Jan 23 2018
10:26 pm

Protect Democracy is joined by the Union of Concerned Scientists in the lawsuit against the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, which was filed on Tuesday.

"This is an abuse of power and an affront to the scientific integrity of the EPA and the federal government," Joshua Goldman, senior legal analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a press release. "This directive singles out scientists from the nonprofit and academic sector -- recognized experts in their field who want to serve the public -- and asks them to choose between public service and their scientific work."

Scientists sue EPA over advisory board cuts

On the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, OpenSecrets took a look at the 63 federal contractors that collectively contributed $16.3 million to finance the festivities to see how they’ve fared in the first year of his presidency.

Some have received lucrative contracts; others have shed executives who now sit among Trump’s political appointees; and still others have earned an unprecedented level of access to the new administration.

Companies that funded Trump’s inauguration came up big in 2017

Jan 23 2018
03:56 pm

The "County FIPS Code" for Knox County Tennessee is "093"

National Bridge Inventory Database

Jan 23 2018
02:09 pm

Tennova will not build a new hospital on Middlebrook Pike as previously announced and is instead shuffling services among three existing local facilities.

WBIR reports...

SEE ALSO: The lights of St. Mary’s

Jan 22 2018
12:43 pm

Number of people who participated in the Women's March: 14,000 (KPD est.)

Number of people who voted in most recent city election: 11,739

Jan 22 2018
11:35 am

What: Books Sandwiched In is this Wednesday!
When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

Join Dr. Jason Fletcher for a discussion of the book he co-authored The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future.

Fletcher_J_portrait_small.jpg“I’m very excited to be returning to Knoxville to share my research,” Fletcher said. “My first experiences doing research was as an undergraduate at UT in the economics department and the Center for Business and Economic Research, which gave me many opportunities to learn how to work across disciplines and gather evidence on many policy topics.”

In The Genome Factor, Fletcher and co-author Dalton Conley reveal that there are real genetic differences by racial ancestry, but they don't conform to what we call Black, white, or Latino. Genes explain a significant share of who gets ahead in society and who does not, but instead of giving rise to a genetocracy, genes often act as engines of mobility that counter social disadvantage. The authors also tackle controversial topics such as the future of reproduction in a world where more people are taking advantage of cheap genotyping services like 23andMe.


Jan 22 2018
07:14 am

Not only is Bitcoin fake money made up out of thin air and sucking billions out of the economy without creating any value, "mining" it wastes massive amounts of energy that could be conserved or put to better use.

New York Times:

"...the computer power needed to create each digital token consumes at least as much electricity as the average American household burns through in two years, according to figures from Morgan Stanley and Alex de Vries, an economist who tracks energy use in the industry.

The total network of computers plugged into the Bitcoin network consumes as much energy each day as some medium-size countries — which country depends on whose estimates you believe. And the network supporting Ethereum, the second-most valuable virtual currency, gobbles up another country’s worth of electricity each day."

The cryptocurrency phenomenon is also affecting gamers, who find it increasingly difficult to procure high end graphic cards because miners are buying them all up for their mining rigs.

If all that isn't crazy enough, there's BananaCoin.

SEE ALSO: 90% of bitcoin's value could get wiped out

AND: David Moon: "To be a currency, an asset must be both a medium of exchange and a safe store of value. Bitcoin fails both tests."

Koch Bros. score $billions in tax cuts, give House Speaker Paul Ryan $500,000 tip.

SEE ALSO: Koch Brothers and N.R.A. Reach Timeshare Agreement Over Ownership of Paul Ryan

Jan 21 2018
09:13 am

Some of the ways the U.S. government is affected.

Congress still gets paid.

Non-essential Department of Defense civilian employees will be furloughed.

Lots of "non-essential" employees will be furloughed.

The US Postal Service will still deliver mail.

Air Traffice Controllers will continue to work.

Social Security checks will still be issued.

USDA inspections continue.

Customer service at Medicare and Medicaid could be impacted due to furloughed employees.

National Park roads, trails, and memorials will be open but parks will not collect entrance fees and will not be staffed for basic work like picking up trash, staffing visitors centers, or issuing permits. Campgrounds will be closed.

If the shutdown continues through Monday, The Smithsonian museums will close as will the National Zoo.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered President Trump funding for his wall in exchange for protecting immigrants who entered the country illegally as children? The most powerful Democrat in the Senate was willing to support one of his party’s most-hated proposals, just like that? The Times wrote simply that Schumer "discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico" - which leaves some wiggle room.

"Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O," Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) complained on the Senate floor Saturday, some 12 hours into the shutdown. "It’s next to impossible."

Jan 20 2018
08:09 pm

Tom Humphrey with the summary of the health care forum...

Democrats Fitzhugh and Dean are for it. Republicans are against it.

Boyd wants block grants, which is like giving car keys and whiskey to teenage boys.

Jan 20 2018
12:54 pm
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What: Women's March 2.0
When: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
Where: Krutch Park _ Downtown Knoxville
The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.

More than six months into his presidency, the number of bills Trump has signed stands at 53. Many have been passed through the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to roll back regulations imposed by the executive branch, and are aimed at dismantling former President Barack Obama's legislative legacy.

In all, two of the laws has created a new policy, 15 have rolled back rules and regulations issued under Obama's administration, 10 had to do with designating something or working to create a new initiative, 11 changed or expanded existing legislation, and 15 were related to government funding or operations.

President Trump has signed 53 bills into law. Here's what they do

Jan 19 2018
05:36 pm

What: Renee Hoyos for Congress campaign kickoff
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 5:30pm
Where: Southern Railway Depot, 306 W Depot Ave.

Hoyos for Congress
Campaign Kick-off
January 23rd, 2018
5:30 to 7:00 p.m
Southern Railway Depot
306 W Depot Ave., Knoxville, TN

Jan 19 2018
04:02 pm

What: South Knox town hall set for Feb. 3
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 11:00am
Where: South-Doyle Middle School, 3900 Decatur Drive

Officials who represent South Knoxville at the state and local levels will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 3, at South-Doyle Middle School, 3900 Decatur Drive.

The event will take place 9-11 a.m. in the school library. State Sen. Becky Massey, state Reps. Rick Staples, Eddie Smith and Harry Brooks, First District City Council member Stephanie Welch, Ninth District County Commissioner Carson Dailey and Ninth District Board of Education representative Amber Rountree will present updates on SoKno projects and participate in a question-and-answer session.

Topics are expected to include the BMX track at South-Doyle Middle, parks projects and real-estate development in SoKno.

Democrats hoping for a wave may be disappointed. I predict Republicans maintain or even strengthen control of the U.S. House and Senate.

The Trump voters and even Republican skeptics are happy that their 401Ks are a little fatter, they will get a few more bucks in their paychecks, Obamacare has been "repealed," and discrimination against urban, minority and ethnic people has been re-institutionalized. They are winning the propaganda wars, and Trump is the unlikely hero because of all he has "accomplished."

Our next governor will be a Republican, and could be a woman unless Randy Boyd gets busy. Democrats have fielded a couple of credible candidates, but they aren't well known outside Nashville or rural West Tennessee. It's also within the realm of possibility that they get beat out in the primary by somebody named Johnny Appleseed or Ace Bandage.

The Senate election should be closer, unless Democrats sit it out because Phil Bredesen is not Bernie Sanders or he loses the primary to Phat Albert. Bottom line, Republican in a close win and likely a woman.

Our next Congressman from the 2nd District will be a Republican, likely Burchett. He will carry Knox County, but needs to get out in the surrounding countryside where they don't know him and bale some hay or milk some cows or something. Matlock seems to be campaigning mostly outside Knox, so his strategy may be to win everywhere else and hope it's enough. Democrats have a couple of credible candidates who seem nice, but they don't have the political background and experience to compete with the East TN GOP juggernaut and Brian Hornback.

Johnson v. Smith round three will be a good matchup in State House District 13. Unfortunately for Democrats, incumbency and retrograde politics carry a lot of weight.

Over in Blount County we will have an assortment of usual suspects and yahoos with no adult supervision since Doug Overbey was appointed US Attorney for East Tennessee.

Beyond, Trump wins again because by 2020 the greatest leader in the history of the world myth will have grown to Biblical proportions, the Energy Dept. and EPA will report to Exxon Mobile, everybody at CNN and MSNBC will be in jail, Fox and Friends will occupy the Supreme Court, and the Grammys will be canceled.

Hope I'm wrong about all of this.

Jan 19 2018
08:22 am

Intel Committee Releases Glenn Simpson Testimony Transcripts

GOP Rep. Tom Rooney -
"If we knew that Donald Trump was working with the Russian mafia to fund Doonbeg in Ireland, then there's no way he would be President."

DTV's Michael Davis hosts Karen Pershing, Executive Director of the Metro Drug Coalition and Dr. Mark McGrail, Director, Addiction Medicine Services of the Cherokee Health System in a discussion of addiction and the opioid crises on Community TV tonight. Tune in to your Community TV channel at 7:30 PM, Friday, January 19th for this informative and timely discussion.

CTV streams live (here)!

Or watch on your cable channels at:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

Jan 19 2018
12:19 am

Global surface temperatures last year were the second hottest since 1880, according to an analysis by scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

2017 was one of the hottest years on record, NASA says

Jan 18 2018
04:24 pm

The go to, late night, early AM, after gig, after concert, after partying too much spot for grease and carbs on Cumberland Ave. that for decades served generations of wobbly, red-eyed patrons is closed for good.

Krystal on Cumberland Avenue won't reopen


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