Links and Notes - Thu, Mar 12, 2020

10:49 a.m.

Overcast morning. I have not walked Barney yet. I need to get maintenance done on our Ford Fusion this morning.

Our temps are suppose to reach near 60 degrees today even with a cloudy sky. And it's not windy either. Interesting for mid-March.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Mar 12, 2020 9:52 am EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 43 F
Humidity : 86%
Wind Speed : SE 3 mph
Barometer : 29.97 in
Dewpoint: 39 F
Visibility : 4.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 42 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Mar 12, 2020 9:53 am EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 43 F
Humidity : 89%
Wind Speed : E 3 mph
Barometer : 29.98 in
Dewpoint: 40 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 42 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Mar 12, 2020 10:35 am EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 43 F
Humidity : 86%
Wind Speed : ESE 3 mph
Barometer : 29.96 in
Dewpoint: 39 F
Visibility : 4.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 42 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Mar 12, 2020 9:32 am

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southeast wind 6 to 13 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 6 to 13 mph.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Monday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57.


Toledo-area universities cancel classes, sporting events scaled back as concerns of coronavirus spread

Covid-19 is now officially a pandemic, WHO says (

As of 10:30 a.m. today, the NCAA is continuing with its conference basketball tournaments with no fans. Yesterday, the women's MAC hoops tourney began in Cleveland with no fans per a directive from Ohio governor Mike DeWine.

Then later yesterday, the NCAA decided to hold conference basketball tournaments and the NCAA hoops tourneys with no fans because of DeWine's directive.

DeWine was not focused only on this weeks MAC tourneys. He applied the directive to the first and/or second round games of the NCAA men's tourney that will play games in Dayton and, I think, Cleveland.

A short while ago came this news:

Report: Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell becomes second NBA player to test positive for coronavirus

The NBA suspended its season yesterday because of another Jazz player testing positive.

ESPN reported Thursday morning that all-star guard Donovan Mitchell has tested positive, joining center Rudy Gobert. Gobert tested positive on Wednesday, prompting the NBA to suspend its season indefinitely.

This is the key part and the stupid part of this story.

Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.

Of course, it's unknown if that's how Mitchell contracted the virus. He may have been exposed to it earlier than yesterday by some other means.

Memeorandum headlines at Noon:

Trump's travel ban sidesteps his own European resorts — President Donald Trump's new European travel restrictions have a convenient side effect: They exempt nations where three Trump-owned golf resorts are located. — Trump is already under fire for visiting his properties in both countries as president …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Mother Jones, BBC, Breitbart, The Guardian, Common Dreams, Political Flare, UPI, Raw Story, Mediaite, VICE, Slate, Lawyers, Guns & Money, American Greatness, One America News Network, ITV, Politico, The Week, Gizmodo and The Root
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Coronavirus Speech Was Not Especially Reassuring — If anything, it gave the public a lot more to worry about. — Wow. — If there's been a worse Oval Office address ever, I certainly can't think of it. All of Donald Trump's ineptness at the job of presidenting …
Discussion: Vox, Commentary, The Guardian and CNN
Department of Homeland Security:
Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf's Statement on Presidential Proclamation To Protect the Homeland from Travel-Related Coronavirus Spread — (WASHINGTON) Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post, VICE, Defense One, Reason, Gizmodo, Forbes, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Reykjavik Grapevine, Wired, Raw Story, CNN, The Week, Breitbart and View from the Wing
The White House:
Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, The American Independent, CNN, ITV, The Intercept, Business Traveller and The Independent
Priscilla M. Jensen / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Not a Crisis Leader
Discussion: National Review, The White House and Raw Story
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pence says there's been ‘irresponsible rhetoric’ from people downplaying coronavirus — Trump said Monday that the “fake news media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything to inflame the coronavirus situation.” — WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that there has been …
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News, HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:10 minutes ago
Live updates: Brazilian official who met Trump on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago tests positive for coronavirus — BREAKING: A Brazilian official who met President Trump and Vice President Pence at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday has tested positive for coronavirus. Fabio Wajngarten, a spokesman …
Discussion: The Week
Lucy Bayly / NBC News:
Trading on Wall Street temporarily suspended after Trump's crisis response disappoints — The 5 percent “limit down” marker was breached after an address from President Donald Trump tipped already-queasy traders into sell-off mode. — Wall Street futures trading was temporarily halted …
Discussion: alicublog
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Worst Outcome — At every turn, President Trump's policy regarding coronavirus has unfolded as if guided by one rule: How can I make this crisis worse? — Presidents are not all-powerful, especially not in the case of pandemic disease. There are limits to what they can do …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo, The Independent, Political Flare and The Moderate Voice
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Trump passes coronavirus test with flying colors — Big and bold, optimistic and compassionate. President Trump's Oval Office address was exactly what America needed to hear — This is what it looks like when a president rises up to meet a crisis head-on.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Speech Shows He Has No Idea What to Do About the Coronavirus
Discussion: Mediaite, CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Moderate Voice and Reuters
Laura McGann / Vox:
Trump's coronavirus speech was laced with xenophobia
Discussion: CNN
Global Level 3 Health Advisory - Reconsider Travel — Level 3: Reconsider Travel — The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action …
Discussion: WPRI-TV, The Hill, Michigan Advance, Indian Country Today, Houston Public Media and Bloomberg
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump's Europe Travel Ban Is Met With Confusion and Anger
Discussion: Reason, CNN, IJR, Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion, Foreign Policy, Politico, Gothamist and The Week
Washington Post:
Besieged Trump announces Europe travel ban in effort to stem coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News, Politico, Associated Press, The Hill, One America News Network and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
Europe blindsided by Trump's travel restrictions, with many seeing political motive
Discussion: Slate
Associated Press: World walls off as leaders warn viral pandemic will worsen
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Here's the Biggest Thing to Worry About With Coronavirus — We don't have enough ventilators and I.C.U. beds if there's a significant surge of new cases. As with Italy, the health system could be overwhelmed. — The ability of the American health care system to absorb a shock …
Discussion: STAT, Defense One, PJ Media Home, WBUR and Quartz
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
12 Steps to Tackle the Coronavirus
Discussion: Washington Post
Democrats clash with GOP on sweeping coronavirus economic aid package — Democrats on Thursday plan to muscle through the House a massive emergency aid package for Americans affected by the coronavirus, but Republican resistance throws the future of the bill in doubt on the same day Congress is expected to depart for a weeklong recess.
Discussion: National Review, Fox News, The Daily Caller, The Daily Beast and The Hill
Pelosi ignores Trump taunts as she steers through another crisis
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Yahoo Finance
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Attacks Democrats Hours After Calling for BipartisanshipNEW!
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Trump's Authoritarian Blindness Comes Home to Roost — COVID-19 is revealing one of Trump's biggest weaknesses. — Donald Trump's position heading into November's presidential election is surprisingly strong. He remains personally unpopular, of course, but he heads toward reelection with …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
New York Times:
How Right-Wing Pundits Are Covering Coronavirus
Discussion: Columbia Journalism Review, more at Mediagazer »
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Coronavirus According to Donald Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Mediaite
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Test Positive With Coronavirus As Outbreak Hits ‘Elvis Presley’ Film — EXCLUSIVE: We have just received word that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were tested positive for the Coronavirus. Both were down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley film …
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Stocks extend losses following 15-minute ‘circuit breaker’ halt, S&P 500 drops 8% — NYSE president Stacey Cunningham: Circuit breakers are working as designed — U.S. stocks fell sharply once again on Thursday after an address from President Donald Trump failed to quell concerns …
Discussion: VICE, TechCrunch, Daily Kos, UPI, The Week, POLITICUSUSA, The Daily Beast and Politico
Kellie Mejdrich / Politico:
Stock sell-off triggers another marketwide trading halt
Discussion: Breitbart
Tomas Pueyo:
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now — Politicians, Community Leaders and Business Leaders: What Should You Do and When? — With everything that's happening about the Coronavirus, it might be very hard to make a decision of what to do today. Should you wait for more information? Do something today?
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump fears emergency declaration would contradict coronavirus message — President Donald Trump is reluctant to declare an expansive emergency to combat the escalating coronavirus outbreak, fearful of stoking panic with such a dramatic step, according to three people familiar with the situation.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN: Trump may sign disaster or emergency declaration Thursday

I've been listening to AM 850 WKNR this morning. The MAC tournament was scheduled to start at Noon, but a while ago, the MAC announced that the tourney start would be delayed one hour, which is weird.

The first game was scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. with number one seed Akron playing Ohio University. Apparently even now at 12:01 p.m., OU players were on the court, warming up.

The MAC has scheduled a press conference, which has been delayed too. I'm guessing that the MAC tourney will be canceled. Why wasn't it canceled last night?

Aaron Goldhammer at AM 850 said a few minutes ago that the Big Ten and the SEC canceled their conference tournaments.

I think that the NCAA should mandate that ALL conference hoops tourneys should be canceled for this season, and the NCAA should postpone their big hoops tourneys until we have an "all clear" like setting.

At the moment, conferences are deciding whether to hold their tourneys. A few days ago, the Ivy League canceled its conference tourney, and the regular season champ would receive the automatic bid for the big tourney.

At 12:06 p.m., AG on AM 850 said that the MAC has canceled its conference tourney, but some conferences are about to start play.

The NCAA should hold its main tourneys later in the spring, such as starting in mid-May with the championship game playing in early June. If we have an all-clear atmosphere, then fans can attend. It might not be as well-attended if held in May-June. It might not have as high as TV ratings since our weather is nicer in the late spring and early summer.

But the men's NCAA tourney is one the U.S.'s biggest sports spectacles. It would probably still be a huge draw even if it started in May.

Apparently, the Big East men's conference tourney tipped off a few minutes ago.

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Does not appear to apply to domestic air travel.

ACC has canceled it conference tourney, per AM 850 at 12:17 p.m. Among conference tourneys, that's a big one to have canceled. It's Saturday and Sunday games are probably as popular for TV viewers as the NCAA tourney.

The Big East tourney game continues. Will it cancel its tourney in the middle of a game?

If conference administrations are canceling their tournaments, then it seems like the NCAA will eventually cancel or postpone or delay its hoops tourneys. The play-in games occur next Tuesday. The first round begins next Thursday. I cannot imagine the U.S. situation improving over the next five to seven days. It will probably worsen and continue to worsen for the next few weeks, at least.



Lucas County officials also announced all events at the SeaGate Convention Centre and the Huntington Center have been canceled through April 15 except Walleye games, which will continue with no spectators. County Commissioner Pete Gerken said it is a county directive.

Toledo mayor Wade said:

“As the governor said, we are in store for some difficult days and weeks.”

This afternoon's news:

Ohio closes K-12 schools, bans mass gatherings as 5th coronavirus case confirmed in state

The virus has caused mass cancellations over the past 48 hours.

Amid coronavirus concerns, the state of Ohio is banning gatherings of 100 people or more and closing K-12 schools for at least three weeks beginning next Monday.

Ohio Gov Mike DeWine said students in the state will have an “extended spring break” starting next Monday. The state will then review the situation at the end of the three-week period.

The virus has caused mass cancellations over the past 48 hours, prompting sports leagues like the NBA, MLB, and NHL to suspend contests indefinitely, and art and entertainment venues to cancel concerts.

The first cases of coronavirus in Ohio — three individuals from Cuyahoga County who had traveled recently — were announced Monday. A fourth case, the first believed to be “community spread,” was announced Wednesday. The fifth case is a 55-year-old male from Trumbull County.

In addition to the five confirmed cases, the state is investigating 52 more cases.

This afternoon's news reported that 43 U.S. states have reported at least one coronavirus case.

The DOW is down over 2000 points today.

OHSAA calls off remainder of winter postseason tournaments

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has postponed all remaining winter tournaments until further notice. This will include boys basketball regionals, state wrestling, ice hockey, and girls basketball.

Tonight's "Authors Authors" event was scheduled to be held at the Main Library, located in downtown Ohio. The featured author was going to be Kenn Kaufman. Deb and I had planned to attend, but yesterday, the event was cancelled.

RSF reveals 2020 list of the world's 20 worst digital predators, companies and government agencies that use digital technology to spy on and harass journalists

Never has conservative media's contempt for facts and science been more dangerous, as Fox News puts lives at risk by minimizing the danger from coronavirus

The right-wing media’s contempt for truth has never been more dangerous

New York Times: How Right-Wing Pundits Are Covering Coronavirus
Sam Seder / @samseder: In 6 months someone will create a graphic showing clusters of coronavirus deaths and how they correlate with high Fox News viewership.
Bad Fox Graphics / @badfoxgraphics: “Sean Hannity used his syndicated talk-radio program on Wednesday to share a prediction he had found on Twitter about what is really happening with the coronavirus: It's a fraud' by the deep state to spread panic in the populace” -@jwpetersNYT @grynbaum
Joel Mathis / The Week: Trump cannot lead America through the coronavirus crisis
Tom Jones / Poynter: The White House hasn't held an official press briefing for a whole year » Where to turn …
Julian Sanchez / @normative: Noticed this at the last forum we held before suspending live events. Republicans were still shaking hands, everyone else had switched to non-contact greetings.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review: Pandemic in the right-wing mediasphere
Andrew Kirell / @andrewkirell: The entire ethos of conservative media, illustrated here in one story: ...
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair: Fox Goes Full Dear Leader With Coronavirus Coverage
Kate Brannen / @k8brannen: As I wondered today why so many Republicans in Congress are continuing to behave like it's business as usual, shaking hands, calling it the flu, etc., I realized they are victims of their own information diet.
Arianna Ciccone / @_arianna: Fox News is putting lives at risk by minimizing coronavirus > The right-wing media's contempt for truth has never been more dangerous ...
Joe Walsh / @walshfreedom: Excellent, important piece by @MaxBoot. Having come from conservative talk radio, I can say that conservative TV & radio hosts lie to and manipulate their viewers/listeners. Doing so with this pandemic IS putting American lives at risk.
John Upton / @johnupton: “Trump could not spread disinformation all by himself. A herd of right-wing pseudo-journalists has jumped the shark along with him. They are promulgating narratives so at odds with reality that they are likely to get people killed.”
Max Boot / @maxboot: By downplaying the reality of coronavirus, Fox News is putting lives at risk. I wish I were exaggerating but I'm not. Polls shows Republicans are less likely to take the threat seriously than Democrats. In @PostOpinions: ...