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Bruno 07/11/11 - 07:53 pm
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Any word on the forums? I

Any word on the forums? I know they are down but will the AC just give up and walk away or will they replace them?

socks99
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socks99 07/15/11 - 01:47 pm
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Bruno, I think you should

Bruno, I think you should assume the old forums -- and the information contained in them -- have been swept clean. As you may recall there was some evidence that some ID's had been hacked and/or local insiders changed some of the posts to manipulate the discussion. As I have said before, the ABH, a few years ago, did the very same thing. It's as though you wake up one morning and the authorities tell you they've built a brand new library! It has nifty new features, but unfortunately all the information in the old library had to be discarded and is not coming back! No one asked permission to burn the books, or warned users of what was coming. This is one problem with allowing a media outlet to 'manage' public information systems; it may be an indictment, too, of the trend where more and more information is deposited in an electronic database. If there is no hard-copy, then that information can be variously discarded or 'updated.' I will always believe that what motivates these 'shut-downs' is NOT a needed upgrade, but the discomfort over or difference of opinions over what was posted there. You see a great enthusiasm even on this thread of some who are positively delighted that the old posts were deep-sixed; they might not come out and say it in so many words, but boy do I feel it! In reality, they may be weak-minded patsies. Even if you 'disagree' with some books at the library, you should still have a sense of the manipulative power of the authorities that is imbued in their cavalier or even self-serving expropriation of resources that arguably do not belong to them. (Of course, they might re-link the old forums and my criticism probably should be more tempered! It is their site, after all, it's free, and probably a major nightmare to monitor and police. I know I wouldn't do it for free!)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/11 - 08:41 pm
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Regarding the forums; the

Regarding the forums; the splash screen used to say that the forums underwent a major problem that left the "database seriously corrupted." Well, what is a database? It's a collection of files (Oracle calls them "tables") stored on a server plus a "front end" software program that can query the files, sort them, and display the contents of the files on a client computer (i.e., your and my personal computer at home).

What's the big deal. They have back up files of the ones corrupted. And the vendor of the "front end" will lend support to get it back up and running. It should be no problem to get the forums back on line, even if a little bit of data were to have been lost.

What's the deal, Sean?

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hockeymann 07/17/11 - 01:02 pm
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What's happened to the hockey

What's happened to the hockey forum, or any of the other Chronicle forums?? Why are the RiverHawks no longer shown on the header of
the SPORTS while all other local items are still shown there?? Is this
some type of anti-hockey situation now going at the Chronicle???

hockeymann
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hockeymann 07/19/11 - 09:32 am
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Why don't you (CHRONICLE)

Why don't you (CHRONICLE) answer as to why the hockey forum was
canceled, and why the RiverHawks are dropped from the sports header,
while all others are still on there? Why is Mischaux on the header?? Is
hockey now boycotted by the Chronicle? Other forums were dropped too that were popular..Why?? Will they be restarted? Could hockey be added back to the sports header?Right, Sean...What is the deal??

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 07/19/11 - 03:24 pm
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We are having some technical

We are having some technical problems with the Forums. The web guys are working on it, but I don't know when or if they will be back. I wish I could give you more information, but I just don't have it to give.

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Riverman1 07/19/11 - 06:31 pm
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When I left the forums a few

When I left the forums a few years ago, some wanted to bet I'd be back. Looks like they may have lost.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/11 - 07:00 pm
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I missed you on the forums,

I missed you on the forums, RM. We tangled up a lot of threads there.

One I really miss is Voluptuously Auburn, whose avatar was those big red cartoon lips. I swear I saw a sports car with that exact decal on the doors and bumper on Bobby Jones two weeks ago.

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Riverman1 07/19/11 - 08:16 pm
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LL, yeah, we had SOME

LL, yeah, we had SOME threads. I recognized your brilliance, make no mistake. VA was a fun person. She frequented an establishment that I went to every now and then, but I never crossed paths with her although others there spoke highly of her.

socks99
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socks99 07/21/11 - 03:13 pm
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Well, Riverman1, I remember

Well, Riverman1, I remember when that all happened; and I still like to read your posts appended to some news items.
Personally, I've been 'forced' off one forum, for a week; I requested that a poster produce and publish the death certificate of a relative said to have been 'killed by a drunk driver.' OK, yes, that was a little much ...
On the other hand, I believe that one of my posts on the 'old forum' was actually hacked and the words changed to make me appear more stupid than I can actually appear all by myself. I heard one other allegation about that matter.
Now you've lampooned the outsourcing of IT folks to India. What you might not understand is the WHY behind that move. It's about reducing production costs, and reducing those costs are necessary to satisfy 'investors' and other wise men and women in the financial sector. What 'gets me,' sometimes about you and some other posters like Little Lamb, is the fact that you cannot see or think about the implications of what is going on, and how it may impact the public policy space.
Let me suggest to you that the only positive 'changes' our policy apparatus will manage to accomplish, are the same ones the neoliberals or the 'Washington Consensus' want us to 'accomplish.'
They have ruined our country, and they want even MORE! Where does it end, or where does the fight begin?!

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Richard_101 07/22/11 - 11:45 pm
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It's a real shame that the

It's a real shame that the forums here are gone...They sure could get them back up if they really wanted to...It's a shame they think that little about the Many that have used and counted on that avenue to post and share opinions...Nice job Chronicle!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/11 - 08:04 am
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I enjoyed commenting and

I enjoyed commenting and reading the comments of others, so I wish they would start up the forums again. But I was thinking about this – perhaps the staff of the Chronicle was getting nervous that Rev. Cain's posting of the entire text of copyrighted articles was outside the normal interpretation of the “fair use” clause of copyright law.

The forum administrator posted that one should provide a link to the original article and merely a paragraph or two of the article to stay within the bounds of normal interpretation. Rev. Cain ignored the administrator's wishes.

Richard_101
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Richard_101 07/23/11 - 04:10 pm
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I feel it's probably just

I feel it's probably just another Morris Cut...They do alot of that down there.
=8-(

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/11 - 11:03 am
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No big deal, but I'm curious.

No big deal, but I'm curious. Sometimes when I post it says I posted much earlier even before another post I made earlier. The times are wrong. Weird. Anyone know how that happens?

socks99
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socks99 08/03/11 - 03:28 pm
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It only happens to

It only happens to hypocritical neo-liberals who try to have their cake and eat it too! Logic! I told you so! :)

Bruno
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Bruno 08/15/11 - 06:25 pm
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I doubt that they will bring

I doubt that they will bring back the forums. It has been almost a month and it really isn't that hard to set up a new one if they wanted. It is kind of a shame since the forums were a good place for people to share without having it completely out front.

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justawatcher 08/21/11 - 06:45 pm
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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/11 - 11:03 pm
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What is on tomorrow's

What is on tomorrow's Commission committee agendas? Hopefully, someone will be trying to figure out how to repeal, rescind, retract, remove, rebuff, redact, take back, cancel, abolish, and quash those 15% raises that city administrator Fred (What, me worry?) Russell gave to 44 high-level city employees. Send those raises to the bowels of hell.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/11 - 09:10 am
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From today's Associated

From today's Associated Press:

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — The White House is revealing plans to save businesses $10 billion by scrapping hundreds of government regulations found to be outdated, unfair or unnecessary. Administration officials say the savings will be realized over a five-year period. The plan was described Tuesday by Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in a column in the Wall Street Journal in advance of a formal announcement as President Barack Obama vacations at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Well, $2 billion a year is pretty small potatoes in our multi-trillion $ budget; but every little bit helps.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/26/11 - 01:03 pm
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This was in today's print

This was in today's print edition:

Super-low interest rates haven't done what they usually do after a recession. They haven't ignited economic growth or revived the home market or persuaded consumers to spend freely again. They have, though, caused misery for retirees and others who depend on interest income. Such income plummeted 27 percent from 2008 to last year. Now, some economists worry that low rates might be hurting the economy itself – defeating the purpose of the Fed's low-rate policies. When savers earn less, they spend less. And spending by individuals drives about 70 percent of the U.S. economy.

I see the Fed making a big mess with its interest rate policy. As soon as the Fed starts raising rates in the future, the economy will nose dive along with stock prices. The upcoming recession will be worse than the last one. Bernanke knows this and he is paralyzed.

socks99
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socks99 08/26/11 - 01:41 pm
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R.I.P. Augusta Forums 19?? --

R.I.P.

Augusta Forums

19?? -- June ?, 2011?

(someone help me out with the date)

"Gone, but not soon forgotten. A computer glitch destroyed free speech. And/or, our creditors decided speech will no longer be free ..."

Vito45
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Vito45 08/26/11 - 04:46 pm
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Socks, I was posting on the

Socks, I was posting on the Lynx forum around 1998-99.

socks99
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socks99 08/30/11 - 05:04 pm
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Well, I wish I'd have paid

Well, I wish I'd have paid more attention to the dates because, historically, I think it's important. I finally took the bait and went over to "Athens Chat" when the Athens Banner Herald forum was shut-down. Then, usage on Athens-Chat declined and the owner wanted to stop sponsoring it. Next I went over to the Augusta Forum chat. I have to say, that forum was more intense and included quite a few folks who were quasi-pro bloggers. Now, as you know, the Augusta Forum is toast. I am back on the new ABH Forum, but have little confidence it will remain 'alive.' Granted, these forums and the comments are a 'new' thing for journalism, and I am sure, if it were me, I'd have nixed them long ago. On the other hand, they were and additional source of views and ideas largely absent from the mainstream newspaper. As such, I found them invaluable, and something of a tonic necessitated by the canned, brain-dead pedestrian-variety solicitations that often are passed off as 'news' by these papers. Ultimately, I hope that Morris' creditors go bankrupt, and that the corporation and its owners are placed in a debtor's prison; and that the journalistic franchise in Augusta, Athens, and NE GA is re-taken by locals and natives. That may be what was always needed; in fact, it is something of an embarrassment to admit.

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jvanorden 09/06/11 - 12:59 pm
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Please don't eliminate the

Please don't eliminate the daily tv listings!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/07/11 - 02:30 pm
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In today's Chronicle print

In today's Chronicle print edition is an Associated Press article, signed by David Espo, that provides a preview of tomorrow night's major jobs speech by Obama. Here are the things Espo says will be in the president's speech to "create" jobs:

1. Enact a one-year extension of the existing payroll tax cuts.

2. Enact an extension of expiring jobless benefits.

3. Enact a one-year extension of the tax break for businesses that allows them to deduct the full value of new equipment. (Including corporate jets, Mr. President?)

In other words, the status quo. If it hasn't created jobs by now, it likely will not next year either.

The firecracker will be a dud.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/16/11 - 01:19 pm
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This was in today's Chronicle

This was in today's Chronicle print edition. Associated Press wrote:

LONDON – Five central banks acted Thursday to shore up confidence in Europe's financial system by giving its banks far greater access to U.S. dollars. The move buys time for banks that hold large amounts of debt issued by Greece and other financially troubled European countries. Some of these banks have had trouble paying for daily operations because other banks have refused to lend them any more. Under Thursday's action, the banks can borrow unlimited dollars for up to three months, up from the current one-week limit. The European Central Bank said it will coordinate with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss national bank to offer the loans through the end of this year. Their move to supply more dollars is similar to steps taken during the 2008 financial crisis and again in May, 2010.

So they tried this before and it didn't work. Why do they think it will work this time?

Is it just me, or does anyone else see that this is a bad idea? We bailed out General Motors, Freddie Mac, Solynda, AIG, and who knows who else. Here we are getting ready to bail out Europe. We're doomed.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/02/11 - 02:38 pm
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In the print edition of

In the print edition of today's Chronicle is a great column from Charles Krauthammer. In it Krauthammer dissects, puts back together again, and analyzes the recent move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to have the U.N. unilaterally declare Palestine a sovereign state. Krauthammer gives us the logical conclusion about Abbas' motive. Here is an exerpt:

"After all, why did Abbas go to the U.N.? For nearly half a century, the United States has pursued a Middle East settlement on the basis of the formula of land for peace. Land for peace produced the Israel-Egypt peace of 1979 and the Israel-Jordan peace of 1994. Israel has offered the Palestinians land for peace three times since. And been refused every time.

"Why? For exactly the same reason Abbas went to the U.N. last week: to get land without peace. Sovereignty with no reciprocal recognition of a Jewish state. Statehood without negotiations. An independent Palestine in a continued state of war with Israel.

"This is the reason that, regardless of who is governing Israel, there has never been peace. Territorial disputes are solveable; existential conflicts are not.

"Land for peace, yes. Land without peace is nothing but an invitation to suicide."

Here is a link to the whole column in the Washington Post . It would be good to read the whole thing, a masterpiece of facts and logic.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/17/11 - 04:45 pm
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This just in from the

This just in from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are unveiling one piece of President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill. It's part of a series of bills as Congress carves up the sweeping legislation. The new measure is a $35 billion aid package to state and local governments to help them avoid layoffs of teachers, police officers and firefighters.

Avoiding layoffs of government employees is not going to create any new jobs. Avoiding layoffs of government employees is not going to jump-start the economy. Avoiding layoffs of government employees is not going to help unemployed Americans. This approach is false advertising and it is counterproductive.

The AP did not say whether the Democrats intended to "pay for" this avoidance through tax increases or merely to print money from thin air to pay these state and local governments. But my guess is the latter. Mercifully, such a wrong-headed bill will never pass the Congress.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/11 - 12:11 pm
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We've learned a lot about

We've learned a lot about house fires in the past few weeks in the news media in relation to boarding them up for security after a fire. That 1-800-BOARDUP company has surely gotten a lot of free publicity in the media. Now we learn that the fire chief will train his fire fighters not to call 1-800-BOARDUP on behalf of the fire victims and not to even recommend 1-800-BOARDUP, but rather to hand a flyer to the victim listing all known companies in the area that will do such services.

Here is a request to Augusta Chronicle editors: Please call a staff meeting or send out a memo to all reporters that if they cover a fire, to get the name of the boarding up company and publish it in the news story. That way we can see if the fire chief's new policy is having the desired effect.

I notice in today's story about the house fire on McDowell St. that there is no mention yet on what company secured the house.

Mac
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Mac 10/29/11 - 11:36 am
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What happened to the

What happened to the "forums"??? Got shut out AGAIN. Not banned, just had lots of problems signing in......... so I bid them g'bye. Looking for them now....... can't find them.

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