Graecopithecus, Paths Toward God, Meditation, Banjo Rhythm





In these days of Out of Africa genomic hegemony, it is easy to forget that until recently, and despite Darwin and Huxley’s early intuition, the African origins of our lineage were controversial, and for a long time, even considered a fringe theory. It isn’t so long ago that multiregional evolution of modern humans was on equal footing with monogenesis, and even that wasn’t usually rooted in Africa. Howells’ 1942 survey of theories for the origins of humans did more than its fair share to modernize paleoanthropology, but Africa rates only three mentions and none of them as a candidate cradle for modern humans. By the mid-1970s, following two solid decades of massive fossil discoveries, and building on even earlier but initially discredited work by Dart, J. Desmond Clark (1975) could still say that the by-then obviousness of the African origin of humans was shocking to those of his generation. Extensive critiques of the Out of Africa model, Total African Replacement, as it was sometimes derisively called by critics, were published in leading journals into the 1990s (Frayer et al 1993).

The idea of an earliest ancestor from Europe remains attractive both to Western science and to the Western public. This week Graecopithecus was presented as a candidate. Unlike the recent Cerutti Mastodon claim, this one is appropriately cautious and does no more than describe “potential hominin affinities” of a fossil that has been known for over 70 years, along with some new dating. The claim may be muted and cautious, but after a slow start, the media coverage has been rather more enthusiastic. Clearly, even the remote possibility of a European origin to our lineage still captures the Western imagination.

From 1912 until the early 1950s, the orthodoxy of the European origin of humans was protected by the Piltdown finds, despite significant doubts, from the start, by a number of researchers. Not only was Piltdown attractive because it kept human origins in Europe, and away from other claimants such as Asia, with Dubois’s much maligned Java Man, but it conformed with key paleoanthropological and evolutionary expectations of the time. Because it confirmed that humans originated in Europe, it established that Europeans had had the longest time available to travel down the path of evolutionary progress and were therefore, as expected, the most advanced group. It fit perfectly with the big-brain first model of human development. If human intelligence was the key to human evolution and had driven the rest, then we should expect the first humans to have had a more modern cranial anatomy and more primitive post-cranial traits. This ruled out small brained but bipedal potential ancestors, such as the ones which were cropping up in Southern and East Africa by the 1920s, even with their more modern dentition. Interestingly, Darwin’s belief that the human moral capacity was the ultimate expression both of natural selection and of providence, should have suggested that the modern brain was a relatively late development, and should have made Africa’s small-brained bipeds attractive as potential ancestors. But Keith and his contemporaries were not Darwinians in our sense of the term. Or perhaps the lure of the European ancestor was just strong enough to defeat the need for theoretical consistency.

After even Hooton (1954) had grudgingly and bitterly acknowledged the Piltdown hoax, the making of the acceptance of the African origin of humans into normal science was only a question of time. The biblical logic of a middle-eastern origin, with the Skhul fossils at Mt Carmel, at first serious candidates, then merely proposed hybrids, compelled some for a while and offered a culturally and geographically acceptable face-saving compromise. But even that was a fleeting prospect. In the end, the need for a comforting narrative was no match for the weight of the evidence. It still isn’t.


The most recent book devoted to ancient Egypt I have read was Toby Wilkinson’s The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. Synthesizing extensive written material with archaeology, perhaps the most impactful argument in Wikinson’s narrative was the persistence of the temple based institutions from the Old Kingdom down to the Ptolemaic era. Religious institutions carried on even with the shocks of Nubian and Libyan conquest in the post-New Kingdom period, down to Late Antiquity. The temple at Philae in southern Egypt was an active center of the traditional religion, and therefore the culture which dates to the Old Kingdom in continuous form, down to the 6th century A.D. (when it was closed by Justinian in his kulturkampf against ancient heterodoxies).

For various ideological reasons though many people are very curious about the racial characteristics of the ancient Egyptians. There are two basic extreme positions, Afrocentrists and Eurocentrists. Though I have not done a deep dive of the literature of either group, I’ve read a few books from either camp over my lifetime. In fact I believe the last time I read the “primary literature” of Afrocentrist and Eurocentrism was when I was an early teen, and it was rather strange because both groups seem to be recapitulating racial disagreements and viewpoints relevant to the American context, and projecting them back to the ancient world.


What’s worse, when we look at the earliest hominins, very few scientists have actually examined the evidence. Ann Gibbons wrote in 2006 that only one scientist at that time had seen all the key fossils, and for all anyone knows that may still be the case – since one of the most important specimens remains unpublished fifteen years after its discovery. Most scientists have been mere spectators, forced to look at cartoon images of skull and pelvis reconstructions that have never to my knowledge been examined by any independent scientist.

I don’t want to take away from the value of the study of Graecopithecus here. It’s pretty cool that Fuss and colleagues were able to find some hidden morphological clues in these very fragmentary specimens. That mandible has only one good tooth in it!


Fauna, sediments, and stratigraphy all point to a late stage of the Lower Pleistocene for Layer 11.  The new dating technique of electron spin resonance gave a figure of 670,000 years, probably the Günz-Mindel interglacial, for Layer 10 and dated the stalagmite of Layer 1 to between 250,000 and 350,000 years.  Before the formation of this top stalagmite, probably by the end of the Mindel glacial, the cave had been abandoned and had closed up.  The uranium/thorium method dated the stalagmite of Layer 10 to a minimum of 400,000 B.P. (the upper limit of this method) and suggested a true age of ca. 600,000.  Palaeomagnetic studies of the sediments have shown an inversion of the earth’s magnetic field in layers below 11, but such studies are fraught with problems.  In short, the cave’s stratigraphy spans at least half a million years, corresponding to the late Lower and early Middle Pleistocene, Archanthropus having died more than 700,000 years ago, is the most ancient European yet known.

The fragments of post cranial skeleton salvaged from the “mausoleum” suggest that this hominid was a short (about 157 cm), muscular, mature individual.  Thought it is classified as Homo erectus, many features of the skull and skeleton fall within the modern human range.  Fragments of up to 15 other individuals have so far been found in different parts of the cave.

The first ten layers contain bone tools, pebble tools, and handaxes;  this stone industry has been dubbed Petralonian.  A cruder industry, the Crenian, is found in Layer 11 and below.  The type of tool technology used here was not known in Europe until these finds; . . .

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In the New Testament (King James version) it says Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If you take that literally, it means that christianity alone is the correct religion. There are numerous variations of the translation, and it is not clear (to me) what the precise context and meaning should be.

Firstly, I am not confident that we can rely upon the words as being an authentic verbatim account, because the text was written down years after the supposed incident. I’ve posted this video before, I think it’s important and interesting, the Didache says that after Jesus’ death, his teaching was hijacked by others, and his own family complained at that time that his message was being corrupted.



But even if the statement is exact, was it meant as Jesus being the sole way, in contrast to the local jewish tradition, or was it intended to apply universally, everywhere, for all time ?

John is usually dated to AD 90–110. It arose in a Jewish Christian community in the process of breaking from the Jewish synagogue. Scholars believe that the text went through two to three redactions, or “editions”, before reaching its current form.

John, which regularly describes Jesus’ opponents simply as “the Jews”, is more consistently hostile to “the Jews” than any other body of New Testament writing. Historian and former Roman Catholic priest James Carroll states: “The climax of this movement comes in chapter 8 of John, when Jesus is portrayed as denouncing ‘the Jews’ as the offspring of Satan.”

In John 8:44 Jesus tells the Jews: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him.”

In 8:38 and 11:53, “the Jews” are depicted as wishing to kill Jesus. However, Carroll cautions that this and similar statements in the Gospel of Matthew and the 1 Thessolonians should be viewed as “evidence not of Jew hatred but of sectarian conflicts among Jews” in the early years of the Christian church.

The Egerton Gospel is interesting.

The Egerton Gospel is also known as Papyrus Egerton 2. It is known from an ancient manuscript that is rivaled only by the John Rylands fragment p52 in its antiquity. Ron Cameron states in his introduction in The Other Gospels, “On paleographical grounds the papyrus has been assigned a date in the first half of the second century C.E. This makes it one of the two earliest preserved papyrus witnesses to the gospel tradition.”


Anyway, taken at face value, the statement ‘I am the way, etc’ appears to imply that the only path to reach or discover ‘God, the Father’ is via Jesus and his teachings.

Richard Dawkins would say that this is a cunning memetic entrapment to lock a person into a particular belief system. If you accept it, once it’s embedded into your mind, then you are bound to accept all the rest of the ideas that follow on, and are no longer free to consider wider alternative pathways for thinking.

This rhetorical mechanism is common in legal and political situations, when a lawyer or politician wishes to herd the jury toward a particular conclusion. You cannot avoid arriving at a fixed destination, unless you go right back to the start and question the initial premise. It works well, as a sales technique, because most people fall into the trap. For example, you might be told that ‘Microsoft Windows is the industry standard’ and once you accept that idea, consideration of any alternative brands is thereafter excluded from discussion.

I’ve encountered this tactic several times when I’ve engaged with doorstep evangelists, and put forward the proposition to them that there are useful truths to be found in other religions and philosophies. They often respond with that quotation, pretty much insisting that either you follow Jesus, or else you’ll be on the wrong path.

I don’t mean to be knocking pious christians, but for me personally, that uncritical acceptance of New Testament clauses does not work. Having read widely, you know, there’s people like William James, ‘Varieties of Religious Experience’ and Martin Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’, all manner of books from many traditions and sources to take into account.

I believe that the option for freedom of thought has been one of the supreme achievements of European culture, a centre piece of British, French, German civilisation, something of great value that came out of centuries of bitter struggle and violent turmoil.

I’d rather be told that the only right way towards God is via Christ, if I wanted to seek divinity, than the Islamic option, where it’s the law that any apostate be punished by being murdered. One reason that my personal politics has veered so sharply to the right, is that I see the liberals, who always spoke about ‘tolerance’ shutting down our freedom of speech and thought, and the left, who always spoke about ‘liberation’ doing likewise, and the European Union, which always boasted about its heritage of human rights and dignity, doing the same.

This appalls me. But I see it rather in terms of what the ancient Greeks called anacyclosis, rather like the swings between poles described by the I Ching, there’s a time to be rebellious and to resist authority, and there’s a time to be conformist and to welcome authority, with a view towards aiming at high ideals, justice, honour, minimal suffering and abuse, and so forth.

I think a lot of religious affiliation tends to be tribal, at least, I’ve met a lot of people over my life who have said ‘We are Methodists’, when speaking of their family and circle, or insert any other denomination, Baptist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Buddhist, whatever.

So then it’s a bit like belonging to a club which has certain entry requirements and rules, and if you can jump through those hoops successfully then you can be a member. The choices these days are so many, it’s bewildering. You can follow any number of teachers and gurus, sects, cults, belief systems, from Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, to heavy occult stuff like the Church of Satan, Crowley, Wicca, Astrology, something for every personality type and taste. Praise Kek !

It’s the postmodern soup, where people copy and paste fragments from Gurdjieff, Australian Aboriginal shamanism, Tesla, Reich, Sitchin, etc, etc, and make a stew to suit their own predilections and vanities.

Trouble is, custard is nice on puddings and gravy is nice with meat, but if you mix them all up, you tend to get a nasty mess that makes you sick. Nassim Taleb is good at reminding us that humans have been through all this before, long ago in the Classical world, it’s not new, but people are good at repeating mistakes generation after generation.

In a comment Ian Welsh contributed, a couple of essays back, he suggested that the words Absolute,  Tao, Brahman, God, can be equated. I’ve said much the same from time to time. Let’s take a look at that idea.

I’ll use wiki, which is an admittedly a source of dubious quality, but perhaps equally bad for each, so it’ll even out. This idea is roughly what Aldous Huxley stated in his book The Perennial Philosophy.

Perennial wisdom, is a perspective in modern spirituality which views each of the world’s religious traditions as sharing a single, metaphysical truth or origin from which all esoteric and exoteric knowledge and doctrine has grown.

The Perennial philosophy has its roots in the Renaissance interest in neo-Platonism and its idea of The One, from which all existence emanates.

The Perennial Philosophy is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, tat tvam asi (‘That thou art’); the Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being, is to discover the fact for himself, to find out who he really is.

Jonathan Shear discerns four theses associated with the notion of a Perennial philosophy:

(1) The phenomenal world is the manifestation of a transcendental ground;

(2) human beings are capable of attaining immediate knowledge of that ground;

(3) in addition to their phenomenal egos, human beings possess a transcendental Self which is of the same or like nature with that transcendental ground; and

(4) this identification is life’s chief end or purpose.


We appear to have the option to choose whether all religions are talking about the same fundamental issues and experiences, a universal truth, or to choose that one or other may be unique and exclusive.

This is quite a fertile and interesting point to consider, philosophically, before proceeding toward any details. It resembles the debate in biology, about how many species there are. You’d think it would be easy. Just count them. But not so fast.

You first have to define what the term ‘species’ means, so that you can go out and recognise what you’ll be looking for. Hence we come to the disturbing quandary, do you define them by looking at the differences between one and another, or by the similarities that they share ?

This was called difference between the ‘lumpers’ versus ‘splitters’. If you describe species by how their distinct differences, you get one number, and if you decide to describe them by shared similarities, you get a totally different number. So this is an obvious problem. Something is wrong with the methodological approach.

I’m trying to remain fairly neutral and objective, taking an overview. What I mean by that, if you wanted an intellectual analysis of the evolution of the motor car, you don’t want to listen to a car salesman, who will tell you that a BMW or Ford or Fiat model represents the highest form of the technology, because of a vested interest in wanting you to buy one.

Looking at the documented historical records, seems to me that the major religions (loosely defined as belief systems centred upon divinity or transcendent notions, what some people call metaphysics) have all evolved and branched. So we see that Islam was once singular, but then split into Sunni and Shia, and a multitude of minority Sufi sects, and that Christianity was likewise singular, then divided into Roman and Eastern Orthodox, and later into myriad Protestant forms. We see the same with Buddhism, which split between the Theravada and Mahayana traditions. And, as I understand it, Vivekananda taught the West that Indian Hinduism was one unified coherent whole, whereas the truth appears to be that that was never, historically, the case.

Another hazard we encounter is which lense is most useful to view this stuff through. I mean, it’s clear that religions have social and cultural functions which have little or nothing to do with personal philosophical quests to find transcendence, or some Absolute or profound spiritual insights. They can be seen as shared codes which define group membership. The anthropologists and sociologists have studied those areas. Bit like being a Manchester United supporter. Anybody can become one, but if you want to impress your mates, you’ll need the scarf and jersey and to be familiar with all the esoterica, regarding goal averages, managers and coaches, travel to away marches, and so forth. Bit like the tribal rivalry between Apple, Microsoft, and Linux fans.

As contrast to the initial quote at the top, this one sums up the pluralist position quite well :

The many different conceptions of God, and competing claims as to God’s characteristics, aims, and actions, have led to the development of ideas of omnitheism, pandeism, or a perennial philosophy, which postulates that there is one underlying theological truth, of which all religions express a partial understanding, and as to which “the devout in the various great world religions are in fact worshipping that one God, but through different, overlapping concepts or mental images of Him.”

The page covers the ground more succinctly than I can do, so read it if you are sufficiently interested. Seems to me, the more that you dig and look at the very different conceptions of the subject, the less viable the perennial philosophy positions become.

Arguments about the existence of God typically include empirical, deductive, and inductive types. Different views include that: “God does not exist” (strong atheism); “God almost certainly does not exist” (de facto atheism); “no one knows whether God exists” (agnosticism);”God exists, but this cannot be proven or disproven” (de facto theism); and that “God exists and this can be proven” (strong theism).

Given the above, my personal position is that there’s not much point in arguing, because it’s an endless debate with no prospect of any resolution by means of reasoning. But there’s always the open avenue of mysticism as an alternative, where you abandon any hope of cerebral intellectual linear analysis proving fruitful.

I think this is a bit different to the notion of blind faith, because you do have perceived experiences, and then you know you are making some progress, you and your being in the world changes, becomes enriched, easier, more fulfilling.

It’s well known that God, or related areas, can be accessed by means of entheogens, such as LSD, Ayahuasca, Magic Mushrooms, Peyote, and many others. Also by the shamanic techniques, dance, drumming, chanting, fasting, etc.

Terence McKenna did not agree, but I think meditation is superior to those techniques. That’s because brief ephemeral visionary encounters produced by those techniques can be very confusing. They are good for waking people up, but the less dramatic meditation techniques force you to learn as you are going along, so you get a better understanding of how you arrive at various states. And you are self-reliant, rather than needing some other agent. But the two are not mutually incompatible. People differ greatly and there’s numerous potential ways.

I see meditation as analogous to learning to play the banjo. A practical, physical endeavour. I’ve loved Old Time banjo music since my teens. I’ve had a few banjos. I’m reasonably accomplished at guitar picking. Every so often I’ve tried to do some banjo frailing. So far, I’ve never been very successful. I go back to guitar where I can get faster satisfaction. But I never really gave up the yearning to play nice banjo.

The way to approach it, is to accept that when you try it once or twice for five minutes, you’re going to fail, and be frustrated and disappointed. Most people give up (as they do with so many other challenges). The way to go, is to accept that you’re not going to get it. Because it is HARD. So you do each attempt knowing that you’re going to have to do this wretched painful thing a thousand times more before it’ll begin to get good. Thus you proceed. And somewhere, after weeks and months, suddenly it begins to change and for a few magic moments it just happens and you get lost in playing and enjoyment.

There’s never an end, all you have to do to succeed is to persevere. This means cultivating determination. When you’re doing that, you are actually sort of engineering your own character, making yourself into a different, and improved, person. This provides its own rewards. This may appear to be a simple and obvious conclusion. But seems not many people are taught it or understand it.

Your lifetime may be long or short, depending upon the Fates, your destiny, but it can also be narrow or broad, and you can make it as wide as you like, by your own efforts and will power.


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288 Responses to Graecopithecus, Paths Toward God, Meditation, Banjo Rhythm

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    BANGLADESH: Rivers of Blood fill streets as Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha by cutting the throats of fully-conscious terrified animals, letting them bleed to death in agony

  3. ulvfugl says:

    Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis

  4. ulvfugl says:

    Sort of floating hexayurt… 🙂

    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    A Boat for the Reluctant Sailor

  5. ulvfugl says:

    It is common opinion that the House of Rothschild rules the world invisibly today, and has done so for two centuries, by creating (i.e. paying off) its own puppets to work on its behalf in the visible world…on many fronts but especially in politics, commerce, technology, education and media outlets. The first Rothschild originated in a part of Germany where rulers were “illuminated” with the so-called “Age of Enlightenment” brought on by Rosicrucians…and by “first” I mean that “Rothschild” was not the true family name; internet websites say that it was “Bauer,” meaning “farmer.” The Enlightenment has given the world modern democratic politics, the industrial revolution, highly-advanced science and technology, overwhelming knowledge, awesome communication possibilities, but all topped off with grief, plagues, horrors, evil and certain self-destruction because the Creator has either been eradicated from mainstream life, or pushed into corners of society and there degraded into a variety of persons or “somethings” that He is not.

  6. ulvfugl says:

    If you’re a European, your body requires more vegetables and grains
    Genome study reveals different human groups evolved to eat specific diets.

    Humans started having sex with Neanderthals over 100,000 years ago

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    ‘Extinction rates for birds, mammals and amphibians are similar to the five global mass-extinction events of the past 500 million years that probably resulted from meteorite impacts, massive volcanism and other cataclysmic forces’

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    Albertarocks Jun 1, 2017 9:30 AM
    Demon Soros is the single most destructive shit-disturbing war mongering force on this planet. The sooner this blood drinking POS is pushing up daisies the sooner the world will have at least a chance at peace and harmony. At one time there was such a thing as love on this planet. But love does not exist in hell and hell is what Soros represents right here on Earth.

  11. ulvfugl says:

    CNN / MSNBC / WAPO / NYTIMES / ABC / CBS Have Not Reported on Arrest of Jacob Scwartz for Possession of Child Porn, Including Video of Rape of 6 Month Old Baby (pizzagate)
    submitted 2 hours ago by remedy4reality
    A very high profile arrest for a heinous child porn stash of Jacob Schwartz, aid to NY Mayor DeBlasio, has not even made the back page of any MSM outlets. This is complicity by inaction, folks.

    Here is link for the story, I’m sure we are all aware of it.

  12. ulvfugl says:

    Here we go again,

    Nigel Farage is a ‘person of interest’ in the FBI investigation into Trump and Russia, claims report
    Farage spokesman brands claims around former Ukip leader as “verging on the hysterical”.

    Oh and today its bilderberg meeting, guess what the antidemocrats will talk about? Thats right – Trump and Russia.
    Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 1, 2017 9:00:24 AM | 69

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    Ingolf Eide said…

    This serial leaking is the most visible sign of a deeper battle between the foreign policy “establishment” and Trump. While much discussed here, the causes and potential consequences of this crucially important showdown are rarely touched on in the mainstream media; they’re far too caught up in the hue and cry of the chase.

    “Security Breach – Trump’s tussle with the bureaucratic state”, Michael J Glennon’s article in the latest Harper’s, is an exception:

    “Many never-Trumpers in both parties now regard the security bureaucracy as their last, best hope. Following the Washington Post’s disclosure on December 9 that the CIA believed Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump, the agency overnight became the great darling of many Trump critics. They urged it to share its secrets with the Electoral College with the goal of preventing the president-elect from taking office. Trump was “being really dumb” by feuding with the CIA, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Francis Fukuyama hoped that “America’s enormous bureaucracy” would restrain Trump. Bill Kristol proclaimed he would “prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” And The New Yorker assured readers that the intelligence community’s managers were likely to challenge Trump before Congress, which was as it should be: “This is just the sort of thing we want to see happening” as part of “the fabled ‘checks and balances’ in the U.S. system.”

    This sudden embrace of the security agencies as the republic’s last line of defence is of course constitutional nonsense as well as being remarkably shortsighted, potentially suicidally so. Glennon again:

    “But consider the price of victory if the security directorate were somehow to establish itself as a check on those presidential policies — or officials — that it happened to dislike. To formally charge the bureaucracy with providing a check on the president, Congress, or the courts would represent an entirely new form of government, a system in which institutionalized bureaucratic autocracy displaces democratic accountability.”

    Glennon thinks Trump may surprise those who “blithely assume that the security bureaucracy will fight him to the death”. As he says “it has never faced the raw hostility of an all out frontal assault from the White House.” Indeed his greater concern is that should Trump go all in to quell this rebellion, “splintered and demoralised factions within the bureaucracy could actually support – not oppose – many potential Trump initiatives, such as stepped-up drone strikes, cyber attacks, covert action, immigration bands, and mass surveillance.” From where things stand right now, that seems like a good problem to have.

    In any event, it’s mildly encouraging to see some discussion of the broader principles. I still think Trump has much to gain from putting these matters firmly within this larger framework and hammering it hard at every level.

    Reply 01 June 2017 at 12:23 AM

    bernard said…
    Col Lang:

    Let me see if I have got this straight. It sounds like an enigma variation.

    Some damned traitors in Washington have just told the Russians that their top secret communications have been cracked. Its a bit like the BBC telling the Germans that their enigma machine/ code has been cracked.

    As a result, the Russians/ Germans are now going all out to change their encryption codes/ procedures.

    Is this what you are saying or am I overstating/ dramatizing the matter?

    Reply 01 June 2017 at 04:58 AM

    turcopolier said…

    You have it right. I would add that today’s electronic cipher gear is much more sophisticated than in the era of Enigma and therefore the loss is so much greater. pl

    Reply 01 June 2017 at 09:44 AM

    According to George Webb, Comey and McCabe were plotting to kill Trump (at the security meeting in New Zealand a few weeks back). Pompeo got a tape of the conversations.
    Whether there’s truth in that story, I don’t know, George Webb’s communications have become extremely weird lately, I’m uncertain what’s really going on.

  15. ulvfugl says:

    This means that the narratives put forward by the New York Times, and the closely related Human Rights Watch report of May 1, are all based on forensic evidence and conclusions that are unambiguously false.
    The specific problems with the forensic analysis produced by Bellingcat are as follows:

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    They are satanic, it’s their mission to spread depravity, disease and degeneracy.

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    Western MSM spread fake news (again!) about russian hacking:

    BREAKING: RT@ No trace of Russian hacking in Macron election campaign attack – French cyber defense chief

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 1, 2017 10:51:20 AM | 88

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    It has a detailed chart showing the weak spots on a man (called Kyusho). “Kyusho are points on the body that can cause damage if struck hard, or they can be used to resuscitate a person. If you violently strike any of these Kyusho, it can render a person unconscious and even stop their breath. Good and proper people would do well to learn these points,” Showa wrote. The book, written in Japanese, was translated by Eric Shahan, who specializes in translating 19th- and early 20th-century Japanese martial-arts texts. Shahan also holds a San Dan (third-degree black belt) in Kobudo.

    The techniques described in the book are derived from a martial art called Jujutsu. “The fundamentals of Jujutsu is to use the opponent’s power. You can win by moving nimbly at the right time, without using much power. Should you ingrain these techniques into your body, even a cute weak girl can wrap up a large man and achieve a win!” wrote Showa, according to Shahan’s translation.

    Showa wrote in the book that she had used the techniques successfully. “While I was returning to my abode from running an errand just the other night I encountered a frightful situation. I was able to imitate the handful of Jujutsu moves I learned and, despite my slight form, was able to avoid falling prey to a dastardly scoundrel. It was an absolutely thrilling experience.”

    Women’s Self-Defense League

    In the book, Showa decries what she described as a surge of violence against woman in Japan and talks of an organization called the Women’s Self-Defense League, which was formed to combat it.

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    An implicit assumption in the discipline of speciation biology is that genetic differences between populations of animals and plants in a given species are important drivers of new species formation and are a key to understanding evolution.

    But that assumption has never been rigorously tested, until now, according to University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Michael Harvey, first author of a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    For the past few years, a new scientific tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 has been hailed as the future of medicine. The technology, which has been the center of both extreme fascination and a bitter patent dispute between two research groups, enables scientists to edit genomes. That is, they can remove harmful genes that cause diseases and replace them with normal genes that don’t—at least in theory. While exciting to many, the idea has also elicited fears that the technology could create dangerous mutations and be used in unbridled ways, for example in attempts to create superhumans and designer babies.

    According to a new report, such fears may be well founded. The study, published in Nature Methods , found that using CRISPR-Cas9 to edit a genome can result in hundreds of unintended mutations being introduced. For the report, researchers sequenced the genomes of mice that had already undergone CRISPR-Cas9 procedures. They then scrutinized the edited genomes for any changes in the mouse genes—and they found plenty. The technology had accomplished the original intended task of correcting a gene that causes blindness, but it had also resulted in 1,500 other small changes and 100 large changes. Not one of those changes had been predicted by the researchers.

    A cautionary tale for that idiot Ram Samudrala, (or whatever his name was) who used to be on NBL, I told him so !

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    About 600 kilometers north of Lima, an imposing earthen mound looms over the sea. People began building the ceremonial structure, called Huaca Prieta, about 7800 years ago. But according to a new study, the true surprise lies buried deep beneath the 30-meter-tall mound: stone tools, animal bones, and plant remains left behind by some of the earliest known Americans nearly 15,000 years ago. That makes Huaca Prieta one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas and suggests that the region’s first migrants may have moved surprisingly slowly down the coast.

    The evidence of early human occupation stunned Tom Dillehay, an archaeologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville who led the new study. Initially, he was interested in examining the mound itself. But geologists on his team wanted to study the landform under the mound, so “we just kept going down,” he says. The deepest pit, which took 5 years to excavate, reached down 31 meters. Shockingly, those deep layers contained telltale signs of human occupation, Dillehay’s team reports today in Science Advances: evidence of hearth fires, animal bones, plant remains, and simple but unmistakable stone tools. Radiocarbon dates from charcoal place the earliest human occupation at nearly 15,000 years ago.

    That’s made some researchers say Huaca Prieta should join the small but growing list of pre-14,000-year-old sites that have revolutionized scientists’ vision of the earliest Americans. Archaeologists used to think that people walked from Siberia through an ice-free passage down Alaska and Canada, reaching the interior of the United States about 13,000 years ago. In recent years, however, well documented earlier sites like Chile’s Monte Verde have convinced most archaeologists that humans made it deep into the Americas by 14,500 years ago, meaning that they would have had to cross Canada long before an ice-free corridor existed. That would have left them with one logical route into the Americas: down the Pacific coast. But direct evidence for such a migration is lacking.

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    Unfortunately, Feynman never learned enough about philosophy to realise what a ridiculously stupid remark he was making. Now we have this…

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    David Habakkuk said…
    Professor Postol,

    Particularly given that your post is – once again – dealing with disinformation put out by ‘Bellingcat’, it may be worth mentioning the latest development in the bizarre saga of the ‘hexamine hypothesis’. This you demolished in your July 2014 paper, but it was revived in the French ‘National evaluation’, which you discussed in pieces posted here by ‘Publius Tacitus’ back in April.

    I do not know whether you have seen it, but the status update from the OPCW fact-finding mission (FFM) on Khan Sheikhun transmitted to the UN Secretary-General on 15 May gives ominous indications that the organisation may have allowed itself to become an instrument of a co-ordinated ‘information operation’ which relies on the ‘hexamine hypothesis.’

    (See .)

    As early as 5 April, it was suggested by Martin Chulov in the ‘Guardian’ that ‘soil’ samples from the incident – supposedly collected by ‘rescue workers’ – had already been collected, and would be compared with ‘samples taken by intelligence officials from the Syrian military stockpile when it was withdrawn from the country in late 2013.’

    (See .)

    From the timeline given by the OPCW, it appears that ‘environmental’ samples were provided to them. However, the organisation apparently chose not to do tests on these themselves, as they did with parallel samples from the 21 August 2013 Ghouta atrocity, but to send them to two, unidentified, ‘Designated Laboratories’. It is an interesting question whether these are the French OPCW-certified laboratory at Le Bouchet and the British at Porton Down.

    The process appears to have taken a remarkably long time. The samples were not received by the FFM until 13 April, not received by the OPCW Lab until 21 April, and not sent out until 25 April. Preliminary rest results were received from the laboratories on 3 May, and final results on 9 May and 17 May.

    In ‘Soil from crater’ we find hexamine, among other substances.

    There is here a very simple puzzle. We know that the OPCW tested ‘environmental’ samples from Ghouta. We also know that they tested such samples from the stocks of the sarin precursor methylphosphonyl difluoride (DF) whose destruction aboard the U.S. vessel M.V. ‘Cape Ray’ was announced as completed by the OPCW in August 2014.

    (See .)

    A year later, the restriction which had earlier prevented UN/OPCW investigations attempting to assign responsibility for chemical weapons incidents was lifted by the – unanimously adopted – Resolution 2235. It is not apparent that there is any ‘statute of limitations’ meaning that the mandate to investigate who is behind incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria should not include Ghouta and other incidents from 2013.

    The basic requirement of a secure ‘chain of custody’ has clearly not been met by the test results on the samples from Khan Sheikhun announced by the OPCW. However, leaving that aside, there appears to be no reason whatsoever why the organisation cannot produce a proper comparison of these results with those on the samples from Ghouta and the materials destroyed on the ‘Cape Ray’. It is not clear why this has not been done.

    How far short of such an analysis the ‘National evaluation’ and OPCW results both come becomes clear if one reads an article by Bethany Halford entitled ‘Tracing A Threat’, published in ‘Chemical & Engineering News’, a journal of the American Chemical Society in in February 2012.

    (See .)

    This brings out how rapid the development of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis (GC/MS), and its use in ‘impurity profiling’, has been. In it, she links to an account of a successful attempt by Carlos Fraga and his colleagues to match samples of sarin and DF to samples of an earlier stage ‘precursor’. As Halford summarises the study, ‘They found they could tell what commercial manufacturer supplied the precursor and even what chemical lot it came from.’

    This kind of analysis is done by identifying a single ‘impurity’ and treating it as a ‘smoking gun’. In the technical jargon of GC/MS analysis, each impurity will have a distinctive ‘peak’. In the experiment by Fraga and his colleagues, a total of 947 of these were identified in the samples of the original ‘precursor’ – of which 43 were used to match these to the sarin and DF.

    The notion that simply identifying a single ‘impurity’ can provide adequate way of matching samples would be scientific illiteracy. So, even leaving aside the problems involved with the contention that the only possible explanation for the presence of hexamine is its supposed use as an ‘acid scavenger’ in the final stage of the synthesis of sarin, which you highlighted in your July 2014 paper, there is reason to suspect that pressure has been put on the OPCW to fall in with an ‘information operation.’

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    The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

    Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal “review”.

    The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.

    The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a “hardline Islamic state” in Libya and “is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida”.

    The “smoking gun” is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in “battle”: first to remove Mu’ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.

    Last year, the FBI reportedly placed Abedi on a “terrorist watch list” and warned MI5 that his group was looking for a “political target” in Britain. Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on 22 May?

    These questions arise because of an FBI leak that demolished the “lone wolf” spin in the wake of the 22 May attack – thus, the panicky, uncharacteristic outrage directed at Washington from London and Donald Trump’s apology.

    The Manchester atrocity lifts the rock of British foreign policy to reveal its Faustian alliance with extreme Islam, especially the sect known as Wahhabism or Salafism, whose principal custodian and banker is the oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Britain’s biggest weapons customer.

    This imperial marriage reaches back to the Second World War and the early days of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

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    Bodies found in Islamic City of Marawi, 830 kilometers south of Manila, after almost a week of fighting include Malaysians, Indonesians, Saudis, an Indian, Yemeni and Chechen an eastern European citizen, according to Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

    The Mindanao Island of the Philippines is now Islamic State’s epicentre in the region, he said.

    Zachary Abuza, another expert on terrorism in South-east Asia, said that while there is no evidence that Islamic State has sent significant support to a dozen militant Islamist groups operating in the southern Philippines, “increasingly South-east Asians are being drawn to Mindanao”.

    Australia and other nations in the region are so worried about the threat of homegrown IS militants returning from battlefields in Iraq and Syria that they have convened a summit in August to co-ordinate the threat.

    Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters are expected to return to the region as IS loses ground in the Middle East.

    President Duterte Kicks Rothschilds Out Of Philippines

    President Duterte has vowed to “eradicate all traces of Rothschild financial criminality” from the Philippines, announcing that he will no longer respond to pressure or financial blackmail from the US government or Rothschild-controlled global banking institutions.

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    Under no circumstances should a Pindo political leader traveling abroad denounce the head of state. This principle was explosively thrown overboard by Sen John McCain on Tuesday. Speaking in Australia before high-ranking state and military officials, including two former prime ministers, McCain delivered a damming indictment of Donald Trump and called upon the Australian government to defy his administration. He said:

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    I can tell you with 100% certainty this is fake news. Not only is it fake news, it’s completely fabricated out of thin air. The Russian lies keep getting denser and denser. The longer we travel across this cobbled road paved by submental idiots, the more flat tires the main stream meteor receives. Goebbels once said:

    If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

    Do you agree? I do. CNN is claiming they have a ‘Congressional source’ (Maxine Waters?) who claims that she/he saw intel that suggested Russia had derogatory intel on Trump, which could’ve been used to leverage him. Well, okay. That was what they tried to pin on Flynn, unsuccessfully. And, to be clear, this CNN source even states the whole thing could be complete bullshit, yet the sages and protectors of journalism at CNN report on this salacious headline as if it were fact. They should be strung up from a very tall lamp post and strangled until dead.

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    The Outlaw US Empire’s Deep State ally Daesh has escalated its war in the Philippines in an attempt to make Duterte’s government dysfunctional. The Duran is the only source I’m aware of that’s closely following developments, with this article exploring Why?

    This article’s thesis is Daesh is taking over the global illegal drug trade, which is the provenance of the CIA Mafia, thus begging the question of why that Mafia’s allowing that to occur,

    The various feuds recently erupting between Duterte and members of Western elite and its Propaganda System show how much an independent leader is loathed, and The Duran notes several of those incidents in separate articles. Some have noted similarities between Trump and Duterte in personality and policy choices. But the major difference is Duterte has no Deep State to deter his attempt to drastically change the Filipino Order, whereas aside from a few shared policy goals Trump’s been almost totally neutered by it.

    The main outcome I see arising out of the failure to use Daesh to accomplish its goals in Syraq is its being moved to Afghanistan and East Asia to destabilize China’s OBOR initiative and neuter any pretence at independence by former Outlaw US Empire vassal states, which is perhaps the main reason for Duterte to turn to Putin for help–they share the same problems.

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    RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER. Some time ago there was a story about a single Russian aircraft shutting down the electronics of a US warship. I put it in the “Who Knows?” file. But now and again something else appears. The expensive US new battlefield communications system is, apparently, worthless. Wonder how they found out? Not while fighting people with no EW abilities, air defence, artillery or anything much but determination and high explosives.
    LOGICAL CONUNDRUM. Russia is wrong to say that NATO is a threat to it, but NATO is right to say that Russia is a threat to it. Russia is wrong not to take NATO’s word for it, but NATO is right not to take Russia’s word for it. Meditate on this: a koan for our time.

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    We were told, by the MSM, year after year, that there is NO SUCH GROUP called Bilderberg, it was all lunatic conspiracy theory….

    Every year, the world’s richest and most powerful business executives, bankers, media heads and politicians sit down in some luxurious and heavily guarded venue, and discuss how to shape the world in a way that maximizes profits for all involved, while perpetuating a status quo that has been highly beneficial for a select few, even if it means the ongoing destruction of the middle class. We are talking, of course, about the annual, and always secretive, Bilderberg meeting.

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    Thief robs place where everyone was armed
    The bandit assaulted a place where everyone had guns, Everyone reacted, and the only target was him.

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    If, in some imaginary alternative world, I was employing George Webb, he would now find himself fired, for being reckless, irresponsible and drunk. A lot of people have had faith in him and taken risks to assist him, putting themselves in danger one way or another. And his foolishness puts them all in jeopardy. I don’t know what his problem is, why he does this or that, whether he’s genuine or not, but if I personally was running some sort of important investigation, I would not want to have him onboard anymore.

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    C’mon, George. You were DRUNK ! You made a fool of yourself and now you’re tryin to cover it over with bullshit. You obviously have some odd character defect. Nobody seriously investigating this stuff, at the highest levels, can behave so stupidly and get away with it. You’re simply not the high level cool guy you were presenting yourself as, you’re a silly dickhead who makes stuff up, leaves it hanging in the air, goes and makes some more stuff up…. constant name dropping to make it all appear very dramatic and win yourself attention.

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    One possibility might be that Webb has been laying out red herrings… if you know what that is….

    So his stories have not necessarily been untrue, they can all, or some, have been real genuine dirty intrigues. But the reason he’s doing it has been to direct attention away from the real fox, so that everybody is chasing after these other trails. Maybe the real fox, in this case, might be Israel or some related power ? Anyway, I no longer have confidence that he is reliable or authentic. It’s possible he knows exactly what he’s doing, or it’s possible he’s not really aware because of some weird personality problem he’s playing out.

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    The “Macron attack” was very curious. Gigabytes of campaign emails were released by “the hackers” just hours before a media silence period before the election. The campaign immediately found fakes with Cyrillic markings and blamed “Russia”. None of the released emails contained anything that was even remotely scandalous. It was likely a planned Public Relations stunt, not a cyber attack.

    That NYT report was complete nonsense. The “cybersecurity firm” it quoted was peddling snake oil. Phishing attacks are daily occurrences, mostly by amateurs. Phishing emails are not cyber attacks. They are simply letters which attempt to get people to reveal their passwords or other secrets. They are generally not attributable at all. Likewise APT’s, “Advanced Persistent Threats”, are not “groups” but collections of methods that can be copied and re-used by anyone. After their first occurrence “in the wild” they are no longer attributable.

    That isn’t just me saying so. It is the head of France’s cyber security agency:

    The head of the French government’s cyber security agency, which investigated leaks from President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, says they found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group behind the attack.
    In an interview in his office Thursday with The Associated Press, Guillaume Poupard said the Macron campaign hack “was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone.”

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    Taylor McWhirter2 hours ago
    Before the day is over, I feel like you NEED to post a video explaining the events that took place last night on your livestream. There are a LOT of questions about that “Trish” lady that supposedly had this unknown information that you all hyped up to “release”.

    I’ve looked into a little bit of her background, and there is absolutely NO way you can convince me that she believed she had “new” information. She’s highly educated, and has an independent journalism background (she knows how to research). A simple google search would have told her those NGP VAN files had been scoured over by 4chan 8 months ago. I believe George had a bad feeling about the files also, which is why he kept trying to play down the supposed “new” files every time Jason would start getting hyped up. I also think this is why George kept pressing Trish with what I considered very personal questions, to find out her motive, and put her information into the public record. Jason commented on Georges personal questioning a few times as well. To me, that was either the alcohol or George generally didn’t trust her motives either. On another note, if you want to drink; a simple proof of life video for the night will do, you discredit yourself when inebriated.

    I generally don’t believe that Trish thought she had “new” information. I think she was honestly trying to mislead the investigation i’m just not sure how. Either that, or her intentions were pure, and she was just too cute for you to pass up; and you didn’t verify her evidence before giving her your platform to speak. Which turned out to be a huge embarrassment.

    You will also notice that as SOON as actually saw the files that you all were supposedly hyping up, he deleted the retweet to your livestream, and the link to Trishes file dump. Because he KNOWS that information was already released months ago, and doesn’t want to discredit himself by association with you. You both did serious harm to your credibility last night, and I believe you need to tighten up before all hope is lost and you start to lose the following and momentum you have gained. Please don’t take my criticism personally. I love what you all are doing. But you have to realize that as the head of this spear, known as crowdsourcing, you are the face of all of us. Any credibility you lose, is credibility that we all lose.
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    Dave Gill
    Dave Gill3 hours ago
    DUDE! NY Presbyterian is the one the CIA used for a number of OP’s! MK ultra doctors, Cancer injections, stealing people off the street, etc! NY Presbyterian is loaded with Deep State actors and doctors! Many books on the subject.
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    American Hero3 hours ago
    Why apologize to Murderers? This is the worst of the worst, torchbearers and murderes. What about the people dead? Their loved ones? Don’t apologize to these evil no soul greedy assholes
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    Seems to me GW is getting a bit silly now. Off on another flight of fantasy, as if the previous stories never happened. I don’t think I’ll bother posting more videos, there’s another six or so he’s done today, you’ll find ’em on his channel if you are interested. No doubt, someone who has known him well, his ex wife, son, brother, whatever, could make sense of why he’s got these quirks. I’m just guessing. He’s been flat out working for 200+ days, thinking about nothing else except all that crazy stuff, perhaps he’s breaking up from the strain, to be generous to him, or perhaps he’s just a sales guy who knows how to pitch a story, or perhaps he’s a Mossad spook trying to manipulate the news. I don’t know, but his credibility has crashed in my view, I’ve got other stuff that’s more interesting. Like I said a while back, I’ve been watching as if it was Twin Peaks, wanting to know what happens in the end…. but feels like I’m being strung along on a wild goose chase to nowhere….

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    West Yorkshire police say they are investigating 179 new cases of alleged child sexual exploitation in Bradford.

    The Police have announced they are investigating 165 suspects, amid fears of another scandal like that which hit Rotherham.

    Just last year, a gang of 12 Asian paedophiles from West Yorkshire were jailed for a total of 143 years after they passed a 13-year-old girl around for sex, with men literally queuing up to rape her.

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    I think George must under a little stress. Who’s watching his back?

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    Hi Jimbot,

    Just taking him at face value, he seems to work very hard, obsessively, dedicated to his project, very courageous and brave to the point of not caring about his safety. He’s not into guns or self-protection. He seemed to have accepted that he’d likely meet a nasty end, so he may as well be heroic (like his father ?).

    That’s maybe the impression he wanted to present, ‘trust in God, do good’, etc.

    But as time has gone by, maybe that’s not the reality. There’s always been a lot of trolls knocking him in comments, but that seems to happen to everyone regardless of who they are or what they do, it’s part of the psychological atmosphere of juvenile stupidity and aggression that prevails on the internet, probably amplified by the paid shills employed by people like David Brock, etc.

    He has revealed all sorts of amazing stuff, so I give him credit for that. But the drunken episodes show ‘in vino veritas’, he can be surprisingly stupid and they throw the whole of his work into doubt. You know, the claims in each episode, that, say, a particular hospital is doing dodgy organ transplants, and the organs are coming from ratlines, run by so and so, and that heads to such and such… He tells the tale as if it’s obvious, in a convincing fashion, but perhaps he’s just carried away by his own fantasy stories ? At least, part of the time. Because where’s the actual evidence ? It never quite appears. And then the next episode, all that went before is forgotten and we’re into a whole new tale….

    Anyway, I’ve found it informative, interesting, entertaining, up until recently, but I’ve grown weary, he keeps on saying that everything will come to a head in the next week, but that has never happened…. yet.

    Here’s someone else’s take.

    DarkMath 0 points (+0|-0) 5 minutes ago (edited 25 seconds ago)
    “George Webb has been less than straightforward”

    Yeah that sure is going around. I think it’s contagious. Just look at you V. Here I was all this time thinking you were here to help take down the Pediocracy down in DC. But all along you were doing all you could to attack the very people who are trying to take it down.

    And bee tee dubs that’s why George Webb is doing what he’s doing. Look at George Webb as the Mossad turning state’s evidence against their fellow conspirators: the Deep State and the Clinton Foundation.

    George Webb is tearing it down because Mossad realized Hillary & Co were bad for business. Running drugs is illegal but apparently everybody in the IC seems to be doing it. But setting up industrial scale organ harvesting and child rape organizations is beyond evil.

    Hillary Clinton took this fraud to a new level probably because she’s literally a psychopath and couldn’t conceive her actions could stir up the basest of human emotions that, ding ding ding, could easily lead to people showing up down in DC with a Gatling gun and 100,000 rounds of 7.62mm full metal jacket and then come back for seconds.

    Killing Extortion 17 launched 8,985 highly trained alpha male assassins who I’m gathering don’t care much about the race, religion or pay grade of any of the perps. You feel me?

    Israel isn’t stupid. George Webb is Israel trying to get back in the good graces of the average American alpha male because after those 8,985 there are about at least 10,000,000 more with semi-automatic assault rifles and low capacity magazines(which is actually good thing since they help save ammo and prolong a fire fight, long story).



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    In addition, there is evidence that ancient pastoralists may have had healthier genomes than hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists. We also observed a temporal trend whereby genomes from the recent past are more likely to be healthier than genomes from the deep past. This calls into question the idea that modern lifestyles have caused genetic load to increase over time. Focusing on individual genomes, we find that the overall genomic health of the Altai Neandertal is worse than 97% of present day humans and that Otzi the Tyrolean Iceman had a genetic predisposition to gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases. As demonstrated by this work, ancient genomes afford us new opportunities to diagnose past human health, which has previously been limited by the quality and completeness of remains.

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    As I read about the US government pulling out of the Paris climate accord, I wonder what we can contribute to the conversation as archaeologists. Certainly, we can talk about human adaptation to climate and environmental change in the long term. It occurs to me that there are lessons from the past that might be very useful in the near future. The main lessons I see have to do with the nature of tradition and our place-based sense of identity. I think archaeology tells us fairly clearly that pre-Holocene tradition and identity must have been very different from those we know now. We may want to revisit some of their aspects.

    Algorithmic vs Essentialist tradition

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    I recently found, on the travel website Trip Advisor, a photo of the Virgin’s Tree (aka Mary’s Tree) which is located in Matariya near Cairo. The image showed a dead tree wrapped in cellophane, looking almost like a corpse. The tourist, Sally Mahmoud, who took the photo in November 2015 wrote the following review about her experience, under the headline “disgraceful.”

    “(I) Walked through the filth to reach the tree…only to be so extremely disappointed in how it was let go. Now I realize how old this tree is, but the attempts to preserve this tree were so miserably disappointing. Large pieces that had broken off, were arranged to try and look like they were still attached, and most of the tree was wrapped in a clear cellophane. I stood and stared in disbelief.”

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    Here we go again…. 🙂

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    Soros Calls Nationalist Hungarian Govt A Mafia For Repelling Globalist Takeover

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    Didn’t work on me. Probably needs to be played backwards to hear the demonic voices.

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    “The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued slowly advancing the Bir Qasab and Al-Dakwa in the desert east of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
    Furthermore, warplanes of the Russian and Syrian air forces continued targeting US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants in the area aiming to force them to withdraw from the area.
    The US-led coalition announced it had reinforced its forces in the Al-Tanf area on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The coalition also said that it views the “Iranian-backed forces” as a threat to its troops in Syria, which are fighting ISIS.
    According to the commander of Jaish Maghawir al-Thawra, Muhannad al-Tala, there are currently 150 US soldiers in the Al-Tanf, along with soldiers from five other countries of the US-led coalition, including two Arab countries.
    According to unconfirmed reports, Syrian government forces are currently located 40 kilometers from the town of Al-Tanf.
    It is believed that the current priority of the SAA is to secure the capital Damascus through regaining control of Al-Dakwa and Bir Qasab.
    Later, Syrian forces might attempt to advance toward the Iraqi border by capturing ISIS-held areas in northern Al-Tanf instead of confronting with US forces.” southfront
    Mattis or someone else at the national command level has decided to reinforce US coalition forces at the base near al-tanf. It would seem that the idea is to retain control of SE Syria for the purpose of training local forces to use against the Syrian government. IS forces in the area seem implausible as the projected enemy for these forces trained at al-tanf. The R+6 is fighting IS just north of al-tanf. If IS forces were the projected enemy the logical US coalition attitude would be to cooperate with R+6. pl

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