Extend copyright protection worldwide, to run as long as 70 or 95 years after death of the author? Who could have put that idea in Obama's head?
posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 19:19
Atta boy, Tom, and Happy Ronald Reagan Day!
posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:49
Tragic. My heart aches for the loss of Jonathan Ferrell, for his family and friends' hurt. And for Officer Randall Kerrick, and for his family, friends and co-workers.posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 07:55
[quote]"Ga. school sold film studio at loss to taxpayers..."[/quote]
Every government school is a loss to taxpayers. Government schools cost twice as much as comparable private schools.
As cellular system usage increases, the number of towers must increase because each tower can only serve a limited number of customers. But, less obviously, as systems grow the height of each antennae mast (or of the antennas on the tower) decreases, to keep the signals from adjacent towers from overlapping each other. So the new towers are less obvious.
And as cell systems grow the power output of each tower and of every cell phone below it decreases. Cellular towers automatically adjust their power down to the minimum needed to reach each phone. And they control the power of your phone, reducing it to the minimum needed to reach the tower.
Original cell systems had only one or two cell towers in a town, hundreds of feet tall. Original cell phones were mostly batteries to power their 3 watt transmitters. Today, because smaller, 60 to 80' towers have been located all over town, the battery in your phone is the size of a pack of gum because the maximum power output of current phones is a fraction of a single watt.
More cell stations = 1) Shorter poles, 2) Lower power, 3) Better coverage, 4) Longer phone battery life, & 5) Smaller phones
More cell stations = Win/Win/Win!!!posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 09:16
Thank you, Ms. Burks, for taking the time to write your Upshaw Bentley story and for sharing it.posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 23:41
If you're going to run over pedestrians in a crosswalk, do it in Madison:posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 11:35
@Logical: Damn touchscreens. I hit the wrong button, neg'd you when I meant to give you a "thumbs up." Add six to your comment's points, then--three for the three my unintentional neg took away and three more for the plus I meant to give, if you worry about that sort of thing. Sorry.posted @ Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 19:40
Mr. Huckaby's wrong, we're unified as never before, we the people... Conservative, liberal, veterans, active duty, successful and resigned, we all oppose adding American bombs to the countless horrors the Syrians are experiencing now.posted @ Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 19:32
50 years ago, when Martin Luther King, Jr. told the world of his dream, the Democrat party was the organized foundation of racism in America. They took every opportunity to demean people of color, said they weren't as good as Whites, couldn't compete, said they needed special accommodations. Fifty years ago colored people needed Democrats to tell them what to do, Dems like Alabama's George Wallace and North Carolina's Sam Ervin and Georgia's Lester Maddox argued. And fifty years ago most people of color believed them, if votes are the measure of that.
Today Democrats are the party of racism in America. Today Democrats take every opportunity to say that Black people can't compete, in school or in the economy, without special accommodation. Blacks need Dems today to get by, to tell them what to do, what to think, who to vote for, party hacks argue.
For 150 years the two party system in the US has meant almost nothing ideologically with consistancy. Our most liberal President may well have been Republican Richard Nixon. Democrats started the Viet Nam war, Nixon ended it. He established the super-Constitutional, super-bureaucracy of the EPA. And he campaigned for sweeping liberalization of welfare. Our most conservative president may have been JFK. But on one issue and one issue alone, the difference between the two parties has always been crystal clear. Since Lincoln, through Eisenhower and the Bushes, the Republican party has stood unequivocally against brutish, oppressive, condescending, indecent and unfair treatment of one class of Americans by another. For 150 years Republicans have consistently supported fairer treatment of Black Americans, have defended them against the populist rantings of Democrats.
Martin Luther King Jr. knew it. He was a Republican. How bitter, how heavy his cross must be, in Heaven, as he looks down and sees the sort he fought against use his name and twist his message to cripple yet another generation of his people with those racist myths of inadequacy.posted @ Monday, September 2, 2013 - 19:08
Should go well with last week's purchase:
I'm not a fan of the anti-Free Market, anti-American overlords of the PSC. It's a protection racket, our Southern mafia, protecting their contributors from competition. Before cell phones, when I lived on one side of Clarke County and my kids lived on the other, a long distance call, out of Georgia and so exempt from PSC meddling, cost 10¢ a minute. But calling the kids in Bogart from Winterville, across the county, cost 25¢ per minute, thanks to the PSC.
I learned more of the random abuse of the PSC when I bought a couple of COCOTs, payphones with tiny computers inside that were owned by businesses who put them in places that the phone company wouldn't serve. Before cell phones, if you had a restaurant and you wanted a phone that your customers could use (so they'd quit borrowing yours), you couldn't get the big phone company to put one inside. But you could buy one that looked like theirs. Then you got to meet the PSC. The PSC said you had to get a license to have a pay phone. Then the PSC said they had to approve where you put it. Then they said you had to pay the phone company that refused to put their pay phone in 2¢ a minute in addition to the regular monthly charge, though you can't limit your customers' talk time and you can't charge but a quarter per (unlimited) local call. Per PSC, COCOT owners bought phone equipment, paid a premium to the phone company to connect it, and were required to lose money on every call over 12 minutes.
Wonder why you never see payphones anymore? Thank the PSC. Now that the PSC has all but run the phone company out of business, they're focussing their happy despotism on the power companies. Anyone know where I can get a deal on a generator?
What a national embarassment this is! What kind of Nazi-like bastards have we become that we would arrest this obviously unthreatening, non-criminal, mother and house wife and laugh and celebrate our abuse of her! Are we such animals now?
It's not a crime for an American to carry a pistol in America. Americans have a right to bear arms, we've had that right for 224 years, its in the Constitution, for Christ's sake. Don't believe it? It's there. Ask anyone who was not confined in government schools during their formative years, they'll back me up.
Privately run air lines, of course, have the right to set terms of service and pricing and they may individually prefer to limit their cattle-car service by whatever terms they choose. Customers, in turn, may accept or refuse each airlines' terms by booking passage or not.posted @ Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 06:22
The above was a letter-to-the-editor of the Waco Tribune by Alfred W. Evans of Gatesville TX, published November 8, 2010.posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 - 13:06
Cool!posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 - 05:18
Testing one, two, three...
[quote][b]paper[/b] - This dispatcher certainly sounds like a complete incompetent moron who should be fired. And instead she is made Director?
The dispatcher, a male, was Sherrill Abney. The EMS director's name is Wendy Ryan.
Regardless, when I went to visit my father after Christmas two years ago I found him in arrest & I called 911. The Orlando dispatcher stayed on the phone with me, coaching me through CPR.posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 - 17:38
"Chris Christie to guest-host 'Today' later this month"
Another reason to not watch the Today show.posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 07:39
Yeah, the Dow's up 50% since the Socialist Savior ascended. But gasoline's up 100%... Yet bank's are only paying what, 1% per year?
So, if you have any money left after paying all the new Obama taxes, you can put it in the bank and double it in 72 years, put it in a stock market Dow fund and double it in about 8 years, or buy gasoline and it'll double in value by the next election.
(Too bad we can't invest in Mexican immigration--you could double your money overnight when the latest Amnesty bill passes!)posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 07:29
The Benghazi scandal is a thousand times worse than Watergate. But few will ever find out about it, thanks to the sorry state of "journalism" in America. Pravda was more reliable than the country's mainstream, non-Fox media.
posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 19:09
[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - ...What if a female had a sign on her back saying "Fondle me"?
If she had that printed in large pink letters across the back of a bunch of grey sweat pants, she could sell them all to Walmart and Sears and make a fortune.posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 18:56
The Dem's need some conservative (or moderately conservative) candidates to keep any credibility with the working, non-socialist party members. And, Barrow's an Athenian. We in Athens would have the deck stacked in our favor if we could claim the Republican candidate and the Democrat. I guess his moneyed backers didn't see it that way. Damned shame.posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 18:43
Will low-ranking schools demand more money? Will school administrators respond to poor scores by dropping changes that lowered scores, admitting a mistake, and returning the school's curriculum to the last set that worked? Or, will administrators demand yet another new, untested educational program? Or will school boards double-down--will they defending the present course and blame the tests?posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 08:54
Why exercise when you can hire an illegal Mexican to exercise for you?posted @ Monday, May 6, 2013 - 16:20
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more