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CORPORATE COLONIZATION OF WISCONSIN: Part I, DIVIDE AND CONQUER

http://www.middlewisconsin.org/corporate-colonization-of-wisconsin-divide-and-conquer/


A colonized nation, on the other hand, exists to be exploited by the colonizer. A colonized nation has a low cost and submissive work force; a colonized nation is not in need of great universities but rather the briefest and most efficient work skills training; a colonized nation exploits its environment rather than protecting it because the colonizer is more interested in profits than sustainability. This more closely defines the Wisconsin of Governor Scott Walker. The rejection of the $810 million rail grant by Walker symbolizes this downward trend.

Clearly the Wisconsin of 2011-2015 is a colonized state. But nations or empires are no longer the colonizers. The new colonizers are multinational corporations. Follow the money and it will continually lead to the same set of corporations who fund puppet leaders such as Governor Walker, Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Representative Robin Vos. These corporations mold public opinion through think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, the Heartland Institute and the MacIver Institute. They create astro-turf organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and its brainchild the Tea Party, and they write legislation through ALEC. These are the “free-market solution” folks who are intent on treating Wisconsin in a fashion similar to the “free-market” corporate exploitation of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the other emerging third world countries. Only, rather than emerging from the third world, Wisconsin is submerging into it.

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Governor Walker can be considered a Colonial Governor. Just as any Colonial Governor owes his allegiance to the colonizer who has placed him in power, so does Walker owe his allegiance to the corporate interests who put him in power. When Governor Walker isn’t out of state raising money and getting his marching orders from corporations, he is in Wisconsin attending unannounced meetings with hand-picked friendly audiences in various corporate locations. He is nervous around the natives of Wisconsin and avoids them whenever possible. As with any colonial power, certain Wisconsinites find it to their benefit to fraternize with the colonizer out of fear or need for personal gain. The colonized who support the colonizer generally feel as though they are better off than the colonized who resist. This is the current state of Wisconsin Politics. As with any colonized country, the citizens are encouraged to bicker among themselves in order to distract from their actual exploitation.

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A brief review of Governor Scott Walker’s biggest donors in defending his recall by the citizens of Wisconsin and in making a down payment on a Colonial Wisconsin is revealing:

Diane Hendricks (net worth $2.8 Billion) gave Walker a $500,000 retainer to deliver a “red state”.

Las Vegas Casio owner Sheldon Adelson (net worth $24.6 Billion) gave Walker $250,000 in 2012 and $650,000 in 2014 to break the unions in Wisconsin. Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Casino organization which includes the Venetian Casinos in Vegas and Macau has had a long history of problems with unions at his casinos. Breaking the unions in Wisconsin will help Adelson back in Vegas. Incidentally, in 2012 Adelson came under investigation by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission for violating the Corrupt Practices Act by attempting to bribe a legislator in Macau with $700,000. In Macau it’s a bribe, in Wisconsin it’s a campaign contribution. The result is the same.

Interested in getting rich fast? Try Amway, the multi-level marketing scheme that asks you to make money by selling average products to your brother-in-law at a profit that you pass on to the person who invited you into this pyramid in the first place. It is entrepreneurship for the morally ungrounded. The grandfather of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic, Richard DeVos (net worth $4.2 Billion), gave Scott Walker $250,000 in 2012 to keep Ponzi schemes, excuse me, pyramid schemes alive in Wisconsin.

The 600,000 citizens of Wisconsin who now depend upon, or who will depend upon, the State Retirement System in the future must be diligent because the colonizers would like a piece of the action. Private equity firms have been big donors to assure that Scott Walker would survive the recall. John W. Childs (net worth $1.2 Billion), CEO of the Boston equity firm of J.W. Childs Associates has invested $100,000 in Wisconsin via Walker’s campaign. A master at leveraged buyouts, he is not investing in Wisconsin without expecting a return.

Warren A Stephens (net worth $2.7 Billion) of Little Rock, Arkansas, who is the CEO of Stephens Financial Management, Louis M. Bacon (Net worth $1.4 Billion), a hedge fund manager from New York and Patrick G. Ryan (net worth $1.1 Billion), who is the CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, a Chicago Brokerage, are each investing $100,000 for a piece of Scott Walker’s soul.



The rest of Part I is here

Part II, "Selling Our Resources" can be found here.

Part II, "Keep the Citizens Unorganized and Uneducated" can be found here.

Death Panel meeting today

Scott Walker Politik

Wisconsin: Quotations from Republican State Senator Dale Schultz

Dale chose not to run again last fall. Too bad; he was the last sane Republican in Wisconsin. Since leaving office, he's had a few choice things to say about the Walker administration. I'd absolutely love to see Dale run for governor as a Republican.



http://www.middlewisconsin.org/quotations-from-republican-senator-dale-schultz/


“We are now literally dismantling the state government, and people need to think long and hard about what they want for a future in our state,”


“ It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote. It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.”



“The K-12 system in the last few years has laid off 3,000 personnel, and it looks to me like that’s going to accelerate. Out my way, I would not be shocked if a huge percentage of school districts wind up going to referendum to have the privilege of raising their own property tax because the state has walked away from its principal responsibility of providing for a free, appropriate and near equal education for everybody.”



“Here’s how I see the enemy. The enemy is poverty in a country and a state that has no business having kids and families go to sleep hungry at night or in their cars. The enemy is those who encourage an undereducated citizenry. Education is the key to helping give people a hand up and a better future.”

Wisconsin still the 'Selma of the north'

Opinion by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-WI.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/wisconsin-still-the-selma-of-the-north-b99454452z1-294741341.html



On Saturday, my fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus and I will travel to Selma, Ala., to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On that day 50 years ago, about 600 men, women and children attempted to march from Selma to Alabama's capital, Montgomery, in a peaceful protest of the flagrant disenfranchisement of African-American voters. The march ended abruptly on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police brutally attacked the demonstrators, beating them with nightsticks, choking them with tear gas and trampling them with horses. A few months later, repulsed by the images

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The battle over the state's restrictive voter ID law illustrates why our great state continues to bear this harrowing distinction. Reminiscent of laws from the Jim Crow era that placed burdens on the right to vote, the measure makes it harder for Wisconsin's voters of color to cast their ballot. It's why the civil rights organizations Advancement Project, ACLU and the law firm of Arnold & Porter are challenging this restrictive requirement under the Voting Rights Act, recently petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case, and why the caucus stands beside them in this call.

Regardless of what politicians, bent on manipulating the rules for partisan gain, may say, Wisconsin's restrictive voting law remains discriminatory. If our elections are to be free, fair and accessible for all voters, the Supreme Court must hear this case and overturn the law without delay.

Based on the state's own data, about 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters do not have the most common forms of ID required for voting: an unexpired driver's license or state-issued photo ID. Among those hundreds of thousands of registered voters, African-Americans and Latinos are significantly less likely to have these limited forms of identification. In most instances, obtaining the required photo ID involves presenting a certified birth certificate, which many voters also lack or cannot afford to pay for or track down.

Scott Walker's new budget cuts $300M from UW, but is $3 billion higher. Who's getting the money?

Well, no surprise here. A boatload of cashis going to Squatty's favorite slush fund, the Wisconsin Economic Development, er, Disaster Corporation.

http://www.uppitywis.org/blogarticle/economic-development-grow-public-oversight-shrinks


I've heard about the cuts,” the Buffalo County man said. “But this budget spends more. Who’s getting more money?” Folks are concerned about big cuts to the UW; cuts to local schools; scaling back of health programs for the disabled; public radio and TV losing state support. But the new budget spends $3 billion more than the last. Where is that money going?

One place to look is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Despite its name, WEDC is a part of state government; in fiscal year 2012-13 it received over $62 million from the budget (including about $4 million in federal funds) and the agency can authorize potentially millions more in tax credits. The Governor’s flagship program turned troubled when auditors found procedures weren’t written down, loans were lost and Wisconsin was penalized. Three Chief Financial Officers left – one after only a day on the job.

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The Governor creates a new board. He kicks off the board the legislators who ask too many questions. The new board will only be private sector folks chosen by the Governor. The budget adds more money into the mix: $55 million in a revolving loan fund and almost another $10 million in tax credits. Governor Walker then proposes taking existing business tax credits and converting them into refundable tax credits. What does that mean?

Think about the refund you might receive when you file your taxes. The refund comes because you paid in more than you owed. It’s your money coming back. What if the rules were changed so you didn’t owe any taxes? You still filed your tax return but you owed nothing. A refundable tax credit would still give you a refund check signed by the people of Wisconsin. That’s what’s going on.

Scott Walker, explained.

Behind Scott Walker's claim of doing what he says, a record of dropping bombshells

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/behind-scott-walkers-claim-of-doing-what-he-says-a-record-of-dropping-bombshells-b99452872z1-294600171.html

Madison — When White House hopeful Scott Walker talks to potential voters, he hawks himself as a leader who tells people what he will do and then does it. But the line has a snag. As a candidate for governor, Walker didn't spell out or even mention some of the measures that would become key achievements in office.

Most notably, Walker never told voters beforehand about what would become his signature accomplishment — repealing most collective bargaining for most public workers. During the uproar over that unexpected legislation known as Act 10 and the recall and re-election campaigns that followed, Walker said he wouldn't let legislation affecting private-sector workers reach his desk. Now he says he'll sign it.

During his 2014 race to secure a second term, Walker didn't campaign on some of the most sweeping changes in his current budget proposal: freezing a stewardship program for state lands; borrowing $1.3 billion for transportation; and cutting state universities by $300 million in exchange for unhooking them from many state laws.

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During the 2012 recall election pushed by public employee unions, Democrats repeatedly said that Walker would eventually take on private-sector unions as well. The governor dismissed that talk about right-to-work legislation as political spin. "It's not going to get to my desk," Walker said in May 2012. "I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure it isn't there because my focal point (is) private-sector unions have overwhelmingly come to the table to be my partner in economic development."



Squatty Wanker is a lying bag of shit.

Bill Gates: "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry ....

Bill Gates: "If GM had dept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."



But Bill, if the automotive industry had developed technology like Microsoft ....

1. A couple of times a week, for no apparent reason, your car would crash.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you'd have to buy a new car.

3. At random, doing things like making a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to re-install the engine.

4. The oil, coolant temperature, alternator and low tire pressure warning lights would be replaced with by a single "general default" light.

5. You car doors would occasionally refuse to open until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

6. The airbags would say "Are you sure" before firing.

7. Every time a new model year came out, buyers would have to learn to drive all over again, because none of the controls would operate like the old models.

8. All GM buyers would also be required to buy a complete set of Rand McNally road maps (GM subsidiary) whether they wanted them or not. If you didn't keep the maps in the car, your vehicle's performance would diminish by half.

9. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would just accept this, restart and drive on.

10. If you wanted to take passengers with you in the car, they would each need to buy their own seats, with would be non-transferrable.

11. When you wanted to shut off the engine, you'd press the "start" button.

Project keeps eye on snowy owls in Wisconsin

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/project-keeps-eye-on-snowy-owls-in-wisconsin-b99452926z1-294545161.html




Snowy owls are rock stars of the animal kingdom. They are handsome. They are relatively rare. They are impressive hunters. They eat rodents. They are a little mysterious. "When it comes to charismatic wildlife, they are right at the top," said David Brinker, a Racine native and owl researcher who now lives and works in Maryland.

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The owls breed in treeless expanses of the Arctic. Come fall, some of the birds journey south in search of prey. The birds are naturally drawn to open landscapes including farms, prairies, frozen lakefronts and, unfortunately, airfields. Snowy owls have been documented at big-city airports like New York's LaGuardia and Boston's Logan, but also at scores of smaller facilities, including Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee. Aviation and wildlife officials are keen to keep the big birds out of harm's way, both in the interest of public safety and for the sake of the animals.

At the intersection of these mutual interests is a conservation opportunity. Project SNOWstorm researchers and volunteers have seized on the chance to capture birds at airports, fit the owls with transmitters, relocate them in suitable habitat well away from the airfields and release them back to the wild.

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The technology used for Project SNOWstorm represents a significant advance in wildlife research. Location data is collected and stored by the transmitters until it can be sent via a cell phone signal. Five birds tagged last winter flew to the Arctic last summer and returned to the U.S. this winter. When they re-entered cell range, Brinker said the data dump was "spectacular." The information allows researchers to see which locations and habitats the birds rely on throughout the year.
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