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Cinderella, for example, revolves around the perniciousness of what researchers call “female intrasexual competition”—the often-underhanded ways women compete with each other. While men evolved to be openly competitive, jockeying for position verbally or physically, female competition tends to be covert—indirect and sneaky—and often involves sabotaging another woman into being less appealing to men. Accordingly, in Cinderella, when the king throws a ball to find the prince a wife, the nasty stepsisters aren’t at all “let the best woman win!” They assign Cinderella extra chores so she won’t have time to pull together something to wear. (Mean Girls, the cartoon version, anyone?)

Psychologist Joyce Benenson, who researches sex differences, traces women’s evolved tendency to opt for indirectness—in both competition and communication—to a need to avoid physical altercation, either with men or other women. This strategy would have allowed ancestral women to protect their more fragile female reproductive machinery and to fulfill their roles as the primary caretaker for any children they might have.

Sure, today, a woman can protect herself against even the biggest, scariest intruder with a gun or a taser—but that’s not what our genes are telling us. We’re living in modern times with an antique psychological operating system—adapted for the mating and survival problems of ancestral humans. It’s often at a mismatch with our current environment.


The word animism is derived from anima in Latin, which literally means ‘breath’, with an extended meaning of ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’. Animism recognises the potential of all objects – animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather-related phenomena, deceased human beings, even words – to be animated and alive, possessing distinctive spirits. As such, animism is considered to contain the oldest spiritual and supernatural perspectives in the world, dating back to the Palaeolithic Age when humans were still hunter-gatherers.

Viewed from the standpoint of today’s organised religions, animistic religions can seem ‘primitive’ and are often dismissed as containing nothing more than superstitious beliefs and practices. This belittling if not antagonistic attitude toward animism has been particularly strong among the Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For example, in the United States it was not until the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed in 1978 that indigenous peoples gained the legal right to practise their traditional animistic faiths.

Given this, as one of the world’s last still-flourishing animistic faiths, Shinto can provide a gateway to better understanding the origins of certain universal paradigms found in today’s organised religions.



…It is a dreamland painted in the imagination’s most delicate tints; it is colour etherealised. One shade melts into the other, so that you cannot tell where one shade ends and the other begins, and yet they are all there. No forms – it is all faint, dreamy colour music, a faraway, long-drawn-out melody on muted strings.

Throughout the nineteenth century, ghosts and shadowy interlocutors featured in the narratives of British explorers in the Arctic and their audiences back home. Taking the history of Sir John Franklin’s last Arctic expedition from the 1840s as my central focus, in this book I examine how spectral experiences such as dreaming, clairvoyante travel, reverie, spiritualism and ghost-seeing informed ideas of the Arctic and the searches for a Northwest Passage through the Arctic. The role of spectral experiences in this geographical quest has not been adequately addressed before and I argue that integrating them into the cultural history of exploration revises traditional accounts of polar discovery that focus mainly on ‘men and maps’. This book, then, is about the cultural production of the spectral in Arctic narratives and what this can tell us about Victorian exploration and its legacies.



For those who assert there is such a thing as genuine poltergeist activity (as opposed to the skeptics who attribute it all to natural phenomena, over-imagination or hoaxes) the question becomes: “What is a poltergeist, anyway?” Believers fall into, roughly speaking, two different camps: some posit that polts are independent spirit beings–ghosts with a taste for nasty practical jokes. Others are of the opinion that what we are dealing with are manifestations unwittingly created by the troubled emotions of some member of the affected household–usually a child or teenager.

That debate will likely never be solved on this side of the grave. However, famed ghost researcher Harry Price recorded one English “poltergeist” case which strongly suggests that these “spirits” or “demons” are evidence of the awesome and little-understood power of our subconscious minds.

The story centers around the family of a Sutherland doctor named Wilkins. In 1940, Wilkins’ 19-year-old daughter Olive became engaged to a young flight lieutenant in the RAF. Her parents were not in favor of the match. Although they had nothing against her beau, Dr. and Mrs. Wilkins felt Olive was too young for marriage. Even more seriously, the current war meant that odds were good their daughter might soon go from bride to widow. In the end, however, the course of true love ran smoothly and the young couple married in the fall of 1941.



A more detailed explanation surrounding this ancient description of a square-shaped Earth is provided in “ The Map that Talked ”; which looks at the creation of an intriguing Stone Age map, which uses the stars to create a relatively accurate map of Earth.

This archaic map can also explain the various aquatic descriptions that the Greeks gave to the constellations; where it is found that, when an expanded map of the stars is wrapped three times around Earth the Greek water constellations intriguingly mark the oceans and the constellations that describe heroes that did not drown mark the continents. The same book also describes the initial discovery of the original Babel Text.



Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago.

Akkadia was the world’s first empire. It was established in Mesopotamia around 4,300 years ago after its ruler, Sargon of Akkad, united a series of independent city states. Akkadian influence spanned along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from what is now southern Iraq, through to Syria and Turkey. The north-south extent of the empire meant that it covered regions with different climates, ranging from fertile lands in the north which were highly dependent on rainfall (one of Asia’s “bread baskets”), to the irrigation-fed alluvial plains to the south.

It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters. Then, about a century after its formation, the Akkadian Empire suddenly collapsed, followed by mass migration and conflicts. The anguish of the era is perfectly captured in the ancient Curse of Akkad text, which describes a period of turmoil with water and food shortages:

… the large arable tracts yielded no grain, the inundated fields yielded no fish, the irrigated orchards yielded no syrup or wine, the thick clouds did not rain.


The problem of time is one of the greatest puzzles of modern physics. The first bit of the conundrum is cosmological. To understand time, scientists talk about finding a ‘First Cause’ or ‘initial condition’ – a description of the Universe at the very beginning (or at ‘time equals zero’). But to determine a system’s initial condition, we need to know the total system. We need to make measurements of the positions and velocities of its constituent parts, such as particles, atoms, fields and so forth. This problem hits a hard wall when we deal with the origin of the Universe itself, because we have no view from the outside. We can’t step outside the box in order to look within, because the box is all there is. A First Cause is not only unknowable, but also scientifically unintelligible.

The second part of the challenge is philosophical. Scientists have taken physical time to be the only real time – whereas experiential time, the subjective sense of time’s passing, is considered a cognitive fabrication of secondary importance. The young Albert Einstein made this position clear in his debate with philosopher Henri Bergson in the 1920s, when he claimed that the physicist’s time is the only time. With age, Einstein became more circumspect. Up to the time of his death, he remained deeply troubled about how to find a place for the human experience of time in the scientific worldview.

These quandaries rest on the presumption that physical time, with an absolute starting point, is the only real kind of time. But what if the question of the beginning of time is ill-posed? Many of us like to think that science can give us a complete, objective description of cosmic history, distinct from us and our perception of it. But this image of science is deeply flawed. In our urge for knowledge and control, we’ve created a vision of science as a series of discoveries about how reality is in itself, a God’s-eye view of nature.

Such an approach not only distorts the truth, but creates a false sense of distance between ourselves and the world. That divide arises from what we call the Blind Spot, which science itself cannot see. In the Blind Spot sits experience: the sheer presence and immediacy of lived perception.



But if you take Bentham’s formula to its logical conclusion—perfect pleasure, no pain—you end up with the rats in the cage. This rapturous state of existence is known as ‘wireheading’, and it’s a recurring theme in dystopian fiction: should anything unpleasant happen to the inhabitants of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, there’s always soma, delicious soma! “half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a weekend, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon…”

Huxley gave us the weak version of wireheading; his soma-addicts still have some semblance of a life. In the strong version, the pleasure floods the brain to the exclusion of any other activity—the equivalent of a never-ending heroin rush, or an endless orgasm. What if you were offered a pill that removed all pain, and made you experience the purest joy for the rest of your life? Unlike the starving rats, all your mundane physical needs would be taken care of. There’s no catch.


A couple of very kind people have set up a GoFundMe to try and assist my efforts to get

a Terrain Hopper to help me get around, seeing as I now have one semi-useless right leg.

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    One of these is not like the others..
    4 hours ago
    I know someone who came up with the wheeze of putting glue & sand in the locks of banks over the weekend in random places.

    He says that the assymettry of effort and expenditure between what he does, and what the bank has to expend to reopen on monday morning, warms him inside as well as the heating fuel which he cannot afford..

    His exploits are never in the paper, but he reckons it won’t be long now before he has caused an actual million pounds worth of hurt to them!! ONE MAN!!



    3 hours ago
    What kind of glue? Gorilla glue?



    2 hours ago
    Any kind of crazy glue.



    2 hours ago
    Thoughtful vandalism is probably more effective than peaceful protest.



    One of these is not like the others..
    49 minutes ago
    That metallised auto body repair stuff apparently can be used on bigger things, that you would rather not be accessible, like those huge glass doors with the metal opener gubbins in the middle they have in malls..

    Tiny ball bearings, buy ’em by the pound, if you ever get the chance…

    But like the chap said, be thoughtful and considerate with your vandalism, otherwise you just become another self-interested herbert ******* it up for the rest of us.

    This revolution, needs to be a KIND revolution, a damn near impossible task, I know. But that’s how we need to play it.

    A Sentinel
    4 hours ago
    Seems to me that we ought to get on something like this ASAP. Maybe withdraw, borrow unsecured plus cut out mortgage payments? Hit a few we’ll choosen smaller institutions first? Or focus on one big one (I’m voting for Jamie.)



    not dead yet
    5 hours ago
    Nobody here, so far, has given any thought to what happens after the system goes in the crapper. The rich and the politicians all have their goody bags packed and the planes warming up on the runway as they escape to their paradise as the system collapses and mass unemployment and chaos prevails. Violence and starvation on a massive scale. Save me the barter ********. If barter was so great the countries that rely on it wouldn’t be backward shitholes. You’re a car company imagine the huge time and extra employees needed to barter for thousands of parts from thousands of suppliers that you can get now by one phone call and fiat. To barter you need something the other guy wants and every one has different needs and to make one car could result in a large number of transactions for a single part. Plus your suppliers won’t deliver until your barter hits their docks as their suppliers await delivery of the barter goods before releasing parts to the supplier. Etc, etc. You will also have to barter with the phone company, the internet company, the power company, the water company, etc while those entities barter for the things they need to give you service. Clusterfuck par excellence. For your own self days spent trading and bartering for stuff to trade just to put a few meals on the table.



    One of these is not like the others..
    4 hours ago
    I have.

    I’m on the shitty end of this system, have been all my life, and as a child I suffered because my dad was too busy working and too stressed trying to get more little bits of papaer so that the bank would not throw us onto the street to look after either himself or us.

    I am watching my kid flailing away to make ends meet. “Double income no kids yet used mean high disposable income”, shee-it, now it means “can just about pay the rent, and have a beer at the weekend”. Most of our kids already don’t want children of their own. Why is that?

    From where I sit, I just want change. I ******* hate playing “monopoly”, I really do.



    Baron Samedi
    4 hours ago
    Neither France nor any of the EUSSR countries has to go the the panic/barter/desperation route – if – the French can a) resist the banksters’ social engineering and MSM calls to generate such panic – and b) force their national(ized!) bank to resume the Franc (new/old); a public bank; w/o heavy use of fractional reserve and confetti-printing that characterizes most central banks – until PM/commodity reserves could be built up.

    What I have hoped for France – if they will only avoid embracing yet another more-seasoned, smiling, faux-socialist con artist who will most certainly be proposed by the elites to “fix” things:

    1) Avoid letting intellectual-yet-idiot (TM/Taleb) academic lefties taking leadership roles.

    (They could try something really risque and let some folks who didn’t come from Les Grandes Ecoles take a crack at running France. Paraphrasing W. F. Buckley – ‘I would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the Boston telephone directory than the entire Yale faculty.’)

    2) Reveal who’s actually running France now – and finding who/how the French people want to run it.
    (Everyone needs to know a) who the globalists are, b) what are their objectives, and c) how it is tied to the central banking cartel – a zionist creation).

    3) Understanding the banking cartel’s magic debt fiat money game and mapping a way out (+renouncing current debt). Maybe resuming old Franc/New Franc – with the target of commodity backing.

    4) Avoid becoming another Greece: The bond-holding rentiers and luxury-pensionaires must take the haircuts. The people have to understand the choice: permanent economic debt bondage vs. a genuine freedom. No secret deals with G-S / JPM to hide a n y debt.

    5) Abandoning the Paris-centric administrative model currently in force.

    6) Giving up the socialist con game that essentially pays off everyone to stay passive and dependent (Excruciating prospect for France with its benefit system!).

    7) Diversify industry to a model that strongly accommodates small/independent businesses.

    8) (En)Force acculturation: acquire the language and culture or exit for both “sans-papiers” and all other marginals. Individually responsible sponsorship for all immigrants.

    9) Out of EUSSR, ZATO, BIS, ECB, WB, IMF, WTO ++

    10) Europeans – the citizens, not the armies – need to re-arm – and they will now understand why! (Governments do not – ever – disarm their citizens for “public safety” – only for control!)



    1 hour ago
    the rich depend on us, don’t overestimate them!



    5 hours ago

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    Reymond Langton Design, a design studio specializing in superyachts builds, designed the interior which has elegant style with light woods and lacquered surfaces.”We worked very closely with the owner to find the perfect artisans and craftsmen in creating bespoke artworks, fabrics and signature furniture pieces that reflect the owner’s style and essence and combine to create a warm, inviting environment for all on board, ” said says Pascale Reymond, a partner at Reymond Langton Design.

    Jones, 76, has a net worth of about $7 billion, according to Forbes. The Cowboys are considered one of the most valuable sports franchise in the world at $4.8 billion. Jones purchased the team in 1989 for $150 million, a 46x on the initial investment.


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    Update 10: After trending steadily lower ahead of the vote, the pound roared into the green as the Commons adjourned for the day, as traders realized that analysts who had warned about a spectacular defeat of May’s deal being good for the pound may have been on to something.

    With hundreds of Labour MPs preparing to pivot toward a second referendum this week, it appears more of Jeremy Corbyn’s positions are being foisted upon May as she scrambles to figure out what’s next for her deal.


  13. ulvfugl says:

    The 3400 year old hymn, is the oldest known fragment of noted music so far discovered in history. It was created by an anonymous Hurrian artist in 1400 BC. and dedicated to the goddess of orchards.


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    Past events can alter the behaviour of both individual ants and ant colonies. Individual carpenter ants offered a sugar treat remembered its location for a few minutes; they were likely to return to where the food had been.

    Another species, the Sahara Desert ant, meanders around the barren desert, searching for food. It appears that an ant of this species can remember how far it walked, or how many steps it took, since the last time it was at the nest.

    A red wood ant colony remembers its trail system leading to the same trees, year after year, although no single ant does. In the forests of Europe, they forage in high trees to feed on the excretions of aphids that in turn feed on the tree.

    Their nests are enormous mounds of pine needles situated in the same place for decades, occupied by many generations of colonies. Each ant tends to take the same trail day after day to the same tree.

    During the long winter, the ants huddle together under the snow. The Finnish myrmecologist Rainer Rosengren showed that when the ants emerge in the spring, an older ant goes out with a young one along the older ant’s habitual trail.


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    The jaw-dropping 230 vote magnitude of the defeat of May’s Withdrawal Agreement was worse than even the pessimistic score-keepers expected. This was a Napoleon-goes-to-Moscow level defeat, the worst loss a Government has ever suffered on a major vote.

    Despite this epic defeat, May is expected to survive a no-confidence vote today, which she pressed the opposition to lodge. It was the one fillip she could get. The Tories aren’t about to hand power to Labour and the DUP will vote with them. But the spectacle of a complete failure as a leader still soldiering on is without precedent in the UK.

    The UK is in the midst of a legitimacy crisis. Reader David summed it up well:

    …. can I suggest that non-UK (and non-European) readers pay attention over the next week or so, at least? You’re about to see the unfolding of a political crisis the like of which happens in the Western world once a generation, if that. The combination of an essentially insoluble problem, an incompetent government, an enfeebled civil service, a bitterly divided political system, and government by convention and precedent rather than constitution, has produced a situation in which almost any outcome, including the most extreme, is possible. The effects on the British political system (and whether, indeed, it survives at all) are the real issue here, not Brexit, no matter how important that objectively is. Whilst I think the “sleepwalking” idea from the Grauniad is overstated, a more dangerous, related, worry is that Britain has had hundreds of years of political stability, and people assume that such stability (itself preceded by violence and revolution) will just go on forever. It may, but it also might not. And whereas in France, Spain or Germany, say, violent changes of political system are understood and lived with, that’s not the case in Britain.

    Politico took up the same theme:

    British politics is broken. It may not be fixable in time to solve the Brexit mess.

    The U.K. wakes up Wednesday with a government unable to govern — in office, but without the numbers to fulfill its central purpose: a negotiated exit from the European Union.

    A defeat of previously unimaginable proportions Tuesday — 432 to 202 — has left the country adrift, floating towards no deal, with no party or faction in parliament able to command a majority for any way of moving off the course it has set for itself. The only thing MPs can agree strongly on is a desire to avoid an economically damaging no deal, but they currently can’t settle on a mechanism for how to do so.

    And I hate to be mean to Labour, but they deserve it. Corbyn is still fixated on the idea of triggering a GE and taking power when he’s still deep in unicorn phase. Even last weekend, Corbyn finally conceded that Brexit might need to be delayed in the event of a general election, and then didn’t back down when he was asked how he could negotiate a new deal in three months. So Corbyn and May are stuck on the exact same failed strategy that they can somehow wrest a better deal from Brussels. And the patter that Corbyn has served up for what kind of deal he wants makes the Tory cakeism of 2018 look modest.


  20. ulvfugl says:

    These games look like they could have been the games played by the Bronze and Iron Age shepherd warriors from Irish legends. The games from which Hurling and all the other European curved stick and ball games developed, such as hockey, shinty, bandy…True cultural relics.

    I believe that these games have been played in Central and Eastern Europe since the the Time of the Celts. And probably even earlier. Since Early Bronze Age. I believe that these games are traditional games of the R1b people. As they spread from their homeland in Black Sea steppe (today southern Russia and Ukraine) through Eurasia and North Africa, they brought their games with them. Which is why we find the curved stick and ball games in Egypt. R1b population still living in upper Egypt has been there since at least Early Bronze. I wrote about this in my post “The woman with blue eyes”. And this is why we find the curved stick and ball games in all the Eurasian lands reached by this Bronze Age R1b people, from Ireland to China.

    The proof for the link between R1b population and the stick and ball games can actually be found in Serbian parts of the Balkans.

    But more about this in my next post.


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    In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

    The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

    The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

    In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

    “We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

    Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

    The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.


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    update: A US official speaking to Reuters has confirmed 4 US soldiers killed in Wednesday’s suicide bomb attack on a Manbij restaurant in northern Syria:


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    A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office as temperatures plunge.


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