J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, transphobia, Rolling Stones


British author J.K. Rowling, well-known for her Harry Potter books, recently came also in the news because of transphobic views.

This 16 September 2020 musical parody video from Britain says about itself:

The Rowling Stones – You Can’t Ever Be What You Want

J. K. Rowling’s Rolling Stones tribute band.

Coronavirus disaster in Britain, update


This 22 September 2020 video says about itself:

Europe’s COVID-19 crisis surges

Countries across Europe are declaring health emergencies as coronavirus cases rise.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports from London.

This is how COVID-19 is spreading in the U.K. right now.

UK COULD SEE 50,000 COVID CASES A DAY WITHIN WEEKS Britain could see 50,000 daily cases of COVID-19 by mid-October and 200 deaths a day by mid-November if the current rate of infection is not halted, Chief Scientific Officer Patrick Vallance said at a public briefing. The news comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that a second wave “is coming” to the U.K. Last week, the R0 rate of the virus, which shows whether the pandemic is growing, jumped to between 1.1 and 1.4. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the country would not return to the full lockdown seen in March. [HuffPost]

The U.K.’s doubling coronavirus cases mean Boris Johnson can’t wake up from his COVID-19 nightmare.

Editorial: We need a zero-Covid strategy – the government must be made to change course: here.

Covid deaths to reach more than 200 per day as Britain heads in the ‘wrong direction’: here.

Neoliberal governments letting coronavirus ‘run amok’, charges Diane Abbott, Labour MP.

Labour publishes ‘file of failure’ detailing Tory mismanagement of £3.9bn during Covid crisis: here.

The government is to blame for the second wave. The government’s complacency, recklessness and utter incompetence have brewed a perfect storm for the virus, argues ZARAH SULTANA.

USA: INFAMOUS COVID-19 DENIER ‘WORKS FOR DR. FAUCI’ A public relations official in Dr. Anthony Fauci’s office has been writing under a pseudonym for the right-wing website RedState, where he pushes disinformation about COVID-19, according to an investigation by The Daily Beast. The official is Bill Crews, an employee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 2007. But he reportedly goes by “streiff” on Twitter and RedState, where he is secretly the managing editor. [HuffPost]