Female wild mammals live longer than males


This 2013 video from Poland is called Red Deer Rut/ Mating Season. Sir David Attenborough‘s opinion.

From the University of Southern Denmark:

Female lifespan is longer in wild mammal animals than in humans

March 25, 2020

On average, women live longer than men: About 90% of people reaching 110 years old or more are women. The current record holder is Jeanne Calment, who was 122 years old, when she died in 1997.

Now a new study shows, that even greater differences in lifespan are found in wild mammals. The average female wild mammal lives 18.6 % longer than her male counterpart. In humans, the difference is “only” 7.8 %.

The study was conducted by researchers from University of Southern Denmark and University Lyon 1 in collaboration with several international teams. It is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Moose, killer whale and sheep

“The greatest differences are found in animals like common brushtail possum, lion, killer whale, moose, greater kudu and sheep,” says Fernando Colchero, associate professor and an expert in biostatistics at Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics, University of Southern Denmark.

The researchers compiled demographic data for more than 130 wild mammal populations and were able to estimate the average longevity and the rate of increase in the risk of dying as a function of age for both sexes.

The analyzes led to unexpected results. Not only do females generally live longer than males in wild mammals, but the difference in longevity between the sexes, although very variable depending on the population, in the vast majority of cases exceeds the difference observed in human populations.

Lower risk of female mortality during adulthood

“For about half of the mammal populations studied, the increased risk of mortality with age is actually more pronounced in females than in males,” Fernando Colchero explains.

These results show that the larger longevity of females than males is most likely due to other factors that affect individuals during their entire adult life.

To reach this conclusion, Colchero and his colleagues calculated the average age at death, as well as the rate at which mortality increases with age.

Is risky male behavior a cause?

There is a common belief that males engage in potentially dangerous sexual competitions and live riskier lives than females, and that this could account for their shorter lifespan.

Contrary to this idea, this study reveals that the intensity of sexual selection does not directly modulate the amplitude of the differences in longevity observed between the sexes.

The results rather suggest that complex interactions between the physiological characteristics specific to each sex and local environmental conditions are at play.

We see many variations in the species studied. For some species, the males actually have the longest lifespan. That said, there is a statistically clear trend and there are a number of plausible explanations, says Dalia Conde, associate professor and an expert in animal conservation, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark.

Why do the females live longer?

One explanation is that males often are larger and put more energy in sexual characters such as growing larger horns than females. This requires energy, and if the animals live in a harsh climate, the males may be more vulnerable to these extreme environmental conditions.

One example is bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), When these animals live in an environment where resources are consistently available, there are almost no differences in their lifespans. But when they live in harsher environments, where winters are more severe, the males live much shorter lives.

Another explanation is that males produce more androgens (male hormones) than females. Androgens modulate immune performance and when present at high levels, they can impair some aspects of the immune defense, making males more susceptible to infections and diseases.

Sick Polish black-headed gull recovered in Malta


This 21 February 2020 video says about itself:

Earlier in February 2020 we got called by a fisherman who rescued this Black-headed Gull off St Thomas Bay in Malta. To our surprise, the gull bore colour rings denoting its origin from Poland.

A quick look at its history from our EURING partners revealed to us that this bird was originally ringed as a one-year-old near Warsaw in Poland on 24th November 2018. It was also spotted last year at Salina Nature Reserve on 10th February 2019, and had also been wintering back at Salina this year along with the thousands of gulls that find refuge here in winter.

After some time under our care, this Black-headed Gull returned healthy and has once again been released at Salina. We hope it returns safely to Poland to raise the next generation of Black-headed Gulls that will visit Salina once again in winter!

Watch this video documenting the gull’s release back into the wild at Salina on 21st February. Salina Park Manager Manuel Mallia also speaks about BirdLife Malta’s own colour-ringing project, specifically for Mediterranean Gulls.

Footage by Samuel Henderson. Editing by Nathaniel Attard.

Statue of child abusing priest torn down


This 21 February 2019 video says about itself:

Polish activists pull down statue of disgraced priest

Activists in Poland have pulled down a statue of a disgraced late priest after mounting allegations that he sexually abused minors. They acted under cover of night early Thursday to make a protest about the failure of the Polish church to deal with the problem of abuse.

Video footage shows three men attaching a rope around the statue of Mgr. Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk and then pulling it down. Jankowski was a prominent priest of the Solidarity … movement in the 1980s who died in 2010.

The private broadcaster TVN24 reported the three were arrested. Their action comes as church leaders gather at the Vatican to grapple with the sex abuse crisis in the church.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, February 22, 2019

Protesters tear down statue of child-abusing anti-communist priest

PROTESTERS tore down a statue of anti-communist priest Monsignor Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk yesterday as accusations he was a child abuser multiplied.

Video showed three men pull the statue to the ground and then place children’s underwear in one of its hands and a small white laced vestment worn by altar boys on its body to symbolise the suffering of children molested by paedophile priests.

Mgr Jankowski, who died in 2010, was a leading member of the Solidarnosc movement which campaigned for the overthrow of the socialist system in Poland in the 1980s and a close ally of its chief Lech Walesa.

He received Western leaders including George HW Bush and Margaret Thatcher, known for her close relationship with British child abuser Jimmy Savile, at his St Brygida church where they congratulated him for his anti-communist activities.

The protest took place as the Vatican hosted its largest conference yet on child abuse by the clergy.

Pope Francis showed videos of victims testifying to horrific abuse and told bishops the world expected action to tackle the scandal, not merely condemnation of it.

Clergy: An uncompromising film about the hypocrisy and corruption of the Catholic Church in Poland: here.

Former Polish Priest Indicted For Hate Speech And Holocaust Denial: here.

Fascists march in Auschwitz


This 17 November 2017 video from Britain says about itself:

Jayda confirms that Britain First [Donald Trump’s favourite British neonazis] support antisemitism

You’ve probably seen that Paul and Jayda’s chum has been sent to prison in Poland and they have posted this video entitled “VIDEO: Jayda Fransen calls for the release of Polish political prisoner Piotr Rybak!”

Now, Rybak isn’t a “political prisoner”. Rybak is a nasty, bigoted antisemitic fool. I have a feeling that is why Paul and Jayda get on with him so well. He has been sent to prison for 10 months as he burned a Jewish effigy at a far right march in Wroclaw last year.

He did put forward the excuse that he “wanted to burn an effigy of George Soros”, however what he did was burn an effigy of a stereotypical right wing depiction of an Orthodox Jew. He backed up his defence by saying that he “didn’t know what George Soros looked like so didn’t know if the effigy was right”.

You’d have thought that if you were wanting to burn an effigy of someone you didn’t like, that you would actually know who it was that you didn’t like…..and if you didn’t know what they looked like then there’s this little thing called Google which can help.

So, quite rightly, he has been convicted for “incitement to hatred on the basis of nationality, ethnicity or religion”. So, not only willing to go against Muslims in the U.K, it seems that Britain First are now also outing themselves as antisemitic/supporting people in being antisemitic.

⚠️⚠️TRIGGER WARNING⚠️⚠️ Jayda is in full on screech mode here, and has even bought a t shirt with Rybak’s face on it.

By Clara Weiss:

Fascists march in Auschwitz

31 January 2019

On January 27, on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp of Auschwitz by the Soviet Red Army, between 50 and 100 Polish fascists marched through the doors of the camp, where more than 1 million European Jews were gassed by the Nazis during World War II. The fascists sang the Polish national anthem and shouted anti-Semitic slogans. The leader of the demonstration, Piotr Rybak, infamous for burning an effigy representing a Jew in 2015, stated that “It’s time to fight against Jewry and free Poland from them!”

Such a demonstration of far-right anti-Semitism at the Auschwitz memorial, which is universally seen as a symbol for the horrific crimes perpetrated by fascism, is historically unprecedented. This outrageous event is the outcome of political processes that have been unfolding in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe since the dissolution of the Stalinist regimes and the restoration of capitalism.

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the Eastern European regimes through their Stalinist bureaucracies in 1989. Shortly thereafter, in December 1991, the Soviet bureaucracy destroyed the Soviet Union and fully restored capitalism in Russia. …

This counter-revolutionary process was hailed and justified by bourgeois ideologists as a “democratic revolution”. The result, workers were told, would be democracy, peace and prosperity for all. The opposite has been the case.

The restoration of capitalism has given rise to obscene levels of social inequality throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and immiserated tens of millions of workers. It has also transformed the region into a center stage for the systematic preparations of imperialism for another world war. Virtually all of these countries are now ruled by rabidly nationalist regimes that are preparing for war, promoting anti-Semitism, and enacting police state measures.

The fascist protesters express what is the official state policy in Poland. In early 2018, the Polish government, led by the far-right Law and Justice Party (PiS), outlawed any mention of crimes perpetrated by Poles against Jews during the Holocaust. Since then, numerous historians working on Polish anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish pogroms have been fired from their jobs.

In November, prominent state officials, including the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who participated in the official Auschwitz commemoration ceremony on January 27, marched alongside fascists from Poland and other European countries on Polish independence day.

The resurgence of fascism in Poland and other Eastern European countries is a particularly sharp expression of what is an international process.

In Germany, the Grand Coalition has deliberately made the neo-fascist Alternative for Germany (AfD) the principal opposition party and has adopted key aspects of its policies and rhetoric. While hundreds of thousands have demonstrated against the far-right over the past year, Jörg Baberowski, the Humboldt University academic, who has publicly stated that “Hitler wasn’t vicious”, is allowed to relativize crimes of Nazism with the backing of the leading political parties and media at the prestigious Humboldt University in Berlin.

In France, president Emmanuel Macron, who has presided over a violent crack-down on the yellow vest movement, recently hailed the fascist dictator Philippe Pétain as a “great soldier.”

In Ukraine, the celebration of Ukrainian fascist leader Stepan Bandera and his movement, which engaged in mass murder of Poles, Jews and Ukrainian civilians during World War II, has become official state policy since the US-backed far-right coup in February 2014.

By Clara Weiss:

Anti-Semitic propaganda distributed at Polish parliament as government witch-hunts Holocaust historians

16 March 2019

On Wednesday, an edition of the right-wing newspaper Tylko Polska with a front page article on “How to spot a Jew” was distributed at the Polish Sejm (parliament). In the manner of Nazi-style anti-Semitic propaganda, the article listed “names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation” and “disinformation activities” which allegedly allowed for identification of Jewish people.

“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” on view at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage through January 3, 2020, is the broadest and most inclusive exhibition ever presented in North America on the complex of concentration and extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Poland in which 1.1 million human beings were murdered by the Nazis between 1940 and 1945, part of the Holocaust that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews: here.

Pro-climate demonstrations in Poland


This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit in Coal-Heavy Poland, Facing Riot Police & Intimidation

This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language “welcoming” October’s landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word “welcome”, insisting that members instead “note” the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Katowice on Saturday, calling for world leaders to do more to keep rising greenhouse gas emissions in check. We also speak with a member of the European Parliament who confronted undercover Polish officials who were monitoring the protest.

This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

“Shame On You!” Protesters Interrupt Trump Admin Promoting Coal & Fossil Fuels at U.N. Climate Talks

Just minutes before we began our Monday broadcast, Democracy Now! spoke to protesters at the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, as they interrupted a Trump administration event promoting coal and other fossil fuels. We speak with Diné climate activist Leona Morgan.

Delegates from more than 200 countries are meeting in Katowice, Poland, in the annual United Nations ritual to discuss international climate change policy. This year’s conference is the third since the Paris Agreement. Dubbed “Paris 2.0,” it is devoted to working out the implementation details of the 2015 accord. Despite ample evidence that the Paris agreement itself is woefully inadequate, ambitions for Katowice remain low, with no expectation of a new round of more stringent pledges by nations this year. With US President Donald Trump in the process of withdrawing the world’s second largest polluter from Paris (the US remains a participant until at least 2020, the first opportunity for formal withdrawal), the conference is more likely to test the very survival of the agreement. Skepticism or outright opposition to Paris has grown from governments of key countries including Russia, Brazil and Australia: here.

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