Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, new book


This 8 August 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump-Epstein Ties EXPOSED In New Book

Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship has been exposed in a new book. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

“President Trump referred repeatedly during an “Axios on HBO” interview to Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison custody, citing it when asked about his prior comments wishing Ghislaine Maxwell good luck in the criminal justice system. Why it matters: Maxwell has been charged with multiple counts of allegedly helping Epstein sexually abuse minor girls. She was arrested in New Hampshire in early July. * Epstein took his own life while in law enforcement custody last August. The cause of death was suicide by hanging, per official autopsy results.

Well-known doctors think that murder was more probable. So, that issue is not settled.

“Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail,” Trump told Axios’ Jonathan Swan in the “Axios on HBO” interview last week. * “She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I’d wish you well. I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty.” * “Her boyfriend died in jail and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide? Was he killed?””

Bird autumn migration in Malta


This 4 August 2020 video from Malta says about itself:

First signs of the autumn migration!

The hot summer months are in full swing and yet, despite this, nature still takes its cycle with several birds now at the end of their breeding seasons. At Għadira Nature Reserve, a pair of Little Ringed Plover are still incubating their third brood of the season, whilst the Black-winged Stilts are preparing to take off on their first migration, with the hope that they are back to breed next year.

Spotted Flycatchers are also busy seeing to their young, continuously on the go to provide them with a variety of insects. The Collared Doves, which – like the Spotted Flycatcher – can now be observed in various localities, can be seen occupying high perches from where their unmistakable cooing can be heard.

At the nature reserves several wader species, normally amongst the first to signal autumn migration, can be observed, namely Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff and Common Sandpiper. Salina Nature Reserve, apart from hosting waders, also has a good number of gulls resting and feeding, mostly Yellow-legged Gull but also the occasional Audouin’s Gull.

Footage by Aron Tanti, editing by Nathaniel Attard.

COVID-19 disaster in Trump’s USA continuing


This 4 August 2020 video says about itself:

D.C. Teachers Fight for Distance Learning in the Pandemic

After city officials in Washington D.C. weighed a plan to send teachers back to the classroom as part of a hybrid learning plan, the Washington Teachers Union mobilized a week of actions to push for virtual learning in the fall.

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December. By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020. The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools. By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020. Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools: here.

No masks, crowded hallways. Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen. By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020. Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

One of Hannah’s original posts revealing conditions in the school

Georgia School Reports 9 Coronavirus Cases After Photos Of Packed Hallways Go Viral. Those who tested positive for COVID-19 at North Paulding High School included students and staff members, the principal said in a letter: here.

“It’s a recipe for disaster”. Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools. By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020. Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

General Motors Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic. By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020. The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.

Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000. By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020. The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash. By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020. Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

Herbicides threaten kangaroos, new research


This 2015 video says about itself:

Tammar Wallabies

A small wallaby native to South Australia and Western Australia. They were staying close to the dense undergrowth. Notice how the ears can move independently. This video was taken in southwest Western Australia.

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Herbicide harming marsupial health and development, research finds

Atrazine impacts reproduction in kangaroos and wallabies

August 6, 2020

Summary: Researchers exposed the adult female tammar wallabies to atrazine contaminated water throughout pregnancy, birth and lactation to help establish the extent of harm being caused by the chemical. They then examined the reproductive development of their young by assessing their growth and development to establish that the herbicide is causing major abnormalities in the male reproductive system in many animals.

The health of wallabies and kangaroos is being affected by the herbicide, atrazine, which is used widely in Australia on cereal crops and in forestation to prevent weeds, according to new research.

Atrazine, which has been banned in the European Union since 2003, may be impacting reproduction in marsupials, the University of Melbourne study found, published today in Reproduction, Fertility and Development.

“Exposures to atrazine is causing major abnormalities in the male reproductive system in many animals, triggering male sterility or even male-to-female sex reversal in frogs,” Professor in Genetics Andrew Pask said.

“With the marsupial’s unique mode of reproduction and the young completing their development in the pouch, mothers are unknowingly passing the toxins on in their breast milk, exposing their young to environmental toxins.”

The study is the first time the impacts of pesticides have been investigated in any marsupial and show that they are able to affect reproductive development.

The research found that concentrations of atrazine have been recorded at disturbingly high levels in Victorian rivers and Tasmanian streams immediately after forestry spraying.

Kangaroos and wallabies are at high risk because they eat the sprayed crops and drink from contaminated water resources where chemicals such as atrazine accumulate from runoff.

Atrazine affects a broad range of animals from mammals such as rats to amphibians, reptiles and even fish.

With marsupials already experiencing devastating population declines across Australia, and 21 per cent of native mammals currently threatened with extinction, researchers say the potential impacts of environmental toxins are of major concern.

Researchers exposed the adult female tammar wallabies to atrazine contaminated water throughout pregnancy, birth and lactation to help establish the extent of harm being caused by the chemical.

They then examined the reproductive development of their young by assessing their growth and development.

Lead author on the research and PhD student Laura Cook said it is hoped the study will lead to more stringent guidelines around the use of atrazine in Australia.

“Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as atrazine, have the ability to impact development and increase disease susceptibility,” she said.

“With increased habitat destruction, marsupials are being pushed onto farmland, attracted to the food resources and rare permanent water sources where they may be vulnerable to agricultural contaminants, such as pesticides.”

Mink infected with COVID-19, again


This 17 July 2020 video says about itself:

Over a million minks have been killed in Europe after testing positive for COVID-19. Fur Farms in the Netherlands were the first to detect cases. Now, Denmark and Spain are culling minks. WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay tells you more.

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that, once again, mink at fur businesses have become infected.

These new infections are in North Brabant and Limburg provinces.