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Richmond Shreve is a retired business executive whose careers began in electronics (USN) and broadcasting in the 1960s. Over the years he has maintained a hobby interest in amateur radio, and the audio-visual arts while working in sales and marketing. For the last thirty years he was co-owner and CEO of the Middlebrook Crossroads business park (Edmar Corporation) in Bridgewater, NJ. He holds a lifetime FCC Second Class Commercial license, and an amateur radio General Class license (W2EMU). In 2012 Richmond retired from instructing sports car owners in high performance driving techniques at major tracks including NJ Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen, and Summit Point. He is the author and publisher of the Instructor Candidate Manual used by BMWCCA and other car clubs to train their on-track instructors.
Prior to moving to Newtown,PA, he volunteered as chief engineer of WCFA the Cape May, NJ community radio station as well as working as a gaffer on the Cape May Film Festival technical crew, a driver/engineer in the Cape May Point Volunteer Fire Company, served as its Treasurer and as Treasurer of its Firemen's Relief Association. He edited and printed the Cape May Point Taxpayer's Association Newsletter.
As a computer power user, graphic artist, photographer, and website designer he helps nonprofits build and maintain web sites. He is a fromer Vestry member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent.
Richmond is a citizen journalist and former Senior Editor at OpEdNews.com, a progressive news and opinion site on the internet.
Richmond lives with his wife Marguerite Chandler in Newtown, PA wher he continues to write essays ad short fiction. They travel extensively with their fifth wheel RV.
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The US is Broke -- Not!
Fears that the US is going broke abound and are unfounded. But there is a whisper campaign afoot to amplify them for political gain. This cynical belief is convenient and useful to the GOP in their bid for power in November. One element of the fear campaign is a video reportedly produced by a retired IBM accountant that shows [old news] that US tax revenue is insufficient to operate the government after entitlements are paid.
Infiltrating the Truth Movement
An academic treatise on conspiracy theories has provoked howls of outrage among those who call themselves the truth movement. The paper can hardly be considered news, it was first released as a draft in January of 2008. But when of one of its authors, Cass Sunstein, became part of the Obama administration, the appointment alarmed conspiracists because his paper advocates "cognitive infiltration of extremist groups." Series: Thinker's Tool Kit (6 Articles, 10430 views)
Friday, March 26, 2010(7 comments)
What is Coffee Party USA?
Grass roots, bottom-up, democracy. Coffee Party USA seeks to move America away from extremes, out of the clutches of special interests, and into an age of civic duty and community. Imagine that.
Saturday, June 6, 2009(5 comments)
How I Became a "Bestselling" Author
Richmond Shreve describes how his wife Marguerite made him a bestselling author and explains how self-publishing gives authors a path to profit and recognition where it most feeds the spirit -- among those we are closest to.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014(1 comments)
O'Reilly -- On Obama and the Race Problem
The conservative whisper-net is circulating a video clip of Bill O'Reilly delivering an impassioned opinion piece that articulates a demonstrably wrong analysis of "President Obama and the Race Problem." He's wrong in too many ways to enumerate, but his rant is a good motivator to read Tim Weiss' book that details why.
Friday, December 5, 2008(56 comments)
Roots of Conspiracy Exposed
The conspiracy theories that abound on the internet are produced by a malfunction of a basic process in human thinking: patternicity. The buzz about a 9/11 conspiracy is a classic example.
Real Food at School?
Slow Food USA, and organization that promotes the desirability of locally grown, minimally processed foods, organized an National Day of Action in which tens of thousands across the us gathered to support better food in schools.
Skepticism Triggers -- Signs of Poor or Deceptive Arguments
Senior Editor Richmond Shreve offers a collections of signs and signals that herald deceptive arguments in the media. If you surf the internet for your information, or if you watch MSNBC, Fox News, and other such news-as-entertainment sources, you will find these tools useful in thinking critically and forming your own opinions. Series: Thinker's Tool Kit (6 Articles, 10430 views)
Can Indigenous Peoples Teach Us to Survive?
A grass-roots organization, mostly volunteer, offers to show us how to bring about environmental sustainability starting at home, by changing our own attitudes and behaviors.
Feeding a Hungry Planet
Our food supply is in jeopardy. The next 36 years will bring global catastrophe unless we can succeed in changing the way we use the limited capacity of Earth to grow food for people. Agriculture, as now practiced, is not sustainable, nor is it sufficiently efficient to meet the needs of 9 - 10 million people (the global population in 2050. Series: Feeding a Hungry Planet (1 Articles, 1092 views)
Saturday, May 24, 2014(8 comments)
Empathy = 21st Century Enlightenment
Rob Kall has written on the psychopathic behaviors that seem to permeate our global economy and plunder the world's resources. Relatedness and empathy are the social vaccines against plunder and predatory behavior. Watch these RSA videos to see how we might foster a 21st Century Enlightenment. Series: Gaming the System (2 Articles, 2003 views)
Decades of Climate Deception
The Union of Concerned Scientists has compiled a damning collection of evidence that shows how the fossil fuel industry duped the media and the public about the dangers of climate change. It may well be the greatest propaganda lie ever, and the most lethal.
Saturday, June 21, 2014(10 comments)
GOP: Show Me the Money!
This week we've heard various Neo-con war hawks, a veritable chorus of them, calling for Obama to take military action in Iraq. I would like to see every American have skin in the game.I propose a COMBAT TAX.I
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Friday, September 18, 2009(12 comments)
The Marines Got it Right - Almost
The US Marine Corps changes its recruiting messages to depict the rigors of becoming a Marine challenging prospective enlistees to step up and see if they can cut it.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009(8 comments)
News after Newspapers
With the crisis of shrinking advertising revenues and dwindling profits that is facing our major newspapers, innovative new revenue ideas are emerging that promise to reinvent journalism in the age of the internet.
Thursday, October 22, 2009(3 comments)
Making the Headlines
Want to see your article featured in the headlines? Want to go to the front of the line for quick publication? OEN Senior Editor Richmond Shreve reveals the secrets.
Monday, June 15, 2009(1 comments)
Protest draws Death Threats - Will Shame Alone Deter?
Equality Now, a women's rights advocacy group, published an action email opposing distribution of the video game RapeLay that has brought angry reactions including "an unprecedented amount of hate mail, including death and bomb threats."
Should games that simulate criminal acts of violence be illegal?
Tuesday, April 29, 2014(1 comments)
Comcast is Nudging Consumers Toward Higher Cost Services
Unless the FCC get some spine and takes control, net neutrality is dead. "[The FCC] should decide to classify broadband as a telecommunications service, which would allow it to prohibit companies like Verizon and Comcast from engaging in unjust or unreasonable discrimination. (The F.C.C. classified broadband as a lightly regulated information service during the George W. Bush administration.)," -- the NY Times.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012(5 comments)
GOP Apologists' Viral Email Campaign
Chain Emails are a useful tool for propaganda because they foreclose the prospect of rebuttal, are forwarded by a trusted source, and probably won't be scrutinized very carefully. The audience wants to believe the message, and voices of dissent won't challenge. Here is and example of such a propaganda piece designed to bolster the GOP rank and file.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009(11 comments)
Follow the Risk
In the past when we tried to sort out causes and motivations, a good rule was "follow the money." But in our present circumstances it works better to follow the risk. A fundamental notion of capitalism is that profit is the reward for accepting the risk of entrepreneurship. Today's CEO is well separated from the risks of business, to the detriment of us all.
Sunday, May 18, 2014(1 comments)
Gaming the System
In "Gaming the System" Shreve asserts that the US and much of the developed world has forgotten the importance of the old fashion value of stewardship - the nurturing of that which sustains us. The 2007 recession, the environmental crisis, the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor of the world are all manifestations of a lack of stewardship. Our survival may depend upon embracing stewardship as our primary social value. Series: Gaming the System (2 Articles, 2003 views)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012(17 comments)
Whitman Advocates for 'Americans Elect'
Americans Elect sounds like a very idealistic and populist way to put a presidential candidate on the ballot. But we should be skeptical -- it's more likely to be a spoiler and help the GOP overcome their lack of appeal to centrist voters. Divide and conquer? Stay tuned ...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010(1 comments)
Four Years. Go.
"The next four years will determine the quality of life on this planet for the next thousand."
Will Obama Reform Education?
It looks like Obama's policy will be heavily influenced by professional educators-people who are affiliated with teacher's unions, and academics from schools that teach education. What's wrong with that? Nothing, provided these folks are able to break with the beliefs and traditions that are not presently producing the results we expect-the results we require to be competitive as a nation.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(15 comments)
"Death Spiral" States - Whispernet Viral Propaganda
Viral emails are being used by politicians and activists to influence public opinion and solidify base groups. It's an ideal propaganda technique because it usually comes from someone known to the recipient, and is therefore read as credible. Even when received by an unsympathetic reader, it may sow seeds of doubt. Because it's anonymous and not in public media there is no rebutting it or holding the source accountable.
Sunday, May 13, 2012(9 comments)
How's That Workin' for Ya?
Author Shreve asserts that we are story animals and that political communications play upon and manipulate that trait. To assume that logical, rational arguments will counter propaganda is a false hope. The answer may lie in examining the story that drives the major parties and decide how and if it works for you personally.
Ill-informed skepticism about the need for vaccination may be hazardous to your health and to the health of those you love. Series: Thinker's Tool Kit (6 Articles, 10430 views)
Sunday, April 1, 2012(3 comments)
Change the "Stand Your Ground Law"
The State Attorney for Monroe County, Florida offered the following opinion concerning the "Stand Your Ground" law. It articulates some of the most reasoned and practical thinking on the controversy I've see since the news first broke. Here it is, as published in the CONCH COLOR, a Key West tabloid.
Net Neutrality - a 'Marxist Utopia"?
"Glenn Beck recently stood at his chalkboard to warn Fox News viewers of a sinister plot to shut down free speech. A 'gang of communists' had infiltrated Washington, he raged. Their goal: to pass Net Neutrality and turn the Internet into a 'Marxist utopia.'" -- Timothy Karr
Wednesday, November 11, 2009(3 comments)
Honorable and Faithful Service
The honorable discharge certificate given servicemen and women when they return to civilian life says simply, "...awarded as a testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service." On Veteran's Day it behooves us all to consider what is required of our military as "Honest and Faithful" service. We honor each and every one of them for stepping forward.
Review: Open Source Everything Manifesto
What could or world happen if virtually everything, all intellectual property, all the stuff that's now secret or locked away in proprietary silos were universally available. In this book Robert Steel tells us that many of the challenges society faces in governance, environment, health, and virtually all areas of concern could find resolution. Were it not for Steele's rigor citing sources this might seem like Sci-fi. Not so.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Advocacy for Legalizing Drugs goes Mainstream
The Economist says, "Our solution is a messy one," but argues that legalizing and taxing recreational drugs, and the attendant social and health problems, would be far cheaper and more humane than our presently ineffective and expensive efforts.
Help 'em get what "Occupy" is about
Grassroots protests don't fit into the thinking of many "successful people" who are unconsciously members of the 99%. What would you say to awaken them?
Monday, August 4, 2014
Old, Wise, and Mad as Hell: Harry's Last Stand
Harry Leslie Smith is old (91), wise, and very angry. He writes powerfully and well and what he has to say about the economic and political state of the US and Britain. Harry's generation of working class Brits grew up in poverty made desperate by the depression. He sees strong parallels between what is happening in the US and GB today, and the poverty of his youth.
Sunday, June 8, 2014(11 comments)
How can I trust?
The betrayal of trust is the stuff of national headlines, the grist of theater drama, and the bane of our personal relationships. As I write this, Edward Snowden has been in the news for a year having revealed that the National Security Agency has been doing Orwellian surveillance of domestic communications in the US. Both Snowden and our government leadership have breached our trust. This essay examines authentic trust. Series: Thinker's Tool Kit (6 Articles, 10430 views)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011(4 comments)
How About a Combat Surtax?
A combat payroll tax combined with compulsory service would bring home the sacrifices and costs of war in defense of our nation's vital interests.
Common Bound Conference - Boston
Organizers of the Common Bound Conference in Boston expected 300 people and we almost overwhelmed when 650 people representing 110 organizations registered, maxing out the accommodations (our publisher Rob Kall was among those who couldn't find a room.) The theme is "Moving Together Toward a New Economy." The core concept? Our economy is more than just money. It's about stewardship and sustainability. Series: New Economy (2 Articles, 1088 views)
What is "The Army Experience?"
The Army Experience Center, the target of anti-war activists, does not have a secret agenda -- it unabashedly seeks to present the Army as an attractive career to young people. Its creators hope to make the Army's attractions accessible to the public.
But when does good marketing cross over into unethical promotion. Are children appropriate visitors? Should there be full disclosure of the risks? See for yourself.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008(1 comments)
It's Up to US
How the new tools of democracy make it possible, even necessary, for us to rescue ourselves from the threats that face America.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014(6 comments)
Tribulations of Trolls and Goats
In children's stories a troll is a fearful, loathsome, and darkly dangerous creature that lurks in the shadows and eats hapless kids who come within reach as they go about their business. In the blog-o-sphere of the adult world a troll is a darkly dangerous writer who lurks in discussion threads. Most commonly they are believers in an extreme point of view doing battle for their cause.
Verizon -- Too Big to Serve
When enterprises grow large they too often grow impersonal and unresponsive, much like government agencies. But competition can and does punish the enterprise that neglects customer service. Verizon faces just this situation.
Sunday, June 8, 2014(1 comments)
Day 2: Common Bound Conference
This is admittedly a teaser which gives only a flavor of what has been happening at the Common Bound conference in Boston, but many OEN readers will resonate with the ideas embodied in these quotes. You can find out more about the groups and the presenters by checking out the program for the event. Enjoy. Series: New Economy (2 Articles, 1088 views)
Monday, December 1, 2008(7 comments)
News, Opinion, or Advocacy?
There are boundaries between straight reporting and opinion for good reason. Too often, especially on the internet, they disappear.
Thursday, July 5, 2012(1 comments)
A citizen's view of July 4th
Business Woman and social entrepreneur Marguerite Chandler writes about rebuilding the American Dream - a meditation for Independence Day 2012.