Young lions swimming crocodile infested river


This 6 March 2020 video from Zambia says about itself:

Young Lions Try to Cross Crocodile-Infested Waters

A trio of teenage lions are desperate to cross the shallows of the Luangwa River, in order to reunite with their pride. One problem: the river is infested with crocodiles, waiting for an easy meal.

Coronavirus latest news


This March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Continues Lying About COVID-19

Trump’s selfishness could cost Americans their lives. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“President Donald Trump suggested during an interview on Fox News Wednesday that many people with mild coronavirus symptoms could still go to work and get better. This goes against advice from medical professionals around the world who say that infected individuals should remain in isolation.

“A lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor, they don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “So you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu and or virus. So you just can’t do that. So, if you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.”

Read more here.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread through dozens of countries around the world in what is among the worst outbreaks of infectious disease in a century, threatening the lives of millions of people. Refuting the White House’s criminally dishonest dismissal of the disease’s severity, the number of cases in the United States continues to rise rapidly. The response at every level of government has been negligent and incompetent, exposing a total lack of planning and preparation in the world’s richest capitalist country: here.

NURSES BLAST GOVERNMENT, HOSPITAL READINESS FOR VIRUS Members of the union National Nurses United said they have faced shifting guidelines and a shortage of supplies as the tally of known coronavirus infections has increased. They called on the Centers for Disease Control to quickly increase testing for COVID-19 and demanded that federal officials implement emergency standards for hospitals and clinics around the country. [HuffPost]

U.S. CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 14 There are now 228 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the United States. Pentagon officials said efforts to develop vaccines may not be quick enough to wipe out the virus before a “second wave” next winter. The Department of Homeland Security has refused entry into the United States to 241 people within the past month because of the novel coronavirus. [CNN]

The working class and the rich: Class distinctions exposed by response to Covid-19 pandemic: here.

Local transmission of coronavirus increasing in Australia: here.

CORONAVIRUS continued to spread today, with the Netherlands reporting its first death while Serbia, Slovakia and Cameroon saw their first cases: here.

SEVERAL COMPANIES TO SKIP SXSW OVER VIRUS FEARS On Wednesday, several outlets confirmed that Netflix is the latest company to announce that it will not appear at next week’s South By Southwest (SXSW), for fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Several outlets also reported that executives at Apple made a similar decision to skip the popular media festival hosted in Austin, Texas. [HuffPost]

Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe, collapses citing coronavirus impact as final straw: here.

Computer modeling can assist in efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic: here.

Peace illegal in Erdogan’s Turkey


This July 2015 Associated Press video from Turkey says about itself:

A thousand women demonstrate for peace on border

00:00 Protestors with hands in the air chanting 00:09 Protestors cheer the arrival of a bus with more demonstrators arriving 00:13 Wide reverse shot of demonstration 00:16 SOUNDBITE: (Turkish) Elif Akgul, spokeswoman for “Kadin Platform”, or Women Platform: 00:27 Close-up of women listening 00:33 Women with banner chanting 00:42 Protesters acting out mock fight 00:47 Close-up of woman and flowers 00:53 Woman waving and cheering 01:00 Wide of protest 01:04 Ends

By Steve Sweeney:

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Activists hit out as anti-war slogans banned in Istanbul

ACTIVISTS and human-rights lawyers in Istanbul today demanded that a ban on the slogan “no to war” and demonstrations against military operations in Syria be overturned.

The city governor’s office came under fire after it issued a decree against all actions and activities criticising Turkey’s offensive in Idlib province, where it is holed up with its jihadist allies.

The ban prohibits all rallies, demonstrations and the distribution of anti-war literature “because they can cause public indignation,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

But the prevention of peaceful gatherings was branded “unacceptable” and a breach of international conventions by Gulseren Yoleri, chairwoman of the Human Rights Association’s Istanbul branch.

She said: “To praise peace, to demand peace is a responsibility. Therefore banning statements defending peace and life and human rights is unacceptable.

“Human rights defenders will always advocate peace. For this reason, we think that the ban must be removed as soon as possible.”

Turkey has moved to silence all opposition to its illegal invasions and occupations of northern Syria.

This morning Umar Karatepe, head of communications for the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (Disk), was detained over social media posts opposing Turkey’s actions in Idlib.

He was freed on a judicial order after being interrogated about the content of his tweets.

Mr Karatepe said that it was “the price to defend life and peace,” adding: “that price is not worse than death and war.”

Investigations are also under way into scores of opposition politicians, mostly from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for opposing the so-called Operation Peace Spring — Turkey’s war against Kurds in northern Syria.

HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar have demanded the recall of parliament and a debate to be held on the war in Syria so that the public are informed of developments.

They insisted that dialogue was the only solution, hitting out at the “cover up, censorship and blocking of social media platforms.”

Earlier this week the United Nations accused Turkey of potential war crimes during its operations in northern Syria.

It warned that charges could be brought against Turkish military commanders for atrocities committed by the myriad of jihadist groups it supports, including the Free Syrian Army.

This included the brutal torture and execution of Kurdish-Syrian politician Hevrin Khalef whose body was found dumped at the side of the road in October last year.

Peregrine falcons on Amsterdam Rijksmuseum


Peregrine falcon on Amsterdam, the Netherlands Rijksmuseum, photo by Rob Buiter

This photo by Rob Buiter shows a peregrine falcon on the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Recently, a peregrine couple showed they intended to nest on this building.

The museum welcomes the birds. They have put two nest boxes on the building.

Rijksmuseum, photo by Rob Buiter

On this photo by Rob Buiter, one of these nest boxes is under the clock on the left tower.

Bee Love Award, thank you Rachana Dhaka!


Bee Love Award

Thank you so much, dear Rachana Dhaka, for nominating Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Bee Love Award!

This beautiful award is new for me. Though bees are not new on this blog.

The rules are:

1. Attach the Bee Love Logo on top.
2. Ping back to Rachana Dhaka.
3. Thank your fellow blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate fellow bloggers. And tell them on their blogs that they have been nominated.

My nominees are:

1. Arlen Shahverdyan’s Literary blog
2. It Is What It Is
3. JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba
4. Reaching Joy
5. Sharmishtha Basu
6. Flyhiee.com
7. WOMAVES
8. Serene Words
9. Creative Imaginarium
10. Glover Gardens
11. Rochelle Asquith
12. shakzdyer

Florida, USA turtles threatened by climate change


This 27 February 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

Park rangers release rehabilitated juvenile loggerhead turtles at Cape Canaveral Seashore immediately adjacent to NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center. I got to help since I happened upon the event during a beach stroll.

From the University of Central Florida in the USA:

Sea level rise impacts to Canaveral sea turtle nests will be substantial

March 4, 2020

Sea level rise and hurricanes are a threat to sea turtle nesting habitat along national seashores in the Southeast, but a new study predicts the greatest impact to turtles will be at Canaveral National Seashore.

The University of Central Florida-led study, which was published recently in the journal Ecological Applications, examined loggerhead and green sea turtle nests to predict the amount of beach habitat loss at Canaveral, Cumberland Island, Cape Lookout, and Cape Hatteras national seashores by the year 2100. Sea turtles help maintain the coastal ecosystem and are indicators for the health of sandy beaches.

When comparing sea turtle nesting density with predicted beach loss at the sites, they found nesting habitat loss would not be equal. The researchers predicted that by 2100, Canaveral would lose about 1 percent of its loggerhead habitat, while the three other seashores will lose between approximately 2.5 to 6.7 percent each.

Although Canaveral’s percentage loss is smaller, the impact at this national seashore will be greater because of its nesting density.

“Canaveral is part of the core loggerhead nesting area for the Southeast,” says Marta Lyons, a preeminent postdoctoral fellow in UCF’s Department of Biology and the study’s lead author. “The nests are already pretty well packed in there, so even a small loss of area can have a big impact on nesting sea turtle populations.”

To determine beach loss at the study sites, the researchers used sea level rise and storm surge estimates and considered the effects of impervious structures along the shorelines, such as roads and buildings, in restricting natural beach movement. To do this, they developed a new method to calculate current and future sea turtle nesting areas that takes into account nesting data, beach length and width, and the impact of impervious surfaces.

Lyons says one of the goals was to create digital maps for the National Park Service to understand how sea turtle nesting areas will change with sea level rise and how resources could be managed.

“As the National Park Service thinks about future developments, whether that’s putting in a new lifeguard station or new bathrooms, this method of calculating current and future sea turtle nesting area can help them decide where to put them,” she says.

Sea turtles around the world are threatened by marine plastic debris, mostly through ingestion and entanglement. Now, researchers have new evidence to explain why all that plastic is so dangerous for the turtles: they mistake the scent of stinky plastic for food: here.

Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden US president?


This 6 March 2020 video from the USA is called The Case For Bernie Sanders, Made By Joe Biden.

From the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in the USA today:

Now that it is Bernie vs. Biden, the question of this campaign is increasingly clear:

Which side are you on?

Are you on the side of a candidate, Joe Biden, who has voted for disastrous trade deals that cost American workers jobs, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate who opposed those trade deals?

Are you on the side of the candidate who supported the war in Iraq under George W. Bush, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate who led the opposition to that war?

Are you on the side of a candidate who says “nothing will fundamentally change” for the financial elite and corporate America if he is elected, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate promising the transformational change we need?

Here is the truth: Joe Biden has a lot of big donors and he has super PACs supporting him. We raise our money from lots of people at $2.70 at a time.

And now that we are heads-up, it is going to take A LOT of donations TODAY if we are going to overcome Biden’s big-money support and win the delegates we must in the next two weeks.

Bernie needs you more than ever:

Can you make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign TODAY to help ensure Bernie Sanders wins this nomination and represents us in the campaign to beat Trump?

All my best,

Faiz Shakir
Campaign Manager

Sorry, but we haven’t heard the last of Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg raised the prospect of a contest between two billionaires who bought their candidacies. Now he’s failed — but he still has the power to pervert the election, says SOLOMON HUGHES.

Many birds at Cornell, USA feeders


This video from New York State in the USA says about itself:

Blackbirds Return To Cornell Feeders During Morning Feeding Frenzy – March 5, 2020

Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings, and Common Grackles join a host of forest residents in front of the Cornell FeederWatch cam. Many individuals of these species that breed in the northern latitudes of their ranges (including those in Ithaca, New York) tend to make short migrations south for winter. As spring approaches, they return to Sapsucker Woods and feast at the feeders in the Treman Bird Feeding garden.

German elite soldiers are neonazis


This 18 February 2020 German NDR TV video says about itself, translated:

Instead of clarifying at last whether the Hitler salute was shown at a farewell party for a lieutenant colonel, the Bundeswehr [German army] preferred to slander the only [female] witness.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 5 March 2020:

German commando unit hotbed of extreme right-wing ideas

Nine soldiers from the German Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) are punished for expressing Nazi sympathies. Another ten colleagues are suspected of similar facts. …

For a long time there were suspicions against various members of the KSK. The Kommando Spezialkräfte are among the best trained elite troops in the world. They often operate under the radar in war zones such as Afghanistan. Due to the secret and closed nature of the unit, little is known about the behavior of the soldiers.

Nazi rock

That changed last year due to various reports about right-wing extremist sympathies within the unit. Eg, members are said to have listened to neo-Nazi rock music at parties and brought the Hitler salute, which is punishable in Germany.

The military intelligence service MAD investigated at least twenty KSK members. Only in one case did the suspicion prove unfounded. Nine members are punished, investigations are still being conducted against the others. The sanctions range from disciplinary measures to dismissal and possibly prosecution.

The fact that so many extreme right-wing people are in the elite corps of the German armed forces (the KSK has about a thousand members) seems to have surprised the army leadership and politicians. …

Germany has been struggling with a new increase in right-wing extremist violence for a number of years. In the past nine months, there has been a … attack on a synagogue in Halle, the murder of politician Walter Lübcke and the killing in Hanau of nine people with an immigrant background.

German media also regularly report on extreme right-wing sympathies among the armed forces and the police. There is said be a group culture in which racist or fascist expressions are looked the other way by colleagues, and in which others are not reported.

German politics are accused of having closed their eyes to scathing racism and anti-Semitism in German society for too long. There was an intense hope that such sympathies would never again arise after the horrors of the Second World War. In reality, those feelings have never completely disappeared.

That became clear in 2011, for example, through the revealing of the Nationalsozialistische Untergund (NSU): a neo-Nazi terror organization that appeared to have committed various racist murders. …

Just yesterday, police raided homes of twelve members of the Aryan Circle Germany, an extreme right-wing network, on suspicion of preparing violence against foreigners.