November 17, 2017 6:12 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, November 17, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday, November 17, 2017 By Ginny Morning Reads 37 Comments There’s never enough disinfectant. Transit tremors in the Emory Corridor. This post is chock full of triggers. And I love it. Who needs to know, anyway? Oh, the horrors. At least one good thing has come out of this sex harassment circus. Binge-worthy! Some people just don’t like the spotlight. It shows too many warts. Sci-fi coming true. Part the first. Part the second. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 37 Comments Benevolus I had a dream. Handmaids Tale came true- but the genders were reversed! November 17, 2017 6:59 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Yeah, can we just get a Ghostbusters-style reboot of society and put the women in charge? November 17, 2017 7:45 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual That reboot didn’t work out very well. November 17, 2017 8:41 AM Log in to Reply Nefarious Ghostbusters 2016 was great, and it’s definitely the second-best Ghostbusters movie that’s been made. November 17, 2017 9:37 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Lies from the pit of hell. Some things do not need to be messed with. Good bourbon, bacon and Bill Murray classics are at the top of the list. November 17, 2017 1:20 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn +1000 November 17, 2017 1:23 PM Dave Bearse I had read other commentary on the Politico column referenced in the “too many warts” link and the Politico column itself a while back. It’s called fly-over country for a reason. World War II prosperity provided a veneer for racism and ignorance that never went away. A consolation is that folks of that type are now a minority and an ever-increasing one. They know what’s been in their hearts all along, and are afraid of being on the receiving end. November 17, 2017 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Image these flying down I-16 after leaving the ort of Savannah. https://www.axios.com/elon-musk-unveils-an-electric-semi-truck-2510179289.html November 17, 2017 10:08 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn In realted news, I want one of theses… http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-new-tesla-roadster-hardcore-smackdown-to-gas-powered-cars-2017-11 November 17, 2017 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Vox with a Uranium One flow chart that is a lot easier to follow than the ones proffered by Hannity and Louie Gohmert. https://www.vox.com/2017/11/17/16658080/uranium-one-clinton-russia-chart November 17, 2017 10:09 AM Log in to Reply Mr. Bear The self-driving vehicle promises to upend our thinking about local transportation. The traditional approach to a local transit station is that there are a series of buses operating out of that station, following pre-planned routes on pre-planned schedules. You miss the last bus? You have to wait for the next one. Instead, a self-driving vehicle operating out of that same station takes you to your door. If there are more passengers than vehicles, you have to wait, but you are not stuck in traffic somewhere along the way. There’s going to be a whole field of clinical psychology devoted to helping those who cannot just sit there and ride. And, when you think about it, a lot of those same people are the source of traffic problems by tailgating, frequently changing lanes and such. I’ll never get into one of those self-driving contraptions, but I’m not the target market for those things anyway. Likewise, our conventional thought toward urban transportation has been toward building a physical plant that operates railed vehicles on fixed routes and fixed schedules. And, there has been the desire to build expensive physical plant so that “the poor people can get to their jobs”. Witness the Perry Homes / Proctor Creek / Green Line, which was started for that purpose when Perry Homes was already in decline. Now, the Green Line serves one unique station and duplicates service to all the others. The costs? At least 400 million $ per mile, plus the costs of operation and maintenance. The traffic numbers are iffy, so maybe an automated street vehicle is the proper alternative. Given the present street congestion around Emory, on the other hand, a bunch of self-driving cars isn’t going to squeeze out any more capacity, so fixed rail service seems to be in order. Why not extend the Green Line further from Candler Park Station up to Emory / CDC / VA Hospital? November 17, 2017 10:24 AM Log in to Reply Nefarious I work as a transportation for a living. Self-driving vehicles are coming, but I don’t think the impacts will be as huge as people imagine. 1. The biggest advantages of self-driving vehicles- intersection weaving, platooning cars close together, etc that would truly make an impact on traffic congestion (shown in this video https://youtu.be/4pbAI40dK0A)- can only be implemented if you remove ALL human drivers from the road. Good luck telling everyone to get out of their cars. “You can take the steering wheel from my cold, dead hands!” 2. If self-driving cars are on the same roads as everyone else, they’ll be in the same traffic as everyone else. 3. Rideshare service is fast and reliable in dense urban areas with consistent demand, and significantly less so in spread-out suburban areas with inconsistent or low demand. The Uber-like self-driving car service people imagine will likely be the same way. Fast service in suburban areas would require a lot of autonomous vehicles milling about in the suburbs waiting for demand, which would in turn increase the overhead cost of service. 4. Other problems better discussed elsewhere, such as the trolley problem and the Level 3 autonomous problem. Transportation is a multi-faceted problem and autonomous vehicles are NOT a magic bullet, and we still need smart transit investment, such as a rail line in the dense Clifton Corridor. November 17, 2017 1:07 PM Log in to Reply Nefarious Apologies for the first sentence. I work as a transportation ENGINEER for a living. November 17, 2017 1:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Finance Committee fireworks on C-Span last night: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/11/17/this-remarkable-angry-exchange-between-senators-unmasks-the-gops-tax-cut-lies/?utm_term=.95e223116981 Kudos to Sen. Brown for appropriately pointing out the absurdity of the GOP tax bill. Sen. Hatch’s feigned outrage deserves an Oscar nomination. November 17, 2017 11:17 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn The McCaskill/Hatch one from Thursday over Medicaid cuts was interesting too. https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4691889/mccaskillhatchmedicaidfairy November 17, 2017 11:57 AM Log in to Reply Nefarious Ginny, you forgot a link. Who wants to join me? http://www.atlantamagazine.com/drinks/atlantas-favorite-top-holiday-bar-miracle-back-even-bigger/ I want that winking Santa mug so much I’m going to cry. November 17, 2017 11:33 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope More proof that in politics, you get what you pay for: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-fcc-media-merger-rule-20171116-story.html November 17, 2017 11:55 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus The Fulton County DA is moving into a storefront on the corner of MLK and Hamilton Holmes. I wasn’t aware that the DA had field offices. Why would they need that, and what would they do there? November 17, 2017 11:59 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Good Guy with Gun stops maggot from raping woman. Thank God! https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2017/11/09/hero-pulls-gun-stop-woman-raped-austin-trail November 17, 2017 2:51 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Presumably he still would have been able to do that even if 30 round clips and bump stocks were regulated. November 17, 2017 3:00 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But of course…Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn Feed.Yall’s.Narrative. At.All.Cost. November 17, 2017 3:18 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus there once was a robot called noway who had nothing of interest to say ’cause instead of reflection it just used projection to everyone else’s dismay November 17, 2017 4:20 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Cut ol’ Noway some slack. It’s hard to be a good flack when you do yer’ postin’ from far ‘cross the ocean in some Siberian shack. November 17, 2017 4:43 PM Benevolus If he’s gonna be postin’ Ideas worth roastin’ Then taking some flack is OK Strong enough for Siberia Is enough for my (alleged) hysteria Still, the auto-response is “M.A.G.A.!” November 17, 2017 9:08 PM Noway2016 There once was a dil-o named Pope Who was Gpol’s most infamous dope And with a goober like B And for all to see They’ve both just Socialist mopes… November 18, 2017 9:59 AM Andrew C. Pope Perhaps this discussion sounds better in Russian ‘cause your grammar suggests you ain’t from the west. Your insults are silly and Siberia’s chilly so why don’t you give it a rest? November 18, 2017 5:46 PM Benevolus O socialist mopes wherefore art thou socialist mopes? Deny thy birthright of 30 round clips and refuse thy priveledge of bump stocks? ‘Cause many may die for the name NRA The mopes will never capitulate. November 18, 2017 6:49 PM ScottNAtlanta Ya’ll should write a book Poetry of a Partisan Nature (I get a cut since I suggested it) November 18, 2017 7:03 PM Andrew C. Pope Trump has tweeted about Franken, but he still hasn’t said a peep about Roy Moore, a child molester. November 17, 2017 3:54 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope A brief synopsis of the tax bill, for those confused by everything going on: The GOP wants to get a permanent cut to the corporate tax rate. They’re also proposing cuts to the individual tax rate, but those cuts would sunset after 8 years. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, that would lead to an across-the-board tax increase for families earning less than $75,000 per year starting in 2027. The GOP has countered that by saying they’ll step in and make the individual cuts permanent at some point before they expire in 8 years and that we should totally trust them to follow through on a far off promise. In addition, the GOP tax plans also have very generous provisions for the super wealthy, like an elimination of the estate tax, tax breaks for private jet owners, golf course owners, and it lowers the tax rate on pass thru entities from 39.6% to 25%, benefitting a guy like Donald Trump whose company is a giant pass through entity. Meanwhile, the proposal would count loan forgiveness assistance as “income” screwing over countless graduate students, eliminate the SALT (state and local tax deduction) screwing over families living in blue states (which tend to have higher state and local taxes), ending tax credits for teachers buying school supplies, etc. etc. It gets rid of the Family Flexibility Credit in 2022 and eliminates a bunch of itemized deductions utilized by middle class families The big new development is that they’re also going to try and eliminate the ACA’s individual mandate, which will lead to tens of millions of Americans losing health insurance, massive premium increases, and death spirals in a lot of states. Why are they trying to get rid of the individual mandate? Because screw you, that’s why. So why is the GOP pushing this thing so hard? Do they really still believe in trickle down economics after decades of proof that it doesn’t work? This image sums it up: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOyaEYsXkAEADxC.jpg:large November 17, 2017 4:17 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “And I’ve been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich.” — Orrin Hatch I previously wouldn’t have characterize Hatch’s whole career as stinkin’, but this load after his Merrick infamy is stink that could taint a career. I figure Hatch to be considering throwing in the towel in 2018. November 18, 2017 4:48 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What is thr Merrick issue? November 18, 2017 4:52 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Before Obama made a SCOTUS nomination, Hatch, who is on the Judicial committee, basically said (I’m paraphrasing) he would not vote for a far left nomination, and went so far as saying Judge Merrick would be a good choice and would make it through a full senate vote. November 18, 2017 5:30 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Only if Romney switches his legal address to Utah. He has a house there. Hatch has a deep dislike for Chaffetz and an even deeper dislike for Chaffetz’s. stepfather, and he want through it to him without a better choice. November 18, 2017 5:21 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I’m not getting your point about Chaffetz since he resigned a half year ago. A big part in my figuring is that Hatch turns 83 next year. November 18, 2017 5:58 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The sense is that Chaffetz resigned so that he could gear up for a Senate run (rumors of Hatch’s retirement have been circulating since 2012). I think Chaffetz knew the GOP had spent 8 years making impossible promises (Obamacare repeal, jailing Clinton for murdering all our troooopz in Benghazi, massive corpate tax cuts, border wall, etc. etc.) and figured that he could avoid being lumped in with Ryan et. al if he got out before the train crashed into the side of the mountain. November 18, 2017 7:06 PM Ellynn Fighting the patriarchy. Again. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/18/me-too-movement-renews-equal-rights-amendment-push/875903001/ November 18, 2017 11:57 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.