Reply All: #132 Negative Mount Pleasant
December 6, 2018 6:00 AM - Subscribe

A small town in Wisconsin becomes the site of a completely unprecedented experiment.  A Better Mount PleasantLet's Make A Better Mount PleasantJournalist Larry Tabak's Series on Foxconn in Wisconsin
posted by Tevin (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can't believe it's legal for the municipal government to just declare land "blighted" like that, and that none of this has been fought in court. Is David DeGroot really that optimistically naïve or is he getting personal kickbacks from FoxConn?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:46 AM on December 6 [2 favorites]

I'm only halfway through this episode but I have to admit that Dave DeGroot does not strike me as the smartest man, nor one that thinks that there is a person on this world who can tell him 'no'.

Christ, what an entitled dickbag.
posted by dinty_moore at 12:25 PM on December 6

This episode made me so sad and exhausted. It's a preventable tragedy in the making.
posted by palegirl at 12:59 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]

The worst part is the people responsible will probably be long gone by the time the tragedy has come to fruition.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 2:31 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Well that was fucking infuriating. Local politics can be surprising when it comes to party affiliations etc... so I didn't go into it thinking about Kelly and DeGroot in a blue/red sort of way but let me tell you how non-shocked I was when the anti-Kelly Facebook page cited her as "liberal" and was ranting about "commies" and then DeGroot started tongue-bathing Trump at the announcement ceremony.

As I've said many times in the megathreads, anyone looking to find the secret to why Trump's base sticks with him will find that abusers and bullies see themselves reflected in him and it's not much deeper than that.
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:06 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]

Is David DeGroot really that optimistically naïve or is he getting personal

porque no los dos
posted by entropicamericana at 6:07 PM on December 8 [3 favorites]

I knew the moment that DeGroot had difficulty with Sruthi's name that he was going to turn out to be an asshole.
posted by axiom at 8:19 AM on December 9 [1 favorite]

Wow this was a great episode and I sure hated it
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:03 AM on December 10 [3 favorites]

I am consistently surprised by Reply All. They dig into corners of the internet I don't care to look, and the hosts have a smugness that always puts me off. But there's always a *woah* moment when they reveal the most amazing human stories behind the jargon. This Mount Pleasant story is so well developed, I'm still thinking about it days later.
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:53 PM on December 10 [1 favorite]

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