Young goldfinches and wood sandpiper


This Dutch video is about the Crezéepolder. In November 2018, that area became a freshwater tidal nature reserve. The video shows some of the many birds there.

On 8 September 2019, we went there.

Near the entrance, a flock of some 40 young goldfinches.

A wood sandpiper looking for food on a mudflat.

Two snipes.

Two lesser black-backed gulls.

Barn swallows flying around.

Two coots.

A common sandpiper flying.

A flying Egyptian goose.

On the footpath, a dead hare.

Fifteen spoonbills standing in the water.

Teal.

Gadwall ducks.

A northern lapwing on a mudflat.

A house martin up in the air.

Great cormorants.

A mute swan.

A grey heron. An oystercatcher.

Barnacle geese.

A male kestrel resting on a lampppost.

Jackdaws. A magpie. A great crested grebe in the water.

Water rail sound.

Yellow common fleabane flowers.

Stay tuned, as there will be more 8 September 2019 wildlife on this blog!

Shark tagged from submarine, first time ever


This 9 September 2019 video says about itself:

Shark Tagged From Submarine For First Time In History | National Geographic

For the past year, a research team has developed a new strategy to study the near-threatened bluntnose sixgill shark in deep waters.

Mystery Blogger Award, thank you showdonttell!


Mystery Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend showdonttell of the Just show, Dont tell blog has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Mystery Blogger Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture!

Thank you, Okoto Enigma, for creating this award!

The rules of the Mystery Blogger Award are:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

10. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

It is hard to say which of my blog posts I like best. I think

Three things about me:

1. I heard ring-necked parakeets call today.

2. The most visited pages/posts of my blog today are:

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 41
The origin of bats More stats 10
Swedish birds eating apples in winter More stats 10
Prehistoric sharks invented suction feeding, new research More stats 9
Origins of animals, plants, fungi, new research More stats 8
Donald Trump’s cronies profiting from Puerto Rico disaster More stats 8
Prehistoric Australian giant kangaroos, new research More stats 7
War profiteers accused of war crimes More stats 7
Trump’s Pentagon prepares mass internet censorship More stats 5
‘Stop Japanese militarist war flags at Olympics’ More stats 5

3. The most visited pages/posts of my blog this year are:

September 12, 2018 to Today

Showdonttell’s questions, and my answers, are:

Q1. What do you do when you are free?

Blogging; birdwatching; or other things 🙂

Q2. Would you kill your friend to save your life or sacrifice your own life for him?

I would not kill anyone, neither my friend nor myself.

Q3. If you had an assignment and a friend of yours was copying your idea, what would you do?

Depends on the situation.

Q4. If you had a choice of changing your past or seeking through your future, what would you choose?

I would prefer knowing about my future; especially if that future would not be immutable, giving me the chance to avoid bad things which I would not have known about otherwise.

Q5. If I give you a chance of being a part of a Sci-Fi movie and tell you to delete your site permanently for being a part, what would you do?

Then I would prefer not to be in the science fiction film; as I have worked at my blog since 2005 and have attracted millions of visits.

My five questions for my nominees are:

1. Who is your favourite musician?

2. Who are your three favourite people?

3. Which is your favourite bird species?

4. If you would be a playing card, would you prefer to be the joker, a king or a queen?

5. What is the best thing which happened to you in this year 2019?

My nominees are:

1. Casa Cal Domino

2. Decor Craft Design

3. Political.Bdnews

4. Jellis’ Blog

5. vatibangla24

6. Me.. Era !

7. Gehad’s Journey

8. INFJ PHD

9. Gaeun Diary

10. A Voice from Iran

11. cocinaitaly

Trump’s Pentagon prepares mass internet censorship


Diagram of the Semantic Forensics online censorship system sought by the United States Defense Department

This is a diagram of the Semantic Forensics online censorship system sought by the United States Defense Department.

By Kevin Reed in the USA:

DARPA requests proposals for “Semantic Forensics” system

US Defense Department prepares for mass internet censorship

6 September 2019

The US military has issued a call for research proposals from technology partners for the development of an automated system capable of scanning the entire internet and locating and censoring content deemed as “false media assets” and “disinformation”. According to government documents, the requested solution would provide “innovative semantic technologies for analyzing media” that will help “identify, deter, and understand adversary disinformation campaigns.”

On August 23, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a solicitation for a so-called Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program on the federal government business opportunities website. According to the bid specifications, SemaFor “will develop technologies to automatically detect, attribute, and characterize falsified multi-modal media assets (text, audio, image, video) to defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.”

In other words, the US Defense Department is seeking a technology partner that will build a platform to enable the Pentagon to locate any content it identifies as an adversarial “disinformation attack” and shut it down. This technology will cover anything on the internet including web pages, videos, photo and social media platforms.

The documents released as part of the DARPA request say that the technology and software algorithms it is seeking would “constitute advances to the state of the art” that will be top secret and do not include “information that is lawfully publicly available without restrictions.”

Several recent media reports have pointed to the rise of government Internet shutdowns internationally as a mechanism of censorship, repression and control in response to growing political turmoil and mass protests. Based largely on data maintained by Access Now—an organization that “defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world”—these reports show a trend of dramatically accelerating Internet shutdowns over the past three years: here.