Po, the most delicious black and white cookie in Zoo Atlanta's baby animal bakery, is celebrating his first natal anniversary tomorrow, November 3.
Zoo Atlanta is having a thing for him — "the first 100 fans to arrive at the giant panda habitat by 11 a.m. will receive a special piece of Po panda-rabilia"— and, BELIEVE ME, you don't want to show up to the Po party empty handed.
Luckily, you can count on us for last minute gift suggestions ...
A Roomba. Because no one doesn't want one of these.
The Savannah College of Art and Design, although perhaps the country's largest arts college, has always been an odd outlier in the world of academia. It isn't a member of the prestigious Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, along with such peers as Parsons, the Rhode Island School of Design and NYC's School of Visual Arts. Nor is it accredited by the industry-standard National Association of Schools of Art and Design. And the private, intensely for-profit school has fostered a reputation of secrecy and top-down totalitarianism that occasionally surfaces in complaints over suppression of student and/or instructor expression.
Now comes the American Association of University Professors, which issued a report this past month censuring — or rather, re-censuring — the school for its Soviet-style repression of academic freedom.
The irony is that SCAD brought the new criticism on itself by inviting AAUP's scrutiny. The group had censured the college back in 1993 — long before it came to Atlanta — when SCAD had sacked a couple of teachers it suspected of encouraging student demonstrations. Apparently, last year the school asked AAUP to consider removing its censure and, in return, agreed to implement a handful of progressive policy changes and to offer settlement packages to former staffers it had terminated under dubious circumstances. All that was left was a brief, on-campus visit from an association representative.
Then things went south. According to the new censure report (PDF), after the college agreed on a date for the visit, SCAD President (and owner) Paula Wallace canceled the appointment and then issued a set of outrageous conditions, including the demand that the AAUP inspector could only see what the school wanted him to see.
I learned this by inventing it in my head after seeing a billboard on I-85 last night for Mason & Associates, a local law firm that can be located on the Internet at Mybaldlawyer.com. Founding partner Chandler W. Mason, has no hair, you see, so he decided to parlay his follicular deficiency into what's probably the most confusing personal-injury-attorney-gimmick in the greater metro Atlanta area.
Confusing ... or BRILLIANT.
There are a lot of personal injury attorneys in this world. To snag the attention of a finite group of litigious-and-injured peoples these guys need an angle, something that stands out, that speaks (loudly) to people — even if all it's saying is, "Hey, look at me! I'm bald! AND I'M ALL YOURS." I guess they also need a web address that's easy to remember. Some more local favorites ...
With hosting duties covered by CNN's Soledad O'Brien, the event will feature appearances and performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holliday, Peabo "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" Bryson and the Morehouse and Spelman glee clubs. Tickets range from $50-100.
If you're wondering where you've seen Lowery, perhaps it was when he delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration — or perhaps it was at some juncture of his 60-year civil rights career, such as when he helped lead the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott or when he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with his fellow Doc./Rev., Martin Luther King Jr., in 1957.
Anyway, Lowery's actual birthday was Thursday. A card would be nice.
Anyone been watching "Jeopardy!" lately? Well, a guy named Joon is killing it (which gave Alex Trebek the opportunity to quip that "Joon's busting out all over" — oy vey), and two or three times every single commercial break, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is running ads to convince me that Mormons are just like the rest of us (which isn't to say I believed anything to the contrary — 'cept for the whole abstention from drugs, alcohol and caffeine thing). Seriously, one second you think you're watching a commercial for ITT Tech, then all of a sudden you're dick-deep in a sales pitch straight from SLC.
Par exemple (Yiddish and French in one post!) ...
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be music by Smokey's Farmhouse Band, beverages from Honest Tea, tree care demonstrations, speakers, a small petting zoo of sheep by Ewe-niversally Green, and much more, including opportunities to learn about the components of a LEED-certified building.
That's right, people: much more! Actually, if you've never checked out TA's Kendeda Center offices, it's worth a visit — if only to see a nonprofit organization where the employees don't have to use cardboard boxes for desks, write on paper salvaged from recycling bins and work by candlelight.
Anyway, the location is 225 Chester Ave., off Memorial Drive and just west of the Beltline.
NOTE: An earlier version of this post contained a major brain fart that named the wrong date.
Well, not you, in the technical sense, but come early December, people able to secure Treasury Department authorization can board a Delta jet at H-J's Terminal E and fly non-stop to HAV, known to the indigenous communistas as Aeropuerto José Martí.
So, who gets to go? Frankly, it's the same people already eligible for travel visas to Cuba: folks with approved academic, religious, medical, research, humanitarian or diplomatic reasons to be there. Oh, and journalists, because we're doing God's work. In the absence of one of the above exemptions, American nationals are, of course, still prohibited from traveling to Cuba unless they can prove they have family down there.
Round-trip tickets will cost around $400, which may sound like a lot for a 90-minute flight, but you'd likely pay twice as much flying out of Mexico or Canada to get around the travel ban.
Not that you, personally, can go to Cuba, as we determined. But look on the bright side — if you stay put, you're much less likely to end up on a no-fly list.
Surely, you've noticed the Stop Childhood Obesity campaign's billboards. The ones with pictures like this:
Oh, but the billboards also have text, stuff like, “WARNING: Stocky, chubby, chunky are still fat" and "He has his father's eyes, his laugh and maybe even his diabetes." Way harsh, Tai.
First, who are these kids? Were they aware they'd be jammed into too-small polo shirts and their photos blown up several-stories tall to glare at motorists on some of the busiest highways in the Southeast? Can children even consent to this? And, as Scott Henry said, "I thought we were supposed to be directing all our efforts to giving kids an inflated sense of self-worth and entitlement, not picking on them for being fatties."
A guy named Ron Frieson who masterminded the campaign explained his angle:
“We talked to overweight and obese kids all over Georgia, and they resoundingly responded, ‘Give it to us straight,’” said Ron Frieson, senior vice president of external affairs for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and chair of the ad campaign. “They told us exactly how to communicate and reach them. So that’s exactly what these ads are doing, talking to kids exactly how they want.”
Oh, yeah? You know what else kids want? They want to eat pizza three times a day, replace water fountains with orange Fanta fountains and play video games until their eyeballs fall out of their big, dumb heads.
Maybe what kids want isn't always what's best?
After several years of negotiations between the U.S. and Mexico, Georgia farmers are finally able to export peaches south of the border.
It's been nearly 17 years since Mexico banned southeastern farmers from exporting peaches due to concerns over invasive pests. The new deal has set in place strict protocols to ensure pests aren't carried to Mexico.
Fox News reports that according to Desmond Layne, a peach specialist at Clemson University, the new agreement can prove to be profitable to Southern farmers:
"It gives them more places to sell their product for profit," said Layne, also known as "Dr. Peach." ''That's a great thing for our growers. There are a lot of people in Mexico, and a lot of people who eat peaches."
So far, Titan farms, the Southeast's largest peach farm, is the only grower that's taken advantage of the new Mexican market.
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