31 July 2010
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29 July 2010
57 dead this month; 150 this year ---
Posted by tomitron at 7/29/2010 05:46:00 PM
28 July 2010
The problem isn't merely the greatest downturn since the Great Depression. It's also that big business has found a way to make big money without restoring the jobs it cut the past two years, or increasing its investments or even its sales, at least domestically.
Posted by tomitron at 7/28/2010 08:20:00 AM
27 July 2010
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26 July 2010
we get all excited about a 200 year old oak ---- here's a woman that is trying to document in photographs the world's oldest organisms --- what an excellent way to set an itinerary --- i'm not sure i believe the 500,000 yr old siberian actinobacteria, but the 9,000 yr old spruce in sweden or 3,000 yr old llareta in the andes are impressive enough ----
Posted by tomitron at 7/26/2010 06:02:00 PM
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24 July 2010
Posted by tomitron at 7/24/2010 07:44:00 AM
this is long overdue ---shoulda done it this way to begin with:
For the second time in less than a year, the Atlanta City Council has completely changed the city’s parking regulations. Earlier this week, the council voted to create at least four distinct parking zones that would each have unique parking hours and restrictions. With the 10-0 vote the council moved to increase the time limits of metered parking in certain areas and to eliminate overnight parking restrictions in those areas altogether. Sunday enforcement also was eliminated, though Atlanta police still will ticket and tow illegally parked cars.
Posted by tomitron at 7/24/2010 07:37:00 AM
22 July 2010
A paper by Diego Comin, Erick Gong, and myself was just published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. We collected crude but informative data on the state of technology in various parts of the world in 1000 BC, 0 AD, and 1500 AD. . . .1500 AD technology is a particularly powerful predictor of per capita income today. 78 percent of the difference in income today between sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe is explained by technology differences that already existed in 1500 AD – even BEFORE the slave trade and colonialism.
Posted by tomitron at 7/22/2010 08:36:00 AM
21 July 2010
startled by some of those horse-and-buggy christians (mennonite, amish?) in the oncoming lane --- clop, clop, clop --- no image :(
Posted by tomitron at 7/21/2010 08:56:00 PM
20 July 2010
17 July 2010
Posted by tomitron at 7/17/2010 05:53:00 PM
the president, this morning:
Posted by tomitron at 7/17/2010 10:04:00 AM
16 July 2010
15 July 2010
a great american elm has been dying for a couple of years and, coincidentally or not, so has a fairly pitiful water oak in the background --- both have been marked for destruction --- sad to see the old-timers go
however, the rudbeckia is/are spectacular
Posted by tomitron at 7/15/2010 09:03:00 PM
Warming temperatures are melting patches of ice that have been in place for thousands of years in the mountains of the Canadian High Arctic and in turn revealing a treasure trove of ancient hunting tools.and not just prehistoric tools either --- how creepy is "blood falls"????
Posted by tomitron at 7/15/2010 08:07:00 AM
14 July 2010
Posted by tomitron at 7/14/2010 06:12:00 PM
although we may have heard this before, there is once again talk of a "multi-modal" passenger station across forsyth from five points station, near the site of the old union station (1930) --- this might be serious, however: ga. d.o.t. is involved ---
Posted by tomitron at 7/14/2010 05:48:00 PM
13 July 2010
this is from last year, but is worth doing again:
"Even it you are not yourself in a position of power, … if you've gotten used to seeing people who look like you in almost every position of authority," he says, "to then have to wake up every day and see a man of color basically running the country … is psychologically debilitating to white folks who all their lives weren't necessarily bigots or racists in any overt sense, but had simply gotten complacent with the way things were. They had internalized these notions of entitlement and superiority. . . .
we've still got a ways to go
"On the one hand it's funny," says Wise. "On the other hand it's really frightening, because people, when they're in that sort of meltdown mode don't make good decisions and do really crazy things." . . . .
"At some point, people will have to say, maybe black folks aren't the crazy ones. Maybe it's not the folks of color who have lost their minds. Maybe it's you."
Posted by tomitron at 7/13/2010 06:18:00 PM
11 July 2010
everybody always makes a big deal of chimpanzees and their penchant for violence and warfare ---- but:
First off, chimps aren't "our closest primate cousin," though you'll need a sharp eye to find any mention of our other, equally intimately related cousin, the bonobo in most of these "news" stories. Like a crazy relative who lives in a shed out back, bonobos tend to get mentioned in passing-if at all-in these sweeping declarations about the ancient primate roots of war. There are plenty of reasons self-respecting journalists might want to avoid talking about bonobos (their penchant for mutual masturbation, their unapologetic homosexuality and incest, a general sense of hippie-like shamelessness pervading bonobo social life), but the biggest inconvenience is the utter absence of any Viking-like behavior ever observed among bonobos. Bonobos never rape or pillage. No war. No murder. No infanticide.
Posted by tomitron at 7/11/2010 04:42:00 PM
10 July 2010
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09 July 2010
hawaii's republican (surprise!) governor vetoed that state's civil unions law, but that doesn't matter so much now since a federal judge has ruled that the so-called "defense of marriage act" is unconstitutional --- a huge victory for our side --- sooner or later justice will be served:
As an irrational prejudice plainly never constitutes a legitimate government interest, this court must hold that Section 3 of DOMA . . . violates the equal protection principles embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Posted by tomitron at 7/09/2010 09:01:00 AM
07 July 2010
05 July 2010
Posted by tomitron at 7/05/2010 07:20:00 PM
it's what the republicans do . . . .There was a time when everyone took it for granted that unemployment insurance, which normally terminates after 26 weeks, would be extended in times of persistent joblessness. It was, most people agreed, the decent thing to do. But that was then. Today, American workers face the worst job market since the Great Depression, with five job seekers for every job opening, with the average spell of unemployment now at 35 weeks. Yet the Senate went home for the holiday weekend without extending benefits. How was that possible?
Posted by tomitron at 7/05/2010 11:14:00 AM
04 July 2010
02 July 2010
Posted by tomitron at 7/02/2010 05:45:00 PM
01 July 2010
A new poll of leading presidential scholars ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president of the United States, just below Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan . . . . [George W.] Bush joins Harding, Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce, all of whom have consistently ranked as the worst presidents since the poll started, in the bottom five.republican heads are exploding all over the place
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