This video says about itself:
Searching for Japanese Bats – Japan‘s Northern Wilderness – BBC Earth
Steve heads for the Rimizu limestone caves in Japan to search for hibernating bats.
This 16 January 2017 CNN video from the USA says about itself:
The Saudi women afraid to go home
16 January 2017
By Mallory Shelbourne in the USA – 04/23/17 04:58 PM EDT:
Saudi Arabia elected to UN women’s rights commission
The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality [sic; equality], according to the U.N. website.
The organization’s executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.
Neuer called the election “absurd,” noting that all women in Saudi Arabia “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”
Saudi Arabia is on the U.N. Human Rights Council, because their top allies, the United States administration (then the Obama administration) and the British Conservative government (then the Cameron government) helped them to get in. No doubt, the new Trump Republican administration, basing itself on President Trump’s maxim: Grab them by the pussy, and the new British Conservative Theresa May administration, basing itself on May‘s maxim: The Saudi rulers buy lots of British weapons for their war on Yemen, similarly helped the misogynistic Saudi absolute monarchy get into the women’s rights commission.
From UN Watch:
Saudi women feel betrayed by the UN. “I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘Saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,”tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.”
“Today the UN sent a message that women’s rights can be sold out for petro-dollars and politics,” said Neuer, “and it let down millions of female victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection.”
This video is called Cuba Playa Larga 2016.
On Cayo Coco: white ibis (after which the island is named). Black-necked stilts. Short-billed dowitchers. Tricoloured heron. Snowy egret. Flamingos flying.
At a restaurant in central Cuba: Cape May warbler.
There were anolis lizards on the inside of the thatched roof of the restaurant.
At 17:30, we stopped at a place not far from the Zapata peninsula.
The bee hummingbird drank from white flowers. On the branch above it sat a Cuban pewee.
There were also bigger relatives of the bee hummingbird: Cuban emerald hummingbirds, both males and females.
Still bigger: a Cuban oriole.
Stay tuned for more entries about Cuba on this blog!
This 14 April 2017 French video with English subtitles says about itself:
Jean-Luc Mélenchon delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Rennes.
Unfortunately, French leftist presidential candidate Mélenchon is not in the second round of the elections. If he would have had 3% more of the vote, then he would have eliminated extreme right candidate Marine Le Pen. Mélenchon is the only candidate calling Le Pen a ‘fascist’, instead of using an incorrect euphemism like ‘populist’. Mélenchon has said the members of his political movement will now decide what to do in the second round; unlike other party leaders who yesterday evening after first round results became known, decided for their followers what they should vote in the second round.
By Alex Lantier in France:
24 April 2017
In a historic collapse of the two-party system that has ruled France since the May–June 1968 general strike, the candidates of the Socialist Party (PS) and The Republicans (LR) were eliminated in the first round of the French presidential elections. Ex-PS Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen of the neo-fascist National Front (FN) in the May 7 run-off.
According to official Interior Ministry figures, Macron obtained 23.55 percent of the vote to Le Pen’s 22.32 percent. LR candidate François Fillon obtained 19.88 percent, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Unsubmissive France movement … obtained 19.01 percent of the vote.
PS candidate Benoît Hamon received only 6.12 percent of the vote. This is a historic collapse of a leading European social-democratic party comparable only to the disintegration of Greece’s Pasok party, after it imposed economically suicidal European Union (EU) austerity measures in the wake of the 2008 Wall Street crash. The PS government’s deep austerity measures, its imposition of a state of emergency suspending basic democratic rights and its overtures to the FN under President François Hollande have discredited the party.
Fillon and Hamon both endorsed Macron, calling on voters to choose him in order to prevent Le Pen from winning the presidency. Hamon called his defeat a “deep wound,” a “moral defeat,” and “historic punishment” imposed by voters on the PS, for the second time in 15 years. In 2002, PS candidate Lionel Jospin was eliminated by right-wing candidate Jacques Chirac and the FN’s Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine’s father.
Fillon called for party unity in LR, declaring, “This defeat is mine. It is up to me and to me alone to bear responsibility for it.” Warning of “chaos,” “bankruptcy, and “an exit from the euro currency” if the FN were to come to power, he said, “I will vote in favor of Emmanuel Macron.”
Whether it is Macron or Le Pen who wins the second round, the election will resolve nothing and only set the stage for explosive social conflict. The electorate faces the choice between a neo-fascist and Macron, a former Rothschild banker who formulated Hollande’s bitterly unpopular economic policy and has called for a return to the draft in order to prepare an “era” of major wars. Macron offers no alternative to Le Pen for working people, having endorsed the PS’s state of emergency, which suspends basic democratic rights, as well as deep austerity and war planning.
Macron’s attempt last night to rally popular support against Le Pen in the second round was shot through with contradictions. While presenting himself as a young independent who is obliterating the distinction between right- and left-wing politics and totally renewing France, he is a former PS economy minister running with the support of virtually the entire political establishment. Were he to win the presidency and implement his reactionary program, workers would soon realize that he aims to continue and deepen Hollande’s reactionary policies. …
Macron’s On the March movement consists of a small layer of young entrepreneurs and political operatives whose influence is dependent on the support of top PS government officials, starting with Hollande and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Given the deep unpopularity of France’s major parties, moreover, Macron’s strategy only hands Le Pen an opening to put herself forward as the sole candidate challenging France’s despised political establishment. This is indeed how she reacted last night.
Le Pen spoke from her campaign headquarters in Hénin-Beaumont, a town in the socially devastated coalfields of northern France that elected FN mayor Steeve Briois after its PS mayor Gérard Dallongeville stepped down amid a corruption scandal. Having run on a nationalist opposition to the European Union (EU) and violent anti-immigrant policies, she pledged to make the election a choice between EU and PS austerity and her nationalist defense of France. …
Significantly, TV commentators discussing the election results yesterday evening largely skipped over the significance of the fact that, for a second time in 15 years, the FN is again on the second round of the presidential elections. In 2002, this produced shock and mass protests of millions of people horrified by the possibility that the FN could come to power. Today, however, the political and media establishment treat Le Pen’s presence on the second round as unfortunate but unsurprising.
This is the product above all of the unrestrained opportunism and reactionary policies of the PS.
Fillon, Macron, Le Pen: Today’s Robin Hoods … rob the poor to give to the rich: here.
From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:
Several hundred young people rallied in the Bastille square—the historic site where the 1789 French Revolution began—after projections suggested Le Pen would contest the second round against Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and former banker.
Protesters waved red flags and sung “No Marine and No Macron!”
Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂
It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂
The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)
My seven questions are:
1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?
2. What is your favourite sport?
3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?
4. What is your favourite quote?
5. What was your favourite class when still at school?
6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
My nominees are:
11. Roger Bussey
This November 2011 video is about common crossbills in Sweden.