Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The first ARPANET message was sent on this day in 1969, and it has been one year since Hurricane Sandy (above). Morning Reads after the jump:


  • Mitch Hurwitz’s Arrested Development (Vulture)
  • The Kevin Bacon Game for Sports, even Mr. Irrelevant (Slate)
  • Jellyfish are taking over the seas, and it might be too late to stop them (QZ)
  • But These Robots Hunt Jellyfish–And Then Use Rotating Blades To Chop them (Fast Co)
  • Wal-Mart Now Draws More Solar Power Than 38 U.S. States (Bloomberg)
  • But it’s cool, thanks to Balfour we gave them a break on the rates
  • Singapore makes it harder to cheat on your wife (ForeignPolicy)
  • Why regret is essential to the good life (Aeon)
  • This search for the hottest chili is unwise (NewYorker)
  • 10 Weird Ways Your Brain Lies (Listverse)



  • Tennessee warns about the ways of the smurf (WMSR)
  • Falcons decide to scrap grass for turf (AJC)
  • Next they’ll decide to drop open air for a dome,
  • Common core means students read Ebola tome (WABE)
  • Gays protest Coke because more convenient than Moscow (AJC)
  • Oldies stations most popular in the hoosegow (GainesvilleTimes)
  • Warner-Robins mayoral candidates have transit talk (Telegraph)
  • the one I’m rooting for is named Chuck Chalk,
  • Atlanta School Board candidate might have a doctorate* (WSB)
  • Park pledge so popular candidates flock to it (Saporta)
  • Savannah government discovers the internet (SMN)
  • Augusta hasn’t banned smoking yet (Chronicle)
  • Augusta master plan designates “slum area” (WJBF)
  • Though the water there is smelly, it likely isn’t malaria (Chronicle)


* though probably not.



  1. Ed says:

    1) Lee is a tool.
    2) He earned an online degree in 1990? Really? If it is a doctorate he started an online program in the 80s? Really?

  2. View from Brookhaven says:


    Dislike soccer being played on turf. Seems that the word has been that Blank had the MLS franchise locked up. I doubt it will, but I hope this doesn’t cause the league to think again.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Senator Lindsey Graham not so long ago: “Cordray was being filibustered because we don’t like the law” that created the consumer agency. “That’s not a reason to deny someone their appointment. We were wrong.”

    Graham now tweets: Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I’m going to block every appointment in the US Senate until they are made available to Congress.

    The Tea Party’s whipsawing of the GOP is why independents no longer think the GOP capable of governing at the federal level.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        Perhaps so.

        Graham’s timing is impeccable relative to my recollection of a peach pundit daily report that North District of Georgia court nominations and a District Court of Appeals nomination would soon be at hand.

    • John Konop says:


      You know I like and respect you a lot, but trust me Ted Cruz is playing you……He takes every hot butten issue and plays the crowd…..He is a Harvard guy who lives on hot button focus group politics. This guy is a complete phoney…..I am in a hard ball business, obviously deal with guys like him all the time……..and he has this written all over his forehead.

      You and I agree and disagree on diferent issues, what I do respect about you is you keep it real! This guy is nothing more than an actor playing a roll……

      • Harry says:

        I respect you too, but disagree on Cruz. He’s elucidating real problems that are of concern to many Americans. If you want an example of a real rabble rouser, see Obama.

          • Harry says:

            According to Wikipedia:

            Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta,[1][10] where his parents, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson Darragh[10][11][12][13][14][15] and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz,[13][14] were working in the oil business.[16][17] His parents owned a seismic-data processing firm for oil drillers.[13][18] Cruz’s father, who was born in 1939 in Matanzas, Cuba,[13][14] as Robert T. Garrett of the Dallas Morning News has described, “suffered beatings and imprisonment for protesting the oppressive regime”[13][18] of dictator Fulgencio Batista. He fought for communist revolutionary Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution[19][20] when he was 14 years old, but “didn’t know Castro was a Communist.” A few years later he became a staunch critic of Castro when “the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent.”[13][21] The elder Cruz fled Cuba in 1957 at the age of 18, landing in Austin[18] to study at the University of Texas, knowing no English and with $100 sewn into his underwear.[22][23] His younger sister fought in the counter-revolution and was tortured by the new regime.[20] He remained regretful for his early support of Castro, and emphatically conveyed this remorse to his young son over the following years.[13][20] The elder Cruz worked his way through college as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour,[12] earning a degree in mathematics.[18] Cruz’s father today is a pastor in Carrollton, Texas,[11] a Dallas suburb, and became a U.S. citizen in 2005.[24]
            Cruz’s mother was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware,[14] in a family of Irish and Italian descent.[12][17] She was the first person in her family to attend college. She earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Rice University in Houston in the 1950s, working summers at Foley’s and Shell Oil.[24] She later worked in Houston as a computer programmer at Shell.[18] Cruz has said, “I’m Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.”[25]
            Cruz’s parents returned to Houston in 1974, after working in the Alberta oil fields, when a slump hit the price of oil and they sold their first seismic data company.[11] They were divorced while Cruz was in law school.[18]


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