Monthly Archives: April 2012

Union membership rates by state, 2011 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics

From a Bureau of Labor Statistics news release:

In 2011, the number of workers belonging to a union in Michigan was 671,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported [on Monday, April 9, 2012]. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that union members accounted for 17.5 percent of wage and salary workers in Michigan in 2011 compared to 16.5 percent a year earlier. At its peak in 1989, the first year state data were available, Michigan’s union membership rate was 26.0 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.)

The full news release has lots of detailed data, but the map below is the keeper.

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Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, news release 12-631-CHI

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of Michigan, 1962

The Michigan Daily story of April 15, 2012 has an excellent set of photos of MLK's visit to Ann Arbor on November 5, 1962, and the story of how they were discovered.

David Erdody, a digital curator at the Bentley Historical Library, discovered a series of 20 photo negatives in early January that feature King giving a speech and hosting a discussion at the University. These photographs, which have never been printed or published, depict King speaking and greeting a crowd at Hill Auditorium, attending a small discussion in the Michigan Union and having dinner at the University on Nov. 5, 1962.

One of the main archives of MLK materials is at Boston University; there's a set of correspondence with the University of Michigan Office of Religious Affairs that would be worth looking at to round out some of the institutional memory of this event.

 

2012 Water Hill Music Fest: Sunday, May 6th, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date May 13th).

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From Paul Tinkerhess, organizer:

The 2012 Water Hill Music Fest is set to happen Sunday, May 6th, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date May 13th).  All residents of Ann Arbor's Water Hill neighborhood are invited to play music on their front porches during this unique celebration.  Expectations are high this year after thousands of visitors attended last year's inaugural event.

More information: www.waterhill.org and www.facebook.com/waterhillmusicfest .

From last year's event, as documented by Michigan Radio:

Japanese Mitsui chemical plant explosion, monitored via transmissions of NHK World Radio Japan

A fire at a chemical plant in Japan killed one and injured dozens, according to broadcasts monitored on international shortwave frequencies and Internet news and trade publication sources.

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The NHK news includes news of a chemical plant explosion at Mitsui Chemicals' Iwakuni-Ohtake facility, which straddles areas in Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures. The Mitsui Chemicals site identifies the site of the plant as 1-2, Waki 6-chome, Waki-cho, Kuga-gun, Yamaguchi 740-0061, and says the following chemicals are produced there:

  • PTA
  • PET resin
  • TPX
  • MILLION
  • APEL
  • Wax
  • Hydrocarbon resin
  • LUCANT
  • Gas pipes
  • Pelicles
  • Hydroquinone
  • Resorcinol
  • Meta/Para-cresol

ICIS.com, in a story by Tomomi Yokomura, reports that the fire was in the unit which produces resorcinol, an adhesive for wood and car tires.

This safety data sheet for resourcinol, otherwise known as CAS 108-46-3, 3-HYDROXYPHENOL or 1,3-benzenediol, m-dihydroxybenzene, describes that its dust is highly flammable.

Fukushima Diary reports (unconfirmed) nuclear materials on site. This was later confirmed in a Mitsui Chemicals press release.

I'm not able to be up to monitor this (it's late here in Ann Arbor, MI) but there is a YouTube video with a longer shot of the event.

Via the NHK World Radio Japan web site, here is a map of their transmissions on shortwave bands. The "Yamata" site marked is the primary transmission site in Japan.

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I was able to pick up the transmission from Canada, marked as (1) here and on the March 25, 2012 frequency and broadcasting chart (PDF). Of course, the sound quality is much better on the Internet, but if you have a new (to you) shortwave set there's some satisfaction in just making contact.

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I always find Japanese infographics to be interesting to look at and get ideas from.

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Mandatory disclaimer: Nothing to disclaim at this time.

Copyright notice: The images in this article are Copyright NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and are not to be further reproduced.

Also see: NHK World, UPI (quoting NHK),  Xinhua (quoting the local press), and Jiji Press (quoted by several, but I could not find the original story).

Message from President Andrew Jackson on the Ohio and Michigan Boundary, January 12, 1836

[Doc. No. 54.] 24th Congress, 1st Session. Ho. of Reps. Executive.

Ohio and Michigan Boundary


MESSAGE

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

TRANSMITTING

Reports from the Secretaries of State and War on the subject of the Ohio and Michigan boundary.


January 12, 1836.

Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


To the House of Representatives of the United States :

Having laid before Congress on the 9th ultimo, the correspondence which had previously taken place relative to the controversy between Ohio and Michigan, on the question of boundary between that State and Territory, I now transmit reports from the Secretaries of State and War on the subject, with the papers therein referred to.

ANDREW JACKSON.

Washington, January 11, 1836.


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Mandatory FTC disclosure

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Severe weather expected Sunday, April 15, 2012 for #annarbor area #miwx

The 2:40am map from Wunderground is a good marker of things to come for the Ann Arbor area.

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As always, for DTE power outage information, the DTE Power Outage map is a place to go. Our old analog meter was replaced by a digital one, so there's one additional point of non-mechanical failure to watch for. The page on DTE outage claims is worth noting.

The 3am forecast from NWS: 

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED AFTER 2 AM AS A WARM FRONT
LIFTS INTO THE REGION FROM THE SOUTH. THESE STORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED
TO BE SEVERE. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIND
GUSTS TO 20 MPH AND PEA SIZED HAIL. THESE STORMS WILL MOVE TO THE
NORTHEAST AROUND 30 MPH.
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY AND TONIGHT.

Ann Arbor Rec and Ed notifies for cancellations on a page worth watching.