Saturday, January 26, 2019

Marquette poll: Majority in favor of marijuana legalization

From Racine Uncensored:

Michael Jackson Documentary About Child Sexual Abuse Charges Leaves Crowds Shocked

Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

PARK CITY, Utah ― The premiere of a searing four-hour documentary about Michael Jackson’s history of alleged sexual abuse cast a somber shadow at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday.

“Leaving Neverland,” which will air on HBO later this year, left audience members shellshocked. Unlike the recent Lifetime series on the serial sexual misconduct allegations lodged against singer R. Kelly, which dives into Kelly’s career and art, “Neverland” does little to examine Jackson’s legacy. Instead, the film focuses almost entirely on the harrowing accounts of two accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both say Jackson abused them when they were children.

The only footage of Jackson’s music videos and live concerts included in the documentary are directly related to Robson and Safechuck’s recounting of their time with the internationally famous pop star, who died in 2009.

The festival’s director, John Cooper, introduced the mammoth documentary with a trigger warning, and told attendees that mental health professionals would be available to speak to them in the lobby.

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Lighthouse Drive Property Tax Assessments

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, 
I do believe - much to my dismay - that I have discovered a 
discrepancy in the equality of property assessments on Lighthouse 
Drive - specifically the property owned by Mayor "Butterball" Cory 
Mason and Da' Judge - Rebekka Mason. It does seem to me that either 
the Neighbors have been assessed too high - or the Mason's property 
has been severely undervalued. 
Now - has every Resident who lives in City of Racine been afforded the 
benefit of an assessed value decline of nearly 50% - from 2009 to 2018 
- continuing into 2019 - especially on a Lakefront Lake Michigan 
property - of which those are in short supply? 
And while the Mason's only recently purchased the property.... what is 
the former owner's political connections? C'mon - who else has seen 
their assessed value drop by HALF! ? 
Mayor Cory  "Butterball" Mason and his Wife "Here come da' Judge" need 
to begin paying their *FAIR SHARE* of the Communities expenses - and 
overt and insulting aggression's against Taxpayers who play fairly on 
a level playing field needs to end. 
No more George Orwell's "Animal Farm"! games! 
I don't oppose Socialism - I oppose a power mad and abusive 
Kleptocracy which Loots the People and destroys Community. City of 
Racine is a two tier Community - a Feudal Society reborn - Lords and 
Serfs. City of Racine - extended to the County - is but a criminal 
enterprise - looting the Residents and leaving desolation and 
destruction behind - even while they promise "Re-Development"...... 
Tim & Cindy  

Beach Party at the Masons!

From Racine County Corruption:

Mayor Mason and wife Rebecca advance affordable housing in Racine.
For themselves that is !

Mayor Cory Mason
Does it pay to be connected to people that have the ability to manipulate records? 

According to city records it does ! 

Judge Rebecca Mason
The Mason's, living on the shores of Lake Michigan have conveniently found themselves living in a tax oasis.
Their property located at 3907 Lighthouse drive appears to be under assessed, undertaxed and has seen tax assessed values spiral downward compared to their neighbors.

Assessments on Lighthouse Drive

These data tables are derived from City of Racine records.

The couple,  holding the offices of Mayor and Municipal judge within the City of Racine also appear to live an intertwined life of conflict of interest.

You may read more about the couple fighting 
for affordable housing at:

Special thanks for the tireless efforts of :

Great Men From History

Huey Long (1893-1935) was Louisiana's legendary populist Governor, 
U.S. Senator and favorite son. Poised to run for president on his 
“Share Our Wealth” platform, Long was assassinated in 1935 at the age 
of 42. 
Long was revered by the masses as a champion of the common man and 
demonized by the powerful as a dangerous demagogue. BIOGRAPHY | QUOTES 
A vocal critic of corporate greed and government incompetence, Huey 
Long's "Share Our Wealth" political movement swept the nation during 
the Great Depression, garnering millions of supporters and threatening 
the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

Shut up and code, bitches!

Americans are not exactly full of sympathy for unexpectedly unemployed 
media figures these days: 
    After news came out about mass layoffs at HuffPost, Buzzfeed and 
Gannett -- in the midst of the media's relentless smear-job against 
the Covington Catholic students -- right-wing Twitter had a field day. 
Tons of leftist journalists announced they were laid off on Twitter 
and the top meme was telling them to "learn to code" -- which is the 
same advice the media gave middle Americans whose jobs are being taken 
in traditional industries. 
Of course, the newly-jobless journalists understood the obvious 
schadenfreude involved, given their past lack of sympathy for 
Americans disemployed by imports and immigration, and endured the 
laughter at their expense with all the stoicism and sang froid one 
would naturally expect of enlightened and superior beings. 
A lot of people are going to enjoy telling Kevin Williams that he is a 
negative asset who deserves to die when he loses his job. Again. 
Maybe them laid-off Journalists should ENLIST NOW! and die in Foreign 
Wars. Yellow Journalism is War bu other means.

Uriah Heep - Stealin

On Equality for ALL

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, 
How about the Mason Family pays it's fair share - and that their Lake 
Michigan Property assessment be raised to $1M plus! 
And when is the Campfire Party on beautiful Lake Michigan for Voces De 
La Frontera going to be held at the Masons? What is Rebecca cooking? 
and Cory serving? 
And please- someone bathe and shave City of Racine Attorney Scott 
Letteney. He is clearly - stinky and dirty. Please bathe him..... for 
goodness sakes..... 
He smells bad in more ways than one. 
Sincerely, Tim & Cindy

The World's First Cannabis Vending Machine Has Gone Live

 For those who’ve participated in the market for recreational and medical cannabis, it hasn’t always been easy to purchase products.

Whether it’s on the street or at a legal dispensary, there’s been a risk of falling afoul of the law, dealing with inconsistent or disappearing suppliers, having to travel far to reach the closest dispensary, or spending excessive time in line or in a waiting room before finding your product. Have you or your friends ever wondered what it would be like to buy a disposable vape or a blunt as easily as you would buy a bottle of water from an office building vending machine?

Well now, a Southern California company has pioneered a new and innovative way of acquiring your buds, edibles, extracts, CBD products and accessories.

Welcome to the age of the automated smart cannabis kiosk, or “greenbox.”
Described as “the world’s first intelligent cannabis & CBD kiosks,” greenbox is being piloted at the Erba Collective and Marina Caregivers dispensaries in Los Angeles, where recreational and medicinal users will be able to pick from various categories at the vending machine, buy the product of their choice, and quickly be on their way
Photo credit: greenbox Robotics
 “You’re already sitting in traffic in LA. You want to come in, grab your product and be on your way,” Zach Johnson, CEO of greenbox Robotics, told Fox 11 LA.
The automated kiosk includes a user interface that describes each product and its effects. Users pay with a debit card or Apple Pay, after which a robotic arm delivers the chosen products.
In addition to a payment processing system, the greenbox is also equipped with facial recognition cameras, a speaker that allows it to stream music, and temperature-controlled storage.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. In 2018, the state lifted laws prohibiting the sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes as well.
The greenbox is currently only available indoors at the dispensaries, but Johnson hopes that the machines will one day be stand-alone.
In company literature, greenbox robotics depicts the new cannabis delivery kiosk as the latest development in the automation revolution sweeping industries across the globe:
“From the moment we step out the door, our daily lives are simplified by the wonders of modern day automation. Whether it’s pre-ordering your Starbucks on your phone, printing your plane ticket at an airport kiosk, or simply ordering your groceries online, automation is the grease that keeps this high-paced world spinning. So why should buying your cannabis and CBD be any different?
greenbox Robotics has harnessed the most sophisticated automation technology to make your buying and selling experience fast, easy, and way ahead of its time.”

Open Blog - Weekend


Friday, January 25, 2019

Trump announces shutdown deal with no money for border wall

Coffee with Journal Times editor

Stephanie Jones
Legal stranger and I attended this event yesterday.  It was held in the upstairs of Divino Gelato.  About thirty people showed up.  It was funny to hear one person call the Journal Times biased towards the right and another say it's biased toward the left.  With such differences, everyone acted very civilly.  No fistfights broke out.  Many people had suggestions.  Ms. Jones did a good job of covering for Mark Lewis, the publisher.  Many people, including Ms. Jones, professed their love for Racine.  Not me.  I don't like garbage.

All in all, it was an informative meeting.  I learned a bit about how the Journal Times makes decisions and I believe that Ms. Jones received numerous suggestions for stories and/or improvement of the paper.  What will show up in print is another matter.

I think they should do this monthly.  Maybe at a different time so that working people can attend.  It was mostly old farts there.  Thank you, Journal Times.

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you have had a good week. If you do not have to go out I would stay in the windchill is going to be below 0 for the weekend. Here are your questions.

1) Do you do any kind of crafts?

2) If you do any crafts what do you do?

3) If you do not do any crafts what do you do when you stay inside when it is cold outside?

4) Are you ready for the warm weather to come back?

Have a great weekend and stay warm.

Open Blog - Friday

Red looks good on Friday.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gina Barreca: Loneliness is as bad for you as smoking

Is it possible that loneliness is worse for you — and a harder habit to break — than smoking?

Maybe. The only way health and science experts could make the health crisis surrounding chronic loneliness more urgent would be to announce that loneliness makes Americans look fat, especially from behind.

The U.S. Surgeon General issued a report in 1964 making it clear to Americans that “cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate.” In response, many smokers starting putting down their butts.

You know what’s been proven to contribute substantially to mortality from specific diseases and to the overall death rate in 2019? Loneliness. The figure most often reported is that chronic loneliness has the same effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So why, in response, aren’t more of us getting off our butts and running out to hug our neighbors?

Some of you will explain, quietly and calmly, that you’re introverts who value time alone and that this doesn’t apply to you. You’re entirely correct. Unlike chronic loneliness, a consciously chosen solitary life can be both satisfying and healthy.

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Heartbreak: No Sweethearts candy will be made for Valentine's Day this year

Sweethearts candy
Something will be missing on store shelves this Valentine's Day season -- Sweethearts candy.

The popular "Sweethearts" candies that have little messages like "Love You," "Bear Hug," "Cutie Pie" and "Ooh La La," will not be made this year.

The Spangler Candy Co., which bought the Sweethearts brand last year, didn't say why, but said the candies will be back for Valentine's Day in 2020.

"We are particularly excited about the Sweethearts brand. Many people have memories of sorting through their box of Sweethearts to find just the right message to share,” Spangler Chairman and CEO Kirk Vashaw said.


10 Freak Accidents That You Won't Believe Happened

Open Blog - Thursday

Maybe it's Friday Adam.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Couple who fell to their deaths in Yosemite were intoxicated, autopsy reports show

By Janelle Griffith

A married couple who fell to their deaths from an outlook at Yosemite National Park in California in October were “intoxicated with ethyl alcohol prior to death,” according to autopsy reports.

Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, died “of multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain,” wrote a forensic pathologist at the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Ethyl alcohol is found in common alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and hard liquor.

How intoxicated the couple was is unclear. “We can only conclude that they had consumed alcohol but it is unknown to what level of intoxication,” an assistant Mariposa County coroner told the San Jose Mercury News.

The autopsy investigations were completed Jan. 4. No drugs were present in their bodies, lab tests found.

Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California, on May 18, 2015Marcus Yam / LA Times via Getty Images file

Moorthy and Viswanath were born in India but living in California. Park rangers recovered their odies about 800 feet below the popular outlook Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that does not have a railing. Taft Point is located near the end of Glacier Point Road and has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

What a rush!

Students in 'MAGA' hats mock Native American after rally

January 20, 2019 9:45 AM:

In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 image made from video provided by the Survival Media Agency, a teenager wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, center left, stands in front of an elderly Native American singing and playing a drum in Washington. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Kentucky is looking into this and other videos that show youths, possibly from the diocese's all-male Covington Catholic High School, mocking Native Americans at a rally in Washington. (Survival Media Agency via AP)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys' high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington.

The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a group from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills.

Videos circulating online show a youth staring at and standing extremely close to Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American man singing and playing a drum.

Other students, some wearing Covington clothing and many wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and sweat shirts, surrounded them, chanting, laughing and jeering.

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Look at all the punks mocking this man.  They act exactly the way I remember them acting when I was in Catholic high school.  The shithead with a smile standing so close to the Native American deserves expulsion.  Or maybe a Catholic priest could bugger these boys to shake them up.  Catholics are pigs.

BUMP: January 22,2019 10:41 AM

"Editorial: MAGA-hatted teens, a Native American and the peril of instant judgment"

An editorial from the Chicago Tribune:

"But the reaction turns out to be a cautionary tale about jumping to conclusions. Other videos of the gathering showed the students being subjected to nasty slurs by black protesters known as the Hebrew Israelites; the teens eventually countered with chants. It was Phillips who strode up close to the boy in the MAGA hat, singing and beating a drum. Robby Soave of Reason watched two hours of footage and didn’t hear a single 'build the wall.'"

(1) comment

Choppi Cadence
How do insults by the "Hebrew Israelites" lead these Catholic piglets to taunt and mock Native Americans? Did you see how many students were doing "the tomahawk" during the drumming? They were dancing and taunting a Native American elder because they were insulted by black supremacists? That makes no sense. I went to Catholic high school. The in-crowd was always picking on the out-crowd. The boys were bullies and the priests were molesters. Nothing's changed in 50 years.

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BUMP: January23, 2019 1:30   PM 

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my do-bees and don't-bees!  How are you?  More s-word.  Darn.  And then it's supposed to drop to zero and below.  I hate winter in Wisconsin. Snow, cold, ice, slush, winds, etc.  Ugh.  I keep saying that I'll move to Florida, but I can't afford it.  So I freeze and slip and slide.  Sometimes the car doesn't want to start.  Sometimes there's a foot of snow on the sidewalk.  Sometimes your breath freezes as soon as it leaves your mouth.  Oh my.

Christmas isn't the only holiday that's heavily pimped.  Walmart of course has their Valentines merchandise out.  But they also have the Easter stuff out.  Easter isn't until the latter part of April this year.  Three months ahead of time.  Jeez Louise.

Junior is walking and taking the bus again.  He finally lost his license.  Forever, I hope.  After so many accidents and so many violations, it was bound to happen.  I believe that Señor Zanza is actually relieved.  I feel better knowing that he isn't speeding about.  Of course, he could drive without his license, but I trust that he has more common sense than that.  Or does he?  Maybe Señor Zanza should have a talk with him.  I'm going to suggest it this evening.

Business gets slower in the winter.  People are too tired from dealing with the weather to spend much discretionary money.  They shop online, so I don't see them as often.  Maybe I should hold a festival.  Madame Zoltar's Winter Psychic Fest.  For the $15 entrance fee, you can spend as much time with me as you like.  Of course, I'll be suggesting that some of the people become regular clients because of their problems.  Hmm.  This might work.  Where would I hold it?  I think Festival Hall is a little rich for my blood.  Maybe I'll just pick one of the bars that feature live music.  That might be enough room for me.  I could be the opening act for the Rolling Stones.

What does Mayor Butterball do all day?  With lying John, we knew he was out planning ways to rape us.  God knows what the Machinery Row fiasco cost us.  No one will tell.  But Butterball plays it low key and in some ways that's more disturbing.  Who knows what's going on?  If like Alderman Weidner you try to find out, you'll be crucified.  We have no right to know what our local government is doing.  Everything important is done in secret (again, just look at the sealed case against Weidner).  A judge supposedly offs himself, but no autopsy is done to answer some questions.  The pig City  Attorney Letteney does all he can to hide the facts.  And then yesterday it was revealed that Robin
Vos and his cronies spent nearly a million dollars on a Chicago law firm fighting the gerrymandering case.  Originally, Mr. Vos wouldn't reveal the information.  More secrets.  But he relinquished.  The politicians running our city are crooks of the greatest magnitude: They steal from all of us.This is why Racine has such high taxes.  We have to pay for the crooks.

Foxconn is now supposed to cost taxpayers an additional $150 million.  (  You know it will only go up and up.  This great manufacturing addition to our county may bankrupt us.  They're changing and scaling back their plans while the price rises.  Gee, thanks, ex-Governor Walker.

Sorry to be so depressing.  Winter does that to me, too.  Please bear with me for the next couple of months until I recover.  I love you all.  We are family.

Please be careful in the snow and prepare for the bitter cold days to come.  Don't play with winter.  It could cost you your life.
Please donate:  If you don't like PayPal, send me a note at and I'll send you my street address so you can send a check or money order.  Thank you.

Science Fiction - OR Fact.....

US Navy gun-camera footage of a UFO intercepted by its fighters. Picture: USNSource:Supplied

19 Million and Counting

In case you're ever feeling down, the Realtime Baby Boomer Death Clock 
should put a little spring in your step. By the end of today, there 
will be more than 4,500 fewer Boomers infesting the planet. 
19 million down, only 66 million to go. 
Yesterday, a Boomer complained that the Boomer Hate was tiresome. 
Yeah, so about that... it isn't anywhere nearly as tiresome as being 
forced to endure generationally narcissistic morons droning on and on 
and on and on about themselves for more than forty freaking years. 
And they wonder that we're relieved the end is finally in sight? 
Boomers had better get used to the Boomer Hate, because their 
generational reputation is only going to get worse as more and more 
Millennials gradually wake up to how the Boomers screwed them over by 
gleefully abandoning their familial and societal responsibilities.

Open Blog - Wednesday

More Brr.

Open Blog - Wednesday

Uh-oh, the s-word.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Snow Job

From The Shepherd Express:
 I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? And no sooner returned am I from my one-eye cataract-extract ordeal (one down, one to go) than I see everybody and his/her brother/sister declare to run for president on the Democratic side of the fence for the opportunity to run against that flaming fatuous fockstick from the Republican side, the flaming fatuous fockstick who I imagine would have difficulty remembering the phone number for 911 if needed, what the fock.
Of course, I’m thinking to throw mine own hat into the ring, so no essay this week ’cause I’ve called for a cocktail conclave of the brain trust I always rely upon to guide me in my grab for higher office; called it for over there by the Uptowner tavern/charm school at the wistfully historic corner of Humboldt & Center. Hey, tag along if you’d like, but you buy the first round.
Herbie: No, I do not give a flying rat’s ass who’s in the focking Super Bowl, goddamn it. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times. Those games ten-times-out-of-nine are the most butt-boring ones of the year. Call it the Stupor Bore—a game that goes so on and on and on that by the time it’s over, not only is your kid out of diapers but his voice has changed and his second divorce is almost final. The only thing that could be better than the sound of the final gun is if it’s also pointed at my aching forehead.
Little Jimmy Iodine: I liked the commercial they showed in the game the other year that had the monkeys in it. I wish they would’ve said what the commercial was for. Maybe they did, but I don’t remember—except for the monkeys.
Julius: There’s science researchers out there who say the chimpan-focking-zees have 99 percent of all the same genetic genes that the human being does. Ninety-nine percent, I shit you not.
Ray: That’s even closer to humans than the jackass Republicans in the state Legislature, ain’a?
Emil: You got to give those chimps a lot of credit. There’s nobody I’d rather have on my side in a cafeteria food fight than a chimp, I kid you not.
Ray: Speaking of jackasses…
Little Jimmy Iodine: Hey, Artie! Over here. Put a load on your keister.
Art: Hey gents, what do you hear, what do you know.
Julius: What’s with the eye patch, Artie?
Art: Had me some cataract surgery, so right now I’ve essentially got two different eyes and I’ve got to cover one so I can see when I put on my old glasses.
Ray: I like the pirate look, Artie. Now you need some kind of foul-mouthed support parrot, like for when some jag cuts in front of you at the grocery store check-out lane, the parrot can pipe up and say, “Hey, kiss my green ass, asshole, what the fock.”
Ernie: I heard Easter’s late this year, and I remember some Italian atheist guy wants to take a priest to court ’cause the guy says the priest is unlawfully asserting that Jesus Christ existed.
Emil: You got to be jerking my beefaroni. Some guy believes that the Babe Ruth of organized religion never swung a rosary? So if he wins the case, what’re they supposed to do—put an asterisk next to Jesus’ name in the Bible and say all his records are a crock?
Herbie: Come to think of it, that court’s got a handful in its hands. How you going to technically prove that the Jesus did exist? As far as I know, there’s no photos of the guy, no legal documents like the deed to a three-bedroom Cape Cod or a car-rental contract with his John Hancock on it. He’s like an old school Mafia don—didn’t want to leave a traceable trace that the Feds could nail him on.
Julius: Yeah, but what about all those paintings, the ones where he looks like a roadie for the Allman Brothers Band? Are you telling me that’s all bullshit?
Ray: Speaking of Jesus, I’ve got a little story: So this guy is driving through the city and his car is weaving all over the road for christ sakes. Cop pulls him over and says, “So mister, where are you coming from?” The tipsy driver says he’s on his way home from the tavern. The officer says, “Looks to me like you’ve had more than a couple, three, ain’a?” And the drunk says, “Well sir, I did all right for myself, thanks for asking.”
“Did you know,” says the cop, standing ramrod straight with arms folded, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?” And the drunk says, “Praise the Lord! For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.” Ba-ding!
(It’s getting late and I know you got to go, but thanks for letting us bend your ear, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


Mind Control

More Foxscam

OOPS ! It's gonna cost taxpayers more.... 
and Foxconn may not develop all areas.... 
And if they walk away..... I suppose they can always sue.....

Full-Size LEGO® Silverado | Chevrolet

Government worker who voted for Trump: I feel betrayed

Open Blog - Tuesday

Have a good day.

Monday, January 21, 2019

It is truly a crazy, crazy world.

Glad I can smile from time to time.... 
MADISON — Madison police say a 34-year-old man who thought his wife 
damaged his action figures retaliated by taking an ax to the family's 
car, television and laptop in the house. 
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the man called police just after 
10 p.m. Sunday and told them he had too much to drink and overreacted 
about his action figures. 
The man's name was not released. He was arrested and faces charges of 
disorderly conduct and felony damage to property. Police say he caused 
more than $5,000 in damages.

The 'Gilets Jaunes' Are Unstoppable: "Now, The Elites Are Afraid"

Authored by Christophe Guilluy via, 
The gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement has rattled the French 
establishment. For several months, crowds ranging from tens of 
thousands to hundreds of thousands have been taking to the streets 
every weekend across the whole of France. They have had enormous 
success, extracting major concessions from the government. They 
continue to march. 
Back in 2014, geographer Christopher Guilluy’s study of la France 
périphérique (peripheral France) caused a media sensation. It drew 
attention to the economic, cultural and political exclusion of the 
working classes, most of whom now live outside the major cities. It 
highlighted the conditions that would later give rise to the 
yellow-vest phenomenon. Guilluy has developed on these themes in his 
recent books, No Society and The Twilight of the Elite: Prosperity, 
the Periphery and the Future of France. spiked caught up with Guilluy 
to get his view on the causes and consequences of the yellow-vest 
spiked: What exactly do you mean by ‘peripheral France’? 
Christophe Guilluy: ‘Peripheral France’ is about the geographic 
distribution of the working classes across France. Fifteen years ago, 
I noticed that the majority of working-class people actually live very 
far away from the major globalised cities – far from Paris, Lyon and 
Toulouse, and also very far from London and New York. 
Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces 
a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to 
function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and 
even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates 
enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in 
Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes 
is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places. 
They tend to be people in work, but who don’t earn very much, between 
1000€ and 2000€ per month. Some of them are very poor if they are 
unemployed. Others were once middle-class. What they all have in 
common is that they live in areas where there is hardly any work left. 
They know that even if they have a job today, they could lose it 
tomorrow and they won’t find anything else.

Katelyn Ohashi - 10.0 Floor (1-12-19)


Open Blog - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No mail or banking today.

Sunday, January 20, 2019


A black woman accuses Jews of being White Supremacists! 
Women's March co-President Tamika Mallory appears to suggest that Jews 
are white supremacists during an interview about the allegations that 
she is an anti-Semite. 
Ocasio-Cortez won't condemn the Women's March founders or Hamas, but 
it's President Trump - who has a Jewish daughter, Jewish son-in-law, 
Jewish grandkids and a close relationship with the (Jewish) Prime 
Minister of Israel, and who recently moved the US embassy to 
Jerusalem, fulfilling a long-standing promise made by American 
presidents to the Jewish state, who is the real anti-semite. In other 
words, the logic behind this is roughly equivalent to a 
Kindergartener's chants of "I am rubber, you are glue - whatever you 
say bounces off me and sticks to you."

Dear Village Board

Dear Village Board, 
Since building empty cities to prop up economic growth in China is the 
order of the day - why not also here, in Mount Pleasant? The model 
seems to work.... for now.... 
"Fancy villas, high-rise apartment blocks, lakes, parks and sprawling 
road networks: Ghost cities in China have it all. Just one crucial 
element is missing — the people. 
Built for a population that never came, about 50 of these surreal 
sites lay desolate across the country. But still the construction 
These new cities are usually built in rural areas on the outskirts of 
existing cities. 
Designed for populations numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the 
mass construction projects can include towering high-rise 
condominiums, huge shopping centres, city squares, street lights and 
replicas of cities in Europe and elsewhere. 
"The phenomenon very much has been driven by the debt splurge that 
really kicked into gear after the global financial crisis," Mr McMahon 
"Local governments around the country tried to juice and stimulate 
their economies by building more infrastructure and stimulating the 
property market." 
This seemingly wasteful construction is carried out by both 
state-owned firms and private companies". 
Meanwhile Foxconn plans to lay off 50,000 workers due to slumping 
demand for iphones. In addition - the carnage of daily job cuts 
continues across the economy - while the price for fossil fuels 
remains too high for consumers, but too low for producers. 
The Yellow Vest Protests continue in France, Venezuela is a 
Humanitarian disaster, and Zimbabwe is in total shutdown. 
Zimbabwe is once again at the brink of economic collapse, making a 
mockery of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s claim that the country is 
open for business. 
As Bloomberg reports,  many shops and factories have shut their doors 
because of a lack of customers and those that continue to trade are 
open to haggling over prices to secure hard currency. At an appliance 
shop in the capital, Harare, a salesman whispers that a Whirlpool 
Corp. washing machine priced at about $5,000 if paid for 
electronically will sell for $1,500 in cash, while at a nearby 
electrical warehouse, a $600 invoice is whittled down to $145 for 
payment in dollar bills. 
But, as's Tsvetana Paraskova reports, Zimbabwe is on a 
three-day nationwide strike and protests are erupting in the streets 
after the government of the southern African country doubled fuel 
prices, making gasoline sold in Zimbabwe the most expensive gasoline 
in the world. 
I note that Tesla is laying off 3,000! GM and Ford - also getting rid 
of thousands and closing down production facilities in USA. Take a 
look around at the employment carnage which is on going in USA. 
When the Foxconn miracle fails to materialize - sure hope you have 
that "Plan B" ready.... 
Tim & Cindy 

The Law of the Wolf - Richard Kelly Hoskins