Sea snakes can dive deeply


This 2014 video says about itself:

In this exciting adventure, Jonathan travels to Manuk, a tiny, uninhabited volcanic island several hundred miles from the nearest populated island in Indonesia, on a mission to discover why the waters of this remote place are teeming with thousands of venomous sea snakes!

From the University of Adelaide in Australia:

Sea snakes make record-setting deep dives

April 2, 2019

Sea snakes, best known from shallow tropical waters, have been recorded swimming at 250 metres in the deep-sea ‘twilight zone‘, smashing the previous diving record of 133 metres held by sea snakes.

Footage of a sea snake swimming at 245 metres deep, and another sea snake at 239 metres has been provided to University of Adelaide researchers by INPEX Australia, an exploration and production company operating in the Browse Basin off the Kimberley coast of Australia. Both snakes appeared to belong to the same species.

Sea snakes are found in tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and are typically associated with shallow water habitats like coral reefs and river estuaries.

“Sea snakes were thought to only dive between a maximum of 50 to 100 metres because they need to regularly swim to the sea surface to breathe air, so we were very surprised to find them so deep”, says Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell, lead author of the study and recent PhD graduate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences.

Oceanic depths between 200 and 1000 metres encompass the mesopelagic zone, sometimes called the ‘twilight zone’ because only a small amount of light reaches that depth.

“We have known for a long time that sea snakes can cope with diving sickness known as ‘the bends’ using gas exchange through their skin,” says Dr Crowe-Riddell. “But I never suspected that this ability allows sea snakes to dive to deep-sea habitats.”

These record-setting dives raise new questions about the ecology and biology of sea snakes.

“In some of the footage the snake is looking for food by poking its head into burrows in the sandy sea floor, but we don’t know what type of fish they’re eating or how they sense them in the dark,” she says.

The snakes were filmed in 2014 and 2017 using a remotely operated vehicle or ‘ROV’ undertaking work for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project. …

Published in the journal Austral Ecology, the study is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project, James Cook University in Australia, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Denmark.

British soldiers practice killing Labour leader Corbyn


This 3 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

DISGRACEFUL: Soldiers in Kabul [Afghanistan] use Jeremy Corbyn image as target practice

Reported by Alistair Bunkall of Sky News on Twitter. Confirmed by Ministry Of Defence.

It looks like the bloody neocolonial war in Afghanistan has a dehumanizing effect on at least some of the people fighting it. Earlier, there were, eg, British soldiers there doing the nazi salute and Australian soldiers flying the nazi swastika flag.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The British Ministry of Defense has started an investigation into a video in which it seems as if British soldiers are using a photo of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn as a target. …

In the video, four British paratroopers can be seen at a shooting range. The images are said to have been made in the Afghan capital Kabul, when is not clear. The images include the caption “Happy with that”. …

Other British politicians have spoken strongly about the video, which is said to have first been broadcast on Snapchat and then posted on Twitter. “Soldiers should not be concerned with politics, but with defending the country”, is one of the responses.

While waging neocolonial war in Afghanistan, thousands of miles away from home, is not exactly ‘defending Britain’.
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The NOS report also mentions that Corbyn last month was violently attacked by a white supremacist who had made death threats against Muslims and politicians when visiting a London mosque.

Belgian government apology for stealing African children


This 2015 video is called Human zoos, dunking booths, African dodger, Hit the trigger.

Among the images in this video is an African little girl in a human zoo in Belgium in 1958, fed bananas like a caged ape.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Belgium apologizes for abducting children from colonies

Belgian Prime Minister Michel will apologize tomorrow at a special ceremony for the way children from mixed relationships were treated in the middle of the last century. The children from Africa, called ‘métis‘ in Belgium, were systematically removed from their mothers and sent to Belgium to grow up in orphanages.

The Catholic Church, which played a major role in abducting the children, already apologized years ago.

In 2017.

The children were Rwandan or Congolese

or Burundian

, those countries were then colonies of Belgium. After they were taken away, they did not automatically acquire Belgian nationality and many have been stateless for years.

The apologies come after last year the parliament called on the government to help those involved to obtain Belgian nationality. The MPs also wanted the victims to get help in the search for their biological parents, especially the mothers.

Now, about 70 years later … when many of the children and nearly all of the parents are already dead …

Sensitive

The discussion about the colonial past is extremely sensitive in Belgium. The renewed Africa Museum was recently reopened, but not by King Philip, precisely because of that sensitivity.

That museum was once built to honour King Leopold II, who considered the resource-rich Congo as his personal colony. The museum has overhauled the old colonial decor and now gives more explanation about the past and the dark sides of the occupation. …

Some more explanation, but not enough yet, according to critics.

Critical report

Belgium also recently refused to apologize after a critical United Nations report, in which the abuses and atrocities committed during the colonial occupation of Congo were denounced.