Tyrannosaurus rex, by David Attenborough


This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

What Was Tyrannosaurus rex Like? – #Attenborough90BBC

25 May 2016

Sir David visits the Museum of Colorado to talk to Robert T. Bakker, who explains some of what he has learnt about the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Dinosaur love life discovery in Colorado, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 August 2011

Dr. Martin Lockley answers the question “Why do dinosaur tracks contribute to our extinction theories?”

Dr. Martin Lockley is a renowned world expert in the fields of paleontology, geology and evolution. A native of England, he created the Dinosaur Tracks Museum at the University of Colorado at Denver, and is currently its director.

A fountain of knowledge on dinosaurs, fossil footprints and prehistoric creatures, renowned paleontologist Martin Lockley leads an expedition to find and identify dinosaur foot prints within the Gateway confines as well as an excursion just outside Gateway to search for more tracks.

This time, better news from Colorado, USA than last time.

From the Denver Post:

Dinosaur love nests unearthed on local land by Colorado researcher

Rubber molds and fiberglass copies of the scrapes are being stored at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

By Elizabeth Hernandez

01/07/2016 07:00:00 AM MST

A skilled Colorado dinosaur tracker has unearthed 100 million-year-old dino love nests in Denver’s backyard.

The first evidence of dinosaur dating was discovered by Martin Lockley, a University of Colorado Denver geology professor who stumbled across large scratch marks in Colorado rocks. Initially, the marks had Lockley and his international team stumped.

Taking a cue from birds — relatives to the carnivorous dinos that lived in the area — Lockley said he and his crew started to think the scratches could be a ritual activity many male birds partake in: pseudo-nest-building.

“It’s like they’re showing off to a prospective mate,” Lockley said. “They say, ‘Look, I can make a nest.’ And if a female is watching, they make another and another.”

Dozens of scrapes would send the female dinosaurs swooning until mating took place and a real nest was built.

“When we first realized that they were mating evidence, my first thought was, ‘This is going to be big,’ ” said Lockley, who has been at CU Denver for 35 years. “It’s dinosaurs and sex. What a combo.”

Flowers and a box of chocolates? Hardly.

The scrapes, Lockley said, are very deep, narrow grooves, with a claw mark on the end.

These etchings of courtship, which come in pairs, can be as large as bathtubs.

The markings have been found at Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, areas around Montrose, and Dinosaur Ridge, just south of Lakewood, said Harley Armstrong, the Bureau of Land Management’s state and regional paleontologist.

“The reason it’s a big deal is that these kinds of scrapes have never been found ever in the world,” Lockley said, “but that didn’t stop scientists from speculating.”

Many researchers long believed dinosaurs were trying to attract one another, but there was no physical evidence of the prehistoric courtship until Lockley unearthed his two years of research.

“Not only have we found the scrape marks — like dinosaur foreplay,” Lockley said, “but we found 50 or 60 of these things, and these sites are what have been called display arenas where they play out their display activity and then go and nest.”

Because the marks were unable to be removed from the massive rock slabs without being damaged, 3-D images were created to document them. Rubber molds and fiberglass copies of the scrapes are being stored at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The Lockley-led study appears Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Armstrong said. “It’s another feather for Colorado’s fossil cap. Because we have some of the known dinosaur fossils, the world has been coming to our doorsteps since 1877.”

Lockley looks forward to finding more scratches and ones that existed more than 100 million years ago.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all after publishing this article that there are people in Europe, South America, Asia that go, ‘Oh, we have those. We just didn’t know what they were,'” Lockley said.

Robert Lewis Dear, far-right misogynist terrorist in Colorado, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Book by Professor and Alumna Spotlights Anti-Abortion Violence

23 June 2015

Kline School of Law Professor David S. Cohen and alumna Krysten Connon, ’12, discuss “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism,” which Oxford University Press published in May 2015. The book exposes the threats with which doctors and clinic workers and volunteers around the U.S. must contend.

By Tom Carter in the USA:

Planned Parenthood shooter motivated by right-wing smear campaign

30 November 2015

As details emerge of Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the killer, Robert Lewis Dear, has been linked to the right-wing smear campaign against the organization, which provides health care, including abortion services, to nearly five million women.

Wearing a trench coat and wielding an assault rifle, Dear murdered two victims who were seated in the packed waiting area, killed a university police officer who was dispatched to the scene and hit a total of nine other people with gunfire.

After he was persuaded to surrender after a five-hour standoff, he gave what has been described as a “rambling” interview to police detectives. During this interview, he allegedly made the statement, “No more baby parts.”

The shooter’s reference to “baby parts” aligns him with the ultra-right smear campaign against Planned Parenthood that has been under way since the summer of this year. The clinic in question has been the site of regular anti-abortion protests, with as many as 300 people demonstrating there on August 22, with regular picketing to harass women entering the building.

No Planned Parenthood staff members were killed in the November 27 attack, thanks to safety precautions implemented by the organization. Quick-thinking personnel followed their training, locked themselves inside clinic rooms and switched their phones to silent mode to avoid being detected by the attacker.

The ongoing campaign against Planned Parenthood focused on a number of doctored videos produced by a well-funded anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress. The videos purport to show members of the organization discussing the sale of “baby parts” for profit.

A wide section of the political establishment joined in this opportunity to denounce Planned Parenthood, initially including Hillary Clinton, and a virulent campaign was mounted in the Republican-controlled Congress to reduce or cut off the organization’s services.

Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health services to nearly five million women each year, including birth control, abortions, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, breast exams and counseling. For many poor and working class women and their families, Planned Parenthood is the only accessible and affordable provider of these services. The campaign against the organization makes use of religious prejudice against abortion as a cover for undermining working people’s medical and social services.

In September, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was summoned to Washington for a five-hour interrogation by congressional Republicans, who together with the Republican presidential candidates used the opportunity to grandstand and compete with each other to see who could make the most bloodcurdling denunciations of the organization.

In September, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina claimed during a primary debate that there were videos that showed “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” The fact that none of this ever happened did not prevent the multimillionaire former CEO from emphatically insisting that it was true.

These poisonous conceptions apparently made their way into the disturbed mind of Robert Lewis Dear, who decided to take matters into his own hands. The Denver Post reported that Dear had a reputation for being combative and “spouting off politically.” One neighbor reported that Dear had tried to hand him a right-wing leaflet within minutes of being introduced.

A small businessman who spent most of his life in rural North Carolina, Dear moved recently to the Colorado Springs area, a hotbed of the ultra-right, headquarters of Focus on the Family and more than 100 other Christian fundamentalist groups, as well as the site of the United States Air Force Academy and five military bases.

While it was Dear who pulled the trigger, moral responsibility for the attacks rests with those who have sought to pollute public consciousness with lies and religious bigotry for their own ends.

In the first 48 hours after the attack, only a handful of the 14 Republican presidential candidates deplored the attack—always without mentioning Planned Parenthood as the target of the violence, and usually only when pressed for a response by the media. They invariably dismissed the attacker as mentally ill rather than politically motivated, as though the two were diametrically opposed.

However, an unnamed Colorado Springs law enforcement official, in a widely reported statement to reporters, called the attacks “definitely politically motivated.” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, Republican and former state attorney general, called the attack an example of “domestic terrorism.”

Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, released a statement following the shooting that placed responsibility for the attacks on those who have been unjustly persecuting the organization: “We’ve seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months. That environment breeds acts of violence.”

In a televised interview, Fiorina responded to Cowart’s statement by denouncing any efforts to link the attack to anti-abortion rhetoric as “typical left-wing tactics.” Fiorina went on to contradict herself by implying that the murderer was, in fact, an anti-abortion “protester.” She stated, “Any protesters should always be peaceful. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or pro-life protesters.”

“This is so typical of the left, to immediately begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” she added somewhat incoherently, implying that she agrees with the murderer’s “message.”

The National Abortion Federation reports that since 1977, when anti-abortion fanatics began launching physical attacks on clinics and personnel, eight doctors and staff members have been killed. There have also been 17 attempted murders, 186 arson attacks and thousands of other crimes targeting abortion clinics.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTER CALLS HIMSELF ‘WARRIOR FOR THE BABIES’ Robert Lewis Dear also yelled out, “I’m guilty, there will be no trial.” [Ryan Grenoble, HuffPost]

‘INSTRUMENTS OF OPPRESSION’ “Thousands of rape victims around the world undergo grisly and unsafe abortions because of U.S. policy. Obama could change this with a single executive action. Why hasn’t he?” [Laura Bassett, HuffPost]

Far-right anti-women terrorism in Colorado, USA


This video by Colorado Springs Action in the USA says about itself:

Planned Parenthood Support Rally 7

26 October 2014

An anti-choice Taliban group of Catholic fanatics are back to protest at the women’s health center in Colorado Springs for 40 days before the election in support of the same stupid “personhood” bullshit that Cory Gardner co-sponsored, then flip-flopped on, (BUT did NOT UN-sponsor the national bill to establish vatiCON doctrine as law) so we showed up to support Planned Parenthood at Fillmore and Centennial.

This video was taken Saturday, October 25, 2014. It includes the removal of a sign illegally placed on private property by a guy, Joe Martone, who has been arrested several times for trespass, who was first asked if he wished to remove the sign himself, one of their members complaining to the police that he thinks he’s been slandered because of a sign that says “American Taliban stay out of my body”, which got him a short lesson in the slander laws, one of their members who stopped in the middle of Centennial Blvd to yell at our people, causing a traffic danger, a discussion with one of their members who came over to stand among us and pray on us, and Perry explaining the police action and resolution.

These “abolitionists” are in support of Amendment 67 which would ban emergency and implantation contraception along with abortion, make performing an abortion a class 3 felony AND make having a miscarriage a crime.

This “personhood” bullshit (November will be our third time to vote against it) is the radical vatiCON ideology of defining life as beginning at fertilization and endowing a zygote, a blastocyst, a hollow ball of undifferentiated cells, an embryo, a morula, a single diploid cell with all the rights of any U.S. citizen and MORE rights than the female host within whose body it dwells.

Women could be arrested for spontaneous miscarriages OR for anything deemed to not facilitate the uterus in implantation of a fertilized egg, which could include airplane travel, scuba diving, use of aspirin or any NSAIDs, synthetic thyroid medication, heart medication, acne drugs or even insulin.

Lawyers could sue on behalf of the zygote for anything from an inheritance to suing its sibling for murder for leaving a roller skate at the bottom of the stairs… accidentally causing the woman to trip and miscarry.

The possible slippery slope of this unconstitutional idiocy would make it each church’s business what medical procedures anyone had done AND, if a blastocyst of undifferentiated cells is a person, then my own sperm could sue me for alienation of affection.

Planned Parenthood‘s network of more than 820 health care centers provides critical reproductive health services for men and women, including Pap smears, contraception, cancer screenings, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

They SAVE lives.

Pro choice is NOT pro abortion.

No one is FOR abortions.

Blastocysts, zygotes, morula, embryos and fetuses are NOT babies any more than my swimming sperm are. Babies that have grown up to be women have all the rights of any human unlike these assholes believe.

To really help children, these far right Roman Catholics should stop paedophile priests within their church, Coloroda Springs Action claims.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Planned Parenthood Shooting Appears To Have Been Politically Motivated

After he killed 3 people and was arrested, Robert Lewis Dear said, “no more baby parts.”

AP/HuffPost

Posted: 11/28/2015 11:41 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said “no more baby parts” after his arrest, a law enforcement official said Saturday.

The official could not elaborate about the comment by the 57-year-old suspect, Robert Lewis Dear. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

Planned Parenthood said late Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion. An official who has been briefed on the investigation told The Washington Post that the attack was “definitely politically motivated.” …

Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement on Saturday evening, describing the attack as “not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people.”

The attack thrust the clinic to the center of the ongoing debate over Planned Parenthood, which was re-ignited in July when anti-abortion activists released undercover video they said showed the organization’s personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.

Planned Parenthood has denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement costs for donating the organs to researchers. Still, the National Abortion Federation says it has since seen a rise in threats at clinics nationwide. …

The facility provides women’s health services and has long been the site of regular anti-abortion protests. A Roman Catholic priest who has held weekly Mass in front of the clinic for 20 years said Dear wasn’t part of his group.

“I don’t know him from Adam,” said Rev. Bill Carmody. “I don’t recognize him at all.”

Either the Reverend Bill Carmody tells the truth. Or he behaves like Saint Peter, who, according to the Gospel of Luke 22:34, claimed not to know Jesus when asked.

And he [Jesus] said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Or like ex-president of the USA Bill Clinton, who claimed: ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’

The Huffington Post article continues:

Dear, who was in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance Monday, was described by neighbors as reclusive. They said he stashed food in the woods, avoided eye contact and warned neighbors about government spying.

Warning about government spying in itself is, unfortunately, not lunacy at all. However, on the far right fringe of United States, there are moronic conspiracy theories about it, ever since the John Birch Society in the 1950 claimed that President Eisenhower was a Soviet spy. As sung about by Bob Dylan in this song:

This Bob Dylan music video from the USA is called John Birch Paranoid Blues (Live at Town Hall, April 1963).

At a vigil Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Church, Rev. Nori Rost called the gunman a “domestic terrorist.” In the back of the room, someone held a sign that said: “Women’s bodies are not battlefields. Neither is our town.”

Vicki Cowart, the regional head of Planned Parenthood, drew a standing ovation when she walked to the pulpit. She promised to quickly reopen the clinic. “We will adapt. We will square our shoulders and we will go on,” she said. …

Cowart said the gunman “broke in” to the clinic Friday but didn’t get past a locked door leading to the main part of the facility. She said there was no armed security when the shooting began. He later surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff.

In the parking lot of the two-story building, one man said the gunman shot at him as he pulled his car out, blasting two holes in his windshield. Inside, one worker ducked under a table and called her brother to tell him to take care of her kids if she was killed.

At one point, an officer whispered reports into his radio as he crept through the building. Others relayed information from surveillance cameras and victims in hiding. “We’ve got a report of a victim texting from just east of the lobby,” someone said.

In the end, a six-year veteran University of Colorado police officer was killed. Two civilians also died, though their identities weren’t immediately released. Five other officers and four people were hospitalized.

Cowart said all 15 clinic employees survived and worked hard to make sure everyone else got into safe spaces and stayed quiet. …

Zigmond Post, who lives near the RV where Dear lived, said he didn’t have many interactions with Dear but he said the suspect once gave him a pamphlet opposing President Barack Obama.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, two fires at Planned Parenthood clinics in October in Thousand Oaks, California and Pullman, Washington were the result of firebombing attacks. Neither attack has resulted in any arrests. David S. Cohen, a law professor at Drexel University, told the SPLC at the time that “there is a small contingent of anti-abortion terrorist who are seizing on this moment to further target clinics and providers. It’s scary to contemplate what might happen next”: here.

Anti-Planned Parenthood terrorism in Colorado, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

27 November 2015

The latest on the shooting near Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Police say three people are dead after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Those who died Friday include two civilians and one police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The university is about 10 minutes away from the clinic and officials say the fallen officer responded to help city police with the shooting.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

3 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Colorado Planned Parenthood

One officer and two civilians were killed, and 9 others were injured, during a lengthy standoff.

2 hours ago

A gunman is in custody after an hours-long standoff with police inside a Colorado Planned Parenthood. He has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear.

Reported to be a 59-year-old white male from North Carolina.

Sarcastic comments on the Huffington Post site:

Jerry Yuill:

Well, that is the oddest sounding Islamic name I’ve ever heard.

Dennis Hastings:

You… you mean… he’s NOT a Syrian refugee?

The article continues:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities took a gunman into custody Friday afternoon after an hours-long standoff inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left three people dead and nine others injured. …

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains released a statement Friday while the attacker was still in the building, saying that their top priority “is the safety of our patients and staff.” …

“We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust,” the statement continued.

Four Planned Parenthood clinics were the targets of attacks in the past four months, including a Washington state clinic that was set on fire and one in California that was fire-bombed in a similar fashion.

Earlier this year, a series of heavily edited undercover videos claimed the family planning provider was harvesting fetal tissue after abortions and selling it. The group denies the charges and says it only donates fetal tissue for medical research when the patient requests it, and does not make a profit from the donation.

Congress is investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of fetal tissue donation, and has so far found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Friday’s attack unfolded less than a month after a shooting rampage in Colorado Springs left four people dead, including the gunman.

This past Halloween, 33-year-old Noah Harpham fatally shot three people in the mountain town.

Wild bison back in Colorado, USA, after 150 years


This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Bison Battle – Yellowstone – BBC

13 September 2013

It’s summer in America’s Yellowstone national park. Herds of Elk, Pronghorn and Bison return from their winter feeding grounds to take advantage of America’s richest natural grasslands. But soon the Bison begin to fight for mating rites.

By Judith Kohler in the USA:

Wild Bison Return to the Colorado Prairie

11/6/2015

There was a big party on the rolling prairie of northern Colorado, and the only thing the guests of honor wanted to do was gallop away.

The roughly 200 celebrants were thrilled watching as 10 bison were introduced to their new home – a thousand acres of open space north of Fort Collins. The release on Nov. 1, National Bison Day, marked the first time wild bison have thundered across the Colorado prairie in about 150 years.

“The restoration of bison to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is another important step forward in the conservation of the species,” says Garrit Voggesser, the National Wildlife Federation’s national director of tribal partnerships.

The National Wildlife Federation has worked for more than two decades to restore wild bison to public and tribal lands. In March 2012, along with our tribal partners, NWF succeeded in getting 61 Yellowstone bison transferred to the Fort Peck Reservation. The next fall, 34 of those Yellowstone bison were transferred to the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Then, in November 2014, an additional 134 genetically pure Yellowstone bison were restored to Fort Peck. NWF also worked with the Crane Trust in Nebraska to restore over 60, genetically-pure Yellowstone buffalo to Trust lands in February 2015.

The recent release on open space owned by the city of Fort Collins and Larimer County follows research by Colorado State University into preserving the genetically pure bloodlines of Yellowstone bison while eliminating the threat of disease. The bison in Yellowstone National Park don’t have cattle genes found in most other bison but they do have brucellosis, a disease that can cause pregnant females to abort.

There has never been a documented case of bison spreading brucellosis to livestock but the threat has prompted the policy of killing bison that wander out of Yellowstone. Any Yellowstone bison relocated to tribal or public lands would have to be quarantined for up to two years.

The Return of a Western Icon

Now, Colorado State University researchers believe they’ve found a way to rebuild populations of genetically pure, disease-free bison. The 10 bison roaming in northern Colorado include the offspring of Yellowstone bison whose embryos and semen were rid of brucellosis bacteria before artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

The long-term goal is to have hundreds of the animals roaming about 10,000 acres of prairie – and to build a herd of genetically pure, disease-free bison that can be a foundation for more herds in the West.

The day of the bison’s release, everyone was focused on the immediate: celebrating the return of a big part of the Western landscape that’s been missing for far too long.

Brian Kurzel, the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center executive director, and his family, including his kids Peter and Sophie, joined Voggesser at the event.

The National Wildlife Federation and partners have worked with tribes on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana to transfer Yellowstone basin to tribal lands and to get wild bison on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Members of the Crow Nation in south-central Montana led prayers and songs to welcome the return of bison to its historic homeland. Listen to some of the Crow tribe members singing at the bison release.

Preserving and perpetuating the genetics of the Yellowstone bison is crucial to rebuilding wild bison populations. The Yellowstone herd is the link to an era when as many as 30 million bison wandered in huge masses across North America. After over-hunting and westward settlement, only a few wild bison were left.

A.J. Not Afraid, secretary-elect of the Crow Nation, told The Denver Post that bison are a national animal, like the eagle. He said, “Their survival depends on these conservation programs. The tribes cannot do it alone.”

Support the National Wildlife Federation Tribal Lands Partnerships Program to help return wild bison to tribal lands!