Animals in ancient Egypt

This 12 October 2018 video says about itself:

A 6,000-year-old ancient Egyptian cemetery is uncovered, filled with the remains of wild animals such as ostriches, crocodiles and leopards. Was it a kind of zoo or could there be another explanation?

This 16 October 2018 video says about itself:

Archaeologists have a theory why ancient Egyptians maintained zoos filled with wild animals: it was an attempt to harness the power of these beasts, to combat the forces of nature – such as floods.

From the Series: Secrets: Beasts of the Pharaohs.


Saudi journalist murdered, Trump parody song

This parody music video from Britain, a parody of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by the Beatles, says about itself:

17 October 2018

Donald Trump sings about his involvement in a murder covfefe-up on “Mohammad‘s Silver Hammer”, the new single from his Beatles tribute band The Tweetles.


Jamal was curious, made the Saudis furious
Trashing their regime
Took a change of scene for his safety
Oh, oh, oh, oh

He needed documents from the Saudi consulate
Down in Istanbul
Met some officials who’d been sent there
Oh, oh, oh, oh

But as he went to pick up his stuff
A knock came on the door

Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s silver hammer
Came down upon his head
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead

Mike Pompeo went out on my say-so
Not at all annoyed
Wishing to avoid an unpleasant

Crown Prince said to Mike,
“What is this, the Third Reich?
We don’t do that stuff”
Mike had heard enough and he came back

But just before he started to leave
A noise came from behind Click! Click!
Mohammad’s silver cheque book
Came out of his briefcase
Scribble! Scribble! Mohammad’s silver cheque book
Enriched the United States

Stable Genius, liking the convenience
Blamed rogue killer guys
Stressed what key allies the Saudis have

He had all the best financial interests
With the House of Saud
But couldn’t say out loud like he’d done

And as he signed off on an arms deal
A noise came from afar
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s US-made bombs
Fell down on Yemenites
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s US-made bombs
Helped Donald sleep at night

Mohammad Bin Salman

TRUMP PRAISES GOP REP WHO ASSAULTED REPORTER President Donald Trump praised Republican lawmaker Greg Gianforte, who last year assaulted a Guardian reporter. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said at a rally in Montana, as supporters cheered him on. The blowback on social media was swift. [HuffPost]

Primate evolution, video

This 16 October 2018 video says about itself:

Purgatorius, a kind of mammal called a plesiadapiform, might’ve been one of your earliest ancestors. But how did we get from a mouse-sized creature that looked more like a squirrel than a monkey — to you, a member of Homo sapiens?

Scientists look to fossils and evolutionary trees to help determine the rate of evolution — albeit with conflicting results. A new model has helped to resolve these contradictions: here.

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees: here.

Ex-KKK Imperial Wizard supports Brazilian Bolsonaro

This music video from the USa is called The KKK Took My Baby Away – The Ramones.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Former KKK leader says Brazil’s Bolsonaro ‘sounds like one of us’

FORMER Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke has endorsed far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, saying the former army captain “sounds like one of us.”

Support from the prominent US racist, who also supported Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, is the latest warning sign of the nature of Mr Bolsonaro’s candidacy.

Many have raised fears of a fascist dictatorship under his rule, with Mr Bolsonaro consistently praising the military junta that ruled over Brazil between 1964 and 1985.

He has faced mass opposition on the streets, with millions demonstrating as part of the non-partisan #NotHim movement organised by Women United Against Bolsonaro.

Attacks on opposition supporters and journalists have increased dramatically since September 30, including the stabbing to death of a prominent Workers Party (PT) activist and a woman who had a swastika carved into her stomach.

Mr Duke said: “He is total European descendant, he looks like any white man in the US, in Portugal, Spain or Germany and France and he is talking about the demographic disaster that exists in Brazil and the enormous crime that exists there in the black neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro.”

He was referring to comments made by Mr Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro last year about quilombolas — descendants of [runaway] African slaves — when he claimed: “They don’t do anything. I don’t think they’re even good for procreation any more.”

Mr Bolsonaro … was charged earlier this year with inciting hatred and discrimination against black people, indigenous communities, women and gay people.

Brazil is set to go to the polls on October 28 for the second round of voting in a tense presidential contest, which is pitching two opposing visions for the future of the country.

Mr Bolsonaro became the front-runner after popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was blocked from running by an election court.

Lula’s supporters branded the move a form of “lawfare” and a continuation of the coup which saw Workers Party (PT) president Dilma Rouseff impeached.

His replacement Fernando Haddad came second in the first round with 29 per cent of the vote compared with 46 per cent polled by Mr Bolsonaro.

Left parties and progressives have united in their call for a vote for Mr Haddad next week to stop Mr Bolsonaro from taking the presidency.

FAR-RIGHT FORMER ARMY OFFICER WINS BRAZIL ELECTIONS Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s presidential election, defeating São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad in a runoff. Bolsonaro is a controversial figure who has praised authoritarians and the military dictatorship that controlled Brazil for more than two decades. [HuffPost]

A ‘populist’ revolt of elites against the people. Branding Bolsonaro ‘a populist’ betrays a fundamental inability to describe the political reality of the world we live in, writes DONAGH DAVIS.

Feminist Malalai Joya on Afghanistan and Kurdistan

North Syrian Kurdish women YPJ anti-ISIS fighters. Photo: BijiKurdistan/Creative Commons

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Afghan activist Malalai Joya praises the ‘brave women of Kurdistan

AFGHAN former politician Malalai Joya hailed the “brave women of Kurdistan” as a “source of inspiration” today, praising them for leading the fight against jihadist terror in Syria.

The activist and writer was ejected from the Afghan parliament in 2007 after she criticised the presence of warlords and criminals among her fellow legislators.

She said people don’t feel safe in Afghanistan, noting that, after nearly two decades of war, “bombs, suicide blasts, drone attacks, public executions, rape and gang rape, abduction and other tragedies threaten the life of our people every second. “

Ms Joya, however, struck a hopeful note as she spoke of the ongoing resistance to brutal regimes across the world.

“There is always light and hope, no matter how dark and long the tunnel. It is my belief, and history has shown, that oppression cannot prevail forever. There will always be revolutionary struggle by the masses that will break the back of oppressors, no matter how mighty and powerful they are”, she said.

“Today, the proof of this, and a source of hope and inspiration, is the united and organised struggle of the brave men and women of Kurdistan against the Isis brutes and dictator regime of [Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan.”

As George W. Bush Gets “Liberty Medal”, Afghan People Suffer 17th Year in Nation “Made a Hell” by US Invasion. “After the Taliban we were expecting something good, but instead, day by day, it is getting worse”: here.

US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan: here.

Chinese monkeys win Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Chinese monkeys, photo by Marsel van Oosten

This photo by Marsel van Oosten from the Netherlands is the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.

It shows two golden snub-nosed monkeys, a male (in front) and a female, in a forest in the Qinling mountains in China.