Brown bears, video


This 5 May 2020 video says about itself:

What is a brown bear? Candid Animal Cam explores the lives of some of the largest bears in the world

This week on Candid Animal Cam, we’re learning about the second-largest bear species in the world — the brown bear. These bears can be distinguished by their prominent shoulder humps, and they’re found from North America to Europe and Asia.

British Conservative coronavirus mismanagement


This 6 May 2020 British TV video says about itself:

Critical care doctor explains what coronavirus intensive care is really like | Covid-19 UK

Critical care consultant in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Dr David Hepburn, explains what intensive care is really like for coronavirus patients – and says ‘it could be any of us’.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Doctors and lawyers seek inquiry into government failures to provide PPE

DOCTORS and lawyers called today for an immediate inquiry into the government’s failure to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare staff.

Every coronavirus death of a healthcare worker should be subject to an inquest that examines whether lack of PPE played a part, the Doctors’ Association UK and the Good Law Project said.

The professional bodies have listed “recurrent and systemic” failures in PPE procurement and its supply by the government.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 10 May 2020:

THE government’s latest injunction — Stay alert, Control the virus, Save lives — has come under instant criticism as providing ineffective advice.

Compare it with the earlier slogan: Stay at home, Save lives Protect the NHS.

This is a very effective piece of propaganda if by this we mean a slogan that directs people to concrete courses of action by appealing to universally accepted moral imperatives and widely held values.

A Conservative politician once remarked that his party was forever hobbled by its fierce opposition to the establishment of the National Health Service.

The NHS, he ruefully suggested, is the closest thing the British people have to a secular religion.

So how, then, do we evaluate a slogan that abandons as its priority the call to protect the NHS and substitutes for the clear instruction to “stay at home” a vague instruction to “stay alert?”

This is a government with an unlimited propaganda budget and an obedient mass media. It is led by a man who, in his rise to office, has transcended the manifestly negative impression his personal conduct gives, the opposition his ideology engenders and a promiscuously opportunist political posture to position himself as a prime minister presiding over a government with a 50 per cent favourable rating in public opinion polls.

This is a party that has at its service the most “creative” advertising professionals that an advanced capitalist economy devoted to selling us things we cannot afford and do not need can procure.

If you think this slogan is an error of judgement, a mistake by an inexperienced publicist or a simple accident of the moment, then Keith Stoddart at the Morning Star Fighting Fund, has a very serviceable bridge across the Clyde available for sale at reasonable rates.

This slogan is perfectly configured, precisely targeted and completely coherent in its objective.

It is designed to lull us into a false sense of security, downgrade in our personal list of priorities the protection of our NHS, substitute for a clear sense of direction in our behaviour an ambiguous and infinitely flexible signpost that in weeks to come will allow us to accommodate almost any personal behaviour short of physical intimacy with every stranger we meet.

Ignore the advice that medical professionals and epidemiologists offer, convince yourself that Richard Branson has a personal interest in your wellbeing, drive deep into your unconscious mind the fact that Britain has the highest Covid-19 incidence of deaths per head of population, and you might think the people who dreamt up this slogan are on the ball.

If on the other hand you don’t trust Tories and think they prioritise profit over our wellbeing, then consider what your personal reaction should be and what working people might collectively do to protect us all from infection.

Labour’s reaction that the “stay alert” messaging risked people acting as if the lockdown was lifted goes in the right direction.

But Labour needs to abandon its hitherto overly passive approach and give a clear lead that changes in the management of the crisis are not simply the prerogative of government or at the disposition of employers.

Labour must insist that health and safety at work falls squarely into the sphere of responsibility of trade unions and that individual workers have the right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions and that trade union representatives have the power to stop the job.

The battle to beat this virus is not to be won solely in hospitals, by administrative action or by vague moral messages. It will be won by resolute action that puts people before profit

By Bethany Rielly in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Unions will not recommend members to return to work till it’s safe

BRITAIN’S biggest unions will not support the government’s back-to-work plans until ministers can guarantee the safety of workers, their leaders said at the weekend.

The general secretaries of Unison, Unite, GMB and Usdaw, along with the TUC, warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that they will not recommend millions of their members to return to work unless the “right policies and practices are in place to make workplaces safe.”

In a joint letter to the Observer on Saturday, Unison’s Dave Prentis, Len McCluskey of Unite, acting GMB leader TUC John Phillips, Usdaw’s Paddy Lillis and TUC head Frances O’Grady pointed out that many of their members have died from the virus while keeping the country running.

By Bethany Rielly in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Vigil held in Glasgow after young asylum-seeker dies

THE death of a young asylum-seeker in Glasgow has raised questions over the conditions in hotels where hundreds of refugees have been moved during the Covid-19 crisis.

Migrant rights groups held a vigil this afternoon for the young man, believed to be in his twenties, who they claim was trying to get help and was in “great distress” before he died.

One of the organisers, Glasgow No Evictions, said that the man had recently been forced out of his accommodation and into a hotel in the city centre.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Reopening schools too early will cause a surge in death rates, scientists have warned

REOPENING schools too early during the current pandemic would be “crazy” and could cause a surge in deaths, forcing Britain back into full lockdown again, a group of scientists warned today.

The Bradford Science Collective, formed “to counter government propaganda about the coronavirus, untainted by political influence,” gave the warning in its first public statement.

The collective involves scientists from Yorkshire universities, and was founded by Professor John Baruch of Leeds and Bradford universities.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Statistician blasts government’s Covid-19 press conferences as ‘completely embarrassing’

A STATISTICS expert has criticised the government’s daily press conference as a “number theatre,” starving the public of genuine information on coronavirus in Britain.

Today Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter slammed the press briefings as “completely embarrassing.”

He said that statistics should instead be presented by people who know the strength and limitations of the data and that could “treat the audience with respect.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 10 May 2020:

Millions of goggles to be pulled from NHS as they put staff at risk of Covid-19

ALMOST 16 million protective goggles supplied for use by NHS and care workers will be urgently withdrawn because they fail to ensure protection from coronavirus, the government admitted today.

The “tiger eye”-type goggles have been recalled after tests showed that they do not meet current requirements for “splash protection” and are only suitable for low-risk settings.

A letter from the Department of Health and Social Care said: “As a result, this product should not be used in a Covid-19 setting, and we are removing it from the supply chain.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 10 May 2020:

PM urged to launch ‘transparent’ independent public inquiry into BAME Covid-19 deaths

Inadequate response: Prime Minister Boris Johnson

BORIS JOHNSON was urged to launch an independent public inquiry today into the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on black and minority-ethnic (BAME) communities.

In an open letter, campaigners told the Prime Minister that only an independent inquiry could explain the “outsized effect” that Covid-19 was having on people from BAME backgrounds.

Recent analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that black men and women are more than four times more likely to suffer a coronavirus-related death than their white counterparts.

When a dinosaur fossil excavation goes wrong


This 7 May 2020 video from North America says about itself:

A Fossil Excavation Goes Wrong in the Worst Possible Way

An excavation of a rare dinosaur fossil goes horribly wrong. It’s left to paleo technicians to try and salvage what they can.

Liebster Award, thanks Keyne Daisy Carvalho!


Liebster Award

My dear blogging friend Keyne Daisy Carvalho of the blog Bluehues musings has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Liebster Award.

She has a fine blog on love, poetry and art.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Rules for the Liebster Award:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
-Answer the questions given to you.
-Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
-Ask your nominees questions.
-Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

My answers to Keyne Daisy Carvalho’s questions:

1- What made you want to start blogging? Seeing other people’s blogs.
2- What are your favorite books/authors and why? At the moment, ancient Greek poet Homer. But this changes a lot for me from day to day.
3- What’s the best advice you’ve received? Buy binoculars for birdwatching.
4- What inspires you to write? Many things. There are 40 different subjects on my blog.
5- One memory that puts a smile on your face. Being in Svalbard, seeing mating ptarmigans there.
6- A favorite quote or like from a book. It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain
7- One thing on your bucket list? Going to Antarctica again.
8- What would make the world a better place? Stopping all wars.

My questions to my nominees:

1. What’s the best thing ever in your life?

2. If you could make 1 wish what would that be?

3. What is your favourite animal?

4. What is your favorite food?

5. Name 1 blogger you would like to meet in person.

6. Name 1 country all people should have seen in life?

7. Who is your biggest enemy?

8. Which country where you have never been to would you like to visit?

My eleven nominees:

1. Barbara Crane Navarro

2. Unspoken thoughts

3. EDM 7

4. dalalfah88

5. A Best Of Life

6. K8n2010

7. Growing Up…

8. Harvey’s Sentiments

9. thebibliophilewriter

10. Kate hearts life

11. Space Curiouser

British Boris Johnson’s coronavirus mismanagement, parody song


This 10 May 2020 satiric music video from Britain is a parody of the song Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.

It says about itself:

The Bo Jos – Stayin’ Alert

Boris Johnson rebrands his coronavirus messaging via his Bee Gees tribute act.

LYRICS:

Well you can tell by the way I botched corona
I’m a lazy man, no time for COBRA
Shaking hands and lockdown late
Get JCB to ventilate

And now it’s alright, it’s okay
The press just looked the other way
We floated herd immunity
And moved on with impunity

Whether you’re a codger or whether you’re a toddler
Keep stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Times are pretty hairy so be a little wary
Keep stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Bwah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Bwah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alert

Well, shareholders are getting tense
And landlords still be needing rents
So we’ll hedge our bets and keep it vague
Then blame you lot when the plague
Gets a second wind, sorry chaps
Should’ve stayed at home, perhaps
And if it peaks a longer time
It’s all down to your conga line

Whether you’re a codger or whether you’re a toddler
Keep stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Try to keep on spacing ‘cause there’s no contact tracing
Keep stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Bwah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alert, stayin’ alert
Bwah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alert

Still getting nowhereNear 100,000 Daily COVID-19 tests
And those gowns we ordered
Turns out they’re all open-chest
So keep staying alert

Water wildlife, video


This 8 May 2020 video says about itself:

It’s a water world and life couldn’t survive without it. And thanks to it, a mind-blowing diversity of creatures thrive beneath the surface. Born to enjoy the riches underwater they must master their body’s adaptations, learn to find food, to escape danger and above all become expert swimmers! Whether it’s in rivers, on beaches or in the deep ocean, all must overcome the obstacles and fulfil their destiny, all are born to swim!

Of all the habitats on earth, the ocean is perhaps the most challenging. Here salt, temperatures, currents and predators can make life difficult; it’s not an obvious place to want to bring up your babies… But even in these waters generation after generation beats the odds. They have overcome the challenges and become some of the most beautiful and graceful of creatures. But any baby born to swim has a lot to learn…

All over the world, there are creatures born to swim, and though humans are not, we seem determined to join them. Perhaps we are envious of their grace. Maybe we are all water babies at heart.

Amazon workers, no free speech on coronavirus


This 1 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Naomi Klein speaks to Amazon workers

On April 16th 2020, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) hosted a private conversation for Amazon employees to hear directly from warehouse workers and Naomi Klein, renowned author and climate justice activist. This clip is Naomi Klein’s part of the talk.

Amazon tried to suppress this conversation by firing AECJ leaders, and deleting emails and calendar invites from employee’s computers. AECJ hosted the conversation despite this retaliation, and hundreds of tech workers joined us.

You can see highlight clips warehouse workers at the meeting here:

This April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice4/24 Sick Out Day

Do you work at Amazon? We want to hear from you! Give us your feedback here (all info kept private).

1:04:44 – Intro (Maren Costa & Emily Cunningham, fired Amazon tech workers) 1:15:35 – Aga & Marta, Amazon warehouse workers from Poland 1:28:55 – Bill McKibben, author and 350.org Founder 1:44:19 – Andrea & Anthony, CCAEJ (the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice) 1:59:35 – Music from Dan Bern 2:04:03 – Washington State Representative Nicole Macri 2:13:33 – Christian, Amazon warehouse worker from Germany 2:23:48 – Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Cornell University and fracking expert 2:40:05 – Yoga with Rebecca & Vic 2:50:55 – Joe Hobbs, Fridays for Future 2:58:16 – Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and climate research pioneer 3:13:45 – Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee advocate and writer and host of ThisLand podcast 3:28:51 – Virginie & Torrie, Amazon tech workers 3:37:10 – Jef, Amazon warehouse worker from France & Sylvain, L’Union Syndicale Solidaires 3:56:15 – Maren reads message of support from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders 3:57:13 – Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda & King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay 4:10:31 – Samir, Amazon warehouse worker from Chicago 4:33:18 – Emily Johnston, writer and co-founder of 350 Seattle 4:45:01 – Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! 4:59:26 – Mike, Amazon warehouse worker from New York City 5:16:55 – Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of MLK Labor 5:36:05 – Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President 5:53:63 – Washington State Senator Joe Nguyen 6:00:31 – Greg Palast, investigative journalist and author of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” 6:11:17 – Julia Steinberger, Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds and IPCC contributor 6:21:48 – Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot tribal member and co-founder of Mazaska Talks 6:38:47 – Kimaya Mahajan, Co-Executive Director of WA Youth Climate Strike – Clip of Naomi Klein, author and Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University 7:03:00 – King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci 7:11:57 – Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor, and co-founder of Inequality Media 7:35:32 – Frontline care workers * Tre Kwon, Mount Sinai Hospital ICU nurse & editor at Left Voice * Theresa Brown, Clinical Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing & New York Times contributor * Jen Hollyfield, surgical technician and strike leader at Swedish Medical Center 8:00:22 – Maren reads messages of support from King County Executive Dow Constantine and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal 8:09:20 – Ronnie Almonte, New York City science teacher and United Federation of Teachers delegate 8:20:25 – Amazon workers who have faced retaliation * Bashir, Fired Amazon warehouse worker from Minnesota * Hibaq, Amazon warehouse worker from Minnesota * Jeysson, Fired delivery driver from New York City 8:43:34 – Closing statements (Maren Costa & Emily Cunningham, fired Amazon tech workers) 8:55:43 – Music from Bex Lipps, The People’s Echo

Translated from Belgian weekly Humo:

Whistleblowers raise the alarm: “Amazon warehouse workers risk their lives

Jeff Bezos is delighted: his online store Amazon is doing golden business during the corona crisis. But, according to whistleblowers, workers are at great risk of becoming infected in the warehouses. One of them is Emily Cunningham, who has now been fired from the e-commerce giant: “People, hundreds of them densely packed together, who have to prepare shipments, that should not really be possible?”

By Dominique Soenens

Monday 4 May 2020

On Friday, April 10, Emily Cunningham, web designer at Amazon, received a call from someone from the HR department. After a previous warning, she had once again violated the company’s internal rules. “That’s why you chose to end your career with the company,” it sounded. She immediately had to put her things in a box and leave the office. The conversation lasted less than a minute, and Cunningham didn’t even have time to protest or ask for more explanation. She had worked as a web designer for Amazon for five years.

EMILY CUNNINGHAM: “I was angry. Amazon had wanted to get rid of me for some time and now they had apparently found a reason to fire me.”

Rare Bermuda petrel chick growing up well


This video from Bermuda says about itself:

Cahow Chick Returns To Nesting Burrow After Exploring Tunnel – May 7, 2020

Watch the CahowCam1 chick return from exploring the nesting burrow tunnel and get up close and personal with the cam. The 69-day-old chick, now resembling a mop, continues to look robust and healthy thanks to plenty of attention from its parents in the form of overnight feeding visits. Only one month remains until this Bermuda Petrel chick will be ready to set out to sea and begin a life of independence.

Coronavirus pandemic in Britain and Germany


This 10 May 2020 video from Britain about the coronavirus pandemic is called STAY ALERT.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Reproduction number in Germany rises above 1

A few days after the relaxation of the corona measures in Germany, the spread of the coronavirus is increasing again. The reproduction rate, the number of people infected by every sick person, has risen to 1.1. If the number exceeds 1, the number of infections increases again. …

The number of new infections rose in Germany in the past 24 hours by 667 to 169,218 and the death toll rose by 26 to 7,395.