Norwegian golden eagles threatened?


This is a golden eagle video from Spain.

From BirdLife:

Norway’s Golden Eagles could be under threat

By Christopher Sands, 3 June 2016

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce the population of Golden Eagles in the belief this will reduce the deaths of livestock, including reindeer, which some believe are killed by Golden Eagles.

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening (BirdLife in Norway) considers this idea unfounded in the scientific evidence, riskily setting a precedent for other Nordic and European countries and actually unlikely to result in a reduction of losses in livestock. Extensive scientific evidence cited by NOF indicates that the loss of livestock to Golden Eagles is not related to the population density of the birds.

Kjetil Solbakken, CEO of NOF, says “Shooting Golden Eagles is unheard of in Europe. The removal of Golden Eagles that haven’t caused any damage will almost certainly…place Norway in the international Hall of Shame.” Norway’s own Environment Agency does not support this weakening of the protections for Norwegian Golden Eagles.

NOF is hopeful that international awareness of this loosening of the law protecting the Golden Eagle based on flawed and misinterpreted science will be seen as a dangerous wedge in species protection, and a door to an open season on a protected species that sets a terrible precedent. They have launched a petition drive; click here to view and support.

Pre-Viking settlement discovery in Norway


A delicate blue glass bead found during the recent dig in Norway. Photo: Age Hojem, NTNU University Museum

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

1,500-year-old Viking settlement discovered underneath Norwegian airport

The site discovered expands across an area roughly the size of 13 football pitches

Will Grice

A 1,500-year-old Viking settlement has been discovered underneath an airport in Norway.

1,500-year-old means 6th century AD. So, well before the Viking age, of Scandinavian attacks in non-Scandinavian countries, is said to begin, about 790 AD. I would call it a pre-Viking settlement, not a Viking settlement.

During expansion work on the Ørland Airport, archaeologists found a plot of ancient land that reportedly to expand across 91,000 square metres – just under the size of 13 football pitches.

Some of the artefacts pulled from the excavation site include jewellery, animal bones and a shard from a green glass goblet.

It is believed the area was inhabited by a fishing community, with a large proportion of the site acting as an Iron Age rubbish tip, known as a midden.

This is the first time materials of this age have been discovered in Norway, with many of the archaeologists believing the remains were in good condition due to the soil in the area having low-acidity.

Historians have long anticipated the area to be rich with ancient artefacts but have previously been unable to excavate it due to government restrictions on archaeological digs.

The law require[s] archaeologists to wait for an opportunity to excavate an area to arise before commencing a dig, meaning the government’s plan to purchase 52 F-35 fighter jets and expand Ørland Airport came at exactly the right time.

Buying expensive warplanes, and especially super-expensive F-35 aka Joint Strike Fighter planes with all their scandals and problems, never comes at the right time. Though this time, it happened to help archaeology. The Iran-Iraq war happened to help leopards. Israeli-Syrian warfare happened to help wolves. That does not make these wars any less bloody and horrible.

“This as a very strategic place,” Ingrid Ystgaard, the dig’s project manager told Ars Technica.

“It was a sheltered area along the Norwegian coastal route from southern Norway to the northern coasts. And it was at the mouth of Trondheim Fjord, which was a vital link to Sweden and the inner regions of mid-Norway.

“Nothing like this has been examined anywhere in Norway before.

“Now our job is to find out what happened here, how people lived. We discover new things every day we are out in the field. It’s amazing.”

Norwegian politician’s sympathy for school murder Swedish nazi


This video says about itself:

Swedish school murderer Anton Lundin Pettersson

23 October 2015

He was dressed like Darth Vader as he killed a teacher and a student with a sword at a school in Trollhättan, Sweden. The horrifying attack happened at a high school in the city on the morning of October 22. The suspect has been named as Anton Lundin Pettersson, 21. Cops were called to the scene at 10:10 a.m. local time on October 22. In total, three people are dead, including Pettersson. Reports from Sweden indicate that two others are in stable but serious condition.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Students Posed for Photos With Pettersson Thinking He Was Dressed for Halloween

Anton Lundin-Pettersson Facebook page
(Facebook)

The BBC reports that the suspect is not known to local police in Trollhättan. The network says that he killed a student and a teacher at the school with a sword, while injuring another teacher and student. There was so much confusion during the attack that pupils at the Kronan School posed for photos with Pettersson, thinking it was all part of a Halloween joke.

He was shot and killed by responding police officers to the school. Pettersson was a resident of Trollhättan, according to his Facebook page. The two dead people were found at the entrance to the school. A police spokesperson said that more than one knife was used in the attack. He acted alone, reports Russia Today.

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Police work at the scene of the school. (Getty)

Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, a student at the school, using the pseudonym Sara, described that Pettersson was blaring “horrible, Halloween-type” music. When students left their classrooms they saw Pettersson, thinking it was a prank, the students went to take photos with him. After a teacher tried to move him along, Sara says Pettersson stabbed that man. Sara and her friends ran and although he chased them, they managed to escape.

Anton Lundin Pettersson: Photos of Trollhattan Killer

A man in a Darth Vader mask killed two people at a Swedish school. His YouTube page shows his sympathies for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
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2. His YouTube Channel Shows His Admiration for Hitler & Nazi Germany

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Police have cordoned off the scene at the school. (Getty)

A police spokesman, Thord Haraldsson said that Pettersson’s home has been searched by investigators and that officers found “interesting things,” according to the BBC report. Haraldsson didn’t comment about Pettersson’s links to Nazi extremism. Though Pettersson’s YouTube page shows an admiration for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Local in Sweden reports that he was also critical of Islam and immigration. The Swedish newspaper Expressen reports that Pettersson was a subscriber to leading right-wing bloggers in the country.

The attack comes as the Swedish government confirmed that in 2015, the country will take in up to 190,000 asylum seekers, stemming from the refugee crisis in Syria.

From The Local in Norway:

Norway politician resigns after sword killer post

Published: 26 Oct 2015 10:15 GMT+01:00

A politician for Norway’s populist right-wing Progress Party

the party of which racist mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik used to be a member

has been forced to resign after posting on Facebook that he could ‘almost understand’ the 21-year-old Swede who unleashed a brutal sword attack at a school on Thursday.

Claus Forberg, 76, who serves in the city council in Kragerø, southern Norway, resigned from the party on Monday.

Forsberg on Friday wrote on a closed Facebook page that he “could almost understand that Swedish fool who ran amok at school with a sword.” He added that he had only called the Swedish killer “a fool” because he had worn a mask.

The apparent approval of the attack by 21-year-old Swede Anton Lundin-Pettersson, which left a 21-year-old teaching assistant and a 15-year-old student dead, was immediately condemned by his own party.

Lundin-Pettersson, a computer gamer who dressed only in black or camouflaged clothes, died on Thursday after being shot by police at the end of his attack. According to Swedish police, he selected his victims by skin colour.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg also said it was “totally unacceptable” for politicians to give any support to violence.

“It is legitimate to discuss politics and express the worries many have, but it is not legitimate to incite violence or give support to violence,” she said.

But Forberg was initially unapologetic, arguing that the failure of governments in Sweden and Norway to control immigration from Muslim countries was forcing people into drastic acts.

He blamed “the politics that are conducted in Norway in Sweden,” where “people give in to Muslims” for the attack.

“The Muslims are in the process of changing Norwegian society,” he wrote.

He told Norway’s ABC news that he himself thought of carrying out similar attacks.

“I can also fantasise about taking the lives of some Arabs,” he said.

Only later, when he realised the extent of the opposition his remarks had triggered, did he admit any fault.

Forberg made his remarks on the “Stop the extreme mass immigration” Facebook group, which is only visible to members.

Swedish police on Friday confirmed that Anton Lundin-Pettersson’s attack was a “hate crime” with victims selected on the basis of their skin colour.

As well as killing two, the 21-year-old wounded three others before he was shot by Swedish police.

Norwegian hiker discovers ancient Viking sword


Press conference on the discovery of the Viking sword, photo by Bjarte Brask Eriksen

From The Local in Norway:

Hiker finds 1,200-yr-old Viking sword in Norway

Published: 21 Oct 2015 07:35 GMT+02:00

A hiker travelling the ancient route between western and eastern Norway found a 1,200-year-old Viking sword after sitting down to rest after a short fishing trip.

The sword, found at Haukeli in central southern Norway will be sent for conservation at the University Museum of Bergen.

Jostein Aksdal, an archeologist with Hordaland County said the sword was in such good condition that if it was given a new grip and a polish, it could be used today.

“The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” he said.

“When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,” he said.

He said that judging by the sword’s 77cm length, it appeared to come from 750-800AD.

“This was a common sword in Western Norway. But it was a costly weapon, and the owner must have used it to show power,” he said.

Rare black-throated thrush on Texel island


This 2013 video is about a black-throated thrush in Norway.

Today, Dutch birder Ruud van Beusekom saw a young female black-throated thrush.

This Asian species is rare in western Europe.

The bird is near Loodsmansduin camping ground near Den Hoorn village on Texel island.

Humpback whales and northern lights video


This video says about itself:

7 October 2015

A group of humpback whales basking under the Northern Lights has been captured on camera by Norwegian TV. The video was filmed off the coast of Kvaløya (Whale Island) near the city of Tromsø.

Humpback whales in the Netherlands: here.