Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s Asa Candler’s birthday! He was Mayor of Atlanta, behind the growth of Coca-Cola and Emory University, and, indirectly Santa Claus.


  • Pain Really Does Make Us Gain (New Yorker)
  • Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking that IQ Tests Miss (Scientific American)
  • The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records (WSJ)
  • Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention (Wired) see also When to quit your journalism job (Pressthink)
  • What’s the Matter with Economics?: An Exchange  (NYRB)
  • If You Missed The Rally, Then You Just Made The Most Classic Mistake In Investing (Business Insider)
  • The Story Behind AOL’s Iconic Yellow Running Man: The little guy who got to the top of the Buddy List was inspired by postwar American imagery. (The Atlantic)
  • Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion (Bloomberg)
  • RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George Bush’s biggest blunder (Raw Story)
  • At Stanford, venture capital reaches into the dorm (Reuters)
  • Lower Education: How A Disgraced College Chain Trapped Its Students In Poverty (BuzzFeed)
  • Hired Guns: America’s armed security guard industry suffers from poor oversight and a lack of proper training, with violent consequences. (CIR)
  • Stepping off the Golden Gate Bridge (Priceonomics)
  • It’s The Apocalypse, Stupid: Understanding Christian Opposition to Obamacare, Civil Rights, New Deal and More (Religion Dispatches)


  • Is Erick Erickson losing his edge? (atlantic)
  • Jim Kelly, surprise, surprise, says we should raise the GOAL cap (Savannah)
  • Former Macon Superintendent dogged by sexual harassment allegations (Telegraph)



  1. androidguybill says:

    The much maligned – but yet played a huge role in spurring hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment as well as a wave of gentrification streetcar (partially) starts operation today (after being originally projected to begin operation in 2013, then missing its summer 2014 deadline and won’t actually begin full operation until well into 2015).

    The link on the matter is behind a paywall, so here is a link from a competitor:

  2. androidguybill says:

    On the Jim Kelly article, I agree entirely. But what is also needed is:

    A) a well-funded, well organized effort to create high quality charter schools

    B) changing the charter school law to allow at least a percentage of such schools to allow merit-based, competitive admissions

    One thing that the anti-charter people seem to be willing to ignore is that the northeast (the area whose schools they ceaselessly remind us perform so much better than ours) has had strong merit-based magnet schools like Boston Latin and Bronx Science for many decades. Those schools are so competitive and rigorous that even the people who graduate with mediocre grades still go to top colleges. DeKalb County used to have magnet schools based on the northeastern model, but they had to be dismantled due to desegregation policies. The northeastern schools got to keep theirs – and other policies that allow them to identify and aid the best students – because of their lack of a Jim Crow history (never mind that Boston, Chicago, upstate New York etc. were as segregated as Mississippi).

    As the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce was implicated in the Beverly Harvard APS scandal, and also supported T-SPLOST (both according to their beliefs that strengthening intown economically would be key to driving and maintaining growth in the entire 28 county region) my guess is that they would be a logical choice to lead and fund a charter school push.

  3. xdog says:

    First the Atlantic story, then the Scalise take-down. Either Erickson is considering running for office or he’s bought in to the kinder, gentler, let’s-elect-a-president-in-2016 thinking of establishment gopers.

  4. FranInAtlanta says:

    My take is that he is exactly where he has always been. However, there is a strong move to his right among some (Broun is one example) and, while the move is strong, it is sparse.

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