MARTA could expand rail network under new Georgia law


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed into law a bill that allows the city of Atlanta to pursue a half-cent sales tax to expand the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority‘s (MARTA) system.

Under the law, the city this fall can hold a ballot referendum that allows residents to vote on the sales tax measure, MARTA officials said in a press release.

The tax would generate an estimated $2.5 billion over the next 40 years for rail and bus projects within Atlanta city limits. The expansion would likely include a light-rail system in Atlanta’s Beltline area, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The new law marks a “great first step forward in delivering the kind of transit improvements that people have been telling us they’ve wanted to see for a very long time,” said MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Keith Parker.

The legislation also leaves room to negotiate with…

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Letters to the Power Plant #3 – Learning new things at Dell

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the third letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time, I didn’t intend on it being posted online when I originally penned this letter.  So please ignore the bad grammar and the overuse of the word “Got”, “Get” or “Gotten”.

9/17/01 – Learning new things at Dell

Dear friends,

I have been learning a lot of new things at Dell.  I spend half of the day in “bootcamp”, ( a place where we learn a different computer language each day), and I spend the other half of the day working in my cubicle.  They are teaching me a lot and I am grateful.

I found out today that I have been teaching them…

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Day 1210: Nature vs. nurture

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

It is my nature to nurture understanding and clarity, so I shall now use the nurturing capabilities of the internet to explain “nature vs. nurture.”

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One of the oldest arguments in the history of psychology is the Nature vs Nurture debate. Each of these sides have good points that it’s really hard to decide whether a person’s development is predisposed in his DNA, or a majority of it is influenced by this life experiences and his environment.
As nature shows its beauty in Boston this weekend, I am nurturing many thoughts about nature vs nurture, today, because yesterday …
  • I saw the movie Zooptopia
  • I went to a large Passover seder where people talked about their passions, their pasts, and how nurturing elements in their lives have allowed them to overcome unhelpful aspects of their natures.
  • My boyfriend Michael and I had a conversation where he said…

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Cheap Book of the Week – CT

All Romance Reads

Crazy Thing

This series highlights cheap, free, or discounted books to give you, dear reader, the most options on what to read.

Crazy Thing

Reduced from $1.99 to $0.99

Rock star Griffin Huntley longs for the one thing he never had—family. And who better to give it to him than his girlfriend, manager, and muse, Christina Olsen. But when his New Year’s Eve marriage proposal hits a sour note, Christina flees his limo in the middle of Manhattan, leaving Griffin fearing the worst.

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cured my perpetual sadness


I feel as though the heavy weight of my perpetual sadness has been lifted from me,

I feel my centre of gravity returing as I put my feet on the ground and walk around,

happily absorbing the world like a sponge again,

I have been waiting for this waiting to find my way back,

So many mind exercises I have tried, and physical task to getmy head in the right place,

but it  seems the most recent has made things a little more clearer,

I walked backwards in my mind,

where am I now?

where was I before this?

what did I do before that?

how far can I walk back?

now that I am here, I feel as though I am not in such a small space in my head,

but in a larger, day, week, month.

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Sleeping Beauty

Slipping into sleep

a hundred years ago

a spindle, a spell, a castle

and an arrow and a bow.

Into that tranquil slumber

in land eternally blue

the princess upon her bed

bidding the present adieu.

One hundred years, almost eternal

magic stopped the clock

revenge, a sour spell

twisted firm the lock.

Casting the castle

in nocturnal lure

wanderlust souls treading

in places unsure.

Into worlds bathed in mystery

the frozen years

the passage nears

suspended from history.

There deep inside the woods

where melancholy grew rampant

a prince, the marksman hunter

walked through bramble once brilliant.

Cautious in approach,

skilled in use of bow

the prince determined to seek

what time had turned slow.

That he should find one so fair

upon a bed magnificent

awakened the girl with a kiss

a love forever elegant.

I guess it could be Fairytale Friday…I’ve been in charge of storytelling this week…

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Via lobbying against high-speed rail system that would halve travel time from London to Toronto


It’s been called a game-­changer that would transform London’s economy, but if high-speed rail is to come to the region, it would do so over the efforts of the company with a near-monopoly: taxpayer-supported Via Rail.

Via said this week it will ask the federal government to reject calls for high-speed rail and instead embrace what Via wants — its own dedicated track between Toronto and Montreal that would not be high-speed or extend immediately to London.

Gerry Macartney, of the London Chamber of Commerce, said that though Via should look after its business, London and Ontario need a jolt only high-speed rail gives. Americans are building high-speed lines, some on states that border Ontario. “If we don’t find a way to have high-speed rail, they will eat our lunch,” Macartney said Friday.

Momentum for high-speed rail received a boost 19 months ago when the Ontario government commissioned an environmental assessment…

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