Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On this date in history, The Stamp Act Congress was convened (1765), Edgar Allan Poe died (1849) and Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard (1985). Also, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College 222-0, in the most lopsided game in college football history.  Morning Reads after the jump…


  • The Vultures of Wall Street: The Financial Firms that Prey on Sovereign Debt (Boston Review)
  • This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years (ProPublica)
  • How Apple Thinks About Smart Homes (FastCo Labs)
  • In fixing economics, a more honest use of numbers would be a start (Medium)
  • When Will the Obama Recovery Start Helping Democrats? (New Yorker)
  • The Self-Made Man: The Story of America’s Most Pliable, Pernicious, Irrepressible Myth (Slate)
  • Alibaba’s Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China (Slate)
  • There is much to learn from the paper towel: Making products as simple as possible (Medium)
  • The NSA and Me (The Intercept)
  • Why is Thomas Piketty’s 700-page  Capital in the Twenty-First Century a bestseller? (The Guardian)



  • Atlanta decides that job applicants shouldn’t be asked about their criminal histories (MC)
  • The above should be read in conjunction with this story about the city’s CFO (clatl)
  • Dekalb’s CEO awaits the jury’s verdict, and his fate (ajc)
  • “Trust system” let’s doctors hide some online info (ajc)
  • Other states think you are unfit to be a doctor? I’ve got good news (ajc)
  • Yesterday was the voter registration deadline, but it is likely to require judicial intervention (clatl)
  • Perdue is apparently proud of his record on outsourcing.  (ajc)
  • Also, fake websites of candidates are a real thing. (nationaljournal)
  • A Jewish fraternity at Emory hit by anti-Semitic graffiti cleans up (wsb)



  1. xdog says:

    If you’re up before dawn tomorrow, find a spot with a view of the horizon and with luck you can watch a total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. That’s called selenelion which results from a physical position of sun and moon called syzygy, and that’s enough Latin for today.

    Description and explanation:

    Maps and guides:

  2. xdog says:

    Will any of you pp worthies be in Perry for the debates tonight? If so, please share your experiences. Even if the debates aren’t a watershed they should be contentious and I’d be interested in any details provided. Thanks.

    • Charlie says:

      I wasn’t able to budget the time for a round trip to Perry today, but I hope to watch both via livestream. I believe we’ll have one or three folks on the ground that may capture some of the goings on behind the scenes as well.

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