Daily Bread for 1.22.21

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be clear with a high of eighteen.  Sunrise is 7:17 AM and sunset 4:56 PM, for 9h 38m 48s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 65.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1968, the NBA awards a basketball franchise to Milwaukee.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Mary Ilyushina reports Navalny releases investigation into decadent billion-dollar ‘Putin palace’:

Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) called the report their “biggest investigation yet.” It contains allegations of vast corruption schemes related to what they say is Putin’s property estimated to be worth around $1.4 billion.

CNN is not independently able to verify the FBK’s claims. Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov denied the Russian leader was linked to the estate on Tuesday.

“They are repeating the old story. It was the year of 2017 or 2016, if I’m not mistaken, that the first time it was mentioned there should be the so-called palace of Putin in Gelendzhik. This is not true. There is no palace, he is not an owner of any palace,” Peskov told CNN.


But Navalny’s new investigation, which he says he thought of while getting treated at the Berlin Charite clinic, purports to show the scale of the estate and expose dubious financial schemes behind the grand project.

The report and an almost two-hour-long documentary film also offer a more comprehensive look inside the palace. FBK says a subcontractor involved in construction handed over detailed plans of the building along with itemized lists of purchased furniture and samples of floor patterns. The group then used these documents and photos obtained from construction workers to create 3D-models of the interiors.

“This is like a state within a state where one irremovable czar rules,” Navalny says in the documentary. “It is built in a way that no one can reach it by land, sea or air, thousands of people working there are banned from bringing even a simple cell phone with a camera… but we will take a look inside.”

See Putin’s palace. History of world’s largest bribe (The settings of the YouTube video provide English-language captioning. The video is lengthy, but gripping from first to last):

  Peter Wehner writes The End of Trump Can Be the Beginning of America:

This is a text I received from a prominent conservative Christian minutes after President Biden’s Inaugural Address: “I broke down sobbing. It’s been a long five-and-a-half years.”

Shortly after that, Scott Dudley, senior pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Wash., emailed me a note that said, “I never thought I would be moved to tears watching a Democratic president get sworn in, but I was. It just felt so good to hear someone who understands and loves this country and constitution, and is an honorable person, take the oath. I’m praying for healing.”

I’ve had conversations with others who tell similar stories.

Joe Biden is an admirable human being, empathetic and generous in spirit, and his speech was elegant and uplifting. But the tears had to do with something else: We had just emerged from a national trauma. It was only two weeks earlier that the Capitol, on whose steps Mr. Biden took the oath of office, was under assault from a mob that had been incited by his predecessor, Donald Trump, in order to undo an election Mr. Trump lost.

Scientists are using satellites to count elephants from space:

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