Morning Reads for Wednesday, February 8th

February 8, 2012 6:28 am

by Jason · 4 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Democrats in the legislature are working up their own version of the charter schools amendment. I’m told that HR 1162 will come up for a vote in the House this morning, but I haven’t had a chance to confirm that.
– We may see the creation of the City of Ashford this year, but Brookhaven seems dead.

National stories of interest…
– Supporters of Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, lost their appeal yesterday.
– Economist Stephen Moore asks President Obama about fairness.
– Don’t expect President Obama’s mortgage plan to do much to help the economy.
– More government spending doesn’t translate into happiness.
– The last known WWI veteran has passed away.
– In an interview with Reason, Jim DeMint explains why the Republican Party must become more libertarian.
– Pew Research has new information on trends in religious voters party affiliation.
– The Competitive Enterprise Institute makes the case for free market immigration reform.
– Shikha Dalmia explains the significance of Indiana’s passage of right-to-work legislation.

A few that I like…
– Worried about too much coffee consumption?
– Ever wanted to be chased by zombies and run a 5K? Here’s your chance.

Todd Rehm February 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

Fixing that stupid name change should be possible in the Senate. Otherwise, Rep Lindsey has probably doomed 50,000 voters to more of the same property tax increases we’ve been seeing from DeKalb County, including a number of homeowners in Historic Brookhaven and DeKalb County.

Engineer February 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

In other news, UGA announced Friday that they’d made a breakthrough for healing broken bones in days rather than months after an injury. It was done using a $1.4 million dollar grant and some stem cells, basically, it involves injecting a gel directly into the area where the broken bone is. I’ll be interested to see brought over to human testing soon.
http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-discovery-uses-fracture-putty-to-repair-broken-bone-in-days/

Cassandra February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

We are on the cusp of medical breakthroughs that will make therapies used on Star Trek seem eerily correct. Dr. McCoy would hold a device over the injured area, and the wounds would heal.

Today, medical therapies using one’s own body cells to cure diseases is broadly called personalized medicine. Many of these therapies are free from any sort of controversy as they use skin, umbilical cord, and other cells as their basic building blocks. This is the future of medicine, it is coming. Right now less than 10% of drugs are considered ‘biologics,’ or made from cells and not compounded like aspirin. In less than five years, perhaps 40% or more of drugs will be biologics.

The cost of developing these cures is astronomical, and future access to these therapies will be limited by a bit of plastic you have in your possession.

Good insurance = plastic or no plastic at all?

saltycracker February 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Lobbyists, legislators and regulation of our favorite subject – beer.

Florida micro-breweries are in the news fighting to change the regulations that do not allow micro-breweries to self-distribute. Like Georgia, they are required to sell their products through distributors.

There is a lot of money at stake as craft breweries are the fastest growing segment of the industry.

This was an issue a couple years ago with Georgia micro-breweries, nothing has changed.
http://www.georgiatrend.com/June-2008/Liquid-Gold/

The state by state situation is:
http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/self-distribution-laws

Our legislators love nothing more than to put in a law and spend a career finding ways to “help” with exceptions, exclusions, rebates, subsidies or enjoying the perks.

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