Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 5th, 2013



  • U.S. Set for Smallest Deficit in 5 Years (Real Time Economics)
  • MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete (Wired)
  • Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours 50 Minutes (Jalopnik)
  • ‘Smarter Than You Think,’ by Clive Thompson (NY Times
  • Using Chaos Theory to Predict and Prevent Catastrophic ‘Dragon King’ Events (Wired)
  • How General Motors Was Really Saved: The Untold True Story Of The Most Important Bankruptcy In U.S. History (Forbes)
  • Takedown: Meet Dave Ramsey, America’s Personal Finance Guru (Pacific Standard)
  • Why Is America Turning To [expletive deleted]? (The Awl)
  • The Snowden Leaks and the Public (NY Books)
  • The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway (Vice
  • Why I Quit Major League Baseball (New Yorker)
  • The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store (Business Week)
  • The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It (Technology Review)


  • New BBQ restaurant opens Downtown (AJC)
  • What’s at stake in the Atlanta school board election (AJC)
  • New Atlanta Vending Program makes Judge pause (WABE)
  • Gun laws unclear in Macon (Telegraph)
  • Warner-Robins Mayor’s behavior proves only somewhat costly (Telegraph)
  • Rules are rules, no gun for you. (AlbanyHerald)
  • Before Munson, there was Munday and Thilenius (Telegraph)


  1. Rambler14 says:

    Predictions for today, anyone?

    Marietta Bond: Pass
    Gwinnett SPLOST Renewal: Pass
    Mike Bodker wins re-election

  2. saltycracker says:

    Deficit still means our debt is growing.
    Moving the decimal over a lot of spaces:
    Last year, for the month, we took in $1800 and spent $3050.
    This year, for the month, we took in $1970 and spent $3350.

    That’s like saying his fever has dropped but the swelling is increasing.

    The tax code needs attention.

    • John Konop says:

      I agree, but it also shows we need a combination on structural changes in entitlements, healthcare cuts, end war on drugs ie lower spending/create workers over prisoners…. and investment into infrastructure.

      Growth in our economy has been based on smart infrastructure investment from the west expansion via railroads, airports, internet, bio meds, energy, electric grid… it or not the government has had a hand in all of this…..

      But as the WSJ article pointed out we need to focus on structural long term entitlement cost as well……Healthcare and War on Drugs have been a major feeder into the entitlement problem.

  3. Baker says:

    Atlanta predictions? Does any City Council member lose?

    My answer? I doubt it…all incumbents win…whether you like your guy or not…out of that whole lot to not have any turnover is a sad state of affairs….

    One of them has gotten disbarred, one of them is facing claims of inappropriate reimbursements to the tune of six figures…I mean come on.

  4. John Vestal says:

    RE: Jalopnik link (#3 under ‘National’), based on comments I’ve seen from folks who know/knew Ed Bolian from his time at GT, this feat is surprising to very few. He’s been talking about breaking the CR record for years.

  5. Noway says:

    You all have to get Charles Krauthhammer’s book. It’s not just politics and is a collection of many of his columns. Best book I’ve read in years.

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