Links and Notes - Wed, Mar 11, 2020

4:00 p.m.

Today has been a dark, dingy day with a low overcast. Some fog existed early this morning when I walked Barney for 42 minutes. Temps were in the mid-30s during our walk, and the wind was calm. Barney did great. He loves his neighborhood walks, smelling all of the other dogs that strolled the neighborhood the day before.

Last week, we vacationed in Orange Beach, Alabama. Temps each day were in the 60s or 70s. It was a great location and fun time with family.

Last Sunday, March 8, I did not recognize the 15th anniversary of the passing of my cat Beanie. In the spring of 1994, a coworker, Marty B, asked if I wanted to adopt Beanie from her because she no longer wanted him. She thought that Beanie was three- or four-years-old. I agreed to adopt Beanie who was a black tabby cat with prominent uppercast 'M' on his forehead.

In the spring of 1994, my roommate moved out, and she took two cats with her: Haley and Cybil. My cat Comet came from the same litter as Haley. We got Haley and Comet in May of 1992. With adopting Beanie, Comet had a buddy, although they did not associate much, but they were not adversaries either. We were all associates, I guess.

In late January or early February of 2005, Beanie was diagnosed with mouth cancer, and he passed away on Mar 8, 2005. Here's my Mar 9, 2005 post.

If Beanie was around 15-years-old, it's amazing that 15 years have passed, since he passed. I remember that morning before I left the house. Beanie was diabetic, and I have him insulin before I left. He laid upstairs on our bed when I gave him the insulin. The thing that struck me was the expression on his face. His did not look like Beanie, and it was not due to the cancer. His face looked sunken or something. I wish that I had been home that day like when Comet passed, which, amazingly, will be 10 years ago this May.

But Barney still seems to be in good health, but he's 12-years-old now, and for dogs, that's a long time. I wonder if our walk on a snowy landscape back on Sat, Feb 29 will be our last. I wonder if this will be the last time that he has his winter coat of long hair. I will take to the groomers in a few weeks to have buzz-cut for warmer weather.

I hope Barney lives for at least a few more years, but that's probably wishful thinking. I know that at his age, anything can pop-up suddenly. Last summer, we had a bit of nervousness when a growth formed on Barney's eyelid. It required surgery to remove it, but tests showed that it was not cancer.

Comet and Beanie were great friends as were Deb's cats Ely and Wolfgang. Barney is a Hall-of-Famer too.

Last Sunday, March 8, Deb and I went birdwatching along the lakeshore in the afternoon.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Mar 11, 2020 3:52 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 45 F
Humidity : 73%
Wind Speed : W 10 mph
Barometer : 30.02 in
Dewpoint: 37 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 40 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Mar 11, 2020 3:53 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 45 F
Humidity : 76%
Wind Speed : W 7 mph
Barometer : 30.03 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 41 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Mar 11, 2020 3:56 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 44 F
Humidity : 79%
Wind Speed : WNW 7 mph
Barometer : 30.03 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 40 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Mar 11, 2020 3:08 pm

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Light and variable wind.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.

Thursday Night: A chance of rain, mainly before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth 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 32. West wind 7 to 14 mph.

Saturday: A slight chance of snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday Night: A chance of rain before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Monday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


The following is a list of the largest social networking services, in order by number of active users, as of October 2019, as published by Statista:

Excerpts from the list where 4 of the top 6 are Facebook properties:

That's amazing. Buying Instagram for one billion dollars was a steal for Facebook. Instagram could have remained its own company and probably had its own IPO, but that's hindsight.

i need to stop visiting mediagazer. too many of the stories bubbling up at the site sound like terrible fake reality tv drama.

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

Study of 400 people finds that people pay for news because it reinforces their social identities, not because it's good for democracy

huh? social identity?

How local journalism is surviving under family-owned media companies, like Arizona-based Wick Communications, and newspapers like Charleston's Post and Courier

The title from the above post:

The Future of Journalism May Live on Through Family-Owned Newspapers

Hold on. Journalism and newspapers are not synonymous, since journalism can exist in many other mediums too, obviously. "Newspapers" is one AREA of journalism that is fading away.

Journalism in the future will exist at the local level, hopefully, in the form of digital startups.

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It's rare that I visit, but I did today at 5:16 p.m., and I saw this story, published within the past hour.

NCAA tournament will be played without fans

The NCAA made the unprecedented decision Wednesday to hold the men's and women's basketball tournaments without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

That will be a weird thing to watch on TV, although it has been several years, since I last watched the NCAA men's tournament.

The NCAA announcement came after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he would issue an order that would ban fans from NCAA tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.

Today, the MAC tournament started in Cleveland, and games were played without fans.

Many conference tournaments will also be played without fans. The Mid-American Conference closed its men's and women's basketball tournament games at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and scheduled site of the men's NCAA games, to the general public. The women's tournament started Wednesday.

Drudge Report headlines:

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Most Americans Will Likely Be Exposed...
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Clusters swell on both sides of USA...
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USA weighs limits on travelers from Europe...
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NCAA March Madness to be fan free...
NBA game too...
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NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for the coronavirus

Actor Tom Hanks says he, wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus

Hanks said he and Wilson had felt tired, with colds, aches and slight fevers. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive,” he said, adding they’ll be “isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. People with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover, WHO says.

Only staff, limited family at NCAA Tourney games

NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.

NASCAR will race at Altanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.