What sperm whales can teach about humanity

This 15 October 2018 video says about itself:

What Sperm Whales Can Teach Us About Humanity | National Geographic

Sperm whales are only at the surface for about 15 or 20 minutes at a time, yet photographer Brian Skerry is able to capture beautiful moments of these giant undersea predators.


Redstarts and great cormorants of Rügen island

This December 2014 drone video from the air is about the harbour of Lohme village on Rügen island in Germany.

After we had arrived in Lohme on 7 October 2018, we woke up there on 8 October for our first full day on the island.

Lohme, 8 October 2018

We went to the coast near Lohme, where we saw these rocks, with two mute swans.

White wagtail, 8 October 2018

On one rock, this young white wagtail.

Female redstart, 8 October 2018

This photo shows a female redstart. Her eye-ring shows she is a common redstart, not the related species black redstart.

There were two female redstarts on the jetty. Probably, in their autumn migration to Africa these two birds had just crossed the Baltic sea from Sweden. As soon as they reached Rügen, there was at least a meal for them: plenty of flies on the jetty.

Great cormorants, 8 October 2018

Many great cormorants on another jetty.

Gulls, 8 October 2018

Another jetty, closer to the ships of the harbour. Many gulls, mainly herring gulls, but also great black-backed gulls. And two grey herons.

Herring gulls, 8 October 2018

In the afternoon we walked to Cape Arkona, almost the northernmost point of Rügen.

We passed a nature reserve with a sign depicting a long-eared owl (originally designed in the then German Democratic Republic).

House sparrow, 8 October 2018

Sea buckthorn and other berries attracted this female house sparrow.

Other birds: blackbird, and a robin on a bench.

On one of the lighthouses, many house martin nests. Their builders had departed for wintering in Africa. Now, house sparrows went in, to spend the cold nights.

Male house sparrow, 8 October 2018

Like this male house sparrow.

Stay tuned!

Brazilian Bolsonaro, a fascist, Roger Waters says

This 12 October 2018 video says about itself:

Pink Floyd ex-bassist Roger Waters declared Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to be the South American country’s “neo-fascist on the rise”.

Waters named at this first concert of his Brazilian tour far-right politicians similar to Bolsonaro. Like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Kurz in Austria, Orban in Hungary. He got much applause.

Some quotes by Bolsonaro:

  • “I’d never rape you because you don’t deserve it” (To a journalist who accused him of rape)
  • Pinochet should have killed more people”
  • “It’s my advice and I do it: I evade all the taxes I can”
  • “I never hit my ex-wife. But many times I wanted to shoot her”
  • “I will not fight against it nor discriminate, but if I see two men kissing on the street, I’ll beat them up
  • “If one’s son begins acting kind of gay, then when he is spanked he’ll change his behavior”
  • “Preta, I’m not going to discuss promiscuity with anyone. I don’t run that risk because my children are well educated and they don’t live in the promiscuous environment such as is, unfortunately, yours”
  • “[Leftist party] PSOL is a party of dicks and faggots. I will respond to the senator with toilet paper”
  • “I would be incapable of loving a gay son. I wouldn’t be a hypocrite. I prefer that he die in an accident than show up with a mustachioed man”
  • “The day of losers” [About the United Nation’s International Human Rights Day]
  • “The scum of the world is arriving in Brazil, as if we didn’t have enough problems to resolve”
  • “This idea of oh poor little black person, oh poor little poor person, oh poor little woman, oh poor little indigenous person, everybody’s a poor little something!”
  • “Since we are a Christian country, God above all. This history of a secular state doesn’t exist, no. The state is Christian and the minority that is against it can leave. Let’s make a country for majority! The minority must bow to the majority. Law must exist to defend the majority! The minority suits itself [to the law] or just disappears”
  • “I was at a quilombo. The slightest afrodescendant weighed 7 arrobas [230 pounds]. They don’t do anything. I don’t think they even serve for procreation anymore” [a quilombo is a black settlement in the Brazilian hinterlands]
  • “Has anyone ever seen any Japanese begging? It’s a race that has shame in its face”
  • “I have five children. There were four men, the fifth I got weak and a woman came out”
  • “I used that housing allowance money to fuck people. Are you satisfied? Because that’s the answer you deserve”
  • “What debt [of slavery]? I never enslaved anyone in my life. Look, if you really look at history, the Portuguese didn’t even step foot in Africa. The blacks themselves turned over the slaves”
  • “With distance education, you help to combat Marxism” [distance learning is a Brazilian term for home schooling]
  • “Jesus Christ was not totally passive. … If he had a firearm, he’d have used it

The United States nazi site the Daily Stormer jubilantly predicts: ‘Jair Bolsonaro is about to become the Dictator of Brazil, and kill all of the faggots, communists, drug addicts and journalists.’

ATTACKS on opponents of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro have escalated since September 30, with at least 50 assaults on left-wing groups and activists reported. The violence, including a sickening attack when a young woman had a swastika carved into her stomach, has targeted supporters of Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad, journalists and LGBT activists: here.

Saudi journalist murdered, British Conservatives’ lame response

This video says about itself:

Representative Ro Khanna Condemns Saudi Barbarity from Disappearance of Saudi Journalist to War in Yemen

President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2, before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California. He is calling for congressional hearings into Khashoggi’s disappearance. Khanna has been a leading critic of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thornberry criticises British response to Khashoggi disappearance

BRITAIN is “playing catch-up” with Donald Trump over a missing Saudi journalist, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry warned today.

Reports claim Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, with Turkish authorities reported to have obtained audio and video recordings of the alleged murder.

Ms Thornberry criticised the British response from Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the Andrew Marr Show, saying he had failed to hold the Saudis to account in the face of mounting evidence.

She noted that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson had condemned the Russians “within hours” over what turned out to be a fake murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

In contrast, the Labour MP said, there had been “nothing but pusillanimous mutterings” from Mr Hunt over the disappearance of Saudi critic Mr Khashoggi, despite the US president threatening “severe punishment”.

She said: “He is being outdone by Donald Trump, whoever would have thought that?

“They’re playing catch-up with Donald Trump when it comes to condemnation of this and actually taking action and being prepared to stand firm.”

Ms Thornberry said the alleged murder was “yet more evidence of how the Saudi prince in particular appears to be out of control” and “this country has had enough.”

Mr Hunt has been under increasing pressure to take tough action over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, who has not been seen since October 2, and has said that if reports of Mr Khashoggi’s death prove correct, Britain would regard the situation as “serious”.

Ms Thornberry said this was “too little, far too late.”

Riyadh has faced a chorus of international calls to shed light on what happened to the journalist, and business leaders have already shunned the regime.

[Conservative] Commons foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat said International Trade Secretary Liam Fox should boycott the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh this month if Saudi involvement in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance was proved.

The Department for International Trade said it would “update on [Mr Fox’s activity] in due course.”

Turkish officials have said Mr Khashoggi was killed at the consulate on October 2 and his body removed.

These charges against America’s closest Middle East ally, also the world’s largest oil exporter at the heart of the global financial system, expose the brazen criminality of the entire financial aristocracy. A profound contradiction underlies the official response to Khashoggi’s murder. US and European businessmen and politicians are deeply tied to the brutal Saudi regime, which underwrites both US war strategy in the Middle East and the capitalist financial system as a whole. They are flocking to the “Davos in the Desert” conference planned for this month in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The initial conference last year was attended by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Nicolas Sarkozy: here.