Saturday, April 16, 2016

Had never heard this song by the Orlons until today




While doing yard work this afternoon, I listened to Luxuria Music DJ Sheryl Farber on her "Splendor in the Grass" program.  Because this selection was played in the middle of a commercial-free cluster of songs, I used SoundHound to learn who was performing this wonderful rarity.

Actually, I was expecting this answer.

"Envy (in my Eyes)" was released in late 1965, more than 2 years past the Orlons' prime, as the 'B' side of "No Love But Your Love".  The single didn't even 'bubble under' the Billboard Hot 100.

Clinton pads her lead in latest New York primary poll



But Sander has cut into Clinton's once-lofty poll average.


Clinton's Lead in New York Grows.  (NBC News, 4/14/2016)
In this most recent poll, Clinton leads among both women (60 percent to 37 percent) and men (53 percent to 44 percent), those 45 or older (67 percent to 29 percent) and non-whites (58 percent to 39 percent).

Dear Robert Aderholt, Millions of hardworking Americans want YOU to pee in a cup


Source:  YouGov


As quoted in Aderholt Bill Will Make it Easier for States to Drug Test SNAP Recipients.   (Press release, 2/12/2016)

Other Aderholt posts:
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind.  (11/28/2015)
Meet the Members of the Republican Study Committee.  (6/30/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/14/2015)

The case of the disappearing banks in small-town Iowa



As rural population dwindles, so do small-town banks. (Des Moines Register, 4/16/2016)
The Lucas bank is just one of many in Iowa shuttered in recent years, particularly in the state's rural areas. As more Iowans move to the state's urban areas, bankers say, more rural branches are closing. Mergers and consolidations in the banking industry are also having an effect.

A closer look at Wisconsin's population loss: Juneau County



The population of Juneau County initially peaked in 1900.  During the first three decades of the 20th century, its population shrank by 16%.  The county experienced a period of steady growth from 1960 until 2010 -- a 52% increase in population.  Since 2010, though, it has lost an estimated 442 residents.


Source:  Wikipedia + U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

As of July 1, 2014, 19.0% of Juneau County's population is 65 and over compared to a state average of 15.2%.  Its 0-to-4 demographic is 5.5% compared to Wisconsin's 5.9%.  

Related posts:
A closer look at Iron County.  (4/15/2016)
A closer look at Green Lake County.  (4/14/2016)
A closer look at Forest County.  (4/13/2016)
A closer look at Douglas County.  (4/12/2016)
A closer look at Door County.  (4/11/2016)
A closer look at Dodge County.  (4/10/2016)
A closer look at Crawford County.  (4/8/2016)
A closer look at Columbia County.  (4/7/2016)
A closer look at Clark County.  (4/6/2016)
A closer look at Buffalo County.  (4/5/2016)
A closer look at Bayfield County.  (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Barron County.   (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Ashland County.  (4/3/2016)
A closer look at Adams County.  (4/3/2015)
The majority of Wisconsin counties have lost population since 2010.  (3/28/2016)
Where Wisconsin's population growth is taking place (2010-2015).  (3/27/2016)
Dane County: Wisconsin's population growth engine. (3/27/2016)
 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates: Nearly half of Wisconsin counties lose population.  (3/27/2016)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wisconsin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Beyond CES 2016: Robot empowers staff to focus on customer service


Or so it sez in this 42-second video.




Supermarket Robot Makes Sure Your Favorite Snacks Are in Stock.  (Mental Floss, 4/15/2016)
Tally has yet to become a supermarket staple, but according to PC Mag, Simbe conducted a secret test-run at an unnamed American store earlier this year. The machine is meant to roam the aisles during normal store hours, so making sure human customers are comfortable shopping alongside robots will be key to the product's success.

Promises, promises.  I have a feeling some grocery chains might see this and similar tech developments as ways to increase their already thin profit margins.   (Ever try to find someone to assist you at Woodman's?)

Related reading:
The Psychology Behind a Grocery Store’s Layout.  (Notre Dame Online, 1/4/2013)
 
Other Beyond CES posts: 
Bentley reveals the future of luxury driving -- a holographic assistant.  (4/8/2016)
Don't expect Olive Oyl while wearing this virtual reality sex suit.  (4/6/2016)
Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopter. (4/2/3016)
The Rowbot: The newest way to flush Roger Thornhill out of a cornfield.  (3/30/2016)
Vivint doorbell camera. (3/30/2016)
The SevenHugs Smart Remote: Control everything but your kids.  (3/29/2016)
Cocoon cam.  (3/13/2016)
Brita Infinity pitcher.  (3/11/2016)
Meet the smartwatch of the day, the Garmin Vivoactive HR.  (2/21/2016)
Can the LG Rolling Bot locate a hairball hidden under the bed?  (2/21/2016)

Link to most recent CES 2016 post (with links to the rest of the series).

Donald Trump: A person that resembles a politician and is made solely from hot air and celebrity power


With apologies to Merriam-Webster


As trumpeted in The Post endorses Donald Trump.  (New York Post, 4/14/2016)
Trump has electrified the public, drawing millions of new voters to the polls and inspiring people who’d given up on ever again having a candidate who’d fight for them.

Indeed he is!

The Fast and the Furious 10: Trump falls below 50% in latest GOP New York presidential primary poll


Probably just as blip.  (14% 'undecided' much higher than other April polls.)


Other state polls:
Donald Trump's Joe Paterno meltdown moment in Pittsburgh.  (4/14/2016) 
The Fast and the Furious 9.  (4/13/2016)
The Fast and the Furious 8.  (4/12/2016)
Kasich, Cruz continue to duke it out for 2nd, Clinton maintains double-digit lead in NY.  (4/11/2016)
Trump, Clinton lead in New York Presidential primary polls.  (4/10/2016)
Presidential primary focus moves East: A look at latest polls from NY and PA.  (4/7/2016)
Trump continues to hold onto a slim lead in GOP California primary polls.  (4/5/2016)
Trump all but untouchable in New York GOP Presidential primary polls.  (3/31/2016)
Latest GOP Pennsylvania primary poll shows tight race between Trump and Kasich.  (3/24/2016)
Everybody gets a boost in latest Arizona presidential primary poll.  (3/22/2016)
Chris Christie no favorite son in New Jersey; Donald Trump rules for now.  (11/18/2015)

Scott Walker on Wisconsin's growing tax gap: Mission accomplished!


If you live by the adage, "Actions speaks louder than words."  (And I suspect he has more actions in store for us.)


Bar graph found at Wisconsin’s Tax System Exacerbates Growing Gap between Rich and Everyone Else.  (Wisconsin Budget Project, 4/14/2016)

Related reading:
Wealthy would benefit more under Walker tax cut plan.  (Capital Times, 1/26/2014)
Governor Walker’s Tax Shift Plan Would Raise Taxes for Most .  (Wisconsin Budget Project, 12/13/2013)

A closer look at Wisconsin's population loss: Iron County



Like its neighbors to the west -- Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties -- Iron County initially experienced rapid growth thanks to the timber and mining industries.  Its population peaked in 1920 and then stabilized for two decades.  Since then, it has declined 42%


Source:  Wikipedia + U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

As of July 1, 2014, 28.2% of Iron County's population is 65 and over compared to a state average of 15.2%.  Its 0-to-4 demographic is 3.8% compared to Wisconsin's 5.9%.  A projected population loss of 8.4% between 2010 to 2040 puts it in the top 10 among Wisconsin counties. 

Related posts:
A closer look at Green Lake County.  (4/14/2016)
A closer look at Forest County.  (4/13/2016)
A closer look at Douglas County.  (4/12/2016)
A closer look at Door County.  (4/11/2016)
A closer look at Dodge County.  (4/10/2016)
A closer look at Crawford County.  (4/8/2016)
A closer look at Columbia County.  (4/7/2016)
A closer look at Clark County.  (4/6/2016)
A closer look at Buffalo County.  (4/5/2016)
A closer look at Bayfield County.  (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Barron County.   (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Ashland County.  (4/3/2016)
A closer look at Adams County.  (4/3/2015)
The majority of Wisconsin counties have lost population since 2010.  (3/28/2016)
Where Wisconsin's population growth is taking place (2010-2015).  (3/27/2016)
Dane County: Wisconsin's population growth engine. (3/27/2016)
 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates: Nearly half of Wisconsin counties lose population.  (3/27/2016)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wisconsin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

UPDATE: No new construction taking place yet at Royster Corners development


It wasn't clear from my recent (April 12) visit about the status of removing or capping the "problematic soil".


Slight setback at the Royster-Clark site.

After cleanup, Royster-Clark site re-contaminated with tainted fill material.   (Madison.com, 2/8/2016)
An $400,000 in costs and additional project complications.  Since the late 2000s, millions of dollars have been spent demolishing the eight-story Royster-Clark fertilizer plant on Madison’s East Side and cleaning up the ground underneath and around it. Plans call for replacing the hulking eyesore along Cottage Grove Road with a $65.9 million development containing hundreds of housing units interspersed with commercial space and a centerpiece new Pinney Branch library.
The latest photos.  (February 9, 2016)

The view from across Cottage Grove Road.

With access roads within the site now paved, I was able obtain these additional views.

From the snow-swept Royster/Pinney roundabout.


Closer to Dempsey Road.

I expected to see more progress made during this visit.  (Tuesday, November 10, 2015)




Two of the multi-unit buildings are taking shape.  (Retiring Guy photo taken on Tuesday, August 11, 2015)

Still a lot of development to go.  (Retiring Guy photo taken on Dempsey Road near the Capital City Trail crossing on Tuesday, August 11, 2015)


Newly laid curb on Royster Oaks Drive.  (Photo taken on Tuesday, May 12, 2015)



Original post beings here.

And as you can see, the site development work is now underway where the hulking, long-abandoned Royster-Clark fertilizer plant was located.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Eventually, the above view will look something like this.

Rendering credit:  Knothe Bruce Architects

The intersection of Cottage Grove and Dempsey roads on Madison's east side.

Photo by Retiring Guy
Capital Times.  One of the buildings will feature new space for a relocated Pinney Library on the first floor with three floors of apartments above. The other building is similar with commercial space on the ground floor and apartments above.

Screenshot from "Preliminary Royster Corners Development - Madison, Wisconsin".  (Uploaded 9/12/2011.)white


A view from Dempsey Road, 1/2 block north of Cottage Grove Road.   A 2009 planning document calls this site "the largest urban infill opportunity currently available in Madison."

Photo by Retiring Guy

A view of a portion of the 27 acres of the development property, looking west along the Capital City bike trail.

Photo by Retiring Guy

City of Madison.   Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development.  Royster-Clark special area plan.

Related post:
2015 Madison Public Library capital budget with future year estimates (2016-2020).  (9/24/2014)

Another mixed-use development proposed for Madison's Monroe Street


The buildings at right and right-center would be razed to make way for a 5-story building. 

Photo by Retiring Guy

Developer says Monroe Street mixed-use proposal addresses future parking needs.  (Capital Times, 2/13/2016)
Shimanski wants to demolish the office building he occupies at 1603-05 Monroe St. and a rental house at 1609 Monroe St. to construct a five-story building with commercial space, 44 apartments and four condominium units.  (Rendering included with article.)

Donald Trump's Joe Paterno meltdown moment in Pittsburgh


As we well know by now, it doesn't matter where it counts what kind of nonsense this guy spouts.



Related reading:
Donald Trump asks Pittsburgh: ‘How’s Joe Paterno?’  (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/14/2016)
Trump later clarified his comments through a spokesperson, who told CNN's Ashley Killough that the presidential candidate was referring to the bronze statue of Joe Paterno that formerly stood in front of Beaver Stadium “that they melted down.” 
The statue was taken down in 2012 in connection with the Sandusky scandal, and stored “in a secure location.” As Dan McQuade at PhillyMag notes, the notion that the statue was melted down appears to stem from an Onward State blog post from April Fool’s Day last year. 

Trump gets some breathing room in latest GOP presidential primary poll



CBS News poll shows change in Trump-Cruz gap.  (CBS News, 4/14/2016)
Trump continues to receive support from a wide swath of Republican primary voters. He leads among men, with 44 percent, compared to 31 percent for Cruz and 18 percent for Kasich. He also leads among women, 44 percent, to 29 percent for Cruz and 19 percent for Kasich. Republicans, independents, white evangelicals, and non-college graduates also prefer Trump.

Recent related posts:
GOP presidential candidates continue to float along in March national polls.  (4/6/2016)
No change in GOP Presidential race according to Pew Research poll.  (3/31/20160
Trump approaches, then recedes from 50% level in this month's national Presidential primary polls,  (3/30/2016)
#DumpTrump movement having no impact yet on national polls.  (3/22/2016)
Trump treads water while Cruz, Kasich gain in national polls.  (3/16/2016)
Dear Cameron, About Cruz closing the poll gap, it's a happening thing.  (3/8/2016)
So much for #NeverTrump if CNN has its way.  (2/29/2016)
How often do Republicans wake up in the night screaming, "Is this the best we can do?"  (2/23/2016)
Who's the outlier? In one day, Trump goes from +20 to -2, behind Cruz, in national polls.  (2/17/2016)
Rubio can't maintain momentum in latest national Presidential primary poll.  (2/5/2016)
If I were Donald Trump, I'd be shittin' my britches right about now.  (2/4/2016) 
Once Trump inches above the 40% level, his poll numbers start to recede.  (1/29/2016)
On the other hand, Trump continues to fly high in national Republican Presidential primary polls.  (1/26/2016)
No intersecting lines yet among top 4 candidates in January national Republican Presidential primary polls.  (1/23/2016)
Latest Monmouth Republican Presidential primary poll gives Trump a 19-point lead over Cruz.  (1/20/2016)
Recent Republican polls show candidates still drifting along.  (1/15/2016)
When you get right down to it, nothing has changed in Republican national polls in last month.  (1/12/2016)
Nationally, none of the top 4 Republican Presidential candidates is peaking at this time.  (1/11/2016)
Latest FOX News poll has subgroup margins of error that would embarrass the 1962 New York Mets.  (1/8/2016)

Kindle Oasis: Designed so you "get lost in an author's story"





Photo credit:  The Kindle Chronicles

As quoted in Kindle Oasis From Amazon Promises ‘Months and Months’ of Battery Life.  (The New York Times, 4/13/2016)

I like the print headline better:  "New Kindle Keeps the Focus on Reading".

Sliding down a banister: It's for the birds




Boring, right?

Admit it, you'd much rather see the video of this incident.


Another reason to tip your barber generously


Retired barber Anthony Ralys bequeaths $1,427,956.09 to the Athol Public Library, where his wife Katherine made regular visits for decades.

Photo credit:  Athol (MA) Public Library

A small-town barber and a million-dollar gift.  (Boston Globe, 4/13/2016)
Katherine’s husband, Anthony Ralys, was something of a mystery himself. A simple man with spare tastes, he never said much — a peculiar quality for a small-town barber — and guarded his money so carefully it was rumored the couple had never once been out to dinner

UPDATE: Donald Trump invites Rick Wiley back from Mexico


Or wherever Rick had been hanging out after parting ways with Scott Walker.


As quoted in Donald Trump hires ex-Scott Walker campaign boss.  (No Quarter Blog by Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/13/2016)

'Decades'?  That's a stretch, Donald.  (Although his resume is varied -- and a bit checkered.)

Source:  Ballotpedia

'A very successful career in winning elections'?

Let's take a look at the record:

  • 1998.  Loleta Didrickson loses her primary
  • 2002.  Jim Doyle, a Democrat, is elected Governor of Wisconsin.
  • 2004.  George W. Bush loses Wisconsin, although he wins re-election to the Presidency.
  • 2008.  Rudy Giuliani drops out 9 months before the Presidential election.
  • 2012.  Obama is easily re-elected to a 2nd term.
  • 2015.  Scott Walker suspends his campaign after tanking in the polls and blowing through all (and more) of his campaign cash.  

My guess is that Cruz and Kasich are very pleased with this choice.


Original 8/18/2015 post "Scott Walker's poll numbers wreak havoc on campaign manager Rick Wiley", begins here.

Scott Walker's campaign manager is receiving a lot of unsolicited travel advice.

Photo credit:  Ballotpedia

As quoted in Scott Walker campaign chair Rick Wiley: 'I'm not going anywhere'. (Capital Times, 9/17/2015)

In all likelihood, Rick Wiley IS going somewhere.

And Steve Miller has a suggestion.



More wreaking havoc:
Scott Walker wreaks havoc twice in Des Moines Register op-ed piece.  (9/16/2015)
Dear Scott Walker, While wreaking havoc, keep in mind that the Presidential executive order is not a Barack Obama invention.  (9/8/2015)
Scott Walker, the undoer.  (9/8/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud.  (/8/2015)
On Thursday, look for Scott Walker to wreak more havoc on his Presidential campaign.  (9/7/2015)
After Donald Trump wreaks havoc on Scott Walker's campaign, Walker decides this would be fun to do elsewhere.  (9/3/2015)

A 'fairly regularly' occurring event certain to elicit breathless reporting from cable news


U.S. Navy video released yesterday.



You can listen here to Wolf Blitzer, in pants-wetting mode, throw logs on what little fire there is.

And then there's this U.S. Navy video from last year.



And this alternative perspective from Tyler Rogoway, editor of Foxtrot Alpha, writing in
Navy Responds To Claim Ship Was Scared Off By Russian Jets With Video.
Is an Su-24 a threat? Sure it is, in that they can carry some fairly wicked anti-ship missiles. But these attacks occur at standoff ranges, not within visual range. If anything, the Russian jet’s offering of free target practice was good training for the Ross’s crew, and passes like this one occur in international waters fairly regularly. And many of those, too, can carry anti-ship missiles like the Su-24.

It does appear that this week's buzz was much closer than last year's.

Related reading:
Expect the Russians to Keep Buzzing American Navy Ships.  (Defense One, 10/29/2015)
Canadian navy ship buzzed by 3 Russian jets.  (AP, 9/9/2014)
Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?  (Christian Science Monitor, 4/15/2014)
Russian aircraft buzzed U.S. Navy ship.  (11/17/2010)
Pentagon: Russia buzzed aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.  (Amarillo Globe-News, 12/8/2000)

A closer look at Wisconsin's population loss: Green Lake County



The population of Green Lake County has an undulating history.  It increased 24% from 1860 to 1900, decreased 12% from 1900 to 1930, and then increased 37% through the end of the 20th century.  Since then, its estimated population has decreased 1.4%.  Still near the top of its form, so to speak.

Source:  Wikipedia + U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

As of July 1, 2014, 20.8% of Green Lake County's population is 65 and over compared to a state average of 15.2%.  Its 0-to-4 demographic is 5.5% compared to Wisconsin's 5.9%.  

Line graph from Comprehensive Plan Green Lake County Public Hearing Draft February, 2016

Notice the lines for the oldest decade cohorts.


Related posts:
A closer look at Forest County.  (4/13/2016)
A closer look at Douglas County.  (4/12/2016)
A closer look at Door County.  (4/11/2016)
A closer look at Dodge County.  (4/10/2016)
A closer look at Crawford County.  (4/8/2016)
A closer look at Columbia County.  (4/7/2016)
A closer look at Clark County.  (4/6/2016)
A closer look at Buffalo County.  (4/5/2016)
A closer look at Bayfield County.  (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Barron County.   (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Ashland County.  (4/3/2016)
A closer look at Adams County.  (4/3/2015)
The majority of Wisconsin counties have lost population since 2010.  (3/28/2016)
Where Wisconsin's population growth is taking place (2010-2015).  (3/27/2016)
Dane County: Wisconsin's population growth engine. (3/27/2016)
 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates: Nearly half of Wisconsin counties lose population.  (3/27/2016)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wisconsin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Fast and the Furious 9: Trump experiences some shrinkage



For the lagging Democrats, it's The Fast and the Furious 8.


Other state polls:
The Fast and the Furious 8.  (4/12/2016)
Kasich, Cruz continue to duke it out for 2nd, Clinton maintains double-digit lead in NY.  (4/11/2016)
Trump, Clinton lead in New York Presidential primary polls.  (4/10/2016)
Presidential primary focus moves East: A look at latest polls from NY and PA.  (4/7/2016)
Trump continues to hold onto a slim lead in GOP California primary polls.  (4/5/2016)
Trump all but untouchable in New York GOP Presidential primary polls.  (3/31/2016)
Latest GOP Pennsylvania primary poll shows tight race between Trump and Kasich.  (3/24/2016)
Everybody gets a boost in latest Arizona presidential primary poll.  (3/22/2016)
Chris Christie no favorite son in New Jersey; Donald Trump rules for now.  (11/18/2015)

UPDATE: Scott Walker, education funding, and the big lie



As quoted in Gov. Walker: More money being put into education.  (WJFW, 4/13/2016)


Original 1/9/2016 post, "Scott Walker on education:  Students are our future", starts here.

The Walker BS-o-meter continues to get a workout.



This blather from a Governor who made cuts to education funding a priority from the start of his 1st term in office.
According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, at least 19 states cut education funding by more than 5 percent between 2010–11 and 2011–12. Four states—Illinois, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin—cut spending by 10 percent or more.  (Source:  The Council of State Governments)

And then there's this from 2014



This Coolest video is from 2014




Two years and  more than a few broken promises later, we have this headline.

Coolest, the company that pulled in $13 million in funding to build a cooler, and then repeatedly delayed shipping the product to its backers while simultaneously putting it up for sale on Amazon [for $399 -- highway robbery alert], has fucked up once again. According to an update sent to its Kickstarter backers that was spotted by Motherboard, Coolest is offering backers who haven't received the cooler yet (around 66 percent of them) the option of paying an extra $97 for "expedited shipping" for a product they already paid for.