Ravens, Ayahuasca, Story Wars, Usual Stuff…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spoiler Alert: The Egyptian government turned an ancient and mysterious site of interest into a garbage dump, now damaged and inaccessible.<br><br>This is why Western countries have to take on the responsibility of preserving ancient artifacts and ruins.<a href="https://t.co/9LXup6anqA">https://t.co/9LXup6anqA</a></p>&mdash; Tara McCarthy (@TaraMcCarthy444) <a href="https://twitter.com/TaraMcCarthy444/status/981285666079244288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The current ethnic group occupying Egypt appears to have zero to little interest in preserving, understanding, or exploring ancient artifacts and architecture in their land.<br><br>Some say that they fear it contradicting their religious beliefs about how old the world is, thus coverup</p>&mdash; Tara McCarthy (@TaraMcCarthy444) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TaraMcCarthy444/status/981286064420683776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to legend, ravens used to swoop onto Britain’s medieval battlefields to feast on the carnage, announcing their arrival with a malevolent shriek that “sounds like it’s from hell,” Skaife says. But that hasn’t stopped him from broadcasting it to the world. As modern Ravenmaster, he’s added a new task to the job description: Social Media Master. With more than 20,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, and almost 50 million loops on Vine, Skaife seems to have cornered the market on raven-related media. On his various accounts, countless clips of these jet-black birds croak and caw away much to the delight of his followers.

“I have the deepest, darkest Goth followers, scientists, bird lovers, historians, artists—you name it,” Skaife says. “They have a general interest in birds and corvids. So that’s brilliant.”

http://www.audubon.org/news/at-tower-london-ravenmaster-digital-age

 

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Fear occurs when we leave the present moment, as fear is based on our perception that a bad outcome with occur.

As fear set in, I performed more and more sets of Wim Hof breathing exercises. Fear occurs when you lose control of your breath, and by controlling your breath you maintain control of your fear.

The day of the ceremony, Nic and I both stretched. He did a bunch of Yoga and I did 10 Wim Hof breaths while holding stretches.

We were ready.

The ayahuasca ceremony.

 

https://www.cernovich.com/what-ayahuasca-was-like-for-me/

 

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Discussion

It has long been assumed by most archaeologist that the Bluestones were transported by people from Pembrokeshire to Stonehenge. This may or many not be true. However, the reasons why anybody should have bothered have not been really discussed, other than suggesting a vague sacredness of the Preseli area. I have no problem with the bluestones being sacred. It’s just that there are some perfectly attractive, and potentially just as sacred, stones in the Mendips or Quantock Hills, say, which are much handier for Stonehenge.

But if the bluestones lay on an existing route to and from somewhere important at the time then their significance can be better appreciated. What if, as in a previous post, traders coming from Ireland with copper to trade avoided the difficult rocky coast of the Pembrokeshire headland by taking a route across the headland from north to south. A route via the Nyfer and the Taf, and therefore passing the Bluestone site of Carn Menyn, seems like a good choice for this. It is interesting to note the concentration of Neolithic and Bronze age standing stones at the northern end of this route.

There is also a second possible route across the headland, further to the east, starting along the Teifi River then crossing a broad section of land to join the Tywi in the south. Again between these rivers there is a concentration of standing stones, although this route does not pass the Preseli Hills.

Perhaps somewhere in this data lies part of the reason why anybody would have bothered to collect the bluestones and move them all the way to Stonehenge. After all they were going that way anyway.

Well, it’s only a thought.

(P.S. by chance “pres” means copper in Welsh. There is no significant copper deposit in Pembrokeshire and this put me in mind of an exciting survival of some ancient name in Preseli. I suspect, however, that the word “pres”‘s etymology can be traced back to the English word “brass”, and so is much younger than Stonehenge. Oh well.)

http://armchairprehistory.com/2010/11/01/preseli-blustones-is-milford-haven-the-wrong-place/

 

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Psychedelics are having a moment. Clinical trials have found promising results regarding the efficacy of MDMA to treat PTSD, magic mushrooms to treat depression, and ketamine to treat OCD. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have been touting the powers of LSD microdosing to increase productivity and creativity. And ayahuasca retreats—where people ingest the Amazonian hallucinogen in shamanic ceremonies—are gaining popularity among Americans.

But these substances’ benefits don’t make them risk-free—especially not outside the supervision of a doctor or therapist, says James Giordano, professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center. The risks and benefits of psychedelics depend on the drug, the dose, the frequency with which you take it, the purity, and whether you mix it with other drugs. In general, Giordano recommends sticking to a microdose or, at most, a low dose (see how much this is for each drug below) and waiting at least 10-14 days between doses (except for ayahuasca, where up to three consecutive days pose minimal risk).

So, how harmful are psychedelics, really? Here’s what you need to know about five of the most popular psychedelics recently enlisted for therapeutic purposes.

https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/59j97a/how-badly-are-you-messing-up-your-brain-by-using-psychedelics

 

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The Nazca Lines of Peru are world-famous as an ancient marvel (not least due to their central place in ‘ancient astronaut’ theories) – large ‘drawings’ made on the dry desert landscape by moving rocks to expose the ground beneath; so large that they are often only visible as a complete picture by viewing from above.

And now Peruvian archaeologists have announced that they have found more than 50 new ‘geoglyphs’ – not at Nazca though, but in adjacent Palpa province – after being tipped off to possible sites of significance by armchair ‘space archaeologists’.

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/04/more-than-50-new-nazca-lines-discovered-in-peruvian-desert/

 

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A few days before his death in Rome in 1564 Michelangelo is said to have destroyed all the drawings in his house. He had done something similar on at least three previous occasions. But despite his efforts more than two hundred drawings are almost universally accepted today as being wholly or in part by his hand, and most experts would argue for a much higher figure. Substantial though these numbers are, it is clear that only a tiny fraction of the drawings that he produced has survived. For example, there are famous studies of individual figures on the Sistine ceiling, but only for three or four figures, though it seems virtually certain that he made similar drawings for every major figure, of which there are well over a hundred. The situation with his other major works in painting, notably the lost cartoon for a battle picture in the town hall of Florence, known as the Battle of Cascina, and the Last Judgment, is just as bad if not worse. About a hundred and thirty of the surviving drawings are currently on show in the Metropolitan Museum, including many of the most famous, in what must be one of the most comprehensive displays ever assembled. It includes examples of all the different types of drawing Michelangelo seems to have produced, from rough pen sketches to completed full-size cartoons, and covers every stage in his career.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n03/charles-hope/useful-only-for-scrap-paper

 

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The following is an edited version of two transcripts of interviews of Rorion Gracie conducted by James Williams and Stanley A. Pranin of Aikido Journal in the fall of 1994.

http://aikidojournal.com/2011/08/27/interview-with-rorion-gracie-by-james-williams-and-stanley-pranin/

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A man tried to gouge his friend’s eye out with a spoon, a court heard.

Jamie Orr tried to put the spoon into his friend’s left eye socket after he fell asleep on the sofa.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/man-tried-gouge-friends-eye-14529565

What would he do to his enemy, if that’s what he does to his friend, eh ?

You fall asleep and the next thing you know, your ‘friend’ is trying to dig your eye out with a spoon…..The police, social services, medical staff, have to deal with that kind of crap every day, and then the courts, prisons and mental hospitals have to contain them, and the population has to be taxed to pay for it all.

Where was I, before being distracted by that ‘news’ ? Oh yes, marty sent a contribution in the previous comments, and posted this interesting video.

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=30235&cpage=4#comment-33998

So what do I make of that ?

Seems to me, (following Orwell), that if you want to control people, then a good way to do it is to control the story of their past (who they are and where they came from) because the ideas of their past are what provides them with a sense of identity, social coherence, belonging, direction, continuity, tradition, etc.

So there is a sort of vested interest in repeating a story of the past and persuading as many as possible to believe it, even forcing conformity to those beliefs by intimidation and penalties.

Consider, as all children must do at some point, questioning personal identity and how you came to be existing at whatever time and place. And the answer, perhaps supplied by an elderly relative, or by research… ‘Well, your great-great grandfather was so-and-so, and he married such-and-such, and then they moved to wherever, and had five children, and then…’ etc, etc.

I know this from direct personal experience, because when I learned (in middle age) about my detailed ancestry, that knowledge had a remarkable effect upon my own sense of identity and connection to earlier generations and particular localities.

There is a sort of corollary to that, that if your intention would be to destroy social coherence and context, to subvert sense of identity, then you could undermine, conceal or attempt to obliterate someone’s historical and ancestral connections.

I’m not sure if I’ve explained that clearly or sufficiently, but it seems to me like a fairly simple and easy notion to grasp. For example, if you’re born into some Native American tribe, or live in Finland or Nepal or Spain, wherever, with ancestry going back centuries, this provides identity and bonds to locality, and connects to others with a shared story and similar connections to place.

This inevitably leads to Story Wars, because one bunch of people can lay claim to a piece of land by virtue of their identity, and have that claim contested by another bunch of people with an alternative story and sense of identity.

My early education, as a child, was provided to me by teachers who had very definite agendas, which it was impossible for me to recognise at that time. DNA (and much else) had not yet been discovered. The versions of the past that were provided and promoted were, in retrospect, mostly propaganda, i.e. stories that supported certain religious outlooks and political agendas.

It would be very convenient if there were only ONE story of the past which everyone accepted and agreed upon, it would save us a lot of anguish and strife, but unfortunately, we don’t have that option, not least because science is essentially subversive, as new discoveries and knowledge force conceptions and paradigms to be changed.

I was a fan of Robert Graves (poet, classical scholar, notable soldier) for some years and read most of his stuff. But his ‘history’ was built upon ancient Greek, Roman and Irish writings that happened to have survived the centuries. That was what the history of the world looked like in the first half of last century. It mostly began with the Celts and Julius Caesar.

Since then, we now know that there were several thousands of years prior to Classical Antiquity, with all kinds of complicated stuff going on all over the place. And a vast prior period going back to earliest Homo sapiens, maybe 300,000 years ago. That appears to be the mainstream view as accepted in British academia, anyway.

But if your aim is to sustain a coherent national identity, you don’t really want to upset the apple cart with radical new interpretations of ‘what happened’, what you want is more like, for example, Winston Churchill’s ‘This Island Race’. A romanticised, idealised, national myth that makes everyone feel a sense coherence by way of shared heroic identity striving to exist across time.

As I see it, that’s what the marxists and socialist radicals aim to undermine. They have their own mythology, like ‘Workers of the world unite’, which seeks to destroy national identities and force everyone into a cosmopolitan melting pot. Same sort of strategy as the unelected people who control the European Union, who want to dissolve borders and national identities. Like Mao Tse Tung’s Cultural Revolution.

Years ago, before I moved here, I did a college course on Countryside Management, which was very disappointing but gave me some insight into how such educational organisations work. Seemed to me that the teachers were told roughly what their job was, to cover certain topics, so that’s what they did, as obedient bureaucrats repeating the approved dogma.

I wanted to get some insight into how the countryside had come to be as it as, (along the lines of say, Oliver Rackham) but that was discouraged. We began with the Romans, ignoring the four or five thousand years of earlier farming, spent ten minutes on Roman villas, etc, and then leaped to the 16th and 17th Centuries and the invention of mechanised agriculture.

It was dismal. My impression was that the guys who get those jobs are quite happy to teach what they’ve been told, collect their salaries and other perks, and have no interest in inconvenient anomalies which might disrupt the story.

On the other hand, we have the far out wacko fringe guys, who live in imagined alternative histories, where there are connections to Space aliens and all that kind of stuff, or where human civilisations go back many millions of years.

Here’s a recent example from Gavin Schmidt (of whom I’m not a fan) of NASA and the Real Climate blog.

Professor Frank was hoping to solve the question of whether any industrial civilisation that rises on any planet in the universe will trigger a shift in their homeworld’s climate. Upon hearing about his research, Dr Schmidt questioned his assumption that humanity is the only time a civilisation has arisen that is capable of affecting the Earth’s climate. Writing in The Atlantic, Professor Frank said: ‘There is a conundrum here. If an earlier species’s industrial activity is short-lived, we might not be able to easily see it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5626151/Experts-suggest-global-warming-56-million-years-ago-man-made.html

It suggests the possibility of a string of alien cultures on a single planet which are  literally fuelled by the bodies of the predecessors.

I found that slightly surprising, because those type of rather wild speculations usually come from folk in Moscow (I forget the guy’s name. New Earth Lady, Sophie Ivanova has mentioned that source sometimes), or the Indian Hindu fundamentalists, or other eccentric sources, like Zecharia Sitchin, whom I personally tend to classify as fiction and fantasy.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/857150/Nibiru-end-of-the-world-2017-September-23-ancient-sumerians-planet-x-apocalypse

It would be nice to be guided by the principle of following hard evidence, but unfortunately, when evidence is absent or very sparse (as in the case of fossil remnants of ancestral forms) then there’s room for all kinds of speculation. And there are plenty of folk who are not even convinced by the Evolutionary paradigm at all, for example, Jay Dyer, (whom I rather like for other reasons).

I have mentioned before, how I was heavily indoctrinated with the Roman Catholic story, in early childhood, followed by the Quaker version of Christianity, then a more Anglican or Church of England (actually the Church in Wales) version, all making claims to their own exclusive superiority. Then came atheistic (or agnostic) science and Darwinian biology. It was all extremely bewildering and confusing !

That experience is why I am a fan of Jordan Peterson, because his psychoanalytic interpretations of the biblical stories, whilst not excluding any other interpretations, make a great deal of sense to me.

I believe that we are story-telling animals. We locate ourselves within time and space and make sense of our experiences by way of stories. This inevitably results in story wars, where, rather like football fans, we become attached to our favourite stories, even to the extent that we are prepared to kill and die for them.

I think I can honestly say that most of my life has been preoccupied with these story wars. It used to be simpler, pre internet, because there were fewer influences and so life was rather less complicated. But now the battles are vicious and intense and are probably going to decide whether we meet a terminal cataclysm which finishes us all off.

In recent months I’ve tended to be focussed on the leading edge of all the insanity, that is Twitter, and the overwhelming cascade of new info which arises each day, but really the past is much more interesting in many ways, and is what gives meaning and context to current events and their possible interpretations.

There are several kinds of ancient relics which are not explained by dominant paradigms, and which remain deeply mysterious. One is the mystery of the megalithic stonework, which extends from Japan to Europe, ancient Egypt  and South America, with similar style and the strange protruding knobs.

I guess that there is a possibility that that construction style was discovered and developed independently without any connecting influence. My guess would be that the typical mudhut type of house could have evolved that way, discovered many times by many different peoples. I find it much more difficult to accept that the megalithic structures evolved independently. Nobody seems to have any adequate theory to explain the enigmatic protruberances.

Then there are the weird ‘cart tracks’ which are also widely distributed geographically and equally baffling. And the bizarre elongated skulls. The socalled respectable established academics simply avoid these questions, as if their careers and promotion would be threatened by paying any attention to them at all, which is likely the reason. It’s okay for a professor to be a Marxist revolutionary encouraging social insurrection, but to deviate from orthodox beliefs about human history is off limits. There are exceptions of course. I like John Hawks.

Imagine being born into a culture with a rich legacy of thousands of years of cultural knowledge of coastal resources, and instead of following the ways of your ancestors, deciding to strike into Patagonia, or into the Amazon rainforest, or across the Atacama Desert.

The archaeologists who consider the initial habitation of the Americas have long thought about these logistical issues, and there are no easy answers. But South America may well have been home to a Last Glacial Maximum human population, one that took 4000 years to spread across both North and South America.

The earliest cranial remains we have from both North and South America are surprisingly variable in comparison to later peoples of the Americas. Those skulls suggest the possibility that they represent populations that had already experienced a lot of diversifying evolution by genetic drift. An earlier initial spread of humans across South America might explain that appearance.

http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/america/dillehay-monte-verde-2015.html

What is that building ? What happened to it ?

That must be all for the moment. My health is poor, so I am struggling a bit. Sorry about the Tara McCarthy tweet at the start, I’m unable to get it to display properly, for some unknown reason.

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619 Responses to Ravens, Ayahuasca, Story Wars, Usual Stuff…..

  1. ulvfugl says:

    I’ve posted these before, but they may be worth another look if you missed them. There’s much that irritates me about Sylvie Ivanova’s presentations, but how come everyone else, including all of academia, has ignored all this stuff ?

  2. ulvfugl says:

    Oral histories maintain that the Hopi have survived three world-ages, each destroyed by the chaos inflicted on Earth by Sky and base acts of humankind.

    Our Author of the Month for April is Gary David, whose multidisciplinary investigation into the Journey of the Serpent People contextualises Native American ‘pre’-history and maps its course through ‘Old World’ territory.

    https://grahamhancock.com/davidga6/

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  3. ulvfugl says:

    Renewed excavations at the Late Pleistocene Leang Burung 2 rock shelter archaeological site on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia have revealed new evidence of early human occupation, according to findings by Adam Brumm of Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, and colleagues from Indonesia’s National Research Centre for Archaeology (ARKENAS), published April 11, 2018 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    The island of Sulawesi is generally assumed to have been a key stepping-stone on early human dispersal routes with modern humans possibly making first landfall as early as 65,000 years ago, based on early colonization dates for Australia. The limestone rock-shelter at Leang Burung 2 in the Maros karsts of Sulawesi has long held significance in our understanding of early human dispersals into ‘Wallacea’, the vast zone of oceanic islands between continental Asia and Australia. In 1975, artifacts recovered at Leang Burung 2 were interpreted as evidence of occupation by modern humans between 25,000 and 34,000 years ago, but excavations were discontinued before bedrock or sterile deposits were reached.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-04-humans-occupied-indonesian-site-leang.html

  4. ulvfugl says:

    The ingrained notion – that there has only ever been one species of human being, Homo sapiens – is a latterday fiction born of our own self-important view of ourselves.

    Homo sapiens and Neanderthals had a common ancestor, about 500,000 years ago, before the former evolved as a separate species – in Africa – and the latter as a different species in Europe. Then around 70,000 years ago, when modern humans emerged from Africa, we encountered the Neanderthals, most probably in the Middle East. We briefly mixed and interbred with them before we continued our slow diaspora across the planet.

    But the initial separation of the two lines of ancient humans who gave rise to Neanderthals and to Homo sapiens – and then their subsequent intermingling – shows that remixing does occur. Indeed, [geneticist David] Reich believes it was commonplace and that the standard tree model of populations is basically wrong. Throughout our prehistory, populations have split, reformed, moved on, remixed and interbred and then moved on again.

    https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2018/04/16/trellises-not-trees-human-populations-have-split-reformed-and-remixed-over-millennia/

  5. ulvfugl says:

    Remains from a 40,000-year-old site have given archaeologists insight into how our ancestors dealt with prehistoric climate change.

    On a number of occasions throughout humanity’s history, volcanic “super eruptions” have caused catastrophic changes to weather and climate with the potential to wipe humans from entire regions.

    However, new analysis of a site in Liguria, north west Italy, suggests our ancestors were able to flourish despite just such a crisis unfolding nearby.

    READ MORE
    Finger found in Saudi Arabia reveals secrets of human migration
    According to the archaeologists working at the site, humans today can take lessons from our distant ancestors in contemporary approaches to tackling climate change.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-first-europeans-survived-volcano-eruption-work-together-italy-liguria-a8306911.html

  6. ulvfugl says:

    A huge cache of stone inscriptions from one of Africa’s oldest written languages have been unearthed in a vast “city of the dead” in Sudan.

    The inscriptions are written in the obscure ‘Meroitic’ language, the oldest known written language south of the Sahara, which has been only partly deciphered.

    The discovery includes temple art of Maat, the Egyptian goddess of order, equity and peace, that was, for the first time, depicted with African features.

    https://www.livescience.com/62272-oldest-meroe-inscriptions-sudan-africa.html

  7. ulvfugl says:

    What we know about the Sphinx’s names is summed up by Andrew Collins in Earthquest News: Andrew Collins Newsletter Vol. 12 No. 1 (May 2009), based in part on Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval’s 1996 book Keeper of Genesis. Hancock and Bauval have much to say about the Sphinx’s names, and note that its traditional 12th-century Arabic name was Abul-Hol (‘Father of Terror’), used by the writers Abdel-Latif and (later) El-Makrizi.8

    Collins and Hancock and Bauval refer back to Selim Hassan, saying that foreigners known as ‘Canaanites’ (of Syro-Canaanite origin from the ancient city of Harran, now in modern Turkey) lived in Lower Egypt in the early second millennium BC and worshipped the Sphinx under the name Hwl. Collins has found New Kingdom inscriptions where the Sphinx is addressed as ‘Hauron’ (Horon/Chauron/Hwron) ̶ a Syro-Canaanite underworld deity. Hassan speculated that ‘Hauron’ was the origin of the Sphinx’s Arab name Abou-l Hwl, ‘Father of Terror’, interpreting hwl as a corruption of Hwron from the Semitic root hor = the bottom of a well, or hole, with abou a corruption of ancient Egyptian bw=place, therefore bw-hwron= the place of the god Hauron. Canaanite inscriptions mention Hauron being sent into the ‘chamber of darkness’, a form of underworld, to prevent demons entering the world.9

    Collins says that among the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, Hauron was identified with a deity called Nimru, meaning ‘panther’. In Akkado-Sumerian texts, Nimru was identified with a sky-figure in the form of a panther-griffin (half feline/half eagle) called UD.KA.DUH.A, made up of stars from the constellations Cygnus and Cepheus.10

    The Ancient Egyptians called the Sphinx Hu and Hor-em-akhet ‘Horus of the Horizon’, a name originally linking the Sphinx to the rising sun.11 On the Dream Stela, Thutmose IV refers to the ‘Pyramids of Hor-em-akhet’, from which Selim Hassan deduced that the pharaoh considered the Sphinx to be older than the Pyramids.12 Another Egyptian name for the Sphinx was Seshep-ankh Atum (‘the living image of Atum’); the name ‘Sphinx’ used today is a Greek corruption of Sheshep-ankh.13

    So the Sphinx’s names over the period of Egyptian civilisation have meant father, terror, the horizon, Horus, Atum, a protective underworld deity and a star-clustered hybrid beast. This assortment suggests many different ages and beliefs.

    https://grahamhancock.com/whitemany6/

  8. ulvfugl says:

    This time the seizures were multiple and recurrent and my beloved wife Santha was taken aside by the neurologist who advised her to prepare herself for my death or, if by chance I survived that I would be so badly brain damaged that I would effectively be a “vegetable”. They put me in an induced coma, intubated on a ventilator for 48 hours. Eventually they were able to withdraw the tube and start me breathing for myself again. It was Wednesday 16 August, late afternoon, when I began to return to some form of consciousness baffled to see that Sean and Shanti, two of my grown-up children, had flown from Los Angeles and New York to be with Santha at my bedside together with Leila and Gabrielle, two more of our grown-up children who live in London. For quite some time I couldn’t understand what had happened, why I had a catheter in my bladder, why my brain was so foggy.

    https://grahamhancock.com/back-from-the-gates-of-death/

  9. ulvfugl says:

    Replacing your amputated hand with a weapon may seem like the crazy sort of thing you’d find in the horror genre – whether that’s Ash from Evil Dead‘s chainsaw hand, or Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead attaching a knife onto the stump where his hand previously was – but it turns out, it might actually be a real thing from history as well.

    In a new paper, “Survival to amputation in pre-antibiotic era: a case study from a Longobard necropolis (6th-8th centuries AD)“, published in the Journal of Anthropological Sciences, researchers have investigated the intriguing case of a man’s remains which appear to show that he had a knife attached to his arm, after previously having had his hand amputated.

    The man’s skeleton was found in a necropolis in the north of Italy, dating back to around the 6th to 8th centuries CE, in which 164 tombs have been excavated. Analysis found that he was likely in his late 40s when he died, and may have been from Eastern Europe rather than Italy.

    When archaeologists excavated the tomb, they found a bronze D-shaped buckle and an iron knife, as well as “non-human organic material” (probably leather), close to the end of the right forearm, where the man’s amputated hand should have been.

    https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/04/evil-dead-was-a-documentary-1500-years-ago-a-man-replaced-his-amputated-hand-with-a-weapon/

  10. ulvfugl says:

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip

    What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or slows or even, at times, seems to stop. They tell us that the past might be inescapable, immanent in objects or people or landscapes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/14/carlo-rovelli-exploding-commonsense-notions-order-of-time-interview

  11. ulvfugl says:

    The journal that published Nolan’s results, Genome Research, stated that it had no ethical concerns about testing the body because it was dead, which meant that it was not a “human subject” in need of ethical protection, and because they too pretended it was an unknown species. “Current human subjects research policies do not typically cover the study of specimens of uncertain biological origins, such as the Atacama skeleton.” But there lies the rub: The research concluded definitively that the skeleton is in fact human, which ought to have triggered ethical protections, even if we accept the ridiculous notion that no one suspected a manifestly human skeleton of being human. At whatever point one determined it was human, one ought to have sought to do right by the tiny body.

    http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/atacama-humanoid-dna-test-controversy-unveils-connections-between-robert-bigelow-and-tom-delonges-to-the-stars

  12. ulvfugl says:

    British and Belgian scientists are exploring the sea bed off Norfolk hoping to find evidence that Stone Age people lived there when it was still dry land.
    In recent years, some trawler crews and researchers have found prehistoric animal bones and basic stone tools in North Sea sediment.
    The team on the Belgian ship RV Belgica aims to map the Brown Bank area, a sand ridge about 30km (19 miles) long.
    Mesolithic people are thought to have lived there in about 10,000-5,000BC.
    “We suspect that the bank is on the edge of a large prehistoric lake, where you would expect settlements,” said Prof Vince Gaffney, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford.
    Despite the prehistoric finds from the North Sea bed, so far no Mesolithic settlement has been found in that vast area, which flooded after 6,000BC as the Ice Age glaciers retreated.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43711762

  13. ulvfugl says:

    This particular well was known, in the 19th century, for its trick of regurgitating the bones of fish and frogs, and it was the best lead Evans had in his search for another place, described in our much older guide on this trip, a list of “wonders” compiled a millennium ago. On this list, there is “a well from which the bones of birds are constantly thrown up.” Only, it’s not entirely clear where this wondrous site could be found. Any well with a connection to small animal bones was worth chasing down.

    The track led through the gloaming forest, and Evans’s smile took on an eager edge. “I’m excited to see a new one,” he said. “They’re usually just muddy holes in the ground. But maybe it’ll be spectacular.”

    He checked his phone again. “Look out for bones.”

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-wonders-of-medieval-britain

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    Models based on the research suggest that at the time, the southern rim of the Amazon alone could have been home to between 500,000 and one million people.

    But, de Souza added, the arrival of Europeans quickly took its toll. “We know that diseases travelled much faster than people and probably this population was already weakened by diseases brought by Europeans even before the Europeans set foot on the area,” he said.

    The research, which was funded by National Geographic and the European Research Council project Past, also highlights that previously discovered earthworks in other regions along the southern rim of the Amazon were not isolated, but part of a stretch of human settlements running along 1,100 miles from east to west.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/lost-amazon-villages-uncovered-by-archaeologists

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    Archaeologists have discovered mysterious untouched stone circles in far off places such as the Sahara Desert and even underwater in Israel. We start with 12000 year old Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and work our way around the world. These standing stones, stone circles, and megaliths have been discovered across the world, but scientists and historians continue to debate their purpose, construction, and meaning.

  16. ulvfugl says:

    A Short History of Demographic Change In Britain

    Britain has seen five or more rounds of near total population replacement, in addition to other more modest tweaks to its gene pool (and new cultural eras that had surprisingly little demographic impact).

    The most notable less than complete population replacements have been the Anglo-Saxon migration, the Viking migrations, and modern immigration, each of which has been more heavily concentrated in some geographic regions than others. The Normans had little genetic impact outside the British aristocracy.

    There is overwhelming evidence of a great Celtic cultural impact, but the demic impact of the Celts was not obviously great. But, there are methodological problems with determining what their demographic impact was on Britain because the Celts would have been genetically and physically quite similar to native Britons. Romans and Punic people meanwhile, definitely had little demographic impact.

    1. Pre-Neanderthals Hominin occupation of Britain was intermittent in pre-history.

    The first members of the genus Homo in Britain were pre-Neanderthal archaic hominins who had arrived by 814,000 years ago, and were forced out by an ice age about 200,000 years ago, leaving Britain without any members of the genus Homo for the next 100,000 years.
    Early pre-Neanderthals inhabited Britain before the last ice age, but were forced south by a previous glaciation about 200,000 year ago. When the climate warmed up again between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago, they couldn’t get back because, similar to today, the Channel sea-level was raised, blocking their path.
    Homo heidelbergensis arrived in Britain around 500,000 years ago and used Acheulean flint tools, but then left during a severe ice age from 478,000 years ago to 424,000 years ago. Pre-Neanderthal hominins were then present intermittently for the next 200,000 years or so.

    2. Neanderthals Starting around 100,000 years ago, Neanderthals arrived in Britain. Early Neanderthals or “pre-Neanderthals” were also present from 230,000 years ago to around 200,000 years ago.

    The Neanderthals were probably weakened by climate factors partially related to a string of extreme volcanic eruptions in Europe and possibly also by improving anatomically modern human capabilities both cultural and individual. Still, Neanderthals in Europe kept anatomically modern humans at bay for about 32,000 years than modern humans expanded to West Asia and South Asia, and at least 82,000 years after modern humans first left Africa.

    Neanderthals persisted in Jersey (and probably also Doggerland) until about 42,000 years ago.

    3. Cro-Magnon Neanderthals were completely replaced in Britain by the first wave on anatomically modern humans in Europe, the Cro-Magnon, who first appeared in Britain around 43,000 years ago. There was probably some admixture at that time, but most Neanderthal admixture in the Cro-Magnon probably pre-dated their arrival in Britain rather than occurring in situ. Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon typically overlapped in any one place for about 1,000 years at most before Neanderthals were replaced.

    Britain was not a refugium during the last big ice age, however. Its entire Cro-Magnon population was eliminated in the run up to the Last Glacial Maximum as glaciers covered Britain. The Last Glacial Maximum was 20,000 years ago.

    Very few relic populations in refugia during that ice age that including the Last Glacial Maximum had British Cro-Magnon migrants among them. These refugia had an effective male population as small as 30 men. Thus, any admixture between Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon that took place in Britain was eliminated in the last great ice age.

    4. Mesolithic Western Hunter-Gatherers Then, Britain was repopulated in the Mesolithic era by Western Hunter-Gathers like Cheddar Man (from about 9500 years ago) over a period somewhere in the range of about 14,500 to 6,000 years ago.

    Despite coming from a much more restricted gene pool, Western Hunter-Gathers were actually pretty similar in terms of Y-DNA and mtDNA and even to a lesser extent, autosomal genetics, to Cro-Magnon, whose relic populations in refugia like the Franco-Cantrabrian refuge and Italy repopulated Europe with a much restricted founding population after the Last Glacial Maximum, even though direct continuity was absent in Britain.

    Also notably, around 6200 BCE, a megatsunami suddenly flooded an inhabited land bridge between Britain and continental Europe called Doggerland (which had been shrinking with rising sea levels since 9000 BCE) was suddenly flooded by runoff from melting glaciers. The Dogger Bank, however, an upland area of Doggerland, remained an island until at least 5000 BCE.

    5. Neolithic Farmers Around 6000 years ago (about 4000 BCE), in the Neolithic Revolution in Britain, early European Farmers, probably more Mediterranean Cardial Pottery folk than LBK farmers with more direct links to Anatolia largely (90%+) replaced Western Hunter-Gatherers. Farming supports more than an order of magnitude greater population density than a hunter-gatherer lifestyle does, and as an isolated island with relatively little megafauna after the Last Glacial Maximum, Britain was probably not the most abundant place for Western Hunter-Gatherers to try to survive in, so the hunter-gatherer to farmer population surge may have been particularly great.

    One key subtly genetically is that early European Farmers were themselves a mix of European hunter-gatherers and core Fertile Crescent original farmers, and the hunter-gatherers that the original farmers admixed with were only modestly genetically drifted from Western hunter-gatherers. So, crude ancestry estimates overestimate the extent to which British or Western European hunter-gatherers admixed with local hunter-gatherer populations.

    This said, on the European continent, there was significant enrichment of local hunter-gather admixture following first wave Neolithic collapse before Bell Beaker and Corded Ware people emerged onto the European scene.

    But, the first wave Neolithic farming civilization collapsed, in my view, most likely as a result of crop failures from some combination of soil exhaustion due to poor farming practices of first wave Neolithic farmers (repeated everywhere first wave Neolithic farmers went) and climate, returning Britain to a predominantly hunter-gatherer-herder society with a much lower population density. There is some evidence a wave of plague that swept Europe at this time as well, but disease is often an effect rather than a cause of famine.

    6. Bell Beaker People The semi-hunter-gatherer/herder ancestors of the first wave Neolithic Britons were then almost entirely replaced or overwhelmed demographically (93%+), in perhaps a few centuries or less (in a period starting around 2400 BCE and ending before 2000 BCE see also here suggesting 2500 BCE to 2100 BCE), by the Bell Beaker people who brought a more sophisticated Copper/Bronze age farming package with them that endured.

    The Bell Beaker people who colonized Britain were genetically very similar to the Bell Beaker people of Continental Europe, with significant steppe ancestry and regionally specific Y-DNA R1b clades and mtDNA H clades, rather than like the Iberian Bell Beaker people who were genetically more similar to the Neolithic people of that region with only a sprinkling of the genetic flavors that are predominant in other European continental Bell Beaker people. This was a quite surprising discovery, because in terms of ceramics and other physical relics, the Bell Beaker culture appears to have originating in Iberia and in particular in Portugal which is the least like European continental Bell Beaker people genetically.

    Also, despite the heavy rate of population change associated with the appearance of the Bell Beaker people, both in Britain and in Europe, the change must not have been complete, because there was, for example, a continuity of architectural styles and religious practices to some extent, between the descendants of the first wave Neolithic people and the Bell Beaker people.

    The Bell Beaker colonization of Britain was its last nearly complete population replacement through the present. Today’s British people are on average perhaps 80% identical to the Bell Beaker people genetically (in terms of ancestry percentages, which ignore the large portion of the genome in which all humans and all Europeans since the Middle Neolithic to early Bronze Age, are basically fixed, in raw, model independent genetic overlap the percentage similarity is much, much higher) with Germanic admixture making up the balance. These two successive waves of replacement left only about 1% of less of the British gene pool attributable to the Mesolithic Western Hunter-Gatherers of Britain. Previous estimates from the early 2000s that concluded that most British ancestry was traceable to the Mesolithic era or the Neolithic revolution in Britain have been revealed by ancient DNA evidence to be incorrect.

    There was significant population exchange and trade between Bell Beaker Britain and Bell Beaker areas in continental Western Europe for pretty much the entire Bell Beaker area until Bronze Age collapse.

    In terms of physical traces of culture and probably language as well based upon the time depth of the Celtic languages, the Bell Beaker derived cultures collapse and are replaced by recognizably Celtic cultures within a few centuries of Bronze Age collapse (ca. 1200 BCE), which was a climate driven collapse of many cultures over a geographic range from Britain to Egypt to the Indus River Valley (at least).

    The language(s) spoken by the Bell Beaker people of Britain remains an open issue that may never be definitively resolved. The oldest historically attested linguistic layer in Britain is Celtic with discernible impacts from other populations that were historically present in Britain discussed below.

    7. Celts, Romans and Punic People Subsequent Celts (coinciding with the British Iron Age ca. 800 BCE), Romans (43 CE to 410 CE plus an invasion in 55-54 BCE), and heavy maritime trade handled by Punic people from Northwest Africa (Iron Age ca. 1100 BCE to early Middle Ages ca. 800 CE), each of whom had a powerful toponym impact and a significant cultural impact on Britain, didn’t have much of a population genetic impact. The demographic impact of the Celts was fairly minor and the Romans and Punic traders had only a negligible demographic impact on Britain.

    Only about 4% of the population of Roman Britain was Roman, and some of those would have been foreign soldiers on a short term tour of duty rather than permanent settlers.
    Roman Britain had an estimated population between 2.8 million and 3 million people at the end of the second century. At the end of the fourth century, it had an estimated population of 3.6 million people, of whom 125,000 consisted of the Roman army and their families and dependents.

    The urban population of Roman Britain was about 240,000 people at the end of the fourth century. The capital city of Londinium is estimated to have had a population of about 60,000 people. Londinium was an ethnically diverse city with inhabitants from across the Roman Empire, including natives of Britannia, continental Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. There was also cultural diversity in other Roman-British towns, which were sustained by considerable migration, both within Britannia and from other Roman territories, including North Africa, Roman Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, and continental Europe.
    The limited Roman demic impact coincides with the shallowness of its cultural impact. For example, while Christianity arrived in Britain first from the Romans, as did Roman law, both nearly completely died out, with Christianity re-emerging from Irish and continental European missionaries, and Roman legal concepts returning only with the Norman elites.

    The permanent Punic population appears to have been confined to expatriot neighborhoods in some select port cities.

    The certainty with which we can say that the demographic impact of the Celts was small, however, is fairly weak. As noted above, the significant population exchange between Britain and Western Europe in the Bell Beaker era means that the population genetic makeup of the Celts may have been very similar to that of the British, to the point where limited ancient DNA samples, and population genetic studies of modern samples three thousand years removed, may not be able to discern the differences between the populations as distinct ancestral groups. If invading Celts were genetically very similar to Bell Beaker era Britons who were invaded, even a major population shift might have been almost invisible.

    In the past, I have estimated Celtic demographic impact by assuming that the Celtic elite was initially mostly Y-DNA R1a and was a male dominated migration, and then assumed that the percentage of men with Y-DNA R1a (of the Northern European clade) in Western Europe is roughly double the percentage change in population due to Celtic migration. This was supported by ancient Urnfield Y-DNA R1a. This ranges from 0% to 8% in the British Isles, suggesting an average on the order of 4% which in turn suggests a 2% population turnover wit the Celts.

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

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

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

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

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

    8. Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans and Jews. There were subsequent waves of Angles and Saxons (early Middle Ages after the fall of Rome ca. 400 CE) who are the source of the Germanic Old English language, Vikings (late first millennium in the middle Middle Ages ca. 865 CE or 800 CE-950 CE) with a lasting genetic impact mostly limited to the Orkney Islands and a few other coastal and island localities in Northern Scotland and between Britain and Ireland, and Normans (in the late Middle Ages, conventionally 1066 CE) whose Norman French influences caused the transition from Old English to Middle English.

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

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

    As noted here:
    A study into the Norwegian Viking ancestry of British people found that there is evidence of particular concentrations in several areas; especially in Lowland and Eastern Scotland – and the North Sea islands Shetland and Orkney, Western Scotland and the Western Isles including Skye in Scotland, Anglesey in Wales, the Isle of Man and the Wirral, Mid-Cheshire, West Lancashire and Cumbria in England.

    The percentage of modern British ancestry attributable to the Normans is more slippery to determine, and although it is not zero, it is closer in order of magnitude to the Viking and Roman contributions to British population genetics which are small. An article in the New York Times from 2007 references some historical information regarding this issue:

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

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    Osama bin Laden knew the only way Islam could triumph over the West, led by the US, was to get the West entangled in the Middle East, thus the 9/11 provocation (if that wasn’t a US government false flag), an engraved invitation for the US to intervene.

    Seventeen years later, bin Laden’s insight has been confirmed in spades.

    The US is still hopelessly bogged down in Afghanistan.

    Iraq, a stalwart enemy of Iran under Saddam Hussein (aided by the US, he attacked Iran), is now virtually an Iranian satrapy. The two Shiite-majority nations made common cause against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, where they came to the aid of Shiite Assad.

    US involvement in Syria has been a series of maladroit disasters. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, and millions displaced, helping fuel a refugee flow to Europe that threatens to tear the European Union apart.

    The US national debt doubled from $5 to $10 trillion under George W. Bush, and doubled again to $20 trillion under Barack Obama. Take the over at $40 trillion on the debt if Trump gets eight years in office. That’s not all due to military spending, but the standard trade-off in Washington for more military spending has been more domestic spending (for example, Bush’s costly prescription drug program).

    Oh, and al Qaeda, once a few hundred men in Afghanistan’s caves, is now a decentralized network wreaking havoc from Indonesia to Morocco, having recruited tens of thousands to its banner of Islamic extremism and hatred of the West.

    It’s become mandatory for internet sages to ask cui bono, or who benefits, after each new suspicious incident and alleged false flag. Stepping back, SLL will ask that question about America’s involvement in the Middle East. Clearly Iran has been a big winner, consolidating a Shiite arc from Iran through Iraq and Syria to its Shiite ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, and perhaps Shiite rebels in Yemen. That arc supposedly terrifies Sunni Saudi Arabia and Jewish Israel, the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East. It’s cited in their every tiresome entreaty for the US to come fight Iran for them and make the Middle East safe for their brand of dominance.

    However, the two biggest beneficiaries of US intervention in the Middle East have been Russia and China.

    Aside from Russia’s involvement with Syria, they have, for the most part, stayed on the sidelines. If your enemy is going backwards, you win by standing still, and Russia and China aren’t standing still.

    While the US slips ever backward, Russia and China proceed with their One Belt One Road initiative. This series of projects will build out transport, shipping, and computer and communications infrastructure from Southeast Asia through Central Asia and the Middle East to Europe. They will be financed on concessionary terms mostly by China, if it can avoid its own potential debt black hole. Only Deep State lackeys are surprised that this approach wins more friends and influence than the US’s well thought out bomb first, ask questions later strategy.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-16/maybe-russians-did-it

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    imo, electricity as a power source is not an easily justifiable suggestion.
    It means you have to come up with additional explanations for generating electricity and building electric motors.
    I have done a LOT of woodturning in my lifetime, making plates, bowls, chair legs, etc.
    I had an antique victorian treadle lathe at one time, c.1890’s, which was powered by leg muscles and worked just as well as using an electric motor. Except it was hard work. But they had abundant human labour.
    Still, there’s much that is mysterious and inexplicable about how these objects were made.

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    4. She officiated George Soros’s wedding

    Wood officiated the 2013 wedding of notorious liberal billionaire George Soros. At the time, Soros was 83 and his bride, Tamiko Bolton, was 42. Numerous prominent liberals attended the wedding, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and then-California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome. In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to several organizations including Planned Parenthood and Global Witness, an environmental activist group.

    5. She doesn’t believe in attorney-client privilege

    During Cohen’s hearing on Monday, Wood forced Cohen to expose the identity of a previously unnamed client. That client turned out to be none other than Fox News host Sean Hannity, who maintains that he only asked Cohen for legal advice as a friend and never retained or paid him for any legal services.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-17/5-fast-facts-about-federal-judge-michael-cohens-case-and-why-trump-should-be

    As many people have pointed out, you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

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    A new study has revealed that when researchers were trying to locate the endangered North Atlantic right whales, they came across something strange.

    Between 1980 and 2013, these researchers spotted hundreds of basking sharks in their aerial surveys, congregating in groups of up to 1,398 individuals.

    The whole situation is puzzling because the basking shark, which is the second largest fish in the world, is usually quite solitary. Plus, it spends about 90 percent of its time deep underwater.

    When the basking shark does make its way to the surface, it likes to be on its own or, at best, hang out in small groups.

    Of the 10,000 documented sightings the researchers reported, 99 percent were of groups of seven basking sharks or less.

    Still, the new study has revealed that on ten occasions, these sharks gathered in unusually large groups.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-basking-shark-swarm-together-experts-mystery

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    Grandmother, 49, shoots machete-wielding thug with a CROSSBOW after he bursts into her home – but she won’t be charged following outrage at arrest of pensioner who killed burglar

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5627623/Dunstable-gran-shoots-intruder-crossbow-nicknamed-Manstopper.html

    She said her partner managed to push away the man. He was bleeding over the floor, table and door.

    Asked why she kept the Redback Pistol crossbow, she said: ‘It is a home defence weapon. I am a prepper I believe you should hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I wish I had another four cross bows. It is a man stopper. It is the most powerful pistol cross bow.

    ‘I had it loaded. I practice with it in my garden, which is 130 feet long. The bolt I shot him with was dirty because I had been using it. It was six inches long and disappeared into him.

    ‘He had to have gone somewhere for treatment. With that and all the blood I am surprised the police have not picked him up. They must have come across him before. You don’t just wake up one day and become an armed robber.’

  23. ulvfugl says:

    So a tiny independent radio station in Ireland managed to interview Robert Fisk on the ground in Douma, but none of the British mainstream broadcast media today has him on, despite the political fallout from our Syria bombing attacks being the main news story everywhere? Meantime MSM propagandists including Richard Hall (BBC), Dan Hodges (Mail) and Brian Whitaker (Guardian) and many more queue up to denounce Fisk on twitter from their cosy armchairs.

    It bears repeating that the information on the alleged gas attacks – which raises great doubt but which Fisk himself does not claim as definitive – is not the most important part of Fisk’s article. The Hell of rule under the jihadists that we in the West are arming, funding, training, “military advising” and giving air support, alongside Saudi Arabia and Israel, is the indisputable and much more important element of Fisk’s report, as is the clear evidence he provides that the White Helmets are part of the jihadist factions.

    To return to Scotland, I am sorry I shocked many of those who wish me well with the vehemence of my attack on Ian Blackford and the SNP for accepting MI6′ version of events, together with a renewed expression of my outrage at Nicola Sturgeon for having instantly supported Boris Johnson’s anti-Russian rhetoric over Salisbury without waiting for evidence.

    My anger is not synthetic and there is a fundamental point here.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/04/living-in-goebbels-land/

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    At the time, the US government was not admitting that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies were supporting Isis and al-Qaeda-type movements. But in the leaked memo, which says that it draws on “western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region” there is no ambivalence about who is backing Isis, which at the time of writing was butchering and raping Yazidi villagers and slaughtering captured Iraqi and Syrian soldiers.

    The memo says: “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region.” This was evidently received wisdom in the upper ranks of the US government, but never openly admitted because to it was held that to antagonise Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies, Turkey and Pakistan would fatally undermine US power in the Middle East and South Asia.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-email-isis-saudi-arabia-qatar-us-allies-funding-barack-obama-knew-all-a7362071.html

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    This extensive interview by financial journalist Lars Schall is largely centered on Chapter 3 – The Rape of Russia – of Engdahl’s new book Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance.

    Here you will find all you need to know about the genesis of the 1990s Russian oligarchs; the dirty deals of the Yeltsin mafia; everything from the plunder of Soviet gold to the dodgy operations of the elder Bush’s brother; the incredible Yamashita gold story; the “privatization coupon” scam; the way the Harvard mafia run the Russian economy – all the way to Putin’s uphill battle throughout the 2000s to turn Russia into a functioning economy as NATO kept marching east.

    As Engdahl notes, if we don’t understand what happened in Russia in the 1990s it’s absolutely impossible to contextualize the neocons and US Think Tankland’s deep hatred and 24/7 demonization campaign of Putin’s Russia.

    So sit back, relax, enjoy the crash course and keep it as an essential reference you will find nowhere else.

    http://thesaker.is/the-rape-of-russia-saker-blog-exclusive-interview/

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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/17/syria-crisis-medics-intimidated-over-douma-gas-attack

    I can hardly believe that I actually read an article like this.

    First they delay the OPCW then they claim that Russia and Syria cleaned up the site – several acres where gas was spread all over but those Russians caN clean it all in 24 hours, every trace. They can also hide all the bodies.

    Now we here that the medical staff are intimidated and can’t say who was treated for what?

    But…but…where are the 500 victims???

    This is shear desperation and totally P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

    Posted by: Babyl-on | Apr 17, 2018 2:14:29 PM | 8

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/open-thread-2018-18.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef01b7c961f7fa970b

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    Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney John Huber, and FBI Director Christopher Wray – asking them to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others – including FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, for a laundry list of potential crimes surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-18/criminal-referral-issued-comey-clinton-lynch-and-mccabe-rosenstein-recusal-demanded

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    He will not be able to live it down. Still, he became silly because everyone is now very silly. Discipline is pretty much dead.

    The Air National Guard earlier this week opened up an investigation after a video showing the female NCO, later identified as Master Sgt. Robin Brown, a public affairs officer, taking the oath of enlistment with a dinosaur puppet on her right hand.

    https://emsnews.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/national-guard-female-mocks-profession-of-arms-oath-using-puppet/#more-36994

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    Scientists have deciphered what they describe as a 1,500-year-old ‘magical papyrus’ that was discovered near the pyramid of the Pharaoh Senwosret I.

    The text dates to a time when Christianity was widely practiced in Egypt.The unnamed person(s) who wrote the incantations in Coptic, an Egyptian language that uses the Greek alphabet, invoked God many times.

    “God of Seth, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, God of Israel, watch over everyone who suffers. My word, may it come to pass with power,” reads part of the translated papyrus.

    “May every spirit that is in the air obey me,” the papyrus user asks God.

    Several times in the papyrus God is called “the one who presides over the Mountain of the Murderer” a phrase that likely refers to a story in the Book of Genesis in which God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, wrote Michael Zellmann-Rohrer, a researcher in the department of classics at Oxford University, who described the magical papyrus in the journal Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde.

    ysterious Ancient Manuscripts]

    The Book of Genesis says that God stopped Abraham before he actually sacrificed his son. However in this papyrus the story is described in such a way that it sounds as if the sacrifice wasn’t stopped wrote Zellmann-Rohrer noting that other texts from the ancient world also claim that the sacrifice was completed. “The tradition of a literal sacrifice seems in fact to have been rather widespread,” Zellmann-Rohrer wrote.

    https://www.livescience.com/62324-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-biblical-human-sacrifice.html

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    Among the aerial anomalies, the program investigated, which we have reported here, reveals incredible audio and video recordings of aerial encounters by U.S. military pilots and unknown objects.

    While the DoD has secretly operated government programs to monitor UFOs, there is one video that has sent the internet haywire and could soon be examined by the government to validate its authenticity.

    Earlier this year, a mysterious object was spotted by civilians above a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the Daily Star, the footage shows a dark object hovering in the distance over the ocean, as some people think it is a drone while others say it is a UFO.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-18/what-it-mysterious-object-hovers-over-florida-beach

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    It has already been a month since the Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May put forward some extremely serious accusations against Russia of the alleged use of chemical weapons. We have been waiting for an explanation for a long time, counting on our British colleagues to eventually back up these loud statements with some at least halfway intelligible facts. We have repeatedly proposed to them to work together on the investigation of the events in Salisbury, have been requesting information. The response consisted in haughty, arrogant statements saying Russia should confess to the crime.

    The British side continues to scatter absolutely unfounded accusations, disseminating more and more new, often senseless, versions of the events. The British politicians and officials simply cannot stop anymore and continue pouring down new torrents of lies. London sabotages every attempt to conduct a truly objective investigation into the incident in Salisbury with the participation of Russian experts. They have classified everything, supposedly conducting their own national investigation. Although the “responsible” have already been designated.

    Why they are doing this is obvious. Great Britain strives to avoid at all costs the establishment of the truth about the events, hide all evidence, which could unmask them. They are simply playing for time. Because the further it gets – the more difficult it will be to figure out what really did (or did not) happen in Salisbury.

    The lie always fears the truth, for the truth is the most terrifying weapon against lies. Let us, therefore, turn to the naked facts which demonstrate how insolently and clumsily the British government is disseminating the insinuations regarding the “Skripal case”.

    LIE №1

    https://netherlands.mid.ru/en_GB/web/netherlands-en/-/statement-of-a-shulgin-at-the-opcw-ec

    Mr. Chairperson,

    One cannot help but recall the following saying: for some people lying is not a means of justification, but a means of defence. On April 16, we heard yet another strange statement: the G7 calls upon Russia to respond to the legitimate questions of the United Kingdom regarding the “Skripal case”. You can consider this statement our response.

    At the same time, we would like to hear from the British side the answers to the numerous and specific questions of the Russian Federation regarding the incident in Salisbury. Moreover, we would be grateful if the representatives of the G7 could explain to us why their countries launched a diplomatic war against Russia based on some fakes.

    Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.

    Please, circulate this statement as an official document of this special OPCW Executive Council session.

  39. ulvfugl says:

    On the 4th of April it is claimed that the Syrian Government, then in the process of capturing the town of Douma caused chlorine gas to be dropped on the town killing and wounding many. Chlorine is not much of a war gas. It is usually thought of as an industrial chemical, so evidently to make the story more potent it is now suggested that perhaps sarin was also used.

    No proof that such an attack occurred has been made public. None! The Syrian and Russian governments state that they want the site inspected. On the 15th of April US Senator Angus King (I) of Maine told Jake Tapper on SOTU that as of that date the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had not been given any proof by the IC or Trump Administration that such an attack had occurred. “They have asserted that it did” he said.

    The US, France and the UK struck Syria with over a hundred cruise missiles in retaliation for this supposed attack but the Administration has not yet provided any proof that the Syrian attack took place.

    I am told that the old neocon crew argued as hard as possible for a disabling massive air and missile campaign intended to destroy the Syrian government’s ability to fight the mostly jihadi rebels. John Bolton, General (ret.) Jack Keane and many other neocons argued strongly for this campaign as a way to reverse the outcome of the civil war. James Mattis managed to obtain President Trump’s approval for a much more limited and largely symbolic strike but Trump was clearly inclined to the neocon side of the argument. What will happen next time?

    http://www.unz.com/plang/the-neocons-are-selling-koolaid-again/

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    Abstract
    According to a famous hypothesis, Viking sailors could navigate along the latitude between Norway and Greenland by means of sky polarization in cloudy weather using a sun compass and sunstone crystals. Using data measured in earlier atmospheric optical and psychophysical experiments, here we determine the success rate of this sky-polarimetric Viking navigation. Simulating 1000 voyages between Norway and Greenland with varying cloudiness at summer solstice and spring equinox, we revealed the chance with which Viking sailors could reach Greenland under the varying weather conditions of a 3-week-long journey as a function of the navigation periodicity Δt if they analysed sky polarization with calcite, cordierite or tourmaline sunstones. Examples of voyage routes are also presented.

    Our results show that the sky-polarimetric navigation is surprisingly successful on both days of the spring equinox and summer solstice even under cloudy conditions if the navigator determined the north direction periodically at least once in every 3 h, independently of the type of sunstone used for the analysis of sky polarization. This explains why the Vikings could rule the Atlantic Ocean for 300 years and could reach North America without a magnetic compass. Our findings suggest that it is not only the navigation periodicity in itself that is important for higher navigation success rates, but also the distribution of times when the navigation procedure carried out is as symmetrical as possible with respect to the time point of real noon.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-04-simulations-viking-sunstone-accurate.html

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    An amateur archaeologist and a 13-year-old boy found a silver coin on the Baltic island of Rügen in January when scanning a field with metal detectors.
    Experts kept the find secret until a team dug up 400sq metres (4,300sq ft) of land at the weekend.
    They found braided necklaces, a Thor’s hammer, brooches, rings and about 600 coins, probably buried in the 980s.
    “This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic sea region and is therefore of great significance,” said lead archaeologist Michael Schirren.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43786129?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story

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    Specialists from the National Maritime Museum in Tczew began the reconstruction of the 12th-century Slavic boat salvaged from the bottom of the Bay of Puck.

    The reconstruction of the Slavic boat dated back to 1158 began at the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew, a facility of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. The wreck, designated P-3 by the museum workers, has been salvaged from the mud at the bottom of the Bay of Puck.

    “This is a pioneering project” – emphasises Jerzy Litwin, director of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. “We have created a special metal basket that allows for precise positioning of individual structural elements” – he says.

    This method will allow to recreate the shape and the actual dimensions of the boat. Viking boats are exhibited in a similar way in Scandinavian museums. Nobody has attempted such a reconstruction in Poland until now. Reconstructions of Slavic boats are also rare. Polish museums have only two such exhibits, one of which was reconstructed before the war.

    According to specialists, the use of said metal basket will allow to try to match the keel, plating elements and the frame. Medieval Slavic boat builders followed a different order of work stages. They would build the shell first and then they would embed the frames. The characteristic features of Slavic boats include thin sheathing, wooden pegs and moss sealing. Similar Scandinavian boats were built using iron rivets and animal hair. Unlike the Scandinavian boats, the Slavic boats were flat-bottomed and made exclusively of oak.

    http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29070%2Cslavs-competed-vikings-these-boats.html

  43. ulvfugl says:

    Hold on to your Viking helmet; you’re about to dig, layer by layer, into one of the most extraordinary Viking hoards ever found on the British Isles – the Galloway Hoard – with Dr Martin Goldberg, Senior Curator at National Museums Scotland

    The team of metal detectorists had been working this field in Galloway for some time, but what they eventually found was way beyond their expectations.

    https://museumcrush.org/uncovering-the-galloway-viking-hoard-layer-by-layer/

  44. ulvfugl says:

    The Necrópole de Carenque consists of three collective tombs dug into the limestone outcrops of Tojal de Vila Chã like artificial caves. Their construction dates back to the late Neolithic (3000 BC) when there was already a very developed agricultural economy in the area. Discovered in 1932, they are important in the understanding of Mediterranean prehistory and are a Portuguese national monument.

    http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=2146414327

  45. ulvfugl says:

    The survey of Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites in Denbighshire and East Conwy followed the format adopted for a similar survey in the Upper Severn Valley (Gibson 1998a and forthcoming b).
    It was designed as a comprehensive study of Neolithic and Bronze Age sepulchro-ritual monuments in the region and was based on the existing records contained in the regional Sites and Monuments Record
    (SMR) maintained by CPAT. No new fieldwork was undertaken although 8 previously unrecorded sites were added to the SMR following field visits.

    http://www.walesher1974.org/herumd.php?group=CPAT&level=3&docid=301338450

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    No matter how varying the opinions on the Archduke’s life, Franz Ferdinand’s death is generally accepted as the precipitating factor for World War One, a conflict which left somewhere in the neighbourhood of 16 million people dead, about half of them civilians.

    A single bullet killed the Archduke, passing from the barrel of an assassin’s gun through his intestines. This historic bullet is kept under glass at Konopiště Castle. To see it, one must walk down a corridor lined with thousands of stuffed birds, bears and deer heads. The bullet is polished every year and placed on fresh satin.

    http://dark-mountain.net/blog/books/dark-mountain-issue-13-who-cries-for-the-archduke/

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