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Two dogs killed in westside Athens arson fire


posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 22:30

UGA statistics professor receives national award

This award is statistically significant.
Congratulations, Christine!

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:04

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

"Good news for the millions of Americans seeking good jobs: The job market hasn’t grown this fast since the Clinton administration. The economy has gained more than 9 million jobs since the recession’s lowest point almost five years ago. When the new jobs report is released on Friday, it’s likely to show that the U.S. private sector added 200,000-plus jobs in August."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:02

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

"Turkey is reluctant to take a stronger role in the coalition against ISIL militants in fear of aggravating a hostage situation.

"ISIL militants have held hostage 49 Turkish nationals, including diplomats and children, since June. They were abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul.

"'Our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages,' the official noted."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 05:35

Puckett: More coverage of videographer's arrest needed

Officer cleared:

The video from Burt's Farm: (Tisdale's removal begins at 14 minutes)

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 07:06

Historic riverfront mansion gutted by fire

Zandi: U.S. corporate tax code to blame for inversions

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - and by your definition, it is speech - what is your solution?[/quote]

Do you contend that corporations (property) have "certain inalienable rights"? If so, then free speech is one of them.

I contend that corporations (property) do not have these inalienable rights, and, so, do not have the right to freedom of speech.

But what you seem to affirm is the law of the land, so you win, until either we amend the constitution to clarify this (as Jefferson first intended) or the Supreme Court changes its mind, which isn't likely.

" this opens with a vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan, November 12, 1816

posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 - 16:48

Zandi: U.S. corporate tax code to blame for inversions

Zandi writes "Companies that have considered so-called tax inversions to avoid all this have been labeled unpatriotic."

But if people denounce their US citizenship to avoid taxes, are they still patriots? Wasn't it decided that corporations have "personhood"?

The he states "Corporations don’t pay taxes, people do."

But I thought the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons.

Zandi goes on to say "Indeed, we tax owners of corporations twice:"

"Owners of corporations"? That makes corporations "property", not persons. But if corporations are persons and property seems that corporations have it both ways, having the rights of persons and the persons that own them have the rights of property owners, including buying and selling corporations as property.

By the way, corporations can live forever and feel no pain. They cannot be incarcerated nor can they be executed.They have the rights of US citizens without being US citizens. That's super-personhood with all of the free speech that money can buy.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 23:18

New ads unveiled in Georgia governor's race

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 18:23

Athens-Clarke police officer shot while responding to domestic dispute

SPO Michael Ward patrols the west side and does an excellent job. Our prayers are with him and his family. Good to hear that he has been released from the hospital.

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 22:31

dePeterse: Figuring out what the figs will say in December

Uplifting, Eddie. Thanks.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:05

The Editor's Desk: Maybe we need some different friends

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - What saddens me is the people who come here fully identified as an elected official, but feel no need to answer a direct question put to them about their process. Presumably because it makes them look like less than what they see in the mirror every day.[/quote]

You make a good point Kwijibo. Being upfront about my identity here does bring more responsibility to respond to direct and reasonable questions, and I can think of at least one time when I did not answer such a question from you. (There are probably more, but that one has been on my mind.)

I regret that. You have a great deal of insight into the goings on "behind the rail", You are well-informed a deserve better from me.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 17:55

The Editor's Desk: Maybe we need some different friends

The explanation seems simple to me. On social media, one is not anonymous. On the "shabby outskirts", one may remain anonymous.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 04:36

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

"Just picture centre of the clock is the shooter, downrange is 12 o'clock. Our instructors are never supposed to leave 6 o’clock," Scarmardo [gun range owner] said, in order to be behind the shooter and control the position and operation of the weapon at all times.

Investigators released 27 seconds of the footage showing the girl from behind as she fires at a black silhouette target. Vacca can be seen standing next to the girl, or at the 9 o'clock position.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 04:24

'62 Ferrari sold at auction for $34 million

posted @ Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 08:33

Husser: Remove stigma from mental illness

"Remember that your words and ideas about mental health can change the lives of some very special people. Embrace your friends and family in their hard times. They need you. And the world needs them."

Even if you care, listen and accommodate, it may not be enough. But you simply must try.

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 21:37

List of those indicted for abuse and neglect at Alzheimer's Care of Commerce

"and cruelty to a person 65 years or older."

Gotta keep that criminal charge in mind.

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 21:26

Allen: Halting unemployment benefits boosts employment

If you read another recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, you will see a different conclusion than what Cynthia Allen is discussing here:

Henry S. Farber
Robert G. Valletta
Working Paper 19048
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
May 2013

"Overall, our estimates suggest that extending unemployment insurance benefi ts in weak labor markets has virtually no eff ect on the rate of job finding [emphasis added] but that, on average, unemployment spells are somewhat longer as a subset of UI recipients remain nominally unemployed rather than exit the labor force. In addition to these limited implications for economic efficiency, we find only small impacts on the aggregate labor market. We estimate that extended UI increased the overall unemployment rate by only about 0.4 percentage points in the recent episode, which is small in comparison with the peak unemployment rate of 10 percent."

In other words, unemployment statistics rise (barely significantly) not because the unemployed find jobs later, but because they choose to be officially unemployed rather than to exit the labor force.

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 23:45

The Editor's Desk: Celestial lights prompt thoughts of lighting ordinances

"Perhaps now, as the Perseid meteor shower is commanding attention, would be a good time for local planners to take a look at the model ordinance to determine whether the local ordinance could be improved."

Carl's approved ordinance, watered down as it was, has had some positive effect, but the glaring lights from businesses onto the roadways has not subsided a bit, though no new glares have been added, thanks to that ordinance. A stronger lighting ordinance requiring remediation of the existing glaring lights and less light shining upward would be welcomed by me.

The fact is that shining bright lights into an area does not provide better safety. It actually creates dark shadows and high contrast that obscures objects that do not wish to be seen. Softer lighting provides better visibility.

The fact is that a car lot's or gasoline station's glaring lights on the roadway causes us to look away, rather than admire the shiny automobiles and low gasoline prices.

Here is the page with the 2011 Dark Skies Model Lighting Ordinance and reference to the 2012 changes:

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 22:58

Georgia sees nation's highest jump in Medicaid enrollment

"Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid will cost the state’s hospitals $12.8 billion in lost reimbursements over a 10-year period."

A billion here, a billion there....

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 22:45

Highway funding quest hampered by potholes, detours and dead ends

[quote][b]sweept[/b] - It's the miles driven that kills roads...not the gallons of gas used.[/quote]

Got to disagree. It is the weight and speed of the vehicle that kills roads. There is a relationship between the weight and speed of the vehicle and the miles/gallon. That relationship is not perfect, but it is much more true than the miles driven. A pickup truck, with even a small load, does more damage/mile than a Ford Focus.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 22:29

Athens-Clarke County Finance Director John Culpepper announces retirement

“John’s expertise and institutional knowledge will be greatly missed by this organization,” Reddish said.

Indeed, it will.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 09:52

Highway funding quest hampered by potholes, dead ends

Some say don't raise gas taxes but install mileage meters in vehicles and we pay for what we use? If we pay for each gallon we use isn't that the same effect, but without new costs for technology and administration?

You may find these interactive maps at the American Petroleum Institute interesting:

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 09:33

Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

posted @ Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 07:49

The Editor's Desk: 'Freezing out' commissioner is freezing out constituents

I look forward to serving with Melissa. Her energy and zeal are refreshing. The idea of "freezing her out", if that is what was said, is irresponsible and ludicrous.

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 07:04

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