Sunday Music, Mondays Again, Sorry

I can’t help, I can not shake off the feeling of impending doom.
A beautiful day it was, the sky’s colour gradient changed from a pale whitish blue near the horizon to a full satisfying metallic blue right over me.
Unscratched by jet trails.
No aeroplanes.
A wonderful light, clear air, so damn cold that I wished I’d put on a thick pullover. The magnolia blossoms caught a cold and turned brown & limp, the cherry blossoms also have a brown tint, too early. All too early.
I looked at the numbers this afternoon (here, here, here ; no fear, I will not discuss them, as you know, venerated reader, I am “mathematically challenged”), but it seems we can assume that in Western Europe (in Germany at least) the curve, the total number of daily new infected persons, starts to flatten. What only means that the number of daily new infections may stabilise. If things go reasonably well, and our countermeasures work, this number may even go down. Sooner or later. Sadly, in Germany, later.
This says nothing about the mortality rate, of the number of dead humans. This number was astoundingly low in Germany, lingered around half a percent for the last weeks, but increased a bit lately, despite staying under one per cent. A leading expert told us today that this may change in the near future, simply because the composition of the group of infected persons will change. The virus may now reach more old and vulnerable people. What this means is shown in Wolfsburg, where within a few days 17 out of 165 inhabitants of a retirement home died from CoVid-19. A similar case happened here in Franconia last week, when quasi within two days twelve inhabitants of a care home died from the virus.
Germany “tests, tests, tests”, and processes five hundred thousand tests weekly. We have eight hospital beds per one thousand people (the UK & the US have less than three in total, according to these data from 2014). And despite the fact that the hospital & health care sector is understaffed & underfinanced, it still works. Emphasis is on still. We do take in patients from Italy and France – not only Northern Italy is hard hit, the situation in the French-German border region along the Rhine, the Elsaß, is very grave, too.
One does not have to be a seer to realise that the next group of victims are doctors & nurses.
What we will see is an increase of those who have been near infected persons. It takes now a week until the test is finalised and the result / outcome reaches the tested person. Until serious counter measures can take place. But the virus does not wait. This means that we have a bow wave of individuals who were exposed to the virus – family members, people working in any kind of care for the elderly, the disabled, and of course in hospitals. And. And. And.
This has the potential to make our house of cards crumble, fast. A vaccine is still at least twelve months away, all this talk about “herd immunity” is baseless rubbish. The German word is Durchseuchung. It means the (full) level of endemic infection. As i understand, it means that nearly all humans in a given population must have suffered through the virus infection, survive, and then may be immune. For some time being, at least. I think they talk about three quarters, 75 from hundred.
No one knows how high the mortality rate of this virus & the illness really is. The WHO estimated something around 3.5 %, if I remember it correctly, some months ago. A serious & reliable, robust, estimate is not feasible right now, it all would be guesswork. Does someone really want three to four per cent of three quarters’ population dead to reach “herd immunity” ? Take a calculator, please. (“Mathematically challenged” as I am, but this would amount to roughly two million dead Germans, starting with a population of eighty millions.) That would bring the fascist “survival of the fittest” to a whole new level, wouldn’t it ?
I think even that American idiot shies away from something like this. Remarkably, as I read today, this piece of wood that announced only weeks ago that the pandemic would simply go away, now tells the world that he’ll be doing a great job with “only” one hundred thousand dead.
100.000. Dead Humans. Conservative approach.
Great Job.
Cool.
There is no real translation for the German word Niedertracht.
Your only chance to come through this unharmed is to not get the infection. Its progression may be mild, uncomfortable & unpleasant at best. It may be deadly, especially if you are fifty+, and have some underlying condition. But young persons also die from it. It is, after all, a deadly lottery.
And so the restrictions will be in place for the coming weeks. No chance to do things different before the end of April, at least here in Bavaria, and Germany, and Europe.
And rightly so. We have to protect ourselves, and in doing so we protect our fellow humans.
And after all this, there shall be Sunday Music.
We hear a piece composed by Maurice RAVEL (Ger., Eng.), Miroirs (Ger., Eng.), II : Oiseuaux Tristes, performed by Jean-Yves THIBAUDET (Ger., Eng.). I hope you enjoy the music. Stay safe.

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Sunday Music

The last days were very relaxed at work because the potatoesack was put on another bus. Sadly not permanently. It was quiet, easy. We talked, played with words, and found out that classical music, preferably strings, helps Lucian to come down. If he leaves the school agitated, excited to go home, he sometimes decides to produce an ear piercing, glass shattering pitch at the highest possible volume – and it is really astounding what noise a small boy can produce. A nice string concerto will take care of this, some minutes later he is quiet and listening. To my amazement some cool jazz had the same effect. It was Miles DAVIS’ (Ger., Eng.) soundtrack for Elevator to the Gallows (Ger., Eng.).
Otherwise nothing surprising happened. The United Kingdom left the European Union, ready to conquer new horizons “buccaneering”, as Mr JOHNSON liked to put it. I always thought that pirates get hanged, I may be misinformed.
No surprise in the US too : The criminal in charge and his gang are allowed to go on, the “acquittal” is just a matter of form. Unsurprisingly the republican worms did not grow a spine, or understand the concept of honesty. The nation shrugs and watches tv : Two groups of men charge at each other and bang their heads together. It is called a “sport”, and basically explains anything that is there to know about the USA.
Yesterday I trawled youtube for Sunday Music, and of course fell into the rabbit hole – in the end I watched a documentary about krautrock. But no fear, you will not be tortured with the bad singing of unwashed long haired pseudo hippies. Instead we will listen to a friendly little song titled You Are the Cream in My Coffee (Eng.) performed by the, surely, lovely scented and well coiffed Annette HANSHAW (Ger., Eng.).
I hope you like the music, may we all face a relaxed week.

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In Schönheit Sterben

Sorry, political bla ahead, skip if you like, nothing missed.

Frankly, it is futile, and possibly boring – and nothing is more frustrating for readers than a boring blogpost – to write about the American malarkey. But when you think that you’ve seen everything, death where’s yer sting, round the corner comes the little fuehrer and delivers.
The Democrats did the decent thing and started impeachment (where’s the peach in that ?), as we all know. At the same time the coming litigation in the Senate is dead as a dodo, because a bloke who goes by the moniker “Moscow Mitch” (!) blared out that the fix is already in : Evil to him who thinks evil. It is just the declaration of banqueroute for the US-American democracy, or what is still left of it, after more than thousand days of scum’s rule.
It does not work anymore. Democracy, based on the “free will” of the citizens (who, by the way is this Gerry Mander I hear so much about ?) works by checks & balances, the power needs to be fenced in, einhegen is the German word.
A necessary precondition is that those who are in power do believe in the system, accept and respect it. The little fuehrer obviously has no idea what those words I used could mean, and those who are helping and enabling him and his gang, the political professionals of the Republican party, happily abandon not only the whole system, but the idea of “democracy” in total.
Nobody knows what will come out of this. The next two weeks over the holidays will be like a break, a common pause for breath, then uglyness will brake out in full force.
The Republicans will throw the case out, the little fuehrer will continue to hold rallies, the Democrats will impotently stay aside.
The only chance to avoid the re-election of this stain on the American history lies in the personality of the candidate. If the circus act, as lately displayed in a place called Battle Creek (!), will loose its attractiveness, its appeal to the hard boiled fan-base, then there is a chance that a second term is avoided. I doubt it.
I do not know why, but the number “42 %” blinks up in my head, describing the part of the electorate who will stick to the little fuehrer come whatever will – of course that means that 58 % are either against or undecided. But it is a very good start, a seemingly rock solid basis. I may be wrong, I did not check sources etc pp.
I said it before, I say it again : The only way to get rid of this clown is to laugh about him. To laugh him out of office. What means that he must show his laughableness, his terrible ridiculousness, in full – the election is won when the first “maga”-cap-wearing bloke laughs about the candidate, not with him. When it gets stale.
I do not believe that those people who attend the little fuehrer’s performances really do have a political consciousness (do not know if this is the correct translation for the German word “politisches Bewußtsein”, sorry), and frankly I doubt it. But they can add two and two, and at one point they’ll look around and ask what really happened, what became better, what promises were kept ?
And if these people understand that not much was kept, that in fact the oh so holy US is an international laughing stock, a source of instability for all & everyone, that there is nothing left of the “pax Americana” or American influence, they have a chance to think. But again, I doubt that there will be a lot of thinking. Not because those voters would not be able to rational thinking, but because they base their decision on emotions. and all the little fuehrer does, is playing on emotions : If he miscalculates, then he’ll be done. The moment he ridicules himself, he is done.
This sounds silly, stupid even, when you look back over the stretch of the last thousand and something days since the clown is in office – he was ridiculous from the start.
But obviously not for all.
What brings us back to the political professionals. Who happily, and voluntarily, dwarfed themselves to become trumpish minions. It is incredible to watch this total failure of a once powerful party, of an “elite”. There is nothing left, they are un-electable for times to come, until a new generation may step in – but this “new generation” is out of sight.
The only other possibility for this nightmare to end is that the puppet-master throws away his sock puppet. But, frankly, I do not believe that Vlad is already done with Amerga.
Anyway. Sorry for this long rant. Let’s end it with some music by JJ CALE.

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A Little Rant, Sorry

At the start of this week Mr Johnson from London called Frau Merkel in Berlin.
I think it is important to notice that – at least now that I write this – no official statement about this conversation is published by the German side, at least to my best knowledge. Correct me please if I am wrong. All we know is what Mr Johnson had to utter about his interlocution with Frau Merkel. I must say that I finally came to the conclusion that Mr Johnson’s relation to what is commonly called “truth”, is best described as “trumpesque”.
Mr Johnson stated that there will be no agreement regarding “Brexit” – it is not possible.
Why ?
Because Germany.
As I see it, this is the quintessence of what Mr Johnson felt the need to proclaim as result of this conversation.
Johnson is, so he claims, working hard for “Brexit”. What means that he runs around Europe and pesters heads of State with unwanted visits, phone calls, discussions – a bit like a phone company’s salesman. Sadly he generates no revenue, but produces hot air that sometimes contains traces of sulphur. He reminds me of a locomobile busily gong nowhere under full steam. And the result of all this huffing & puffing ?
The Germans.
The old, grim enemy raised its pate.
If this was a theatre production I’d demand my money back. It is the cheapest deus ex machina one can find. How desperate must one be to come up with this ?
All this is vain in comparison to what happened across the pond. Steampunk Johnson’s idiocy at least produces no dead, costs no life. He just ruins his country – if this is the course of history, so be it.
But the decision of the little fuehrer to pull out of Syria costs human lives.
I am sure that this decision roots only in domestic considerations : He wants to be the one “who brings da boyz home”. Because the ratings slide as a result of this nasty impeachment thingy. So let’s betray an ally, fuck the consequences – these do happen abroad anyhow, don’t they ? He !?
Either that, or we will see a mega-tower bearing the orange abomination’s name spring up in Istanbul in the near future.
It makes no sense to “analyse” foreign politic “things” here, other well informed people do this. I just want to point to “the other tweet”, regarding the little fuehrer’s wisdom.
As we finally understood, this person is unable of anything that remotely could be categorised as “sarcasm” or “irony”, especially when his own self is the subject. So when the person talks about his “wisdom” it has to be taken at face value – it IS his truth, his reality.
I think that The President of the US is ill. He becomes more delusional as usual. I think the man suffers from a not fully cured syphilis that affects the brain.
And I think that here finally lies the exit. The Washington mandarins, even the worst worms of the Republican party, finally may understand that this president’s job is to undermine and ruin the US, and that he is good at it. The damage becomes larger every day. The chief brownnoser Graham blabs about “a disaster in the making” (regarding the Syrian pull out of troops), but, frankly, he is too dumb to find his arse in his trousers : The disaster is already there and in full swing. It has a name, and occupies the White House.
It seemingly does not count that this “administration” does run camps to concentrate people on the Southern border – Pacos, eh?! – , it seemingly does not count that the flawed Supremo enriches himself (and his rotten family) shamelessly, and it seemingly does not count that said “President” openly kills The Constitution.
But even the worst whiskey soaked & cocaine clouded brain should understand that he axes the “American Empire”. I repeat myself, but Frau Merkel said it first & from the start : The US are no reliable partner anymore. Understand this !
The damage grows every day, I doubt that it is still repairable.
Preferably sooner than later they will have to kill the mad king, nothing a creature like “Moscow Mitch” would have difficulties with. To “save face”, or “keep up appearances”, choose illness. All & everybody could live with this solution.
But how many people will die before the nightmare is over ?

I’m sorry. At least I can write my mind. Here comes some consolation, in the form of the Melancholy Blues performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. They shot it into space.

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