for small boy, named in love of the chef/owner's son) is unique to the region and will be a major draw that is already attracting crowds in on the buzz. Momocho also comes in through a very friendly transition - the owner bought the restaurant from the owners of the Fulton, and one Fulton owner John McDonnell is well managing Momocho for the new chef/owner Eric Williams, who is busy in the kitchen making the food... well, hot!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/11/2006 - 23:57.
Ode to Joy
Risking death; an act insignificant
Oje wai wai,
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/11/2006 - 23:49.
I heard today an interview with Chris Abani, of Nigeria, a poet, writer and activist who was imprisoned many times in Nigeria, and placed on death row, for his art and activism. He spoke of "illiterate soldiers with guns" and the struggles of his people in Nigeria and in other global conflicts around the world, including involving America, and I realized how little I pay attention to poetry and how much is offered to my mind therethrough, so I will begin adding "Poet of the day" to the "of the day" series on realneo... and the first will honor Chris Abani, from a struggling nation of which I have friends. Feel free to add favorite poems and poets as comments as you please.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/10/2006 - 10:17.
Hear the sound of 1,000 Drums. Listen to live jazz, hip-hop, folk, techno, classical, rock, polka, & more. Experience opera, theater, ballet, step dancing, breakdancing, contemporary dance & more. Enjoy exhibits, concerts, poetry slams, stilt walkers, jugglers, parades, food, flowers, & activities for kids, all transformed by technology. That’s Ingenuity 2006 & it’s happening this July in The Festival Village at Prospect Ave. & East 4th St. Seize the dates, at the Ingenuity Festival website and in this book, as the festival comes alive.
Hope for rebuilding... lies in flexible, vibrant social networks formed in communities as they rebuild.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/10/2006 - 08:59.
I've certainly paid much more attention to my alma mater, Tulane University, and home for many years, New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), since hurricane Katrina hit last year, and what I have seen is inspired regional planning combined with collaborative community building, from which we in NEO stand to learn many great lessons.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 07/09/2006 - 01:55.
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07/26/2006 - 23:30
While looking for song of the day Lyrics from Cleveland's greatest, Pere Ubu, I stumbled across the following amazing news on Ubu Projex - the cyber avant garage of Pere Ubu...
I saw the 2003 first post-modern tour of TFTT and it was the best. I won't bother gushing on my own about this one - trust me or read more below and at the links and then get tickets to this show at the Beachland Ballroom ASAP as it will sell out... and I'll cover this one.
Rocket From The Tombs existed for less than a year, played fewer than a dozen shows and was probably never seen by more than a few hundred people but it has over the decades since 1975, due to a frenetic trafficking in bootlegs, acquired an international status out of all proportion to its popularity.
15711 Waterloo RoadCleveland, OH
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/08/2006 - 10:33.
I have many good friends who work at the Plain Dealer, I've been published there, including a "Quiet Crisis" feature on bridging the digital divide, I considered their now deceased Washington Bureau editor Tom Brazaitis the most enlightened man I've ever know of NEO, and I respect Editor Doug Clifton very much. I do not agree with everything they do and am critical when I feel that fits, but I am much more often impressed with their work than disappointed, and a feature in Forum today, July 8, 2006, provided more value to the people of Northeast Ohio than any printed words I've read in NEO, ever. As it is from the LA Times, it is not published on cleveland.com, so you will need to go and buy a paper, and turn to page B9, or read on below...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 04:55.
I am really appreciative, this morning. After posting what was certainly the saddest news I can imagine, about the hardship my staff has suffered as a result of a lack of appreciation from my former business associate, Peter Holmes, I opened up this week's CoolCleveland and found that their crew had featured TWO postings from REALNEO. I am very touched and thankful to Thomas and his team for noticing REALNEO and taking an interest in the thoughts posted here - thank you. Please show appreciation back to CoolCleveland... if you are not a member, see what you've been missing... subscribe at CoolCleveland - all free - this is a real NEO must, and send feedback to CoolCleveland letters at the links below, and supporting the upcoming CoolCleveland/Tech/Ingenuity party at Fat Fish Blue, July 13, and the Ingenuity Festival, as described below... but first, here's the nice write-up about REALNEO from CoolCleveland today, July 5, 2006:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/04/2006 - 11:28.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 10:08.
While at a meeting in the City Hall Red Room last year, among portraits of many past Cleveland mayors, I asked then Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell's Chief of Staff Chris Ronayne who was Cleveland's best mayor ever, and he said without hesitation Tom Loftin Johnson (b. July 18, 1854 - d. April 10, 1911), who was mayor from 1901 to 1909. I didn't know much about Johnson nor think much more about him until I grew completely disgusted with the inane puffery in the Cleveland Plain Dealer demanding we the public bend over and take ODOT's obliteration of downtown Cleveland, Wolstein's destruction of the Flats, Stark's WalMarting of the Warehouse District, Carney's corruption of the Port Authority, and now Volpe's Disneyfication of Public Square, driving me to stand up and seek reality at the roots of this one-paper-chase misplanting of bad planning seeds into our social subconsciousness, so greedy developers may destroy our civic mind, heart, and soul. So, I ask you the public to consider, will any of these corrupt land-grab developments serve the masses. or have we strayed so far from the world Tom Johnson left us that we are again just a low-class, groping, leaderless, blind, selfish, forsaken party to few, as Tom Johnson found and fought at the beginning of the last century? For the answers, join me at Public Square below...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 11:44.
I've always believed the US Government is responsible for most of the global virus, spam and stolen data activity on the Internet that they attribute to hackers and Russian terrorists - I believe the US government today does whatever it may to corrupt and disrupt free speech, private property rights and open communication in the interest to intentionally destroy Americans' confidence in and appreciation for information technology so the government may clamp down on open Internet communications and free trade, to protect large corporate interests and force all communications into very controlled channels owned by a few abusive corporations that pay big money to get their politicians elected and then the corporations' self-service laws enacted (look at the issue of net-neutrality today) so monopoly corporations may have a complete lock on all our intellectual property, identities and transactions and so the government may have one stop shopping for information about Americans, and invade all dreams of personal privacy, without any government agencies having to go through the trouble of letting us all know we are their corporate sponsors' slaves. Here's the best proof yet of this abuse - my Linux and Firefox spam and pop-up protected opensource computer just got hit by a pop-up from killitary.com... er, Military.com - mind control combined with technical sabotage... I'd rather my 12 year old see porn, because it would repulse her, than be sucked in by the US governments technology abuse and brain-killing propaganda. Your tax dollars and votes at work to destroy your life forever... thank you, freedom Bushwackers.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/19/2006 - 22:51.
I love the dogs. Great idea and great work by the artists. Sad to hear, it seems some of the dogs have been stolen... and I don't see any good documentation of any aspect of the project anywhere online - I'd like to do a better job photographing them in place on REALNEO... here's one I stumbled across on St. Clair... see location and full view below... other are linked in this book and we'll post more.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 12:03.
I was astounded to receive the following email today from investment brokerage firm Raymond James in response to a message I sent one of their brokers...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 11:01.
Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Constant Systems' Aiden Audouy for a report on their progress for basing some operations of this exciting biotech company in Northeast Ohio (see scenario here). The news for Constant Systems world-wide is all great, offering incredible opportunity in the coming months and years for NEO, may we close Constant Systems. Read on...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/08/2006 - 23:11.