Fri
Jan 20 2017
09:30 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Today we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power that is the foundation of American democracy.

We get the government we deserve, for good or ill.

P.S. Our heartfelt thanks to President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership and service.

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What: Come learn about SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
Where: Blount County Public Library Cafe

Join two members of Blount County SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) to learn what SURJ is and does, our values and accountability commitments, and tell us what kinds of programs would help you show up for racial justice. We will be in the cafe at the library from 5-7pm on Wednesday, January 25.
Contact: blountcountysurj@gmail.com
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Fri
Jan 20 2017
09:37 am

Democratic TV Tonight with Rev Harold Middlebrook, Representative Rick Staples & John Stewart on the Community TV Channel of Knoxville tonight at 7:39PM @ (link...)

Reverend Middlebrook will be the guest of DTV tonight in conversation with Rick Staples and John Stewart about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr life and contributions to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Both Rev Middlebrook and John Stewart worked with Dr King on those bills and will share some of their experiences with Dr King. You can Tweet to the show tonight at @DTVKnox1.

Today (Friday) @ 7:30 on these channels--
Provider Channel
Comcast 12
WOW! (Knology) 6
Charter 193
AT&T U-verse 99
Or Streaming on your computer at (link...)

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Thu
Jan 19 2017
06:48 pm

Heather Hansman in the Guardian - Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

The Congressional devaluation of national property is the most far-reaching legislative change in a recent push to transfer federal lands to the states. Because of the Republican majority in Congress, bills proposing land transfers could now swiftly diminish Forest Service and BLM lands across the country. “We didn’t see it coming. I think it was sneaky and underhanded. It exemplifies an effort to not play by the rules,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director of government relations at The Wilderness Society. “This is the worst Congress for public lands ever.”

Rowsome said he’s not exactly sure how the rule will be used, but he thinks the first places to come under attack might include areas adjacent to the majestic Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Those areas hold uranium and copper, respectively.

Sen. Lamar Alexander 865-545-4253
Sen. Bob Corker 865-637-4180
Rep. John Duncan 865-523-3772

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Thu
Jan 19 2017
01:31 pm
By: nbarajas  shortURL

What: Books Sandwiched In
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center- Auditorium

hillbillyelegy_0.jpg Knox County Public Library is pleased to welcome Sam Venable, Knoxville News Sentinel columnist, to discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance, at 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street as part of its monthly Books Sandwiched In lecture series. A light lunch will be available for the first 30 attendees.

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from knoxnews.com ...

“We do have plans on moving into that space. As far as a timeline goes, there’s a lot of work to be done,” he said. In a “general sense” he wants to move by year’s end, but it’s hard to be specific since the space still needs lots of renovation, Palmer said.

Saw Works Brewing Co. may move to Standard Knitting Mill

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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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Wed
Jan 18 2017
06:57 am

What: Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show
When: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 10:00am
Where: Knoxville Convention Center

The 2017 Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show is celebrating its 39th year.

There will be beautiful landscape designs and gardens. roomscapes, artists, flower market, a restore and repurpose pavillion, and more.

February 3-5, 2017

Knoxville Convention Center
Downtown Knoxville

Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm

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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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Tue
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
04:05 pm

What: What a Joke National Comedy Festival to benefit ACLU
When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
Where: Pilot Light and Pretentious Beer Co.

Knoxville is one of 34 cities across the country joining together to produce the What a Joke National Comedy Festival to raise funds for the ACLU.

Knoxville's portion of the festival will take place on Thursday, January 19, and Friday, January 20 with shows taking place in the Old City (Thursday) and Happy Holler (Friday). 48 performers from six states are donating their time and talent to come to Knoxville.

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Mon
Jan 16 2017
12:38 pm

What: Downtown Knoxville ACLU Benefit
When: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: Scruffy City Hall, Market Square

Forwarded by the KCDP...

In response to much uncertainty and anxiety surrounding recent changes in government, the good people of Knoxville's downtown community have joined up with a group of Knoxville musicians, comedians, public figures, etc to organize a blowout concert benefiting the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Our goal is to support civil rights and fight for our belief in the equality of all people by gathering locally and enjoying performances and spoken word to raise funds and awareness for the ACLU and to demonstrate a show of solidarity for people of all cultures here in our own town.

If you attended #Bernaroo last year, you'll know what to expect.

The event will take place January 20th from 6 to midnight at Scruffy City Hall, the weekend of Donald Trump's inauguration.

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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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