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Daily Bread for 6.5.21

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will see sunny skies with a high of 94. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:30 PM, for 15h 13m 14s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 20.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1883, William Horlick patents the first powdered milk in the world: “He named his new product, intended to be used as a health food for infants, “Malted Milk.” Horlick’s product went on to be used as a staple in fountain drinks as well as survival provisions. Malted milk was even included in explorations undertaken by Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Richard Byrd.”

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Kelly Meyerhofer reports UW Board of Regents elects Gov. Tony Evers-appointee in rare contested president election:

In just the sixth contested election in University of Wisconsin System history, the UW Board of Regents elected an appointee of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as board president for the next year.

Ed Manydeeds, an Eau Claire attorney, defeated Michael M. Grebe, an appointee of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in a 10-8 vote. His election signals a shift to a more Democratic agenda for the state’s public universities after six years of Republican control of the board. Manydeeds was appointed to the board by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and was re-appointed by Evers in 2019.

The Regent president has significant say in setting the board’s agenda and selects who serves on search committees for chancellors and presidents.

A previous search for System president abruptly ended a year ago this month when the sole finalist withdrew amid backlash from faculty and staff who weren’t represented on the search committee.

  Nicole Perlroth, Noam Scheiber, and Julie Creswell report Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says:

The perpetrators of a ransomware attack that shut down some operations at the world’s largest meat processor this week was a Russian-based cybercriminal group known for its attacks on prominent American companies, the F.B.I. said Wednesday.

The group, known as REvil, is one of the most prolific of the roughly 40 ransomware organizations that cybersecurity experts track and has been identified as responsible for a coordinated strike against operations in almost two dozen Texas cities in 2019.

The group is among dozens of ransomware groups that enjoy safe harbor in Russia, where they are rarely arrested or extradited for their crimes. REvil, which stands for Ransomware Evil, is known as a “ransomware as a service” organization, meaning it leases its ransomware to other criminals, even the technically inept. One of its previous affiliates was a group called DarkSide, which was responsible for the ransomware attack last month on Colonial Pipeline, a conduit for nearly half the gas and jet fuel to the East Coast. DarkSide is believed to have split off from REvil last year.

REvil is considered one of the most sophisticated ransomware groups and has demanded as much as $50 million to recover data belonging to companies as prominent as Apple. Its attack on JBS, a Brazilian company that accounts for roughly a fifth of cattle and hog slaughter in the United States, temporarily shut down some operations at a time when prices were already surging for beef, poultry and pork.

 David Attenborough Netflix film looks at Australia’s bushfires and the climate crisis:

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