Morning Reads, July 17 — Birthday Week Edition

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xdog

Good news! The counselors at Camp White House have scheduled new group fun events tied to three general themes. This week campers will focus on “Made in America.
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To celebrate, American-made products from all 50 states will be on display in the mess hall, including Carrier ACs, BMWs, and peaches.
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Other scheduled themes this summer include “American Heroes” and “American Dreams”.
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Celebrations won’t interfere with ongoing classes in medical insurance crafts. The popular meet-and-greets with Camp Red will continue too.
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Happy camping!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Will the Trump brands honor “Made in America” week by announcing that all Trump properties will be constructed with US steel and by US workers, that Ivanka Trump dresses and shoes will be manufactured in the US, and that Donald Trump neckties will be made in the US?

bethebalance
bethebalance

When the campaign went through the same critique, they more or less just ignored it, right? Let’s see if anything is different this time around.

xdog
xdog

Right on time, the Trump administration announces the issuance of 15K new H-2B visas, making it more likely that what is made in America won’t be made by American citizens. Way to stay on message guys.
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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/trump-administration-foreign-workers-permission-240632

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The highest energy cost column concerned total expenses and was flimsy on explanation. It tallied total electricity, motor fuels, natural gas and home heating fuels expenses, not unit costs.

The short explanation is that Georgia leads the southeast in McMansions that are located many dozens of miles away from employment and entertainment centers.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Not buying the car/fuel issue based on the fact Georgia has lower gas prices then say Illinois and California, and California has more drivers who commute. On the other hand, Georgia houses built before 2005 were built with little to no insulation, extremely cheap single pane windows, and open air crawl spaces. Most houses in the northern area of the state use heat pumps instead of more energy efficient gas furnaces (which also remove the moisture in the air), radiant heat and geo thermal – basically because they cost half as much to install when the structure is being built… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

The first thing I did when I bought my house was to add insulation. Spray foam in the attic cut my heating bills in half, and even lowered the cooling bills in summer.
Isnt electric heat way more expensive than gas?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Gas was decidedly less expensive than electric even before fracking vastly expanded supply and reduced prices.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s not the numbers of commuters but how far/how much energy each commuter uses, with trip length a decent metric. The Atlanta commute is among the longest in the nation.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-the-typical-commutes-for-every-big-metro-area-2015-03-25
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In my experience homes above the fall line with heat pumps are in the minority. The balance point for heat pumps in most homes is the mid-30s F, meaning expensive supplemental electric heat would be required in heat pump homes about one-half of most north Georgia winter mornings. Gas if available is superior, and it’s available to most north Georgia homes though perhaps not most north Georgia geography.

Ellynn
Ellynn
ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Thats a really wonderful graph! I watched as some of the bubbles headed southwest (not so good)…was very surprised that retail wasnt lower though

Ellynn
Ellynn

If you think about what laser and plasma cutting did to the metal fabrication industry and workforce, (higher production rates, less errors, better tolerances all with less labor costs), image what this could do…

https://www.axios.com/3d-metal-printer-raises-vc-at-1-billion-valuation-2460789749.html

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

SO we’re going to move elections handling because of security issues TO

the SOS office, which (in my opinion) has as bad or worse security issues…

http://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/after-security-lapses-georgia-will-make-how-runs-elections/yhiHXyTVc434aArnAFMgDI/

Here’s hoping the next occupant of the SOS role after Kemp is way more competent.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Investigation-crazy DC needs to investigate this: “I’m not sure how much more evidence of pay for play, classified information mishandling, and influence peddling from Clinton’s email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement Friday. The newly released documents reveal multiple instances of Clinton Foundation donors receiving favors from the State Department. In addition, Clinton Global Initiative executive Doug Band featured prominently throughout the pages as he appeared to wield his influence in Clinton’s State Department. Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, also acted as a sort of go-between… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

That’s all well and good. Let them investigate Again.. However; last I checked she was investigated without resulting in an indictment by many GOP run congressional panels, the FBI and a House special committee. If they wish to do so again, be our guest. If the AG so wanted they could have already gone to a grand jury and your great wish can be granted. That does not void out ANY thing going on with current investigations. Keep in mind, the congressional panels are being run by REPUBLICANS. If they wanted they could all make it go away…

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Ukraine! Ukraine! Ukraine! (Instead of the tired old Russia cry) While cruising the same news site, ‘came across this little jewel of confirmed collusion by the Democrats and Clinton with the Ukrainian government – not just a conversation with some private citizen attorney from that country.
http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/schiff-concedes-dnc-collusion-ukrainian-government-inappropriate/
Yet we get the same old “Move on, nothing to see here” from the media and the plethora of investigations. They’re too busy with their Trump witch hunt about zip – and making themselves look like fools to the world.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Since you have a well-documented ability for understanding nuance, I’m going to assume I don’t need to tell you the myriad differences between involvement by a non-government affiliated Ukranian-American operative passing information to the DNC and a hostile foreign government hacking private US citizens and private organizations, publicly disseminating their private communications, using a large “troll army” of social media accounts to spread fake news regarding Hillary Clinton, and sending FSB agents to meet with the son, son-in-law, and campaign manager of the Republican nominee for President. Anyone who conflates Ukraine and Russia is either a Trump sycophant or a… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

ACP, there you go again – in the words of an esteemed former Georgia governor, “bless your heart, the truth just is not in you.” There is not one single shred of factual evidence of “a hostile foreign government hacking private US citizens and private organizations, publicly disseminating their private communications, using a large “troll army” of social media accounts to spread fake news regarding Hillary Clinton, and sending FSB agents to meet” with anybody. Rumors do not facts make. There have been lots of allegations, accusations, and character assassinations hurled about, but no facts presented. But the facts of… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Speaking of the sleaze and criminality associated with either Clinton, ummmm – who hired Craig Livingstone?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Look who is getting all historical and memory lane like. I got one for you… independent counsel Kenneth Starr, the guy who exonerated the Clintons in 1998. Got another name for you. Robert Ray. I remember reading parts of his final Filegate report in 2007 while proofing my then step-nephew political science term paper.
None of which has anything to do with the current congressional investigations or getting something of major importance (besides the VA bill) passed. But if congress wants to reopen the Clinton investigations, and fiddle while Rome burns…

Ellynn
Ellynn

Except the uranium thing didn’t go down as your links clam and has been proven inaccurate.
http://www.snopes.com/hillary-clinton-uranium-russia-deal/
I’m sort of shocked you are quoting the “Fake” New York Times as credible proof. Ah the hypocrisy of it all….

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s hard to argue fair and balanced, Andrew, with someone that thinks writing a check when it’s known there are insufficient funds in the account when the check is written is equivalent to armed bank robbery.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Google’s home page today has about the most addictive game ever