Will Foxconn Lift Up SE WI or Lead to Its Collapse?

A lesson from history, as it seems to repeat. The WPA is reborn  via Foxconn, Amazon, and other large scale Corporate interests as governments borrow money to finance private ventures with the hopes of employment for the masses and a future payout so that they can maintain the status quo for grossly overpaid/compensated Bureaucrats, and those fortunate enough to be employed in taxpayer financed public/private ventures and non-profits.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, or school that was constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP).

Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States, while developing infrastructure to support the current and future society. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Between 1935 and 1943, when the agency was disbanded, the WPA employed 8.5 million people. Most people who needed a job were eligible for employment in some capacity. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the goal of the WPA; rather, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

BAU (Business As Usual) must continue at all costs – residents, environment, resources, and basic decency will not be allowed to interfere with progress.  The battle for the radical change of learning to live with less and create truly Sustainable Communities, recognizing that resources on Planet Earth are finite,  has been lost.

by Ugo Bardi

About 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to his friend Licilius noting that “growth is slow, but ruin is rapid”. It was an apparently obvious observation, but one of those observations that turns out to be not obvious at all if you just think a little about it.

Understanding the real message that LTG sent to us in 1972, and that it is still sending, takes a certain effort. First, you have to free your mind from the layers of legends that have accumulated around it over four decades, but that is not enough. You have to free yourself also from the common attitude that prevents us from understanding how complex systems behave. There is no fixed future for systems such as the world’s economic system, only trends. But these systems still obey physical laws: the limits of natural resources, the finiteness of the world system, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And there are the constants of human behavior: mainly our tendency of preferring immediate satisfaction to a future one, a phenomenon known as “discounting the future.

All together, these factors push the world system to follow a well defined path. We cannot determine exactly what the future will be, but we can produce a “fan” of trajectories that show to us where the system is heading to. The original 1972 LTG study had already identified the main factors that have been dominating the behavior of the world’s economy. The combined effects of resource depletion and pollution accumulation (seen today mainly in terms of climate change) have been gradually reducing the ability of the industrial system of accumulating capital and of fuelling growth. These factors will, eventually, cause the world’s industrial and agricultural systems to start a decline that could be defined as “collapse” which, later on, will involve also the collapse of the world’s population.

Reality has been transcended by television programming and the smartphone – a phone for dumb people; which is why it is the smartphone.
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IF Foxconn could readily employ 13,000 at a minimum of $53G each, as the Politicans of WI claim, then why can’t other local private Employers?
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If being paid $53G – and does that include the non-taxable fringe? – is such a great thing – then why are the halls of local government filled with Bureaucrats making $100G plus a year, Tax -free fringes well in excess of $25G, and early retirements, providing opportunities for a second double dipping career in the non-productive World of Management? The only thing Bureaucrats farm is TAXES!
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From Journal Times:

Proposal to review city positions paying over $100,000 stalls

RACINE – A proposal to review vacant high-paying city positions in hopes of finding cost-saving opportunities failed to move past the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday.

Under the proposal, any position vacant due to retirement or resignation that typically pays more than $100,000 in salary and benefits would be reviewed by the committee and City Council before any hire, said Alderman Eric Marcus, who proposed the idea.

In some cases, he said, the responsibilities of a currently unfilled position may be divided among other employees or the committee could decide to reduce a position’s salary.

“I think it’s an opportunity to see if there is some way we can combine positions in an era of real fiscal responsibility,” Marcus said.

There are about 150 city positions that are paid, through salaries and benefits, more than $100,000 a year.

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Too often, these same Bureaucrats then flee Racine County, even the State of Wisconsin, to establish residence in a State without income tax and lower property tax rates! They become tax-evading Snow-Birds! But still they demand more yearly increases while they avoid paying the taxes which fund their retirements, benefits, and increases!

Tax planning is a cornerstone of retirement planning. But by focusing on Uncle Sam, many retirees overlook the state-tax bite. States vary across the map on how they tax everything from retirement income to retail purchases. If you’re thinking of relocating, be sure to know how potential retirement destinations compare with your current state when it comes to taxes.

ERoEI for Beginners

See: http://euanmearns.com/eroei-for-beginners/

The Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI or EROI) of any energy gathering system is a measure of that system’s efficiency. The concept was originally derived in ecology and has been transferred to analyse human industrial society. In today’s energy mix, hydroelectric power ± nuclear power have values > 50. At the other end of the scale, solar PV and biofuels have values <5.

It is assumed that ERoEI >5 to 7 is required for modern society to function. This marks the edge of The Net Energy Cliff and it is clear that new Green technologies designed to save humanity from CO2 may kill humanity through energy starvation instead. Fossil fuels remain comfortably away from the cliff edge but march closer to it for every year that passes.

But in the end, Industrial Civilization, predicated upon a civilization dependent upon an infinite supply of cheap petroleum, will spectacularly fail because there are limits to growth on a finite Planet.
By Gail Tverberg:

The world economy seems to be seriously ill. The problem is not overly high oil prices, but that does not rule out energy as being a major underlying problem.

Two of the symptoms of the economy’s malaise are slow wage growth and increasing wage disparity. Tariffs are being used as solutions to these issues. Radical leaders are increasingly being elected. The Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund have raised concerns about the world’s aggregate debt levels. The IMF has even suggested that a second Great Depression might be ahead if major banks should fail in the manner that Lehman Brothers did in 2008.

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The above graph courtesy of: https://beforethecollapse.com/2018/06/25/the-cost-of-civilization/

Essentially, this is the Cost of our Civilization, and it is on an exponential curvature;

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And an exponential curve works like this…… a doubling every time…… 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 to 512 to 1024…. to infinity.

Politicians LIE for a living.

Politicians have to lie, because it is their only means of support.

They justify endless wars, instill fear, demand endless tribute, and bully the productive. Their ranks multiply until they become a unstoppable swarm whose insatiable demands exceed the capacity of the productive, rapes the land, and creates societal collapse. Soon to be coming to SE WI and beyond.

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*UPDATED* – Oily Stuff Blog sends:

There Appears To Be No End To US LTO Growth

ALL OF THIS GROWTH WILL OCCUR ON DEFERRED DEBT, OR NEW DEBT. MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THIS NEW GROWTH WILL GET EXPORTED TO FOREIGN  COUNTIES. MORE LTO PRODUCTION = LOWER PRICES (now down 18% in <5 weeks),  NO PROFIT… AND WILL FURTHER REDUCE THE SHALE OIL INDUSTRY’S ABILITY TO PAY BACK DEBT OR REFINANCE DEBT AS MATURITIES LOOM.

 

While SRSrocco Reports:

The situation at Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands Operations has gone from bad to worse as the super-low oil price is now costing the industry billions of dollars each month. Unbelievably, the price for the Western Canadian Select heavy oil fell to a gut-wrenching $14.65 yesterday down from a high of $58 in May. Tar sands oil is now selling at an amazing $40 discount to U.S. West Texas Oil which is trading at $56.

In a recent article from EnergySkeptic.com titled, Why tar sands, a toxic ecosystem-destroying asphalt, can’t fill in for declining conventional oil, a review of the book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, stated the following four important points:

Many “energy experts” have said that a Manhattan tar sands project could prevent oil decline in the future. But that’s not likely. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Reaching 5 Mb/d will get increasingly (energy) expensive, because there’s only enough natural gas to mine 29% of tar sands (and limited water as well). Using the energy of the tar sand bitumen itself would greatly reduce the amount that could be produced and dramatically increase the cost and energy to mine it.
  2. Since there isn’t enough natural gas, many hope that nuclear reactors will replace natural gas. That would take a lot of time. Kjell Aleklett estimates it would take at least 7 years before a candu nuclear reactor could be built, and the Canadian Parliament estimates it would take 20 nuclear reactors to replace natural gas as a fuel source.
  3. Mined oil sands have been estimated to have an energy returned on invested of EROI of 5.5–6 for mined tar sands (perhaps 10% of the 170 billion barrels), with in situ processing much lower at 3.5–4 (Brandt 2013). Right now, 90% of the reserves being developed are via higher-EROI mining, yet 80% of remaining oil sands reserves are in situ, so the remaining reserves will be much less profitable.
  4. Counting on tar sands to replace declining conventional oil, with an EROI as high as 30 will be hard to accomplish, especially if it turns out to be the case that an EROI of 7 to 14 is required to maintain civilization as we know it (Lambert et al. 2014; Murphy 2011; Mearns 2008; Weissbach et al. 2013)

I believe the biggest problem with the sustainability of tar sands if we ignore the nasty environmental issues, is the low EROI – Energy Returned On Invested.  As point (4) states, a minimum of 7-14 EROI is needed to maintain civilization.  However, I believe the realistic range of a minimum EROI to sustain our modern societies is likely 10-12 EROI.  So, shale oil at an EROI of 5/1 or less (probably much less) and tar sands at 4-6/1, these are not sustainable energy sources.

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Impoverishing the masses is merely conservation by other means.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Fox-Scam Grand Illusion In a Simple Paragraph

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.

Full Comic available at the following link: https://progressive.org/dispatches/don-t-be-conned-by-foxconn-181020/

From the JT:

Water use and Foxconn discussed at community meeting

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

The only thing Governor Scott Walker and the Republican Party of WI desires is for the citizens of SE Wisconsin to continue voting for the Republican Criminals who have turned a blind eye to the plight of the Common Citizen and have offered them the false hope of future employment at a fraction of the wages and benefits which the Politicos who rule SE WI reward themselves with!

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

As William Catton so succinctly observed:

The Industrial Revolution made us precariously dependent on nature’s dwindling legacy of non-renewable resources, even though we did not at first recognize this fact. Many major events of modern history were unforeseen results of actions taken with inadequate awareness of ecological mechanisms. Peoples and governments never intended some of the outcomes their actions would incur.

To see where we are now headed, when our destiny has departed so radically from our aspirations, we must examine some historic indices that point to the conclusion that even the concept of succession (as explored in previous chapters) understates the ultimate consequences of our own exuberance. We can begin by taking a fresh look at the Great Depression of the 1930s, an episode people saw largely in the shallower terms of economics and politics when they were living through it. [1] From an ecologically informed perspective, what else can we now see in it?

The Great Depression, looked at ecologically, was a preview of the fate toward which mankind has been drawn by the kinds of progress that have depended on consuming exhaustible resources. We need to see why it was not recognized for the preview it was; this will help us to grasp at last the meaning missed earlier.

We did not know we were watching a preview because, when the world economy fell apart in 1929-32, it was not from exhaustion of essential fuels or materials. From the very definition of carrying capacity—the maximum indefinitely supportable ecological load—we can now see that non-renewable resources provide no real carrying capacity; they provide only phantom carrying capacity. If coming to depend on phantom carrying capacity is a Faustian bargain that mortgages the future of Homo colossus as the price of an exuberant present, that mortgage was not yet being foreclosed in the Great Depression. Even so, much of the suffering that befell so much of mankind in the 1930s does need to be seen as the result of a carrying capacity deficit. The fact that the deficit did not stem from resource exhaustion in that instance makes it no less indicative of the kinds of grief entailed by resource depletion. Accordingly, we need to understand what did bring on a carrying capacity deficit in the 1930s.

 

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Wisconsin’s very own Gang of Four, Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

Foxconn Abandons it’s $12 Billion Investment in Brazil, Shutting Down Operations and Selling Off Equipment Due to Costs

Dazed and Confused Politicians in SE Wisconsin simply don’t understand that Foxconn is in the business of making money, while keeping their labor costs low, so profits are maximized. Politicians never have to worry about labor costs or selling price points because they have the power of taxation – imposing the collection of taxes at the point of a gun, versus the private sector, which must sell consumers a manufactured product.  Which in Wisconsin Foxconn’s case is a LCD TV.

SE Wisconsin residents need to be particularly concerned as Foxconn has recently decided to discontinue it’s $12 Billion investment in Brazil!

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

While some believed that Foxconn’s 2011 expansion to Brazil would bring as many as 100,000 jobs and $12 billion in capital investment, the company currently has fewer than 10,000 employees in its 5 Brazilian factories, according to Reuters. One of those facilities is reportedly dedicated to production of Apple’s iPhone 5s.

Despite a public commitment to invest at least $325 million in a new industrial park in Itu, outside of São Paulo, the site is not yet operational, though Foxconn did say it should come online by the end of 2015. The lack of headway has been cause for consternation among city officials.

“People are really frustrated,” Itu city councilor Givanildo Soares da Silva said. “We were expecting all these jobs by now and it’s still just empty promises.”

Of the jobs that Foxconn has brought, many pay little more than minimum wage. Acceptance testers at the Brazilian iPhone plant, for example, bring home just $80 per week and lack access to the same training and advancement opportunities that their counterparts in Foxconn’s Chinese facilities receive.

Workers have held at least three strikes at the iPhone factory, and a union representative said they were planning another. Such labor flare-ups have angered Foxconn founder Terry Guo, who infamously slammed Brazilian labor in 2010.

“Brazilian workers’ wages are very high. But Brazilians, as soon as they hear ‘soccer,’ they stop working. And there’s all the dancing. It’s crazy,” he said at the time.

Manufacturing Apple devices in Brazil also has not had the desired effect of lowering local prices, which are inflated by as much as 30 percent on imported goods thanks to various taxes and tariffs. iPhones and iPads routinely sell for twice as much in Brazil as they do in the U.S., which does not surprise local residents.

“If we’re buying it at that price, then why would they bring it down?” one shopper told Reuters. “I don’t even know what the next iPad does, but I know I need it.”

Meanwhile, ZD Net reports that  Foxconn, in addition to ceasing it’s manufacturing operations in Brazil,  is closing it’s facilities, and selling off the manufacturing equipment.

Foxconn set to discontinue Brazil manufacturing operations

The firm appears to be giving up on the country following promises of $12bn investment.

Mark & Joyce Sonday *WIN* the Land Speculation Lottery as Village of Mount Pleasant Pays Them $400,300 Per Acre!

 

A Better Mount Pleasant notes:

FOR SALE BY OWNER:

The village has listed a property parcel they purchased in Sturtevant just a few weeks ago, located at HWY 11 and HWY H. The village purchased the property for $784,000 saying they HAD to buy the entire parcel for road widening.

At the time, the fair market value of the parcel was $135,000. Sources confirmed to us the high purchase price was most likely because the village had no authority to impose eminent domain in another jurisdiction – so the seller got a great deal.

The village will tear down the long vacant house and will only entertain offers above $550,000.

Um, let’s all hope that get significantly more than that. #weareintherealestatebusinessnow

The Village of Mount Pleasant actually purchased 2 acres, comprised of one full parcel, and one partial, for a total of $800,600! Or, $400,300 per acre. From the legal description:

Parcel 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 2076, recorded August 17, 1998 in Volume 6 of Certified Survey Maps at Page 363, as Document No. 1641481, and being part of the Southwest ¼ of Section 21, Township 3 North, Range 22 East, in the Village of Sturtevant, County of Racine, State of Wisconsin. EXCEPTING THEREFROM land conveyed for highway purposes by Deed recorded in Volume 3318 of Records, Page 18, as Document No. 1804499. Address: 2925 105th Street, Sturtevant, Wisconsin Parcel No. 181-03-22-21-036-020 AND Part of Parcel 181-03-22-21-036-030 2941 105th Street, Sturtevant,  Wisconsin Fee Title in and to the following tract of land in Racine County, State of Wisconsin, described as:  (see the below PDF’s for the entire legal description)

For those who wish to view the complete Transfer Return, it consists of two pages and is available by clicking on the links to the PDF viewer:

Mark Sonday

Joyce Sonday

The land purchased is within the red outline borders:

 

From the Transfer Return:

While the Village of Mount Pleasant paid $800,600 for two acres, of only which a partial strip was needed, these lands were only assessed for a combined total of $156,000.

2925 105th Street was zoned commercial with a land value of $67,000 and an improved value of $42,400, for a total of $109,400.

 

While 2941 105th Street was zoned Residential with a land value of only $46,600.

 

Note that the Attorney representing the Village of Mount Pleasant is Alan Marcuvitz. From the Transfer Return:

In addition, Attorney Alan Marcuvitz is also Mount Pleasant’s property acquisition attorney and expert. The below is from screenshot which clearly indicates the level of conflict between Residents and Elected/Appointed Officials as the Village forces Residents off with Eminent Domain, Blight, low-ball offers, threats and intimidation.

From his on-line Profile: Alan Marcuvitz

While Mr. Marcuvitz currently represents the Village of Mount Pleasant, in the not too distant past he has represented Mount Pleasant Land Speculation Lottery Winners, Mark & Joyce Sonday, as Plaintiffs in these cases:

Kenosha County Case Number 2009CV000007 Mark S Sonday et al vs. Wisconsin Department of Transportation et al

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v WI DOT

Kenosha County Case Number 2004CV000749 Mark S Sonday et al vs. Village of Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v PPCDA

Interestingly enough, while Mark Sonday initially lost his land to the Pleasant Prairie CDA, he won a major arbitration award in 2006. Cheated Mount Pleasant residents need to pay attention!

Military museum reopens after long fight

Though still a work in progress, the owners hope the new venue will attract tourists

October 03, 2007|By John Dobberstein, Special to the Tribune

In 2002, Pleasant Prairie used eminent domain to condemn hundreds of acres, including the museum site and Mark Sonday’s van-conversion business, to make way for development along I-94. Village officials said the museum doubled as a military scrap yard and didn’t fit in with the corporate image they wanted their municipality to project.

In 2006, an arbitrator awarded Mark Sonday a $3.9 million settlement, ending the condemnation process and giving the family enough cash to move the museum and pay $160,000 in legal fees.

Does Mark Sonday and MTP Attorney Alan Marcuvitz know something which cheated,  blighted,  condemned, and displaced  Residents of MTP don’t know? Perhaps.

Cheated and Beaten Mount Pleasant Residents should really enjoy the irony:

Review: Russell Military Museum

This past Sunday we had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Russell Military Museum.  This privately owned museum sits just south of the border between Illinois and Wisconsin about an hours drive north from Chicago.  The museum is situated right off the highway and is easy to get to.  A somewhat battered looking M3 Stuart light tank marks the entrance to the museum parking lot, a former car dealership lot converted into a museum in 2007.

Museum owner Mark Sonday has been building his collection over several decades, originally showcasing them at a previous location in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin (which wife Joyce Sonday now refers to as “Unpleasant Prairie”.)  Forced to move due to Pleasant Prairie using eminent domain to clear land for a retail development, the Sonday family became embroiled in a long legal fight to gain fair compensation for the theft of their land by the state.  For more on the legal battle and move, read this Chicago Tribune article.  (Why a community would prefer an outlet mall to a collection of historic armored vehicles and aircraft is a complete mystery to us!)

But Mark Sonday sold yet another partial parcel to the Village of Mount Pleasant as Russell Military Museum LTD:

From the MTP Village Board Meeting Agenda Minutes for July 9, 2018:

This one acre parcel was part of a 6.99 total parcel and sold for the low, low price of only $64,830. The original 6.99 acres had a value of $236,400 for the land ($33,820 per acre) with an improvement assessed at $1,287,300 for a total of $1,523,700.

For those who wish to view the complete Transfer Return, it  is available by clicking on the links to the PDF viewer:

Russell Military Museum

From the Transfer Return:

Just as Joyce Sonday refers to Pleasant Prairie as “Unpleasant Prairie“, Mount Pleasant has morphed into “Mount Unpleasant“, and continues to beat and cheat Residents:

Properties in Foxconn ‘blighted area’ await their fate

MOUNT PLEASANT — Kim and Jim Mahoney say they have not heard from the Village of Mount Pleasant since it made its offer to buy their home back in April.

They say they have not heard from the village since it voted on June 4 to blight the area they live on, and the clock might be ticking for the village.

The Mahoneys live on a 1.8-acre parcel within Area I and have been negotiating with the village to sell, but things have gotten quiet.

“It’s our position that the blight area designation means nothing for our property,” Kim Mahoney said. “And we literally have not heard anything from the village since their initial offer back in the beginning of April.”

The Mahoneys got their own appraisal for their land, which they said the village “rejected it outright.”

So they let the village send its own appraiser, Pitts Brothers and Associates, to value their land.

According to the Mahoney’s, the village made a “lowball” offer to them based on the average of the two appraisals multiplied by 1.4 percent of the property value.

Kim Mahoney declined to say what their appraisal number was, but said the village came in significantly under their initial appraisal.

“That offer was about $215,000 less than what we believe it will cost to get exactly what we have now with the same exact mortgage that we have now,” Kim Mahoney said, adding they have not responded to the village’s offer. “We pretty much ignored it.”

 

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

Residents also demand to be treated fairly with respect and dignity! 

 

 

 

Mount Pleasant Imposes Eminent Domain for Foxconn

A Better Mount Pleasant sends:

BREAKING – MT. PLEASANT IMPOSES EMINENT DOMAIN FOR FOXCONN

They did it. They finally pulled the trigger on their own residents.

A lawsuit has been filed in Racine County against the Village of Mt. Pleasant in response to a jurisdictional offer (the first step in the taking of property through eminent domain condemnation) filed on August 22nd against the first Mt. Pleasant property owner in the Foxconn area.

We have requested a copy of the lawsuit and will post it as soon as we get it it. Please share this post.

 

More Cracks Appear in the Fox-Scam as Foxconn Admits it Underestimated WI Labor Costs

Well, well, the political love-fest over the much bally-hooed and promised 13,000 employees at Foxconn is already being shot down – by Foxconn. It appears that they underestimated their labor costs in WI – WHOOPS! – whose cost for workers is much higher than those in existing Foxconn manufacturing facilities located in China, India and Third World Hell-Holes. It appears that the politicians, in their haste to help Guv. Scott Walker out of his jam for failing to produce 250,000 jobs, simply didn’t understand that Foxconn would have to be able to manufacture LCD TV’s at a price point low enough to sell millions of units and still make a profit. Political overreach by Politicians who know nothing about operating a profitable business – only tax and spend.  TSK – TSK.

By the way – 250,000 imaginary jobs minus 13,000 imaginary jobs still leaves a deficit of 237,000 imaginary jobs. Just IMAGINE THAT! As for those 13,000 jobs – well, they may very well appear – but it still has to be determined how many jobs each i-SLAVE employee will be assigned.

From The JT, August 22,2018:

Adjusted business model

Woo said Foxconn has dramatically changed its initial presumptions about how it would manufacture in the United States. Originally the company figured it would simply duplicate its China model here — until it realized that the much higher labor costs here would guarantee failure.

“If, six months ago, you asked me: What would be the mix of labor? I would pull out the experience that we have in China and say, ‘Well, 75 percent assembly line workers, 25 percent engineers and managers,’ ” Woo said.

“So, ask me the question today,” he said, then replied, “now it looks like about 10 percent assembly line workers, 90 percent knowledge workers.” Advanced manufacturing here will be done largely by robots and a lot of automation, he said.

More thoughts from A Better Mt. Pleasant:

When U.S. manufacturers began moving operations overseas, they told the American people that it was to decrease costs and increase productivity – they said, as a result of increased labor costs. As we know now, it led to the demise of American manufacturing and catastrophic job loss.

Those companies weren’t lying. It did save them money.

When modern manufacturing companies talk about the increased use of robotics, they say it is to decrease costs and increase productivity. In today’s JT, Terry Woo says the employment model in Wisconsin has already changed because “much higher labor costs here would guarantee failure.”

He’s not lying. Critics at the announcement of the Wisconsin plant have always wondered how they would remain profitable with American labor costs.

Foxconn has invested billions into robotics. They have not been shy in international press saying wish to replace all workers with robots.

Of course there will be jobs. However, even before the last resident has left the area – this deal has gone from “75 percent assembly line workers, 25 percent engineers and managers,” to “10 percent assembly line workers, 90 percent knowledge workers.”

What is the next iteration of Foxconn’s employment strategy? We can’t know until they tell us – but one thing we do know, and history has shown us – it will be whatever benefits Foxconn’s profitability.

Just remember, you gave them $4.5 billion to build it.

While Foxconn now refuses to specify just what type of manufacturing facility they will build at their Mount Pleasant WI campus:

From Journal Sentinel:

Foxconn now declines to say it plans to build type of factory named in state, local contracts

Foxconn Technology Group on Wednesday said again that it will create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin and invest $10 billion in its planned manufacturing campus, but declined to say it still plans to build the type of factory specified in its contracts with state and local government.

Responding to criticism from Democrats over changing plans for a project that could receive some $4 billion in public subsidies, Foxconn reiterated that it is committed to the jobs and investment numbers.

But in a shift from its stance of two months ago, the company on Wednesday did not offer assurances that it still plans to build the type of liquid crystal display panel plant the contracts cite.

No surprise here, as The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already here – along with the demands for a UBI (Universal Basic Income) brought on by:

The Robot, Unemployment, and Immigrants

The political approach to automation is similar, The World Economic Forum of Davos of 2016 was dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The founder and director of the Forum, the economist Klaus Schwalb, even took to the effort of writing a book on the subject, for the conference: a book in which he expresses his concern. Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. We need to take a concerted approach in the world, to make the positive impacts overriding the negative ones. The theme was practically ignored at Davos 2016, because politicians discuss now only themes at a short term: what has to be treated during an electoral period. In particular, Schwab called for leaders and citizens to “together shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people. “Clearly, that goes against the tide of nationalism, the new vision for the US, India, Japan, China, Philippines, Hungary, Poland, Great Britain, Turkey and so on.

A number of economist and influential people, over the years have come out with the idea of a Universal Basic Income. It is time to cushion the society from tensions, instability and unemployment by giving to every citizen a fix income, so to give him a dignified life: and by spending its UBI, he would generate wealth and increase demand, which would stimulate therefore growth, and make a society just and stable. Martin Luther King was an early proponent, like the neoliberal economist Milton Friedman. Now the billionaires from Silicon Valley, like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, the venture capitalist Mark Andreessen, the democrat senator Bernie Sanders, have all expressed support to the idea of a UBI. And in the coming presidential American elections, a New York tech executive, will run with UBI as his political platform. He observes that Trump did particularly well in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states which have lost four million jobs because of automatization. “Higher the concentration of robots, higher the number of disgruntled people wo vote for Trump.” He plans to cover the two trillion dollars that UBI would cost (half of the US budget), with a new Vat tax, and taxation on the companies who profit from automation. Of course, in the US the idea that people who do not work receive public money, is the closest thing to communism, and UBI faces formidable cultural obstacles. But Andrew Yang, the candidate, says we will have otherwise in a few years “riots in the streets: just think to the one million of truck drivers, who are 94% males, with an average education of high school, suddenly all jobless…”

While the intelligentsia  of China speak about ABOLISHING iSlavery:

Old and new working-class people in China are adopting and appropriating digital media, while the digital economy is creating entirely new jobs, communities, and socio-political dynamics. The digital working class marks a fourth stage in the modern history of Chinese class politics, when China has become the world’s factory with immense labor power and increasing social inequality, when the content of Chinese working-class culture has become more diverse and impactful than ever as could be seen in the Fan Yusu phenomenon in spring 2017, all happening at a time when the results of China’s internal processes become more consequential for the world at large. What are the characteristics of China’s digital working class? How can we make sense of it, through what conceptual frameworks? This talk shall discuss the applicability of the “circuits of labor” model (Qiu, Gregg and Crawford, 2014), its premises, limits and implications for future research.

Big changes are now happening in both China and Mount Pleasant! Political Failure is now assured.

Please join Cindy and me in JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

It’s Billy Preston! A politicians BFF!

 

Michigan FIRST! Wisconsin NEXT! as Michigan Declares Emergency Over City’s Water Contamination

Well, well, who woulda thunk it might happen….. especially in the Great Lakes Basin – where fresh water is plentiful, cheap, and used to remove Industrial and Human Waste from sight and smell. This waste, formerly fresh clean water supplied from a tap, is channeled to the sewer system which leads to  a temporary holding facility where it receives “treatment” with chemicals prior to being expelled back into large bodies of surface and underground water supplies in an effort to dilute the extreme contamination and pollutants!

THE PROCESS WORKS!

At least until the concentration of chemicals and contamination becomes too great to be fit for safe human consumption. Meanwhile, lying Politicians like Walker, Vos, Dickert, Mason, DeGroot and Delagrave  proclaim that the supply of  fresh water in the Great Lakes Basin is almost too cheap to meter! What happens when the process fails and the water becomes unsafe?

Michigan declares emergency over city’s water contamination

Michigan officials have declared a state of emergency after a city’s drinking water supply was found to be tainted with a harmful nonstick chemical.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) made the declaration Sunday, days after the discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the water supply for Parchment and Cooper Township, near Kalamazoo.

“This declaration will allow the state to supply additional resources to help with response efforts and ensure the health and safety of residents in Parchment and Cooper Township,” Calley said in a statement. He is acting as governor while Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is out of state.

But that couldn’t possibly happen in Racine, WI – RIGHT?

Test results released last week as part of a statewide effort to test water for PFAS found 1,587 parts per trillion of the substances in Parchment’s water, according to MLive. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an advisory health standard of a maximum of 70 parts per trillion, though recent research by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found health problems at single-digit levels.

PFAS has been linked to health problems like cancer and liver damage. It has been used for decades to manufacture nonstick, stain-resistant, fire-retardant and other types of products.

The EPA and state regulators have only recently begun grappling with PFAS. The EPA has promised an aggressive effort related to the substances, including examining whether to regulate their presence in drinking water on the federal level.

Parchment is just the latest area to have a PFAS problem. Communities in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and elsewhere have in recent years found high PFAS levels in water sources.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS! MOVE ALONG!

“This helps make sure that every resource that is possible is on the table and that we can work as expeditiously together as we possibly can,” Calley told radio host Paul W. Smith of WJR. That includes water deliveries and other health assistance while the city and county work to switch their water supply.

Did you get that?

“That includes water deliveries and other health assistance while the city and county work to switch their water supply”.

Uh… where ya gonna switch your water supply to? City of Racine?

From the post:

Environmental Problems Increase in SE Wisconsin While the Racine Water Utility Acts Without Proper Authority

Great Lakes Compact: A regional commitment

The Great Lakes Compact was approved by all eight Great Lakes states, the U.S. Congress, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.

The Compact bans the diversion of Great Lakes water outside the basin, with limited exceptions.

Only two situations allow a community located outside of the Great Lakes to apply for a diversion.

  1. A community that is located partially in the Great Lakes basin may apply for a diversion.
  2. A community that is located within a county that is partially in the basin, may apply for a diversion.

Any community applying for a diversion must demonstrate that it has exhausted all available options for getting water. In other words, a diversion must be a last resort.

Any diversion application must be approved by all eight Great Lakes states. The two Canadian provinces bordering the lakes are allowed to provide input as well. Any state may veto the diversion application.

Scott Walker, Robin Vos, Cory Mason, Jonathan Delagrave and Dave (the Village Idiot) DeGroot are just part of yet ANOTHER Gang of lying Politicians, seeking to expand their power, control and wealth transfer schemes. To them,  Lake Michigan is just another asset to be given away  to a Foreign Corporation for their use, abuse, and abandonment! After all the wealth has been extracted, for their personal benefit, the taint and costs will remain for the surviving inhabitants ! May you get a large screen TV as compensation!

We’ll fix it for ya –

Foxconn will provide very few jobs with (mostly) low wages (and temps) dependent upon government subsidizes,  and the “investment” will be financed by taxpaying  Residents – all on borrowed money from lenders which will have a first claim on taxpayers and require long term principle and interest payments. Foxconn will also be given “limited liability” for all the environmental damage they will create – and the locals will be stuck with all the long term bills and the environmental damage  after Foxconn has told SE WI  “SEE YA” , is gone, leaving the water supply of SE Wisconsin  heavily contaminated! What then? Import your drinking water from polluted and contaminated  Michigan?

Better LEARN TO SWIM! Because it’s coming – and the water will be TOXIC!

So just where is the voice of  Environmentalist Racine Mayor Cory Mason (D) and former Mayor (?) John Dickert who currently serves as the President and CEO of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative ? Silent…..

They have been bought and paid for by their Masters to remain silent. NO DOUBT! Just ask Foxconn’s newest employees!

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.