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POLL: Most Georgians support medical pot, oppose campus guns

@barryhollander: @matt1141a

Hollander is correct - California does not allow guns on campus.

The following is from this column: http://www.forbes.com/sites/collegeprose/2013/02/21/guns-on-campus/

In the Chronicle of Higher Education last June, Gary Olson, former provost of Idaho State University, stated categorically that “there is no recorded incident in which a victim—or spectator—of a violent crime on a campus has prevented that crime by brandishing a weapon.” As for the extremely rare case of an active shooter, we shudder at the prospect of campus police, who often do bear arms, rushing into a scene where more than one person is firing a gun. As Regina G. Lawson, chief of police at Wake Forest University, said at a 2008 conference on higher-education law, “When you’re responding to a situation like that, and someone’s in plain clothes with a gun, who’s the bad guy? Who are you going to take out to save the lives of the 10,000 other students you’re trying to protect?”

Like all police officers, campus police would likely have a low rate of accuracy in such chaotic situations, given the likelihood that the officer is moving, the target is moving, and victims are fleeing in every direction. (Time magazine reported in January that New York City police in gunfights hit their target 18% of the time.) The average student, professor, or staff member carrying a weapon is likely to be far less accurate, substantially raising the odds of more innocent victims.

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:13

Education, port, crime top Deal's to-do list

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] -

@Athens_Rottweiler: You ain't seen nutten yet. Have you heard about the Federal Government bailing out the Insurance companies? Obama plan B,  is a bail out for these insurance companies who walked into the  ACA with the President and Democrats.  The term Risk Corridors is contained within ACA and put there by Democrats at the insistence of insurance  companies. The fear was that the young healthy people would not sign up to off set the sicker and less healthy enrolees. In a free market the insurance companies would go broke, but this experiment in socialised medicine is no longer a free market. The people allowed the government to take over one sixth of the American economy and their health care and the resulting Train Wreck is causing chaos.   Stay tuned folks.

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Currently, 24% of enrollees are 18 - 34. That number will increase as youngsters are usually the last to sign up (compared to folks that are more likely to need insurance). The threshold for insurance companies is 25% according to the Kaiser Foundation; that number will surely be met. Insurance companies will be fine. The ACA is here to stay.

Speaking of socialized medicine, does anyone in your family use Medicare? Would they rather not have it?

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:46

Education, port, crime top Deal's to-do list

[quote][b]Athens_Rottweiler[/b] -

"The federal health-reform law known as Obamacare has already added $1,000 in costs for every Georgia taxpayer..."

And this is why we need to get rid of Obamacare.

[/quote] Where do you think he pulled that number from?

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:34

Dozens arrested for being gay in Nigeria

[quote][b]Lady of the Lake[/b] -

I believe it is the groups who feel "entitled" and jealous of others - that normally are the spoiled and greedy ones. Most of them don't have any idea of the cost our Veterans have given for us to enjoy a free society.

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And which "groups" would those be? That's a broad brush you are painting with. Can I assume you are talking about Wall St./corporate CEOs? Sounds like it to me.

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 09:58

Senate candidate Nunn calls for civility, campaign reform, price tags in Athens appearance.

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] -

The following excerpt from the article linked below touches upon what they are counting on to help get Michelle elected:

"But the state’s shifting demographics could tip that balance as more African-Americans have returned to the South and the immigrant population has grown in recent years."

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/can-nunn-grab-seat-georgia

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Is there something wrong with that?

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 09:35

Georgia teachers rally against state health plan

[quote][b]E.J.[/b] - woofie11 - We cannot judge the ACA until at least two years, if not 5 years has passed, so there is no sense in pointing to anything right now that is not working as proof that the whole thing is a failure.

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Excellent point. Healthcare cost increases have been much lower over the past 3 years.

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:23

Georgia teachers rally against state health plan

[quote][b]Long Sufferer[/b] -

The whole idea behind Obamacare is to get to a single payer plan. They're just ahead of the curve.

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Fact: On the ACA website, Georgia residents have three different providers to choose from and lots of plan options. That's a lot more than the teachers are getting.

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:20

Powerful storms, tornadoes could follow freeze

@TeeWee: And as the NY Times pointed out about the "17 years": "Rarely do they mention that most of the warmest years in the historical record have occurred recently. Moreover, their claim depends on careful selection of the starting and ending points. The starting point is almost always 1998, a particularly warm year because of a strong El Niño weather pattern.

Somebody who wanted to sell you gold coins as an investment could make the same kind of argument about the futility of putting your retirement funds into the stock market. If he picked the start date and the end date carefully enough, the gold salesman could make it look like the stock market did not go up for a decade or longer."

Ah yes, Dr. Brown, a favorite of Blogger Anthony Watts. A couple of years with low numbers of hurricanes and tornadoes doesn't prove anything. And does your 17 years number include ocean temps, where 90% of additional heat my be stored? http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/09/what-ocean-heating...

Be snarky about John Cook if you like, but where is the evidence that he is wrong? Here is a newer study of peer-reviewed scientific articles that shows 97% to be low. http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/01/08/why-climate-deniers-have-no-scienti...

What makes you think I'm not enjoying life?

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 14:31

Powerful storms, tornadoes could follow freeze in Georgia

@TeeWee:

So 97% of scientists are wrong and you are right?

Where is your scientific data for this statement? "There has been no global warming for 17 years"

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 12:34

UGA climate scientist to take part in White House-sponsored online discussion

[quote][b]Athens_Rottweiler[/b] -

Since the global temperature hasn't increased in over 17 years, I hope they are going to discuss the global warming reversal, or global cooling, that we now seem to be experiencing. If they were smart, they'd just say that global cooling is caused by burning fossil fuels.

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I'm calling you on that one. Let's see some scientific data to back you up.

http://www.ibtimes.com/november-2013-warmest-month-record-average-global...

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 09:08

UGA climate scientist to take part in White House-sponsored online discussion

It's nice to know that all of ya'll are smarter than the 97% of scientists who agree that climate change is real and caused by humans.

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:58

Potentially record-setting cold to hit US

97% of scientists believe climate change is caused by human activity.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 09:43

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

@OCCountry:

"January 2009 to October 31, 2012, Obama spent all or part of 72 vacation days in a variety of places, mostly Hawaii in the winter and Martha's Vineyard in the summer. That's about 10 weeks away in three-and-a-half years..."

"George W. Bush spent 32 months at his ranch (490 days) or Camp David (487 days) — an average of four months away every year."

http://theweek.com/article/index/235844/deconstructing-the-5-most-ridicu...

posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 10:17

Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

[quote][b]friendlyfire[/b] -

@broomsedge: Yes, but the ship went there to prove that ice had disappeared and was generally thinner than Mawson's expedition found in 1911-13. The goal was to prove the pseudoscience of global warming valid. Didn't happen. Ice as thick as 13 feet. Oops! back to the old drawing board.

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When 97% of scientists agree, climate change is not pseudoscience. Yes, it's still cold in Antarctica. One set of data from one location does not disprove anything. Think otherwise if you like, but the pseudo is coming from Fox News and Donald Trump.

posted @ Friday, January 3, 2014 - 13:12

Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

A quick summary (as a supplement to the post above): Newsflash - climate change and freezing weather in Antarctica are not mutually exclusive. To think otherwise is ridiculous. One ship stuck in shifting ice does not disprove climate change, but if you want to drink Donald Trump's kool-aid, go ahead.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 19:36

113th Congress on track to become least productive in history

Well spoken....

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] -

there's a difference between quantity of new laws and accomplishments...

they did manage to increase farm subsidies for their rich friends while lowering food stamps to children and the elderly. They did manage to keep alive military programs... that the military doesn't want. They did manage to let unemployment expire and the SS tax to go back up...but seem to forget how to help job creation. They did manage a record number of votes they knew had no chance of passing.

...who can say they did nothing?

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posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:33

'Junk insurance' comes back to haunt its policyholders

[quote][b]friendlyfire[/b] -

Except Obama has exempted that for people who have lost their policies because of cancellations or hardships caused by the ACA itself. The White House estimates that fewer than 500,000 people will be affected, but because their numbers are pulled from their backsides, the actual numbers may be as high as 5 to 10 million.

[/quote] The exemption is temporary and, as you say, only applies to some people. Everyone else is protected from those exclusions. Your 5 - 10 million number is pulled from where?

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 13:28

'Junk insurance' comes back to haunt its policyholders

[quote][b]friendlyfire[/b] -

Apparently Barack Obama wants you to because his system is broken and unavailable for reliable coverage.

[/quote] How is the ACA unavailable for reliable coverage? It is available, and there is no reason that policies obtained through the insurance exchange would be unreliable. In fact, their coverage is typically going to better, as this article notes.

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 13:24

'Junk insurance' comes back to haunt its policyholders

Note, this is a good thing:

"Beginning in January 2014, the health care law prohibits the kind of limitations, exclusions and benefit spending caps that made Capil’s coverage so problematic."

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 09:31

Sikora: No reason for vegetarian smugness

[quote][b]swhitney[/b] -

Today, eating a pure vegetarian diet usually requires long-distance transport of fruits and veges for at least part of the year in order to have a balance of amino acids in your protein and a balance of vitamins and minerals.

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And so does a balanced non-vegetarian diet.

posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 09:47

Sikora: No reason for vegetarian smugness

Mr. Sikora, you are painting with a broad brush. There are at least as many smug meat eaters as there are vegetarians. Some might interpret your response as smug. Are you letting the comments of a few determine your opinion of the whole group?

posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 09:43

Occupy Athens' Tim Denson returns to City Hall with eye on mayor's seat

[quote][b]solidroque[/b] -

I thought the reason for making it free was to help those who DON'T ALREADY HAVE A CAR get to work? How will this reduce car traffic?

[/quote] Given the choice between a fare free bus ride to go downtown or to work and the cost of gas and parking, some will choose the bus.

posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:11

Occupy Athens' Tim Denson returns to City Hall with eye on mayor's seat

[quote][b]Jaki[/b] -

Free bus fare? That should solve all our problems. When will some realize that nothing is "free"?

[/quote] No one said it would solve all our problems, but it can put more money in the hands of those who need it and reduce car traffic. Here are some regional cities that have done it (fare free buses) Boone, NC (since 1981), Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC (since 2002), Clemson, SC, Coral Gables, FL, Vero Beach, FL.

It's an idea worth discussion.

posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:13

Georgia deputy sheriff dressed as black jail inmate

Athens commission approves facelift for Clayton Street

“the largest caliber of trees you can put in an urban environment and expect to live.”

caliper, not caliber; essentially the same as diameter.

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 08:48

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