Daily Bread for 11.16.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Monday in town will be partly cloudy, with a high of fifty-seven, and an even chance of afternoon showers.  Sunrise is 6:48 and sunset 4:30, for 9h 41m 50s.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 22% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1945, the United States brings some formerly enemy scientists to America:

In a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these men had served under the Nazi regime and critics in the United States questioned the morality of placing them in the service of America.

Nevertheless, the U.S. government, desperate to acquire the scientific know-how that had produced the terrifying and destructive V-1 and V-2 rockets for Germany during WWII, and fearful that the Russians were also utilizing captured German scientists for the same end, welcomed the men with open arms. Realizing that the importation of scientists who had so recently worked for the Nazi regime so hated by Americans was a delicate public relations situation, the U.S. military cloaked the operation in secrecy.

In announcing the plan, a military spokesman merely indicated that some German scientists who had worked on rocket development had “volunteered” to come to the United States and work for a “very moderate salary.” The voluntary nature of the scheme was somewhat undercut by the admission that the scientists were in “protective custody.” Upon their arrival in the United States on November 16, newsmen and photographers were not allowed to interview or photograph the newcomers.

A few days later, a source in Sweden claimed that the scientists were members of the Nazi team at Peenemeunde where the V-weapons had been produced. The U.S. government continued to remain somewhat vague about the situation, stating only that “certain outstanding German scientists and technicians” were being imported in order to “take full advantage of these significant developments, which are deemed vital to our national security.” The situation pointed out one of the many ironies connected with the Cold War. The United States and the Soviet Union, once allies against Germany and the Nazi regime during World War II, were now in a fierce contest to acquire the best and brightest scientists who had helped arm the German forces in order to construct weapons systems to threaten each other.

On this day in 1861, the 4th Wisconsin moves through part of Virginia:

1861 – (Civil War) 4th Wisconsin Infantry Reconnoiters Virginia’s Eastern Shore

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was among Union forces assigned to an expedition in Accomac County, Virginia. The regiment’s historian wrote, “The Fourth and a battery [of light artillery] and small cavalry force, embarked on an expedition to the eastern shore of Virginia, where they remained, encountering some severe marching through the mud and flooded roads, under the command of General Lockwood, until the 9th of December.”

Puzzability‘s new series this week is entitled, Partners in Rhyme. Here’s Monday’s game:

This Week’s Game — November 16-20
Partners in Rhyme
Here’s our business plan. For each day, we started with the name of a company or brand, past or present, of the form ___ & ___. The day’s clues lead to two answer words (around the ampersand) that rhyme with the company or brand.
Example:
Beach collectible & A, E, I, O, U, or sometimes Y
Answer:
Bell & Howell (shell & vowel)
What to Submit:
Submit the company or brand and the rhyming words (as “Bell & Howell (shell & vowel)” in the example) for your answer.
Monday, November 16
Physician & mix up, as in an anagram

 

 

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