Daily Bread for 12.6.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of forty-one.  Sunrise is 7:12 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 08m 41s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 65.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred eighty-ninth day and the thirtieth day. 

On this day in 1821, the first Wisconsin post office is established in Green Bay.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Christopher Rowland, Lena H. Sun, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Carolyn Y. Johnson report Trump’s Operation Warp Speed promised a flood of covid vaccines. Instead, states are expecting a trickle:

Federal officials have slashed the amount of coronavirus vaccine they plan to ship to states in December because of constraints on supply, sending local officials into a scramble to adjust vaccination plans and highlighting how early promises of a vast stockpile before the end of 2020 have fallen short.

Instead of the delivery of 300 million or so doses of vaccine immediately after emergency-use approval and before the end of 2020 as the Trump administration had originally promised, current plans call for availability of around a tenth of that, or 35 to 40 million doses.

Two vaccines, from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, which both use a novel form of mRNA to help trigger immune response, are on the verge of winning Food and Drug Administration clearance this month. Approval would cap an unprecedented sprint by government and drug companies to develop, test and manufacture a defense against the worst pandemic in a century — part of the Operation Warp Speed initiative that promised six companies advance purchase orders totaling $9.3 billion.

As planning accelerated for distributing supplies, the government began to further lower expectations.

 Tim Miller writes This Is Your Brain on Newsmax:

I wanted to find out what these folks were being told, so I committed myself to hours upon hours of viewing. You may think you have a sense for what is happening on The Max, but I promise you it is much weirder, more alarming, and more debased than you can imagine. Here’s some of what I saw:

The president’s campaign lawyer saying that a former Trump official should be executed.

A host saying that Biden’s election would bring a war between the races and that Barack Hussein Obama is a “reprobate” who is “pimping” a book.

Hosts and guests suggesting several times an hour that Republican state legislatures should overturn the will of the people to keep Trump in power.

Fantastical stories of millions of votes being dropped off by tow trucks in the dead of night after nationwide blackouts.

The term “ballot harvesting” bandied about indiscriminately.

An endless stream of Lionel Hutz-level legal analysis.

 The ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ is Finally Getting a New Home:

Taing Rinith reports in the Khmer Times that A new journey begins for Kaavan in Cambodia:

In an exclusive interview, Khmer Times talks to Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra about the future of the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ after arriving in his new home.


KT: Do you think it will be difficult for Kaavan to live in Cambodia, as he has been living alone for a very long time? What challenges have you faced so far?

Pheaktra: Known as the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’, we initially thought that it would take a long time for Kaavan to adapt to his new life in Cambodia. However, surprisingly, he seems to be adapting very well and quickly. In fact, it is going much better than we expected. First of all, he has started trusting and feeling close to his caregivers. Secondly, Kaavan is already enjoying walking and playing freely in his new home in the protected area.

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