Something to get excited about! Change in MTP With a voice of reason!
Just when taxpayers thought it couldn’t get any worse, and Foxconn is in DEFAULT of their WEDC contract and demanding to renegotiate, Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave decides to waste $20,000 of taxpayers dollars, coupled with a $10,000 grant from WI Counties Association to fund ” a contract with My Strategy Source LLC, a consulting service, to develop a long-term digital vision for the county.
The contract costs about $30,000, however the county has received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Counties Association to help offset the cost”. Well, wasting $20,000 for lobbying efforts to convince taxpayers that poison is good for them is still wasting taxpayer dollars.
If the Non-profit and tax exempt taxpayer funded “Secret Government” Wisconsin Counties Association wants to chip in $10,000 – then CUI BONO? No one knows – nor can anyone even ask the question – because the quasi-governmental taxpayer funded Association is EXEMPT from Open Records Requests.
Sept. 23, 2014 – A state appeals court has ruled that the Wisconsin Counties Association did not need to produce records requested by the Wisconsin Police Association because the Counties Association is not subject to public records law.
Under Wis. Stat. section 19.32(1), certain “authorities” must produce records for inspection if requested to do so. Authorities include state or local offices, elected officials, agencies, boards, commissions, and other government-related entities.
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association submitted two requests for records from the Counties Association – a nonprofit organization whose members are Wisconsin counties – which refused, arguing that it was not subject to public records law.
In Wisconsin Professional Police Assoc. v. Wisconsin Counties Assoc., 2014AP249 (Sept. 18, 2014), a three-judge panel for the District IV Court of Appeals agreed that the Counties Association does not qualify as an “authority” subject to public records law.
The panel rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association is a “quasi-governmental corporation” that falls within the statutory definition of “authority.”
Meanwhile in the Smart City of the Future – Baltimore:
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Hall government servers have been infected by a ransomware virus that government officials said is spreading throughout their network.
Mayor Jack Young released a statement confirming the issue.
“Baltimore City core essential services (police, fire, EMS and 311) are still operational but it has been determined that the city’s network has been infected with a ransomware virus. City employees are working diligently to determine the source and extent of the infection. At this time, we have seen no evidence that any personal data has left the system. Out of an abundance of precaution, the city has shut down the majority of its servers. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”
He said at this time no personal data has left their system.
Due to the current network issues, the Director of Public Works has suspended late water bill fees for City and County customers, DPW said in a tweet:
They later said employees of the City’s Finance Department are out front of the Abel Wolman Municipal building saying due to the network outage, they cannot conduct business or pay bills Tuesday with cash. They added that check and money orders only will work.
Newly sworn-in City Council president Brandon Scott tweeted a statement on the IT issues as well.
Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, said that the culprits are usually after money.
“Someone attacks the computer systems and encrypts all the data on it so that it’s unreadable and there you are stuck with your computer system and all your files,” Greenberger said.
In 2016, hackers took over MedStar Health’s database.
In March of last year, a similar attack compromised Baltimore’s 911 operations for more than 17 hours.
For this recent cyber take-over, one of the biggest inconvenience to residents has been not being able to pay bills.
“I tried to pay a couple of tickets and they said this billing has been shut down ever since 7 o’clock this morning,” one resident said.
While Zerohedge adds:
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to block operators from using computer systems or specific data until a ransom is paid.
The Baltimore Sun said the ransomware was identified as RobbinHood. The hackers demanded cryptocurrency as the preferred payment to unlock the files.
Davis said the malware attack in Baltimore City was similar to one that disabled computer systems in Greenville, North Carolina, last month. City Councilman Ryan Dorsey said City Hall employees were instructed on Tuesday afternoon to disconnect all devices from the network.
“Everybody has been instructed to unplug the Ethernet cable and turn off power to their computers, printers and such,” Dorsey said. “It’s apparently spreading computer to computer.”
Hackers wrote in a note that 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,667 at current prices) will unlock each system, or approximately 13 Bitcoins (worth $76,557) to unlock the city’s entire communication system. Apparently that amount is too much for Baltimore to afford.
The note also told city officials that if they contacted law enforcement that all communication would be cut off. It also emphasized that anti-virus software would damage the computers. The ransomware’s procedures are completely automated.
As A Better Mount Pleasant notes:
Sometimes, it happens. By design. Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave is being led by his Corporate Masters.
Crime pays in Racine County.
Meanwhile, in Racine’s Sister City of Detroit, MI:
Detroit — The city’s lighting authority fears tens of thousands of streetlights are in jeopardy of failing just a few years after being installed, threatening to put some of Detroit’s neighborhoods back into the dark.
The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit’s streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city’s 65,000 streetlights, saying a fix is expected to cost millions.
The Public Lighting Authority in its complaint against Leotek Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are “prematurely dimming and burning out” and putting the city’s revitalization progress “in jeopardy.”
“Indeed, the PLA expects a system-wide failure of Leotek’s luminaires in the short-term,” the lawsuit reads.
The issue was discovered last fall during routine surveys of the lighting system, and it’s tied to defective units that were either “charred, burned, or cracked,” according to a February letter from the lighting authority’s law firm.
The California-based manufacturer acknowledged in a December letter to the lighting authority that it had experienced “a higher number of reports of failures” in models dimming city streets, primarily in west side neighborhoods and a number of Detroit’s major thoroughfares.
In the Dec. 17 letter, Leotek administrator Hy Nguyen said the company had determined “the problem is excessive heat that can burn the lens directly above the LED.”
“We apologize for the problem you have experienced and will work with you to correct the problems,” Nguyen wrote.
But in recent weeks, Leotek officials have gone silent, according to the lighting authority. A representative for Leotek did not respond Monday to requests for comment.
The lighting project has been held up by Mayor Mike Duggan and others as an early success in the city’s effort to restore basic services. Before the three-year, $185 million overhaul, about 40% of Detroit’s 88,000 streetlights didn’t work.
The LED lights provided by Leotek were anticipated to last for at least a decade.
“The people of Detroit have been through a lot when it comes to streetlights,” Public Lighting Authority Executive Director Beau Taylor told The Detroit News. “I want the people to know that we’re doing everything we can to mitigate it, and we’re not going to go back to where we were before.”
The lawsuit notes that over the past five months, lights have failed in “large sections of Detroit,” and that Leotek officials have refused attempts by the lighting authority to honor warranty benefits “even though they admit the problem with its luminaires and know that it is imperiling the safety and wellbeing of Detroit residents.”
Foxconn Manufacturing Campus as Promised by RCEDC and Racine County Politicians
The following list is taken from the RCEDC 2017 Form 990, available at the previous post. It is an interesting mix within a taxpayer funded Organization that has no accountability to those who fund it. What is happening in Racine County has been planned at RCEDC in secret – and while hopes were high, and intentions good, so far the project is seriously in default with Foxconn wanting to renegotiate the contract. Racine County Taxpayers could be on the hook for over $1,000,000,000!
What Has So Far Been Delivered
Foxconn Technology Group has received conditional state approval to begin building the footings and foundations for its promised flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant.
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services issued the go-ahead last week on initial plans for the much-awaited project, documents released Monday show. Foxconn will need to return to the agency for review of plans for further construction.
The plans for the footings and foundations, meanwhile, remain under wraps. Foxconn contends the documents are confidential trade secrets, which are exempt from public disclosure under Wisconsin law, Brennan Nardi, communications director for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said by email.
The department will ask Foxconn to back up its assertion that the plans are trade secrets, and, after receiving the response, determine whether the plans can be made public.
Documents released Monday provide only small detail on Foxconn’s plans. The project will cover 977,366 square feet and be completely protected by sprinklers, the documents say.
They also indicate Foxconn must provide a further soils and foundation report because the company categorizes the ground at the site as capable of bearing weight beyond 3,000 pounds per square foot.
Foxconn has said it will begin construction this summer of a so-called Generation 6 plant to make liquid crystal display panels and will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Meanwhile, Harry sends:
I take issue of your recent claims of being fierce advocates for the concept of “government in sunshine”:
MADISON — A three-judge panel says a group of Democratic voters challenging Republican-drawn legislative districts can depose Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
The voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 alleging the boundaries amount to an unconstitutional gerrymander. The Democrats want to question Vos about how Republicans drew the boundaries and how Republicans expected the lines to affect Democrats.
Vos has argued that he can’t be deposed due to legislative privilege, which protects lawmakers from being sued.
Divorce, Adultery, Lying, Cheating and Stealing!………..
These are the things which bring a Nation Down.
MADISON, Wis. — Assembly Speaker “Boss” Robin Vos has shown he doesn’t like leaks in either his professional or private life, based on recent media reports and public records. As reported by the media, Vos imposed a gag order in his separation and divorce agreements with his second wife. Vos’ record also reveals that as a legislator he has sought to make it harder for the public to find out what he and the Republican controlled legislature are up to.
“Robin Vos is literally the Secrecy Speaker,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “In public policy and in his personal life Robin Vos has sought to shut out the public and shut up those who might damage his quest for political power.”
As reported by the Associated Press:
“Vos’s first two marriages ended in divorce. Under the terms of his second divorce, which was finalized in 2017, his ex-wife Samantha was barred from speaking with anyone about their marriage or the grounds for the divorce. The separation agreement, made in 2012 as Vos was preparing to run for speaker, prohibited her from changing her marital status on Facebook until after the election.”
Records have also revealed that Vos’ predilection for privacy extends to his conduct of the public’s business in the state legislature.
Republicans engaged in unprecedented secrecy surrounding their 2011 rigging of the state legislative district lines as part of the redistricting process. Vos, then co-chair of the powerful budget writing Joint Committee on Finance, appeared to have been helping to coordinate legislators signing secrecy agreements regarding the legislative map rigging and advising them on what to say if questioned about it.
Ross concluded, “The clear message from Boss Robin Vos is that he thinks his and the legislature’s business is none of the public’s business.”
Why bother to tell the Truth – when the Voters will accept lies and Legislators claim limited liability and qualified immunity while committing personal and public Sins too numerous to count.
MADISON — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is refusing to testify in a federal lawsuit alleging that political boundary maps he helped draw were illegally gerrymandered.
The Political Environment: https://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2017/10/popcorn-king-vos-having-personal-snap.html
Vos is having the snap, the party the crackle, and the Walker/Vos partnership goes pop.
I’d noted WI GOP Assembly Speaker and Burlington popcorn maker Robin Vos’s continued sulk
after not getting 100% of his way in the budget and home-court Foxconn siting, and had suggested that his tiff with over budget process with Walker would be a drag on the GOP ticket, but, holy moly – – Vos’s disproportionate weirdness is really troubling.
Robin Vos: GOP senators who struck budget deal with Scott Walker are “terrorists”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is still smarting from last month’s rocky resolution to the state budget debate, calling three Republican senators who struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to support the budget “terrorists.”
“That’s what they are,” Vos said in a WISN-TV interview that aired Sunday. “You don’t hold somebody hostage for your own personal needs.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is still smarting from last month’s rocky resolution to the state budget debate, calling three Republican senators who struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to support the budget “terrorists.”
“That’s what they are,” Vos said in a WISN-TV interview that aired Sunday. “You don’t hold somebody hostage for your own personal needs.”
Nothing to see here folks…. now move along.
As incredible as it seems, in former Democrat Mayor John Dickert’s Broke-Down City of Ill Repute, which was so broke he had to break down and beg Non-Profits to send in donations – newly elected Democrat Mayor Cory Mason proposes increasing the City Administration Staff from 3 positions to 5 positions – while nearly doubling the cost in salaries and benefits to taxpayers!
Concerned and Over-taxed Residents can view the City of Racine 2019 Budget by clicking on the link: 2019 Proposed Budget
Tax and Spend Mayor Cory Mason plans to add 2 positions to the Mayor’s Office – a Communications Coordinator, and a Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! At an additional cost of $266,845!
From the proposed 2019 budget, pages 22 and 25:
It seems unbelievable – but it is true! The Mayor’s Office doesn’t need 5 positions – at best it requires 2! What the Common Council needs to do is reject Mayor Cory Mason’s outrageous budget proposal and eliminate 3 positions; restricting the Office to 2 positions! They can choose from Titles – Administrator, Mayor and Assistant – only TWO are required to efficiently operate a City like Racine. But since the overstaffed Mayor’s Office has become accustomed to 3 positions, for this budget, the Common Council should amend the 2019 budget to retain the existing 3 positions and plan to eliminate another position in the next budget.
Since it is now obvious that Racine Mayor Cory Mason can’t handle the job he was elected to do – without a bloated staff – WHY DID HE RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR? It appears to be just a ploy so he could hire family and friends into high paying positions with a huge taxpayer funded tax-free benefit package with functionally meaningless jobs with impressive titles.
Ask Racine Mayor Cory Mason – Why did you run for Mayor if you couldn’t handle the job?
The City of Racine DOES NOT NEED a BLOATED and Unnecessary staff of 5 persons collecting taxpayer $$$, bennies & pensions in the Mayor’s Office!
Truth be told – when a City has both an Administrator and a Mayor – the Mayor’s position is superfluous and he acts mainly as a figurehead – an unnecessary expense who extends a welcome mat to visitors and dignitaries. Racine Mayor Cory Mason and his hiring spree with a bloated staff are an UNNECESSARY EXPENSE!
The scope of statutory authority allotted to the Mayor’s Office is VERY limited!
From page 21 of Cory Mason’s proposed 2019 budget; the function of the Mayor’s Office is very limited:
That’s it! The Mayor does NOT need a Communications Coordinator, and a Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! Especially at an additional cost of $266,845! If Cory Mason wants to step outside the bounds of his statutory duties and authority, then he needs to fund those activities out of his own pocket, NOT the taxpayers of Racine!
Further, if Cory Mason can’t handle, or is incompetent, to wield the elective position he campaigned for, then Cory Mason shouldn’t have run for that position in the first place! It is time for Racine Taxpayers to demand that the Common Council, in the future, pare the Mayor’s Office to 2 positions and choose to either have an Administrator or Mayor, with an Assistant. PERIOD!
In addition to being Racine’s biggest tax and spend Mayor, Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason refuse to pay their fair share of the property taxes, which they expect to spend and profit from! And how has the value of their Lakefront Property, purchased by the Mason’s in 2018 from Robert H. Lehner II, Father of Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist and close personal friend of Cory’s from the Root River Council, decreased in assessed value by nearly $400,000 from 2013 to 2019? IT’S A MYSTERY!
A Racine County judge said he’s only sealed one case in his career. The case he chose to hide from taxpayers and Racine city residents? A petition for access to public records.
The unusual case, now on appeal but also absent from the Court of Appeals web-based index, has only come to light because a maverick Racine Common Council member got tired of what she calls growing secrecy and concentrated power in her local government.
“To me, it’s a huge issue,” said Sandy Weidner. “I’m willing to defy the judge’s order that it’s sealed.”
Advocates for open government are astounded and have never heard of a public records suit being sealed, or any kind of case without some record of who the parties are and why it was under seal.
“Everything I know about this case seems atrocious,” said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
“These communications should never have been withheld. The trial court judge should never have allowed this matter to be adjudicated in secret. His decision should not have been sealed. The appellate court should not have allowed this secrecy to extend to the appeal.”
“These are low-level communications from local residents about local issues, not the Pentagon Papers,” Lueders said.
Patrick Kabat, a First Amendment lawyer in Cleveland who leads a First Amendment clinic at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, said it’s unheard of for a judge to seal an entire case without some public record of why.
“This is not a public records issue, it’s a courts access issue,” he said, “and state open meetings law doesn’t control that, it can’t be wished away.”
Kabat said his clinic’s focus is “reminding courts there are two parties in front of them, but the forgotten third party is the public. And its right is enforceable.”
“We have probably the worst council I’ve seen — naive, inexperienced — and so the city attorney was trying to control it all himself,” Spodick said. “Stuff never gets the light of day. He’s scaring the other council members by making Sandy an example of what happens to ‘troublemakers.’ ”
The criminals public officials who operate Racine County and the City always seems able to find a willing Racine County Circuit Judge who will hide their misdeeds and provide cover – while a comatose public remains complacent to the crimes being committed daily by Racine County and City Officials.
Does anyone remember when Racine County Circuit (Circus might actually fit better) Judge Gerald Ptacek ruled that John Dickert was acting in his official capacity as Mayor while he was campaigning during a radio interview at WRJN? Thus forcing City of Racine taxpayers to pay John Dickert’s S100,000 legal bills? A ruling which any competent Judge or conscious public would know was – at best – LAUGHABLE, and downright contrary to the laws of State of Wisconsin! Because IF John Dickert was campaigning while Mayor, it would be a criminal act! And YES! Racine County Judge Gerald Ptacek is laughing at the fools of City of Racine who paid up!
WHAT A SURPRISE!
And now here comes Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, after meeting with lawyers in his chambers (concerning Sandy Weidner’s Open Records lawsuit) , telling others there for the hearing that they had to leave because he was sealing the case.
The judge said recently he sealed the case “because of the nature of the action. It’s one that shouldn’t be open. I made a public policy determination.”
But wasn’t it an open records case? “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you. It’s sealed,” Gasiorkiewicz said.
And yeah – this is the same Racine County Circuit Judge who sentenced convicted Billionaire Child Molestor Curt Johnson to only 4 months in jail…..
In Racine County – anything goes for those with Political Power, Connections, or Wealth!
Three years and a lengthy court case later, the 59-year-old heir to “the family company,” as the cleaning product empire is known, is out of jail after just three months.
As the Racine Journal Times in S.C. Johnson’s company town of Racine, Wisc. first reported, Johnson was released on Sunday. He served three months of his four month sentence, which was reduced thanks to time served.
The convicted child molester, worth $2.7 billion, also paid a $6,000 fine as part of his punishment for two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty to both back in June.
Both charges were drastically amended; Johnson was initially charged with repeated sexual assault of a child, which is a felony.
The corrupt Courts and Judges of Racine County are just there to provide cover for the criminal misdeeds of Public Officials and the wealthy – it happens again, and again, and again. Anything goes for those with the right political connections.
From The JT:
To put things in perspective, it’s worth reviewing some of the ways we are already preparing to maximize this historic opportunity for Racine County residents and businesses:
We launched Uplift 900, an innovative program to connect underserved City of Racine residents with resources to obtain family-sustaining employment. We introduced GreaterRacineAtWork.com, a web platform that identifies specific skills people have and matches them up to opportunities that fit those skills.
We are working with Manpower to strategically assess, for the first time, the talent supply and demand across multiple industries in Racine County. We have also seen great collaboration with Gateway Technical College, WRTP/Big Step, First Choice Pre-Apprentice and other entities; held town hall meetings throughout the community (with more outreach events planned); and have regularly met with local business representatives to discuss their needs.
Preliminary recommendations have focused on traffic signal coordination on major east-west arteries and expanding bus routes. We also plan to partner with Kenosha County to expand Highway KR and provide better access to the City of Racine.
With a desire to make Racine County a destination to work and live, this team has been charged with investigating opportunities to create a wide array of residential options, from apartments to condos to single- and multi-family neighborhoods – all of which will be in high demand in Racine County in the near future.
SO – in other words – Government is expanding and growing ever larger, more burdensome, costly, and complex – Along with: taxation, appointed apparatchiks, regulations, laws, restrictions, and special privileges granted to those who are politically connected and have $$$ for campaign contributions!
There is going to be a KA-BOOM alright in Racine County – but it will lead to a devastated tax-base, with a fleeing educated population who insist on The Rule of Law (which has been abandoned in Racine County) , while an uneducated horde invades to grab their “piece of the pie”, resulting in an abnormally high (and costly) incarceration rates (fortunately, Racine has a lot of open prison space) , deviant behavior, stealing of people’s private property (by government decree & common criminals), destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections (future costs to be determined) , permitting heavy metals water pollution (Future supplies of clean water will come from? TBD.) , instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.
But the above just describes the current situation…. while the Tax- Farming Politicians claim that Foxconn and more Industrial Civilization is the Band-Aid to fix all those problems – so Racine County residents simply need to be re-assured by lying Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave that it is so.
And in the aftermath….
Foxconn will provide very few jobs with (mostly) low wages (and temps) dependent upon government subsidizes, and the “investment” will be financed by taxpaying Residents – all on borrowed money from lenders which will have a first claim on taxpayers and require long term principle and interest payments. Foxconn will also be given “limited liability” for all the environmental damage they will create – and the locals will be stuck with all the long term bills and the environmental damage after Foxconn has told SE WI “SEE YA” , is gone, leaving the water supply of SE Wisconsin heavily contaminated! What then? Import your drinking water from polluted and contaminated Michigan?
WI Guv Scott Walker – The King of NO! Because he Knows NOTHING!
See the post:
Well, well, who woulda thunk it might happen….. especially in the Great Lakes Basin – where fresh water is plentiful, cheap, and used to remove Industrial and Human Waste from sight and smell. This waste, formerly fresh clean water supplied from a tap, is channeled to the sewer system which leads to a temporary holding facility where it receives “treatment” with chemicals prior to being expelled back into large bodies of surface and underground water supplies in an effort to dilute the extreme contamination and pollutants!
THE PROCESS WORKS! (For the Politicians – who Levy Taxes)
At least until the concentration of chemicals and contamination becomes too great to be fit for safe human consumption. Meanwhile, lying Politicians like Walker, Vos, Dickert, Mason, DeGroot and Delagrave proclaim that the supply of fresh water in the Great Lakes Basin is almost too cheap to meter! What happens when the process fails and the water becomes unsafe?
Michigan officials have declared a state of emergency after a city’s drinking water supply was found to be tainted with a harmful nonstick chemical.
Jay Hanson wasn’t lying when he wrote in his Overshoot Loop Thesis:
It’s impossible to know the details of how our rush to extinction will play itself out, but we do know that it is going to be hell for those who are unlucky to be alive at the time.
POLITICS: n 1: social relations involving authority or power.
In fact, telling primates (human or otherwise) that their reasoning architectures evolved in large part to solve problems of dominance is a little like telling fish that their gills evolved in large part to solve the problem of oxygen intake from water. — Denise Dellarosa Cummins
I have been forced to review the key lessons that I have learned concerning human nature and collapse over the last 25 years. Our collective behavior is the quandary that must be overcome before anything can be done to mitigate the coming global social collapse. The single most-important lesson for me was that we cannot re-wire (literally, because thought is physical) our basic political agendas through reading or discussion alone. Moreover, since our thoughts are subject to physical law, we do not have the free-will to either think or behave autonomously.
We are “political” animals from birth until death. Everything we do or say can be seen as part of lifelong political agendas. Despite decades of scientific warnings, we continue to destroy our life-support system because that behavior is part of our inherited (DNA, RNA, etc.) hard wiring. We use scientific warnings, like all inter-animal communications, for cementing group identity and for elevating one’s own status (politics).
Only physical hardship can force us to rewire our collective-political agendas. I am certainly not the first to make the observation, but now, after 25 years of study and debate, I am totally certain. The “net energy principle” guarantees that our global supply lines will collapse.
The rush to social collapse cannot be stopped no matter what is written or said. Humans have never been able to intentionally-avoid collapse because fundamental system-wide change is only possible after the collapse begins.
What about survivors? Within a couple of generations, all lessons learned from the collapse will be lost, and people will revert to genetic baselines. I wish it weren’t so, but all my experience screams “it’s hopeless.” Nevertheless, all we can do is the best we can and carry on…
The ultimate total economic and environmental collapse of SE Wisconsin is just a natural process which will ultimately clear the land of all human inhabitants, restore the natural state, and thus be prepared for new arrivals in the far off future.
Continuing from Jay Hanson:
“Politics” is power used by social organisms to control others. Not only are human groups never alone, they cannot control their neighbors’ behavior. Each group must confront the real possibility that its neighbors will grow its numbers and attempt to take resources from them. Therefore, the best political tactic for groups to survive in such a milieu is not to live in ecological balance with slow growth, but to grow rapidly and be able to fend off and take resources from others.
The inevitable “overshoot” eventually leads to decreasing power attainable for the group with lower-ranking members suffering first. Low-rank members will form subgroups and coalitions to demand a greater share of power from higher-ranking individuals who will resist by forming their own coalitions to maintain it. Meanwhile, social conflict will intensify as available power continues to fall.
Eventually, members of the weakest group (high or low rank) are forced to “disperse.” Those members of the weak group who do not disperse are killed, enslaved, or in modern times imprisoned. By most estimates, 10 to 20 percent of all the people who lived in Stone-Age societies died at the hands of other humans. The process of overshoot, followed by forced dispersal, may be seen as a sort of repetitive pumping action — a collective behavioral loop — that drove humans into every inhabitable niche of our planet.
Here is a synopsis of the behavioral loop described above:
Step 1. Individuals and groups evolved a bias to maximize fitness by maximizing power, which requires over-reproduction and/or over-consumption of natural resources (overshoot), whenever systemic constraints allow it. Differential power generation and accumulation result in a hierarchical group structure.
Step 2. Energy is always limited, so overshoot eventually leads to decreasing power available to the group, with lower-ranking members suffering first.
Step 3. Diminishing power availability creates divisive subgroups within the original group. Low-rank members will form subgroups and coalitions to demand a greater share of power from higher-ranking individuals, who will resist by forming their own coalitions to maintain power.
Step 4. Violent social strife eventually occurs among subgroups who demand a greater share of the remaining power.
Step 5. The weakest subgroups (high or low rank) are either forced to disperse to a new territory, are killed, enslaved, or imprisoned.
Step 6. Go back to step 1.
Don’t worry Racine County – Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave wouldn’t lie to you when he said Racine County would go ‘BOOM” – he just failed to affirm that the “Boom” would lead to utter collapse and destruction.
From: A Better Mount Pleasant:
No one knows these issues better than Kim Mahoney.
Here is a publicity piece from Wiseye.Org to showcase the Foxconn project. While the producer does an okay job on challenging some points, he doesn’t go nearly far enough to fact check Jonathan and he just lets other falsehoods slide.
First – we now know that Mount Pleasant was a “serious contender” to get the Foxconn development as early as February 2017. In the meantime, they allowed people to put up pools and big pole barns. Never once did they solicit input from Mount Pleasant residents to find out if they would want to foot the bill or give up land for this massive project. They made the decision for us.
Second – Jonathan says the scope of the project was initially 500 acres, but has more than doubled. Doubled? The three project areas take up 2,900 acres and that doesn’t even include the North Area. They have acquired most of the land already but have no set plans for Areas II and III. Many of those people could have remained in their homes for the next 5-10 years.
Third – he says Racine County residents are “almost universally positive” about the project. Really? He must not be talking to the same people I am talking to. People are pissed about being forced out of their homes, they are worried about the amount of money we have promised to give Foxconn, they are doubtful the 13,00 jobs will materialize, they are concerned about the air pollution, water pollution, storm water runoff and Lake Michigan diversion. Jonathan – you are obviously not in touch with Racine County residents or you are lying.
Fourth – the water diversion is violating the Great Lakes Compact because the water being diverted will be used for manufacturing, not primarily residential. You are setting a terrible precedent.
Fifth – what is causing the air pollution/excess ozone emissions is irrelevant and to bring it up is ridiculous. You completely ignore the fact that the pollution already exists and it is harmful to our health. Now you are adding another major contributor that will exceed the maximum allowable limits for certain air pollution emissions. This goes to show you care nothing about the health of Racine County residents, especially those susceptible to breathing problems.
Sixth – you keep talking about the jobs – the up to 13,000 “middle class high paying” jobs. The average job is promised to be $54,000. Can you support your family on $54,000? Nobody in Wisconsin can support a family for that income. And most of the workers will only be making $30,000, not $54,000. And, they do not anticipate achieving that number until the year 2040 – 22 years from now. You make it seem as if those jobs will magically appear as soon as Foxconn opens its doors in 2020.
Seventh and last – I appreciate you saying that you do not believe eminent domain should be used to acquire property that will be given to Foxconn but you continue to spout the falsehood that 95% of the property acquisitions thus far have been “voluntary.” Each and every homeowner was threatened with eminent domain. If they refuse to sell, the Village will take their property under eminent domain. When someone literally has no choice, it is the opposite of the definition of “voluntary.”
In addition – A Better Mount Pleasant did some fact checking and the math, and what they discovered should give every Taxpayer in the State of Wisconsin grave cause to demand an investigation!
While the story in today’s JT about the guy who scored the first Foxconn license plate is awfully cute, this one is perhaps a bit more relevant to people in our community.
(Again, JT Publisher Mark Lewis sits on the boards of both RAMAC and RCEDC – not exactly well positioned to be the least bit critical of the deal.)
How many times were we told 13,000 jobs with an average salary of $53k per year? So many times, it HAS to be true, right?
A couple things to know:
The state offered $200,000, and then $250,000, and ultimately caved at $400,000. The high paying jobs skew the average – a lot.
With a $100,000 cap to average – Foxconn could pay 65% of its workers $30,000 per year and still make its average salary commitment.
A $400,00 cap to average means Foxconn can pay 93% of its workers $30,000 per year and still make its average salary commitment.
A living wage for a family of 3 in Wisconsin is $59,675.
As for the initial 3,000 jobs – the expected 500 employees in Milwaukee and 200 employees in Green Bay count towards that number.
Mt. Pleasant is down to 2,300 jobs, but still on the hook for a $860 million TID.
2,300 is a fine number, however Amazon employs 3,000 full time and 5000 part time workers – when they can find them – and it didn’t cost us a dime.