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THOSE THAT ARE protesting the testing on animals at any research facility need to learn and understand the old adage “If you’re not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” I am sorry they think that testing of medicine and procedures to advance the quality of human life should be performed on humans instead of animals. Testing must be done before applied to humans and until they have a viable alternate solution I for one see them as part of the problem and not the solution.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Butler High, Jenkins White Elementary Charter, and Westmont Elementary who were named Reward Schools for being among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the state making the most progress over three years on state assessments. It is still disturbing to see so many schools labeled Alert Schools, Priority Schools and Focus Schools. It is up to the teachers and parents to raise the standards in these schools. We have a long way to go!

A RANT TO The Augusta Chronicle, placing comedian’s last-word quotes in the obit section is crossing the line, and placing other advertisements such as back ailments is a bit over the top. Let’s keep the obits clean and respectable as they should be.

I LISTENED TO Nancy Pelosi on the morning Fox channel. The best thing she could do is find a hole and stay in it. Recall she walked into the House with the big gavel and also commented: “Just pass Obamacare” and then find out what it entails.

HUGE RANT TO EMS members who were stationed near the finish line at Run or Dye. There is nothing like approaching the finish line after a great run and having to inhale second-hand smoke. Truly disgusting!!

PRESIDENT OBAMA has broken our health insurance delivery system and just like an immature adolescent he has dumped the mess he created on the health insurance companies and state insurance commissioners.

IT IS A SHEER PLEASURE to drive through Fort Gordon. Wherever one looks every area is clean, well kept, no trash. The speed limit is rightfully limited within this installation and people observe the law. NO cellphone drivers! Should it be like that all over the CSRA or the state.

IF YOU DON’T USE your windshield wipers when its not raining why use your fog lights when its not foggy? Rants to those that blind other drivers with their bright fog lights.

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countyman
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countyman 12/09/13 - 12:57 pm
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Facts

Why does everything have to be downtown versus South Augusta? The last time I checked multiple cities have been able to improve their downtown and other parts of town...

The funny thing is how the richest parts of Richmond County are never mentioned on here lol... The local government receives money from collecting property taxes and neither the CBD or South Augusta are on the level of Summerville for example.

Both the CBD and South Augusta play key roles and have different responsibilities. The CBD will attract the white collar office jobs and South Augusta is based on manufacturing...

Please name one strong city that has been very successful relying on it's suburbs let alone the suburban counties?

If you've been to Memphis or Birmingham recently you definitely can see what happens if the suburbs are leading the way..

The metro area of Birmingham should be peers with cities like Austin, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Raleigh, etc..

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 12/09/13 - 01:09 pm
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Comment changes coming...maybe

There is a strong push from the "higher ups" to switch to Facebook commenting for our stories. If we do, posting photos may be possible. I will look into it.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/09/13 - 01:20 pm
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@t3bledso

Hang in there buddy!!! All of us who comment here on the AC stories are like a family and you our friend are one of us! As others have said, see a doctor for your issues and don't worry about what anyone thinks. I have to admit to you and everyone else who reads comments that I have been in the same situation in which you find yourself. I began struggling with depression in 1987 and have worked on it with docs and meds ever since.

Please see a doctor for yourself and us and email any of us if you want to talk.

Sweet son

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/09/13 - 01:40 pm
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SEAN - AC future Plans

Because of Facebook, MySpace, and etc.. Major Privacy Issues, surrendering ownership to materials, allowing such sites the reselling of comments, photos and etc. Plus Prospective Employers demanding access and holding personal comments and 100th removed "friend" associations held against them, that are friends made on FACEBOOK and MySpace and etc...

I do not have such Public accounts and never have.

I know enough about my family by talking with them and see no need to share if I did something with their friends-friends-friends------.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/09/13 - 01:46 pm
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Facebook Account

Like NocNoc, I do not have a Facebook account. I'm a bit concerned about signing up. Can a commenter tell me what kinds of things one agrees to when establishing a Facebook account? What kind of agreement does Facebook have with the NSA, for example?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/09/13 - 01:53 pm
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BTW: Facebook just adopted a NEW Policy

that applies to 13-17 year olds

"While Facebook described the change as giving teenagers, ages 13 to 17, more choice, big money is at stake for the company and its advertisers."

Having investigated numerous Internet privacy problems, on such public media sites before I retired. Parents would be amazed at some of the stuff these kids share with the world.

Facebook now can use teenager INFO in ads and businesses that
BUY THAT INFO from Facebook, so them can also use in it National/Local Media Advertising Campaigns. Or focused emails and USPS bulk mailers.

Any one want to see their child taking a picture of themselves in the bathroom mirror, that becomes FACEBOOK rent-able property in a advertising blitz? Or how about their teenagers image being used in Planned Parenthood Ad, or Anti-STD campaign?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/09/13 - 02:31 pm
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Irresponsible Journalism

In today's Chronicle print edition is a Los Angeles Times story that steps way over the line deep into irresponsible journalism. The story is about liquid waste tanks at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. Here is an egregious statement from the story, byline Ralph Vartabedian:

The soil deep under the desert brush is being fouled with plutonium, cesium and other material so toxic it could deliver a lethal dose of radiation to a nearby person in minutes.

Much of the material is toxic if ingested in large amounts, no doubt. But dispersed in the soil, it is not feasible that anyone can indeed ingest it. And even if they did get some of that contaminated dirt into their stomach, it would not kill them from radiation poisoning in minutes. Here's an interesting fact sheet on plutonium:

10 Plutonium Facts

Plutonium isotopes have such a long half life that people do not die from external radiation exposure to plutonium, especially in aqueous solution or in sludges.

Now cesium-137 has a half life of about 30 years, which is termed intermediate by the radiological health community. True, if one separated some fission reactor waste to extract cesium-137, purify it, and fashion it into a large gamma-ray source, one might get a nasty burn by close exposure. But how common is that? Rare.

Dispersed in the soil as described by Mr. Vartabedian, I say it would be near impossible to be exposed to enough cesium-137 to receive a lethal radiation dose in minutes of exposure.

The Augusta Chronicle has some commenters that are more knowledgeable than I regarding lethal radiation exposure. I hope some will weigh in here and post more facts.

If you are a Rants and Raves reader and you know some of the Ph.D. scientists out at SRS, please ask them to comment on this comment.

Thanks.

LL

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/09/13 - 02:21 pm
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:-)

Thanks for the photos, NocNoc.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/09/13 - 02:31 pm
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Where are you Radwaste?

He/she is about the most informed person on nuclear stuff.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 12/09/13 - 02:32 pm
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FB concerns

I agree with your concerns and have some of my own. We'll see what happens.

dwb619
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dwb619 12/09/13 - 02:49 pm
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Facebook

No Facebook for me. FYI, Facebook account requirement pretty much has killed the R&R on the State and Aiken Standard.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/09/13 - 03:02 pm
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Death to comments my friend

Fb doesn' have the security & I seldom put anything imp on there....if you are trying to kill the comments this is the way to do it...& also you will lose money & readers....
We may be having a funeral here soon....the posters will have to find another venue & paper....don't make us get ugly.:(
Btw ...they post some rowdy things on fb at times...very rowdy.

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TrulyWorried 12/09/13 - 03:03 pm
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Facebook

a NO vote from me - spells trouble all the way - I don't use it and won't

t3B - YES indeed, hang in there - miracles do happen and a strong will and determination can also do a whole lot. There ARE physicians that care, people doctors I call them, as they are there for the patient, find one, maybe someone can suggest a good doc and start helping your poor soul by going to seek help. Depression is a demon and has no place in your life! With your will and God's help there are better days ahead!
From one who cares very much for all - humans and animals too.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/09/13 - 03:09 pm
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Question to nocnoc

you can tell us - I hope - there was a fire on Old Waynesboro Road on Saturday - would you happen to know where it was? I'd rather read your posts than countyman's - he means well (I guess) but is overwhelming,
at times.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/09/13 - 03:44 pm
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Riverman will go elsewhere if

Riverman will go elsewhere if the AC comments go to FB.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/09/13 - 04:08 pm
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South Augusta vs. Downtown

Richmond County consolidation has created a situation where outlying parts of the county are parts of the city, to say the obvious. In most traditional cities, the suburbs are not part of the city and don't have their taxes siphoned by the city. Remember the old city was very tiny with a population of only about 44,000 and the population hasn't changed much we know from the census. When you narrow it down to the CBD where much government money has and is being spent, the population of that area is even smaller as Nocnoc pointed out so well. Pretty soon they'll be packing up the South Augusta industry and shipping it out like the Russians did in Germany after WWII if this keeps up.

etlinks
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etlinks 12/09/13 - 04:35 pm
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Say NO to facebook.

Tried it, people will post and say anything. Mostly stupid.There is alot of good info absorbed from some comments posted on the AC site. Don't change a thing. imo

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/09/13 - 09:17 pm
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TrulyWorried - Fire on or around O.W.R.

Station 19th had a few calls that headed East on Brown Road between 9pm and 2am.

I'll have to dig... give me a day or 2 to speak with a guy at Station I know in the area.

The AC use to publish a list of RFD calls 30+ years ago.
Before the RC RFD call list was stopped it was used by the community to help the victims by dropping off food, clothing and help rebuild burned out sections of the homes. Some Local Supply places use to chip in an donate lumber some basics.

But we don't live in that type of world anymore.

I was told, too many looters/pickers were using the info. so it was stopped.

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