Daily Bread for 9.12.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of seventy.  Sunrise is 6:32 AM and sunset 7:08 PM, for 12h 35m 25s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 29.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand four hundred fourth day. 

 On this day in 1958, Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Dan Diamond reports Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19:

The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.

In some cases, emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump’s optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to emails reviewed by POLITICO and three people familiar with the situation.


The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports are authored by career scientists and serve as the main vehicle for the agency to inform doctors, researchers and the general public about how Covid-19 is spreading and who is at risk. Such reports have historically been published with little fanfare and no political interference, said several longtime health department officials, and have been viewed as a cornerstone of the nation’s public health work for decades.

But since Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the health department’s new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with Trump’s statements, including the president’s claims that fears about the outbreak are overstated, or stop the reports altogether.

Caputo and his team have attempted to add caveats to the CDC’s findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19 and should have made clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior, according to the individuals familiar with the situation and emails reviewed by POLITICO.

 Tony Romm reports Patients may have seen ‘significant’ delays in medicine deliveries by USPS, Senate report finds:

Patients who rely on the U.S. Postal Service for their prescription drugs may have experienced “significant” delays in their deliveries, according to a Senate report released Wednesday, which accused Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of jeopardizing the “health of millions of Americans.”

Several major U.S. pharmacies told the two Democratic senators leading the investigation — Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.) — that average delivery times have ticked up since the spring, leading to a flood of angry calls from customers and costly requests to resend their medications.

Warren and Casey did not identify the pharmacies, but their report comes nearly three weeks after they asked Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacies and benefit managers to detail the effects of DeJoy’s changes at the Postal Service. This summer, he implemented policies to reduce overtime and mail trips, which postal carriers say have led to backlogs nationwide.

 Mary Trump contends that Donald Trump is fundamentally a racist and liar:

Video from Space – Weekly Highlights: Week of Sept. 6, 2020:

Videos featured: Californian wildfires seen from Space, SpaceX releases booster cam video of a Falcon 9 launch and landing, Zero-G corporation is delivering weightless experiences, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission captured trajectories of particles ejected by Asteroid Bennu.

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