Daily Bread for 6.23.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of seventy-four. Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset 8:37 PM, for 15h 19m 58s of daytime.  The moon is waxing crescent with 5.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets via audiovisual conferencing at 4:30 PM.

On this day in 1969, IBM announces that effective January 1970 it will price its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the modern software industry.

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Davey Alba and  report 41 Cities, Many Sources: How False Antifa Rumors Spread Locally:

In late May to early June, there was a rumor that “two bus loads of antifa” were heading to Locust, N.C., about 25 miles east of Charlotte. The rumor was shared in text messages among people in the area — far out of sight of any fact-checking organization.

On June 1, the rumor surfaced in Facebook groups with names like and Albemarle News and Weather.

That same evening, the police in Locust posted a screenshot of a text that had been circulating in the community over the weekend. The text falsely claimed that police officers had been knocking on doors to warn that “a black organization is bringing 2 bus loads of people to walmart in locust with intentions on looting and burning down the suburbs.” The post, on Facebook, assured residents that the Police Department had not been spreading the rumor.

Jeffrey Shew, the assistant chief of police, said all the residents who reached out to the department to report the buses “had no direct knowledge” of violent protesters coming to town. He said they were only sharing what they had seen on social media. By midnight on June 1, Mr. Shew said, it was clear that the rumors were untrue.

“No protests, groups looking to protest or groups looking to riot occurred,” he said.

On June 2, the police posted another message on Facebook emphasizing that the rumors had no substance. It exemplified that often, community members themselves are the ones on the front lines of debunking false rumors.

Oliver Darcy writes State spox mutes reporter after Bolton question:

CNN’s Kylie Atwood and Nicole Gaouette report: On a State Department call in which officials stressed the importance of a free press, the State Department spokesperson closed the line of a reporter who asked about John Bolton’s book. “AT&T we can mute that line,” said State Dept. spox Morgan Ortagus when a reporter asked whether US allies in Asia had reached out with concerns after the excerpts of the book were leaked. Ortagus said that the question was not what the call was about.

Later on the call, another reporter asked Ortagus to “comment on the message you think it sends to foreign journalists and other people who would be listening to this call that you guys are not willing to take questions on the John Bolton, but when you’re also talking about a message of ensuring freedom of the press in the United States.” Ortagus responded angrily afterward, calling it “a pretty offensive question” that was “totally inaccurate,” and defending the State Department’s record in responding to the press…

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