Daily Bread for 8.3.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of seventy.  Sunrise is 5:49 AM and sunset 8:11 PM, for 14h 22m 03s of daytime.  The moon is full with 100% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred sixty-fourth day. 

 The Whitewater Unified School District’s board meets at 6 PM via audiovisual conferencing.

 On this day in 1958, the world’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, becomes the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Carolyn Y. Johnson writes A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away:

The declaration that a vaccine has been shown safe and effective will be a beginning, not the end. Deploying the vaccine to people in the United States and around the world will test and strain distribution networks, the supply chain, public trust and global cooperation. It will take months or, more likely, years to reach enough people to make the world safe.

For those who do get a vaccine as soon as shots become available, protection won’t be immediate — it takes weeks for the immune system to call up full platoons of disease-fighting antibodies. And many vaccine technologies will require a second shot weeks after the first to raise immune defenses.

Immunity could be short-lived or partial, requiring repeated boosters that strain the vaccine supply or require people to keep social distancing and wearing masks even after they’ve received their shots. And if a vaccine works less well for some groups of people, if swaths of the population are reluctant to get a vaccine or if there isn’t enough to go around, some people will still get sick even after scientists declare victory on a vaccine — which could help foster a false impression it doesn’t work.

Wendy Lee reports Microsoft wants to buy TikTok as White House puts Chinese apps on warning:

Microsoft said it is in talks with the app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to take control of TikTok in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. If the deal is finalized, Microsoft plans to bring all American user data to U.S. servers and remove data backed up in foreign countries. Currently, TikTok stores U.S. user information in the U.S. and backs it up in Singapore.

Microsoft said it hopes to complete the discussions with ByteDance no later than Sept. 15. But it is possible that a deal may not go through.

“These discussions are preliminary and there can be no assurance that a transaction which involves Microsoft will proceed,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Will Horner reports Coffee Drinkers Stay Home, Hitting Some Beans Harder Than Others:

Coffee futures linked to arabica, a softer, sweeter variety that is largely produced in Latin America and is popular in cafes and restaurants, have fallen almost 9% in New York trading in 2020.

Robusta futures, which track the beans used largely in freeze-dried coffees or in pods for kitchen-top espresso machines, are down less than 3% in London trading. Those stronger tasting beans are commonly grown in Vietnam.

The pandemic has changed where and how most people in the West consume coffee, with restaurants and cafes shut down because of lockdown measures, complicating efforts to accurately gauge demand, according to analysts. Meanwhile, the coffee market is poised for a glut in supply, in part due to bountiful harvests in Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee. That combination is threatening to derail any recovery in coffee prices.

Splashdown – SpaceX Demo-2 crew is back on Earth:

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