Archive for the 'Current Events' Category

06
Mar
14

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.

29
Mar
10

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.

http://www.dukefarms.org/Education/Research/Duke-Farms-Eagle-Cam/

11
Jun
09

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.

18
May
09

Colonizing the Moon

14
Mar
09

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:  http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20090312/GPG0702/903120566

23
Oct
08

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

psimms@madison.com

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.

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/310800




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