Daily Bread for 3.23.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty-seven.  Sunrise is 6:50 AM and sunset 7:11 PM, for 12h 21m 52s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand two hundred thirty-first day.

Whitewater’s Community Development Association meets in a closed session conference call at 5 PM, and the Whitewater school board meets in a closed session video conference at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1968, NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight.

Recommended for reading in full —

Robert Costa and Aaron Gregg report Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump’s lagging coronavirus response:

President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic sparked uproar and alarm among governors and mayors on Sunday as Trump and his administration’s top advisers continued to make confusing statements about the federal government’s scramble to confront the crisis, including whether he will force private industry to mass produce needed medical items.

As deaths climbed and ahead of a potentially dire week, Trump — who has sought to cast himself as a wartime leader — reacted to criticism that his administration has blundered with a torrent of soaring boasts and searing grievances. He tweeted that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) and others “shouldn’t be blaming the Federal Government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail, and always will be!”

(Emphasis added. Note well: Trump doesn’t grasp that the federal role is to prevent states from failing during a national emergency.)

Donald G. McNeil Jr. reports The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say:

China, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan have demonstrated that, with furious efforts, the contagion can be brought to heel.

Whether they can keep it suppressed remains to be seen. But for the United States to repeat their successes will take extraordinary levels of coordination and money from the country’s leaders, and extraordinary levels of trust and cooperation from citizens. It will also require international partnerships in an interconnected world.

In interviews with a dozen of the world’s leading experts on fighting epidemics, there was wide agreement on the steps that must be taken immediately.

Those experts included international public health officials who have fought AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, flu and Ebola; scientists and epidemiologists; and former health officials who led major American global health programs in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Americans must be persuaded to stay home, they said, and a system put in place to isolate the infected and care for them outside the home. Travel restrictions should be extended, they said; productions of masks and ventilators must be accelerated, and testing problems must be resolved.


The microphone should not even be at the White House, scientists said, so that briefings of historic importance do not dissolve into angry, politically charged exchanges with the press corps, as happened again on Friday.

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