Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 28th

Far afield…

  • Young Obama made fun of himself (BuzzFeed)
  • Bad news for fans of the Arctic Shelf (i09)
  • 5 things we must rely on gov’t to do (Prospect)
  • Togolese women want change, so no sex for you! (bbc)
  • Experience beat Materialism, and why it’s good to seek more (PeerReviewed)
  • Ants invented the internet, sorry Al Gore (io9)
  • Amazon makes an electoral map by books (Amazon)
  • This history of monetary policy is worth a look (Ritzholtz)
  • Why you should kill your robot twitter followers (BuzzFeed)
  • Ferrari is losing a generation of buyers (jalopnik)
  • Tampa Loves their wandering Monkey (NYTimes)
  • Niall Ferguson thinks facts are for flunkies (Atlantic)
Closer to home…
  • Kroger hates when you give away cans (AJC)
  • Atlanta to homeless: don’t handle that pan! (AJC)
  • County versus city tax fight needs mediator (SavannahMorningNews)
  • New House Member, to liberty and Paul he caters (MDJ)
  • “But they are dumb” a cheating teacher retorts (AJC)
  • Emory nows tries to suppress its rankings report (AJC)
  • A TIA post mortem focuses on facts (SaportaReport)
  • And millennials aren’t interested in cars or housing tracts (Atlantic)

Your 8:30 Update:

  • Fort Valley makes a decision it will regret (MaconTelegraph)
  • David Brooks has a Romney bio vignette (NyTimes)
  • North Fulton holds a transportation forum (you’ll have to drive there, folks!) (MDJ)
  • George Bush plays Columbus State (he’s got jokes!) (ColumbusLedgerEnquirer)


  1. Daddy Got A Gun says:

    As an Emory grad, I’m really chuckling how fast Emory is moving to cover-up their mis-reporting.

    In all of their classes, they talk about ethics, integrity and how they are so much better than conservatives and corporations. Expressing a conservative view gets one labeled as an uncaring greedy homophobic racist bitter and clinger who wants to rape the earth and enslave the poor. (you can tell I had lots of fun playing with the Marxist professors )

    We are now seeing what Emory’s core values are.

      • saltycracker says:

        In Lance’s case “everybody WAS cheating” is a fact but he has not played that card…yet.
        In Emory’s situation it seems the ends justify the means as social issues/diversity/international appeal trumps academic excellence.

        • Blake says:

          I noticed the brief reference at the end of the piece to the ongoing scandal of law school post-employment numbers. I was shocked; I had no idea Emory had fallen so far in the rankings, apparently on that basis (especially given that in fact, every other law school IS doing it too).

    • Noway says:

      As an Oxford grad, I’m pissed that Emory did this. And speaking of the conserative items you just ticked off, that was my experience, too. They never met a Marxist they didn’t swoon over! That includes President Peanut, too. I went in to my sociology professor the Wednesday after Reagan won his first term and gloated my conservative ass off. He was a good sport and didn’t flunk me!

  2. Mrs. Adam Kornstein says:

    I think someone hacked David Brooks column. I read that this am and was pretty stunned.

    • Stefan says:

      I forgot how well he puts together a sentence. It is more evidence that the intellectual wing of the Republican party is adrift and looking for a good place to land.

  3. Ken says:

    The Amazon political book map is interesting, but weird.

    Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly is red. Truman by David McCullough is blue. Really? Really? Maybe they’re simply history books. Howard Zinn being an obvious exception.

  4. John Konop says:

    Cato warns charter school will hurt public schools budgets and tax payers…………

    ………..While most students are drawn from traditional public schools, charter schools are pulling large numbers of students from the private education market and present a potentially devastating impact on the private education market, as well as a serious increase in the financial burden on taxpayers.

    Private school enrollments are much more sensitive to charters in urban districts than in non-urban districts. Overall, about 8 percent of charter elementary students and 11 percent of middle and high school students are drawn from private schools. In highly urban districts, private schools contribute 32, 23, and 15 percent of charter elementary, middle, and high school enrollments, respectively. Catholic schools seem particularly vulnerable, especially for elementary students in large metropolitan areas.

    The flow of private-school students into charters has important fiscal implications for districts and states. When charters draw students from private schools, demands for tax revenue increase. If governments increase educational spending, tax revenues must be increased or spending in other areas reduced, or else districts may face pressures to reduce educational services. The shift of students from private to public schools represents a significant shift in the financial burdens for education from the private to the public sector……

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