Links and Notes - Sun, Mar 10, 2019

12:30 p.m.

Problem below was resolved. Problem caused by the change from EST to EDT. For some reason, the Lua code or the system on my server returns FALSE all of the time for the is daylight savings time check, regardless of time of year. The problem blew up when regexing for date and time on the AFD. The regex was expecting est. I made the manual switch in the code. Annoying.

12:17 p.m.

I noticed the Wind Advisory mentioned at toledotalk.com, but it's not listed at my toledoweather.info website homepage. It is listed, however, on the Dark Sky page at toledoweather.info. And it's also listed on the flash briefing page. ???

toledoweather.info:

From the Dark Sky page:

Wind Advisory
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON... * WINDS...West to southwest 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * TIMING...Strong gusty west to southwest winds will continue into the afternoon. * IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
Start: 09:42 AM, Sun, Mar 10, 2019
End: 04:00 PM, Sun, Mar 10, 2019

From the Flash Briefing page:

The following important weather statements exist: A Hazardous Weather Outlook. A Wind Advisory. Visit toledoweather.info for details.

I did not notice this morning that the HWO mentioned the Wind Advisory.

hazardous weather outlook
national weather service cleveland oh
553 am edt sun mar 10 2019

ohz003-006>010-017>019-027>030-036-037-111000-
lucas-wood-ottawa-sandusky-erie-lorain-hancock-seneca-huron-wyandot-
crawford-richland-ashland-marion-morrow-
553 am edt sun mar 10 2019

...wind advisory in effect until 4 pm edt this afternoon...

I did not receive an email alert from toledoweather.info about the wind advisory. Odd.

Okay. Something's amiss. The date and time for the homepage at toledoweather.info is: page created: Sun, Mar 10, 2019 - 03:00 AM EST

10:39 a.m.

At least 15 SCJU foraged on our backyard. Recently, I have scattered millet on occasion. The snow is gone. The juncos are hard to spot on the flower beds and garden. I heard a junco sing yesterday or Friday. Nice rattling trill song.

10:24 a.m.

Damn time change. Sprung forward one hour overnight. Yeah, it means more daylight in the evening, but now it's dark again in the morning.

This week, I noticed that we had good daylight at 6:45 a.m. and good daylight at 6:45 p.m. It makes since that things were somewhat balanced, since it's March. I guess that standard time is the way to go.

Now it's dark at 6:45 a.m. If we were on standard time, then we would have good daylight at 4:30 a.m. in the summer. I suppose that more people would prefer to have that extra hour of daylight in the evening, instead of early in the morning in the summer.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Mar 10, 2019 9:52 am EDT
Weather : Overcast and Breezy
Temperature : 39 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : SW 21 mph
Wind Gust 33 mph
Barometer : 29.73 in
Dewpoint: 30 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 29 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Mar 10, 2019 9:53 am EDT
Weather : Overcast and Breezy
Temperature : 38 F
Humidity : 79%
Wind Speed : WSW 23 mph
Wind Gust 33 mph
Barometer : 29.75 in
Dewpoint: 32 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 27 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Mar 10, 2019 9:56 am EDT
Weather : Overcast and Breezy
Temperature : 38 F
Humidity : 79%
Wind Speed : SW 21 mph
Wind Gust 32 mph
Barometer : 29.72 in
Dewpoint: 32 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 28 F

Date and Time: 10:15 AM, Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Summary: Overcast
Air Temp: 39 F
Dew Point: 33 F
Humidity: 79 %
Wind Direction: West-Southwest
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind Gust: 23 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 30 F
Pressure: 29.75 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 99 % : Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 4.46 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 72 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: North


TOL recorded a 53 mph wind gust in the 4am hour. It was horribly windy. Howling and growling. I first heard the strong winds at 4:50 a.m. EDT. It was difficult to get back to sleep. The wind blew hard for about an hour. It seemed to die down some, but TOL was still recording gusts to near 50 mph.

10 09:52 SW 21 G 33 10.00 Overcast and Breezy OVC022 39 30 70% 29 NA 29.73 1007.4
10 08:52 SW 24 G 35 10.00 Overcast and Breezy OVC018 39 32 76% 28 NA 29.70 1006.2
10 07:52 SW 29 G 49 10.00 Overcast and Windy OVC018 40 32 50 40 73% 29 NA 29.68 1005.6
10 06:52 W 35 G 44 10.00 Overcast and Windy OVC021 42 33 71% 30 NA 29.64 1004.1
10 05:52 SW 26 G 46 10.00 Overcast and Windy OVC020 43 36 76% 33 NA 29.59 1002.5
10 04:52 SW 38 G 53 10.00 Overcast and Windy SCT017 BKN025 OVC080 47 39 74% 37 NA 29.53 1000.3


hazardous weather outlook
national weather service cleveland oh
553 am edt sun mar 10 2019

ohz003-006>010-017>019-027>030-036-037-111000-
lucas-wood-ottawa-sandusky-erie-lorain-hancock-seneca-huron-wyandot-
crawford-richland-ashland-marion-morrow-
553 am edt sun mar 10 2019

...wind advisory in effect until 4 pm edt this afternoon...

this hazardous weather outlook is for north central ohio and
northwest ohio.

.day one...today and tonight.

please listen to noaa weather radio or go to weather.gov on the
internet for more information about the following hazards.

wind advisory.

.days two through seven...monday through saturday.

no hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.spotter information statement...

spotter activation is not expected at this time.


Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Mar 10, 2019 9:38 am

Today: A chance of sprinkles. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Windy, with a west wind 26 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 13 to 18 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 40. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Wednesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

Friday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.


nearshore marine forecast
national weather service cleveland oh
944 am edt sun mar 10 2019

for waters within five nautical miles of shore

waves are the significant wave height - the average of the highest
1/3 of the wave spectrum. occasional wave height is the average of
the highest 1/10 of the wave spectrum.

lez148-149-102015-
lake erie nearshore waters from geneva-on-the-lake to conneaut oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from conneaut oh to ripley ny-
944 am edt sun mar 10 2019

...gale warning in effect through this evening...

.rest of today...southwest gales to 35 knots. a chance of rain
showers with a slight chance of snow showers early this afternoon.
the lake is mostly ice covered.
.tonight...southwest gales to 35 knots diminishing to 30 knots.
mostly cloudy.
.monday...west winds 20 to 25 knots. mostly cloudy.
.monday night...west winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. a chance of snow showers in the evening.

waves omitted due to the lake being mostly ice covered.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 33 degrees, off cleveland 34
degrees and off erie 32 degrees.

$$

lez145>147-102015-
lake erie nearshore waters from vermilion to avon point oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from avon point to willowick oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from willowick to geneva-on-
the lake oh-
944 am edt sun mar 10 2019

...gale warning in effect until 8 pm edt this evening...

.rest of today...southwest gales to 35 knots. a chance of
sprinkles. the lake is mostly ice covered.
.tonight...southwest gales to 35 knots diminishing to 15 to 25
knots and becoming west. mostly cloudy.
.monday...west winds 15 to 25 knots. mostly cloudy.
.monday night...west winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. partly cloudy.

waves omitted due to the lake being mostly ice covered.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 33 degrees, off cleveland 34
degrees and off erie 32 degrees.

$$

lez142>144-102015-
lake erie nearshore waters from maumee bay to reno beach oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from reno beach to the islands oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from the islands to vermilion oh-
944 am edt sun mar 10 2019

...gale warning in effect until 8 pm edt this evening...
...low water advisory in effect until 8 pm edt this evening...

.rest of today...southwest gales to 35 knots. a chance of
sprinkles. the lake is mostly ice covered.
.tonight...west gales to 35 knots diminishing to 15 to 25 knots.
mostly cloudy.
.monday...west winds 15 to 20 knots. partly sunny.
.monday night...west winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 5 to
15 knots. partly cloudy.

waves omitted due to the lake being mostly ice covered.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 33 degrees, off cleveland 34
degrees and off erie 32 degrees.

Links

https://latinamericareports.com/the-demolition-of-escobar-monaco-in-medellins-historical-memory/1294/

The Foursquare of today is a location data giant (wired.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19341079


https://github.com/jonathantneal/system-font-css/blob/gh-pages/README.md

https://medium.design/system-shock-6b1dc6d6596f?gi=90078e194544

https://furbo.org/2018/03/28/system-fonts-in-css/

https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/system-font-stack/

https://devhints.io/css-system-font-stack


https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley-breaking/2019/03/09/woman-reportedly-attacked-jaguar-zoo-litchfield-park-arizona/3120439002/

A jaguar attacked a woman who reportedly crossed over a barrier while trying to take a photo Saturday at a West Valley wildlife park, according to fire officials.

Crews found a woman at the zoo with lacerations to her arm, and she was taken to a hospital, Gilleland said.

Zoo officials released a statement Saturday about the incident.

"We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eye witnesses," according to the email statement from Kristy Morcom, a spokeswoman for the Wildlife World Zoo.

"The visitor sustained non life threatening injuries to their hand from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure," the statement continued.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47516340

Zoo officials warn that barriers are "there for a good reason" after a woman is injured.


North Koreans vote in 'no-choice' parliamentary elections
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47492747

North Koreans are voting to elect the country's rubber-stamp parliament, the second such election since Kim Jong-un took power.

Voting for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) is mandatory and there's no choice of candidates. Any kind of dissent is unheard of.

Turnout is always close to 100% and approval for the governing alliance is unanimous.

North Korea is an isolated state, ruled by the Kim family dynasty.

Citizens are required to show complete devotion to the family and its current leader.

On election day, the entire population aged 17 or older must come out and vote.

"As a sign of loyalty you're expected to turn up early, that means there'll likely be long queues," says North Korea analyst Fyodor Tertitsky, who is based in the South Korean capital Seoul.

Once it's your turn, you receive a ballot paper with just one name on it. There's nothing to fill in, no boxes to tick. You take that paper and put it into the ballot box, which is located in the open.

There's also a voting booth where you could vote in private, but doing that would raise immediate suspicion, analysts say.

You theoretically have the right to cross out that single candidate. But, according to Mr Tertitsky, doing that would almost certainly mean the secret police go after you and you likely would be declared insane.

Once you leave the polling station, you are expected to join the cheering groups outside to express your happiness about having been able to cast your vote for the wise leadership of the country.

Because voting is obligatory, the election also works as a census for authorities to monitor the population of each constituency and to track defectors who might have fled to China.

The result is not much of a nail biter, but it will take a few days before the final numbers are announced.

First, there's usually an announcement of the impressive turnout. In 2014, that number stood at 99.97%.

A few people might not have voted due to illness - though a running joke is that on election day no one dies and everyone is in good health.


"Venezuela's Maduro thanks military for defeating 'coup'"

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47512386

In pictures: Lights go out on Venezuela

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47499520

Venezuela crisis in nine charts

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46999668


Iranian couple arrested over public marriage proposal

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47507128

9 March 2019

An Iranian couple have been arrested after they got engaged in front of a cheering crowd at a shopping centre.

Video of the public proposal in the northern city of Arak was shared on social media and shows the pair standing in a ring of rose petals.

After the woman says yes, she can be seen hugging her partner as the crowd celebrates.

But they were soon arrested after police said they had contravened Islamic principles.

Mixing between the genders and displays of public affection are severely restricted under Iran's Islamic laws.

Mahmoud Khalaji, the deputy police commander of Markazi province, told Iran's Fars news agency that the couple had been taken into custody due to the "public's demand".

He said they were detained for "outraging public decency, which is an influence of the degenerate Western culture".

Mr Khalaji added that they had been released on bail.

It is not the first time Iran's laws on public decency have received international attention.

Last year, an official was arrested after people were filmed dancing at an event in a shopping centre in the city of Mashhad.


Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47379458

The 10 richest men of all time
Mansa Musa (1280-1337, king of the Mali empire) wealth incomprehensible
Augustus Caesar (63 BC-14 AD, Roman emperor) $4.6tn (£3.5tn)
Zhao Xu (1048-1085, emperor Shenzong of Song in China) wealth incalculable
Akbar I (1542-1605, emperor of India's Mughal dynasty) wealth incalculable
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, Scottish-American industrialist) $372bn
John D Rockefeller (1839-1937) American business magnate) $341bn
Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov (1868-1918, Tsar of Russia) $300bn
Mir Osman Ali Khan ( 1886-1967, Indian royal) $230bn
William The Conqueror (1028-1087) $229.5bn
Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011, long-time ruler of Libya) $200bn


"Iowa Poll: Not even in the race, Joe Biden leads herd of Democrats; Bernie Sanders close behind"

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2019/03/10/election-2020-joe-biden-bernie-sanders-harris-warren-democrats-iowa-caucuses-poll-president-caucus/3098982002/

Two old white men lead the dems.

https://www.memeorandum.com/190309/p48#a190309p48


Big wind gust at 11:32 a.m. Jeesh.


"Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight"

http://apnews.com/0c59cf4a09114238af55fe18e32bc454

Last September, Waynesville became a statistic. With the shutdown of its newspaper, the Daily Guide, this town of 5,200 people in central Missouri’s Ozark hills joined more than 1,400 other cities and towns across the U.S. to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University of North Carolina.

Blame revenue siphoned by online competition [WRONG], cost-cutting ownership, a death spiral in quality, sheer disinterest among readers [CORRECT] or reasons peculiar to given locales for that development.

While national outlets worry about a president who calls the press an enemy of the people, many Americans no longer have someone watching the city council for them, chronicling the soccer exploits of their children or reporting on the kindly neighbor who died of cancer.

The national political media is not local media. A mammoth disconnect exists between the two. And that's expected because the two types of media are unrelated.

The national political media focuses on hyperbolic, sensationalist infotainment. It's not informative. It's not useful. It's bilge "journalism."

The local media focuses on information or tries to publish info that is useful to local residents. The info could be infotainment and hard news. Not everyone wants to read about the city budget every day.

But a disinterested public won't fund local news.

But all newspaper owners face a brutal reality that calls into question whether it’s an economically sustainable model anymore unless, like the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, the boss is the world’s richest man.

That's why it's hilarious to see WaPo's Margaret Sullivan blather about local newspapers. Yeah, she worked for a Buffalo newspaper for many years, but she doesn't today. Given the choice, I bet that a lot of journalists would prefer to work for the NY Times or WaPo instead of a local newspaper. That kind of security gives the journalists the privilege to drone on about how we need local newspapers.

Newspaper circulation in the U.S. has declined every year for three decades, while advertising revenue has nosedived since 2006, according to the Pew Research Center. Staffing at newspapers large and small has followed that grim trendline: Pew says the number of reporters, editors, photographers and other newsroom employees in the industry fell by 45 percent nationwide between 2004 and 2017.

Did GateHouse stop investing because people were less interested in reading the paper? Berrier said about 3,600 copies of the Daily Guide were printed in the mid-1990s. At the end, GateHouse was printing 675 copies a day.

Or did people lose interest because the lack of investment made it a less satisfying read?

Chicken and egg.

“As the paper declined and got smaller and smaller, I felt that there wasn’t as much information that really made it worthwhile, so I did eventually stop” subscribing, said Keith Carnahan, senior pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in St. Robert.

Berrier blames GateHouse, who he said “set the Daily Guide up to fail.” Others are less sure. Sanders, the former editor, and Joel Goodridge, another former publisher, blame both GateHouse and the community for not supporting the paper.

Goodridge said some businesses found they could advertise much more cheaply in free circulars dumped at local stores.

Blame the near monopoly of the local newspaper industry for charging outrageous fees for classified ads. That price-gouging strategy made a lot of revenue and profit for newspapers.

For painful, personal reasons, Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench wishes the Daily Guide was there to report on the December death of his 31-year-old son, Ryan, due to a heroin overdose. It would have been better than dealing with whispers and Twitter.

“Social media is so cruel sometimes,” Bench said.

Dotted across the country are exceptions to the brutal new rule, newspapers that are surviving with creative business plans. In North Carolina’s Moore County, owners support the 100-year-old Pilot with revenue raised by side businesses — lifestyle magazines, electronic newsletters, telephone directories, a video production company and a bookstore.

What about podcasts, including subscription-based podcasts?

Philanthropy is supporting other efforts to fill gaps created by journalism’s business struggles.

Strings attached?

I should have done this or started this behavior last decade.

Waynesville and St. Robert are left with Darrell Todd Maurina’s Facebook site, which he calls the Pulaski County Daily News.

A former Army civilian public affairs officer who worked at the Daily Guide in the 2000s, Maurina posts live from community meetings, reports on accidents on the nearby interstate and publishes obituaries. It’s meat-and-potatoes local news.

When he’s not at meetings, he works from a windowless office in the basement of his home. Court documents and papers are piled on the floor and coffee table near a police radio scanner, fax machine and television. On his desk are a well-worn Bible, small American flag and a signed photograph of President Gerald Ford thanking Maurina’s father for his support.

Maurina typically is awake before 5 a.m. to check the local radio station, if the scanner hasn’t roused him earlier.

Maurina’s efforts have some support, even from the city councilman who said he once threatened to throw Maurina out a window over a disagreement about a story.

“He’s an equal opportunity agitator,” said Ed Conley, another council member. “He tries to be fair, and to be honest about it, he does a good job, but he’s just one person and he’s limited by social media.”

Maurina declines to share many details about the finances for his online site. He also acknowledges some holes in his coverage, especially of sports.

For local athletics, some people turn instead to a Facebook site run by Allen Hilliard, a former Daily Guide stringer and school bus driver who has been posting photos, videos and newsletters about local youth and high school teams. Hilliard isn’t making much money from his time-consuming hobby, but like Maurina, he takes pride in providing a community service.

“We need to go back to what was done in the late 1800s — being everywhere at every event, telling everyone what the sirens were about last night,” he said.

Good idea. Who’s going to pay for it?


"Despite frequent attacks on media, Trump arguably has the most frequent, informal, and sustained personal interactions with reporters and commentators since JFK"

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/08/trump-jfk-225697

https://mediagazer.com/190310/p1#a190310p1


Interview with Dan Porter, CEO of the sports media company Overtime, on why owning distribution doesn't matter, revenue sources, and fostering user communities

http://www.recode.net/2019/3/7/18253839/dan-porter-overtime-sports-media-facebook-instagram-snapchat-peter-kafka-recode-podcast-interview


Fire breaks out at Shetland bird observatory and lodge
10 March 2019
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47515175

A fire has taken hold at a well-known bird observatory and guest house in Shetland.

Firefighters were called to the Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which is located on the north east of the island, at about 11:20 on Sunday.

The observatory is a popular tourist spot for bird watching and for scientific research into seabirds and bird migration.

It is understood the roof of the lodge has been completely destroyed.

A family including two children who live in the flat adjoining the lodge were unhurt. There are no guests staying at the lodge for the winter season.

https://www.facebook.com/fairislebirdobservatory/

http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/

https://mobile.twitter.com/FI_Obs

https://www.bbc.com/news/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland


Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security bill
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47517263


Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47513508

The live blog
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47513534


Instead Of Wrestling A Girl, High Schooler Chooses To Forfeit State Wrestling Match

https://text.npr.org/s.php?sId=701863071


as i've said for over three years, trump in politics means good business to media orgs and journalists.

and book publishers. trump equals dollar signs. the journalists will never admit that they were or are glad that trump defeated hillary.

trump defeating hillary was one of the best things to happen to the national political media in a long time.

"Journalists cash in on Trump's Washington"

https://www.axios.com/journalists-books-trump-washington-737640f5-f578-4c2b-91de-e18d54f94571.html

More than a dozen books about Trump's Washington are on the way from prominent journalists who signed lucrative deals, with a subgenre of five major books that are entirely or partly about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The big picture: One reason for the burst of books — money. Publishers are paying big advances, for some nearing or topping $1 million. "Trump has dominated everything else, so it only makes sense that that would include the publishing industry," said Matt Latimer of Javelin, a literary agency that has handled James Comey, Cliff Sims and other hot names.


"Ocasio-Cortez, at SXSW, blasts FDR, Reagan and capitalism, says political moderates are ‘meh’ "

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-slams-moderates-as-meh-at-sxsw-criticizes-americas-treatment-of-minorities

musicians, artists, tech geeks, and others try to gain traction at sxsw to SELL things.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/03/wallowing-in-stupidity.php