This video from England is called Badger feeding in garden 2018.
This video says about itself:
26 June 2018
In Madrid, the old guard has been defeated. Mariano Rajoy, head of the right-wing Popular Party, was ousted in June for corruption. The government was brought down with help from politicians from Catalonia, where, last October, Rajoy ordered a violent crackdown on those voting in the unofficial independence referendum.
Much has happened in Catalonia since the referendum, including splits within Spain’s New Left parties. For context on the issue, we have spoken to two prominent figures from the Catalan Left: Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, and ex-Podemos Catalunya leader Albano-Dante Fachin.
This 26 June 2018 video says about itself:
Tyrannosaurus rex was big, Tyrannosaurus rex was vicious, and Tyrannosaurus rex had tiny arms. The story of how T-Rex lost its arms is, itself, pretty simple. But the story of why it kept those little limbs, and how it used them? Well, that’s a little more complicated.
This video from the USA says about itself:
27 June 2018
In a series of extraordinary legal decisions Tuesday, the Supreme Court has upheld President Trump’s so-called Muslim travel ban, and a federal judge in San Diego has ruled immigration officials must stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the border and must reunite all parents and children within 30 days.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 to uphold Trump’s travel ban, which prohibits people from entering the United States from five majority-Muslim countries—Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Somalia—as well as people from North Korea and some government officials from Venezuela.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor condemned the ban as “harrowing” and said it was “motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.” She also said the decision to uphold the ban involved “ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”
After the ruling was announced, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court to condemn the decision. We speak to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project; Linda Sarsour of MPower Change; and Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
By Eric London in the USA:
The new Dred Scott: Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban
27 June 2018
The US Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii upholding President Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban is a shameful landmark in the destruction of democratic rights. It has been met with contempt and outrage by tens of millions of Americans and countless more millions around the world.
In its legal, political and moral bankruptcy, the decision ranks alongside such infamies as Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans, Plessy v. Ferguson, which sanctioned racial segregation, and Dred Scott v. Sandford, which held that the descendants of black Africans brought here as slaves, even when freed, could not be citizens and “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
By upholding Trump’s power to seal the country’s borders, the court has granted the president limitless authority to enact his fascistic policies against immigrants and political opponents. There can now be little question that the country’s highest court will rubber-stamp whatever authoritarian measures Trump plans on enacting, including the abolition of due process for immigrants and the erection of concentration camps.
A comment by Belgian daily De Standaard on this decision is here.
The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of the “free speech” rights of anti-abortion advocates who operate misleading “crisis pregnancy centers.” The justices, by a vote of 5 to 4, struck down a California law that would require these fake clinics to inform women of the availability of public programs that provide contraception and abortion services for free or at a low cost. This decision is yet another victory for Christian fundamentalists and the campaign to use “freedom of religion” to undermine the separation of church and state, legalize discrimination, and obstruct access to health care: here.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire from the bench on July 31, giving Donald Trump the opportunity to dramatically shift the country’s highest court even further to the right for years to come: here.
FIGHT, DEMS! Senate Democrats must hold strong (and peel off one Republican) to stop Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from holding a pre-midterm vote to confirm another Trump Supreme Court nominee following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement. Should Trump get his pick, a new conservative justice is likely to have an impact on reproductive rights for decades, with CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin predicting that abortion will be illegal in 20 states within 18 months. Gun control will also be hit, while LGBTQ rights — including the right to marry — face devastation. This is what the rule of the minority looks like, summed up in three words by the New York Daily News. [HuffPost]
SCOTUS GUTS LABOR MOVEMENT The current Supreme Court (not the one rigged with another Trump pick) on Wednesday delivered a sweeping blow to the labor movement, ruling that public sector workers represented by unions cannot be required to pay any union dues. [HuffPost]
PACK THE COURT! “The Supreme Court, Congress and the executive branch are instruments of political power. All three are currently being used to advance the ideology and agenda of international fascism.” Read our explainer on why Democrats must pack the court. [HuffPost]
A POST-ROE WORLD This reproductive rights activist explains what to do when ― not if ― the Supreme Court overturns the federal right to a legal abortion. And here’s our primer on what a post-Roe world looks like. [HuffPost]
This video is about black grouse in Sweden.
That video is to celebrate the progress of the Swedish national football team to the next round of the World Cup in Russia.
As Sweden won their last group match 3-0 against Mexico, here are two more Swedish bird videos, making it one for each goal.
This video is about a golden eagle eating a dead deer in winter in Sweden.
And this video is about a black woodpecker in Sweden.
As Mexico lost, but nevertheless proceeded to the next round, they deserve a Mexican bird video.
This video, recorded in Mexico, is called 2013 Birding Yucatan Peninsula.
In the other match in this group, the South Korean team beat Germany 2-0. This means that Germany, the 2014 world champions, have to go home.
This 27 June 2018 video is called South Korea vs Germany 2-0 – All Goals & Highlights – 27/06/2018 HD World Cup – From stands.
Here are two South Korean bird videos to celebrate the two goals.
This 2017 video is called Birding in Korea with Birding Korea.
This 2007 video is called Korean Traditional Song – Bird Ballad(새타령).
On Sunday, the French team won the final of the football World Cup, held this year in Russia. It was only the second World Cup championship for France. This World Cup competition, marked by many surprise eliminations of top teams, ended with a match between two countries, France and Croatia, that were far from the favorites to win: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory Interview With Cenk Uygur
27 June 2018
She will be the youngest woman elected to Congress! Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.
“(CNN) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season. Ocasio-Cortez, an activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley — the fourth-ranked Democrat in the House — outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin [in money].
This was the first time in 14 years a Democrat has attempted [to] unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in party politics — a result with implications for Democrats nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP [Republican] Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss to the insurgent, Tea Party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014.
“This is not an end, this is the beginning. This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it’s not OK to put donors before your community”, Ocasio-Cortez told roaring supporters on Tuesday night.”
Read more here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Leftist 28-year-old woman commits “coup” in Democratic Party in the USA
At least the NOS puts ‘coup’ between snigger quotes. This is not a coup; it is a verdict by the electorate. Contrary to real coups, like General Pinochet‘s CIA-supported bloody putsch in Chile; a British general’s plan to overthrow the government violently if left-wing Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn would become Prime Minister; and the failed British Blairite Iraq war lovers’ plan for a coup inside the Labour party against Corbyn.
In the United States, the Democratic Party has been startled by the victory of a progressive outsider in crucial primaries for Congress. 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who worked in a cocktail bar a year ago, defeated Democratic heavyweight politician Joe Crowley.
This happened in primaries for the House of Representatives in a district in New York including part of the Bronx. Crowley is a prominent member of the House and was seen as the main candidate to succeed Nancy Pelosi, who leads the party in parliament.
Ocasio-Cortez’s budget to campaign was no match for Crowley’s. Crowley has been the deputy in the House for the 14th district in New York for almost two decades. Helped by a fanatical campaign on social media and a viral video, she gave the biggest surprise to Democratic primaries in over a decade, writes The New York Times. With a landslide victory (15,897 against 11,761 votes) she vanquished the 56-year-old establishment candidate.
Ocasio-Cortez helped two years ago in the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton after a close fight in the presidential primaries. She therefore represents the extreme left wing of the party.
In her campaign, she dismissed Crowley as someone who is detached from society, while she is a ‘working class New Yorker’ who was born in a place where your fate is determined by your zip code. She blamed her rival for not even living in New York and sending his children to school in Washington.
In 2002, Crowley was one of a minority among Democratic members of Congress to vote for George W Bush’s Iraq war.
HE NEVER SAW HER COMING After the political earthquake in New York’s 14th Congressional District, this piece examines why Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley never saw defeat coming at the hands of progressive political star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [The New York Times]
The mother of Ocasio-Cortez comes from Puerto Rico, her father from the Bronx. She stands up for minorities and workers who can hardly make ends meet. She recently traveled to Texas to protest against separating child migrants from their parents.
JEFF JOKES ABOUT CRYING KIDS. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a speech Tuesday in which he cracked a joke about separating immigrant parents from their children. Of course, the conservative crowd laughed and applauded. For context, here are immigrant parents weeping as they describe being ripped away from their children. [HuffPost]
CHAO IN CONFRONTATION Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao fumed at protesters when they confronted her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), over tearing families apart at the border. [HuffPost]
The NOS article continues:
As an outsider, she vehemently criticized her own party. He [Crowley] is said to take the working class votes for granted. …
According to the American news agency AP, Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is a cause for concern for the Democratic Party. The victory would reveal a gap between the more pragmatic wing of the party and the left-progressive wing. According to AP, it is clear that the party is still struggling with its identity in the Trump era. …
Trump saw three candidates win yesterday that he supported in the primaries. One of them was Mitt Romney, who had called Trump when he was a Republican candidate in the presidential elections ‘a fraud‘. Romney has since become a lot milder about Trump.
In a major political upset yesterday, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley. As of this writing, Ocasio-Cortez had received roughly 58 percent of the votes cast in the primary and will face off against Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November election. She is likely to win since the Republican Party has a minor base of support in the district, which includes parts of the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx in New York City. The Republicans only gained 17 percent of the vote in the 2016 elections. Ocasio-Cortez’s victory reflects a significant leftward shift of workers and youth who are hostile to the Democratic Party establishment and seeking a way to oppose inequality and the attack on immigrant workers by the Trump administration. Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, also called for assistance to Puerto Rico, which has remained devastated since Hurricane Maria. The 14th district is home to a large Puerto Rican population: here. See also here.
GOTHAM PRIMARY SHOCK In a huge upset, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) — seen as a future leader of the Democrats — lost his seat to progressive political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, in the 14th Congressional District. In Utah, Mitt Romney eased to victory in the GOP Senate primary, earning him a congratulatory tweet from President Donald Trump, who Mitt once described as “a phoney, a fraud”. Over in Colorado, openly gay Rep. Jared Polis won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. [HuffPost]
This moron harangued a woman in a park for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt in America.
JEALOUS JUBILANT Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, who enjoyed the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, capping the best primary night for progressives this year. [HuffPost]
MCMASTER AND HIS COMMANDER Trump’s heavy Twitter campaign paid off for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who won the Republican primary runoff Tuesday. [HuffPost]
This 20 June 2018 video says about itself:
New ‘Poké Ball’ robot catches deep-sea critters without harming them. This device could help unlock the secrets of fragile, soft-bodied sea creatures. By Maria Temming, 2:00pm, July 18, 2018.