@cyou299 The absolute worse choice is to maintain your speed while the logjam of cars builds behind you and becomes increasingly more aggravated and aggressive. By doing so, you are putting people's lives at risk. Very few officers will ticket you if you're traveling less than 10 mph over the limit on a freeway. I think that in GA it's only legal for the GSP to do so. In any case, technically you risk the same $100 ticket for impeding traffic. The only sensible choices are to either speed up or slow down just enough to get over to the right. Of those two choices, momentarily speeding up to merge right is usually the quickest, easiest and most effective.posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 13:35
@cyou299 My recommendation would be to speed up to about 74mph until you find a gap large enough to merge into. But you have touched on another significant part of the problem. A lot drivers simply do not know how to merge onto a highway from an entrance ramp. In order to merge smoothly, one must be traveling at least speed limit by the time one reaches the end of the ramp. Instead, I people crawl up to the end of the ramp hoping for either a gap or that someone will slow down enough to let them in. Neither is very likely, when one is traveling 20 mph under the speed limit while the prevailing traffic speed is nearly 10mph over the speed limit. It's just physics and common senseposted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:26
How hard is it to understand the concept of the passing lane? One should only be in the left lane if they are in act of passing, turning left, etc... as stated in this article. How fast you one is driving is totally irrelevant. It doesn't matter if you're driving at 55 or 85, if you're in the left lane and someone behind you is traveling faster, slightly speed up or slow down just enough to get into the right lane. How difficult is that? Not only is it common courtesy, it is the law. I'm so tired of getting caught up in dangerous packs of cars just because self absorbed, inconsiderate and incompetent drivers in the left lane refuse to obey social norms, common sense and the law.
And I agree that all forms of cell phone use by the driver of a moving vehicle should be outlawed as these activities undoubtedly contributes to this very significant public safety issue. They are just as dangerous as drunken drivers and I see these menacing, distracted drivers everyday. Get them all off the roadways!posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 09:43
I've just lost all respect for Matt Towery. To suggest that the shut down wasn't extremely costly and harmful clearly shows that he doesn't know what he's talking about. And the fact that it was done by a minority in congress who were basically refusing to pay back money that congress has already spent is infuriating. To recommend that they do it again is absolutely nuts!posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:12
[quote][b]whatsthepoint[/b] - I'm speaking of slow loading pages and even slower loading comments. I also read for news content not fluff. Stick to that or I'll find another source in a month.[/quote]
So true! I would also like to add that according to the IT people at work, the ABH has been notoriously slow to keep it's security software on it's servers up to date. Because of that, access to the ABH website get's blocked on a regular basis.posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:39
Count me among those that don't care for many of the changes. The Monday paper has always been light on news and now it's even worse. I didn't think that was possible. IMO, it's definitely a step in the wrong direction. I also don't care for amount of space dedicated towards printing mug shots of those recently arrested. It gives the paper a cheap, sensationalized, tabloid feel, kind of like The Bad and the Busted and IMO lessens the ABH's credibility as a true news source. Furthermore, one of the things that makes this country great is the fact that people are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. These people haven't even had their day in court, yet the ABH chooses to present them as if they are guilty. (Yes, I saw the tiny disclaimer.) Printing the photos of those who have actually been convicted would be more appropriate, but even then that's not "news" I care to see space dedicated to in my local newspaper. While I appreciate the ABH's coverage of local news, I still want to see a daily run down of national and international coverage.posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:31
Count me among those that are "disgusted by the endless political gamesmanship found in Washington". Politicians who "put country ahead of party" is exactly what we need more of. Unfortunately, I just can't see that this concept will be predominate in US politics any time soon.posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:35
Now here's a good example of when big government should butt out of people's lives. It's shameful! My heart goes out to the family.posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:20
Thank you Dr. Farmer for your ongoing and valuable contributions to the ABH. Whether people agree or disagree, everyone should be very impressed with how you somehow manage to stay polite and respectful despite the fact that many ABH commentators do not. You continue to impress me in many more ways than the opinions that you express.
Thank you!posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 13:35
Seems like yet another clever revenue stream for Colorado. Tax the heck out a product that can potentially make people forgetful and then fine anyone at the airport who forgets they have some on them.
An unbelievably high number of people show up at airports every year apparently forgetting that they have a handgun. It seems intuitive that an even higher number of people will show up forgetting that they have some pot on them.posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 13:54
@catman: Speaking of Cleveland road, what the heck happened? It seems that they recently changed the timing of that light so now when traveling west on Atlanta highway, traffic backs up all the way to the perimteter and literally inches it's way from the perimeter all the way to Cleveland Rd. After that, it opens up. As if the difficulty in turning onto ATL highway back in the direction from which you came wasn't hard enough, it seems they've added yet another deterrant to anyone who might want to utilize the businesses in that area.posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 13:39
The picture of someone holding the SCOBY is a clear illustration of extremely poor aseptic technique. Even if this person adequately washed their hands, and the vast majority of people do not, inevitably there will be bacteria remaining under the finger nails. The SCOBY is now most likely contaminated. It's just a question of if the contaminating orgainsims are pathogenic and if so, can they survive and multiply to an infectious dose. It's like playing Russian roulette. Please folks, for the safety of you and your family, don't try this on your own unless you have formal training in microbiology and aseptic technique.posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 14:39
@snarkydude: That may be true, but it certainly won't get anything done in DC.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 13:39
...or at least, they all say a lot of idiotic things. Perhaps they're just playing to their base.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 13:35
And it certainly doesn't help the Tea Party any that their most visible spokesmen, Bachmann, Palin, Cruz, Brown, etc... are complete idiots.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 13:33
Towery seems enthralled with the Tea Party as if they're the latest, greatest thing in right wing politics. Ultimately, I think their dogmatic, ideology and unwillingness to compromise will just help Democrats.posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 13:26
“We are either a party that is serious about governing when control of Washington is split, or we are an unserious party that doesn’t care about realistic incremental gains, only caring about unrealistically getting the whole ball of wax, which will never happen as long as there is a Democratic president and a Democratic majority leader,” Bolger told The Washington Post.
The GOP has too many members who would rather preach than govern.
I find it shocking that it took them five years to finally figure this out!posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 14:24
“I think they’re misleading their followers,” the Republican speaker said of the groups, whom he pointedly also blamed for last fall’s politically damaging partial government shutdown.
Well, duh!!!posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:20
@Emperor1972: You still don't get it, huh?
1. Those are your assertions. If you want them to have any credibility, then it's up to you to offer up sources to back your claims.
2. Your assertions are completely pointless. The election of Obama was over a year ago and this will undoubtedly be his last term. I don't care how much you hate him.
3. Criticism is easy. Scoring cheap political points is easy. I'm looking for viable solutions.posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 15:12
@Emperor1972: You just can't seem to get it through your thick skull. You can criticize Obama, Reid, and Pelozi all you want. I DON'T CARE! I base my votes on who I feel is the best of the choices given at the time, regardless of their political affiliation or the political affiliation of their predecessor. I tune out the political rhetoric and instead look for viable solutions and facts that can be independently verified. Why are these such hard concepts for you to grasp?posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 14:15
@Emperor1972: Unlike you, I don't base my opinion on partisan political rhetoric. Criticism is very easy. What I want are viable solutions and in this case, the GOP has nothing. You're a mindless partisan pawn of the GOP. It's voters like you that are a big part of the problem.posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 12:58
@Emperor1972: The number of sources backing those facts up are nearly endless.
Can you cite any independent sources that dispute them?posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 12:27
@Emperor1972: "a system that has long been the envy of the world." Anyone that envies the US health care system is a complete fool.
"...the world's richest country spends more of its money on health care while getting less than almost every other nation in return."posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 11:51
@Emperor1972: Why don't you cite independent sources that back up your assertions for a change? "hired a wife's stooge". Really?posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 11:16
@Emperor1972: What's truly disturbing is that people like you have apparently lost the ability to think for yourself and instead blindly buy into and regurgitate partisan political rhetoric as is clearly illustrated by this and your previous posts!
I don't care what political party is in power. I just want politicians that will do what's best for the American public.posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 10:35
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