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Daily Bread for 6.8.22: Residents’ Ongoing Concerns Over the Whitewater Unified School District

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will see showers and thunderstorms with a high of 65. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:31 PM for 15h 15m 39s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 58.5% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1950, the iconic Volkswagen Type 2 “Bus” begins production. The…

Daily Bread for 6.7.22: Big Changes Require Big Explanations

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 74. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:31 PM for 15h 14m 50s of daytime.  The moon is in its first quarter with 49.4%% of its visible disk illuminated. The Whitewater Unified District School Board meets in closed session at 6 PM and…

Daily Bread for 3.3.22: A Ukrainian Family Prepares for War in Kyiv

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 33.  Sunrise is 6:25 AM and sunset 5:47 PM for 11h 22m 10s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 0.9% its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets at 6 PM, and Whitewater Fire Department, Inc. holds a business meeting at…

Daily Bread for 10.16.21: Waukesha School District bans LGBTQ+ and other signs

Good morning. Saturday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 58.  Sunrise is 7:10 AM and sunset 6:09 PM for 10h 58m 48s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 83.7% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1780, the Great Hurricane of 1780 finishes after its sixth day, killing…

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”…

‘A New Generation Challenges the Heartland’

 Last July, Tim Craig and Aaron Williams reported A new generation challenges the heartland (‘Big changes in small towns are fueling a racial justice movement across the Midwest’). They wrote last summer that The number of young people of color living in the Midwest has surged over the past decade, as the older white population…

Widespread, Continuing National Support for Racial Justice Protests

Steven Long and  Justin McCarthy of Gallup report Two in Three Americans Support Racial Justice Protests: WASHINGTON, D.C. — About two in three Americans (65%) support the nationwide protests about racial injustice that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Half say they feel “very” (23%) or…

Detailed Video Timeline of the Crackdown on Protesters Before Trump’s Photo Op

The Washington Post analyzed hours of video footage and obtained audio of police communications and other records to assemble the most complete account to date of the June 1 crackdown on protesters in Washington D.C.. Late in the day on June 1, demonstrators gathered near the White House, on the edge of Lafayette Square, to…

Israeli Discipline, American Disorder

Free expression is not a rejection of reason, including reason in public health. Libertarian politics – of free markets in capital, labor, and goods, of responsible government, of individual liberty, and of peaceful international relations – requires a mature discipline. I do not support recent protests against temporary public health measures during this pandemic.  And…

Yegor Zhukov’s Message

At the New Yorker, Masha Gessen translates A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow (‘Yegor Zhukov’s message about responsibility and love at his trial, for “extremism,” shows what political dissent can be and seems to describe American reality as accurately as the Russian one’). (Zhukov was accused of “extremism”…

Sunshine Week 2019

It’s Sunshine Week in America: a seven-day focus from the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on “access to public information and what it means for you and your community.” One doesn’t have to be a reporter (and bloggers, for example, are not reporters) to understand the importance…

Jennifer Rubin on ‘Three big ideas to bolster democracy’

Jennifer Rubin writes of three ideas to bolster democracy (enhanced voting rights, independent and non-partisan justice, and robust speech rights): First, Republicans, in an effort to hang on to their declining electoral advantage based on white voters, have tried every trick in the book to limit voting by those they suspect will favor Democrats. Hence,…