Daily Bread for 5.2.19

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see occasional morning showers with a high of fifty-one.  Sunrise is 5:46 AM and sunset 7:56 PM, for 14h 10m 22s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 6.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the nine hundred fifth day.

Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets at 6 PM, and the Fire Department Board at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1933, Alex Campbell, water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist, first describes a supposed animal sighting as a Loch Ness monster in an Inverness Courier report.


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Emily Holden reports the Trump EPA insists Monsanto’s Roundup is safe, despite cancer cases (“Administration to keep weedkiller on the market after landmark court rulings and concerns over food”):

The Trump administration is keeping the weedkiller Roundup on the US market, insisting it is safe for humans despite thousands of lawsuits launched by people who claim it gave them cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains in a new decisionthat glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which is made by Monsanto, does not cause cancer or other health problems if it is used according to instruction labels.

Glyphosate is used on more than 100 crops, including genetically modified corn, soy, cotton, canola and sugar beet, according to the EPA. Groups campaigning against glyphosate say it is most dangerous for farmworkers and others applying it but also poses risks for people consuming it in food.

Courts have found in favor of a school groundskeeper who is terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and another man who used the chemical for decades and developed the same kind of cancer.

The letter made a key request: that Barr release the 448-page report’s introductions and executive summaries, and it made initial suggested redactions for doing so, according to Justice Department officials.

Margaret Sullivan writes Fact-checking President Trump isn’t enough:

First off, they should stop using euphemisms, such as the New York Times did the other day when on Twitter it described one particularly brutal falsehood by Trump — that doctors and mothers collaborate to execute newborns — as a case of the president reviving “an inaccurate refrain.”


The Times is far from alone in this tendency to soft-pedal, as Daniel Dale, the excellent Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, told Benjamin Hart of New York magazine.

“I think our job as journalists is to call things what they are. And so if someone commits 100 crimes, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna call the first two ‘crimes’ and the [rest]’ — I don’t know what the softer word would be — ‘non-legal behavior.’?”


And look for innovative ways to tell the story of the endless lies, as the Times did in a graphic, putting to rest the often-heard argument from Trump supporters that “all presidents lie, you guys are just picking on our guy.”

Tonight’s Sky for May 2019:

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