Melvin_Blubber

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I'm a bit frightened to visit our county…

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Get 100% deet bug spray. Fleet Farm has Repel brand 100% Deet and it works very well for me and I'm someone who spends quite a bit of time in the woods. Deet only causes problems to a small percentage of people and only if you use it often.

"Natural" bug repellents are useless in a place like Wisconsin and they also cost about four times as much for what you get. I'd avoid those like a tick-borne plague.

A Tribute to Ray “The Menards Guy”…

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With regards to The Alpha Incident: D-movie director Bill Rebane had the only working movie studio in the midwest north of Merrill, in the Gleason area, in the 1970s and early 1980s and he produced the movie Szmanda appeared. One of Rebane's movies, The Giant Spider Invasion, became the most successful drive-in movie of all time.

Pablo Center Releases Update on $60…

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replied to: As noted above, “Budgeting has been a…

This is precisely what newspapers are supposed to investigate, but given the lowly state of journalism in our country, that won't happen. Investigative journalism used to be a staple of newspapers across the country. Now only a few of the big ones perform this indispensable function of the Fourth Estate. As a result, you only hear from the cheerleaders for a project such as this one.

Pablo Center Releases Update on $60…

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replied to: Fellow EC Residents ... there were some of…

It's classic wealth transfer from the lower class to the upper class. Observe who profits from this blind development and who foots the bill, particularly as years pass and the businesses don't materialize in these "spaces."

I hope you folks who drove all this feel really bad about it. You should. Hypocrites. These are some of the same people who will decry income inequality, yet they get behind a scheme to take money from middle and lower-income working folks in EC to give to developers to build retail space where few or no businesses are lined up, thus eliminating previous or potential businesses that could have paid back the taxpayers to a greater degree.

Pablo Center Releases Update on $60…

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replied to: “Budgeting has been a very fluid…

If I could unilaterally ban the word "transformative," I would do that. "Fluid" is done to death, as well.

"Only" $9 million shortfall? Man, this place better be out of this world after this "transformation."

It's amazing how many drivers come down…

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replied to: I don't obey every law, no, but I don't…

Shockingly, when you choose to disobey the law, it's not as bad as when I choose to break it.After all, you don't go around talking about it, which makes all the difference in the world.

You're packed plum-full of passive-aggressive panache, aren't you Pete?

It's amazing how many drivers come down…

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replied to: I guess a "responsible driver" pulls up…

You mean like when you are permitted under law to turn right on red and pull up past unoccupied pedestrian crosswalks? How inherently dangerous! Would you agree that we need more and more rules to keep us in line? Would you also agree that more and more rules are producing safer roads?

You obey every law, do you? You deserve an award. Are you in with the resident clique here that gives awards to each other?

It's amazing how many drivers come down…

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replied to: The sign was put up after some spectacular…

The building does not prevent a responsible driver from seeing well up the street. Produce better drivers rather than penalizing responsible drivers.

BTW, lines of cars backed up at stoplights and intersections are LESS safe, not safer. Sitting at a stoplight is particularly dangerous at the point of "spectacular crashes."

A small novel could be written about the misguided traffic decisions of the traffic safety folks in EC.

Is There a Killer on the River?

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The basic premise is fantastical: a gang of serial killers stalking drunk young men in a limited number of cities along a few riverways in the Midwest over the course of many years.

Occam's Razor in this case: young men are far more likely to try to walk home alone than young women, who more commonly walk in packs. Not too surprising that occasionally drunk young men tumble into nearby rivers.

"Adulting?"

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replied to: I don't understand all the hubub. It's…

Never claimed it to be "the end of civilization." Geez.

Since you seem to be of the generation this is aimed at, I'll just tell you that everything I saw in the "Adulting" article are things that previous generation of young adults generally learned on their own and if adults devoted time and went out of their way to "teach us" these things, the reaction from young adults was sort of resentful...resentful that we would be treated like children. And I don't even know what to say to the idea of talking to a 20 year-old with a word like "adulting." Is there a pack of yummy fruit snacks to go with the advice?

There's actually a great deal of science now in how what has come to be called "helicopter parenting" harms young people. It increases anxiety. It creates dependence rather than fostering independence. This was common sense across time but now that my generation (Generation X) has become the generation raising most of you, for whatever reason, this bit of knowledge has been lost. It's too bad. As I said, I deal with hundreds of young people age 14-18 every year and it's profoundly sad to listen to so many of them describe how they're raised with these failed parenting techniques. Nothing is sadder than seeing kids not outside being kids, on their own. Now, if you see it at all, it's almost always with adults lording over them, in large part due to their unfounded, irrational fears of predators. The predators aren't outside our homes, overwhelmingly the predators are inside our homes.

Unsurprising that even when you hit ages 18/19/20, you still have adults lording over you and believing they have to show you how to do everything, desperate to shield you from any sort of failure or stress or even minor inconvenience. It's a demonstrable failed parenting technique and we are seeing the consequences en masse in our society with the levels of anxiety and the delayed lives young people are living, now starting to do things in their 30s that were always commonly done in young people's late teens or 20s. Sad.

"Adulting?"

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replied to: This thread shall hence be knighted…

I like the sound of that, though I could be persuaded into supporting, "Melvin's Blubberings."

"Adulting?"

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replied to: Maybe it's just me Melvin, but I didn't…

Sorry ma'am, I make a couple posts a month - already have a full-time job, but if you're in a position to make this a full-time gig, I'm all ears!

It's always telling when someone makes a purely emotive response and gets defensive rather than offering a rational rebuttal.

I wasn't aware that knowledge of the fact that treating adults like children or "helicopter parenting" does harm to people requires expertise? Mostly, it has to do with reading the research and opening your eyes. In my case, I deal with several hundred young people a year, which constitutes further evidence. Here's an article with studies cited on the harmful effects of these failed parenting techniques: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-your-adult-child-breaks-your-heart/201701/the-effects-helicopter-parenting

I have no experience in knowing whether someone is a messiah. Beyond walking on water and rising from the dead, what are some other genuine markers of this? I'm curious because my wife has at times claimed this status and I'd like to have some definitive material to offer a rebuttal of my own.

Rather than devoting six sentences to imagining how I view myself in relation to the world, would you be a dear and explain how treating adults like children benefits these adults?

It's amazing how many drivers come down…

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It's hardly "astonishing" that people choose to disobey onerous, misguided rules.

What is indeed astonishing is that when we discuss safety on the roads, no one asks, "Why don't we create better drivers or stop making driver's licenses a right?" Instead, we try to design our roads and signage in such a way so that the most incompetent driver cannot hurt someone. That is, of course, impossible.

Now, as for the other "right," I hope more and more folks turn right on red when traffic is clear at every intersection.

Eau Claire Voters Would Decide If Possible…

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replied to: You are literally the only people that…

Yep, "just shut up and get in line."

Keep telling yourself that. I have little doubt that among the folks you run with, there's unanimous agreement with your sentiments. Reminds me of Pauline Kael's comment after the Nixon landslide win in 1972: "How could Nixon have won? Nobody I know voted for him."

Eau Claire Voters Would Decide If Possible…

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replied to: Not sure why all of you fine people are so…

I have this increasing suspicion that all this hoopla and money being spent is largely for people who have moved here and can't stand the thought of being perceived to live in an ordinary Midwestern city, rather than pursuing this out of a sense of civic pride and altruism.

Eau Claire was never a "crappy little town." Frankly, that's the sort of sentiment that is dislodged from a crappy little mind.

Eau Claire Voters Would Decide If Possible…

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replied to: Its not their job to make you happy with…

This is the sort of knee-jerk defensive, obnoxious response that is guaranteed to galvanize opposition to the project. The taxpayers have contributed a good chunk of change to this it. The directors of the project would be well-advised to try to keep the taxpayers happy over every expensive inch of this increasingly-more-expensive development.