Friday, February 27, 2009

Best pizza in Atlanta - Your Picks | AccessAtlanta

More at AccessAtlanta: “Your picks Best place for pizza

1. Mellow Mushroom
2. Everybody's
3. Rosa's
4. Nancy's
5. Savage”

-- Never tried any of them but I will let you know!

Flood Watch For Atlanta Metro Area Today

More at “Friday’s rains are expected to continue through the evening and well into the weekend, forecasters said, providing a much-needed soaking but also raising the threat of flooding.

A storm system moved into the metro area Friday morning, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch through Saturday morning.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

President Obama's Greatest Speech - State Of The Nation

In his best speech ever President Obama sounded the call for the need to stop sending jobs overseas. It was totally missed by pundits, but Obama just sounded the call for economic nationalism. It's about time.

From 1960 to 1999, the USA added 20 million new jobs each decade, but from that point to today, just under 5 million jobs were added. Where did they go? Overseas to other nations in a large process of what economists call import replacing. One example of this is the growth of Airbus Industries in aircraft manufacturing where they got the largest tanker deal in American history -- $35 billion -- and over the Boeing Company costing 25,000 jobs.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook's Benevolent Dictator

Mark Zuckerberg is Facebook's Benevolent Dictator who says the social network is 176 million or the sixth largest nation in the World. Electing to preserve member privacy was him being nice. Suppose he didn't do it?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Josh Wolf Documentary Project: Sierra Choi Needs Your Help

John Wolf spent 226 days in jail to protect his videos and sources, and caused the creation of a new law protecting video-bloggers. Now Sierra Choi is directing and producing a documentary - the trailer is here as part of my video blog.

At the time in 2006, I met Josh when he worked for the television division at Peralta Community College. He was also in the middle of his battle with the Federal Government, but even then was still focused on his work, and didn't spend a lot of time fretting about what could happen.

Then Josh defied San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Alsup's order to turn over the videos Josh had taken from a anti-G8 anarchist protes heldt in San Francisco on July 8, 2005. Wolf feared that the U.S. Government in the form of the FBI simply wanted to identify the people who were protesting and not solve a crime they claim had been committed against a police officer. Wolf's videos did not contain any footage of a police officer being harmed.

Still, U.S. District Judge William Alsup order Wolf to be held in jail for civil contempt of court later in 2006. Then, after negotiations, he was released but still refused to give up any of his videos, offering instead to post them online and show them to the Judge himself. Initially the judge refused, and Wolf was ordered back to jail.

Eventually, and after 226 days, Wolf agreed to show the then unseen video clip online and was released from jail. He never gave a copy of the video to the goverment.

In the wake of his ordeal and new stronger "shield" law has been placed in California law to protect journalists of all kinds, from print to blogs. We have Josh to thank for this.

Now, video film producer Sierra Choi is working to raise $250,000 to create a documentary called "Quiet Uprising: The Story of Josh Wolf" and needs our help. You can contact Sierra through me by sending an email here:

Please help as many need to know Josh's story so this will never happen again.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cell Phone Guns; Deadly "James Bond" Micro Weapon

The cell phone gun is now in media view after a raid of an Italian Mafia group last fall. A 28-year old man captured had this device, but the the others got away. I fear this weapon - which is in the United States - would wind up in our high schools.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day In Atlanta - Where To Go - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Creative Loafing Atlanta » Omnivore » A blog on food, restaurants, life: “On V-Day:

10 Degrees South- Offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu for $55 per person. 4183 Roswell Rd. 404-705-8807.
4th & Swift- Offering a 4-course menu for $75 with a $25 wine pairing. 621 North Ave. NE. 678-904-0160.
Allegro- Prix-fixe menu for $49. 560 Dutch Valley Rd. 404-888-1890.
Anis Café and Bistro- 4-course menu for $50. 2974 Grandview Ave. Ne. 404-233-9889.
Anthony’s Fine Dining- 5-course menu with champagne and wine pairing included for $200/couple. 3109 Piedmont Rd. NE. 404-262-7379.”

-- A great set of tips from a great blog!

Kim Hudson progressing in rehab from surgery - Braves News

More at “The day in December when surgeon Dr. James Andrews cleared him to begin throwing, he wasn’t halfway through the door, home from Birmingham, before he found himself a throwing partner.

“I said ‘Get your glove, babe,’ ” Hudson said.

Kim Hudson was in the kitchen. Their children were just home from school. The sun was beginning to set. Kim, who plays co-ed softball, hadn’t played catch with her husband since he was in the minor leagues.

But out the back door they went of their Peachtree City home to give Hudson his first test since his Aug. 8 surgery.

“The first few throws were definitely exciting,” said Hudson, 33, who’d never had surgery before. “I was like ‘All right, I’m going to throw it 10 feet or 50 feet. Where is it going to go?’ “”

Toilet tiff prompts Snellville mayor to have bathroom buddy

more at “It’s official: Incivility in Snellville politics has gone to the toilet.

Since December, Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, fearing potential skirmishes with a fellow council member, has asked for a police escort to the restroom of City Hall.

Oberholtzer said he requested the police presence after he and Councilman Robert Jenkins “exchanged words” in the men’s room a few months ago, although he couldn’t recall the nature of the bathroom brouhaha.

“I don’t feel comfortable around him,” Oberholtzer said. “I make it a point if I’m going to go anywhere, I’m going to have someone else with me.”

-- What? I can't believe this is on the front page of the AJC, but...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sydney Pike CNN Pioneer Interview on How CNN Was Started

This is from YouTuber: GoodNewsBroadcas

CNN began a revolution in television with the advent of its 24 hour cable news channel out of Atlanta in 1980, challenging the three major television networks headquartered in New York that shaped th perception of current events by Americans. This revolution was to take the world by storm during the next decade as satellite and cable television provided an alternative, if not the only, source of information for people throughout the world. Sidney Pikes story is the most thorough chronicle of these changes that exists. As he met with media and government leaders around the world, trying to sell CNN programming, he faced the forces that stimulated the changes and those which offered resistance to them. Sydney Pike was a pioneer and evangelist for the global television channels and news services that are taken for granted today.

Sydney Pike CNN pioneer and evangelist for the global television channels and news services that are taken for granted today shares his thoughts about Good News Broadcast.