Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Happy St. Knut’s Day! On this date in 1812, British forces captured Fort Peter in St. Mary’s Georgia, and it is Salmon P. Chase’s birthday.


  • The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower (The Atlantic)
  • Thoughts on “Teaching Economics After the Crash” (Medium)
  • Two on Defense: The War Nerd: More proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America (Pando Daily) and Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion (Think Progress)
  • How Lego Became the Apple of Toys (Fast Company)
  • The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat (Outside)
  • Facebook is the new AOL, and other ways the 90s are back (The Verge)
  • The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls (NY Times)
  • Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not (Buzzfeed)
  • Brain Damage Saved His Music: After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back. (Nautilus)

Not so long:

  • More money in budget, but still not enough (ajc)
  • If you are going to the cap, it’s wise to know where the restrooms are (Ajc)
  • Crime, education reform top Deal agenda (onlineathens)
  • 50 years ago, Julian Bond took his seat in the general Assembly while the world watched (Ajc)
  • A signal of distaste for dynasties bodes ill for Bush, Clinton (Washington Post)
  • We Are All Confident Idiots (Pacific Standard)
  • How Stuart Scott Made Booyah His Own (Slate)
  • How Cadillac got left behind in the booming luxury car market (Wonkblog)
  • The GOP Should Stop Lying About Obama’s Economy (Daily Beast)
  • The Percentage Of Workers In Government Is At A 54-Year Low (Business Insider)
  • How to Perfect Your Credit Score (WSJ)


    • Will Durant says:

      I going to have to disagree. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more clear case to proceed with the execution.

  1. MattMD says:

    Wow, a nearly half-trillion dollar fighter program that we probably don’t need.

    If pulled that crap (cost overruns) with the government I would be in prison for a very long time. Hey, maybe I should pull some Medicare fraud but I’ll just call it “treatment overruns”.

    I hope the mindless “strong defense” crowd starts to recognize something.

  2. Harry says:

    So NCR is relocating to Midtown and once again the Gwinnett “leadership” proves how badly they suck.

    • MattMD says:

      Will they be able to shake down the state for tax incentives this time?

      It is interesting how we in Georgia like to brag about the business climate and “limited government” yet we shell out hundreds of millions to corporations and sports entities yet we struggle to keep up with road improvements and cut education spending to the bone. Not to mention the repeal of taxes (car ad valorem) that nobody has ever complained about just to appease the auto dealers. Hell, the only decent sports teams in the entire state are Georgia Tech football and the Hawks so we barely even get that right with these stadiums for losers.

      It is a real clown show.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        Corporations pay employees the same whether the one-way commute is 5 minutes or 50 minutes.

        Likewise, talk notwithstanding, why support a broad thorough public education over publicly corporate programs that focus on narrow skills that best maintain indentured employees, the type of training employers were formerly expected to provide at their own expense?

  3. Noway says:

    I’ll go ahead and apologize now for posting this twice. It’s late in the day today, so I’m not sure how many people will cruze by tonight. So, in the am, this goes on the fresh reads.

    Before I post; a few comments:
    This guy is my new hero, got bigger balls than an elephant and I want some of our sorry a$$ed new congressmen to redeem their lying backsides by finding a loophole in the constitution to make it possible for this man to become OUR president!

    Without further delay….

    “Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV” “The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can ‘f*** off’. “Ahmed Aboutaleb, who arrived in the Netherlands aged 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week.” “Appearing on live television just hours after the shootings, Mayor Aboutaleb said Muslims who ‘do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave’. ” “Labour politician Ahmed Aboutaleb, a former journalist who was appointed mayor of the Dutch city in 2008, is known for his straightforward stance on integration.” “The 53-year-old won the praise of London-mayor Boris Johnson over his comments last week attacking fellow Muslims who move to Western nations but refuse to accept the Western way of life.” “‘It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,’ Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuwsuur (Newshour).” “‘But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave.”

    “‘If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.” ‘This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at’.
    Mayor Aboutaleb grew up the son of an imam in northern Morocco, but moved to the Netherlands in 1976. After working as a reporter he became a civil servant before being appointed State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in 2007.

    When he was appointed mayor of Rotterdam, the second largest city in the country with a population of more than 610,000, he became the first immigrant in such a position in the Netherlands.

    Mayor Aboutaleb, who represents the Dutch Labour Party, de Partij van de Arbeid, has long had a no-nonsense approach to immigration and integration. Speaking to the Observer shortly after his appointment he said his message to immigrants is ‘stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don’t want to integrate, leave’.

    This week, London Mayor Boris Johnson hailed Mayor Aboutaleb as his ‘hero’ and ‘straight to the point’. ‘That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire,’ Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ‘If we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear – and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice.’

    I’ve gone to Rosetta Stone and express ordered levels 1-7 of Dutch, just to show my support. Perhaps an address to a joint session of Congress should be considered!?

    You da Man, Mr. Mayor!!

  4. saltycracker says:

    The percentage relationship of govt vs private in workers may be lower but the probability is the govt employee costs plus unfunded obligations are at record highs to the same benchmark.

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