The Cult of Bottled Water

How the business of bottled water went mad


The global bottled water industry is in one of those strange and energetic boom phases where every week, it seems, a new product finds its way on to the shelves. Not just another bland still or sparkling, but some entirely new definition of the element. It is a case of capitalism at its most hyperactive and brazenly inventive: take a freely available substance, dress it up in countless different costumes and then sell it as something new and capable of transforming body, mind, soul. Water is no longer simply water – it has become a commercial blank slate, a word on to which any possible ingredient or fantastical, life-enhancing promise can be attached.

And it’s working. Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013, and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020.

... Of water: a substance that, in developed countries, can be drunk for free from a tap without fear of contracting cholera.

...or a substance that falls out of the sky and springs from the earth of its own accord, water has always had an extraordinary commercial lure.

According to James Salzman, the author of Drinking Water: A History, monks at holy wells produced special water flasks for pilgrims to take away as proof of their visit – a medieval example of the power of branding. For centuries, wealthy Europeans travelled to spa towns to sample the water in a bid to cure specific ailments. The spa visit was a signal of health, but also of status: somewhere to be seen, an association of liquid and individual that broadcasted social elevation – a distant precursor to Kim Kardashian clutching a bottle of Fiji, if you like.

In 1740, the first commercial British bottled water was launched in Harrogate. By 1914 Harrogate Spring was, according to its website, the largest exporter of bottled water in the country, “proudly keeping the troops hydrated from England to Bombay”.

In the early 20th century, however, a water revolution nearly killed the nascent business. After early attempts in Germany and Belgium to chlorinate municipal drinking water, a typhoid epidemic in Lincoln in 1905 prompted the public health crusader Alexander Cruickshank Houston to try out the first extended chlorination of a public water supply. His experiment worked, and soon, chlorination of municipal water had spread around the world. In 1908, Jersey City became the first US city to use full-scale water chlorination, and the practice quickly spread across the country.

The bottled water industry almost collapsed as a result. In the past, buying clean water had been a necessity for the rich (the poor simply endured centuries of bad drinking water, and often died from the experience). Now it was freely available to all. Why would you continue to spend money on something that now came, miraculously, out of a tap in your kitchen?

The answer arrived in 1977, in the form of what must be one of history’s greatest pieces of television advertising narration. “Deep below the plains of southern France,” rumbled Orson Welles in a voice that sounded as if it were bubbling up from some unreachable subterranean cave, “in a mysterious process begun millions of years ago, Nature herself adds life to the icy waters of a single spring: Perrier.” As viewers watched the water descend into a glass, and admired the glistening green bottle, marketing history was made. The advert was part of a $5m campaign across America – the largest ever for a bottled water – and proved a major success. From 1975 to 1978, Perrier sales in the US increased from 2.5m bottles to more than 75m bottles.
Comment: CanO advertisement above is a screen snap of their website. We bottle our own (from our own tap) using Klean Kanteens.  See Minneapolis: Our water beats bottled water, In Praise of Tap Water; Bottled Tap Water

Not my Dad's AT&T

AT&T Is in Advanced Talks to Acquire Time Warner - Deal valuing Time Warner at more than $80 billion could happen as early as this weekend


AT&T Inc. is nearing an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc., a deal that would set a milestone in the converging media and telecommunications sectors and unleash a far-reaching reordering of the industry as rivals are spurred to attempt their own deals.

A deal, which could happen as early as this weekend, would unite AT&T’s wireless, broadband and satellite TV brands with Time Warner’s entertainment empire, which includes cable networks such as TNT, TBS, CNN, the prized HBO channel, and the Warner Bros. film and TV studio.

Talks toward a cash-and-stock purchase have come together quickly and could stall or fall through, said people familiar with the matter. The companies are negotiating a deal that would value Time Warner at between $105 and $110 a share, or more than $80 billion, people familiar with the discussions said.

It is possible other bidders could emerge, including traditional media conglomerates or technology companies. Apple Inc. approached Time Warner about a merger a few months ago and while those talks are no longer active, Apple continues to monitor the situation, a person familiar with the situation said. If a Time Warner sale occurs that could encourage other telecom and media companies to pursue their own combinations.
Comment: Skeptical of value. Dad joined A.T.&T. before WWII and retired in the early 80's with over 40 years of service. Recently we inherited some T stock. Related images below:


Evan McMullin takes the lead in latest Utah presidential poll

Evan McMullin takes the lead in latest Utah presidential poll


Evan McMullin, the Provo-born independent, has seized his first lead in Utah's fluid presidential race. The Emerson College poll, released Wednesday, found McMullin with 31 percent, followed by Republican Donald Trump at 27 percent and Democrat Hillary Clinton at 24 percent. The last 20 polls conducted in Utah had Trump either ahead or in a tie. In this survey, McMullin's advantage is at the edge of the 3.9 percent margin of error. "We are very excited. We are humbled by the support," McMullin said about the poll moments after accepting the endorsements of some Republican state lawmakers. "We believe this momentum will spill over into neighboring states both in advance of the election and beyond. We are building a new conservative movement and we believe it begins here."
Comment: I will need to update my Electoral Vote Map

The Path to Permanent US Residency

Bringing Spouses to Live in the United States as Permanent Residents


My FANG Missed Opportunity

Netflix' Earnings Show Its Giant Original Content Bet Is Paying Off in a Big Way


In its third-quarter report, Netflix disclosed its streaming subscriber base grew by 3.57 million sequentially to 86.7 million (83.28 million paid, the rest on free trials), easily topping guidance for 2.3 million net subscriber adds. In addition, Netflix guided for 5.2 million net adds in the fourth quarter -- 1.45 million in the U.S., 3.75 million elsewhere. It's all quite the change of pace from July, when Netflix plunged due to disappointing second-quarter subscriber adds and third-quarter guidance.
Comment: Perhaps readers will remember I was going to invest $ 2,210 back on February 24th. Well I did not; See also Netflix surges after hours



See Jim Cramer renames FANG as FAAA: Your key to long-term growth

Move over FANG, Jim Cramer has officially crowned FAAA as the new acronym for red-hot growth plays in the market. Cramer created the acronym FANG for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, now under the parent name of Alphabet. The new abbreviation of FAAA represents Facebook, Alibaba, Alphabet and Amazon. "We have to talk about how these FAAA stocks got their groove back in order to figure out what it means for them going forward as we head into the fourth quarter," the "Mad Money" host said. On Tuesday, JPMorgan raised its 2017 year-end price targets for FANG stocks, noting that investors have returned to the group in search of growth. While many investors may question why they should care about 2017 year-end targets when it's not even the end of 2016 yet, Cramer clarified why it's important for those seeking growth. "Real growth investors don't particularly care about this year's numbers because classic high-growth stocks always look expensive on the near-term estimates. But if things go right, they will turn out to be very cheap once we get to the out-years," Cramer said.

Trump could win by losing: Trump.TV

Trump Camp Explored Possible Trump TV Venture - The primary business model explored was a subscription online video service


People close to Donald Trump have made overtures to media executives in recent months about the possibility of launching a media venture to capitalize on the Republican presidential candidate’s appeal, people familiar with the matter say.

Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law who is also a close adviser to the GOP nominee, reached out to prominent investment banker Aryeh Bourkoff within the past few months to discuss the prospect of creating such a business after the election, the people said.

Mr. Kushner, a scion of a real-estate family with his own holdings in both real estate and media, and Mr. Bourkoff, the chief executive of LionTree Advisors LLC, a boutique investment bank known for its work on big media deals, are friends. They met for a cup of coffee, but Mr. Bourkoff wasn’t interested and didn’t pursue the project, the people said.

An adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign said the topic hasn’t been discussed. “Mr. Trump is only focused on the issues and winning the election on Nov. 8,” the adviser said.

The primary business model that was being explored was a subscription online video service similar to Glenn Beck’s GBTV, which later became TheBlaze, according to the people familiar with the matter. It might be possible to use such a venture as a launchpad for a cable-TV channel.
Comment: As for his campaign for President ...

2016 Electoral Prediction


Rebutting Trump's "large scale voter fraud"

Clinton camp pushes into reliable GOP states


In a Monday morning blitz of Tweets, Trump lashed out at Republicans who have tried to tone down his rhetoric, calling his own party's leaders "so naive" and claiming without evidence that large-scale voter fraud is real.

"Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!" he tweeted Monday. [source]

There is no evidence to back up Trump's claim of widespread voter fraud. A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.

The tweet was aimed at Republican leaders who in recent days have indirectly tried to soften Trump's claim. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, expressed confidence in the voting system.

Pence declared Sunday the ticket will "absolutely accept the results of the election." Republicans have suggested Trump's claims of a "rigged" election are in response to what he says is biased media reporting on the accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. The candidate continued to defend himself on that front Monday, saying the accusations are "phoney" and "pushed big time by press."
Comment: Seriously, Trump is an unhinged, illogical loser.

Update: Increasingly isolated Trump preaches election fraud, conspiracy theories and likes the echo
He is preaching to the converted. He is lashing out at anyone who is not completely loyal. He is detaching himself from and delegitimizing the institutions of American political life. And he is proclaiming conspiracies everywhere — in polls (rigged), in debate moderators (biased) and in the election itself (soon to be stolen). ... Departing from the norms of American democracy, Trump appears to be laying the foundation to contest the results, should he lose, and delegitimize a Clinton presidency in the minds of his followers.

Blockbuster - 1999

Source Quote: "Investor concern over the threat of new technologies is overstated." — Blockbuster analyst report, 1999

Didn't Exist in 2000

  • Source
  • YouTube was gobbled up by Google
  • Skype now a part of Microsoft
  • Facebook one of the gang of four FANG stocks
  • No one seems to want to buy Twitter

Health update - good report

Comment: The above image of a 1900 era x-ray machine has nothing to do with this update other than I find it interesting. Image source. I had both blood work and a CT scan last week. And we met with the urologist today. Details:
  • No change in the PSA levels from 6 weeks ago
  • The enlarged lymph node detected in imaging 3 months ago decreased in size
  • Next round of blood work and next appointment in 3 months (January 16th)
  • Radiation is being considered to suppress cancer cells.
  • Trusting the Lord, "Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator" (1 Peter 4:19)
Prayers appreciated. Below is "Radiactive Man". Source


Jesus and the Sabbath Controversies

  • We used the harmony of the Gospels in the Zondervan NIV Study Bible pages 2200-2206
  • The NKJV is citied
  • Select images for larger

Remembering Dennis Byrd

Former New York Jets Defensive Lineman Dennis Byrd Killed in Car Accident - Byrd became inspiration to team after he relied on faith, family to recover from injury in 1992


Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 51.

Byrd died in a two-vehicle collision on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. He starred at the University of Tulsa before playing for the New York Jets.

“We extend our sincere condolences to Dennis’s wife, Angela, their children and the entire Byrd family,” said Dr. Derrick Gragg, Tulsa’s athletic director. “Dennis exemplified true determination, tremendous heart and humility throughout his life. He had a tremendous playing career at TU and professionally with the New York Jets. He overcame great personal adversity after a life-altering injury on the football field. We know that Dennis touched numerous lives and will be missed by many.”

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. between Oologah and Claremore, the highway patrol said. A 17-year-old Claremore driver in a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound on Oklahoma 88 veered into the oncoming lane, striking the 2004 Hummer H2 that Byrd was driving, the highway patrol said.

Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 17-year-old driver and a 12-year-old passenger in Byrd’s vehicle were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where they were in critical condition.

Byrd was midway through his fourth NFL season when he was briefly paralyzed during a game on Nov. 29, 1992, against Kansas City. He broke his neck after slamming headfirst into the chest of Jets teammate Scott Mersereau as Chiefs quarterback David Krieg stepped forward to avoid a sack.

The impact broke the C-5 vertebra in Byrd’s neck, leaving him unable to walk for a few weeks. After a vigorous rehabilitation, Byrd returned to the Meadowlands for the Jets’ opening game the following season and walked to midfield as an honorary captain.

He never fully recovered from the injury, walking with some difficulty and going through continuous rehabilitation during the years since. But Byrd, a devout Christian, wrote a book in 1993 called “Rise and Walk,” which detailed how he relied on his faith and family to push through his injury to recover and serve an inspiration to others who went through similar situations.

Byrd’s story was later made into a made-for-TV movie, with actor-director Peter Berg playing him.
Comment: An inspiration to me. Image below is screen snap of WSJ article

More on Dennis Byrd

Byrd's Spine Is Stabilized in 7 Hours of Surgery - Published: December 3, 1992
A team of six surgeons worked for seven hours at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan today to successfully stabilize the fractured fifth cervical vertebra in the neck of Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd. But it could be as long as two years before Byrd will know if he will regain the use of his paralyzed legs, according to Dr. Elliott Hershman, the team's orthopedist. "The goal of the surgery -- to stabilize the spine -- was achieved," said Hershman, who was not part of the team that operated on Byrd. "The long-term prognosis has not changed. The overall amount of improvement that may occur will take some time to determine." Can't Flex Fingers Byrd, who fractured the vertebra in a collison with teammate Scott Mersereau in the Kansas City game last Sunday, still has no use of his legs, although he can sense when he is touched. He has partial use of his arms, but can't flex his fingers.
Byrd recovery more than just a physical one - May 16, 1993
Byrd had since made a remarkable recovery. He's now walking with hesitant steps. His mental attitude is even more remarkable. Instead of being bitter, Byrd, a devout Christian, sees his accident as a chance to help others. "I can touch more lives than I ever could have as a football player," he said last week during a speech to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He now realizes how wrong he was to feel so much despair on the field. "Six-foot-5, 277 pounds. This is how I identified Dennis Byrd. This is what I thought made me the love of my wife. This is what I thought made me the respected father of my daughter. This is what I thought people looked to when they saw Dennis Byrd. "Understand what this tragedy did to me. I was stripped of what I thought was my manhood. I was stripped of my physical prowess, of my speed and my strength and my physical ability. All this was gone. Looking back now, I was so completely wrong. Out of this lesson, I learned more about myself and about my God than I could have learned in a lifetime," he said.
Miracle? Byrd is the word - Friday, November 29, 2002
Recovery from spinal cord injuries is, however, gradual, and Byrd's is incomplete. Now 36, he still walks with great difficulty, lifting his legs like a man carrying concrete blocks on his shoulders. He estimates he has regained only about 20 percent of the strength and muscle capacity he had before the injury, which cut short his promising pro career 12 games into his fourth season.

But he's also able to hunt and fish and enjoy the ranch he purchased in Nowata County four years ago. And he carries a song in his heart. As miraculous as any aspect of his injury and partial recovery are his attitudes toward them. He seems never to dwell on the things he has lost, and talks constantly about the things God has given him.

"The greatest thing about Dennis is how he has chosen to carry himself in spite of all the physical limitations. I've never seen him have a down day," says Willie George, a good friend and also Byrd's pastor and founder of the enormous Tulsa-based Church on the Move. "I've worked with many people who had difficulties like the one Dennis had to overcome," George says. "Most of them recovered physically, but almost all of them carried emotional scars from their experiences that lingered for years. Dennis has recovered emotionally, better than anyone I've ever known."

Byrd attributes that plainly to the work of God in his life. He credits his parents with instilling the spiritual basis that sustained him through his darkest moments. Dan and Helen Byrd were raised in the traditions of the Pentecostal faith and passed it on to their five children. Daily prayer was common for Byrd, who won All-State football honors during his senior year at Mustang High School when he set a state record by making 39 sacks.

But he says his relationship with God was never as deep as it became on the day he was left with a lifeless shell for a body and had no one else he could count on for a way out. His prayer today remains what it was in the beginning. "My personal belief is that God is going to use me to be a continued witness," he says. "How he does that, I don't know. But what I have to do is just be faithful and continue to trust in him and trust in his word and claim his word in my life."

Byrd maintained a furious pace during the first several years of his recovery, speaking at Fellowship of Christian Athletes functions and being honored by groups all over the country. He worked an abbreviated gig as an NFL analyst for CBS, dabbled briefly in the oil industry, started a foundation with his wife to fund spinal cord research and even coached high school football on a volunteer basis during the 1995 season at Owasso, where he and his family have resided for the past dozen years. Dave Rader, who coached him both as an assistant and one year as head coach at TU, remembers Byrd's return as keynote speaker for the Tulsa-area FCA banquet at the Mabee Center in 1993 as an unforgettable experience. "He walked up the stairs to the podium on his own power. I can still see him climbing those steps," Rader said. "It was a tremendous night. There's probably still a tape of that somwhere. There's no telling how many FCA Huddle groups watched the video, all across the country."

For the last several years, Byrd has slowed down his life to a manageable pace. He closed down his foundation because he says, "the mere paperwork required to maintain a 501(C)(3) status was becoming a full-time, 9-to-5 job every day of the week." He has turned inward to his family and guards his privacy jealously. "I hate telling people, 'No,' but for the health of my family, I've had to do it. They are the physical priority in my life. If I'm off taking care of other people's children and letting my own children and family fall apart, that's a very poor leadership model," he says. "I have to first lead my wife and lead my children. Everything else comes after that. That's where I'm at and it shows in my family life. I have a tremendous relationship with my wife and I have an incredible relationship with my children. I'm thankful for that."

But Byrd still enjoys sharing his testimony. He loves children and loves talking to them about life and football. During the past two years, he's done his primary speaking through Church on the Move's oneighty youth ministry, as part of a program George calls "football squad nights." Various local high school football teams are bused to the church in East Tulsa for a night of food and fun. Byrd shows a highlight of his football career and then speaks briefly, but George says the best moment is when he drags his chair into a circle in the middle of the room and permits the young athletes to ask him any question they want to ask. At those moments, Byrd wouldn't be anywhere else. "I love kids, and I love football," he says.


Anton Hoersch - A Notoriously Bad Man

Democrat and Chronicle
20 Aug 1891

Murder in Harrison. Cold-Blooded Assassination. Frank Koehn Shot Down by his Neighbor, Anton Hoersch, Without Cause – The Murderer in Jail.

Chilton Times - Saturday - August 22, 1891 - p. 1 - c. 4 & 5
There has been no crime in Calumet County in years that caused so much excitement as the cold-blooded murder in the Town of Harrison, four miles north of Stockbridge on Monday afternoon last. The news of the murder reached this city and Sheriff Egerer started for the scene of the crime. The murderer had been arrested in the meantime by Deputy Sheriff H.W. Schwobe of Stockbridge and was taken to this city. A Times reporter visited Hoersch in the jail and found him to be morose and untalkative. When asked why he committed the crime, he said he knew nothing of the shooting. He stated that his wife left him some four weeks ago and went to Kaukauna. He tried to persuade her to come home but she refused. On Sunday he sent his boy to Kaukauna for his wife, he returned in the evening alone, saying his mother would not come back. Monday morning he went to Sherwood and drank several glasses of beer and procured a jug of whiskey. He stopped and talked with Koehn and Koehn walked with him to his home, where they talked over the matter of his wife’s leaving home. Hoersch says, that he was full and don’t remember anything that transpired after that until he woke up in jail in this city Tuesday morning. He claims that he had no quarrel with Koehn. The only witness to the shooting was one of Hoersch’s sons who was pumping water near where the deed was done. On Tuesday district attorney Reynolds, sheriff Egerer and Dr. Luce went to Harrison to attend the inquest which was held before justice August Dorn. The verdict of the jury was that Koehn came to his death from a pistol shot fired from the hands of Hoersch. The prisoner was taken before Squire Fox on Thursday morning, and an adjournment taken until this (Saturday) morning at nine o’clock.

Another report of the murder is to the effect that there has long been existing between Hoersch and Koehn, a hard feeling which has manifested itself whenever an opportunity was offered. The former party has also had more or less family trouble and at time has been on very poor terms with his wife. For the last few weeks Mrs. Hoersch has been visiting friends at Kaukauna. Monday Mr. Hoersch sent his son after her, but not being ready to come, the son was compelled to return without her. This afforded Frank Koehn an excellent opportunity to make his neighbor angry, which he lost no time doing. He stated that his wife had left him for good and made many other remarks calculated to rouse Mr. Hoersch’s temper. Things soon became so unbearable that Mr. Hoersch, after threatening his neighbor, drew a revolver and shot him through the heart, killing him instantly. As soon as he saw what he had done, the murderer fled for his life.

Two Stockbridge boys, Walter Croak and Gabe Sampson were driving cattle by Koehn’s place just previous to the shooting, and while taking of water at Koehn’s pump, saw the two men together talking. During the conversation Hoersch said to Koehn, “I will shoot you and then shoot myself.”

The following communication was received from Sherwood under date of Aug. 17, giving a report of the tragedy that has caused so much excitement: Anton Hoersch, a notoriously bad man, shot and instantly killed Frank Koehn, at the corners called “Harrison,” about 5 o’clock this afternoon. Hoersch, who has lived in this vicinity for seven or eight years, has been a terror to the community, and should have been put where he could do no harm long ago. Scarcely a month has elapsed during his residence here that he has not brutally beaten his wife, or children, or some of his animals. His wife has had him arrested and taken before Justice Dorn, who gave him a great deal of friendly and good advice which had no effect on his temper. His family has usually taken refuge among the neighbors, until his natural ugliness subsided. And a short time since he was determined to kill his wife, but she succeeded in getting away from him and has remained with her relatives in another town ever since. Hoersch, who lived in the Bast place, only separated from Mr. Koehn by the highway, got on one of his customary mad fits, and began to abuse his children, who stay at home some of them calling on Mr. Koehn for assistance. The good friend and neighbor stepped over there and sought to reason with the vicious Hoersch. The boys say that Koehn was telling their father that if he would govern his temper and treat his family well, he might lead a happy life, that he had a good home and enough to make them all comfortable and contented, if he would allow his wife and children to live in peace. This so enraged Hoersch that he drew a revolver and shot Koehn, killing him instantly. The ball penetrated the right suspender in front and doubtless passed through the body and entered the heart. A little son of Mr. Koehn says he heard the body of his father strike the board walk when he fell. Great excitement prevails and a great crowd of people have gathered around the tragic scene where the sight of Mrs. Koehn and little family sitting beside the murdered husband and father, is heartrending. About three months ago her oldest child, an unusually bright and promising girl of 14 years, and the hope and pride of her parents, was taken away by sickness, and this sudden and violent death of her husband seems almost too much for reason to endure.

As were write, news comes that deputy sheriff Schwobe, of Stockbridge, captured Hoersch in the woods south of his house on the opposite side of the road, secured him with hand cuffs and he is on his way to Chilton. The excitement and indignation is so intense that had he been found by the neighbors who tracked him through his cornfield, it is very doubtful if the villain would ever have seen our county seat. Mr. Koehn, who located here several years ago, engaged in the grocery and saloon business, but afterwards gave up the saloon, saying that it was a bad business to raise a family in and he was too peace loving a man to run such a place. He was a kind and obliging neighbor with a host of friends and not a known enemy. His death, in any event, would have been a great loss and keenly felt by all, and is now doubly so. His family have the sympathy of everyone, and if needed, it will be put in substantial form by voluntary subscription. Hoersch formerly lived in Marshfield and engaged in the furniture business, but his abuse to his family and general ugliness caused the people of that place to extend a forcible invitation to him to go where there was more room, thereby saving themselves from the tragedy we now witness. He has always been a vicious, unsocial, unneighborly crank, who, it is now hoped by all who know him, will be imprisoned for life. His own children declared their hopes that he may never be released again, and well they may, for they have been horribly beaten, and one little boy laid for three days in a stupid condition and suffered a long sickness in consequence of his father’s abuse.
Fond du Lac Daily Reporter - Wednesday - August 19, 1891 - p. 3 - c. 2 
A Desperate Man
A Chilton dispatch says: The cause of the murder of Koehn, Monday night was the Hoersh was quarreling with his children, and whipping them in a brutal manner, when one of the boys went overt Koehn’s grocery story, and summoned him for assistance. Mr. Koehn went over to Hoersh’s place, and began talking to him in a quiet peaceable manner, trying to get him quieted down, by telling him that he had everything to make his home pleasant and his family happy. This enraged Hoersh so much that he threatened to shoot Koehn. Mr. Koehn tried to quiet him. This made Hoersh so angry that he fired four shots at Koehn, one striking the left breast and going through the heart. Those hearing the shooting rushed into the house to see what had happened, when they were terror-stricken to see the dead body of Mr. Koehn lying on the floor. The murderer escaped, and hid in a cornfield. There he fired three shots fro some unknown cause. He then strolled from the cornfield toward Stockbridge, and there was captured by Deputy Sheriff Schwobe, and brought to Chilton. About a month ago his wife left him. After he shot Mr. Koehn he said he was going to shoot his wife. He is now in the county jail there.

Comment: Image source . My wife is the great granddaughter of Anton Hoersch and granddaughter of Anton's son John. The 1881 record (source) reports:
Surnames: Hoersch, Best ----Source: History of Northern Wis. (Wood County, Wis.) 1881, page 1211 ANTON HOERSCH, furniture dealer, Marshfield. Came to Marshfield, from Oshkosh, July, 1877. He was born at Polg, Rhine Province, May 11, 1846. He is a son of Mathias and Anna Maria Hoersch. He came to Detroit, Mich., July, 1872; stayed there about six months, then came to Sherwood, Wis., and has also worked at Appleton, Menasha and Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, at his trade of cabinet maker, which was the trade of his father and his grandfather also. He was married, Sept. 22, 1874, to Miss Margaret Best, of Sherwood. They have three boys — Mark, Joseph and John.

The Authority of the Son of God

John 5:16-30 New International Version (NIV)
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.


Stamps - The not ordinary

Comment: Ordered today on USPS.com 

Sometimes you eat a donut ... other times it eats you

CT scan this AM (7:40 to be precise) at Park Nicollet in Saint Louis Park. All in all, I would rather eat a donut!


BREXIT Bites: “The price increases have landed"

Unilever Price Rises Herald Brexit Pain for British Consumers - The decline in sterling is pushing up prices and threatening the purchasing power of British households


Consumer-products giant Unilever PLC is raising its U.K. prices for everything from mayonnaise to shampoo after months of more-discreet increases amid a Brexit-triggered currency rout that is threatening Britons’ buying power.

Unilever is asking its top grocery retailers here for price increases of 10% on average, according to people familiar with the matter.

That demand set the stage for a brief public standoff with Tesco PLC, Britain’s biggest grocer. Tesco, which also is one of the world’s largest retailers, on Wednesday began removing Unilever brands from its website after refusing to accept the higher prices.

Late Thursday, Unilever said “the supply situation with Tesco in the U.K. and Ireland has now been successfully resolved.” It gave no details. Unilever confirmed on Thursday it has asked most of its sellers to pay higher prices for brands such as Hellmann’s mayonnaise, Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It also makes Marmite, a popular spread. It cited rising commodity costs in dollars, which—coupled with the sharp decline in the pound—have raised the cost of imported ingredients. The Anglo-Dutch company, the world’s second-largest consumer goods maker after Procter & Gamble Co., didn’t detail its pricing demands.

“The price increases have landed,” said Unilever finance chief Graeme Pitkethly on a call with analysts on Thursday.
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The pound’s drop is already hitting the costing of foreign goods, and some of the country’s biggest stores have warned of looming price hikes. Import prices are increasing at the fastest pace in five years as energy costs rise and sterling’s drop makes everything priced in foreign currencies more expensive.

Almost every economist agrees that the inflation rate is going higher. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg see it averaging 2.2% in 2017, about three times the rate forecast for this year and above the Bank of England’s 2% target. While that’s not a disaster (inflation hit 5% in 2011), if wage growth doesn’t also pick up from its current 2.1% pace, that means a squeeze on wallets.