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Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

"I can't get away....people keep posting things that require my comment."…

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Five Knives Release Video for 'Sugar'; Blogger Barfs in Own Mouth [Fresh Vid]

I've seen these guys, and I'm telling you, they're good, and the show is a blast. This song looks like an attempt at a pop crossover. (which is what a lot of people said about that last Jeff the Brotherhood song that was posted on Cream) I'm not as crazy about the new song, but to me, it's not that different from a Charli XCX song, and everyone seems to love her right now. Five Knives previous stuff from 2013 was more aggressive, dance/punk industrial, that was still kinda poppy, but hit hard, with a post apocalyptic look. That still might not be your thing (and it's still very Red Bull) - but I swear, their show was great fun, and did not suck. Watch the video.…

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Posted by prestodan on 01/23/2015 at 2:43 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

So, I wonder if rather than one central downtown hub*, there should be smaller ones out in the neighborhoods. So, say someone lives in the Nippers Corner area and needs to get to Hickory Hollow. Right now, that person is pretty much out of luck, unless it's a weekday before 6. But say that's the case. Right now, you have to take the 72 to Walmart at Nolensville/Harding, catch the 12 Downtown, then at MCC, catch the 15 or 55. Given that there are no transfers, that is $5.10 cash for one way.

What there should be is a line that ran OHB/Bell Rd, from the Brentwood Target to Hickory Hollow Mall (Global Crossings now). A mini hub could be created for buses like the Edmondson Connector and my imagined OHB/Bell Rd line, and any other neighborhood rover-type buses to meet with trunk lines that make the downtown run.

Anyway, I agree with you all that there are a multitude of ways our current system could be better improved without the disruption of an Amp (though BRTs are going to be a part of our life, and they really should be--the form that they take is definitely debatable).

Thanks for the interesting conversation--I love this stuff very much.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

"In the risk of life to the mother, abortion is an issue that a woman should have a right to discuss with others before making that decision."

When have women NOT had that right?

Were they prevented from seeking out info? Was it illegal to discuss their decision with others?

And if they have a right to discuss with others, wouldn't that mean they also have the right to make the decision WITHOUT doing so?

Check your paternalism, please.

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Posted by madison tn on 01/23/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Beer, Bacon, Burlesque: A Cautionary Tale

I also emailed this Sean guy about our terrible experience at the joke of a festival and we haven't heard back from him. Seems like he is indeed the con artist that people say he is. My brother knows him through mutual friends at an East Nashville bar and they all agree that this guy is a lowlife. I'll never get mixed up with another Hootenanny event.

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Posted by No More BBB on 01/23/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “RIP The Amp

Oops -- that's "MTA and Metro consistently wrote conclusions for studies that WEREN'T borne out by the study results and reported them as fact.

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Posted by bored regent on 01/23/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “What Carol Swain Got Wrong

Uh, the prophets I mentioned were pretty specific and described maps of what Europe would look like after the wars they predicted. The name of the prophet I mentioned who went to Germany to warn the kaiser was Anton Johanson, or Johansson, a Scandinavian. He had visions, apparently, throughout his life, and a particularly long and detailed vision on November 13, 1907, when he saw a lot about the coming wars and also was given the name of the Titanic before the ship was even on the drafting boards, and a vision of its destruction. He and others saw future civil wars in America.

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Posted by eye chart on 01/23/2015 at 2:23 PM

Re: “RIP The Amp

It's been a long hard road. First we heard that (1) the Amp is a done deal, but (2) the design is only 30% done, so we can't answer detailed questions about it (like, 'How do I get out of my neighborhood heading west?'), and (3) the route and location of the stops are firm, until (4) MTA discovers that one stop can't be made to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (a big issue that one of the "experts" assigned to this project should have figure out long before they did), which then (5) requires MTA to change the entire downtown route, which in turn (6) makes it take a whole lot longer for the Amp to get through downtown, which MTA tries to obscure by presenting a study of the time it will take the Amp to get from St. Thomas to 12th Avenue and from East Nashville to 1st Avenue while conveniently omitting the time it takes to get through downtown.

Overpasses represented another major design problem. They couldn't be widened without great expenses, so Amp buses going both directions either had to share a single dedicated lane or the dedicated lanes simply wouldn't exist on the overpasses.

MTA had also not explored the amount (or the cost) of the road-widening required to have a dedicated Amp lane beyond 440. I suspect Dean and MTA backed off on having a dedicated lane beyond 440 in West Nashville not so much because of community pressure (although there certain was a lot of opposition because of the negative impact on neighborhoods where road widening was required), but because of the expense and the logistical issues with neighborhood access.

I'm a strong proponent of public transit, and I support good investments in public works. I opposed the Amp because I thought it would create many more problems than it resolved, and that there was no way it could deliver on its promise of a speedy trip downtown for a few riders without great cost to Nashvillians who have to drive or cycle on portions of the route every day to get to work, school and shop, but for whom the Amp--with its limited route--was not an option because most of their trip didn't involve West End. Planners never acknowledged the fact that most people from West Nashville don't use West End to drive downtown. We use 40 or 440. And few people driving on West End or Broadway are going from one end to another. They're driving on the route for a mile or two before turning off onto another street--which would have been greatly complicated by the Amp.

Planners also didn't acknowledge that the Amp didn't really connect up to anything or resolve the major problem with bus transit in Nashville--a hub and spoke system without any connections between the spokes.

And they were so damn smug and superior while they were talking up the benefits of this unworkable boondoggle of a plan. I will be forever skeptical now of any study results reported that support some massive public works project that don't have the actual study attached, because MTA and Metro consistently wrote conclusions for studies that were borne out by the study results and reported them as fact.

And that's a shame, because we need good public transit in Nashville. The Amp just wasn't good public transit.

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Posted by bored regent on 01/23/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

My comment was in response to gast's...I don't care what her relationship to the inmate was, really. It was a Socratic exercise to get him to think things through.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “What Carol Swain Got Wrong

I meant the inquiry as praise. I admire those who can imitate a rightwing nutjob with versimilitude.

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

"I can't get away....people keep posting things that require my comment."

Raise your hand if you were gullible enough to believe john would really leave the rest of us in peace.


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Posted by Not Shocked on 01/23/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Today Only: Uber Teams with Party Fowl for Hot Chicken Delivery

sounds to me like they ran out of chicken schmicken.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 01/23/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “What Carol Swain Got Wrong


Perhaps, relying on my rep and those aware of Brawndo or can use google. But for those to whom the sentiment sounded ridiculous, they get it. For those who think it's realistic, no hope.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 01/23/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

I ride the bus several days a week--I have a car, but I like being able to read/email/think while someone else drives. The AMP would have benefited me in theory, enabling me to take a single bus from my home in East Nashville to my work off West End. (The comment that the West End bus ridership is almost zero is patently false...that bus is frequently more than half full as it goes through midtown, even during off-peak hours). That said, as the design became more fleshed out, it became clear that there were too many sections that couldn't have dedicated lanes for the bus either because bridges or streets were too narrow or because of significant community opposition. [More recent iterations of the MCC design didn't have dedicated lanes past 440.] It also became clear that the need to stop by the Music City Center and go through the densest part of downtown wouldn't make for a significantly faster trip than currently exists. The AMP was trying to do too many things: improve commutes, connect tourist areas together, spur development, improve the "image" of the city, and it wasn't going to do any of them very well.

Several commentators have identified ways for the bus system to be improved: improve frequency on existing routes, reduce cost/make it free (my employer helps out with the cost, but if they didn't and I paid cash for every ride I took--though there are discounts for buying passes--it would cost more to take the bus to work than to drive my own car), make more connections between existing routes that don't involve going downtown, make more BRT-lite lines like those down Gallatin Road and Murfreesboro Pike (if you haven't experienced them, they're a treat compared to regular buses), make improvements so that buses can keep to their timetables, deploy technology to track buses in real time, improve the MCC experience (cleaner, and maybe even think about abandoning it: the most inefficient part of my ride is the quarter mile near the MCC where the bus navigates many intersections and stoplights around a badly-placed hub), making walking and waiting to the bus stop easier with sidewalks and shelters, etc, etc. All of these things are still a significant investment, but I'm betting that more people would benefit in more substantial ways than would have with the AMP.

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Posted by Eric on 01/23/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Sheldon Silver, Deflategate, and Jeffrey Epstein

Bill Moyers is like holy water to liars like yoyo. your ability to discern the truth died with Watergate. so, go fuck yourself "Shirley."

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 01/23/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

John, you mean all I had to do to keep you around here was to tell you to piss on yourself?

I can't wait to tell YoYo, who will positively tingle. He has a vested interest in your presence, because it keeps him from being the biggest idiot in this village.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

Yoyo wrote: "The image suggested above would make a great black and white still picture to hand out to new mother's to provide a little motivation to keep their kids on the straight and narrow. Or maybe the schools could pass one out to parents whose little darlin's are acting up."

With an attitude like that, you certainly missed your calling. Had you only been born 90 years ago, you would have made a terrific SS guard in the concentration camps.

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Posted by Frank Smith on 01/23/2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

AnglRdr asked: "What is the relationship of the Plaintiff to the person she was visiting?"

You really think that was important, to disregard the principle of the thing?

So, let's say hypothetically that it was your sister visiting your father. Would you think that deliberate humiliation with zero rational "security" basis was okay?

Just askin'.

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Posted by Frank Smith on 01/23/2015 at 2:03 PM
Posted by Mr. Biggs on 01/23/2015 at 2:02 PM

Re: “RIP The Amp

Those might be the best tags of any story thus far this year.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 2:01 PM

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