Mel Gibson, Mark Foley, and George W Bush


Bush and Iraq war, cartoon

USA: California police officer to Mel Gibson: You are an anti-Semite.

Gibson: No, I’m an alcoholic!

Florida police officer to Republican now ex Congressman Mark Foley: You are a pedophile.

Foley: No, I’m an alcoholic!

President Chavez of Venezuela to George W Bush: You are an alcoholic!

Bush: No, I’m a war criminal!

Mark Fiore animation on Republican party scandals: here.

Anti-Semitism in US Republican party: here.

Afghanistan: suicide by Dutch army sergeant


Afghanistan war, cartoon

From Dutch site nieuws.nl:

A Dutch sergeant in Uruzgan [in Afghanistan] has killed himself.

On Wednesday morning, he was found by colleagues in the Dutch camp in Tarin Kowt. …

The sergeant was found in his army vehicle and probably shot himself with his own army gun.

NATO kills civilians in Afghanistan: here.

Afghanistan: death of American football player Pat Tillman.

Afghan civilians killed by NATO: here.

Dutch demonstration against sending troops to Afghanistan: here.

Archerfish shots of water match their prey


This is an archerfish video.

According to Current Biology, and Dutch daily NRC of 10 october, archerfishes match their shots of water to make insects and other prey fall into the water, to the size of the prey.

Film recordings showed that these fishes used a hundred times less force against flies then against a small lizard.

A shoal of archer fish at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Bristol is being given target practice using artificial flies: here.

Clouded archerfish, Toxotes blythii: here.

Iraq: over 600,000 dead, New York Times says


Bush, Blair, and Iraq war, cartoon by Steve Bell

From the New York Times in the USA:

Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says

by SABRINA TAVERNISE and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

October 11, 2006

BAGHDAD, Oct. 10 — A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest estimate ever for the toll of the war here.

The figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month, a number that is quadruple the one for July given by Iraqi government hospitals and the morgue in Baghdad and published last month in a United Nations report in Iraq.

That month was the highest for Iraqi civilian deaths since the American invasion.

But it is an estimate and not a precise count, and researchers acknowledged a margin of error that ranged from 426,369 to 793,663 deaths.

It is the second study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

It uses samples of casualties from Iraqi households to extrapolate an overall figure of 601,027 Iraqis dead from violence between March 2003 and July 2006.

The findings of the previous study, published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, in 2004, had been criticized as high, in part because of its relatively narrow sampling of about 1,000 families, and because it carried a large margin of error.

The new study is more representative, its researchers said, and the sampling is broader: it surveyed 1,849 Iraqi families in 47 different neighborhoods across Iraq.

The selection of geographical areas in 18 regions across Iraq was based on population size, not on the level of violence, they said.

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If Bush supporters want to attack these figures on Iraq: the Bush administration accepted similar statistics published in The Lancet, of numbers of dead people in Darfur, Sudan, as they have a conflict with the government there.

However, their own figures seem to be something different …

How does George W Bush’s record as a killer in Iraq, compare to that of Saddam Hussein?

Bush’s record here, like in torture in Iraq, manages to beat even Saddam Hussein.

Iraq: death of British cameraman Terry Lloyd; see also here; and here.

Poll: Iraqis want US troops out.

Correspondence with Iraq Body Count on figures: here.

Bush's approval in the USA, cartoon

British colonies: many rare birds. Many still not protected


This video is called Bermuda’s Treasure Island / Bermuda Petrel feeding chick.

From BirdLife:

IBA Directory of UK’s Overseas Territories launched

11-10-2006

A new directory of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the United Kingdom’s 14 Overseas Territories highlights their massive global biological importance.

The UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) hold 34 bird species globally threatened with extinction and a further 13 species are Near-Threatened.

Of these, 22 are confined to the UKOTs and a further 15 have vital breeding grounds in them.

Threatened species include the Critically Endangered Montserrat Oriole Icterus oberi, which is confined to the Caribbean island and lost more than half of its range following a devastating volcanic eruption in 1997.

Seven albatross and five petrel species with important nesting populations in the Territories are affected by the impacts of longline fishing in the Southern Ocean, particularly in the south Atlantic. …

The report, Important Bird Areas in the United Kingdom Overseas Territories; priority sites for conservation, is published by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and identifies 78 IBAs in the Territories, which stretch from Pitcairn to Bermuda, and from Gibraltar to British Antarctic Territory.

Fewer than half the IBAs have official protection.

See also here.

Lack of protection in British and French overseas territories: here.

July 2010: When put together, the UK’s overseas territories are fifth in the world league table of bird extinctions, with at least ten species from the territories going to oblivion since 1500AD, partially or wholly because of the impact of non-native mammals, such as rats, feral cats, mice and pigs: here.

Black-browed albatrosses on Falkland islands: here.

Bermuda petrel: here.

At a UNESCO meeting in Brazil this week, the UK Government was warned that the outstanding natural qualities for which Henderson Island, in the Pacific, was listed as a World Heritage Site would be jeopardised if rats are allowed to continue killing and eating unique seabirds and their eggs: here.

October 2010. The RSPB has announced that it intends to prevent the global extinction of a unique British seabird on the Pacific Island of Henderson, by removing the island’s non-native rats which are eating 25,000 seabird chicks alive annually and competing with the native birds for food: here.

98 tonnes of rat poison (or nearly 50 million pellets) are to be dropped on one of the Pitcairn Islands to safeguard the future of the endemic and Endangered Henderson Petrel Pterodroma atrata, a species with a global breeding range of just 41km2. It’s estimated that each year 25,000 petrel chicks (95%) are eaten alive by rats introduced by earlier Polynesian settlers, and from a population of millions the petrel’s numbers have plummeted to just 16,000 pairs: here.

In pictures: Wildlife of the UK overseas territories: here.

Life+ Cap DOM: Conservation of priority bird species in the French Overseas Departments (DOMs): here.

For the first time of its history, LPO/BirdLife France, with its NGO partners on the ground, launches an appeal for the protection of birds and their habitats in the overseas departments of France. All funds raised will be dedicated for the LIFE+ CAP DOM programme: here.