Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 83. Sunrise is 5:34 AM and sunset 8:28 PM for 14h 54m 04s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 2.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1977, the world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2) and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time (ET).
Thomas B. Edsall writes ‘Gut-level Hatred’ Is Consuming Our Political Life:
Divisions between Democrats and Republicans have expanded far beyond the traditional fault lines based on race, education, gender, the urban-rural divide and economic ideology.
Polarization now encompasses sharp disagreements over the significance of patriotism and nationalism as well as a fundamental split between those seeking to restore perceived past glories and those who embrace the future.
Marc Hetherington, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina, described the situation this way in an email to me:
Because political beliefs now reflect deeply held worldviews about how the world ought to be — challenging traditional ways of doing things on the one hand and putting a brake on that change on the other — partisans look across the aisle at each other and absolutely do not understand how their opponents can possibly understand the world as they do.
The reason we have the levels of polarization we have today, Hetherington continued,
is because of the gains non-dominant groups have made over the last 60 years. The Democrats no longer apologize for challenging traditional hierarchies and established pathways. They revel in it. Republicans see a world changing around them uncomfortably fast and they want it to slow down, maybe even take a step backward. But if you are a person of color, a woman who values gender equality, or an LGBT person, would you want to go back to 1963? I doubt it. It’s just something we are going to have to live with until a new set of issues rises to replace this set.
Yes, so it seems. It’s not true that every critic is angry, or that every critique is motivated by hatred. It is true, however, that populists who engage in dominance and submission rituals or throw fits at public meetings are overwrought and under-thought. They don’t have a concept, let alone a practice, of the maxim that the hotter the temperature, the colder the person.
This intensity has grown as populism has grown; it will not recede until populism recedes.
This stunning drone footage shows the extent of the lava flow from the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption in Iceland, which began last week just 25 miles southeast of the capital city of Reykjavík. Icelandic authorities have warned people to stay away from the area.