Links and Notes - Wed, Jul 10, 2019

7:30 p.m.

We are experience a light rain shower at the moment. Outside a minute ago in our backyard, I saw four fledgling American Robins and one adult male AMRO. At one point, three of the five AMRO perched in the middle oval crunchberry tree where robins nested this summer. The nest has disintegrated. Earlier today, I saw the adult male and adult female AMRO in our backyard. But now, this is the most fledglings that I have seen at one time. These birds still have spots, but they also have a lot more rust on their chests now.

Over the past couple weeks or more, I have seen the adult pair of AMRO and at least one fledgling in our backyard. I wonder if those birds nested in our crunchberry tree, and they hang around the nest site for weeks afterward until it's time to move on later this month.

Date and Time: 07:22 PM, Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Summary: Humid and Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 89 F
Dew Point: 73 F
Humidity: 59 %
Wind Direction: West-Southwest
Wind Speed: 3 mph
Wind Gust: 5 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 98 F
Pressure: 29.87 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 60 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 9.229 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 1 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northwest

5:08 p.m.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 10, 2019 4:52 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 93 F
Humidity : 49%
Wind Speed : S 8 mph
Barometer : 29.89 in
Dewpoint: 71 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 100 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 10, 2019 4:53 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 89 F
Humidity : 54%
Wind Speed : SSW 14 mph
Barometer : 29.91 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 94 F

Date and Time: 05:01 PM, Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Summary: Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: 92 F
Dew Point: 71 F
Humidity: 51 %
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Gust: 8 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 99 F
Pressure: 29.89 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 4.0
Cloud Cover: 44 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 46 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: South-Southeast

hazardous weather outlook
national weather service cleveland oh
1024 am edt wed jul 10 2019

1024 am edt wed jul 10 2019

this hazardous weather outlook is for northwest ohio.

.day and tonight.

heat index values will reach the upper 90s today. persons should be
careful to avoid strenuous activities outdoor and take frequent
breaks if working outside.

.days two through seven...thursday through tuesday.

no hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.spotter information statement...

spotter activation is not expected at this time.

12:35 p.m.

Fast warm-up this morning. Even faster than expected. We went from the mid to upper 60s at 6am to around 90 by Noon.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 10, 2019 11:52 am EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 90 F
Humidity : 47%
Wind Speed : SSW 8 mph
Wind Gust 17 mph
Barometer : 29.97 in
Dewpoint: 67 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 93 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 10, 2019 11:53 am EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 89 F
Humidity : 47%
Wind Speed : SSW 13 mph
Barometer : 29.97 in
Dewpoint: 66 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 92 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 10, 2019 12:17 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : NA F
Humidity : 0%
Wind Speed : SW 9 mph
Barometer : 29.97 in
Dewpoint: NA F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 12:30 PM, Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 89 F
Dew Point: 68 F
Humidity: 50 %
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Gust: 6 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 92 F
Pressure: 29.95 inches
UV Index: Very High : 9.0
Cloud Cover: 0 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 58 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northeast

9:08 p.m.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 10, 2019 8:52 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 78 F
Humidity : 67%
Wind Speed : S 5 mph
Barometer : 29.98 in
Dewpoint: 66 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 10, 2019 8:53 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 78 F
Humidity : 69%
Wind Speed : SSW 6 mph
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 67 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 10, 2019 8:35 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 75 F
Humidity : 76%
Wind Speed : SSW 3 mph
Barometer : 29.99 in
Dewpoint: 67 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 09:00 AM, Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 77 F
Dew Point: 68 F
Humidity: 72 %
Wind Direction: South-Southwest
Wind Speed: 4 mph
Wind Gust: 5 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 78 F
Pressure: 29.98 inches
UV Index: Low : 2.0
Cloud Cover: 5 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 35 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: North

6:57 p.m.

Based upon today's forecast, we could experience a 25- to 30-degree warm-up. Temps were in the mid to upper 60s this morning. Today's forecast high is 93 !!! Tonight will be warm-ish. Cooler weather returns, however, tomorrow and especially on Friday. And then the temps shoot back into the 90s on Tuesday.

At least most overnight lows are forecast to be in the 60s. That's helpful. At least the mornings are comfortable. Last week, some of the low temps were 75 degrees or higher.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 10, 2019 6:52 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 65 F
Humidity : 90%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 62 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 10, 2019 6:53 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 84%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 63 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 10, 2019 6:55 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 63 F
Humidity : 100%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 63 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 07:00 AM, Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 68 F
Dew Point: 64 F
Humidity: 87 %
Wind Direction: South
Wind Speed: 1 mph
Wind Gust: 2 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.99 inches
UV Index: Low : 0.0
Cloud Cover: 0 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 8.722 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 1 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: East

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Jul 10, 2019 6:08 am

Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9pm and 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North wind 7 to 11 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.


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U.S. has its wettest 12 months on record again (

On record? How far back do the records go? 150 years, 500 years, 5000 years?

From the article:

... of the 125-year record.

It appears that data only goes back 125 years. Data today compared to only 125 years worth of data might be statistically interesting, but how can it be relevant? 125 years is a fraction of the time that the current configuration of our continents has existed.

Lake Maumee, a precursor to Lake Erie, formed about 14,000 years ago after a glacier retreated. Northwest Ohio was

The Laurentide Ice Sheet was a massive sheet of ice that covered millions of square kilometers, including most of Canada and a large portion of the northern United States, multiple times during the Quaternary glacial epochs, from 2.588 ± 0.005 million years ago to the present.[1]

The last advance covered most of northern North America between c. 95,000 and c. 20,000 years before the present day and, among other geomorphological effects, gouged out the five Great Lakes and the hosts of smaller lakes of the Canadian Shield.

This ice sheet was the primary feature of the Pleistocene epoch in North America, commonly referred to as the ice age. It was up to 2 mi (3.2 km) thick in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, but much thinner at its edges, where nunataks were common in hilly areas. It created much of the surface geology of southern Canada and the northern United States, leaving behind glacially scoured valleys, moraines, eskers and glacial till. It also caused many changes to the shape, size, and drainage of the Great Lakes.

Here's climate change:

Its cycles of growth and melting were a decisive influence on global climate during its existence. This is because it served to divert the jet stream which would otherwise flow from the relatively warm Pacific Ocean through Montana and Minnesota to the south. That gave the Southwestern United States, otherwise a desert, abundant rainfall during ice ages, in extreme contrast to most other parts of the world which became exceedingly dry, though the effect of ice sheets in Europe had an analogous effect on the rainfall in Afghanistan, parts of Iran, possibly western Pakistan in winter, as well as North Africa.

Its melting also caused major disruptions to the global climate cycle, because the huge influx of low-salinity water into the Arctic Ocean via the Mackenzie River[4] is believed to have disrupted the formation of North Atlantic Deep Water, the very saline, cold, deep water that flows from the Greenland Sea. That interrupted the thermohaline circulation, creating the brief Younger Dryas cold epoch and a temporary re-advance of the ice sheet,[5] which did not retreat from Nunavik until 6,500 years ago.

During the Pre-Illinoian Stage, the Laurentide Ice Sheet extended as far south as the Missouri and Ohio River valleys.

The ultimate collapse of the Laurentide Ice Sheet is also suspected to have influenced European agriculture indirectly through the rise of global sea levels.

Canada's oldest ice is a 20,000-year-old remnant of the Laurentide Ice Sheet called the Barnes Ice Cap, on central Baffin Island.

Lake Erie was carved out by glacier ice, and in its current form is less than 4,000 years old, which is a short span in geological terms.

But in the weather/climate world, 125 years is a long time.

At our West Toledo home, our soil type is sand. About 10-mile wide strip of sandy soil exists from southern Monroe County, stretching southwest through West Toledo and Sylvania to a little past Toledo Express Airport, located in southwest Lucas County. This sandy area is known as the Oak Openings Region. It's the old beach for Lake Maumee. From a geological viewpoint, our home resides on beachfront property. Small and large-ish humps exist throughout the Oak Openings Region, and these are old sand dunes.

US newsroom employment fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, down 47% for newspapers, up 82% in the digital-native sector, remaining stable for broadcast and cable TV

Inside deliberations at Twitter on defining “dehumanizing speech” and its decision to limit enforcement on the issue to tweets about religious groups for now

A look at the spread of Seth Rich conspiracy theories, and how one theory allegedly was posted by Russian foreign intelligence three days after Rich's death

Rather than blaming Russia, it's more accurate to pin the broad embrace of Seth Rich conspiracies on Julian Assange, Alex Jones, and Sean Hannity

and the media needs to criticize itself when it spreads bogus stories via their twitter accounts. when "real" journalists spread false stories due to their laziness and gullibility, the lack of criticism on its industry and methods is startling.

A candidate for Mississippi governor, Robert Foster, refused a reporter's request for access to a campaign trip unless she brought a male colleague with her

In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a male colleague would need to accompany this reporter on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip because they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.

“The only reason you think that people will think I’m having a (improper) relationship with your candidate is because I am a woman,” this reporter said.

Robison said the campaign simply “can’t risk it.”

“Perception is everything. We are so close to the primary. If (trackers) were to get a picture and they put a mailer out, we wouldn’t have time to dispute it. And that’s why we have to be careful,” Robinson said Tuesday afternoon by phone.

That's political paranoia, but it's also a believable scenario. Smear campaigns don't care about truth or reality.

Rival candidates or supporters hire trackers to follow campaigns and record candidates, hoping to catch them in compromising situations. In November, a tracker recorded a video of Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making a remark about attending a public hanging; the incident, which she later called a joke made national headlines.

I'm so glad that I'm an unregistered voter.

Mississippi Today requested a ride-along with the Foster in late June. On July 7, Robison, the campaign manager, called about joining the candidate on an upcoming trip to the Gulf Coast and Laurel. At the end of the conversation, in what he acknowledged was a “weird request,” Robison said I would need a male colleague to accompany me on the trip.

My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter’s experience covering Mississippi politics.

Nope. It's not sexist in how the media believes. It's politics. Maybe the media should report on today's political climate. Trackers? Does the media engage in this same behavior? I think so.

Imagery: videos and photos. Sadly, it seems that imagery drives political perceptions more than text.

He reiterated that the campaign couldn’t agree unless a male colleague was present — this despite my offering to wear a Mississippi Today press badge in plain view at all times.

But Robison insisted that trackers are trying to get any footage that would make the candidate look bad.

“They stand there with a phone in our face,” Robison said.

“I wish it weren’t the way it is. Unfortunately, this is the game we’re playing right now.”

Again, the media need to report on this sleazy political opposition behavior. Report on the trackers. Expose the trackers.

Here's the headline at the website:

Robert Foster, GOP governor candidate, denies woman reporter access because of her gender

That's a bogus headline, in my opinion. It's misleading. It lacks context. The headline is trying to distort reality, which proves the point made by the political candidate.

Journalists know that many information consumers only read headlines and base their knee-jerk, overly emotional, moronic social media reactions on that tiny bit of information. They don't read the articles.

If someone only read the headline, then it appears that the political candidate is a misogynist.

But after reading the article, the candidate is paranoid about being rat-fucked. If the journalists believed in exposing the truth, then they would write about dirty politics called rat-fucking. The journalists would write about the political trackers and their nefarious tactics.

But nope. The journalists desire to create an alternative reality.

In my opinion, the political candidate is acting too cautiously and paranoid by refusing to grant access to the female reporter, but maybe dirty politics is more excessive in Mississippi than in most states.

Adam Ganucheau / @ganucheauadam: The great irony here: Larrison broke the news of Foster's candidacy. Larrison broke the news that he was offered $1M to drop out. Larrison drove to his hometown for his announcement. Robert Foster arguably isn't where he is in this race without @thisislarrison's coverage.

If the candidate was offered one million dollars not to run for office, that sounds like serious dirty politics.

The misleading headline is working in the media's favor.

Anna Fifield / @annafifield: What year is it? 1819?

What was the political climate like in 1819? What kind of dirty tricks were used in 1819?

Kayleigh Skinner / @kayanneskinner: Kudos for to Larrison for calling this campaign out on its misogyny. Sadly, this is just one of many stories of what it's like to cover politics as a woman. Mississippi is a (white) boys club.

Wrong. No surprise that the media people ignore the real story: dirty, political campaigning (rat-fucking).

Statement from the political candidate Foster:

Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the “Billy Graham Rule”, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage. I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share our same views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife, my character, and our faith.

I disagree with Foster, and I would choose differently, but I'm not running for office, and this candidate has freedom of choice.

It's not only political trackers that try to catch politicians in out-of-context positions. Journalists do it too.

In an email to TheWrap, Foster added, “We don’t mind granting Ms. Campbell an interview. We just want it to be in an appropriate and professional setting that wouldn’t provide opportunities for us to be alone.”

Two years ago, the Washington Post revisited a 2002 interview with then-Rep. Mike Pence in which the current vice president said he declined to dine alone with women other than his wife and declined to attend events with alcohol if his wife could not accompany him. The practice, sometimes known as the Billy Graham rule, is at least intended to strengthen a marriage.

Political leaders keep talking about changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act; others say changes could infringe free speech and harm small sites

Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter

i assume that this ruling will apply to all elected officials at all levels of government, and it will apply to all silo platforms.

looks like a real war on the media.

In Albania, where organized crime and politics are intertwined, both local and international journalists face violence and job loss for covering these ties

An overview of moderation challenges facing YouTube, which raise fundamental questions about what social media platforms have become and what they should be

fake news created by a media org.

A reporter and a cameraman at Radio Marti, which is run by US Agency for Global Media, have been suspended for allegedly faking a mortar attack on the reporter

this is also a real war on the media.

Australian anti-encryption laws, which give law enforcement access to computer data while executing warrants, enable media raids that bypass media protections

Journalist Julie K. Brown, whose work revealed Jeffrey Epstein's wildly lenient sentence for sex trafficking, on the importance of perseverance in investigation

like with harvey weinstein, the media, politicians, and other powerful elite knew about epstein's illegal behavior, but they choose to squash the story. this is what happens when publishers schmooze with politicians and business people. no separation from the media and the rest of the world that the media should be investigating.

reactions associated with that mediagazer link:

Vicky Ward / @vickypjward: In 2002, I was assigned to write a profile of Jeffrey Epstein for Vanity Fair. This was that piece. But what was published was far from the whole story.

Vicky Ward / The Daily Beast: I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003

Reporter Claims Vanity Fair Cut Details About Epstein's Alleged Sexual Abuse in 2003

16 to 17 years ago. i though that the media subscribed to the notion of truth to power or whatever the saying. what about the media being good for democracy by exposing the elites?

will the media criticize the media orgs that hid the epstein story last decade? it's easy to see why many people view the media orgs as being untrustworthy.

More reactions:

Sissi Cao / Observer: Can Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ‘Power Friends’ Get Him Out of Trouble—Again?

Sewell Chan / @sewellchan: When you support local news, you support democracy. Whether to a nonprofit newsroom like @CALmatters, a regional newspaper like @latimes, or a public radio station like @KPCC, please consider a news subscription or membership. It really matters.

is that because it took a local reporter to produce this most recent story about epstein while national rags squashed the story last decade?

Carole Cadwalladr / @carolecadwalla: This is a very damning thread. America may be facing a Jimmy Savile-style media reckoning

@womensmediacntr: As we've learned countless times before, a predator cannot succeed without a network behind him to silence victims and clean up the evidence. That network, too, needs to be brought to justice.

and it appears that some of that protection network includes media orgs.

Brian Gaar / @briangaar: A local newspaper took down Jeffrey Epstein — not Ronan Farrow, not Rachel Maddow, not the New York Times. Support your local newspaper.

sure, but the media orgs that chose not to report on epstein in the past need investigated.

A. Khaled / @lyserberg: It's important to note also that the NYT and columnists like Ronan Farrow strategically pick what stories to investigate. It acts almost like an auction. If the target is way too small, chances are it'll end up on the chopping block.

Niraj Warikoo / @nwarikoo: Top editor at Vanity Fair Graydon Carter killed all references to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of girls in 2003 story on him after Epstein and his supporters contacted Carter to get the references removed, says journalist who wrote the story

Brianna Wu / @briannawu: The most important thing you'll read today. Vanity Fair uncovered this in 2002, her male editors killed that part of the story. Powerful men protecting other powerful men from consequences.

Dame / @damemagazine: Remember that without journalists and a free press, this story would have never fully come to light. Kudos to @jkbjournalist and the @MiamiHerald.

uhh, journalists and the alleged "free press" prevented this story from being public 17 years earlier. it's not a 100 percent free press in the united states. a portion of our press is controlled by wealthy people who exist outside the media industry. like politics or government, our press can be bought.

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