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/

  40. ulvfugl says:

    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

  41. ulvfugl says:

    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

  42. ulvfugl says:

    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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    Tony also loaned out a wax statue entitled “Dismembered” to the DC College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, which appears to depict a vivisected child:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/calamitous-collapse-former-podesta-group-employees-reveal-truth-behind-firms

    Profile picture for user Nuclear Winter
    Nuclear Winter Tarzan Thu, 04/19/2018 – 13:46 Permalink
    So does Hillary’s trembling come from Kuru–cannibal disease? From eating too much human brain?

    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001379.htm

  51. ulvfugl says:

    Soros, who recently donated the bulk of his eleven-figure fortune to Open Society – an international chain of liberal nonprofits dedicated to pushing Soros’ pro-immigration, pro-globalization political agenda under the guise of altruism – has been openly feuding with Orban for more than a year, ever since he criticized the Hungarian leader for purportedly running a “mafia state” during a speech in the UK.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/another-victory-orban-soross-open-society-foundation-closes-budapest-office

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    Dr. Peterson’s rise to fame has always had something to do with his appeal to young men, and especially those who are artists, comedians, and marginal weirdos. You could say that Peterson is a ‘lo-fi’ artist himself: he has used minimal effects (low production YouTube videos) for the maximum result (world superstardom). And like a good gangster rapper, he has shown people the power of the word, or logos. The rappers and Peterson might agree: there is nothing more powerful than the naked human voice to break through the spiritual numbness of the times.
    Actually, the young men who follow Peterson are not the deplorable ‘fan boys’ or ‘alt-right nazi scumbags’ that Peterson haters say they are. Young fans of Peterson are clued-in to the cultural zeitgeist in a way that the ‘champagne socialists’—who have snidely called Peterson ‘the stupid man’s smart person’ — are not. These academics and journalists have reacted hysterically to Peterson—calling him a ‘fascist mystic’ and other less pretty names—and they have also attacked his fans. This is reminiscent of the way that Hilary Clinton called working people ‘deplorables’— ‘fanboy’ is just another word for deplorable here. The implication is that Peterson fans are a lesser species of mongoloid, or at best lower class. But actually Peterson fans are diverse and intelligent and they span the the political spectrum.
    Why do Peterson critics exhibit paroxysms of condescending envy? Perhaps because Peterson is popular—and he is causing a revolution.

    https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/jordan-peterson-the-21st-century-battle-rapper-vs-akira-the-don-a39d2f51ad3c

  55. ulvfugl says:

    I’m hearing reports ,supposedly confirmed, of hundreds of US special forces killed
    in recent actions in Syria.
    Anyone else have any information ?

    Posted by: Winston | Apr 19, 2018 6:45:59 PM | 120

    Winston 120, have been hearing allusions to that for a couple of weeks. Seems up to 1800, mainly dogs of war, whacked in the east whence they were intending to spearhead the Ghouta push (aq from the south, etc.). S, I, R were meant to have been examining their navels in the north around Idlib but intelligence (actual) and lightning blitz on Ghouta catastrophically crashed the USA operation before it had even kicked off. Hence the headless chicken, panicked arse-and-elbow responses, half-hearted WH theatre, skripal fudge, etc.
    Posted by: Plod | Apr 19, 2018 7:20:09 PM | 123

    ^^^ Plod… That is, over and above the entrapped high-class operatives of USA, GB, Isr, et al. in Ghouta.
    Suspect the S I R idlib operation was always a decoy to precipitate USA embryonic plans for storming Damascus.
    Posted by: Plod | Apr 19, 2018 7:26:07 PM | 125

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/syria-who-holds-up-the-opcw-investigation-in-douma/comments/page/2/#comments

  56. ulvfugl says:

    MISSILE STRIKE. Pentagon briefing. Russian MoD briefing (Google trans). You decide.
    CRIMETHINKING. If you doubt FUKUS’ word that 76 missiles hit this site (here’s just one missile), you’re a Russian troll. If you don’t believe the Russians Swiffered Douma clean, you’re a Russian troll. If you think England will not win, you’re probably a Russian troll. We trolls can read Fisk, a German and an American reporting from the spot. In a previous universe we were told by Janes, no less, that ISIS had used CW at least 52 times in Iraq and Syria. Have they jumped the shark at last?
    PROBABLY SIGNIFICANT. A commentator on China’s English language TV takes on the FUKUS story. “China and Russia have since decided to draw a red line to prevent the abuse of UN resolutions.”
    TRUMP AND RUSSIA. From the WaPo: “Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost”. The story of the diplomatic expulsions is especially interesting.
    AMERICA-HYSTERICA. The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee ends the probe: “We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Although it still believes in “Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016 and their use of social media to sow discord”. Mueller, on the other hand, wanders ever farther from Russia. The first part of the IG report (covering McCabe’s firing) is out.
    SOCIAL MEDIA. Telegram is a Russian messaging app that has a certain popularity. The security organs want to be able to break in at will, claiming that terrorists use it. The owners of the app have refused. On the 13th a court ordered the app blocked. And it was; but so clumsily that there were many unexpected downstream effects. The story is detailed here. Encouraging, I suppose, because it shows that it’s much harder to control these things from outside than the authorities think it is.
    RUSSIA-EGYPT. Russia has resumed direct flights to Cairo which means the Russian authorities believe security is OK. Egypt was a big tourist destination for Russians, we’ll see if it gets the business back; to some extent Crimea and Sochi compete as sunny places at home.
    RUSSIA AND THE WEST. Vladislav Surkov says Russia’s long attempt to become part of the West is over. Paul Robinson discusses. Certainly since Peter there have been attempts to Westernise and an on and off debate over the issue. Personally, I do not regard Russia as “European” – a sibling so to speak, but not the same thing. One day I will set out my argument; for those who know Toynbee, it’s a variation on his discussion of why British is part of European society and not an independent entity. I remember years ago thinking that to older Russians NATO expansion was a continuation of an enemy alliance but to younger ones it was a door slammed in their faces. It is worth reflecting that in the recent presidential election pro-Westernisation candidates altogether got less than 5%. The dream is certainly tarnished.
    CHUTZPAH. Rolls-Royce wants to supply the engines for the new Russian-Chinese passenger plane. Germany wants to re-build Syria.
    POKING THE BEAR. STRATCOM commander says Russia and China are operating hypersonic missiles and that US nuclear weapons are “operating beyond their designed service life”. NORAD commander says Russia has “advanced cruise missiles capable of holding targets within North America at risk from distances not previously seen.” You wonder whether any of these guys ever wish they could put the clock back: lots of us warned then that Russia’s often down, but it’s never out.
    NEW NWO. Hamid Karzai said only Russia could help Afghanistan and the USA has “been killing us for17 years”. Now I don’t quote him because I think that his opinion is golden but that a man, who many would regard as pretty much Washington’s puppet, is saying these things shows how Washington’s status and power is slipping. Countries – Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Philippines to name three – are looking around for alternatives. The two Koreas might be about to solve their own problems. Speaking of which, this former Turkish general sees the S-400 as protection against the USA (as I said here).
    PUTIN DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. “Putin hacks British homes: Russian cyber agents set to cripple laptops, phones and ‘critical’ infrastructure after secretly accessing millions of computers”. But it’s not selling: the best rated comment by 10 to 1 is “Would you stop with this fake news please? No one can take it anymore.” The others are equally scornful.
    © Patrick Armstrong Analysis, Canada Russia Observer

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/04/russian-federation-sitrep-19-april-2018-patrick-armstrong.html

  57. ulvfugl says:

    The boy portrayed as a ‘victim’ in a video of the alleged chemical attack in Douma has told a group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny that he was asked to go to hospital, where people “grabbed” him and started “pouring water” over his head.

    One of the main ‘characters’ in the footage is a soaked boy, who is seen being sprayed with water by people who claim to be ‘rescue workers.’ It’s not clear whether they are doctors from the hospital, human rights activists, or White Helmets members. The latter usually make such videos and send them to news agencies, including Reuters.

    Russian broadcaster VGTRK said it found the boy in the video, who appeared to be 11-year-old Hassan Diab. His story differed from the one presented by the activists and later propagated by the mainstream media.

    He told Poddubny:

    “Somebody was shouting that we had to go to the hospital, so we went there. When I came in, some people grabbed me and started pouring water over my head,”

    He was eventually found by his father, who said he didn’t hear about any chemical attack that day.

    “I went to the hospital, walked upstairs, and found my wife and children. I asked them what had happened, and they said people outside were shouting about some smell, and told them to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave dates and cookies to the kids,” he said.

    Full interview below:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/journalists-find-boy-filmed-staged-video-chemical-attack-douma

    Neochrome Magnum Thu, 04/19/2018 – 19:31 Permalink

    https://www.rt.com/uk/424508-bbc-information-war-west-syria/

    BBC presenter declares ‘info war against Russia’ after ex-navy chief questions Syria ‘evidence’

    The former First Sea Lord then described how in the past he had been put under pressure to support politically motivated narratives: “I had huge pressure put on me politically to try and say that our bombing campaign in Bosnia was achieving all sorts of things which it wasn’t. I was put under huge pressure, so I know the things that can happen.”

    At that point the BBC’s McVeigh appeared to question whether he should actually be expressing his opinion truthfully, asking: “Given that we’re in an information war with Russia on so many fronts, do you think perhaps it’s inadvisable to be stating this so publicly given your position and profile, isn’t there a danger that you’re muddying the waters?”

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    Genomes of ancient hunter-gatherers of Patagonia
    By Bernard Sécher on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 19:51 – Old DNA – Permalink

    Patagonia, located at the southern tip of South America, is a very diverse territory between the Andes mountains to the southwest including many islands, and the plains of the northeast. The oldest evidence of human occupation dates back to around 14,500 years ago at the Monte Verde site in northern Patagonia. At that time the island of Tierra del Fuego is connected to the mainland, because the Strait of Magellan was not formed before 8000 years, following the rising waters. The first inhabitants of Patagonia were hunter-gatherers who exploited the marine resources. After the arrival of the Europeans in the region, six ethnic groups were recognized: three maritime groups (Chono, Kawéskar and Yámana) and three terrestrial groups (Tehuelche, Selk’nam and Haush):

    http://secher.bernard.free.fr/blog/index.php?post/2018/04/19/G%C3%A9nomes-d-anciens-chasseurs-cueilleurs-de-Patagonie

    The authors then conducted a Principal Component Analysis. Former Patagonian individuals are regrouping with the present populations of South America. When the analysis is done with only South American populations, three main groups appear: the populations of Patagonia and southern Chile, the populations of the Andes (Quechua and Aymara) and the other populations of South America. The figure below includes the four former individuals in this study and three former individuals previously published in a previous study : a Selk’nam (SMA577) and two Yámana (Y894 and Y895). All these former individuals group themselves first among themselves, then with the current populations of Patagonia:

  60. ulvfugl says:

    Bronze Age skull and mandible of an adult male recovered from Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.
    The skull and mandible were both modelled 360 using AgiSoft PhotoScan before being assembled in Blender. Outputs included animations and the SketchFab model as educational aids for our osteoarchaeology students.

    https://sketchfab.com/models/26c115bf805d42e9af97851b244c953a

  61. ulvfugl says:

    Using images from the Science Museum and Wellcome Collection we explore the neolithic practice of trepanation

    Archaeologists might not be able to agree on the reason why our ancestors made holes in their skulls, but what they can agree on is that humans on every continent have done it at some point in history, suggesting the seemingly-bizarre practice developed independently across multiple civilizations.

    https://museumcrush.org/the-nineteenth-century-doctor-who-practiced-neolithic-trepanation/

  62. ulvfugl says:

    That view carried a lot of weight before the initial sequencing of a part of the Vindija 33.16 genome in 2006, which for the first time raised the substantial likelihood of introgression from Neanderthals. And of course the last eight years have completely transformed matters. We now know that (1) modern people have Neanderthal ancestors, (2) the Neanderthal component of ancestry is higher in East Asia than elsewhere, (3), modern populations almost everywhere in the world experienced massive genetic turnovers during the last 30,000 years, meaning that the immediate post-Neanderthal populations of Europe have little to do with today’s Europeans.

    At any rate, Krings and coworkers (1997) first recovered Neandertal mtDNA from the Feldhofer 1 skeleton, finding that it had a type never yet found in any living people. They estimated that this mtDNA haplotype had diverged from the mtDNA clade leading to modern humans around 465,000 years ago. That time of divergence appeared to put an upper limit on the time that modern humans and Neandertals parted ways. That limit was surprisingly young, much shorter than the divergence times at which other primate sister species have become intersterile. In particular, as we pointed out in 2005, the time was very young compared to the mtDNA divergence times of today’s chimpanzee subspecies.

    http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/neandertals/neandertal-dna/africa-into-neandertal-mtdna-introgression-hawks-2018.html

  63. ulvfugl says:

    While the Barbary slave trade is typically portrayed as Muslim corsairs capturing white Christian victims, this is far too simplistic. In reality, the corsairs were not concerned with the race or religious orientation of those they captured. Slaves in Barbary could be black, brown or white, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish or Muslim. And the corsairs were not only Muslim; English privateers and Dutch captains also exploited the changing loyalties of an era in which friends could become enemies and enemies friends with the stroke of a pen.

    http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/white-slaves-barbary-002171

    J S Bach hector zeroni Thu, 04/19/2018 – 21:22 Permalink
    Gentlemen & ladies of ZH…

    We must respond to all of the insanity which swirls around us by simply refusing to participate in it. Boycott Starbucks… boycott Hollywood… boycott talmudvision… boycott GMO foods… boycott EVERYTHING that you KNOW is owned and driven by your eternal adversaries. Let your conscience speak for you… for it is the voice of the Creator. Do not willingly support ANYTHING that you instinctively know to be wrong. Obey that inner voice… for that is what the demons ruling over us fear the most.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/real-or-not-real

  64. ulvfugl says:

    And now for yet more confirmation that the jihadist insurgents operating in Syria which the media has for the past six years labeled “moderate” are the same al-Qaeda terrorists that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, and in some instances this is literally the case.

    Kurdish forces currently fighting Turkish-backed FSA groups in northern Syria have captured a well-known al-Qaeda member and German national of Syrian origin who had once been tracked and detained by the CIA – Mohammed Haydar Zammar.

    According to Middle East Eye, citing the AFP, Zammar has long been known to Western as well as Syrian authorities for his direct links to key al-Qaeda planners of 9/11:

    A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP on Wednesday.

    “Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is now being interrogated,” the top official said, without providing further details.

    Zammar spent years in Syrian prison after the CIA captured him in Morocco and transferred him to Damascus as part of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, however, in the midst of the war he was released by the Assad government as part of a general amnesty for political prisoners deal which at the time was demanded by the Syrian opposition and international human rights groups (though some prisoners broke free when insurgent groups took over government towns early in the war).

    Naturally, it appears that Zammar promptly resumed his life as an al-Qaeda terrorist, but instead of setting his sights on Western targets, he joined the battle against the secular Ba’athist government in Damascus.

    Middle East Eye continues:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/german-al-qaeda-recruiter-behind-911-attacks-captured-syria

  65. ulvfugl says:

    The House watchdog, Inspector General Michael Ptasienski, charged in September 30, 2016 that data was being siphoned off of the House Network by the Awans as recently as two months before the US presidential election.

    The Awan family had virtually unlimited access to Democratic House members’ computers, including classified information.

    Nearly Imran’s entire immediate family was on the House payroll working as IT aides to one-fifth of House Democrats, and he began working for the House in 2004. The inspector general, Michael Ptasienski, testified this month that “system administrators hold the ‘keys to the kingdom’ meaning they can create accounts, grant access, view, download, update, or delete almost any electronic information within an office. Because of this high-level access, a rogue system administrator could inflict considerable damage.” -DCNF

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/imran-awans-father-transferred-usb-drive-ex-head-pakistani-intel-agency

  66. ulvfugl says:

    It turns out that fired FBI director James Comey had Hillary Clinton’s definitive backup email device the entire election and never searched it.

    Thanks to the work citizen researcher Larry Kawa, the coverage of Big League Politics, the determined congressional work of Rep. Ron DeSantis, and the lawyers of Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch, a court ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss orders the State Department to hand over the contents of the backup device by September 2018, right before the midterm elections.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/exclusive-maga-movement-finds-hillarys-deleted-emails-court-orders-released/

  67. ulvfugl says:

    Regarding the Skripal case, there are a mountain of unanswered questions and a multitude of inconsistencies. Yet it is not even this which makes the case so odd. Rather, it is the fact that whenever a question is answered – for example, the medical condition of the Skripals – it merely seems to throw up even more questions, inconsistencies and oddities.

    So it looks like we shall just have to keep plugging away, asking questions in order to ensure that:

    a) This case does not disappear down the Memory Hole and

    b) The great and the good are reminded that the narrative they have presented so far is only consistent in so much as it is utterly inconsistent – consistently inconsistent, you might say.

    I have already asked 50 questions around this case so far (here and here), and what I want to do is ask 40 or so more which, at the time of writing, urgently need answering. However, rather than bore you with them all at once, I will set out 20 of them in this piece and then – God willing – another 20 or so in the next day or so.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/skripal-case-20-new-questions-journalists-might-start-asking

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    It’s a big difference, between the lie, and the truth.

    Another story in the April 15th Guardian was “Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles” and this one pretended that the issue is for “Russia to stop protecting Assad,” who is the democratically elected and popular President of Syria, and not to stop the invasion of Syria since 2011 by US and Saudi backed foreign jihadists to overthrow him.

    Furthermore, as regards “press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles,” the real and urgent issue right now is to allow the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into Douma to hold an independent and authoritative investigation into the evidence there. Russia pressed for it at the U.N. Security Council and the US and its allies blocked it there. But the OPCW went anyway — even after the US-allied invasion on April 14th — and this courageous resistance by them against the US dictatorship can only be considered heroic.

    That type of ‘news’-reporting is virtually universal in The West, among the US and its allied governments, which refer to themselves as ‘democracies’ and refer to any Government that they wish to overthrow and replace by their own selected dictator, as ‘dictatorships’, such as these regimes had referred to Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011, Syria forever, and Ukraine in 2014.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/how-guardian-fulfills-george-orwells-prediction-newspeak

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    Aided by as many as 120 “forward-deployed engineers” from the data mining company Palantir Technologies Inc., which JPMorgan engaged in 2009, Cavicchia’s group vacuumed up emails and browser histories, GPS locations from company-issued smartphones, printer and download activity, and transcripts of digitally recorded phone conversations. Palantir’s software aggregated, searched, sorted, and analyzed these records, surfacing keywords and patterns of behavior that Cavicchia’s team had flagged for potential abuse of corporate assets. Palantir’s algorithm, for example, alerted the insider threat team when an employee started badging into work later than usual, a sign of potential disgruntlement. That would trigger further scrutiny and possibly physical surveillance after hours by bank security personnel.

    Over time, however, Cavicchia himself went rogue. Former JPMorgan colleagues describe the environment as Wall Street meets Apocalypse Now, with Cavicchia as Colonel Kurtz, ensconced upriver in his office suite eight floors above the rest of the bank’s security team. People in the department were shocked that no one from the bank or Palantir set any real limits. They darkly joked that Cavicchia was listening to their calls, reading their emails, watching them come and go. Some planted fake information in their communications to see if Cavicchia would mention it at meetings, which he did.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/

    Everyone is a spidergram now.

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    Facing an imminent Congressional subpoena, the Department of Justice finally turned over James Comey’s now-infamous memos Thursday night – which were promptly leaked and published by AP.

    We already know that Comey’s leak to the press was illegal – as the FBI’s chief FOIA officer, David Hardy, gave a sworn declaration to Judicial Watch in which he says that all seven of Comey’s memos were classified at the time they were written, and they remain classified.

    Perhaps most disturbing is that James Comey’s memos do not make a compelling case for obstruction whatsoever – which Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein (who Comey said “I didn’t have confidence” in), used to launch the special counsel investigation headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

    In response to the Comey memos, Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) fired off a scathing rebuke, in which they made it abundantly clear that the Mueller investigation is a farce based on yet another example of the FBI using a flimsy document to launch a politically motivated investigation.

    “These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not,” begins the joint statement, which goes on to completely dress down the FBI and James Comey:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/nunes-gowdy-and-goodlatte-go-nuclear-after-comey-memos-released

    TheWholeYearInn macholatte Fri, 04/20/2018 – 10:16 Permalink
    ” We did not need the Comey memos to show that the Mueller “investigation” is a scam. The entire “Resistance” movement lays it out pretty well. Mueller’s job is to thwart Trump’s efforts to run the country and buy time for the Progs to take back control of the Congress so they can impeach Trump ”

    At this point it’s a fight to the death.

    Trump really set himself back last week by giving the ok to bomb Syria. So now the heat is turned up in this arena here. You can bet your bottom dollar that if Trump loses the House this fall, the progs, fearing nooses around their own necks, are gonna impeach him.

    So he’d better buckle down & win this one… Wake Sessions up, do a full court press on this, and quit messing around with Syria.

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    FoggyWorld peddling-fiction Fri, 04/20/2018 – 09:38 Permalink
    There is an issue bothering me. The charges against McCabe are rather few in number. He protected the Awans when they finally tripped themselves up via Debbie Wasserman Schultz. That doesn’t show up at all in the IG’s report. Neither does McCabe’s wife’s campaign war chest. In Virginia anything left of that million dollars is hers to spend.

    I think much more digging needs to be done because Horowitz while he had time, was facing a mess. To that Horowitz worked with and for many of the players and may be going easy on people who were his friends and co-workers.

    George Webb has several thousand short tapes on YouTube that he has been making for well over a year and it shows the wide spread of this corruption. American Ingelligence Media also on YouTube does longer pieces that often show more.

    The Awans go back to the beginning of the 2000’s so you really have to wonder just how many sub plots we don’t know a thing about are being ignored. And it does seem to involve other government agencies and more players.

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    MoralsAreEssential FoggyWorld Fri, 04/20/2018 – 09:55 Permalink
    I just found American Intelligence/aim4truth.org yesterday. Recommend to everyone to take a look at their well researched articles on the entire world cabal and financial structures.


    https://aim4truth.org/

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    Hungary is a thousand years old. Its people have a DNA all their own. They belong to a unique and storied nation of 10 million with its own language, religion, history, heroes, culture and identity.

    Though a small nation, two-thirds of whose lands were torn away after World War I, Hungarians wish to remain and endure as who they are.

    They don’t want open borders. They don’t want mass migrations to change Hungary into something new. They don’t want to become a minority in their own country. And they have used democratic means to elect autocratic men who will put the Hungarian nation first.

    U.S. elites may babble on about “diversity,” about how much better a country we will be in 2042 when white European Christians are just another minority and we have become a “gorgeous mosaic” of every race, tribe, creed and culture on earth.

    To Hungarians, such a future entails the death of the nation. To Hungarians, millions of African, Arab and Islamic peoples settling in their lands means the annihilation of the historic nation they love, the nation that came into being to preserve the Hungarian people.

    President Emmanuel Macron of France says the Hungarian and other European elections where autocrats are advancing are manifestations of “national selfishness.”

    Well, yes, national survival can be considered national selfishness.

    But let Monsieur Macron bring in another 5 million former subject peoples of the French Empire and he will discover that the magnanimity and altruism of the French has its limits, and a Le Pen will soon replace him in the Elysee Palace.

    Consider what else the “world’s oldest democracy” has lately had on offer to the indigenous peoples of Europe resisting an invasion of Third World settlers coming to occupy and repopulate their lands.

    Our democracy boasts of a First Amendment freedom of speech and press that protects blasphemy, pornography, filthy language and the burning of the American flag. We stand for a guaranteed right of women to abort their children and of homosexuals to marry.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/why-authoritarian-right-rising

    FBaggins JRobby Fri, 04/20/2018 – 15:34 Permalink
    Buchannan is sounding more and more like part of the problem and a shill for the establishment running the US, Britain, France and Israel these days. He regards Viktor Orban as autocratic. The word ‘autocratic’ is understood as an authoritarian or a leadership style “characterized by individual control over all decisions and little input from group members”. However, Orban was elected by the people of Hungary. He was not put in power by the military, the banks, multinational corporations, oligarchs, the MSM, or by Rothschild shills. The very constitutional changes he and his government are making are exactly what his people demanded and what they are being given, which is a far cry from what goes on in our vote-rigged nations of the West, whose naïve people generally believe that most major or existential decisions are “democratic”. They are not. It is the elitist establishment which anoints and picks all the major candidates, and we know from the last Presidential election the voting system is incredibly corrupt, with the establishment wanting to “correct” the problems with more electronic voting (i.e., more manipulation). In the US, if Trump had not been endorsed by the MIC and the arch Zionists he would never have been elected, despite what the populist movement was demanding to save their nation from the corruption and the globalist onslaught.

    Most Hungarians regard their nation as a Christian nation made up of different ethnic groups, not a “tribal” nation. The do not want to bow to the Rothschild globalist agenda being imposed on them to open their borders to hordes of Muslims deliberately displaced from Syria and other ME victim nations by nations like Israel, the US, the UK, and now France – which nations are actually agents for the same Rothschild cabal. seeking global financial hegemony. In fact, Hungary has become the first European nation to ban the IMF and Rothschild banks, and has a warrant out to arrest autocratic Rothschild agent provocateur, George Soros. Russia also is gunning for Soros and has banned any Rothschild from setting foot in Russia.

    swmnguy brushhog Fri, 04/20/2018 – 14:18 Permalink
    The Democratic Party in the USA is not “Left.” It’s not the same as the Republican Party, but “Left” it is not.

    Just for one tiny example, the Democrats bailed out Wall Street in 2009. They also bailed out the healthcare finance sector and had arrested all the doctors and nurses who wanted to testify in favor of opening up Medicare to all Americans, in the hearings in Max Baucus’ Finance Committee when ObamaCare was being initially discussed.

    Nobody on the actual political Left would have done either of those things.

    The Democrats and Republicans agree on the merger of State and Corporate power. In that they are much closer to Fascist than either Conservative or, absolutely, “Left.” They do favor different constituencies, donors and patrons. But they are best understood as factions of the Corporate War Party, not as “Left” or even “Right.”

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    techpriest swmnguy Fri, 04/20/2018 – 15:08 Permalink
    We do indeed have a bamboozling about the meanings of the words “right” and “left,” and I would argue that both Dems and Repubs are solid left, in the radical tradition.

    There are some great books on Western philosophy, and from those I am gathering that “left” is in the “radical” tradition of wanting to erase whatever previously existed in society, and the reconstruct everything from the ground up using “reason,” aka “whatever makes sense when you say it.” From this side, bailing out banks is also a “left” move because it entails the idea that the traditional notion of letting the banks go bankrupt no longer applies, because the economic masters may dictate economic reality, and make failing banks into good banks (much to the benefit of their friends!).

    The conservative tradition is much more about a skepticism of pure reason, and assumes that the human mind is prone to believing in bad ideas without guidance from community, religion, tradition, and so on. There is room for change, but it is not assumed that all previous cautions should be thrown out.

    Finally, the liberal tradition is neither right nor left, but libertarian. The radicals co-opted this term, but liberalism meant that people should have the freedom to depart conventional society and try to remake a new one with like-minded people if they so choose.

    Putting it all together, bank bailouts are very “left,” and the Political Left would be very much at home with having very large banks that ultimately merge to become the One Central Bank, which will be bailed out with printed money forever.

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    With each elimination of a ‘rebel’ pockets Syrian army is gaining strength. Ten-thousands of soldiers who were needed to hold the Takfiri held areas around Damascus surrounded and under control are now free to attack elsewhere. Some of the militants who did not evacuate also joined the government forces.

    The evacuation of many militants to the north-west might later turn up to be problematic. They will eventually come under Turkish control and could be used in another Turkish attempt to take Aleppo. But for now they are infighting. Al-Qaeda in Syria, now renamed to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is fighting with other groups over control of the area. Over the last months about one thousand of the militants have killed each other, 3,000 were wounded and many of their heavy arms were destroyed. The Syrian government hopes that such infighting will continue for a while.

    When all the surrounded areas within the government realm are consolidated the Syrian army will move towards the borders in the south. The area around Deraa up to the Israeli occupied Golan heights and the Jordan border is in the hands of various groups of militants. Like in the north rebel infighting is a frequent occurrence. Two days ago an Islamic State aligned group tried to wrest control over some villages east of Deraa from some other local militant group. Fighting has been ongoing since and both sides are losing strength. One wonders how many of these fights between rebels are instigated by undercover Syrian intelligence agents.

    The greatest difficulty for the Syrian army operation in the south is the Israeli supply and support for a number terrorist groups in that area. Should Israel intervene in any form in the Syrian operation to liberate the area the fight can easily escalate into a larger war.

    The destroyed city of Raqqa in the east is becoming a headache for the U.S. occupation force. The U.S. used unwilling Kurdish ground troops to attack the city. It was not much of an infantry fight. Anything that moved was simply bombed from the air or ground. The one U.S. artillery battalion that covered the city fired more than 35,000 155mmm rounds during the five month operation. Now some 80% of the buildings in Raqqa are completely destroyed. The rest is inhabitable.

    The city has no water and no electricity. The U.S. claimed that 2,500 ISIS militants were in the city when the fighting started. In the end the U.S. let at least 500 of those leave the city and move further east to fight the Syrian army. It also said that only 30 civilians were killed in its attack. That is of course nonsense. At least 2,000 dead bodies have been recovered so far and 6,000 more dead are recorded as still lying under the ruins. There will be more. The city administration has no equipment and money to recover them. The U.S. is unwilling to spend any money for the city it destroyed and the Kurdish warlords who now occupy the city are incompetent and have no interest to help its Arab inhabitants. The population that has returned is hostile towards the U.S. and the Kurds. It wants to get back under Syrian government control.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/syria-cleanup-around-damascus-continues-wmd-rumors-prepare-for-new-us-attack.html#more

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    The deepest dive recorded by the free-diving Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia was to an impressive 79 metres (259 feet), and the longest time spent underwater by them was just over three minutes.

    Although the Bajau do not dive to these depths or for this length of time during their day-to-day fishing, they spend up to 60 percent of their working life underwater.

    New research published in the journal Cell shows that they have some physical and genetic adaptations to help them make these amazing dives.

    It seems that, although we tend to see ourselves as at the pinnacle of the natural world, evolution still has a grip on some groups of people. It is changing them to better suit their environment and their unusual lifestyle.

    The Bajau Laut have traditionally lived a nomadic life on houseboats, exploiting the rich resources of the coral reefs and mangrove forests of the region.

    During the 20th century, some populations of Bajau settled on the shore but continued living a subsistence lifestyle (working just to survive) based on their traditional methods of fishing.

    Since the only diving equipment available is a pair of wooden goggles and some hand weights, their success depends on their ability to dive deep and hold their breath for a long time.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/indonesian-bajau-genetic-changes-adapt-them-to-aquatic-lifestyle

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    The only alternative left for those holding on to the current paradigm is to postulate some form of non-locality: nature must have—or so they speculate—observation-independent hidden properties, entirely missed by QM, which are “smeared out” across spacetime. It is this allegedly omnipresent, invisible but objective background that supposedly orchestrates entanglement from “behind the scenes.”

    It turns out, however, that some predictions of QM are incompatible with non-contextuality even for a large and important class of non-local theories. Experimental results reported in 2007 and 2010 have confirmed these predictions. To reconcile these results with the current paradigm would require a profoundly counterintuitive redefinition of what we call “objectivity.” And since contemporary culture has come to associate objectivity with reality itself, the science press felt compelled to report on this by pronouncing, “Quantum physics says goodbye to reality.”

    The tension between the anomalies and the current paradigm can only be tolerated by ignoring the anomalies. This has been possible so far because the anomalies are only observed in laboratories. Yet we know that they are there, for their existence has been confirmed beyond reasonable doubt. Therefore, when we believe that we see objects and events outside and independent of mind, we are wrong in at least some essential sense. A new paradigm is needed to accommodate and make sense of the anomalies; one wherein mind itself is understood to be the essence—cognitively but also physically—of what we perceive when we look at the world around ourselves.

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/should-quantum-anomalies-make-us-rethink-reality/

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    The archaeologists tasked with the excavation were aware that they were digging in the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church, a mass burial site in the early 19th century due to the waves of typhoid, cholera and smallpox epidemics that had plagued London. As a result, the 1,500 human bodies encountered were hardly a surprise. But you can forgive Phil Emery and his team for being taken aback when they unearthed four-metre long walrus bones buried alongside human remains in a coffin. And the bones didn’t come from just any bog standard walrus, either, but the Pacific Walrus. This now-endangered Bering Sea native boasts elephant-like tusks and has the appearance of a supersized seal. These things weigh up to two tons.

    https://londonist.com/london/secret/why-was-a-walrus-found-buried-next-to-a-human-body-beneath-king-s-cross

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    The officer’s body was found the next day in a field one mile from his abandoned vehicle.

    He had been bound, repeatedly cut, strangulated, brutally tortured and killed execution style with a single bullet that entered his right temple at a 45 degree angle.

    No gun was found at the scene.

    His official cause of death was suicide.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/23-years-later-oklahoma-city-bombing-story-you-were-never-told-about

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    http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/116/llechydrybedd.html#images

    We’re used to imagining extinct civilizations in terms of the sunken statues and subterranean ruins. These kinds of artifacts of previous societies are fine if you’re only interested in timescales of a few thousands of years. But once you roll the clock back to tens of millions or hundreds of millions of years, things get more complicated.

    When it comes to direct evidence of an industrial civilization—things like cities, factories, and roads—the geologic record doesn’t go back past what’s called the Quaternary period 2.6 million years ago. For example, the oldest large-scale stretch of ancient surface lies in the Negev Desert. It’s “just” 1.8 million years old—older surfaces are mostly visible in cross section via something like a cliff face or rock cuts. Go back much farther than the Quaternary and everything has been turned over and crushed to dust.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/are-we-earths-only-civilization/557180/

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    That’s more egg on May’s face.

    Now comes the bombshell. On April 18, Moscow disclosed that it has formally handed over to the OPCW proof to the effect that the Novichok agent purportedly used in the Salisbury attack actually happens to be patented as a chemical weapon in 2015 in the US and produced in that country. (By the way, unlike Russia, the US is yet to destroy its chemical weapon stockpiles, as required under the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997.)

    Now, not only the British government but Washington too has some explaining to do.

    Was Skripal attack a covert op by the West?
    Simply put, the Salisbury attack might even have been an Anglo-American joint covert operation undertaken with the ulterior motive to ratchet up tensions between the West and Russia. (The Washington Post reported on Monday that the former National Security Advisor HR McMaster might have hoodwinked President Donald Trump into approving the expulsion under the wrong notion that similar numbers of expulsions by European allies was in the pipeline. In the event though, the Europeans made only token expulsions.)

    Britain is steadily edging away from the Skripal case, hoping, perhaps, that the matter will die down. But will Moscow let Britain off the hook?

    On their part, the Russians seem to be holding back on some explosive information pointing toward the US’s direct complicity in this affair.

    Indeed, if this was McMaster’s swan song, the indefatigable Russophobe probably hoped to kill two birds with one shot – push Russia’s relations with the West to a crisis point and second, scotch the prospects of an early US-Russia presidential summit (which Trump wanted.)

    McMaster reportedly tried to stop Trump from congratulating Putin on his big victory in the Russian election on March 18 in a phone conversation where they discussed a possible summit meeting in a near future.

    How far all this is linked to Trump’s decision on March 22, finally, to sack McMaster as his National Security Advisor is yet another template. By the standards of military people, McMaster probably has the reputation of being an “intellectual” but the man proved to be an unvarnished Cold Warrior fit for a museum.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/russia-exposes-british-lies-skripal-trail-leads-us

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    Two of President Trump’s “nice and new and smart” cruise missiles were recovered non-detonated by the Syrian Armed Forces on April 14, one day after the US, the UK and France fired more than 100 rockets into Syria according to the Russian TASS new agency. The U.S.-led missile strike targeted what they assumed were Syrian chemical weapon facilities in response to the April 07 gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

    And now the reverse engineering of America’s “new and smart” technology can begin: an unnamed source within the Syrian military confirmed to TASS that the cruise missiles were sent to Russia on April 18.

    “Two cruise missiles that were not exploded during the US missile strike in Syria on the night of April 14 were discovered by the Syrian military, both missiles in good enough condition the day before yesterday [April 17] were transferred to the Russian military,” the source said.

    As the source adds “these missiles were sent yesterday [April 18] by plane to Russia” for further examination.

    Alleged images of American and French cruise missiles shot down by Syria forces have recently surfaced on Twitter:

    “Syrian soldier stands beside downed US Tomahawk missile,” said Partisangirl.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-21/russia-claims-it-captured-trumps-nice-and-new-and-smart-missiles-after-syrian

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    So summer is the period between the Day of Jarilo (Snake) and the Day of Perun (Lion). And in the middle of the summer is Day of Svetovid, the Summer solstice. The point when Sun in the northern hemisphere reaches its highest point above the horizon.

    Now have a look at “Christ treading on the beasts” scene again:

    Christ standing with his legs spread, with one leg on the snake (the beginning of the summer) and the other leg on the lion (the end of the summer). His head, with the solar halo is right at the point of the summer solstice, when Sun god is the most high…

    If you make the Most High your dwelling…you will trample the great lion and the serpent…

    You will be in the summer on the northern hemisphere…

    http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/lion-killing-snake.html#comment-form

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    Update 2:

    The local authorities are sticking with the ‘drone’ story:

    SAUDI SECURITY FORCES SHOOT AT CIVILIAN DRONE IN RIYADH: SPA
    SAUDI POLICE SAY DRONE WAS FLYING WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION: SPA

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    Update: Some reports that there was no coup attempt and The Wall Street Journal reports it was guards shooting down an errant drone.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-21/gunfire-explosions-heard-near-saudi-royal-palace-king-salman-reportedly-evacuated

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