Birds feeding in New York snow


This video from New York State in the USA says about itself:

Northern Cardinal Displaces American Tree Sparrow on Snowy Morning– Mar. 4, 2019

To get a morning snack, a male Northern Cardinal successfully displaces an American Tree Sparrow on a snowy morning in Ithaca.

This video from New York State in the USA says about itself:

Hungry Birds Fill Cornell Feeders During Heavy Snowfall – Mar. 4, 2019

Watch feathered forest residents fill the feeders as snow falls down around the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam.

This video from New York State in the USA says about itself:

Hovering Northern Cardinal Plucks A Treat From Snowy Feeder – Feb. 28, 2019

A Northern Cardinal does its best hummingbird impression while plucking a seed from the snowman feeder on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam.

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Accusation of anti-Semitism in Belgium


This tweet by CIDI in the Netherlands is about a carnival float in Aalst, Belgium, accused of anti-Semitism.

A few years ago, there was a better carnival float in Germany. And a better one in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Anger about Belgian carnival float with caricatures of Jews

A carnival float in the Belgian city of Aalst with dolls picturing stereotype orthodox Jews with hooked noses and money bags has aroused the anger of Jewish interest groups in Belgium and the Netherlands. The Belgian Forum of Jewish Organizations (FJO) and the overarching Coordination Committee have filed a complaint with the authorities involved and the Belgian racism watchdog Unia.

The latter reported last week that the number of reports of anti-Semitism in Belgium almost doubled in the past year from 56 in 2017 to 101 last year. In the years before, the number of reports fluctuated.

The Jewish organizations compare the float with stereotypes like in nazi newspaper Der Sturmer. “The crooked noses and the suitcases with money are typical of the nazism of 1939“, the FJO writes on its website. Humour must be possible, but according to the organization a limit has been crossed here. The Dutch Center for Information and Documentation Israel [CIDI] shares these objections.

Sabbath year

The carnival group De Vismooil’n made the Jewish caricatures because of a ‘sabbatjoor’, a sabbatical year. In Belgian carnival jargon this means that they are more economical this year in order to have a more expensive float next year. …

The mayor of Aalst

Christoph D’Haese, of the right-wing N-VA party

supports the carnival group. He tells Het Laatste Nieuws daily that they “had no intentions to hurt”.

See also here.

Tyrannosaur evolution, video


This 3 March 2019 video says about itself:

The Rise of the Tyrannosaurs

The discovery of a new tyrannosaur, Moros intrepidus, has revealed how these iconic animals went from small, agile predators to the massive, bone-crushing T. rex.

Birds eating watermelon in Panama


This video says about itself:

A Variety Of Species Enjoy A Watermelon Breakfast – March 1, 2019

A Buff-throated Saltator, Rufous Motmot, Clay-colored Thrush and Chestnut-headed Oropendola enjoy some watermelon.

Watch LIVE 24/7 with highlights and viewing resources at http://allaboutbirds.org/panamafeeders

The Panama Fruit Feeder Cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Canopy Family, and explore.org.

I saw several of these species in Costa Rica.

Dutch Afghan war ‘hero’ arrested for anti-police violence


This 15 November 2018 video says about itself:

This British soldier was deployed when he had PTSD symptoms – BBC

Historian Dan Snow breaks the silence around the devastating impact of war on the mental health of our soldiers. Here, he meets Sean Jones who made a startling discovery about his mental health, years after the army had already re-deployed him to Afghanistan.

The Dutch Major Marco Kroon case may be about PTSD or other mental heath problems caused by the Afghan war; maybe it is not. If it is, then the Dutch government should have provided proper mental health care for this officer; instead of parading him about as a ‘war hero’, supposedly a shiny example for Dutch children.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Marco Kroon arrested ‘because of headbutting a police officer’

Major Marco Kroon was arrested yesterday in Den Bosch. This confirms his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops. Kroon is said to have headbutted a police officer. This is reported by several media, including the dailies De Telegraaf and the Brabants Dagblad.

Kroon is said to have administered his headbutt after being caught by the cop while urinating in public. The military police only informed the Brabants Dagblad that “a military man” has been arrested. …

Military Order of William

Kroon was awarded the highest military order, the Military Order of William, by Queen Beatrix in 2009. He had been nominated for this because of courage and leadership in Afghanistan.

After that, Kroon got regularly in trouble. He was convicted in 2011 for illegal possession of weapons.

The military police then also accused him of hard drugs possession; for which he was not convicted.

Last year he claimed to have killed a Taliban fighter who had kidnapped and abused him.

The Public Prosecution Department investigated the case, but found insufficient clues that it really happened. No definitive answer could be given and the investigation was therefore stopped.

Kroon may lose his award if he would be sentenced to at least a year of imprisonment unconditionally or if he would be dishonourably discharged.

Earlier, the Dutch government spent 300,000 euros on Kroon’s lawyers; but not this time.