Animals perform opera classical music, video


This 11 October 2019 music video says about itself:

Opera performed by animals | Maestro – CG short film by Illogic collective

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals starts a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

Music: “Squilla Il Bronzo Del Dio – Guerra, guerra” [from the opera Norma]
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by The Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Dame Joan Sutherland, Samuel Ramey
Conducted by Richard Bonynge
Additional Voices: Marie-Ève Racine, Marc Antoine D’Aragon

Horseshoe crab eyes, 400 million years old


This July 2018 video is called What If The Jaekelopterus rhenaniae Didn’t Go Extinct?

From the University of Cologne in Germany:

Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today’s horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years

December 3, 2019

The eyes of the extinct sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae have the same structure as the eyes of modern horseshoe crabs (Limulidae). The compound eyes of the giant predator exhibited lens cylinders and concentrically organized sensory cells enclosing the end of a highly specialized cell. This is the result of research Dr Brigitte Schoenemann, professor of zoology at the Institute of Biology Didactics at the University of Cologne, conducted with an electron microscope. Cooperation partners in the project were Dr Markus Poschmann from the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage RLP, Directorate of Regional Archaeology/Earth History and Professor Euan N.K. Clarkson from the University of Edinburgh. The results of the study ‘Insights into the 400 million-year-old eyes of giant sea scorpions (Eurypterida) suggest the structure of Palaeozoic compound eyes’ have been published in the journal Scientific Reports — Nature.

The eyes of modern horseshoe crabs consist of compounds, so-called ommatidia. Unlike, for example, insects that have compound eyes with a simple lens, the ommatidia of horseshoe crabs are equipped with a lens cylinder that continuously refracts light and transmits it to the sensory cells.

These sensory cells are grouped in the form of a rosette around a central light conductor, the rhabdom, which is part of the sensory cells and converts light signals into nerve signals to transmit them to the central nervous system. At the centre of this ‘light transmitter’ in horseshoe crabs is a highly specialized cell end, which can connect the signals of neighbouring compounds in such a way that the crab perceives contours more clearly. This can be particularly useful in conditions of low visibility under water. In the cross-section of the ommatidium, it is possible to identify the end of this specialized cell as a bright point in the centre of the rhabdom.

Brigitte Schoenemann used electron microscopes to examine fossil Jaekelopterus rhenaniae specimens to find out whether the compound eyes of the giant scorpion and the related horseshoe crabs are similar or whether they are more similar to insect or crustacean eyes. She found the same structures as in horseshoe crabs. Lens cylinders, sensory cells and even the highly specialized cells were clearly discernible.

‘This bright spot belongs to a special cell that only occurs in horseshoe crabs today, but apparently already existed in eurypterida,’ explained Schoenemann. ‘The structures of the systems are identical. It follows that very probably this sort of contrast enhancement already evolved more than 400 million years ago,’ she added. Jaekelopterus most likely hunted placoderm[i fish]. Here, its visual apparatus was clearly an advantage in the murky seawater.

Sea scorpions, which first appeared 470 million years ago, died out about 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian age — along with about 95 percent of all marine life. Some specimens were large oceanic predators, such as Jaekelopterus rhenaniae. It reached a length of 2.5 meters and belonged to the family of eurypterida, the extinct relatives of the horseshoe crab. Eurypterida are arthropods, which belong to the subphylum Chelicerata, and are therefore related to spiders and scorpions.

Among the arthropods there are two large groups: mandibulates (crustaceans, insects, trilobites) and chelicerates (arachnid animals such as sea scorpions). In recent years, Schoenemann has been able to clarify the eye structures of various trilobite species and to make decisive contributions to research into the evolution of the compound eye. ‘Until recently, scientists thought that soft tissues do not fossilize. Hence these parts of specimens were not examined until not so long ago’, she concluded.

The new findings on the eye of the sea scorpion are important for the evolution of the compound eyes not only of chelicerates, but also for determining the position of sea scorpions in the pedigree of these animals and for the comparison with the eyes of the related group of mandibulates.

Corporate Democrat Kamala Harris stops presidential campaign


This 3 December 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

BREAKING: Kamala Harris Has DROPPED OUT of the 2020 Primaries

Jenn Dize reports on Senator Kamala Harris’ exit out of the 2020 Democratic primary and breaks down the real reasons why this has happened.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Californian senator Kamala Harris will step out of the race for the Democratic candidacy for the US presidency. Sources close to her campaign team have announced this.

At the beginning of her candidacy in January, Harris (55) was seen as a promising, relatively young candidate, but her popularity has fallen sharply. An empty campaign war chest forced Harris to fire part of her campaign staff last month. …

Even though a recent, November 21, 2019, news item had still headlined: ‘Kamala Harris has more billionaire donors than any other Democrat running for president’. And still, not enough money for campaigning? Maybe because most non-billionaire people did not give even one cent to Ms Harris?

At the second election debate last June, she blamed her competitor Joe Biden for having supported racist policies in the past and recently praising racists.

Yes, that was one of the few good things Ms Harris ever did.

Let us be relieved that Ms Harris will not be able to continue her policies as a public prosecutor of harshly and massively incarcerating poor people for smoking marijuana; while letting Trump administration billionaire Steve Mnuchin and child-abusing Roman Catholic priests off the hook, this time from the White House.

One should hope that other Wall Street Democratic party presidential candidates, like Biden, Bloomberg and Buttigieg, will follow Ms Harris’ good example and stop their campaigns.

Tanagers feeding in Panama on video


This video says about itself:

Subadult Male Summer Tanager And Crimson-backed Tanager Share The Panama Fruit Feeder – Nov 27, 2019

Before long these two dissimilar looking species will look a lot more alike. Have a gander and you will spot some rosey feathers in this young, male Summer Tanager‘s plumage. Female and juvenile Summer Tanagers are olive-yellow, whereas adult males are a vibrant red allover.

Against Trump and NATO, London protest video


This Washington Post video of today says about itself:

Watch live: Protest held against Trump in London as he attends NATO summit

Stop Trump Coalition” holds demonstrations in central London as President Trump visits the city for NATO summit.

‘Prince Andrew should testify on Epstein abuse’


This 3 December 2019 musical video from Britain is a parody of the song Purple Rain by Prince.

It is about British Prince Andrew, making, in a BBC interview, the medically dodgy claim of being unable to sweat because of the Falklands war; after the survivor of United States paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Ms Virginia Giuffre, had claimed that Prince Andrew, while sweating profusely, had sexually abused her when she was one of Epstein’s underage sex slaves.

The music video says about itself:

Prince Andrew – Perspirable Rain

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Andrew returns with sweat-soaked new single “Perspirable Rain”.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Five women who say they have been abused by Jeffrey Epstein want Prince Andrew to come to the United States to testify about his friendship with the US American. The women ‘s lawyer, David Boies, is going to sue him for that, he told BBC Panorama.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Panorama: The Prince and the Epstein Scandal

BBC documentary on the British royal scandal.

The NOS article continues:

According to Boies, Andrew may have important information about the abuse by Epstein and about trafficking in women. The lawyer said that attempts to talk to the prince have failed so far.

Before it comes to a testimony, a judge must still give his approval when Andrew would be on US American soil, the BBC reports. If that would happen, then Andrew might still object.

Photo handed to FBI

Panorama also spoke to Virginia Giuffre, who says that at the age of 17 as a sex slave to Epstein, she was forced to have sex with his friends. She says that Prince Andrew also abused her. In a recent interview, the prince still denied that. He couldn’t remember ever meeting her.

Giuffre is certain about it: “He knows what happened. I know what happened. Only one of us is telling the truth and I know that’s me.”

She also commented on remarks that a picture of her and the prince of that time is supposedly fake. Andrew also made that suggestion. But Giuffre tells the BBC that it is real and that she gave the original photo to the FBI in 2011. “There is a date on the back of it from when it was printed.” According to her, the photo was printed on March 13, 2001.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Epstein victim claims she was trafficked for Prince Andrew

In an interview with BBC Panorama, Virginia Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew.

Giuffre implored the people in the UK to stand up beside her. She insisted “This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked“.

From the BBC Panorama programme ‘The Prince and the Epstein Scandal’.

5 KEY MOMENTS FROM PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER’S INTERVIEW Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre told the BBC she felt “ashamed” after allegedly having sex with the Duke of York when she was a teenager, and said “powerful people were my chains.” [HuffPost]

PRINCE ANDREW ATTENDS QUEEN’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH Prince Andrew, scandalized for his relationship with the late sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, is still attending private functions put on by the royal family, even after he announced he was stepping back from his royal duties. Andrew was spotted on Wednesday arriving at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas lunch. [HuffPost]

ANOTHER ROYAL JUST APOLOGIZED FOR TIES TO EPSTEIN “I would never have had anything to do with Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of his criminal acts,” Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway said in a statement given to the Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv. “I should have examined Epstein’s past more closely, and I regret that I did not.” [HuffPost]

Prince Andrew and the tradition of ‘Down with the Crown’. Britain’s ancient monarchy has inspired a noble tradition — hating it. KEITH FLETT charts the history of throwing things at the throne.

Anyone who watched Prince Andrew’s now disastrous TV interview could hardly believe how stupid the Duke of York was in trying to defend his relationship with well-known paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. King-in-waiting Charles, we are told, has spoken severely to his younger brother, telling Andrew how stupid he had been having a public relationship with a long-term paedophile. Can this be the same older brother Charles who spent so much time being entertained by Britain’s best-known home-grown paedophile, Jimmy Savile: here?