01 October 2014

Scenes from Tomorrowworld Day 2 & Day 3

Tag yourselves and you friends . . .

30 September 2014

Scenes from Dreamville at Tomorrowworld

Tag yourselves and your friends...

26 September 2014

Scenes from Day One of Tomorrowworld 2014

Union City Wal Mart Rolls Out the Red Carpet for the People of Tomorrowworld

The second edition of Tomorrowworld is underway.

Thousands of people are now camping in Dreamville, with more on the way over the next three days.

Union City was the last stop for many looking for last minute supplies, and the local Wal Mart Supercenter was ready. Signs pointing to tents, sleeping bags, cases of water, and beer greeted customers as they entered the store Thursday morning. Representatives from the Wal Mart corporate office were on hand to see the Tomorrowworld crowd as they shopped.

Near the front of the store, a large world map (pictured right) sat beneath a banner that read "We want to know where you're from." Wal Mart associates used markers to pinpoint which corner of the globe folks called home. Straight pins were placed all over, from China to the African continent.

24 September 2014

Census Bureau: Counties with Widest Gap Between Rich & Poor in Georgia All Backed Democrats

We've heard a lot from the Democrats about income inequality.

Barack Obama called income inequality the "the defining challenge of our time" [Kaplan, Rebecca (4 December 2013). Obama: Income inequality "the defining challenge of our time". CBS News. Retrieved on 21 February 2014.].

State Senator Horacena Tate, Chairman of the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus, said, "Income inequality in Georgia has to be at the forefront of every legislator's mind as working families continue to face serious economic challenges."

Tuesday, the Huffington Post compiled a map of the mot unequal counties in America based on data from the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey.

"In this case, inequality is derived using the Gini coefficient, which is a statistical measure of the gap between the rich and the poor. The index is based on a scale from 0 to 1, where 0 represents total equality and 1 represents total inequality," the article reads.

"Counties with high inequality are shaded in red. Counties with low inequality are shaded in yellow. Areas with no shading represent counties that have fewer than 65,000 people, as the Census does not collect annual inequality data for small counties" [Cohn (23 September 2014). Here Are The Most Unequal Counties In America. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 24 September 2014.].

In Georgia, the counties with the deepest shade of red and orange represent the areas in the state where the gap between rich and poor is widest.

These counties --Fulton, DeKalb, Muscogee, Athens-Clarke, Macon-Bibb, Augusta-Richmond, and Dougherty-- reliably vote Democrat come election time.

But, if one is to believe the Democrats, the income inequality in counties they control is due to Republican treachery.

19 September 2014

What Can Scotland's Independence Vote Teach Us About Resurrecting Milton & Campbell Counties

On 18 September 2014, 4,283,392 ballots were cast in the referendum asking a simple question.

Should Scotland be an independent country?

While the "No" votes won the day, it is generally agreed that Scotland and the entire United Kingdom is likely to see wholesale change as devolution of more powers from London to Edinburgh takes place.

As I was watching the election results come in, Thursday night, I could not help but wonder what Scotland's vote could teach us about resurrecting Milton and Campbell counties.

In Fulton County, where I live, there is a long-standing discussion about re-creating the two counties that merged to form Georgia's largest county.

(Campbell and Milton counties should vote on their future much like the Scots did.)
Eighty-three years ago, Campbell County and Milton County both went bankrupt. The two cash-strapped counties combined with Fulton County to give us the borders we know today.

A lot of people, myself included, believe that while consolidating Milton and Campbell counties into Fulton made sense in 1931, it makes little sense to keep Fulton County as it is now.

Quite frankly, Fulton County has become too big for its britches. It is bloated. It is dysfunctional. Fulton County is out of touch with its residents, and should be split up.

In order for that to happen, though, a referendum similar to the one that took place in Scotland would have to occur.

So what can we learn from the Scottish Independence Referendum as we continue the conversation on bringing back Campbell and Milton counties?