Sloths in Panama, video


This 2020 video says about itself:

Video compilation of lovely hairy lazy looking sloths spending a calm and relaxing day in the exotic tropical jungles of Panama. Among other fascinating creatures that Central America’s rainforests have to offer, the sloth has to be one of the most unique and mystical of them all. Spending most of the day sleeping and hanging out in tree’s canopy, the two-toed and three-toed sloth are the most common species present in Panama. With a cute innocent face that almost looks like it is smiling, the sloth uses its infamous slow pace to save energy in the hot and humid climate of most Central American and northern South American countries neotropical climate.

Feeding on fruits, plants and insects, this adorable 50cm little beast in turn becomes prey to larger mammals like the jaguar as well as birds of prey like the Harpy Eagle. The 4K footage in this compilation was exclusively filmed in the wild in the rainforest of the lush and vibrant buzzing Pipeline Road in Panama during the month of February.

Quebec lake snow geese, great blue herons


This 25 April 2020 video says about itself:

I produced this short film in the French language for the Lake Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve in Québec.

I suggest you watch the beautiful bird scenes of this territory.

Lac Saint-Pierre (Québec, Canada) is a unique ecosystem, important for migratory birds.

The largest number of Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) recorded in North America is found in protected habitats in this area.

In 2000, UNESCO granted the title of World Biosphere Reserve to the Lake Saint-Pierre in order to highlight the quality of its natural environment, the floral and wildlife diversity of the territory.

British coronavirus disaster update


This 31 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Staten Island Amazon warehouse workers walk out over coronavirus concerns

Whole Foods [owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos] worker Chris Smalls discusses his concerns about working in a store where one of his co-workers tested positive for coronavirus. With Bill Simon, former Walmart CEO.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

Friday, April 24, 2020

Amazon’s cosy government links

A former government digital service official has now moved to Amazon – as part of a team selling digital services to the government. SOLOMON HUGHES reports

AMAZON is hiring top government staff as it pursues public-sector contracts.

Expanding Amazon’s public-sector work is both a money-maker and a possible way of fending of any regulation that could slow its money-printing machine.

The latest hire is revealed by a “transparency release” from the Department for International Trade (DiT) covering business appointment rules regarding the “revolving door” between business and government.

By Dan Nolan in England:

Friday, April 24, 2020

Socially distanced protest calls for site closure and for workers to be furloughed on full pay

LABOUR-RUN Lambeth Council was pressing on with non-essential demolition work today, despite the south London borough having one of the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.

The levelling of Olive Morris House, a large council-owned office block in Brixton, began this week despite concerns over virus transmission between construction workers.

A socially distanced protest at the site, calling for the demolition to be suspended and for workers to be furloughed on full pay, was stopped by plain-clothes police this morning for violating lockdown restrictions.

By Bethany Rielly in Britain:

Friday, April 24, 2020

Scale of government’s Covid-19 negligence is worse than ‘Hillsborough 400 times over’

Film director Ken Loach slams the Tories’ litany of failures during a People’s Assembly webinar

KEN LOACH has described the litany of failures by the government in its response to the Covid-19 crisis as “Hillsborough 400 times over.”

Speaking on a People’s Assembly webinar on Thursday evening, Mr Loach highlighted the government’s slow response to the crisis and its failure to roll out testing and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to key workers.

This has contributed to Britain’s huge death toll, with some estimates putting the number as high as 41,000 — double the official figures — according to the Financial Times, he said.

COVID-19 pandemic pushes UK charity sector into crisis. By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020. Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.

British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore [Credit: Twitter @captaintommoore]

UK: Millions of pounds donated to the National Health Service as coronavirus crisis continues. By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020. A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.

How dunnocks and house sparrows sing, video


This 25 April 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Are you struggling to tell apart the birds in your garden based on their song? Ahead of #InternationalDawnChorusDay, BTO’s Training Manager, Nick Moran, will be teaching you which bird is which.

In this video, Nick explains the differences between House Sparrow and Dunnock. Although these birds may look similar, their songs betray the fact that they aren’t closely related at all.

American doctors in Curaçao have COVID-19


This 23 April 2020 video from the USA is called Comedian Eviscerates The Government’s Failed Response To Covid.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Unrest in Curaçao about infected doctor

In Curaçao, great concern has arisen after a member of a group of 85 American medical specialists was found to be infected with the coronavirus. The doctors, together with healthcare workers from Cuba, were supposed to come to help in the Curaçao Medical Center in preparation for a possible corona outbreak. All 85 are quarantined and will be sent back home today.

Some would go to work in the former old hospital, which will open its doors again for intensive care. There are 84 beds. The new hospital on Curaçao has room for 32 corona patients. The extra IC places are for patients from all former Dutch Antillean islands.

The group of doctors was made available to Curaçao at the invitation of the Dutch government. The Netherlands pays the bill.

Majungasaurus, Madagascar dinosaurs


This 20 April 2020 video says about itself:

The island of Madagascar has for millions of years, housed an incredibly biodiverse ecosystem that today is one of the most remarkable on earth. This was no different in the Cretaceous, where one particularly bizarre theropod genus roamed. This was Majungasaurus, the one-horned ruler of Madagascar. I hope you enjoy.

Donald Trump’s life-endangering ‘Flu Klux Klan’


This 22 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Republican: MY Money Is More Important Than YOUR Life

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is as stupid as they come. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.

“Claiming that he was “vindicated” by businesses being shut down by states’ stay-at-home orders, Patrick said on Monday night during a Fox News interview that the new plan to reopen Texas businesses was “long overdue.”

The Texas leader then doubled down on his grim argument for allowing people to be put at risk of death from COVID-19 to help the economy recover from the damage brought on by the outbreak – a proposal that was immediately met with a flood of criticism.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Crass Stupidity of the Flu Klux Klan – Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Covid 19

Healthcare workers in the USA are counter demonstrating against dying for Wall Street, as advocated by these Donald TrumpKoch brothersDeVos billionaire family astroturf military gun-toting ‘Flu Klux Klan‘ mobs.

They are called Flu Klux Klan as United States President Donald Trump dismissed the COVID-19 pandemic killing ten thousands of people as just a little ‘flu’.

Their fake ‘arguments’ surely are similar to the Ku Klux Klan.

By Sean Yoes in the USA:

Birth of the `Flu Klux Klan’

Race and Politics

April 23, 2020

Whoever it was who tagged the disheveled hordes of wild-eyed, mostly White legions of [not] social distancing protesters the “Flu Klux Klan”, I want to hand you a $1,200 stimulus check (with Trump’s name blotted out) on behalf of Black people all over America.

I didn’t have time to do a precise etymological social media search for the author of the Flu Klux Klan moniker, but I saw it on a Facebook post, which captured a still of an Instagram post, which cited an unknown social media post. So, there you have it; the origin of the FKK is pretty dubious like those simple-minded “protesters” themselves.

However, I do know the name of Stephen Moore, the deranged Trump economic adviser who likened these flailing, sometimes gun-toting hoodlums to our beloved Rosa Parks.

“This is a great time, gentlemen and ladies, for civil disobedience. We need to be the Rosa Parks here and protest against these government injustices,” Moore said during an interview on a YouTube show called, “Freedom on Tap,” on April 14. I can’t use the words I want to use here to describe the level of disrespect and unmitigated White arrogance displayed by Moore in comparing these fools to one of the great icons of the modern civil rights movement. I’ll just say Stephen Moore needs to keep Mother Parks’ name out of his lying mouth.

If hypocrisy was a cult, its members would all be wearing MAGA hats.

For the past week or so, members of the FKK have been throwing tantrums in states mostly where Democratic governors reside (Michigan, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania), “protesting” the social distancing, stay at home orders implemented by the majority of the states in the country. Some of the FKK members come brandishing weapons. Most wear Trump MAGA paraphernalia, wielding nonsensical signs usually with misspelled words. Let’s cut to the chase. Since Trump implemented his national emergency order, with social distancing mandates, he cut off one of the greatest sources of his ghoulish power, infamous MAGA rallies. So, it’s plain to my eye that these right-wing outbursts aimed mostly at Democratic governors (many of which Trump has openly feuded with during the pandemic emergency) are doubling as MAGA rallies. Get it? MAGA rally, equals FKK rally.

And of course Trump has been egging them on with tweets reading, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA!” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” “LIBERATE PENNSYLVANIA!” The liberate Virginia tweet came with a mandate to defend the 2nd Amendment. Technically, the members of the FKK are violating the social distancing guidelines implemented by Trump and he in turn encourages them to and maybe take up arms in the process.

Can I get treason for a thousand Alexander Hamilton?

To attempt to capture the full lunacy of Trump’s daily performances (because he still fancies himself a reality TV star who marvels at his own ratings) over the last several weeks during the so-called coronavirus press briefings, is a fool’s errand. Because only a fool could truly know the mind, or discern the mercurial rantings of the man sitting in the White House.

However, on April 22, here is the substance of Trump’s morning tweets (over the course of approximately one hour) in the midst of the coronavirus global pandemic that has to date killed more than 45,000 Americans and cost the country trillions of dollars:

(7:03 a.m.)

“Happy Birthday to the great Cindy Adams of the [Rupert Murdoch owned] New York Post. Cindy is 90, but looks 39 to me. She is going strong!”

(7:53 a.m.)

“States are safely coming back. Our Country is starting to OPEN FOR BUSINESS again. Special care is, and always will be, given to our beloved seniors (except me!). Their lives will be better than ever…WE LOVE YOU ALL!”

(8:08 a.m.)

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”

Members of the Flu Klux Klan, is this your king? That’s a rhetorical question; of course, he is.

Welcome to White rage 2020, the corona chronicles.

Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.

How to help frogs and toads, video


This 24 April 2020 video from England says about itself:

Five ways to help frogs and toads | Natural History Museum [in London]

Common frogs are thought to be declining across Europe and the situation is so bad for common toads that they could disappear from the UK by 2030 if things don’t change. Here are five simple actions you could take to help.

Explore why frogs and toads are struggling in the UK and get more tips on how to help here.

COVID-19 disaster in Donald Trump’s USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Nurses Protest for PPE Outside the White House | NowThis

These frontline nurses protested outside the White House for more personal protective equipment.

In US news and current events today, on April 21, the largest nurses union in the U.S., National Nurses United, protested in front of the White House. In a statement, the group said tens of thousands of health care workers have died, or been infected by COVID-19. As of April 17, there were more than 9,200 confirmed cases of health care workers with COVID-19 in the U.S.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 24 April 2020:

Nurses blast Trump over lack of PPE with 50 dead from Covid-19

NURSES and other US health professionals have increased their calls for protective equipment.

Unions are demanding that President Donald Trump acts urgently to force companies to switch production from consumer goods [and weapons for war on Yemen, Afghanistan etc.] to masks, gloves and gowns.

The National Nurses United union (NNU) called on Mr Trump to invoke the Defence Production Act in a bid to tackle the severe shortage of PPE facing health workers, but so far their pleas have been ignored.

Healthcare workers in the USA counter demonstrating against dying for Wall Street

This photo shows healthcare workers in the USA counter demonstrating against dying for Wall Street, as advocated by the Donald TrumpKoch brothersDeVos billionaire family astroturf military gun-toting ‘Flu Klux Klan‘ mobs.

Nurses stand before the steps of the Statehouse as they counter-protest a rally against stay-at-home orders put into place due to the Covid-19, in Kansas, USA yesterday

By Steve Sweeney, 24 April 2020:

US blockade of Cuba condemned as medical aid blocked for a second time

WASHINGTON has come under fire for blocking much-needed medical supplies from reaching Cuba for a second time, with Swiss groups branding the six-decade-long economic blockade “a criminal act.”

The aid had been collected by the Swiss solidarity group MediCuba Switzerland and had been intended for Covid-19 patients on the socialist island.

More than 1,200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Cuba which has recorded 43 deaths.