Issue 12.75 | Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
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LILBURN, Ga., Jan. 15, 2013 -- "Isn't this a great picture? I wanted to share with my friends on Facebook."
"We had such a wonderful family time seeing the Christmas lights-and doesn't our daughter look adorable by the giant tree?"
"We are having a great vacation! Look at that gorgeous sunset!"
"My dog is so cute-my friends will really appreciate this series of shots."
These and other similar conversations happen daily online. Posting to Facebook or other social media seems like a reasonable way to share information-because it is only going to "your friends," right? WRONG! Your friends' friends' friends sometimes see your posts, and that allows an uncontrolled viewing of your information.
The cell phone technology that allows us to take pictures and send to others also includes a geotag, providing the location of the picture was taken. Every time a picture is posted to the Internet, the location where the picture was taken is also revealed. According to various Internet posts, the location can be as accurate as +/- one meter. By turning off the GPS feature for pictures, locations are not revealed; other aspects of the GPS system are not affected.
Although we don't encourage people to cower in their houses for fear of stalkers, unethical people and others who take advantage of a good thing, SafetySmart Lilburn encourages everyone to consider whether posting geotag-activated pictures is a good choice. Pictures posted while you are away on vacation or business alerts others that your house may be unoccupied. Pictures taken at the park, school, gym or church reveal patterns of behavior. It seems like such a simple thing, but is really important for the safety of our children, property and ourselves.
This site, www.ehow.com, provides instructions on how to disable the GPS (saves battery life also) and geotag apps.
Another helpful website is http://icanstalku.com/how.php. According to their home page, the site has been closed down, but it still contains specific information about how to disable geotags on several different smartphones.
You can find more sources/options for Free Cell Phone Tracking at www.webcrawler.com
Read more of how to disable GPS at these sites:
are being stalked or know someone else who is, contact the U.S. Dept.
of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime.
JAN. 15, 2013 -- Two days later, most of us are still reeling from watching the ending of the Atlanta Falcons playoff game on Sunday. What looked like certain disaster turned into jubilation galore!
While Seattle was a superb opponent, we continue to think back to the phrase in professional football: "Any given Sunday .." when most anything can happen. So, for the moment, let's enjoy a sterling finish to the first playoff game, and hope to see more of the same outcome this week.
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HAT'S OFF to Tommy Hughes on his election as the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation chairman of its board of trustees. He succeeds John D. Stephens, who was the chairman for 18 months.
Hughes previously served for eight years on the Gwinnett County Commission, where he was instrumental in getting a four year college for the county. He also was instrumental getting the land for what became the college. Prior to that, Hughes was 12 years a Buford City Commission, the youngest ever elected. He is also currently a member of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau. The new chairman was born in Doraville, but raised in Buford.
No doubt in our mind that the GGC Foundation will become even more important in the coming years. It'll be good to have Tommy Hughes guiding it.
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MEANWHILE, a cohort of Mr. Hughes, former Commission Chairman Wayne Hill, is back in public service .as a member of the Gwinnett Water and Sewer Authority.
It's a monthly meeting instead of a day-to-day job, but this is a big department. The Authority's budget for the year is $295 million. Welcome back, Wayne. We look forward to your watching over these pennies for us as you have always done before.
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MORE CITIES need to be thinking forward, as the City of Duluth is doing. That city held a meeting earlier this month about what its residents want its downtown to look like in the coming years.
It all began when the city realized that there were common ingredients in successful communities. Mayor Nancy Harris and the Downtown Development Authority wanted to share information from top cities across America and Canada with residents, and so, the meetings began. What the city seeks is to put together the plan to make Downtown Duluth the place everyone wants it to be, with feedback from our merchants, property owners, citizens and consultants.
Attaboy, Duluth! Think ahead toward tomorrow's reality.
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TEEN DATING VIOLENCE is associated with increased risk of substance use, unhealthy weight control behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy, and suicide. We get that from Kingdom Now Church, who is working with Partners Against Domestic Violence. The two groups are partnering to provide a free prevention education program for middle and high schools students, parents, teachers and youth. It will be February 23 at noon at the church, at 1805 Shackelford Road in Norcross. Call Nicole Rankine, who says "It's time to break the silence," at (770) 564-6792 for more details.
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FROM KAISERLAUTEN, Germany, we get this from Larry Zani, formerly of Gwinnett, and it might apply to someone:
"For anyone whose ancestry is from the Trentino region of northern
Italy between the ages of 18 and 36 years of age, the province's government
offers an exchange program which offers an excellent opportunity to spend
a period of time in your homeland. For more information, go to the English
here. The deadline for application is February 28.
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Editor, the Forum:
Let me get this straight, Governor Nathan Deal and the Republicans are refusing to expand health care coverage for thousands of Georgians through Medicaid expansion under The Affordable Healthcare Act.
state of Georgia will not invest $2.5 billion dollars over 10 years to
get back $33 billion that would go into our anemic economy and improve
the health of millions of Georgians?
Second; the state of Georgia will abdicate its responsibility to create a health exchange to the Federal government without control or input. What happened to the alleged Republican concepts of local control, state rights and all that blather?
The people of Georgia should remove from office the people who use this kind of reasoning. But I'm afraid they can't because of undemocratic gerrymandered voting districts.
Don't miss Genghis Khan exhibition at Fernbank Museum
the best show in town today is the Genghis Khan exhibition at the Fernbank
Museum of Natural History. It's in the same class as the Terra-Cotta Warriors
Exhibition at the High Museum a few years ago---simply superb!
a huge number of artifacts from his time and several high definition videos
of his many conquests such as the siege of Beijing filmed by the BBC.
Another from a genetics professor, Dr. Bombein, on the finding that Genghis
had 16 million descendants supported by the Y chromosome research which
is passed down the male line.
Kahn's horses could survive on grass alone, a great military advantage, and cover 100 miles a day. When he died in 1227, it took 3,000 soldiers to dig his grave. After he was buried, all the soldiers were killed to keep his burial place a secret forever! Don't miss this great Blockbuster Show!
Time for U.S. to take action in response to shootings
Editor, the Forum:
I was inspired today reading an op-ed piece by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. As they point out so clearly, "In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary---nothing at all."
I have been thinking a lot about the mass shootings that have taken place in the country and been reading up on the subject. It is a complex problem fraught on all sides with emotion, history, old grudges and new found idealism. But I think it's time we stop shaking our heads and not getting involved because the problem is too complicated.
As Giffords and Kelly so aptly say in their article, "This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer. But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we're not even trying..."
It is time we started looking for solutions. Put away the standard lines and arguments. Look at the results of our current situation and say, "how can we make it better." We won't tolerate our kids being killed by bad peanut butter or spinach, cars without safety restraints, cribs or car seats or toys that are dangerous.
We take action, we do something. We must look for sensible solutions. We must share ideas and find something that attacks this problem on all levels. It's time!
The tradition continues as the Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett prepares to host its fifth annual Father Daughter Dance. This year's dance will be on February 2 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Peachtree Point, with views overlooking Lake Lanier!
The Kiwanis Club began in a small banquet room in 2009. Since that time, the club has received tremendous response from the community and the dance has grown to two dances in the same evening to accommodate the guests. The first dance of the night has sold out each of the last two years.
The first dance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and the second dance from 9 to 11 p.m. Proceeds are reinvested back to the community in the form of scholarships for area high school seniors or for other community charitable needs. To date, the dances have returned approximately $15,000 to the community.
The dance is open to daughters of all ages, from toddler to adult, and promises to be a night of entertainment and fun! Attendees from our previous four father daughter dances have traveled from Gwinnett and neighboring counties and the ages have ranged from 6 months to 24 years old. Light refreshments will be served, professional photography will be offered, and memories of a lifetime will be created!
Those interested are encouraged to purchase their tickets while they last. Tickets can be purchased online at www.northgwinnettkiwanis.com. Cost of the ticket is $40 per couple/$10 for each additional daughter and the dress is Sunday Attire. Because of limited seating, only paying guests may attend. For more information, please visit our website or call David Williams at 404 386-4782.
Run with a partner Feb. 9 in Suwanee Sweetheart 5K Sprint
It's always more fun to run with a partner, but if you need additional incentive to get your heart racing with your sweetheart, friend, or neighbor, then the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett has a sweet deal for you.
Runners who sign up together for the Suwanee Sweetheart 5K Sprint on Saturday, February 9, will receive a discount - but individual runners are welcome as well! The registration fee is $25 for individual runners; pairs can sign up for $40. Registration is available at www.active.com and www.northgwinnettrotary.org.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett, the Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint will begin at 9 a.m. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Town Center, which is located at Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The race will be run through Town Center and along the Suwanee Creek Greenway.
Long-sleeve, tech/dri-fit official race shirts as well as other sweet give-aways are guaranteed for all runners who pre-register by February 4.
Gwinnett Tech to start Health Information Technology program
Gwinnett Tech is launching a one-year certificate program in Health Information Technology (HIT), one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare sector. The program also offers special funding in the form of tuition stipends for veterans, the underemployed and those unemployed.
for the first term of the program are due by February 20 and classes begin
March 4. For more information, email email@example.com
or call 678-226-6404.
Health information technology professionals are responsible for organizing and managing health information data and its secure exchange between all users.
is particularly suited to those who already have some experience in either
information technology or healthcare. GTC program director Victoria Albee
describes the ideal candidate, "People who enjoy change, can learn
quickly and are excited about bringing their IT or medical experience
to a different kind of environment, while still making a tremendous difference
in the lives of people."
of Duluth and its Municipal Court are concerned about the disproportionately
high number of younger drivers who are involved in auto accidents. The
sad fact is that vehicular accidents are the number one cause of death
among teens. The Duluth Municipal Court has undertaken a pro-active role
in addressing reckless driving and other infractions by establishing the
Teen Driver Court Program.
The next Teen Driver Court will be February 8 at the Duluth Municipal Court Facility located at 3276 Buford Highway. For more information, contact Judge Charles Barrett at 678-512-3733.
City of Suwanee seeking artists willing to hang Art on a Limb
The City of Suwanee wants to hear from artists who are willing to go out on a limb ---literally. Suwanee is accepting proposals and samples from artists who wish to have their work considered for the City's month-long, award-winning Art on a Limb program.
Through Art on a Limb, two pieces of original artwork are hidden each day along the Suwanee Creek Greenway or at one of the City's parks throughout the month of May. Those who find the art pieces get to keep the unique trail treasures.
Past Art on a Limb pieces have included clay orbs, small paintings on canvas as well as pieces of the City's old water tower, magnets, gourds painted to look like birds, the Suwanee S shaped from metal, and pottery pieces that include leaves found along the Greenway.
The deadline for submitting entries to be considered for the 2013 Art on a Limb program is February 15. More information and an application are available at www.suwanee.com.
The U.S. Constitution grants to the U.S. Congress only a limited range of lawmaking authority. Perhaps the most significant source of congressional regulatory authority lies in its power to regulate interstate commerce-a power broadly defined in such important cases out of Georgia as United States v. Darby (1941) and Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964).
Another distinctively important grant of authority, however, permits federal legislators to enact "appropriate legislation" to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment's prohibition on state action that denies persons "the equal protection of the laws" or deprives persons of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Close on the heels of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, Congress passed several civil rights statutes, including one that makes it a federal crime for a person "willfully" to deprive another of "any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution" if the deprivation occurs "under color" of state law. This statute lay largely dormant for decades, but in 1943 the federal Justice Department invoked it in the Screws case to prosecute three Baker County law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Screws, who allegedly killed an African American by "beating him with their fists and with a solid-bar blackjack" in the absence of provocation following his arrest for the suspected theft of a tire.
After the defendants were convicted in federal court, the U.S. Supreme Court in Screws ordered a new trial, reasoning that the trial judge had not given accurate instructions to the jury on the meaning of the statutory term "willfully." (Justice William Douglas observed that "even those guilty of the most heinous offenses are entitled to a fair trial," and in fact, upon retrial, all three defendants were acquitted.)
The key precedent established by the Screws case, however, came in the Supreme Court's declaration that the taking of the victim's life had, despite the defendant's contrary argument, occurred "under color" of state law so that a prosecution under the federal civil rights statute in federal court was permissible. Three of four dissenting justices argued that the beating did not meet the "under color of state law" requirement because the defendants had violated, rather than adhered to, the laws of the state according to the prosecution's own evidence in the case. The dissenters also urged that permitting a federal prosecution for what they viewed as essentially a local murder would work "a revolutionary change in the balance of the political relations between the National Government and the States."
however, concluded that it sufficed to meet the "under color of state
law" requirement that the "officers of the State were performing
official duties," whether or not "the power they were authorized
to exercise was misused." In so ruling, the Court opened the door
for sweeping invocations of the long-unused Reconstruction-era federal
civil rights statutes in federal court actions in later decades. The majority's
ruling also bespoke something more-a rising willingness of the Court to
address issues of racial injustice that would, within a decade, produce
the seminal school-desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education
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"Be kinder than necessary; For everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.
The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.
Or call me (Elliott
Brack) at 770 840 1003 and tell me how to dedicate a book to a friend
(or to you) as he adds his signature!
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MLK Celebration in Gwinnett, Monday, January 20-21, put on by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County. On January 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Meadowcreek High School, there will be a program, with a theme of "character and service." On January 21 at 10 a.m., a parade will wind from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse to Moore Middle School. For more information, phone 678-856- 7602.
"Flesh eating bacteria" is the subject of the Health To You general meeting at the Snellville Senior Center, on Wednesday, January 23, at 2 p.m. Presenting the program will be Dr. Karuna Kusan, chairperson of the Infection Control Committee at Eastside Medical Center.
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Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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