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. 
[snip] 
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.

Location


Other LFL posts:
2018
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)

2017
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)

2016
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)

2015
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)

2014
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)

Four and a half weeks after the storm in Middleton: A bit more of a bench starts to show at Woodside Heights Park


Monday, September 17
Friday, September 21

After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Voss Parkway.  (9/18/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/19/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/19/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/21/2018 update)


9/18/2018 update starts here.



After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/7/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/10/2018 update)
Voss Parkway.  (9/10/2018 update)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/18/2018 update)


9/9/2018 update starts here.





After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake.  (8/22/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (8/28/2018)
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/3/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Voss Parkway.  (9/4/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/4/2018 update)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/4/2018 update)
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/7/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/7/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond Drive.  (9/9/2018 update)


9/4/2018 update, " The water is slowly receding at Woodside Heights Park", starts here.

Compare the panels just below the center point in photo below to same scene in the 8/28 photo.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Looks like another 8 feet to the water line compared to 8/28.


The planter in thet lower-center portion of the photo is no longer surrounded by water.





8/31/2018 update starts here.
Water is receding from the swing set

Photos by Retiring Guy

And the benches of the picnic table are now in view.  I'd like to think that most of the water level drop is attributable to the pumping of Tiedeman Pond.



8/28/2018 update, "Woodside Heights Park remains inundated", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy




8/24/2018 update starts here.
As of yesterday, the pond level continued to rise.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Steps to Woodside Heights Parks will likely need to be stabilized.


Up next:  Tree removal, reinforcement of road bed, new curb and gutter.


Under normal circulation, the pond would appear in the top third of the frame.


Floodwater encroaches onto condo parking lot


Original 8/21/2018 post starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy










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



1966 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
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  • 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:
2018
Howard Johnson.  (8/3/2018)
Albert Conklin.  (4/11/2018)
Betsy Colt Brinkley.  (3/9/2018)

2017
Deborah Snyder Sproveri.  (8/8/2017)

2015
Sally Johnson Horrocks.  (4/3/2015)

2014
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