Marc Valdez

Mark Valdez writes the blog Marc Valdez Weblog: A Dilettante's Uneven Progress - Sacramento area community musical theater (esp. DMTC in Davis), liberal political riffs, Kylie Minogue, Australiana, SW meteorology, hurricanes, and general weirdness.

Web Site: http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/


What’s The Delay?

Sep 28, 2016

Mystified that the National Hurricane Center seems to be delaying dubbing Tropical Storm Matthew. The storm's strong enough; it's about to hit the Windward Islands; it rates. I guess everyone needs to sign off on it, and like all bureaucratic procedu...

PDO Index Began Dropping Sharply In July

Sep 27, 2016

There is some evidence that The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) Index, which tracks sea-surface temperature anomalies, began dropping sharply in July. It's the first real sign that the drought-ridden climate that's afflicted California since 2013 might begin to budge a bit. (Unfortunately, El Niño didn't do the trick last winter.)

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Australians Are Expecting a Stormy Week

Sep 27, 2016


Sandy II

Sep 27, 2016

I'm getting uneasy about the tropical storm developing near the Windward Islands (soon to be named Matthew). Current forecasts send it across Jamaica, eastern Cuba, the Bahamas, just offshore Florida, hitting Cape Hatteras, NC, with eventual landfall i...

Just A Word

Sep 27, 2016
Just A Word


The Arizona Republic Endorses Clinton

Sep 27, 2016

In its 126 year history, the 'Arizona Republic', among the most conservative newspapers in the country, has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for President. Never. Until now.

Lowest Ratings in its 47-Year History

Sep 27, 2016

Monday Night Football suffered its lowest ratings in its 47-year history:The game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints drew a 5.7 overnight rating, according to USA Today. Previously, the lowest reported overnight rating for a Monday ...

The Most Watched Presidential Debate in History

Sep 27, 2016

The history of Presidential debates shows the first debate is usually the most important.More than 80 million people watched the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday night, making it the most watched debate in hi...

There Are Ways To Cope

Sep 27, 2016
There Are Ways To Cope

The media have been very, very broken for some time now, but there are ways for candidates to cope. It's an important skill, to be able to change the subject quickly, and steer the debate towards one's preferred subjects. Because Hillary has been subje...

The Limits of Improv

Sep 27, 2016

Blind-sided:

Donald Trump likes to freestyle. In his overheated, screwball way, he’s a master of the form. His improvisational skills are pretty much the core of his appeal—he’s not scripted, he’s good television. His faith in his ability to let it rip is the essence of his swagger, which apparently appeals to a vast...

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