Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 18th, 2012


  • State cracks down on WIC and food stamp abuse (Macon Telegraph)
  • Falcons Seek New Dome, not adaptive re-use (New York Times)
  • Cobb lawmakers push for fractional SPLOST law (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • Georgia’s new drivers licenses temporarily fill Big Brother’s gaping maw (Rome News Tribune)
  • But according to Unterman, soon you’ll need one to boat (Gwinnett Daily Post)
  • Economic strategy program seeks to make all boats float (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • Roswell considers joining new north Fulton emergency plan (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • Local Hospitals to form Insurance Company, or how single payer began (AJC)
  • Jesse Hill, Jr and the Progressive Atlanta he devised (AJC)
  • New Report says Vogtle benefit less than advertised (AJC)

Bulldogs! (or, rather, not Georgia)

  • Psychologists say “buy people presents,  not gift cards though” (PsychologyToday)
  • Technology threatens the music industry, a century ago (Bloomberg)
  • (Longer read) The future of fracking (HarvardMagazine)
  • Somehow things got less safe with modern meatpacking (KansasCityStar)
  • Machine learning could tamp down twitter misinformation (Slate)
  • Or you could just ignore Andy Carvin’s twitter predation (Guardian)
  • Most States Opt-Out of Health Care Exchange (Bloomberg)
  • Why people believe weird things and 8 ways to get them to change (PSYblog)
  • Five myths about tax reform make the prospect less pleasant (Wapo)
  • Right to work laws have a sordid history, and present (NSFWcorp)




  1. Charlie says:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today made the following statement in response to the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii:

    “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, Daniel Inouye. The people of Hawaii and our nation have lost a war hero and public servant who served our country though many important events in our history. Few have contributed more to our country than Daniel Inouye. He was a great American who will be sorely missed. I send my condolences to his wife, Irene, his son, Daniel, and his entire family.”

  2. SallyForth says:

    Meanwhile, back at the issue of we taxpayers building Arthur Blank a new edifice in which to run his multi-million dollar business. Has anybody (other than its authors) really read the proposal? It states in part that the Falcons will for ALL events at the stadium, not just Falcons games:
    “retain revenue streams from the new stadium, including tickets, premium seating, food and beverage, sponsorships, naming rights and parking revenue.”

    In return the Falcons will pay the State Authority a measly $2.5 million per year – about the amount the team pays to one lineman each year.

    Meanwhile, the State retains ownership and all liability for the stadium and a parking lots for any and everything. Remember the people who fell out of the upper decks, the ceiling cave-in from rain and/or snow, etc. of lawsuit city? Not to mention ordinary slip-and-falls, fender benders, and routine liability situations. Plus the State, aka, we taxpayers, retain all responsibilities of ownership for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

    We have not built department stores such as Macy’s, Saks, etc. buildings in which to operate, nor insurance companies, banks, and other big businesses. Why are we being railroaded into doing this for Mr. Blank? I am a life-long Falcons’ fan, season ticket holder, and huge supporter of my hometown team. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars over the years on tickets and game day experiences, and will probably continue to do so. But I don’t think every other Georgian should be expected to subsidize my sports hobby, nor give away the farm to the team owner.

    • SallyForth says:

      And on top of all that, why would the team want to leave the Dome where we always win and start all over in totally new surroundings? We love our Georgia Dome home field advantage!

  3. Nonchalant says:

    I’ll support mandatory education and licensing on Lake Lanier when Georgia politicians who either are in their second term (or more), or who make a majority of their income from the public fisc, have to pass a similiar licensing exam on political and economic theory and American and Georgian history before they pick up a state paycheck. Call it madatory career politician licensing.

    I’d prefer it to be a bar-style or Doctoral qualifying exam, but they’d never go for that.

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