Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jane Kay Simon Atwell (1944-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1962

1962 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Atwell Arthur Tiona
  • [county section] Simon Grace L 18 Church ln Barnes
  • [county section] Simon Harryt A 18 Church la Barnes
1983 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Atwell Arthur Bx 297 Tiona
  • [county section] Atwell Jane Bx 297 Tiona
  • [county section] Simon Grace L Church Ln Barnes
  • [county section] Simon Harryt A Church La Barnes

Jane experienced an impressive, if less than spectacular, run of popularity into the 1960s, spending 55 years (1911-1965) in the top 100, peaking at #35 in 1946. After bottoming out at #447 in 2006, she's turned things around during the past decade.

Other members of the WAHS Class of 1962
Jerome Bowersox.  (4/14/2017)
Judith Manchester Graham.  (3/2/2017)
Andrew Gerbec.  (1/3/2017)
Carolyn Hummel Randas.  (3/3/2015)
Eleanor Haight Jones.  (12/10/2014)
Cheryl Quiggle Wuertzer.  (12/3/2014)
Martha Mathis Frederick.  (11/4/2014)
Sarah Andrews Ahlgren.  (10/7/2014)

UPDATE. Paul Ryan sings another verse of the same old song

Quoted in Six months into Trump presidency, Paul Ryan 'pleased' with legislative accomplishments.  (Capital Times, 7/8/2017)

Read Paul Ryan's Speech Calling Donald Trump's Victory the 'Most Incredible Political Feat'.  (TIME, 11/9/2016)

Original 7/2/2017 post, "Really, it's time for career politician Paul Ryan to go", starts here.

Paul Ryan blathers to his heart's content in the friendly confines of "Fox & Friends".

Quoted in Ryan: This could be ‘most productive’ presidency, Congress in our lifetime.  (The Hhill, 6/27/2017)

Source:  Wikipedia

I'm shocked....shocked to learn that Betsy DeVos is just another self-serving GOP hypocrite

Reported in DeVos’s Hard Line on New Education Law Surprises States.  (The New York Times, 7/7/2017)

Related posts:
There is no free pass for poor judgment and bad behavior.  (6/5/2017)
Apparently, Betsy DeVos doesn't give a shit if your for-profit school leaves you deep in debt and degreeless.  (5/17/2017)
UPDATE. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos approves this message. Awesome!  (2/26/2017)
Afraid to show his pearly whites, John Humphries nonetheless sez he's thrilled with Betsy DeVos.  (2/17/2017)
Not $urpri$ingly, $cott Walker has a love jone$ for Bet$y DeVo$.  (1/30/2017)
Headline news: Why are we even having this conversation?  (1/19/2017)

Meet Maine Senator Susan Collins, GOP health care repeal bill defector

Quoted in G.O.P. Support of Senate Health Repeal Erodes During Break.  (The New York Times, 7/6/2017)

Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville, Maine.

Source:  Wikipedia

Related posts:
Meet Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, GOP health care repeal bill defector.  (7/8/2017)
Meet North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, GOP health care repeal bill defector.  (7/8/2017)
Chuck Grassley not sure GOP Senators can get it up.  (7/8/2017)
Trump's America:  Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)

Meet Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, GOP health care repeal bill defector

Quoted in Unlikely Holdout Underscores Challenge for Senate Health Bill  (The New York Times, 7/6/2017)

Related posts:
Meet North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, GOP health care repeal bill defector.  (7/8/2017)
Chuck Grassley not sure GOP Senators can get it up.  (7/8/2017)

Meet North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, GOP health care repeal bill defector

Reported in Hoeven, Heitkamp talk health care in Bismarck appearances.  (Bismarck Tri\bune, 7/6/2017)

Referenced in G.O.P. Support of Senate Health Repeal Erodes During Break.  (The New York Times, 7/7/2017)

Related post:
Chuck Grassley not sure GOP Senators can get it up.  (7/8/2017)

Chuck Grassley not sure GOP Senators can get it up

G.O.P. Support of Senate Health Repeal Erodes During Break.  (The New York Times, 7/7/2017)
10 defections.  More on the way? Three other Republican senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and John Boozman of Arkansas, have withheld their support, although they have not declared their opposition, and others have largely remained silent.

Friday, July 7, 2017

No 4th of July parades for these GOP chickens

Reported in Senate Republicans Lie Low on the Fourth, or Face Single-Minded Pressure.  (The New York Times, 7/4/2017)

The best that Shelley can do.

Carolyn Webster Cordes (1935-2017) Warren High School class of 1953

1953 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Webster Herbert J Russell
  • [county section] Webster Mabel A Russell
1983 Warren City Director 
  • [county section] Webster Herbert J Rt 3 Bx 3358 Russell
  • [county section] Webster Mabel A Rt 3 Bx 3358 Russell

The popularity of 'Carolyn' is graphed here.   Let's see how son-in-law Devon fares.
A relative latecomer, Devon first appeared on the Top 1000 baby names for boys list in 1960.  He peaked at #119 in 1995, 1997, and 1998,  Twenty years later, he's already in a serious decline.

Other members of the class of 1953:
Leroy Sorenson.  (5/25/2017)
Carole Weigel Wunner.  (5/10/2017)
Arthur Wagner.  (1/5/2017)
Robert Harrington.  (12/6/2016)
Beverly Taft Littlefield.  (11/26/2016)
Karolyn Lane Stone.  (11/24/2016)
Roberta Leave Troutman.  (6/8/2016)
Grace Tigani.  (5/20/2016)
Nan Perry Fischer.  (6/18/2015)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

White guys in the news: The Mississippi Homophobic 8

Why are these guys smiling?

Mississippi's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' License to Discriminate Law Goes to Court Again.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 7/6/2017)

UPDATE. Foundation of 8Twenty Park

A phased-in approach.

Original 5/20/2017 post, 'The 8Twenty Park neighborhood", starts here.

Tweeted from the Dane County Housing Summit, which focused on the critical need for affordable housing in close proximity to where people work, something very much lacking in Dane County.  (Watch the entire event here.)

At which point I googled the appropriate search terms and found this article: 

Growing pains: As Madison adds housing, neighbors fear zoning and established plans aren't being honored. (Capital Times, 12/9/2017)
Land-use plans as a red herring.  “We are not opposed to development,” said Rothburd, who lives a few blocks away from 8Twenty Park [an affordable housing development]. “We are opposed to rezoning at the expense of our stable communities. We are opposed to having those developments along the corridor take bites out of the neighborhood. And that’s what 820 Park Street is going to do to Greenbush.”

The construction site for 8Twenty Park is in the foreground.  The sprawling St. Mary's Hospital complex is in the distance.  (Photo taken from base of orange arrow; see map below.)

Another view of St. Mary's from the intersection of Haywood Drive and High Street.  The entrance to the UW Arboretum is two blocks to the left.  (red arrow)

There's a significant amount of multi-unit housing in this neighborhood.  (yellow arrow)

View of excavation and foundation walls, with St. Mary's at right.  (Green arrow; cloud cover moved in very quickly.)

Rendering of finished product.

Source:  JTKlein

St. Mary's Hospital is the 12th largest employer in the Madison area.

UPDATE: Middleton Plan Commission approve Gateway Project in concept

Minutes of the 6/27/2017 Middleton Plan Commission meeting.
Staff distributed a letter that the City has received from a neighbor to the proposed project, outlining concerns with the project. Chair Brar noted that a public hearing will be held on the proposal at a future date and people will have an opportunity to comment on the project.

Original 6/30/2017 post, "Proposed infill development at North Gateway and Charing Cross in Middleton" starts here.

Just north of University Avenue.

Photo by Retiring Guy from May 5, 2017

7 single-family home lots created on the site.

 Minutes from 6/27/2017 not yet publshed.

Pandering to lazy, spoiled, I-want-it-now customers (The Baskin-Robbins edition)

Photo credit:  Pinterest
CDC stats found here

Reported in Here's the scoop on how Baskin-Robbins Plans Home Delivery.  (Advertising Age, 7/6/2017)

While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India

Map source:  Prokerala

Foxconn plans to invest up to Rs 32,000 crore.  (The Times of India, 7/4/2017)

Related reading:
Why wages at Foxconn are so low.  (Forbes, 5/17/2012)
Analyzing Labor Conditions of Pegatron and Foxconn: Apple’s Low-Cost Reality.  (China Labor Watch, 2/11/2015)
It would take 2.5 years of Foxconn wages to afford $10,000 Apple Watch.  (Market Watch, 3/11/2015)
Apple Pays Chinese Workers $1.85/Hour for a 12-Hour Shift, 6 Days a Week.  (, 3/1/2016)

Related posts:
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan

Or so "sources" want everyone to believe.

Photo credit:  Crain's Detroit Business

Reported in Sources: Pontiac, Lyon Township among sites being pitched to Foxconn.  (Crain's Detroit Business, 6/2/2017)
Jobs jobs jobs at any cost.  The company has taken criticism for worker conditions at its plants in China after a wave of suicides; in 2010, according to a 2015 Re/code story, 12 Foxconn workers killed themselves by jumping off rooftops. The article says Foxconn employs about 1.4 million people in mainland China and is one of the world's largest private employers.

Related reading:
Report: Lyon Township Out Of Running For Foxconn Facility.  (WHMI, 6/23/2017)
But before any Michigan investment can happen, a tax incentive program sought by the Snyder administration will have to be approved. The program, which that would allow new companies that create more than 500 new jobs in Michigan to capture up to 50% of their employees' state income taxes, was derailed this week by House Speaker Tom Leonard. The DeWitt Republican canceled a vote after questioning whether Snyder cut a side deal with Democrats.

Related post:
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle

Italicized portion reported in Foxconn considering bringing 10,000 jobs to southeastern Wisconsin, Assembly speaker says.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, /7/5/2017)

7/2/2017 update, "Too many high school grads?  These examples might not bode well for Wisconsin.", starts here.

Tom Still doesn't acknowledge this recent front-page New York Times article:  A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree
Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs.

Reported in In era of ‘new collar jobs,’ Wisconsin can compete for business like Foxconn.  (, 7/1/2017)

But then maybe it's about something else altogether.

Related articles:
Finnish tire manufacturer to locate new 400-worker plant in Dayton, Tenn.  (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/3/2017)
Among provisions in the recently passed and signed IMPROVE Act, which raises fuel taxes for the state's highway fund while cutting several general fund taxes, is a reduction in Tennessee corporate franchise and excise taxes for manufacturers.

A grim bargain.  Once a weakness, low-skilled workers who get paid little have become the Deep South’s strength.  (Washington Post, 12/1/2015)
Though many states recruit businesses with tax incentives, states in the Deep South pioneered the practice and remain aggressive users of the tool, pitching not just tax breaks but low costs and anemic union participation. The strategy has both payoffs and potential downsides. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Airbus and Boeing now have plants in the Deep South, providing tens of thousands of sturdy middle-class jobs. But while those high-profile plants attract much of the attention, experts say tax breaks often are used for the many companies offering lower-wage work.

How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy.  (American Prospect, 7/6/2015)
Just as in the 1850s (with the Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act), the Southern labor system (with low pay and no unions) is wending its way north.

6/28/2017 update, "Foxconn is not your fathers' manufacturing jobs; they pay much less", starts here.

Photo credit:  LinikedIn

Reported in If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won't be what many expect.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/27/2017)

6/16/2017 update, "Dear Foxconn, What happened to those other 45,000 jobs?", starts here.

Or is it 25,000?

Illustration from Pinterest

Reported in Is Michigan losing Foxconn to Wisconsin?   (Crain's Detroit Business, 6/14/2017)

Original 6/15 /2017 post, "The Foxconn timeline", starts here.

Related image

After a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Softbank, a mobile telecom and investment firm, suggested Foxconn could create 50,000 jobs in the U.S.

On January 23, 2017, Forbes reports:
Over the weekend, Foxconn's billionaire chairman, Terry Gou, filled in some of the gaps in the plan. 
He told reporters that the plan to build a plant for displays was still very tentative, but if it went ahead the investment would exceed $7 billion and could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, according to news reports.  
Gou singled out Pennsylvania as a possible location, adding that the investment would depend on Foxconn being able to negotiate good rates for land and power.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The usual case of states giving away the store for jobs.  [Michigan Governor Rick] Snyder, a Republican, has been increasing pressure on Michigan lawmakers to approve tax incentives for large-scale business expansions in the state as it tries to convince Foxconn to locate in his state.  

Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said this week in advocating for the incentives to lure Foxconn that “we should put our best foot forward so that we don’t lose all of it or part of it to a neighboring state.” 

Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, said Wednesday he would “jump at the chance” to work with the Walker administration to pass any economic development incentives deemed necessary to land the Foxconn plant.

The governor of Pennsylvania is a Democrat.

Salary information from Indeed.

Working a 40-hour week, an assembler would earn $19,427.20 annually.  For a family of 3, that's $992.80 below the federal poverty guideline.  Not a living wage.

And not nearly enough of an hourly wage to afford the fair-market rate for a two-bedroom apartment.

Source:  Washington Post, 6/8/2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Vos, Steineke, Nygren go to special interests for advice on transportation funding

The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, for examples, has donated $16,750 to the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.

Source:  Speaker Vos; Reps. Steineke, Nygren. Memo to various organizations regarding finding a solution to Wisconsin's transportation funding problem.

UPDATE. Weatherwise, the world was a very red place during April 2017

Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis -- April 2017.
Much of the world's oceans also had warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions during April 2017, with several locations across the western, central, and southeastern Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean experiencing record warm temperatures. No ocean areas had record cold April temperatures.

Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis - March 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
March 2017 was characterized by warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions across much of Earth's surface. The most notable warm temperature departures from the 1981–2010 average were recorded across the contiguous U.S., Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Australia, where temperature departures were +3.0°C (+5.4°F) or greater. 4/12/2017 update starts here.

Global Analysis - February 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions were present across much of the world's land surfaces, with the most notable warm temperature departures from average (3°C–5°C above the 1981–2010 average) across much of the contiguous U.S., southeastern Canada, and across much of central and eastern Russia. 

2/25/2017 post starts here.

Global Analysis - January 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
For the oceans, the globally-averaged temperature departure of +0.65°C (+1.17°F) from the 20th century average was the second highest on record for January, behind 2016.

Related post:
When it comes to 'unusual warmth', Morning Consult prefers to keep the blinders on.  (1/11/2017)