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Monday, December 24, 2018

Starving the Watchdog - Hidden Brain - NPR - Dec. 2018

"... There are plenty of ways today to pay little—or nothing—to read the news. There are free blogs. There's Facebook and Twitter. Who needs a subscription to a local newspaper?

Millions of Americans have decided they don't. But new research suggests this strategy may have costs in the long run. That's because newspapers are not like most things we buy. If you decide not to buy a watch or a cappuccino, you save money. But if you decide not to pay for a police department, you might save money in the short run, but end up paying more in the long run.
Whereas most of us treat newspapers like consumer products, new research from Paul GaoChang Lee, and Dermot Murphy suggests that they might be more like police departments. Gao, Lee, and Murphy looked at how newspaper closures might affect the cost of borrowing in local governments. What they found is a price tag that may give many taxpayers sticker shock.
... Hidden Brain, we look at an unusual case of a free-rider problem. And we ask, who bears the cost when nobody wants to pay?"

Asking for #corruption and loving the #swamp.  What happens when #newspaper #reporters and/or #journalists disappear.  Where did the #fourthEstate go?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Deadly shark-fin trade from Central America to China is passing through Miami


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Trash, Trump and Orangutans

Orangutans are currently only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.  They are about to become extinct.  Wikipedia

Nearly every day I walk a particular way to a coffee shop and get a little exercise.  Sometimes I change the path - a side errand, avoid the prevailing wind or simply to engage in a little variety.

One day I noticed there was a little more trash than usual on the sidewalk but mostly in the gutter.  As I continued along I thought about where the trash came from?  The city I live in, Madison WI, has a vibrant social infrastructure full of weekend events and other times as well - farmer's market, art fair, marathons, music and food celebrations and many activist events, etc.

The City, implicitly my neighbors, does a good job accommodating these events and cleaning up. Usually - this was an exception, a small one I hoped would be remedied.   Ironically this might be an occasion for "the politics of resentment".

The next day, as I took the same journey, the trash was still there - blown around and in slightly different positions.  Hmmmm!

Earlier that morning as I listened to a podcast, read an article - I was reminded of a theme I have heard often - "We make bad decisions because we are so focused on the near term and discount the future, costs and uncertainty, i.e., the future can't be known or you can't control it."

We think, when we see the trash, it will be taken care of, that it burdens us with no cost, since we are almost past it, a second time.

I looked around and tried to remember which corners also had containers for passerby's trash.  I stooped and picked up some garbage.  If I left it there I was being burdened with it's unsightly presence, everyday, as were my neighbors.

We make poor choices everyday thinking we can't affect the future and because some tell us we can't affect the future.  In a small but significant way, I can make my daily walk a lot more pleasant.

There are things we collectively care about but facts are not going to stir us to act.  We need to recognize our own nature, that we discount the future, discount the costs, rationalize uncertainty as an excuse and thus make really bad decisions.

I wonder why the orangutans of Borneo do not organize and stop the special-interests from clear-cutting their rainforests.

Why we make BAD decisions !

War on the Elderly, Rural, Middle Income and Poor of Wisconsin

#Trash, #Trump and #Orangutans #Politics #socialorder

Why we make BAD #decisions !  #Elect the wrong people!  Believe obvious liars !  > #Trump WI 1848 Forward #TED Dan #Gilbert - In our psyche. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Foxconn, UW-Madison Leaders to Make Announcement

Leaders of Foxconn Technology Group and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are planning to make what they call a "major announcement" on campus Monday. U.S. News and World Report  Aug. 27, 2018, at 9:21 a.m.

Wonder what it is?

  • Wisconsin taxpayers cough up between $3 billion and $4 billion ?
  • Wisconsin localities use eminent domain to take people's property and make way for FOXCONN ?
  • Maybe FOXCONN gets all the water it wants from Lake Michigan ?
  • FOXCONN gets exempted from all state environmental rules and regulations ?
  • Wisconsin Transportation Funds are diverted from statewide infrastructure to support FOXCONN needs ?
  • Wisconsin gets 13,000 jobs -- maybe in five years ? What kind of jobs ?
  • Walker gets political cover for keeping Wisconsin at the end of the line when it comes to recovery -- compare to Minnesota or Illinois ?
Nope -- those deals or promises have already been done!  Be interesting to see what really happens!

Oh! UW gets $100 million, maybe ?

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, left, and UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank after signing a Declaration of Collaboration agreement Monday Aug. 27, 2018 at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. Foxconn Technology Group announced Monday, that it will invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, making it one of the largest gifts in the school's history that comes as the Taiwan-based electronics giant builds a factory in southeastern Wisconsin that would be the company's first of its kind in North America. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) The Associated Press

See photo in link and story

Proof of Point --

Wisconsin DOT report shows total transportation funding has fallen under Scott Walker -- Katelyn Ferral Cap Times 8/28/18

Foxconn, UW-Madison Leaders to Make Announcement -> UW gets $100 Million as the state gives up $3 Billion ?  WI 1848 Forward

Friday, August 17, 2018

Who is Senator Tammy Baldwin running against ... big bucks!

Big question for Wisconsin U.S. Senate race focuses on mega-donor Dick Uihlein

A week after accusing a billionaire donor of attempting to buy a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Leah Vukmir is now hoping to persuade the same Illinois businessman to open his wallet for her campaign against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Vukmir’s change of heart comes after she won Tuesday’s divisive and expensive Republican primary over Kevin Nicholson, the preferred candidate of mega-donor Dick Uihlein. He spent nearly $11 million on the race for Nicholson and now, as Republicans try to unite behind Vukmir, the big question is whether Uihlein will get involved in the effort to defeat Baldwin, of Madison.

Who is Senator #Tammy #Baldwin running against ... #GOP mega-donor big bucks!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Given GRU Indictments Isn't Putin (Reasonably) An Unindicted Co-Conspirator

Putin (Reasonably) An Unindicted Co-Conspirator - when Putin is here change it to indicted and arrest him :)

Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election 


All Things Considered

Given #GRU Indictments Isn't #Putin (Reasonably) An Unindicted Co-Conspirator - #Russia