Faroe Islands religious homophobic politician


This 2012 video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor Advocates Electric Fence for Gays

CNN’s Gary Tuchman talks to church members about their pastor‘s controversial anti-gay sermon.

From PinkNews in Britain:

Christian MP wants to roll back same-sex marriage to ‘correct wrongdoings’

By Nick Duffy, August 16, 2019

A Christian MP in the Faroe Islands has pledged to roll back same-sex marriage, if his party returns to power.

Same-sex unions have been permitted in the Faroe Islands, a self-governing region of Denmark which is home to 50,000 people, since 2017.

However, Centre Party MP Bill Justinussen has vowed to roll back the law, if his party returns to power in the August 31 elections. …

The right-wing lawmaker’s party has never won more than three of the 33 seats in the Faroese Parliament (Løgting), but has served in government on a number of occasions as a junior coalition partner.

Same-sex marriage passed the body by a vote of 19 to 14 in 2016, after polling suggested that around two-thirds of residents supported the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.

A year later, a London-based gay couple accidentally became the first to tie the knot there.

Leslie Travers and Richard McBride, 48 and 37, had wanted a quiet, fuss-free wedding, and did not find out they were the first gay couple to be married in the country until their union attracted attention from local media.

Others same-sex weddings have since taken place.

The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda became the first region in the world to roll back same-sex marriage in 2018, passing a law to re-ban unions after weddings had already begun.

However, same-sex marriages became legal for the second time in October 2018, after a second court ruling struck down the fresh law.

Same-sex weddings have been permitted in Denmark itself since 2012.

Solar eclipse on Faroe islands, video


This video says about itself:

Timelapse captures eclipse over Faroes

20 March 2015

Thousands of solar eclipse followers watch the skies above the Faroe Islands turn dark. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Parrot toadstool is Mushroom of the Year 2014


Parrot toadstools on a Faroe Islands stamp

The parrot toadstool has been elected by Dutch mycologists as Mushroom of the Year 2014.

Toxic whale, dolphin meat


This video says about itself:

Mercury Poisoning in Whale Meat, Seal Meat, Fish – Japanese Minamata Incident

21 August 2009

Whale Meat, Seal Meat, and Seafood contain huge doses of Methyl Mercury – a neurotoxin. Eating Whale meat, Seal Meat, & Fish contaminated with Methyl or Organic elemental Mercury causes brain damage, mental retardation, tremors, and brain tissue damage. Most people are aware of health officials’ warnings about fish; however, thousands are unaware that the dosages contained in Whale Meat and Seal Meat is from 10x to 9,000x the dose in fish. Thousands of times above the human limit.

Even worse, some are unaware that eating whale meat, seal meat, and seafood can cause damage to their genitals, cause their future children to be born deformed, or result in their child being born learning disabled. Even 1 ingestion of this material has been shown to cause human damage.

The horrible effects of Mercury Poisoning from eating sea food was exemplified by the Minamata disaster in Japan, where Japanese ingested fish contaminated with the substance. Recall that the levels contained in Seal meat in Canada, and Whale Meat obtained by Japanese whalers are 10 to thousands of times the levels in fish. By the time a human ingests the whale meat or seal meat, the seal or whale has ingested thousands upon thousands of fish, and builds up using a process known as Bio-Accumulation. Japanese, Inuit, Norwegians, and Faroese who have ingested whale and seal meat are now so contaminated, that their tissue samples can be classified as hazardous waste.

Chronic metal toxicity is a concern in the Canadian Arctic. The findings of high metal levels in wildlife, marine mammals, and the fact that these are used as traditional food by Newfoundlanders and Natives constitutes a major threat to human health. We examined exposure to trace metals through traditional food resources for Inuit living in the eastern Arctic. Mercury, cadmium, and lead were found in local food resources as normally prepared and then eaten. Elevated concentrations of mercury ( ~ 50 micrograms/100 g) were found in seal liver, narwhal mattak, whale meat, and beluga mattak, and relatively high concentrations of cadmium and lead ( ~ 100 micrograms/100 g) were found in seal meat.

Any person supporting the Seal hunt is hurting Inuit, and Canadian citizens who ingest seal flipper or any type of seal meat, or omega3 seal oil product.

Any person supporting Japanese whalers is hurting Japan, hurting Japanese citizens, families, and children.

From Wildlife Extra:

Dangers of mercury in whale meat highlighted by new treaty

New mercury treaty to flag threats to human health of toxic whale & dolphin meat

October 2013. As the world’s first legally binding international treaty to curb the release of mercury into the environment has been signed, a coalition of NGOs urged countries to take immediate steps to address communities at particular risk of contamination from the consumption of whale and dolphin products.

Mercury contaminated meat

“For far too long, coastal communities around the world have been allowed to consume the mercury-contaminated meat of whales, dolphins and porpoises, many in ignorance of the risks involved,” said Clare Perry, Senior Campaigner at the UK-and US-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

“Now signatories to the new treaty must make communities in places as far afield as Japan and the Faroe Islands properly aware of the very serious risks to human health that come from eating the meat of toothed cetaceans.”

Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Minamata and Kumamoto, Japan. The choice of venue is significant as Minamata was the scene of the world’s worst-ever incident of mass mercury poisoning. The outbreak began in 1956 after methylmercury, discharged into the sea from a Chisso Corporation factory, accumulated in fish and shellfish and found its way into the human food chain.

Symptoms of mercury poisoning

Symptoms of mercury poisoning can include loss of muscular coordination, numbness in extremities, damage to hearing and speech, damage to foetal development, paralysis and death.

Dolphin meat in Japan

Dolphin meat sold for consumption in Japan has been found to have mercury levels as high as 98.9 parts per million, some 250 times higher than the Government regulatory level and higher than levels commonly found in the fish that caused Minamata disease.

“Governments have long been well aware of the dangers to human health that come from eating whale and dolphin meat contaminated with mercury and other pollutants, but in some cases they have been neglectfully reticent when it comes to properly protecting their citizens from the risks,” said Sakae Hemmi, of Japanese NGO Elsa Nature Conservancy.

Faroes pilot whales

Based on more than 20 years of medical studies in the Faroe Islands, scientists now advise that the meat of pilot whales killed there is no longer suitable for consumption – but Government recommendations have failed to follow such advice. In 2012, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) passed a consensus resolution noting such concerns and urging governments to take action.

1,300 pilot whales and dolphins killed in the Faroe Islands in 2013

Birgith Sloth, of the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals in Denmark, added: “Increasing awareness of the scientific advice has led to many in the Faroes rejecting pilot whale meat. Despite this, more than 1,300 pilot whales and white-sided dolphins have been killed in the Faroe Islands in 2013, suggesting that some people are consuming huge amounts of whale and dolphin meat. The Faroese Government needs to follow the advice of its own scientists and enforce a strict ban on consuming toxic whale meat”.

Mice travel on Viking ships


This video is called Secrets of the Dead: The Lost Vikings (2000).

From BioMed Central:

The Viking journey of mice and men

House mice (Mus musculus) happily live wherever there are humans. When populations of humans migrate the mice often travel with them. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonization matches that of Viking invasion.

During the Viking age (late 8th to mid 10th century) Vikings from Norway established colonies across Scotland, the Scottish islands, Ireland, and Isle of Man. They also explored the north Atlantic, settling in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Newfoundland and Greenland. While they intentionally took with them domestic animals such as horses, sheep, goats and chickens they also inadvertently carried pest species, including mice.

A multinational team of researchers from the UK, USA, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden used techniques designed to characterize genetic similarity, and hence the relatedness of one population, or one individual, with another, to determine a mouse colonization timeline. Modern samples of mouse DNA were collected and compared to ancient samples dating mostly from the 10th to the 12th century. Samples of house mouse DNA were collected from nine sites in Iceland, Narsaq in Greenland, and four sites near the Viking archaeological site, L’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland. The ancient samples came from the Eastern and Western settlements in Greenland and four archaeological sites in Iceland.

Analysis of mouse mitochondrial DNA showed that house mice (M. m. domesticus) hitched a lift with the Vikings, in the early 10th century, into Iceland, either from Norway or the northern part of the British Isles. From Iceland the mice continued their journey on Viking ships to settlements in Greenland. However, while descendants of these stowaways can still be found in Iceland, the early colonizers in Greenland have become extinct and their role has been filled by interloping Danish mice (M. m. musculus) brought by a second wave of European human immigrants.

Dr Eleanor Jones (affiliated with the University of York and Uppsala University) explained, “Human settlement history over the last 1000 years is reflected in the genetic sequence of mouse mitochondrial DNA. We can match the pattern of human populations to that of the house mice.” Prof Jeremy Searle, from Cornell University, continued, “Absence of traces of ancestral DNA in modern mice can be just as important. We found no evidence of house mice from the Viking period in Newfoundland. If mice did arrive in Newfoundland, then like the Vikings, their presence was fleeting and we found no genetic evidence of it.”

See also here.

Stop whaling, Bishop Tutu says


This is a National Geographic video about blue whales.

From Reuters:

Ban all whale hunting, says Tutu

28/11/2008 08:02 – (SA)

Wendell Roelf

Cape Town – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu launched a new global anti-whaling campaign on Thursday, which seeks to ban all whaling.

“What makes it even worse is the brutality (of whale hunting),” said Tutu, a Nobel peace laureate, at the launch.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which backs the campaign, says whales are usually hunted with grenade-tipped harpoons that explode inside the animal.

The world imposed a moratorium on all whale hunts in 1986 after many species were driven towards extinction by decades of exploitation for meat, oil and whalebone.

Japan, Norway and Iceland still hunt minke whales, arguing they are plentiful.

The campaign has other high profile supporters including British actor Pierce Brosnan.

From New Scientist:

Chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption, because they are toxic – as revealed by research on the Faroes themselves.

The remote Atlantic islands, situated between Scotland and Iceland, have been one of the last strongholds of traditional whaling, with thousands of small pilot whales killed every year, and eaten by most Faroese.

Anti-whaling groups have long protested, but the Faroese argued that whaling is part of their culture – an argument adopted by large-scale whalers in Japan and Norway.

But today in a statement to the islanders, chief medical officers Pál Weihe and Høgni Debes Joensen announced that pilot whale meat and blubber contains too much mercury, PCBs and DDT derivatives to be safe for human consumption.

Endangered Hector’s dolphins being mutilated in New Zealand: here.

Greenpeace protest against whaling and Human Rights breaches: here.

Ocean noise poses grave threat to marine mammals: here.

Navy sonar at whale birthing area worries some: here.

Blue and Sperm whale sightings off southern Sri Lanka: here.

NOAA researchers: Blue whales re-establishing former migration patterns: here.

Brazil declares whole coastline as a whale and dolphin sanctuary: here.

Possible new population of North Atlantic Right whales discovered off Greenland: here.

Blue Whale Discovered Singing In New York Coastal Waters: here.

Southern right whales: here.

Japanese dolphin slaughter video: here.