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1752. Posted by beerman (Moderator 1631 posts) 3y

Had a lovely dinner last night in Madison, WI, site of the latest round of American democracy in action. Some of our dinner guests are 70+ years old, and have been peacefully protesting with thousands of other folks for the last 2 weeks against a gubernatorial attempt to return America to the age of the 19th century robber barons. Gotta love democracy in action.

As an aside, the protests have been against recently elected Governor Scott Walker's attempts to eliminate the collective bargaining power of State workers unions, along with eliminating their pensions and benefits. In the bill, there is also a provision for allowing the Governor to sell State-owned utilities to whomever he wants without putting the contract out to bid (which normally awards the contract to the highest bidder, thereby helping the State actually make money). Conveniently, Governor Walker's biggest campaign contributors are two brothers who own a number of companies crucial to Wisconsin's economy (petroleum refining, paper mills, etc.), and it's very likely they would benefit greatly from buying Wisconsin's utilities at a cut rate. Hmmm, conflict of interest? The really amusing part of the whole mess is that Governor Walker is also a darling of the newly formed Tea Party, whose proponents espouse smaller government (at the expense of the people).

Ya gotta love democracy, with all its foibles.

1753. Posted by alinak (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

Party with my friends and long drive both the things make me smile

1754. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5557 posts) 3y

Walking through Riga all day long with temperatures around freezing, ice and snow and beautiful architecture. And quiet on top of that! Felt good, time to relax now;)

1755. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8868 posts) 3y

the sun is shining, i'm not working and the motorbike is ready for a blast

1756. Posted by Peter (Admin 5535 posts) 3y

Having magykal1 drop by in Melbourne was pretty cool! :)

1757. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 3y

Having had a horrible start to the week when our dog had to be put to sleep - which was one of the most harrowing experiences l have ever had to witness.

However the week ended on a high - going out for dinner last night and coming home engaged!! Done in the most romantic of fashions - in a carpark in the rain - with no real proposal just a ring flashed under my nose!! And the ring was too big!! It was perfect - very happy!!

1758. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 3y

Gosh. Big congratulations Heather!

1759. Posted by beerman (Moderator 1631 posts) 3y

Big Congrats H!!!!!!!!!!! My best to you both.

BTW, Happy Belated B-Day - I got a tattoo and a cold......

1760. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 3y

WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Heather Congrats

What made me happy today. Spending a bloody fortune on my 1st ever brand new car funnily enough.

And Beerman you sure it isnt Man Flu??????????