Daily Bread for 9.4.19

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of seventy.  Sunrise is 6:23 AM and sunset 7:23 PM, for 13h 00m 19s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 32.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
Today is the one thousand thirtieth day.

On this day in 1886, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

Recommended for reading in full:

Cary Spivak reports A nonprofit that’s supposed to promote dairy pays its leaders millions — while the farmers who fund it are going out of business:

As the number of dairy farms nationwide has plummeted by nearly 20,000 over the past decade, there’s one corner of the industry doing just fine:

The top executives at Dairy Management Inc., who are paid from farmers’ milk checks.

The Illinois-based nonprofit is charged with promoting milk, cheese and other products — spending nearly $160 million a year collected through federally-mandated payments from dairy farmers.

In 2017, a year in which 503 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin and 1,600 were shuttered nationwide, IRS records show 10 executives at the organization were paid more than $8 million — an average of more than $800,000 each.

Pay for Thomas Gallagher, the group’s CEO, has topped $1 million three times from 2013 to 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into spending by the group found. His compensation included access to first-class travel and money to cover part of his taxes.

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, the group’s executive vice president, was paid $800,557 in 2017.

David Sanger and William Broad report North Korea Missile Tests, ‘Very Standard’ to Trump, Show Signs of Advancing Arsenal:

As North Korea fired off a series of missiles in recent months — at least 18 since May — President Trump has repeatedly dismissed their importance as short-range and “very standard” tests. And although he has conceded “there may be a United Nations violation,” the president says any concerns are overblown.

Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, Mr. Trump explained recently, just “likes testing missiles.”

Now, American intelligence officials and outside experts have come to a far different conclusion: that the launchings downplayed by Mr. Trump, including two late last month, have allowed Mr. Kim to test missiles with greater range and maneuverability that could overwhelm American defenses in the region.

Japan’s defense minister, Takeshi Iwaya, told reporters in Tokyo last week that the irregular trajectories of the most recent tests were more evidence of a program designed to defeat the defenses Japan has deployed, with American technology, at sea and on shore.

 Tent Courthouses Along the Border:

Tent courthouses are the administration’s latest move in its “Remain in Mexico” policy, forcing asylum seekers to wait in one of Mexico’s most dangerous states until their hearings. We track the tents’ expansion through satellite imagery — and explain how they could make the asylum process even harder.

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