Fresh news, cyber concerts, why today is special, and more, updated, all within.
WELCOME as always to our international readers! Including, in the hour as this edition was being published (most of you then still reading previous editions) a near-record number from the United Arab Emirates!
And also during that same previous hour, our readers in Canada, France, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Russia, the Ukraine, and of course, our readers in the USA.
John Miller, NYPD officer who has recovered from the virus, told Gayle King, "When all else fails, people call the police. We see it all and we get exposed to it all."
As for what it takes to get "exposed to it all?"
"You can't have a pee zone in the pool."
~ Dr. Zeke Emanuel
Today is "Teacher Appreciation Day"
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you've seen any of those news stories about educators working from home to provide online instruction to their students? And spending their own money for what they need to do it? Perhaps you, like us, are having your faith renewed by ordinary, everyday heroes for whom "above and beyond the call of duty" has always been part of why they wanted to be teachers in the first place.
"The Liar Tweets Tonight" --
The sound production with the chorus from all points of the compass and the video cuts and montages are all award-worthy. As is the song. Don't try to drink anything. You'll spray your screen.
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More fun song parodies include...
"Jolene Lockdown Parody" by Vintage Blue Duo, lyrics by Jenny Payne --
(That girl can SING!)
Journalists were capable of becoming exciting, dashing figures, once upon a time. Garrison Keillor's feature in the section below, for Nellie Bly's birthday, evokes but that era AND serves to note that women achieved respect and wide followings as journalists long before other high-visibility professions were open to the female gender. (And Nellie Bly very notably wrote for Joseph Pulitzer's newspapers.)
Dashing figures covered by journalists made romantic idols of the writers themselves. Quiet integrity came-in after that, and the "Fourth Estate" finally fulfilled its function as the informal fourth branch of government, playing watchdog on everything else. But very public opinion poll about the profession shows that's largely been lost, for myriad reasons ranging from valid concerns to outrageous and unfounded allegations, muddying differences between some who manufacture sensationalism and others who are villified by the real villains they unmask.
Somehow, in an age of short attention span and "managed impression," the profession still produces heroes, and the Pulitizers still honor and celebrate them:
* click here
|Tue, May 5||John Rankin||Folk/ Blues/ Original from New Orleans||4 pm-4:30 pm PDT|
|Tue, May 5||Mia Borders||R&B/ Soul from New Orleans||4 pm PDT|
|Tue, May 5||Matt Lemmler||Jazz from New Orleans||4:30 pm PDT|
|Tue, May 5||Casey Saba||Rock (’60s through ’90s) from New Orleans||5 pm-|
7 pm PDT
Tue, May 5:
5 pm Pacific --
"Go Fact Yourself,” a special first-time-ever live video edition of the hit quiz show podcast "that makes smart celebrities look dumb... and then smart again," as “Ask Me Another” host Ophira Eisenberg and singer-songwriter-podcaster Jonathan Coulton are in the hot seats for the show’s debut on KPPC's virtual stage. Hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong invite super-secret guest experts to try to stump Ophira and Jonathan in their self-proclaimed areas of expertise. Info from Monica Hubbard's "Wired Women" Pasadena. Tune-in to KPPC online, here.
Tue, May 5:
6 pm Pacific --
* weekly show
* via YouTube
* click here
* "Tuesday (5/5) was the night I was supposed to be playing NYC, so I'll be throwing in a couple of New York songs. It's also Cinco De Mayo, so keep the tequila close at hand - that is, of course, if you weren't doing that already. And keep the requests coming - it's been fun excavating the back catalog."
* - "Pay as little or as much as you want!"
|Tue, May 5||Alex McMurray’s Faraway Lounge||Roots Rock from New Orleans||6 pm PDT|
|Tue, May 5||Jon Cleary’s Quarantini Happy Hour||New Orleans piano from New Orleans||6 pm PDT|
"Thinking is an experimental dealing with small quantities of energy, just as a general moves miniature figures over a map before setting his troops in action."
~ Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (born May 6, 1856, died 1939)
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It's Dana Millbank's column in the Washington Post:
National Nurses Week runs Wednesday, May 6, through Tuesday, May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. And THIS year, with health care workers in the spotlight and on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to be more of a high-visibility occasion than ever before. That, even as the pandemic alters the way nurses can celebrate.
In some places, official proclamations mark today as "National Nurses Day."
The Guide brings you a profile of one very special nurse, then links to stories on several others who have become America's new heroes. Here's our profile:
"Given that today is National Nurses Day, it seems fitting to say that, in a generational crisis like this pandemic, I know exactly the person I want at the front of our response: Lauren Underwood," says John Sarbanes.
"Lauren's a nurse, she's a first-term member of Congress, and she understands the importance of a compassionate, science-based response to the coronavirus," he adds. He should know. John Sarbanes is Lauren's colleague in the House of Representatives, where his "PAC-Free Member of Congress" status is America's longest.
He continues, "Lauren won for the first time in 2018 by upending the political establishment. She promised to do better by the people of her district and America, and has she ever delivered. Health care as a human right? Yes. Ending the culture of corruption in Washington D.C.? Lauren's right there with us. And now, she's leading the charge for a people-first response to the pandemic — not one that bails out big corporations or ignores science while putting lives at risk."
|Lauren Underwood, nurse and first-term Member of Congress.|
He concludes by warning of "...holding the line against the big Republican attacks that are coming [against her]. Because you can bet they're going to do everything they can to try to defeat Lauren."
Most everyone knows a nurse. Not so many really know a doctor in America, where, unlike say, the UK, doctors tend to run in more elite economic circles. But nurses are the ones who do it all. They double-up to make rent on the apartment next door. They're in line in their scrubs at the supermarket, behind their masks, looking exhausted.
We smile from behind our masks, giving a nod of gratitude, figuring they appreciate respect for their solitude more than having to say anything in acknowledgement if we spoke.
More than anything in a very long time, the Coronavirus crisis has reminded a rancorously divided America that we're all in this together and we share the same very genuine heroes.
Accordingly, we're reaching across the continent to America's East coast, to the very fine Baltimore Sun newspaper, which kicks-off their coverage of Nurses Week with several timely feature stories. Here are the links for each of those.
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features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
Direct from Cyberia.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html