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



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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


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:


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.

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

    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

    (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

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

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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.

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    The discovery of the bog road was made in 2005 and the National Monuments Service established it was a grander and far longer oak road than the previously discovered, Iron Age road at Corlea Bog in Co Longford.

    While the Corlea bog road contained massive oak planks wide enough for two chariots to pass side by side, the Mayne bog road is larger again, measuring up to 6m in width, and dating to 1200-820 BC – making it a 1,000 years older than Corlea.

    She was convinced from earlier visits that she could challenge the mainstream thinking that there had been little face-to-face contact between the far West and the Middle East between the 5th Century and the crusades in the 12th.

    The oldest known copy of the gospels in Arabic – or rather what lay beneath it – proved her right.

    At least 170 of the 4,500 manuscripts in the collection are recycled manuscripts, known as palimpsests.

    Industrious monks often had to resort to scrubbing the ink off neglected tomes before reusing the parchment.

    Although the manuscript examined by Prof Brown had been discovered in 1975, it is only now that scholars have been able to distinguish the different layers using a variety of light waves. Before they relied on the naked eye or corrosive chemicals.

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    A child in Elmore County, Idaho has contracted the plague according to the state health officials. While the plague has been diagnosed in squirrels as recently as 2016, this marks the first human transmission in Idaho in over a quarter-century according to the Central District Health Department.

    The child, whose age and sex are unknown, is currently recovering while receiving antibiotic treatment.

    Officials are unsure whether the child contracted the plague at home in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon – where there have been eight human cases of plague since 1990 vs. two in Idaho.

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    As we digest and unpack the DOJ Inspector General’s 500-page report on the FBI’s conduct during the Hillary Clinton email investigation “matter,” damning quotes from the OIG’s findings have begun to circulate, leaving many to wonder exactly how Inspector General Michael Horowitz was able to conclude:

    “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed”

    We’re sorry, that just doesn’t comport with reality whatsoever. And it really feels like the OIG report may have had a different conclusion at some point. Just read IG Horowitz’s own assessment that “These texts are “Indicative of a biased state of mind but even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the Presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”

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    Who knew that there were cultures in which it was mandatory to marry someone who didn’t speak the same language that you did?

    I guess it provides an excuse for the marital miscommunications which are inevitable in any case, and encourages understanding of them. It could also promote language learning necessary for effective regional ties.

    And, this 1983 book:
    This book is primarily a study of the Bará or Fish People, one of several Tukanoan groups living in the Colombian Northwest Amazon. These people ‘…form part of an unusual network of intermarrying local communities scattered along the rivers of the region. Each community belongs to one of sixteen different groups that speak sixteen different languages, and marriages must take place between people not only from different communities but with different primary languages. In a network of this sort, which defies the usual label of ‘tribe’, social identity assumes a distinct and unusual configuration. In this book, Jean Jackson’s incisive discussions of Bará marriage, kinship, spatial organization, and other features of the social and geographic landscape show how Tukanoans (as participants in the network are collectively known) conceptualize and tie together their universe of widely scattered communities, and how an individual’s identity emerges in terms of relations with others’ (back cover). Also discussed in the text are the effects of the Tukanoan’s increasing dependency on the national and global political economy and their decreasing sense of self-worth and cultural autonomy.

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    This story is part of When the Drugs Hit, a Motherboard journey into the science, politics, and culture of today’s psychedelic renaissance. Follow along here .

    LSD and DMT have long been substances of choice in the psychonaut community, and with good reason. Both of these substances are known to profoundly alter a user’s mental state and and result in vivid hallucinations. Yet due to a decades-long moratorium on psychedelic research in the United States, researchers still don’t have a very good picture of how these mind-altering drugs are actually affecting the brain at a physical level.

    In a new study published today in Cell Reports, researchers at the University of California, Davis, administered LSD, DMT, and other psychedelic drugs to flies and rats and found that many of these substances—particularly LSD—resulted in neurons forming more synapse connections in the animals’ brains. These results are particularly encouraging because they suggest that psychedelics, or substances like them, may be quite effective in treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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    They are among 12 species that have been put on the first “red list” for wild mammals in Britain.

    The Mammal Society and Natural England study said almost one in five British mammals was at risk of extinction.

    Factors such as climate change, loss of habitat, use of pesticides and disease are to blame, the report said.

    It said the hedgehog and water vole have seen their populations decline by almost 70% over the past 20 years.

    However, it is good news for the otter, pine marten, polecat and badger, which have all seen their populations and geographical range spread.

    The report is described as the first comprehensive review of the population of British mammals for 20 years.

    Researchers examined more than 1.5m individual biological records of 58 species of terrestrial mammal.

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    Despite residing in it, it’s hard for us to know exactly how big the Milky Way is. But new research has found that our galaxy is bigger than previously thought. Using a large survey of stars instead of just models (as previous researchers did), astronomers have now determined the disk of our galaxy to be 200,000 light-years across — twice as large as was believed a decade ago.

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    Scott Creighton builds on evidence offered in The Great Pyramid Hoax, causing the conventional explanation for the origin of the Great Pyramid to seem all the more untenable.

    In 1765 the British consul to Algiers, Nathaniel Davison, discovered a hidden chamber directly above the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza. He gained entry via a precarious climb using a rickety ladder at the south end of the pyramid’s Grand Gallery. It seems that the passage leading to this chamber had been accessible since the pyramid’s construction. The chamber’s dimensions were similar to those of the King’s Chamber directly below, although unlike the King’s Chamber, the compartment Davison discovered was very cramped, being only around three feet in height. As Davison explored, he found nothing but a floor several feet deep in bat dung—no hidden sarcophagus, no treasure and, as in the rest of the pyramid, not a single inscription. Little did Davison know that directly above the chamber which now bears his name, a further four chambers awaited discovery.

    Seventy-two years after Davison’s discovery, British adventurer Colonel Richard William Howard Vyse, following the intuition of his colleague, Giovanni Caviglia, blasted his way into the four hidden compartments above Davison’s Chamber (Figure 1) using gunpowder. These four chambers, known today as the ‘Chambers of Construction’, were approximately the same size as Davison’s. However, in one very important way they were different; for upon the wall and roof blocks of these ‘Vyse Chambers’ were many painted inscriptions and, significantly, the name of the pyramid’s supposed builder, Khufu.

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    I got banned from r/History for asking a question about Graham.
    So this happened a few moments ago, they got an AmA with an Archaeologist going on. I simply asked How she felt about Mr. Hancock because I genuinely enjoy listening to this man speak. I was hit with an insta-ban for even mentioning his name. The mod left me with the message of

    “Please don’t bother our guests with pseuodoarchaeological bullshit.”

    They claimed my post fell under “historical negationism”, which confused me further as I don’t see his works negate anything. Rather expanding on an Era of time that we have little knowledge of. This experience has only fueled me to explore his works even more. They even went as far as to say that Hancock stole his “fantasies” from the French mystic Lubicz. I have only just now read about Lubicz, so i guess i’ll start there.

    I got banned from r/History for asking a question about Graham. from GrahamHancock

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    The town of Dambulla in Sri Lanka is home to the largest cave complex in the country. With a labyrinth containing over 80 documented caves, five in particular stand out from the rest. Unlike the others, these five have been converted into sprawling temples where visitors can view golden statues, depictions of Buddha and over 1,500 different paintings.

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    No, there won’t be rebel leaders in Yemen beamed into CNN studios via Skype to detail the suffering of civilians under the brutal siege, because this isn’t Syria… it’s Yemen, where the US and its allies have not only imposed a full military blockade of land, air, and sea on an urban population of half a million people, but have also ensured a complete media blackout of on the ground footage and reporting.

    As we noted in our initial coverage the complete media and humanitarian blockade on the contested port city of Al Hudaydah means confirmation of the rapidly unfolding events have been hard to come by, though we featured what’s purported to be some of the earliest social media footage of the assault, now in its second day.

    But what is firmly established concerning the conflict?

    First, the Wall Street Journal has characterized the US role in the new operation as actually “deepening” as US intelligence will provide “information to fine-tune the list of targets”. The US has long been a lead and integral part of the coalition (also including Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, and with the UK as a huge supplier of weapons) fighting Shia Houthi rebels, which overran the Yemen’s north in 2014.

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    Self-exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko’s false flag “assassination” in Kiev is one of the most scandalous media stunts in recent memory.

    Most people are already aware of his dramatic stunt in appearing at a live press conference about his reported “killing” and then admitting that the whole thing was staged in order to capture what he claimed were his Russian-backed wannabe assassins, but many have yet to realize the larger implications of what just happened.

    A lot of commentary has since been made about how irresponsible it was of Ukraine to carry out this false flag incident in tricking the world for the sake of smearing Russia’s reputation right before the World Cup, with the revelation that this was 100% fake news being used to cast even more suspicion on the Mainstream Media – and especially those that are operating within Ukraine – than ever before.

    Relatedly, it reinforces claims that the White Helmets’ famous videos of dead children in Syria were also faked like how independent journalist Vanessa Beeley proved through her extensive investigative reporting in the country over the years, to say nothing of renewing doubts over the official narrative about the Skripals.

    In hindsight, this self-admitted false flag provocation retroactively adds credence to the argument that these two aforementioned high-profile examples were also staged as well, though there’s also another angle to all of this that hasn’t been given the attention that it deserves, and that’s the cooperation between journalists and the ‘deep state’.

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    “I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in an joint air operation in the border area of Marawera district of Kunar province,” Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for Afghan defense ministry, told Reuters, adding the air strike was carried out at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    According to Reuters, the attack – which occurred at a time when relations between the US and Pakistan were finally beginning to heal after President Trump threatened to withhold aid from the country and accused it of sheltering militants early this year – could help ease strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

    Islamabad is seen as an important ally that could help reopen negotiations with Taliban leaders as the US desperately searches for an exit strategy to end the 17-year-old war (which Trump’s Pentagon escalated last year by electing to send in 4,000 more US troops). The US and Afghanistan have accused Pakistan of sheltering the Pakistani Taliban (who are a separate entity from the Afghan Taliban) though Pakistan claims the Pakistani branch of the Taliban retreat to sanctuaries across the border in Afghanistan. However, in recent months, Pakistan and the US have been cooperating more closely in the hopes of jump-starting peace talks. Case in point: Pakistan army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited Kabul just days before the attack to discuss the peace process.

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    Back in Part 2, I made the claim that two of the most important clues in the whole Skripal case are:

    The people who were seen on CCTV walking through the Market Walk towards The Maltings at 15:47 who were very clearly not Sergei and Yulia Skripal

    The red bag that one of them was carrying

    These clues are very important, because one of the first witnesses on the scene, Freya Church, testified that she saw a red bag at Yulia Skripal’s feet. In addition, we know that a red bag was placed in an evidence bag and taken away from the scene.

    Of course, it could be that the red bag seen near the bench was not the same red bag carried by the person walking through The Maltings. Then again, large red bags like that are not exactly very common (walk around a town and see how many you spot). If the people and the bag have been ruled out, I haven’t heard anything to that effect in the media. Rather, they have been quietly forgotten about in the midst of a lot of nonsense about door handles and deadly nerve agents that don’t kill. This itself raises suspicions, and it is therefore entirely reasonable to suppose that these two people are important, and that the red bag seen on CCTV is the same one seen next to the bench.

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    The drug has become notorious over the last couple of years because users under its influence have been seen in towns and cities across the UK with their bodies apparently fixed in rigid conditions while slumped over.

    It leaves people seemingly rooted to the spot, bent over and swaying from side to side as they suffer the effects of spice, oblivious to everything else going on around them. They are often described as being “zombie-like”.

    Spice is usually a mix of herbs or shredded plant material with man-made mind-altering chemicals sprayed on to them. It is marketed as an alternative to cannabis by drug dealers but, chemically, the two drugs are very different.

    It is highly addictive and has serious side effects.

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    ‘Mindless’ youths have sparked outrage after smashing and graffitiing an ‘iconic’ Yorkshire rock landmark which began forming 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth.

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    Earlier this week while most of the world was transfixed on the World Cup, the Trump/Kim handshake, or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, was busy telling white people in his country that he’s not going wage genocide against them. Yet.

    In an interview with TRT World News published this week, Malema said, “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

    When the reporter mentioned that some people might view these remarks as a call to genocide, Malema responded, “Crybabies. Crybabies,” but later warned white South Africans that “the masses are on board” for “an un-led revolution and anarchy”.

    Malema is a prominent politician in South Africa and at the forefront of his country’s movement to confiscate land from white property owners and redistribute it to the country’s black population.

    No actual specifics about the plan have been revealed, of course.

    So even if someone thinks this land grab is social justice, it’s at least reasonable to acknowledge the massive corruption that plagues South Africa’s government.

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    A “new” strain of deadly bird flu dubbed “Disease X” by the World Health Organization (WHO) has killed hundreds of people in China, and is just three mutations away from becoming transmissible between humans, according to experts.

    The strain, H7N9, circulates in poultry and has killed 623 people out of 1,625 infected in China – a mortality rate of 38.3%. While first identified in China in 2013, H7N9 has recently emerged as a serious threat seemingly overnight.

    Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for the UK, told The Telegraph that H7N9 could cause a global outbreak.

    “[H7N9] is an example of another virus which has proven its ability to transmit from birds to humans,” said Van-Tam, who added “It’s possible that it could be the cause of the next pandemic.”

    The WHO says N7N9 is “an unusually dangerous virus for humans,” and “one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we’ve seen so far

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    BlindMonkey Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:28 Permalink
    This is great quality doom porn.

    Disease “X”. Awesome. Man, that shit is going to sell.

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    Deep Snorkeler BlindMonkey Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:31 Permalink
    Human Overpopulation

    The natural environment pushes back.

    Suddenly, the human horde is reduced by

    geo-bio forces that are myriad and quick.

    The human genome declines and vast numbers

    of soft people are eliminated to bring the Earth

    back into sustainable balance.

    Many will perish. Plan accordingly.

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    directaction Deep Snorkeler Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:36 Permalink
    Oh, I really like this. 🙂

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    cankles’ server directaction Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:43 Permalink
    Hey, the US won’t be outdone with this shit.

    We have the plague in several states out west.…

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    StheNine cankles’ server Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:53 Permalink

    So many wako’s out West,the plague may be the least of their worries…

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    BigJim StheNine Fri, 06/15/2018 – 20:57 Permalink
    Judging by the helpful poster, the best way to avoid catching this flu is to refrain from rubbing chicken shit all over your face.

    Thanks, .gov! Great tip.

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    Parrotile BigJim Fri, 06/15/2018 – 21:34 Permalink
    Unless you take the “Howard Hughes” extreme position, you are always going to have some contact with fecal material. EVERYTHING you touch supports some form of (often quite diverse) microbial and viral population, and viruses comprise the bulk of the Planet’s discrete “life-forms” (there are about 100x as many viruses in your body as “human” cells, along with about 10x as many bacteria inside and outside, again, as there are “human” cells”).

    The Imperial assurances are correct – the “random” possibility of such a modification is low, HOWEVER viruses undergo “host adaptation” during the early phases of colonising a new host (“us” in this case), and with a decent burst number (around the 10,000 virions produced per successful Influenza single cell infection) the possibility of rapid adaptation exists. After all we have seen this before. Influenza replication isn’t perfect (so “mistakes” are made – many of which are fatal for the virus, some of which may confer an infective advantage, so (all things being equal) those “better adapted” will propagate preferentially). This adaptation can (and does) happen within a SINGLE host infection cycle.

    Mortality rates seem high – not ideal for the virus (since “keeping the host alive and infectious is far better”) however 40% is still OK, and providing there’s a decent window of infectivity before the patient becomes debilitated, infection can reliably spread. Influenza cases are most infectious one day before symptom development, and on the first day (of developing initially mild symptoms) – this is when virus shedding is highest. So, for a “not quite well-adapted” virus we might see a three-day “high infectivity” window (with “acceptably mild” symptoms, during which the Patient carries on with daily activities, which for most City-dwellers will mean contact with many others – at work, leisure, or in Public Transport).

    Might be worth keeping an eye on developments – this could be an “interesting species”, and it is interesting to note the “50 year cycle” since the last one – 1918, then 1968 (which nearly killed me – really!), and now 2018. Whilst I’m sure Nature doesn’t work like that, it is nevertheless interesting (for those into numerology).

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    Theosebes Goodfellow Parrotile Fri, 06/15/2018 – 22:04 Permalink
    Look, this is all fine and dandy, but will it turn people into zombies before they croak? /h

    Seriously, 40 percent morbidity is very scary shit, (no pun intended). H7N9 sounds like the shit, (pun intended).

  47. ulvfugl says:

    #37 psychohistorian – “… I don’t take too kindly to your positive words about the Apprentice plutocrat family called Trump…”

    For what it’s worth, very little of anything I’m saying is intended to elevate Trump. I think all the victory here resides with Asia. Trump is still being revealed to most of us, I think. We considered that he might be the Mule, but I don’t see much conscious intention here, and I think you see even less. And yet he flouts the predictions of the first Foundation, as only someone Mule-like could do, and so we can’t be blamed for watching and wondering just what we’re dealing with here. The difference between Asimov’s trilogy and this is that we don’t think there is any Second Foundation to step in and manipulate this game, unless it’s destiny itself.

    I’m interested in the plasticity of Trump, and his reactivity as a guy from Queens up against the Manhattan aristocracy – to use the words of Pepe Escobar in the wonderful interview linked by karlof1 @56. I count him as an unconscious force, floating on the borderline between the conscious and the unconscious of the US – I agree totally with your description of him as the lost soul of empire in the height of decadence. I think he reflects this and manifests it perfectly for all to see.

    And this is useful. There’s no telling what subliminal detritus from the American soul he will dredge up and cast into the glare of daylight. In this sense, his very ignorance is revolutionary.

    I’m getting thrown under the same bus as you, by the way, and in the same manner. I don’t lose sight of this on any day. My only satisfaction is the rise of other forces outside the Hegemon. Life goes on. For me this may have to be enough.


    Getting back to Korea, and to use the parlance of this thread, if there’s a feather in anyone’s cap, it’s surely in that of the multi-polar world arising, wherein all nations may not be equal in various metrics, but all are sovereign in equal measure. Thus, as to who drives this train, is it Korea or China? I would answer that destiny is driving, and everyone is on the bus.

    Posted by: Grieved | Jun 15, 2018 8:57:31 PM | 68

    Posted by: psychohistorian @37
    “I assume that no one gets (s)elected president of the US without backing by all or some of the folks in our world that run the show. It seems from Trump’s (s)election that there are strategy differences among different factions of elite as well as potential group winners/losers financially.”

    Bingo! All this Cult of Personality stuff keeps the commentators and pundits employed, and most of the (Western) public distracted. But the show goes on.
    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2018 10:09:32 PM | 69

    Rachel Maddow used every bit of her Rhodes Scholar genius and deep investigative journalism chops to dig deep enough to uncover the real winner here. After about 10 minutes of careful historical reference and analyses, she unveiled to her (record sized) audience that, apparently quite unknown to anyone else, North Korea shares a border with…. now make sure you’re seated… shares a border with…. RUSSIA!!!

    Only Ms Maddow and her laser-like focus could have discovered that – as in every other case – all roads lead to RUSSIA!!!

    And she even uncovered a map to prove her point! Who knew?

    JIC, yes, /s.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2018 10:17:07 PM | 70

    Posted by: psychohistorian@40
    “I have long held that Trump will not complete 4 years in office.”

    Could well be. In fact, an assassination as foreshadowed by many MSM voice -, including Rabbi Blitzer on the eve of Trump’s inauguration – would be a great way to close the Season Premier of America’s Next Great President. Of course, it would be of the false flag type, since liberals don’t do that sort of thing. But boy-oh-boy could that press the neocon agenda forward!
    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2018 10:24:17 PM | 71

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