Saturday, April 4, 2020

Who's running in the 26th Wisconsin Senate District now that Fred Risser is retiring after 64 years as a legislator?



Reported in After six decades at Capitol, Madison Sen. Fred Risser announces his retirement.  (Capital Times, 3/26/2020)

The 26th is a solidly Democratic district.  No Republican need apply, as he or she will get crushed.

Map sourceBallotpedia

Kelda Roys to run for State Senate.  (Media release, 3/27/2020)
A Madison native,, Kelda’s passion for public service was inspired by her mother, a social worker, father, a prosecutor, and stepfather, an environmental lawyer. Graduating from college in 3 years, while working full time during the last year to help pay for her education, Roys earned a B.A. magna cum laude in Politics, Drama, and Cultural Studies from NYU. In 2004, Roys earned a JD magna cum laude from UW Law School, where, as part of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, she helped pass landmark criminal justice reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.


Other 2020 election posts:
14th Senate District.  (2/24/2020)
16th Senate District.  (1/28/2020)
30th Senate District.  (1/18/2020)

29th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
44th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
48th Assembly District.  (3/12/2020)
69th Assembly District.  (1/16/2020)

SHAMELESS: Florida Lt Gov. Jeanette Nunez stands by her man


Photo credit:  State of Florida

Reported in Did Florida’s spring breakers spread coronavirus across the country?   (Big County, 4/2/2020)

Banning visits to nursing homes (selective list):

Bad.  And getting worse.


Dear Justin Penn, Please watch this video. Best, Retiring Guy





The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged.  (Washington Post, 4/4/2020)
The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus — the first of many — in the President’s Daily Brief.  
And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens.


Original 4/2/2020 post starts here

Penn photo credit:  Linkedin

Reported in Who Are the Voters Behind Trump’s Higher Approval Rating?  (The New York Times, 3/31/2020)

Related reading:
The Growth of Sinclair's Conservative Media Empire. (The New Yorker, 10/15/2018)
At the time, F.C.C. rules prohibited a company from owning two stations in the same market, but Smith found a work-around. Sinclair bought a television station in Pittsburgh, WPGH, even though Sinclair already owned its main rival, WPTT.

Links:
Trump Accuses Media and Democrats of Exaggerating Coronavirus Threat.  (The New York Times, 2/28/2020)
Kushner Repeatedly Advised Trump the Media Was Exaggerating Coronavirus Threat, Says Report.  (The Daily Beast, 3/17/2020)
Trump believes coronavirus will vanish with April temps — experts are skeptical warm weather alone is enough.  (MarketWatch, 3/16/2020)
Trump says he wants the country 'opened up and just raring to go by Easter,' despite health experts' warnings. (CNN, 3/24/2020)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Dorothy Peterson Sarver (1922-2020) Warren High School class of 1940



1940 Dragon yearbook


Dorothy's high-school activities:
Junior Shorthand Club (4); Science Club (4); French Club (3, 4); Latin Club (1, 2); GIrls' Club (1, 2, 3, 4);  Ring Committee (4); Carnival (3).

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Dorothy as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Ida.


Ida's popularity as a baby name for girls (#7 in the 1880s, #21 in the 1890s) spilled into the 20th century.  She spent 32 years in the top 100 (1900-1931), after which she experienced an increasingly rapid decline.

Other class of 1940 members:
2019
Sherman Irwin.  (7/19/2019)

2018
Ann Gustin Zetterlind.  (11/24/2018)
Stanley Albaugh.  (10/10/2018)
Jane McConnell Kitelinger.  (3/18/2018)

2017
Adolf von Weissenfluh.  (11/9/2017)
Lucy Andrea Fowler.  (9/24/2017)
Violet Harvey Ahlquist.  (2/13/2017)

2016
Richard Scalise.  (12/7/2016)
Lorraine Bevevino Bengston.  (7/27/2016)
Harold Gilson.  (6/21/2016)
Gertrude Crocker Maines.  (5/17/2016)
Virginia Wooster Bielawski.  (5/8/2016)

2014
John Notoro Sr.  (11/7/2014)
Harry Segal.  (10/15/2014)
Mary Wolstencroft Lampela.  (10/2/2014)

CES2020: Xen by Neuvana, vagus nerve stimulator


Retiring Guy thinks this guy comes on like a snake oil salesman.  Are you willing to gamble $399?



Wellness gadgets to lower anxiety. (The Rohde Show, 3/25/2020)
Xen by Neuvana — is a NEW wellness product designed to gently stimulate the vagus nerve, help improve sleep, reduce stress, boost your mood, and enhance your focus. Invented by a top cardiac surgeon, Xen uses a revolutionary platform that sends a gentle, calming electrical signal via patented earbuds, targeting a branch of the vagus nerve in the ear. This revolutionary product syncs vagus nerve stimulation with your music and can easily be integrated into your daily routine, promoting balance and relaxation while commuting, working at your desk, watching TV, or before bedtime. University of Florida, Rutgers, and University of Texas, among others, have found that vagus nerve stimulation helps to reduce stress, increase focus and recover from stressful situations faster. Xen by Neuvana has been honored with a Best of CES 2020 award by iPhone Life magazine(Click on the link to connect the dots.)



 464 products received CES awards in 2020iPhone Life magazine had nothing to do with them.

Other CES2020 posts:
November 2019
SmartyPans.  (11/11/2019)
Warming up for CES2020 with a modern version of "Play Misty for Me".  (11/29/2019)

January 1-15, 2020
Pizza served up by Picnic(TM) robot.  (1/3/2020)
FutureLight files the Waydoo Flyer under 'bizarre'.  (1/3/2020)
Townew automated garbage can, a discomposing sign of the times.  (1/8/2020)
When it comes to useless consumer technology products, Charmin Rollbot wipes the competition!  (1/8/2020)
LG encourages you to grow your own with its indoor garden appliance.  (1/9/2020)
And the promise of a flying car just keeps on floating.  (1/10/2020)
Qoobo and Petit Qoobo, robot pillows in two sizes.  (1/11/2020)
Meet Samsung's Ballie, who looks like a yellow softball and will follow you everywhere.  (1/11/2020)
U by Moen smart faucet.  (1/11/2020)
Scary future brought to you by Samsung Neon.  (1/11/2020)
Climate360 smart bed.  (1/11/2020)
MamaRoo Sleep Bassinet keeps parents in dreamland.  (1/12/2020)
Segway S-Pod.  (1/12/2020)
Stick-up, highway robbery, case of grand larceny: Core meditation trainer.  (1/13/2020)
One-wheel Yeti cooler.  (1/13/2020)
Cubii Go compact seated elliptical device.  (1/14/2020)

January 16-31, 2020
LG ThinkQ smart door.  (1/17/2020)
BMW 13 Urban Suite concept car.  (1/20/2020)
Sing along with the Kohler Moxie shower head.  (1/21/2020)
Clean your teeth 10 seconds with the Y-Brush toothbrush.  (1/22/2020)
The Narwal:  It mops and vacuums!  (1/25/2020)
Ampere Tech Side Pocket Wireless fanny pack.  (1/26/2020)
NeuraSpud, the smart potato.  (1/28/2020)
Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced.  (1/29/2020)
The Bartesian (think Keurig bartender).  (1/30/2020)
Hello, my name is BellaBot, and I'll be your server tonight.  (1/31/2020)

February 1-15, 2020
Wavee toothbruch speaker.  (2/1/2020)
Robosen T9 Robot.  (2/2/2020)
MedWand remote office visits.  (2/3/2020)
Scoocase, the electric scotter suitcase.  (2/4/2020)
Lua, the smart flower pot.  (2/5/2020)
Robo-shark.  (2/6/2020)
PocketDrum.  (2/7/2020)
Lulupet smart litter box.  (2/8/2020)
Juno drink chiller.  (2/9/2020)
CoPilot Automatic Alert System for car seats.  (2/10/2020)
Welt Smart Belt Pro.  (2/11/2020)
Hydraloop water recycler.  (2/12/2020)
Umay thermal meditation eye mask.  (2/13/2020)
Bosch Home Connect Refrigerator.  (2/14/2020)
Groceries (TM) by MasterCard Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator.  (2/15/2020)

February 16-29, 2020
Hoop Cam+ Smart AI Indoor Camera.  (2/16/2020)
Climate360 Smart Bed.  (2/17/2020)
Lora DiCarlo Baci sex toy  (2/18/2020)
Yale Smart Delivery Box.  (2/19/2020)
Sepura home composter.  (2/20/2020)
Go Nok Nok.  (2/21/2020)
Olive Smart Ear wearable.  (2/22/2020)
Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat.  (2/23/2020)
Zibrio SmartScale.  (2/24/2020)
Samsung Bot Chef.  (2/25/2020)
Roybi robot for kids.  (2/26/2020)
Smart Mimic Go Travel Security Alarm.  (2/27/2020)
LucidPix 3D photo creator.  (2/28/2020)
Trifo “Lucy” Vacuum Cleaner and Surveillance System.  (2/29/2020)

March 1-15, 2020
Thermomix Tm6, bulked-up KitchenAid mixer.  (3/1/2020)
Sunflower Labs home security drone.  (3/2/2020)
PantryOn Smart Shelf.  (3/3/2020)
Julia, the autonomous cooking robot.  (3/4/2020)
OrCam wearable assisted hearing device.  (3/5/2020)
Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure.  (3/6/2020)
Keurig ice cream maker.  (3/8/2020)
Clicbot, the modular educationl robot.  (3/9/2020)
Luft Cube air purifier.  (3/10/2020)
Heatbox, the self-heating lunchbox.  (3/11/2020)
Eve Water Guard.  (3/12/2020)
Odd.Bot Robot Weed Whacker.  (3/13/2020)
Smoodi self-contained smoothie imaker.  (3/14/2020)
MarsCat, a bionic cat, a home robot.  (3/15/2020)

March 16-31, 2020
ClearUP for sinus pain relief.  (3/16/2020)
Pulse Natural Intimate Personal Moisturizer Warming Dispenser, the Keurig of lube.  (3/17/2020)
DnaNudge wearable.  (3/18/2020)
Saki automatic pot mixer  (3/19/2020)
Poseideon smart mirror.  (3/20/2020)
MysteryVibe Poco sex toy.  (3/21/2020)
Lovense max 2 sex toy.  (3/22/2020)
Dr. CaRo rehabilitation robot.  (3/23/2020)
Nooie Cam 360.  (3/24/2020)
Uber Elevate.  (3/31/2020)

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2015

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear NPR, Your map appears to downplay the national extent of the coronavirus. I'm sure that's not your intention. Best, Retiring Guy



Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Coronavirus In The U.S.  (NPR, 4/1/2020)

Related posts:
Arkansas.  (3/27/2020)
California.  (4/2/2020)
Florida.  (4/2/2020)
Georgia.  (3/31/2020)
Illinois.  (4/2/2020)
Indiana.  (3/29/2020)
Iowa.  (3/31/2020)
Kentucky.  (3/27/2020)
Louisiana.  (4/2/2020)
Massachusetts.  (3/31/2020)
Michigan.  (4/2/2020)
New Jersey,  (4/2/2020)
New York.  (4/2/2020)
Pennsylvania.  (3/31/2020)
Washington State.  (3/30/2020)
Wisconsin.  (4/1/2020)
"Close to zero" coronavirus point/ counterpoint.  (4/1/2020)
Worldometer tracks the coronavirus (new edition).  (3/31/2020)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CES2020: Uber Elevate




Flying Cars At CES 2020 And Gallery Of Photos.  (Forbes, 1/30/2020)
What Retiring Guy sees is a small plane masquerading as a helicopter, not a 'flying car'. Uber Elevate doesn’t call for single passenger taxis or automated flying. Current designs expect a pilot, taking groups of passengers between vertiports. With the low cost of operation for electric aircraft, they hope for a fairly reasonable per passenger price, especially when you consider the much shorter travel time of flying over traffic in a straight line. At the same time, the cost of getting to and from vertiports, and waiting for a shared ride will negate some of those advantages.

Other CES2020 posts:
November 2019
SmartyPans.  (11/11/2019)
Warming up for CES2020 with a modern version of "Play Misty for Me".  (11/29/2019)

January 1-15, 2020
Pizza served up by Picnic(TM) robot.  (1/3/2020)
FutureLight files the Waydoo Flyer under 'bizarre'.  (1/3/2020)
Townew automated garbage can, a discomposing sign of the times.  (1/8/2020)
When it comes to useless consumer technology products, Charmin Rollbot wipes the competition!  (1/8/2020)
LG encourages you to grow your own with its indoor garden appliance.  (1/9/2020)
And the promise of a flying car just keeps on floating.  (1/10/2020)
Qoobo and Petit Qoobo, robot pillows in two sizes.  (1/11/2020)
Meet Samsung's Ballie, who looks like a yellow softball and will follow you everywhere.  (1/11/2020)
U by Moen smart faucet.  (1/11/2020)
Scary future brought to you by Samsung Neon.  (1/11/2020)
Climate360 smart bed.  (1/11/2020)
MamaRoo Sleep Bassinet keeps parents in dreamland.  (1/12/2020)
Segway S-Pod.  (1/12/2020)
Stick-up, highway robbery, case of grand larceny: Core meditation trainer.  (1/13/2020)
One-wheel Yeti cooler.  (1/13/2020)
Cubii Go compact seated elliptical device.  (1/14/2020)

January 16-31, 2020
LG ThinkQ smart door.  (1/17/2020)
BMW 13 Urban Suite concept car.  (1/20/2020)
Sing along with the Kohler Moxie shower head.  (1/21/2020)
Clean your teeth 10 seconds with the Y-Brush toothbrush.  (1/22/2020)
The Narwal:  It mops and vacuums!  (1/25/2020)
Ampere Tech Side Pocket Wireless fanny pack.  (1/26/2020)
NeuraSpud, the smart potato.  (1/28/2020)
Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced.  (1/29/2020)
The Bartesian (think Keurig bartender).  (1/30/2020)
Hello, my name is BellaBot, and I'll be your server tonight.  (1/31/2020)

February 1-15, 2020
Wavee toothbruch speaker.  (2/1/2020)
Robosen T9 Robot.  (2/2/2020)
MedWand remote office visits.  (2/3/2020)
Scoocase, the electric scotter suitcase.  (2/4/2020)
Lua, the smart flower pot.  (2/5/2020)
Robo-shark.  (2/6/2020)
PocketDrum.  (2/7/2020)
Lulupet smart litter box.  (2/8/2020)
Juno drink chiller.  (2/9/2020)
CoPilot Automatic Alert System for car seats.  (2/10/2020)
Welt Smart Belt Pro.  (2/11/2020)
Hydraloop water recycler.  (2/12/2020)
Umay thermal meditation eye mask.  (2/13/2020)
Bosch Home Connect Refrigerator.  (2/14/2020)
Groceries (TM) by MasterCard Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator.  (2/15/2020)

February 16-29, 2020
Hoop Cam+ Smart AI Indoor Camera.  (2/16/2020)
Climate360 Smart Bed.  (2/17/2020)
Lora DiCarlo Baci sex toy  (2/18/2020)
Yale Smart Delivery Box.  (2/19/2020)
Sepura home composter.  (2/20/2020)
Go Nok Nok.  (2/21/2020)
Olive Smart Ear wearable.  (2/22/2020)
Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat.  (2/23/2020)
Zibrio SmartScale.  (2/24/2020)
Samsung Bot Chef.  (2/25/2020)
Roybi robot for kids.  (2/26/2020)
Smart Mimic Go Travel Security Alarm.  (2/27/2020)
LucidPix 3D photo creator.  (2/28/2020)
Trifo “Lucy” Vacuum Cleaner and Surveillance System.  (2/29/2020)

March 1-15, 2020
Thermomix Tm6, bulked-up KitchenAid mixer.  (3/1/2020)
Sunflower Labs home security drone.  (3/2/2020)
PantryOn Smart Shelf.  (3/3/2020)
Julia, the autonomous cooking robot.  (3/4/2020)
OrCam wearable assisted hearing device.  (3/5/2020)
Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure.  (3/6/2020)
Keurig ice cream maker.  (3/8/2020)
Clicbot, the modular educationl robot.  (3/9/2020)
Luft Cube air purifier.  (3/10/2020)
Heatbox, the self-heating lunchbox.  (3/11/2020)
Eve Water Guard.  (3/12/2020)
Odd.Bot Robot Weed Whacker.  (3/13/2020)
Smoodi self-contained smoothie imaker.  (3/14/2020)
MarsCat, a bionic cat, a home robot.  (3/15/2020)

March 16-31, 2020
ClearUP for sinus pain relief.  (3/16/2020)
Pulse Natural Intimate Personal Moisturizer Warming Dispenser, the Keurig of lube.  (3/17/2020)
DnaNudge wearable.  (3/18/2020)
Saki automatic pot mixer  (3/19/2020)
Poseideon smart mirror.  (3/20/2020)
MysteryVibe Poco sex toy.  (3/21/2020)
Lovense max 2 sex toy.  (3/22/2020)
Dr. CaRo rehabilitation robot.  (3/23/2020)
Nooie Cam 360.  (3/24/2020)

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Keeping tabs on the travesty that is the Trump administration (coronavirus edition)



Reported in Trump Suggests Lack of Testing Is No Longer a Problem. Governors Disagree.  (The New York Times, 3/30/2020)


Original 3/27/2020 post starts here.


Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus.  (The New York Times, 3/26/2020)


Dear Mike Gallagher, Best to keep this little bit of duct tape in place for the time being. Best, Retiring Guy



Blather reported in Wisconsin U.S. Representatives’ responses to the $2 trillion in coronavirus relief include concern over unemployment expansion.  (WisBusiness, 3/30/2020)

Sunday, March 29, 2020