Amen, proftom! A rep from the student gov't is hardly representative of student expertise and opinion across campus.posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:54
Unfortunately, Mr. Delaplane has denied THE bedrock principle underlying all of modern biology as well as geology, cosmology, biochemistry, medicine and even entomology, namely evolution. In fact, he participated in an ill-fated effort to counter evolution on campus among students. Has he changed his mind? I hope so. How does he think the wonderful variety of bee species got here? Just a thought.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 22:45
Since the greater Athens community is the recipient of any pollution from the present coal fired facility as well as from its replacement, why wasn't a representative from the community, e.g. from the Commission, on the the committee? I suggest you include a representative in future deliberations and decision making.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 22:24
Don't let Ford in; send the un-talented little twit back, for good. If he's back home, deny him re-entry. Simple.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 20:40
Who else but John Stewart could get to the heart of the matter....hilarious!
Note: overly sensitive Southerners need not watch.
Oh, get a life already. ACA is the law of the land and won't be overturned. More than 3M people have already signed up and within a year that number will zoom. The GOP will never kill health insurance for so many people, despite all their hot air. It would be political suicide. If a Georgian can't sign up blame the guv and legislature for refusing to participate for strictly political reasons. And recent studies show that the story about carriers dropping people is way overblown and misleading. So why not concentrate on how to improve health coverage even more like offering incentives for physicians to not drop Medicare patients and improving reimbursements.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 14:48
Deal and the ATL mayor must have been sleeping in Tues. morning. Both the NWS and TWC changed the forecast very early that morning, well in advance of the first flakes and in plenty of time to activate emergency plans, had they had any. This was not a rare event! It's happened quite a few times over the years. The solution: stop electing incompetent nincompoops.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 14:36
P.S. I'll give the guv and ATL mayor some slack. Maybe they were SLEEPING IN Tuesday morning and didn't catch the revised early morning forecast.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:11
I notice the governor is trying to blame the National Weather Service for misleading information, ergo that the snow was supposed to go south of us. That forecast was given the day before. Actually, both NWS and The Weather Channel had updated its forecast by very early morning Tuesday. A winter storm warning was in effect for the entire area, including 1-3 in. of snow. No excuse, Deal. Both the state and the city of Atlanta blew it. Besides, they should have had plans in place in case there actually was a surprise storm, like ordering release of people in a staggered fashion and immediately pre-positioning resources. Release kids from schools first, then businesses, then non-essential public employees. Obviously our officials have learned nada from previous storms, including the one in '11. This has all happened before, quite a few times. So now, stop the bureaucratese and blame shifting and let's hear about the state and municipalities coming up with a workable plan for the next snow event which could happen as early as next week according to the TWC long range forecast. The word of the week is INCOMPETENT.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:08
This was NOT a rare storm. It has happened often over the years, as recently as two years ago. You would think people and public officials would have learned by now how to handle the situation. Early yesterday morning snow was a SURE thing. A certainty. So knowing the relative paucity of resources to deal with snow and ice, and the way people panic at the S-word, tell them to just stay home. Close the schools preemptively. Businesses stay closed. All non-emergency public workers stay home. Get the equipment in place ahead of time. When it starts to snow have a plan ready to get people on the roads in a staggered manner, not all at once. Schools first, two hours later businesses. This is not rocket science. Good grief. Ok, northerners handle snow better, but we don't, so take necessary precautions and have workable plans in place! And elect smart people.posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:43
Read this about Bieber then send a letter to Homeland Security asking them to rush the little twerp on a one way ticket back to Canada for good.posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 13:55
Agree and disagree. TWC provides top notch forecasting. Anybody who thinks they don't 'actually show the weather now' is strangely misguided or just not paying attention. During severe weather they totally pre-empt other programming. BUT, they have also increasingly taken up air time with what I can only politely describe as crap. Ice road truckers, babes mining for baubles, wreckers clearing roads. The only really valuable reality program they show is about the Coast Guard. I like to see that my tax dollars are actually helping people. Lately their website, weather.com, also contains irrelevant and even awful stuff. 200 year old intestines? Prosthetic limbs? Mystical islands? Cheap bacon? And worse! So yes, it's less weather, less science, more bottom line. It all began to change when NBC bought TWC. The suits took over.posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 09:53
Re the CDC, the report was woefully INADEQUATE, not really wrong. Why? Because in 1996, Congress removed funding from the CDC to do the necessary comprehensive research. Here's a quote from a recent report on the subject:
' The CDC conducted gun violence research in the 1980s and 1990s, but it abruptly ended in 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut the CDC's budget the exact amount it had allocated to gun violence research.'
Yes, deniers, scientists just have to be wrong when they go against your predilections and ideology. Science is ok as long as it agrees with your biases and doesn't threaten your world view. To hell with reality, you prefer fantasy land. Find any excuse to deny what's happening. As far as your wallet is concerned, I repeat something I said recently. We created the problem with help from billions of dollars in tax breaks to energy corporations who hardly need the help. All that mattered was more cars and cheap fuel. Now it's time for us to pony up to fix the problem. I remember when we used to be a society that had community values. Can you imagine what the response would be during WWII if somebody said, Hitler shmiter, keep your hands out of my wallet? Is climate change equivalent to a world war? Of course not; the devastating effects will be much more subtle [though increasingly more stark] and last much longer, and therefore much harder to see and believe. Actually, everybody pitched in during WWII, even with their dollars. Rationing? People didn't like it but they agreed it was necessary for the common good. Now it's me me me; no sense of responsibility to the wider community which will greatly suffer when the you know what hits the fan. It all comes down to greed. What's mine is mine and what's yours should be mine. Sad.
What I find sadly amusing is the practice at the beginning of televised NFL games of showing the starting lineups. The players identify themselves and state where they attended college. I said attended, because I can't help but wonder how many of them actually graduated and have a degree. I suspect the stats would be sobering.posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 09:02
Oops, that's 4 days, not 6.posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 11:44
Listen up, deniers. From 7 deg to 60 deg and severe t'storms in a matter of 6 days. Remember, it's not the individual weather event that counts but the pattern of extremes. Try to learn rather than react.posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 11:36
Ms. Dancer. I don't know how to respond. I'll repeat, even if you're incapable of understanding, get educated. This is serious business. Btw, I don't know if you're Native or not, but the word 'squaw' is quite offensive to most Indians I know. It's as offensive as bigoted words used against Hispanics, Blacks, Jews, Catholics and Muslims.posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:03
Get it, climate change deniers! It's not a single weather event that tells the tale, but the FREQUENCY of those extreme events. Did this extreme cold blast disprove global warming? No. But is the increased frequency of extremes, hot and cold symptomatic? Yes. For gosh sakes, leave your biases and ideology at the school house door and get educated. For my grand kids' sake if not yours.posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 14:30
Sorry about a couple of typos up there.
And for god's sake stop listening to Fox 'News'. Their snide opinions on climate change are as phony as the mythical War on Christmas.
Here's another piece you might want to read. That is, if you can resist the temptation to dismiss the source as a liberal rag.
Did Al exaggerate? Yeah, a bit. But, a whole lot of polar ice IS gone. So much so that the Russians are staking out claims to what's under there b/c drilling and mining are almost possible. How does that strike you? Will we have to deal with a very stinky Vladimir Putin over this? I remember when in the '50s a big deal was made about a nuclear sub traversing the N. Pole under all that ice for the first time. Now, pretty much you can now navigate by surface ship. You can deny till hell freezes over, which it won't, but it won't change what's happening. The climate change people don't specifically claim that a summer heat wave is a result of warming or one hurricane for that matter. What they do say is that such EXTREMES are consistent with all the climate change models and predictions. I don't pay much attention to environmentalists, just as I don't to experts in other fields like engineering and chemists and engineers who don't necessarily know what they're talking about. And I scoff at those who see one cold wave as proof that climate change is a hoax. I remember a few winters ago denier Sen. Inhofe of OK proclaiming the same thing, but the years kept warming and the ice kept melting. Btw, Ms. Lady, it's primarily engineers and chemists among professionals who doubt evolution. As a biologist I've followed for decades the environmental impact of climate change on species distribution and ecology. What we've seen is consistent with predictions made by climatologists. As far as taxes, Ms Lady, we created this mess. Our policies, supported by lousy political decisions by people we elected and tax support to polluting industries which continue to this day (we still subsidize big energy despite their record profits), created this mess. Stop being so short sighted and narcissistic and realize that we're going to have to pay to fix it. And so will our grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank goodness there's evidence they'll be a whole lot more intelligent than present generations. We can start by redirecting those subsidies to solving the problem.posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 14:47
Here's a great, immediate example of what I mentioned in my last post. According to Politico, Limbaugh just gave a speech dissing climate change as a hoax. To make his point, he mocked media coverage of the polar vortex that's responsible for this frigid outbreak. In doing so, he belittles our incredible recent advances in meteorology and climatology and thus continues the right's war on science and reality in general. But Limbaugh has only to look at water vapor images of the polar regions to see that the vortex is quite real. And we can look at ABH's sidebar on the subject from NWS. Limbaugh also maintains that liberals and the conspiring media are trying to convince us that it's never been this cold. Nonsense. Every media report I've read says that it's the coldest it's been IN DECADES, ergo it certainly has been colder. ABH's own report mentions the all time record in Athens of -5 in 1985. I remember that cold wave well. So bigmouth blowhard tries to make liars out of the experts by putting words in their mouths, ergo lying himself. It's a typical tactic in his, O'Reilly, Beck and Hannity's play book. Lie, mislead, misrepresent and of course claim you were misquoted and liberal elites are out to get you.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 23:48
Yup, ladyo, as I said, you're angry. And yes, professionals who've followed the climate 'debate' and given up on denial do realize the farce that runs in that community. As far as facts, I see very little coming from the right that actually bear out on investigation. People accept Fox's 'news' as gospel, but O'Reilly et al have been caught in so many lies, misstatements and distortions it's an embarrassment. And don't tell me MSNBC, CBS are also guilty. They make mistakes but the difference is in the order of magnitude. I had lots of encounters with deniers when as a biology professor I crossed swords with evolution deniers. No matter how many times we scientists reminded them of the misrepresentations, wrong 'facts', ignorance and outright lies they were perpetuating, they never stopped using them, all in the effort to mislead people. The same is true of global warming deniers, sadly. No matter how many times scientists present new, solid data that the world is warming and people are to blame, the deniers deny. When deniers insisted there was a discrepancy between ground based vs satellite data on temperature, and scientists then showed that there wasn't, they were on to another phony objection. Of course they insist that the gov't and media are behind this 'conspiracy', just as the creationists insist that biologists are in cahoots with them on evolution. Anybody who spends their life among professional, ever skeptical scientists knows that's absurd. Scientists are born mavericks who follow the data wherever it leads them. Sure they take money from Uncle Sam, but they'd just as soon stick their thumbs in his eye after doing it. Look how many times scientists have argued with the FDA, EPA, etc. over various decisions!! As a matter of fact, the so called scientists who've been shown most guilty of succumbing to prostitution are the ones working for corporations like big tobacco and energy giants who have a vested interest in torpedoing climate research. When the Feds did try to influence science under Bush2, scientists refused to go along because the arguments were specious. So stop with the Big Brother gov't shtick. It doesn't hold water.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 21:18
I figured that with this cold snap the deniers would come out of the woodwork deriding climate change. Listen up deniers, you can laugh at Al Gore and liberals now, but your grandkids will curse you. Extreme variations in weather fit climate change models. Nothing has changed the decades of data or the predictions. The problem with deniers of all stripes (evolution, plate tectonics, the Big Bang, fluoridation) is they will never accept anything other than their world view and ideology. The more facts you throw at them, the more vociferously they deny them. They fear reality so live in a make believe world of denial and anger. When deniers in the professional community change their minds, the hard core true believers maintain that a conspiracy is at work. Pathetic.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 19:39
Jack Bauerle is one of the finest human beings I've ever met and hands the best coach at UGA. He recruits the best students, academically as well as athletically. His standards are really high and he truly cares about the people he coaches and supervises. I know - I've worked with him on campus and interacted with him around town. All UGA coaches should have Jack's values.posted @ Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 21:47
Ah yes, it's left wing propaganda when the GOP blocks extended benefits for the unemployed. After all, those millions who lost jobs in the Bush recession, as well as the multitude of students who couldn't get jobs after graduation, and our brave vets returning jobless and homeless from Afghanistan, are all lazy 'takers' and parasites mooching off the rest of us.
As for fracking, consult a recent report citing the practice as the probable culprit in a series of earthquakes in the unlikely place, Oklahoma. And I'd suspect you'd change your tune if your water supply became contaminated because of it. Or your tap water became flammable!. It seems that used2be believes what's best for him is ok regardless of the ill effects suffered by others. Greed trumps public health in his view. But what do you expect from somebody who starts his comment with a mean spirited insult.
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