[quote][b]Logical[/b] - When I was a child, big trees abounded in the south, I never remember hearing about a tree falling over. Today, because the roots of many oaks have come closer to the surface to get the little bit of moisture they can, they become unstable in the wind storms that are increasing in frequency and ferocity and fall, killing people and destroying homes and cars.[/quote]
There's more to it then insects and drought. The big trees are falling down in the slightest gust all over the world because of other factors. These would be atmospheric levels of tropospheric ozone, nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide. These environmentally new gases, caused mostly by the burning of fossil fuels, are weakening all kinds of plants, making them victims of natural disease, insects, and drought.
People, who use their own eyes to see what is happening to their natural environment, are the only hope for fixing our planet so humans can continue to live on it. Thanks!
This site has links to scientific research and human reporting on the changes we are going through.posted @ Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 08:31
Good work! Thanks for the confirmation.posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 19:49
Back in the 60s, when kidney stones were treated with surgical incision, my dad had his third attack (every 3 or 4 years) while in San Diego. He flew on an airliner across the country to have the surgery performed by his surgeon, the family doctor. It was not a pleasant ride for him, but no one on the plane knew the pain he was in.
A doctor's office visit back then was only $6, five hours of minimum wage pay. The surgery and hospital bill were much less than $1000, probably closer to $750.posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 09:13
It probably doesn't matter whether the repairs were done right or not, now, because Ms. Johnson won't be driving for quite awhile.posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 - 17:37
Traveling Wilburys - Inside Outposted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 19:23
[quote][b]sdsacco[/b] - You'd think the dobie could have been put up for 15 minutes while the guy was in the store. Not a way for one vet to treat another.
Another customer service oriented solution would have been to provide "curb service" for Mr. Murray by taking his order and bringing it out to the car, but just once in this special case, asking Mr. Murray to shop elsewhere next time. Far fetched, but serving customers is why there is a business in the first place.posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 08:12
[quote][b]herschel_84[/b] - A properly trained guard dog would not be distracted by the presence of another dog.
For the sake of a customer, couldn't the "guard" dog be taken to another part of the store until the customer leaves?
Seems like that would have been a better option than nationwide bad publicity.
Yes. Especially the part about moving the guard dog to another room while the purchase was being made.posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 07:43
Who will be the first to say 'we need to straighten out Oconee St. to make it safer for drunk drivers'?
Save it.posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 16:31
[quote][b]electroman[/b] - signs signs everywhere a sign, do this , dont do that , cant you read the sign.
The signs mentioned in the lyrics are ALL on private property, not on right-of-ways, so it doesn't quite apply.posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 09:10
Predictions about the effects our changing climate to sea-level, temperature extremes, ocean acidity, ice cap melting, failing crops with famine, and frequent extreme weather are a done deal.
The only subject worth debating is WHEN each effect will become a real problem for human beings.
Sea level is going to rise this year, but only about 3 to 10 millimeters, so don't rule out that trip to St. Augustine. But you might not want to make the trip in 50 years. The polar ice caps might melt before then and flood out much of the Eastern seaboard. The only question, remember, is WHEN.
Real climate scientists are working on making more precise predictions. But it's a difficult job because new positive climate forcings are being discovered every month. For instance, this month it was discovered that dust from droughts and soot from fires in Colorado and Wyoming was blowing onto the snow pack in Idaho, causing the snows to melt much earlier than usual, resulting in earlier high water flows in the rivers. This water would usually come later in the spring allowing for its use in irrigation. Now it can't be used for that. It's downstream. Bottom line: crop production will suffer.posted @ Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 18:04
No gray area in Oconee. Here's the ordinance.
Sec. 704.11. - Private signs placed on public property.
"Any sign posted or erected on utility poles, governmental signs, public rights-of-way or any other public property is not allowed, except those placed by agencies of the federal, state, or local government."
I suppose any private citizen can remove the illegal signs from the county right-of-way without repercussions. I had a very straightforward lady friend of mine who did just that, much to the chagrin of some local politicos.
What a GOOD law! Even I can understand it. Kudos to Oconee County.posted @ Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 17:13
I don't think they are in Oconee. I've seen the county loading up signs, before the elections, several times in the past. I think the signs have to be posted on private property.
Yes, posted on private property WITH the consent of the owner, who could certainly rip them down on his/her property.
As for political signs, you may be correct for Clarke County as well. But I've always heard that it is illegal to rip them down before an election. That certainly applies to signs on private property, but highway right-of-ways seem to be a gray area here in Clarke. Maybe it matters who the candidate is.posted @ Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 16:49
[quote][b]theold33[/b] - I agree, some signs are litter. Like the Obama Biden campaign sign.
Political campaign signs are permitted until after the election that they advertise.
Afterwards, they are indeed LITTER. (Remember, we are discussing signs placed directly on right-of-ways. Signs on private property are covered by the ordinances cited by Melmarino.)
Jim Smith is our man.
If he can't do it, no one can!
Good call, Judge Stephens.posted @ Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 13:08
[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @catman: I was having a good day until you reminded me she lives in Madison County. Thanks, I hope you don't find my tone a bit hostile. And I don't make assumptions. We all know where that goes.
Sorry I spoiled your good day. You've noticed that E.J. didn't respond to my question with a meaningful answer. She skated around my point. Of course, advertising and signage help to sell houses.
The question posed is whether cheap signs on the public right-of-way are effective at selling homes and where is the proof that this is so?
The signs are LITTER. Litter sells houses? Everything on a right-of-way not placed there by the highway department is LITTER.
Littering is illegal and has been for years.posted @ Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 12:19
@E.J.: You and Madison County make the assumption that real estate signs on public right-of-ways can sell and occupy houses.
What is the evidence of that being true?posted @ Monday, April 8, 2013 - 15:35
[quote][b]Digdug[/b] - @catman: This is usually what happens
1. Either Friday evening or Saturday morning, a person from that company sets out the signs.
2. Either Sunday evening or early Monday morning they pull them up.
This is usually what happens.
If they are left out past Monday morning a county vehicle will pull them up and trash them. Sometimes a fine is levied at that point but not usually. Real Estate people spend money on these signs and do not want them trashed so it is their best interest to remove them before the county does.
Sure enough, the signs have vanished on Monday morning. But I notice that the stakes that held up the signs are mostly still in place, on the right-of-way.
Presumably that's so the signs can be re-stapled next weekend for another total disregard of the law and the rights of others. Be careful if you have to pull off the pavement and on to the shoulder of Atlanta Hwy. near the Caterpillar plant.
If you have plenty and it makes you even more money, it OK with the local government.posted @ Monday, April 8, 2013 - 13:51
Circular firing squad.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 18:40
@Digdug: That makes perfect sense. So under the best situation that you outline,
There is no signage enforcement on weekends.
What happens in Oconee County?posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 14:12
Apparently you're wrong about that or why are they still there?
Apparently I'm right but,
Real estate people have friends in high places.
If these cheap plastic signs were permitted along right of ways we'd see hundreds of them on every corner and along every stretch of road. They are LITTER. And we KNOW who put it there.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:47
You're right! They don't even need a permit.
ACC Code 7-4-7
Or maybe they're posting under 7-4-10
But you can read through all of section 7 and decide for yourself.
You could also just read OCGA 32-6-72.
I can keep going. What else do you have sorely little education about?
Whoops, you missed the 'zoning lot' portion and the mention of a parcel that is for sale. There can be any number of these signs ON a lot that is up for sale. The signs that I'm referring to are NOT on the ridge pointe lots. They are distributed along the highway right-of-ways and are clearly LITTER.
ACC regulations don't apply in Oconee County, anyway.
You better do some more research to prove your claim that real estate signs along a highway right-of-way can be permitted, or placed WITHOUT a permit.
They have ALWAYS been litter and were tolerated during the housing boom, but no longer.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:14
[quote][b]melmarino[/b] - You can be permitted to place such signs. If you are not permitted, the DOT will remove them.
What makes you think that these signs can be permitted? More spin? Do you have a link?
And even if they can be permitted on DOT highways, that DOESN'T include Jimmie Daniels Rd.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:36
Fast bike. Slow, but lucky, rider. Bikes are often faster than the rider's abilities.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:03
[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @catman:
Well....we do. We pay for Fuel ($6.00+ a gal) which taxed. We pay for aircraft licensing which the FAA can't keep track of. We pay for tie down space or hanger rent. We pay for bi annual flight reviews and Medicaid. If you own an aircraft, you will pay and pay and pay. Thanks for asking.
Yes, that's the way it should be. And you should pay for air traffic controllers that you want and need.posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 09:56
Here's what that extra heat in the oceans has been doing: melting the ice caps from the bottom up.
Arctic Death Spiral, The Video
Kenneth Dunton, Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin, has a somber video on “The New Arctic”:posted @ Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 12:22
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Full text of the Use of Public Right-of-Ways ordinance draft is below. Highlight: Would set hours of operation of each Athens-Clarke County "building campus" -- e.g. City Hall, the courthouse and Dougherty Street government building -- at 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Park hours would either be set by the Athens-Clarke County manager or the Mayor and Commission. The ordinance has been derided by members of Occupy Athens and others as seeking to enforce a curfew on public property, thus damaging their First Amendment right to peacably assemble for long-term protests. read more
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