Morning Reads for Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013 7:51 am

by Stefan · 15 comments

Atlanta From Space!

(use the airport at the bottom left for orientation)

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! Nationals first, then Georgia after the jump

  • Is most research a waste? (Overcoming Bias)
  • Earthquakes’ booms big enough to be detected from space (arstechnica)
  • Protecting Power Grids from Hackers Is a Huge Test (MIT Technology Review)
  • Being Right is everything, brain doesn’t care if you guessed (Harvard Business Review)
  • How the internet was ruled by “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” (BuzzFeed)
  •  The Shape of History: Why the West Rules, or why it did: (The Chronicle Review)
  • Are We in Danger of a Beer Monopoly? (NYT)
  • Craig Ehlo on guarding Michael Jordan, albeit sloppily (Deadspin)
  • A real cliffhanger: a bookstore prediction (Economist)
  • Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction (Vanity Fair)


  • Marta makes walking hard, by design (ProgressiveTransit)
  • Green building sacrificed on the altar of pine (SaportaReport)
  • New rep drops first bill and county is renamed but its name stays the same (MaconTelegraph)
  • Comparing the dueling ethics bills’s claims (AJC)
  • Tax reform legislation begins its trip (AtlBizChron)
  • And efforts to expand the private school scholarship (GPB)
  • Montgomery Police chief makes a belated apology (NBCnews)
  • Gwinnett traffic tickets charge for “technology” (11alive)
  • Crossover day, or legislature as sport (AthensBannerHerald)
  • Blame the sequester for long lines at airport (Reuters)

And lastly, can you reword this press release into this “blog post”? Have I got a job for you.

saltycracker March 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

Renaming Tift Co. to a different guy by the same name was interesting.
Is that legislated history ? Or legend correction ?
I thought it was bad enough naming public property after a living person.

Stefan March 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

Good question. I assumed it was some local legislation passed this session and that was in the preamble. Greencracker? You out there?

greencracker March 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

Allegedly the name was changed bc the previous namesake lived in Dougherty county rather than gift …. So, an error or bad choice was made in the first pace by naming the county for the resident of another county. It has nothing to do with the former mr. Tift having been an unreconstructable confederate.

Ed March 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

BTW Stefan, would I be stepping on your toes were I to link to some fantastic articles from the weekend?

Stefan March 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

NOPE! Link away!

Ed March 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

First off–I can see my house in that photo!

‘Can You Hand This Phone to My Boy?’
George H.W. Bush on the 2000 election, how to spend spring break and strategies for snoozing in a meeting

(Basically how “securing the border” is pure polyanna.)
Long Border, Endless Struggle

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

Title kind of says it all.

Stefan March 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Hmm. Those don’t rhyme at all.

Ed March 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

That’s why you didn’t feel threatened!

Ellynn March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

Georgia forestry industry should check to see how many of the 29 LEED buildings in the state are required by either law or building code to be of non-combustible contruction. How much wood really goes into a tax payer funded school, or a college building? They have far more concrete, steel, and even ceiling tile then they do wood. In most cases the wood is still locally ‘Georgia sourced’. Plus long turn enegery savings helps their industry far more then any form of public construction could hurt it. The less power large 200,000 SF buildings use, the cheaper the prices on items like nature gas, remain in this state. How much energy does the forestry industry use the klin dry all that lumber they harvest every year?

Will Durant March 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

Methinks that some sales person for Motorola got a big fat commission for selling the Gwinnett commissioners on the e-ticketing technology. Generally when you go for new technology there should be a trade-off in cost savings on the administrative side. Gwinnett has announced no such economy of scale on the $6.3 million project to issue a neatly printed ticket at the point-of-sale time of the violation vs the traditional hand-written one. It appears this is one of those gadgets you get because it is cool. Now after they have bought them they are determining that SPLOST laws won’t let them pay for the maintenance and training for the new toy. I am against adding any revenue incentives to traffic violations, especially when the additional money does nothing to improve safety or lower costs.

chamblee54 March 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

A year ago it was Super Tuesday. Here is a look back. The picture of the police department is not photoshopped.

John Vestal March 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

And now a story about something near and dear to yours truly…..

Good things really CAN start with sitting at a bar…..

Charlie March 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Send me the details of your event and I’ll bump it up front.

SallyForth March 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Cool pic, Stefan. Thanks.

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

Just a tad bit late, but thanks for the news, Stefan.

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