Morning Reads for Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Remember to hug a hipster, Che Guevara was captured on this day in 1967. It is also Croatian Independence Day – be slightly more careful hugging them.

Morning Reads after the jump!


  • Nationally Graves’ position criticized, but locals stand behind his attempted ACA delay (Reuters)
  • Nunn says budget impasse requires faith and sway (Telegraph)
  • Reading between the lines, trucking company is force behind bill against bicycle transport (USAtoday)
  • Which even sponsor Emory Dunahoo says he doesn’t support* (Facebook) via (CL)
  • Not-unrelated fact, did you know trucks are responsible for over 90% of bicyclist killing?
  • Columbus middle schoolers found a way to make their existence more thrilling (Ledger-Enquirer)
  • In Augusta, they only fine you when it’s raining (Chronicle)
  • KIPP schools now to work together, school board rules were too constraining (AJC)
  • Georgians with advice for GDOT on the road ahead (AJC)
  • Tom Crawford says default talk should fill you with dread (AlmaTimes)
  • The Braves this year won’t be returning to the Ted (AJC)
  • The Falcons somehow lost as well, makes me want to curl up in bed (AJC)

* Read it before it is deleted.


  • Delayed payments in 1979 offer glimpse of default costs (Washington Post)  
  • Army going solar because of explosions not exhausts (Bloomberg)
  • When elections used to have repercussions (First Read)
  • New effort to get college players compensated for playing (and concussions)(Bloomberg)
  • Climate change skeptics more likely to be conspiracy theorists (The Raw Story)
  • The Craft Movement brings excitement to beerists (Priceonomics)
  • Jeff Bezos Thinks There’s three books you need to be buying (Farnam Street)
  • Chinese Philosophy Lifts Off in America without even trying(Chronicle)
  • How a Purse Snatching Led to the Legal Justification for NSA Domestic Spying (Wired)
  • How does a religion go about dying? (The Guardian)




  1. Noway says:

    Expect all three Swinging Richards who proposed the bicycle tag tax to be primaried and ultimately defeated next year on this issue alone. Darwin will win out, yet again…because nobody this stupid deserves to be an elected office holder.

  2. saltycracker says:

    With many avid cyclists in my family including a professional cyclist and another a paraplegic by an errant car driver, another with a dead best friend and last year coming up on a dead cyclist (swerved into rear trailer tires of an 18 wheeler) on US27…it’s a complex problem. We have an increasing number of small slow bikes competing for highway space with faster large cars and trucks.

    How to work out growing numbers hospitably sharing the road is not going to be easy but a reasonable start is properly identifying ( reducing anonymity) things using the roads.

    • Jackster says:

      When did people stop learning how to drive on roads with bikes?

      Here’s an idea – when you see some bikes, stop wondering why they’re wearing “that” and slow down. Perhaps go around them.

      Maybe you should learn how to read hand signals, govern a problem without require licensure, or better yet, view bicyclists ad a sign that people like your neck of the woods and promote businesses around them.

      • pettifogger says:

        Licensure is stupid. So is deciding that you and 40 spandex friends want to ride your bikes on a major Atlanta road during rush hour.

        I have no doubt that cyclists put up with a lot from drivers. That said, losing the entitlement attitude many have and just making more sensible choices would make life easier for those of us who aren’t jerks to you and do consider your safety.

  3. Ed says:

    1) Did Emory really call Barry our “dictator in Washington?”
    2) Telling a contituent: “You need to understand” and “It’s easy to sit on rear and talk trash when as usual you don’t know both sides of the issue” is a bold strategy. I admire his gumption.
    3) He truly has a gift for diplomacy and persuasive political rhetoric. He will go far.

  4. northside101 says:

    After the Falcons’ debacle last night, is it too late to pull the plug on a new playpen (oh, I mean stadium) for that team? A team that has made one Super Bowl appearance in 47 seasons (yep, just one) and of course not a single Super Bowl win—not one. NADA. Giving a team that took 40 or so years to have back-to-back winning seasons a new stadium is akin to giving a BMW to a college grad with a 2.0 GPA. No wonder Kasim did not want a public referendum on the stadium question this November, even when he is all but assured of a second term. As for the Braves? Don’t even think of asking us, the taxpayers, for a new playpen until you win another World Series—whether that is 5, 10, 20 or 100 years from now!!!!

    Thank God for Aaron Murray and his miracle finish against the Vols 3 nights ago—between the Falcons, Braves, Georgia Tech and Georgia State, not much to celebrate around here these days in the sports world!!!! Only caveat for Georgia—please find a REAL defense that doesn’t allow 30+ points a game!!!)

    • MattMD says:

      Unless you live in Atlanta or stay in a hotel there the cost of the stadium should be irrelevant. I don’t understand tying new stadiums to Super Bowl appearances.

      Also, UGA will choke soon enough, trust me.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Got my flu shot yesterday and in conversation during insurance input she noted I was lucky. What she was seeing is co-pays double or more and deductibles jump dramatically, from $1,000 to $5,000 levels. Her observation was we are moving away from employer provided coverage.

    • Jackster says:

      “Her observation was we are moving away from employer provided coverage.”

      That would be a good thing… if there were more than one plan to choose from in all areas of the market. Which there aren’t.

      So, look at it this way: Your employer could offer up a plan, you could get a plan through the exchange, or you can join medicaid / medicare for a premium.

      If you combine the idea of a single payer with other coverage options, then you are guaranteed to have everyone compete to provide insurance in all markets.

  6. northside101 says:

    To Matt MD:

    Yeah, I guess that is a radical idea—asking a team to demonstrate justification for a new stadium by performance. Kinda like if you work in sales, gotta meet quotas or surpass them to get a raise. You may not recall back in the early 1990s, Rankin Smith, then the owner of the Falcons, basically issued an ultimatum: “Build me a new stadium or we’re off to Jacksonville.” This even though in the 25-odd years up to then, the Falcons had not had back-to-back winning seasons once. Not once. (Could you imagine a company staying in business that long which had not had back to back profitable years?) Of course City Council caved in.

    Plus, it isn’t entirely clear to me the hotel-motel tax will cover all the taxpayer expenses, like water and sewer relocations, streets and so on. Seems like Mr. Arthur should have enough money to pay for the entire thing, though I’ll at least give him credit for covering the bulk of the costs.

    I’ll say the same for Bowl games—no 6-6 team deserves to go to a Bowl, but these days, we seem inclined to reward mediocrity. A lot of these Bowls ought to be abolished as there simply are not 60+ good college football teams in America–pare them back and fit the remaining ones into a playoff system.

    • analogkid says:

      Could you imagine a company staying in business that long which had not had back to back profitable years?

      I bet Tivo is close.

    • Ed says:

      “Could you imagine a company staying in business that long which had not had back to back profitable years?”

      Pretty sure Amazon hasn’t had B2B profitable years.

      “A lot of these Bowls ought to be abolished as there simply are not 60+ good college football teams in America–pare them back and fit the remaining ones into a playoff system.”

      Why do people get so upset about this? As long as companies want to sponsor them and fans want to go, who cares? No its not a statement about us “rewarding mediocrity” its saying that college football is immensely popular and a great marketing tool

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