Culture


Manliness in a techno-digital economy

There is a ubiquitous ad on television where a young man whistles for his wife’s Christmas gift, a dog comes running through the snow, and jumps into her arms. The wife then whistles and a new, big, pickup comes bounding out of the snow. The wife nods to the husband, yes, that’s your gift. He wraps himself around the truck in an emotional hug. What’s going on here? The wife is becoming attached to a sentient being. The dog responds to her affection. The husband is hugging a machine. It is a large machine that can enlarge his vision of himself as a man. Driving it ...

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Crime and Too Little Punishment

“Some men rob you with a six-gun – others rob you with a fountain pen.” Woody Guthrie   “Do the math. Far from a deterrent, multi-million dollar fines are a minuscule cost of doing business...million dollar fines on billion dollar profiteering won't deter it...” Jim Hightower on    fines for illegal behavior in the meat packing industry.   Last week I wrote about corporate crime and how it is more prevalent, more costly, and more harmful to society than ordinary street crime (like murder, assault, robbery or rape). This week we look at ...

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Wausau Book Discussion

Saturday, January 21 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Wausau Public Library   We wanted to be sure and invite everyone to a book discussion on Saturday, January 21 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am at the Marathon Public Library, Wausau.   The book is News of the Air by local author Jill Stuckenberg. The author will be present to talk with us too. https://blacklawrencepress.com/books/news-of-the-air/

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MLK Celebration in Wausau

  NAOMI is excited to be involved with the 2023 Martin Luther King (MLK) celebration, as well as the events being planned for Black History Month in February. But first the MLK Celebration. We are partnering with LPRC Diversity Consulting Services, LLC (La’Tanya Campbell) and other community organizations to celebrate and raise awareness of historical contributions made by Americans of African descent. This year’s theme is “Why it still matters.” The event will take place at the UWSP in Wausau, starting at 5:30 pm on 1/16/23. Food will be catered by ...

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Gas, Grass, and Ass: Adventures in Rural America, 1973

Seeking a self-sustaining life outside the city and a new start for her marriage, this twenty-five-year old a woman boldly embarked on proprietorship of a full-service gas station along a highway in rural Arkansas. Her hope to live and work at her own place of business soon encountered not only the end of her marriage but also the entrenched conservatism of the rural South. Joyful in recounting her experiences with an endlessly astonishing parade of human nature, Campbell portrays a unique slice of American life at a pivotal time with the fall of Richard Nixon’s presid...

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Hot Evaluation

Let’s look at the results generated from the first 6 months of the latest version of Wausau’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), presented to the City’s Public Health and Safety Committee recently.   This is based on their assumption there are 30-50 unhoused Wausonians. 20 have been engaged with by their outreach specialist. Of those twenty, four have been “successfully housed”. That would mean 25% of the people engaged with found a place while only 13% of all unhoused did, using the number 30. There is no mention of the number of engageme...

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Aquarian Revolution: Back to the Land

Aquarian Revolution: Back to the Land reveals the guts, glory, and grief of 1960s social upheaval and documents the real accomplishments wrought when dreams are forged into reality. In turn funny, heart-rending, and inspiring, these thirty-two interviews reflect not only the flavor of those times but also the continuing ethic so deeply embedded in the generation’s consciousness. More than four decades have passed since hippies heralded the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a New Age promising peace, love, and personal fulfillment. In the intervening decades, ...

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ACT 134

To Marathon County Board of Supervisors: I am writing in support of the resolution, titled: RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO PROTECT MARATHON COUNTY FROM THE IMPACTS OF METALLIC SULFIDE EXPLORATION AND MINING. I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am a Political Scientist, specializing in federalism and intergovernmental relationships. But I spent much of my early life living in Colby, Wisconsin in Marathon County and still have extended family living all around the county. I know many farmers and small business owners who live in the area around ...

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Wausau POW WOW in Photos


Drilling in the Chequamegon Forest

Drilling plans underway for gold deposits near Wausau and in Chequamegon National Forest (Wausau, WI) If Toronto-Ontario, Canada based GreenLight Metals has its way, the winter of 2022-2023 will be a busy time for metallic sulfide mine development in Wisconsin. GreenLight has submitted plans to start exploration drilling at many of Wisconsin’s most loved natural features – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and The Dells of the Eau Claire State Natural Area, are all being targeted. Project documents here: https://dnr.wi...

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