Public Meetings

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 08:14.

Jeff says: purpose of public meetings is to appease the public, make the public feel they are being consulted - while the other (real) purpose of the public meeting was often to put the stamp of approval on a private business plan using public money and public space.

I also posit that another purpose of public meetings is to identify the opposition and destroy them as we have seen happen here at REALNEO. 

Sadly, in a site like REALNEO, we have folks who "drop in" with multiple identities, create chaos, and leave because this is the new format of public meetings.   This should be possible to prevent by abolishing fake identities and only allowing one ID from one IP address. If another computer is used for REALNEO at a later date-administrators should be able to change the IP address. 

While anonymity allows the user to sometimes speak freely when they are bullied, it also generates intentional drama and chaos.  I think that we can all agree that if someone is too afraid to put their name on their thoughts at REALNEO, then they should not be here. 

There is no time left for FEAR at REALNEO or in the world.  We have to speak up loudly against the tyranny taking place.


Hypocrisy in NEO is at an all-time high.  There are two real administrators left at this site.  Man up.  Our policy should include a way to police against multiple accounts and postings. The Plain Dealer has some internal clock in their program that does not allow more than two postings within the span of an hour or so.  We can implement here, too.  Drupal 7 costs money to install, Norm.  This site has been running on the largesse of folks who have paid the server, not just good will.

A personal concern for our society is the new digital "memory," that can so easily erase crime and bury the evidence.  My greatest concern for the REALNEO site--is preserving the record.  This site provides real content and insight into our local history. If folks do post here--they should know that there will be an archived record of this site.  So THINK about what you post here.

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McShaneYou're on to some


You're on to some good ideas.  Posters should have to live with their posts.

 I'm not sure what you mean by "the tyranny taking place", though.  I urge you to think hard about what you mean by that.  Do you want to create an empty echo chamber where the loudest voices--not ideas--reverberate?  Do you want to give a platform to one-sided discussion of fair issues, and call that "debate", or, "democracy"?  Do you want a site where everyone preaches to the choir, and where they all sing the same notes?

There is a difference between sharp, but fair, criticism, and out and out snarling, junkyard dog attack.  We've all seen it here of late.  We know how to recognize that dog by the sound of the chain as he comes out of nowhere.  The chain was rattling, if you listened.  And, we've seen the dog get yanked back hard when it reached the end of the chain at full speed.  What a yelp.  Thing is--junkyard dogs are still dangerous afterward.  We can only hope the chain holds.



laughing, but know what you say is so true too

Only to add to that is; (as we had also seen here is some slam, hit, and run posts/threads)

 Beware the disease Idiotitis. Causes the brain to shut down and the mouth to keep talking. Thousands affected. May be contagious. Best defense: slap and run.

Peace, Betty


The problem is, America is NOT a Democracy - it is a Republic! As our Founding Fathers established, can we keep it?