Saturday, November 23, 2019

Red but not totally into that Trump's America thing: Yakima County, Washington

The Divide in Yakima is the Divide in America.  (The New York Times, 11/19/2019)
Ms. GutiĆ©rrez went on to win a seat on the Yakima City Council and become among the first Latino politicians ever elected in the Central Washington community of nearly 94,000 where the number of Latinos has doubled in just one generation, now making up almost half of the total population. 
The changes in this farming valley, known as the nation’s fruit basket, mirror demographic trends in numerous U.S. cities where the population is becoming increasingly less white. Ms. GutiĆ©rrez represents a major shift not only because of her ethnicity, but because of her age — she was 26 when first elected. In Yakima, young adults are nearly twice as likely to be Latino as older adults.

Source:  Wikipedia (Yakima County, Yakima)

Yakima is the county seat of Yakima County.

% of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree:
  • 15.9% - Yakima County
  • 34.5% - Washington
  • 30.9% - U.S.
% of population 65 and older:
  • 13.7% - Yakima County
  • 15.4% - Washington
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 18.1% - Yakima County
  • 10.3% - Washington
  • 15.6% - U.S.

Source:  Wikipedia
3rd party votes: 19.2% in 1992, 10.1% in 1996, 8.4% in 2016
(George Wallace received  8.2% of the vote in 1968)

Other "Red but not totally into this Trump's America thing" posts:
Colorado.  Jefferson County.  (3/9/2019)
Florida.  Duval County.  (3/14/2019)
Georgia.  Cherokee County.  (3/10/2019)
Georgia.  Fayette County.  (3/10/2019)
Georgia.  Forsyth County.  (3/10/2019)
Kansas.  Johnson County.  (3/9/2019)
Minnesota.  Carver County.  (3/9/2019)
North Carolina.  Union County.  (9/9/2019)
Ohio.  Delaware County  (3/8/2019)
Texas.  Collin County.  (9/21/2019)
Texas.  Denton County.  (9/22/2019)
Texas.  Williamson County.  (9/25/2019)
Wisconsin.  Ozaukee County.  (3/8/2019)

Related series:
Blue zone sees Trump as con man
Greetings from Trump's America
Not Trump's America

Climate change as a matter of fact: Some parcels are off-limits to development in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Reported in As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers.  (The New York Times, 11/19/2019)

Previous climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Cape Town, South Africa.  (1/31/2018)
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)

Sea of Okhotsk.  (11/13/2019)
2022 World Cup games in Qatar moved from July to November.  (10/18/2019)
The thawing of Siberia's permafrost.  (10/5/2019)
Disappearing glaciers of the Himalayas.  (6/21/2019)
No groundwater for 100,000,000 people in India? That sounds like 'unlivable' to me. (6/21/2019)
Kazakhstan: The melting of Tuyuksu glacier.  (1/21/2019)
Record heat in Japan raises concerns over 2020 Olympics.  (7/23/2018)
Lebanon's cedar trees.  (7/19/2018)
Rising seas + draining underground aquifers = Jakarta disaster.  (12/22/2017)

Australia and the Pacific
Dying coral of the Great Barrier Reef.  (4/22/2018)
Easter Island.  (3/18/2018)
Green sea turtles of the Great Barrier Reef.  (1/11/2018)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)

Business and industry
It's the business of a ratings agency.  (7/28/2019)

White truffles production in Italy.  (11/17/2019)
Italy's olive groves.  (3/11/2019)
Rising seas threaten Scottish heritage.  (9/29/2018)
Norway, Finland, and Sweden.  (7/19/2018)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)

North America
Pecan orchards of New Mexico.  (9/29/2019)
Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Green infrastructure).  (9/17/2019)
Coming alive in the nighttime in Phoenix.  (8/21/2019)
It's an election issue for young Republicans. (8/21/2019)
2°C beyond the limit in New Jersey.  (8/14/2019)
In the newsrooms of Florida newspapers.  (7/10;2/019)
The Point in Newport, Rhode Island.  (7/10/2019)
Expect more fish die-offs in Wisconsin lakes. (7/9/2019)
Still on the front lines in Miami.  (6/26/2019)
Great Marsh, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  (6/4/2019)
Alaska:  Iditarod sled dog race.  (3/3/2019)
Greenland's rapidly melting ice.  (1/22/2019)
Insect apocalypse:  Monarch butterfly.  (12/10/2018)
Hot nights in the U.S.  (9/6/2018)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (8/19/2018)
Front-page news at Des Moines Register.  (8/12/2018)
Miami, again.  (6/14/2018)
May 2018 record heat in U.S. (6/9/2018)
Melting outdoor ice rinks in Canada.  (3/21/2018)
Gulf of Maine.  (3/8/2018)
Jean Lafitte, Louisiana.  (2/26/2018)
Lodi, Wisconsin.  (2/3/2018)
Maine shrimp season.  (12/27/2017)
California fires.  (12/8/2017)
Wisconsin.  (11/16/2017)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (11/4/2017)
Georgia peach orchards.  (9/18/2017)
Northeast U.S. pine forests.  (8/29/2017)
Tangier Island, Virginia.  (8/25/2017)
South of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. (8/25/2017)
New Orleans.  (8/12/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)

Polar regions
Unprecedented ice melt in Greenland and the Arctic so far this June.  (6/15/2019)
Disappearing old ice in Arctic.  (6/4/2018)
North Pole.  (2/28/2018)
Beavers migrate to Arctic.  (12/24 /2017)
Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  (12/14/2017)
Emaciated polar bear.  (12/9/2017)

South America
Galapagos Islands.  (12/19/2018)
Peru.  (11/26/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

U.S. Military
Military prepares for reality of climate change, rising seas.  (8/11/2018)
U.S. military bases around the world.  (1/8/2018)
U.S. Department of Defense.  (12/16/2017)
U.S. military bases.  (9/22/2017)

Shareholders demand companies address climate change.  (10/16/2019)
Business leaders acknowledge bottom line risks and costs of climate change.  (6/5/2019)
Ocean heat hits record high.  (3/30/2019)
Not just a wake-up call anymore.  (8/10/2018)

Plane geometry on the CUNA Mutual campus: From a circle to a rectangle

Photos and videos by Retiring Guy

CUNA Mutual Group to tear down circular Mineral Point Road building.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/20/2019)
Madison-based CUNA Mutual Group hopes to tear down its well-known circular building on the West Side and replace it with an up-to-date building about four times the size. 
CUNA Mutual would replace the building at 5810 Mineral Point Road, near Whitney Way, with a five-story, 230,000-square-foot building. The new facility would house a customer center, dining center, an auditorium, meeting spaces of various sizes and underground parking. 
“The new building will be the gateway to our Madison campus,” spokesman Phil Tschudy said. 
The circular building, built in 1981 and called the 5810 Building by employees, would come down in spring with construction beginning in early summer, Tschudy said. The new building could open in spring 2022, he said.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Meet the lieutenants of Vladimir Putin

Devin Nunes:
All-Star 24/7 "Stand By Your Man" Trump enabler

Verona Road project UPDATE. One year later, done

New, expanded Verona Road opening this weekend.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/9/2019)
Construction crews will be working “day and night” to complete the remaining tasks and shift Verona Road traffic onto the new three lanes in both directions under Williamsburg Way and over Highway PD, DOT spokesman Steven Theisen said in a statement. 
Overhead signs will help motorists navigate the area, including the interchange ramps to access the local roadways, Theisen said.

10/19/2018 update, " Five years later, we're in stage 2, phase 2", starts here. 

And then there's this view at Williamsburg Road
Photo by Retiring Guy

Original 8/13/2013 post, "Stage 1, Phase 1 of the Verona Road (US18/151) Project", starts here.

In all stages and phases,it's a biggie, folks.

Stage 1. proposed improvements include: 
  • Single point interchange at Beltline and Verona Road (US 18/151) 
  • Jug-handle intersection at Verona Road (US 18/151) and Summit Road 
  • Ramp improvements at Whitney Way and Seminole Highway 
  • Improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations 
  • Adding noise walls 
  • Expansion of the Beltline to three lanes to Whitney Way

Perhaps the biggest dislocation right now is the closure of the Seminole Road bridge over the Beltline.  The interchange and bridge are being reconstructed.

Wouldn't you just love to have the Beltline to yourself just once?  (A variation on a Twilight Zone theme.)

Dear Senators Kapenga and Craig, Could you be more specific? Or this just another episode in GOP character assassination? Best, Retiring Guy

Reported in Another Evers cabinet secretary could face hurdles being confirmed.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/22/2019)
When pressed repeatedly, neither Kapenga nor his office would produce any documentation or other evidence about his claims regarding Crim’s behavior. 

Yes, they both represent Waukesha County districts.

Ace Apartments planned for former Sentry grocery store location on Madison east side

Catching Up: Redevelopment near for vacant grocery store on Cottage Grove Road.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/28/2019)
The city’s Plan Commission on Monday will consider a conditional-use request from nonprofits Movin’ Out of Madison and Commonwealth Cos. of Fond du Lac for the four-story Ace Apartments and townhouses with 70 mostly low-cost housing units, 10,000 square feet of commercial space, and 101 parking spaces — 55 underground — at 4602 Cottage Grove Road. 
It’s the final major approval needed to redevelop the prominent corner of Cottage Grove Road and Acewood Boulevard, considered a gateway to the Rolling Meadows neighborhood.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Related reading:
Madison East Side loses a neighborhood grocer.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/3/2014)
For the Wirags, their small Sentry grocery store has been a mainstay at 4602 Cottage Grove for more than 40 years, but it is about to close its doors. 
The roof and parking lots need repair and there is no money to consider an expensive upgrade to the 25,000-square-foot building. 
“It’s just too much. Something had to give,” said Joe Wirag, 48. “I stayed because of the neighborhood, but I stayed too long. I put every penny I had into this place.”
Developers propose low-cost housing for former Sentry grocery site.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/25/2018)
It’s the third proposal for the site since the Sentry store closed after four decades of operation amid growing competition in 2014. The city has since rejected a proposal for a Kwik Trip and discouraged one for a UW Credit Union at the site. Both were one-story, single uses.

Hurley Public Library: 2009-2018 annual circulation and program attendance

Sorted by percentage change in annual program attendance 2017-2018, high to low

(shared space with city offices)

Library hours of operation:
  • Monday through Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
40 hours per week.  (Compared to 40 hours in 2010 and 2016.)

Source:  Wikipedia

Other posts in the series:
Argyle Public Library.  (10/7/2019)
Arpin.  Lester Public Library.  (10/2/2019)
Belmont.  John Turgeson Public Library.  (10/6/2019)
Benton Public Library.  (10/24/2019)
Bruce Area Public Library.  (11/2/2019)
Cassville.  Eckstein Memorial Library.  (11/16/2019)
Centuria Public Library.  (10/19/2019)
De Soto Public Library.  (10/20/2019)
Drummond Public Library.  (10/15/2019)
Endeavor Public Library.  (10/17/2019)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/9/2019)
Granton Community Library.  (11/15/2109)
Hawkins Area Library.  (10/6/2019)
Kendall Public Library.  (10/31/2019)
La Pointe.  Madeline Island Public Library.  (10/26/2019)
Laona.  Edith Evans Community Library.  (11/4/2019)
LaValle Public Library.  (11/19/2019)
Livingston.  Allen Dietzman Public Library.  (10/14/2019)
Lowell Public Library.  (10/10/2019)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/8/2019)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/3/2019)
Norwalk Public Library.  (10/16/2019)
Ogema Public Library.  (10/23/2019)
Packwaukee Public Library.  (10/28/2019)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (11/14/2019)
Readstown Public Library.  (10/25/2019)
Sand Creek.  Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library.  (10/1/2019)
Shiocton Public Library.  (11/8/2019)
Strum Public Library,  (11/172019)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/3/2019)
Vesper.  Lester Public Library.  (10/22/2019)
Viola Public Library.  (11/6/2019)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/4/2019)
Withee Public Library.  (11/18/2019)
Wyocena Public Library.  (10/29/2019)

Another old white guy for president -- this one with more zeros to his name

Wall Street execs line up behind Mike Bloomberg–which could hurt fundraising for Biden, others.  (CNBC, 11/19/2019)
Bloomberg, the 77-year-old billionaire former mayor of New York, has said he will not conduct any fundraising and will self-finance a run for president. Yet his campaign could pull financial industry support from more moderate Democratic candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris.

This piddling millionaire is "all in".

Related reading:
Opinion:  You Must Never Vote for Michael Bloomberg by Charles W. Blow.  (The New York Times, 11/10/2019)
In 2002, the first year Bloomberg was mayor, 97,296 of these stops were recorded. They surged during Bloomberg’s tenure to a peak of 685,724 stops in 2011, near the end of his third term. Nearly 90 percent of the people who were stopped and frisked were innocent of any wrongdoing. 
A New York Times analysis of stops on “eight odd blocks” in the overwhelmingly black neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn found close to 52,000 stops over four years, which averaged out to “nearly one stop a year for every one of the 14,000 residents of these blocks.” 
Michael Bloomberg Pushed ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policing. Now He’s Apologizing.  (The New York Times, 11/17/2019)

Related posts:
Another billionaire soils his underwear over the prospect of a Democratic president.  (11/20/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Elizabeth Warren rattles Gordon Gekko's cage.  (11/12/2019)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

"New GOP star" Elise Stefanik is likely to have a re-election battle on her hands next year

Reported in A G.O.P. Star Emerges in Impeachment Hearings. Democratic Donors Notice.   (The New York Times, 11/18/2019)
But her performance was also a galvanizing moment for Democrats, who swarmed Ms. Stefanik’s Democratic challenger, Tedra Cobb, with social media attention and donations: Ms. Cobb’s campaign announced a weekend fund-raising haul of more than $1 million. 
Among the wave of donors was George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer who is married to President Trump’s White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, and is now a prominent critic of Mr. Trump. Mr. Conway posted a screenshot of his $2,800 contribution on Twitter, and was among other left-leaning social media luminaries, including Chrissy Teigen, George Takei, Mark Hamill and Zach Braff, who encouraged their followers to follow suit.

Stefanik's margin of victory shrank by 21.2 percentage points in 2018.

Source:  Ballotpedia 

Source:  Wikipedia

Sources:  CNN (NY/US), Daily Kos (CA 8th CD)

Flipped by Trump

Source:  Daily Kos

Other Elise Stefanik posts:
No friend to the environment.  (11/20/2014)

Another Wisconsin college campus continues to struggle with developing a culture of respect

From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Reported in Offensive image during UW-Oshkosh student elections leads to deeper look at campus climate.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/19/2019)

Related posts:
GET ME REWRITE: 5 UW-Eau Claire football players soil their commitment to a culture of respect.  (11/21/2019)
In the news: Syracuse frat boys dishonor their mission.  (11/20/2019)

GET ME REWRITE: 5 UW-Eau Claire football players soil their commitment to a culture of respect

UW-Eau Claire suspends five football players for racist Snapchat conversation that used KKK image.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/20/2019)
Using the UW-Eau Claire student directory, the Journal Sentinel emailed all but one of the students named in the conversation. That one was not listed. None of the students responded. Head football coach Wesley Beschorner also did not respond to a request for an interview.
At this point, the Journal Sentinel is not publishing the players' names because the university has not identified who has been suspended and is under investigation. 
The incident comes as universities nationwide grapple with racist or discriminatory episodes.
This week, security was tightened at Syracuse University in New York after a white supremacist manifesto was posted on a campus forum. It was the latest in a string of racist and anti-Semitic episodes at the university.

If the latest Marquette poll can be believed, lots of older Millennials and younger Gen Xers in Wisconsin are running into the arms of Donald Trump

The good stuff is in the crosstabs.

In the case of the 30-44 age group....

They favored Biden 53% to 44% over Trump in October and Trump 47% to 42% over Biden in November, a shift of 14 percentage points.  Advantage: Trump.

They favored Sanders 49% to 42% over Trump in October and Trump 50% to 42% over Sanders in November, a shift of 15 percentage points.  Advantage: Trump.

They favored Warren 47% to 42% over Trump in October and Trump 51% to 41% in November, a shift of 15 percentage points.  Advantage: Trump.

They favored Trump 44% to 43% over Buttigieg in October and Trump 51% to 34% over Buttigieg in November, a shift of 16 percentage points. Advantage: Trump.

Wild stuff.....and be to taken with

Related posts:
October and November Marquette polls highlight respondents' disconnect between 'the President' and 'Trump'. (11/20/2019)
Comparing the October and November Marquette polls: There's definitely something screwy going on.  (11/20/2019)
In Wisconsin, it appears that Gen X is leading the parade to keep Trump afloat.  (11/20/2019)

Population loss in Illinois: Pike County/Pittsfield

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia  (Pike County, Pittsfield)

Pittsfield is the county seat of Pike County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 16.1% - Pike County
  • 33.4% - Illinois
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 21.0% - Pike County
  • 15.6% - Illinois
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 15.9% - Pike County
  • 12.1% - Illinois
  • 11.8% - U.S.

Greetings from Trump's America.  

Source:  Wikipedia 
3rd-party candidates received 18.6% of vote in 1992, 14.1% of vote in 1996, 4.8% in 2016
(George Wallace received 7.2% of the vote in 1968)

Pittsfield Public Library
Other Illinois population loss posts:
Alexander County/Cairo.  (11/15/2019)
Pulaski County/Mound City.  (11/15/2019)
Pope County/Golconda.  (11/15/2019)
Hardin County/Elizabethtown.  (11/15/2019)
Gallatin County/Shawneetown.  (11/16/2019)
Hamilton County/McLeansboro.  (11/17/2019)
White County/Carmi.  (11/18/2019)
Jasper County/Newton.  (11/18/2019)
Calhoun County/Hardin.  (11/19/2019)

Population loss series: