Thanksgiving Day in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of forty-five. Sunrise is 7:01 AM and sunset 4:23 PM, for 9h 21m 43s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 87.5% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1838, after moving from the temporary capital in Burlington, Iowa, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature assembles in Madison for the first time.
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Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren write Trump’s Tweets Attacking the Election Echo Russian Trolls:
Since November 2020’s election, tweets from Trump and his inner circle show how close the Trump campaign is in tone and style to Russian disinformation—@DonaldJTrumpJr, “Ever notice the “glitches” only go one way?”. Yet the current campaign by the president and his allies is different in one important way: total impact. The president has brought disinformation to an audience that the IRA [Putin’s so-called ‘Internet Research Agency’] could only dream of. In the week following Election Day, the hashtag #StopTheSteal was used over 1.5 million times on Twitter. Russian disinformation operations have shown some success, but Trump’s campaign has been in an entirely different league in terms of impact. The aftershock of Russian disinformation operations in 2016 strained some Americans’ trust in the electoral process Here, the president—armed with baseless conspiracies about voter fraud—is challenging that trust like never before. No need for Russian trolls; this damage is completely self-inflicted.
Russian disinformation campaigns tried for years to help shape entirely divergent realities for different groups of Americans, hoping to create incompatible realities and groups incapable of compromise. They did so by pulling on the emotions of real Americans to convince them of ideas they were already inclined to believe. As recently as March, accounts we identified as Russian-affiliated were chipping away at America’s trust in fair and free elections with tweets such as that from @DannyMichigan, “I personally believe the driving motive behind the Russia hoax and other diversionary scams by Democrats is to camouflage their campaign of massive voter fraud. Illegal immigrants, dead voters, and their new tactic of “vote harvesting” are suffocating our democracy.” President Trump’s current campaign strategy doubles down on these same efforts and is pulling his followers more and more away from a reality based on shared facts. The president has called 2020 the “most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.”
This is plainly not true: experts in his own Department of Homeland Security called the election “the most secure in American history.”
The Guardian reports Pie-eyed and bushy-tailed: Minnesota squirrel gets drunk off fermented pears:
The inebriated squirrel was caught swaying on camera by Katy Morlok of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, who had put out an old pear from her fridge in her garden for local wildlife to eat. She saw one of the squirrels – whom she dubbed Lil Red – snatch the pear and take it up a tree.
An hour later, Lil Red returned apparently the worse for wear, unsteady on its feet but desperate for another round.
“It kind of dawned on me: ‘Oh no, those pears were so old, I bet they fermented,’” Morlok told local station Fox 9.
But the tipsy squirrel seemed to enjoy the pear so much, that Morlok put out some more. A video shows the glassy-eyed squirrel sitting next to the pears, swaying backwards and almost tipping over before grasping on to the edge of the bowl of fruit.
“In the morning, he came back for his little hangover breakfast and he’s been fine ever since,” she said.