English badger feeding in garden

This video from England is called Badger feeding in garden 2018.

Britain: The Tories’ badger cull is ‘unlawful and counterproductive,’ High Court hears: here.

Spain’s politics today, Tariq Ali comments

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The World Today With Tariq AliSpain: Changing of the Guard

26 June 2018

This week we return to Spain to hear from the people that now make up Spain’s ‘New Left’.

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.

Tyrannosaurus rex’s short arms, why?

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.

US supreme court supports Trump’s xenophobia, misogyny

This video from the USA says about itself:

SCOTUS Backs Muslim Travel Ban; Critics Liken It to Decisions on Segregation & Japanese Internment

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]

BREXIT PARTY LEADER EXCUSES TRUMP’S P***Y REMARK During a debate among Britain’s party leaders ahead of its upcoming election, Nigel Farage excused Trump’s infamous boast about grabbing women “by the p***y.” Farage downplayed Trump’s comments as the kind of “dreadful things” men sometimes say after drinking. Trump doesn’t drink.  [HuffPost]

Mexico, Sweden to next World Cup round, Korean victory, celebration with birds

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.

Mexico benefits.

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.

Deep sea wildlife video, ten hours

This 20 June 2018 video says about itself:

Deep Ocean: 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes | BBC Earth

Be wowed by incredible creatures in this journey through a mysterious part of our blue planet with this 10 hour loop.

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.