Amazon’s Bezos attacks privacy for money


This 28 November 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Fired Amazon Worker: Jeff Bezos Sells Profiling System to Law Enforcement

Independent videographer Jon Farina covered a Black Friday protest of Amazon on November 27th, 2020.

Bias, disrespect, and demotions: Black employees say Amazon has a race problem.

Glow-in-the-dark marsupials in Australia


This video says about itself:

In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life.

From ABC Radio Hobart in Australia:

Biofluorescent Australian mammals and marsupials take scientists by surprise in accidental discovery

By Rachel Edwards

Following the accidental discovery by scientists in the United States that platypuses glow under UV light, further tests by Australian scientists show other mammals and marsupials also glow.

Marsupials are mammals as well, though different from most mammals.

Biofluorescence has long been known to occur in some insects and sea creatures, but it was unknown that it occurred in other Australian mammals until earlier this month, when scientists at the Western Australian Museum rushed to check their specimen drawers to factcheck the US report.

The findings have Australian scientists working together to confirm the findings of biofluorescence in these animals, and to start looking for a reason that it may occur.

Paula Anich is a North America squirrel researcher from the Center for Science and the Environment, Northland College in the USA, and co-author of the paper about biofluorescent platypuses that was published in the journal Mammalia.

“It’s hard to resist a platypus,” Dr Anich said.

She was alerted to a pink glow that squirrels exude under UV light by a colleague.

Dr Anich then decided to check some of the other specimens she had to hand.

“We pulled the monotreme [egg-laying mammals like platypuses] drawer and the platypuses fluoresced, and it was amazing,” she told ABC Radio Hobart.

It was also reported by Linda Reinhold, a zoologist and amateur mycologist, in the Autumn/Winter 2020 edition of the Queensland Mycologist that a roadkill specimen of platypus in Queensland was seen to glow under UV light.

Palaeontologist and curator of Mammalogy at the Western Australian Museum, Kenny Travouillon, heard about the article and borrowed a UV light from that the arachnology department of the museum.

“We borrowed it and turned off the lights in the collection and looked around for what was glowing and not glowing,” Dr Travouillon said.

“The first one we checked was the platypus obviously.

“We tried on marsupial moles and wombats,” Dr Travouillon said.

“We did on the carnivorous marsupials and they did not glow at all.

“It probably makes sense, because if their prey can see UV light, they would not be able to hide from them.”
Why do they glow?

Sarah Munks is an adjunct senior researcher with the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania and an expert in platypuses.

Given that the sample size of three platypus that had been preserved in a drawer in the Northern Hemisphere for decades is not enough for scientists to confirm that glowing fur is endemic to platypuses, she was initially sceptical.

“When I first read it, I thought ‘mmm, they were just sad-looking museum specimens’.

“A colleague suggested that they could be covered in urine.”

Benefits to glowing in the dark

Dr Anich hoped the release of the paper would get on the radar of Australian platypus experts.

“I think they are the scientists and wildlife biologists best placed to figure it out,” she said.

“It is possible that it is actually taking the ultraviolet light that is more prevalent at dusk and dawn, making it kind of disappear so that any predators that are keying in on ultraviolet light can’t see the platypus because it is kind of cloaking itself.”

Dr Munks was cautious.

“Their sample size was tiny — and I always like to put in a plug for more research,” she said.

“Is this just a way they can find each other? I don’t think so, platypuses have so many other ways of finding their way around.

“All the work done on other species suggests that it is an ancient form of camouflage.

Dr Travouillon suggests that “the benefit is probably so they can see their species from a distance, and they can approach them because they know that it is safe to go towards that animal.”

New collaborations and concern for funding

“It’s incredible seeing it zipping around the researchers,” said Dr Munks, referring to the journal article.

Dr Travouillon posted photos on Twitter of the other animals they tested under UV light, including an echidna, wombats, and bilbies.

“As soon as we posted the pictures, I got contacted from a researcher at Curtin University who works on forensic light and they are interested to do more research,” he said.

“He came with some of his equipment last week and we tested it on some of the specimens and it shows that it is not just UV light but some other lights too.

“We will look at various marsupials to see if there is a pattern with nocturnal mammals, a lot more research coming in the future,” Dr Travouillon said.

“If it’s quirky and interesting like that it will always get people’s attention.”

Punk Rock Women´s Day today


This 2015 video from England says about itself:

Maid Of Ace performing “Disaster Of Noise” live on BBC Introducing The South 11/4/15.

Video by Mark Richards

Maid of Ace are from the seaside town Hastings. And they are not the only seaside punk girls. Yesterday I heard about three young girls from Dutch North Sea coastal town Noordwijk who had formed a punk band.

Only today I found out on Punkrock History that 28 November seems to be Punk Rock Women´s Day.

A great idea. Ever since the start of punk in 1975-1976, women played important roles.

This video is called Raincoats in Warsaw, Poland, April 1978. A concert which helped to start punk bands in Poland.

Important roles, not just as singers like in most earlier music genres …

Hear singer Siouxsie Sioux with the Banshees in Helter Skelter.

As drummers …

This video from England is called SEX PISSED DOLLS (drummer ANNA KEY) with Ramones song BLITZKRIEG BOP WELLOFEST 16 JULY 2016.

This video from the Netherlands is called Persona Non Data ::: Lola Groningen 2018. With Eva Oling on drums.

As bass players …

This video from London is called THE ADVERTS-LIVE AT THE VORTEX 1977. With bass player Gaye Advert.

… as guitarists …

This video is called L7 – Fast and Frightening (Live at Hellfest 2015). An all-women band from the USA with two guitar players.

… keyboard players, saxophone players …

This video from London in 1977 says about itself:

X-Ray Spex – Oh! Bondage Up Yours! (Live At The Roxy) [Stereo Sync]

Footage of X-Ray Spex live at the Roxy, footage taken from the Don Letts film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ which I’ve synced to a nice stereo source 😉

With Lora Logic on saxophone.

And violinists ..yes!!

This 2011 video is called The Raincoats – “Fairytale at the Supermarket” live at MOCAD

Vicky on violin in the Raincoats in this 1982 video!!!

Female punks played both in all-women bands, like the Miami Beach Girls in the Netherlands …

And in mixed-gender bands like Dutch band Cheap ´n´ Nasty.

All four songs on their 1981 Covergirl EP were written by bass player-female lead vocalist Terry.

In the various line-ups of Cheap ´n´ Nasty, there were four more women. Raphaelle Devins, formerly in French pioneer all-women punk band the Lou´s, on saxophone. Unfortunately, deceased. Rest in power, Raphaelle! So is Andrea, who played bass in the Miami Beach Girls as well. Rest in power, Andrea! You can see the only moving images of her in this Miami Beach Girls video, of the songs Screwdriver and Angels in hell. With in between an interview with keyboardist Jeanette.

The singer, Ria aka Maria, in the Miami Beach Girls videos also played drums in Cheap ´n´ Nasty if drummer boy Maarten could not play because of secondary school. Fortunately, she is alive. So is Heleen, bass player in the 1981-1982 line-up.

And let us not forget female roadies of punk bands. Like the two 15-year-old schoolgirls who became the road crew of Cheap ´n´ Nasty after being at their first concert, with English bands Crass and Poison Girls. And Annemarie was the driver, driving Cheap ‘n’ Nasty to gigs.

This video from Britain says about itself:

The Culture Show “Girls Will Be Girls” BBC 2 Women in Punk

Documentary about women in Punk Rock with awesome unseen footage. Directed by Martina Hall, presented by Miranda Sawyer (2014)

I do not own any copyrights on this film.

At the height of the punk explosion almost 40 years ago, a handful of women completely redefined what a woman in music could do. Through sheer talent and fearlessness, they pushed themselves on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that radically changed the cultural landscape.

Along with Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Chrissie Hynde, the Slits were among punk’s most important figures and Viv Albertine, their guitarist, has just brought out her memoir ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys’ which chronicles her life as part of this revolutionary vanguard.

Miranda Sawyer meets up with Viv Albertine and some of the other key female figures of the era including Chrissie Hynde, The Raincoats, and punk anti-heroine Jordan to look at how they inspired a generation of young women with the notion that anyone could do anything if they wanted to. Plus she explores whether the punk spirit still survives today.

Punk rock women played and play in many countries. Like Japan.

This video is about Japanese all-girl punk band, the Shemones.

This video says about itself:

Women’s Hardcore Punk Festival Shutdown in Indonesia

Lady Fast 2016, a festival of punk music, art and discussions for women in Indonesia, was shut down by the police and members of “Islamic” Hardliner groups on claims that they lacked a permit. Many have speculated that the envelopment of groups such as the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI) and the Islamic Jihad Front (FJI) used intimidation tactics, such as threatening to burn down the venue to force the closure of the event. Nik Zecevic and Jo Ankier further examine the closure of the festival on the Lip News.

And from Italy:

PSYCHORDS – I WANNA LIVE LIKE JOEY RAMONE

HEY YOU! Welcome to the first video release by the punk-rock-girl-power trio Psychords. Directed by MrTeko O’Liax.
LET’S GOOOOO!!!!

‼️NB.

About the confederate flag: we recorded this video in a Southern Rock Venue with all USA flags everywhere. We deviate completely from its meaning because it was just a circumstance. As our fans know we’re totally No racist, No fascist, No nazi, No political. We just want to play the music that we love.

Tks and enjoy our music🤘🏻