New red-tailed hawk at Cornell nest, name him

This video from the USA says about itself:

Cornell Red-tailed Hawks Nest Building, 2/10/2018 (HD)

A female Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) named Big Red, and a young adult companion work to prepare her nest for the coming season. Cornell University campus, Ithaca, New York, 2/10/2018.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Suggest a Name For Big Red‘s New Mate

After nearly a year of uncertainty following the death of Big Red’s former mate Ezra, we’ve all wondered if and when Big Red would find a new mate, and whether they might nest again on one of the Red-tailed Hawk cams. Thankfully, as the months have progressed, it has become clear that she’s formed a bond with a new companion and that they are investing in nestbuilding on the tower opposite Fernow Hall (the “original” site that was live streamed back in 2012). Nothing is ever a sure thing, but we are cautiously optimistic that they will attempt to nest at the Fernow site this year.

Back in 2012, we worked with the viewing community to name Big Red’s former mate Ezra, and we would like to continue that tradition. You can submit a name until February 25 using the form at right. After the submissions end, five potential names will be chosen from the submitted names and you’ll be able to vote on your favorite choice.

Thanks for taking the time to help name Big Red’s new companion!


Shoot women in their vaginas, Philippines president says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Duterte To Female Rebels: We Will Shoot Your Vagina

13 February 2018

Pliant servant of the capitalist US empire Rodrigo Duterte is threatening to shoot *communist* rebels in their vaginas, which is why the Pentagon and their corporate media lackeys don’t spend hours a day fantasizing about overthrowing his government. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“President Rodrigo Duterte has been branded a misogynist and “macho-fascist” after he ordered soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina.

In a speech to over 200 former communist soldiers in Malacañang last week, the Philippines president gave a directive of what to do with female guerrilla fighters. “‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor, ‘We will not kill you. We will just shoot you in the vagina’”, said Duterte. He went on to say that without their vaginas, women would be “useless”.

Duterte mentioned the Visayan word “bisong”, meaning vagina, repeatedly throughout the speech, although it was later censored from an official Palace transcript, replaced simply with a dash. However, the remarks were recorded as having drawn laughter from the audience.

The crude orders drew anger from human rights organisations and women’s groups in the region. “It is just the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women”, said Carlos H Conde, the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch.”

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Duterte urges soldiers to shoot women in the vagina

HUMAN rights activists in the Philippines have condemned President Rodrigo Duterte for urging soldiers to shoot women in the vagina to render them “useless.”

Mr Duterte made the comments to 200 former Maoist rebels in Malacanang last week, saying of female Maoist fighters: “Tell the soldiers: ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor [Mr Duterte]. We will not kill you. We will just shoot you in the vagina’.”

The government later censored the official transcript to remove the Visayan word for vagina.

Campaign group Karapatan said yesterday that Mr Duterte had “distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law.”

House of Representatives member Emmi de Jesus said his words furthered “impunity” and took “state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level.”

During his election campaign in 2016, Mr Duterte “joked” about a 1989 prison riot in which an Australian missionary was raped and murdered, saying that he should have been the first to rape her.

“I was angry because … the mayor [Mr Duterte] should have been first.”

Mr Duterte has already offered bounties for the deaths of communists — “No need to bring me the body, bring me the head, put it in a styrofoam,” he recently declared: here.

HUFFPOST OPINION: AMERICA’S INDEFENSIBLE ALLIANCE WITH THE PHILIPPINES “Last week, the International Criminal Court officially opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of state-sanctioned killings and other human rights violations committed by the Philippine National Police under the direction of Duterte.” [HuffPost]

In a Saturday campaign rally in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Republican president Donald Trump called for the execution of convicted drug dealers: here.

British Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg and neo-nazis

This video from Britain says about itself:

Donald Trump: Friend of Murdering Nazis

29 November 2017

Last year a Labour MP, Jo Cox, was murdered by a far-right extremist who shouted the words ‘Britain First’ as he shot and stabbed her. He’d been previously involved in the organisation which went by the same name.

Today Donald Trump retweeted three posts by their deputy leader.

By Steve James in Britain:

What is the connection between Britain First and Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg?

14 February 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg is currently second favourite to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party. He is the darling of the pro-Brexit Tory right and was recently elected chair of the European Research Group, which is coordinating efforts to ensure the hardest possible exit from the European Union (EU).

To watch or listen to Rees-Mogg is to be transported back several hundred years. So much so that the Eton-educated son of former Times editor Baron William Rees-Mogg is known as the “honorable member for the eighteenth century”.

More appropriate given his wealth is the title “honorable member for the East India Company”. Estimates put his personal wealth, along with his wife’s inheritance, at between £100 million and £150 million. He is the best paid MP in Westminster, earning, according to the Spectator, at least £216,000 a year on top of a vast, and undisclosed, income from his 15 percent share in Somerset Capital Management (SCM), the investment vehicle he helped establish in 2007. Targeted at “developing markets,” last year SCM paid £21.9 million to its 21 members. Prior to launching SCM, Rees-Mogg was in the charge of the Lloyd George Emerging Market Fund, whose assets ballooned from $50 million to $5 billion under his stewardship.

Rees-Mogg is reportedly in line for a huge personal windfall when Britain exits the EU, given SCM is heavily invested in the emerging markets the UK will orient towards.

Rees-Mogg is a member of the Cornerstone Group in the Tory Party, whose motto is Faith, Flag and Family, and flaunts his patriotic Christianity, which includes opposition to abortion and homosexuality. He is a bitter opponent of social welfare, insisting that the state should be reduced to the barest minimum.

An incident this month at Bristol’s University of the West of England (UWE) confirmed that these views have not only earned Rees-Mogg the admiration of the Tory right, but a significant following among fascists.

Invited to speak at UWE by the university’s Politics and International Relations Society, Rees-Mogg was the target of a small protest by half a dozen partially masked anarchists that became a media cause célèbre and led to debate in Parliament.

The protesters entered the back of the hall and noisily protested Rees-Mogg’s presence. What happened next was highly unusual. Rees-Mogg, an experienced politician, left his place at the front of the meeting and went to the back of the hall to confront a demonstrator.

Video footage and photos initially released showed Rees-Mogg challenging one demonstrator and then the outbreak of some pushing and shoving, including an attempted punch, during which he was jostled. The demonstrators were ejected without any great difficulty.

Headlines hailed Rees-Mogg as a hero, quoting his self-description as a “weed” and his supposedly principled insistence that he still believed in the right to protest. The Spectator wrote affectionately of how nothing would intimidate “the Moggster.”

The Daily Express hailed the fact that Rees-Mogg’s handling of the incident cut the odds on his being next Tory leader from 7/2 to 4/1. Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage claimed the incident was the work of “a very extreme leftist group of people, very well-funded”. May herself praised the man tipped as her likely successor for standing up to violence and intimidation from “the left.”

So too did leading Labour politicians. …

Yvette Cooper, a former Labour Shadow Home Secretary agreed, tweeting, “This is appalling. No excuse for violence & aggression like this.”

Things began to go awry, largely thanks to various postings on social media that were then taken up by some newspapers.

The audience member hailed by the press for having sought to come to Rees-Mogg’s assistance, Paul Townsley, turned out to be an ex-soldier and martial arts expert who has been photographed at a family party in full Nazi regalia.

Mobile phone footage then proved that it was Townsley whose intervention made sure that a verbal exchange became physical. He barged into the group and attempted to manhandle the leading protester, former UWE student Josh Connor, towards the exit. When Connor’s girlfriend, Elena Andreea Dumitrache, objected, Townsley deliberately pushed her in the face.

Questions were then raised on social media as to why Townsley was present at the event, and even whether he was providing personal security for Rees-Mogg. That would at least suggest a reason why the politician felt able to place himself in the middle of protesters.

Asked about whether he knew Townsley, Rees-Mogg gave an evasive answer. “He is not a friend of mine,” he said, before adding, “It is possible that we have met at an event before.”

It transpired that Townsley has posted repeatedly on social media in praise of the Tory leadership challenger replacing May.

Whatever the exact relationship between the two men, Townsley is not the only right-winger prepared to commit violence in defence of Rees-Mogg.

In an extraordinary video, Britain First leader Paul Golding was filmed ranting in his car, threatening potential protesters: “If you keep harassing people like Jacob Rees-Mogg then you will get the Britain First cannons turned on you …

“We will find out where you live. We will find out where you work. We will find out where you study—and we will come down on you like a ton of bricks.”

Golding’s sinister statements came the day after Darren Osborne was sentenced to 43 years in prison for murder and attempted murder for driving a van into a group of worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London. Osborne said in court that he had initially intended to target Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Shortly prior to his murderous assault, Osborne received personal messages from leaders of Britain First and the fascist English Defence League.

In 2016, during the Brexit referendum campaign, Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by long-time fascist sympathiser Thomas Mair. Mair shouted “Britain First!” as he repeatedly stabbed and shot Cox.

Rees-Mogg is not merely an innocent object of far-right affection. This is a milieu that is being deliberately cultivated.

It was Britain First posts that were retweeted by US President Donald Trump last year as part of his fascistic diatribes. Trump later denied knowing anything about Britain First. But last December, Rees-Mogg held a private meeting with Steve Bannon, Trump’s fascistic former adviser.

That meeting was organised by Rahemm Kassam, the London editor of [formerly Bannon‘s] Breitbart, whose cameras were present at Bristol.

In 2013, Rees-Mogg was featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Traditional Britain Group. The group has its origins in the Western Goals Institute set up by General Sir Walter Walker—who was intimately involved in various plots of a military coup to bring down the Labour government of Harold Wilson in the mid-1970s—and the Tory Monday Club.

Traditional Britain founder Lord Sudeley praised Hitler, at a Monday Club meeting in 2006, for getting “everyone back to work” and stated that “the fact may be that some races are superior to others”.

Among its aims is support for the “time-honoured hereditary principle and our monarchy”, opposition to “communism, to socialism, to libertarianism, to anarchism” and support for “humane and voluntary state-assisted resettlement” of ethnic minority Britons.

By focusing on ‘cultural issues,’ the Tory cultural warrior hopes to shift the terrain so that the Conservative Party, looks like the party of the ‘man in the street,’ writes SOLOMON HUGHES.

California coast wildlife, BBC virtual reality

This video says about itself:

BBC Earth: Life in VR – California Coast | Launch Trailer | Google Daydream

13 February 2018

Meet one of the furriest animals on the planet, experience life at microscopic scale and dive into the Deep Ocean with giants.

Download for Google Daydream: here.

BBC Earth: Life in VR – California Coast Launch Trailer

An Official BBC Earth VR experience. Life in VR is a new way to experience the Natural World. Discover the Californian Coast and an underwater world bursting with life.

Witness first hand the creature behaviours and relationships which sustains this ocean’s rich and diverse ecosystems, and discover the secrets that underpin it.