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

 

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The megalithic remains of Anglesey

by Baynes, Edward Neil

https://archive.org/details/cu31924029933011

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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.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/cfwm/cf101.htm

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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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/08/science-of-sleep/

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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.

https://aeon.co/ideas/human-evolution-is-more-a-muddy-delta-than-a-branching-tree

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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.”

http://nautil.us/blog/why-we-should-think-twice-about-colonizing-space

 

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https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/07/27/walking-through-time-scotlands-first-asteroid/

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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.

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/shop/the_old_stones_megalithic_portal_book.htm

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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.

http://irisharchaeology.ie/2015/04/the-gleninsheen-gold-collar-a-bronze-age-treasure/

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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!

https://jembendell.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/a-summary-of-some-climate-science-in-2018/

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‘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.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/white_slaves_01.shtml

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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.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/01/magazine/climate-change-losing-earth.html

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

 

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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.”

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/08/folkloreagainstfascism/

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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.

http://nautil.us/issue/62/systems/yes-you-can-catch-insanity-rp

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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?).

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/07/examine-the-mysterious-ancient-stone-balls-of-scotland/

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

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/let-us-now-praise-infamous-animals-2/

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https://soundcloud.com/brutenorse

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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.

http://armchairprehistory.com/2018/07/14/population-collapse-and-chance/

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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.

https://www.history.com/news/vast-underground-city-found-in-turkey-may-be-one-of-the-worlds-largest

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)

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    Concentration master Leigh Brasington talks with Michael W. Taft about the jhanas, a Buddhist system of eight altered states of consciousness that arise in states of high concentration. The conversation dives deep into practicing each of these eight states, how the jhanas relate to vipassana practice, ways to work through major challenges that may arise, the so-called “powers” that are often attributed to concentration practice, and much more.

    http://deconstructingyourself.com/podcast/dy-014-diving-deep-jhanas-guest-leigh-brasington

    The Jhānas are eight altered states of consciousness which can arise during periods of strong concentration. The Jhānas are naturally occurring states of mind, but learning how to enter them at will and how to stay in them takes practice. Their principle use in Buddhist meditation is to generate ever increasing levels of concentration so that later when the meditative mind is turned to a practice that tends towards wisdom, it can do that practice with far less distraction.

    http://www.leighb.com/jhanas.htm

  3. ulvfugl says:

    Göbekli Tepe was built by hunter-gatherers, apparently before the Agricultural Revolution when fully permanent settlements came into being with plant cultivation and animal herding. Rather than architecture being the product of organised societies, as has long been thought, there is new thinking that, in fact, it may have been the organisation needed to build on such a scale that helped usher in agriculture and settled society.

    Archaeological definitions of architecture tend to be broader than those of design professionals; it includes structures that create artificial space with, say, mud bricks, smoothed floors and right-angles. Architects tend to separate building—a simple vernacular shelter assembled out of utility—from architecture, in which conscious design that goes beyond the utilitarian comes into play.

    Moritz Kinzel, an archaeologist and architect based at Copenhagen University who is working on the site, says: “Building becomes architecture not just because it is monumental but because of technical solutions and perceptions of space—it has a mindset.” Göbekli Tepe also goes beyond the human scale. He reminds us, however, that the domestic and the ritual cannot be separated to the degree they are today, and that older houses with ritual components have been discovered at sites in Jordan and the southern Levant.

    https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/is-this-the-world-s-first-architecture

  4. ulvfugl says:

    Update 2: Strzok’s attorney Aitan Goelman has issued the following statement which reads in part:

    Late Friday afternoon, the Deputy Director of the FBI overruled the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and departed from established precedent by firing 21-year FBI veteran Peter Strzok.

    This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans. A lengthy investigaiton and multiple rounds of Congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok’s personal views ever affected his work.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-13/peter-strzok-fired-fbi

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    Goldennutz truthseeker47 Mon, 08/13/2018 – 13:28 Permalink
    Who is this “Sessions” you speak of?

  5. ulvfugl says:

    And now let the debate resume about whether what Musk did was legal, whether the Saudis are in fact prepared to take the company private, and whether the funding was indeed “secured.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-13/musk-publishes-update-tesla-going-private-transaction-explains-funding-secured

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    Early today the Taliban brought the police headquarter under their control:

    Intense fighting continues in Ghazni, the police HQ caught fire and collapsed to the Taliban. 113 dead bodies and 142 wounded were taken to Ghazni hospital. The hospital is running out of the capacity for treatment, they are using corridors and other available space.
    Only the province government headquarter is still defended. More than 100 police and soldiers have been killed so far. Relief forces sent from Kabul are holed up in an army headquarter some five kilometers away. Telephone communication with the city is down. Some bridges were blown up by the Taliban which makes it difficult for the army bring in more re-enforcements. Some 150,000 civilians live in the city and bombing it to hit a few hundred Taliban would be catastrophic and of little use. Additionally to the city 15 of the 18 districts of Ghazni province are under Taliban control and it is obvious that they have the support of a significant part of the population.

    The U.S. occupation forces and their Afghan proxy government have long been in denial about the Taliban forces in Ghazni province as well as elsewhere. With the Taliban sitting on the ring-road, the south of Afghanistan is cut off from the center. They may eventually be evicted from the city but the attack is already a huge propaganda success for the Taliban and the negative moral effect on Afghan government forces will be huge. Another U.S. war that the empire obviously lost.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/08/why-they-failed-the-quintessence-of-the-korengal-valley-campaign.html

    This may be an important new book:

    Giants: The Global Power Elite, follows in the tradition of C. Wright Mills’ work the Power Elite, which was published in 1956.

    Giants reviews the transition from nation state power elites, as described by Mills, to a transnational power elite centralized on the control of global capital around the world. The global power elite function as a non-governmental network of similarly educated, wealthy people with common interests of managing, and protecting concentrated global wealth and insuring its continued growth. Global power elites influence and use international institutions controlled by governmental authorities like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), World Trade Association (WTO), G-7, G-20, and others.
    The top 17 of these trillion-dollar investment management firms—which I call the Giants— controlled $41.1 trillion dollars in 2017. These firms are all directly invested in each other and managed by only 199 people who are the decision makers on how and where global capital will be invested.

    The global power elite are self-aware of their existence as a numerical minority in the vast sea of impoverished humanity. Roughly 80% of the world’s population lives on less than ten dollars a day and half live on less than three dollars a day.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 13, 2018 4:50:55 PM | 61

    Debisdead@33

    Sovereign states can not go bankrupt. Only non sovereign states whose currencies are not truly fiat (pegged to other currencies or gold)

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/pascalemmanuelgobry/2012/10/19/no-the-united-states-will-not-go-into-a-debt-crisis-not-now-not-ever/#720ef0da2a86

    Dont confuse bankruptcy with financial depressions in the US created by the PTB. As i pointed out these are regularly orchestrated by them to profit by

    Your point on how the elite are not nationalists but globalists is one I have made a number of times. Daniel just linked to an upcoming book “Giants ” that I had linked to the other day in another thread on this subject. That said the US is a safe base for the PTB and one of the worlds great tax havens. They control the government, media and the worlds currency and the military is directed to defend their markets. They wont get a better deal elsewhere

    Posted by: Pft | Aug 13, 2018 5:54:27 PM | 64

    PCR makes the point , perhaps not as bluntly as I, that China and Russia are basically under neoliberal control. Neoliberalism is the religion of the Global Elite who have penetrated and recruited Russians and Chinese.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/08/12/the-self-imposed-impotence-of-the-russian-and-chinese-governments/

    The conflicts we see, real or not, serve a purpose. Neoliberalism causes distress for the bottom 90% not only in the West but Russia and China as well. The best way to prevent your population from turning on you is to give them a foreign enemy . This works for China and Russia as much as it does for the US. This also diverts funds available for social welfare to military. Russia for example spends more as a percentage of GDP on military than the US.

    As Trump would say this perceived conflict is “winning” for all.

    In Orwells 1984 we saw a world with perpetual conflict between 3 great powers fighting to exploit the resources of the rest of the world. No matter that enemies would frequently change sides and become allies and require history to be rewritten. Yesterday Russia was a partner and today an enemy. So maybe this is the New New World Order. The GWOT sort of fizzled out although served a useful purpose to converting much of the world into police states curtailing privacy and basic rights not to mention the chaos is the Middle East

    The NWO is a living ideology and constantly evolving. Unfortunately it seems to be descending Jacobs ladder and not ascending.

    Posted by: Pft | Aug 13, 2018 6:40:07 PM | 67

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/08/the-moa-week-in-review-open-thread-2018-40-.html#comments

  11. ulvfugl says:

    This is correct, all of Europe, for example, it is highly dangerous to post anything at all lest one is arrested for a multitude of excuses. Make a Hitler salute obvious parody and you go to prison. Post something about wanting Muslims deported, you are visited by the police and fined or arrested.

    There is ZERO free speech anywhere in Europe. There is zero free speech in many other countries, it is common, not rare. The only place with legal free speech is…the USA and the left is determined to kill the First Amendment.

    Lunatic college kids trained by open Marxist radicals teaching at our schools, demonstrate against free speech to my intense fury. I was one of the big ‘free speech’ personalities of the 1960s and I hung out with the others who were in the news about free speech all the time, I lived with them, slept with them, made speeches, was arrested repeatedly for giving speeches in public.

    I am 100% a free speech believer and now in these very same places in Europe and America where I gave free speech speeches, we have leftists demanding no speeches. This disgusts me no end.

    https://emsnews.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/electronic-frontier-foundation-fights-for-free-speech-online/#more-38291

    nclaughlin
    August 13, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    Jordan Peterson, the Canadian professor and author of 12 Rules for Life, was banned by Google and YouTube for a day or two. All his business correspondence on GMail couldn’t be accessed. The lesson here is that anyone who annoys a SJW can be victimized.

  12. ulvfugl says:

    Giovanni Caselli is a consummate artist who has done much of his work in depicting ancient times. He is a lecturer on palaeoanthropology as well as an artist. This is a gallery of a very small sample of his work, which I hope to add to over time.

    All of these images are for sale by Giovanni Caselli, but there are 12 iconic pieces such as the one of Lake Mungo which he would like to entrust to an institutional buyer such as a Museum to be purchased as a group. Only then will their full utility be realised.

    http://donsmaps.com/caselli.html

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    georgieboy
    August 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    Fascinating link to the Hindu Times piece on the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871.

    The author, presumably a Hindi, places all blame on the British, fair enough and well deserved as far as the law and colonialism go.

    The author seems to be pushing the notion that tribes in India are not hereditary, nor engaged in what most people call “racism”, when in fact many are so engaged in endogamy (strict marriage to tribe members) that they have experienced strong population bottlenecks within the past few thousand years, still present today. And the primary religious driver? Hinduism.

    David Reich in Who We Are and How We Got Here speaks to this:

    page 140, hardcover: The repressive nature of caste has spawned in reaction major religions — Jainism, Buddhishm, and Sikhism — each of which offered refuge from the caste system. The success of Islam in India was also fueled by the escape it provided for low-social-status groups that converted en masse to the new religion of the Mughal rulers.

    page 141: The jati system… involves a minimum of 4600 and by some accounts around 40,000 endogomous groups. Each is assigned a particular rank in the varna system (what outsiders generally think of as the fourfold caste system) but such strong and complicated endogamy rules prevent most people from most jatis from mixing with each other…

    page 145-46: Most people think of India as a tremendously large population. But genetically, this is incorrect. The Han Chinese are truly a large population. They have and do mix freely among themselves, for thousands of years. In contrast, there are few if any Indian groups that are demographically very large, and the degree of genetic separation among Indian jati groups living side by side in the same villages is typically two to three times higher than that between Northern and Southern Europeans.

    The money shot, page 146: The truth is that India is composed of a (very) large number of small populations.

    So, the “British racism” broadside by the Hindu journalist, while quite accurate, is a bit…rich.

    And Mr. Reich’s genetic research adds some color to the enduring hostility of Hindu for Muslim, and vice-versa. Few earn more hatred than those who left the tribe. Sort of like the classical “self-hating Jew” trope in western societies.

    Reply ↓

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/08/links-8-13-18.html#comment-3012315

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    The myth surrounding “highly sophisticated” ‘Russian’ hackers “meddling” with US elections continues to be pushed by the mainstream media, promulgated by such luminaries of fear as Senator Mark Warner who will seemingly not be satisfied until a) Democrats run it all, and b) all Russians are locked up.

    However, as will surprise few, a competition in Las Vegas shows that when it comes to interfering with a US election, even a child can do it.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-13/11-year-old-busts-msm-russia-narrative-hacking-us-elections-childs-play

  16. ulvfugl says:

    Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Google is actually tracking you even when you switch your device settings to Location History “off”.

    As journalist Mark Ames comments in response to a new Associated Press story exposing Google’s ability to track people at all times even when they explicitly tell Google not to via iPhone and Android settings, “The Pentagon invented the internet to be the perfect global surveillance/counterinsurgency machine. Surveillance is baked into the internet’s DNA.”

    In but the latest in a continuing saga of big tech tracking and surveillance stories which should serve to convince us all we are living in the beginning phases of a Minority Report style tracking and pansophical “pre-crime” system, it’s now confirmed that the world’s most powerful tech company and search tool will always find a way to keep your location data.

    The Associated Press sought the help of Princeton researchers to prove that while Google is clear and upfront about giving App users the ability to turn off or “pause” Location History on their devices, there are other hidden means through which it retains the data.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-13/surveillance-baked-googles-dna-even-if-you-turn-it-report

  17. ulvfugl says:

    And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-13/sweden-burning-migrant-gangs-unleash-coordinated-fire-bomb-rampage-across-multiple

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    For thousands of years, people from Sierra Mixe, a mountainous region in southern Mexico, have been cultivating an unusual variety of giant corn. They grow the crop on soils that are poor in nitrogen—an essential nutrient—and they barely use any additional fertilizer. And yet, their corn towers over conventional varieties, reaching heights of more than 16 feet.

    A team of researchers led by Alan Bennett from UC Davis has shown that the secret of the corn’s success lies in its aerial roots—necklaces of finger-sized, rhubarb-red tubes that encircle the stem. These roots drip with a thick, clear, glistening mucus that’s loaded with bacteria. Thanks to these microbes, the corn can fertilize itself by pulling nitrogen directly from the surrounding air.

    The Sierra Mixe corn takes eight months to mature—too long to make it commercially useful. But if its remarkable ability could be bred into conventional corn, which matures in just three months, it would be an agricultural game changer.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/amaizeballs/567140/

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    Radioactive isotopes found in Australian sheep have added credence to the theory that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test over the Indian Ocean 39 years ago.

    The findings, published in a new study for Science and Global Security, shed intriguing new light on the mysterious Vela Incident, as it is known, of September 22, 1979.

    At 12.53am GMT on the date, the US satellite Vela 6911 detected the ‘double flash’ characteristic of a nuclear explosion in the southern Indian Ocean, near the Prince Edward Islands about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6056971/Radioactive-sheep-Australia-bolster-claims-illegal-Israeli-nuke-test.html

  22. ulvfugl says:

    On Saturday someone tried to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using two drones loaded with explosives. At least, that’s what Venezuelan officials say happened, and video does suggest that something very startling occurred as the president was giving a speech, causing most of his audience to bolt. Maduro, who was unharmed, blamed right-wing groups, the president of Colombia, and people living in Florida. An obscure group called the National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts claimed responsibility, according to Reuters. News reports piled up over the weekend, offering conflicting reports about what exactly went down.

    Whatever happened on Saturday, there is no doubt that a little-known, modestly funded group could launch a drone assassination. Governments, of course, have for years developed military drones, more formally called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. (The United States deploys lethal drones, and Iran’s drone program has been decades in the making, to cite just a couple of examples.)

    But while governments pour their millions into deadly UAVs, it is relatively cheap and easy for anyone to adapt a commercially available drone into a weapon. Beginning around 2016, militant groups in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine began to use modified commercial drones for offensive strikes. Last year, writing in the Bulletin, Michael Horowitz and Itai Barsade of Perry World House explored what militant groups do with drones:

    https://thebulletin.org/2018/08/the-next-drone-assassination/

  23. ulvfugl says:

    This Sunday is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’, the start of the grouse shooting season. But who are the landowners who own England’s vast grouse moors?

    As Who Owns England has previously exposed, grouse moor estates cover an area of England the size of Greater London – some 550,000 acres – and are propped up by millions of pounds in public farm subsidies.

    Now, for the first time, we’ve mapped the owners of around 100 grouse moor estates across England.

    Even the Spectator calls owning a grouse moor “screamingly elitist” – and surprise, surprise, around half of England’s grouse moor estates turn out to be owned by the aristocracy and gentry, whilst the other half are owned by wealthy businessmen and women, City bankers, hedge fund managers, and Saudi princes.

    Here’s the ten largest grouse moors by area, with their owners, and the farm subsidies their estates received from the taxpayer in 2016:

    https://whoownsengland.org/2018/08/12/revealed-the-aristocrats-and-city-bankers-who-own-englands-grouse-moors/

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    Vessels sailing in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago are now under threat of being the victims of piracy for the first since the 1700s. According to a report from the Washington Post, in the wake of Venezuela’s economic and societal collapse, criminals desperate to earn a living have taken up the centuries-old crime and are attacking yachts and fishing vessels along the coast of South America.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/venezuelan-pirates-spread-fear-across-caribbean

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    Television pictures from the incident showed armed police surrounding a silver saloon car that had hit heavy barriers outside St. Stephen’s Gate, the main public entrance to Parliament. Its hood was crumpled and its airbags had been deployed. A rooftop camera showed the moment the car crashed into barriers outside Parliament in London.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/car-rams-london-parliament-barriers-terrorist-attack-multiple-injured

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    According to FBI agent Travis Taylor, according to interviews with two teens from the compound, Siraj Wahhaj would lead rituals while reading from the Quran, which centered on his now-dead son – who he kidnapped from his mother in Jonesboro, Georgia in order to perform an exorcism to cure his seizures.

    We’re sure Judge Backus’s ruling has nothing to do with the fact that the training camp’s ringleader, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, is the son of a famous New York Imam, Siraj Wahhaj – an alleged unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombing, who testified as a character witness for the notorious “blind sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman – who was convicted in 1995 of plotting the attack, according to CBS News. The senior Wahhaj was also described by Women’s March founder and liberal Islamic activist Linda Sarsour as a “mentor,” and an “amazing man.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/new-mexico-judge-releases-jihadi-terrorist-camp-suspects-despite-pleas-sheriff-fbi

  28. ulvfugl says:

    What’s difference does one more lie make at this point?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-14/goldman-reportedly-had-no-mandate-when-musk-tweeted

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    californiagirl Ghost of PartysOver Tue, 08/14/2018 – 13:44 Permalink
    Then there is the Azealia Banks thing.

    Banks, a singer and self-proclaimed witch, who sacrifices chickens in her closet, apparently was Musk’s houseguest for several days (in order to collaberate on some music with Musk’s “meth-head” girlfriend, singer Grimes). She left pissed off after Grimes abandoned her to tend to her stressed boyfriend. Now Banks has gone off on Instagram, claiming Musk was on acid while tweeting, and that she observed him scrambling over the weekend, to find investors to support his “funding secured” claim. She provided a whole lot more colorful commentary, including her assessment that Musk is on the Downs Syndrome spectrum, takes steroids, and has hair plugs.

    Maybe Banks put a hex on him, for good measure. Might explain some of his behavior. ;-(

    crazybob369 TGF Texas Tue, 08/14/2018 – 13:31 Permalink
    I know what you mean. Most of these days I wake up and feel as though I’ve walked into the most bizarre episode ever of the Twilight Zone. Even the gremlins episode with Captain Kirk made more sense.

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    Badsamm TGF Texas Tue, 08/14/2018 – 13:34 Permalink
    You saw the missing bumper on the Model3?

    all that matters these days are appearances. Don’t ask questions and god forbid, don’t touch it

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    thereasonablei… Tue, 08/14/2018 – 13:05 Permalink
    Videos Of “Acres And Acres” of Tesla Cars in Burbank, CA Holding Lot:

    http://www.invtots.com/tsla/videos-of-acres-and-acres-of-tesla-cars-in-burbank-ca-tsla/

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