Morning Reads for Monday, June 4th

Here in Georgia…
– The new reactors at Plant Vogtle will come in over budget.
– WSB Radio has moved Adam Goldfein into the weekday lineup.
– Guess which former Atlanta Brave is backing Mitt Romney?
– Unmanned drones, typically used as a tool of war, may be coming to Atlanta.

National stories of interest…
– CBS News looks at paths to victory for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
– Last month’s jobs report was nothing short of disappointing.
– Maine has deregulated insurance markets and premiums are falling.
– Spain could be the next European country to be bailed out.
– Speaking of Europe, there is talk that more centralization may be one of the ways with which to deal with the crisis.
– Stuxnet, computer virus created by the US and Israel, has gotten out of control.
– James Pethokoukis compares economic growth predictions to reality.
– The DREAM Act is going to be a tough issue for the GOP.
– The US lost 129,000 millionaires in 2011.
– The Economist looks at drug decriminalization.
– Fidel Castro’s daughter, who now lives in Florida, endorsed Obama.
– Here are the five worst atrocities of the Syrian uprising.
– Jon Stewart recently slammed Michael Bloomberg’s ridiculous soda ban.
– Looks like David Axelrod and AG Eric Holder don’t like each other all that much.
– Take this quiz to find out which presidential candidate your views matchup with.

A few that I like…
Braves: 3, Nationals: 2
– After recent events, talk of zombies has heated up online.
– Freakonomics explains how Mexican food went mainstream.
– Gallup reports that 46% of Americans hold creationist views.


  1. Harry says:

    Northern Europe can’t afford to bail out the PIIGS. Germany needs to depart the Euro…there’s no downside. Germany’s exports are mainly to everywhere but Southern Europe, and if the southerners go back to their devalued local currencies it would make possible more outsourcing to those countries and they could start to pay for themselves. Part of the solution is they also need to reform their labor markets, cut government workers and pensions, and raise their retirement age to 62 or 65.

    • John Konop says:

      You make some good points, but part of the reason Germany wanted the union was to lower thier own currency, making their products more competitive. When the union splits this will slow down Germany, which is why they are still trying to keep it together. A real catch 22 for Germany, do they lend more money to countries that cannot pay the back to keep the game going? I am sure China is watching this game with eyes wide open.

      • Harry says:

        A one-time hit is preferable to extending the misery to bankruptcy. The Euro is a failed experiment. Europe isn’t the US. A split will benefit both the North and South of Europe.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    So does that mean Southern Company is on the hook and in essence will have to return some of the today’s hundreds of millions in increased profits because today’s consumers are being charged for tomorrow’s Plant Vogtle?

    Doubt it, it’s what privitzing the profit and making public the risk is all about.

    • Charlie says:

      It depends on whether or not the cost overruns are determined to be reasonable. I believe we have a PSC member who hangs around here on occasion **cough, Chuck Eaton, cough** who can weigh in on what the legal requirements are to allow or disallow changes in cost during construction.

    • joe says:

      I do not believe that the TMC would concern itself with something as trivial as Bilderberg working on global population problems.

      • Calypso says:

        It’s true, both my pet unicorn and the Loch Ness monster living in Mr. Hoffa’s swimming pool confirm it.

    • Jimmie says:

      What is that Bilderberg thing all about? Some high profile, powerful people from all over the world all meeting together. The news never mentions it. Facebook, Google, Yahoo execs meeting with NSA for example. Obama and Hillary met with them just prior to Hillary bowing out the near tied Dem race. I’m thinking there is some nefarious stuff going on behind those secret meetings.

  3. SallyForth says:

    Hey everybody, take that quiz re which candidate your views most match. You might be in for a surprise…. I just found out that I am a moderate Republican, the likes of which I thought no longer existed. (this has been confirmed by Calypso’s pet unicorn and Nessy)

  4. Jimmie says:

    Unmanned drones, typically used as a tool of war, may be coming to Atlanta…..It’s the end of America as we knew it……..

  5. saltycracker says:

    For the TSPLOST/Beltline crowd the most interesting headline had to be the Atlanta audit (another reason to vote no):

    “While Invest Atlanta has processes in place to control developer costs, it does not subject its own operating costs and those of its affiliate Atlanta Beltline Inc. to the same scrutiny and oversight,” according to the audit. ”

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