Morning Reads: 6 January 2014

January 6, 2014 7:00 am

by Eric The Younger · 16 comments

Two things before we get to what happened over the weekend. Does it feel strange for anyone else to type 2014? Also, Happy last day of Christmas aka Epiphany, Three Kings Day or Twelfth Night (no it’s not just a Shakespeare Play).

Georgia

He’s back… from Disney world and ready for reelection.
Pet peeve, but there is no “accidental” discharge, only negligence. Also, I would recommend investing in a holster.
Economic growth in Savannah is picking up pace.
Georgia teachers are not happy with the new insurance plan.
Aubrey Lee Price bond hearing rescheduled.

SEC – Last one till August

Ole Miss vs. Ga Tech 25-17 @  The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Rice 44-7 @ The AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Duke 52-48 @ The Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia vs. Nebraska 19-24 @ The Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
LSU vs. Iowa 21-14 @ The Outback Bowl
South Carolina vs. Wisconsin 34-24 @ The Capitol One Bowl
Alabama vs. Oklahoma 31-45 @ The Allstate Sugar Bowl
Missouri vs. Oklahoma State 41-31 @ The AT&T Cotton Bowl
Vanderbilt vs. Houston 41-24 @ The BBVA Compass Bowl
Auburn vs. Florida State Tonight at 8:30 @ The Vizio BCS National Championship

National/International

The biggest tech trade show in the world starts today, here’s what CNET thinks will happen at CES 2014.
USDA may ease GMO seed restrictions.
Reid is looking to poach 5 GOP votes for jobless benefits bill.
South Africa at a crossroads after death of Mandela.
The US Coast Guard to the rescue.

Everything Else

When programmers get bored.
Anyone up for a trip around the world?
Blackberry suing Ryan Seacrest company? Yep.

 

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 6, 2014 at 7:39 am

From @peachpundit Morning Reads: 6 January 2014 – Two things before we get to what happened over the weekend. Does… http://t.co/HQDfiaXBm1

Ed January 6, 2014 at 7:52 am

In ~13 hours, the ACC will end the SEC’s reign.

#DEALWITHIT

Salmo January 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

As a typically ACC-hating graduate of two SEC schools…I’m perfectly fine with that. Go Noles.

saltycracker January 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Yes ! The nation will rise up to follow Chief Osceola.

South Fulton Guy January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

RE: Georgia teachers are not happy with the new insurance plan:

A lot of state employees on both sides of the aisle are unhappy with their new insurance which is all HRA* now – many don’t yet realize what happened or are buying the line that this is because of Obamacare.

Georgia is making itself increasingly noncompetitive with moves like this as Health care is a top 5 household expense. Systems have to offer their workers legitimate options.

It will be increasingly difficult to attract talent from the private sector because they things that made up for lower than market state salaries are not longer there: good benefits and stability.

* HRA http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/hra.asp

Three Jack January 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

State employees including the incessantly whining teachers – welcome to what the rest of us have been dealing with for years. You’ve had it good with your low co-pays, low to zero deductible, etc., time to join your fellow Georgians in the insurance controlled cess pool.

Many if not the majority of you voted for the administration that gave us ‘healthcare reform’, now you get to live it!

Ed January 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

Teachers are not state employees.

South Fulton Guy January 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

No need to be a public sector employee hater and demean the contribution that they make.

Second of all Three Jack I am not a State Employee nor you should know are teachers.

My point was that those “low co-pays, low to zero deductible” made up for state salaries that are typically lower than the private sector, which is why the state has a disproportionate number of contract technical resources to get qualified talent.

Contractors come and go with the intellectual knowledge they gain. This is not in the best interests of Georgians and the state systems you and I rely on. Next time you have a systems issue with a state agency, you will now know why…

Three Jack January 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Ed, incessantly whining government teachers are compensated through being included in the state health insurance plan. Pick nits much?

SFG, as Governor Chris Christie said when challenged by an overpaid NJ teacher, ‘if you don’t like the pay, find another job’. If the private sector pays so much better, then by all means seek employment where the pay will be satisfactory.

South Fulton Guy January 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm

3 Jack – You are quoting RINO Chris Christie, REALLY? I am underwhelmed. What do you do for a living and for whom?

Three Jack January 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

Union organizer for the NEA

saltycracker January 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Classroom teachers take the shots because they are put or step on the front line for the $100k+ “educators” that are not in the classroom or the retired with perks at 53.

taylor January 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Three Jack – I’m certain that you have no idea what you’re talking about. Tell me exactly how low the co-pays have been and when these low to zero deductibles were available. When the budget crisis hit, the state temporarily suspended its share of premiums. The fund balance dropped to near zero, and deductibles, co-pays, and premiums have increased significantly each year since.

Those opposed to public sector compensation have some legitimate grounds to do so (older, closed pension plans; potential retirement age), but state health insurance is not one and hasn’t been for a few years.

saltycracker January 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

Suspect some of the state financial burden may be that state and DOE workers retire 10 or more years before being medicare eligible and even then may have an option to stay on their state program. On top of that isn’t the accrued pool for health benefits significantly underfunded ? Maybe a recipient can enlighten us.

Napoleon January 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

Twelfth Night (and the 12th Day of Christmas) was yesterday

https://www.google.com/#q=twelfth+night+2014

Day 1: 25 December: Christmas Day, formally called the Solemnity (high holy feast day) of the Nativity of the Lord.
Day 2: 26 December: St. Stephen, the first deacon and first martyr. His martyrdom account can be found in the Bible, in the book the Acts of the Apostles. This day is mentioned in the carol “Good King Wenceslas”. In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day, a non-religious bank holiday, occurs on the first day following Christmas (movable when falling at weekends —- see main article). In Ireland this day is also known as Wren Day.
Day 3: 27 December: St. John the Evangelist and Apostle.
Day 4: 28 December: Feast of the Holy Innocents, the young male children ordered murdered in Bethlehem by King Herod, according to the Gospel of Matthew. The traditional Christmas song “The Coventry Carol” describes this event.
Day 5: 29 December: St. Thomas Becket.
Sunday after Christmas Day: Feast of the Holy Family of St. Joseph, St. Mary and Jesus.
Day 6: 30 December St Egwin of Worcester .
Day 7: 31 December: Pope St. Sylvester. In Scotland this day is known as Hogmanay. In Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Slovenia, New Years Eve is still referred to as Silvester.
Day 8: 1 January: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Before the Second Vatican Council it was also observed as the Circumcision of the Lord.
Day 9: 2 January: St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen. In England, the Lichfield Martyrs are also celebrated on this day.
Day 10: 3 January: Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Day 11: 4 January: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint. In medieval times this was The feast of Saint Simon Stylites.
Day 12: 5 January: St. John Neumann. In the UK this was the Feast of St. Edward the Confessor, King of England. The rest of Europe celebrated St. Julian the Hospitaller on this day. The evening of the 5 January is also Twelfth Night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Days_of_Christmas

xdog January 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

The original St. Simon Stylites (there were 3) lived for 37 years on top of a pillar in Syria.

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