News and other Things I’ve found interesting April 27th 2020

Just another Monday – still sheltering in place. Still have a busted unfixed bike in garage. And little food in the house. But hey don’t show kindness and select that donation text to show thanks for my work over the years.

Amtrak Invests $2.4 Billion for Next-Gen High-Speed Trainsets and Infrastructure Upgrades – Amtrak Media

Here are the current Amtrak trainsets being replaced with that manufacturing order.

Amtrak Acela Express day and night Union Station Washington DC

New Amtrak CEO William Flynn on What a Post-Covid-19 Railroad Might Look Like

Judges Agree That Cannabis Odor Doesn’t Justify Police Searches

Boston Dynamics gives hospital robot tech to the open source community

Fans are freaking out over Dolly Parton producing ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Michael Jordan once dragged Dennis Rodman out of bed as Carmen Electra hid

There’s a lot more to the Dennis Rodman-Carmen Electra bed story

‘Where’s Dennis?’: Carmen Electra recalls wild times with ‘The Last Dance’s’ Rodman

Planters’ Mr. Peanut May Have Been Reborn as Baby Nut—But He Won’t Stay That Way Forever

Hamilton Bohannon (1942–2020), disco legend known for “Let’s Start the Dance”

Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance (Original 12 Inch V)

Bohannon – Foot Stompin Music

Jerry Bishop (1935 – 2020), longtime “Judge Judy” announcer

Ken Walibora: How Kenya’s ‘king’ of Swahili writing inspired me

Supreme Court rules government must pay billions to Obamacare insurers

Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen, Trump Decides

BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, pledges unlimited bond buying

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un rumored to be dead, brain-dead or just fine

Kim Jong Un’s potential successors include powerful sister Kim Yo Jong

Panic buying grips North Korea amid rumors of Kim Jong Un’s demise

Amid mounting speculation, South Korea says Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’

Perspective | Is the talk about Kim Jong Un being sick — or worse — true? Pyongyang is abuzz, too.

US monitoring intelligence that North Korean leader is in grave danger after surgery

South Korean officials call for caution amid reports that Kim Jong Un is ill

South Korea Confident That Rumors of Kim Jong-un Illness Are Wrong

Kim Jong Un has a long family history of heart disease, diabetes

North Korean media offers Kim Jong Un letter as proof he’s still alive

Train likely owned by Kim Jong Un untouched for nearly week: satellite images

Should women be eligible for US military draft?

Conscription Drafting of women

NHS rejects Apple-Google coronavirus app plan

Apple and Google tweak key bits of contact-tracing privacy plan

Coronavirus: New Zealand claims no community cases as lockdown eases

Washington Post sues State Department over coronavirus cables

Man busted in Spain for taking goldfish for a walk during lockdown

Social distancing in 100 square feet: Hong Kong’s cage homes are almost impossible to self-isolate in

Coronavirus: Thousands flock to beaches in California despite stay-at-home orders

Sunak unveils 100% state-backed loans for small firms

Despite coronavirus, many flock to Orange and Ventura county beaches to beat the heat

Coronavirus alert: Rare syndrome seen in UK children

Coronavirus: North Yorkshire day-trippers ‘ignore’ rules

El Salvador’s jails: Where social distancing is impossible

Miami goes seven weeks without a homicide for first time since 1957

Coronavirus: The US resistance to a continued lockdown

Coronavirus: Johnson clear there will be no sudden nirvana

If ‘now is not the time’ to commit to a coronavirus inquiry, then when?

Jack Ma: The billionaire trying to stop coronavirus (and fix China’s reputation)

Vivo overtakes Samsung in Indian smartphone sales

The coronavirus crisis puts telcos back on the map as strategic providers

‘The food supply chain is breaking,’ Tyson says as plants close

Bill Gates explains how the United States can safely ease coronavirus restrictions

We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing Us

Tom Moore: Special postmark to celebrate 100th birthday of inspirational NHS fundraiser

This Florida Student Was Accepted at All 8 Ivy League Schools

Sen. Cotton says Chinese students shouldn’t be allowed to study science in US

Coronavirus: Dartmoor Zoo saved from imminent closure after ‘phenomenal’ flood of donations

3 million coronavirus cases have now been reported worldwide

Nonprofit opens Illinois site to clean masks amid pandemic

Countries and companies risk billions in race for coronavirus vaccine

Many failures combined to unleash death on Italy’s Lombardy

Two ER doctors log their days, one month into the city’s coronavirus crisis. “For the First Time in My Life, Going to Work Scares Me”

Column: In the coronavirus crisis, California isn’t under one-party rule, it’s under one-man rule

How to simultaneously use two WhatsApp numbers on your phone

The IRS is telling 10,000 ‘mission-critical’ employees to bring their own face masks while calling them back to work this week

The auto industry’s fight with the FCC over ‘vehicle-to-everything’ communication is heating up

Security fears, political tensions souring China’s relations with Central Europe

Iraq: Oil dispute reignites between Baghdad and Kurdistan

Virgin Atlantic explores deal with outside investors as it struggles with coronavirus disruptions

Food stamp need soars in Missouri as job losses mount during pandemic

A look back at how the Lake of the Ozarks got its start

Parks in St. Louis County will reopen ‘soon,’ county executive says

SSM Health, seeing far fewer patients, furloughs 2,000 employees

Virus cases keep climbing as St. Louis region reaches possible peak for hospitalizations