Saturday, May 23, 2020

Reopening Wisconsin: Risky business in 5 southeastern counties

Public Health Experts Say Many States Are Opening Too Soon To Do So Safely.  (NPR, 5/8/2020)
By Monday, at least 31 states will have partially reopened after seven weeks of restrictions. The moves come as President Trump pushes for the country to get back to work despite public health experts warning that it's too soon. 
"The early lesson that was learned, really, we learned from the island of Hokkaido in Japan, where they did a really good job of controlling the initial phase of the outbreak," said Bob Bednarczyk, assistant professor of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. 
Because of that success, many of the restrictions on the island were lifted. But cases and deaths surged in a second wave of infections. Twenty-six days later, the island was back on lockdown. 
"That's the concern that we have right now," he said.

Frances Gruttaria Culberton Bevevino (1934-2020) Warren High School class of 1952

1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Frances as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at grandson Mason.

Source:  Social Security Administration

Mason bounced around for most of the 20th century.  He started to come into his own in the 1980s and is now enjoying his 8th year in the top 10.  He peaked at #2 in 2011 and 2012.

Other class of '52 grads:
Carol Barrett Boltz.  (11/28/2019)
Marilyn Smith Miller.  (8/2/2019)
Ralph Wade.  (7/8/2019)
Dudley Donaldson.  (2/8/2019)
June Odmark Wiggins.  (1/5/2019)

Richard Hansen.  (1/2/2018)

Donald "Dean" Webster.  (8/2/2017)
Earl Henry Campbell.  (7/17/2017)
Theodore Shaw.  (6/7/2017)
Richard Suppa.  (5/27/2017)
Neil Siefert.  (4/18/2017)
Mary Anne Handest McHenry.  (3/23/2017)
Reynold Flatt.  (2/27/2017)

Donald Merkle.  (9/23/2016)
Minnie Bonavita Miller.  (6/10/2016)
Myra Wilson Babcock.  (5/19/2016)
Norma Pierce Nielsen.  (4/6/2016)
Santo 'Sam' Pascuzzi.  (2/14/2016)

Glenn Culbertson.  (10/23/2015)

Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)

"New Directions in Grocery Shopping" (The Pandemic Edition)

Photos by Retiring Guy

Related reading:
Shoppers are flouting grocers' one-way aisle rules.  (Grocery Dive, 4/30/2020)
Giant will no longer enforce one-way aisles in its supermarkets.  (PennLive, 5/14/2020)

Friday, May 22, 2020

GET ME REWRITE: Oconomowoc City Council tackles a major issue of the pandemic era

A pedal tavern is coming to Oconomowoc for the first time.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/21/2020)
"I think it's cool," Ald. Andy Rogers said. "I think it's a great idea. It's a first and it's new. It gives another reason to grab your friends and come downtown."
Borkowski said all social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and the pedal tavern will be sanitized after every ride. 
"Between our schedules we allow 15 minutes to clean and sanitize," Borkowski said.

The dying embers of a Trump presidency

A man and his administration starved not just from lack of oxygen but a lack of truth, intelligence, and empathy.

Reported in Trump says US won't close over second COVID-19 wave.  (The Hill, 5/21/2020)

The number of active cases in the U.S. continues to grow.

The number of active cases in Germany peaked at 72,865 on April 6 and as of 5/21/2020 has 12,712 cases, a decrease of 83%.

With the rush-to-reopen craziness taking place in the United States, a second wave is inevitable.

Related reading:
Germany is reopening. Cautiously.  (Vox, 5/1/2020)
Germany has one of the best records managing the coronavirus. Now, the world is watching as it attempts to reopen.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

UPDATE: Commercial development proposed for Parmenter Street parcel (May site visit)

Photo by Retiring Guy


7/6/2018 update starts here

Photos by Retiring Guy

A Middleton classic closes.  The Colonial Motel was the last of the city's old-time motels providing inexpensive rooms to weary travelers.  (, 11/18/2008)
Before there was a bypass and prior to the arrival in Middleton of bigger names like Marriott, Hilton, Fairfield and Staybridge, there was the Colonial. Its closure and planned demolition ends an era of old-school motels that once were clustered on Highway 12 on this city's north side.

All that's left of the motel is a crumbling parking lot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wisconsin State Journal editorial board wants to have it both ways

Apparently, the State Journal thinks this editorial is a very big deal.

In other words, no matter what the liberal justices do, no matter what decisions they make, they deserve our unending scorn.

GET ME REWRITE: Where stupid people live on Madison's west side

A Scranton Court resident reported a weapon missing Thursday after inadvertently leaving their pickup truck unlocked, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement. 
A Sayner Court homeowner reported a similar crime Wednesday, and the weekend of May 9-10 a man on Stonebridge Drive said a Berretta 9mm was stolen from the glovebox after he left his car unlocked, DeSpain said.

GET ME REWRITE: Trump wants our tax dollars to pay for Pompeo housekeeper

A statement that reeks of white privilege

Retiring Guy suggests Pompeo watch this video.

On the other hand, Pompeo can certainly afford to hire his own help.

GET ME REWRITE: U.S. per capita COVID numbers rank 12th among 215 countries of the world

Map:  TIME

Reported in Virus review: States accused of fudging testing data; US-Canada border to remain closed.  (, 5/19/2020)

Cases per 1 million population

Deaths per 1 million population

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stupidity rises to the top (Republican Party of Kenosha County edition)

The names of the other 4 Gomers are found here.

Evers Wants 270-Day Shutdown! Nope. (Urban Milwaukee, 5/18/2020)
Republicans deal in their speciality: Fake news. A copy-and-paste social media post, shared by a number of conservative groups, alleges that Governor Tony Evers is making an end run around the Wisconsin Supreme Court and seeking to close Wisconsin for 270 days.

Wishful thinking: Mike Pence makes the virus go away

Just because state and local officials are reopening does not mean the virus is soon behind us.

4/23/2020 Fox News propaganda: Pence says coronavirus could be 'largely' behind us by Memorial Day weekend. 

In fact, the number of active COVID-19 cases has grown 8.5% during the past 10 days.

Source:  Worldometer

When Pence made this inane remark, the U.S. had 745,151 active cases.  We've experienced an increase of 356,679 cases -- an increase of nearly one-third --  since then.

The coronavirus epidemic will most certainly not be behind us in 6 days.

Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst offers up some coronavirus pabulum on Breitbart Daily News

Quoted in Ernst: ‘Iowa Has Fared Pretty Well’ During Coronavirus Pandemic.   (Iowa Starting Line, 4/28/2020)

From an April 23, 2020, interview broadcast on Breitbart Daily News.

On the day of the interview, Iowa had 3,924 confirmed cases of COVID-19.   Twenty-five days later, the number of cases has reached 14,955 -- an increase of nearly 300%.  Iowa currently ranks 13th among the 50 states in total cases among 100,000 people, ahead of such coastal states as California and Washington.

Related post:
Week by week:  COVID-19 cases in Iowa.

UPDATE: Upscale student housing project proposed for Langdon Street (Madison Plan Commission update)

Rendering and aerial view from Madison Plan Commission agenda 5/18/2020

Plan Commission tackles Langdon Street housing development, city stormwater rules.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/19/2020)

11/12/2019 update starts here

Photos by Retiring Guy

Developer eyes big student housing project on historic Langdon Street.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/4/2019)
Continuing an upscale student housing boom, a developer is proposing a seven-story, 124-unit tower with a rooftop swimming pool amid the fraternities and sororities that line historic Langdon Street. 
But the proposal is raising questions about how the building’s modern architecture fits on the street, parking and security.

Dang it, I missed the demolition.

Here's a rendering of what Core Spaces, of hubbAHubBa fame, has in mind.

Original 4/23/2018 post, "UW-Madison private dormitory, vacant for 10 years, approved for demolition", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Vacant building on Langdon Street approved for demolition, but no further plans for site.  (, 4/3/2018)

The property owner is Steve Brown Apartments, one of the area's major landlords.

The building, known as The Langdon (aka Royal Tower), was constructed in 1963 as a private dormitory but has been vacant since 2008.  Most utility services were cut off in 2011.

 Demolition is scheduled to start next month and to be completed in the fall.  Use as a temporary green space is only current plans for the site, with the emphasis on 'temporary'.

What used to occupy this property.

On September 20, 1964, the Wisconsin State Journal published an article under the headline, "Private Dormitories on UW Campus".

The #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time.

This is what happens when billionaires call the shots (Betsy DeVos edition)

Reported in DeVos Funnels Coronavirus Relief Funds to Favored Private and Religious Schools.  (The New York Times, 5/15/2020)

Related reading:
Inside Betsy DeVos’ Billions: Just How Rich Is The Education Secretary?  (Forbes, 7/24/2019)
Among Donald Trump’s historically rich cabinet members, Betsy DeVos is the richest. But for more than two years, the extent of her finances has been a mystery. Now Forbes has zeroed in on the root of the DeVos family fortune, Amway, to come up with what we believe is the most realistic estimate of the size of her fortune published so far. Together, Betsy DeVos, her husband and their four adult children are worth roughly $2 billion.

Related posts:
Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approves of these tactics.  (6/19/2019)
Christine Baranski and Betsy DeVos: Separated at birth?  (9/1/2017)
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)

Monday, May 18, 2020

What happens when people have too much money

How the ultra rich customized Bugatti's $5.4 million Divo car.  (USA Today, 5/17/2020)

Customers often use family crests, national flags or personal logos as inspiration. Some choose the leather and colors that match their handbag or their favorite pair of shoes. Customers from the United States tend to order "eye-catching" and "extravagant" color combinations, Bugatti said. 

What happens when these ultra rich popinjays tire of that new handbag or pair of shoes after a few months?

REVIVED SERIES: Only 904 days until we can vote Our Dumb Senator out of office

So then those are real tears, huh?

Reported in 'A threat to accountable democracy': Some Republicans object to Trump dismissal of federal watchdog.  (USA Today, 5/18/2020)

The 'some Republicans' in the headline includes 3 of 53 GOP Senators (Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins, Mitt Romneyj) and none of the 199 GOP House Representatives.

Related posts:
UPDATE: Our dumb senator continues to get hammered .  (105/2019)
UPDATE. Our Dumb Senator -- now in its 7th year!!!  (8/16/2017)
UPDATE: Our dumb senator -- proven scientifically -- on climate change.  (8/8/2016)