I cover the waterfront. Recommended reading, links galore, plentiful screenshots, occasional commentary, line and column graphs, photographs, and color-coordinated PowerPoint slides. Not to mention Update City.
Excerpt: It found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking. Good Reads: Literary Fiction.
My guess is this uniformly positive testimony is not music to their ears. (Wheeler Report links from 10/3/2013)
Supporters defend Wis. Common Core standards. (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/3/2013) Listening to their masters' voices, demanding another political football to kick around:Tea party members sent Wisconsin lawmakers a letter calling for an investigation into the standards. Republicans who control the Legislature responded by creating Senate and Assembly study committees. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has weighed in as well, saying he wants to see tougher standards than Common Core.
It's called "pandering to the base". In summary.
So, blah blah blah, Cathy, how do you explain this? Presumably mindful of the political reality in their battleground state, four Republican House members from Virginia — J. Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell, Frank R. Wolf and Rob Wittman — have broken ranks and called for a vote to finance the government with no policy strings attached, which would end the shutdown.
As Republican Conference Chairman, we completely understand your need to be a parrot.
UW is setting up its own network, to be designed, operated, and managed by UW-Madison's Division of Information Technology. The transition is expected to take 14-18 months at a cost $33,000,000, which is $13,000,000 more than if it had been allowed to remain a member of WiscNet.
The black-and-white photo was taken during the summer of 1953. The house in the background, a 3-bedroom ranch with attached breezeway, a popular New England feature, and single-car garage, is where my maternal grandparents, Adolph and Christina Luthgren, lived in their retirement. I remember their having a huge garden in the back yard.
The little guy is the foreground is me. "Ya gotta a wedgie there, Dad?" my older son wondered when he saw this photo.
The color photo was taken on September 10, 2013. I drove past the house twice before realizing that I had found what I'd been looking for. I assume the breezeway and garage have been remodeled as an all-seasons family room. As a young boy, I thought the front yard was so big, but then the parsonage in Great Falls, Montana, had no yard to speak of -- front and back. Nevertheless, it seems as though Parker Street was both widened and slightly relocated at some point in time.
Another one of those booster projects gone awry. Attendance peaked the first year at nearly 250,000 and has been falling ever since. Last year, fewer than 50,000 visitors strolled through the turnstiles. And although a bankruptcy judge recently approved a plan to relieve the Archway of its final $20 million in debt, its future remains uncertain. Archway officials say the museum could survive through the end of the year, but would need hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for long-term security.
Coralville, Iowa. Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth said the city was only trying regulate hundreds of vendors in order to stay up to code with the county health department. Midway, Georgia. Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits. Appleton, Wisconsin. Because of a new city ordinance, Margi Mann's daughter Lydia could no longer sell her lemonade. And their neighbor couldn't sell her cookies. .
Excerpt:Visitors were given 48 hours to exit the parks, and park administrators worked to get backcountry adventurists out as soon as possible. More than 520 people spent Monday evening in Grand Teton National Park. More than 515 were booked for Tuesday. Yellowstone had strong numbers in attendance, according to park spokesman Al Nash. Yellowstone averages 54,000 visitors in the first week of October, Nash said.
Economic impact. Cody, Wyoming, stands to lose $4,000,000 each day that the federal government is shut down.
It's been a bumpy ride. The library first opened its doors in 2005. It owes its existence to the late Olieve Huggett Hiller (1914-1997), who bequeathed to the village $500,000, to be used to start a library. The library initially subsisted on interest from the endowment, but in recent years the endowment’s principal has been used for operations. Now that money is gone, Knitt said. Village voters in November 2012 defeated a referendum, 262-93, to raise village property taxes to generate $75,000 per year for library operations.
Excerpt: Walker in recent speeches has been touting figures from the “Philly Fed,” claiming they show Wisconsin’s economy as No. 2 in the nation. WMC has been using the same number in a series of advertising buys, thanking Walker for putting the state on the road to prosperity. But officials with the Philly Fed, who have been following the situation in Wisconsin, issued a statement Friday saying it’s a misreading of their "Coincident Indexes" to try and compare one state to another. They say the index — which is comprised of several different economic statistics including housing starts, unemployment claims and wages — isn’t designed as a ranking. The Fed does not calculate a ranking based on the index and never has.
But the WMC wants you to watch them do their thing with Walker.
Have you read the news? Wisconsin is creating jobs. Lots of jobs. Hundreds of jobs. Thousands of jobs -- so many jobs that the Federal Reserve Bank now ranks Wisconsin in the top 2 states in the country for economic growth. Governor Walker balanced the budget, lowered our taxes, and invested in worker training. And now, the Governor's reforms are working, and so are more people in Wisconsin. Read all about it..
Admittedly, this little ditty is as obnoxious as the Nitty Gritty's "Happy Birthday" song. But to a boy in Warren PA 16365, who in 1960 embraced the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first full season of baseball consciousness, it was sweet music to my ears.
Going on to meet the hated Yankees, American League pennant winners (their 10th in 12 seasons) in the World Series.
Beating the heavily-favored Bronx Bombers in 7 games, thanks to.....
Note the time*. 3:36 on a Thursday afternoon. Having returned home from school ten minutes earlier, I immediately plopped myself on the living room carpet in front of our only TV, an RCA black-and-white console, well within "you'll-ruin-your-eyes!!" close range. (*It wasn't until 1971 when the first World Series game was played at night.)
I'm ready for the 2013 version of "Beat 'em Bucs".
Fresh guy: "Pretty name. I"ll just call you 'Linda'."
"Cutie". "Well, how did you guess?"
Baby Boomers are more likely to recall the 1963 version by Jan and Dean. The duo dispensed with the opening dialogue. The song peaked at #28 in early May. Not to worry. They struck gold, and eternal heavy rotation on oldies radio stations, with their next release: "Surf City"
"Hi! And welcome to our instructional video on how to win on slot machines. My name is Steve Bourie, and I'm the author of the American Casino Guide, which is the #1 best-selling book in the U.S. on the subject of casino gambling and travel."
Retiring Guy notes that 3 copies of the 2013 edition are available in LINKcat: 1 is checked out. There are no holds.
Excerpt:Economists Douglas M. Walker and Peter T. Calcagno found that corruption convictions increased after casinos were legalized. But that’s not the whole story. According to their analysis, the corrupting influence of casino interests was at work a year or two before casinos were legalized, too. The demographics of gambling. Federal Reserver Bank of St. Louis. Casino Gambling in America and Its Economic Impacts. (August 2003)
Excerpt:An estimated 53 million people in the United States
participate in casino gambling. This is equal to 27 percent of the population aged 21 or older. The median
age of casino gamblers is 46, compared with a median
age of 45 for the U.S. population. However, gambling
is most popular among adults aged 51 to 60, (A group that is now in its 60s.)
Ten years later, not much has changed. A post titled "The Modern Casino Gambler" at Online Casino Elite (9/13/2013) notes: We may think of a young party crowd when we think of a casino gambling crowd. But the truth is the average gambler is more mature.
Retiring Guy has participated in casino gambling just twice -- once in Las Vegas, once in South Lake Tahoe. And this occurred 23 years ago.
One of my most vivid memories from this trip. Our son Andy, nearly 3 at the time, offering this observation while we walked along The Strip. "That McDonald's has sprinkles on it."
Excerpt: The idea of a Milwaukee-Chicago metroplex might be in its infancy but has influential supporters. It began with a 2012 study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a global economic think tank based in Paris, which studied the "extreme fragmentation" in the Chicago-Milwaukee region. The OECD found a welter of inefficiencies, duplication and jurisdictional rivalries — with Wisconsinites proudly poaching Illinois companies and balking at joint transportation policies — all of which undermine competitiveness in the broader metroplex.
Excerpt: But it was a look-only, no-netsurfing preview day, as thousands of visitors waited up to an hour in a two-block-long line for a walk through of the ground floor. The nine-story building at 330 Park Blvd. opens for business at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Library spokeswoman Marion Ross Hubbard said 5,968 people had toured the building up the 6 p.m. closing time, not counting hundreds more who wandered into the auditorium and courtyard, attended the dedication ceremony and enjoyed the two-block street fair.
Excerpt 1:The scandal has long been forgotten, but “Stromboli” — which is being reissued this week in a superb Criterion Collection edition, along with two other Bergman-Rossellini films, “Europe ’51” (1952) and “Journey to Italy” (1954) — now stands as one of the pioneering works of modern European filmmaking. The “strange listlessness and incoherence” that Crowther went on to object to represents a studied reaction to the “well made” movie of the day: the rhythms of “Stromboli” are no longer those of tension and release, of peaks and valleys; its characters no longer the psychologically coherent and clearly motivated figures of popular fiction; its narrative no longer the closed, symmetrical structure of the three-act play.
Excerpt 2:New York exhibitors, though, tried to exploit the film’s notoriety by opening “Stromboli” on 120 screens, plainly hoping to cash in before the word got out that the film was, in fact, a work of great ethical seriousness and profound religious feeling — or, as Bosley Crowther, the Times’s chief film critic described it, “incredibly feeble, inarticulate, uninspiring and painfully banal.”
...in “Europe ’51,” she is the wealthy wife of an American businessman living in Rome;
...in “Voyage to Italy,” she is an Englishwoman visiting Naples with her husband to settle the estate of a relative.
Excerpt:Twenty-two men live in this particular 450-square-foot apartment in the neighborhood of Mong Kok, in cubicles each hardly larger than a single bed, stacked above one another along two narrow passageways that end in a dank toilet and shower room. Each cupboardlike cubicle has a sliding door, a small television, some shelves and a thin mattress. Most of the men have lived here for months, some for years.
Estimated number of people who live like this: More than 170,000.
Excerpt:Whatever the explanation, the states whose economies are most dependent on government employment and economic activity are also the states that are most likely to vote for Republicans, who generally campaign on promises to reduce the size of government.
Consider one measure, the proportion of civilian employees in each state with government jobs, whether federal, state or local. Nationally, the proportion last month was 16 percent, the lowest figure since 2001.
Excerpt: Such fan fervor — in this case, impersonating the show’s main character, a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook named Walter White — had become routine. In fact, during one week this month, 117 fans from places as disparate as northern France, the Cayman Islands, Baton Rouge, La., and Kalispell, Mont., signed the hefty “Breaking Bad” guest book perched on the Twisters counter near the soda machine.