Saturday, September 22, 2018

Get me rewrite: Ethereal view of Foxconn campus with soundtrack by Jerry Wallace

Visuals by Carlos Castenada?

Foxconn releases ‘sneak peek’ video of campus.  (Racine Journal Times, 9/18/2018)
File under science fiction/fantasy.  There also is a simulated glimpse of the theoretical self-driving cars and demo streets (that look like something out of an Isaac Asimov short story) that Foxconn looks to integrate into its campus in addition to a textured map, which shows the plan for all three areas of the planned 2,900-acre complex.

Jerry Wallace's "In the Misty Moonlight" debuted at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending July 25, 1964.  It spent 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #19 for 2 weeks.

UPDATE. Medicaid privatization in Iowa has been a really bad deal for consumers

Iowa Medicaid's per-member cost increases nearly triple since privatization.  (Des Moines Register, 9/18/2018)
Clearly, those predictions turned out to be wishful thinking at best, big piles of BS at worst.  Since fiscal 2017, the first full year of privatization, the per-member cost of Iowa's Medicaid program has risen an average of 4.4 percent per year, according to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency. In the previous six years, the per-member cost rose an average of 1.5 percent per year, the agency said. 
The new cost figures come amid continuing controversy over whether Iowa should have hired private companies to run the $5 billion program. The shift’s supporters said it would slow growth in health care spending on the more than 600,000 poor or disabled Iowans covered by Medicaid.

8/31/2018 update, "More Medicaid privatization outrage from Iowa", starts here.

A heartless, misguided, power-hungry Iowa GOP.

The happy family is found at AmeriHealth Caritas

Reported in A private Medicaid company that pulled out of Iowa has yet to pay thousands of medical bills.  (Des Moines Register, 8/30/2018)

Original 8/25/2018 post, "Private Medicaid provider to clients:  No wheelchairs for you!  And they get a raise for their heartlessness", starts here.

Reported in Iowa Medicaid company forced to provide special wheelchairs to disabled clients.  (Des Moines Register, 8/20/2018)

The agreement will keep UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup in Iowa, but it will mean state leaders must come up with about $103 million more than last fiscal year. 
The raises come amid continuing controversy over whether Iowa should have hired private companies to run its Medicaid program in 2015. 
Critics say the shift has led to cuts in services and loads of red tape. Supporters, including Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, say it is leading to more efficient, effective care, and is saving taxpayers millions of dollars compared to what they would have otherwise spent.

Related post:
Shredding the safety net UPDATE. In Iowa, Medicaid privatization increasingly becomes synonymous with 'claim denied'.  (4/3/2018)

New item on the menu at Lambeau Field

Something to take your mind off the national anthem controversy

What's new in NFL concessions for 2018.  (Restaurant News, 9/17/2018)

There's lots more.

I could go on.

What happened, Scott Walker, is this!

Desperately seeking solace

Not the first time someone has been snookered by Foxconn (part 2)

Why Foxconn’s Wisconsin Promise Of 13,000 Quality Jobs Is An Empty One.  (Belt, 9/11/2017)

Glassdoor.  What workers say about the downside of working at Houston's Foxconn plant:
  • long working hours
  • low pay
  • weekend work
  • low salaries
  • too much ov
  • too much overtime
  • too stressful
  • pay really sucks
  • no benefits for contract employees
  • This is not a career.
  • lack of normal promotion process
  • company that does not care to retain even good employees
Related reading:
Northwest Houston’s growth brings boom in low-paying jobs.  (Houston Chronicle, 7/12/2018)

Part 1

Why Foxconn’s Wisconsin Promise Of 13,000 Quality Jobs Is An Empty One.  (Belt, 9/11/2017)

Related posts:
July-December 2018
Breaking news: Foxconn unable to find Wisconsin veterans.  (9/14/2018)
Foxconn UPDATE. The indefatigable Louis Woo.  (8/14/2018)
UPDATE: Goofy Scott Walker sure to offend voters all over the state with Foxconn headgear and desperate re-election message.  (7/31/2018)
Dear Scott Walker, We're waiting for a list to back up your bullshit 60 counties claim.  (7/6/2018)

January-June 2018
UPDATE. Dear Scott Walker, Most voters aren't buying your Foxconn benefits BS.  (6/24/2018)
Yet another example of how poorly Foxconn treats its employees.  (6/11/2018)
Wisconsin cities with highest unemployment rates could use some of that Chicago millennials Foxconn love that Scott Walker is dishing out.  (1/27/2018)

July-December 2017
Historic giveaways: Most expensive taxpayer-funded jobs in history is Scott Walker's top accomplishment in 2017.  (12/26/2017)
Gateway Technical College cutting-edge Foxconn curriculum does not include workforce development, employee relations, and management concepts.  (12/25/2017)
Foxconn job projections: Reality bites a hole in Scott Walker's bubble world.  (9/10/2017)
UPDATE. Funny how there's all this talk about Foxconn jobs that pay well below the alleged average salary.  (8/12/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Beflowered Little Free Library on Kenyon Drive in Middleton Wisconsin

Photos by Retiring Guy

Nothing of interest to me here.


Other LFL posts:
The little white schoolhouse on Sweeney Drive in Middleton.  (9/10/2018)
Castellated Little Free Library on Longmeadow Road in Madison WI.  (8/29/2018)
UPDATE. Lots of Harlequin choices in Chamber of Manitowoc County's LFL.  (7/29/2018)
What’s in a middle school Little Free Library during summer vacation? (6/28/2018)
Hate has no home here.  (5/15/2018)
Hilldale Little Free Library: Too much taking, too little returning.  (4/25/2018)
UPDATE: The Little Free Library of the Lost Gable.  (3/30/2018)
Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the door, and see all the books.  (2/24/2018)

Slim Pickins in this Little Free Library.  (12/23/2017)
UPDATE: St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church will say a little prayer for you (Dionne vs. Aretha).  (11/15/2017)
Across the street from Weston Place.  (4/1/2017)
Seen yesterday while doing a lit drop for Hans Hilbert, candidate for Middleton mayor redux.  (3/29/2017)
Seen yesterday while doing a lit drop for Hans Hilbert, candidate for Middleton mayor.  (3/28/2017)

Nearly empty Little Free Library has since been replenished and includes 2 Bart Starr biographies.  (10/15/2016)
This colorful Little Free Library features James Clavell's chunkster novel Noble House.  (9/14/2016)
Little Free Libraries spotted during yesterday's Elroy-Camp Douglas Omaha Trail bike ride.  (8/8/2016)
Little Free Library at end of Woodrow Street in Madison has Scruples Two.  (7/10/2016)
Little Free Plant Stand meets Little Free Library.   (5/21/2016)
UPDATE: This Little Free Library now features 3 Jeffery Deaver titles.  (3/21/2016)

More taking than returning at this Little Free Library location.  (11/2/2015)
Taking Little Free Libraries to the next level.  (10/20/2015)
An attractively designed, little box of discards on Amherst Road.  (10/13/2015)
Kudos to this Little Free Library design on 13th Street in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  (7/27/2015)
One of the most colorful little box of discards set-up I've encountered.  (7/10/2015)
Little box of discards with benches.  (5/6/2015)
Get me rewrite: Little boxes of discards have big appeal.  (5/1/2015)

Middleton little free library cleaned out; Independent bookseller suspected.  (12/19/2014)
Charter #5763.  (8/14/2014)
Charter #8443.  (7/25/2014)
Unchartered #2.  (7/24/2014)
Unchartered #1.  (7/21/2014)
Charter #5719.  (7/19/2014)
Charter #0657.  (7/18/2014)

Frank Chiaravalloti (1948-2018) Warren Area High School class of 1966

1966 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Chiaravalloti Dominick F (Leona M) auto pntr J & R Esso Serv Sta h622 Beech
  • Chiaravalloti Frank whsemn Warren Grocery r622 Beech
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Frank as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Dominick.

Dominick never set the world on fire but has been a relatively steady presence since 1900, almost always in the 200-500 range.  Best year:  1914 at #197, his only appearance in the top 200.  He dropped out of the top 500 just once, in 1971 (#512).

Other members of the class of '66:
Howard Johnson.  (8/3/2018)
Albert Conklin.  (4/11/2018)
Betsy Colt Brinkley.  (3/9/2018)

Deborah Snyder Sproveri.  (8/8/2017)

Sally Johnson Horrocks.  (4/3/2015)

Charlene Postlethwait Knowlton. (10/8/2014)
Dennis Peterson.  (8/31/2014)

Jimi Hendrix Experience: "All Along the Watchtower" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 21, 1968

Overall, an underachieving class, with 4 singles 'peaking' in the bottom 10.

Related links:
Ten of the best classic Bob Dylan covers.  (Independent,  2/16/2018)

And while I'm at it.
Dylan Week: The Top 10 Worst Bob Dylan Covers Ever.  (Gothamist, 5/23/2012)
Related posts:
Aretha Franklin's two-sided hit single among the newcomers on Billboard Hot 100 for the week 
ending August 17, 1968.

Iron Butterfly makes its first appearance on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 24, 1968.

Big Brother and the Holding Company makes its first two appearances on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 31, 1968.

Fire! The Crazy World of Arthur Brown debuts with its only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. ( For the week ending September 7, 1968)

The Beatles "Hey Jude" debuts in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 14, 1968

OK, folks, here’s a headline offering more proof that 'Scott Walker' is synonymous with 'weasel'

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel changed its headline overnight.  Fortunately, WisPolitics preserved it.

From the J-S article:
Would the Wisconsin Legislature be willing to adopt many of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act? 
That would have to happen for Gov. Scott Walker to make good on his promise last week to ensure that people with pre-existing health conditions have access to insurance if Wisconsin and 19 other states succeed in having the law declared unconstitutional. 
Here’s one reason: The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover specific health benefits, including prescription drugs for almost every medical condition.

The answer to the question is a big, fat NO. 

It's going to be years before the Democrats regain control of the Assembly, where they are currently outnumbered 64-35, a margin too large for a single blue wave to wash away.

Related posts:
UPDATE. Weasel words with a side of fawning: Scott Walker finally speaks out on Trump uproar.  (8/17/2017)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Scott Walker gleefully rips a page from the Trump playbook

Reported in Former aides give Wisconsin Gov. Walker re-election headache.  (WTOP, 9/19/2018)

Dear Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Could we please have a report on campaign contributions to Steve Nass from deer farmers? Thank you.

For Steve Nass, it's not unusual be to an asshole.

Reported in Wisconsin senator looks to kill CWD regulations.  (Star Tribune, 9/19/2018)

Lead-in time?

For crying out loud!  How much time do you need?





And today?

Related post:
UPDATE: Instead of fiddling around, Scott Walker should have listened to George Meyer 3 years ago.  (5/3/2018)
Wisconsin trails Illinois in fighting CWD.  (5/13/2016)

Scott Walker and the power of incumbency

With no margin for error in the Fox Valley, Scott Walker pulls out the state's checkbook.

Walker Budget Puts $5M Toward STEM Center At UW-Green Bay.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 9/17/2018)

"Bridges": A new dimension in book publishing

Photo taken at Madison Central Library by Retiring Guy

Book sizes and dimensions  (Blurb)
  • Trade (5 x 8 inches)
  • Trade (6 x 9 inches)
  • Trade (8 x 10 inches)
  • Mini square (5 x 5 inches)
  • Small square (7 x 7 inches)
  • Legacy statndard portrait (8 x 10 inches; difference in trimmed pages from same-sized trade)
  • Standard landscape (10 x 8 inches)
  • Large landscape (13 x 11 inches)
  • Large square (12 x 12 inches)
  • Magazine dimentions (8 x 11 inches)

Thunky escalator ride at East Towne Mall Penney's

Still as noisy as ever as you approach it on the main floor.

A history of the escalator last revised in September 2005.  Definitely old-school web design.

Another oldie.

A Prezi presentation from 2014, when this method was all the rage.

Urban Land Interests UPDATE. 6 months later, ground floor corner office space remains vacant

Looking toward the corner of South Carroll and West Main

Photos by Retiring Guy

Peekaboo 2

3/9/2018 update, "The 100 block of South Carroll Street is now open to traffic", starts here.

Looking north toward the Capitol Square

The 1964 Anchor Bank building reclad and thoroughly remodeled.

Still work to do on the interior.
All photos by Retiring Guy

1/25/2017 update, "2 views of Urban Land Interests development from West Doty and South Carroll", starts here.

The Pressman apartments

This 6th-floor, 2-bed/2-bath unit is available for $3,270/month.

Remodeled and expanded office/retail space

9/29/2017 update, "Office building, Pressman Apartments are ready for occupancy", starts here.

Renovated office building (formerly home to Anchor Bank)

Two views from the Dane County parking ramp, with the Pressman Apartments in the frame.

Photos by Retiring Guy

1-bedroom apartment floor plan  (Lots of units still available.)
Related reading:

6/11/2017 update starts here.

A series of West Doty Street views

The Baskerville remains unintimidated

Looking toward the Capital Square from South Carroll Street, with the Park Hotel, the steeple of Grace Episcopal Church (1855), and the Churchill Building (1915) in the distance.

With the curved-glass facade of the remodeled office building (former AnchorBank, now Old National)

All photos by Retiring Guy

Living in The Pressman, the new apartment building which abuts the Baskerville, will cost you -- up to $3,350 per month.

Other Towering Isthumus posts:
UPDATE.  HubBa and the West Gorham Street canyon.  (6/11/2017)
Downtown Madison MATC campus proposal.  (6/11/2017)
HubBa in the home stretch.  (6/2/2017)
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: AC Hotel Madison is open for business.  (5/5/2017)
UPDATE.  Two views of the Lyric Apartments from a sunny East Mifflin vantage point.  (4/6/2017)
UPDATE:  Another look at Ovation 309.  (10/22/2016)
'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)
UPDATE.  Uncommon, the final shot.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE.  Capitol's Edge Apartments, the final shots.  (9/16/2016)
Another development starts to rise along East Washington Avenue.  (8/23/2016)
UPDATE:  The Lux on West Johnson Street.  (1/15/2016)
UPDATE.  The Towers of Porta Bella.  (8/13/2015)
670,000 square foot development risin' on the 800 block of East Washington.  (4/19/2015)
Sleeping and entertainment destination to rise in the middle of this photo.  (1/11/2015)
The Towering Isthmus: A behemoth hogs the skyline from Bascom Hill.  (12/4/2014)
Cranes at dusk.  (12/11/2014)
The Hub, the new hulk in town.  (11/16/2014)
North Bedford Street Project Still in the Proposal Stage.  (11/11/2014)
Coming soon: Another chapter in The Towering Isthmus Saga? (9/19/2014)
Blue Velvet.  (9/10/2014)
The New Edgewater Hotel gets ready for its fireworks celebration.  (9/10/2014)
Among the first wave of towers on the Isthmus.  (9/9/2014)
For those of you who haven't stood at the intersection of West Gilman and State Street in Madison Wisconsin lately.  (9/9/2014)
A tree grows on West Gilman Street.  (9/9/2014)
Nobly or otherwise, this is no longer the question.  (9/8/2014)
The towering isthmus (left to right).  (8/27/2014)
The Towering Isthmus (and the 3 cranes): For folks who can afford the view.  (7/22/2014)
That Was Then, This is Now: The 400 Block of West Gilman.  (7/18/2014)
New housing rising.  (5/8/2014)

3/4/2017 update, "Capitol Square development from the top of the Dane County parking ramp", starts here.

Video and photo by Retiring Guy

Office opportunities:  A glimpse inside.  (Urban Land Interests)

Residential opportunities:  The Pressman

2/18/2017 update,  "Capitol Square development from both sides of the Baskerville point",  starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

2/6/2017 update, "Capitol Square development begins to assert itself", starts here.

From left to right:  Jackman Building (1913-1914), new construction, The Baskerville (1913-1914).

2 views from West Doty

All photos by Retiring Guy

1/14/2017 update, "Old National Bank Capitol Square development at dusk", at night.

Photo by Retiring Guy

12/22/2016 video update.

12/10/2016 update, "The 88-unit apartment building takes shape", starts here.

That's the recently refurbished Inn on the Park in the distance at right.  It is now known as the Park Hotel, which you won't find in this aerial view.  (Some fake-news susceptible folks might think they've taken over the Capitol.)

Photo by Retiring Guyt

Anchor Bank is no more, taken over by the Indiana-based Old National Bank.

11/17/2016 update, " The Towering Isthmus, Anchor Bank Capitol Square development, night and day", starts here.

From West Doty and South Carroll.

Photos by Retiring Guy

From in front of the Public Safety Building on West Doty.

 Just up South Hamilton from the Baskerville.  (In upper right distance.)


Standing in front of the Public Safety Building on West Doty.

(9/16/2016 update.)  Pretty soon, I'm going to have to find a different vantage point.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy


From the Urban Land Interests website:
Upon completion in Summer 2017, this development will consist of:
  •  fully renovated, Class A office building with a new modern glass fa├žade 
    • 171,000 rentable square feet of office space and
    •  32,000 rentable square feet of ground floor restaurant / retail space 
    •  538 stalls of underground parking extending beneath Carroll Street spread across 5 levels  
  • high-end apartment building 
    • 88 rental apartments 
    • 6,700 rentable square feet of ground floor restaurant / retail space. 

Saturday, August 6

Friday, June 10

Thursday, May 5

Monday, March 21

Anchor Bank timeline.

1919.   First office opens at 1 East Main Street.
1928.  Moves office to Joseph M. Boyd Building on South Carroll.
1941.  New location at South Carroll and West Washington opens for business.

Photo credit:  The Anchor Log (1964)
(Found in the Madison Central Library vertical files)

Still looks pretty much the same, although it's no longer an Anchor property.

Photo by Retiring Guy
1964.  Anchor moves its operations to 10-story building on West Main and South Carroll.

Source:  The Anchor Log

1975.  Construction of addition to east side of the building, which is now undergoing remodeling as part of the Anchor Bank on the Square project.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Friday, March 12.

Final piece of ambitious AnchorBank project going before city's design commission. (Capital Times, 4/21/2015)
The project has been in the works for years, with Urban Land Interests planning major renovations and an expansion to the existing AnchorBank office building at 25 W. Main St. As the project gained approval, ULI expanded the scope to include the bank’s 50-year-old parking garage, located across South Carroll Street. 
The plans now include tearing down that parking garage, constructing a 548-stall underground parking ramp beneath South Carroll Street and building a mixed-use apartment building where the garage once stood.

Urban Land Interests:  Anchor Bank

Findorff:  Anchor Bank Expansion & Renovation

As these photos from last summer show, the project was approved and quickly moved forward.

Anchor Bank building and Risser Justice Center

Demolishing the parking ramp gets underway

Looking down South Carroll Street

Here's what the project sites looks like as of January 30, 2016.

Doty & Carroll

The excavation