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Snowden no hero, national security leader says at UGA

The best answer to the "Snowden is no hero" charge comes from Snowden himself. You can see his TED interview here:

The guy sounds pretty reasonable to me. You can follow that up with the NSA response to that interview:

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:47

Georgia students turn plastic bags into sleeping mats

The Chronicle article included this disturbing line:
"The students stood outside of grocery stores and informed customers about how the plastic bags they return to the store to be recycled are more than likely ending up in a landfill."

Are stores just conning their customers with those recycling boxes?

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:39

Schram: Court knows what it did with campaign finance

@marshalld: It occurred to me that dragging Russia into this may have been unnecessary. We have our own history to draw on:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In social criticism and economic literature, robber baron became a derogatory term applied to wealthy and powerful 19th-century American businessmen that appeared in North American periodical literature as early as the August 1870 issue of The Atlantic Monthly[1] magazine. By the late 1800s, the term was typically applied to businessmen who used what were considered to be exploitative practices to amass their wealth.[2] These practices included exerting control over national resources, accruing high levels of government influence, paying extremely low wages, squashing competition by acquiring competitors in order to create monopolies and eventually raise prices, and schemes to sell stock at inflated prices[2] to unsuspecting investors in a manner which would eventually destroy the company for which the stock was issued and impoverish investors.[2] The term combines the sense of criminal ("robber") and illegitimate aristocracy (a baron is an illegitimate role in a republic).[3]

Sound familiar?

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:56

Schram: Court knows what it did with campaign finance

I find it hard to believe that, given their levels of education, experience, and position, that the conservative members of the Roberts court don't know exactly what they are doing. The only conclusion I can come to is that they want to move our country to one run by oligarchs just like Russia.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:54

VIDEO: Rep. Jack Kingston uses Obama in Senate ad

Why does the phrase "lies straight from the pit of Hell" spring to mind?

posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 09:27

GDOT to begin litter removal from state highways

Just think how much money the state could save if people didn't throw their trash out on the roadways in the first place.

posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:46

Kindergartner says she was stopped from prayer over lunch

Free publicity for the Dad's business. Seems to be working.

posted @ Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:47

Companies in Georgia receive incentives, fail to deliver jobs

So . . . since they failed to meet the agreement does the public get its' money back? I don't see any mention of that in the article.

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:26

Hall County bridge project to include new home for osprey

I watched an osprey crash dive into Lake Herrick a couple of times hunting for fish just a few days ago. Most enjoyable.

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:15

Schiller: Supply-side policies would boost economic recovery

@TMKvetch: Paul Krugman got the same Nobel prize, and I suspect he would side with cyou299's comments.

posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:38

Funt: Coverage of Flight 370 getting ridiculous

@proftom: I wish I could add a couple thousand plusses to your comment instead of just one.

posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 12:16

Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

I've been watching Wal-mart follow the same slow, downward path that K-Mart followed for years. So much so that I have wondered if Wal-Mart picked up all the former K-Mart executives on the cheap to run their stores.

posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:07

Commercial jellyfish season opens in Georgia

Peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich! Yum!

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:32

Poll: Gubernatorial challenger Carter leads Deal

I know enough about Deal to know that I will NOT be voting for him. But I would like to see more reporting on the positions of both Carter and Hunt before I decide if I will cast a vote for either of them.

posted @ Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:54

Hagel says US military must shrink to face new era

Won't happen. The military industrial complex owns all the Republican Congress people and a large part of the Democrats as well. So the American taxpayer will continue to subsidize things like the Lockheed F35 fighter jet that is 7 years over due, way over budget, and still doesn't work properly.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 15:06

Galis: With gun bill, lawmakers shift tough issues to constituents

It might be interesting for someone to track the changes in congregations / clientele at the churches / bars. Will people change their locations depending on whether guns are allowed or not? Will the decision for or against cause a rise or fall in participation at the establishments? Should be an interesting experiment.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 14:48

What Others Say: Rebooting 'net neutrality' rules (Los Angeles Times)

The US continues to fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world in speed and capacity of our internet system, which means we are losing our competitive advantage. This current net neutrality business just makes that worse.

I'd like to see Clarke County start to think about setting up it's own fiber network as discussed about half way through the above story. It would give a real competitive advantage to our area, especially if we got in ahead of other places. The private companies are not going to do it - they are raking in enough money on the primitive system we have now. Our federal government won't do it (like the did with the phone and electric systems originally) since our Congressmen are owned by the private companies. Local government may be the only way to go.

posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 - 14:33

Bernard: GOP politicizing Medicaid

[quote][b]Logical[/b] - One would think that the Republicans, as interested in making our businesses competitive in the global economy, would realize that one reason Japan, Germany, China, etc. eat our lunch is because those corporations don't have to foot the bill for the healthcare the way our corporations do.[/quote]

You would think so, but don't forget that our corporations get to take a tax write-off for providing health care to their workers - something that we as individuals don't get to do. And providing health care also slows disgruntled workers from jumping ship and going to another (possibly a competitor) company that can't provide health care (like a small start-up that might have better products or ideas).

posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 - 13:03

Florida may gain new rival in alligator industry

Not to worry, Florida. As I understand it you are about to move into the Python trade anyway. . . Wink

posted @ Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:03

The Editor's Desk: Trolls aren't only ones with issues

Human nature being what it is, I think a lot of these interactions on the internet are the verbal equivalent of a shoving match on the playground. You shove me, I shove you back, and pretty soon we are in an all out fistfight.

If people could just stick to argument and counter-argument on the facts and stay away from personal attacks we would all be better off. Then maybe these forums could be used the way providers originally intended - adult conversations that might possibly move society forward.

posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:06

UPDATE: Georgia House votes to loosen gun laws

[quote][b]ponsoldt[/b] - before our "legislators" loosen gun carry laws even more, they should specifically permit guns in the capitol building and governor's office. rather there than bars, etc. i'm surprised we haven't heard from the nra on this issue.[/quote]

Exactly. The state capital and legislative buildings are dangerous places. Citizens and our legislators should not have to rely on the uncertain protection of metal detectors and state police. Look at all the crazy people (i.e. our legislators) who visit that place on daily basis!

posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:25

Altman: GOP misleads on immigration issues

"but must wait while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services creeps along processing approvals from 2006, leaving them in a legal limbo where obeying the law will have left them undocumented for almost 20 years before they get green cards."

This is a problem that has been going on for years, but for some reason is rarely mentioned in debates on immigration issues. We have a similar problem with the Veterans Administration. Is it a simple matter of government incompetence as most Republicans would probably claim, or is it because the departments are understaffed and underfunded? Why is the press not doing more to report on the problems of processing claims? Why not investigate why the systems we already have in place are not working?

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:12

Comcast strikes deal to buy Time Warner Cable

I wonder if it is time for Athens/Clarke to think about setting up it's own internet connection system as they have done in some other places. From what I have heard you can end up with much faster connections at much lower prices. That might be very attractive for companies thinking about locating in the area.

posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:52

White House sees longer wait for Afghan agreement

Our military industrial complex has made countless box cars worth of money off these wars. They don't want to see the gravy train ending.

posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:18

Georgia Power brings 650 contractors to Athens area for storm

It looks like it might be a repeat of what we had a few years back. Lots of rain followed by heavy snow & ice. Not a good combination. It might mean more trees will be uprooted, which could result in power lines going down again.

posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 14:11

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