Petrified Tracks, Fabians, Inca Walls, Fox Weddings, Diet



The faeries mean different things to different people. There is a great range in their taxonomy; they can be the archetypal characters found in faerie tales, folkloric entities existing in a liminal reality, animistic nature spirits responsible for the propagation of flora, and a host of culturally-coded modern beings, including, but not limited to, extraterrestrials and certain creatures that can manifest during altered states of consciousness. Despite the 20th-century Disneyfication of the faeries, they have retained many of their traditional ontologies, which has allowed their incorporation into some new interpretations about their authenticity as a phenomenon – as both a fossilised folk belief system, and as a potential dynamic epistemological reality in contemporary culture.

The faeries are a global phenomenon, and while there are many and various geographic types, there is a consistency in the taxonomic nature of these otherworldly entities. The Aarne-Thompson index of folk literature lists nearly 500 motifs related to faeries from all over the world, which can be augmented by subsequent folktale indices from culture areas not covered by the Aarne-Thompson index (most specifically in the 2004 enlargement of the index by Hans-Jörg Uther to include more international tale-types), perhaps doubling the number of motifs. All of these motifs recognise the faeries as a distinct (though widely varied) class of metaphysical being – a class that appears to have been interacting (through folklore and via an apparent supernatural agency) with human societies for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.


Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic drug found in many plants and animals, and has been claimed to naturally occur in the human brain itself (Strassman, 2001). DMT, less well-known than other psychedelics such as psilocybin or LSD, is striking for the brevity and intensity of its effects. When smoked, for example, hallucinogenic effects begin almost immediately and resolve within 30 minutes. As a result, it is sometimes known facetiously as the “businessman’s lunch trip” (Cakic, Potkonyak, & Marshall, 2010). One of the most remarkable features of the DMT experience is the frequency with which users encounter non-human intelligences, often resembling aliens. Even more remarkably, some users come away from these encounters convinced that these entities are somehow real (Strassman, 2001). The psychological aspects of such experiences have not yet been adequately explored by scientific researchers.


We tend to think of solar panels as clean, but the truth is that there is no plan anywhere to deal with solar panels at the end of their 20 to 25 year lifespan.

Experts fear solar panels will be shipped, along with other forms of electronic waste, to be disassembled—or, more often, smashed with hammers—by poor communities in Africa and Asia, whose residents will be exposed the dust from toxic including lead, cadmium, and chromium.

Wherever I travel in the world I ask ordinary people what they think about nuclear and renewable energies. After saying they know next to nothing, they admit that nuclear is strong and renewables are weak. Their intuitions are correct. What most of us get wrong—understandably — is that weak energies are safer.

But aren’t renewables safer? The answer is no. Wind turbines, surprisingly, kill more people than nuclear plants.

In other words, the energy density of the fuel determines its environmental and health impacts. Spreading more mines and more equipment over larger areas of land is going to have larger environmental and human safety impacts.

It’s true that you can stand next to a solar panel without much harm while if you stand next to a nuclear reactor at full power you’ll die.

But when it comes to generating power for billions of people, it turns out that producing solar and wind collectors, and spreading them over large areas, has vastly worse impacts on humans and wildlife alike.


Trees feel, talk, fight and care, according to science. A former German forestry manager is now questioning the way we manage woodlands. Spoiler alert: badly.


Denisova Cave lies at the foot of the Altai Mountains, near Russia’s borders with Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. Located in a verdant river valley that reminds some visitors of Switzerland, the site gets its name, according to legends, from a local herder or an eighteenth-century hermit who found seclusion in its high-ceilinged chambers. The cave remains remote, even for the researchers who flock there during the six-month excavation season that spans the spring and summer. “You are completely cut off from the world,” says Katerina Douka, an archaeological scientist and Brown’s supervisor at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, who first visited the cave in 2013. “It was a paradise,” she says.

Soviet archaeologists began to excavate the cave in the 1970s and early 1980s, discovering tens of thousands of stone tools and fragments of animal bone, many gnawed and digested by hyenas or other carnivores that had lived in the cave. In 2009, Svante Pääbo, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, received a bone from the finger of a hominin, small and broken in half, that Russian archaeologists had pulled from the cave the previous year. He wondered whether it belonged to a Neanderthal, because his team had found the group’s DNA in fragmentary remains from a cave nearby. But Pääbo’s expectations were low because the bone was so small and therefore unlikely to contain much DNA. “It was actually lying around for half a year,” he says, before his team analysed it.


The Annihilation of Freemasonry – February 1941


Some problems in science are so hard, we don’t really know what meaningful questions to ask about them — or whether they are even truly solvable by science. Consciousness is one of those: Some researchers think it is an illusion; others say it pervades everything. Some hope to see it reduced to the underlying biology of neurons firing; others say that it is an irreducibly holistic phenomenon.

The question of what kinds of physical systems are conscious “is one of the deepest, most fascinating problems in all of science,” wrote the computer scientist Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin. “I don’t know of any philosophical reason why [it] should be inherently unsolvable” — but “humans seem nowhere close to solving it.”

Now a new project currently under review hopes to close in on some answers. It proposes to draw up a suite of experiments that will expose theories of consciousness to a merciless spotlight, in the hope of ruling out at least some of them.


A new study from the U.S. is once again putting a spotlight on the human immune system’s anthroposophical rootedness. The research shows how, at the microcellular level, women begin developing stronger immune defenses as soon as they start falling in love. A team of New Orleans Toulane University scientists, in collaboration with colleagues from the department of Psychology, Medicine and Communication studies at UCLA, analyzed the molecular impact of falling in love on 47 young women.

Results show how levels of type 1 interferon and neutrophil —protein carriers which strengthen the immune system— rise exponentially when the subject is experiencing the feeling of love; when she is “turned on” by love.

As the researchers put it: “Falling in love is one of the most psychologically potent experiences in human life. New romantic love is accompanied not only by psychological changes, but physiological changes as well”.

This process has its roots in the profound relationship between human life and nature. Nature needs love, for it is because of love that life is able to sustain itself.

Nature is only interested in one thing: life


Modern humans, Homo Sapiens , are now the only surviving member of the homo genus. It is almost inconceivable to us that there was a time we walked with other human species, but as the science of archaeology has progressed and more findings have been made it has become clear that the homo genus was once rife with different species.

Since the publication of Darwin’s On Origin of the Species in 1859 there has been great interest in piecing together our family tree. Fossil hominids like Lucy the Australopithecus and Java Man have helped us to fill in some of the blanks, but as more and more remains of extinct human species have been discovered it has become clear that the history of our ancestors and how they evolved is not as simple as may once have been thought. Our family tree is now filled with not only direct ancestors like Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus but also cousins and distant relatives like Homo Neanderthalensis and Homo Denisova .

But despite so many extinct human species now being known, there are still gaps in the picture. And even though we have remains and evidence of some species, we know very little about them.


IN TIMES OF trouble, ancient Egypt often looked to its female rulers to restore and maintain power. From Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, women ruled, and ruled well, along the Nile. Some of the first wielded their power rebelling against a brutal occupation. These strong leaders came to power, helped drive out the invaders, and gave birth to a new, stronger dynasty.


These stone ringforts or cashels are known throughout Ireland but with a specific concentration in the west. The majority, including Dún Eoghanachta discussed below, were probably constructed as homesteads from 500-800AD, however some also produced evidence for prehistoric activity on these sites with extensive remodelling and rebuilding over extended periods of time. Similar to ringforts, the size of the stone forts and the number of enclosing elements varies. Common architectural features include terracing of the walls, passages/chambers within the walls, stone steps and at least four examples have a chevaux de frise for extra defence. Some stone forts, such as Dún Aonghasa, appear to have had their origins in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age hillforts and appear to represent a period of social unrest and strengthening of tribal borders. Excavations at several hillforts have suggested that they may have been occupied by elite groups that had broader social and ritual functions. Many were reused in the Early Historic period as royal centres, probably deriving their wealth from controlling some sea trade.


Extensive archaeological research in southern Victoria has again raised the prospect that people have lived in Australia for 120,000 years – twice as long as the broadly accepted period of human continental habitation.

The research, with its contentious potential implications for Indigenous habitation of the continent that came to be Australia, has been presented to the Royal Society of Victoria by a group of academics including Jim Bowler, the eminent 88-year-old geologist who in 1969 and 1974 discovered the bones of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia.


What goes on in the secret lives of foxes? A few years ago, one answer to this question was answered for us, albeit humorously, thanks to our modern meme-laden culture. However, a more pertinent question than “what does the fox say” might be, “what happens when foxes get married?”


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    If MPs vote to extend the Article 50 process, in addition to the UK’s approval, every EU member would be required to agree. The message from the EU has been mixed; while some think it is a sensible idea, others say the process should only be extended if there is a good reason for it.

    Assuming that the EU agrees, the process could be pushed from the UK’s current Brexit leave date 29 March, to 18 April – the last day that the European Parliament can vote before breaking up ahead of May’s elections; the European Parliament has yet to even debate the Brexit deal, and has therefore not yet voted on it.

    It is likely, however, that if the UK votes for what is available, EU lawmakers will likely follow suit. The current exit date is enshrined into UK law, and that would need to be changed; BBC says a push to 23 May has emerged as a possible new Brexit day to allow the UK two months to fully prepare itself for leaving, and this would also mean the UK departs ahead of the 23-26 May European Parliament elections.

    IF no agreement between the UK and EU on the backstop is seen, a longer delay to exit become possible. A push to the end of June – 23rd is capturing imagines since it would coincide with the Brexit referendum anniversary – would be an admission that more time is needed, though new MEPs take their place in Parliament in early July, suggesting that nothing could be voted on until then at the very earliest, a scenario that not be ideal for either UK or EU.

    If the process cannot be wrapped up by July, then scenarios of 2021 come into focus (EU officials are said to have mulled a delay until then, BBC reported), though this may not be palatable for Brexiteers, and thus, may split the government and lead to another strategy before then.

    And if that wasn’t depressing enough for you, here are the thoughts of EU diplomats (via BBC’s Katya Adler):

    “We’ve run out of ideas” EU diplomat tells me what EU could do if/when deal rejected tonight.

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    Digging deeper, we learn that the Spanish Royal Academy refers to “Coco” as the “ghost that is conjured up to scare children.”

    As the story goes, the word ‘coco’ derives from the Galician and Portuguese côco [ˈko.ku], which referred to a ghost with a pumpkin head. This is the actual meaning behind American’s using a carved pumpkin on Hallowen today. Yes, it’s pretty twisted when you think about it. Americans unknowingly celebrate this mythical baby eater!

    While Bigfoot and El Chupacabra are certainly more famous to Americans, undoubtedly, Coco has now increasingly become a strangely popular figure too in modern U.S. occult study.

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    The impact area is expected from North Texas through the Dakotas and Minnesota is expected to be hit the hardest. The storm will likely qualify as a meteorological “bomb” — short for bombogenesis, which describes storms whose central pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. The lower the pressure and the quicker it drops, the more powerful the storm. This could be one for the record books.

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    It has been a strange 24 hours.

    On Monday, we first learned that for the previous two days, Facebook had banned all Zero Hedge content across its various mediums, as it went against Facebook’s “Community Standards” (which to the best of our knowledge, neither we not anyone else has any idea what they are), a decision which – as we noted yesterday – surprised us for two reasons: not only do we not have an official Facebook account, but Facebook did not approach us even once with a warning or even notification.

    While we were in the dark about what had triggered Facebook, or what was the company’s motive, we were humbled and delighted not only with the media coverage this event received, but far more so with the outpouring of support we received from readers and across social media, where Zero Hedge had not been yet banned, like Twitter, where figures from various industries and across the political spectrum voiced support and came to our defense, with many condemning what we felt was an arbitrary decision.

    Among those who spoke up were President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., Nigel Farage, Peter Thiel’s liberal foil at Thiel Capital, Eric Weinstein, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson and many others.

    And since some may read this as a quasi-official press release, we leave the “about us” part to the money-losing media venture of billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s business empire (funded since day one by the procyclical $25,000/year Bloomberg terminal business), which yesterday described our little adventure as follows: “Since being founded in the depths of the financial crisis, Zero Hedge has built a dedicated following by serving up a mix of hardcore financial analysis and populist political commentary. Both the ‘Tyler Durden’ name and the site’s tagline — “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero” — are borrowed from the anarchic cult classic ’Fight Club.’

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    We seem to exist in a bizarre twilight zone where anyone with any connection to power can apparently do what they like to children and expect to suffer only the infamy of the grave. As long as you are not fussed about your reputation when deceased and you are connected you do not even have to be discreet. Once you die it will all emerge of course and your name and reputation will be destroyed but other than that there is no penalty.
    While it has become clear again and again that the unthinkable has actually been rather routine, that these unbelievably evil crimes have been happening for decades and yet when confronted with a genuine contemporary cover up, the entire “official” British media have literally not a word to say.

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    A $25 million racketeering and money laundering conspiracy that was at the center of the “largest college admission scam ever” saw its ringleader unmasked thanks to the Wall Street Journal. The man at the center of the scheme is 58-year-old William Rick Singer. We reported on the scandal at length yesterday.

    Singer is called a “self described serial entrepreneur” who appeared to have found his niche in helping young people get into college. He was the founder of the Edge College & Career Network, the institution that helped broker bribes between the uber-wealthy and prestigious colleges. According to the company’s website, his goal was to “help alleviate the anxiety of getting into college” because he “has seen first hand the stress that the college admissions and athletics recruiting process can put on a family.”

    Following yesterday’s charges, Singer pled guilty to racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He is looking at between 15 and 19 1/2 years in prison for his crimes. During his court appearance, after a federal prosecutor ran through a number of alleged offenses committed by Singer, he confessed, saying: “Your honor, everything that [the prosecutor] said is true.”

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    Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized a massive 3,200 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $77 million from a shipping container on Feb. 28, NPR reports. The massive drug bust took place after officials carried out an inspection of the shipment when they noticed tampering of several containers on a large vessel traveling from – where else – Buenaventura, Colombia, DEA special agent in charge Ray Donovan told NPR. That is when they discovered the nearly ton and a half of cocaine.

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    Hope you are doing well. As always I appreciate everything I learn from your blog.

    I continue to follow Q and the movement, the best thing to happen to humanity in centuries! Here’s an article I encountered recently. It provides the best overview
    of Q that I’ve read:

    And here are a couple of Tesla related articles:


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    Thanks for that, Keith.

    I moved the comment here, because seems previous comment space is full so I cannot thank you there.

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    He also said that soon after he started in January 2018, he discovered many employees (some living out of their cars) were using cocaine and meth in the bathrooms. Others were having sex in parts of the factory that weren’t constructed yet.

    “A member of a Mexican cartel was in fact trafficking in potential large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine,” one of Gouthro’s underlings, Karl Hansen, would later state publicly. Hansen was cited as Gouthro’s motivation to go public with his story – Gouthro sought to corroborate Hansen’s claims.

    In terms of security at the factory, Gouthro said that “the scanners guards used to check badges were unreliable, so they’d wave in anyone with a piece of paper that looked legitimate.”

    After Tripp went public, Gouthro looked back through video footage to identify him as the leaker. He sent a plainclothes security guard to ask Tripp to turn his laptop in for a “routine update” that was actually a comprehensive forensic audit. Tripp later admitted, in an interrogation with company HR, that he was the leaker – but the transcript of the interrogation showed that he denied taking bribes, which Musk later accused him of on Twitter.

    Gouthro claimed that Tesla somehow had access to texts and e-mails that Tripp was sending while at the Gigafactory:

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    Update (4:15 pm ET): Bloomberg reports some details on the government’s motion to delay Brexit to be voted on tomorrow.

    Government Motion Sets Deadline of March 20 to Get Deal Done

    Proposes Short Extension if Deal Is Passed by March 20

    If No Deal by March 20, EU Will Determine Length of Delay

    Government Sees Extension to June 30 if Deal Is Passed in March

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    In his 2018 book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” the popular Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson recounts that, back in 1984, he too began to question everything. He was, he says, “plagued with doubt.” Having outgrown what he terms the “shallow Christianity” of his youth, religion seemed mere “wishful thinking.” Turning to socialism as an alternative, he quickly found it unsatisfying, as well.

    The Cold War, he says, “obsessed” him. “It gave me nightmares. It drove me into the desert, into the long night of the human soul.” The evils and cruelties of the 20th century tormented him. “How was it that so many tens of millions had to die, sacrificed to the new dogmas and ideologies?”

    Another question should immediately suggest itself to readers: How do “intrinsic” good and evil emerge from a purposeless cosmos, composed entirely, non-consciously and merely of energy and matter in motion? If that is really the kind of universe in which we live, can we really speak of “intrinsic” moral values? And if we believe them to exist, might they not suggest something really important about the universe? Where do they come from?

    Peterson’s account echoes the earlier experience of the eminent Anglo-American poet W. H. Auden (1907-1973). When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, questions about morality that had once been merely interesting now became urgent.

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