Links and Notes - Mon, Aug 26, 2019

4:56 p.m.

Definitely not a summer afternoon. It feels like fall.

This afternoon has contained heavy overcast skies, low light, breezy at times, occasional rain with varying intensities from light to moderate.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Aug 26, 2019 3:52 pm EDT
Weather : Light Rain
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 84%
Wind Speed : W 6 mph
Barometer : 29.92 in
Dewpoint: 63 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Aug 26, 2019 3:53 pm EDT
Weather : Light Rain Fog/Mist
Temperature : 66 F
Humidity : 97%
Wind Speed : SE 14 mph
Barometer : 29.94 in
Dewpoint: 65 F
Visibility : 2.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Aug 26, 2019 4:39 pm EDT
Weather : Rain
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 90%
Wind Speed : SE 8 mph
Barometer : 29.91 in
Dewpoint: 65 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 04:45 PM, Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Summary: Drizzle
Air Temp: 67 F
Dew Point: 63 F
Humidity: 90 %
Wind Direction: Southeast
Wind Speed: 7 mph
Wind Gust: 8 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.92 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 3.0
Cloud Cover: 99 % : Cloudy
Precip Probability: 100 %
Precip Intensity: 0.009 : Very Light
Precip Type: rain
Visibility: 6.034 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: Precip is occurring over or near this location.
Nearest Precip Bearing:

2:01 p.m.

Weather conditions:

12:20 p.m.

Low, overcast sky. Low light. Needed to turn on the computer room overhead lights. Too dark inside. Light rain fell.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Aug 26, 2019 11:52 am EDT
Weather : Rain
Temperature : 64 F
Humidity : 84%
Wind Speed : ESE 5 mph
Barometer : 29.99 in
Dewpoint: 59 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Aug 26, 2019 11:53 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : SSE 13 mph
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 58 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Aug 26, 2019 11:55 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 70 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : SSE 9 mph
Barometer : 29.99 in
Dewpoint: 57 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 12:15 PM, Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Summary: Drizzle
Air Temp: 70 F
Dew Point: 58 F
Humidity: 65 %
Wind Direction: Southeast
Wind Speed: 7 mph
Wind Gust: 12 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.98 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 5.0
Cloud Cover: 77 % : Mostly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 100 %
Precip Intensity: 0.009 : Very Light
Precip Type: rain
Visibility: 8.685 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: Precip is occurring over or near this location.
Nearest Precip Bearing:

11:28 a.m.

It has clouded over. Low cloudiness. Low light. Rain is nearby, moving up from the south-southwest. We might experience occasional rain showers for the rest of the day.

Today: Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 72. Southeast wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

For Monroe County today:

Lakeshore Hazard Message
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
430 AM EDT Mon Aug 26 2019

430 AM EDT Mon Aug 26 2019


The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a
Lakeshore Flood Warning, which is in effect from 8 AM this
morning to 10 PM EDT this evening. A Beach Hazards Statement has
also been issued. This Beach Hazards Statement for dangerous swim
conditions is in effect from 8 AM EDT this morning through this


A Lakeshore Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or
imminent along the lake. Residents on or near the shore in the
warned area should be alert for rising water...and take
appropriate action to protect life and property.

Children should not enter the water unsupervised and without a
certified flotation device. Caution should be used when in or
near the water. Pay attention to flags and signs posted near
beach access points and lifeguard stations.

To learn more about dangerous waves and currents please visit

10:37 a.m.

Partly cloudy, breezy, comfy-cool morning.

We have experienced "cool" weather, since last Thursday. Mon, Tue, and Wed of last week were warm and humid. Actually, Tue and Wed were hot and humid with temps around 90 or in the low 90s and with dew points ranging between 68 to 72 degrees.

Pleasant, September-like weather continues to be forecast for the next seven days, at least. High temps in the 70s to low 80s. Lows in the 50s and 60s. Great weather. Not hot. Not cold. Just right.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Aug 26, 2019 9:52 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : W 7 mph
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 55 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Aug 26, 2019 9:53 am EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 67 F
Humidity : 68%
Wind Speed : ESE 15 mph
Barometer : 30.01 in
Dewpoint: 56 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Aug 26, 2019 10:15 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 69 F
Humidity : 61%
Wind Speed : SE 8 mph
Barometer : 30.00 in
Dewpoint: 55 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 10:30 AM, Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Summary: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 70 F
Dew Point: 57 F
Humidity: 62 %
Wind Direction: Southeast
Wind Speed: 8 mph
Wind Gust: 8 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 30.01 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 3.0
Cloud Cover: 61 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 19 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: South-Southwest

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Aug 26, 2019 9:39 am

Today: Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 72. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Showers, mainly before 1am. Low around 66. South wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Scattered showers before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 3pm, then scattered showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Scattered showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Rain today through Sunday, with high temperatures rising to 82°F on Friday.

Mon, Aug 26, 2019 - Rain throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 89 %. Low temp 67 at 12:00 AM. High temp 72 at 12:00 PM. Dew point 59. Humidity 75. Apparent high temp 72. Wind: South-Southeast at 10 mph. Sunrise: 06:55 AM. Sunset: 08:19 PM. Moon: 0.87 = Waining Crescent.

Tue, Aug 27, 2019 - Possible light rain in the morning and afternoon. Cloud cover: Mostly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 87 %. Low temp 60 at 07:00 AM. High temp 80 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 68. Humidity 85. Apparent high temp 83. Wind: South-Southwest at 13 mph. Sunrise: 06:56 AM. Sunset: 08:18 PM. Moon: 0.91 = Waining Crescent.

Wed, Aug 28, 2019 - Partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 8 %. Low temp 57 at 07:00 AM. High temp 77 at 04:00 PM. Dew point 57. Humidity 71. Apparent high temp 77. Wind: West-Southwest at 10 mph. Sunrise: 06:57 AM. Sunset: 08:16 PM. Moon: 0.94 = Waining Crescent.

Thu, Aug 29, 2019 - Partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Clear. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 1 %. Low temp 69 at 07:00 AM. High temp 76 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 57. Humidity 71. Apparent high temp 76. Wind: West-Southwest at 9 mph. Sunrise: 06:58 AM. Sunset: 08:14 PM. Moon: 0.98 = Waining Crescent.

Fri, Aug 30, 2019 - Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 5 %. Low temp 61 at 07:00 AM. High temp 82 at 03:00 PM. Dew point 61. Humidity 65. Apparent high temp 83. Wind: West at 12 mph. Sunrise: 06:59 AM. Sunset: 08:13 PM. Moon: 0.02 = Waxing Crescent.

Sat, Aug 31, 2019 - Possible drizzle overnight. Cloud cover: Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 21 %. Low temp 59 at 08:00 AM. High temp 75 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 55. Humidity 61. Apparent high temp 75. Wind: North at 5 mph. Sunrise: 07:00 AM. Sunset: 08:11 PM. Moon: 0.06 = Waxing Crescent.

Sun, Sep 01, 2019 - Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 46 %. Low temp 58 at 07:00 AM. High temp 73 at 04:00 PM. Dew point 56. Humidity 70. Apparent high temp 73. Wind: North at 6 mph. Sunrise: 07:01 AM. Sunset: 08:09 PM. Moon: 0.1 = Waxing Crescent.

area forecast discussion
national weather service cleveland oh
725 am edt mon aug 26 2019

as low pressure moves across south-central canada, a warm front
will lift north across the local area tonight. as the low
reaches ontario a cold front will cross northern ohio/nw pa
tuesday night into wednesday morning. high pressure will then
move across the ohio valley for thursday.


.near term /through tuesday/...
no changes with this early morning update. clouds will thicken
with time today, but likely not before east two thirds warm well
into the 70s/close to 80. previous discussion follows.

the stretch of fair weather will be broken this afternoon across
the i-75 corridor with scattered showers reaching across western
ohio. across north-central oh to western pa, drying southeast
flow will make it a struggle for the showers to make much
eastward progress until tonight. warm front lifts north
overnight. will continue to see some showers and have worded
them as isolated/scattered amidst increasing low level jet. the
upper low closes off across ontario tomorrow slowing the
surface cold fronts progress. it is expected to reach northwest
oh mid afternoon tuesday and slowly move east through the
remainder of the day. can expect some thunderstorms with peak
heating along the front.

temperatures will be seasonable today and tuesday with highs
generally in the upper 70s. breezy southwest winds will give
the possibility of reaching 80 across the downslope area of
cleveland and erie pa. mild tonight in the low/mid 60s and a
breeze continuing.


.short term /tuesday night through thursday night/...
short term period begins with a large upper level trough
situated over the upper midwest and a line of showers and
thunderstorms propagating east through ohio. weak thermodynamics
and kinematics will keep the threat for severe weather and
flooding very low with this. precipitation expected to exit the
cwa by wednesday morning will the cold front following. as the
upper level trough exits the region, weak high pressure builds
in from the southwest, bringing in an airmass characterized by
temperatures in the 70s and dew points in the 50s. aside from
some light lake effect precipitation and cloudiness in ne oh and
nw pa, pops and cloud coverage will be low on wednesday and


.long term /friday through sunday/...
weak high pressure will dissipate as it propagates east towards
the mid-atlantic. friday should be very similar to thursday as
weak southerly winds develop, allowing temperatures to be a few
degrees warmer than thursday and dew points to creep back into
the 60s. there is still quite a bit of uncertainty regarding
precipitation this weekend. models bring in weakly forced
systems with various timing this weekend with, scattered showers
and thunderstorms showing up as early as friday night.
currently have low pops friday night through sunday night until
model guidance can converge onto a better solution.


.aviation /12z monday through friday/...
little change with this round of tafs. with high pressure east
of the region now, southeast flow will increase today and bring
deeper moisture to the western terminals along with showers for
later this afternoon. there will be sharp cutoff to the mvfr
conditions and those further east that will hang on to the vfr
conditions (especially with the southeast downslope flow). it
will not be until after 00z tue that the non-vfr conditions will
begin to spread eastward but struggle to make it all the way
east until after 06z tue. showers will be most widespread for
tol/fdy late this afternoon/early evening, but become more
scattered as they shift eastward tonight. very limited thunder
threat. southeast winds will gust 20 to 25 knots today and
likely carry on like that through tonight. stronger winds to 30
knots for eri tonight.

outlook...areas of non-vfr monday night through tuesday night,
lingering across far eastern oh/nw pa into wednesday.


current observations are showing southeast winds of 10 to 20
knots, with strongest winds in the western basin of lake erie.
deciding not to issue small craft advisory as the
alongshore/offshore wind component is less favorable for wave
development. upper level shortwave trough will move northeast
from southern plains this morning to il/in area by this evening.
this will weaken the surface high pressure currently centered
over southern quebec as it slowly drifts east. moisture from the
southern plains and souther mississippi valley will be advected
into our region, allowing widespread precipitation to develop
and overcome the area this afternoon and spread eastward. a very
strong 40 knot low level jet at 925mb will allow strong
southerly winds to develop over the lake late tonight. currently
have up to 25 knots of southerly flow over the lake between 00z
and 18z tuesday but this could certainly be higher depending on
how deep the marine boundary layer becomes. if the boundary
layer can tap into that 40 knot jet, could possibly have
sustained winds of 30 knots with max gusts of 40 knots late
tonight. a large upper level trough over the upper great plains
digs down into the midwest and moves east through the region on
tuesday and wednesday. this will force a line of showers and
thunderstorms to move east through the area tuesday evening into
early wednesday morning ahead of eastward propagating cold
front. west to southwest flow of up to 15 to 20 knots is
expected to develop wednesday afternoon/night. small craft
advisory may be needed, especially for nearshore zones east of


.cle watches/warnings/advisories...


near term...oudeman
short term...saunders
long term...saunders


"DNC Seeks to Avoid 2016 Repeat, But Some Fear It’s Gone Too Far"

Bernie Sanders railed against a “rigged” Democratic primary during the 2016 election, but as he campaigns this year, his team has no complaints.

That’s because the Democratic National Committee has taken pains to fix the problems that some said plagued the last nominating process. There have been broad changes to the party’s rules on debates and superdelegates, reforms to make its operations more transparent and responsive to the grassroots and continuing efforts by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and his staff to be neutral.

“The process has been fair,” said Jeff Weaver, a longtime top aide to Sanders who served on the DNC committee that spent the two years after the election working to improve the primaries for 2020. “It has not been designed to disadvantage someone, which is not something you could say last time.”

"“He’s Full of Shit”: How Elon Musk Fooled Investors, Bilked Taxpayers, and Gambled Tesla to Save SolarCity"

this is imbecilic. it's easy to be disconnected. don't take a phone.

"The fantasy of being disconnected"

"In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing something similar, outside the law."

U.S. tech companies are building a Chinese-style social credit system (

"The opposite of journalism: CNN is encouraging government officials to lie"

mega media whining. this tactic is old. it's done by everyone for whatever reasons.

this story or episode is sensationalism, hyperbole, and fear-mongering. yawn.

"Sources: pro-Trump operatives have collected dossiers of damaging old social media posts by journalists and are releasing them in response to critical coverage"

Hey, maybe if you all stopped treating this stuff as news when it's directed at others, you wouldn't have this problem in which it's treated as news when it's directed at you.

I've said before, you could avoid so many problems in journalism if news outlets just had one rule: never make any decisions based on worries about "perception." If you followed that rule, a scheme like this would be toothless, and the people doing it would know that.

This is a very strangely written piece. If you don’t want to be criticized for anti-Semitic tweets, don’t write anti-Semitic tweets. I was in college isn’t a defense, sorry.

Hold yourself to the same standards you hold others! It’s all about double standards or no standard for @nytimes. It’s crushing their credibility. Very ugly response & bad look for Times trying to cover for their editor’s anti-Semitism & racism.

"NYT editor deletes ‘be less anti-Semitic’ tweet, apologizes"

"Investigation: federal agencies, including the DOJ, have sent employees article links to white nationalist and conspiracy-oriented publishers over past 2 years "

"Boston Globe partners with Boston University as it launches a hyperlocal section on Newton, a Boston suburb, to attract subscribers; BU writers will be unpaid"

Boston Globe lauded for journalism innovation by hiring unpaid interns to cover the ignored suburbs.

"It is time for April Ryan and CNN to comment about Ryan's bodyguard manhandling a reporter, or they will relinquish their standing as First Amendment champions"

"April Ryan comments about her bodyguard manhandling a reporter, without apologizing, says “I didn't know what was going on or said. I was on stage at the time.”"

"CNN personality fires bodyguard charged with assaulting NJ journalist"

"A look at The Philadelphia Inquirer, three years into nonprofit ownership, as low morale persists after newsroom buyouts and a lack of pay raises"

"A graphic look at a columnist's web activity during a typical workday shows how websites track users; news sites used the most tracking resources"

Antonio Garca Martnez / @antoniogm: On the one hand, it's good the NYT is finally delineating the actually sketchy data brokers (and their own part in it). On the other, this technology is, what, ten years old now? That's the tech/journo gap: a decade (which is a century in tech years).
Samuel Scott / @samueljscott: “Everything you do online is logged in obscene detail. This is happening every day, all the time, and the only reason we're OK with it is that it's happening behind the scenes. If we all had pictures like this, we might revolt.”
Susan Fowler / @susanthesquark: Just insane. If these companies followed us around in person the way they follow us around online, this kind of tracking would be (if not now, soon) illegal.
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: Folks working on the NYT Privacy Project had an idea for me: let's track everything Farhad does online! Er, OK. I've got nothing at all to hide! So, here's a graphic look at all the advertising trackers that swarm my online life. And yours, too.
David Carroll / @profcarroll: If people could see the extent of the surveillance I think they would be shocked. #TheGreatHack #DataRights
Nadieh Bremer / @nadiehbremer: NEW! 🎉 Still can't believe it, but I got to work with the New York Times to create a #DataViz for their Opinion section!! happy dance Read about the insane amount of digital trackers you gather when you browse, well, anywhere... @nytopinion

"Scottish-built floating tidal turbine 'world's most powerful'"

"Jakarta Is Crowded And Sinking, So Indonesia Is Moving Its Capital To Borneo"

"Why 500 million bees have died in Brazil in three months"

More than 500 million bees have died in Brazil in the last three months.

In the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 400 million dead bees were found - with beekeepers in four states reporting the mass deaths.

Researchers have blamed the use of pesticides - chemical substances which are used to kill pests.

Bees have a really important role in the food chain - with around one-third of the food we eat relying on pollination mainly by bees.

These include fruits and vegetables such as avocados, broccoli and cherries.

The main cause of death for these bees has been the use of pesticides containing products that are banned in Europe, such as neonicotinoids and fipronil.

The use of pesticides in Brazil has increased, according to Greenpeace, with 193 products containing chemicals banned in the EU being registered in Brazil in the last three years.

"Brazil fires prompt 'prayers' for Amazon rainforest"

"Amazon fires: G7 to release funds for fire-fighting planes"

In the photo, the candidate wore a colorful Fair Isle patterned jumper. Here's a comment to the news article.

August 26th, 2019 7:22
Beatrice, wearing a Fair Isle sweater is just not going to cut it. I can understand you wearing one for those in Shetland in solidarity wuth those in fuel poverty due to you and your Party’s love- in with Tory austerity ( 2010-15) and attacking the poor, whilst supporting the banks! Hypocrite.

Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie opened a new eco-friendly shop in Bolts shopping centre on Friday.

Why Waste? promotes eco-friendly and zero-waste products, and is the conception of owner Natasha Maltby, who previously opened a ethical eco pop-up shop in the same space last year.

Ms Maltby has sourced eco-friendly products such as re-usable sandwich wraps, stainless steel straws and bamboo toothbrushes to help Shetlanders to cut down on their plastic pollution.

She said that the refill station, which allows customers to refill bottles with items such as washing detergent, deodorant and toilet cleaner, had garnered interest already.

blade editorial board agrees that the u.s. should purchase greenland.

Things I Learnt from a Senior Software Engineer (

I love my paper dictionary (2017) (

Ask HN: Best Blogging Platform

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection (

3-Way Lead as Dem 2020 Picture Shifts

Sanders and Warren rise; Biden drops — West Long Branch, NJ - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President Joe Biden are currently bunched together in the national Democratic presidential preference contest.

"Why Journalists' Old Tweets Are Fair Game for Trump"

who implied that journalists' old tweets were off limits? this is the world. for 20 years, people have said that the internet has a long memory. people have suggested that if you don't want something to come back to bite you, then don't post it on the internet/web.

"Breitbart burned the New York Times. And the Times really doesn't like it."

"Journalists Are Having A Meltdown Over Journalism Being Done To Them"

"The antisemitism and racism of a NYT editor exposed"

"Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York "

"Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million for its role in Oklahoma's opioid crisis"

the media failed at their jobs more than 15 years ago, regarding epstein and harvey weinstein.

"Professor Forced to Resign Because He Supports Antifa"

By punishing Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College has dealt a blow to free speech. — In yet another example of campuses prioritizing nebulous safety concerns over free speech, a community college has pushed a professor to resign for stating his alignment with antifa.

WTF? media whining.

"The Al Franken Case Shows We're Asking Journalism to Do Too Much"

"Ted Kennedy died 10 years ago. It's time for liberals, and America, to reassess his life and crimes"

"The Three Most Viral Photos of the Amazon Fire Are Fake. Here Are Some Real Ones to Share."

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most prominent celebrities sharing outdated photos of the Amazon on fire.

Two other widely shared photos were also misleading. French president Emmanuel Macron, who has pushed one of the firmest responses to the fire from an international leader, tweeted an image by photographer Loren McIntyre, who died in 2003. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, whose 181 million Instagram followers make him the most popular user on the platform, shared an image shot by Lauro Alves for Getty in 2013, according to a caption accompanying the image on the Baltimore Sun‘s website.

"Why Everything They Say About The Amazon, Including That It's The "Lungs Of The World," Is Wrong"

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” said actor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.

And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.

To their credit, CNN and New York Times debunked the photos and other misinformation about the fires. “Deforestation is neither new nor limited to one nation,” explained CNN. “These fires were not caused by climate change,” noted The Times.

But both publications repeated the claim that the Amazon is the “lungs” of the world. “The Amazon remains a net source of oxygen today,” said CNN. “The Amazon is often referred to as Earth’s ‘lungs,’ because its vast forests release oxygen and store carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is a major cause of global warming,” claimed The New York Times.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.

“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

What about The New York Times claim that “If enough rain forest is lost and can’t be restored, the area will become savanna, which doesn’t store as much carbon, meaning a reduction in the planet’s ‘lung capacity’”?

Also not true, said Nepstad, who was a lead author of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. “The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen, but so do soy farms and [cattle] pastures.”

But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”

While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

One of Brazil’s leading environmental journalists agrees that media coverage of the fires has been misleading. “It was under [Workers Party President] Lula and [Environment Secretary] Marina Silva (2003-2008) that Brazil had the highest incidence of burning,” Leonardo Coutinho told me over email. “But neither Lula nor Marina was accused of putting the Amazon at risk.”

it appears that the amazon fires story of the past week has been sensationalized and butchered by social media goons, politicians, and journalists. good one. this harms whatever causes these people were concerned about.

Coutinho’s perspective was shaped by reporting on the ground in the Amazon for Veja, Brazil’s leading news magazine, for nearly a decade. By contrast, many of the correspondents reporting on the fires have been doing so from the cosmopolitan cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which are 2,500 miles and four hours by jet plane away.

“What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”

And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fires have.

“What hurts me most is the bare idea of the millions of Notre-Dames, high cathedrals of terrestrial biodiversity, burning to the ground,” a Brazilian journalist wrote in the New York Times.

But the Amazon forest’s high cathedrals aren’t doing that. “I saw the photo Macron and Di Caprio tweeted,” said Nepstad, “but you don’t see forests burning like that in the Amazon.”

Amazon forest fires are hidden by the tree canopy and only increase during drought years. “We don’t know if there are any more forest fires this year than in past years, which tells me there probably isn’t,” Nepstad said. “I’ve been working on studying those fires for 25 years and our [on-the-ground] networks are tracking this.”

Against the picture painted of an Amazon forest on the verge of disappearing, a full 80% remains standing. Half of the Amazon is protected against deforestation under federal law.

“Few stories in the first wave of media coverage mentioned the dramatic drop in deforestation in Brazil in the 2000s,” noted former New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, who wrote a 1990 book, The Burning Season, about the Amazon, and is now Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability at The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Deforestation declined a whopping 70% from 2004 to 2012. It has risen modestly since then but remains at one-quarter its 2004 peak. And just 3% of the Amazon is suitable for soy farming.

Both the international pressure and the government’s over-reaction is increasing resentment among the very people in Brazil environmentalists need to win over in order to save the Amazon: forests and ranchers.

“Macron’s tweet had the same impact on Bolsonaro’s base as Hillary calling Trump’s base deplorable,” said Nepstad. “There’s outrage at Macron in Brazil. The Brazilians want to know why California gets all this sympathy for its forest fires and while Brazil gets all this finger-pointing.”

“I don’t mind the media frenzy as long as it leaves something positive,” said Nepstad, but it has instead forced the Brazilian government to over-react. “Sending in the army is not the way to go because it’s not all illegal actors. People forget that there are legitimate reasons for small farmers to use controlled burns to knock back insects and pests.”

The reaction from foreign media, global celebrities, and NGOs in Brazil stems from a romantic anti-capitalism common among urban elites, say Nepstad and Coutinho. “There’s a lot of hatred of agribusiness,” said Nepstad. “I’ve had colleagues say, ‘Soy beans aren’t food.’ I said, ‘What does your kid eat? Milk, chicken, eggs? That’s all soy protein fed to poultry.’”

“One of the grand challenges facing newsrooms covering complicated emergent, enduring issues like tropical deforestation,” said journalist Revkin, “is finding ways to engage readers without histrionics. The alternative is ever more whiplash journalism — which is the recipe for reader disengagement.”

bogus reporting by cnn?

the flip side of the same coin that hosts cnn.

"Journalism is not an identity. Journalism is an action. It is something you do. If you go out and gather true facts and write them in a true and readable way, you have done journalism."

the definition of journalism.

back to the questionable post:

Just yesterday a guest on Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” (pause for laughter) program literally claimed right in front of him that Trump is responsible for more deaths than Hitler, Stalin and Mao without one ounce of pushback from the host, but sure, how about another lecture about responsible “journalism”!

Retired NFL fullback Le’Ron McClain took to Twitter Saturday to plead for help dealing with head and brain troubles he said have resulted from playing football.

In a series of emotional and expletive-filled tweets, McClain said his brain is tired and he needs to get his “head checked.”

“Need to tell my story of how my head is crazy and how football did it,” McClain wrote. “Please someone help me get this out the @NFL puts paperwork in out (sic) faces and thats it.”

Reports show an increasing number of retired NFL players who have suffered repetitive hits to the head have developed memory and cognitive issues such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative disease of the brain and is associated with repeated head traumas like concussions.

but the nfl insists that every team plays at least one game on thursday after playing on the previous sunday. and the nfl is once again considering the idea of adding more teams to the playoffs.

uh, yeah.

Bernie Sanders on his plans to reform the media if elected president, including a moratorium on major mergers and giving staff the option to purchase outlets

David Uberti / VICE: Bernie Sanders Thinks We May Want to Tax Silicon Valley to Save Journalism
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / @rasmus_kleis: Media policy heating up: “We must...explore new ways to empower media organizations to collectively bargain” with tech companies, @BernieSanders writes, “and we should consider taxing targeted ads and using the revenue to fund nonprofit civic-minded media”
Jeff Stein / @jstein_wapo: .@SenSanders plan 4 the media: - Substantially increase public support 4 local news; - Immediate moratorium on corporate media mergers; - Limit # of stations that corporations can own; - @davidcicilline bill to let news orgs bargain vs tech monopolies
David Sirota / @davidsirota: BIG NEWS: @BernieSanders becomes the first and only 2020 candidate to release a comprehensive plan to rebuild media, protect journalism & defend the free press from Wall Street, corporate influence, billionaire moguls and Donald Trump. Read about it here.
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer: 🚨 The future of media hits the campaign trail: Today, Bernie Sanders in an op-ed for @CJR: “My Administration will put in place policies that will reform the media industry and better protect independent journalism at both the local and national levels.”
Dr. Steven W. Thrasher / @thrasherxy: @BernieSanders @CJR @nbj914 @PacificStand 12/x As 2020 nears, if journos don't try to create a society in which they themselves (& the profession) can exist, then they themselves (& the profession) will be relegated to more consolidation, less autonomy & less freedom—as @BernieSanders outlines
Cara Korte / @carakorte: .@BernieSanders pens @CJR op-ed on the, “decimation of journalism.” Says corporate sponsors and president Trump have led to the degradation of “real journalism.” A Sanders admin would fight telecom mergers (Ie CBS/Viacom)
Dr. Steven W. Thrasher / @thrasherxy: 1/x Short thread on why all journalists ought to read @BernieSanders' (very good) @CJR essay: “we do not have enough real journalism in America right now is because many outlets are being gutted by the same forces of greed that are pillaging our economy. ”