Sunday, April 30, 2006
All my fears and uncertainties of being lost in the transit system have been allayed by the GCRTA Trip Planner. For me, an optimal configuration would be riding transit everywhere, checking routes and connections with a laptop, making decisions on where to do business in relation to the transit lines, and the coffee shops.
This is why the sovereign City of East Cleveland will soon see an influx of new residents--they will gravitate toward the ample bus routes and the Windermere Rapid Transit. All our car-less treehugger friends in Cambridge would find East Cleveland a bargain, and the same goes for my own Archwood-Denison neighborhood, Brooklyn Centre, Old Brooklyn, and perhaps even Tremont, where the circulator roams. Ditto Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights. Property values should also increase along the transit lines, disproportionately to those areas with poor or no transit service.
Even though we've had an on-going, head-over-heels love affair with the automobile here in NE Ohio ever since I can remember (my first word was "Buick," much to the consternation of "Mom," my second word), I think a lot of us are going to become intimately familiar with buses and trains, as well. Riding in an auto then assumes its proper perspective and will become a treat, not a daily necessity.
Read more to discover the playlist for his Mothers' Day show.
A good read this Sunday morning.
This past evening, we went all the way from Willoughby through Richmond Heights and South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and the east side of Cleveland without seeing a place to grab a bite after midnight. We finally wound up having to make the choice between the cluster around the Lakewood/Cleveland border or the Expressway Diner on Memphis near Fulton. As I drove, the phrase "dead-ass town" kept coming to the forefront of my consciousness.
Where are there good places to go, besides Steak n' Shake and the ones I've already mentioned, and a few truck stops down I-71, to get food on a 24-hour basis? The list at Plugged In Cleveland didn't reveal much:
24 HOUR Restaurants - 10 results found
• Steve's Kitchen Cleveland
• Common Grounds Cleveland
• Dianna's Deli & Restaurant Lakewood
• Dimitri's Cleveland
• Michaels Family Restaurant Rocky River
• My Friends Deli Cleveland
• New Best Steak and Gyro House Cleveland
• Rapid Stop Cleveland
• Shobbeez Carry-Out Kitchen Bedford
• Shobbeez Carry-Out Kitchen Maple Heights
Saturday, April 29, 2006
She said it will be a one-woman company for now, focusing on technology in government and economic development.
She won’t rule out a return to politics someday, but for now, she said in an e-mail, “One of the great joys of my new life is that I am a private citizen.” "
For a change, we share Miss Jane's enthusiasm, her joys.
We don't think we'll be tripping all over ourselves to engage her consulting firm; judging from the PD article, she has one skill that sets her apart from and above all the rest, and this is what could be showcased in her new business' name: BlameShifters. Or, should it allude to the mystery, the allegory, swirling around The Red Room ? What IS Cathy Panzica up to lately?
Once again, Sherry Perry has come through for the Archwood-Denison neighborhood. Please support the coffee-talk initiative.
Next on the agenda: Archwood-Denison guerilla wi-fi.
(Remember, too, that Steak Night is Thursday and Taco Night is Wednesday, and there are now hamburgers & chicken tenders & french fries available at a moment's notice, as well.)
Gloria's also blogged this at http://www.gloriaferris.net/2006/04/have-a-cuppa-joe-at-the-ugly/
Friday, April 28, 2006
"This, of course, is disruptive to the status quo. This insurgent economy is shaking the foundations of the multinational corporations. So perhaps we should not be surprised that such a lobbying effort is underway.
"As you might expect, there's lots of money behind this."
Here's a fairly straightforward piece about how our shameless shills in Washington are compromising the interests of the public, again. Read it all. Find out how your local reps stand, or stood, on the issue. I can't see any reason to compromise here, or to cut any rep any slack. This is war; we do not, we cannot, tolerate traitors.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I see that endeavors similar to our local Dorothy Fuldheim blogspot are beginning to proliferate.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
'It's a fundamentally healthy debate,' Ms. Schake said. 'Junior officers look around at the senior leadership and say, 'Are these people I admire, that I want to be like?' '
These younger officers 'are debating the standard of leadership,' she said. 'Is it good enough to do only what civilian masters tell you to do? Or do you have a responsibility to shape that policy, and what actions should you undertake if you believe they are making mistakes?' "
There's an interesting debate emerging here, and it has repercussions at our local level, as with the situation in which Fire Chief Paul Stubbs finds himself relative to the administration. At what point might a fire chief be derelict in his duties? How must he discharge his obligation to the public? We need to be helping our commanders through these difficult times.
"Let the college's standing drop in publications that rank universities, he said, and 'my value as a human being feels like it's dropping.' (Cornell is now ranked 13th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.)"
This is a sad state of affairs, to matriculate at a liberal-arts college and then miss the point of the education entirely, to contract instead of expanding, to allow the school's waning reputation to undermine self-confidence and sense of worth.
If this is the prevailing attitude at Cornell, its ranking should soon go into free-fall; they're not building leaders for the future, they're fostering a sick dependency on an alma mater.
The funds Mr. Clinton advises invest in grocery stores, retail developments, manufacturing and distribution, and minority-owned businesses. Yucaipa has found significant growth opportunities in such areas because of the low cost of land and the relative lack of competition."
Good article. Reminds us of how well Bill lands on his feet, too.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I have no doubt Cardinal Cushing is flipping over and over in his grave, like a whirling dervish. Isn't this where the new bishop for the Diocese of Cleveland came from?
"The biggest liability was $135 million in unfunded pensions for clergymen, Mr. McCarthy said."
Read the entire article, read what they've already sold off to get as solvent as they are. Reserve judgment until later.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
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'...critical security updates for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows ME will end on July 11, 2006. No other security updates will follow after this date.'"
'Too often, executive compensation in the U.S. is ridiculously out of line with performance,' he wrote in his most recent annual report. 'The upshot is that a mediocre-or-worse C.E.O. — aided by his handpicked V.P. of human relations and a consultant from the ever-accommodating firm of Ratchet, Ratchet & Bingo — all too often receives gobs of money from an ill-designed compensation arrangement.'"
The hotel was boarded up, most of its paint gone. Inside, a former owner had shot the dining room full of bullets, and holes in the ceilings and roof provided enough light for a colony of mushrooms to sprout from the floor. 'You had to come in here with a flashlight,' Ms. Neighbour said. 'It was so nasty.'
The work ahead seemed daunting, but they figured they could tackle it at a leisurely pace. They told friends they had a 10-year plan for renovating the house. 'I don't think either of us realized it would actually be 10 years,' Ms. Neighbour said. "
Mr. Wu, a 46-year-old urban designer, describes how China's greatest city is racing to be greater still, aiming for the top as it ascends the hierarchy of world cities, with one eye on longtime champions like New York, and another on its fraternal rival, Beijing."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
At the time of the deal, the three companies had said they expected the acquisition to take nine to 12 months to close. In today's statement, Adelphia Chairman and CEO William Schleyer said it is now 'essential that we complete the sale of the company's assets by July 31.'"
I'm glad I didn't hold my breath, but I'll be grateful when it happens. I hear the cable internet service I have with Adelphia, while not bad at all right now, will be definitely super under Time Warner.
Sometimes, I wish I could golf after work.
As a matter of fact, I wish I had a thing called "after work."
But I digress. I live in Cleveland.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Ken Blackwell won’t publicly debate Jim Petro, but the Republican gubernatorial hopefuls squared off at the Plain Dealer this morning.
Their hour-long meeting before editors and reporters produced some long-winded answers and displays of short temper. Their disdain for one another showed during a discussion of their competing plans to cap state spending.
“Local governments have every reason to be scared to death,” Petro said about Blackwell’s plan.
Referring to Petro’s version, Blackwell shot back, “You want to talk about gimmicks? You want to talk about somebody who can’t hold a position for six months without being exhausted?”
The meeting ended with a stiff hug between the two candidates and this line from Blackwell: 'The fact of the matter is, as tough as we campaign and debate, I know that if, in fact, you would win, you will be much better than Ted Strickland -- but I intend to win.'
Click on the links below to hear audio of the full session:
Listen to Part 1
Listen to Part 2
Listen to Part 3
Listen to Part 4 "
Monday, April 10, 2006
If upheld, the new tax code revisions would take effect 30 days after approval, which would likely place them in the books for the current 2006 tax year, in time for filing in April 2007"
It's a turf war, and the only things they bring to the battle are a lot of time to spend and a willingness to engage in mindless or even harmful activity, all this abetted by low self-esteem, anger, and frustration. We need to begin taking away their weapons, the things they bring to the fight. In doing this, we'll bring them back into productive society.
They, too, can have a stake, but somehow they have to come to want it. Right now, their stake comes by spoiling somebody else's, and that's no way to grow a city.
Heck, if we're talking in terms now of importing, might we also talk of EXPORTING as well? We must achieve balance, and I want to start with that kid down the street with the big, tinny speakers in the little, tinny car.
Jason makes a lot of good points here. Personally, I'd lay it at the door of gangsterism in the political establishment in general, and proceed to clean house from that perspective. Does anybody know the proportions of payroll of government jobs, nonprofit sector jobs, small-business jobs, and large-corporation jobs? Is there anything else I've forgotten, in ways people are employed in making a living?
Or, for an estimated $20 a month, subscribers will be able to connect through EarthLink at roughly four times that speed and see no advertising at all.
Mr. Vein said he thought the typical San Francisco resident, and the additional 400,000 who commute into the city every weekday, would take advantage of the free service, but that the city's many small businesses would likely pay for the faster service. "
Saturday, April 08, 2006
"The IRS prohibits houses of worship and other 501(c)(3) organizations from using their resources to advance or oppose a candidate’s bid for public office. Churches and other non-profit groups, however, are allowed to engage in issue advocacy. Such status provides houses of worship and other non-profits exemption from income taxation and donations to those entities are tax deductible. Political organizations, however, do not receive such tax breaks. The IRS can revoke non-profits’ tax-exempt status or levy fines against them if they are found to have engaged improperly in campaigns for public office...."
“...Non-profit status is a privilege, not a right,” said the Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Turning our nation’s churches into cogs in a political machine violates the integrity of religion and undercuts the fairness of the democratic process....”
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Yet somehow, Skype is changing everything. Twenty-five million people are using it to make free calls, much to the annoyance of the phone companies. College students call home and friends with it. Business travelers keep in touch with the family. Visitors to the United States chit-chat with their buddies in Europe, Japan or wherever. The software — free from skype.com and available for Mac, Windows, Linux and PocketPC — is pitifully easy to use, and the sound quality is more like FM radio than a phone call.
Skype's popularity has caused some impressive ripples in the fabric of business and society. The word is now a verb, à la Google ('Have your people Skype my people'). Last fall, eBay bought Skype for $1.3 billion and 32.4 million shares of eBay stock. And most intriguing of all, an entire industry of Skype accessories has sprung up."
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
"Wal-Mart acknowledged the program was not entirely altruistic. The company is trying to open 50 stores in urban neighborhoods in the next two years, and the aid to small businesses could help build support in cities like Los Angeles and New York where it has met strong resistance."
Monday, April 03, 2006
While white New Yorkers are still more likely than blacks to leave the city, they are also more likely to relocate to the nearby suburbs (which is where half the whites move) or elsewhere in the Northeast, or to scatter to other cities and retirement communities across the country. Moreover, New York remains a magnet for whites from most other states.
In contrast, 7 in 10 black people who are moving leave the region altogether. And, unlike black migrants from Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, most of them go to the South, especially to Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia. The rest move to states like California, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan with large black populations. "
Sunday, April 02, 2006
"'I feel like a woolly mammoth,' Mr. McKinnon said.
"What the parties and the candidates are undergoing now is in many ways similar to what has happened in other sectors of the nation — including the music industry, newspapers and retailing — as they try to adjust to, and take advantage of, the Internet as its influence spreads across American society. To a considerable extent, they are responding to, and playing catch up with, bloggers who have demonstrated the power of their forums to harness the energy on both sides of the ideological divide."
It's a perspective that keeps the community from being imprisoned by the hubris of intellectual arrogance. It validates the value of seeing our stories through new lenses, telling them in new ways.
Perspectivism is the philosophical view that all perception and ideation takes place from a particular perspective. (Wikipedia)