Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Today is Four Chaplains Day, if you aren’t already familiar you can click that link or a commenter will likely enlighten below. The 15th and 16th Amendments were ratified on this day in 1870 and 1913 respectively, and it is the birthday of both Gertrude Stein and Alvar Aalto. Lastly, Operation Looking Glass began on this day in 1961. It’s mission was to have a Doomday Plane in the air at all times in order to counterstrike in the event of nuclear war. The plane’s pilots each had to wear an eye patch over one eye so they’d still be able to fly even if they witnessed the bomb flash and it blinded the open eye. On that note, your Morning Reads!


  • When Musicians Unintentionally Steal (Pacific Standard)
  • Study: Girls outperform boys in math and science all over the world (Venture Beat)
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 (The Atlantic)
  • Science, Meet Journalism. You Two Should Talk. (Wilson Quarterly)
  • Getting Out Of Afghanistan: By the time we thought about leaving Afghanistan, we’d been tossing gear into the country for more than a decade. This is the story of how we moved out. (Fast Company)
  • Inside the box: How workers ended up in cubes—and how they could break free (The Economist)
  • How YouTubers discovered a human condition no one had talked about before (Mashable)
  • Boom: Inside a British ATM-Bombing/Robbing Spree (Bloomberg)
  • What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change (IEEE Spectrum)
  • Life in the Sickest Town in America: I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness. (The Atlantic)
  • Hawks fail in their quest for 20 in a row, lose to Pelicans in New Orleans (ajc)
  • Atlanta’s City Council weighs in on transportation bill (ajc)
  • Why more Americans are killing themselves (economist)
  • Budweiser’s anti-craft beer ad, did it work? (paste)
  • Reed taking ATL back to fundamentals (express-telegraph)
  • Democrats cool to Republicans’ big ideas (ajc)
  • Southwest wants to have a relationship, Atlanta (wabe)
  • This ain’t Maynard Jackson’s Atlanta (ajc)
  • Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip (newyorker)


  1. blakeage80 says:

    Ah, yes, Four Chaplains Day is that glorious time of merry making when we all celebrate…uh…er. Yeah, just click the link.

  2. xdog says:

    “Obama’s budget proposal sent to Congress Monday would end the deduction available to some fans for donations they make to get seats at college sporting events. . . . By closing what the White House calls a loophole in the system, people would pay about $2.5 billion over the next decade in higher taxes. Currently, college sports fans can deduct 80 percent of the cost of such donations.”

    As Senator Blutarsky points out, it’ll be the schools not the taxpayers who screams loudest about this. I’d bet this proposal will be an early casualty.

    Here are the rest of the Senator’s comments:

    Here’s the source article:

  3. SallyForth says:

    Hey guys, how about Ross Douthat’s column in the AJC today? He hits the nail on the head about the loud left and all the loonies who “play language cop, shout down arguments and shut down debate outright.” The left wing of the Dems isn’t far enough out there for the current crop of strident agitators, who will be the undoing of whomever their candidate is next year.

  4. Ellynn says:

    Today is also the day almost every radio station in the country plays ‘American Pie’. or ‘Peggy Sue’. Or ‘La Bamba’.

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