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    climate change 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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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 for bluer pastures. The election returns have been officially dissected, and it turns out that our two bright young Democratic standard-bearers, Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, received “25 percent or less of the white vote.”

     

     

    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 Pipeline proposed by Dominion Resources is a real threat to the natural, recreational and water resources in the area. It would drive through the southeastern portion of the Shenandoah Mountain in the Braley Pond – Hankey Mountain area. If the pipeline is approved, this could make a portion of the Shenandoah Mountain Proposal ineligible for designation as a National Scenic Area.

     

     

    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 the economy on its way to becoming part of the Gross National Product has increased. The Federal Reserve data collectors had to extend the number out three digits to get there. But, from a low of 1.381, we’re now up to 1.386.

     

     

    pain in the ass

    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    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 my aging could have started earlier.  (But since this is my account of the story, we’ll agree it started on my sixth birthday, the one where I was all dressed up in new Roy Rogers regalla as I blew out candles and wished for a birthday pony that never showed up.) For years, ‘my aging’ rolled along in more or less an orderly fashion and at fairly comfortable pace. I paid scant attention to it — except for birthdays, of course. Truth be told, even at an early age, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the concept of relentlessly getting older.

     

     

    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 by the President is missing. In Georgia, the Democrats had charged ahead with two well-known names to run for the top offices, and many were thinking this showed a stronger Democratic Party rebounding from its previous meager showings. This perceived strength held throughout the race at the polls with neck-and-neck results causing eyebrows to be raised.

     

     

    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 destructive in its impact on America. Indeed, it is hard to find an instance these past six years when the Republicans have even tried to be constructive, tried to address our national problems…

     

     

    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 County Commission involved. In East Texas, it turns out, developers set up new taxing districts that then sell bonds to finance their projects by holding elections in which a single vote is cast by someone who’s been moved onto the land just to satisfy a legal requirement. The Dallas Morning News has been covering the scam. No wonder voting has become a big issue in Texas.

     

     

    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 may be like many Georgians: complaining on why you are being asked to decide such complicated measures. We feel it’s because of two reasons.

     

     

    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

    In order to regain its moral and spiritual passions, Liberal America does not have to to embrace the forms traditional religion has used to represent the issues of good and evil. That reconnection can be achieved, by moving further forward along the path of rational, empirically-based scientific knowledge.

    In other words, the path of evidence and reason can provide us good answers to those vital questions of value — answers that can connect us to those deep parts of our human core from which comes the passionate intensity required for this urgent battle.

     

     

    faith-based politics

    When Bad Politics Are Supported by Good People

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    When Bad Politics Are Supported by Good People

    Recently my wife and I attended a reunion of her first cousins (and their spouses). These cousins are the children of the children of a couple of Swedish immigrants who settled in Iowa to farm in the late 19th century. What a wonderful family event! Just enough people to fill all the seats around a table not so big we couldn’t all converse together. In all our time together, there wasn’t a single hurtful word. Even the spouses, like me, were embraced in the family feeling, all glad to be together.

     

     

    are we so gullible

    The GOP Simultaneously Cries ‘Wolf’ and ‘The Sky Is Falling’

    by | Oct 26, 2014
    Big Senate Race 2014 by DonkeyHotey

    Despicable. That’s the only word for it. I refer to the recent official email “Responding to the Ebola Crisis” of October 17 from my congressional representative, Bob Goodlatte, of Virginia’s 6th District. It begins by stating that “Ebola now spreading in the United States is of extreme concern [emphasis added].” The update then goes on to imply that millions of Americans have lost or will lose their health care under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)…

     

     

    o’reilly/stewart brouhaha

    Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

    by | Oct 26, 2014
    Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

    People like Bill O’Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks. Conservatives like O’Reilly do have some kernels of truth on their side. They rightly think people should develop good character, including virtues such as discipline and responsibility for oneself. And they are rightly concerned to assure that social policies don’t discourage people from developing such virtues.

     

     

    down the drain

    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    by | Oct 25, 2014
    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    The ethical man keeps his hands to himself and does not destroy what he admires and loves. The ethical man does not subscribe to the excuse that “you always hurt the one you love. The ethical hurts no-one at all. Most of the electorate is probably too young to remember the perverse responses Jimmy Carter’s admission of having lusted in his heart occasioned among Republicans. In retrospect, it seems rather obvious that people, who live and die by the euphemism, were ready to believe that Carter had uttered a prevarication…

     

     

    part 9

    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?

    Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known? For years, the polls show, a substantial majority of Americans have been unhappy about where our nation is headed. But we don’t all see the same dangers or agree on what to do about them. For example, the fear of millions that Obamacare is another step toward a socialist tyranny has little to do with reality. This distraction is indeed just one more symptom of what’s gone wrong.

     

     

    shop elsewhere

    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    One wryly fascinating aspect of achieving “seniority” is that my senses have become more adept at finding free entertainment.  Locating alternative sources of amusement  has become almost a necessity these days.  Daytime television remains abominable, cable TV is objectionally priced (probably by those same pirates who sell inkjet print cartridges) and the ransom one has to give up for seats to  professional sporting events is unconscionable. Also, our local news daily, though not unreasonably priced is but a shell of its former self. It is no longer a joy to read.

     

     

    part 8

    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

    by | Oct 19, 2014
    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

    This piece begins a discussion that is addressed especially to those who believe that there is no such thing — and can be no such thing — in the world as an “evil force.”

    The crucial battle in America today is being fought in the political arena, but the heart of it goes deeper than politics. It is at the moral and spiritual level. The issue in America today is this: will constructive or destructive, life-serving or life-degrading forces prevail in shaping this nation’s future?

     

     

    part 7

    Dispirited Liberal America

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    Dispirited Liberal America

    Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy, and a great many others act as if they had. They see that Big Money is wresting power from the people and, with the help of the Supreme Court, making it ever harder for the people to retrieve what has been taken from them. They see that one of our two major political parties is systematically blocking Congress from implementing solutions to our nation’s problems.

     

     

    the natural world

    Georgia, the state of things left out

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    No BMPs by road to new subdivision with obvious souring of the bottom during rain event.

    My spouse of fifty years has a quirky brain. It looks for things that aren’t there. Which is probably why one of his favorite poems is Antigonish or “The man who wasn’t there,” by Hughes Mearns.

    Yesterday, upon the stair,
    I met a man who wasn’t there.
    He wasn’t there again today,
    I wish, I wish he’d go away…

     

     

    part 6

    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes — Why Don’t We Emulate Them?

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes -- Why Don't We Emulate Them?

    The the destructive force that has arisen on the right is only one side of America’s present national crisis. The other side is the weakness of the response from Liberal America to this profound threat to our nation’s well-being. I’ve described President Obama’s failure to wage the battle that must be waged. But the problem of liberal weakness – and of its blindness – is not confined to the president. These defects were evident among Democratic leaders before Mr. Obama assumed the presidency, and they are manifested, I would assert, by Liberal America taken as a whole.

     

     

    part 5

    Liberal America, You Don’t See What We’re Up Against, and It Matters

    by | Oct 7, 2014
    Liberal America, You Don't See What We're Up Against, and It Matters

    I’ve undertaken to present this “Press the Battle” series because, believing it might make an important contribution, I feel a moral obligation to do so. At the age of 68, and after a whole decade of fighting against this ugly force that’s taken over the right, I’m certainly not doing it for fun.

    Maybe now is a good time to explain why I think what I’m presenting here might just possibly help turn the tide of battle. A reader recently wrote me privately wondering when I was going to stop the preliminaries and explain what I’m proposing to do…

     

     

    part 4

    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

    The American electorate is probably about to give more power to a party of traitors. This statement, though shocking, can be verified by these steps (many of which are substantiated here):

    • The Republican Party (“the Party of No”) has chosen to prevent anything from being accomplished.
    • To choose across-the-board obstructionism is to knowingly hurt the nation.
    • The Republicans’ motivation for obstructionism is to regain power…

     

     

    media fail

    Tipping Point: The People’s Climate March

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    People's Climate March New York

    “If the planet dies, all causes are lost causes.”Anonymous

    Humanity’s fate hangs on a tight race between two tipping points: a scientific one and a cognitive one. Scientists use the term “tipping point” to refer to a runaway feedback loop that, when triggered, abruptly and irreversibly changes the behavior of a system, such as the climate. For example, when permafrost melts, it releases methane, 50 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Thus: global warming, melting permafrost, more atmospheric methane, more global warming…

     

     

    problems, not targets

    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters

    by | Sep 29, 2014
    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters

    Six years ago, President Obama was all for bringing our troops home from far-off wars. Much of that has happened. Now new threats to world peace are prompting some war hawks to push for “sending in the troops,” no matter where the trouble is brewing.

    Good thing our military is controlled by a civilian Secretary of Defense. The military men will always advise on sending in the troops. They are trained to recommend no other way.

     

     

    Part 3.5

    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President

    by | Sep 26, 2014
    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President

    Hey, Mr. President. Why aren’t you out there on the hustings talking to the American people? There’s an election coming up, and the American political system is more dysfunctional than it’s been in generations, maybe ever. What does it mean that you, as president, are not using this last opportunity of your presidency to talk to voters about what’s gone wrong with the system and what voters can do now to get back a government that does the people’s business?

     

     

    smell test

    What’s that I smell?

    by | Sep 23, 2014
    What’s that I smell?

    I always knew politics smelled funny but I never know how much until now. Seems a couple of braniacs led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott have conducted a study showing that we can sniff out like minded people just from their body odor. So it ain’t only dogs that can find their friends with their noses, you can too. I won’t get into the ugly details, but essentially people from one political persuasion smelled body parts and bodily fluids of people from other political persuasions to determine if they were simpatico.

     

     

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    Burn Out or Check Out?  Let’s Dance

    Burn Out or Check Out? Let's Dance

    By: Maurice Carter

    It’s a dance I know by heart, this shifting and swaying from the outward world of human entanglements to an inner place of calm reflection. I’m not sure I could stop this movement if I tried, caught between voices calling cause to action and others from far hillsides beckoning me to run away -- to fly away and be freed. All around are people caught in conflict, their caring inching closer daily to anger, with words unheard, meanings misunderstood, and passions unrequited. On issues local, global, and universal, we have shouting like never before. Yet larger still are the legions who’ve checked out,   Read on →

    Who Am I now?

    Who Am I now?

    By: Alex Kearns

    This evening I popped out to the corner store for milk. A woman was there with an older man. He was walking up and down the aisles as she trailed behind him – sighing and huffing and saying things like “Dammit, Dad! You dragged me out to get something with you and now you can’t remember what you need?” Her words seemed to fall like blows on his shoulders. He began picking up items in a random fashion and knocked over several cans of soup. I bent to retrieve them up and when I straightened I looked into his face. There it was:  Read on →

    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    By: Jimmy Booth

    The Southern Appalachian oral art of storytelling has been a feature of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., over the years. This year, storytelling will have an even more significant presence at the festival with the National Storytelling Network (NSN) awarding the 2015 Bear Festival the designation as this year's Southeast Regional Spotlight Event for Storytelling. With the designation, the NSN has approved a grant of $1,000 to the Atlanta-headquartered Southern Order of Storytellers to use to strengthen its participation on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, at this year's 19th Annual Bear Festival. Debbie Weston From,  Read on →

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    By: Elliott Brack

    Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state's major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located in a smaller town wanting to enhance their school's prestige. It's that same old story of jealously, while seeking to keep the state's university as the major campus of the state. TIMELINE Ga. State University formation1913: Began as Evening School of Georgia Tech Commerce School, with 44 enrollees.1917: Women admitted because of decline in male students in WWI.1920: Enrollment up  Read on →