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Daily Bread for 8.17.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of seventy-nine.  Sunrise is 6:04 AM and sunset 7:52 PM, for 13h 47m 23s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 3.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred seventy-eighth day. 

 The Whitewater Unified School District’s board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6:30 PM in closed session and at 7 PM in open session.

 On this day in 1936, the state of Wisconsin issues the first unemployment compensation check in the United States for the amount of $15.

Recommended for reading in full —

Nitasha Tiku reports Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to disrupt philanthropy has a race problem:

As Facebook faced criticism in recent months about the way its policies can harm Black people, Mark Zuckerberg pointed to his investments in criminal justice reform through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the philanthropic company he co-founded with his wife as a vehicle to funnel 99 percent of their Facebook stock, now worth roughly $80 billion, into charitable causes.

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To many Black employees at CZI, however, the organization’s goal of advancing justice has been compromised both by its internal practices and its approach to giving, according to recordings of company meetings, employee surveys, email, and interviews with current and former employees, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for CZI. Some Black employees say that their voices have been marginalized and their expertise discounted. They also say CZI’s grant-making has left Black leaders and Black communities unsupported.

 Erik Gunn reports Donald Trump Is to Blame for Wisconsin Coronavirus Test Shortage, Lawmaker Says:

“The failure of leadership from the Trump Administration is resulting in a rationing of health care in Wisconsin and it is unacceptable,” [Sen. Tammy] Baldwin wrote in the letter sent on Tuesday, addressing Pence in his capacity as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “Months into this crisis, and we do not have enough supplies available in the state of Wisconsin for the widespread testing that is needed to monitor and contain the virus.”

Baldwin’s letter was prompted by reports that Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health, which operates hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, has had to curtail testing as “the federal government redirects testing supplies to COVID-19 hotspots across the U.S.”

Howard Markel writes of America’s Coronavirus Endurance Test (‘To defeat the virus, we will have to start thinking in years, not months’):

The challenge, therefore, isn’t just flattening the curve but keeping it flat—holding the line not for months but for years. In a study published in Science in April, researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that, in the absence of a vaccine for the coronavirus, periods of social distancing would be necessary into the year 2022. (Their analysis was, in its own way, optimistic: it incorporated the possibilities of new treatments for covid-19, increases in I.C.U. capacity, and the spread of durable immunity over time.) The researchers noted that, even after social distancing lets up, governments will need to continue tracking the virus and addressing occasional outbreaks. In that sense, there’s a good chance that the pandemic may not be over until 2024.

Not Impossible: Ending Hunger in America:

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