Sat
Feb 28 2015
08:36 pm
By: Stick  shortURL

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Tenure and post-tenure review process: To be conducted by UT System Administration and with involvement by the Faculty Council, to look at awarding of tenure, post-tenure compensation and enacting of a de-tenure process.

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Fri
Feb 27 2015
06:30 pm

No, pretty sure they won't be playing at Bonnaroo.

But, I've pretty much completed my collection of the 2014/15 Jimmy Page remaster CDs with today's arrival of Physical Graffiti, rounding out previous acquisitions of I, II, III, IV, and Houses of the Holy. I'll probably stop here. Not sure how anything later can top this run of albums.

I've always been a fan, since about 1969, and have (or had) these on vinyl, but during the transition to CDs and digital and whatnot I hadn't updated my collection with the originals. (I at least had the 1990 box set and the Mothership compilation.)

Anyway, these remasters are pretty great. The sound quality is probably as good as you'll get, and the songs are timeless hard/progressive/folk/mystical rock classics from the guys who invented it. From today's installment, In My Time of Dying is a drum clinic by one of rock's greatest (the greatest?) drummers (RIP). And the Kashmir remaster is sublime.

I only got two of the "deluxe" editions with bonus tracks. I haven't listened to the bonus tracks. I just wanted to re-hear the original albums as intended. I am not disappointed. (I've read that the live bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of I, which I didn't get, are pretty good.)

So, these remasters/reissues are highly recommended for Led Zeppelin fans, youngsters curious about the origins of rock, or anyone else who appreciates kick ass rock and roll performances and expert production.

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Fri
Feb 27 2015
01:54 pm

Earlier this month, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) released its 2015 Organizational and Performance Audit performed by local firm McConnell, Jones, Lanier and Murphy, LLC.

The lengthy (12 chapter) review covers a number of topics and includes a 43-page chapter, Impact of Charter Schools, that confirms recent complaints from the school system's Board of Education about costs associated with its charter schools eroding the MNPS operating budget.

Some highlights from the chapter are as follows:

Continued...

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from NBC News …

NASA scientists are showing off some of the first results from a fresh crop of satellites and space station sensors designed to track the factors behind climate change and extreme weather on a near-real-time basis.

NASA Satellites Start Tracking Down the Sources of Climate Change

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

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Thu
Feb 26 2015
03:51 pm

FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II

Government shutdown, UN takeover of internets imminent...

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Is there one place that keeps an exhaustive, up to date, list of Knoxville breweries. If they serve on premises, serve food, etc?

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Interesting use of parking garage.

Vertical Harvest — a multi-story greenhouse built on the side of a parking lot

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot

Vertical Harvest

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Thu
Feb 26 2015
10:12 am

Didn't get my paper today, understandably, so I called circulation to request an adjustment. While I was doing that, I recalled that I had two other missed deliveries that I had reported via their automated system (since they were missed on the weekend), so I thought I would log into my account and see if the credits had been reflected.

Nope. Nada.

It being a weekday today, I was able to reach a human being who agreed that the credits didn't get applied by the automated system, but who was happy to add them. "Thanks," I said, "but it shouldn't be my job to log in every month, check my account, and bird-dog your failing automated system."

Then I noticed that my subscription period had strangely been reduced by 5 days. I asked her about that. She said it was because there is an extra $2 charge for the extra advertisements in the Thanksgiving paper.

HUH? Subscribers have to pay for the extra printing? Why aren't the advertisers footing that with their $500 per page ads? (you can opt out of this, but you have to call in.. they should ask you when you subscribe to agree to the extra charge, since the subscription rate info doesn't show this). In fact a Google Search found nothing on the knoxnews web site about it .

Even so, the math doesn't work out: $2 charge / $17 per month x 30 days = 3.5 day adjustment. Even if you round up, that's 4 days, not 5 days. Fuzzy math. She said she had no explanation. I had one, but it wasn't her job to listen to my accusation of fraud.

So, I just told her to cancel the entire account, explaining again that my life is sufficiently busy that I don't have time to audit my account every month.

Lesson#1: don't screw your customers on billing.
Lesson#2: If you find out your system is screwing customers by accident, FIX IT immediately.
Lesson#3: Thank the customer who pointed this out by, say, offering a free month as an apology, and you might actually keep them.
Lesson#4: Empower your employees to do #3.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015
08:02 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Pith in the Wind

“It’s time for a Council of Christian Relations and a NAAWP in this Country,” reads a comment posted by House Majority Floor Leader Sheila Butt on Facebook last month.

OK, then.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015
06:25 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The latest round of snow showers has arrived over here. It just started coming down. The NWS predictions as to when and how much have varied throughout the day. They have dialed it in to a 100% chance of snow tonight. Up to 2" to 4" they are saying now.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

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Wed
Feb 25 2015
01:14 pm

For the children

In case this is behind the subscription wall, a quote:

"It is likely new schools will spring up to siphon off the best and brightest students, leaving the public schools poorer as a result. Rather than spending the money to educate all the students, we propose to put a select group of students in a lifeboat, leaving the mother ship to sink.

If you don’t think a lot of public money will be involved in the future, think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars the voucher proponents spent in the last election to defeat voucher opponents. Do you think they did that just to benefit low-income minority students?

Yeah, right. They’re just doing it for the children."

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TEMA reports the death toll from this last storm to be 27. With no disrespect for those who lost loved ones I need to point out the big error in this reporting.

Lloyd, Greg, Ronnie, Randy- all were well loved friends of my dear friends. All unreported in the State's 'official' count because their homes were tents or public shelters. Knowing this year's Winter exposure-related death toll currently stands at 8 in Nashville alone, statewide the storm toll is likely double what you see being reported.

You just have to understand who counts and who does not.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015
11:00 am

The KNS quotes UTAD Dave Hart from an earlier radio interview:

"Divisiveness brings out the worst in people, especially if you’ve got vindictiveness involved, and that’s present in this."

Say what? Trying to remember, who started all the "divisiveness?"

Allow Betty Bean to retort: ...it is difficult to argue against the proposition that Hart has a problem with women.

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Quick! Get inside the gates!

The legislation defines a "no-go zone" as a "a contiguous geographical area consisting of public space or privately owned public space where community organizing efforts systematically intimidate or exclude the general public or public workers from entering or being present within the area."

A bill in response to a non-existent phenomenon (that's an oxymoron) in a foreign country.

Lynn said that state Sen. Bill Ketron, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill, "saw it with his own eyes" during a visit to Europe.

Bill Ketron probably saw not much more than the tour bus bathroom during that visit to Europe. I seriously doubt he took the RER out to Saint-Denis when the bus stopped at the Eiffel Tower.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015
03:48 pm

Washington Post: Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

The House passed a bill authorizing construction of the pipeline earlier this month by a vote of 270-152, mostly along party lines. The Senate passed the measure 62 to 36 in January. The bill was one of the first introduced as the Republican-controlled Congress was being sworn in last month.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015
03:36 pm

A reader sends a link to an Orlando Business Journal article saying that Ruby Tuesday is considering relocating its corporate HQ to Orlando. According to the article, Orlando city council yesterday approved $315,000 in state and local incentives for the move.

The article says they are also looking at Knoxville or Atlanta. Any relocation would be a huge blow to downtown Maryville.

As noted here previously, Ruby Tuesday hired a former Darden exec as their new CEO a few years ago. Darden HQ is located in Orlando.

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What: SPEAK movie showing "STANDARDIZED - Lies, Money and Civil Rights"
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Bearden Library

STANDARDIZED - Lies, Money and Civil Rights
How testing is ruining public education

Review by Jaime Franchi in the Long Island Press

The documentary Standardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education, the brainchild of producer and former teacher Daniel Hornberger, is a powerful artistic translation of this both cerebral and passionate battle. It stars real-life parents, teachers and experts from across this country testifying as to how schools are being destroyed by this federal education mandate—the Obama Administration’s answer to predecessor George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. The groundswell of protest from parents and teachers is quickly reaching critical mass, causing politicians who had previously dismissed critics of the reform to reconsider their positions. In New York, State Education Commissioner John King faces a vote of “no confidence” by the teachers’ unions for implementing the program. Standardized’s cinematic examination of the effects of high-stakes standardized testing on schoolchildren and the multi-billion-dollar industry perpetuating it comes as the battle here on Long Island is really heating up.

The inspiration for the film comes from the book Making the Grade, by author Todd Farley, who spent his career working in the standardized testing industry and confirmed Hornberger’s suspicions that high-stakes testing not only stifles the creativity of teachers and is harmful to students, but it’s ultimately fraudulent, too.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015
06:46 am

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We were almost rid of the last ice and snow. It's back. Maybe this will be a 24-hour snow.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015
06:34 pm

Folks, he probably wrote this dreck on his work computer on the taxpayer's dime too.

Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, in his famous novel Starship Troopers, envisioned a society where voters, too, had to demonstrate their patriotism before being allowed to vote. In his fictional society, the right to vote came only after some kind of dangerous public service — in the military, as a volunteer in dangerous medical experiments, or in other ways that demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice personally for the common good. The thought was that such voters would be more careful, and less selfish, in their voting.

So when the five-day wonder of questioning Barack Obama's patriotism is over, perhaps we should address another question: How patriotic is the electorate? And how long can we survive as a nation if the answer is "not very"? And we should proceed from there

More about Heinlein: he espoused a "social credit" philosophy to a great degree. Social credit thinkers wanted to apply engineering principles to society at large. If you didn't say "Oh, shit," then just assume that classic social credit thinkers like C.H. Douglas didn't blink an eye at things like "the right people having children" and "pure human races." And, Douglas was a rabid anti-Semite who thought Jews were keen on communism because of their proclivity to abstract thought.

Ah, yes. Another fun bit of Reynold's logorrhea to finish off your day. Why on earth such a vaunted individualist and libertarian "thinker" gives a fig about the survival of a nation is humorous in one sense, but telling in another....

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