Santa, Satan, Stefan Molyneux, Miscellaneous New Year Musings

 

 

 

 

On the Origins of the Alphabet by Brian R. Pellar San Diego, California

Twenty-two foundation letters: He placed them in a circle…. He directed them with the twelve constellations. — Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)

http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp196_alphabet.pdf

 

On the Origins of the Alphabet: New Evidence by Brian R. Pellar Boston, Massachusetts

I immediately showed my discovery to my father (who had a great interest in both fonts and astronomy), and I distinctly remember his being pleasantly surprised by what I had found and then saying, “That’s great, now solve the rest.” And so I did, with the fruits of that labor seen in my “On the Origins of the Alphabet”

http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp246_alphabet_origins.pdf

 

There has been much speculation as to the date at which the first constellations were created. It is generally assumed that the constellations adopted by Western civilization were first created and recorded by ancient Mesopotamian observers , with some aspects possibly being derived from Egyptian sources

http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp219_foundation_of_myth.pdf

 

The Foundation of Myth: A Unified Theory of the Link Between Seasonal/Celestial Cycles, the Precession, Theology, and the Alphabet/Zodiac

Part II by Brian R. Pellar

From its possible rudiments in the upper Paleolithic caves of France, to its roots in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, to its complex later stages in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Rome — here is Part Two of this great story.

http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp263_foundation_of_myth.pdf  

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The Broad Shoulders of Giants

The title of the book is an ode to the great body of work compiled by alternative Egyptologist John Anthony West. West’s book, The Serpent in the Sky, is also in many ways a continuation of the highly under-valued yet significant research of French Egyptologist R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, who discovered the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, to be a life-sized walkthrough of the biomechanics of the human anatomy. The monumental structure that is the Temple of Karnak was subsequently and aptly dubbed by de Lubicz, The Temple in Man.ii The Spirit in the Sky draws on the insight of de Lubicz and West, by seeking to unite outer space with inner space, science with religion, and more importantly, humankind.

https://grahamhancock.com/vooghtr1/

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Since the writing of this article, two pronouncements from within the academic realm that are relevant to what is written by the author here have been made. First, the official death of ‘Clovis First’ and the ascent of the maritime ‘Kelp Highway’ model for the peopling of the Americas marks mainstream recognition of the maritime capabilities of Palaeolithic peoples. Second, the replacement of the single ‘Out of Africa’ model of human evolution with the multiple migratory model has shifted the scope of academic enquiry into human origins from Africa to Australasia and Southeast Asia. Mainstream academia now officially recognises hominin migrations as complex webs of interbreeding and genetic introgression, with the initial migration of humans occurring—if Out of Africaapproximately 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. These findings are highly significant to our understanding of human origins, and augment the mapping of history with lore in this article in ways on which the reader is invited to ‘comment’ below.

A Door to the Past

Nuances arising out of contemporary research of the human genome begin to sound esoteric. Archives of ancient DNA teased out of fossils have revealed unknown subpopulations or “ghost tribes” of ancient human groups, species long vanished from the face of the Earth but who continue to unfold in us, their modern human descendants.[1] The discovery of substantial remnants of Denisovan DNA within Melanesian, indigenous Australian peoples, in addition to a more elusive dash detected within Native American populations, has contributed new initiatives to the sat nav of genetic migration and to a possible cultural memory following those same trails.[2]

Located in the winding river Anui Valley of the Altai range of Siberia, the Denisova Cave and its larger archaeological park borders a disputed territory between the highland steppe of Soloneshensky district and the more mountainous Altai Krai to the southeast. Set within this timeless land of waterfalls, bosky hills, grottos and mineshafts, Denisova Cave has yielded a treasury of stunning palaeoanthropological finds, in addition to a new species of human set to cause a scientific tsunami.

Known to indigenous peoples as Bear’s Rock (Ayu-Tash) after a shaman whose spirit animal was a particularly wrathful bear, Denisova Cave was renamed after an 18thcentury Christian mystic called Dionisiy/Denis, who took refuge there. Over the course of 2008–2016, an ornamental crystal bracelet, a marble ring, and a bone sewing needle radiocarbondated to 40,000 to 50,000 years old, were found in the cave.[3] The bracelet is set to be re-dated to a stupendous 60-70,000 years before present, which for finely crafted human jewellery (rather than weapons and tools) outreaches times deemed catalysts in the emergence of the modern mind by decamillennia.[4] Small hinges open big doors. In 2008, a fragment of a finger-bone of a juvenile female who lived approximately 41,000 years ago was excavated there.[5] The DNA extracted from this fossil belonged to an unknown human species, dubbed “X-woman”.

https://grahamhancock.com/coombsa2/

The fact that these stars are known as the Seven Sisters by natives of Siberia, North America and Australia cannot be considered an extraordinary coincidence. This exact designation, for example, is not consistent with the cultures of other times and places who personified this star group in very different ways. The gendering and numbering of the star cluster as seven women by these disparate peoples can be explained by there being a system of astronomical knowledge existent before the peopling of Australia and America. This correlation was noted by the Russian palaeohistorian Boris A. Frolov decades before the Denisovans were coined and discovered, and before the evidence that revises the peopling of these continents was published:

…mention of the American Indians’ observations of the Pleiades, which they called the Seven Sisters, involves an interesting question, for exactly the same name was traditionally used for the Pleiades by the aborigines of both Australia and Siberia, and a similar image of the Pleiades is found in the mythology of ancient Greece. While it seems quite impossible to see in this fact a mere coincidence, there is room for only one supposition: observation of the Pleiades and their denotation by the image of seven sisters pre-dated the populating of America and Australia. In other words, these observations and ideas must have been formed and transmitted by nonliterate Paleolithic hunters.[16]

Frolov’s proposal—that these stars were interpreted as seven sisters by the aborigines of diverse regions, implying that this identity pre-existed the peopling of North America and Australia—was not challenged by the scientific community. This is surprising, given that when Frolov articulated his observation over thirty-five years ago, the notion of a shared description of a star cluster—one that had originated with Palaeolithic inhabitants of Siberia before its dispersal across distanced lands—would have been rejected. The dominant conception of that time held that hunter-gatherers before 10,000 years ago were a brutish, “primitive” lot outcast from influencing the rise of civilisation. The only astronomical inclination that model would have allowed would have been a wild howling at the moon. Though such views are incompatible with the picture painted by new findings today, they linger in cultural lags of knowledge idols and institutionalised dogma for quite some time.

The most popular image of the Pleiades, scientifically designated M45, is of the seven daughters of Atlas being pursued across the heavens by the galactic hunter Orion. Importantly, however, and as previously mentioned, not all peoples of diverse times and places identified this cluster as seven sisters, or as women at all. The Pleiades has otherwise been conceptualised as a sieve/net (Baltic); a spider web (Anishinaabe); jewels/camels (Arabia); a marketplace (Aztec); snakes/bovines (ancient Egypt); a granary (Peru); and a rattlesnake tail (Maya), and more. Since the Seven Sisters’ identification as seven women is very gender and number specific, Frolov’s anomaly is noteworthy—and in light of the genetic trails of Denisovan migration, even more so.

Reconstructing an “original” Siberian tale of the Seven Sisters is fraught with difficulty for obvious reasons, given the enormous 65,000-year window of millennia, and the episodic movement of people across the Eurasian Steppe over this period. Notably, however, the Pleiades is depicted differently in Western Siberian areas, but remains identified as seven sisters in the Amur River area east of Lake Baikal,[17] and more significantly, by the Palaeo-Asiatic people who inhabit the extreme northeast of the Arctic Ocean’s Bering region, the former gateway to North America. Here, Orion has been a humpbacked hunter since his jealous wife (the Leo constellation) struck him for paying attention to the Pleiades women.[18] Though the specific, domestic violence detail of this Arctic version meets no known parallel in North America or Australia, it identifies Orion as a hunter and the Pleiades as women. This, along with other ethnographic examples, situates the Pleiades in a former Palaeolithic space narrative of a Cosmic Hunt in which Venus, Orion and Ursa Major feature pivotally as co–star groups,[19] fragments of which continue to play out in Siberia, North America and Australia today.

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Berger had long tried blogging to popularise science, and teamed up with John Hawkes to build up a following. Earlier, Australopithicus (Southern Ape Man) Sediba was on the cover of Science three times, and the lay public took an interest.

Then Berger hit the paleo jackpot at Rising Star cave system near Greensleeves. The cave had been known to the local club for 50 years, but had not attracted hominid fossil specialists. Here are many fossil skeletons, often complete, not just teeth and fragments as before.

For the first time, the number of fossil skeletons outnumbered the scientists studying them. There used to be a 1% chance of finding something, like the tooth that Berger found in the West Rand Cradle two weeks after arriving in South Africa 26 years ago. The second tooth he had called “scientific gold that I could build a career on”. But finds and funding dried up. Berger doggedly mapped his finds by GPS and against Google Earth. He discovered that the early data were wrong, and the new data led him to fossil caves.

“At Malapa, it took my young son only 90 seconds to find the first piece of fossil.” The odds improved. Then they hit the fossil ‘lottery’ in Rising Star caves.

Did Homo Naledi meet early modern humans, of whom known records start about BC 100 000, at Klasies River, Border Cave, and elsewhere in Africa? Some critics think people ate ape and monkey brains, and threw the bones down erosion traps, from where a flood or two washed the light bones down, over a gravel trap, to the deepest part of a cave where no large animals ever went (see critic’s warnings against popular evolutionary assumptions below).

https://stoneprintjournal.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/homo-naledi-bones-rattle-evolution/

 

http://www.gizapower.com/LoTeAnArticle.htm

 

http://www.gizapower.com/

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Thanks to Ghostwheel for stimulating comment in previous essay.

Let’s see if my battered being can produce something that resembles a coherent, even vaguely relevant, line of thinking. 🙂

It’s a struggle, I admit, but this is what I do, so I’ll press on as best I can, fwiw.


My suspicion is that Stefan Molyneux is exhausted after his massive Christmas parade of interviews, most of which I have not watched. More generally, I do not agree with his emphasis on reason and logic, what he calls the art of the argument.

Not to say that I am AGAINST reason and logic, but that life, the world, the universe, is extremely weird and complex, and I’m far more amenable toward Jordan Peterson’s position, which is imo coherent and logical, but which also takes into account (mostly via Freud/Jung) that much of human behaviour is driven by unconscious forces which we barely comprehend at all.

If it where possible to predict any given person’s behaviour and reactions toward any given situation, then economics would be an exact and precise science. But humans are weird. They do all kinds of crazy things for all kinds of crazy reasons that make no logical sense. Much less like the mechanics of billiard balls, much more like herding cats.

On the whole, human beings do NOT think and behave rationally and logically. We are animals, of a peculiar and special kind, and motivated by a huge range of impulses and inhibitions, and even the wisest and most learned scarcely have a clue as to what really drives them at deeper levels.

Which is good, at least in some ways, because otherwise we’d be no different to motor cars. Merely machines. Sadly, many humans lack or lose that special quality, which might be called a soul or spark of divinity, and are then little different to automata.

You know, every day I’m zooming in here, focussing on the gossip and twittering of the millions of humans, it’s a constant firehose of reactions and commentary, as in ancient Greece, the concerns of the masses in the marketplace. One day the major topic might be the price and scarcity of eggs and the weather, the next day it’s about a sex scandal or whether to go to war with a neighbouring tribe. It never stops.

I’m old and ill and much closer to the end of my life than to the beginning. I’m mostly just observing. I don’t have hopes that anything much can be changed for the better. I think that if you zoom out and get a broader perspective, an historical overview, looks to me that humans are much like the social insects. Ants, bees, termites, etc.

Partly why I like Jordan Peterson. He noted that we share some neurological circuitry and neurochemistry with lobsters, dating back 600 million years or something like that.

Of course, there are zillions of humans who have never understood or even heard of biological evolution, and some educated ones who don’t accept it (Jay Dyer ?) but imho it’s the best explanation for the evidence that we observe, although of course, not complete, and much remains to be understood and clarified.

Which is why I like Jordan Peterson so much, because he has explained how supposedly ‘non scientific’ material, like myths, and religious beliefs and experiences, can be understood through a psycho-analytic lens and thus hooked up to our biological heritage. Thus the gap between art, myths, religion, politics and physics, chemistry, biology, can be bridged.

There are honey bees that live in the roof of this house. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for them, there’s no way for me to get at their honey without doing a lot of demolition, which would then have to be repaired.

They are mostly no problem to me, so it’s ‘live and let live’, but once or twice every year they get into a frenzy and for a few hours the air all around the house is full of them, making a strikingly loud noise.

This is what’s called swarming, when a new queen decides to leave the hive to seek a fresh site for a colony somewhere.

Amongst the almost countless species of insects there are many variations on this theme. The zoologist E.O. Wilson has studied the social insects and written some good books. Pretty much every kind of behaviour that can be observed in humans, can also be seen in the social insects. They have stratified soceities with division of labour, they grow crops, they have soldiers and guards, they go to war and take slaves, and so on.

So, one way, although obviously not the only way, to understand our human behaviour, is to zoom out and take a sort of God’s Eye perspective, and then we see that many, many human soceities go through some kind of revolutionary spasm, where dissatisfaction with the status quo overwhelms restraints.

Imo, one of the great triumphs of democracy, following ancient Greek ideas, was to develop social systems which could continually adjust, so that the pressure for explosive revolution was constantly dissipated.

 

I consider that was good, because, generally, revolutionary upheavals are ghastly. The streets fill with bloody corpses and many innocent people suffer terribly. It appears that it is much easier to open the gates of Chaos, of Hell, than it is to build a Heaven upon Earth, so to speak.

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311 Responses to Santa, Satan, Stefan Molyneux, Miscellaneous New Year Musings

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    The Met Office has announced severe weather warnings for gale winds for much of the country from Tuesday
    Forecasters are refusing to rule out the possibility of announcing the arrival of both Storms Eleanor and Fionn
    Tomorrow’s stormy conditions will herald start of wet and wild week, with first snow of the year also expected
    Outlook for week is bleak for almost all Britons, with rain and wind expected in nearly every corner of the UK

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5225983/Britain-faces-70mph-winds-Storms-Eleanor-arrives.html

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    (“Psychosurgery” means any procedure that, by direct or indirect access to the brain, removes, destroys or interrupts the continuity of histologically normal brain tissue, or which inserts indwelling electrodes for pulsed electrical stimulation for the purpose of altering behaviour or treating psychiatric illness, but does not include neurological procedures used to diagnose or treat organic brain conditions or to diagnose or treat intractable physical pain or epilepsy where these conditions are clearly demonstrable……Mental Health Act, Ontario Mental Health Statutes)

    http://www.thewhyfiles.net/mkultra4.htm

  11. ulvfugl says:

    This situation in the streets looks to me to be a bigger revolt than that 0f 2009.
    The key question in this uprising is the extent to which the IRGC and the police remain loyal to the Supreme Guide and willing to suppress the masses by all means necessary.
    As has been said a lot now the US should be careful not to make empty implied promises of support to the resistors as we did in Hungary in 1956 and in Iraq in 1991. Approving messaging in the media is one thing but any fanciful ideas that involve supply of weaponry or organizer/advisers should not be given a moments thought
    This is an Iranian moment, a moment in which the Iranian people and their sons in the military and police should show what they are made of. pl

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/01/iran-open-thread.html

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    Over 1,000 pieces of artefacts including the remains of 250 people have been discovered at a pre-Islamic mass burial site in the Musandam governorate of Oman.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/over-1000-artefacts-discovered-at-pre.html

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    Maen Llia Standing Stone is an elegant and imposing standing stone which is impressively situated in a remote position at the top of the Llia valley, along which it points directly north to south.

    It is a massive slab of a stone 3.8 metres in height, 2.8 metres across but only 0.9 metres thick and dominates the scenery in the austere moorland of Fforest Fawr.

    http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=1399

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    THOUSANDS of years ago it would have stood proud on the horizon, a striking monument which could be seen for miles. The circular monument lay hidden for centuries under farmland, its existence only hinted at in crop marks, spotted in aerial surveys.

    Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-henge-discovered-in-yorkshire-1-8930717

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    WELSH MYTHOLOGY
    Understanding the native myths of Britain

    THE TALIESIN TRADITION ON-LINE

    https://welshmythology.com/tag/cwm-einion/

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    Storm Eleanor is set to hit parts of the UK with gale force gusts of up to 80mph during a spell of wild, wet and windy weather.

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the whole of Wales as the fifth named storm of the season is ready to sweep in from the Atlantic.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/storm-eleanor-forecast-hit-wales-14102707

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    Jordan Peterson offers some thoughts on psychedelics in the questions at the end.

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    But the cold snap that ushered in the new year has only worsened, with temperatures dropping 15 to 25 degrees below average in vast areas of the US, breaking century-old records. The cold front has sent temperatures below freezing in more than 92% of the Continental US, according to RT.

    Because of this, citizens and authorities are taking unusual measures to stay warm and to keep facilities running.

    For example, the water tower in an Evansdale suburb in Iowa froze when temperatures fell to minus 20 degrees. Mayor Doug Faas is considering sending in thermal suited divers to help break up the ice. The tower stores water for the town’s needs. Faas told the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier that an ice cap which has formed inside the tower is making it impossible for the water to circulate in or out, and the city is exploring all options to find a solution.

    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings as temperatures plunged to a record low of 15 to 25 degrees for a vast area from South Texas to Canada, and from Montana through New England because of a high cold pressure front.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-02/locals-panic-temperature-92-us-plunges-below-freezing

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    Altogether only a few thousand people, overwhelmingly male youth, seem to be involved. Thousands protest in Israel each week against the corruption of Prime Minister Netanyahoo. On New-Years-Eve more than 1,000 cars in France were set alight by arsonists. None of this is front page news but a few dozen riots in Iran get elevated to a “revolution”.

    The total death toll of the “peaceful protests” is now some 21 of which (by my count) at least five were policemen killed in attacks by “protesters” and two unrelated civilians who were run over and killed by rioters driving a stolen firetruck. Six rioters were killed when they tried to attack a police station in the town of Qahderijan. The governor there claimed that the attackers were armed with guns.

    The same faking of pictures of large demonstrations and “evidence” of government brutality that we have seen with regard to the war on Syria is taking place with Iran. Videos of demonstrations from Argentine and Bahrain are used to claim large demonstrations in Iran. A tweet with the Bahrain video by a “journalist” who claimed it was in Iran has received more than 17,000 re-tweets. Videos from Spain or even movie scenes are purported to show police violence in Iran. A video of a man lying on his back and being cared for is once claimed to show that he has been shot by police while at the same time another propagandists claims that the man had a cardiac arrest after police used a taser on him. There are no signs of wounds or other trauma. The dude probably just passed out.

    The terrorist group MEK (NCRI, MKO) “leaked” fake protocols of an alleged government meeting which it claims shows panic over the protests. Allegedly the government fears the leader of the MEK, Marjam Rajavi. The MEK has paid large sums to get support from politicians, including John McCain in Washington and elsewhere. During the Iraq-Iran war it fought against Iran on the side of Iraq. After the U.S. invaded Iraq the MEK was held in special camps under U.S. control. According to a 2012 Seymour Hersh report the U.S. military trained MEK fighters in the U.S. in sabotage and insurgency technics. These people are deeply hated in Iran but feared they are not. Their early engagement in the “protests” via their website and propaganda ops in Iran may point to deeper role in the riots.

    The usual neoconservatives in the U.S. media are arguing for “more help” for the “Iranian people”. The help the want to offer is designed to worsen their economic situation.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/01/iran-protests-decrease-riots-increase-us-prepares-for-the-next-phase.html#more

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    An 1,800-year-old temple in northern England that is dedicated to the god Mithras was built to align with the rising sun on Dec. 25, a physics professor has found.

    The temple is located beside a Roman fort in Carrawburgh, near Hadrian’s Wall, which served as the most northerly frontier to the Roman Empire, beginning around A.D. 122.

    Some modern-day scholars believe that the Romans celebrated Mithras’ birthday on Dec. 25 — the same day eventually chosen by Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ. (Scholars don’t really think Jesus was born on that day.)

    https://www.livescience.com/61309-roman-temple-sun-alignment-christ-birth.html

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    In December 1974, CIA Director William Colby fired Angleton after the New York Times revealed the then-unknown counterintelligence chief had overseen a massive program to spy on Americans involved in anti-war and black nationalist movements, a violation of the CIA’s charter. Coming four months after the resignation of Richard Nixon, Angleton’s fall was the denouement of the Watergate scandal, propelling Congress to probe the CIA for the first time. A Senate investigation, headed by Sen. Frank Church, exposed a series of other abuses: assassination conspiracies, unauthorized mail opening, collaboration with human rights abusers, infiltration of news organizations, and the MKULTRA mind-control experiments to develop drugs for use in espionage.

    The exposure of Angleton’s operations set off a political avalanche that engulfed the agency in 1975 and after.

    https://theintercept.com/2018/01/01/the-complex-legacy-of-cia-counterintelligence-chief-james-angleton/

    When Cram took the assignment, he thought his history of the Counterintelligence Staff would take a year to write. It took six. By 1984, Cram had produced 12 legal-sized volumes about Angleton’s reign as a spymaster, each running 300 to 400 pages — a veritable encyclopedia of U.S. counterintelligence that has never before been made public. With professional thoroughness, Cram plumbed the depths of a deep state archive and returned with a story of madness that the CIA prefers to keep hidden, even 40 years later.

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    These fantastical pictographs have long defied easy interpretation, and many archaeologists have resisted speculating about their meaning at all. Some believe the often bizarre images were made by shamans to recreate hallucinogenic visions they experienced while under the influence of stimulants.

    In recent years, Texas State University archaeologist Carolyn Boyd, a former professional artist, has proposed that they represent something much more complex. She has put forth the theory that the pictographs at White Shaman, and perhaps other Pecos River Style paintings, record the beliefs of ancient peoples whose descendants still live in Mexico today. What’s more, Boyd is convinced that by using scientific and ethnographic methods, we can begin to understand these narratives. “These are painted texts,” says Boyd. “I think we can read them, just as the people who created them must have read them.”

    White Shaman Mural Boyd(Jerod Roberts)Texas State University archaeologist Carolyn Boyd examines details of the painting at White Shaman rock shelter in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Originally an artist, Boyd was inspired to become an archaeologist by her exposure to the region’s rock art.Boyd first visited White Shaman in 1989. At the time, she was making a living as a muralist, executing large paintings on commission. When she saw the figures there, she felt a shock of recognition. “I instantly knew that it was a mural,” she recalls. Some scholars believe the painting was created over an extended period of time, with multiple people painting unrelated figures. But Boyd felt that couldn’t be right. “I could tell at once that it had been planned and conceived as a single composition,” says Boyd. “And because I was a muralist, I knew the skill it took to produce something like this, and to do it so beautifully. I was awed.”

    https://www.archaeology.org/issues/274-1711/features/5996-reading-the-white-shaman-mural

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    North America is in the grip of a record-setting cold spell that’s set to culminate with the arrival of a “bomb cyclone” along the eastern seaboard late Thursday. The cold front has delivered temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.

    Already, stories about the epic cold snap have proliferated online. As we pointed out yesterday, a group of good Samaritans helped rescue a dozen elk that had crashed trough a thin patch of river ice and were in danger of freezing to death, or drowning. At the time, temperatures were below freezing across a staggering 92% of the US, with temperatures more than 20 degrees lower than their seasonal averages for this time of year.

    Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday.

    This week’s storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter. That’s because meteorologists say it could produce a “bomb cyclone,” otherwise known as a bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system’s central pressure drops steeply – by 24 millibars or more – in 24 hours.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/even-penguins-cant-tolerate-cold-north-america-entering-record-setting-deep-freeze

    Crikey ! Not every day that I learn a new word… a BOMBOGENESIS!

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    This French – Iranian phone call must have been awkward and there are different versions.

    On the sixth day of protests that have cost 21 lives, according to official figures, Macron told Rouhani that he was worried about the number of victims and insisted that “fundamental liberties, especially freedom of expression and demonstration, must be respected”.
    He called on Rouhani to exercise “restraint and appeasement”.

    Iranian state television reported that Rouhani called on Macron to take action against the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an exiled opposition group that is currently based in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

    The Iranian government describes the organisation as a “terrorist group” and it was on the European Union’s terrorist list until 2009.

    Tehran claims that it has stirred up the current demonstrations on the orders of Saudi Arabia and “certain European countries”.

    French companies have increased trade with Iran since the lifting of sanctions over its nuclear programme, although US President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal.
    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 7:45:02 AM | 90

    As expected this new so called revolution was faded out quick. US, Israel, Saudi and their lackeys Monarchist & MKO …. failed again.
    This was not the first nor the last violent attempt but they will fail every time against IRI.
    Posted by: Loyal | Jan 3, 2018 8:03:52 AM | 91

    Laguerre wrote: “As I understand it Rouhani tried to cut subsidies or convert subsidies to charity for the poor. That would endanger the subsistence of a lot of people and be reason enough to demonstrate. It is also the type of neoliberal remedy investors love.”

    I agree. Most of the commentators here are not giving much weight to economic issues. And, I see no one referring to the leak of the budget by Rouhani, a leak that shows religious institutions getting fat while subsidies are being cut and youth unemployment is above 35%. It’s a certainty that Iran’s external enemies are trying to fan the flames, but the regime has created plenty of embers. Sure, check out the satellite photos of demos, but also take a look at the leaked budget.

    Posted by: dadooronron | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:26 AM | 92

    91 – They are pretty good. German radio at present describes today’s demonstration as “in support of the conservative clerical rule”. Judging from the photos above (88) they did not fall into this trap.

    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:33 AM | 93

    Posted by: dadooronron | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:26 AM | 92

    I think we got the plot of this tragicomedy now.

    1. Rouhani publishes the budget to highlight large unaccounted spending on the religious institutions of his opponents.

    2. His opponents fight back by highlighting the cut of subsidies and handouts making the poor depend on charity.

    3. Iranians get upsite sharing their discontent via Telegram messenger.

    4. Telegram’s Dubai developers hand the data over to a secret service center used for coordinating the enemies of Iran. The latest highly sophisticated software used to evaluate the mood of populations declares the situation to be revolutionary. Population centers where most dissatisfaction is registered are identified. For some reason these centers are in the provinces.

    5. Popular Iranian messenger channels inform people in the localities identified on simultaneous dates for demonstrations.

    6. MEK and Royalist networks activate their sleeper cells to be there.

    7. Somewhere in Tehran a counterinsurgency center with similar software to the one used in Dubai evaluates what is going on in the notoriously unsafe Telegram messenger. Iranian secret service cannot believe their luck – the enemy does a sting operation for them.

    5. The Iranian Islamic Department for Soft Warfare (IIDSW) begins to plan the look and feel of the final unity demonstrations.

    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 10:43:45 AM | 94

    ArioBar(HAM)zan: “yes I do refer to the ” Gorooh Feshars ” and the Mesbah types as Shia ISIS, Not all of the Iranian Regime.’

    Iranian Regime? sounds like US’ UN Nikki Babe’ label for governments she/Israel doesn’t like . don’t you think so? IMO, Ziocan hasbra didn’t get far this time,
    Posted by: kooshy | Jan 3, 2018 10:45:00 AM | 95

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/01/iran-protests-decrease-riots-increase-us-prepares-for-the-next-phase.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d2cc51bb970c

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    LeaNder said in reply to blowback…
    Interested in his representation, blowback? It’s from the still ongoing 34. Chaos Communication Congress (34C3).

    Uncovering British spies’ web of sockpuppet social media personas, Mustafa Al-Bassam

    https://media.ccc.de/v/34c3-9233-uncovering_british_spies_web_of_sockpuppet_social_media_personas
    *******

    I found his personal background on matters interesting. Snowden apparently helped to understand, and motivated him to take a closer look. Which means the tools have changed. But studied they can be. And they are more and more.

    Strictly sockpuppets/bot, botwebs, social bots are around for much longer by now, they a standard marketing/PR tool. Thus it is no surprise they surfaced in the last US election to the extend of 20% of tweets. Was it? On both sides really. …

    He is a Lauri Love supporter. Obviously. Let’s see how the British High Court, EWHC, will decide.

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    Trump admin verbal attacks on Iran, going back to Flynn and further. Domestic unrest in Iran? Seems more foreign backed/initiated (US admin) unrest after internal gripes have been identified.

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    Babak
    FYI here is link (in Persian) to what Ayatollah Nuri Hamedani said regarding recent protest as reported on IRNA, it seems to be completely opposite on what you read.

    http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82784375

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    English Outsider said in reply to b…

    “They vandalize public property and attack police stations and military posts to gain weapons – so far unsuccessful.”

    3rd comment from “Arioch” on the SST link below shows how this developed in the very different context of Syria.

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/07/on-the-primacy-of-combined-arms-maneuver-warfare-ttg.html?cid=6a00d8341c72e153ef01b8d2981dd5970c#comment-6a00d8341c72e153ef01b8d2981dd5970c

    The border is porous but on the question of external interference Syrian style, if the present Iranian security services are anything like those of the Shah’s time would not such interference be difficult?

    Whatever the position on that it’s a pity Western politicians are welcoming these disturbances. I recollect reading some time ago that a women’s rights activist in Iran found life difficult, not so much because her work was resented in itself, but because everyone was worried in case she was part of an external destabilisation effort. Presumably by now every time there’s a protest in Iran half the country says “Colour revolution”, which must have an inhibiting effect on normal political development. Therefore it would be better if Western politicians did not magnify such fears by open jubilation every time there are signs of trouble.

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    David P. Goldman has just done an excellent, detailed analysis of the multitude of Iran’s structural problems underlying the recent discontent. He includes:-

    – Failing/mismanaged water resources
    – War costs
    – Bankrupt pension & banking systems, the latter due to bad loans/assets
    – Huge demographic time bomb to go off before mid century
    – Estimate of real youth unemployment at 45%

    http://www.atimes.com/article/irans-complex-crises-catches-regime/
    Reply

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/01/iran-open-thread.html

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    ‘The sheer abundance of these miniature animal fossils means that we have only begun to scratch the surface of this overlooked resource, but it is already clear that this discovery will help to reshape our view of the non-shelly animals that crawled and swam among the early Cambrian seas more than half a billion years ago,’ says Sebastian Willman, researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/treasure-trove-of-highly-detailed.html

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    Late Tuesday, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Shawki Allam declared that digital currencies are “forbidden” by Islam and endorsed a ban on trading in Bitcoin.

    The Mufti said the digital crypto-currency carried risks of “fraudulence, lack of knowledge, and cheating,” according to the BBC.

    Risks could arise because the virtual currency was not subject to surveillance by any centralized authority, the Mufti said.

    “Bitcoin is forbidden in Sharia as it causes harm to individuals, groups and institutions,” he said in his declaration, or fatwa, according to the Egyptian daily Ahram.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/egypts-grand-mufti-supports-bitcoin-trading-ban

  45. ulvfugl says:

    Following Steve Bannon’s earlier remarks from a forthcoming book about “treasonous” meetings at Trump Tower, President Trump lashed out and denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday, saying that he “lost his mind” after leaving the White House last summer.

    “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump blasted Bannon in a White House statement. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.”

    In the bizarre, 265-word statement, Trump indicted Bannon for some of his activities at the White House and afterward. He blamed him for the loss of a Republican Senate seat in Alabama in a special election last month and accused him of leaking to news reporters while he served as the White House chief strategist.

    “Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country,” Trump fumed. “Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”

    As Bloomberg notes, the statement represents a dramatic and emphatic break from the person considered the architect of Trump’s presidential campaign. Bannon continued to enjoy access to the president after he left the White House, but that has now ended, according to Bloomberg.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/trump-blasts-former-advisor-bannon-he-has-lost-his-mind

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    Off topic:

    Bannon is being quoted in the Guardian from his forthcoming book, paraphrasing: “they had (sic) top officials from the new administration meeting with Russians in Trump Tower and nobody thought to have a lawyer present? The minimum they could’ve done was call the FBI.”

    This statement doesn’t pass the smell test or Bannon is smoking some Colorado grass. One minute he’s against deep state and the next minute he wants to call the FBI? I don’t think so.

    The Guardian Article

    Posted by: John | Jan 3, 2018 2:14:44 PM | 112

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/01/iran-protests-decrease-riots-increase-us-prepares-for-the-next-phase/comments/page/2/#comments

  51. ulvfugl says:

    As public trust in the mainstream media continues to fall to a new all-time low each year, it may come as no surprise that the same outlets promising to provide you with “fair and balanced” coverage, are actually censoring truth and feeding you content that is approved by their social interests. However, as social media becomes more prevalent, it is even more obvious when the MSM ignores the most crucial stories.

    Here are the top 5 stories the mainstream media missed in 2017:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/top-5-stories-buried-or-deliberately-ignored-mainstream-media-2017

    4. The “War on Transparency” is becoming more obvious as the MSM refuses to address the glaring inconsistencies in the official narrative of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history
    It has been nearly three months since 58 people were killed and 546 injured in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, in what has been dubbed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Yet even with the incredibly high number of victims, the official narrative has been accepted by the mainstream media, and the shooting was quick to disappear from headlines.

    In addition to the fact that the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, is accused of carrying out the shooting from the window of a room on the 32nd floor of one of the most popular hotels in Las Vegas, and no surveillance footage has been released, there are also a number of legitimate questions.

    One of the most important reasons to question the official narrative of the shooting is based on the fact that it has changed multiple times. From the facts surrounding whether an officer discharged his weapon upon entering Paddock’s room, to the presence of police and security guards when the shooting began, the official story has been riddled with inconsistencies.

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    Terminal Pleistocene Alaskan genome reveals first founding population of Native Americans

    Despite broad agreement that the Americas were initially populated via Beringia, the land bridge that connected far northeast Asia with northwestern North America during the Pleistocene epoch, when and how the peopling of the Americas occurred remains unresolved1,2,3,4,5. Analyses of human remains from Late Pleistocene Alaska are important to resolving the timing and dispersal of these populations. The remains of two infants were recovered at Upward Sun River (USR), and have been dated to around 11.5 thousand years ago (ka)6.

    Here, by sequencing the USR1 genome to an average coverage of approximately 17 times, we show that USR1 is most closely related to Native Americans, but falls basal to all previously sequenced contemporary and ancient Native Americans1,7,8. As such, USR1 represents a distinct Ancient Beringian population. Using demographic modelling, we infer that the Ancient Beringian population and ancestors of other Native Americans descended from a single founding population that initially split from East Asians around 36 ± 1.5 ka, with gene flow persisting until around 25 ± 1.1 ka. Gene flow from ancient north Eurasians into all Native Americans took place 25–20 ka, with Ancient Beringians branching off around 22–18.1 ka.

    Our findings support a long-term genetic structure in ancestral Native Americans, consistent with the Beringian ‘standstill model’9. We show that the basal northern and southern Native American branches, to which all other Native Americans belong, diverged around 17.5–14.6 ka, and that this probably occurred south of the North American ice sheets.

    We also show that after 11.5 ka, some of the northern Native American populations received gene flow from a Siberian population most closely related to Koryaks, but not Palaeo-Eskimos1, Inuits or Kets10, and that Native American gene flow into Inuits was through northern and not southern Native American groups1. Our findings further suggest that the far-northern North American presence of northern Native Americans is from a back migration that replaced or absorbed the initial founding population of Ancient Beringians.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25173

    Research reveals evidence of new population of ancient Native Americans

    Genetic analysis of ancient DNA from a six-week-old infant found at an Interior Alaska archaeological site has revealed a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America.

    The findings, published in the Jan. 3 edition of the journal Nature, represent a major shift in scientists’ theories about how humans populated North America. The researchers have named the new group “Ancient Beringians.”

    “We didn’t know this population existed,” said Ben Potter, one of the lead authors of the study and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “These data also provide the first direct evidence of the initial founding Native American population, which sheds new light on how these early populations were migrating and settling throughout North America.”

    Genetic analysis and demographic modeling, which help scientists draw connections among groups of people over time, indicate that a single founding ancestral Native American group split from East Asians about 35,000 year ago. That group then split into two groups about 20,000 years ago: the Ancient Beringians and the ancestors of all other Native Americans. Lead authors J. Victor Moreno-Mayar, Eske Willerslev and the team at the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum of Denmark completed the genetics work.

    The DNA from the infant, named “Xach’itee’aanenh T’eede Gaay” (sunrise girl-child) by the local indigenous community, has provided an unprecedented window into the history of her people, Potter said. She and a younger female infant found at the Upward Sun River site in 2013 lived about 11,500 years ago and were closely related, likely first cousins. The younger infant has been named “Yełkaanenh T’eede Gaay” (dawn twilight girl-child).

    “It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this newly revealed people to our understanding of how ancient populations came to inhabit the Americas,” Potter said. “This new information will allow us a more accurate picture of Native American prehistory. It is markedly more complex than we thought.”

    Upward Sun River excavation
    UAF photo courtesy of Ben Potter
    Members of the archaeology field team watch as University of Alaska Fairbanks professors Ben Potter and Josh Reuther excavate at the Upward Sun River site.

    The findings also suggest two new scenarios for populating the New World. One is that there were two distinct groups of people who crossed over the Beringian land bridge prior to 15,700 years ago. A second is that one group of people crossed over the land bridge and then split in Beringia into two groups: Ancient Beringians and other Native Americans, with the latter moving south of the ice sheets 15,700 years ago.

    Potter’s National Science Foundation-funded work at the Upward Sun River site has spanned a decade. He said that when the science team began the analysis of the genetic material, they expected it to match the genetic profile of other northern Native American people. Instead, it matched no other known ancient population.

    What this suggests is that the Ancient Beringian people remained in the Far North for thousands of years, while the ancestors of other Native American peoples spread south throughout the rest of North America. The DNA results, along with other archaeological data, suggest that Athabascan ancestors moved north again, possibly around 6,000 years ago, eventually absorbing or replacing the Ancient Beringian population and establishing deep roots in their ancestral lands.

    “There is very limited genetic information about modern Alaska Athabascan people,” Potter said. “These findings create opportunities for Alaska Native people to gain new knowledge about their own connections to both the northern Native American and Ancient Beringian people.”

    https://news.uaf.edu/ancient-beringians/

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    Savannah Ecologies Of Africa, India and Eurasia Were Once Connected
    The scene was set for hominin evolution on the savannah in Africa in the late Miocene era, a geological epoch that spans from 23,030,000 to 5,333,000 years ago.

    Despite much interest in the ecology and origins of the extensive grassland ecosystems of the modern world, the biogeographic relationships of savannah palaeobiomes of Africa, India and mainland Eurasia have remained unclear. Here we assemble the most recent data from the Neogene mammal fossil record in order to map the biogeographic development of Old World mammalian faunas in relation to palaeoenvironmental conditions. Using genus-level faunal similarity and mean ordinated hypsodonty in combination with palaeoclimate modelling, we show that savannah faunas developed as a spatially and temporally connected entity that we term the Old World savannah palaeobiome.

    The Old World savannah palaeobiome flourished under the influence of middle and late Miocene global cooling and aridification, which resulted in the spread of open habitats across vast continental areas. This extensive biome fragmented into Eurasian and African branches due to increased aridification in North Africa and Arabia during the late Miocene. Its Eurasian branches had mostly disappeared by the end of the Miocene, but the African branch survived and eventually contributed to the development of Plio–Pleistocene African savannah faunas, including their early hominins. The modern African savannah fauna is thus a continuation of the extensive Old World savannah palaeobiome.

    Ferhat Kaya, et al., “The rise and fall of the Old World savannah fauna and the origins of the African savannah biome” Nature Ecology and Evolution (January 1, 2018).

    http://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/savannah-ecologies-of-africa-india-and.html

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    What was decided was everyone who had a girl in their possession could keep them in place but could never let them go. If they wanted them killed, they could send them to J and he would make arrangements to kill them. In total, about 50 of these girls were killed. They were dumped beneath the foundation of an addition to the annex which was built several miles from the original annex.

    If you ever want to know why a hit was never put out on the spouse of M or any of his own kids it is because that meeting on the yacht was recorded both via audio and video and M made sure that everyone knows she has a copy of them. She also made it known that if she, or her kids were to die, that the recordings would be released. M’s spouse is very old so people are worried that she has not made any plans to not release it when she dies. Apparently this recording discusses many world leaders and titans of industry who all had their own young boys or girls from this country they abused.

    Oh, and just so you know, this will be revealed. This is too important to not be revealed.

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2320492

    Here is a listPNG of the 10 mental states necessary for a successful Brainwashing process as outlined in a CIA document from 1956

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2318474

  57. ulvfugl says:

    As we reported last night, there is more bad news for the East Coast. A “Bomb Cyclone” is set to detonate off the coast producing wicked winter weather, but what is following the storm could be even more devastating for the region.”The whole troposphere is coming south and we will not avoid an intense cold snap lasting several days,” said StormHamster.com.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/children-forced-freeze-baltimore-schools-open-no-heat

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    Peak Finance Jan 3, 2018 6:45 PM
    Hey you know where it’s warm?

    BACK IN AFRICA!

    Profile picture for user Mark of Zerro
    Mark of Zerro Jan 3, 2018 6:46 PM
    Your tax dollars hard at work. What an embarrassment.

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    Earlier today, we reported that according to a press reports, Intel’s computer chips were affected by a bug that makes them vulnerable to hacking. Specifically, The Register said the bug lets some software gain access to parts of a computer’s memory that are set aside to protect things like passwords, and making matters worse, all computers with Intel chips from the past 10 years appear to be affected. The news, which sent Intel’s stock tumbling, was later confirmed by the company.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/everyone-affected-why-implications-intel-bug-are-staggering

    The extent of the vulnerability is huge

    As Bloomberg writes, “the vulnerability may have consequences beyond just computers, and is not the result of a design or testing error.” Here’s how the bug “works”:

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    Top of the morning to you all !
    Me, I love a major manmade catastrophe to start my day….

    6. Spectre will require a complete re-architecture of the way processors are designed and the threats posed will be with us for an entire hardware lifecycle, likely the next decade.

    7. The basic issue is the age old security dilemma: Speed vs Security. For the past decade, processors were designed to gain every performance advantage. In the process, chipmakers failed to ask basic questions about whether their design was secure. (Narrator: They were not)

    8. Meltdown and Spectre show that it is possible for attackers to exploit these design flaws to access the entire memory contents of a machine. The most visceral attack scenario is an attacker who rents 5 minutes of time from an Amazon/Google/Microsoft cloud server and steals…

    9. Data from other customers renting space on that same Amazon/Google/Microsoft cloud server, then marches onto another cloud server to repeat the attack, stealing untold volumes of data (SSL keys, passwords, logins, files etc) in the process.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/everyone-affected-why-implications-intel-bug-are-staggering

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    While a major humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Yemen as a result of a Saudi-led proxy war now approaching its fourth year, backed by US weapons and equipment which have increased threefold under President Trump, this remains a faceless and nameless conflict unlike the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, with virtually no Western media coverage. As a result, most Americans would have trouble finding Yemen on a map.

    Amid the medial blackout, Al-Masdar News (AMN), an Arab world newspaper, reports the Houthi Navy has captured a U.S. underwater autonomous surveillance drone operating off the Yemeni coastline earlier this week.

    In the video, four Houthi men are seen seizing the REMUS 600 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), designed for area searches, mine countermeasures, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. The AUV is manufactured by a Norwegian-based defense firm Kongsberg, who received funding from the Office of Naval Research to support the Navy’s growing demand for AUVs. According to AMN News, the Houthis discovered the UUV within the past week somewhere off the coast of Yemen.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/houthi-forces-capture-us-navy-spy-drone-yemen-coast

    ‘RUGGEDIZED laptop computer’ with ‘Intel Inside’….

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    This is an amazing article and absolutely is related to pizzagate which also encompasses ritual abuse and CIA/IC abuses, as exemplified in this wonderful thread: Alefantis-Silsby-CIA Connection Summarized

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2321176

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    The morning after President Trump’s lawyers slapped former chief strategist and Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon with a cease & desist order for allegedly violating his NDA from his time working for the Trump Organization, the Trump legal offensive is moving to the author himself, Michael Wolff.

    As the Washington Post reported, Trump’s legal team is seeking to block “any further publication” of Wolff’s upcoming book, which is already No. 1 on Amazon and is set to be released Jan. 9, over its “reckless disregard for the truth.”

    The book has already led Trump to angrily denounce Bannon.

    The legal notice — addressed to author Michael Wolff and the president of the book’s publisher — said Trump’s lawyers were pursuing possible charges including libel in connection with the forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-04/trump-lawyers-demand-halt-any-further-publication-fire-and-fury

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    A couple’s famous eco-house that featured on Grand Designs has been destroyed in a fire.

    Simon and Jasmine Dale’s home was described as “the cheapest house ever built in the Western Hemisphere” when it featured on the Channel 4 programme in 2016 .

    The house, based in the sustainable community of Lammas in rural Pembrokeshire , had been made with reclaimed materials, including glass and timber, and insulated with sheep’s wool.

    The couple spent six years building it.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/couples-famous-eco-house-featured-14102221

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    POLAND-UKRAINE. Poland, which had something to do with encouraging and assisting the Maidan coup, is increasingly concerned about what it helped stirred up. A lot of Poles were murdered by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army which is much loved by today’s Kiev. A monument to the Volyn massacre is under construction: it shows a baby impaled on a trident. See also the recent movie. History has not stopped in that part of the world.

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/01/russian-federation-sitrep-20180104.html

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    About a million years after Homo Erectus arrives in Southeast Asia and East Asia from Africa, and probably before or at around the same time as, the appearance of a common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans, and maybe even a common ancestor of that clade and modern humans an asteroid slams into Southeast Asia causing immense short term climate effects, although not a mass extinction. There has been no bigger impact on Earth since then. Three mysteries remain.

    First, where precisely was the impact crater?

    The event has been known to scientists in the field for many years, but the latest discoveries narrow the search to Southeast Asia, in someplace where erosion and the like would make the impact site less obvious than it would otherwise be.

    Second, what ecological impact did it have?

    There isn’t much in the archaeological or fossil record to indicate that this was associated with a mass extinction event or a major ecological shift, but this record, particular in Southeast Asia, is very thin.
    A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered. Now, glassy remains believed to have come from the strike suggest the asteroid hit southeast Asia as our close ancestors walked the Earth.

    “This impact event is the youngest of this size during human evolution with likely worldwide effects,” says Mario Trieloff, a geochemist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany not involved in the research. Large impacts can disrupt Earth’s climate by spewing dirt and soot high into the atmosphere, where it can block sunlight for months or even years. . . .

    They’re puzzled why a crater that’s both presumably large and geologically young—meaning it hasn’t been exposed to much erosion due to rain and wind—hasn’t been found. The crater, if discovered, could also shed light on how the impact affected life nearby. “Our not-too-distant ancestors witnessed this impact,” Cavosie says. “They might have been dragging their knuckles, but an event like the formation of a 50- to 100-kilometer-diameter impact is sure to have gotten their attention.”
    Third, is it plausible that this impact created conditions that spurred the evolution of Neanderthals, Denisovans and maybe even modern humans as well, by placing greater demands for intelligence and adaptability on the hominins in existence at the time?

    While this particular data point is hardly conclusive and really no more than a conjecture, collectively, the evidence points pretty strongly towards key moments of punctuated change driven by climate and extraterrestrial events in what is known as the Court Jester Hypothesis.

    From Science Magazine:

    http://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/what-ecological-impact-did-meteor.html

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    I was really pleased to see a post by Darren Curnoe recounting his team’s recent field season in Niah Caves in Borneo: “We Found Evidence of Early Humans in the Jungles of Borneo”.

    Over a period of three weeks, we dug through what we believe to be around 20,000 years of human history. We uncovered several human bones, the remains of large mammals (probably deer and wild cattle) and marine oyster shells indicating a period of seafood meals. Stone tools and charred rocks were also unearthed.

    It was exciting and a little bit daunting to be digging at Niah Caves, given its place in both the history of archaeology and more broadly of humankind.
    Really great to see more teams keeping expedition journals, which are such powerful ways of communicating the real-life decisions and processes of archaeological science. Curnoe’s “Daily Dig Diary” on YouTube (indexed on his Facebook page) was an informative way to follow archaeological research as it happened.

    http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/upper/indonesia/curnoe-niah-journal-2018.html

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    Scientists aboard the icebreaker Healy measured seawater chemistry across the Arctic Ocean and found that levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade in the middle of the ocean.
    The radium was transported from land and shallow continental shelves by currents such as the Transpolar Drift.
    The surprising finding is evidence that rapid climate change is causing large-scale changes along the Arctic coast, such as diminishing sea ice. These coastal changes, in turn, could also deliver more nutrients, carbon, and other chemicals into the Arctic Ocean and have significant impacts on the Arctic food web

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/scientists-find-surprising-evidence-of.html

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    Thanks Ghost, here’s some more…

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    Preserving Israel’s uniquely Jewish character is one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top priorities. Now, in addition to marginalizing Arab-Israeli citizens and their representatives in the country’s parliament, Netanyahu is staging a crackdown on illegal immigration – offering refugees from Sudan, Eritrea and other African countries who illegally entered Israel via Egypt a relatively generous sum to relocate back to their home countries, or to move to a designated third-party country that has agreed to take in the migrants.

    The government believes there are 38,000 such immigrants in the country. And while many of the migrants have applied for refugee status – claiming to have fled war and persecution – instead of processing their applications, the ruling party instead chooses to classify them as economic migrants with relatively few rights.

    Rwanda and Uganda are two countries that have offered to accept the Israeli migrants.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/israel-offering-illegal-immigrants-3500-and-plane-ticket-leave

  87. ulvfugl says:

    Andriy Biletsky, the commander of the Azov Battalion who is known to his comrades-in-arms as the “White Führer,” is making an ever-bigger name for himself in the Ukrainian parliament.

    He makes no secret of his views – in his 2014 program declaration “Ukrainian racial social nationalism is the core of ideology of ‘Patriot of Ukraine’ organization” he expressed himself quite bluntly: “Our nation’s historical mission at this critical juncture is to lead the global White Race in its final crusade for its survival. A crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen.”

    He was drawn to Nazi ideology while still a university student. In the early 2000s, while studying in the history department of the National University of Kharkov, he wrote a paper on the activities of the collaborationist Ukrainian Insurgent Army during World War II. Later, as this student of history and amateur boxer put it, “preference was given to the creation, rather than the study of history, and to fighting in the streets instead of in boxing rings.” In the 1990’s and 2000’s, as he moved toward the formation of his own nationalist organizations, such as Patriot of Ukraine (founded jointly with the current chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy) and later the Azov Battalion, Biletsky managed to have a hand in almost every far-right group in Ukraine: the Stepan Bandera Tryzub, the Social-National Party of Ukraine, and Svoboda (Freedom) party. Now he also leads the Social-National Assembly, an umbrella group for a number of racist and neo-Nazi Ukrainian organizations. He himself has claimed to have had first-hand involvement in what are known as direct actions, i.e., military and terrorist operations.

    In 1999, together with a group of nationalist “sports fans” from Kharkiv, Biletsky tried to travel to Kosovo to help fight Muslims. In 2001 he participated in the riots in Kiev during the “Ukraine without Kuchma” protest campaign. In 2008 he was involved in clashes with the police during a march to honor the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Between 2008 and 2009 activists from the Patriot of Ukraine organization that was under his direction repeatedly attacked individuals of non-Slavic appearance.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-04/ukraines-future-nazi-leader

    In this manner, far-right forces in Ukraine have now consolidated and are ready to take action. For the past three years, Biletsky has carefully avoided making any racist statements and has been busy trying to burnish a positive image of himself for his Ukrainian and international audiences. He and his patrons expect the deepening crisis of power in Ukraine and the imminent fall of the Poroshenko regime to provide them with a unique window of opportunity for seizing power. His maniacal hatred of Russia and desire to escalate the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country will likely win him the “benevolent neutrality” of the major Western powers, just as Hitler enjoyed on the eve of his attack on the USSR. And to any impartial observer it is clear that “Weimar Republics” always eventually metamorphose into Reichs.

    “The new Ukraine is not a republic or a dictatorship, but a republic AND a dictatorship. Not socialism and nationalism, but national socialism. Not an empire and not democracy, but an empire AND democracy.” (Biletsky, The Words of the White Führer, pg. 20)

  88. ulvfugl says:

  89. ulvfugl says:

    All Mac iOS devices and systems are exposed and vulnerable to the recently discovered chip bugs known as Spectre and Meltdown, Apple confirmed on Thursday. The flaws, which as we discussed before, allow hackers unauthorized access to a computer’s memory and sensitive data, were discovered by security researchers at Google Project Zero on Wednesday. Security vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre affect almost all modern CPUs, including those produced by Intel, AMD and ARM Holdings.

    “All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected,” Apple acknowledged in a statement on Thursday, adding that no cases had yet been reported of customers being affected by the security flaws.

    To address these security vulnerabilities, Apple users may have noticed a suspiciously timed software update released earlier this week for their iPads, MacBooks and iPhones – an update that appeared to precede news about the latest controversy involving makers of microprocessors. Intel, one of the world’s largest chipmakers, admitted that its chips contain a flaw making it easier for hackers to hoover up sensitive information like the owner’s passwords. It was later revealed that this flaw wasn’t exclusive to Intel’s chips: Indeed, it reportedly affects nearly all microprocessors in circulation, according to the New York Times.

    Here’s a succinct explanation of the problems that we published earlier this week:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/apple-says-latest-software-update-fixed-intel-security-flaws

  90. ulvfugl says:

    Interestingly, the one key witness which seems to be missing from Nunes’ list is former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

    Of course, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Strzok is the same FBI agent who was removed from Special Counsel Mueller’s team after his own text messages revealed an “insurance policy,” apparently crafted in Andrew McCabe’s office, to prevent a Trump presidency.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/devin-nunes-demands-remaining-9500-strzok-text-messages-expands-investigation

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