Talking heads on TV
It was a day of press conferences, meetings and inquisitions on the teevee news — or whatever screen upon which you happened to be watching.
We had Attorney General Bill Barr perform a spectacular piece of gaslighting in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
We had Gov. Roy Cooper at a presser announce a statewide order to cut off alcohol sales at 11 p.m. beginning Friday evening — this is in restaurants and breweries, not grocery stores or convenience stores.
And we had a Guilford County schools live presentation of the 2020 reopening plan. The link is to the PowerPoint of that plan.
Some other stuff happened too.
- The Carolina Classic Fair, formerly known as the Dixie Classic, has been canceled. It was scheduled for Oct. 2-11.
- North Carolina is one of 21 “red zone” states that need to impose more restrictions, according to the federal coronavirus task force. This is directly due to the numbers.
- An average day in North Carolina means 1,749 new cases, making 116,087 total diagnoses, of which at least 92,302 have recovered and 1,820 have died.
- Guilford County has 4,837 total diagnoses, with 184 new ones today; 2,541 (52.53 percent) have recovered and 136 (2.81 percent) have died. Of the remaining 2,160 cases, 457 (21.15 percent) are hospitalized.
- Forsyth County reports 4,654 total cases today, with 3,093 recuperations (66.45 percent) and 44 deaths (0.95 percent). There are 1,517 active cases.
Americans of a certain age might remember the shady legacy of Max Headroom, a strange pop-culture figure from the 1980s who emerged from Britain, a fake AI played by actor Matt Frewer who claimed to come from the future, albeit just 20 minutes into it. Ut was a British talk show, then it was a made-for-TV movie; he was in a Coke commercial, parodied in Doonesbury and was featured in a video game on the Commodore 64. Here’s the TV movie, from the perfect talking head.
- Tonight’s featured image is a “The Burial of Punchinello,” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, part of a series from around 1800. Taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s public-domain collection.
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