Jewel caterpillars video


This 15 May 2020 video says about itself:

Jewel CaterpillarsNudibranchs of the Trees

You may have seen a picture of something looking like a caterpillar and gummy bear had a one night stand, but there’s more to these little jelly babies than meets the eye!

COVID-19 disaster, resistance in the USA


This 15 May 2020 video from the USA is called Over 200 strikes and job actions in US during pandemic so far: WSWS Labor Editor Jerry White.

This 15 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Protesters Line Up Body Bags to Show Danger of Reopening Too Soon | NowThis

These protesters lined up body bags and dressed in Grim Reaper costumes to send a message to their leaders about reopening too early amid COVID-19.

MEXICO is to begin reopening its industrial plants following pressure from the United States, despite hospitals being left reeling by the country’s biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases: here.

Shiny cowbird, new species at Panama feeder


This video says about itself:

Panama Fruit Feeder Cam New Species: Shiny Cowbird – May 9, 2020

A female Shiny Cowbird visited the platform for a brief look around. Shiny Cowbirds are obligate brood parasites whose diet consists mainly of insects and seeds. Males are glossy black with blue and purple iridescence. This cowbird’s range has shifted north from South America and it has been documented breeding as far north as Florida.

Again, health minister quits in Bolsonaro’s Brazil


This 2 May 2020 video says about itself:

Brazil’s Bolsonaro: Turning COVID-19 denial into media spectacle | The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: Brazil’s President Bolsonaro and COVID-19 misinformation. Plus, how well has the WHO performed as a key information source during the pandemic?

Brazil’s Bolsonaro: Turning COVID-19 denial into media spectacle

A president at odds with his advisers and scientists over COVID-19, who has said the virus is no worse than the flu, and whose supporters accuse the media of hyping up the story. Not Donald Trump, but Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

Even as deaths in Brazil surpass China, President Bolsonaro continues to downplay the pandemic. After firing his health minister, he went on to attend a “protest” demanding military intervention to lift the lockdown. He also has the support of two of Brazil’s biggest media players, Record TV and SBT. Whether Bolsonaro is in denial, or just playing politics, they are standing firmly by his side.

Contributors:

Andrew Fishman – Managing editor, The Intercept Brasil

Gustavo Ribeiro – Founder, Brazilian Report

Bob Fernandes – Journalist and commentator

Leonardo Custodio, Postdoctoral researcher – Abo Akademi University

Not even Brazilian right-wingers can stand Bolsonaro; if these right-wingers have studied medicine.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned nearly a month after taking office. He disagrees with President Bolsonaro‘s wish to use the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against corona.

Like President Trump, Bolsonaro is very enthusiastic about the anti-malarial drug. However, recent research has shown that in the treatment of covid-19 it is not or hardly effective and has life-threatening side effects.

In the US, a study was stopped due to a large number of deaths in the research group. It can cause cardiac arrhythmias, sometimes so severe that they lead to cardiac arrest.

Teich also disagrees with the relaxation of the lockdown measures. Gyms, beauty salons and hairdressers were open again last week. He thought that was too early and said the decision would have been made without him. Teich’s predecessor quit last month for the same reasons.

BRAZIL IS THE NEW EPICENTER OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak surged to cataclysmic levels on Tuesday afternoon when the country recorded 1,179 deaths from COVID-19 ― a record daily high for a nation that now has more than 270,000 confirmed cases overall. Brazil passed Italy and Spain on the list of countries with the most coronavirus cases last weekend, then passed the United Kingdom on Monday afternoon. Only Russia and the United States have more ― although researchers have said that a lack of testing means Brazil’s count is likely far higher than official figures suggest. [HuffPost]

Brazil records 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in a single day amid spiraling political crisis. By Miguel Andrade, 21 May 2020. Even as it closes ranks behind Bolsonaro’s back-to-work campaign, the Brazilian ruling class is conscious that it is bringing Brazil to the brink of a social explosion.

Three woodpecker species at New York feeder


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

Three Woodpecker Species Visit Cornell Feeders At Same Time – May 15, 2020

Three species of woodpeckers line up in a row at the Cornell Feeders. Watch a Red-bellied Woodpecker arrive first at the middle suet feeder. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker comes next, hitching to the seed block at the back left, and a Hairy Woodpecker arrives third, zipping onto the log-shaped feeder at the left of the frame. What differences do you notice between these three woodpeckers?

Coronavirus update, Boris Johnson’s Britain


This 9 May 2020 video from the Stop the War Coalition in Britain says about itself:

A Message from Mark Rylance

Our top priority right now is the campaign for a global ceasefire and to pressure the government into redirecting vital funds to the NHS that are earmarked for unnecessary weapons and wars.

Campaigning requires money and commitment. We are a small team in the Stop the War national office. We depend entirely on our supporters so we are asking those who can afford to donate to our £2,000 May appeal.

By Niall Christie in Britain, 14 May 2020:

Johnson accused of committing ‘social murder’ after calling construction industry back to work

Grassroots campaigners Shut the Sites urge workers to ask bosses for a Covid-19 risk assessment

GRASSROOTS campaigners have accused Boris Johnson of “social murder” after he called for the construction industry to return to work.

Shut the Sites (STS) campaign members set out their demands to the Prime Minister after he said those in the industry should be “actively encouraged to go to work” despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Site workers say social distancing is all-but impossible in the industry, and that in the absence of mass-testing the government is taking chances with people’s lives.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that keeping sites open has led to construction workers dying at three times the rate of healthcare professionals.

Workers fear that hundreds more will die if the policy is allowed to continue and are demanding that all non-essential construction sites are closed immediately.

Open University social-policy department head Professor Steve Tombs said: “The government, HSE and Public Health England must know that on site, and as they travel to and from work, construction workers are exposed to, and are unwitting carriers of, coronavirus.

“In my view, it is criminal negligence, it is manslaughter, it is social murder.”

The criticism was raised as part of an online video featuring health-and-safety experts, academics and people in the industry, including the daughter of one man forced to return to work who now fears for his safety.

Alongside the closure of building sites, campaigners are also pushing for all workers to be paid irrespective of whether they are employees, self-employed or agency workers.

Employment-relations Professor Sian Moore said: “If the government wants to protect public health it needs to pay construction workers to stay at home.”

Construction worker Tony Seaman added: “Self-employed and agency workers should be paid as well. No-one should be left in poverty.”

STS is a grassroots movement set up by a group of construction workers including an electrician, engineer, bricklayer and project manager.

The group has become the voice of workers who feel they cannot speak out due to concerns over blacklisting, with those still on site being encouraged to join a union and take action collectively to protect themselves.

STS and construction workers recognise the need for some essential work to continue, but they say this must be done under the highest possible level of health and safety to protect staff.

Under Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, as well as Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act, staff have the legal right to remove themselves from the workplace if they feel their health and safety is being put at risk.

Construction workers are now being advised to ask for Covid-19 risk assessments.

STS member Lizzie Williams, a project manager, said: “We have too many big companies especially putting profit before lives and that’s a breach of their statutory duty of care.

“If you are working on a site, ask for your Covid-19 risk assessment.”

The government had not responded to requests for comment as the Star went to press.

A&E VISITS in England have halved since the coronavirus outbreak started, dropping to their lowest level since records began. Before the pandemic, more than 2.1m patients a month were visiting A&E. In April that dropped to 916,581. Everything from cancer care to routine surgery has been hit hard by coronavirus, and the complete lack of preparation to deal with the virus by Tory governments: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 15 May 2020:

‘Horrific’ increase of Covid-19 deaths in care homes and death toll tops 12,500

THE increase in care-sector deaths during the coronavirus pandemic was branded “horrific” today as figures showed that more than 12,500 people in care homes have died of Covid-19.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed that more than one in four deaths in care homes in England and Wales between March 2 and May 1 involved Covid-19.

Some 45,899 care home residents died during this period, with more than a quarter having Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Of the 12,526 coronavirus deaths, 72 per cent occurred in a care home and the virus was the leading cause of death among male patients at such sites.

In the light of the new figures, Labour has called for greater priority to be given to social care.

“It is horrific to see such a large increase in the number of people dying in care homes, and it’s clear that the virus is having an even bigger impact on care-home residents than was first thought,” shadow social-care minister Liz Kendall said.

“The government has been too slow to get to grips with this problem.

“Despite recent announcements there is still complete confusion about testing, with care homes telling MPs they have been unable to access tests.

“This is not good enough. Supporting people in care homes must be an absolute priority and the government must now give social care the focus, resources and support it needs to stop the spread of this awful virus.”

Meanwhile Scottish Labour called for the withdrawal and correction of guidance regarding coronavirus and care homes published by Health Protection Scotland this week.

The party said it has serious concerns over the quality of the advice and the prospect of delays to urgent testing.

The document advises that if there is an outbreak of coronavirus in a care home which is part of a group or chain, testing should be carried out “urgently.”

Despite this, the party says, the guidance states that a contingency plan must be in place before that testing is carried out.

And amid reports that care workers are struggling to access Covid-19 tests, testing centres also reportedly closed early this week due to lack of demand.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: “We can’t take any chances with care-home safety.

“Care homes are at the centre of the crisis and we can’t afford any more missed opportunities to save lives.

“The guidance is nowhere close enough to a comprehensive testing policy for care homes.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 15 May 2020:

Government urged to stop fat cats from preventing public access to a coronavirus cure

Real cats, fat or not, can also get infected with coronavirus. But the article means these figurative fat cats.

CAMPAIGNERS and patients demanded the government make concrete commitments on access to Covid-19 treatments today, after a report warned that profiteers could prevent Britain obtaining potential vaccines.

BBC Newsnight reported that fair access to a cure could be stymied by a number of issues — including Britain’s own role in slowing negotiations around pharmaceutical monopolies ahead of a crucial World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting on Monday.

In response, campaigners urged the government to impose conditions on Britain’s funding policies to ensure that all publicly funded Covid-19 vaccines and treatments are patent-free.

This means that licences must be non-exclusive, royalty-free, transparent and worldwide, they said.

The government claims it has committed £544 million to the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, yet the fund lacks conditions to safeguard access and affordability to ensure they reach all who need it, especially the most vulnerable.

Ruling out pharmaceutical monopolies would prevent corporations profiteering and price-gouging, campaigners said — and will be necessary to enable mass production at the scale required by global demand.

It will also enable other researchers to build on the knowledge and technologies that arise from publicly-funded research, to speed up progress towards finding a vaccine.

Global Justice Now campaigner Heidi Chow said: “Pharmaceutical monopolies prevent patient access to essential medicines at the best of times but in the current pandemic, public health must come before profiteering.”

Just Treatment lead organiser Diarmaid McDonald said: “With the world facing an unprecedented health crisis it would be totally unacceptable for drug companies to take taxpayer-funded research into tools to fight Covid-19 and use it to turn monopoly profits at the expense of patients’ health.”

COVID-19 kills dog, infects cats


This 29 April 2020 NBC TV video from the USA says about itself:

Pug In North Carolina Tests Positive For Coronavirus, May Be First Dog In U.S. | NBC Nightly News

The McLeans were part of an ongoing Duke University study testing households to learn about the virus. When three of them found out they were positive for COVID-19, they weren’t surprised when researchers told them their dog, Winston, had it too.

COVID-19 has killed a dog, an American bulldog, and has infected three cats.

All these animals lived at a fur business in the Netherlands, where caged minks had been infected earlier.

The Dutch government, reacting to this, has said that people who may be infected with coronavirus should not pet dogs or cats. It may infect the animals.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award, thank you thebibliophilewriter!


Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Thanks to my blogging friend thebibliophilewriter, of thebibliophilewriter blog, for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!

The RULES of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 10-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Here are thebibliophilewriter’s questions and my answers:

1. What is the last movie that you watched? My Rembrandt.

2. What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day? Blog.

3. What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues? Blog, watch home trainer internet cycling races, see and hear birds from my window.

4. How long can you go without using your phone? Long.

5. What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty.

6. Do you have a favourite fictional character? What makes him/her your favourite? Till Eugenspiegel. For being both a humourous ‘fool’/jester and a freedom fighter.

7. Winter or summer? Spring.

8. What is love, in your point of view? Something I am very happy now, to feel and to receive.

9. What is your favourite movie or TV show? Peterloo, by Mike Leigh.

10. If you could time travel, where/when would you go? To the White House in the USA in 2003, just before then-President George W Bush started the Iraq war. To stop him from starting that war.

11. Which age group do you belong to? Ageless 🙂

My questions to my nominees are the same as thebibliophilewriter’s questions.

My 11 nominees are:

1. Kaahsh

2. drbogdan

3. STEP OF KNOWLEDGE

4. Life With My Little Star

5. The Sociological Mail

6. Scientology & the Death of Kyle Brennan

7. Beauty, Motherhood and Lifestyle

8. THE DOCTOR’S BAKERY

9. My idealtec

10. inside out

11. Five Lessons