British Conservative, nazi, other child abuse scandals


This video is called National Socialist Wedding 1963 England (Colin Jordan).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Top officials linked to ’80s child sex ring

Sunday 27 January 2013

by Our News Desk

A string of former Establishment figures have been linked to organised child sex abuse said to have taken place in the early 1980s.

The Metropolitan Police launched a full-scale criminal investigation, Operation Fernbridge, into the historic claims 10 days ago but was tight-lipped on its details.

But several former top Tories have since been named on the internet in relation to the case, including an ex-Cabinet member and other former government ministers, MPs, and officials of the right-wing Monday Club.

The claims have been published widely on the web in around 60 documents reported to have been part of a dossier compiled by concerned care worker Mary Moss.

Among others implicated are at least one ex-Labour MP, ex-Liberal MP Cyril Smith, former Richmond councillors and officials, a number of top lawyers, police officers and one-time leader of the National Socialist Movement in Britain Colin Jordan.

Images posted in recent days and purported to come from Ms Moss’s dossier feature typed and handwritten notes, names and addresses said to have been recorded by at least one care worker looking into allegations of systematic child sex abuse at the Elm Guest House in Barnes between 1979 and 1983.

The south London guesthouse is said to have been used to abuse young boys from the age of nine who were transported from care homes in Richmond and elsewhere to the premises.

Police visited the home of Ms Moss, who now goes under another name, two weeks ago as part of Operation Fairbank, which is investigating historical claims of child sex abuse.

It was launched following Labour MP Tom Watson’s October demand for an inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring which he claimed reached to the top of the British Establishment.

Ms Moss has since reportedly handed 19 files to the police, many of which were said to have been hidden with neighbours to protect them against seizure and destruction by third parties.

The Metropolitan Police has asked anyone with information to call its hotline on (020) 7161-0500.

United States tufted puffin stamp


Tufted puffin stamp

By Melissa Mayntz in the USA:

Fly With Bird Stamps

January 26, 2013

The U.S. Post Office has released a new bird stamp – the tufted puffin is featured on the 86-cent stamp, good for first class postage up to three ounces. Robert Giusti of Bridgewater, Connecticut is the artist who created the design, which includes a pair of breeding plumage puffins sporting their namesake tufts.

The tufted puffin is a member of the Alcidae bird family, which includes all puffins and auks. While the Atlantic puffin is often more well-known, the tufted puffin is a popular seabird in its Pacific range. While you might be able to see these colorful birds on stamps now, learn where you can see wild puffins so you can add this bird to your life list!

Learn more about collecting stamps, or visit USPS.com to buy a tufted puffin stamp today!

Tufted Puffin First Class Stamp
Image © 2013 U.S. Postal Service

Apr. 10, 2013 — A recent study has shown that bottom-dwelling goosefish, also known as monkfish, prey on dovekies, a small Arctic seabird and the smallest member of the puffin family. To understand how this deep-water fish finds a shallow-feeding bird in offshore waters, researchers looked at when, where, and how these animals were most likely to be in the same place at the same time: here.

Regime teargas kills Bahraini child


This video is called Lethal Use of Tear Gas in Bahrain, from Amber Lyon of CNN.

From Associated Press:

Bahrain mourners clash with police following boy’s funeral

By Reem Khalifa, The Associated Press

January 27, 2013 8:10 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain – Riot police and mourners have clashed in Bahrain following the funeral of an 8-year-old boy whom opposition groups claim died from respiratory problems triggered by heavy tear gas.

Officials did not immediately comment on the cause of the boy’s death after he was hospitalized Jan. 19.

Rights groups and others have complained about intense tear gas use by Bahraini forces during nearly two years of unrest.

Hundreds of mourners staged a protest march following Sunday’s burial, but were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades. …

Bahrain has been wracked by conflict between the Sunni-led monarchy and majority Shiites seeking a greater political voice.

More than 55 people have died in the unrest in the strategic kingdom, home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Many more than 55 people died.

Bahrain: An 8 year-old-boy and an 87 year-old man; Two Victims in One Month of the Tear Gas Collective Punishment: here.

Bahrain Criticized for Use of Tear Gas Following Boy’s Funeral: here.

Bahrain: Few Days after Call for Dialogue, 43 people arrested for protesting in Manama: here.

MANAMA: Reporters Without Borders voices renewed concern about news providers in Bahrain, in particular, Ahmed Humaidan, a photographer detained since 29 December, and Sayed Yousef Al-Muhafda, a human rights activist who will go on trial tomorrow on charges of circulating false news: here.

Georgian president’s anti-Armenian prejudice


This video from when Mikheil Saakashvili still had dictatorial power in Georgia, is called The police tortured prisoners in Georgia.

Mikheil Saakashvili, contrary to his former colleague Mubarak of Egypt, is still president of Georgia.

Even though his party lost the parliamentary elections. Indignation among Georgian voters about horrible sexual torture of prisoners was so big, that even Saakashvili’s electoral fraud could not help him to win.

Saakashvili has a record of stirring up hatred against South Ossetians and Abkhazians. He started a bloody war to reconquer South Ossetia and Abkhazia. He counted on his chum George W Bush in the White House in the USA to help him in that war. However, not even George W Bush was that crazy to go all the way to a nuclear world war against Russia. Saakashvili lost the war. The war which cost the impoverished Georgian people many dead, many wounded and much money.

If Saakashvili was not stirring up hatred against South Ossetians or Abkhazians, then he was stirring up hatred against gay people, or against opposition party supporters.

Or he was stirring up hatred against Armenians. Unfortunately, not was, but is.

From the Civil.ge site in Georgia:

Armenian Church in Georgia ‘Condemns’ Saakashvili’s Statement on Chakhalyan

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 27 Jan.’13 / 18:57

President Saakashvili’s “incorrect” statements on the release of Vahagn Chakhalyan, an activist from Georgia’s pre-dominantly ethnic Armenian populated region, who was serving a prison term for charges related to weapons, armed hooliganism and acts against public order, are contributing to “dissemination of anti-Armenian sentiments,” Armenian Church in Georgia said in a statement on January 26.

Chakhalyan was released on January 24 as a result of a broad amnesty passed by the Georgian Parliament late last year after serving four and half years of his ten-year prison term.

President Saakashvili condemned release of Chakhalyan and described him as “the enemy of the Georgian state”. He said that Chakhalyan was released upon the request of head of the Armenian Apostolic Church Karekin II to Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili; he also said that PM Ivanishvili “committed a grave misconduct” by allowing Chakhalyan’s release and added that the PM did so in order “to please” Russia.

UNM [Saakashvili's party] secretary general Vano Merabishvili, who was the interior minister when Chakhalyan was arrested, also condemned Chakhalyan’s release and described him as “a symbol of struggle against the Georgian statehood”, “inspirer of separatism in Javakheti”, “emissary of Russian military intelligence” and “major enemy of the Georgian statehood in Javakheti”.

The Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia released a statement on January 26 saying that it “condemns” remarks of this kind by the President and other UNM leaders.

With such statements, it said, the President and former interior minister acknowledged that “there actually was no justice when UNM was in power”.

“If Chakhalyan was really a separatist and an agent, why was not he convicted under relevant articles of the criminal code? There is one explanation to this paradox: the previous authorities used the justice system against their political opponents,” the statement reads.

“Moreover, President Saakashvili allowed himself to mention the name of His Holiness, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, saying that Vahagn Chakhalyan was released upon His Holiness’ request. We would like to highlight that this request was based on humanistic beliefs and had originated from Chakhalyan’s parents’ appeal which could not have remained without the attention of the Spiritual Pastor of All Armenians,” the statement reads, adding that Chakhalyan was released because the law on amnesty applied to him.

It called on politicians “not to use for their short-term political objectives issues, which directly concern peace and calmness in our multiethnic homeland, as well as relationship between our brotherly people of Georgia and Armenia.”

“We are convinced that despite all political or other circumstances, our nations will continue strengthening and deepening good-neighborly and fraternal relations. Ethnically Armenian citizens of Georgia were and will continue to be devoted sons of Georgia,” the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia said.

Chakhalyan, who was with one of the Akhalkalaki-based groups which staged several protest rallies in 2005 against withdrawal of the Russian military base from Akhalkalaki and which was calling for an autonomy for the Javakheti region, was arrested in July, 2008 and initially charged with illegal keeping of weapons; later more charges were added involving hooliganism, acts against public order and resisting officials for incidents dating back for 2005 and 2006 including the one when protesters stormed a court chamber and a building of the Tbilisi State University’s local branch in Akhalkalaki. His supporters condemned Chakhalyan’s arrest and consequent conviction as politically motivated.

Blackbirds, moorhens, tufted ducks in winter


On Saturday 26 January, snowing.

The next day, 27 January, higher temperatures thawed away snow and ice.

The photos were made on 26 January, when it was still wintry.

The river was mostly frozen, with some open water. Snow on most of the ice.

Mallard drake, 26 January 2013

A male mallard duck walked on the ice. With a white feather on his bill and snowflakes on his breast.

Mallard duck, 26 Januuary 2013

Later, a female mallard with snow on her bill.

Black-headed gull, in summer plumage, 26 January 2013

On the ice, black-headed gulls. One of them already with a spring-style dark brown head.

Black-headed gull, in winter plumage, 26 January 2013

The other black-headed gulls were still in winter plumage. A few herring gulls.

In the water, many coots and mallards swim.

Coot, 26 Januuary 2013

Sometimes, they leave the water and walk on the ice, like this coot.

For the first time this winter in open water among ice, tufted ducks. Two males swimming. About tufted ducks in Algeria: here.

Along the river bank, moorhens. Sometimes in the water, sometimes on the snowless ice, sometimes on the snowy ice. Sometimes on the bank and into the garden.

Moorhens, 26 January 2013

This photo shows moorhens near the bank, with open water with mainly mallards behind them.

Moorhen on the snow, 26 January 2013

Here, a moorhen on the snow.

Moorhen on the snow in the garden, 26 January 2013

And a moorhen in the garden.

Blackbird male, 26 January 2013

In the garden and on the bank, also blackbirds.

A great tit calling on a tree.

A few hours later, a common gull has joined the birds on the ice.

Two collared doves in a tree in the garden.

Small sharks eating great white sharks


From Discovery News:

Cookiecutter Sharks Tear Flesh Out of Great Whites

Jan 26, 2013 08:17 AM ET // by Jennifer Viegas

Great white shark with bite and scar inflicted by a cookiecutter shark. The arrow shows the scar from a healed gash

Great white shark with bite and scar inflicted by a cookiecutter shark. The arrow shows the scar from a healed gash.

Great white sharks have long been at the top of the marine food chain, but it turns out they are victimized by ravenous cookiecutter sharks, which bite out chunks of great white flesh.

The bites, recently documented in the journal Pacific Science, are like the ultimate sushi. Lone cookiecutters sneak up on their great white victims before taking a big bite. The sneaky predators rotate their bodies, allowing them to remove plugs of flesh. This leaves the great white victim grossly injured, but still alive.

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The attack is quite a feat, considering that cookiecutter sharks are just one-tenth the size of great whites.

“In most cases, these little sharks will eat little prey, but with cookiecutter sharks, you have this unique situation of a small shark that will target animals much, much larger than itself, up to 10 times their own size, and that’s pretty unique in the animal kingdom — it’s a very active foraging process,” co-author Yannis Papastamatiou, a marine biologist in the division of ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, said in a press release.

For the study, the researchers analyzed a bite wound near a great white shark’s mouth. The great white shark was photographed by a diver in a shark cage near Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean.

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Cookiecutters inhabit deep tropical waters. Their bites have been found on many animals, including tuna, whales, dolphins, swordfish, elephant seals and even humans.

“When biologists first started noticing the bites on the pelagic fishes and whales, they thought it might be a viral infection because they didn’t know any animal that could bite and leave such a smooth wound,” Papastamatiou said. “And it’s not only animals — they’ve taken chunks of plastic out of submarines and underwater oceanographic equipment, so it’s pretty amazing what they can do.”

This “talent” is made possible by the cookiecutter’s unique teeth. Unlike the teeth of other sharks, those of cookiecutter sharks are connected at the bottom in the lower jaw, allowing them to scoop out the flesh of their victims like a living melon baller.

These sharks have the largest teeth of any shark in relation to the size of their jaws. Cookiecutters are also bioluminescent, meaning they produce their own light on parts of their bodies. Their hunting tactic is to hide and surprise larger fish, taking bites before quickly leaving the scene.

“It’s a very mysterious little fish in a lot of ways and that’s mainly because it’s so difficult to study — you hardly ever see them alive,” Papastamatiou said. “We really have to study cookiecutter sharks based on either dead specimens or by their bite wounds on prey.”

John McKosker, a senior scientist at the California Academy of Sciences, added, “The public thinks that white sharks, based on the film ‘Jaws,’ are the ultimate predator, whereas even white sharks are preyed upon in this case, by a shark no longer than your forearm.”

(Image: Mauricio Hoyos Padilla et al/Pacific Science)

PLYMOUTH, UK// West Country waters are home to many amazing sharks, skates and rays including the superfast Shortfin Mako and the giant Basking Shark. This weekend 150 shark experts and delegates from all over the world will attend the annual European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) conference hosted by the Plymouth-based Shark Trust: here.