Beware of the Blog

From Think Progress:

Kathleen Parker: If We Don’t Ignore Blogs, We’ll Die
In today’s Orlando Sentinel, right-wing columnist Kathleen Parker provides a clear headed assessment of the blogosphere:

Each time I wander into blogdom, I’m reminded of the savage children stranded on an island in William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.” Without adult supervision, they organize themselves into rival tribes, learn to hunt and kill, and eventually become murderous barbarians in the absence of a civilizing structure.

Most Useless Poll Ever.

From the Triangle Business Journal:

Poll: Majority feel they are underpaid

The Triangle Business Journal's nonscientific poll this week sought to determine our readers' opinions of their own salaries

Our readers were asked "How would you characterize your salary?"

Out of 188 total responses, nearly 55 percent, or 103 respondents, said they felt they were underpaid, compared to just 10 voters, or 5 percent, who felt they were paid too much.

I know it is a slow news time, but the Journal usually does better than tell us that people feel underpaid.

Duke History Professor's Autobiography Is One of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2005

Congratulations go out to John Hope Franklin, Professor Emeritus of History at Duke. His autobiography "Mirror on America" has been named to the New York Times List of 100 Most Notable Books (free subscription required). The New York Times review of the book is here (free subscription may be required).

AP Reports (poorly) on Environmental Racism in North Carolina

News items regarding environmental racism have appeared and been discarded for the past several decades. Now the AP just released a story on the environmental racism in North Carolina.

First the good news, North Carolina appears to have a slightly lower correlation between race and pollution than the rest of the country:

But while her circumstance is not unique nationwide — African-Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial air pollution is suspected of causing the most health problems — it’s not as common among blacks and other minorities in North Carolina.

Getting Worked Up Over Fake Voting

I know that there is not a lot going on in Wake County right now, but Ryan Beckwith at the N&O Blog WakePol is really excited about Wake County's voting machine demonstration. Especially considering that there is only one company still demonstrating after Diebold's withdrawal. From WakePol:

Wake County will soon spend a couple million dollars on new voting machines.

But you'll get a chance to vote for your favorite machine first.

North Carolina's Shame: We Are Becoming the Trash Dump for the Entire Atlantic Seaboard

Cash-strapped counties in North Carolina have increasingly been the targets of private garbage carriers that are looking for cheap places to drop their loads. North Carolina has become a popular target due to its central location, cheap land, poor counties, and lack of dumping fee. A total of five dump sites are being explored. The sites are in different states of planning and picking up local opposition as they come.

The next dump spot that looks likely to get the go-ahead will be in Scotland County. The County Commission has approved an agreement with Waste Management on its first reading in October and is set to approve the final reading of the proposal for the landfill on January 2nd. The Commission also talks glowingly of their ability to be a waste receptacle in their minutes and their newsletter to employees.

Sometimes You Have To Laugh...

Because it is better than crying. Every once in a while, I read something about North Carolina that is just too insane to explain. Like this from the News-Record:

A High Point company plans to make a feature film about a grandfather's 40-plus year obsession with Bigfoot.

The man's family discovered his fascination with the hairy creature -- aka Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch and Yeti -- only after the man died.

The movie will be called "Bigfoot: A Family Adventure."

North Carolina's Growth 5th Fastest in Nation, And a New Focus for My Blogging in a New Year

This report from the Triangle Business Journal:

North Carolina's population increased by more than 142,000 people last year, tying it with Texas and Georgia as the fifth fastest-growing state in the country, according to new statistics released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state's population reached 8,683,242 in 2005, an increase of 1.7 percent between July 2004 and July 2005.

Over the past five years, North Carolina has added 636,751 new residents, a 7.9 percent increase in the total state population from April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2005. That growth ranks seventh nationally behind Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Utah and Idaho.

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