Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,441,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 244,084 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,133,069 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 28,908 more than this time yesterday. 66,385 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,317 more than this time yesterday.

18,491 deaths – 28 percent of the total number in the U.S. – were in New York city.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,350 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 7.76%), raising the total number of people tested to 83,230 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.43%).

  • 346 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 24.78%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 7,660 (9.16% of all tested).
  • 7 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 36.36%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 334 (4.36% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 437 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 18.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 4,819 out of a population of 264,542 (1.82%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 17.80%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,272 (26.40% of all tested).
  • 1 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 50.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.47% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 233 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 42.33%), raising the total number of people tested to 11,645 out of a population of 546,695 (2.13%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 50.00%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 433 (3.77% 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 (5.08% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 684 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 9.16%), raising the total number of people tested to 19,045 out of a population of 945,726 (2.01%).

  • 103 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 0.96%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,147 (16.52% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no change), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 191 (6.07% of all confirmed).
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Author Chuck Wendig asked: “What is a weird or prominent dream or nightmare you can still remember vividly no matter how much time has passed – a real dream, from sleep, not an aspiration or metaphor?”

When I was about five years old, I used to stay up past my bed time to watch whatever television show my parents were watching. It was hard for them to stop me, because my bedroom was right off the living room. All I had to do was sit in the doorway and peek around the corner.

One night, they watched the old Twilight Zone. When I saw the introduction, it scared the shit out of me. That crazy music, weird things floating around in a dark void, a slowly-opening, disembodied floating eyeball – A DISEMBODIED FLOATING EYEBALL!

I had nightmares about eyeballs staring at me from out of a dark void for years after that. YEARS. My screams woke up everyone in the house.

Not long after that, my grandmother innocently got me one of those clocks that looks like a cat with a tail for a pendulum and eyes that wig-wag back and forth as the clock goes tick-tock. My mom hung it in my bedroom because, you know, it was a gift and she wanted to show my grandma we appreciated it. It was on the wall just one day and part of one night. Those big, round eyes constantly scanning the dark room, looking for a soul to eat were too much for me. Screamed for mom, who took it down and probably had to spend at least a few hours with her arm around me, trying to get me to stop crying.

Twilight Zone opening still gives me the shivers.

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There is no way she is not aware of the significance of this phrase.

There is perhaps the tiniest of chances she is unaware that Governor J.B. Pritzker is Jewish, but given the significance of the phrase, I would not believe her if she said she didn’t know that.

anti-lockdown protester holds a sign reading ARBEIT MACHT FREI

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,359,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 238,999 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,104,161 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 34,129 more than this time yesterday. 65,068 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 2,049 more than this time yesterday.

18,399 deaths – 28 percent of the total number in the U.S. – were in New York city.

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Friday, May 1st, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,632 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 79,880 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.37%).

  • 460 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 7,314 (9.16% 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 327 (4.47% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 370 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 4,382 out of a population of 264,542 (1.66%).

  • 118 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,175 (26.81% of all tested).
  • 2 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 5 (0.43% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 404 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 11,412 out of a population of 546,695 (2.09%).

  • 2 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 430 (3.77% 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 (5.12% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 753 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 18,361 out of a population of 945,726 (1.94%).

  • 104 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,044 (16.58% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 186 (6.11% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,271,961 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 233,704 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,070,032 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 29,544 more than this time yesterday. 63,019 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 2,020 more than this time yesterday.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85)

A tightly packed crowd of protesters, some carrying rifles, attempted to enter the floor of the legislative chamber, and were held back by a line of state police and capitol staff, according to video footage posted by local journalists.

One Democratic state lawmaker posted a photograph of men with rifles standing in a gallery yelling down at lawmakers below. “Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them,” the state senator Dayna Polehanki wrote on Twitter.

“Armed protesters demonstrate against Covid-19 lockdown at Michigan capitol,” Lois Beckett writing in The Guardian, 4/30/2020

 

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,207,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 227,971 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,040,488 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 27,905 more than this time yesterday. 60,999 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 2,644 more than this time yesterday.

18,076 U.S. deaths – thirty percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 6,520 confirmed cases, 231 more than this time yesterday, and 308 deaths, 8 more than this time yesterday.

177 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 3 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,815 confirmed cases, forty-three percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 93 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 424 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,127,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 217,569 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,012,583 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 24,114 more than this time yesterday. 58,355 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 2,102 more than this time yesterday.

17,682 U.S. deaths – thirty percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 6,289 confirmed cases, 208 more than this time yesterday, and 300 deaths, 19 more than this time yesterday.

174 deaths – fifty-eight percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 7 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,722 confirmed cases, forty-three percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 48 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 417 confirmed cases, 5 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, one more than this time yesterday. This is the first time since last Thursday that the Dane County death toll has gone up.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:31 am:

There were 3,053,965 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 211,522 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 988,469 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 22,536 more than this time yesterday. 56,253 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,376 more than this time yesterday.

17,515 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 6,081 confirmed cases, 170 more than this time yesterday, and 281 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

167 deaths – fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 5 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,674 confirmed cases, forty-four percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 45 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 412 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 21 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, April 27th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:31 am:

There were 2,982,933 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 206,811 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 965,933 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 26,684 more than this time yesterday. 54,877 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 943 more than this time yesterday.

17,280 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 5,911 confirmed cases, 224 more than this time yesterday, and 272 deaths, 6 more than this time yesterday.

162 deaths – sixty percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 5 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,629 confirmed cases, forty-four percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 104 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 405 confirmed cases, 4 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 21 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2020

My mom, holding a dead rabbit, while my dad looks on.

I’ve asked her. She doesn’t know why.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:31 am:

There were 2,911,209 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 203,412 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 939,249 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 33,916 more than this time yesterday. 53,934 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,985 more than this time yesterday.

17,126 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 5,687 confirmed cases, 331 more than this time yesterday, and 266 deaths, 3 more than this time yesterday.

157 deaths – fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 3 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,525 confirmed cases, forty-four percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 49 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 401 confirmed cases, 6 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 21 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020

There’s a song about growing old with a verse that goes:

“A box too full to shut
A cardboard papercut
The bleeding edge of
a picture of your parents
when they were cool”

I was looking through a box of pictures like that today.

This is my dad, having that dream where you’re out in public in your underwear.

And this is my mom, looking like she could be maybe one beer over the line.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:31 am:

There were 2,822,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 197,578 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 905,333 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 36,161 more than this time yesterday. 51,949 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-six percent of the world’s total and 1,986 more than this time yesterday.

16,646 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 5,356 confirmed cases, 304 more than this time yesterday, and 263 deaths, 5 more than this time yesterday.

154 deaths – fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 4 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,431 confirmed cases, forty-five percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 49 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 395 confirmed cases, 8 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 21 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Friday, April 24th, 2020

So
supposing we hit the body

with a tremendous
whether its ultraviolet
or just very powerful light
and

(I think you said
that hasn’t been checked
but you’re going to test it)

and then I said
supposing you brought the light inside the body
which you can do
either through the skin
or in some other way
and

(I think you said
you’re going to test that, too)
sounds interesting
right

and then I see
the disinfectant
where it knocks it out in a minute
one minute
and
is there a way we can do something like that
by injection inside
or
almost a cleaning

because you see it gets on the lungs
and it does a tremendous number on the lungs
so it would be interesting to check that
so that

you’re going to have to use medical doctors
but it sounds
it sounds interesting to me
so we’ll see

but the whole concept of the light
the way it kills it in one minute
that’s pretty powerful

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:31 am:

There were 2,721,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 191,231 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 869,172 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 26,548 more than this time yesterday. 49,963 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-six percent of the world’s total and 3,178 more than this time yesterday.

16,388 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 5,052 confirmed cases, 207 more than this time yesterday, and 258 deaths, 10 more than this time yesterday.

150 deaths – fifty-eight percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 8 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,382 confirmed cases, forty-seven percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 78 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 387 confirmed cases, 1 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 21 deaths, one more than this time yesterday.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Our favorite restaurant in town reopened two weeks ago after a fire gutted their kitchen. Took them almost a full year to rebuild. They announced their reopening just as the governor closed everything down, so they had to scramble to set up an online ordering system that would allow them to provide curbside service, like all the other restaurants in town.

Of all the restaurants in Madison, they have our favorite Friday fish fry, so when they announced their first fish fry would be available on April tenth, we were dizzy with joy, until we logged in to their web site and discovered they were sold out. After noodling around in social media a bit, we further learned they sold out fifteen minutes after they put the fish fry on the menu that day.

So last week when they offered fish fry again, I clocked out of work early after making special arrangements to flex time with my boss. They added the fish fry to their menu at 3:03 pm; I know because I started hitting the refresh button at 2:59 pm and didn’t stop until the fish fry showed up. I added an order for two to the shopping cart and went straight to checkout. The last thing I saw was a message telling me it would be ready in twenty minutes, which is just about the time it takes to put on a pair of shoes, hop in the car and drive to the restaurant, so that’s what I did.

Turned out it would take them a little bit longer than twenty minutes for the fish fry to be ready for me to pick it up. When I pulled into their parking lot a little after three-thirty and dug my phone out of my pocket, I found a message in my voice mail from them saying the earliest my order would be ready was four o’clock. Well, okay. Not a big problem, I guess. I’ll just sit here and listen to the radio for a while.

I don’t remember what I noticed was wrong with the dashboard, but one of the displays looked screwy so I turned the key to fire up the engine so all the displays would be lit up. Well, they lit up, all right, but the engine wouldn’t crank. Turned the ignition all the way off, waited a few seconds, then turned the key all the way on again – lots of pretty lights, but nothing from the engine compartment. All the way off, then all the way on again (because three is a magic number) – still nothing. And now the clock said one-ten and the date was 1/1/2015. Not a good sign at all.

I had to pop the hood, get out and stare at the engine for several minutes, because that’s what you do when something like this happens. Don’t know why. It’s not like maybe there’s a big neon arrow pointing at the problem or something like that. Didn’t see any obvious problems; it all looked very mechanical. Tried starting it a couple more times and got the same results, but now the panel displays were all dark, including the clock.

I most likely had a dead battery, because why wouldn’t I? Car runs perfectly for years but the first time I drive anywhere in a week and I’m in the middle of a pandemic, it craps out. Of course.

I called a local garage, and they sent a wrecker out to give me a jump, which showed up at about quarter to five. After the guy got my car running and as he was running my credit card, he said let the engine run at least a half-hour to charge up the battery again, and warned that I might want to think about getting a new battery (I did, the next day). About five minutes later I got a call from the deli, saying my fish fry (remember the fish fry?) was ready to pick up. They’d been hugely overloaded with orders once again so it took them a little longer (!) than they thought it would.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:38 am:

There were 2,645,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 184,268 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 842,624 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 17,318 more than this time yesterday. 46,785 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-five percent of the world’s total and 1,710 more than this time yesterday.

15,074 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 4,845 confirmed cases, 220 more than this time yesterday, and 248 deaths, 4 more than this time yesterday.

142 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 3 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,304 confirmed cases, forty-eight percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 70 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 386 confirmed cases, 4 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 20 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:38 am:

There were 2,580,729 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 178,371 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 825,306 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 37,346 more than this time yesterday. 45,075 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-five percent of the world’s total and 2,711 more than this time yesterday.

14,887 U.S. deaths – thirty-three percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 4,625 confirmed cases, 84 more than this time yesterday, and 244 deaths, 10 more than this time yesterday.

139 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 7 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,234 confirmed cases, forty-eight percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 28 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 382 confirmed cases, no more than this time yesterday, and a total of 20 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:38 am:

There were 2,492,963 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 171,152 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 787,960 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 28,174 more than this time yesterday. 42,364 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-five percent of the world’s total and 1,681 more than this time yesterday.

14,604 U.S. deaths – thirty-four percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 4,541 confirmed cases, 195 more than this time yesterday, and 234 deaths, 14 more than this time yesterday.

132 deaths – fifty-six percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 7 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,206 confirmed cases, forty-nine percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 56 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 382 confirmed cases, 19 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 20 deaths, 1 more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, April 20th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:39 am:

There were 2,415,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 165,903 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 759,786 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 53,007 more than this time yesterday. 40,683 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-five percent of the world’s total and 3,604 more than this time yesterday.

14,451 U.S. deaths – thirty-six percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 4,346 confirmed cases, 293 more than this time yesterday, and 220 deaths, 14 more than this time yesterday.

125 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 5 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,150 confirmed cases, forty-nine percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 137 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 361 confirmed cases, 2 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 19 deaths, 2 more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Don’t take this the wrong way, but after the right-wing assholes finally manage to undo the stay-at-home restrictions keeping a whole lot of us safe from the worst effects of the pandemic, I’m not going out to dinner. I’m not going to see a movie, either. I’m not going to go browse the shelves in the bookstore, possibly my favorite pastime. And I’m not even considering the idea of going to the Great Taste of the Midwest, a beer-sampling party so popular, you have to camp overnight on the street outside a liquor store to even hope to have a shot at getting a ticket.

Until there’s a vaccine to protect us against this thing, I won’t be going to a crowded bar, a crowded theater, a crowded stadium, or anywhere crowds gather. I’ll go to work in a crowded office building if I’m forced to, breathing through a respirator all day and touching nothing without latex gloves on my hands, but after work I’ll go straight home and stay there until I have to go to work again.

And to anyone who says this is “living in fear:” There is so much still unknown about this disease, but what we do know is that it’s ten times more contagious than influenza, and you know how much that gets around. And once you get it, it eats your lungs and fills them with fluid, it crashes your kidneys and poisons your blood, it lets you think you’re getting better before it hammers you again, and then it fucks up your immune system so badly that it can re-infect you within months or weeks after you get better. And we’re only just finding out that it clots the blood so you stroke out. Spreading something like that around is so stupid it ought to be a felony.

So when the restrictions are lifted way too early, – and they will be – go hang out at the mall if you want, or go meet your friends at the supper club for dinner. That’s your right, I guess. Maybe you’ll wear a mask, maybe you’ll cough into your sleeve as a token gesture of protecting others, but none of that’s going to protect you in a crowd while there are millions of infected people, most of whom haven’t been tested and many of whom aren’t showing any symptoms of infection.

And then people will start dying in greater numbers again.

I hope I’m wrong. But I don’t believe I will be.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:58 am:

There were 2,343,293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 161,330 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 735,287 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 28,508 more than this time yesterday. 39,090 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-four percent of the world’s total and 2,011 more than this time yesterday.

In Wisconsin there were 4,199 confirmed cases, 146 more than this time yesterday, and 212 deaths, 6 more than this time yesterday.

122 deaths – fifty-eight percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 2 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,065 confirmed cases, forty-nine percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 52 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 358 confirmed cases, 1 less than this time yesterday, and a total of 17 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:38 am:

There were 2,259,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 154,694 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 706,779 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 35,354 more than this time yesterday. 37,079 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-four percent of the world’s total and 3,793 more than this time yesterday.

13,202 U.S. deaths – thirty-six percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 4,053 confirmed cases, 164 more than this time yesterday, and 206 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

120 deaths – fifty-eight percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 6 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 2,013 confirmed cases, fifty percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 66 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 359 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 17 deaths, 1 more than this time yesterday.

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Friday, April 17th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:38 am:

There were 2,167,955 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 146,071 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 671,425 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 31,761 more than this time yesterday. 33,286 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-three percent of the world’s total and 2,301 more than this time yesterday.

11,477 U.S. deaths – thirty-four percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,889 confirmed cases, 168 more than this time yesterday, and 197 deaths, 14 more than this time yesterday.

114 deaths – fifty-eight percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 9 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,947 confirmed cases, fifty percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 77 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 352 confirmed cases, 1 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 16 deaths, 3 more than this time yesterday.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Spent the day at the state office building, which was eerie because in The Before Times it was a building filled with more than 4,000 state office workers, but in The Plague Times I have been there twice and on each of those visits I have seen less than a half-dozen people each time. Weirdly, the only thing more disturbing than that is all the notices taped to the door windows warning members of the public that the building is closed and they should not attempt to enter.

I have to go to the state office building, as does every other employee in our office on a rotating basis, because we must issue letters and other important documents daily else the Wisconsin citizenry will not be well served. “But surely,” you say, “there is a way to do that automatically.” No, there isn’t, and don’t call me Shirley. Well, okay, there probably is, but government bureaucracy being what it is, we haven’t gotten to that point yet, so it must be done manually. You’re welcome, Wisconsin. I am honored to serve you.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:33 am:

There were 2,072,228 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 137,666 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 639,664 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 29,979 more than this time yesterday. 30,985 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-three percent of the world’s total and 4,926 more than this time yesterday.

10,899 U.S. deaths – thirty-five percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,721 confirmed cases, 166 more than this time yesterday, and 183 deaths, 13 more than this time yesterday.

105 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 4 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,870 confirmed cases, fifty percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 75 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 351 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 13 deaths, 1 more than this time yesterday.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers extended the “Safe At Home” order, which closed non-essential business and encouraged citizens to refrain from non-essential travel.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:15 am:

There were 1,996,681 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 127,590 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 609,685 confirmed cases, thirty-one percent of the world’s total and 27,091 more than this time yesterday. 26,059 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty percent of the world’s total and 2,410 more than this time yesterday.

7,905 U.S. deaths – thirty percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,555 confirmed cases, 127 more than this time yesterday, and 170 deaths, 15 more than this time yesterday.

101 deaths – fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 7 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,795 confirmed cases, fifty percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 52 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 344 confirmed cases, 4 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, no more than this time yesterday (there have been no new deaths in Dane County since Saturday).

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

I’ve got to stop watching videos of the orange menace right before bed time. Or even after supper. Maybe at all. It’s not helping. I already know he’s a menace. I already know he comes up with a new way every day to demonstrate what a menace he is. Watching him do it does not add to my knowledge of how corrupt and awful he is, but it does keep me up at night.

But while I scanned through the news last night, my heart was gladdened when I saw the Wisconsin supreme court judge backed by Trump lost to his challenger, and I laughed out loud when I saw how the newly-elected mayor of Wausau, Wisconsin, reacted to the news of her victory:

image of twitter post: Katie Rosenberg tweeting Holy Balls

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:00 am:

There were 1,925,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 120,449 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 582,594 confirmed cases, thirty percent of the world’s total and 25,004 more than this time yesterday. 23,649 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty percent of the world’s total and 1,540 more than this time yesterday.

7,349 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,428 confirmed cases, 87 more than this time yesterday, and 155 deaths, 11 more than this time yesterday.

94 deaths – sixty-one percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 6 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,743 confirmed cases, fifty-one percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 33 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 340 confirmed cases, 6 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, April 13th, 2020

I sincerely believed I would not live long enough to hear a president of the United States declare he has the absolute power to tell the individual states what they could and could not do.

Q: What provision in the constitution gives the president the power to open or close state economies, and then —

Trump: Numerous provisions. We’ll give you a legal brief, if you want.

Q: What happens if you say, ‘We want states to reopen’ but California or New York do not open?

Trump: Well, I think everyone wants to open. I guess, you know, that could happen, but I don’t think that would happen.

Q: It’s been states that have ordered schools to close, it’s been state that have ordered businesses like restaurants —

Trump: That’s because I let that happen, because I would have preferred that. I let that happen. But, if I wanted to, I could have closed it up. But I let that happen. And I like the way they’ve done it. And the seven that remained in a sort of semi-lockdown, if you look at those states, they’ve really done a very good job. They’re very much different from a New York, or from other places where they’ve been hit very hard.

Q: There are two consortiums of states today – California, Oregon, Washington on the west coast, northeastern states – in total representing one-hundred million people, who’ve said they’re going to cooperate and decide when to reopen —

Trump: Well, they can decide —

Q: Does that underminee what you’re trying to do?

Trump: No, not at all. Let me just tell you very simply, I’m going to put it very simply: The president of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful. The president of the United States calls the shots. If we weren’t here for the states, you would’ve had a problem in this country like you’ve never seen before. We were here to back them up, and we more than backed them up. We did a job that nobody ever thought was possible. It’s a decision for the president of the United States. Now, with that being said, we’re going to work with the states, because it’s very important. You have local governments, they’re pinpointed; it’s really, you talk about, it’s like a microchip, they’re pinpointed. We have local government that hopefully will do a good job, and if they don’t do a good job I would step in so fast but, no, they can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.

Q: Just to clarify your understanding of your authority, vis-a-vis governors, just to be very specific, for instance, if a governor issued a stay-at-home order —

Trump: When you say, ‘my authority’ – the president’s authority, not mine; because it’s not me. This is, when somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be. It’s total.

Q: Your authority’s total?

Trump: It’s total. And the governors know that. You have a couple of bands —

Q: If a governor issues a stay-at-home order, could you rescind that order?

Trump: You have a couple of bands of ‘democrat’ governors, but they will agree to it. They will agree to it. But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total.

Q: You said, when someone is president of the United States, their authority is total. That is not true. Who told you that is true?

Trump: Okay, you know what we’re going to do? We’re going to write up papers on this. It’s not going to be necessary, because the governors need us, one way or the other, because, ultimately, it comes with the federal government. That being said, we’re getting along very well with the governors, and I feel very certain that there won’t be a problem.

Q: Has any governor agreed that you have the authority to decide when their state opens back up?

Trump: I haven’t asked anybody, because I don’t — you know why? Because I don’t have to.

Q: But who told you that the president has the president has total authority?

Trump: Enough.

Q: On this question of constitutionality, I’m just wondering what changed your view, because —

Trump: No, nothing changed it. I know exactly what you’re going to say. Nothing changed it. The fact that I want to rely on states, or maybe will, or maybe have, and the fact that we’ve got — that’s one thing. The fact that I don’t want to use the power, that’s another thing.

Q: But you said, from the standpoint of the constitution, you thought it should to be up to the governors —

Trump: Yes, constitutionally, constitutionally, you can look at constitutionally, you can look at federalism, you could look at it any different way. John, the fact that I don’t want to exert my power is much different. We have the power. You asked, ‘Does the federal government have the power?’ The federal government has absolute power. It has the power. As to whether or not I’ll use that power, we’ll see. I would rather, John, I would rather work with the states because I like going down to a local government. That’s why with, I guess it’s now seven states, not eight, because South Carolina did you know they went away from what we discussed the last time, so that’s why I looked at the individual states. They’re doing a very good job, they’re really doing a very good job. I’d rather have them make the decision. Now, the fact that I’d rather have, that’s fine. But I have the absolute right to do, if I want to. I may not want to.

And just to put the icing on the cake, the vice president agrees with the president:

Q: It sounds like you think his power is a little more circumscribed than ‘total?’

Pence: In the long history of this country, the authority of the president of the United States during national emergencies is unquestionably plenary [complete power; without limitations; absolute].

I will not sleep well tonight. I’m not sure I will ever again.

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We have two cats: the youngest, Sparky, is a standard tabby cat, and the oldest is a mutt, if that word applies to cats as well as dogs. The vet says he’s got a lot of Siamese in him, judging by his rat tail and the shape of his snout, and the rest is probably generic shorthair. More than anything else, however, is that he’s the sheddingest cat ever.

Scooter has very fine, white hair that he sheds constantly. If I brushed him every day, that wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m so chronically lazy that I can’t be bothered to brush a cat more than once a month or two, or more likely three. Okay, realistically I don’t brush him until his shedding problem gets so bad that I can’t touch him without releasing a cloud of cat hair dense enough to choke everyone unlucky enough to be in the room with us. That’s the condition he was in today.

I have a special cat-brushing mitten. It looks like an oven mitt, but the palm side of the mitt is a plastic cat brush. I only had to pass it over Scooter’s coat a half-dozen times before there was enough shedded cat hair on the mitt to stuff a pillow with. After peeling that off, I made another half-dozen passes over Scooter’s coat, peeled another wad of cat hair off the mitt, repeat and repeat.

Scooter just loves this. He struts back and forth when I brush him, purring ecstatically. He’d let me do it all day if my attention span would hold up that long, but it doesn’t. It barely holds up for fifteen minutes. By that time I could brush him without freeing a bale of hair from his coat, so I lost all interest in continuing to brush him. I had to keep some motivation in reserve to break out the vacuum cleaner and clean up all the loose cat hair rolling around on the floor, as well as stuck to my pants, shirt, hair, and face.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:52 am:

There were 1,859,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 114,979 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 557,590 confirmed cases, thirty percent of the world’s total and 27,584 more than this time yesterday. 22,109 Americans have died from COVID-19, nineteen percent of the world’s total and 1,501 more than this time yesterday.

6,898 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,341 confirmed cases, 128 more than this time yesterday, and 144 deaths, 7 more than this time yesterday.

88 deaths – sixty-one percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 3 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,710 confirmed cases, fifty-one percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 57 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 334 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Got my bike down from the rafters, pumped the tires full of air and took a ride around Lake Monona yesterday morning – an eleven-mile circle, the shortest route I could make – and it just about kicked my butt; the first ride of the summer season usually does. After a couple more rides I’ll start looking for longer routes, but I won’t be riding today because it’s cold and rainy and not otherwise inviting in any way. I think I’ve mentioned more than once I’m a fair-weather biker.

And except for the walks I’ve been taking around the neighborhood, that was the first time I’ve been out and about in three weeks – not counting two day trips I made to the office, and even then I didn’t go anywhere but straight to the office and straight home after work; no noodling around in town to sight-see or stop for provisions – and it was the first time in three weeks I’ve been in what I would rather loosely describe as crowds of people, really pairs or trios out walking, jogging or riding their bicycles. The only time I felt as though other people were crowding me was on John Nolan Drive, the causeway connecting the Monona area with the isthmus of downtown Madison. The trail along the causeway has always been a popular jogging and cycling path in The Before Times, and although there were fewer people on it yesterday, there’s not a lot of room to spread out, so even a dozen people bunched up together in a short stretch of the trail feels crowded. I had to follow several joggers at a discreet distance, waiting for an opening before I could pass, but after the causeway there was plenty of room again and I rode the rest of the way home without having to thread my way through clots of people.

Funny seeing all the masked people now. Some have what appear to be genuine N95 masks – where the heck did they get those? – but most are wearing home-made masks of one kind or another: simple bandannas, scarves, balaclavas, shemaghs, and one woman had what appeared to be several yards of fabric, possibly a bed sheet, wrapped around and around her head, leaving only the smallest of gaps for her eyes.

I myself did not wear any kind of mask at all, partly because I did not think I was close enough to anybody to warrant wearing a mask and partly because I don’t know that wearing anything less than a mask fitted to seal around my nose and mouth like an N95 mask would do any good. I don’t have an N95 mask but I still have the M17A2 gas mask issued to me while I was in the Air Force – the chemical warfare gear they issued to me was so old they didn’t want any of it back, and I threw everything out but the mask as a keepsake. If I wore it now, I think it would freak people out, which might be fun, in the right setting. Can’t imagine right now what that setting would be.

I unwrapped my kayak from its winter cocoon of Visqueen and stored the tarp the corner of the patio where I thought it might stay dry until I can clear a place for it in the garage – of course it got rained on before the day was done. Maybe that’ll teach me (but probably not). I briefly considered taking the kayak out for a paddle because the sun was shining and it was pleasantly warm in the back yard, but after thinking it over I realized it would very likely be uncomfortably cold out on the lake. The raised seat in the kayak would keep my butt from freezing but my lower legs rest against the hull below the waterline, and I’m pretty sure the surface water is not all at all warm yet. In a couple of weeks it’ll be like bath water; I can wait a couple of weeks.

And I’m still washing dishes by hand because I don’t want to even think about what might be wrong with the dish washer yet. When it’s switched on, the water doesn’t circulate inside the tub and it makes a noise like something broken is beating or grinding against something stationary; I’m thinking maybe an impeller blade got snapped off and wedged inside a pump, possibly breaking the pump’s drive shaft. There must be a second pump to evacuate water from the tub, though, because I was able to drain the tub. I considered buying a new dish washer just so I wouldn’t have to even try to fix what’s wrong with the old one, but the cheapest new one is around three-hundred dollars and I don’t want a cheap one. I’ll have to figure out what to do soon, or just keep on washing dishes by hand, which, as it turns out, is not the worst thing in the world. I wash them at noon and again before bed, and at that pace I can keep up with whatever piles up. And it’s a big sink, so even when My Darling B uses every last pot, pan, and spatula in the kitchen to prepare a meal, the pile of dirty dishes is manageable.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:38 am:

There were 1,787,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 109,691 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 530,006 confirmed cases, thirty percent of the world’s total and 28,391 more than this time yesterday. 20,608 Americans have died from COVID-19, nineteen percent of the world’s total and 1,831 more than this time yesterday.

6,367 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 3,213 confirmed cases, 145 more than this time yesterday, and 137 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

85 deaths – sixty-two percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 8 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,653 confirmed cases, fifty-two percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 78 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 327 confirmed cases, 14 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2020

It’s coming. Release date April 14.

Which means I’ll be re-reading the first two books this week before my copy of the pre-ordered final volume comes in the mail. Assuming we still have mail. I will be so fucking furious if mail is one of the government agencies this administration gets rid of.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:56 am:

There were 1,709,014 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 103,536 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 501,615 confirmed cases, twenty-nine percent of the world’s total and 35,316 more than this time yesterday. 18,777 Americans have died from COVID-19, eighteen percent of the world’s total and 2,091 more than this time yesterday.

5,820 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.


On 4/11/20, 2,091 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/10/20, 1,878 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/9/20, 1,897 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/8/20, 1,918 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/7/20, 1,345 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/6/20, 1,145 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/5/20, 1,344 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/4/20, 1,101 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/3/20, 921 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/2/20, 1,056 Americans died of COVID-19.
On 4/1/20, 911 Americans died of COVID-19.


In Wisconsin there were 3,068 confirmed cases, 178 more than this time yesterday, and 128 deaths, 17 more than this time yesterday.

77 deaths – sixty percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 12 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,575 confirmed cases, fifty-one percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 91 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 313 confirmed cases, 6 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, 1 more than this time yesterday.

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Friday, April 10th, 2020

It’s Day 27 of shelter in place at the O’Folks Home, counting from the Sunday after we flew back from Florida, and both of us are still pretty sure we haven’t contracted COVID-19. I’ve read that you can have it without showing any symptoms, but we’re both hypochondriacs so I’m pretty sure if we had it, we’d not only be symptomatic, we’d be symptomatic turned all the way up to eleven.

We’re almost positive neither one of us has had a fever, although I’m honestly not sure how high a person’s temp has to go to be considered a fever. Also, we didn’t have a trustworthy thermometer until day before yesterday; the one in our bathroom is dunno-howmany years old and when we used it, it tended not to give the same reading twice. The local drug store has been sold out since the pandemic started, and although B has been checking online since then, she didn’t find any for sale until recently. When they came in the mail (she ordered two, for backup) she popped one in her mouth straight out of the package and it seemed to work, so no fever but she’s probably got worms from not sterilizing the thermometer.

And neither of us has had a persistent cough or a respiratory problem that could be considered a symptom, beyond the post-nasal drip both of us have all through the winter season which seems to take forever to clear up, say until about June. Needless to say, we’ve both avoided pneumonia, too.

So yay for not catching the bug, but boo for having to stay at home for a month.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 4:52 am:

There were 1,611,981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 96,783 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 466,299 confirmed cases, twenty-nine percent of the world’s total and 33,861 more than this time yesterday. 16,686 Americans have died from COVID-19, seventeen percent of the world’s total and 1,878 more than this time yesterday.

5,150 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,890 confirmed cases, 78 more than this time yesterday, and 111 deaths, 8 more than this time yesterday.

65 deaths – fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 6 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1484 confirmed cases, fifty-two percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 23 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 307 confirmed cases, 1 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, no more than this time yesterday (third day in a row of no new deaths in Dane County).

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:03 am:

There were 1,490,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 88,982 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 432,438 confirmed cases, twenty-nine percent of the world’s total and 32,509 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 14,808 deaths from COVID-19, seventeen percent of the world’s total and 1,897 more than this time yesterday.

4,571 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,812 confirmed cases, 234 more than this time yesterday, and 103 deaths, 10 more than this time yesterday.

59 deaths – fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 10 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,461 confirmed cases, fifty-two percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 138 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 306 confirmed cases, 17 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, no more than this time yesterday (second day in a row of no new deaths in Dane County).

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 6:04 am:

There were 1,446,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 83,149 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 399,929 confirmed cases, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 31,480 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 12,911 deaths from COVID-19, sixteen percent of the world’s total and 1,918 more than this time yesterday.

4,009 U.S. deaths – thirty-one percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,578 confirmed cases, 67 more than this time yesterday, and 93 deaths, 8 more than this time yesterday.

49 deaths – fifty-three percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 4 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,323 confirmed cases, fifty-one percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 19 more than this time yesterday.

In Dane County, there were 289 confirmed cases, 2 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:07 am:

There were 1,359,398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 75,945 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 368,449 confirmed cases, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 30,803 more than this time yesterday. The U.S. accounted for 10,993 deaths from COVID-19, fourteen percent of the world’s total and 1,345 more than this time yesterday.

3,485 U.S. deaths – thirty-two percent of the U.S. total – were in New York city.

In Wisconsin there were 2,511 confirmed cases, 191 more than this time yesterday, and 85 deaths, 10 more than this time yesterday.

45 deaths – fifty-three percent of Wisconsin’s total, and 6 more than this time yesterday – were in Milwaukee County, where they had a total of 1,304 confirmed cases, fifty-two percent of all the confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

In Dane County, there were 287 confirmed cases, 7 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, 2 more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020

I’ve been up since 5:30 this morning. This gives me plenty of time to shower, make coffee, and just generally come to life, which can take a while. I always wake up early, whether naturally or by an alarm clock, but I’m not fully functional until I’ve been upright & awake for a while.

My Darling B takes a more relaxed approach to working from home: She sleeps in until about a half-hour before she clocks in, gulps a hot mug of coffee, and then shambles away to her computer. I could do it that way, but I’d be pretty much useless for at least the first half-hour.

time lapse | 6:58 am CDT
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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.

Trumpoem #9 | 6:21 am CDT
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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 and 114 more than this time yesterday.

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.

jhu update 10 | 6:14 am CDT
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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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