Daily Bread for 7.22.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty.  Sunrise is 5:37 AM and sunset 8:25 PM, for 14h 47m 21s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred fifty-second day. 

Whitewater’s Tax Incremental Finance Joint Review Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 10 AM, and the Whitewater Unified School District’s board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6 PM.

 On this day in 1943, Allied forces capture Palermo during the Allied invasion of Sicily.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Ryan McCarthy reports “Outright Lies”: Voting Misinformation Flourishes on Facebook (While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading’):

Facebook’s community standards ban “misrepresentation of who can vote, qualifications for voting, whether a vote will be counted, and what information and/or materials must be provided in order to vote.” But an analysis by ProPublica and First Draft, a global nonprofit that researches misinformation, shows that Facebook is rife with false or misleading claims about voting, particularly regarding voting by mail, which is the safest way of casting a ballot during the pandemic. Many of these falsehoods appear to violate Facebook’s standards yet have not been taken down or labeled as inaccurate. Some of them, generalizing from one or two cases, portrayed people of color as the face of voter fraud.

The false claims, including conspiracy theories about stolen elections or outright misrepresentations about voting by mail by Trump and prominent conservative outlets, are often among the most popular posts about voting on Facebook, according to a review of engagement data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned analytics tool.

On Facebook, interactions — the number of comments, likes, reactions and shares that a post attracts — are a proxy for popularity. Of the top 50 posts, ranked by total interactions, that mentioned voting by mail since April 1, 22 contained false or substantially misleading claims about voting, particularly about mail-in ballots.

 Shamane Mills reports Wisconsin Cities Getting $6.3M In Grants To Help With Elections During Pandemic:

Five Wisconsin cities will get a total of $6.3 million in grants to help administer elections during the coronavirus pandemic.

The money comes from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit voting advocacy group, and will be distributed to Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.

“We’re obviously thrilled,” said Racine Mayor Cory Mason. “The big winners in all of this are the voters who are going to be able to vote safely this year in the midst of the pandemic.”

Long lines at some Wisconsin polling places during the state’s April election, which was conducted under a statewide stay-at-home order, drew national attention as voters and poll workers weighed potential safety risks against civic duty.

Ecologists Dig Prairie Dogs, And You Should Too:

Prairie dogs are ecosystem engineers. As they go about their lives, they change their surroundings in ways that provide shelter, food and even nurseries for other species. On the grasslands of Montana, prairie dog colonies are islands of biodiversity.

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