Sunday, December 10, 2017

Breathless reportage, no followup: Uh-oh, here we go again!



Original 12/9/2017 post, "Breathless reportage, no followup:  The FiveThirtyEight explains why the media sucks when it comes to monthly jobs reports", starts here.

Headline from CNBC, 8/4/2017

The Jobs Report Is Overhyped. Here’s Why That’s A Problem.  (FiveThirtyEight, 12/8/2017)
The mainstream press went bananas over the BLS’s headline employment number, as it usually does when the first estimate of the data comes out, and then barely acknowledged the revisions, also standard practice. This flawed approach affects how people view the economy.

September 2017.  But wait, there's less!  Original estimate revised downward to 189,000.

October 2017.  But wait, there's less!  (Part 2).  Revised again, dropping to 138,000 -- a drop of 34% from the original August announcement.

Here's the number that everyone should focus on.



What busy person has time to watch TV as much as 8 hours a day?



Reported in Inside Trump’s Hour-by-HourBattle for Self-Preservation.  (The New York Times, 12/9/2017)
People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.

The Marketts' "Batman Theme" debuted at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending February 5, 1966.  (The TV series premiered on ABC a few weeks earlier, on January 12.)  The song spent 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #17 for 2 weeks.



Energy production UPDATE: While the rest of the world embraces renewable energy, the GOP wants to make America smoggy again


Photo credit:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(photo taken at noon on October 29, 1948)

Reported in Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill Could Curtail That. (The New York Times, 12/7/2017)

Related reading:
The 1948 Donora Smog Historical Marker.
The 1948 Donora Smog and the birth of air quality regulations.  (Tim Kovach, 10/27/2015)
Smog Deaths in 1948 Led to Clean Air Laws.  (NPR, 4/22/2009)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”


Orignal 12/8/2017 post,"Energy production:  While the rest of the world embraces renewable energy, the GOP puts the U.S. in reverse."

Illustration:  EEU
(Salary info found here)

Reported in G.E. Cuts Jobs as It Navigates a Shifting Energy Market.  (The New York Times, 12/7/2017)

According to the World Economic Forum, the United States ranks 52nd on the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index 2017, a ranking that is sure to drop next year.


Greetings from Trump's America: Campbell County, Tennessee, where 43.4% of the population, the state's highest, claims to be 'native' American


In Donald Trump's America, more people claim 'American' ancestry; census data shows.  (Cleveland.com, 12/8/2017)
In 57 U.S. counties, one-third or more of the people identified as American. Trump won 56 of those counties, usually by wide margins. His average vote share in those 56 counties was 75 percent. 
Fourteen of the 57 counties are in Tennessee, 13 in Kentucky, seven in Virginia, and five each in Alabama and Florida.

Source:  Wikipedia





Source: CNN



Other Trump's America posts:
Jackson County, Kentucky.  (12/9/2017)
Lee County, Kentucky.  (12/9/2017)
Adams County, Ohio.  (12/9/2017)
Robeson County, North Carolina.  (12/1/2017)
Macomb County, Michigan.  (11/29/2017)
Winnebago County, Wisconsin.  (11/27/2017)
Marion County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Geneva County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Covington County, Alabama. (11/11/2017)
Richland County, Wisconsin.  (11/10/2017)
Bibb County, Alabama.  (11/10/2017)
Maury County, Tennessee.  (10/31/2017)
Sargent County, North Dakota.  (10/22/2017)
Scott County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Posey County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Hancock County, Kentucky.  (10/21/2017)
Price County, Wisconsin.  (10/21/2017)
Clinton County, Iowa.   (10/15/2017)
Morgan County, Ohio.  (10/10/2017)
Perry County, Kentucky.  (10/10/2017)
Sumner County, Kansas.  (10/1/2017)
Hendricks County, Indiana.  (10/1/2017)
Kootenai County, Idaho.  (9/25/2017)
Union County, Iowa.  (9/10/2017)
DeSoto County, Florida.  (9/9/2017)
Erie County, Pennsylvania.  (9/2/2017)
Grays Harbor County, Washington.  (8/20/2017)
Franklin County, Iowa, (8/14/2017)
UPDATE:  Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  (8/10/2017)
Wright County, Iowa.  (8/8/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (8/4/2017)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
Marion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

Greetings from Trump's America: Holmes County, Florida, where 46.3% of the population, the state's hightest, claims to be 'native' American


In Donald Trump's America, more people claim 'American' ancestry; census data shows.  (Cleveland.com, 12/8/2017)
In 57 U.S. counties, one-third or more of the people identified as American. Trump won 56 of those counties, usually by wide margins. His average vote share in those 56 counties was 75 percent. 
Fourteen of the 57 counties are in Tennessee, 13 in Kentucky, seven in Virginia, and five each in Alabama and Florida.

Source:  Wikipedia





Source: CNN



Other Trump's America posts:
Jackson County, Kentucky.  (12/9/2017)
Lee County, Kentucky.  (12/9/2017)
Adams County, Ohio.  (12/9/2017)
Robeson County, North Carolina.  (12/1/2017)
Macomb County, Michigan.  (11/29/2017)
Winnebago County, Wisconsin.  (11/27/2017)
Marion County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Geneva County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Covington County, Alabama. (11/11/2017)
Richland County, Wisconsin.  (11/10/2017)
Bibb County, Alabama.  (11/10/2017)
Maury County, Tennessee.  (10/31/2017)
Sargent County, North Dakota.  (10/22/2017)
Scott County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Posey County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Hancock County, Kentucky.  (10/21/2017)
Price County, Wisconsin.  (10/21/2017)
Clinton County, Iowa.   (10/15/2017)
Morgan County, Ohio.  (10/10/2017)
Perry County, Kentucky.  (10/10/2017)
Sumner County, Kansas.  (10/1/2017)
Hendricks County, Indiana.  (10/1/2017)
Kootenai County, Idaho.  (9/25/2017)
Union County, Iowa.  (9/10/2017)
DeSoto County, Florida.  (9/9/2017)
Erie County, Pennsylvania.  (9/2/2017)
Grays Harbor County, Washington.  (8/20/2017)
Franklin County, Iowa, (8/14/2017)
UPDATE:  Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  (8/10/2017)
Wright County, Iowa.  (8/8/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (8/4/2017)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
Marion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

No fire sprinklers in small apartment buildings? It's called pay to play on a mammoth scale




Reported in Influence peddlar of the month:  Wisconsin Builders Association.  (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 9/5/2017)

Related reading:
Wisconsin can't enforce fire sprinkler rule for small apartment buildings, says Attorney General Brad Schimel.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/8/2017)

Related posts:
Utilities and power cooperatives dig deep to pay to play in Wisconsin.  (11/7/2017)
Dynamic Recycling CEO Miles Harter donates $3,075 to GOP candidates, company will get up to $535,000 in state income tax credits.  (8/14/2017)
All told, the Kerns have donated nearly $400,000 to Republican and conservative candidates.  (8/14/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Wisconsin DNR: Pay to play trumps your tax dollars.  (5/22/2017)
Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules.  (4/20/2017)
Pay to play the high-capacity well, Wisconsin Assembly Agriculture Committee way.  (3/24/2017)
Scott Walker and his for-profit college, pay-to-play buddies.  (2/10/2017)
Wisconsin is open for pay to play.  (2/3/2017)
In addition to $750,000 to Club for Growth, Harold Simmons donated $10,000 to Scott Walker.  (9/14/2016)
Developer finds that 'pay to play' costs more than $72,844.92.  (2/12/2016)
Meet the disingenuous Rob Brooks (R-Saukville).  (1/13/2016)
Wingra Stone looks for a return on its capitol investment.  (12/17/2016)
For sale: 1 state senator, 1 state representative.  (12/8/2015)
UPDATE. Sorry, Tim Geoghegan, a total of $11,750 in donations is not a "bunch of bull".  (10/25/2015) 
CAFOnated pay to play adds $84,000 to Scott Walker's campaign fund in 2011.  (10/7/2015)
Pay to play the payday way.  (7/5/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: Grebe Pere, Grebe Fils.  (5/23/2015)
Appleton Post-Crescent Editorial Board All But Puts a Dunce Cap on the Head of Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc).  (1/24/2014)

Didion Milling's dubious track record on worker safety


Pre-blast aerial photo credit:  Cambrians for Thoughtful Development

Didion Milling appeals $1.8M fine for plant explosion that killed 5 workers.  (Madison.com, 12/9/2017)

Don't expect Scott Walker to lift a finger, John.

(Donation period noted in parentheses)

Related reading:
The Didion Difference
Nothing about safety in the company's mission statement.

UPDATE. Independence Public Library: 2009-2016 annual circulation and program attendance





A member of the Winding Rivers Library System
Photo credit: Library Technology
Shared space in city hall

Library hours of operation (no change)
  • Monday-Thursday.  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday:   9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon (1st and 3rd)
41.5/38.5 hours per week.  (Compared to 37 hours per week, on average, in 2009.)

Other posts in series:
Winchester Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (11/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Wabeno Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Fairchild Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Montfort Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Hawkins Area Library.  (11/27/2017)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/28/2017)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/28/2017)
Endeavor Public Library . (11/29/2017)
Madeline Island Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Ogema Public Library.  (12/7/2017)
Kendall Public Library.  (12/8/2017)
Presque Isle Community Library.  (12/8/2017)
Bruce Area Library.   (12/8/2017)
Soldiers Grove Public Library.  (12/9/2017)
Reeseville Public Library. (12/9/2017)
Shiocton Public Library.  (12/10/2017)

Related websites:
Links for Small Libraries  (Wisconsin Library Association)
Small and Rural Library Resources (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
Small Public Libraries in Wisconsin.  (Winnefox Library System; PowerPoint slides)
Wisconsin Small Libraries (Wisconsin Library Association)

UPDATE. Shiocton Public Library: 2009-2016 annual circulation and program attendance




 

A member of the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System
Photo credit: Google

Library hours of operation (no change)
  • Monday, Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Friday:  noon to 5 p.m.
31 hours per week.  (Compared to 29 hours per week in 2009.)

Other posts in series:
Winchester Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (11/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Wabeno Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Fairchild Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Montfort Public Library.  (11/25/2017)
Hawkins Area Library.  (11/27/2017)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/28/2017)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/28/2017)
Endeavor Public Library . (11/29/2017)
Madeline Island Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Ogema Public Library.  (12/7/2017)
Kendall Public Library.  (12/8/2017)
Presque Isle Community Library.  (12/8/2017)
Bruce Area Library.   (12/8/2017)
Soldiers Grove Public Library.  (12/9/2017)
Reeseville Public Library. (12/9/2017)

Related websites:
Links for Small Libraries  (Wisconsin Library Association)
Small and Rural Library Resources (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
Small Public Libraries in Wisconsin.  (Winnefox Library System; PowerPoint slides)
Wisconsin Small Libraries (Wisconsin Library Association)