|Sea World Dolphins at Dinnertime (Taken 11.7.21)|
I'm not a festival person.
The other day I was answering a survey and with my latest birthday, I've moved into a different age box, so that probably signifies my age as a reason, but that's only one. I've just not really been a festival person.
I've been to my share. I've done two Coachellas, one Outside Lands, a bunch of Street Scenes (including the one where people were trampled during Tool), and an assortment of others including Wonderfront, Crssd, and some scattered radio station specific festivals.
And I guess when I was younger they were more fun, but it wasn't just my youth. I liked when festivals were genre specific. I liked when they were run by independent promotors before corporations vacuumed them all up and sucked all the life out of them. I liked when "festival chic" wasn't a thing. I like when you could go to a festival liking three bands and leaving loving a dozen more. Nowadays, they want to be everything to everyone and end up being nothing to anyone except as thirst traps and bragging rights and a scene to be seen on Insta and TikTok.
Maybe it is that I'm just old because that sounded a whole lot like "back in my day..."
So I spent Friday night reading and watching every video and account of what happened in Astroworld that I could find across socials and it was horrifying. I will say that I appreciate media who understand these incidents, here and at other concerts, are almost never due to mosh pits. They have everything to do with crowd surges. The headliner comes out, everyone pushes forward. A certain song plays, they push more. Bring out Drake as a guest performer, the crowd can't control themselves and push push push, not knowing they are crushing people instead of people simple displacing to make room.
But I've also seen videos. The security seemed to ignore crowd pleas. The railing wasn't secure. The artist encouraged the crowd to rage. The videos techs ignored direct concerns and threatened the girl who was telling them what was going on. It should have been a warning, or called off altogether when the VIP section fences were breached and hundreds of kids flooded in earlier in the day. At the very least, when you start seeing ambulances driving into the crowd, the lights need to come up and the show is over.
The investigation could be really long or really quick. Livenation could settle fast or fight cases until people have no will or money to fight back. But after this pandemic, we have learned some really gross truths about Americans, if we weren't already aware before. We are selfish. We are greedy. We want pleasure at all costs. We don't know how to act in public (Just look at all the airline fights). I don't know the festival's COVID protocols, but certainly going to a festival of more than 50,000 attendees during a pandemic says something, too? It's ugly and gross. You definitely won't find me at one anytime soon, and if that changes, I'm always aware of my exits, always stay on a perimeter, and my fight or flight switches are always turned on.
Stay safe out there.
- COVID-19 vaccines 85% effective against hospital cases but weaken over time - CIDRAP (11.5.21)
- Grandma and Disneyland: Parents who jumped at COVID shots for kids crave 'normal life' - LA Times via Yahoo! News (11.6.21)
- Astroworld Catastrophe:
- Multiple Deaths and Injuries Reported at Travis Scott's Astroworld. The festival has been canceled following reports of the casualties. - Paste (11.6.21)
- Story as told by ICU Nurse Madeline Eskins
- Eight People Killed, Hundreds Injured in Stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Fest [Updated]. Police say a large crowd stormed to the front of the stage during Scott's performance. - Consequence of Sound (11.6.21)
- Astroworld Fest: No Capacity Limits for Outdoor Events, Says Fire Dept. Chief. 14-year-old among those killed at Travis Scott’s festival Friday night. - Rolling Stone (11.6.21)
- More than 30,000 Kaiser workers plan Nov. 15 strike - Becker's Hospital Review (11.5.21)
- Appeals court stays vaccine mandate on larger businesses - AP News (11.6.21)
- National COSH on Court Ruling to Block COVID-19 Safety Rules “Shameful and Grossly Irresponsible”
- “The Fifth Circuit ruling that blocks OSHA’s new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is wrong on the facts, wrong on the law, and absolutely wrong when it comes to protecting workers’ lives. While we believe this standard can be improved, there is no sound legal reason – none – to block it from taking effect at a time when COVID-19 is still a deadly threat in America’s workplaces.
It’s shameful and outrageous to see anyone put politics ahead of public health. The judges who wrote this decision have probably been able to work safely from home throughout this pandemic. They should go right now to a poultry plant, a nursing home, a warehouse or another workplace where COVID-19 is still spreading, to see the real-life impact of their grossly irresponsible ruling.” - Statement from Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health
- Other Reading:
- Where Did All the Public Bathrooms Go? For decades, U.S. cities have been closing or neglecting public restrooms, leaving millions with no place to go. Here’s how a lack of toilets became an American affliction. - CityLab (11.5.21)
- White House
- Statement by President Joe Biden on the Terrorist Attack in Iraq
- Remarks by President Biden on Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
- Dept of Defense
- State Dept
- Reported Attack Targeting the Iraqi Prime Minister's Residence
- Joint Statement on the Release of the OHCHR-EHRC Joint Investigation
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 11.7.21 12:21pm):
- 249,825,817 Known Cases/11,940,788 28-Day New Cases
- 5,048,497 Known Deaths/196,419 28-Day New Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- American Academy of Pediatrics Children and COVID-19 Dashboard
- 46,482,837 Cases/2,122,245 28 Day New Cases
- 754,395 Deaths/40,289 28-Day New Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +89,711 New Cases/46,358,362 Known Cases
- +1,604 New Deaths/751,535 Known Deaths
- 534,081,335 Doses Delivered
- 430,927,624 Doses Administered
- 223,629,671 Partially Vaccinated
- 193,832,584 Fully Vaccinated
- 58.4% of Total Population
- 68.3% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 70.1% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- 24,084,107 Booster Dose
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Coronavirus: Resources for Californians
- R-effective: 0.92
- San Diego County
- Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
- Vaccination Locations San Diego
- Vaccination Dashboard
- COVID ActNow Daily Updates for San Diego Metro
- San Diego Unified School District COVID Dashboard
- State Data:
- R-effective: 1.01
- County Data:
- 563 (Sun)/467 (Sat) New Cases/374,851 Total Cases
- 0 New Daily Deaths/4,250 Total Deaths
- % Daily Test Positivity/% 7-day average
- +4 Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations
- + 0 Day Over Day COVID-19 ICU Patients