Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 19th!

February 19, 2013 7:24 am

by Stefan · 25 comments

Georgia:

National:

  • Root causes of currency war (VOX)
  • Behind the scenes of the Amazon store (FT Magazine)
  • The audacity of dope: Investing in weed(Economist)
  • It may surprise you to learn that there was something before greed  (Boston Review)
  •  Sunk: The Incredible Truth About a Ship That Never Should Have Sailed (Outside)
  • Autism Inc.: The Big Profits behind the treatments that failed (Texas Observer)
  • Shark-eating seals? Here’s a depiction (GrindTV)
  • Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction (Vanity Fair)
  • Going With the River Current (NYT)
  • Oliver Sacks on drugs and things you saw that weren’t  (The Times Literary Supplement)
  • The Brilliance of the Dog Mind, beyond Pavlov’s froth (Scientific American)
  • Empire Military Errors: Inside the Battle of Hoth (Wired)
bowersville February 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

“In a dire message to lawmakers, the Navy’s No. 2 officer testified Tuesday [last week] that billions in impending budget cuts will “adversely impact” fleet readiness, dropping steaming days and flight hours, stalling the overhauls on two aircraft carriers and the construction of two more…The outcome has high stakes for the fleet. Midway through the fiscal year, the Navy could be shortchanged by as much as $10 billion by the combined budget cuts, which will fall especially hard on operations and maintenance dollars…”

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/02/navy-ferguson-sequestration-budget-cuts-021213/

bowersville February 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

Congress is taking a vacation next week [this week] — on the eve of what’s been called the biggest potential fiscal disaster to hit the nation in decades, when massive, across-the-board budget cuts begin wreaking havoc on the Pentagon and all other federal agencies.

Talk about whistling past the graveyard.

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/outside-the-wire/2013/02/15/commentary-lawmakers-fiddle-budget-burns/

Three Jack February 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

They will find some way to delay the ‘sequester’ (don’t you just love the names they come up with for these never ending self inflicted fiscal disasters). There will be much hoopla, screaming and hollering, then at the last minute Obama will hold a PC announcing a deal. S.O.S.!!!

Maybe it would be best if they just stayed on vacation.

Three Jack February 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

Why there is no possible way to negotiate a reasonable settlement on the ‘sequestration':

Obama speaking right now, “it’s a choice of either cutting loopholes that benefit the rich or lose first responder jobs. There must be balance.” (paraphrase, but damn close). He also made another BS comment about GOPers not supportive of eliminating a single loophole which is just blatantly false. Paul Ryan this weekend clarified the GOP position thusly, ‘we support tax reform that includes eliminating many if not all loopholes along with rate reductions’. That is the correct approach sans the usual demagoguery.

Obama got his tax increases with no corresponding spending cuts. The GOP is right to make a stand now instead of continuing this ridiculous discussion based on dem talking points that ‘spending is not a problem, debt is’ (sayeth Nancy Pelosi).

bowersville February 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

I could be off but this seems to be the developing pattern. Obama goes public on something like immigration reform, Republicans like Rubio with a public position on immigration call out Obama’s immigration plan as DOA. Even though Rubio’s immigration plan is reform.

In this case Obama goes public, the Republicans blast him which appeases the base and repeat the GOP plan, in this case Ryan’s. Obama calls out Republicans, the Republicans call out Obama.

I’m beginning to believe both sides are looking for a way to claim victory and move on. But time will tell.

Three Jack February 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Actually bowersville, Ryan announced that a new plan which balances the budget within 10 years will be forthcoming in the next few months. It is not a repeat.

Regarding immigration, Obama had 2 years with full control of DC and did nothing. He then had 2 more years with control of the senate, yet did nothing. Now after another senate Gang of {fill in the #} announced they would be working on a bi-partisan immigration reform bill, Obama as is his style leads from behind by announcing his own very partisan plan.

I think it comes down to basic leadership or a lack thereof. The president should not be constantly stirring up disagreements like the speech today (and most others since the election). Instead he should be leading, a skill that not surprisingly this president seems to lack. GOPers aren’t much better, but they don’t control 1600 PA Ave which is where leadership must begin if we are to see any progress.

Max Power February 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

You know what I would like to see from these nullification dummies? A real effort to wean Georgia off all the federal dollars that flow to the state. Start saying no to federal dollars and you can legally ignore a lot of federal regulations.

peachstealth February 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

If the federal tax dollars Georgians send to Washington went to Atlanta instead it could probably be done.

John Konop February 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

In the link posted for Athens mayor being anti- green, I noticed a bill 101 which would mandate we must honor other states gun regerstration laws. In the article it said in Montana they allow mentally ill convicted fellons to carry assault weapons. Does anyone think this makes any sense in our state, and if so why?

John Konop February 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

Btw to clarify what I meant by honor is if the state issues a permit to carry in their home state it is good here.

John Vestal February 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

Only if they’re also duly-elected officials.

John Konop February 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

Lol

mountainpass February 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

Actually the article said “if” Montana allowed mental ex-cons. They don’t.

As for the giving folks in other states the ability to carry here is the right thing(we honor drivers licenses), but the residents of GA don’t benefit from it. And the folks in states that don’t give GA residents the ability to carry in their respective state now have no reason to lobby for reciprocity with GA as they would no longer need it. GA has reciprocal agreements with 26 states. GA simply tells other states we will honor yours if you honor ours.

Max Power February 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Let me add on the Atlanta mass transit plan story, if anyone’s interested my friends at the Foundation for Economic Education, the Reason Foundation, and Georgia Tech’s Young Americans for Liberty are hosting:
Realistic Solutions to America’s Transportation Problem
With Baruch Feigenbaum
Transportation Policy Analyst at the Reason Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Thursday, February 21, 2013
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Georgia Tech College of Business, Room 101
(800 West Peachtree NW, Atlanta GA 30308)

There will be a social following with free drinks maybe.
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ba24fb79e4b17e34c46a9afc&id=9738872bdb&e=

bgsmallz February 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

And let me add something to the mass transit story…that was one of the sloppiest, race baiting hack-jobs I’ve ever seen. So some AP writer from Rhode Island who doesn’t live in Atlanta is going to break down transportation and race issues by interviewing two random idiots in Roswell and for some reason our local fish-wraps think this is journalism fit to print?

He seriously quotes Billy Mitchell on race attitudes from when the Marta act was passed in the early 70s as some sort of proof positive about race issues. Breaking News from the AP, everyone!!! Racists lived in Atlanta in the 60s!

Honestly, Stefan, I’m disappointed that you are even giving that article exposure. It’s so stupid.

By the way, according to this CBS Outdoor Advertising research… the majority of rail riders in Atlanta are…wait for it…white… and for those that use it for commutes, it is almost an equal distribution between white and black with over 605 of the commuters on Marta having a HHI of $75K or more.

But whatever…I’m sure two people in Roswell know more about ‘attitudes’ towards rail than actual research.

https://www.cbsoutdoor.com/Tools/Resources/Documents/Atlanta%20DMA%20R1-2012%20MARTA%20Rail%20Demo%20Profile.pdf

Stefan February 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

The quotes were supposed to convey perhaps more meaning than they actually did.

The Last Democrat in Georgia February 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thanks for the news, Stefan.

bgsmallz February 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

And let me add my non-snark comment of the day with a link to a great informational primer/discussion on who pays the Corporate Income Tax.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/who-pays-the-corporate-income-tax/

Engineer February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/feb/19/supreme-court-ruling-goes-against-phoebe-merger/

So the ruling is out and it seems the Supreme Court ruled unanimously “that lower courts were in error when they dismissed complaints that a proposed merger between Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and HCA Palmyra created a monolopy.”

I’m a bit curious what will happen now that the Supreme Court has ruled against Phoebe Putney’s purchase of Palmyra Hospital. They’ve already purchased the other hospital’s property and taken over operations and adjusted staffing. For lack of a better way to put it, how do you put that genie back in the bottle?

Engineer February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Three Jack February 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks Stefan for the Economist story about ganjapreneurs and who will be investing in this $50B growth industry. Of particular interest is the statement about there being no government regulation to control quality/safety of marijuana yet how many cases of pot poisioning are reported?

Georgia legislators should read and at least consider introducing a bill to decriminalize pot. I know it remains a longshot, but the time has come for this state to join with 18 others in at least making it legal for medicinal purposes.

Harry February 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Compared to alcohol, decriminalization of pot is a no-brainer. But, how do keep the production and distribution from becoming a protected oligopoly?

Stefan February 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Don’t let Pheobe Putney sell pot?

saltycracker February 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

DUDE !!!!! While needed, a bill to decriminalize pot could not be written clearly in Georgia…..it is our legislative plan to write laws so that they can only be interpreted “locally”…….so noted so many times on PP…..the best approach may be to copy another state, BUT…..

The tobacco lobbyists could write a really cool air tight bill, eliminating competition, setting up subsidies for themselves and health care and guaranteeing contributions to the sponsors for life !

Three Jack February 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Harry,

If you look to other states that have some form of legalization, it is the exact opposite of protected oligopolies. Colorado for example is experiencing tremendous growth in the industry even with the inherent government regulations.

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