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xdog
xdog

What’s the point in linking to that whackadoo NASA piece that called a Reuters news story ‘treasonous’ because it mentioned internal questions a NASA safety panel has raised? Oh, right, we can’t risk losing the tourist business to the Russians because of un-American NASA employees. The real story is NASA yesterday launched a Falcon rocket with three payloads: an Indian telecom satellite, an experimental spacecraft for the US military, and the first commercial mission to attempt a landing on the Moon. The moon mission is an Israeli effort, is backed totally by private contributions, and is named Beresheet, or ‘in… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Re: Spaceport: It seems likely that a spaceport is less risky to nearby citizens than whatever Union Carbide was doing there.

Turns out they used to test rocket motors there! And before that they made weapons. And there was a tragedy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiokol-Woodbine_explosion

Anyway, I would think the risk to citizens 10 miles away (presumably a rocket exploding in mid-flight) would only be for a few seconds for each flight. My dad lives near enough to a nuke plant that they hand out free potassium iodide pills every year. That is a constant threat!

Ellynn
Ellynn

It should be noted that the a dozen or so portable nuclear reactors reside less then 10 miles away from Spaceport

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Roger Stone told the judge in his case about lying about contacts with Russians that he thought the crosshairs in the photo of the judge that he posted to social media was a Celtic cross. Brett Kavanaugh testified under oath in his hearing about sexual assault that the Devil’s Triangle was like the Quarter Bounce drinking game when he knew it meant two man and a woman engaging in sex. Both are liars. Perfectly acceptable to the GOP in an advisor to Trump or a Supreme Court Judge. Then again, maybe Kavanaugh really is so stupid he really thinks the… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

So you are saying they are like Hillary and Smollett?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Smollett is not even in the same league or category as Kav or Hillary or Stone.
I had a thought that Smollett’s thing was that he was trying to do a Sacha Baron Cohen-like experiment where he could ensnare ugly truths through a staged event. If it was staged, though, it’s still a crime, and goes beyond theatre or Cohen’s typical risks. And of course, Smollett wasn’t incognito, and his VIP status probly meant more police resources dedicated to investigation, which would be counter to such action.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Ah, whataboutsim…..

Fair and balanced except that Hillary’s statements weren’t under oath or otherwise prosecutable.

Smollett is being prosecuted. Jail time is in order if he did what I think he did and what has been reported.

Dems and liberals much, much more than conservatives and Republicans will hold their own accountable or support that occurring.

Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

So do you like Republicans or not? We can never tell from your posts. You forgot to include 80,000 in the first post.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Ralston helped write the law…. Hold the wheel what??? Should be interesting to see who backs Clark’s resolution calling for his ouster.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s a fringe matter pushing the boundaries of law and I disapprove. Thus far public evidence t doesn’t rise to the level of ouster, and I doubt there will be little more made public. You do know we’re talking about a Republican state government that has been totally unconcerned about an 80,000 undercount in the Lt Gov election?.

Thanks the fake news AJC for bringing it to your attention.

chefdavid
Benevolus
Benevolus

This is why I could never be a legislator.
That bill goes through a whole list of things the state is telling local governments they cannot do, then finishes up with
“(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section shall not be construed to:
(1) Prohibit or impair the power of a county or municipal corporation to adopt or enforce any zoning ordinance or make any zoning decision;

I don’t get it.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Neither do the folks who wrote it.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Def confusing.
Part of this may be that zoning authority is squarely part of the power of local govs. So, the local govs can pass whatever law they want, but the state law may give an alternative cause of action for those aggrieved by local zoning law. I’m going to call it “paradoxical preemption”.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Read Section 3

armanidog
armanidog

So Madison, GA, which is not big government, loses the right to regulate its historic district?
http://www.madisonga.com/454/Madison-Historic-District

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think Historic Districts would be exempted: (b) No county or municipal corporation shall adopt or enforce any ordinance or regulation 39 relating to or regulating building design elements as applied to one or two-family dwellings 40 except under one or more of the following circumstances: 41 (1) The structure is located in an area designated as a historic district pursuant to 42 Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 44, the ‘Georgia Historic Preservation Act’; 43 (2) The structure is located in an area designated as a historic district on the National 44 Register of Historic Places; 45 (3)… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Read Section 3

Ellynn
Ellynn

As written yes. And in the cases of larger districts like Savannah, anyone with a federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit and any Gerogia ones piggy backing on to it, could loose the federal and state tax credit, Like the River Plant renovation for Kessler on River street.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

If you don’t want to deal with regulations from historic districts… don’t move into a historic district. Same rationale applies to folks who don’t want to deal with HOA nonsense.

You have a choice in where you live.

chefdavid
chefdavid

This is one of the reasons I moved to the great State of Dade, no zoning. I spent to many years arguing zoning in Florida for subdivisions. Today I do funner stuff like plotting GDOT monuments that were set in 1941 at the accepted state line

Benevolus
Benevolus

Hmm. Accepted by whom? 🙂

chefdavid
chefdavid

I am guessing the line of taxation.

Ellynn
Ellynn

If you read the bill and know anything about design and construction, you would also see the ‘design elements’ have a lot more to do with paint color. Window lay out for example. The residential building code has requirement for windows if houses are to close together to stop the spread of fire or to use rated glass. Same with wall cladding.. Structure elements can be related to hurricane zone requirements. But as ‘design elements’, we can pitch them out the window. Same with zoning in section 2 to stop house from being built next to industrial sites or to… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’ll agree with you on the craftsmanship, but I don’t think it will do all this. Design and safety are two different things, and section (b) only prohibits regulation of design, and (c) just tries to curb zoning to exclude design. All those bases for zoning regulation in (c) can be used to regulate for safety purposes.
Or so it seems.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I gave extreme (and possible) examples. With some fixes, it has potential. The main rules surrounding residential design elements is not fully addressed, since most of these rules are issued by home owner associations and written into the clauses attached to the property when originally built by the developers. What this addresses is government rules only on single or duplex housing. Can some one give me an example of a place outside the list in section 2 exceptions that forces design element in a single stand alone residence?

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The word “victim” doesn’t appear in the linked to story. There’s nothing in the story to suggest she is or was a victim or claimed to be a victim. It’ll be worse for victim if he’s further put out in her prosecution.

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

“German scientists say stop sending signals into space in case humans make contact with ‘capitalist aliens’ who’ll come and destroy Earth”

“The loons, Norman, listen to the loons…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6729663/German-scientists-say-stop-sending-signals-space-case-capitalist-aliens-destroy-earth.htm

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Of course there is an element of pessimism. They’re German.

What happened with the Americas is relevant, without even considering the biomedical aspects.

Being an optimist at heart, I speculated here not long that a reason other conscious intelligence in the universe may not have made contact with humans are that beings that would destroy their own nest are a hazard to others.