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The pandemic may be a defining experience for Generation Z (basically 23 and younger) that shapes its outlook for decades to come — disrupting its entry to adulthood and altering its earning potential, trust in institutions and views on family and sex, Stef Kight writes.
"COVID-19 is going to be the 9/11 of the Gen Z generation," said Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, a research and strategy firm focused on Gen Z and millennials
Some will lose grandparents, parents, siblings and friends.
The pandemic's economic hit to Gen Z (23 or younger) will be severe, Stef Kight continues:
The virus may shape Gen Z's views on the government's role in protecting public health and the economy.
What's next: That could fuel youths' already strong support for progressive, social safety net policies such as universal basic income and Medicare for All.
The bottom line: The progressive ideas they've supported are now less hypothetical.
Tech companies are stepping into the void left by a reluctant or incapable federal government, tech editor Scott Rosenberg writes from the Bay Area:
Why it matters: In the U.S., these giant firms — teeming with creative and restless employees, cushioned by big financial reserves and spurred by the urgency of the moment — have stopped waiting for the government and begun taking their own initiative.
Yesterday afternoon, Apple and Google, rivals who manage the world's two dominant smartphone ecosystems, announced a joint project to enable phone-based contact tracing using their phones' Bluetooth signals.
Amazon is planning to build its own virus testing facility to screen its workers, The Washington Post reported.
Our thought bubble: The pandemic response is breaking from the normal pattern in which government calls for action, specifies needs, and sets standards and priorities while companies apply expertise and deliver results.
This is the bread line of our era. This parking lot was full by 6 a.m.
Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper said his organization is planning two more giveaways next week, but he told the San Antonio Express News he may need help from "the National Guard or somebody."
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The New Yorker's Michael Specter, who has known Anthony Fauci since the HIV/AIDS epidemic exploded in the mid-'80s, delivers a 9,300-word profile, "How Anthony Fauci Became America’s Doctor":
He once explained to me that he has developed a method for dealing with political leaders in times of crisis: "I go to my favorite book of philosophy, 'The Godfather,' and say, 'It’s nothing personal, it’s strictly business.'" He continued, "You just have a job to do. Even when somebody’s acting ridiculous, you can’t chide them for it. You’ve got to deal with them. Because if you don’t deal with them, then you’re out of the picture." ...
He learned the value of candor early. "Some wise person who used to be in the White House, in the Nixon Administration, told me a very interesting dictum to live by," he told me in 2016 ... "He said, 'When you go into the White House, you should be prepared that that is the last time you will ever go in. Because if you go in saying, I’m going to tell somebody something they want to hear, then you’ve shot yourself in the foot.' Now everybody knows I’m going to tell them exactly what’s the truth." ...
When dealing with politicians, he told me, he relies on the pseudo-Latin expression Illegitimi non carborundum: Don’t let the bastards grind you down.
Chicago drug arrests are down 42% in the weeks since the city shut down — a trend playing out globally as cities report stunning crime drops, AP writes:
Uh-oh! Chicago did see a spike in gun violence this week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported 60 shootings — 19 fatal — between Sunday and Thursday.
There's no happy talk, Jim [Acosta]. This is the real deal. And I've got to make the biggest decision of my life. And I've only started thinking about that. I mean, you know, I've made a lot of big decisions over my life. You understand that. This is, by far, the biggest decision of my life, because I have to say, 'OK, let's go. This is what we’re going to do.' ...
So it's a very big decision. As I say, it's the biggest decision I'll ever make.— President Trump at yesterday's briefing
A bespectacled bear eats fruit in a cage at Santa Cruz Zoo in San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia.
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