Daily Bread for 8.6.15

Good morning, Whitewater.

We’ll have a partly cloudy day today, with a high of eighty-one. Sunrise is 5:52 and sunset 8:09, for 14h 16m 54s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 56.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets this evening at 6 PM.

On this date in 1945, after enduring one-thousand, three-hundred, thirty-nine days of war since Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The New York Times reported the event to that paper’s readers:

Washington, Aug. 6 — The White House and War Department announced today that an atomic bomb, possessing more power than 20,000 tons of TNT, a destructive force equal to the load of 2,000 B-29’s and more than 2,000 times the blast power of what previously was the world’s most devastating bomb, had been dropped on Japan.

The announcement, first given to the world in utmost solemnity by President Truman, made it plain that one of the scientific landmarks of the century had been passed, and that the “age of atomic energy,” which can be a tremendous force for the advancement of civilization as well as for destruction, was at hand.

At 10:45 o’clock this morning, a statement by the President was issued at the White House that sixteen hours earlier – about the time that citizens on the Eastern seaboard were sitting down to their Sunday suppers – an American plane had dropped the single atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an important army center.

Some government websites work well, others poorly. In the latest episode of Reply All, Clay Johnson describes some of the worst (but often wildly-expensive-to-design) sites:

A Google a Day asks a question about social media:

What new malware hacked 45,000 Facebook accounts early in January 2012?

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