Links and Notes - Fri, Aug 9, 2019

6:15 p.m.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Aug 9, 2019 5:52 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 82 F
Humidity : 37%
Wind Speed : W 8 mph
Barometer : 29.90 in
Dewpoint: 53 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Aug 9, 2019 5:53 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 82 F
Humidity : 34%
Wind Speed : WNW 15 mph
Wind Gust 21 mph
Barometer : 29.90 in
Dewpoint: 51 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Aug 9, 2019 5:55 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 78 F
Humidity : 47%
Wind Speed : WNW 7 mph
Barometer : 29.89 in
Dewpoint: 56 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

5:54 p.m.

An adult male American Robin (AMRO) foraged on our backyard. No youngsters. Most of the local nesting robins have left the neighborhood by now. They started departing in July.

1:24 p.m.

Today's weather is spectacular: sunny, low humidity, vivid blue, mostly clear sky, good breeze, comfortable temps. Jeep Fest occurs in downtown Toledo today, tomorrow, and Sunday, and the weather forecast is to be pleasant all weekend.

"Our" robins finally moved on, left us, during the past week. I have not been around much the previous three days. I saw robins still hanging around our home a week ago and maybe last weekend, but I don't remember seeing robins on our yard this week. Nothing today. I heard robins chirping while walking Barney this morning elsewhere in the neighborhood.

No robins, flickers, nor grackles foraged in our backyard today, which is odd and sad. The changing seasons. Night time insect song occurs now. Of course, the cicada song is good, especially in the evenings.

Some of the tomato plants have green fruit. Two Mondays ago, I first noticed the first blooms. This past Monday, I noticed the first green tomatoes forming.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Aug 9, 2019 12:52 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 80 F
Humidity : 39%
Wind Speed : W 16 mph
Wind Gust 21 mph
Barometer : 29.94 in
Dewpoint: 53 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Aug 9, 2019 12:53 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 80 F
Humidity : 37%
Wind Speed : W 18 mph
Barometer : 29.94 in
Dewpoint: 51 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Aug 9, 2019 12:57 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 77 F
Humidity : 50%
Wind Speed : W 8 mph
Barometer : 29.93 in
Dewpoint: 57 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 01:15 PM, Fri, Aug 09, 2019
Summary: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 79 F
Dew Point: 52 F
Humidity: 40 %
Wind Direction: West-Northwest
Wind Speed: 8 mph
Wind Gust: 9 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.91 inches
UV Index: High : 6.0
Cloud Cover: 51 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 166 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: North

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Aug 9, 2019 12:29 am

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind around 11 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Light and variable wind.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

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

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79.


this is bizarre, disturbing, and unsurprising.

Since debuting in May, Vice Media's astrology app Astro Guide has been downloaded 100,000 times; over half who try the free trial end up subscribing for $6/mo.


Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects.

Pseudoscience consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual, but are incompatible with the scientific method.

Pseudoscience is often characterized by contradictory, exaggerated or unfalsifiable claims; reliance on confirmation bias rather than rigorous attempts at refutation; lack of openness to evaluation by other experts; and absence of systematic practices when developing theories, and continued adherence long after they have been experimentally discredited.

The term pseudoscience is considered pejorative because it suggests something is being presented as science inaccurately or even deceptively.

From the article:

Like almost every other venture-backed digital media publisher, Vice Media is looking for ways to serve its most engaged readers. It’s found early signs of promise looking at the stars.

Since its launch on May 21, Astro Guide, a freemium astrology iPhone app, has been downloaded over 100,000 times, thanks to mentions in newsletters, promotion on Vice’s owned and operated properties as well as on social platforms, and word of mouth. A new marketing effort, which launched Aug. 8, will be concentrated on Facebook and Instagram, using insights gathered about what kinds of people have already downloaded the app.

Over 40% of Astro Guide’s users are Gen-Z, and over half the people who sign up for the app’s weeklong free trial end up becoming subscribers, paying $5.99 per month, said Michael Ouimette, senior director of emerging experiences at Vice Media.

Astrology has surged into the cultural mainstream among Gen-Z, and people appear more willing to spend money on it.

Vice has offered a daily horoscope since 2015, and since then, it has turned into one of the publisher’s most important types of content. The horoscopes attract an audience in the “millions,” on Vice’s sites, Ouimette said, without offering more specifics, and Astro Guide’s audience appears to have taken to it; a large sub-set of Astro Guide’s users open it seven days per week, Haik said.


But horoscopes have appeared in newspapers for decades.

Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’

If you're a good worker, papers don't matter': How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status

U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children

any ramifications for the businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants?

i'm shocked that the cesspool of the internet, twitter, can be toxic.

Actress Rosanna Arquette said Thursday the FBI advised her to make her Twitter account private after online critics lambasted her on Wednesday for tweeting that she was ashamed of being “white and privileged.”

Actress says she was targeted by “toxic and very vicious people” after tweeting she was ashamed of being white

why do journalists use the same platform silo, twitter, as white supremacists?

In her statement to TheWrap, Arquette detailed the “threatening and cruel” online response to her Wednesday tweet. “There are toxic and very vicious people on social media. Threatening and cruel,” Arquette said.

Gaffe-prone presidential hopeful Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday when he told a group of predominately Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”

Biden committed the stunning blunder while speaking about education at a town hall with the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, where he’s campaigning and fundraising for the 2020 Democratic primary.

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it,” Biden said at the event, according to video of his remarks.

“Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids,” he added.

Biden almost immediately went into damage control mode, quickly adding: “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

"Huge record cache details how Jeffrey Epstein, madam lured girls into depraved world"

Anger as grinning Trump gives thumbs-up while Melania holds El Paso orphan

FBI Ranks ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda, White Supremacists: Leaked Documents

Leaked FBI documents indicate "black identity extremists" and animal rights activists are among the agency's top counterterrorism priorities under President Donald Trump.

Twitter unlocks Mitch McConnell campaign account after two-day standoff

boo hoo for netflix. five years from now, it may be a shell of itself, assuming that it still exists.

With a subscriber miss, ballooning costs, rivals circling, and a dire need for more in-house hits, Netflix is looking like the entertainment giants it disrupted

it will only get worse for netflix from here on as more of the bigs enter the video streaming market.

when the founder of netflix dismissed the need for net neutrality two years ago because he admitted that netflix was big enough that it could pay for "lanes" if a metered internet occurred some day.

in other words, it's another example of an asshole founder in tech saying, "fuck you. i have mine."

the netflix founder was for net neutrality back around 2011 or 2012 when netflix was much smaller. but when netflix got huge, then the founder no longer cared about net neutrality. no great harm if netflix disappears.

i only watch a few shows on netflix, the same ones repleatedly. house of cards, narcos, peaky blinders, and shetland. i think all or most of those are netflix originals.

this year, i have watched more youtube on our roku tv than netflix.

i'm back in the watercolor painting phase again, and i've been watching youtube videos on the subject over our tv.

John Finnegan / @johnfinnegan247: “We don't make a lot of money when we do a deal at Netflix now,” gripes one producer with a show at the streamer. “They're not throwing around cash the way they used to.” Everyone wants the Netflix deal nowadays. Food for thought. ...
Matthew Belloni / @thrmattbelloni: By this time next year, NETFLIX, which is already losing US subscribers, will have FOUR new and very well-funded competitors. A look at this moment of truth for the dominant streamer. ...
Alex Hernandez / Techaeris: Disney+ streaming service will cost US$12.99 a month, includes Hulu and ESPN+
Dare Obasanjo / @carnage4life: Studios pulling their content from Netflix to build their own streaming services isn't disruption, it's competition. While some competitors will have a compelling package (Disney+ Hulu bundle) a bunch of them simply aren't long term viable (CBS, NBC, etc) ...
Jason Falter / Techaeris: Disney+: Can Netflix survive the latest entrant into the streaming wars?
Rahul Puri / @rahulpuri: I like this a lot. It's a crucial year for @netflix with plenty of big streaming competition hitting the market. That and missing subs numbers has them under a load of pressure. ...

this does not apply to me thankfully. ditto for tv too, since i only watch the nfl, mainly the cleveland browns on over-the-air tv.

Study: 46% of adult social media users say they're worn out by the number of political posts and discussions seen on social media, up 9 points from summer 2016

Sources: Trump's draft executive order calls for new FCC regulations narrowing CDA Section 230 protections for social media platforms when they suppress content