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Atlanta building partially collapses

Details on what caused the building to collapse weren't immediately available.

Apparently neither was the address available.

posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 09:01

Attire argument starts brawl at Athens bar

Maybe he was refused entry because he was a tool. "attire tool". Big smile

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:49

Gunfire at Athens apartments

I don't deer hunt with a handgun.

I do think that if they were a better aim, we'd have less crime (half of them being dead and all.)

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:45

Staring man arrested in Athens

Look, I know what OC is saying. You don't let them intimidate you. No need for anything to escalate. In fact they might respect up for not cowering from them.

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:41

Staring man arrested in Athens

[quote][b]Humbucker bob[/b] - That kind of stance can just as easily cost you the chance at meeting the best friend you never knew you could have.[/quote]

Or your next ex wife.!!

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:32

Today's editorial cartoon

@Used2baFreeCountry: It was a "business decision" in an effort to remain competitive. I swear. Honest.

From the picture, I think I've seen that potters work before. Proving that if spun right, people will think it's a work of art, declare its beauty, and not only buy it, but display it in their home.

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:07

Chris White named Banner-Herald's Director of Audience

@Dylan Rule: Ed threw as much crap as he received. yes, some of the commenters got into tiffs, but in general not any more egregious than say, siblings on a snowy sleet filled Wednesday. And yes, mom or dad had to come in and put them in time-out. How long they stayed there depended on various factors, including how long it took them to create a new moniker.

The community that was created by Athens Talks was (and I say that because it doesn't exist anymore) a reflection of the Athens community. It truly was a window into the society in which we live. One which anyone with an internet connection could have looked through. It was a very valuable source of information, often times back filling the details of an event when press coverage was lacking those details. **oh, wait, that comment might be offensive to people* but it's also true. It drew people together for a cause like no other method could have. Case in point, a judge quickly back peddled her decision due almost entirely from the community outcry that was fanned and flamed by commenters on AT.

Ed deserved what he got. Some of the other posters did too. The AT cyber community churned on, as does the flesh and blood society churn on when one of our own is exiled from that society. Maybe it was for the better, maybe it wasn't.

Oh, and the comments that were appended to the articles did not have to be read. Heck, if you stopped scrolling the page down at the end of the article, they didn't even load. Reading them was entirely your choice. As well, there was the ability to place any given poster into your "ignore" filter, and you wouldn't have read anything that person wrote. Amazing.

The pay wall chased away more of the regular posters than any banning did. Whether or not the paying subscribers take up the slack is yet to be seen. But, in as much as the paying customers make up a cross section of the Athens area, expect the comments to resemble that cross section. The good, the bad, the ugly, the educated, the ignorant, blue collar, white collar, high class and low class. Either way, someone will be offended by someone else's thoughts, actions, and postings. It's guaranteed.

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 09:55

Staring man arrested in Athens

a man who just seemed to be staring into space

Damn. Who knew that was a crime worthy of the police being called. I spent most of my childhood staring into space. Come to think of it............

posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 23:43

UPDATE: Most Athens area schools canceling classes today

[quote][b]kayeighch[/b] - The governor has declared a weather emergency,[/quote]

Oh good Lord. He did that because he got his fanny handed to him a few weeks back for doing nothing. So everyone had to know that he'd fire early and shut down the interstate, schools, etc and so on.

I'm quite sure I'm an adult. I'm quite sure that I'm responsible for me. But people, we gots a business to run. Government can say "stay home" all they like, but no one is generating any money when that happens, yet, the monthly bill doesn't go down by the day, or two, or three, or four that we've "been shut down" because of weather.

posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 16:35

Paying For OnlineAthens

[quote][b]craptastic[/b] -

Well, we seem to have an epidemic of victimhood in Athens. Do you remember about a year or so back when GroversMill posted about how Athens had killed his business? We all tried our best to sympathize, but every one of us who has stayed afloat in our own companies during this bad economy all said the same thing - you kill your business; other people do not. I am still surprised when people blame their poor business practices, for example bad customer service and poor quality product, on outside forces.

[/quote]

So want are you saying? @GroversMill: is Dexter Weaver?

posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 - 16:40

Chris White named Banner-Herald's Director of Audience

[quote][b]Jim Thompson[/b] - was banned for violating the Terms of Service agreement which he signed when he registered to post comments. More specifically, he insulted local columnist Ed Tant [/quote]

I haven't bothered to read the TOS, but I doubt the TOS bars insulting the writer.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 21:37

Athens, north Georgia under another winter weather watch

Cold rain here, ice/snow for places like Gainesville, and lots of snow for places like Blairsville.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 18:28

Chris White named Banner-Herald's Director of Audience

[quote][b]maxcat07[/b] -

So many publications are now changing to paid firewalls. With fewer and fewer people getting "paper" copies, more are switching to on-line, and I can't see any publication staying solvent without charging something. Interestingly enough, many of those commenting on the unfairness of paying for the ABH are the same ones commenting on others trying to "freeload" off of the government or the public.

[/quote]

You need to go and buy an ad. Then you'll have something to gripe about.

I don't know what the profit margin is, but a 2% drop in revenues (ad rates tie to print distribution and web page views), a 2% drop means losses to the top line, and losses to the bottom line.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 18:02

Paying For OnlineAthens

[quote][b]StarDragon59[/b] -

damn sad whats happening. i even heard that the print edition is go up to a buck any truth to that?

[/quote]

Yeah. I hear they're trying to keep up with the other dying papers across the country.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 08:46

Chris White named Banner-Herald's Director of Audience

What they sorely need is a director of Spell Check.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 08:37

Paying For OnlineAthens

Or a bald headed old fart.

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 23:59

Paying For OnlineAthens

What if I'm Mormon and have 6 wives? Sounds like a violation of my religious freedoms. Wink

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 22:28

Slingshot returns, bringing global art community a little closer to Athens

[quote] a nigh of bands only from Japan [/quote]

I don't think I can stay up all NIGH for that excitement.

In fact, I don't know how long a NIGH is.

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 22:19

Athens man on probation caught with gun

I bet his on-the-job coworkers will miss him dearly.

Meanwhile, the jail is full of folks who hazed people who volunteered to knowingly be hazed.

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 13:47

Paying For OnlineAthens

4? Thought it was 3.

Anyone want to buy access on a time share?

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 13:30

Man arrested trying to climb White House fence

Trying to get out?

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 13:01

Kingston says create jobs, not extend unemployment

The incentives are built to reward people who don't. Who don't work. Who don't pay their mortgage on time. Who don't make good decisions.

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 12:54

Harrop: CBO report isn't bad news for Obamacare

I know a couple that are divorcing, his income is too high, so she can get "affordable" coverage. Tis sad, but they'll still live together, just not on paper. Psssst: Don't tell the feds.

Everything has consequences. The damn of it is that those consequences impact people that had no say in it.

Government will, maybe, eventually cobble together a bunch of patches and fixes and declare it a success. In the mean time people lose. Jobs, stability, assurance, maybe more. Homes, businesses, investments.

We used to know what tomorrow would bring based on the facts and circumstances of today and the recent past history. Our individual skills and abilities, and the decisions we've made and the actions we've taken all are an omen of our individual future. Not any more. The future taxes and insurance premiums are based, not on your decisions, but on decisions of people whose actions or inactions you can not control.

Toto, I don't think we're on the yellow brick road anymore.

posted @ Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:54

Harrop: CBO report isn't bad news for Obamacare

[quote][b]marshalld[/b] - How long have Americans demanded immigration reform?[/quote]

Not as long as immigrants have been demanding immigration reform.

posted @ Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:22

The Editor's Desk: Road diets, experts and our place in the scheme of things

[quote] Whatever we may fancy our lives to mean, one of the ultimate truths we need to touch every now and again is that in the grand scale of the universe, to our close celestial neighbors we’re merely a bright spot in the night sky. [/quote]

And here I always thought I was one of the dimmest bulbs on the Christmas tree.

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 23:43

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