Sun
Apr 6 2014
10:33 am

This morning at dawn in the still countryside around Box Hill in western England, a brilliant light shown from the west portal of the tunnel on the Great Western Railway. It has appeared every sunny April 6th since 1842 when the record-setting two-mile bore was completed. Local legend has it that the tunnel's brilliant engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designed it such that every year, at dawn on his birth anniversary, the morning sunlight would penetrate the entire bore of what was then the world's longest tunnel.

It's a lovely thought but, alas, it's not true. His birthday is actually April 9 (1806), prompting Jeremy Clarkson to comment that it is perhaps the only thing that British Rail is capable of accomplishing ahead of schedule.

The tunnel is on the very busy London to Bristol line which was originally laid in Brunel's 'high-speed' seven-foot gauge instead of the prevailing 4' - 8 1/2". It is scheduled to be electrified by sometime in 2016.

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Another Republican to battle for Campfield senate seat

Alford said he planned to mount a serious campaign but acknowledged that "a mutual friend of his" and Campfield actually picked up the petition for him. Alford said he planned to mount a serious campaign but acknowledged that "a mutual friend of his" and Campfield actually picked up the petition for him

Um... yeah.

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Sat
Apr 5 2014
01:56 am

This is from Presente.org, and I find it alarming, but not altogether surprising, considering Gates' education efforts:

Dear Betty,

One of the world's biggest social good foundations is contributing to one of society's biggest ills — the private prison industry. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust has invested more than $2 million in GEO Group, one of the largest and most abusive private prison corporations in the United States.1

GEO makes a business of jailing those with the fewest resources, profiting from their labor, stripping them of their dignity, and leaching precious human capital from already-distressed communities.

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Fri
Apr 4 2014
09:45 pm
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Fri
Apr 4 2014
01:52 pm

What: First Friday celebration with the Knox Co Democratic Pary
When: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: KCDP OFFICE 311 Morgan ST Knoxville 37917

Come join us for food, drink, good conversation, and fun, at the Knox. Co Democratic Party Headquarters, 311 Morgan St, near the old city. We will be there from 600pm to 900pm

for info contact: Linda Haney (llinc@comcast.net)
Cameron Brooks (cameronjbrooks@gmail.com)

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Fri
Apr 4 2014
07:08 am

There were no bids on phase 1 of the project.

The Phase I work included installing new underground stormwater and gas lines to support new commercial and residential developments in the area. The project also was supposed to add and widen sidewalks, resurface the road and bring in new, higher-performing traffic signals.

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Fri
Apr 4 2014
06:50 am

Google stock (GOOG) closed Wednesday at 1,135.10. The new stocks opened Thursday at 569.85 for GOOG and 573.39 for GOOGL.

The split ensures Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin maintain voting control.

GOOG stockholders will no longer have any voting rights. GOOGL stockholders have about 30% of the votes. The remaining 60% of voting rights are with Class B stockholders. Class B stocks are unlisted.

Stock splits used to be more common enabling smaller investors to get in after a split. Not so much in current times.

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

by Fania Davis
posted Feb 19, 2014

Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the classroom, he’d called her a “b___” after she twice told him to lift his head from the desk and sit up straight. Eric Butler, the school coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY—the author is executive director of the organization) heard the ruckus and rushed to the scene. The principal also heard it and appeared. Though Butler tried to engage him in conversation, Tommy was in a rage and heard nothing. He even took a swing at Butler that missed. Grabbing the walkie-talkie to call security, the principal angrily told Tommy he would be suspended.

“I don’t care if I’m suspended. I don’t care about anything,” Tommy defiantly responded. Butler asked the principal to allow him to try a restorative approach with Tommy instead of suspending him.

(link...)

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
09:03 pm

Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?

This notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases.

From Discover Magazine, March 2014
By Dan Hurley

Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine’s chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments.

Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled.

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
08:43 pm

I missed this yesterday...

WATE reported that a Knox County Schools parent found TWO errors in his/her student's practice TCAP for math.

There were two math problems for which the multiple choices the practice test provided did not include the problems' correct answers. Neither did students have any option to answer "none of the above."

WATE has posted at their site the two test pages containing the two errors (click to enlarge).

The practice test was a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt product.

(Hat tip to Lee Dunham Sessions on the SPEAK Facebook page.)

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I tend to think multi-use parking structures are way to go on occasion. That includes the parking pavement as solar power source. But then I am far from being a parkingologist.

From Yahoo Auto ...

A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. cities from 1960 to 2000. They conclude that some car-centric cities forfeit more than a thousand dollars per parking space per year in potential municipal revenues by using land for parking rather than more lucrative alternatives. The researchers also found that minimum parking requirements inhibit development and exacerbate traffic by placing incentives on car use rather than on walking and cycling.

American cities are haunted by too many parking spaces

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From Huffington Post …

The workers, who are based in Queens, N.Y., walked off the job when Jairo Reyes, a 24-year company veteran and union activist, got in a dispute with the company over the number of hours senior staff could work, according to the New York Daily News.

UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
01:24 pm

The Official Ballot for the Knox Co. Primary...
Check it out....AND BE SURE TO VOTE!

(link...)

The early voting schedule can be found here (link...)

Election day is Tuesday, May 6th

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
08:35 am

Michael Lewis, author of the Big Short and Moneyball, tells the inside story of "high frequency trading" in his latest book "Flash Boys."

Lewis a masterful story teller, and his latest book reads like a novel, sometimes like science fiction. Unfortunately, it's a true story about how superfast computers and communication networks are skimming money off nearly every stock market trade.

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
07:27 am

Saying that "influence and access exemplify a central feature of democracy," the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits for federal candidates. This is why a single Koch brother vote is worth more than yours. A lot more.

SCOTUSBlog breaks it down...

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Rikki Hall as remembered by Metropulse.

Regardless of how we stumbled onto the idea of evolution, once it was here it dictated the course of a century of science, going on two. It’s just a theory, and that’s what theories do.

I am fond of another grand idea that has defined the course of history: the theory that we are imperfect and achieve salvation by loving and forgiving one another. It is not a scientific idea. You cannot set out to prove or disprove it, but you can discover that it is true. Darwin was also fond of this grand idea, and his theory evolved from it. Evolution is the idea that imperfection in reproduction enables a march toward perfection with each cycle of birth.

I know it is a myth that Earth was created in seven days, but I would not say it is “just” a myth. It is part of a profoundly important book and deserves only the highest meaning of the word “myth.”

Often, ideas are bigger than the words we use to express them. We should be careful not to lose sight of big ideas by squabbling over words

I would argue with Rikki and his philosophical perspective on science, but, in the end, I cannot argue with the fact that he was blessed with a brilliant capacity to express those perspectives.

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
05:49 pm

The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help in the state from Charles and David Koch.

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
03:15 pm

What: Central City (1st District) Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Burlington Library 4614 Asheville HYWY knoxville 37914

The following candidates will speak:

Jim Berrier (Knox Co Trustee)
Cameron Brooks (Dem Exec Committee, District 6)
Marshall Walker (Knox Co School Board, District 1)
Daniel Kidd (Knox Co Circuit Court Judge, Div 4)

For Info: Anthony Brown (dribm2006@yahoo.com)

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
02:41 pm

To: Knox View,
Bill Owen for State Democratic Executive Committeeman invites you to an "All American Picnic" on April 7, 2014, at Austin's Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive, Knoxville, TN.

The "All American Picnic", will be April 7, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm, It's an appreciation dinner for the Democratic voters of the 7th district, Free Food and Entertainment with special Musical Guest, "Heart and Soul".

We appreciate your coverage and look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Cynthia Nevels

P.S. If you have any question phone (865)544-4220

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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