Mosasaur species comparison


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15 September 2018

Mosasaurs are one of the largest families of non-dinosaur reptiles to exist during the age of dinosaurs. Mosasaurs are aquatic reptiles that are closely related to modern day snakes and monitor lizards.

Mosasaurus hoffmanni is the largest of that family. The Tylosaurus is also one of the largest mosasaurids.

There are numerous Mosasaurids or Mosasaur family species that can be compared.

In this comparison video we shall go ascending in size of the mosasaur species. The smallest mosasaur is the Dallasaurus and the largest mosasaurid is the Mosasaurus itself.

The Mosasaurus is famous for being in the Jurassic Park film franchise.

Mosasaurids were the apex predators of the ancient seas often in competition with sharks and pliosaurs. Predator X or Pliosaurus is still smaller than the largest Mosasaur and is similar in size and comparison to the Tylosaurus. So, have fun watching this video on Mosasaur family species comparison, of 20 species and related genera. TATA! Have fun!

Dalai Lama says I knew about clerical sexual abuse


This 22 July 2017 Dutch video says about itself (translated):

Ex-members of the [Tibetan Buddhist] Rigpa movement accuse the spiritual teacher Sogyal Rinpoche of physical violence and sexual abuse. Former Rigpa member Oane Bijlsma is investigating whether she can file a complaint against the guru jointly with others.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dalai Lama about abuse: I know it since the 1990s

The Dalai Lama says that he has long been aware of stories about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. “I already knew all those things, they are not new”, he answered the question from the NOS about what he learned from his conversation with four victims of yesterday. Follow-up questions and other questions about the subject were not allowed to be asked at a short press conference in the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam.

The Buddhist leader says he discussed accusations at a meeting with Western Buddhists in 1993. “I think that was probably about Sogyal Rinpoche.” That man is one of the best-known and most controversial Buddhist teachers. According to the four victims, the Dalai Lama said yesterday that he now has a reason to do something.

Dozens of victims

Furthermore, the spiritual leader repeated that self-discipline is important for teachers and that victims must make their stories public. “Then teachers would be worried about being shamed.” Dozens of victims have come out in recent years with complaints about teachers.

The Dalai Lama‘s office has been receiving letters from victims of abuse since at least 1992. The spiritual leader has in any case seen no reason to keep his distance because of the warnings about Sogyal.

whose center in France he opened in 2008.

Disappointment

Oane Bijlsma, former follower of Sogyal Rinpoche and initiator of the conversation with the Dalai Lama, is disappointed. “We have already come out with this, no matter how difficult it is because of, eg, the shame. Nothing seems to have changed.”

Bijlsma thinks it’s time that “the interests of victims prevail over political interests and relations between the Dalai Lama and teachers”. “Although the Dalai Lama has publicly dropped Sogyal, it remains to be seen whether something really changes.”

She is also amazed about the answer that the clergyman already knew. “For example, he clearly did not know anything about OKC yesterday.” That is a Belgian Buddhist cult into which one of the four victims [at the conservation with the Dalai Lama], Ricardo Mendes, was born. Mendes says that yesterday he told the spiritual leader several times that OKC uses photographs of the Dalai Lama as legitimation.

The Dalai Lama confirmed that he will discuss the problem in November at a meeting with Buddhist teachers in his Indian residence Dharamsala.

Violent neonazis arrested in Chemnitz, Germany


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Germany: Hamburg’s anti-fascists respond to Chemnitz riots

28 August 2018

Over two thousand people marched through the streets of Hamburg on Tuesday, in condemnation of recent right-wing riots in Chemnitz.

People held anti-racism banners calling on Hamburgers to fight fascism in Germany.

The demonstration, which was called by the ‘Interventionist Left’ movement, started at Rote Flora former theatre before ending at Park Fiction.

The Hamburg rally was a response to right-wing riots in the east German city of Chemnitz.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Paramilitary members in Chemnitz arrested for violence

In the German city Chemnitz fifteen men were arrested for committing violence after a demonstration of far-right groups in the inner city. They are members of what they themselves call a civil guard.

The men are said to have threatened guests at a birthday party last night after the demonstration and demanded from them that they show their ID cards. The party people alerted the police.

Then the fifteen men went on a manhunt in a park for people with a non-European appearance. They chased seven people and wounded an Iranian.

Racism and xenophobia

There have been tensions in the East German city for weeks …

On September 4 there was a concert against racism and xenophobia, where an estimated 65,000 people came.

From the BBC, 14 September 2018:

A German court has given a five-month jail term to a 34-year-old man who gave Hitler salutes during a protest in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

The man, a Chemnitz resident, attended a big far-right protest on 27 August …

Nazi signs and symbols, including the Hitler salute, are illegal in Germany.

On Thursday the Chemnitz court gave a suspended eight-month term to a 33-year-old man for making Hitler salutes.

He was also ordered to pay a €2,000 (£1,780; $2,326) fine.

The man jailed on Friday had a string of previous convictions, including for physical violence, so a suspended term was ruled out.

Top 10 smallest sharks


This 14 August 2018 video says about itself:

Meet the top 10 smallest sharks in the world.

You already know the biggest sharks like the megalodon or the great white shark, but it’s time you saw these predators in their smaller version. Here is the list of the tiniest sharks that exist in the world.

Dwarf lantern shark
Cylindrical lanternshark
Pale Catshark
Smalleye pygmy shark
Panama Ghost Catshark
Pygmy ribbontail catshark
Green lanternshark
Broadnose Catshark
Pygmy shark
Spined pygmy shark

Protest against Dutch royal hunting


Anti-royal hunting demonstrator today, photo NOS / Kysia Hekster

This photo shows a demonstrator against hunting by Dutch King Willem Alexander and his friends.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Some hundred people have demonstrated at Het Loo Royal Palace. They are against the annual shutdown in autumn of the woodlands near the palace during the traditional hunting season. A large part of the royal domain Het Loo near Apeldoorn was closed for more than three months. Until December 25, only the royal family may enter the woods.

A majority of the House of Representatives is against the annual closure, but Minister Schouten has rejected this wish and says that King Willem-Alexander is the administrator there.

Het Loo is called a ‘royal’ domain. But it is government property; the Dutch taxpayers pay its upkeep.

Driving hunt

The Fauna Protection Organisation and the Party for the Animals took action this afternoon to keep the forests open. They called on the king to be present, but he did not show up.

This morning the Fauna Protection Organisation placed a full-page letter in Trouw daily, in which the king was asked to keep the nature reserve open to the public throughout the year. The organization finds the closure unnecessary because the Royal House is said to have stopped their driving hunting for wild boar years ago. That drive hunt is also illegal. “It is a surprise to many citizens that the Royal Domain is nonetheless closed to the public every year for one hundred days”, writes the Fauna Protection Organisation.

Anti-royal hunting demonstrators today, photo NOS / Kysia Hekster

The sign on the left of this photo says, translated: Hurry up (or, in a wordplay: Stop shooting) open up (the nature reserve)! The sign on the right says Don’t let them shoot the wild boar! Party for the Animals.