In the same vein as Ed’s first Afternoon Reads post, here’s an afternoon update on what’s going on:
- Apparently, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is doing a poor job of keeping records on drivers.
- Ethics reform will be coming back in January. Remember, the non-binding question on a proposed gift limit passed overwhelmingly in July. Also, Speaker Ralston has now gotten behind it with a total gift ban. We’ll see how this plays out. Make sure your popcorn is ready.
- Walker County’s sole commissioner has decided to levy a 1/2 cent tax on industrial power. This in response to the General Assembly’s decision this past session to repeal energy taxes on industrial and agricultural applications. Expect other cities and counties across the state to take similar measures.
- Students attending Savannah-Chatham County Schools may need to get up even earlier.
- Some of you in cities surrounding Atlanta may be fined for false alarms.
- 41st President George H.W. Bush has been admitted into intensive care as his condition worsens. Regardless of your political views, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been absent for the past couple of weeks due to health issues. Again, prayers for her to get well soon.
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein will be pimping gun control when the next Congress meets in January.
- I hope your Golden Parachutes are ready. We’re heading off the fiscal cliff.
- Speaking of finances, we hit the debt ceiling on the 31st. I’m going to call American Express and Visa this afternoon and ask if I can have a unlimited credit limit that I don’t have to pay back.
- Apparently microbes that can survive in permafrost here on Earth can survive a climate similar to that on Mars.
- I bet you can’t jump 40 meters.
- A man walks into a hospital and has a hole in his stomach supposedly caused by really spicy food.
- For the Apple fanboys out there: Could Apple be developing a Dick Tracy-like computer watch that could possibly spell the end of smartphones?
- In case you were disappointed by the lack of apocalyptic conditions this past Friday, check out the 12 different ways the world could end by the end of 2012.