Daily Bread for 7.19.20 | FREE WHITEWATER

Daily Bread for 7.19.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-four.  Sunrise is 5:34 AM and sunset 8:27 PM, for 14h 52m 48s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 1.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred forty-ninth day. 

  On this day in 1977, the world’s first Global Positioning System signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Michael D. Shear, Noah Weiland, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, and David E. Sanger report Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus:

Unlike Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx is a strong believer in models that forecast the course of an outbreak. Dr. Fauci has cautioned that “models are only models” and that real-world outcomes depend on how people respond to calls for changes in behavior — to stay home, for example, or wear masks in public — sacrifices that required a sense of shared national responsibility.

In his decades of responding to outbreaks, Dr. Fauci, a voracious reader of political histories, learned to rely on reports from the ground. Late at night in his home office this spring, Dr. Fauci, who declined to comment for this article, dialed health officials in New Orleans, New York and Chicago, where he heard desperation unrecognizable in the more sanguine White House meetings.

Dr. Fauci had his own critics, who said he relied on anecdotes and experience rather than data, and who felt he was not sufficiently attuned to the devastating economic and social consequences of a national lockdown.

As the pandemic worsened, Dr. Fauci’s darker view of the circumstances was countered by the reassurances ostensibly offered by Dr. Birx’s data.


Dr. Birx began using versions of the phrase “putting out the embers,” wording that was later picked up by the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, and by Mr. Trump himself.


Mayor Francis X. Suarez of Miami, a Republican, said that the White House approach had only one focus: reopening businesses, instead of anticipating how cities and states should respond if cases surged again.

“It was all predicated on reduction, open, reduction, open more, reduction, open,” he said. “There was never what happens if there is an increase after you reopen?”

Other nations had moved aggressively to employ an array of techniques that Mr. Trump never mobilized on a federal level, including national testing strategies and contact tracing to track down and isolate people who had interacted with newly diagnosed patients.

“These things were done in Germany, in Italy, in Greece, Vietnam, in Singapore, in New Zealand and in China,” said Andy Slavitt, a former federal health care official who had been advising the White House.

“They were not secret,” he said. “Not mysterious. And these were not all wealthy countries. They just took accountability for getting it done. But we did not do that here. There was zero chance here that we would ever have been in a situation where we would be dealing with ‘embers.’ ”

Living in the Valley of the Moon:

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