More On The Shrinking Rural Midwest

Just thought I’d drop this NPR article about how inflation is one more thing causing people to leave the rural Midwest. Much of the rural Midwest has been losing population for a while now and EVERYTHING that’s going on is going to accelerate that trend.

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/25/1112915507/inflation-rural-america-gas-prices-economy

Rural Iowa and Roe

There’re no shortage of studies and articles looking at Iowa’s declining rural population. 1 2 3

I’d like to point out that the recent SCOTUS decision and Iowa’s current policies towards abortion will work to continue this decline. The politicians claiming to be Saving Iowa and keeping conservatives in power with these polices are actually helping to shift the population and the balance of economic and political power away from rural Iowa and towards the cities along the eastern third of the state; cities that are more liberal than rural Iowa and are close to Illinois and Minnesota where abortions will remain available.

Knowing What We Know Now

Knowing what we know now. Knowing that Jan 6th was and is a serious threat to our country and our way of life. Knowing that the people that planned Jan 6 and pulled it off knew it was illegal. I stand by my previous statement. We need to show some moderation towards those who merely walked into the capitol after the fighting was over. For the planners and fighters: fuck’em. Lock them up and throw away the key.

Schofield Hall

That’s Schofield Hall on the University Of Wisconsin at Eau Claire campus hiding in the trees. It’s named for the first President of the University, Harvey Schofield. The building was designed by the architects Van Ryn & Degelleke. Built in 1914 it was the first building on the campus. Today Schofield Hall houses administrative offices.

Schofield Hall

That Doesn’t Happen Very Often

I was out running errands on my bike today and ended up walking the bike up a steep hill. That doesn’t happen very often and, at least in this case, it wasn’t a fitness thing. It was a I’m building up heat and can’t get rid of it thing. A “real feel” temperature of 97 with a humidity of 60% is no joke and I was starting to get rather toasty. Walking the bike stopped me from heating up and let the breeze that was blowing cool me down a bit.

Saddle- Not Sore

Just a quick update.

A couple posts back I mentioned I swapped saddle on my bikes taking a Brooks C-15 off my, rather upright, Surly Bridge Club, replacing that saddle with a wider C-17, and putting the C-15 on my road bike. I’ve gone on a few rides on both bikes with their new saddles and they’re both working out wonderfully.

Quote Of The Week

“You go to nature for an experience of the sacred…to re-establish your contact with the core of things, where it’s really at, in order to enable you to come back to the world of people and operate more effectively. Seek ye first the kingdom of nature, that the kingdom of man might be realized.”

Willi Unsoeld

Unsoeld was an amazing guy. Here’s a link to his Wikipedia page for more info.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willi_Unsoeld