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Monday, June 29, 2015

Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs?

Or more? Or less? Or wait and see? This link.

What about moving one of the two heads having a troublesome discussion at Zygiland?

This link. If you are looking to park a politician, isn't MNsure fine as a parking lot? Dayton has chums. Probably more than before up North after his handling of his positions, as stated and/or as they actually were, in end of session games. Park a Ranger at MNsure? Ensure lean successful management?

Someone from the IRRRRRRRRRRB board? RRRRukavina? (The more R's the merrier)

UPDATE: Dayton called DC a cesspool and then he does not recognize end of session/extra session for what it was and his role in making it so? Self-awareness is helpful in politicians, when it is ever found. He, Daudt and Bakk cut deals each found satisfactory and no story other than that floats.

FURTHER UPDATE: Good luck to folks on this hummer. It is an opportunity for Dayton, one he may view as a vexation.

One "have to read it online" item. One question, about those corporate persons loved by a part of the Supreme Court to the point they can be as political as human persons.

Must read, here and it speaks for itself.

Question, marriage between a man or woman and a corporation, is that forestalled by divine script? Or worse, two corporations? Given the equal-to-humans personhood of those blessed corporations in the eyes of Roberts and cronies; how might they face such questions with unwavering wit and logic?

Also, wouldn't it be great if Scalia did put a bag over his head? Like the Detroit fans during Millen's tenure as Lions boss. You can imagine the embarrassment of one arguing a case before the Court, "I'm sorry Justice Scalia, I may have misheard you question, could you take the bag off and repeat?" He wouldn't even have to show up for work. With the bag he could just send a clerk to sit in his place, and if Thomas were to adopt a bag too, the both could sneak out sending clerks, and go find a sunny park and play cribbage.

My eyes, my church, look where I tell you to?

Timmer vs. Kersten; Timmer here, Kersten here.

My question, I read the Timmer piece and could not care to take much time with the Kersten diatribe. So I did a surrogate to reading - word search.

In her lengthy op-ed Kersten argues the Church has had wisdom over the ages. I did a word scan of her item for "encyclical" and the word is missing. As if Francis never wrote it while Kersten appears to believe in infallibility.

There was even a rally. Kersten missed it. Avoided it is the more likely explanation, looking in from outside the murky confines between those two ears.

Well, the encyclical was longer than the Kersten op-ed, and cutting her slack, the lengthier presentations of ideas beyond her own might have little resonance, subliminally, and not as a matter of willing choice to avoid.

So, can we look forward to Kersten on the Father of Fathers thoughts of stewardship of our earth? Or is she simply more impassioned over child abuse, too much so, to have read the encyclical?

WWFP - What would Francis perfer?

Seizing upon a single paragraph from the Kersten item among those that Timmer quotes:

But there’s a deeper, ideological reason for the lopsided media focus on the Catholic Church. The church disagrees strongly with elite opinionmakers — our new priestly class — on the social/sexual issues at ground zero in the culture wars, including abortion, contraception, premarital chastity and same-sex marriage. It is one of the last and strongest institutions to oppose today’s fashionable catechism of political correctness, which holds that truth is relative and that freedom means living as we please and making up rules that are “true for us.”

So help me in my confusion, does this mean the Francis encyclical reaches beyond "today’s fashionable catechism of political correctness, which holds that truth is relative and that freedom means living as we please and making up rules that are 'true for us.'"? Or is the Kersten blind-eye to the encyclical just her "rule," "true for her?" Surely consistency of thought would not, after that quote, characterize Francis as "elite opinionmaker" of the kind she disparges. Perhaps poisoning the earth and threatening the continuation of all life upon it is no "culture war" issue to the gentlelady? Who knows? Between those ears ... mystery.

Pledge inflation.

With socialist roots and all.

Wikipedia presents an interesting sidebar of evolution over time, always added to, never subtracted from.

Are you like Rand Paul and supporters, and others, still awaiting that "... liberty and justice for all?"

What that ending means is likely more subjective to each individual than objective. I envision "tax the rich" as a part of the "justice for all" and I am still waiting. And with the costs of litigation being as they are, Justice being blind misses the finger of the rich on one pan of the balance. For all, to my mind, does not really mean more for some than others, yet show me a rich homeless man, woman, or child, please.

As an afterthought, the recent Supremes' narrow-margin decision on gay marriage is a step toward justice, (equal civil rights), "for all."

Single Payer?

Now that would be a far larger step for everyone, with unquestioned access to healthcare as a right, "for all."

Still waiting?

It will happen. Intimidation of the poor will ultimately fall into disfavor, as humankind evolves and betters itself from what it still is, to what it can become.

A retrospective. The axe thrower a/k/a "PACman" a few years back, scmoozing with what sort of people?

Is one screen capture worth a thousand words?

With that in the resume, Hegseth is now - surprisingly - on the payroll at FOX.

Merit pay?

In any event - Others may "throw their hat in the ring" while if Hegseth ever seeks office, an axe, not a hat?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Copperheads and the biff: The worry, not as sometimes, too many copperheads around the outhouse. Instead, it's, well, the smell. And while homelessness happens in metro there's nonetheless a better funding priority for a prime-elegant biff. In Nowhere. But Nowhere on the Range. [UPDATED]

source: Copperhead Snake control

Web reporting is that "2015 ‘worst year’ for copperhead snakes" -- in some areas. So, does the legislative hill in St. Paul have a copperhead problem? The snakes usually are more rural. Usually somewhat more southern.

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Loretta Lynn's book mentions the copperhead - outhouse difficulty (excerpt at left).

So, with all the copperheads showing up these days in Range areas, realize please, a $300,000 biff-in-Nowhere can hardly be questioned.

After all, Nowhere in this case is a part of the Range, hence, it is really worth Minnesota public-money funding by our esteemed legislature, to build the big brick biff. Really. Despite, whatever Strib reporting might imply.

Just quell the copperheads. Do not let the copperheads seize control of the process, because even when chopped up with an axe [hello, Hegseth] the head "could still bite you." (That's Loretta's recollection of a warning from her dad during childhood.)

Now, a modern day communication tower addon, in Nowhere II, but on the Range, dry as it is with antennas only, is that of interest to copperheads? Some may suggest so. The bottom line just seems, you have to quell the copperheads, or suffer consequences.

UPDATE: Can a duck search tell you much at all about copperheads?

FURTHER UPDATE: Coverage of the loo, too, at Bluestem Prairie, noting the Timberjay appears to have first focused publishing upon the unusual level of spending where legislative time-off-from-the-job relaxation and hosting happens, up North.

The brashness of self-service among those people can astound.

And, by the way, our Anoka County Connexus rate payments, money from households for power to the people, seems to have trickled a bit to an unsavory end, via Great River Energy spending for a share of "representation" among Copperheads.

And there is a curious differing between the list Strib published days ago, and current Cerkvenik clients the Campaign Finance Board lists for the gentleman's lobbying; with CenturyLink and Great River, e.g., omitted from the Glen Taylor's Strib listing - as if the man, Cerkvenik, only operates home, on the Range.

It appears others buy into his servicing. People like that can be thought of as cancers on the body politic, should that be one's view of lobbyists. And one wonders whether CenturyLink might do well for itself if being the telco actually following up by putting up the Minnesota Senator David Tomassoni Memorial Twenty-first Century Rural Communication Upgrade Link, in Nowhere, on the Range.

Per that Bluestem Prairie earlier report Sorensen likens the special earmarking to the metro-area Chaudhary situation, where there was not a wink and a nod and moving on; Sorensen noting,

We were reminded of an earlier controversy over a legislative provision related to a former senator's lake property. In 2010, then Senator Satveer Chaudhary, a DFLer, got into a bit of a pickle over a provision that didn't even make it into statute.

(Check the Sorensen report for a quote from the Wikipedia page about the years-ago Chaudhary dust-up) There is much to suggest a conscious parallelism between that earlier situation, and the disapprobation it drew, and the Tomassoni situation which has not so far drawn widespread disapprobation; it rather being accorded "business as usual on the Range" attention.

Contrast that to the whining from Daudt and others about metro area favoritism among legislators. It's time to lift the Iron Range rock and examine the scurrying vermin; or is that step long overdue but finally, hopefully, brought to a head in reaction to recent end of session DFL northern grounded copperhead hijinks?

FURTHER UPDATE: Do check out that duck search link given earlier, and read a little among the search return list. It may prove informative in introducing a gentleman many may otherwise not have known of, in terms of his reach and grasp - and audacity.

FURTHER UPDATE: While the main thread somewhat parallel to this one is carried by Aaron Brown's work, a suitable preface for reading Brown is a Timmer post, here (with links specifically to Brown's work as well as other things). Rather than link directly to Brown posting, by only giving the preface link I am trying to channel reader attention.

Hegseth hosting Rubio in New Hampshire, on VA and veterans issues, before Hegseth's organization.

Card players might know:
"Man with the Axe"
This link. A guess would be Hegseth is not endorsing any GOP presidential candidate, but that any wishing to speak to his group would be accepted on equal terms. Does any reader know whether this is so, or is Hegseth in the Rubio camp?

Also a question for readers, would Bernie Sanders, (Senator from a New Hampshire neighboring state), be a welcome speaker before the group? Sanders surely should be welcome. He's on the Committee.

So that no veteran may vote uninformed, or ill-informed by name callers intent to mislead, Sanders' record on veteran issues; e.g., here, here and here. He does not merely talk the talk. Or if you choose, rely on Republican political operative Peter Hegseth to tell you, "Vote GOP." And be ready to dodge and duck if you see he is carrying an axe.

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With the Hegseth/Rubio stint in New Hampshire adding to news of Hegseth's current activities outside of Minnesota, a "where are they now" question arises, first, Wikipedia reports:

Cravaack is the father of two boys and does not do any lobbying in Washington, D.C. He now teaches Social Studies at Bishop Guertin High School, a Catholic College Preparatory School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

As another veteran, in New Hampshire, Cravaack might have been at the Hegseth/Rubio confab. One wonders if he remains politically active, while teaching.

On top of that, a "where are they now image," again from Wikipedia:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Flags - and political correctness. Is it a matter of the fabric of which they are made, the fabric of history, or simply fickle tastes of the times?

"Plans for a way to tap copper, nickel and other precious metals in an environmentally sensitive area that runs close to the prized Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) have been a decade in the making. Environmentalists have resisted the project at every turn, while others have said the project could spark an economic renaissance in the job-starved Babbit-Hoyt Lakes area north of Duluth."

And besides plans, snakes abound in northern Minnesota mining zones; where if not willing to take my word for it ask a metro area DFL legislator of the progressive stripe.

They will might tell you about what struck from out of the grass.

This link, on Polymet's inexorable march to environmental risk/reward balancing where one snake on one pan tipped the balance. Not the only snake, yet the heaviest one.

The headline quote is from early in the item, whereas later:

Conservation watchdog groups and Minnesota Indian tribes have raised alarms about the project’s potential effects on the delicate ecosystem that stretches up to the BWCA. Aaron Klemz, spokesman for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, said the group would comment on the report later this week.

PolyMet projects that the copper-nickel mine will create [a mere] 360 permanent local jobs, and hundreds more indirectly. The company estimates it will produce $80 million annually in federal, state and local taxes.

And of that plethora cornucopia of projected tax money, reform next legislative session may keep all but a tiny trickle of it from going as in past times into the IRRRB slush fund, to be used against environmental wisdom in multiple established ways which ring offensive to many.

Who, among readers, would call a stinking handful of jobs - 350, half a job for each of the potential years the prokect on ending might pollute - an "economic renaissance?" Who besides a Range shill? And trust me, we do have shills, if nothing else, in a plethora.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Curiously, Chief Justice Roberts votes in the majority to support the status quo insurance-industry arrangements for provision of healthcare in our naion, and chooses himsef to author majority opinions. Opinions favoring healthcare insurance premium payments flowing to insurance firms.

He practiced privately for fourteen years besides being in government service:


Also, this link. Here and here. Here.

Here on Robert's majority opinion for the latest federal pro-insurance-industry opinion, subsidized premiums for insurers. Here and here on curiosities about the earlier pro-insurance-industry opinion, forced payment of insurance premiums under penalty of penalty, i.e., either play or pay.

Oh, this also. Has the man ever met an insurance premium payment he did not like?

Also, here, here, here and here. The first three arguably cumulative; the final one somewhat original in outlook. Whatever happened behind closed doors and behind the Iron Curtain of secrecy clothing off the Supremes' deliberations from sunshine beyond what the issued opinions say; Roberts' fabricating a "majority" opinion favoring insurance companies getting otherwise unavailable premium payments per the individual mandate decision back in 2012, "reasoned" as it was, might be argued as heavy on juris, light on prudence, but dead-certain explicit on premium flow continuity.

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If it comes to inventing theories, perhaps the Ghost of Single Payer haunted him in his sleep and he did a counter-Dickens, and Scrooged up for the insurance trade, knowing they could always ratchet up their rates as the plan favoring them settled in, all hope being the Ghost of Single Payer would be quelled that way and just sulk, and then skulk away.

Juan Cole has three interesting recent items on his Informed Comment website.

Here, here and here; not necessarily in any particular order.

Bernie having overflow crowds is a reminder of Eugene McCarthy's appeal because of disgust over Vietnam. McCarthy did draw large vocal vigorous crowds; but got torpedoed, while Bob Kennedy got shot dead.

McCarthy fared better.

CNN image
Ultimately the McCarthy effort did not work. Let us hope Bernie's effort works out better for the nation than giving us 1 and a partial term of Dick Nixon or possibly two full terms of today's surrogate Dick Nixon.

Jeb, he actually looks more like W than Nixon, however, ...

What is Katherine Harris doing these days? Wikipedia only says "computer executive" in its sidebar. Could she be working for a standardized testing firm? It would compute. The only recent news easily located, HufPo 2013, here. As to computer expertise/experience indicia online, here and here. Sourcewatch has no Katherine Harris entries from this decade. I could not find a votesmart entry. Has the lady gone underground? Hiding somewhere with a sack of never counted Broward County ballots? Any reader help would be appreciated. Perhaps Jeb! knows. Something.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TPP, TPA cloture vote seems to have made it a done deal.

The 60 votes for cloture, (a lack of debate or amendments on the main bill), were attained. The 13 Dem Senators who voted for cloture, (per the alphabetical-order list below from an email sent me):

Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Look at the list: Murray, Cantwell from Boeing, Microsoft, Costco.

The two Delaware Senators, DuPont land, plus the state with the most lax corporate regulatory regime, explaining why so many large, small and mid-size firms nominally incorporate and headquarter there.

Warner and Kaine from the defense industrial complex - beltway.

McCaskill from Monsanto. And Boeing's military arm, McDonnell of Vietnam Phantom jet fame, now F-18, has roots there.

Heitkamp from big fracking oil.

Feinstein from Silicon Valley - Hollywood, and their copyright fetish.

Wyden from Uncle Phil's Nike sweat shop empire.

Big Pharma likely resides where Republicans end up as Senators.

Colorado and Florida, hard to say, each of them having large military presence, if that's a factor.

New Hampshire, some of the Boston area cross border High-Tech is there, and at a guess that's a factor. That is a hard call as with Colorado and Florida.

Each of the others does appear to have major corporate debt-servicing to their votes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

An appropriate moment to comment upon the current top sidebar item. Now that I have a good context.

BOTTOM LINE: Senator John Marty is one DFL'er environmentally sensitive persons can contribute to; the idea being not to contribute to the party itself, while Bakk remains Senate DFL leader, but instead to pick and choose "good guys." Starting with the bottom line allows presenting supporting evidence, in context.

An email that can be activated as a separate webpage was sent by Marty to his subscription list, and with that link readers can study its details.

Excerpting from leading introductory paragraphs:

2015 Legislative Report

Dear Friends,

Three weeks after the 2015 Legislative Session adjourned, and shortly after the one-day special session, I want to share my perspectives on the session.

I am pleased that we passed the strongest ban on toxic flame retardant chemicals in the nation and that we adopted a significant proposal to create buffer strips along our state's waterways, but deeply disappointed in many other actions of the legislature.

Both the legislative process and the outcome left much to be desired. Aided by a lack of transparency around the creation and negotiation of budget bills, the legislature caved in to what one columnist described as "environmental vandalism." This is not the way our government should operate, nor the results that Minnesotans deserve. I will continue pushing to reform the political process and to work for a healthy environment and economy for all Minnesotans.

Rep. Alice Hausman and Rep. John Lesch are joining me in hosting a town meeting on July 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave in St Paul. We hope that you can join us to discuss the recent legislative session.

Thank you for giving me the honor to serve as your senator.


John Marty

That is calling a spade a spade. The "environmental vandalism" item Marty references is likely MinnPost, here. It is well written and easy to find content with which readers can agree. The only excerpt needed to emphasize, from the end (with supporting commentary all before that):

But no special expertise is needed to appreciate the scope of these assaults on resources and stewardship programs which, poll after poll consistently shows, are valued highly not only by “environmentalists” but by most everyone.

And that, no doubt, explains why so much of this dirty business was done on the quiet. Look at all the heat Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, has taken for his recent efforts to dismantle citizen boards and hobble regulators assigned to protect the people’s resources.

Mark Dayton can say it was Republican lawmakers and their northern DFL collaborators, not his office, who borrowed a page from Walker’s playbook to pound on the MPCA and shield sulfide mining.

But if he acquiesces to their “gamesmanship,” as Steve Morse of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership has so appropriately termed it, he will be equally and memorably culpable.

I suppose it’s possible, though not very likely, that if the governor were to cast a veto or two in the direction of all this environmental mischief, no better bill could emerge from the special session.

Even so, there would be progress of a kind in opening the mess to a full review in the sunshine.

So I hope that Mark Dayton, for his own sake and ours, listens hard to the crowd outside his house this morning and then asks himself:

Do I want to be remembered as the guy who

-- Vetoed an education spending bill over disputes that few will be able to recall, and fewer explain, a couple of years from now, while
-- Surrendering to a campaign of vandalism against Minnesota’s environmental protections so ugly and venal that people will be talking about it long after my compromise achievement on waterway buffers has begun to fade?

If not already crystal clear from earlier Crabgrass posting: Tom Bakk sold out his own party, in a a shabby way, going well beyond "representing the district" when he was elected earlier by his peers to do more and to hide less in last-minute mischief. He deserves to be unseated from any/all DFL leadership positions in the Minnesota Senate.

Like the MinnPost author, I am hard-pressed to think about giving Mark Dayton a passing grade on his conduct. He aided and abetted Tom Bakk to too great a degree, with a weak excuse over not wanting another shutdown.

Readers must decide for themselves whether other less outspoken legislators aside from Marty should receive their contributions. Who merits contributions is always a personal decision we each make within the political process. Yet, when you come across one as direct and truthful as John Marty the choice facing readers is helpfully clarified.

John Marty's district is secure, so he has that bedrock for the liberty of exercising his expression. Perhaps a good solution for everyone would be if John Marty (alone or along with possible others) were to form a "Minnesotans are Right to Yell Political Action Committee" (a/k/a MartyPAC), where donors would rely upon John Marty's judgment on how best to maximize the good of distributing PAC funds among other candidacies. I do not know if campaign spending law would permit such a step, but if not foreclosed by law my personal hope would be to see John Marty do precisely that.

2700 University Ave. on Minnesota's Green Line. Apartments. "The developer of 2700 University received a multimillion financing package that included tax increment financing and tax-exempt bonds. In a statement, Andriana Abariotes, executive director of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) program, said that such mixed-income, mixed-use, transit-oriented development projects present significant financing challenges. 'The 2700 University partnership has demonstrated a new, replicable approach that leverages public investment and traditional multifamily financing,' she said." Guess who? Hint: reread about financing. Second hint, two words: Ryan Cronk

That's right. This Strib online link. The lead image was a bit misdirecting. A rendering, with clean lines, not tarted up with external bric-brac. But the financing, on the rail line; a combination that gives it away.

Salon - Clinton/Sanders compelling headlining and lead image, then text that fails to deliver. Plus - TPP again, latest links.

"... Does she buy what she's selling?" This link. Decide for yourself if the text of the item is a disappointment, after the headline/image.

Latest news on TPP [Readers, please post comments on Clinton's TPP/TPA/TAA position, if she's stated one of which you are aware]:

NY Times, reporting that a U.S. Senate vote is set for today, read the item for detail. critiques parts of "free trade" a/k/a "fair trade" potentials and existing difficulties.

Not the reincarnation of Lincoln, the Rail Splitter. More the bystander bopper.

Seek the original. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations.

UPDATE: It appears to be a widely reported "human interest" online news item.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mouthpiece for vested interests questions the Pope's bona fides, and/or propriety in discussing man-made global warming.

Lo, none other than the Jeberwock:

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Media Matters for America is the source, with its first "closed door meeting" link to here, with other Media Matters links in story text following that of the screen capture.

Beyond faith, to credibility and objectivity; it seems Francis scores well above the man who implies his economic policy gravitas is better than Vatican judgment. And then we see the truth of bootlicking to special interests, or at least that arguable appearance.

Do note, "closed doors." Jeb is his brother's [policy] keeper.

Wow - a closer reading of the WaPo item, Jeb digs up and parades the "job creators" shiboleth; to show his roots indeed are in fable.

Bush was the only potential presidential candidate on the agenda at the fourth annual meeting of the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum, which includes top officers of some of the largest coal firms in the eastern United States.

A spokesperson for Bush said the former Florida governor was happy to meet with corporate leaders "who are trying to grow the economy and create jobs, something being made more difficult by the excessive regulations and repressive policies of the Obama Administration."

Somebody Tom Bakk could love. Likely soul brothers on sulfide mine tailings not being properly regulated as hazardous solid waste.

One might argue convincingly that the use of the term "mouthpeice" in the headline is in error; and if given more thought it would have been, "Meeting cohort and featured invitee of convening big-pocket East Coast coal mine owners displays personal credentials subsequently as a man-made global warming skeptic. Does that mean follow the money?"

Political correctness should have some sensible bounds. It seems fine enough to call it the Spirit River, with historical cause, but the level and type of trade giving "Rum River" its name was two-sided, willing - both sides, and now should it be rewritten as a zero-sum game?

This Strib link.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Not hearing much lately about "job creators."

That awful term seems now in disfavor, and we all should be grateful.

When I think of "who are the job creators" I think of common criminals.

Without them, there'd be fewer police jobs, fewer prosecutor and public defender jobs, and privitized prisons would be bereft of job creation opportunity.

Given how the September 2008 splat unfolded, no Wall Street criminals ending in the slammer, the elite of criminality are not the job creators. It is the ordinary street criminal who seems to keep the machine well oiled and functioning. Especially in the days of marijuana legalization moving forward, we simply need more general-purpose thugs.

What could be clearer? They are "job creators" and should be accorded respect by right-wing bloggers who in the past have over-used that objectionable term. They deserve an appreciative woof from the Watchdog, for creating more jobs than the Anoka County Record has, or will.

Along with knowing about the Auditor's office, what were the various budget numbers, as reported by Minnesota media?

Does this, relate to this or this? I understand that my ignorance is showing, that I have to ask. Does it relate to all the circle working that went on and on, ... and on for months, two legislatve houses, hearings included, only to see surprise and anguish over last minute ambushes and surprise? And a quick, grumbled-over special session not even near to public worker furloughs. Help me. How did the final budget numbers; the peicemeal bifurcation of a single bottom line, change from pre- to post-special session? The parking lot vs. room with a view, covered in part, but who got what; how did servicing of the various districts change, regular to special session?

"Satya" sends an email to "Team," mentioning the "Microsoft ecosystem," a usage which conjures images of predator-prey relationships in eco-balance.

And if the firm is full of predators, where does that leave customers?

This link. Shuffling the chairs, oh look, a guy or two no longer have chairs ...

Over the past year, I have said that Microsoft aspires to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To do this, building the best-in-class productivity services and platforms for the mobile-first, cloud-first world is at the heart of our strategy, with three interconnected and bold ambitions:

Reinvent productivity and business processes
Build the intelligent cloud platform
Create more personal computing

Nothing in there about cash flows and balance sheet - income statement. Just better for us.

An XBox Elite, to better your life, so rest assured all is sincere.

That "cloud-first" approach is just what you want, isn't it? A monthly subscription service. However pricing evolves.

More: Days apart, with the Vatican and Microsoft expressing carbon footprint considerations, indeed a report out of Bonn so the Germans are onboard too, how can climate change doubters remain? How can it ever stay in fashion to doubt? Especially with Microsoft thoughtfully including an explanatory green chart that even a child can follow? Even more direct, a revolving green leaf from the "Smart 2030 - play video" thing. It's like Met Council, 2030 comp plans, all the puzzle pieces fitting together. Your future is being ably prepared. It will make your Crabgrass grow and your Northstar shine.

And, do not leave out the Chinese. With a $40 million investment. Of Microsoft money. A global ecosystem, that word again, predator-prey relationships, perhaps touching TPP, TPA, and TAA to make your life and your children's children's lives better in the U.S. of A.

Who said reading corporate "news" is dry, unrewarding, and uninformative?

With two schools of thought, a little may not be enough, and you do not make a more interesting point by adding coumulative and possibly weaker detail, more detail, e.g., here:

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 3, 2015 — Wednesday during a keynote address at the Taipei International Convention Center, Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft Corp., discussed how Windows 10 is enabling the next generation of devices and cloud-based solutions. Parker highlighted the vast opportunities that Windows 10 creates for partners to grow their businesses by selling the innovative Windows 8.1 devices that are in the marketplace now, promoting the great experience that Windows 10 will offer on those devices when upgraded, and building new hardware across traditional and emerging device categories. These new devices will bring Windows 10 to life when it becomes available in 190 countries around the world on July 29 and in the following months.

Parker was joined onstage by Tony Prophet, corporate vice president for Windows and Search Marketing, and Roanne Sones, general manager of Windows Engineering. Prophet highlighted the ambitious goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10 in the next two to three years and discussed how Microsoft will drive excitement and demand for Windows 10 and new devices. Sones demonstrated rich new experiences and scenarios that Windows 10 enables including Start menu enhancements, universal apps and drivers, multitasking, and PC security features. She demonstrated the latest innovations in Cortana,1 Continuum, Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello,2 and she discussed how DirectX 12 will improve the gaming experience, as well as the opportunity for OEMs to develop unique hardware to light up these new capabilities.

Parker shared Microsoft’s commitment to hardware partners to foster opportunities, drive innovation, increase demand and grow the market for Windows devices. [...]

How can you wait for such breakthrough technology, with something for everyone, even for boring corporate spenders?

Obviously you cannot, and the one shill mentioned the Win 8.1 devices in the pipeline now, so go and see. Go and buy.

Especially go and buy if you are big-ticket corporate, where Microsoft uses its own hardware branding (as with the gamers' XBox hardware):

REDMOND, Wash. — June 10, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that Microsoft Surface Hub, the company’s new large-screen collaboration device, will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets beginning July 1. Breakthrough hardware innovations in touch and ink allow Surface Hub to harness the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver a new kind of productivity experience optimized for groups. The unique experience is designed to be just as engaging for people working together in the same room as for those connecting remotely. To meet the needs of a variety of rooms and spaces, Surface Hub is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 55-inch for $6,999, and Surface Hub 84-inch for $19,999.

Surface Hub delivers the power and versatility of a complete, cloud-connected Windows 10 device along with the simplicity and consistency of a custom interface that is built for shared spaces. The device is designed for anyone to walk up and use, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information. Right from the welcome screen it’s easy to start white-boarding, initiate a videoconference or share content, but that’s just the beginning. [...]

And here again, on the item bylined Taipei, the headline: "Computex 2015: Microsoft showcases new Windows 10 devices from partners and broadens the ecosystem opportunity."

"Ecosystem" again. That must make Microsoft "job creators" but with the latter term waning, what, "engines of industrial information driven ecosystem progress?" Right. Perhaps "job creators" is not that bad. If not driving information ecosystem innovation, at least the plastics/petrochem people are getting a part of high tech trickle down. For the good of all.

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For the good of all.

That item bylined Taipei, further notes:

Parker highlighted an array of devices, some never before seen, designed for Windows 10 including PCs from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Toshiba:

[...] A new Toshiba PC enables Windows Hello with the latest in biometric security technology, including a face-authentication camera, an Ultra HD 4K screen and optimization for Cortana.

In addition Parker demonstrated two new PC form factors:

FoxConn Kangaroo is an ultra-portable desktop PC that turns your TV into a full Windows PC, including a fingerprint reader to support Windows Hello and up to six hours of battery life.


Let's see, your face recognized with a profile of it stored on the device you have connected to the Internet, and than fingerprint recognition, and Cortana being voice recognition, both likewise profile-stored. "Cloud connected device" the one item said. Doubtlessly that "biometric security technology" that was also mentioned includes such strong encryption for you that even the NSA could not break it, and should they, we know they, our NSA, operates without nefarious purposes. Buy and enjoy.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dayton surely put a bunch of strange bedfellows onto the Stadium Board. As if parking with a salary might be as important as capability.

Strib reporting. Ted Mondale. Jay Lindgren. Those two boys from Young Mondale's days at Met Council where, if I recall properly, Mondale had software he spun off, there was Fingerhut, and there was Petters with Young Mondale on the Petters staff and payroll. The Trade Union Guy, McCarthy.

It looks to me to be a parking lot including a nod to special interests but what do I know.

This former close Dayton staff person, Ms. Klem-Whoever, seems incompatible with others.

He should mop up the mess in that clown car.

How can one disagree with a mind as adept as Blaise Pascal?

For readers who care, that is a screen capture of a part of the Mathematician of the Day - This Day in Math page:

for today, June 19th, with that page itself a subpage of

With an earlier workstation I had pinned a shortcut to the Windows desktop; and had forgotten it until today. While doing some system maintenance, I reinstalled the shortcut.

Back to the headline, how can you disagree?

Are they checking NSA databases?

An AP feed carried by Strib here states mid-item and then ends:

The administration acknowledged earlier this month that hackers stole the personnel files and background investigations of current and former civilian, intelligence and military employees, contractors and even job applicants. Initially, the U.S. said the stolen data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, job actions and other private information for 4.2 million workers.

Days later, it acknowledged that the cyber spies obtained detailed background information on millions of military, intelligence and other personnel who have been investigated for security clearances. That information included details about drug use, criminal convictions, mental health issues and the names and addresses of relatives and any foreigners with whom they had contact.

[...] The new disclosures bode poorly for U.S. efforts to quietly and quickly locate the stolen data — especially the detailed personal histories of millions of people with security clearances — on foreign computer servers and hack them to delete, encrypt or corrupt the material to render it useless. The administration has assessed that multiple backup copies have already been made with at least some stored on computers physically disconnected from any networks, the two people involved in the investigation told the AP.

Are we being sold a story that this is information that curious minds at NSA would not want to know? That they are apolitical that way, even while being questioned by others about who they are and what they do? That they'd have no motive because such information would not be of use to NSA personnel, if held by NSA personnel? That seems a curious line of thought fraught with uncertainty. However, trust that there is an ongoing investigation. At least we will not be told the data breach was the work of a lone gunman.