Rare Bermuda petrel chick born


This video from Bermuda says about itself:

4-day-old Cahow Chick Flaps Wing Nubs, Pokes Around Nest – March 3, 2020

At 4 days old, the Bermuda Cahow chick is already spending time in the nest alone as its parents search for food in the Atlantic Ocean. What does a nestling do with all that down time? Let’s try working out those wing nubs and sprucing up the place with some rearrangements.

United States Super Tuesday election update


This 3 February 2020 video from the USA is called Hillary Clinton Smears Bernie [Sanders] As Super Tuesday Looms.

SUPER TUESDAY: 5 THINGS TO WATCH The single largest day of voting in the 2020 presidential primary has arrived: Super Tuesday. Fourteen states, including California and Texas, as well as American Samoa and Democrats abroad, will cast ballots. The four major contenders: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg. [HuffPost]

By Patrick Martin in the USA, 3 March 2020:

On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries

The Democratic Party is engaged in a last-ditch effort to boost the struggling campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden and block the nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders. They fear that in today’s primary contests in 14 states, Sanders could open up an insurmountable lead in terms of the number of delegates to the Democratic nominating convention.

In the wake of Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary Saturday, the party leadership has pushed two of the right-wing candidates for the presidential nomination, Senator Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, out of the race. Both traveled to Dallas, Texas Monday to endorse Biden, with Buttigieg appearing with former vice president at a local restaurant, and Klobuchar addressing a campaign rally in the evening. …

It is not known who spoke to Klobuchar, but she addressed a campaign rally in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday morning as a candidate and 90 minutes later announced she was ending her campaign and endorsing Biden.

Another failed presidential candidate, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, also announced his support for Biden on Monday, as did a slew of other top Democrats: … Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the Democratic National Committee; … Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate in 2016 ..

Biden himself is the most right-wing of all the major candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, steeped in the crimes of American imperialism … which followed his 36-year career in the US Senate, where he boasted of close relationships with reactionaries like Strom Thurmond and James Eastland, and, more recently, Mitch McConnell. …

Sanders is unacceptable to the party because it has no intention of raising any issue of significant social reform in the 2020 elections. It wants to run a right-wing campaign, largely based on attacking Trump as a Russian agent, a re-run of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, in which it seeks to gain the support of Wall Street and the CIA

What Biden & Co. denounce as “socialism” is Sanders’ advocacy of mildly reformist policies, involving only slightly higher taxes on the gigantic accumulation of wealth by the super-rich to finance improvements in social programs such as health, education and child care that already lag far behind those in many other industrialized countries.

While Biden was receiving endorsements, the Sanders campaign staged a series of mass rallies addressed by the candidate as he traveled coast-to-coast over the weekend: 6,500 people in Springfield, Massachusetts; 10,000 on Boston Common; 10,000 at a sports arena in Springfield, Virginia, in the Washington DC suburbs; 13,000 at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach; 10,000 in downtown San Jose, California; and finally, on Sunday night, nearly 25,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sanders’ campaign also announced Sunday that 2.2 million people had donated money in February, for a total of $46.5 million, the most for any single month.

Given this growing popular support, it is possible that the anti-Sanders campaign will fall short of its goal and be unable to block his nomination. In that event, however, as the price of not sabotaging his campaign, the Democratic Party would demand such far-reaching concessions on program, personnel and policy that a Sanders administration would mean a Sanders fig leaf for the continued domination of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus.

And large sections of the Democratic Party would balk at any such arrangement. They fear that the nomination of a candidate who calls himself a “democratic socialist” could encourage the entry into American political life of broad layers of working people and youth who have been excluded by the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Given a choice between Sanders … and Trump, much of the Democratic leadership will choose Trump.

This 2 February 2020 video from the USA is called [billionaire ex-Republican Democratic party candidate] Bloomberg $ Turns Los Angeles Times Into Bloomberg Pamphlet.

This 3 February 2020 video from the USA is called [Democratic party presidential candidate] Tulsi [Gabbard] Drops Truth Bomb About Election Interference.

By Patrick Martin in the USA, 3 March 2020:

The “Russian meddling” fraud

Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies

In a remarkable statement that has gone virtually unreported in the American media, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, publicly denounced US intelligence agencies for interfering in the presidential contest and attempting to sabotage the campaign of Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders.

In an opinion column published February 27 by the Hill, Gabbard attacked the article published by the Washington Post on February 21, the eve of the Nevada caucuses, which claimed that Russia was intervening in the US election to support Sanders. She also criticized the decision of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, to repeat the anti-Russia slander against Sanders during the February 25 Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina.

Gabbard is a military officer in a National Guard medical unit who has been deployed to Iraq and Kuwait and has continuing and close contact with the Pentagon. She is obviously familiar with the machinations of the US military-intelligence apparatus and knows whereof she speaks. Her harsh and uncompromising language is that much more significant.

She wrote:

Enough is enough. I am calling on all presidential candidates to stop playing these dangerous political games and immediately condemn any interference in our elections by out-of-control intelligence agencies. A “news article” published last week in the Washington Post, which set off yet another manufactured media firestorm, alleges that the goal of Russia is to trick people into criticizing establishment Democrats. This is a laughably obvious ploy to stifle legitimate criticism and cast aspersions on Americans who are rightly skeptical of the powerful forces exerting control over the primary election process.

We are told the aim of Russia is to “sow division”, but the aim of corporate media and self-serving politicians pushing this narrative is clearly to sow division of their own—by generating baseless suspicion against the Sanders campaign. It’s extremely disingenuous for “journalists” and rival candidates to publicize a news article that merely asserts, without presenting any evidence, that Russia is “helping” Bernie Sanders—but provides no information as to what that “help” allegedly consists of.

Gabbard continued:

If the CIA, FBI or any other intelligence agency is going to tell voters that “Russians” are interfering in this election to help certain candidates—or simply “sow discord”—then it needs to immediately provide us with the details of what exactly it’s alleging.

After pointing out that the Democratic Party establishment and the corporate media have had little interest in measures to actually improve election security, such as requiring paper ballots or some other form of permanent record of how people vote, Gabbard demanded:

The FBI, CIA or any other intelligence agency should immediately stop smearing presidential candidates with innuendo and vague, evidence-free assertions. That is antithetical to the role those agencies play in a free democracy. The American people cannot have faith in our intelligence agencies if they are pushing an agenda to harm candidates they dislike.

As socialists, we do not share Gabbard’s belief that the intelligence agencies have a positive role to play or that the American people need to have faith in … the military-intelligence apparatus.

Gabbard denounces this “new McCarthyism” and calls on her fellow candidate to rebuff the CIA smears and “defend the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.” Not a single one of the remaining candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination … has responded to her appeal.

Her statement concludes that the goal of the “mainstream corporate media and the warmongering political establishment” was either to block Sanders from winning the nomination, or, if he does become the nominee, to “force him to engage in inflammatory anti-Russia rhetoric and perpetuate the new Cold War and nuclear arms race, which are existential threats to our country and the world.” …

She has based her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination largely on an appeal to antiwar sentiment, particularly opposing US intervention in Syria. She has also said that if elected, she would drop all charges against Julian Assange and pardon Edward Snowden.

These views led to a vicious attack by Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, who last October called Gabbard “a Russian asset”, claiming that she was being groomed by Russia to serve as a third-party candidate in 2020 who would take votes away from the Democratic nominee and help re-elect President Trump. …

Since Clinton’s attack, the Democratic National Committee has excluded Gabbard from its monthly debates, manipulating the eligibility requirements so that billionaire Michael Bloomberg would qualify even for debates held in states where he was not on the ballot but Gabbard was, such as Nevada and South Carolina.

This 2 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Joe Biden: I’ll Contest Convention If Bernie‘s Leading

Joe Biden doesn’t want to let the voters decide who the democratic nominee should be. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he would contest the presidential primary nomination at the Democratic convention if Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent -Vermont) is leading in delegates without securing a majority.

Read more here.

This 3 February 2020 video from the USA is called Joe Biden Struggling to Keep it Together After South Carolina Victory.

This 3 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Saagar Enjeti: Biden can’t even speak, can failed Dems save him anyway?

Saagar Enjeti examines the odds of a brokered Democratic convention from the wave of Biden’s endorsements.

Woodhouse’s scrub-jay in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay Fills Up On Suet In West Texas – March 2, 2020

A beautiful, blue-and-gray Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay takes center stage at the West Texas feeders. These scrub-jays of the west live mainly among pinyon pine trees. Their pointed bills easily chisel away at suet and are also a useful tool for getting at the pine nuts hidden between pine cone scales.

Coronavirus news update


This 2 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Coronavirus Outbreak Reaches New York City

Coronavirus Update — the outbreak continues to spread & has reached NYC. Will the outbreak slow or continue to gain momentum? John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report.

U.S. health experts warn there are probably many undetected COVID-19 cases already here, raising chances the disease will soon be widespread: here.

6 key coronavirus numbers you should know. COVID-19 cases and deaths are going up around the world: here.

This 2 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump & his administration‘s response to coronavirus oozes hypocrisy & lies. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report.

President Donald Trump promised Monday that “very exciting things are happening rapidly” on the coronavirus front, including a possible “quick” vaccine. But that hope was instantly dashed by the top health expert on Trump’s COVID-19 task force, who said a vaccine might be ready in 18 months. [HuffPost]

Lack of preparedness puts US health care workers at greatest risk from coronavirus. By Kate Randall, 3 March 2020. As of Monday evening, the coronavirus Covid-19 had claimed six lives in the United States, all of them in the state of Washington. There were at least 40 cases in the US and the disease is now present in at least 65 countries: here.

The Trump administration’s incompetent and criminally negligent response to the coronavirus outbreak: here.

ER DOCTOR SLAMS TRUMP ADMIN’S VIRUS-TESTING LOGJAM Infectious disease expert Matt McCarthy sounded the alarm about the critical lack of available testing for the new coronavirus, blasting it as a “national scandal” that has “hamstrung” health care professionals.  McCarthy, who is on staff at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, complained on CNBC that he has to “plead” for COVID-19 testing for patients. [HuffPost]

This 2 March 2020 video from the USA is called NYC ER doctor: I have to ‘plead to test people’ for coronavirus.

From The People’s Email Network in the USA, 3 March 2020:

Just the other day Trump tried to tell America, in a voice sheepishly subdued for him, that the 15 US infections of that moment would “soon be down to only five”, as he patted himself on the back for his swell presidenting.

To the contrary, as of this writing, US deaths alone are already up to 6 with infections over 100, and those are just the ones we can confirm with no widespread testing in place even yet. Clearly, the virus has been quietly community spreading in the US in more than a dozen states for weeks already. And despite the overt attempt to muzzle Dr. Anthony Fauci, he said today in an interview that as far as he was concerned this was already a pandemic.

Just when we need presidential leadership the most, we have a person in the Oval Office with no leadership qualities whatsoever. He is only capable of demagoging, hurling gratuitous insults at his political opponents, and oh yes, repeatedly telling the most monstrous lies with an absolutely straight face, ad nauseam.

With such a person in charge, nothing positive said by our government can be believed. When the CDC tells you to not worry about this or that, we’d damn well better worry. But the people who need to worry the most are Trump’s most diehard supporters.

Rush Limbaugh is telling them that the coronavirus is a big, fat hoax burger. And to prove how much spite and contempt they have for the truth, they will be showing up at Trump’s own rallies, coughing their heads off, and calling anyone who doesn’t like it a libtard snowflake. They will be massing together in close quarters to prove just how fake the news is, according to them.

In short, in coming months, the place one would be most likely to be infected with the coronavirus will be one of Trump’s own Make America Sick Again campaign rallies. And it could at any time mutate into something even more deadly, as it was with the 1918 influenza plague.

That a functional US government has survived even this long under Trump is a testament to the resiliency of our system, finally at an existential breaking point. Trump has done nothing but work to dismantle, discredit and disable all of our institutions, purging them of good public servants, and replacing them with incompetent sycophants, selected solely for their willingness to goose-step for Herr Trump. He has systematically purged anyone who disagreed with him, or told him anything he did not want to hear. Trump actually abolished the department responsible for responding quickly to possible pandemics, because it had too many . . . wait for it . . . scientists. It’s a miracle Fauci himself is still around in any capacity.

We don’t have to look far for patient zero in the US coronavirus pandemic already in progress. Effectively it is Trump himself.

Lying had already reached pandemic levels.

Six people have died in Washington state as the United States grapples with more than 100 cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Four of the people who died were residents at the Life Care Center nursing care facility in suburban Seattle. Four other coronavirus cases are also linked to the Life Care Center. [CNN]

Governments skimp on funds to fight the coronavirus, open cash spigots for the banks: here.

As the coronavirus spreads globally, Russia announced its first case in its capital city. An individual who recently returned from Italy tested positive for the illness on March 1, about a week after coming back from a ski trip in the country’s north. On February 27 he went to a local hospital reporting symptoms and was then transferred to an infectious disease unit in Moscow. The government is facing criticism for its handling of the case, as the man was initially placed in an open ward with other patients and only moved to isolation after a third test indicated he had contracted COVID-19: here.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech on Saturday to try to address the growing criticism surrounding his government’s handling of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. So far, there have been 259 confirmed cases of infection and six deaths. Twenty people are currently in critical condition. This excludes the 711 confirmed cases and six deaths aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama: here.

Far-Right Politicians Are Using Coronavirus To Push Anti-Immigration Xenophobia. The spread of the coronavirus has health officials worried about a potential global pandemic. But while governments and international organizations are rushing to stop the virus, far-right politicians in Europe have been eager to exploit it: here.

Donald Trump-Kenya bad trade deal


This 3 March 2020 video from Kenya says about itself:

OMG! Kenya – TRUMP deal ANGERS East Africa; Violates African Union & East African Community Agreements! 🤦🏾‍♀️

So it looks like the recently signed Kenya-Trump Deal could actually be in violation of African Union Free Trade Agreement AND the East African Community. Such a shame!

German neonazi xenophobic murder plot


This July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Aryan Brotherhood‘ ties found in Texas crime ring bust

Several accused of being part of a white supremacy group will go before a Hays County judge Thursday. 18 people were indicted on a range of charges in a Central Texas crime ring bust.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

The police in Germany have raided people who are suspected of right-wing extremism in twelve towns. They are said to have had plans to carry out attacks on foreigners.

The raids were in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hessen and Lower Saxony. The suspects are between 19 and 57 years old. During the searches, weapons, drugs and hard disks were seized.

According to the German media, one of the suspects is Bernd T. He is known as violent and has founded an extreme right-wing group in the Kassel area in the past.

That group was banned in 2015 and T. then moved to Bad Segeberg in Schleswig-Holstein. There he founded a new extreme right-wing organization, Aryan Circle Germany, last year.

Posing with symbols

The other suspects are also said to be members of Aryan Circle Germany. There are pictures on which they pose with symbols of the group. The police are still investigating what role they play within the organization. …

Last month a right-wing extremist attacked two sisha bars in the city of Hanau. Nine people were killed in that attack.

It was the third attack in Germany in a short time with a right-wing radical background. CDU politician Walter Lübcke was shot by a right-wing extremistlast June. In October a heavily armed man with explosives tried to invade a synagogue in Halle.

German authorities press charges in Lübcke murder case. By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 May 2020. The neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst is accused of having shot leading Christian Democratic politician Walter Lübcke in cold blood on the terrace of his home on the night of June 2, 2019.

U.S. Right-Wing Extremists Killed 330 People In Last Decade” [HuffPost]

USA: Five members of neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division arrested for targeting US journalists: here.