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Munich 1938 vs. Paris 2014 “Peace in our Time

1938 Munich: It was Mussolini’s idea that they should meet and so Hitler, Chamberlain, Daladier, and Mussolini met in Munich and determined the fate of the Czechoslovakian region Sudetenland.  No one from Czechoslovakia was present at the meeting.  The claim by Hitler was that ethnic Germans in the region were under threat from the Czech people and that Germany needed to annex the region in order to protect them.  No one seemed to notice that the most important part of Czechoslovakia’s defense network against Germany was in the Sudetenland.  The Munich conference ended with Germany being allowed to annex the Sudetenland and Hitler concluding that the West was weak.  Poland was next and millions of people died in the war (WWII) that followed.

Today: Paris, France: Russia and the United States met to determine the fate of Crimea.  A region Putin claims is filled with ethnic Russians who are under threat from the new government in Kiev, Ukraine.  While these two nations grapple with what needs to be done, it seems strange to me that no one from Ukraine was present at this meeting.

Before another shameful chapter in world history is written, the conference in Paris, France needs to immediately cease until the Ukrainians are included in discussions about the future of their country.


Bald Eagles: Live Eagle Cam

I have a new favorite television channel.  It’s called the Duke Farms Eagle Cam.  The live stream is from their website, you can find a link to the website below.


An E-mail I received Monday

Detroit — General Motors Corp. and Penske Automotive Group today confirmed details of a proposed transaction under which Penske would acquire the Saturn brand. If completed, the deal would save more than 350 dealerships and 13,000 jobs at Saturn and its retailers in the United States, and would preserve the customer-focused Saturn brand.
The proposed transaction is part of GM’s rebuilding efforts outlined in the viability plan that was submitted to the U.S. government earlier this year.  Under the terms in the memorandum of understanding, Penske would obtain the rights to the brand as well as certain other Saturn assets.  GM would continue production, on a contract basis, of the Saturn Aura, Vue and Outlook.
“This is the combination of two iconic teams: Saturn and Penske,” said Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak.  “GM had the vision to create Saturn and has the desire to see it succeed in the future.”
“Saturn has a passionate customer base and outstanding dealer network,” said Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Automotive Group.  “For nearly 20 years Saturn has focused on treating the customer right. We share that philosophy, and we want to build on those strengths.”
Saturn began selling cars in 1990 and has sold more than 4 million vehicles.  More than 80 percent of those vehicles are still in operation, according to data from R.L. Polk.  Saturn has regularly scored among the industry leaders for non-luxury brands in customer satisfaction surveys.
“There has been a groundswell of support for Saturn, with our retailers and owners urging us to save the brand,” said Lajdziak.  “We heard their call loud and clear, and it inspired us as we worked to secure Saturn’s future.”

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed at this time.


Colonizing the Moon


Deer Attack Wolves

I saw this story in the outdoor section of the Wisconsin State Journal and thought I would share it.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Wisconsin has abundant wildlife.  With a deer population of around one and a half million and a growing wolf population of 500 to 600, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the odds of seeing interaction between them, while still rare, are growing.  The following story appeared in local newspapers throughout the state and is an account of one such interaction between deer and wolves.


Pat Durkin column: Deer attack on wolf stops logger in his tracks


Whether he’s wielding a chain saw in a cedar swamp or piloting an airplane above towering pines, Jim Hintz of Fifield is seldom surprised by wildlife he sees in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

This career logger routinely shares lunch with gray jays and chickadees. He also must sometimes nudge and work around winter-stressed deer eating treetops he’s felled.

And earlier this winter, he saw a moose wander by as he verified a property line with his GPS unit. In turn, two timber wolves once watched him operate his bulldozer from 10 yards away as they rested in cool dirt Hintz graded on a summer afternoon.

But Hintz, 66, barely believed his eyes on Feb. 20 when several adult deer stopped eating maple buds and charged two wolves that appeared on a knoll 60 yards away.

“The smaller wolf didn’t wait. It ran away,” Hintz said. “The big one stayed and those deer just overhauled him. First, they stood on their hind legs and batted him with their front hooves, and then some of them turned and kicked like mules with their back hooves. I’m sure they broke his ribs. He was whimpering and yelping. He got kicked from all sides. When he finally got out of there, he was limping really bad and dragging a leg. I actually felt sorry for him.

For the rest of the story follow this link:


Lake Kegonsa Body Identified

Here is an update from the Wisconsin State Journal about the body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park.


Body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park is Illinois man

By PATRICIA SIMMS 608-252-6492

The skeletal remains found last week in Lake Kegonsa State Park have been identified as a 24-year-old former personal trainer from Naperville, Ill.

Quinton Armond Morris was identified by fingerprint comparisons conducted at the state Crime Laboratory.

Though nothing points to homicide at this point in the investigation, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Wednesday that additional testing is being done to determine the cause of death. “At this point, nothing points definitely to death at the hands of another,” he said.

Morris’ family said he was on his way to Canada and had rented a car in the Madison area, said Elise Schaffer, Mahoney’s spokeswoman. The last time the family saw him was about six weeks ago, she said.

Schaffer said Morris was traveling alone, and police have not located the rental car.

“The only thing we found with him was a backpack,” Mahoney said, “and we are still not sure if it belongs to him.”

Archives of the Aurora Beacon News in Illinois list him as a 2002 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.

A volunteer and a DNR warden working on a forest restoration project discovered Morris’ remains on Oct. 13 in a heavily wooded area approximately 150 feet off of a hiking trail in the park.

During the autopsy, enough tissue was recovered from the mostly skeletal remains to make the identification, Schaffer said. The identification will be confirmed by comparing dental records, she added.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Dane County coroner’s office continue to investigate Morris’s death.


Skeletal Remains

For those of you who visit this blog and aren’t from Wisconsin, you know that I hike at Lake Kegonsa often, but probably aren’t aware of the following news stories.

Update: Only skeletal remains of body found

The Capital Times  —  10/14/2008 2:36 pm

The body discovered in Lake Kegonsa State Park Monday afternoon mainly consisted of skeletal remains and had been in the park most likely since the summer, a spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

“What we are looking at is skeletal remains, not several years old but they had probably been in the park from some point over the summer,” said Elise Schaffer.

A state park ranger discovered the body near Prairie Trail in the park, on the northeast shore of Lake Kegonsa north of Stoughton, while doing prairie restoration work in a heavily wooded area of the park.

A section of the park was cordoned off Monday following the discovery of the decomposed body, but Schaffer couldn’t say if foul play was suspected.

“We have to treat it like a crime scene,” Schaffer said.

There was no determination as to the gender, age or identity of the person.

The Dane County Coroner’s Office is assisting sheriff’s detectives in the investigation.

UPDATE: Wednesday (10/15/08) 5:30 p.m.

Lake Kegonsa (WKOW) — The Dane County Coroner has released more details about the decomposed body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton on Monday evening.

Tuesday, authorities confirmed the body belonged to a non-Caucasian man, between 30 and 40 years old. And Wednesday, the coroner added that the man had short, curly black hair and dental fillings.

Several additional forensic studies will be conducted in an effort to establish an identity for the remains, and determine the manner and cause of death.  Results of those examinations probably won’t be available for several weeks.


Lake Kegonsa (WKOW) — Dane County Coroner John Stanely released new information on Tuesday about the decomposed body found in Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton on Monday evening.

Stanley says the body is an adult male, probably in his 30s or 40s, and not white.

It is too early for Stanley to determine the cause of death, but he says he believes the body has been in the woods for “months,” but less than a year.

Starting Tuesday at daybreak, investigators from the Coroner’s office and Dane County Sheriff’s office began combing the woods near the body for evidence.

“There is some other evidence in there, but we haven’t been able to get to a point where we can move the body,” said Stanely.

The coroner plans to submit DNA samples to the national database of meeting persons as soon as he can.

April 2020

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