Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Dickert Disease"

Dickert Disease infects Cory Mason.  Go Sandy Weidner and avoid any chance of Dickert Disease spreading.

"Kenosha Mayor Focuses on Revitalization"

From the Shepherd Express:  

"How a declining factory town was turned around by sound public-private policy" 

by October 10, 2017  4:58 PM

"John Antaramian is Kenosha’s current and longest-serving mayor. He was first elected in 1992, serving four consecutive terms before stepping down in 2008. Eight years later, he ran again, winning in a landslide and resuming the role in the spring of 2016. Antaramian’s return comes at a time of rapid growth and rich potential for the city, and he has many plans for how to make the most of it. 'There are so many opportunities right now,' he says. 'I was excited to come back.'

"Kenosha County has attracted a lot of industry in recent years, and Antaramian says there’s a lot more coming. The arrival of companies like Amazon—which opened its enormous 'Fulfillment Center' in 2015—have helped lower the unemployment rate and make the county one of the top areas in the U.S. for job growth. As mayor, Antaramian is encouraging these developments and paving the way for more. One of the top priorities of his new term has been negotiating a boundary agreement with the neighboring village of Somers and town of Paris that will allow the city to incorporate 3,300 acres of land west of Interstate 94. 'That’s what we’re classifying as our growth corridor,' Antaramian explains. 'Our ability to grow is a major issue for us.'

"Also on the mayor’s list of priorities is cleaning up the former Chrysler Engine Plant and building a research facility in its place; investing in housing and attractions in downtown Kenosha (like the historic Heritage House Inn, which is being transformed into a boutique hotel); and revitalizing the older neighborhoods with updated infrastructure. 'I’m a big believer that the strength of the older neighborhoods is what propels the city in the long term,' he says."

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Kenosha's largest advantage over Racine is that its city limits extend out to I-94.  And its link to Chicago.

Racine is surrounded.  How the hell did that happen?

Open Blog - Weekend


Friday, October 13, 2017

"Eating magic mushrooms can treat depression, study finds"

The drug 'resets' the brain circuits to immediately improve moods 

Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin 

"Eating magic mushrooms can help treat depression.

"That's according to a new study that found that the drug psilocybin, found in mushrooms, can 'reset' the brain's circuits and help ease symptoms.

"Scientists got special permission to give the mushrooms to 19 people who had not been helped by traditional treatments. They said their mood was lifted immediately, and that in some cases the effect would last as long as five weeks.

"Brain scans showed that the neural circuits in the brain had been reset, pushing them out of their depressive states, the scientists found.

 "Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College London, said: 'We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.

"'Several of our patients described feeling "reset" after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been "defragged" like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt "rebooted".'

"The drug may be giving the patients the 'kick start' they need to break out of their depressive states, he said.

"Similar brain effects have been seen in patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a controversial treatment that triggers temporary seizures with electric shocks.

"Magic mushrooms containing psilocybin and its derivative psilocin can cause hallucinations, changes in perception and an altered sense of time.

"Both chemicals are classified as illegal Class A drugs in the UK, as are the mushrooms themselves.

"In the study, reported in the journal Scientific Reports, patients with treatment-resistant depression were given a 10mg and 25mg doses of psilocybin seven days apart.

"Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showed reduced activity in certain parts of the brain after taking the drug. They included the amygdala, a small almond-shaped region known to be involved in processing emotional responses, stress and fear.

"Psilocybin also induced increased stability in another brain network previously linked to depression.

"The scientists warned that despite the encouraging results people with depression should not attempt to self-medicate with psychoactive drugs.

"They pointed out that the study provided a special therapeutic setting for the 'drug experience' to protect participants from potentially harmful effects.

"A new trial from the team set to start early next year will test psilocybin against a leading antidepressant in a group of patients.

"Professor David Nutt, director of the neuropsychopharmacology unit at Imperial, said: 'Larger studies are needed to see if this positive effect can be reproduced in more patients. But these initial findings are exciting and provide another treatment avenue to explore.'

"The scientists obtained a special licence from the Home Office to conduct the research.

"Additional reporting by Press Association"


I assume that these results will be ignored by the mainstream medical field.  There is a massive prejudice toward anything that could be classified as a "street drug."  Just think of all the people this could help (like me).  Did you notice that they had to get a license to experiment with the drug?  You have to do the same thing in the USA.  However, no licenses are available.  It's Catch-22

How can something be declared illegal if it grows naturally?  It's like declaring hurricanes illegal.  Native Americans used these plants for thousands of years to treat various maladies.  Studies are not being done in the USA because the government won't hand out any permits to do the studies.  They know what the outcome would be.  

"Girl dies after accidentally pulling trigger of gun while trying to get candy from grandmother's purse"

Nelly Zoller died from a gunshot wound while trying to get candy from her grandmother's purse.


"A 4-year-old girl in Florida died after reaching into her grandmother's purse for candy and accidentally pulling the trigger of a gun.

 "Yanelly (Nelly) Zoller passed away from a gunshot wound earlier this month at the Tampa home of her grandparents.

"'She just wanted some damn candy,' father Shane Zoller told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

"Nelly was 'attached to her nana's hip' and loved staying at her grandparents' house, Shane Zoller told the newspaper.

"'I was driving to pick her up with her bathing suit in my car to take her to the splash pads,' he told the newspaper. 'When I pulled up, that's when I saw all the police lights.'

"Shane Zoller, who is 22, says he was in high school when he became a dad, and he would have had to quit school if not for his parents' help. Zoller shared custody with Nelly's mother.

"Little Nelly loved playing with her puppy, watching cartoons and jumping on her couch, according to the newspaper.

"Tampa police are looking into the shooting, but have no reason to doubt the family's account, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"A GoFundMe page is raising money for Nelly's funeral costs."


Four for Fridays!

Good morning to everyone I hope your day is going better then mine right now. I took Drew to work then went out to Whitewater to get my daughter this morning. Yes a very early start to my day. Here are your questions!

1) Do you believe in superstitions?

2) Do you believe in things can go bad on Friday the 13th?

3) Do you believe about the black cat that crosses in front of you?

4) Do you believe about going under the ladder?

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Watch out for ghosts and goblins.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Teen on vehicle hood in Milwaukee killed when driver takes off, brakes"

"A 16-year-old boy on the hood of a vehicle was killed Tuesday when the driver took off before applying the brakes, throwing the teen from the vehicle, according to Milwaukee police.

"The boy died at a hospital after being thrown from the vehicle shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of N. 12th St., according to police, who were seeking the 21-year-old male driver.

"No further details on the incident were available Tuesday afternoon."


Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my hot dogs and cool cats!  How are you?  I've seen better days, but at least I'm still upright (most of the time).  What a crappy day, weather-wise.  At least there isn't any of the s-word, yet.  It will get here, sooner or later.  I wonder if Wisconsin has ever had a winter without the s-word?  We had an extremely nice summer and fall isn't turning out too bad.  Maybe we'll have a mild winter.  One can only hope and pray.  Wisconsin weather has a way of lulling us into complacency, and then, WHAM, you've got 8 inches of s-word  to deal with.  No matter what, we'll see little of the sun until next spring.  I hate the endless gray skies.  Oh hell, I hate winter.  What am I doing in Wisconsin?  Why aren't I in Florida?  I'm sure they have as much a need of psychics as Wisconsin has.  Hmm.  I'd have to sell my house.  It might be worth it to avoid the s-word, but they have tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida.  No matter where you go, there's a price to be paid.

Aaron Rodgers is on a roll. Let's hope that helps our glorious Green Bay Packers when they travel to the Minnesota Vikings' turf this Sunday at 1:00 pm.  The Packers have a 4-1 record so far.  Let's not talk Super Bowl just yet.  I think that queers our chances anyway.

Here are the Irregular Football League's standings:

That darn Half-Astrophysicist has a perfect record.  At least Mr. OrbsCorbs is in the basement where he belongs.  And I'm still number two.  What's a girl going to do?

I feel that I must make note of the madness in Las Vegas.  I now expect about one mass murder a week.  This is on top of all the other crimes committed by the populace.  We've gone crazy!  I think that each mass murder may encourage another one.  You don't need a gun.  Just hop into your car and plow into the largest group of people that you can find.  No car?  No worries.  Just car-jack one.  Be sure to get something big in order to maximize your impression upon the innocents.

God, I felt sick as I watched events unfold in Las Vegas.  Another insane dodo bird decided to unload on innocent people enjoying an outdoor concert.  He planned it for days.  Can a person "snap" and then continue to act "normal" for days before going off the deep end?  I really don't understand the psychology of mass murderers.  I wonder if they could articulate it any better.  I fear not, so our country is going to suffer attack after attack until someone figures this out.

I also note, with great sadness, the passing of Tom Petty.  It seems like he was always there and now it's too weird without him.  I especially admire his songwriting skills.  He knew how to pen a hook.  I never saw him in concert, but I don't remember him ever coming to a nearby venue.  God bless, Tom.  You guys must be having a hell of a Traveling Wilbury concert up there.

As for Foxconn: Fuck That Shit.  The politicians are wetting their pants over this.  I hope they drown in their own urine.

Thank you for reading my blog this week.  I love putting these together once a week.  I hope you enjoy reading them.  If nothing else, they keep us out of trouble for fifteen minutes or so every week.

Enjoy what you can of the nasty weather.  It's our introduction to the 2017-18 winter.  I bet if lying John were still mayor, he would do something about the weather.  How can you miss a criminal so much?  He was always sticking his foot in his mouth, or his ear, or his nose, or whatever.  We miss you, lying John.  You had a huge target painted on your back and it was always fun to take a shot.
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Open Blog - Wednesday

Flower power.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Foxconn growth could be staggering, but risks are real for Racine County, Wisconsin"

"In Mount Pleasant, a proposed flat-screen plant could trigger explosive growth, adding $1.4 billion of tax base to a village in which all the properties added up to just $2.5 billion last year. 

"The village and Racine County could win outsized rewards by investing $764 million to help Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan turn farm fields into one of the world's largest manufacturing campuses.

"But the complex project also brings revolution and risk, as local governments borrow for and build everything from sidewalks to sewers, streets and fiber optic cable lines.

"The local agreement with Foxconn provides an unusual series of safeguards against failure — from guaranteed property tax payments by the company to a big financial cushion, land held as collateral by taxpayers and triggers to block incentives for Foxconn if the deal is going badly.

"'It's more protected from loss than any (such deal) that I've seen,' said Dale Knapp, a research director for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance who reviewed the 39-page plan."

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"AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices fall 10 cents"

"DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 10 cents per gallon in the past week.

"The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 5 cents more than at the same point last year.

"Michigan’s lowest average price was about $2.30 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas. The highest was about $2.54 per gallon in the Marquette area. It’s the fourth week in a row that the Marquette area had the highest average price.

"The Detroit-area’s average fell about 6 cents to $2.42 per gallon.

"AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state."

Cool.  I thought prices would rise with all the weather related damages down south. 

Open Blog - Monday

Bankers' holiday - no mail.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"Minnesota man who lived with bodies of mom, brother for year was too 'traumatized' to report their deaths"

"A reclusive Minnesota man defended his choice to live with the decomposing bodies of his elderly mother and twin brother for more than a year.

"Robert Kuefler’s twin brother, Richard, died first and his mother soon followed in August 2015.

"The grieving son went for a drive instead of watching 94-year-old Evelyn Kuefler die in an upstairs bedroom. She was dead by the time he returned, according to a criminal complaint filed this week.

"Kuefler said he was too distraught to alert authorities of their deaths at the White Bear Lake home. Both died of natural causes.

"'I am not some nut ball,' the 60-year-old maintenance worker told the Associated Press. 'People think I am, but I'm not. I loved them.'"

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