This video shows a great grey owl in Sweden.
This video shows a great grey owl in Sweden.
By Dominique Mosbergen and Andy Campbell in the USA:
08/13/2017 11:46 am ET
Heather Heyer ‘Murdered While Protesting Against Hate’ In Charlottesville, Friends Say
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” read Heyer’s last public post on Facebook.
The woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist demonstrators was “murdered while protesting against hate,” says a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed her identity as Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal who lived in Charlottesville. The GoFundMe page quotes Heyer’s mother as saying her daughter “died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
As of late Sunday morning, more than $80,000 had been been pledged to the GoFundMe campaign. According to the page, Heyer was a graduate of Willam Monroe High School in Stanardsville, located about 25 miles north of Charlottesville.
A neighbor of Heyer’s, who declined to be named, said on Sunday morning that the woman was well known locally.
“All I can say is she lived her life like her path ― and it was for justice,” the woman told HuffPost as she getting into her car. Outside the neighbor’s home in the complex of duplex housing, a sign reads: “This is a welcoming household. We love our neighbors who are immigrants, LGBTQ, people of color, living with a disability, Muslim, women, and survivors of sexual assault. We love and respect our neighbors.”
Heyer was killed when a car careened into a crowd of hundreds of counter-protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to oppose a white supremacist rally. A witness said people flew into the air “like they were just bowling pins.”
“It was just terrifying,” 23-year-old Thomas Pilnik told HuffPost.
Many took to Twitter to pay homage to Heyer. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), actress Janelle Monae and comedy writer Bess Kalb were among those who praised the young woman for her bravery and for standing up against hate.
Many also noted the poignancy of Heyer’s last public Facebook posting.
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” Heyer shared in November.
James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man, is accused of driving the car that killed Heyer. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at a crash resulting in a death, police said. …
A candlelit vigil is being planned for Heyer in Charlottesville on Sunday evening. Hundreds on Facebook have expressed their desire to attend.
Maybe it would be a good idea for the city of Charlottesville to replace the statue in Emancipation Park of slave owner, slave plantation manager, and warrior for slavery on American Civil War battlefields General Robert E. Lee with a monument for Heather Heyer?
UPDATE: Someone in Charlottesville also had that idea.
Charlottesville Suspect Attended Rally With White Supremacists, Photo Shows. One of James Alex Fields Jr.’s former teachers recalled him being “infatuated with Nazis”: here.
By Eric London in the USA:
Nazi rampage leaves one dead, dozens injured in Charlottesville, Virginia
13 August 2017
Hundreds of American Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, unleashing a wave of violence that culminated in the death of a 32-year-old female counterdemonstrator whose name had not been made public as of Saturday night.
On Saturday afternoon, 20-year-old James Fields of Maumee, Ohio drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the “unite the right” gathering. Fields, who was subsequently identified as a Nazi, deliberately idled his car on a side street and repositioned his vehicle, waiting for the demonstration to approach before speeding into the crowd at 40 miles per hour. He is in custody and has been charged with murder.
Fields injured 19 other counterdemonstrators, sending bodies flying over the hood of his car before attempting to escape from the scene. Fourteen others were hurt during Saturday’s Nazi rampage.
American Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” and other fascists organized the “unite the right” demonstration to prevent the city of Charlottesville—home to the University of Virginia—from removing a statue of Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, from a park.
Early Saturday morning, dozens of militiamen armed with assault rifles, shotguns and hunting knives deployed throughout the city to “protect” the Nazi demonstrators. Dressed in camouflage uniforms resembling the US Army’s combat fatigues as well as Confederate flag insignia, the militia established control of the city’s downtown like an occupying force without being confronted by the police. Throughout the day, Nazis armed with shields, pepper spray and metal poles attacked counterdemonstrators as police looked on. Others marched with official campaign signs from Trump’s 2016 presidential run.
The night before, hundreds of Nazis took over the University of Virginia campus and held a torchlight march, chanting “one people, one nation, end immigration,” “sieg heil” and “blood and soil,” an anti-Semitic chant used by the German Nazis.
President Donald Trump waited hours to make a public statement after Saturday’s attack before stating, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”
Trump’s attempts to blame peaceful anti-fascist demonstrators as complicit in the riot was greeted with praise by the Nazi press. The Daily Stormer said: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us… He implied that there was hate on both sides! So he implied the antifa [anti-fascists] are haters. He said he loves us all.”
At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Trump repeatedly refused to answer questions from the press as to whether he would denounce the Nazi violence. The Daily Stormer noted, “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” Vice President Mike Pence made similar statements failing to condemn the Nazi provocation.
Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists: here.
This video says about itself:
5 August 2017
The success of Save The Elephants’s Elephants and Bees project is being felt far beyond Africa’s shores. The Phuleung Wildlife Research Station in Thailand has built several beehive fences using Dr Lucy King’s manual instructions and are seeing astonishing results.
The elephants are coming out of a reserve in Thailand and these beehive fences are protecting small holder farms from raids, hence reducing conflict between elephants and farmers. However, the elephants have plenty to eat in their park.
Watch this amazing film to see how elephants react to the live beehive fence.
This video from the USA today says about itself:
The Worst Part of Nazi Violence in Charlottesville
This video from the USA says about itself:
13 August 2017
This video is about barn swallows in Sweden.
This music video from Britain says about itself:
8 August 2017
Lowkey – Ghosts of Grenfell, featuring vocals of Mai Khalil and Asheber.
From daily News Line in Britain:
Saturday, 12 August 2017
He has asked for £6 million every year from the government to run the fire service and pay for staff, but was told the budget was his responsibility. When Boris Johnson was London mayor, he implemented savage cuts to the fire service in 2014. Ten fire stations were shut down, 552 firefighters’ jobs axed and 14 fire engines removed from service.
The Fire Brigades Union has called for an investigation into the fire cuts, and whether lives were lost as their direct consequence to be part of the inquiry into the Grenfell fire disaster. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: ‘We want those at the very top – in central government – held to account. Their actions and decisions over recent years need to be thoroughly scrutinised.’
Khan said he is now having to plunder City Hall reserves to pay for the equipment requested by the fire brigade’s chief, Dany Cotton. Meanwhile, Southwark Council has turned off the gas supply to tower blocks on the Ledbury Housing Estate in Peckham. Residents had called Southwark Council because they were concerned about large cracks in the walls. Engineers from Arup were dispatched to investigate, but during their visit, they discovered a separate historic problem with the gas supply.
224 homes have now had their gas switched off. Residents have been told they will be provided with hot plates for cooking, but they may need to use showers at local leisure centres while the gas is switched off. The council says it is not yet sure how long it will be until the supply is restored.
Southwark Council said: ‘Records showed that a gas supply was installed when the blocks were built around 1968/1970, soon after a gas explosion at the similarly constructed Ronan Point block in Newham caused a partial collapse of that block.’ The Ronan Point disaster was one of the the most notorious of the era. Four people died and 17 were injured when a blast from a gas stove in an 18th-storey flat caused a series of floors to collapse onto each other like a house of cards.
Southwark Council admitted that although their records showed that the design of the Ledbury blocks had been strengthened following Ronan Point ‘that the information we have regarding the history of the blocks may not be correct’.
The truth is struggling to emerge. First of all, it was admitted that exactly the same lethal combination of flammable cladding and insulation which made the fire at Grenfell Tower so lethal has been installed in 219 tower blocks around the country. Now, we find out that residents have been unwittingly living in another form of death trap: tower blocks which are built like gas bombs, where an explosion will cause the entire block to collapse in on itself.
What has emerged is that, since these blocks were built in the 1960s, the ruling class of this country have been playing Russian roulette with the lives of millions of workers and their families.
It was just a matter of time before a disaster like Grenfell happened. However, all of the warnings were ignored.
The lives of the workers and their families are expendable as far as the ruling class is concerned.
Workers are living in tower blocks built with flammable cladding, flammable insulation, built so that the entire block will collapse in the event of a gas explosion, with a fire service which has been stripped to the bone so that it cannot respond adequately to such an emergency.
These are the symptoms of a capitalist system which operates only to make profits for the ruling elite through the super-exploitation of the working class. It is becoming more and more obvious that this barbaric capitalist system deserves to perish.
The Grenfell Tower disaster was a turning point for the working class.
After the Grenfell fire: Britain’s Observer defends the role of the mainstream media: here.
This video is about common cranes in Sweden.