September 07, 2006

Operators are Standing By...


The Carolina FreedomNet 2006 half-day blog conference is just a month from now, and if you plan on coming, I suggest you hop over to Carolina Journal Online and check out the details. I hear that the hotel rooms at the reserved rate won't last too much longer, so you might want to act quickly.

The schedule is as follows:

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Welcome session

8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Local vs. Global: What Should Be Your Blog's Focus? Panelists are Raleigh's Lorie Byrd of Wizbang, Greensboro's Sam Hieb of Sam's Notes, Charlotte's Sister Toldjah and Raleigh's Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee.

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Panel: How Has The Blogging Phenomenon Affected Politics and Political Discourse? Panelists are's Mary Katharine Ham (formerly of Durham), Jeff Taylor of Charlotte's The Meck Deck, Scott Elliott of Election Projection and Durham's Josh Manchester of The Adventures of Chester.

12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Break

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Luncheon and keynote speech, "The 61st Minute: Inside the Eye of Hurricane Dan" with Scott Johnson of Powerline

I hope to see you there.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 7, 2006 09:05 PM | TrackBack

Just heard about the conference. As it happens, I'm a Carolina blogger, but my 'thang' is a bit specialized.

I have a blog at whose ultimate goal is to garner public support for the building of a new nuclear power facility in Cherokee County SC.

I'd like to get folks to actively support the utility's future multi-billion dollar investment in building of the facility so as to counter the anti-nuclear movement that screwed up California's energy picture, and is trying to mess up energy in New York State. (I grew up in California, you see...).

It's going to be a year or more before the utility gets its construction/licensing application into the NRC, so there's not a whole lot going on right now, other than general discussion of nuclear energy as an alternative to coal and natural gas, and as a much more efficient, productive alternative to wind and solar.

Right now, I'm blogging on stories that are distributed pretty much nationwide and internationally (Europe mostly). I keep the focus to the sci/tech/energy stuff and try to keep away from overt political stuff, except when politicians give positions on the topic of the blog.

Around the time in late '07 or '08 that comes up for the public meetings and the like regarding licensing and construction of the facility, I would like to help get community support for building it.

It's true that most folks who support nuclear energy are conservative in politics.

Politically speaking, I'm pretty moderate. I'm conservative on education, immigration, and some of the family type issues, but I'm more liberal on issues like a living wage for working folks (been there, done that, got the t-shirt).

I don't know if it would be worthwhile to attend the bloggers' conference in October (it's a 3 hour drive each way for me), but I'd consider attending if folks are interested in things that will be upcoming regarding energy policy around '07 and '08.

Best wishes!

Posted by: Ruth Sponsler at September 10, 2006 05:21 AM