Morning Reads – November 14, 2014

Good morning, Georgia. Throw on a jacket, sip some hot chocolate and turn your car on a few minutes before you leave. You’re welcome.

Morning Riddle: Find the next number in the sequence 23 21 24 19 26 15 28 11 30 7 36


America the Beautiful


  • American Horror Story threatened Ma Petite and it nearly ruined my week.

Enjoy your weekend, folks. Send me any selfies you take in a swamp.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Selfie in the swamp…good awareness campaign – not to worry about if it is a swamp (forested wetlands) or an estuary or a salt marsh (mangroves in warmer climes) or the transitions from fresh to brackish to saltwater……Georgia is blessed and without them healthy our coasts would be no better than the retention pond by the mall.

    “Georgia’s salt marshes are some of the most biologically productive natural systems on Earth.”

      • Lawton Sack says:

        The correct answer is 5, but if you look at the even numbered items (bolded), they go down by 4 after the first set.

        23 21 24 19 26 15 28 11 30 7 36

        The correct answer is found by going down by the first prime number (2), going up by the second (3), down by the third (5), etc., etc.

    • John Konop says:

      It is a catch 22……The rural areas have more poor people….Medicare, Medicaid…. cannot afford to pay current prices since cost of healthcare has been rising way faster than GDP for at least 30 years…This is why I have been so focused on bending the cost curve….

      • Raleigh says:

        John these small rural hospitals should be more cost effective because they are much cheaper to operate. If what you say is true and Medicare -Medicaid cannot afford to pay current prices then forcing them to go to the larger urban hospitals is actually making that problem worst. Below is a 2010 bed per night cost breakdown for Georgia.

        • State/local government hospitals — $840
        • Non-profit hospitals — $1,602
        • For-profit hospitals — $1,139
        (Why is a “Non-profit hospital so much more expensive that a “for Profit” , topic for another discussion)

        It seems as though paying $840 beats $1602 if it’s coming out of Medicare anyway….. The same is true about the local health clinics. We need more of those not less especially now because of Obama Care those are facing the highest demand they have ever seam.

        • John Konop says:

          You are correct urban hospitals and rural hospitals are feeling it….That is why I have been advocating for real changes like dial doc in emergency rooms for non emergency care, VA pricing on drugs for government workers, Medicare, Medicaid, portal….., end of life care wills required, free birth control for low wage and unemployed, a better fraud system for payouts…….I could go on and on…this is the real nuts and bolts…

          • MattMD says:

            Nice 2009 article, bro.

            As of late, Tech has improved immensely with graduation rates. So much so that the Hill has given Johnson a little more leniency in regards to recruiting.

            • John Konop says:

              Sorry Doc not really much better…From 2012

              ……Our analysis uses the “Graduation Success Rates” (GSRs) from the NCAA’s 2012 graduation rate report. The Graduation Success Rate is the percentage of athletes who graduated within six years after starting college. Outgoing transfers don’t count in the calculation, so long as they were in good academic standing when they left. This differs from the Department of Education’s “federal graduation rate,” which counts outgoing transfers as non-graduates…..

              Football Graduation Rates: ACC

              Boston College 94%
              Miami 94%
              Duke 92%
              Wake Forest 86%
              Virginia Tech 75%
              Clemson 75%
              North Carolina 75%
              Virginia 69%
              Maryland 65%
              North Carolina St. 62%
              Florida St. 55%
              Georgia Tech 55%


        • Will Durant says:

          Assuming the 99% take advantage of the academics while they are there. You’re preaching to the choir. The college coach’s legacy I most admire belongs to Bobby Dodd and it’s not just because some of his teams won.

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