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.



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.


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.








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.




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.





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.




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.




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.




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.


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.


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




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.






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

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.

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    DavidskiMarch 24, 2018 at 6:19 AM


    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.


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

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

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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…

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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%.

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

    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.

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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:

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

    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:

    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:

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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

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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.”

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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.

    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. . . .

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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.

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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.

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    Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from mud as deadly Alabama Rot spreads in the UK.

    There are fears dogs could contract the devastating flesh-eating disease from mud picked up on their paws and legs during walks.

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    Pulse Nightclub Killer’s Father Was Decade-Long FBI Informant, Planned Terrorist Attacks Against Pakistan

    Twatter Mon, 03/26/2018 – 18:07 Permalink
    MKUltra in Your face!

    If the CIA would kill Kennedy, start a war in Vietnam for a warmup act,

    what isn’t possible.

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    38BWD22 Twatter Mon, 03/26/2018 – 18:08 Permalink

    Ha ha ha. “Gun Control Laws” right there on his sign (second picture).


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    Beam Me Up Scotty 38BWD22 Mon, 03/26/2018 – 18:23 Permalink
    Why is it, that the FBI always just around the corner in these stories? In the Parkland shooting a few weeks ago, they knew of the shooter but just didn’t pick him up. Its almost like they wanted him to succeed. Then this story. A conspiracy theorist would think they might be the puppet masters. Naaahhhh!!!

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    Thought Processor Beam Me Up Scotty Mon, 03/26/2018 – 18:39 Permalink

    I now think this whole thing is related to MK Ultra. Or rather it’s offshoots.

    After researching it a bit I found that the original CIA led MK Ultra program split into 149 special access deep black programs AFTER it was discovered and literally vilified by virtually everyone.

    That was 40 years ago. Let your imagination run with that one for a while.

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    BabaLooey Thought Processor Mon, 03/26/2018 – 18:45 Permalink
    The whole fucking “narrative” is a fucking scam.

    Sandy Hook, Vegas – this shit. Parkland.

    The number of fucking dumb asses I have to avoid now concerning the dis-information on this – and many other shit-stories that the NWO cunts have dredged up is stacking up.

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    SWRichmond BabaLooey Mon, 03/26/2018 – 19:10 Permalink
    OK, anyone else tired of the FBI trying to get us killed to push their gun-control agenda?

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    Normalcy Bias BabaLooey Mon, 03/26/2018 – 19:47 Permalink
    I know it’s a quaint notion, but I wish we could go back to the good ‘ole days when mass shootings were just mass shootings.

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    While the resurgence of human trafficking in war-torn Libya in recent years has occupied the headlines, trafficking in the UK has also climbed to an all-time high, according to the National Crime Agency.

    Statistics released by the NCA show the number of potential victims of slavery has increased by 35% to 5,145 since 2016 – the highest since records began in 2009. And it’s likely that number will only continue to climb, per RT.

    The NCA said most victims are being used for sex or as drug mules by “county lines” groups, which use vulnerable children as couriers to transfer drugs from the city to rural areas.

    British nationals comprised the largest group, followed by people from Albania and Vietnam. UK children accounted for 819 referrals, while 777 were Albanians, and 739 were Vietnamese.

    Liam Vernon, a senior manager in the NCA’s modern slavery and human trafficking unit, said the figure is “shocking.” “The reality is that there isn’t a region in the UK that isn’t affected.” “The number is shocking and our assessment is that this is an underreported crime.”

    Nearly half of the referrals were linked to labor exploitation, while other cases were connected to sexual exploitation (1,744) and domestic servitude (488).

    cheka Lost in translation Mon, 03/26/2018 – 21:04 Permalink
    hogg kid caught — wesn’t even at the skool when the alleged shooting happened. this after he did interviews describing the things he did/saw/heard during the shooting

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    Finian Cunningham notes the absurdity in the political and media uproar over Trump (belatedly) telephoning Putin to congratulate him on his reelection with 77 percent of the vote, a show of public approval that no Western political leader could possibly attain. The crazed US senator from Arizona called the person with the largest majority vote of our time “a dictator.” Yet a real blood-soaked dictator from Saudi Arabia is feted at the White House and fawned over by the president of the United States.

    The Western politicians and presstitutes are morally outraged over an alleged poisoning, unsupported by any evidence, of a former spy of no consequence on orders by the president of Russia himself. These kind of insane insults thrown at the leader of the world’s most powerful military nation—and Russia is a nation, unlike the mongrel Western countries—raise the chances of nuclear Armageddon beyond the risks during the 20th century’s Cold War. The insane fools making these unsupported accusations show total disregard for all life on earth. Yet they regard themselves as the salt of the earth and as “exceptional, indispensable” people.

    Think about the alleged poisoning of Skirpal by Russia. What can this be other than an orchestrated effort to demonize the president of Russia?

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    Within the new $700 billion defense budget the U.S. Congress allocated more money for U.S. missile defense:

    The Pentagon would spend an additional $1 billion on two of Lockheed’s missile defense systems, bringing total appropriations for the Missile Defense Agency to $11.5 billion.
    More U.S. taxpayer money will also be given to missile defense contractors in Israel:

    Congress has dramatically increased its budget for the Israeli missile defense programs by $148 million to include ongoing Iron Dome and Arrow 3 development.
    “I am pleased and excited to announce that the US Congress has approved a record sum for Israel’s missile defense program: $705m. in 2018!” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced on Monday.

    Two incidents last night provide again that missile defense is a waste of money. It hardly ever works. Strategic missile defense, which the U.S. builds to take down intercontinental missiles, will not protect against the new weapons Russia and others are now pursuing. The U.S. military acknowledges this. After Putin announced the new weapon systems the Trump administration raised the white flag and suddenly asked for new arms control talks.

    Last night the Yemeni army launched (vid) seven ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia. Three of those targeted the capital Riyadh, four were aimed at military and infrastructure targets. In Riyadh the Saudi forces fired a a number of Patriot surface-to-air missiles and claimed that those successfully intercepted the Yemeni missiles. The Saudis Patriot Advanced Capabilities-2 system (PAC-2) are made by the U.S. company Raytheon which also hires former U.S. soldiers as ‘Patriot Battery Systems Technician Field Engineers’ to man and maintain the Saudi systems.

    Earlier Saudi claims of successful intercepts turned out to be false.

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    A beautiful and breathtaking example of a false portal dolmen, located near Mount Kokay.
    The megalithic site is located inaccessible place in a remote area in the mountains of Tuapse.

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    With all that has been exposed over the last few years, the politicians arrested, the churches exposed, the international organizations masquerading as humanitarian groups reveled, the police shown to cover it all up, and the rings busted in their back yards, sex trafficking of children and adults alike has obvious connections to not only the government, but the elite circles which control it.

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    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie’s testimony before the culture select committee of MPs has been nothing short of shocking. But perhaps the most disturbing claim made by the former Cambridge Analytica data scientist was that his predecessor was murdered in Kenya after a mysterious “influence brokering” deal went sour.

    According to Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower behind the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, we have President Trump to thank for the exposure of Facebook as a data-hording, privacy-busting super-surveillance ‘state’.

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    The easiest way to learn how to build improvised explosive devices with explosive formed penetrators and various arming and triggering devices is to read declassified CIA manuals. I recommend to start with “Explosives For Sabotage” available at

    To find the inspiration for hiding stuff in ‘rocks’ made out of fiberglass and foam one can read British newspapers:

    Britain was behind a plot to spy on Russians with a device hidden in a fake plastic rock, a former key UK government official has admitted.

    A diplomatic row was sparked six years ago after Russian state television broadcast a film claiming British agents had hidden a sophisticated transmitter inside a fake rock left on a Moscow street.
    The CAR report shows some similarities between the trigger of an IEDs found in Yemen and another one allegedly found in Bahrain. But how does that lead back to Iran? Why not reasonably assume that various groups simply work from the same set of ideas and use the same manuals?

    The report never investigates that thesis. Instead we get this claptrap:

    The electronics kits used in the RCIEDs feature heatshrink wire coverings, which are manufactured by the Chinese company WOER. WOER-brand heatshrink wire covering is a constant feature of Iranian origin materiel recovered in Yemen and Bahrain, including RCIEDs, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and dual-use equipment suspected to be used in the production of rocket propellant.
    WOER is one of the bigger global producers of heatshrink wire coverings. Its website says that it has 3,000 dealers and 40 official sales offices including in:

    Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Palestine, Qatar
    Some WOER products are available on Amazon. This brand is well known and so widely available in the Middle East that it is outright laughable to attribute WOER material to Iran.

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    I have known both Brennan and Giraldi for a long time. They are examples of the worst (Brennan) and the best (Giraldi) that the CIA has produced although I will remind that Giraldi started in the Army and was lured to Langley when already a well known and respected person in the intelligence community.
    Brennan, at the beginning of his career was judged by CIA to be unsuited to be a field man and was made an analyst. I first knew him when I was Defense Attache in Jiddah and he was attached to Alan Fiers office. It was clear to me from the beginning that he was someone whom you should not trust or turn your back on.
    Giraldi here lays out the case for Brennan’s turpitude. Let Sessions act on this! Let him act! pl

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    The question now is: Will this transparency actually change user’s behavior? Or will Facebook’s hollow promises to change be enough to lull its legions of users back into a passive ignorance. As Curran points out, people would be outraged if they discovered the government was monitoring them to this extent. But when Google does it? People hardly bat an eye.

    The CLOUD Act will also allow the U.S. to enter into agreements that allow the transfer of private data from domestic servers to investigators in other countries on a case-by-case basis, further globalizing the ever-encroaching surveillance state. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has strongly opposed the legislation, listed several consequences of the bill, which it called “far-reaching” and “privacy-upending”:

    Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people’s communications from U.S. companies, without obtaining a U.S. warrant.

    Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.

    Allow the U.S. president to enter “executive agreements” that empower police in foreign nations that have weaker privacy laws than the United States to seize data in the United States while ignoring U.S. privacy laws.

    Allow foreign police to collect someone’s data without notifying them about it.

    Empower U.S. police to grab any data, regardless if it’s a U.S. person’s or not, no matter where it is stored.

    The bill is an update to the current MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty), the current framework for sharing internet user data between countries, which both legislators and tech companies have criticized as inefficient.

    Some tech companies, like Microsoft, have endorsed the new CLOUD policy. Brad Smith, the company’s president and chief legal officer, called it “a strong statute and a good compromise,” that “gives tech companies like Microsoft the ability to stand up for the privacy rights of our customers around the world.”

    They echoed the sentiment of lawmakers like Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In February, he said of the bill:

    “The CLOUD Act bridges the divide that sometimes exists between law enforcement and the tech sector by giving law enforcement the tools it needs to access data throughout the world while at the same time creating a commonsense framework to encourage international cooperation to resolve conflicts of law.”

    But one of the biggest complaints from privacy advocates, however, it that the new legislation places too much unmitigated power in the hands of governments with abysmal human rights records while also giving too much discretion to the U.S. government’s executive branch. Noting that the executive branch will decide which countries are human rights compliant and that those countries will then be able to engage in data collection and wiretaps without any further restrictions or oversight, the ACLU warned:

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    It’s 8am on a misty Wednesday morning and a group of people here are very anxious about the latest proposal for this historic patch of England: a 1.8 mile tunnel containing a new dual carriageway, its entrance and exit sitting inside the Stonehenge world heritage site, and which may also involve a new flyover. After years of proposals for a tunnel being knocked back and forth – a similar plan was ruled out in 2007 – the latest scheme was announced by then chancellor George Osborne in 2014. Soon after, David Cameron and Nick Clegg staged separate photo opportunities on the same day at Stonehenge, in an attempt to sell the economic benefits of a tunnel and widened road to locals. Give or take consultation processes and concerns about the costs, work is due to start in 2020.

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    Frankly, I am awed, amazed and even embarrassed. I was born in Switzerland, lived most of my life there, I also visited most of Europe, and I lived in the USA for over 20 years.

    Yet in my worst nightmares I could not have imagined the West sinking as low as it does now. I mean, yes, I know about the false flags, the corruption, the colonial wars, the NATO lies, the abject subservience of East Europeans, etc. I wrote about all that many times. But imperfect as they were, and that is putting it mildly, I remember Helmut Schmidt, Maggie Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, even Chirac! And I remember what the Canard Enchaîné used to be, or even the BBC. During the Cold War the West was hardly a knight in white shining armor, but still – rule of law did matter, as did at least some degree of critical thinking.

    I am now deeply embarrassed for the West. And very, very afraid.

    All I see today is a submissive herd lead by true, bona fide, psychopaths (in a clinical sense of the word)

    And that is not the worst thing.

    The worst thing is the deafening silence, the way everybody just looks away, pretends like “ain’t my business” or, worse, actually takes all this grotesque spectacle seriously. What the fuck is wrong with you people?! Have you all been turned into zombies?! WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    Let me carefully measure my words here and tell you the blunt truth.

    Since the Neocon coup against Trump the West is now on exactly the same course as Nazi Germany was in, roughly, the mid 1930s.

    Oh sure, the ideology is different, the designated scapegoat also. But the mindset is *exactly* the same.

    Same causes produce the same effects. But this time around, there are weapons on both sides which make the Dresden Holocaust looks like a minor spark.

    So now we have this touching display of “western solidarity” not with UK or the British people, but with the City of London. Now ain’t that touching?!

    Let me ask you this: what has been the central feature of Britain’s policies towards Europe, oh, let’s say since the Middle-Ages?

    That’s right: starting wars in Europe.

    And this time around you think it’s different?

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    ACP beepbop Tue, 03/27/2018 – 23:18 Permalink
    Maybe this video of David Hogg-Hitller will explain things:

    Interesting how the fascists at youtube are so afraid of this they put it in limited state, where it won’t even show up in search results.

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    JSBach1 Disgruntled Goat Wed, 03/28/2018 – 00:00 Permalink
    What happened to the west is that it stood idly by as the Zioparasite infected its bloodline despite the “white”-blood cells (which triggered a fervent response but were few in numbers) attempted to awaken its very host to the ancient deadly pathogen…

    In case anyone missed the latest piece, by the Saker, on the Skripals case here it is:

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    TeaClipper TeamDepends Wed, 03/28/2018 – 00:16 Permalink
    Commie hoards? Geez man, if thats where you are stuck at why are you even on this site.

    The Russians threw off the yoke of communism a long time ago, that yoke is now being proudly carried by western youth.

    Go find your local antifa group and attend one of their rallies, then come back here and talk about commies, until then you are just a badly informed low IQ moron

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    Mr. Universe Davidduke2000 Tue, 03/27/2018 – 23:54 Permalink
    You don’t seem to understand and you are misinformed as to what bankers want. “not much”? The deuce you say.

    “Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are the United States government’s institutions.
    They are not government institutions. They are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign swindlers” — Congressional Record 12595-12603 — Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (12 years) June 10, 1932

    “I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs….I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgivable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.” — John Danforth (R-Mo)

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    Go to The Sakers and read the comment section too.

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    Mr. Universe soyungato Tue, 03/27/2018 – 23:38 Permalink
    I second that. He has lots of guest posters with whom I disagree with, but it shows another perspective, and that’s good. Then in the South Front war reports, the comments section usually has items not reported in the MSM.

    TeraByte Tue, 03/27/2018 – 23:22 Permalink
    The West has descended into an anarchy similar to Mao´s Cultural Revolution. His Red Guards alone were responsible for millions deaths. Now too indoctrinated and fanatic student sheeples run the show totally unaware of a trap they are led to by Orwellian manipulators and their henchmen media, a global war with no winners and some zeros added to Mao´s death toll figures. It is a horror to watch, how masses can be agitated in this way to “two minutes of hate”, with an unimaginable catastrophe in consequence.

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    While many politicians and civilians in the United States focus on making the country a socialist regime, Venezuela’s children are forming gangs and using machetes to fight each other for “quality garbage” so they have something to eat

    Socialism is only good for those already at the very top. It’s a very important lesson for anyone seeking to “remove the wealth” from the 1%. Never assume that the rich will allow you vote their money away in the first place. The other issue most socialists forget that the 1% is made up the very wealthy politicians from both parties who will profit immensely from the implementation of socialism. Of course, when that does happen children starve and become violent as a means to survive and have just one more meal.

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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb -of Black Swan and Antifragile fame- has made the case, in his usual strong fashion, for applying the Precautionary Principle when it comes to GMOs. His argument is that allowing genetically modified organisms in our eco- and foodsystems carries unknown risks that we have no way of overseeing, and that these risks may cause irreversible damage to the very systems mankind relies on for survival.

    Taleb is not popular among GMO producers. Who all insist there is no evidence that their products cause harm. But that is not the point. The Precautionary Principle, if it is to be applied, must turn the burden of proof on its head. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Monsanto et al must prove that their products do no harm. They can not. Which is why they have, and need, huge lobbying, PR and legal departments.

    Most Britons remain blithely unaware that since the Beatles broke up, we have wiped out half our wildlife…

    …since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the number of flying insects on nature reserves in Germany had dropped by at least 76% – more than three-quarters…

    Things like ‘since you were born’, ‘since man landed on the moon’, ‘since the wall came down’ or ‘since 9/11’ may be a bit clearer than 100 years, or 25 years. Moreover, I read somewhere that since Columbus landed in 1492, America has lost on third of all its biodiversity, but that doesn’t yet explain the rate of acceleration that is taking place.

    In October last year, the Guardian had this:

    Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Germany Have Vanished In 25 Years

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    The breakthroughs that are credited with saving the most lives?

    Toilets, synthetic fertilizers, blood transfusions, the green revolution (also known as the “Third Agricultural Revolution”), and vaccines are each credited with saving 1 billion lives. Meanwhile, pasteurization, water chlorination, antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and the bifurcated needle have saved hundreds of millions of lives each.

    There are also some unusual entries to the list.

    It turns out that satellites have actually saved 250,000 lives, thanks to the ability to better forecast natural disasters. Nuclear power also gets a shout out – and it may surprise some people that nuclear energy is the least deadly form of energy per kilowatt generated.

    For a graphical look at how this all has impacted life expectancy, the following chart from Our World in Data makes a very clear case:

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    The DNA samples come from one of the most ancient cemeteries in the world, the Grotte des Pigeons, in northeast Morocco, by Oujda. This site was discovered in 1908 and has been excavated since 1940. These ancient Moroccans buried their dead upright. They adorned them with beads and animal horns and had small, sophisticated stone arrowheads and points. A very good paper from 2012 in the Journal of Human Evolution documents the funerary rites of these people.

    This unique way of burying their and their artifacts singled them out as the Iberomaurusian culture. As you can tell the term includes Iberia, which ultimately reflects the theory that the people who lived in this corner of North Africa were closely connected to Europe, perhaps by a land bridge. This theory came from archaeologists in the ’60’s who argued that small blades and the stone tools resembled Gravettian culture… A culture that swept Southern Europe during the Upper Paleolithic and possibly entered North Africa. Iberomaurusian sites have been found across the Maghreb.

    While excavating Grotte des Pigeons in 2005, Louise Humphrey of the Natural History Museum in London and colleagues found the remains of 14 individuals amongst those intricate artifacts and burials. Marieke van de Loosdrecht and Matthias Meyer of Max Planck then extracted DNA. That is a feat in itself because the warm Moroccan temperature degrades ancient DNA. Van de Loosdrecht joined Choongwon Jeong to analyze the DNA.

    Their analysis tells a different story than the prevailing theory on the origins of the Iberomaurusians. Rather than being of European origin, they were likely Middle Easterners and Sub-Saharan Africans. These Iberomaurasians were approximately 66% related to Natufians. Natufians are a group of hunter-gatherers who lived in the Middle East 14,500 to 11,000 years ago. The remaining one-third are shared with sub-Saharan Africans who were most closely related to today’s West Africans and the Hadza of Tanzania. In other words, these people migrating in and out of North Africa and had no European heritage.

    This is a remarkable paper. It is a marriage of archaeology, paleoanthropology and genetics. It uses a new line of evidence, ancient DNA, that is challenging to extract from warm environments to tell us new things that we incorrectly assumed before based on the archaeological record.

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    Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members. The brethren’s complex includes a chapel, a school, a sports field, and an archive. Membership has doubled since 1978—and the number of plural marriages has tripled—so the sect has recently been looking for ways to purchase more land and expand throughout the town.

    But new pioneers have quietly begun moving into the area, secretive outsiders who say little and keep to themselves. Like the pious polygamists, they are focused on deciphering cryptic messages that only they have the power to understand. Just off Beef Hollow Road, less than a mile from brethren headquarters, thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers’ own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town’s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol.

    Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and images hurtling through the world’s telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors.

    But the real competition will take place in the classified realm. To secretly develop the new exaflop (or higher) machine by 2018, the NSA has proposed constructing two connecting buildings, totaling 260,000 square feet, near its current facility on the East Campus of Oak Ridge. Called the Multiprogram Computational Data Center, the buildings will be low and wide like giant warehouses, a design necessary for the dozens of computer cabinets that will compose an exaflop-scale machine, possibly arranged in a cluster to minimize the distance between circuits. According to a presentation delivered to DOE employees in 2009, it will be an “unassuming facility with limited view from roads,” in keeping with the NSA’s desire for secrecy. And it will have an extraordinary appetite for electricity, eventually using about 200 megawatts, enough to power 200,000 homes. The computer will also produce a gargantuan amount of heat, requiring 60,000 tons of cooling equipment, the same amount that was needed to serve both of the World Trade Center towers.

    In the meantime Cray is working on the next step for the NSA, funded in part by a $250 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It’s a massively parallel supercomputer called Cascade, a prototype of which is due at the end of 2012. Its development will run largely in parallel with the unclassified effort for the DOE and other partner agencies. That project, due in 2013, will upgrade the Jaguar XT5 into an XK6, codenamed Titan, upping its speed to 10 to 20 petaflops.

    Yottabytes and exaflops, septillions and undecillions—the race for computing speed and data storage goes on. In his 1941 story “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges imagined a collection of information where the entire world’s knowledge is stored but barely a single word is understood. In Bluffdale the NSA is constructing a library on a scale that even Borges might not have contemplated. And to hear the masters of the agency tell it, it’s only a matter of time until every word is illuminated.

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    Today Elijah Magnier published a three part piece on the war on Syria and its role in the much the global political confrontation.

    Will America accept its defeat or will it challenge the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon? – Part 1, 2, 3

    The first part describes the current situation at the various fronts in Syria and the most likely next operations. The Syrian government is winning the conflict. U.S. CentCom General Votel admitted that the U.S. strategy in Syria has failed. Magnier concludes:

    The US has lost the « extremist battle »- they were incapable of achieving the “regime change” objective in Syria. That was the awakening of the Russian bear from its long hibernation who realised how the US was trying to corner it. Moscow also relied on the Chinese dragon, which shares Russia’s goals to eliminate all extremists and jihadist terrorists in Syria.
    Both Russia and China are now working closely to put an end to the uni-polar superpower and thus end US world dominance.

    The second part looks at the development of U.S.-Russian relations over the last decade and the role U.S. ‘regime change’ policies in the eastern Europe and Middle East played in it. The U.S. attack on Syria was part of the wider challenging of Russia. It brought up a new coalition which is now countering U.S. moves:

    Off topic, but I think this is important. With false flags there always seems to be a drill going on at the same time, a drill that weirdly, and coincidentally of course, mimics the reality that follows (the list is long and easy to Google). So we have the poison incident in Salisbury that stinks to high heaven, but no mention of a drill. Then I came across a statement by the Royal Navy that a drill had taken place on Salisbury plain at the same time as the poison incident:

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    Archaeologists working off Canada’s Pacific Coast have found 29 human footprints dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. The buried impressions were found along a beach—a discovery that’s bolstering the case for a coastal migratory route into North America.

    When archaeologists are on the hunt for evidence of ancient human activity, they tend to find hardy things like bones, stone tools, and cave art. Finding the preserved remains of human footprints, on the other hand, is exceptionally rare. New research published today in PLOS One describes the discovery of 29 human footprints found buried on the shoreline of Calvert Island in British Columbia. Dated to around 13,000 years old, the impressions offer potential proof that America’s first migrants traveled along the Pacific West Coast when the continent became accessible at the end of the last Ice Age. But because ancient humans had already taken root in North America by this point in history, more evidence will be required to bear this out.

    During the last Ice Age, a massive chunk of ice called the Cordilleran Ice Sheet created a natural and impenetrable barrier between Eurasia and North America. When this obstruction finally melted some 16,000 to 15,000 years ago, it opened the gates to North America, allowing humans to venture from Siberia and Beringia into the continent. Owing to a dearth of archaeological evidence, however, archaeologists aren’t entirely sure about the routes taken by these venturous humans.

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    Archaeological excavations at Aranbaltza, site located in the Basque Country coast, have revealed several episodes of neandertal occupations with preserved wooden remains. The fieldwork is leaded by Joseba Rios-Garaizar, archaeologist from the Spanish National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH). In 2015, the excavation revealed the presence of waterlogged sediments preserving wooden remains in an extraordinary state of preservation. The assemblage includes including two wooden tools, and one of them is a 15 cm long digging stick which has been published in PLOS ONE.

    The detailed analysis of this tool and the OSL dating of the sediment that bears the wooden remains indicate that the objects were deposited around 90.000 years and thus, they were made by neandertals. The Micro-CT analysis and a close examination of the surface have shown th
    at a yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves. One of this halves was scraped with a stone-tool, and treated with fire to harden it and to facilitate the scraping to obtain a pointed morphology. Use-wear analysis revealed that it was used for digging in search of food, flint, or simply to make holes in the ground.

    The archaeological project at Aranbaltza started in 2013 to investigate the last neandertals from Western Europe, who were responsible of the Chatelperronian culture. The ongoing excavations have revealed different neandertal occupation events spanning from 100 to 44.000 years. This makes of Aranbaltza an exceptional site to investigate neandertal evolution and behavioral variability.

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    Although political consultants have long used “microtargeting” techniques for zeroing in on particular ethnic, religious, age, or income groups, Cambridge Analytica’s approach is unusual: The company relies upon individuals’ personal data that is harvested from social media apps like Facebook. In the US, such activities are entirely legal. Some described Cambridge Analytica’s tools as “mind-reading software” and a “weaponized AI [artificial intelligence] propaganda machine.” However, corporate media outlets such as CNN and the Wall Street Journal often portrayed the company in glowing terms.

    Cambridge Analytica is once again in the headlines–but under somewhat different circumstances. Late last week, whistleblower Christopher Wylie went public, explaining how he played an instrumental role in collecting millions of Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica. This revelation is significant because until investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr published her exposé in The Guardian, Cambridge Analytica’s then-CEO Alexander Nix had adamantly denied using Facebook data. And although Facebook officials knew that Cambridge Analytica had previously gathered data on millions of users, they did not prohibit the company from advertising until last Friday, as the scandal erupted.

    To make matters worse, the UK’s Channel 4 released undercover footage early this week in which Cambridge Analytica executives boast about using dirty tricks–bribes, entrapment, and “beautiful girls” to mention a few.

    The case of Cambridge Analytica brings into focus a brave new world of electoral politics in an algorithmic age–an era in which social media companies like Facebook and Twitter make money by selling ads, but also by selling users’ data outright to third parties. Relatively few countries have laws that prevent such practices–and it turns out that the US does not have a comprehensive federal statute protecting individuals’ data privacy.

    This story is significant not only because it demonstrates what can happen when an unorthodox company takes advantage of a lax regulatory environment, but also because it reveals how Internet companies like Facebook have played fast and loose with the personal data of literally billions of users.

    From Public Relations to Psychological Warfare

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    beemasters Zero Point Wed, 03/28/2018 – 22:47 Permalink
    Assange tweeted the link to UK’s Queen Elizabeth.

    “We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow… Instead, they are British, Eton educated, … and have close ties to Her Majesty…”

    Then his internet access was cut off…

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