Apr 19, 2015

The Accent of Politics

     Here is the South, we're used to hearing the accents of candidates for national office grow deeper at home...and almost vanish when they travel outside the South for fundraising.

     NPR's All Things Considered examined that verbal makeover by some of the candidates for president on Saturday. Listen to the report HERE.

Alabama's Sperm Whale Neighbors

     This video shows a Sperm Whale taking a look at a remote control undersea vehicle...to the delight of the scientists watching a video feed. The photobomb encounter happened at a depth of almost 2,000 feet just off the coast of Louisiana.

     As rare as the sperm whale encounters are, the big creatures are not strangers in the water off Alabama. Check out this map!

Sunday Focus: Coal Ash, It's BAAAACK

The ALAPOWCO Greene County Plant, changing from coal soon.
Members of Congress are trying to weaken the already weak EPA regulations over coal ash, the left over after coal is burned to produce electricity.

      The claim about the weakening action comes from the Southern Environmental Law Center in a news release.
They say the changes will result in

"...stripping the few critical safety requirements and protections included in the rule, and result in continuing coal ash contamination with no repercussions or responsibility for cleanup."

Loading the coal ash for the trip to Perry County, Alabama

 The TVA spent billions cleaning up a coal ash spill in Tennessee, including the cost of transporting the coal ash to a commercial landfill in Alabama.

Apr 18, 2015

Handling The ^$^%#@@# Media!.

     My annual media training for non-profit groups associated with Alabama Arise took place today, and it was good to meet some of the people in the non-profit trenches trying to improve their communities.

     Executive Director Kimble Forrister, left, and Organizing Director Pres Harris have invited me to talk about the electronic media for several years now, and it is always a welcome opportunity.

Saturday Data: Eating Like It's Your Last Meal.

"The growing macabre fascination with speculating about one’s ‘‘last meal’’ offers a window into one’s true consumption desires when one’s value of the future is discounted close to zero. But in contrast to pop culture anecdotes, this group of Cornell researchers created a catalog of actual last meals – the final food requests of 247 individuals executed in the United States during a recent five-year period.
Meat was the most commonly made request. The researchers go out of their way to note tofu never made the list. And no one asked for vegetarian. In fact if you compare the last meals to what Americans normally eat, there’s not much difference.
If we continue to eat as though they were our last meals, eventually, they will be."

From nutritionfacts.org website, self described as  a "strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Michael Greger, M.D., launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Now a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org provides free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are now hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics, with new videos and articles uploaded every day."

Apr 17, 2015

Roy Moore Gets Award

    A group calling itself The Coalition of African-American Pastors presented Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore an award today. The new award is named after Rev. Martin Luther's King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.    

      Not everyone is singing Moore's praises...or those of the group that gave him the award for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

    The liberal group People for The American Way has written about the group extensively on the group's web site:

Surprising nobody, anti-gay activists are releasing a flurry of statements warning that the legalization of same-sex marriage will unleash God’s wrath on America.
The Coalition of African American pastors, a group closely tied to the National Organization for Marriage, warned members in a statement, “America’s Wake-Up Call?,” that judges want “immorality” and “moral decay” to “spread like a cancer.” Urging members to “fight against this ‘cancer’ that is ravishing the nation which, will ultimately bring about its destruction,” the group said that America is “following in the tradition” of countries throughout history that were destroyed by “the divine judgment of God.”