Augusta Chronicle Runs Propaganda for Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle

Update December 19, 2016

Update June 14, 2016:

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Billy Morris‘s Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia’s only daily newspaper, has long been, despite its self-proclaimed conservatism, a booster for the big business/big government projects on which this city depends. These include Fort Gordon, Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia), the Savannah River Site (“the bomb factory”) and Plant Vogtle, the site of the first new major nuclear power construction in the United States in decades. Of course, Plant Vogtle could never have been more than a twinkle in the eyes of crony capitalists without President Obama’s federal loan guarantees and a rubber-stamp Public Service Commission and state legislature. The commission regularly approves passing Vogtle’s ever increasing cost overruns to the consumers, and the legislature got the ball rolling by passing SB 31 which allowed Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, to charge its rate payers a fee that it could collect and use to build future electricity-generating capacity in the form of two additional nuclear reactors at Vogtle. Sadly, Georgia voters are still too concerned about unworthy people receiving Federal Medicaid dollars to get medical treatment, about their children learning facts about Muslims instead of scary fables, about illegal aliens stealing jobs, driving cars and attending university and about asylum-seeking children bringing diseases to care about who is rummaging through their pockets. Continue reading

Billy Morris Is a Fan of Chris Hedges?!?

This article published in today’s Augusta Chronicle quotes from the famous radical critic and author Chris Hedges. I’ve read his books. I’m a fan. Having followed Billy Morris’s The Augusta Chronicle Editorial Page for years, I’d have never thought Billy Morris was also a fan!

I wonder if Billy Morris is doing this just so that Kinder Morgan offers him a higher price for his property.

Well, if Mr. Morris has converted to Chris Hedges’s views, I say, “Thank God, he’s seen the light!”

BTW, the first book you should pick up and read by Chris Hedges is War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. There’s a copy at the Columbia County Library.

The next book to read is American Fascists. There’s also a copy at the Columbia County Library.

Is Proposed Kinder Morgan Palmetto Pipeline an Issue for Progressives?

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And unto Midian (We sent) their brother Shu’eyb. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other god save Him! And give not short measure and short weight. Lo! I see you well-to-do, and lo! I fear for you the doom of a besetting Day. O my people! Give full measure and full weight in justice, and wrong not people in respect of their goods. And do not evil in the earth, causing corruption. That which Allah leaveth with you is better for you if ye are believers; and I am not a keeper over you. They said: O Shu’eyb! Doth thy way of prayer command thee that we should forsake that which our fathers (used to) worship, or that we (should leave off) doing what we will with our own property. Lo! thou art the mild, the guide to right behaviour. He said: O my people! Bethink you: if I am (acting) on a clear proof from my Lord and He sustaineth me with fair sustenance from Him (how can I concede aught to you)? I desire not to do behind your backs that which I ask you not to do. I desire naught save reform so far as I am able. My welfare is only in Allah. In Him I trust and unto Him I turn (repentant). Quran 11:84-88, Pickthall translation

Kinder Morgan, an energy infrastructure company, has proposed the Palmetto Pipeline, a spur pipeline which would take refined petroleum products from a point on an existing pipeline in northwestern South Carolina through Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida. A coalition of environmental advocates and landowners has organized to oppose the pipeline. Continue reading

Report on Your Neighbors; Don’t Worry About How Info is Used

Don't Worry How Info is Used

The Augusta Chronicle on January 2, 2016 published a column by Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Butterworth. It included this assurance not to concern yourself with the impact your report on your neighbors might have. He concluded this column by encouraging us not to be “un-American” by failing to report something that “might be out of the ordinary.”

The bottom line is that we cannot let those who may have ill intent succeed in their desire to adversely affect our way of life. To let that happen would be un-American.

AS WE CONTINUE into the new year, make it part of your daily routine to be vigilant and engaged in your surroundings. If you notice something that might be out of the ordinary – something that you just want to let someone else know about – please don’t hesitate.

Those Ungrateful Muslim Refugees Threaten Their Hosts in South Africa! More Islamophobic News Distortion

In Augusta, Georgia, USA, our peace group published a column on its website objecting to our governor’s executive order prohibiting Georgia government agencies from aiding Syrian refugees. When our local daily paper published it as a letter to the editor, one online commenter referenced an incident in the Republic of South Africa as evidence that the USA should not accept Syrian refugees. Continue reading