Morning Reads for International Heritage Breeds Week (May 19)

Another week of Wednesday Morning Reads, another week where I’ve chosen a week instead of a day for our observance. This week is International Heritage Breeds Week, which is largely coordinated by the Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy’s mission is to save the traditional breeds of livestock that have gone out of fashion in today’s mass market society. They’ve been pretty successful, particularly with small farms, homesteads, and suburbanites with backyard chickens and/or rabbits, and of course they are. Some of these animals are really interesting! Anyway, if you’re looking to pick up a couple of chickens for your yard or thinking about starting a small farm of your own, consider a heritage breed and help save them from extinction.

Let’s get on to the news.

Pat Conroy

  • Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is running for reelection. (Alternate link.)
  • The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor regarding a possible extortion attempt. (Alternate link.)
  • The Public Service Commission will decide in November how much of the ballooning overage tab from the new Plant Vogtle reactors customers will be forced to pick up.
  • Think the Water Wars with Florida and Alabama are over? Not by a long shot.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is still investigating lead contamination in west Atlanta.
  • Senator Raphael Warnock has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider its environmental impact assessment of Spaceport Camden.
  • State legislators may soon see their pensions increase. (Alternate link.)
  • Over a third of Georgia gas stations still don’t have gas after last week’s unnecessary panic.
  • MotherJones has done a deep dive into the two Georgia women who first rose to fame at the inception of the Tea Party movement and continue to impact conservative politics today.

Alice Walker

Flannery O’Connor

  • Next month, we may get some insight into how federal agencies respond internally to reports of UFOs.

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