Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DeKalb County town to remove Bible-quoting welcome signs in response to complaint | al.com

DeKalb County town to remove Bible-quoting welcome signs in response to complaint | al.com:

The "Sylvania Welcomes You" signs reference Ephesians 4:5 -- "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism" -- and include the name of the town's mayor, Mitchell Dendy.

In a letter to Dendy, Freedom From Religion Foundation staff attorney Patrick Elliott said the signs "affiliate the government with one religion, Christianity, and exclude others.
"The endorsement of the tenets of one religion on government signs is unconstitutional," Elliott wrote. "No court would uphold this blatant violation of the Constitution."

'Rocket City Rednecks' leader says NASA knew they were coming to student launch, but weren't prepared for 20-foot 'Redneck rocket' | al.com



'Rocket City Rednecks' leader says NASA knew they were coming to student launch, but weren't prepared for 20-foot 'Redneck rocket' | al.com

"They knew we were coming," Taylor said. "However, I guess, I neglected to express to NASA the MAGNITUDE difference in the rocket we built and the ones the kids built.

What Cocktail Parties Teach Us - WSJ.com

What Cocktail Parties Teach Us - WSJ.com

The attention we aren't paying.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mobile Baykeeper launches free swim guide app for water conditions | al.com

Mobile Baykeeper launches free swim guide app for water conditions | al.com

Look before you leap in the Gulf

In Therapy Forever? Enough Already - NYTimes.com

In Therapy Forever? Enough Already - NYTimes.com: I have come to a sobering conclusion over the years: ineffective therapy is disturbingly common.

Talk to friends, keep your ears open at a cafe, or read discussion boards online about length of time in therapy. I bet you’ll find many people who have remained in therapy long beyond the time they thought it would take to solve their problems.

The Flight From Conversation - NYTimes.com

The Flight From Conversation - NYTimes.com I got caught looking at my iPhone at the table tonight.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Questions persist as Northern Beltline construction proceeds | al.com

Questions persist as Northern Beltline construction proceeds | al.com: Within the next two weeks, the Alabama Department of Transportation plans to begin relocating utilities along a 3-mile stretch of forest and pasture between Alabama 75 and Alabama 79 near Palmerdale, preparations for the first construction on a long planned 52-mile beltway north of Birmingham.

Except for a gargantuan outer beltway proposal around Houston, Birmingham's Northern Beltline is the longest interstate extension project in the country on U.S. Department of Transportation's list of major projects. The road is estimated to cost a total of $4.7 billion and to be finished in about 2048.
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Ardell Turner, 88, Palmerdale.
The Northern Beltline will be cutting her property in half
(Birmingham News Photo Linda Stelter)


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Why Trees Matter - NYTimes.com

Why Trees Matter - NYTimes.com

We have underestimated the importance of trees. They are not merely pleasant sources of shade but a potentially major answer to some of our most pressing environmental problems. We take them for granted, but they are a near miracle. In a bit of natural alchemy called photosynthesis, for example, trees turn one of the seemingly most insubstantial things of all — sunlight — into food for insects, wildlife and people, and use it to create shade, beauty and wood for fuel, furniture and homes.

A River Runs Through Them: Birmingham's kayak culture is alive, well and enjoying area water. | al.com


A River Runs Through Them: Birmingham's kayak culture is alive, well and enjoying area water. | al.com

“Alabama has many, many opportunities for whitewater kayaking that most people don’t know we have,” says Mark Garner, president of the Birmingham Canoe Club. A popular website used by kayakers, alabamawhitewater.com, lists and reviews almost 150 runs on rivers around the state.

Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship | AL.com

It was a good story and a worthy quest. Which will continue. Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship | AL.com ...