Monday, April 6th, 2020

tremendous strides have been made
I think

the vaccines
we’ll have a report of that
but the vaccines

working together with other countries
we’re also working with other countries
many other countries
and we all want everyone else to be first

we’re very happy
but we are very far down the line on vaccines
we’ll see how that all works
Johnson & Johnson’s doing a great job
working very hard

a vaccine would be great therapy
a therapy
therapeutics would be great
we’ll see what happens

in the meantime
you may listen to what I said
about the two drugs mentioned


#TrumPoems are 100% verbatim, straight from the horse’s mouth – this one comes from yesterday’s press briefing. Now, maybe that’s correct, maybe it’s false; you’re going to have to check it out.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:50 am:

There were 1,280,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 69,789 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 337,646 confirmed cases, twenty-six percent of the world’s total and 25,401 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 9,648 deaths from COVID-19, fourteen percent of the world’s total and 1,145 more than this time yesterday.

3,048 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,320 confirmed cases, 192 more than this time yesterday, and 75 deaths, 15 more than this time yesterday.

39 deaths – fifty-two percent of Wisconsin’s total, and ten more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,190 confirmed cases, fifty-two percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 280 confirmed cases, 11 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 9 deaths, 1 more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Trump, selling a new kind of snake oil at tonight’s press briefing:

The other thing that we bought a tremendous amount of is the hydroxychloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, which I think, as you know, it’s a great malaria drug; it’s worked unbelievably; it’s a powerful drug on malaria and there are signs that it works on this, some very strong signs; and in the meantime, it’s been around a long time; it also works very powerfully on lupus, lupus, so there are some very strong, powerful signs; we’ll have to see because again it’s being tested; now, this is a new thing that just happened to us, the invisible enemy, we call it, and if you can, if you have a, uh, no sign of heart problems, the azithromycin, azithromycin, which will kill certain things that you don’t want living within your body, it’s a powerful drug if you don’t have a problem, a heart problem we would say; let your doctor think about it but, as a combination I think they’re going to be, I think they’re two things that should be looked at very strongly; now, we have purchased, and we have stockpiled, 29 million pills of the hydroxychloroquine, 29 million; a lot of drug stores have them by prescription and, also, and, they’re not expensive; also, we’re sending them to various labs, our military, we’re sending them to the hospitals, we’re sending them all over; I just think it’s something, you know the expression, I’ve used it for certain reasons: “What do you have to lose? What do you have to lose?” and a lot of people are saying that, when, and, are taking it; if you’re a doctor, a nurse, a first responder, a medical person going into hospitals, they say taking it before the fact is good but, what do you have to lose? They say, take it. I’m not looking at it one way or the other, but we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn’t do it early, but we have some very good signs, so that’s hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin; and, again, you have to go through your medical people, get the approval, but I’ve seen things that I sort of like, so, what do I know, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a doctor but I have common sense; the FDA feels good about it; as you know, they’ve approved it, they gave it a rapid approval, and, the reason, because it’s been out there for a long time and they know the side effects and they also know the potential; so, based on that, we have sent it throughout the country and we have it stockpiled, about 29 million doses, 29 million doses; we have a lot of it; we hope it works

Although he’s barely intelligible at the best of times, that could only have been an advertisement.

more snake oil | 9:12 pm CDT
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Trump, selling snake oil at yesterday’s press briefing:

Last Saturday the FDA also gave emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine and, the hydroxychloroquine is a, I hope it’s going to be a very important answer; we’re having some very good things happening with it, and we’re going to be distributing it through the strategic national stockpile; it’s going into the strategic national stockpile to treat certain patients, and we have millions and millions of doses of it, 29 million, to be exact; in addition to that, we’re making it, and we’re also getting it from various other locations and countries and, in one case, I called Prime Minister Modi of India this morning; they make large amounts of hydroxychloroquine, very large amounts, frankly, and I said, they had a hold because, you know, they have 1.5 billion people, and they think a lot of it, and I said I’d appreciate if they would release the amounts that we ordered, and they are giving it serious consideration; but they do make, India makes a lot of it; but we have already 29 million, if you look, and that’s a big number, 29 million doses, we’ve got millions of doses that are being made here and many millions of doses that are made elsewhere that are being shipped here, and it will be arriving; we’re just hearing really positive stories and, we’re continuing to collect the data but, I’ll just speak for myself, it’s been out for a long time; it’s a malaria drug; it’s also a drug for lupus and there’s a, there’s a study out that people with lupus aren’t catching this horrible virus, they’re not affected so much by it; now, maybe that’s correct, maybe it’s false; you’re going to have to check it out, but there’s a lot of very positive things happening with that; that’s a game-changer, if that’s the case

Even if this didn’t make him sound as if he and everyone he knows has bought up all the stock in companies that manufacture hydroxychloroquine (and it really does sound like that), how is it at all ethical for the president of the United States to go on television and repeat an unfounded rumor that people with the autoimmune disease lupus aren’t affected by COVID-19 because they’re prescribed hydroxychloroquine? He’s been selling this snake oil since mid-May, and now it’s going into the national stockpile? If this doesn’t turn into the biggest insider trading scandal of all time, I’ll eat my boots.

snake oil | 12:06 pm CDT
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This is how the conclusion of Trump’s prepared remarks for yesterday’s press briefing were scripted:

I want to thank the American people most of all for the selfless sacrifices that they are making for our nation, and I want to encourage everyone to keep following our guidelines on slowing the spread. Sustaining this war effort is the patriotic duty of every citizen. While we may be more physically distant for a time, we’re closer together in the heart and in the spirit, and through this great national unity we will conquer the disease and restore our nation to its full and glorious might.

Setting aside for the moment how much that sounds like something Mussolini’s speech writer might have come up with, it would have been a pretty solid conclusion even if Trump had delivered it in his usual bored monotone.

Here’s how Trump’s ad-libs watered it down to a weird hash of run-on sentences, barely glued together with “but” or “and” or sometimes a vaguely muttered “um”:

I want to thank the American people most of all for the selfless sacrifices that they are making for our nation – I know it’s not pleasant, although some people have said they’ve gotten to know their family better and they love their family more than ever; that’s a beautiful thing; they’ve actually gotten to know them; they’re in the same house with their family for a long time; I guess it can also go the other way perhaps, but we don’t want to talk about that – and I want to encourage everyone to keep following our guidelines on slowing the spread sustaining this war effort is – and that’s what it is, it’s a war effort – it is the patriotic duty of every citizen while we may be more physically distant for a time we’re closer together in the heart and in the spirit and through this great national unity – it’s happening; we’re having a great unity developing that a lot of people didn’t think would be possible to develop like this – we will conquer the disease and restore our nation to its full and glorious might – and we’re doing really well, and I’m very proud of everybody out there; we’re very proud of you; it’s something that nobody could have ever projected; it’s been over 100 years that a thing like this has happened, and the problem with this one is that the contagion, it’s so contagious; nobody’s ever seen anything like that, where it’s so contagious; you can be feet away, and just talking to somebody, and catch it, you can catch it, you know how long it can live on surfaces; so things that nobody even thought of, the level of contagion; so we’re getting there; we’re going to make sure that it’s over soon; and just keep going; it’s not going to be long; and thank you very much.

Listening to it was even worse than having to read it. Most of the time he seemed bored, and frequently he seemed hardly lucid, like when rambled, “the problem with this one is that the contagion, it’s so contagious; nobody’s ever seen anything like that, where it’s so contagious; you can be feet away, and just talking to somebody, and catch it, you can catch it, you know how long it can live on surfaces; so things that nobody even thought of, the level of contagion.” That kind of babble from any seventy-three-year-old crank would make me slowly back away as I nodded agreement, “Sure, yeah, so contagious, it really is, well, it’s been nice talking but I’ve got to go …”

the end | 9:49 am CDT
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 6:26 am:

There were 1,216,422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 65,711 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 312,245 confirmed cases, twenty-six percent of the world’s total and 33,787 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 8,503 deaths from COVID-19, thirteen percent of the world’s total and 1,344 more than this time yesterday.

2,624 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,128 confirmed cases, 116 more than this time yesterday, and 60 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

29 deaths – fifty percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 5 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,069 confirmed cases, over half of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 269 confirmed cases, 17 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 8 deaths, 3 more than this time yesterday.

jhu update 9 | 7:16 am CDT
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Saturday, April 4th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:52 am:

There were 1,131,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 59,884 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 278,458 confirmed cases, twenty-five percent of the world’s total and 32,885 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 7,159 deaths from COVID-19, twelve percent of the world’s total and 1,101 more than this time yesterday.

1,867 U.S. deaths – twenty-six percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,012 confirmed cases, 264 more than this time yesterday, and 51 deaths, 13 more than this time yesterday.

24 deaths – forty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 8 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,023 confirmed cases, over half of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 252 confirmed cases, 14 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 5 deaths, 2 more than this time yesterday.

The April primary election will be held on the 7th because the GOP-controlled legislature blocked the governor from issuing absentee ballots to every eligible Wisconsin citizen and extend the deadline to return them so voters would be able to vote by mail.

Poll workers in more than 1,000 municipalities, the majority of whom are senior citizens, have refused to expose themselves to potential exposure to the coronavirus, prompting the governor to call out the national guard to administer the election.

jhu update 8 | 7:00 am CDT
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Friday, April 3rd, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:02 am:

There were 1,026,974 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 53,975 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 245,573 confirmed cases, twenty-four percent of the world’s total and 28,851 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 6,058 deaths from COVID-19, more than eleven percent of the world’s total and 921 more than this time yesterday.

1,562 U.S. deaths – twenty-six percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,748 confirmed cases and 38 deaths.

16 deaths – forty-two percent of the Wisconsin total, and 4 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 869 confirmed cases, about half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 238 confirmed cases and a total of 3 deaths.

jhu update 7 | 5:42 am CDT
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:21 pm:

There were 1,011,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 52,863 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 242,182 confirmed cases, more than one-quarter of the world’s total and 28,810 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 5,850 deaths from COVID-19, about eleven percent of the world’s total and 1,093 more than this time yesterday.

1,397 U.S. deaths – twenty-four percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,743 confirmed cases and 38 deaths. 16 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 869 confirmed cases, about half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

The southeast region of the state remains the hardest hit, with 1,184 cases and 23 deaths: Waukesha County has 120 cases, 1 death; Kenosha County has 67 cases; Ozaukee County has 47 cases and 5 deaths; Washington County has 46 cases and 1 death; and Racine County has 35 cases.

In Dane County, there were 238 confirmed cases and a total of 3 deaths.

jhu update 6 | 6:13 pm CDT
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:21 am:

There were 941,949 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 47,522 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 216,722 confirmed cases, almost one-quarter of the world’s total and 27,089 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 5,137 deaths from COVID-19, about eleven percent of the world’s total and 1,056 more than this time yesterday.

1,374 U.S. deaths – twenty-seven percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,573 confirmed cases and 28 deaths. 12 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 780 confirmed cases, still about half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 232 confirmed cases and a total of 3 deaths.

jhu update 5 | 5:30 am CDT
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:05 pm:

There were 932,605 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 46,809 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 213,372 confirmed cases, almost one-quarter of the world’s total and 29,189 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 4,757 deaths from COVID-19, about ten percent of the world’s total and 947 more than this time yesterday.

1,139 U.S. deaths – twenty-four percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,556 confirmed cases and 27 deaths. 12 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 780 confirmed cases, still more than half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

The southeast region of the state remains the hardest hit, with 1,059 cases and 19 deaths: Waukesha County has 107 cases, 1 death; Kenosha County has 54 cases; Ozaukee County has 46 cases and 5 deaths; Washington County has 44 cases and 1 death; and Racine County has 28 cases.

In Dane County, there were 215 confirmed cases and a total of 2 deaths.

jhu update 4 | 5:57 pm CDT
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:14 am:

There were 873,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 43,288 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 189,633 confirmed cases, almost one-quarter of the world’s total and 25,223 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 4,081 deaths from COVID-19, about nine percent of the world’s total, and 911 more than this time yesterday.

1,096 U.S. deaths – twenty-seven percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,412 confirmed cases and 25 deaths. 11 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 710 confirmed cases, more than half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

There were 214 confirmed cases in Dane County and a total of 2 deaths.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

It’s twelve hours since the last time I checked the Johns Hopkins live map; let’s see how the world’s doing. (This info comes from the update at 5:05 this afternoon.)

There were 855,007 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 41,654 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 184,183 confirmed cases, almost one-quarter of the world’s total. The U.S. accounted for 3,810 deaths from COVID-19, about nine percent of the world’s total. 932 U.S. deaths – almost one-quarter of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,412 confirmed cases and 24 deaths. 11 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 710 confirmed cases – more than half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

There were 214 confirmed cases in Dane County and a total of 2 deaths.

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Asked whether Americans should be prepared for 100,000 people in the U.S. to die from COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said point-blank, “The answer is yes.”

“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it. Is it going to be that much? I hope not. I think the more we push on the mitigation, the less likelihood it would be that number. But, as being realistic, we need to prepare ourselves that that is a possibility that that’s what we will see.”

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Missed yesterday’s covid-19 update. Oops.

The Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:30 this morning, indicated there were 800,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 38,714 deaths.

At the same time in the U.S. there were 164,410 confirmed cases, almost one-quarter of the world’s total. The U.S. accounted for 3,170 deaths from COVID-19, about eight percent of the world’s total. 914 of U.S. deaths – almost one-third of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 1,285 confirmed cases and 24 deaths. 10 deaths – almost half – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 617 confirmed cases — just shy of half all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

The southeast corner of Wisconsin has been the hardest hit; beside Milwaukee County, Kenosha County had 30 cases, Ozaukee County had 36 cases and 3 deaths, Racine County had 21 cases, Washington County had 34 cases, and Waukesha County had 93 cases. Including Milwaukee County, the region accounts for 831 cases – 65 percent of all COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin – and 13 deaths – 54 percent of all deaths in Wisconsin.

There were 192 confirmed cases in Dane County and a total of 2 deaths (1 more than reported on Sunday).

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Sunday, March 29th, 2020

It’s Day 15 of shelter in place at the O’Folks Home, counting from the Sunday after we flew back from Florida. We are both still free of any of the red-flag symptoms of Covid-19, and I’m pretty sure we owe that to the fact that we’ve stayed in our little red house virtually 24/7 since our return. It’s not that we never leave; I go out periodically to stretch my legs and get some air, and we’ve both gone out a handful of times to buy necessary supplies. That’s pretty much it, though; we don’t eat out any more, we’ve stopped making trips to the convenience store for cookies or chips, and I haven’t been to a book store since we came back, not that they’ve been open.

My Darling B made a trip to the co-op for groceries yesterday. We usually shop at the Willy Street Co-Op, a small neighborhood cooperative in Madison where they seem to be doing their best to make shopping for groceries as safe as possible. They open at ten o’clock and the first hour is reserved for senior citizens and people who are immunocompromised. Two people stand at the door, counting noses, and let only 30 people into the store at a time. At eleven o’clock they start letting in anybody else, but allow only 50 at a time to enter. You have to stand three feet back from the counters and bag your own groceries.

After B got back from shopping, she burned her clothes and took a shower. Kidding. She didn’t burn her clothes, but she did immediately take a long, hot shower. Then we put away the dozen or so bags of groceries she brought home with her. I think we can hunker down with the food we have for at least a month, if it came to that. I don’t think it will. I think it’ll get bad, but not so bad we won’t be able to go out at all. But I might be wrong about that.

Day 15 | 12:00 pm CDT
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Trump, insinuating at a press conference that medical professionals are squandering or selling the supplies being sent to them to deal with the pandemic:

“Many of the states are stocked up, some of them don’t admit it, but they have, we have sent just so much, so many things to them, including ventilators, you know, there’s a question as to hoarding of ventilators, some hospitals and independent hospitals and some hospital chains, as we call them, they are holding ventilators, they don’t want to let them up, we need them for certain areas where there’s big problems, can’t hold them if they think there might be a problem weeks down the road.”

“For years, 10- to 20,000 masks, okay, it’s a New York hospital, it’s packed all the time, how do you go from 10- to 20- to 300,000, 10- to 20,000 masks to 300,000 even though this is different, something’s going on and you ought to look into it as reporters, where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000, and we have that in a lot of different places so somebody should probably look into that ’cause I just don’t see, from a practical standpoint, how that’s possible to go from that to that and we have that happening in numerous places”

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1,441 more people tested, 0.64 times more people than yesterday.

123 new cases, 0.84 more than yesterday.

14 new cases in Dane County, 0.56 more than yesterday.

No new deaths.

I get these numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which posts them on their web site at about two o’clock each day. A disclosure on the web page indicates these are the numbers reported at 9 pm the previous day, so there’s a seventeen-hour lag built into them.

At the same time that WI DHS was reporting no new deaths, the web site of Johns Hopkins University was reporting 17 deaths in Wisconsin.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2020

2,239 more people tested, 1.3 times more than yesterday.

147 new cases, 1.1 times more than yesterday.

25 new cases in Dane County, 1.3 times more than yesterday.

No new deaths.

Nationwide, the 1st recorded death from COVID-19 was on 2/29.
The 1,000th death was 3/26, two days ago.
Today saw the 2,000th death from COVID-19.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020

1,692 more people tested, 1.05 times more than yesterday.

135 new cases, 1.1 times more than yesterday.

19 new cases in Dane County, 1.4 times more than yesterday

5 more deaths, 1.6 times more than yesterday.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2020

1,616 more people tested, 364 fewer people than yesterday.

122 new cases in Wisconsin, 6 fewer than yesterday.

26 new cases in Dane County, 1.6 times more than yesterday.

2 more deaths, both in Milwaukee County.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Q: Mister President, you tweeted earlier, linking the closing of the country to your election success in November. Is this Easter timeline based on your political interests?

A: What do you mean, my election success?

Q: You said that the media wants the country to remain closed to hurt you —

A: Yeah, no, I think the media would like to see me do poorly in the election.

Q: Sir, lawmakers and congress on both sides of the aisle have said that reopening the country by Easter is not a good idea. What is that plan based on?

A: Just so you understand — are you ready? I think there are certain people that would like it to open not so quickly. I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me in the polls. And, I don’t know if that’s so, but I do think it’s so that there are people in your profession that would like that to happen. I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do. She does. There are people in your profession that write fake news. They would love to see me, for whatever reason, because we’ve done one hell of a job, nobody’s done the job that we’ve done, and it’s lucky that you have this group here now for this problem, or you wouldn’t even have a country left. Okay.

Source

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1,980 more people tested, 1.6 times the number of new tests reported yesterday.

128 new confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 3.0 times the number of new cases reported yesterday.

16 new cases in Dane County, 1.2 times more than yesterday.

1 new death, reported in Dane County.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

corona virus in Wisconsin1,228 more people tested, 1.4 time more people than reported yesterday.

41 new cases, 1.2 times more than yesterday.

11 new cases in Dane County.

No new deaths reported.

Trump wants to lift restrictions by the end of the week because the economy’s not making enough money. Sick and dead workers don’t make money, you derp.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020

855 more people tested.

Thirty-five more confirmed cases.

One added death in Milwaukee County. No new positives in Dane County.

The governor ordered all non-essential services shut down tomorrow and told everyone to stay indoors.

Working at home again this week. I’m not sure how much I like this working from home. On the one hand, we don’t have to drive on the beltline, and we’re home the minute we clock off. On the other hand, our home used to be my refuge from the stress of work, and now it’s not.

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

1702 more people tested.

One-hundred more cases today over yesterday’s total, a thirty-six percent increase, can probably be attributed to more testing but is right in line with the daily thirty-three percent increase seen in other countries.

No increase in the number of deaths, thank goodness.

Source: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm

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Saturday, March 21st, 2020

COVID-19 in Wisconsin 281 positive 4 deathsI left the house yesterday to go shopping for groceries but I did not feel good about it. I’m not sure there’s any way to do that and feel good about it. Here’s what I mean:

For as long as this pandemic is raging, we should all be acting as if we are contagious and are spreading the virus everywhere we go. (A survivor of the SARS epidemic wrote: “Pretend that everything is covered with snot.”) You don’t have to come into contact with other people; you only have to come in contact with things: door handles, shopping carts, food packaging, the keypad on the credit card reader, the floor. You have to act as though you’re shedding virus on everything any part of your body touches. And you have to act as though everyone else is doing the same.

And I try. And I’ve noticed that, for every time I mentally pat myself on the back for not touching something unnecessarily, I slip up and touch something else unthinkingly. It’s just not possible not to touch anything. I’m going to touch things. So is everyone else. All the customers picking up packages to read the ingredients or brand or whatever and then putting it back on the shelf. All the workers in the store who put products on the shelves. The worker who rang up my purchases — she encouraged me to bag them myself if I wanted to, which I did, but she handled every single item.

All those people might not be sick. Maybe only one of them is. But we have to act as though we’re all infectious. We’re not doing that. We’re trying — I’m trying — but we’re only about fifty percent successful, at best. That’s not successful enough.

I did another thing we really shouldn’t be doing: I stopped at a local brunch restaurant to pick up breakfast sammies to go. Locally-owned restaurants are using social media to beg customers to order food for pick-up so their businesses don’t dry up and blow away, and while I agree that keeping your employees, y’know, employed is a laudable goal, by doing this we are not acting as though everyone is infectious. The guy who made our breakfast sammies and the gal who checked me out at the counter might not be contagious, but we should assume the exact opposite until the number of people dying of COVID-19 begins to drop.

That’s why we’re going to end up like Italy by the end of the month: a whole country with a runaway infection rate, confined to our homes in a last-ditch attempt to bring down the number of sick people flooding into hospitals.

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Monday, March 16th, 2020

So we’ve just come back from a cruise. In hindsight, going ahead with our plans to cruise was probably one of the dumber decisions we’ve made, now that it’s become clear the nation was already diving headfirst into the calamity that is the novel corona virus pandemic. At the time it seemed as though we had a month or so before things got really serious; there were reports of outbreaks in Washington state and a few very localized communities and we talked ourselves into believing that’s all there was to it, but with little to no testing going on, we were only denying the reality of the situation.

And it was pretty easy to keep on denying anything was wrong. O’Hare airport was jammed shoulder-to-shoulder with travelers and the airlines weren’t taking any special precautions that were apparent to us. Fort Lauderdale airport was just as busy as O’Hare and the motel we stayed in appeared to be fully booked with people who were for the most part unconcerned about being in close contact with one another. I noticed a few people at the continental breakfast making good use of hand sanitizer, but they were just two or three out of dozens. We all happily climbed into crowded buses to take the short ride to the cruise port at ten o’clock.

We boarded in one of the early groups and although they warned us we would be subject to a stringent medical screening due to the pandemic, this amounted to little more than asking us to fill out a questionnaire and requiring us to submit to having our temperature taken. They used little plastic pistols which they pointed at our foreheads to take our temperature, and we’re a little doubtful about their accuracy — B’s temp was 91 degrees Farenheit, which I’m pretty sure is not possible for a walking, talking human being.

Sanitation is very important on a cruise ship, so the crew is used to keeping everything clean, and there was almost always someone standing guard at the entrance to the dining hall, squirting everyone’s hands with a jumbo-sized bottle of hand santizer. The people who ran the charter cruise we were on regularly reminded everyone to wash their hands and even played a couple of specially-recorded videos with catchy tunes to keep it at the front of our minds.

Nobody got sick on the cruise that I know of. Although a few people reported on social media afterwards that they were under the weather with sniffles or coughs, they attributed it to “cruise crud,” a catch-all description for the various bugs people suffer from after a cruise. B had a nasty case of cruise crud the first time we went cruising; we made sure we washed our hands more or less constantly the next two times and we avoided coming down with anything. If we’re lucky, it worked again this time around, too.

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Monday, February 10th, 2020

For once, he’s not lying.

tremendous fraud

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Monday, January 27th, 2020

People have been taking selfies since the camera was invented. Astronauts are no more immune to the temptation to snap photos of themselves while they’re on the job than the rest of us are. Here’s astronaut Jessica Meir, who is currently orbiting her home planet aboard the International Space Station, as she snapped a photo of herself that should be on the wall of every kid who dreams of becoming an astronaut some day:

Astronaut Jessica Meir

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Fare the well, Terry Jones, and thank you so much for all the laughs.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

I fired up the snow blower for the first time last weekend.

I’ll say that again: For the first time this winter, I used my snow blower. In mid-January. It finally snowed enough to get the snow blower out of moth balls. It snowed a couple times before last weekend, but just barely. All but once I didn’t even bother to shovel it off the driveway. It’s been a disappointing year for snow, if you love snow. Which I don’t. I could easily do without it, and it looks increasingly like I’ll be able to do just that.

But not because of climate change, because climate change is a hoax.

Just kidding. Climate change is real and we’re all going to die.

Just kidding. We’re not going to die. It’ll only feel like we’re dying.

Don’t mind me. I just woke up. Haven’t even finished my coffee yet. Go back to sleep.

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Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Trump’s bigoted rants aren’t going to stop. He’s going to keep on ranting and he’s going to get more offensively racist with each rant. How much longer are we going to put up with a blatantly racist president?

DRT rants about Cummings 7-27-29

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Sunday, July 14th, 2019

The president of the United States ranting at brown and black people, telling them to go back to where they came from, is so cartoonishly racist that I never thought I’d live to see it, and yet here you go:

racist POTUS tweet 7-14-19

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Monday, July 1st, 2019

A congressional delegation inspected facilities operated by the Customs and Border Patrol agency where asylum-seekers were being held in inhumane conditions. The delegation included Pete Aguilar (CA31), Joaquin Castro (TX20), Judy Chu (CA27), Madeleine Dean (PA4), Veronica Escobar (TX16), Sylvia Garcia (TX29), Joe Kennedy (MA4) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY14), Ayanna Pressley (MA7), Rashida Tlaib (MI13), Norma Torrez (CA35), Greg Stanton (AZ9), Lori Trahan (MA3), and Marc Veasey (TX33).

Joaquin Castro: “At the El Paso Border Patrol Station #1, women from Cuba, some grandmothers, crammed into a prison-like cell with one toilet, but no running water to drink from or wash their hands with. Concrete floors, cinder-block walls, steel toilets. Many said they had not bathed for 15 days. Some had been separated from children, some had been held for more than 50 days. Several complained they had not received their medications, including one for epilepsy. They asked us to take down their names and let everyone know they need help. They also feared retribution. We then went to the Clint Border Patrol Station that warehouses children and some parents. The tents outside, used during the surge recently, were dark and surrounded by chain link fences. The showers — mobile units — were dank, dirty and only too small in number for the hundreds of people there just a few weeks ago. And a boy, perhaps three years old, pressed his face against the dirty glass of a locked steel door. He smiled big and tried to talk to us through the thick glass. His family — or another — ate Ramen on the floor a few feet away.”

Judy Chu: “We just left the El Paso border patrol station … what we saw was appalling and disgusting. We talked to a group of women, detainees who said that they didn’t have running water, that one was an epileptic and she couldn’t get her medication. They were separated from their children. They’d been there over 50 days. One woman said that the border patrol agent told her if she wanted water, just to drink from a toilet … There seriously has to be some change.”

Madeleine Dean: “Just left the first CBP facility. The conditions are far worse than we ever could have imagined. 15 women in their 50s- 60s sleeping in a small concrete cell, no running water. Weeks without showers. All of them separated from their families. This is a human rights crisis. We were met with hostility from the guards, but this is nothing compared to their treatment of the people being held.
The detainees are constantly abused and verbally harassed with no cause. Deprived physically and dehumanized mentally – everyday. This is a human rights issue.”

Joe Kennedy: “Spent the morning in TX at Clint and El Paso detention facilities. Big takeaways — 1) CBP was very resistant to Congressional oversight. They tried to restrict what we saw, take our phones, block photos and video. Atmosphere was contentious and uncooperative. 2) Facilities are wholly inadequate. Cells maxed to capacity, concrete floors … It felt jail-like. No way to keep a child or innocent human being. Group of 13 women from Cuba were in tears when we spoke with them.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me. Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets. This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress. After I forced myself into a cell w/ women & began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as “psychological warfare” — waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc. Tell me what about that is due to a “lack of funding?” Now I’m on my way to Clint, where the Trump admin was denying children toothpaste and soap. This has been horrifying so far. It is hard to understate the enormity of the problem. We’re talking systemic cruelty w/ a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals. What’s haunting is that the women I met with today told me in no uncertain terms that they would experience retribution for telling us what they shared. They all began sobbing — out of fear of being punished, out of sickness, out of desperation, lack of sleep, trauma, despair.”

Rashida Tlaib: “We can’t just focus on the children anymore. I met grandmothers, mothers and fathers who are suffering. This is devastating. The look in one father’s eyes broke me. I can’t look away. A little boy not more than 4 years old asked me where his Papa was through a glass door. An Abuela hasn’t seen her grandson in 40 days & has no idea where he is. A woman, pregnant w/ her first child, just wants to be w/ her family in FL. A father teared up telling me that his wife, 8 yr old daughter & 14 yr old son have been sleeping on concrete floors in a tent for 4 days. They haven’t been able to shower, no real food (chips & juice boxes) & so scared of being separated.”

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Monday, April 1st, 2019

WARNING: SYSTEM OVERLOAD. VENTING IN PROGRESS.

Oh My God I don’t effing care how Kellyanne Conway and George Conway make their marriage work! How do garbage people like these keep getting headlines? It’s no wonder I gave up watching television news years ago!

It’s really not such a puzzle! Maybe they still love each other! Maybe the fact that George can’t stand Kellyanne’s boss is a turn-on that spices up their marriage! People have kinks that seem stranger to me! Although not as revolting, I have to say.

Or, maybe they hate each other! Lots of married people hate each other but stay married anyway! It’s so common as to be not remarkable at all!

Or, maybe they’re ambivalent and too lazy to pack it in. That’s not really so far-fetched.

See? Mystery solved! NOW STOP WASTING AIRTIME AND WRITING CLICKBAIT STORIES ABOUT THE CONWAYS!

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019

A few random thoughts about climate change, in no particular order:

I don’t “believe in” climate change. I’m not entirely sure what the phrase “believe in” means. It’s most often used in the context of “believing in” god or supernatural phenomena or something for which there is no hard evidence. Until I see some hard evidence, I don’t believe phenomena that are supposed to be supernatural. (You know what they call supernatural phenomena that is supported by hard evidence? Natural phenomena.) (I wish I could say I came up with that myself, but I didn’t. I believe Tim Minchin did, but I can’t find the quote right now.)

Which is why I don’t “believe in” climate change. Climate is not a supernatural phenomenon, and the changes which have been described by thousands of people who have been studying climate their entire lives are supported by hard evidence. I believe the evidence and I believe the warnings that our industrial activity has changed the climate, and I also believe that if we continue to be as active industrially as we have been, we will continue to change the climate in ways that will make our planet inhospitable to human life.

It really isn’t a hard concept to understand. Humans have been polluting the earth, air, sky and water we need to survive for as long as we have been walking the earth. When we were doing that in the ways that every other creature walking the earth did it, this wasn’t a problem, but when we started doing it on an industrial scale and the pollution started to mount up faster than it could decompose, then it became a problem. And because we have done, and continue to do, almost nothing to mitigate the problem, it has grown into a bigger problem year after year.

Those are facts. That is really happening.

And now, some things I believe should be happening to reduce the effects of climate change, but aren’t happening and, sadly, probably won’t happen:

I believe America should lead the world in converting to energy production that produces no carbon dioxide. I believe this is not only possible, and that it can be done in the near future, I believe this is the easiest thing we could do. It wouldn’t even be our “moon-shot” to mitigate climate change. The technology to do it has already been developed and proven, we only have to scale it up. I also believe this will not happen any time soon, if it happens at all, because narrow-minded greedheads like Trump are going to be in high office for the foreseeable future. No, I don’t have a time machine and I can’t foretell the future, but most countries in the world are being run by narrow-minded greedheads these days. It seems to be a trend.

I believe America should lead the world in converting to mass transit that produces no carbon dioxide. I believe this is also possible. I believe it could be done almost as quickly as converting to zero-emission energy production. And I also believe this will never happen because everybody likes their goddamn cars and trucks too much. Honestly, how does anybody justify driving to work by themselves in a truck the size of Nebraska? That ought to be criminal.

I believe American politicians should be engaged every single day with politicians from countries around the globe to find ways to lessen the effects of climate change. And obviously this will not happen because politicians are not really representatives of the citizens of the United States. Politicians do what lobbyists pay them to do, and the lobbyists with the biggest bucks are generally in favor of doing things that cause climate change. Oh shit, I stepped up onto my cynical soapbox. So sorry.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Fare thee well, Opportunity, and we thank you.

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Saturday, January 26th, 2019

human trafficking a phenomena that
has been going on for
a thousand years or more
and that you’d think
ah
was something modern society wouldn’t have and
hate to tell you that
because of the internet
it’s worse than ever before
human trafficking
it’s a horrible thing
and much of it comes
it’s a world problem
not a U.S. problem only
and
they come across the border
and it’s a
it’s a bad thing
and they drive
they just go where there’s no
security
where you don’t even know the difference
between Mexico and the United States
there’s no line of demarcation
they just go out
and where there’s no
fencing
or
walls
of any kind
they just make a left into the United States
and they come in
and they have
women tied up
they have tape over their mouths
electrical tape
usually blue tape
as they call it
it’s powerful stuff
not good
and
they have
three
four
five of them
in vans
or
three of them
in back seats
of cars
and they just drive right in
they don’t go through your points of entry
they go right through
and
if we had a
a barrier
of any kind
a powerful barrier
whether it’s steel
or concrete
if we had a barrier
they wouldn’t be able to
make that turn
they wouldn’t even bother trying
because they can’t go through the points with people
so
we would stop that cold
we would stop it cold
and
they can’t fly in
obviously
for obvious reasons
so
we’d stop human trafficking
in this
section of the world
I think we’d stop it
ninety
ninety-five percent
a tremendous percentage
would stop

EDITOR’S NOTE: #Trumpoems are one-hundred percent verbatim quotes straight from Donald’s mouth, faithfully transcribed from video by yours truly. I do not change a word, I just make them look like free-verse poetry by adding line breaks, usually where Donald takes a breath or pauses for dramatic effect, or just stops talking because probably he saw something shiny out of the corner of his eye. I could just as easily make each quote one long run-on sentence, because these are the ramblings of a deranged person.

This #Trumpoem, for instance: I won’t deny that human trafficking exists, or that it’s terrible, and of course I believe we should put a stop to it, but Donald’s fantasy of women being smuggled into the U.S. in the backs of cars with tape over their mouths is demented, not because it’s never happened, but because he tells the story like a fever dream he scribbled in a notebook in the middle of the night. “There were five women, all tied up, crammed into the back seat of the car, they had tape over their mouths, blue tape, powerful blue tape, and the car just drove right in, after it made a left turn. It’s usually a left turn, not a right.” If that “left turn” thing doesn’t make him certifiably demented, then there’s no such thing as dementia.

And his claim that ninety-five percent of human trafficking would be stopped by building a wall along the southern border is a lie so huge it can probably be seen by the naked eye from the surface of the moon. Just had to get that in here.

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

if

they can’t get that through

or

if they feel that
politically

i don’t know
why
it’s good politically

you know
i don’t care
politically

i’m doing what’s right
for the country

but

i’ll tell you

it’s a very bad
political
issue
for
the democrats

that I can tell you

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Friday, January 11th, 2019

one of the things that has happened is
and I was explaining to
the two senators
and to Dan
in the car that
one of the the things that really is happening
is without
saying it too loudly
and I told them and Dan said
could you repeat that story

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Thursday, January 10th, 2019

we talked about stra —
a couple

we talked about stra —
you know, a couple

talked about strategy

but

they’re with us all the way
they’re with us all the way

I mean

I just want

because

you know

the fake news
the fake news

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

We
would make a great deal
with
the United Kingdom
because
they have product
that
we like.

I mean,
they have a lot of great product.
They make phenomenal things,

you know,
and you have
different names.

You can say, “England.”
You can say, “U.K.”
You can say, “United Kingdom.”

So many different,
you know.

You have,
you have,
so many different names;
“Great Britain.”

I always say,
“Which one do you prefer?
Great Britain?”

You understand what I’m saying?

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

After I rolled out of bed this morning and started the morning pot of coffee brewing, I checked in to Twitter to see what’s new in the world and the first thing I see is OH MY GOD TRUMP IS GOING TO BLOW UP SYRIA!

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia,  because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

I’m not all that worried, really.  The rest of Twitter responded with “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” as if Trump hasn’t done this before.  He needs to do this every so often to “look presidential,” because nothing gets the pundits to say dumb shit like “this is the moment he finally became president” as blowing shit up.  And that’s pretty much all he’ll blow up, after he gave literally everybody in the world plenty of advance warning by tweeting it. Any soldiers, Syrian or Russian, at whatever target he agreed ahead of time to hit will be long gone.

Cynical?  Oh, a tad.  

Trump followed the “get ready” tweet with:

“Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?”

“There is no reason for this,” I love that.  As if threatening to shoot missiles at a Russian ally wouldn’t be a good reason. And then he bats his eyes and asks, “Stop the arms race?”  Because why wouldn’t they? Aside from the aforementioned attack, of course. Sort of justifies my cynical feeling that the pyrotechnics are only there to make everyone go “Oooo! Ahhh!” and repeat the inevitable drivel that Trump is strong and bold and presidential.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The weather outside is frightful. Snow is falling and sticking to the ground for the first time this season, and that’s what I consider to be the official sign that winter has begun. You can measure it on the calendar or by the stars if you want, but it doesn’t mean a thing until the snow starts falling and the ground starts freezing solid. This is it.

There’s not a lot of snow, and it’s pretty wet, but there’s enough of it on the ground that it’s easy to see no matter which way you turn your head, and I can take a picture of it and not have to explain that I took a picture of snow and not just my empty yard. That’s how you know it’s real.

It’s been coming down, on and off, since I got out of bed at eight and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon, so this might be the perfect day to curl up on the sofa with a book and drink gallons of hot beverages. Not that I ever needed an excuse to do that before, just that today I’d be able to use that as an excuse and everybody would nod their heads and say, Yes, yes, perfect day, wish I’d thought of that.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Isn't She Lovely?B and I went to the Women’s March yesterday. I didn’t know there was going to be a Women’s March in Madison so we almost missed it, but B pointed out that it was being organized on Facebook, which explains why I, the Twitter junkie, totally missed it.

By the time B got out of bed I’d seen more than a few posts on Facebook and Twitter from people I knew who were going to the march in Washington. B asked if I wanted to go and I said something like, I’d love to go, but it’s kind of a long drive. Drrr. I’m kinda slow sometimes. But after she pointed out the Facebook post from the Madison Women’s March and I saw that we had plenty of time to make it to the rally point at Library Mall, I was all in. After I finished my coffee. And had a shower. She was still drinking her coffee, too, so she was okay with that.

I figured we’d go down to Library Mall to hang out with a couple hundred protesters, maybe a thousand, listen to the crowd go rah-rah, march up State Street to the capitol where we’d listen to a speech, and then get brunch somewhere. That is generally what a protest march in Madison looks like. We have no shortage of protest marches, and I don’t mean to make light of the very important issues the marchers seek to address, but if I were a legislator, three hundred people chanting “This is what democracy looks like” would not make me reconsider any position I’d taken.

The Women’s March, as you may already know, was a lot more than 300 people. I started to get a clue as we made our way toward State Street from the municipal parking lot and saw a steady stream of people carrying signs and wearing the signature pink “pussy hats” as they made their way to the mall.
(Fun fact: My Darling B didn’t get the hats at first. We’d been standing in the crowd ten or twenty minutes when her eyes lit up and she said, “Oh! They look like they have cat’s ears!” She knew they were called “pussy hats” but thought the hats were supposed to look like actual women’s, well, you know. She thought everyone had just done a bad job of making the hats because they didn’t look anatomically correct, or even sorta close.)

By the time we’d made our way down to the 600 block, the street was filling up. We got to within about half a block of the mall before we came to a full stop. We couldn’t go any further. There were too many people in the street. And they kept coming. The crowd started on Bascom Hill, filled the Library Mall and was packed shoulder-to-shoulder through the 600 and 500 block of State Street. The chief of police of the UW Police Department estimated there were at least 75,000 people there, maybe as many as 100,000.

It took us a half-hour, maybe forty-five minutes to slowly make our way up the street to the capitol in that crowd. As we marched up State Street (shuffled, really; it was still kind of hard to move), we caught glimpses of other people in pussy hats or carrying signs walking toward the capitol on the side streets. The west corner of capitol square was jam-packed with people when we got there; we had to carefully pick our way through the crowd to get close enough to capitol hill to see what was going on. We didn’t stay for the speeches, but I did get close enough to snap a photo Miss Forward wearing a pussy hat.

I’m glad we went. This event was a big deal.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Julian Assange, who is most infamously known as the founder of an internet clearing house for “leaked” data, appears in an interview broadcast on mainstream media to warn us all that the U.S. media is very dishonest — more dishonest than anyone knows.

Trump live-tweets the show, also using U.S. media.

There isn’t enough gin in the world to make me feel good about the idea that Trump thinks Julian Assange, abetted by Sean Hannity, is now setting the bar for honesty in this country.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Did anybody really think that pro football was on the way out? That was the first of “Five Myths about 2014” published in this morning’s Washington Post. Where’d that idea come from?

I won’t lie: I think it would be very cool if I was never again stuck in an elevator with someone who asked me, in a tone of voice that people typically reserve for describing the wonders of the universe, “Did you see that pass Aaron Rodgers threw last night?” Football nerds don’t realize that the only difference between them and Star Trek fans who geek out over Kirk and Spock and Ceti Alpha Four is that, um. Well, to be honest, I don’t know the difference between football nerds and Trekkers. They’re like tigers and leopards to me; two kinds of cats, but one has stripes instead of spots.

Stuck in an elevator with a football nerd asking me questions, I’ve got to decide on one of three responses: I can fake it and say something like, “Yeah, wow, that was really something, wasn’t it?” The odds are about even that the other person will go ahead and babble about the game for as long as it takes for me to get to my floor and make my escape. That’s the best-case scenario right there.

But the odds are about as good that I’ll be called on to answer at least one more question about last night’s game, and that’s when my house of cards falls down. I can’t convincingly fake more than one answer, and nobody likes a faked answer anyway, so lately I’ve been going for a more a more ambiguous answer like, “No, I missed the game, was it really good?” Again, if this response works the way it should, all I have to do is smile and nod until the elevator reaches my floor.

Ambiguous is almost as deceitful as fake, but it’s a lot better than outing myself as a pro football atheist. I’d rather listen to other people babble happily for a minute or two about Aaron Rodgers, whoever he is, than to pop their bubble by forcing them to confront the reality that there are people walking around in their world who don’t believe pro sports is the end-all, be-all of existence.

But as much as I would like it if I never again had to endure the geeky babble of pro football fans, why would anybody ever believe that it might be coming to an end? Pro football will always be out there even if, like Star Trek, it hits a few rough patches, or goes through a brief period where it is slightly less popular with the general public. The die-hard fans will keep it going long enough for the inevitable reboot that will make it explode into popularity again.

just another nerdity | 8:19 am CDT
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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Sat down in the recliner, caught up on the day’s news (Ferguson in flames, university frat houses chock full o’ rapists; I don’t know how you feel about it, but sometimes I think it’d almost be a relief to go back to the days of the cold war and have nuclear Armageddon hanging over our heads every day). Then I read a few blog posts. And then I did the crossword. Annnd now I’m not feeling even the teensiest bit tired. Whoo man. Gonna be a long night, I can feel it. Gonna be an even longer day tomorrow, too.

snxxx | 9:21 pm CDT
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I’m face palming over white people snottily responding to #BlackLivesMatter with ALLLIVESMATTER. No, you see, we were JUST told they don’t.
     – Alisha Rai


#blacklivesmatter | 6:24 am CDT
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