Morning Reads 29 April 2013

Here (GA)

UGA professor pay vs. everyone else.

Fulton County employees don’t match the county’s demographics?

The Mayor of Savannah is starting her own version of The Biggest Loser.

Georgia isn’t doing so well compared to neighboring states when it comes to hospital acquired infections.

 

There (US/World)

What was Hank Johnson talking about with his litany of puns about helium balloons?

Someone get the tin foil, wiretap rules may be expanded.

Shots fired at the Italian Prime Minister during Swearing in ceremony.

Not an earthquake, but things are still not going to well in Bangladesh.

Really, someone knew this ahead of time and didn’t share it?

 

Anything Else (Fun stuff)

Prepared Iwo Jima Marine dies at 90.

Turns out Detroit was better than Atlanta, this time anyways.

In case you missed the four days of stuff that doesn’t matter until August, here’s a recap of the NFL Draft. Meanwhile baseball season is in full swing.

13 comments

  1. sockpuppet says:

    1. Looks like Fulton County needs to implement an affirmative action recruitment/training program for white workers.
    2. Coca-Cola will be moving suburban workers downtown (likely because T-SPLOST failed): http://www.ajc.com/news/business/coke-could-move-suburban-jobs-downtown/nXXmc/
    3. The new transportation secretary will be good for Georgia (unfortunately he will be even better for North Carolina, our primary competitor)
    http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/apr/28/good-news-georgia-obama-tap-mayor-charlotte-transp/
    4. UGA may need to increase professor pay in order to increase their research dollars. There has been known to be a correlation you know. But I would hope that UGA would be able to raise private funds to endow chairs and the like to take care of that.

    • saltycracker says:

      Coke move downtown from Cobb SPLOST related ? Humor no doubt.

      Follow the money may be the first questions….they are moving to a high vacancy area – lease terms ? and high unemployment area – tax incentives ?

  2. saltycracker says:

    As we wait for credible sources to unravel the Boston mess, there continues reports on the CIA/FBI incompetency:

    Millions in CIA “ghost money” paid to Afghan president’s office: New York Times

    (Reuters) – Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York Times, citing current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.

    The so-called “ghost money” was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington’s exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying.

    “The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan”, one American official said, “was the United States.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/millions-cia-ghost-money-paid-afghan-presidents-office-020006835.html

    • sockpuppet says:

      That is because Mitt Romney by refusing to talk about how he would handle the Wall Street corruption culture in a different manner than George W. Bush did (which was absolutely nothing) and basically endorsing Bush defense/foreign policy gave white voters no reason to vote for him. The banking collapse was the single biggest economic issue since the Great Depression (no, Reagan fans, it wasn’t the tax cuts) and Romney and by extension the GOP just punted on it. And the failure to address the quagmires that Afghanistan came to be – as well as the Iraq War that never should have happened in the first place – was yet another reason to stay home. Plus, despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, Romney sold out white social conservative voters in several areas, and in the process lost millions of their votes without picking up a single social liberal vote.

      Of course, this is not to say that black voters should have voted for Obama. The economy has been horrible for blacks under Obama, and not much else has gotten better either. I am just pointing out why white voters were right in staying home.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Recall that Congressional insider trading bill inspired by a 60 minutes program ?
    Last night 60 minutes reported that congress gutted key parts of the bill.

    So stay close to your “trusty” congressperson, you might get some great stock tips

    • saltycracker says:

      Harry,

      Now you have crossed the line and stepped on mom and apple pie !
      We will always have gladiators to appease the masses – pays good too.

      THUNDERDOME:

      “Two men enter, one man leaves !”

      “How the world turns. One day cock-of-the-walk, next a feather duster.”

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