Krubera Cave (Georgian: კრუბერის გამოქვაბული; or Voronya Cave, sometimes spelled Voronja Cave) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in  Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. Krubera remains the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 metres.


The 2015 Best and Worst Places for Business and Careers

Forbes crunched the numbers on the 401 metropolitan areas in the U.S. to gauge the best and worst business climates. The result is our 17th annual Best Places for Business and Careers. Denver, Colo. ranks no. 1 for the first time, moving up from their fourth place finish in 2014. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro of 2.8 million people is attractive for its diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor lifestyle. Companies are increasingly choosing Denver for business expansions or relocations.

Когда мы гуляли по Тбилиси, Л. часто спрашивал, почему я не удивляюсь и не фотографирую все подряд, я задумалась - и правда, почему?
Побывав в нескольких странах, в разных частях света, невольно начинаешь сравнивать каждый новый город с теми местами, в которых ты уже был. Опрятные невысокие дома в парижском стиле, мосты через реку в центре города, как на Сене, миллионы магазинчиков и маленьких кафешек вдоль дороги как в Шанхае, фуникулер, поднимающий на смотровую площадку в горах, такой же как был на Капри в Италии, а еще джелато на каждом шагу. Множество советских построек как в Москве, улица с барами напомнила о Дублине, а ул. Руставели чем-то похожа на О'Коннел стрит, сувенирные магазины как в каком-то городе на Родосе, жара на улице, холод в помещении и некоторые колоритные местечки напоминают о поездке в ОАЭ. Есть улочки похожие на болгарские или турецкие, а есть что-то совсем европейское. Кажется, что Тбилиси состоит из кусочков всех моих путешествий, может поэтому меня не покидало чувство, что я все это уже где-то видела. Единственное, что полностью отличает этот город, да и всю страну в целом, это люди и еда, особенно, если они вместе. Мне кажется, в Грузию нельзя не влюбиться, и я безумно рада, что все это происходит со мной, только вот выучить бы уже грузинский…

Armed Confederate supporters interrupt black child's birthday party with racial slurs, death threats
I kid you not, it feels like we are going back in time in America.

In an Atlanta suburb this past weekend, Melissa Alford (a black woman) and her family were hosting an outdoor birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia, when a convoy of seven large pickup trucks donning Confederate flags interrupted the party and pulled into the grass. The occupants then called them niggers and threatened them with violence, according to multiple eyewitnesses, who also stated that the men actually flashed guns at them:

One of at least two cellphone videos from the incident shows Douglasville police officers holding back a group of black men and women as at least seven pickup trucks drive off. The trucks’ white passengers wave as the Confederate, American and military flags mounted on the vehicles flap in the air. .

“This is a child’s birthday party,” one woman in the crowd can be heard saying.

A second video shows the trucks gathered on a grassy area, and the N-word can be heard. A woman who shared the video said the trucks were on her property and their passengers were armed and threatened to “kill y’all [N-words].”


Pastor E. Dewey Smith – Hypocrisy and Homophobia in the Black Church

I have been waiting for this sermon my entire life.  

As long as the choir sound good, I ain’t sayin nothin about his sexuality.

On one hand, you quote homosexuality is an abomination from Leviticus, but you say that right after you ate some shrimp, some catfish, and some lobster.

You can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time.  You cannot insult and inspire the same people.

Go find every song that’s been written by a gay person for the last 100 years and don’t sing it in church.  Let’s see how many songs you can minister on that Sunday.

Bishop, don’t tell me what the Bible says about homosexuals and you change wives like we change underwear.

These folks at House of Hope, Greater Travelers Rest in Decatur Georgia don’t even realize how blessed they are to be in the presence of this RATIONAL pastor, but I know that man has touched some lives.  And the reactions are priceless.  Some members of the congregation are living but chile…you can definitely see the ones who are spitting glass.  When some of the men in the usher board started standing up, I thought Pastor Smith was about to be escorted out of the building.  

I can’t tell y’all how many homophobic sermons I had to sit through growing up in the South.  Because we have preachers in my family, sermons didn’t even have to be in a church.  The last family reunion I went to, one of my uncles was giving a prayer to close out the festivities which turned into a 10 minute sermon that included a few choice phrases like “homosexual demons.”  To see THIS pastor calling out that foolishness so bluntly…I don’t know.  I feel like unless you are a gay Black Southerner who grew up in the church, you can’t really feel how powerful this is.  Being a Black Christian is what drove me to suicide y’all.  It wasn’t society, it wasn’t family.  It was the knowledge and repeated reinforcement that gay people were an abomination unto the Lord.  Pastor Smith has saved some lives in Decatur and I’m so glad this is going viral so his message can spread beyond the boundaries of his congregation.

Georgia sues man for posting annotated state laws online

According to the state of Georgia, if you want to know the law in its full context, you have to pay for it.  

from Engadget:

You might think that legislation should be freely accessible as a matter of course, but the state of Georgia begs to differ. It’s suing Public.Resource.Org owner Carl Malamud for allegedly violating copyright by publishing the annotated versions of Georgia’s laws (that is, the ones that truly reflect the legislative process) online. While it’s fine to publish the basic, note-free laws, the state argues that you should pay Lexis Nexis up to $378 to read the context-laden versions. The state claims that it would have to dip into tax dollars if it wanted to make this information free, and citizens would supposedly be deprived of “valuable analysis and guidance” if it wasn’t published at all.

Malamud isn’t likely to back down. He has long argued that the US discourages copyright on laws, since you have the right to know what your legislature is doing. He also fended off earlier pressure from Oregon to remove documents from his site. However, there’s no certainty that Malamud will succeed this time around. He’s undoubtedly publishing unauthorized scans – his only chance might be to convince the court that Georgia is abusing copyright when it puts some of its public record behind a paywall.

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It never ceases to amaze me how completely backwards government gets things.  Completely backwards.