Morning Reads for January 18, 2017

What if I told you on Friday the office is getting lunch. Instead of ordering what most of the office wanted, the minority choice would be ordered. You’d be pretty upset, huh?

“Jupiter” by C Duncan.

  1. NYT takes in-depth look at new Falcons’ stadium redevelopment. 
  2. Former Klan Grand Dragon asks King family for forgiveness. 
  3. GSU crushes rival, becomes winning Sun Belt team since 2013 when GSU re-joined the conference.
  4. 10 compare-and-contrast photos of Atlanta. 
  5. Morehouse gets $1m donation; getting a new president.
  6. How will the Trump aesthetic change America; who will be his Walt Whitman? 
  7. Seriously, his Poet Laureate is going to be a joke.
  8. Financial Times Books to Look Out for in 2017. 
  9. The problem with English: “The US has just been outsmarted by foreigners it didn’t understand.”

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xdog
xdog

Dear Leader Don Trump Il will cater the best lunch ever.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well, that DeVos hearing was a dumpster fire. Good thing Alexander limited Democrats to just 5 minutes of questioning a piece.

Bart
Bart

I thought it was great, nothing like 3 hours of dems whining about needing more time to whine. Especially Pocahontas who refused to shake hands with the nominee as she was exiting the panel.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Nothing like 3 hours of learning that the nominee to run the education department doesn’t know what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

besides the facts we all knew such as that she has never worked in education (or government for that matter), attended public schools, or had children attend public K-12 schools.

Bart
Bart

Maybe if they added a 2nd round, the dreary senator from Washington could have really gotten to the bottom of the Trump video scandal she decided to ask about with her last question. I’m sure that would help improve education access for all the kids in the IDEA program.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well considering DeVos was also ignorant of Title IX applies to sexual assault on college campuses, it seems somewhat relevant.

Dick West
Dick West

Request: please stop posting FT or other subscription-only sources.

raconteuse
raconteuse

The English language used to be an asset of the US and UK. Now it has become a weakness. Let’s zoom out from the Russian hacking of the American election. More broadly, hacking means extracting someone else’s information or inserting the hackers’ own information. English-speaking countries are particularly easy to hack because their enemies understand what they are saying. Being an English-speaking society is like living in a glass house: it makes you transparent. Conversely, foreign countries are opaque to mostly monolingual Britons and Americans. Foreigners know us much better than we know them. This asymmetry probably helped Russia get… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

“The US … still can’t stop Russian adventuring.” Sigh… This isn’t a movie where you just go blow some stuff up and everybody goes home, problem solved, end of story. Of course we don’t want to get into a shooting war with Russia, but that is not our only recourse. The other options just take a little longer (maybe) and aren’t as dramatic, and cyber warfare isn’t the only other one. I think there is a real appetite for us to go try to kick someones ass. I guess this makes some people feel ‘proud’, or strong, or something. Despite… Read more »

xdog
xdog

44th president Obama pardons #44 Willie McCovey for a guilty plea to tax fraud 21 years ago. Stretch admitted failing to report income from autographs and memorabilia shows, paid a fine, got probation.

In what I consider a serious journalistic lapse for America, the best story was put out by the Brits in The Guardian, but The Mercury News has some first-rate pictures.
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/17/hall-of-fame-first-baseman-willie-mccovey-pardoned-by-obama
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/17/willie-mccovey-among-those-pardoned-by-obama/

drjay
drjay

“What if I told you on Friday the office is getting lunch. Instead of ordering what most of the office wanted, the minority choice would be ordered. You’d be pretty upset, huh?”

well if we had agreed ahead of time that each dept. gets to vote for lunch because if they just did raw numbers there are a couple of wacky depts with lots of people who always try to order the gluten free kale stir fry, then you know everyone could just kinda deal with it…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Kale stir fry is delicious, but if you’re looking to appeal to hip coastal elites, poke is your best option.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Just when I was starting to halfway respect you you go and say something like that.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Was it the poke or the stir fry?

Now I’m hungry and it’s three hours til lunch.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Stir fry is great. Poke is great. Kale on the other hand comes from the pit of HELL and you know that. No one likes kale. No one.

People that eat kale fall into the same group of people as crossfit crazies and people who eat gluten free items without having a gluten allergy. Do you know how to find them? Don’t worry they will tell you.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I eat kale, don’t do crossfit, and abhor that gluten free nonsense.

Kale is delicious, collards are delicious, turnip greens are delicious… come to think of it, all greens are delicious.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Collards are great, but that is becasue they are cooked in bacon fat or with a ham bone. People that eat raw kale and like it are either liars or spawn of the devil.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’ve been eating kale since I was a child. My grandmothers were of Irish and German descent. Traditional types of cabbage in Irelend are actually types of kale. Colcannon was and in my kitchen still made with board left kale. Any local Oktoberfest when I was growing up had a beer garden, a schnitzel stand, a funnel cake and pretizel booth and a kohlfahrt (a kale food tour). Our garden always had Russian and curly kale next to the American types of green and red cabbage. The people to worry over (AKA the liars and spawns) are the ones who… Read more »

blakeage80
blakeage80

Kale shows the power of marketing. Remember when Kale was a garnish at Shoney’s that you thought would make you sick if you ate it?

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

I EAT KALE. IT IS DELICIOUS!

I fell for the trap didnt I? Dang it. 🙂

Like ACP however, I do not do crossfit.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Spawn of the devil you are!

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

*curtsies* why thank you kind sir.

Teri
Teri

I do crossfit, and I love kale and all other leafy greens. Kale, spinach, cabbage, bok choy, collards, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts – heck, I’ve been known to eat beet greens. The darker the green, the better the green. I could talk for fifteen minutes about the best spinach I ever ate.

But, since I’m a crossfitter, can I tell y’all about today’s WOD?

(I am decidedly not gluten-free. I’m not a madwoman.)

Nathan
Nathan

IT will decided because we know what’s best for you. Also, it’s BBQ. Pork.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I thought it was because IT went into mail servers and changed their answer on their reply emails.

Good to know they were looking out for us. (Side note, IT head here is a vegan… is that even allowable under the rules of being in IT?)

gcp
gcp

Ridiculous raises to state employees include Russell McMurry DOT from $186,000 to 250,000, Jay Roberts from 155,000 to 186,000, Charles Cory TRS from 533,000 to 586,000.

And perhaps William Pryor for SCOTUS? It would be a good selection.

gcp
gcp

Did not take long for dems to bring up abortion at the Price confirmation hearing.

Will Durant
Will Durant

“The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69 degrees F or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average. This surpassed last year’s record by 0.07 degrees F. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016).”

http://www.noaa.gov/stories/2016-marks-three-consecutive-years-of-record-warmth-for-globe

Meanwhile back at the ranch, and I know it’s purely anecdotal, but consecutive January days in the seventies around here just feels weird.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Chinese hoax. Although my golf game ain’t composing about this weather.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Western North Carolina trout fishing for me this past weekend and enough from the poker tables in Cherokee to pay for it all. Only ice was in my glass. We don’t need no stinkin’ casinos.[/sarc]

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

The link for bullet number 3 is incorrect. It keeps taking me to a Georgia State basketball box score and has nothing to do with Georgia Southern University.