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Daily Bread for 10.12.21: Parent of sick student sues after Waukesha School District ends many pandemic mitigation efforts

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 69.  Sunrise is 7:06 AM and sunset 6:16 PM for 11h 10m 01s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 42.1% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets at 4:30 PM, and the city’s Public Works Committee meets at…

Daily Bread for 8.30.21: Ivermectin

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 83. Sunrise is 6:18 AM and sunset 7:31 PM, for 13h 12m 50s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 48.1% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1945, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur, lands at…

Daily Bread for 8.28.21: Vaccine Testing Falsely Equated with Thalidomide Development

Good morning. Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 94. Sunrise is 6:16 AM and sunset 7:34 PM, for 13h 18m 24s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 66.4% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1845, the first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.  Beatrice Dupuy reports…

Daily Bread for 8.25.21: Thompson Dares Nass in Front of 5.8 Million People

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 90. Sunrise is 6:13 AM and sunset 7:39 PM, for 13h 26m 38s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 90.2% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee meets at 5 PM.   On this day in 1812, the American frigate, USS United…

A Private Insurance Response to Vaccine Refusal (Updated)

Elisabeth Rosenthal and Glenn Kramon write, in Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance, about insurance companies rejecting waivers for anti-vax insureds who expect coverage for expensive COVID-19 treatment. Insurance companies should go farther, as Rosenthal and Kramon advocate: Get a Covid-19 shot to protect your wallet. Getting hospitalized with Covid-19…

No Shirt, No Shoes? No Service

The conservative populists talk endlessly about the dangers of socialism (however poorly they grasp the term), but truthfully they’re happy with government mandates or prohibitions that advance their own preferences. Some private employers want to require masks, and others want to require vaccinations, but these right-wing interventionists now screech that private businesses should not be…

Wise Words for Whitewater from Steak-umm

There’s a thread on Twitter from Steak-umm (an American brand of thin-sliced frozen steaks) that does a better job (truly) discussing the role of science and skepticism about the pandemic than much of what’s published online. The full thread is available at Twitter, and excerpts are imediately below. It’s spot-on for Whitewater. (Note: the thread…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Science

It seemed reasonable, months ago, to wait until the end of the 2020-2021 school year to assess how well the Whitewater Unified School District managed the pandemic. It doesn’t seem so reasonable now, for reasons of culture as much as public health. Generally – and sensibly – one has reason to be skeptical of lay…

The Problems of COVID-19 Aren’t Uniformly Acknowledged (and Likely Never Will Be)

David Leonhardt accurately writes that Heavily Republican areas of the U.S. have a growing Covid problem: Cases have begun to rise more rapidly in communities with lower vaccination rates. Consider this chart, which looks at the number of new cases in counties across the U.S., grouping counties by the share of residents who have been…

Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021: Majoritarianism

This is the tenth in a series on Whitewater’s local politics of 2021. The contested April school board election has now come to a close. An animating concern of many parents was that the Whitewater public school should not have suspended face-to-face instruction for as long as it did, and that, in doing so, the…

Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021: Marketing

This is the ninth in a series on Whitewater’s local politics of 2021. Through all the difficult events of the last two decades (a Great Recession, an opioid epidemic, economic stagnation, creeping nativism, a pandemic, a pandemic recession), Old Whitewater has responded with the same question: how can we market the town to others? If…

Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021 — COVID-19: Skepticism and Rhetoric

This is the eighth in a series on Whitewater’s local politics of 2021. Why would a local politician publish statistics on a pandemic? Why would he write now and again with reports of the reach of the pandemic into his city? He’d write this way out of concern for his community. If that’s not plain,…