Don’t let windows kill birds

This 24 January 2020 video says about itself:

We witnessed wildlife vets trying to save a Peregrine Falcon that collided with a window. Sadly, almost a billion birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada each year. #BringBirdsBack Break up the reflections on your windows at home and at work and you’ll be taking one of our Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds.

Learn more here.

Big Iraqi demonstration against US military occupation


Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Baghdad Friday in a mass demonstration demanding the immediate withdrawal of US troops from the country: here.

United States banks’ anti-African American discrimination

This 24 January 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

INFURIATING Story About A Racist Bank

Sauntore Thomas is the victim of multiple forms of racism. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

On March 2, 1995, Nick Leeson was arrested at the Frankfurt airport for his role in the Barings Bank collapse. A 28-year-old school dropout who failed mathematics, he rocketed to the front of the line of Barings traders after he was sent to Singapore to assist in technical operations in the local derivatives market. He then became the principal floor trader for Barings at the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX): here.

No to nuclear destruction of all life

This 24 January 2020 video by Iraq war veteran and United States Democratic party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says about itself:

Doomsday Clock: It’s time to wake up!

As president and commander-in-chief, my foremost responsibility will be to protect the lives, safety and freedom of the American people — and that means preventing a nuclear holocaust. My personal commitment to you is that on the first day of my presidency, I will contact the leaders of China and Russia to set up a summit to end the new cold war and nuclear arms race, which will inevitably result in a nuclear holocaust.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war”: here. And here.

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its kind: here.

Rehabilitated kestrels released on Comino, Malta

This 24 January 2020 video says about itself:

Another two Common Kestrels (Spanjulett) were recently released back into the wild following a period of rehabilitation.

Both kestrels were recovered in November and December 2019 during the ongoing autumn hunting season, and confirmed by the Government veterinarian to have been illegally shot. One suffered injuries to the left foot and wing, whilst the other suffered damage to the head.

These birds were released on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 on Comino, a protected bird sanctuary where no hunting is permitted, and where they are able to acclimatise before carrying on their migration journey.

Footage by Steph Leow. Editing by Jose Luque Montero.

Puerto Ricans demand resignation of governor

Puerto Rican demonstrators

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Puerto Ricans call for resignation of leaders

PUERTO RICANS demanded the resignation of Governor Wanda Vazquez yesterday over her mismanagement of an earthquake emergency in the US territory.

Singer Residente – real name Rene Perez – and baseball player Yadier Molina called on citizens to join a march to demand the resignation Ms Vazquez and Senate President Thomas Rivera following the crisis generated by multiple earthquakes that hit the island starting on December 28.

The march was scheduled to begin in the Caribbean island’s capital, San Juan, yesterday evening after the Morning Star went to press.

Residente said: “They have to understand that people have the power. The corrupt government, which has not been able to deliver, has to understand that we decide.”

He also tweeted a reminder that demonstrations last summer resulted in the resignation of then governor Ricardo Rossello, saying that the people should make a similar effort now.

Singer Ricky Martin also tweeted that he had travelled to Puerto Rico to participate in the rally against corruption.

“In times of greatest need for our people, those who supposedly should lead us have failed us again,” he said.

“They have once again transgressed the most basic rights of human beings: water, roof, education, security. They did it with evil. There is no other explanation.”

Earlier this week, food provided by international humanitarian aid agencies was discovered in a warehouse in the city of Ponce, having never been used to help some 4,000 people affected …

​Protesters are also demanding early elections to replace officials who, they say, should be ousted from the government.

Notes from Puerto Rico: Earthquakes and government indifference leave trail of social destruction: here.

Walking With Dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine paleontology

This 19 January 2020 video says about itself:

The Scientific Accuracy of Walking With Dinosaurs – Episode 3: Cruel Sea

20 years on, how accurate is the third episode of Walking With Dinosaurs? From the giant Liopleurodon to the seal-like Cryptoclidus and baby Ophthalmosaurus, what did this episode get right or wrong about these prehistoric animals?

US Trump administration attacks Greta Thunberg

This 2018 video says about itself:

Do 97% of climate scientists really agree that humans are the main cause of climate change? Yep! Here’s what the 97 percent statistic *really* means.

By Ceren Sagir:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

US treasury secretary takes swipe at Thunberg

US TREASURY Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a swipe at teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg today, saying that she is not qualified to give advice on climate change.

During a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr Mnuchin dismissed the 17-year-old’s suggestion that governments and companies need to cut back dramatically on their use of fossil fuels.

When asked how such measures would affect the US economic model, Mr Mnuchin said: “Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused.” Following a brief pause, he said his comment was “a joke.”

“After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us,” he said.

Ms Thunberg, who has become an international role model for climate activists, responded by tweeting: “My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1.5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up.”

She has been a vocal critic of US environmental policy, particularly President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday that he doesn’t “really know anything about her,” but last month tweeted that Ms Thunberg should “chill” and “work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!”

Mr Trump’s ire came after Ms Thunberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for beginning the global climate strike movement.

The climate activist responded by changing her Twitter description to “confirm” that she was carrying out Mr Trump’s suggestions.

MNUCHIN’S WIFE VOICES SUPPORT FOR THUNBERG Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, briefly expressed support for climate activist Greta Thunberg on Instagram, days after her husband dismissed the teen as too unqualified to talk about climate change. Mnuchin said the 17-year-old should get an economics degree if she wants to be taken seriously. Linton’s Instagram post disappeared about 30 minutes later. [HuffPost]

Flamingos wintering in the Netherlands

This 23 January 2020 Dutch video, about birds attracting birdwatchers and photographers, says about itself (translated):

The seven flamingos were spotted on Tuesday at Benthuizen, a day later they were noticed by walkers in Pijnacker. According to nature conservation manager Cor Noorman, this concerns six Chilean and one European flamingo.

The birds are probably from a nesting colony near Winterswijk, just east of the Dutch-German border.