Red kites in Wales, videos


This 3 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Red Kites: Birds Flying in Slow Motion, filmed at Gigrin Farm in Wales UK

Video Produced by Paul Dinning

This 9 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Red Kites Feeding at Gigrin Farm, Rhayader in Wales – Filmed in Slow Motion

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

Donald Trump’s Islamophobia, video


This 14 April 2018 video from Democratic party Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard in the USA says about itself:

Trump foments religious bigotry for political gain

Trump is shamelessly trying to foment religious bigotry against Representative Ilhan Omar & all Muslims based upon the horrendous actions of a few individuals claiming to be Muslim. This is the very definition of religious bigotry & Trump is fomenting it for political gain. Dangerous & sad.

TWITTER USER COULD FACE JAIL FOR LYNCHING TWEET Joseph Cecil Vandevere of North Carolina is facing possible jail time over a threatening Twitter post. Prosecutors say that when he anonymously tweeted a graphic image of a lynching to a Muslim candidate for Virginia state Senate, he was actually using interstate communication to transmit a threat ― a felony. [HuffPost]

Saudi women still fighting for their rights


This 14 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Fight Continues For Women’s Rights In Saudi Arabia

There are still women activists in jail for protesting for the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. John Iadarola and Manal al-Sharif break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook.

Kinkajou on video


This 14 April 2019 video says about itself:

On this episode of Breaking Trail: Legacy Series, we take a look back at the time that Coyote encountered and fed one ferociously adorable KINKAJOU! How adorable do you think he is on a scale of 1-10?! We’re thinking a 10!

Kinkajous live in Central and South America.

Chicago classical musicians keep fighting for their rights


This 12 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

As part of their free concert series “From the Heart of the Orchestra,” Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians on strike performed three well-attended concerts last week in the Chicago area to appeal to the public in their struggle.

On Monday, the musicians performed at the Benito Juarez Performing Arts Center with a full orchestra and a rapt audience that warmly received them. On Wednesday and Friday, they held two more successful chamber concerts at Lutkin Hall in Northwestern University and at the Chicago Temple. On April 3, Yuan-Qing Yu, Blair Milton (violins), Wei-Ting Kuo (viola), Ken Olsen (cello) and J. Lawrie Bloom (clarinet) presented a smaller chamber concert at Lutkin Hall on the campus of Northwestern University.

The musicians carried themselves with levity at times, laughing at each other and with the audience, and yet with an appropriate degree of seriousness and gravity with regards to the situation they confront. They performed Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata No. 3 for Two Violins, Op. 6, in C Major, Beethoven’s String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1 in G Major and Carl Maria von Weber’s Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 34.

The sold-out crowd stood at its feet at the end of the stirring performance. Musicians, students and workers spoke to the WSWS about the strike of CSO musicians and their reasons for attending after the concert. You can read the full report here.

Clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom said, “One of the things you can’t help feeling during a strike is that your abilities are being questioned, your value is being rated. You are being told you’re not worth what you’ve been promised. This to a group of musicians who have dedicated themselves for a lifetime to attaining the level of artistry that makes it possible for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to be generally recognized as one of the greatest orchestras on the face of the earth, and a cultural jewel in the city of Chicago.”

Bloom added, “We may be often filled with sadness at this impasse, we may feel like we are being undervalued, but we can still play, and bring joy to an audience.” Violinist Blair Milton, who performed the lively Leclair Sonata and the Weber Quintet on Wednesday, said, “The stress of the CSO strike is being felt by every musician, but we feel the same unity that bonds us onstage as musicians. We are a team and always seek to blend with our fellow musicians, naturally in our art, but also as colleagues in life. Walking the picket line together, we have time to connect in a personal way that isn’t available during the concentration of rehearsals and performances.”\

“All the orchestra members,” Milton added, “share a passion for music and a calling to share this gift with our audience. But we also share a commitment to protect this great treasure for future generations. The amount of lifelong sacrifice, blended with the joy we feel filling the world with music, is something all true music lovers appreciate. “In giving these concerts,” Milton added, “we are connecting with our dedicated supporters and spreading our wings after hours of pounding the pavement in the brutal cold. Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny, greed, or indifference.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh speaks on musicians strike: here.

This 5 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Almost a month into their longest-ever strike, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians continue to host successful free public concerts to sold-out crowds as their struggle reaches a turning point. Performances at the symphony hall have been canceled through April 9 as negotiations resumed on Friday.

The striking musicians at the world-class orchestra have received widespread support from around the world in their fight to defend their pensions, salaries and other benefits. The resistance of the musicians comes amid a mass resurgence of strikes by workers globally to fight against poverty wages and concessions, including by teachers and autoworkers. At stake is nothing less than the right to art and culture more broadly.

As part of their free concert series “From the Heart of the Orchestra,” CSO musicians on strike performed three well-attended concerts this week in the Chicago area to appeal to the public in their struggle. On Monday, the musicians performed at the Benito Juarez Performing Arts Center with a full orchestra and a rapt audience that warmly received them. On Wednesday and Friday, they held two more successful chamber concerts at Lutkin Hall in Northwestern University and at the Chicago Temple.

Noam Chomsky, others denounce Assange arrest


This 12 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

This 11 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald calls Julian Assange’s arrest “a grave threat to press freedoms

“It’s the criminalization of journalism by the Trump Justice Department and the gravest threat to press freedom, by far, under the Trump presidency,” says Glenn Greenwald responding to the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. “Every journalist in the world should be raising their voice as loudly as possible to protest and denounce this.”

This 13 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

U.S. trying to make Assange “suffer” for publishing secrets, his former lawyer says

British human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who formerly represented Julian Assange, says the Wikileaks founder has made many enemies, including the governments of Ecuador, Australia, the U.K. and U.S. “At the end of the day, you come down to the question of free speech, whether it’s right that a publisher who has received information from sources who want it published … should be jailed and punished for the efforts he’s made on behalf of free speech,” says Robertson.

New marine flatworm species discoveries


This 25 November 2018 video says about itself:

Colorful Marine Flatworms – 20 species / Turbellaria

Free-living marine flatworm (German: freilebende Meeresstrudelwürmer) are some of the most fascinating although simple creatures in the world´s oceans. The bright coloring advertises their toxicity to predators, making many species reasonably safe in open areas.

Aside from their toxins, flatworms have simple body structures. They have no respiratory or circulatory systems, so their bodies are a flat shape to allow for diffusion of carbon dioxide and oxygen. Their digestive system consists of a straightforward but many-branched intestine which allows nutrients to be spread throughout the body.

Marine flatworms are hermaphroditic, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs.The life span of marine flatworms is generally between three weeks to three to four months long.

From Zootaxa, 12 April 2019:

Two new species of marine flatworm from southern China facilitate determination of the phylogenetic position of the genus Nerpa Marcus, 1948 and the histochemical structure of the nervous system in the genus Paucumara Sluys, 1989 (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Maricola)

IA-JIA CHEN, WEI-XUAN LI, RONALD SLUYS, MING-QI WU, LEI WANG, SHUANG-FEI LI, AN-TAI WANG

Abstract

Two new species of flatworm, collected from a beach at eastern Shenzhen, China, were studied through an integrative approach by combining morphological, histological, histochemical (acetylcholinesterase, AChE), and molecular (18S r- DNA) data. These species belong to two genera of marine triclads, previously unrecorded from China, viz. Nerpa Marcus, 1948 and Paucumara Sluys, 1989.

Nerpa fistulata Wang & Chen, sp. nov. is characterized by: transparent body; principally pentamerous intestine with three distinct commissures; two very large, prepharyngeal testis follicles; a semi-circular lens in each eye cup; a penis papilla provided with a chitinized, pointed stylet; lateral bursae communicating with the oviduct and opening ventrally to the exterior via a duct. Phylogenetically N. fistulata groups with one member of the family Bdellouridae. This new, Chinese species of Nerpa introduces a major geographic disjunction, as the type species N. evelinae was described from the bay of Santos, Brazil, so that the genus is now known from both Atlantic as well as Pacific coasts.

The species Paucumara falcata Wang & Li, sp. nov. is characterized by: three distinct pale yellow transverse pigmentation bands on its dorsal side, between which some snowflake-like specks are randomly distributed, and a brown transverse band anteriorly to the eyes; 8–11 testicular follicles on either side of the body, the follicles extending from immediately behind the ovaries to half-way along the pharyngeal pocket; a musculo-parenchymatic organ with a sclerotic, curved tip projecting from the anterior wall of the male atrium, ventrally to the root of the penis papilla. Phylogenetically P. falcata groups with its congener P. trigonocephala, with the genus Paucumara forming the sister taxon of the genus Ectoplana. Comparison of the nerve structure of P. falcata, as revealed by AChE histochemistry, with that of eight other species of triclad suggested that the nervous system of marine planarians is simpler than that of species of freshwater planarians, but revealed also that the nerve structure is rather variable among species.

The copulatory position exhibited by two partners in Paucumara falcata is remarkable in that they intertwine, with their heads pointing downwards and the tails pointing upwards, the entire process lasting about 10 min. Such a copulatory position has never before been reported for triclad flatworms.

US televangelist preaches bloody war on Vuvuzela … err… Venezuela


This 12 April 2019 video from the USA is called Pat Robertson Recommends Droning Vuvuzela.

As fundamentalist televangelist Pat Robertson does not know the difference between the South African music instrument vuvuzela and the oil rich country Venezuela, which is in the crosshairs of Robertson’s fellow Republican Donald Trump.

To help the bloodthirsty ‘reverend’ Robertson, here is a video about vuvuzelas.

The 14 June 2010 video shows vuvuzelas played by football supporters during a Netherlands-Denmark international match.

The Pentagon has been ordered to draw up military plans “aimed at deterring Russian, Cuban and Chinese influence” in Venezuela, CNN reported late Monday: here.