New cartoon on US Bush-Cheney administration torture tapes scandal


US Bush-Cheney administration torture tapes scandal, cartoon

This is a new cartoon from Internet Weekly in the USA, about the US Bush-Cheney administration torture tapes destruction scandal.

See also here.

White House, CIA hid torture tapes from 9/11 Commission: here. See also here. And here.

New cartoon on the Iraq war


This video is called Iraq war cartoon part 1.

There is a new cartoon on the Iraq war by Jen Sorensen from the USA. Especially on George W. Bush’s plans for permanent US military bases in Iraq.

About the ‘surge‘ in Iraq: here.

US occupation prepares Basra operation following British withdrawal: here.

2007 Worst Year Yet in Iraq, by Dahr Jamail: here.

Hedge sparrow, treecreepers, and Mauthausen


Eurasian treecreeper

Today, a walk to three ‘green’ parts of Hilversum: first the Taludweg; then, the Peerlkamplaan; then, the old cemetery.

Along the Taludweg, most of the old canal was frozen. In the open water spots, many mallards and a few coots. Moorhens ate grass on the banks.

A bit higher up, a dunnock. A jay showing the beautiful blue feathers in its wings. Nuthatch sounds. Great tits, blue tits, magpies, wood pigeons.

The Peerlkamplaan is a wooded path from Hilversum town centre to the Corversbos nature reserve; originally from the nineteenth century.

There, two treecreepers on a smallish tree in a garden. One flew away, but the other one climbed all the way up. A few minutes later, another or the same treecreeper on a big tree along the Peerlkamplaan. Usually, these small brownish birds have a very good mimicry on brown trees. However, this tree was a bit greenish from moss, making it somewhat easier to spot the treecreeper.

People were buried in the old cemetery of Hilversum from the late eighteenth century till 1941. Today, it is a garden in the town centre. There is a monument for local schoolchildren who died as a result of the 1940-1945 nazi occupation. And a monument including a stone from the infamous deathly quarry of Hitler’s Mauthausen concentration camp; remembered in the Mauthausen music cycle by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. That monument was put there on 5 May (Dutch national holiday, celebrating the end of the nazi occupation in 1945) 1970.

Not one, but six giraffe species in Africa?


This video is called Giraffes at Nkorho Pan.

From the BBC:

The world’s tallest animal, the giraffe, may actually be several species, a study has found.

A report in BMC Biology uses genetic evidence to show that there may be at least six species of giraffe in Africa.

Currently giraffes are considered to represent a single species classified into multiple subspecies. …

The study also found that the two giraffe subspecies that live closest to each other – the reticulated giraffe (Currently: Giraffa camelopardalis reticulate) in North Kenya, which has reddish round spots; and the Maasai giraffe (Currently: Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) in South Kenya – separated 0.5 to 1.5 million years ago.

See also here.

Video about giraffes in Kenya: here.

Niger scrub becomes last sanctuary for giraffe herds: here.