Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Thirty Nine

Surviving C-19 Day 39
May 9, 2020 8:45 AM
109 Days since first US infection

Global Infected                 3,864,696                             3,959,249
Increase Infected            92,329                                   94,553

Global Dead                       270,020                 275,328
Increase Dead                   5,861                                    5,308

US Infected 1,256,972 1,283,929
Increase Infected 28,363 26,957

US Dead                              75,670                                   77,180
Increase Dead                   2,239                                     1,510

1,514 Drowned in the sinking of the RMS Titanic (North Atlantic, 15 April 1912)
We are at 50.97 Titanics . . . and counting.

Let’s check those canaries . . .
In Montana, #43 most populous, was 456 and is now 458 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected, an increase of 2 cases (0 yesterday)

In Alaska, #48 most populous, was 374 and is now 377 of 731,545 confirmed infected, an increase of 3 cases (1 yesterday)

In South Dakota, #46 most populous, was 2906 and is now 3145 of 884,659 confirmed infected, an increase of 239 cases (126 yesterday)

In Minnesota, #22 most populous, was 9,365 and is now 10,088 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, an increase of 723 cases (786 yesterday)

In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, was 4,330 and is now 4,424 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, an increase of 94 cases (128 yesterday)

In Tennessee, #16 most populous, was 14,096 and is now 14,441 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected an increase of 345 cases (158 yesterday)

In Mississippi, #34 most populous, was 8,686 and is now 9,783 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected an increase of 1097 cases (262 yesterday)

In Georgia, #8 most populous, was 31,603 and is now 32,181 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, an increase of 578 cases (857 yesterday)

In South Carolina, #23 most populous, was 7,142 and is now 7,367 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, an infected increase of 225 cases (206 yesterday)

In Texas, #2 most populous, was 36,047 and is now 37,246 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, an increase of 1,199 (1,119 yesterday)

It is not hard to see that the numbers are still going up, not down, certainly not down for 14 days straight like the WH guidelines indicated was necessary for ‘opening up’.  There is a bit of wobble, which is normal, but the trend is strongly up, up, up . . .
“Up, Up, and away, in my beautiful, my beautiful Covid!”

Sorry, channeling my mother’s love of the Lettermen into a horrid parody of our plight.  A titanic level event daily is not something to say “it will go away” about, it is something to show the American people that you are on the job, working hard for their safety, daily.  Instead we have a denier in chief who holds the world record for waffling.

Morning Legacy Headlines

WHO says animal markets like in Wuhan should not be shut down
‘I’ll bring it back’: Record U.S. unemployment threatens Trump’s re-election bid
More than 1,000 queue for food in rich Geneva amid coronavirus shutdown
Killer heat and humidity combination not experienced before is becoming more common
‘It happened all at once’: Tara Reade details assault claim against Joe Biden in Megyn Kelly interview
Seoul closes down bars and clubs in wake of new coronavirus cluster
All UK arrivals ‘will have to self-isolate for 14 days’
IMF warns of further drop in global growth due to Covid-19
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surges, Bolsonaro readies troops
Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant has tested positive for coronavirus
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza pulled from UFC 249 fight card after testing positive for coronavirus
US blocks vote on UN’s bid for global ceasefire over reference to WHO
Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June
Three nurses murdered in Mexico as coronavirus reaches peak transmission
Roy Horn of Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy dead at 75 from coronavirus
Women’s soccer players ask for equal pay appeal, trial delay
Anti-Viral Drug Trio Found To Shorten COVID-19 Illness In Mild Cases: Study
Vanessa Bryant files legal action over unauthorized photos of crash scene
Trump Administration Buries Detailed CDC Advice on Reopening
Trump Says Coronavirus Could Go Away Without a Vaccine
Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against Lori Loughlin in college admissions scandal
AI researcher removed grammar tools to make software understand Trump
‘Never give up, never despair’: the Queen’s VE Day message
5 reasons why you shouldn’t freak out about 20.5M job losses
Venezuela charges two former US soldiers with terrorism and conspiracy
Apple to reopen stores in US starting next week
Spanish Cat Who Died of Pre-existing Respiratory Condition Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Hidden Toll: Mexico Ignores Wave of Coronavirus Deaths in Capital
Italian death toll tops 30,000, highest in EU
VP Pence’s press secretary tests positive for coronavirus

“Can’t decipher Trump-speak? Meet Margaret, the computer bot”

“Bill Frischling’s moment of inspiration came three years ago, when Margaret, his artificial intelligence bot, tried to transcribe a 127-word section of a speech by President Trump.  The passage, ostensibly commemorating a World War II battle, careened wildly. Trump shifted verb tenses and subjects without warning. Syntax was tortured and conjunctions collided. He added sub-clause to sub-clause, parenthetical to parenthetical, preposition to preposition, by the time Trump mentioned winning for the fourth time, Margaret crashed.

“It was still trying to punctuate it like it was English, versus trying to punctuate it like it was Trump,” Frischling recalled.  So Frischling rebooted. He hired a computer expert with a PhD in machine punctuation to unteach Margaret normal grammar and syntax — and teach it to decipher Trump-speak instead. 

Today Margaret better understands Trump’s speech patterns, and more importantly, better understands Trump — his tics, his tells, his tendencies and habits — than perhaps many Americans do. Margaret — named for a character on the TV series “The West Wing” who can forge the president’s signature — doesn’t cheer, jeer or change the channel. It simply analyzes every word Trump says, and how he says them, deploying algorithms to glean insight into the president’s erratic nature from a database that stretches back more than four decades. Among Margaret’s discoveries: Trump’s ability to fast-talk through an obvious falsehood is a sign that he is unbothered.

“Most people, when they’re not telling the truth, are not more comfortable. They’re less comfortable,” said Frischling, 48, a self-taught coder who is working from home in Great Falls, Va., during the pandemic. “He is more comfortable.”–La Times

Afternoon Legacy Headlines

Ramadan acts of faith seen during COVID-19
America’s small businesses try to pick up the pieces
Vice president’s press secretary tests positive for COVID-19
Jobless rate surges Great Depression levels
Siblings live in AirBNB to care for mother with COVID-19
Stimulus in India: how to keep the world’s biggest film industry afloat?
Look at Paris on eve of lockdown and before easing
Cuomo: NY to expand virus testing for minorities
Children die from syndrome possibly linked to virus
Graham: Don’t need funds meant for WHO
Barred from public weddings, couples take to lawns
US filmmaker tracks lives lost during pandemic
Calif. to offer Nov. mail in ballots to all voters
Russia swaps Victory Day parade for air show
Coronavirus in the UK: The first 100 days
How coronavirus brought one community together
Personal valet to Trump tests positive for coronavirus
Pulitzer-winning photos shows Kashmir’s lockdown before coronavirus
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus
Cuomo announces new testing centers in low-income communities
Trump confirms Pence’s press secretary has tested positive for coronavirus
U.S. loses record 20.5 million jobs in April
Coronavirus in Navajo Nation
Smerconish lays out Covid-19’s deadly toll on the US economy
Alex Rodriguez on when baseball could be back in the US
New study raises question: Can coronavirus spread through sex?
Trump questions ‘whole concept of tests.’ See Gupta’s reaction
Two children die in NY after experiencing ‘very rare’ syndrome that may be linked to coronavirus
States paid millions for coronavirus supplies that never arrived
‘Mourning In America’ Ad Sets Off Trump Rage Tweeting
Tucker: Adam Schiff should resign
What to expect from Dr. Fauci’s upcoming Senate testimony
Coronavirus concerns at White House grow as staffers test positive
Ben Carson: This economic crisis was ‘intentional’
China should pay reparations to the U.S.: Rep. Jeff Van Drew
New Bill Aims To Help Vulnerable Communities Of Color Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak
Happy Birthday Oliver And Henry! Welcome!
Governor’s Back-To-Business Zeal Leaves Public Less Informed, Less Safe
Trump Admin Oddly Eager To Laud Iowa As COVID-19 Crisis Worsens
Map Shows Even ‘Regular People’ Can’t Avoid Coronavirus Spread
Jon Meacham: America Needs A Marshall Plan For Life After COVID-19
A Catastrophe Of Unemployment Across The United States’
Unease At Trump White House After Its Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case
Trump Claims Without Evidence COVID-19 Will Go Away Without A Vaccine
Psychologist: ‘Each Person Is Suffering In Their Own Way’
Economist Explains Why Solving Health Crisis Is Key To Restarting Economy
Laurie Garrett: ‘Testing Alone’ Isn’t Enough To Protect Against Covid-19
Signs Of Change Inside A Hard-Hit Italian Hospital As Nation Begins To Reopen
3 New York Children Die Of Mystery Illness Believed To be Linked To COVID19
Cuomo Announces Expansion Of Testing In Minority Communities
In Venice, hopes for another rebirth after the coronavirus outbreak
Why the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the meat supply chain
Trump officials ignore social distancing – before Trump observes them

Maine infected                 1,374                                     1,408
Increase Infected            44                                           34

Maine Dead                       63                                           64
Increase Dead                   1                                              1

While I worked the day away in isolation, another Mainer died and 34 more were drafted.

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