Walking With Dinosaurs BBC TV, how accurate?


This 3 November 2019 video on the Triassic says about itself:

The Scientific Accuracy of Walking With Dinosaurs – Episode 1: New Blood

20 years after it originally aired, how scientifically accurate is Walking With Dinosaurs?

This video is that episode of that BBC series.

Trump attacks British Labour party


This 31 October 2019 British Channel Four TV video says about itself:

Trump criticises Corbyn as Labour launches election campaign

Far from staying out of other countries’ politics, President Trump weighed into the UK’s 2019 election campaign today declaring that Jeremy Corbyn would be ‘so bad’ for the country – and urging Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson to get together as an ‘unstoppable force’.

But he also criticised Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, suggesting the US couldn’t make a trade agreement with the UK. All this on the very day Britain was supposed to be coming out of the EU.

By Laura Tiernan in Britain:

Trump targets Corbyn in UK election intervention

2 November 2019

US President Donald Trump intervened at the start of Britain’s snap general election campaign Thursday to publicly attack Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, warning that a Corbyn premiership would take the UK into “bad places”.

Trump’s statements were issued during an extended live interview with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on LBC radio, where Farage has hosted since January 2017.

“Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way, he’d take you into such bad places,” he told Farage.

Most media coverage of Trump’s phone call has focused on his pro-Brexit message in calling for an alliance between Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Farage. … Johnson’s withdrawal agreement meant that “we can’t make a trade deal”, he declared—blowing a hole in the [British] government’s post-Brexit strategy.

In contrast, Trump’s ominous attack on Corbyn was swiftly passed over. But his intervention comes less than four months after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the US government would not allow a Corbyn government to take office and would “push back” to prevent this.

Pompeo’s threats, made … on June 3, were “leaked” by the Washington Post and coincided with a three-day state visit by Trump to the UK. Pompeo said, “It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best … It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”

The motive behind Trump’s latest intervention was made clear within hours. For more than three years, contending factions of the ruling class have sought to dragoon the working class behind either a pro-EU or Brexit agenda. But two events on Thursday showed that class issues are coming to the fore.

The first was Johnson’s visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Leaving the hospital after a staged photo opportunity, Johnson was booed and jeered by dozens of patients and National Health Service staff.

The same morning, a BBC radio interview with Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle backfired in spectacular fashion, after host Emma Barnett attacked Labour’s mild proposals to increase the tax rate for billionaires. Barnett response to Moyles’ statement that “I don’t think anyone in this country should be a billionaire” was nakedly hostile. “Why on earth shouldn’t people be able to be billionaires,” she asked, “Some people aspire to be a billionaire in this country. Is that a dirty thing?”

By mid-afternoon #Billionaires was the top-trending item on social media. Video footage of Barnett’s incensed defence of the financial oligarchy became the subject of popular derision: “An average NHS worker would need to work 100m hrs to earn £1bn. Working daily, 24 hrs a day, for 11,400 YEARS. i.e. since the end of the last Ice Age and the dawn of urban civilisation and the domestication of cattle,” one Twitter user responded, concluding, “Billionaires haven’t ‘earned’ their wealth. They stole it.”

“It wasn’t 39 billionaires who were found dead in the back of refrigerated container in Essex,” wrote another.

Corbyn’s election campaign seeks to politically channel the mass opposition of workers and young people to endless austerity and social inequality behind the … programme of the Labour Party. His election videos promise a “once in a generation opportunity” to “put wealth and power in the hands of the many not the few.” By Thursday, a surge in voter registrations—316,264 in just 48 hours—pointed to the hunger for political change among young people. Nearly one third of registrations were from those aged 18-24.

Pent-up opposition in the working class to decades of free-market policies is now breaking to the surface. Last month’s 97 percent strike vote by 110,000 Royal Mail workers has been followed by two ballots—recording 79 percent and 74 percent votes in favour of strikes—by academics against changes to pensions, pay and conditions across nearly 100 universities and colleges.

The media has responded to Corbyn’s anti-austerity promises with hysteria. The Daily Telegraph accused him of advancing a “vision of a society founded on theft of private property” and the Sun [of Rupert Murdoch] warned of his plans to “sneak into power on a wave of hatred and envy.”

The ruling class knows it is sitting on top of a social volcano. It looks at the eruption of mass anti-government protests in Chile, Lebanon, Sudan and across the globe with fear—and is preparing accordingly.

Corbyn’s response to Trump’s LBC interview … consisted of a single tweet, “Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected.” This theme was echoed by … Labour MP Chris Williamson, a key Corbyn ally, who tweeted, “Don’t let Boris Johnson’s Tories turn Britain into Donald Trump’s poodle.”

Corbyn and Williamson’s … response conceals the class interests expressed in Trump’s threats. Pompeo and Trump’s open declarations against the democratic rights of the working class are part of a political conspiracy at the highest levels of the British state.

In September 2015, just days after Corbyn was elected party leader, the WSWS warned about threats from a leading British general who told the [Rupert Murdoch] Sunday Times that if Corbyn came to power there would be “a mutiny … The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that.”

Corbyn has often described Chilean President Salvador Allende as his political hero. Allende’s parliamentary road to socialism ended … in a US-orchestrated military coup in September 1973. This was followed less than two years later by a CIA-backed political coup in Australia, removing a democratically elected Labour government from office, with the military on stand-by.

Last November, Corbyn was asked explicitly by the Latin America Bureau, “Do you worry about the forces that brought down Allende doing the same thing to you? Corbyn replied, “Well, I understand a lot of the media are very unkind towards me here; extremely unkind. I think what we showed in the general election and since then is that our ability to communicate with people was critical … we can bring about political change, we can be a government of social justice and we’ll have foreign policy based on human rights and justice.”

Trump’s attack on Corbyn comes just one day after he praised the Pinera government’s savage repression in Chile as an attempt to “restore order” against “foreign efforts” at destabilisation. Mass protests and strikes—the largest since the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship—have rocked the country for nearly two weeks. …

Trump’s interview shows that Pompeo’s threatened “push back” is far advanced. If Trump is willing to make such anti-democratic public pronouncements against the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition, what are they discussing—and preparing—behind the scenes?

Moroccan rapper L’Gnawi arrested fror criticizing government


This 29 October 2019 musical video from Morocco is the song Aâcha Chaâb by rapper L’Gnawi.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Moroccan rapper Mohamed Gnawi was arrested two days after a video appeared in which he expressed his criticism of the Moroccan government.

In the song Aâcha Chaâb, which means ‘long live the people‘, Gnawi says, eg, that the government “drugs people ” so that they do not revolt. He also sings that Morocco will become an “empty country” in 2020 because everyone leaves and that the king “fools everyone”. The video has been viewed more than 700,000 times since Friday.

834,435, when I last looked today.

“Everyone thinks it’s a suspicious coincidence that he was arrested two days after that song,” says correspondent Samira Jadir. “He was already in the sights of the police. I think they were already planning to arrest him, but were only looking for a good opportunity.”

Jadir thinks that the many views played a role. “You can say a lot in Morocco, but as soon as the authorities see that you are being followed a lot, you are a danger to society in their eyes”.

From L’Express in Morocco, 2 November 2019:

The song recently released online is a “cry from the heart of a youth left on the margins”. In the video, we see the trio of rappers denouncing social injustice, repression, and abuse of power.

Waders and big moth of Terschelling island


Whimbrel, 22 September 2019

Still 22 September 2019 along the Wadden Sea coast of Terschelling island. A whimbrel standing on a small stone dike.

Curlew, Terschelling, 22 September 2019

A bit further, a bigger relative of whimbrels, this curlew.

Greenshanks, 22 September 2019

Then, a flock of hundreds of dunlin and redshanks. And greenshanks.

Meadow pipit, 22 September 2019

Two meadow pipits on a pole and a fence.

Meadow pipit, 22 September 2019

There was also one closer to the shore.

Convolvulus hawk moth, 22 September 2019, Terschelling

As we walk back, we see a big moth on a fence: a convolvulus hawk moth.

Convolvulus hawk moth, 22 September 2019

Convolvulus hawk moth, on 22 September 2019, Terschelling

On a roof, not just lichen, but also this white wagtail.

White wagtail, 22 September 2019

Near Oosterend, a buzzard on a pole.

Stay tuned, as there will be more about Terschelling on 22 September 2019!

Saudi Aramco oil privatisation


This 1 February 2017 video says about itself:

Saudi oil minister welcomes Trump era – BBC News

Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih has told the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet he is pleased that US President Donald Trump plans to pursue a more fossil fuel-oriented energy policy. He insisted he was unconcerned by Mr Trump’s promise to pursue energy independence and said Saudi Arabia had invested billions of dollars in the American oil industry.

Khalid al-Falih was one of few Saudi ministers who was not a prince. Recently, Khalid al-Falih was sacked and replaced by a royal. Breaking with tradition that the Saudi oil ministry was one of few top-level jobs where you did not have to be a royal dynasty member to qualify.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The largest oil company in the world is privatised. Saudi Aramco, accounting for ten per cent of global oil production, will start issuing shares …

The Saudis hope to attract many billions with the Initial Public Offering. The ruler in Saudi Arabia, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, wants to use the money for a new investment fund …

Saudi Arabia has a high unemployment rate of more than ten per cent.

Also translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Saudi Aramco is certainly doing everything it can to attract new shareholders. Allegedly it would like to pay out $ 75 billion a year in dividends. That too is a record. …

Measures taken by the company to combat greenhouse gas emissions, on the other hand, are limited.

In 2017, the company installed the first windmill in Saudi Arabia. In their own words, the capacity equals that of 18,000 barrels of oil per year. If oil production is running at full speed, Saudi Aramco sells around 12 million barrels per day. That is more than 243,000 times as much. ..

Saudi Arabia regularly receives strong criticism of its human rights policy. A little over a year ago, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. He regularly criticized the government and was murdered and cut to pieces at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. …

According to Evert Hassink of the Fair Banking and Insurance Guide, this disappearance shows what kind of regime Saudi Arabia has. A regime that also makes victims in Yemen. “The money that comes from this IPO goes either into oil production or into the Saudi state treasury,” says Hassink. Which, according to him, finances the war in Yemen.