Links and Notes - Fri, Feb 14, 2020

6:42 p.m.

Barney and I walked from 6:04 p.m. to 6:37 p.m. This was probably our first dusk walk of the winter season. A walk with cold temps and a winter-looking sky that was partly cloudy with scattered low clouds and crisp, clear parts of the sky. I like the sunset and sunrise colors of cold winter skies.

I felt much colder on this walk, compared to this morning's walk. Temps were in the teens both times, but this morning's walk was under a clear, sunny sky. This evening, the wind was light, like this morning.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 14, 2020 5:52 pm EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 19 F
Humidity : 62%
Wind Speed : SSW 8 mph
Barometer : 30.53 in
Dewpoint: 8 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 9 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 14, 2020 5:53 pm EST
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 18 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : SW 10 mph
Barometer : 30.55 in
Dewpoint: 6 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 6 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 14, 2020 6:15 pm EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 18 F
Humidity : 67%
Wind Speed : S 7 mph
Barometer : 30.54 in
Dewpoint: 9 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 9 F

11:52 a.m.

Barney and I walked from 10:13 to 11:13 a.m. today. The weather was pleasant. The sky was clear. The wind was light. Temp was around 13 to 15 degrees. We have one to two inches of packed, dense, crunchy snow cover. It looked and felt like winter. Today is one of the few real winter days that we have experienced in the 2019-2020 winter season.

It will be chilly again tonight, but temps are forecast to reach the low 30s tomorrow and continue to be above normal through Monday.

We have had snow cover around our home and neighborhood, since Wednesday evening, February 5. I'm guessing that the snow cover will be gone by early to mid next week.

Deb's flight from Atlanta arrived last night at about 12:50 a.m. (today). We arrived home at 2:00 a.m. Her flight was delayed about two hours.

TOL dipped to 10-above in the 7am and 8am hours.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 14, 2020 8:52 am EST
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 12 F
Humidity : 50%
Wind Speed : NW 7 mph
Barometer : 30.51 in
Dewpoint: -3 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 1 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 14, 2020 8:53 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 11 F
Humidity : 58%
Wind Speed : WNW 8 mph
Barometer : 30.52 in
Dewpoint: -1 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : -1 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 14, 2020 9:36 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 12 F
Humidity : 53%
Wind Speed : W 5 mph
Barometer : 30.53 in
Dewpoint: -2 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 4 F

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 14, 2020 10:52 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 17 F
Humidity : 44%
Wind Speed : NNW 6 mph
Barometer : 30.55 in
Dewpoint: -1 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 8 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 14, 2020 10:53 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 15 F
Humidity : 53%
Wind Speed : WNW 5 mph
Barometer : 30.56 in
Dewpoint: 1 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 7 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 14, 2020 11:15 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 16 F
Humidity : 48%
Wind Speed : NW 3 mph
Barometer : 30.55 in
Dewpoint: 0 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 11 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Feb 14, 2020 11:21 am

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. West wind around 6 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 11. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 33. South wind 9 to 16 mph.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind around 9 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Washington's Birthday: A chance of rain and snow showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night: Rain likely, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly before 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

From yesterday for the Lake Superior region:

National Weather Service Marquette MI
932 PM EST Thu Feb 13 2020

Saxon Harbor WI to Black River MI-Black River to Ontonagon MI-
Ontonagon to Upper Entrance of Portage Canal MI-
Upper Entrance of Portage Canal to Eagle River MI-
Eagle River to Manitou Island MI-
Lake Superior from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance to Portage
Canal MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian border including Isle
Royale National Park-
Lake Superior from Upper Entrance to Portage Canal to Manitou
Island MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian Border-
932 PM EST Thu Feb 13 2020 /832 PM CST Thu Feb 13 2020/



Mariners should prepare for dangerous accumulation of ice on
their vessel. If possible, remain in port, avoid the warning area
or conduct mitigation.

Mariners should consider altering plans to avoid possible
hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter
course, and/or secure the vessel for severe wind and waves.


Ad Age report: since 2007, internet media jobs have risen from 8.6% of all media jobs to 36.4%, while newspaper jobs have fallen from 38.8% to 17.1%

“Photoshop is the most effective way to show your clients what their website will never look like.”

Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass? The surging Democratic presidential candidate has fielded some 40 sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits brought against him and his organizations over decades.

MIT: Hackers could alter ballots in widely used voting app

What Being a Mayor Taught Pete Buttigieg Some Democratic rivals question whether Mr. Buttigieg has the experience to be president. Some key episodes in South Bend show how he struggled, learned and grew as a leader.

The Price of a Bloomberg Nomination Is Too Damn High

Documents reveal DNC was 'intimately involved' in development of troubled Iowa caucus app

here we go again. big tech creates products for the media and the media signs on and then the media whines about big tech. rinse and repeat again and again and again.

Sources: Google is in talks with publishers about paying a licensing fee for content that would be in a premium news product

I would never financially support nor trust a local media org that was supported in anyway by Google. I'll relish in the ignorance is bliss mindset. I'll get "news" via other people who use Facebook.

Holy crap.

Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette: Archant launches website in Google-backed project to find sustainable local news model
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost: Google Reportedly In Talks To Pay Publishers For News Content
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company: Google exploring paying publishers for content that appears in News
Josh Stermberb / @joshsternberg: A key caveat in this: Most of the publishers in talks with Google are outside the U.S. Google made $134 billion in ad revenue last year. Total US media ad revenue: $212 billion.
Dave / @davewiner: @BuzzFeedBen @MediagazerChat @peretti This. Won't. End. Well.
Christine Fisher / Engadget: Google might finally pay news outlets for their content
Dave / @davewiner: @BuzzFeedBen @MediagazerChat @peretti I should explain. There's a long history of platform vendors and software developers. I've been around this loop at least a half dozen times. Competition is there at the start and develops over time. The PV has its own internal logic, that the devs never grok.
Dave / @davewiner: @BuzzFeedBen @MediagazerChat @peretti And vice versa. Resentment develops. The developers lose. There's no win-win or lose-lose. It's developers lose, period. The only way it has a chance of working is if the devs have a distribution system to fall back on when the end comes.
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers: Flashback to October: “Mark Zuckerberg's ‘News Tab’ puts pressure on Google to pay publishers...”
Jason Kint / @jason_kint: BIG scoop. Google has an opportunity to do right here and make friends. Arguably overlooked is that the new copyright directive rolling out in EU requires Google News to pay unless you buy into Google's lobby that it's just going to pull out entirely. I don't.
Ben Smith / @buzzfeedben: This is great news; when @peretti started saying years ago that platforms would pay for news, everyone thought he was nuts
Ken Yeung / @thekenyeung: Google reportedly could follow Facebook in paying publishers for content but this time it's for a premium offering. Will it be called Google News+?
Ben Mullin / @benmullin: Statement from Richard Gingras, VP of news at Google. More coming:
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: The rare headline that brings joy to both Robert Thomson and @BuzzFeedBen
more at Techmeme »

When the media orgs' business model is based upon giving away content for free and relying on ads and page views via referral traffic from elsewhere, then it's not a surprise that media orgs struggle to survive. Instead of whining, the media should find a different funding model.

This is hilarious.

Jim Albrecht, product management director at Google, added: “Quality local journalism strengthens communities, supports an informed citizenry, and provides clarity and context for local officials. So it is critically important that we find sustainable approaches to the local news business.”

Google does not give a damn about local journalism and an informed citizenry. Google wants to dominate and control.

Google's AMP came about because Google saw an opening. Media orgs created and still create some of worst-designed websites in the world. Google offered AMP as a solution. But it's Google's way to bastardize the web and now email. It's about Google controlling things.

The vanishing local media landscape is another opening that Google will try to exploit for its benefit.

More from the Google person:

He added: “By bringing Google’s funding and product support together with Archant’s editorial expertise, we hope to test and validate new business and product approaches that we can then scale across the industry to more broadly support the future of local news.”

Google's funding and product support to local media. No thanks.

UK citizens are angry at art-related institutions for taking money from British Petroleum. Similar disdain should apply to a Google-supported local media. I would say that Google supporting local media is far worse than BP giving money to an art museum.

This part of the story is sad, but it's exactly the kind of ignorant behavior that Google is wanting.

Emily Hewett, Archant’s head of audience, said there had been a “positive response from people who live and work in the city” to the new site.

From last September:

Google is also doing this, probably to buy favorable press coverage for its other activities. At times, media people and some politicians express a desire to have governments regulate Google.

I do believe that it's possible to become dumber from using social media.

Facebook says it will allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as ads

UK's The House of Lords launches an inquiry seeking information on how journalists can adapt to changing news media landscape and how media can be more trusted

My suggestions:

Four things. Simple? To me, it's simple. Which are realistic or easiest for the media, such as the Toledo Blade?


I would say the website redesign is the only suggestion that's realistic, but based upon the media orgs' web design trends in recent years, it's a highly unlikely suggestion. If the other three suggestions have zero percent chance of actually occurring, then the media website redesign has a one percent chance.

Journalists will not end their addiction and unhealthy obsession with using Twitter, which is a machine for misinformation and hate.

Media orgs will not end their reliance on referral traffic from silos.

Media orgs and journalists love breaking news (sharing incorrect information).

... how journalists can adapt to changing news media landscape and how media can be more trusted ...

I see no improvement nor change in this area in the shortterm, the next five years or so.

They Documented the Coronavirus Crisis in Wuhan. Then They Vanished.

Two video bloggers whose dispatches from the heart of the outbreak showed fear, grief and dissatisfaction with the government have gone silent.

Before their disappearances, Mr. Fang and Mr. Chen had recorded dozens of videos from Wuhan, streaming unfiltered and often heartbreaking images from the center of the outbreak. Long lines outside hospitals. Feeble patients. Agonized relatives.

The footage would have been striking anywhere. But it was especially so coming from inside China, where even mild criticism of the authorities is quickly scrubbed from the online record, and those responsible for it often punished.

I'm shocked that an LeBron James's favorite oppressive government regime would disappear people.

The appetite for the videos reflects, in part, the shortage of independent news sources in China, where professional newspapers are tightly controlled by the authorities. Earlier this month, the state propaganda department deployed hundreds of journalists to reshape the narrative of the outbreak.

But the videos also reflected the growing call for free speech in China in recent weeks, as the coronavirus crisis has prompted criticism and introspection from unexpected corners across the country.

Free speech in China? Chinese businesses and the government CAN control free speech in the U.S. by threatening to cut business ties if Americans criticize the Chinese government. We won't see the NBA, Nike, and other businesses and athletes criticize a source of big revenue. LeBron cares about social issues, provided that his concern does not negatively impact his earning potential.

Gee, I wonder why many Hong Kong residents would like to experience more freedoms.

The disappearance of the two men also underscores that the ruling Communist Party has no intention of loosening its grip on free speech.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, said last month that officials needed to “strengthen the guidance of public opinion.” While Chinese social media has overflowed with fear and grief, state propaganda outlets have emphasized Mr. Xi’s steady hand, framed the fight against the outbreak as a form of patriotism and shared upbeat videos of medical workers dancing.

More than 350 people across China have been punished for “spreading rumors” about the outbreak, according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, an advocacy group.

As long as American business interests are not greatly impacted, then who cares.

Mr. Chen, a fast-talking, fresh-faced lawyer from eastern China, was already well-known online before the outbreak. He traveled to Hong Kong during the pro-democracy protests last year and disputed the Chinese authorities’ depiction of the demonstrators as a riotous mob.

The Beijing authorities summoned him back to the mainland and deleted his social media accounts, Mr. Chen told his followers later.

But when the coronavirus led officials to seal off Wuhan last month, he raced to the city of 11 million, citing his duty as a self-declared citizen journalist. “What sort of a journalist are you if you don’t dare rush to the front line?” he said.

As time went on, Mr. Chen, usually energetic, began to show strain. “I am scared,” he said on Jan. 30. “In front of me is the virus. Behind me is China’s legal and administrative power.”

The authorities had contacted his parents to ask for his whereabouts, he said. He teared up suddenly. Then, his finger pointing at the camera, he blurted: “I’m not even scared of death. You think I’m scared of you, Communist Party?”

On Feb. 6, Mr. Chen’s friends lost contact with him. Xu Xiaodong, a prominent mixed martial arts practitioner and a friend of Mr. Chen, posted a video on Feb. 7 saying that Mr. Chen’s parents had been told that their son had been quarantined, though he had not shown symptoms of illness.

In his final videos, Mr. Fang turned explicitly political in a way rarely heard inside China, at least in public. Filming from inside his home — he said he was surrounded by plainclothes policemen — he railed against “greed for power” and “tyranny.”

His last video, on Feb. 9, was just 12 seconds long. It featured a scroll of paper with the words, “All citizens resist, hand power back to the people.”

But unlike the torrent of grief and anger online in response to the death of Dr. Li, news of Mr. Chen’s and Mr. Fang’s disappearances has been swiftly stamped out on Chinese social media. Their names returned almost no results on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, on Friday.

It is disturbingly impressive how the Chinese government can control internet access in its country of a billion-plus people. Obviously, not all of China's residents or households have internet access. I wonder what perctange or how many people in China have internet access.

LeBron James would progably call this website ignorant.

About the site:

About Chinese Human Rights Defenders

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) is a coalition of Chinese and international human rights non-governmental organizations. The network is dedicated to the promotion of human rights through peaceful efforts to push for democratic and rule of law reforms and to strengthen grassroots activism in China.

CHRD engages in capacity building and provides advocacy tools as well as technical support to grassroots Chinese human rights defenders through organizing trainings on international human rights instruments and protections for human rights defenders.

CHRD administers a program of small grants for activists to implement human rights projects, and provides legal aid and emergency assistance to victims of human rights abuses.

CHRD investigates and monitors the human rights situation in China, disseminating human rights news updates, alerts to urgent situations, statements about important developments, and research reports and analyses to inform the media, policy makers, human rights agencies, and the general public.

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