Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Today is the birthday of the IBM PC, Skip Caray, and a “Great Day in Harlem.”


  • Oil Rigs Hit Record as Drillers Move Outside Big Basins (Bloomberg)
  • Does going on vacation make you more creative when you get back? (Vox)
  • How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt (Pro publica)
  • Wall Street Didn’t Win — Financial Reform Is Working (Time)
  • Human brain subliminally judges ‘trustworthiness’ of faces (The Guardian)
  • Social Media Arguments: Can’t-Win Propositions (NY Times)
  • If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, We’re Done (Vice)
  • ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks (Daily Beast)
  • Who Stole the Four-Hour Workday? (Vice)
  • Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? (NY Times)
  • I Want It, and I Want It Now — It’s Time for Instant Gratification (Re/Code)
  • Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed (NY Times)
  • Gladwell: The Gangster’s Guide to Upward Mobility (New Yorker)
  • The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup (Wired)
  • What Happens When You Enter the Witness Protection Program? (Priceonomics)
  • Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man? (The Marshall Project)
  • Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl’s Comeback (Pitchfork)


  • Is a walkable neighborhood a civil right? (AtlUrbanist)
  • Ex-Cantor aide helicopters in to help David Perdue (AJC)
  • Macon wants to tear down 5,000 homes to combat blight (Telegraph)
  • Muscogee County conspires to make High School even worse (Columbus Ledger Enquirer)
  • APS Cheating Trial won’t be speedy, despite it being a multiple choice test (ajc)
  • Georgia doesn’t want more children from Latin America, but encourages the ones who are already here to study science (ajc)
  • 11Alive’s Michael Julian Bond ethics story gives rise to investigation (WXIA)

Robin Williams died yesterday. Here’s one of my favorite scenes of his.




    • Lea Thrace says:

      IANAL but I am guessing it has to do with the sheer number of defendants. That many lawyers get an equal chance at disqualification of jurors so the pool has to be larger?

      • Ed says:

        Yeah, the AJC this am said it was 400 jurors and 400 alternates due to the size. The judge was so snarky to the defendants, too it was awesome. (They said you couldn’t see the witness stand, he sat in the back “I can see it. Bring a step ladder or something, I don’t know.”)

  1. gcp says:

    I have been a Paul Howard critic but not this time. I commend him for pursuing the APS case. Others would have been content to handle it administratively but its a case that merits criminal prosecution.

    Won’t be easy to prosecute due to the large number of defendants and the absence of queen Bev Hall but let the proceedings continue.

  2. Harry says:

    Dem Rats jump off the sinking ship Obama

    Obama has told many lies. Even Dems anymore don’t trust his motives. The latest example, his
    failure to lend timely support to the true democratic forces in Syria when it could have made a difference. One wonders why he declined to do that even after receiving much advice.

    But, time for the August vacay – even after he “promised” no vacays if elected president…his lips were moving.

    What a looser…!

  3. Three Jack says:

    Another mindless ad from the Nunn campaign (matching similar crap from the Perdue team) – – Any bets on when/if she will actually put forth an agenda for why she chose to leave her cushy ‘non-profit’ job in order to seek public office? My bet is it won’t happen because there is no substance to her campaign beyond ‘I am woman with last name Nunn, remember my daddy?’

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