New ecotourism centre in Bolivia

Red fronted macawFrom BirdLife:

Rare parrot draws in celebrities at ecotourism centre launch


Miss Bolivia 2006 was among those attending celebrations for the opening of a new ecotourism centre in the country.

The centre is part of a conservation program focusing on the Red-fronted Macaw Ara rubrogenys, being undertaken by Armonia (BirdLife in Bolivia). …

The Ecotourism Cabin is situated in one of the natural habitats of the parrot, alongside other endemic birds like Cliff Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus luchsi and Bolivian Blackbird Oreopsar bolivianus, both of which breed on the cliff face with Red-fronted Macaw.

The Cabin will offer visitors a chance to see and learn more about the birds and their habitats at close quarters.

Also from BirdLife:

Law enforcement fails Bolivia’s parrots


In a recently published paper, Asociacion Armonia (BirdLife in Bolivia) monitored the wild birds which passed through a pet market in Santa Cruz between August 2004 to July 2005, and recorded nearly 7,300 individuals of 31 parrot species, of which four were threatened species.

Bolivia-Brazil border area dam plans: here.

BirdLife Partners in the United States, Bahamas, Belize and Paraguay are clubbing together to promote ecotourism in places where poverty overlaps with Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), a pioneering project that will enrich these areas for both people and nature: here.


Rare mosses found in The Netherlands

Bryum warneum

According to Dutch daily Leidsch Dagblad, two rare moss species have been discovered in nature reserve Langeveld.

They are Bryum knowltonii and Bryum warneum, both north European species.

Moss and other plant evolution: here.

Poetry and music in the theatre

This is a Maarten Willems music video.

Tonight again poetry and music in the theatre.

First, vocals and guitar by The Weak And The Strong; Johan from Rotterdam, with songs in English.

Then, poems by Lisan Lauvenberg.

Born in Simpelveld in Limburg province, she now lives in Amsterdam. Both were in tonight’s poems.

Then, theremin music and poetry by Wim Kauffman.

After a pause, yours truly on the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory of the “Elders of Zion”, and the Islamophobic conspiracy theory of “Eurabia”.

Then, poems by Jan Sakko.

Finally, Maarten Willems on guitar, with songs in Dutch.

British pro-peace artist Mark Wallinger interviewed

This video is called Can art stop the war?

By Anindya Bhattacharyya:

Mark Wallinger: anti-war art and the state of Britain today

Mark Wallinger and Leon Kuhn spoke to Anindya Bhattacharyya about State Britain, the new anti-war artwork

Every age has its defining political struggle, and the anti-war movement occupies this role today.

Yet Britain’s visual art scene has by and large avoided directly addressing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the protests against it.

This fact makes the latest work by leading British sculptor Mark Wallinger all the more surprising.

State Britain is currently on show at the Tate Britain in central London. It was commissioned by the Tate last year and kept secret until its unveiling earlier this month.

The work is a reconstruction of Brian Haw‘s ramshackle collection of anti-war placards, banners and posters, exactly as it was in Parliament Square before most of it was torn down by police in May last year.

“It’s a sculpture, a reproduction,” explains Wallinger.”You can think of it as a historical reconstruction if you like, except that historical reconstructions are ordinarily of something considered rather ‘important’ in an authoritarian way.”

See also here.

Belgian police manual with Bush-chimpanzee pics

Bush and chimp photographs

When I thought there was nothing in the Google cache of Dear Kitty Modblog any more, I found this story, 4/1/05:

Mood: Looking

Playing: Ape man, by The Kinks

From China Daily:

Belgium red-faced over Bush chimpanzee photos


Belgium’s interior minister was left red-faced after it emerged that photos comparing US President George W. Bush to a chimpanzee had been used in a police training manual.

“I hadn’t seen these photos and I think they are in bad taste,” the minister, Patrick Dewael, told the Flemish-language daily Het Laatste Nieuws, which first reported the story.

The pictures in question — reprinted by the newspaper [and shown then on Indymedia Belgium]– showed a series of the US leader’s facial expressions next to shots of a chimpanzee making apparently similar faces.

They were intended to help trainee police officers in the western city of Bruges to recognize the importance of body language in dealing with the public.

Bush is shown in poses ranging from pensive to finger-waving debating mode.

The pictures are all the more embarrassing for Dewael since he had signed a letter calling on Belgian municipal authorities and other police chiefs to use the manual.

But he was at pains to insist he did not know about the pictures.

“This collage was not an initiative of the interior ministry,” he said, adding that he intended to ask Bruges authorities to withdraw the controversial pages from the manual.

Isn’t this insulting to chimpanzees?