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    climate change really is real

    A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

    by | Nov 26, 2014
    A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

    I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People’s Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. So wowed am I by Klein’s singular accomplishment that I dedicate this post to an unsolicited review. For those who may be unfamiliar with Naomi Klein, she’s a brilliant, 44-year-old Canadian journalist and activist. Two of her previous books — No Logo (1999), a critique of globalization, and Shock Doctrine (2007), an exposé of “disaster capitalism,” neoliberalism’s dark underbelly — were international bestsellers.

    it was a paradise

    When Dollars Won’t Quite Do

    by | Nov 26, 2014
    When Dollars Won't Quite Do

    A couple of weeks ago I cited some comments by Big Oil shill Anastasia Swearingen to the effect that, basically, there’s just no downside to drilling for oil. Whenever, wherever—it’s all good. She was excoriating the federal government for its stubborn unwillingness (so far) to grant drilling leases along the Atlantic Coast to the oil giants standing in line. What’s the hold-up, guys? I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? Just look at the Gulf, says Swearingen, where pessimists predicted an “uninhabitable wasteland.” But thanks to all the time and money BP has put into restoration, today the Gulf is…

    a progressive

    Remembering Carl Sanders, who brought Georgia out of Dark Ages

    by | Nov 25, 2014
    Remembering Carl Sanders, who brought Georgia out of Dark Ages

    It was a relatively young (37 year old) senator from Augusta with modern ideas who brought Georgia out from under the influences of the Talmadge machine, when he became governor in 1963. Carl Sanders brought modern politics to the state, moved the state to new heights and set the tone for forwardness and moderation that, indeed, made Georgia the capitol of the New South.

    He ran against a key Talmadge protégé, and former governor, Marvin Griffin, a staunch segregationist. We remember it well.

    on the myriad paths

    It’s Here

    by | Nov 25, 2014
    It's Here
    It’s the broken slat on the chair that will keep our recent visit to Floyd focused in my mind. The soon-to-be ninety-nine year old husband of my late cousin Mildred lost his balance a few weeks back and misjudged the placement of the chair when he thought he ... Read on →

    who am i?

    A World of Randomness and Ambiguity

    by | Nov 23, 2014
    A World of Randomness and Ambiguity
    As part of my winter endeavors, I have ventured off with Dante on a journey through The Divine Comedy. So far, so good, but as my wife often asks, “Why?” I am not a religious person, at least in the conventional way, so why indeed am I stumbling along ... Read on →

    ARTicle #5

    Abstract Expressionism

    by | Nov 21, 2014
    Abstract Expressionism
    Abstract Expression emerged in the late 1940s, growing out of the influx of European artists fleeing fascism, and the theories they brought with them. It was the second wave of European modernism, the first not having caught on here 30 years earlier. The idea of painting “automatically”, without thinking, ... Read on →

    or driving me crazy

    A Driving Primer (or, Please, Stop the Lunacy)

    by | Nov 19, 2014
    A Driving Primer (or, Please, Stop the Lunacy)
    I live in Macon, Georgia, a small city (population: around 100,000, 99,957 of whom don’t know how to drive) some sixty miles from the traffic hell of Atlanta. Don’t get me wrong: I love Atlanta. It’s the home of the Braves (insert The Star-Spangled Banner pun here), the ... Read on →

    briefest career you can imagine

    Selling Cosmetics Door To Door

    by | Nov 24, 2014
    Image: from DustyDiggerLise Etsy shop (promotional image) https://www.etsy.com/listing/109994932/1970s-perfume-ad-futuristic-space-age?ref=market Magazine ad for Koscot's 'Oil of Mink" fragrances from Koscot Interplanetary, Inc. circa 1972 (Etsy)
    Magazine ad for Koscot's 'Oil of Mink" fragrances from Koscot Interplanetary, Inc. circa 1972 (Etsy) In the summer of 1968 a man walked into Dad’s saw shop gushing about a guy making beaucoups of money. College was out for the summer and I needed a job. The next ... Read on →

    yikes

    The 25 Percent

    by | Nov 21, 2014
    Top row: Bruce Braley, Terri Lynn Land, Greg Orman, Mark Udall, Pat Roberts, Kay Hagan, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Bottom row: Gary Peters, Dan Sullivan, Michelle Nunn, Mark Begich, Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan, Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen, David Perdue, Thom Tillis.
    I’m not going anywhere. I got a lot of family in Georgia, and besides, there’s plenty to love here—mountains, sea coasts, the change of seasons, not to mention all those wonderful things about the South as a whole, like collard greens. But dang—sometimes you just have to yearn ... Read on →

    digging deep

    Change is Going to Come

    by | Nov 21, 2014
    Change is Going to Come
    I am plagued with strange compulsions. Some have been with me as far back as I can recall and I have added several through the years. Compulsions rarely make sense to others, but I often find that those folks who scoff at my compulsions usually have their ... Read on →

    a sweeter side of appalachia:

    Growing Up and Growing Old with Surge

    by | Nov 20, 2014
    Growing Up and Growing Old with Surge
    This morning, my friend Lusy stopped by my office with a nasty cold and a warm, sixteen ounce can of Surge; I gladly hugged him. As he sat the Christmas-colored can of heavenly proportions on my office desk, I thought to myself, “There it is.  My childhood ... Read on →

    sugar creek plantation

    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair

    by | Nov 18, 2014
    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair
    Back in 1937 when Gene Talmadge was finishing his second two-year term as governor of Georgia, he took a big step. For Miss Mitt (his wife), he built a new home on U.S. Highway 341, ... Read on →

    modern day samaritans

    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?
    The light ahead was red, and no one was close behind, so I slowed to let the man who just darted across two lanes of traffic finish his dangerous dash to the wide concrete ... Read on →

    atlantic coast pipeline

    Save Our Wild Heritage

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    Save Our Wild Heritage
    It’s hard to talk in the same breath about the outstanding natural beauty of the Shenandoah Mountain and the plan to cut through it with an Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Yet the 550 mile Gas ... Read on →

    ARTicle #4

    Picasso, 1881 – 1973

    by | Nov 15, 2014
    Picasso, 1881 - 1973
    When Mozart was three, the story goes, he watched his father give his sister a piano lesson, after which he sat down and played it from memory. Sometimes genius shows itself early. There is a ... Read on →

    get money moving

    Have We Turned a Corner?

    by | Nov 12, 2014
    Have We Turned a Corner?
    Money, the life-blood of the nation Corrupts and stagnates in the veins Unless a proper circulation Its motion and its heat maintains. – Jonathan Swift For the first time since 2009, the rate at which the dollar moves through ... Read on →

    mix it up

    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking

    by | Nov 11, 2014
    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking
    You spend a lifetime in your body, so why not enjoy it? Now, some consider their body simply as a vehicle to transport their head from point A to point B. Others are quite ... Read on →

    pain in the ass

    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Stupid Body Part Tricks
    Now, it wasn't hurting at all a few minutes ago... I've been getting older for awhile now.   The whole thing starts happening around the time I'm  six years old, though truthfully, it's entirely possible that ... Read on →

    why gop?

    Anti-Obama in USA & Democratic ineptness here

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Congratulations Voters. Here is what you rejected by voting out the democrats: 65 straight months of economic growth (Forbes.com) A record 56 months of private sector job growth (WashingtonPost.com) Unemployment falling from 10.1% to 5.9% (PoliticsUSA.com) The budget deficit reduced by two-thirds (USGovernmentSpending.com) 7-10 million more Americans now have health insurance (NBCNews.com) Income taxes are lower now than any time in 50 years for 95% of American taxpayers (CPP.org) Fewer Americans in harm’s way in war zones (Wikipedia.org) Zero attacks by al Qaeda on US soil (Wikipedia.org) President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president (Politifact.com) Record stock market growth (MacroTrends.net) Here’s what Republicans gave us the last time they were in charge: Two economic recessions The worst financial collapse sine the Great Depression The worst terrorist attack in history The two longest wars in US history The worst record of job creation since Herber Hoover A complete collapse of the stock market A budget surplus turned into a trillion dollar deficit. We played America. Well played. (Click Here for Source links) http://jeff61b.hubpages.com/hub/14-Facts-About-The-Obama-Presidency-That-Most-People-Dont-Know
    Why the Republican sweep in Georgia? Mainly, the voting in our state, and seemingly all across the nation, was purely anti-Obama in nature, as the Republican political operatives clearly convinced the electorate that the leadership ... Read on →

    ARTicle #3

    Dada, Surrealism and War

    by | Nov 7, 2014
    Dada, Surrealism and War
    Dada was an art movement which reacted to the madness of World War I. The artists were saying, in essence, if this is what rational thinking brings us, let's try a little irrational. Scientific ... Read on →

    we are here to help

    Caveat Emptor

    by | Nov 5, 2014
    Caveat Emptor
    When my phone rang a couple of weeks ago I glanced at Caller ID to avoid predictable requests for my generosity. I’m too polite to turn people down without explanation, which wastes my time ... Read on →

    the midterms

    Shame on Us For Giving Still More Power to Such a Party

    by | Nov 5, 2014
    Shame on Us For Giving Still More Power to Such a Party
    Shame on us, the American People. Giving more power to a Republican Party that has has been blatantly indifferent to the good of the nation. Never in American history has there been a party so consistently ... Read on →

    vested interests

    Government by Developer

    by | Nov 3, 2014
    Government by Developer
    In Glynn County, Georgia, I recently discovered, the county planning staff has been passing off amendments to the master plan, drawn up by developers, as their own. At least, we still have an elected ... Read on →

    georgia

    Simply put, Vote “No!” on all questions on Tuesday’s ballot

    by | Nov 2, 2014
    Simply put, Vote "No!" on all questions on Tuesday's ballot
    Next Tuesday, when you go to vote, you'll be faced with two constitutional amendments on the ballot, plus one resolution. Today let's examine what they are, and comment on them. But first, realize that you ... Read on →

    on styles

    ARTicle #2

    by | Nov 2, 2014
    ARTicle #2
    Western Artists at the turn of the 20th century were faced with an emerging modern era, which they enthusiastically embraced or scornfully dismissed. Young Picasso was an enthusiast, attracted particularly to Paul Cezanne's paintings, ... Read on →

    part 10

    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity

    by | Oct 30, 2014
    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity
    Summary: From the perspective of the evolution of life, it can be seen how value is an emergent -- but none the less real -- dimension of the reality of creatures like us humans. ... Read on →

    another dark wood

    Promises To Keep

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    Promises To Keep
    In a class on Dante I'm currently enrolled in, Professor Frank Ambrosio of Georgetown University quoted the nineteenth century philosopher Friedric Nietzsche that human beings, as far as we know, are the only animals ... Read on →
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      He’s back. The late great Irish poet Seamus Heaney used to visit the campus of Emory University in Atlanta occasionally. His presence is still there and looms large in an exhibit currently on display at the library. It includes a multi-media poetry sitting room where you can hear Heaney and others read some of his poems. The exhibit ends next week. If you’re around Atlanta, check it out. Heaney inspired Bono among others. Maybe he could inspire you, too? OK, maybe.

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      funquotations:

      If you’re a Conservative, why aren’t you behind conserving the land? - Ken Kesey
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    • Jimmy Carter Backhands John McCain As 'Warmonger'

      crooksandliars:

      Considering that John McCain has never met a war he didn’t like, he was just asking for it when he insulted former President Jimmy Carter:

      Carter had harsh words for U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Farrow asked Carter how he felt about McCain’s stab earlier this year at Carter’s foreign policy record. In a televised comment, McCain said, “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad. It pales in comparison to this president.’’

      But the 39th president didn’t flinch.

      “That’s a compliment to me coming from a warmonger,” he said.

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      latimes:

      Who’s affected by President Obama’s immigration plan?

    • Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use - The Washington Post

      The Washington Post reports:

      States in the Deep South have among the lowest rates in the country of households connected to broadband, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Just 57.4 percent of Mississippi residents live in households with broadband Internet use. Many other Southern states rounded out the top 10 least connected, with Arkansas at the second to last, and other states, including Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana, also reporting low levels of home broadband use.

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    Gun Rights Advocates Turn to Intimidation

    Gun Rights Advocates Turn to Intimidation

    Everything is indeed bigger in Texas, and now that slogan can also apply to moronic public displays of intimidation. The New York Times reported today on an armed protest outside a suburban restaurant this past weekend. From NYT: A small meeting of a group seeking tougher gun laws was interrupte...

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    The Empathy Deficit

    The Empathy Deficit

    Most people in Congress are very, very wealthy. It's the natural by-product of a campaign system engineered by and for the benefit of the richest Americans. Campaigning after all is a 24/7 job, and few members of the 99% can afford to balance the time constraints of fundraising and campaigning w...

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    Social Insecurity

    Social Insecurity

    The Republican push to privatize Social Security is really only about one thing: giving control of the Social Security trust fund to the bankers. They’ve already started taking big bites of the Medicaid funding. They're working on the Medicare funding, too. No rocket science is required to figu...

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    Almost Great Depression To Be Over This Week

    Exactly when this economic crisis began is arguable. Republicans often suggest that it was left from the Clinton years and point to evidence including excess growth, albeit benign, in 1994 and evidence of excess fluidity being addressed in December 2002. While there was occasional discussion by pu...

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    Desmond Tutu: ‘Apartheid was not the last word’

    Desmond Tutu: ‘Apartheid was not the last word’

    Desmond Tutu turns 79 today, Oct. 7, and he says this is it: At long last, he's retiring from public life. The South African archbishop-emeritus played a critical role during a period of dramatic change in South Africa in recent decades, and he is rightly revered world wide. A man with the dyn...

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    Fees for auto taxes & the legislature meeting less often

    Fees for auto taxes & the legislature meeting less often

    One of the reasons Georgians fear when the Legislature meets may best be seen in the changes made in the way you now must pay taxes on your automobiles. Becoming effective March 1, 2013 was the Title Ad Valorem Tax legislation. Its prime purpose, enacted in state after state by hard-core conserva...

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    Style Cloning

    Style Cloning

    A number of news reports have been chronicling the verbal odyssey of Roger Ebert, the well known movie and cultural critic. Ebert, having lost his voice during treatment for cancer of the thyroid, had it electronically restored. At first, the voice he was given did not sound like his old voice. A Sc...

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    The Facts of Life

    The Facts of Life

    The “facts of life,” according to my father, had nothing to do with the birds and bees, but with dollars and cents. I guess he knew his daughters would figure out the first, but he wanted to be sure we knew “the rule of seven,” compound interest, employment benefits, and insurance ...

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    Pink Power:Race for the Cure

    Pink Power:Race for the Cure

    In 2008, Susan G. Komen for the CureⓇ  celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, with well over one million participants since 2005. The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awarenes...

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    My Salmon Swims Upstream

    My husband is a plumber.  Every day he deals with the likes of stuff you and I shudder to even think about.  This is the precise reason why, when he made a gagging sound as I set supper on the table, I almost picked up his fork and stabbed him in the face with it. I’d made salmon patties with...

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    Robbers, Bankers, Bandits, Kings

    Robbers, Bankers, Bandits, Kings

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    NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill

    This week the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate voted to legalize fracking for natural gas in the state, following the lead of the Republican House, which approved the measure last week. Senate Bill 820 now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D), who has been inundated with calls, emails and l...

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    A Time For Dying?

    A Time For Dying?

    (Note: This is first person to make a point. It is based on my observations of treatment and the views expressed by the many cancer patients I have seen through their final days. Our system is barbaric, insulting and demeaning, and needs to change. Cancer will never be “cured” under our current ...

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    Oat Shortbread Cookies and a New Vitamin

    Many years ago, when I was in Grad school, some friends and I began to think seriously about nutrition. Grad students on the whole aren’t known for their interest in nutrition, but we discovered a vitamin that’s not very well known: vitamin O. Vitamin O deficiencies are pretty common, and can ha...

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    Occupy Nashville: Local official dismisses arrest warrants, defies state

    Occupy Nashville: Local official dismisses arrest warrants, defies state

    As a local official continues to dismiss arrest warrants, the state of Tennessee is losing ground in its effort to evict Occupy Nashville. Last Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's administration set new curfew and permit rules on the park where Occupy Nashville had been camping for three w...

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    Life in the Key of Stupid – July 2013

    Life in the Key of Stupid – July 2013

    Just plain ignorant: House Speaker John Boehner issued a second scathing rebuke of fellow republican Rep. Steve King after the Iowa Republican stood by his idiotic comments characterizing most young undocumented immigrants as “drug mules.” Boehner blowtificated “I want to be clear, (after ...

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    I can't be a Southern Woman Writer

    Not long ago, two days into the Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College, I was feeling inspired, excited, and fascinated. I was all fired up to write my heart out when it hit me like a brickbat:  I cannot possibly be a Southern Woman Writer. Yes, I’m Southern — for at least 10 genera...

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    Rabbit Ears Redux

    Rabbit Ears Redux

    The recession demanded it. The damn thing just pounded its iron fist on the table and said "Give it up, dammit!" Nonetheless it was a sad occasion. I’d looked forward to the monthly game of deciding whether to buy groceries or pay unconscionable prices for Cable-TV being piped into the ho...

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    Populists vs. Bourbons in Miss. U.S. Senate race

    Populists vs. Bourbons in Miss. U.S. Senate race

    More than a century ago the “forgotten man” of Mississippi and across the South — the farmer, the common worker — decided he’d had enough of “Wall Street speculators who gambled on his crop futures; the railroad owners who evaded his taxes, bought legislatures, and over-charged him w...

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    The Illuminati are gonna git ya. Would I lie?

    The Illuminati are gonna git ya. Would I lie?

    In the late 70s, when Eddie Lee and Larry Larson performed outrageous satires on Atlanta’s stages, they poked fun at people who believed in a secret brotherhood called The Illuminati. In some circles today this is no laughing matter. Rather, it’s a consistent and growing conspiracy theory concer...

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