Pandemic Photos O’ Day 140

1944 – In Philadelphia, PA, 6000 white transit employees strike after eight black men begin training as motormen on streetcars, a job that had been reserved for white men only.

August 1st


On Friday, I begin something that a political nerd like me has on his “bucket list” – working for the U.S. Census.

If you’ve been following this blog for a few months, you’ll recall that way back on March 29th, I posted “IMPT: The Census Still Counts During a Pandemic” If you don’t know why it’s important that every household completed/still completes their census paperwork, go to that link and learn.

My job, which I’m only going to be able to do for a few weeks before I return to teaching, is to go to the addresses of those who didn’t complete their form (something like 40% of addresses nationally) and use a mobile device to enter their relevant information.

I’ll be completing digital training this coming week and hopefully by the weekend I’ll be out in the field wrangling the folks who still need to be counted.

Interestingly (or ironically?) as I was entering the training Friday morning, my phone got a notification with this story: Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count

Attempts by the bureau’s workers to conduct in-person interviews for the census will end on Sept. 30 — not Oct. 31, the end date it indicated in April would be necessary to count every person living in the U.S. given major setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic.

Three Census Bureau employees, who were informed of the plans during separate internal meetings Thursday, confirmed the new end date with NPR.

All of the employees spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs. “It’s going to be impossible to complete the count in time,” said one of the bureau employees, an area manager who oversees local census offices. “

I’m very fearful we’re going to have a massive undercount.”


Since the census is all about data, I though it would be apt for Friday’s Pandemic Photo O’ to be a representation of interesting, odd, and illuminating data:

Ever read Harper’s Magazine? If not, why not? It’s only been published continuously since 1850, making it the second oldest U.S. publication.

Harper’s readers know that one of the most interesting parts of each edition is the “Harper’s Index” page.

It’s been a while since I’ve read Harper’s either in print or online. So, it brought a smile to my face to find a link to the August version of this data used to tell stories.

And what’s the coolest about accessing this index online as compared to print, is that each of these data points has a link which takes you directly to the source material.

There’s some great nuggets of info here. Signs (or numbers) of these Pandemic times.

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