31 August 2010
the people at the fox have done shit and stepped back in it --- joe patten is a saint in preservation circles --- and the assholes controlling atlanta landmarks now can't be bothered to make any accomodation that might affect "operations" --- the fox wouldn't even be there now were it not for patten ---- jerks
Posted by tomitron at 8/31/2010 05:49:00 PM
30 August 2010
"But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers."
somebody coulda screwed up their data, but it's a lovely thought anyhow --- i'm a believer in a couple of glasses on a daily basis, medicinally of course, and not for pleasure ---
Posted by tomitron at 8/30/2010 06:47:00 PM
29 August 2010
28 August 2010
27 August 2010
"restoring honor" --- gimme a break
Posted by tomitron at 8/27/2010 07:52:00 PM
26 August 2010
i slathered my cement floor with a polymer coating today, which is not a new treatment, but is one that has not been renewed in five years --- it would look better if i stripped it back and started over, but so far there have been other things that i had rather do than that --- anyway now the dog hair will more readily blow to the corners, making it easier to collect --- another coat or two and it'll be fun watching the guys sliding across it when they're chasing each other --- i'll try to do it more regularly from now on ---
Posted by tomitron at 8/26/2010 07:50:00 PM
25 August 2010
poor house --- another victim of inman park properties
Posted by tomitron at 8/25/2010 07:39:00 AM
"Perhaps the most surprising thing about the news this week that 1 in 5 Americans believes that Barack Obama is Muslim is that so many people greeted the news as a surprise. Americans taking out their discrimination toward minority religions on the president of the United States is as American as apple pie; the custom has been going on as long as there has been a presidency. George Washington was the subject of widespread grumbling that he was a more loyal Mason than he was a Christian. . . . It's the nature of how we conflate political frustration, economic anxiety, and concern about the changing fabric of our identity."
and plenty of people thought lincoln was a catholic and that roosevelt was a jew---
Posted by tomitron at 8/25/2010 07:36:00 AM
24 August 2010
not to belabor the point or anything but . . .
Posted by tomitron at 8/24/2010 07:46:00 PM
23 August 2010
i still haven't been there --- but then i haven't been to disney world either
Posted by tomitron at 8/23/2010 06:47:00 PM
"A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Obama administration regulations expanding stem cell research. The nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government's new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption."
i do not understand this obsession with the "lives" of blastocytes --- it's just wierd
Posted by tomitron at 8/23/2010 05:43:00 PM
21 August 2010
19 August 2010
"We are at a global inflection point. Half the world's population is now urban -- and half the world's most global cities are Asian. The 2010 Global Cities Index, a collaboration between Foreign Policy, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, reveals a snapshot of this pivotal moment. In 2010, five of the world's 10 most global cities are in Asia and the Pacific: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Seoul. Three -- New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles -- are American cities. Only two, London and Paris, are European. And there's no question which way the momentum is headed: Just as more people will continue to migrate from farms to cities, more global clout will move from West to East."the list of the 65 "top global cities" includes atlanner at #40
Posted by tomitron at 8/19/2010 09:36:00 PM
"Georgia State University bought the adjoining former Wyndham Garden Hotel and The Baymont Inn and Suites at 175 Piedmont Avenue for an undisclosed amount. The university plans to convert the properties, which have 453 rooms, into student housing."
Posted by tomitron at 8/19/2010 07:08:00 PM
and her name was gladys"A maternal ancestor to all living humans called mitochondrial Eve likely lived about 200,000 years ago, at roughly the same time anatomically modern humans are believed to have emerged, a new review study confirms.... The results are based on analyses of mitochondrial DNA. Found in the energy-producing centers of cells, mitochondrial DNA is only passed down the maternal line, and can be traced back to one woman."
Posted by tomitron at 8/19/2010 10:52:00 AM
18 August 2010
"In what is either the beginning of the end of the Hermit Kingdom, or maybe the end of the beginning, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (that's North Korea to us; Norks to the intelligence community) has joined Twitter. . . .My advice to Kim is, stick with what you know: you're the Hermit Kingdom. You can't be the last insane despot on earth and be Tweeting."a very funny post
Posted by tomitron at 8/18/2010 08:29:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 8/18/2010 08:09:00 PM
17 August 2010
Posted by tomitron at 8/17/2010 06:26:00 PM
The Taliban on Sunday ordered their first public executions by stoning since their fall from power nine years ago, killing a young couple who had eloped, according to Afghan officials and a witness.their fathers and siblings joined in the fun --- i guess it wouldn't do to carpet bomb that village, would it?
just like britain and russia, we have wasted ourselves on afghanistan ---
Posted by tomitron at 8/17/2010 06:00:00 PM
16 August 2010
14 August 2010
13 August 2010
check out these images --- russia in color in the first decade or so of the twentieth century --- the ones of samarkand are especially good --- scroll on down at that link to find the thumbnails ---
another one from sullivan
Posted by tomitron at 8/13/2010 08:41:00 PM
It seems to me that we are witnessing the much faster collapse of the anti-gay marriage case - on logic and public opinion - than almost anyone anticipated. It is as if suddenly, one consensus has imploded and another begun.
i'll say --- all the nastiness of 2004 seems a long time ago
Posted by tomitron at 8/13/2010 08:30:00 AM
12 August 2010
in color no less --- a lot of them not captioned, but some are --- see the rest, more than a hundred of them
like the zwinger in dresden, destroyed along with the rest of the city by allied carpet bombing and the resultant fire storm in february 1945, but reconstructed after the war
and this lovely field at a place called dachau
thank sullivan for this one
Posted by tomitron at 8/12/2010 05:53:00 PM
11 August 2010
"It doesn't matter what I do," he answered. "People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."he's been called "the soul" of the republican party --- the man who tried his best to ruin clinton's presidency --- and now threatens to run for president in 2012
Posted by tomitron at 8/11/2010 06:46:00 PM
By using his position as an elected representative to publicly insinuate President Barack Obama isn't American despite ample proof to the contrary, he has declared himself a paranoid, right-wing racist who cannot accept that a dark-skinned man with a non-European name is legitimately American. Yesterday Georgia Republicans decided they want Deal to lead our state government for the next four years.i like to think that barnes will have an easier chance beating his ass than he would ms. handel's --- even so it's depressing that so many people want that bigot to be governor --- and knowing georgia, it's a toss-up of a race at best
Posted by tomitron at 8/11/2010 06:06:00 PM
Whitney -- a nephew several times removed of cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney -- found there is less use for businesses like his in the place where cotton was once king.Whitney's great-grandfather, his grandfather and his father were in the cotton business of marketing cotton for the farmers who grew it. But now, 142-years after S.M. Whitney Co. opened in Augusta, it is closing.the king is dead; long live the king, whatever it is these days
Posted by tomitron at 8/11/2010 06:00:00 PM
10 August 2010
Under a pact expected Wednesday, funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP in Los Angeles and Avenue Capital Group in New York are paying $197 million for Sea Island, a stunningly cheap price for the 84-year old resort famed for its four golf courses, exclusive clubs and hosting such events as the 2004 Group of Eight summit. Despite its fame, it hit the wall financially when it couldn't repay the debt taken on by fourth-generation chief Bill Jones III to finance a large renovation.
actually the "renovation" included demolition of the original cloister (1928) --- junior wanted to make his mark
Posted by tomitron at 8/10/2010 10:34:00 PM
it was quite a genre of eateries at one time --- mammy's shanty on peachtree, johnny reb's dixieland on roosevelt highway, and the swamp guinea, a weird place we used to go to out in madison county when i was at uga where you drive in to the sight of a negro effigy hanging from the upright tongue of a wagon --- these have all now been sanitized into cracker barrels and sonny's --- aunt fanny's was the original
Posted by tomitron at 8/10/2010 10:09:00 PM
Since July 10, the data paint an even glummer picture: nine hours a day of low cloud cover, compared to the seasonal average of 1.6 hours. This summer appears to be the most cloud-shrouded in Seattle since measurements were started in 1951. . . . San Diego experienced its coolest July in nearly 80 years. At Half Moon Bay near San Francisco, only eight hours out of the past 11 days have been cloud free.
meanwhile thousands are dying in russia from the heat and grain exports have been embargoed as their wheat fields wither
Posted by tomitron at 8/10/2010 08:54:00 PM
07 August 2010
06 August 2010
Does anyone doubt that once a society ceases to be able to afford schools, public transit, paved roads, libraries and street lights -- or once it chooses not to be able to afford those things in pursuit of imperial priorities and the maintenance of a vast Surveillance and National Security State -- that a very serious problem has arisen, that things have gone seriously awry, that imperial collapse, by definition, is an imminent inevitability?once a society chooses not to be able to afford these things . . . .
Posted by tomitron at 8/06/2010 09:59:00 PM
“We haven’t seen anything like this before: a really deep recession combined with a really extended period, maybe as much as eight years, all told, of highly elevated unemployment,” Shierholz told me. “We’re about to see a big national experiment on stress.” that is so very depressing, even for one fully employed, through the grace of the goddess or fsm or whatever
Posted by tomitron at 8/06/2010 12:32:00 PM
05 August 2010
thnx to brain for bringing this collection to our attention --- seventy wonderful color images from the early 1940s --- follow the link here
Posted by tomitron at 8/05/2010 05:27:00 PM
04 August 2010
sandy springs is turning the point above morgan falls dam into a nice park ---- it's a fantastic view --- when they cleared away the privet, bamboo, and kudzu, theydiscovered a home site that everybody had forgotten about --- the house was probably built by Joseph Power in the late 1820s, before he moved across the river in the 1830s --- three of his sons built log houses for their own families on the cobb county side of the river in the early 1840s, two of which are still standing, one of which is at the core of hyde farm --- another son took the old house here and operated a ferry just below where there was a ford in the river
the great stone chimney once stood at one end of a log house and is a very fine piece of craftsmanship --- it had a typical lean, caused by erosion of the ground at that end of the house and was in desperate need of repointing --- the city of sandy springs was on the verge of just knocking it down and using the stone to build a "fire pit," and when some people pointed out that might not be the thing to do, they said they were gonna "reconstruct" it --- caused a big brouhaha, but fortunately a lot of voices got their attention and jack pyburn, one of the best hist. pres. architects around, was able to design a very ingenious support system that obviated the need for deconstruction, which would have destroyed the very craftsmanship they thought they were "preserving"
they're real proud of it now
thnx for the "after" images, morning
Posted by tomitron at 8/04/2010 08:13:00 PM
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. – Judge Vaughn Walker.
Perhaps the most important political finding that Walker made was his conclusion that the fact that Prop 8 passed as a voter initiative was irrelevant. That the majority of California voters supported Proposition 8 is irrelevant, as "fundamental rights may not be submitted to [a] vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections." It does not appear that Walker allowed for an immediate hold on his decision, which means that the defense must seek one from a higher court. Until then, gay couples could be legally allowed to marry in the state of California.this will go to the supreme court in the next two years, along with doma --- we're getting there
Posted by tomitron at 8/04/2010 05:27:00 PM