Some stuff I’ve found interesting, Brief response to wolfwitch…

 

 

 

 

 

 

We now call these people the Denisovans. They’re a human species but are not us, not Neanderthals, and not one that was previously known. We don’t yet have anything more than fragments of fossils. From the knowledged we have gained of ancient DNA studies, we know see that we interbred with the Denisovans, and they interbred with us. The further east you go today, the more Denisovan DNA you see in living people and the less Neanderthal. Interestingly, when you analyze the amount of DNA of the three species that we know interbred (Denisovans, Neanderthals, and Homo sapiens), it doesn’t quite add up, which makes us confident that we also carry the DNA of another human species for which we have no bones and no DNA. The shadow of another human species—its trace—is inside us all right now.

https://anthropology.net/2017/10/28/adam-rutherfords-a-brief-history-of-everyone-who-ever-lived/

 

The ‘Dawndays’ chapter begins:

The first folk holding this land [Britain] were the Kamledis, called Wictarin [Picts?] in the old tongue [Brythonic], but these were dwellers in the North, while southward were the dark, short-legged dwarfmen known as Oben [Germanic, meaning ‘higher ground’]… None knows who led the dwarf men here, though men do say the land spawned them… They were hag-ridden, forest-fearing river-dwellers who painted their faces and legs, users of easily poisoned weapons. Theirs were the grim gods of death and darkness, and at the festival times the dwarfmen sat in sombre caves eating children as part of their evil feasting… In the generations of the dwarfmen, broad Britain was a many-marshed land, where dismal ferns and tangled forests hindered passage from place to place. The Oben were not numerous and their children few, but they were hardy and long-lived… Far to the South were the swarthy swarm of the Frolga [who were “herd-keeping”], though these were not true dwarfmen but the outcome of intermingled blood.

The Kolbrin makes it clear here that the Oben were Britain’s oldest inhabitants.

https://grahamhancock.com/whitemany5/

 

Previous research has shown that animals can remember specific events, use tools and solve problems. But exactly what that means — whether they are making rational decisions or simply reacting to their environment through mindless reflex — remains a matter of scientific dispute.

Cameron Buckner, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston, says empirical evidence suggests a variety of animal species are able to make rational decisions, despite the lack of a human-like language

Cameron Buckner, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston, argues in an article published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research that a wide range of animal species exhibit so-called “executive control” when it comes to making decisions, consciously considering their goals and ways to satisfy those goals before acting.

He acknowledges that language is required for some sophisticated forms of metacognition, or thinking about thinking. But bolstered by a review of previously published research, Buckner concludes that a wide variety of animals — elephants, chimpanzees, ravens and lions, among others — engage in rational decision-making.

“These data suggest that not only do some animals have a subjective take on the suitability of the option they are evaluating for their goal, they possess a subjective, internal signal regarding their confidence in this take that can be deployed to select amongst different options,” he wrote.

The question has been debated since the days of the ancient philosophers, as people considered what it means to be human. One way to address that, Buckner said, is to determine exactly what sets humans apart from other animals.

Language remains a key differentiator, and Buckner notes that serious attempts in the 1970s and ’80s to teach animals human language — teaching chimpanzees to use sign language, for example — found that although they were able to express simple ideas, they did not engage in complex thought and language structures.

Ancient philosophers relied upon anecdotal evidence to study the issue, but today’s researchers conduct sophisticated controlled experiments. Buckner, working with Thomas Bugnyar and Stephan A. Reber, cognitive biologists at the University of Vienna, last year published the results of a study that determined ravens share at least some of the human ability to think abstractly about other minds, adapting their behavior by attributing their own perceptions to others

In his latest paper, Buckner offers several examples to support his argument:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/do-animals-think-rationally.html

 

Historians of English have long acknowledged that social and cognitive factors shape language over time. For example, languages lose irregular verb conjugations or other word forms that are hard to remember. And certain words or pronunciations get used because they are associated with people who have status and power—think about how new arrivals adopt the local accent in order to fit in. These pressures on language are based on concrete factors, similar to the biological pressures of natural selection.

But that explanation didn’t satisfy University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) evolutionary biologist Joshua Plotkin. He was puzzled by oddities such as a growing preference for the word “clarity” over its synonym “clearness.” According to standard linguistic theory, “clearness” should be more common because adding “-ness” is an easy-to-remember rule for making a noun out of an adjective. But that’s not what happened in English. “As an outsider,” Plotkin says, “this increase seemed at odds with the notion that language … regularize[s] over time.” So he decided to roll up his sleeves and apply some theories from evolutionary biology.

With another evolutionary biologist and two linguists from UPenn, he analyzed three databases of historical English together containing more than 400 million words and ranging from 1100 C.E. to the 21st century. The researchers used statistical methods from population genetics to analyze three well-known changes in the English language: how past-tense verbs in American English have taken the “-ed” ending, (as when “spilt” became “spilled”), how the word “do” became an auxiliary verb in Early Modern English (as in “Did you sing?”), and how negative sentences were made in Old to Early Modern English.

They found that selection was the likely cause of how negative sentence structures changed over time (like how the Old English “Ic ne secge” became the Early Modern English “I say not”). But the two other changes were likely the results of random drift, they write today in a letter published in Nature. That’s because, rather than having an even rate of change, the frequencies of alternative forms changed in fits and starts—jagged fluctuations that were obvious in the data set. When it came to the verbs, they found that drift’s influence was stronger when the verb was less frequent. Only six past tense changes in their data set, such as “lighted” to “lit,” were deemed to have changed for purposeful reasons, such as being easier to learn and use.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/how-english-language-has-evolved-living-creature

 

Three Different Views About the Origins of Modern Economic Growth

Consider some prominent views about what caused the British Industrial Revolution. At the risk of grossly simplifying matters we can put them into three bins.

First, there those who tend to think that market expansion is sufficient for sustained economic growth. Call them group 1. They will be inclined to favorably quote Adam Smith from his lectures on jurisprudence that “Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice”. Many libertarian-learning economists are in this category but few active economic historians.

Second, there are those who argue that colonial empires or natural resources like coal were crucial for modern economic growth. Call them group 2. This view is associated with the “world systems” theory of Immanuel Wallerstein. Perhaps the most sophisticated exponent is Ken Pomeranz in the Great Divergence (2000). Pop versions are common among many historians and sociologists but this position has little support among economic historians.

Third, there are those who argue that ultimately only innovation can explain the transition to modern economic growth. This is the position of the majority of economic historians. Label them group 3. However, this third group is divided between those who seek to explain the increase in innovation in purely economic terms (3a) and those who see this as an impossible task and argue that the answer has to be sought elsewhere, perhaps in something that can be broadly defined as culture (3b).

The idea that simple economics could explain why innovators developed labor-saving machinery like the spinning jenny in 18th century England (but not in France or India) is advanced by Bob Allen. It is perhaps the dominant view in economic history at the moment. But it has come under criticism recently as the evidence for a high-wage economy in 18th century England appears weaker than was previously supposed (see the work of Judy Stephenson (here) and (here)).

Two prominent alternative versions of 3b are associated with Deirdre McCloskey and Joel Mokyr. McCloskey and Mokyr advance distinct arguments, but both would agree that the inventive and enterprising spirit that characterized 18th century England cannot be explained in terms of simple incentives. They instead argue that it required recognition of “Bourgeois Dignity” or a “Culture of Growth”.

Mapping Modern Views to the Roman Counter-Factual

Adherents of the first position, the view that trade, commerce, and market development were a sufficient condition for modern economic growth should find the Roman Industrial Revolution counterfactual highly appealing. As Harper notes: “The empire by its nature systematically leveled barriers to trade” (Harper 2017, 37). Importantly, Rome had a legal system that venerated property rights and was designed to facilitate impersonal trade (see here). Indeed, the startlingly “modern” characteristics of the Roman legal system, including property rights for married women, feature prominently in The Kingdom of the Wicked. This legal system also provided stability for economic exchange and a framework through which impersonal trade and business organizations could emerge. Though the imperial period saw the emperors acquire broad-ranging autocratic authority, from an economic perspective, Roman citizens enjoyed something approximating what we would recognize as rule of law.

https://medium.com/@MarkKoyama/could-rome-have-had-an-industrial-revolution-4126717370a2

michael hudson November 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

I’m afraid the article on Rome is quite silly and tunnel-visioned. It ignores the class war of creditors against debtors (won by the creditors by a century of political assassination and violence). And more important, all fortunes (viz. Trimalchio) were spent on LAND — and getting clients into debt.

The author pretends to describe Joel Mokr’s view of culture. But my introductory essay in the volume that Mokr et al. published on Entrepreneurs (Princeton), I describe why Rome DID NOT grow, for the above reasons.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/11/links-111317.html#comment-2886149

 

The final presenter was Professor Peterson. He was happy to see so many people present for the debate, but at the same time he was saddened to realize that a public event about protecting the freedom of speech is now so necessary in Canada. Peterson began by referring to a program called The Agenda on TVOntario. Nicholas Matte a lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Sexual Diversity Studies program was also on the show. Matte made the outrageous statement that there are no scientific differences between males and females. And for that he got no criticism. According to Peterson, we can currently hold such false views without being challenged because we do not dare question the ideology of gender and other political myths about diversity and equality.

Peterson also spoke about why he objected to Canada’s Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. He spoke about how he had to face numerous threats and nasty requests to go along with the new language of gender and political correctness. Peterson then went on to talk about what recently happened at Wilfrid Laurier University. Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant, showed the video from TVO to her students. For that, she was called “transphobic” and her supervising professor told her that what she had done in the Canadian Communication in Context class was “basically … like … neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …” Shepherd was quickly “re-educated” and told that it was wrong to even consider backing Peterson’s opposition to genderless pronouns. In future, she has to submit her lessons in advance to her supervisor and agree not to use “controversial videos.”

In the university, many ideas and issues are no longer discussed and debated. Shepherd made the mistake of believing that the university supports freedom of speech and research. She made the unforgivable blunder of introducing students to Peterson’s work. This is akin to studying a speech from Hitler. In Canada, lessons that question gender identity are now illegal because of Bill C-16. Shepherd made the error of actually trying to teach, not indoctrinate. Sadly, she is now considering leaving the university. In communicating the story, although he had predicted this kind of attack on free speech would occur, one could see that Peterson was grieved by the whole situation.

Prof. Peterson explained that the idea of creating safe learning environments runs counter to real learning. He quipped, “Everything I’ve learned was painful.” Students need to face the facts and the truth, even when it hurts. Shedding assumptions and prejudices is the only way for them to become better human beings. We must raise the bar for a good education so that young people can make a valuable contribution and the world becomes a better place. He urged everyone to get involved and be prepared to defend and speak out about the importance of freedom of speech and open inquiry.

After the presentations, there was period of discussion with the moderator directing the discussion. After that, the audience was invited to ask some questions. But the central issue about the stifling of free speech in a climate of political correctness, of identity politics, of victimhood and of social justice hostility, isn’t going away any time soon. What happens next depends on all of us men and women of good will.

http://www.catholicanada.com/2017/11/12/the-free-speech-debate-not-wanted-in-canadas-universities/

 

When I was little I used to play games involving pirates, ships etc but have you, ever wondered how the real pirates looks like? Or do they have the same type of personality like in pirate games? Or are they bad criminals like how people think? Well, I will be talking about a sea lord who controlled a band of pirates to achieve his political ends, and who is a famous hero in Japan.

https://piratesofasia.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/mori-motonari-the-smartest-sea-lord-in-japan/

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Well, my dear friends, enemies, and frenemies. I do not believe that trying to censor Tommy Robinson is going to be effective. It will infuriate all those who support him and they will redouble their efforts.

It does not matter to me whether you like or dislike the man and his political views, it’s the eternal golden principle of freedom of speech that matters so much more.

I think it will prove to be counter productive for the vested interests and elite groups who attempt to suppress his message. He’s a well-known public figure and as entitled to his political views as anyone else.

 

 

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Mystery Rocks Cypress Hills Saskatchewan

Thanks to wolfwitch in previous comments,

Also, on a personal note, thanks to your hugely time consuming actions I now find that this blog is the place to go for real news and views. About 3 years ago I was a so called green anarchist, pseudo pagan. I now find to my amusement (in a serious way!?) that i am becoming increasingly sympathetic to the alt right and the western tradition of Christianity itself. Cheers Ulvfugl!

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=29759&cpage=7#comment-30531

Here’s my reply, fwiw :

Regarding these labels or boxes that people get classified into, I think they may be useful in a general way, but less so for any particular thoughtful individual. I mean, on any issue by issue basis, I can be Right-ish on one and Left-ish on another.

You probably know that the Right versus Left classification dates back to the French Revolution, when the Revolutionaries who sat on the right side of the chamber wanted to slow down or return towards earlier positions, whilst those sitting on the left side would vote for more faster extreme radical change.

(Actually this division of political views can be traced much earlier, to ancient Greece, and was probably part of human social nature back into the mists of prehistory. I can imagine some small tribal group of hunter-gatherers dividing into factions as to whether to move to a new unknown area, or whether to play safe by remaining where they know the territory, despite some impending hazard, flood, drought, disease, whatever.)

Like many young people, earlier in my life, being idealistic and dissatisfied with the world, I favoured radical social changes as soon as possible.

Now I feel that the changes have gone too far and I’m more conservative. I see it rather like steering a boat on a wide river, the crew need to change course to avoid hazards, but it’s a constant task of adjustment, if you insist blindly on one direction you’ll crash into the bank, be it right or left.

The best understanding I know of comes from anacyclosis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacyclosis

For the longer term, decades, I remain a Doomer, because I accept the environmentalist analysis that we humans are destroying the ecological foundations on our planet.

If we continue with causing the extinction of other species, by destroying their vital habitat, then eventually the entire complex net of inter-relationships will collapse,and all life on Earth will be decimated, as has occurred several time in earlier prehistory.

It’s highly likely that we are already on that course and that it cannot be avoided, one reason being that it’s only a small proportion of the 7.5 or so billion of us that are capable of understanding any of this, let alone caring about it enough to do anything, so it is likely impossible to avoid another Mass Extinction Event.

Given that, I wish that the best of humanity, and our various noble achievements, do survive for as long as possible, and toward that end, I am opposed to the ignorant, moronic, uneducated masses gaining power and dragging us all down into the hellish barbaric squalid mess that already exists on many parts of the planet.

This kind of concern was exhibited early last century, in the novel The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Graham, which is a sort of romanticised and disguised story of revolution and class struggle.

Writers can change the way people, society, views existence and cause adjustments of political and philosophical outlooks, for better or worse, which is why I keep on doing this, in the vague hope that it may be helpful to some of you out there.

Wolfwitch mentioned having moved from a green anarchist, pagan, position toward the alt right and Western tradition of Christianity.

That’s too large and complex a subject for me to do justice to with any brevity, but I think I understand what he means. The most successful green party that arose was the one in Germany, and yet now, imo, they are utterly deranged and useless.

I’ve already mentioned the ‘anarchist’ part. My view is that a priority is to minimise suffering and that is why I desire strictly enforced order. The chaos which people like David Graeber see as virtuous, a means to undermine all existing authority, is absolutely NOT what we need. There’s already more than enough misery on the planet caused by disorder and chaos.

People who are in favour of an absence of order and authority are welcome move and go live in the areas where all law and order is already absent. There are plenty of them.

I have no strong objection toward the various pagan traditions, and there’s much that I dislike about Christianity. It’s possible that there might be a Christian revival. The heritage is so enormous, there’s so much to draw upon, my guess is that there remains great potential for a massive revival. I’ve learned a great amount from Jordan Peterson in that respect, he’s joined up some fields of ideas and linkages that I had never understood previously.

Wolfwitch actually wrote ‘Western’ Christianity, but imo, there’s much to be learned and gained from Eastern Christianity, but that topic is too large for me to engage with today.

You know, there are the social aspects of religion, where people meet up and go through various routines, prayer, song, marriages, blessing ceremonies, etc, and there are the more private mystical aspects, where each individual has to pursue their own journey into the deepest existential questions. Different approaches suit different kinds of people, we vary a lot in character, disposition, ability, and so on

Personally, I’ve found Jordan Peterson very helpful.

 

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  1. ulvfugl says:

    At the other end of the Preseli Mountains from where I am dwelling at this moment…. three huge mounds of stones that are visible from many miles away.

    This Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age hillfort stands at the end of the Preseli range and is capped by three cairns which can be seen for miles around. Aerial photographs have revealed numerous hut circles on the summit.

    http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=4331

  2. ulvfugl says:

    In the parish of Glantane formerly called Kilshannig, and six miles distant from Mallow is the place called Carrigcleena or Cleena’s Rock. It is a townland and gets its name from the conspicuous rampart of rock that is situated in it and pointed out as the entrance to the dwelling place of Cliodhna, the Fairy Queen. Many are the stories told about Cliodhna around this locality.

    Cliodhna’s father was called the Red Druid and generally regarded as the last of the druids. He, it is said, was made prince of the territory which now embraces the town of Fermoy and its neighbourhood by the reigning King of Munster, whose life he had saved in battle when the latter was fighting with the High King of Ireland. On this occasion the Red Druid raised a great storm by his magical powers and compelled the High King’s forces to retire from the engagement.

    Cliodhna and her sister Aeibhill are famous figures in Irish fairy lore, and their period is believed to have been the middle of the eighth century. Cliodhna, the elder daughter of the Red Druid, seems to have inherited strange powers like her father. She fell in love with a young chieftain named O’Kieffe, who was lord of the territory adjoining that of her father. But, unfortunately, the younger sister, Aeibhill, also became enamoured of the same chieftain, and this aroused the wrath of Cliodhna, who was of a proud, passionate and haughty disposition. Full of jealousy, Cliodhna resolved to make her own union with the chieftain secure at all costs, and to this end, as the story goes, she changed her sister Aeibhill with a magic wand into a beautiful white cat, after the latter had refused to renounce her affection for the man to whom Cliodhna was betrothed.

    When the Red Druid and his wife learned of the fate of their daughter, they both took the sad news so much to heart that they died shortly afterwards. The Druid was buried on the summit of a hill about three miles from Rathcormac since called Carn Thierna, and his wife was laid to rest near Glanworth.

    (N.B.: We read of some interesting finds recently, including the bones of a woman, in the great dolmen called Leaba Chaillighe, near Glanworth, Co. Cork. Were these the remains of the Red Druid’s wife, who, according to tradition was buried beneath this dolmen!)

    But to return to the story, Cliodhna married the chieftain O’Kieffe, and all went well until he came to hear of her sister’s fate at her hands. They became estranged as a result and Cliodhna retired to an underground palace, having been discarded by her husband. This palace is, according to many accounts in the townland above mentioned viz., Carrigcleena, so called by the natives “the Rock.” This palace was long believed by the peasantry to be the scene of the general assembly of the fairies throughout Ireland, where they met to consider important matters relative to their race.

    Aeibhill, after being enchanted by her sister took up residence, as local tradition goes, in an underground palace also, situated at Castlecor, near Kanturk, Co. Cork, beneath an old cave hidden by trees. It is also said that she resumes her natural form for a week each year at midsummer, appearing as a beautiful maiden of twenty. She was regarded as the guardian spirit of the Dalcassian race, and Queen of the Fairies of North Munster. The King of Ireland, Brian Boru, is reported as saying on the evening of the Battle Clontarf, that Aeibhill came to him the previous night and told him he should fall that day.

    The last account of Cliodhna, as told by local residents around Carrigcleena, runs as follows:
    Situated about two miles north of Carrigcleena, and on the road to Mallow, is a cross-roads called Pindy’s Cross, Pindy being a corruption of pente, Greek for five. There are five roads branching off at these cross-roads. It seems there was a smithy or forge at this spot long ago, no trace of which is to be found now. Cliodhna, mounted on a white horse, appeared before the forge and asked the smith to put a shoe on one of horse’s legs. This the smith promptly did. When leaving Cliodhna is reported to have called the smith’s attention to a clump of bracken that was quite green-looking and growing nearby. She said that she was leaving the place, but did not disclose where she was going, and gave the smith a sign whether she would return again or not. The sign was the green bracken. If, on the following day, the bracken was green as usual, she would return, but on the other hand, if the bracken was withered, then never again would she come back. The smith next day saw the bracken shrivelled up and withered, and Cliodhna has never been heard of since.

    Written by Donal Archdeacon, a teacher at Carrigcleena More, for the 1930s Schools Collection of folklore. You can see the original document at Duchas.ie.

    http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/155669/folklore/carrigcleena.html

  3. ulvfugl says:

    “The situation with the Kolbrin and the ‘Kolbrin Bible’ (we at the Culdian Trust have never called it a bible) is unfortunate and we agree with you, to portray the content of the Kolbrin as merely being the forewarner of a catastrophe that may or may not happen has demeaned the book in the eyes of a lot of people who have come in contact with the plagarised version. When the situation was first bought to our attention we went down the breach of copyright road and found it impracticable and not that easy to pursue from another country.

    “There is a second volume to the Kolbrin – the Gospel of the Kailedy – which deals specifically with the life and times of Jesus Christ, which Masters and Mannings, for some reason, have left alone. In reply to your question how did they get hold of the Kolbrin – they bought it from us and copied it word for word. The interesting thing now is that we have since reprinted the Kolbrin and fixed several glaring mistakes in it – misplaced paragraphs and the like – and the Masters and Manning version still has the mistakes in it.”

    The situation with the Kolbrin has been quite discouraging over the years since its publication in the1990s. Glen Kimball, Marshall Masters and Janice Manning (YOWUSA) have unilaterally and irresponsibly taken the right to become online representatives for the Kolbrin, spreading nefarious lies about it and distorting its content to fit their own agendas. Everyone who googles the Kolbrin comes up with endless “Kolbrin Bible” results. These people from YOWUSA have invested lots of money in marketing the book and selling it in many different versions and formats. The sites through which they promote their “Kolbrin Bible” are often replete with UFO and Planet X content amidst other New Age material of dubious credibility, and when people find the Kolbrin included in these sites they dismiss it outright as a hoax without giving it a chance.

    http://culdiantrust.org/culdianforums/index.php?topic=14.0

    The past few weeks have left me with no doubt that the Kolbrin contains not only a secular view of 3600 years ago in Egypt, but it is full of wisdom, and mystery, there is even a scroll that records the steps taken by an initiate going through one of the “Lesser Mysteries” known as the “Ritual
    of the Twiceborn.”
    I have become completely absorbed by its mysterious preservation and the translations. This is what i have found, online.

    I first came across the Kolbrin while researching the historical evidence of Nibiru. And was immediately fascinated by the claim that it was written by Egyptian Scribes, and handed down through a obscure Druidic Group…
    The Kolbrin contains 384, 587 words, it is claimed to be 3600 years old by its current entrusted caretaker. The word “Kolbrin” comes from the Celtic “Coelbren”, of for example, the “Coelbren Runes”. Coelbren is in Wales. The second half of the Kolbrin has been known as the Gospel of– “Kailedy”as in The book of= “Culedee” = “Culdee”. The Culdees were — by tradition — the earliest Christians in the British Isles who — by tradition — traced their spiritual ancestry back to, again, Joseph of Arimathea.

    The book made its way into the Glastonbury Library in 1180 A.D. This was 4 years before the Library and Church were destroyed by fire.
    The first 5 books were part of a larger version called the “Great book”and was written by Egyptian scribes at the time of the Exodus.The information was deemed so important, that the Celtic Druids copied it onto thin sheets of Bronze, as a means of preservation. The last 5 books were penned by Celtic Priests following the death of Jesus.

    http://grahamhancock.com/phorum/read.php?1,242329

  4. ulvfugl says:

    Daggerology (Frieman & Eriksen, 2015)
    Here’s a mostly-available-on-line ebook called “Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe”.

    http://bellbeakerblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/daggerology-frieman-eriksen-2015.html

  5. ulvfugl says:

    In an endless attempt to regain influence in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has once again brought about results directly opposite to those intended. Immediately after receiving confirmation that the resignation had taken place in Saudi Arabia, the entire Lebanese political class demanded that Hariri return home to clarify his position, meet with the president and submit his resignation in person. Saudi actions have served to consolidate a united front of opposition factions and paved the way for the collapse of Saudi influence in the country, leaving a vacuum to be conveniently filled by Iran. Once again, as with Yemen and in Syria, the intentions of the Saudis have dramatically backfired.

    This Saudi interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign country has stirred up unpredictable scenarios in the Middle East, just at the time that tensions were cooling in Syria.

    Hariri’s detention comes from far away and is inextricably linked to what has been happening over the past few months in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman, son of King Salman, began his internal purge of the Kingdom’s elite by removing from the line of succession Bin Nayef, a great friend of the US intelligence establishment (Brennan and Clapper). Bin Nayef was a firm partner of the US deep state. Saudi Arabia has for years worked for the CIA, advancing US strategic goals in the region and beyond. Thanks to the cooperation between Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Bin Nayef, and US intelligence agencies, Washington has for years given the impression of fighting against Islamist terrorist while actually weaponizing jihadism since the 1980s by deploying it against rival countries like the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the Iraqi government in 2014, the Syrian state in 2012, and Libya’s Gaddafi in 2011.

    MBS has even detained numerous family-related princes, continuing to consolidate power around himself. Even Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world, ended up caught in MBS’s net, rightly accused of being one of the most corrupt people in the Kingdom. It is speculated that family members and billionaires are detained at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, with guests and tourists promptly ejected days before the arrests began. Mohammed bin Salman’s actions are not slowing down, even after seizing $800 billion in accounts, properties and assets.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-20/saudi-israeli-friendship-driving-rest-middle-east-together

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    The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system.

    Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called “Arab spring”. While the movements in the various countries -as far as their were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come.

    Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/11/the-saudi-system-and-why-its-change-may-fail.html#more

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    imo, it is insane and irresponsible to give two homosexual males a tiny child.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/judges-damning-ruling-jekyll-hyde-13929811

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    A cursory reading of Kunstler’s books or blogs might give the reader the impression that he is a cynic, or even anti-American. For example, he is fond of opining that “you can stick a fork” in the suburban experiment, “because it’s finished.” His blog—in reference to the United States—is pungently titled “Clusterfuck Nation.” And scarcely a week goes by without a reference to the crumbling Republic “taking its final slide down the garbage chute of history.”

    Yet Kunstler is not anti-American, nor is he a standard-issue liberal. He is interesting and unorthodox enough to have appeared in Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons, which dubbed him a “prophetic crank.” A secular Jew, a fierce localist, a skeptic of left-wing cultural pieties and “techno-narcissistic” science-fiction schemes, Kunstler might best be described as a patriot for an America that no longer exists: a country of small towns, tight-knit communities, human-scale development, and local entrepreneurship. We were never perfect, but we certainly don’t come close to embodying these ideals today. Kunstler is trying to nudge us in that direction.

    He was gracious enough to grant TAC an interview:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/an-interview-with-james-howard-kunstler/

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    “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” said speaker Mudenda, reading Mugabe’s letter.
    “My decision to resign was voluntary on my part.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/zimbabwe-president-robert-mugabe-resigns

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    It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored.

    A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it’s a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”

    No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

    We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values. So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia – a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth – as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people? The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.

    And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government – with US support – has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/ron-paul-asks-why-are-we-helping-saudi-arabia-destroy-yemen

    NumbersUsa Nov 21, 2017 5:41 PM
    Oy vey! Now, seven flags over Texas? by hedgeless_horseman Nov 20, 2017 12:30 PM

    IT”S GONE

    Isn’t it amazing how much power the jew supremacists have to make articles exposing their takeover of America disappear and replace them with articles featuring giant dildos for goy amusment.

    Ripped out of ZH’s lineup : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-20/oy-vey-now-seven-flags-over-tex

    you can’t even find it in a ZH search.

    Call your Congressman, Senator & the WhiteHouse and let them know we want the zionist neo-con dual citizen jews out of all areas of our government NOW!

    For the President-White House switchboard at 202-456-1414

    White House comment line: (202) 456-1111

    To call your Member of Congress:
    US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 (just ask for your Congressman or Senator)

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    4Celts NumbersUsa Nov 21, 2017 5:48 PM
    The article is still in the Contributors section .

  22. ulvfugl says:

    Judicial Watch has just dumped a new treasure trove of FBI emails regarding Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s conflict check relative to the Clinton email investigation (for those who missed it, we reviewed all of McCabe’s many scandals here: “FBI Director McCabe Subject Of Three Separate Federal Inquiries Into Alleged Misconduct: Report”). Ironically, this particular FOIA request was filed in October 2016 under the Obama administration but they apparently just “didn’t have time” to get to it.

    Judicial Watch today released 79 pages of Justice Department documents concerning ethics issues related to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s involvement with his wife’s political campaign. The documents include an email showing Mrs. McCabe was recruited for a Virginia state senate race in February 2015 by then-Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam’s office.

    The news that Clinton used a private email server broke five days later, on March 2, 2015. Five days after that, former Clinton Foundation board member and Democrat party fundraiser, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, met with the McCabes. She announced her candidacy on March 12. Soon afterward, Clinton/McAuliffe-aligned political groups donated nearly $700,000 (40% of the campaign’s total funds) to McCabe’s wife for her campaign.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/comey-has-no-issue-it-judicial-watch-dumps-explosive-new-fbi-emails-mccabe-conflicts

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    IMO it is debatable as to which side is the donkey in the US/Israeli military relationship. In my experience as the head DoD liaison to IDF general staff intelligence (7 years worth), “what’s theirs is theirs, and what’s yours is theirs as well.” I was an SES then with the spigot to intelligence largesse in my hand and I found them to be completely bloody minded about sharing information with the US. To get anything from them was like pulling molars without anesthetic.

    I don’t doubt that US government gifts to Israel benefit American defense industry, but these gifts come right out of the pocket of the American taxpayer and what do we get for it? Is it salved conscience for FDR’s unwillingness to open the floodgates to European Jewry during WW2? Perhaps that is so or is it the brute force arm twisting and virtual bribery that AIPAC works upon Congress?

    Israeli forces are in no way at the disposition of the US. They are not assets of American policy. Israel sees itself as an self-defining island in the world and the only real home for Jews. As such it thinks it cannot afford to be sentimental about any predominately gentile state, in other words, all others.

    And then, there is the repeated phenomenon of Israel either skirting the provisions of proprietary agreements about equipment sales or shared R&D or simply outright violations of these agreements in sales to third parties.
    No, there is no doubt, we are the ass. Hee Haw! pl

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/11/httpssouthfrontorgisraels-military-expenditures-and-military-industrial-complex-overview-and-dynamics.html

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    Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/dear-android-users-google-tracking-you-even-if-you-disable-location-services

    CaptainObvious Nov 21, 2017 7:31 PM
    It’s times like this when I wish magic was a real thing. Because that would be the only way to block Alphabet, Inc. from hoovering up all the mundane details of your life and selling them to sleazy advertisers and sleazier gubmints. One of my biggest pipe dreams is that there will someday exist technology that, when somebody tries to hack you or spy on you, sends an enormous electrical surge to their device and flash-fries it. A nice bonus would be catching the hacker or spy on fire and causing permanent disfigurement and/or death.

    Google dropped the “Don’t be evil” motto some time ago, because even they couldn’t say it with a straight face any more. Why don’t they just be honest and proclaim “All your metadata is belong to us” already.

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    In a necessary war, metrics like body counts, cities taken, factories dem0lished, and tanks/ships/planes destroyed are nice to have but not needed. A necessary war — one in which America’s survival is at stake — requires the relentless annihilation of all of the enemy’s human and material assets, and success is clear only in his unconditional surrender or disappearance from earth’s face. In an unnecessary war, these kinds of metrics are the only ones that can be used to temporarily hide the certainty of U.S. defeat from American citizens. Not surprisingly, Americans hear very little about the unnecessary war their national government is waging in Syria and Iraq save data about fallen cities, the number of Islamic State (IS) fighters killed, and IS vehicles, weapons factories, warehouses, and caches destroyed.

    The reason for the irrelevancies that the citizenry is being told about the Syrian-Iraq war lies in the simple reality that the conflict has become uncontrollable and will inevitably become what Hobbes described as a war of all against all. Once again, Americans are seeing both their government’s usual defeat in unnecessary wars, and the always accelerating human and monetary costs of interventionism.

    So where do the wars in Iraq and Syria stand? Well, in the 37 months since President Obama restarted America’s participation in the Iraq war those two countries have become a morass of insanity and death in which two longstanding nation-states are now probably beyond restoration. Although these wars have all but disappeared from the U.S. and Western media, the Muslim world’s media and some Arabic papers in Europe have continued to follow the downward spiral occurring in both countries. Many Western media outlets regard Third World media as not up to their standards (?) but the picture that emerges from their coverage is a bit different than the themes found in the sparse Western coverage. Consider:

    http://non-intervention.com/2998/iraq-and-syria-measuring-the-meaningless/

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    “A pain-killing drug, which outperforms morphine, and does not cause mental or physical addiction, is a huge breakthrough. This medication may set off a small revolution in pharmacology. It will save patients from subsequent addiction, it takes away the possibility of a drug habit setting in, which occurs when using morphine products over the long term,” Spasov said.

    This could be a major blow to the Sackler family who has made billions selling OxyContin in the United States through Purdue Pharma since 1995. Some reports indicate the family has been a major contributor to the opioid crisis and there are no plans in stopping the flood of drugs onto city streets.

    There are even reports Purdue is rapidly moving into Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other regions, and pushing for broad use of painkillers that are highly addictive in places that are unprepared for the side-effects of addiction.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/do-russians-have-key-solve-americas-opioid-crisis

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    Muddying the water ???

  30. Keith S Elder says:

    Not sure this photo will post properly, it needs a big screen to view.

    Thanks Keith. I cannot get it to display and fit, perhaps you can provide a link to the source.

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    Apologies for the break in posting (if you noticed ?)

    I’ve now upgraded some of my systems, so have NEW & IMPROVED service ! 🙂
    which does seem faster and I have not encountered problems (yet ?)

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    The left’s Witchfinder General

    The relevance of the nuclear reactor deception can be understood in relation to the latest efforts by Guardian columnist George Monbiot (and many others) to discredit prominent figures on the left, including Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, for their caution in making assessments of much more recent events in Syria. Monbiot has attacked them for not joining him in simply assuming that Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack last April on Khan Sheikhoun, an al-Qaeda stronghold in Idlib province.

    Understandably, many on the left have been instinctively wary of rushing to judgment about individual incidents in the Syrian war, and the narratives presented in the western media. The claim that Assad’s government used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun, and earlier in Ghouta, was an obvious boon to those who have spent more than a decade trying to achieve regime change in Syria.

    In what has become an ugly habit with Monbiot, and one I have noted before, he has enthusiastically adopted the role of Witchfinder General. Any questioning of evidence, scepticism or simply signs of open-mindedness are enough apparently to justify accusations that one is an Assadist or conspiracy theorist. Giving house room to the doubts of a ballistics expert like Ted Postol of MIT, or an experienced international arms expert like Scott Ritter, or a famous investigative journalist like Seymour Hersh, or a former CIA analyst like Ray McGovern, is apparently proof that one is an atrocity denier or worse.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/22/syria-experts-and-george-monbiot/

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    Dr Ewen Cameron, The Douglas-Hamilton’s, Hess & Hobgoblins

    https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/01/10/cameron-hess-hamiltons-hobgoblins/

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    Buddha or the “awakened one”, who founded Buddhism and is believed to have lived around 566-486 BCE, may have been found in a temple in Nanjing.

    According to Live Science, a skull bone of the Buddha may have been discovered inside a model of a stupa — a Buddhist shrine containing relics+ used for meditation — hidden in a stone casket in the crypt of a Buddhist temple.

    According to inscriptions on the box — which is made of sandalwood, silver and gold — the skull bone found within the remains belonged to the Buddha.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/ancient-chinese-casket-may-contain.html

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    The team is hopeful that the new information could help offer more clues regarding Kukulkan, the feathered snake deity for whom the temple was built. Local legend claims the hidden cenote was used to make human sacrifices and is expected to reveal more about the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation’s notions of the afterlife.

    “With this data, I believe we will conclusively find out if the local legends of an elaborate underworld are true,” de Anda told the National Geographic in September. “They believed that everything from fertility to rain and lightning originated in this subterranean world. The clues they left behind make it clear that they went to great lengths to appease and appeal to the dwellers of this spirit world.”

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/secret-passageway-to-cenote-found.html

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    Scientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been occupied by Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago. Yet the cave contained no skull fragments, no teeth – nor any other skeletal remains of this extinct species of human being.

    The team, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, were sure of their ground, however. Their genetic analysis of soil samples, scraped from the cave floor, had pinpointed the presence of Neanderthals through that most definitive of biological markers: their DNA.

    In other words, without digging up a bone or a molar, the team, led by geneticist Matthias Meyer, had found – merely by studying a few microscopic strands of DNA – that tens of thousands of years ago Neanderthals had sheltered at Trou Al’Wesse. It was the scientific equivalent of “extracting gold dust from the air”, as one researcher put it.

    Such hyperbole is understandable. The Trou Al’Wesse sediments would have been packed with DNA from plants, bacteria and other cave animals that had accumulated over millennia – as well as possible contaminating genetic material from the scientists themselves. Yet the Leipzig group, whose work was reported in Science in April, was able to pinpoint the few invisible scraps of Neanderthal DNA that had lingered there and enrich this material until they had enough to study its makeup in detail, a feat they later repeated at several other caves in Europe and Asia.

    “We don’t know what was the exact source of this Neanderthal DNA,” Meyer told the Observer. “It could have come from Neanderthals who bled, or sweated, or left urine or faeces in the cave. However, once these cells had broken open, their DNA would have spilled out and would have become bound to minerals in the soil, where they were preserved.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/19/human-evolution-dna-revolution-mapping-genome

    “I now think it is possible that we could sequence the genes of people and animals that lived up to 1 million years ago,” he said. “Already we have isolated genes from a horse that was 700,000 years old – though it helped that it was preserved in permafrost. However, if you had asked me 20 years ago what the limit would be I would have said we would be lucky to go back 100,000 years.”

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    The unlikely cooperation between a reef octopus and a coral grouper – two predators working together to maximise their chances of capturing prey – had never been seen on film before the Blue Planet II team captured it: the grouper, spying fish hidden in crevices in the reef, signals to the octopus by tipping on to its head, flashing white and wiggling. The octopus – an animal that itself is thought of as solitary – then reaches in and flushes them out.

    “They operate as a pair,” Sir David Attenborough told the podcast. “Sometimes the octopus wins, and sometimes the grouper does. It’s just extraordinary.”

    Research on this cooperative hunting behaviour between groupers and not only octopuses but moray eels and wrasses was first published in the Nature journal in 2013. The lead author on the paper, Dr Alexander Vail, also shot the sequence over a month on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Cooperation between different species tends to be fairly rare, given the likelihood for conflict over prey. “There’s potential for fights to break out, which means it’s just evolutionarily not generally selected for,” said Yoland Bosiger, the series researcher, on the same podcast. In this case, the octopus and the grouper take turns at reaping the rewards. In later research published in 2014, Dr Vail found evidence that coral grouper “choose appropriately when and with whom to collaborate” – opting to hunt with moray eels over other possible partners, or alone, when that added to their chance of success.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/nov/20/blue-planet-ii-what-have-we-learned-so-far

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    It may be lacking a head, but a skeleton found on a beach in Siberia is still one of the most complete of its kind.

    The massive bones unearthed on an isolated Bering island belong to an animal that’s been extinct for nearly 250 years – the giant Steller’s sea cow. And the skeleton’s excellent condition has researchers excited to learn more about the long-gone species.

    At first glance, the rib bones of the skeleton jutting out of the sand resembled the palings of an old fence. Led by Marina Shitova of Commander Islands Nature and Biosphere Reserve, a team of scientists had to dig just 70 centimetres (2.3 feet) to reveal the entire skeleton.

    Steller’s sea cows (Hydrodamalis gigas) were one of the last of the Pleistocene megafauna, whose populations were already declining when they were discovered in 1741. As their last refuge, sea cows lived around the then-uninhabited Commander Islands in the Bering Sea.

    They belonged to the order Sirenia, which includes manatees and dugongs. And, like many extinct megafauna, the sea cows were much larger than their modern cousins.

    For example, manatees grow up to 4 metres (13 feet) long, with a maximum weight of 1,590 kilograms (3,500 pounds), and dugongs reach lengths over 3 metres and weigh up to 420 kilograms.

    The sea cow, which is more closely related to the dugong than the manatee, is thought to have grown up to 10 metres long, and weighed over 5 metric tons.

    http://www.sciencealert.com/megafauna-steller-s-sea-cow-skeleton-siberia-bering-island

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    If you follow natural science, you will know that we find previously unknown species on a fairly regular basis – certainly enough for an annual top 10 new species list.

    But the WWF and Global Wildlife Conservation’s Biodiversity Survey Team has announced a rarity – over 30 newly discovered species in one area.

    The scientists have found a bonanza of flora and fauna, including three plants, a crab, a shrimp, a frog, several dragonflies and several water beetles.

    As these things often go, Snyder discovered the tarantula almost by accident.

    “During this particular night, my light beam reflected back with a small glint of brilliant, cobalt blue sticking out of a small hole in a rotting stump,” he said.

    “At first I quickly dismissed it – surely it was just the eye shine coming from a spider. But something was different, and I must have been subconsciously aware. Something made me go back.”

    The blue reflection turned out not to be eyes at all, but an iridescent blue shine reflected in flashlight off the legs of a small tarantula.

    http://www.sciencealert.com/new-shimmering-blue-tarantula-one-of-over-30-new-species-guyana?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

  43. ulvfugl says:

    Anti-slavery protests continued across various world capitals this week, especially in countries across Africa, after earlier protests in France got violent when police used tear gas and other riot control tactics on a crowed of more than one thousand outside of the Libyan embassy in Paris. The protests are in response to last week’s widespread reports of slave markets operating in various cities across Libya, and look to continue as according to Reuters a major rally is set to take place in London later this week.

    Meanwhile France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over the revelations, with President Macron referencing recent footage proving the existence of a slave trade network in Libya as “scandalous” and “unacceptable”.

    According to a CNN investigation, which included video footage of one slave auction in progress, migrant African workers are being sold for as little as $400 in at least nine different Libyan cities, though it’s believed the network of slave auctions extends more broadly, including to locations under the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-23/libyan-slave-markets-create-diplomatic-storm-africa-un-security-council-meet

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