Patti Smith video


This is a music video of People Have The Power by The Patti Smith Group 1988. Lyrics are here.

About United States singer Patti Smith, see here.

Patti Smith: “I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled”: here.

On Dec. 30, Ms. Smith’s 63rd birthday, PBS will broadcast “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” a documentary filmed over 11 years by the fashion photographer and film neophyte Steven Sebring: here.

First cattle egrets breeding in Britain


This video from Ireland says about itself:

Two Cattle Egrets that were found near Redbarn on 3rd December 2007. These are the first in the county since 2005.

From British daily The Independent:

Egrets? We’ve had a few

Rapidly spreading bird breeds in UK for first time as temperatures rise to warmer temperatures

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Britain has a new species of breeding bird, it was announced yesterday – the cattle egret, a white heron which has spread out from Africa across the globe.

Warmer temperatures are thought to have encouraged the bird to expand its range northwards through Europe, and it has been seen in Britain in recent years.

Now, a pair of the birds, resplendent in the bright orange-buff plumes on the head and breast that signify they are breeding, have successfully raised at least one chick in a tree nest in an undisclosed location in Somerset, and it is thought that more will follow in coming years.

It is closely following the spread to Britain of a related species, the little egret, another white heron that began wintering in numbers here in the 1990s, and first bred on Brownsea Island in Poole, Dorset, in 1996.

Subsequently little egrets, which have a black bill as opposed to the cattle egret’s yellow bill, virtually doubled their breeding numbers every year and there are now hundreds of pairs nesting across Britain.

Canadian troops kill Afghan children


This video says about itself:

Thousands took to the streets in Toronto [Canada] March 17, 2007 to protest 4 years of war on Iraq in which 3230 American soldiers and more than 500,000 Iraqis have died. They also demanded “No War on Iran“.

From the Canadian Press:

2 children killed by Canadian troops in Afghanistan

July 28, 2008 at 10:31 AM EDT

KANDAHAR, AfghanistanCanadian troops have killed a two-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister by opening fire on a car they feared was about to attack their convoy in Afghanistan, the Canadian Forces announced Monday.

Facing a split-second decision about what to do when a car failed to heed repeated warnings to pull over, a gunner in a light armoured vehicle pulled the trigger on a 25-millimetre cannon.

Its giant round tore through the little girl’s skull and left a gaping wound in her younger brother’s chest, witnesses said.

The children’s mother later frantically paced the hallways at the local hospital, shrieking and cursing foreign soldiers between sobs.

Ruzi Mohammed, 31, was injured when a Canadian military vehicle shot at his rented car on July 27, 2008. The same shot killed Mr. Mohammed’s son and daughter.

One police officer at the Kandahar city hospital said he saw the mother scream: “My innocent children have been killed by foreigners — for no reason!”

The father, believed to have been driving the vehicle, was being treated for lacerations but left the hospital without permission to attend his children’s funeral.

Another hospital visitor said that if he were the children’s father, he would personally strap on a suicide vest and exact vengeance on Canadian troops.

Shopkeeper Din Mohammad said foreign soldiers had better stop accidentally killing civilians or they will suffer the same bitter fate as the defeated Soviets.

“They must stop this,” said Mr. Mohammed, who was visiting his son at Mirwais hospital when he saw the children’s lifeless bodies carried in.

“Otherwise the day will come when everybody will stand up against the foreigners in a holy war — a jihad.”

“It’s happened once before (with the Soviets). If things continue like this, history will repeat itself.”

An investigation into Sunday’s incident will be conducted by Afghan police and coalition forces.

A Canadian statement said the round was discharged when the car had come within 10 metres of the convoy.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that two Afghan children … were killed in this incident,” said the statement. …

A third occupant of the vehicle was wounded, and the fourth and fifth occupants were not injured.

Afghan and United Nations officials have pleaded with international troops to avoid causing civilian casualties, which threaten to undermine support for the government and foreign forces.

The organization Human Rights Watch says at least 300 Afghan civilians were mistakenly killed by the coalition last year, and thousands are believed to have died since 2001.

Taxi drivers in Kandahar city can be seen waving down their colleagues and shouting at them to avoid certain streets where foreign troops have been spotted.

Cars generally screech to a halt and pull off the road to let military convoys pass.

Earlier this month, U.S. forces wiped out an entire wedding party in eastern Afghanistan, killing 47 civilians in an aerial bombing, the Afghan government has said.

Canada has no aircraft in Afghanistan capable of such attacks from the sky. But Canada has been involved in other civilian killings before.

In one incident, a 90-year-old man who was a respected political scientist and mentor to President Hamid Karzai was shot when he approached troops on a motorbike.

In another, a young man riding on a motorbike was shot through the chest and the bullet struck the head and killed his little brother riding behind him.

West fights a losing battle on Afghanistan: here.

Military charges against Canadian Forces members have risen dramatically in the years since Canada sent troops to Afghanistan: here.

US blamed for Australian soldier’s death in Afghanistan


This video from Australia is called Get our troops out of Afghanistan now!

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Australia re-investigates soldier’s death

Published: Saturday 26 July 2008 12:15 UTC
Last updated: Saturday 26 July 2008 21:15 UTC

Australia has launched a new investigation into the death of one of its soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this month. The soldier was injured in an attack 25 kilometres north of the capital Kabul. A Dutch military surgeon in southern Afghanistan told an Australian newspaper that the injured soldier had to wait a long time for evacuation because US forces refused to send a medivac helicopter until a helicopter gunship was available to escort it. The Dutch surgeon said US controllers “forgot” to inform the Dutch troops at Tarin Kowt that the assigned Apache escort helicopter was undergoing maintenance. The soldier had reportedly bled to death by the time he was admitted to a field hospital.

By Tamara Cohen, in the Daily Mail in England:

A British soldier is reported to be facing manslaughter charges over the deaths of three comrades in a ‘friendly fire’ attack by American aircraft in Afghanistan.

Rare Tengmalm’s owl breeding again in the Netherlands


Aegolius funereus, Tengmalm's owl

From NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Tengmalm’s owl breeding again in the Netherlands

28-07-08

For the first time after over thirty years, Tengmalm’s owl has been breeding successfully in the Netherlands. Staatsbosbeheer has said so today.

The Tengmalm’s owl’s nest has been found in a forest in Drenthe. …

[Earlier this year] various calling Tengmalm’s owls had been discovered, and Staatsbosbeheer decided to make this part of the forest inaccessible to the public, in onder to give the owls trying to nest as much quiet as possible.

In April, a nest was found. Of the four eggs, two produced chicks. However, these birds did not live for a long time; almost inmmediately after fledging, predators ate them.

For a while, it seemed that was it. However, in June, a new nest was found, 500 meter away from the first nest. In this nest, four chicks were born; however, one chick died before fledging; and another chick was caught by a predator after fledging.

Succesful

The two other chicks must have survived. That makes this the first successfull Tengmalm’s owl breeding case in over thirty years.

Research says that most chicks of this species die within a year, as the species has many enemies, including pine martens, goshawks, and tawny owls.

Staatsbosbeheer will have a look whether the chances of breeding for this species may be enhanced by having nestboxes at strategic spots.

Tengmalm’s owl sound: here.

Facts about owls: here.

“German Stonehenge” discovered


This National Geographic video says about itself:

See a recreation of how Stonehenge may have been raised 4500 years ago.

From Der Spiegel in Germany:

Archaeologists discover German Stonehenge

By Christoph Seidler

In the Magdeburg region, archaeologists are digging now in a sensational discovery: they believe that they have discovered the German equivalent of Stonehenge [in England]; in Pömmelte. Their only problem: as the building was made in wood, not in stone, few remains have been left.

England: Huge Pre-Stonehenge Complex Found: here.

Plans to transform the surroundings of Stonehenge came another “crucial” step closer today when English Heritage recieved new funding: here.