Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Good Morning, Braves Fans! Let’s Read Two! 


  • Criminal Injustice & The Best Reporting on Wrongful Convictions  (ProPublica)
  • “Google Alerts” promises have become fictions (Venture Beat)
  • Inside North Korea’s Environmental Mess (PBS)
  • On Reddit, good links rise to the top – more or less (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  • Are you a member of The Touch-Screen Generation?  (Atlantic)
  • Why are the French drinking less wine? Or the end of Gallic civilization! (BBC)
  • Buzzkill? How Climate Change Could Eventually End Coffee (U.S. News)
  • Economists See No Crisis With U.S. Debt as Economy advances scot-free (Bloomberg)
  • Same generic drug, many prices (Consumer Reports)
  • The Science of Why the thought of Monsters entices (The Telegraph)
  • Your Next Smartphone Screen May Be Made of Sapphire (MIT Technology Review)
  • Britain has become a sad little empire (DailyBeast)


  • Georgia Scout has all the badges his sash can carry (AJC)
  • Sue Everhart loves the documentary “I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry”  (MDJ)
  • Think Al Capone lived at the Clermont? Well, o contrary! (Atlanta)
  • Attempts at closure last chance homeless shelter hopes to parry (SaportaReport)
  • With enough White Russians, wolves aren’t scary (SavannahMorningNews)
  • A story of a city told by a main drag, from the nadir to the eyrie (CL-Wheatley)
  • Georgia town’s new gun law will make good fun for an actuary (WSB)
  • Come to the Red Clay Dems Event tonight and do not tarry (Facebook)


  1. I’m not sure if I was there. My dad had Season Tickets until his death in 1991 and we went to alot of games. My sisters went to the Beatles around that same time there.

  2. Ellynn says:

    My dad was a huge Braves fan… until they left town in the dead of night without a word and headed to Georgia…

      • Ellynn says:

        Last I checked Milwaukee is a lot cooler in August then Atlanta. Familar with the weather… (snicker).

        • Ed says:

          Yeah, its also much colder than Atlanta in October-May and freezing for 8 months of the year…

          As Garrison Keilor said of the Upper Midwest (well, really about Scandinavians but whatever) they were the only people who could move to a place with better weather than they came from, but moved to a place with worse weather (IE, teh Dakotas, Wisconsin, etc).

          • Ellynn says:

            Technically its only gets below 32 degrees 6 months of the year. Garrison lives in the Twins Cities, so what does he REALLY know about The Holyland. And I don’t know anyone I grew up with who was Scandinavian. My family is nice little 4th and 3rd generation German and Irish dairy farmers…

    • Ed says:

      No way is dude 26. No way. There’s not enough meth and heroin to speed up the aging process that much.

      • Ellynn says:

        That guy is known around here. He has some mental health issues. Nice parents from what some of my pals who know them tell me. Very sad case.

    • Rick Day says:


      I heard about this.

      So, the question begs…what is to keep hetro couples from having sham marriages that are designed to take food and money from your babbies mouths?

      First example of hate fueled hypocrisy after theRessurection™. Jesus would be pleased.

    • Stefan says:

      Agreed, CL pulled them out as flammable. MDJ is just cruising along at this point. Also, SavannahMorningNews looks like it might be going to a pay wall. Yay.

      • Ellynn says:

        Savannah Morning News (www.savannahnow) has had a paywall since 2 weeks before the general election. You get 30 pages of non ‘breaking’ news. Obits and classifieds are free access. Don’t get me started on this…

  3. Bart_Vandelay says:

    Britain may very well be a sad little empire, but it’s not because of austerity. Britain averages well above 40 percent spending as a percentage of GDP. That’s about twice what the US averages, by the way. In the 15 years prior to the 2008 recession, Britain’s average spending was 42.4% GDP. Since 2008, they’ve averaged 45.5%. That’s austerity? Come on. Britain is in hot water because they continually spend much, much more money than they take in. Welfare states are expensive, after all.


    • Stefan says:

      That’s all well and true, but that article is about austerity, which in modern economic parlance refers to the change, not to the starting position.

      • Bart_Vandelay says:

        Fair enough, although I’m not sure such a small decrease counts as “austerity”. It just seems like a lot of manufactured outrage for a 1 or 2 percentage point drop. Especially considering spending is still higher than Britain’s traditional average.

  4. sockpuppet says:

    From the AJC:

    There will never be a Plan B on Transportation.

    And here is why:

    Other opponents did introduce bills, but most say they didn’t press to get a hearing. In any case, the bills wouldn’t have raised new money on their own. In other words, none of the Plan B proposals included the revenue sources (tax increases) needed to pay for them. Which meant that they weren’t real proposals.

    This is funny.

    “Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, spent last spring slamming the tax, the projects on the list, and the regional structure. Nevertheless, he repeatedly vowed, as in an East Cobb forum reported by “We can come back in two years with a project list that’s worthy of our support.”
    That was one of the most powerful Plan B arguments, because the law expressly allowed for it. However, such a re-do would have required a legislative vote this year to set it in motion, according to regional analysts. That didn’t happen. Setzler now says he never favored a re-do. He meant that lawmakers could come up with a new structure under which counties could form their own transportation regions, and he did sponsor such a bill, HB 195. That bill never got a hearing, but Setzler’s not exercised about it. “I think since the vote there has emerged a desire to take a year to kind of take stock of where we are,” he said.

    Yes. Where we are is the state legislature will be even less willing to pass a tax increase in 2014, an election year, than they were this year. They are willing to shift the burden to the counties instead, but A) the counties will be equally loathe to pass a tax increase and B) having counties join together to do their own thing in a piecemeal, uncoordinated fashion won’t solve the traffic problem and will be a waste of money and resources. Which is exactly why Nathan Deal opposed it.

    This part is funny. Debbie “Dooley acknowledges her past success with a chuckle. But now her group can only follow rather than lead, she said, because putting together a regional transportation solution is complicated, and the tea party doesn’t have the resources alone. “We are more than willing to work on Plan B, but we have not been contacted by anyone,” she said.”

    Wow. Big shock there. Anyone surprised by that? You? Me? I didn’t think so.

    The answer to transportation is new roads or more mass transit,” said Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, said. “Both those things require money.” Opponents of last year’s effort, Balfour said, argued that traffic would still be terrible in 10 years had the tax passed. “Well, as I sit in traffic today, I wonder how bad is it going to be in 10 years with nothing done,” he said. But no matter how bad it gets, he and other lawmakers said, the magnitude of the T-SPLOST’s defeat means it will be a long time before legislators venture to try again.

    Gee. Big shock there. Actually, not really.

    “That leaves transportation initiatives largely up to Deal.”

    The article didn’t mention it, but other reports indicate that Deal’s main emphasis right now is the multi-modal transit hub in downtown Atlanta. The state – meaning Deal – is running the whole deal, negotiating with the private sector and not involving Fulton County or the city of Atlanta at all. And T-SPLOST (or anything regional to replace it) dead and the stadium deal all but finished, Kasim Reed is going to spend his second term going “all in” on the Beltline (and likely instituting a parking tax to help fund it, which those to the left of Reed have supported for years, but Reed won’t let the proposal be brought before the city council until he has won re-election), which is going to get a major shot in the arm when the streetcar opens for business in 2014.

    So the multi-modal transit hub, the Beltline and some other proposals (I-285/Georgia 400) will go forward. And next year is when the real battle over MARTA reform will take place, and that will take a lot of political energy and capital. But the irony is that even if the GOP “wins” that battle, it will actually be good for MARTA. Plus the “no Plan B” article contains a blurb about the Sierra Club working to cajoe Clayton to finally join the system. So transportation stuff for the urban areas are proceeding fine without T-SPLOST.

    The suburbs? Not so much. They’re probably going to wind up taxing themselves a half penny and using whatever they can get from a slightly modified gas tax formula to build a couple of county roads in Gwinnett and Cobb in the middle of nowhere (because that is the only place that the same NIMBY types that defeated the northern arc will allow it) and declaring victory of some sort, and even that will have to wait until 2015 or 2016 after Deal has been re-elected (assuming he is to begin with … if Deal doesn’t win re-election or doesn’t run because he sees the writing on the wall, that will delay things even longer).

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Excellent analysis, but the “Plan B” will be federally-imposed congestion pricing on the freeways to clear the interstates for through traffic and force local drivers onto transit in lieu of the state’s failure/inability to expand the freeways in the next 15 years or so.

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    Setzler is not interested because the state is now already focused on I-75 / I-575 improvement. What’s more that improvement is wholly at state expense sans transit he doesn’t want anyway. Who needs the region or a regional plan?

    The MMPT is a misnomer. It’s an economic development project that has very little to do with multi-modal transportation, unless glorification of existing bus connections at the Five Points MARTA rail station constitutes multi-modalism.

    Commuter rail and HSR in Georgia are dead. Atlanta-Chattanooga isn’t even a designated HSR corridor, and Georgia isn’t even on the map for current HSR investments:

    Building an MMPT for commuter or intercity rail without any plans, and certainly no money, for rail is analogus to building an airport terminal without any plans for air service.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Commuter rail in Georgia isn’t as dead as it appears. Look for the Feds to impose congestion pricing on all area interstate lanes to keep them passable for through traffic and look for those I-75/I-575 HOT Lanes to become truck lanes before 2030 if the freeways aren’t dramatically expanded.

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