Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March's Cold and Windy Lion, Trump's Fox News Bold and Ugly Lyin'

Main entrance to the Willard InterGalacticContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C., at blustery dusk, 6:26 p.m. March 5, 2019

I walked home from work -- or rather, to Old Ebbitt, where I stopped at Old Bar and then the Corner Bar before starting my work but catching a fortuitously timed S9 bus near K Street and was home in my apartment in about 10 minutes.

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National Mall and Washington Monument, early evening, 6:09 p.m. March 5, 2019

Of note -- maybe it's just because it's late winter -- but that years' long, massively disruptive restoration of the Mall grounds drainage and soil looks like a TOTAL FAILURE if the idea was to have a healthy lawn of green grass.

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I had planned a thematic blog entry tonight, but I'm actually trying to finish up another one of my work assignments (in this case, meeting notes) from last month on which I had fallen behind, so I'm posting this shorter one instead. Concerning the work, this is on a different federal contract than (but same agency as) the usual one I support. My intention is to post an entry tomorrow evening.

Dusk, 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave NW looking across Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C., 6:23 p.m. March 5, 2019

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Speaking of work, and on this other contract, I might be going to California at the end of the month, specifically, to Menlo Park to a one-day conference.

If I can arrange it, I will spend an extra two days (probably after the event) in San Francisco before returning.

I was in San Francisco back in fall 2006 -- I wrote about it on my defunct Arcturus blog before I started this blog -- and I quite liked the city. I would enjoy seeing it again.

Anyway, last night after work, I went to the gym -- and had a fairly tiring multipart workout -- and then came home and just watched my usual Me TV very old and very enjoyable TV lineup.

There was a quite good Perry Mason episode ("The Case of the Renegade Refugee") following Carol Burnett & Friends. Tonight's Perry Mason episode is "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride." This one features DeForest Kelley …

… "Dr. McCoy" of eternal Star Trek franchise fame.

Turning to the weather …

NWS high resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern and central U.S. valid 3Z 06 March 2019

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It is a very blustery, gusty, cold night with a late season Arctic blast. A strong cold front pushed through earlier in the day -- but with a reinforcing surge this evening, accompanied by some clouds with flurries.

At the 1 a.m. hour, it is down to 27F (and that's at KDCA, the warmest spot in the whole region) -- and winds are still gusty after earlier surging to nearly 40-mph.

I still can hear the wind occasionally moaning and whistling through the drafty window frames of this apartment, not to mention through the rickety accordion extensions of my little window air conditioner.

The dew point is around 6F -- so the temperature is on its way down tonight to 16F to 22F even here in the District.

To be clear, the building has radiator heat and it's rarely that cold here in D.C. that it is a problem. Regardless, I'm hopeful this is the last Arctic outbreak of the season. I'm just not into cold this winter season. Looking ahead, there might be some mixed precipitation on Thursday and then rain on Sunday.

NWS weather advisories (without the legend) as of 0517 UTC (12:17 a.m. EST) 06 March 2019

The dark slate blues across the South are freeze warnings. And, yes, once again another storm system is striking California in this very wet winter out there with flood watches and mountain winter storm warnings

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Of weather note, there was a horrendous tornado outbreak in northern Alabama this past weekend that killed at least 23 people (including a family of seven) with seven still missing. Lee County in and around Beauregard, Ala., was particularly hard hit.

Dusk along Pennsylvania Ave by the National Theatre, Washington, D.C., 6:24 p.m. March 5, 2019

My new dentist is in this block -- 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave NW.

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I'm going to end this entry now. Again, my plan is to post one tomorrow. (I'm unsure if I'll go to the gym tomorrow or, instead, on Thursday.)

For tomorrow, I would like to discuss that whole Trump / Fox News connection that is in the news as a result of Jane Mayer's much-discussed New Yorker piece: The Making of the Fox News White House.

Then there is this Matt Yglesias Vox piece on the topic that also cites an Emory University study quantifying the effect of Fox on presidential elections since 2000.

My own view is that -- as the highly malevolent entity that it is, not to mention one driven by pure amoral profit-seeking -- Fox News Channel and its corporate parent really should be disbanded or at least severely curtained.

To a somewhat lesser extent, Sinclair Broadcast Group as well. Neither are news outfits but rather, dangerous "organisms" damaging society.

But, again, I'll hold off on that until my next entry. Right now -- while watching wee-hours episodes of Mannix and Cannon -- I'm going to do a bit more of the writing work I mentioned at the outset of this entry and then go to bed and into that always strange sleep time dream-world I inhabit.

--Regulus

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