Turbot on video


This video is about the turbot.

These fishes live in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

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Saudi-occupied south Yemen, hell on earth


This July 2017 video is called Yemen: The Destroyed city of Aden.

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports about Belgian journalism student Katya Bohdan.

She went to Yemen to study the bloody war in that country.

Translated from the NOS report:

She ended up in Aden for a week at the end of January. Beforehand, people had told her that she would not find anything interesting there, because the port city was supposedly safe and protected by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Nothing was less true. Large parts of the city have not yet recovered from heavy bombing in 2015. “There is no infrastructure and garbage is everywhere which is no longer being collected.”

Most hospitals are closed and the fire brigade has also been closed down. “The city is very sad indeed, very baffling to see that.”

So, it turns out that the crown prince of the Saudi absolute monarchy, His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman, the instigator of the lethal invasion of Yemen, prefers spending his riches on playing at being King Louis XIV in his extremely expensive fake Louis XIV castle in France, to at least partly compensating the people of Aden for the death and destruction which he brought to their city.

But it would become even worse. A few days after she arrived in Aden, all hell broke loose. Insurgents, who want to have their own state of South Yemen, fought the government army of President Hadi.

NOS TV uses pro-Saudi occupier euphemisms here.

For decades, there was a dictatorship in Yemen, supported by the United States Pentagon and the Saudi autocracy. A massive ‘Arab Spring’ movement of Yemeni people drove dictator Saleh away. Then, the Saudi rulers imposed Saleh’s vice president Hadi as the new president; in elections in which he was the only candidate. In 2015, popular dissatisfaction led to Hadi resigning the presidency and leaving Yemen. However, then the Saudi regime put Hadi under house arrest in the Saudi capital Riyadh, using his name to form a phantom puppet government to justify their occupation of parts of Yemen. Most soldiers in occupied parts of Yemen are from from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf absolute monarchies, not from Yemen itself.

She had to hide from the bloody fights for two days. “Outside it was much too dangerous, we heard constant bombardments and shelling around us.” Yet she did not feel unsafe in Aden. That only came after returning home. “Now that I think about it, it was very intense and very dangerous.”

Saudi-occupied Aden in Yemen’s south is the city of tortured and dead bodies, March 7, 2018: here.

Brent geese in Dutch Zeeland


This 22 February 2018 video is about brent geese wintering in Sint-Philipsland in Dutch Zeeland province.

See also here.

British anti-nuclear weapons movement’s 60th birthday


This 20 February 2018 video from Britain is called CND 60 years on.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

Friday, February 23, 2018

PEACE campaigners marked the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s 60th birthday on Wednesday night, vowing to keep fighting for a nuclear-free world.

Green MP Caroline Lucas opened proceedings, saying CND was about “hope — not in terms of some fluffy idea but as a very practical response to the huge threats that we face.”

Guests clapped and cheered as she gave a special welcome to Cuban ambassador Teresita Sotolongo, noting that “Cuba is now the fifth country to have ratified the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty.”

The meeting was sponsored by the National Education Union, whose joint general secretary Kevin Courtney sent greetings, while rail union RMT was represented by its president Sean Hoyle.

Veteran campaigner Ernest Rodker recalled the first march from Aldermaston and Londoners “singing Don’t You Hear the H Bombs Thunder and cheering the marchers on” while another hero of the peace movement, Bruce Kent, derided the government’s claim to possess an “independent” nuclear deterrent when it is delivered by US missiles.

“If you had a motor car and you had to borrow the wheels from a neighbour, would you call that independent?”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the existence of CND meant “there has always been a challenge to the idea that you go to war, drop bombs and worry about the consequences afterwards.”

He welcomed China and South Korea’s efforts to get six-party talks on disarming the Korean peninsula in response to US aggression towards North Korea and vowed to resist US President Donald Trump’s efforts to unravel the nuclear deal with Iran.

Pax Christi general secretary Pat Gaffney detailed the role of faith groups in the peace movement, while CND chair Dave Webb elaborated on the international campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Displays showed iconic images from 60 years of protests for peace and short biographies of giants of the movement living and dead, including Labour legend Tony Benn and Scottish communist peace campaigner Alan Mackinnon.

CND general secretary Kate Hudson drew applause as she vowed: “We will prevail.”

Galápagos islands waters video


This video says about itself:

Dive Into the Wildlife-Rich Waters of the Galápagos | National Geographic

17 February 2018

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans.

Featuring marine iguanas, sea turtles and others.

Real Neat Blog Award, thank you Crystal!


Real Neat Blog Award

Crystal of the fine BIRDS AND BEES HIDEOUT blog, about wildlife, has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Crystal’s seven questions (actually six 🙂 ) are:

1. How do you advertise your blog to others?

Commenting at other blogs; mailing topix.com about it, etc.

2. How long do you spend blogging per week?

It depends. In some weeks, there is more inspiration and news than in others.

3. How many posts do you post per week, on average?

About 80.

4. Which of your posts is your favorite so far?

A difficult question as there are many candidates.

Maybe this one.

5. Why did you choose to create the blog you did?

I started blogging in 2005 (then, on ModBlog which does not exist anymore). For my motivation, see here.

6. Are pictures or words more important to you? Or are they equally important?

It depends. In some blog posts, the words are the most important. In others, the photos or the video.

My nominees are:

1. Journey Around The Globe

2. Interesting world

3. Gulf Leak Watch

4. Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

5. Tiffany Belle Harper

6. Desarma Madrid

7. S. E. Wigget

8. Rugara 254

9. MEDITATION – NOW OR NEVER

10. Ignited Minds 2018

11. spiderbytes

12. All you need is Biology