Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my honeys!  How are you?  I'm doing well.  Our weather sure has been windy.  The windy winter.  It's blowing a lot of cold air.  If it was blowing hot air, I would suspect that Mr. Mayor Cory 'Butterball' Mason was opening his yap again.  What a non-mayor.  He only shows his face when there is good news and hides when there isn't.  Come on out and talk to us sometime, Butterball.

The city is still suffering the effects of the ransomware attack.  The city has hired extra bodies to help.  Gee, do you think that's cheaper than the forty bucks it would have cost to buy some malware protection?  The people in our IT department are "experts."  I'll bet that Butterball wouldn't give them the $40.  Oh well . . .

How about that rabies scare at the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Department?  They owe $29,000 of the $60,000 outstanding.  All because they thought a woman was foaming at the mouth.  Oh my.  I've seen Junior work up quite a lather while brushing his teeth.  If he were to suffer some sort of medical emergency while brushing, I wonder if the rescue personnel would think he's infected with rabies?  I often wonder myself what has gotten into him.

SeƱor Zanza has been a dear, as always.  I don't deserve such a kind man, but I'm glad I have him.  Whenever there is snow, he cleans off my car and warms it up.  How wonderful.  He cleans the sidewalk and driveway. taking extra care to clear the porch and steps.  I don't know what I would do without him.  He is also an accomplished cook and often makes dinner for us.  I'm never going to let him go.

Remember, you read it here first: the coronavirus will become a pandemic and disrupt life in the United States.  The "officials" have been trying to avoid a nation-wide scare, but the facts will soon outpace them:

The other interesting thing about this pandemic is that it started in one of China's laboratories.  China does all sorts of research on germ warfare and such.  They created this virus and it escaped.  Now the entire world will suffer because some pigs in power played their games with our lives.  Seriously, there should be some way to neutralize pigs in power.  A bullet to the brain is my first thought.

If you catch the coronavirus, please stay home and limit your contact with others.  I'm told that the usual infection is minor, like a cold.  Only in rare instances does the sickness progress to death.  Take care of yourself and you should be OK.

That's it, kiddos, I'm done blabbing for the day.  I love you all - every last one of you.  Please share the love.

Please be sure to respect one another.  It's our best hope for peace.
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.

Open Blog -Wednesday

Time to start eating fish.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Advocate Aurora's plan to double in size is based on firm belief: Bigger is better

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brett Hanson, right, of New Berlin works with physical therapist Guillermo Contreras at the sports medicine clinic at Aurora Health Center, 9000 Sura Lane, Greenfield. (Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The merger that created Advocate Aurora Health could be just the start for the health system.
Jim Skogsbergh, the CEO of Advocate Aurora, last month set out the ambitious target of increasing the health system’s revenue to $27 billion a year and more than doubling its size by 2025.
He acknowledged that the target is somewhat audacious and characterized it as aspirational.

This is idiotic.  I had two surgeries last year done by Aurora in their Kenosha hospital.  I left the hospital against medical advice after my last surgery.  They are so short handed that my surgeon supported my decision to leave early.  Their patient care is horrible.  They don't have enough bodies to make good on their promises.  I would NEVER recommend Aurora to anyone.  They keep building.  Who's going to staff those new buildings?  A maintenance worker was my best help after my first surgery.  Maybe they'll hire more of those . . .

Open Blog - Shrove Tuesday

The last day of Mardi Gras.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus may have leaked from China's highest biosafety lab

The coronavirus may have emerged from a Wuhan laboratory leak, which studies deadly pathogens such as the SARS virus, scientists suggest.
Health officials believe that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), originated from wild animals sold in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan City, which is home to 11 million residents.
Now, a team of scientists from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Agricultural University, and Chinese Institute for Brain Research wrote in a paper published on ChinaXiv, about an alternative source of the coronavirus that is currently spreading across the globe.
The scientists say they have found genomic evidence that the seafood market is not the actual source of the outbreak. Instead, they point the source of the virus outbreak to a laboratory that studies potent viruses.
The Wuhan Virology Institute researches some of the world's most dangerous pathogens. It is China's first Biosafety Level 4 laboratory, the highest security level needed to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed facility.

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch (VIDEO)

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch (VIDEO)
Daredevil Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch.
Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called ‘Homemade Astronauts’.
A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth.
Warning: This video contains disturbing images
The self-taught rocket engineer gained notoriety for his belief that the Earth is flat. However, Hughes said that his flat-Earth belief was not the primary motivator for his latest, and final, rocket test, stressing that he was simply a daredevil.
The 64-year-old first shot himself into the sky in 2014, and completed several launches. His most successful attempt took place in March 2018 when he propelled himself approximately 1,875 feet (572 meters) into the air before crashing back to Earth at around 350mph (563kph). He sustained multiple injuries from his previous flights, before ultimately succumbing to his dangerous hobby on Saturday.

Open Blog - Monday


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Woman accused of calling 911 after parents cut off cellphone

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman was arrested for calling 911 when her parents cut off her cellphone service, authorities said.
Seloni Khetarpal was arrested Feb. 13 by Massillon police and charged with disrupting police services, a fourth-degree felony, The Canton Repository reported.
Jail records show that Khetarpal, 36, repeatedly called emergency dispatchers because her parents had terminated her cellphone service, which they paid for.
An officer contacted her and advised she call emergency services only for emergencies.
Two hours later, she called again and “was belligerent and stated she believed it to be a legitimate issue,” according to jail records.
Court records do not list an attorney who could speak on Khetarpal’s behalf.

Open Blog - Weekend

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

Friday, February 21, 2020

She stood up against the failed Foxconn Project and did not allow the
MTP Government to lie to her and force her off her land.

She needs support for her brave stand!

I endorse Kim Mahoney.

As an aside - Kim stood up for property rights - and against the
failed Foxconn Project which is already in default due to Foxconn's
failure to adhere to specified performance.

Kim is a brave individual who stood up to a bullying and bloated
Government which used questionable legal process to force Residents
from their homes.

WE all know what happened to City of Racine under John Dickert - the
Dickert Disaster.

Please support Kim Mahoney in her quest to right the wrongs in Racine
County and move the Community forward in a positive direction.

The HERO Transfer Case is made here - right in Racine WI!

The HERO Transfer Case in action!

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Top 10 Wild Women Of The West

Open Blog - Friday


Thursday, February 20, 2020

'I see nothing good about you:' Judge sentences Franklin business owner to 72 years for the slayings of 2 employees

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Former Franklin business owner Matthew Neumann defiantly maintained his innocence as he received a 72-year prison sentence Thursday for killing his two employees and burning their bodies in a firepit.
Neumann, 44, drew audible gasps and cries from the courtroom as he denied responsibility for the deaths of Robert Hajduk and Richard Conklin and casually stating his hope that the latter – whose remains have not been positively identified – is alive and well in Mexico.
“It’s unimaginable,” Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner said as he handed down his sentence. “The character you have shown in this case is not human. I see nothing good about you.”
In December, Neumann was convicted of two counts each of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse in connection with the deaths of Hajduk, 40, of Racine and Conklin, 35, of Milwaukee.
The men were employed by Neumann at his commercial cleaning business, Spot Free Cleaning, in Franklin before disappearing within a day and a half of each other in early January 2019. Human remains were discovered about a week later in a firepit on hunting property Neumann leased in rural Walworth County.

Schools superintendent from Eau Claire suburb charged with sex trafficking, child pornography

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The superintendent of a suburban Eau Claire school district has been charged with sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.
Daniel Peggs, 32, superintendent at the School District of Altoona, was arrested Thursday based on a two-count federal indictment returned under seal by a Madison grand jury last week.
Peggs has worked in the district since 2016, as middle school principal and district assessment coordinator before being named superintendent in July, according to his LinkedIn page.
The indictment charges that from October 2015 to May 20, 2016, Peggs "knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, and maintained by any means" a girl who was under 18, to engage in prostitution.
A second count charges that in December 2015, Peggs made an iPhone video of the same girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
U.S. Attorney Scott Blader indicated the girl was not a student in the Altoona district. 
Joyce Orth, the district's communications coordinator, said the school board planned to meet in executive session at noon. A news conference was scheduled for 4 p.m.
Peggs was arrested Thursday morning in Altoona and made his initial appearance in Madison in federal court this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker. He pleaded not guilty to the two charges and will remain in custody until his detention hearing Monday.
Peggs' teaching and administrator licenses are under investigation, according to Wisconsin Department of Instruction records. He holds a lifetime license to teach physics, chemistry and physical science, and he has held a license to be a principal since 2015 and a superintendent since 2017.
Journal Sentinel reporter Sophie Carson contributed.
Contact Bruce Vielmetti at (414) 224-2187 or Follow him on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

U.S. Agents Spray Migrants with Tear Gas Before Trump Threatens to Close Border

Off-duty officers stop a robbery when a masked man intrudes on their date night

Customs agents find human brain in jar on Canadian mail truck headed for Kenosha

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's not every day border patrol agents find a human brain in a jar aboard a Canadian mail truck on its way to Kenosha.
But that's what happened Feb. 14 at a checkpoint along the U.S.-Canada border in Port Huron, Michigan.
And although the truck's shipping manifest listed the brain as an "antique teaching specimen," the clear glass jar would never make it to a classroom. It lacked any paperwork or documentation, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agents seized the brain and are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said in a news release.
The shipment, which came from Toronto, was destined for Kenosha. It was not immediately clear where exactly the brain was from, or if it was meant to be used for educational purposes.
The agency reminded people that shipments such as human specimens require an import permit.
Contact Sophie Carson at (414) 223-5512 or Follow her on Twitter at @SCarson_News.

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10 Weirdest Jobs You Never Knew Existed

Open Blog - Thursday


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Foxconn plans to construct 'FoxMOD,' a structure that will house a computer server

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
MOUNT PLEASANT – Foxconn Technology Group plans to put one of its products on display for an event in the spring.
The company plans to construct a modular data center, dubbed FoxMOD, just outside its multipurpose building in Mount Pleasant. FoxMOD will house one of the servers for its dome building, which is currently under construction, so it can be viewed by prospective customers.
The FoxMOD was unanimously approved by the Mount Pleasant Plan Commission on Wednesday. It now goes to the full Village Board for final approval, likely on Monday. 
The structure requires approval from the village because of its size.
Claude Lois, Foxconn project director for Mount Pleasant, said the FoxMOD is roughly the size of a semi-trailer.
Plan Commission member Joe Maier called the decision to find customers for the FoxMOD unique. 
Lois said the structure will be a display model and there are no plans to make it permanent.
“This is what they want to display and show the folks that are coming (to the spring event), ‘You can buy this. It’s got the chillers. It’s got everything to maintain it,’” Lois said.
The Plan Commission also approved five guard shacks to be built on other parts of the massive Foxconn property.
Until now, security guards sat in a truck or SUV at each of the entrances, but now more permanent structures are in the works.

Tonight: Meet Judge Bugenhagen at HOT Government Meeting

New upscale apartments planned for downtown Kenosha

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Lake Terrace apartments proposed for downtown Kenosha

An Illinois real estate developer is confident the demand is high for luxury housing in downtown Kenosha.
Lake Terrace LLC has agreed to purchase vacant city-owned property at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street and move forward with a $17 million residential development.
The five-story apartment building would include at least 63 high-end units and 75 indoor parking spots.
The $100,000 deal also includes a vacant city lot directly west of the property to be used for an additional 35 outdoor parking spaces.
The contract is expected to be finalized by the City Council on Wednesday.
“The key to this development is (the city) is not putting any money into it,” said Zohrab Khaligian, a city redevelopment specialist for Community Development. “The developer has come forward and is taking the risk. We’re encouraging it. They’re very excited about it.”
Projected monthly rent is $1,300 to $1,500 for one-bedroom units, $1,800 to $2,000 for two bedrooms and $2,300 to $2,400 for three bedrooms.
Those prices might seem affordable in comparison to Brindisi Towers, a $79.5 million apartment/condominium high-rise slated for a 1.6-acre parcel located directly north of the Kenosha Municipal Building on 52nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
Prices range from $500,000 for one-bedroom units up to $1.5 million for three-bedroom penthouse suites. Monthly apartment rent is expected to be $2,500 to $4,000.
“Brindisi Towers is kind of a different animal because they’re building up 10 stories,” Khaligian said. “(Lake Terrace) is more of a low-rise (building), but you can still see the lake, even from the first floor of this development. Basically, you have the lake right on your front door step.”

"We spend 21 million dollars (40 percent of the cost) to attract a hotel ...Kenosha gets a 17 million development  with no taxpayer money involved. It's the difference in leadership in the last 30 years in Racine."

When craft brewers need barrels to age their beer, they go to the Barrel Broker in Menomonee Falls

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee


Blagojevich back in Chicago after prison sentence commuted, maintains innocence

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Blago is a pig politician.  He's been in prison for 8 years and still maintains his innocence.  People like him are hardened criminals.  Instead of having his sentence commuted, he should have been sentenced to another 8 years.  He can't live outside of the limelight.  Look for new antics from Blago.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Madame Zoltar is tasking the day off, I think.

Open Blog - Wednesday

Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

(AP) Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.

The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws.

By going to bankruptcy court, the Scouts can put those lawsuits on hold for now. But ultimately they could be forced to sell off some of their vast property holdings, including campgrounds and hiking trails, to raise money for a compensation fund that could surpass a billion dollars.

This Milwaukee company rolls thousands of CBD joints every day and is bringing in millions

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., dozens of workers at a production facility on the west side of Milwaukee crank out and package hundreds of thousands of Vance cigarettes each day.
It's not tobacco that they're rolling. The cigarettes bearing the Vance brand are made with hemp and they're sold as CBD "joints," yet another new item in the exploding market for CBD products.
Vance cigarettes are marketed as "guilt free smokes." You don't get high as with marijuana joints, but customers enjoy a nicotine-free product with the benefits (anti-inflammatory, anxiety-relief) touted by other CBD products, according to manufacturer Vance Global Inc.  
It's a message that's caught on quickly.
In just over a year, Vance Global has sold around 4 million CBD joints, said co-founders August Battles and Brandon Marhal.
"We were going to do it as an after-work thing to make money on the side," Battles said. "It ended up blowing up." The young founders, fueled by Red Bull and McDonald's, think they've started the next Juul, the company synonymous with electronic cigarettes.
The Vance founders aren't alone — Marhal's dad and brother have both entered the market with competing brands.

Vance Global had about $3 million in revenue last year, according to the founders. That's expected to soar to $15 million this year, they said. Vance cigarettes are sold in 46 states at around 14,000 stores, Battles said. 
At the production facility off South 38th Street in Milwaukee, workers decked out in teal lab coats and black gloves roll and hand pack the cigarettes into boxes of 10. They're sold at smoke shops, convenience stores and gas stations across the country. A pack of their all-natural blend typically sells for $14.99. 
The hemp arrives in monthly shipments — around 12,000 pounds at a time — from farms in Wisconsin and Oregon. The non-psychoactive marijuana plant is separated from its seeds, sifted and then stuffed into paper by cigarette machines retrofitted to handle the sticky plant.
Nearly all of Vance sales — 98% — are retail. Vance blends into the hemp lavender imported from France that the company says provides additional benefits to users.
Marhal's father and brother are making their own brands of hemp cigarettes. Some smoke shops sell all three Milwaukee-based brands — Vance, Lifted Living and Alto Heights.
The U.S. market for CBD products is around $4 billion, according to estimates from market research company Brightfield Group. Hemp already rolled into paper and loose hemp flower is just a small segment of the overall CBD market but it is growing, said Virginia Lee, a CBD market researcher for Brightfield. 
Preroll hemp and hemp flower was a $71 million industry in 2019, according to Brightfield. That was a 528% increase from 2018. 
"Vance Global is one of the top players," Lee said. Other top sellers in the hemp smokes field include brands like Hemptrance, Colorado Pure and Wild Hemp. 
Brightfield forecasts the industry's growth will slow, although it predicts 91% growth in sales of hemp cigarettes and hemp flower in 2020. 
Products like hemp cigarettes are not subject to federal regulation. The Food and Drug Administration has not made a definitive ruling on the safety of CBD products. 
The State of Wisconsin oversees and licenses companies such as Vance Global that grow or process hemp. Some states have outlawed smokeable hemp. Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina have restricted the sale or production of smokeable hemp.