Friday, January 18, 2019

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you are all doing well and I hope you had a good week. Here are your questions.

1) Are you ready for the nasty S word tonight?

2) If you go out are you prepared if you have car problems?

3) Do you have plans to go out tonight?

4) Are you just going to hibernate until Spring comes?

Try to have a great weekend!

" Column: Mothers of gang members must wake up and see their sons for who they are"

From Chicago Tribune:

April Ward, mother of Micheail Ward, gives a statement at her son's sentencing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Jan. 14, 2019. Micheail Ward was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the 2013 slaying of Hadiya Pendleton. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
 
Micheail Ward was sentenced this week to 84 years in prison for killing Hadiya Pendleton. At Ward’s age of 24, that amounts to a lifetime.
Some would say that Ward, a gang member who was in and out of trouble with the law, had been working his way to this point for a long time. But his mother apparently never saw it coming. Maybe it’s because she would not open her eyes.
In an interview during the waning days of her son’s murder trial last summer, April Ward sat down with me to talk about the son she knew. She insisted, just as she did on the witness stand during the sentencing hearing Monday, that he was a good son. She told me he was never in a gang, and most certainly is not a murderer.
“I raised him spiritually, always in church,” Ward, 45, said during a lunch break in the courthouse cafeteria last year. “My son can quote Scripture. He knows it well. His grandma taught him that.”
The young man who confessed to police on video that he went to a South Side park one afternoon in 2013 and fired into a group of high school students, striking Hadiya, was not the child she had raised with her husband.
There was no need for any sort of retaliation against a rival gang because the young people her son hung out with were just innocent kids, she said. It was a tragedy that the 15-year-old honor student’s life was taken, but her son was not responsible.
“They say he’s a leader of the gang. I’m trying to understand how that is possible. He was 14 or 16, and he’s the leader of some gang that’s been around 20 years?
“That makes him look bad. It makes him look like an animal. My son is not an animal. He’s not a mad dog walking around crazy.”
It is understandable that a mother would not want to believe that her son is some sort of monster. No mother would.
The sentencing and trial in the 2013 fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago.
Perhaps Ward isn’t evil. But he certainly isn’t the choirboy his mother has tried to make him out to be. And that’s a problem, not just with her, but also with many mothers of gang members.
Of course, they love their sons unconditionally, as most mothers do. When a son is shot down in the street, his mother grieves as you or I would. And when she realizes that he could spend the rest of his life in prison, she cries out that, like the victim’s mother, she, too, has lost a child in the tragedy.
By now, no one cares. Her son is just another gangbanger who has been taken off the streets, and most of us feel relieved.
Rather than deal with the truth, it is easier for a mother to look at the gang symbol tattooed on her son’s arm and convince herself that it’s just a fad. It is less disheartening to see his social media posts — pictures of him posing with wads of dollar bills and sometimes even a gun — and convince herself that he’s just playing around.
It is less painful to believe that every time her son is arrested for anything, police got the wrong kid. It requires less energy to decide that when her teenager walks out the door at 10 or 11 p.m., he’s just going for a bit of fresh air.
Most mothers, though, know the truth about their sons. They just don’t know what to do about it.
Along the way, they lost control as a parent. At some point, the young man figured out that there are no real consequences at home for his behavior. He saw that no one is paying attention, and in some cases, that no one cares.
Gang violence almost always is confined to neighborhoods rife with poverty. Even in a two-parent household like Ward’s, parents struggle to make ends meet. April Ward and her husband, Thaddeus Bridgeman, 45, hold respectable, low-paying jobs. But their home life is far from perfect.
Still, April Ward said she thought that she and Ward’s father, whom she has been with for 27 years, were doing as much as they could to raise their son and his three brothers right in a neighborhood filled with violence.
“When my boys were growing up, I talked to each one and said, ‘This is what you’re going to do once you graduate. You’re going to the Army, the Marines, trade school or college,’ ” she said. “Most of them gave it to me.”
But in neighborhoods like theirs, it takes a village to save a child.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation released a study looking at the factors associated with mass shootings and street violence. It concluded that parents play a significant role in either increasing or decreasing violence.
Though rampage shootings and street violence are different in many ways, the study found that children with lower risk of youth violence had “close attachment bonds with consistently supportive caregivers” and received “effective and developmentally sensitive parenting.”
But the study also revealed something else. When it comes to street violence, parents, schools, neighborhoods, and a wide range of other entities and support systems have to work together.
Even so, it is still up to young men to make their own choices. According to the prosecutor, no one else can be blamed for the decision Micheail Ward made.
“He made choices, he’s chosen to ignore his family and the opportunities,” Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Holmes said in court. “He chose to join a gang. He chose to pick up a gun.”
It is hard to argue with that.
dglanton@chicagotribune.com
Twitter @dahleeng

From:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/glanton/ct-met-dahleen-glanton-micheail-ward-mother-denial-20190116-story.html

    Open Blog - Friday


    Friday is always happy.

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    2019: World Economy Is Reaching Growth Limits; Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence

    Financial markets have been behaving in a very turbulent manner in the last couple of months. The issue, as I see it, is that the world economy is gradually changing from a growth mode to a mode of shrinkage. This is something like a ship changing course, from going in one direction to going in reverse. The system acts as if the brakes are being very forcefully applied, and reaction of the economy is to almost shake.

    What seems to be happening is that the world economy is reaching Limits to Growth, as predicted in the computer simulations modeled in the 1972 book, The Limits to Growth. In fact, the base model of that set of simulations indicated that peak industrial output per capita might be reached right about now. Peak food per capita might be reached about the same time. I have added a dotted line to the forecast from this model, indicating where the economy seems to be in 2019, relative to the base model.1


    Figure 1. Base scenario from The Limits to Growth, printed using today’s graphics by Charles Hall and John Day in Revisiting Limits to Growth After Peak Oil with dotted line at 2019 added by author. The 2019 line is drawn based on where the world economy seems to be now, rather than on precisely where the base model would put the year 2019.

    Read more:  https://ourfiniteworld.com/2019/01/09/2019-world-economy-is-reaching-growth-limits-expect-low-oil-prices-financial-turbulence/

    Someone please bathe and shave Letteney!


    The man is an embarrassment.  Our city attorney has terrible personal hygiene.  He smells and offends all who come near.  This bearded yahoo should not be allowed to represent our city.  Let's start a lottery.  The winner gets to bathe and shave Letteney.  Or should that be the loser?

    Zombie



    10 Commercials That Were Ripped Off The Air

    Open Blog - Thursday

    Millennials can't read cursive.  Ah ha ha ha!

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    "Move over, jewelry and leggings. Selling CBD oil is the new side hustle for moms"

    Teressa Sworsky, right, of Plainfield, speaks with Carmen Barr, of Mokena, at her CBD oil booth during the Mokena Park District's January Flea Market on Jan. 13, 2019. Sworsky sells hemp products for people and pets. (Warren Skalski/for the Chicago Tribune)

    "Looking to relieve her miniature dachshund Parky’s arthritis, Plainfield mother of two Teressa Sworsky discovered hemp oil.

    "After researching the exploding industry of products infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, Sworsky, 36, a registered nurse who works full time in the corporate office of a hospital system, soon learned about other uses for the substance, which is most often derived from hemp, a plant in the cannabis family, but without the mind-altering properties of THC. After giving the CBD oil to her dog, she decided to try it for herself as an alternative to her side effect-ridden anxiety medication.

    "It worked, said Sworsky, who realized she could also sell it for side cash."

    Read more:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-moms-sell-hemp-oil-20190108-story.html


    I have a friend whose eczema on his hands and arms have tortured him for years.  Nothing the MD's prescribed worked.  Then he tried CBD salve.  His eczema was gone within two weeks and hasn't returned.  His doctor's response was a flat "Oh."

    Dear Madame Zoltar

    Hello, my m and m's!  How are you?  That nasty flu is making the rounds, so beware.  I got a flu shot.  I get one every year.  Señor Zanza doesn't.  Guess who ends up in bed being tended by the other.  It isn't me.  No, he gets the flu and I take care of him.  When I ask him why he doesn't get a flu shot, he says it's better for the body to be exposed to whatever is going around.  Yeah, right.

    Junior is picking up on this.  I had a heck of a time getting him to take this year's flu shot.  I'm not going to have two men down, whiners, while I do all the work.  I told Junior to get the shot or expect absolutely NO help from me.  He got it, I think.

    Taking down the Christmas tree is a sad affair.  It's so beautiful, but so dead.  I think if you lit a match within 6 feet of it, it would burst into flames.  So, it's taken down and the needles are vacuumed up and the decorations put away.  Now comes the part of winter I usually hate the most.  Usually, it's subzero throughout much of the next two months.  I hate that.  However, thanks to climate change, it's not too bad out there.  Still, boring and nothing to do.

    I haven't followed anymore Packer news.  Until they dump Rodgers, I don't give a damn.  So there.

    What is going on with Sandy Weidner and Judge Eugene Gakfidgrtwyuvcngksh?  How does a request for files turn into such a mess?  She's already been found guilty and fined, but it's been suspended until the rest of the mess plays out.  Rock on, Judge Gaskfloeudyvbtdsnmmhjlpd!

    I want to go skiing.  Have the local resorts generated enough snow?  Let's go bust a leg.

    I'm so glad that Jayme Closs was rescued.  I knew she was alive and tried a number of times to offer my services in the search for her, but I was rebuffed.  She might have spent far less time in captivity if the authorities could get over their prejudices.  You have to read the serial numbers off of the bills in their pockets, first.  How denigrating!

    I'm used to it.  Nonbelievers have always been a part of the business.  I usually ignore them.  I just do what I do, which shames them.  If any of them are particularly nasty in their criticisms, I just turn them into pigs.

    No, I don't have that power.  Do I?

    Thank you all for tuning in this week.  I love all of my readers. madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

    Enjoy the weather.   Who knows when it will change?
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    Open Blog - Wednesday


    That owl scares me.  He looks hungry.

    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Four for Fridays!

    Good morning everyone I hope your having a good week. Drew has been working ten hour days this week and believe it or not he actually has the weekend off. here are your questions.

    1) With this crazy weather have you been hibernating?

    2) Have you come down sick with the weather?

    3) Has the weather made you just want to stay in bed?

    4) When it is cold out what do you do?

    Have a great weekend!

    "Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell."

    Elwood, a gateway to six major rail lines, has seen the emergence of immense warehouse projects from the country’s biggest companies.  
    "The rural town south of Chicago is now a crucial stop for Amazon, Wal-Mart, IKEA, Home Depot, and other giant retailers. Developers had promised growth and good jobs. So why is everyone so miserable?"

    Read more:  https://newrepublic.com/article/152836/elwood-illinois-pop-2200-become-vital-hub-americas-consumer-economy-its-hell

    Open Blog - Friday


    Time for a fish fry.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    The End of DIY Car Repair, Why New Cars are So Hard to Work On

    Dear Madame Zoltar

    Hello, my merry munchkins! How are you? As I write this, the sun is trying to peek out, but for the most part the days have been a winter gray. What's been abundantly missing is the s-word. (Shhhh! Don't say it too loud.) The lack of it is disastrous for the wildlife and the landscape. What can you do? I think it's the result of climate change. The weather is screwed up everywhere. Glaciers and arctic areas are melting. Scientists are discovering permafrost uncovered, and melting. (Not so perma-,eh?) Much of the worst of our winters has disappeared. Nature has difficulty responding quickly. A hundred species a day go extinct. We're all going to hell. 

    It looks like the Green Bay Packers are hiring Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, as their new head coach. Oh boy. That still doesn't help the problem of an injury prone quarterback. Give Rodgers some coaching position. Try to dump him. Groom a new quarterback, one that doesn't get his bell rung in every game. Or else put a steel cage around Rodgers.

    Speaking of steel cages, have you seen this travesty yet? https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-nets-probation-for-norway-case-where-girl-was-kept/article_508dbe46-2b7c-5f7f-96b5-0a6dc768ecd8.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2 The man kept one of his daughters in a kennel cage. His sentence? Well, after the derelict Judge Nielsen dropped four felonies against him, he ended up with probation. Children in Racine are just so much meat. Everyone knows it, everyone tries to hide it, and it spills out regularly. Judge Nielsen deserves to be put in a kennel cage. What kind of monster is he? My God.

    I wonder if Foxconn took into consideration the effect that just their announcements have had on local labor and supplies. Everything has gone way up in cost, and even if you can afford it, you can't find it. Will this slow down the progress of Foxconn in building their factories? I would assume so. The stresses that such an operation inflict upon our local economy are telling. It's kind of like the gold rush in the wild West. Every man for himself! Soon, there will be gunfire over something. Welcome to the USA!

    We have a new governor in Wisconsin, Tony Evers. He says he's going to veto the poop out of a lot of the so-called “lame-duck legislation” that the Republicans enacted. Oh boy. Another fight. Nationally, Trump picks fights left and right. Half the government is shut down because of his fight with Democrats over The Wall. His fight with China has resulted in trade wars that are hurting both sides. Everyone is fighting someone. What happened to the love generation? Boy, that “revolution” didn't last long.

    I once held the door to a fast food restaurant open for an elderly gentleman and his wife. His eyes met mine and he said, “The world is changing.” I said, “I know.” I should have added that I'm not going to change for the sake of change. Let the world change. I'll still have manners and dignity. As will Señor Zanza and Junior.  Or I'll slap them silly.

    Here's a funny from Lewis Black on drinking in Wisconsin:


    I love you, one and all.  If you need help, contact: madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

    Enjoy the "warm" weather.  Take a walk.  Say "hi" to your neighbors.  Pet a dog.  Chase a cat.  Wave to motorists.  Don't get beat up.
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    Open Blog - Wednesday


    Happy Wednesday.

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    The Eyes Have It

    From The Shepherd Express:

    Jan. 08, 2019
    4:26 p.m.


    I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So yeah yeah, there was no regular Shepherd issue last week and if you enjoyed my absence, you’re in luck ’cause come next issue I’ll be on a week’s medical leave on account of having one cataract carved out of an eyeball—the other one due to be scraped out in February sometime I’m guessing, what the fock.
    And you bet I’m sure as heck looking forward to this schmutz-removal, so much that I’ve been on the inter-focking-net pricing tin cups and canes so that when my procedure somehow gets botched, I’ll have the necessary means to earn a living.
    So right now, I’m at the Shepherd office to pick up a couple, three items, whip out this essay and check the mail since I haven’t been here for a while. And lo and behold, I got a package from my would-be guardian angel El Jefe out of Maryland, the “Old Line State,” containing a fabulous tub of Old Crow, I kid you not.
    God bless the Jef’ because the Crow is the only thing I got for Christmas that I asked for. Once again this year, Santa, the fat fock, did not deliver to me the busload of Vegas showgirls I asked for. Nor did he deliver the personal butler I requested, the one who would keep me seasonally sartorially correct, manage my daily schedule such as it is, and make me a nice egg sandwich now and then.
    So I really ought to cut this essay short and commence taste-testing the Old Crow to make sure it hasn’t gone bad. But before I do, I also got to tell you I noticed I received a letter postmarked sometime before Christmas. The writer asked me for advice, what the fock. He wrote:
    Hey Artie, the wife wants a new puppy for Christmas. I know they don’t sell them at your Best Buy or Old Navy. Any idea where I should go?
    The letter even contained a self-addressed stamped envelope for my reply. Well, Christmas has come and gone, hasn’t it. Had I been able to reply in a timely fashion, this is what I would’ve wrote:
    Yeah, I’ve got an idea where you should go. How ’bout Divorce Court? Full disclosure: My scariest thought is whether or not animals get to go to heaven. For christ sakes, that’s all a guy like me needs is to spend his entire focking life busting his butt, finally gets puking sick, croaks, walks through the Pearly Gates and the first thing that happens is he steps right smack-dab into one heaping, heaving pile of dog-doo. Praise the lord.
    And this is supposed to be for eternity ever-after? I’ll tell you’s, I want to be buried with a rolled-up newspaper so that when I’m shaking hands with St. Peter and some canine starts humping my leg, I can give it one good ol’ whack right across the goddamn snout.
    I pray they must go to the other place, ’cause spending a couple, three eternities in the company of household pets and assorted animals sure sounds like focking hell to me. Or at least that these creatures would have their own animal heaven where they could all go and sniff each other’s butts and leave mine alone. That I could live with ’cause when it comes to other species—your animal and insect societies to name two—you can call me a “specie-ist,” but I firmly believe in a “separate, the hell with equal” kind of arrangement, you betcha.
    So, before I go, I really ought to close-up Art’s Ba-ding! Boutique now that the holidays are mercifully focking kaput. But I see I’ve got one item left, so take it if you can use it. It’s yours:
    A very spiritual and holy priest dies and is swept up to heaven. St. Peter greets him at the Pearly Gates, and says, “Hello Father, welcome to Heaven! You are very well known here, and as a special reward because you are such a devout man, we’re going to grant you anything you wish even before we enter the Kingdom. What can I grant you?”
    And the priest says, “I am a great admirer of the Virgin Mother. I’ve always wanted to talk to her.” St. Pete nods his head to one side, and who should approach the priest but the Virgin Mary!
    The priest is overcome with joy and says, “Mother, I have always been a great admirer of yours and followed your life as best I could. I have studied everything I could about you—every painting and portrait ever made of you, and I’ve noticed without fail that you are portrayed bearing a wistful expression. Forever I’ve wondered what it was that made you seemingly so melancholy.” And Mother Mary says, “Honestly, I was really hoping for a girl.” Ba-ding!
    That’s it. See you next time, I hope, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.

    From:  https://shepherdexpress.com/advice/art-kumbalek/the-eyes-have-it/

    Open Blog - Tuesday


    Happy Tuesday.

    Monday, January 7, 2019

    New Car

    On December 19th Drew and  I got in a car accident with our 2011 Ford Escape XLT on Main St. and Yougt after delivering Christmas cookies. I was waiting for a car to make a left turn then the car made the left turn and another car hit us in the back on the passenger side of the car. The side air bags came down and Drew's glasses flew onto the dashboard. Our car ended up on the double yellow lines in the middle of the street and the other car ended up on the grass. Come to find out the jerk had no insurance so our insurance paid for a rental car. We are so thankful we gave my daughter our HHR so Drew called her and she came and got us. We are fine.

    On January 2nd we got a 2009 Ford Escape XLT with 56,000 miles it is gray. Yes it is a couple years older and has everything the same we had in the other one. We both like this kind of car so this is what we looked for. This time we did not get it from the Ford dealership on Washington Ave in Racine. They did try to sell us a 2009 Ford Escape with 106,000 miles on it for the same price and was forcing a Ford Taurus X on us for the same price this think is like a boat and we kept saying no. I wanted to choke these people so bad. We told them that we would think it over and call them back. So Drew and I picked the one that we have and we got it from Budget Motors of Wisconsin in Kenosha. I did call the dealership back and told them we decided on this one and not to call us back at all.

    First picture is from the accident and the second one is the new car.



    Open Blog - Monday


    Smile.

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Women working destroys marriage

    The social science backs up common sense and observation concerning 
    the terrible social policy of encouraging women to work outside the 
    home rather than marry and raise children. 
     
    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/01/women-working-destroys-marriage.html

    Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full

    WI Budget Blog Comment

    And why should they? 
     
    Taxpayers subsidize low wage workers with State mandated welfare for them. 
     
    The Republicans are the biggest profiteers from this scam – Cheap 
    labor – financed via taxpayer subsidizes. Those taxes are impressed 
    upon the poorest of the poor via consumption taxes – vs. income taxes. 
     
    As income tax rates for the rich continue to decline – consumption 
    taxes for the poor must be increased! 
     
    Minimum Wage? 
     
    How about considering Maximum Income – in a fiat money based economy? 
     
    It is time to RAISE taxes on high income earners! PERIOD! 
     
    The rich get rich – while the poorer get poorer! 
     
    http://www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org/nineteen-states-raised-their-minimum-wages-this-week-wisconsin-wasnt-one-of-them#comment-10213

    Open Blog - Weekend


    Enjoy.

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Four for Fridays!

    Good morning everyone how are doing? We are doing good this morning and I am just glad that I do not have to go out into the cold weather. Here are your questions.

    1) Have you taken down your Christmas decorations?

    2) Did you get to visit everyone that you wanted to see for the Holidays?

    3) Did you stay up into the New Year?

    4) Where you with friends or family to bring in the New Year?

    Have a great weekend!

    Open Blog - Friday


    Fun, fun, fun.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    "10 years after Becker's arrest, Journal Times to release podcast; trailer avail"

    From The Journal Times.com:

    Special report



  • Racine Mayor Gary Becker is shown in a Kenosha County Jail booking photo.

    "RACINE — It might be hard for some people to believe it has been 10 years since then-Racine Mayor Gary Becker was arrested on disturbing sex charges.

    "For a city the size of Racine, when a key municipal official is arrested it tends to bring chaos and many questions in the wake of the incident. Will the mayor be removed from office? If so, how? Who will fill the role as interim mayor? What will happen to current city projects? When will there be a new election to fill the position if the person arrested steps down or is forced from office?

    "Today, The Journal Times is releasing a promotional audio trailer of an original podcast called 'The City,' which relives what that time was like in Racine. 'The City' is scheduled to be released in its entirety later in January. It will tell the behind-the-scenes story of a tense time in Racine’s history and how the city moved past it."

    Read more and listen to trailer: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/years-after-becker-s-arrest-journal-times-to-release-podcast/article_a303e84c-1a2b-52f5-921a-cc0b13f42753.html

    Dear Madame Zoltar

    Hello, my nuts and bolts!  Happy New Year!  How are you?  Another year older begins to take a toll after awhile.  I'm too old to go out partying on New Year's Eve.  This year Señor Zanza and I shared a quiet evening on New Year's Eve.  Junior went out and I'm sure he got drunk and high and whatever.  He's at the perfect age for it.

    Well, the injury-prone Aaron "Ow" Rodgers left the last game early with a concussion.  They took him to the hospital, but brought him back to the dressing room right after the game, which the Packers lost by another embarrassing margin.  "Big changes" next year.  Best change would be to get rid of Ow Rodgers at all costs.  If we can't dump him, make him a passing coach or something.  Meanwhile, let's find a real quarterback for the Packers, not just another pretty face.

    My wish for the new year is a house cleaning at Racine's corrupt and lousy courts.  As if that could ever happen . . .  No one cares unless they get sucked into the criminal justice system.  They are less than 0.1% of us.  No one cares, and the "public servants" do as they wish.  A prime example is the sealing of the Weidner case.  What the hell happened there?  Another backfire from our courts,

    In fact, those dishing out time should be serving it.  Dirty, dirty piggies.

    In national news, Trump declared himself invisible and stuck his tongue out at the Democrats.  He insulted someone in China.  He shut down the government over his Wall.  His staff come and go quickly.  No one sticks by him because he's crazy.  Dangerously crazy.  Bit, what else is new?

    Nutjobs and idiots have often served as president.  So Trump fits in, kinda.  If nothing else, he'll bribe his way in.

    Junior cracked up his car again.  It must be, like, the 100th time.  What he does to Señor Zanza's insurance I can't imagine.  A million dollars a month premium?  I'm surprised he's still driving at all.  Sooner or later all those accidents will lead to the suspension of his license.  We'll see if Señor Zanza is willing then to take Junior wherever he wants to go, whenever he wants to.  I think Junior better fix up his bicycle (he cracked that up, too).

    At least the weather hasn't been too horrible.  We have a couple more months of winter left , though, so who knows?

    Thanks for reading my blog today.  I love my readers.

     madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

    There are all sorts of winter activities available, though I don't know what they are.  I stay active with work and housework.
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    Open Blog - Wednesday


    Have a good day.

    Tuesday, January 1, 2019

    Foxconn Debt Trap?

    Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, 
     
    What product is Foxconn going to manufacture at it's bright and shiny 
    MTP plant? Does anybody know? It's not a Gen 10 LCD TV. Likely not a 
    Gen 6 LCD TV. Why - Foxconn can't even tell City of Racine Water 
    Manager Keith Haas what it intends to build there. 
     
    But Foxconn, a foreign Corporation,  is now entrenched in MTP - and 
    has special rights. 
     
    Let's see what is happening today, in Africa: 
     
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China may be preparing to seize some major 
    assets in the African nation of Kenya, as a result of debt-trap 
    diplomacy. 
     
    African media reports that Kenya may soon be forced to relinquish 
    control of its largest and most lucrative port in Mombasa to Chinese 
    control. 
     
    Other assets related to the inland shipment of goods from the port, 
    including the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, and the Standard 
    Gauge Railway (SGR), may also be compromised in the event of a Chinese 
    port takeover. 
     
    Kenya has reportedly taken extremely large loans from the Communist 
    government for the development of some major highways, and especially 
    for the SGR, which forms a crucial transport link to and from Nairobi 
    for the import and export of goods through Mombasa. 
     
    In November, Moody’s noted that Kenya is at high risk of losing 
    strategic assets because of debts owed to Beijing. 
     
    After a subsequent report from the country's Auditor General, local 
    media began to express concern that Chinese lenders may be angling to 
    seize assets, since it does not appear the Kenyan government will be 
    capable to repaying the loans. 
     
    Now, one month later, ahead of the New Year, it’s been reported that 
    the Chinese may be preparing to take over the Mombasa Port 
    infrastructure soon. 
     
    The African Stand also seems to suggest that the SGR, which is 
    operated by the Chinese, may have been designed to be a “loss-making 
    venture.” 
     
    With a reported loss of KES 10 billion (US$98 million) in its first 
    year of operation, it would be nearly impossible to repay the loans 
    taken for its construction in the time requested. Kenya reportedly 
    accepted loans of KES 500 billion (US$4.9 billion) for the SGR’s 
    construction. 
     
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3605624 
     
    And: 
     
    The Kenyan government risks losing the lucrative Mombasa port to China 
    should the country fail to repay huge loans advanced by Chinese 
    lenders. 
     
    In November, African Stand reported on how Kenya is at high risk of 
    Losing strategic assets over huge Chinese debt and just after some few 
    month the Chinese are about to take action. [1] 
     
    The loans have been granted for the development of the Standard Gauge 
    Railway (SGR). 
     
    Also at stake is the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, which receives 
    and dispatches freight hauled on the new cargo trains from the sea 
    port. 
     
    Implications of a takeover would be grave, including the thousands of 
    port workers who would be forced to work under the Chinese lenders. 
     
    Management changes would immediately follow the port seizure since the 
    Chinese would naturally want to secure their interests. 
     
    Further, revenues from the port would be directly sent to China for 
    the servicing of an estimated Sh500 billion lent for the construction 
    of the two sections of the SGR. 
     
    http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5859 
     
    How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port 
     
    HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda 
    Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with 
    an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. 
     
    Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, 
    though other frequent lenders like India had refused. Yes, though Sri 
    Lanka’s debt was ballooning rapidly under Mr. Rajapaksa. 
     
    Over years of construction and renegotiation with China Harbor 
    Engineering Company, one of Beijing’s largest state-owned enterprises, 
    the Hambantota Port Development Project distinguished itself mostly by 
    failing, as predicted. With tens of thousands of ships passing by 
    along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the port drew only 34 
    ships in 2012. 
     
    And then the port became China’s. 
     
    Mr. Rajapaksa was voted out of office in 2015, but Sri Lanka’s new 
    government struggled to make payments on the debt he had taken on. 
    Under heavy pressure and after months of negotiations with the 
    Chinese, the government handed over the port and 15,000 acres of land 
    around it for 99 years in December. 
     
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/world/asia/china-sri-lanka-port.html 
     
    Is it possible that  Foxconn scammed Governor Scott Walker, 
    Representative Robin Vos, Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave, 
    City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, and MTP President David DeGroot? 
     
    Racine County residents will be forced to continue to pay for Foxconn 
    even if the alleged 13,000 jobs paying $53,000 each don't appear. 
     
    What then? 
     
    Bankruptcy? 
     
    And who will, in Bankruptcy - have first rights? 
     
    Still desperately waiting on those 13,000 jobs paying $53,000 each. 
     
    Sincerely, 
     
    Tim & Cindy

    Dear Village Board,

    What product is Foxconn going to manufacture at it's bright and shiny 
    MTP plant? Does anybody know? It's not a Gen 10 LCD TV. Likely not a 
    Gen 6 LCD TV. Why - Foxconn can't even tell City of Racine Water 
    Manager Keith Haas what it intends to build there. 
     
    But Foxconn, a foreign Corporation,  is now entrenched in MTP - and 
    has special rights. 
     
    Let's see what is happening today, in Africa: 
     
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China may be preparing to seize some major 
    assets in the African nation of Kenya, as a result of debt-trap 
    diplomacy. 
     
    African media reports that Kenya may soon be forced to relinquish 
    control of its largest and most lucrative port in Mombasa to Chinese 
    control. 
     
    Other assets related to the inland shipment of goods from the port, 
    including the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, and the Standard 
    Gauge Railway (SGR), may also be compromised in the event of a Chinese 
    port takeover. 
     
    Kenya has reportedly taken extremely large loans from the Communist 
    government for the development of some major highways, and especially 
    for the SGR, which forms a crucial transport link to and from Nairobi 
    for the import and export of goods through Mombasa. 
     
    In November, Moody’s noted that Kenya is at high risk of losing 
    strategic assets because of debts owed to Beijing. 
     
    After a subsequent report from the country's Auditor General, local 
    media began to express concern that Chinese lenders may be angling to 
    seize assets, since it does not appear the Kenyan government will be 
    capable to repaying the loans. 
     
    Now, one month later, ahead of the New Year, it’s been reported that 
    the Chinese may be preparing to take over the Mombasa Port 
    infrastructure soon. 
     
    The African Stand also seems to suggest that the SGR, which is 
    operated by the Chinese, may have been designed to be a “loss-making 
    venture.” 
     
    With a reported loss of KES 10 billion (US$98 million) in its first 
    year of operation, it would be nearly impossible to repay the loans 
    taken for its construction in the time requested. Kenya reportedly 
    accepted loans of KES 500 billion (US$4.9 billion) for the SGR’s 
    construction. 
     
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3605624 
     
    And: 
     
    The Kenyan government risks losing the lucrative Mombasa port to China 
    should the country fail to repay huge loans advanced by Chinese 
    lenders. 
     
    In November, African Stand reported on how Kenya is at high risk of 
    Losing strategic assets over huge Chinese debt and just after some few 
    month the Chinese are about to take action. [1] 
     
    The loans have been granted for the development of the Standard Gauge 
    Railway (SGR). 
     
    Also at stake is the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, which receives 
    and dispatches freight hauled on the new cargo trains from the sea 
    port. 
     
    Implications of a takeover would be grave, including the thousands of 
    port workers who would be forced to work under the Chinese lenders. 
     
    Management changes would immediately follow the port seizure since the 
    Chinese would naturally want to secure their interests. 
     
    Further, revenues from the port would be directly sent to China for 
    the servicing of an estimated Sh500 billion lent for the construction 
    of the two sections of the SGR. 
     
    http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5859 
     
    How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port 
     
    HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda 
    Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with 
    an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. 
     
    Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, 
    though other frequent lenders like India had refused. Yes, though Sri 
    Lanka’s debt was ballooning rapidly under Mr. Rajapaksa. 
     
    Over years of construction and renegotiation with China Harbor 
    Engineering Company, one of Beijing’s largest state-owned enterprises, 
    the Hambantota Port Development Project distinguished itself mostly by 
    failing, as predicted. With tens of thousands of ships passing by 
    along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the port drew only 34 
    ships in 2012. 
     
    And then the port became China’s. 
     
    Mr. Rajapaksa was voted out of office in 2015, but Sri Lanka’s new 
    government struggled to make payments on the debt he had taken on. 
    Under heavy pressure and after months of negotiations with the 
    Chinese, the government handed over the port and 15,000 acres of land 
    around it for 99 years in December.
     
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/world/asia/china-sri-lanka-port.html 
     
    Is it possible that  Foxconn scammed Governor Scott Walker, 
    Representative Robin Vos, Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave, 
    City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, and MTP President David DeGroot? 
     
    Racine County residents will be forced to continue to pay for Foxconn 
    even if the alleged 13,000 jobs paying $53,000 each don't appear. 
     
    What then? 
     
    Bankruptcy? 
     
    And who will, in Bankruptcy - have first rights? 
     
    Just wondering.... 
     
    Sincerely, 
     
    Tim & Cindy 

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