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Clinically, we understand death to mean the state that takes hold after our hearts stop beating. Blood circulation comes to a halt, we don’t breathe, our brains shut down—and that’s what divides the states we occupy from one moment (alive) to the next (dead). Philosophically, though, our definition of death hinges on something else: the point past which we’re no longer able to return. Those two were more or less the same until about 50 years ago, when we saw the advent of CPR. Today, someone’s heart can stop and they can be dead, and then they can come back.

Modern resuscitation was a game-changer for emergency care, but it also blew apart our understanding of what it means to be dead. Without many people returning from the dead to show us otherwise, it was natural to assume, from a scientific perspective, that our consciousness dies at the same time as our bodies. Over the last few years, though, scientists have seen repeated evidence that once you die, your brain cells take days, potentially longer, to reach the point past which they’ve degraded too far to ever be viable again. This does not mean you’re not dead; you are dead. Your brain cells, however, may not be.

“What’s fascinating is that there is a time, only after you and I die, that the cells inside our bodies start to gradually go toward their own process of death,” Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at New York University Langone Medical Center, told Newsweek. “I’m not saying the brain still works, or any part of you still works once you’ve died. But the cells don’t instantly switch from alive to dead. Actually, the cells are much more resilient to the heart stopping—to the person dying—than we used to understand.”

http://www.newsweek.com/where-do-you-go-when-you-die-increasing-signs-human-consciousness-after-death-800443

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Evolutionary theory is universally accepted among the mainstream science community. And yet, when the evolutionary perspective is applied to human behaviour, the approach continues to meet with resistance, and in some cases outright disdain.

A team led by Benjamin Winegard thinks part of the reason is because of the misrepresentation of evolutionary psychology in textbooks, especially social science textbooks on the topics of sex and gender. Based on their analysis of eight types of error in 12 widely used books in this genre, the researchers conclude that the treatment of their subject is “shoddy”.

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/10/13/evolutionary-psychologists-expose-the-shoddy-treatment-of-their-discipline-by-textbooks/

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And because anthropology tuned into these other aspects of their lives, the idea of “primitive affluence” fell out of favour. Some branded it a romantic myth. Others raised questions about the accuracy of the some of the original data pointing out that hunter-gatherers suffered from occasional hardships, that the 15 hour work week didn’t apply equally to all hunter-gatherer groups and that the likes of Lee ignored time and effort domestic tasks like preparing food and fires.

But in focusing argument on these particular details they conveniently ignored the central cultural pillar of the argument which was that regardless of many hours the likes of the Ju/’hoansi worked they only worked to satisfy their immediate needs.

The early work on primitive affluence has recently been given new impetus by recent advances in genomics that have enabled us to map in increasingly greater detail the 200,000 year history of our species. These indicate that the northern Kalahari, rather than east Africa, may well have been cradle of modern Homo Sapiens. The data also suggests that this core group of Homo sapiens split into two around 150,000 years ago and while one branch restlessly expanded northwards gradually colonising the rest of the planet, the ancestors of the Bushmen remained where they were, so that by the time modern humans first set foot in South America eleven thousand years ago the Bushmen had remained in the Kalahari for 140 thousand years or more.

Taken in tandem with a series of new archaeological finds it also suggested that for at least 70,000 years- and possibly considerably more, the ancestors of modern Bushmen lived in the same places and in a very similar manner to those that were still hunting and gathering midway through the twentieth century. Perhaps most importantly, the data also reveals that if we measure the success of a civilization by its longevity, then the Bushmen were by far the most successful civilization in all of human history. Given that a society’s ability to reproduce over time depends on its ability to feed itself then the key to the Bushmen’s success lay in their economic approach.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/02/hunter-gatherers-may-hold-key-economic-future.html

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The transition to agriculture is one of the most important points of human evolution. This process has been the subject of intense debate over the last hundred years, but recent results from early DNA have shown the predominant role of migration of populations from Anatolia to Europe. These migrations followed two main roads, one along the Mediterranean coast and the other towards Central Europe and Northern Europe. These dispersions have been accompanied by genetic mixtures with local hunter-gatherer populations to varying degrees. The Neolithic transition in Britain begins only a millennium after its arrival in the North-West of the European continent.

Selina Brace and her colleagues have just published a paper entitled:Population Replacement in Early Neolithic Britain . They sequenced the genome of six Mesolithic individuals and sixteen Neolithic individuals from Britain. These results were merged with the genome of 51 previously published British Neolithic individuals :

The proportion of Anatolian ancestry among British farmers is equivalent to that of the first farmers of the Iberian Peninsula or farmers of the Middle Neolithic of Central Europe. In the interior of Great Britain, farmers in Wales have the least hunter-gatherer ancestry, while the South-East English and Scots have the most. These proportions remain stable throughout the British Neolithic. In addition, the British Neolithic people share more genetic affinity with the farmers of the Iberian Peninsula than with those of Central Europe. There does not seem to have been (or very little) genetic mixing between farmers who arrived in Britain and British hunter-gatherers.

http://secher.bernard.free.fr/blog/index.php?post/2018/02/19/Remplacement-de-population-durant-la-transition-N%C3%A9olithique-dans-les-%C3%8Eles-Britanniques

 

 

 

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Cross-Modality Information Transfer: A Hypothesis about the Relationship among Prehistoric Cave Paintings, Symbolic Thinking, and the Emergence of Language

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00115/full

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There are no such things as “wild” horses anymore.

Research published in Science today overturns a long-held assumption that Przewalski’s horses, native to the Eurasian steppes, are the last wild horse species on Earth. Instead, phylogenetic analysis shows Przewalski’s horses are feral, descended from the earliest-known instance of horse domestication by the Botai people of northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago.

Further, the new paper finds that modern domesticated horses didn’t descend from the Botai horses, an assumption previously held by many scientists.

“This was a big surprise,” said co-author Sandra Olsen, curator-in-charge of the archaeology division of the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas, who led archaeological work at known Botai villages. “I was confident soon after we started excavating Botai sites in 1993 that we had found the earliest domesticated horses. We went about trying to prove it, but based on DNA results Botai horses didn’t give rise to today’s modern domesticated horses—they gave rise to the Przewalski’s horse.”

The findings signify there are no longer true “wild” horses left, only feral horses that descend from horses once domesticated by humans, including Przewalski’s horses and mustangs that descend from horses brought to North America by the Spanish.

“This means there are no living wild horses on Earth—that’s the sad part,” said Olsen. “There are a lot of equine biologists who have been studying Przewalskis, and this will be a big shock to them. They thought they were studying the last wild horses. It’s not a real loss of biodiversity—but in our minds, it is. We thought there was one last wild species, and we’re only just now aware that all wild horses went extinct.”

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-redraws-family-tree-domesticated-wild.html

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“To take something on faith means to believe it without good reason, so by definition a faith in the existence of supernatural entities clashes with reason.”

Well, it’s good to have that settled once and for all. There is no need to trouble yourself with the arguments of historians, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists, who treat religion as a highly complex phenomenon, serving a variety of human needs. All you need do is consult a dictionary, and you will find that religion is – by definition – irrational.

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2018/02/unenlightened-thinking-steven-pinker-s-embarrassing-new-book-feeble-sermon

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A younger Jordan Peterson:

  • Maps of Meaning 1 (Harvard Lectures)

It’s that time again, when I need to write something here to keep this blog alive.

It has become an increasingly difficult task, because my head, my whole being, is messed up because of the stroke, and also because of the handful of pills the doctors say I must take every day.

Nonetheless, I think it is important for me to persevere and to stay with it. Nobody compels me to do this. It’s entirely my own volition. But it’s become a central focal point of my existing, which is quite interesting, because, without it, how would I be ?

My little perch here on my sofa, in my living room, at the keyboard and screen, is, for me, the Centre of the Universe, a more-or-less fixed point around which to circulate.

It’s rather like driving a car on a long journey, except that, geographically speaking, I remain static. But the imagery and information on the screen moves and changes, and me, the viewer and pilot, I move and change too, from hour to hour, day to day.

But it’s a lot like meditation in a meditation hall. I break to eat, sleep, visit the bathroom, but mostly I have this precious luxury of continuity and stability, where as many aspects of existence as possible are stabilised and kept fairly tranquil and static.

This is in marked contrast to the lives that most people I’ve known live, where the constant is continual challenges, distractions and interruptions. You know, customers, children, colleagues, schedules, myriad urgent demands and constant changes, which prevent the establishment of a coherent stabilised inner state.

I think that a person has the right, indeed the obligation, to change their mind if they receive new evidence, information, facts, insights. I used to find myself agreeing with people on the Left, (such as Ian Welsh, George Monbiot, Vinay Gupta, Yves Smith, Kevin Carson, etc, etc ) whose thoughts I used to read regularly. But I believe that our socio-political circumstances, the landscape, has changed, much like the turning of the tide. I see those people’s positions as ridiculous, they are stranded on the dry beach yet still insist on pointlessly paddling, waving their oars in the air, flailing about like dying lobsters.

It is the hardest, thinnest, time of the year in this part of the world. The abundant growth of last summer has all shrivelled and died off, and the Spring has yet to arrive, but it is getting closer. There are a few birds practising their songs early in the morning and soon the daffodils will be blooming. Will I reach my three score plus ten ? Who knows ? I am rather weak and decrepit, personally I wouldn’t bet money on it. I’m actually quite surprised that I am still here. Very surprised 🙂

Still here ? Where is ‘here’ precisely ? Most people seem to be rather shallow and never give it much thought or serious attention. I mean, being alive in the world, or on a flat or round planet, etc.

But that is a sort of physical or partly physical location. We are much more than that. We are mentally, emotionally, spiritually located. A good illustration is, for example, if a man or woman whose been married for, say, twenty years or so, who discovers that all that time their partner had been cheating and having sex with someone else. Suddenly they realise that all their assumptions about the decades before have been wrong. They never really knew or understood the other person whom they had trusted.

Which means, that at that sort of psychological, emotional and intellectual level, ‘the past’ is not some definite fixed thing at all, it can be overthrown and disrupted, devastating a person’s sense of identity and place in the world.

Vinay Gupta, whose thinking I used to find entertaining at one time, once wrote that he based his life work on a vision that he’d once had, where the gods had asked him to try and avoid having the whole human species, (presumably the seven and a half billion and rising), all arriving in Eternity (or wherever) at the same time. That’s what would happen, supposedly, in the event that we all annihilate ourselves with our weapons of mass destruction.

But I do not buy that. For one thing, I’ve had many, many such visions, and they have been contradictory. The domain of visions does not follow the rules of ordinary rational discourse, as anybody experienced with psychedelics will know. I don’t mean to disparage the value or worth of visionary experiences, only to point out that they can be, indeed usually are, bewildering, inconsistent, contradictory, open to multiple interpretations.

For every one example, like when God speaks to Noah and tells him to build an Ark, where there seems to be some wise divine guidance, there’s zillions of cases of lunacy, like those folk in Syria who felt that Christ’s teaching required them to go around naked and live by eating grass.

I mean, we do have the modern Tower of Babel, everybody talking in different languages and mutually incomprehensible. There are almost countless voices out there, plugging their own particular theme, trying to exert influence and gain support. So which are you going to choose ? How are you going to select and decide ?

You can grab onto one, in the attempt to give your existence meaning, or you can reject them all, and try meaningless nihilism.

For life to be tolerable, you need something that makes you want to wake up and get out of bed. If you are so lost in defeat and despair that you don’t want to wake up and live, then try giving up and exploring the pain and agony that you are submerged in, and see if you can find the strength to begin to rebuild and make something of yourself. You can begin, as Jordan Peterson recommends, by cleaning and tidying your room. Because, essentially, your room is not some abstract space equivalent to all and any other spaces. It IS you. Like the clothes you choose to wear, an extension and expression of what YOU are.

But then, there are homeless people who don’t even have that as an option. It’s not hard to take wrong turns and end up in a mess. At the moment I am so weak and ill that I can hardly do anything much. I absolutely love my room, it’s full of stuff that I love, but it’s not very clean or tidy, mostly because I can hardly hobble about anymore. But I do have my wonderful perch on this sofa, gazing at this screen, which, in my personal estimation, is far superior to anything Elon Musk has come up with, or ever will come up with.

Perhaps I will recover and get stronger again. But even if so, there will still eventually be a limit and the inevitable ending. That above is ME now, my external photographic appearance, amidst all my splendour, perched at the Centre of the Universe 🙂

Despite my affection for quirky thinkers, like Jay Dyer, Brien Foerster, the New Earth Lady and others, I still subscribe more or less, to the mainstream view of history and prehistory, which, despite the many gaps and anomalies, disputation and constant updates, makes most sense to me personally.

You know, there’s a lot of people who cannot clearly recall what happened yesterday or last week, let alone have any joined up memory of their own life back to childhood, even to birth and before, as a few exceptional individuals do. So they have no real individual identity across time. It’s just a mush, a fuzzy blur.

Perhaps that’s the case with this person who seems inappropriately and callously amused by Jordan Peterson’s condition here.

 

That occurred before Peterson’s rapid rise to fame and popularity, at the time when he was very seriously ill. It tells us something about the character, insight and values of his opponents on the Left. (I gather that the comment comes from a socialist, although I don’t know much about that person.)

As a sort of zen buddhist, but also merely as a fairly decent and honourable civilised man, I’m rather disgusted by that individual finding amusement in someone’s agony and distress. Still, this world is full of ignorant, insensitive, immoral, depraved barbarians, and that is not going to change just because I do not like it, is it.

I’ve probably loved some animals and birds I’ve been privileged to share my life with, at least as much, if not more, than humans, which is one reason why I loathe and despise the teaching of Mohammed. I’m somewhat disgusted by much of Islam, but I can sort of accept that if those people in those countries, like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, really want to live like that, then it’s their problem, not mine. But when Mohammed instructs that all dogs are ‘unclean’ and should be killed because ‘they are of the Devil’, that’s too much for me. I’d be willing to die to keep that appalling doctrine far faraway from where I live.

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  1. ulvfugl says:

    Started looking at the Supplementary Info from the “Beaker Phenomenon and the Genomic Transformation of Northwest Europe”.

    Extended data (this paper)

    Look at these numbers for the percentage of R1b. Significant that of 34 British Neolithic, 0% are R1b

    http://bellbeakerblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/looking-at-supp-info.html

  2. ulvfugl says:

    Four kilometers of a 2,300-year-old stone road, which connects the ancient cities of Alinda and Herakleia (Latmos) in the western province of Aydın’s Söke district, have been destroyed by villagers to make way for their olive groves.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/2300-year-old-road-destroyed-to-make.html

  3. ulvfugl says:

    The skulls come from a former lake in Motala, in eastern-central Sweden, excavated 2009–2013. Archaeologists found, among other things, remnants from at least ten people: nine adults and one infant. Two of the skulls were still mounted on stakes and at least seven had traces of healed injuries not caused by falling by incident.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/keep-your-head-high-stone-age-in-new.html

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    We describe a European Acheulean site characterised by an extensive accumulation of large cutting tools (LCT). This type of Lower Paleolithic assemblage, with dense LCT accumulations, has only been found on the African continent and in the Near East until now. The identification of a site with large accumulations of LCTs favours the hypothesis of an African origin for the Acheulean of Southwest Europe. The lithic tool-bearing deposits date back to 293–205 thousand years ago. Our chronological findings confirm temporal overlap between sites with clear “African” Acheulean affinities and Early Middle Paleolithic sites found elsewhere in the region. These complex technological patterns could be consistent with the potential coexistence of different human species in south-western Europe during the Middle Pleistocene.

    Introduction

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-21320-1

  5. ulvfugl says:

    Elizabeth Walker, Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Archaeologist and Head of Collections at National Museum Cardiff, talks about a Neanderthal hand axe, which dates back to c. 60,000-35,000 BC

    This hand axe was found during excavations at Coygan Cave, near Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, in advance of the cave’s destruction by quarrying in the 1960s. It is of a form typically made by a Neanderthal and was left at the cave with another similar tool sometime between 60,000 and 35,000 years ago.

    Findings like this hint that Neanderthals may have lived in the Carmarthenshire area, but we have no evidence of their physical remains. The two axes we have were found near the wall of the cave, and it’s been suggested they were deliberately cached by their owners, who intended to return to the cave to use them on a future visit.

    https://museumcrush.org/a-rare-neanderthal-hand-axe-found-in-a-long-lost-cave-in-wales/

  6. ulvfugl says:

    Since at least 2011 the U.S. military is manipulating social media via sock puppets and trolls:

    A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

    The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations “without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries”.
    It was then wisely predicted that other countries would follow up:

    The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.
    Israel is long known for such information operations in which its paid trolls not only comment on issues on social media but actively manipulate Wikipedia entries. Such astroturfing has since become a common tool in commercial marketing campaigns.

    With the new money the State Department will expand its Global Engagement Center (GEC) which is running “public diplomacy”, aka propaganda, abroad:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/02/state-department-troll-farm-receives-huge-cash-infusion.html#more

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    Grey said…
    from a previous thread

    Samuel Andrews
    “It looks like red hair frequencies more than quadrupled in frequency after the Beaker folk arrived in the British Isles. This makes it a uniquely British development, however, it could have happened simultaneously all over northern Europe including the northeast.”

    this is certainly plausible and if true doesn’t lead anywhere much except figuring out what would cause red hair to be selected in certain spots but not others.

    however Udmurts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29950844 and for me more importantly Chinese records of northern barbarians having red hair and green eyes make me wonder if there are other more interesting possibilities.

    just to see where it leads if we assume the Chinese records are correct then that might imply:

    1) there may be other genes that cause/caused red hair which haven’t been identified and which have been replaced or maybe switched off in some way since then.

    for example something like the mutation in TYRP which apparently causes blondism in Melanesians:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanesians#Incidence_of_blond_hair_in_Melanesia

    one of the noticeable things about red haired people is a reduced ability to tan – more likely to freckle instead – and so *if* (1) is correct then one possible explanation for it might be

    2) a newer version of skin lightening allele that included an improved ability to tan being selected for after the ice age among people who already had the red hair version.

    not suggesting this happened – just a logical exercise to see where it leads.

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    @Cpk said…
    “In light of all these findings, what do you guys think about the Arctic home of Aryans theory?”

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

    it’s a fun idea and if you defined “Arctic” to mean “somewhere very cold north of the Himalayas” then unless i’ve missed something isn’t it pretty close to recent findings?

    February 27, 2018 at 12:59 AM

    http://eurogenes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/the-yamnaya-outlier.html

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    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-27/news-agencies-sue-external-parkland-massacre-video-footage-ignore-internal

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    Pinto Currency H-O-W Tue, 02/27/2018 – 16:03 Permalink
    What’s in the bag – body armor?

    Video Footage Shows Multiple Police Officers Removing Bag From Parkland, Florida High School

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    Ignatius Pinto Currency Tue, 02/27/2018 – 16:25 Permalink
    I don’t know about the bag, but isn’t that Pickup truck one of those new-fangled ambulances like they used in Orlando?

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    BeansMcGreens Ignatius Tue, 02/27/2018 – 17:21 Permalink
    Especially enjoy the part where someone in pick-up throws the McDonalds bag and cup out the window, adding to the crime scene evidence. Cruz did go afterwards to a McDonalds.

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    krispkritter Pinto Currency Tue, 02/27/2018 – 16:40 Permalink
    Yes, questionable poster but this was on GMA?

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    Lumberjack Pinto Currency Tue, 02/27/2018 – 16:49 Permalink
    What I want to know is when did Fire/EMS show up? I also want to see the transcripts and original audio of the radio traffic from when Fire/EMS got the tone out, when they arrived at scene, when they were told to stand down and when they were permitted to enter the scene.

    Pam Bondi needs to secure the records NOW!

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    chunga Lumberjack Tue, 02/27/2018 – 17:16 Permalink
    Florida EMTs Say Broward Sheriff Blocked Medics From Treating Gunned Down Students Inside School

    https://truepundit.com/florida-emts-say-broward-sheriff-blocked-medics-…

    Two separate sources told Fox News some of the EMS teams who requested to enter the school were told they could not. One source said it was the Broward County Sheriff’s Office – which was the commanding office – that ordered some of the EMS crews not to go into the school when they requested to enter.

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    “Going back to the very earliest finds, there was also evidence of stone tool production dating between about 13,000 and 10,000 BC at Milltimber, a near unprecedented body of evidence which pushes back our understanding of human activity in north east Scotland by several thousand years. The same site revealed spreads of flints along with large pits dating between 10,000 BC to 4,100 BC that could have been used by hunter-gatherers to trap deer, elks or aurochs (an ancestor of modern bison). What is particularly exciting is that these finds have been made in an area where our knowledge is rapidly expanding through research projects such as Mesolithic Deeside.”

    The discoveries made during the works were not confined to the environs of the River Dee. A structure dating between 7,000 BC to 6,700 BC was also found at Standingstones, in the hills to the west of Dyce. This tent-like shelter was likely only used for a few nights by a small group of people while they collected nuts, berries and tubers or hunted animals in the immediate area.

    https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/archaeologists-unearth-amazing-finds-on-aberdeen-bypass/

  19. ulvfugl says:

    Mark B.February 27, 2018 at 11:22 AM
    ““It’s not necessarily a story of violent conquest,” Armit said.”

    This is what’s known as a rear-guard action. If they can’t deny migration any more, for the love of God don’t allow conquest. The noble savages were peaceful until Imperialism and greed came along. As I think Thomas Kuhn said, new ideas don’t win out – old professors just go quiet, retire or die.

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    bellbeakerbloggerFebruary 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM
    Ha ha, true that there does seem to be natural bias to interpret it as bloodless as possible. I think it is more likely that archaeologists are trying to be careful with the available evidence. I have several very large papers I haven’t been able to fully read from last year concerning weapon use at this time. Pretty gory stuff.
    Keep in mind though that there was a very sharp decline in many of these populations hundreds of years before the migrations. Apocalyptic plague is likely based on an increase in mobility (Native America)and descent into increasingly destructive Neolithic wars seems evident. God’s wrath ends with CW encroachments running cattle and pigs through the fields of farmers. And everything goes haywire from there.

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    http://bellbeakerblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/beaker-enigma-no-more.html

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    Waziri said that in the last three months the mission has discovered a group of tombs and burials that belong to priests of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, the main deity of the 15th nome and its capital Al-Ashmounein.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/26th-dynasty-cemetery-uncovered-in.html

  21. ulvfugl says:

    Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, was the 13th century Italian mathematician. In his 1202 book Liber Abaci he popularized the Hindu–Arabic numeral system in the Western World.

    He also stumbled across a very interesting sequence of numbers while contemplating a curious problem involving rabbits. Fibonacci started with a pair of fictional and slightly unbelievable baby rabbits, a baby boy rabbit and a baby girl rabbit. They were fully grown after one month. and did what rabbits do best, so that the next month two more baby rabbits (again a boy and a girl) were born. The next month these babies were fully grown and the first pair had two more baby rabbits (again, handily a boy and a girl). Ignoring problems of in-breeding, the next month the two adult pairs each have a pair of baby rabbits and the babies from last month mature. Fibonacci asked how many rabbits a single pair can produce after a year with this highly unbelievable breeding process (rabbits never die, every month each adult pair produces a mixed pair of baby rabbits who mature the next month).

    http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/fibonacci_24.html

    The thing is there is another description of the Fibonacci sequence which is even older than the purported Pingala’s one. And this description of the Fibonacci sequence is not cryptic or obscure. In fact it is at the foundation of Taoism. And yet it seems to be invisible to people researching the history of mathematics.

    The description of the Fibonacci sequence is found in the chapter 42 of the Tao Te Ching.

  22. ulvfugl says:

    We’re supposed to trust the government to keep us safe. But the two main law enforcement units that should have protected students against the Parkland shooter failed miserably.

    The shooter was handed to the Broward County Sheriff’s office and the FBI on a silver platter multiple times. There were tips that specifically mentioned school shootings. There were threats made by the shooter, which again, specifically mentioned school shootings.

    There were calls about violence, including the shooter putting guns to people’s heads. Deputies visited many times after concerned friends, family, and strangers called. The suspect once called the police on himself!

    Then a sheriff’s deputy failed again by refusing to go into the school during the shooting and engage the shooter. He was on the scene. He knew what was happening. And he shirked his duty.

    These are the people who will protect us if we are disarmed.

    The old cliché is that when seconds count, police are just minutes away. And even then they might not help you. These law enforcement show exactly why we can not give up our personal ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones, in favor of government agencies.

    The Worst of Politics

    Sheriff Scott Israel’s department mishandled the numerous alerts about the shooter. He hired the deputy who cowered outside rather than confront the shooter. Now four other deputies are reported to have arrived on the scene while the shooting was ongoing, and likewise did not intervene.

    Scott Israel wants to blame the NRA when it was his department that failed to prevent and then failed to stop this shooting. Why is he being paraded around the news as if his opinion on guns matters? He is the poster child for why you should never have to depend on law enforcement.

    This man is a typical politician. In fact, he was on the Florida Leadership Council of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-27/fbi-and-sheriff-either-failed-miserably-parkland-shooting-or-much-worse

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    The Ram NoDebt Tue, 02/27/2018 – 16:11 Permalink
    Speaking of the ‘dead bodies’ of kids, do we ever see them? What about wounded kids? With all the lead flying, there were undoubtedly kids that were wounded. Where is the video of kids being interviewed in the hospitals, or following their discharge from the hospital(s). I have not viewed any news clips of funerals or wakes. Do we have a list of kids who were killed that could be bounced against year book photos? There is something missing here. I am sure over time, someone will put many more pieces together. Hopefully, Wolfgang Halbig (I am not sure if I spelled his last name correctly) will investigate. He did a masterful job on investigating ‘Sandy Hook.’ He is both an ex-cop and ex school administrator who consults on school security. He was the one that discovered that Sandy Hook School had been abandoned four years before the ‘shooting.’ Hence, it was not in use at the time of the shooting…..among tons of other facts about the ‘shooting.’ His conclusion, to save you time: Sandy Hook was a total false flag. No one was killed. Lansa was a patsy….sound familiar?

    In reply to I’m no stranger to trouble. … by NoDebt
    Vote up!

  23. ulvfugl says:

  24. wren-- says:

    So good that you’re carrying on with your writing!
    Thank you for the self portrait. Very nice bone structure.
    Would it be possible for you to post a photo of your hands?
    Best wishes – keep us posted as best you can.

  25. wren-- says:

    I grew the lotus in the image above from a seed.
    They close at night – to sleep – perchance to dream …. and to retain the precious heat they produce. Yes, they are endothermic! You can feel and smell the heat they radiate. Also very fragrant, bees love them and make lotus honey! A perfect remedy for insomnia.
    The seeds are viable for up to 2000 years.

  26. ulvfugl says:

    But, the trouble with this hypothesis is that the R1a distribution in the British Isles appears to be a better fit geographically for Angles, Saxon and Viking demographic impacts than it does for Celtic demographic impact. Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which should be higher than average if Celts are the source of Y-DNA R1a against a Bell Beaker R1b sourcing, are actually lower in Y-DNA R1a than England (Ireland is about 1% and Wales is 1%-2%) except on islands where maritime invaders would have had an edge, suggesting that Y-DNA R1a in Britain is more likely mostly Germanic than Celtic in its sourcing. Likewise, the Y-DNA R1a frequency in France which was historically Celtic before Romance languages replaced Celtic languages (excluding French Basque for which the percentage is 0%) is only about 2%, again disfavoring a hypothesis that even Celt elites had Y-DNA R1a.

    Ancient dental remains also support a primarily cultural diffusion model of Celtic culture, rather than a mass migration, although if the populations are genetically and physically similar, that degeneracy may also be hard to resolve,

    This doesn’t detract from, however, and indeed reinforces, the possibility that degeneracy in population genetic makeup between the Bell Beaker people and the Celts could cause us to underestimate to the extent to which the Celtic cultural transition in Britain involved a mass migration of people from Europe to Britain.

    It is also notable that: Celtic parts of the U.K. (presumably Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), have more steppe ancestry than Southern and Eastern England proper, presumably because Norman invaders ca. 1066 CE had less steppe ancestry than the pre-existing residents of the U.K. The modern residents of England proper also have less steppe ancestry than Anglo-Saxon ancient DNA. Keep in mind, however, that this is a subtle difference that is discernible only because of a huge sample size (N=113,851) in a generally very homogeneous population.

    The hypothesis that the Norman invaders had less steppe ancestry is consistent with the evidence that the Bell Beaker people, who had significant steppe ancestry, almost fully replaced the population in Britain but less fully replaced populations in Continental Europe, the balance of whom would have been predominantly early European farmers with little or no steppe ancestry who were most similar to modern Sardinians and Basque people.

    8. Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans and Jews. There were subsequent waves of Angles and Saxons (early Middle Ages after the fall of Rome ca. 400 CE) who are the source of the Germanic Old English language, Vikings (late first millennium in the middle Middle Ages) with a lasting genetic impact mostly limited to the Orkney Islands, and Normans (in the late Middle Ages, conventionally 1066 CE) whose Norman French influences caused the transition from Old English to Middle English.

    Traces of these migrations are visible in modern British regional population genetics despite the fact that Britain is actually very homogeneous in terms of population genetics, due to the large sample sizes and precision genetic sampling of individuals whose genomes are sampled in the latest genetic surveys of the British people, and despite the fact that Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Normans are all genetically only subtly different from the pre-existing mostly Bell Beaker and Celtic derived populations of Britain.

    Anglo-Saxon demic impact may have been as high as 38% in Eastern England, although it declines with distance from that epicenter (other regional estimates are in the 10%-40% range with considerable regional variation).

    Britain does not have anything approaching the endogamous caste features in its gene pool that India does, but there are subtle enhancements of Norman ancestry in the British upper classes and there are some very subtle but traceable genetic connections between the modern British upper classes/lower classes and their ancestors many generations earlier with corresponding traces in surnames.

    https://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/a-short-history-of-demographic-change.html

  27. ulvfugl says:

    @ wren

    Wut ? photo of my hands ! ?
    Bone structure !?
    I suppose it’s not long now until the flesh falls off and all will be bare…
    🙂

    I did not know Lotus is endothermic…. I wonder how that works…
    Nice pic, btw.

  28. ulvfugl says:

    Irish Travellers are a linguistically distinct semi-nomadic population in Ireland with a lifestyle similar to the European Roma. But, a new genetic study of them has revealed that they are derived from the same population as the settled Irish and have no Roma genetic contribution.

    They are as distinct genetically from the settled Irish as the Germans are from Italians or the English are from the Spanish, and there is some genetic substructure with at least two distinct populations and possibly three or four, that correspond fairly closely to linguistic differences.

    Each of these sub-populations diverged from settled Irish populations genetically before the Great Famine in the mid-19th century. While other Irish populations have experienced exponential growth, Irish Travelers have suffered sustained demographic decline. The body of the paper says this about the divergence date between the settled Irish and the Irish Travellers.

    The dating of the origin of the Irish Travellers is of considerable interest, but this is distinct from the origins of each population. We have estimated the point of divergence between the Traveller and the settled Irish population using two different methods. Our LD-based (TF) method estimates a split 40 (±2 std.err) generations ago, or 1200 (±60 – std.err) years ago (assuming a generation time of 30 years).

    Our IBD-based method (TIBD) estimates 12 (8–14) generations, or 360 (240–420) years ago. However both estimates suggest that the Irish Travellers split from the settled population at least 200 years ago. The Irish Great Famine (1845–1852) is often proposed as a/the source of the Irish Traveller population, but results presented here are not supportive of this particular interpretation.

    https://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/about-irish-travellers.html

  29. ulvfugl says:

    According to the Express UK, the Spanish archipelago was struck by up to 70 small quakes, recorded between Monday and Wednesday, reaching between magnitude 1.5 and 2.6 on the Richter scale. Government officials announced more quakes were felt between 3 am and 6:30 am this morning at magnitudes of between 2.1 and 1.5. Most of them were located in the area of Los Canarios, in Fuencaliente, and in El Pueblo, Villa de Mazo, although they have also been registered in El Paso and Tazacorte.

    The Canary government, however, is desperate to know why the earthquakes have begun again. They also want to know what could happen in the future.

    A statement by government bosses read:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-27/canary-island-la-palma-rattled-another-major-quake-swarm

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