Blood drive alert--Northeast Ohio needs Type-O donors

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 19:35.

I hate to say this but AM radio WTAM reaches more northeast Ohio residents than any blog or the PD.  Ask my 65 year old neighbor.  At least they put out some important community alerts along with the latest American Idol results:

(Cleveland) - The Northern Ohio Red Cross is putting out an urgent request for Type-O blood. Spokesperson Karen Kelley says they are totally out of O-Negative blood, after starting the day with only 14 pints.

O-Negative is universal because anyone can receive it. Type-O is also the most common form of blood, so there is no shortage of potential donors. One-in-3 people have Type-O positive blood. One-in-15 have Type-O Negative.
Kelly says local hospitals are currently requesting 98 pints of O-Negative, but they have none to give. She fears life saving surgeries may be postponed or delayed if donors don't step forward.

Kelly reports that they have exhausted all their sources in the Ohio-Michigan region in terms of O-Negative, and says they approaching the same dangerous situation with o-positive. Other blood types are needed as well.

For information on where to donate, call 1-800-Give-Life.

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AM Radio-Cleveland Metroparks Hear Here!

Can anyone enlighten me on how this works??    I don't like to encourage using a car to enjoy nature.  I would much prefer a bike, but I realize there is an individual's ADA accessibility advantage to the AM radio/car approach.  What is the rationale and justification?--serving an under-served population makes sense, but is there a way to do it that does not involve a car radio?  I suppose it also reaches a greater audience (read older) that may be overwhelmed by computer technology.  Are there non-car ways to allow ADA access to the parks?  Is the radio reception cheaper than WiFi or cross-platform to WiFi devices, as well?  I suppose a person could just walk or roll up to the reception areas with a hand-held transistor radio, too...which would be the preferred way to advertise this feature, in my book.  Then again, does nature need an explanation?

At least they tell you to turn off car engine

I'll try to remember to try this some time. It is an interesting use of technology - they should offer it as a podcast as well, so we can ride a bike to the locations and listen to that. It would also allow people to experience the lecture (wigh photos and videos) over the internet before going, so they can soak it in while there.

Disrupt IT

Portable Radios

I believe that most of the small portable battery radios that are currently being made/sold have an  AM/FM switch on them that allows the listener to receive the standard AM transmissions, by flicking the switch, and tuning in the AM station in the same fashion as the FM station. 


This can be done on a boat, with a goat, in a box, or with a fox, in a house, or with a mouse.  It can be done here, or there, it can be done (most) everywhere, including with "Sam I Am", or when reading "Green Eggs And Ham".

(with apologies to Dr. Suess) 

Good News

I am frequently told that I only report bad news.  Well, this is good news and it reflects the hard work of the folks at the Trust for Public Land. 

Only one more hurdle--congressional funding.

Smart move by Musical Arts Association

So the non profit Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra) gets all this land given to them and then they sell it to America. Somehow, I think Musical Arts Association would be a better steward... but it is a smart way for Musical Arts Association to raise money, in addition to taxing smokers. But the Musical Arts Association is getting mighty expensive for Americans.

Disrupt IT

Clear Minds, not Trees

Certainly, the Blossom land protection is good news.  

It seems like any of us who work for change are labeled complainers, usually by those who are getting rich thanks to the status quo. Much land that Cleveland Metroparks should have protected ended up in the hands of developers - the same names that Roldo has documented for gaming the system. Then the county/city cuts deals with them to add to their profits which are spent buying land in Avon, or Chippewa Creek or Bentleyville where they outbid those trying to protect the land. The more sprawl they create, the more incentive they demand to rebuild what they left behind. Heads they win, tails you lose.


But there are other bits of cheer. In Cincinnati, residents raised such a fuss that Duke Energy has returned to its old method of trimming under transmission lines, instead of clearcutting: 
After meeting with trustees Friday, Duke instead agreed to prune first and monitor the potentially hazardous trees.

"What is important is that we are looking to keep trees there, if at all possible, if they will not be a threat now or in the six-year (trimming) cycle," Duke spokeswoman Kathy Meinke said.


Citizens opposing the clear-cutting provided government documents say that the federal mandate calls for trimming trees to within 13.71 feet of transmission lines. No mention is made about clear-cutting.

Marvin Blade, a Duke business relations manager, agreed with those findings at Monday’s Green Township Trustees meeting. “The threshold (for the federal mandate) is lower than our standards,” he said.


Making like a good neighbor, though rather late. Listen up, First Energy.


Some of our parks look like the DMZ after FE went through last fall. Then they have the nerve to offer the services of subcontractor tree service as an insert in your monthly bill (but deny any liability for the work.) No wonder!


And, from the Toledo Blade, high fuel costs are hitting the mowing maniacs:
It seems that the skyrocketing cost of gasoline and diesel fuel finally has gotten to the county highway engineer in a way that years of wildlife conservation advocacy has not.  
A very good article on how misguided some of our policies are.


The recurring theme is obvious - we can save money, energy, and our land by not going to extremes to prove we can 'stop' nature. All those cleared areas will be havens for invasive aliens - plants, cowbirds  - whatever thrives is "disturbed areas." More runoff, more heat, more carbon dioxide (no trees to trap it).   Disturbed, indeed, as we should all be.

Forest city revival

 Yes MM--from one labeled complainer to another--both also labeled disturbed--We are both on the same radio frequency--AM:)

AM Radio

  Again--if you want to reach the masses with your message, go AM radio (Clear Channel).  Case in point, the Lakewood Circulator.  Hundreds turned out to protest RTA's proposal to cut the Lakewood Circulator.  Will we see that kind of turn out for the Tremont Circulator? 

Joe Cimperman, Brian Cummins, Joe Santiago (is he still in office?)--This bus gets your residents to work and shop at Steelyard Commons.  Are you going to speak out?