Morning Reads for Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Not Georgia!

  • The Rebels Saving Hollywood behind the scenes (Fast Company)
  • The Long Journey of Blue Jeans (Vice)
  • Solar Energy is Trapped in a Silicon Valley (Barron’s)
  • Groupon on a fast track toward its finale (The Verge)
  • China hacker’s angst opens a window onto cyber-spying (Los Angeles)
  • How Benjamin Franklin Invented Mail-Order Buying (Echoes)
  • Republicans Foil What Majority Wants with Gerrymandering plan (Bloomberg)
  • The World’s Best Glacial Vodka is made by a blind man (Outside)
  • America’s Latest Phony Fiscal Trouble (Bloomberg)
  • Bar Examined: The Lawyer Bubble (The Washington Monthly)


  • Supremes’ Views on AZ voting law has Georgia ramification (GPB)
  • 2011 Reapportionment led directly to Fulton County Amputation (AJC)
  • Georgia Legislature nearing cessation (RN-T)
  • Atlanta City Council approves the Stadium deal without extra cogitation,  (CL-Wheatley)
  • The attempt to change the state’s basis of taxation  (GPB)
  • Have opinions? Next year you might have to do lobbyist registration (GPB)
  • It’s election time for much of the population (GPB)
  • Online Dating Site Wants to control local town’s appelation (AJC)
  • Atlanta tries again to curb prostitution (CL-Wheatley)
  • Fulton Tax Commissioner wants to make it a confrontation (AJC)



  1. bowersville says:

    ” BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings tore through Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 56 people in a spasm of violence on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

    The attacks show how dangerous and unstable Iraq remains a decade after the war – a country where sectarian violence can explode at any time.”

    A war of choice. Weigh heavily any suggestions of invading/nation building/regime change for Syria or Iran.

  2. Ed says:

    Don’t forget to register for the PPBracketMadnessTournament.

    Most importantly, don’t forget there are less than 20 shopping days until my birthday!

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      “Most importantly, don’t forget there are less than 20 shopping days until my birthday!”

      …Oh, I definitely won’t forget as I’m going to give you something very-special for your birthday (Hint: without giving too much away, it’s going to be something very similar to what I’ve given you every year for your birthday…) 🙂

  3. Ed says:

    AJC putting website behind a firewall, redesigned webpage to look like a newspaper. Not exactly sure that’s the successful business model for monetizing news on the internet, but then again I’m not sure there is a successful way to do that.

    • Nonchalant says:

      Thank God. Safe from prying eyes liable to be influenced by their views. Finally, some good news for a change.

  4. saltycracker says:


    Again great brain stimulators with coffee –

    Outside Magazine has some of the best feature writers out there…..April is no exception…

    Bloomberg’s phoney fiscal trouble hit the mark:
    “Congress should end the sequestration and replace it with a more sensible process of determining how big the federal government should be (in terms of spending as a percentage of GDP) and how to pay for that.”

  5. bgsmallz says:

    This one is an incredibly fascinating read. (caveat- if you are a huge nerd like me…INTERACTIVE MAPS!)

    1- …came up in the Fulton Co Homestead thread…. FYI-Cobb has more people in poverty per square mile than Fulton. Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and DeKalb are all hovering between 11% and 17% of the population at or below the poverty line at the 2010 census, making the difference in actual population below the poverty line tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands many would like to you believe (whether they are defending or attacking Fulton/Atlanta/etc.).

    2- Feel free to draw your own conclusions on what that should mean as far as regional support of Grady compared to what actually occurs.

    3-The division is right down the middle of DeKalb and surprise there. I’m interested in how it plays out in 2020 when that purple area continues to concentrate in Cobb in and around Smyrna and 285…does it create the kind of tension we are now seeing in DeKalb and Fulton if population trends continue as the exburbs of Cobb simultaneously age and continue to add to their welfare rolls? Also, it will be interesting to see which ‘fake’ boundary falls first…Marrietta Blvd in NW Atlanta or Buford Hwy in Brookhaven/Chamblee. There is seemingly very little reason from a geographic standpoint that those areas aren’t purple…whether it is the Beltline or redevelopment of some old apartments along US-23…it doesn’t seem like it would take much to poke a pinhole in the dam.

  6. saltycracker says:

    Fulton Tax Commish: “Ferdinand framed the legislative effort as a personal attack by lawmakers who had liens placed against their property.”

    Is this guy crazy, we certainly don’t have any elected officials voting with our money and with outstanding tax liens, do we ?
    …..we’ll get around to fixin’ that one……right ?

    • Stefan says:

      He is crazy and yes, many have outstanding tax liens. But he’s super corrupt. I can’t believe nobody ever runs against him. He is the highest paid government employee in the state.

      • Andre says:

        I think that speaks volumes to the voter apathy in Fulton County.
        Stefan, as an attorney, you know how far in the technological dark ages the Fulton County Clerk of Superior Clerk’s office is. Yet, the current clerk and her predecessor always manage to stay in office. I think maybe that is because the average voter does not understand what the Clerk of Superior Court does. That may be the case with the Tax Commissioner too. So long as a dead baby isn’t found in Ferdinand.s bed, he’ll keep winning. Why? Because there are more apathetic and low-information voters than educated voters.

        • Stefan says:

          But taxes is the one thing people care about. Nobody really wants to be the Superior Court Clerk unless they have essentially done that or a similar job. I can’t believe they’re not a ton of tea party accountants in Alpharetta who would take him on.

        • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

          Stefan, Andre:

          Maybe that’s why no one ever runs against him…because he’s super-corrupt and any potential challengers might be afraid that they may find a dead baby in their bed if they run against him.

          Fulton County, GA = Cook County, IL but with a state capitol building.

    • Stefan says:

      that was in the earlier version, but got dropped in the final edit. Too bad, as I had rhymed “discharge” with “John Barge”.

      • Ellynn says:

        I like to see at least one coastal item if possible, it makes me feel like I am still part of the state… 🙂

        • Stefan says:

          I feel you. As a trade off, could you ask the papers down there to stop having terrible pop up ads that play music on their sites? Going to some of them fills me with dread.

          • Ellynn says:

            Savannah Morning News has a paywall since October. (Who puts up a paywall 2 weeks before a national election…?) Effingham, Bryan and Libety have them too. I have a spam blocker so I have no idea what the pop ups sound like. has most of the same info. See if that is less annoying. Also try the paper out of Brunswick and Camden CO.

        • saltycracker says:

          All my sordid Savannah/St Pat stories came via e-mail – there has to be some true, aka internet, reports……include pictures….

  7. John Vestal says:

    U.S. House Science Committee was meeting with NASA folks today to discuss the potential threat from ‘near-earth’ objects.

    I wonder if anyone on the Committee asked about the asteroid/meteor that finished off the dinosaurs 5,000 years ago.

  8. Baker says:

    I tried to highlight this bit everywhere I could:

    Obviously everyone knows the stadium passed but I loved/ hated/ seethed at this quote from DeMarco Morgan/ some writer at 11Alive:

    “With the greenlight comes a bigger pricetag that many of us (dramatic newsman pause) didn’t see coming”

    Well sir all I can say is that some of us saw it coming and have been trying to talk about it for two years. Most in the Atlanta media however never really had the curiosity to dig into anything beyond the tagline sold to them by Arthur Blank, the Falcons, and Mayor Reed.

    Watch and wait until the Falcons pres Rich McKay quote about them being honest about this the whole time. The media should be so embarrassed and feel so stupid. But they don’t. Not sure if they don’t know any better, think that people/ viewers don’t care or won’t know any better (they’re right about that I’m afraid), in any case they failed to do their jobs and cost Atlanta hundreds of millions of dollars.

    • Harry says:

      I like this, from one of the article’s comments:
      “So as we spend ourselves into national bankrupcy all efforts to reduce the reckless spending are derided by the kneejerk chorus. No answers, just more of the same. Any small cuts of the structural increases are spun as fatal wounds. Print more money, keep up the regal living style of the imperial presidency, stoke the embers of crony capitalism and wake up some morning to reality and the big hangover. Maybe we can ask Greece and Cyprus for a bail out.”

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