Today, to the nature reserve.
The bearded tooth mushroom near the entrance is brownish yellow now. See a photo of that species here,
The porcelain mushrooms and giant polypore are on their usual tree.
On the meadow, two Egyptian geese.
This is a video of a great crested grebe swimming underwater.
Near the white bridge, two adult great grebes with three still small young; one of them on a parent’s back, the other two swimming beside the adult, calling.
Great crested grebes often nest more than once a year,. I hope these three are not too late in the autumn to survive the winter.
Near the grebes, mallards, coots, and two gadwall ducks.
A female great spotted woodpecker high in a tree.
Jays and waxwings in the Netherlands: here.
Scientists are starting to unravel the sex secrets of the black truffle, that rare and expensive delicacy, in hopes of making its cultivation easier: here.
This is a video of a black woodpecker, looking for insects on a tree trunk in Waliën nature reserve, Winterswijk, Gelderland province, the Netherlands.
Female Red Bellied Woodpecker Hiding Food: here.
This video is called NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can’t Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Nato bombers kill at least 25 in raid
Monday 25 October 2010
by Tom Mellen
Nato warplanes bombed a village in Helmand on Monday, destroying a mosque, damaging homes and killing at least 25 people.
Helmand provincial council chief Fazal Bari said that the toll in Maigan village would rise because many bodies were still buried in the rubble.
Nato officials confirmed the air strike on the small settlement in Baghran district, asserting that it had targeted “a senior Taliban facilitator.”
Distraught residents said that scores of civilians had died in the attack, including a 10-year-old child.
Eyewitness Salah Ayap said: “People are very angry.”
Mr Ayap reported that Western troops raided the village at around 2am, sparking a fierce gunfight that was brought to an abrupt end by the Nato blitz.
Only two walls and one small room of the large mosque were left standing and nearby homes had been damaged, Mr Ayap said.
He said that villagers were digging the dead out from the rubble with farming tools and their bare hands and washing them for burial.
Occupation forces in Afghanistan have stepped up the use of “surgical” air strikes in recent months, since General David Petraeus took control of the US-led war in the summer.
Those air strikes are believed to have killed or wounded hundreds of civilians, fuelling tension between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers, who are under increasing pressure at home over the bloody, costly conflict.
Mr Karzai raised eyebrows on Monday when he revealed that he receives $700,000 to $975,000 (£450,000-£620,000) “once or twice a year” from Iran for “official presidential expenses.”
He said the US has known about the Iranian assistance for years and that Washington also gives the palace “bags of money.”
The unpopular premier was responding to a New York Times report at the weekend which stated that Iran was doling out cash to his chief of staff Umar Daudzai to buy his loyalty and promote Iranian interests.
The US newspaper quoted unnamed sources saying the money had been used to pay Afghan MPs, tribal elders and even Taliban commanders.
There was no immediate comment from US officials.
France: Workers and students continued to mount strike action over the weekend against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension cuts: here.
The popular uprising against plans to raise the retirement age is costing the French economy up to €400 million (£356m) a day, the finance minister said on Monday: here.
Students protested across France today before today’s National Assembly vote on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s regressive pensions reform Bill: here.
Opponents of French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s drive to raise the retirement age vowed today to continue their battle after French MPs approved the final text of his unpopular Pension Reform Bill by 336-233: here.
Workers, pensioners and unemployed people joined massive union-led protests in Bucharest today against the coalition government’s cuts agenda: here.
India: Through a combination of mass arrests and intimidation, the Tamil Nadu state government is working to repress a militant strike of workers at a factory owned by the Taiwan-based [Foxconn] company: here.
The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has launched a crackdown on “microfinanciers” in the wake of 56 suicides that were allegedly linked to aggressive loan collection tactics: here.
Microfinance destroys the lives of the poorest Indian families: here.
The recent horrifying death of a young female worker at the Nokia factory in southern India stands as an indictment of the unsafe working conditions that prevail in most of the country’s industry: here.
This video is called Wikileaks Iraq war logs: Civilians have paid heaviest price.
The secret US army files made public Friday by the WikiLeaks web site provide massive documentation of the criminal character of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq: here.
The response of the New York Times to WikiLeaks’ posting of classified American military documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq is to downplay the atrocities and portray WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as the criminal party: here.
The Secret War Between Wikileaks, the Pentagon and the Mainstream Corporate Press: here.
Great special/interviews on Iraq War Logs | Democracy Now: here.
Julian Assange: WikiLeaks is “under siege” & is on US watch list. Pentagon says to stop talking to whisleblowers: here.
Veteran Suicides Outnumber US Military Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan: here.
Iraq claims ‘must be investigated’ – Secret Iraq Files – Al Jazeera English: here.
Why war criminals hate Wikileaks: here.
Wikileaks exposure deepens political crisis in Iraq: here.
The WSWS recently spoke with WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson about the organization’s release of nearly 400,000 documents related to the Iraq War: here.
Media censored from reporting on next WikiLeaks story: here.