2018 January 03

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Andrew Cuomo Tackles Hunger With ‘Breakfast After the Bell’

"You’re thinking, “Good for Cuomo. He’s helping hungry kids and using federal money to pay for it. Big deal. Who opposes that? It doesn’t change my opinion of him.” But it should. Issues like hunger are extremely important but not when it comes to elections. When people step into the voting booth, they have maybe a few things in mind: political party, basic impressions of each candidate’s character, and, at most, one or two specific policy issues that they like or don’t like about either candidate. Sadly, those one or two issues are rarely childhood hunger."

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 17 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a southeast breeze at 5 mph. The skies will clear Saturday around 5 am. Right about when the deep freeze really gets underway. 

Tonight will have a chance of snow, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 12 degrees at 1am. Three degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 10 at 10pm; Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2017, we had light rain and mist in the evening, which became light drizzle and fog by the early hours of the morning. It got down to 22 degrees. The record low of -15 occurred back in 1904.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 93% illuminated. The moon will set tomorrow at 9:24 am. The Last Quarter Moon is on Sunday night. The Blue Moon is on Wednesday, January 31th. The sun will rise at 7:25 am with the first light at 6:53 am, which is one second earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 50 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 59 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will snow. Areas of blowing snow after noon. High of 21 degrees at 1pm. 10 degrees below normal. North wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. A year ago, we had light freezing drizzle and mist in the morning, which became light rain and mist by afternoon. The high last year was 44 degrees. The record high of 64 was set in 1950.  After tomorrow’s snow, it will get extremely cold and windy, Friday through the weekend. 

Cold but clear for the weekend. Saturday, mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 2. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 15. Typical average high for the weekend is 31 degrees.

This weekend I plan primarily to stay inside. I moved my truck so the landlord can plow and not plow me in. I also went to the grocery store to buy groceries and just top off my battery so it will be good to go when the cold comes this weekend. I’m sure it would start in the cold just fine, it did so tonight but I don’t like to leave it parked for a full week before turning over the engine at something below zero. 

In four weeks on January 31 the sun will be setting at 5:08 pm, which is 33 minutes and 14 seconds later then tonight. In 2017 on that day, we had snow, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 26 and 11 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 15 degrees. The record high of 58 degrees was set back in 1913.

Looking ahead, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 1 week, Blue Moon is in 4 weeks, The Day the Music Died is a month away, February Save the Pine Bush Dinner – 40th Anniversary is in 7 weeks, Independence Day is in 26 weeks, Labor Day is in 7 months, Election Day 2020 is in 33 months and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 159 weeks.

Only 141 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!

Google Maps: Hispanic Persons in New York State

Yesterday I posted a graph that showed the percentage of Hispanics who lived in each county of New York. Today, an interactive map showing Hispanic percentages by Census Tract. Generally downstate has the most Hispanic persons, concentrated around the New York City Metropolitan area.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

You Can Now Pump The Gas Yourself In Oregon’s Rural Places, And People’s Reactions Take Stupidity To Another Level

"Oregon passed a law at the turn of the year which allows people in rural areas to pump their own gas. So what? Is that it? What do I care? All the above are perfectly understandable reactions to a seemingly mundane piece of legal news, which you wouldn’t expect to make much of a splash outside of the few counties affected."

"However, this is a big deal for some Oregonians, many of whom have reacted to the law change with a fury that many outsiders find bizarre, and quite amusing. Scroll down below to check out some of the reactions from the internet at large, and feel free to add your own take on the issue in the comments!"

Map: Albany County 2015 Population Cartogram

Map: Albany County 2015 Population Cartogram

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbəniː/ awl-bə-nee) is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is from the title of the Duke of York and Albany, who became James II of England (James VII of Scotland). As of the 2010 census, the population was 304,204.[1] As originally established, Albany County had an indefinite amount of land, but has only 530 square miles (1,400 km2) as of March 3, 1888. The county seat is Albany, the state capital.



We need a tough carbon tax. If you make gasoline $10 a gallon, people will drive a lot less. A stiff carbon tax would dramatically alter the power grid and people's habits, as they seek out lower carbon ways of living.

A carbon tax can help enhance social security, create a universal health care system, and provide tax relief for businesses and working people alike. It can help pay down the national debt.

Map: Bobell State Forest

Map: Bobell State Forest

Bobell State Forest, also known as Chenango Reforestation Areas #10 & 30, is located in the Towns of Coventry and Greene in Chenango County. The two adjacent forests contain 2156 acres. The areas are soon to be included with nearby forests in the development of a draft unit management plan. The forests were purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's and most of the trees were planted by the Civil Conservation Corps during the 1930's.

The forests were named after early settlers named Bobell or Bowbell. The soils proved to be somewhat poor for farming, having shallow depths to hard pan and a tendency to be seasonably wet. These soil characteristics still present challenges to some forest management and recreational activities.


“Don’t name them” – Criminologist asks journalists to help stop mass shootings

A prohibition on law enforcement and District Attorneys on discussing criminal trials prior to start makes a lot of sense. This will protect the privacy of both victims and accused, and avoid prejudicing juries. While private citizens have a first amendment right, police officers and District Attorneys are government employees and be prohibited form discussing sensitive matters. This would stop the media frenzy, because the media would be kept in dark. But then again, it would make it hard for police and District Attorneys to go the politicians and demand more resources to fill more patronage jobs and get more toys.

"In our research, Eric Madfis and I have identified three major consequences of the media coverage. One, it creates a kind of competition for mass shooters to maximize the number of victims they kill. The second is that it’s rewarding these offenders with fame and attention, which is often what they want – it serves to give them a legacy. Even if they die, they may be remembered, according to their distorted views, as someone who mattered, as a somebody rather than a nobody."

"Apart from that, the media advertises the behavior. So regardless what kind of behavior it is, if you want to increase it, the best way is to advertise it. When it comes to mass shooters, that advertising produces what’s known as both contagion and copycat effects. Contagion essentially means that the ideas about committing this type of attack spread through society and permeate the minds of at-risk individuals. And copycat effects have been documented among many offenders who have specifically identified previous mass shooters as role models."