It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
(visit the link for the full news article)
One overlooked aspect of the ruckus in Wisconsin is that Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal allows him to sell off the state's power plants with no bids. And right as the pro-worker protests picked up steam, reporters noticed Koch Industries opening an office in downtown Madison, WI. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe not -- there's already a wave of speculation brewing that Scott Walker is looking to sell off his power plants to the GOP's most notable corporate benefactors. Whether there's truth to the rumor remains to be seen -- but some major energy corporation has already posted a wan
GOP budget plan targets poor
The Environmental Protection Agency (Republicans are not fans of the EPA) gets a $3 billion cut — watch for the illegal dumping to begin.
SENATE BILL 11
Bottom of Page 23:
SECTION 44. 16.896 of the statutes is created to read:
16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling,
and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the
department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may
contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without
solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best
interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or
certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to
purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is
considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification
of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).
State-owned coal-fired power plants in Wisconsin
Capitol Heat and Power
Mendota Mental Health Institute
UW-Madison Charter Street Heating Plant
Around the state
Northern Wisconsin Center, Chippewa Falls
UW campuses: Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Platteville, River Falls, Stevens Point, Stout, Superior
Waupun Correctional Institution
Winnebago Mental Health Institute, Oshkosh
SOURCE: State Department of Administration
The campus Charter Street Heating Plant (CSHP) delivers heating and cooling to the campus and also generates about 9 megawatts (MW) of electricity via a back pressure steam turbine generator
that reduces the amount of electricity purchased from Madison Gas & Electric.
Northern Wisconsin Center (NWC) is a state operated intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities (FDD) that specializes in serving adults and children with developmental disabilities combined with mental illness and aggressive/challenging behaviors. NWC is a short-term treatment facility named the EXCEL Treatment Unit.
Award Number: 1053712
Title: CAREER: Unlocking Organism's Potential Using Computational and Experimental Approaches
NSF Organization: CBET
Programs: Networks and Regulation, BIOTECH, BIOCHEM & BIOMASS ENG
Start Date: 06/01/2011
Principal Investigator: Reed, Jennifer
Organization: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Award Amount to Date: $402,346.00
So are you telling me that if I bought these power plants for 1 penny, then I would become recipient of federal grant money?
the sale for 1 penny is an assumption, and a wild one at that.
Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money
What is the return desired for their investment? It looks like the first dividend Walker wants to pay, through the help of the Koch-subsidized cheerleaders from Americans for Prosperity, is a death knell for unions and the rights of workers to organize.
1980 - Disturbances at the shipyard in Gdansk lead to the emergence of the Solidarity trade union under Lech Walesa.
1981 - Martial law imposed. Many of Solidarity's leaders, including Walesa, are imprisoned.
1983 - Martial law lifted.
Success for Solidarity
1989 - Round-table talks between Solidarity, the Communists and the Catholic Church. Partially free elections see widespread success for Solidarity, which helps form coalition government.
The oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία, oligarkhía) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, corporate, or military control. ... relying on public servitude to exist.
Originally posted by Oaktree
However, yes, if you, as the Koch Brothers, worth $17.5 billion each (a tad more than Soros), find that a bio mass boiler, capable of around 9 megawatts output (3 locomotive engines), to help heat a small fraction of college dorm rooms is the final nail in the coffin of unions, which spent upwards of a $1billion on getting Democrats elected in 2010, then I suspect that you, as the Koch brothers, have aimed a bit low in in you goal of word domination.
Originally posted by pthena
Without collective bargaining, workers are serfs. Even non-union workers would not have a minimum wage, a 40 hour work week, overtime pay, child-labor restrictions, safe working conditions, and a lot more.
edit on 24-2-2011 by pthena because: (no reason given)
Is this strategy part of a playbook (e.g. the Communist Manifesto)? Create an incalculable number of conspiracies and slander against the opponent until one sticks?
Great Books synopsis
In the 1870s, with Marx's well-established prominence in the international socialist movement, the Manifesto came to be honored more as a document of symbolic historic significance than as a viable plan of action. By then, the vehement call to revolution in the Manifesto had been superseded by the move to accommodate different class interests within and through existing political structures, best exemplified by the flourishing of labor unions and reform legislation.
Communist Manifesto ch02
The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage, i.e., that quantum of the means of subsistence which is absolutely requisite to keep the labourer in bare existence as a labourer. What, therefore, the wage-labourer appropriates by means of his labour, merely suffices to prolong and reproduce a bare existence. ...an appropriation that is made for the maintenance and reproduction of human life, and that leaves no surplus wherewith to command the labour of others. ...the miserable character of this appropriation, under which the labourer lives merely to increase capital, and is allowed to live only in so far as the interest of the ruling class requires it.
I don't think the governor is against collective bargaining and unions - he has an issue with public unions in general and I do in this case as well.
You seem to agree then that Organized Labor is the real target, and the power plant is just small beans.