Daily Bread for 4.10.21

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of 52.  Sunrise is 6:19 AM and sunset 7:32 PM, for 13h 13m 02s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 2.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 2019, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project announce the first-ever image of a black hole, located in the center of the M87 galaxy.

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Daphne Chen, Sarah Volpenhein, and Olivia Cohen report Garbage bags as PPE. Infected staff on duty. Residents found unresponsive. Wisconsin nursing homes during the pandemic:

In one of the most comprehensive looks at nursing home safety during the pandemic, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation has found that 1 in 3 Wisconsin facilities violated coronavirus protocols, including by asking COVID-positive staff to keep working, not screening visitors for symptoms and not isolating infected residents.

Even when inspectors were present, employees at several facilities didn’t always wear face masks. Two homes substituted flannel shirts or plastic aprons for gowns, despite having an ample supply. At least five nursing homes didn’t tell residents or their families about coronavirus cases for days or weeks.

According to the Journal Sentinel review of hundreds of state and federal inspection reports from March 2020 to January 2021, officials cited 133 of Wisconsin’s 360 nursing homes for coronavirus-related violations, with some of them incurring multiple violations.

Two-thirds of the violations occurred in August or later, months into the pandemic, showing that even with more time and better access to masks and testing, some nursing homes still failed to take basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

See Database: Look up Wisconsin nursing homes with coronavirus deficiencies. (As of 4.10.21, the database includes a 7.16.20 report for violations at Fairhaven.)

Dan Diamond reports Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show:

Trump appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to newly released documents from congressional investigators.

The documents provide further insight into how senior Trump officials approached last year’s explosion of coronavirus cases in the United States. Even as career government scientists worked to combat the virus, a cadre of Trump appointees was attempting to blunt the scientists’ messages, edit their findings and equip the president with an alternate set of talking points.

Science adviser Paul Alexander wrote to HHS public affairs chief Michael Caputo on Sept. 9, touting two examples of where he said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had bowed to his pressure and changed language in their reports, according to an email obtained by the House’s select subcommittee on the coronavirus outbreak.

 Leon Yin and Aaron Sankin report Google Blocks Advertisers from Targeting Black Lives Matter YouTube Videos:

Last June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made a big promise to help Black YouTubers.

“We’re committed to doing better as a platform to center and amplify Black voices and perspectives,” she wrote in a blog post, announcing a $100 million fund to support them. “At YouTube, we believe Black lives matter and we all need to do more to dismantle systemic racism.”

But an investigation by The Markup found that YouTube parent company Google blocks advertisers from using dozens of social and racial justice terms, including Black Lives Matter, to find YouTube videos and channels upon which to advertise.

At the same time, Google offered advertisers hundreds of millions of choices for YouTube videos and channels related to White supremacist and other hate terms when we began our investigation, including “all lives matter”—a phrase frequently used as a dismissive rejoinder to Black Lives Matter—and “White lives matter.”

St Vincent rocked by explosive eruptions at La Soufrière volcano:

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