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Vince Dooley presented with lifetime achievement award

Kudos to Coach Dooley! A well deserved honor ! ! !

posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 23:07

Bill Nye: Bible doesn't tell Earth's true history

Glad that Bill Nye got to state what science IS, as opposed to what creationists want to make it. Creationism is NOT science! Science deals with natural explanations for natural phenomena. It depends on the scientific method of observation of the natural world and developing hypotheses to explain those observations and which make testable predictions.

Science and the scientific method are the best ways to explore and explain the natural world around us. It allows us to design and build cars and planes and computers, etc. Science can explain "what" happens, and "how" it happens, in the physical world around us. Religion cannot help us design the machines we all depend on, and it does not explain the "what" and "how" of the natural world.

However, science has never helped me make moral decisions nor given me answers to the "why's" of life. For those questions I rely on my religious faith, and many others depend on philosophy.

Neither science nor religion provide the appropriate means to evaluate art or music, for that you use aesthetic criteria. Likewise, it is important to use the correct methodology in all areas of life.

Please don't use art or religion to design the plane I fly in, or to explain fossils or gravity or plate tectonics. I depend on science for learning about and understanding natural processes. I depend on my religious faith to guide my behavior and attitudes, and to provide comfort in times of trouble, and to enhance my joy in good times. I use my aesthetic sense to appreciate art and music. I try not to mix up the methods and use the wrong method for analysing different parts of my life.

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posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 09:07

Athens school buses fitted with cameras to catch motorists ignoring stop arms

@E.J.: I thought the ACC school system already had cameras inside the buses.

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posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:15

Bigger Vision to keep Athens homeless out of cold

Kudos to Bigger Vision and the Church of the Nations and Our Daily Bread and all of the volunteers who help.

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posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:40

Georgia cyclists, pedestrians urged to wear bright gear

@Humbucker bob: All the bright clothing in the world won't protect the texting pedestrian who steps out in front of an oncoming car or truck ! ! !

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posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:50

BLOG: UGA's growth has been slow (thank goodness)

Notice that the three fastest growing were very small to begin with. Opening the doors to all applicants and adding a few thousand students is relatively easy. I wonder how much of Alabama's, Central Florida's, and Arizona State's student increase is online, vs. on campus. The rest of the schools on the list were smaller than UGA at the start of the statistics. I also wonder how many of Phoenix's students actually graduate in 4-5 years.

I do not think UGA "reserves" the "big majority" of freshmen slots for in-state students. Our out-of-state tuition and fees discourage those students from actually enrolling.

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posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:50

Georgia cyclists, pedestrians urged to wear bright gear

Common sense is not very common Sad

You would think that pedestrians should know that they are mostly invisible in the dark, yet I've seen many wearing dark clothing at night and still assuming that if they are in a crosswalk they have the right of way and can safely cross. They may legally have the right of way, but that is small consolation if the driver can't see them.

Wear light colors and/or reflective vests and/or carry a flashlight so you are visible. Even the most careful driver can't avoid what can't be seen.

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posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:34

Black and white Athens' churches combine congregations, see King's "dream" come to life

Glad they are both working with Clarke Middle School. That's a critical time for encouraging students to keep working on their studies and to plan on graduation from high school and moving on to either vocational or college education. Those who graduate high school and learn work skills earn larger salaries and are more likely to have successful lives than those who drop out (who often have no options except crime).

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posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 13:05

Johnson: King would urge us toward 'universal altruism'

[quote] He would support job training and education programs for displaced workers to strengthen their skill sets in our information-driven economy. [/quote]

MLK Jr. would be appalled at the drop-out rate in his community. He had to work hard to get his education, much harder and against much bigger institutional obstacles than kids have today. If you don't get the basic education in school, what skill sets do you have to "strengthen"?

Income inequality most often comes from unequal education. Unequal education today often comes from kids that drop out of school instead of working hard to get the best education they can. If you want a good paying job you need to get an education, you need to speak and read and write standard English. You need to be willing to work hard, and one way to demonstrate that to future employers is to work hard in school.

Is it hard for some kids to stay in school? Yes. Why? . . .

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posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 09:49

Police: Mom charged in kids' death feared devil

The Devil is the Father of Lies, and he convinced her of one of his biggest LIES. So sad Sad

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 00:24

Get the most out of your All-Access membership

If tonight's ABH is an example of what we'd be PAYING for, NO THANKS! ! !

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 00:23

Today's editorial cartoon

I judge the individuals on the mug shots on the ABH on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

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posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 00:04

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

Joe Johnson and Chris White, I looked at the FAQ's and this was what I read:

What are all the ways to access info? In addition to the daily print edition, we also offer several digital choices to view the news. -Our website, onlineathens.com, offers locally produced content from our print edition in addition to breaking news throughout the day. Our site also incorporates video and audio as well as interactive tools such as user-generated content, searchable databases, comment boards, polls and archived newspapers dating back to 2003. - The E-edition is a digital form of the same paper delivered each morning to your home and stores. You can also access an archive of papers from the past two weeks. - Our iPad app is an interactive application that allows readers to view a digital replica of our print newspaper presentation. It also allows you to search, share and select different story views. - Our iPhone app is built specifically for the iPhone and provides the most up-to-date news, sports, entertainment and opinion stories from the Athens Banner-Herald. This allows you to stay up on developing news stories from Northeast Georgia. - Our Android app can be used on any device that uses the Android operating system and provides the most up-to-date news, sports, entertainment and opinion stories from the Athens Banner-Herald. This allows you to stay up on developing news stories from Northeast Georgia. -Kindle and Nook are not available at this time; however, we are working to provide this application in the near future.

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posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 20:15

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

What about Kindle? When I travel I don't always take my laptop, but depend on my Kindle to keep up with news back home. (or maybe that should be "dependED on my Kindle")

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posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 17:01

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

Guess I always thought the Ads paid for the Online version of the paper. I also figured that the more comments the more the ABH could get the advertisers to pay. The comments are a concrete way of demonstrating how many people are looking at the paper. Just selling a paper doesn't mean anyone is looking at it, but if comments are made online you know we are looking at that article (reading? maybe maybe not, but at least looking at the page).

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posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 16:31

Funeral planned for UGA student found dead in dorm

Condolences to the family in this time of grief.

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posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 15:56

Shoppers fret about authenticity of Target emails

How does Target get your e-mail if you use a non-Target credit card in their store? Is this standard for any time you use your credit card?

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posted @ Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 09:06

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

We made sure we had a stick shift when our boys hit 16, a nice 4 cylinder Prism, no power to tempt them to race anybody Wink

They can drive 'most anything now.

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posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 20:06

Target breach appears to be part of broader scam

Another red flag - the e-mail was addressed to "Target Guest", not customer. Definitely will not click on any links from that e-mail ! ! !

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posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 15:39

UGA's Science Learning Center moves closer to reality

@mpd0.59: The MLC is very heavily used, from first period in the morning to late into the evening. Maybe not at capacity, but close. However, the MLC does not have labs, nor rooms suitable for use by most lab sciences.

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posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 15:21

Target breach appears to be part of broader scam

Can anyone tell me how Target gets e-mail addresses if you use a credit card at one of their stores? I got an e-mail, supposedly from Target, offering free credit reports if I linked to a site online (targetcreditmonitoring.com). The return e-mail address is TargetNews@target.bfi0.com .

Is this legit, or is it another scam?

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posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:34

UGA's Science Learning Center moves closer to reality

If the idea is to provide new lab and classroom space for CORE classes, why are they putting it so far south on campus? When the MLC was designed it was planned to help move CORE classes to the center of campus and make it easier for students to get between classes in the 15 minutes allowed between class periods. Putting CORE classes down on the south end of campus flies in the face of that plan.

Why not put the new lab building behind Clarke Howell Hall? There is only a small parking lot, and an old lab building there. That location would be close to the MLC and could be connected by elevated walkway to the Tate Center (as the MLC is already).

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posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:19

Staggering UGA student arrested on alcohol charges

Thank you officer for protecting this girl from her own stupidity! Hopefully this arrest will wake her up and prevent even worse consequences.

Underage drinkers only get arrested if they do something stupid or dangerous, like being "falling down drunk" in public (especially if they are alone, or a female with a relatively sober male "escort"), or wandering out into traffic on Broad Street, or trying to punch a police officer in the nose. If they drink responsibly the LEOs will have no reason to even question them.

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posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:31

Paroled Athens killer receives 100-year sentence for 2010 shooting

[quote][b]kabira94[/b] - .WHAT MAKES YOU PEOPLE ANY BETTER.[/quote]

I have never killed anyone. I have never shot anyone. I have never burglarized anyone.

Guess we can't blame his upbringing, from what you said, so the blame is all on him alone, and he will serve his time (hopefully all of it because he has proven to be unsafe in civilized society). Sorry your family has to deal with his problems.

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posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 23:26

UPDATE: Autopsy inconclusive in death of UGA student

@gaylegayle: upperclassmen often come and go at all hours, and may reasonably not see each other for days. Might have a significant other he stayed with some nights. Might like to study undisturbed in his room. Lots of reasons for a single college student to not be seen by roommates for days on end. Life was like that when I was an undergraduate.

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posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 22:20

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