Florida Islamophobe’s crusade against Arabic numerals

This video says about itself:

3 September 2013

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

By Tom Boggioni in the USA:

Conservative Florida mom vows to stop her children from learning about Islam and Arabic numerals

06 Oct 2015 at 14:29 ET

A Florida mom posted a rambling 15 minute video to her Facebook account complaining that her son’s high school world history class textbook spends an entire chapter on Muslims and advances in the Islamic world, including the “origin of Ay-rabic numerals.”

According to the post by Christian Kayla Normandin, she had previously promised to share a video detailing objections she has with the history book being used in her son’s class. …

Touching upon developments in education, astronomy, architecture, art, agriculture, science and mathematics in the Islamic world, Normandin drew attention to the development of the Arabic numeric system — the most common numeric system used in the world today.

“It even has the origin of ‘Ay-rabic’ numerals,” she read from the book …

Following her review of the chapter, Normandin asserted, “We need to stand up against this, y’all. Our children don’t need to be taught this. It’s not teaching them facts. It’s not teaching them truth. It’s basically telling them that this is going to be the way of life.”

She went on to state that she will go as far as she needs to go to get the textbook pulled, saying, “My children aren’t going to learn this.”

Sandra Bland dead, not forgotten in Florida, USA

This 20 July 2015 video from Texas, USA is called Sandra Bland, Candle Light Visual, Prairie View A&M.

From Central Florida Future in the USA:

Sigma Gamma Rho hosts vigil to honor Sandra Bland

Shanae E Hardy

11:46 p.m. EDT September 13, 2015

A thin sliver of fire burning from a cylinder candle danced in the wind to represent the life of activist Sandra Bland.

On Sunday, the Lambda Mu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated hosted a vigil in front of the UCF Reflecting Pond to honor its soror, Bland, who allegedly committed suicide after she was pulled from her car during a traffic stop and arrested by a Texas officer for refusing to throw out a cigarette.

Erin Mitchell, a junior public administration major, said the event not only revitalized the memory of Bland, but it was symbolic in the nature of her advocacy and demise.

“The purpose of this event was to continue to shed light on our soror Sandra Bland because we all know that she passed in a very mysterious way that they have yet to come to a solution for. We want to keep the knowledge and spotlight on her,” Mitchell, the sorority’s chapter president, said.

The vigil was initiated with a prayer and followed by a performance from the Gospel and Cultural Choir at UCF.

As the choir memoirs robustly sang, “We Give You All the Glory,” members of the sorority passed around and lit candles illuminating the passageway in front of Millican Hall.

After a poem was recited, apples were passed out to represent the foundation of knowledge in which Bland was embedded.

Tony Hill, the secretary of Sigma Gamma Rho’s graduate chapter, said the apples were important to close out the event because it will stand as a tool of reminder for people to continue to seek knowledge in Bland’s controversial case.

“We would like honor her memory and make everyone aware that, you know, as African-Americans, not only African-Americans, but as human beings on this planet we have a duty to become aware of what’s going on in our culture and our society and the world as a whole,” Hill said.

Hill said the sorority plans to continue to fight for the truth behind Bland’s case and localize the issue on UCF’s campus.

“As the apple is the symbol for education, we also want people to use their knowledge and wisdom and to research. Research your rights. Research the rights you have and with the police or anyone, we all have rights,” she said.

Mitchell, Hill and the rest of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority members are motivating students to seek more details and shed light on Bland’s case by using the hashtags #sayhername and #Sandyspeaks on social media.

Although, the candles were eventually blown out, the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority will continue igniting the effects of social injustice in the minds of students at UCF.

“The best thing [students] can take away is that social injustices are still alive,” Mitchell said.

US American killer of Trayvon Martin now pro-slavery ‘artist’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trayvon Martin’s parents lead rallies in US

20 July 2013

Trayvon Martin’s parents have been joined by celebrities, civil rights activists and protesters as they led rallies in New York and Florida to show their anger at the acquittal of the man who shot and killed their unarmed teenage son. Sybrina Fulton led a rally of more than a thousand people in New York, along with veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, where she told the crowd that the picture painted of her son, Trayvon, during the trial depicted a man she did not recognise. Marches, under the banner of “Justice for Trayvon”, also took place in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and many other cities. Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York City.

By James Tweedie in Britain:

US: Killer’s Confederate art on sale in gun shop

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Flag paintings by Trayvon Martin’s shooter are on sale in anti-Muslim shop

A FLORIDA gun shop that refuses to serve Muslims is selling signed prints of a Confederate flag painted by the killer of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman painted his version of the symbol of slavery as a tribute to Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan “for being a true patriot and leading the country into a better, safer America.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Confederate Flag: No Honor in Fighting for an Unjust Cause

1 July 2015

Bill Starr has a South Carolina lineage that predates the Revolution, and ancestors who fought in the Civil War for the Confederate States of America. He wants the Confederate flag to come down. [MORE: here.]

Annabel Park of Story of America spoke to Mr. Starr during the ceremonial lying in state for slain Civil Rights leader and State Senator Clementa Pinckney at the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia, SC.

The Confederate battle flag was raised over the South Carolina capitol dome in 1962 as a symbol of defiance of the Civil Rights movement. In 2002, a compromise in the state legislature moved the flag to a Confederate war memorial in front of the dome, with the United States flag and the South Carolina state flag replacing the Confederate flag atop the dome.

In the wake of the June 17, 2015 massacre at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, lawmakers including both US Senators and the governor of the state (all Republicans) asked the legislature to vote to remove the flag from state grounds as a symbol of healing, unity and inclusion.

“It’s unbearable to think that a hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, fifty years after the end of legal segregation, that people are still being murdered for the crime of having been the victims of the greatest crime in history, which is what slavery was” begins Starr. He recounts his Confederate ancestry but explains that they weren’t slave-owners, just poor people drafted “sent to fight for a bunch of rich slave owners to defend the most unjust institution in history, and there is no honor in that, there is nothing to be proud of in that. The 300,000 Confederate soldiers who died in that war were murdered by slavery just as surely as the millions who died on the plantations.”

The James Tweedie article continues:

The prints are being sold at the discount price of $50 (£32) on the shop’s website, accompanied by a paranoid “mini-documentary” video dated Monday entitled Cultural Cleansing & Bias Media = Time for Change! featuring reactionaries such as rocker Ted Nugent.

The signed canvas crudely depicts the Confederate battle flag with the slogan “the second defends our first,” implying that the constitutional second amendment right to bear arms is the only protection of the first amendment right to freedom of speech.

The killer explains: “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by Cair,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“The second flag I painted was the battle flag, which we need in America in order to protect the first.”

The website claims: “You cannot have the first amendment without the second, and you cannot have the American flag if you remove the battle flag,” in apparent ignorance of the fact that the present US flag pre-dates the Confederate banner by 84 years.

The website screams: “The media is calling you racist. Why are they calling you racist if you’re not?” claiming that the flag is only used by “a small amount (sic) of people to incite racism.”

A previous daub by Mr Zimmerman of the US flag sold on eBay for $100,000 (£64,000).

The armed vigilante was controversially acquitted in 2013 of the murder of Mr Martin, who was carrying nothing but a soft drink and a bag of sweets when he was shot the previous year.

The trial of Glendon Crawford, accused of trying to build a mobile X-ray gun to kill worshippers at a mosque in New York state, began on Monday.

Mr Crawford’s lawyer argued that his client should be acquitted because the device was useless.

United States civil rights activist Julian Bond dies

This video from the USA says about itself:

Angela Davis interviewed by Julian Bond: Explorations in Black Leadership Series

21 July 2009

Julian Bond interviews Angela Davis, civil rights activist and university professor. Dr. Davis is professor emeritus at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Their shared conversation explores her personal history and her continuing roles in human rights causes and campaigns. The series is presented by the Institute for Public History at the University of Virginia.

From Associated Press in the USA:

US civil rights activist Julian Bond dies aged 75

Longtime NAACP chair described as a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights

Sunday 16 August 2015 13.03 BST

Julian Bond, a US civil rights activist and longtime chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has died aged 75.

Bond died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement in the US. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, and as its communications director he was on the frontline of protests that led to landmark civil rights laws.

He later served as chair of the 500,000-member NAACP for a decade, but declined to run again for the post in 2010. He also served in the Georgia state legislature and was a professor at American University in Washington DC and the University of Virginia.

The Southern Poverty Law Center called Bond a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. “With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” the centre’s co-founder, Morris Dees, said.

“He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognised the common humanity in us all,” Dees said.

Bond is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former staff lawyer for the law centre, his five children, a brother and a sister.

SPLC statement on Julian Bond’s death: here.

Mr Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 but was barred from taking his seat because of his anti-Vietnam war stance. The Supreme Court ruled in his favour and he took office in ’67: here.

Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment: here.

New fish species discovery in Gulf of Mexico

This video from California in the USA says about itself:

The anglerfish: The original approach to deep-sea fishing

21 November 2014

Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 cm long, is named Melanocetus. It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. MBARI‘s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

This video says about itself:

Fishing in the deep: observations of a deep-sea anglerfish

22 August 2012

This video shows never-before seen footage of a deep-sea angler fish, Chaunacops coloratus. In it, we summarize recent work by scientists at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The video seen here was recorded by MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts at depths of 7,800 – 10,800 feet below the ocean’s surface. For more information please see MBARI’s news release.

From CBS Miami in the USA:

NSU Researcher Discovers New Species Of Fish

August 5, 2015 10:44 AM

FT LAUDERDALE – As the saying goes “There’s plenty of fish in the sea,” well a Nova Southeastern University researcher recently discovered one that has never been seen before.

Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., who is part of team at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, discovered the new species of Ceratioid anglerfish in the northern Gulf of Mexico at a depth between 1,000-1,500 meters.

Sutton was able to identify the fish with assistance of Dr. Theodore Pietsch from the University of Washington.

At the ocean depths this fish lives in, there is no sunlight. The only light is that from creatures that produce bioluminescence, which means they generate their own light source.

The three female specimens found ranged in size from 30-95 mm in length. Looking at the fish, one quickly understands how anglerfishes get their common name.

They have an appendage at the top of their head, which resembles a fishing pole of sorts. And, like its human counterparts, this fish dangles the appendage until an unsuspecting fish swims up thinking they found a meal, only to quickly learn that they are, in fact, a meal themselves.

“Every time we go out on a deep-sea research excursion there’s a good chance we’ll see something we’ve never seen before – the life at these depths is really amazing,” Dr. Sutton said.

As for this new anglerfish, the three female specimens are considered “type specimens” (i.e. they define the species,) and as such, will reside in the Ichthyology Collection at the University of Washington, which is home to the world’s largest deep-sea anglerfish collection.

Dr. Sutton studies the ecology of marine systems, particularly those of the open ocean. As part of those efforts, Dr. Sutton is leading a team of scientists and researchers studying the effects of oil spills on deep-sea marine life. That project recently received a boost, thanks to a financial award from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI.) NSU was awarded $8.5 million and is one of 12 organizations selected to receive part of $140 million for continued research in the area of oil spills and how we respond to them.

Beach visitors save injured hammerhead shark

This video from the USA says about itself:

Brothers Save Hammerhead Shark. Destin, Florida 2015

21 July 2015

Me and my brother fight to save an injured hammerhead shark on the Destin, FL shoreline and bravely took it to safety away from the public. My brother, once realizing it was injured, swam out to bring it to shore away from people still in the water. I filmed this heroic display as he dragged the injured 10 ft. hammerhead to shore. The shark was pulled to shore and we realized it had several deep sea fishing hooks in its mouth as well as steel fishing line tangled in and around its head. My brother, along with help from bystanders worked to get the hooks out and save the dying shark. My brother was able to pull the shark into deeper water until it was able to swim away safely in an attempt to avoid further injuring itself or the public.

All of the distress and yelling heard in the background were caused by a natural fear from certain individuals and lack of understanding the situation as well as the behaviors of hammerhead sharks. Once bystanders realized we were trying to help the shark they quickly did what they could to help

Shot on a GoPro Hero 3+ and iPhone 5

From WJHG.com in Florida in the USA:

Visitors Help Hammerhead Shark

Tue 9:51 PM, July 21, 2015

By: Zak Dahlheimer

DESTIN– UPDATE: 7/21/15 6:24 P.M.

Marcus and Logan Lakos try to make it down to the Panhandle for the summer every year.

But this year’s visit they say came with a catch.

Marcus captured his younger brother Logan pulling an injured hammerhead shark to shore at Henderson Beach State Park Monday, where they eventually removed two hooks and a lure from its mouth.

And now with battle scars after pulling the shark to shore, Logan says it was a wave of adrenaline that came over him, looking out for his mother also in the water.

“I started pulling it in and it was kind of scary, but hammerhead sharks aren’t really that dangerous to humans,” said Logan. “Knowing that, I pulled it in. Everyone else was freaking out so it was hard to bring him in. But once people started realizing we were trying to help it, some of the other guys around were all crowding around it and trying to help it.”

When he saw his brother going to save the shark, Marcus says his first instinct was to get this on video.

“I’m just like, ‘I’m going to grab my camera,'” said Marcus. “Because Logan, he’s the brave one. He’s swimming out trying to help grab it, so I wanted to grab whatever I can on film since I’m the film person. I’m sitting there, and out of nowhere, he’s dragging this thing onto shore.”

After originally pulling it onshore, both brothers say the shark ended up swimming back out into the water. After that they say they went about 50 to 100 feet down the beach, where they ended up pulling the two hooks and lure out of the shark’s mouth.

Both brothers say they’ve received praise from people who witnessed the event.

But Logan says it was really about grabbing life by the tail.

“If you see a shark out in the water, it’s not always a bad thing to grab your camera and enjoy one of nature’s greatest creatures,” said Logan.

Logan says the shark did not appear to have any other injuries after the hooks are lure were removed.

Marcus Lakos and his brother, Logan, were visiting Destin from Texas when they saw a hammerhead shark swimming near the beach.

They say Logan noticed something hanging out from the shark’s mouth and pulled it by its tail to the shore.

With the help of a few bystanders, Logan took out what appears to be a steel hook from a deep sea fishing line that was caught in the shark’s mouth.

Both brothers say they know something about sharks, Logan is an avid fisherman, and say they had an idea the shark would not hurt them.

Good Florida sea turtle news

This video from the USA says about itself:

Baby Turtles Being Born on the Beach

13 September 2013

Leatherback turtles hatching and marching towards the ocean in Vero Beach, Florida.

From NPR in the USA:

Florida Sea Turtles Stage Amazing Comeback

July 13, 2015 4:42 PM ET

When scientists first started counting the nests of green sea turtles in one area in the 1980s, they found fewer than 40 nests. In their last check, they counted almost 12,000.


In Florida, sea turtles are making a comeback. The green turtle is leading the way. It’s a species that a few decades ago was close to disappearing from the state, and the scope of its recovery is virtually unprecedented for an endangered species in the United States. As Amy Green of member station WMFE reports, the gains are most apparent at a refuge on Florida’s east coast. It’s the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, and it’s one of the most significant sea turtle nesting sites in the world.

AMY GREEN, BYLINE: A sea turtle emerges from the waves alone, in darkness. At 3 feet long and 300 pounds, her barnacle-encrusted body is cumbersome on land, accustomed to weightlessness.

HEATHER STAPLETON: They look like an ancient dark behemoth.

GREEN: That’s Heather Stapleton of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a research and conservation organization for the reptiles that are as old as dinosaurs.

STAPLETON: She comes up out of the surf, and she’s there. She lifts her head up a couple of times, usually, in the air to take breaths and kind of feel her way around.

GREEN: She finds a nesting site well above the tide. Her breathing is labored as her flippers fling sand over her eggs, concealing them from predators during their two-month incubation. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1991 to preserve this 20-mile beach on Florida’s east coast for nesting sea turtles like this one. It’s working.

LOU EHRHART: As a scientist, I have to be a little bit careful about how I throw the word miracle around, but yes, I agree that, in this case, it is really quite extraordinary.

GREEN: Lou Ehrhart is a University of Central Florida researcher who has counted sea turtle nests in this refuge since the mid-’80s. He says the green turtle‘s recovery is especially astounding.

EHRHART: In those first three years, we had 30 or 40 green turtle nests, and the summer before last, we had 11,840. That’s just unheard of.

GREEN: Statewide, sea turtles are thriving. Nearly all of the nation’s sea turtle nests are here in Florida. Most credit the Endangered Species Act, which brought sea turtles under protection in 1978. Sea turtles don’t begin reproducing until their early 20s. That’s why researchers thinks their populations multiply every couple of decades and why we’re seeing a boom now.

Ehrhart also points to state protections of Florida beaches aimed at discouraging development and preserving them for nesting. This is important because while sea turtles can migrate thousands of miles, they almost always return to the same beach to nest.

Sea turtles still face many hurdles. In the United States, all sea turtles remain threatened or endangered. In the Pacific Ocean, leatherback populations are plunging. Back at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, this nesting sea turtle is disappearing into the waves.

STAPLETON: Yeah, now she’s going faster.

GREEN: Oh, such relief for her to be floating and weightless again.

She might nest five more times during the summer, laying nearly a thousand eggs. But most baby sea turtles never reach adulthood because of predators and other dangers like dehydration under the sun. She never will know what becomes of them because sea turtles never come back to their nests.

More than half the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish, a new study has found: here.