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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 20, 2017 - 12:42pm

We had  a little problem this morning upgrading some software on the site.  We're still looking into that, but we then needed to do a restore from this morning's backup to recover, so what should have been a 10-minute planned outage turned into an hour-long unplanned outage.  Anyway, everything is now recovered.


Sarah Botham, a marketing director with Botham Vineyards, always saw gift baskets as a problematic gift — oddly shaped, inefficient and hard to send.

While looking for ways to generate additional revenue for the vineyard, which her husband owns, Botham began to consider ways that their wine could be gifted in a more elegant manner.

“I looked at it as, how do I solve the gift basket issue if I want to do something like this?” she said. “I thought boxes would be a better solution.”

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds


August 15, 2017


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds Condemns President Trump For

Again Blaming “Both Sides” For Violence In Charlottesville


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement Tuesday after President Trump once again sought to diminish the role white supremacist marchers played in a violent protest in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend:

“The President’s statements today rubbed salt into the wounds of millions of Americans still reeling from the national tragedy that unfolded in Charlottesville.  By repeating his totally off base and offensive view that ‘both sides’ are to blame for the death and destruction that occurred last weekend, the President once again revealed his hostility towards race relations in our country.  His comments embolden the racially-motivated and hate-fueled forces who seek to divide our country.  Moreover, his comments threaten to further embolden the growing alt-right and white supremacist movement in our country. This is an affront to the generations who marched for racial equality and economic justice, as those who marched with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. did 54 years ago this month. 

Muslim Advocates Responds to Trump’s Comments on White Supremacist Violence

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, regarding Trump’s latest comments on the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend:


“President Trump is acting like the white-supremacist-in-chief.  


Rep. Gordon Hintz - Where will Wisconsin find the workers?

The shiny object in front of lawmakers’ eyes when talking about the Foxconn proposal is the potential of new jobs.  “13,000 direct jobs!  Another 22,000 indirect jobs!”


All of these claims ignore the reality in 2017 Wisconsin faces. If the jobs do materialize, where will the workers come from?


The important statistic when considering the availability of labor is the “prime working age” population, which economists classify as people between 25 and 54 years old. Wisconsin had 105,000 fewer prime working age people in 2015 than it did in 2010. Some of the sharpest decreases occurred in Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. As the state with the 15th oldest population in the U.S., Wisconsin’s prime working age population is expected to continue to shrink through 2040 to just 33% of its total population.  This is down from 41% in 2010.

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

        CTO, IBM Resilient
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A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

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In this issue:
     Ethereum Hack
     Zero-Day Vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA Tools
       Released by the Shadow Brokers
     Schneier News
     Measuring Vulnerability Rediscovery

"Loving Us” Pow Wow Encourages Recovery


Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“I lost my granddaughter to heroin addiction,” Anita told me. “We’ve lost so many people,” Tena added.

Recently, former Marine Tena Quackenbush and her friends, including Quincy Garvin, Jasime Funmaker, Lori Pettibone, Cindy Ward hosted a gathering to promote and encourage recovery from addiction, especially the scourge of heroin addiction.

Ms. Quackenbush started #StoptheStigma, an organization with a mission to stop the stigma of addiction. She was joined by members of “Natives Against Heroin” in hosting the event.

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need to click on the title here to actually see the video in all its ad-laden glory.

Note that this suit seeks the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the http://www.disruptj20.org website. This very well may include you if you were interested in the protests at the Trump inauguration. A hearing on this is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Superior Court in Washington DC.

State Bar Reporter's Workshop

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

I am happy that I will be attending a State Bar Reporters Workshop in Madison on Sept. 8.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about legal responsibilities, filing FOIA requests, and more.  Any of my pals in Madison might want to know that I'll be there the evening of the 7th, so maybe we can meet up?

About Daily Stormer and their search for a domain registrar

Update - Aug. 15.  The site has disappeared. Surprisingly they still have a whois record with Google as the registrar, but DNS lookups fail.  They're gone.

You may have seen some of the news about the Daily Stormer website and their quest for a domain registrar. Yesterday their long-term domain registrar GoDaddy terminated their domain registration and gave them 24 hours to go elsewhere. They registered their domain with Google Domains today, and within a few hours Google announced they were booting them out as well (though currently a whois search indicates that they are still registered through 2020 with Google). 

Don't be a Sucker

Clips from this film have been circulating around after the horrific weekend events in Charlottesville. It's a propaganda film from the War Department in the wake of Word War II. It's propaganda, but it's a fairly well-made film and tells a story that is strikingly true right at the moment. I find it hard to believe that my father and uncle and a lot of other relatives risked their lives fighting this (and my father spent most of the war in prison camp) just to have this be a "thing" in America in 2017. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing the entire film rather than the short clips that have been going around.

Don't be a sucker. Fight this. 

Everybody talks about the weather - but we're doing something about it


We just dropped in some weather widgets on the site - you'll see one on the right hand side of the front page. These are IP-enabled weather widgets, so they will show you the weather in whatever location the internet gods decide you are in when looking at the site.  If the gods are wrong, just tell it where you want it to look.  If you click on the little Willy Weather logo on the bottom you'll be taken to a full-page weather forecast with radar, etc. 

We've also installed a warning system on the site that will for the time being put out weather warnings for severe conditions in the Eau Claire area. This will appear throughout the site.  However - please don't consider us your primary weather warning system.  We're not completely sure how well this will work in practice (we've done some testing on it, but we're relying on a third party for weather information, and as we all know sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn't). 

In any case, it's just another piece of info we think you might find helpful. 

Gordy's Markets continue to close in the Chippewa Valley

News today is that the Gordy's on Hamilton Avenue in Eau Claire is closing at 5 PM today. This was announced, as have been a few others, by a sign on the door the day of the closing. This leaves just one Gordy's in Eau Claire (on West Clairemont, the one that is near the Menards) that remains open. One is left in Chippewa Falls as well.  Several of the other stores are being taken over by Festival Foods.

Clearly Gordy's is having a tough time, which appears to have largely been caused by a rapid expansion that they could not maintain in the very competitive grocery business in Wisconsin. You may remember that they were set to open a store in Menomonie last year, but postponed starting construction several times and then quietly dropped the project. 

Kathleen Vinehout - Conversations at the County Fairs

Kathleen Vinehout

I love county fairs. I love the sights, sounds, smells and the tastes of the fair. Moreover, I love all the people. Adorable little kids wander around with snow cones. Grandparents catch up on family news. Hardworking 4-Hers show cattle, cakes and cookies.

I especially love the opportunity for conversations with voters about what’s important. The relaxed atmosphere of the fair invites good conversations about what’s going on and how our state should help.

Cookies, roads and health care took up much of my conversations.

Wiscontext - What Foxconn Means For The Great Lakes Compact

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At the turn of the century, a Canadian company named Nova Group sparked outrage across the Great Lakes region when it proposed to withdraw millions of gallons water from Lake Superior water and sell it in Asia. In the short term, this led Canada to crack down on freshwater exports.

Foxconn or Fox-Con - The Foxconn story in Wisconsin

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We will continue to update this Storify story as news comes in. Please comment on this if you know of something interesting we have missed.

Click on the title to continue to the actual story..

Foxconn: The Hype and the Small Print

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Great News! A big tech company called Foxconn is coming to southeast Wisconsin and bringing with it a lot of new jobs. The new company will build a big factory and make flat screens for computers.

The Governor tells us the company will create 13,000 jobs that pay nearly $54,000. Other businesses will benefit because the company will buy things from Wisconsin businesses.

But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Here’s the Rest of the Story.”

Lead Pipe Replacement Costs Are An Ongoing Issue For Wisconsin's Local Governments

Around 176,000 lead pipes connecting municipal water systems to homes, businesses and other buildings are known to exist in Wisconsin. That number is gradually decreasing as communities around the state look to replace this antiquated and dangerous infrastructure, but the scale and cost of the problem is making for a slow process.

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