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Yesterday, Florida COVID-19 case data were suddenly altered, including all past data.

I just entered yesterday's reported number of cases in my running spreadsheet and was surprised to find that my calculated daily number of new cases, which up to now has always agreed with theirs, comes out to -5,798 (that is, minus 5,798). I compared my own recorded past data to their currently displayed data going all the way back to when I began keeping track last March, and found that all of it had been altered and now shows a lower number of total cases. They didn't just switch to a new way of determining the number of cases, they went back in time and changed the previous data!

I searched the web for an explanation and found it here and here, but so far The COVID Tracking Project says nothing about it. This change will make it more difficult to spot trends and construct meaningful graphs.

It feels a bit creepy to see this, especially for someone like me who has read 1984 by George Orwell. "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

Trump supporter wreaks havoc with a stolen bulldozer - a precursor of madness to come?

A Florida man stole a bulldozer, knocked down a fence and stole Biden signs, police said

Residents in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Haines City, Fla., knew something was off on Saturday when they saw a young White man driving a bulldozer on the street. As he made his way down the block, the man began running over every lawn sign in sight supporting Joe Biden.

“This man came onto my property, took the two Joe Biden signs I had in my yard and then came back with a bulldozer to run down my fence,” Adam Burgess, a local homeowner, told Bay News 9.

The man, later identified by police as 26-year-old James Blight, was charged with grand theft auto and trespassing, according to the outlet.

The incident in Florida is the latest example of increased tensions days before the election, as yard signs and other public proclamations of support for either presidential candidate have become a point of contention — and have occasionally led to violence.


Haines City is about 40 miles southwest of Orlando and 70 miles south of The Villages. I hope we'll be safer down here in South Florida.

P.S. - It's interesting that "Black" and "White" are capitalized in this WaPo article.

A question about Georgia's two senate races

Kamala Harris talked about each of the Democratic candidates for the two Georgia Senate seats and said with emphasis, "and those are six-year terms!"

That's incorrect, isn't it? My understanding is that the term of the winner of the special election, hopefully Raphael Warnock, will end on January 3, 2023.

What did Pilate mean by "What is truth?"

John 18:37-38

Daily new cases are higher than EVER! Should this FACT be aggressively displayed at polling places?


On the downside, displaying the perfectly innocent and truthful message that daily new cases are higher than they've ever been before might prompt some voters to turn around and go back home, which would oppose the consensus among Democrats that everyone should be encouraged to vote.

On the upside, the message would no doubt save lives if displayed to people waiting to vote. Signs could warn everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing because the COVID-19 virus is currently spreading faster than ever before.

As a bonus, of course, it would inform everyone that Trump's claim that we're "rounding the corner" is an outright LIE! As long as the signs display no overt political preference the Republicans would be damned if they complain about and try to suppress them and damned if they don't.

Is this a good idea? Should folks across the country show up at polling places with these politically neutral warning signs?

Maybe a not-blue and not-red color would be best. Perhaps something like this:

Trump said he "played it down" to not create a panic. I think he meant a stock market panic.

The Trump quote from Bob Woodward is “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.” I wonder how many people read that to mean a panic among the general population, i.e. people fearing for their lives.

I don't think that's what Trump meant. I think he meant that he worried about the effect a truthful announcement about COVID-19 would have on the stock market. Does that sound plausible?

Two decades after the movie Strange Days takes place, reality offers us much stranger days.

“The next 6 to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic,” expert says

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that "the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic.”

Vaccines won’t be available “in any meaningful way” until the third quarter of next year, he said – and even when they are, half the US population is skeptical of even taking one.

Meanwhile, in a couple of weeks we'll learn whether or not our nation has collectively gone insane.

Strange Days

Trump finally begins to exhibit a keen perception of the obvious.

Politico: Trump starts to articulate a painful reality: He could lose in 2020

Just weeks from Election Day, President Donald Trump is saying the quiet part out loud about his own campaign. The president is crisscrossing the country with a packed schedule, flying to some states he won handily in 2016, to deliver a final pitch for a second term — and making no secret of his own shaky standing.

But as CNN points out: If the President loses the election, he would be vulnerable to multiple investigations and lawsuits that his office has so far protected him from.

The Politico article continues:

“Could you imagine if I lose?” Trump said Friday evening at a campaign rally in Macon, Ga. “My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say, 'I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.' I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”

Trump may have revealed his backup plan. He has a lot of classified information to offer any nation he approaches for refuge, so it would be in our national interest to see that he doesn't get away. When Joe Biden assumes office perhaps he should immediately take action to ensure that Trump's passport is revoked.

Mitt Romney finds a way to feel superior to both.

Mitt Romney reprimands Trump, Democrats for 'vile' and 'hate-filled' politics

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he is "troubled" by the state of American politics today, calling on leaders from both sides of the aisle to "tone it down."

"I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter. "But I'm troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation – let alone the birthplace of modern democracy."

The Utah senator criticized President Donald Trump for divisive rhetoric, Democrats like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for ripping up the president's speech after the State of the Union address earlier this year, and figures in the media he claimed "amplify all of it."


Joe Biden will be in Pembroke Pines and Miramar, Florida, on Tuesday, but where?

I live in Pembroke Pines but I can't find any info about where he's going to be and when. How does that work? Do they keep it secret until the last minute for security reasons or something?


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