Shoot women in their vaginas, Philippines president says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Duterte To Female Rebels: We Will Shoot Your Vagina

13 February 2018

Pliant servant of the capitalist US empire Rodrigo Duterte is threatening to shoot *communist* rebels in their vaginas, which is why the Pentagon and their corporate media lackeys don’t spend hours a day fantasizing about overthrowing his government. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“President Rodrigo Duterte has been branded a misogynist and “macho-fascist” after he ordered soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina.

In a speech to over 200 former communist soldiers in Malacañang last week, the Philippines president gave a directive of what to do with female guerrilla fighters. “‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor, ‘We will not kill you. We will just shoot you in the vagina’”, said Duterte. He went on to say that without their vaginas, women would be “useless”.

Duterte mentioned the Visayan word “bisong”, meaning vagina, repeatedly throughout the speech, although it was later censored from an official Palace transcript, replaced simply with a dash. However, the remarks were recorded as having drawn laughter from the audience.

The crude orders drew anger from human rights organisations and women’s groups in the region. “It is just the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women”, said Carlos H Conde, the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch.”

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Duterte urges soldiers to shoot women in the vagina

HUMAN rights activists in the Philippines have condemned President Rodrigo Duterte for urging soldiers to shoot women in the vagina to render them “useless.”

Mr Duterte made the comments to 200 former Maoist rebels in Malacanang last week, saying of female Maoist fighters: “Tell the soldiers: ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor [Mr Duterte]. We will not kill you. We will just shoot you in the vagina’.”

The government later censored the official transcript to remove the Visayan word for vagina.

Campaign group Karapatan said yesterday that Mr Duterte had “distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law.”

House of Representatives member Emmi de Jesus said his words furthered “impunity” and took “state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level.”

During his election campaign in 2016, Mr Duterte “joked” about a 1989 prison riot in which an Australian missionary was raped and murdered, saying that he should have been the first to rape her.

“I was angry because … the mayor [Mr Duterte] should have been first.”

Mr Duterte has already offered bounties for the deaths of communists — “No need to bring me the body, bring me the head, put it in a styrofoam,” he recently declared: here.

HUFFPOST OPINION: AMERICA’S INDEFENSIBLE ALLIANCE WITH THE PHILIPPINES “Last week, the International Criminal Court officially opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of state-sanctioned killings and other human rights violations committed by the Philippine National Police under the direction of Duterte.” [HuffPost]

In a Saturday campaign rally in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Republican president Donald Trump called for the execution of convicted drug dealers: here.


Philippine eagles, new film, trailer

This video says about itself:

7 February 2018

The trailer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s new film BIRD OF PREY. We invite you to learn more about the film at our website or like us on Facebook.

The film follows a nesting pair of Philippine Eagles in the wild and documents the ongoing conservation efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.


Philippine eagles, a new film

This video says about itself:

Philippine Eagle: Adaptations for Hunting

14 December 2017

Outtakes from the documentary “Bird of Prey” produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

For more information about the film, visit the website

Filmed by Eric Liner and Neil Rettig

Edited by Shailee Shah

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, December 2017:

Spending six months camped out in a treetop blind to film one of the world’s largest raptors isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. And it takes a special creature to inspire that kind of dedication. But the Great Philippine Eagle, with its piercing blue eyes and dedication to its chick, has a way of touching people’s hearts. Learn more about this singular bird and the people working to save it.

Movie Premiere: Bird of Prey. Capping two years of filming, the riveting documentary Bird of Prey brings this magnificent raptor’s story to life. The movie premieres at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in March 2018.


Philippines coral reef, video

This video about the Philippines says about itself:

Explore One of the Most Pristine Coral Reefs in the World | National Geographic

27 nov. 2017

This is one of the world’s most pristine reefs—and one of the most biodiverse.


New butterflyfish discovery in the Philippines

Roa rumsfeldi, Credit: © 2017 Luiz Rocha and the California Academy of Sciences

From the California Academy of Sciences in the USA:

Surprise new butterflyfish from the Philippine ‘twilight zone’

October 19, 2017

A newly described species of brown-and-white Philippine butterflyfish — the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi — made a fantastic, 7,000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status. Live specimens collected from 360 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in the Philippine’s Verde Island Passage escaped special notice until a single black fin spine tipped off aquarium biologists back in San Francisco. Deep-diving researchers from the California Academy of Sciences’ Hope for Reefs team — with genetic sequencing help from a parent-son team — share their discovery of a fifth species of Roa this week in ZooKeys.

“We named this reef fish Roa rumsfeldi because, as

former United States Secretary of ‘Defence’ War, torture enabler and Iraqi archaeological treasures looting enabler

Donald Rumsfeld once said, some things are truly ‘unknown unknowns‘”, says senior author Dr. Luiz Rocha, Academy curator of ichthyology and co-leader of its Hope for Reefs initiative to research, explore, and sustain global reefs. “This fish caught us completely off-guard. After traveling from the deep reefs of the Philippines to our aquarium in San Francisco, former Academy aquarium biologist and co-author Matt Wandell noticed a black fin spine that looked different from other known Roa we’ve collected in the past. It was a light bulb moment for all of us.”

Butterflyfish — which sport bold patterns — are iconic coral reef species. Because this group’s taxonomy is relatively well understood, scientists didn’t expect to find an unknown species on a recent expedition.

Under pressure

Roa rumsfeldi and its close relatives are only know to live in mesophotic “twilight zone” reefs — a place where sunlight is scarce and divers with traditional scuba gear cannot safely visit. In the narrow band between the light-filled shallow reefs and the pitch-black deep sea, these little-known mesophotic reefs, located 200 to 500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, are home to fascinatingly diverse and previously-unknown marine life. As part of its Hope for Reefs initiative, specially trained Academy scientists are exploring these relatively unknown frontiers with the help of high-tech equipment like closed-circuit rebreathers, which take extensive training and allow them to extend their research time underwater.

As part of their expedition-driven research, Rocha and his Academy colleagues sometimes collect live fish they believe to be unknown species in order to study their behavior (making for more robust research) and inspire the public to connect with beautiful and unique reef life during aquarium visits.

“Our human bodies are not really compressible,” says Bart Shepherd, Director of Steinhart Aquarium and co-leader of the Academy’s Hope for Reefs initiative, “but fish have swim bladders for buoyancy that can’t make the journey from twilight zone depths to the surface. We gently moved this Roa to a special lightweight decompression chamber designed just for fish, brought it to the surface, and attentively cared for it through the flight back to San Francisco and into our aquarium.”

A family affair

“The team effort between our museum’s scientists and aquarium biologists helped add a new fish to the tree of life,” says Rocha, adding that the collaboration isn’t the only reason this fish discovery feels particularly special. “My teenage son Gabriel helped sequence its genes during a summer internship — his mother and I helped show him how to use complicated genomic processes to take a closer look at the fish’s DNA. This is part of how we prove a species is distinct, and it’s always a pleasure to share that learning with young people.”

Gabriel Rocha, a high school sophomore at the time, helped sequence the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome oxidase I gene, also known as the “barcode” gene. The process from DNA extraction to amplification and sequencing takes just a few days — an ideal project for short, in-depth internships. After the sequence is obtained, the work moves from the lab to the virtual world: Major online databases contain thousands of sequences of this gene for known species, and are a great comparison tool.

New discoveries and Hope for Reefs

Considered the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are some of the most biologically diverse, economically valuable, beautiful, and threatened ecosystems on Earth. They cover less than 0.1% of the ocean but contain more than 30% of marine species. Coral reefs provide critical habitat to vast marine communities — from the tiny coral polyps that make up the reef’s foundation to the colorful fishes and sharks that live among them. Coral reefs are integral to the livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, providing protection from erosion and generating income through ecotourism and fishing.

In response to coral reef threats, the Academy launched the Hope for Reefs initiative in 2016 to explore, explain, and sustain the world’s coral reefs by making fundamental breakthroughs in coral reef biology; developing new conservation solutions and restoration techniques with partners like SECORE International and The Nature Conservancy; and sharing what we know through innovative exhibits and educational programs.

Every Academy expedition yields new understanding and surprising discoveries, and the public can see new and rare species, many of which have never been displayed in a public aquarium, at Steinhart Aquarium. Explore the great unknown alongside our scientists as they uncover the secrets of our world’s critically important reefs. Visitors to the Academy’s aquarium can take a closer look at many mesophotic marine creatures from around the world — and discover why they deserve protection — in Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed.