Monday, August 19, 2019

GET ME REWRITE: Republicans love these immigrants. They're filthy rich!

41 men, 2 women

And the list includes a significant number of non-Europeans.  Hmm.

CES 2019: Airthings Wave Mini

The Wave Mini makes sure the air you’re breathing inside your home is safe.  (Digital Trends, 8/2/2019)
The product was originally introduced at CES 2019. The Wave Mini sits inside the home and offers real-time analysis of the air quality by analyzing three major components that affect it: Temperature, humidity, and the total volatile organic compounds, or TVOCs. The Wave Mini presents this information visually, allowing users to see how their air quality changes over time. Knowing how and when the air quality changes makes it easier for people to take better control of what they breathe.

Priced to move at $79.  But ask yourself:  How long have you lived without such a device?

Other 2019 CES posts:
December 2018
AVidea Group Safe Zone Gunfire Detector.  (12/5/2018)
FADES auto-darkening eyewear.  (12/7/2018)
Estelle Costanza does not approve of this car porn. (12/12/2018)
Smart smoke detectors.  (12/15/2018)
LG CineBeam Laser 4K projector.  (12/22/2018)
Poopy diaper alarm for harried parents.  (12/25/2018)
Twice breathlessly promotes the "Clash of the Robovacs".  (12/28/2018)
Don't worry, you won't have to throw away your stupid shoes.  (12/31/2018)

January 2019
Samsung is building The Wall.  (1/6/2019)
Hypnbos smart sleep mask.  (1/8/2019)
Hyundai creates a car with body parts.  (1/9/2019)
Why brush? Because they'll soon be Y-Brush!  (1/13/2019)
Auto Sense wireless charger car mount.  (1`/13/2019)
EyeForcer improves posture without nagging parents. (1/14/2019)
Quell your pain.  (1/17/2019)
Muse 2.  (1/17/2019)
Augment your view of the world with Focals by North.  (1/18/2019)
Opte Intelligent Beauty Wand.  (1/20/2019)
Bell Nexus autonomous flying taxi.  (1/21/2019)
Sit tight, she'll be back in a month with a followup report.  (1/22/2019)
Swidget will help you with device overload -- and keep your home much warmer than it needs to be.  (1/27/2019)
Iris-scanning rearview mirror gets into your head.  (1/31/2019) 

February 2019
Sphero Specdrums music ring.  (2/19/2019)
Somnox robot pillow.  (2/27/2019)
Louis Vuitton wireless earbuds.  (2/28/2019)

March 2019
VOLO Go cordless infrared hair dryer.  (3/1/2019)

May 2019
GET ME REWRITE: Consumer Technology Association executive board gets over its squeamishness of award-winning sex toy.  (5/9/2019)

July 2019
Now I lay me down to sleep, with my pink noise headband.  (7/8/2019)
Multi-sensory device.  (7/21/2019)

Glenn Grothman: Government welfare for me but not for thee (the updated edition)

Reported in Rep. Glenn Grothman opposes all welfare benefits for immigrants.  (, 8/16/2019)

Which begs the question:  Is Grothman the best that Wisconsin's 6th congressional district has to offer?

Related reading:
Ethnic groups in Wisconsin:  Historical Background.  (Max Cade Institute for German-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Original 12/27/2017 post starts here.

Welfare Reform Still a Priority for Grothman.  (KFIZ, 12/27/2017)

The list of inanities is endless, or so it seems.
"We're all minorities in America".  (7/22/2019)
How hard up do you have to be to ask Glenn Grothman to be your commencement speaker? (5/22/2019)
Glenn Grothman falls on his knees after Trump State of the Union bloviating.  (2/7/2019)
Trump fanboy Glenn Grothman pimps for Mexico border wall.  (1/25/2019)
Meet the 7 House critters who voted against back pay for federal workers.  (1/13/2019)
Glenn Grothman starts the 116th Congress where he left off in the 115th: Enhancing his clown bona fides.  (1/5/2019)
Back in the news with more inanities.  (1/4/2019)

July-Dec 2018
Glenn Grothman, dedicated follower of political fashion, fills us in.  (11/10/2018)
"Good guy' Greg Gianforte sends Glenn Grothman a check.  (11/2/2018)
When you know you're at the bottom of the GOP food chain: Eric Trump headlines Glenn Grothman rally.  (10/31/2018)
Stamp to a letter, birds of a feather clown show: Gushing over Greg Gianforte, both Donald Trump and Glenn Grothman say "that's my kind of guy".  (10/19/2018)
As the election approaches, Glenn Grothman's babbling intensifies.  (10/6/2018)
Dear voters of Wisconsin's 6th congressional district, this gibberish should convince you this clown should be kicked out of office.  (9/27/2018)
Get me rewrite. More than just tweets: Everything about Trump encourages Democrats and independents to sweep gomers like Glenn Grothman out of office.  (8/9/2018)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Repeat after me: YALTA.  (7/23/2018)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Does this mean you don't support Donald Trump's military parade?  (7/19/2018)

Jan-Jun 2018
Could we please, please, get rid of this clown?  (6/21/2018)
Glenn Grothman in so many words:  The ruination of America is people with darker skin tones.  (1/27/2018)
Glenn Grothman shares etiquette advice on KFIZ.  (1/19/2018)
Memo to Glenn Grothman: Next time you see Donald Trump, give him a great big kiss, mwah!  (1/18/2018)
UPDATE: The demented clown, otherwise known as Glenn Grothman, returns to the topic of Al Sharpton at MLK event.  (1/18/2018)
Newspaper editorial calls out Glenn Grothman for his (a) mispresentation or (b) lie.  (1/11/2018) 
Glenn Grothman cries on the shoulder of his favorite KFIZ deejay. (1/9/2018)

Jul-Dec 2017
Our resident clown Glenn Grothman tells just half of the story.  (12/24/2017)
Like Vermin Supreme, Glenn Grothman believes that there should be free ponies for all Americans.  (12/15/2017)
A letter sent without fear of retribution.  (12/3/2017)
The insightful Glenn Grothman was talking to a gal.  (11/22/2017)
Dear Dan Kohl, If you substitute 'clownish' for 'partisan', the arrow moves hard right.  (11/9/2017)
The malevolent conservatism and clownish inhumanity of Glenn Grothman.  (10/25/2017)
Glenn Grothman sets a ridiculously low bar regarding hurricane aid to Puerto Rico.  (10/24/2017)
Glenn Grothman demands that a border wall be built.  (8/31/2017)
Here's something on which Glenn Grothman and I agree.  (8/10/2017)
Glenn Grothman wants us all to die.  Or not to fly.  (7/20/2017)
Short-term memory loss and The Glenn Grothman 24/7 Clown Show.  (7/15/2017) 
Steady drip-drip-drip inside Glenn Grothman's head vs. steady drip-drip-drip of evidence Russian collusion.  (7/13/2017)

Apr-Jun 2017
Glenn Grothman gives a big thumbs up to Pennsylvania's congressional districts.  (6/22/2017)
Glenn Grothman on the Paris Accord:  The blithering goes on.  (6/7/2017)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Not that anyone is listening to you.  (6/5/2017)
Oh, yeah, I just bet he does.   (6/1/2017)
It's bromance time for Glenn Grothman, sez Greg Gianforte seems like a good guy.  (5/26/2017)
At Glenn Grothman's groan-inducing town hall.  (5/2/2017)
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination.  (4/27/2017)
At KFIZ, everybody loves a clown.  (4/17/2017)
Wishful thinking: Glenn Grothman does a little Mick Jagger at the podium during Sheboygan listening session.  (4/11/2017).

Jan-Mar 2017
What DO they think of Glenn Grothman on Capitol Hill?  (1/31/2017)
Not a Muslim ban, Glenn Grothman? The numbers indicate otherwise.  (1/31/2017)
On the other hand, some might say we do need Congressmen, but we can not have the wrong Congressmen.  (1/2/2017)

The conservative values of Glenn Grothman, straight shooter and exemplary public servant.  (10/30/20176
GOP donor and Neenah realtor pens letter to editor, praises Glenn Grothman.  (10/28/2016)
Well, Glenn Grothman, looks as though Donald Trump and Paul Ryan won't accompany Mr. Gumpy on his outing.  (10/20/2016)
Meet the 3 Stooges who introduced Donald Trump at yesterday's rally in Green Bay.  (10/18/2016)
Likely to be other reasons why Trump and Glenn Grothman's relationship might be "less than perfect".  (10/13/2016)
Glenn Grothman raises GOP specter of black bogeyman Al Sharpton.  (7/14/2016)
Recommended reading from Glenn Grothman.  (3/3/2016)
Once again, Grothman does the blah blah blah.  (1/13/2016)

Tea Party alert: Glenn Grothman supports increase in federal gas tax.  (12/29/2015)
Glenn Grothman's moving service.  (11/16/2015)
Glenn Grothman: Still trying to get to 'yes' with Paul Ryan.  (10/18/2015) 
Dear Glenn Grothman, Breaking up is hard to do.  (10/17/2015) 
He's a guy, and has access to 'all machines that one would need'.  (9/29/2015) 
Meet the Members of the Republican Study Committee: Glenn Grothman (R-WI, 6th District).  (8/18/2015)
What about seeing the light, Representative Grothman?  (8/11/2015)
Glenn Grothman's gibberish in full flower.  (7/1/2015)
Rep. Glenn Grothman puts corporate personhood first.  (6/23/2015)
Glenn Grothman Finds His Voice in Washington, D.C. (6/19/2015)
Glenn Grothman goes seriously bland on us.  (5/12/2015)
Glenn Grothman's lips are zipped.  (4/9/2015)
Glenn Grothman Speaks the Language of the Godfather of states' rights.  (1/13/2015)

Glenn Grothman, Quiet Man.  (10/12/2014)
Tom Petri returns the favor to Glenn Grothman.  (9/5/2014)
Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District primary: Less than 12% of voters paid attention.  (8/24/2014)
Hey guys and gals, Scott Walker is not 100% convinced that Glenn Grothman can win the 6th CD. (8/23/2014)
Career politician Glenn Grothman moves one step closer to Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District general election.  (8/22/2014)
To the tune of $692,000.   (8/14/2014)
Glenn Grothman:  A man without a mandate.  (8/14/2014)
Glenn Grothman to Tom Petri: Thank you for your 35 years of service.  (8/1/2014)
Duey Stroebel can't be bothered with fundraising, looks to buy seat instead.  (8/1/2014)
Clearly, "common-sense bills" and "Grothman" should never be used in the same sentence.(7/9/2014)
Two career politicians pledge limited service in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (7/8/2014)

Doormats for Trump: Log Cabin Republicans put on the blinders to make this endorsement


OpinionsTrump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement.  (Washington Post, 8/16/2019)


All of Trump’s anti-LGBT actions since last Pride (plus a few welcome moves).  (Washington Blade, 6/6/2019)

West Towne Mall Boston Store UPDATE. While management wonders what to do with 140,000 square feet of empty space, they invite young white women to hang out

7/9/2019 update, "No weeds at outside entrance to now shuttered West Towne Mall Boston Store", starts here.

As opposed to the facade of the nearby shuttered Shopko.

5/1/2019 update, " Gone, covered up (Canstruction edition)", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Canstruction Madison.

9/11/2018 update, "Going.....going.....gone!  (But last I checked, the lights are still on)", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Retailer Von Maur evaluating soon-to-be-vacant Bon-Ton store sites.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/23/2018)

Maybe the lights will stay on?  

Sorry, Madison.  The article's focus is on the metro Milwaukee market.

7/31/2018 update, "Going.....going....."

Surprised to find the sale is still in its ":final weeks".

Photos by Retiring Guy

 Second floor home goods section is pretty much cleaned out.

The tall, rectangular sign can be yours for $75.  Make a counteroffer.

Nothing from the West Towne newsroom about the future of this space.

A fair number of shoppers browsing the aisles on a Monday afternoon.

6/14/2018 update, "Boston Store scrubbed from West Towne directory but signs still scream GOING OUT OF BUSINESS", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Need temporary, short-term employment?

5/16/2018 update, "The final, nothing-held-back, everything-must-go days of the Boston Store", starts here.

Looking across an expansive and mostly empty parking
Photos by Retiring Guy

There are lots of reasons Bon-Ton failed. One of the biggest: It wasn't best at anything.  (York PA Daily Record, 4/20/2018)

The 'going-out-of-business' banner was up on my last visit.

Those signs have a familiar look to them.

More merchandise than I've ever seen in stock at the West Towne store.

4/7/2018 update, "The Bon Ton Stores Inc. announcement creates confusion among headline writers", starts here.

 Headline sources:

4/6/2018 update, "Empty storefronts on either side of West Towne Mall Boston Store interior entrance", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Bon-Ton warns of mass layoff if company is not sold.  Company plans to conduct bankruptcy auction on April 9.  (Milwaukee Business News, 4/6/2018)
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. on Friday filed a notice with the state Department of Workforce Development that 2,255 Wisconsin employees could potentially lose their jobs if the struggling retail company does not find a buyer at an auction next week. 
Those employees work at the company’s corporate office in downtown Milwaukee and at stores in Brookfield, Eau Claire, Glendale, Greendale, Janesville, Madison, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Racine and Wauwatosa, according to the notice.

The announcement of the closing of all Teavana stores -- West Towne Mall's store was located at the right -- was made last August.

Original 2/14/2018 post, "What does a Bon Ton bankruptcy filing mean for this West Towne Mall anchor?", starts here.

West parking lot entrance to store

Struggling Bon-Ton Stores Inc. files for bankruptcy protection.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/5/2018)
In addition to Boston Store and Younkers, Bon-Ton operates under the brand names Bergner's, Bon-Ton, Carson's, Elder-Beerman and Herberger's. 
Bon-Ton has not been profitable since 2010, and is headed for a loss for fiscal 2017 as well. Online merchants such as Amazon and others have cut into business, and fewer consumers are going to shopping malls. 


Stores operated by Bon-Ton are anchor tenants in many shopping centers, including about two dozen in Wisconsin. In metro Milwaukee, Bon-Ton has Boston Store locations at Mayfair in Wauwatosa, Brookfield Square, Southridge in Greendale and Grand Avenue in Milwaukee.

Center court mall entrance
Photos and video by Retiring Guy

Bottom line:  No clear answer right now.

Boogying our way to doomsday (world as food desert dance-off)

Reported in Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns.  (The New York Times, 8/8/2019)

8/9/2019 update, "Worldwide water crisis gyration", starts here.

A Quarter of HumanityFaces Looming Water Crises.  (The New York Times, 8/8/2019)
From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new World Resources Institute data published Tuesday.

Some of the cities affected:
  1. Sao Paulo, Brazil (population 21,846,507)
  2. Chennai, India (population 10,711,243)
  3. Cape Town, South Africa (population (4,524,111)
  4. Los Angeles, California (metro population 13,132,000.  Likewise, Los Angeles. Its most recent drought ended this year. But its water supply isn’t keeping pace with its galloping demand and its penchant for private backyard swimming pools doesn’t help. )
  5. Mexico City, Mexico.  (population 21,671,908; ...drawing groundwater so fast the city is literally sinking.)

7/8/2019 update, "Crumbling infrastructure + extreme weather edition, starts here.

(horizontal arrows added)

Capital Weather Gang Perspective.  A $1 trillion economic blow? The cost of extreme weather in the U.S. is worse than we thought.  (Washington Post, 6/6/2019)
Returning to NOAA’s estimated losses for 2017 and 2018, productive investment fell about $400 billion in total in those years as a result. That is, had those disasters not happened, investment would have been that much higher. And that diminished investment translates into less growth in gross domestic product — a measure of all an economy produces in a given period. 
If similar experiences in extreme events occur for the next 10 years — which is not a bad assumption, given that four of the most expensive years in history have occurred in the past five — U.S. GDP in 2029 would be about 3.6 percent lower than it would have been otherwise, based on my calculations using growth accounting. 
That amounts to an economy that’s $1 trillion poorer as result of these extreme weather events crowding out productive investment.

6/5/2019 post starts here.

Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon surges to record high. (The Guardian, 6/4/2019)
Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon surged last month to the highest May level since the current monitoring method began, prompting concerns that president Jair Bolsonaro is giving a free pass to illegal logging, farming and mining. 
The world’s greatest rainforest – which is a vital provider of oxygen and carbon sequestration – lost 739sq km during the 31 days, equivalent to two football pitches every minute, according to data from the government’s satellite monitoring agency.

1/16/2019 update, "DJ Donald Trump party down edition", starts here.

78 Environmental Rules onthe Way Out Under Trump.  (The New York Times, 12/28/2018)

Related article:
U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed.  (The New York Times, 1/8/2019)
But, just as important, as the United States economy grew at a strong pace last year, emissions from factories, planes and trucks soared. And there are few policies in place to clean those sectors up. 
“The big takeaway for me is that we haven’t yet successfully decoupled U.S. emissions growth from economic growth,” said Trevor Houser, a climate and energy analyst at the Rhodium Group.

Air pollution edition

Reported in The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules.  (The New York Times, 12/13/2018)

Related reading:
A Brief History of U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards.  (Union of Concerned Scientists)
These standards will reduce America’s consumption of oil, save consumers money at the gas pump, and protect public health and the environment by curbing global warming pollution. They will also help spur investments in new automotive technology, creating jobs and helping sustain the recovery of the American auto industry.

Border wall edition 

Finger-pointing, waning optimism on Capitol Hill after Trump clashes with Dems.  (KFDM, 12/12/2018)
America's infrastructure is falling apart -- here's a look at how bad things have gotten.  (Business Insider, 2/12/2018)

Speeding freight train greenhouse gas emssions edition

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018.  (The New York Times, 12/5/2018)

Global Carbon Project

Climate change, GOP ideological blinders edition 


Strangling of Hungary's free press edition
Graphic sourceGet the Trolls Out

Reported in The Website That Shows How a Free Press Can Die.  (The New York Times, 11/25/2018)

Related reading:
Trump loves a strongman, so of course he fawns over Hungary’s Viktor Orban  (Washington Post, 5/25/2018)
The Trump administration’s friendly and intensive contacts with the Orban government represent a radical departure: It watches idly as Orban dismantles his nation’s democratic institutions. For instance, the pro-government weekly Figyelo recently issued an enemies list of about 200 prominent opposition individuals. 

Florida elections edition
Screenshots from The New York Times

Related post:
What's the matter with Florida.  (Washington Post, 11/15/2018)
But the most important thing to know about what’s happening in Florida is that it has little to do specifically with Florida at all. 
Take a step back and look at the big issues playing out in Florida, and what you’ll see, instead of Florida’s foibles, are three critical challenges to American democracy as a whole.
In Florida, it’s the thought that counts, because it sure isn’t our votes!  (Miami Herald, 11.9/2018)
Carl Hiaasen has the answer.  The other lasting result of that month-long ordeal was, for Floridians, more psychological than political. We woke up in a place that had been internationally exposed as the most bumbling, screwed-up state in America.

GOP leadership edition

Reported in A President Who Believes He Is Entitled to His Own Facts.  (The New York Times, 10/18/2018)

Related link:
Stutzman Public Affairs

EPA Science Advisory Board edition 
Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Reported in Climate change doubters are finalists for Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board.  (Science, 10/18/2018)

Post-Kavanaugh confirmation/climate change edition

Other boogies:
Boogying our way to doomsday (the toxic chemicals edition).  (5/15/2018)
Boogying his way to doomsday (chapter 1).  (12/16/2016)

Climate crisis UPDATE: July 2019 is hottest month ever in Alaska

Alaska's Hottest Month on Record: Melting Sea Ice, Wildfires and Unexpected Die-Offs.  (Inside Climate News, 8/7/2019)
With sea ice at a record low, the usual buffer that helps keep Alaska cool is gone, said Karin Gleason, a climate scientist with NOAA. "That exacerbates temperatures, because when you don't have sea ice near the coastlines, then the temperature of the continent can warm sooner and earlier than it typically would." 
Arctic sea ice hit a record low in July after an early start to the melt season, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The sea ice volume Arctic-wide was about 47 percent lower than the average from 1979-2018.

7/8/2019 update, "Record-breaking heat in Alaska", starts here.

Reported in Alaska see record temperatures in heat wave.  (The Independent, 7/7/2019)

Related reading:
Anchorage breaks heat record.  (NPR, 7/6/2019)
I think it is. We're definitely seeing warmer-than-normal conditions. Like, the 90-degree temperature is 25 degrees above our average. Our average for this time of year is 65 degrees. And just in the last 10 days, we had six record-high temperatures. So not just this year, but overall, the trend for Anchorage and all of Alaska is a steady increase and a steady warming.  (From an interview with Tracy Sinclair, meteorologist at Channel 2 News in Anchorage.)

7/3/2019 update stearts here.

6/23/2019 update, "Record heat in northernmost Alaska", starts here.

Utqiagvik, Alaska, America's Northernmost Town, Smashes June Record High.  (The Weather Channe, 6/21/2019)
This June record in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) is the latest notable in what is shaping up as one of Alaska's warmest years on record. NOAA's May climate report released earlier this month found the state had its record warmest spring (March through May) and its second warmest year-to-date through May, behind only 2016.

Original 4/4/2019 "In the red zone" post starts here.

March records for warm weather across Alaska were ‘obliterated’ this year.  (Anchorage Daily News, 4/3/2019)
Many Alaskans have reveled in the warm wave, but others are wary, saying the unprecedented heat has put lives at risk on melting rivers and created challenges for hunters trying to get food. 
Statewide temperatures for March are expected to average 27 degrees, 4 degrees higher than the 1965 high mark, said Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist with the International Arctic Research Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks. [emphasis added]
“We’re not just eking past records. This is obliterating records,” he said.

Original 3/27/2019 post, "Record heat in Alaska", starts here.

Temperatures in Alaska are toppling records.  (Mashable, 3/26/2019)
Well above-average temperatures are expected to continue this week. Daily temperature records have broken around the state, and toppled all-time March records in the greater Arctic region. 
Last week, Alaska saw its earliest ever 70-degree Fahrenheit temperature. This exceptional warmth has been stoked by a mix of weather events and a rapidly warming climate. 
"The magnitude and persistence of the warmth is particularly striking to me this winter in parts of Alaska," Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Irvine, said over email.

Related posts:
June 2019
India.  (6/17 /2019)
San Francisco.  (6/12/2019)
Atlanta, Geogia.  (6/5/2019)

April 2019
Australia suffers through record hot March.  (4/2/2019)

March 2019
Seattle's record-breaking winter heat.  (3/19/2019)
UPDATE: Central Florida's record-setting February heat.  (3/2/2019)

January 2019
Australia, scorched.  (1/16/2019)
2018: Hottest year ever for Australian state of New South Wales.  (1/11/2019)
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life.  (1/11/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Prague experiences hottest year on record for third time this decade.  (1/6/2019)

August 2018
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)
UPDATE: July 2018 is hottest month ever in California.  (8/18/2018)