Legal child marriage in the USA


This 15 June 2019 video says about itself:

Child marriage is still legal in the U.S. and although not much heard of, the risk is just as real as in any ‘developing country’.

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Pleistocene wolf discovery in Siberia


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.

House finch sings at osprey nest, video


This video from Montana in the USA says about itself:

Male House Finch Sings Songs At Hellgate Osprey Nest – June 14, 2019

The Hellgate Osprey cam welcomed a beautiful male house finch at the nest today. Enjoy his long, jumbled songs composed of short notes before he departs out of view.

Watch live with updates, tweets, and highlights at http://AllAboutBirds.org/ospreys.

A female house finch landed famously at a 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential election campaign rally.

No to Trump war on Iran


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

Trump Faking Tanker Evidence?

How bad does the Trump administration want war with Iran? Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and John Fugelsang, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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:

Trump, Swallow Your Pride

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.

Jeremy Corbyn: no ‘credible evidence’ of Iran role in tanker attacks. Labour leader urges UK to ease tensions in Gulf after Foreign Office links blasts to Tehran: here. And 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.”

‘Sponges not ancestors of other animals’


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

Summary: New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a choanocyte.

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.

Women’s football World Cup, Netherlands-Cameroon today


This 11 June 2019 video shows fans of the Dutch women’s national football team in Le Havre in France, where they played their World Cup match against New Zealand.

Today, many thousands of Dutch fans departed to Valenciennes in northern France, for the second match, against the Cameroon national team.

The nickname of the Dutch team is the ‘orange lionesses‘. Of the Cameroon team, the ‘indomitable lionesses‘.

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.