Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another one for the ‘black holes are weird’ file: a team of mathematicians has calculated that some black holes in an expanding Universe like ours can press the reset button on the history of their contents, effectively erasing the past and turning the future into a giant question mark.

Exactly what this would look like from an observer’s point of view is anybody’s guess. But if it turns out to be true, we might finally have a solution to one of the biggest questions in modern cosmology.

If we follow the laws of physics to their logical conclusions, all the mass of a collapsed star gets squeezed into an infinitely small point called a singularity.

That’s a little like saying there are volumes of space that keep secrets from the rest of the Universe, places where physics itself crumbles apart.

To deal with this breakdown between the rule-based Universe as we know it and these ‘here be dragons’ parts of black holes, physicists apply a little thing called cosmic censorship.

This censorship comes in two flavours.

https://www.sciencealert.com/non-determinism-strong-cosmic-censorship-for-charged-black-hole-model

 

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Fairies are a well-known staple of folklore and modern children’s literature: supernatural beings who were thought by people of previous ages to inhabit the pastoral landscapes of Europe. But while belief in such creatures might be assumed to have no place in our modern, rational world, it seems fairies don’t really care, as new research has found that some people still regularly have encounters with them.

In fact, more than ‘some’: in the newly released, 400-page-long Fairy Census, 2014-2017 (free PDF download), some five hundred fairy experiences from the modern day are detailed. They were collected over the last few years via an ongoing internet questionnaire about who sees fairies, when and why.

 

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/02/fairies-continue-to-be-seen-in-the-modern-day-according-to-this-new-research/

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A variety of fears stopped me from using psychedelics until much later in life. My first few experiences were so shockingly positive, I couldn’t help but confess to friends and colleagues how much they had transformed me. This is when I discovered the sheer number of people I knew and admired who shared their own secret stories of life-changing psychedelic experiences.

To be sure, everyone reading this article has been touched by someone who has used and loved psychedelics (and, not just because Steve Jobs said that dropping Acid was one of the important decisions of his life).

On a weekly, if not a daily basis, you probably use their technology and read their news stories. The author Tim Ferriss, who became famous for interviewing the world’s high-performing athletes and businessmen, once said that “most of the billionaires” he knows use psychedelics. Many of the people who impact your life everyday attribute their success in life in no small part to psychedelics.

There is a Grand Canyon-size gap between what psychedelics actually do for society and the way the law views them. Psychedelics are widely used and none of the fears that justify criminalization have happened. Like Marijuana, it is only a matter of time before public fears are washed away by folks talking to someone they know who uses psychedelics.

So, as a first step to inspiring others to talk, I’m going to describe, in as much legal detail as possible*, everything I’ve done and how it’s impacted me, with an eye towards answering all the skeptical questions that kept me from using psychedelics until very recently. It is my hope that the ensuing conversation (and lack of negative consequences) will open space for other posts like this one.

 

https://medium.com/psychedelic-honesty-project/how-doing-psychedelics-in-social-situations-has-improved-my-life-long-version-draft-0-5-b190c295975e

 

 

 

 

 

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The faces that look out of old photos and paintings are people of the past. All of them are connected to the living, although those connections have often been lost. A large fraction of people in past generations have no living descendants. Others have them, but no full accounting of them exists.

It is part of my profession to recover what science can of the histories of unknown ancient peoples. The individual histories of recent people are no less interesting, and in many cases are unknown.

http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/history/genealogy/toronto-photo-identity-genealogy-2018.html

 

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In the early 1960s, researchers predicted that the Amahuaca people of the Peruvian Amazon would likely disappear, yet today the younger generations are continuing their struggle to avoid that fate, and, led by a determined bilingual teacher, they do everything possible as they face diseases, lack of support for education and the difficulties of remaining largely invisible to their country.

 

 

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We are the only person living within our world. We may share the same moment and space with billions of others, but our reality is uniquely ours and it is carefully constructed to fit our own worldview and belief system. Ultimately we are alone, even when surrounded by family and friends. While others may share the benefits and blow-back from our decisions, we alone bear the full burden of our beliefs.

I could no more understand the belief system, thought processes and daily lives of a movie star, neurosurgeon, or nuclear physicist than I could a drug kingpin, human trafficker or serial killer. No two people share the same exact world, not even identical twins.

I point this out solely to emphasize this article is not a recommendation or endorsement of any particular course of action. Nor is it a warning a similar course of action will produce the same results for you. My only goal when writing this article was to share our experiences, how we were affected and what we did to cope.

If you missed Part One and Part Two of this article, both installments laid out the groundwork for this final chapter. For those who did not read them, I’ll summarize the first two chapters in a single sentence. We woke up, bugged out and almost caved in after we were turned upside down when nearly everything went sideways.

During this six year journey we took a wild ride on the pendulum of life, eventually becoming totally out of balance with the world and each other. Part One described our initial awakening to how the world really works and everything leading up to our move to an isolated off-grid homestead. Part Two contained a summary of some of the larger challenges, successes, disasters, surprises and strange events we faced once we settled into our new home.

In this final chapter I detail how my wife and I progressed from a stress and drama free life of peace and harmony (aka blissful ignorance) to finding ourselves in constant conflict. This dissonance created such a high level of stress and disharmony we were constantly at each other’s throat.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-04/pendulum-part-three-seeking-balance

 

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It was remarkable that the reversal took place after a million-year separation, said Alan Brelsford, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California at Riverside who was not involved with this research.

“What’s neat about the ravens is it seems like they were separated for quite a long time and still managed to fuse,” he said.

Brelsford was impressed with the level of detail in the research: Mitochondria alone might tell an unrepresentative story, but the combination of nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA was convincing, he said.

It is not clear how the birds could reunite after being apart for so long. There are three main barriers to species fusion: mate choice, ecological differences and biochemical incompatibilities, Brelsford said.

An ice age, a few of which occurred within the 440,000-to-140,000-year timeline of first contact, might cause some of those barriers to crumble.

Perhaps a glacier isolated a pocket of common ravens with the other species in California. Alone among distant relatives, the common ravens possibly mingled as their mating instincts kicked in.

“You have no one else to breed with, so you’re going to breed with a raven that looks the same as you,” Kearns said.

“The authors argue convincingly that the ranges of the previously separated raven populations changed as a result of a natural change in climate,” Grant said.

“This brought them together, and interbreeding followed.”

Last century, scientists had a laser-like focus on how species split, Omland said, looking for the hatchets that drove organisms apart.

Advances in genomics changed that. In February, researchers studying the elephant genome revealed how elephants interbred with mastodons, Omland noted.

Species fusion is “probably a way more common phenomenon than has been reported,” he said.

https://www.sciencealert.com/ravens-evolved-single-global-species-reverse-speciation?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

 

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Dreams have long proved a fertile ground for human creativity and expression, and no less so than in the visual arts, giving rise to some of its most arresting images. In addition to the many and varied dreams so important to religion and myth there has emerged, in the last few centuries since the birth of Romanticism, an exploration of the more personal dream-world. Indeed, with its link to the unconscious, the form has perhaps proved the perfect vehicle for those artists looking to surface that which lies submerged – desire, guilt, fear, ambition – to bring to light the truth the waking mind keeps hid.

No doubt, also, artists have been attracted to the challenge of giving form to something so visually intangible as a dream, a challenge taken up in many ways through the centuries. More often than not there appears the sleeping body itself, with the dream element incorporated in a variety of ways. Common is for the dream sequence to appear in a totally separate part of the image, as if projected on the walls of the sleeping mind: often in the midst of that familiar floating cloud, but also as emerging from nearby objects or events of the day (see the Toyokuni image below) . Also common, particularly in the depiction of nightmares, is for the figures of the dream to simply appear as though in the room with the sleeper, often directly upon the body itself (see the Fuseli below). With the advent of photography, and the potential of double exposures, we see also a different way of trying to capture that intangibility of the dream image. With both the Grandville and Redon images featured, and the work of the Surrealists they anticipate, we see a different approach entirely, one which looks past the sleeper to focus solely on the imagery of the dream itself, and in the process perhaps giving a more true impression of the strangeness and otherworldliness which so often characterises the dream experience.

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-art-of-dreams/

 

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The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were the bones that they yielded enough DNA for sequencing, and it became Reich’s job in 2007 to analyze the DNA for signs that Neanderthals interbred with humans—a idea he was “deeply suspicious” of at the time.

To his surprise, the DNA revealed that humans and Neanderthals did interbreed in their time together in Europe. Possibly even more than once. Today, surprisingly, the people carrying the most Neanderthal DNA are not in Europe but in East Asia—likely due to the patterns of ancient human migration in Eurasia in the thousands of years after Neanderthals died out. All this painted a complicated but dynamic picture of human prehistory. Since the very beginning of our species, humans have been on the move; at times they replaced and at other times they mixed with the local population, first hominids like Neanderthals and later other humans.

Reich has since converted his lab at Harvard Medical School into a “factory” for studying ancient DNA. His new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here, charts the myriad ways the study of ancient DNA is lobbing bombs into the halls of established wisdom. In Europe, for example, ancient DNA is identifying waves of migrations into the continent, in which groups of people serially replaced, or nearly replaced, the local population.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/ancient-dna-history/554798/

 

That seems counterintuitive, especially since we know that Neanderthals lived throughout Europe and Asia, whereas Denisovans have only been found in a single Siberian cave. But that picture might be deceptive. Scientists have sequenced the genomes of two Neanderthals—one from Vindija Cave, in Croatia, and another from the Altai region, in Siberia—and the differences between them are smaller than between the two Denisovan populations Browning identified in her work. “Maybe the Neanderthals were more nomadic and their populations were mixing a lot, while the Denisovans stayed in particular places and didn’t mix,” she says.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/humans-denisovans-interbreeding-twice/555686/

 

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/a-deeper-origin-of-complex-human-cultures/555674/

 

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We’ve known about zombie ants for quite some time, but scientists have struggled to understand how the parasitic fungus, O. unilateralis (pronounced yu-ni-lat-er-al-iss), performs its puppeteering duties. This fungus is often referred to as a “brain parasite,” but new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the brains of these zombie ants are left intact by the parasite, and that O. unilateralis is able to control the actions of its host by infiltrating and surrounding muscle fibres throughout the ant’s body. In effect, it’s converting an infected ant into an externalized version of itself. Zombie ants thus become part insect, part fungus. Awful, right?

To make this discovery, the scientist who first uncovered the zombie ant fungus, David Hughes from Penn State, launched a multidisciplinary effort that involved an international team of entomologists, geneticists, computer scientists, and microbiologists. The point of the study was to look at the cellular interactions between O. unilateralis and the carpenter ant host Camponotus castaneus during a critical stage of the parasite’s life cycle — that phase when the ant anchors itself onto the bottom of leaf with its powerful mandibles.

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/11/the-fungus-that-turns-ants-into-zombies-is-more-diabolical-than-we-realized/

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Sssoooooooo…….

Time to write another blogpost. Well, past time. I’m late. Dearie me ! Where does the life-time go ?? Answers on a postcard, please…

As those of you who have survived from the previous post may have gathered, I am ill, unwell, sickly, indisposed, and even more kranky and savage than usual. Sigh….

In the previous comments, there was a message from our correspondent out there in the wilds, the backwoods, located somewhere over in the badlands of Upper Kekistan, (if I recall correctly, somewhere in the East, anyway), where he survives amidst the imaginary yak-herders and mushroom-zombies, a bleak and tenuous existence, grasping the straws that blow in the wind and trading them for wisps of gossip and cups of tea…

Anyway, from what I  gather, he’s in some different timezone and the land is flat, unlike here, where I have mountains, and as every schoolchild knows, mountains attract snow and related inclement weather, so we have a harsh life and are forced to cling to our ancient customs for comfort and sustenance, customs like rugby, quoting Dylan Thomas, wearing clothes woven from leaks and daffodils, practising longbowmanship, motorcycle maintenance, that sort of thing…

You know, Mari Llwyd and her  friends, of whom I have written before. Probably I forgot to pay due homage earlier this year, preoccupied by ailments as I’ve been, which is why I’m suffering such bad luck these days, when a quarter of the year has already slipped by, and I hardly even noticed yet….

 

 

So, the aforementioned correspondent, one Wolfwitch, sent me a message hereabouts  to which I am obliged to reply

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=30192&cpage=7#comment-33638

So, concerning Gordon White who had dropped off my radar…. This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed on this internet thing, people, names, sites, just disappear and vanish from one’s world, and nobody notices because there are always thousands more to fill the space…

Gordon White rambles on about his father and Jordan Peterson…

Seems to me this is a basic human social need, I mean, to have celebrities, heroes and anti-heroes, it’s there in vivid detail in the ancient Greek stories and the Sagas and the Indian epics… ‘Some talk of Alexander, some of Hercules, of Hector and Lysander and such great names as these, but of all the world’s great heroes then none that can compare with….’

Peterson, as an educated Jungian amongst other things, is well aware of this phenomenon, so he knows how to play the part, from a theoretical as well as the practical point of view, and he’s obviously doing it right, because he recovered from the low point I mentioned in my previous blogpost, and has achieved global publicity.

This ascension into the public social consciousness is not a new thing, saints, royals, military leaders, sometimes bandits, pirates and folk heroes, have all exploited it over the centuries, but now it’s mediated and amplified by the technology. Julius Caesar, Napoleon, etc, knew instinctively how to play to the gallery, and more recently, as well as writing and word of mouth, we got the mass production of records, film and radio, that helped names like Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Elvis Presley, etc, to become widely known.

But a clinical psychologist as rock star-hero ? That is a bit weird. He did have the same University job as Timothy Leary once had, so he must have known the potential when he gained that position, and Leary had a famous (or notorious) meeting with the psychiatrist R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience, who also gained fame outside his field, for his radical ideas and theories about sanity and madness.

 

 

I don’t want to get diverted by The White Rabbit and sucked into the warren of cross-connecting tunnels that link Tavistock Clinic, ECTs, MKUltra, lobotomies, CIA, Doors of Perception, Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters, Manchurian Candidates, all that stuff, because I have trouble re-emerging, it’s so vast and everything seems to connect to everything else in weird, bizarre, even terrible ways… shrooms, shamanism, the ultimate mysteries of existence, birth, life, death, etc, one thing leads to another….

Gordon White knows that, and so does Jordan Peterson. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and others, the tribal shamans of Eurasia,(see Mircea Eliade) had to find ways to integrate that weirdness into their consciousness and cultures, and we are beset with many of the same dilemmas that our predecessors encountered and struggled with.

I was intending to watch that Gordon White video on Peterson again and give you my thoughts and opinions, but, actually, if you follow this blog, your’e all smart savvy folks who are well-able to watch it yourselves and form your own views, you don’t need me to tell you what to think, do you ? 🙂

So, change of topic. Because my right leg seems fairly useless and not improving, in fact worse than when I was in hospital, I’ve been pondering options, and toying with the idea of getting one of these things, so I can get around on this mountain a bit more before I die and disappear….

 

 

Onwards and upwards…

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533 Responses to Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

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    The Met Office has confirmed snow could fall as early as Tuesday this week with a white Easter a distinct possibility.

    Wales and the rest of the country have already faced two blasts of wintry weather, dubbed the Beast from the East 1 and 2.

    And just when you might have thought spring could be on the way, a third blast is predicted.

    Temperatures are set to plunge as low as -10C in some places from Good Friday onwards.

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/snow-possible-early-tuesday-white-14452222

  3. ulvfugl says:

    DavidskiMarch 24, 2018 at 6:19 AM

    Maju,

    You’re completely insane, but at the very least try and get the facts right.

    The R1a-M417 (Z93+) sample in Ukraine dates to the Eneolithic, not the goddamn Neolithic, and belongs to the Sredny Stog culture. You know, the culture that has been posited by some experts to be archaic PIE, and, along with Khvalynsk, partly ancestral to Yamnaya.

    And just in case you’ve already forgotten, there’s also R1a in Khvalynsk.

    But there’s no R1a in any ancient Iranian or other West Asian samples, and there never will be in ancient West Asian samples from before the Bronze Age. Just like there never will be any R1a-M417 in any European samples outside of the steppe from before the Corded Ware expansion.

    That’s because R1a is a northern forager marker, and R1a-M417 is a Pontic-Caspian steppe marker that expanded from there deep into Europe and Asia with the Indo-Europeans.

    Try and comprehend that reality isn’t going to accommodate your various insane pet theories and biases.

    Reply

    http://forwhattheywereweare.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/quickie-pre-indoeuropean-evolution-if.html?showComment=1521868753045#comment-c7504951961544233563

  4. ulvfugl says:

    ….and the metadata of every cellular call I’ve ever made, including time and duration

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/zuckerberg-scrambles-calm-facebook-employees

    Harry Lightning Mr Hankey Sat, 03/24/2018 – 16:45 Permalink
    For once I agree with you. I am wetting my pants more than usual for a guy my age thinking about how all these liberal programmers at FB are now thinking that it was their data codes that gave the election to their arch nemesis Trump ! bwahahahaaha…they must feel like they gave the keys to their wife’s chastity belt to her paramour, not realizing who he was ! Too funny….

    What’s really amazing as per the article above is how many people have linked Facebook to so many other parts of their lives, like the integration with their phone. Would it have been so hard to keep their phone directory isolated in the phone where it is used ? And what about having their messaging information transmitted into FB servers…thinking out loud, if FB can get all that data about the messages, what are the chances it saved the content of them as well ? Wow, so a hacker who could get into the database storing that information could use it to blackmail countless numbers of people based on the copies they steal of the text messages FB saved. Unreal.

    And now the questions arise, who else collects and parse so much data and then sells it to third parties or uses it for their own benefit ? You would have to start wondering about LinkedIn. As someone this week astutely mentioned on ZH, FB’s ad revenues do now come close to justifying the profits the comp[any reports, meaning that their main and most profitable business is the selling of data they collect and massage. How many people would delete their FB accounts if they knew this, and worse yet, who can guarantee that a user’s data ever will be deleted from FB servers when a user requests such deletion. What if the only thing deleted is the user’s ability to access that data ?

    This episode has uncovered a very worrisome area that needs further investigation by true investigative bodies. In the old days you could trust the FBI to do this kind of unbiased investigation, but today its very questionable. Especially since there are many rumors that FB is an arm of one or more of the US intel or law enforcement agencies. And on top of that, whose to say that the US intel agencies don’t have exact copies of all the data FB has collected on everyone who ever opened an account there. Gawd, this is so Big Brother its mind boggling.

    I think the only person I trust on earth to tell the truth about what government or companies or combinations of both is that guy Assange. Now it becomes clear why the governments of the West want him forever imprisoned in that embassy in London. The only other guy to trust is Snowden, and thank goodness he is in a place where he can truthfully report on what the US intel and its partners in tech are doing to the citizens of the world. And thank goodness he has a top shelf tech team working with him.

    I think the only way the US government can prove its not spying on everyone it can spy on is for them to perform a full investigation of FB tactics and then from the content of what they report the public will recognize if their hands are clean or filthy as suspected. FB should be regulated six ways to Sunday going forward and should be forced to turn over for destruction all of their servers that contain data more than three months old. If the account holders want to, they can then add back deleted data into their accounts, this time with the knowledge of what might happen to it. This all should be overseen by a non-American group that is beyond reproach and not in bed with the American intel services. A blue ribbon panel of academics perhaps who are experts in server and database technology, including Russian and Chinese computer scientists who have a vested interest in making the US look bad just so the investigation and oversight can occur in a way that no one will doubt.

    The US and other world legislative bodies should write legislation to codify exactly what tech companies cannot do with the data they collect, and also what they must do with such data. This would include periodic audits to ensure that compliance is maintained. And finally, it should be illegal anywhere in the world for a company to profit from the dissemination of personal data it collects from its customers. However the data dissemination should be subject to a huge data transfer and sharing tax that can be paid only by the recipient. Such a taxation, and restriction on profiting on the dissemination of collected data, will combine to act as a huge impediment to the flowing of personal information so that the practice soon will end under it own weight. Even if a customer does not mind a company passing its information all over the globe, the door remains open for tremendous abuse of this practice, and as such, actions by governments should be taken to prevent such. Additionally, the taxation will be an effective way to prohibit government from getting its hands on this information. Government will not outlaw the dissemination of data because government will want to have access to it. Sop the only way to keep government from getting this information legally will be to restrict the supply of it. At that point, only a court order from a judge serving a lifetime appointment and thus somewhat immune from political pressures will be required for anyone other than the tech company that collected it to see what they have collected.

  5. ulvfugl says:

    Last October, we reported that in the latest, at the time, conflagration involving a Tesla car bursting into flames after its batteries exploded, a Model S burned to a crisp after an accident on an Austrian highway. The car’s 19-year-old female driver had entered a construction zone on the highway, and when she tried to shift from the local to the fast lane, the car lost control and hit the concrete divider wall along the side of the road. A moment later the electric car burst into flames. It was unclear if the autopilot was involved in the crash, but the the good news was that the driver survived the dramatic crash unscathed.

    Unfortunately, in a similar crash on Friday in California, the driver was not so lucky.

    Driving on Highway 101 near Mountain View, California, a Tesla Model X suffered a gruesome crash when the vehicle hit a carpool lane barrier, leading two more cars to crashing into it, and causing the lithium ion batteries powering the vehicle to ignite and explode, at which point the vehicle burst into flames.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/driver-tesla-model-x-dies-after-violent-crash-incinerates-car

    A “Good Samaritan” who was riding his motorcycle down highway 101 (and who asked NBC to remain anonymous) shared what he saw at the scene of crash exclusively to NBC Bay Area after heading over to help.

    “I saw, past the smoke of the smoldering and sputtering Tesla Model X and saw a man running up with a fire extinguisher,” said the Good Samaritan. “I rounded towards what used to be the front of the car and saw, remarkably, an intact man that was covered in a light layer of dust. The front of the car was simply gone.”

    The Good Samaritan said he checked to see if the man had a pulse and shortly after determining the man was alive he noticed the Tesla wasn’t just smoking, but “actively emitting full flames from the battery bank.”

    The Good Samaritan and two other men were able to take the man out of the burning car and according to him, the man was completely unresponsive.

    “We brought him what we hoped was a safe distance from the wreck, hoping the LiPo batteries weren’t prone to exploding,” said the Good Samaritan. “Another man placed the victim in the recovery position.”

    Crikey, that’s like the lyrics of a Dylan song…
    I like Dave Alvin’s version…

    When he was younger… awesome break starts about 3 min in.

  6. ulvfugl says:

    The Deep State came out swinging to defend him and attack his ‘attackers’ with former CI Director John Brennan the most vocal, lambasting President Trump’s actions…

    “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

    All of which leads us to today and Andrew McCabe’s op-ed in The Washington Post which appears to be something between a mea culpa admission that he may not have told “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” a pathetic excuse-fest, and a jab at the current administration.

    “Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way,” McCabe begins…

    Despite all the preparation for the worst-case scenario, I still felt disoriented and sick to my stomach. Around 10 p.m., a friend called to tell me that CNN was reporting that I had been fired. She read me the attorney general’s statement.

    So, after two decades of public service, I found out that I had been fired in the most disembodied, impersonal way — third-hand, based on a news account.

    Shortly after getting word, I noticed an email from a Justice Department official in my work account, telling me that I had been “removed from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the civil service.”

    Are we expected to feel sorry for him? We are not sure what he was expecting? A big hug? If Justice believed you committed a wrongdoing – which the IG report did – then asta la vista?

    But then McCabe shifts into full Orwellian doublespeak:

    I have been accused of “lack of candor.” That is not true. I did not knowingly mislead or lie to investigators.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/mccabe-comes-clean-blames-his-inaccuracies-confusion-distraction

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    For the first time, Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV released new dramatic footage showing Israeli forces using a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) against a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, according to the Times of Israel.

    The short video clip published by Al-Mayadeen shows a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targeting demonstrations in the southern Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

    The UAV is seen flying through the skies above hundreds of protestors, while operators of the aircraft drop chemical weapons into the crowd. The Times of Israel states that the UAV released tear gas, formally known as a lachrymator agent, which causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin inflammation, bleeding, and even blindness.

    The intense footage could provide us with the early knowledge that governments are willing to use high-tech military technology against civilians in a non-combat environment…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/caught-camera-israel-targets-civilians-chemical-weapon-drone

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    As we noted in mid-2017, Big Tech is in BIG trouble.

    There are multiple scandals brewing in this space. And the invasion/ selling of/ handing over of private data is one of the more minor ones.

    That larger scandal concerns fraudulent online advertising.

    Companies like Facebook and the like generate a significant portion of their sales from online advertising. In this business model, clients pay Facebook for online advertising space, the pricing of which is based on web traffic.

    However, it now appears that robots not humans are generating a major percentage of web traffic. Put another way, advertising costs (what Facebook and others charge their clients for advertising space) are based on FRAUD.

    Last September, a story broke that Facebook was overestimating viewing time on its video ads by as much as 60%-80%.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/forget-privacy-real-big-tech-scandal-concerns-ad-fraud

    PhiPhi Sat, 03/24/2018 – 22:57 Permalink
    For these giants it’s an error, an over/under estimation, a misstep, an error in judgement, an opportunity to improve, a learning curve, a billing error and at the very worse a rogue employee. For the rest of us it’s a crime of fraud, deception, malpractice, negligence, usury, false advertising, theft and a prison sentence.

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    snblitz PhiPhi Sun, 03/25/2018 – 00:03 Permalink
    You have a concise view of what is going on. It is the scale of the fraud that it hard to comprehend.

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    groundedkiwi Sat, 03/24/2018 – 23:31 Permalink

    I knew it was scam when a deceased brother, and a deceased friend

    were still hitting likes long after they had died.

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    Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said.

    Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists said in a pair of studies – one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France.

    “The situation is catastrophic,” said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France’s National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.

    “Our countryside is in the process of becoming a veritable desert,” he said in a communique released by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which also contributed to the findings.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/catastrophe-as-frances-bird-population-collapses-due-to-pesticides

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    Delegates at a major international summit on biodiversity in Medellín, Colombia have been rattled after being presented with stark new evidence about the state of the world’s biodiversity.

    The 750 delegates from 115 countries are meeting for the sixth plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, often called the “IPCC for biodiversity.”
    The platform was tasked by the United Nations in 2012 to provide the best-available evidence to inform better policy decisions on how to protect nature in the face of growing pressure on the planet.

    http://www.dw.com/en/time-running-out-to-save-the-earths-plants-and-animals/a-43091288

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    This is physical therapy. It is crazy when you consider a Komodo dragon is the only reptile known to kill and eat humans. Behind that scaly smile are 60 razor sharp teeth. Still, Raja is putty in the hands of his therapist.

    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/03/21/physical-therapist-komodo-dragon/

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    It seems as if some measure of bad karma has finally come to haunt the friends of Hillary Clinton, with news emerging this week that France’s former President Nicholas Sarkozy has been indicted for financial corruption in Libya stemming from the late Muammar Gaddafi’s alleged financing of Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign. With the protection of the neoliberal Queen, Hillary Clinton, removed from the political chess board after her failed Presidential bid, it remains to be seen as to how many more of her supporters and associates have become perilously vulnerable to exposure.

    When then Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton spat “We came, we saw, he died,” in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s murder, she was not the only psychopath reveling in a bloody victory: Behind her, in the shadows, corrupt leaders like Sarkozy were also cheering.

    Earlier this week, press reports indicated that Sarkozy was placed under official investigation and charged with passive corruption, illicit campaign financing and misappropriation of Libyan public funds in relation to the alleged illegal financing of his 2007 presidential campaign by the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Julian Assange Tweeted:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/opinion-sarkozy-indicted-corruption-clinton-cabal-crumbles

    According to the Berkley Center for Peace, Religion and World Affairs, Zoe’s Ark had intended to remove as many as 10,000 children from the area during the single operation in Chad. The wealth that Zoe’s Ark would have gained from removing ten thousand such children is truly mind-boggling to contemplate. French citizens were reported to have been prepared to pay thousands of Euros (up to $11,000) per child.

    At the time, Idriss Deby indicated a belief that profit from illegal adoptions may not have been the only dark motive for Zoe’s Ark. The BBC reported Deby’s sentiments: “Their aim is to kidnap the children from their parents, to steal the children from their parents and sell them to pedophile organizations in Europe, and even perhaps to kill them and sell their organs.”

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    Arnold Vageling Sun, 03/25/2018 – 09:44 Permalink
    Bury the head separate from the body, it’s the only way.

    –Van Helsing

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    Remarkable footage has emerged of the Royal Saudi Air Defense shooting down one or more incoming ballistic missiles over the northeast part of the capital, Riyadh, on Sunday evening shortly before midnight, according to Saudi state-television.

    The missiles, fired from Yemen in a replica attack of last December’s ballistic missile launch, were reportedly aimed at several Saudi airports.

    The Houthi attack and Saudi Arabia’s response echoes similar strikes last November and December in which a Volcano 2-H missile was launched by Yemeni rebels and reportedly shot down by Saudi air defenses seconds before striking the al-Yamama royal palace.

    Two ballastic missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia last November, but neither hit their targets. The first, on November 4, was fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while the second was fired at a Saudi oil refinery on November 30.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-25/caught-video-saudis-intercept-ballistic-missile-over-capital-riyadh

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    On Sunday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of Turkish military operations in Iraq’s Sinjar region a week after Turkey and allied Syrian FSA groups captured Afrin from Kurdish fighters. During that prior victory speech immediately on the heels of the Syrian Kurdish retreat from Afrin, Erdogan had promised further “extensions” of his forces in the region, including into Eastern Syria and Iraq, while making repeat historical references to the Ottoman empire.

    Erdogan warned at the time that Turkish troops would keep pushing east further into Syrian Kurdish YPG territory (Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” which Turkey considers an extension of the terrorist PKK), which would eventually pit his forces against the US armed and trained Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    During Sunday’s speech he pledged to take Tal Rifaat (northwest of Aleppo) and Manbij: “the U.S. needs to transfer the control of Manbij to its real owners from the terrorist organization as soon as possible,” according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet. US-backed forces are present in both places.

    Erdogan also in typically brazen fashion put Iraq’s government on notice, saying “We have told the central [Iraqi] government that the PKK is establishing a new headquarters in Sinjar. If you can deal with it, you handle it. But if you cannot we will suddenly enter Sinjar one night and clear this region of terrorists.”

    It appears he is ready to make good on that promise, as the AP reports:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-25/turkeys-erdogan-announces-iraq-military-incursion-threatens-americans-over-manbij

    The Ottoman Empire rose from obscurity in what is modern day Turkey to defeat the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), capture Constantinople, Greece, Eastern Europe, North Africa, and much of the Middle East. While it reached its maximum geographic extent in 1683 AD, its decline was famously slow and it remained a significant power into the 20th century, bridging the ancient and modern worlds. The Ottoman Empire endured continuously for 624 years, giving it the distinction of having waged war against the Roman Empire (Byzantine), the Venetian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, the British Empire, and the Allies in World War One.

    http://thesoundingline.com/map-of-the-day-every-year-in-the-history-of-the-ottoman-empire/

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    The UK is accelerating its Islamization at an ever-increasing speed. The desire of the British establishment to submit to Islam appears to be overwhelming.

    In a recent report, the Henry Jackson society exposed how the UK used taxpayer funds to support Islamist charities working against British society to the tune of more than six million pounds in 2017 alone. According to the report, “As the case studies in this report are illustrative rather than comprehensive, it is likely that this sum represents only the tip of the iceberg”. The report concludes, “Until more comprehensive action is taken, a network of Islamist extremists operating in the UK will continue to use charities and taxpayer money to fund the spread of divisive, illiberal and intolerant views within our communities”.

    Among the charities detailed in the report, are several Islamic charities involved in dawa [outreach, proselytization], such as the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), as well as several charities connected to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, such as the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and Islamic Relief.

    Deploying taxpayer money to support Islamic charities is not the only way in which the UK embraces Islamization.

    St. Stephen’s Primary School in Newham, London, was recently forced to change its ban on hijabs for girls under the age of eight, even though, in Islam, girls are not obliged to cover themselves before they reach puberty.

    This reversal happened after a massive coordinated backlash by Islamic organizations, such as the Muslim Council of Britain — which the UK government believes to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood — and MEND. The campaign against the ban included a petition, signed by more than 19,000 people as well as local councilors. Ten Newham councilors protested that, “To attack an article of faith and clothing in this manner is an outrage and is simply wrong. The argument against allowing school children of whatever age, to wear a hijab actually goes against our fundamental values as a progressive, tolerant and inclusive society. We therefore call upon the school to overturn this decision immediately…” During the coordinated campaign against the hijab ban at the school, teachers were subjected to bullying and abuse, and the head teacher responsible for introducing the ban was compared to Hitler.

    The school’s chair of governors, Arif Qawi, who had written in a social media post that he was trying to “limit the Islamisation process, and turn these beautiful children into modern, British citizens”, also had to resign. Miqdaad Versi, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said his organization welcomed Qawi’s resignation, because of his “appalling” statements in support of the ban. “Yet serious questions remain unanswered as to the school leadership’s attitude towards Muslims, which are potentially discriminatory…We hope that future decisions are made carefully and with full consultation with local communities.” Versi said.

    This is how Islamization occurs and is made permanent: Other schools will think carefully of the risks before they even attempt to “limit the Islamization process”. According to the former head of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), Sir Michael Wilshaw, the lack of a national policy on wearing hijabs in schools is due to political correctness, which leaves teachers “alone, isolated and vulnerable”.

    “There’s something like 150 schools… which in short make it compulsory for youngsters to wear a hijab — so what’s happening about those schools?”, Sir Michael asked recently , “The country has enormously changed. When heads want to change things, they have now to take into account deep-seated and sincere feeling of communities, some of whom who have conservative views”.

    The British state evidently cares less about Islamization — and the oppression of little girls — than about political correctness.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-25/uk-full-speed-ahead-islamization

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    There are a lot of issues surrounding the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and rather odd. There may well be good and innocent explanations for some or even all of them. Then again there may not. This is why it is crucial for questions to be asked where, as yet, there are either no answers or deeply unsatisfactory ones.

    Some people will assume that this is conspiracy theory territory. It is not that, for the simple reason that I have no credible theory – conspiracy or otherwise – to explain all the details of the incident in Salisbury from start to finish, and I am not attempting to forward one. I have no idea who was behind this incident, and I continue to keep an open mind to a good many possible explanations.

    However, there are a number of oddities in the official narrative, which do demand answers and clarifications. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or a defender of the Russian state to see this. You just need a healthy scepticism, “of a type developed by all inquiring minds!”

    Below are 30 of the most important questions regarding the case and the British Government’s response, which are currently either wholly unanswered, or which require clarification.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-25/30-questions-journalists-should-be-asking-about-skripal-case

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    Sadly, it seems that frequently individuals in the UK face being arrested and detained for having the “wrong opinions.”

    Take the case of Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who has been arrested and questioned for daring to disagree with allowing young transgender individuals to transition. Keen-Minshull was “told she will be arrested if she tries to leave the country.”

    You may not agree with a single one of these individuals or their politics, and that is well within your right to do so. You do not have to like or laud them, or view them as particularly helpful, but what you should support is the individual citizen’s ability to decide whether they agree with you. And their freedom to make a case without state intervention.

    Orwell warned us about the dangers of policing what is and isn’t acceptable. In effectively censoring these individuals, the UK Home Office has decided that you cannot be trusted to make up your own opinion, and that it should decide for you. And that should be enough to terrify any individual who thinks all in our society must have the fundamental right to unfettered discourse.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-24/uk-thought-police-detaining-opponents

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    Fireman beijing expat Mon, 03/26/2018 – 05:31 Permalink
    The Coudenhove Kalergi Plan is functioning! The Europeon aristocracy is happy with the destruction of the once sovereign states of Urupp and supports USSA’S ongoing judaic wars in the Muslim oil patch. Weapons sales are up, the Europeon slums are teeming and the migrant industry is filling the coffers of the slum lords.

    Remember democracy is the real enemy. Your ari$tocracy knows best!

    “Count” Richard Coudenhove Kalergi’s Plan outlined by Gerd Honsik
    “Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination, … the
    elimination of nations by means of ethnic separatist movements or mass
    allogeneic (genetically dissimilar) immigration to create a multiethnic flock
    without quality, easily controllable by the ruling class. Kalergi characterized
    the multiethnic flock as cruel and unfaithful but maintained the elite must
    deliberately create them in order to achieve their own superiority: ‘Then the
    elite will first eliminate democracy – the rule of the people. Next, the elite
    will eliminate the people via miscegenation, thereby replacing the ruling white
    race with an easily controllable mestizo race. By abolishing the principle of
    equality of all before the law, avoiding and punishing any criticism of
    minorities, and protecting minorities with special laws, the masses will be
    suppressed.’’

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/vcpu7j7hakukmde/Coudenhove-Kalergi-Practical-Idealism-English.pdf

    Heros BennyBoy Mon, 03/26/2018 – 05:57 Permalink
    The British need to confront the truth about their history. I used to think Russians lived in histories biggest lie about Stalin, the Bolshevics and their great war. Now I think the UK lie is even bigger. Churchill was no better than Stalin.

    The British need to realize that their “Lord” Rothschild is the one who incited two world wars along with the British elites. They need to accept that without anglo-zionist interventions there never would have been a Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin or WWII. Or their sacred holohoax for that matter.

    As long as the English willingly choose to hide behind the obvious lies about the last 2 hundred years, they will remain vulnerable to the main source of these lies.

    Heros Haus-Targaryen Mon, 03/26/2018 – 06:30 Permalink
    Hitler was pretty clear that he wanted the English empire to survive. It was Roosevelt and his ((cronies)) who wanted the US to take its place.

    Even more so than the Americans, the British fought on the wrong side.

    There is a great new Carryington interview Dr. Hammond about Katyn. There are some great tidbits in there:

    http://andrewcarringtonhitchcock.com/the-andrew-carrington-hitchcock-show-the-2018-shows/

    east of eden Mon, 03/26/2018 – 05:27 Permalink
    This is the Rothschild’s doing. They are trying to pull the same shit here, by financially crippling all other daily newspapers in favour of the one they control, the Globe and Mail. Further, they shut down their comment section and are lying about putting another one in it’s place.

    Absolutely clear that the intend to remove every avenue the people have for dissent.

    This means WAR.

    GreatUncle Mon, 03/26/2018 – 06:07 Permalink
    UK home office like MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ are agencies of a foreign power when they ceded sovereignty to a foreign power by signing the Lisbon Treaty that nobody is tearing up are they? Every fucker is moaning about immigration, £, army, etc. but it is all defined in the Lisbon Treaty as EU economic slaves and the UK government has not stopped. Hell the UK is now on about joining in with the formation of an EU army for what purpose pray tell if not to transfer in the end all the military to the EU?

    Beyond caring now … I think we have confirmed the UK government and all its 650 criminal lawmakers are the enemy and that is fact. Now trying to start a war with Russia so Rothschild can take over that country also seems the MO. If not that to finally implement the police state that they somehow they think they will be liked after? Hahaha … nope police states and violent actions by design are only one more step nearer to inevitable revolution that has to occur to reset the globalists power grab.

    Bit like the Easter uprising in Ireland that when the UK government shot the leaders guaranteed the independence of Ireland in the end from British colonial rule. The UK government is now applying that same principle to its own population, not too harsh just yet but it has just started.

    Have I missed something?

    Northern Flicker Mon, 03/26/2018 – 06:14 Permalink
    Europe should put up a big sign saying “Freedom of Speech is no longer tolerated.”

    Coming to Canada now:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCla6APLHX6W3FeNLc8PYuvg

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    It is a mystery as to why the hard core Brexit faction and the true power brokers, the press barons, have gone quiet after having made such a spectacle of their incompetence and refusal to compromise. Do they not understand what is happening? Has someone done a whip count and realized they didn’t have the votes if they tried forcing a crisis, and that the result would probably be a Labour government, a fate they feared far more than a disorderly Brexit?

    As we’ve pointed out repeatedly, the EU has the vastly stronger negotiating position. The UK could stomp and huff and keep demanding its super special cherry picked special cake all it wanted to. That was a fast track to a crash-out Brexit. But it seems out of character for the Glorious Brexit true believers to sober up suddenly.

    Some observations:

    The transition deal is the much-decried “vassal state“. As we and others pointed out, the only transition arrangement feasible was a standstill with respect to the UK’s legal arrangements with the EU, save at most some comparatively minor concessions on pet issues. The UK will remain subject to the authority of the ECJ. The UK will continue to pay into the EU budget. As we’d predicted, the transition period will go only until the end of 2020.

    The UK couldn’t even get a break on the Common Fisheries Policy. From the Guardian:

    For [fisherman Tony] Delahunty’s entire career, a lopsided system of quotas has granted up to 84% of the rights to fish some local species, such as English Channel cod, to the French, and left as little as 9% to British boats. Add on a new system that bans fishermen from throwing away unwanted catch and it becomes almost impossible to haul in a net of mixed fish without quickly exhausting more limited quotas of “choke” species such as cod

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/03/brexit-uk-capitulates.html

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    Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein argues that fixing Facebook may be impossible because “Facebook’s entire ecosystem is predicated on encouraging the manipulation of its users by third parties who posses the skills and financial resources to leverage Facebook’s model. These are not aberrations at Facebook — they are exactly how Facebook was designed to operate.” Meanwhile one fund manager is already predicting that sooner or later every social media platform “is going to become MySpace,” adding that “Nobody young uses Facebook,” and that the backlash over Cambridge Analytica “quickens the demise.”

    But Slashdot reader silvergeek asks, “is there a safe, secure, and ethical alternative?” to which tepples suggests “the so-called IndieWeb stack using the h-entry microformat.” He also suggests Diaspora, with an anonymous Diaspora user adding that “My family uses a server I put up to trade photos and posts… Ultimately more people need to start hosting family servers to help us get off the cloud craze… NethServer is a pretty decent CentOS based option.”

    Meanwhile Slashdot user Locke2005 shared a Washington Post profile of Mastodon, “a Twitter-like social network that has had a massive spike in sign-ups this week.”
    Mastodon’s code is open-source, meaning anybody can inspect its design. It’s distributed, meaning that it doesn’t run in some data center controlled by corporate executives but instead is run by its own users who set up independent servers. And its development costs are paid for by online donations, rather than through the marketing of users’ personal information… Rooted in the idea that it doesn’t benefit consumers to depend on centralized commercial platforms sucking up users’ personal information, these entrepreneurs believe they can restore a bit of the magic from the Internet’s earlier days — back when everything was open and interoperable, not siloed and commercialized.

    The article also interviews the founders of Blockstack, a blockchain-based marketplace for apps where all user data remains local and encrypted. “There’s no company in the middle that’s hosting all the data,” they tell the Post. “We’re going back to the world where it’s like the old-school Microsoft Word — where your interactions are yours, they’re local and nobody’s tracking them.”

    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/03/25/0039218/ask-slashdot-is-there-a-good-alternative-to-facebook

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    We’ve been quite limited by our ancient DNA of Neanderthals due to limited sample size from the fossil record and then compounded with degradation and contamination of DNA. Last week, Nature, published a fantastic article ultimately from Svante Pääbo and Janet Kelso on a novel way to extract more DNA from less fossil sample; using ClO−, on 9 mg of bone to generate up to 2.7x genomic coverage of five Neanderthals from approx. 39,000 to 47,000 years ago. This is the highest resolution coverage we have on the most number of Neanderthals and this is in particular what makes this such a fantastic paper… One that you should pay attention to if you are interested in ancient DNA and paleo-genetics.

    https://anthropology.net/2018/03/25/five-neanderthal-genomes-tell-us-more-than-ever/

    These five Neanderthals occupied Europe late, at a time when modern humans already moved in too. So did these later Neanderthals interbreed with modern humans? No, say the authors, they could not find any recent gene flow from early modern humans to late Neanderthals. The Neanderthal gene flow that we know has occurred likely happened before these five individuals were alive… Sometime between 70,000 and 150,000 years ago.

    I consider this a hallmark paper, because they were able to extract more high quality DNA from less sample. We now have new information about the changes in Neanderthal populations and when they mixed with modern humans. And we can now answer more questions about ancient Neanderthal and human populations.

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    Was it a Denisovan? As one person in the linked twitter thread notes:

    It is not a Neanderthal and and too recent for Homo heidelbergensis. It is almost as old as the oldest trace of modern humans in Africa, and it is about 100,000 years older than the oldest Out of Africa modern human known from any other source.

    We don’t have ancient DNA from this 1978 discovery or several other ill classified old hominin fossils from China.

    Wikipedia notes that:
    The Dali cranium is interesting to modern anthropologists as it is possibly a well-preserved example of archaic Homo sapiens; it has a mixture of traits from Homo erectus and Homo sapiens.The details of the face and skull are however distinct from European Neanderthals and earlier European hominids, such as remains found in Petralona cave and Atapuerca. . . .

    There has been considerable debate regarding how to classify the fossil in terms of species, with some anthropologists insisting it to be a regional variant of Homo heidelbergensis and others categorizing it as an early representative of Homo sapiens, and as such there is no current consensus on the species status of the Dali fossil. Some anthropologists, notably many Chinese representatives, cite the characteristics of the Dali cranium and other similar Chinese fossils of that era as evidence for genetic continuity in modern H. sapiens today, as Dali’s traits are commonly found in modern Chinese H. sapiens populations. . . .

    http://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/was-dali-skull-denisovan.html

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    Well, it’s already been a very busy year for insights from ancient DNA, including in regards to Central Asia.

    For instance, back in February a paper in Science by Gaunitz et al. revealed that the Botai people of Eneolithic Central Asia kept a breed of horse that was ancestral to the Przewalski’s horse (see here). This is potentially a crucial fact in the PIE homeland debate, because the horse is the most important animal in early Indo-European religion. However, the Przewalski’s horse is a significantly different clade of horse from the modern-day domestic horse. Hence, even if the Botai people were the first humans to domesticate the horse, then so what, because they didn’t domesticate the right type of horse.

    It remains to be seen who domesticated the right type of horse, and apparently there’s a least one major ancient DNA paper on the way that will try to solve this problem. But we already know that the Middle Bronze Age Sintashta people, who lived in the southern Urals, just east of the current border between Europe and Asia, but were the descendants of Eastern European migrants to the region, did keep the right type of horse, that was also phylogenetically somewhat more basal, and thus ancestral, to most modern-day horse breeds.

    http://eurogenes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/central-asia-as-pie-urheimat-forget-it.html

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    I have long maintained that the higher genetic diversity of extant Sub-Saharan Africans is the result of admixture between “Afrasians” (a population that spawned Eurasians and much of the ancestry of Sub-Saharans and which had “low” (Eurasian-level) of genetic diversity) and multiple layers of “Palaeoafricans”. It would seem that one such layer has now been discovered.

    Where did the Afrasians live? Recent developments pushed back the presence of modern humans in both North Africa and the Middle East, making both regions highly competitive as the cradle of the Afrasians. The odds for Sub-Saharan Africa have greatly diminished also by the discovery of late non-sapiens H. naledi in South Africa (which was naively postulated as a cradle based on the presence there today of genetically diverse San Bushmen, but who are not descendants of even Late Pleistocene South Africans), as well as of the archaic component in the genomes of West Africans. These discoveries pile up on top of known archaic skulls of late provenance in both Central and West Africa.

    Remember though, that the archaic admixture in West Africans is “less archaic” (more closely related to H. sapiens) than the Neandertal/Denisovan ancestry which contributed to extant Eurasians. All Africans (modern or archaic) are a branch within the phylogeny of Eurasians, with Australoids (and now apparently East Asians too) having the deepest known strain of human ancestry inherited from the elusive Denisovans.

    http://dienekes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/statistical-palaeoafricans.html

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