Coronavirus disaster in the USA


This 18 February 2021 video from the USA says about itself:

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been caught in a potential cover-up! John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian break it down on The Damage Report.

FBI PROBES CUOMO COVER-UP The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, have reportedly begun a preliminary investigation into how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his coronavirus task force handled nursing home data during the COVID-19 pandemic. [HuffPost]

The COVID-19 death toll sent U.S. life expectancy plunging in 2020. Overall U.S. life expectancy declined by a year, the biggest drop since the 1940s: here.

United States soldiers spread COVID-19 in Ireland


This 17 April 2020 video says about itself:

Almost a thousand soldiers in US military infected with Coronavirus. US Army chief said that soldiers would continue to train …General James McConville said that the army needs to be ready to go to war. General James McConville, Chief of Staff of US Army, said, “As this morning, we’ve had 992 soldiers from all three components test positive for the COVID 19 virus.”

U.S. TROOPS BLOW OFF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS American officials have apologized to Irish leaders after U.S. military personnel ignored COVID-19 regulations when they landed at Shannon Airport late last month. The 48 service members, plus five crew members of the U.S. Navy C40A aircraft, skipped presenting required negative tests for COVID-19 when they landed. They then broke isolation during the night, leaving their Limerick hotel to buy food. [HuffPost]

US military troops travelling into Shannon breached Covid-19 rules. ‘Error on the US side’ meant troops failed to show negative PCR test before Limerick stay: here.

Young ‘mild’ COVID-19 patients still not recovered


This August 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

This 21-year-old went into organ failure after contracting COVID-19 — now he’s warning other young people to take the virus seriously (warning: distressing).

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today, about COVID-19 patients who didn’t go to hospitals as their infection was supposedly ‘mild’:

‘Recovery for tens of thousands means months of agony’

Months after their coronavirus infection, tens of thousands of Dutch people still have serious complaints, such as severe headaches, shortness of breath, anxiety attacks and heart complaints, the Algemeen Dagblad daily writes. Three quarters are women. “They are people who are fully engaged in life, often with a family,” says a lung specialist in the newspaper, “but now they all can’t cope anymore”.

The KNFG physiotherapy professional association estimates that physiotherapists treat approximately 28,000 former coronavirus patients. Of those, 54 percent are younger than 55 years.

Pioneer all-women punk band Lou’s biography updated


In this live music video, pioneer all-women punk band the Lou’s play No escape, in July 1978 in the Olympia in Paris, as support band of John Lydon (aka Rotten)’s band Public Image Ltd (PIL).

PIL liked the Lou’s so well that they also played twice with them in the Rainbow Theatre in London in December 1978.

Other bands with whom they played: eg, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sham 69, the Mekons and Subway Sect.

The Lou’s were three French women and Dutch drummer Saskia aka Sascha aka Syama de Jong.

In 1979 two of the Lou’s, Ms de Jong on drums and Raphaelle Devins on saxophone, joined London band Conflict. They played many concerts for Rock Against Racism.

In 1980 Sascha and Raphaelle went to Leiden in the Netherlands. Sascha de Jong founded the all-women Miami Beach Girls. Raphaelle joined the mixed-gender band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

The biography of the Lou’s on Last.fm was updated today.

COVID-19 disaster getting worse


This video stream is called [LIVE] Coronavirus Pandemic: Real-Time Dashboard, World Maps, Charts, News.

U.S. TOPS 25 MILLION CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a grim reminder of the continued rampage of the virus. The U.S. accounts for roughly one of every four cases reported worldwide and one of every five deaths. California now has its own variant, and 2 in 5 Americans now live in areas running out of ICU beds, thanks to COVID-19. [AP]

U.S. TO ESCALATE COVID-19 VARIANT TRACKING The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up efforts to track coronavirus mutations and keep vaccines and treatments effective against new variants until collective immunity is reached. Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke about the rapidly evolving virus during a Fox News Sunday interview as the number of Americans known to have died has passed 417,000 dead, just over a year after the first U.S. case was documented. [Reuters]

BIRX: TRUMP PEDDLED MISLEADING COVID INFO  Former White House coronavirus task force official Dr. Deborah Birx revealed that Trump used mysterious graphs during presentations on COVID-19 that she did not create, which provided selective, misleading data. “I know that someone — someone out there or someone inside — was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president,” she said. [HuffPost]

FAUCI REVEALS WHAT HE THOUGHT WHEN TRUMP SUGGESTED BLEACH Dr. Anthony Fauci described what he thought when Trump suggested a disinfectant like bleach as a potential treatment for COVID-19. “I just said, ‘Oh, my goodness gracious,’” he said on CNN. “I could just see what’s going to happen: You’re going to have people who hear that from the president and they’re going to start doing dangerous and foolish things.” [HuffPost]

I Work In A Coffee Shop In Montana. Anti-Maskers Have Made My Job Hell: here.

Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease. Exclusive: 75% of children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome are BAME: here.

AMERICANS CHEER TEACHERS UNIONS Most Americans continue to support the idea of teachers striking in response to school conditions they feel are unsafe, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they would strongly or somewhat support the idea, compared with 30% who said they would oppose it. The results largely mirror a September HuffPost/YouGov poll on the same issue. [HuffPost]

Teachers against teaching in COVID-infected schools


This 27 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

I’m 16 and went to the hospital twice for COVID-19. This is what it’s like l GMA Digital

Kaydee Asher filmed her experience with COVID-19. She said if it happened to her, it could happen to you.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, Sunday, January 24, 2021:

Majority of black teachers do not feel employers have addressed their Covid-19 risks, polls find

… Over half of the 500 BME teachers polled at the union’s black teachers consultation conference said that they are very worried about their safety on the full reopening of their workplace. A further 16 per cent say they do not feel at all safe.

Over a quarter said they feel racism has got worse in their workplace since the pandemic started.

Britain: School workers are up to seven times more likely to contract Covid-19: here.

Coronavirus disaster in the USA update


This 20 January 2020 video is called US deaths from COVID-19 surpass 400,000 as Trump leaves office.

U.S. HITS 400,000 COVID-19 DEATHS IN RECORD TIME 400,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. That’s more than 1 in 1,000 Americans dead from a disease that other countries have nearly eradicated. The death toll is equivalent to the entire population of New Orleans, Tampa or Tulsa, and then some. It’s over 10 times the number of Americans who died from influenza in the 2018-19 flu season. In terms of fatalities, it’s equivalent to 134 terrorist attacks on 9/11. [HuffPost]

FIRST INAUGURAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS TRUMP COVID FAILURE Just a half-mile from where President Donald Trump is spending his last night in the White House, rows of lights on the National Mall marked Joe Biden’s first inaugural event. At 5:33 p.m., 400 rectangular lights, each representing a thousand Americans dead of COVID-19, lit up on either side of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument as bells at the National Cathedral rang 400 times. [HuffPost]

Here’s the truth you aren’t hearing about COVID-19 ravaging my prison.

U.S. LETS SHADY SENATOR OFF THE HOOK The Department of Justice has reportedly ended its investigation into a series of stock trades made by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively clearing the lawmaker of any wrongdoing. Burr, then the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, first drew scrutiny in March after ProPublica reported he dumped hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions, of dollars in stock holdings in February. [HuffPost]

Trump coup attempt spread COVID-19


This 12 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down in a crowded room with other lawmakers during the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

JAYAPAL TESTS POSITIVE AFTER RIOT LOCKDOWN Less than a week after a Trump-fueled mob attacked the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to hide in a secured room, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Wash.) has tested positive for COVID-19. She tweeted: “I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.” [HuffPost]

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

TRUMP MOB’S MEN: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN A HuffPost investigation found that multiple men arrested for the U.S. Capitol insurrection have restraining orders against them over domestic violence accusations. Others have faced charges and served prison time for sexual assault. Experts have linked extremism to violent misogyny in recent years, especially in the wake of mass shootings in which the perpetrators had a history of violence against women. [HuffPost]

Polarisation in punk music, Siouxsie to Crass


This music video from England says about itself:

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Happy House (LYRICS ON SCREEN) 📺

This song is by Siouxsie and the Banshees and appears on the album Kaleidoscope (1980).

The lyrics of Happy House are sarcastic. as their author Siouxsie explained. They are about a house which is happy on the surface, but is not that happy below the surface.

These lyrics are an example of polarisation. Polarisation in a sense which is close to the original meaning of the word in physical science, of polarisation of light in a prism, different from how polarisation is often mentioned now in political discussions.

This 2013 video is called Prisms in Physics: Physics & Science Lessons.

Superficially, rays of light are white. However, when you pass those rays through a prism, they turns out to be not white, but various colours from red at one extreme to violet at the other extreme (the ultraviolet and infrared sides of light are not visible to the human eye).

When, about 1970, the word polarisation started to be used in Dutch politics, it was close to this physics meaning. To show that something that is superficially homogenous is in fact heterogeneous. One might expect the Dutch communist party using the word to denote that while superficially the interests of capitalists and workers were the same, in fact they were divergent. But not the communists used the word polarisation. It was liberal centre-left (more centrist than left) political party D66. Then, about half of Dutch MPs were in parties based on religion: a big Roman Catholic party and two big Protestant parties. D66 argued that in these three parties, common religion superficially united all party supporters. But under the surface, conservative and progressive tendencies within these parties diverged. By polarisation, subjecting the Christian parties to research by a prism, the superficial party unity might end.

Today, the word polarisation is often used in politics to denote artificially causing divisions and hatred. While originally, it is about showing that in fact there are divisions which already existed before the ‘prism’ showed them. Showing there is far less unity than there seems to be when one looks superficially.

In what way do punk song lyrics differ from other lyrics?

That ‘physical science-like’ definition of polarisation is evident in many punk music lyrics. Contrary to images of perfection and harmony, projected by television advertisements, politicians or religious leaders, these punk lyrics may confront such images with harsher realities.

According to research in Britain, in punk lyrics love and sex are mentioned three times less than in mainstream popular music. And political and social issues six times as much.

There is often polarisation in lyrics about political and social issues. I will show that in songs by various bands: the Ramones from the USA, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the UK Subs and Crass from Britain, and Cheap ‘n’ Nasty from the Netherlands. Bands representing often very different strands of where the worldwide post-1975 punk explosion went. But still, having in common writing realistic lyrics exposing real problems hiding under superficial harmony. What did not happen so often in pre-1977 mainstream popular music and ‘hippie’ lyrics, often depicting a seemingly harmonious world.

This 1977 live music video is the Ramones – We’re A Happy Family.

The lyrics describe a United States family which supposedly has every political and religious establishment approved reason to be happy: ‘I’m friends with the president, I’m friends with the pope‘. But under the surface, the officially straight father is gay, and the family depends financially on drug deals. Admitting both in public is anathema to the establishment. Polarisation lyrics.

This music video shows the 1979 song Icon by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Its lyrics are about religious leaders demanding that people give up their own eyes which can see reality for artificial eyes which whitewash reality. Artificial eyes sent by privileged people who profit financially (‘the guilt is golden’) from instilling feelings of guilt in common people.

This music video is called Siouxsie And The Banshees – Regal Zone (1981) Köln, Germany.

What Icon says about religious authorities, the song Regal zone says about political authorities. Especially royals, similar to the present crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Princes claim to act ‘for the good of the land’, while oppressing and torturing people.

This music video is the 1978 Crass song Angels.

The lyrics say:

The angels are on T.V. tonight, grey puke, celluloid shit.

The army have sent a mission to Ireland, just to see to it.

Kojac is on the streets again, grey puke, fucking shit.

The army say they seek peace in Ireland and they’ll see to it.

The first and third lines of this first verse are about fictional crime series on TV, Charlie’s Angels and Kojak, in which invariably the good guys win and the bad guys lose.

The second and fourth lines are about the reality of the British army fighting in Ireland, with human rights violations as consequences.

This 2010 video from the UK about the USA is called UK Subs – New York State Police.

The UK Subs sing about a police force which is supposedly always on the good side, stopping murderers, rapists etc. But which in reality brutalises a band on their way to a concert, making the USA look like a police state.

This music video is called Cheap ‘n’ Nasty – Covergirl (Full EP) 1981.

Now, to Dutch band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. A band which knows the UK Subs, the Banshees, Crass and the Ramones from doing fanzine interviews with them and/or playing with them.

But which nevertheless differs from all of them. However, they do not differ so much that there is no punky polarisation in the songs on their Covergirl EP; written by bass player/female lead vocalist Terry. Let us look at the title track, Covergirl. And to No more violence on TV, the last track on the EP.

Covergirl says that beneath the seemingly glamorous lives of photo models there is just emptiness. Male bosses rule over a world of superficiality, which figuratively makes the cover girls ‘sick’. At the time of writing, the author did not yet think of literal sickness, of anorexia problems which later became a major controversy in fashion.

And No more violence on TV says that religious hypocrites try to get television to depict the world as a world without violence. While both Christian and other religious writings, eg from ancient Greece, often mention violence. And non-realistic TV may make children bored, resulting in them attacking each other violently.

United States coronavirus dead bodies pile up


This 4 January 2020 video is called UK reports COVID-19 surge amid new vaccine roll-out.

CALIFORNIA FUNERAL HOMES RUN OUT OF SPACE As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up. The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the United States passes a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. Over 20 million people in the country have been infected. [AP]