Thursday, June 3, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Jair Bolsonaro:Brazil::Donald Trump:United States

New York Times, 5/31/2021
For weeks, President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters have made their presence felt with the roar of motorcycles during boisterous rallies meant to show steadfast fealty to an increasingly unpopular leader. 
Until recently, the president’s opponents had refrained from convening street protests, opting instead to show their exasperation by banging pots and pans from windows and trading memes online. 
But over the weekend, thousands of Brazilians critical of Mr. Bolsonaro took to the streets in the largest public mobilization against the president since the beginning of the pandemic. 
Their show of force in cities across the country followed a series of damning revelations in congressional hearings examining the government’s catastrophic response to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 461,000 Brazilians.

4/24/2021 update, "GET ME REWRITE:  Brazil, a case study in what happens when a country follows a sustained Trumpian response to the pandemic", starts here.

New York Times, 4/23/2021
Sound familiar?
From the start of the outbreak, Brazil’s president has been skeptical of the disease’s impact, and scorned the guidance of health experts, arguing that the economic damage wrought by the lockdowns, business closures and mobility restrictions they recommended would be a bigger threat than the pandemic to the country’s weak economy.

3/29/2021 update, "Just think where we'd be if Trump had been re-elected", starts here.

Here, perhaps?

New York Times, 3/27/2021
More than a year into the pandemic, deaths in Brazil are at their peak and highly contagious variants of the coronavirus are sweeping the nation, enabled by political dysfunction, widespread complacency and conspiracy theories. The country, whose leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, has played down the threat of the virus, is now reporting more new cases and deaths per day than any other country in the world.

Original 6/20/2020 post, "Meet Jair and Don, the Mirror Boys". stearts here

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro followed Trump’s coronavirus blueprint. Now its cases are surging.  (USA Today, 6/10/2020)
He's shown disdain for facts and science-based recommendations. He's said the public will eventually realize they were "tricked" by governors and large parts of the media over a "measly little cold." He's embraced chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for the coronavirus despite no evidence of the anti-malaria drugs' effectiveness in fighting the disease. 
As Brazil's coronavirus infections have surged to a level surpassed only by the United States, President Jair Bolsonaro, the leader of Latin America's largest country, has followed a near-identical coronavirus script to President Donald Trump.

And this is where it's got him.

Original 5/16/2020 post starts here
Last year

This year

With upward of 800 people dying each day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, Brazil’s death rate is now second only to that of the United States. Lax quarantine measures are leading to rising contagion as Mr. Bolsonaro urges Brazilian workers to effectively defy local lockdown orders from states and municipalities [emphasis added]

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wisconsin GOP: Out of work? Shit out of luck!


Reckoning with Whiteness:  Meet the Wisconsin GOP power quartet:  Devin LeMahieu (Senate Majority Leader), Robin Vos (Assembly Speaker), Mark Born and Howard Marklein (Joint Finance Committee co-chairs)

The GOP-authored budget for the Department of Workforce Development passed 12-4 along party lines Wednesday and would reinstate drug-testing requirements for some individuals on unemployment benefits. 
It also would direct the department to study converting the state's unemployment system to one that adjusts the number of weeks a claimant would be eligible for benefits based on the state's unemployment rate. The study would examine other changes to the unemployment system to provide incentives to find and keep employment. 
"We've got to get folks back into the workforce, that's one of the most important things facing us right now," said committee co-chair Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam.

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin GOP leadership white man's world teams up with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce white man's world to bash low-wage workers


Sources:  WMCWisconsin Democracy Campaign

Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, joined a panel of business owners hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Wednesday to discuss workforce shortage issues in the state, which were present before the COVID-19 pandemic. Many who spoke during the roundtable discussion said enhanced unemployment benefits exacerbate those challenges. 
"It was our biggest problem prior to COVID-19 and it has become an emergency," said WMC president and CEO Kurt Bauer. 
Vos, a business owner, said in addition to eliminating enhanced benefits, the state also needs to "push a little harder to get people off the sidelines."

Meet Devin "Are My Pits Wet" LeMahieu and His Vosness 


Original 4/3/2021 post, "Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce "government relations" staff:  It's a GOP white man's world", starts here.

Don't expect any bottled water or a sympathy card from the lobbyists pictured above.

Capital Times, 3/17/2021
The Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature has effectively blocked part of the Department of Natural Resources' proposed limits on PFAS contamination. The move comes one year after Gov. Tony Evers signed off on a bill from lawmakers that directed the agency to put forward the language as part of an effort to cap the use of firefighting foam.

Capital Times, 3/30/2021
For some of them, that worry is too little, too late. My friend Craig Koller, who graduated from Marinette High School one year before me, is a three-time testicular cancer survivor who grew up in Marinette drinking rural well water and playing high school football “while watching the plumes of black, acrid smoke drift over us from less than a half-mile away at the Tyco Fire Technology Center.” He’s one of four men in his high school class of 2007 — out of 75 men who graduated that year — who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer. That’s more than 10 times the national average.

Apparently, Donald Trump's pen ran out of ink in less than a month


The breathless 'exclusive' announcement from Fox News on May 4, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump launched a communications platform on Tuesday, which will serve as "a place to speak freely and safely," and will eventually give him the ability to communicate directly with his followers, after months of being banned from sites like Twitter and Facebook. The platform, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" appears on

Less than a month later.

The webpage “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” has been scrubbed off Trump’s website just after going live a month ago. The site now only allows users to submit their email addresses and phone numbers to sign up for updates from the former president.

This url,, now lands you here. 

No doubt a fundraising scam, as the page asks for the following information: first name, last name, email, phone, zip code.

Ben Rhodes appears on The Rachel Maddow Show


Last night, shortly before the start of Rachel's interview with Ben, After the Fall ranked 847 on Amazon's list of best-selling books.

21 hours later, it ranks #6

Martin Sisk (1927-2021) Warren High School class of 1947


1947 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

  • The Martins live in Russell (county section)
1983 Warren City Directory
  • ditto

The popularity of Martin as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at classmate Georgia.
Georgia spent 54 years in the top 200 (1900-53), peaking at #87 in 1900.  After bottoming out in the late 1980s, she turned things around and found herself back in the top 200 as of last year.

Other Class of '47 graduates:

Jeanne Anthony Soliday.  (4/13) 
Jacquelyn Smith Cunningham.  (3/10)
Martha Winans.  (1/12)

James Johnson.  (11/1)
Richard Morrison.  (8/6)
Richard Blair.  (6/25)
Mary Ann Gnagey Masterson.  (5/30)
Roscoe Knapp.  (5/18)
LeRoy Marti.  (3/7)

Bonnie Bauer Lucia.  (8/20)
David Lopez.  (6/20)
Alan Schuler.  (6/8)


For Republicans, the crime is their continued fealty to Trump

The GOP's laser focus on crime couldn't move the needle in New Mexico's 1st CD special election.

New York Times, 6/1/2021
Mr. Moores, a state senator, ran almost entirely on crime and related issues. He assailed Ms. Stansbury for endorsing a bill in Congress that would shift money away from police departments, noting that there have been twice as many murders in Albuquerque this year as there were at this point in 2020. Ms. Stansbury’s victory illustrates that the crime issue alone is insufficient for Republicans to win on in Democratic-leaning districts, at least when their candidates receive little financial help from the national party, as was the case with Mr. Moores.

JBS meat processor is in the news again

Remember their previous burst of Covid-related bad publicity last year?

Mother Jones, 5/1/2020

Job description
Every workday in Greeley, plant employees herd 5,000 cattle onto the kill floor, where more workers stun, bleed out, dehide, dehair, gut, and split the carcasses. The hanging halves are chilled and aged, before a line of still more workers, standing along a snaking conveyor system, butchers each into individual cuts for packaging. For eight hours each shift, Rodriguez stands elbow to elbow with a dozen other employees, pulling slabs of beef off a conveyor belt and swiftly trimming them into cuts of lean brisket. The work is taxing, and the repetitive, forceful motion takes a toll. Rodriguez says her hands tingle at night, and her fingers are curled and misshapen from holding a knife and hook all day. She calls them her “grandma hands.”

Related reading:

The population of Greeley, Colorado (108,649) is 38.6% Hispanic/Latino.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

This week in the cereal aisle: Remembering the Apple Jacks "bullies" jingle


Introduced 1965.  (Apple Oh's is a Quaker Oats brand.)    

Photo by Retiring Guy

New Kellogg's Apple Jacks
Apple good for breakfast or snacks
Cinnamon toasty, apple tasty
A bowl a day keeps the bullies away!

Related reading:
Did You Know Apple Jacks Will Not Be Sold To Bullies.  (Pop Culture Retrorama, 7/20/2020)

Related cereal aisle posts:

Kellogg's shamelessly promotes major breakfast sugar buzz.  (5/19)

This box wants to party with you.  (6/4)
Blueberry Cheerios.  (5/16)
Snap, crackle and redpop.  (2/26)
Kellogg's Honey Oat Frosted Flakes.  (2/19)
Kellogg's All Bran fights for shelf space.  (1/22)
Cheerios adds to its long list of flavors. (12/31)
General Mills offers two flavors of Dippin' Dots.  (11/28)
Kellogg's vanilla latte Frosted Mini-Wheats.  (10/1)
Nutter Butter.  (6/24)
Still a little bit of shelf space provided for boxes of Big Biscuit Shredded Wheat.  (4/3)
Chocolate Frosted Flakes.  (3/30)
It's just peachy, part 2 (with probiotics).  (3/26)
It's just peachy (Cheerios).  (3/25)
Snap, Crackle and Pop shrug off competition from Fancy Friends Cereal Treats.  (2/23)
Lucky Charms wants you to have a daily dose of yellow 5 and blue 1.  (3/9)
The takeover of Mom.  (3/1)
Hoopla over rainbow marshmallows added to Lucky Charms.  (2/22)
Kellogg's Donut Shop in your choice of flavors.  (2/14)
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the shredded wheat go down.  (2/6)
General Mills offers yet another flavor of Cheerios -- chocolate and peanut butter.  (1/30)
I suspect this special edition Cocoa Puffs isn't exactly flying off the shelves.  (1/16)
What's really going on with this General Mills blend.  (1/10)
Giant size bargains to kick off the new year.  (1/3)

Satisfy your craving for chocolate.  (12/22)
Pumpkin Spice runs amok.  (11/7)
Danger lurks.  (11/2)
Dan G. wets himself over Special K Blueberry with Lemon Clusters.  (9/20)
Limited Edition Mocha Crunch.  (7/16)
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows.  (2/1)
A marriage between General Mills and Girls Scouts of America.  (1/19)

Tiny Toast.  (6/21)

Town of Middleton home construction continues apace more than a year later

Screenshot and video by Retiring Guy

Town of Middleton (highlight added)

3/17/2020 update starts here

Videos taken within orange-highlighted area of map

Related post:
Pope Farm Elementary School.  (3/16/2020)

Pope Farm Elementary School (Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District: June school's in session drive-by

Photos and videos by Retiring Guy

8/15/2020 update starts here

Photos and videos by Retiring Giy

6/29/2020 update starts here

6/15/2020 update starts here

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

5/13/2020 update starts here

Photos and video by Retring Guy

4/12/2020 update starts here

Looking to the northwest at the end of Shadow Ridge Trail

Photos and videos by Retiring Guy

Looking to the southwest at the end of River Birch Road

Street Closure -- Old Sauk Road.  (City of Madison, 3/27/2020)
Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, Parisi Construction will close Old Sauk Road between the Pope Farm Conservancy and Schewe Road in order to construct underground utilities and make street improvements as part of the Pope Farm Estates development. The closure is expected to last through Friday, May 1.

That's Pope Farm school on the horizon at right center.

3/16/2020 update starts here

The new elementary school, scheduled to open in September 2020, is located just west of Madison's upscale Blackhawk neighborhood.

Videos and photos by Retiring Guy

3/7/2020 update starts here

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2/6/2020 update starts here

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

10/28/2019 update starts here.

First two photos and video from Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy upper parking lot

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

From where Shadow Ridge Trail dead ends (see map below)

Aerial view taken before start of construction

9/21/2019 update starts here

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

Original 8/23/2019 post starts here

View from Old Sauk Road

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

Two views from Pope Farms Conservancy parking lot

Red arrows indicate locations of where photos were taken.

Original 7/10/2019 post starts here.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Breaks Ground on Pope Farm Elementary School. (Eppstein Uhen Architectds, 6/12/2019)
The new 525-student elementary school is part of a larger District building project made possible by a successful $138.9 million referendum approved by voters in November 2018.

Page 12 of MCPASD (2018-19 school year)