Tue
May 12 2015
03:02 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

I got a notice from Yahoo that payment for my southknoxbubba.com domain registration was past due. The credit card had expired. So I updated the credit card and paid it, because I didn't want to lose the domain (for old times' sake).

I was paying $35 per year at Yahoo, but saw they were offering it for $10 per year. I contacted them about that, and they said it was an introductory offer for new domains and I don't qualify.

So then I thought I would transfer it to Godaddy for $13/year. I went to initiate the transfer, and Godaddy said I needed to unlock it first. So I went to Yahoo's domain manager and couldn't see any way to unlock it, and the help topic links were broken. So I emailed them to ask how to unlock it. Hilarity ensued...

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Tue
May 12 2015
02:52 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Bill Haslam

An heir to truck stop chain Pilot Flying J, Haslam has seen his net worth more than double since August 2014 – from $980 million to an estimated $2 billion – thanks to cheaper gas. He’s now the richest elected official in America.

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Tue
May 12 2015
11:29 am
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL

This morning at the presser
Elizabeth Warren - "too bad joe stiglitz, Nobel laureate, can't read the TPP trade deal."

Dr. Joe Stiglitz - "The most important choice you make is your parents. After that, it's game over."

Bill DeBlasio - "Inequality is not an act of God, it's the result of policy and political choices."

Today the Roosevelt Institute released a policy paper in an effort to change the conversation about how the economy works "expos[ing] the link between the rapidly rising fortunes of America’s wealthiest citizens and increasing economic insecurity for everyone else. The conclusion is clear: piecemeal policy change will not do. To improve economic performance and create shared prosperity, we must rewrite the rules of our economy."

Speakers included Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and others.

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity

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Is there a lot of freight traffic on Alcoa Highway? I don't recall noticing a lot of freight traffic there.

From Wate.com ...

According to state estimates, the Alcoa Highway project, though currently unfunded, will relieve congestion on one of the Knoxville area’s biggest commuter and freight corridors.

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Knoxville officials to discuss Alcoa Highway project

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Mon
May 11 2015
02:04 pm

That seems like quite an investment by Massachusetts. What sort of funding does Tennessee provide for biking and walking projects?

from CNN ...

Massachusetts (PDF) jumped six spots from No. 10 in 2014 to No. 4 in 2015, thanks in part to a transportation bond bill that set aside more than $400 million over the next five years for biking and walking projects, the League said.

20. Tennessee

The best states for bicycling

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Mon
May 11 2015
12:04 pm

After the most recent fatality at the Blount Ave. quarry, the third this year, the city is taking steps to address the problem.

The Mrs. and were talking about it, and I mentioned that the quarries in South Knoxville have been dangerous places since I was a kid, and it seemed like there had always been drownings from time to time but not this many.

We wondered if the problem was getting worse, and why. The Mrs. speculates that all of the improvements, new access and promotion of the parks might be bringing more visitors, and too many of them might not understand the risks or don't care. Anyway, here's the statement from Mayor Rogero:

CITY TAKING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO DISCOURAGE QUARRY JUMPERS

Mayor Madeline Rogero announced today several steps to further discourage people from jumping off the cliffs surrounding the quarry at Fort Dickerson Park. Jumping into the quarry is illegal. Several people have died jumping there over the years, including three men this spring.

The City plans to erect signs and physical barriers at the most common jump points, to make clear the very real dangers. There will also be an increased presence of Knoxville Police Department officers in the park. Anyone who trespasses on or jumps from the cliffs will be subject to citation or arrest.

"People have died. We are taking this very seriously," Mayor Rogero said. "I want people to understand that jumping into the quarry from any height is extremely dangerous. Those who jump are putting themselves at risk of serious injury or death. They are also putting in danger the rescue crews who have to go into the quarry after them."

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Mon
May 11 2015
10:30 am

Press release...

Mayor Burchett releases FY2016 budget plan
Proposal includes $435M for schools, no tax increase

Knoxville, Tenn. — Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal to the Knox County Commission this morning. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

The approximately $747 million budget proposal represents a $20.1 million increase – approximately 2.7 percent – over the current FY2015 budget. The budget plan provides $435 million for Knox County Schools, which is an increase of approximately $10.1 million over the current year. Since Mayor Burchett took office, Knox County Schools funding has increased by $56 million.

Other notable elements in the FY2016 budget proposal include:

  • Overall budget of $747,189,546 including schools and public safety
  • General Fund Budget, including public safety: $171,249,100
  • Public Safety: $81,933,704
  • No tax increase
  • $32.7 million Capital Improvement Plan, including:
    • $16.2 million for Knox County Schools CIP
    • $6 million for Schaad Road project, phases two and three
    • $1.5 million for safety improvements at top crash sites and problematic intersections
    • $535,000 for park improvements, ADA upgrades, new playgrounds and tennis and basketball court resurfacing
    • Funding for 38 new KCSO vehicles, body cameras and other upgrades
  • $1.4 million for defined services contracts
  • $375,000 in support of the arts & culture community

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal is available online at http://www.knoxcounty.org/finance.

Mayor Burchett's budget presentation remarks after the break...

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The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club's 'Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail' is in the running for a $100K trail building grant from Bell Helmet. You can vote here. More info about the project can be found here.

More details in the press release after the break...

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Sun
May 10 2015
10:26 am

Happy Mother's Day to Moms everywhere!

Also, this...

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Sat
May 9 2015
11:41 am

Compare and contrast:

Hey, I like Jax OK, but c'mon. Her generation, indeed.

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Sat
May 9 2015
01:08 am
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Fri
May 8 2015
02:29 pm

Maryville Daily Times:

The former prosecutor who chairs the U.S. Congressional investigation into the 2012 attacks that killed Americans in Benghazi, Libya, brought a message about the importance of civility to the Blount County Republican Party at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday.

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Fri
May 8 2015
02:06 pm

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has released a study entitled "The Economic Value of College Majors," which uses "Census Data to analyze wages for 137 college majors to detail the most popular college majors, the majors that are most likely to lead to an advanced degree, and the economic benefit of earning an advanced degree by undergraduate major."

The following two charts from the report show the highest paying and the lowest paying majors. Education related majors are among the lowest paying.

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Fri
May 8 2015
01:16 pm

Sister Megan Rice and her co-defendants have had their "sabotage" convictions overturned by a federal court. The 85 year old nun and her fellow activists broke in to the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, defeating the fortress-like (not) security, to protest nuclear weapons proliferation. Vandalism charges were upheld, but the sentences were vacated and the cases were remanded for resentencing. Hopefully they will be sentenced to time served.

Sabotage Conviction Overturned Against Nun, Fellow Activists

U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit opinion...

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What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, May 8,2015 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville's Community TV Channel

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Tonight Cheri Siler and Doug Veum will host Repesentative Joe Armstrong in a discussion about the recently concluded 2015 session of the Tennessee General Assembly on Democratic TV. The discussion topics will include the bills that did and did not pass both houses of the General Assembly and the outside influences that attempt to affect legislation and public policy through the General Assembly. The show airs at 7:30PM on the Knoxville Community Television Station tonight, Friday, May 8th.

This is a live call-in show so tune in and call to talk to State Representative Joe Armstrong.

DTV streams live on the Community TV web site or on cable/satellite at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

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Thu
May 7 2015
05:31 pm

"illusory superiority"

"... a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude."

From Joe Powell...

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I'd heard that ESPN (which is owned by Disney and Hearst) is one of the most expensive cable channels for carriers and that most are contractually required to include it in their basic lineups.

I didn't realize how much they are making from people who don't watch it. CNBC does the math:

For example, 24 percent of cable subscribers watch ESPN, according to Nielsen data, but all cable subscribers pay $6.04 to have that channel in their bundle, according to data from SNL Kagan. If only that 24 percent paid, they would have to be charged $25 each.

Based on their chart, I could put together an a la carte package for way, way less than what we pay now based on the channels we actually watch. I wonder how SEC Network (an ESPN production) is doing? I might be willing to pay for that, and maybe an occasional pay-per-view. For reasons explained in the article, though, having that option will likely never happen.

CNBC: How much would it cost to get your favorite channels a la carte?

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Thu
May 7 2015
11:38 am

KNS reports that a semi truck hit one of the 100 year old columns at the entrance to Island Home and demolished it. Residents say trucks are ignoring the 'no trucks' restrictions on construction detours in the area and illegally using this route.

KNS: Commercial rig smashes 100-year-old column in S. Knoxville

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from NBC News ..

Carman's team found that 11.2 million people bought health insurance on the exchanges -- the online marketplaces where people can buy private insurance coverage and apply for an often hefty federal subsidy. This backs up the federal government's estimate of 11.7 million.

Another 12.6 million got Medicaid in the states that have opted to make the state-federal health insurance plan more widely available. About half of them had been covered before by some other insurance, while half were uninsured.

Nearly 17 Million Americans Covered Under Obamacare

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Wed
May 6 2015
10:56 pm

The Doobie Brothers put on a good show tonight at the Tennessee.

Very entertaining. Brought back some good memories. They were my first concert in 1973.

Pretty good energy for any age band. Seems like everyone was smiling and laughing as they left the show.

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