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Sunday, August 31, 2008

How unAmerican: Civil liberties suspended pre-RNC

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM

We've heard about the crackdown on dissidents during the Olympics in Beijing; now the cops are using similar tactics against protesters-to-be in Minneapolis-St. Paul in advance of the Republican National Convention, according to Salon.com's Glenn Greenwald, who posts video with his story. SWAT teams are busting down doors and handcuffing suspected protesters while searching their homes and seizing computers, journals and other pocket litter. Students from UNC are headed to the RNC to protest; we'll being keeping tabs on what they encounter....

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Palin hates polar bears, loves mooseburgers

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

The Daily Green briefly assesses the enviro creds of GOP Veep nominee Sarah Palin. Newsflash: She doesn't believe in global warming and she sued the feds to remove polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Well, once the polar bears, displaced by melting ice, drown in the sea, they will be neither threatened or endangered. Just extinct. Meanwhile Timothy Egan blogs for The New York Times, writing:  She hunts! She fishes! She eats moose burgers! She can gut a salmon as well as dispatch an incumbent governor! She’s a rural mother of five who clings to guns and...

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Water coolers eerily silent at DHHS

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:34 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services sent an advisory this week to their employees and contractors reminding them that political activity on the job is a no-no under federal law. While that makes sense, even political conversations are apparently off-limits. So no chatting around the water cooler about Obama's amazing convention speech or how McCain's veep pick is a transparent pandering to women. 2008-08-26-political-activities-and-position-statements-on-issues...

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Who the crap is Sarah Palin? She played Roseanne's daughter right?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

BlueNC features a hilarious spoof on McCain, his VP search and how he arrived at choosing Sarah Palin, Alaska guv and former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, population 9,236....

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Morrisville proposes to approve developments without council review

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Morrisville's Board of Commissioners (as of Monday, renamed Town Council) is considering a proposal to give the town's planning director the authority to approve development proposals for a long list of projects -- from single-family subdivisions to office and commercial buildings under 40,000 square feet -- so long as they conform to current zoning regulations and other ordinances. Also on the list of projects: hotels, public buildings such as schools and rec centers, and projects in the town center. There would be no public hearings on the proposed developments, just public notice on the town's Web site. (Click here for...

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We know what DPAC is, but what to wear?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

More than three-quarters of local residents are aware of the Durham Performing Arts Center, although they may not know how to dress for it. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau released results of a study today showing that public awareness of DPAC, due to open later this year, is greater than that of megamall Streets of Southpoint nearly a year after it opened. The report goes on to state that there are lingering questions about DPAC such as dress code, parking and tickets. Here is the press release, misspellings, included: DPAC Awareness Level Trancends The Streets at Southpoint It appears...

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Low blow to low flow

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

NC State University students are allegedly damaging low-flow faucets and showers installed earlier this year to conserve water. WRAL.com quotes senior Christine Fischer as saying: "They're trying to make it more efficient, but I don't think that they think about the fact we're taking longer showers because the water pressure is low." Mother Jones' latest Student Activism Survey showing that  29 percent of students polled said global warming and the environment were among their most important issues. Guess the NC State students are in the other 71 percent....

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Katrina, Gustav: Deja vu all over again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM

As Hurricane Gustav heads for the Gulf toward New Orleans, Facing South, the blog of the Institute for Southern Studies, has issued its three-year anniversary retrospective of Hurricane Katrina and the government's pathetic and apathetic response to the disaster. For a quick, and yes, painful read, check out the Pain Index, which ranks N.O. as the No. 1 U.S. in vacant and ruined housing....

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Durham vet, designer Kuniholm to speak at DNC tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Among the speakers who'll address the stadium crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Denver tonight is Jonathan Kuniholm, an Iraq War veteran who lost his arm in combat and went on to found the Open Prosthetics Project with his colleagues at the Durham firm Tackle Design. According to tonight's posted schedule, he speaks during prime time--at 10 p.m. Eastern, right after Al Gore. If the cable news talking heads talk over him, try watching C-SPAN's broadcast. The Indy profiled Tackle and Open Prosthetics back in 2006. (Incidentally, another Tackle Design partner, Chuck Messer, is now co-host of a...

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Big Carrboro projects go before board

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:32 PM

O little town of Carrboro, how high will we see thee rise? The Carrboro Citizen reports the town's Board of Aldermen approved a five-story condominium project Tuesday night, while deciding to continue the conversation on next-door property 300 East Main, which the paper calls "one of the largest redevelopment projects in Carrboro history." The proposed redevelopment of the well-worn strip mall that currently houses the ArtsCenter and Cat's Cradle would create a new home for those venues and add a Hilton and a five- (or maybe six-?) story parking deck. The Daily Tar Heel's story includes a rendering of the...

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Liddy too ladylike to take the gloves off?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Carter Wrenn criticizes Elizabeth Dole for being a wimp against opponent Kay Hagan and her aggressive $6.5 million ad campaign. On Talking About Politics, Wrenn writes that Liddy " is in a knife fight with a first-rate gang of cutthroats. She’d better stop mooning around like Florence Nightingale."...

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First co-working, next co-kvetching

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM

205 Lloyd St. in Carrboro could become the new spot for those who don’t work out of an office but can’t or don’t want to work at home: techies, designers, freelancers and inevitably, those who want to look busy. Carrboro Creative Coworking is run by Brian Russell; workers pay a fee to have the amenities of a workplace, without the boss hanging around or the cats lying on the keyboard. NBC17 has the details....

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Leaked meals-tax memo reveals 'barbershop' strategy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

This week, The Herald-Sun got their hands on a memo from the Rev. Melvin Whitley, a prominent backer of Durham Mayor Bill Bell, that details a race-based focus (registration required) to lobby for a 1 percent meals tax, which would fund a proposed Minor League Baseball museum and a Hayti Heritage Center expansion, among other city projects: The campaign should include radio ads on local gospel music stations, posters touting the proposal in barbershops and beauty salons, and articles in black newspapers commonly distributed in area churches. [The H-S did not provide a link to the document.] According to the...

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Big-ass boats make North Carolina history

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Yesterday, for the first time in history, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override a governor's veto. What pressing matter inspired lawmakers to re-assemble in Raleigh for a special session (in the middle of election season)? Whether people should be allowed to tow 9 1/2-foot boats (in other words, boats as wide as the lane itself) at any time of day or night, without a permit. The N&O reports that the special session cost taxpayers $50,000. NC Policy Watch has been following the story closely. Chris Fitzsimon lays out the issues in this week's column, including which industry lobbyists...

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Megafaun/ Bon Iver media blitz

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

For the second week in a row, former Raleigh bandleader Justin Vernon gets namechecked in Pitchfork's Guest List column as someone's new favorite band.  Vernon recently recorded an Okkervil River cover to promote the new record from his Jagjaguwar labelmates (nice T-shirt, Vern). And Megafaun nabbed a spot in Stereogum's Quit Your Day Job series: Click through for talk about working at Larry's Beans and being the bearded dudes at triathlons....

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