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Plain Talk: Racing toward the bottom on the environment | Dave Zweifel. Smithsonian Magazine, the monthly publication of the iconic historical institute that preserves our nation's history, has a piece in its most recent edition proclaiming how the use of sun and wind energy is soaring. It notes, for example, that both alternative energy sources now easily employ more Americans than the coal industry that Donald Trump wants to make great again. In 2016, coal employed roughly 50,000 workers, wind 102,500 and solar 260,000. Presumably, the disparity grew in 2017, for which statistics are still being compiled. The magazine also touts what it calls the "Clean Top 10" states in deriving their energy from renewable fuels. No surprise here: Wisconsin is not among them. Our neighbor to the west, Iowa, is No. 1. Another neighbor, Minnesota, is No. 9.

There was a time when Wisconsin was at or near the top of lists that often reflected how enlightened and innovative are a state's government, business community and institutions. Consequently, through 2016 the U.S. David Crosby: Don't Call It a Comeback | Here's The Thing | WNYC Studios. School Funding Reform for Wisconsin - Home. Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online : The Record. Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960. Shirley Collins/Courtesy of Alan Lomax Archive hide caption toggle caption Shirley Collins/Courtesy of Alan Lomax Archive Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960.

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. "We err on the side of doing the maximum amount possible," says Don Fleming, executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity, the nonprofit organization Lomax founded in New York in the '80s. "For the first time, everything that we've digitized of Alan's field recording trips are online, on our website," says Fleming. "Alan would have been thrilled to death. Throughout his career, Lomax was always using the latest technology to record folk music in the field and then share it with anyone who was interested. Money is still tight. The Death Of Mistakes Means The Death Of Rock : Monitor Mix. Eau Claire - 360 MAGAZINE | ART + MUSIC + DESIGN + FASHION + AUTO + TRAVEL + FOOD + HEALTH.

Raintorivers. A Crash Course in Political Engagement | Wisconsin Farmers Union. I’m a new member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and a new farmer. I’ve been growing vegetables going on three years; first in Madison and now near Stevens Point. I haven’t had much personal exposure to local politics of any sort, unless you count paying sales tax and visiting one city council meeting in a high school government class. The Wisconsin Farmers Union annual convention changed that by offering an up close look at personal political involvement. In particular, the Groundswell seminar encouraged me to engage with the political process, and reminded me that I have something to add to how my community and my state are run. The Groundswell seminar was a fascinating glimpse into the functioning of local government. The chance to speak to people personally involved in their county and city governments was inspiring, especially because the presenters were more like me than not.

So how would I sum up my experience at convention? Election Security in All 50 States. 39% of water Foxconn takes from Lake Michigan will not return to lake - TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI. MOUNT PLEASANT - Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, and about 40 percent of it won't be returned to the lake. If the Department of Natural Resources grants permission to Foxconn, 39 percent of that water will not return to the lake because that's how much is expected to be consumed by the factory. Foxconn To Have Ripple Effect On Supply Chains Foxconn Technology Group said one of the biggest reasons it picked southeastern Wisconsin for its massive panel display factory was the ability to use freshwater from Lake Michigan.

"The main use is probably going to be for power generation, they will have cooling towers," said UW-Milwaukee Freshwater Sciences professor Michael Carvan. Green Bay says Fox Cities cablecasts must include closed captions. Reporter Duke Behnke will answer your questions about local government. Call Duke at 920-993-7176 or email him at Duke Behnke/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Recordings of government meetings in Appleton, Neenah, Menasha and Fox Crossing no longer will be cablecast until they can be subtitled with text for hearing-impaired viewers.

The recordings of common council and village board meetings had been broadcast as community programming on the Green Bay Public Television Station (Spectrum Channel 4 in the Appleton area and Spectrum Channel 2 in the Neenah-Menasha area). Green Bay, which operates the station, informed the municipalities of the change in policy last month. "Green Bay will no longer accept any media submitted for the purpose of airing on the Green Bay Public Television Station unless such media is closed captioning compliant," Green Bay City Attorney Vanessa Chavez said in a Dec. 8 letter to the municipalities.

Officials said the change took effect Jan. 1. Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels. For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018 Contact: State Senator Janis Ringhand: (608) 266-2253; Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels State Senate Republicans are rigging the Elections and Ethics Boards by voting to fire the Administrators of both panels without a public hearing or input. “The Senate Republican’s idea of fairness is to put their thumb on the scale and rig our election system to their advantage.

They don’t want input from experts or the public, they just want to make sure that they have an advantage,” State Senator Janis Ringhand said. “It’s rigging the system, plain as that. The Republicans have rigged crooked legislative districts to give themselves an advantage and now they want to rig the administration of our elections. “Of course the Republicans are uncomfortable. 2018 Menomonie Destination Guide. 2017 LION Summit: Keeping it real: Local news results | LION Publishers.

Register now — LION's conference in Chicago, Oct. 26-28, will feature dozens of informative sessions with concrete tips for success in the local news biz. Be a part of LION's largest-ever gathering! Check out the complete schedule of session for the 2017 LION Summit — more than 3 dozen presentations and conversations over 3 days, with even more speakers and discussion leaders being added soon. LION Publishers is pleased to invite all who care about the future of local journalism to a conference devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites.

The annual LION Summit will return to Chicago on Oct. 26-28, 2017, at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago. It will feature three days packed with an array of speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities devoted to revenue ideas and best practices, community engagement and sustainability. New to the schedule this year are the boot camp sessions on Thursday. Sign up soon! How Facebook May Secretly Foil Your Activist Plans. By Kevin Mathews / Sep 18, 2013 In recent years, Facebook has become an unexpectedly crucial tool for activism.

The social media platform allows activists to efficiently connect and communicate with one another in order to arrange meetings, protests and boycotts. Unfortunately, activists who once found that Facebook helped make organizing easier are now encountering obstacles – and the resistance is coming from Facebook itself. With little explanation, Facebook has been disabling pages related to activism. Realistically, that’s the downside of relying on a hundred billion dollar company.

For example, this year’s March Against Monsanto events have been popular with people across the globe, but not Facebook. When the “Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics” group became extremely popular, employees at Facebook didn’t erase the page, but effectively shut it down anyway by putting severe restrictions on it.