Morning Reads for Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

May 20, 2014 6:10 am

by Stefan · 12 comments

On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland and became the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo. In other news, it’s  Election Day! Here’s hoping for a good turnout. Morning Reads after the jump…


  • TV is still King, but the Handel campaign could be a victory for the alternatives (AJC)
  • UGA’s Adams among highest paid (ajc)
  • The email battle on private probation (ajc)
  • Georgia pays back Federal unemployment loan (CFP)
  • Jason Carter’s wife steps into the race for his Senate seat (ajc)
  • John Lewis takes back the mantle of the nation’s conscience (ajc)
  • A few well thought out words on prisoner re-entry (GPPI)


  • Why we fear Google: Mathias Dopfner’s Open Letter to Eric Schmidt (Faz)
  • New Condo Towers Are Racing Skyward in Midtown Manhattan (Vanity Fair)
  • The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits (Grantland)
  • Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers (LA Mag)
  • Stairway to Heaven: The Song Remains Pretty Similar How Much Did Led Zeppelin “Borrow” from other songs? (BusinessWeek)
  • What Do Animals See in a Mirror? (Nautilus)
  • Why humans evolved to love watching animals (Aeon)
  • Why the Mona Lisa Stands Out (More Intelligent Life)
  • What are the Supreme Court justices hiding? (LA Times)
  • The top ten global warming ‘skeptic’ arguments answered (The Guardian)

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Harry May 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

If Palin’s medical history and not Hillary’s was in play you bet the media would be on it 24-7. Palin would already be declared a basket case zombie. Remember how their baby Trig was treated.

xdog May 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

I can’t resist a Palin cite. You should send her money. I’m sure she’d be appreciative.

Rove on Sunday news talk yammering away is clear evidence the media is dodging.

I think Roy Edroso is right to point out the irony that the guys questioning HRC’s health continue to worship the most senile President in history.

MattMD May 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I cannot remember anybody in he media attacking her infant that had Down’s Syndrome. What are you talking about?

Ellynn May 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

They Alaska press prior to her being noninated speculated that Trig might actutally be her daughter’s child based on the fact she did not anounce she was expecting until her fourth month and she delivered in the states early while at some type of convention. National media of both the red and the blue kind rehashed this until it was anounced that Bristal was excepting herself.

xdog May 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

Donna Sheldon wins the sign display overkill award at the 2 Oconee polls I passed today. She must have 3 times as many as the others combined. That’s counting everyone, not just US10 candidates. Didn’t see a single Hice sign.

staugdawg May 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

I noticed two of Mrs. Sheldon’s signs got replaced withCollins signs in Clarke County last night. So she may need the extra ones. It was corner of Old Lexington and Barnett Shoals Rd
Also, noticed Swan sign got replaced with Mr. Collins sign at 5 points by fire station. You better nail em down boys.

Will Durant May 20, 2014 at 9:34 am

Stefan, the entry regarding the email battle on the private probation bill has the wrong link. Thanks for your efforts while I’m at it.

saltycracker May 20, 2014 at 9:44 am

The link and Georgia Trend reports:
Georgia has paid off a $1 billion federal loan used to help pay state unemployment insurance benefits during the Great Recession.

That’s positive news for the business side.

Ellynn May 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

The numbers…

In my mail box yesterday, 9 flyers for 4 people in 3 local races all in 1 party
On my voice mail, 13 calls for 4 candidates in 2 state wide races in 2 parties. (Sarah Palin’s voice was on my phone… Shudder…)
At my polling place on the public right of way I counted 74 signs for just one person.

saltycracker May 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

Global warming:

Worldwide globalization and population increases are exploding faster than any natural evolvement could. Absent we put an end to folks trying to improve their lot in life or a pandemic event cuts the herd a few billion folks, all nations will have to change some behaviors.

80 something percent of our fuel source is fossil fuel and by 2035 it is forecasted we will reduce that only a few percentages and it’ll still be around 80%.

The U.S. driving energy prices and related products significantly higher than any other nation is risky. Particularly when our most abundant resource to keep us the world leader is fossil fuel.
Russia and China will gladly buy it.

We need to promote research and developments of alternative energy plans in conjunction with finding ways to use our fossil fuels in better ways, at least in the next 50 years.

John Vestal May 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Harry May 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm