Saturday, September 29, 2012

As you already know, Fox News is shameless

Fantasy.

Reality.


Excerpt:  But even as warming temperatures are upending traditional Greenlandic life, they are also offering up intriguing new opportunities for this state of 57,000 — perhaps nowhere more so than here in Narsaq. 

Vast new deposits of minerals and gems are being discovered as Greenland’s massive ice cap recedes, forming the basis of a potentially lucrative mining industry. 

One of the world’s largest deposits of rare earth metals — essential for manufacturing cellphones, wind turbines and electric cars — sits just outside Narsaq. 

This could be momentous for Greenland, which has long relied on half a billion dollars a year in welfare payments from Denmark, its parent state. Mining profits could help Greenland become economically self sufficient, and may someday even render it the first sovereign nation created by global warming. [Emphasis added]

"Welcome to the epicenter of global warming."

Lisa Boothe, She's the Cat's Meow



Minneapolis Central Library: Second Floor



Love this shelf lighting




I lived in Minneapolis during the summer of 1970 at 3026 W. Lake Street, working after-hours maintenance at the downtown Dayton's Department Store (now Macy's).  But you won't find me here.  (Business Science Stacks & Reference)



All photos taken by Retiring Guy on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Related post.
Minneapolis Central Library:  1st floor.
Minneapolis Central Library:  Exterior and Atrium.

Minneapolis Central Library: 1st Floor





We took a right-hand turn at this point -- to the Children's Library.



Storytime room.


What?  Just 3 copies of books by Carl Hiaasen on the "General Fiction shelves?


Well, the rest of them could be checked out or stored in the "Fiction Stacks".




Book return area.


All photos taken by Retiring Guy on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Related post.
Minneapolis Central Library:  Exterior and Atrium.

Minneapolis Central Library: Exterior and Atrium

About the library.


Designed by Cesar Pelli.


Library opened May 20, 2006.


353,000 square feet with 140,000 square feet of underground parking.


8,140 square-foot atrium links two buildings that make up the library.


Ninety-five percent of the old Central Library building was recycled; the pillars in the new building are from recycled cement


All photos taken by Retiring Guy on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 42nd Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the district.
Angie W. Cox Public Library, Pardeeville
Brandon Public Library
Cambria Public LIbrary  (link not working this morning)
Endeavor Public Library
Fox Lake Public Library
Hutchinson Memorial Library, Randolph
Lodi's Women's Club Public Library
Mill Pond Public Library, Kingston
Poynette Area Public Library
Rio Community Library
Wyocena Public Library

Seat currently held by Fred Clark (D-Baraboo).  Clark is now running in the 81st Assembly District, currently represented by Helen Kelda Roys, who finished a distant second in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary.

The Republican Incumbent

Biography.   Born Madison, November 13, 1961; married; 3 children. 

Graduate Lodi H.S. 1980; UW-Madison farm and industry short course 1981. 

Farmer and small business owner. 

Member: Wis. Soybean Marketing Bd. (fmr. pres., vice pres.); Badger Agvest LLC (fmr. pres. and co-founder); Wis. Corn Growers Assn. (fmr. pres., vice pres.); Wis. Farm Bureau; Lodi FFA Alumni (fmr. pres., co-founder); Columbia, Sauk and Dane Co. Republican Party; Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club; Ducks Unlimited; Poynette Bowhunters Club. 

Town of Dane Supervisor 2006-08. 

Elected to Assembly 2008; reelected 2010.

No primary opponent in 2010.  Won general election with 57% of the vote.

The Democratic Challenger: Paula Cooper

Click on "About" and all you get is.....

We must take back our state.  Help me be a progressive voice in the Assembly.



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Assembly District 39.
Assembly District 40.
Assembly District 41.

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 41st Assembly District (General Election District)


Public libraries in the district
Adams County Library
Berlin Public Library
Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake
Ethel Everhard Memorial Library, Westfield
Kilbourn Public Library, .Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton
Markesan Public Library
Montello Public Library
Neshkoro Public Library
Oxford Public Library
Packwaukee Public Library
Princeton Public Library
Ripon Public Library

Academic library
Lane Library, Ripon College

The Republican Incumbent

Biography.  Born Milwaukee, March 16, 1952; married; 3 children. 

Graduate Nathan Hale H.S. (West Allis) 1970; attended UW-Waukesha; B.A. Elementary Education UW-Stevens Point 1974. 

Co-owner of farm equipment business. Former 1st grade teacher. 

Member: FEMA V Regional Advisory Council; Markesan Chamber of Commerce (former treas.); Waupun Chamber of Commerce; Green Lake County Farm Bureau; Waupun Memorial Hospital (bd. of dir., fmr. chp.); Agnesian HealthCare Enterprises, LLC management com. (fmr. secy.); volunteer, Markesan District Schools; Markesan PTA (fmr. pres.); Markesan AFS Chapter (hosting coordinator, pres., fmr. host family, liaison). Recipient: Markesan District Education Assn. Friend of Education Award 1990. 

Markesan City Council 1987-91; Mayor of Markesan 1991-97. 

Elected to Assembly 2004; reelected since 2006. Majority Caucus Chairperson 2011.

Breezed through the 2010 primary and general elections.


The Democratic Challenger:  Melissa Sorenson

Melissa Sorenson:  Emerge Wisconsin

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Assembly District 31.
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Assembly District 33.
Assembly District 34.
Assembly District 35.
Assembly District 36.
Assembly District 37.
Assembly District 38.
Assembly District 39.
Assembly District 40.

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 40th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the district
Iola Village Library
Leon-Saxeville Library
Marion Public Library
New London Public Library
Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose
Poy Sippi Library
Redgranite Public Library
Scandinavia Public Library
Sturm Memorial Library, Manawa
Waupaca Area Public Library
Weyauwega Public Library

The Republican incumbent


Biography Born Waupaca, December 14, 1964; married; 2 children.

Graduate Waupaca H.S. 1983; B.S.M.E. U. of New Mexico 1989.

Co-owner family-run electronics corporation.

Served in U.S. Navy sub service, 1983-94, Persian Gulf War veteran.  Member U.S. Naval Reserve 1994-2008.

Member: Waupaca Co. Republican Party; Outagamie Co. Republican Party; VFW Post 1037 (life member); Amvets Post 1887 (life member); American Legion Post 161; United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.; Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce; New London Chamber of Commerce; Clintonville Chamber of Commerce; National Rifle Association. Town of Dayton Supervisor 2001-07.

Elected to Assembly 2006; reelected since 2008.

Easily re-elected in 2010.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's That Smell? The Pants Worn by the Staff at the Government is Not God PAC

 LINK



In the past few days, this group of loonies has also registered "False" twice and "Mostly False" once on the Truth-o-Meter.


Pew Research Looks at News Consumption


In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is VulnerableTrends in News Consumption: 1991-2012. (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 9/27/2012)

With this visual, the future of print newspapers looks might grim.

At the same time, small town and rural residents prefer tradtitional media, TV and newspaper, for local news and information.

How people get local news and information in different communities. (Pew Research,9/26/2012)

ExcerptSmall town residents: Along with rural residents, people who live in smaller towns are more likely to rely on traditional news platforms such as television and newspapers to get local news; newspapers are especially important to them for civic information. Small town Americans prefer the local newspaper for a long list of information—including local weather, crime, community events, schools, arts and culture, taxes, housing, zoning, local government and social services. Residents of smaller towns are also the most likely to worry about what would happen if the local newspaper no longer existed.

Michael Ennis's "The Malice of Fortune" Gets a Rockin' Video Promo



33 holds on 11 copies in LINKcat, a consortium with 49 library locations.

Not exactly a rockin' response.

Library Porn: What's the Point?



At 0:56 a woman being interviewed replies, "That's not the point."

I watched this video three times and am still wondering what the point of it is.   Does it have a point of view? It appears to be BoozWheez's only video upload (of 118) on the topic of libraries.

Don't know whether or  not this news article provides any background.

The Menasha Public Library is Ready for Its Close-Ups

....and panning shots, zooms in and out....



The view from the Director's office starts around the 0:30.

Picture Perfect Library Cards @ the Fresno County Public Library



Dear George, It will take more than denial to get over climate change in Greenland





Excerpt:   Vast new deposits of minerals and gems are being discovered as Greenland’s massive ice cap recedes, forming the basis of a potentially lucrative mining industry. 

One of the world’s largest deposits of rare earth metals — essential for manufacturing cellphones, wind turbines and electric cars — sits just outside Narsaq. 

This could be momentous for Greenland, which has long relied on half a billion dollars a year in welfare payments from Denmark, its parent state. Mining profits could help Greenland become economically self sufficient, and may someday even render it the first sovereign nation created by global warming. 

The Wisconsin Budget Project: Numbers Worth Repeating


Page 1 of U.S. Census report , referenced in the WBP post

New Census Data Shed Light on State and Local Revenue and Spending. (Wisconsin Budget Project, 9/26/2012)

Where Wisconsin ranks.  (Based on 2010 census data.)

9
Total state and local taxes when measured as a percentage of personal income.

15
Total state and local taxes when compared on a per capita basis.

Excerpt:   Our state always ranks much higher in taxes than in total General Revenue because we rely less on charges and fees and receive less federal funding than most other states.  (Wisconsin ranked 42nd in federal aid to state and local governments per capita in 2007.)
32
Also from the report.  Wisconsin ranked 32nd nationally in both of those revenue sources (measured relative to income).

It's not 100% clear to me to what the "both" refers.

Taxes and other charges/fees?

Charges/fees and federal funding?

Total general revenue?  (My "Trivial Pursuit" gut feeling, but you know what always happens when you think about the question for too long.)

I'm waiting to hear back from Jon Peacock.

Whatever the case, the point is that when considering all revenue sources, Wisconsin's ranking drops to somewhere in the middle, as shown by this 2010 Wisconsin Department of Revenue report, "2006-07 State and Local Government Tax and Revenue Rankings".




Hey, there's that "32" again.  (This was also my son Andy's jersey number for high school baseball and basketball.)

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 39th Assembly District (General Election Edition)


Public libraries in the 39th Assembly  District
Beaver Dam Public Library
Brownsville Public Library
Horicon Public Library
Hustisford Community Library
Iron Ridge Public Library
Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford (service area)
Juneau Public Library
Lomira Quadrophonics Community Library
Mayville Public Library
Theresa Public Library

An open seat, as the 39th's current representative, Jeff Fitzgerald, set his sights on a U.S. Senate seat.  (You'll note on the map that there are no dark blue counties.)


Candidate profiles: State Assembly District 39. (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/9/2012)

The Republican Candidate:  Mark Born

Born's current position:  Dodge County Sheriff's Department, Corrections Administration Division.  (Detention Facility?)
Vice-President, Dodge County Historical Society.
Member, Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association
Former member, Beaver Dam Common Council.

Wisconsin Eye interview

The Democratic Candidate:  Jim Grigg


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