Poem on police brutality


This 10 June 2020 video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Attorney Provides Free Representation to Arrested Protesters | In This Together | NowThis

‘I don’t consider myself to be picking a side. I’m just doing what’s right.’ — Austin-based attorney Tycha Kimbrough is providing legal representation to arrested protesters free of charge.

In US news and current events today, criminal defense lawyer and family attorney Tycha Kimbrough is representing BLM and George Floyd protesters who have been wrongfully arrested. Here’s what inspired her to offer her legal guidance pro bono.

By Sophie Sparham in Britain today:

The Right to Remain by Sophie Sparham

Silence is a bullet that my taxes paid for,
A Judas kiss, gifted to black Jesus as he
Bleeds out on the sidewalk and we profit a
Vineyard out of him. My quiet, a boot to hisNeck, a fire to her house, a question swinging
From a tree. Won’t somebody speak? Silence

Is not a right when all your teeth have been
Punched out, your tongue tear-gassed and your
Hope murdered. When your body is a protest,
Living in a country that raped the freedom
Out of you.

My ears mourn, they can’t bury another
Voice. So now I cry with my teeth, let this fist
Become a eulogy, let me raise it like a flag.
Make no mistake, they want you chalk white,
An outline on concrete, a space,
Where a body once stood.

Writer Sophie Sparham is from Derby and has written commissions for BBC Radio 4, The V&A and the People’s History Museum. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email info@smokestack-books.co.uk

Cuban poem on George Floyd: here.

After Whitney row and Minneapolis outrage, Warren Kanders will stop making tear gas.

King cobra against spectacled cobra, pit viper


This 10 June 2020 video says about itself:

Deadly venomous king cobra (Ophiphagus hannah) is the longest venomous snake in the world. It feeds on other snakes and monitor lizards.

In this video, there is a big 4-meters long king cobra on the hunt. It eats a Malabar pit viper and then fights with a 2-meters long spectacled cobra. Everything finishes after darkness. This video was filmed in the Western Ghats in India. Watch the amazing king cobra crawl through the forest!

Over 11,500 anti-racist demonstrators in Amsterdam


Today, there was a big demonstration against the police murder of George Floyd in the USA and other racism in the Nelson Mandelapark in Amsterdam.

According to local authorities, over 11,500 people came to this peaceful rally. People distanced spatially against COVID-19.

Tomy Holten died in Zwolle, the Netherlands like George Floyd.

Screech owl fledglings in the USA


This 10 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

The three Screech Owl kids are alive and well and all paid a special visit to the Backyard with their Dad the other evening. I was fortunate to be able to get in on video in the fading light so you all could see them, especially those who watched the live feed of the development. Most of the quality time was spent with the eldest and largest “Riker ” but at the end, the little one “Finito” made a brief appearance. All is well!

Police racism in France criticized


A demonstrator clenches her fist as she stands on a statue on the Place de la Republique during a rally against racism in Paris, France yesterday

By Ben Chacko, 10 June 2020:

Police racism in France under spotlight in wake of George Floyd protests

PRESSURE is growing on France to act over police racism in the wake of the George Floyd protests in the United States.

French media reported today complaints from the families of four 14-year-olds who were arrested by police on May 26 when they went into a grocer’s to buy drinks and sweets.

In custody the four report being slapped, abused as “stupid Maghrebians” (a reference to the north African region including Algeria) and “faggots”. that a police officer told colleagues to “put the two blacks together” and that they were accused of a number of unrelated crimes before being released 24 hours later.

Barn swallows nesting in Devon, England


From 9 June 2020 video from England says about itself:

Swallows have laid their eggs at Saltram. Part 2 of a new National Trust nature series

Every year, in the machine shed at Saltram in Devon, a family of swallows build their nest. The swallows are not disturbed by sharing this normally busy working space with our gardens and outdoors teams.

This year, with lockdown restrictions in place and restrictions on visits, head gardener Martin Stott is giving us a glimpse into the world of the swallows. Every day this week, we’ll post a new video, showing how the birds are getting on. No swallows were disturbed in the making of these videos.

This video is the sequel.

Trump’s son kills endangered sheep, taxpayers pay


This 13 December 2019 video from India says about itself:

Junior Trump hunts endangered mountain sheep “argali” in Mongolia. Mountain sheep are known for their massive horns.

I saw a mountain sheep. Not in Mongolia, but in a Chinese national park. Not an argali, but a blue sheep. And we did not have guns with us, only cameras.

TRUMP JR.’S HUNTING TRIP COST TAXPAYERS $77,000 Donald Trump Jr.’s trip last summer to Mongolia to kill an endangered sheep cost American taxpayers nearly $77,000 in Secret Service costs alone, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported. The Secret Service provided documents in March revealing that the agency’s cost for Trump’s trip to bag a rare argali sheep was more than $17,000. But after additional Freedom of Information Act requests, officials turned over other documents that disclosed an additional $60,000 in spending. [HuffPost]

Japanese bees, giant hornets and orchids


This 7 June 2020 BBC video says about itself:

These Japanese bees‘ primary senses are taste and smell. When confronted with an orchid that mimics the scent of a giant hornet, the bees display their deadliest defense mechanism – a swarm.

COVID-19 disaster, update


This 10 June 2020 video says about itself:

Latin America: Economic inequality makes coronavirus worse

The Pan American Health Organization says it is going to take a lot longer to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Latin America.

The number of infections is growing exponentially in Brazil, Peru and Mexico.

Analysts believe economic inequality is largely to blame for the region becoming the new coronavirus epicentre.

Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City, Mexico.

PANDEMIC ‘FAR FROM OVER‘, FAUCI WARNS Describing COVID-19 as his “worst nightmare,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said the ongoing pandemic is far from over. “Where is it going to end? We’re still at the beginning of really understanding,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said of the pandemic during a virtual conference held by BIO, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. In just four months, the virus “has devastated the whole world,” he said. [HuffPost]

PROVINCETOWN DEBATES HOW WIDE TO OPEN ITS DOORS TO OUTSIDERS Like much of the country, Provincetown, Massachusetts, is in the throes of figuring out how to safely reopen during a pandemic. But the beach town and LGBTQ mecca is facing a pressure-cooker version of this dilemma. Workers here log massive overtime during the tourism season and live off savings, reduced wages or unemployment the rest of the year. Provincetown also has an aging population (median age, 57), with a significant number of HIV-positive, immunocompromised residents. The nearest intensive care bed is over an hour’s drive away. [HuffPost]

STUDY: WIDESPREAD FACE MASK USE COULD STEM 2nd WAVE Population-wide face mask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns, according to a U.K. study. The research, led by scientists at Britain’s Cambridge and Greenwich Universities, suggests lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of the coronavirus, but that even homemade masks can dramatically reduce transmission rates if enough people wear them in public. [Reuters]

India reports 10,000 new cases as Covid-19 surges: here.