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Dorminy, Freechild: People's Pledge will keep secret money out of politics

Let the people rise up and make this happen.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 21:42

Tant: America has faced much worse than today's fears

Thanks Ed for the commentary. Don't always see it your ways, but it is good to have commentary here in GA that is not strictly all the normal party line thinking.

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 22:45

Blackmon: Time to rise up against student testing regimen

Keep it up and the commentary from the front lines coming Myra.

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 22:42

Harrop: Hell of driving gets millenials out of cars

This may well help make a case and speed up the transition for modifying what we think of in terms of transportation.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 07:38

Basu: Congress is threat to U.S. national security

"From my view, the blame is not equally shared between the two parties. The tea party element has pushed Republican members of Congress to the far right and made it a matter of honor not to negotiate with the president."

While both parties are to blame (Harry Reid certainly does his part as well), I would tend to agree with this. Compromise is now thought of as a dirty word.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 07:30

Petition to White House to pardon Gurley may be losing steam

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - I wonder how many of the 9000 plus people that signed the petition vote or care about real issues. Football has it's place, but in the grand scheme of things. It's just a game.
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Exactly what I was going to say. Some probably did this just as a joke, but like like you said this indicates some have their priorities wrong.
If Todd Gurley did as accused, it indicates a real poor judgement on his part as it basically means losing the Heisman trophy.

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 07:49

What Others Say: Jobless numbers 'a Southern mystery'

"Cut spending, cut taxes and wait for a robust recovery. "

We have heard this for a few decades now and finally are realizing that these are not the big panacea that were advertised.
The economy is a tremendously complicated interactive affair. Issues change over time, such a demographics, etc.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 07:45

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

Would be interesting to see how much McGraw-Hill and th other firms mentioned here donated to state politicians (directly or through other anonymous channels).

posted @ Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:25

Bundle up, good chance for another cool winter this year

@TeeWee: Since you likely won't investigate further, here is the concluding portion from the link that Duke Briscoe posted.

"Winds probably did not act alone to spur so much sea ice growth; melting land ice may have played a role. Most of Antarctica's ice lies in the ice sheets that cover the continent, and in recent decades, that ice has been melting. Along the coastline, ice shelves float on the ocean surface, and much of the recent melt may be driven by warm water from the deep ocean rising and making contact with ice shelf undersides.

How does the melting of land ice matter to sea ice formation? The resulting meltwater is fresher than the seawater. As it mixes with the seawater, the meltwater makes the nearby seawater slightly less dense, and slightly closer to the freezing point than the ocean water below. This less dense seawater spreads out across the ocean surface surrounding the continent, forming a stable pool of surface water that is close to the freezing point, and close to the ice onto which it could freeze.

So as counterintuitive as expanding winter Antarctic sea ice may appear on a warming planet, it may actually be a manifestation of recent warming. "Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are responding to climate change, and both have areas that are warming rapidly," explains NSIDC lead scientist Ted Scambos. "But Antarctic sea ice is responding to wind shifts and ocean changes in an unexpected way, and we're still trying to fully understand it."

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 07:28

Warrant: Accused football recruit continues to use iPhone he said he didn't steal

One more "student athlete" that seems to be destined for notoriety. UGA would likely do well to avoid this one.

posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 08:20

Larkins: Madison County High School monument is constitutional

When I first read about this monument, my first impression was "what were they thinking", as it almost came across as a definite in your face kind of move. Mr. Larkin provides a good analysis of this, which might actually hold up.

One potential error in the logic is "First, there is nothing sacred about its location, as it sits between the fieldhouse and the football field.". I don't know, some people around these parts tend to think that way. Try telling that to the Dawg fans on a Saturday. (OK, just a joke).

posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 07:44

Sherman, Van Boven: 'The depressing psychological theory that explains Washington'

"Such biases occur because humans need to belong to social groups, which provide meaning and value to our lives."

We only will be able to get over this partisan gridlock and solve our issues when the social group we self-identify to belong to is shifted from [name a political party] to being an American.

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 07:17

Harrop: Democrats should look kindly on South

I have problems with some of the core philosophy of the Dem party, but this region and state really need a good two party (or more) system.
One party rule is never good, just ask Russia or China how that went.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:39

UGA students robbed in separate weekend incidents, nine suspects arrested

Will see more of this as more student housing built downtown. Sort of like the clashes of human civilization and 'nature' as development expands cities and suburbs.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:18

UGA RB Gurley falsely accused of assault in downtown Athens bar

One would hope that ACC would have shared this information with UGA.
A 20 year old "good ol' boy" wastes time and money of ACC and Gurley to investigate this, then get confrontational. Has to be some repercussions here either legally for filing false report (likely not to happen) or at least within UGA system.

Would be nice to see if ABH would follow up on this.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:58

Parker: America must recapture its virtue

"It is my sense that more Americans are beginning to wake up and are beginning to appreciate that we can’t separate our fiscal and economic problems from our moral problems and that if we want to recapture our freedom and prosperity, we must recapture our virtue. "

Agreed.

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:05

Blackmon: Don't whitewash American history in schools

Well said Myra. I think your closing statement sums it up.
"We want our children to grow up to be good critical thinkers. Let’s make sure they have the truth, the tools and background to make sense of our world and be prepared to make good decisions to preserve our democracy. I can’t imagine any other way."

Many of the very bright students I see at UGA seem to be lacking the critical thinking skill, at least when they come in as freshmen.

"scarborj" may not think there is a trend in some places to whitewash our history, but it appears to be so.

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:59

Nunn hits back at Perdue on terrorism ad

The Washington Post Fact Checker gave the Perdue ad four Pinochios (the highest rating for what it terms to be whoppers). Link below.
Surprising that David Perdue doubled down on the ad and what it says after being called on to remove it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/09/22/the-smarm...

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:47

Ambrose: Further work needed on global warming issue

@AbidingDude: No these are no where near the same models as 30 (more like 40) years ago. The computer or calculator you might use now is nowhere the same either; neither are weather forecasting, etc.

We might be 'nothing' but we certainly are messing up the world around us.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 23:27

Ambrose: Further work needed on global warming issue

"...but am myself mainly worried about the shouts of those who are dogmatically convinced of their apocalyptic visions and the tricks, travesties, honest misconceptions and unintended consequences of so much political contrivance."

Ambrose brings some good points, but falls into the honest misconception trap himself when he states that there have been no warming since 1998. That is a statement that the global denial crowd uses, and is one the surface true but really just a cherry picking of data.
Taking a look at the recent global average historical record in the link below, 1998 was a peak or near peak year. However, one could also 'pick another cherry' from this data and just as correctly state that between 2000 and 2011 the global average temperature increase 0.2 degrees C. So, which is it?

http://scienceblogs.com/significantfigures/files/2013/04/updated-global-...

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 07:09

Stanford: Hold politicians to same standard as football players

Although I don't like the partisan tone (could have easily picked some Dems for examples here as well), he has a good point.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:51

UGA to replace its coal boiler with an electric option

"UGA will save half a million dollars or more annually with the new boiler, said David Spradley, director of Energy Services in UGA’s Facilities Management Division."

Would be nice to see maybe that savings reinvested in overall energy efficiency improvements on campus.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:44

UGA to replace its coal boiler with an electric option

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald:

Or how about "UGA President Jere said pollution wasn’t part of UGA’s equation ...". I did not know the UGA president dropped his last name.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:42

Pitts: People have responsibility to rein in government excess

Pres. Obama is really taking what might seem to be the best of bad options for now, and I like the time limited approval from Congress.

There also should be a heavy diplomatic effort to cut off aid coming from within the Arab world (such as Qatar). If we can find out for sure where this funding and support is coming from, then we should publicly call out those countries and individuals.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:29

March on global warming expected to draw thousands

Another article on global climate and predictably another posting from TeeWee rating on. "The large international corporations who make up the Environmental/Industrial complex are scared. " Sounds like a person who would be posting from a Koch Bros. sponsored anti-climate change action committee.

Yes, wind and solar do have issues, but they were not really "replaced". The current technologies are not your grandfathers windmills.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:19

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