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“If this crisis unfolds as depicted here, the country’s final hope for avoiding a terminal slide into authoritarianism would be the midterm election, contesting control of a historically gerrymandered House of Representatives. That election is 16 months away. Between now and then, Trump’s DOJ and his sham election-integrity commission will seek to disenfranchise as many Democratic voters as possible, while the president himself beseeches further foreign interference aimed at Democratic candidates. Absent the necessary sweep, everything Trump will have done to degrade our system for his own enrichment and protection will have been ratified, and a point of no return will have been crossed.” Brian Beutler

Drought Map for July 18th 2017

There goes the wheat crop

USGS Eliminating Whooping Crane Propagation Program

Misty McPhee‎ to Birding Wisconsin 7/18/17

Hi all. Here is an important update regarding whooping crane conservation.

Due to budget cuts, the USGS is eliminating the whooping crane propagation program. The primary facility for housing and breeding whooping cranes is the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD. This population is vital to crane research and the rearing efforts of chicks for reintroduction into the wild. According to the USGS, “This eliminates the largest dedicated captive breeding effort for Endangered Species Act-listed cranes and eliminates capacity within Interior for avian studies that require controlled studies with large, rare birds.”

My major issue with this is the lack of transparency and the timing. Initially, the Whooping Crane Recovery Team was told to find homes for all of the birds by the end of September. I believe that’s now March but it still isn’t enough time to relocate 150 whooping and sandhill cranes. Appallingly, the acting director of USGS reportedly suggested that the cranes be euthanized. Luckily, that idea was shot down.

Based on a conversation with a colleague who works with the crane program at USGS, this cut will save only $50,000 a year. In addition, they said no one is being fired but behind the scenes they are encouraging everyone to find new jobs.

This is very distressing news and will have long-lasting negative impacts on the whooping crane population. If this bothers you as much as it bothers me, please contact your Senators and Representatives voicing your concern.

There Are No Sides

Only the past, and the future….

Alice M. Thoreson THERMOS , 86 | Republican Eagle

Alice Mae Thermos was born on July 7, 1930, in Appleton, Wis., to James and Lola (nee Nicolet) Thermos. Alice grew up in Red Wing and graduated from Central High School in 1950. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year before going to work in the office at Red Wing Pottery. On June 5, 1955, she married Otto Thoreson at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing. They made their home on the Thoreson family farm and together they farmed until retiring in 2010. After retiring they continued to live on the farm. Otto died in January of 2013, and Alice moved to Kenyon in 2014. Alice loved to take walks and inspect the crops in the field. She also enjoyed cooking, bird watching and dancing. When her children and grandchildren were younger, Alice volunteered as a 4-H
Leader. Alice was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Heaven’s Welcoming Committee

A faith that makes losing a sin will make cheating a sacrament

Michael Gerson July 13, 2017:

“Trumpism is an easygoing belief system that indulges and excuses the stiffing of contractors, the conning of students, the bilking of investors, the exploitation of women and the practices of nepotism and self-dealing. A faith that makes losing a sin will make cheating a sacrament.”