Saturday, December 2, 2017

This week in the grocery aisle: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes floor graphic


Photo by Retiring Guy

Nothing new, as far as in-store advertising is concerned, but something I don't recall ever seeing at Woodman's before.  There's another one at the opposite end of the cereal aisle.

This one is definitely more attention-grabbing.

Related posts:
Pumpkin Spice runs amok.  (11/7/2017)
Danger lurks.  (11/2/2017)
Dan G. wets himself over Special K Blueberry with Lemon Clusters.  (9/20/2017)
Limited Edition Mocha Crunch.  (7/16/2017)
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows.  (2/1/2017)
A marriage between General Mills and Girls Scouts of America.  (1/19/2017)
Alpha-Bits is getting squeezed out.  (11/23/2016)
Special K continues to branch out.  (10/23/2016)
Wedding bells chime.  (10/5/2016)
The price of convenience (22.54 cents per ounce).  (8/19/2016)
Make up your mind already!  (8/14/2016)
Remember Nabisco Shredded Wheat?  (7/13/2016)
Features Batman and Superman.  (7/7/2016)
Post wants you to have ice cream for breakfast.  (6/30/2016)
Tiny Toast.  (6/21/2016)

UPDATE. Madison's "Levittown" at 66




The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names.  (Historice Madison, Inc.)
Blackhawk Park, now Trillium, is a 26-acre rental and condominium community of two-bedroom homes along Craig Avenue south of University Avenue near Spring Harbor Drive. 
It is named for Black Hawk, the Sauk war chief who in 1832 retreated with his forces through this area on their way to the Mississippi River. The Blackhawk Country Club is nearby. The builder was Floyd J. Voight, a Madison businessman. The 24 x 32 foot homes are on concrete slabs because the high water table ruled out basements. When Blackhawk Park opened in 1951, all featured gas heat and hot water, a water softener, a kitchen with Youngstown steel cabinets and asphalt tile floors. They rented for $95.00 a month. 
The homes are laid out along Craig Avenue which is named for Voight’s 5-year-old son, Craig. There are sidewalks but no driveways. Eight six-stall garages are discretely placed away from the homes. The houses were rented to young families in general as well as to employees at the new Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Shorewood.

(arrows added to show route taken in video)


Original 12/22/2011 post, Madison's "Levittown" at 60", starts here.

Now known as the Trillium neighborhood.

Photos by Retiring Guy

On Madison cul-de-sac, the houses are all the same, but the people are as diverse as can be. (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/22/2011)


Excerpt: The recent arrivals have helped breathe new life into one of Madison's must unusual developments, built in 1951 and modeled on the Levittown subdivision on Long Island, which was built just after World War II for returning military veterans and featured houses constructed assembly-line style.

The 137 houses on Craig Avenue and its various offshoots are exactly the same: one story, no basement or garage, two bedrooms, one bath, occupying 768 square feet. Strict condominium association requirements have kept them the same, with rules against adding on or building fences.


Eleanor Spurley, now 94, moved to the last house on the block in 1951. She was a former Army sergeant. Her husband was a former Army corporal. They raised four young kids there who slept on two bunk beds and shared one dresser.

"It was just an awesome place to live," said Jo Ann Spurley, now 64. "Every night everybody came out and played."








Levittown:  Documents of an Ideal American Suburb


History of American Suburbs:  Levittown, New York.  (From LIFE magazine)

Levittown, Pennsylvania, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012.

Images of America series.

Lawrence Ekey Jr. (1945-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1963



1963 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Ekey Lawrence A (Mary D: Emil A Ekey Florist) h104 E St Clair
  • Ekey Lawrence A jr student r104 E St Clair
  • Ekey Robt student r104 E St Clair
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Ekey Mary D Mrs h104 E St Clair St
  • Ekey Robt C & Barbara (Ekey Florist) h393 Keller Rd

Lawrence was a very steady performer during the 1st half of the 20th century, spending all but one year (1903) from 1900 until 1954 and remaining in the top 100 until 1974.  He peaked at #30 twice, in 1942 and 1945.   He has increasingly fallen out of favor since then.

Other class of 1963 graduates:
Deanne Janyce Reiff Rodriguez.  (10/21/2017)
Dean Shattuck. (5/1/2017)
John Hamilton.  (1/11/2017)
Patricia Anderson Bidwell.  (2/21/2016)
John Kiser. 12/1/2014)
Vincent Faga.  (1/4/2014)

Plutocracy gone wild at SwampFest: GOP expects Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will seal the deal for midterm elections



NPR, 10/4/2017





At left, reported in  Republicans push nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through Senate after late-night negotiations.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/2/2017)

At right is a partial screenshot of Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill amendments, tweeted by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), with the comment:  This is so bad. We have just gotten list of amendments to be included in bill NOT from our R colleagues, but from lobbyists downtown. None of us have seen this list, but lobbyists have it. Need I say more? Disgusting. And we probably will not even be given time to read them.

Obviously, some lobbyists were invited to the GOP tax-cuts-for-the-rich SwampFest.

Related posts:
It's called hypocrisy, h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.  (12/1/2017)
Please tell me again how thte cynically named Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helps the middle class.  (11/30/2017)
Racial and ethnic makeup of the 115th Congress.  (11/30/2017)
Plutocracy in action: Donald Trump's America First tax cuts line the pockets of foreign investors with $520,000,000,000.  (11/30/2017)
Donald Trump's pants on fire.  (9/29/2017)

UPDATE. Lester Public Library of Vesper: 2009-2016 annual circulation and program attendance





A member of the South Central Library System
Photo credit: Panoramio

Library hours of operation:
  • Monday, Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday:  2 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon
30 hours per week.  (Compared to 33 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)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Benton Public Library.  (12/2/2017)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (12/2/2017)
Lester Library of Arpin.  (12/2/2017)


Original intro
Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

UPDATE. Lester Library of Arpin: 2009-2016 annual circulation and program attendance






Library hours of operation (no change)
  • Monday, Thursday:   4 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  noon to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
30 hours per week.  (Compared to 30 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)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Benton Public Library.  (12/2/2017)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (12/2/2017)

Related websites:
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)


Intro to original series:
Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.


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






A member of the Winnefox Library System
Photo credit:  Library Technology

Library hours of operation (no change)
  • Monday:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Friday:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
27 hours per week.  (Compared to 27 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)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Benton Public Library.  (12/2/2017)

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






Library hours of operation: (no change)
  • Monday:  12 noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  3:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon and 3:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon 
23.5 hours per week.  (Compared to 22 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)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/29/2017)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/29/2017)

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)


Intro to original series:
Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

Friday, December 1, 2017

The rabidly right-wing Investor's Business Daily fights a losing battle


Ivory tower studies.....
The University of Alabama-Huntsville study, conducted by climate scientists skeptics John Christy and Richard McNider, shows that not only is the temperature rising far more slowly than predicted, but that the Earth's atmosphere appears to be less sensitive to changing CO2 levels than previously assumed.

...vs. day-to-day reality.

In a new report, Moody's Investor Services Inc. explains how it assesses the credit risks to a city or state that's being impacted by climate change — whether that impact be a short-term "climate shock" like a wildfire, hurricane or drought, or a longer-term "incremental climate trend" like rising sea levels or increased temperatures. Also taken into consideration: "[communities] preparedness for such shocks and their activities in respect of adapting to climate trends," the report says. "If you have a place that simply throws up its hands in the face of changes to climate trends, then we have to sort of evaluate it on an ongoing basis to see how that abdication of response actually translates to changes in its credit profile," says Michael Wertz, a Moody's vice president.

Climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Wisconsin.  (2/16/2017)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (11/4/2017)
U.S. military bases.  (9/22/2017)
Georgia peach orchards.  (9/18/2017)
Northeast U.S. pine forests.  (8/29/2017)
Tangier Island, Virginia.  (8/25/2017)
South of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. (8/25/2017)
New Orleans.  (8/12/2017)
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.  (5/20/2017)
Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  (2/23/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

Please catalog as fiction: WEDC is Scott Walker's baby, so take these in-house Foxconn job projections with a big grain of salt




Reported in Foxconn to begin by hiring hundreds of assembly workers in 2018.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/1/2017)

When Foxconn meets WEDC.
On Walker's original to-do list: Have WEDC approve Foxconn contract sight unseen. (11/2/2017)
The flashing brilliance of big-money Walker donor and WEDC CEO Mark Hogan.  (10/27/2017)
From the start, WEDC was never about regulation and record-keeping, according to Scott Walker himself.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Kestrel Aircraft: Is this a variation of Scott Walker's Foxconn strategy? (10/22/2017)
UPDATE. In light of WEDC's abysmal track record in getting it right, it's best they take no action.  (9/29/2017)
 All told, the Kerns have donated nearly $400,000 to Republican and conservative candidates.  (8/14/2017)
WEDC at the ready to verify Foxconn job numbers.  (8/12/2017)

WEDC: Life in Wisconsin is a fantasy



Sources:
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Capital Times, 3/2/2011
Capital Times, 10/28/2015
Capital Times, 5/13/2016
Capital Times, 1/13/2017
Fox6Now, 10/9/2017

Just a small sample.

Other WEDC posts:
2017
From the start, WEDC was never about regulation and record-keeping, according to Scott Walker himself.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Kestrel Aircraft: Is this a variation of Scott Walker's Foxconn strategy? (10/22/2017)
UPDATE. In light of WEDC's abysmal track record in getting it right, it's best they take no action.  (9/29/2017)
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)
WEDC at the ready to verify Foxconn job numbers.  (8/12/2017)
VF Corp. in Wisconsin: That was then, this is now.  (4/4/2017)

2016
Scott Walker: Wisconsin is open for business 'for the people who truly need it'.  (8/31/2016)
Scott Walker and WEDC: The Hillises giveth, and the Hillises taketh.  (8/29/2016)
UPDATE: Apparently, WEDC CEO Mark Hogan is willing to do Scott Walker's bidding til heat is on.  (7/14/2016)
Does this sound like openness and transparency in government? (7/14/2016)
The best and the brightest: Scott Walker-appointed WEDC CEO Mark Hogan.  (5/9/2016)
Welcome to North Mendota Energy and Technology Park (Brought to you by WEDC).  (5/3/2016)
Samantha Kerkman's "good night for Wisconsin" doesn't see the light of day.  (2/17/2016)
Dear Scott Walker, WEDC is the agency that received the scathing, damning, critical audit.  (1/14/2016)

2015
Robin Vos sez, "They don't want rebranding because they think WEDC's brand is OK."  (12/30/2015)
WEDC board members say, "Gee, maybe we should start vetting requests for financial assistance." (12/14/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud   (9/8/2015)
Todd Jensen, former WEDC underwriter, provides the recipe for the current agency disaster.  (8/9/2015)
We know Scott Walker didn't graduate from college, but apparently he hasn't been paying attention to anyone but himself since kindergarten.  (6/25/2015)
4:24 p.m. Friday WEDC news dump.  (6/20/2015)
The stink of WEDC follows Brenda Hicks-Sorensen to Nebraska.  (6/16/2015)
Scott Walker tries to run, but there's no place to hide.  (5/26/2015)
No matter how you slice it, Alberta, it's still stinky cheese.  (5/23/2015)
Joint Finance Republicans to Scott Walker:  "You're Fired!".  (5/21/2015)
Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation -- Nice work if you can get it.  (5/20/2015)
It's story time.  (5/18/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker connection.  (5/17/2015)
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015)
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)

2014
WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014)
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)

2013
Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)

It's called hypocrisy, h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y



Sources:

Cartoon conservative principles: Another clusterfuck of Wisconsin GOP hypocrisy


Starting fresh with the December report.


State GOP lawmakers seek to preempt local control on employment matters.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/1/2017)

"Principles" found at Republican Party of Wisconsin
Text from State Journal article cited above

Related post:
UPDATE. Vote to changes the rules on recounts creates the usual collar counties clusterfuck, plus Fox Valley loop and a spritz.  (12/1/2017)