Story Wars, Prehistory, Quantum Physics, Psychology, Archaeology, etc.

 

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Ringforts are the most common monuments on the Irish landscape and are known by a variety of names, including fort, rath, dún, lios, cashel and caher. They consist of an area, usually circular, enclosed by one or more earthen banks or, occasionally, by fosses (in the case of raths), or by stone walls (in the case of cashels). They generally vary in size between 25 and 50 meters in diameter and were erected as protected enclosures around farmsteads, mainly during the Early Christian Period (c.500-1100 AD). There are currently 224 recorded surviving ringforts in County Clare, not including cashels, promontory forts, cliff-edge forts, and hillforts.

http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/archaeology/ringforts.htm

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Language, humans’ most distinctive trait, still remains a ‘mystery’ for evolutionary theory. It is underpinned by a universal infrastructure—cooperative turn-taking—which has been suggested as an ancient mechanism bridging the existing gap between the articulate human species and their inarticulate primate cousins. However, we know remarkably little about turn-taking systems of non-human animals, and methodological confounds have often prevented meaningful cross-species comparisons. Thus, the extent to which cooperative turn-taking is uniquely human or represents a homologous and/or analogous trait is currently unknown. The present paper draws attention to this promising research avenue by providing an overview of the state of the art of turn-taking in four animal taxa—birds, mammals, insects and anurans. It concludes with a new comparative framework to spur more research into this research domain and to test which elements of the human turn-taking system are shared across species and taxa.

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/285/1880/20180598

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For almost a century, physicists have wondered whether the most counterintuitive predictions of quantum mechanics (QM) could actually be true. Only in recent years has the technology necessary for answering this question become accessible, enabling a string of experimental results—including startling ones reported in 2007 and 2010, and culminating now with a remarkable test reported in May—that show that key predictions of QM are indeed correct. Taken together, these experiments indicate that the everyday world we perceive does not exist until observed, which in turn suggests—as we shall argue in this essay—a primary role for mind in nature. It is thus high time the scientific community at large—not only those involved in foundations of QM—faced up to the counterintuitive implications of QM’s most controversial predictions.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

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Early Sunday morning we drove west toward the Pacific Coast and then south to the Columbia River, where it flows into the Pacific,stopping for lunch and camping provisions in the resort town of Long Beach. This being the first week of December, the town was pretty well buttoned up and sleepy. Stamets requested that I not publish the exact location where we went hunting for Psilocybe azurescens, a variety of “magic mushroom” first identified and named by Stamets, and the most potent ever found. But what I can say is that there are three public parks bordering the wide-open mouth of the Columbia—Fort Stevens, Cape Disappointment, and the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park—and we stayed at one of them. Stamets, who has been coming here to hunt “azzies” for years, was mildly paranoid about being recognized by a ranger, so he stayed in the car while I checked in at the office and picked up a map giving directions to our yurt.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/what-its-like-to-trip-on-the-most-potent-magic-mushroom/561860/?utm_source=twb

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These changes in the brain may help explain why, during spiritual experiences, the barrier between the self and others can be reduced or even eliminated altogether. Although we need some separation between ourselves and everyone else for protection and to manage reality, removing the barrier every so often is also valuable.

“Spiritual experiences are robust states that may have profound impacts on people’s lives,” explains Yale psychiatry and neuroscience professor Marc Potenza, in a statement about the work. “Understanding the neural bases of spiritual experiences may help us better understand their roles in resilience and recovery from mental health and addictive disorders.”

Spiritual experiences involve “pronounced shifts in perception [that] buffer the effects of stress,” the study says. The findings suggest that those experiences can be accessed by everyone, and that transcendence isn’t dependent upon religiosity. That makes studying spiritual experiences and figuring out how to use such states for improved mental health easier for scientists. Next, the researchers hope to test a bigger group of subjects of all ages.

Beyond mental health, scientists study spirituality because the human quest for meaning is timeless and universal. By cultivating spiritual experiences in addition to strengthening our intellectual abilities, people can lead emotionally richer lives and develop more open minds, scientists say.

As Tony Jack, director of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness lab at Case Western Reserve University—who was not involved in this study—explains to WKSU, analytical thinking and spiritual, empathic thinking rely on different neural pathways and processes. They don’t happen simultaneously in the brain, but both modes are necessary, like breathing in and breathing out. “You can’t do both at the same time, but you need both to stay healthy and well,” he says.

https://qz.com/1292368/columbia-and-yale-scientists-just-found-the-spiritual-part-of-our-brains/

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Microdosing” on psychedelic substances like LSD—ingesting just enough to heighten cognitive faculties, enhance creativity, improve concentration and alleviate depression—is currently back in vogue among people not normally associated with anything remotely ‘countercultural’ in the USA.

The term psychedelic was coined in 1958 by British psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond and is derived from the Greek words psyche(“soul, mind”) and delein(“to manifest”), hence “soul-manifesting,” the implication being that psychedelics can access the soul and develop unused potentials in the human mind. It’s a contention that’s gaining increased acceptance in mainstream universities.

New York University, for example, is hosting clinical trials using psilocybin to treat alcohol addiction. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been at the forefront of research in treating patients suffering from chronic treatment-resistant PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with MDMA, commonly known as ‘Ecstasy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently designated its MDMA-assisted psychotherapy project as a ‘breakthrough therapy.’ Apart from MDMA, MAPS also advocates the use of Ayahuasca, Ibogaine and medical marijuana for a variety of conditions ranging from bipolar syndrome and drug addiction to autism-related disorders, ADHD and clinical depression.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/06/political-significance-lsd.html

 

https://phys.org/news/2010-03-mystery-cursed-bread-cia-agent.html

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The worldwide stories of faerie changelings come under a group of folklore motifs recorded in the Aarne-Thompson index as F321: ‘Faerie steals child from cradle and leaves faerie substitute.’ The basic premise of these motifs is that the faeries, through supernatural means, are capable of abducting babies from humans, while replacing them with one of their own, usually a wizened old faerie who would proceed to eat and drink voraciously, and maintain a surly silence. With external advice the parents are usually advised of how to rid themselves of the changeling and restore their own baby from the faeries. The ruse is carried through and (usually) works. There are many variations on the story, but the Brother’s Grimm summed up in concise form the main components of a typical changeling story from mid 19th-century Germany:

“A mother had her child taken from the cradle by elves. In its place they laid a changeling with a thick head and staring eyes who would do nothing but eat and drink. In distress she went to a neighbour and asked for advice. The neighbour told her to carry the changeling into the kitchen, set it on the hearth, make a fire, and boil water in two eggshells. That should make the changeling laugh, and if he laughs it will be all over with him. The woman did everything just as her neighbour said. When she placed the eggshells filled with water over the fire, the changeling said:

‘Now I am as old

As the Wester Wood,

But have never seen anyone cooking in shells!’

And he began laughing about it. When he laughed, a band of little elves suddenly appeared. They brought the rightful child, set it on the hearth, and took the changeling away.”

A common variation on this plot would be for the changeling to be threatened with (or sometimes given) a roasting over the fire, which was usually enough for them to reveal themselves and thereby break the spell.

https://deadbutdreaming.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-faerie-changeling-phenomenon/

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Unknown to many people, including, perhaps, some of his followers in the Philippines, the great Swiss psychologist and psychotherapist Carl Jung had a life-long fascination with the occult and paranormal phenomena, and wrote scientific treatises on the subject.

The founder of analytical and depth psychology, Jung is best known for his theories of the “collective unconscious,” including the concept of the “archetypes” and the use of “synchronicity” (or meaningful coincidence) in psychotherapy.

Jung was a contemporary and close colleague of Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, but they later parted ways because of irreconcilable differences in their theories of psychology. Jung was bothered by Freud’s “pansexualism” in the interpretation of dreams and human behavior. Jung felt dreams also contain nonphysical and spiritual meanings.

Reality of spirits

Jung believed in the reality of spirits and the after-life, the psychic and paranormal phenomena. While maintaining a healthy skepticism, Jung later developed a passionate interest in the study of such topics after his visions and near-death experience.

He delved into research in parapsychology, flying saucers, astrology, alchemy, the I Ching, and even spirit communication or mediumship.

According to one author, Jung’s involvement with the occult “was with him from the start—literally, it was in his DNA.” His maternal grandfather accepted the reality of spirits and learned Hebrew “because he believed it was spoken in heaven.” Jung’s mother became a medium who spoke in tongues.

Jung gave lectures, such as “On the Limits of Exact Science,” in which he questioned the dominant materialist paradigm that reigned then. He said, “I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud… Science cannot afford the luxury of naivete in these matters.”

Jung never hid his interest in the study of parapsychology and his fascination with occult phenomena, despite the stern warning by Freud that his interest could ruin his reputation as a serious scientist.

In a letter to Freud dated May 8, 1911, Jung wrote: “There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness. Please don’t worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes. I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche. For a while longer I must intoxicate myself on magic perfumes in order to fathom the secrets that lie hidden in the abyss of the unconscious.”

Jung studied eight spirit mediums (six females and two males), participated in séances and observed levitation on four occasions.

He wrote that the most impressive cases of levitation he had witnessed happened with Douglas Home, a Scottish psychic. “On three occasions,” wrote Jung, “I have seen him raised completely from the floor of the room… I had the full opportunity of watching the occurrence as it was taking place.

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/294281/carl-jungs-fascination-occult/

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Among scientists, there are tentative signs of a psychedelics renaissance. After decades of stigma, impressive research is showing the power of these substances to help sufferers of depression and addiction, or to comfort patients with a terminal cancer diagnosis, struggling to face their own end. This is the fascinating territory that the journalist Michael Pollan explores with his new book, “How to Change Your Mind.” Pollan dives into brain science, the history of psychedelics (and our tortured attitudes towards them) but his larger subject is the nature of human consciousness. Eventually Pollan decides to try psychedelics himself — and documents, beautifully, a number meaningful experiences and the way his own mind has changed. He answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-science-of-altering-consciousness/

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In 2017, geologists demonstrated that this species, Homo naledi, existed in southern Africa between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago–potentially the same time that modern humans first emerged in Africa. This is a puzzle to scientists, who long held that there was only one species in Africa at this late time period – Homo sapiens. How did this species exist alongside others with brains three times its size? The new study suggests that naledi’s behavior may have reflected the shape and structure of the brain more than its size.

The small brains of Homo naledi raise new questions about the evolution of human brain size (image above). Big brains were costly to human ancestors, and some species may have paid the costs with richer diets, hunting and gathering, and longer childhoods. But that scenario doesn’t seem to work well for Homo naledi, which had hands well-suited for toolmaking, long legs, humanlike feet, and teeth suggesting a high-quality diet. According to study coauthor John Hawks, “Naledi’s brain seems like one you might predict for Homo habilis, two million years ago. But habilis didn’t have such a tiny brain–naledi did.”

 

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2018/05/homo-naledi-newly-discovered-species-maybe-weve-had-the-story-of-human-evolution-wrong-the-whole-tim.html

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It is entirely true that Indigenous cultures have amassed valuable knowledge for millennia—from the creation of beautiful and elaborate origin stories, to the development of ecological know-how, to the observation of basic principles of astronomy. But these elements tend to be universal within all cultures, including Western cultures as they have passed through earlier stages of scientific development.

In recent centuries, the Western tradition has created a suite of intellectual tools that did not develop in other cultures–such as the scientific method, which requires that new claims be tested, replicated and scrutinized by one’s peers before being accepted. As applied through such mechanisms as peer review, the scientific method permits us to separate fact from folklore. To the extent the implementation of IWK would require the dilution or relaxation of these practices, it would undermine one of the primary purposes of our universities since the Enlightenment. Perhaps this explains why the most enthusiastic advocates of IWK specialize in liberal-arts disciplines that apply extremely loose (and subjective) standards to the question of what is true.

http://quillette.com/2018/05/22/indigenous-ways-knowing-magical-thinking-spirituality-one-name/

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Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans (H. sapiens) are all descended from H. heidelbergensis. Between 300,000 and 400,000 years ago, one branch of this group became independent of other hominins; some of this group left Africa [35]. One (sub)group branched northwest into Europe and West Asia and eventually evolved into the Neanderthals, while the other group ventured eastward throughout Asia, eventually developing into the Denisovans. The remaining members of this group, H. heidelbergensis, evolved into H. sapiens approximately 130,000 years ago in the dry savannahs in Africa, and then themselves migrated to other regions and continents [36]. These humans were more adept at controlling fire than the preceding African hominins had been, but the humid tropical regions did not foster the development of fire-making. Homo sapiens that settled in the tropics of South Asia and Africa were genetically influenced by the abilities of the anteceding hominins in those regions, who were less dependent on fire-making.

A short “prehistory”—before Homo heidelbergensis

Before H. heidelbergensis appeared, H. erectusoriginated in Africa and spread throughout Eurasia, as far as present-day Georgia, India, Sri Lanka, China, and Java. The H. erectus who remained in Africa is now widely accepted as the direct ancestor of all later hominins, including H. heidelbergensis, H. sapiens, H. neanderthalensis, and the Asian H. erectus [16]. The group that eventually became H. heidelbergensis in Africa had established populations in Europe and South Asia by approximately 500,000 years ago.

By approximately 300,000 years ago, regional differences began to develop as these H. heidelbergensis adapted to their new environments, having collectively become independent of other hominins shortly after leaving Africa. At this point, one group became the Neanderthals, and another group developed into the Denisovans. The H. heidelbergensisremaining in Africa evolved into H. sapiens [37].

Homo sapiens eventually spread from Africa into Eurasia and replaced the residing hominins; however, a considerable degree of interbreeding with archaic hominins also occurred. Long before the appearance in Eurasia of H. heidelbergensis and the Neanderthals, the Denisovans, and ultimately H. sapiens, the Asian H. erectus inhabited an overlapping area [38], until it was replaced by those successor species and others. However, H. erectus on the mainland went extinct long before the arrival of H. sapiens, and so the influence of any admixture of H. erectus with H. sapiens via Neanderthals and Denisovans would be negligible.

Africa and history of interbreeding

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4947341/

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We now come to the very real problems with Islam’s history, from the perspective of the historians themselves.

Since so much of what is classically known about how Islam began is derived from the 9th and 10th centuries, for what was happening in the 7th century (thus, around 200 – 300 years too late), historians are concerned by such a time discrepancy.

So, they have decided to return to the 7th century, and find out what exactly the historical evidence tells us.

And what they are finding is not very encouraging.

For instance:
-The first Arab inscription referencing Muhammad is in 691 AD, yet it should be from the time Muhammad lived, in 632 AD, or before. Suggesting no Arab referred to Muhammad for 60 years following his death (Volker Popp-Ohlig & Puin 2010:53)

-The first reference to the term ‘Muslim’ is in the 690s. Prior to that time they were called: Saracen’, ‘Hagarene’, ‘Ishmaelite’, ‘Maghraye’, and ‘Muhajiroun’ (‘Chronicle of John of Niku’ – 1602, & Nevo & Koren, 2003:234)

-The first reference to the term ‘Islam’ is not until 691 AD (on the Dome of the Rock) (Volker Popp-Ohlig, & Puin 2010:71)

-The first reference to Mecca is not until 741 AD, yet this is the city where Abraham supposedly lived in 1900 BC (see Surah 21:51-71), and where Muhammad grew up (Crone 1987:134-136; Hoyland 1997:426; Holland 2012:303)

-The first biography of Muhammad within Islamic sources is not until 833 AD (Ibn Hisham & Al Waqidi)

These findings are indeed damaging, and suggest that the classical account of how Islam began is not only false, but can not be supported when observing that which history affords us.

The scholars who are doing this investigation include some of the best minds in the Western world today, including:

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Do you believe my version ? Or, do you want me to believe your version ? Our version versus Their version. Story Wars. According to Guy McPherson, we are ALL going to be dead by… well, he started off, some years ago, with ‘in a hundred years’, but now he’s moved the date to this coming September.

So instead of just a few more decades remaining, it’s now going to be a few weeks !

Trouble is that various individuals have been using this ‘The end is nigh’ tactic for thousands of years. John Michael Greer, Archdruid, collected scores of examples from history. You could say that it’s a way to gain power, influence, publicity, by spreading alarm, manipulating the crowd with anxiety, fear, panic, as a psychological and political stratagem.

Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, put your money where your mouth is, will there be ANY humans still alive by, say, next Christmas ?

This stuff is easier for me than it used to be, because following my stroke almost a year ago, I am rather surprised each day to find that I’m still here… Will I last until Christmas ? Who knows…. 🙂

But one’s own personal individual death is not the same thing as all humans dying and becoming extinct, is it. I’ve always known I would die from one cause or another, eventually. I like my life here, a lot, and I don’t want it to end, but I don’t have a choice, do I. It will end. Sooner or later. I have had, indeed am having, an amazing life, I am not complaining.

We have Story Wars about what is going to happen in the future, and we have Story Wars about what happened in the past, in history.

Jordan Peterson makes a distinction between the Newtonian conception of reality, and the Darwinian conception. There’s people like Jay Dyer, Graham Hancock, and Sylvie Ivanova who follow their own independent versions which sometimes barely connect to mainstream academia at all. It’s all bewildering, who are you going to trust and believe ?

You might think that it’s quite straightforward, just study the evidence carefully and objectively, and arrive at a conclusion, but as we see regarding the origin of the stones at Stonehenge, people who claim expertise and devote much of their lives to a topic can still make totally different interpretations of the apparent evidence.

I’m thinking of my neighbour, Brian John, and his ideas (as a geomorphologist), versus the regular ‘establishment’ archaeologists and others, e.g.

https://brian-mountainman.blogspot.com/2018/05/why-human-agency-thesis-cannot-be.html

https://brian-mountainman.blogspot.com/2018/05/quote-of-day.html

Ultimately, it becomes a philosophical matter, what is ‘truth’, is there such a thing, how defined, where does it reside, how do you know it if you find it, and so on.

As I understand it (mostly from Col. Pat Lang) some people in the Middle East have an entirely different way of conceiving of time and history to that which we get taught in the West. If you want to say that they are wrong, mistaken, then you’ll have to delve into a Bertrand Russell type of analysis as to how we arrive at knowing, at knowledge, at certainty, and how something called ‘a fact’ is to be defined and established. None of it is easy or simple, if it was the smartest people would not have been arguing and disagreeing for the last few thousand years.

But that’s stuff for the intellectuals and academics to wrestle with, the politicians don’t care about issues like ‘absolute truth’, they’ll spin the story in whatever way they believe will bring them some advantage in the power struggles. Some ideas resonate with the masses and some don’t. Such ideas don’t need to be correct or accurate in any absolute or academic sense, they only need to be sufficiently stimulating and emotive to get folk riled up enough to vote or to demonstrate in the streets, or to make them so miserable, fearful and apathetic that they hide in their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. ulvfugl says:

    Joe Biden was confronted by a heckler last weekend while promoting his new book at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Deleware.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-12/what-about-girls-you-molested-c-span-heckler-asks-biden

    Pure Evil Bastiat Tue, 06/12/2018 – 17:59 Permalink
    It appears they’re crawling out of the closet like this guy.

    The race for, …, VA-10 Congressional District, …, has been getting more than its usual share of news coverage in the lead-up to the June 12th primary. Nathan Larson, an independent candidate, is an admitted pedophile, an admirer of Adolph Hitler, believes women should be treated as property and wants to make child marriage and incest legal.

    See: https://www.vdare.com/articles/va-10-trumpist-challenger-at-least-force…

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    Trained as a Ayahuascero in Peru and having a PhD in clinical Psychology puts Dr. Kirby Surprise in a unique position of being a sort of a licensed shaman.

    https://futurethinkers.org/kirby-surprise-ayahuasca-shamanism-magic/

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    “This is much worse than a deteriorating relationship – this is a massive breakdown in the system. A deputy attorney general does not make subpoena threats lightly. This is not the norm to say the least,” said Tom Dupree, former principal deputy assistant attorney general for the George W. Bush administration. “It’s hard to tell whether [Rosenstein] was sending a message to back off, or whether he was just trying to illustrate how invasive he considered the demands from Congress. But either way, it is a clear signal that the relationship is fractured, and it’s not clear how things will get repaired.”

    The fight between the DOJ and Congressional investigators over the boundaries of Congressional oversight vs. the DOJ’s apparent concern for protecting sources and methods (and evidence of potential crimes) has set the tone for a sustained dispute over records, and has set in motion the latest round of confrontations between Chairman Devin Nunes and Rosenstein – who has requested records related to the FBI’s use of a confidential informant to spy on the Trump campaign.

    Asked about the January meeting, Nunes provided a statement to Fox News noting they referred the incident to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office: “The Intelligence Committee considers staff concerns at the most serious level, especially those involving interactions with the executive branch. Based on the justified concerns expressed by our lead staff investigators, we referred this matter to the Speaker’s Office.” -Fox News

    A source on the House Intelligence Committee told Fox that “going to the DOJ IG [Inspector General] is one of several steps under consideration” by the panel. Meanwhile, Dupree noted that current tension between the DOJ and Congress go well beyond traditional oversight wrangling.

    “Rarely, if ever, has it deteriorated to this point where you have what appears to be threats going back and forth between the two sides,” he said.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-12/downright-chilling-rosenstein-threatened-subpoena-congressmen-closed-door-hearing

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    Dear readership,

    I’m rather fallen behind because I had to spend a day at Withybush Hospital because of various health problems… I had two fabulous meals there and met some staff who remembered me from previous occasions, which was nice. I had numerous tests and whatnot to try and establish what’s wrong with me medically and healthwise.
    I’m home again now, and apparently there’s a hurricane due to strike here later tonight…
    This internet never sleeps, so I’ve some catching up to do….

  8. ulvfugl says:

    Reuters reports the following breaking updates:

    “concentrated and intense” bombing near the port itself.
    30 air strikes hit the city within half an hour.
    Houthis say they hit a coalition barge
    Port is main route to feed 8.4 million on verge of famine
    “Some civilians are entrapped, others forced from their homes.”
    Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by foreign and Yemeni troops massed south of the port of Hodeidah in operation “Golden Victory”.
    Ground battles raged near Hodeidah airport and al-Durayhmi, a rural area 10 km (6 miles) south of the city
    Though Saudi and coalition authorities have long imposed a media blackout on Yemen which has resulted in little on the ground footage of the war, some early footage of the ground assault has emerged on pro-Saudi social media:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-13/civilians-trapped-major-assault-yemen-port-begins-saudi-ship-attacked

  9. ulvfugl says:

    It’s time to get out that tinfoil hat.

    Greg Johnson of Skunk Bay Weather, a local weather website that runs camera enabled weather stations on the northern Kitsap Peninsula; Kitsap County, Washington, recorded a mysterious object early Sunday morning that has social media buzzing.

    One of Johnson’s weather stations has a camera monitoring the Puget Sound at Whidbey Island from Skunk Bay, and at 3:56 a.m. Sunday by a high-resolution, 20-second exposure camera, snapped what looks like the impossible — a missile blasting off from what seems to be the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-13/it-looks-ascending-missile-unidentified-object-photographed-over-washington-state

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    But the Houthis will continue to fight. If they give up on Hodeidah they will have lost the war. Today they claimed to have fired another ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia. They also said that they successfully attacked a UAE navy ship with a landing force. The Saudis said that they intercepted the missile. There is no confirmation for the ship attack.

    The Saudis and Emirates have the active support of Britain and the United States. The attack on Hodeidah, the siege on all Houthi controlled territory and the coming famine can still stopped. Britain and the U.S., the Saudis and the Emirates are on the verge of committing a war crime that will exceed the war on Iraq by any measure.

    The attack must stop and the blockade must be lifted. It is either now or it will be too late to prevent the siege of Yemen and a very large famine.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/06/the-starvation-siege-on-yemen-has-begun.html#more

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    “A man’s greatest joy is crushing his enemies.”

    — Genghis Khan

    There are many apocryphal quotes attributed to Genghis Khan. And there’s a reason for that — in a single generation he led an obscure group of Mongolian tribes to conquer most of the known world. His armies, and those of his descendants, ravaged lands as distant as Hungary, Iran and China. After the great wars, though, came great peace — the Pax Mongolica. But the scale of death and destruction were such that in the wake of the Mongol conquests great forests grew back from previously cultivated land, changing the very ecosystem of the planet.

    https://blog.insito.me/the-days-of-the-all-fathers-77cc079e7609

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    More than 3,000 years ago in what is now the lower Chao Valley in Peru, ancient people created five geoglyphs out of angular rocks, forming designs that may have shown heavenly constellations.

    These geoglyphs had stone doorways leading into them. Archaeologists believe that ancient people would have entered these doorways to participate in some form of ceremony or ritual activity performed at the geoglyphs.

    These five geoglyphs are part of a much larger ceremonial landscape now called Pampa de las Salinas that consistsof more than 20 archaeological sites, including trails, plazas and a massive mound called “Los Morteros” that consists of the remains of ancient buildings as well as fish and plants.[Amazing Photos of the Mysterious Geoglyphs in Peru]

    Recently, archaeologists have been mapping and excavating Pampa de las Salinasin an effort to help understand the landscape’s mysteries.

    https://www.livescience.com/62792-peru-geoglyphs-depict-heavens.html

  18. ulvfugl says:

    Some of Africa’s oldest and most unusual trees have mysteriously started dying – and scientists think climate change may be to blame.

    An exceptional number of baobabs, which are known to live for up to 2,000 years – and maybe longer – have died in the past 13 years, experts found.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/africa-trees-dying-climate-change-baobabs-dead-rat-scientist-study-a8393741.html

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    Colonel Cassad has a good report with maps and videos of the attack on the port al-Hudaydah.

    https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4251168.html

    You’ll need a translation. Use Yandex Browser. Translates automatically.

    Here’s a translated section:

    “Advancing in the direction of the airport forces bogged down in fighting with the Houthis South of the city, while losing 13 of carts and armored fighting vehicles, and several dozen people killed and wounded, including 4 officers and soldiers of the UAE.

    “Attempt landing in the port of Hodeidah failed. The Houthis have destroyed one of the landing craft received hit two anti-ship missiles

    https://almasirah.net/gallery/preview.php?file_id=17241

    (the Houthis claimed that the night after the fire and evacuate the dead, the ship was abandoned by crew and sank) and actually tore an organized landing. Among the dead were sailors and officers of the Navy of UAE. The Houthis claim that they have forces and means for destruction and other ships of the invaders from the West coast of Yemen.

    “Also, the Huthis released a few tactical missiles on areas of sosredotochena forces of the invaders. According to official statements by the Yemeni army, with the beginning of active operations in may this year, the invaders and their accomplices have lost 119 of carts and armored fighting vehicles, 58 of them on the West coast.

    “Today we can expect a repetition of attempts to break through to the city after a concentrated air strikes. In fact, the total superiority in aircraft and armored vehicles is the main asset of the invaders, which they will be used in order to break through the defense of the Huthis and take have to start at the airport of Hodeidah.

    “It is worth noting that the Pentagon has officially stated that it is not involved in plenerowej, implementation and support of operations against the Houthis, and limited only by the operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Yemen. The Houthis however, directly call the protests a us-Saudi aggression that tries to hide behind the various puppets.

    “It is noteworthy that the offensive began in the midst of the Muslim holidays, in that time, as even in Afghanistan, agreed to the truce, and that in these days of suicide bombers to explode is impossible.

    “Of course, all this happens in the midst of a massive humanitarian catastrophe caused by the intervention, on which “civilized community” turns a blind eye.”

    Posted by: Red Ryder | Jun 14, 2018 8:28:22 AM | 85

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/06/the-starvation-siege-on-yemen-has-begun.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef022ad378f1b0200d

  25. ulvfugl says:

    Here is the only global paper to publish a story about the super-secret Bilderberg meeting in Turin, Italy this last week: Vatican to attend secretive meeting of global elite for first time | Daily Mail Online reported. It was very brave of the Daily Mail to run this story. It was never the top story, it was a back page story but this is ten times better than all the top global newspapers which had absolutely zero news about this important meeting.

    https://emsnews.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/bilderberg-gang-at-war-with-all-citizens-of-g7-countries/#more-37551

    The radicals took over the Vatican and have been destroying Christianity from within. Aside from attracting rapist priests for many years, the Church is interested only in power and money, not saving souls. The second sentence of the snippet above mentions how the Bilderberg gang is going to stop populism in Europe, ‘fake news’ (hahaha) and Russia.

  26. ulvfugl says:

    As birds become fewer, wildflowers vanish, butterflies disappear, and animals in the wild are threatened, extinction and a grim future haunts. How often did Rumi write about birdsong … there is a reason. Nature revives the spirit.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/13/the-plight-of-birds-and-the-hand-of-man-in-the-sixth-great-extinction/

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    A huge 23-stone shark was caught off the Welsh coast on Tuesday.

    Angler Matthew Burrett caught the monster porbeagle shark while fishing off the coast of Milford Haven .

    Weighing in at 324lb and reaching a length of up to eight foot, it’s believed to be one of the biggest of its kind ever caught in Welsh waters.

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/huge-porbeagle-shark-caught-welsh-14783527

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