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Re: “Central Library doesn’t need replacing, it needs boosting

Sign the petition to protect the library.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-…

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Posted by Nathan Koskovich on 04/07/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Central Library doesn’t need replacing, it needs boosting

This is an outrage. Only in Atlanta could you have such obtuse leadership.

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Posted by Jim on 04/07/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Thanks for the heads up! Very informative article and some pointers on things to come. ;)

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Posted by Aaron Wilsan on 04/03/2016 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

@NancyClare: It's been a while since I looked into it but as I recall Georgia isn't very well located geographically for wind or geothermal to work on a large scale though there are some niches in the state where they work on a small scale. Solar has good potential here but has the obvious problem of not being suitable as a baseload energy source. The safety debate aside, the real annoying issue with Vogtle is the obvious regulatory capture that resulted in a deal that puts all the risk on the residential ratepayers and all the financial reward to Southern Company's investors.

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Posted by Reed doesn't care about common people on 04/02/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Voxpopuli asks what the alternative is and wisely specifies "for Georgia Power." That's a stumper Vox! Georgia Power's own performance data filed with the SEC show the company is overbuilt in a shrinking market. And yet, the five elected Republican Commissioners who regulate Georgia Power have allowed the company to make record profits at the same time that Georgia Power is botching construction of the unneeded reactors at Vogtle. Georgia Power shareholders are benefiting from the boondoggle also because they get in on the profits. One would hope our elected officials would protect the public from this kind of ratepayer abuse but we are still waiting.

As for Eric Smith's assumption that Vogtle delays are due to lawsuits, Mr. Smith is simply misinformed. The delays are due to problems getting parts, since a robust support industry has not materialized to support the four reactors under construction in GA and SC. If one studies the performance of the main contractor (just recently thrown under the bus by Georgia Power in another legal settlement), that is, CB&I, formerly Shaw, formerly Stone & Webster at the MOX plutonium factory under construction at Savannah River Site in SC, it is easy to establish a pattern of cost overruns, delays and rework. The MOX factory is now 1000% over budget, 15 years behind schedule and 60% finished. Oh, and for the record, there aren't any customers for its product either.

Perhaps Georgia Power cannot build these reactors with a FREE PASS! But why would they want to finish? They are making record profits, NOT FINISHING THE VOGTLE BOONDOGGLE.

See http://www.nonukesyall.org/Vogtle.html

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Posted by Glenn Carroll on 03/31/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Tree huggers? Oh you mean one of the things that allows the human civilization to live on this earth ?
Fukushima is killing the pacific as we speak, the cancer epidemic is gathering pace as the nuclides find their mark!
Everybody get solar/wind power and generate clean electricity, who will they sell to?
The con us reaching the end of the road, they still leave the waste 40ft up in the air submerged in water ?????? Good idea?

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Posted by zakredridge on 03/31/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Gotta love how you tree huggers file all kinds of lawsuits against the plan, slowing construction every chance you get, then you bitch about the construction being delayed and use it as a reason to say it needs to be cancelled.

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Posted by Eric Smith 1 on 03/31/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Ok, so what is the alternative to GA power? Obviously the overruns aren't effecting them.
Perhaps its time to get some activist shareholders involved since the legislature is pretty much bought and paid for by them.

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Posted by Voxpopuli on 03/31/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Brilliant article!!! Georgians are being fleeced by Georgia Power for its pig-in-a-poke 25%-built nuclear boondoggle. In addition, it appears that Georgia Power has pretty much been pocketing the upfront charges for Vogtle, as the collected Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery fees on our Georgia Power bills correspond with elevated profit figures filed by Georgia Power with the SEC. See GEORGIA POWER PROFITS 2004-2014: http://www.nonukesyall.org/Vogtle.html

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Posted by Glenn Carroll on 03/31/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

The author is correct. I lived in Ga. during the first reactor builds. The first two ended up costing $ 9.5 BILLION. If Georgians don't raise their voices, not wanting any more costly reactors...the electric rates will be VERY expensive. Which will be true for just vogtle alone. Any more reactors after them will only add to the dependence of the atom. The cheerleaders will say, "We just finished vogtle and we learned what were the problems, so any future reactor builds will go much better." "Sure"... every other promise the utility made never happened as promised. Cry wolf enough times...we are at that point now. We the people no longer find the utility's claims credible. No more reactors. Period.

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Posted by peter sipp on 03/31/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

Can anyone make some knowledgeable estimates on how much capacity a $22 billion investment in solar, wind and geothermal could have produced vs nuclear?

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Posted by NancyClare on 03/31/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors are delayed, over budget

And keep in mind that when they say those cost overruns are charged to customers, they mean residential customers only. Business customers were exempted from cost overruns by the legislature back then. A real screw job for the working class.

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Posted by CosmicLint on 03/31/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Metro Atlanta’s HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men must end

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Re: “Metro Atlanta’s HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men must end

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Posted by Williams Kim Mary on 03/25/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Georgia Democrats aren't winning

The Democrats appear to have given up at the state level across much of the nation. They're mainly interested in the White House and Congress. The irony here is that they can't win the House of Representatives because with so many state legislatures in the hands of Republicans, the GOP gets to draw most of the districts. It doesn't appear that the DNC has much interest in changing this by assisting the state parties get their acts together. The only places Democrats stand to gain at the state level are in those states where the Republicans have really screwed up such as Louisiana. It'll be interesting to see what happens in Kansas and if they follow Louisiana's lead on stopping the Grover Norquistification of their state. Problem for the Democrats is that not every Republican governor is Bobby Jindal or Sam Brownback nor is every Republican legislature willing to rubberstamp everything a Norquistian puts before them. Demographic changes might break in their favor but it's likely going to be 2030 or 2040 before that builds up enough to overcome the gerrymander benefit the GOP enjoys.

Posted by Reed doesn't care about common people on 03/23/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Georgia Democrats aren't winning

Sixteen months have passed since this Opinion was posted and the situation has not changed, except for Stacey Abrams being caught again with her hands in too many cookie jars at the same time.

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Posted by Burroughston Broch on 03/23/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Deal's HIV/AIDS moment

I like the part where it's somehow my fault that other people make bad decisions and my taxes should go up because of it.

Posted by anon on 03/17/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “The House (and Senate) of God

I think that name is supposed to read "observer who is high."

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Posted by oydave on 03/08/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “The House (and Senate) of God

Gay AND Jewish?
I'm surprised they let him in the building.

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Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 03/08/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “The House (and Senate) of God

Christian Supremacy is white supremacy- they have existed together hand-in-hand since before the U.S. was founded. More to the point tho, state legislators (and most religious people in general) do not truly believe in a god(s) (christian or otherwise) deep in their hearts. People believe in the afterlife because it is a comforting idea, but aside from that they basically do whatever they want.

Christianity in the South is basically 'I can do whatever I want, whereever I want, whenever I want, to whomever I want- and if I feel like it, I can ask for forgiveness later but it doesn't really matter because my god loves me anyways. Most biblical passages/religious texts are so ambiguous and open to interpretation that you can justify anything, it's just as easy find a biblical basis for food aid to the poor as it is to find a biblical basis for letting them starve to death in the street.

Religious people will deny this and shout 'you don't know what's in our hearts!' However, what's in your heart doesn't matter, what matters is what you do and how you act. Do you have unyielding empathy and compassion in your heart for the homeless. Well it doesn't mean a damn unless you actually do something to help the homeless, like volunteering at a soup kitchen, working in a shelter, participating in the homeless census, etc.

The white citizens council that is the general assembly will have members claiming they are Christian and love Jesus in their heart of hearts... and then turn around a vote to defund WIC or TANF or another program that assists the state's most needy. Religion is just a way to feel connected with members of your own tribe, feel superior to others, and in Georgia it is a way for the white Christian majority to assert its power and domination over others.

It's ultimately about power and domination, religion is just a means to an end. White Christians hold the reigns of power and they have and will continue to use that power to make life harder and more miserable for groups they dislike or outright hate, blacks, gays, women with opinions, muslims, etc. They do this... well, because they can, it's what they want to do and what they were planning on doing the whole time anyways. Christianity is a nice cover and basically icing on the cake.

Take Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) who is stridently anti abortion and a vocal Christian who also supported an ex-wife's decision to obtain two legal abortions and pressured his 24-year-old mistress to get an abortion. Make life harder for women, unless one of those women is someone I've impregnated (extra-maritally). That's a tenant of Christianity, I'm sure.

White Christians, especially those in the South and especially those in the general assembly do not believe in god and jesus. not deep down. They worship their own id, and they honor and obey it to everyone else's detriment.

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Posted by observer from on high on 03/08/2016 at 1:56 PM

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