Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition


Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, finalist photo

This comical photo shows a king penguin quarrelling with a southern elephant seal. It is one of the finalists of the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

The Brabant Natural History Museum in Tilburg, the Netherlands writes about it (translated):

Recognizable! That’s what you think when you look at the photos of the international Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. A nosey seal with a weak smile, two sea otters where it seems that one is trying to save the other, or a marital fight between two exotic birds [European bee-eaters], one of which seems to think his or her own thoughts about it.

Bee-eaters

At least you have to smile about it. And that is precisely the power of the photos: humour to draw attention to – international – nature conservation. Even better when you see them all together.

Dancing bears and lions, a philosophizing monkey and a dreamy squirrel. The prize-winning photos of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, prizes for the most comical animal photos of the year, are coming to Tilburg! The irresistible images can be seen in the sperm whale hall from November 14 on. Also special, because the photos can only be seen in a few places in the world in exhibition form. A great opportunity to show how nice nature can be. The museum immediately seized the opportunity to bring the exhibition to the Netherlands for several years.

With the photo competition, Comedy Wildlife Awards supports the Born Free organization, which is committed to animal protection and welfare. With the competition they call attention to wild animals and the preservation of their living environment. And with the sale of the photos via an auction, they raise money for the Born Free Foundation and the local project Natuur om de Hoek. This allows children to get to know nature in their own neighbourhood on the basis of questions, research and experiment.

Cartoon on Trump jailing children wins prize


Trump jails immigrant children, cartoon by Gorilla

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Inkspot Prize for the best political drawing of the year has been won by the cartoonist collective Gorilla for a drawing about Donald Trump’s immigration policy. The drawing shows the letters TRUMP in the form of bars surrounded by hands.

According to the jury, the drawing is a “visual play on words” about Latin American migrant children who were arrested on the southern border of the United States, separated from their parents and locked up … ”

The Gorilla drawing collective consists of Herman van Bostelen, Richard van der Laken, Pepijn Zurburg, Alex Clay and Karin van den Brandt. The winning drawing was made by Van Bostelen and appeared in De Groene Amsterdammer weekly in June 2018.

FLORIDA CHILD DETENTION FACILITY TO CLOSE  The Trump administration is shutting down one of the largest U.S. facilities for child migrants, which had come under intense criticism because of its regimented conditions and the contractor’s ties to a freshly departed White House official. [AP]

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border: here.

Trump’s nuclear bombs, Bob Dylan musical parody


This 26 August 2019 musical parody video from Britain is called Blob Dylan – Blowin’ Up the Wind (Trump/hurricanes song).

It is a parody of the Bob Dylan song Blowin’ In the Wind.

It says about itself:

Donald Trump is Blob Dylan on hurricane-nuking new single “Blowin’ Up the Wind”.

LYRICS:

How many nukes must a man deploy
Before he can kill hurricanes?
How many times has the bomb saved our ass?
Just ask ISIS and Saddam Hussein
Yeah, and how many times must I float this idea
Before they stop saying I’m insane?
The answer, my friend, is blowing up the wind
The answer is blowing up the wind

Yeah, wind is tremendously dangerous
Windmills give you cancer, it’s true
You probably ought to listen to me
I’ve got a 150 IQ
I’m not taking shit from no hurricane
They’re worse than a disloyal Jew
The answer, my friend, is blowing up the wind
The answer is blowing up the wind

Brazilian Bolsonaro destroys Amazon, cartoon


Brazilian Bolsonaro destroys Amazon, cartoon

This cartoon by Argus in the Netherlands is about Brazilian right-wing president Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest. The caption says Logging of Amazon stimulated by Bolsonaro.

Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon. By Joe Catron.

This 23 August 2019 video is called The Amazon isn’t “Burning” – It’s Being Burned.

Great tits and oak processionary caterpillars, cartoon


Great tits cartoon

This cartoon, from today’s Dutch Metro daily, is by René Lensink.

The caption says, translated: number of oak processionary caterpillars tripled.

In the cartoon, a young great tit says to its mother: Mum, I don’t want these foul caterpillars! I prefer a fat fast food snack!

Great tits are one of few bird species eating caterpillars of oak processionary moths; which can be a nuisance in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Today in the Netherlands, primary schools have been closed and hockey matches postponed because of oak processionary caterpillar trouble.

To be 100% biologically corect, the young great tit‘s belly in the cartoon should have been a paler yellow than the adult’s.

Great tits, blue tits, bats, parasitic wasps, other predators help against oak processionary caterpillars: here.

Belgian minister calls pro-climate demonstrations ‘conspiracy’


This 29 January 2019 satiric video from Belgium is about right-wing Flemish Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege and the big demonstrations in Brussels and elsewhere criticizing her for her lack of measures to stop climate change. A slogan at marches of striking pro-climate students is, in English: ‘Joke is a joke’.

The satiric video is about a supposed new brand of glasses, rose-coloured ‘Joke Schauvliege glasses’. If you put those glasses on, then they will make it look like all these anti-government demonstrations are really in support of the government’s (lack of) policy on climate change.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Flemish minister under fire after dismissing climate demonstrations as ‘conspiracy’

The Flemish environment minister Joke Schauvliege is under attack because of the statements she made last weekend about the massive climate demonstrations in Belgium. In them she suggested that the demonstrations were a conspiracy against her.

A week and a half ago, more than 35,000 students were on strike in Belgium in order to draw attention to the climate issue. Since then, the country is under the spell of climate protests. Last week, for example, about 70,000 people participated in a climate march in Brussels.

Staged

Schauvliege said on Saturday at the New Year’s reception of an agribusiness interest group that conservation organizations have “staged” the demonstrations in an attempt to get her out of the saddle. The Belgian secret service, she said, had confirmed the plot against her.

Ms Joke Schauvliege just stopped short of claiming, like United States President Donald Trump, that climate change is supposedly ‘a Chinese communist hoax’. Or of claiming that pro-climate striking students are ‘tools of Putin in Russia’. Or are supposedly paid by Iran, or by Venezuela, or by Cuba. But Ms Schauvliege did go rather far in that direction.

Then she received criticism from all angles. Environmental organizations reacted indignantly. Opposition parties … felt she had to resign due to her “hallucinatory” statements.

The chairman of the youth branch of her party CD & V

a conservative, ‘Christian Democrat’ party

stated that she must “send a very strong signal [retracting her conspiracy theory]”. “Otherwise CD & V is about to lose an entire generation.”

Apology

Today Schauvliege apologized. She apologized via Twitter and Belgian media. She had supposedly made her statements in the spur of the moment, at a time when she had slept little. She also had had no direct contact with the secret police. …

[NOS correspondent] Van Hoorn does not expect young people will easily forgive her. “The 17-year-old girl [Anuna De Wever] who is the organiser of the student demonstrations said she had to laugh very loudly, and I think there will be references to this at the next march on signs and banners. As these young people think strongly that environmental ministers make a mess of it.”

Associated Press: Belgian Climate Minister Denounces Protest Marches as Plot.

From The Guardian in Britain:

Belgian minister backtracks on school-strike conspiracy claims

Environment minister Joke Schauvliege says she regrets making false claims

Dutch daily NRC on this: here.