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Stossel: Fossil fuels improve life on Earth

Stossel has a point here, and one reason why it has been difficult to get a global push to address CO2 'issues'.
However, his statement "If you take most environmentalists and climate scientists at their word, the Earth heated up about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, not much more than it heated up the century before that." is a stretch. The statement of not much more than it heated up the century before that is so nebulous and an example of stretching words. Now we will hear that phrase being touted by those that want to sweep this issue under the rug (or perhaps that is already a buzz phrase on talk radio now?)

Someday we will realize that oil is more valuable as an industrial feedstock than just burning in a gas-guzzling SUV.

All this focus and arguments on temperatures takes away from what I think is a more serious, nearer term and easier to document impact of CO2 pollution, that being the acidification of the oceans. (and yes CO2 is a pollutant in this sense)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Acidification

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:44

U.S. moving to join rest of world with credit-card technology

The biggest reason why this switch has not happened earlier is that credit card companies did not want to switch the cards, which I am sure cost more, and retailers did not want the expense of conversion.

The US invented the concept of the credit card and the magnetic strip technology but, like cellular and wireless technology, failed to invest more as newer (and for wireless faster) technology came about.

All I can say about this change of credit cards is that it is about time!

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 06:59

What Others Say: Americans should demand chip technology in credit cards (Chicago Tribune)

"or train kiosks in Amsterdam because their old-fashioned plastic doesn’t work."

That happened to me this summer. Could not figure out why the transaction to buy a ticket did not work. I had to go stand in line at the service counter to purchase that ~$8 ticket to downtown from the airport.

Our "too big to fail" banks once again are pointed out as not really being that helpful. It is indeed an embarrassment for the US that the country that invented the credit card now is foot dragging in adopting technology.

posted @ Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 06:57

Heaton sentenced to 20 years in drunk driving crash

This is a sad situation for both of these young people whose lives have been changed. Not condoning what Heaton did or his response (including parents). Hopefully some good will come out of this someday.

posted @ Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 06:38

Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

This is a difficult issue. However one might feel the rights of an individual in this situation, this can be the proverbial slippery slope.

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:14

Climate-change deniers are like cult

[quote][b]rzimdars[/b] - Unfortunately, the ignorant person who wrote that letter citing the totally disgraced non-expert on climate science will probably never believe anything that contradicts what she heard on Fox News. [/quote]

Actually it is more unfortunate that the write of that letter to editor is a retired UGA professor. Economics if I recall right. Likely that person puts the economics above all else, and by economics mostly meaning the well established current but unsustainable one in place since WWII relying on consumption of fossil fuels. That letter attempted to using reason and pseudoscience but was full of wholes and hot air, and does not reflect well on Terry College.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 08:01

Ambrose: Election results are opportunity for President Obama

I would say that this election gave an opportunity and challenge to both Obama and the GOP.
They both then should take a message from the Centrist Party position statements:
http://uscentrist.org/platform/positions

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 07:31

Ambrose: Election results are opportunity for President Obama

@observer1948: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing myself a few days ago.

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 07:26

Thomasson: Money driving nation's politics like never before

Maybe enough people will wake up and realize this problem, but may be too late to stop or change it. It will take a groundswell of public opinion, but even that might get fractured as it could just turn into more partisan gridlock, with some saying "Look at all that money being spent by Big Labor and Hollywood for the Dems" and others saying "Look at all that money being spent by Wall Street and the Koch Bros.".

The biggest problem I have with the Supreme Court rulings is that this just leads to much more anonymous buying of elections. All you need to do is create a well-meaning sounding name for a group and pour money into it to create attack ads that perhaps have some hint of truth to them. No one knows who is behind it, so no one has the accountability for bending/stretching/breaking the truth.

posted @ Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 07:29

Filler: What if politicians just told the truth?

What if politicians just told the truth?

Then they might not be called a politician...

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 20:46

Today's editorial cartoon

@snarkydude: @TeeWee:

The cartoon refers to those who have money to control the political process. There are those on both sides that do this. To ignore one side and only think of the issue with a certain ideology is only thinking about this half way.
You mention those one the left that have money and influence but forget those on the right that do the same.
What is needed is a centrist position that is not bought and controlled by those that have money.

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 20:44

Schram: Campaign financing system undemocratic, wasteful

@Kwijibo Junior: I think one of the biggest arguments made is that the 'individuals' are not known or anonymous in the ads that they sponsor. You are not even sure if they are individuals or just an organization (corporation, union, trade group, foreign country, ...) trying to influence the election their way.

posted @ Monday, November 3, 2014 - 07:14

Blackmon: Education is vastly different from training

Great article once again Myra.
I teach in a STEM related field at UGA and I know the best students are those that want to understand and know more than just how to plug numbers into an equation.
One particular statement you made, "An educated person is capable of looking at different sides of ideas and issues. " is pertinent in today's politics. It seems that this skill is missing from many in society today.

posted @ Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 09:45

Timberlake: Global warming is political, not scientific, issue

It appears that Richard Timberlake is a smart person well educated In his field of economics. But his logic and assertions in an area totally out of his field here border on ludicrous or are of the ideological nature. The arguments are more like talking points that one would hear on Rush Limbaugh or Fox News and without much backup.

If small percentages are not a problem, I wonder if he would not mind breathing air that has 0.04% nerve gas in it? I am not equating nerve gas and CO2, but trivializing this with examples of pennies is meaningless.

posted @ Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 21:22

McKoy: Excited to cast ballot on Tuesday

Good for you Anna. I was one of the first to benefit from the change to 18 year old vote back in early 70's and remember that time well.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:52

Mitchell: Climate change is bad science

The writer of this represents why this issue won't get resolved, as science is replaced with ideology. I hope you are not a teacher in the school system there in Tocoa.

For those who want to think and not rely on the "fair and balanced" viewpoint of Fox News, check out this rebuttal on "UScentrist.org"

http://uscentrist.org/platform/positions/environment/context-environment...

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:39

Dorminy, Freechild: People's Pledge will keep secret money out of politics

Let the people rise up and make this happen.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 20:42

Tant: America has faced much worse than today's fears

Thanks Ed for the commentary. Don't always see it your ways, but it is good to have commentary here in GA that is not strictly all the normal party line thinking.

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 21:45

Blackmon: Time to rise up against student testing regimen

Keep it up and the commentary from the front lines coming Myra.

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 21:42

Harrop: Hell of driving gets millenials out of cars

This may well help make a case and speed up the transition for modifying what we think of in terms of transportation.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 06:38

Basu: Congress is threat to U.S. national security

"From my view, the blame is not equally shared between the two parties. The tea party element has pushed Republican members of Congress to the far right and made it a matter of honor not to negotiate with the president."

While both parties are to blame (Harry Reid certainly does his part as well), I would tend to agree with this. Compromise is now thought of as a dirty word.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 06:30

Petition to White House to pardon Gurley may be losing steam

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - I wonder how many of the 9000 plus people that signed the petition vote or care about real issues. Football has it's place, but in the grand scheme of things. It's just a game.
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Exactly what I was going to say. Some probably did this just as a joke, but like like you said this indicates some have their priorities wrong.
If Todd Gurley did as accused, it indicates a real poor judgement on his part as it basically means losing the Heisman trophy.

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:49

What Others Say: Jobless numbers 'a Southern mystery'

"Cut spending, cut taxes and wait for a robust recovery. "

We have heard this for a few decades now and finally are realizing that these are not the big panacea that were advertised.
The economy is a tremendously complicated interactive affair. Issues change over time, such a demographics, etc.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 06:45

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

Would be interesting to see how much McGraw-Hill and th other firms mentioned here donated to state politicians (directly or through other anonymous channels).

posted @ Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 10:25

Bundle up, good chance for another cool winter this year

@TeeWee: Since you likely won't investigate further, here is the concluding portion from the link that Duke Briscoe posted.

"Winds probably did not act alone to spur so much sea ice growth; melting land ice may have played a role. Most of Antarctica's ice lies in the ice sheets that cover the continent, and in recent decades, that ice has been melting. Along the coastline, ice shelves float on the ocean surface, and much of the recent melt may be driven by warm water from the deep ocean rising and making contact with ice shelf undersides.

How does the melting of land ice matter to sea ice formation? The resulting meltwater is fresher than the seawater. As it mixes with the seawater, the meltwater makes the nearby seawater slightly less dense, and slightly closer to the freezing point than the ocean water below. This less dense seawater spreads out across the ocean surface surrounding the continent, forming a stable pool of surface water that is close to the freezing point, and close to the ice onto which it could freeze.

So as counterintuitive as expanding winter Antarctic sea ice may appear on a warming planet, it may actually be a manifestation of recent warming. "Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are responding to climate change, and both have areas that are warming rapidly," explains NSIDC lead scientist Ted Scambos. "But Antarctic sea ice is responding to wind shifts and ocean changes in an unexpected way, and we're still trying to fully understand it."

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 06:28

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