Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The shortest war in history,  The Anglo-Zanzibar War, was fought today in 1896. It lasted from 9:00-9:45.

Remember to hug a Uruguayan today, as it is Uruguayan National Day, celebrating their independence from either Brazil or what is now Argentina, depending on who you think was winning the Cisplatine War at the time. Your Morning Reads after the jump! 


  • Mania, Panic, and Crash (Seeking Wisdom)
  • Ripping Off Young America on College-Loan Cash (Rolling Stone)
  • On being ‘right’ in science (Plos)
  • Disruptive: on pernicious clichés and our overreliance  (TNR)
  • Why a New Golden Age for UI Design Is Around the Corner (Wired)
  • Why even 10k hours of practicing trombone won’t make you a good horner (NewYorker)
  • Why Wall Street, Insurers Don’t Want Fiduciary Duty (Forbes)
  • US election parallels abound post-vote in Djibouti (ISN)
  • Mr. Geek Plays the Washington Game(Economist)
  • Religion and Monetary Policy: Are they the Same? (Noahpinion)
  •  David Miranda, schedule 7 and the reporters’ plight (theguardian)
  • The Psychology of Bidding on The Price is Right (Psychology Today)

Closer to where we reside:

  • Two views on Clayton’s transit mess, or places to walk to (AJC)
  • Reed says the city needs someone to talk to (SaportaReport)
  • Having difficulty finding yourself? Zoom in on this: (CooperCenter)
  • Lakeside in DeKalb County (!) thinks building walls is a recipe for bliss (CBS46)
  • Dalton residents losing yards by the foot (WRCB)
  • Single sex housing at UGA is going kaput (RandB)
  • Crazy Clown sickens 8 in Brunswick (WSAV)
  • That’s what we call in the Morning Reads biz, “a recipe for a click”
  • At Savannah’s “Ask an Alderman” event expect answers quick!* (CoastalSource)
  • My #1 question, “What’s an Alderman?”, but you can take your pick.


* just kidding, “we’ll get back to them in a few days.”



        • seekingtounderstand says:

          Dear David: Would love to hear your thoughts on the GEFA report on what exactly we got for our millions of tax credits Georgia gave out to 88 unknown businesses and 200 ga residents? They can’t tell you who got the millions because its a “Tax Credit for clean energy”. Everyone should go read that report. We got very little benefit from our investment. Our schools could have used the money.

          Also whats your view on current PSC members being given trips to Germany from the German government. Its not the Green Tea party that should worry Georgia, its selling out to foreign companies that profit the most off solar, Germany and China who are currently lobbying the PSC.
          Solar cells are not made here, they are assembled here and slapped with a made in America tag.

  1. Ed says:

    That’s what we call in the Morning Reads biz, “a recipe for a click”

    My #1 question, “What’s an Alderman?”, but you can take your pick.

    You were stumped for rhyme,
    so you threw in a line.

  2. D_in_ATL says:

    Scuttlebut says Obama will name Larry Summers to chair the Fed.

    I guess this is good in that noone will have to wonder if there are any conflicts of interest between banksters and us poor slobs trying to save enough so we don’t starve in our old age; or whether he gained from the rampant meritocracy in Washington, or whether there’s any issue that one of the primary architects of the financial crisis will be held to account for the misery inflicted on all of us.

    I just can’t fathom this…

      • Harry says:

        I hope you’re not trying to imply that Larry Summers is somehow an establishment outsider. If chosen, it will be because he knows how to play and fetch the ball for Obama.

        • benevolus says:

          I’m just saying, if you want to catch sophisticated fraudsters, you better have someone available who knows how they do it!

          • Harry says:

            No fraudsters are going to be prosecuted in this administration because they all contribute to Democrats. Anyway, it’s not the job of the Fed chief to catch fraudsters. It’s supposed to be the job of the Fed to stay independent of the Administration and politics in appearance and in fact, but with Summers that’s not happening. He’s been around DC too long.

  3. KingRichard says:

    The College Loan Scandal is a disaster, everything the Government touches gets worse…College is expensive because Colleges, like the Government, only get more and more expensive offering worthless degrees and programs that are not worth the books paid to take them and yet costing thousands of dollars. The outrage is all the administrative costs, the inability to remove worthless instructors and programs, and the unwillingness of professors and colleges to cut costs. Intrest rates up to 8% will be awful but these colleges need to take a look at themselves, what services are they providing.

    • saltycracker says:

      Shared your feelings at a UGA grad ceremony, thinking of the thousands of kids going home unemployed or taking low paying jobs they will never be able to pay their easy money loan with. Then the light bulb went on…..The universities are ego expanding universes with a vampires thirst for money. To achieve that they (and the govts) respond to the demands of the parents and students. You want a degree in dog whispering, sign here……..We are the problem.

  4. Scott65 says:

    Since I actually have an entire branch of my family in Uruguay…Happy Uruguayan National Day! My Great Grandfather had a brother and a sister. The brother was not able to come to the US (due to quotas from Russia I’m told) and went to Uruguay instead. They changed my Great Grandfather’s last name…and its a good thing since I cant even pronounce what the original was…that the family still has in Uruguay. If you could post photos in comments I’d post a picture of my Great Great Grandparents taken in Russia…and they look very Russian (and rather stoic) to me.

      • Scott65 says:

        I’m not sure…but documentation I’ve ever found says from Borisoff Russia born in 1872. I’ve also seen it listed as Minsk

    • Harry says:

      In the Russian class system they were maybe podkulaks (“under kulaks”).

      “After the liquidation of the kulaks in early 1930, and during the second major wave of collectivization in 1931, the Politburo ordered a certain percentage of the remaining peasant farms to be defined as kulaks and liquidated. Even if a peasant was obviously not wealthy, the term podkulak enabled the worker brigades to expropriate and arrest him.”

      I consider myself podkulak because I work for kulak clients.

      • Scott65 says:

        …but as a note, Harry… My other Great Grandfather (mothers side) also from Russia was a member of the Czars Band…but thats a whole other side/story. He left Russia because he fell in love with my Great Grandmother who was effectively a peasant and was forbidden to marry her. Thats why they came here, luckily pre-revolution

  5. Scott65 says:

    that would be Borisov…was reading the document and they didn’t spell well in those days (guess thats where I get it from). This is now Belarus

  6. saltycracker says:

    Then we have the Dalton councilman wash his hands where irresponsible permitting/zoning/ordinances allows runoff to harm other private property owners.

    “It’s sort of a catch 22 in a lot of ways because it’s actually on private property and they’re coming to government to fix their problem,” says George Sadosuk.

      • saltycracker says:

        I took it to be the blame was placed on new “development” and the city of Dalton and the city owned Dalton Utilities were assuming some remedy paid by taxpayers and customers while acting innocent. This process of transferring costs of development to a wider base of taxpayers and huge profits to the developers and their benefactors is typical unless you want to be labeled anti- growth.

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