Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Meet Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

What happens when unyielding ideologues sit at the head of the table.

Text sourceLos Angeles Times

Standoff over government climate study provokes national uproar by scientists.   (Washington Post, 11/24/2015)
[He] has subpoenaed scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and demanded that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research. Their findings contradicted earlier work showing that global warming had paused, and Smith, a climate change skeptic, has accused them of altering global temperature data and rushing to publish their research in the June issue of the journal Science.

The full text of Smith's dismissal.

Smith thinks that this is just a bunch of malarkey.

Once again, another month with a lot of red spanning the globe.
Source:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Global Analysis -- October 2015

Yes, it's true; this week you'll find Trump, hangover, and herpes in the same sentence

As quoted in Republican groups aim to bring down Donald Trump.   (Boston Globe, 11/24/2015)
Wilson likened a Trump nomination to a “hangover and then herpes” for the GOP.

Pennsylvania state budget impasse leads to temporary closing of Jeannette Public Library

No website announcement yet.

Pa. budget impasse forces temporary closure of Jeannette Public Library.  (TribLive, 11/24/2015)

The library will be closed from Monday, November 23, 2015, through Monday, January 4, 2016.

Jeannette is located 26 miles east-southeast of Pittsburgh.

Unlike Wisconsin, if Pennsylvania's state budget isn't approved by June 30, payments for services are suspended until the impasse ends.  When such a situation occurs in Wisconsin, the previous biennial budget remains in effect.

In its manufacturing heyday, Jeannette was home to numerous glass factories, including the Jeannette Glass Company and McKee Glass Works.

Agreeable guy Scott Walker is gonna do something about staffing crisis in Wisconsin prisons

As quoted in Former WI DOC officer says forced OT for all is not a long-term solution, Gov. Walker agrees.  (WKOW, 11/24/2015 )

Related post:
They must be using free money at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.  (11/24/2015)
It's obviously a poor reflection of the job market if there are 1,000 people out there waiting to take this high-stress, low-paying job.  (11/11/2015)
Bottom line: The Department of Corrections is not aaving money yet.  (7/21/2014)
In FY2011-12, it cost Wisconsin taxpayers $33,414 to incarcerate each inmate in its prison system.  (7/15/2015)
Campaign to reduce Wisconsin's prison population to 11,000 by 2015.  (3/15/2013)

Careful with that "right seats on the bus" metaphor, Ann

From the September 28, 2015, library board meeting minutes

From the October 26, 2015, library board meeting minutes (multi-color highlights added)

Sidebar:   Library agrees to run village of Mukwonago parks and rec program.  (Lake County Now, 11/3/2015) 

Not surprisingly, this action results in the need to schedule a special meeting.  (Minutes not posted online)

Page 1 of the agenda of the regularly scheduled 11/23/2015 meeting of the library board (highlight added).

Seems odd to me that the 'Comments from the Public' agenda item is limited to 15 minutes.  In my experience, everyone wishing to speak is given the courtesy to do so, with a time limit set at 3-5 minutes per person.

The plan, apparently, was not well vetted.

Mukwonago Community Library's reorganization plan halted.  (Lake County Now, 11/24/2015)

The staff reorganization planned required that all staff reapply for their jobs.  Needless to say, there was no outbreak of happy dancing.

Library patron Nikki Verheyden sums it up.
"The handling of this restructure has been atrocious.  The board can't treat the employees as well as the employees have treated me."