McLaughlin, McKenna, Mummies, Myths, Mortality, Moslems









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.”


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”.


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.




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.





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


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.”





“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.




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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    According to early media reports, the raiders are four men who had opened their way into the embassy premises, while threatening people on the scene with machetes and baseball bats. The London Police have reportedly deployed around the embassy but took no action in the first couple of hours after the attack.

    The slogans chanted by the raiders indicate that they are members of Sadeq Shirazi Shiite extremist sect. Iran’s Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeedinejad confirmed the reports on the embassy attack minutes ago.

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    About an hour into the trek, the 10+ kilos (22+lbs) that Janina was carrying on her back started already being too much to handle, and we knew that it would only get harder as we climbed higher, steeper and into higher elevations, so we hired her a porter at the village of Bahundanda for 1,400 rupees ($14US) a day for the remainder of the trip. It’s still pretty crazy knowing that in the 5 minutes after we hired him, he ran home, packed a bag, and told his wife and family goodbye and that he’ll be back in 2-3 weeks.

    Today’s walk totaled 7 1/2 hours as we left at 8am and arrived at 3:30pm in the village of Jagat where we’re staying now. It’s been a long day, a beautiful one, but i’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m exhausted. The crazy thing is that this is just the start. I still have 17 days ahead of me and 4,000+ meters to climb.

    Slept at 1,340m in Jagat at Garden Guest House. Wifi – Bad. Able to send Whatsapp messages, but unable to load any webpages.

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    The mainstream commentariat:

    Then: Trump is a madman who wants to lead us into war against North Korea.
    Now: Trump is a madman who wants to lead us towards peace with North Korea.

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    “In a Daily Caller op-ed calling the Russian meddling narrative a “false public manipulation,” Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska claims that Daniel Jones – a former FBI investigator, Feinstein staffer and now a Fusion GPS operative – told the Russian Oligarch’s lawyer in March, 2017 that Fusion GPS was funded by “a group of Silicon Valley billionaires and George Soros.”” Zerohedge
    Now, this is something different. I have no idea what the relative truthiness of this may be, but… pl

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    Peterson publicly stated that he thought gunfire was happening outside on campus, not inside the building – perhaps to justify not going in to stop the shooting which claimed 17 lives.

    He lied.

    Internal radio dispatches released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Thursday reveal Peterson immediately focused on Building 12 and radioed that gunfire was happening “inside.”

    What’s more – Peterson warned his fellow officer to stay away – despite wounded students and staff inside who required assistance. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) policy requires deputies to engage an active shooter and eliminate the threat.

    “Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away,” shouted a panicked Peterson as people screamed in the background.

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    OCnStiggs Fri, 03/09/2018 – 17:25 Permalink
    How convenient.

    A crazy kid in a school district with an Obama-Holder pact to stop reports of unruly kids in order to keep Federal funding flowing… and a school protected by security people who had no intention of providing security.

    One more question: Where does a 19 year-old kid get $3000 to buy 10 firearms and ammo?

    And hours after the shooting, kids are already showing up in pre-printed T-shirts and holding printed signs and shortly thereafter, they load on tour buses to ride to the state capital and announce they are going to Washington in protest. Pretty spontaneous dontcha think? Like pre-prepared.

    Looking more and more like a set-up.

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    The ‘Save Knock Iveagh’ campaign is opposing development at Knock Iveagh, County Down including what we believe is a flawed grant of planning permission and questionable enforcement of planning controls by ABC Council. Disgracefully, it has now fallen to ordinary people to defend this unique piece of our national heritage, and together we are shining a powerful light on poor Planning practices across Northern Ireland, something which affects us all. As part of our ongoing campaign we are fund-raising to help cover the legal costs involved*, so we’re very excited to be able to announce this fantastic free draw!

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    Some places simply has a spirit.. Many stones of interesting shapes definitely served as the object of worship in far past. But just a few were somehow adopted by the newer culture and religion. From such point of view is the Holy stone near Dolní Dvořiště absolutely exceptional..

    According to the christian legend from the beginning of the 16th century, Virgin Mary appeared here together with Angels to local shepherds. After that, the stone where she had appeared, split into two parts. Shortly after this event the place became an important place of pilgrimage. In 17th century the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow was built here.

    The Holy stone itself is located in the in the small chaple in the back side of the church. Quite massive granit boulder is almost filling the whole place of the chaple. The stone has many circular depressions, sometimes called sacrificial or prophetic bowls.

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    Trepanation – the technique of removing bone from the skull by scraping, sawing, drilling or chiselling – has long fascinated those interested in the darker side of medical history. One stock tale is that trepanning is one of the most ancient treatments for migraines. As I study the history of the migraine, it certainly has always caught my attention.

    Between the 1890s and the 1920s, some surgeons believed that brain surgery could “cure” inherited criminal tendencies. Children referred by juvenile courts were operated on in an attempt to release “pressure on the brain”, a procedure with a mortality rate of up to 42%. By the 1930s, frontal lobotomy was emerging as a treatment for mental illness.

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    The simple story says that during the last ice age, temperatures were colder and ice sheets expanded around the planet. That may hold true for most of Europe and North America, but new research from the University of Washington tells a different story in the high-altitude, desert climates of Mongolia.

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    Centuries ago, farmers and rural communities in southern Europe adapted to become experts in water, soils, crops and animal management to keep their lands fertile and productive. These practices helped rural communities withstand periodic stresses such as drought and food scarcity.

    ‘In the race for modernisation, intensification of production and competitiveness, we have neglected, forgotten or even (discarded) all that knowledge, all that heritage, all that richness,’ said Prof. Martín Civantos.

    The researchers conducted surveys using a laser scanning technique called LIDAR and created 3D maps of sophisticated irrigation systems dating back more than a thousand years. These were used for channelling water from areas of surplus to areas of demand.

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    Jeffrey Wertkin, 40, was arrested in an undercover sting after an attorney for a Sunnyvale, CA tech company contacted the FBI in January following Wertkin’s offer to sell them a sealed federal lawsuit for $310,000, according to court documents. As he was taken into custody wearing a wig and fake mustache at a Cupertino, CA hotel by FBI Special Agent William Scanlon, Wertkin reportedly said “My life is over.”

    Following his arrest, Wertkin engaged in an “obstruction binge” at his private law firm to destroy additional evidence of the scheme he had formulated for over a year, while also trying to frame a former colleague at the DOJ for the theft of the records.

    A far more extensive and calculated crime was revealed at Wertkin’s sentencing hearing – as the former DOJ prosecutor stole and copied dozens of files – some of which he swiped right off of his boss’s desk, copied, and then re-stapled before returning them.

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    The title of this story at the headquarters of the Bilderberg smug liberal psyops operations is very funny and above all, misleading. For the entire editorial is all about how evil conservatives are and how sweet and kind the SJW/ANTIFA/liberal left is! Naturally, the suffocating atmosphere is invisible to these clowns in Manhattan where the leftists only talk to each other and don’t dare set foot outside their snuggly, smuggley bolt hole. Ms. Mangu-Ward is a Yalie/DC operative who is…Jewish like so many of them in DC these days on the left.

    This smug, sneering female (she is no lady) pretends, in the title of the NY Times editorial, to be ‘even handed’ but then lies outright about the left and ANTIFA by ignoring the raging violence in our universities, the terrorism of the left as they systematically attack anyone slightly to the right of Madame Mao, etc. Instead, she uses trash talk every time she mentions anyone conservative while sugar coating ‘liberal’ leftists.

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    Another day, another travesty going on at one of our nation’s institutions of higher learning. This one is particularly galling, however. Lake Ingle, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been barred from class and could be prevented from graduating all because he told a nutty leftist professor Alison Downie that, according to biologists, there are only two genders. Oh, and he disputed the wage gap myth with, get this, facts and figures!

    Though I drove on in steely silence, I wanted to slam on the brakes, storm into that cluster of shiny happy young people and throw down a Molotov cocktail of sudden death, mental illness, tragedy, and suffering of all kinds into their church street party: “NO! I will NOT smile because it’s Sunday. And who are you to tell me I should? Who are you to imply that if I do not smile, I somehow don’t measure up to your understanding of what faith or salvation is?”

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    But a closer look at the origin of the fish oil story shows that more skepticism was warranted from the very beginning. According to a 2014 paper published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Bang and Dyerberg’s hypothesis was built on thin ice. For one thing, they never actually measured the incidence of heart disease in Greenland, instead relying on sketchy local estimates, which were unreliable since many people lived too far from medical facilities to have their diseases or causes of death accurately diagnosed. Subsequent studies found that rates of cardiovascular disease in Inuit populations are just as high, if not higher than in western populations, despite their high intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Plus, the Greenlanders seem to have evolved genetic differences that allow them to process their unique diet. A 2015 paper published in the journal Science identified gene variants common in Inuits (and rare in Europeans) that help them metabolize their fatty diet and keep blood omega-3 levels in balance with other fats in the body. Without that genetic background, someone of European ancestry eating an Inuit diet might end up with much higher blood cholesterol and omega-3 levels.

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    Dindu Nuffins Boing_Snap Sat, 03/10/2018 – 08:12 Permalink
    Communism is closer to Individualism than to Fascism.

    A society of individuals without social hierarchy or different backgrounds is the ultimate goal of communism. And both ideologies were popularised by Jews: Rand and Marx.

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    purplewarrior Slack Jack Sat, 03/10/2018 – 05:39 Permalink
    Canadians, for the most part, are a bunch of liberal douchebags. Don’t get me wrong. They’re nice enough. But most are a bunch of loony lefties.

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    bshirley1968 purplewarrior Sat, 03/10/2018 – 06:31 Permalink
    Exactly. All this bunk about “I’m a fascist”, “Well I’m a Marxist” blah, blah, blah. ….What a bunch of bullshit.

    Like the sheeple of today know the difference. Most would say fascist are Germans and Marxist are Russians…..complete dumbasses. When the only thing that matters is that both are COLLECTIVIST systems that call for the destruction of the rights of the individual and the formation of the Almighty State. After that, the differences are like the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats….nothing meaningful. The real reason fascist and Marxist hate each other is because they are competing systems that are after the same prize. The argument between the two is a damn joke.

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    Dindu Nuffins bshirley1968 Sat, 03/10/2018 – 08:02 Permalink
    Ah, an individualist who loves his country filling up with 3rd world individuals.

    If you don’t view others like you as a collective in your interests, then you are a victim of jewish brainwashing and a traitor to your nation that you wish to fill up with foreign savages, in the name of individualism which recognizes no kinship groups.

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    Nympsfield long barrow stands high on the Cotswold scarp near Frocester with spectacular views over the Severn Valley. Constructed in the Neolithic period, it has long been surrounded by legends and bizarre stories, including one that it was a refuge for lepers.

    I wonder if ‘Nymp’ comes from ‘an Imp’ ?

    Could be grafted trees ?

    Or could it be NympH’s Field ?

    late 14c., “class of semi-divine female beings,” from Old French nimphe (13c.), from Latin nympha “nymph, demi-goddess; bride, mistress, young woman,” from Greek nymphe “bride, young wife,” later “beautiful young woman,” then “semi-divine being in the form of a beautiful maiden;” related to Latin nubere “to marry, wed” (see nuptial). Sub-groups include dryads, hamadryads, naiads, nereids, and oreads. Sense in English of “young woman, girl” is attested from 1580s. Meaning “insect stage between larva and adult” is recorded from 1570s. Related: Nymphal; nymphean.

    I’m going to have to dispute their etymology.

    My understanding was that the word ‘Imp’ comes from the same root as ‘Impair’, from a French word, ‘To Cut Off’. In Botany, to ‘Imp’ is to do the trick where you bend a branch down to the ground and fix it there until it puts down roots. Then you cut it off from the ‘parent’ tree and let the rest of the branch return to its normal state.

    The use of ‘Imp’ for a demon is the notion that Satan is bound into Hell and cannot leave. Therefore, to afflict the world and defy God, Satan cuts off little bits of himself and sends them into the world, the ‘Imps of Satan’

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    This sort of my-way-or-the-highway mentality is now spreading well beyond the urban university and into even remote communities. In the small Outback Australian town of Alice Springs where I once lived, agitators have attacked and attempted to silence the local aboriginal town councillor Jacinta Price for her principled efforts to improve the lives of her people. When Price tried to sound the alarm about skyrocketing sexually transmitted diseases, or the adult rape of children in aboriginal communities, she was shouted down as a ‘traitor’ and a ‘coconut’ (a term of disparagement used to describe a person deemed to be black on the outside and white on the inside). These criticisms do not come from the majority of aboriginal people in Alice Springs, but from a minority of furiously offended activists who, in their own little circles, plot to have Price undemocratically removed from the town council. Censorship is now the instrument of choice, and a reactionary authoritarianism increasingly defines what the liberal Muslim activist Maajid Nawaz has termed the ‘Regressive Left.’

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    The police sgt. that became ill wasn’t at the initial scene, he later searched the home of the two victims. So someone is making the assumption that they may have been poisoned at their home since that is where the police officer who later became ill was assigned.

    Posted by: luke8929 | Mar 9, 2018 11:54:55 PM | 61

    There is a possible scenario that he was in possession of a nerve agent, and accidentally poisoned himself and his daughter
    Porton Down is only 8 miles down the road

    Posted by: francesca | Mar 10, 2018 12:49:40 AM | 62

    I believe Craig Murray.

    Anyone who remembers the 9/11 Anthrax scare that threatened US decision makers?

    Posted by: somebody | Mar 10, 2018 5:45:04 AM | 63

    And yes, a MI6 agent is connected to Litvinenko, Skripal and Christopher Steele.

    Posted by: somebody | Mar 10, 2018 5:58:51 AM | 64

    I believe Craig Murray.

    Posted by: somebody | Mar 10, 2018 5:45:04 AM | 63

    Craig Murray smelt a rat and made his suspicions clear, publicly. Whether Murray’s speculation is better or worse than anyone else’s is unresolved and could remain that way, if History is any guide.
    We seem no closer to discovering the ID of the instigators of the sordid and spectacularly public murder of Kim Jong-nam.

    Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 10, 2018 9:58:06 AM | 65

    The BBC has reported that a “source familiar with the investigation” said the nerve agent was “likely to be rarer than sarin or VX”. This suggests that the ground is being prepared for announcing a result that will implicate Russia.

    Kaszeta on brings up the story of “novichoks” a class of organophosphate compounds allegedly developed as military nerve agents in the USSR. Russian chemists published papers in the open literature on these compounds from the 1960s to the 1980s. The story that they were developed for military use and given the name “novichok” comes from a defector in the 1990s, Vil Mirzayanov. An authoritative review by Robin Black notes that there is no independent evidence supporting Mirzayanov’s claims about the properties of these compounds.

    Kaszeta’s comments are relevant because he works closely with Bellingcat and it appears from his output that since 2013 he has been used to channel information originating from western intelligence services about alleged chemical attacks, based on his status as an independent expert with his company Strongpoint Security. The accounts filed for this company show that its turnover was not enough to provide Kaszeta with a living, raising obvious questions about who or what was paying him.

    Posted by: yoffa | Mar 10, 2018 10:29:38 AM | 66

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    The SAA is allowing surrendered jihadis from the fighting around Damascus to be bused up to Idlib to join the intra-rebel war there. Is this mere cleverness like the German infection of Russia with Bolsheviks in 1917 or is it an indication that the SAG believes/understands that there is a deal between Russia and Turkey over a de facto partition of NW Syria in which Turkey has been allowed a sector which includes some or all of Idlib Province? pl

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    A flip in Earth’s magnetic field may be brewing. And if it is, an electromagnetic blob deep under southern Africa is likely to be ground zero for the change.

    New research using clays burned in cleansing rituals by Iron Age farmers finds that over the past 1,500 years, an electromagnetic anomaly in the Southern Hemisphere has waxed and waned, with the magnetic field in the region weakening and strengthening. This weirdness may presage a gradual reversal in the magnetic field, so that magnetic north moves to the South Pole and vice versa. (A flip-flop of this sort last occurred 780,000 years ago.)

    The study suggests that the magnetic field under southern Africa may not just be weird today, study co-author John Tarduno, who researches the Earth’s magnetism at the University of Rochester in New York, told Live Science. It may be a longstanding hotspot for changes in the global magnetic field.

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    Space travel is dangerous for a lot of very obvious reasons — traveling off of Earth on a rocket has its risks, after all — but even when everything goes well it seems that a brief stay in space has the potential to alter a person’s very DNA. That’s the takeaway from a long-term NASA study that used astronaut Scott Kelly and his twin brother Mark as guinea pigs to see how living in space can affect the most basic building blocks of life.

    Scott Kelly has spent over 500 days in space overall, but a huge chunk of that came with a single mission which had him stay aboard the International Space Station for 342 days. His brother Mark, who is a retired astronaut, is his identical twin and has the same DNA. This provided a never-before-possible opportunity for NASA to study how long-term space travel affects the human body and the genes that make us who we are. As it turns out, space really does change us, and upon Scott’s return to Earth it was discovered that his DNA has significantly changed.

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    Holder, who was President Obama’s Attorney General, attempted to prosecute WikiLeaks and Assange personally over the publication of military documents and US diplomatic cables regarding Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “Russia-theorists” – particularly neoconservatives and hawkish Democrats, have maintained that WikiLeaks is a “cutout” for Russian to engage in information warfare, and blame Moscow for the theft and publication of the leaked emails.

    Assange added to his response to Holder, tweeting “Next time, not that there will be one, try following the constitution you swore to uphold,” with a link to a 2014 article calling for Holder to drop the investigation against WikiLeaks or resign.

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    WorkingClassMan Billy the Poet Sat, 03/10/2018 – 16:48 Permalink
    (((They))) protect their own. (((Weinstein))) is a rapist, and one of (((theirs))). Right or wrong. Gotta give (((them))) grudging respect for that.

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    RagnarRedux Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 03/10/2018 – 15:55 Permalink
    Putin knows the score.

    Putin: 85% Of First Soviet Government Was Jewish…

    Sever Plocker(Jewish): Stalin’s Jewish Mass Murderers,7340,L-3342999,00.html

    Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: 200 Years Together

    A History Of The Russians And The Jews…

    The Rise Of Putin & The Fall Of The Jewish-Russian Oligarchs (Part I & II)

    Forward: A Jew In Mao’s China

    “In fact, 85 to 90% of the foreigners helping the Chinese at the time of the Communist takeover were Jewish. This included the daughter of the founder of the brokerage firm Goldman Sachs, who left the comfort of her Park Avenue home to assist the Chinese.”

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    Buckaroo Banzai RagnarRedux Sat, 03/10/2018 – 16:17 Permalink
    Putin is stuck in a weird place with respect to the Jews. Obviously the movement that overthrew the legitimate Russian government in 1917 was run almost entirely by Jews, and once they took over, these Jews mercilessly slaughtered hundreds of thousands of white Orthodox Christians for really no reason other than they hated Russian Christians. The Russian white genocide continued under Lenin until Lenin died, and Stalin wrested control of the Soviet Communist party from the Jew Trotsky. WW2 was a war fought on behalf of Jews and as such, Stalin was basically acting as a tool of the Communist Jews even though his motivation wasn’t necessarily pro-Jew as it was to use Jewish communist animosity against Hitler–who had singlehandedly written the playbook on how a nation can seize control of a country back from Jews– as fuel to assert Soviet dominance over Eastern Europe.

    After the Soviets defeated Germany, the Soviet Jews invented the holohoax myth to justify the (literal) rape and destruction of Germany and to thoroughly demoralize Germans in particular, and whites in general, worldwide. Stalin went along with this as it served his needs but as the postwar years wore on, he realized that he would have to purge the Jews entirely from the Soviet Communist Party as he recognized that Jewish interests simply did not coincide with Russian white interests, and that Jews were ruining Mother Russia. Of course, the Jews didn’t sit still for this, and the Jewish Doctors Plot to assassinate Stalin was eventually successful, but by this time it was too late for the Russian Jews. Their influence was on the wane, and of course they saw this happening and had already begun to move the locus of Jewish communist power from the Soviet Union to the United States. From the United States, the Jews then undermined and attacked the Soviet Union until it collapsed, at which point, the Jewish oligarchs, who with outside Jewish financing and support, seized the Soviet economic assets for themselves during the collapse. Putin saw all this firsthand, and his rise to power was in direct opposition to the international Jews who had used the collapse to reassert control in Russia. Putin has spent the last twenty years gradually clawing all that power back for white christian Russians.

    So Putin now is stuck with the legacy of the holohoax that was invented by Russian Jews, even though he obviously knows its a complete lie. But, as anyone who has ever played Jenga knows, pulling out a foundation block from the bottom of a tower of lies is a tricky business, which is why he has paid lip service to the holohoax for so long. And of course, there is an element of Realpolitik involved– given the total Jewish dominance of the United States and Western Europe, he knows that going hard against the Jew just makes his life that much harder given that Jews control the defense apparatus of the western world.

    That is why today’s events are so monumental. This is an unbelievably earth-shaking event that just occurred.

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    Give_me_liberty_or Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 03/10/2018 – 16:32 Permalink
    +1 for the history summary but I don’t know how monumental it is. It will probably just get buried and sucked into the blackhole of the news stream. In a previous interview he gave this presstitute he disparaged people who blame things on Jews and called them idiot losers, basically. Maybe in the next interview he will say something like that again. These days you can say anything and walk it back later. Nothing matters.

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    4Celts Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 03/10/2018 – 16:34 Permalink
    Fantastic explanation.

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    Seems very difficult or impossible for me to get reliable online stats for visits, they’re being manipulated.

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    To wit, a recent Politico Magazine piece focuses on East Wenatchee, Washington, a town near the Columbia River, a region that boasts several hydroelectric power installations – making for extremely cheap power.

    Miners discovered East Wenatchee, and towns across three counties in the Columbia river valley, during the early days of bitcoin, and began setting up mid-sized operations in old fruit warehouses and other abandoned buildings.

    But today, as large miners crowd in, individual commercial miners can suck up as much as 30 megawatts a day – enough energy to power 13,000 homes.

    As more miners pack into the river basin – which Politico says could account for up to 30% of the world’s total bitcoin mining capacity by the end of 2018 – disputes between the newcomers and locals are growing more common, and more outrageous.

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