Monday, December 24, 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?
Monday, December 10, 2018
#GOP #WI #PropertyTax Breaks are a PITTANCE (a #Vos and #Fitzgerald favorite) for #Rural #Taxpayers - Individual Tax Credits Best
GOP WI PropertyTax Breaks are a PITTANCE for Rural Taxpayers - Individual Tax Credits Best ... The GOP has been doling out cash to their corporate and wealthy donors.
Why we make BAD decisions !
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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
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
Friday, July 20, 2018
Putin (Reasonably) An Unindicted Co-Conspirator - when Putin is here change it to indicted and arrest him :)