Friday, May 15th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 83,854 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,278,180.

5,701 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 292,316 deaths.

The U.S. reported 22,080 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,370,016, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,705 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,389 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 4,908 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 123,359 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.19%).

  • 193 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,611 (8.60% of all tested).
  • 9 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 418 (3.94% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 593 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 8,515 out of a population of 264,542 (3.22%).

  • 34 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,958 (22.99% 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 20 (1.02% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 386 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 15,214 out of a population of 546,695 (2.78%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 477 (3.14% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.61% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 471 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 26,415 out of a population of 945,726 (2.79%).

  • 47 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,069 (15.40% of all tested).
  • 4 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 235 (5.78% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 72,153 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,194,326.

3,668 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 286,615 deaths.

The U.S. reported 18,137 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,347,936, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,156 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 80,684 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

jhu update #46 | 6:39 am CDT
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Monday, May 11th, 2020

Weijia Wang, correspondent for CBS News: “You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is it a global competition to you if, every day, Americans are losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?”

Trump: “Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer. Yes, behind you, please.”

Wang: “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically, than I should ask China?”

Trump: “I’m telling you. I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.”

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,069 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 30.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 118,451 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.03%).

  • 199 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 28.93%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,418 (8.80% of all tested).
  • 9 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 350%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 409 (3.91% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 177 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 66.04%), raising the total number of people tested to 7,922 out of a population of 264,542 (2.99%).

  • 27 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 57.14%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,924 (24.29% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (0.94% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 322 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 0.31%), raising the total number of people tested to 14,828 out of a population of 546,695 (2.71%).

  • 2 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 71.43%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 474 (3.20% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.64% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 378 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 55.79%), raising the total number of people tested to 25,944 out of a population of 945,726 (2.74%).

  • 70 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 28.57%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,022 (15.50% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 600%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 231 (5.74% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 4,122,173 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 282,947 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,329,799 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 20,258 more than this time yesterday. 79,528 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 734 more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2020

I have been enjoying the hell out of The Murderbot Diaries for only about four months. I read the first novella, “All Systems Red,” in a weekend in February and liked it so much I snapped up all three of the rest of the series of novellas – “Artificial Condition,” “Rogue Protocol,” and “Exit Strategy” – intending to read them while we were on vacation in March, which meant I would have to wait and not read them for weeks and weeks. I managed to almost do that.

With a week to go before our vacation started, I broke down and read “Artificial Condition” as slowly as I could, dragging it out to three days – I could’ve stretched a full-length novel to as much as two weeks by reading very slowly and putting it down between chapters, but I couldn’t put down Murderbot because a chapter in a novella is a snack compared to a chapter in a full-length novel. Fun to read, but it just doesn’t last.

I was dying for some more Murderbot after I finished “Artificial Condition,” and I’m quite chuffed to say I managed to hold off reading the next novella, “Rogue Protocol,” until I was on a plane heading south. Finished “Rogue Protocol” in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, and finished “Exit Strategy” somewhere in the Caribbean.

With no more Murderbot left to read, I did what any self-respecting reader who enjoyed the hell out of a series of books would do and started at the beginning again. And enjoyed it as much as I had the first time. Which is why I’m over the moon this week after finishing the first novel-length Murderbot story, “Network Effect,” which dropped into my Kindle on Tuesday morning. I didn’t see it there until my lunch hour and had to wait four agonizingly long hours to jump into it because my day job got in the way. I hate it when that happens.

There is science fiction and fantasy that I connect with immediately, some that I grow to like after a while, and then there is SF&F that I don’t connect with no matter how hard I try. I connected with The Murderbot Diaries right away, I think because I identify with Murderbot, which probably should be an alarming admission, considering the difficulties Murderbot has getting along with people (it calls itself “Murderbot” for reasons you can easily guess), but I can’t deny the affinity. There’s a lot about human society that Murderbot just doesn’t get, which is the way I feel about human society at least sixty percent of the time.

And yet, there is plenty about human society that Murderbot likes, even when it’s not sure it completely understands, and I think it’s the moments where Murderbot is trying to work out what it likes and why which I enjoy most. In “Network Effect,” for instance, Murderbot writes the story of its relationship with Mensah, one of the humans who befriended it, and gives the story to another sentient killer robot like itself in order to help it free itself. I’ll have to read that again because I know there are angles to that story I missed the first time around, even though I stopped and re-read parts of it.

And there are things about socializing that Murderbot seems to understand very well. It spends a lot of time trying to work out what kind of relationship it has with a sentient space ship, for instance, even while the humans in the story can easily see it’s a close, personal relationship. They enjoy watching soap operas together. They argue like an old married couple. They fight and almost die for one another. It’s really very touching.

A review of “All Systems Red” by Jason Sheehan at NPR

A review of “Network Effect” by Steve Mullis at NPR

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,508 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 30.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 115,382 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.98%).

  • 280 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 19.77%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,219 (8.86% of all tested).
  • 2 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 85.71%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 400 (3.91% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 106 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 43.01%), raising the total number of people tested to 7,745 out of a population of 264,542 (2.93%).

  • 63 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 10.53%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,897 (24.49% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (0.95% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 321 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 5.03%), raising the total number of people tested to 14,506 out of a population of 546,695 (2.65%).

  • 7 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 30.00%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 472 (3.25% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.66% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 855 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 37.18%), raising the total number of people tested to 25,566 out of a population of 945,726 (2.70%).

  • 98 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 25.76%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,952 (15.46% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported (a decrease of 80.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 225 (5.69% of all confirmed).
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WHAT THE WHAT

snow is forecast today

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

There were 4,041,520 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 279,593 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,309,541 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 25,612 more than this time yesterday. 78,794 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 1,614 more than this time yesterday.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 5,019 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 111,874 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.92%).

  • 349 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 9,939 (8.88% of all tested).
  • 14 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 398 (4.00% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 186 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 7,639 out of a population of 264,542 (2.89%).

  • 57 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,834 (24.01% 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 18 (0.98% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 338 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 14,185 out of a population of 546,695 (2.59%).

  • 10 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 465 (3.28% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.73% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,361 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 24,711 out of a population of 945,726 (2.61%).

  • 132 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,854 (15.60% 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 224 (5.81% of all confirmed).
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I had to visit the personnel office to get a new ID card. The clerk behind the counter was wearing her blue uniform and mushroom hat; I think those were phased out twenty years ago. My dreams of being in the Air Force are not aging well. I’m almost surprised I can still watch them in color instead of black-and-white.

“My ID card’s about to expire,” I said, to get her attention. “I need a new one.”

She glanced up at me before going back to ‘keyboarding’ at her IBM 3660 work station. “Are you a Baptist?” she asked me.

“I’m sorry, what?”

She put her hands in her lap, looked up at me. “A Baptist. I can’t stand Baptists.”

“Uh, no?”

She frowned. “Aren’t you sure?”

I frowned right back at her. “I am. Sure. I’m sure I’m not a Baptist. How’s that relevant?”

She smiled. “I just like to get that out of the way right off the bat.” Rummaging through some paperwork, she snatched up a couple of forms and laid them out on the counter in front of me. “So, are you an atheist, then?”

That made me cock my head and continue to frown. “Are those my two choices? Baptist or atheist?”

“No, of course not,” she said with the tiniest chuckle of amusement, “but the first one will get you nowhere with me, while the other one will get you to home plate.”

*crickets chirping*

“Say something, sport, or close your mouth before you catch a fly.”

The only thing I could think of to say was, “This is the most unusual conversation I’ve ever had with anybody.”

“You don’t get around much, then, do you?”

I picked up a pen. “I’m just going to fill out these forms while I get my bearings.”

She turned back to her keyboard, started batting at the keys. “Fine with me. I’ll be here all day.”

baptist or atheist | 8:03 am CDT
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,954,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 275,179 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,283,929 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 26,957 more than this time yesterday. 77,180 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 1,510 more than this time yesterday.

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Friday, May 8th, 2020

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

In Wisconsin, they tested 106,855 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.84%), and found 9,590 confirmed cases (8.97% of those tested), 465 more than yesterday, and 384 deaths (4.00% of confirmed), 10 more than yesterday.

In Brown County, they tested 7,453 people out of a population of 264,542 (2.82%), and found 1,777 confirmed cases (2.38% of those tested), 71 more than yesterday, and a total of 13 deaths (0.73% of confirmed), 1 more than yesterday.

In Dane County, they tested 13,847 people out of a population of 546,695 (2.53%), and found 455 confirmed cases (3.29% of those tested), 8 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths (4.84% of confirmed), no more than this time yesterday. The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, they tested 23,350 people out of a population of 945,726 (2.47%), and found 3,722 confirmed cases (1.59% of those tested), 104 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 219 deaths (5.88% of confirmed), 7 more than this time yesterday.

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

There were 3,862,174 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 269,881 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,256,972 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 28,363 more than this time yesterday. 75,670 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,239 more than this time yesterday.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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

In Wisconsin there were 9,125 confirmed cases, 314 more than yesterday, and 374 deaths, 12 more than yesterday.

In Brown County there were 1,706 confirmed cases, 53 more than yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, 1 more than yesterday.

In Dane County there were 447 confirmed cases, 2 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

In Milwaukee County there were 3,573 confirmed cases, 104 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 212 deaths, 8 more than this time yesterday.

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

There were 3,769,150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 264,111 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,228,609 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 24,134 more than this time yesterday. 73,431 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,353 more than this time yesterday.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

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

There were 3,680,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 257,818 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,204,475 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 23,841 more than this time yesterday. 71,078 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,144 more than this time yesterday.

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

In Wisconsin there were 8,901 confirmed cases, 335 more than this time yesterday, and 362 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

In Brown County there were 1,653 confirmed cases, 108 more than yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, 2 more than yesterday.

In Milwaukee County there were 3,469 confirmed cases, 116 more than yesterday, and a total of 204 deaths, 3 more than yesterday.

In Dane County there were 445 confirmed cases, 2 more than yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,830 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 28.40%), raising the total number of people tested to 92,533 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.59%).

  • 330 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 17.58%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 8,566 (9.26% of all tested).
  • 13 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 1,300%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 353 (4.12% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 567 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 76.19%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,722 out of a population of 264,542 (2.16%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 7.22%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,545 (27.00% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 300%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 9 (0.58% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 352 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 17.90%), raising the total number of people tested to 12,577 out of a population of 546,695 (2.30%).

  • 2 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 60%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 443 (3.52% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.96% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 492 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 15.45%), raising the total number of people tested to 20,576 out of a population of 945,726 (2.18%).

  • 57 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 8.77%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,353 (16.30% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 600%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 201 (5.99% of all confirmed).
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George Takei shot me in the face last night. (This was in a dream. Obviously.) I was in one of those countries where they beat you with a cane for saying “shit,” and apparently I had done something pretty egregious because I was required to clean all the barnacles off the hull of a sailboat and then George came to wherever I was being held and he had to point a revolver with one bullet in it, Russian-roulette style, at my face and pull the trigger. The first time I was like, Okay, whatever I have to do to get out of here. The second time I was a little nervous, not gonna lie. The third time he took me outside, just for a change, I guess, and I said, Can we do this after lunch? I need a break. He was okay with that. I woke up before he came back to shoot me in the face a third time. Dreams are so weird.

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

There were 3,600,106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 251,898 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,180,634 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 22,293 more than this time yesterday. 68,934 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,248 more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 2,742 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 0.40%), raising the total number of people tested to 88,703 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.52%).

  • 272 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 10.53%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 8,236 (9.28% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported (a decrease of 80.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 340 (4.13% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 135 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 32.84%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,155 out of a population of 264,542 (1.95%).

  • 90 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 4.44%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,448 (28.09% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.41% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 289 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 0.69%), raising the total number of people tested to 12,225 out of a population of 546,695 (2.24%).

  • 5 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 40%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 441 (3.61% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.99% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 416 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 35.30%), raising the total number of people tested to 20,084 out of a population of 945,726 (2.12%).

  • 52 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 46.40%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,296 (16.41% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 195 (5.92% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,523,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 247,752 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,158,341 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 25,272 more than this time yesterday. 67,686 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,301 more than this time yesterday.

18,925 deaths – 28 percent of the total number in the U.S. – were in New York city.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Neil Gaiman interviews N.K. Jemisin, 5/2/2020

Gaiman: Back in 2014, I was in Jordan in a Syrian refugee camp – I was talking to the refugees about what made them flee their homes, what made them flee their cities. In order to get to those camps, they had to cross a desert where there would be people shooting at them, where they would cross the bodies of people who had failed to make the journey. Some of them had come all the way across Syria during a civil war. I would ask them what had happened. My realization, which was slow in coming, was how incredibly fragile civilization is. We see a city and we see something immutable, we see something really solid. Then I would talk to these people and they would say, “The tanks ran through our village.” If you drive a tank through a village, everything underneath the tank in the road is destroyed, which includes the water main, so now your village has no water. All it took was a few bombs, a few land mines in the farmer’s field, and now the farmer’s aren’t farming. And very soon they’re getting permission to eat cats and dogs from their religious leaders, and then they run out of cats and dogs.

Jemisin: The part of it that’s most fragile, I think, [are] connections between people, where people are looking out for each other and willing to take risks for each other. That’s what’s kind of being eroded here in the United States right now. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to put those webs back together. Within the city, they’re still pretty much still in place, but there are cracks starting to show. Things like the concept of a nation, or the concept of a group of people being one people are actually really easy to separate and fission off, and we’ve got some parties actively engaged in trying to do that. That’s the part that I was not prepared for. That’s the part science fiction didn’t help me with. Science fiction was all about, When the plague comes, the U.S. will come together and try to fight it.

Gaiman: That, to me, has been the most amazing part. The one bit that I could never have predicted was the levels of idiocy and incompetence and the strange, sad shit show. I would’ve gone, Okay, well, there will be a pandemic, therefore all of the grownups will step up and they will do the right things. That is what grownups do. The only reason they wouldn’t is if we were writing some kind of satire intended to point out the foolishness of people, but even in that we would expect them to come together under the umbrella of sanity, in the end.

Jemisin: And the incompetent people would eventually be deposed by the heroes, and the heroes would be the grownups. Then the grownups would take over and everything would get better, and there would be a nice period of I-told-you-so when the heroes got to tell the incompetents, What were you thinking? Then we would see them all brought to justice – no, none of that’s happening here. And honestly, at the moment that the U.S. is in right now, I have some despair of it ever happening, or the justice part of it ever happening.

Gaiman: One of the things that I’ve always said is that life doesn’t have to be convincing; science fiction does. Had we written this, I don’t think you could’ve written the complete chaos, getting to the point where states are randomly coming out of lockdown.

Jemisin: I don’t think anybody was expecting the states to have to guard their stashes of PPE from the federal government, either, for fear that the feds would come steal it. Good grief! None of this makes any sense! This is all bad writing! We’re living in a really badly-written season of “COVID-19.”

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

In all of Wisconsin, 2,731 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 18.48%), raising the total number of people tested to 85,961 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.48%).

  • 304 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 12.14%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 7,964 (9.26% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 28.57%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 339 (4.26% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 201 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 54.00%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,020 out of a population of 264,542 (1.90%).

  • 86 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 11.34%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,358 (27.05% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.44% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 291 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 24.89%), raising the total number of people tested to 11,936 out of a population of 546,695 (2.18%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 436 (3.65% 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 (5.05% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 643 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 5.99%), raising the total number of people tested to 19,668 out of a population of 945,726 (2.08%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 5.83%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,244 (16.49% of all tested).
  • 4 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 20.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 195 (6.01% of all confirmed).
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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.

jhu update #31 | 6:06 am CDT
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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.

dead rabbit | 1:46 pm CDT
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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.

jhu update #30 | 6:23 am CDT
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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.

cool parents | 4:26 pm CDT
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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.

jhu update #29 | 6:06 am CDT
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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

trumpoem #10 | 12:52 pm CDT
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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.

dead batt | 6:43 am CDT
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