Daily Bread for 7.9.20

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see afternoon thundershowers with a high of eighty-nine. Sunrise is 5:26 AM and sunset 8:34 PM, for 15h 07m 53s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 81.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred thirty-ninth day. 

 On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Ryan Mac reports Facebook Said It “Stands Firmly Against Hate.” It’s Currently Running An Ad From White Nationalists:

On Tuesday, ahead of a meeting with social justice organizations and the release of a civil rights audit that took two years to complete, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote on her personal page that the company “stands firmly against hate.”

But as Sandberg hit publish, the social network was running an ad from a white nationalist Facebook page.

Since July 4, the company has been running an ad from “White Wellbeing Australia,” a two-month old Facebook page with 386 followers that has posted about a supposed “#whitegenocide” and fearmongered about the erasure of white children.

“White people make up just 8% of the world’s population so if you flood all white majority countries with nonwhites you eliminate white children for ever,” White Wellbeing Australia’s Facebook ad read, accompanied by a cartoon drawing of a white woman. “There will still be a billion Africans in Africa a billion Indians in India and 2 billion Asians in Asia.”

(Private companies like Facebook should be able to run – and remove – ads as they wish. Censorship is a government action; private publishers imposing terms of service are not ‘censoring’ readers or advertisers – they’re enforcing a private agreement. Facebook seems to enforce its own private policies only sporadically, and therein lies that platform’s contentious conduct. Facebook’s controversies are its own fault — major advertisers withholding support from Facebook for its inconsistency is an understandable reaction to others’ racist ads or posts that would sit alongside ads for these major advertisers’ brands.)

Meagan Flynn reports Leader of fake church peddling bleach as covid-19 cure sought Trump’s support. Instead he got federal charges:

In April, when President Trump mused whether injecting patients with disinfectant could kill the coronavirus, perhaps no one was more thrilled about the suggestion than Mark Grenon.

Grenon runs a fake church with his sons in Florida that sells people a life-threatening toxic bleach product he calls the Miracle Mineral Solution, federal officials say, which he fraudulently claims cures everything from covid-19 to cancer.

“Trump has got the MMS and all the info!!! Things are happening folks!” Grenon, 62, wrote on Facebook on April 24, linking to Trump’s comments. “Lord help others to see the Truth!”

Grenon had made $500,000 in 2019 alone selling his solutions to thousands of vulnerable, sick people across the country, according to the Justice Department, even though the Food and Drug Administration had warned for years that people could die if they drank MMS products, which are essentially bleach.

What it Means to Be American From A Naturalized Immigrant Judge:

Milwaukee Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph often presides over naturalization ceremonies as immigrants become our nation’s newest Americans. As a native Haitian, now naturalized citizen, it’s a journey she’s intimately familiar with. She explains why, to her, being an American means being hopeful about what the United States can be.

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