Dutch bird nest webcams this week, video


This 24 May video is about Dutch bird nest webcams this week.

Featuring house martins, jackdaws and more.

‘Don’t vote German anti-climate parties CDU, SPD’


This 24 May 2019 video from Germany says, translated:

This is an open letter. A statement. From a large part of the Youtube scene. This weekend are the European Union elections and it is important to vote. But it is equally important to make a rational choice decision that is consistent with logic and science.

There are many important political issues, but according to the risk hierarchy, the potential destruction of our planet obviously has the highest priority. Every other topic is less important.

The irreversible destruction of our planet is unfortunately not an abstract scenario but the calculable result of current policies. We do not say that, that’s the overwhelming consensus in science. The experts clearly say that the CDU/CSU and SPD

the current German coalition government

course is drastically wrong, leading us into a scenario where the earth is constantly getting hotter, no matter what we do. In this world, not only many animal species become extinct, but also many humans. Illnesses will be on the rise for the survivors, trillions of economic losses are being created, and hundreds of millions of refugees will be coming; who will not have to stay in another country for a few years, but forever.

Therein science is certain. This is not about individual expert opinions, because you can always find them. No, it’s an overwhelming consensus among scientists based on countless independent studies and research. Anyone who denies this consensus, like the [extreme right German climate denialist party] AfD, or does not act on it, like the current government, has nothing to do in the leadership of an enlightened country.

There are ‘centre-right’ parties like the CDU/CSU in many countries. Often, they are scared of losing votes to Donald Trump-style far-rightists, like the neo-fascist AfD in Germany. Usually, they don’t say that global warming is a ‘Chinese communist hoax’, like Trump does. But they say: don’t pay too much for solving this problem; don’t make corporations like Volkswagen, Shell or Exxon pay; make instead poor people pay; etc. And don’t go any further than the Paris climate agreement (which is not enough according to most scientists). In the USA, left-wing Senator Sanders says that ‘centrist’ Democrat Biden’s ‘middle ground’ approach to the climate crisis would ‘doom future generations’.

And then, there are ‘centre-left’ politicians like in the German SPD. Who in theory have better climate policies. But who say: we are in a coalition government with the centre-right. And continuing for us to be ministers is more important than stopping global warming disasters.

Maybe ignorance is the reason for this misconduct, maybe they [the German government parties CDU/CSU and SPD] do not have the strength or the decency to put science and reality above the money and influence of big corporations and lobbies. In any case, we must ensure that parties have an incentive to act according to science. And the obvious incentive we can create is that they lose votes in the elections. Because only then would they have a reason to change their behaviour.

Therefore, we ask everyone: Do not vote for the CDU/CSU, do not vote SPD. Do not choose any other party that does little according to logic and science, and, according to scientific consensus, destroys our future. And certainly do not vote for the AfD, which even denies this consensus.

This is not about different legitimate political opinions. It’s about the irrefutable need to do everything to drastically change the course as soon as possible. That’s what more than 26,000 German-speaking scientists call for. This is demanded by the IPCC, which screens and summarizes the thousands of scientific publications. And we stand on the side of the experts. Because if we stay this course for the next few years, we may not have a chance to stop the destruction.

Finally, dear politicians: Of course you now have the opportunity to discredit us again. You can blame us for not having a plan on what we’re talking about. You will say that we are lying. That we participate in fake news campaigns. Are instrumentalized. That we are bought and paid and so on. All of these disrespectful techniques have been used against us, against your own people, this year. And we speak for many citizens when we say: You have not made friends with that.

Among the signatories:

[film maker] Julien Bam, [beauty vlogger] DagiBee, Vik, Emrah, Anni the Duck, Mirellativegal, Oğuz Yılmaz, Fynn Kliemann, Rezo, Tim Jacken, Toni Pirosa, DeChangeman, Rick (SpaceFrogs), Steven (SpaceFrogs), Aaron Troschke, Greeen, Katja Krasavice, Malwanne, [gamer] Luca Concrafter, Unge, Jana Nell, Alexi Bexi, Alycia Marie, Diana zur Löwen, Marti Fischer, Jodie Calussi, Mii Mii, Julia Beautx, CrispyRob, Simon Will, Rewi, Taddl, Trymacs, Phil Laude, Izzi, Nia, Fräulein Chaos, Heider, Soja (SophieDoesRandomStuff), Gordon, Aljosha, Jonas (Simplicissimus), David (Simplicissimus), Tilo Jung, OpenMind, Kiko, Gong Bao, Sturmwaffel, Barbara Sofie, Hendrik Rettkowski, David Hain, Fabian Siegismund, Ambre Vallet, LeFloid, Naomi Jon, Klengan, Kayla Shyx, Luna F. Darko, dyzzy, Nhi, Marius (Angeschrien), Sonny Loops, Ischtar Isik, Jonas Ems, Paul (Ultralativ), Fynn (Ultralativ), Danergy, Lenny (Lennyficate), 2Bough, Domino Kati, Marie (Snukieful), EasyAlex, Kelly, GermanLetsPlay, Maxim Markov, Alexander Straub, Jolina Mennen, Firegoden, Keanusworld, Doktor Whatson, Silvi Rockstar, Vincent Lee, Krancrafter, MrTrashpack, Tomary, Masterjam, BinaBianca, Kupferfuchs, Philip Steuer, JF not Kennedy, Mizeb, Ralph Ruthe.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Well-known German youtubers are calling not to vote this Sunday for the country’s two largest parties in the European elections because they do too little about climate change. “We ask all of you: do not vote for CDU/CSU, do not vote for SPD”, almost a hundred of them say in a video. …

The call comes a week after the 26-year-old vlogger Rezo opened the attack on the established parties. Under the title Die Zerstörung der CDU [The destruction of the CDU], he explains in almost an hour what is wrong with current policy.

This is Rezo’s 18 May 2019 video Die Zerstörung der CDU.

In addition to climate change, he also criticizes the growing gap between rich and poor and German governmental help for US American wars. The video has now been viewed almost 9 million times.

Meanwhile, over 9 million.

The CDU ruling party did not have an adequate answer to all these allegations. First, the party’s Secretary-General called the video “a mix of pseudo-facts“, but because that reaction only increased criticism, he admitted the day after that Rezo had used proper sources. …

In addition, the young [CDU] Bundestag [parliament] member Amthor would come up with a reply video yesterday, but that response did not come. …

Coalition party SPD did come up with a response. “Your criticism has reached us”, said Young Socialist Chairman Klingbeil in a video. … Klingbeil, however, also emphasized that compromises are needed in politics.

British students urge ministers to ‘teach the future’ about climate change: here.

Which birds are most searched on internet?


This 5 May 2019 video from the USA is called Google Reveals Which Birds Are Least & Most Searched – Bird News.

According to the video, owls are the most popular.

Let us hope that Google did not censor any birds; like they censor pro-peace and/or progressive sites.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, awardees!


Real neat blog award

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award, which later came back to me, since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere. And that some people have made new logos for it; like the one at the top of this blog post.

The rules of this award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

My seven questions for my nominees are:

1. Who is your favourite visual artist?

2. Which is your favourite bird species?

3. Which is your favourite mammal species?

4. What is your favourite insect?

5. What is your favourite plant?

6. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

7. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go?

My nominees are:

1. WISE Up Action – A Solidarity Network for Manning and Assange

2. Govt Newspeak

3. Clarise’s Blog

4. Xuân

5. The Write Hat

6. The Tired Undergrad

7. Swift Science

8. q17jfkeuropa

9. Britt Skrabanek

10. Blogs by Roshna

11. Petesteph1’s Blog

12. Monty guidon

13. Naija Talk News

14. 256millenialwanderer

15. I’m Supposed to Title My Blog?

16. Think Tank

17. Fisher of Men

18. simply11

‘Comparisons to Hitler no taboo’, Mike Godwin says


This 17 April 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Yale professor: Why it’s useful to compare Trump to Hitler

Timothy Snyder is the author of “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and the Levin professor of history at Yale University. Snyder explains how comparing Trump to Hitler can be useful despite the differences.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 3 May 2019 (re-translation from Dutch into English, so maybe different from English original):

Godwin’s Law was never intended to ban comparisons with Hitler and the Nazis, writes the inventor, Mike Godwin. However, be careful, do not equate lightly. …

Part of the reason why discussions about Hitler, Godwin’s Law etc. go wrong is people not differentiating between equating and comparing. In a comparison, one may find both differences and similarities.

As the man who came up with Godwin;s Law almost thirty years ago – I can say with certainty that my Law was never intended to prevent anyone from making meaningful comparisons between current events and events of the last century associated with Hitler, the Nazis or the Holocaust. …

In the US, Godwin’s Law has been referred, not entirely unjustifiably, in response to the Trump government immigration policy, which has led to the traumatic separation of prospective immigrants from their children. The unnecessary cruelty of this policy is not only crystal clear, but it also clearly serves a purpose – our government acts so cruelly to discourage refugees. It came as no surprise that the CIA and NSA former director, Michael Hayden, made the comparison on Twitter in June last year between this policy and how the Nazis treated children in German concentration camps (also an example of intentional cruelty as a policy). …

Some on the right are accusing me of political correctness because I said on Twitter that it is OK to compare the white nationalists who rampaged in Charlottesville in 2017 with Nazis. …

Take the argument that the treatment of asylum seekers, including children, on the US American border is not as monstrous as institutionalized genocide. That may be true, but it is not exactly a strong argument. The (insincere) argument that the government only enforces immigration laws also looks suspiciously like “Befehl ist Befehl“. That is a defense that did not apply in the 1940s, and still does not today. …

Feel free to call in the Law if you think that some comparison with the Nazis is unfounded, unnecessarily inflammatory or highly exaggerated. But the Godwin’s Law has never been intended to prevent us from protesting against policies of cruelty, and against heartlessness of officials who claim that they are merely implementing the law. And certainly not to protect our leaders against strong criticism when they try to sell untruths as facts. Such disturbing behavior – seen with figures such as Trump, Putin, Duterte, Orbán, Salvini and Bolsonaro – may not be a prelude to a new Reich, but I am still concerned that it could be the “embryonic form” of a horror that we hoped was behind us. …

I think the best way to avoid a future Holocaust is not to avoid Holocaust comparisons. We had better ensure that such comparisons are meaningful and make sense.