Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good morning!

  • NPR launches their “School Money” project with a look at funding gaps between different U.S. school districts. (The website also knows where you are, but because it’s NPR, they’re totally nonchalant about how they’re tracking you, like, “Our best guess is that you’re in Georgia, it’s all good, bro!”)
  • Online news sites are apparently in about as much trouble as dead-tree newspapers.
  • Josh McKoon is in The Economist again, and this time he’s “disappointed.”
    • The article, which delves into the anti-LGBT religious liberty movement in many Southern states, is worth the click. The Sirs give props to Governor Deal (and yes, I know it’s not “Sirs” anymore), campus carry gets a shoutout, they note many of these lawmakers’ utter disregard for local self-determination, and there’s this line: “On the face of it, much of this seems odd. Judging by the rhetoric of the Republican presidential contest, the country is going to the dogs; in parts of the South, the infrastructure is indeed crumbling. Yet the region’s politicians are concentrating on problems that, to put it mildly, are often less than pressing.”
    • Plus! We learn a new word: “revanchism” – at least, I learned a new word, smarties.
  • LaFayette debates the future of its municipal golf course.
  • And in Fayette, their CAFR won an award for excellence in financial reporting.
  • Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry gets his turn in The Economist.
    • (Sirs: technically, municipal offices in Georgia are nonpartisan.)
  • Orange Crush “cool, calm.”
  • The ARC released updated populations forecasts for metro Atlanta.
  • Oh, yeah, this one had me on pins and needles. But the public safety details are interesting.
  • The AJC published a handy map that lets you know your area’s risk of lead poisoning.
  • This week, big things are happening for the foxiest Founding Father:
  • New this week! I’ll call this bullet point “Trust Me.” Because iced coffee season is upon us, and this is the only kind you want to drink. Trust me!

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Will Durant
Will Durant

I guess Jackson should have had a better musical.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, who will they replace Jackson with?

Ellynn
Ellynn

A yet to be decided female.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Apparently the only criteria mandated at the moment is possession of a uterus. I’ll propose right now that we go totally PC and make it Mother Earth.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ahhh, the symbolism train continues to rocket down the tracks! What did Jackson do to fall out of favor? Shall we also rename all cities named Jackson, too?

Benevolus
Benevolus

If their inhabitants choose to, sure.

auh2o
auh2o

And what would renaminging them accomplish? In real concrete terms?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Now look what silliness you have wroth…

The first $20 note had Lady Liberty on it, and then Pocahontas prior to the changes to Hamilton, Com. Decatur, Washington, John Marshal, and Cleveland – just to name a few. They didn’t even add ‘In God We Trust’ till the 60’s when the symbolism train of the day rocketed down the tracks of congress. You could say we taking back the $20 note to it’s historical traditions of a female engraving and overruling past tides of politic symbolic ground swells.

Things change.

Noway2016
Noway2016

All I asked was why is Jackson being replaced. Why is a man, long since dead, being given the boot for a woman to take his place.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Because they can…

I say lets not replace Jackson with a human. I vote for a cat. In fact lets go for a whole basket of cute little kittens. Everyone loves little fluffy kittens. Problem solved.

Or how about miniature golf courses – we can all agree on miniature golf right? Apple Pie? Cheese burgers?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Help me here. Is it Leningrad or St. Petersburg? Political winds n’ all.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Technically it was Nyenschantz first before Peter took it from the Finns. Just saying.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Because the President made an off-the-teleprompter comment that has been blown up to being a good idea. Originally was to be Hamilton as the ten spot was next up for a modern technology counterfeit avoidance redesign. But, then the guy gets lots of good pub, what with the play and apparently with modern sensibilities going for the losers of political duels a couple of centuries back… Since we’ve gone exclusively to Federal Reserve notes very few changes have been made to our currency until very recent times, primarily due to changes in technology. There is valid reasoning in keeping it… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Maybe the politically correct agitating sheep can dig up Oliver Cromwell so he can be posthumously executed for a second time? Yeah, that’s it. He obviously pissed off the folks back in the day, too!

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK, I nominate William Henry Harrison. Dude died because he couldn’t shut up. An acute warning to all politicians.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Jackson’s Broadway Musical: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
https://youtu.be/TRSlBjNhqjY

Warning: NSFW, also NSF anyone who doesn’t have a tin ear.
How this lasted 4 months is beyond my comprehension.

Bart
Bart

Really kind of odd to see these 2 supporting the candidates they support instead of the other way around – http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word – Barr for Cruz / Dooley for Trump, Lawrence in the middle.

(Click on ‘political malpractice in GA’)