Daily Bread for 6.21.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of eighty-five. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:37 PM, for 15h 20m 19s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.0% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred twenty-first day.

On this day in 1989, the United States captures Guam from Spain.

Recommended for reading in full —

 The AP, via the Guardian, reports Trump calls coronavirus ‘kung flu’ and says he slowed testing:

Donald Trump calls the coronavirus ‘kung flu’ and ‘the Chinese virus’ during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night. The US president also tells the crowd that he had asked his people to slow down Covid-19 testing across the country because it would find more cases.

 Frida Ghitis writes Trump’s Tulsa rally was a flop:

President Donald Trump couldn’t wait. His presidency is nosediving, with bad news erupting all around him. His answer was Tulsa, a campaign rally in blood-red Oklahoma, the state he won by a crushing 36 points in 2016.

But Tulsa did not deliver. The event that was supposed to trumpet his return to greatness — and the country’s return to normalcy — instead brought embarrassing scenes of empty bleachers, a dismantled stage and a familiar speech unsuccessfully trying to reignite public fears.

After raising expectations with claims that a million people had requested tickets for his first campaign rally in more than three months, the vacant seats were the biggest story of the night. It was a bad omen for November, and Trump undoubtedly saw it with his own eyes as he scanned a sea of blue seats devoid of supporters on the top level of the arena that he and his campaign had said would be bursting beyond capacity; so full, they expected, that the campaign planned for a second outdoor speech to bring an additional 40,000 people unable to find a seat indoors.

Instead, the outdoor speech was cancelled, the stage dismantled. The campaign absurdly tried to explain by claiming that protesters blocked the entrances. But every reporter there confirmed that was not true.

See also Trump rallies in red-state America — and faces a sea of empty blue seats.

Choose Your Own Adventure | The World’s Largest Model Railway:

If you love model trains, you will lose your mind on our visit to Miniatur Wunderland. There are more than 1,000 trains traveling 16,000 kilometers of track at the world’s largest model railway, located in Hamburg, Germany. But it’s not just trains. This small-scale world of wonder features mini versions of landscapes ranging from the canals of Venice to a lit-up Las Vegas. It’s also home to the world’s largest model airport, and hundreds of flights take off every day. Enough with the description. It’s time to explore this spectacular creation with our intrepid guide, Great Big Story producer Jacob Harrell. Stick around for the choose-your-own-adventure portion of the trip. We’re offering you the chance for a deeper dive into Miniatur Wunderland’s tiny versions of Las Vegas, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Venice.

Comments are closed.