Links and Notes - Sat, Feb 29, 2020

4:00 p.m.

It's still a bright, sunny afternoon.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 29, 2020 3:52 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 32 F
Humidity : 51%
Wind Speed : W 16 mph
Barometer : 30.13 in
Dewpoint: 16 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 21 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 29, 2020 3:53 pm EST
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 31 F
Humidity : 56%
Wind Speed : WSW 17 mph
Barometer : 30.14 in
Dewpoint: 17 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 20 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 29, 2020 3:55 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 32 F
Humidity : 51%
Wind Speed : W 13 mph
Wind Gust 20 mph
Barometer : 30.13 in
Dewpoint: 16 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 22 F

1:58 p.m.

It has been a sunny day with a mostly clear sky. The snow is melting gently.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 29, 2020 12:52 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 31 F
Humidity : 51%
Wind Speed : W 15 mph
Wind Gust 23 mph
Barometer : 30.13 in
Dewpoint: 15 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 20 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 29, 2020 12:53 pm EST
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 29 F
Humidity : 55%
Wind Speed : W 16 mph
Barometer : 30.14 in
Dewpoint: 15 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 17 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 29, 2020 1:36 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 31 F
Humidity : 47%
Wind Speed : W 10 mph
Wind Gust 18 mph
Barometer : 30.13 in
Dewpoint: 13 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 22 F

9:38 a.m.

Barney and I strolled the neighborhood from 8:12 a.m. to 9:07 a.m. The sky was mostly clear. It was bright, sunny landscape with the few inches of snow cover. Temps were in the upper teens to around 20 degrees with a light wind.

Date and Time: 09:30 AM, Sat, Feb 29, 2020
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 23 F
Dew Point: 15 F
Humidity: 72 %
Wind Direction: West-Northwest
Wind Speed: 11 mph
Wind Gust: 20 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 12 F
Pressure: 30.14 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 3 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 37 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: West-Northwest


Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 29, 2020 8:52 am EST
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 21 F
Humidity : 62%
Wind Speed : W 10 mph
Barometer : 30.10 in
Dewpoint: 10 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 10 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 29, 2020 8:53 am EST
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 21 F
Humidity : 65%
Wind Speed : W 8 mph
Barometer : 30.11 in
Dewpoint: 11 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 11 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 29, 2020 9:16 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 23 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : W 7 mph
Barometer : 30.10 in
Dewpoint: 11 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 15 F


Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 29, 2020 7:52 am EST
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 18 F
Humidity : 67%
Wind Speed : WSW 8 mph
Barometer : 30.09 in
Dewpoint: 9 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 8 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 29, 2020 7:53 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 18 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : WSW 6 mph
Barometer : 30.09 in
Dewpoint: 10 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 10 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 29, 2020 7:55 am EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 19 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : W 6 mph
Barometer : 30.08 in
Dewpoint: 11 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 11 F


Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Feb 29, 2020 6:22 am

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. West wind 11 to 14 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 21. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. South wind 8 to 14 mph.

Sunday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday: Rain likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night: A slight chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of showers between 1am and 5am, then a chance of rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Links


https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/brochure/the-alabama-coastal-birding-trail.pdf

https://www.gulfshores.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/birding/

https://www.google.com/search?q=orange+beach+alabama+birdwatching&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=30259791,-87639012,748&tbm=lcl&ved=2ahUKEwjftLei0_fnAhVS4qwKHX_kCnMQtgN6BAgLEAQ&tbs=lrf:!1m4!1u3!2m2!3m1!1e1!1m4!1u2!2m2!2m1!1e1!1m5!1u15!2m2!15m1!1shas_1wheelchair_1accessible_1entrance!4e2!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:[[31.185611568704566,-85.95933560066726],[30.089121613501515,-88.37358120613601],null,[30.638920204852408,-87.16645840340163],9]

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/explore/regions/southeast/alabama/alabama-birding-season-winter.php

Many sparrows, juncos, blackbirds, warblers, and the yellow-bellied sapsucker come to Alabama for the winter.

Winter in Alabama is a time for ducks and sparrows. No winter visit to north Alabama would be complete without going to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to view the ducks from the enclosed viewing building. You can get quite close to them, and a microphone mounted in the middle of the pond gives you an intimate window into the duck world. It isn’t uncommon to see 10 duck species at one time. The walk to the duck building is always interesting too. Winter and Carolina wrens are common, and in some years so are fox sparrows. Look for hermit thrush, chickadees, and titmice in the trees. Yellow-bellied sapsucker and red-bellied and downy woodpecker are also common. Look for brown creeper on the tree trunks.

Orange-crowned, palm, and yellow-rumped (myrtle) warblers, and common yellowthroat all come to Alabama for the winter. All but the yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler are mostly confined to the gulf coast and the extreme southern part of the coastal plain. All can be seen during the winter at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge; however, the palm warbler is not common.

Alabama has many sod farms, and most of them are very birder-friendly. These farms can be wonderful places to find many birds, particularly in winter. American pipits, Lapland longspurs, shorebirds, northern harriers, and others are regulars. The best time to visit is on Sunday when they are closed and thus birders will not interfere with the activities of the workforce. If the gate is closed, do not enter. If the gate is open, ask before birding, and remember that the work comes before birding. Many of these farms can be viewed quite successfully from the road with a good scope. Be very respectful of this privilege, so you don’t spoil it for the next bird watcher. Also, be careful where you drive as the constant irrigation can mean deep mud.

By late winter, and continuing into early spring, male American woodcock begin their spectacular mating displays. These occur right at dusk, and on moonlit nights they may persist well into the night. The best time to see them is when the moon is casting a shadow toward you, with the bird in between you and the moon. Woodcocks like sedge fields with wooded edges or with trees interspersed with the grass.

https://www.bigbeachbrewing.com/

https://clarasloom.com/


Are ad blockers doomed or have we already won? A history lesson (adguard.com)

https://adguard.com/en/blog/ad-blocking-history.html

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22443305


https://mediagazer.com/200228/p15#a200228p15

Columnist Laura Bassett accuses MSNBC's Chris Matthews of making suggestive comments in 2016 as she prepared for his show, part of a pattern on and off air

https://www.gq.com/story/chris-matthews-experience

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/me-too-sexual-harassment-normal_n_59ef6e98e4b0bf1f883628ac

Discussion:
Laura Bassett / HuffPost: Me Too, I Think? When Sexual Harassment Feels All Too Normal
Laura Bassett / @lebassett: In 2017, I wrote about a cable news host being gross and inappropriate with me. I was afraid to name him at the time. I'm not anymore; it was Chris Matthews! And his sexist exchange with Warren this week inspired me to revisit those moments and name him https://www.gq.com/...
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill: Former MSNBC guest accuses Chris Matthews of inappropriate comments
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Mistakes Tim Scott For Graham's Black Challenger
Liz Mair / @lizmair: I've heard rumors throughout the years and I have no vested interest in defending Matthews, I'm just saying that I was on his show a lot in 2015 and 2016 and I never experienced this or saw it.
Liz Mair / @lizmair: I haven't read the underlying piece yet but let me just say this has NEVER been my experience if Chris Matthews. Quite possible I'm the odd duck out but I always got the impression he was more amused/frightened by me (though that's a common male response to me). https://twitter.com/...
Jenna Amatulli / @ohheyjenna: This is @LEBassett's piece from 2017 where she doesn't name Matthews, describing him as “older, married, far more powerful than I was in media.” “He could decide whether or not I got booked on the network again.” https://www.huffpost.com/...
@josephcurl: Fascinating story. A GWBush official, who used to appear on Matthews' show, once told me that when he was on the show with a young black women, who was in another studio, Matthews leaned over and said, ‘Can you believe we used to own those?’ Super creepy. https://www.gq.com/...
Mo Ryan / @moryan: The above thread is a year old but it's truly not surprising that the gross, incompetent Chris Matthews continues to hold a plum job at MSNBC. Like NBC News exec Andrew Lack, he should be let go for a host of reasons. But I doubt he will be. https://www.gq.com/...
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: This piece is quite damning https://www.gq.com/...
Emma Gray / @emmaladyrose: So proud of my fierce and brilliant friend @LEBassett for exposing (yet again!) Chris Matthews' long history of sexist, inappropriate behavior. Worth considering who gets to decide what news is worthy, and what happens when those people don't respect women https://www.gq.com/...
Laura Goldman / @laurasgoldman: @ryangrim Remember the time Chris Matthews “joked” that he felt sorry for Chris Christie's wife because the governor would crush her https://m.huffpost.com/...
Ryan Grim / @ryangrim: If MSNBC randomly reviewed just a few hours of what they have from Matthews off air but on a hot mic, I bet they'd find lots of this no matter what week they checked https://www.gq.com/...
Janice Dean / @janicedean: Thanks for being brave, Laura. So many of us have had to deal with this crap. I'm glad your naming names. It will help others be brave too. So much love. ❤️ https://twitter.com/...
Gretchen Carlson / @gretchencarlson: Thank you @LEBassett for your bravery! I know how hard it is to come forward. #befierce #metoo https://twitter.com/...
Scott Lemieux / @lemieuxlgm: When you see some justifiably fired dude like Mark Halperin whining about “cancel culture,” remember that Chris Matthews is still being paid enormous sums of money to offer sub-replacement-level commentary despite an endless history of public misogyny https://www.gq.com/... https://twitter.com/...
@gabbilevy: Chris Matthews should no longer be on air, @MSNBC. Even if he weren't a sexist jerk, he's a shitty pundit. https://www.gq.com/...
Emily Lindin / @emilylindin: “Matthews' whole modus operandi seems to be inviting smart women onto his show, flirting with them or otherwise making them uncomfortable before or while the camera rolls, asking them a question on air and then immediately interrupting them to tell them why they're wrong.” https://twitter.com/...
Jack Crosbie / @jscros: it's deeply embarrassing for everyone who makes decisions at MSNBC that chris matthews still has a job https://twitter.com/...
@yashar: The question none of my sources at NBC and MSNBC can answer...what value does Chris Matthews bring to the network?
Alex Burns / @alexburnsnyt: “In 2016, right before I had to go on his show and talk about sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, Matthews looked over at me in the makeup chair next to him and said, 'Why haven't I fallen in love with you yet?'” https://twitter.com/...
Christopher Mathias / @letsgomathias: .@LEBassett is a national treasure https://www.gq.com/...
Jason Linkins / @dceiver: if MSNBC fired Chris Matthews tomorrow most people wouldn't notice and those that did wouldn't care within ten days' time https://twitter.com/...
Jill Filipovic / @jillfilipovic: Sexist men are a problem when they harass women. They're also a problem when they cover female candies and shape national narratives about women and power. @LEBassett on Chris Matthews is a brave must-read. https://www.gq.com/...
Chely Wright / @chelywright: ... pssst guys. The girls and women are talkin' https://twitter.com/...
S.E. Cupp / @secupp: “Again—Matthews was never my boss. I'm pretty sure that behavior doesn't rise to the level of illegal sexual harassment. But it undermined my ability to do my job well.” Yep, THIS. https://twitter.com/...
Monica Hesse / Washington Post: ‘Believe Women’ doesn't mean women never lie. It means accepting that men sometimes do, too.
Markos Moulitsas / @markos: Much respect. https://twitter.com/...
Erin Biba / @erinbiba: “The Hardball anchor frequently demeans women guests, with objectifying and belittling comments, both on and off air.” This is nauseating to read and it's sickening to think about how these sexist men still control the message and influence our elections. https://www.gq.com/...
Sam Dorman / Fox News: Ex-MSNBC guest rips ‘irresponsible’ network, claims Matthews' ‘sexist’ behavior undermined her performance
@thedailyshow: Chris Matthews: Newsman. Political analyst. Woman appreciator. https://twitter.com/...
Bruce Golding / Page Six: Chris Matthews accused of ‘inappropriately flirting’ with female guest
Jessica Mason / The Mary Sue: Chris Matthews. Ugh.
Variety: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Faces New Accusation of Inappropriate Remarks to Women
Charlie Nash / Mediaite: MSNBC Guest Laura Bassett Accuses Chris Matthews of Making Sexist and ‘Belittling’ Comments to Her
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast: Laura Bassett Accuses MSNBC Host Chris Matthews of Sexually Harassing Her in 2016
A.J. Katz / TVNewser: Former MSNBC Guest Says Chris Matthews ‘Inappropriately Flirted’ with Her Before Appearances
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Accused of ‘Inappropriately’ Flirting With Journalist Who Was Guest on His Show


Sources: BuzzFeed seeks an EIC who can improve its financials with potential candidates including WaPo's Margaret Sullivan and NYT national editor Marc Lacey

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/02/the-search-for-a-new-buzzfeed-ben-goes-high


https://apnews.com/f175d89567a26d59cab27725c9e8a0d7

Man in Washington state first in US to die from new virus

State officials issued a terse news release announcing the death, gave no details and scheduled a news conference. A spokesperson for EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Kayse Dahl, said the person died in the facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, but gave no other details.

Great transparency.

Thousands of Americans have died in recent months due to the seasonal flu strains. This occurs EVERY year.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html

The burden of influenza disease in the United States can vary widely and is determined by a number of factors including the characteristics of circulating viruses, the timing of the season, how well the vaccine is working to protect against illness, and how many people got vaccinated. While the impact of flu varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year.

CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.