Kill Parkland massacre survivor, United States policeman says

In the USA, there are not just right-wingers who want to kill people for being gay. There are also right-wingers who want to kill people for surviving a school massacre and protesting against gun violence.

This video from the USA about Florida state says about it:

Cop Wants Parkland Survivor Killed

29 May 2018

A cop is facing a considerable amount of backlash after advocating that someone should run over a Parkland shooting survivor.

“Brian Valenti, the Coconut Creek K-9 officer who posted a snide comment on Facebook that triggered public outrage, is being suspended for five days and will be required to undergo sensitivity training, the department said Tuesday. Valenti told Police Chief Butch Arenal he regretted posting a comment saying he hoped Parkland activist David Hogg would get hit by a car during Friday’s protest at Publix.

The 23-year veteran told his supervisors it was meant as a joke, but he now realizes it was not funny. He told the chief he plans to apologize in person to Hogg and other organizers of the event. Hogg said Tuesday, “Cops are meant to protect and serve communities, not spread hate and violence among them.”

Policeman Valenti did not invent advocating the killing of demonstrators by running them over with cars.

It was practiced by a neonazi who murdered anti-racist demonstrator Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia. And it was practiced by right-winger Daniel Wenzek in Bea, California. The Rupert Murdoch media empire advocated it; definitely not as a ‘joke’.

Both the murder of Heather Heyer and the attempted murder by Daniel Wenzek were inspired by ‘mainstream’ right-wing campaigns by the Rupert Murdoch empire and others encouraging drivers to violently attack Black Lives Matter and other activists with pro-crime slogans like ‘Black Lives Splatter’.

While there were no fatalities reported after the Brea incident, the social media postings of Wenzek along with his overall personal history suggests a psychologically troubled individual with strong sympathies for the “alt-right” movement that inspired the Charlottesville killer.

He is reportedly a registered sex offender, having served a three-year prison sentence for an act he committed against a child under 14 years of age in 2006. After his release from prison in 2009, Wenzek became a born-again Christian and would regularly post Bible verses on his Facebook page.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the United States racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi Internet site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.


Militarized university in Florida, USA

This video from the USA is called ‘How Can you Tell If You’re Becoming Militarized? Doing a Feminist Audit’ By Professor Cynthia Enloe.

By Alex Johnson in the USA:

University of South Florida one of the most militarized in United States

25 May 2018

The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida is one of the most militarized colleges in the nation, with historical ties to the military/intelligence apparatus and an expanded array of military offered programs. USF joins a list of universities that have, over the last two decades, been developed into centers for training and recruiting students and youth for the highest occupations in the American armed forces.

University administrators have promoted this transformation by issuing certain perks, including out-of-state tuition waivers, to prospective students who are military veterans, dependents, or active duty personnel. According to the Military Times EDGE magazine, USF has become the most “veteran friendly” four-year college in the nation. The university has received this title for three consecutive years and has also seen its enrollment of military veterans and dependents increase from 1,774 veterans in fall 2016 to 1,838 in 2017, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

USF is also the only school in the state that participates in the federal Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which is a provision of the post-9/11 GI bill. The program authorizes approved colleges and the Department of Veteran Affairs to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceeds the threshold of the GI bill. Such attractive financial incentives shore up appeal of joining military service, at the expense of spending for public education as a whole.

Indeed, the incentives that schools such as USF offer are part of a national goal of seeking young people who view joining the military as a solution to their inability to pay an expensive college tuition and the lack of decent job opportunities. In fact, after the financial crisis in 2008, when jobs and living standards began to dwindle across the country, the military saw a significant upsurge in its enlistment.

Recruiters and military promoters consciously prey on students as young as middle school age for recruitment or training in different military programs.

At USF, the premier program for grooming students for positions in different branches of the military is the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), a program designed to prepare young adults for future military officer positions. The program offered at USF has a distinguishable character that separates it from most college campuses.

The history of the Army ROTC at the school dates back to 1975 when USF and the University of Tampa agreed to cross-enroll students from UT’s ROTC senior program. By November of 1979, a senior ROTC Battalion was established at USF. This Battalion eventually grew to become the “Suncoast Battalion” with cross-enrollment between USF, Eckerd College, Hillsborough Community College, Saint Leo University, Saint Petersburg College and Pasco-Hernando State College. The university’s military influence grew larger in 2007, when the US Army Cadet Command (USACC) made USF a “super host” for senior ROTC programs, becoming just one of two in the state.

The university is one of 50 schools in the country that hosts ROTC programs from all the nation’s armed services (Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force). In coordination with the ROTC, the university also has a Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC) which is geared towards providing cadets and officer candidates “unique core competencies and skills in leadership development, global understanding, and national security/military/defense strategies.” Meaning that students are introduced to the strategies and tactics that prospective officers are expected to use for invading, attacking and occupying foreign countries.

One significant feature of the program is that it sponsors periodic visits to the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at the Macdill Air Force Base, located in Tampa. This activity serves to provide students “an overview of a major unified combatant command, its mission and function.”

In addition to the visits to Macdill, JMLC also sponsors one ROTC student each year to participate in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC), the leading undergraduate foreign affairs conference in the nation with a special interest in promoting collaboration between youth from different schools.

According to the USF’s webpage on the JMLCs program and activities, one of the goals of the NAFAC is to create a setting where delegates have “a unique opportunity to meet other students from universities/colleges” and “discuss global issues that directly affect U.S. interests and national security.”

Academia and higher education as a whole have become an imperative breeding ground for cultivating the next generation of military generals, officers and soldiers used as cannon fodder for the ruling class. The United States has been involved for more than a quarter century in a stream of uninterrupted and violent wars in the Middle East, from Iraq and Afghanistan, to Libya, Syria, and Yemen. These illegal wars of aggression have devastated entire societies, killed millions of people and produced the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. The financial and corporate oligarchy in the US, including their representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, have deemed it necessary that young people be acclimated into a life of unending wars.

ROTC, which is found in thousands of high schools and colleges across the country, is used to instill jingoistic and chauvinistic attitudes in students as early as possible. Indoctrination into a militarist and police-state mindset, from sports pregame celebrations to active-shooter school drills, is the end goal.

Notably, the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, less than four hours southeast of USF, was carried out by a member of the high school’s Junior ROTC program. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, became accustomed to shooting rifles like the type used to gun down his victims through the military training program.

The militarist Donald Trump was educated at a military academy. However, when the Vietnam war raged, Trump preferred sons of poorer families to do the fighting and dying instead of him (like George W Bush and Dick Cheney did). Trump managed not to go Vietnam on iffy ‘medical’ grounds.

Trump just opened the door for the U.S. gun industry to sell more firearms abroad.

Manatees in Florida, USA, video

This 6 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

In this fun-filled manatee adventure, Jonathan teams up with 7-year-old Elizabeth from “Elizabeth Swims” on a trip to meet Florida manatees. At Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River, Jonathan and Elizabeth come face to face with these huge gentle sea cows as they relax near warm water springs during cold weather.

JONATHAN BIRD‘S BLUE WORLD is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure series featuring underwater cinematographer/naturalist Jonathan Bird.

Baby screech owl listens to singing mockingbird

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

11 May 2018

The only Screech Owlet is totally mesmerized by a Northern Mockingbird singing away on the perch in front of the owl nest box. Owls’ eyes are a window into their soul and you can feel the sense of wonder that she is experiencing as she watches the big world she is about to join outside the nest box.

Great crested flycatchers and owls in Florida, USA

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Great Crested Flycatchers Calling – Close and Loud

23 April 2018

It’s Flycatcher time! A breeding pair of Great Crested Flycatchers are back looking for a nest box in the Backyard. These are loud outgoing birds – they are quiet and secretive all year until breeding time. Problem is Mother Screech Owl is running behind schedule, the flycatchers usually claim the empty owl nest box in April after the owls are done. The owls should be done in about a week so they may wait on her or they may take the flycatcher box I got for them on the house wall. But my experience has been they prefer the owl box, fortunately they have no sense of smell.

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

25 April 2018

The Great Crested Flycatchers are resorting to verbal harassment to try and get Mother Screech Owl out of the prime nest box housing so they can lay their eggs. Of course, Mother Owl is having none of it! There are other nest boxes available, but traditionally the Flycatchers have used this nest box, but momma owl is running behind schedule. I suspect like in some years past the flycatchers will wait a little longer until the owls leave and then claim this box.

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

4 May 2018

Male Eastern Screech Owl pulls a double shift working gathering food all night and guarding the nest box all day. They are surprisingly tolerant of annoying humans pointing cameras at them as they focus on more important things. Think of this as an owl meditation. The male is a bit smaller and has more dark feather highlights than the female. Very soon they will draw the only owlet out of the nest box and take cover in the dense woods then they can all relax!

Northern cardinal eats banana

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

7 April 2018

Close-up quality time with a spectacular male Northern Cardinal eating seeds off of a ripe banana. Having the feeder to himself for awhile Mr. Cardinal makes the most of it and continuously makes the classic cardinal feeding chirp. He might need a napkin after awhile.

Tricoloured heron in Florida, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 April 2018

A beautiful tricolored heron perching on display. This one is unusually relaxed. Typically they take right off when people are near. The tricolored heron is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and is listed as Threatened by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.

I was privileged to see these beautiful birds in Cuba and in Costa Rica.