What are we ? Where have we come from ? Where are we going ? (h/t Paul Gauguin)



When our ancestors began to control fire, most likely somewhere in Africa around 400,000 years ago, the planet was set on a new course. We have little idea and even less evidence of how early humans made fire; perhaps they carried around smouldering bundles of leaves from forest fires, or captured the sparks thrown off when chipping stone or rubbing sticks together. However it happened, the human control of fire made an indelible mark on the earth’s ecosystems, and marked the beginning of the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humans have had a significant impact on the planet.

In Against the Grain James Scott describes these early stages as a ‘“thin” Anthropocene’, but ever since, the Anthropocene has been getting thicker. New layers of human impact were added by the adoption of farming about ten thousand years ago, the invention of the steam engine around 1780, and the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945. Today the Anthropocene is so dense that we have virtually lost sight of anything that could be called ‘the natural world’.

Fire changed humans as well as the world. Eating cooked food transformed our bodies; we developed a much shorter digestive tract, meaning that more metabolic energy was available to grow our brains. At the same time, Homo sapiens became domesticated by its dependence on fire for warmth, protection and fuel. If this was the start of human progress towards ‘civilisation’, then – according to the conventional narrative – the next step was the invention of agriculture around ten thousand years ago. Farming, it is said, saved us from a dreary nomadic Stone Age hunter-gatherer existence by allowing us to settle down, build towns and develop the city-states that were the centres of early civilisations. People flocked to them for the security, leisure and economic opportunities gained from living within thick city walls. The story continues with the collapse of the city-states and barbarian insurgency, plunging civilised worlds – ancient Mesopotamia, China, Mesoamerica – into their dark ages. Thus civilisations rise and fall. Or so we are told.



During the dark ages the arts of bookmaking, illustration and manuscript illumination were preserved in remote Irish abbeys. A number of unique, exquisite books remain from this period, masterpieces of world art. This includes the ninth century Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospel richly illustrated with Celtic motifs and deep symbolism. This book includes an extended introduction to the Book of Kells, along with its historic and linguistic background. We have included high resolution scans of the illustrations, which include many famous pages from this amazing manuscript.



ONCE upon a time there was a tailor and his wife who owned a small croft, or farm, and were well-to-do in the world, but they had only one son, a child that was more pain than pleasure to them, for it cried incessantly, and was so cross that nothing could be done with it. One day the tailor and his helpmeet meant to go to a place some miles distant, and after giving the child its breakfast they put it to bed in the kitchen, and bid their farm-servant look to it from time to time, desiring him also to thrash out a small quantity of straw in the barn before their return. The lad was late setting to work, but recollected before going off to the barn that he must see if the child wanted for anything.

“What are you going to do now?” said the bairn sharply to Donald as he opened the kitchen door. “Thrash out a pickle of straw for your father; lie still, and do not girn, like a gude bairn.” But the bairn got out of bed, and insisted there and then on being allowed to accompany the servant. “Go east, Donald,” said the little master authoritatively, “go east, and when you come to the big brae, chap ye (Anglicé, rap) three times, and when they come, say ye are seeking Johnnie’s flail.”

The astonished Donald did as he was bid; and by rapping three times called up a fairy (“little man”), who, giving him the flail, sent him off in an unenviable state of terror.



In medicine, the concept of normality pertained to the ideal — organs and tissues functioning at their best. The mathematical idea refers to a situation in which data tend to cluster in the middle of a range. Thus, one aspires to normal blood pressure because it is a requisite of health — but to normal sexuality because of the pressures of social conformity. It was around the turn of the twentieth century, as the medical ideal met the mathematical idea, that people began to conflate the typical and the optimal. Cryle and Stephens trace how the meaning of the term ‘normal’ shifted, and how the statistical average became an aspiration.

The medical world long resisted the quantitative. Those such as Quetelet, who supported bringing numbers to the ‘art’ of medicine, were castigated throughout the early nineteenth century — implausible as that seems in today’s era of precision medicine and big-data health care. Although measurement has been conducive to better medicine, it has had troubling uses. It underlaid the pseudosciences of phrenology and craniometry, deployed to rationalize racism. Idealizing the average  — which is oppressive to those who represent diversity — is a cruelty that exploits the rhetoric of normality. But vilifying the average led to eugenics, in which Galton used mathematics to theorize that social stability involved encouraging breeding of the ‘above average’ and suppressing those ‘below’.

Cryle and Stephens describe how in 1945, newspaper The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, sought the perfectly average woman, eventually awarding their dubious prize to one Martha Skidmore while admitting that she was not precisely average. Vanishingly few can embody that state. The normal, the authors note, is thus paradoxical; Alfred Binet, a pioneer of intelligence testing, observed that “everyone is ignorant of how much intelligence a child needs in order to be normal”. It’s that very precariousness, the authors argue, that can reinforce the power of the normal, as people constantly try to approximate it. Yet the construction is a modern invention. Norms have been set by both valid and specious science, as well as by society, and those who deviate from them are deviants.



Regional ambient temperature is associated with human personality










The skull of Australopithecus prometheus, known as “Little Foot,” is on display now

Two days ago, Little Foot, Stw 573, the near-complete Australopithecine skeleton dating back 3.67 million years was  unveiled at the Hominin Vault at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. Little Foot was found a bit nontraditional in ’94 by Ron Clarke, who was sifting thru some animal bones from South Africa’s Sterkfontein Caves.




The Most Precious Bronze Age Artefacts Were Made With Cosmic Materials

Space daggers!



Cuchulain of Muirthemne : the story of the men of the Red Branch of Ulster







It is snowing here today. British people usually begin conversations by talking about the weather. It’s a useful neutral ground, not too risky, unlike politics, religion, money, etc. And it’s always available, because of the very variable climate, it’s ALWAYS too cold or too hot or too wet or too dry or too something…

The essence of good manners is to avoid causing unnecessary offence or conflict, so even if you think that the other person has a ludicrous haircut, stupid clothes, or ridiculous footwear, you do not mention personal topics of that kind, because it avoids friction.

It’s taken many centuries to refine this art, so that we can all go about our business in the public arena, without killing each other. So, mostly, when I meet strangers I either remain silent and let them break the silence if they wish to, or else I make some rather trivial remark about the weather, which serves as an introduction and invitation to engage in conversation.


If the initial exchange of speech appears to go well, one can then move on toward other safe topics. Like favourite food, transport, and gradually towards more risky topics, sport, music, and grumbling about the government and the world in general….

I’m old and battered after a long and eventful life, and I do not really care anymore about what others think about me, but I recognise that mostly they are trying hard to do whatever it is that they are into, and I have no wish or need to provoke antagonism or animosity, so I usually attempt to put folk that I engage with at ease, and extract whatever humour and amusement may be possible under the circumstances.

I mention all this because, after years of rarely leaving this mountain, over the last six months I’ve been forced to get myself transported to the hospital and various doctor’s appointments and so forth, so I’ve spent a lot of time as a passenger in cars, and I’ve felt obliged to be sociable and make the best of it.

As I mentioned, it is snowing. There is a small chance that the winter might turn very harsh, as it did in 1947, or was it ‘48 ? and also 1963. The temperature could drop below freezing and stay down all the way until April. But that’s unlikely. It’ll probably be very variable as is typical, with lots of wind and rain.

Our life experience is composed rather of illusions that we create than the true meaning of things. The well-known widespread proverb – the sky is the limit has a common meaning of something unlimited. Surprisingly, if one translates it to a different language it will mean the sky is “the limit” literally.

I hope the weather this winter is not too harsh, or I may not survive. I’m still much weaker than I was before the stroke, and my right leg hardly works. But my ability to think has improved and I hobble about doing a few things each day, in addition to filling my headspace with much internet tittle-tattle.

I guess that, given a few more years, we shall all discover who was correct. The doomsters, who are predicting a complete and catastrophic meltdown and end of humanity, the Sixth Extinction, or the optimists who think we can overcome the terrible problems.

I begin from a premise that it is good to minimise suffering, which is one reason why I have turned against the anarchists. There is already too much chaos and mayhem going on. The future may be leading to environmental collapse and escalating hardship, even another world war. My view is that it is better to hold onto whatever is beneficial and proven to work, for as long as possible. I am thus entirely opposed to the radicals who want to promote multiple genders and similar subversive stratagems.

Not that my personal stance is going to make much difference, except perhaps to you, my dear reader ! 🙂

I’ve written 283 posts, and there are roughly 250 visitors everyday, and I’m still finding it quite satisfying to be able to express my views, pleasures, frustrations, so I guess I’ll continue for a while yet, for whatever it’s worth.

Archaeologists from Copenhagen were surprised to discover that in Amman, this excellent stone construction with a gigantic furnace in the middle is actually from the Paleolithic period, almost 15,000 years ago.


He was little more than 30 years old and was almost an old man (or an old woman) for his time (he lived 1,200,000 years ago). “We found them right here,” says archaeologist Eudald Carbonell, showing the exact place where, in 2007, they discovered the jawbone and a phalanx of the oldest known European hand. We have just entered the Sima del Elefante, one of the caves in the Sierra de Burgos of Atapuerca that have witnessed our evolution. ” All the human species that lived in Europe are represented in Atapuerca, ” says Carbonell, who for 25 years has directed the sites together with Juan Luis Arsuaga and José María Bermúdez de Castro.

Nature, history and luck did the rest, allying themselves to form caves that have preserved their remains to this day. It is exciting to think that the ground we are treading several meters deep was stepped on more than one million years ago by our ancestors. If you remain silent, you listen to the melody that composes the wind when hitting the metal tubes of the scaffolds that allow scientists since 1978 to read the pages of this great history book written on its walls and floors. The murmur of a group of visitors on the surface – each year about 100,000 people enter – breaks the silence that reigns in the cave, with a fairly stable temperature that usually does not drop below 11 degrees.



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154 Responses to What are we ? Where have we come from ? Where are we going ? (h/t Paul Gauguin)

  1. ulvfugl says:

    Almost eighteen months after Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, and seven months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the investigation over, the sum total of what it has achieved is as follows:

    (1) an indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns entirely their prior financial dealings, and which makes no reference to the Russiagate collusion allegations;

    (2) an indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, who during the 2016 Presidential election had certain contacts with members of a Moscow based Russian NGO, which he sought to pass off – falsely and unsuccessfully – as more important than they really were, and which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations; and

    (3) an indictment for lying to the FBI of Michael Flynn arising from his perfectly legitimate and entirely legal contacts with the Russian ambassador after the 2016 Presidential election, which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations, and which looks as if it was brought about by an act of entrapment.
    Of actual evidence to substantiate the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election Mueller has so far come up with nothing.

    Here I wish to say something briefly about the nature of “collusion”.

    There is no criminal offence of “collusion” known to US law, which has led some to make the point that Mueller is investigating a crime which does not exist.

    There is some force to this point, but it is one which must be heavily qualified:


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    You guys wouldn’t believe what it looks like here in Central Coast California. When I looked out the window at 7AM the sky to the South was the color of mud. When the sun rose high it was the color of a ripe tomato but shiny. You could look right at it; it was very small cuz you couldn’t see the rays around it. The entire sky in every direction is covered w an impenetrable brown pall. There’s about an inch of blue at the Western horizon, then the ominous brown blanket. I can’t smell the fires at all, and I think the closest is the Thomas fire that’s reached Carpinteria 70 miles away.

    It’s getting steadily darker and darker, with a yellowish tint to the light. There’s particulate stuff lying all over all my garden plants, and my little hen is hiding.
    Now I know how the dinosaurs felt. It’s only 3:30, but I’m going to need a flashlight to go outside in a few minutes.

    Posted by: Penelope | Dec 10, 2017 6:37:00 PM | 30

    Ojai, CA is a preserve for turtles & condors, and is practically surrounded by fires. They managed to truck all the rare turtles– 100s of them– to Atascadero, which is a coastal city & they’ve let them loose in the basement of City Hall. Fire’s pretty close to Atascadero too, but the air quality s/b ok in the basement.

    I guess the condor’s will just fly out of the area; at least it’s not Springtime when they’d lose nests.

    I heard the Russians might be flying special tanker planes out of Santa Maria to help combat the flames.

    Posted by: Penelope | Dec 10, 2017 7:27:01 PM | 31

    why ask for comment on a painting fake or real then delete at least 15 reply.
    folks making connections between trump russian chabad israeli projects donors who follows trump around and purchased 50 million dollar properties from him.sells a painting to trumped and kushners best friend donmeh jewish saudi prince mbs/
    why delete is this a limited hangout project

    Posted by: roy flushings | Dec 10, 2017 9:28:11 PM | 34


    if you are confused you should read up on the oded yinon project the pentagram gone work for a common goal.
    you see it all goes back a very long way.
    The Sephardic Jews were banished from Spain. They had over hundred of years reached there slowly via Babylon, Egypt, Northern Africa then up into Spain – interbreeding and very much diluting their genetic genepool all the while. On banishment these Sephardics dispersed, often back to these nations, some to France, Germany, the U.S. In so doing a bonus was their freedom from the clutches of the Talmudic priesthood who then required a new flock to do their bidding toward their Talmudic World Revolution goal. They had heard of the Khazarian converts, referred to as ‘those eastern Jews’, travelled there, and set up their tyrannical dictatorship to control these unfortunates. Today you see the results all over the world. Their need for total control led to the Jewish created and led communist bolshevik anti-Christian Russian revolution and 66 million slaughtered including their control of the gulags. Read Douglas Reed’s “THE CONTROVERSY OF ZION” a book which gives the whole history of the Judahites (they are not Israelites, the latter rejected the Levitical creed to remain separate from the rest of humanity and assimilated so they are us) and their writings in the Torah (using Jewish sourced books). Written in the 1950’s it went unpublished for 22 years. What a masterpiece of information – I highly recommend it to Jews as well as Gentiles if a copy can be acquired. I got mine 2nd hand. His evidence is compelling, well sourced material.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 10, 2017 9:37:40 PM | 36


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    Almost every country in Europe has condemned the action. The Arab League has condemned the action. This will put the Arab states in the position of having to make basic decisions about their relations with Israel (Egypt and Jordan) and the US. In the case of Jordan and Egypt large amounts of free money from the US and Saudi Arabia will be at stake but … Russia, China and many European companies stand in the wings waiting to expand their influence and activity. At the same time Sultan Tayyip Erdogan has invited the OIC to convene in Turkey to consider the Islamic World’s reaction to Trump’s gift to Israel. Trump apparently decided to do this on the basis of the counsel of his Zionist son-in law acting on behalf of Likudniks who IMO want nothing more than an Israel from the sea to the Jordan River that is Arab free except for a suitable population of helots. It has been interesting this Sunday morning to watch Jake Tapper ask Nikki Haley how it is that this land deal will promote a settlement. She smiled a secretive smile redolent of private meetings and knowledge. We have spoken to both sides she said and you will see that we have restored motion to the process. Tapper pressed her on this and she could only say that Tapper will understand what a great policy change this is. He was unconvinced. IMO Trump, urged on by Kushner, believes that the Palestinians, have no recourse and that having been beaten like dogs will accept anything. pl


    Heros said…
    A great set of pictures of the protest:


    About halfway down there are a series of images of “Mounted Officers” clad in black armor on beautiful black horses, also clad in black armor. The Palestinians cower in the back ground as the mighty Israeli’s intimidate them in scenes that could come straight out of the bible. This is predictive programming at its finest.

    This will not end well for the Israelis.

    Reply 10 December 2017 at 02:26 PM
    Valissa said…
    Trump has lanced the boil, and IMO that is a good thing in the bigger picture.

    The Israeli-Palestinian situation has been stuck in very slow boiling frog mode for some time. It becomes more and more obvious to more people every year that there is no 2-state solution and there is no real desire for peace as the Israelis continue to take Palestinian land. There has been no real consequences for them doing so, as it’s been done slowly in stealth.

    Now the bandaid has been ripped off. All is more public now. How the various ME gov’ts act on this issue now will be seem by all. All sides have been using the Palestinians as a political football for their own geopolitical ends. Karma=consequences.

    As this post points out, this move is already triggering a rearrangement of the ME the chess pieces. Given how awful it’s been, is that such a bad thing?



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    A pubic bone claimed to be that of St. Nicholas, whose generosity inspired tales of Santa Claus, has been dated to the fourth century by scientists at Oxford University. The researchers said they believe the bone may really come from the saint.

    However, the bone has a bizarre backstory that calls into question whether the relic is really from St. Nicholas, Live Science has found.

    The saint passed away around the year 343 in Myra, in what is now Turkey. The fourth-century date of the bone “suggests that we could possibly be looking at remains from St. Nicholas himself,” Tom Higham, an archaeology professor at Oxford University, said in a statement issued by Oxford. The claim has gone viral online, with media outlets proclaiming that a bone belonging to the real “Santa Claus” may have been found.


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    In an effort to entice more recruits to join up, state officials are trying to emphasize the benefits of volunteering to fight the blazes: Volunteer firefighters can receive visits from family out in the open, instead of behind a thick pane of glass. It also allows them to escape the confines of the prison – for a brief time at least.

    But with legal marijuana rapidly draining the ranks of low level offenders, a sizable shortfall will likely to persist in the years to come.

    And after the death and devastation wrought by this year’s fires, many inmates have good reason to reconsider.

    After all, you can’t enjoy visits with family and friends when you’re dead.



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    **** Over 100 comments have been posted by viewers on this video in its first hour being up… but 100% of those comments are being hidden by YT. It’s not me hiding your comments! *****

    This week I’ve been working on following several leads in the Las Vegas Shooting Investigation. This video is a short update on the investigation. I also tell a few stories from my younger years that explain some of my own personal motives.

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    Minus temperatures could be here to stay in Wales after a weekend of weather warnings and snow.
    Temperatures could drop to as low as -12°C tonight, the Met Office have predicted, with snow from Sunday continuing to cause disruption over parts of Wales.


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    An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered the world’s oldest known fish-hooks placed in a ritual burial, found on Indonesia’s Alor Island, northwest of East Timor.

    The five fish hooks were among items carefully placed under the chin, and around the jaws of a female from the Pleistocene era, dating back 12,000 years.

    Distinguished Professor Sue O’Connor from the School of Culture, History and Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific said the discovery turns on its head the theory that most fishing activities on these islands were carried out by men.

    “These are the oldest known fish-hooks associated with mortuary practices from anywhere in the world and perhaps indicate that fishing equipment was viewed as essential to the afterlife in this area,” Professor O’Connor said.

    “The discovery shows that in both life and death, the Pleistocene inhabitants of the Alor Island region were intrinsically connected to the sea, and the association of the fish-hooks with a burial denotes the cosmological status of fishing in this island environment.”

    Prior to the find, the earliest fish-hooks associated with a burial site date back only about 9,000 years and were found in the river environment of the Mesolithic era in Siberia, known as the Ershi cemetery.

    Professor O’Connor said in a maritime context, the earliest burials with fish-hooks are from Oman, where rotating fish-hooks made of pearl shell have been dated to about 6,000 years ago.

    Older fish hooks from Japan, Europe and East Timor date back as far as 22,000 years, but they were not related to burial rites.

    In the Alor Island find, two different types of fish-hooks were buried – a J-Shaped hook and four circular rotating hooks from the shell of a species of sea-snail.

    Figure 7. Circular rotating fish-hooks (A, B, C and E) found with the burial. (Photograph by Sofía Samper Carro.)

    Professor O’Connor said the appearance of the Alor rotating fish-hooks so early on a disconnected island suggests that several fishing communities developed the same technology separately, rather than learning from each other through contact.

    “The Alor hooks bear an uncanny resemblance to rotating hooks used in Japan, Australia, Arabia, California, Chile, Mexico and Oceania,” she said.

    “We argue that the same sort of artifact was developed independently because it was the most fitting form to suit the ecology, rather than through cultural diffusion.”


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    Dutch studio Atelier ARI’s Pluglight device is a multifunctional design lamp that combines light with electricity supply. Pluglight is made of a sparkling clear acrylic block and a diffuse tube of light that incorporates all technical components. The bottom of Pluglight is provided with a power outlet. The lamp is designed in a way that it is easy to grab to plug-in in mobile devices.


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    Post survival skills, techniques, including: hunting, processing, curing, sniping, shelters, snares, etc., or anything else related to urban/rural survival.


    Real-Time Global Earthquakes

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    Updat (2 pm ET): In a harrowing account of today’s Times Square terrorist attack, the New York Post interviewed several witnesses who shared their accounts of the immediate aftermath of the attack, which triggered a small stampede out of the narrow subway tunnel where Akayed Ullah detonated his homemade pipe bombs.


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    Slack Jack RAT005 Dec 11, 2017 12:06 PM
    The Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

    The Dead Sea scrolls are a mixture of old documents that were hidden in a number of caves to be miraculously found and used to support the establishment of Israel, a country for Jews only.

    The main document “finds” were in 1946 and 1947 in caves near Qumran.

    Israel was created in 1948.

    The Dead Sea scrolls are the only really old (well supposedly old) documents in the Hebrew characters, that have ever been found.

    All other documents in Hebrew characters date from later than 800 AD.

    Previous to the “finds”, many critics had pointed out the late date of all documents in Hebrew characters, and deduced that the Hebrew Old Testament must have been translated from the Greek Old Testament and not the other way round.

    Then, low and behold,… a very timely miracle occurs.

    The Dead Sea scrolls are “found” and dated to hundreds of years early than the oldest previously known documents in Hebrew characters.

    Then, it is widely claimed that documents in Hebrew characters are really old.

    The critics are not given access to the scrolls or even photographs of the text, lest they spoil the party.

    This goes on till certain critics are dead.

    Then, in 1991, only 45 years later, facsimile copies are made available to all.

    So that, in brief, is the Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

    More, however, can be deduced….

    One can even guess where the Dead Sea documents came from.

    It turns out that some of the Dead Sea documents are nearly identical to documents from the Cairo Genizah collection of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. So, it is likely that many of the Dead Sea scrolls had their origin there.

    The Ben Ezra Synagogue was established around 900 AD.

    Now the Arabs have ruled Egypt since they defeated the Greek armies around 635 AD.

    Now, these Jews (and their synagogue) existed happily, undisturbed, in Cairo, in the midst of the Islamic world.

    So, maybe the original Jews were a group of Arabs.

    This would explain why Hebrew and Arabic are nearly identical languages.

    This would explain why the Hebrew and Islamic religious traditions are so similar.

    And, it would also explain why Jews turned up in Spain with the Arabs (Moors).

    Another couple of points:

    It should also be noted that a few Jewish scholars (in particular, Solomon Zeitlin) have long insisted that the Dead Sea scrolls were a Medieval production. [Zeitlin was a well-known Talmudic scholar and would not claim this unless convinced it was true.]

    It is estimated that 20 people occupied the site of Qumran (estimated by the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings). Now these 20 people were not just ordinary people, they read and wrote Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, Latin, Arabic, and Samaritan documents, like natives, and managed to write learned works on numerous religious topics, while gathering enough water, and raising enough food, for their survival, in a desert.

    Some have tried to claim that as many as 150 lived at Qumran, but most have considered that number ridiculously high.

    Anyway, I think it is clear that the Dead Sea scrolls are a bunch of old documents that have been thrown together and sold to a gullible world.


  19. ulvfugl says:

    It’s been nearly a week since the first stirrings of the wildfires ripping across Southern California sprang to life, and firefighters are still struggling to contain the blazes. The two largest and most destructive fires are growing despite firefighters’ best efforts at containment as the powerful Santa Ana winds – which are picking back up after another brief lull – fan the flames.

    As CNN pointed out, the Thomas Fire, which presently covers 230,000 acres, is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fire slipped from 15% containment to 10% early Monday as it surged into the foothills of Santa Barbara county.

    But perhaps even more staggering, the SoCal fires are presently covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined.


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    As CNBC notes, Palihapitiya went on to describe an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people. “That’s what we’re dealing with,” said Palihapitiya. “And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.” As noted above, Palihapitiya went on to say that he’s only posted to Facebook a handful of times in the past 7 years and said that his children “aren’t allowed to use that s**t.”

    Palihapitiya went on to criticize not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley’s entire system of venture capital funding saying that investors pump money into “s**tty, useless, idiotic companies,” rather than addressing real problems. Palihapitiya currently runs his own VC firm, Social Capital, which focuses on funding companies in sectors like healthcare and education.

    Finally, proving that he’s just the gift that keeps on giving, Palihapitiya also took a shot at individual tech investors saying they’ve achieved their power more through luck than skill. “Everybody’s bulls**tting,” he said. “If you’re in a seat, and you have good deal flow, and you have precious capital, and there’s a massive tailwind of technological change … Over time you get one of the 20 [companies that become successful] and you look like a genius. And nobody wants to admit that but that’s the f**king truth.”

    Of course, not everyone is buying Palihapitiya’s holier-than-thou speech and has called on the tech billionaire to put his money where his mouth is…


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    Putin Declares Victory in Syria
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops.
    It was Putin’s first trip to Syria, where Russia launched an air campaign in 2015 that allowed President Bashar Assad’s forces to gain the upper hand against the Islamic State group as well as Syrian rebels. It was also the first visit by a foreign head of state to war-ravaged Syria since the civil war began in 2011.

    The Russians have won a war, an achievment not accomplished by the US in decades.

    And memories of Obama, Sep 29, 2016, not so long ago.
    “Russia will continue to send troops home [from Syria] in body bags”

    Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 11, 2017 5:06:42 PM | 69


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    This “conditions based” presence sounds like a new way of saying we plan on staying in Syria indefinitely just like we plan on staying in Afghanistan and Iraq indefinitely… or at least until we get punched in the mouth. Not much of a plan as far as I’m concerned.
    Not long ago CIA Director Pompeo sent a secret letter to the IRGC’s General Soleimani reportedly to warn him not to attack US or Coalition forces in Syria or Iraq. Soleimani did not open the letter. It’s existence was reported by Press TV. Soleimani later sent his own not so secret message to the CJTF-OIR Commander.


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    Big Cats Have A Common Ancestor 4.5 Million Years Ago
    Extant big cats (i.e. lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards and snow leopards) have a common ancestor just 4.5 million years ago, with some branches related more recently (comparable to the depth of hominin diversification). Domestic cats have a common ancestor with big cats about 12 million years ago (comparable to the chimpanzee-hominin divide).


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    LawsofPhysics Dec 11, 2017 6:04 PM
    LOL!!! Information like this is “released for public consumption”…

    Speaking as former ARMY-AMMED who knew many “spooks”…

    It’s all about the law of averages. Right now the average america is a fat, lazy, piece of shit.

    Revolutions require motivation and sacrifice. Look the fuck around, we got a ways to go “folks”.

    In the meantime…

    “Full Faith and Credit”

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    peddling-fiction LawsofPhysics Dec 11, 2017 6:08 PM
    OT but ZH worthy:

    10 hours ago::


    Buckaroo Banzai SMG Dec 11, 2017 7:01 PM
    Mike Morell is a dopey shabbos goy who is just starting to get the idea that the Jews are going to hang him out to dry for a lot of shit– some of which he did, and some of which he didn’t do.

    I’d almost feel bad for him, except there is nothing worse than a traitor, so fuck you Mike.

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    HowdyDoody Buckaroo Banzai Dec 11, 2017 7:17 PM
    The Pentagram Pansies don’t know what they are messing with.

    They are messing with this – a couple of Su-30SMs in Syria


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    Whoa Dammit HowdyDoody Dec 11, 2017 7:48 PM
    It sounds to me like this guy is trying to front run an indictment that may be coming his way by apologizing now.

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    NoDebt Whoa Dammit Dec 11, 2017 8:58 PM
    Short version of article: You mean my actions have consequences? I never thought about that.

    I mean, really, how much cool-aid do you have to drink to get that stupid? My guess is… not very much, actually. Same reason that “journalists” have reported about half a dozen completely false Trump stories in the last week or so. They simply cannot get past their own cognitive dissonance. Nor do they seem to want to.

    Only now, as he can actually hear the footsteps coming up behind him, is he just starting to wake up from his coma and look around at reality. Too little, too late.

    BTW- I fully endorse overbet’s comment. How is this not admission of treason?

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    MoreFreedom Whoa Dammit Dec 11, 2017 8:45 PM
    “… this guy is trying to front run an indictment….”

    I agree. How did Strozok’s texts get exposed? I’d bet because of the leaks from guys like Morrell, Sessions got a warrant to spy on political minded people in the CIA, FBI and Justice Dept. Now they are worred about what they’ve said, while Obama encouraged politization of agencies, starting with the IRS and Tea Party groups. Don’t forget Morell was involved in drafting the Benghazi lying talking points for Obama and Hillary. He claimed the attack was caused by a video which shows you where he stands. I’d bet he was involved in the report Obama had made regarding Russian hacking (with no evidence). Obama and Hillary politicized the CIA and who knows where else.


    For a guy in the CIA, he sure doesn’t show much intelligence in failing to think things thru, nor does his dishonesty recommend him.


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    CanadaGoose colddirt Dec 12, 2017 12:00 AM
    Can’t keep these scammers down! Frank Guistra —- Mr. Uranium One!

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    freedogger Dec 11, 2017 11:03 PM
    This reminds me of those crackers back in the nineties hyping the shit out of that thing called the world wide web. Then came the internet! Wonder whatever happened to those fools.

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    Rusty Shorts freedogger Dec 11, 2017 11:09 PM
    Hahaha you beat me to it, exactly. This is the dotcom bubble all over again. The next ENRON hehehehe.

    BTFD bitchezz


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    As the investing world continues to argue back and forth over whether Bitcoin is an acceptable store of value or nothing more than a massive bubble that has only been rivaled by the Dutch tulip mania of the 1600’s, new information revealed by the President of the North American Securities Administrators Association would tend to lend some credence to the latter.

    Appearing on Power Lunch today, Joseph Borg, also director of the Alabama Securities Commission, argued that Bitcoin has clearly entered its “mania phase” with people now taking out home equity loans and cash advances on credit cards to purchase the digital currency in the hopes of getting rich quick.

    “We’ve seen mortgages being taken out to buy bitcoin. … People do credit cards, equity lines,” said Borg, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, a voluntary organization devoted to investor protection. Borg is also director of the Alabama Securities Commission.

    “This is not something a guy who’s making $100,000 a year, who’s got a mortgage and two kids in college ought to be invested in.”

    “You’re on this mania curve. At some point in time there’s got to be a leveling off. Cryptocurrency is here to stay. Blockchain is here to stay. Whether it is bitcoin or not, I don’t know,” Borg said in an interview with “Power Lunch.”


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    aurum4040 dasein211 Dec 12, 2017 12:09 AM
    BTC is in a medium term bubble. Its done for the next few months. ETH breakout tonight confirms. ETH is the new trade.

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    dasein211 aurum4040 Dec 12, 2017 12:15 AM
    Maybe. There’s about 3-7,000,000 active wallets right now on the blockchain and multiple are owned by individuals (I have more than 1 for instance). That’s for the world. There are 147,000,000 wallet addresses with less than .001 BTC that are inactive. Those 147 mil wallets hold less than 1,000 BTC. Hardly anyone is involved yet.

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    aurum4040 dasein211 Dec 12, 2017 12:30 AM
    Long term, it matters. Short term, it doesnt. BTC is so overextended its unbelievable. ETH in the 02’s? Where else is it going? Not lower which is why ETH broke out today. BTC wont move back up in earnest until ETH is in the 07’s per BTC. Sell on the news is oldest rule in the book. Every trader is long BTC and short ETH. Until today. Today is day 1 of the ETH up move and BTC correction. Extremely bearish on BTC short to medium term. At least 30% lower. At least.

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    aurum4040 Dec 12, 2017 12:07 AM
    Hope you all switched to ETH, in the 02’s, this BTC pig is going to crash. Sell on news is oldest trading rule in the book.

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    In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.

    A 1924 American Civil Liberties Union report warned that the FBI had become “a secret police system of a political character.”

    In the 1930s, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court feared that the FBI had bugged the conference room where justices privately wrangled over landmark cases, as Tim Weiner noted in his “Enemies: A History of the FBI.”

    In 1945, President Harry Truman noted that “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.”

    And FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover compiled a list of 20,000 “potentially or actually dangerous” Americans who could be rounded up and locked away in one of the six detention camps the federal government secretly built in the 1950s.

    From 1956 through 1971, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program conducted thousands of covert operations to incite street warfare between violent groups, to get people fired, to smear innocent people by portraying them as government informants, to sic the IRS on people, and to cripple or destroy left-wing, communist, white racist, antiwar, and black organizations (including Martin Luther King Jr.). These operations involved vast numbers of warrantless wiretaps and illicit break-ins and resulted in the murder of some black militants. A Senate Committee chaired by liberal Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) issued a damning report on FBI abuses of power that should be mandatory reading for anyone who believes the bureau deserves deference today.

    According to Politifact, the FBI is not a “secret police agency” because “the FBI is run by laws, not by whim.” But we learned five years ago that the FBI explicitly teaches its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.” No FBI official was fired or punished when that factoid leaked out because this has been the Bureau’s tacit code for eons. Similarly, an FBI academy ethics course taught new agents that subjects of FBI investigations have “forfeited their right to the truth.” Are liberals so anxious to get Trump that they have swept under the rug the 2015 Washington Post bombshell about false FBI trial testimony that may have sentenced 32 innocent people to death?

    Politifact absolved the bureau because “The FBI doesn’t torture or carry out extrajudicial executions.” Tell that to the Branch Davidians — 80 of whom died after the FBI assaulted their ramshackle home with tanks and pyrotechnic devices and collapsed much of the building on their heads even before fires burst out.


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    Since I watched the video of the Arizona cop shooting the man in the motel hallway, I’ve thought of little else. It’s obvious (to me) that the man was murdered. Further, it’s also obvious to me that police today, are little more than psychopathic thugs who get off on abusing their power. OK, maybe that’s an oversimplification. But not entirely far from the truth. Mark Passio’s work at http://www.whatonearthishappening.com has greatly influenced my thoughts on this. Give his podcasts a listen, if you haven’t already.

    I think the question many of us have is, “What can I do about it?” (And, “it” meaning any current situation where we, the little people, feel helpless) In this case, the man was killed over a year ago, in Mesa, AZ. But, there IS something I can do, and I’ve been formulating a plan. I’m asking for TBP to chime in and help me out.


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    Assuming proper grammar isn’t a prerequisite for your employees. Unless of course diseased dancing is a new trend…


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    “The Earth’s biodiversity is under attack. We would need to travel back over 65 million years to find rates of species loss as high as we are witnessing today.” (James Dyke, The Ecosystem Canaries, Which Act as Warning Signs of Collapse, The Guardian, Aug. 19, 2016).
    “Biodiversity increases resilience: more species means each individual species is better able to withstand impacts. Think of decreasing biodiversity as popping out rivets from an aircraft. A few missing rivets here or there will not cause too much harm. But continuing to remove them threatens a collapse in ecosystem functioning. Forests give way to desert. Coral reefs bleach and then die,” Ibid.
    It’s already happening! Imagine flying in an aircraft while watching the rivets pop, one by one. At some point in time screaming overrides thinking. But, thank heavens; we’re not quite there yet.
    Scientists from University College London and the University of Maryland studied 2,378 archeological sites and discovered that every society for thousands of years gave early clues to its own demise. Of course, demise happened precisely because those early warnings were ignored, while thinking: “it’s impossible, can’t happen.”


    Meanwhile, heavily sprayed agrichemical pesticides and fertilizers bring about the absolutely shocking discovery that parts of the ecosystem are dropping dead right before society’s eyes, seventy-five percent (75%) insect loss detected in a major 27-yr. German study. How in the world is it possible for a 75% insect die-off, if not for chemically infested environmental degradation?

    As it happens, the list of collapsing/flickering ecosystems is a very long list indeed. Here’s only a smattering:

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    In a phenomenon only seen during the biggest wildfires, the massive Thomas fire burning through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has been creating its own weather for the past two days, an expert said.

    Addressing residents at a community meeting at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Brendan Ripley, a fire behavior analyst, explained how the powerful wildfire, which had scorched 230,000 acres is not just dependent on the weather, but altering it.


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    Clachtoll has turned out to be something amazing. Although several hundred brochs were built around Scotland, most it seems, fell gradually out of use before being abandoned. Finding another that collapsed dramatically in the iron age is a bit like searching for hens’ teeth. What we uncovered this summer was a two thousand year old time capsule. One has to wonder if one of the thousand plus visitors to the site was H.G. Wells time traveller looking for an update?

    Perhaps the headline find was a rather amazing knocking stone, which is something I have only previously seen in some African tribal art. Essentially a large stone with a hole in the middle where a stick could be used for pounding the husks off the outside of barley before it is ground. Interesting enough in itself, but with a hole almost a foot deep and filled to the brim with burned grain, it was an amazing headliner made even more unique in that it appeared to be set into a stone and clay counter to enable working at a comfortable waist level. Wear on the right side may even give a clue as to the user being right-handed.


    Clachtoll Broch photogrammetry model using 5m polecam. Taken mid Sep 2017, towards the end of excavation by AOC Archaeology with Historic Assynt. Shows intra mural chambers, staircase and in situ knocking stone.


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    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly cancelled his closed door testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which assembled the infamous “Trump dossier.” Ohr was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts with Fusion.

    Fox News reporter Chad Pergram’s sources tell him “McCabe has an Ohr problem,” and they believe “FBI DepDir McCabe not coming to Hse Intel Cmte tomorrow because he’d be asked about Bruce Ohr & Ohr’s wife Nellie who worked for Fusion GPS,” adding “something far more sinister.”

    Pergram also tweeted “Expect subpoenas to compel McCabe to appear this wk.”


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    An explosion at around 9am at Austria’s main gas pipeline hub, left one person dead and 18 injured, according to police.

    The facility about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Vienna transports the equivalent of a 10th of Europe’s gas demand.


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    The tweet above should be front page news in US mainstream fake news systems which fretted endlessly about Putin sending soldiers to fight in Syria. Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase — RT World News reports. Generally speaking, RT News which is now censored in the US, tells the truth. This makes them evil for our Rulers who hate the truth. Well, guess who is not withdrawing from Syria? The USA, of course. Far from fixing the horrors there, the CIA and Pentagon are the criminals invading a sovereign nation illegally yet again and again. And these clowns work day and night to prevent Trump from doing normal diplomacy.


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    RedPillGirl Dead Canary Dec 12, 2017 6:02 PM
    Is it just me or US seems more and more like the Weimar Republic?

    Soiled and corrupted by you know who

    REPEATING HISTORY: The Jewish Attack on America Same as the Jewish Attack on Weimar Republic


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    Sahlins, the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, said that he was leaving the 150-year-old academy for two reasons: the election of Chagnon to the NAS last year and the involvement of the NAS in research for the military. His action prompted an outpouring of petitions and statements of support from colleagues, including several hundred in Brazil.

    The academy says that principled resignations like Sahlins’ are “rare”—so rare that the only precedent anyone could identify was famed Harvard biologist and geneticist Richard Lewontin’s 1971 departure in protest against NAS military work related to the war in Vietnam. In the 1960s Sahlins himself was helping to launch campus teach-ins against the Vietnam War and to raise issues about the relationship of anthropology to the military.

    Sahlins initially tried to resign last year in May, after Chagnon was named to the NAS, then again in October, when he received a request sent to all eighty-four anthropologists at the academy for advice on two research projects aimed at making the military more effective. The request arrived at a time when a controversy was already smoldering in the field about anthropologists’ involvement in implementing the Human Terrain Systems counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq (the October request for help appears unrelated to HTS).

    The academy had indirectly been involved in military research since the allied National Research Council was established in 1916 specifically for military research. But Sahlins objected to any NAS involvement in projects such as the two proposed in October. One focused on “contextual factors that influence individual and small unit behavior,” and the other sought scientifically valid methods, including any suggested by neuroscience, for improving individual and group military performance.

    The publication of Chagnon’s memoirs prompted a third, successful attempt at resignation. Sahlins had objected to the NAS admitting Chagnon—formerly at the Universities of Michigan and of California at Santa Barbara, now at the University of Missouri—because of the quality of his research and his ethics in the field. Sahlins is also critical of both the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of sociobiology, more often referred to now as evolutionary psychology. A minority of anthropologists adopt its viewpoint. But many non-anthropologists—such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, and Jared Diamond—have used the work of Chagnon and like-minded anthropologists to reach a large audience.
    Fundamentally, this group of writers and researchers see biology as destiny. They argue that biological evolution defines human nature through the inheritance of traits that provide individuals with a reproductive advantage—that is, with more offspring.
    In the late 1960s Chagnon worked among the Yanomami people living on both sides of the border between Venezuela and Brazil. He portrayed the Yanomami—which he dubbed “the fierce people,” for their frequent inter-village warfare—as living in a “state of nature” essentially like that of our Paleolithic ancestors. And he claimed to present evidence that men who were “killers” had many more offspring—which, even when he occasionally hedged, others took as proof that evolution favored and preserved traits for male aggression and violence.
    Anthropologists, including Sahlins, have since criticized nearly every aspect of Chagnon’s research. (See “Natural Born Nonkillers.”) For example, many note that other tribal people have relatively peaceful, cooperative cultures. Research from various perspectives also runs counter to Chagnon’s argument that evolution rewards killers with more offspring—including computer simulations of evolution, studies of animal behavior showing that killing within a species is rare, even military studies of how men in combat try to avoid killing others.

    In any case, critics say, the Yanomami were not in a pristine state of nature when Chagnon first visited: they had a history, including likely displacement from their original land by pressures from European colonial settlers and some continuing contact with the wider world that led to the acquisition of a few trade goods. There were many more charges that his data were flawed. To take one example, Chagnon categorized Yanomami men as killers or not killers based on their own classification as unokai or not unokai. But the term identifies a man who has gone through a purification ritual, which was used by both real “killers” and by men who, say, had employed sorcery.


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    You guessed right. All these associations simply constitute a sure reservoir of votes for a center-left government, and as such, they must be kept alive with public money, and lots of it. Then you have, at the forefront of these groups, federations, associations and what not, the leader group: ANPI (Associazione Nazionale Partigiani Italiani), the Partisans who fought fascism in the civil war between September 1943 and the spring of 1945. ANPI can be compared to Pavlov’s dogs: whenever the word “fascism” is heard, ANPI can be called for action to reestablish the dogma of truth with uncompromising faith and devotion to the cause of “antifascism”.

    Never mind that anagraphical reasons would suggest that all these partisans should all be gone or have reached an age in which “militant political activities” would be discouraged by their geriatric doctors. All these associations have found the “rightful heirs” willing to pass on the torch of truth and justice (and get the money) for future generations.


    Italy has well over 7 million of its citizens officially classified in a “condition of absolute or near absolute poverty”. Translated in simple English, it means that more 10% of Italians cannot have the “luxury” of three decent meals a day, buy basic items, afford a dentist or a medical treatment not covered by the public health care system. More and more Italians, even many who had a relatively middle-class status until only a few years ago are now forced to ask for basic food items at the various charity centers.

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    It was Israel that was behind (pdf) the campaign to dismantle Syria and Iraq. It utterly failed and the revenge will be harsh. Hizbullah is better armed and trained than ever. Battle experienced Iraqi and Iranian groups stand ready. The Syrian army is much better trained and equipped than before the war. The Iraqi resistance leader Qais Al Khazali recently visited south-Lebanon and took a look over the border into Israel. He was surveying the new battlefield.

    Israel’s great new alliance with Saudi Arabia has not helped its position. The Salman tyrant and his son are in an insecure position and their great relations with Trump have tanked, allegedly over the issue of Jerusalem.

    The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahoo is under pressure at home. The corruption accusation accumulate and his time in office is now limited.

    Who will replace him? What is the new plan the Zionists will come up with to react to the changed situation?

    Posted by b on December 12, 2017 at 01:48 PM | Permalink


    Some Jews understand that there is no future for them in the ME. Apparently a British billionaire, Lewis, owner of the Spurs a.o. is buying up large territories in Patagonia. The IDF is already there. See Voltaire Network for details.

    Posted by: Willem Friso | Dec 12, 2017 2:49:47 PM | 5

    Willem Friso @4
    Even Bush (junior) has a “ranch” there. Patagonia has the largest fresh water reserves (underground), in the world. Water drilling rights?

    …. Methinks Israel will try diversionary tactics. ie a “war” on those least able to defend themselves – Gaza- In the “hope” that this will provoke Herzbollah into a rash action. Then the Nut-and-yahoos will ask for US “protection”. As usual. They would like to attack Lebenon (every five years?), but this time a direct attack would involve too many other countries.

    Posted by: stonebird | Dec 12, 2017 5:01:23 PM | 20

    For those who haven’t seen it:


    On the Anti-Semitism of the Present Government

    A Dissenting Note on the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917

    By Lord MONTAGUE

    I have chosen the above title for this memorandum, not in any hostile sense, not by any means as quarrelling with an anti-Semitic view which may be held by my colleagues, not with a desire to deny that anti-Semitism can be held by rational men, not even with a view to suggesting that the Government is deliberately anti-Semitic; but I wish to place on record my view that the policy of His Majesty’s Government is anti-Semitic in result will prove a rallying ground for Anti-Semites in every country in the world.

    This view is prompted by the receipt yesterday of a correspondence between Lord Rothschild and Mr. Balfour.

    Lord Rothschild’s letter is dated the 18th July and Mr. Balfour’s answer is to be dated August 1917. I fear that my protest comes too late, and it may well be that the Government were practically committed when Lord Rothschild wrote and before I became a member of the Government, for there has obviously been some correspondence or conversation before this letter. But I do feel that as the one Jewish Minister in the Government I may be allowed by my colleagues an opportunity of expressing views which may be peculiar to myself, but which I hold very strongly and which I must ask permission to express when opportunity affords.

    I believe most firmly that this war has been a death-blow to Internationalism, and that it has proved an opportunity for a renewal of the slackening sense of Nationality, for it is has not only been tacitly agreed by most statesmen in most countries that the redistribution of territory resulting from the war should be more or less on national grounds, but we have learned to realise that our country stands for principles, for aims, for civilisation which no other country stands for in the same degree, and that in the future, whatever may have been the case in the past, we must live and fight in peace and in war for those aims and aspirations, and so equip and regulate our lives and industries as to be ready whenever and if ever we are challenged. To take one instance, the science of Political Economy, which in its purity knows no Nationalism, will hereafter be tempered and viewed in the light of this national need of defence and security.The war has indeed justified patriotism as the prime motive of political thought.

    It is in this atmosphere that the Government proposes to endorse the formation of a new nation with a new home in Palestine. This nation will presumably be formed of Jewish Russians, Jewish Englishmen, Jewish Roumanians, Jewish Bulgarians, and Jewish citizens of all nations – survivors or relations of those who have fought or laid down their lives for the different countries which I have mentioned, at a time when the three years that they have lived through have united their outlook and thought more closely than ever with the countries of which they are citizens.

    Zionism has always seemed to me to be a mischievous political creed, untenable by any patriotic citizen of the United Kingdom. If a Jewish Englishman sets his eyes on the Mount of Olives and longs for the day when he will shake British soil from his shoes and go back to agricultural pursuits in Palestine, he has always seemed to me to have acknowledged aims inconsistent with British citizenship and to have admitted that he is unfit for a share in public life in Great Britain, or to be treated as an Englishman. I have always understood that those who indulged in this creed were largely animated by the restrictions upon and refusal of liberty to Jews in Russia. But at the very time when these Jews have been acknowledged as Jewish Russians and given all liberties, it seems to be inconceivable that Zionism should be officially recognised by the British Government, and that Mr. Balfour should be authorized to say that Palestine was to be reconstituted as the “national home of the Jewish people”. I do not know what this involves, but I assume that it means that Mahommedans and Christians are to make way for the Jews and that the Jews should be put in all positions of preference and should be peculiarly associated with Palestine in the same way that England is with the English or France with the French, that Turks and other Mahommedans in Palestine will be regarded as foreigners, just in the same way as Jews will hereafter be treated as foreigners in every country but Palestine. Perhaps also citizenship must be granted only as a result of a religious test.

    I lay down with emphasis four principles:

    1. I assert that there is not a Jewish nation. The members of my
    family, for instance, who have been in this country for
    generations, have no sort or kind of community of view or of
    desire with any Jewish family in any other country beyond the fact
    that they profess to a greater or less degree the same religion.
    It is no more true to say that a Jewish Englishman and a Jewish
    Moor are of the same nation than it is to say that a Christian
    Englishman and a Christian Frenchman are of the same nation: of
    the same race, perhaps, traced back through the centuries –
    through centuries of the history of a peculiarly adaptable race.
    The Prime Minister and M. Briand are, I suppose, related through
    the ages, one as a Welshman and the other as a Breton, but they
    certainly do not belong to the same nation.

    2. When the Jews are told that Palestine is their national home,
    every country will immediately desire to get rid of its Jewish
    citizens, and you will find a population in Palestine driving out
    its present inhabitants, taking all the best in the country, drawn
    from all quarters of the globe, speaking every language on the
    face of the earth, and incapable of communicating with one another
    except by means of an interpreter. I have always understood that
    this was the consequence of the building of the Tower of Babel, if
    ever it was built, and I certainly do not dissent from the view,
    commonly held, as I have always understood, by the Jews before
    Zionism was invented, that to bring the Jews back to form a nation
    in the country from which they were dispersed would require Divine
    leadership. I have never heard it suggested, even by their most
    fervent admirers, that either Mr. Balfour or Lord Rothschild would
    prove to be the Messiah.

    I claim that the lives that British Jews have led, that the aims
    that they have had before them, that the part that they have
    played in our public life and our public institutions, have
    entitled them to be regarded, not as British Jews, but as Jewish
    Britons. I would willingly disfranchise every Zionist. I would be
    almost tempted to proscribe the Zionist organisation as illegal
    and against the national interest. But I would ask of a British
    Government sufficient tolerance to refuse a conclusion which makes
    aliens and foreigners by implication, if not at once by law, of
    all their Jewish fellow-citizens.

    3. I deny that Palestine is to-day associated with the Jews or
    properly to be regarded as a fit place for them to live in. The
    Ten Commandments were delivered to the Jews on Sinai. It is quite
    true that Palestine plays a large part in Jewish history, but so
    it does in modern Mahommendan history, and, after the time of the
    Jews, surely it plays a larger part than any other country in
    Christian history. The Temple may have been in Palestine, but so
    was the Sermon on the Mount and the Crucifixion. I would not deny
    to Jews in Palestine equal rights to colonisation with those who
    profess other religions, but a religious test of citizenship seems
    to me to be the only admitted by those who take a bigoted and
    narrow view of one particular epoch of the history of Palestine,
    and claim for the Jews a position to which they are not entitled.

    If my memory serves me right, there are three times as many Jews
    in the world as could possible get into Palestine if you drove out
    all the population that remains there now. So that only one-third
    will get back at the most, and what will happen to the remainder?

    4. I can easily understand the editors of the Morning Post and of the
    New Witness being Zionists, and I am not in the least surprised
    that the non-Jews of England may welcome this policy. I have
    always recognised the unpopularity, much greater than some people
    think, of my community. We have obtained a far greater share of
    this country’s goods and opportunities than we are numerically
    entitled to. We reach on the whole maturity earlier, and therefore
    with people of our own age we compete unfairly. Many of us have
    been exclusive in our friendships and intolerant in our attitude,
    and I can easily understand that many a non-Jew in England wants
    to get rid of us. But just as there is no community of thought and
    mode of life among Christian Englishmen, so there is not among
    Jewish Englishmen. More and more we are educated in public schools
    and at the Universities, and take our part in the politics, in the
    Army, in the Civil Service, of our country. And I am glad to think
    that the prejudices against inter-marriage are breaking down. But
    when the Jew has a national home, surely it follows that the
    impetus to deprive us of the rights of British citizenship must be
    enormously increased. Palestine will become the world’s Ghetto.
    Why should the Russian give the Jew equal rights? His national
    home is Palestine. Why does Lord Rothschild attach so much
    importance to the difference between British and foreign Jews? All
    Jews will be foreign Jews, inhabitants of the great country of

    I do not know how the fortunate third will be chosen, but the Jew
    will have the choice, whatever country he belongs to, whatever
    country he loves, whatever country he regards himself as an
    integral part of, between going to live with people who are
    foreigners to him, but to whom his Christian fellow-countrymen
    have told him he shall belong, and of remaining as an unwelcome
    guest in the country that he thought he belonged to.

    I am not surprised that the Government should take this step after the formation of a Jewish Regiment, and I am waiting to learn that my brother, who has been wounded in the Naval Division, or my nephew, who is in the Grenadier Guards, will be forced by public opinion or by Army regulations to become an officer in a regiment which will mainly be composed of people who will not understand the only language which he speaks – English. I can well understand that when it was decided, and quite rightly, to force foreign Jews in this country to serve in the Army, it was difficult to put them in British regiments because of the language difficulty, but that was because they were foreigners, and not because they were Jews, and a Foreign Legion would seem to me to have been the right thing to establish. A Jewish Legion makes the position of Jews in other regiments more difficult and forces a nationality upon people who have nothing in common.

    I feel that the Government are asked to be the instrument for carrying out the wishes of a Zionist organisation largely run, as my information goes, at any rate in the past, by men of enemy descent or birth, and by this means have dealt a severe blow to the liberties, position and opportunities of service of their Jewish fellow-countrymen.

    I would say to Lord Rothschild that the Government will be prepared to do everything in their power to obtain for Jews in Palestine complete liberty of settlement and life on an equality with the inhabitants of that country who profess other religious beliefs. I would ask that the Government should go no further.



    Posted by: kgw | Dec 12, 2017 5:16:59 PM | 21

    @21 kgw, thanks for that. Here’s something else many might not have seen. It’s valuable in that it dispels the Zionist mythology about Jews always being the enemies of Muslims in the Middle East; prior to the Zionist invasion Jews, Muslims and Christians got along fine in the Levant (& Maghreb) region.


    We the undersigned members of the General Syrian Congress, meeting in Damascus on Wednesday, July 2, 1919, made up of representatives from the three Zones, viz., the Southern, Eastern, and Western, provided with credentials and authorizations by the inhabitants of our various districts, Moslems, Christians, and Jews, have agreed upon the following statement of the desires of the people of the country who have elected us to present them to the American Section of the International Commission; the fifth article was passed by a very large majority; all the other articles were accepted unanimously.

    1. We ask absolutely complete political independence for Syria within these boundaries. The Taurus System on the North; Rafeh and a line running from Al-Juf to the south of the Syrian and the Hejazian line to Akaba on the south; the Euphrates and Khabur Rivers and a line extending east of Abu Kamal to the east of Al-Juf on the east; and the Mediterranean on the west.

    2. We ask that the Government of this Syrian country should be a democratic civil constitutional Monarchy on broad decentralization principles, safeguarding the rights of minorities, and that the King be the Emir Feisal who carried on a glorious struggle in the cause of our liberation and merited our full confidence and entire reliance.

    3. Considering the fact that the Arabs inhabiting the Syrian area are not naturally less gifted than other more advanced races and that they are by no means less developed than the Bulgarians, Serbians, Greeks, and Roumanians at the beginning of their independence, we protest against Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, placing us among the nations in their middle stage of development which stand in need of a mandatory power.

    4. In the event of the rejection by the Peace Conference of this just protest for certain considerations that we may not understand, we, relying on the declarations of President Wilson that his object in waging war was to put an end to the ambition of conquest and colonization, can only regard the mandate mentioned in the Covenant of the League of Nations as equivalent to the rendering of economical and technical assistance that does not prejudice our complete independence. And desiring that our country should not fall a prey to colonization and believing that the American Nation is farthest from any thought of colonization and has no political ambition in our country, we will seek the technical and economic assistance from the United States of America, provided that such assistance does not exceed twenty years.

    5. In the event of America not finding herself in a position to accept our desire for assistance, we will seek this assistance from Great Britain, also provided that such assistance does not infringe the complete independence and unity of our country and that the duration of such assistance does not exceed that mentioned in the previous article.

    6. We do not acknowledge any right claimed by the French Government in any part whatever of our Syrian country and refuse that she should assist us or have a hand in our country under any circumstances and in any place.

    7. We oppose the pretentions of the Zionists to create a Jewish commonwealth in the southern part of Syria, known as Palestine, and oppose Zionist migration to any part of our country; for we do not acknowledge their title, but consider them a grave peril to our people from the national, economical, and political points of view. Our Jewish compatriots shall enjoy our common rights and assume the common responsibilities.

    8. We ask that there should be no separation of the southern part of Syria, known as Palestine, nor of the littoral western zone which includes Lebanon, from the Syrian country. We desire that the unity of the country should be guaranteed against partition under whatever circumstances.

    9. We ask complete independence for emancipated Mesopotamia and that there should be no economical barriers between the two countries.

    10. The fundamental principles laid down by President Wilson in condemnation of secret treaties impel us to protest most emphatically against any treaty that stipulates the partition of our Syrian country and against any private engagement aiming at the establishment of Zionism in the southern part of Syria; therefore we ask the complete annulment of these conventions and agreements.

    The noble principles enunciated by President Wilson strengthen our confidence that our desires emanating from the depths of our hearts, shall be the decisive factor in determining our future; and that President Wilson and the free American people will be our supporters for the realization of our hopes, thereby proving their sincerity and noble sympathy with the aspiration of the weaker nations in general and our Arab people in particular.

    We also have the fullest confidence that the Peace Conference will realize that we would not have risen against the Turks, with whom we had participated in all civil, political, and representative privileges, but for their violation of our national rights, and so will grant us our desires in full in order that our political rights may not be less after the war than they were before, since we have shed so much blood in the cause of our liberty and independence.

    We request to be allowed to send a delegation to represent us at the Peace Conference to defend our rights and secure the realization of our aspirations.

    -1919 Petition of the General Syrian Congress to the League of Nations

    Posted by: nonsense factory | Dec 12, 2017 7:09:28 PM | 28

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    In 2015, an artist who goes by @coin_artist on Twitter created a Bitcoin puzzle known as “The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto.” According to its creator, the puzzle consists of a painting that holds the key to a wallet that contained 4.87 bitcoin (or about $50,000 at current prices). Since its creation, a community of Bitcoin puzzle enthusiasts have been anxiously watching the puzzle’s wallet—known as 1FLAMEN6—for signs of activity. At any moment, someone might solve the puzzle and claim the bitcoin.

    On November 17, the wallet saw its first activity in over two years—but rather than emptying it, someone had deposited .125 bitcoin, bringing the wallet’s total to a neat 5 bitcoin. The deposit was an unexpected surprise for the puzzle’s creator—and the obsessive community dedicated to solving it—but the circumstances leading to the deposit pointed to a far larger mystery in the Bitcoin world: a network of linked, easily accessible wallets facilitating automatic bitcoin transactions.

    According to the hacker who discovered them, these wallets could possibly be part of a Bitcoin siphon that has been stealing bitcoins from a wallet service or exchange for years, kind of like the code in the film Office Space that was supposed to skim fractions of pennies from transactions. On the other hand, it could be something much more innocuous, like a coding error.


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    Ancient DNA studies suggest that the genomic landscape of Ireland was established about 3500 years ago during the Bronze Age. There have been several significant historical migrations in Ireland including the Vikings at the end of the first millennium, the Norman invasion of the 12th century and the British Plantations in Ulster of the 16th and 17th centuries. The impact of these migrations on the genomes of the current Irish is unknown.

    Edmund Gilbert and his colleagues have just published a paper entitled: The Irish DNA Atlas: Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland. They analyzed the genome of 536 Irish, 101 Scots, 131 Welsh, 96 Orcadians and 1239 English. The authors used the fineStructure software to highlight genetic clusters in the study population. They detected 30 groups in the British Isles, including seven mainly Irish groups (referred to as Gaelic groups) and three mixed groups between Northern Irish, Scottish and English (known as Northern Irish groups).

    In the tree below, the Gaelic clusters are grouped together and are connected to the Orcadians. The Irish branch is separated into three subclades. The first contains only Northern Ireland (Ulster), the second Southern Ireland (North and South Munster) and the third Central Ireland (Connacht, Dublin, Central Ireland and Leinster). This distribution therefore follows the geography and boundaries of the historical and political entities of Ireland:

    The Northern Irish groups are included in the British branch (see above). They come from a genetic mix between Irish and British. Besides, a certain number of the Irish of these groups have English or Scottish surnames.

    The authors also conducted a Principal Component Analysis:

    The first component separates the Irish at the bottom left of the English on the right, and the second component separates the Orcadians at the top left of the other populations.

    The authors compared the ancient Irish individuals of the Bronze Age with the different current samples. The majority of Irish genetic groups have the same genetic affinity with these two former individuals, with no significant difference. There was therefore a homogeneous contribution of these old individuals to the different contemporary populations of Ireland.

    The authors then compared the Irish samples to 6021 European samples. They then estimated the proportion of continental descent for each of the European countries among Irish individuals. The result is as follows:

    Thus for the seven Gaelic groups, 80% of continental descent comes from France, Belgium, Denmark and Norway. The largest proportion comes from France, including the FRA1 cluster whose individuals are from northwestern France. This ancestry is probably related to the Celtic ancestry of the Irish population. Norwegian groups also contribute significantly to the ascendancy of Irish groups. This ancestry is probably related to the Viking migrations of the Middle Ages.

    The authors then used the Globetrotter software to estimate the dates of genetic mixtures in the Irish population. The arrival of the Danish and Norwegian ancestries is thus estimated between 788 and 1052 of our era, corresponding to Viking incursions. On the other hand the genetic mix between Irish and British ancestry is estimated between 11 and 7 generations and probably corresponds to British Plantations in Northern Ireland.


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    DUBLIN, IRELAND—According to a BBC News report, a team of Irish, British, and American researchers identified ten genetic clusters in the modern Irish population that accord roughly with ancient boundaries. The 194 Irish individuals in the sample each had ties to specific regions dating back four generations. And although the differences between the groups were “really subtle,” the clusters seemed to reflect either the borders of Ulster, Leinster, Munster, and Connacht—the four Irish provinces—or the land’s historical kingdoms. Geographical divisions created by mountains may also have played a role. “The likelihood is that it’s a combination of these things—a little bit of geography combined with wars or rivalry generates kinship in each distinct area,” said Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The tests also detected Norwegian-like ancestry in some of the samples, which could reflect the presence of Vikings on the island. Cavalleri noted, however, that if the Vikings carried a large number of Irish individuals back to Norway, it could have reduced the genetic differences between the two groups. For more, go to “The Vikings in Ireland.”


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    Next, he discusses the division of arms in other hoards and suggests the percentages are indicative of a military unit structure; axes, halberds, daggers and (the likely ceremonial) double-axes. A good illustration of this social division of arms in an infantry unit can be seen in the homecoming video of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Keep in mind though, that this ‘European’ social division of arms within a unit is different from a Combined Arms Concept, although that may be further developed in the future as well.

    After the pipe band passes, you’ll see officers equipped with service pistols and holding their ceremonial swords and following by basic riflemen.


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    While Spheroids/Polyhedrons are known from the European Lower Paleolithic, especially from the large surface collections from S/W-France and the Quartzite Acheulean in Northern Hessen, their appearance in stratified context is extremly rare- one example is Arago (MIS 14). Perfect Bolas to my knowledge are absent during the Estlands and middle Paleolithic in Europe.

    A very interesting ensemble of stone balls was found in the Amudian layers at Qesem Cave in Israel. Here stone balls were found mostly concentrated in particular locations in the south-western part of the cave in the lower part of the stratigraphic sequence. Anyhow, the activities that took place here remain enigmatic.

    Last but not least some observations from the field by L.S.B. Leakey:

    “The important thing about the Olorgesailie site, however, was the finding of bolas stones in groups of three in situ, and not merely lying on the surface. Ten sealed living sites were found there, and groups of bolas stones were found on several of these associated with handaxes and cleavers, and with fossil bones, the remains of the meals of Acheulian man. In addition, of course, many single bolas stones were found scattered on the surface at Olorgesailie where erosion had cut into the deposits and disturbed part of the camp sites” (Leakey, 1947: 48).


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    In Europe we have no secure evidence for anthropogenic fire before 400 k.a. BP. European Lower Paleolithic sites such as Dmanisi, Atapuerca, La Caune d’Arago, and Boxgrove show thousands of unburned bones but no burned materials. Early and even late Neanderthal communities often did not use fire.

    It is not before the second half of the Middle Pleistocene onward (MIS5-3) that we observe several Middle Paleolithic cave and open-air sites with multiple successive levels representing a long time span with clear evidence of fire. For example the combustion structures in the many levels of Abric Romani in Spain and of Ksiecia Jozefa in Poland, the multiple levels of El Salt, St. Marcel, Esquilleu Cave, Peyrards, La Combette, La Quina, St. Césaire, Pech de l’Azé IV, Roc de Marsal….

    . Les Canalettes, France, is a well-documented Middle Paleolithic site where lignite was repeatedly imported as fuel from a distance of 8–10 km.

    Stone-lined or stone-delimited fireplaces are not as common as in the late Upper Paleolithic but they have been documented at a number of Mid- dle Paleolithic sites:


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    If there is any remaining doubt in your mind that Special Counsel Mueller’s probe is anything but a farcical, politically-motivated witch hunt, then you’ll be summarily relieved of those doubts after watching the following exchange from earlier this morning between Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Presented with no further comment for your viewing pleasure…


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    This is a precipitous decline for what was once one of the most economically developed regions of the USSR, and which because of its Soviet legacy of strong industries, rich farmlands, large population, abundant natural resources and access to the sea ought to be a rich country.

    Suffice to say that whilst living standards in Russia are now significantly higher than they were before the Soviet collapse, Ukrainian living standards – which have never recovered to their Soviet levels – have since 2014 fallen back still further.

    Ukraine’s tragedy is that there appears to be no route out of this crisis.

    As it happens every so often one comes across claims that the situation in Ukraine is ‘stabilising’. Then something happens – such as the bizarre antics involving Mikheil Saakashvili – which shows the opposite.

    On the question of the economy, I remember having identical discussions in the mid 1990s with various people about the ‘economic stabilisation’ which was supposed to be happening in Russia.

    When an economy has contracted as severely as Russia’s did in the early 1990s and as Ukraine’s did in the period 2014 to 2015 even minimal amounts of economic activity – such as always happen even in the most collapsed economies – can distort the statistics to make the situation look better than it really is.


    – Groups of mercenaries were brought to Kiev, who began to operate on February 20. They were given weapons and ammunition and distributed 10 people at different points. They, at the command of their commanders, were supposed to open fire indiscriminately at everyone – protesters and security officials, in order to raise panic,” Goroshinsky told of the details of the testimonies. These mercenaries were promised $ 5,000 each. But now they are ready to name the names and executors of the crime, and the organizers.

    As evidence, the lawyer showed a video in which former mercenaries named their names and signed the testimony. They expect by disclosing the crime, since they claim that two of their group, who were also at the Maidan, have already mysteriously disappeared.

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    Jerusalem Post – the remaining Sunni alliance against Iran

    They counted the head of states in the OIC meeting about recognition of East Jerusalem as capital of the Palestinian state.

    Eighteen heads of state attended the meeting, including those of Azerbaijan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan. In addition the prime ministers of Malaysia and Pakistan came to Istanbul. Leaders of several weak and failed states, such as Yemen, Somalia and Libya, showed up as well.
    Lower-level attendance was common from the allies of Saudi Arabia, the same group that cut relations with Qatar in June.
    The Egypt-Saudi-UAE alliance represents a new Arab core in the Middle East. In the strictest sense it opposes Iran and Iran’s proxies such as Hezbollah.

    The anti-Iran Sunni alliance is down now to Egypt-Saudi-Bahrain-UAE.

    Frankly, I would not count Egypt in.

    The don’t mention Iraq. The OIC in Iraq is interesting.

    Posted by: somebody | Dec 14, 2017 2:21:34 AM | 101


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    The objects uncovered inside include 100 funerary cones, painted wooden masks, a collection of 450 statues carved in different materials such as clay, wood and faience, and a small box in the shape of a wooden coffin with a lid.


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    Warwick Spinks, a British citizen accused in 1997 of belonging to the pedophile network responsible for the child abuse case in Madeira, may be involved in the commercialization of “snuff movies” involving children. This type of “extreme” pornographic film, for which there is still no Portuguese title, includes scenes of violence filmed live and often results in the violation – or even the murder – of a certain protagonist. Of the films in which Spinks is accused of being involved will have resulted in the death of several minors.

    The use of Madeiran children through a pedophile network – with connections to Belgium, the Netherlands and other European countries – took place between 1982 and 1997 and involved the enticement of disadvantaged young people through counterparts in cash, drinks and food. The children were then used to make pornographic films that were shown and marketed in centers linked to homosexuality in several European cities, such as Tense, Utrecht and Hults (Holland). Ten children from Madeira were identified in the films.

    Ler mais em: http://www.cmjornal.pt/mais-cm/domingo/detalhe/portugal-na-rota-dos-snuff-movies

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    As a result of that call, the police opened the cream-coloured door and uncovered a rats’ nest of child abuse – a full-blown paedophile ring. The house was a honey trap, fitted out with a gaming machine, a sauna, plenty of videos and drink and drugs and anything else that might persuade a wandering boy to come in off the streets. Inside the house, some of the boys had been slowly groomed for the sexual pleasure of men who lived there. Others had been simply raped. Some had been given heroin to keep them compliant. Several had been forced into prostitution. Some of the abusers had been busy for twenty years.

    Three years on, the officers of Avon and Somerset’s Child Protection Team have identified 89 boy victims, aged between 6 and 16. They have run four major trials at which victims have told stories of unmitigated pain and exploitation. Twelve men have been convicted of rape, forced buggery, indecent assault, supplying heroin and living off prostitution. Many of the men admitted their guilt and they have been jailed for a total of 66 years. The police have also uncovered allegations of murder and found links between the house in Bristol and addresses in south Wales as well as Holland and France. And yet, all this conceals a deeper story.


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    Britain’s ancient monument Stonehenge is still revealing secrets 4,500 years after the stone circle was first erected in the late Neolithic period.


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    Most people regard hierarchy in human societies as inevitable, a natural part of who we are. Yet this belief contradicts much of the 200,000-year history of Homo sapiens.

    In fact, our ancestors have for the most part been “fiercely egalitarian”, intolerant of any form of inequality. While hunter-gatherers accepted that people had different skills, abilities and attributes, they aggressively rejected efforts to institutionalise them into any form of hierarchy.

    So what happened to cause such a profound shift in the human psyche away from egalitarianism? The balance of archaeological, anthropological and genomic data suggests the answer lies in the agricultural revolution, which began roughly 10,000 years ago.


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    Beaker pots, with their distinctive flared necks and geometric patterns, have frequently been found at Bronze Age burial sites along with other artefacts, such as arrowheads, wristguards and copper knives.
    Archaeologists described the new Drumnadrochit pot as a small Beaker with “simple incised decoration” similar to other Scottish examples dating to between 2200-1900 BC.
    It is similar in size to one found on the medical centre site in 2015, but with a less ornate design.
    Archaeologists said future analysis would confirm if, like the medical centre Beaker, it contained an offering at the time of burial.
    Important Bronze Age finds have been made across the Scottish Highlands.
    They include the remains of a woman known to archaeologists as Ava, an abbreviation of Achavanich where her bones were discovered in 1987.
    Last year, a facial reconstruction of her face was made by forensic artist Hew Morrison, a graduate of the University of Dundee.


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    “Where did you get the money you gave me?” he asked. “Why, what’s the matter with it?” asked Dick. “It has turned into cockleshells,” said the landlord. “Well, it was all right when I gave it you, and here is the receipt,” said Dick, flourishing the document triumphantly. “Somebody must have bewitched the coins.” He vouchsafed no further explanation, and even when he was gloriously drunk, as he finished up the evening by becoming, no one was able to pump any information out of him as to the origin of the money he had given the landlord.


    Long, long ago, I spent many months working as a carpenter to renovate an ancient house at Darowen, amazing place, amazing setting, it had once been an inn, and the very old plaster in the bedrooms had holes in it, which I learned were the unoccupied homes of bed bugs that once lived there. Bed bugs would creep out when it was dark, crawl across the ceiling until above the warm sleeper, then drop onto the bed, find a suitable patch of flesh, suck themselves full of blood, then return to their burrow in the plaster. Fascinating beasties 🙂




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    we’re already well aware that Google itself was largely created by the CIA
    (with helping hand from others, such as the NSA, telecoms industry etc)
    (How the CIA made Google:


    this must be one of the few times Government has created a top-notch, indispensible business such as Google.

    and now our creation is in the process of going all-out to destroy itself (although,of course, only through the best of intentions ).

    “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
    Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
    An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
    For promised joy.” (Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse, 1786.)

    Posted by: chris m | Nov 24, 2017 9:54:35 AM | 77

    My good friends do know evil.

    Posted by: Mrs. President | Nov 25, 2017 9:09:10 AM | 78

    Throttling thought–how to know?

    Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet
    by Andre Damon, Nov. 25, 2017


    This is the best news/editorial I’ve seen on these connected topics, and there have been many recently. Andre Damon is a, if not the, point man detailing the current assault on the basis of human freedom–knowledge.

    The mass mediation of information is the most important element of this era’s epistemological crisis. The strongest tyranny is of thought; and the thought tyrants are perfecting their already pervasive tools, to the delight of their financiers and by means of elected/appointed “servants of the people.”

    Posted by: Bob Beal | Nov 25, 2017 12:08:36 PM | 79


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    With this kind of grist one would think that the journalist mills would be grinding in overdrive to get the story and uncover what sure looks like a massive case of malfeasance by intelligence and law enforcement officials. Think again. Cue the big yawn.
    Credit Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept for an epic rant bemoaning the failure of journalism on this and other matters related to Trump. He writes:


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    The Alabama vote shows a razor thin victory for the DNC. The DNC voter rate turnout screams fraud, never, ever do 98% of voters turn out in any elections. The systems set up by the political parties, both of which are still run by the Bilderberg gang, was designed deliberately to prevent recounts via using this queer computerized system. After the very close 2000 election, I proposed the ‘Uniform Voting Act’ to prevent local and state governments from running screwy voting systems. I said back then, we need PAPER BALLOTS that can easily be examined and recounted as well as to determine if fake voters were allowed at polls. Nothing happened back then so the Rulers merrily charged forwards deliberately choosing systems that are easily corrupted and can’t be legally examined after allegations of cheating.


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    Having been loaded last Friday, the Christophe de Margerie is currently sailing past the northern coast of Norway. As commentators are pointing out, it could still be redirected if someone is willing to pay a higher price for its gas. The way the UK’s luck has gone recently, that’s probably a pretty good bet.


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    More information as to what transpired between Putin and Erdogan emerges, whereas global events reduced neocon junta member HR McMaster to projection spewing, which is actually rather comical.


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    Berry was the executioner who failed to hang John “Babbacombe” Lee who became known as “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”.

    In 1885, three attempts were made to carry out his execution at Exeter Prison for the brutal murder of his employer.

    All failed as the trapdoor failed to open despite being carefully tested by Berry. The medical officer, T Wilson Gaird, refused to take any further part in the proceedings and as a result his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.


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