Morning Reads — 8.24.16

The college football season kicks off on Friday…in Australia. Because student athletes should definitely miss two weeks of class for a game that doesn’t advance either schools’ mission in a completely different continent for purely commercial matters while we continue to exploit the kids and forcing them to be amateurs.

“Deacon Blues” by Steely Dan

  1. Every month this year has been the hottest in 136 years of record keeping. 
  2. Atlanta predicted to average 39 days above 100F by 2100 if we do nothing. That would be up from an average of 0 (zero). 
  3. Animated gif chart of July’s data. 
  4. But climate change is still a theory/the name was changed so all science is discredited
  5. Jimmy Carter says Trump, Hillary are both “quite unpopular.” 
  6. How Georgia’s leftists see a Gold Dome takeover. 
  7. Could part of the Connector be turned into a tunnel? 
  8. Emory professor asks: where is the disability pride movement? 
  9. Delta continues plans to pamper biz class flyers. #jealous

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Teri
Teri

Ed, may I consign that preamble?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Calling it exploitation is a bit much. Sure, a game in Australia seems hokey to me but I doubt they are taking two weeks off for it. I’m sure there has to be some recovery days built in because that is a long flight, even from HI. I generally fly business so I’m pretty well rested but coach must be awful for 10+ hours. Hopefully, I’ll never know. Still, I wouldn’t mind being exploited for a trip to Australia. I also wouldn’t mind being exploited by given a full ride to a school I would very likely never, ever qualify… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that rich and powerful people have access to top level government officials!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Secretary Clinton certainly only met with Nobel Prize winning economist and leading expert in development economics Mohammad Yunus because of his donation to the Clinton Foundation.

thegreatpumpkin
thegreatpumpkin

“It’s implausible that a majority of the 154 citizens — people who’d kicked in at least $156 million to her charity — would also happen to catch Clinton’s ear as she toiled away at State. It’s also worth remembering this list doesn’t even include officials from the 16 governments — many of them autocrats — who threw the foundation another $170 million…” Ummm, quote from that same “fringe” NY Post Like shooting fish in the proverbial barrel. LMAO! Y’all know that brunette lady that comes on PBS channel 8/30 on occasion to do fundraising? Maybe she could talk with the… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

First of all, that “154” number is completely misleading. Clinton had well over a thousand meetings with foreign leaders and an untold number of meetings with US domestic officials. The 154 figure is a small sliver of the total number of meetings and interactions she had while Secretary of State. Furthermore, nothing in the APs article indicates that individuals who donated to the Clinton Foundation received special favors or preference. The AP may have found evidence of “pay” but they sure as heck didn’t seem to uncover any evidence of “play.” Of the people mentioned in the article: 1. S.… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Breathe, Andrew! I don’t want you to hyperventilate and pass out. Nice cut and paste with the lib talking points. The only number you really need to concern youself with is 150+ million in payments for access to her. That’s pretty much peddling access to her for cash. That’s a crime for anyone else who does not share her last name. And AP only looked at the first two years!!! No telling how much slushed in the last 24 months!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Even if there was something more than circumstantial evidence of cash for access, SCOTUS just held that cash for access is not illegal unless the recipient takes an official action on the payor’s behalf. There is no evidence Clinton took official action in exchange for payments. Further, y’all know none of this cash was going to her, right? People were donating money for AIDS medication, rehabilitation programs for former sex slaves, etc. The only thing we “learned” is that wealthy people and Nobel Prize winners have an easier time getting the Secretary of State on the phone. Does anyone think… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, you’re embarrassing youself and you know it. Just stop, please. To average voters, stinks. If it appears to walk like a bribe, quacks like a bribe, it’s a bribe! Next you’ll be trotting out that othet laughable legal defense of, “there’s no controlling legal authority…”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But there is “controlling authority.” Cash for access is not illegal. Period. There is no evidence of bribery, no evidence of official action being taken in exchange for donations, and no evidence Clinton profited from any donations. There’s no there there.

I think you’re underestimating the average voter. Just because the average Trump voter reasons at a fifth grade level doesn’t mean the average American is incapable of grasping that there’s no substance to this story.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, can I start calling you Baghdad Bob? Lol!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Call me whatever you want. Not my fault you’re opposed to someone pointing out the what the law is.

Will Durant
Will Durant

My favorite was one who was first declined an audience with her excellency (majesty?) until the 50K, maybe 100K donor, I forgot, to the foundation came up with an introduction letter from a foundation workerbee with their description as “a friend of ours”. Cue the Godfather theme…

Carry on behind the usual skirmish lines now.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t think paying for access is a crime.

Besides, Trump is the last person on earth who should complain about it, he has bragged about paying for access for years.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

At least Clinton’s charity actually does charity work. Trump’s charity appears to function solely as a tax write-off.

thegreatpumpkin
thegreatpumpkin

In my best Goober Pyle accent” In speaking of his donation, “It shorrreeee didn’t hurt!” LOL!

gcp
gcp

Jimmy Carter was also “quite unpopular” when he was president.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Two thoughts reading the news: Walker county/Erlanger: In these times of billions of dollars of venture capital money seeking investments, the guarantee of a risky business is best left to pros. In local government the risk just can’t be spread thin enough amongst the population and the decision makers are more like “I want it, we need it, just do it, amateurs” Government is better served by keeping the broadest base of a free and competitive economy to allow individual/corporate pursuits and use regulation to serve and protect the public. Newton County/Muslims: Newton County has a rich and long history… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

…….founding documents and subsequent procedures and laws……

chefdavid
chefdavid

If we could just get an intergovenment agreement between GA and TN to take our prisoners to earlanger or memorial life in Dade would be great. Takes to long to carry them over the mountain anyways. Now we must take them to Rome as I understand it.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Another architecture and urban design link… Ed should head over to Kennesaw, GA Tech, or SCAD and sign up for architecture classes.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Charts: Global warming:
I believe it.
l believe human activities have an influence.
I believe the 2 primary factors are population and globalization:
First chart (one link per post)
World population growth

https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth/

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Global warming factor – second link/chart
Worldwide economic growth

https://ourworldindata.org/gdp-growth-over-the-last-centuries/