Playing Hide and Seek with The Grim Reaper, (and some other stories)



The megalithic remains of Anglesey

by Baynes, Edward Neil


It is a cause of genuine regret to me that I did not commence my inquiries earlier, when I had more opportunities of pursuing them, especially when I was a village schoolmaster in Anglesey and could have done the folklore of that island thoroughly; but my education, such as it was, had been of a nature to discourage all interest in anything that savoured of heathen lore and superstition. Nor is that all, for the schoolmasters of my early days took very little trouble to teach their pupils to keep their eyes open or take notice of what they heard around them; so I grew up without having acquired the habit of observing anything, except the Sabbath. It is to be hoped that the younger generation of schoolmasters trained under more auspicious circumstances, when the baleful influence of Robert Lowe has given way to a more enlightened system of public instruction, will do better, and succeed in fostering in their pupils habits of observation. At all events there is plenty of work still left to be done by careful observers and skilful inquirers, as will be seen from the geographical list showing approximately the provenance of the more important contributions to the Kymric folklore in this collection: the counties will be found to figure very unequally. Thus the anglicizing districts have helped me very little, while the more Welsh county of Carnarvon easily takes the lead; but I am inclined to regard the anomalous features of that list as in a great measure due to accident. In other words, some neighbourhoods have been luckier than others in having produced or attracted men who paid attention to local folklore; and if other counties were to be worked equally with Carnarvonshire, some of them would probably be foundnot much less rich in their yield. The anglicizing counties in particular are apt to be disregarded both from the Welsh and the English points of view, in folklore just as in some other things; and in this connexion I cannot help mentioning the premature death of the Rev. Elias Owen as a loss which Welsh folklorists will not soon cease to regret.


Nearly every night of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.

Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a while, we become almost entirely paralyzed. We can’t even shiver. Our eyes, however, periodically dart about behind closed lids as if seeing, and the tiny muscles in our middle ear, even in silence, move as though hearing. We are sexually stimulated, men and women both, repeatedly. We sometimes believe we can fly. We approach the frontiers of death. We sleep.

Around 350 B.C., Aristotle wrote an essay, “On Sleep and Sleeplessness,” wondering just what we were doing and why. For the next 2,300 years no one had a good answer. In 1924 German psychiatrist Hans Berger invented the electroencephalograph, which records electrical activity in the brain, and the study of sleep shifted from philosophy to science. It’s only in the past few decades, though, as imaging machines have allowed ever deeper glimpses of the brain’s inner workings, that we’ve approached a convincing answer to Aristotle.

Everything we’ve learned about sleep has emphasized its importance to our mental and physical health. Our sleep-wake pattern is a central feature of human biology—an adaptation to life on a spinning planet, with its endless wheel of day and night. The 2017 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to three scientists who, in the 1980s and 1990s, identified the molecular clock inside our cells that aims to keep us in sync with the sun. When this circadian rhythm breaks down, recent research has shown, we are at increased risk for illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia


The Lena River Delta in Siberia/LandSat NASA

Until recently, anthropologists drew the human family tree in the same way that my 10-year-old son solves a maze. He finds it much easier to work from the end to the beginning, because blind alleys lead with depressing sameness away from the start. In just this way, scientists once traced our own lineage from the present into the past, moving backward through a thicket of fossil relatives, each perched upon its own special branch to extinction.

This approach yielded the now-ubiquitous image of the human family tree, with Homo sapiens – the one and only living hominid – sitting alone, seemingly inevitable, at the top. It’s a powerful metaphor, but it also turns out to be a deeply mistaken one. Where once we saw each branch in isolation, DNA evidence now reveals a network of connections. From an African origin more than 1.8 million years ago, human ancestors flowed into different populations, following separate paths for hundreds of thousands of years, yet still coming together to mix their genes.

The recovery of ancient DNA from ancient hominins, first by Svante Pääbo’s research group at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig and later by others, has started to bring unknown populations into view. Neanderthals provided a proof of principle, showing the recovery of whole-genome evidence from small fragments.

The first high-coverage genome provided the biggest surprise: a tiny piece of a finger bone from Denisova Cave, in southern Siberia, has shown us an unknown population (now called the ‘Denisovans’) who are as different from living people as from the Neanderthals. They make up some 5 per cent of the ancestry of living Aboriginal Australians, and a tiny fraction of more than a billion people across Asia and the New World.


In other words, natural selection and cyborgization as humanity spreads throughout the cosmos will result in species diversification. At the same time, expanding across space will also result in ideological diversification. Space-hopping populations will create their own cultures, languages, governments, political institutions, religions, technologies, rituals, norms, worldviews, and so on. As a result, different species will find it increasingly difficult over time to understand each other’s motivations, intentions, behaviors, decisions, and so on. It could even make communication between species with alien languages almost impossible. Furthermore, some species might begin to wonder whether the proverbial “Other” is conscious. This matters because if a species Y cannot consciously experience pain, then another species X might not feel morally obligated to care about Y. After all, we don’t worry about kicking stones down the street because we don’t believe that rocks can feel pain. Thus, as I write in the paper, phylogenetic and ideological diversification will engender a situation in which many species will be “not merely aliens to each other but, more significantly, alienated from each other.”




Including over 30 maps and site plans and hundreds of colour photographs, it also contains scores of articles by a wide range of contributors, from archaeologists and archaeoastronomers to dowsers and geomancers, that will change the way you see these amazing survivals from a distant past. Locate over 1,000 of Britain’s and Ireland most atmospheric prehistoric places, from recently discovered moorland circles to standing stones hidden in housing estates.


Nearly three thousand years old, the Gleninsheen collar represents one of the great treasures of the Irish Bronze Age. Fashioned out sheet gold and measuring 31 cm across, it is decorated in repoussé ornamentation that utilises beaded and circular motifs to stunning effect.

It was found in 1932 by a young man named Patrick Nolan, as he was hunting near Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare.  While walking through a field, his dog suddenly startled a rabbit, which took flight into one of the many limestone fissures that characterise The Burren. When Patrick inspected the narrow bolt-hole, something caught his eye. At the very bottom of the fissure and partially hidden by a large flat stone, was a spectacular gold object. Patrick had discovered the Gleninsheen Collar.


Conversations we have with people about climate change are rarely based on a comprehensive assessment of the current state of knowledge on atmospheric changes and the implications for our environment and society. We receive bits and pieces of news, often shared by friends on Facebook or Twitter, which make us worry for a few moments, before returning to busy daily life. We may think we have already integrated an awareness of climate change into our lives, by the career choice we made, or the way we shop, recycle or don’t eat meat. Most of us are not climate scientists anyway, there’s all kinds of other things to take care of, and we have bills to pay!

That was me, anyway, until this year. I decided to look more closely at the latest information from the range of sciences that give a perspective on our situation. The last time I studied climate closely was in 1994 when I was being taught climate science at Cambridge University. I do not claim to be an expert in any one climate-related field, but as a Professor who has worked and published in a range of disciplines, I have experience in assessing knowledge claims from various sources. In this summary I provide references as much as possible, so you can investigate further.

Many people working in the climate field look to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide the calm and authoritative voice on this complicated subject. That is what I used to do, as it made sense as a busy person who wanted to have a quick way of “making the case” to others. However, given that the IPCC has proven over the past decades to be woefully inaccurate in the cautiousness of its predictions, I now agree with some of the most eminent climate scientists that the IPCC cannot be looked to for telling us what the situation is. That is why I spent a few weeks returning to primary sources in academic journals and research institute reports, and piecing together a perspective myself. Given the long time span it takes for data to appear in academic journals, I often turn to the information direct from research institutes and their individual experts. The result of that process follows below.

This is Our World Right Now – not theory!


‘When we had arrived [in Cork], I made a request to Lord Inchaquoin to give me a passport for England. I took boat to Youghal and then embarked on the vessel John Filmer, which set sail with 120 passengers. `But before we had lost sight of land, we were captured by Algerine pirates, who put all the men in irons.’


The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20. If by some miracle we are able to limit warming to two degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the world’s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf. The climate scientist James Hansen has called two-degree warming “a prescription for longterm disaster.” Long-term disaster is now the best-case scenario. Three degree warming is a prescription for short-term disaster: forests in the Arctic and the loss of most coastal cities. Robert Watson, a former director of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has argued that three-degree warming is the realistic minimum. Four degrees: Europe in permanent drought; vast areas of China, India and Bangladesh claimed by desert; Polynesia swallowed by the sea; the Colorado River thinned to a trickle; the American Southwest largely uninhabitable. The prospect of a five-degree warming has prompted some of the world’s leading climate scientists to warn of the end of human civilization.

Well, I suppose some people may have to ‘live underground like grovelling goblins’…



Patriotism has taken a beating in recent decades. The guardians of our civilisation tell us that attachment to place and tradition is reactionary, backward, dangerous. Like magic and mystery, attachment to land and history are things which belong to a dark and grim past, and should stay there. We are all progressives now.

This piece was, to put it mildly, not well received. Many commenters, primarily on Twitter, were scathing in their criticism. (An extensive, even-handed overview of the criticism by James Pierce Taylor of London Permaculture is worth reading.)

Kingsnorth withdrew the piece several days later. (For purely reference reasons, I have made a copy of the text here). His response to the criticisms (which he also later deleted) claimed the words had, as quoted by Taylor:

‘been twisted — not accidentally, it is clear, by some at least — into a complete misrepresentation of what I wrote and why’ by ‘fanatics on social media accusing me of fascism’, ‘people out there with agendas… wielding them with glee’, people who have ‘outrageously, and upsettingly, represented [him as] a racist or a promoter of far-right narratives’, people running a ‘smear campaign’ with ‘clear agendas’.

This would be all very well and good, except that he has (as we say in the Thames Estuary diaspora) form for this sort of thing. From a Guardian interview a year earlier:

“In Real England, he went searching for what English identity means at a time when displaying the St George’s flag can be read simplistically as a sign of football-hooligan racism. “It’s terrible,” he says. “It’s very sad. There’s an Anglophobia stalking Britain. It’s not acceptable to be an English patriot in the way you can be a Scottish or a Welsh patriot. Those are small countries that were attached to a bigger country. They define themselves against that. So what does the bigger country, England, define itself against?

…What does it mean to be ‘us’ in England?” he asks. “It’s such a big question at the moment because the level of migration is so high. You need to know who you are, and where you are, and have some control over that. If there isn’t an acceptable outlet for it, it goes to an unacceptable outlet.”


One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with a Beatles mop of blonde hair and a cuddly, loving personality. His parents had no idea where the guttural tic came from. They figured it was springtime allergies.

Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By the time he was 5, he was plagued by insistent, terrifying thoughts of death. “He would smash his head into windows and glass whenever the word ‘dead’ came into his head. He was trying to drown out the thoughts,” says his mother, Robin McCune, a baker in Goffstown, a small town outside Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city.

Isak’s parents took him to pediatricians, therapy appointments, and psychiatrists. He was diagnosed with a host of disorders: sensory processing disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). At 5, he spent a year on Prozac, “and seemed to get worse on it,” says Robin McCune.

The McCunes tried to make peace with the idea that their son might never come back. In kindergarten, he grunted and screamed, frightening his teachers and classmates.


What got lost a little though was that the story came to prominence initially as publicity for a brilliant 3D scanning project involving the stone balls conducted by National Museums Scotland, allowing anyone at home to look at sixty different examples (of 500+ in total discovered over the years) in an interactive viewer, rotating and zooming to take a closer look. I’ve embedded the viewer below for readers to have some fun themselves.

Created some 5000 years ago in the Late Neolithic, the balls feature knobs and geometric markings that continue to baffle researchers, and as such their original intended usage remains “wholly unknown”. Some have suggested they were used as weapons, being mounted as maceheads or or tied to rope and thrown like South American bolas, but it is difficult to understand why the geometric carvings would be required for that (unless for ritual usage?).


They were, it must be said, a family of pigs.



History is not predestined. It’s not a predictable science like big-scale physics. Humans do change and that changes the way that they behave in comparable situations. However, I do believe that statistical patterns can be discerned and those have much to do with chance.

Personally, I have little doubt that depopulation periods of various magnitudes have happened throughout the last few thousand years but that little or no account of most of them survives. Such periods, if they exist, will, in my opinion, correlate with significant historical events. In the west we tend to play down the significance of such depopulation periods. The last one that happened, following The Great Pestilence or Black Death, which took place from the mid fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries AD, didn’t really correlate with any significant changes from a western point of view (well, maybe the rise of slavery). However, from the point of view of Eastern Europe and Asia the effects were much greater, with Turkish expansion, the collapse of the Tatars and the second serfdom.

My guesses at ancient depopulation periods in western Asia, including Europe, are 3000-2800 BC, ??2100-1900 BC, 1750-1550BC, 1350-1100 BC and 800-1000 AD. However, apart from some textual evidence for ancient epidemics (for the eighteenth and fourteenth centuries BC), they are largely based on hunches. Trying to find a good way to spot depopulation will be the job of radiocarbon specialists like Ian Shennan and geneticists like David Reich. Seeing if depopulation correlates with major events will be the job of archaeologists and geneticists. But for the first time such a thing seems possible.


Grim (adj.)

Old English grimm “fierce, cruel, savage; severe, dire, painful,” from Proto-Germanic *grimma-(source also of Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm “grim, angry, fierce,” Old Norse grimmr “stern, horrible, dire,” Swedish grym “fierce, furious”), from PIE *ghremno- “angry,” which is perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (compare Greek khremizein “to neigh,” Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti “to thunder,” Russian gremet’ “thunder”).A weaker word now than it once was; sense of “dreary, gloomy” first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, past participlegrummen), and a noun, grima “goblin, specter,” perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.Grim reaper as a figurative phrase for “death” is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and deathgoes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for “have recourse to harsh measures” was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).

Well, what can I tell you good folks today ? That Grim Reaper is out there, lurking…

Same for all of us, really. He took a swipe at me last week, and missed, but killed my computer instead. So now I have to write with the earlier old and knackered laptop which it replaced.

And this old laptop suffers from  several disabilities, broken keys, etc. Most of the letters have worn off the keys. I’m not proficient at touch typing, but interestingly, so long as I don’t think or try too hard, my fingers still know where the letters are, as a sort of subconscious habit.

What can I tell to you all today, other than complain about my poor health and computer woes ? ..which is not very interesting. I could bash Ian Welsh and Vinay Gupta and a few others for being idiots, but it would do no good, they think they know better, so it’d be a waste of my precious energy.

I’m greatly alarmed by the lack of birds and insects here this year. This is the first time in thirty years that there are NO Swallows, which fills me with sadness every time I think about it.

Not just the swallows, no Redstarts, no Flycatchers, no Red Kites. I see the Buzzards, but don’t hear any young ones calling for food. No Green or Spotted Woodpeckers.

Of course, some of this may be my subjective impression, or purely local. I looked up the RSPB and BTO sites, but their info lags a couple of years back. I know for certain that the Swallows used to arrive around the start of May and leave early September, and I’d see and hear them all day, dawn to dusk. But, alas, not this year.

I’d  could be that conditions have gone wrong for these migrants down in Africa, or anywhere on their flight paths on the migratory journey.

Guy McPherson always claims that ‘humans cannot survive without habitat’, but that’s not correct, because humans make their own artificial habitats – farms and cities, etc – and can find what they require in many different ways. There are the remains of those 200 or so deep underground cities in Turkey, which humans may have excavated to survive the impact of a comet or similar severe catastrophe.

It’s not only the absence of birds, the insect population also seems to have been severely depleted. When I was a kid, I used to collect moths and beetles, and the house lights would attract zillions of them. This year there have been no Cockchafers, Dor beetles, big moths, banging against the glass at night.

I’ve seen the reports of dramatic insect and bird declines across Europe. It’s difficult for me to be 100% sure what the causes are and what the results will be. Can we kill off what remains of wild nature and all the species which don’t have obvious economic commercial value, and still survive ?

I guess today’s children will discover the answer, although I myself won’t be around to know it.

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724 Responses to Playing Hide and Seek with The Grim Reaper, (and some other stories)

  1. ulvfugl says:

    Recent visitor numbers : 219, 197, 229, 219, 189, 227, 194.


    It all started last August in New Jersey, the first state to identify the bloodsuckers. In a case report recently published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, infectious disease and tick experts reported the sad state of a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep housed alone in a paddock amid manicured lawns and large houses in the state’s wealthy Hunterdon County. No other animals were located on the property, and the sheep had never traveled outside of the country. Yet the beast was besieged, covered by hundreds of feasting ticks of all life-stages.

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    History is not predestined. It’s not a predictable science like big-scale physics. Humans do change and that changes the way that they behave in comparable situations. However, I do believe that statistical patterns can be discerned and those have much to do with chance.

    Personally, I have little doubt that depopulation periods of various magnitudes have happened throughout the last few thousand years but that little or no account of most of them survives. Such periods, if they exist, will, in my opinion, correlate with significant historical events. In the west we tend to play down the significance of such depopulation periods. The last one that happened, following The Great Pestilence or Black Death, which took place from the mid fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries AD, didn’t really correlate with any significant changes from a western point of view (well, maybe the rise of slavery). However, from the point of view of Eastern Europe and Asia the effects were much greater, with Turkish expansion, the collapse of the Tatars and the second serfdom.

    My guesses at ancient depopulation periods in western Asia, including Europe, are 3000-2800 BC, ??2100-1900 BC, 1750-1550BC, 1350-1100 BC and 800-1000 AD. However, apart from some textual evidence for ancient epidemics (for the eighteenth and fourteenth centuries BC), they are largely based on hunches. Trying to find a good way to spot depopulation will be the job of radiocarbon specialists like Ian Shennan and geneticists like David Reich. Seeing if depopulation correlates with major events will be the job of archaeologists and geneticists. But for the first time such a thing seems possible.

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    HORMETCI, Turkey (AP) — Horses lift clouds of dust on the foothills of Mount Erciyes, a former volcano that is one of Turkey’s highest peaks, as Ali Kemer herds the animals at sunset.

    Kemer is a third-generation horse breeder in Hormetci, a village where the residents have a special affinity with the “yilki,” as the untamed horses are called. He cares for about 350 of them and charges visitors 50 Turkish lira ($9) to photograph the horses, money he says he uses for their upkeep, including hay and veterinary care.

    Thousands of other wild horses roam free on the mountains and plains of Turkey’s Anatolia region, the descendants of horses that were abandoned by farmers. The name “yilki” is derived from the Turkish term that means “left to the wild.”

    Farmers once used the horses to plow and harvest during three seasons of the year and left them to fend for themselves during the winter. Come spring, they would be captured and put to work again.

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    Some forty years ago I made an extraordinary discovery – certain ancient sites in the area around my home town of Guildford were arranged within the landscape in a seemingly intentional pattern. Some sites fall upon bearings of ten degrees from a common point and are aligned at regular distances from that point. This regular distance also occurs along other alignments within the area. On one alignment I calculated a high point where I suspected a site may have existed and consequently discovered an unrecorded barrow at precisely that point – later confirmed by the County Archaeologist.

    The following pages are the result of many years of intermittent research into the alignment of ancient sites across the landscape, popularly known as ley lines. Originally ley lines were defined as the physical alignments of ancient sites but in recent years they have become to be thought of as lines of ‘earth energy’ detectable by dowsing. This is outside my area of interest and I no longer think of or refer to alignments in this work as ley lines.

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    Egypt’s carefully recorded lists of rulers run pharaoh after pharaoh for almost 3,000 years. Except, that is, for a century or so around 1640 B.C. when a new group came to dominate the kingdom on the Nile, throwing the region into turmoil and ushering in a new era in Egyptian history.

    “For what cause I know not, a blast of the gods smote us; and unexpectedly, from the regions of the East, invaders of obscure race marched in confidence of victory against our land,” writes Manetho, a priest and the author of a history of Egypt called Aegyptiaca likely written in the third century B.C. Despite the fact that he is describing events at a remove of almost 1,500 years, and although his writings survive only because they are quoted in even later works, such as the first-century A.D. author Josephus’ “Against Apion,” the account is no less evocative. “By main force, they easily overpowered the rulers of the land; they then burned our cities ruthlessly, razed to the ground the temples of gods, and treated all the natives with a cruel hostility, massacring some and leading into slavery the wives and children of others, and appointing as king one of their number.”

    When it came to the story of the rise and short-lived rule of these “invaders of obscure race,” for centuries scholars took for granted Manetho’s account of invasion and disruption as reproduced by Josephus. The tale was supported by other historical accounts, from tables of dynasties, rulers, and reigns found in Egyptian temples to papyrus lists of Egypt’s dynasties. Egyptologists tended to treat the period as a ripple in an otherwise unbroken stream that soon smoothed and vanished, a curious footnote in the three-millennia-long sweep of Egyptian history.

    More recently, however, archaeological evidence has shifted the way Egyptologists view these invaders—the Hyksos—and their influence at a pivotal moment. The Hyksos appeared in a chaotic time after the collapse of the so-called Middle Kingdom period but before the blossoming of the New Kingdom, the five centuries of prosperity and territorial expansion familiar to many from the reigns of pharaohs such as Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. New discoveries suggest that these developments may have, at least partially, been a result of this invasion. No longer thought of by some scholars as a brief intrusion, the Hyksos may, instead, have been a force for change, pushing Egyptian civilization forward into a new era.

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    Ancient DNA has revolutionized our understanding of prehistoric Europe, particularly in regards to one crucial, controversial and hotly debated topic: the origins of the Corded Ware Culture (CWC) and its people, who, during the Late Neolithic, came to dominate vast stretches of Europe all the way from the North Sea to the forest steppes of what is now western Russia.

    Thanks to ancient DNA from burials associated with the CWC and those of preceding archaeological cultures, there is now a very strong academic consensus that the CWC was introduced into Northern Europe by migrants from the Pontic-Caspian (PC) steppe. It’s also widely accepted that these migrants were rich in Y-chromosome haplogroup R1a and, in terms of genome-wide genetic ancestry, shared a very close relationship with the Yamnaya people who lived on the PC steppe at around the same time.

    The question of the linguistic affinities of the CWC is still a controversial issue. It has to be, because assigning languages to long dead, illiterate cultures is a tricky business. But the generally accepted view that the CWC was the first Indo-European-speaking culture in Northern Europe has certainly gained strength thanks to the ancient DNA data, which has revealed an intimate genetic relationship between the CWC people and present-day Indo-European speakers of Northern and Eastern Europe and South Asia.

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    Left-wing Islamic activist and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour has high praise for Imam Siraj Wahhaj – the father of a 39-year-old Muslim polygamist who was arrested last week at a radical Islamic training camp in New Mexico, where he and an accomplice stand accused of training children to commit school shootings. Of note, the FBI had been monitoring the compound for two months, but failed to search it because they didn’t have an arrest warrant, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

    Imam Wahhaj, born “Jeffrey Kearse” into a Baptist family before changing his name and joining Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam before “mainstreaming” as a Sunni Muslim, told the New York Times that the decomposed remains of a boy found on the compound were those of his grandson, three-year-old Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, who went missing in December from Jonesboro, Georgia.

    Mr. Wahhaj’s father, Siraj Wahhaj, is the imam at Masjid at-Taqwa, a mosque in Brooklyn. The elder Mr. Wahhaj said on Thursday that the dead child found at the compound was his grandson, who had a condition that provoked seizures and prevented him from walking. Authorities here said that the remains had not yet been identified. -New York Times

    Which brings us to noted liberal activist, Linda Sarsour, who called Imam Wahhaj a “mentor” and an “amazing man.”

    So, to be accurate – the son of a prominent Brooklyn Imam, praised by Women’s March founder Linda Sarsour as her mentor, was training children in New Mexico to become terrorists who commit mass murder, domestically.

    Nailing the lack of reaction by the MSM is journalist Matt Walsh, who writes in the Daily Wire:

    If this does not qualify as jaw-dropping news, I’m not sure what does. You would expect it to be the lead on every news broadcast and the top story on every news website. You would expect it to be the number one trending topic across social media. You would expect it to be driving the national conversation. But it is not attracting that level of interest from practically anyone. If the terrorists were Christian fundamentalists or white supremacists, you can bet the reaction would be quite a bit more explosive. As it happens, however, the primary culprit goes by the name Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. Two of the other adults involved are named Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj. They are, as their names seem to indicate, Muslim. -Daily Wire

    Just another day in the upside-down.

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    The page also states that the most important goal of this Facebook advertisement campaign was to determine whether it could change future political advertising: “The third, and most important goal, was to measure the impact of the online ad program to assess its viability as a new model for voter persuasion.”

    You won’t hear this stuff from the lying mainstream media.

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    How did the Mesolithic hunter gatherers get the idea to start eating wild grains? Well my guess was that year after year they watched herds of deer and wild donkeys gorge themselves on ripe emmer wheat or einkorn wheat, both of which grow wild in huge quantities in Middle East.

    But it turns out these wild grains have developed sharp inedible husks and awns (long bristle) to protect their seeds from being eaten by grazing animals which basically avoided the ripe wild grasses. So the idea to start collecting and eating the wild grain seeds must have come to our ancestors in some other way. But once someone did get the idea to start collecting wild grain seeds they ended up with this:

    What is really interesting is that in Celtic and South Slavic languages the words which are derived from the “s(e)k” basically describe making of a stone blade from a stone and then using of this stone blade. You get a shingly stone, slate, or some other stone that can be split and chipped, like flint, you chip it, split it until you get a sharp blade. Husks and chips fall off in the process. Then you can use it to cut, split and sever…

    Here is the Irish example cluster:

    Scaineamh– shingly
    Sclata– slate
    Scaineadh-crack, split

    Scoilt – split, crack, cleavage, fissure, parting
    Sceallog – chip, thin slice
    Scealla – shale, flake
    Scablail – chisel work
    Scaid – husks
    Scaineach – thin, cracked
    Scean,scian (pronounced shkian) – knife
    Scean – crack, split, sever
    Scailp – chasm or a cleft

    Here is the corresponding south Slavic word cluster. You will notice that it is a lot bigger and wider than the Irish one, but it covers the same word range needed to describe making of a stone blade from as tone as well as all the metal blades and their usage.

  19. ulvfugl says:

    Were the first pots made by plastering inside or outside of baskets with clay or plaster and then letting the whole thing dry in the sun? The result would have been a strong container useful for storing dry goods like acorns or grains or nuts.

    Putting this plastered basket into a fire would burn the basket off and would produce ceramic vessel which would have “basket or cord like” imprints on the side where basked used to be…

    This kind of “pot” would be a very good cooking vessel for cooking acorn porridge, fish and shellfish soups and bone marrow soups.

    Do we have any proof that this theory could be correct?

    Well actually could do



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    Now it’s happening with Waun Mawn as well, already flagged up by Prof MPP as “proto-Stonehenge” — the place where a standing stone circle was set up in the early or middle Neolithic and later dismantled and shipped off to Stonehenge. We have already seen “evidence” being twisted and misrepresented so as to fit the story — to do with the local radiocarbon dating sequence, the size of the stones, their lithology, their places of origin, and the “sockets” from which they are supposed to have been taken. Within the next month, the diggers with their mechanical excavators will be laying waste to this particular part of the Preseli uplands, as they continue their obsessive hunt for the Holy Grail.

    We will observe with interest what happens next. They may well find that there was a partial stone circle here — and they may well find other recumbent stones in the turf. They may even find that there are some pits from which stones have been taken and rearranged or moved to somewhere else. That will all be very interesting, but I wouldn’t mind betting that none of it will have anything at all to do with bluestones or with Stonehenge……..

    But the “preparatory PR” has been carefully orchestrated, with the famous map (reproduced above) containing very carefully selected information so that the impression is given that spotted dolerite monoliths from Carn Goedog, foliated rhyolite monoliths from Rhosyfelin, and Palaeozoic sandstone monoliths from the Nevern headwaters were all taken to Waun Mawn and incorporated into a great stone circle. As I have pointed out, even a cursory look at the local geology and the local standing stones shows that (1) spotted dolerite has not been used preferentially in standing stone settings either at Waun Mawn or anywhere else; (2) Rhosyfelin rhyolite has only been used for standing stones in the immediate vicinity of the outcrops; (3) there is an abundant scatter of unspotted dolerite boulders, pillars and slabs from local outcrops within a couple of hundred metres of the “proto-Stonehenge” site, available for use; and (4) all of the standing stones at Waun Mawn and Tafarn y Bwlch appear to be made of unspotted dolerite, used more or less where found.

  21. ulvfugl says:

    There is a cave in southern Mexico where the distant past, more recent past, and the present intertwine. It is referred to as the Cave of Ancestors, where locals continue to honor their distant relatives and the site with rituals even today. Mexican archaeologists have found several sets of human remains in the ancient cave, the oldest dating as far back as 7,000 years ago!
    The Cave of Ancestors is 75 meters (246.06 feet) long and has a spiral shape. Proceso reports that over the years 29 sets of human remains have been found. Apart from the three sets more recently found, most of the skeletal remains have been dated to the Mayan Late Classical Period (600-900 AD).

  22. ulvfugl says:

    The fungus starts by consuming the fly’s hemolymph, the fluid equivalent of blood in invertebrates, and then feeds on the insect’s fat cells. After the free liposuction, the mind control begins. (Related: Nature’s Walking Dead: Mind-Controlling Zombies.)

    Before the fly dies, Elya says, the fungus induces the fly “to climb up something nearby” and push out its proboscis, or mouthparts. Then, the fly drools what is likely a fungal secretion onto the surface it’s standing on, a sticky substance that glues the hapless fly to the floor.

    The fungus then exerts a kind of mind-control on the fly, causing the fly to lift its wings upright, a position in which the wings “become stuck out from their back at a steep upward angle,” Elya says.

  23. ulvfugl says:

    If you had to guess the organ that has undue influence on your emotions, your mood, even your choices, what would you guess? The brain? Sure, but what else? The heart—that mythological seat of the soul? Not quite. The stomach? You’re getting warmer. Would you believe it’s the large and small intestine, collectively known as the gut? More specifically, it’s the trillions of bacteria—the microbiota—that live in your gut. Each of us carries up to four and a half pounds of bacteria around in our guts at any given time. More than 100 trillion microbes live down there. That’s as many cells as make up the rest of your body.
    Now, this crowd is mostly good guys, and they do important work, to the extent that some scientists advocate classifying these collective microbiota as its own organ. Aside from helping digest our food, they protect us from disease, neutralize some of the toxic by-products of the digestive process, and make it harder for bad bacteria to set up shop. In short, your gut does way more than just digest everything from Cheetos to camembert.

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    We told ourselves that it was a teaching moment. Susana Martinez-Conde and I would help our labs’ members to understand the nature of vision by bringing them to see illusory perception carved—using mathematical principles—into wood and stone. But the truth is that we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Maurits Cornelius Escher created 400+ images in his splendid career, and about half of them are on display at Escher: The Exhibition and Experience.

  25. ulvfugl says:

    The project centres around the ecovillage at Tir y Gafel, in North Pembrokeshire, which has been designed using a model that can be replicated across Wales. It combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture. The ecovillage was granted planning permission in 2009 by the Welsh Government and is currently part-way through the construction phase. At its heart it consists of 9 smallholdings positioned around a Community Hub building, and it is supported by a range of peripheral projects and networks.

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