Buzzard and thorny skates’ eggs


This 2016 video shows buzzards feeding in Belarus.

On 10 January 2020, a buzzard on a branch in the forest.

Great spotted woodpecker.

Two Egyptian geese land at a meadow where four others are present already. They are welcomed, or are they shown they are unwelcome?

On the beach, sanderlings.

Also at least five egg cases of thorny skates.

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]

NEW BOOK: GENERAL FEARED TRUMP WOULD USE MILITARY TO STAY IN POWER Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was deeply worried that then-President Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House and warned colleagues he feared Trump would try to use the military to stay in office, according to excerpts from a new book. Milley, the nation’s top military officer, also compared Trump’s actions to the rise of Adolf Hitler. [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]

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS RESUME DONATIONS TO REPUBLICANS WHO REJECTED DEMOCRACY The nation’s biggest federal defense contractors have quietly resumed giving money to Republicans who helped fuel the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, despite making a public show of halting their political contributions after the attack. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing and Northrop Grumman donated to GOP lawmakers who voted to reject Biden’s electoral win based on the same lie about voter fraud that led to the attack. [HuffPost]

Texel goldcrests, sanderlings and geese


This video says about itself:

Hyperactive SANDERLINGS on the beach at the Cap-Pele wharf in southeastern New Brunswick, Canada on November 5, 2011.

On 9 January 2021, a walk through the forest and sand dunes of Texel island to the North Sea.

On a meadow, gray lag geese, white-fronted geese and Egyptian geese.

In the forest, goldcrests. And a blue tit hanging upside down on a branch.

On the beach, herring gulls and sanderlings.

Goldcrests on Texel island


This is a goldcrest video from Sweden.

Today, at Den Helder ferry harbour, two jackdaws sitting on top of a sign, a bit distant from each other. The sign warned people to distance spatially.

In the forest west of Den Burg village on Texel island, a great spotted woodpecker calls.

A flock of goldcrests.

Trump’s coup d’etat attempt in the USA


This 7 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Independent photojournalist Jon Farina shot this INCREDIBLE footage from January 6th, 2020 when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Far-right protesters storm U.S. Capitol amid antisemitic claims over election: here.

4 PEOPLE DIED DURING ASSAULT ON CAPITOL Four people died as Trump supporters violently occupied the U.S. Capitol. Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead included a woman shot by U.S. Capitol Police, and three others who died in “medical emergencies.” Law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building. [AP]

TRUMP RIOTERS BRING VIOLENCE ACROSS COUNTRY Trump-supporting protesters and rioters gathered at state capitols across the country, inspired by violent scenes at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. In Arizona, members of a pro-Trump group cracked the window of a museum at the state Capitol, reportedly while shouting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to exit the building. [HuffPost]

TRUMP’S MOVES RIGHT OUT OF THE FASCIST PLAYBOOK As thousands of Trump’s fanatical supporters smashed windows and stormed the U.S. Capitol, realizing a plot that was apparently brewing for days, at least one historian was not surprised in the least. “I hate it when I’m right,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University professor and fascism expert who has been warning that Trump would resort to force rather than leave office peacefully. [HuffPost]

‘We knew this day was coming’: Jews react to storming of Capitol building: here.

Antisemitic conspiracies flew before extremists breached U.S. Capitol.

Republican senator deletes ad that made Jewish opponent’s nose bigger.

Revisiting the top 10 antisemitic moments of Trump’s presidency: here.

Trump has nurtured far-right extremism at every turn. This is his fault: here.

A guide to the extremists and hate groups that invaded the Capitol: here.

Man wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt among mob who stormed U.S. Capitol

‘It was always going to end this way:’ Capitol coup is work of one man: here.

Maid of Ace, more punk, new fanzine


This music video from Los Angeles in California in the USA is called Dee Skusting & The Rodents – Liberty (OFFICIAL VIDEO).

A new single out in England. On one side Dee Skusting & The Rodents. On the other side Maid of Ace. With a new version of their song Forever. This time the Devil in the belfry remix.

This video is about the earlier version:

This 11 December 2020 music video from England says about itself:

MAID OF ACE – FOREVER (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

From their latest album ‘Live Fast Or Die’ OUT NOW!

This is not the only song called Forever. Same title songs: Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty played their ‘Forever’, then their newly written song, on 7 August 1981 at their only ever concert in England (the Kingfisher pub in Ipswich). In 1995, Siouxsie and the Banshees played their ‘Forever’.

This music video from Germany is called Siouxsie & The Banshees – Forever. Live E Werk, Cologne 04.03.1995.

The new Dee Skusting & The Rodents/Maid of Ace single comes with the forthcoming #9 issue of Safety Pin fanzine from England. Which has, eg, an interview with Mark Perry, of 1976-1977 Sniffin’ Glue fanzine and the Alternative TV band. And with Alvin Gibbs of the UK Subs.

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]