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Daily Bread for 2.22.21

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 36.  Sunrise is 6:39 AM and sunset 5:36 PM, for 10h 57m 06s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 75.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Committee meets via audiovisual conferencing at 4:30 PM, and the Whitewater Unified School District Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 7 PM.

 On this day in 1922, an ice storm of February 21-23 grips Wisconsin and the Midwest with “ice accumulations of 1-2″, with a few reports of around 4″, built up on trees, poles, and wires.”

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Mary Spicuzza and Dan Bice report Former Gov. Scott Walker, a frequent absentee voter, now backs limiting absentee ballots to nursing homes, military:

Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker — who has voted absentee frequently in recent elections — now says absentee ballots should be limited to people in nursing homes or deployed in the military.

“I voted on Election Day this past Tuesday in person and would gladly do it in the future,” Walker said Saturday night. “Opponents of our photo ID law said it would hurt turnout, but that hasn’t been the case in recent elections.”

Walker, who served as governor from 2011 to 2019, voted absentee in six of the last eight elections, according to the state’s MyVote website.

For example, he voted absentee in the April, August and November 2020 elections, which were held as the coronavirus pandemic descended on Wisconsin and the rest of the country.

Ben Smith writes How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia:

The boom in independent journalism and criticism of the government has reached a level “unseen in our country since the end of the 1990s,” Denis Volkov, the deputy director of the Levada Center, a Russian public opinion research group, wrote recently.

Probiv [a Russian info tool] has been a crucial part of that revival. The practice was at the heart of a stunning revelation late last year by the international investigative collective Bellingcat, working with the Russian site The Insider and other partners, identifying the agents from a secret Russian spy unit who poisoned Mr. Navalny. A reporter spent “a few hundred euros worth of cryptocurrency” for a trove of data. Then, in a riveting piece of theater, Mr. Navalny, working with Bellingcat, called one of those agents, pretending to be a senior government official, and tricked him into a confession. When Mr. Navalny returned to Russia after his treatment in Germany, he was promptly jailed for a parole violation in a case he has called fabricated, and now faces transport to a penal colony.

The irony is delicious, of Mr. Putin seeing his own tools of corruption and surveillance turned against him by the underpaid police and intelligence officials who put the secrets up for sale. “Whatever Putin does keeps backfiring,” said Maria Pevchikh, who runs the investigative unit at Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

 Jackson Ryan reports NASA Perseverance rover: See ‘first of its kind’ footage from Mars descent on Monday:

Mission experts will present the latest update at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 22. A number of mission scientists and NASA staff have really been hyping this one up on Twitter, so we’re expecting to see some mind-blowing footage. And you don’t need to go anywhere — just press play on the link below:

Forced to close its doors, the Louvre takes the chance to spruce up:

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