Permian age marine predator Helicoprion


This 13 December 2019 video says about itself:

The sharklike Helicoprion lived 275 million years ago and could slice its prey in two with its buzz saw jaw.

Earthquake in Puerto Rico


This 7 January 2020 video says about itself:

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the American territory of Puerto Rico according to the United States Geological Survey.

MAGNITUDE 6.6 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS PUERTO RICO An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck just off Puerto Rico, the largest in a series of quakes in recent days. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no significant threat of a tsunami to the region. [Reuters]

OVER HALF OF PUERTO RICANS WITHOUT POWER More than half of Puerto Rico’s 3 million people remained without power on Wednesday after earthquakes killed at least one person and damaged about 300 homes. Thousands were sleeping outdoors, afraid more homes may collapse. Tuesday’s quakes included the most powerful one to strike the U.S. territory in 102 years. [Reuters]

From CNN today:

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake and several other strong tremors rocked Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, just one day after a 5.8 magnitude quake shook the island, according to the US Geological Survey.

Power outages and damage to homes and buildings were reported near the island’s southern coast, though the extent wasn’t immediately clear.

The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m. local time (3:24 a.m. ET), centered just off Puerto Rico’s southern coast, about 6 miles south of Indios town, the USGS said. The mayor of Guayanilla, just north of Indios, reported damage to homes and a church. There were no immediate reports of injuries, Mayor Nelson Torres said in a phone interview with CNN affiliate WAPA.

Earthquake strikes Puerto Rico, killing one and knocking out power to the island: here.

Pedophile billionaire Epstein’s death, suicide or murder?


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

Sharyn Alfonsi joins “CBS This Morning” to talk about Sunday’s upcoming 60 Minutes report on the death of Jeffrey Epstein.

This 6 December 2019 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Pathologist hired by Epstein’s family says autopsy may point to murder

After a five-month investigation, 60 Minutes obtained photos of Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy and the cell where the convicted sex offender was found dead. Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by Mark Epstein to investigate his brother’s death, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss new details in the case and why the autopsy may point to a homicide, not a suicide.

On Sunday the CBS television news program “60 Minutes” revealed important new details about the conditions before and after the death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City on August 10. The details both substantiate and add to already existing evidence that Epstein did not commit suicide in his cell as determined by the New York Medical Examiner’s Office, but was, in fact, murdered: here.

Saving jaguars in Belize


This July 2017 video is called A Jaguar Family in Belize.

From the University of Bristol in England:

Protecting two key regions in Belize could save threatened jaguar, say scientists

January 6, 2020

Scientists studying one of the largest populations of jaguars in Central Belize have identified several wildlife corridors that should be protected to help the species survival. The study, led by the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Bristol and published in BMC Genetics, provide a new insight into where conservation efforts should be concentrated.

Jaguars are top predators inhabiting large areas of Belize’s tropical forests and have a vast range spanning thousands of square miles. However, high deforestation rates for large-scale agricultural development and a constantly changing landscape mean jaguars are under increased threat and now listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN red list of threatened species.

Dr Angelica Menchaca, the study’s lead researcher who led the study while a PhD student at Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, said: “Jaguars don’t stay in one place and can move long distances often through unprotected areas between reserves. Areas in between national parks with human activity may put jaguars at risk from retaliatory killing, conflict with cattle ranchers and limit connectivity between reserves.”

In order to improve conservation and management issues, the team monitored genetic population structure and predicted jaguars’ movement corridors to understand how they relate to each other, and how feasible it is to maintain connectivity between reserves.

Dr Menchaca and colleagues analysed samples of jaguar faeces collected over eight years of fieldwork in central Belize, a region which is of great importance for jaguar connectivity as it forms a bridge between the Selva Maya extending to Guatemala in the south, and Mexico in the north.

The team identified 50 different jaguars and observed high levels of gene flow within animals identified in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Maya Forest Corridor, making these two areas critical for conservation efforts. These areas are currently separated by Hummingbird highway but can potentially be connected through wildlife corridors and the expansion of natural protected areas.

Dr Menchaca added: “Our findings provide a screenshot of genetic patterns of animals inhabiting the area between 2003-2011 and provide important insight into the best routes for the jaguars to take across two key areas in Central Belize. If we are to help this threatened species, then our conservation efforts must expand protected areas to ensure the maintenance of this threatened species across its range.”

The study was funded by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

Dead American soldier’s mother against Trump warmongering


This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

AOC Condemns Killing of Soleimani: This Was An Act of Aggression Committed by the United States

Over the weekend, Democracy Now! spoke with New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and asked her response to the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. “We need to be tactical about how we can actively resist further escalation on already an unprecedented level of escalation and aggression by the president, and therefore by the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “He did this on behalf of our entire country. And that’s what makes the potential illegality of his action so flagrant, because he did not consult Congress and this was not done with the support of the United States.”

By Karen Meredith in the USA, 6 January 2020:

I’m writing to you with a serious and important ask in light of Donald Trump’s recent erratic and dangerous foreign policy decisions.

Will you join me in signing VoteVets’ petition to demand Congress put a check on Donald Trump and stop him from starting a war with Iran? It only takes a minute to sign and stand in solidarity with all veterans and military families in this moment of uncertainty.

I lost my son in Iraq in 2004 when an unmanned machine gun mounted on his tank accidentally discharged during combat against members of the Iranian-backed Mahdi army.

I supported the Iran deal because had we tried diplomacy first, perhaps my son would be alive today. The deal was working, and I was shocked and alarmed when Donald Trump pulled out of it — exacerbating an already tense situation.

Now, he has brought our country back to the brink of war where the only thing we can be certain about is the uncertainty of what is coming next at any given hour.

I made a promise to my son when I buried him 15 years ago that I would do everything to stop any war, so no other mothers have to go through what I did when I buried my only son. That’s why I’m asking you today:

Will you join me and VoteVets in standing in solidarity with all Gold Star families, military families and veterans? Sign the petition demanding Congress act to stop another war with Iran today.

With no clear plan or strategy, the situation with Iran is devolving by the hour. It’s critical we make our voices heard on this issue as loud and as soon as possible to stop the possibility of a war with Iran. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in signing the petition today.

Thanks for your support,

Karen Meredith
Gold Star Families Liaison
VoteVets.org

This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Iranian General Assassinated By Trump Was On Peace Mission At The Time

Desperate to justify the US drone assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington had made an “intelligence-based assessment” that Soleimani was “actively planning in the region” to attack American interests before he was killed.

Read more here.

From the USA, 7 January 2020:

The people of the world must fight back and demand: No war on Iran!

On Saturday, January 25, actions across the world will oppose a new war in West Asia. Now is the time for all those opposed to war to speak up. Please join us.

Initiators for this call include the International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), Pastors for Peace/Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), International Workers Solidarity Network, United For Peace and Justice, FIRE (Fight for Immigrants and Refugees Everywhere), Alliance For Global Justice (AFGJ), December 12th Movement, World Beyond War, Peoples Opposition to War Imperialism and Racism (POWIR), Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Dominican Sisters/ICAN, Nonviolence International, Food Not Bombs, No War on Venezuela and many other anti-war and peace organizations.

This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Former Top Bush Official: I Saw the March to War in 2003. I’m Seeing the Same Thing with Iran Now

We look at the Trump administration’s assassination of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani with Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired United States Army colonel who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005. On February 5, 2003, he watched as Powell made the case for war in a speech to the United Nations. He has since become an outspoken critic of U.S. intervention in the Middle East. In 2018, Wilkerson wrote an article for The New York Times titled “I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.”

U.S. BARS TOP IRANIAN DIPLOMAT, VIOLATING UN AGREEMENT Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat, planned to come to the U.S. to address the United Nations Security Council in a meeting on Jan. 9, but was denied a visa. He had been expected to speak on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. [HuffPost]

U.S. WARNS CITIZENS IN ISRAEL OF ROCKET FIRE RISK The United States warned Americans in Israel and the Palestinian territories to be vigilant, citing the risk of rocket fire. The alert issued on the websites of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. embassy in Israel did not specifically mention the killing of Qassem Soleimani, but referred to heightened tensions in the Middle East. [Reuters]