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Some people call them futuristic; others say they're a new take on the classic double-breasted tunic. But it seems every...
09/23/2021
The New Space Force Uniforms Are Causing A Stir

Some people call them futuristic; others say they're a new take on the classic double-breasted tunic.

But it seems everyone has a reaction to the new Space Force uniforms that Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond unveiled at a conference this week.

A commenter said the new uniforms look like something from Battlestar Galactica, adding one of the show's taglines: "So say we all."

The legend is that two brothers inherited the land some time around the Civil War. One of them went away to fight and ca...
09/23/2021
A 10-Foot Wide House In Boston Sells For $1.25 Million

The legend is that two brothers inherited the land some time around the Civil War. One of them went away to fight and came home to find that the other brother had built a house bigger than his share of the land.

So the returning soldier built a skinny house in the only space left, to block off entry to the bigger house.

Locals know the house as the "Narrow House," or more commonly as "The Spite House."

It's been called the "Skinny House" or the "Spite House." The legend is that two brothers shared land but one built on more than his share, so the other built a skinny house to block access and views.

Two weeks after the 6-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital ci...
09/22/2021
An Emancipation Statue Debuts In Virginia Two Weeks After Robert E. Lee Was Removed

Two weeks after the 6-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital city will become home to a statue commemorating the abolition of slavery.

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument consists of two 12-foot bronze statues of a man and a woman holding an infant who have been newly freed from slavery.

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument — two 12-foot bronze statues of a man and a woman holding an infant newly freed from slavery — was unveiled in Richmond, the former Confederate capital.

In the rooms at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, death threats made by patients against nurses are not uncommon.But the ...
09/22/2021
Kicked In The Ribs. Harassed At Vaccine Sites. Health Care Workers Are Tired Of New 'Normal'

In the rooms at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, death threats made by patients against nurses are not uncommon.

But the assaults on health care workers go far beyond words. In many cases, hospitals say, medical staff are left with injuries.

Across Georgia, hospitals are raising the alarm on a startling increase in violent outbursts by patients against their staff.

Across Georgia, hospitals are raising the alarm on a startling increase in violent outbursts by patients against their staff.

The Georgia State Election Board approved several voting rule changes Tuesday to help implement the massive 98-page elec...
09/22/2021
Georgia State Election Board Passes Rule Changes To Implement SB 202

The Georgia State Election Board approved several voting rule changes Tuesday to help implement the massive 98-page election bill signed into earlier this year.

SB 202 changed virtually every aspect of voting in Georgia, from when and how absentee ballots can be requested to who can serve as a poll worker to how quickly ballots must be counted after the polls close.

The Georgia State Election Board approved several voting rule changes Tuesday to help implement the massive 98-page election bill signed into earlier this year.

Gov. Brian Kemp has invoked a nonexistent vaccine mandate in his recent arguments against mandates for COVID-19 vaccinat...
09/22/2021
Kemp Cites Nonexistent AIDS Vaccine In COVID-19 Debate

Gov. Brian Kemp has invoked a nonexistent vaccine mandate in his recent arguments against mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Kemp says he only supports voluntary COVID vaccination and has promised publicly and in campaign fundraising messages to fight President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for some businesses.

Twice this month Kemp cited a supposed failed AIDS vaccine mandate in support of his stance.

Gov. Brian Kemp has invoked a nonexistent AIDS vaccine mandate in his recent arguments against mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of th...
09/22/2021
Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic.

The delta surge appears to be peaking nationally, and cases and deaths will likely decline steadily now through the spring without a significant winter surge.

Though infections are still sky-high, the U.S. may be turning a corner, according to a consortium of researchers who forecast the pandemic. And we may well be spared a winter surge.

09/22/2021
Political Rewind Sept 22, 2021

Wednesday on Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams wouldn’t take the bait when the audience at a sold out event in San Antonio, Texas gave her the chance to declare her intentions to run for governor next year. The event was the kickoff to a speaking tour that will take her to dozens of cities,

Meanwhile, Brad Raffensperger told CNN he’s certain Donald Trump knows he lost the 2020 election. He also took the first steps in a virtual tour to begin promoting his new book on how he fought the former president’s heated efforts to have Georgia’s election results overturned.

In related news, a superior court judge says he wants more time and information before ruling on a lawsuit demanding an inspection of thousands of Fulton County ballots to look for alleged fraud.

Panelists:

Greg Bluestein - Political Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Karen Owen- Political Science Professor, University of West Georgia

President Biden is set to announce on Wednesday that the United States is buying 500 million more doses of the Pfizer-Bi...
09/22/2021
The U.S. Is Buying 500 Million More Pfizer Vaccine Doses To Donate To Other Countries

President Biden is set to announce on Wednesday that the United States is buying 500 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to donate to countries around the world, a pledge that will bring the total promised U.S. vaccine donations to more than 1.1 billion.

The effort's goal: vaccinate 70% of the world's population for COVID within a year's time, senior administration officials told reporters.

The pledge will come at the start of a virtual summit aimed at boosting commitments from other nations and the private sector. The goal: vaccinate 70% of the world's population within a year.

The Queen's Gambit on Netflix won over tens of millions of viewers last year, triggering a national run on chess sets an...
09/22/2021
A Chess Trailblazer Is Suing Netflix Over Her Portrayal In 'The Queen's Gambit'

The Queen's Gambit on Netflix won over tens of millions of viewers last year, triggering a national run on chess sets and making an instant icon out of its fictional protagonist.

And that's not all it did, according to one real-life champion. Georgian chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili — who made history as the world's first female grandmaster — alleges the show belittled her career and damaged her reputation with a single sentence.

Georgian chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for defamation. At issue is a line in the show's final episode that falsely says she hadn't played against male opponents.

The toys that come in McDonald's Happy Meals will soon be made mostly from corn and other materials rather than from fos...
09/22/2021
McDonald's Is Phasing Out Plastic Toys From Happy Meals In A Push To Be More Green

The toys that come in McDonald's Happy Meals will soon be made mostly from corn and other materials rather than from fossil fuel-based plastic, the fast-food chain says.

The switch is already underway in some international markets; it's expected to be complete globally by 2025.

The benefits of the change will be equivalent to more than 650,000 people not using any plastic for a year, the company said.

The benefits of the change will be equivalent to more than 650,000 people not using any plastic for a year, the company said.

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, President Joe Biden framed the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as ...
09/21/2021
Biden Tells The U.N. The U.S Is Embarking On An Era Of 'Relentless' Diplomacy

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, President Joe Biden framed the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as ending "a period of relentless war" and starting "a new era of relentless diplomacy."

"We must work together as never before," he said.

Biden noted the deaths of some 4.5 million people worldwide from COVID-19, calling each death "an individual heartbreak."

In his first speech to delegates at the U.N. General Assembly, President Biden's remarks stood in contrast to former President Trump's approach. "We must work together as never before," Biden said.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been found to be 66% protective against moderate and severe disease overall w...
09/21/2021
Johnson & Johnson Says Its Booster Shot Provides Increased Protection From COVID-19

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been found to be 66% protective against moderate and severe disease overall worldwide and 72% protective against such cases in the U.S.

But when a person receives a booster shot two months after getting the pharmaceutical company's one-dose vaccine, the protection against COVID-19 increased to 94%.

Johnson & Johnson shared data from its Phase 3 trial of the company's booster shot on Tuesday. The data showed a booster shot at six months provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies.

If the review process follows a similar timeline to the one for older children, younger people could begin receiving the...
09/21/2021
Georgia Parents Welcome Prospect Of COVID Vaccine OK For Young Children

If the review process follows a similar timeline to the one for older children, younger people could begin receiving their shots by Halloween and have full protection by Christmas.

Some moms, like Carianne Muse of Cobb County, have been looking forward to this for a long time.

"I think a lot of these families who are keeping their kids home because they’re worried about their kids getting sick before they’re vaccinated will probably run to be the first in line."

Children generally fare much better than older adults if they contract COVID-19, but in rare cases they can become seriously ill. Sixteen Georgians under 18 have died from COVID-19 out of more than 21,000 deaths statewide, according to the state health department.

A recent surge in demand for powerful COVID antibody drugs has generated concerns about supply shortages in states that ...
09/21/2021
Georgia To Get Fewer Monoclonal Antibodies As Feds Take Over Supply

A recent surge in demand for powerful COVID antibody drugs has generated concerns about supply shortages in states that are heavy users of the treatment, including Georgia.

About 70 percent of these lab-created drugs are being used in the Southeast. Federal health officials recently decided to take over supplies and allocate them through state agencies.

Georgia and other Southern states are expected to get less supply while the shortage continues.

About 70 percent of these lab-created drugs are being used in the Southeast. With that uneven distribution, federal health officials recently decided to take over supplies and allocate them through state agencies.

Despite raging rates of COVID in Glynn County, the “Frat Beach” party on St. Simons Island beaches will go on, but there...
09/21/2021
In Midst Of Pandemic, Glynn County Preps For Georgia-Florida Party Weekend

Despite raging rates of COVID in Glynn County, the “Frat Beach” party on St. Simons Island beaches will go on, but there will be some limits including an alcohol ban and fewer portable toilets.

The football rivalry between the University of Georgia and the University of Florida plays out each autumn in Jacksonville. For decades, thousands of young people from around the state have made the Golden Isles Ground Zero for the accompanying two-day party, set this year for Oct. 29-30.

Despite raging rates of COVID in Glynn County, the “Frat Beach” party on St. Simons Island beaches will go on, but there will be some limits including an alcohol ban and fewer portable toilets.

09/21/2021
Political Rewind Sept 21, 2021

Today on Political Rewind: Georgia set a tragic record yesterday. The state reported 191 covid-19 deaths, the single biggest one-day toll since the coronavirus arrived in the state. Meanwhile hospitals across the state are continuing to struggle with the dramatic increase in COVID patients filling their facilities.

And, the controversial new Texas abortion law will soon face its first test in court. A San Antonio doctor is being sued for performing an abortion on a woman whose pregnancy had advanced past the 6 week limit Texas has set in law. How might the outcome of that lawsuit affect a Georgia lawmaker’s plan to introduce a Texas-style abortion bill here?

And Senate candidate Herschel Walker defends music superstar Nicki Minaj for posting a dubious but widely circulated claim about the COVID vaccine.

Panelists:

Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tammy Greer, professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000."Big poc...
09/21/2021
COVID-19 Has Now Killed About As Many Americans As The 1918-19 Flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000.

"Big pockets of American society — and, worse, their leaders — have thrown this away," medical historian Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan said of the opportunity to vaccinate everyone eligible by now.

Before COVID-19, the 1918-19 flu was universally considered the worst pandemic disease in human history. Whether the current scourge ultimately proves deadlier is unclear.

Colette Maze, born on June 16, 1914, turned to music for the affection she lacked at home."I always preferred composers ...
09/21/2021
This French Pianist Has Been Playing For 102 Years And Just Released A New Album

Colette Maze, born on June 16, 1914, turned to music for the affection she lacked at home.

"I always preferred composers who gave me tenderness," she says. "Like [Robert] Schumann and [Claude] Debussy. Music is an affective language, a poetic language. In music there is everything — nature, emotion, love, revolt, dreams, it's like a spiritual food."

Colette Maze, now 107, began playing the piano at age 5. She defied the social conventions of her era to embrace music as a profession rather than as a pastime. She has just released her sixth album.

Driving trucks has historically been a male-driven profession, but if Pamela Williams has her way, that will soon change...
09/21/2021
Truck Driving Has Long Been A Man's World. Meet The Women Changing That

Driving trucks has historically been a male-driven profession, but if Pamela Williams has her way, that will soon change.

"Guys, you better watch out, 'cause this right here is a women's industry from now on."

Williams is one of a record number of women who are hitting the road amid a skyrocketing demand for drivers to transport goods. Many men who traditionally held truck driving jobs have yet to return, leading to a severe shortage of drivers across the industry.

A record number of women are becoming truck drivers, changing the face of an industry that has historically been dominated by men.

For the first time in recorded history, more people died in Alabama in 2020 than were born in the state.Alabama hasn't h...
09/20/2021
There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

For the first time in recorded history, more people died in Alabama in 2020 than were born in the state.

Alabama hasn't hit such a milestone in more than 100 years, even during World War II.

Alabama's top health official says the state has "literally shrunk." According to preliminary data, it saw 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 births in 2020.

The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COV...
09/20/2021
COVID Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 To 11 Is Safe And Effective, Pfizer Says

The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results.

The pharmaceutical companies said early results of their trial indicate the vaccine is safe for children and establishes a strong antibody response against the virus.

Pfizer and BioNTech say that early trial results show their vaccine established a strong antibody response against the coronavirus. FDA review is still needed.

Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a bi...
09/20/2021
Struggle Over Tax Break For Inherited Farmland Churns Below The Surface In Reconciliation Bill

Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding a confrontation for now.

But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

Farm lobbies and Republicans, along with influential Democrats like U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. David Scott of Atlanta, strongly object to tax changes that President Joe Biden proposed in his “Build Back Better” plan for farmland and other assets handed from one generation to the...

It won’t be long before autumn comes to Georgia, but the changing season could bring more than just cooler temperatures ...
09/20/2021
Regular Flu Season Looms As Wildcard As Georgia Hospitals Strain To Treat COVID Patients

It won’t be long before autumn comes to Georgia, but the changing season could bring more than just cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage.

October marks the start of the annual flu season, which typically worsens as the mercury drops before ending around May.

And with Georgia hospitals still packed with COVID-19 patients, a bad flu season could mean even more strain on already stressed health workers.

October marks the start of the annual flu season, which typically worsens as the mercury drops before ending around May. And with Georgia hospitals still packed with COVID-19 patients, a bad flu season could mean even more strain on already stressed health workers.

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SO BASICALLY THE DOL RELEASED THE LAW THAT STATES WITH ALL OF THE WORDS OF ART AND ANTIQUATED TERMS THAT SPECIFICALLY FOR GA, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE HAS STOPPED BEING PAID AND WAS SIGNED INTO LAW . WELL TO ME ITS KIND OF COINCIDENTAL HOW THE DEPARTMENT REACHED THIS DECISION JUST 6 DAYS AGO WHEN IT HAS BEEN IN RUMOR FOR MONTHS THAT IT WILL END ON THE 27TH JUNE. EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS CLEARED UNEMPLOYMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2021. ALL OF THIS BEING SAID THE LETTER SIGNED ON THE 23RD EFFECTIVELY PLACES THE PUA PROGRAM IN THE SAME STATUTES AND GUIDELINES AS REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. MEANING IF YOUR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT ENDED ON 4/15/2021 , NOW SO DOES YOUR PUA REGARDLESS IF THE PRESIDENT HAS APPROVED THROUGH LABOR DAY. HENCEFORTH PLACING YOUR CASE IN THE COMPLETE STATUS . MEANING YOU WILL NOT BE PAID FOR THE WEEKS AFTER 4/16- 6/23 EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE TOLD TO CONTINUE CERTIFYING AND TO HOLD OUT HOPE THAT THEY WILL FIX THE ISSUES THE SYSTEM WAS HAVING . YEAH RIGHT !!!!! THE STATE OF GA LIED TO ITS PEOPLE WHILE WE CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH A NATIONAL PANDEMIC . WITH AN OVERALL DECLINE IN THE ECONOMY. IS THIS THE SLICK WAY OF GA DOL OF NOT HAVING TO PAY THE GOOD AMERICAN CITIZENS THE MONEY THE PRESIDENT PUT INTO LAW AND WHAT WILL THE MONEY DUE TO THE CITIZENS BE USED FOR.? BC I STILL HAVE NOT RECV'ED MY BENEFITS BY LAW RIGHTFULLY MINE NOR HAVE I BEEN CONTACTED FROM THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE AFTER NUMEROUS EMAILS AND PHONECALLS EVEN VOICEMAILS !!!!!WHEN ALL I WANTED TO KNO WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH MY CASE .I ASKED FOR CLARITY AND TRANSPARENCY WITH JUST KEEPING THE PEOPLE INFORMED AND NOT RELEASING SUM ANTIQUATED DOCUMENT WITH VERBIAGE NO ONE REALLY KNOWS OR DARE TO QUESTION ? WHERE IS MY BENEFITS THAT WAS ALLOCATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND I WANT A STRAIGHTFORWARD ANSWER. REAL IS RARE AND YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT I RESPECT IT ONE I KNOW AND RECV AND EXPLINATION
It's what politicians do: tailor election laws in a way that benefits their party. As in 2008 when an attempt was made to limit the the time those who protect this country, with their lives, had to return absentee ballots from overseas. Or a quadrennial effort to remove Green Party candidates from the ballot. We could ask Bernie Sanders if his voters were suppressed. Hey, Bill-can you say "hypocrite"?
I have been listening to your program, as I do most mornings. It occurred to me that, as a Democrat, and realizing that we have a problem with overpopulation, I applaud all these Republicans that refuse the vaccine, for whatever vacuous reason, as they are voluntarily reducing the population pressure and ar simultaneously helping to clean up the gene pool. Give them the Einstein reward!
Regarding Tuesday's show, Republicans and Conservatives claim their voices are not being heard. The call it "Cancel Culture". Republican suppression of minorities voting is what real Cancel Culture is.
Georgia deserves better!
Are we sticking our heads in the proverbial sand about Covid variants in the US? With the highest infection rate in the world (or nearly so), are we testing enough to find new mutations in the US?
Did the GA legislators cheer because he was thrown out or because he was defiant?
Dear Ones, Due to the threats of hate and violence in our country as the inauguration nears, my wife's small interfaith meditation group and I are meeting virtually on Sunday, January 17th at noon Pacific Time for an hour to send prayerful thoughts of love and healing to all. We would like to offer this idea nation-wide. We invite you to join us in the spirit of prayer, wherever you are, in whatever tradition, in whatever way Spirit calls you. Even beyond this time please send Light to the people of our nation and to our states' and national Capitols. May our country be healed. Here is a prayer I love: Peace Prayer of Saint Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. We welcome all who care to join us in this endeavor and feel free to share this as you feel led. Blessings, all.