Coronavirus pandemic disaster update


This 28 December 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Fired Amazon Worker: Puke & Go Back to Work Became the Amazon Way Amid Pandemic

Independent photojournalist Jon Farina covered a protest outside Jeff Bezos’ penthouse NYC apartment on December 23rd, 2020. In this clip, fired Amazon worker Christian Smalls reveals Amazon’s awful treatment of workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vaccine doesn’t necessarily stop you spreading the virus.

DECEMBER SEES HIGHEST COVID-19 DEATH TOLL December marked the deadliest month in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic began, with more than 63,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded nationwide during the month so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. April held the previous monthly record for the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, with at least 55,000 reported. [HuffPost]

L.A. TESTING FOR DANGEROUS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT Los Angeles health officials are testing for the new coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K. as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in California. “I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s already here,” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease professor at UCSF School of Medicine, told ABC-7 News. The variant, which researchers have determined is approximately 56% more contagious than other strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has already jumped from Britain to several European nations. [HuffPost]

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths worldwide reach record highs “The next 100,000 deaths are baked in,” said Biden coronavirus advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande to CNBC.

Israel has vaccinated over 10 times more of its population than the US.

Study says Britain must vaccinate two million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave: here.

English Ramonas concerts in Europe


This 27 December 2020 music video by the all-women band the Ramonas from Brighton, England says about itself:

The RamonasKé Futuro [Online Festival [originally from Ecuador] stream]

If you missed our set for Ké Futuro’s online festival you can watch again here!

For our slot, we decided to compile live footage from our shows in Germany and France as a reminder of some good times on the road. We can’t wait to get back to it when everything resumes! Stay safe and keep pogoing!

Songs: The Ramones covers California Sun, Surfing Bird, I believe in miracles, 53rd and 3d, Now I wanna sniff some glue. Then, two of their own compositions, the second one is Broke. Finally, the Ramones covers Pinhead, Chinese Rocks, and Sheena is a Punk Rocker.

Pleistocene frozen wolf pup discovery in Canada


This 22 December 2020 video from Canada is called What scientists have learned about mummified wolf pup from the ice age.

From the BBC, 22 December 2020:

A wolf cub that was found mummified in northern Canada lived at least 56,000 years ago, scientists say.

Hidden in permafrost for tens of thousands of years, the female cub was discovered by a gold miner near Dawson city in Yukon territory in 2016.

She has since been named Zhur, meaning wolf, by the local Tr’ondek Hwech’in people.

Scientists now say the cub, of which the hide, hair and teeth are intact, is “the most complete wolf mummy known”.

“She’s basically 100% intact – all that’s missing are her eyes,” lead author Professor Julie Meachen, a paleontologist and professor of anatomy at Des Moines University in Iowa, told the EurekAlert! science news website.

Using a variety of techniques, the team was able to determine many aspects of the cub’s life, from her age and diet to a probable cause of death.

The findings, published in the Current Biology journal on Monday, show the cub and her mother had eaten “aquatic resources”, including fish such as salmon.

Punk in Europe and women


This video series is called Women at Their Best: Female-fronted Punk, Post-punk, etc.

After the earlier presentations on 18 December 2020, the day about Europe of the international Punk Scholars Network conference on the internet, came a panel about punk and women in Europe.

First came a keynote speech by Laura Way – Punk, Gender and Ageing: Just Typical Girls? She has published here on that subject. She concludes that punk women, when growing older like everyone else, usually don’t ‘grow out of’ being punk.

Then came Louise Barrière on The German Ladyfest Scene and Its Venues: A Feminist Understanding of Self-Managed Leisure Collective Activities, and Inter-Generational Activist Solidarities. Ms Barrière writes a PhD thesis including histories of venues in Germany. Like SO36 in Berlin, where in 1980 British band Zounds and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty played along with German bands. In 2003, Ladyfests started in Germany, inspired by the 1990s Riotgrrl movement among United States hardcore punk women. Ladyfests promote concerts with bands with significant female participation. Usually, Ladyfest audiences are bigger in Germany than in France.

Finally, Katharina Alexi – Music and Activism: The New Feminist Movement of Punk (2010-2020), Right-Wing Populism and Punkriarchy. She noted that there are too many festivals where all bands are all-male. According to her, ever since 2010 there is a new movement of punk women, which does not have a name yet. Many of these newly emerging musicians consider themselves to be feminists. I might mention the Black British punk women of Big Joanie.

I should add that using or not using the label feminist does not always say everything. Eg, in 1970s-1980s Britain, women like Siouxsie Sioux, the Mo-dettes and the Slits supported women’s reproductive and other rights, but did not call themselves feminists, being opponents of labels. While United States Republican politician Sarah Palin, a Donald Trump supporter who favours banning abortion, does label herself a feminist.

Thanks, all organisers and presenters! The 2020 Punk Scholars Network conference was interesting and instructive. I certainly do not intend it to be my last PSN activity.

Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus


This 22 December 2020 video says about itself

The Triassic Reptile With “Two Faces”

Figuring out what this creature’s face actually looked like would take paleontologists years. But understanding this weird animal can help us shine a light on at least one way for ecosystems to bounce back from even the worst mass extinction.

Italian and Israeli punk, music videos


This January 2020 punk music video from Italy is called Call The Cops – Wasting My Time.

This June 2017 music video from Italy is Call the Cops – They Believe.

Adding to my recent blog posts on punk in Italy and in Israel, this post. Hat tips by Terry, bass/female lead vocals of Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, author of the four songs on this EP:

The Bologna, Italy band of the top videos, which toured the USA in 2017 are not the only ones called Call the Cops. According to Last.fm, there were/are at least three others: a California, USA electro-pop band; a class struggle punk rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, disbanded in 2007; and a band from Arizona.

The video below here is by a young band from Haifa, Israel; which was on tour with the Bologna Call the Cops in 2019.

The March 2019 video says about itself:

Akrabut – Hiroshima Palastina (Full Album)

(Recorded at Beit Alpha/Tel Aviv – Mix And Master By Gad Terrorfranca)

00:00 – Hayom Ve Lo Mahar 01:26 – Kluv 04:00 – 67 05:07 – Gardom 06:44 – Shin.Kuf.Resh 08:59 – Akrabut (Feat.Hala)

This is a 2018 live video of Akrabut.

Dutch war crimes in Afghanistan


This 18 November 2020 video says about itself:

Australia to release report into possible Afghanistan war crimes

Australia is all set to release a long-awaited report on the allegations of misconduct and possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

The report – to be released on Thursday – sums up a four-year inquiry into the allegations against Australian special forces.

Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage has been following the story from the Australian capital, Canberra.

Translated from Dutch daily Trouw, 23 December 2020:

A Dutch veteran tells how he shot at houses in the Afghan province of Uruzgan and possibly killed civilians. …

Hölzken says he was then ordered to shoot at two homes with a heavy machine gun … They saw people running from the second house, Hölzken was ordered to shoot at them, even though he reported seeing no weapons. According to the veteran, the Dutch were not shot at during the entire incident. “It was unjustifiable what we did that night,” he says.

Atlantic Wolffish of Maine, USA


This 6 December 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

In this new Blue World adventure, Jonathan takes Zach-Of-All-Trades on a dive in Eastport, Maine to meet Gene the World-Famous wolffish, and his next-door neighbors, Bob and Jane the Wolffish. Along the way they also examine the variety of marine life that lives in Passamaquoddy Bay!