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THE NIGHT SKIES IN OCTOBER

(James A. Lewis is a member of Stars R/us Astronomy Club.)I think that October is one of the best months for roaming about in the night sky with just your eyes or binoculars. Why?It gets nice and dark a lot earlier than in the summer. In October it’s quite dark about 8 p.m. In contrast, in mid-summer it takes until 10:30 for good views of the stars. It gets really cold in November and December and even colder later on.The Milky Way, our home galaxy, is awesome in October. When it gets dark shortly after 8 p.m., scan the band of stars starting at the southwest ...

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PHARMACEUTICALS AS A PUBLIC UTILITY UNIT I: BLOOD MONEY

“Eleanor wore a pearl necklace and diamonds in her hair, gifts from Franklin’s rich Delano relatives. Even though Franklin had never made much money himself, Teddy knew that he would be able to care for his new wife: FDR was heir to the huge Delano opium fortune. Franklin’s grandfather Warren Delano had for years skulked around the [China’s] Pearl River Delta dealing drugs.”“The Delanos were not alone. Many of New England’s great families made their fortunes dealing drugs in China. The Cabot family of Boston endowed Harvard with opium money, while ...

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Criminalizing Protest

Republicans in Wisconsin have introduced fascist legislation to increase penalties for protesting. These bills would impose excessively harsh criminal penalties for trespassing and damage to property when protesting “energy providers” and “critical infrastructure.” This is bad legislation and a threat to our civil liberties. When did we become Russia? Or, more accurately, a corporate dictatorship?Assembly Bill 426 and Senate Bill 386 would expand a 2015 law which makes it a felony to trespass on, or damage, property owned, operated, or leased by an electrical ...

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ADVICE TO MY SON WHO WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE FARM

(printed with permission from the author. You can read more of Greg’s writing at www.poeticfarmer.com) Learn to recognize the cow that’sgoing blind early, give her extra timeand never separate her from the herd. Get rid of the bull when he posturessideways toward you, lowers his headand froths while pawing the dirt. Keep the herd away from the woodlotduring deer season. When retrieving the herd developa fine cattle call, breathing fromthe diaphragm, don’t be shy andpractice patience, ...

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PUBLIC BANKING UNIT III: THE ADVANTAGES OF PUBLIC BANKING

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpho-eie-fw When we begin to see money as a public utility – Money becomes our Servant rather than our Master Across the nation we watch as our roads and bridges, our public schools, our public water and sewer systems, our public parks and public buildings fall into disrepair. And across the nation we hear cities and states cry out - - “WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY.”  It is the classic budget problem and the solutions for “we the people” are always austerity. They are always painful, ugly, and, in the long ...

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THANK A UNION

If you have any of the following, you can thank a union. Weekends Paid vacation FMLA—Family and Medical Leave Act Paid sick leave Child labor laws Social Security Minimum wage 8-hour work day Overtime pay OSHA ---Occupational Safety and Health Administration Health care Dental Vision Collective bargaining Breaks Wrongful termination laws Age discrimination laws Raises in pay Sexual harassment laws American Disabilities Act Holiday pay Military leave Equal pay act Civil rights Workers’ compen...

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OPENING THE MEXICAN-USA BORDER

This past Tuesday, September 24 I had the grand opportunity to hear Nell Anderson talk about her time in El Paso, Texas where she worked with migrants. Nell is a former Wausau resident and Wausau School District employee. She went on a transformative awareness trip to El Paso, Texas with Abriendo Fronteras—Opening Borders. She met migrants and human rights advocates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. In her group were people from Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Oregon, and Wisconsin. They stayed in a mission center in El Paso.&nb...

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OBJECTS IN THE SKY

The best times for viewing stars and planets in September 2019 are the beginning and ending days of the month. A new moon occurs on August 30 and again on September 28 when Earth’s moon is so close to the Sun that they both set at almost the same time. Skies will be darker at these times. In contrast, a full moon occurs on September 13, making it more difficult to see fainter objects. September is a good time to see the Summer Triangle, an asterism of three of the brightest stars in the sky. An asterism is a group of stars that are associated in some way but ...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WAUSAU CITY COUNCIL

(Dan is a member of Citizen’s Climate Lobby Rib Mountain—Marshfield Chapter) On the evening of September 24, 2019, the members of the Wausau City Council stepped up and voted in favor of a resolution in support of State and Federal action on climate change. In doing so, Wausau joins a steadily growing list of over one hundred cities and counties in Wisconsin and the rest of the country who recognize the dangers we face. There are now five cities in our own 7th Congressional District who have done so. The pressure on our State and Federal legislators ...

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LOVE WINS OVER HATE

I had the incredible experience of hearing a former racist skinhead and a Sikh man share the same stage. They told their amazing story of how they met and became friends. They are now as close as brothers. The Veninga Lecture (September 23 at Wausau East High School) featured Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka tell their stories.  Arno was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization in the late 1980s and early 1990s the group that produced the shooter at the August 5, 2012 shooting at Oak Creek Sikh Temple. Arno turned his ...

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