Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Good Morning and Congratulations to Louisville!


  • The rise of the bitcoin: Virtual gold or cyber-bubble? (Washington Post)
  • Trading Dollars for Bitcoins is asking for Trouble (The Daily Beast)
  • Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence (BBC)
  • Three Strikes Laws and what’s happened since (Rolling Stone)
  • Three days that saved the system of world finance (The Washington Post)
  • The Origins of All 30 MLB Team Names at a glance (mental floss)
  • Against the Cellphone Carrier Conspiracy you can defend (NYT)
  • Diamonds should not be anyone’s best friend (Priceonomics)
  • What Washington Can Learn From Baseball Nerds (Foreign Affairs)
  • The Only Guy in Silicon Valley with a knowledge of words (The Baffler)
  • Is the economy, or just its models, always in stasis? (Noahpinion)
  • America’s Most (and Least) Religious City-type places (Atlantic Cities)


  • Ineffective teachers responsible for low test scores (WALB)
  • State rep arrested for driving after healthy pours (AJC)
  • Apparently, Augusta National is hosting some drives and putts (Masters)
  • Macon warned to expect multi-million in school cuts (MaconTelegraph)
  • And their Mayoral race is getting crowded (GPB)
  • Unlike Georgia’s deer, whose future is clouded (GPB)
  • The Mayor takes issue with Maria’s thoughts on his Council relations  (SaportaReport)
  • And in the Senate race, Dems have Great Expectations (SaportaReport)
  • Tracking whatever became of that tax of a penny (SavannahMorningNews)
  • Braves win in Miami will be the first of many (TalkingChop)
  • Sex change unlikely for Senate Candidate Broun (BarrowCountyNews)
  • and CL honors the best Gold Domers in town (CL-Arnies)


  1. Jackster says:

    Interestingly enough, the idea that something like bitcoin could evolve into a ubiquitous currency was raised in several science fiction books in the 70s and 80s. The writers then envisioned several governments which sought to seize and dismantle off shore (and on shore) servers which propagated some of the exchanges.

    So, here we are with the federal gov’t coming up with legislation to seize servers that may be playing a role in copyright infringement, privacy hardening / spying deterrence, and possible cyberwarfare assets.

    How crazy is it to think that any government would not want its currency, monetary policy, and central banks supplanted by something they cannot control, is non manipulative, and cannot be confiscated, since there is no banking system.

    Therefore, if Bitcoin is ever established as a currency, you will see all governments line up against it, similar to subtle attacks on your current civil liberties.

    For those of you survivalist types out there, make sure you include an anti EMP enclosure or Faraday Cage:

    • saltycracker says:

      Bitcoms – what happened to beany babies and tulips ?
      Coins with grams of gold might work as a world currency.

      EMP bomb ? The Faraday Cage better be around all our needed electrical/chip devices – electrical grid, cars & trucks, gas pumps, ATM’s, water systems, the grocery store, defense systems …..if Iran or No. Korea decide not to kill anyone but put us back in the stone age by popping up an EMP from a freighter offshore !
      I know a few PhD’s that sweat this one big time but….we can’t scare the public. Then again last we checked gun sales to protect ourselves from our neighbors……

      • saltycracker says:

        Deer, coyotes and other critters: In the wildlife count it appears (empirically speaking) they might have missed the expanding population in suburbia parks, green spaces, golf courses……
        – these animals are intelligent and move out of hunting areas during the season to picnic on favored plants and pets.

    • OleDirtyBarrister says:


      Cannot be confiscated?

      Non-manipulative like securities issued by private issuers? LOL. I believe the recent run demonstrates a concern about private manipulation and game playing.

      How does one confiscate something that does not exist?

      Have you ever read about the history of private banknotes? Whatever the problems with the Fed and central banking are, the notes beat the crap out of privately issues banknotes.

  2. drjay says:

    yes congrats to louisville for their win last night—-oh and congrats to me as i was the winner of the peach pundit bracket challenge in case anyone has not had a chance to see that yet–hooray me!!!

  3. saltycracker says:

    Where the heck is a viral you tube of Kim Jong-un (portrayed by Psy – gangham style) making fun of extremist Iranian Muslims to get Iran & North Korea going at each other ?

  4. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    The media cannot get the story straight on DNR concerns and proposed actions on deer hunting and harvest. The actual proposal is a reduction in either sex days, when hunters can take a buck or doe. A lot of hunters have been pushing the DNR to tighten up the harvest limits and it is just now creeping into motion.

    This issue does have a distinct political life of its own, because the insurance lobby is purported to lobby hard for longer seasons and higher limits due to auto property damage from auto-deer incursions. Georgia and Alabama typically will have 10-13 motorist deaths per year from deer collisions. Critters on the highway are dangerous to the occupants of low-sitting autos.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Broun rejects sex change ? The founding fathers missed the chance to put that fundamental right in the constitution and Obamacare is fixing it.

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