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Daily Bread for 9.21.21: Gableman Requests an Inquisition

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Tuesday in Whitewater will see scattered showers this morning on an otherwise cloudy day with a high of 69.  Sunrise is 6:42 AM and sunset 6:52 PM for 12h 10m 14s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

 The Whitewater’s Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1780, Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.


 Molly Beck reports Gableman says he will compel election clerks to comply with election review if necessary:

MADISON – Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman said Monday he is willing to compel election clerks to turn over documents and provide testimony as part of Assembly Republicans’ review of the 2020 election outcome.

Gableman, an attorney who is overseeing the review as a special counsel, released a six-minute video on Monday defending the review by saying he was not seeking to challenge the election’s result and outlined some details of the review, which includes subpoenaing election clerks who do not comply with his requests.

“The purpose of this investigation is to determine what was supposed to happen in our elections and what did happen, to see what went well as well as to see what might have gone badly,” Gableman said.

“We will request from those officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony.”

Gabelman twists traditional legal presumptions backwards: he demands others produce documents on the expansive theory that those others may have “potential knowledge of unlawful actions.”  He offers no evidence of any unlawful actions. Under Gableman’s formulation, others are asked to prove their innocence of supposed unlawful actions about which Gableman need show no evidence whatever.

A reading like Gableman’s would allow state investigations of public or private parties to prove they have not somehow violated the law, without even a government showing that they might have done so.

Speaker Vos is certain to sign any subpoenas Gableman drafts, lest Vos incur Trump’s election wrath.  (Vos felt no worry about ignoring Nass’s request for a challenge to UW System protocols, but Nass is forgettable when compared against Trump.)

It’s an inquisition that Gableman wants, and Vos will give him one.


Lava erupts from a volcano on La Palma in Spanish Canary Islands:

Daily Bread for 9.20.21: Horse Owners Face an Ivermectin Shortage

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Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with scattered afternoon thundershowers and a high of 81.  Sunrise is 6:41 AM and sunset 6:54 PM for 12h 13m 07s of daytime.  The moon is full with 99.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Equal Opportunities Commission meets at 5 PM, and her Library Board at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1982, players in the National Football League begin a 57-day strike.


 Bryan Pietsch reports Horse owners can’t find ivermectin as Americans flock to unproven coronavirus cure:

Equine ivermectin comes in small tubes and syringes and helps eliminate “many types of worms,” often for less than $10. And lately it’s been hard to find.

Amid the recent clamor for the deworming agent — commonly used on horses, livestock and sometimes dogs and cats — as an unproven covid-19 treatment for humans, people who need to treat their horses with the substance have been faced with empty shelves and the fear that they could be mistaken for the people who are using the drug on themselves.

A syringe of ivermectin paste sold online by QC Supply, a Nebraska-based livestock supply distributor, works on pinworms, hairworms, largemouth stomach worms and more. Each syringe can treat a horse weighing up to 1,250 pounds. But the dewormer is out of stock.

Still, the product remains on the site with the warning: “For Oral Use In Horses Only.”

On the website for Fleet Farm, a livestock supply chain in the Midwest, Horse Health Equine Ivermectin Paste sells for $6.99 but is not available for online orders. It carries a prominent warning telling consumers that “these products are not safe or approved for human use.”

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In Las Vegas, V&V Tack and Feed enacted a new requirement for customers trying to buy ivermectin, according to local media reports. The store posted a sign that the drug would be sold only to horse owners. “MUST SHOW A PIC OF YOU AND YOUR HORSE,” the sign read.

A country with the finest vaccines in the world finds many of its people instead taking medicine for horses.

This is a notable failure of education. We — all of us — have taught poorly.

America’s schools — and their leaders — cannot expect to be taken seriously or treated deferentially when they have so negligently taught an entire generation, including ignorant men and women scouring stores for horse paste.

To believe in education is to believe in more than celebrating good ideas; to believe in education requires also a commitment to refuting bad ideas.


Splashdown — SpaceX Inspiration4 crew back on Earth after historic mission:

Daily Bread for 9.19.21: Another War to End

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Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 89.  Sunrise is 6:40 AM and sunset 6:56 PM for 12h 16m 00s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 97.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1982, Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University bulletin board system:

Fahlman was not the first to suggest the concept of the emoticon – a similar concept for a marker appeared in an article of Reader’s Digest in May 1967, although that idea was never put into practice.

In an interview printed in The New York Times in 1969, Vladimir Nabokov noted:

“I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile – some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket.”

Fahlman is credited with originating the first smiley emoticon, which he thought would help people on a message board at Carnegie Mellon to distinguish serious posts from jokes. He proposed the use of :-) and :-( for this purpose, and the symbols caught on. The original message from which these symbols originated was posted on 19 September 1982. The message was recovered by Jeff Baird on 10 September 2002 and read:

19-Sep-82 11:44    Scott E  Fahlman             :-)
From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:

:-)

Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends.  For this, use

:-(

Elliot Williams writes With America Out of a Major Foreign War, Time to End One at Home:

Many of the tragedies and sins associated with failure in the war in Afghanistan could equally apply if the words “in Afghanistan” were swapped out with “on drugs”: that it raged for decades; was immeasurably bloody; was carried out with no clear exit strategy; had the support of an American public that was blinded by politically charged debates and that scarcely appreciated its costs; and is managed by political leaders who overwhelmingly want it to end, but do not want to own the responsibility for doing so.

While President Richard Nixon first laid a marker on drugs by calling for major narcotics legislation in 1969, the rhetoric of the modern drug war as we know it began with a speech he gave in 1971. There, he declared that the federal government would treat addiction as “public enemy No. 1,” and that “in order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive.”

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Moreover, nothing today screams about the racial underpinnings of the country’s approach to drugs more than the fact that today’s opioid crisis (one that has victimized Whites), is thought of as exactly that — a crisis. Today’s White users are vulnerable victims to be nurtured; Black users often remain enemy combatants to be dispatched.

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In addition, baked at least partly into the American psyche is the notion that police are not guardians of the communities they serve, but rather warriors engaged in ongoing combat (think about it: police often are called “troops” or “forces” and trained at military-style boot camps, and military veterans represent about 20 percent of police forces despite making up just 6 percent of the general population). Humans most often go to war with people they view as unlike themselves; likewise, police officers may see themselves as guardians of people like themselves. For generations, America’s entire notion of what policing is has largely overvalued police officers’ roles as warriors and undervalued their role as protectors. That must evolve. While defunding police may not make communities safer, shifting the very paradigm that police only exist as extensions of the country’s military apparatus will.

The rise of conservative populism makes an end to the drug war unlikely in places where populists hold political sway.  Populists see those beyond their movement as ‘illegitimate,’ and so will hungrily support a conflict like this against others.

Rural counties like Walworth County, Wisconsin will fight the drug war, and waste money year after year, even if most of America moves on.

Leaving Afghanistan will prove easier than ending the drug war.


 Why beavers were parachuted into the Idaho wilderness 73 years ago:

Today, black rhinos are anesthetized and hung from helicopters by their feet, skimming the savanna as they’re flown to new locations to help repopulate the species. Mountain goats are blindfolded and secured in dangling slings, choppered to new ranges to prevent destruction of fragile alpine environments from overgrazing. Fish are routinely dropped from fixed-wing aircraft to restock lakes. Still, in 1948, and even now, the idea of translocating beavers by dropping boxes of them out of a plane with parachutes was unusual.

But Idaho’s wildlife managers at the time were at a loss. People were migrating from the state’s cities to rural areas in the southwest part of the state in search of fresh air and nature. Many of those regions were already populated, however—by beavers. Soon, the new residents were complaining about the old ones, whose habit of felling trees and building dams sometimes flooded yards and damaged sprinkler systems, orchards, and culverts.

The Fish and Game Department recognized the animals’ value as important ecosystem engineers. Beavers establish and maintain wetlands, improve water quality, reduce erosion, and create habitat for game, fish, waterfowl, and plants. They also help stabilize the water supply for humans. Rather than exterminate them, the department decided to move them—all 76 of them.

[Idaho Fish and Game employee Elmo] Heter set to work, focusing on how he could safely, quickly, and affordably transport beavers from the McCall and Payette Lake region of southwestern Idaho to the Chamberlain Basin, in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range, now called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.

Eventually, he hit upon a singular idea: tying boxes of beavers to parachutes left over from World War II, then tossing them out of a small plane.

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Daily Bread for 9.18.21: Vaccination Rates on UW System Campuses

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Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 79.  Sunrise is 6:39 AM and sunset 6:57 PM for 12h 18m 52s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 93.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1977, Voyager I takes the first distant photograph [7.25 million miles] of the Earth and the Moon together.


 Kelly Meyerhofer reports What is the student vaccination rate at your UW System campus?:

Student vaccination rates at Wisconsin’s public universities range widely from 91% at UW-Madison to 38% at UW-Parkside, according to figures released Friday.

The data offers the first complete picture of COVID-19 vaccination rates across the University of Wisconsin System, which has encouraged but not required students and employees to get the shot. The approach differs from at least half a dozen private universities and colleges in the state that are requiring vaccination.

The System’s stance against vaccine mandates has frustrated some faculty members, many of whom worry about returning in person to teach in mostly aging buildings that they describe as poorly ventilated. They believe a mandate would provide a much safer learning environment.

COVID-19 mitigation measures in place at System campuses include an indoor mask mandate and, at most campuses, required weekly testing for unvaccinated individuals.

The percentage of fully vaccinated students as of Wednesday are:

  • UW-Madison: 91%
  • UW-La Crosse: 75%
  • UW-Milwaukee: 74%
  • UW-Eau Claire: 69%
  • UW-Whitewater: 64%
  • UW-Oshkosh: 61%
  • UW-Stout: 58%
  • UW-Green Bay: 55%
  • UW-River Falls: 55%
  • UW-Superior: 50%
  • UW-Platteville: 47%
  • UW-Stevens Point: 46%
  • UW-Parkside: 38%

The distance and difference between the most-vaccinated and least-vaccinated campuses is notable (and disconcerting).


Megapod of Humpback Whales Filmed Off Australia Coast:

A megapod of humpback whales was filmed off the Sapphire Coast of Australia last week. According to Simon Miller, skipper and owner of Sapphire Coastal Adventures, they typically see 20 whales during this time of year feeding, but this time there were 100+ whales. Miller said he had never seen that many whales in his 19 years of operation.

Film: Tuesday, September 28th, 1 PM @ Seniors in the Park, A Quiet Place: Part 2

Tuesday, September 28th at 1 PM, there will be a showing of A Quiet Place: Part 2 @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin Community Building:

Drama/Thriller/Sci-Fi

1 hour, 37 minutes

Rated PG-13 (2020)

After the death of her husband (John Krasinski), Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) finds herself on her own, with two young teens, a defenseless newborn son, and nowhere to hide. Forced to venture into the unknown, the family realizes that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond.

Written and directed by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt’s real-life husband.

One can find more information about A Quiet Place: Part 2 at the Internet Movie Database.

Daily Bread for 9.17.21: 2020 Census Data for Whitewater

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Friday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 84.  Sunrise is 6:38 AM and sunset 6:59 PM for 12h 21m 45s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 86.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

 This day in 1787, the Framers at the Constitutional Convention sign their final draft of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia.


 Some, but not all, of the 2020 Census data for Whitewater are now available. Other census data will be released later, and so available information for Whitewater remains a combination of the latest census and American Community Survey data (either as one-year or five-year-estimate data).

Of the 2020 Census data, here’s what the U.S. Census Bureau now has available for Whitewater:

Total Population: 14,889

Total Households: 4,686

Total Population Hispanic or Latino: 2,086 (14%)

Of the 2010 Census data, here’s what Whitewater looked liked:

Total Population: 14,390.

Total Households: 4,766

Total Population Hispanic or Latino: 1,372 (9.5%)


California Wildfires Threaten Giant Trees of Sequoia National Park:

Friday Catblogging: Miami Fans Use American Flag to Catch Falling Cat

Doha Madani reports Video shows Florida football fans use a U.S. flag to rescue cat that fell from upper deck:

The biggest play at the University of Miami-Appalachian State University football game Saturday night happened in the stands, where spectators banded together to save a feline fan. Video from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens showed the cat dangling from an upper deck, where it apparently clung by its claws to some type of fabric on the railing. At least one person reached down to help, but the cat plummeted to the seats below. Thankfully, the careening kitty was caught by fans who held a U.S. flag as a makeshift rescue tarp. The flag belonged to season ticket holder Craig Cromer and his wife, Kimberly, NBC Miami reported. Cromer, a University of Miami facilities manager, told the station that he and his wife untied the flag from the railing when they saw the cat clinging above them.

Daily Bread for 9.16.21: The Biased Leading the Biased

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Thursday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 81.  Sunrise is 6:36 AM and sunset 7:01 PM for 12h 24m 38s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 77.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater Fire Department, Inc. meets at 6 PM.

 This day in 1959, the first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.


 Patrick Marley reports Gableman talking to conspiracy theorist Shiva Ayyadurai as he reviews Wisconsin’s election:

MADISON — The attorney heading a partisan review of Wisconsin’s presidential election has been consulting with a losing U.S. Senate candidate who appeared in a conspiracy theory-fueled film, falsely claimed a million ballots were destroyed in Massachusetts and recently linked his election doubts to a science-fiction novel.

Shiva Ayyadurai since he lost a 2020 primary for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts has been spreading untrue claims about elections — suggesting last month without credible evidence that more than 4% of Donald Trump’s votes were shaved off his totals. Now, he’s talking to former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman for Gableman’s review of the presidential election.

Ayyadurai’s exact role is not clear.

“They’re indicating they’re going to bring in Dr. Shiva as well to help on the forensic audit,” Reince Priebus, Trump’s first chief of staff, said last month on former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast.

Ayyadurai and Gableman “have had a lot of conversations,” according to Harry Wait, president of the conservative watchdog group Honest Open Transparent Government. Wait said he speaks to Gableman frequently, including last week.

Biden beat Trump in Wisconsin by about 21,000 votes, or 0.6 percentage points. Recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties confirmed his victory, as did a string of court decisions.

Assembly Republicans have said they need more review of the election and have tasked Gableman with digging into the issue at taxpayer expense. Gableman, who claimed without evidence last year that Wisconsin bureaucrats stole votes, is supposed to wrap up his review as soon as next month.

See also Wisconsin Republicans are wasting $676,000 in taxpayer money on a partisan review of the 2020 election. Tell them to stop.

There is an insatiability to populist desires: they want what they want, and they will ignore or break tradition, reason, or law to get it. Their first and fundamental position is that

all other contenders for power are fundamentally illegitimate. This is never just a disagreement about policies or even about values, which after all in a democracy is completely normal, ideally maybe even somewhat productive. No, populists always immediately make it personal and they make it entirely moral. This tendency to simply dismiss everybody else from the get-go as corrupt, as not working for the people, that’s always the pattern.

The ineluctable consequence of their belief that all others are legitimate is the populists’ insistence that If You Didn’t Vote for Trump, Your Vote Is Fraudulent.  Conspiracy theories about the election stem from this insistence.

They are for conservative populism over liberal democracy, and would rather destroy the constitutional order than live within it.

There are countless officials, including local ones in Whitewater, who will not acknowledge these truths about the populists and their intentions. They’ll say nothing, or prattle about smaller matters, in the hope that the populist threat will pass, or that through silence now they’ll find a comfortable place in a new order should the populists prevail.

There is not even one such official who isn’t a disappointment.

On Wednesday, September 15 at 8:02 p.m. EDT, 00:02 UTC on September 16, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully launched the Inspiration4 mission – the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit – from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Approximately three days after liftoff, Dragon and the crew of Inspiration4 will splash down at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast.

Daily Bread for 9.15.21: UW-Whitewater’s Vaccination Rate

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Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 76.  Sunrise is 6:35 AM and sunset 7:03 PM for 12h 27m 30s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 68.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets at 5:30 PM.

 This day in 1940 sees the climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Luftwaffe launches its largest and most concentrated attack of the entire campaign.


 Interim Chancellor of UW-Whitewater Jim Henderson offers an Update on COVID-19 vaccination rates:

Dear UW-Whitewater community,

I’m so pleased to inform you that we are making substantial progress towards our university vaccination goals. As of this morning, 64% of students and 83% of employees are fully vaccinated. These are verified records, courtesy of all of you who have submitted your information to the COVID-19 Hotline.

Our ability to maintain in-person classes and activities — a vibrant university experience — is dependent upon a safe and healthy campus community. If you have not yet done so, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able, and to report it to UW-Whitewater as soon as possible.

UW System has announced that COVID-19-vaccinated students who attend universities that achieve at least 70% vaccination rates by Oct. 15 will be eligible to win one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000 each.

We’ve already awarded $18,000 to our Warhawk students in the weekly $500 drawings, which will continue into October. My deepest appreciation goes out to the generous donors who provided funding to the UW-Whitewater Foundation in support of this campaign.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is giving a $100 Visa Gift Card to any Wisconsin resident ages 12 and older who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine from a Wisconsin vaccination provider from Aug. 20 through Sept. 19.

Warhawk family, we’re navigating the pandemic together, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to this point. Let’s finish the month strong.

Thank you,
Jim Henderson, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor

There is more work to do to meet the UW System goal, and UW-Whitewater deserves support and encouragement to do so. Embracing a culture of good public health would both physically protect and culturally uplift the campus.

Whitewater, sadly, is no easy environment in which to advance a vaccination effort, even with the finest vaccines and the most advanced medical science in all the world.  A small band in the city, as malicious as it is ignorant, spreads lies, even perversely publishing icons with hypodermic needles in the shape of Nazi swastikas.

These lumpen few are a blight on the community, and proof of how spotty has been our city’s and county’s educational accomplishments.  We have done too little, and praised ourselves too much for it.

UW-Whitewater will help itself, and all the city, by looking within and achieving still higher vaccination rates.

See Daily Bread for 9.3.21: UW-Madison Reports 90% Vaccinated.

Daily Bread for 9.14.21: ‘Foreign and Domestic’

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 78.  Sunrise is 6:34 AM and sunset 7:05 PM for 12h 30m 23s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 57.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Public Works Committee meets at 6 PM.

On this day in 1994, the Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.


Jamelle Bouie writes George W. Bush 2021, Meet George W. Bush 2001:

“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

From there, Bush voiced his dismay at the stark polarization and rigid partisanship of modern American politics. “A malign force seems at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument, and every argument into a clash of cultures,” he said. “So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear, and resentment. That leaves us worried about our nation and our future together.”

Bush spoke as if he were just an observer, a concerned elder statesman who fears for the future of his country. But that’s nonsense. Bush was an active participant in the politics he now bemoans.

Bouie is critical of Bush’s policies, and sees those policies as responsible for many of our current divisions. By Bouie’s reading, Bush is no bystander to our present maladies.

It is worth noting, however, that here in the rural Midwest, even acknowledging as Bush did that there are domestic threats to the constitutional order is controversial.

It should not be a controversial claim. The current form of the presidential oath of office expressly contemplates dangers to the American Republic both ‘foreign and domestic’:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

To say as much draws right-wing populist fury, as they suspect that it is about them that concerns over domestic threats often originate.

They’d draw less concern from others if they did not lie about election results, support violent insurrections against the government, or threaten the use of force in public meetings. 

But they do all of these, and so they merit the concern of others.


Bear Charges Out of Dumpster Towards Man Near Lake Tahoe:

Daily Bread for 9.13.21: Drinking More?

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers and a high of 74.  Sunrise is 6:33 AM and sunset 7:06 PM for 12h 33m 14s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 45.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Planning Commission meets at 6 PM.

On this day in 1956, the IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.


Richard Kremer reports COVID-19 Pandemic Driving Wisconsin’s Alcohol Sales:

A new report suggests people are buying dramatically more alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum released findings Wednesday that show revenue from state excise taxes on alcohol during the year that ended June 30 increased almost 17 percent over the $63.3 million they brought in the prior year.

The increase likely will be the largest percentage jump since 1972 if the preliminary data holds.

Between 2009 and 2020, the percentage increase in alcohol tax revenue exceeded 2.4 percent in only one year.

Mark Sommerhauser, Wisconsin Policy Forum researcher, said he and his colleagues suspected alcohol consumption was up during the pandemic. But with bars and restaurants closed for months in 2020, he said he was curious to see what alcohol tax data would show.

“Let’s face it, people were super, super stressed over the last year with maybe their job situation or their kids’ school or day care or who knows what else,” Sommerhauser said. “There’s just kind of a brew of factors, sort of a confluence of things coming together here, that I think are potentially concerning.”

The report shows that during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended June 30, taxes on liquor increased by more than 18 percent over the 2020 fiscal year. During the same period, taxes were up by around 10 percent for beer and wine, while revenues from hard cider sales increased by just more than 16 percent.

Drinking alcohol is — as it should be for adults — legal.  (Fall, in particular, is a season well-suited to a good red.)  And yet, over-drinking from stress, or taking opioids for stress rather than physical pain, incurs both personal and societal costs.

Dr. Anita Gupta writes What We Can Do About The Opioid Crisis During The Pandemic:

The U.S. has historically struggled with opioid addiction. Research suggests that 2 million Americans suffered from an opioid use disorder in 2018 — well before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Synthetic opioids have contributed to a nationwide increase in overdose deaths, which have increased by 38.4% from the 12-month period leading up to June 2019 compared to the 12-month period leading up to May 2020. But this isn’t just a public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone is approximately $78.5 billion a year, including health care costs, addiction treatment costs and lost productivity.

The White House and the CDC recommend a few key interventions that could aid in the mitigation of the opioid epidemic: educating as to appropriate and safe opioid prescribing; expanding safe access to new treatments and innovations, including naloxone use; and improving links between mental health care and substance use treatment services and increasing the safe use of medication-assisted treatment. The issue of drug supply has worsened the opioid crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’re years past the Great Recession, for example, only to find that opioid addiction still plagues rural communities. See also Opioid Crisis : Great Recession :: Dust Bowl : Great Depression

Here one sees the chronic social condition that many rural communities daily experience: left, right, center, libertarian, or green all live and advocate in places with public-health challenges only some of them will candidly acknowledge.


Hundreds of paddle boarders ride at Moscow festival:

Daily Bread for 9.12.21: Will the Curriculum Be in Their Hands?

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with occasional thundershowers and a high of 79.  Sunrise is 6:32 AM and sunset 7:08 PM for 12h 36m 07s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 34.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1962, President Kennedy delivers his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University.


 Campbell Robertson reports Student mocked at school board meeting after sharing that his grandmother died of covid-19:

Grady Knox stepped to the lectern at the Rutherford County Board of Education meeting Tuesday to share what was at stake with a mask mandate that the board was considering that evening.

Knox, a junior at Central Magnet High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., told the board that his grandmother, a former teacher in the district, had died of covid-19 last year because of lax mask rules. He was immediately jeered.

An unmasked woman seen over Knox’s shoulder smirks and shakes her head at his comment as she holds a sign that reads “let our kids smile.” Another person is heard saying “no” as attendees murmur, interrupting Knox. Another voice is heard shouting “shut up,” though it’s unclear whether it was directed at Knox or his hecklers.

Though Young was able to restore order and allow Knox to finish his two minutes of speaking time, the crude reaction to the teen’s story of personal loss drew national headlines. The buzz over the school board meeting underscores how fights over school mask rules and other covid-19 precautions have grown increasingly ugly, even as the delta variant triggers new rounds of quarantines and school closures — and states such as Tennessee see record levels of pediatric covid cases.

In extreme cases, adults angry about health restrictions have physically assaulted teachers, ripped masks off and confronted a principal with zip ties. Despite some of the more high-profile showdowns over health restrictions, an August poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of parents approve of mask rules: 63 percent of parents polled said their child’s school should require unvaccinated students and staff to wear masks. The same poll found that attitudes were sharply divided along partisan lines: 88 percent of parents who identify as Democrats approved of mask rules, while 69 percent of parents who identify as Republicans opposed them.

One should be unsurprised: those without an adequate moral or general formation will not allow someone to speak without interruption, and will be indifferent to any viewpoint other than their own. Right-wing populists for years advanced the slogan ‘fuck your feelings,’ and they live out that declaration in Rutherford County, Tennessee and elsewhere.  They delight in the discomfort they cause.

This isn’t a matter of formal education, as anyone properly self-taught would have behaved better than this.

This ilk litters others’ private platforms with their crudities, all the while insisting that they have a right to use others’ property to their ends. No and no again: they don’t deserve others’ property, they have no right to it, and so they may — and should — be denied.

They complain about lawful private employers’ and publishers’ decisions on terms of conduct and service, but in reply they seek to restrict speech through public laws. They insist they have a right to say what they want, but squirm and shout when someone else speaks.

All the while, a group that behaves disreputably demands that it be treated respectably.

While basic rights are accorded equally, respect is earned.

These conservative populists, this selfish and repulsive band, should not be underestimated, in the way that cobras should not be underestimated. One turns away for a moment, and they inflict injury.

One sees all this with clear, cold eyes. Some of us in opposition to them are unmoved: these right-wing populists are neither suprising nor shocking.

They are, instead, what many of us said they were.


Why Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes Are So Expensive: