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Selling public lands - Cherokee national forest?

By Mike Knapp, Thu, 2017/01/19 - 6:48pm

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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Books Sandwiched In

By nbarajas, Thu, 2017/01/19 - 1:31pm


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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Saw Works Brewing Co. may move to Standard Knitting Mill

By jbr, Thu, 2017/01/19 - 11:01am

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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Jimmy Kimmel - on the street Obamacare vs ACA

By bizgrrl, Thu, 2017/01/19 - 7:16am


Some people are still not aware that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.

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Earth Sets Record Temperature in 2016 — for Third Year in a Row

By jbr, Wed, 2017/01/18 - 3:33pm

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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Women's March on Washington includes local events

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/01/18 - 8:50am

"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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Thought for the day

By R. Neal, Wed, 2017/01/18 - 7:39am

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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Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2017/01/18 - 6:57am


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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U.S. DOT - Measure the movement of people, not just cars

By bizgrrl, Wed, 2017/01/18 - 6:24am

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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A message

By R. Neal, Tue, 2017/01/17 - 6:05pm

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Companies Are Recycling Their Old News to Avoid Being Blasted in a Trump Tweet

By jbr, Tue, 2017/01/17 - 4:56pm

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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We are living...

By R. Neal, Tue, 2017/01/17 - 9:31am

...in a Monty Python skit. There's no other logical explanation.

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NY and Rhode Island want to make tuition free

By jbr, Tue, 2017/01/17 - 1:27am

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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What a Joke National Comedy Festival to benefit ACLU

By tennesseevalues..., Mon, 2017/01/16 - 4:05pm


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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Downtown Knoxville ACLU Benefit

By R. Neal, Mon, 2017/01/16 - 12:38pm


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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Some Inauguration Day tips...

By R. Neal, Mon, 2017/01/16 - 12:10pm

Domestic Psychology has some great tips for Inauguration Day...

Bottom line: "...refuse to normalize PE45"

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These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

By jbr, Mon, 2017/01/16 - 9:38am

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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By R. Neal, Mon, 2017/01/16 - 5:54am

President Obama:

"Those who dismiss the magnitude of the progress that has been made dishonor the courage of all who marched and struggled to bring about this change -- and those who suggest that the great task of extending our Nation's promise to every individual is somehow complete neglect the sacrifices that made it possible. Dr. King taught us that "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Although we do not face the same challenges that spurred the Civil Rights Movement, the fierce urgency of now -- and the need for persistence, determination, and constant vigilance -- is still required for us to meet the complex demands and defeat the injustices of our time. With the same iron will and hope in our hearts, it is our duty to secure economic opportunity, access to education, and equal treatment under the law for all. The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it only bends because of the strength and sacrifice of those who reject complacency and drive us forward."

Presidential Proclamation: Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017

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Roger Kane Insists our Legislature is Incredibly Diverse

By Mark Harmon, Sun, 2017/01/15 - 3:03pm

Here is yesterday's East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists' Legislative Luncheon (Sat. Jan. 14, 2017). Here are some highlights:

* About 23 minutes into the video you'll find State Rep. Roger Kane insisting the panel and the larger legislature are incredibly diverse. This causes a chuckle in the crowd. The only woman among the twelve participating legislators, Becky Duncan Massey, kept quiet. Rick Staples, the only Democrat and the only African American, joked he was the only one with a full beard.

* You could listen to the entire comments about the Counselor Bill and, thanks to euphemisms and buzz words, never realize the issue was about discrimination against gays.

* Kristin Farley did a good job as moderator, picking out specific public policy questions (school bus seat belts, access to police body camera video, abortion rights, UT jobs outsourcing, refugee resettlement, etc) and directing the questions to specific legislators.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on secularists

By bizgrrl, Sun, 2017/01/15 - 7:24am

While being questioned during the confirmation hearings for attorney general, Sen. Sessions (R-AL), had to respond to questions regarding having previously criticized department attorneys for being secular.

Sessions replied that he has used that language about secular attorneys to differentiate between people who recognize objective “truth” and those who take positions “in which truth is not sufficiently respected.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), replies with “And a secular person has just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious, correct?” At which point Sessions responded, “Well, I’m not sure.” For a few seconds the Senate chamber seemed to go completely silent.

Check out the video, about two-thirds in.

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