Daily Bread for 7.27.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-one.  Sunrise is 5:42 AM and sunset 8:20 PM, for 14h 37m 26s of daytime.  The moon is in its first quarter with 49.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

 Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Commission meets visual conferencing at 4:30 PM, and the Whitewater Unified School Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 7 PM.

 On this day in 1940, The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Ron Brownstein writes Trump’s Portland Offensive Fits a Long Pattern:

Trump’s alarms about “angry mobs” and “violent mayhem” in Democratic cities might allow him to recapture some Republican-leaning white suburbanites and energize his rural and small-town support, analysts in both parties told me. But as I’ve written before, his belligerent tone simultaneously risks hardening the opposition he’s facing from the many suburban voters who feel that he’s exposing them to more danger—both in his response to the policing protests and his unrelenting push to reopen the economy despite the coronavirus’s resurgence. In last week’s national Quinnipiac University poll, just over seven in 10 white voters holding at least a four-year college degree disapproved of Trump’s handling of both race relations and the outbreak.

The larger political implication of these battles is to deepen the sense that the nation is hardening into antagonistic camps separated by an imaginary border that circles all of the major population centers, dividing the metropolitan core within from the less densely settled places beyond.

Trump is determined to widen that trench. He is trying to rally red America by portraying blue cities as a threat, and then positioning himself as the human wall against them. Until now, Trump has advanced that divisive vision through rhetoric denouncing cities and through policies that cost them money and influence, such as eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes, trying to block Justice Department grants for cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and his renewed efforts to strip undocumented immigrants from the census.

The Washington Post editorial board writes Schools are moving toward closing for the fall. That is not their fault:

The White House has made it unmistakably clear that it wants schools to open this year with full in-person instruction, and that nothing — least of all the science — should stand in the way. But the actual decisions on whether to allow children back into the classroom are thankfully being made not by a president hellbent on making a political point, but by school officials who are listening to public health experts and consulting with members of their communities. Many of them are coming to the reluctant conclusion that the failure to contain the novel coronavirus — something that actually is the responsibility of President Trump’s administration — makes it unwise to return children to the classroom.


 If Mr. Trump wanted to take constructive action to get children back in the classroom, he would put in place the testing and other safeguards needed to control the virus rather than just browbeating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into becoming a cheerleader for his political agenda or trotting out his education secretary with absurd theories of how children actually block the virus.

Plant-based meats: More global food giants now developing plant protein alternatives:

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