Women’s march against Trump, Amsterdam 21 January


This video from the USA says about itself:

Women’s March on Washington

1 January 2017

New Mexicans prepare to travel to DC for anti-hate demonstration.

Both on 20 and 21 January 2017, there will be big demonstrations in Washington, DC against the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the USA.

There will also be demonstrations elsewhere; like in London, England.

And in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 20 January.

And also in Amsterdam the next day, 21 January.

Translated from Facebook:

Saturday, January 21 from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC + 01

Museumplein, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

On Saturday, January 21, we will come together for a POSITIVE demonstration on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. We say no to hatred and YES to equal rights and equality for women, for the LGBTQ community, religious and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Anyone who cares about the above is welcome. More details will follow soon. Join and let your voice be heard!

This event is in support of the Women’s March on Washington and will be held on the same day in Amsterdam. Mark your calendars and please share!

370 ‘Sister Marches’ Planned For Day After Trump’s Inauguration, It’s so much bigger than just the Women’s March on Washington: here.

SPEAKING OF ETHICS… “Four of the nine Trump nominees scheduled for hearings this week still haven’t disclosed key financial information to the Office of Government Ethics.” [Christina Wilkie and Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]

DONALD TRUMP TO NAME SON-IN-LAW SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT Jared Kushner is expected to work closely with incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. [Christina Wilkie, HuffPost]

In an action that demonstrates both the arrogance of the incoming Trump administration and its oligarchic character, the real estate billionaire has named his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the powerful position of senior White House adviser: here.

Dutch anti-Trump demonstration, 20 January, Amsterdam


This video from the USA says about itself:

National Park Service Trying To Block Protests At Trump Inauguration

9 December 2016

Thousands of women have made the pledge to protest Donald Trump‘s inauguration next month, but potential protesters are running into issues with the National Park Service. Issues some organizers are calling “an illegal abridgment of First Amendment rights.”

The protesters had planned to gather and demonstrate at the Lincoln Memorial, and then participate in what’s been called the Women’s March.

The National Park Service has filed a blocking permit for the Lincoln Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue and the Washington Monument, all popular protest sites.

“This is always the way it happens,” said a spokesperson for the Park Service.

But at a press conference, attorney and leader of the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund Mara Verhayden-Hilliard told reporters, “This is an extraordinary land grab. It’s having, I think, the intended stifling effect. It’s having a distinctive negative [effect] on people’s ability to organize.”

The Women’s March demonstrators are now tentatively planning on protesting at the National Mall.

UPDATE: There finally is a location for the 2017 women’s march.

By Ewout van den Berg and Abdou Menebhi on Facebook in the Netherlands (translated):

Friday, January 20th, 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00 UTC + 01

US American Consulate
Museumplein 19 1071 DJ Amsterdam

We call on everyone who is concerned about the current political climate to join in this protest during the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. After decades of austerity policies he succeeded in winning the election with a campaign of racism and sexism. Trump will not improve the world, he will only serve the interests of the elite. His policies pose a direct threat to the climate and the position of women, immigrants, working people and the LGBT community. Together we speak out against this!

The demonstration is also against European politicians with similarities to Trump, like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France. The slogans are:

Stop the cuts, people before profit!
Sexism and racism: less, less, less of it!

An allusion to the xenophobic saying by Geert Wilders that there should be ‘less, less, less’ Moroccans in the Netherlands

Stop warmongering!
Refugees are welcome, save lives!
Make the climate great again!

Diatoms, microscope video


This 8 July 2016 microscope video shows diatoms from a ditch in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Rolf Vossen made the video.

Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dutch Amsterdam


Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dutch Amsterdam, photo Anna Pruis/NOS

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Several hundred protesters have gathered this afternoon for a Black Lives Matter protest on the Dam in Amsterdam. The group protested against police violence. The immediate cause of the demonstration was, according to initiator Anna, the continuing police brutality against African Americans in the United States. The protest was peaceful.

The initiator of the protest emphasized on Facebook that it was a peaceful protest, which was conducted in silence. With texts on signs and their clothing the demonstrators wanted to express their dissatisfaction with the violence in the US. They carried signs saying “Don’t shoot” and pictures of victims of police violence.

See also here.

Young wreathed hornbill bird born, video


This video from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

May 10, 2016

For the first time in twenty years a wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus) egg has hatched in the zoo. In 1996 a chick hatched for the last time. Wreathed hornbills make a nest in a special way. The couple builds a nest in a hollow tree where the female is completely immured [for protection against predators] with only a small hole to the outside world. The male during breeding feeds the female through this hole.

If there’s a chick, the male’s task of bringing food doubles. After more than three months the chick and mother together will break out of the nest. It therefore takes a while before the chick will be flying in the Birdhouse in Artis. Until then the public from Friday, May 13th, on will be able to follow the progress of the young wreathed hornbill through a camera on a screen at the birds’ compound.

Singing starling imitates other birds, video


This video shows a starling imitating other birds in its song; including white-fronted goose and great spotted woodpecker.

Leen Pauwels made this video on an Amsterdam, the Netherlands balcony.