Morning Reads for Thursday, June 6, 2013

On this day in 1944, the Western Europe liberation began with D-Day and the Normandy Beach invasion.

And because there are 3 gentleman (named Charlie, B.J. Van Gundy & Robert Lee) who think I can’t count: Watch this)

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum– (It’s a bit loud today)


  1. greencracker says:

    Augusta, interesting. School deseg: DOJ reopens* or reawakens* these 60s cases from time to time to pursue discrimination charges.

    *I am not sure that these cases are generally “closed” or just dormant.

  2. Baker says:

    The gentleman claiming the Clean Air Act made it rain more…is it really possible that Atlanta now, with five times the population of the 50’s and 60’s, has less pollution than back then? I don’t care how many scrubbers and catalytic converters you’ve got, that many more people is more pollution. No?

      • greencracker says:

        We don’t smoke like Mad Men anymore. That’s something.

        I could maybe see us having cleaner air than before …maybe. I mean, old cars were really gross and you used to could emit anything anywhere.

        Also, there’s no more coal power plants right around Atlanta — used to be, what, one in south Cobb I think?

        And I wonder if we used to burn garbage at any of our landfills? As a kid, I remember us taking big garbage to a tip behind the “DeKalb County Cultural Center” 😉

      • btfried says:

        It could be particulate matter like lead, sulphates, nitrates, mercury and CFC levels that are down. We probably have a lot more carbon dioxide, but those chemicals should be in lower concentrations because of cleaner burning power plants, different fuel additives and policies that phased them out. As a wild guess based on what I remember from chem back in high school, maybe it has something to do with colligative properties of water whereby additives in a solution can change the energy required for a phase change.

    • Ed says:

      In terms of pollution emitted (or something similar) surely there is more now than there was then, but I think the scrubbers etc. help reduce what impacts the environment. Also, compare what we do now with our green technologies and what we used even 20 years ago and I could see where certain types of pollution would be lower now than what we used to have. (If that makes any sense.)

      Also, I am flying by the seat of my pants on a five-paragraph summary of a scientific research project I have literally no familiarity with…. so there’s that.

      • Ed says:

        That said, Diem was one of my three or four favorite professors at GSU so I am sure his study should get, like, a Nobel or something.

        • So, correlation = causation now? Particulate pollution stops heavy rain? Ed’s professor has found a CURE FOR HURRICANES? If only we’d known this last fall, we could have polluted Hurricane Sandy right back out to sea.

  3. Ed says:

    Doctor Clayton with “Pearl Harbor Blues” (it is the best I can do for Jessica’s historical reference.)

  4. sockpuppet says:

    The emphasis needs to shift from desegregation to outcomes. The quality of education delivered (that being a function of the quality of educators, administrators and governance) and the quality of the students (that being a function of culture and values). While the desegregation battle was certainly once worthy to be fought, now the segregation issue is used to avoid asking tough questions about the administrators, politicians and students in the majority minority schools. If given the choice between talking about segregation vs. mismanagement, segregation vs. terrible discipline, segregation vs. poor study habits, segregation vs. the impact of illegitimacy/teen pregnancy on educational/economic performance, segregation vs. having to miss class time because you are locked up in a juvenile detention center or pregnant for the 3rd time before age 18 etc. then of course segregation is what is going to be focused on. But hey, show me a 100% white or Asian school or district where the performance is high despite bad governance, severe discipline problems, parents who do not make their kids study and high illegitimacy/incarceration rates and then perhaps integrating with that school might be a good idea. Or then again maybe not …

  5. Ghost of William F Buckley says:

    While You Were Out – Laughing at Harry’s predictions about tyranny:

    If the word ‘yottabyte’ is alien to your lexicon, don’t ever say you were not told…

    “But if you have nothing to hide, why should you worry?” So if the intelligence gathered is ‘legit’ 99.9% of the time, what if that 1/10% is applied to the US population of 350,000,000?

    That would be about 350,000 cases of not-so-legit data may be gathered. (Disclaimer: I don’t usually do math in public.)

    Shhhhhh, don’t think about it, just grow ivy on it, it will be OK…

    • saltycracker says:

      Profiling is politically incorrect so just do an expensive end around and gather all info.

      Forget the terrorists, think of opportunities – did Congress ever pass the bill to stop insider trading by members of congress and employees ?

    • Harry says:

      “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

      • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

        Excellent quote, Harry. Voltaire and Shakespeare ought to be the seventh grade curriculum.
        salty brings out the hook – What if some of the information being gathered has nothing to do with nastiness such as sedition, mayhem, terrorism, and has everything to do with provide the ‘right’ people with the ‘right’ information.

        From the Wired article linked above, Exhibit Alpa:

        “The NSA is more interested in the so-called invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet—data beyond the reach of the public. This includes password-protected data, US and foreign government communications, and noncommercial file-sharing between trusted peers. “The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community,” according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report. “Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web … Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the [intelligence] community is most comfortable.” With its new Utah Data Center, the NSA will at last have the technical capability to store, and rummage through, all those stolen secrets. The question, of course, is how the agency defines who is, and who is not, “a potential adversary.” ”

        The biggest scandals will never be uncovered.

  6. sockpuppet says:

    As mentioned on an morning reads, until Democrats start calling for Holder’s resignation, it is idle chatter. It also looks like the administration is planning on riding these scandals out. Also, I haven’t heard a thing about the scandal that I felt had the potential to damage the administration the most, the AP records thing. Though that was the scandal that had the least potential to involve actual illegal behavior – because the DOJ did obtain a warrant, they merely didn’t follow the precedents that allowed the AP to be notified and to contest the warrant – there was the chance that the media might take an adversarial tone against the administration (in contrast with Benghazi and the IRS scandal, the latter is ridiculously blamed on Citizens United and the lack of public financing of campaigns, which has been the spin adopted by the NY Times and has filtered down through the rest of the mainstream media). But the media seems to have simply let the story drop. If anything, the IRS scandal has pretty much been a reason to let the other scandals simply drop. Curious.

    • Ed says:

      The NYTimes had an article about this on Sunday. Administration officials want him gone and are furious he hasn’t resigned, he’s friends with Michelle and Valerie Jarrett which is hlelping him stay in office.

      Also, and I mean this in the best possible way, you’re an idiot.

  7. sockpuppet says:

    “The NYTimes had an article about this on Sunday. Administration officials want him gone and are furious he hasn’t resigned”

    Yeah, sure they do. And I am the idiot? That is a comment coming from you and your kind …

    • sockpuppet says:

      Should have been “that is a compliment coming from you and your kind.” And I mean that in the worst possible way.

    • Ed says:

      A furor over tactics in leak investigations, including secretly obtaining phone logs for reporters at The Associated Press and Fox News, has again engulfed the attorney general in allegations, investigations and calls for resignation.

      While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics.

      But that does not mitigate the frustration of some presidential aides. “The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,” said a Democratic former government official who did not want to be identified while talking about friends.

      Some advisers to Mr. Obama believe that Mr. Holder does not manage or foresee problems, the former official said. “How hard would it be to anticipate that The A.P. would be unhappy?” the former official said. “And then they haven’t defended their position.”
      A front-page story on Sunday (the most important edition).

      So, yes. You are an idiot.

  8. Noway says:

    Front page posters calling people “idiots” for expressing an opinion. Charlie and Erick must be proud.

  9. Noway says:

    “It takes one to know one.” Meaning, that you must be an idiot, Ed, to call Sockpuppet one? LOL! Yeah, I agree with that! Keep posting, Ed. You’re a great source of amusement.

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