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posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:03

UGA police investigating social media threat that prompted Miller evacuation

Confirmation from Yik Yak to a Grady Newsource reporter:

https://twitter.com/LesleyHauler/status/513059379994968064

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:55

UGA police issue 'all clear' following evacuations of Miller, Tate centers

@Allie Jackson: Which, as the R&B has stressed, is not a copy of the original message. Yik Yak messages disappear quickly and you can't readily scroll back to old ones. But given the language, it certainly suggests this was the source of the threat.

I have Yik Yak on my phone, rarely look at it, but it's my job to know something about all these various forms of social media. Much of the content is infantile.

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 14:55

UGA police issue 'all clear' following evacuations of Miller, Tate centers

Williamson, during his press conference moments ago, wouldn't identify the "social media outlet" where the threat originated. Very likely (thanks to the R&B coverage and a screen shot of a reply to the original message) it was the one posted on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media popular with these wacky kids today.

Coincidentally, Yik Yak stopped local posts for about a half-hour today during the MLC search.

Anonymous social media, some stupid kid is about to discover, are not really all that anonymous once cops start asking for info.

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 14:39

UGA enginering enrollment doubles in two years

@prophet: Tech has a world-class program and UGA poses no threat to it anytime soon. I suspect there are some students at UGA who didn't get into Tech, or didn't want to deal with the cutthroat nature of Tech's program. I'd also predict many also preferred the atmosphere of UGA and Athens to that of Tech and Atlanta. No doubt the engineering school surveys its students to understand why they're at UGA and who else they applied to. I know I would.

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:03

UGA enginering enrollment doubles in two years

This and a med program are absolutely necessary if UGA is to move to the next level and, for example, be invited to the Association of American Universities -- presently made up of the 62 best research universities. Only three SEC schools belong (A&M, Vandy, and UF). Yes, Tech (and Emory) are also members.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 22:06

Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

Olive Garden, never cared for, but I get why some folks like it. Red Lobster? True story. My kids had always wanted to eat there. We never took them. Finally we went. Understand that my wife is Cajun, my kids have grown up eating what she cooks or when visiting family in south Louisiana twice a year. The kids were dumfounded that anyone spent money on seafood so bland and rubbery. Fresh thawed badness. Which is okay -- if you don't like seafood.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:18

Polman: Abuse of women should get serious attention

Limbaugh is no surprise. His schtick requires him to say absolutely stupid things to stay relevant or at least to get attention. You kinda expect more from the folks on Fox & Friends, unless of course you actually watch them and and realize that, wow, these guys really can be idiots. Partisan hackery, that's one thing. But stupid as well?

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:50

Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

Boiling pasta without salt? What is this, Shoney's?

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:45

Poll: tight governor's race, Perdue leads by 10

@mpd0.59: Yes, but in fairness primaries are notorously difficult to predict. Still, the firm does not have a great track record, largely due to how it relies so heavily on cheap landline robo-calls.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 07:58

Poll: tight governor's race, Perdue leads by 10

Given past accuracy, I'd put more weight on the SurveyUSA numbers, but even so the two polls agree the Republicans are ahead. The best poll aggregators and models out there generally agree. One, for example, lists the Georgia U.S. Senate race as "competitive" but puts it at 79 percent likelihood of a GOP win.

In the gubernatorial race, it seems the ethics stuff isn't hurting Deal quite enough for Carter to pull even or ahead. That may change. Deal is not a particularly strong candidate, so there's wiggle room there.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:59

The Editor's Desk: Sept. 11 isn't day for political manuevering

I suspect not posting something would become political fodder for the other side. "How dare ___ not commemorate 9/11? He/She is clearly anti-American." BS like that.

On a related note, I listened to Gina Young speak on campus Thursday, an FBI agent who was there on 9/11 (as well as her FBI husband), as she described the what she and fellow agents went through in trying to help people at Ground Zero. Damned good talk. Made my students go as well. R&B story about her talk here: http://bit.ly/1BxWPRO

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:30

Teacher accidentally shoots self in leg at school

And a week or so ago an Idaho university prof shot himself while in the middle of class, the gun in his pocket. I suppose we'll see more of these as gun laws change in some states, hopefully none of the incidents too serious.

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 13:14

Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

He'll be watched by tens of people.

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 16:41

UGA ranked 20th on 'Best Colleges' list

Excellent.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:13

Ravens cut RB Ray Rice after release of video

I'm not sure why anyone watches Fox & Friends as they constantly do stupid stuff like this, but they made a joke out of the attack. Someone will be apologizing on air tomorrow, I suspect. Except, sadly, probably not. http://bit.ly/1qHMPkh

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 19:10

Huckaby: How about Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium?

At Tennessee, it's Neyland Stadium (named after former coach General Neyland) but has Shields-Watkins field.

posted @ Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 17:54

Loran Smith: New grocery store offers world of items

Wow, one huge advertisement posing as a column. Even as a loyal Kroger shopper I find this a bit much.

posted @ Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 15:31

Cellphone taken during gas stop

Sorry it happened, but dumb. I lock the car even when I don't have anything of value in it, plus I'd never leave my overpriced phone in the front seat -- even with the doors locked.

posted @ Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 07:20

Report ranks Georgia No. 18 in adult obesity

@theold33: Poverty plays a role. It's actually cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is to eat healthy, and of course research also shows that grocery stories with fresh produce are often not found in poorer (especially urban) areas.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 16:30

Report ranks Georgia No. 18 in adult obesity

Earlier today I downloaded the raw data for this, over 400,000 respondents, but haven't really cranked the data myself. Unfortunately it doesn't get down to the county level. That would be fun.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 16:19

The Editor's Desk: Let's see if mayor, commissioners take up transit challenge

Just don't take my seat on Route 27.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:03

Video purports to show Islamic State beheading another U.S. journalist

Sickening.

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 14:13

Thomas: Don't define people by race, gender or politics

@dorpaul: Unless I'm misreading it, Gates didn't talk about immutable values. That's Cal Thomas. The stuff in quotes above, that's from Gates. The stuff below, that's Thomas.

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:41

Towery: Political polling is 'blood sport for nerds'

IVR (robo-polls) = the "bronze standard" of polling. Cheap, fast, and at times a so-so gauge of public opinion.

An excellent summary on the state of polls: http://53eig.ht/1wP0pYZ

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 15:28

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