This video was made from a hide in Sweden.
This 30 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Where’s Brazil headed under its new leader Jair Bolsonaro?
‘Pinochet should have killed more people’. That’s just one of the many outrageous statements made by Brazil’s new president. After a divisive campaign, filled with corruption allegations and even a stabbing, Jair Bolsonaro stood victorious.
He’s the first non-centrist or leftist leader since the end of Brazil’s military dictatorship more than three decades ago. So how will he shape the country?
Guests: Julio Morais – Founder of the NGO, the Public Administration Institute Myriam Marques – Co-founder of Defend Democracy in Brazil Elcior Santana – Senior associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Far-right Brazilian President Bolsonaro, darling of the market
The new, far-right president of Brazil is notorious for his controversial statements about LGBTQ people, the military dictatorship and the death penalty. Yet many economists and investors are enthusiastic about Jair Bolsonaro, who promises to liberalize the Brazilian economy. …
Like his mentor, Guedes is a champion of [neo]liberalism and free-market capitalism. …
“The most important promise of the government is a pension reform, which makes investors very happy, but such a reform is politically very complicated,” explains the economist. …
There has been a long-standing proposal to reform the pension system, but so far it has not been possible to pilot this reform through Congress.
The question is whether Bolsonaro will succeed where his predecessor, Michel Temer, failed. In the nearly three decades that Bolsonaro was in the House of Representatives, he did not manage to get any bills worthy of approval approved.
Moreover, the government of former military officer Bolsonaro is heavily leaning on the army. Brazilian military personnel have very favourable pension conditions and it does not appear that the former generals in the cabinet are keen on giving up those privileges.
Maybe Bolsonaro will try to keep pensions for ex-generals high; while ‘reforming’ pensions for ex-privates and civilians downwards to starvation level.
This August 2017 video says about itself:
European flounder let back into the sea
This washed ashore youngster was placed back in the Baltic sea.
From the University of Helsinki in Finland:
Flounders in the Gulf of Finland: Decline caused by the near disappearance of one species
January 25, 2019
Over the past 40 years, there has been a dramatic decline in fishery landings of an iconic Baltic Sea fish: the flounder. In the 1980s, the landings of the flounder fishery in the Gulf of Finland dropped by 90 per cent, a trend that was later confirmed by fishery-independent surveys.
There are two cryptic (i.e. morphologically very similar) species of flounder in the Baltic Sea: the European flounder (Platichthys flesus), which spawn pelagic eggs in high-salinity offshore basins, and the recently described Baltic flounder (Platichthys solemdali), the only endemic fish of the Baltic Sea.
The latter lays demersal eggs and is well adapted to the low salinities of the coastal waters of the Gulf of Finland and northern Baltic Proper. It was long assumed that only the demersal-spawning species occurs in the Gulf of Finland, where salinity is too low for P. flesus’s reproduction.
Researchers from the University of Helsinki developed a simple genetic test to distinguish the two species. By analyzing the DNA from flounders’ ear bones collected over the past four decades, they discovered that European flounders were in fact once the most abundant species in the Gulf of Finland. However, they have almost completely disappeared.
“We discovered that the decline in fishery landings closely mirrors in time the near-complete disappearance of the pelagic-spawning European flounder — a species that was not supposed to occur here. This species — not the Baltic flounder — dominated local assemblages until three decades ago, but has since disappeared as a result of worsening environmental conditions,” says researcher Paolo Momigliano from the University of Helsinki.
European flounders cannot reproduce in the Gulf of Finland; their northernmost spawning ground is east of Gotland, in the eastern Gotland Basin. However, larvae and juveniles can be transported to the Gulf of Finland by deep water currents.
Eutrophication and climate change have contributed to the worsening of environmental conditions in the eastern Gotland Basin. This, in turn, has likely greatly reduced the supply of larvae to the Gulf of Finland, explaining the near-complete disappearance of European flounders from the Finnish coast.
Revealing the contribution of each species to flounder stocks is essential for the appropriate management of this marine resource. The test developed by the authors also provides the means to monitor the contribution of each species to the local flounder assemblages in real-time, and for the first time will allow estimations of demographic changes, resilience to climate change and exploitation, as well as each species’ response to management.
“But perhaps more importantly, our study demonstrates that cryptic species could become locally extinct before we even notice their presence,” Momigliano points out.
DNA was extracted from 480 otoliths (ear bones), sampled from a collection containing over 29 000 flounder otoliths. These were collected annually from 1975 to 2011 as part of the routine sampling conducted by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute and its predecessor, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.
This 23 May 2018 ACLU video from the USA says about itself:
At a time when public protest is at an all-time high and the federal government is attacking immigrants and labeling activists as criminals, Amazon has released a dangerous face surveillance system primed for abuse. See how it works.
From Associated Press:
Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias
By TALI ARBEL
January 25, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Facial-detection technology that Amazon is marketing to law enforcement often misidentifies women, particularly those with darker skin, according to researchers from MIT and the University of Toronto.
Privacy and civil rights advocates have called on Amazon to stop marketing its Rekognition service because of worries about discrimination against minorities. Some Amazon investors have also asked the company to stop out of fear that it makes Amazon vulnerable to lawsuits.
The researchers said that in their tests, Amazon’s technology labeled darker-skinned women as men 31 percent of the time.
So, it looks like this product of Amazon, owned by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a big flop. I would not be surprised at all if this Amazon software would not only massively misidentify women as men; but would also massively misidentify innocent people as criminals. After all, in England, London police facial recognition software ‘recognizes’ 100% of innocent people as criminals. Err … maybe it is not as bad as 100%. British daily The Independent says it is ‘only’ 98% misidentifications. And a BBC report looks at this even more through rose-coloured glasses: ‘only’ 92% of innocent people ‘recognized’ as criminals.
uses abuses facial recognition technology as well. Probably, it is as dodgy as Amazon‘s or the London police’s, or even worse.
Lighter-skinned women were misidentified 7 percent of the time. Darker-skinned men had a 1 percent error rate, while lighter-skinned men had none.
Artificial intelligence can mimic the biases of their human creators as they make their way into everyday life. The new study, released late Thursday, warns of the potential of abuse and threats to privacy and civil liberties from facial-detection technology. …
In a Friday post on the Medium website, MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini responded that companies should check all systems that analyze human faces for bias.
“If you sell one system that has been shown to have bias on human faces, it is doubtful your other face-based products are also completely bias free,” she wrote.
Amazon’s website credits Rekognition for helping the Washington County Sheriff Office in Oregon speed up how long it took to identify suspects from hundreds of thousands of photo records.
AN ARMS trade activist in Cardiff is taking police to court over their use of live facial recognition technology. Ed Bridges claims South Wales Police “snatched” his biometric data at a demonstration and again when he went Christmas shopping: here.
SAN FRANCISCO BANS FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies, including law enforcement, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. [HuffPost]
This June 2017 video from the USA says about itself:
On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote and the crew hike deep into the West Virginia hills in search of the rare and cryptic Cave Salamander!
However, locating the cave is the only the first obstacle. Once the cave is found they must go spelunking deep into the mountain braving the darkness, cold and giant spiders until the beams of their flashlights illuminate one of these beautiful amphibians…or so they hope!
From the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the USA:
January 25, 2019
“The record represents the largest individual within the genus Gyrinophilus, the largest body size of any cave-obligate salamander and the largest salamander within the Plethodontidae family in the United States,” said Nicholas Gladstone, a graduate student in UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, who made the discovery.
The find is making scientists reexamine growth limits of these animals in harsh environments and how hospitable underground environments really are.
Salamanders can be found in a variety of habitats across Tennessee. Some species have adapted to live in cave environments, which are thought of as extreme and inhospitable ecosystems due to the absence of light and limited resources.
Salamanders are one of only two vertebrate animal groups to have successfully colonized caves. The other is fish, said Gladstone.
The record-breaking specimen had some damage to the tail, leading researchers to believe that it was once nearly 10 inches long.
The Berry Cave Salamander can be found in only 10 sites in eastern Tennessee, and in 2003 it was placed on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Candidate Species List for federal protection.
“This research will hopefully motivate additional conservation efforts for this rare and vulnerable species,” said Gladstone.
A week later it was over 35,000 striking demonstrators.
This video is about that 24 January 2019 demonstration in Brussels.
So is this video.
This 27 January 2019 video shows many pro-climate demonstrators arriving in Brussels, in spite of the rain. The Belgian railways had trouble transporting so many people to Brussels.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Some 70,000 people participated in the climate march through the streets of Brussels. In Belgium there are regularly demonstrations demanding climate measures, but never have so many people joined them. The organization counted on 30,000 people.
The fact that many more people have come to Brussels shows, according to the organization, that many Belgians believe that the government is not taking the climate problem seriously.
On Thursday, 35,000 high school students marched through the Belgian capital to draw attention to climate change. There was a lot of criticism because supposedly for the pupils it was just truancy.
According to NOS correspondent Thomas Spekschoor, many pupils were marching again today. “They wanted to show that they really mean it and that the strike was primarily meant to attract extra attention.
On banners, the demonstrators, eg, criticized the Flemish Minister for the Environment Joke Schauvliege, who does not participate in the march: ‘Joke is a joke’ [in English], writes one of the demonstrators.
Ms Schauvliege belongs to the conservative ‘Christian Democrat’ party.
This video from France calls for a pro-climate march in La Rochelle city. With the slogan also seen in self-made signs in Brussels today: ‘Let us change the system; not the climate’.
This video is about an 18 January 2019 pro-climate march of 10,000 striking students in Lausanne, Switzerland.
This video shows a September 2018 pro-climate march in Marrakech, Morocco.
This video about the Oude Buisse Heide is from September 2013, when the heather flowered.
Still 23 January 2019 at Oude Buisse Heide nature reserve.
After 22 January 2019 came our 23 January 2019 walk.
A goldcrest flying from branch to branch.
This video says about itself:
A male goldcrest singing, you can tell it’s a male by the crown showing a deep orange flash when it is raised. The song is so high-pitched that some people find it difficult to hear, it’s also not easy to keep up with when filming this fast-moving little bird which is recognised as Britain’s smallest bird.
A grey heron stands on a snowy footpath.
Also much snow on branches.
Also still some leaves.
A jay flying.
Roe deer footprints in the snow.
We continued to the Turfvaart. This canal used to be for transport of peat by boats.
This robin sat down on barbed wire near the Turfvaart.
Also near the atelier of Henriette Roland Holst and her visual artist husband there was a feeder, which attracted birds like this female great tit.
And this male great tit.
And this robin.
On this photo, a blue tit feeds, while two great tits await their turn.
Stay tuned for more from the Oude Buisse Heide!