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Daily Bread for 8.18.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of seventy-five.  Sunrise is 6:05 AM and sunset 7:50 PM, for 13h 44m 46s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

 The Whitewater Common Council meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1868, French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.

Recommended for reading in full —

 David Lawler writes The U.S. is far behind other rich countries in coronavirus response:

Over the past several weeks, the coronavirus has killed Americans at six times the average rate in other rich countries. And we’re recording about eight times more infections.

Why it matters: The virus burned through the rich world like wildfire in the spring, but this new data confirms that the U.S. is one of very few wealthy countries that have failed to suppress it since then.

Breaking it down: The World Bank’s list of “high-income economies” includes 83 countries and territories, ranging from Austria to Bermuda to Chile. Their populations add up to 907 million — 2.7 times America’s.

  • As of July 1, they’d collectively recorded virtually the same number of cases as the U.S., and 1.6 times as many deaths.
  • Since then, however, 75% of all new cases and 69% of all deaths recorded anywhere in the rich world came in the U.S., which accounts for 27% of the group’s population.
  • The U.S. is conducting more testing than many other countries. But that’s only a small part of the story.

How it happened: Other rich countries saw pandemic peaks that were just as terrifying as America’s. But while they climbed down afterwards, the U.S. remained trapped near the summit.

  • Italy, for example, had recorded 34,767 deaths as of July 1 but has seen just 458 since.

 CBS News reports New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern calls Trump’s claim of virus surge “patently wrong”:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump’s talk of an out-of-control coronavirus “surge” in New Zealand as “patently wrong”:

She expressed dismay after the U.S. president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand as a “huge surge” that Americans would do well to avoid.

“Anyone who is following,” Ardern said, “will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands.”

Rachel Hatzipanagos reports ‘Latinx’ not a preferred term among Hispanics, survey says:

Despite the increasing use of “Latinx” in the news media and by some politicians, the gender-neutral word to describe people of Latin American descent is not the preferred term among that group. Less than a quarter, 23 percent, of those who identify as Hispanic or Latino have even heard of the term “Latinx,” a new Pew Research Center survey found.

Some groups within those who identify as Latino are more likely to use the term than others, said Mark Hugo Lopez, the director of global migration and demography research at Pew.

“Younger people, college-educated Hispanics and notably young Hispanic women were the ones most likely to say that they used the term ‘Latinx’ themselves to describe their identity,” Lopez said.

Overall, “Hispanic” is preferred by a 61 percent majority of people of Latin American descent, followed by “Latino,” which is preferred by 29 percent, Pew found. Left-leaning people seemed to be more likely to have heard the term “Latinx.”

(Best to use the terms that a majority of a group wishes be used to describe itself than to apply a term to them.)

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