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…..

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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

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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?

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

  3. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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:

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    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

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    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/

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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/

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    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

  44. ulvfugl says:

    1

    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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  47. ulvfugl says:

    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

    * * *

    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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