Jewish girl’s birthday ruined by nazi cupcakes


This video from the USA says about itself:

Teens bring cupcakes with SWASTIKAS to Jewish girl’s birthday

30 November 2016

►Facebook post showing cupcake swastika goes viral
►Arizona woman’s friend posted the image on her Facebook page
►The girls who brought the cupcakes knew of the symbol’s meaning
►Anti-Defamation League asks parents to educate kids about Holocaust

By David Moye in the USA:

Jewish Teen’s Birthday Ruined As Friends Make Swastika Cupcakes

The girls who frosted the cupcakes said they were trying to be funny.

11/29/2016 06:34 pm ET

An Arizona mother said she hopes cruel birthday cupcakes given to her teenage daughter will become a “teachable moment” about the horrors of the Holocaust.

Deborah Muller, of Paradise Valley, said her daughter’s 14th birthday party this month included cupcakes that guests were allowed to frost. Two girls, who Muller said are friends of her daughter, decorated cupcakes with chocolate swastikas, even though the birthday girl is Jewish, according to KPNX-TV.

Muller said in a now-deleted Facebook post that the girls told her they did it to “be funny.” She said the teens all recently learned about the Holocaust in school, and were aware of the symbol’s meaning.

The girls uploaded photos of the swastika cupcake to Snapchat, according to Phoenix New Times. …

Phoenix New Times reports Muller contacted parents of the teens responsible for the tasteless frosting, then shared a photo of the cupcakes on Facebook with this comment:

I thought long and hard about writing this, but you know, it’s better to lose some aquaintences than remain silent. This is not a political post, but I believe this has EVERYTHING to do with the political environment we’re now living in. I think everyone who knows me knows i don’t “have an agenda”.

… I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that our prez elect can bring this cracked country together. Incidents of awful racist, misogynistic, anti-semitic, etc. behavior are skyrocketing — you see it in posts that have been forwarded or news stories, but it always happens “somewhere else” or “not in my backyard”.

Well how about it happening right in YOUR OWN HOUSE? By your 14 year old daughter’s “friends”. At her own birthday party last night? At what should’ve been a really happy occassion, there were charades, name that tune games, a viewing of the Princess Bride, pizza, Polaroiding, gift opening and cupcake decorating. I was upstairs hiding with the dogs b/c I believe 14 year olds don’t need to be babysat while putting sprinkles on cupcakes.

Well, this apparently happened (I only found out about it this morning). Let me tell you that I am Jewish, my daughter is Jewish, there was another Jewish girl at the party as well as many other girls of different religions who don’t have a negative bone in their bodies. But then there were the two girls who created this. Why? Is this funny? Is this right? Is this nice to do at another person’s party in another person’s house? Are the lids to human kindness and decency ripped off so permanently that this can happen to YOUR kid in YOUR house? Just something to think about and maybe have a discussion with your children about certain actions.

Sightings of swastikas and other symbols of hate have surged since Donald Trump’s election victory. On Nov. 12, someone drew a swastika on four dormitory doors at New York City’s New School. Six days later, a Brooklyn park named in honor of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch was desecrated with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti.

The day after the election, two swastikas were spray-painted on a building in Philadelphia, according to Mic.com.

Donald Trump Is Already Having A Horrible Impact On America’s Schools, According To New Report. Educators around the country have reported extensive bullying, fear among their students and offensive graffiti: here.

An image from the new Southern Poverty Law Center report, which details school bullying after the election

American coot chicks, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

American Coot chicks have yellow-orange downy feathers, a bare red and black head, and a stubby red and orange bill, and look much different from their black and white parents. Here, three chicks move about in shallow water in Arizona.

Only wild jaguar in the USA, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 February 2016

The first publicly released video of the only known wild jaguar in the United States shows the giant cat roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona.

Will this jaguar ever find a mate? The US-Mexican border wall started by George W Bush which damages wildlife will make that problematic. One should hope Donald Trump’s plan for a still bigger wall will never become reality.

Children’s story about bats


This video is called Fun Facts About Bats.

From the site of NASA in the USA, where the story continues:

THE STORY OF Echo the Bat

In the upper elevations of Arizona, there was a forest of tall Ponderosa pine trees. The forest was covered with snow and the evenings were quiet as animals slept through the cold winter nights. When spring arrived, the snow melted and a colony of female bats made their home in a hollow pine tree to raise their young.

Echo and his mom hang upside down safe in their tree. Echo is under his mom’s wings. There is a crescent moon outside.

Unlike birds who hatch from eggs, bats are mammals. The mother bats will give birth to their young and feed them mother’s milk. Because their pups are too young to fly and catch their food, Mother bats care for their pups during the first month.

As the warm days of spring led to summer, a baby bat was born. He had a tiny, furry body with awkward wings. His mother held him close to her and wrapped him in her wings. All day long, she could hear his chirping cry echo through the hollow tree. From that day on, his mother called him “Echo.”

Save Grand Canyon in the USA from threats


This video from the USA says about itself:

LEAVE IT AS IT IS – The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

6 April 2015

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the Colorado River faces a battery of threats. Unless the Department of the Interior acts to stop these threats, one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures will be scarred forever. Help protect it: here.

The grave new threat facing the Grand Canyon. A massive new development promises housing, hotels and boutiques. Opponents say it will deface a national monument: here.

Flowering plants on New Year’s Day


This video from Arizona in the USA says about itself:

Winter wildflowers in Tucson

Deserts and canyons around Tucson are bursting into bloom in mid-February. Video by the Star‘s Doug Kreutz.

As this blog reported earlier:

Between December 25 and January 4, plant lovers will be looking everywhere in the Netherlands for flowering plants. We wonder how many different plants are still in bloom and which flowering plant will be most numerous.

Now, the results of this count are in. The Dutch FLORON botanists report today (translated):

During the first edition of the End of the Year Plant Hunt organized by FLORON a total of 383 different wild or feral plants were observed flowering. A remarkably high number for this time of the year.

This is about a quarter of all wild plant species of the Netherlands.

The three most frequent species were daisies (seen 346 times), annual meadow grass (323) and dandelions (296). Other frequent species: common groundsel, chickweed, shepherd’s-purse, red deadnettle, white dead-nettle, yarrow and orchard grass. Among the less frequent species, some were remarkable; like Hieracium amplexicaule and wallflower.

Winter flowering plants of Texel island: here.

Grand Canyon wolf killed by hunter?


This video from Arizona in the USA is called Grand Canyon National Park.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

US hunter ‘shoots dead’ historic first grey wolf seen in Grand Canyon for 70 years

‘Echo’ attracted national attention when she made her way to the Arizona landmark through several states

Laura Zuckerman

Wednesday 31 December 2014

A gray wolf killed by a Utah hunter may have been “Echo,” a female who attracted national attention after wandering through several states to become the first of the protected animals seen at Arizona’s Grand Canyon in 70 years, officials have said.

The hunter, who was not named by authorities, told Utah wildlife officers on Sunday that he accidentally shot and killed a wolf equipped with a radio collar near the Arizona border after mistaking it for a coyote.

Wolves in Utah are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, which bans killing of imperiled animals without a special permit, but coyotes in the state are allowed to be shot on sight.

The incident, which is coming under sharp criticism by conservationists, is being investigated by federal and state conservation officers as a possible violation of U.S. and Utah wildlife laws, authorities said.

Information gleaned from the radio collar shows the wolf killed in Utah was a 3-year-old female that was captured and collared in January in northwest Wyoming, said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Martinez.

The wolf spotted near the northern rim of the Grand Canyon in October was also a young female, which had apparently roamed hundreds of miles (km) south from the Northern Rockies, according to an analysis of droppings near where she was seen.

It may be weeks before additional testing reveals whether the wolf killed in Utah is the same one, which was nicknamed Echo in a contest.

Echo was the first gray wolf seen in the Grand Canyon since the 1940s, when the last wolf there was killed as part of an extensive eradication campaign, said Chris Cline with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The gray wolf is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in most states.

Utah regulations require hunters to properly identify their target before shooting but cases of mistaken identity sometimes happen, Martinez said.

“It’s something we train people for in hunter education classes but it’s not a unique thing,” he said.

The hunter who shot the wolf near the city of Beaver in southwest Utah immediately contacted the state to report the incident as required by law, Martinez said. He said several coyotes in Utah have been equipped with radio collars tied to a research project.

Wildlife advocates said the death was shameful, whether or not the wolf was Echo.

“It’s very sad either way,” said Michael Robinson, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity.