Elephant calf rescued from drain in Sri Lanka


This video says about itself:

29 May 2016

A young elephant has been rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port.

Locals workers joined forces with wildlife officials to use an array of basic tools to carry out the rescue operation.

The animal was taken away for treatment with a suspected broken leg.

Moth on flower, video


This video shows a small yellow underwing moth on flowers in the Netherlands.

Texas white supremacists want massacre of Muslims


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

5 April 2016

The Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) enjoys showing up at Muslim prayer centers armed with firearms in an effort to intimidate people trying to worship.

The hate group expected an average day of bigotry and aggression at the Nation of Islam mosque on Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Dallas, only to find themselves outnumbered by the armed self-defense group waiting for them.

Members of the community, along with the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the Huey P Newton Gun Club, were there to protect the Muslims from the BAIR demonstrators.

Both groups made the most of open carry laws in Texas that allow residents to carry AK-47s and rifles on the streets.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene.

BAIR didn’t stay long, after being encouraged to leave by the police, Fox 4 reports.

“The community here in South Dallas, on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X spoke out, and you should see today, it wasn’t the Huey P Newton Gun Club that ran BAIR out of the community, it was the residents, and the people who live here who got BAIR out of here,” Balogun said.

From RT.com:

Extremist group in Texas trains to shoot Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood

Published time: 29 May, 2016 11:43

Edited time: 29 May, 2016 11:52

An extremist group of white men in Texas are training against a Muslim “uprising” by dipping their bullets in pig’s blood and bacon grease to target victims.

The so-called “Bureau of American Islamic Relations” (BAIR) said using pig products to line the bullets would ensure victims would “go straight to hell,” according to a video released by AJ+.

This BAIR, this ‘Christian’ ISIS, reminds me of the ‘Muslim’ ISIS; who are afraid of death by the Kurdish women’s militia, as being killed by a woman supposedly leads to going to hell.

“A lot of us here are using either pig’s blood or bacon grease on our bullets, packing it in the middle so that when you shoot a Muslim, they go straight to hell,” says one man in the video, while another insists, “Don’t f*ck with white people.”

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David Wright, spokesperson for the radical group, said he was “going to start doing something” about Muslims “now.”

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“The next step in jihad does not involve random, sporadic attacks,” he told the news outlet. “They started killing people. Do you really expect me to stand here and wait until we get to that point?”

BAIR, which is based in the city of Irving, home of Ahmed Mohamed, the “clock boy”, fears of a takeover by thousands of Muslim refugees. The concern, however, appears to be short lived. From 2012 till 2015, the US accepted approximately 2,174 Syrian refugees, the Guardian reports. Despite that, the group already staged protests against accepting any asylum seekers.

“If you get to the point where there’s an Arab Spring, where there’s a lot of radical Muslims here and they all decide to hit the streets at one time… that’s going to be more of a battlefield type situation,” Wright adds.

Dressed in army overalls, several men from the group fire bullets from various locations as part of their training.

BAIR members have also staged armed protests outside mosques in Texas against the “Islamization of America.”

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Islamophobic attitudes have been increasing in the US. In 2015, a YouGov poll showed that 55 percent of Americans have an “unfavorable” opinion of Islam.

Beth Van Duyne, the mayor of Irving, fuelled further tension by recently leading the city’s council to support a state bill with the purpose of blocking Muslim influence in US courts.

An “anti-Bair” Facebook group page was started by people from various religious backgrounds as a counter protest against the group.

New Triassic fossil fish discovery in the Netherlands


Saurichthys fossil from China

Translated from Leidsch Dagblad daily in the Netherlands:

Billfish in Naturalis museum

Leiden – Naturalis has acquired a fossil of a new species which must have lived 200 to 250 million years ago. The billfish-like fish (Saurichthys diannae) was found by amateur paleontologist Herman Winkelhorst in the quarry of Winterswijk.

By Wilfred Simons – 27-5-2016, 17:36 (Update 27-5-2016, 17:36)

At the time, that area was in a coastal zone of the Tethys sea. That these billfish used to live also just offshore in shallow water, is proven by the fact that their eyes pointed upwards.

Winkelhof [sic; Winkelhorst] discovered a “graveyard” of about thirty young fish of the newly discovered species. That indicates that the sea at Winterswijk may have been a breeding ground for young life, like the current Wadden Sea. The amateur paleontologist donated the fossil to Naturalis.

See also here.

‘Hillary Clinton, weak as anti-Trump candidate’


This video, from CNN (usually biased pro-Clinton and anti-Bernie Sanders) in the USA, says about itself:

Sanders does better against Trump than Clinton in key states

10 May 2016

CNN’s political panel discusses the 2016 presidential race.

I read on the Internet, from Clinton supporters, that supposedly, the Republican party has not started attacking Bernie Sanders yet. Supposedly, all Trump would have to do was to yell ‘Commie!’ at Sanders; and then, presto! magically, within seconds, millions of voters doubting whether to vote for the Republican or the Democratic presidential candidate would switch sides to Trump, handing him victory.

I have news for these Clinton supporters. Donald Trump has already repeatedly yelled ‘Commie!’ at Sanders. Hard core Trump-supporting neonazi anti-Semitic sites like the Daily Stormer call Sanders a ‘commie kike’ day after day after day. Donald Trump has threatened violence against Sanders rallies. All this did not change the polls, in which Sanders would beat Trump soundly, while Clinton would beat Trump far less certainly.

Bill and Hillary Clinton at Donald Trump's wedding

Bill and Hillary Clinton attended Trump‘s wedding. Donald Trump contributed financially to Hillary’s political campaigns. Trump knows Clinton’s weak points. While he is too scared of Bernie Sanders to debate him (after boasting earlier he would debate Sanders and win that debate). Like Hillary Clinton also first agreed to debate Sanders before the California primary election, and then refused later.

Donald Trump was relentlessly mocked on Twitter Saturday for backing out of a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The #ChickenTrump hashtag started trending soon after the businessman said he wouldn’t discuss policy issues with the Democratic presidential candidate: here.

In a Trump-Clinton presidential contest, Trump would depict Clinton as the establishment candidate (true) and himself as anti-establishment (a lie). Trump would not be able to do that credibly in a Trump-Sanders contest.

Poor polls, scandal, a cussed rival … how it’s all going wrong for Hillary Clinton: here.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Donald Trump will win the US presidency by a landslide – don’t underestimate him yet again

Just like Obama, Trump is inspiring first-time voters to get out on polling day, while existing Republicans will hold their noses when they get to the ballot box

Andrew MacLeod

Friday 27 May 2016

The political establishment underestimated Trump’s campaign, and their naivety is coming back to haunt them. When I was an army officer, we were taught that the greatest error was to underestimate the enemy. If one underestimates the enemy, then one will attack with too few resources and be soundly beaten – like America in Vietnam, Russia in Afghanistan and the Germans in Moscow. …

In both 2008 and 2012, Obama ran a massive “get out the vote” campaign, inspiring many first time voters with the promise of hope, change and making history by electing the first black man to the White House. Voter turnout in 2008 was the highest since 1968.

Clinton, on the other hand, does not inspire that level of emotion. The so called “woman card” that she plays is not motivating women either. In the Iowa caucus, only 14 per cent of women under 30 voted for Hillary; in New Hampshire it was around 10 per cent. Young women went for the ‘old white guy’ – Bernie Sanders.

Trump is accused of having a “woman problem”, but so does Clinton. Both Clinton and Trump are widely unpopular, but Trump has one advantage: he is inspiring first-time voters to turn out on polling day. …

Unless the left stop dreaming up reasons for Trump to lose, and start campaigning like he might win, the 2016 election will be [a] landslide for Trump.

Andrew MacLeod is visiting professor in the Policy Institute at Kings College London, a corporate director in the US and a former UN official

US Republicans on Trump

Rubio Personally Apologized To Trump For Implying He Had A Small Penis: here.

Black-tailed godwit calls


This video shows a black-tailed godwit calling from a pole in Donkse Laagten nature reserve in the Netherlands.

See also here.