This 15 June 2019 video says about itself:
This 11 June 2019 video says about itself:
Russia: Immaculately-preserved wolf head found in Siberia
The head of a giant Pleistocene wolf was discovered in the Abyisky district in the north of Yakutia in July 2018 as footage released on Monday shows.
Video made in July 2018 shows the site of the discovery and the wolf’s head immediately after the glacial-age creature was excavated by local mineral developers. It is reportedly the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with tissue this well preserved.
“We have already found wolves’ heads without soft tissues or fur, but this one even has ears and a tongue. The brain was perfectly preserved, which was confirmed by a CT scan”, Chief researcher of the Department of Mammoth Fauna Study of the Republic of Sakha Academy of Science Valery Plotnikov said, speaking in an interview on Monday.
According to a study conducted by Japanese scientists, the two to four-year-old wolf, whose fangs and fur are intact, is estimated to have died over 30,000 years ago. “The finding is unique,” Plotnikov said.
In 2015 and 2017, the remains of three cave lions were uncovered by the same group.
This video from Montana in the USA says about itself:
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This 14 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Trump Faking Tanker Evidence?
This 14 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran?
Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth.
This 14 June 2019 video from Democratic party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard in the USA says about itself:
War with Iran is HIGHLY likely unless Trump swallows his pride and returns to the Iran nuclear agreement which he tore up. But I fear that he will not put the interests of our country and those who’ll be killed in such a war, ahead of his own pride and personal political interests.
British and US push to blame Iran is ‘most dangerous threat of war yet’, say peace campaigners. Journalist John Pilger warns ‘nothing’ Trump administration says can be trusted: here.
By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
Trump doubles down on US lies about Iran
15 June 2019
US President Donald Trump escalated the war threats against Iran Friday, insisting that Tehran was responsible for the damage done to two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman the previous day and vowing US retaliation for any Iranian action to shut the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Trump based his ignorant and belligerent remarks on a grainy, black-and-white video released Thursday night by the US Central Command (CENTCOM), which directs US military interventions throughout the Middle East.
CENTCOM claimed that the video, apparently shot from a US spy plane, showed a small boat of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) approaching one of the damaged tankers, the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, and removing an unexploded limpet mine attached to its hull. The video was touted as proof that Iran carried out attacks on the vessels and had sent the IRGC boat to remove any incriminating evidence. …
The claims by Trump and the Pentagon that the CENTCOM video is some kind of smoking gun proving the culpability of the Iranian government in the apparent attack on the Kokuka Courageous and the second tanker, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, is nothing of the kind.
Unsubstantiated is the claim that those depicted in the video were removing a limpet mine from the hull, not to mention that in supposedly doing so they were engaged in a coverup designed to conceal evidence of Iranian culpability.
The CENTCOM video recalls nothing so much as the incontrovertible “proof” presented by then Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN Security Council in 2003 of Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction”.
The US claims ran in direct contradiction from the owners of the tanker shown in the video. Yutaka Katada, president of the Kokuka Sangyo shipping firm which owns the Kokuka Courageous tanker, told reporters Friday in Tokyo that the claim the ship had been damaged by limpet mines was “false”.
“The crew are saying it was hit with a flying object. They say something come flying toward them, then there was an explosion, then there was a hole in the vessel. Then some crew witnessed a second shot”, Katada said.
“To put a bomb on the side is not something we are thinking”. he added, noting that the damage to the ship “was above the water surface by quite a lot.”
This 11 June 2019 video is called Pushed to ‘breaking point’: French ER workers go on strike.
By Anthony Torres in France:
French hospital workers strike against Macron’s health cuts
15 June 2019
While the Senate adopted the 2022 health bill on Tuesday, hospital strikes against the deterioration of the health system that began in March in Paris are now spreading throughout France.
Health Minister Agnès Buzyn and President Emmanuel Macron have turned down all the demands of hospital staff despite rising anger among workers. Already, Macron has refused to make any concessions to demands of “yellow vest” protesters that he put an end to his policy of austerity and war. He reacted by launching riot police against the “yellow vests”, leading to mass arrests of thousands of protesters, dozens of whom have been mutilated by the cops.
On Monday on the set of the BFM-TV news channel, faced with demands for an increase in staff and salaries, Buzyn dismissed out of hand “the idea of a new salary increase for carers”. She bluntly said, “But when the concern is purely about wages whereas it is the entire system that doesn’t work … honestly, the problems won’t be solved just because I pay you more.”
Despite €400 million investments to create medical assistant positions and finance rural or territorial health care, the 2022 health project plans to cut €3.8 billion from health budgets. There is rising anger and concern among hospital staff, who fear a drastic deterioration in working conditions.
Hospital staff began striking in Paris in March, and these strikes have now spread to 95 emergency wards across France. Demonstrations are planned in Paris and in the provinces.
Faced with rising anger in the hospitals, the trade unions have called strikes to protest against the lack of resources at the University Hospital of Bordeaux, as well as of Libourne, Agen-Nérac and Pau. All hospital staff in the neurological and cardiological services at Albi are also on strike to demand “a better quality of care and acceptable working conditions.”
Staff at Lariboisière Hospital, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, mounted a sickout in the night from Monday to Tuesday.
Terrified by this growing movement, the Macron government deployed police-state measures against hospital workers, with requisitions issued by the gendarmerie to deprive staff of their constitutionally protected right to strike and require a return to work. In the emergency room of Lons-le-Saunier, health workers were requisitioned by order of the police prefect. The authoritarian methods first used against “yellow vests” are being deployed against all workers in struggle.
WSWS reporters spoke to Fanny and Chloé, nurses at Saint Louis Hospital in Paris, who denounced the lack of beds and staff when there are more and more people who need them. “Before, people arrived at the hospital, and we had beds for them in separate rooms,” one said.
Chloé added: “Over the past year, a year and a half, that has changed. There are no more beds, they’re full. People sleep on stretchers in the emergency corridor all night long.”
Fanny pointed out that three or four years ago there was one caregiver for every 10 people, but now it’s one for every 14. “The problem is money. There is money, but it’s the politicians who decide what to do and we the people, we have no power to decide. We don’t feel anyone listens to us at all. Our work is not recognized in fact, but it is essential for the population. Our salary has not changed since 2010.”
Fanny told the WSWS that they can earn almost €1,700 a month, but have to work on several public holidays and weekends. She compared the deterioration in the working conditions and living standards for hospital staff to that of other civil servants: “My sister is a teacher. They always cut classes and there are more children in the classes. It’s like us, because they’re closing down the services.”
The WSWS also spoke to Maryline, who works as a doctor in Nancy. She said that ruling circles “do not want to invest in hospitals. … They are happy that public hospitals are deteriorating and that there are more private clinics, and that only those who can afford them can go to private clinics.”
She added, “There is now a crisis in the hospital system. They offer doctors 1,500 euros for 24 hours of work if they come to regions where there is a shortage of doctors. If someone doesn’t come to work, there’s a problem. But many employees have health problems, and in some services there are working conditions that are difficult, and people do not stay. Nurses are paid only 1,300 euros per month, but they have many responsibilities. We need more nurses and more caregivers. We can’t treat people like this anymore. When people wait, their health deteriorates.”
Fanny explained that there is plenty of money, but the Macron government and its predecessors are setting out to destroy social rights established by previous generations of workers struggles, looting the education and health system to extract more money from them. For the first time in 18 years, the Social Security system is running a surplus. This is due to the gutting of retirement pensions and family benefits in 2019 and 2020.
The policy adopted by the Macron government in its “social dialogue” with the union bureaucracies is deeply regressive. These austerity cuts in healthcare and the surpluses generated are used to finance Macron’s tax cuts for the rich and to finance the massive military spending increases, so that France and the EU can wage neocolonial wars in Africa and the Middle East.
The creation of a public health service that meets the needs of the masses requires a broader struggle of hospital staff, mobilizing together with other sections of workers in France and internationally. To this end, workers must create their own organizations of struggle … to defend social rights and lead a political fight against war and the police-state preparations.
The strike by French hospital workers against the Macron administration’s healthcare legislation, which came into force in March, is spreading throughout the country. Of the 478 emergency services in the country, 216 are now involved in the movement that began in March and involved 80 hospitals by June: here.
This month, many sections of workers will take strike action against the drastic cuts to pensions and the police state policies of French President Emmanuel Macron. Mass transit, hospital workers, the public service, electricity workers and rail workers are all preparing strikes amid widespread anger among workers and youth: here.
This video is called Sponges! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD.
From the University of Queensland in Australia:
How multi-celled animals developed
Evolutionary discovery to rewrite textbooks
June 12, 2019
Scientists at The University of Queensland have upended biologists’ century-old understanding of the evolutionary history of animals.
Using new technology to investigate how multi-celled animals developed, their findings revealed a surprising truth.
Professor Bernie Degnan said the results contradicted years of tradition.
“We’ve found that the first multicellular animals probably weren’t like the modern-day sponge cells, but were more like a collection of convertible cells,” Professor Degnan said.
“The great-great-great-grandmother of all cells in the animal kingdom, so to speak, was probably quite similar to a stem cell.
“This is somewhat intuitive as, compared to plants and fungi, animals have many more cell types, used in very different ways — from neurons to muscles — and cell-flexibility has been critical to animal evolution from the start.”
The findings disprove a long-standing idea: that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a choanocyte.
“Scattered throughout the history of evolution are major transitions, including the leap from a world of microscopic single-cells to a world of multi-celled animals,” Professor Degnan said.
“With multicellularity came incredible complexity, creating the animal, plant, fungi and algae kingdoms we see today.
“These large organisms differ from the other more-than-99-per-cent of biodiversity that can only be seen under a microscope.”
The team mapped individual cells, sequencing all of the genes expressed, allowing the researchers to compare similar types of cells over time.
Fellow senior author Associate Professor Sandie Degnan said this meant they could tease out the evolutionary history of individual cell types, by searching for the ‘signatures’ of each type.
“Biologists for decades believed the existing theory was a no-brainer, as sponge choanocytes look so much like single-celled choanoflagellates — the organism considered to be the closest living relatives of the animals,” she said.
“But their transcriptome signatures simply don’t match, meaning that these aren’t the core building blocks of animal life that we originally thought they were.
“This technology has been used only for the last few years, but it’s helped us finally address an age-old question, discovering something completely contrary to what anyone had ever proposed.”
“We’re taking a core theory of evolutionary biology and turning it on its head,” she said.
“Now we have an opportunity to re-imagine the steps that gave rise to the first animals, the underlying rules that turned single cells into multicellular animal life.”
Professor Degnan said he hoped the revelation would help us understand our own condition and our understanding of our own stem cells and cancer.
Today, many thousands of Dutch fans departed to Valenciennes in northern France, for the second match, against the Cameroon national team.
This is a song by Dutch singer Claudia de Breij on the national team.
This 10 June 2019 video is called Canada v Cameroon – FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.
This video shows the 15 June 2019 World Cup match The Netherlands-Cameroon: 3-1.
This 15 June 2019 video is called Vivianne Miedema – Player of the Match – Netherlands v Cameroon.