Blues' Schenn gets 8-year contract extension   

Brayden Schenn is now under contract with St. Louis through the 2027-28 season.

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run that killed Towson University student in 2018 pleads guilty   


A man who police say killed a Towson University sophomore in a hit-and-run last year pleaded guilty to one charge Monday, which was supposed to be his first day of trial.

Court records show that Man Bahadur Gurung, 37, of Rosedale pleaded guilty to failing to stop his vehicle at the scene of an...


IFS: No-deal Brexit would push UK debt to 50-year high   

Government borrowing would reach its highest level in over half a century, a think tank warns.

Niagara County Peach Festival likely to return to Academy Park in 2020   

The Niagara County Peach Festival will likely get another year at Academy Park - if not more.

Trump/Perdue not that into Farmers...   

UPDATE 10/7: I think farmers have had enough, maybe, I hope anyway...
1. “I went to Madison feeling financially scared and emotionally depressed but hopeful,” said Paul Adams, who runs a 500-cow organic dairy near Eleva, WI."I came home feeling financially scared, emotionally depressed, unwanted, and unneeded.”

2. Brittany Olson left her Barron County farm at 2am to make the trip to Expo and hear Perdue speak. “To go through the effort to see the USDA secretary, only for him to say that small farms like ours likely have no future made me feel like little more than a peasant in a system of modern-day feudalism,” Olson said.

3. “To me, it really drew a line in the sand on just where this administration stands,” said Chippewa County dairy farmer George Polzin.
Danielle Erdvick summed it up this way in the story:
But I sense a fire growing in the belly of the family farmers I meet in my work with Farmers Union. Farmers are weary. But there’s a growing flicker that’s starting to feed a change in the narrative. No more will they be spoon-fed a top-down vision for rural America. Instead, I see a drive for a farmscape where fair prices, local food systems, clean water, and land conservation are at the heart of farm policy. How can we achieve it? It’ll take actually enforcing America’s antitrust laws and holding corporations accountable when they try to monopolize an industry. It’ll mean addressing market manipulation. It’ll mean not raising our hackles, as farmers and ag groups, every time someone wants to talk about clean water or livestock siting. It’ll mean continuing to adopt regenerative practices and thinking outside the box so we’re protecting our natural resources for our children and grandchildren.

Farmers will never stop voting for Republicans. Sadly, GOP promises of "small government" simply mean they don't really have to do anything for their constituents, and deregulation is anything that basically leaves them alone.

Tariff War is not Their Fight: It seems farmers are okay sacrificing their livelihoods for big corporate interests seeking intellectual rights and protections. 

And then the last shoe dropped; Ag Sec. Sonny Perdue told us what big corporate Republican politicians were really thinking about family farmers:

Perdue told reporters that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model ... “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
A few farmers suddenly realized what was really going on...
Jerry Volenec, a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer with 330 cows, left the Perdue event feeling discouraged about his future. “What I heard today from the secretary of agriculture is there’s no place for me. Can I get some support from my state and federal government?"

Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and a third-generation dairy farmer who runs a 50-cow organic farm (said) getting bigger at the expense of smaller operations like his is “not a good way to go.  Do we want one corporation owning all the food in our country?” 
Democrats, Governor Tony Evers backs Family Farms, despite never getting their vote, but after Sonny Perdue's comment, even our laid back Gov. had to say something:

"Are they struggling? Absolutely. But I think at the end of the day we need to get behind them rather than saying, ah maybe you should go larger. I, frankly, resent that the Department of Agriculture secretary from the federal government came in and kind of lambasted them."
But don't take Evers word for it, here's a comment made at the Minnesota Farmfest about CAFO's. Note: Why were visa's for dairy labor ever determined to be seasonal and not year around?:

Trump Piled on First: Remember this...
Wisconsin dairy farmers are still feeling the sting of Trump's visit to Milwaukee in July, where the president downplayed the suffocation felt by farmers here because of Trump's own tariffs.

Trump: "Some of the farmers are doing well. ... We're over the hump. We're doing really well."
Farmer Response...:
"If he's saying farmers are over the hump, he would be badly mistaken," said Darin Von Ruden, a third generation dairy farmer. "In order to get over the hump we need to stop losing dairy farms."
From PBS's Market to Market: Trump's says farmers are happy...

Farmers are slamming Trump's $28 billion farm bailout — more than double Obama's 2009 payment to automakers — as a 'Band-Aid'.
Perdue editorial doesn't repair Damage: Nope, his word salad backtrack to obscure how he really feels, is a little late. In fact, Perdue reminds farmers how this whole problem was really Trump creation:
Purdue: "President Donald Trump has made it his mission to support American agriculture and negotiate better trade deals so our productive farmers can sell their bounty around the globe."
And don't forget how Scott Walker pushed oversupply in the dairy industry.

Here's what one farmer, "a great patriot," really thinks about Trump:

In Gays Mills, WI, over production and large dairy farms are locking many out of getting into farming. From WPT's Portraits from Rural Wisconsin:


Dorset coach company celebrates 10-year anniversary   

A DORSET coach travel company celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Into October...   


The temps have rapidly dropped this week as October rolled in and with around 12 hours daylight and sunset it`s time to get the bike lights charged and fitted onto the two winter bikes...

With both older Surly Pugsleys kitted with lights, full frame bags for waterproofs, and extra clothes the black/orange Pug is ready as usual for the beach...

And the Alfine IGH  29+ Pug (aka a KramPug) is ready for trails - this bike will be getting used more now for mid week nightrides from home around the newly surfaced all weather trails made this year around the local Estates woods, going to be great for mud free winter cycling this year!...

Still time for daylight rides after work and we have had a week of extreme high/low tides which you may have noticed with the last half dozen blog posts,
Tuesday would see a 5.7 meter high tide around 5pm and there would be no beach to cycle  at Broadsands along to North Berwick as it was swallowed up by the waves...

Stunning light once again on the coast...

Into town and had to take the road along to the harbour..

Did get some sand to cycle along the east beach!...

Some film catching the lovely light, Song is `Satelite Anthan Icarus` by Boards of Canada

High Tide Cycle at North Berwick. Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Driving home and another Autumn site, thousands of Pink footed geese grazing in a stubble field...

Hope to get more pics and film of the scene of them arriving in Aberlady Bay at sunset soon...

More soon...

Critically-acclaimed visual novel Eliza coming this week to Switch   

Nintendo America has announced this afternoon via their official YouTube channel that the critically-acclaimed visual novel Eliza will be coming to Nintendo Switch this Thursday, 10th October. Here’s what you need to know about the well received game along with the announcement video. After abandoning her high-powered tech career and a mysterious three-year absence, Evelyn […]

Malaysian parliament to open amid fears of ethnic nationalism and clamour for budget boost   

As the Malaysian parliament opens this week amid public furore over a racially charged forum that was held on Sunday, big questions over the nation’s coming budget and a slew of other key bills will dominate the two-month meeting.Top of the agenda is the 2020 budget to be tabled on Friday that is being seen as a forerunner to the country’s 12th Malaysia Plan – a five-year development blueprint to be launched next year premised on the new government’s Shared Prosperity initiative, which aims to…

Dionysius Exiguus   

Dionysius Exiguus (c. 500-560), Latin for Dennis the Short, is the Roman monk who invented anno Domini (“in the year of the Lord”) or AD, also known as the Common Era or CE. It counts years from the birth of Jesus Christ, making this year 2019. He came up with AD in AD 525 when […]

Amber Guyger   

Amber Guyger (1988- ) is the former Dallas, Texas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean while he was sitting in his flat watching television and eating ice cream. That was a year ago, on September 6th 2018 just before ten o’clock at night. She is White, he was Black and unarmed. They did […]

Dickens’s wine cellar inventory notebook sells at auction   

Just three days before his death, a 58 year old Charles Dickens went down to the basement of his country house. His goal? To catalog his booze, including a recent shipment of sherry from a local wine merchant. The notebook he updated that day—his chronicle […]
Dickens’s wine cellar inventory notebook sells at auction was first posted on October 2, 2019 at 12:15 am.
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Sale highlights: WH Bond machinery dispersal hits £11.9m   


Farmers Weekly

One of the biggest dispersal sales of agricultural and construction equipment this year took place in Cornwall last week, with more than 1,400 lots going under the hammer. The reason for this major offloading of equipment was that Cornish farming family WH Bond has retired the plant hire and machinery sales sides of its business. […]

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Step-by-step guide to identifying and treating lame cows   


Farmers Weekly

Lameness levels have increased from 38 to 40 cases per 100 cows, probably as a result of heat stress over the summer and more time spent standing to cool down. But this has not been helped by a slow uptake of recommended treatment protocols, research shows. In 2015, the results of an extensive four-year AHDB […]

The post Step-by-step guide to identifying and treating lame cows appeared first on Farmers Weekly


How Cambs grower has halved glyphosate use   


Farmers Weekly

A Cambridgeshire farmer has dramatically halved the amount of glyphosate used, and this year he successfully grew some of his oilseed rape without using the herbicide. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is a key tool for growers tackling weed problems such as blackgrass and bromes. It is especially valuable […]

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Big blow for Spurs as Hugo Lloris set to miss rest of 2019 after horror elbow injury   

Hugo Lloris is set to be out of action until next year after further tests on a dislocated elbow revealed ligament damage, Tottenham announced on Monday.

Hugo Lloris expected to miss rest of 2019 with dislocated elbow   

Hugo Lloris is set to be out of action until next year after further tests on a dislocated elbow revealed ligament damage, Tottenham announced on Monday.

Injured Hugo Lloris ‘will not return in 2019’, claims France coach Deschamps   

France coach Didier Deschamps believes Hugo Lloris could be sidelined until next year after he dislocated his elbow playing for Tottenham at the weekend.

Future Wilderness   


Neopolis, year 2,080.

A huge corporation, Neocorp Inc. controls politics and all natural and human resources.

After decades of hard ecological rapine and three corporate wars, planet earth is a huge post-nuclear wasteland.

Several megalopolis shelter the few humans that last in the planet.

During this grey future, a few number of brave heroes face the oppressive hand of Neocorp, fully adapted to this post-apocalyptical jungle, to this Future Wilderness.

Future Wilderness is a complete, fully textured, clothing and accessory package for Genesis 3D models. It is fully compatible with lots of Genesis characters. 3D graphic design features include clothing, accessories and props.

Price: $29.95 Special Price: $14.98


Wave of Squares   

Jimmy Corrao from CrossCity Christian Church in Fresno, CA brings us this awesome design that surrounds the stage. From Jimmy: At the beginning of the new school year, we usually try to implement a new stage design. This year I wanted to feel like the stage had movement; to feel like an immersive experience. So after working […]

Poinsettia V4   


This Holiday season is warm and cozy, just like the fluffy sweater dress that keeps Victoria 4 comfortably fashionable throughout the end-of-year parties and family gatherings. Or you can totally go edgy and cool in a leather dress with a twist, for those bad girls who always get a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings!

Poinsettia V4 is a sweater dress overloaded with fits for Victoria 4, the Girl 4, Aiko 4, Stephanie 4, Morphs++ and of course Maelwenn's one of a kind Angel character.

Price: $17.95 Special Price: $8.98


Ron's Cables & Hoses   


In this amazing set of Cables Hoses I developed these for all you enthusiastic cyborg people with a passion for sci-fi in your Models and concept designs.

The product is in Photoshop .PSD format all are 4k @ 300dpi layered files,12 Total files with over 300 Cables inside.There are Twisted,hanging, free flowing designs single,dual and combined hoses with connectors and attachments with a few that are grudged up with tape and grunge overlays and decals.

I created all the Hose and Cables in Illustrator and brought them in Photoshop added the attachments using a 3d program and pieced them together and many thanks to DZ Fires (Nurnies Greebles Parts and pieces) that really helped in achieving this project.

Hope you can get some good use out of these look forward to your creations, Happy New Year and Thank You to everyone that supports
me and my family, Ron.

Price: $34.95 Special Price: $17.48


Deutsch CEO Mike Sheldon Reflects on Two Decades at the Agency   


By Doug Zanger
Senior Editor

Reprinted with permission

Deutsch North America’s CEO Mike Sheldon 
is hanging up his cleats. It’s not a retirement, per se, but a move away from Deutsch in Los Angeles after 22 years.

During his tenure, the Michigan native has presided over highs and lows. Most notably, Sheldon is credited with turning Deutch’s then-nascent L.A. operation into one of the staples of the market, taking it from a handful of people to, at its peak, a 600-plus juggernaut. The agency continues to create standout work for brands, including high profile campaigns for Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper and others.

On the downside, the agency split from Target, yet won the Reebok business shortly after that. Additionally, after nine years—and being credited with reviving Volkswagen’s fortunes with breakout work including the oft-referenced “The Force”—Deutsch and the carmaker ended their relationship.

Yet with all of the ups and downs (common in any agency), Sheldon, who spent six years at TBWA\Chiat\Day pre-Deutsch, remained upbeat and steadfast in his mission to build and retain a positive outlook and culture. Adweek caught up with Sheldon to find out a little more about his time at Deutsch and what’s next.

I’ll start with the predictable question. Why now?
Mike Sheldon: It’s a confluence of events. I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and I turned 60 a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been talking to [IPG CEO] Michael Roth about this for a while and want to see what else is out there. I’m not ready to go feed pigeons on a park bench. I want to see what the universe brings. I still have a lot of energy and interest in new and exciting ventures, and I figured after 22 years at Deutsch and 37 years in advertising, maybe there’s something else out there for me.

What would you say, outside of the obvious things like technology, are the most significant changes you’ve seen at Deutsch L.A.?
We’ve always been about investing ahead of revenue. In the future, it will be the same. You have to stay ahead of the business, or you’ll get run over. We got into digital production years ago, 
and started Steelhead [Deutch’s in-house production company] a few years ago. Experiential is now huge, analytics are as well. The future is going to be like the past: Unless you stay ahead, it will get the best of you.

How does an agency “stay ahead”?
For us, it’s having rock-solid clients like Taco Bell, Keurig Dr. Pepper and H&R block that appreciate the partnership and long-term commitment and depths of understanding that an agency can have into a client’s business and provide value way beyond any marketing communication. Then some clients want a TV spot or need to spend time looking at their consumer base. You have to go with the flow since there aren’t a ton of AOR relationships. I keep telling everybody to think of yourself as the ultimate Swiss army knife because that’s what we need to be a good, successful agency moving forward.

You’ve touched on a couple of successful points in your tenure. Aside from those, what would say is another significant accomplishment?
By far, the idea of kindness. There are a lot of really good people in this business—brilliant and creative people. But that has to be combined with being kind and putting your employees first and, unfortunately, making some of those difficult decisions like walking away from a prickly client. It doesn’t get talked about much in this business, but being good to other humans is a business asset.

Anything you would have done differently over the past two-plus decades?
I thought that I could have started an agency at one point, but it was never in the cards or the right things for me. I used to think that I should have done that, but looking back, I’ve realized how much I’ve enjoyed and valued my time here.

One of the tougher times for the agency was the end of the VW relationship. What did you learn from that?
I’d be less than truthful if I didn’t say it was a kick in the gut after nine years of really great results, fantastic work and a great brand point of difference. But that’s advertising. That’s what we signed up for. There are a lot of things that you can’t control, and the best advertising executives have a short memory. So while that stung, nine months later, it’s a distant memory, and we’re on to all the work that’s currently filling up the plate. You can’t take that stuff too seriously, personally or emotionally—it’ll eat you alive.

What’s your view on the agency world today?
It’s a tougher time than it’s ever been in the business, but it’s also kind of a mind game now. You have to stay positive, keep pitching and pushing. Anybody that reads too much of the press or gets bummed out about anything is dead because this business is just unforgiving. So it’s staying ahead. It’s innovating, it’s adding new divisions. It’s not being afraid to invest and keeping both feet on the gas. Otherwise, there’s just too much gravity pulling things down right now. Clients will always pay for ideas, great execution and results-driven communications.

What’s next for you?
I’m going to keep the aperture wide open. I have purposely not overplanned this. My goal is to see what the universe brings in. That might be taking a bike ride on a random Tuesday, consulting, bringing in a direct-to-consumer product to life, or another type of product to life. I really want to stay open.

Is Lil’ Sweet, Diet Dr. Pepper’s mascot, the most underrated ever?
I think he might be. But, in all seriousness, 
we love Lil’ Sweet, and that brand continues to defy gravity year after year because it’s the coolest, weirdest campaign in the world.

Doug Zanger is a senior editor at Adweek focusing on creativity and agencies. Find him on Twitter at @zanger.

This article originally ran in Adweek and is reprinted with permission.



'Shark Tank' star Robert Herjavec seeks $6.5 million for Hollywood Hills showplace   


A year after buying a waterfront home in Newport Beach, 'Shark Tank' host Robert Herjavec has listed his modern showplace in Hollywood Hills for $6.495 million.


Newsletter: 'Sneaky fees' add $450 a year to your cable bills   


Consumer Reports says non-mandatory fees and surcharges add about $450 a year to people's cable bills.

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