Jul 27, 2015

Major Coastal U.S. Cities---maybe smaller ones too--- under Triple Threat

The impact of Sandy on Lower Manhattan in New York City.

Now new research finds coastal cities face increased threats of flooding.

 "A combination of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall – all functions of climate change – exposes New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego and Boston to a much greater degree, research published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change found."

      And I don't think it is much of a leap to say that smaller coastal cities like Mobile, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida will also be endangered by the same combination of events.

MMMM # 500 !!!!!!!

   Seven years has passed since I posted the first "Monday Morning Media Memo" on this website. This is #500*
     The first MMMM was about the length of a TV News "sound bite"...seven seconds on average back then in 2008. If they have gotten any shorter since then it makes little difference. What I posted on June 15, 2008 is as true today as it was then....and maybe more so.
     Long-form journalism has largely been replaced by tweets and those tiny bits of information on Apple watches. 
    The President of the nonprofit International Center for Journalists in Washington D.C., Joyce Barnathan calls them “glance journalism” and “snackables” in a story she posted on The Columbia Journalism Review. It is a thoughtful read about the changing world of journalism.

"Sixty-one percent of millennials get their news about politics and government from Facebook, according to a Pew study. They want content that feels relevant for them. No wonder major news organizations are partnering with Facebook. CNN is producing special editions for Snapchat, including one called The Poor Kids of Silicon Valley. Even the staid old Beeb—the BBC—is producing online videos designed to be more engaging and personal." 
      One the other hand, I'll bet there are lots of Alabamians who will read every word of a long New York Times story that was posted on Saturday. The headline:

The Pursuit of Nick Saban: Alabama vs. Texas

 As I said, they'll read every word. Perhaps it is a matter of relevant material?

Other recommended reading this Monday:

Politico is called out by a group called "Global Research" for a story they posted---too quickly it turns out---calling Tennessee the Capital of American Jihad.

ALSO: The outlook is not good for newspapers that are trying to use subscriptions to replace money lost to the digital tidal wave is not good:

Just 11 percent of US consumers are paying for online news, according to the report, and there has been “virtually no increase” since 2013. It’s doubtful that’s an audience size large enough to support newsrooms of hundreds of journalists. This statistic is replicated around the world, with only about 10 percent paying for news.
                                                                                 Read the entire report at CJR HERE.

*Math conscious visitors will wonder how we reached 500 "Monday" posts since June 2008...not enough weeks, they'll say. During some years, we posted more than once a week and it counted towards the total. Or my math was off. Or both. Whatever. I say it's 500 today. Period.

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a regular feature of www.TimLennox.com]

Jul 26, 2015

# 500!

The 500th Monday Morning Media Memo!
Stop by in the morning for a look at the 500th post about all things media....at www.TimLennox.com


The Admiral's Pistol

     The website guns.com has published a story about a pistol presented as a gift to Admiral Raphael Semmes, the Alabamian who was captain of the Civil War raider CSS Alabama.

     It is in the collection of The Museum of Mobile.

Actual Crazy Person Can Buy a Gun

    If there is anything that seems clear about the "drifter" from phoenix City Alabama who shot up a movie theater in Louisiana it is this: he was mentally ill.

      So shouldn't that have prevented him from buying the gun he used?

Nah! Apparently not in Alabama, according to stories today:

"Court records reviewed by The Associated Press strongly suggest Houser should have been reported to the state and federal databases used to keep people with serious mental illnesses from buying firearms, legal experts said.
"It sure does seem like something failed," said Judge Susan Tate, who presides over a probate court in Athens, Georgia, and has studied issues relating to weapons and the mentally ill. "I have no idea how he was able to get a firearm."
                                                                                                           Boston Herald Story

   Will the NRA and others fight efforts to block whatever failure allowed Houser to buy the gun? 
     They already support allowing anybody to buy any available gun at a gun show or from an individual without any background check.

HERE is a summary of Alabama gun laws, from an admittedly anti-gun organization.

And, as CBS reported earlier in the month, keep an eye out! There appears to be a contagion effect. Mass shootings often follow each other within 20-days. 

Sunday Focus: Clean Water

     Two small communities near New Orleans have been told to flush their water systems with a chlorine solution to kill a potentially deadly amoeba.

"The amoeba does not have harmful effects when the infected water touched the skin, or even when it is consumed orally. However, when the water gets access via the nose, it becomes dangerous. It can slowly inch its way towards the brain and can cause severe tissue damage."
                                                                  Gazette Tribune

     Ouch! Makes ya wonder how secure your own water supply is, no?
A Source of MWWSSB water

     I had just recently received an annual full color glossy report from The Montgomery Water Works and Sanitary Sewer Board Board. It includes hundreds of numbers indicating what's in the water...and what's not. 
     I'm willing to bet no more than a handful of terminally bored customers have actually read it. 
     But after the amoeba story from New Orleans this morning....I went to the online version of the report. First, I searched the document for the word amoeba. Zero results. Then I spotted this:

A source water assessment was conducted for the water supply of Montgomery Water
Works including both the surface water and groundwater. An investigation of potential sources of contamination located within our water supply area was conducted. Each source was examined individually to determine the possible impact on the raw water supply. The majority of sources identified during the investigation pose little or no significant threat to our water supply
For more information about the source water assessment or to view a copy of the reports resulting from this investigation, please contact us at (334) 206-1600.
What's that?

The majority of sources identified during the investigation pose little or no significant threat to our water supply.

     Does that mean what it seems to mean? That some of the sources DO pose a significant threat to the water supply. Hmmm.

     The EPA-required report also assures customers that all is well: that the water "meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards".

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