Golden orb spider video


This video from the USA says about itself:

10 February 2018
Golden Orb spiders are known for the impressive webs they weave — producing silk five times stronger than steel and more flexible than cotton.

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Honduras regime uses British spyware


This video says about itself:

5 December 2017

The ongoing demonstrations continue to call for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down, and for the National Elections Commission to finalize an announcement.

Honduran elite police, known as “Cobras” are now refusing to confront the protesters and are demanding an end to the crisis.

By Nathan Akehurst in Britain:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Emily Thornberry grills Boris on British aid for Honduran crackdown

SHADOW foreign secretary Emily Thornberry demanded an explanation from the government today after it was revealed that British spyware was used by the Honduran government in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

Her letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson asked for detail on whether the spyware sales went through the procedures for arms exports, which involves four government departments.

Ms Thornberry also sought clarity on what purpose British officials were told that the equipment would be used for and what steps were taken to confirm this.

The equipment in question is worth at least £300,000 and can help to intercept and monitor a broad range of telecommunications including emails, phone calls and online messaging apps.

It has been reportedly used in Honduras’s sweeping clampdown on protests that followed November’s disputed general election result; thousands of police and troops swarmed protests, resulting in dozens of casualties.

Multiple exports appear to have taken place, including two licences for the export of “telecommunications interception equipment” in 2016 and 2017 and a further open licence of unknown value for other “information security equipment.”

Political repression in Honduras, including the monitoring of private communications, is well-documented. The country receives millions in state aid from the US.

Since the 2009 coup d’etat that ousted leftwinger Manuel Zelaya, allowing the still incumbent National Party to seize power, the administration has been accused of extrajudicial killings, election fraud and involvement with organised crime.

Ms Thornberry accused the British government of double standards, pointing to ministers’ lack of response to repression in Honduras — in contrast with vociferous condemnation of alleged state violence in Venezuela, where the left is being threatened by a putschist opposition funded by the US.

Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle has tabled a written parliamentary question asking for the name of the firm behind the equipment sale.

A Department for International Trade spokesman said it did not license exports in cases that it assessed there was a “clear risk that the goods may be used for internal repression.”

Such sales are illegal under the 2008 Export Control Act.

Honduras turns to online censorship and spyware to clamp down on protests: here.

Mandarin ducks in old harbour


This video from California in the USA says about itself:

21 September 2015

Beautiful male Mandarin duck in breeding plumage and pretty Wood ducks up close at a lake in the Santa Monica Mountains enjoying the morning sunshine. Original music by Tommy Moreno.

This video is the sequel.

Today, I went to the old harbour. It was years ago that I had seen mandarin ducks there. Then, it was a cold winter and much of the harbour was frozen.

It was not a cold winter today. A male and a female mandarin duck swam in the water. later, they rested on the opposite bank.

Other birds in the harbour: mallards, moorhens and coots. In trees near the water a great tit and wood pigeons.

Peace and education, video


This video says about itself:

VOICES of the International Peace BureauSuleyman Selanger

7 February 2018

“IPB stands for education for a culture of peace.”