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Carolinas politicians get payouts from lender

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - In ACC, hiding money from the public is acting “at all times in the best interest of [one's constituents] and with the highest ethical standards”[/quote]

What are you talking about?

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:19

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - Surely Dr. Park is aware that hatred of America was widespread long before George Bush came on the scene?[/quote]

Was that hatred as widespread before Bush then as it is post-Bush? I think not. In my experience, Europeans were grateful that the US used its power wisely, but feared that political forces in the US could eventually use that power unwisely. That was their opinion during the cold war and even during the first war against Iraq in 1990-91.

They tell me that the second Iraq war beginning in 2002 fulfilled many of their fears.

There is nothing scientific about my opinion (nor yours).

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:14

'Unbroken' may be broken in Japan, still divided over war

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - So the Japanese politicians want to downplay their war history[/quote]

Sounds familiar.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:41

Composting now measured in tons on UGA campus

The Office of Sustainability is not only making a difference in how UGA processes waste, maintains its grounds and manages energy and water, it is engaging students as leaders in these efforts. What a great program this is.

http://sustainability.uga.edu/about/

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:37

Thomas: Report on CIA will help America's enemies

"And America will again be diminished in the eyes of some while the Taliban, al-Qaida and ISIS "

Cal believes that revealing the truth about the behavior of those acting in the name of the US should not be revealed because it will make us look bad to our enemies?

By not revealing the truth to the public, only our enemies will know the truth, and we will wonder why they hate us.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:33

Stossel: Fossil fuels improve life on Earth

A feel good piece using the rear view mirror to steer the way ahead, completely ignoring the facts, such as acidification of the oceans caused by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"Fossil fuels are a little bit like antibiotics" is true. If the world uses antibiotics too liberally, we get "super bugs", infections immune to antibiotics.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:40

Rise in sexual assaults could signal a change in culture

The headline is not what the story is about. Shouldn't it say "Rise in Reported sexual assaults could signal a change in culture"

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:07

Athens environmentalist and attorney Wray Witten dies

We were fortunate to have Wray call Athens home for a few years. He left the world a better place. Prayers and sympathy to Karen.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:40

School computer take-home becoming routine in Clarke schools

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - The end of cursive writing as we have known it.
[/quote]

Much like the end of papyrus and quill, stone and chisel.

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 08:16

NASA: 'There's your new spacecraft, America!"

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 09:45

Clarke Schools Superintendent Phil Lanoue named Georgia Superintendent of the Year

Well-deserved recognition of Philip Lanoue and his staff. Congratulations!

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 09:29

Harrop: Is hipster ethic sign of changing American values?

Could this new found set of values be a result of the redistribution of wealth that has taken place since the last few decades and continues today:

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/04/23/a-rise-in-wealth-for-the-wealt...

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 - 08:29

Athens-Clarke commission OKs plan to limit center-lane stops in downtown

@Kwijibo Junior: The growler tasting ordinance passed as an item on the consent agenda.

posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:37

Georgia lawmaker wants schools to go digital by 2020

Local cable companies have a virtual monopoly on the business of providing broadband internet to our homes, schools and businesses. No local government in Georgia can legally compel their local cable company to provide internet access to its citizens, even though access to the internet is becoming more essential every day to every family.

The "digital divide" must be bridged, or disadvantaged students will become more disadvantaged as the tools they use to learn become more digital.

The Georgia Legislature must focus on solving this problem. In granting local franchises to cable companies, require them to provide internet access to every home at prices that are affordable.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:23

After 3 decades, Athens police Maj. Holeman plans to retire

Major Holeman, this community is fortunate to be the place where your call to police service was heard and realized. Thank you. You and Bernice deserve a healthy, happy retirement

posted @ Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 08:08

Basu: Internet should be treated as a public utility

@Duke Briscoe: You hit the nail on the head, Duke. Add to what you said that the cable companies even have control over who can have broadband access to the internet. With their unregulated monopolies given by their ownership of the local cable plant, they choose which neighborhoods have access, then charge outrageous prices for that access. And the location of their cable plant is their own secret.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:36

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

@dahreese
@jimmyhollander
@teewee
[quote][b]sweept[/b] - ry watching netflix all day using 4g over a cell phone.... (no wifi) see how much it costs...they get to charge for use, why not cable companies?[/quote]

Cable companies charge me to use their services, every month. If they need more money to provide that service, they raise my rate. They do it all of the time and no one can stop them. There are no regulations. This is just like the cell telephone service providers that charge you for downloads, if you use their cell towers to do so (as opposed to wifi).

That has nothing to do with net neutrality.

Killing net neutrality and allowing service providers to create a "fast lane" is charging the content provider (Netflix) for delivering their content to us faster by throttling those not in the fast lane to a slower speed (less bandwidth).

It gives an advantage to the content providers that are already making huge profits and gives them an unfair advantage over those with new, better ideas, but no money to buy the fast lane service.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:48

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

[quote][b]sweept[/b] - they either skyrocket the amount charged for access to the internet for all users or go out of business.[/quote]

Why would they go out of business? Their costs are fixed. It does not matter how much Netflix streams across their wires, the cost to the ISP or cable company is the same. And the their television signals (on a different bandwidth) are not affected.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 08:12

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Will Congress pass a law which will then allow bureaucrats pass a bunch of draconian rules? [/quote]

It is those who have motive to impose new rules that destroy net neutrality that wish to "pass a bunch of draconian rules." Net neutrality is a simple rule.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:38

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

"The industry says that’s only fair, considering the companies are investing hundreds of billions of dollars into a network infrastructure that, so far, has prospered without much government intervention."

Some have prospered. Others, rich and poor, are not able to get access that they need. There are many neighborhoods, across the socio-economic spectrum, in Clarke county that do not have broadband service and have been asking Charter for "network infrastructure" for years. Charter is not obliged to provide that service.

Broadband access to the internet has rather suddenly become essential for communications, news, employment and education. The system and the incentives to provide that service to those who need it is not in place. The regulation or lack of regulation of cable companies is based on entertainment needs (the luxury of television), not the utility of the internet.

Until 1983, our telephone systems were regulated, because it was impractical to have a competitive telephone access industry. The high cost of laying in the infrastructure (wires) and the resulting fact that it was unfeasible to have more than one telephone services provider justified the regulated monopoly called AT&T. We have that same problem with broadband service today, and, yet, we have no regulation that requires service to be provided, to prevent monopolistic pricing and assure that the provider realizes a fair return on their investment.

In 1983, we broke up the telephone monopoly because technology overcame the obstacles of a competitive national long lines telephone network. But the local monopolies for broadband access has taken its place.

By the way, the cable plant used by communications companies such as Charter and AT&T runs over, under and along publicly owned infrastructure. Insisting that those companies provide access to that cable plant in a fair and economically justified manner is reasonable and for the general welfare of our citizens and businesses.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:33

Tant: Road to space sometimes streaked with tears

Thank you, Ed, for putting the perils of space flight into perspective.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 08:35

Climate-change deniers are like cult

Not the "founder of the weather channel", but NASA:
http://climate.nasa.gov/

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:15

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:05

Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

Atlanta officials break ground on new trail

Beltline maps:
http://beltlineorg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/AB...

posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 07:14

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