YouTube censors Dutch history


Canadian soldiers welcomed in Alkmaar city in the Netherlands in May 1945, regional archive Alkmaar photo

This photo shows Canadian soldiers welcomed in Alkmaar city in the Netherlands in May 1945, liberation from the German nazi occupation.

The photo used to be on YouTube. Before YouTube censored it.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

YouTube has removed the YouTube video channel of the Alkmaar Regional Archive because images from the Second World War are said to be ‘hateful’. Not only the film images from the war have been removed, other historical images from Alkmaar and the surrounding area are also offline.

“This is censorship of official material”, says employee Mark Alphenaar to NH Nieuws regional broadcasters. “They punish us as hatemongers, while we are an official institution.”

Archive staff members have tried to persuade YouTube to restore the deleted channel, but so far without result.

The archive indicates that ten years have been spent collecting “often unique” images of the war and the liberation. …

The images are distributed via their own YouTube channel. Schools use the material for educational purposes. They now see the message: “This account has been terminated due to repeated or serious violations of the YouTube policy that prohibits incitement to hatred.” …

The archive says about an earlier case of YouTube censorship:

“You can defend yourself once with a notice of objection of a thousand words. We have never received an answer to that.”

Meanwhile, the YouTube channel of the Dutch neonazi party Nederlandse Volks-Unie is still working. YouTube is an affiliate of Google.

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Birds, bees, flowers at botanical garden


Flowers, 2 June 2019

On 2 June 2019, we went to the Leiden botanical garden. Where we saw these flowers.

In the Clusius garden, the part closest to the entrance, a blackbird sang.

Iris germanica yellow flowers.

Cambridge milk parsley attracting honeybees.

A chiffchaff calls.

From the Clusius garden to another part.

A sign at a ‘messy’ area says this is a special area for hedgehogs. The botanical garden values them as they keep the numbers of plant eating snails down.

Flowers, on 2 June 2019

These flowers were present.

Tulip, 2 June 2019

So was this tulip, now past its prime.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Large earth bumblebee, 2 June 2019

Bumblebees on pineapple lily flowers, originally from South Africa. Like this large earth bumblebee.

Great yellow bumblebee, 2 June 2019

And this one; I think a great yellow bumblebee.

On the other side of the canal, an Egyptian goose couple in love. Also two jackdaws.

Yellow iris flowers on the bank, water lily flowers on the water.

A grey heron and a ring-necked parakeet flying overhead.

A lesser black-backed gull lands on the botanical garden side of the canal to pick up a piece of food.

Flowers, botanical garden, 2 June 2019

These flowers grow around a big London planetree.

Swifts flying overhead.

Bladder campion, 2 June 2019

Bladder campion.

Bladder campion, on 2 June 2019

Bladder campion, botanical garden, 2 June 2019

Another flower attracted this honeybee.

Honeybee, 2 June 2019

A great crested grebe swims in the canal.

In the botanical garden stream, pondskaters.

US Democratic establishment bans climate change debate


This 7 June 2019 video from the USA is called Democratic [party] National Committee Bans Presidential Candidates From Doing Climate Change Debate.

Apparently, the establishment DNC is scared that in a debate on the extremely important climate change issue, it would turn out that left-wing candidates like Bernie Sanders have better policies than the corporate right-wing candidates with their links to fossil fuel Big Money; like 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had.

Inadvertently, the Wall Street DNC Democrats by their ban show how important the subject of global warming is.

From the 314Action pro-climate science organisation in the USA today:

Tens of thousands of you spoke up, but the Democratic National Committee JUST announced it will NOT host a debate on climate change:

DNC won't hold climate change themed debate, despite popularity. -- MSNBC

Demand a debate

But there is hope — More than four DOZEN DNC members are revolting and organizing a petition drive to force the DNC to reverse course.

Over 50 voting members of the Democratic National Committee have submitted a resolution to hold a presidential debate devoted exclusively to the topic of climate change... The signers plan to collect more signatures and submit the resolution for official consideration at a DNC meeting in Pittsburgh at the end of the month. -- Huffington Post

That gives us just three weeks to help them assemble signatures:

Add your name and join tens of thousands of Americans in calling for an All-Climate Debate

The DNC is also THREATENING candidates if they choose to form and organize a debate on climate change on their own.

No candidate should be punished for trying to organize Democrats to discuss the biggest existential issue of our times — climate change.

We need to help the revolting DNC members gather as many signatures as possible:

Add yours today!

I support a climate debate

Thank you,

314 Action Advocacy Team

Paid for by 314 Action Fund, http://www.314actionfund.org, not authorized by any candidate or any candidate’s committee.

This video shows which subject the Democratic party National Committee is banning from debating.

This 7 June 2019 video from the USA is called Climate Change Could Set Human Extinction in Motion by 2050, Study Finds.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C could prevent thousands of deaths in the U.S. A study projecting heat-related mortality in 15 cities illustrates urban risk from warming. By Aimee Cunningham, 2:00pm, June 5, 2019.

FARMERS BATTLE CLIMATE CHANGE FLOOD HELL Panicked farmers throughout the Midwest are facing the increasing probability that vast tracts of fields will remain unplanted or crops will fail this year as much of their land remains under water or too sodden for farm equipment and plants. [HuffPost]

Clerical child abuse and candidate Kamala Harris


This 9 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

As San Francisco DA, Kamala Harris‘s Office Stopped Cooperating With Victims of Clergy Abuse

Kamala Harris, surrounded by thousands of cheering supporters, kicked off her [Democratic party] presidential campaign in Oakland earlier this year, declaring that she has always fought “on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, a fight not just against predators but a fight against silence and stigma.”

Harris specialized in prosecuting sex crimes and child exploitation as a young prosecutor just out of law school. But when it came to taking on the Catholic Church, survivors of clergy sexual abuse say that Harris turned a blind eye, refusing to take action against clergy members accused of sexually abusing children when it meant confronting one of the city’s most powerful political institutions.

Hear one survivor’s story here, or visit our website to read the full story.

Large tortoiseshell butterflies reproducing in the Netherlands


This 2018 video from Germany is about large tortoiseshell butterflies.

The Dutch butterfly foundation reported on 6 June 2019 that large tortoiseshell butterflies are reproducing in the Netherlands.

This species had become extinct in the Netherlands. In 1996, a caterpillar was found for the last time. From 2011-2014 many adult butterflies were seen; but caterpillars only three times from 2000-2018.

This year, caterpillars were discovered at six different spots all over the Netherlands.

Scarce tortoiseshells, another species rare for the Netherlands, were also seen again this year.

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria disaster


This 7 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Puerto Rico to Receive New Disaster Relief, but Colonial Status Prevents Economic Recovery

Congress passed a new disaster relief bill, to provide Puerto Rico an additional $1.4 billion. But colonial status, a financial oversight board with conflict of interest, and unfavorable laws ensure that the island remains mired in poverty.