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Daily Bread for 5.4.22: Ron Johnson Recycles a Soviet Conspiracy Theory About AIDS

Good morning. Wednesday — May the 4th be with you — in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 57.  Sunrise is 5:43 AM and sunset 7:59 PM for 14h 15m 53s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 12% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1776, Rhode Island becomes…

Daily Bread for 5.2.22: The Short Distance Between Whitewater and the Kremlin

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 55.  Sunrise is 5:46 AM and sunset 7:57 PM for 14h 11m 02s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 2.6% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Equal Opportunities Commission meets at 5 PM.  On this day in 2012, a pastel version of The Scream,…

Daily Bread for 4.27.22: How Putin Conned the Right

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 44.  Sunrise is 5:53 AM and sunset 7:51 PM for 13h 58m 27s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 11.5% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1945,  Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting to escape disguised as a…

Daily Bread for 10.26.21: Wisconsin as a Testbed for Politically-Motivated Violence

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 54.  Sunrise is 7:22 AM and sunset 5:54 PM for 10h 31m 29s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 71.9% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.  On this day in 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ends…

Daily Bread for 9.26.21: The Vaccine Divide and the Economic Divide

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 82.  Sunrise is 6:47 AM and sunset 6:43 PM for 11h 55m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 73% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1789, George Washington appoints Thomas Jefferson the first United States Secretary…

Daily Bread for 9.25.21: Ron Johnson Descends Still Lower

Good morning. Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 69.  Sunrise is 6:46 AM and sunset 6:45 PM for 11h 58m 42s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 81.3% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1890, Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.  Molly Beck reports Despite guidance from…

Daily Bread for 8.19.21: ‘People Into Chimpanzees’

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with scattered afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 88. Sunrise is 6:06 AM and sunset 7:49 PM, for 13h 42m 45s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 88.6% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate…

Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘An all-access purveyor of misinformation’

Ron Johnson, one of the two United States senators representing Wisconsin, has earned a new epithet: BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Senator Ron Johnson incited widespread outrage when he said recently that he would have been more afraid of the rioters who rampaged the Capitol on Jan. 6 had they been members of Black Lives Matter and…

Ron Johnson: ‘No Enemies to the Right’?

During an interview yesterday, Sen. Ron Johnson declared of the Capitol riot that ‘this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.’ Tim Elfrink reports that As a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol last month, rioters battered police with a multitude of weapons: metal flagpoles, baseball bats, wrenches and clubs. Many soaked police in caustic…

Unemployment Imagined and Real

National unemployment figures have been undercounting the true number of those unemployed. Rachel Siegel reports Fed chair: Unemployment rate was closer to 10 percent, not 6.3 percent, in January: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Wednesday that the unemployment rate in January was “close to 10 percent,” significantly higher than the 6.3 percent rate…

The Power of Refutation

Laura Hazard Owen writes When’s the best time to correct fake news? After someone’s already read it, apparently: Debunking > prebunking. If you want someone to not believe that false or misleading headline they just read, when’s the best time to correct it? We hear a lot about inoculating people against fake news or “prebunking”…