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Rest in Peace,
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 00:59.
I was out documenting the air pollution from the Mittal Cleveland Works steel mill today, around sunset, and the lovely couple that lives in Mittal's backyard came over to join me, and enjoy their supper overlooking the beautiful Cuyahoga River Valley, in their backyard.
'The flame is pretty", the young man said, "but it sure pollutes".
EPA Hosting Public Hearing to Discuss Citizen Concerns Over MCCO University Circle Coal Powerplant Permit Renewal
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 05:44.
08/10/2010 - 16:30
08/10/2010 - 18:45
Thanks to the timely, effective intervention of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to hold a public hearing for citizens to discuss their concerns about the renewal of the permit for the Medical Center Company (MCCO) to burn coal in their powerplant in University Circle (above), harming residents and workers in the densely populated and economically distressed surrounding neighborhood.
Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the Cleveland Public Library
1962 Stokes BoulevardCleveland, OH 44106
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 01:00.
It is safe to say the #1 financial and empowering supporter of realNEO is and has always been my wife, Evelyn Kiefer Roulet. A founding member of realNEO (member #7), who has consistently posted some of the most interesting and globally appreciated content, she administers the Putnam Sculpture Colledction at Case (beautifully presented in Drupal), conducts art appraisals, consults in art history - maintains the brightest greenest home and garden in town - all to significantly support our large family so I may focus on realNEO and other regional and global initiatives. She has allowed this flower to grow.
The only thing wrong with Cleveland, he says, is the attitude of some of its residents - "Hot", isn't that!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 12:32.
On June 3, 2010, I reported on realNEO "our air around Northeast Ohio has been unhealthy by most standards every day for the past week, and is never nearly healthy enough" and asked "why the hell was air quality in Cleveland and so Northeast Ohio, the region, the state and the world so "UNHEALTHY" last night, while we slept, and why is it so unhealthy RIGHT NOW - and HOW UNHEALTHY really, where, as indicated above?"
The diagrams above and below are actually from today - June 16, 2010 - two weeks later. In checking the same pollution monitoring service of NOACA to see current pollution conditions, I find our regional pollution control house of cards has completely collapsed, with NOACA "near real time" pollution monitoring systems (which should be data driven and perfect) still reporting we had "SEVERE" levels of MP2.5 pollution in Northeast Ohio over the past 24 hours (see line and rose charts at bottom of diagram below) - for many hours reading over 300, leading up to these charts - yet NOACA posting an "OFFICIAL" explanation that "NOTICE: The PM2.5 monitors are experiencing difficulty this week. Data shown is incorrect. Local air agencies are working with the monitors. In addition, high humidity is being reflected. We appreciate your patience."
Submitted by tremontsoul on Sat, 06/12/2010 - 13:34.
Proposed Futurehome of: Gernaga Sculpture Garden & OutsiderArt
Visionary opportunity to utilize our property across from Saint Cantius on Professor & College, for a beautiful year round greenspace. A monthly rotation of outdoor sculptors & integrated gardens, right in the heart of Tremont!
A collaborative effort of Cleveland artists, local garden clubs, businesses & community residents creating a sustainable, green & carbon neutral greenscape destination for all to benefit.
The most important aspect of industrial hemp farming, the most compelling thing hemp offers us, is fuel
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 23:27.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 19:40.
When I think about it, I always avoided BP before Deepwater - totally do now - they always seemed highest cost with the least local authenticity and creativity of the brands, markets and products. From a personal perspective, I saw them take over SOHIO and do little for the old home town, and then vacate - barely know SOHIO ever existed, yet I think the old HQ is still called the BP building - new BP ownership rejected our Oldenburg, which wound up in a different format and venue, by City Hall - what about them has there ever been to like, from the NEO perspective? That they are British? Our beer is better - they live on a tiny island and try to rule the world - they took over America to try to escape their own pollution and unsustainability in the first place...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 22:06.
9/11 awoke the world to the harm caused by toxic air pollution releases caused by the demolition of buildings, as the disintegration of the World Trade Center buildings "shot pulverized asbestos, lead, concrete, glass, and other debris into the air throughout lower Manhattan". Since 9/11, the city of Cleveland has enhanced its demolition policy to require watering down buildings being demolished, to prevent the spread of hazardous particulate matter like lead dust into the air... at least that is my understanding from discussions of the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council.
As I now live in an area of Northeast Ohio being substantially demolished - ground zero from George Bush's economic terrorism against urban Americans - the bulldozers have surrounded my home and are pulverizing the neighborhood at a feverish pitch, reimagining Cleveland into a toxic landfill, and I now wonder how formal is demolition policy in Northeast Ohio - is it applied well, and is it enforced, how, and by who?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 23:49.
“Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” - Abraham Lincoln
Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 07:56.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 18:00.
My friend Sari has owned and operated the Casablanca Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts for about 30 years. In 1991 the restaurant building, which houses the Brattle Theater upstairs, underwent major renovation - and this mural was painted at that time by David Omar White and his assistant
Submitted by tremontsoul on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 10:52.
Once again our maintenance we hired (exclusive of treehouse) which has been maintaining our property on an as needed weekly or bi-monthly basis for 10 years has had their hands increasingly full picking up trash--broken beer bottles, glass, pizza boxes, and other items around treehouse on our property. Not only does this create a very hazardous situation, but invites strays on the property.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 16:56.
Like counterpoint actors on a darkened stage, groups of bocce players, viewers, and friends enjoy casual conversation, the game, and the warm evening outdoors - while I sit in the car and enjoy the dynamic amoungst them all. I will go back on league night to get a better pan - this one is over exposed and the guy behind the tree ruins his grouping with the red shirt fellow - and the bush conceals the forth grouping.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:46.
05/27/2010 - 00:00
05/27/2010 - 23:59
Northeast Ohio - Today's high temperatures and lack of wind may result in exceedances today for both ground-level ozone and fine particles. An Air Quality Advisory is in effect for today, May 27, only. Fine particle concentrations will be highest in urban areas, while ozone may be more widespread.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 14:21.
Tears for Fears performs EWTRW live at Knebworth 1990.
Submitted by tremontsoul on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 23:45.
In order to start the process of integrating our property around treehouse into the street-scape and moving towards a green-scape down the main street of tremont; you're invited to walk, mingle, bring chairs to sit and converse with neighbors and friends and enjoy the day on the space on june 6th without vehicles impeding that enjoyment. We just ask that you pick up after yourself when you leave. There may be many residents and new friends to be made and exchanged.
Submitted by briancummins on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 20:23.
At this evening's Cleveland City Council meeting, Ordinance Number 496-10, the 10-year no-bid contract for LED products and a promise of 350 jobs from Sunpu Opto has been tabled! -- suspend consideration of a pending motion.
Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 15:53.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 13:55.
In my neighborhood, the "graffiti" is all tagging, either for gangs here (haven't seen much of that lately) or in memory of someone who has died... still see plenty of that. One of the more intense memorial tags in EC is for "Lil Shit" on a beautiful boarded up house off Terrace, in East Cleveland. I assume Lil Shit lived or died here and was much loved by Hough Harlem. Anyone know any details?
I think Lil Shit is still around here.
If you want to feel your heart sink, watch the Deepwater oil flow and think of the Real Keys to America's Future
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/17/2010 - 23:20.
If you want to feel your heart sink in your chest, consider the forecast above shows the Deepwater oil flow is expected to round Cuba and the tip of Florida and head north into the Atlantic, within a week or so, and think of the Keys to the Future. The current progress of the flow of oil from the Deepwater drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is following the forecast worst case expectations - and the amount of oil being spilled seems to be at the worst case level - and the efforts to stop the leak are nearly at worst case conditions... changing daily. This means Florida is in deep trouble, and oil will be flowing up the Eastern Atlantic coast next week.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/17/2010 - 00:42.
I turned my Nexus One to Pandora tonight to stream some free music while I work. It launched to my Pere Ubu radio and the first track that played seems so fitting for this week - "Chinese Radiation". I just heard Pere Ubu play it live at their performance of Modern Dance, at the Beachland, but I can't find any place to stream the song to you from on-line... here is a sample on Pandora - so you will have to just read the lyrics below and imagine the rest of the tune in your head... the song does not remain the same, but the story does, 32 years since 1978... buy Modern Dance:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/15/2010 - 07:07.
I try hard to ignore what folks at Cleveland City Hall and City Council do, day to day, their performance is so depressing. I just expect the worst and hope that won't harm my children. So I have not been following the odd trade missions Jackson's people have apparently been making to the Far East lately (when, on what Fundation's dime, why) cutting odd long-term deals with Chinese lighting companies promising to bring clean jobs to America (does "clean jobs" even translate into Chinese?). Jackson... 10 year deal... "Far East" trade mission... Sunpu-Opto... yeah, right. I like touring China too... sounds well worth the effort?!?! 77% of Clevelanders did just re-elect Jackson, and the Foundations and PD love the man, so let it ride...
But then I noticed GE has attacked the Mayor for his jet-setting wheeling-dealing economic development ways and I realized I'm not alone in this backwater slum of East Cleveland noticing what a mess Jackson and his cronies are making of the region and world, now that he has gone global. Some important people like the shareholders at GE are starting to care.
The story of the failure of the leaders of the world energy supply is far from over, unless this is The End
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 16:37.
Today President Obama finally started talking straight to the world about some aspects of the environmental disaster taking place now in the Gulf of Mexico, polluting his nation and economy, putting his entire legacy and career and the global economy in jeopardy. As reported by CBS - video above:
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/12/2010 - 03:06.
The ICEarth Welcome Wagon stopped by Sansai Environmental Technologies this weekend to tour the world's largest indoor vermitechnology facility and meet Cleveland's greenest, meanest, fighting machine - the 60 million worm team bringing the world "Magic Dust". See Sansai for more information on their amazing processes and products... here are some pictures of their crib, right in the heart of South Collinwood - Cleveland - Ohio.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 23:05.
very worn, this Nickel Plate Road sign on the viaduct across the Cuyahoga Valley near the lift bridge on E9th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, is historic.