Saturday, June 29, 2019

Population loss in South Dakota: Corson County

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  (New series.)

Source:  Wikipedia (Corson County, McIntosh)

McIntosh is the county seat of Corson County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 17.7% - Corson County
  • 27.8% - South Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 11.3% - Corson County
  • 16.6% - South Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.

Trump flipped Corson County after Obama won it in both 2008 and 2012.  

Other South Dakota population loss posts:
Harding County/Buffalo.  (6/24/2019)
Perkins County/Bison.  (6/24/2019)
Haakon County/Philip.  (6/29/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in South Dakota: Haakon County

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  (New series.)

Source:  Wikipedia (Haakon County, Philip)

Philip is the county seat of Haakon County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 17.8% - Haakon County
  • 27.8% - South Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.4% - Haakon County
  • 16.6% - South Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.

A Democratic candidate for president has won Haakon County three times:  1916, 1932, and 1936.  

Other South Dakota population loss posts:
Harding County/Buffalo.  (6/24/2019)
Perkins County/Bison.  (6/24/2019)

Other population loss series:

Despite Trump's bloviating, coal is not making a comeback

Quoted in Trump says 'the coal industry is back.' The government's jobs numbers say otherwise.  (CNBC, 8/23/2018)

First of all, just look at historical downward trend in the number of coal mining jobs.

Secondly, utilities are pledging to phase out coal.


Keyless ignition systems a new wrinkle in residential carbon monoxide poisoning from motor vehicles

Ms. Penney, 81, and Mr. Livingston, 88, were found dead at their home in Sarasota, Fla., poisoned by carbon monoxide, according to preliminary tests by the local medical examiner. Susan Livingston said that after the car — which had a keyless ignition — pulled into the garage attached to theweir house, the engine had continued to run.

Source:  Elsevier

Preliminary research framework and findings:
  • study conducted over 30-month period:  March 2007 to September 2009
  • search of daily newspapers:  "carbon monoxide poisoning"
  • 837 news reports involving 4,365 poisonings
Research specific to residential carbon monoxide poisoning in motor vehicles 
  • 59 incidents resulted from leaving a motor vehicle running in a garage with resultant poisoning of the occupants within the attached residence.  (A telling statistic:  17, or 29%, involved people older than 80 years old)
  • 175 people poisoned, 63 of whom died
  • reasons for intentionally running engine in garage
    • charging vehicle battery
    • warming vehicle before going out into cold weather
    • providing power to radio or other music source
  • reasons for accidentally running engine in garage
    • distraction or forgetfulness when leaving vehicle
    • intoxication with drugs or alcohol
    • impaired hearing
    • some form of dementia

Related reading:
What you need to know about keyless ignition systems.  (Edmunds, 8/7/2018)
Keyless ignition systems first began appearing on production cars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and like many tech and convenience features, they were initially available only on luxury models and other high-end vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is generally recognized as the first mass-produced car with keyless ignition, followed by models from Acura, Cadillac, Lexus and Rolls-Royce. Keyless ignition has become increasingly common in cars.  In 2008, keyless ignition was standard on 11 percent of the vehicles sold in the U.S. By 2018, it was standard equipment on 62 percent of vehicles sold.  [emphasis added]

"Not my type", eh, Donald Trump?

Photo credits:  Ivana, Marla, E. Jean

Reported in Trump’s repeated defense against assault accusations: call the accuser unattractive.  (Vox, 6/25/2019)

Freedom Caucus crazies gang up on Henry Kerner

Reported in Dana Milbank: Remember when conservatives believed no one was above the law?  (Washington Post, 6/27/2019)
Henry Kerner was a model conservative. A member of the Federalist Society, he clerked for a Reagan-appointed judge. As a Republican staffer, he led House and Senate inquiries into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, Obamacare and the “Fast and Furious” gun-running program. Trump rewarded him by naming him head of the Office of Special Counsel. 
Then, Kerner went after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — and everything changed.

Other Jordan posts:
Men on black: Needing distractions, Freedom Caucus crazies Mark Meadows (current chair) and Jim Jordan (past chair) call for Rod Rosenstein's impeachment.  (7/26/2018)
Ohio Republican and freedom caucus crazy Jim Jordan has the luxury of being a nativist when it comes to immigration  (6/4/2018)

The bubble world of Freedom Caucus crazy Jim Jordan.  (8/14/2017)
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination. (4/28/2017)

Dear Jim Jordan, Huelskamp lost 47 of 62 counties in US House 1.  (8/4/2016)
Freedom Caucus chair Jim Jordan ready to go crazy on the House dance floor.  (4/28/2016)
It's probably good news that the Freedom Caucus wants to go big, go bold; look where it got Scott Walker.  (1/19/2016)

The Freedom Caucus 'crazies': Have Jim Jordan and Justin Amash been talking much lately?  (10/16/2015)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/8/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/20/2015)

Other Meadows posts:
Mark Meadows ready to lead GOP on death march to border wall.  (1/30/2019)

Men on black: Needing distractions, Freedom Caucus crazies Mark Meadows (current chair) and Jim Jordan (past chair) call for Rod Rosenstein's impeachment.  (7/26/2018)
No surprise that Freedom Caucus crazy Mark Meadows prostrates himself on the altar of Trump.  (7/24/2018)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination.  (4/26/2017)
Donald Trump declaires war on Freedom Caucus.  (3/30/2017)
UPDATE. Really, Mark, just whose agenda is it?  (1/4/2017)

It's the same old line in the sand for the Freedom Caucus.  (3/25/2016)
Freedom Caucus member Mark Meadows, one of Peter King's 'crazies', is in a hearts-and-minds mood with Mitch McConnell.  (2/24/2016)

Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/6/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/13/2015)

Other Gosar posts:
Freedom Caucus crazy Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) wallows in a Alex Jones conspiracy theory.  (10/8/2017)
Donald Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus: The Paul Gosar edition.  (4/3/2017)

Paul Gosar shows his nutty side.  (4/9/2016)
Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar: When dentists go astray.  (4/4/2016)
When religious freedom means government by theocracy.  (4/3/2016)
Climate change, Paul Gosar, and short-term (special-interest) thinking.  (2/11/2016)
Freedom Caucus members pledge allegiance to the NRA.  (1/6/2016)

2015The Freedom Caucus, Congress' crybabies (part 5).  (12/20/2015) 
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind to....  (11/29/2015)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives,  (9/29/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/1/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/15/2015)

A game changer blogpost


Reported in A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President.  (The New York Times, 6/25/2019)

The Merriam-Webster entry does not include a hyphen between the words whereas the New York Times article does.

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the compound noun "game changer" occurred in 1993.

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. access provider
  2. body camera
  3. booty call
  4. dwarf planet
  5. jukebox musical

Dennis Dodge (1947-2019) Valley Forge Military Academy, class of 1965

1963 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Dodge Daniel C (Klahr M) pres Dan's Chevrolet h24 Redwood Street
  • Dodge Dennis student h24 Redwood Street
  • Dodge Klahr M Mrs secretary Penn Laurel Restaurant h24 Redwood Street
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Dodge Klahr M Mrs retired h24 Redwood Street

The popularity of Dennis as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Clayton, the name of Dennis's birth father.

Clayton has been a surprisingly steady performer, rolling along almost exclusively within the 150 to 300 range.  His best decades were the 1980s and 1990s, when he peaked at #147 in 1988 and 1997 and also spent two years at #149 (1994, 1996).

Other members of the class of 1965:
Linda Kays.  (6/10/2019)
William Lyle Shafer.  (4/5/2019)

Loretta Frederickson Conlon.  (8/7/2019)
Bruce Shattuck.  (8/2/2018)
Michael Neizmik.  (3/26/2018)
Robert Faga.  (1/27/2018)
Joyce Andrew Camigliano.  (1/26/2018)

Jeffrey Werner.  (11/20/2017)
Jeffrey Arnold.  (7/11/2017)
Blaine Otto Rudolph.  (6/20/2017)
Anita Farnswroth Madigan.  (4/30/2017)

David Bryan.  (11/23/2016)
Candyce Thompson Wescott.  (10/10/2016)
Dianne Briggs Sherman.  (5/14/2016)

Catherine Donnelly Rice.  (9/25/2015)
Sharyn Steele Engle.  (8/30/2015)
Dennis Seymour.  (6/25/2015)
Alvin Whipple.  (6/17/2015)

Susan Johnson Wolfe.  (3/14/2014)

Friday, June 28, 2019

Scott Walker's Foxconn pipe dream continues to mystify

Video from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

One year after Trump's Foxconn groundbreaking, there is almost nothing to show for it.  (The Verge, 6/28/2019)
Last week, Foxconn began pouring a concrete foundation at the Mount Pleasant site. But just what Foxconn is building remains unclear. 
Before work began, Foxconn submitted floor plans to Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services, which The Verge obtained through a records request. The plans are partially redacted, but according to Willy Shih, a Harvard Business School professor who consulted in the screen industry, the foundations and structural support more closely resemble an assembly facility than an LCD fab. 
“If you wanted to build the actual LCD fab, you’d need a lot of steel, and you’d need a deep, deep foundation to support it,” Shih says. His guess is the building would receive LCDs made elsewhere, then attach electronics and assemble them into finished devices.

Foxconn Appears To Push Back Opening Of Mount Pleasant Plant.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 6/27/2019)
Foxconn Technology Group appears to have delayed the opening of its manufacturing plant in Racine County. 
In March, the tech manufacturing company announced construction on the Mount Pleasant Gen 6 fabrication facility would begin in summer and would be operational by the end of 2020. 
But Thursday morning, an email sent out by WEDC with the subject line: "Special Bulletin: Wisconn Valley News" updating bid opportunities said the factory was now set for completion in early 2021. 
A spokeswoman for Foxconn said Thursday afternoon that there is no delay but offered few additional details.  [emphasis added]

Meanwhile, the Foxconn Place locations in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine aren't even stuck in neutral. 

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'pipe dream' occurred in 1890.

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. belly flop
  2. cheerleader
  3. downtrend
  4. misfocused
  5. oversold
  6. rock bottom
  7. shell game
  8. wailing wall

The pretzel logic of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts

Quoted in Supreme Court says federal courts cannot strike down partisan gerrymandering.  (USA Today, 6/27/2019)

What about these doggy lines, CJ.

Source:  govtrack

Related reading:
North Carolina’s extreme gerrymandering could save the House Republican majority.  (5/8/2018)
Welcome to North Carolina, “ground zero” for gerrymandering. North Carolina is a purple state. Politically, the state is about 50 percent Democrat and 50 percent Republican — it went for Barack Obama in 2008 but for Republicans in 2012 and 2016 (although voters elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper). In a competitive election year like 2018, Democrats should have the opportunity to pick up plenty of congressional seats. 
But if you look at its congressional maps, Republicans have an incredibly lopsided advantage. That’s intentional; Republican state Rep. Dave Lewis admitted as much in 2016, during the redistricting process.

Related post:
The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is blind and deaf.  (6/28/2019)

Navitus Health Solutions building project UPDATE: June site visit from across Gammon Road

From the James Madison Memroial High School parking lot (see also /8/2018)

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

5/10/2019 update starts here.

4/15/2019 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

3/4/2019 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

11/17/2018 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

9/24/2018 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

9/7/2018 update starts here.

View from in front of UW Health West Towne Climinc
Photos by Retiring Guy

View from the east edge of the Noodles and Company parking lot

View of the building set back from Mineral Point Road

8/8/2018 update, "August progress report', starts here.

View from Noodles and Company parking lot on Mineral Point Road

View from James Madison Memorial High School across Gammon Road

View from across right field corner of James Madison Memorial High School baseball field

7/13/2018 update, "Midsummer progress report", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Navitus builds new headquarters, keeps distance from big drug benefit managers.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/6/2018)

6/13/2018 update, "Another building takes shape on Navitus campus" starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

4/30/2018 update, "5 floors of a steel skeleton", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

 Remains of the razed building

4/19/2018 update, "A close up and a distant view", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

4/12/2018 update, "New headquarters skeleton and a big pile of rubble", starts here.

Video and photos by Retiring Guy

4/4/2018 update, "The going-up new and the coming-down old", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

3/29/2018 update, "Steel beams start to give shape to construction", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

3/26/2018 update, "Demolition continues, tower doubles in height", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

3/21/2018 update, "Demolition of award-winning 1970 building", starts here.

3/12/2018 update, "The latest developments in construction and excavation", starts here.

Coming soon to this tower's location:  a 5-story, 80,000-square-foot building to be occupied by Lumicera, Navitus' specialty pharmacy division.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Not sure what purpose the earthen ramp serves.

Still not sure.

Wasn't that fun?

2/22/2018 update, "Excavation work underway, but no demolition yet", starts here.

Subdivision application

Maps and Plans

Snow melt creates a pond not included in the plans.

Photos by Retiring Guy

2/6/2018 update, "Snow or no snow, let the demolition begin!", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

1/13/2018 update, "Property is fenced but demolition has yet to start", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Though not completely, at least during a visit last month.

It's an award-winning building that is meeting the wrecking ball.

Source:  Madison Public Library pamphlet files

11/5/2017 update, "First round of construction approved by Madison Plan Commission", starts here.

Renderings:  City of Madison (street identification added above)

Madison committee approves development for Navitus Health Solutions headquarters.  (, 10/3/2017)
Project to be finished in March 2019.  The Madison Plan Commission on Monday signed off on several components of the Livesey Co.’s “West Place” project at the corner of South Gammon and Mineral Point roads. A five-story, 80,000-square-foot office building intended for the pharmacy benefits management company, a two-story, 30,000-square-foot specialty pharmacy building and two retail buildings are proposed as the first round of construction.

3/27/217 update, " It's a gray day for developer of far west-side Madison project", starts here.

Developer puts big project near West Towne Mall on hold.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/21/2017)
As configured, the finances of the project simply do not add up, said Melissa Huggins, a principal at Urban Assets of Madison who is a consultant for Livesey on the redevelopment. 
Livesey, which owns the property, now will take months to “retool” the project and determine what makes economic sense, Huggins said. “ 
It’s a blow,” she said. “There’s been a lot of thought and a lot of investment. It’s disappointing, that’s for sure.”  

3/7/2017 update, Sign of a major change at Gammom and Mineral Point roads, starts here.

Not a done deal yet.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Mixed-use project at Mineral Point and Gammon referred to allay neighborhood concerns.  (Capital Times, 1/26/2017)
The project would be built in five phases over the next five to 15 years, potentially adding up to 17 buildings. The application states that future uses could include a grocery store, senior housing and a hotel. Plans include a new private road, Monona Drive, that winds through the center of the development, which the application refers to as “the spine that ties the project together.”

Original 10/23/2016 post, "Makeover at Gammon and Mineral Point roads", starts here.

Constructed in the early 1970s, the building originally served as the headquarters of Famous Footwear.  Most recently, it was occupied by Madison Area Technical College.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Project aims to remake large, open property at Gammon, Mineral Point roads.  (, 10/22/2016)
The estimated $50 million first phase of the development called West Place would involve construction of five buildings clustered on the corner of Gammon and Mineral Point roads. They would total 106 apartments, nearly 50,500 square feet of retail space and about 23,000 square feet for office space.