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.


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.


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.”


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.

British Conservative Theresa May, Dutch parody

This 17 January 2019 Dutch TV parody is called [British Conservative Prime Minister] Theresa May at Holland’s Got Talent.

MAYDAY: SMELL OF POLITICAL DEATH HAUNTS THE ROOM Like her Brexit plans and zombie Parliament, the British prime minister has for months now been neither living nor dead. And as she tried one final time to resurrect her compromise package, the latest alterations made her Frankenstein’s monster of a deal look even more unappealing to MPs of all stripes. [HuffPost]

Donald Trump’s own broadcasting corporation, satire

This 28 November 2018 satiric animation video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Trump News Network

Yikes! The first broadcast of the new state-run Trump network: TNN, America’s Most Trusted Source of Trump.

More here.

This 21 November 2018 satiric animation video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

You’re Welcome, America First!

Straight from the White House, the annual message of You’re Welcome!

(And Happy Thanksgiving from me.)

More here.

Donald Trump Beatles parody song

This 12 November 2018 musical parody of the Beatles song Rain from Britain says about itself:

The Tweetles – Rain

What does Donald Trump do when the rain comes? The answer lies in this new song from his Beatles tribute band, The Tweetles.


When the rain comes
I run and hide my hair
I’m not going out there
When the rain comes
When the rain comes

When it drizzles
I won’t go see Paris
I’ll just get room service
When it drizzles
When it drizzles

Rain, kiss my ass!
Sad! The weather’s bad

I’m not going if there’s no big parade
I’ll stay and flirt with the maid
I’m not going
You can’t make me
I’ve got some stuff I need to tweet anyway

Rain, kiss my ass!
Sad! The weather’s bad

Go tell Macron we’re not friends any more
You know what, this means war!
Can we nuke France?
Can we nuke France?

TRUMP: FORGET OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTES Two days after skipping a visit to an American military cemetery near Paris because it was raining, Trump called for effectively disenfranchising overseas military members voting in Florida, raising further questions about the draft-evading president’s real commitment to the armed services. [HuffPost]

Trump and murderous Saudi prince, musical parody

This 18 October 2018 music video from Britain is a parody of The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel.

It says about itself:

Salman & Trumpfunkel – Saud of Silence

Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman join forces on this poignant duet.

LYRICS: Salman: Hello Donald, my ally
Trumpfunkle: So great to be here, Saudi guy
Salman: I’d like to buy more of your weapons
So we can go and use them in Yemen
But there’s just one thing that I need you to help me with
Trumpfunkle: Sure, what is it?
Salman: I need a vow of silence

You see, I killed this journalist
Because I just couldn’t resist
Trumpfunkle: Oh yeah, you know I really hate those guys
They write fake news about my Russia ties
Salman: Then we agree dissentShould be muscularly suppressed
Don’t need free press
I need a Saud of silence

Trumpfunkle: Hey Saudi guy, I’ve got a plan
To force regime change in Iran
Salman: Yes, I can help you out with this as well
As spending fortunes at your Trump hotels
Trumpfunkle: That’s so great, I’ll go on TV now
And say rogue killers did it all
Salman: Hey, thanks
Donald: I need this Saud of silence

TRUMP PRAISES GOP REP WHO ASSAULTED REPORTER President Donald Trump praised Republican lawmaker Greg Gianforte, who last year assaulted a Guardian reporter. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said at a rally in Montana, as supporters cheered him on. The blowback on social media was swift. [HuffPost]

One company that’s sticking with the event is The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., which will host the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh next week. [HuffPost]

British Conservatives’ homophobic Irish allies, parody song

This 16 October 2018 parody musical video from Britain is about the DUP, the fundamentalist religious Northern Irish party with links to terrorism, on which the British Conservatives depend to prop up their minority government since they lost their majority at the last election.

It says about itself:

Bally Joel – DUP town Girl

Last night there was an electrical storm in Northern Ireland and a radio playing Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” was struck by lightning. This is the result.


DUP town girl
Get an abortion and you’ll go to Hell
And if you just so happen to be gay
The Lord will come on down and he will say,
I’m gonna smite you

DUP town girl
No, evolution did not make the world
Nor is it under threat from climate change
You know that Planet Earth has only been here
Six thousand years

We’ve got a covenant for government enshrined
One billion smackers for confidence and supply
Old Testament is back!
Listen mac, whip goes crack

On a DUP town girl
You know we can’t afford to buy her pearls
Oh hang on, yes we can, ‘cause now we’re rich
Theresa May signed up to be our bitch
So now we’re rich

DUP town girl
She’s in a room with Angela Merkel
Negotiating for the whole UK
And now there’s no sign of Theresa May
Where did she go?