How birds migrate, video

This video says about itself:

How Do Birds Migrate? – Things We Don’t Know

2 July 2018

At least 4,000 different species of birds regularly migrate (around 40% of all birds), but nobody quite knows exactly how birds manage to find their way. In this video we look at several ideas that seek to explain this thing we don’t know.


Melania Trump not caring about separated children, parody song

This parody music video from Britain is called Flying FLOTUS – Never Catch Me Caring.

This is a parody of the song by Flying Lotus: Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar).

The video says about itself:

22 June 2018

Flying FLOTUS is Melania Trump‘s electronic side project – here’s her new single, featuring Kendrick Lamelania.


I can see the darkness in me and it’s quite amazing
Couldn’t give the smallest of shits about kids in cages
Step inside of my mind and you’ll find
Animosity, grandiosity and ferocity to the progeny of these vagrants
Go to visit the kids and wish them all good luck
No attempt to conceal the fact I don’t give a fuck
You know this jacket only set me back thirty bucks
It’s no accident that I’m wearing it on this trip
I just don’t care, do you?
Analyse my attire, I’ve even got “fuck you” shoes
Just for triggering, virtue-signalling boo hoo hoos
Democrats, you can kiss my ass, you were born to lose
Make some room in the cages, now we’ve got border queues
Looking down on my soul now
Tell me I’m in control now
Tell me I am your queen and I can be mean and I can wear jeans
With something obscene written on my butt just to be seen
By all of you cucks so you can go “reee” because you all suck
It’s illegal immigration, it’s a real threat to our nation
It’s a need for separation, put their children in the cages
Prosecute their parents, remove their presence
And keep them there for ages
Maybe bomb their nation so there’s no retaliation
Have we bombed them before? I lose track of all the war
Even if they’ve got freedom, we could bequeath them even more
Let’s go spread democracy with our mighty military
We’re okay with God on our side
We don’t care that Rachel Maddow cried
She’s a wuss

No, no
See, you’re never gonna catch me caring

TRUMP TROUSERED PHOTO CASH First lady Melania Trump earned somewhere between $100,000 and $1 million in 2017 from news organizations using family photos that were authorized only for use in positive stories. [HuffPost]

From the New York Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya — A half a world away from the spectacle of Washington, Melania Trump still managed to create one of her own during a Kenyan safari on Friday, riding out into the grassland wearing a crisp white pith helmet — a common symbol of European colonial rule.

It may not have been the most glaring faux pas the hyper-scrutinized Mrs. Trump has ever made. That title probably goes to the “I really don’t care. Do U?” jacket she wore on the way to visit detained migrant children in Texas in June.

But to some — especially those who study African history — her fashion choice in Kenya was still a big error on the global stage: the sight of a first lady wearing something so closely associated with the exploitation of Africans.

Hours before Washington woke up, critics were pointing out how Mrs. Trump — who is here representing a husband widely reported to have disparaged African nations in vulgar terms — had fumbled this segment of her visit. Mrs. Trump is in Africa on a four-nation tour, with plans to visit Egypt this weekend after stops in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya.

First lady Melania Trump racked up an astonishing $95,000 tab at a Cairo hotel at the end of her African goodwill tour last month, according to federal records: here.

Cambrian animals caused global warming

This 2015 video says about itself:

What caused the Cambrian explosion? | The Economist

For most of the Earth’s history, life consisted of the simplest organisms; but then something happened that would give rise to staggering diversity, and, ultimately, life as complex as that which we see today. Scientists are still struggling to figure out just what that was.

From the University of Exeter in England:

World’s first animals likely caused global warming

July 2, 2018

The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows.

Some 520-540 million years ago, animal life evolved in the ocean and began breaking down organic material on the seafloor, leading to more carbon dioxide and less oxygen in the atmosphere.

In the 100 million years that followed, conditions for these earliest animals became much harsher, as ocean oxygen levels fell and carbon dioxide caused global warming.

The research, published in Nature Communications, is from the Universities of Exeter, Leeds and Antwerp, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

“Like worms in a garden, tiny creatures on the seabed disturb, mix and recycle dead organic material — a process known as bioturbation”, said Professor Tim Lenton, from the University of Exeter.

“Because the effect of animals burrowing is so big, you would expect to see big changes in the environment when the whole ocean floor changes from an undisturbed state to a bioturbated state.”

“We did indeed see a decrease in oxygen levels in the ocean around 520 million years ago”, said Professor Filip Meysman, from the University of Antwerp.

“But evidence from the rock record showed sediment was only a little disturbed.”

Professor Simon Poulton, from the University of Leeds, said: “This meant that the animals living in the seafloor at that time were not very active, and did not move very deep into the seabed.

“At first sight, these two observations did not seem to add up.”

Lead author Dr Sebastiaan van de Velde, of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, explained: “The critical factor was to realise that the biggest changes happen at the lowest levels of animal activity.

“This meant that the first bioturbators had a massive impact.”

The researchers said this realisation was the “missing piece of the puzzle,” and allowed them to construct a mathematical model of Earth around that time to look to the changes caused by these early life forms.

Dr Benjamin Mills, also from the University of Leeds, who led this part of the research, said: “When we ran our model, we were surprised by what we saw.

“The evolution of these small animals did indeed decrease the oxygen in the ocean and atmosphere, but also increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to such an extent that it caused a global warming event.

“We knew that warming occurred at this point in Earth history, but did not realise it could be driven by animals.”

This process made conditions worse for these animals, which possibly contributed to a number of mass extinction events during the first 100 million years of animal evolution.

“There is an interesting parallel between the earliest animals changing their world in a way that was bad for them, and what we human animals are doing to the planet now“, said Professor Lenton, director of Exeter’s new Global Systems Institute, which aims to develop transformative solutions to the challenges facing the world today.

“We are creating a hotter world with expanding ocean anoxia (oxygen deficiency) which is bad for us and a lot of other creatures we share the planet with.”

Great Barrief Reef fish and snakes

This video says about itself:

Deadly Predators of the Reef: the Queensland Grouper and the Sea Snake | BBC Earth

30 June 2018

The reef is full of dangerous predators, including the giant Queensland grouper and the deadly sea snake.

Stretching a full 2000 kilometres in length and made up of 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful. Given world heritage status in 1981 it is one of the wonders of the natural world.

Turkish regime attacks Pride demonstrators

Istanbul police attacks Pride demonstrators

Translated from BELGA news agency, 1 July 2018:

Police stop Gay Pride in Istanbul

The Turkish riot police on Sunday in Istanbul cracked down on hundreds of people who planned to take part in a Gay Pride march. Tear gas was used to disperse people.

The local authorities also this year decided to ban the Gay Pride for security reasons. It is the fourth year in a row that the organization of Gay Pride in Istanbul is being stopped.

Yet hundreds of people, with banners and rainbow flags, had gone to the Istiklal shopping street to take part in the parade.

The police, however, succeeded in preventing the passage of the LGBTQ activists, eg, by blocking streets with water cannons. With the help of tear gas, batons and police dogs, the participants in the Gay Pride were subsequently pushed back. According to the activists, the police also used rubber bullets for that action.

‘The governor once again has committed a crime by discriminating against a specific group of society’, the organizers react in a statement on Sunday.

Turkey is one of few countries in the Middle East that does not prohibit homosexuality. But violence against LGBTQ people has increased significantly in recent years.