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"Wi-Fi" Does Not Have a Valid I.P. Configuration
April 24, 2015

Housekeeping

1) Uninstall Bloatware:
2) Uninstall Antivirus Program:
3) Disable Network Adapters:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Device Manager -> Right-Click on System Name > Network Adapters > Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) -> Left-Click on Disable
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Device Manager -> Left-Click on View -> Left-Click on Show hidden devices -> Right-Click on System Name > Network Adapters > Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter -> Left-Click on Disable
4) Uninstall a Network Adapter:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Device Manager -> Right-Click on System Name > Network Adapters > Wireless L.A.N.* -> Left-Click on Uninstall
5) Flush D.N.S. Resolver Cache:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Command Prompt (Admin.) -> Input "ipconfig/flushdns<enter>"
6) Reset Network Shell Settings:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Command Prompt (Admin.) -> Input "netsh winsock reset catalog<enter>netsh int ip reset reset.log hit<enter>"
7) Confirm Enabled D.H.C.P. Setting:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Command Prompt (Admin.) -> Input "ipconfig/all" -> Confirm Wireless L.A.N. adapter Wi-Fi: D.H.C.P. Enabled: Yes

Firewall

1) Block an Application:
  • Windows + X -> Left-Click on Control Panel -> Left-Click on System and Security -> Left-Click on Windows Firewall -> Left-Click on Allow an App. or Feature through Windows Firewall -> Unselect Name bonjour  
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Environmental Activist Steven Schmuki Loses Assembly Bid
November 20, 2006





Official Results
Here (scroll down) are the official results from the Waukesha County Clerk's Office. Steve won City of Waukesha wards 5, 6, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 29, and 30. In other words, he captured the downtown ward (20) and wards surrounding downtown. Wards 5 and 6 lie due north of downtown; ward 19 lies west of it; wards 21, 22, and 24 lie to the east; and wards 29 and 30 fall to the south of downtown. The following is a breakdown of his victory margin in each ward:
Ward
Net Votes
5
10
6
13
19
4
20
107
21
82
22
37
24
32
29
11
30
43
Schmuki almost won the 3rd ward, losing it by only seven votes; and the 27th (my ward) banked toward Kramer by eighty votes. On inspection, the above wards probably represent a good proxy for the progressive territory here in Waukesha. Unfortunately, some other wards do not see it that way. Areas in which Kramer did best on November 7th include wards that are rapidly developing and among the wealthiest in town:

Ward
Net Votes
36
443
33
348
2&5 (town)
217
32
175
Adding these numbers together yields a total of 1183 votes, or approximately 53% of Kramer's aggregate victory margin of 2237 votes. Had this subset of voters changed their minds on election day, Waukesha would have elected a Democrat to the State Assembly for the first time since 1982. Instead, Kramer beat Schmuki by 55.82-44.1%. With these official results, this is the "official" terminus of this thread. It will appear from now on under the heading announcing Larry Nelson's victory in the sidebar. Needless to say, it will not be colored blue.

I am not going to attempt here a comprehensive analysis of the failure of Steve's campaign, given that the election is rapidly receding into the past. I would note, however, some indisputable facts. Steve and his campaign manager, Ellen, ran a clean campaign without any major gaffes from the candidate. They raised a sufficiently high amount of cash to operate the kind of campaign they wanted. And, finally, the candidate campaigned on soundly progressive ideas. The 97th Assembly district encompasses just too much of Waukesha County for such a campaign to defeat a G.O.P. candidate, given the imbalance in the straight-ticket electorate.

As for myself, I did not know what to expect long ago when Ann Nischke announced her retirement from this seat, thus eliminating incumbency bias. I have worked on campaigns before, but never independently in a forum where I could basically do whatever I wanted on behalf of a campaign. I have tried with varying degrees of success to be as objective as possible in reporting actual news. However, my preferences were never really in doubt. This sort of independent research, analysis, and opinion was truly new to me. Though sometimes it may have seemed otherwise, I did the work for myself, and was never inclined to sway anyone else's mind. As for the candidate, I sincerely hope he remains active in environmental matters and local politics. We need more politicians like him.


Disappointing News
Steve Schmuki lost his bid to replace Ann Nischke in the State Assembly yesterday to Bill Kramer. The margin of victory for Bill was rather large at about eleven points. This news is saddening, given that I thought, with a Democratic "tidal wave" this year, solid fundraising, a positive message, and a quality candidate, that the 97th district was "in play" this year. Not so. Anyway, the local business leadership got the candidate they wanted. Everybody else is stuck with a member of the idiot wing of the G.O.P. for the next two years. I have concluded from this that some people just enjoy being used. That is the essential message Waukesha sent to the State Assembly with Bill Kramer.


Last Campaign Finance Report: Kramer Trying to Buy an Election
James Wigderson reports on the last campaign finance report before the general election next week. The raw data can be found at the State Elections Board in Excel format here. The most interesting piece of data is, of course, the fact that Bill Kramer has loaned his campaign $14,000 more than his opponent, Steve Schmuki. If the previous campaign finance report is any indication, I suspect he has granted his campaign much more cash as well. Clearly, given a poor reception among donors, Kramer is attempting to buy the election for State Assembly out of his own pocket.

A comparison with last spring's mayoral election here in Waukesha can only go so far, but it is an eery one indeed. Ann Nischke, despite having poured thousands of her own dollars into the campaign, comfortably lost against the current Mayor, Larry Nelson. Another piece stood out as well: Schmuki still has almost $12,000 on hand a week before election day. Again, I suspect that a last-minute lit. blitz coupled with good turnout for tomorrow afternoon's GOTV effort will sop up this cash. All in all, the Schmuki campaign raised a fair amount since August 28 - $16,837.10.

James wonders why Schmuki has refrained from loaning a similar amount to his own campaign. My impression is that Steve is concentrating more on doors and a grassroots organization than direct mail, phone banks, etc. He may feel that the kind of campaign he wants to run requires relatively low overhead. And, more importantly, in a tidal wave year for Democrats in general, he has at least an even chance of pulling it off. The key, though, is whether turnout will be strong tomorrow. If it is, then a Democrat will excel at something Republicans thought they owned: get-out-the-vote efforts.


Victory Party Time and Location
The following piece of direct mail arrived in my mail box today:


Finally, less than a week from election night, I now know the location and time of a victory party. My question is, though, is this event only for Steve or for all the candidates around Waukesha County? It was discussed earlier this month at the Party meeting that, for purposes of economies of scale, only one party should be thrown. Is this true? Democrats really need to upgrade their planning for these events. This is one reason, among others, why Republicans capture too many seats at the local level. They are better logistically at handling the small stuff.


Campaign Finance Update: Schmuki's Current Numbers
Ellen Morris-Gutierrez, Steve's campaign manager, was kind enough to kick some numbers my way indicating the level of enthusiasm among the Democratic base. As of October 21, 2006, the campaign has raised a total of at least $15,700 from 115 individuals within the district. Of these, at least forty contributed $100 or more and must report their activities to election officials. At least sixty contributed less than $100, in amounts that range from $10-$99. These are solid figures for any candidate running a campaign that eschews radio and T.V. buys.

In other news, Steve just recently covered the 27th ward and I was fortunate enough to actually be home when he arrived at my door. Our conversation centered mostly around how little excitement there is within the G.O.P. base for Bill Kramer. He was optimistic having just met some voters who are older (and, by extention, probably more conservative) who had voted for him by absentee ballot. He will soon choose another ward to target. Having done literature drops for Bryan Kennedy here, I know that canvassing can be a bit arduous at times. Hopefully, his efforts will be rewarded two weeks from today.


Second Debate Forum: Schmuki Vs. Kramer
The two candidates for State Assembly district 97 met tonight in the second forum at which the voters could size up their positions on the issues as well as their demeanor. The two men expressed their differences with more-or-less liberal vs. conservative philosophies of government in the 21st century. Mr. Kramer wants the State to emphasize Health Savings Accounts while Mr. Schmuki wants universal health insurance. Mr. Kramer warned the audience that universal health insurance would cost $400 billion annually and kill jobs. Most estimates place the cost of insuring the roughly 46 million Americans without health insurance at $80-$100 billion per year. He may have been referencing Canadian-style health insurance, which is one form of universal health care. He also noted that we already have universal health insurance, which went unsupported. On the other hand, Mr. Schmuki approached the issue as a form of social insurance that a developed economy like America's, he feels, should have.

On education, each candidate gave stock answers from their philosophies of government. Mr. Schmuki opposes TABOR because it would threaten the integrity of public education, among other public services. Mr. Kramer supports it because, he feels, stronger constraints are needed to force state and local officials to locate efficiencies. 25-30% of the structural budget deficit could be cut with TABOR-like boundaries, according to Mr. Kramer. The candidate failed to elaborate further on this point. He also repeated that TABOR is going to prevent pork in the budget and will result in diminished "brain drain." Mr. Kramer left the audience to ponder these propositions further.

Social issues were also discussed at tonight's forum, in particular the upcoming referendum on marriage and the advisory referendum on the death penalty. Mr. Schmuki presented the liberal perspective on the constitutional amendment that would codify marriage as between one man and one woman. He feels that it would be at variance with the state's history to place a measure into the constitution that restricts civil rights. Mr. Kramer, rather, believes that a safeguard needs to be implemented to prevent the recognition of out-of-state marriages among homosexuals. On the death penalty, the candidates again expressed the standard Left-vs.-Right perspective. Mr. Schmuki flatly opposes the death penalty for three reasons: 1) It is not, he feels, a deterrent; 2) It is costly to undertake; and 3) The risk of executing an innocent person is too great. Mr. Kramer believes that this risk is insignificant and that the precise wording of the referendum implies that the death penalty could deter, if the crime is premeditated.


Progressive Majority Endorses Schmuki for Assembly
I hope everything went alright this morning at the first debate forum between Steve and Bill. I was unable to attend given that I am, um, not a morning person. Anyway, much more importantly, Progressive Majority has fully endorsed Steve Schmuki for State Assembly. Awhile ago, down, down, down on this thread, I commented that his news page had claimed that P.M. had "invested" in the candidate. This confused me somewhat. However, it is now clear that this organization seriously believes Steve can win next month. I say seriously, because Progressive Majority only endorses candidates they feel are close to sure things. Two-thirds of the candidates they endorsed went on to win the election. Furthermore, they gave his campaign $247.37 prior to August 28th.

All of which is excellent news. Even better, I will be able to attend the next discussion on October 18th, 7:00 P.M., at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha. According to his updated news page, a forum sponsored by U.W.-Waukesha is also in the works. Some more notes from the campaign indicate that Steve is now canvassing due north of downtown, in wards 5 and 6. I sure hope he makes it down here to the 27th ward. After all, even though he ran unopposed in the primary, he received (p. 193) 107 votes from residents of the 27th. That was his best result last month.

He also has agreed to restrict donations to individuals in return for the maximum grant from the Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund. His opponent declined any public finance. And, really, why should he, since Kramer has farmed over a grand in donations from P.A.C.s so far, including a $500 check from the G.O.P. machine in Madison? I guess when you receive the same amount from Ford Titus, C.E.O. of ProHealth, Inc. - one of the area's largest employers, you know where your interests lie. I make two things out of this. We no longer should have guys like Mr. Titus financing the campaign of anybody, at any amount. More importantly, the check from Madison indicates to me that the Party is scared that the 97th could really flip this year.

On a personal level, I am glad the candidate relaxed downtown this past Saturday evening for the art crawl. Turnout surprised everyone and there were lots of bare shelves and walls from the strong sales. I do not know if the street scene resembled "the old days before the malls" because I grew up with the mall culture. But I am glad that downtown seems to have emerged as an "art colony" of sorts. I hope the growth will continue. I have not been to an indoor mall in a long time and intend to keep it that way.


First Candidate Forum Set for This Thursday
I am normally loathe to republish information found in the mainstream media. However, given the extreme short notice involved in the announcement, I need to here. Steve Schmuki and Bill Kramer will debate each other very soon in the first of two forums.
Where: Citizens Bank of Mukwonago
2109 Corporate Dr.
Waukesha
When: Thursday, October 12, 2006
7:30 A.M.
The event is sponsored by the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce. A second forum organized by a group of area churches will take place on October 18th, though the exact timing remains undisclosed.


An Endorsement
With the midterm election only a month from today, I thought I would offer my first "endorsement" of a candidate for public office. It should perhaps come as no surprise that I will be voting for Steve Schmuki for 97th District of the State Assembly next month. I base this support strictly upon the position statements of the organization at which Mr. Schmuki is President, the Waukesha County Environmental Action League. While this may seem overly restrictive (no considerations of his views on health care, education, etc.), the environment is an issue on which Steve has the most expertise and interest. Therefore, it follows that he will continue to express a disproportionate commitment here if (when?) elected to the Assembly. Furthermore, in targeting the base, Steve is rallying voters who have a strong interest in the environment as well.

Steve Schmuki will do something on the issue of global warming. Indeed, if W.E.A.L.'s statement on clean air and transportation is to be believed, he will do quite a lot. Although the state of Wisconsin is only a minor contributor to this problem, Americans need a coordinated response to it at the federal, state, and local levels of government for a solution to work. His approach would be three-pronged: 1) Remove or convert motors that produce the most emissions; 2) Provide incentives for the use of alternative fuels; and 3) Strengthen the region's mass transit system. All of these policies will cost a substantial amount of money, to be funded by business, the taxpayers, and the consumer. However, the risk to every living thing on Earth of doing nothing is far, far more costly. This voter wants some insurance against that occurence, which is why I will proudly cast my ballot for Steve Schmuki on November 7, 2006.


What Steve's Group Is All About
With Steve's courtship of the base, I thought that I, as a member of it, would research exactly what it is that the Waukesha County Environmental Action League wants done to improve the environment here in Waukesha. So, I clicked on "Position Statements" and located eight specific issues that W.E.A.L.'s Board of Directors would like addressed: Great Lakes Water, Clean Water, Clean Air, Environmental Chemicals and Genetic Engineering, Open Space, Wetlands, Waste Issues, and, Transportation.
Great Lakes
This was not a difficult task for me - only 22 pages of material to digest with no equations or graphs. Clearly, W.E.A.L.'s top priority is the preservation of open space in the county, and, by extension, improved land use planning and the prevention of urban sprawl. However, a close second, it seems, is the modification of the Great Lakes Basin Resources Compact, in particular Annex 2001, strongly opposing diversions of water from the Great Lakes to communities that lie outside of its basin (like Waukesha). W.E.A.L. proposes doing so by tightening up some terminology within the text that allow loopholes through which communities that "straddle" or abut the basin's borders seek exemptions from the diversion ban. W.E.A.L., furthermore, supports the current definition of the basin as a creature of surface water flow and topography. What surprised me somewhat is that only one-percent of Great Lakes water is renewed each year. W.E.A.L. wants a restriction on total diversions to reflect this constraint and proposes that "in-basin" users adopt conservation standards as rigorous as "out-basin" users.
Open Space
W.E.A.L. advocates for even stronger conservation measures for land here in rapidly-growing Waukesha County. In order to prevent sprawl and conserve what open space remains in the county, W.E.A.L. wants far more stringent land use planning, the lack of which it calls a "crisis." The following list of measures stood out the most:
  • Farmland assessments should only reflect the value of the crop, and not the value to a potential developer - effectively, a subsidy to keep land open.

  • An ordinance should be adopted by the County mandating that only if a farmed parcel of land adjoins developed land can its zoning status be changed - effectively, a wealth tax on farmland near, but not contiguous to, developed parcels.

  • A requirement that developers issue Economic Impact Studies for new development should be regulated - effectively, a tax on new development, and, by extension, on tenants and residents.

  • Environmental Corridors should be preserved in their natural state - effectively, a 100% tax on new development on those parcels and the opportunity cost of sale on whatever public entity preserves the land.

  • All appropriate ordinances should be approved to support a County land use plan, including stormwater management, non-point source pollution abatement, and land division and development.
  • If the above cost qualities of these policies are interpreted as criticism of them, they should not be. It would be hopelessly naive to assume that a comprehensive countywide program to preserve open space would go cost-free, on developers, residents, taxpayers, etc. Finally, W.E.A.L.'s objective is the preservation of lots of wetlands in the county - buffered D.N.R. mapped sites, small unmapped ones when possible, and those missed by the D.N.R.
    Clean Water
    Wetlands are an integral part of the area's water system. Another important component is, of course, Waukesha County's lakes and streams. W.E.A.L. supports the preservation of more flood plains, shorelines, wetlands, natural areas, and environmental corridors in order to control non-point source pollution and improve water quality in the area. In addition, stronger restrictions should be installed on the application of pesticides and fertilizers on croplands, parks, golf courses, and yards. Such a measure would reduce runoff into surface and ground water. Finally, W.E.A.L. commends the continued abatement of point source pollution by all levels of government and the private-sector. These sources include untreated wastewater from industry and municipalities.
    Clean Air and Transportation
    As someone who does vote partially based upon a candidate's environmental record and vision, this is my most important concern. According to the W.E.A.L., automobiles contribute 43% of ground level ozone in southeastern Wisconsin whereas other sources (small engines, lawn mowers, boat motors, etc.) contribute 42%. Moreover, according to the D.O.T., only ten percent of automobiles generate half of all pollution from motor vehicles. That is simply unacceptable, particularly since it is also associated with greenhouse gas emissions that threaten the lives of everyone on Earth, not just those in Waukesha County. What should we be doing here in Waukesha County to ameliorate, if only slightly, the very real risks imposed by global warming?
  • Removal of the worst motor vehicle contributors through increased waiver cost limits or a State purchase plan for vehicles failing Emissions' Inspection

  • Require new small engines and boat motors to have emission controls using the same standards implemented in California

  • Promote programs to conserve energy and utilize renewable types of energy through strict building codes, utility rebate programs and tax incentives

  • Advocate for incentives to private citizens to acquire/convert to vehicles powered by electricity and other alternative fuels

  • Work toward restructuring Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (D.O.T.) funding priorities to emphasize mass transit

  • Advocate for formation of a Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority to plan regional transit needs through mass transit
  • Each one of which is a no-brainer piece of a comprehensive local contribution to the solution to global warming.

    Steve does not have all the answers. Nobody does. And on some of W.E.A.L.'s policy points, I found myself in disagreement, either because I am ignorant (more likely) or right (less likely). Conservatives would also assert that, if taken literally, the program of the W.E.A.L. would involve enormous costs upon business, taxpayers, consumers, etc. That is true. However, at least some of those costs are borne, just not by a party undertaking the activity. And, some costs are those that can only be supported through the tax base. Furthermore, conservatives may read "land use planning" as something hatched in Stalinist Russia, rather than Waukesha County. I think the W.E.A.L. would suggest that the other extreme position is just as bad. Imagine the entire county looking like Bluemound Road - no planning, jurisdictional chaos, traffic congestion, etc. Steve would suggest that we are not locked into two discrete options here. There is a continuum - too much planning is as bad as too little. We are going to conserve at least some of the county. All that is required is a sense of balance about how much.


    Bills That Steve Can Back
    Steve, the last time I saw him at least, was courting the base downtown and around. With such supporters, he feels, no doubt, freer to discuss his passionate environmentalism. I have yet to report on his organization's specific perspective on the issues here. However, tonight, I trolled the State Assembly's database on bills and resolutions pertaining to the environment. If Steve encounters a wily voter interested in specific proposals, these should help him make the issues more concrete since they are floating around the legislature right now. The following bills appeared under the keywords "environmental protection,""natural resources," or "energy conservation" with appended descriptions provided by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
    Assembly Bill 585 (P.D.F.)
    This bill creates a sales and use tax exemption for equipment that is energy efficient, as qualified under the Energy Star program, including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, boilers, refrigerators, freezers, and clothes washers, but not including consumer electronics. This bill will be referred to the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions for a detailed analysis, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate (P.D.F.), which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.

    Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on May 11, 2006

    Assembly Bill 744 (P.D.F.)
    This bill creates an income and franchise tax credit for the amount of the sales and use taxes paid in the taxable year on the purchase of energy efficient equipment, including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, boilers, refrigerators, freezers, and clothes washers, but not including televisions, audio equipment, and other consumer electronics. The amount of the credit may not exceed an amount equal to $1,000 for each piece of equipment purchased in the taxable year. For further information see the state fiscal estimate (P.D.F.), which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.

    Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on May 11, 2006

    Assembly Bill 767 (P.D.F.)
    This bill creates an income and franchise tax credit for alternative energy sources. A taxpayer may claim a credit in an amount equal to the amount of sales and use taxes the taxpayer paid in the taxable year on certain equipment and services related to generating electricity and heating water by using solar energy, wind energy, or gas from agricultural waste. In addition, a taxpayer may claim a credit in an amount equal to 10 cents per kilowatt hour for energy generated from wind, the sun, or gas from agricultural waste that is used exclusively by the taxpayer or returned to a utility as surplus energy. For further information see the state fiscal estimate (P.D.F.), which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.

    Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on May 11, 2006

    Senate Bill 81 (P.D.F.)
    This bill creates sales and use tax exemptions for the sale of a renewable resource and for the sale of any item of tangible personal property that uses a renewable resource. Under current law, "renewable resource" includes a resource that derives electricity from a fuel cell that uses a renewable fuel, tidal or wave action, solar thermal electric or photovoltaic energy, wind power, geothermal technology, wood or plant material, biological waste, crops grown for use as a resource, or landfill gases.

    Under current law, the Development Finance Board (board) may award technology development grants and loans, from the Wisconsin development fund, to businesses to provide capital for developing and marketing a business or to fund technical research that is intended to result in the development of a new, or the improvement of an existing, industrial product or process. This bill requires the board to biennially award technology development grants or loans, not exceeding a total of $400,000 in each biennium, to businesses for research, development, or commercialization activities related to renewable resource projects. This bill will be referred to the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions for a detailed analysis, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate (P.D.F.), which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.

    Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on May 11, 2006
    Senate Joint Resolution 1 is essentially the current biennial session schedule. Failure to pass pursuant to it means that all the above bills died in committee. Bummer. However, that does not mean that they cannot be reissued in the next legislature if (when?) Steve Schmuki is our Assemblyman. Another consideration, of course, is the stark realism any environmentalist must face. In short, the current session's work on this issue amounts to little or nothing.

    The result from the next legislature is unlikely to be much different. Assuming Scott Jensen is replaced by another Republican (sorry, Sterling) next year, Democrats would need an eleven-seat pickup to regain control of the Assembly. That is about as likely as the Earth colliding with an asteroid in my lifetime. However, the story is much brighter on the Senate side, with only three pickups needed to wrest back control of that chamber. Hopefully, guys like Jim Sullivan are as committed to reform as Steve Schmuki.


    Some Technical Notes
    Update

    So, the strikethrough problem should be solved. Inexplicably, Moz does not recognize the < s > tag, whereas I.E. does. I foolishly thought this tag meant "space" not "strike." This tag was written into all my tables in order to separate the columns and improve appearance. Instead, I.E. interpreted it as "strike everything following until < /s > appears." As I never closed this tag out, everything below the most recent table was crossed out. I have no idea why the sidebar text should have been affected since I never wrote this tag into my template. Weird.


    This thread has grown way too unweildy. After months of reporting on this race, my browser's page is maxed out and this post consumes more than half of it. So, I have replaced generic "update" tags with real headlines below. I also blank targeted each link so there is no longer any need to hit the back option on the browser. Also, I have received word from several of my readers of strikethroughs on some, or all, of this blog's text. Honestly, I have no idea of the origin of this. No matter how hard I try, I cannot replicate this effect on my system. I have googled it and have attempted to seek a technical solution with blogger as well. All to no avail. If anyone out there can offer help, I would appreciate it.

    Finally, as we approach election day, I may report information that a particular campaign (not just Steve's) would rather not be released to the public. Several readers of this blog would rather be pushed in front of a speeding locomotive than vote Democratic. Therefore, any campaign representative is welcome in the comments or via e-mail to request some boundaries on what I express here. All information pertaining to strategy is probably strictly between Steve and his campaign chair, Ellen. But, I do not want to go around stepping on toes, especially friendly ones.


    Schmuki Canvassing Downtown and Around
    Tonight, I attended the monthly Waukesha County party meeting. I skipped last month's. Why? The featured guests were the Democratic primary candidates for Secretary of State. I cannot imagine a more boring and irrelevant time. This evening's featured guest was Talia Schank representing FAIR Wisconsin. I became a little more educated on the ban on civil unions voters get to disapprove of in less than seven weeks time. More important, I got rather psyched that Wisconsinites will be the first to knock down a measure that would write discrimination against homosexuals directly into our State's constitution.

    Anyway, this thread here is about Steve's campaign. He dropped in about forty-five minutes into the meeting, just in time for "Candidate's Corner." Andrew Stiffler, Democratic candidate for 33rd Senate district, spoke first. Apparently, his campaign is so broke that he cannot afford any yard signs, but he is getting some media attention from WTMJ. If it is hard to be a Democratic candidate in the City of Waukesha, it has to be impossible for Mr. Stiffler at the County level. I actually felt a touch of pity well up in me.

    Not so for Steve. He arrived having just completed a circuit of doors in the 20th Ward - a district that includes parts of downtown and environs immediately south. Ah, warms the heart observing a smart politician. And, Steve, I live in the 27th. You know, the one that includes Waukesha South? We like you here too. Even better, he informed us that his campaign has distributed a total of 14,500 pieces of lit. in his first buy. The composition of this buy was somewhat unclear - 14,500 pieces of "something." A second buy has been contracted and will be distributed soon. If only candidates could knock on as many doors, eh?


    Lufter for Assembly: What Went Wrong?
    The following is a postmortem on the wreckage of the Lufter for Assembly campaign. Chris was billed as the "insurgent" versus Bill as the "establishment" candidate. I do not think such an "analysis" is very useful. I am not sold on the idea that an advantage in endorsements, connections, whatever translates into cash or motivated voters. Furthermore, each side cancelled one another out in the pro-life endorsement war. For some odd reason, each campaign initially targeted the base on abortion. The conservative base, having been put through the ringer lately, has, it seems, been worn down to this issue alone.

    There is a pattern here. Chris ran as the tax revolt candidate, with credentials to back up her position. So did Scott Walker. So did Ann Nischke. All lost. Why? Because moderate, libertarian Republicans who used to be motivated by such experience and rhetoric are staying home on election day, or have bolted from the party altogether. Those that remain in the G.O.P. tent are much more likely, therefore, to respond to a socially conservative message than before. Though Lufter is very much pro-life, her appeal centered squarely on her "pro-taxpayer" message.

    Adjoining this failure of message was a tardiness in campaigning, and hustling cash to deliver it. Chris did not declare her candidacy until June 27, thus giving Kramer weeks, perhaps months, time to raise cash. He had a $2,464.90 cash advantage only days into the race. At the time, I thought Lufter's superior name recognition within the G.O.P. base would allow her to rapidly close this gap. This proved illusionary on two levels. With such a long lag, Bill had plenty of time to introduce himself to the party faithful, and raise cash. He probably began the race with superior, not inferior as I proposed, name recognition. He was then able to maintain his fundraising advantage over Chris.

    Now, what does this mean for Steve's campaign, and for Democrats here in general? As I recommended long ago, before Chris jumped in, ignore the base and concentrate on moderates and independents (like those who used to vote for candidates like Lufter). With TABOR gone (effectively) as an issue to rally the base, there is no need to waste oxygen and paper on them, who are already very motivated this year. Unfortunately, Steve needs to know that this also applies to the environment. Those who are passionate about the environment will show up and vote for Steve regardless of the shape his run takes.

    Kramer ran a smart campaign, but I believe he knew he was going to win, and win big primary day. How? On the Saturday before the election, I received a piece of direct mail from his campaign. Expecting to read yet more pro-life sermoning, I sighed, and read Bill's perspective on... education. Yep, an issue aimed straight at the very people who skip the primary, but vote in November. Now that is confidence, and Steve needs to meet it halfway.


    Kramer Defeats Lufter in Landslide Victory
    With 51% of precincts reporting as of 10:24 P.M. C.S.T., Kramer leads Lufter, 55% to 44%. Unless all hell breaks loose, therefore, Bill Kramer will represent the G.O.P. for 97th State Assembly district in November. An analysis of the failure of the Lufter campaign due for tomorrow.


    Message Delivery in the Internet Age
    The following YouTube broadcast is useful only to the extent we get a better glimpse of the candidates's body language and eye contact. Incidentally, this is linked over at Lufter's campaign website - kudos to her on two levels. First, it is unbiased news coverage. More importantly, this is how to deliver the message in the year 2006. Yard signs are a component too, but so is this.

    Do Endorsements Matter? A Political Analysis
    James ponders in the comments below how Lufter can be in trouble given her superior cash balance. Call it the "I want to die broke" rule. Campaign donations are no good unless spent on real lit., yard signs, etc. Two months ago a flush bank account would be an advantage, but it is now crunch time. Unless spent in a mad dash to the finish line, I do not see how these funds are going to be productive for her campaign. James also notes that Bill has incurred debts totaling $5,000 over the reporting period. He is correct, however, the numbers below were meant to show each campaign's flow of funds, not whether any assets or liabilities were taken on. If his obligations are included here, then his ending cash balance would be -$4,063.65. Bill's campaign, of course, is alone in indebtedness.

    James also notes that Bill's numbers are upward biased given his campaign treasurer's connections among monied local Republicans and his suite of endorsements. Given that I am not a partisan insider, the former is unknowable to me. Whether or not endorsements translate into hard cash is uncertain. After all, in the period Jan. 1, 2005 - Jun. 30, 2006, fully 60.6% ($3,000) of Bill's "big money" contributions were from either himself or his girlfriend. Only $1,950 (39.4%) was given by eight others for a paltry average of $243.75. It would seem that his early endorsements had little effect on the bottom line. Until the latest data are analyzed closer, we cannot know whether any "catch-up" in contributions has occurred. I suspect that, indeed, it has. Nobody donates $6,322.40 (60.6% of $10,433) to their (or their boyfriend's) campaign.

    Underlying all of this, though, is the question of whether endorsements or connections (however weighted) are correlated with campaign contributions. Bill's campaign might have received as much cash had nobody liked him. We just do not know. No doubt Chris is running ragged in her quest to replace Ann Nischke. But, doubtless too, so is Bill. The difference is that Bill got in earlier, raised cash earlier, maintained a (slight) advantage in raising additional funds, and spent it faster. Whether this trend can be reversed in the next seventy-two hours is, of course, plausible. It would be the only way to burn up her considerable cash hoard.

    I have the luxury here of analyzing this primary campaign from a neutral perspective. There is no way on earth I could ever support either candidate, financially or otherwise. I would say, though, that Kramer has, in this outsider's view, run a slightly stronger campaign so far. From Chris's side, all I note is later, later, later: Late in announcing, late in fundraising, and late in spending the money, relative to her opponent. On a personal level, the closest I have gotten to Chris was to read a piece of junk mail. Bill actually knocked on my door. Voters remember that.


    Second Campaign Finance Report: What Is Lufter Waiting For?
    The following summarizes the campaign finance activity of the candidates (Excel) during the period July 1 - August 28, 2006 (the reporting period).
    CandidateBeginning CashIncomeExpensesEnding Cash
    Bill Kramer$2,544.90$10,433.00$12,041.55$936.35
    Chris Lufter$80.00$9,041.64$4,552.56$4,569.08
    Steve Schmuki$4,637.85$4,802.37$653.23$8,786.99
    These numbers are troublesome for Chris's campaign. She is shaking the money tree almost as hard as her primary opponent yet continues to be dogged by her relatively late entry into the campaign - the $2,464.90 edge in Bill's beginning cash balance can buy a lot of visibility. Worse, though, two weeks and change out from September 12th and over $4,500 still in the bank? Can we expect from this a last minute blitz from the Lufter side? If so, and I mean this sincerely, I truly hope they avoid direct mail.


    Schmuki Launches Website
    Way to go Steve - finally, a web site comparable to your opponents'! Some bugs still infect it, though. I tried to volunteer and the e-form was lost due to technical difficulties. Hmm... On the campaign news page, I discovered that Progressive Majority has "invested" in Steve's campaign. What this means is unclear. After all, Steve does not appear in their list of candidates. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, Jim Sullivan, fifth State Senate district candidate, does. This is good, good news, given that P.M. has a strong track record of endorsing winners (like Larry Nelson).


    Lufter Plays Weak Ethics Card against Kramer
    The banner headline in today's Freeman reports on a press release from the Lufter campaign critical of Bill Kramer's vote earlier this year approving of a pay raise for his girlfriend, Pamela Reeves, Waukesha County Treasurer. Since ethics is so much in play this election year, something like this was not unexpected from either side. It will receive some press. But two weeks from now it will not even be a memory.

    More important, the article demonstrates less-than-complete reporting. Rather than call the Wisconsin Ethics Board legal counsel, Kollin, (who will blow you off or refer you to local officials) why not dig into Bill's campaign finances as well. After all, is the fact that the same Ms. Reeves has donated a sizable amount to Bill's campaign - $500 - not important as well? I know. This sort of information cannot be gleaned from a press release.


    Kramer and Lufter Cancel Each Other Out in Endorsement War
    I am not sure what to make of Bill and Chris's attempts to court the base in this primary campaign. One thing is clear, however. Both campaigns are waging that abortion will resonate the most, hence, the endorsement war. On Saturday, I received more junk in the mail, this time from the Lufter for Assembly side. It reads almost identically to Bill's, received only twenty-four hours earlier. Pluck one extreme pro-life group's name, insert another's, repeat. There were some differences, though. Rather than source glossy mail from a marketing firm, Chris decided to do direct mail on the cheap - analogous to walking into a McDonald's and asking what the cheapest item on the menu is. I read the form letter and was perplexed.

    After all, I thought Lufter was the anti-tax zealot in this campaign. Not only did she fail utterly to mention other issues besides abortion, but she failed to differentiate herself from Bill at all. After all, do Republicans really care if one candidate is endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin rather than Wisconsin Right to Life? Can we expect that only members of these "advocates for the unborn" groups will show up at the polls next month? Why Chris and Bill did not hedge and mention other issues is unknowable. Why the emphasis on direct mail is another mystery.

    The scene is not one of total darkness, however. Inserted into the envelope was a small card that, if one desired, could be mailed in requesting a yard sign. These devices no doubt help out on name recognition but are highly variable in their effectiveness. I am inclined to think, more often than not, that they are a waste of campaign resources. Most surface streets here in town receive relatively little traffic - auto, bike, and foot. As Bucher for Attorney General is demonstrating, going big and going major thoroughfare (Sunset Drive) may be the only viable option here.


    First Kramer Mailing Touts Pro-life Group's Endorsement
    Well, today, I received my first bit of political junk mail from the Kramer campaign. What an odd campaign Bill is running. On the one hand, he runs the classiest web site of the three, while on the other, he is resorting to print on the message. Print is considered the cheapest, yet least effective, method of delivering the message - a fact of life Ann Nischke learned the hard way when she placed it at the center of her campaign for Mayor of Waukesha. Anyway, back to Bill. He touts his endorsement by Wisconsin Right to Life and delivers some platitudes on his pro-life perspective.

    This is both cheap and smart politics. Only the base will show up next month, so deliver the message now that will rally them to the polls. It is cheap, though, because it is so brazenly so. Bill had the opportunity to explain in this mailing how he feels on other issues besides abortion (and, yes, even among the G.O.P. base, there are others) and chose not to. Worse, about a quarter of its surface is covered by two photos of an infant. Bill, I am not sold on Gerber baby formula here. When will these people understand that voters are not impressed by garbage in their mail boxes? On the other hand, as my uncle says, if you throw enough shit up against the wall, some of it is going to stick.

    To be fair, Bill has been canvassing. There is a glimmer of understanding of how local politics is won in the real world there. The following was shoved into my door handle on Saturday, the fifth:
    Note the handwriting. He was here. I mean, HE WAS HERE. One other thing before I go, and this just occurred to me tonight. This guy seriously resembles former New York Governor Tom Dewey.
    Bill Kramer
    Tom Dewey

    Schmuki Draws Upon Network of Activists for Campaign Finance
    The following is a breakdown of Steve's "Big Money" ($100 or more) contributions during the period January 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006:
    SourceAmount
    Steve Schmuki$1,020
    Gennrich Family$1,000
    L.B. Hardy$500
    Sazama Family$500
    Amerson Family$250
    Lisa Cottrell$250
    Jean Batha$200
    Marlin Johnson$200
    I ignore here items of only one-hundred dollars (though noteworthy, Kathleen Falk, Dane County Executive and a State Attorney General candidate gave his campaign that amount). The above numbers sum to $3,920 or 81.3% of "Big Money" cash. Ellen Gennrich serves with Steve at the Waukesha County Land Conservancy as its President. She is also a member of the Waukesha County Environmental Action League, at which Steve is President. Alison Sazama of Chippewa Falls is President of the Chippewa County Land Conservancy. Fay Amerson is employed by Walworth County in their Land Use and Resource Management Department. Her position is in the Resource Management part, under Conservation. And, finally, Marlin Johnson is a retired Biology prof. at U.W.-Waukesha and an active member of the Waukesha County Land Conservancy, among other groups.

    Very little information exists for the remaining three contributors. L.B. Hardy contributed (p. 14, P.D.F.) a while ago to the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation. Jean Basta is a realtor, and may be a professional acquaintence of Steve's.


    Kramer Launches Website
    Here is Kramer's. Perhaps surprisingly, his is the most sophisticated of them all, even though it appears 31st on Google for "bill kramer waukesha." Maybe Bill should talk more about himself on his site.


    Lufter Launches New Website
    Chris has a new site - distinct from the Taxpayers League's - here. Steve's site is, regrettably, not as sophisticated as Chris's. Maybe, a new direction - technically, that is - is in order. I mean, blogger is a free host as well. Anyone with any proficiency in H.T.M.L. should be able to design a whole new page in an afternoon's work. The real issue is that they do not believe it matters, because they feel that no one visits. It does. We do. Fix it.


    First Campaign Finance Report: Numbers Understated for Lufter, Solid for Schmuki
    Steve is winning the money race so far, as reported yesterday in the Freeman. The following numbers woefully understate Lufter's ability to raise cash because she declared her candidacy only three days before the end of the period covered by the campaign finance reports.
    CandidateBeginning CashIncomeExpensesCash on Hand - June 30
    Steve Schmuki$0.00$5,405.00$767.15$4,637.85
    Bill Kramer$1,739.19$2,520.45$1,714.74$2,544.90
    Chris Lufter$0.00$166.58$86.58$80.00
    Clearly, this has to be good news for Steve, especially since his campaign is less than two months old. I can only assume that most of Steve's expenses have been incurred through printing many, many, many leaflets resembling the one above. His campaign tosses them out like confetti at events. Over at the elections board, all of the numbers can be accessed in Excel format.


    Is Scott Walker Still Running for Governor? "Phony Freeze" Mess
    Apparently, the Waukesha Taxpayers League believes that Scott Walker is a candidate for Governor. I clicked on their "Phony Freeze" link and was ejected to a site paid for by "Friends of Scott Walker." The site also features the banner "Help Scott Walker defeat Jim Doyle: Contribute Here." No really, he is still accepting money for his non-campaign. Guys, according to the State Elections Board, Scott Walker is not going to replace Doyle next year.

    Still, maybe Walker's principles are what is motivating their inclusion of "Phony Freeze." This one is going to be harder to knock down than their TABOR link, on which TABOR is offered for sale on eBay. I first hit "Story of the Week," hoping for some news on the anti-tax crusade. Apparently, four days from now, I can welcome in the year 2006. After all, "Phony Freeze"'s version of news was posted on December 27, 2005. I am glad to see that not only Waukesha Blogger has serious update issues.

    It gets worse. Dejected that more recent events, like, um, those that happened this year, are not covered, I made my way to "'Freeze' News." Here we encounter a flurry of press releases from the defunct Walker for Governor campaign, and the G.O.P. machine in Madison. Walker's campaign staff, and their Republican allies, sure know how to write. Problem is, they stopped writing months ago - the most recent one was issued (P.D.F.) on November 18, 2005. I am still awaiting the start of 2006. Under "Walker 'Freeze' Updates," we find four articles (actually three, since two titles link to the same J.S. Online piece). The most recent was posted on October 10, 2005, and one article fails to load. This last piece is actually the most appropriate. After all, why is a server still spinning for Walker for Governor? And why is it continuing to accept donations for his defunct campaign?

    Below these minor items, we are treated to a litany of "news" articles in "More Phony Freeze Stories." Under General News, three of nine articles fail to load, and the most recent is, yep, New Year's Eve 2005. Under Southeast Wisconsin, only two of twenty articles do not load, however, the most recent was printed on December 9, 2005 - some article on tax increases in North Fond du Lac of all places. Do not bother with Southwest Wisconsin. Only two in seven articles still have homes. Ditto for Mark Green country (Northeast Wisconsin) - three of eight are not there. As for Northwest Wisconsin, where is Chetek anyway? Excitedly, I clicked on both links for the Governor's and Walker's tax returns. How much does Doyle make? Is the County Executive position rewarding, financially? I will never know. Both links are thin air.

    So, Chris is proud to be affiliated with a site that claims the following:
  • Scott Walker remains a candidate for Governor of Wisconsin.

  • Scott Walker wants contributors to come forward to finance it.

  • News is still news, even for events that were covered last year.
  • The most disturbing aspect of "Phony Freeze" is that it strongly implies that Scott Walker is accepting donations for a campaign that is no longer active. I am no attorney (thank God), but I am curious if this sort of practice is legal. Even if these contributions flow into "Friends of Scott Walker" as an omnibus group that would presumably fund a reelection bid or possibly a future gubernatorial run, the implication here is that this nomenclature is synonymous with "Scott Walker for Governor." Interesting.


    Lt. Governor Lawton Visits Waukesha for Fundraiser and Rally
    This evening I attended a fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Waukesha County at Sprizzo coffeehouse downtown. The featured guest was Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, sent here to rally the troops. Steve, of course, was there also, and received the sharpest applause that attests to this district's potential for a Democratic pickup this November. The only candidate to address the crowd of about forty was Lawton and her focus was on fiscal responsibility and the ongoing effort of Democrats to portray themselves as not "tax-and-spend" liberals. Mayor Nelson formally introduced her and his remarks also centered on "electability" and fiscal responsibility.

    I was somewhat disappointed that Jim Sullivan, Wauwatosa Alderman and candidate for the fifth Senate district currently held by freshman Senator Tom "Autobahn" Reynolds, was unable to appear. Jim and Steve stand shoulder to shoulder as candidates who offer the opportunity for significant Democratic gains in the state legislature this year. The party needs only three pickups in the State Senate for control of the chamber. If this is to be done, the fifth is a "must-win." How a working-class portion of the Milwaukee area like 'stallis ever elected an extreme, psychotic Republican like Reynolds as their representative will forever remain a mystery.


    Approval for Placement on the Primary Ballot: Candidates for 97th Assembly District
    It is official. According to the Wisconsin State Elections Board (p. 49), the following candidates have been approved for the primary ballot:
    Steven D. Schmuki
    Bill Kramer
    Chris Lufter
    W271 S3581 Oak Knoll Dr.
    2005 Cliff Alex Court South #3
    W26253186 Ridge Rd.
    Waukesha, WI 53189
    Waukesha, WI 53189
    Waukesha, WI 53189
    333 Signatures
    307 Signatures
    272 Signatures
    Curiously, someone named Frank A. Dolezal of the Constitution Party declared his candidacy on July 10th, twenty-four hours before the deadline to submit nomination papers. I drive by this guy's home at least once a week and update myself on the number of prophecies fulfilled.


    Wisconsin Tourist's Bill of Rights (TABOR)?
    This is comical. The W.T.L.'s revised links page contains a reference to "Wisconsin Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR)." Hoping to learn more on Chris Lufters' organization's perspective on it, I clicked on the U.R.L. And what pops up? The following:
  • I am directed to a site entitled Welcome to witabor.org that features, among other things, Wisconsin Bed And Breakfast, Wisconsin Resort, and Madison Wisconsin Hotel. Okay, so maybe the site should be renamed "Wisconsin Tourist's Bill of Rights (TABOR)."

  • More seriously, there is a reference to "Tabor" that I clicked on. Naively, I expected to read a version of TABOR that Chris endorses. Instead, I found the following links:
  • Tabor - Weichert Realty

  • Tabor on eBay

  • Unique Aromatherapy Products Online

  • Buy Tabor

  • Tabor at Amazon.com
  • This campaign is going to be so much fun.


    Waukesha Taxpayers League Website Needs an Update, Part II
    Well, either by sheer coincidence or actual motivation, the W.T.L. has updated their links page, half-assed-ly though. Waukesha Blogger is still listed there. Lastly, why have a Mayoral Candidates page at all? Each campaign ended their work months ago.


    Waukesha Taxpayers League Website Needs an Update, Part I
    Now that the President of the Waukesha Taxpayers League is campaigning to replace Ann Nischke in the State Assembly, I thought it opportune to investigate her organization's website. I did not much like what I saw, and for strictly nonpartisan, apolitical reasons.
  • Under links, they link their site to their website's home page. Unless crossreferencing specific information, most designers would point out that this sort of link is unnecessary.

  • We are also served up a Belling column from last October on, among others, Former Mayor Carol Lombardi. Umm, guys, Larry Nelson is now Mayor of the City of Waukesha. In fact, all three of the articles are from last October. Please update this embarrassment.

  • And last, but not least, a link is placed to Waukesha Blogger, a blog that last updated on March 14th of this year. Trust me, Justin is no longer interested in blogging. You can tell that just by looking at his profile photo.
  • On their Take Action page they again think that Carol Lombardi is our Mayor. Some might consider this post a cheap shot, but politics is as much about style as it is substance. If Chris wants to demonstrate her competence, she might start with her organization's site.


    Waukesha Taxpayers League President Lufter Enters Republican Primary for Assembly
    Christine Lufter, President of the Waukesha Taxpayers League has entered the fray, having filed yesterday with the State Elections Board. Her campaign has until July 11th, 5:00 P.M. to collect two-hundred valid signatures to place her name on the primary ballot. This should pose few headwinds for her. A slightly bigger problem, however, is that she is several weeks behind Steve's campaign in the money chase and months behind her Republican opponent. I doubt Kramer will roll over like he was inclined to against Nischke. Thus, each campaign will be drawing from the same funding pool. Two questions here: Will Chris excite the base enough to swell this pool significantly and, relatedly, will the cash flow disproportionately into her war chest? I am inclined to answer yes to both questions, but await hard data next month on how good Kramer's numbers look.

    Clearly, at first blush, a Schmuki vs. Lufter contest, as opposed to a Schmuki vs. Kramer race in the general has to be bad news for Steve. Lufter launched her campaign with higher name recognition, thus her bad financials matter less. Her organization's network and record can much more effectively mobilize fiscal conservatives, assuming she prevails in the primary. This will swell the base relative to a Kramer campaign, and make it harder for Steve to convince straight-ticket Republicans to opt for him instead - a difficult route in good circumstances.

    However, what conservatives often overlook is that TABOR-advocacy, and a candidate who actively lobbied the state legislature for the strongest version of it, will rally this town's liberal base as well. Steve's task is now two-fold. With Kramer as his opponent, my advice was to court moderates and independents, and ignore his base. He has the opportunity now to give his base a big reason to visit the polls come November. What he lost in (potential) conservative defections he may have more than made up for in liberal support.


    Schmuki Officially Announces His Intention to Seek Assembly Seat
    This evening I attended Steve's official campaign announcement. His family, of course, was there, along with his campaign manager and treasurer. Rick Congdon and Bryan Kennedy also showed up, along with approximately forty others, including me. The announcement itself carried with it little news, at least policy-wise. He sharpened his message only on the environment by mentioning water conservation. Also, Steve failed to turn on the microphone and was difficult to understand. The only real substance came at the end: No more nomination signatures are needed.

    In his weekly column in the Freeman, James Wigderson laments that more Republicans have not come forward to retain this seat - not exactly a ringing endorsement of Bill Kramer's campaign. Really, what has he done on the County Board other than support the reduction of it, something conservatives are obsessed with these days? If Kramer is looking, with such a proposal, for cheers beyond the base, do not bother. Assuming he can find enough copy, this maybe should be the subject of a future Wigderson column.

    On name recognition generally, I think both start out even with little to none among the local electorate. No doubt some in his district may know Bill by name, but by accomplishment? At least Ann accomplished something during her tenure in office - bad accomplishments, more or less, but something. Besides, this should matter much less to Bill than Steve. Midterm elections attract far more straight-ticket voters than special elections, like for Mayor of Waukesha. No doubt, Republican "straight-shooters" outnumber Democratic ones here in the city.

    Steve's campaign has two challenges. It needs to woe straight-ticket Republicans to go out of their way election day and support him. Better, though, it needs to focus on moderates and independents in Waukesha. As Larry Nelson demonstrated, an analysis exclusively on straight-ticket voters reveals a false impression. And, as I stated below, these voters want education discussed, not the environment or ethics.


    Schmuki's Priorities: A Political Analysis
    Steve and I share one thing in common: Both of us have never held elective office. Neither have I ever run a campaign. However, that said, I would like to offer the candidate some advice at this nebulous stage of his campaign for 97th district assemblyman. On the issues, he states that his priorities are the environment, education, and ethics, in that order. These should not attract equal weight in his campaign for a number of reasons.

    Ethics, as a priority, sounds better symbolically than substantively. Steve wants to tag himself as a candidate who will uphold only the highest order of ethical behavior once elected. There is a problem here, though. If by ethical he means legal, then most of our representatives already do so. On the policy side, I do not see a pressing need for ethical reform. Politicians occasionally break the rules. That is why we have prosecutors, judges, laws, and jails. On the politics side, I believe, most constituents view ethics as a local issue. That is, if their representative is behaving badly, they will act. If someone else's is corrupt, they will be indifferent - "That is their problem."

    Steve will no doubt passionately voice his concerns on the environment during the campaign. However, many of the environmental challenges facing the county are irrelevant to city residents - sprawl, for example. Furthermore, most who consider the environment a top priority will support Steve regardless of his advocacy. His dilemma is will this wedge issue rally his liberal base enough to make it worth his while to concentrate the message on it over issues that swing voters want to hear voiced? My guess is no; the liberal base will not need to be rallied between now and November. Even so, he could emphasize this issue, and his experience, in more liberal neighborhoods (e.g.: downtown and around).

    We will learn over the next several months much more about Steve and his proposals for the 97th district and the State of Wisconsin. However, with his campaign only weeks old, I believe an emphasis on education will deliver more voters come November. In particular, Steve could target access to higher education and recent tuition increases in the U.W.-System. This kills two birds with one stone: It rallies the base (students) and swings their parents. Steve may be tempted here to play it safe, however, a structural reform plan for the system might be warmly greeted by the electorate. The U.W.-System is in dire need of reform if Wisconsin wants to seriously compete for brains and new industries in the 21st century. What shape such reforms would take is up to Steve. But, it needs to be pondered before it is too late.


    Culver Not Seeking Assembly Seat
    James Wigderson is reporting that Dean Culver is out of the race. If true, Bill Kramer would represent the G.O.P. and Steve Schmuki would do so for the Democrats.


    Waukesha County Environmental Action President Schmuki Seeking Election to Assembly Seat
    I foolishly assumed that Nischke was running unopposed based solely upon her rivals' total lack of name recognition. They are Dean Culver and Bill Kramer, both of Waukesha. Culver, founder and director of the Waukesha Teen Center, ran against Nischke in '02. Kramer is Waukesha County Board Supervisor for the 24th district. Now that Ann is gone, we will learn much more about them soon.

    Speculation tonight as to why Ann left the race focused on her finances. It is no secret that her campaign left the mayoral race a few months back deeply indebted. Worse, apparently, she threw a fundraiser on June 8 that was poorly attended. This is mere gossip, however. What is done is done. With the incumbent gone, I was pleased to hear that Steve Schmuki, president of the Waukesha County Environmental Action League, has filed with the state elections board as a Democrat. He will announce his candidacy some time over the next several days.

    Steve has three top issues where he believes state government could do better: The environment, education, and ethics. As he has never held elective office, he will have to fight hard in this safe Republican district. Since many Republicans vote straight-ticket here in the fall elections, he will have to canvass, canvass, and canvass some more and convince them to go out of their way to vote Democratic for state assembly. It will not be easy but, clearly, the ground is ripe for a surprise in Waukesha come November. Sound familiar?


    Nischke Not Seeking Re-election to Assembly Seat
    Apparently Ann Nischke had her heart so set upon the mayoral position that she is done with her service in the State Assembly. During her campaign for mayor, this was undetectable. She exuded about as much enthusiasm for the job as a corpse. Looking to the future, this announcement is a mixed bag for the following reasons:
  • To my knowledge, she was running unopposed for reelection. I am pessimistic that the G.O.P. will run someone less qualified and less "with it" than Ann (e.g.: Kathleen Cummings). At the very least, Nischke was competent and not a space cadet.

  • Democrats have yet, at the eleventh hour, to field any candidates. If a Democrat is ever going to represent the 97th, this is the time to run. With the G.O.P. deeply unpopular generally, and with incumbency bias gone, the electorate has a real choice now.

  • Will Waukesha County Democratic Party Chairman Rick Congdon try again to be elected to public office? I am attending the party's monthly meeting this eve and will update any developments.
  • The following is Ann's press release:
    Dear Friends,

    Earlier this week, Dan and I reached a very difficult decision. Nearly four years ago, our community called on us to represent Waukesha in the State Assembly. It is a humbling honor and privilege to serve our friends and neighbors in public service. There are so many things that I am proud that we accomplished together. In this short amount of time, we did everything from funding the Second Chance youth apprenticeship program and the new highway sign that will mark the exit to the Waukesha County Historic Museum to the overhaul of the state insurance plan for the most vulnerable and the restoration of limits on medical malpractice lawsuits.

    Yet of all the things we accomplished together, I am most proud of the opportunity to help the many individuals who contacted our office for help with their state government. The opportunity to represent my community has been one that I will always remember and cherish. But this responsibility is a temporary one, just as our nation’s founders intended. I am eternally grateful to my wonderful husband Dan, our son and daughter-in-law and our precious grandchildren for loving me enough to let me be away from them on the many occasions demanded by the commitment to public service.

    While I do not yet know His plan, I trust that God will continue to use my life in His service. What I do know is that now is a time when I must ... exchange my duties as a full-time legislator to focus on being a wife, mother, and most of all grandmother. We could not have accomplished any of this without your support and encouragement over these past four years. For that support and encouragement, I cannot thank you enough.

    Your neighbor,


    Ann Nischke
    State Representative
    97th Assembly District
    Hat tip to James Wigderson for this information.




    Blogger NonAnon

    Would you agree that "education" as an issue is pretty much always used as a tool to get people to vote, and then true discussion/reform on it is shelved until the next election?

    Blogger Fletch

    Mmm... don't know. I would agree, though, that our politicians have been lazy and cowardly at reforming the U.W.-System - thirteen four-year campuses? C'mon. Doyle has passed up countless opportunities here. The most we can expect from him is that he is trying to create a biotechnology center in Madison. He's done little so far for U.W.M.

    Blogger NonAnon

    Okay, is the candidate's name actually pronounced SCHMUCKi, as in rhymes with Ducky? Because that's just too perfect for a political candidate.

    Blogger Fletch

    I think his name is pronounced sh-MUCK-e. I'm not certain though. You don't need help with Steve, do you?

    Anonymous Nonanon

    How can you say Steve's site isn't sophisticated? It's got a totally subtle graphic of a FLAG and APPLE PIE on it, for the love of pete.

    Blogger Fletch

    Hee hee. I probably shoulda said "relatively unsophisticated." At least he has one, too. Andrew Stiffler, Democratic candidate against Kanavas here in the 33rd, doesn't even have a web presence yet.

    Blogger James Wigderson

    It's only the first round of direct mail. You can expect more to follow. Plus, Chris is actually hitting more doors than Kramer.

    I'm interested though in your take on alternate ways of reaching voters?

    It's getting down to crunch time and the purple signs are everywhere.

    Blogger James Wigderson

    By the way, Chris has updated her website. I'm curious what you think of it.

    www.lufter4assembly.com

    Anonymous Anonymous

    Since when are you a Democrat? And when are you going to comment on the AG's race . . . you've got to have some thoughts on that one!

    Blogger Fletch

    Oh, great. More direct-to-the-recycle box clutter. BTW, I don't like cold calling for money any better (Doyle's done this to me at least twice).

    On the yard sign war, at least here, I'm spotting as many Kramer signs as Lufter ones. It could be tight next month if this is an indication.

    On Chris's new site, I like the animated flag. That's pretty cool.

    Blogger Fletch

    To anonymous (hmm...), if you must know, I switched parties last year - on April 20, 2005. Do I know you, prior to then?

    I'm leaning toward Falk on the A.G. campaign. I'll post on it soon.

    Blogger James Wigderson

    Fletch, how is Chris in trouble?
    $4,569.08 is her cash on hand total. Kramer's cash on hand is $936.35. Worse for Kramer, he has incurred obligations of $5K, meaning his campaign is in debt a week out from the election. That's pretty bad considering his girlfriend/campaign treasurer/County Treasurer al so happens to be the campaign treasurer for 1/3 of the Republicans around here, not to mention all of the endorsements he got early. Since she jumped in late she's matched him dollar for dollar despite his advantages and she doesn't have his campaign overhead. She's the only campaign on the radio right now, phones, direct mail, lit drops and a sea of purple yard signs. The Lufter campaign is a war machine right now. She's knocked on as many doors as he has and probably more in a shorter period of time.
    http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/Sept06/Sept8/0908lufterbestpositioned.pdf

    Again, what would you have her do that she is not already doing?

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    Kathleen Falk Loses A.G. Race





    Update

    The official vote totals can be accessed here. Mrs. Falk, regrettably, lost the general election by less than nine-thousand votes out of 2,124,467 cast.


    Update

    With a scant ten days to go until the general election, it is time for a second "endorsement" of a candidate for public office. This one goes to Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. Unlike the support I gave during the primary campaign against incumbent A.G. Peg Lautenschlager, this endorsement is polished. It has nothing whatsoever to do with anxiety of nominating a Democratic candidate that may have been vulnerable in the general election or an "okay" record as Attorney General. It is strictly about Kathleen.

    Mrs. Falk is an outstanding candidate for the position. I cannot imagine anyone in the state of Wisconsin more qualified, more experienced, and more prepared for this role: 12 years as Public Intervenor, 14 years as Assistant Attorney General, and 9 years as Dane County Executive. Some have argued that this list excludes any prosecutorial experience. Attorney Generals do not prosecute cases in court. They manage and lead the State Department of Justice, an organization whose budget is dwarfed by Dane County's. Even better, she will bring to the position a vision and record of leadership on environmental protection, crime control, and substance abuse treatment. This one is simply a no-brainer. We may be looking at our first female governor one day.


    Update

    With 66% of precincts reporting as of 11:06 P.M. C.S.T., Kathleen Falk leads the incumbent, Peg Lautenschlager, 52% to 47% - roughly the same gap as over the past hour. Therefore, I think we can conclude that Falk will represent the Democratic Party for State Attorney General in November. This is excellent news for a number of reasons. First, as described below, the candidate is strong on experience and the issues. Even better, though, we will not be subjected to yet more attack ads pointing out what informed people already know: The chief law enforcement officer of the State decided to get drunk two and a half years ago and drive home in a state-owned car. That issue will mercifully drop away from view now.

    It gets even better. The G.O.P. tonight selected little-known former U.S. Attorney for western Wisconsin J.B. Van Hollen. Whereas over the next eight weeks he will have to struggle to acquire name recognition, Falk, having been a gubernatorial candidate in 2002, already has strong scores here. A poll (P.D.F., p. 4) commissioned by WISC-TV last month asked the following question:
    If the 2006 election for Attorney General were held today, would you vote for Kathleen Falk, the Democrat, or J.B. Van Hollen, the Republican?
    The (edited) response shows what I mean:
    FalkVan HollenUndecided
    All45%21%34%
    Republicans3%51%46%
    Independents49%7%44%
    Only three percent of Democrats would support Van Hollen and a mere fifteen percent (compared to forty-six percent of Republicans) do not know who to support. Kathleen goes into the general election campaign with a 31-point advantage among the base. But what really surprises me are Van Hollen's awful numbers among swing voters. Ignoring undecided voters, a miniscule seven percent of independents support him, almost as low as among Democrats. At the starting point, these numbers paint nothing but sunshine ahead for Mrs. Falk.


    The primary election for Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin is really the only interesting one leading up to September 12th. Wisconsinites have a choice between incumbent A.G. Peg Lautenschlager and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk in the Democratic Primary. Initially, this decision was a difficult one. After all, I do not believe that Peg's term has been disastrous, or even lousy, notwithstanding a very-well publicized scrape with the law involving a state-owned car. However, Peg's record can at best be described as "okay." In Kathleen Falk, Wisconsinites, next month and in November, have the opportunity to elect a potentially outstanding Attorney General to succeed Ms. Lautenschlager.

    First, we need an Attorney General with sufficient experience. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the State, among other functions. The State Legislature passes State law; the Governor approves those laws; and the A.G., as head of the Department of Justice, enforces them, basically. Kathleen has a decades-long record of experience to prepare her for this important role.
  • Stanford University graduate, 1973

  • University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, 1976

  • Co-director and Legal Counsel, Wisconsin's Environmental Decade, 1977-83
  • At the age of 26, she won a precedent-setting case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court requiring the State, for the first time, to consider the environmental impact of utility rates.
  • Wisconsin Public Intervenor, 1983-95

  • Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 1983-97

  • Dane County Executive, 1997-Present
  • In her present role, she manages an annual budget five times that of the Department of Justice ($427 million versus app. $80 million).
  • What good has she done with her three terms as County Executive? Lots and lots, and lots, ranked in order of importance.
  • The establishment of pathbreaking diversion programs to treat, rather than imprison, non-violent offenders who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Leadership resulting in the landslide approval of a referendum for a $30 million conservation fund

  • The expansion of the County Sheriff Department by 85 new deputy positions

  • Leadership in partnering with other Dane County stakeholders to restore trout streams, to preserve thousands of acres of natural resources, and to improve the area's bike trails

  • Championing the creation of the Living Wage Ordinance and financing its implementation

  • Signing into law, and supporting, a "don't ask, don't tell" ordinance protecting the rights of undocumented residents and their families when approached by County law enforcement officers
  • While the Attorney General is not vested with the authority to enact new law, Kathleen Falk believes that part of the job description involves being a strong advocate for new law. She is right. Here is a sample of what she will press the legislature for, again ranked in order of importance.
  • The establishment of an independent commission to draw the lines for congressional and legislative districts, effectively ending the grotesque gerrymandering process

  • Raising the limits applied to public financing of campaigns

  • Providing an income tax credit of up to $200 for individual donations to campaigns, provided that the campaigns agree to restrict fundraising levels to half those allowed in that election cycle

  • Requiring electronic filing for all campaigns and committees that raise or spend over $1,000 and making that information electronically available to the public
  • All of the above proposals would make State government more competitive, more accountable, and less dependent on "big money." But, Kathleen wants to do much more with the office besides being a megaphone against special interests.
  • Coordinate much more aggressively than the incumbent A.G. with law enforcement officials in Milwaukee to combat rising levels of violent crime there

  • Coordinate with other state agencies, like the D.N.R., to accelerate and improve the identification and prosecution of environmental offenses under an Interagency Environmental Strike Force

  • Coordinate and promote existing child advocacy centers, and assist in the establishment of new ones, to install best practices in the investigation and prosecution of criminal child abuse cases

  • Coordinate with State agencies and others on innovations that respond effectively to global warming
  • Of course, Kathleen has many other accomplishments, ideas, and pledges than those above. All in all, I consider the points mentioned here a sample of a tough-minded progressive who is an outstanding candidate for Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin. Even better, so far, she knows how to control her drinking.



    Anonymous Nonanon

    Interesting thoughts. I don't know that I care much for either of these candidates but you at least make a well-reasoned plea for your choice. Perhaps I just agree with your points because Peg gives me the heebies. I don't really even know why.

    Blogger Fletch

    Actually, those are an abridged version of Falk's. I picked those I considered the most important. I think Peg has done "okay," but I think we can do better with the office.

    She gives you the heebies? Well, she was bald for a large portion of her term because of the kemo.

    Anonymous Nonanon

    I'm not a monster...the chemo didn't bother me. Everything but that bothers me. Okay, just the fact that she's a politician bothers me. I'm picky that way.

    Blogger Fletch

    I don't think either can help being politicians. They are, after all, both running for political office.

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    Governor Doyle Wins a Second Term





    Update

    Incumbent Governor Jim Doyle was comfortably reelected to a second term, 52.7% to Green's 45.31%.


    Update

    Jim Doyle and Mark Green met tonight at a forum sponsored, like the first, by We the People. It took place in La Crosse and was their final discussion before election day. Apparently, it was this forum that was reserved for education and health care, with the second an open banquet of issues. Even so, questions regarding corrections, ethics and energy policy were raised as well. The format seemed to encourage such free-flowing dialogue between and among the candidates.

    Both men appeared much more upbeat than last time. Mark Green actually was at his best of all three events. He is really approaching an okay performance. Maybe if 79 more such events were held, he would reach it. The following is a sample of another lousy night for Mr. Green:
  • He wasted his time, and the governor's in rebuttal, repeating over and over again that the number of uninsured in the state is rising, as are health care costs.

  • The company he mentioned to support his case for H.S.A. reform employees seventeen people. Before embarking on reform, maybe Mr. Green should look at a larger set of people and firms.

  • We were put through yet another lecture on how "spending cut" does not equal "reducing the growth of government." If the State is forced to layoff X number of teachers regardless of how we define it, what is the difference?

  • According to Mark, medical transparency will result in more "consumer-driven" health care. This notion has become a pillar in the Right's free-market ideology lately and is based on the mistaken belief that competition is possible in most areas of health care. H.S.A.s, of course, also stem from this foolish idea.

  • Green brought the ad. wars into the theatre by gathering political points, twice, on Doyle's connection to indian gaming contracts.

  • And finally, on the very complex (and intractable) problem of the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites, we got to sit through a story about some black kid that Mark will go to bat for. Awwwww, how goofy.
  • Doyle did well, yet again, but slipped up twice.
  • The governor implied that Green thought H.S.A.s were not provided here in Wisconsin. Nobody suggested otherwise.

  • Doyle failed to specifically answer a question on whether or not he would repeal the moritorium on nuclear power in the state.
  • On the whole, I am grateful that the debates are over. More importantly, I am glad that both candidates conducted themselves in a civil and respectful way, for the most part.


    Update

    The Governor and his opponent, Representative Mark Green, met tonight for a second of three discussions down at the lakefront. The ostenible issue space was education and health care, but the number of topics was, in fact, far larger - everything from abortion to tax policy. Curiously, both candidates looked rather tired and pale, as if this was something they had to do. Green's performance tonight was only marginally better than the first discussion's. We finally learned from him that governing a State is more complex and intricate than just cutting property taxes. However, tonight was yet more of the same from Mr. Green.
  • The number one cause of crime in Milwaukee? Criminals. This should be an issue where Mark can gain some traction and he stumbled badly on it instead.

  • His pro-life position was so "out there" that I had difficulty understanding it at all. According to Mark, abortion is a safety net, but not in the way of preventing women from undergoing them in unregulated, unsafe "clinics." Goofy and lame, much less agreeable.

  • Mark feels that the environment is a non-partisan issue. Yeah, and George Bush and Al Gore agree on what should be done to slow global warming.

  • Green chided the Governor on his veto of tax deductibility for contributions made to health savings accounts, because he wants to encourage "consumer-driven" health care. Much could be said about this, but suffice it to say, H.S.A.s are a foolish way to reform America's health care system. Encouraging them, while diverting attention away from proposals that would cover catastrophic care for the uninsured, is simply worse.

  • Mark still maintains the delusion that any significant tax relief of any kind will flow from tweaking a State contract here, and merging an economic development board there. These are things that perhaps should be done, but expecting the result to impact anyone's tax bill at all is foolish indeed.

  • The Governor has, apparently, been responsible for turning embryonic stem cell research into a political issue. Well, Mark, you and Jim seem to disagree, therefore, by implication it is an issue. And, you are both politicians, therefore, it would seem, also, to be a political issue.

  • And finally, he repeated, three times, at the beginning of a response to a reporter's question, the line "That's a lot in a minute and a half..." This is becoming a trademark of Mark's, and left me thinking "Why would you say something like that?" Is Mark feeling overwhelmed? Is he trying to prove to the audience that he knows the issue? What?
  • Another lousy performance by Green tonight and another reason why he is down five points in the polls, but, again, his performance could have been worse, much worse.
  • What with the recent spike in well-publicized school violence, there is currently a bill in the legislature that would permit concealed-carry for teachers. I was pleased to see that Mark did not pander to the base here, and would veto any such bill.

  • The centerpiece of his opening statement concerned "brain drain." Although nothing specific was aired, he did prioritize it well and managed to avoid linking it to the property tax boogeyman.
  • All in all, Green did a bit better, while Doyle did a bit worse than the first discussion tonight. I observed it, like the first, at a party thrown by the Democratic Party and who was the host this evening? None other than our fearless Mayor, Larry Nelson, who was appointed by the Governor to host it. When Green would utter the line "If you believe that such and such is okay, then I'm not your candidate," Larry often responded "You're right! You're not!" That had everyone there laughing. We could afford to. Doyle has maintained a five percentage point lead in the polls since early summer. The last poll to show Green ahead, though not statistically, was conducted on June 4.


    Update

    Tonight, right here in the Waukesha area, Governor Jim Doyle and Congressman Mark Green discussed the broad issues of the state's economy and tax policy. This was their first of two such discussions. Needless to say, the Governor performed well - not picture perfect, but well. It also goes without saying that Green did worse, much worse. In fact, Green was downright lousy tonight in his performance. Indeed, at times, he appeared simply ridiculous. The following is a small sample of what I mean:
  • By cutting taxes, Green would increase our freedom. Gee, by that logic, why have taxes at all?

  • It seems, according to Mark, that taxes are the root of all our problems here in Wisconsin.
  • The solution to brain drain? Lower property taxes.

  • The solution to "senior drain", and the venture capital they take with them? Lower property taxes.

  • The solution to sluggish job growth? Lower property taxes.

  • And, boy, those internet home businesses are just so burdened by high property taxes. Are Republicans really this gullible?
  • Bright, educated young people and wealthy seniors leaving the State causes "disruption" of families, according to Mark. Yeah, those long-distance phone calls and cheap airfares are just so inconvenient. Mark, please stop adjusting your hearing aide, like you do not know where you are.

  • On State unfunded mandates on local government, his response was so garbled that I had to stop listening to it in order to retain my sanity.

  • Wrapping up, Mark wants "to fall in love all over again with the State." This goes way beyond eye-rolling, or even bursting out in laughter. I sat there numb, as if feeling total disbelief a candidate for anything could say that sincerely.
  • A solidly lousy night for Green, but not disastrous - he did get a few things right.
  • He called the Governor on the dire straits faced by Milwaukee County over his first term: population loss, ongoing deindustrialization, etc. He even agreed with Doyle that more innovations need to be undertaken on matching workers with available jobs. This point took some wind from Doyle, and he was left stammering "I take responsibility."

  • Mark brought up some plausible ideas for improving efficiency in State government, like tightening up some I.T. contracts and consolidating economic development agencies. Straight from the old waste-fraud-abuse playbook, but at least they were listenable.
  • The incumbent did a much better job in stressing the fiscal mess dumped on him by the last Republican governor, Scott McCallum. Of course, his claim that he repaired the budget without raising taxes is technically correct, but almost certainly wrong in spirit. Fees throughout the State were raised and funds were shifted out of the transportation fund into the general fund, thus increasing future gas taxes. Green pointed all of this out. The problem is that he has no alternative. This, Doyle pointed out. We all would like to pay lower property taxes under a stronger "freeze." But at the cost of slashing budgets in every school district in the State of Wisconsin?


    Tomorrow the Doyle/Lawton reelection campaign will present its first television spot, entitled "Promise." See it here (W.M.P. - 3.8 mg). The following is a transcript.
    Jessica Doyle: He joined the peace corps with me, taught in Africa and learned the power of education.

    David Kruger: He closed the biggest deficit ever - balanced the budget.

    Sheila Drury: He signed one of the toughest sex predator laws in the nation to protect our kids.

    Brandon Casey: He doubled financial aid for college.

    Nathan Johnston: He passed tough property tax limits and our bill actually went down.

    Mike Killian: He's brought in new business, helping to create 140,000 new jobs.

    Erica Gottschalk: He's requiring a third year of high school math and science to give our kids an edge.

    Todd Brien: He kept his promise not to raise taxes because he knows we pay enough already.

    Bill Breidenstein: He saved SeniorCare for 100,000 seniors.

    Maddy Montgomery: He stopped extreme lawmakers from making stem cell research illegal, and raised millions so scientists can one day find a cure for my daughter's diabetes [Cuts to Jody Montgomery].

    Mike Killian: He knows there's still a lot more to do.

    Erica Gottschalk: He's our governor.

    Nathan Johnston: Jim Doyle.

    Brandon Casey: Jim Doyle.

    Todd Brien: Jim Doyle.

    Erica Gottschalk: Jim Doyle. [Cuts to the Governor] Doing the right thing for Wisconsin.
    The dialogue is, of course, set against cheery, optimistic audio. Overall, I am satisfied with its quality, and it should be well-received by the public. Hopefully, each campaign will respect one another's boundaries and not go negative, at least not this early in the campaign.


    Anonymous Nonanon

    Oh, campaign ads. Great. How I've missed those. I maintain the best way to enforce campaign finance reform laws would be to forbid television advertising. I don't care about finance reform or anything, I just feel it's my god-given right as an American not to have to watch political ads while I'm just trying to watch TV. Plus, campaign ads just cut into the time for other ads encouraging me to be a consumer, which is the only thing "saving" our economy currently. So, really, aren't political ads harming our economy and country?

    Blogger Fletch

    You hate them even though they feature cheery music and smiling, happy people who gush for the Governor? Imagine how you're gonna feel when the campaigns turn negative.

    Yeah, that is one plus about cable T.V. - no political ads. I watch very little "local" television anymore, so I can (and do) avoid them.

    Do you act as a consumer based upon what you see advertised? Is want-creation successful with you? Some economists contend that given a sufficiently small number of firms, advertising is like an arms race and may promote inefficiency. I know very little about this literature, however.

    Anonymous Nonanon

    I think the cheery music and smiling people is why I hate them. I never mind when campaigns turn negative because that seems more truthful...politicians are, after all, assholes.

    I can't answer your question because, other than food, I try not to act as a consumer. I've heard that inefficiency thing before but, forgive the pun, don't really buy it. People like shopping and things and advertising must be at least part of the reason for that.

    Blogger Fletch

    I tend to think that people shilling for a Democrat are far less phony than those who do so for Republicans. At least Democrats pretend to have the interests of ordinary people on their minds.

    You forgot one important thing: It gives us "free" television programming.

    Anonymous Nonanon

    Incidentally, Fletch, I think the "pretending to have the interests of ordinary people on their minds" is even worse than the Republican strategy of "hey, old people, vote for us so we can fuck poor people," wink wink. At least I know where I stand with the Republicans.
    Did you actually go to the debate? When I saw it was in Waukesha I wondered. And yes, re: lower taxes fixing everything, Republicans are that gullible. Thanks for the review...god knows the news had very little to say about the debate, other than it took place in Waukesha.

    Blogger Fletch

    No, I couldn't go. The closest the general public could get to it was to watch Green people protest Doyle people and vice versa outside the front doors.

    You mean you didn't watch it live, in its entirety? Wink, wink.

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    12 Years a Slave

    2010

    Airplane!

    Alien

    Aliens

    All the President's Men

    Amadeus

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    Apocalypse Now

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    Capote

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    Elephant

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    Halloween

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    House of Games

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    An Inconvenient Truth

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Jaws

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    The King's Speech

    Lincoln

    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Maltese Falcon

    The Manchurian Candidate

    Manhattan

    The Martian

    Master and Commander

    Match Point

    Memento

    Metropolis

    Modern Times

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mystic River

    The Naked City

    The Night of the Hunter

    No Country for Old Men

    Notorious

    On the Waterfront

    Ordinary People

    Panic Room

    Patton

    Philadelphia

    Platoon

    The Princess Bride

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    Raging Bull

    Rain Man

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    Roger and Me

    Scarface

    The Seven Samurai

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    Spotlight

    Stalker

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    The Sting

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    Taxi Driver

    The Terminal

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    The Thing

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    Titanic

    The Truman Show

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    The Wizard of Oz

    Zodiac

    7 Star Rating: Good

    The Abyss

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    American Psycho

    Audition

    Backdraft

    Bad Santa

    Basic Instinct

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    Carnel Knowledge

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    Citizen Kane

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    Dirty Harry

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    Empire of the Sun

    Fahrenheit 9/11

    Falling Down

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    First Blood

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Fletch

    Fort Apache, The Bronx

    Frost/Nixon

    Goldfinger

    Good Morning, Vietnam

    The Goonies

    Hoffa

    Hoosiers

    The Hunt for Red October

    J.F.K.

    The Jerk

    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Krull

    L.A. Story

    Lethal Weapon

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Mask

    The Matador

    Matchstick Men

    Milk

    Minority Report

    Misery

    Monster

    The Running Man

    Sneakers

    T.R.O.N.

    Taken

    Total Recall

    Trumbo




    Bloglines




    Alderman Larry Nelson Wins Mayoral Election

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    Ancestry
    Member Trees: Merge Duplicate People

    Architecture

    8.3.2017
    31.12.2017
    31.12.2018
    31.12.2018
    31.12.2020

    432 Park Avenue: Tallest Residential Building in the Western Hemisphere - Eminent Domains - Vanity Fair


    Automating Godel's Ontological Proof of God's Existence with Higher-Order Automated Theorem Provers

    The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch

    Future Timeline

    Artificial Life

    21.5.2010

    Autonomous Vehicle

    30.6.2013
    6.11.2013
    15.1.2015
    21.5.2016
    1.6.2016
    19.6.2016
    23.6.2016
    24.8.2016
    30.8.2016
    25.10.2016
    15.11.2016
    19.11.2016
    14.12.2016
    14.12.2016
    8.1.2017
    25.4.2017

    Bionic Eye
    14.2.2013

    Clean Electricity
    16.1.2016
    28.10.2016

    Democracy

    23.10.2011
    28.11.2011
    7.7.2012

    Display
    26.10.2012
    22.7.2013
    2.10.2014
    28.2.2017

    Electric Vehicle
    19.10.2012

    Extraterrestrial Life

    27.7.2015

    Internet
    21.4.2010
    25.8.2010
    13.11.2012
    23.1.2013
    15.4.2014
    28.3.2016
    5.12.2016

    Manufacturing
    3.5.2013

    Personalized Medicine

    31.3.2014

    Regenerative Medicine
    9.6.2011

    Robotics
    31.10.2012
    10.3.2015
    6.4.2016
    2.5.2016
    28.9.2016
    29.11.2016
    25.12.2016
    12.4.2017

    Trash
    18.7.2013

    Travel

    6.3.2009
    31.5.2012
    6.8.2012
    25.8.2012
    19.12.2013
    27.1.2015
    20.7.2015
    9.2.2016
    27.10.2016
    20.4.2017

    U.A.V.

    17.7.2015
    9.9.2015
    29.11.2015
    11.3.2016
    14.12.2016
    14.3.2017

    Anthony Goldbloom: The Jobs We'll Lose to Machines and the Ones We Won't;
    Envisioning Emerging Technology for 2012 and Beyond;
    The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?;
    Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology, and Inventions;
    Is Your Job at Risk from Robot Labor? Check This Handy Interactive;
    The Last Job on Earth: Imagining a Fully-Automated World | Guardian Animations;
    Tomorrow's World: Technologies in the Near Future;
    Why Are There Still So Many Jobs? The History and Future of Workplace Automation;
    Will Your Job Be Done by a Machine?

    Gaming


    Noble
    Prince

    Civ. 5: Donut of Death 2, A.I. Free for All Death Match;
    Civilization 6 Game Play - E3 2016;
    Civilization V Manual
    Civilization V Multi-Player - World War Chaos as Russia... A Glorious Empire Is Born!;
    Civilization V Nuclear Missiles Destroying Cities;
    Civilization VI - Announcement and Screenshots;
    Civilization VI - Devs. Play as Brazil;
    Civilization VI - E3 2016 Walkthrough;
    Civilization VI - First Look: The Development Team;
    Civilization VI - First Look: Japan;
    Civilization VI Official Announcement Trailer;
    Civilization VI - The Pyramids (Wonder Movies);
    The Empty Civ. Experiment: Learning about How A.I. Thinks;
    How to Do Better at Civ4 Than You Probably Are;
    How to Fix D3dx9_42.dll not Found or Missing Errors;
    Reddit: Civilization Strategy
    Sisiutil's Civ. IV Strategy Guide for Beginners

    The Division
    1: The Division Walkthrough - Introduction (Full Game) Xbox One Game Play

    Hearts of Iron 4: Pacific Theatre Timelapse (1939-1950)

    Robinson: The Journey
    Robinson: The Journey - An Adventure Begins - Trailer, PlayStation V.R.;
    Robinson: The Journey - V.R. Game Play, P.S. 4 (E3 2016)

    Steam

    Arizona Sunshine
    Best V.R. F.P.S. - Arizona Sunshine (H.T.C. Vive)

    Billiards
    Bowling

    Everest
    Everest V.R. - Full Game Play Playthrough

    Google Earth V.R.


    Wilson's Heart
    1: prjkthack Plays - Wilson's Heart;
    2: prjkthack Plays - Wilson's Heart

    Happy Hour

    Early Times
    Cocktail Moment: Gold Rush
    Distil: Milwaukee's Bourbon Bar;
    Power Ranking Every Important Cocktail Invented in New Orleans

    Hated Holidays

    St. Patrick's Day
    Valentine's Day

    Haven in a Heartless World by Christopher Lasch

    Home Improvement

    Geothermal Heat Pump
    Grape Solar 100-Watt Polycrystalline Solar Panel for R.V.s, Boats, and 12-Volt Systems;
    Oil vs. Natural Gas for Home Heating: Which Costs More?

    How Thick Is Your Bubble?

    Hyperspace by Michio Kaku

    Investments

    100 Lowest Expense Ratio E.T.F.s – Cheapest E.T.F.s;
    Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative to Short Selling;
    The Bitcoin Lightning Network;
    Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors;
    Coin Map
    Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations;
    Fiatleak
    How the Blockchain Will Radically Transform the Economy | Bettina Warburg;
    The I.R.A. Opportunity: To Roth or not to Roth?;
    Internet Use and Social Capital: The Strength of Virtual Ties;
    Schwab U.S. Broad Market E.T.F.;
    Schwab U.S. Broad Market E.T.F. Summary Prospectus: February 27, 2015;
    Short Selling Tutorial


    Living with Our Genes by Dean Hamer and Peter Copeland

    The Making of Milwaukee by John Gurda

    Manuals

    A.T.&T. 1738 Digital Answering System;
    Asus Vivo P.C. VM Series
    Asus X551MA Series Notebook P.C.;
    Bissell Powersteamer 1697 Series;
    Cisco Digital Transport Adapter HDA-IR2 Remote Control;
    Cisco H.D. Digital Transport Adapter (D.T.A.) 170HD Quick Reference Guide;
    Cisco STA1520 Tuning Adapter;
    Clikr-5 Cable Remote Control
    H.P. Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Series;
    Honda HRR216VKA Lawn Mower;
    J.V.C. HA-NC80-J/-C Stereo Headphones;
    KitchenAid W10300928B Dishwasher;
    Kodak EasyShare C613 Zoom Digital Camera;
    L.G. L.C.D. T.V. Model 37LG50;
    L.G. L22C Tutorials: Need Help?;
    L.G. Power L22C Tracfone
    LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Model 8365-267;
    Motorola SB5101 Cable Modem;
    Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Router Model WNR2000v5;
    Patriot Lighting Biady 9.25" and 990 Lm. Brushed Nickel Dimmable L.E.D. Flush Mount Light;
    Pro-Form Performance Sport Treadmill Model PFTL49614.0;
    Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player Model BD-EM57C;
    Svoboda Industries, Delaware Clock: How to Oil Your Clock;
    Svoboda Industries, Delaware Clock: Instruction for All Movements;
    TiVo Premiere XL D.V.R.
    Toro 11" (28 cm.) Electric Trimmer Model 51347;
    Travel Plug Adapter for Worldwide A.C. Power


    The Complete History of M.L.B.

    Multiverse

    1.6.2013
    3.6.2013
    31.3.2014
    29.10.2015

    Obituaries

    31.1.1993
    31.1.1993
    22.10.2013
    30.3.2015
    23.7.2015

    Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Meyers

    Problems

    A/V
    Common H.D.M.I. Problems and Solutions;
    GeForce 6 Tech. Specs.
    How to Download YouTube Videos;
    How to Embed Images from Google Drive in a Web Page;
    How to Quickly Bypass the Paywalls of W.S.J., N.Y.T., and Others;
    Issue 84231: Sound Crackles When Using Google Chrome;
    The Naked Truth about Anisotropic Filtering;
    Solving H.D.M.I. Problems

    V.L.C. Media Player
    How to Use V.L.C. to Combine Two Clips;
    V.L.C.: How to Transcode Multiple Videos

    VideoHelp > Software > Video Encoders > ffmpeg 2.8.1

    Caution
    D.V.D.-Ranger 6.2.4.4 Crack + Serial Key Free Download

    Health
    35 Years of American Death
    Corns and Calluses



    Mortality and Top 10 Causes of Death, U.S.A., 1900 vs. 2010;
    Plantar Warts

    Mobile Telephony
    Download Blocked Torrent Files Using College or Office Wi-Fi Networks;
    How to Install A.D.B. and Fastboot on Windows for Android;
    How to Install Android Apps. to the S.D. Card by Default and Move Almost Any App. to the S.D. Card;
    How to Use Android App. to Stream Local Media Files to Chromecast?;
    How to Use U.S.B. Driver for Android;
    Install and Use a Micro S.D. Card;
    Page Plus: Porting
    Process Explorer
    Supported Media for Google Cast;
    Top 9 Upcoming Phones, 2017
    Tracfone: Adding Service Days?;
    Tracfone: Getting Started > Activation/Reactivation;
    Tracfone: Support

    Networking
    The Complete Guide to Hacking In-Flight Wi-Fi;
    Ethernet Ports Going Bad
    Ethernet Ports Seem to Be Dead;
    Every Major Airline's Wi-Fi Service, Explained and Ranked;
    [Fix] Windows Sockets Registry Entries Required for Network Connectivity Are Missing;
    How Do I Power Cycle My Home Network?;
    How to Turn an Old Wi-Fi Router into an Access Point;
    Netgear Powerline 1200 Review: Top Power Line Speed at a Low Cost;
    Testing Network Connectivity with Ping;
    Ultimate Windows 8 Wi-Fi Troubleshooting Guide;
    "Wi-Fi" Doesn't Have a Valid I.P. Configuration;
    Wi-Fi Doesn't Have a Valid I.P. Configuration;
    Wi-Fi Doesn't Have a Valid I.P. Configuration and Is Showing Limited;
    "Wi-Fi Does Not Have a Valid I.P. Configuration" - Limited Connection to Wi-Fi;
    Wi-Fi Does Not Have a Valid I.P. Configuration: Windows 8

    Printing
    How to Override Printer Ink Levels;
    I Recently Bought an H.P. OfficeJet 6700 Premium Printer;
    Local 3D Printing
    Print Spool Service Won't Start (Error 1075 / Dependency);
    Print Spooler Error 1075: The Dependency Service Does Not Exist

    Security
    3 Easy Ways to Remove "Smart Guard Protection" Virus

    Cinavia
    CinEx H.D. Utility
    Comparison of Cinavia Removal Programs;
    How to Solve Cinavia Protection Issue during Blu-Ray Playback;
    'Unbeatable' Cinavia Anti-Piracy Technology Cracked by D.V.D.-Ranger

    How Do I Disable the Warning Chrome Gives If a Security Certificate Is Not Trusted?;
    Installing Web Certificates

    Malwarebytes

    Smart Guard Protection Virus: Rogue Virus Manual Removal Guides

    Tails
    About
    How Do I Tails?: A Beginner's Guide to Anonymous Computing;
    Warning

    Tor
    7 Things You Should Know about Tor;
    Advanced Onion Router
    Tor: Overview

    What Do I Need to Do to Get Internet Explorer 8 to Accept a Self-Signed Certificate?

    Speed
    10 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Wi-Fi;
    Adobe Flash Player 10 Fix for Vista and XP;
    AutoStarter X4
    C.P.U. Spikes and Jerky Playback of Audio or Video Content;
    D.D.R. vs. D.D.R. 2 vs. D.D.R. 3: Types of R.A.M. Explained;
    High C.P.U. Usage on Sites with Flash Content;
    How Do You Stop Service Host: Local System from Using Up All of Your Resources?;
    How to Fix High C.P.U. Usage in Windows;
    How to Fix svchost.exe Using 100% C.P.U./Memory Leak;
    How to Permanently Disable Pepper Flash on Chrome?;
    Identify and Fix Processes That Cause C.P.U. Spikes;
    Issue 10658: Chrome.exe Still Running after Closing All Chrome Windows;
    National Broadband Map
    Reset, Repair, and Reinstall the Automatic Updates System – Microsoft;
    Running Batch File in Background When Windows Boots Up;
    S.S.D. vs. H.D.D.: What's the Difference?;
    Speed Up Windows Boot Times by Delaying Startup of Services in XP and Vista;
    Steam V.R. Performance Test
    Time Warner Cable Outage Map;
    We Energies Outage Map
    Windows 8, 8.1 High Disk Usage Caused by Tiworker.exe [Fix];
    Windows 10 High C.P.U. Usage Fixes

    Tablet
    Store Connection Failure

    Telephony
    Known Issue: Plugin Install Prompt When Trying to Use Video Chat or Google Voice

    Trash

    CCleaner

    [Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a File or Folder Manually in Windows?;
    How to Access Device Manager from the Command Prompt in Windows XP;
    How to Boot from a U.S.B. Device;
    How to Delete a Windows Service in Windows 7, Vista, or XP;
    How to Install Linux Mint on Your XP P.C.;
    How to Install Windows 8 or 8.1 from a U.S.B. Device;
    L.X.L.E. Releases 14.04 64bit & 12.04.4 32bit (Revisited);
    Registry Cleaner F.A.Q.;
    Remove Every Last Trace of Outlook Express;
    Windows 10 Reservation Update (kb3035583) not Found;
    Why Linux Mint Is a Worthwhile Windows XP Replacement


    Prof Scam by Charles Sykes

    Recipes

    Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pineapple;
    Salmon-Stuffed Calamari Rings

    Resources

    B.I.O.S. Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular Computer Systems;
    Community Network Map
    English-Subtitles.pro
    Find a Recycling Location
    OpenWiFiSpots
    T.W.C. Wi-Fi Coverage Map
    Time Warner Cable Approved Modem List;
    Verizon International Coverage;
    Your Guide to Windows 10

    Restaurants

    Golden Gate
    Menu

    La Estacion
    Menu

    Matteo's
    Menu

    Michael's
    Menu

    Singularity

    10.2.2011
    31.5.2013
    29.8.2014

    The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era;
    Why the Future Doesn't Need Us

    Solutions

    "Wi-Fi" Does Not Have a Valid I.P. Configuration

    The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic by Richard Epstein

    Tickets

    Wisconsin State Fair

    Tools

    Drivers

    Kodak EasyShare v. 8.2

    Clip Converter
    Merge P.D.F.
    Online-Convert
    Removal Tools (Uninstallers) for Common Antivirus Software;
    Synchronize Subtitles with Your Movie in Three Easy Steps;
    Telecharger Une Video
    Tube Offline


    D.H.T. Talk

    Travel

    20.9.2015
    30.9.2017

    D.K. Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Orleans

    D.K. Eyewitness Travel Guide: San Francisco and Northern California

    An Empire Wilderness by Robert Kaplan

    Frommer's Portable New York City 2009 by Brian Silverman

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    Phoenix: The History of a Southwestern Metropolis
    Gilbert Road: Light Rail Extension;
    Making Sense of Place - Phoenix, the Urban Desert

    Valley Metro.


    Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

    The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman


    51st State
    15.9.2014
    25.6.2015

    52nd State
    3.5.2017
    16.5.2017




    Canada
    17.6.2016

    27.10.1997
    5.3.2009
    31.12.2009
    20.5.2013
    13.1.2014
    1.1.2016
    8.11.2016

    24 and Ready to Die


    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast

    Blowback by Chalmers Johnson



    Canada
    31.12.2018

    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2009
    1.1.2013

    E. & E.'s Power Plan Hub
    The E.U. Emissions Trading System: Results and Lessons Learned;
    Expanding the Québec-California Carbon Market;
    Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy;
    Update on the Potential for Linkage of California's Cap-and-Trade Program with Ontario

    Coming Apart by Charles Murray
    The Decline of the White Working Class: Featuring J. D. Vance and Charles Murray

    The Dance of Legislation by Eric Redman

    The Electoral College Primer by Lawrence Longley



    Assault Weapon

    1.1.2001
    15.1.2014

    Assault Weapons in Connecticut;
    Assault Weapons Policy Summary

    Background Check

    1.7.1990
    1.1.1991
    15.3.2013
    1.7.2013
    1.7.2013
    1.1.2014
    1.4.2014
    4.12.2014
    1.1.2017

    Private Sales Policy Summary (Universal Background Checks)

    Licensing

    1.1.2015

    Licensing Gun Owners and Purchasers Policy Summary

    Firearm Homicides per 100,000;
    Gun Law State Scorecard
    Gun Laws Matter: A Comparison of State Firearms Laws and Statistics;
    Hillary Clinton Believes It’s Time to Act on Gun Violence;
    History of Firearms Control in Canada: Up to and Including the Firearms Act;
    In the Business, Outside the Law: How Unlicensed Sellers Are Flooding the Internet with Guns;
    Mass Shooting Deaths and Injuries per 100,000 People;
    Now Is the Time: The President's Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence;
    The State of Gun Violence in the U.S., Explained in 18 Charts

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

    History

    Russia
    0: Imperial Russia - Contexts
    1: The Great State of Kiev
    1: History of the Russian Empire;
    2: History of the Russian Empire;
    2: The Rise of Muscovy
    3: History of the Russian Empire;
    3: Russia between East and West;
    4: History of the Russian Empire;
    4: Time of Troubles
    5: History of the Russian Empire;
    5: The Petrine Revolution (Origins and Institutions);
    6: History of the Russian Empire;
    6: The Petrine Revolution (Culture and Legacy);
    7: History of the Russian Empire;
    7: Russia's Troubled Enlightenment, Part 1;
    8: History of the Russian Empire;
    8: Russia's Troubled Enlightenment, Part 2;
    9: The Enigmatic Lecture
    9: History of the Russian Empire;
    10: History of the Russian Empire;
    10: War and Peace (and Revolt);
    11: History of the Russian Empire;
    11: Revolutions in Industry
    12: History of the Russian Empire;
    12: Russia in the Age of Steam
    13: History of the Russian Empire;
    13: The Origins of Russian "Backwardness;"
    14: History of the Russian Empire;
    14: Russia and Europe in the Mid-Nineteenth Century;
    15: History of the Russian Empire;
    15: Perestroika 1.0
    16: History of the Russian Empire;
    16: Industrial Visions and Vehicles of Progress;
    17: Foundations of the Russian Knowledge Economy;
    17: History of the Russian Empire;
    18: History of the Russian Empire;
    18: Russia in the Age of Synergy;
    19: History of the Russian Empire;
    19: Russia's Industrial Take-Off;
    20: History of the Russian Empire;
    20: Structures from an Exhibition;
    21: The Crises of Russian Autocracy;
    22: Victory over the Present
    23: Downfall
    Drunken Nation: Russia's Depopulation Bomb

    Russia of the Tsars by Peter Waldron

    University of Texas - Arlington: Scott Palmer;
    Vladimir Putin's Rise to Power - Full Documentary;
    Vladivostok: The Russian Detroit

    Turkey
    1915 Aghet - The Armenian Genocide (in English)

    U.S.S.R.
    5.1.1930

    1: 1917 - Red Flag
    1: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    2: 1945 - Fallout
    2: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    3: 1945 - Brave New World
    3: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    4: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    5: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    6: 1989 - People Power
    6: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    7: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    8: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    9: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    10: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    11: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century;
    12: Holodomor - Ukraine, XX Century

    The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison Salisbury

    American Experience: The Great Famine, P.B.S. Documentary;
    Harvest of Despair - The 1933 Ukrainian Holodomor Famine Genocide;
    Holodomor English
    Stalin: Inside the Terror
    U.S.S.R. Industrialisation and the Five-Year Plans under Stalin


    1.6.1932
    15.6.1932
    20.7.1932
    28.2.1933
    6.3.1933
    22.3.1933
    24.3.1933
    19.6.1933
    14.7.1933
    3.7.1934
    16.9.1935

    Auschwitz 70: Drone Shows Nazi Concentration Camp;
    Babi Yar, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
    How Hitler Humiliated France
    Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William Shirer

    The Short Life of Anne Frank

    Japan
    1: 24 Hours after Hiroshima
    2: 24 Hours after Hiroshima
    3: 24 Hours after Hiroshima
    The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire

    China
    15: 1949 - Great Leap
    Frank Dikotter - Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe;
    Mao's Great Famine and Great Leap Forward: History of China;
    W.W. II Battle Ground: Japanese Invasion of China, 1937-1944

    Guatemala
    The Secret Genocide Funded by the U.S.A.

    Cambodia
    17.4.1975

    Khmer Rouge Cambodian Genocide;
    The Most Evil Men in History - Pol Pot;
    Tyrants and Dictators - Pol Pot

    East Timor
    Death of a Nation: The East Timor Conspiracy (John Pilger)

    Ronald Reagan
    13.8.1981
    3.9.1982
    27.10.1986
    18.11.1988

    Bill Clinton
    13.9.1994
    21.9.1996
    21.10.1998
    13.7.2000

    Rwanda
    Ghosts of Rwanda
    Triumph of Evil

    George Bush
    25.9.2001
    28.12.2001
    1.8.2002

    Early Middle Ages

    1: Course Introduction - Rome's Greatness and First Crises;
    2: The Crisis of the Third Century and the Diocletianic Reforms;
    3: Constantine and the Early Church;
    4: The Christian Roman Empire;
    5: St. Augustine's Confessions
    6: Transformation of the Roman Empire;
    7: Barbarian Kingdoms
    8: Survival in the East
    9: The Reign of Justinian
    10: Clovis and the Franks
    11: Frankish Society
    12: Britain and Ireland
    13: Monasticism
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    15: Islamic Conquests and Civil War;
    16: The Splendor of the Abbasid Period;
    17: The Crucial Seventh Century;
    18: The Splendor of Byzantium
    19: Charlemagne
    20: Intellectuals and the Court of Charlemagne;
    21: Crisis of the Carolingians
    22: Vikings / The European Prospect, 1000;
    The Dark Ages Complete Documentary

    5: 1973 - Guerrilla Wars
    Emergence and Defeat of Nixon's Family Assistance Plan (F.A.P.);
    The Origins and Demise of the Public Option;
    Report on Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy: Chapter 6, The National Legislative and Law Enforcement Response to Cocaine

    Immigration

    Driver's License

    1.1.2010
    3.12.2013
    1.1.2014
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    2.1.2014
    NM
    WA

    Fact Sheet: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System So Everyone Plays by the Rules;
    The Fallacy of "Job Robbing;"
    The Heckscher-Ohlin Model in Theory and Practice;
    How Did the Miami Labor Market Absorb the Mariel Immigrants?;
    Immigrant Inflows, Native Outflows, and the Local Market Impacts of Higher Immigration;
    The Impact of Immigrants on Host Country Wages, Employment, and Growth;
    The Impact of Immigration on New Technology Adoption in U.S. Manufacturing;
    Is the New Immigration Really So Bad?;
    The Labor Demand Curve Is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market




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    Uruguay
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    Canada
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    America Is Still Spending Billions on Chasing Marijuana Users;
    Arizona Views on Same-Sex Marriage and Marijuana Possession;
    Historical Timeline: History of Marijuana as Medicine - 2900 B.C. to Present;
    Legal Topic Overviews: Possession of Cannabis for Personal Use;
    Marijuana on the Ballot

    Marijuana Law by Richard Boire

    Marijuana Legalization Is Hurting Mexican Drug Cartels;
    N.O.R.M.L.: State Laws
    Price of Weed
    Q. & A.: Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington;
    S. 683: Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015;
    S. 2237: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015;
    The State of Legal Marijuana Markets;
    Texas Survey Results
    What Will Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mean for California? Q. & A. with Lynne Lyman;
    Why the War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure;
    YouGov Survey Results




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    Fact Sheet: The President's Plan to Reward Work by Raising the Minimum Wage

    Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

    The Overworked American by Juliet Schor

    Pay Workers a Living Wage Act;
    State Minimum Wages
    State Solutions to a National Problem;
    Support for a Federal Minimum Wage of $12.50 or Above

    The Working Poor by David Shipler


    The Myth of the Independent Voter by Bruce Keith, David Magleby, Candice Nelson, Elizabeth Orr, and Mark Westlye

    The Politics Test


    I am a

    Social Progressive
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    and an

    Economic Progressive
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    I am best described as a

    Liberal Democrat

    Barack Obama
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    E.P.A. Fact Sheet: Clean Power Plan - Flexible Approach to Cutting Carbon Pollution;
    E.P.A. Fact Sheet: Clean Power Plan - National Framework for States;
    E.P.A. Fact Sheet: Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants;
    E.P.A. Fact Sheet: Reducing Carbon Pollution from Power Plants;
    Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output in 2013;
    Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output from January 2012 through March 2012;
    Proposed Climate, Air Quality, and Permitting Rules for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry: Fact Sheet;
    Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants, Creating Clean Energy Jobs, Improving Americans' Health, and Curbing Climate Change


    28.7.2015
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    Donald Trump
    30.1.2017
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    Transition in the Afghanistan-Pakistan War: How Does This War End?

    Economic Inequality
    Adding Up Secretary Clinton's Campaign Proposals So Far;
    Biggest Revenue Raisers in Senator Levin's "Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act;"
    Bill Summary and Status, 113th Congress (2013-2014): S. 2899 C.R.S. Summary;
    The Buck Stops Where? The Distribution of Agricultural Subsidies;
    The Buffett Rule: A Basic Principle of Tax Fairness;
    Changes in the Distribution of After-Tax Wealth: Has Income Tax Policy Increased Wealth Inequality?;
    College Compact: Costs Won't Be a Barrier;
    College Compact: Debt Won't Hold You Back;
    Death Rate Rising for Middle-Aged Whites Due to Drug Addiction;
    "Deaths of Despair" Are Cutting Life Short for Some White Americans;
    Designing a Medicare Buy-In and a Public Plan Marketplace Option: Policy Options and Considerations;
    Earned Income Tax Credit Reform;
    The Economic Record of the Obama Administration: Progress Reducing Inequality;
    The Estate Tax: Ninety Years and Counting;
    Fact Sheet: The Responsible Estate Tax Act;
    Fact Sheet: A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code That Responsibly Invests in Middle Class Families;
    Fact Sheet on the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act;
    The Fading American Dream: Trends in Absolute Income Mobility since 1940;
    The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (The F.A.M.I.L.Y. Act);
    Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act: Outlining the Need for Increased Revolving-Door and Reverse Revolving-Door Legislation;
    Financial Transaction Taxes in Theory and Practice;
    For Joint Select Committee, Many Good Options: Progressive Revenue Proposals Would Narrow Budget Gap by Trillions;
    H.R. 389: Fairness in Taxation Act of 2015;
    H.R. 1464: Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2015;
    H.R. 1662: Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2015;
    The Healthy Families Act;
    High Marginal Tax Rates on the Top 1%? Lessons from a Life Cycle Model with Idiosyncratic Income Risk;
    Hillary Clinton: Wall Street Should Work for Main Street;
    Hillary Clinton's Commitment: A Debt-Free Future for America's Graduates;
    Hillary Clinton's Infrastructure Plan: Building Tomorrow's Economy Today;
    Homesick: How Housing Tax Breaks Benefit the Wealthy and Create McMansions;
    How the Feeling of Falling Behind Fuels Deadly Distress for White Americans;
    How the Government Subsidizes Wealth Inequality;
    How to Implement the Buffett Rule;
    How Would Reforming the Mortgage Interest Deduction Affect the Housing Market?;
    Jobs and Income Growth of Top Earners and the Causes of Changing Income Inequality: Evidence from U.S. Tax Return Data;
    McMansion Hell
    Medicare for All: Leaving No One Behind;
    Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Ripe for Reform: Conversion to Tax Credit Could Raise Revenue and Make Subsidy More Effective and Fairer;
    Mortgage Interest Deduction Reform;
    President Obama's Tax Proposals in His Fiscal 2014 Budget Plan;
    The President's Proposal to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit;
    Recovering $600 Billion by Collecting the Rent on Our Public Lands;
    Reddit: Basic Income;
    Research Report: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States;
    Retirement Tax Incentives Are Ripe for Reform: Current Incentives Are Expensive, Inefficient, and Inequitable;
    Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century;
    S. 31: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2015;
    S. 731: Social Security Expansion Act;
    S. 922: Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act;
    S. 1206: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act;
    S.B. 570 and H.R. 1055: Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2015;
    The Sanders Report on the G.A.O. Audit on Major Conflicts of Interest at the Federal Reserve;
    "State Public Bank;"
    Summaries for the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act;
    Summaries for the Rebuild America Act of 2015;
    Summary of Sen. Sanders' College for All Act;
    T.P.P.: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of;
    The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance;
    Top Twenty Pay-for-Delay Drugs: How Drug Industry Payoffs Delay Generics, Inflate Prices, and Hurt Consumers;
    The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network Discussion Papers;
    Understanding the Affordable Care Act's State Innovation ("1332") Waivers;
    White Women Are Dying Faster All over America - But What about Where You Live?;
    Workplace Democracy Act

    Climate Change

    Achieving the United States' Intended Nationally Determined Contribution;
    The Case for Optimism on Climate Change | Al Gore;
    Combating Climate Change to Save the Planet;
    Delivering on the U.S. Climate Commitment: A 10-Point Plan toward a Low-Carbon Future;
    E.P.A. Greenhouse Gas Performance Standards: What the Settlement Agreement Means;
    Hillary Clinton's Vision for Modernizing North American Energy Infrastructure;
    Hillary Clinton's Vision for Renewable Power - Briefing Fact Sheet;
    International Civil Aviation Organization (I.C.A.O.);
    Legal Note: Could a Future President Reverse U.S. Approval of the Paris Agreement?;
    Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act;
    S. 1041: End Polluter Welfare Act of 2015;
    S. 2238: Keep It in the Ground Act of 2015;
    Summary of the Climate Protection Act of 2013 (S. 332)

    Criminal Justice
    Cruel and Unusual: U.S. Sentencing Practices in a Global Context;
    The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act of 2014 (R.E.D.E.E.M. Act);
    Reforms, Potential Impact, and Cost Savings of the Smarter Sentencing Act;
    The Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (S.A.F.E.) Justice Act;
    The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

    Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program - April 2014;
    Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program - March 2012;
    Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program - March 2015;
    Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program - March 2016;
    Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program - May 2013

    Probability

    I Alone Will Decide an Election


    Rating the Presidents: A Ranking of U.S. Leaders, from the Great and Honorable to the Dishonest and Incompetent by William Ridings and Stuart McIver

    Reinventing Government by Ted Gaebler and David Osborne


    1.3.2000
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    2005 Wisconsin Act 141: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Resources, and Energy Policy;
    Alternative Fuel Corridors
    Australian Government: The Renewable Energy Target (R.E.T.) Scheme;
    E.U. Renewable Energy Policy
    Full Levelized Cost of Electricity in the United States by County;
    New Hampshire Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency;
    A Plan to Convert the U.S.A. to 100% Renewables by 2050;
    Project Sunroof
    Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards;
    Renewable Energy Map
    Wind Vision

    A Republic, Not an Empire by Patrick Buchanan

    Resources

    270 to Win

    2014 Waukesha Mayoral Primary Candidate Questions: Shawn Reilly

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    Census Explorer


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    FiveThirtyEight
    Gun Deaths in America
    Pollster Ratings
    Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump;
    A User's Guide to FiveThirtyEight's 2016 General Election Forecast;
    What A Clinton Landslide Would Look Like;
    What Would It Take to Turn Blue States Red?

    Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders

    National Popular Vote

    The New York Times

    The Path to 270 in 2016: Can the Obama Coalition Survive?

    Politico

    Pollster

    PredictIt: U.S. Elections

    Real Clear Politics

    Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet;
    Wisconsin's Economy Will Benefit from Expanding Medicaid


    Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century by Eugene Bakija and Jon Steuerle

    The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch

    Rudy Giuliani by Andrew Kirtzman

    Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

    Shrub by Molly Ivins



    A Road Map to 'Single-Payer:' How States Can Escape the Clutches of the Private Health Insurance System;
    Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care

    What's the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank

    Whose Trade Organization? by Lori Wallach and Patrick Woodall



    U.H.D. O.L.E.D. T.V.
    Blade Runner 2049
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    The Americans
    'The Americans' Sees a Perfect Moment to Humanize Russian Espionage;
    'The Americans' Will Wrap in 2018 after Two More Seasons;
    Season 5

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    Season 3
    Trevor vs. Mike

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    Walter and Krazy-8

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    FiveThirtyEight
    How Our Oscars Tracker Works;
    Tracking the Oscars Race

    Halt and Catch Fire

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    Soviet Storm: World War II in the East

    Star Trek

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    Season 3

    Twin Peaks

    The Unknown War

    Vietnam: A Television History


    Work


    A.I.

    Algorithms: 6.006

    1a: Algorithmic Thinking and Peak Finding;
    1b: Asymptotic Complexity and Peak Finding;
    1c: Appendix D.1 - Matrices and Matrix Operations;
    2a: Models of Computation and Document Distance;
    2b: Python Cost Model and Document Distance;
    2c: Python Cost Model
    2d: Chapter 1 - The Role of Algorithms in Computing;
    2e: Chapter 3 - Growth of Functions;
    3a: Insertion Sort and Merge Sort;
    3b: Document Distance, Insertion, and Merge Sort;
    3c: Chapter 2.1 - Insertion Sort;
    3d: Chapter 2.2 - Analyzing Algorithms;
    3e: Chapter 2.3 - Designing Algorithms;
    3f: Chapter 4.3 - The Substitution Method for Solving Recurrences;
    3g: Chapter 4.4 - The Recursion-Tree Method for Solving Recurrences;
    3h: Chapter 4.5 - The Master Method for Solving Recurrences;
    3i: Chapter 4.6 - Proof of the Master Theorem;
    3j: Problem Set 1
    4a: Heaps and Heap Sort
    4b: Chapter 6.1 - Heaps
    4c: Chapter 6.2 - Maintaining the Heap Property;
    4c: Chapter 6.3 - Building a Heap;
    4d: Chapter 6.4 - The Heap Sort Algorithm;
    5a: Binary Search Trees and B.S.T. Sort;
    5b: Recursion Trees and Binary Search Trees;
    5c: Binary Search Trees
    5d: Chapter 10.4 - Representing Rooted Trees;
    5e: Chapter 12.1 - What Is a Binary Search Tree?;
    5f: Chapter 12.2 - Querying a Binary Search Tree;
    5g: Chapter 12.3 - Insertion and Deletion;
    6a: A.V.L. Trees and A.V.L. Sort;
    6b: A.V.L. Trees
    6c: Chapter 13.2 - Rotations
    6d: Chapter 14 - Augmenting Data Structures;
    6e: Problem Set 2
    7a: Counting Sort, Radix Sort, and Lower Bounds for Sorting;
    7b: Comparison Sort and Counting and Radix Sort;
    7c: Chapter 8.1 - Lower Bounds for Sorting;
    7d: Chapter 8.2 - Counting Sort;
    7e: Chapter 8.3 - Radix Sort
    8a: Hashing with Chaining
    8b: Simulation Algorithms
    8c: Chapter 11.1 - Direct-Address Tables;
    8d: Chapter 11.2 - Hash Tables
    8e: Chapter 11.3 - Hash Functions;
    9a: Table Doubling and Karp-Rabin;
    9b: Rolling Hashes and Amortized Analysis;
    9c: D.N.A. Sequence Matching
    9d: Chapter 17 - Amortized Analysis;
    9e: Problem Set 3
    10a: Open Addressing and Cryptographic Hashing;
    10b: Quiz 1 Review
    10c: Chapter 11.4 - Open Addressing;
    10d: Problem Set 4
    10e: Quiz 1
    11a: Integer Arithmetic and Karatsuba Multiplication;
    11b: Principles of Algorithm Design;
    12a: Square Roots and Newton's Method;
    12b: Karatsuba Multiplication and Newton's Method;
    13a: Breadth-First Search (B.F.S.);
    13b: Breadth-First Search (B.F.S.);
    13c: Chapter 22.1 - Representations of Graphs;
    13d: Chapter 22.2 - Breadth-First Search;
    13e: Appendix B.4 - Graphs
    14a: Depth-First Search (D.F.S.) and Topological Sort;
    14b: Depth-First Search (D.F.S.);
    14c: Chapter 22.3 - Depth-First Search;
    14d: Chapter 22.4 - Topological Sort;
    14e: Problem Set 5
    15a: Single-Source Shortest Paths Problem;
    15b: Shortest Paths
    15c: Chapter 24.0 - Single-Source Shortest Paths;
    15d: Chapter 24.5 - Proofs of Shortest-Paths Properties;
    16a: Dijkstra
    16b: Rubik's Cube and StarCraft Zero;
    16c: Chapter 24.3 - Dijkstra's Algorithm;
    17a: Bellman-Ford
    17b: Chapter 24.1 - The Bellman-Ford Algorithm;
    17c: Chapter 24.2 - Single-Source Shortest Paths in Directed Acyclic Graphs;
    18a: Speeding Up Dijkstra
    18b: Quiz 2 Review
    18c: Problem Set 6
    18d: Quiz 2
    19a: Dynamic Programming I: Fibonacci and Shortest Paths;
    19b: Dynamic Programming: Crazy Eights and Shortest Path;
    20a: Dynamic Programming II: Text Justification and Blackjack;
    20b: Dynamic Programming: Blackjack;
    20c: Chapter 15.3 - Elements of Dynamic Programming;
    21a: D.P. III: Parenthesization, Edit Distance, and Knapsack;
    21b: Dynamic Programming: Knapsack Problem;
    21c: Chapter 15.1 - Rod Cutting;
    21d: Chapter 15.2 - Matrix-Chain Multiplication;
    21e: Chapter 15.4 - Longest Common Subsequence;
    22a: D.P. IV: Guitar Fingering, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros.;
    22b: Dynamic Programming: Dance Dance Revolution;
    23a: Computational Complexity;
    23b: Computational Complexity;
    23c: Chapter 34.1 - Polynomial Time;
    23d: Chapter 34.2 - Polynomial-Time Verification;
    23e: Chapter 34.3 - NP-Completeness and Reducibility;
    24a: Topics in Algorithms Research;
    24b: Final Exam. Review
    24c: Problem Set 7
    24d: Final Exam.

    Algorithms: 6.046

    1a: Course Overview and Interval Scheduling;
    1b: Introduction
    2a: Divide and Conquer - Convex Hull and Median Finding;
    2b: Divide and Conquer
    2c: Matrix Multiplication and the Master Theorem;
    2d: Matrix Multiplication and the Master Theorem;
    2e: Problem Set 1
    3a: Divide and Conquer - F.F.T.;
    3b: Divide and Conquer - Fast Fourier Transform;
    3c: 2-3 Trees and B-Trees

    Astrophysics

    Generative Adversarial Networks Recover Features in Astrophysical Images of Galaxies beyond the Deconvolution Limit

    Bioengineering

    A Robot That Runs and Swims Like a Salamander;
    Underwater Robot Snakes Are as Awesome and Scary as They Sound

    Defense

    Genetic Fuzzy-Based Artificial Intelligence for Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Control in Simulated Air Combat Missions

    Law

    Can Robots Be Lawyers?: Computers, Lawyers, and the Practice of Law;
    DoNotPay Robot Lawyer Demonstration;
    How We Analyzed the C.O.M.P.A.S. Recidivism Algorithm;
    Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

    Vision

    Generating Videos with Scene Dynamics;
    Riemannian Manifolds, Kernels, and Learning

    1: Introduction and Scope
    2: Reasoning - Goal Trees and Problem Solving;
    3a: Reasoning - Goal Trees and Rule-Based Expert Systems;
    3b: Rule-Based Systems
    4: Search - Depth-First, Hill Climbing, and Beam;
    5a: Search - Optimal, Branch and Bound, and A*;
    5b: Basic Search and Optimal Search;
    6a: Search - Games, Minimax, and Alpha-Beta;
    6b: Games, Minimax, and Alpha-Beta;
    7: Constraints - Interpreting Line Drawings;
    8: Constraints - Search and Domain Reduction;
    9: Constraints - Visual Object Recognition;
    10: Introduction to Learning - Nearest Neighbors;
    11: Learning - Identification Trees and Disorder;
    12a: Learning - Neural Nets and Back Propagation;
    12b: Neural Nets
    12c: Neural Net Notes
    13: Learning - Genetic Algorithms;
    14a: Learning - Sparse Spaces and Phonology;
    14b: Sparse Representations for Fast, One-Shot Learning;
    15a: Learning - Near Misses and Felicity Conditions;
    15b: Near Misses and Arch Learning;
    16a: Learning - Support Vector Machines;
    16b: Support Vector Machines
    16c: Support Vector Machine Slides;
    17a: Learning - Boosting
    17b: Boosting
    17c: Boosting Notes
    17d: The Boosting Approach to Machine Learning: An Overview;
    18: Representations - Classes, Trajectories, and Transitions;
    19a: Architectures - G.P.S., Soar, Subsumption, and Society of Mind;
    19b: A Gentle Introduction to Soar, An Architecture for Human Cognition: 2006 Update;
    19c: S3, Taking Machine Intelligence to the Next, Much Higher Level;
    21: Probabilistic Inference I
    22a: Probabilistic Inference II
    22b: Probabilistic Inference Notes;
    23a: Model Merging, Cross-Modal Coupling, and Course Summary;
    23b: Self-Supervised Acquisition of Vowels in American English

    Apple
    Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training

    Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy;
    Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030

    Baidu
    Deep Voice: Real-Time Neural Text-to-Speech

    Computing Machinery and Intelligence;
    D.L. 4 J.: Deep Learning for Java Documentation



    Google Research
    AutoDraw
    Globally Normalized Transition-Based Neural Networks;
    Introducing the Open Images Dataset;
    Listen, Attend, and Spell
    Mastering the Game of Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search;
    Neural Episodic Control
    Neural Machine Translation System: Bridging the Gap between Human and Machine Translation;
    PlaNet: Photo Geolocation with Convolutional Neural Networks;
    Pixel Recursive Super Resolution;
    Smart Reply: Automated Response Suggestion for Email;
    WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio

    How A.I. Can Bring on a Second Industrial Revolution | Kevin Kelly;
    The Incredible Inventions of Intuitive A.I. | Maurice Conti

    M.I.T. Technology Review
    Machine Learning: The New Proving Ground for Competitive Advantage

    Microsoft
    Achieving Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition

    The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

    Open A.I.
    1: Introduction - Training a Neural Network to Play a Game with TensorFlow and Open A.I.;
    2: Training Data - Training a Neural Network to Play a Game with TensorFlow and Open A.I.;
    3: Training Model - Training a Neural Network to Play a Game with TensorFlow and Open A.I.;
    4: Testing Network - Training a Neural Network to Play a Game with TensorFlow and Open A.I.;
    Documentation

    Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

    Poker
    DeepStack: Expert-Level Artificial Intelligence in No-Limit Poker

    Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Human Population through Time;
    Origin of Humans - National Geographic Special Documentary 2016

    The State of Artificial Intelligence in Six Visuals

    Super Mario Bros.
    Curiosity-Driven Exploration by Self-Supervised Prediction

    A.R.

    The Dawn of the Age of Holograms;
    A Glimpse of the Future through an Augmented Reality Headset

    Google
    Google Tango: A Glimpse into the Future of A.R. on Phones

    Microsoft
    Hardware Details
    Microsoft HoloLens: Fragments;
    Microsoft HoloLens: HoloStudio;
    Minecraft Isn't Just a Game. It's an Art Form.

    Agency

    Agent-Based Computing in Economics;
    Intelligent Agents
    Intelligent Agents and the Semantic Web: Developing an Intelligent Web;
    Introducing Trade to a Basic Agent-Based Economic Model

    Ambiguity

    Simulating Processes of Concept Formation and Communication

    Applications


    Anzo Architecture
    Anzo Baseball Demo.


    DataGraft


    X.S.P.A.R.Q.L. Language Specification

    I.B.M.
    Augmenting Human Intelligence;
    Deploying Your Watson Application on Bluemix in 4 Easy Steps;
    Watson Developer Cloud: Artificial Intelligence;
    Watson Services


    Spatial and Graph v. 11g/12c


    Introduction to S.P.A.R.Q.L.verse


    S.H.A.C.L.: The Next-Generation Data Modeling Language;
    S.P.A.R.Q.L. Motion
    S.P.A.R.Q.L. Motion Tutorial v. 3.1.1;
    S.P.I.N. Primer: Rectangles and Squares;
    TopBraid Suite 4.5.0: Pre-Release Notes


    Build Your First App.
    Introduction

    Data Integration at Scale: Linked Data;
    Linked Data in the Enterprise: How Information Enlightenment Reduces the Cost of I.T.-Systems by Orders of Magnitude

    Architecture

    A.M.D.
    Meet Polaris, A.M.D.'s Next Gen. 14nm Radeon 400 Series Graphics Architecture;
    Simplified: Asynchronous Shaders

    Hexagonal Architecture
    Highly Resonant Wireless Power Transfer: Safe, Efficient, and over Distance;
    How to Render S.P.A.R.Q.L. Results Using Google Visualization A.P.I.

    Linked Data Platform
    v. 1.0

    N.V.M. Express Explained

    Nvidia
    GTX 1080 Performance Review - The New King;
    GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Tesla V100

    Beginning X.M.L., Fourth Edition by David Hunter, Jeff Rafter, Joe Fawcett, Eric van der Vlist, Danny Ayers, Jon Duckett, Andrew Watt, and Linda McKinnon

    Crystal
    15: An Introduction to Crystal by Erik Michaels-Ober

    Cython
    Cython: The Best of Both Worlds

    D.L.

    The Even More Irresistable S.R.O.I.Q.;
    Suggestions for O.W.L. 3

    Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut by David Shenk

    F-Logic

    Rules and Ontologies in F-Logic

    Federated Search

    Ident Engine

    The Feynman Processor by Gerard Milburn

    Gaming

    Solving Stackelberg Games with Uncertain Observability

    Geometry

    Calculus

    1: Classical Curves
    2: Introduction to GeoGebra
    3: Parametrized Curves and Algebraic Curves;
    4: The Differential Calculus for Curves, Via Lagrange!;
    5: Tangent Conics and Tangent Quadrics;
    6: Visualizing the Folium Surface with GeoGebra;
    7: Differential Geometry with Finite Fields;
    8: The Differential Calculus for Curves II;
    9: Projective View of Conics and Quadrics;
    10: Duality, Polarity, and Projective Linear Algebra;
    11: Duality, Polarity, and Projective Linear Algebra II;
    12: Metrical Structure and Curvature of a Parabola;
    13: Curvature for the General Parabola;
    14: Quadratic Curvature for Algebraic Curves;
    15: Quadratic Curvature for Algebraic Curves (Cont.);
    16: Curvature, Turning Numbers, and Winding Numbers;
    17: Curvature, Turning Numbers, and Winding Numbers (Cont.);
    18: The Frenet Serret Equations;
    19: The Frenet Serret Equations (Example);
    20: Geometric and Algebraic Aspects of Space Curves;
    21a: An Introduction to Surfaces;
    21b: A Tutorial - Some Differential Geometry Problems;
    22: More General Surfaces
    23: Paraboloids and Associated Quadratic Forms;
    24: Topological Spaces and Manifolds;
    25: Manifolds, Classification of Surfaces, and Euler Characteristic;
    26: Classification of 2-Manifolds and Euler Characteristic;
    28: Curvature for the General Paraboloid;
    29: Curvature for General Algebraic Surfaces;
    30: Examples of Curvatures of Surfaces;
    31: Meusnier, Monge, and Dupin I;
    32: Meusnier, Monge, and Dupin II;
    33: Meusnier, Monge, and Dupin III;
    34: Gauss, Normals, and Fundamental Forms;
    35: Gauss's View of Curvature and the Theorema Egregium

    Physics



    Sage
    Open Source Is Ready to Compete with Mathematica for Use in the Classroom

    Google
    8.10.2007
    11.7.2008
    7.6.2016
    29.6.2016
    10.11.2016

    Graduate School

    C.V.s

    Srinivas Devadas
    Nancy Lynch
    John Milnor
    Norman Wildberger
    Patrick Winston

    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee College of Engineering and Applied Science
    Frequently Asked Questions about Admission;
    G.R.E. Revised Test Content and Structure;
    M.S. Program in Computer Science

    History

    30.9.1971
    31.8.1972
    31.5.1973
    30.9.1975
    7.5.1981
    23.1.1993
    11.6.1994

    Greek Automata

    A History of Modern Computing by Paul Ceruzzi

    The I.E.E.E. 802.11 Standardization: Its History, Specifications, Implementations, and Future;
    Inventions Timeline
    The X.M.L. and Semantic Web Worlds: Technologies, Interoperability, and Integration. A Survey of the State of the Art

    I.E.L.T.S.
    Book Now
    Canada

    I.P.

    The Copyright Alert System: Phase One and Beyond;
    Deriving Ontology Based on Linguistics and Community Tag Clouds;
    Slaying the Copyright Troll

    I.o.T.

    5G.
    A Technology Vision

    A.P.I.s


    Accelerate the Development of Cognitive Computing in Your I.o.T. App.

    M2X A.P.I. Documentation
    Tracing D.A.G.s from Specification to Execution

    Applications

    Adafruit
    3D-Printed Lego Tape Sticks to Windows

    Advantech
    Cloud Structure
    Swarm Intelligence: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

    Arduino
    Automatic Coffee Machine
    Introducing the E.S.L.O.V. I.o.T. Invention Kit;
    Voice-Controlled Robot

    Cisco
    Interface Module for Lo.Ra.W.A.N. Data Sheet

    G.E.
    Link 60W Equivalent Soft White (2700K) A19 Connected Home L.E.D. Light Bulb

    Google
    Cloud I.o.T. Core
    OnHub

    Honeywell
    Wi-Fi Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat + Free App.

    I.B.M.
    Detecting Methane Leaks with Smart Sensors That Rely on Light;
    DeveloperWorks Recipes
    Turn Your Mobile Phone into an I.o.T. Device

    Imagination
    Ci40 Hardware User Guide
    Creator Ci40: The Ultimate I.o.T.-in-a-Box Dev. Kit

    Intel
    Curie Module Fact Sheet

    June Intelligent Oven

    Microsoft
    Windows 10 I.o.T. Core: Opening Doors with Facial Recognition

    Nyrius
    Smart Outlet

    Open Sensors

    Oral-B
    SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush

    Raspberry Pi
    1: Baking Pi
    Deep Learning Gateway on Raspberry Pi;
    FarmBot: High Level Overview
    Free Raspberry Pi Cookbook Download;
    Getting Started - Windows 10 I.o.T. Core + Raspberry Pi 3;
    How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi;
    Introducing Pixel
    New Raspberry Pi Zero - $5 Computer;
    New Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless - $10 with WiFi + Bluetooth;
    Physical Computing with Python;
    Pi Buddy
    Raspberry Pi Lego Robot - Computerphile;
    V.N.C. (Virtual Network Computing);
    Windows 10 + Raspberry Pi 3: Controlling a Closed-Loop Wheel

    Co.A.P.

    Constrained Application Protocol for Internet of Things

    I.P. v. 6

    2: Overview

    M.Q.T.T.

    Introduction

    O.S.

    Introduction to the Zephyr Project

    Python
    Eclipse Paho Python Client Documentation

    Binary R.D.F. Representation for Publication and Exchange (H.D.T.)

    Cisco
    Embracing the Internet of Everything to Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion: More Relevant, Valuable Connections Will Improve Innovation, Productivity, Efficiency, and Customer Experience;
    Securing the Internet of Things: A Proposed Framework

    Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things;
    I Made My Dumb Appliances Smarter with the Internet of Things

    I.E.E.E.
    Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (I.o.T.): I.E.E.E. P2413;
    Towards a Definition of the Internet of Things (I.o.T.)

    Internet of Things Protocols and Standards;
    Linked Sensor Data
    P.U.R.E. Modules... for Dreamers, Tinkerers, Hackers, and Designers;
    Semantics for the Internet of Things: Early Progress and Back to the Future;
    Sense2Web: A Linked Data Platform for Semantic Sensor Networks;
    SensorTape: Modular and Programmable 3D-Aware Dense Sensor Network on a Tape;
    Standard Setting Organizations and Standards List;
    Synthetic Sensors: Towards General-Purpose Sensing

    Incubator Groups

    Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web;
    What Now and Where Next for the W3C Semantic Sensor Networks Incubator Group Sensor Ontology

    Introduction to the Semantic Web

    J.D.K. 9
    2: Introduction to Modular Development;
    9 New Features in Java 9
    Awesome Java
    Jenetics: Java Genetic Algorithm Library;
    Keynote Session by Mark Reinhold;
    Regex Cheat Sheet

    M.L.

    G.A.N.

    Improved Techniques for Training G.A.N.s

    A Brief Introduction into Machine Learning

    Google
    1: Introduction and Creating a Virtual Machine - Google Cloud Python Tutorials;
    2: Setting Up A.P.I. and Vision Introduction - Google Cloud Python Tutorials;
    3: Vision A.P.I. Continued - Google Cloud Python Tutorials;
    4: Natural Language A.P.I. - Google Cloud Python Tutorials;
    5: Translation A.P.I. - Google Cloud Python Tutorials;
    Cloud T.P.U.

    Knowledge Vault: A Web-Scale Approach to Probabilistic Knowledge Fusion;
    Machine Learning Techniques for Predictive Maintenance

    Microsoft
    Installing C.P.U. and G.P.U. TensorFlow on Windows;
    An Introduction to Generative Adversarial Networks (with Code in TensorFlow);
    Towards Practical Machine Learning with Differential Privacy and Variants

    Modelling Order in Neural Word Embeddings at Scale

    MonkeyLearn
    Integrating Modules
    Introducing Google Sheets Add-On for MonkeyLearn;
    Pipelines Quick Start

    Understanding English with Lattice-Learning

    Manuals

    Jena Ontology A.P.I.
    Jess Rule Engine for the Java Platform;
    Pellet F.A.Q.

    N.L.P.

    A Large Self-Annotated Corpus for Sarcasm;
    Modelling Context with User Embeddings for Sarcasm Detection in Social Media

    Nanotechnology

    26.9.2013

    3: Introduction to Carbon Nanotubes

    Other Talks

    21.5.2009
    8.11.2014

    Philosophy

    Number Theory

    80: Inconvenient Truths about sqrt(2);
    93: The Magic and Mystery of "pi;"
    114: Real Numbers as Cauchy Sequences Don't Work!;
    116: Difficulties with Dedekind Cuts;
    117: The Continuum, Zeno's Paradox, and the Price We Pay for Coordinates;
    173: A Disruptive View of Big Number Arithmetic;
    174: Complexity and Hyperoperations;
    175: The Chaotic Complexity of Natural Numbers;
    176: The Sporadic Nature of Big Numbers;
    177: Numbers, the Universe, and Complexity beyond Us;
    178: The Law of Logical Honesty and the End of Infinity;
    179: Hyperoperations and Even Bigger Numbers;
    180: The Successor - Limit Hierarchy;
    181: The Successor-Limit Hierarchy and Ordinals I;
    182: The Successor-Limit Hierarchy and Ordinals II;
    183: Limit Levels and Self-Similarity in the Successor-Limit Hierarchy;
    184: Reconsidering Natural Numbers and Arithmetical Expressions;
    185: The Essential Dichotomy Underlying Mathematics;
    186: The Curious Role of "Nothing" in Mathematics;
    Infinity: Does It Exist? A Debate with James Franklin and N.J. Wildberger

    Web 2.0 vs. the Semantic Web: A Philosophical Assessment

    Pilots

    Data.gov/Rensselaer Wiki

    Probability

    The Design and Implementation of Probabilistic Programming Languages;
    Diagram of Distribution Relationships;
    Fuzzy O.W.L.: Uncertainty and the Semantic Web;
    Probabilistic Models of Cognition

    Protocols

    H.T.T.P. 2 Explained: Background, the Protocol, the Implementations, and the Future

    Python

    M.L.

    1: Introduction
    2: Regression Introduction
    3: Regression Features and Labels;
    4: Regression Training and Testing;
    5: Regression Forecasting and Predicting;
    6: Pickling and Scaling
    7: Regression - How It Works
    8: How to Program the Best Fit Slope;
    9: How to Program the Best Fit Line;
    10: R-Squared Theory
    11: Programming R-Squared
    12: Testing Assumptions
    13: Classification with K Nearest Neighbors Introduction;
    14: K Nearest Neighbors Application;
    15: Euclidean Distance
    16: Creating Our K Nearest Neighbors Algorithm;
    17: Writing Our Own K Nearest Neighbors in Code;
    18: Applying Our K Nearest Neighbors Algorithm;
    19: Final Thoughts on K Nearest Neighbors;
    20: Support Vector Machine Introduction and Application;
    21: Understanding Vectors
    22: Support Vector Assertion
    23: Support Vector Machine Fundamentals;
    24: Support Vector Machine Optimization;
    25: Creating an S.V.M. from Scratch;
    26: S.V.M. Training
    27: S.V.M. Optimization
    28: Completing S.V.M. from Scratch;
    29: Kernels Introduction
    30: Why Kernels
    31: Soft Margin S.V.M.
    32: Soft Margin S.V.M. and Kernels with CVXOPT;
    33: S.V.M. Parameters
    34: Clustering Introduction;
    35: Handling Non-Numeric Data;
    36: K-Means with Titanic Dataset;
    37: Custom K-Means
    38: K-Means from Scratch
    39: Mean Shift Introduction
    40: Mean Shift with Titanic Dataset;
    41: Mean Shift from Scratch;
    42: Mean Shift Dynamic Bandwidth;
    43: Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow Introduction;
    44: Installing TensorFlow (Optional) - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    45: TensorFlow Basics - Deep Learning with Neural Networks;
    46: Neural Network Model - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    47: Running Our Network - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    48: Processing Our Own Data - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    49: Preprocessing Continued - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    50: Training / Testing on Our Data - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    51: Using More Data - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    52: Installing the G.P.U. Version of TensorFlow for Making Use of Your C.U.D.A. G.P.U.;
    53: Recurrent Neural Networks (R.N.N.) - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow;
    54: R.N.N. Example in TensorFlow - Deep Learning with Neural Networks

    G.T.A. V
    1: Introduction and Screen Reading - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto V;
    2: OpenCV - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    3: Direct Input - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    4: R.O.I. - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    5: Line Finding with Hough Lines - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    6: Lane Finding - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    7: Self-Driving Car - Python Plays Grand Theft Auto 5;
    8: Next Steps for Self-Driving Vehicles - Python Plays G.T.A.;
    9: Neural Network Training Data for Self-Driving - Python Plays G.T.A.

    M.L.: C.N.N.

    1: Introduction - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle Lung Cancer Detection Competiton;
    1: Introduction and Preprocessing - Using Convolutional Neural Network to Identify Dogs vs. Cats;
    2: Building the Network - Using Convolutional Neural Network to Identify Dogs vs. Cats;
    2: Reading Files - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle and 3D Medical Imaging;
    3: Training - Using Convolutional Neural Network to Identify Dogs vs. Cats;
    3: Visualizing - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle and 3D Medical Imaging;
    4: Resizing Data - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle and 3D Medical Imaging;
    4: Using Our Network - Using Convolutional Neural Network to Identify Dogs vs. Cats;
    5: Preprocessing Data - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle and 3D Medical Imaging;
    6: Running the Network - 3D Convolutional Neural Network with Kaggle and 3D Medical Imaging;
    55: Convolutional Neural Networks Basics - Deep Learning with TensorFlow;
    56: Convolutional Neural Networks with TensorFlow - Deep Learning with Neural Networks;
    57: TFLearn - Deep Learning with Neural Networks and TensorFlow

    v. 3

    1: Introduction
    2: Templates
    3: Argparse
    4: Regular Expressions
    5: Multithreading
    6: Networking
    7: C.G.I. Programming
    8: Database Interaction
    9: C Extensions
    10: PyCrypto
    11: Serialization with Pickle
    12: Decorators

    v. 3.4

    1: Installing Python
    2: Numbers
    3: Strings
    4: Slicing Up Strings
    5: Lists
    6: Installing PyCharm
    7: If, Elif, and Else
    8: For
    9: Range and While
    10: Comments and Break
    11: Continue
    12: Functions
    13: Return Values
    14: Default Values for Arguments;
    15: Variable Scope
    16: Keyword Arguments
    17: Flexible Number of Arguments;
    18: Unpacking Arguments
    19: My Trip to Walmart and Sets;
    20: Dictionary
    21: Modules
    22: Download an Image from the Web;
    23: How to Read and Write Files;
    24: Downloading Files from the Web;
    25: How to Build a Web Crawler, Part 1;
    26: How to Build a Web Crawler, Part 2;
    27: How to Build a Web Crawler, Part 3;
    28: You Are the Only Exception;
    29: Classes and Objects
    30: Init
    31: Class vs. Instance Variables;
    32: Inheritance
    33: Multiple Inheritance
    34: Threading
    35: Word Frequency Counter, Part 1;
    36: Word Frequency Counter, Part 2;
    37: Word Frequency Counter, Part 3;
    38: Unpack List or Tuples
    39: Zip (and Yeast Infection Story);
    40: Lambda
    41: Min, Max, and Sorting Dictionaries;
    42: Pillow
    43: Cropping Images
    44: Combine Images Together
    45: Getting Individual Channels;
    46: Awesome Merge Effect
    47: Basic Transformations
    48: Modes and Filters
    49: Struct
    50: Map
    51: Bitwise Operators
    53a: Finding Largest or Smallest Items;
    53b: Dictionary Calculations
    54: Finding Most Frequent Items;
    55: Dictionary Multiple Key Sort;
    56: Sorting Custom Objects

    Python Programming Tutorials

    Quantum Theory

    Computation

    Anyons and Matrix Product Operator Algebras

    I.B.M.
    Q.I.S. Kit
    Quantum Computing for Everyone, a Programmer's Perspective

    Matrix Product States and Tensor Networks, Part 1;
    Matrix Product States and Tensor Networks, Part 2;
    Non-Abelian Anyons and Topological Quantum Computation;
    Programming Quantum Computers Using 3-D Puzzles, Coffee Cups, and Doughnuts

    The Quest for the Quantum Computer by Julian Brown and David Deutsch

    Symmetry-Protected Topological Order at Nonzero Temperature

    Mechanics

    Quasi-Agency

    Cortana

    Google Now
    The Complete List of "O.K., Google" Commands

    Siri

    Reasoning

    Comparison of Reasoners for Large Ontologies in the O.W.L. 2 E.L. Profile;
    Pellet: A Practical O.W.L.-D.L. Reasoner

    Resources

    Data Science Glossary
    Data.gov Catalog
    European Data Portal (Beta)
    Federal Office of Management and Budget;
    Global Open Data Index
    Good Relations in Google
    Linked Data Home
    U.S. City Open Data Census

    Résumé

    Robot by Hans Moravec

    Rules


    Basic Logic
    Core
    Framework for Logic Dialects

    Rule Interchange Format: The Framework

    Sar's Teach Yourself X.M.L. in 24 Hours by Michael Morrison

    Semantic Search

    DuckDuckGo
    Kngine
    SenseBot
    Zemanta

    Hakia
    Meshin Is Calling It Quits
    Paul Allen-Backed News Aggregator Evri Calls It Quits;
    Yebol
    Zite Will Shut Down on December 7, Asks Users to Migrate Data to Flipboard

    Semantic Web







    FactForge
    Flickr Wrappr



    OpenUpLabs
    qwery.me
    Semantify
    Silk
    Swoogle
    This We Know

    End of Support for the Sindice.com Search Engine: History, Lessons Learned, and Legacy;
    Extractiv
    Integrating Cyc and Wikipedia: Folksonomy Meets Rigorously Defined Common-Sense;
    Introducing Wikidata to the Linked Data Web;
    Needlebase Is Dead. Long Live Needlebase;
    Reifying R.D.F.: What Works Well with Wikidata?;
    Y.A.G.O.: A Core of Semantic Knowledge Unifying WordNet and Wikipedia

    Stack


    14.1.2008

    G.R.D.D.L.

    J.S.O.N.-L.D.

    J.S.O.N.-L.D. and Why I Hate the Semantic Web

    O.W.L.
    Reference
    Semantics and Abstract Syntax


    E.L. Profile
    Q.L. Profile
    R.L. Profile
    Structural Specification and Functional-Style Syntax

    R.D.B. => R.D.F.


    Concepts and Abstract Syntax
    R.D.F./X.M.L. Syntax Specification;
    Semantics

    1.1

    What's New in R.D.F. 1.1


    v. 1.0
    v. 1.1



    S.K.O.S. as a Key Element in Enterprise Linked Data Strategies


    v. 1.0 (i)
    v. 1.0 (ii)

    Tools

    A.P.I.s

    Joseki 3.4.4
    O.W.L. A.P.I. 3.2.4
    Oroboro 0.6
    Protégé-O.W.L. 3.4.7
    Sesame 2.6.0
    Virtuoso 6.1.4

    A.P.I.s: Java

    Jena
    v. 2.7.4

    Extraction

    Talis Morph
    ufXtract
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    1: One-Dimensional Objects
    2: Homeomorphism and the Group Structure on a Circle;
    3: Two-Dimensional Surfaces - The Sphere;
    4: More on the Sphere
    5: Two-Dimensional Objects - the Torus and Genus;
    6: Non-Orientable Surfaces - the Mobius Band;
    7: The Klein Bottle and Projective Plane;
    8: Polyhedra and Euler's Formula;
    9: Applications of Euler's Formula and Graphs;
    10: More on Graphs and Euler's Formula;
    11: Rational Curvature, Winding, and Turning;
    12: Duality for Polygons and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra;
    13: More Applications of Winding Numbers;
    14: The Ham Sandwich Theorem and the Continuum;
    15: Rational Curvature of a Polytope;
    16: Rational Curvature of Polytopes and the Euler Number;
    17: Classification of Combinatorial Surfaces I;
    18: Classification of Combinatorial Surfaces II;
    19: An Algebraic Zip Proof of the Classification;
    20: The Geometry of Surfaces
    21: The Two-Holed Torus and 3-Crosscaps Surface;
    22: Knots and Surfaces I
    23: Knots and Surfaces II
    24: The Fundamental Group
    25a: More on the Fundamental Group;
    25b: An Informal Introduction to Abstract Algebra;
    25c: Introduction to Group Theory;
    25d: More on Commutative Groups - Isomorphisms, Homomorphisms, Cosets, and Quotient Groups;
    25e: Free Abelian Groups and Non-Commutative Groups;
    26: Covering Spaces
    27: Covering Spaces and Two-Oriented Graphs;
    28: Covering Spaces and Fundamental Groups;
    29: Universal Covering Spaces
    30: An Introduction to Homology;
    31: An Introduction to Homology (Continued);
    32: Simplices and Simplicial Complexes;
    33: Computing Homology Groups;
    34: More Homology Computations;
    35: Delta Complexes, Betti Numbers, and Torsion;
    Are There Examples of Non-Orientable Manifolds in Nature?;
    Barcodes: The Persistent Topology of Data

    Calculus

    1: Differentiation
    2: Differentiation
    3: Differentiation
    Topology from the Differentiable Viewpoint

    Computation

    Computing All Maps into a Sphere

    Chronology Protection Conjecture;
    Hyperbolic Planar Tesselations

    Introduction to Topology: Third Edition

    Wormholes, Time Machines, and the Weak Energy Condition

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    Protocol for Web Description Resources (P.O.W.D.E.R.): Primer;
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    Trust Management for the Semantic Web

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    12.5.2011

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    Economics Newsletter, Spring 2017

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    The Drax Files: World Makers

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    36: Sominel Edelman

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    Google
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    Kingspray Graffiti Simulator
    Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality I: Explorations of H³;
    Second Life Quickstart Guide
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    Vive
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    World of Warcraft in Virtual Reality - H.T.C. Vive Game Play

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    24.2.2015

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