US forces open fire on Afghan civilians


From the site of Afghan women‘s organization RAWA:

PAN, October 25, 2009

US forces open fire at civilians after bomb attack

However, an official, who declined to be identified, told this news agency that one civilian was killed and three others sustained injuries in the gunshots fired by the US forces

Abdul Moeed Hashimi

US forces on Sunday opened fire at civilians in eastern Laghman province after coming under a bomb attack this noon, killing a civilian and wounding three others, an official and a tribal elder said.

The incident came a day after foreign forces in Kandahar killed four civilians in a car after its driver failed to stop.

The bomb attack happened on the US forces in Safi Qala area of Mehtarlam city, provincial capital at 1pm.

A tribal elder named Zabardast Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News soon after the blast, two helicopters arrived at the scene and airlifted the dead and wounded soldiers.

He added after the blast, the forces cordoned off four villages.

Head of the Laghan Civil Hospital, Abdul Latif Qayumi said a seriously injured girl was brought to the hospital who was referred to Nangarhar civil hospital.

However, an official, who declined to be identified, told this news agency that one civilian was killed and three others sustained injuries in the gunshots fired by the US forces.

US forces have so far issued no statement about the blast and fire incident.

From luna17 blog in Britain:

Tariq Ali, in his Trafalgar Square speech to thousands of protestors yesterday, denounced the absurd plans for Tony Blair to become President of the European Union.

Also on this London demonstration: here.

Naardermeer ducks, kestrels, fox


This is a Dutch TV video about the Naardermeer.

Today, Naardermeer nature reserve. A peacock butterfly flying across the bicycle track.

A great egret standing on the bank of a ditch.

Three buzzards flying.

Near the first hide: a kestrel. Shoveler ducks, shelducks. A great cormorant drying its wings. Six snipe on a tiny island in the shallow lake.

A Canada goose swims past.

On our way to the second hide, two juvenile and two adult fly agaric mushrooms.

As we walk back, a kestrel again, hovering beautifully.

A fox running in a meadow. Then, it stops, runs back, and disappears in the reedbed to the left of the meadow.

Over a hundred lapwings flying west of the Naardermeer.

Fungi and woodpecker


This is a video of a wood warbler in the Spanderswoud.

On our way to the Naardermeer and back today, we passed Spanderswoud nature reserve twice.

Clitocybe nebularis fungi along the bicycle track.

During a walk on our way back: two great tits and a great spotted woodpecker.

Fly agaric mushrooms. Porcelain fungi.

Pholiota squarrosa.

Sulphur tuft.

What do spore-launching mushrooms have in common with highly water-repellent surfaces? Here.

Music inspired by birds on wires


By Jarbas Agnelli:

Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

I sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who I Googled on the internet. He told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper.

Here I’ve posted a short video made with the photo, the music and the score (composed by the birds).