Jewish graves vandalized in Indiana, USA


Jewish gravestone, with the German word 'Jude' daubed on it

From the Jewish Telegraph Agency in the USA:

3 suspects arrested in vandalism of Jewish grandparents’ gravestone in Indiana

January 5, 2017 9:33am

Three people have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the headstone of a Jewish couple buried in the cemetery of a small Indiana town.

An anonymous tip to police led to the arrests on Tuesday night, according to local news reports in Scottsburg.

Angeliquca Tompkins, 19, and Matthew Terry, 20, are charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing; they are being held in the county jail. The third suspect was a female juvenile who was released to the custody of her parents.

The words “F***ing Jew” were spray-painted in white across the back of the double headstone, on top of the large Jewish star, in the Scottsburg Cemetery, one of the few headstones with a Jewish name on it. Two other headstones in the cemetery were later discovered vandalized.

On Monday, a grandson of the couple posted a photo of the headstone on Facebook and offered a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attack. The photo has been liked more than 16,000 times and shared more than 40,000 times.

Jarin Gladstein told a local news station: “The fact that words spread fast, obviously from Facebook, but it’s awesome that we got together and somebody obviously spilled the guts and said who it was, which I appreciate because I feel like that should pay for what they’ve done.”

Gladstein prior to the arrests had told the local media that he was “livid, upset, sick,” over the desecration.

The vandalized Gladstein gravestone

Law enforcement officials announced Friday that they seized 83 guns, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, and a helmet with a Nazi insignia from the home of a Lexington, Massachusetts man facing civil rights charges, the Boston Globe reported: here.

Bomb Threats Reported at Jewish Centers in Four U.S. States: here.

A score of Jewish centers in the Eastern U.S. faced false bomb threats Monday.

JEWISH CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RECEIVING BOMB THREATS More than 20 were reported on Wednesday alone. [Willa Frej and Andy Campbell, HuffPost]

Poisoned water in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

TYT EXCLUSIVE: Lead Tests From East Chicago Are In.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Indiana Woman Was Healthy…Until Moving Into Lead Haven

5 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Akeesha Daniels, an East Chicago, Indiana resident and single mother, about her struggles trying to find new housing after her and other residents were told they would have to leave the West Calumet Complex.

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Byron Duke Florence, a former NFL wide receiver and kick returner, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in February, 2016—several months after it was revealed there was lead contamination in his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana.

‘Sanders more electable anti-Trump candidate than Hillary Clinton’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Is Sanders the Better Candidate to Defeat Trump?

4 May 2016

Robert McChesney analyses the Indiana primary outcomes and the election trajectory for the candidates and the voters.

DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACK LINES FOR HILLARY CLINTON From Bill Clinton’s infidelities to Benghazi, Trump will attempt to portray Hillary Clinton as “fundamentally corrupt.” The New York Times takes a look at his “psychological warfare tactics.” [NYT]

The emergence of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee marks a dangerous watershed for US and world politics. The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy. The impending nomination of Trump means that a substantial section of the American ruling class has concluded that the defense of its interests requires massive political repression within the United States and war against competitors and enemies beyond its borders: here.

Why do millennials like Bernie Sanders so much? I love that this is a mystery to Washington. It’s the authenticity, stupid. You can’t fake a 40 year record. This is a generation that grew up in a time when entertainment and media is based on authenticity and not the fakeness of television. Like Diogenes, when millennials went on their pursuit to find the one honest man in politics, it was obvious that man was Bernie Sanders: here.

When 25-year-old Cassandra McWade got in a car accident on a highway in Asheville, North Carolina, on Monday, Ken Shupe drove his tow truck to the scene. But when he saw that McWade, who has disabilities, had Bernie Sanders signs on her Toyota Camry, he decided he wouldn’t help…. Shupe said he initially supported Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. But now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Shupe is going to support him “110 percent,” he said: here.

Trump and women: here.

Trump wins Republican primary, Cruz gives up


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 May 2016

After his loss in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz is bowing out of the 2016 race. It has become mathematically impossible for him to win, and now Donald Trump will be the nominee. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Down Goes Ted Cruz!

This 3 May 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Republicans Will Nominate National Embarrassment Donald Trump

Donald Trump Just Won Indiana — And The Republican Nomination: here.

Billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Republican and Democratic primaries in Indiana Tuesday. The Trump victory was particularly significant, since it effectively clinches the Republican nomination for a fascistic candidate who has campaigned on a program of racist attacks on immigrants and Muslims, extreme nationalism and militarism, including supporting torture and mass killing of civilians: here.

Ted Cruz Accidentally Punches And Elbows His Wife In The Face After Dropping Out. The clumsy blows followed Cruz’ announcement: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Beck Keeps Saying God Chose Ted Cruz

3 May 2016

If you ever wanted a reason to NOT vote for Ted Cruz, you have only to…well, look at him yeah, but listen to him. And listen to his supporters, who are as vile in their own way as Trump’s. Look at Glenn Beck, who says in no uncertain terms that Cruz has been sent by his God to rule over us…

Read more here.

John Kasich To Drop Out Of 2016 Republican Presidential Race: Reports. And then there was one: here.

After Republican Trump, Cruz advocates anti-heckler violence


This video from the USA says about itself:

Cruz Advocates Spanking Young Heckler

2 May 2016

A young heckler shouted at Ted Cruz during a campaign stop in Indiana. Cruz responded by saying he longed for the days when you could spank your children. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jimmy Dore hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that the best response to a young protester who yelled “you suck” during a campaign rally in Indiana would be a good spanking. It’s the second time the Republican presidential candidate has brought up the controversial form of physical punishment on the campaign trail.

“Children should actually speak with respect,” Cruz said. …

Cruz then shared some parenting advice from his own family. “You know, in my household, when a child behaves that way, they get a spanking,” he continued, prompting cheers from the crowd.”

Read more here.

In the nineteenth century, Republican party president Abraham Lincoln used to deal with hecklers by replying to them wittily. Now, in 2016, prospective Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deals with them by advocating violence. And so does his rival Ted Cruz.

Barred owl nest live on webcam


This video from the USA is called Female Barred Owl Fed Crayfish by Mate, Rolls Eggs. 9 March 2016.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA writes about this today:

Deep in the suburban wilds of central Indiana, the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owls have returned for a third year on cam. Nestled beneath the down feathers of the female owl are three white eggs, due to be incubated for 4-5 weeks before hatching. For the last two years, the owls have had great success raising their young, fledging five owlets from five eggs.

During the day you can listen to the sounds of spring arriving to the forests, while at night watch as a steady stream of interesting prey items are delivered to the nest box by the male owl. Watch along as the owlets transform from close-eyed, downy fluffballs to fierce, sometimes clumsy youngsters before setting out to explore the world. Watch cam.

Bats hibernating and mating, new study


This video is about bat hibernation in Endless Cave, in Washington County, Indiana, USA.

From PLOS One:

Bats Swarm Where They Hibernate: Compositional Similarity between Autumn Swarming and Winter Hibernation Assemblages at Five Underground Sites

Jaap van Schaik, René Janssen, Thijs Bosch, Anne-Jifke Haarsma, Jasja J. A. Dekker, Bart Kranstauber

Abstract

During autumn in the temperate zone of both the new and old world, bats of many species assemble at underground sites in a behaviour known as swarming. Autumn swarming behaviour is thought to primarily serve as a promiscuous mating system, but may also be related to the localization and assessment of hibernacula. Bats subsequently make use of the same underground sites during winter hibernation, however it is currently unknown if the assemblages that make use of a site are comparable across swarming and hibernation seasons.

Our purpose was to characterize the bat assemblages found at five underground sites during both the swarming and the hibernation season and compare the assemblages found during the two seasons both across sites and within species. We found that the relative abundance of individual species per site, as well as the relative proportion of a species that makes use of each site, were both significantly correlated between the swarming and hibernation seasons. These results suggest that swarming may indeed play a role in the localization of suitable hibernation sites. Additionally, these findings have important conservation implications, as this correlation can be used to improve monitoring of underground sites and predict the importance of certain sites for rare and cryptic bat species.

Bats in Wassenaar World War II bunkers: here. And here.

Bats hibernating in Dutch Drenthe: here.

WWII ALMOST INVOLVED A BAT BOMB “Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Everyone braces. But when it explodes, the city is filled not with the flash of impact, but with hundreds and hundreds of tiny, whirling bats. This ridiculous vision — in which Japanese cities were destroyed by a giant bomb full of bats that were themselves carrying tinier bombs — was called Project X-Ray, and it was but a claw’s breadth from becoming a reality.” [Atlas Obscura]