This is a bee-eater video.
Bee-eaters, mainly Mediterranean birds, breed very rarely in the Netherlands.
This video from the USA says about iself:
In Ghost Wars, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Steve Coll tells the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan, including its covert program against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989. He examines the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden …
From the Washington Post in the USA:
The CIA is making secret payments to multiple members of President Hamid Karzai’s administration, in part to maintain sources of information in a government in which the Afghan leader is often seen as having a limited grasp of developments, according to current and former U.S. officials.
“Afghan children killed in NATO air strike”: here.
US troops ask: WTF are we doing in Afghanistan again? Here.
USA; Minneapolis denies permits for anti-war march at Democratic National Convention: here.
Andrew Wilke: Afghan military intervention justified by a ‘great lie’: here.
New Accusations Of Corruption Aimed At Karzai Administration: here.
This is a video of Slavonian grebes fishing in the USA.
From the RSPB in Britain:
New research is hoping to shed light on the lives of one of Scotland’s most mysterious birds. The Slavonian Grebe only began breeding in the UK in 1908; its population today remains restricted to northern Scotland where latest counts have shown only 22 breeding pairs remain, the lowest level since monitoring records began. As it is a relative newcomer to the country, many aspects of the bird‘s behaviour remain unclear but conservationists are hoping further study will identify what may be driving a decline in numbers.
New study reveals Slavonian grebes’ breeding must-haves: here.
California’s Mono Lake, stopover spot for half the population of eared grebes: here.
This video is called French strike action as government defends pension reform.
French trade unions met yesterday to finalise arrangements for ‘a day of strikes and demonstrations’ across France on September 7th. There is enormous anger over government plans to extend the retirement age from 60 to 62 or even 67 years and increase the contribution period to 41.2 years: here.
This is a video of French teachers demonstrating against the Sarkozy government. The teachers will strike on 6 and 7 September as well.
The British Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has plans for lots of spending cutbacks. Unfortunately, not on bailouts of capitalist fat cats, or on war in Afghanistan, but, eg, on poor people …
Some cuts never ever ever ever heal
[Conservative politician] Oliver Letwin‘s West Dorset constituency received visits from our campaigners on Wednesday – here they are in a damp Dorchester!
Mr Letwin is one of the Star Chamber members who will make decisions on the allocation of spending cuts across government departments and is regarded widely as a highly influential, if relatively low profile, Cabinet member.
I wonder how many of Mr Letwin’s farming constituents are in HLS – or want to be and may be excluded if planned cuts go ahead?
Please add your voice to our campaign – and remind Mr Letwin that the natural beauty of his constituency depends on the good work of a whole range of people, but much of it costs money. Some cuts never heal – please don’t cut the countryside!
And I was really pleased to see that our Letter to the Future campaign (same idea, different genesis) has passed 285,000 signatures – that was quick!
This is our most prolific campaign in terms of signatures and it’s still gathering momentum. We are now well past the membership of any of the Liberal Democrat, Labour or Conservative parties. Please do add your name if you haven’t already.
Britain: 107-year old woman dies after being evicted from care home: here.
Funding is to be withdrawn from hundreds of planned new children’s playgrounds under the government’s cuts programme, it was claimed on Sunday: here.
Britain: November 2010: The RSPCA has hit out the latest Government plans for a badger cull in parts of England, describing them as ‘appalling’. The animal welfare charity believes that not only are the measures unlikely to work, they may exacerbate the very problem it is meant to stop – bovine TB. Concerned about a number of welfare issues, the RSPCA has sent a list of questions to ministers to highlight the issues at stake: here.
The government said today that it is to delay a decision on whether to cull badgers in England in a bid to control TB in cattle: here.