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Wordless Wednesday: Gerrymandering Explained

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Wordless Wednesday: Ada Lovelace

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Georgia on the Road To Keep Cars Smoke-Free

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Last week, the Georgia State Senate passed Senate Bill 130,  the "Smokefree Cars for Children Act".  Basically, if a person under the age of  15 is a passenger in a car, no one is allowed to smoke in the car.  The car's driver is held responsible for enforcing this, and if found guilty, would be charged with a misdemeanor and possibly fined up to $100.




When I first read about this, I was torn because while I completely agree with banning smoking in a car with children, I feel trepidation about the government making rules about with regards to parenting.   There is a slippery slope waiting for us to fall down, where the government goes from passing laws about activities with no redeeming qualities (aka smoking) to passing laws about activities where parental judgment is required (e.g. how old is old enough to walk around a neighborhood) to passing laws in which the government has no right to comment (e.g. telling you which religion you must belong to if you want to have …

Wordless Wednesday: Coolest Apartment Building

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Bloody Sunday - 50 Years Later But What's Changed?

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Fifty years ago on March 7, a crowd of people marched in Alabama to protest excessive police brutality against a black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson.  Mr. Jackson was a civil rights activist working to enfranchise black voters in Alabama.  Local police mortally shot Mr. Jackson several times at an earlier, peaceful rally.

Ironically, police responded to the peaceful march with excessive police brutality and violence.




While bystanders took pictures and watched in horror, state troopers and local police officers attacked the people walking across a bridge, using tear gas and billy clubs, leaving people injured, unconscious, and bleeding in their wake.

Photos of the event rocked our entire nation, up to the White House.  People in other parts of our country felt shocked that such a heinous act could occur on American soil.  After a few more aborted marches,  on March 21st President Lyndon Johnson sent over 2,000 soldiers from the Army to accompany and protect the people marching from Selma t…

Wordless Wednesday: Ongoing Issue

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Book Review: "The Rememberers" by C. Edward Baldwin

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Disclaimer:  This is the first book I'm reviewing for NetGalley, a website that allows authors to release books early to reviewers.  NetGalley gave me a copy of the book for this purpose.

"The Rememberers" by C. Edward Baldwin offers readers a glimpse into a world where a few select people can remember the future.  Yes, I know that it sounds a bit crazy and a few times while reading the story I felt as if I was watching "The Matrix", when Neo is asked to choose the red pill or the blue pill.  Only instead of Neo, we have Kallie being asked to forgot what she knows about reality.

The book begins with readers meeting Kallie, a college student who is coping with the recent-ish death of her mother and a growing number of occurrences of déjà vu. In an effort to understand her problem, she goes to a university group that studies mental phenomena.

While this is going on, the author twines another plot thread with a secret organization, a government official who beli…

Book Review: "Greywalker" by Kat Richardson

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Greywalker by Kat Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Greywalker" is a wonderful beginning to what I hope is a long series. The protagonist, Harper Blaine, is a small-time private investigator who dies at the very beginning of the book. The paramedics bring her back to life, but her time in death has changed her in a fundamental way. One of the main plots of the novel is how Harper learns about these changes and how to cope with the upheaval in her life. The other main plot has to do with a missing piece of furniture, a missing trust fund boy, and an electronic guy who doesn't have a phone number, but who you can generally find hanging around the library.

I like how the author works through Harper's disbelief; I would have found it fake if she just accepted everything immediately. I also like how the author wove the two main plots together in such a way as to make the story flow smoothly from one event to another.

Overall, I truly liked this book.

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