American hoverfly imitates wasp

This video from the USA says about itself:

16 September 2017

The Virginia Flower Fly or Yellow Jacket Hover Fly (Milesia virginiensis) is a bizarre fly that looks like a big scary hornet. In the south, it is sometimes called the ‘good news bee‘ for its habit of hovering in front of a person “giving the news”. It is also said to be good luck if one can get the insect to perch on a finger, no doubt because this is difficult to do.

It mimics the southern yellowjacket as a defense mechanism – that works really well because when you see one of these you don’t want to mess with it. I have only caught fleeting glimpses of this strange fly over the years, but here caught in the open on the deck it is making an aggressive hornet stand – lucky for it I know its secret.

Despite its looks -once you realize what it is you should remember it is actually an important pollinator of flowers and not dangerous at all. Enjoy one of the more unique disguise adoptions of Nature and let them “Bee” – maybe they’ll bring you luck.


CIA bans Chelsea Manning from Harvard, protest campaign

This 16 February 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Redemption for Chelsea Manning: Campaign Against Harvard Working

Petition: Withdraw Support from Harvard: ‘I will not have any affiliation with Harvard or provide any support for it whatsoever if they do not reverse their disgraceful decision on Chelsea Manning‘: here.

I’m a fellow at Harvard, and I know that their silencing of Chelsea Manning puts power before freedom of speech: here.

Harvard Shames Itself by Staging a Koch-Sponsored Betsy {DeVos] Lovefest–No Dissenting Voices Allowed. At conference called “The Future of School Choice,” there is nary a critic of this radical rightwing agenda: here.

England: The World Socialist Web Site has been investigating the censorship of a panel discussion, “Whistleblowing: Exposing injustices or undermining institutions?” hosted by the Oxford Union earlier this year. Records of the event, including transcripts and videos, have been withheld from publication—apparently to suppress remarks by human rights activist Heather Marsh about the activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made in the presence on one of its former operatives, David Shedd: here.

Voyager 1,2 spacecraft news

This video says about itself:

See Two Spacecraft Journey to Outer Reaches of Solar System | National Geographic

16 September 2017

After 40 years of service, the two Voyager spacecraft are heading deeper into the cosmos, with Voyager 1 holding the record as the farthest human-made object.

Ancient Egyptian goldsmith’s tomb discovery

This video says about itself:

Get a First Look Inside a Newly Opened Egyptian Tomb | National Geographic

17 September 2017

Archaeologists explored for the first time a 3,500-year-old tomb near Luxor, Egypt. The tomb belonged to a goldsmith and his wife, and includes a crumbling statue of the pair. The family lived during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. Archaeologists also found statuettes, mummies, pottery, and other artifacts. They hope that its contents may yield clues to other discoveries.