This 1 November 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Joseph Francis reports on the latest Jeffrey Epstein news, with a report out that Epstein’s injuries are more consistent with murder than suicide.
This 1 November 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Joseph Francis reports on the latest Jeffrey Epstein news, with a report out that Epstein’s injuries are more consistent with murder than suicide.
This 18 June 2019 Canadian TV says about itself:
A pair of fossilized teeth found in Yukon in the 1970s belong to a species of ancient hyena that roamed the grassy tundra during the early years of the last ice age, paleontologists have found. The fossils sat in the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa until Jack Tseng, an expert on ancient predatory mammals, was brought in to confirm that they are the first hyena fossils found in the Arctic.
From the University of Colorado at Boulder in the USA:
Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon
October 31, 2019
Summary: Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon.
In 1973, a teacher named Joan Hodgins took her students on a hike near Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In the process, she made history for this chilly region.
While exploring the tailings left behind by a now-defunct copper mine, Hodgins and her students stumbled across a few fragments of fossils — bits and pieces of what seemed to be teeth alongside pieces of bone.
The ancient fragments of teeth were so small and in such bad shape that “most paleontologists may not have picked them up”, said Jaelyn Eberle, a curator of fossil vertebrates at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History.
But Hodgins did. Now, more than 40 years after the teacher’s fateful hike, an international team led by Eberle used modern technology to identify the origins of those enigmatic fossils.
In a study published today, Eberle and her colleagues report that the fossil tooth fragments likely came from the jaw of a long-extinct cousin of today’s rhinoceroses. This hefty animal may have tromped through the forests of Northwest Canada roughly 8 to 9 million years ago.
And it’s a first: Before the rhino discovery, paleontologists had not found a single fossil vertebrate dating back to this time period in the Yukon.
“In the Yukon, we have truckloads of fossils from ice age mammals like woolly mammoths, ancient horses and ferocious lions”, said Grant Zazula, a coauthor of the new study and Yukon Government paleontologist. “But this is the first time we have any evidence for ancient mammals, like rhinos, that pre-date the ice age.”
It’s a gap in the fossil record that scientists have been keen to fill.
To understand why, imagine the Earth during the Tertiary Period, a span of time that began after the dinosaurs went extinct and ended about 2.6 million years ago. In that age, a land bridge called Beringia connected what are today Russia and Alaska.
Paleontologists believe that animals of all sorts, including mammoths and rhinos, poured over that bridge.
There’s just one problem: The geology and environment of the Yukon, which sat at the center of that mass migration route, isn’t conducive to preserving fossils from land animals.
“We know that a land bridge must have been in operation throughout much of the last 66 million years,” Eberle said. “The catch is finding fossils in the right place at the right time.”
In this case, the people at the right place and at the right time was a Yukon schoolteacher and her students.
When Eberle first saw Hodgins’ fossil teeth, now housed in the Yukon Government fossil collections in Whitehorse, she didn’t think she could do much with them.
Then she and her colleagues landed on an idea: Eberle put one of the small pieces under a tool called a scanning electron microscope that can reveal the structure of tooth enamel in incredible detail.
She explained that mammal teeth aren’t all built alike. The crystals that make up enamel can grow following different patterns in different types of animals, a bit like a dental fingerprint. The Yukon tooth enamel, the team found, carried the tell-tale signs of coming from a rhinoceros relative.
“I hadn’t thought that enamel could be so beautiful,” Eberle said.
The method isn’t detailed enough to determine the precise species of rhino. But, if this animal was anything like its contemporaries to the south, Eberle said, it may have been about the same size or smaller than today’s black rhinos and browsed on leaves for sustenance. It also probably didn’t have a horn on its snout.
The group also looked at a collection of fossils found alongside the rhino’s tooth chips. They belonged to two species of turtle, an ancient deer relative and a pike fish. The discovery of the turtles, in particular, indicated that the Yukon had a warmer and wetter climate than it does today.
Hodgins, now-retired, is excited to see what became of the fossils she and her students discovered more than 40 years ago: It’s “just so wonderful to learn what has developed with them from long ago,” she said.
Eberle added that the Yukon’s newly-discovered rhino residents are a testament to the importance of museums.
“The fact that these specimens were discovered in the Yukon museum collection makes me really want to spend more time in other collections, including at CU Boulder, looking for these kinds of discoveries that are there but haven’t had the right eyes on them yet,” Eberle said.
This 25 October 2019 musical video about the mass protests in Chile against the right-wing government’s austerity, torture and killing and injuring of demonstrators is called (translated) Victor Jara [Chilean singer, murdered by the Pinochet dictatorship] is present at the protests in Chile, [with his song] I remember you Amanda. It gives me goosebumps!! Bravo!!
This music video shows Victor Jara singing that song Te Recuerdo Amanda, before he was murdered.
By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
Trump blames mass uprising in Chile on “foreign efforts”
1 November 2019
US President Donald Trump blamed the historic mass protests that have gripped Chile for the past two weeks on “foreign efforts”
Trump does not say which Johnny Foreigner he blames for the millions of Chileans protesting against inequality and governmental bloodshed. Does he blame Russia? Or China? Or Venezuela? Or Cuba? Or some other country where he intends to ‘grab the oil’?
Yet, in a twisted way, Trump is correct that the causes of the indignation of the Chileans include foreign factors. They are the role of the United States CIA in establishing the bloody Pinochet dictatorship, which was only partially deconstructed after the fall of Pinochet himself. And the role of the United States ‘Chicago Boys’ economists ever since Pinochet in making Chile an economic paradise for billionaires like right-wing President Piñera and an economic hell for everyone else. And the role of Trump himself, with his aggressive anti-Latin American policies, causing disgust in Chile like elsewhere in Latin America.
and declared his support for the right-wing government of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s attempts to “restore order” in the South American country.
The White House press secretary reported that Trump made the statements in a phone conversation with Piñera on Wednesday after the right-wing Chilean president announced the cancelation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that had been scheduled for November 16-17. Piñera also called off the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, which was set for early December.
The cancellation of such summits because of an uncontrollable social upheaval is unprecedented. The principal reason for the Chilean government’s decision was precisely its difficulties in “restoring order”, despite the unleashing of savage repression, including the declaration of a state of emergency and curfew and the deployment of combat-equipped troops in the streets for the first time since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship.
While Trump praised the Chilean regime for attempting to “peacefully restore national order”, at least 20 people have died, several hundred have been wounded, including by live fire, and there have been reports of “disappearances”, rape and torture at the hands of the army, the paramilitary Carabineros and other elements of Chile’s security forces. The repression has only swelled the ranks of the demonstrators.
Attempts by the Piñera government to appease the mass protests by rescinding the state of emergency and curfew, offering insignificant economic concessions and dismissing cabinet members have fallen on deaf ears, with strikes and mass demonstrations continuing.
As late as last Thursday, Chile’s foreign minister, Teodoro Ribera, announced, “We’re going ahead with the planning of both summits, logically adjusting ourselves to the circumstances, but there is nothing that could justify not having APEC.”
The next day, however, the government’s position shifted in the face of a protest that brought over one million people into the streets of Santiago, with hundreds of thousands more participating in demonstrations in cities across the country. The protests, the largest in the country’s history, have been accompanied by a continuous wave of strikes by truckers, teachers, miners, dockworkers, public employees and virtually every section of the Chilean working class.
What began as spontaneous protests against a hike in public transit fares escalated into a generalized uprising against conditions of stark social inequality. This was combined with demands for a reckoning with the crimes carried out by the Chilean bourgeoisie, both under the blood-soaked dictatorship that ruled for 17 years after a CIA-backed coup in 1973, and in the systematic looting of the country by foreign and domestic capital ever since.
In addition to concerns that the government could not assure the security of the some 21 heads of state who were set to descend upon Santiago amid the popular upheavals, the Chilean government also feared that their presence—and particularly that of Trump—would only provoke further unrest. It was also reported that some of the participants were beginning to back out, including Japan and Russia. Chile’s government feared that more would follow suit, having no desire to witness the masses in the streets in protest against the same conditions of social inequality that prevail in their countries.
The cancellation has disrupted Washington’s plans for Trump and China’s Xi Jinping to sign what the US administration had described as a “substantial phase one deal” on trade. While the deal was partial and very limited, the Trump White House had hoped to use its signing in Santiago to claim an economic victory and distract from the growing political crisis surrounding the impeachment inquiry.
US and Chinese officials were left scrambling to find another venue for a bilateral meeting between Trump and Xi for signing the deal. According to Reuters, US officials were suggesting either Alaska or Hawaii, while Beijing was proposing Macau.
The cancelation of the COP25 climate summit took the UN agency organizing it completely by surprise. Officials said they learned of the decision only when Piñera announced it Wednesday in his speech from the La Moneda presidential palace.
This will mark the second time that the climate gathering has been moved. In November of last year, the Brazilian government rescinded its hosting of the summit claiming financial reasons. That decision came one month before the inauguration of the fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro, whose foreign minister has dismissed climate change as a “cultural Marxist” conspiracy aimed at weakening the West.
Trump’s attempt to attribute the mass movement of millions of Chilean workers and youth to “foreign efforts” reflects the absurd propaganda of the most fascistic layers of the Chilean and Latin American ruling classes, who have claimed that Cuban and Venezuelan “saboteurs” had been sent into Chile. It is also an indication of the police state response with which not only he, but the US ruling establishment and both its political parties, will respond to the inevitable outbreak of similar social explosions within the United States itself.
This photo shows a solidarity demonstration with the Chilean demonstrators in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
This 12 April 2018 video says about itself:
In 2016, Arjan Dwarshuis took his love for birdwatching to extreme lengths. He boarded over 140 flights to 40 different countries, journeying through jungles and forests in search of the birds of the world. During his 366-day trip, he smashed the world record, observing 6,856 species of birds—that’s 65% of the global bird population. Now, he’s using his epic adventure as a way to raise awareness for conservation efforts, here.
From Duke University in the USA:
This AI birdwatcher lets you ‘see’ through the eyes of a machine
New research aims to open the ‘black box’ of computer vision
October 31, 2019
It can take years of birdwatching experience to tell one species from the next. But using an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, Duke University researchers have trained a computer to identify up to 200 species of birds from just a photo.
The team trained their deep neural network — algorithms based on the way the brain works — by feeding it 11,788 photos of 200 bird species to learn from, ranging from swimming ducks to hovering hummingbirds.
The researchers never told the network “this is a beak” or “these are wing feathers.” Given a photo of a mystery bird, the network is able to pick out important patterns in the image and hazard a guess by comparing those patterns to typical species traits it has seen before.
Along the way it spits out a series of heat maps that essentially say: “This isn’t just any warbler. It’s a hooded warbler, and here are the features — like its masked head and yellow belly — that give it away.”
Duke computer science Ph.D. student Chaofan Chen and undergraduate Oscar Li led the research, along with other team members of the Prediction Analysis Lab directed by Duke professor Cynthia Rudin.
They found their neural network is able to identify the correct species up to 84% of the time — on par with some of its best-performing counterparts, which don’t reveal how they are able to tell, say, one sparrow from the next.
Rudin says their project is about more than naming birds. It’s about visualizing what deep neural networks are really seeing when they look at an image.
Similar technology is used to tag people on social networking sites, spot suspected criminals in surveillance cameras, and train self-driving cars to detect things like traffic lights and pedestrians.
The problem, Rudin says, is that most deep learning approaches to computer vision are notoriously opaque. Unlike traditional software, deep learning software learns from the data without being explicitly programmed. As a result, exactly how these algorithms ‘think’ when they classify an image isn’t always clear.
Rudin and her colleagues are trying to show that A.I. doesn’t have to be that way. She and her lab are designing deep learning models that explain the reasoning behind their predictions, making it clear exactly why and how they came up with their answers. When such a model makes a mistake, its built-in transparency makes it possible to see why.
For their next project, Rudin and her team are using their algorithm to classify suspicious areas in medical images like mammograms. If it works, their system won’t just help doctors detect lumps, calcifications and other symptoms that could be signs of breast cancer. It will also show which parts of the mammogram it’s homing in on, revealing which specific features most resemble the cancerous lesions it has seen before in other patients.
In that way, Rudin says, their network is designed to mimic the way doctors make a diagnosis. “It’s case-based reasoning,” Rudin said. “We’re hoping we can better explain to physicians or patients why their image was classified by the network as either malignant or benign.”
The team is presenting a paper on their findings at the Thirty-third Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2019) in Vancouver on December 12.
Other authors of this study include Daniel Tao and Alina Barnett of Duke and Jonathan Su at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
CITATION: “This Looks Like That: Deep Learning for Interpretable Image Recognition“, Chaofan Chen, Oscar Li, Daniel Tao, Alina Barnett, Jonathan Su and Cynthia Rudin. Electronic Proceedings of the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference. December 12, 2019.
This video from Australia says about itself:
Great Barrier Reef ‘gut-wrenching’: Charlie Veron angry with state & federal governments
Translated from Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer, 30 October 2019, by Maarten van Dun:
Australian politicians are fighting climate protesters
Sydney – Decent regulation of polluting mega-mines or about the loss of the Great Barrier Reef does not get off the ground in Australia, but at other times the Australian government is suddenly amazingly efficient. The parliament of the state of Queensland passed laws this week to bother climate protesters. The police are given more powers to search protesting citizens and the chains that activists use to chain themselves are now illegal. Even harsher laws with which protesters could be thrown into prison without a pardon in a second arrest did not make it.
Human rights organizations, activists and trade unions reacted with horror, but no longer with disbelief. In conservative Australia they know the tricks of the trade. The change to the law was preceded by a classic Australian political campaign: great indignant words from conservative politicians, a liberal handling of the facts and constant pressure from the right-wing tabloids of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The elderly media magnate retains an iron grip on the social debate.
In Australia, too, the debate on climate change runs along predictable fault lines: politicians and tabloids outline the climate theme as a struggle between hard-working, non-nagging farmers versus long-haired, work-shy, urban criminals who prefers to live on welfare all day long.
Remarkably, it is the same fulminating farmers who are most aware of the effects of climate change. Farmers’ villages in large parts of Australia have been suffering from drought for years. Livestock shrink and harvests fail because there is not enough water to spray the fields. The fire chief of a village in the east decided to only extinguish house fires if there is a danger to human life. He prefers to save the water.
Conservative politicians prefer not to link these problems to climate change. They prefer to regard it as the well-known struggle between the tough Aussie battler and the rugged elements. Anyone who cautiously suggests that something might have to change is committing political suicide.
It leads to ridiculous scenes. During a catastrophic forest fire season, politicians talk mealy-mouthedly, while firefighters tell without hesitation that climate change is the cause. But the political reality in Australia is different: they are working on laws that are not aimed at resolving a crisis, but on fighting protesters who point to the problem.
Police have attacked climate change protestors in Melbourne, Australia, arresting 67 people on Tuesday and Wednesday and hospitalising several others, including a woman who reportedly had both her legs broken in a police horse charge: here.
This 23 October 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Donald J Trump just said he’s keeping U.S. troops in Syria to keep guard on the oil and he’ll be deciding on what to do with it all.
From daily News Line in Britain:
Trump sends troops to steal Syrian oil
WHEN US President Donald Trump abruptly announced on October 9 that all US troops would be pulled out of northern Syria, his administration indicated that it was preparing for a full withdrawal from the country in the coming weeks.
Trump dumped his former Kurdish allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who had fought and defeated the Islamic State (ISIS) and were hailed as US ‘allies’, leaving them open to Turkish invasion.
In one of his tweets, Trump said at the time: ‘Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish border, for a change … Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them!’ Immediately, the Syrian army moved into the northern region of Syria to confront the Turkish invaders.
On Wednesday, the Syrian government issued a call on the Kurdish-led SDF to join the ranks of the national army to help defend the country from Turkish aggression. …
Having promised to pull all US troops out of the country, Trump has now ordered US troops into the southeast of the country to take over its oil fields.
Trump was referring to the oil fields in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province that the SDF drove ISIS out of in 2017.
ISIS had used the oil from these fields, smuggled through Turkey, to fund its terrorist operations … Now US imperialism has taken on the role and is promising to go to war with anyone over their right to steal Syria’s oil.
Trump doesn’t care that this oil is the rightful property of the Syrian state and that seizing it constitutes a crime under international law. He didn’t even try to pretend that the US was ‘protecting’ the oil fields from terrorists.
In fact, Russia this week published satellite images taken last month that show trucks guarded by US troops and private military companies.
Commenting on the evidence, the Russian defence ministry spokesman said that these convoys ‘smuggle oil from fields in the eastern part of Syria to other countries’ …
Trump is prepared to go to war with the Syrian army, supported by Russia and Kurdish forces in order to keep hold of this stolen wealth.
The Pentagon has explicitly stated that US troops being redeployed to occupy Syria’s oil fields are prepared to unleash “overwhelming force,” including against troops loyal to Syria’s own government and the Russian and Iranian forces that support it: here.