Prehistoric sharks of central North America


This 4 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

When Sharks Swam the Great Plains

If you’ve ever been to, or lived in, or even flown over the central swath of North America, then you’ve seen the remnants of what was a uniquely fascinating environment. Scientists call it the Western Interior Seaway, and at its greatest extent, it ran from the Caribbean Sea to the Canadian Arctic.

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‘Saudi prince guilty of murdering journalist’, Trump’s own party says


This 4 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

CIA Director Briefs Senate Leaders on ‘Smoking SawLinking Saudi Prince to Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON — The select few senators who were briefed today by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi emerged convinced of the culpability of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and some wanted the facts revealed to all senators.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Senators after CIA briefing: crown prince probably behind Khashoggi murder

A group of prominent American senators is “more certain than ever” that the Saudi crown prince Mohammed has commissioned the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators from both parties say this after a briefing by the CIA.

According to Republican Lindsey Graham, you have to be “deliberately stupid” to deny the crown prince’s involvement.

Graham said after the briefing that it is important to maintain the bond with Saudi Arabia. “But not at any cost. Mohammed bin Salman is a wrecking ball, he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, I think he is insane and dangerous”, says Graham.

According to Graham there is no ‘smoking gun‘ in the Khashoggi case, but a ‘smoking saw‘. He refers to the saw with which the journalist was probably cut into pieces. He says that someone must be willfully blind to the facts in order not to conclude that the killing of Khashoggi was carried out by people under the command of the crown prince.

“The image that I already had was only reinforced”, says Democratic Senator Bob Menendez. …

The prominent Republican Bob Corker also says that he does not doubt for a moment that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the murder. “If he were to stand before a judge, he would be convicted within 30 minutes: guilty.” According to Corker, President Trump whitewashes the murder of the journalist because he does not want to condemn the crown prince.

This 29 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Yemen Proves U.S. Foreign Policy Can’t Be Based On Defense Contractor’s Sales: Bernie Sanders

Due to Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, over 85,000 children have already starved to death. Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Barbara Lee, and others are fighting to stop U.S. involvement in that genocide. “We cannot let them determine U.S. military priority” Sanders tells Thom Hartmann and the audience that weapons contractors, pathological liars like Donald Trump, and the Saudi royal family cannot lead U.S. military policy.

Dragonfly larvae, beautiful new book


Damselflies, by Paul Andre Robert

From KNNV publishers in the Netherlands:

Les larves de libellules de Paul-André Robert | Die Libellenlarven von Paul-André Robert

Author: Christophe Brochard | Paul-André Robert
Price: € 89,95

Paul-André Robert (1901-1977) was a Swiss artist and naturalist. In Europe Robert is best known for his book Les Libellules (‘Dragonflies’), which appeared in 1958. Less well-known is the fact that Robert began to work on a monumental monograph on European dragonfly larvae at the age of sixteen. Producing the manuscript, containing text as well as illustrations, consumed most of his life and was only just completed at the time of his death.

This magnificent work remained unpublished until now. This book finally presents Robert’s 107 watercolour illustrations of dragonfly larvae, all in their original size and of unparalleled beauty and scientific precision. In addition, the book features his numerous line drawings and pencil sketches of morphological details, descriptions of species and an identification key.

This book, which is bilingual (French and German), is a unique combination of art and science. It is an invaluable resource for entomology professionals and a significant collector’s item for admirers of high-quality entomological books. It is also a stunning piece of artwork that will please anyone with an interest in natural history, realistic art and illustration.

As an honorary tribute to Robert, an international team of dragonfly experts added an extensive introduction to the book.

ISBN: 9789050116831
Edition: 1
Pages: 320
Size: 22 x 28 cm
full colour, hardcover

Variable damselfly larvae, by Paul-André Robert

This picture by Paul-André Robert shows variable damselfly larvae.

Trump backs Saudi war on Yemen, worse than May


This 4 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

The Trump administration claimed it would seek a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days, but the US blocked a UN Security Council resolution submitted by Britain.

The Conservative Theresa May government in Britain is extremely supportive of the absolute monarchy in Saudi Arabia and its bloody war in Yemen. They help British merchants of death sell billions of pounds in weapons to the Saudi royals for butchering yet more civilians in Yemen.

It is very hard for any government to surpass the Theresa May administration in helpfulness in making the Yemen bloodbath still worse. Yet, now the Trump administration in the USA manages it.

Colonel Larry Wilkerson discusses Congress’ historic vote on a War Powers Resolution bill to force a military withdrawal.

Saudi bombs on Yemen Football Association: here.

An Inconvenient Truth 2, climate change film review


This 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

An Inconvenient Truth 2 – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power | official trailer (2017) Al Gore

Climate Changes, Truth Does Not

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Directed by Jon Shenk & Bonni Cohen

As this trailer says, a main criticism by climate denialists of the earlier film by former United States Vice President Al Gore was its prediction that the New York City site of the World Trade Center, ruined by the 9/11 attacks, might be flooded. That was supposedly exaggeration and demagogy. However, a few years later, during Hurricane Sandy, it did in fact happen.

This video from the USA says about itself:

“An Inconvenient Sequel”: Al Gore on New Film, Trump, Climate Change & His Opposition to DAPL

24 January 2017

More than a decade after the release of the groundbreaking film “An Inconvenient Truth”, former Vice President Al Gore is back with a new film about the climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Sequel”. On Sunday, Gore was part of a panel moderated by Amy Goodman at the Sundance Film Festival.

On 25 November 2017 I went to see that film.

Gore remarks in it is that it looks like that before the damage to the environment can be overcome, the damage to democracy must be overcome. That reminded me of what Gore has said in 2006 about the causes of the war on Iraq.

Al Gore said the Bush administration was in denial on the inconvenient truth of global warming; including silencing scientists on this subject.

He drew a parallel with their attitude on the start of the Iraq war, with their denial of the inconvenient truth that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; the official cause for war.

Gore said at least three factors really influenced the decision to invade Iraq: Dick Cheney‘s wish to control Middle East oil for big corporations; the idea of Karl Rove [see also here], Bush’s adviser, that it would electorally be good for Bush to be a ‘war president’; and ideologists really believing in their ideologies, like Iraqi masses supposedly welcoming US soldiers with flowers, as their invasion was a ‘cakewalk.’

One may criticize Gore in this for not doing enough to stop the damage to democracy caused by George W Bush’s stolen victory in the 2000 presidential election, aided and abetted by George W’s little brother and then governor of Florida, Jeb.

Sustainable energy is an important theme in An Inconvenient Sequel. Sometimes Gore discovers it at unexpected places. Eg, in Georgetown, Texas. There, a Republican mayor, Dale Ross, has managed to make the municipal energy company 100% sustainable energy.

Very recently, Ross turned up at a meeting on climate change.

This 3 December 2018 video says about itself:

Republican Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders On Climate Change

Dale Ross joined Bernie Sanders’ town hall on climate change to discuss how we can come together and achieve success on the matter. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Francesca Fiorentini, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

NEW ORLEANS — National flood maps are underestimating the risk for tens of millions of people in the United States. That’s the conclusion of researchers presenting a new study December 11 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that about 13 million people live in a “1-in-100-year” floodplain zone, a region that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. But the agency’s risk assessment largely focuses on larger streams and rivers, and lacks assessments of risk along smaller tributaries. FEMA’s calculations “miss a lot of the risk,” says Oliver Wing, a geographer at the University of Bristol in England: here.

Donald Trump to drop climate change from list of national security threats. New National Security Strategy set to exclude global warming, which had been added by Obama administration: here.