Morning Reads for Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The guy above invented Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and Zelda, but most importantly he recognizes that Luigi was the real star. Nintendo was founded on this day in 1889, and it is National Day in Saudi Arabia and Celebrate Bisexuality day (coincidence?).  Morning Reads after the jump!


  • When it comes to making decisions, bees and ants can act against stereotype (WSJ)
  • This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live (Global Post)
  • How the Ray Rice scandal unfolded (ESPN)
  • Farmaceuticals: the drugs fed to farm animals (Reuters)
  • Madrick: Stuck on Inflation (NY Review of Books)
  • One bank’s cost is another firm’s revenue (Medium)
  • 40 Kilometers: Thinking about the data rich world (Om Malik)
  • The Click Clique: How Dallas’s Amber Venz Transformed a Stylish Group of Young Bloggers into a Powerful Force in the World of Fashion (Texas Monthly)
  • How mathematics can make epidemics history (Aeon)
  • Together We Make Football: On the NFL’s dark, intractable history of domestic violence (Grantland)
  • Conservative Experiment Faces Revolt in Reliably Red Kansas (NYT)
  • Why I Hope to Die at 75: Society and families and you will be better off if nature takes its course promptly (The Atlantic)
  • Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’ (Daily Beast)



  • The investigation continues (ajc)
  • weapons grade Elvis (bittersoutherner)
  • Self;driving cars let lawmakers imagine a future of behind the wheel hair care (cl)
  • Kasim Reed playing large role in the future of the Hawks (ajc)
  • Macon to take up Sunday voting (Telegraph)
  • Minority lawmakers threaten to involve DoJ in SoS inquisition (CL)
  • BlueBird, the bus company, is being sold (ajc)





    • xdog says:

      Wikipedia sez: “Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as cab services and love hotels.”

      I guess toy market dominance is a logical step after cards and love hotels.

  1. xdog says:

    It’s hard to argue with Mojo Nixon but E’s ubiquity seems to be accelerating. There’s the Heineken commercial with Bossa Nova Baby and just last week I heard U.S. Male for the first time in maybe 40 years. It’s only a matter of time until Do the Clam re-emerges.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Dr. Emanuel (quote below) is going to be the poster DOC in fear mongering of ACA when cool heads are needed to change the act and Avik Roy’s Manhattan institute paper should be the guide.

    “My Osler-inspired philosophy is this: At 75 and beyond, I will need a good reason to even visit the doctor and take any medical test or treatment, no matter how routine and painless. And that good reason is not “It will prolong your life.” I will stop getting any regular preventive tests, screenings, or interventions. I will accept only palliative—not curative—treatments if I am suffering pain or other disability.”

  3. saltycracker says:

    Farmaceuticals: referencing yesterday: in the list of Com. Black’s priorities we should be more concerned with how we treat and inspect our food than overcontrollling genetics.

    • Will Durant says:

      Doctors no longer prescribe antibiotics automatically for kid’s ear infections anymore to delay the encroachment of resistant bacteria. Isn’t that a drop in the bucket compared to antibiotics given across the board to livestock and poultry? Perhaps this is a job to utilize some of those FDA resources if the Ag guys aren’t going to address it properly. Which is better for protecting public health, preventing the swifter evolution of superbugs or whacking weeds?

  4. John Konop says:

    No outrage?

    US Soccer happy to let Solo play despite domestic violence charges

    ………..”U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo’s status with the national team,” Gulati said in a statement. ”Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available we will carefully consider it.”

    Gulati’s statement comes after U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said he was disturbed by the charges against Solo. But in a statement to USA Today he did not say whether he believes she should face disciplinary action, such as suspension, before the matter plays out in court.

    ”The allegations involving Ms. Solo are disturbing and are inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians,” Blackmun said. ” We have had discussions with U.S. Soccer and fully expect them to take action if it is determined that the allegations are true.’….

  5. seenbetrdayz says:

    Well, we’re finally attacking ISIS or ISIL or whatever the hell they will want to be called next week. No doubt this makes Assad relieved, and yet last year we were ready to kill Assad. But since the Syrian rebels are against Assad, does that mean ISIS and the rebels are allies? Good thing we didn’t arm them (publicly).

    Spraying a few hundred tomahawks at suspicious targets should get’em to settle down like Clinton settled Osama bin Laden in 1998, ending the war on terror once and for all for 3 more years.

    Oh well. I’m putting my money on the military industrial complex to win.

    • Will Durant says:

      At $1.6MM per Tomahawk. Hopefully their targets have been more substantial than the $20K Toyotas that we have been hitting with the $110K Hellfires.

      And nah, we ain’t on Assad’s side or IS’s or Iran’s or Shiite or Sunni. Apparently we are just bombing brown people again.

      • Stefan says:

        Assad consciously worked to improve ISIL’s fortunes in order to buttress his narrative that he was fighting against terrorists. So that kind of worked out for him.

        • Will Durant says:

          About the only certainty in the Middle East is that the factions being supported are “freedom fighters” and those supported by others are “terrorists”. And this applies to all sides. Today. Though sometimes by tomorrow, yesterday’s freedom fighters have become the terrorists and vice versa.

          There are at least two other groups of “freedom fighters” that we have been supplying munitions to in Syria and it is unknown how much ended up in the hands of IS. Assad was more than happy to let them fight it out amongst themselves. What is not in dispute is that there is ultimately only one source of Blackhawks, Humvees, and even an unknown number of M1 Abrams tanks that they now have. We are fighting a monster that we helped create.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        It’s the kind of weaponry that won’t be cascaded to domestic police. Use ’em if you got ’em. Keeps the troops tuned up on their use.

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