June 21, 2015 at 3:24 am #21619
Find out for yourself what Magna Carta says by consulting the original document, with English translation, Latin transcription, and expert commentary
This one seems better
although the Guardian comments are interestingJune 21, 2015 at 3:25 am #21620June 23, 2015 at 1:18 am #21629
In August 2014, Dr Mietje Germonpre, from the palaeontology department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, travelled to Yakutsk to see them.
She said at the time: ‘After studying the mummy and looking at the measurements of the skulls belonging to ancient dogs and wolves, I can say this find is unique.
‘It’s amazing. In other museums around the world you will only find the remains of adult dogs, but this is a puppy. Also all external signs and scan results indicate that it is a primitive dog, and at the moment it is the most ancient one found in northern Siberia.
‘The oldest dog remains were found in the Goyet cave in Belgium, and were 36,500 years old, and there are many finds dating to about 26,000 years ago – but they are not so well preserved. Here we see the skin and wool and even the internal organs survived.’June 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm #21692
In 2002, archaeologists discovered the jawbone of a human who lived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. Geneticists have now analysed ancient DNA from that jawbone and learned that it belonged to a modern human whose recent ancestors included Neanderthals.June 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm #21701
Here we investigate the remarkable remains of the iconic Egtved Girl, who belongs to an impressive group of Bronze Age oak coffin burials from Denmark that were placed in monumental elite burial barrows dated to 1500-1100 BC15. Excavations in 1921, close to the village of Egtved in Denmark (Fig. 1), revealed the partially preserved remains of a high status, fully dressed female of approximately 16 to 18 years of age (Fig. 2). Dendrochronological analysis indicates that she was buried in an oak coffin approximately 3,400 years ago16, 17. Hair, tooth enamel, nails, and parts of the brain and skin are still preserved, but no bones survived, most likely due to their dissolution in the partially acidic waterlogged environment prevailing within the oak coffin. A small container with some cremated skeletal remains of a 5 to 6-year-old child was placed by her head.June 29, 2015 at 2:49 am #21716
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
John PerkinsJuly 1, 2015 at 11:32 pm #21730
If you were to go back in time to 3,200 B.C. you might occasionally see square-rigged boats pulling in to Dilmun or traveling around the Eastern Mediterranean. The same may be true for the Western Mediterranean, the Western Atlantic and to the North Sea. I thought about this while looking at the Beaker settlement concentrations in Portugal, the Bay of Biscay and Western France. The settlements could be interpreted in light of wind, currents and depths.
Taking to the open waters has several advantages, one being that your voyage can be two weeks instead of ten months. That’s pretty important if you are a trader and you like your job. The other aspect is security, especially if you’re transporting things other people might want. When you go out to the blue water you really don’t need to worry pirates and general shenanigans of thugs, tyrants and tributes. The sail (invented at least before 5,000 B.C.) took a rower out of the boat and put something of material value in his place.July 6, 2015 at 4:16 am #21808
Jewish Media Influence in ScandinaviaJuly 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm #21817
Although the declaration is very much a response to the destruction of intellectual life during the war, at its heart is a timeless clarion call for the preservation of art and intellectual life in the face of any threat — be it by weapon or censorship or the pernicious mundane anti-intellectualism of modern media — urging us to uphold our duty in ennobling rather than corrupting each other’s souls through our art and intellectual contribution.July 10, 2015 at 8:17 am #21880
On July 11, 1995, the town of Srebrenica fell to the Bosnian Serb
army. At the time, I was the highest ranking United Nations civilian official
in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In my book, Dubious Mandate,
1 I made
some comments on that tragedy. Beyond that, I decried the distortions
of the international press in their reporting, not only on that event, but
on the wars in Yugoslavia (1992-95) in general. I expressed the wish
that there could have been, and must be, some balance in telling the
story of what actually happened in Srebrenica and in all of former Yugoslavia,
if we are to learn from our experience.
This book by the Srebrenica Research Group, The Srebrenica Massacre:
Evidence, Context, Politics, answers that call. It presents an alternative
and well-documented assessment of the tragedy of Srebrenica,
and of the suffering of all the constituent peoples of former Yugoslavia.
It is an invaluable document. Of course, there will be those who will disagree
with the authors’ perspective. But if we are to open a discussion
that has been closed to all but the faithful, if we are to prevent similar
tragedies from occurring again, then we must take seriously the accounts
put forward by the bright and discerning contributors to this book. No
honest reader can doubt the credentials of these authors. And no honest
reader should doubt the importance of what they have to say. I congratulate
them on their scholarship and their courage.July 10, 2015 at 8:41 am #21881
A truly disgraceful piece of distortion from the BBC’s Lyse Doucet.
The title of this film is a clear hint of the propaganda to come, based, as ever, on the fatuous ‘two sides’ narrative. There was no ‘war’, only another orchestrated massacre, a campaign of civil terror, in order to maintain Israel’s wicked, illegal siege. From the first minute of this shoddy film, one just wants to urge Doucet: tell the truth, give the context!
Yes, children suffer and die, but why is this happening?
Why have so many Palestinians been murdered? Why have over 500 children been slaughtered?
Why are an entire population, notably the children, so deeply traumatised? Tell the truth, provide the context!
Israel is the aggressor force. Gaza is the key target. It lies in ruins. Yet, this truly despicable film affects to argue that Sderot is part of the same ‘war zone’.
Continual reference is made to Israel targeting populated areas from where, it’s claimed, Hamas were launching rockets, just part of the loaded message that Hamas are largely responsible for the carnage.
A key section of the film is given over to Hamas fighters, youth camp training and wielded weaponry. But there’s not a single frame of an Israeli soldier, or the mass military operation engaged in the attempted annihilation of Gaza’s people. There’s no questioning, either, of how Israel has socialised so much of its youth to hate and fear Palestinians.
Standing at a Hamas training camp, Doucet laments: “For the outside world it’s hard to comprehend why parents would put children in situations like this.” But there’s no exploration of how Israel as a militarist, occupying state has conditioned so much of its own population to join in the historic oppression and mass murder of Palestinians. Indeed, the word ‘occupation’ is never used.July 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm #21882
George Monbiot and the Guardian on “Genocide Denial” and “Revisionism”
by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
A ‘Malign Intellectual Subculture’ – George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media LensJuly 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm #21933
In a forgotten part of northern Europe, archaeologists set out to study the ritual sacrifice site of the Heybidya-Pedar (Sacred Forest in the Nenets language) in Russia’s northern Nenets Autonomous Area. Heybidya-Pedarsky sacrificial place [Credit: © Photo: Naomuseum] The massive six-sided ancient temple, in the shape of a hexagon, was discovered accidentally in 1947 by renowned geologist Georgiy Chernov. In 1967, archaeologists found steel jewelry and weapons, and the site later led some esoteric enthusiasts to speculate that it could be the home of Biblical figures Gog and Magog, often connected with “end times” prophecies. Other discoveries at the site include figurines of reindeer and pottery with reindeer designs. The site is linked by archaeologists to the local Nenets people, who attach spiritual significance to it. “Imagine a temple in the shape of a hexagon, 13 meters long, oriented on the north-south line, with a gable roof and a floor covered in a bright-red mineral paint which has preserved its freshness to this day. And all of this in the Polar region, where the survival of humans is itself questioned by science!” filmmaker Vyacheslav Mescheryankov wrote of the 1967 expedition. Site reports from the 1967 expedition and from 2012 do not mention the shape of the site or any particular hexagonal features, suggesting that the description may have been a product of the filmmaker’s creative license. Archaeologists have a limited amount of time to recover the rest of the site before soil erosion destroys it. The new study aims to unify the ritual sacrifice site with other finds in the area with older findings of metal weaponry and jewelry dating back to the 6th century. “The main goal of the 2015 expedition is to examine the unstudied areas of the sacrifice site itself,” head of the Nenets historical museum Ivan Khozyainov said. According to Mescheryankov, local Nenets people have a legend that from time to time, the frozen earth at the site opens up and forms an entrance to the underground Kingdom of Sirtya, a people who live underground and predate the coming of Nenets people to the area in Nenets mythology.July 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm #21934
Archaeologists working on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate in Aberdeenshire have uncovered evidence that people were active in this mountainous landscape thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Excavations at sites deep in the Cairngorm glens have produced radiocarbon dates which demonstrate a human presence as far back as 8,100 BC, with some places being revisited over many thousands of years. The first evidence that hunter-gatherer groups were living in the Cairngorms was discovered on the Mar Lodge Estate in 2003, when a major footpath repair programme turned up prehistoric worked stone artefacts. Without radiocarbon dates only an approximate date for the artefacts was possible at the time, with initial estimates of around 5,000 BC. A partnership among the National Trust for Scotland and archaeologists and environmental scientists from Aberdeen University, University College Dublin and Stirling University established the Upper Dee Tributaries Project in 2013 to develop our understanding of the Estate’s prehistory. Now entering its third season, the project is casting fascinating light on how early people used these upland landscapes after the retreat of the last glaciers – something about which very little is known in Scotland. Radiocarbon dates of 6,200 – 6,100 BC from a site in Glen Geldie are remarkable because they coincide with the most dramatic climatic deterioration seen since the last ice age, in which permanent snow fields would have been a feature of the Cairngorms, and glaciers may have started reforming. The site is being excavated by a team from University College Dublin.July 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm #21935July 21, 2015 at 7:06 am #22118
KENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY — RESEARCH Studying and sharing Kent’s past Homepage
Archaeologia Cantiana OnlineJuly 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm #22122
Evidence of Proto-Farming 23,000 Years Ago On Sea Of Galilee
Plant remains recovered from a sedentary fishing hunter-gather camp on the Sea of Galilee from 23,000 years ago shows that proto-farming of wild type crops was conducted at the site and that the cereals were processed to produce flour.
Since these were wild types of the plants that would be later domesticated, this sedentary farming of these plants would not have sustained the farmers without the supplementation from the fishing that made sedentary living at the camp possible, and other hunting and gathering activities as well (140 different plant types were gathered).July 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm #22123
This review of the events and interpretations surrounding Treaty 7 takes place at a time when aboriginal and indigenous peoples all over the world are re-evaluating their relationships with imperial powers. It was undertaken in good faith in hopes that it will begin a dialogue that can alter the dominant discourse of Euro-Canadian society, which has been so damaging to aboriginal people.September 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm #22587
I’ve added another paragraph, just as gnomic and distorted as the rest. Let them wail.
Man and the Theogony in the Lurianic CabalaSeptember 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm #22588September 20, 2015 at 5:18 am #22767
Churchill deliberately starved 4 million Indians during World War II accounting for more than 90% of the casualties of the British Empire during that war:
How Sir Winston Churchill Starved 4 Million Indians
Madhusree Mukerjee’s book [Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II, New York, Basic Books, 2010] is not a denunciation of British rule of India, but a meticulous chronicling of the role of the British Raj in furthering a famine in Bengal, and suppressing the fact that this deliberate holocaust took 4 million lives. British historians, including Sir Winston Churchill in his five-volume memoir, glossed over this rather ‘irrelevant incident.’
British torture in Kenya during the Mau Mau revolt in the 1950s:
Interrogation under torture was widespread. Many of the men were anally raped, using knives, broken bottles, rifle barrels, snakes and scorpions. A favourite technique was to hold a man upside down, his head in a bucket of water, while sand was rammed into his rectum with a stick. Women were gang-raped by the guards. People were mauled by dogs and electrocuted. The British devised a special tool which they used for first crushing and then ripping off testicles. They used pliers to mutilate women’s breasts. They cut off inmates’ ears and fingers and gouged out their eyes. They dragged people behind Land Rovers until their bodies disintegrated. Men were rolled up in barbed wire and kicked around the compound.
When Mahatma Gandhi launched his campaign of peaceful resistance against British rule in India, Churchill raged that Gandhi:
“ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back. Gandhi-ism and everything it stands for will have to be grappled with and crushed.”September 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm #22777
This book, however, demonstrates that there was one form of resistance that could not be entirely suppressed: the collection of data, the writing of diaries, the taking and smuggling of photographs that document a suffering that would otherwise be unimaginable.
The title and running heads of KL are set in Prestige Elite Bold, a font that mimics that of the Olympia Robust, the field typewriter used by the Wehrmacht and the SS. It was the corporate typeface of the camps from their beginnings in March 1933 to their end in the ruins of the Third Reich. Its use helps to remind us that we are reading the history of a vast bureaucracy of terror. Repeated words remind us of particular details. Music: music played by the orchestra as slave labourers went to work; music in the ears of Soviet POWs about to be shot in the head; music – waltzes – played at Majdanek as 18,000 Jews were gunned down in a day; music – Schubert’s Rosamunde played by the camp orchestra as the trains arrived at Auschwitz. And vomit: the Polish prisoner who thought he had seen everything, but vomited as he was forced to clean up the decayed bodies of the Soviet prisoners on whom the Auschwitz gas chamber was first tested; the young German Jewish woman who vomited constantly from the smell of burning bodies; the young SS doctor who had a breakdown at his first selection, got drunk and vomited. Mengele calmed him down and he began to feel better about his work when his wife came to join him.September 22, 2015 at 1:52 am #22835
From Cork harbor on one day in 1847 2 the AJAX steamed for England with 1,514 firkins of butter, 102 casks of pork, 44 hogsheads of whiskey, 844 sacks of oats, 247 sacks of wheat, 106 bales of bacon, 13 casks of hams, 145 casks of porter, 12 sacks of fodder, 28 bales of feathers, 8 sacks of lard, 296 boxes of eggs, 30 head of cattle, 90 pigs, 220 lambs, 34 calves and 69 miscellaneous packages. On November 14, 1848 3, sailed, from Cork harbor alone: 147 bales of bacon, 120 casks and 135 barrels of pork, 5 casks of hams, 149 casks of miscellaneous provisions (foodstuff); 1,996 sacks & 950 barrels of oats; 300 bags of flour; 300 head of cattle; 239 sheep; 9,398 firkins of butter; 542 boxes of eggs. On July 28, 1848 4; a typical day’s food shipments from only the following four ports: from Limerick: the ANN, JOHN GUISE and MESSENGER for London; the PELTON CLINTON for Liverpool; and the CITY OF LIMERICK, BRITISH QUEEN, and CAMBRIAN MAID for Glasgow. This one-day removal of Limerick’s food was of 863 firkins of butter; 212 firkins, 1,198 casks and 200 kegs of lard, 87 casks of ham; 267 bales of bacon; 52 barrels of pork; 45 tons and 628 barrels of flour; 4,975 barrels of oats and 1,000 barrels of barley. From Kilrush: the ELLEN for Bristol; the CHARLES G. FRYER and MARY ELLIOTT for London. This one-day removal was of 550 tons of County Clare’s oats and 15 tons of its barley. From Tralee: the JOHN ST. BARBE, CLAUDIA and QUEEN for London; the SPOKESMAN for Liverpool. This one-day removal was of 711 tons of Kerry’s oats and 118 tons of its barley. From Galway: the MARY, VICTORIA, and DILIGENCE for London; the SWAN and UNION for Limerick (probably for transshipment to England). This one-day removal was of 60 sacks of Co. Galway’s flour; 30 sacks and 292 tons of its oatmeal; 294 tons of its oats; and 140 tons of its miscellaneous provisions (foodstuffs). British soldiers forcibly removed it from its starving Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Galway producers.
In Belmullet, Co. Mayo the mission of 151 soldiers 5 of the 49th Regiment, in addition to escorting livestock and crops to the port for export, was to guard a few tons of stored meal from the hands of the starving; its population falling from 237 to 105 between 1841 and 1851. Belmullet also lost its source of fish in January, 1849, when Britain’s Coast Guard arrested its fleet of enterprising fishermen ten miles at sea in the act of off-loading flour from a passing ship. They were sentenced to prison and their currachs were confiscated.
The Waterford Harbor British army commissariat officer wrote to British Treasury Chief Charles Trevelyan on April 24, 1846; “The barges leave Clonmel once a week for this place, with the export supplies under convoy which, last Tuesday, consisted of 2 guns, 50 cavalry, and 80 infantry escorting them on the banks of the Suir as far as Carrick.” While its people starved, the Clonmel district exported annually, along with its other farm produce, approximately 60,000 pigs in the form of cured pork. …
All of that going on during the Great Irish Famine..September 23, 2015 at 2:11 am #22837September 24, 2015 at 6:59 am #22843September 28, 2015 at 11:53 pm #22845October 1, 2015 at 10:33 am #22893November 16, 2015 at 11:05 am #23328
From a village in Rwanda to a rock cave in France, sightings of the Virgin Mary have been reported across the globe since A.D. 40. Since 1531, the Roman Catholic Church has investigated these reports and offered approval to multiple sites where bishops believe miracles occurred, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.November 18, 2015 at 12:33 am #23330November 18, 2015 at 8:47 am #23331
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