Angela Davis against Donald Trump


This 12 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Angela Davis Slams Trump Rally in Tulsa, Massacre Site, on Juneteenth Celebration of End of Slavery

President Trump will resume holding indoor campaign events starting with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 19, a day known as Juneteenth, that celebrates African Americans’ liberation from slavery. The rally also falls on the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa race riots, one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history, in which white residents killed hundreds of their African American neighbors.

Legendary scholar Angela Davis says it’s important to recognize that Trump “represents a sector of a population in this country that wants to return to the past … with all of its white supremacy, with all of its misogyny.” Given the historic uprising against racism and state violence, “We cannot be held back by such forces as those represented by the current occupant of the White House,” she says.

American carpenter bee crosses Atlantic to Netherlands


This 2009 video from the USA says about itself:

The Eastern Carpenter Bee is often confused with a bumblebee, but has a shiny black abdomen, as opposed to the fuzzy abdomen of the bumblebee. There are over 500 species of carpenter bee around the world and this is the most common one in the eastern United States.

The female is the workhorse of the relationship. She makes a nest by tunneling into wood. Unlike termites, the bees do not eat the wood. They discard the bits or use them to make walls in their nests.

The nest is used as a nursery for the young and a place to store pollen. The female carpenter bee spends her time building the nest, collecting pollen for her brood and laying eggs.

Meanwhile, the male feeds himself and spends time hovering in his territory and protecting it from other males.

These bees are not aggressive and males do not even have stingers. The couple and their young will spend the winter in their nests and emerge in the spring.

They can be considered pests because they burrow into the soft, exposed wood of peoples’ homes. However, they have an important role in pollinating the food we eat and the beautiful flowers we enjoy.”

Translated from EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten in the Netherlands today:

12-JUN-2020 – On a weekday morning, Bram ter Keurs saw a very big bee in his backyard. It turned out to be an eastern carpenter bee: a North American bee species that had never been seen in our country before. It has undoubtedly ended up in the Netherlands through human intervention. If this happens more often, there is a possibility that this spectacular species will gain a foothold.

The discoverer tells

“On June 10, 2020, I am in my backyard in Bunnik (Utrecht province) around 10:45 AM. The sun is shining and it is almost windless. I see an exceptionally large bee foraging on red valerian (Centranthus ruber), purpletop vervain (Verbena bonariensis) and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria). Because of the size and the glossy black abdomen, I immediately think of the violet carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea). The tip of the wings is smokey grey. After several photos, the bee flies away in a northerly direction.” It soon became clear that this was a female of the eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica). …

Timber trade

The eastern carpenter bee is native to North America. Only a few sightings are known in Northwestern Europe, including one in England in 1996 and one in West Flanders in 2015. These animals are believed to have been carried with wood from North America. A kilometer southeast of the site in Bunnik is a timber business that also imports timber from North America. This may be the source of this observation.

Why United States young people demonstrate


This 7 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

The real reasons youth are protesting in record numbers

Genevieve Leigh is the US National Secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).

“You really can’t separate the question of #PoliceViolence from the questions of war… The ruling elite protects its interests abroad using military troops, and at home it uses its police“.

British osprey becomes father in Dutch Biesbosch


This video says about itself:

Fishing ospreys; filmed in the fall of 2017 en 2018 in De Biesbosch and south Limburg province. Ospreys can dive at speeds up to 80 kilometres an hour, so making this video was extremely difficult. I had more failures than successful takes. All footage was filmed with a Panasonic GH5 and a Canon ef 500mm. Music licensed via Artlist.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands today:

12-JUN-2020 – The number of breeding pairs of ospreys in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly. In the Biesbosch this year no less than three pairs were on eggs. The Biesbosch is currently the only nature reserve in the Netherlands where ospreys breed. It is not yet clear how many young birds hatched in the nature reserve this year.

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) have been breeding successfully in the Netherlands, in the Biesbosch, since 2016. …

Ranger Thomas van der Es of Staatsbosbeheer explains: “The ospreys have built several nests in the Biesbosch, three of which are now in use. The new third pair already started building several nests in the area last year. After returning from Africa this spring they found out that one nest had been hijacked by a pair of peregrine falcons, so the new osprey couple used the other nest.” Ospreys are known to be very loyal to their nesting location and to enjoy nesting close to other ospreys. That is why there are now no fewer than three breeding pairs in one nature reserve. Two pairs are nesting in a tree, another couple is sitting in a power pylon near the quiet, closed basin of Evides Water Company. At the new nest, a creek is temporarily closed to shipping to give the ospreys quiet.

New couple

Of the new pair, the male is from the United Kingdom, and the female from Germany. The male is the first osprey from the United Kingdom to successfully breed outside his home country. …

It is still unknown how many youngsters there are in total. However, observations this week made it clear that young birds have hatched on all three nests. …

The birds successfully catch large roaches and breams daily here.

Donald Trump wants to shoot anti-racist protesters


This 12 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Stockpiles Bullets For Protests

Trump stockpiles bullets for protests as the National Guard troops mobilize. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

French stick insects discovered in the Netherlands


This video from Portugal says about itself:

Atlantic Species | French stick insect Clonopsis gallica

Micro-Documentaries on marine and land species of the Atlantic region produced by the AtlanticNaturalist.org in partnership with Nature tour company http://www.Naturalist.pt!

French stick insect, Bicho-pau, Gallische Mittelmeerstabschrecke, bicho palo, Phasme gaulois.

Clonopsis gallica is a stick insect, a species known for their capacity to mimic leaves and wood branches. It belongs to the Phasmida, a group of leaf and stick insects. With over 2000 species spread around the world, particularly in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Genus are normally easily distinguished by their overall shape, the shape of head and size of antennae, however, to separate some species it may be necessary to do electron microscopy.

Clonopsis gallica is an obligate parthenogen, producing eggs and offspring without requiring fertilization. It has three stages, the egg, the nymph and the adult, and you may find them in green or in more brownish colour. This species is common in Southern Europe, from France to the Mediterranean coast, North-Western Africa, including Azores and Madeira. These are herbivore insects, presenting no threats to crops, and you can find it active during night periods, and camouflaged during the day.

In 2019, this species has been discovered in the Netherlands; the first time for any stick insect species.

Stop racist police violence in the USA


This 12 June 2020 video says about itself:

Color of Change President Rashad Robinson on ‘Cops’ Being Cancelled | NowThis

In US news and current events today, the long-running Cops TV series was cancelled in light of the police killing of George Floyd and subsequent George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests.

Cops, Live PD and other copaganda have helped fuel the poisonous mentality that has led many to unquestioningly believe the police and ignore the systemic police racism, police brutality, and police violence within the institution. Rashad Robinson, Color of Change president, offers his perspective on the media’s relationship with police. With the Cops TV show cancelled, Live PD cancelled, and society rethinking how it thinks about police, it’s clear that change needs to occur across the board, not just inside police departments.

BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS ARE WORKING. HERE’S PROOF.  Last week, former President Barack Obama compared the protests to those in the late 1960s civil rights era, calling this moment a “sea change.” And so far, the Black Lives Matter protests — which built off work by activists since 2013, in the streets, in halls of government and educating the public — have spurred some significant changes. From cities redirecting funding from police departments to Confederate monuments coming down in droves, here are some of the changes that we’ve seen in just 16 days since protests began. [HuffPost]

It’s time to defund the police, and start funding social workers.

LOUISVILLE BANS NO-KNOCK WARRANTS Lawmakers banned the Louisville Metro Police Department from using no-knock search warrants amid growing outcry over the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman fatally shot in her own home by officers earlier this year. The measure, known as Breonna’s Law, bans the use of so-called no-knock warrants that allowed police officers to enter a residence without warning or without identifying themselves. None of the officers involved in Taylor’s death have been charged. Their report, released Thursday, lists her injuries as “none.”[HuffPost]

Lady Antebellum changes name after realizing connection to slavery.

These are the actions Jewish groups are taking against police violence.

TRUMP DEFENDS RACIST PHRASE BY CITING ‘VOTE WHITE’ MAYOR Trump attempted to defend his use of the incendiary phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” last month as a threat to protesters. But in his defense, he cited former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, an ex-cop who once urged his city to “vote white.” Harris Faulkner of Fox News explained to Trump that the phrase about looting and shooting comes from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who used it as a threat against civil rights protesters in the 1960s. But Trump insisted he heard it elsewhere, citing the “very tough” ex-mayor of Philadelphia, who died in 1991. [HuffPost]

BIDEN MOCKED IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN FOR KNEELING IN CHURCH A campaign ad for Trump took a giant step beyond criticizing protest kneeling to mocking Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden for kneeling in a church. The attack is the latest sign that Trump may be losing his way in his battle against kneeling. Last week his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declared that Trump was “very much against kneeling in general.” The blanket condemnation of kneeling triggered a wave of criticism from those who kneel during religious services, at memorials or to pray at gravesites. [HuffPost]

TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS VOTE TO KEEP KKK LEADER’S BUST IN CAPITOL Protesters rallied outside of the Tennessee state Capitol Wednesday after lawmakers voted to keep a bust of a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader on full display, following arguments that removing it would erase history and could be offensive to some. A House committee voted 11 to 5 to continue displaying the bronze bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, which has survived public protests and demands for its removal since it was erected in 1978. [HuffPost]

In Jewish tradition, racism is a sin.

Auschwitz survivor voices support for Chicago protesters.

Dinosaur-age crocodiles walked on two legs


This 2018 BBC video says about itself:

Sarcosuchus: the Dinosaur Killing Crocodile

Steve Backshall needs the most powerful jaw in the dinosaur kingdom… the giant croc Sarcosuchus might have what he’s looking for.

Sarcosuchus walked on four legs. But other crocodiles …

From the University of Queensland in Australia:

Ancient crocodiles walked on two legs like dinosaurs

June 11, 2020

An international research team has been stunned to discover that some species of ancient crocodiles walked on their two hind legs like dinosaurs and measured over three metres in length.

University of Queensland palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio said the researchers first thought the similar-shaped fossilised footprints were from other ancient animals known as pterosaurs.

“At one site, the footprints were initially thought to be made by a giant bipedal pterosaur walking on the mudflat, we now understand that these were bipedal crocodile prints,” Dr Romilio said.

“The footprints measure around 24 centimetres, suggesting the track-makers had legs about the same height as human adult legs.

“These were long animals that we estimate were over three metres in length.

“And while footprints were everywhere on the site, there were no handprints.”

The research team, led by Professor Kyung Soo Kim from Chinju National University of Education, soon found clues as to why there were no handprints.

“Typical crocodiles walk in a squat stance and create trackways that are wide,” Professor Kim said.

“Oddly, our trackways are very narrow looking — more like a crocodile balancing on a tight-rope.

“When combined with the lack of any tail-drag marks, it became clear that these creatures were moving bipedally.

“They were moving in the same way as many dinosaurs, but the footprints were not made by dinosaurs.

“Dinosaurs and their bird descendants walk on their toes.

“Crocodiles walk on the flat of their feet leaving clear heel impressions, like humans do.”

The footprints dated between 110-120 million years ago and were discovered after analysing animal track sites in what is now known as South Korea.

Researchers initially questioned the absence of hand impressions from the trackways, given that today’s typical crocodiles are ‘four-legged’ or quadrupedal.

Fossil crocodile tracks are quite rare in Asia, so finding an abundance of nearly one hundred footprints was extraordinary,” Dr Romilio said.

“As an animal walks, the hind feet have the potential of stepping into the impression made by the hand and ‘over-printing’ it, but we find no evidence of this at these Korean sites.

“It isn’t due to poor preservation either, because these fossils are spectacular, they even have the fine details of the toe-pads and scales on their soles preserved.”

COVID-19 in Trump’s USA


This 11 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Musicians perform a virtual gala in COVID-19 lockdown

Theatres around the world are closed, and there is no indication of when – or if – they will reopen.

Like many of us, the leader of the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, has been in lockdown during the pandemic.

He has used his time in isolation to organize his musicians and singers to stage a touching artistic triumph, online.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna has more.

RALLY AT YOUR OWN RISK Those registering for President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next week will notice a message on his campaign website when they sign up: You may contract COVID-19 at the rally, but it’s not Trump’s fault and you can’t sue. The legal disclaimer is the closest Trump has come in weeks to acknowledging that the coronavirus is still rapidly spreading. The number of cases leaped past 2 million this week while outbreaks grow in 21 states and more than a dozen see record surges. But that isn’t stopping his return to holding rallies on June 19, a day recognized as the end of slavery in the U.S., in a city known for the worst racist massacre in American history. Black Tulsans are calling Trump’s plan “a slap in the face.” [HuffPost]

Trump’s planned rally in Tulsa is almost blasphemous.

REPUBLICANS MOVE CONVENTION EVENTS TO FLORIDA After weeks of uncertainty about the future of this year’s Republican National Convention, the GOP said several of the convention’s major events would be moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) had refused to relax his state’s social-distancing restrictions for the event. But Florida has no rules — and a burgeoning second wave of coronavirus infections. [HuffPost]

FIRST KNOWN COVID-19 PATIENT TO RECEIVE DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT A young woman whose lungs were destroyed beyond repair by the coronavirus received a new set of lungs at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital last week. It’s reportedly the first time a COVID-19 patient in the U.S. has undergone a double lung transplant. Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the surgery, told reporters that the woman — who is in her 20s and had no serious underlying medical conditions prior to contracting COVID-19 — had some of the most damaged lungs he’d ever seen. [HuffPost]

How common is asymptomatic spread among kids?

MNUCHIN SAYS BAILOUT RECIPIENTS ARE A SECRET The Trump administration said it plans to keep the identities of more than 4.5 million businesses that received a government bailout through the Paycheck Protection Program a secret. Normally, the Small Business Administration discloses the names of borrowers from the program on which it based PPP. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department considered that information “proprietary” and “confidential.” [HuffPost]

Coronavirus could make America’s gun problem even deadlier.