Le Pen repeats shoah insult


This video is called Nazi Murder Mills (1945).

From France 24:

Jean-Marie LePen, leader of France’s far-right Front National, has once again caused outrage by saying the Nazi gas chambers were “a mere detail in the history of the Second World War”.

This time he repeated the assertion – almost verbatim – in the European Parliament itself, to howls of derision from his fellow MEPs.

The repetition follows a scandal at the possibility that, if elected, he would chair the parliament’s inaugural session – by default – because he is the oldest MEP.

Turkish colonel charged on murdered Kurds


This video from the USA is called Kerim Yildiz, Kurdish Human Rights Project, speaks at CUNY – 1:14:40 – 7 apr. 2008.

From British daily The Morning Star:

A TURKISH court charged an army colonel on Wednesday with incitement to murder on the suspicion that he had ordered the killing of Kurds who “disappeared” in the 1990s.

The court in Diyarbakir jailed Colonel Cemal Temizoz pending trial on charges of involvement in alleged summary killings of suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerillas.

New animal species discovered in Papua New Guinea


This video says about itself:

Lake Hargy Expedition reveals the unspoilt beauty of the region surrounding the lake. A land forgotten in time, New Britain, Papua New Guinea

From Conservation International:

In 2008, Conservation International (CI) led a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) expedition to the Kaijende highlands and Hewa wilderness of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It was a truly a collaborative effort with CI’s specialists being joined by other scientists from both PNG and institutions such as the University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum to explore the region alongside members of the local communities. …

During the survey more than 600 species were documented over a number of different taxonomic groups including; amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles, plants, and invertebrates. Of the discoveries made, a large number of species were found to be potentially new to science, and of these many are now being published and given scientific names and can now be confirmed as new.

The final results will provide decision makers with the tools necessary to enable them to balance development with protecting biodiversity that benefits both the local communities and the global ecosystem.

Species found include:

Invertebrates

Orthrus jumping spider

This jumping spider was found in the rainforest of the highlands wilderness in Papua New Guinea.

Tabuina varirata jumping spider

Jumping spiders can jump to a height of at least 6 inches using blood pressure in their legs.

Uroballus jumping spider

Nothing is known about the ecology of this species of jumping spider.

Cucudeta jumping spider

This small jumping spider that vaguely resembles an ant was found among leaves on the ground of the dense rainforest at Tualapa.

Yamangalea jumping spider

This species belongs to the subfamily Cocalodinae, a highly distinctive group unique to New Guinea and region that previously had only two known genera.

Tabuina rufa jumping spider

This jumping spider was found on a tree in the rainforest. It is not only a species new to science, but Tabuina is a genus new to science.

Amphibians

Nyctimystes frog

This is a large and spectacular new frog and was discovered next to a clear running mountain river.

Litoria frog

Frogs from this group can be extremely variable in their appearance, and the sound of their call is one of the best ways both to distinguish among the species.

Oreophryne frog

This tiny species with a sharp chirping call is known only from limestone hills, where it was first found.

Reptiles

Cyrtodactylus Gecko

A beautiful gecko known only from a single specimen collected in dense rainforest at Tualapa in the Strickland River headwaters.

See also, with pictures, here.

Long-tailed tits’ rise in Britain


This is a video about long-tailed tits.

From Wildlife Extra:

Long-tailed tit numbers increase sharply

Boom times for Long-tailed Tits

March 2009. Although 2008 saw another poor breeding season for many birds, it proved to be a bumper year for one of our most endearing species. Participants in the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch survey have seen a huge increase in Long-tailed Tits using their gardens, the biggest such increase since the scheme began.

The latest results to emerge from the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch survey have revealed a massive increase in the use of gardens by Long-tailed Tits, a species that often visits gardens in extended family parties. The results, together with information drawn in from other BTO work, suggest that the Long-tailed Tit population has been boosted by a run of mild winters and a fantastic breeding season. During the last week of 2008 some 43% of the gardens covered by the survey held visiting Long-tailed Tits, compared to just 25% at the same time the previous year.

Long-tailed Tits are an early breeding species with nest building initiated around March. What is interesting about these birds is their co-operative breeding technique, with many related individuals helping to rear chicks within the group. These birds do not use artificial nest boxes but prefer to construct their own elaborate nest domes. Each nest contains a precise lining of up to 2,600 feathers, all of carefully selected lengths, used to regulate nest temperature for incubating and brooding young. Researchers experimentally removing or adding feathers have found the birds able to recognise the interference and adjust their counting accordingly. The building process may take 39 days to complete.

See also here.