Friday, August 4, 2017

Yes, folks, we're the proud home of the greatest drinking culture


Photo by Retiring Guy

Let the countdown begin....






And on and on and on......

Drunk driving in Wisconsin is.....

That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.


That was then.  December 1, 2014

This is now.  ($3 billion in incentives to Foxconn has nothing to do with 'smaller government, free market ideas'.

(emphasis added)

As Eric Bott, director of the Koch Brothers-fueled Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin, pointed out at yesterday public hearing.


Bott says the group is a free market advocate and as such "staunchly" opposes government tax incentives.

Other Foxconn posts:
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Trump's America, Cabell County, West Virginia


The county seat is Huntington, where Trump held a campaign rally last night.  The city's population peaked at 86,353 in 1950.  Its estimated 2016 population is 48,113, a drop of 44%.

Source:  Wikipedia



Source: CNN

Related reading:
Krauthammer: Trump's West Virginia rally shows he has a 'formidable army' of supporters.  (Fox News, 8/3/2017)
Adoring Hitler: Color Photos of a Tyrant Among the Crowds.  (TIME, 11/1/2013)

Other Trump's America posts:
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
lMarion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

John McCain has a message that's likely to initiate a Trump twitter rant



Quoted in McCain: a border wall won't stop illegal immigration.  (Axios, 8/4/2017)
Sounds like he's trying to have it both ways.

Orren Wood (1931-2017) Warren High School class of 1949



1948 Dragon yearbook (no individual portraits of underclassmen)

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Wood Cecile Tiona
  • [county section] Wood Fred Tiona
  • Wood Orren L (Joan M) lab NF h209 1/2 Madison av
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Wood, Cecil treas Dana Lodge rTiona PA
  • Wood Joan M Mrs lab NF h209 1/2 Madison Av

Orren has never reached the top 1000 baby names.  Let's take a look at son-in-law Todd.


Todd first appeared on the scene in 1936 and by 1959 has climbed his way into the top 100, where he spent a total of 27 years, peaking at #28 in 1964 and again in 1968-70.  He started to fall out of favor rather quickly starting in the 1990s and has not appeared in the top 1000 in 2014 and 2016.

Other class of 1949 members: 
Dorothea Giltinan Suppa.  (6/15/2017)
Ruth Bengston Thelin.  (4/27/2017)
Donna Wenzel Ponsoll.  (1/4/2017)
Margaret Eustace Sutter.  (11/17/2016)
Paul Mahan.  (7/17/2016)
Paul Briggs. (7/11/2016)
Mary Ann Harrison Hughes.  (3/29/2016)
Winona Ross Prosen.  (3/5/2016)
Bertie McConnell Glotz.  (9/26/2015)
Corrine Culbertson Ryan Shanshala.  (7/13/2015)
Nicholas Mangus II. (6/15/2015)
Teresa Nuhfer Sanden.  (4/13/2015)
Catherine Salapek Freeborough.  (4/10/2015)
Richard Sharp.  (3/22/2015) 
Richard Hamilton.  (12/17/2014)

Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal



Editorial:  Foxconn's dubious deal.  (Bloomberg, 8/3/2017)
And what type of jobs, exactly? Mainly, the new plant will churn out LCD flat-panel screens -- a business beset by sluggish demand, rising competition and changing consumer tastes. Worse, such jobs are highly likely to be automated.

Related article:
Judging by CES, Here’s What the Future of TVs Is Gonna Look Like.  (Select/All, 1/6/2017)
OLED.

Other Foxconn posts:
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Port Washington mercury vapors detected in Rhinelander



Reported in Wisconsin air monitors as far as 200 miles away report mercury pollution in Port Washington. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/3/2017)

221.3 miles, to be exact.

Sidebar:  From 10/12/2010 until 10/30/2012, Veolia Environmental Services employee Dennis Swiecichowski donated $5,371.06 to various GOP candidates, including $1,300 to Scott Walker.

The J-S article notes that "[t]he DNR says it is continuing to investigate the situation".

We await the results.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sean Duffy gets it wrong



Note the 2nd checked item:  $53,875 predicted base salary.

Sean, 'base' means 'minimum'.   Hasn't your staff read you the news yet?

...the investment would create 13,000 jobs, with an average pay of $53,000 plus benefits.

If one person earns an annual salary of $80,812, a second earn $53,875, and a $26,938, their average salary is $53,875.

Other Foxconn posts:
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn


The campaigns of Gov. Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan will launch digital ads Tuesday touting the decision by Foxconn Technology Group to build a plant in Wisconsin. 
The two Republicans are gearing up for the 2018 election, although Walker has yet to formally announce that he's running for a third term.

"They", of course, are Scott Walker and Paul Ryan.

"Ongoing excitement statewide"?  Sounds more like a 2-man circle jerk to me.

Other Foxconn posts:
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

The job hunt: This is the level to which most American workers have been reduced




Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands.  (The New York Times, 8/2/2017)

Wherein we learn....


But wait!  There's more!
But there are questions about how long Amazon’s fulfillment jobs will exist, as robots and other forms of automation become more capable at doing the jobs that now require humans. 
Amazon is more aggressively using robots to help make the operations inside its warehouses more efficient. For now, the company said machines are not replacing people. Instead, they mostly move large shelves of merchandise to stations where orders are manually picked. 
Many academic researchers and start-ups are working on robots that have the dexterity to pick orders automatically. Amazon sponsors a competition to encourage engineers to build more advanced warehouse robots.

Married?  Have a couple of kids?  Better hope that both you and your spouse/partner get one of those Amazon jobs.  Fulltime employment at $12 per hour will put you just $360 above the federal poverty level for a 4-person household.


So what's with all this celebratory media coverage about the Amazon Job Fair?  It just shines a light on the very sad state of labor in the U.S.

Late to the party: Schroeder's Department Store in Two Rivers celebrates 125 years in business (last year)


Photo by Retiring Guy\

Iconic Two Rivers store celebrates 125 years.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 10/7/2016)
The ensuing years have seen sweeping changes the sisters believe have saved the business and put it on a more stable course for the future. 
They’ve since leased out nearly half of the 18,000-square-foot store to four outside retailers — the Read Apple toy store, Intertwined Yarn Shop, Home Sweet Home D├ęcor and the Quilt Shop of Two Rivers. 
Those businesses are all integrated into the store layout and supplement the coffee shop and clothing business that make up Schroeder’s. 
The move allowed them to generate new revenue from space they no longer needed. It also allowed them to maintain the department store concept, but without managing as many departments and without the same staffing needs.

And the leaks just keep on coming


OK, yes, he won the New Hampshire presidential primary with 35% of the vote.  But he lost the state to Clinton in the presidential election by 2,736 votes.


More from the leaky ship of state.

Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals.  (Washington Post, 8/3/2017)

Jane Perry Campbell (1921-2017) Warren High School class of 1939



1939 Dragon yearbook

Helen's high school activities:
Stenographers' Club (4); Glee Club (4).

1967 Warren City Directory  (no listings)

1983 Warren City Directory (no listings)

The popularity of Jane is graphed here. Let's take a look at Jess and Bess


The best years for both Jess and Bess occurrerd prior to the 20th century.  Bess disappeared from view before the end of the 1920s, but Jess had strong enough legs to wobble through most of the 20th century.

Other members of the WHS class of 1939:
Helen Augusta Ashbaugh.  (7/10/2017)
Florence Scalise.  (1/9/2017)
Heath Ferrie.  (11/28/2016)
Ross Morell.  (5/18/2016)
Anna Mae Seder Bleech.  (3/22/2016)
Helen Huck Mead.  (12/7/2015)
John Shanshala.  2/28/2015)

UPDATE. Wisconsin Tavern League wants to Make America Great Again


When husbands were pampered.

Ad found at Pinterest

Reported in Tavern League: 'We'll continue to fight' bill to change Wisconsin liquor laws.  (Madison.com, 8/2/2017)

But craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries have two things on their side.

1.  History

Milwaukee's corner taps drying up as bar scene shifts.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/4/2012)
Historically, Milwaukee was loaded with taverns, but there are incomplete records documenting exactly how many. More than 50 years ago, the city reported there were 2,065 taverns in the city. 
But as the 1960s wore on, the number of taverns began to drop a few dozen at a time. Scott Stenger, a spokesman for the Tavern League of Wisconsin, says bars in general are vying for leisure dollars in an increasingly competitive world. 
"There has been a shift, not just in Wisconsin, but around the country," Stenger said. "The taverns become bigger and offer things to customers that a small corner bar can't do. Competition has increased."
2.  Republicans in the state legislature
Tauchen's bill was applauded Tuesday by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R- River Falls, at an event at the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona.  (From the 8/2/2017 Madison.com article)

Original 7/1/2017 post, starts here.

Meet Mr. Special Interest


Italicized portion reported in Alcohol regulation: A drunken killer of free enterprise or a sobering safeguard? (Greenfield West Allis Now, 6/29/2017)
Caaarazy, headline, baby!
 Resume stuff is from Rob's Wisconsin State Legislature homepage.

Among Rob's top contributors:
(3)  Jeff and Thomas Neddo, Miller Beer of the Northwoods, Inc. ($3,250)
(8)  Paul and Patricia Lucas, MillerCoors ($2,050)

Shame on you, Rob!

UPDATE. Paul Ryan, cocooned



Quoted in House Speaker Paul Ryan faces voter frustration over 'very dysfunctional' D.C.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/2/2017)


Original 5/19/2017 post, "Paul Ryan in so many words:  "I'm perfectly content to be a lap dog"", starts here.


Quoted in Ryan defends no town halls, declines comment on Trump.  (Argus-Press, 5/12/2017)

In other words, he prefers to select the people with whom he wishes to meet and, as much as possible, control the environment.

About those office hours...

Melissa Byrne of UltraViolet was allowed in to speak to two women who appeared to be from Ryan's staff. She asked to speak to Ryan on the phone or to set up a meeting with him, but staff members refused, she said.

AND

Ryan's spokesman has said Ryan's office is accepting calls and mail only from 1st Congressional District residents.

Reported in About 70 protest at Rep. Ryan's Janesville office.  (Janesville Gazette, 2/22/2017)

Related reading:
Paul Ryan raised $657,000 while avoiding his constituents during recess.  (Intercept, 4/15/2017)

Golfer-in-chief Donald Trump and the White House dump



First Golfer: Donald Trump's relationship with golf has never been more complicated.  (Golf, 8/1/2017)


Next thing you know, we'll be told it was just a joke.

Related link:
President Trump's golf club sightings.  (41 as of last weekend)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site



Italics quoted in Foxconn eyeing secondary site in Dane County.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/2/2017)

Other Foxconn posts:
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Increasingly, U.S. Senators have 3 words to say to President Trump: "Eat my dust"



All quotes from ‘Time to Move On’: Senate G.O.P. Flouts Trump After Health Care Defeat.  (The New York Times, 8/1/2017)


UPDATE. Trump and his team routinely traffic in fake news



Today's fake news email blast is accompanying by a Gallup headling from April 27, 2017, when "President" Trump's approval was at 42.6%.  Today it's 38.2%.
Excerpt from the Gallup article.  We most recently included the concept of building a wall in a list of 15 different actions that Trump could take or has already taken. The precise wording was "begin the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico." The idea received 36% agreement and 56% disagreement, putting it dead last on the list based on net agreement.  [emphasis added]

The guy doesn't have a leg to stand on.


Original 7/25/2017 posts starts here.


Fake news is the from the usual eyeroll of an email blast from Trump's minions.

The Washington Post explains what actualy happened in this 7/26/2017 report: Public Safety Congressional IT staffer charged with home equity loan fraud.

Donald Trump, jokester




 Mini-me sez, "If it's good enough for Trump, it's good enough for me!"




UPDATE. 2016-2017 1st quarter book sales comparison: revenues and percentage change




AAP reports book sales revenue up 4.9% in Q1, while eBook sales revenue falls 5.3%.  (Talking New Media, 8/1/2017)


2/24/2017 update starts here.


AAP: Print and audiobook sales revenue increase through first 3 quarters of 2016, but eBook sales by member publishers falls 18.7%.  (Talking New Media, 2/24/2017)


2/16/2017 update starts here.

eBooks sales were down 18.9% from January to August 2016.  (Good Ereader, 1/25/2017)


12/20/2016 update starts here.

E-Book sales were down 19.2% and Audio up by 31.1% in July 2016.  (Good Ereader, 12/20/2016)

11/16/2016 update starts here.


AAP: US book sales down 3.4% in first half of 2016; eBook sales down 20% through June.  (Talking New Media, 11/15/2016)


10/20/2016 update, "Snapshot of May 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.


10/5/2016 update, "Snapshot of April 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.

Or 'statshot', if you will.


Book Sales Down 7% in April: AAP StatShot.  (GalleyCat, 10/4/2016)


Original 9/23/2016 post, "Digital audiobooks are kicking butt", starts here.

And so is Carl Hiaasen.


Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip.  (The New York Times, 9/23/2016)

Possible contributing factors to overall 2.7% decline in revenue.

  • No 'monster' bestseller, a la "The Girl on a Train", which sold 2,000,000 copies in the first 4 months of 2015.
  • Adult coloring book fad fadeout.  Sales increased to 12,000,000 in 2015, uip from 1,000,000 in 2014.
  • Increase in downloadable audiobook sales.  (Since my wife started to ride the bus to work, she has abandoned ebooks for audiobooks.)
As for me, I still check out audiobooks at the public library.


Whenever  I read Hiaasen in print, my wife will ask me the following question over and over again:  "What's so funny?"

Related posts:
Pew Research: Print books remain the preferred format for reading.  (9/5/2016)
Year-to-date book sales comparison.  (7/29/2016)
Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format.  (4/28/2016)
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row.  (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years.  (1/28/2016)
Print continues to hold its own.  (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books?  (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997.  (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum.  (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks.  (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment?  (3/11/2014) 
Pew Research report on e-reading.  (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013.  (1/10/2014)
The 24-hour news recycle: Mein Kampf edition.  (1/7/2014)