This video is about a little egret, catching small fish.
Raeisha Williams: Police are ‘behind’ the shooting of BLM protesters
24 November 2015
By David Edwards in the USA:
24 Nov 2015 at 15:52 ET
During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.
“We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,” Williams explained. “But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” Baldwin interrupted. “You said you believe the police department is behind what?”
“We believe the police department is facilitating the injustice, bullying the protesters,” Williams replied. “And we also believe that they’re involved in this shooting. We know from blackboards and chat rooms and also videos that we have posted on our website that police that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters.”
Baldwin, who was broadcasting from Paris, noted that Williams had made “serious allegations” on national television.
“And we are standing behind it, we do not back down from these allegations,” Williams insisted.
“Where is your evidence that they were involved in the shooting?” Baldwin pressed.
According to Williams, police were “lurking” near the shooting and then refused to provide help to the injured protesters.
“This is what you’ve been wanting,” she recalled one of the officers saying.
“It took 15 minutes for the police to even arrive and shortly after that, they began to Mace the crowd,” Williams said. “So if you’re not part of the problem, if this is not something you’re trying to cover up, why would you not attend to victims who paid for your salaries?”
Williams said that her group had “video evidence of an undercover cop getting into an unmarked car.”
“We believe — and we stand behind our belief — that the Minneapolis Police Department is not protecting us and therefore they stand with racist white supremacists who want to destroy a peaceful movement,” she concluded.
This music video from England says about itself:
Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band live at Colston Hall, Bristol on 21st November 2014
Nancy Kerr (vocals, violin, viola)
James Fagan (vocals, bouzouki, acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Rowan Rheingans (vocals, violin, viola, banjo, triangle, temple bells)
Tom Wright (vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Tim Yates (vocals, bass, melodeon)
By Luke James in Britain:
Tuesday 24th November 2015
Nancy Kerr, who holds the prestigious BBC folk singer of the year title, is one of six artists taking part in the Sweet Liberties tour, part of Parliament’s cultural programme to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.
Speaking to the Morning Star ahead of the first concert in Cambridge tonight, Ms Kerr revealed her highly personal interest in the martyrs’ story.
“We think that was almost certainly to a trade union.
“You wonder if we need another song about Tolpuddle, but there’s always a new way to tell that story. I’ve gone for something quite personal.”
The six farm workers now known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported to Australia for the same “crime” — effectively joining a trade union — in 1834, before their return was secured by huge demonstrations.
Ms Kerr added: “People used to hide their convict ancestry, but this is a lot of people’s heritage. That’s a massive piece of working-class history and it’s still very close in people’s ancestral memory.”
Ms Kerr will also perform a new song about a Suffragette who hired a hot-air balloon to drop leaflets over Westminster in 1909.
Describing her new songs as “serious, sometimes quite dark and tragic,” she hopes they will have a “galvanising effect and make people want to get involved in politics.
“I’m a kind of fledgling as a overtly political artist, but I think the time is right for this,” she added.
This video says about itself:
7 April 2014
Up to 2,000 protesters, blaring loud music and waving colourful banners, demonstrated Saturday against the presence of nuclear weapons in Glasgow. The protest began in George Square and moved through the streets of Glasgow with a police escort.
At the march were protesters from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, environmental groups, church organisations, the ruling Scottish National Party, Scottish Socialist Party, and Scottish Green Party members. The movement was united under the banner of the Scrap Trident campaign. The protest is part of a weekend of anti-nuclear events in Scotland, with workshops planned in George Square Sunday and a blockade of Faslane Naval Base, where the Trident missile system is located, Monday.
Trident enables the delivery of up to 200 nuclear tipped warheads to targets from submarines. The British government has said that replacing the Trident warheads could cost British taxpayers a little over £20 billion ($31 billion, €23 billion), but Greenpeace estimates that the long term costs could soar as high as £130 billion ($200 billion, €152 billion) over the lifetime of the warheads. Scrap Trident wants the funds for the replacement of the nuclear arsenal to be instead used on public services.
The renewal of the Trident nuclear defence system is an important issue in the run up to the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. A 2010 YouGov poll showed that almost 70 per cent of Scots opposed the replacement of Trident.
By Luke James in Britain:
Trident costs soar by 6bn
Tuesday 24th november 2015
Cameron puts more cash aside for cold war weapons system
THE COST of renewing Britain’s cold-war nuclear submarines could spiral past £40 billion, David Cameron revealed yesterday.
The government originally estimated the cost of replacing Britain’s four Trident submarines would set back taxpayers £25bn.
But manufacturing costs have now been revised up to at least £31bn, according to the Prime Minister’s defence review.
And the government has set aside a further £10bn as a “contingency” fund in case it blows the original budget.
“The revised cost and schedule reflect the greater understanding we now have about the detailed design of the submarines and their manufacture,” the defence review document states.
The nuclear weapons spending boom comes just two days before Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce 30 per cent cuts to some public services.
The estimate does not even take into account the cost of servicing the submarines throughout their lifetime.
Tory MP Crispin Blunt, chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said last month that the total cost of servicing Trident would be £142bn.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson said: “This is outrageous — the government has completely lost control of the budget.
“With the cost of new submarines rising by 60 per cent to £41bn — and in addition to the £142bn in-service costs reported by Crispin Blunt MP last month — Trident replacement could now rise to a staggering £183bn.”
“In its determination to replace this cold-war relic, the government is prepared to keep on spending, even if it’s to the detriment of conventional forces and tackling the real security threats we face, such as terrorism, cyber warfare and climate change.”
The defence review only commits the government to hold a debate on the “principle of continuous at-sea deterrence” rather than a vote.
A Downing Street spokeswoman also refused to pledge a vote yesterday, committing only to a debate.
Responding to outrage in the Commons, the PM promised: “Obviously at the appropriate moment, we’ll want to have a vote in this house.”
Despite the growing threat of terror attacks, Mr Cameron insisted Britain still faced “state-based threats” and insisted that Trident was “our ultimate insurance policy as a nation.”
His claim will be challenged today in a debate in Parliament on Trident renewal called by the SNP.
SNP Defence spokesman Brendan O’Hara MP said the Paris terror attacks showed “the threat to the UK isn’t from an expansionist rival nation state” but comes from terrorists.
“The simplest question to ask ourselves and the most difficult to answer is, in those circumstances, who will those Trident missiles be aimed at,” he said.
The Prime Minister also announced billions will be spent on two new 5,000-strong army “strike brigades,” a 10-year extension to the operational lifespan of the RAF’s Typhoon jets and new equipment for the SAS.
But the government announced plans to axe 30 per cent of the Ministry of Defence’s civil staff over the next five years.
This video is called Barrow’s goldeneye (species of duck found in northwestern USA).
In Europe, Barrow’s goldeneyes live only in Iceland.
This blog has already posted about a sea journey, from Iceland to the Faeroe islands, to Fair Isle and the Isle of May in Scotland, across the North Sea to Zeeland province in the Netherlands. This was 19-28 September 2015.
Highlights of that journey were:
13 species of marine mammals, including:
10,000’s of fulmars
60 sooty shearwaters
25 storm petrels
Blyth’s reed warbler, common rosefinch and yellow-browed warblers during landing on Fair Isle
Yellow-browed warbler at sea and on board the ship