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.”




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.







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.)





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.





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’.





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.




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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…..

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


    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.

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    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?


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    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.


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


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

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

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

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

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


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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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.


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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:


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    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?


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    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.


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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.


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    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


  27. 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


  28. 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:


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


    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?”

  29. ulvfugl says:

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