Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 4

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John Vestal
John Vestal

Broken link on “Amélie”…the original movie with Audrey Tautou is really cute. Haven’t seen it in years.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Wasn’t aware yesterday was National Hug an Authoritarian Thug Day.

Eiger, word on the street is that the Freedom Caucus is trying to draft a ACA repeal and replace bill that’s less popular than AHCA.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Depends on who you ask. Will you like it? No. Will the Freedom Caucus and Tuesday group love it? No, but hopefully they understand now that they can like it as a first step. There are things that they can pass outside of a full repeal that gives the Secretary of HHS a broader ability to do certain things administratively with waivers and other items. We will see what comes out today, but there is a chance something passes by the end of the week.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Passes the full House by the end of the week or passes committee by the end of the week? Curious as to the procedural standing, is this a new bill or a microwaved AHCA? No CBO score prior to the vote, I’m guessing? I think you’re right that this will get through the House. Politically, Ryan and the party can’t afford another public failure on this issue. I’m not sure how a bill that allegedly eliminates EHBs will fare in the Senate, but I’m going to guess the House’s thinking is “not our problem.” With AHCA polling at 17% prior… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Not sure what the name will be, but I’d assume it’s the AHCA with major tweaks. It will need to pass the full house by Friday. I don’t believe it eliminates EHBs. It allows states to determine what meets those benefits and or ask for a waiver to the EHB if they can show they have a better way to provide coverage that meets those needs. Again, I know you won’t like that, but there are senators that could live with that.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As the end of the article (and Eiger’s above response) indicates, the “sell” is going to be some version of “we’re giving power back to the states.” I don’t know how well that messaging will play, quite frankly. Democrats effectively hammered AHCA the last go ’round. I’d imagine they can be successful again if some of the reports re: EHBs and pre-existing conditions come true. “Paul Ryan wants to cut taxes for the wealthy on the backs of cancer patients” is a pretty solid line of attack. The fact that they want something done by the end of the week… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I think that this article clearly shows why passing a major piece of legislation isn’t as easy as some people out in the everyday world would think. Guaranteed issue/community rating is a very serious topic for many people, on both sides of the argument. I would also say that Andrew and other Democrats would not necessarily dispute the fact that guaranteed issue/community rating has increased insurance cost for many people because that was the point. Make people who can pay more pay for those that can’t. The problem that I and many on my side of the argument that have… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

See, the two of you can have concise and opposing opinions – plus be informative.

Thanks for the input gentleman.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I will admit that I am full of snark, but do try to be as informative as I can most of the time.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I have nothing but respect for Eiger. Takes guts to be that wrong all the time. 😉

The Eiger
The Eiger

This coming from the guy who’s team governed so well that they lost to Donald Trump………..

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Touche.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

So, by your logic, they want to take a law that roughly 50% of the country is happy with or would like to see fixed and replace it with something roughly NOBODY likes…somehow that doesnt equate with good governance. It sounds more like a load of crap (as you like to say so often)

The Eiger
The Eiger

It’s hard for people to know what is in the bill when members of Congress are sometimes too dumb to talk coherently on the topic. Of course people are scared of the changes in the ACA. The republicans have done a terrible job of selling it because they prefer to fight themselves. I will eagerly agree that many of the members of the freedom caucus are full of crap.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To echo, it’s also hard when you have a President that hasn’t read the bill, doesn’t understand how the current system works, and doesn’t care enough to learn any of it. Trump should be using the bully pulpit to sell this thing and drive one coherent, positive message. Obama, for example, spent a great deal of time making the pitch for ACA through town halls, speeches, interviews, etc. Trump has done no heavy lifting on this thing whatsoever and it’s put the GOP at a disadvantage.

xdog
xdog

Keeping current that graphic of Team Trump and Team Putin would be a full-time job. Witness yesterday’s news about Erik Prince and the Seychelles.

I guess I’m the last one to learn that Prince is Betsy DeVos’ brother.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I e-mailed someone at GDOT the following. It may not merit implementation, but am including it here that it receive for a wider audience in event that it does. “The flyover from eastbound I-285 to northbound I-85 was often congested outside of peak periods prior to the I-85 viaduct collapse. Since I-85 closure is significantly increasing traffic using the flyover, I suggest that GDOT consider implementing the following measure: Close the northbound I-85 right lane at Moreland Interchange from north of the exit to Northcrest Road north to the I-85 eastbound to I-285 northbound on-ramp, and allow two lane movement… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I think a diagram would get that point across much better than words alone…I got a headache just trying to sort out what you were saying. Make a diagram, and share it on some photo sharing site like imgur.com and post a link

Will Durant
Will Durant

Dave interposed 85 and 285 in this sentence: ” I-85 eastbound to I-285 northbound on-ramp” so that probably adds to your confusion. Of course that interchange is complicated and I agree with your solution as a stopgap since 85N rarely backs up below the perimeter I doubt losing a lane would be an issue. There are other issues that exacerbate the traffic on the flyover during backups including people taking the 85S exit from 285E and crossing over 3 lanes to exit on the 85N ramp provided for the vehicles entering from Buford Hwy. that merges halfway up the flyover.… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Whoa, Nellie!!! That be a felony!!
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/03/susan-rice-ordered-spy-agencies-to-produce-detailed-spreadsheets-involving-trump/
Hillary/Rice for Prison 2017!!
Whatta ya think? Matching prison garb? Bunk mates?

in_atl
in_atl

Whoa Nellie is right. The request to unmask the names is not illegal. If it were, the request would have been denied. It is only a felony for Rice if the names were then leaked by Rice. Do you have evidence that Rice leaked the information? Or that Rice conspired to have the names unmasked so that they could be leaked? That is a problem with a lot of the partisan – whether left wing or right wing – media reports. They go straight from A to C – or even A to F – while skipping over the intermediate… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK, so someone with no credibility (the pizzagate guy) runs a story he says he got from Bloomberg because they wouldn’t run it, then when Bloomberg does run it they say it’s all likely legal. Then another outlet with no credibility goes to a former US attorney with no credibility who claims a bunch of new info even though he hasn’t been in the government since about 1988.

Sounds legit.

Noway2016
Noway2016

With apologies to Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall), “I love the smell of subpoenas in the morning. It smells like…victory!” The question is, fellas, is whether or not she takes The Fifth. And I ain’t talking Jim Beam. Lord, this is good! Just desserts for a proven liar. This be abusive use of government resources on your political opponents. It’s one thing for ‘ol Noway, as a private investigator, to do Opposition Research on Senator Snort. (Don’t you just love “Grin and Bear It?”) It’s quite another and quite chilling, actually, for Uncle Sam to be doing it! Paging… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Fake News Roasting on a Dumpster Fire.
Pizzagate purveyor stirs another empty pot.
https://mediamatters.org/video/2017/04/04/susan-rice-denies-right-wing-media-lies-meant-bolster-trump-s-wiretap-nonsense/215910
Rebuttal Interview transcript

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOLOLOL! David Brock?! Do you people have trouble sleeping at night? It must be exhausting trying to do anything, defend any-damn-illegal behaviors to protect Hilly, Barry and Susan. I’m genuinely worried for yall’s health.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

I see a lot of Fake fighting Fake in these links. I’m LOLing too.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And, and, and, and…I love CNN’s frantic, hysterical, screeching proclamations that THEYYYYYY will not even cover this story!!!!

Benevolus
Benevolus

So Trump friend, confidante, and former staffer Roger Stone admitted to being in touch with guccifer (Russian) and wikileaks, and specifically predicted the release of Podesta emails, and you don’t think it’s appropriate for the NSA to be looking into any and all communications that might be related to that, especially given that we were also parrying Russian cyber-infiltrators at the same time?

I’m going to be disappointed if we find out that Susan Rice wasn’t looking at that stuff, and anything connected to Michael Flynn as well.

in_atl
in_atl

More follow up on a rare good oped from Kyle Wingfield. Metro Atlanta needs several new highways for both capacity and redundancy … and to divert passerby truckers and tourists (those ideally would be toll lanes) far away from I-285.

http://kylewingfield.blog.myajc.com/2017/04/04/opinion-i-85-collapse-should-get-attention-of-candidates-voters/

The only opposition to this could come from:

A) people who wish to force others out of their cars against their wills
B) people who simply do not wish to spend any money on anything.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Before anyone engages in revisionist history…you should watch this short documentary about the real fight over those north south freeways

augusta52
augusta52

Scott, interesting piece in Inman Park—-John Lewis’ stance against the parkway doubtless helped in his 52-48% win over Julian Bond in the 1986 5th CD runoff…I suspect a lot of folks saw the Presidential Parkway (Freedom Parkway) as a “Trojan horse” to bui;ld the Stone Mtn Freeway—I mean, the parkway would have been about a third the length of the proposed SM Freeway, so heck, if you finish the first third, you may as well finish the remaining two-thirds. No one was fooled by the story that Carter’s library would have so much traffic, we needed a parkway for that… Read more »

zedsmith
zedsmith

When you ram an interstate through a walkable neighborhood in northeast Atlanta, you are imposing a car centric lifestyle on people who don’t want it.

Not only do we not have the interstate infrastructure for free and easy commutes from some exurb, we also lack the arterial road infrastructure to get cars to their destinations. It’s far far far too late to fix that though. It’s much easier to live closer to where you work.

Will Durant
Will Durant

And can afford intown housing, are DINKs, or Pace Academy if not, etc. Everything is easier with money.

augusta52
augusta52

It is easy today to criticize those who “did not know better” 60 and 70 years ago designing Atlanta’s expressway system—but who then would have figured today we would have some 6 million in the general area? Furthermore, Atlanta started its expressway system before the 1956 passage of the Interstate act—for instance, the first stretch of the system opened in the fall of 1951, between Williams Street near the EY Tower and Brookwood; by 1955 or so, the Northeast Expressway was completed to Lenox Road, and construction of the Northwest Expressway (from Brookwood to West Paces Ferry) was well underway.… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Beyond 285, it gets difficult because development has spread so far out—building a Northern Arc today would mean plowing through a lot of neighborhoods in Cherokee and Forsyth. Good luck with that.”

Adds a third item to

“The only opposition to this could come from:
A) people who wish to force others out of their cars against their wills
B) people who simply do not wish to spend any money on anything.”

Will Durant
Will Durant

GDOT and C.W. Matthews have announced a surprising (at least to me) reopening date of June 15 for I-85:

http://www.myajc.com/news/breaking-reopen-june-officials-say/fQcpIeQxcrptK4jarOZSqM

Ellynn
Ellynn

It’s going to depend on how quickly they can manufacture the precast spans. That type of cast take weeks to cure before they can release the structural tense cables. You need to find a pre-caster (maybe even 2-4) that has either room in their schedule or can push back their current orders of summer construction – AND they need to be on an accessible route for 250′ spans that will ride higher then typical overpass clearances.

Benevolus
Benevolus

So do they just pull out the design folder for 250′ pre-cast beams with xx load factor, or do they have to design a new one?

Ellynn
Ellynn

They can use the existing design from when it was built if it meets the evaluation standard under the current set of codes – updated for load, wind, and seismic design – if absolutely necessary, or they can get the federal to grandfather in the prior design if it has no fatal design issue, like they did for the off ramp in LA after a tanker truck took out a section in a 10 year old design. If it is an older design with a known flaw, like the corrosion issue of I-35 over the Mississippi in Minneapolis, they would… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Looks like they did the 5th runway bridge over 285, so they can probably handle it! Key Projects – 5th Runway at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – International Boulevard – West Paces Ferry – re-design – value engineering – 5th Street Bridge over I-75 – Atlanta People Mover – Northwest Corridor Products – Corporate and Support Staff AASHTO Modified Type I girders – AASHTO Type II, III and IV girders – PCI Bulb Tee Girders – Box Beams – Haunch Beams Never know when you might need some haunch beams.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Terri,

I was waiting for your full report on the latest Hamilton covers released last Friday.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wait-for-it/id1212587851?i=1212588887

Will Durant
Will Durant

I have no doubt GDOT will let another contractor, if not C.W. Mathews themselves as they are the 800 lb. gorilla in GDOT projects, slide on a project date on other ones to give this one a priority. They could even go retro and use poured in place beams which require a lot more steel. Yes, one thing that cannot be hurried is the time concrete takes to cure to enable load handling under tension. The spans in this section however are only ~120 feet. Replacing the 4 sets of columns and their footings is why I’m surprised at the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Non-politics question: I am getting ready to toss some really old laptops. Is there a site i can go to online to use an over write program to “wipe” the hard drives? If so , can one of you attach that link? Thanks!

Ellynn
Ellynn

You can email Hillary World and ask how they did it…. (Snicker)

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! What was that? Bleach Bit or something…

The Eiger
The Eiger

Take the hard drive out and hit it with a hammer until it’s in a lot of little piece. Sometimes things are easier than they appear.

Noway2016
Noway2016

That actually comes after the HD is erased. I actually take those silver HD disks and shred them. I have too much work related content to let anything survive.

Will Durant
Will Durant

If you shred them you have no worries about a software wipe. Yeah, there are programs out there that pass the old DoD standard with about 2 days of writing 1s, then 0s, etc. but this goes back to an age when pcs were $5,000 and hard drives were at least a grand. These days most everyone I know gives them to a security company that throws the entire hard drive into an industrial shredder onsite and observable by the company’s representatives. The Eiger is correct. Get a sledge hammer and work out your frustrations. If you are extra paranoid… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Don’t make things too complicated.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Got hold of a guy who’ll come to the house and destroy the entire laptop in some kind of monster shredder. Just toss the whole thing in. Sounds like he’s the go-to guy!

Ellynn
Ellynn

“This is anywhere from a 10 to a 20 year process, 17 agencies, hundreds and hundreds of permits…29 different statutes…We’re going to be able to get rid of 95% of that…and still get protection.” President Trump, talking about new highway construction at ‘White House CEO Town Hall’.

Lets just say he ‘does all that’… (Piff) How does he pay for it?

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

*waves hands* Magic!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Apparently no one knew it would be so complicated.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Easy, same way he builds all his buildings: hire a bunch of cheap foreign labor and then refuse to pay them.