Friday, August 7th, 2020

the radical left agenda

take away your guns
destroy your second amendment
no religion
no anything
hurt the bible hurt god

he’s against god
he’s against guns

he’s against energy, our kind of energy

ah

I don’t think he’s gonna do too well in ohio

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Time to play “What’s wrong with this meme?”

So for starters, Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore was, in fact, a celebration of white supremacy, and I know this because I know Trump is a colossal racist and Mount Rushmore is a monument to four of the most famous executives in charge of a country founded on white supremacy. Just to make sure everyone got the idea, the sculptor carved their faces into a mountain that was considered a sacred monument by the native Americans who were nearly exterminated through a centuries-long campaign of genocide. So I think the “celebration of white supremacy” is pretty much a fact.

I mean, I realize Mount Rushmore is touted as being a monument to democracy and so on and so forth, because that’s what they taught me in school and that’s even what I believed for so many years, but it’s also a monument to white supremacy. That’s not an incorrect description of it.

And it’s not incorrect to say Trump stood before two former slave owners, or that he stood on land wrested away from Native Americans. That’s factual, too.

I get it that the meme is supposed to make us all grab our chins and go, “Ohhh, so the media tips one way for liberals and the other way for conservatives, ergo they’re blindly driven by an agenda.” And I suppose that might be true, if those stories were out there.

There aren’t any citations in the meme, but the only CNN story I could find that used the phrases “white supremacy” and “former slave owners” when describing Trump’s July 4 speech quoted Nick Tilsen, a citizen of Oglala Lakota nation and founder, CEO and president of the NDN Collective, a nonprofit organization supporting Indigenous people, so it really wasn’t CNN saying those things, it was Tilsen. Not that I think it matters. It’s factual. CNN was reporting the facts. That’s not an agenda, that’s journalism.

I couldn’t find any stories at abcnews.com about Bill Clinton visiting Mount Rushmore in 1996.

There was just one story at CNN.com about Barack Obama (I only searched using the correct spelling of his name – I’ll only go so far when researching this kind of thing) visiting Mount Rushmore on 2008, but it didn’t use the word ‘majestic’ to describe the monument.

And I couldn’t find any stories at CNN.com about Bernie Sanders visiting Mount Rushmore in 2016.

If the writers who created this meme read the stories they claimed said these things, I should have been able to find them. I think they started with the story about Trump, and made the rest of that shit up. I think this came out of a meme factory in Russia, because it’s all over Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, something called iFun – name a social media platform, it’s there, but I can’t trace it back to a source.

I wonder if Russian meme factories are agenda-driven?

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Sunday, July 26th, 2020

You want to know what’s been stuck in my head on a loop all morning? Probably not, but I’m going to answer that rhetorical question anyway:

person woman man camera TV

I went paddling on the lake this morning. I put in early, before all the bleepheads started roaring around in their power boats, so I could enjoy the stillness. And I did. It was very quiet, very calming. And the whole time, my brain kept repeating:

person woman man camera TV

I paddled around for about two hours, paddling across Wicawak Bay after putting in on Frost Woods Beach. I used one of the channels through the Belle Isle neighborhood to get to Lake Monona, turned south to cut back across the mouth of Wicawak Bay to the southern shore, then followed the shore to the Yahara River. All around the bay I enjoyed the sight of ducks with their ducklings, turtles basking on logs in the sun, herons sweeping through the skies after launching themselves from low-hanging branches, and

person woman man camera TV

godDAMNit!

I just want a little peace and quiet on my day off. A day where the idiot in chief doesn’t mess with my head. I guess that’s not possible now.

I even dreamed about him last night. I dreamed we were watching him on TV. He was falling from a great height, many hundreds of feet. I don’t know what he fell out of or why, but the cameras were zoomed in on him tumbling through the air. He wasn’t flailing or yelling or doing any of the dramatic things falling people do in movies; he was falling like a sack of potatoes, tossed one way, then the other by the passing wind. Then, just before he hit the ground, the camera pulled back. We could somehow hear the thump he made, even though he was quite a long distance from the camera.

I turned to My Darling B and said, “You realize this means Pelosi is president now.” She nodded, speechless because of what we had seen. (I don’t remember any part of the dream that would have explained what happened to Pence.)

The dream was so startling that I woke up right after that, and it was so vivid that I almost woke up My Darling B, still slumbering next to me, to ask her, “Did Trump fall out of a plane or something today?” But I was also still so confused by the sudden juxtaposition of my dream on reality that I simply laid there thinking about it for several minutes, and it eventually dawned on me that it was only a dream and Trump was still very much alive.

And probably still bragging to anyone who will listen about passing that stupid test two years ago.

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Friday, July 24th, 2020

Dear 15-year-old me:

I’m 59-year-old you and this is the sort of thing we do to pass the time while self-isolating during the pandemic. Yeah. The pandemic. I don’t want to jump straight into that, if you don’t mind. I mean, I’m not going to totally blow it off; I’ll get to it eventually. Just not right now. Baby steps.

I don’t know how these things are supposed to work. Does this letter show up under your pillow on some random day after your fifteenth birthday? Or does it show up in your mailbox like a regular letter the morning of your fifteenth birthday? The fact that I don’t know doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I can’t remember a lot of things that happened when I was fifteen, so first things first: Keep a journal. A diary. Whatever you call it, get something to write on and write something, anything at all, every day, even just one sentence about that day. I can’t tell you why yet, but trust me, you want to do this.

Speaking of things you want to do, start working on your dad to chip on the flying lessons. He’ll do it if you sell it to him the right way. Like, you know how he wants you to go to college? You absolutely should go, so promise get a 4.0 GPA if your parents chip in 50% for flying lessons. They don’t have that kind of money, but they’ll chip for some fraction of your expenses if you deliver good grades, because your mom thinks it’s pretty great that you want to learn to fly. She’ll talk your dad into helping you out, and anything is better than nothing.

Here’s an FYI about that 4.0 GPA: you’re not that smart. I mean, I’m not. Maybe *you* could be that smart, I don’t really know. I didn’t try very hard for good grades. Sort of the point of this letter, right? To warn you not to make the mistakes I made? Well, I know how much you hate to study, believe me, and I know how much you want to piss away the afternoon playing pinball instead of doing your homework. But promise good grades, hen work your ass off for at least a 3.4 – that’s an attainable goal. Even I managed to do that. And guess what? Mom and dad were happy with that.

Why am I talking about college in a letter to 15-year-old me? Because you’re taking flying lessons now, and you should keep on taking them, but you have to get better at math to fly. Ugh. I know. You think math sucks. Well, it’s not math, it’s you. You suck at math. I don’t know how to say it any other way. I still suck at math, but I’m better at it because I had to be. I had to learn math years after high school – pretty basic stuff, stuff I would have known if I gave it more attention in high school. You’re gonna hate it, but you won’t hate it as much later on if you just pay attention now.

Speaking of paying attention, you should not only give your full attention to your flight instructor, you should try to be his friend, because he’s a pretty great guy, which you’ll realize years down the road. He seems a little odd now, but all adults seem pretty odd, don’t they? Like, really weird? Yeah, that doesn’t change as you get older. Everybody just gets weirder, and avoiding them doesn’t help you get over it. And Bill’s not the weirdest guy out there. Really, he’s one of the best guys you know right now. Learn everything he can teach you about flying, learn all his dad jokes, ask him how he’s doing today, *talk to him,* he’s really very interesting. And keep in touch after you move on from this place in your life.

Your best friend’s dad, the guy who gave you your first ride in a plane – you should keep in touch with him, too. You’re going to not want to, and I’ll tell you why in another letter, but if you do, he’ll appreciate it in ways you can’t comprehend right now. Okay, that’s going way past the line I wanted to stop at in this letter. The fact that he introduced you to flying is a rock-solid reason to stick by him and learn from him, and from all his friends who have planes, and especially his friend Don who builds planes in his garage. You should spend as much time with them as possible. Hang out with them a lot more when you go to the fly-in. Drooling over high-performance planes is fun now, but show them how much you’ll work to get behind the stick and they’ll draw you into their circle, teach you everything they know. That’s how Pete Conrad went from sweeping hangars in exchange for lessons and worked his way up to walking on the moon. You don’t know who Pete Conrad is, do you? You only thought you were smart about the moon landings. Go look it up.

By the way, there’s a space station, and I mean A SPACE STATION with an international crew of six people orbiting the earth as I type these words. It’s not impossible that you could be part of that crew – *if* you learn math and *if* you learn to fly, and those are not impossible things to learn. Believing you can work on a space station seems like science fiction to you now, but reality has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Like for instance, I’m living in a world-wide pandemic is kicking the shit out of the United States because American voters thought it would be a good idea to elect a con man president who rose to fame because his television show was a hit in spite of the fact that he couldn’t find his ass with both hands, a map, and a flashlight. Sounds like a Phillip K. Dick dystopia. Which reminds me: Get your hands on all the Phillip K. Dick you can find. I discovered him too late to appreciate him. I think maybe 15-year-old me would have loved him.

Well, 15-year-old me, this has been fun but I have to clean the bathroom. Sorry, but I let it go way too long and it’s pretty gross now. I still put everything off until way past the last minute. Maybe that’s something you can try to stop doing. Just an idea. I’ll be back with more later, promise.

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I’ve got a little fold-up cart I use to wheel my kayak from our yard to the lake and back. You can pay anywhere from fifty bucks to hundred dollars and more for one of these little carts; I paid fifty bucks because I’m a cheapskate. The cart served me well for many years until one day about a month ago it just couldn’t any more. I took the kayak down to the lake, paddled around, and brought it back home. Fully intending to take it out again the next day I left the kayak on the cart; normally I would hang on a pair of J-hooks and stow the cart in the garage. Well, I didn’t take it out the next day, or the next. In fact, the kayak sat on the cart for a full week before I noticed it was leaning a little farther to one side than it should have been, and when I checked to find out why, I found the hub of one of the wheels had broken off. I guess it could bear the weight of the kayak for short trips to the lake and back, but a full week of that was just too much. Well, I probably would have broken down if I’d had to carry a kayak for a week, too.

I ordered a new pair of wheels through Amazon; I’m pretty sure they shipped from China because it took more than a week for them to get here. If they’d come from an Amazon warehouse here in the states, they would’ve been on our doorstep half an hour after I hit ‘send.’ I had to make a slight modification to the cart to put the wheels on, a project that took all of 30 minutes, but I couldn’t take the kayak out that day because it was Thursday and I had to do some work for the office that evening. It sure would be nice if I could retire again and stay retired this time.

But I took today off from work because I’d planned to do a little traveling this summer, maybe take the kayak up nort dere to do a some paddling where I couldn’t hear highway traffic. Maybe I could’ve done that anyway – lots of people are traveling, camping, carrying on as normal – but I can’t shake the idea that it’s not responsible to travel unnecessarily while the pandemic is killing a thousand people a day, so I took the days off but stayed home instead of traveling.

I carted the kayak down to the lake for a paddle this morning. The new wheels work great, by the way. Oldest technology in the world, why wouldn’t they? I got solid tires this time around so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting a flat, which really happened to me a couple times. It’s a trip that’s all of four blocks long and somehow I got a flat tire, twice.

There’s a public park with a beach at the end of the road where I usually put the kayak in. It’s normally deserted, or every once in a while there’s maybe one person there playing fetch with their dogs. This particular morning, though, there was a teenage girl with a clipboard wearing a t-shirt with “STAFF” across the back, surrounded by pool floaties. There was just one kid in swim trunks but clearly she was expecting a lot more. “Swimming lessons?” I asked her. “No, day camp,” she answered. Wow, day camp. I don’t know why that surprised me more than swimming lessons. Either one would have seemed more that a little risky during a pandemic.

I paddled slowly across Wicawak Bay, then out onto Lake Monona. I had no thought about where to go until then and decided on a whim to paddle all the way across the lake to Monona Bay. It’s a pretty big lake and I’d paddled across it two or three times but I had never before gone straight across the lake and under the John Nolan Parkway to visit Brittingham Park. Looked like today was going to be the day.

The lake was warm as bath water, or at least the surface water was; there was just enough of a breeze to cool me off and clear away the stink that rose off the weeds, but not enough that I had to fight it; and the sky was a deep, dark blue over my head, fading to pastel blue at the horizon. I could have asked for a more perfect day to go on a long paddle, but why? This one was as good as perfect.

I’ve got a lake kayak. It’s twice as long as the kind of kayak you would get if you rented one from a lakeside vendor. It’s very sleek and moves through the water with very little effort, so even if I’m just dipping the paddle blades in to keep moving, I move about as fast as a person can trot. Even so, after I passed the markers at the entrance to Wickawak Bay there weren’t a lot of cues along the way to give me a sense that I was moving. There’s a big white buoy a little ways out from the bay with the warning “ROCK” painted on it. I usually make that my first way point because it’s easy to see from the bay. After that, all I can to is draw a bead on the highest bridge along the causeway and keep the bow pointed at it.

There are three or four bridges along the causeway, but there’s only one bridge high enough to get under. The other bridges leave maybe a ten or twelve inch gap between the water and the deck beams and I’m sure lots of people on paddle boards have squeaked under them on a dare, but I wasn’t on a dare and didn’t feel much like scrunching way down into the cockpit. Much easier to glide under the high bridge.

Beyond the causeway bridge, I still had to cross a small lagoon between the John Nolan Parkway and the Wisconsin Central railroad to get to Monona Bay. The railroad trestle is a bit of a tighter squeeze but not crazy tight; there were people on stand-up paddle boards ducking under it without trouble. The worst thing about the trestle is the smell; they’re dripping with creosote to prevent rot, and even from a distance they reek of it. Thank goodness for a freshening breeze.

I didn’t go all the way around Monona Bay, just as far as the edge of Brittingham Park before I started to make a long, slow turn back toward the railroad trestle.

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Monday, June 29th, 2020

Mom called me last night while we were having dinner. “Call you back in about ten minutes,” I promised her, then for the next ten minutes tried and failed not to think about why she might be calling me.

Mom doesn’t call me. I call her. It’s one of those unspoken agreements. When she does call me, it’s usually because she’s got something important to tell me. And with everything as awful as it is, I was more than a little anxious about what it might be.

So I bolted my food, then called her. Turned out she just wanted to tell me her cabin fever is the worst it’s ever been, which was a huge relief. We commiserated for a while, sharing our stories about not going anywhere and not doing anything, with an added dash of oh my god what’s wrong with people thrown in for flavor. It was a nice call. Thank goodness.

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Sunday, June 28th, 2020

There’s an old friend I reconnected with on Facebook a year or two ago. One of the things I liked a lot about Facebook when I signed up for an account was reconnecting with people I knew way back when.

Another one of the things about Facebook, a thing I’m not a big fan of, is finding out the people I reconnected with might not be the kind of people I thought I knew way back when.

This guy I knew from high school, for instance. Almost all his posts have been photos of his grandkids, post about his job, jokey stuff – nothing you could consider provocative at all.

This afternoon, he posted a propaganda video from Turning Point USA, which was posted to Facebook by Donald Trump Jr.

I’m a “live and let live” kind of guy. Believe what you want to believe, it’s none of my business – except for just one thing: if you’re repeating lies for any of the Trumps, I will get up from the table and quit you. We’re done.

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Friday, June 26th, 2020

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but “Trump cannot lie his way out of a pandemic. And the pandemic keeps reminding him of that” is not a hot take I can gin up a lot of enthusiasm for. Call him a two-bit grifter all you want, but he did in fact bullshit his way into the highest office in the land. I don’t admire his ability or hold it up as an example to be imitated; I’m only acknowledging he has a history of failure after failure, and after each one, he has lied his way back into a position of power. He’s proven he can effectively lie his way out of any debacle he’s ever been involved in.

There’s the tiniest chance the pandemic might possibly turn out to be the one huge fuckup he can’t lie his way out of, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a single copy of “The Thorn Birds:”

A few minutes later, two more books have been added to the stack:

  • “The Thorn Birds 3: Things Be Getting Tornier!”
  • “The Thorn Birds 2: More Thorns”

The stack gets a little higher in the next scene with an all-anagram stack of “The Thorn Birds,” including:

  • “The Borsht Rind”
  • “The Third Borns”
  • “The North Birds”

Then the stack becomes a lollapalooza of goofy free-association versions of “The Thorn Birds:”

  • “The Born Turds”
  • “The Torn Shirts”
  • “The Sworn Words”
  • “The Thin Boards”
  • “The Shorn Brads”
  • “The Corn Nerds”

And finally, the stack turns into a random pile of books we’ve seen in previous episodes, including:

  • “The Thowd in the Bone”
  • “A Blockwork Thornge”
  • “198Thourn”
  • “The Picture of Thornian Bray”
  • “The Thord of the Rings”
  • “Thorntnoy’s Complaint”
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Sparky went to the vet yesterday. Did. Not. Like. It.

Or at least I thought he didn’t, because he howled all the way there. He was fine when I put him in the cat carrier, but as soon as I put the carrier in the car he started to howl like he’d been stuck, and he kept on howling all the way to the vet. It’s a twenty-minute drive. He howled even louder when I tried to calm him down by talking to him.

So when I got there, I figured I ought to warn them that Sparky was not in a good mood at all. He was a feral cat when we adopted him but he’s always been the sweetest little guy. Not the friendliest, kind of skittish, but very sweet. Still, I wasn’t going to be in there when they opened the door on the carrier, because of COVID-19. I had no idea how he’d react, so I mentioned to the vet tech who came to the car to fetch him that he was a little on edge.

I kept the phone in my hand the whole time he was in there, halfway expecting to get a phone call from a frantic vet begging for help to calm Sparky down. That call never came. Instead, the vet called me about ten minutes later, told me Sparky was healthy and was one of the sweetest cats they’d ever seen, a little nervous at first, but he quickly made friends and everybody was petting him. Well. That was quite a surprise.

When they brought Sparky back to the car, he began to howl again as soon as I put the car in gear, but he seemed to be doing it only to keep up appearances. He didn’t seem to be really into it.

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Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a stack of books on the end table:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • 1984
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Thorn Birds

A few minutes later, “A Clockwork Orange” has been transformed into “A Clockwork Thornge.”

After that, “The Sword in the Stone” becomes “The Thowd in the Bone”

Then “1984” becomes “198Thourn”

And finally, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” becomes “The Picture of Thronian Bray.”

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Woke up from a dream this morning in which I was taking turns driving a truck. I was supposed to be off-duty, catching some sack time in the back, but the guy driving the truck needed help navigating, so I grabbed a cup of coffee and joined him in the cab with a map.

The cab of the truck was more like the bridge of a cargo ship. Really big. I was standing next to the driver with lots of dead air between the top of my head and the roof of the cab. There was enough floor space to play hockey. It was a big cab.

The map I was using was full-size. Scale was 1:1. I mean, I was looking at a map that was the same size of the road we were driving. It was like I was in a plane looking down at the countryside, only I was in the cab, looking at a map I could hold in my hands that was the actual size of the world. Even in the dream, this seemed a little outlandish to me.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a single copy of “The Thorn Birds” on the end table:

In the next scene, a copy of “The Bourne Identity” appears on top:

Next, “The Thorn Birds” and “The Bourne Identity” seem to meld into a single copy of “The Thourne Identity.”

And finally, “The Torn Birds” reappears:

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Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Woke up this morning from a dream about living in a pandemic (wonder why I had *that* dream?). It must have been a really bad pandemic, because everyone was wearing MOPP gear.

MOPP gear is the protective clothing the military wears to protect themselves against nuclear, biological, and chemical attack. There was a gas mask with a hood that covered your head, neck, and shoulders; a coat and pants; thick rubber gloves and boots; and a set of high-octane epipens we were expected to inject ourselves with if we were exposed to nerve gas.

Every time I was stationed overseas, I was issued a duffel bag filled with MOPP gear, and I had to take refresher training in how to use it. In refresher training, we buddied up and practiced how to put on and take off MOPP gear in such a way that we would not contaminate ourselves with nerve gas.

They never actually gassed us in these training sessions, except for the very first training I went through, and in that case it was some pretty low-grade tear gas. Everybody in every training I went to had a pretty relaxed attitude about how to wear MOPP gear. If they’d used full-strength tear gas on us in any of those training sessions, I’m pretty sure ninety percent of us would have been incapacitated.

And if we’d had to live in MOPP gear for days or weeks on end, the way you might have to in a pandemic, I’d bet money that the ten percent who weren’t incapacitated for being lax would go crazy from wearing the mask all the time. Maybe the new masks aren’t so bad, but the mask I had to wear was like smooshing your face between the cold butt cheeks of a hippopotamus. And the visibility through the tiny goggle lenses was about the same. Claustrophobia doesn’t begin to describe the experience.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

There’s a section of the social media web site REDDIT called “Am I The Asshole?” in which Redditors will spell out a sticky problem they’re experiencing and ask everyone to either validate their righteousness or dump on their pettiness. Because everything on the internet is a TLA (Three-Letter Abbreviation), you can answer YTA (You’re The Asshole), NTA (Not The Asshole), ESH (Everyone Sucks Here), and a couple other things I’m forgetting right now and am too lazy to look up.

This post is typical:

AITA for not sharing coffee with my husband who refuses to ever make coffee?

Quarantine woes. I (28F) work upstairs and my husband (35M) works from our kitchen counter. Every morning he refuses to put the kettle on or help make the coffee. He says, “I don’t want coffee but if you make it I’ll have some.” When I make it he then wants a full cup! As of late I take the entire french press with me back to my work station and refuse to share with him since he can’t be bothered to even turn the knob on the stove for the kettle. AITA?

So much to unpack here.

First, there’s a lot of backstory missing. Wife and hubby are obvs not getting along AT ALL. Missing is everything leading up to the coffee-making.

Second, lots of passive-aggressiveness going on here. Hubby says he doesn’t want coffee but he does. Wife makes coffee, takes it all upstairs with her. I’d pay to watch that webcam.

Some of the posts describe situations so outrageous they’re would’ve been hard to believe as little as a year ago. As weird as reality has become lately, though, I’d believe almost anything.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Trump graduated from grumpy old codger and joined the tinfoil hat brigade today when he tweeted: “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?”

Trump referred to an incident caught on video in which a protester was roughly pushed aside when he approached a line of advancing police officers wearing riot gear. He had a phone in his hand, which Trump apparently thought was a “scanner.”

The protester lost his balance and fell to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. One police officer turned and reached for the protester as if to help, but another officer in line hustled him along. The image of police stepping over a 75-year-old man lying on the pavement bleeding his wounds triggered outrage that Trump apparently couldn’t help commenting on.

If a friend of mine tweeted stuff like this, I’d take him aside and say, “Dude, this is the kind of talk doctors combat with powerful antipsychotic drugs. You need to tone it down.” And if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be my friend any more.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

I typed the word “rigamarole” into an email the other day and got one of those red squiggly lines underneath telling me it was misspelled.

That’s interesting, I thought, because I’m pretty sure that’s a bullshit made-up word. [Turns out it’s not. It’s a word with a long history. – ed] [There is no editor.]

So I right-clicked on the word to find out how my computer thought it should be spelled and found out the all-knowing spellcheck god wanted me to type “rigmarole” instead.

Well. I’m not doing that. Because that’s just flat-out *wrong.* Even though all my dictionaries say I’m wrong, this is one time I’m not going to budge. It’s been “rigamarole” all my life and nobody’s going to gaslight me into changing it to “rigmarole” now. It’s the totally stupid hill I’m willing to die on.

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From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 291,367 negative results and 19,892 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 279,711 negative results and 19,400 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
    • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 12,148 more test results were reported over the past 24 hours, 1,626 more than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,522).
    • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 492 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, 9 more than the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (483).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,739 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,700 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 39 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 less than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (40).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 626 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 616 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 10 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (10).

    The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

    covid in WI 6-4-20

    WI DHS update 060420 | 2:00 pm CDT
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I’ve been awake since three oh nine this morning, after a dream in which I backed myself into a grey, airless void I couldn’t get out of. I kind of don’t want to go back to sleep when you can clearly remember a dream about suffocating, so I made myself stay awake for a couple minutes, then a couple minutes longer, and … you know how *that* goes.

Funnily enough, it wasn’t me who got sucked into the void, it was Tom Cruise – I mean, *I* was Tom Cruise because y’know dream logic – and if anybody should be able to escape a nightmare scenario it’s Tom Cruise, so really I should have let myself fall right back into sleep to see how he got out of it. Now I’ll never know.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 279,711 negative results and 19,400 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 263,743 negative results and 18,917 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 282,660 test results have been reported.
    • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 16,451 more test results were reported over the past 24 hours, 5,929 more than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,522).
      • This is the largest number of test results reported in a 24-hour period since DHS records began on 3/15/2020.
    • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 483 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (483).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,700 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,643 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 57 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 16 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 616 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 607 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 9 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).

    The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

    covid in wi 6-3-20

    WI DHS update 060320 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Monday, June 1st, 2020

Well holy shit. The president went on television this evening to announce his intention to be the boss of everything. “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” he decreed. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” As he spoke, a small army of police cleared away the protesters gathered outside the gates of the White House, beating them with shields and firing flash-bang grenades and tear gas into the crowd, which someone had arranged to display on a split screen with Trump, I guess so he would look very, very powerful. After the crowds and tear gas disbursed, Trump marched through Lafayette Park in what I assume he thought was a manly way (former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker praised Trump as “gutsy” on Twitter in what I can only assume was some carefully arranged bootlicking), even though the path Trump took was bracketed by police in riot gear standing shoulder-to-shoulder and he was of course surrounded by Secret Service agents. At the other side of the park, Trump posed in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding a bible and scowling for the cameras, looking very much like a Jon McNaughton painting. Five bucks says McNaughton paints exactly that picture before the end of the week.

In response to Trump gassing American citizens in America’s capitol city, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer released a joint statement, mostly a lot of “we must do better blah blah blah.” The only part that directly addressed Trump’s strongman act was: “We call upon the President, law enforcement and all entrusted with responsibility to respect the dignity and rights of all Americans.” Oh, yeah. Way to go, Democratic ‘leadership.’ I’m sure that made a yuge impression on Trump.

Schumer and Pelosi could learn a thing or two about righteous anger from a rector at St. John’s who was ministering to the protesters at the time the police attacked them with shields raised: “WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN’S – a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day – SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!! I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

The rector, Gini Gerbasi, posted her description on Facebook of the event from her point of view:

“Friends, I am ok, but I am, frankly shaken. I was at St. John’s, Lafayette Square most of the afternoon, with fellow clergy and laypeople – and clergy from some other denominations too. We were passing out water and snacks, and helping the patio area at St. John’s, Lafayette square to be a place of respite and peace. All was well – with a few little tense moments – until about 6:15 or so. By then, I had connected with the Black Lives Matter medic team, which was headed by an EMT. Those people were AMAZING. They had been on the patio all day, and thankfully had not had to use much of the eyewash they had made. Around 6:15 or 6:30, the police started really pushing protestors off of H Street (the street between the church and Lafayette Park, and ultimately, the White House. They started using tear gas and folks were running at us for eyewashes or water or wet paper towels. At this point, Julia, one of our seminarians for next year (who is a trauma nurse) and I looked at each other in disbelief. I was coughing, her eyes were watering, and we were trying to help people as the police – in full riot gear – drove people toward us. Julia and her classmates left and I stayed with the BLM folks trying to help people. Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet – he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt. The police in their riot gear were literally walking onto the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with these metal shields, pushing people off the patio and driving them back. People were running at us as the police advanced toward us from the other side of the patio. We had to try to pick up what we could. The BLM medic folks were obviously well practiced. They picked up boxes and ran. I was so stunned I only got a few water bottles and my spray bottle of eyewash. We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear. We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually – with SO MANY concussion grenades – back to K street. By the time I got back to my car, around 7, I was getting texts from people saying that Trump was outside of St. John’s, Lafayette Square. I literally COULD NOT believe it. WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN’S – a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day – SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!

I am deeply shaken. I did not see any protestors throw anything until the tear gas and concussion grenades started, and then it was mostly water bottles. I am shaken, not so much by the taste of tear gas and the bit of a cough I still have, but by the fact that that show of force was for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The patio of St. John’s, Lafayette square had been HOLY GROUND today. A place of respite and laughter and water and granola bars and fruit snacks. But that man turned it into a BATTLE GROUND first, and a cheap political stunt second. I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John’s, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave. I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

“My fellow Americans, my first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do. All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims are the peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters, but in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, antifa, and others. A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents. Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in upstate New York, viciously attacked by dangerously thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York’s finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct has been overrun. Here, in the nation’s capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed. These are not acts of peaceful protest; these are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against god. America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos. This is our mission, and we will succeed, one-hundred percent. We will succeed; our country always wins. That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your second-amendment rights. Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately: First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the national guard in sufficient numbers, that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capitol, Washington D.C. What happened in the city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily-armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property. We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence. One law and order – and that is what it is: One law; we have one beautiful law, and once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family. America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity; where there is no justice, there is no liberty; where there is no safety, there is no future. We must never give in to anger or hatred. If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free. I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country. By far, our greatest days lie ahead. Thank you very much. And now, I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.”

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Sunday, May 31st, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 250,103 negative results and 18,403 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 268,506 tests have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 242,908 negative results and 18,230 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 261,138 tests have been reported.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,368 more tests were reported over the past 24 hours, 2,475 fewer than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (9,843).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 173 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, 339 fewer than the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (512).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,583 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,563 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 20 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 21 fewer than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 592 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 588 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 7 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).
  • The cumulative total number of tests reported in the state (268,506) is 4.61% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (18,403) is 6.85% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (2,583) is 14.04% of the cumulative total number of positive test results.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (592) is 3.22% of all positive cases.

The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

WI COVID trends 053120

WI DHS update 053120 | 3:30 pm CDT
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The rest of the country might be open, but My Darling B and I are still in isolation here at Our Little Red House – 76 days as of today. That’s a lot of days to be isolated from everybody & everything.

Full disclosure: It’s not like we’re hunkered down inside with the doors locked. Yesterday, as on most Saturdays, I made a run into town to pick up an order of sauerkraut & brats from Stalzy’s Deli and a couple cases of beer from Giant Jones brewery. We made a decision early on to support our local businesses as much as we were able to, either by purchasing from their curbside services or by donating to any of the many support groups that emerged to help them. It seems to have worked out well: Giant Jones is a very small brewery but seems to get a good response to their weekly curbside sales, and Stalzy’s was scheduled to open at the very time the governor shut down all the restaurants, forcing them to reinvent the way they served food to the public, which couldn’t have been easy.

We’ve also taken turns going to the store for groceries, each time coming home with a car jammed to the rafters with goodies (I know, cars don’t have rafters, but the metaphor seems awkward with more technically accurate terminology). Our last trip was two weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure we still have enough stashed in our pantry to go another two weeks without having to crack open the frozen leftovers that are our emergency backup comestibles.

And although I’ve been working from home, I have been making periodic trips to the office, usually once a week, in rotation with my coworkers, because somebody’s got to collect the incoming mail, send the outgoing mail, and print daily reports and other miscellaneous documents. My Darling B has worked exclusively from home these past 76 days, as is the case with most of her coworkers, I think.

Beyond those essential and semi-essential road trips into town, the only other times I’ve left the confines of our house is to stretch my legs with a walk around the neighborhood (few times a week), or go for a paddle around the lake (twice now), or work in the yard (pruned the trees on the front lawn yesterday afternoon). B has left the house only to work in her garden or relax in a lawn chair with a beer.

So we are still in lockdown because the virus is still out there and, so far as we’re aware, still as contagious as it ever was, and because the reports of the disease’s effects from people our age who contracted it make us really not want to catch it. On my trip into town yesterday, it looked like my fellow cheeseheads were nowhere near as concerned about passing this bug around. Almost none of the people I saw out & about on the pavement and in the parks wore masks, and the grand re-opening of the Tiki Bar at the East Side Club appeared to be a huge success; the lawn out back was teeming with revelers. That’s going to come back to bite them in the future, I’ll bet.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 242,908 negative results and 18,230 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 261,138 tests have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 233,588 negative results and 17,707 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 251,295 test have been reported.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,843 more tests were reported over the past 24 hours, 487 fewer than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,330).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 503 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (523).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,563 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,499 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 64 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 17 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (47).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 588 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 568 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 20 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (18).
  • The cumulative total number of tests reported in the state (261,138) is 4.49% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (18,230) is 6.98% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (2,563) is 14.06% of the cumulative total number of positive test results.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (588) is 3.23% of all positive cases.
WI DHS update 053020 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Memorial to George Floyd in Berlin, Germany

Every day I wake up, the first thought in my head is, How did we get here? How did white people become so unashamedly racist? And I have to conclude: We were always this racist. Same as our government. Trump is nothing new. The bureaucracy was always this corrupt. The racism, as the saying goes, is baked in. The system isn’t broken; it was designed to work this way.

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Friday, May 29th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 233,588 negative results and 17,707 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 251,295 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 220,719 negative results and 16,974 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 237,693 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 13,602 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 3,272 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (10,330).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people tested in a 24-hour period was 10,626 on 5/28/2020.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 733 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 221 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (512).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing positive in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people testing positive in a 24-hour period was 599 on 5/27/2020.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,499 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,452 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 47 people were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, 6 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 568 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 550 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 18 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 7 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (227,067) is 3.90% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (16,462) is 7.25% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (539) is 3.27% of all positive cases.

WI DHS update 052920 | 6:25 pm CDT
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 210,605 negative results and 16,462 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 227,067 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 200,874 negative results and 15,863 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 216,737 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 10,330 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 2,850 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people tested in a 24-hour period was 9,976 on 5/22/2020.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 599 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 199 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (400).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing positive in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people testing positive in a 24-hour period was 528 on 5/20/2020.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 539 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 517 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 22 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 18 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
    • This is the largest number of deaths DHS reported in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of deaths reported in a 24-hour period was 19 on 4/28/2020.
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (227,067) is 3.90% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (16,462) is 7.25% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (539) is 3.27% of all positive cases.
WI DHS update 052720 | 3:04 pm CDT
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 200,874 negative results and 15,863 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 216,737 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 193,379 negative results and 15,584 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 208,963 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,774 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 294 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 279 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 121 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (400).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 517 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 514 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (216,737) is 3.72% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,863) is 7.32% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (517) is 3.26% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths are trending down:

WI DHS update 052620 | 2:18 pm CDT
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Monday, May 25th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 193,379 negative results and 15,584 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 208,963 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 186,206 negative results and 15,277 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 201,483 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,480 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 307 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 165 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (472).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 514 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 510 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (6).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (208,963) is 3.59% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,584) is 7.46% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (514) is 3.30% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths are trending down:

WI DHS update 052520 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Sunday, May 24th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 186,206 negative results and 15,277 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 201,483 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 179,329 negative results and 14,877 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 194,206 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,277 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,277).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 400 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 81 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (481).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 510 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 507 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 6 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (9).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (201,483) is 3.46% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,277) is 7.58% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (510) is 3.34% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths remain relatively flat – although it’s worth noting that the trend had been toward fewer deaths as little as three days ago (compare to WI DHS update 052220):

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 179,329 negative results and 14,877 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 194,206 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 172,703 negative results and 14,396 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 187,099 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,107 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 481 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (481).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 507 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 496 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 11 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (9).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (194,206) is 3.34% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (14,877) is 7.66% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (507) is 3.41% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths remain relatively flat:

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Friday, May 22nd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 172,703 negative results and 14,396 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 187,099 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 163,238 negative results and 13,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 177,123 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,976 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 511 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 39 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (472).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 496 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 487 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 9 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (187,099) is 3.21% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (14,396 ) is 7.69% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (496) is 3.45% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, but fewer deaths:

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Author Chuck Wendig asked: “Tell us about something unexplainable that happened to you – your own “glitch in the Matrix” –?”

I was about to set the needle on an LP record track (kids, ask your grandparents) when, just before the needle touched down, the right-hand speaker very clearly said, “Cheeseburger.” I was so surprised that I turned to the speaker and said, “WHAT?” It did not, thank dog, repeat itself.

This is as close to a supernatural experience as I have ever been. Other people have told me they saw ghosts or spoke to god. I heard my stereo component request a cheeseburger. As supernatural experiences go, it was startling at the time but I would have to rate it as totally underwhelming in the great scheme of things.

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Author Chuck Wendig asked: What’s something totally stupid and/or dangerous you did as a kid?

When I was in fifth grade – what is that, ten, eleven years old? – one of the kids in our town with a less than shining reputation set fire to our school. It was a solid three-story brick building with granite stairways and hardwood floors; I’d guess it was built in maybe the 30s or 40s. The fire department responded quickly enough to put out the blaze before it gutted the building, leaving behind a wreck that was never used again and eventually torn down, BUT before they did that, I went exploring with my friends. We climbed stairs strewn with nails all the way to the top floor where most of the damage was. We crossed sagging floors that should have collapsed to send us plunging to certain death, or at least permanent disfigurement. I don’t know how we didn’t at least get tetanus from poking through all the broken equipment in the science lab. I’ve done other things that came close to being that dumb, but that was probably the dumbest I’ve ever been.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 163,238 negative results and 13,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 177,123 people have been tested.
  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 154,300 negative results and 13,413 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 167,713 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,410 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 472 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 116 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 487 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 481 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 6 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (6).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (177,123) is 3.04% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (13,885) is 7.84% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (487) is 3.51% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, but fewer deaths:


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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 154,300 negative results and 13,413 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 167,713 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Wisconsin reported 148,237 negative results and 12,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 161,122 people had been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 6,591 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 528 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 172 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
    • This is the largest number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in 24 hours in the state since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 481 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 467 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 14 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 6 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (167,713) is 2.88% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (13,413) is 8.00% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (481) is 3.59% of all positive cases.

Brown County

  • Brown County reported 9,806 negative results and 2,135 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,941 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Brown County reported 9,171 negative results and 2,118 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,289 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, on par with the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (17).
  • Brown County reported a total of 29 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (1).
  • The total number of people tested in Brown County (11,941) is 4.51% of the county’s 2019 population of 264,542.
  • The total number of positive cases in Brown County (2,135) is 17.88% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Brown County attributed to COVID-19 (29) is 1.36% of all positive cases.

Dane County

  • Dane County reported 19,259 negative results and 563 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 19,822 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Dane County reported 18,561 negative results and 541 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 19,102 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 22 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 10 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (12).
  • Dane County reported a total of 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 25 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 1 new death was attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (0).
  • The total number of people tested in Dane County (19,822) is 3.63% of the county’s 2019 population of 546,695.
  • The total number of positive cases in Dane County (563) is 2.84% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Dane County attributed to COVID-19 (26) is 4.62% of all positive cases.

Milwaukee County

  • Milwaukee County reported 29,470 negative results and 5,373 positive results, indicating a total of 34,843 people were tested.
  • The day before, Milwaukee County reported 28,412 negative results and 5,005 positive results, indicating a total of 33,417 people were tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 297 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 111 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (186).
  • Milwaukee County reported a total of 265 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 260 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 5 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The total number of people tested in Milwaukee County (34,843) is 3.68% of the county’s 2019 population of 945,726.
  • The total number of positive cases in Milwaukee County (5,373) is 15.42% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Milwaukee County attributed to COVID-19 (265) is 4.93% of all positive cases.
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported totals of 148,237 negative results and 12,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 161,122 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Wisconsin reported 144,502 negative results and 12,687 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 157,189 people had been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 3,933 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • A discrepancy in the cumulative number of negative results reported by Brown County has been included in the cumulative total of Wisconsin negative results.
    • There is no explanation for this discrepancy on the DHS web site.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 198 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 158 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 467 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 459 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 8 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (161,122) is 2.77% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (12,885) is 8.00% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (467) is 3.62% of all positive cases.

Brown County

  • Brown County reported 9,171 negative results and 2,118 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,289 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Brown reported 9,337 negative results and 2,102 positive results, indicating a total of 11,439 people were tested.
    • The number of negative and positive results normally increases each day, indicating the number is cumulative.
    • The number of negative results decreased by 166, indicating an adjustment was intentionally made, or an error was unintentionally made.
    • This discrepancy was made part of the statewide totals.
    • There was no explanation on the DHS web site for this discrepancy.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 16 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 10 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (26).
  • Brown County reported a total of 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 23 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (1).
  • The total number of people tested in Brown County (11,289) is 4.27% of the county’s 2019 population of 264,542.
  • The total number of positive cases in Brown County (2,118) is 18.76% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Brown County attributed to COVID-19 (26) is 1.23% of all positive cases.

Milwaukee County

  • Milwaukee County reported 28,834 negative results and 5,076 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 33,910 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Milwaukee reported 28,412 negative results and 5,005 positive results, indicating a total of 33,417 people were tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 71 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 77 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (148).
  • Milwaukee County reported a total of 260 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 256 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The total number of people tested in Milwaukee County (33,910) is 3.59% of the county’s 2019 population of 945,726.
  • The total number of positive cases in Milwaukee County (5,076) is 14.979% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Milwaukee County attributed to COVID-19 (260) is 5.12% of all positive cases.
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 88,991 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 4,819,959.

3,363 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 318,851.

The U.S. reported 22,215 new cases in the past 24 hours, 25% of all the new cases in the world, raising the total number of new cases to 1,508,957, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 805 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 24% of all the deaths in the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of American deaths to 90,369, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Monday, May 18th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In Wisconsin, 4,972 people were tested, 852 fewer than the median number tested in the past week (5,824).

  • 144 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 212 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • 6 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The total number of people tested in the state was reported to be 157,189 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.70%).
  • The total number of cases in the state was reported to be 12,687 (8.07% of all tested).
  • The total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 was reported to be 459 (3.62% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 409 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 11,439 out of a population of 264,542 (4.32%).

  • 6 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,102 (18.38% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 23 (1.10% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 277 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 18,737 out of a population of 546,695 (3.43%).

  • 1 more case of COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 538 (2.87% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.46% of all confirmed).

In Milwaukee County, 1,179 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 33,417 out of a population of 945,726 (3.53%).

  • 60 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 5,005 (14.98% of all tested).
  • 4 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 256 (5.11% of all confirmed).

In Outagamie County, 124 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 3,673 out of a population of 187,885 (1.95%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 142 (3.87% of all tested).
  • 1 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 5 (3.52% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 79,849 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,730,968.

3,369 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 315,488.

The U.S. reported 18,858 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,486,742, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 810 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 89,564 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 5,824 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 152,217 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.61%).

  • 356 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12,543 (8.24% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 453 (3.61% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 629 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 18,460 out of a population of 546,695 (3.38%).

  • 18 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 537 (2.91% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.66% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 86,833 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,651,119.

3,954 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 312,119.

The U.S. reported 24,487 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,467,884, 32% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,186 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 88,754 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

Americans have been dying at an average number (since 4/1/20) of 1,821 per day. At this rate, 116,069 Americans will be dead by the end of this month. Projecting a little further, 283,608 Americans will be dead by 8/31/20. This is going on the assumption that the average won’t go up, which it almost certainly will as one state after another “reopens” for the summer.

I’m not sure if an average or a median number is more appropriate for a projection like this; seems like a median might be, so just to cover all the bases: Americans have been dying at a median number (since 4/1/20) of 1,710 per day. At this rate, 114,404 Americans will be dead by the end of this month. 271,724 Americans will be dead by 8/31/20.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 6,051 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 146,393 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.51%).

  • 502 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12,187 (8.32% of all tested).
  • 8 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 453 (3.72% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 634 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 10,554 out of a population of 264,542 (3.99%).

  • 36 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,070 (19.61% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (1.06% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 541 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 17,831 out of a population of 546,695 (3.26%).

  • 12 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 519 (2.91% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.82% of all confirmed).

In Kenosha County, 176 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 4,709 out of a population of 169,561 (2.78%).

  • 40 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 820 (17.41% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (2.20% of all confirmed).

In Milwaukee County, 1,323 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 31,037 out of a population of 945,726 (3.28%).

  • 224 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,759 (15.33% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 252 (5.30% of all confirmed).

In Ozaukee County, 30 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 1,459 out of a population of 89,211 (1.64%).

  • 1 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 120 (8.22% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 11 (9.17% of all confirmed).

In Richland County, 18 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 436 out of a population of 17,377 (2.51%).

  • 1 more case of COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 15 (3.44% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 weas reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 3 (20% of all confirmed).

In Walworth County, 60 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 2,072 out of a population of 103,868 (1.99%).

  • 8 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 277 (13.37% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 12 (4.33% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 6:32 am today, 119,616 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,564,286.

5,672 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 308,165.

The U.S. reported 25,508 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,443,397, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,662 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 87,568 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 6,469 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 140,342 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.41%).

  • 410 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 11,685 (8.33% of all tested).
  • 11 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 445 (3.81% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 418 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 9,920 out of a population of 264,542 (3.75%).

  • 35 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,034 (20.50% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 21 (1.03% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 1,198 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 17,290 out of a population of 546,695 (3.16%).

  • 13 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 507 (2.93% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.93% of all confirmed). This is the first time since 4/29/20 deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been reported in Dane County.

In Milwaukee County, 1,047 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 29,714 out of a population of 945,726 (3.14%).

  • 148 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,535 (15.26% of all tested).
  • 7 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 249 (5.49% of all confirmed).

In Racine County, 432 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 5,658 out of a population of 196,311 (2.88%).

  • 87 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 920 (16.26% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (1.96% of all confirmed).

In Waukesha County, 514 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 7,196 out of a population of 404,198 (1.78%).

  • 10 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 454 (6.31% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 23 (5.07% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 1:32 am today, 80,498 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,444,670.

5,002 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 302,493 deaths.

The U.S. reported 27,125 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,417,889, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,770 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 85,906 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

jhu update #49 | 6:00 am CDT
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 5,860 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 133,873 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.30%).

  • 373 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 11,275 (8.42% of all tested).
  • 13 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 434 (3.85% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 600 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 9,502 out of a population of 264,542 (3.59%).

  • 17 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,999 (21.04% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 21 (1.05% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 474 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 16,092 out of a population of 546,695 (2.95%).

  • 4 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 494 (3.07% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.45% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,244 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 28,667 out of a population of 945,726 (3.03%).

  • 172 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,387 (15.30% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 242 (5.52% of all confirmed).
wi dhs update 051420 | 3:22 pm CDT
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 85,992 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,364,172.

5,175 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 297,491 deaths.

The U.S. reported 20,748 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,390,764, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,747 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,136 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

jhu update #48 | 6:02 am CDT
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 4,654 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 128,013 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.20%).

  • 484 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,902 (8.52% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 421 (3.86% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 387 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 8,902 out of a population of 264,542 (3.37%).

  • 24 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,982 (22.26% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 20 (1.01% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 404 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 15,618 out of a population of 546,695 (2.86%).

  • 13 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 490 (3.14% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.49% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,018 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 27,433 out of a population of 945,726 (2.90%).

  • 146 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,215 (15.36% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 236 (5.60% of all confirmed).

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin supreme court today stuck down the ‘safe at home’ order issued by Governor Tony Evers. This decision was written by 4 conservative justices: Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Rebecca Bradley, Daniel Kelly & Annette Ziegler. The majority opinion says the governor’s order to stay home should have been issued a rule instead of an order. No one in the legislature has submitted a proposed rule, leaving the ship of state rudderless.

wi dhs update 051320 | 2:48 pm CDT
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I dreamed I was back in Bedford, England, the town I lived in when the Air Force stationed me at the nearby Royal Air Force base, Chicksands, in 1985. I had just arrived, one might almost say materialized in the apartment I used to live in, which I somehow recognized despite the fact that it looked nothing like my apartment. For a start, it was way too clean. Not that I lived in a pigsty, it just wasn’t painted an antiseptic white on all surfaces. Also, the rooms were only half the size they should have been, so that I could barely move around and had to walk hunched over. Finally, it was on the third floor, and I know damned well I lived on the second floor. Several people I didn’t know were in the apartment with me; I gave them the nickel tour, then went for a walk.

I thought it would be neat to take a look around Bedford, to see if I could recognize anything, so I climbed on the first bus that came along and rode it through town. Couldn’t recognize a thing, but stayed on the bus anyway because it was such an enjoyable ride. Not even a little sarcastic, there; I was genuinely enjoying myself. About halfway through town, though, I realized I didn’t have any money to pay for my fare. I moved to the front of the bus and told the driver, who pulled up in front of an official-looking building and said, “Go find the room marked ‘Medical,’ they’ll take care of it.” I asked him to repeat that, to make sure I’d heard it right. I had.

I stepped off the bus into the lobby, because it was parked in the lobby. A big lobby. I crossed the lobby floor and found a door marked ‘Medical,’ stepped through it and walked up to the counter, showed them my ticket and explained my predicament. One of the ladies behind the counter took my ticket while another listened to my story. They both disappeared immediately after I finished my tale and I never saw them again.

I waited while the rest of the clerks left and were replaced by other clerks. Day passed into night. I asked one of the new clerks if this was the night shift. “Night shift,” she scoffed, but didn’t explain any further. I wandered around in ‘Medical’ but couldn’t find anyone who would help me straighten out my by-now irrelevant gaffe, so I left.

Walked around a little bit in a neighborhood I didn’t recognize, got on another bus and rode through town a bit more. Ended up at the airport where I ran into some old friends from language school. And this is where I started to wake up, so the dream because less chaotic and more like random memories of people I knew in language school.

bedford | 6:15 am CDT
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