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Daily Bread for 9.18.22: ‘Brainfeel’

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with high of 79. Sunrise is 6:38 AM and sunset 6:58 PM for 12h 19m 34s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 44.2% of its visible disk illuminated.   On this day in 1942, the Spring Valley Flood afflicts Pierce County: On the evening of…

Daily Bread for 6.12.22: What Depp v. Heard May Mean for #MeToo

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 74. Sunrise is 5:15 AM and sunset 8:34 PM for 15h 18m 18s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 94.5% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1899, the New Richmond Tornado devastates that small Wisconsin community: On…

Daily Bread for 12.5.21: Facebook Sold Ads Comparing Vaccine Rollout to the Holocaust

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 36.  Sunrise is 7:10 AM and sunset 4:20 PM for 9h 09m 58s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 2.4% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1775, from Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge,…

Daily Bread for 11.14.21: Facebook won’t let you control your own news feed

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will see occasional flurries with a high of 37.  Sunrise is 6:46 AM and sunset 4:31 PM for 9h 44m 56s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 79.8% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1889, pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful…

Miller’s Gutter on Gettr

Jason Miller, former Trump spokesman, deadbeat dad, and accused harasser is behind a Twitter alternative called Gettr. Having explored it briefly, one can say the site is a poorly designed social-media gutter. See also The Latest Pro-Trump Twitter Clone Leaks User Data on Day 1 and The Pro-Trump Social Network Has an Anime Porn Problem. Gettr has low-quality…

Meanwhile, on Facebook…

Jeremy B. Merrill and Jamiles Lartey report Trump’s Crime and Carnage Ad Blitz Is Going Unanswered on Facebook (‘The president has spent millions on misleading Facebook ads targeting undecided voters, while Joe Biden has been virtually silent’): With unprecedented protests around race and policing dominating the news all summer, it was all but certain criminal justice would emerge as a key…

Facebook Discussions as Displays of Ignorance, Fallacies, and Marginal Literacy

In communities in the Whitewater area, assorted Facebook pages (particularly) are a significant means of messaging about politics, culture, etc.  Too often, these messages are evidence of ignorance, fallacies, and are poorly written (to the point of only marginal literacy). Over time, as these rural communities have suffered relative economic decline, they have also experienced a…

What Can Be Done About Rural Newspapers (Even Though It Probably Won’t Be)?

Yesterday I wrote that Another Local Paper Changes Hands. With the failure of legacy publishing, what are rural communities to do? (Obvious point: FREE WHITEWATER is not an online newspaper – never aspired to be, never will be. This is a website of independent commentary: aligned with no faction, beholden to no faction.) A few…