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  In 2007, Youngstown, Ohio’s Turner Technologies, was named America’s fastest growing private technology company by Inc. Magazine.

   Recently, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama mentioned Youngstown’s potential future as the epicenter of the coming 3D-printing revolution.

  In 2009,  Entrepreneur magazine named Youngstown as one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. to start a business.

  In April of 2012 Forbes magazine did an article  called, “The Best Cities for Raising a Family.” The magazine ranked America’s 100 largest metro areas by median income, overall cost of living, commuting delays, crime statistics, school quality, and housing affordability. Youngstown ranked #4 best city to live in.

  All of those things were ignored by BuzzFeed on September 17 of 2013. That is when BuzzFeed came out with an article called, “12 Bleakest Places on Earth.” Youngstown, Ohio is number 9 on their list. Take a look at the two photos they have of Youngstown in the article here.

  It seems very strange to me that the author chose those two photos while he was photoshopping on the internet. That would mean that he ignored all of these photos which would have left Youngstown off that list. I’m left wondering what was the authors bias.

Some  Youngstown music:

Sarah Turner with Phil Keaggy “Youngstown”

Glass Harp: “Changes”

“Don’t trust anybody who’d rather be grammatically correct than have a good time.” ~ Tom Robbins “Skinny Legs and All”

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Happy to be an Economic Terrorist

  Many things can happen in a week to knock your world off track. It is enough time to see your heroes become zeroes. A couple of weeks ago I called the Niles City Council heroes for banning fracking in their city. I pointed out they were on the right side of that issue. My proof was that the corporate worshipping Warren Tribune Chronicle Editor Frank Robinson gave them an onion in his Saturday’s Orchids & Onions column for their stand against fracking. Just this week the Niles City Council rescinded their ban against fracking. I would have bet my house that this Saturday Editor coo, coo, ca-choo, Robinson would now give them an Orchid. Sure enough, I open today’s Warren Tribune and read this, “Orchid: To Niles City Council for voting unanimously to rescind its ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other oil and natural gas operations; and especially to Councilman Steve Papalas for so magnanimously apologizing for hastily passing the inappropriate legislation.”

  Legislation to protect the citizens of Niles inappropriate? Absolutely, for corporate tools like Editor Robinson. Its profits before people with his brand of conservatism. He’s the kind of corporate lemming that feels corporations should be able to pollute all the air and water they want. These kinds of toadies think it is the duty of humans to morph into some kind of a subhuman with gills if the air becomes too polluted by corporations. Morphed people could them crawl into the water and be safe until a corporation comes along and pollutes the water.

  Did Editor Robinson and the Niles City Council miss the study by Won-Young Kim, a researcher at Columbia University that was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research?  It stated “A single fracking wastewater well triggered 167 earthquakes in and around Youngstown, Ohio, during a single year of operation.” I guess they also missed all the problems the residents of Westwood Lake Park in Weatherfield Township, Ohio are having because they live near fracking wells. I guess they missed the 2010 New York Times article how in 2008 Pittsburgh had to stop taking drinking water from the Monongahela River due to high levels of radioactivity from the practice that caused our earthquakes. I guess they also missed the latest finding that fracking leaks 9% of methane into the atmosphere making it far worse for the climate than coal. I could go on and on with examples but for some reason all these facts pointing out fracking problems were ignored. The half a dozen commentators to Trib.com on the article of Niles City Council rescinding their fracking ban all suggest Niles City Council sold out for cash. I don’t know if that is true but something is amiss.

  Vindy.com only received one comment about Niles City Council rescinding. It came from UticaShale and said, “Yes, the brains that drained are returning to the Valley.” UticaShale has made over 616 comments mostly attacking our valley and supporting drilling. UticaShale calls people like me who are concerned about the dangers of fracking to our children and community “Frackpots.” He has also said, “Looks like all the fractivist need to get out-of-town now so we can begin to drill baby drill!” He has claimed he is an engineer from out West who works in the energy industry. He constantly rails against the “takers” in our country. He is an out-of-state carpetbagger who is here to “take” all he can for his gas/oil Robber Baron masters. They have sent him here to “Drill baby drill.” He will of course run out of our area and hide and try to get out of any financial or environmental responsibility, when things go wrong as in the Gulf and the situation becomes “Spill baby spill.” UticaShale claims in the end the oil/gas companies “will prevail and drag this Third World city (he calls Youngstown, Yuktown) into high-tech energy superiority, kicking and screaming.” He calls those of us who oppose him and the oil/gas companies “economic terrorist” because we stand in the way of making the rich richer at the expense of our children, our community and our health. I’m proud to be an economic terrorist! Put it on my tombstone!

  The Warren Tribune Chronicle’s article on Niles City Council rescinding their fracking ban has an interesting statement in it from a fracking supporter. Dave Bishoff of Oak Forest Drive spoke in support of fracking, citing possible economic gains available to Niles residents as a result of the oil and gas industry. He attended an informational roundtable Sept. 9 hosted by council on the subject. “I came away impressed that there are regulations in place and steps being taken that will protect both the citizens and the environment,” Bishoff told the packed chamber. “I agree that a compromise can be reached where the neighborhoods can be protected, but we can benefit from the economic prosperity of this.” I guess Bishoff is more interested in money then he is in listening to the fracking nightmare woes of his fellow county citizens in the nearby Westwood Lake Park in Weatherfield Township, Ohio. I have a news flash Mr.Bishoff will also want to ignore. Unless you are already rich and own lots of acres the oil/gas companies have no use for you. Mr. Bishoff do you own a new car dealership, race horses and a stable? Do you own a heavy equipment and hauling company? Do you own a luxury inn resort and country club? If not you are out of luck. The three people in my region that either have fracking wells or are storing fracking brine already owned the things I mentioned. You see, Mr. Bishoff it is only a case of the rich getting richer. If these fracking enterprises fail and poison us all these three local fracking barons can afford to pick up and move and to Hell with the rest of us.

  I must say I was quite shocked this week when I saw the heading of an editorial by Editor Robinson. I could not believe he was calling for more regulations for a corporation. Upon reading the article my shock ended and it all made sense. Editor Robinson was talking about putting more regulations on an industry that was trying to make our planet cleaner. The editor was complaining that the windmill industry that generates clean energy was responsible for killing over 60 Eagles who has flown into the blades. The editor prefers filthy, dirty and polluting industry like coal, oil and gas. I don’t recall him caring about all the birds or wildlife that were killed in oil spills in the Gulf or from the tanker EXXON Valdez. I guess Editor Robinson’s hatred of clean green energy is that it is boring. The news world does have that pattern that says “if it bleeds it leads.” That would explain why dirty energy with all of its dangers to our planet is much more exciting to a newsman. Maybe, I was mistaken by saying Editor Robinson is a creepy, soulless, callous, corporate tool, sociopath. Perhaps, he is just a guy who loves reporting exciting news. If asked to wager I’d bet on creepy, soulless, callous, corporate tool, sociopath.

One of the best young singer/songwriters around:

Brett Dennen: “Ain’t No Reason”

Crazy”

“I am not an editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.” ~ Mark Twain

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Regional Chambers and Gas Chambers

  The YOUNG Conference just took place in Youngstown at the Covelli Centre. YOUNG stands for Youngs-town, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas. This third year of the expo and conference “focused on meeting the challenges of the play now that about 526 wells have been drilled.” The conference as in the past, was put on by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. The Youngstown Vindicator stated “Tony Paglia, vice president of government and media affairs of the Regional Chamber said this year’s conference attracted more logistics and service companies that helped foster better business-to-business networking. The aim, they said, was to focus on the Utica’s potential and how it can be fulfilled.” The chamber worked hard to make sure the 1,000 people in attendance were well-informed about the profits to be made from fracking and had a nice time.

  I was thinking the name, Tony Paglia sounded familiar. I then remembered awhile back when Tony and Regional Chamber president and CEO, Tom Humphries had come out publicly supporting Senate Bill 5. That bill would have help destroy collective bargaining rights for public employees. In that case the businessmen at the Regional Chamber were working hard to help promote and pass a bill that would give public workers a hard time. No one should be surprised that a bunch of businessmen hate workers in the private or public sector. In the case of the chamber putting on the YOUNG Conference it should come as no surprise that they were promoting a business like fracking without any regard to the safety of our families and community.

  I’m sure if regional chambers were around after our country’s founding they would have promoted slave ship building in harbor cities. I’ll bet regional chambers in Europe promoted the locations of Nazi death camps like; Dachau, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen and Treblinka. I imagine the chambers and politicians were happy to be able to provide construction workers to build these death chambers. I’m sure more than one politician in the area of these concentration camps ran on the slogan he had provided, “jobs, jobs jobs.”

  I want to provide some information that I’m sure wasn’t available at the YOUNG Conference. Here is the best list of oral ammunition I’ve found to arm yourself with to fight the pro-frackers who are putting our community and families in danger: “People’s Virtual Library // A Project of Northeast Ohio Occupations.”

Orpheus: “Congress Alley”

“Can’t Find the Time”

“There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.” ~ Tom Robbins

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Sticks and Stones

  I am not so stubborn I won’t admit when I have made a mistake. I have been giving out an award for the local buffoon of the week. I was wrong to use that title. Does that mean I am going to be a nice guy peacenik, and not name call? Hell no. My number one priority is trying to make a better world for my children. That means I have to try and make sure the Earth is not destroyed by these buffoon types. The online dictionary’s description of a buffoon is, “buff-oon  (b-fn) n. 1. A clown; a jester: a court buffoon. 2. A person given to clowning and joking. 3. A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.”

  The people I have described as buffoons don’t serve a king or royal master. They serve a corporate master. They also aren’t joking to me because what they say and do puts my family and yours in danger. They aren’t bumbling fools, they are soulless assassins to our health, safety, democracy, Earth and our children’s future. That means that I am still going to name call as these people have long been pushing for a war with those of us who want to save this planet. If need be I will also use sticks and stones if it comes down to it. The word buffoon just doesn’t describe what these soulless creeps are up to. I was at an event the other day to listen to civil rights leader, Vincent Harding speak. I should have left that meeting feeling more charitable towards my enemies, so I could dialogue with them.

  I have more than tested my patience trying to dialogue with conservatives in the past. I exchanged e-mails with two for over three years. In the end I got tired of providing facts to show they were wrong and having them then change subjects. These were people who would never acknowledge they were wrong. They had theories and ideas, I felt if ever enacted would threaten my family. I just plain got tired of fighting the same battles over and over, so I ended my period of trying to be a diplomat. These people sometimes say one thing but their actions prove they are liars. I have a good example of that. Recently, there was an anti-fracking demonstration on Court House Square in Warren, Ohio. A pro-fracking rally with mostly people in the oil/gas business took place across the street. The Warren Tribune interviewed some of these pro-frackers. One of those interviewed admitted he worked in the oil/gas industry. He said he had a family and would not work in the industry if he thought for a moment it was dangerous to his family. Yet, these pro-frackers went over and blew air horns to drown out speakers at the anti-fracking rally who were expressing facts and their concerns about fracking. If this worker really cared about the safety of his family he’d have been at the anti-fracking rally to learn if there are any dangers to his family. The fact is the oil/gas worker cares about getting a paycheck and not his family. If he doesn’t care about his family he certainly doesn’t care about yours or mine.

  Quite a few cities around Ohio and the country do care about their residents. That is why they have passed no fracking zones in their cities. One such city is Niles, Ohio and I have called that city council heroes. Frank Robinson the editor of the Warren Tribune Chronicle has attacked Niles City Council a few times in editorials for their stand against fracking. I have called Robinson a buffoon in the past. That term really doesn’t go far enough to express how much his desire for unregulated corporations puts my family and our valley in danger. Editor Robinson picks up a fat paycheck to express the corporate views that the corporate owned Tribune wants printed out, our children’s safety be damned.

 I want to thank a group of local people I also consider heroes as they are trying to make sure our community is a safe place to live and raise a family. That is the local activists who worked hard to get the Citizens Bill of Rights (anti-fracking in Youngstown amendment) on the Nov. 5 ballot. Thanks for your effort Lynn, Susie, Ray, John, Howard, Sean, Christine, Jean, Monica, Jeremiah, Jeanne, Dianne, Doug, Tim and the rest of those who helped on the bill and also the members of Frack Free Ohio.

 While listening to Vincent Harding (and obviously missing his good message of tolerance) I liked something I head YSU’s Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer say. He said it was hard to dialogue with a sociopath who is pro-fracking. Mr. Harding of course said one should not use that kind of terminology when you try to dialogue with them. I highly respect Mr. Harding but he is probably a way more patient man than I am (though I did spend 3 years in dialogue with 2 conservatives).  When I got home from the meeting with Mr. Harding I looked up the characteristics of a sociopath. I found that they are manipulative, conning, self-serving, don’t recognize the rights of others, have no shame or guilt, are pathological liars, have shallow emotions, are callous with  a lack of empathy, are incapable of love, have no concern for others, are irresponsible, are parasites, have criminal behavior and no concern for wrecking others’ lives and dreams.

   I realized these characteristics (especially that last one) belong to the people I have been labeling as buffoons. Buffoons just doesn’t go far enough to describe the dangers these people pose to our families. Mr. Lupo who was pouring fracking waste into the Mahonimg River is a sociopath. He didn’t care about the danger to his family only about money he was saving by not disposing of the brine water according to environmental laws. The driver of the waste water truck Michael Guesman from Cortland, Ohio only cared about his paycheck from Lupo not his family. These aren’t guys you can dialogue with.

  Warren Tribune Editor Robinson attacks Niles City Council who wants to protect their residents. Only a sociopath would be angry at public servants who want to serve the public good instead of stuffing their pockets like the oil/gas companies. Tracey Winbush and Jeff and the rest of her cast  at her WSOM radio talk show scream over top of callers that dispute her and the cast with facts. She has a corporate serving agenda full of lies to propagandize, so democracy of the airwaves be damned. These people have no respect for my family or yours and don’t care to dialogue. They will blow air horns over your speech or cut your phone call to their radio show off. Their idea of democracy is to enact laws to allow fewer people to vote. Their idea of a better world is to frack and exterminate all anti-pollution and safety laws. They are at war with our families and will use any manner of weapons of mass destruction. We don’t have time to get involved in wars in other countries, we have a very real war we need to acknowledge before it’s too late right here in this country against SOCIOPATHS.

 One goal in that war that needs to be  to pointed out is how those of us who want a better country are shooting ourselves in the foot. A case in point I have gone over and over is how we need to boycott union busting store like WalMart/Sam’s Club and boycott union busting companies like Coors and Yuengling. It is such an easy thing to do that will have major impact. I loved it when I saw picket lines in dozens of cities in the U.S. calling for fast food workers to unionize to make better wages. The foot shooters are people like Ryan Carter in New York City. He crossed the picket line to get his $1 cup of McDonald’s coffee. He said he “absolutely” supported the demand for higher wages.” He added, “They work harder than the billionaires in the city.” He then said he needs his McDonald’s coffee so he will continue his regular trips to McDonalds. The middle-class and working-class have lost ground for years in this country because of the Michael Gusmans that just go along with what the boss wants and the Ryan Carters who can’t give up a cup of coffee to make a better world. We have a lot of enemies trying to destroy our children’s future, so why give them the bullets to do it?

   The Westwood Lake Park residents in Weatherfield Township, Ohio near fracking wells experienced nasty smells, bright lights and very loud noise. As if that wasn’t enough some of them are now getting rashes and experiencing seizures. Can we find out who sold or leased this land to the fracking company? Can we find out the owners of this company? I think we should go to these people’s homes and shine lights in their windows, play loud noises and fill their neighborhoods up with fumes until they have seizures. No more time for dialogue it is time for direct action. Youngstown owns Meander Lake Reservoir and sells rights to the water to other towns in the Mahoning Valley. I was at a meeting the other day with some great local activists who are hard at work on the anti-fracking issue. Someone mentioned that General Motors owns the mineral rights under Meander Lake. I would imagine that they purchased them because sooner or later they plan on doing something with those rights. If it is true that General Motors owns those rights we have some weapons of mass destruction aimed at our drinking water in the near future. What about all those jobs the oil/gas companies are going to provide to our area citizens? A woman who lives in the Westwood Lake Park walked down to the well near her to discover a crew of Mexican workers with only one speaking a lit bit of broken English. I can also tell you the oil/gas company that has moved to my street has a parking lot full of cars with license plates from Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. I’m going to continue with my name calling but I have to go outside now and gather some sticks and stones.

More on the resident of Westwood Lake Park (Thanks to John for doing this video and to Diana Ludwig for this posting it on Facebook).

Paul Cebar: “I Love Soul”

“Didn’t Leave Me No Ladder”

“Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil.” ~ Elie Wiesel

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