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EPA Water Listening Session in Eau Claire

EPA Listening Session Attendees

EPA Listening Session Eau Claire, WI November 15, 2016

On Tuesday Nov. 15 approximately 300 people attended the EPA listening session at Chippewa Valley Technical College. The session was set up for the Administrator of US EPA’s Region V, Robert Kaplan to listen to citizens testifying about water quality in the state and to help determine if the EPA should take over the oversight of Wisconsin's compliance to the Clean Water Act.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS VOW TO OPPOSE THREATS TO RACIAL JUSTICE UNDER TRUMP PRESIDENCY

For Immediate Release November 14, 2016

Discriminatory Voting Laws, Voter Intimidation Appear To Have Taken A Toll

NEW YORK —  Seven leading civil rights organizations today issued the following statement in response to the 2016 Presidential and Congressional election:

The Rise Of Apple Clubs And Trademark Varieties Of Fruit

UW-Extension - reprinted by permission from WisContext

The assortment of apples available to choose from at orchards, farm stands and grocery stores can seem daunting. The number of apples available to choose from at orchards, farm stands and grocery stores can seem daunting. New varieties with catchy names are unfamiliar compared to the traditional Red Delicious and Cortlands shoppers are used to finding every fall, and differ as well from the antique apples that are increasingly available. In many cases, though, the most substantial differences are related to marketing and intellectual property rights, rather than the look and flavor of the fruit.

Apples are one of the few produce items marketed by cultivar name — consumers will pay more for particular varieties that offers better taste, color and flavor. The nature of this market has been proven by the outstanding success of Honeycrisp apples. As a result, new apple varieties are patented, trademarked and marketed similarly to any other managed brand.

Menomonie Market Holiday Open House

The Menomonie Market Holiday Open House was a big success - lots of people came into the store to try special and new foods for the holidays. Cheeses, olive oil, wine, spririts, fruits and more were on display and on sale at the co-op. The event also featured live music from two of the co-op board members, Gary Johson and Patrick Pesek-Herriges.

Students UNITE! from UW Stout and community send supplies to Standing Rock

Water is Life

On Thursday, Nov. 11 members of the Menomonie community joined with Students UNITE! from UW-Stout to send money, food, firewood, and supplies to those protecting the water at Standing Rock. The event was a huge success, meeting the fundraising goals and sending the surplus to the Standing Rock Defense Fund. The event took place at the Acoustic Cafe in downtown Menomonie. Kids and adults made signs to send along to Standing Rock, and a truck full of firewood and supplies is making it's way there right now. 

This is another great example of groups in Menomonie making a difference and creating better community - thanks to everyone who participated, and particularly to Casey Green for heading up the event at The Acoustic.

Kathleen Vinehout - Mr. Humphries - Long on Blame, Short on Facts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 3, 2016  Mr. Humphries - Long on Blame, Short on Facts Recent voucher-convert John Humphries has been busy spending his days writing pieces for Right Wisconsin, retweeting voucher leaders, and creating conspiracy theories that school report cards are rigged. But here is the problem: the report card changes were proposed by Gov.

Dick Lamers talks to the Organizing Co-op about Lake Shore Protection

Dick Lamers talks to the Western Wisconsin Organizing Co-op

We had a discussion today with Dick Lamers about shoreline protection laws and the condition of Tainter Lake. This took place on Tainter Lake in Campney Park. We will be bringing you more video and information about our events over time.

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The Broken Promise of GMO's

New York Times artice about how GMO crops have not fulfilled their promise.

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Voter ID isn't the issue

Once again this election season we're hearing about the need for voter ID - fixing a problem that doesn't really exist, while completely ignoring all of the ways our elections can really be compromised on a large scale. Certainly voter suppression is one of these, and is a real issue, but we're also continuing to ignore the technological weaknesses of our voting infrastructure.

Groundsource

I'm talking to the good folks at at the moment - I'm interested in the possiblity of gathering info from folks in the community by text message, and this is an intriguing platform for that. There's an interesting article at Nieman Lab about the use of the platform in journalism.

Let us know if this sounds intriguing to you.

Remember how I said we'd be seeing more of these Internet of Things attacks?

A couple weeks back I wrote about how the Krebs on Security site had been taken down by a huge DDOS attack from Internet of Things (IOT) devices around the world.  And I said we'd be seeing more. There have been a vew of them, but today's is a doozy. Many of the biggest sites on the Internet fell over today (and are still struggling) due to a massive attack on the DNS infrastructure at a company called DYN.

CAFO Moratorium passes in Dunn County

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The Dunn County Board last night passed a six month moratorium on CAFO expansion of more than 10% on farms of over 1000 animals in the county. This is in response to a very large expansion of Cranberry Creek Farm planned for the county, and was prompted by many questions raised about the ability of the farm owners to manage runoff, and some serious issues with the application and the ability of the DNR to properly consider the issues  in awarding a permit.

Facebook Events

We are now importing some events in from Facebook -- they will show up in Black on the calendar, as do all the events that are imported in from other calendars on the Internet.  The Facebook events all have links that go to the actual Facebook event - but we pull them all here into one place for you.

Responsive Videos

The videos on the site are all now responsive ( or should be) so they will now fit on different sizes of screens properly. This requires more testing.

Search fixed on site

Nobody has complained about it, but the search function on the site has been mildly broken for a long time --- it would work once, then return the same search results for about 15 minutes, and then work once again. This was a bad caching configuration on the site.  You should now be able to search much more successfully.  My apologies.

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