31 January 2010
gidewon's nightclub in the old buildings at p'tree & 12th has gotten the last of its permits---but the opponents won't give up, i am sure---there goes the neighborhood, they will tell you and they'll be looking for the least infraction as an excuse to have them shut down
there'll still be a vast sea of asphalt behind the building, but personally i'm looking forward to a little more activity on the streets
Posted by tomitron at 1/31/2010 04:23:00 PM
we could simplify the election process by eliminating all campaigning and just posting candidate's pictures for us to vote on:
The authors concluded that people possess "a general and imperfect" ability to infer political affiliation based on facial appearance, which is related to stereotypes about Democrat and Republican personalities. The ability to surmise other perceptually ambiguous traits, such as sexual orientation and religious group membership, has been reported in similar studies. . . . In a study published in Science in February 2009, subjects were able to predict from a pair of photos of faces alone which political figure would win an election. Even children could pick the winner when asked who they would prefer to be captain of their boat. And in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2007, researchers linked competence perceived from a candidate’s face to his or her electoral success.
Posted by tomitron at 1/31/2010 03:32:00 PM
30 January 2010
so while everybody was trashing shirley there toward the end, they forgot the huge thing she got accomplished: getting the overhaul of our sewer system underway-----two giant tunnels are being built, one out the utoy creek watershed and one out south river-----in huge rains that might otherwise overwhelm the system, these tunnels, which are each over a mile long, will serve as holding tanks for sewage
we may have a shitty transportation system but at least we won't have shitty rivers
Posted by tomitron at 1/30/2010 08:23:00 AM
29 January 2010
28 January 2010
Posted by tomitron at 1/28/2010 09:40:00 PM
27 January 2010
Posted by tomitron at 1/27/2010 08:42:00 PM
our intown representatives are earning their keep---they just introduced this bill
Code Section 32-2-80 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to public-private partnerships entered into by the Department of Transportation, is amended by adding a new subsection to read as follows: (f) The department shall not issue any request for proposal or enter into any contract under this Code section that calls for the construction of a tunnel to aid in the mitigation of traffic congestion in this state.
Posted by tomitron at 1/27/2010 06:54:00 PM
26 January 2010
a native son makes a point:
Posted by tomitron at 1/26/2010 08:19:00 PM
Scientists have claimed people should remove old copper pipes from their homes or install special filters because the metal has been shown to build up in their bodies and cause serious health problems.i was so happy with my new copper pipes on sinclair avenue, cause it meant no more brown water from the rusty galvanized pipes, which were a great advance over lead pipes, which were a great advance over wooden pipes, plus plastic just seems like a cheap substitute
it just goes to show you, don't it?
Posted by tomitron at 1/26/2010 07:48:00 PM
25 January 2010
Somewhere just after 12:30 p.m. on a cold Wednesday this month, the image of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as a Western pragmatist and wily political deal-maker evaporated in a cloud of heated rhetoric. After months of doing battle with the oil and gas industry, the typically cautious Salazar lost his cool in a media call Jan. 6, blasting companies for acting like they were "kings of the world" and treating the country's public lands as their own personal "candy store."
Posted by tomitron at 1/25/2010 09:05:00 PM
Tracks were being laid in front of the Metro Atlanta Chamber this week so Georgians could see an actual light rail car — making a stop in town for a couple of days. The light rail vehicle, which also can operate as a streetcar, was on its way to Charlotte, N.C. as part of the North Carolina city’s second phase of its public transit system.just as birmingham and every other southern city got toasted by us in the 60s and 70s, now we're watching charlotte, nashville, houston, and dallas doing what they need to do, while we stagnate---that's what happens when the yahoos are in charge
although hope springs eternal and all---as i told a friend: surely all of our elected officials can't be clueless----
Posted by tomitron at 1/25/2010 07:07:00 PM
24 January 2010
Posted by tomitron at 1/24/2010 11:21:00 AM
23 January 2010
i want to see obama and the democrats govern like their predecessors did: to hell with "bipartisanship"
The seismic events of the last few days ends, in some respects, the phony war of the first year of Obama's presidency. As is the case in truly fracturing democracies, the opposition simply does not and cannot accept the fact that it is out of power. The incoherence of the opposition to Obama - that he is both Jimmy Carter and Adolf Hitler, as Stephen Colbert pointed out last night - reveals the irrationality of the hate. It began immediately on the FNC/RNC right. And the ferocity of the campaign against Obama, the sheer dickishness of the GOP and its acolytes, the total oppositionism to everything he has done and indeed anything he might do... suggests that any hope for some kind of cooperation from this rump is impossible. . . . This is about a cynical nihilist attempt to break this presidency before it has had a chance to do what we elected it to do by a landslide vote. It is an attempt to destroy a majority's morale, to break a president's foreign policy autonomy, to prevent engagement in the Middle East peace process, to stop action on climate change, to restore torture, to increase tensions with the Muslim world, to launch a war on Iran. We cannot delude ourselves that if Obama fails, this is not the alternative. It is.
Posted by tomitron at 1/23/2010 10:32:00 AM
22 January 2010
21 January 2010
The Thursday morning decision represents a rare moment of judicial activism from the conservative Supreme Court, which upends a century of law and replaces the current regime of campaign finance regulations with the opinions of five Supreme Court Justices. . . . "The majority's approach to corporate electioneering marks a dramatic break from our past. Congress has placed special limitations on campaign spending by corporations ever since the passage of the Tillman Act in 1907... We have unanimously concluded [in 1982] that this 'reflects a permissible assessment of the dangers posed by those entities to the electoral process'... and have accepted the 'legislative judgment that the special characteristics of the corporate structure require particularly careful regulation... The Court today rejects a century of history when it treats the distinction between corporate and individual campaign spending as an invidious novelty born' in a 1990 opinion."we're in deep shit if congress doesn't fix this now---
update: and that may not be possible
Posted by tomitron at 1/21/2010 09:16:00 PM
19 January 2010
or at least the advocate has designated atlanner the gayest city in america---wha????
Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state, but Atlanta is undoubtedly our gayest city—with 29 gay bars here, there’s a reason it’s dubbed Hotlanta. Atlanta’s several queer events include one of the nation’s largest Prides in October (returning to Piedmont Park this year), and MondoHomo, a May event celebrating art, drag, burlesque, film, and BBQ. The gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business! . . . . These cities where everyday gays live—towns and boroughs with a mix of baby carriages, gay bars, and B&Bs—signal the continuing movement of gay people into mainstream American life, which in turn also signals an eventual end to lists like this. In 10 years or so every Main Street USA will probably be too gay to measure. Won’t that be nice?
Posted by tomitron at 1/19/2010 06:03:00 PM
18 January 2010
i feel a little bloated and distended
Posted by tomitron at 1/18/2010 12:00:00 AM
17 January 2010
15 January 2010
with bodies piling up in the streets of port-au-prince, it's hard to think about the city itself with virtually every major landmark destroyed---begun in 1882, the cathedral was the tallest building in the city, so that it was impossible to get lost in the city---it may be reconstructed but it won't be restored---likewise the presidential palace, which was designed in 1912 by a haitian architect and completed in 1920---what a mess----at least the heart of new orleans survived intact
Posted by tomitron at 1/15/2010 06:16:00 PM
maybe this is the silver lining:
PARIS – on Friday urged Haiti's creditors to speed efforts to cancel the impoverished Caribbean nation's debt, a stranglehold that began two centuries ago when Napoleon demanded reparations for the island's independence. In 1825, France demanded 150 million francs in gold as reparations for lands lost by former slave owners. took massive loans from American, German and French banks at exorbitant rates of interest to pay back France.
Posted by tomitron at 1/15/2010 05:23:00 PM
14 January 2010
first it's robertson and his nonsense---now limbaugh saying Obama's call to action to help Haiti was nothing but something "they" will "use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community, in both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It's made to order for them"---that was right before he actively discouraged appeals for donations, saying "We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."
maybe they didn't want everybody to get too depressed watching a huge disaster unfold---or maybe they're just assholes
reminds me of katrina
Posted by tomitron at 1/14/2010 07:21:00 PM
The chicken and pork industries have wrought unprecedented changes in bird and swine flu. Billions could die in a deadly flu pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen. -- Greger very clearly delineates how a virus begins, mutates, and becomes dangerous. As with so many problems we are seeing lately -- environmental or health -- factory farmed meat seems to be a big part of the cause. . . . It is time for humans to remove their heads from the sand and recognize the risk to themselves that can arise from their maltreatment of other species.which is one reason i won't eat meat
Posted by tomitron at 1/14/2010 07:31:00 AM
13 January 2010
I watched two minutes of palin's debut on fox last night and wanted to break the teevee
Posted by tomitron at 1/13/2010 06:11:00 PM
per pat robertson, at least----
Posted by tomitron at 1/13/2010 06:05:00 PM
scandal in ulster---is homophobia bringing down a government?
Posted by tomitron at 1/13/2010 08:20:00 AM
11 January 2010
I understand, but reject, certain religious teachings that denounce homosexuality as morally wrong, illegitimate, or unnatural; and I take strong exception to those who argue that same-sex relationships should be discouraged by society and law. Science has taught us, even if history has not, that gays and lesbians do not choose to be homosexual any more than the rest of us choose to be heterosexual. To a very large extent, these characteristics are immutable, like being left-handed. And, while our Constitution guarantees the freedom to exercise our individual religious convictions, it equally prohibits us from forcing our beliefs on others. I do not believe that our society can ever live up to the promise of equality, and the fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, until we stop invidious discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.that's from ted olson, and you really need to read the whole thing---he's a veteran of both the reagan and the bush2 administrations, where he was solicitor general, but is now leading the arguments before the circuit court in support of overturning prop 8 as unconstitutional---he's going for the whole shooting match, too, by arguing equal protection under the 14th amendment---andrew sullivan points out:
Posted by tomitron at 1/11/2010 06:06:00 PM
10 January 2010
now they've seen it in the real world---
i wish that i could say that i even begin to understand mathematics
Posted by tomitron at 1/10/2010 12:37:00 PM
. . . then go out and slap a bankster
What we don’t know will hurt us, and quite possibly on a more devastating scale than any Qaeda attack. Americans must be told the full story of how Wall Street gamed and inflated the housing bubble, made out like bandits, and then left millions of households in ruin. Without that reckoning, there will be no public clamor for serious reform of a financial system that was as cunningly breached as airline security at the Amsterdam airport. And without reform, another massive attack on our economic security is guaranteed. Now that it can count on government bailouts, Wall Street has more incentive than ever to pump up its risks — secure that it can keep the bonanzas while we get stuck with the losses.. . . and after you have finished that, start squealing at your congressional representatives to fix the regulations that the republicans (with the connivance of the dems) tore up over the last twenty-five years
Posted by tomitron at 1/10/2010 10:47:00 AM
There is no doubt that the gay community, like our whole American culture, is youth-oriented. Accordingly, too many young people view the prospects of aging with aversion. But I think they are wrong to think that way. So let me list a few of what seem to me are the advantages of growing older. Here are five. There are others.
Posted by tomitron at 1/10/2010 10:43:00 AM
09 January 2010
a friend just gave me an original edition of new york state's report on the 1895 cotton states & international exposition at piedmont park---some great renderings by bradford gilbert, who directed design of most of the buildings, and excellent images, some new (to me)---also details of the buildings that i hadn't seen before---e.g., they were all wooden, and most had shingled exteriors, stained grey, with "moss-green" roofs and "dull white" trim---the mineral and forestry building was built with several varieties of raw wood, left in its (more-or-less) natural state---the electric lights were a huge hit
Posted by tomitron at 1/09/2010 06:10:00 PM
i have been trying to decide which i like better, weatherwise: the dog days of august or this freezn-ass-cold january
Posted by tomitron at 1/09/2010 02:00:00 PM
07 January 2010
06 January 2010
Posted by tomitron at 1/06/2010 06:25:00 PM
05 January 2010
Posted by tomitron at 1/05/2010 08:56:00 PM
the number of automobiles in this country actually went down last year--- now that is news
Posted by tomitron at 1/05/2010 06:18:00 PM
04 January 2010
03 January 2010
won't goodwill be happy?
i really like the emptier spaces that remain
Posted by tomitron at 1/03/2010 06:09:00 PM
When we look at job loss [as a factor in the commercial real estate downtown] don't delude yourself that it's purely recession-induced, ... if the only thing we have is a bunch of empty space that you can get cheap, and our unemployment rate is higher than the national average, which it is... folks, that is a road to nowhere. We have to have a governor that embraces Atlanta and tells the legislature to get off this 'two Georgia' stuff. It's old. [emphasis added]
gellerstedt is ceo of cousins properties and knows whereof he speaks----atlanta is stagnating
Posted by tomitron at 1/03/2010 01:39:00 PM
Don't forget the naughts, because this decade, no matter what anyone on the right might say, was conservatism on trial. You want less taxes? You got less taxes. You want less regulation? You got less regulation. Open markets? Wide open. An illusuion of security in place of rights? Hey, presto. You want unlimited power given to military contractors so they can kick butt and take names? Man, we handed out boots and pencils by the thousands. Everything, everything, that ever showed up on a drooled-over right wing wish list got implemented -- with a side order of Freedom Fries. . . . What did we get for it? We got an economy in ruins, a government in massive debt, unending war, and the repudiation of the world. There's no doubt that Republicans want you to forget the last decade, because if you remember... if you remember when you went down to the water hole and were jumped by every lunacy that ever emerged from the wet dreams of Grover Norquist and Dick Cheney, well, it's not likely that you'd give them a chance to do it again.of course we, being americans, will forget, although maybe not for another generation or so
Posted by tomitron at 1/03/2010 01:03:00 PM
02 January 2010
another indication of how much the last decade sukd:
For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households. But since 2000, the story is starkly different.The past decade was the worst for the U.S. economy in modern times, a sharp reversal from a long period of prosperity that is leading economists and policymakers to fundamentally rethink the underpinnings of the nation's growth.but, hey, the rich got their tax cuts and everything under the shining sun got deregulated, so the rest of us just need to adjust
Posted by tomitron at 1/02/2010 09:12:00 AM
01 January 2010
save the swamps!
From the Florida Everglades to the bluffs overlooking the Deschutes River in Oregon, conservationists are snapping up prime property for preservation, often at a fraction of what the asking price was at the real estate market’s height.
Posted by tomitron at 1/01/2010 06:11:00 PM