Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

P.B.S. Pinchback became Governor of Louisiana on this date in 1872, becoming the first African-American governor of a US State. It is also Kirk Douglas’s 98th Birthday today. He’d like to remind you that he isn’t dead. The rest of the reads, no thanks to Comcast, who is punishing our neighborhood for “oversubscribing” to its cable internet service, are after the jump. 


  • Everybody wants to rule the world: Online businesses can grow very large very fast. Does it also make them unusual threats to competition? (The Economist)
  • Diving with sharks and the joy of fear (Aeon)
  • The Quiet German: The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel,The Most Powerful Woman in the World (New Yorker)
  • Putin: How He and His Cronies Stole Russia (NYRB)
  • How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell (The Guardian)
  • Polar Bear Man (Vice)
  • How dozens of failing for-profit schools found an unlikely savior: a debt collector (Washington Post)
  • Inside Monopoly’s secret war against the Third Reich (EuroGamer)


  • Falcons make furious comeback, fall short in Green Bay, 43-37 (Falcoholic)
  • $125 million, but you can’t put too high a price on producing “Cops” exclusively through open records requests (wtoc)
  • Macon can’t improve highways, soon to become bottleneck (Telegraph – Lee)
  • On the plus side, we won’t have to hear as many Middle Georgians talk about Atlanta traffic.
  • Journalist’s arrests during protests point to bigger problems? (wabe)


  1. xdog says:

    The Macon highway report mentions giving relief from additional taxes to the regions which supported the 2012 t-splost. More complexity to cutting the transportation knot.

  2. Noway says:

    Stefan, how is Comcast punishing you guys. I ask because I subscribed to Xfinity just yesterday, kicking my slower AT&T internet to the curb. Can you expand?

    • Stefan says:

      Cable internet is great until too many users subscribe in your area. Our neighborhood has two issues. 1) too much traffic going through the node, and 2) our street needs a new tap. Comcast has proposed charging the five people on our street $1k to install the new tap.

      When I first switched to Comcast it was great. Now, not so much. I highly suggest discouraging your neighbors from getting Comcast. Each time one of them switches, it will slightly degrade your experience. Too many users results in extremely slow speeds or no internet at all for long stretches.

      • saltycracker says:

        Got ATT cells and uverse for, tv, internet, and land line. It is hell when changing anything and getting the billing right. NEVER go into one of their company retail stores, NEVER. They are beyond incompetent. But, Once it is working, it is fine.

        Had a internet strength problem this AM, they were out here in less than 2 hours, competent local young man, updated system, checked it out…all is fine now…..

  3. John Konop says:

    Not a great way to make the news….Does anyone know much about Dalton? I have only driven by it, never been in the city.

    No. 2 Least Educated: Dalton, Ga:

    ……..> Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.2%

    > Median household income: $37,659 (17th lowest)

    > Median earnings – bachelor’s degree: $42,293 (149th lowest)

    > Poverty rate: 21.8% (38th highest)

    The labor market in Dalton may demand qualifications many college graduates do not possess. More than 35% of the area’s workforce was employed in manufacturing last year, second only to the Columbus, Indiana, metro area. Many of these workers were likely employed by floor covering manufacturers, as Dalton is known as the carpet capital of the world. Like many other U.S. manufacturing centers, however, Dalton’s economy was hammered by the Great Recession. While pursuing higher education is a good investment in most of the country, college-educated Dalton residents received relatively low wages last year. Adults with graduate degrees made up just 5.4% of the population — one of the lower percentages — and had median earnings of less than $51,000, compared to over $65,000 nationwide……….

    • Noway says:

      If I’m not mistaken, back in the day when carpet was king, it was the highest county in the state for income. Since the crash in 08, it has suffered.

    • saltycracker says:

      The folks I know in Dalton understand their dependency on the flooring industry, they can get decent jobs out of high school, the cost of living isn’t too bad and they love their lifestyle…..they also know they have options in nearby cities and manufacturing….

      Guess we need to remind them they are miserable.

  4. Harry says:

    “I did a robocall in Spanish. It probably cost me votes.” – Bill Cassidy

    It’s even possible those calls would lose votes in the Mexican community, many of whom are trying to assimilate and would feel they are being pandered; and many of whom are in favor of controlled immigration because they realize uncontrolled immigration pushes the prevailing wages below poverty level.

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