NASA and NOAA, which separately analyze global temperature data, have both found that global temperatures surpassed records for the past three years. Schmidt described the trend as remarkable.

The planet's average temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.1 degrees Celsius, since the late 19th century, a change "driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere," NASA said.

Most of the Earth's warming has occurred in the past 35 years NASA said, and 16 of the last 17 warmest years have taken place since the year 2001, NASA said.

Earth Sets Record Temperature in 2016 — for Third Year in a Row

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Wed
Jan 18 2017
08:50 am

"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

The Women's March on Washington takes place on Saturday, January 21st at 10 AM near the U.S. Capitol. There are "Sister Marches" in cities around the U.S., including Knoxville.

The Knoxville event will take begin on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville on Saturday, January 21st at 12:30 pm.

Another event is scheduled at the UT campus, January 20th at 12:30.

The Knoxville Mercury has more...

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Wed
Jan 18 2017
07:39 am

What if a lot of people thought it would be funny to cast a protest vote for Daffy Duck... and he won?

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What you measure is what you get,” the saying goes, and for a long time, America’s transportation policy establishment was obsessed with measuring one thing: car congestion. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in the quest for free-flowing vehicular traffic. The result is wider highways, more sprawl, and more people stuck in congestion.
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The revised U.S. DOT standards will lead agencies to assess their work in ways that support investments in transit and active transportation
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The U.S. DOT rule creates a “multi-modal” performance measure that will track “non-single occupant vehicle travel.” States will have to establish targets to increase walking, biking, and transit use.

What a novel idea. Wouldn't it be a good idea if locally they tried to figure out better methods of transporting employees to/from some of our largest employers?

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Jan 17 2017
06:05 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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In other words, thanks to President Obama

from NBC ...

But peel back a layer and the promises come with some caveats. A company's plan to increase capital expenditures, which include jobs and facility improvements, are typically years in the making. Some of these "announcements" are old news in a new hat.

GM said its plan was approved before the election, but told Bloomberg it was "accelerated" under pressure from Trump, for example.

Wal-Mart's job creation plans are in line with its normal annual increase, and come after it has closed 269 under-performing stores and cut thousands of jobs.

And Sprint's jobs were part of a previously announced commitment by its parent company to create 50,000 jobs in the U.S.

"This is the normal course of business," independent auto industry consultant Maryann Keller told Bloomberg of the moves by GM and other automakers. "All they're doing is announcing investments that they would have made anyway."

Companies Are Recycling Their Old News to Avoid Being Blasted in a Trump Tweet

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Tue
Jan 17 2017
09:31 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

...in a Monty Python skit. There's no other logical explanation.

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Tue
Jan 17 2017
01:27 am

CNN

On Monday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo became the second governor to propose a free tuition policy at public colleges this year, following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Both plans need to be approved by their states' legislatures.

Raimondo would limit the free-tuition program for residents to just two years, rather than four, at the state's public colleges

Rhode Island governor wants to make tuition free, too

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Mon
Jan 16 2017
12:10 pm

Domestic Psychology has some great tips for Inauguration Day...

Bottom line: "...refuse to normalize PE45"

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CNN ...

Eight men now control as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International.

The men -- Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg -- are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group said on Sunday.

"Far from trickling down, income and wealth are being sucked upwards at an alarming rate," the report said.

These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

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Mon
Jan 16 2017
05:54 am

President Obama:

"Those who dismiss the magnitude of the progress that has been made dishonor the courage of all who marched and struggled to bring about this change -- and those who suggest that the great task of extending our Nation's promise to every individual is somehow complete neglect the sacrifices that made it possible. Dr. King taught us that "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Although we do not face the same challenges that spurred the Civil Rights Movement, the fierce urgency of now -- and the need for persistence, determination, and constant vigilance -- is still required for us to meet the complex demands and defeat the injustices of our time. With the same iron will and hope in our hearts, it is our duty to secure economic opportunity, access to education, and equal treatment under the law for all. The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it only bends because of the strength and sacrifice of those who reject complacency and drive us forward."

Presidential Proclamation: Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017

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Sun
Jan 15 2017
03:03 pm

Here is yesterday's East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists' Legislative Luncheon (Sat. Jan. 14, 2017). Here are some highlights:

* About 23 minutes into the video you'll find State Rep. Roger Kane insisting the panel and the larger legislature are incredibly diverse. This causes a chuckle in the crowd. The only woman among the twelve participating legislators, Becky Duncan Massey, kept quiet. Rick Staples, the only Democrat and the only African American, joked he was the only one with a full beard.

* You could listen to the entire comments about the Counselor Bill and, thanks to euphemisms and buzz words, never realize the issue was about discrimination against gays.

* Kristin Farley did a good job as moderator, picking out specific public policy questions (school bus seat belts, access to police body camera video, abortion rights, UT jobs outsourcing, refugee resettlement, etc) and directing the questions to specific legislators.

(link...)

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Sun
Jan 15 2017
07:24 am

While being questioned during the confirmation hearings for attorney general, Sen. Sessions (R-AL), had to respond to questions regarding having previously criticized department attorneys for being secular.

Sessions replied that he has used that language about secular attorneys to differentiate between people who recognize objective “truth” and those who take positions “in which truth is not sufficiently respected.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), replies with “And a secular person has just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious, correct?” At which point Sessions responded, “Well, I’m not sure.” For a few seconds the Senate chamber seemed to go completely silent.

Check out the video, about two-thirds in.

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Sun
Jan 15 2017
06:50 am

"I don't see this President-elect as a legitimate president," [John] Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, [civil rights icon and U.S.Representative], told NBC News' Chuck Todd in a clip released Friday. "I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

Trump in two tweets, "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to .... mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"

Trump either doesn't know or doesn't care what John Lewis has achieved in his life. Trump also doesn't know or care about what's going on in Atlanta's 5th district. Check it out.

For all the people who voted for Trump, this is the problem. He doesn't care about this country or the citizens. He is right and no arguments allowed. We can only hope the country and its citizens are not ruined during his term in office.

Many thanks to John Lewis. I wish we could have made life easier for him in his senior years.

Continued...

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Sat
Jan 14 2017
07:25 pm

This is pretty funny.

My story is not legal advice. I offer it only to show how our ruling elites have corrupted the rule of law and to suggest why this matters for the American experiment in self-governance.

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Jan 14 2017
11:12 am

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We noticed cars lined up at the Zips Car Wash in Alcoa yesterday evening and asked one of the guys directing traffic what was going on. He said they are giving away free car washes through Sunday. Cars were lined up out on the highway and around the Kroger parking lot.

We went today and got a free car wash at the Hall Rd. location. There's another one on Foch St. that had lines. Don't know if they are also free there but I'm guessing yes. We called a Knoxville location and they aren't doing the promotion. They said it was in Alcoa and Athens only.

Hall Rd. location...

Foch St. location...

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Sat
Jan 14 2017
07:12 am

When Republicans entered this week the plan was as follows: The House and Senate would pass budget resolutions to begin the process of repealing Obamacare through a process called reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority to pass in the Senate. Then, the committees would go to work to repeal the law fast. Only after a two or three year transition would Republicans be forced to pass a replacement.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told TPM that some members were surprised "a bit" by how complicated the process was.

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"I think everybody understands that what leaves the station here this week is not particularly relevant," [Republican Senator from Tennessee Bob] Corker said, "it's what pulls back into the station and whether we've thought it through."

Well, duh.

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Fri
Jan 13 2017
10:28 am
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

I'm pretty skeptical of TV folks. It probably goes back to the first time I staked out a spot at a news event and had a TV reporter wearing more makeup than a high school girl at her junior prom plant him/herself smack in front of me. I'm short, both in stature and in fuse, and I didn't appreciate that kind of treatment. And it's not like me to suffer in silence.

But I liked Jim Acosta. He was smart. He was funny. He was friendly and he was tough. I've been happy to see his success at CNN, where he has covered Donald Trump since the beginning of his presidential campaign.

As early as last summer, I noticed that Trump seemed to single Jim out for abuse, calling him "beautiful" in a tone that made it clear that this was no compliment, although I wondered if Trump, who frequently proclaims himself "very good looking," might have been jealous of Jim, who looks a bit like George Clooney.

Adversarial relationships between pubic figures and media are healthy. Tension between them is nothing new. But I've never seen anybody as abusive to the media who are obliged to cover him as Donald Trump. He cages them up in pens at his rallies and incites his crowds against them. He has repeatedly singled out individuals like Jim and Katie Tur, clearly inviting his followers to to attack them. And it hasn't gotten any better since the election. This is the way he intends to govern.

Anyhow, for what it's worth, I'm glad Jim Acosta's not backing down. We're going to need reporters with that kind of brain and backbone in this new era we're fixing to enter.

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Fri
Jan 13 2017
08:54 am

Heritage Foundation briefs TN legislators on issues

...arranged by Republican state Rep. Jason Zachary of Knox County

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Thu
Jan 12 2017
10:16 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

It’s amazing to watch the team of immigrant masons clad the 27-foot-high concrete retaining wall at the new entrance to Fort Dickerson park. The stone is sourced in Dayton, Tennessee.

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