Mon
Apr 24 2017
07:32 am
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL
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Sun
Apr 23 2017
10:42 am

from PBS News Hour ...

On Thursday morning, around 80 people filled a hall in Washington, D.C., for lessons in campaigning for local school board, state legislature, and even U.S. Congress.

But this crowd wasn’t typical activists. They were scientists and engineers who say the trump administration and republican-led congress have a hostile attitude toward science, especially when it comes to addressing climate change.

Scientists consider running for office

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Sat
Apr 22 2017
11:31 pm

Pretty good Samantha Bee episode ...

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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Sat
Apr 22 2017
08:19 pm

There isn't a planet B. Or perhaps there is and it is shaking in its asthenosphere that we will find it...
It binds us all regardless of ethnicity, wealth, creed and religion doesn't it?N_iqr_timeseries.png

Further Reading
Bill McKibben in the Rolling Stone - Terrifying New Math

Old scars, new wounds via SELC - Coal Mining in the Cumberlands

Tatiana Schlossberg in the NYT - 2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light

Brian Resnick at Vox - The March for Science on Earth Day, explained

Steve Horn at Desmog - Thousands of Emails from Oklahoma Office of Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Published

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Sat
Apr 22 2017
08:09 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Around the world they March for Science.

What do we want? Emperical science!
When do we want it? After peer review!

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Just the other day I was thinking that computers and software have solved just about all the problems they can, from space travel to word processing, yet there's always some new technology around the corner that nobody needs.

Then today, I learned about this. The Juicero is a $400 internet-connected, app controlled juicer that requires a weekly subscription of juice packs costing up to $8 each per eight ounces of juice. The reason it's connected to the internet?

Continued...

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How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis - The New York Times

New Mexico expanded Medicaid as soon as the law allowed, oversees its marketplace and conducts vigorous outreach to draw in potential customers, moves that have most likely helped attract healthier customers.

Oklahoma has raged against the law since its passage, challenging its subsidies in a lawsuit and refusing to expand Medicaid or set up its own state-run insurance exchange.

You could substitute Tennessee for Oklahoma. The article explains other GOP policy decisions in Oklahoma that guaranteed failure of the ACA in that state, similar to Tennessee, compared to New Mexico policies that made it work. Another example of Republicans predicting the failure of ACA while actively working to kill it.

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Democratic TV hosts Drocella Mugorewea, Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services and Grant Standefer, Executive Director Knoxville's Christian Coalition in a discussion about Bridge Refugee Services and refugees who are settled in Knoxville through the Bridge Refugee Services.

The program can be viewed online here

on your cable channel:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
Apr 20 2017
04:16 pm

James Mackler, a Nashville lawyer, Iraq war veteran, helicopter pilot, and former JAG prosecutor, has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2018 v. Bob Corker. Corker hasn't said whether he will run for Senate or Governor or what he might do.

Mackler has never run for office that I can tell, but neither had our current POTUS. Mackler is credible, and his video looks like a good start...

James Mackler for U.S. Senate

"Improvise, adapt, and overcome."

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Thu
Apr 20 2017
10:54 am

Looks good.

from knoxnews.com ...

Knoxville officials announced a driverless trolley is coming to Knoxville, made by Local Motors – but it probably won’t hit the streets until 2018, and will have an attendant on board for safety and peace of mind.

Self-driving trolley comes to Knoxville

Olli

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Thu
Apr 20 2017
09:19 am

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their First of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday afternoon, April 23rd on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. We had a tremendous turnout for last years cruises and this year should be a banner year also. Join us for three hours of great blues/rock music with Tommie John Band. A local favorite that also represented East Tennessee at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis this past February.
From Knoxville, TN

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 day of show. Smoky Mtn. Blues Members receive a $3 discount. Boarding at 3 PM, cruise from 4 to 7 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets.
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
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Hope to see you there.

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Wed
Apr 19 2017
06:57 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

"The Mississippi Delta was shining like a National guitar" popped up on my playlist.

It made me think I should post another favorite opening lyrics discussion.

Then I found the original discussion of this topic from 2013. It will never be topped:

Great opening lyrics

Good times.

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Wed
Apr 19 2017
01:11 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL


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Our latest garden project: rabbit (and dog) proofing...

Continued...

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Wed
Apr 19 2017
07:14 am

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Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett announced yesterday that the county has issued a formal RFP for the sale and redevelopment of the historic Andrew Johnson Hotel building in downtown Knoxville. The property currently houses Knox Co. Schools and Public Building Authority offices. The county is looking at options for relocating those offices and the RFP invites bidders to include recommendations.

The AJ property is 18 stories, approximately 140,000 square feet. Acceptable uses include but are not limited to general residential, live/work mixed use, hotel, office or retail. The RFP states that "A fundamental aspect of the reuse of the Andrew Johnson Building should be the preservation of its historic character."

The RFP also states that "There are no public funds appropriated or planned for this facility." The eventual sale must be approved by Knox Co. Commission.

More in the press release...

The RFP...

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Tue
Apr 18 2017
09:38 am

City of Knoxville responds to Airbnb column

As a quick scan of the News Sentinel’s own coverage of the issue would show, Owen’s description of the proposed Knoxville ordinance on short-term rentals is inaccurate and misleading.

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Tue
Apr 18 2017
07:52 am

The Obamas were vacationing with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey and spent two hours aboard music mogul David Geffen's luxury yacht, the Rising Sun, before leaving Tahiti. They had been staying in French Polynesia for nearly a month.

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Tue
Apr 18 2017
06:59 am

Tom Perez and Sen. Bernie Sanders are coming to Louisville for the:

Come Together and Fight Back Tour

Tuesday, April 18th, doors open at 5:30 PM
Louisville Palace
Louisville, KY

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