Links and Notes - Fri, Feb 7, 2020

1:51 p.m

Light snow began falling late yesterday afternoon and continued into the yesterday evening. Light snow fell this morning until around 10:00 a.m. We received a total additional accumulation of one-inch of fluffy snow that piled onto the two inches that we received the night before.

Barney and I walked from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. this morning. Light snow fell for at least half of the walk. It was an overcast morning with some breeze and the steady light snow falling. The neighborhood roads were snow covered. Of course, the ground was already snow covered. It was a nice scene. We have received little snow this winter season. That's why two to three inches of snow looks great. Normally by early February, such a snowfall would be ho-hum.

The sky cleared late this morning, giving way to lots of sunshine. The sky is still sunny with some scattered clouds. The sunshine quickly melted the fluffy snow that fell this morning.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 7, 2020 12:52 pm EST
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 33 F
Humidity : 61%
Wind Speed : WNW 14 mph
Barometer : 29.62 in
Dewpoint: 21 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 23 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 7, 2020 12:53 pm EST
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 32 F
Humidity : 66%
Wind Speed : NW 17 mph
Barometer : 29.63 in
Dewpoint: 22 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 21 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 7, 2020 1:36 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 32 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : NW 9 mph
Barometer : 29.64 in
Dewpoint: 21 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 24 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Feb 7, 2020 1:07 pm

This Afternoon: Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday: A chance of snow showers between 11am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Snow likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Sunday Night: Snow likely before 8pm, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday: A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Southeast Wyoming region:

National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
312 AM MST Fri Feb 7 2020


Sierra Madre Range-Snowy Range-
Including the cities of Centennial and Albany
312 AM MST Fri Feb 7 2020



If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

National Weather Service Riverton WY
616 AM MST Fri Feb 7 2020

...High Wind Warning for Sweetwater County today...

.Strong winds aloft and a tight surface pressure gradient will
combine for high winds across Sweetwater County through Friday.

Rock Springs and Green River-Flaming Gorge-East Sweetwater County-
Including the cities of Rock Springs, Green River, and Wamsutter
616 AM MST Fri Feb 7 2020



Use caution if traveling. Please keep two hands on your steering
wheel in case of a sudden, strong wind gust. In a parking lot,
park into the wind to minimize the possibility of your car door
hitting another parked vehicle.

This is for Colorado. Apparently, it does not include any areas in southeast Wyoming.

151 PM MST THU FEB 06 2020





I subscribe to the email newsletter called "Local Fix" that covers local media. This was included in today's email.

Local Fix: Election reporting, CMS destiny, Newsroom HR Policies

One Good Idea: Talk to Voters

Last week The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer released a massive project on the 2020 election called Journey Across the 100. Over six months, journalists from McClatchy traveled to all 100 counties in North Carolina and asked hundreds of residents what they care about. This kind of election reporting, grounded in community and people, is vital. Robyn Tomlin, executive editor for the southeast region for McClatchy, shared on Twitter and in a follow-up interview in the email newsletter NC Local that this work shows how community concerns in swing states are far more nuanced then they’re often conveyed. “One of the biggest lessons for all media from 2016 was about the importance of on-the-ground listening,” Tomlin said in NC Local. “We're trying to embed that into all of our political coverage efforts this year.” Go explore the project and get inspired to do your own people-first election coverage.

North Carolina contains millions of residents, and some kind of reporting project spoke with hundreds of people.

But the disturbingly moronic part is that the above implies that after the 2016 general election, the media learned that it should talk to people. What in the hell has U.S. journalism been doing for the past 200 years?

“One of the biggest lessons for all media from 2016 was about the importance of on-the-ground listening," ...

Huh? Isn't that taught in journalism schools? The media only learned about this idea after 2016. !?!?!?

Also from that email newsletter:

"CMS is Destiny"

As the technology to tell stories has changed rapidly, so have the tools to actually produce and share those stories. Content management systems are a necessary evil of journalism. There are many many horror stories, as Kristen Hare shares in Poynter, of terrible CMSes that make life harder for everyone, from reporter to community member trying to read a piece.

I agree that the procedure to publish a story should be as simple as sending an email. That's how it is for me. Actually, the process of creating and updating content here at by using my web-based static site generator Wren is easier than sending an email.

But that's for a personal website. I don't need to place my content into a holding area for an editor to view. Then I don't need to review the editor's corrections. And so on.

When I read about CMSes used at media orgs, the descriptions sound nightmarish. Do they need that much complexity to post content that is mainly text to the web? They are not creating dozens of Snowfall-type articles everyday.

Media people create email newsletters. Some journalists may have maintained a blog back in the aught years. These experiences enlighten journalists as to how easy it is to post content to the internet (web and email).

From the above paragraph that came from the email newsletter:

... terrible CMSes that make life harder for everyone, from reporter to community member trying to read a piece ...

The CMS is responsible for making life hard for the reporter to create and update content. Those hardships exist due to programming designs.

But for the readers, that's web design that exists outside of the CMS. Even though my so-called CMS is simple to use for creating and updating content, I could make the resulting HTML pages use a bloated, atrocious design that makes the text hard to read.

The programming and features for the create and update process are separate from the design choices that I make for the readers.

Don't blame the CMS for media orgs creating reader-hostile websites.

More from the newsletter:

While a CMS is the vehicle for a news outlet to share reporting, there is not one silver bullet solution that is a perfect fit for all organizations with differing workflow and resource realities. Some organizations with more resources have developed their own CMSes to license out to others as another revenue stream like the Washington Post’s Arc Publishing and Vox Media’s Chorus. But what about organizations that don’t have that bandwidth and tech talent? The Institute for Nonprofit News maintains its own WordPress framework, and there are also collaborations in the works between the News Revenue Hub, WordPress, the Google News Initiative, and more partners to develop CMSes for newsrooms of different sizes, budgets, and technological savviness.

That's great, but that does not mean that the resulting websites accessed by READERS and maybe paying customers will more like instead of abominations like

CMS-related links from that email newsletter: - The WordPress Framework for News Websites

The Iowa debacle continues. I wonder if Sullivan still considers it a "technical snag?"

5 Takeaways From The Caucuses' Near-Tie

At this point, it's pretty much time to move on.

The New Hampshire primary is days away, and the results out of the Iowa Democratic caucuses are still in question.

The Associated Press, which NPR and lots of other news organizations rely on to call winners and losers, said it will not be calling the race at this point, despite all votes being in, because of irregularities in the vote count.

"[T]here is evidence the party has not accurately tabulated some of its results, including those released late Thursday that the party reported as complete," the AP said Thursday night, as the final results rolled in.

The Iowa mess may continue, but as the political world's focus shifts to New Hampshire, we can say this — Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie in Iowa; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren finished third, several points behind; and former Vice President Joe Biden was fourth, with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on his heels.

And Pete is polling well in NH. Last summer, I considered him the only candidate who I would support if I was a registered voter. And he would be the only candidate who I would volunteer to help with campaigning. Buttigieg is the only presidential candidate who could make me register as a voter again. That was my thinking last summer. It's good to see that he is doing well at least in Iowa and NH. It could all crash to a halt for Pete after NH.

This reporting by NPR seems bizarre:

The impact of the Iowa mess is clearly biggest on Buttigieg. Look at it this way — when this campaign began, people couldn't pronounce his name; he was far down in the polls; and he's gay. Yet Buttigieg finished in a virtual tie with Sanders, who is as well-known a politician as anyone in the country.

What does being gay have to do with anything? Why would the reporter feel the need to mention that. Do NPR reporters mention the sexual prefs for the other candidates?

And what about the candidates who did so poorly in the polls that they dropped out of the race before Iowa? And what about the candidates who did terrible in the Iowa contest? For these candidates who have abandoned ship or will soon drop out of the race, does blame belong to their sexual preferences?

What kind of whack job reporting is NPR engaged in?

Of the two, Buttigieg most needed an Iowa good-news bounce. That was denied him by the results fiasco that sucked up all the oxygen in the political room. Sanders, too, lost the opportunity for days of good press and headlines.

Okay. It's conspiratorial scam by the democrat establishment to diminish the successes of Buttigieg and Sanders and to diminish the failures by Warren and Biden.

What that means for either candidate going into a state that can reinforce or reset a previous electoral result is unclear. For what it's worth, a Monmouth University Poll out Thursday showed Sanders leading in New Hampshire, followed by Buttigieg. Biden is on the decline.

The lamestream media seems to be all in for Warren. The media has chosen Warren.

About the Iowa turnout:

  1. Turnout was underwhelming — a bad sign for Democrats.

Campaigns were expecting high turnout in Iowa, but it didn't happen — and that has to be worrying for Democrats.

The closing campaign events were all packed. Yet turnout was more on par with 2016 than the record-setting 2008 campaign. About 172,000 turned out this year. It was 171,000 in 2016, and 239,000 in 2008.

It very well may be that undecided voters stayed home and are fine with whoever wins. But Democrats were hoping to show just how enthusiastic their base is to turn out and beat President Trump.

In this first contest, it didn't happen.

Maybe people under the age of 40 have little to no interest in participating in the caucus style of voting. Maybe Iowa should switch their primary voting style to what the rest of us use.

I have not seen this live blog format at NPR until now.

Despite three years of a Trump presidency, a year of interactions with candidates and good weather on caucus night, the turnout was more like the 2016 caucuses, which had lower turnout than in 2008, when Barack Obama helped break records. The current reported turnout from Monday is 176,436, just above the 171,517 that showed up for the Democratic caucus in 2016.

come on.

"The Erasure of Elizabeth Warren Continues"

billionaire oligarch can buy a nomination by purchasing a different personality.

"Mike Bloomberg Is Paying ‘Influencers’ to Make Him Seem Cool"


These party bigwigs knew Bernie was going to win the caucuses in a landslide. So they only had one choice: sabotage the process.

January adds a much stronger-than-expected 225,000 jobs, with a boost from warm weather

"Investigation finds a network of around 100 “local news” sites, dating back to at least 2015, that have been plagiarizing stories from major news organizations"

"A look at the profitable subscription-based tech news site The Information, which Jessica Lessin says is expected to reach $20M in sales by the end of 2020"

From the mediagazer discussion:

Brian Goldsmith / @goldsmithb: So proud of my pal @Jessicalessin who has built an extraordinary publication from scratch—and was way ahead of the curve on the importance of subscription over advertising. Glad she's finally getting a bit of the credit she's earned.

The Information is expensive, something like $400 per year. But it covers tech in the U.S. and beyond. Many employees in the monster tech sectors earn enough to pay for a subscription. Obviously, tech executives and investors can afford the subscription. The cost is partly determined by the audience. The Information is not a digital media startup, serving the Toledo, Ohio area, covering local politics, business, and technology.

"Public radio stations in CA partner with NPR to form a regional newsroom to increase coverage of statewide issues and reporting about and from underserved areas"

the world's best machine for spreading lies and hate ...

Twitter Q4: revenue of $1.01B, up 11% YoY, net income of $119M, down from $255M in Q4 2018, monetizable DAU of 152M compared to 126M a year ago

Interesting gig:

Elections 2020 News Apps Developer (Short-Term Assignment)

Job Details

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

NPR Visuals is looking for a civic-minded developer to join our news applications team to help cover the 2020 elections. This short-term assignment will last from January 6, 2020 through January 31, 2021. You will write software that matters, in close collaboration with the fantastic reporters and editors in our newsroom.

Our team is composed of developers, designers, photo and video journalists. You will have to work quickly in a dynamic environment. Making software on deadlines is difficult -- there's no room for cruft and little margin for error. You will encounter new problems everyday and will wear many hats, as a data wrangler, web developer, cartographer, sysadmin, etc. We are always open to new tools and to teammates who bring experience with different technologies and disciplines.


Translate editorial goals into sustainable applications and infrastructure
Work with developers and designers on our team, as well as reporters and editors throughout the newsroom, to design and build NPR’s coverage for the 2020 elections
Produce information graphics, data visualizations and other visual presentations that help our audience understand this election
Work closely with individual story producers, editors and other teammates to identify opportunities for visual storytelling and data visualization
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sad story, too often repeated.

legalized theft.

we already pay taxes to fix our streets. where did that money go? oh, that's right. it goes to the general fund to pay salaries.

Campaign finance reports show the political action committee backing Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s proposed income tax increase raised just under $230,000 in 2019, with many donations coming from area construction and paving companies.

“Their support proves what I’ve been saying all along: Issue 1 is about fixing our streets,” the mayor said Friday. “They know that’s what it’s about, and that’s why they are so enthusiastically supporting Issue 1.”

Toledo voters will decide March 17 whether to approve the mayor’s proposal to raise the city’s temporary income tax rate from 0.75 percent to 1.25 percent for 10 years.

Uhh, "our" temporary income tax rate has existed since 1983.

The additional tax would generate funding for public safety forces, recreational programs, and universal preschool for Toledo’s 4-year-olds, but the mayor has pledged to spend most of the new revenue — $40 million a year — on improving residential streets.

So the tax is not only for street repairs. This means that over time, this new money will be diverted away from street repairs to be used in the general fund.

The additional tax would generate funding for public safety forces ...

That's what has occurred for more than a decade. Money from the fund that helps repair roads is diverted to the general fund to pay for police and fire.

This is fraud, man. If the new tax ONLY went to street repairs, then it might be legitimate.

And no way in hell will this temp income tax be reduced from 1.25 percent back to 0.75 percent after 10 years. And why the big jump? Why not raise it to 1.0 percent?

This is mainly about funding other concerns and not the streets. The mayor is trying to get it passed by claiming that the money will be used for road repair. This is another in a long line of Toledo government shams. This is why voting is pointless because too many rubes won't protest this.

If someone votes NO, then that person can be accused of opposing road repair. Nooo. The tax increase should only be 1.0 percent and ALL of this new revenue should ONLY go toward road repair.

The temporary income tax is in addition to the city’s permanent payroll tax rate of 1.5 percent. Voters first approved the temporary 0.75 percent in 1982, which brought Toledo’s total income tax rate to 2.25 percent. The total payroll tax of those who work in Toledo would grow to 2.75 percent on July 1, 2020, if the mayor’s proposal passes.

Hah. The people who live in the burbs and work in Toledo don't get a vote. Isn't that taxation without representation?

Some businesses in Toledo, however, have been received tax breaks over the years where employees pay little to no payroll tax. These tax breaks were offered to keep businesses from moving. Corporate exploitation. Threaten to move unless the city and the state offers tax breaks.

City officials estimate the increase would cost the average person working in Toledo an additional $8 per paycheck, based on a person making $40,000 annually who is paid every other week. That’s $208 a year.

Or over $600 a year for someone earning $120,000 annually.

Over the next few years, we will see the excuses why the new revenue needs to be diverted away from road repairs. It has already happened over the past 10 to 12 years.

Shook Construction contributed $15,000. Laibe Electric, Shelly Holding Co., Kokosing, Gerken Companies, and Rocky Ridge Development each pledged $10,000. Toledo’s Crestline Paving and Excavating, among other area businesses, contributed $5,000 to the campaign.

“We support the plan. We all want nice, new, smooth roads, but unfortunately there’s just not adequate funding in place to do what needs to be done,” said Chris James, Crestline’s president.

Plus, if the tax increase passes, the city will need to hire construction companies to do the work. Mr. Kapszukiewicz estimates Toledo will be able to pay to improve 70 miles of residential streets every year for the next decade, compared to the 1.6 miles resurfaced in 2019.

The two largest donors so far are not in construction, however. ProMedica gave $20,000 and Chicagoan Pete Kadens, the Ottawa Hills native who recently made headlines for pledging to pay college tuition for all 2020 Scott High School graduates, gave $25,000.

Both have been vocal supporters of Mr. Kapszukiewicz’s efforts to create a universal preschool system in Toledo, which stands to receive $5 million annually from the tax increase.

Then why don't ProMedica and Kadens fund the the preschool program themselves if only $5 million are needed. ProMedica can do that easily.

Mr. Kapszukiewicz said the polling showed that Toledoans want a plan to fix the city’s streets, but they would only support a tax increase to pay for those improvements if officials could guarantee the money would not be used for something else.

Political guarantees are worthless. Why would Toledo voters fall for this sham again?

Because of that, the tax increase’s ballot language includes a provision that would prohibit transferring any of its revenue from the city’s capital fund to the general fund.

But that has been occurring for years. That's why we don't have adequate road repair.

And this Blade article proves how worthless local journalism is. Where's the context? Where's the backstory? Where's the info that voters can use?

Why do we have so little money for road repairs? The Blade failed at its job. This journalism malpractice. The Blade did not explain how much money is siphoned off from the capital fund every year to pay police and fire salaries.

Why does it cost so much to pay the salaries of police and fire when our population declines every year? No mention by the failed Blade about minimum staffing requirements that police and/or fire have negotiated with the city. No mention about the political connectedness between police and fire and the mayor and some city councilpeople.

It's slimeball politics and the Blade failed to inform the public. I no problem with this kind of incompetent journalism disappearing. This issue need a lot more reporting. It needed reporting about political shenanigans that have occurred over the past 15 years that placed Toledo in this situation.

Shame on the Blade for failing at its role of informing voters.