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  • Archaeologists Find 'Gay Caveman' Near Prague

    04/09/2011 5:03:49 PM PDT · by Renfield · 99 replies
    Time News Feed ^ | 04-07-2001 | William Lee Adams
    Kamila Remisova Vesinova and her team of researchers from the Czech Archeological Society believe they have unearthed the remains of an early homosexual man. The remains date from around 2900-2500 B.C., on the outskirts of Prague. That claim stems from the fact the 5,000-year old skeleton was buried in a manner reserved for women in the Corded Ware culture: its head was pointed east rather than west, and its remains were surrounded by domestic jugs rather than by hammers, flint knives and weapons that typically accompany male remains....
  • The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

    04/06/2011 3:08:41 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 39 replies
    Citizen Warrior ^ | CITIZEN WARRIOR
    HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why millions of Muslim men are dedicated to killing Americans? Or why so many are willing to blow themselves up to kill Israelis? Or why they are so committed to blowing up random people in Bali, London, Madrid, etc.? Islamic supremacists are doing this all over the world, attacking Westerners and their own fellow Muslims alike. Why? Because of a doctrine. A doctrine is a collection of ideas. These could be customs, words, beliefs, etc. A religion is not a single idea; it is a collection of ideas. The collection of ideas that make up the...
  • Prehistoric Human Brain Found Pickled in Bog

    04/06/2011 11:43:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery ^ | Wed Apr 6, 2011 05:30 AM ET | By Jennifer Viegas
    A brain in near-perfect condition is found in a skull of a person who was decapitated over 2,600 years ago. A human skull dated to about 2,684 years ago with an "exceptionally preserved" human brain still inside of it was recently discovered in a waterlogged U.K. pit, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science study. The brain is the oldest known intact human brain from Europe and Asia, according to the authors, who also believe it's one of the best-preserved ancient brains in the world. "The early Iron Age skull belonged to a man, probably in his thirties," lead...
  • Discovery in Guatemala finds oldest royal Mayan tomb

    04/06/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 04-06-2011 | Staff
    At the recent Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento, California, archaeologist Michael Callaghan from the University of Texas presented his team's findings from the ancient site of K'o (now modern-day Guatemala) and what they believe to be the oldest known royal Mayan tomb. Excavating under a wealthy home, they discovered a lid leading to a tunnel of about 16 inches wide. Following the tunnel, they discovered a chultan, or storage chamber, where a burial was performed. Within this storage chamber they discovered a body they believe to have been a man in his fifties who was reasonably healthy when...
  • Pictures: Gold Treasure, Roman Coins Revealed in U.K.

    04/06/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published April 4, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Fifty thousand Roman coins found in a field in Somerset, England, in 2010 (including the artifacts above) amount to the largest hoard of coins discovered in a single vessel—and the second largest hoard of ancient coins ever found in Britain, according to British Museum experts. The coins, along with recently discovered Iron Age gold jewelry—both found by amateur treasure hunters—will be acquired by museums, thanks to a series of grants and donations, officials recently announced. The coins will go to England's Museum of Somerset, which will put them on display after it reopens this summer. The haul, most of which...
  • Lost for 2,000 years... Could this be the first portrait of Jesus?

    04/04/2011 7:26:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | updated at 3:04 PM on 4th April 2011 Read more: | By Lydia Warren
    After 2,000 years buried within a cave in the Holy Land, the features are barely distinct as that of a human face. But Bible historians are trying to determine whether this is the first ever portrait of Jesus Christ. They are investigating whether the picture, which can still just about be seen to depict a man wearing a crown of thorns, was created in Jesus’s lifetime by those who knew him. The portrait was found on a lead booklet, slightly smaller than a credit card, which lay undiscovered in a cave in a remote village in Jordan overlooking the Sea...
  • Ancient Tablet Found: Oldest Readable Writing in Europe

    03/31/2011 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | Published March 30, 2011 | Ker Than
    Found at a site tied to myth, Greek tablet survived only by accident, experts say. Marks on a clay tablet fragment found in Greece are the oldest known decipherable text in Europe, a new study says. Considered "magical or mysterious" in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers. Found in an olive grove in what's now the village of Iklaina (map), the tablet was created by a Greek-speaking Mycenaean scribe between 1450 and 1350 B.C., archaeologists say. The Mycenaeans—made legendary in part by Homer's Iliad, which fictionalizes their...
  • The Lost Boys

    03/30/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Monthly ^ | Skip Hollandsworth
    In December 1970 two teenagers disappeared from the Heights neighborhood, in Houston. Then another and another and another. As the number of missing kids grew, no one realized that the most prolific serial killer the country had ever seen—along with his teenage accomplices—was living comfortably among them. Or that the mystery of what happened to so many of his victims would haunt the city to this day.
  • Artifacts in Texas Predate Clovis Culture by 2,500 Years, New Study Shows

    03/25/2011 6:23:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 03-24-2011 | Staff
    Researchers in Texas have discovered thousands of human artifacts in a layer of earth that lies directly beneath an assemblage of Clovis relics, expanding evidence that other cultures preceded the Clovis culture in North America. This pre-Clovis toolkit appears to be between 13,200 and 15,500 years old and it includes biface and blade technology that may have later been adapted -- and improved upon -- by the Clovis culture. The Clovis people, whose tools were known for their distinctive "fluted" points, were once thought to be the original settlers of North America about 13,000 years ago. Over the past few...
  • Hideaki Akaiwa

    On the afternoon of Friday, March 11th, Hideaki Akaiwa was at his job, dully trudging out the final bitter minutes of his work week in his office just outside the port city of Ishinomaki in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. What this guy's day job actually is, I honestly have no idea, but based on the extremely limited information I have on the guy I can only presume that his daily nine-to-five routine probably falls somewhere between the motorcycle chase scenes from the movie Akira and John Rambo's antics in the book version of First Blood on the ridiculousness/badassitude scale. But that's...
  • 60-year hunt for Russian Czars' missing Amber Room may be over

    03/23/2011 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The hunt for the missing Amber Room of the Czars has taken a new twist with treasure hunters in a small town in east Germany about to break into a bunker they believe may hold one of the lost wonders of the modern world. The priceless room which once belonged the the King of Prussia Peter the Great was looted by Nazis during WWII and the original walls have been missing ever since.
  • Interview with IDF medic who was first on scene of Itamar massacre

    03/22/2011 5:28:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | Carl in Jerusalem
    Here's a transcript of an interview with Sgt. Edi Itelman (pictured), who is an IDF medic, who was first on the scene at the home of Udi and Ruti Fogel HY"D (May God avenge their blood) on the night that they and three of their children were massacred in Itamar. The interview took place a few hours ago (I missed it) and the transcript was sent to me by one of the participants.
  • The Itamar Massacre: Why Is Such Savagery Surprising?

    03/20/2011 9:37:13 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 14 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Andrew Bostom
    Friday night 3/11/11 in Itamar, Samaria, parents, Udi, 36, and Ruth Fogel, 35, as well as three of their six children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and the 3-month old infant Hadas, were all brutally stabbed to death. The infant Hadas was in fact decapitated. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, terrorist wing of the Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the savage attack, characterizing it as a “heroic operation.” Saturday evening (3/12/11) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Itamar massacre. Netanyahu’s eloquent remarks included a demand … that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that...
  • Genocide in Israel

    03/19/2011 6:23:38 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    As Meotti tells me, “Those who profess to deplore violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian equation have remained relatively silent on the slaughtering of this Israeli family. No words of condemnation about the killing of these innocents have been heard from the human-rights groups, the same faction that is so quick to vilify Israel for defending itself from terrorist attacks, especially when Palestinian citizens lose their lives during a retaliatory foray by Israel. There is no other conclusion to draw: When the deaths of Jewish innocents go unmourned and unacknowledged, it is because Jewish lives do not count. Where’s...
  • The Sharia Catechism

    03/19/2011 9:19:03 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Roland Shirk
    Likewise, honest readers of the Qur'an and other authoritative Muslim texts can draw certain conclusions, which all the evasions and obfuscations of pseudo-moderate Muslims (remember Eurocommunism? Anyone? It was all the rage in respectable liberal circles while I was in college in the 80s.) cannot obscure. Let me lay out my own no-nonsense take on the question, in a form I'll call the Sharia Catechism: What does Islam teach? Islam teaches that it is the final revelation from God, and the only legitimate world religion. All other faiths, or secular world views, are either idol-worship, blasphemous parodies of Islam, or...
  • Don't Let Them Sweep this Horror under the Rug

    03/15/2011 10:11:35 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Zilla ^ | Zila
    On Friday night, islamic terrorists snuck into a home through a window and slaughtered the innocent family who lived there. A father who lay sleeping with his baby died when his throat was slashed, his three month old infant daughter was decapitated. The mother was in the bathroom at the time and when she came out, she was stabbed to death after fighting for her life and those of her family. The murdered couple's 11 year old son was reading in bed at the time, and the killers stabbed him to death as well, along with with his sleeping 4...
  • Island tool finds show early settlers' diversity

    03/06/2011 4:31:35 AM PST · by Renfield · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 03-4-2011
    Caches of tools and animal remains from around 12,000 years ago, found on islands off the California coast, have given remarkable insight into the lives of the first Americans. The finds show fine tool technology and a rich maritime economy existed there. The tools vary markedly from mainland cultures of the era such as the Clovis. The finds, reported in Science, also suggest that rather than a land route to South America, early humans may have used coastal routes.....
  • Ancient Seafood Buffet Uncovered on Channel Islands

    03/03/2011 3:21:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | 03-03-2011 | by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
    On the menu for the earliest colonizers of the Americas: seabirds, seals and sardines That's according to findings from three new archaeological digs on the Channel Islands off Southern California. The sites have yielded dozens of delicate stone tools and thousands of bone and shell fragments from meals more than 11,000 years old, researchers report in this week's issue of the journal Science. The finds reveal more about how early Americans lived and ate, said study researcher Torben Rick, a curator of North American archaeology at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The tools found also link the seafaring people...
  • Death to Apostates: Not a Perversion of Islam, but Islam

    02/19/2011 8:50:22 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    On NRO Friday, Paul Marshall lamented the Obama administration’s fecklessness, in particular the president’s appalling silence in the face of the death sentence Said Musa may suffer for the crime of converting to Christianity. This is in Afghanistan, the nation for which our troops are fighting and dying — not to defeat our enemies, but to prop up the Islamic “democracy” we have spent a decade trying to forge at a cost of billions. This shameful episode (and the certain recurrence of it) perfectly illustrates the folly of Islamic nation-building. The stubborn fact is that we have asked for just...
  • Is Indiana Jones the next victim of Egypt's revolution? (Zahi Hawass)

    02/14/2011 6:59:00 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 14, 2011 | Dan Murphy
    A few days ago, in the shadow of the great Pyramids at Giza, the Egyptian monuments that draw millions of tourists to visit Egypt every year, the opinion among workers on the lower rungs of the economy was unanimous: The big man had to go. No, they weren't talking about Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator chased from power last Friday. On the president, opinions were mixed. But the answer to the question "what would you most like to see changed about the regime" could be boiled down to two words: Zahi Hawass. Mr. Hawass, who has run Egypt's Supreme Council...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Clovis Find Reveals Humans Hunted Gompotheres in North America

    01/26/2011 7:57:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 1-25-2011
    Mexican archaeologists found three projectile points from the Clovis culture, associated with remains of a Gomphotheres – a now extinct type of elephant - dating back at least 12,000 years, in northern Sonora. The find is of major importance, as this is the first evidence in North America that this animal was contemporary with early humans. The location and date of these remains opens the possibility that in North America the Gomphotheres was still alive, in contrast with previous theories that suggest it had disappeared 30,000 years previously. The finds were made in early January at the site of ‘World’s...
  • The 30,000 Year Old Cave that Descends into Hell

    01/21/2011 2:53:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 62 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 1-20-2011 | Jesus Diaz
    There's a cave in France where no humans have been in 26,000 years. The walls are full of fantastic, perfectly-preserved paintings of animals, ending in a chamber full of monsters 1312-feet underground, where CO2 and radon gas concentrations provoke hallucinations. It's called the the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a really weird and mysterious place. The walls contain hundreds of animals—like the typical Paleolithic horses and bisons—but some of them are not supposed to be there, like lions, panthers, rhinos and hyenas. A few are not even supposed to exist, like weird butterflyish animals or chimerical figures half bison half woman. These may...
  • Caligula's tomb found after police arrest man trying to smuggle statue

    01/18/2011 6:29:08 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Mon 17 Jan 2011 20.10 GMT | Tom Kington in Rome
    Police arrest tomb raider loading part of 2.5 metre statue into lorry near Lake Nemi, south of Rome, where Caligula had a villa. The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad a statue of the notorious Roman emperor recovered from the site After reportedly sleeping with his sisters, killing for pleasure and seeking to appoint his horse a consul during his rule from AD37 to 41, Caligula was described by contemporaries as insane With many of Caligula's monuments destroyed after he was killed by his Praetorian...
  • Bones found on island may belong to Amelia Earhart

    12/17/2010 12:46:01 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 114 replies · 10+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | December 16, 2010 | N/A
    US aircraft history buffs are hopeful that tiny bones along with artefacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. In one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe via the equator in 1937 and was never seen again. A massive search at the time failed to find the flyer and her navigator Fred Noonan, who were assumed to have died after ditching their Lockheed Electra aircraft in the ocean, according to the Amelia...
  • Young Israelis of the year: Yoel Zilberman, 25: Militiaman

    12/13/2010 9:18:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Yoel Zilberman, 25, the founder and leader of the New Guardsmen, was born and raised in Moshav Tzipori in Lower Galilee. The son of a third-generation cattle breeder, he grew up witnessing the escalating struggles between the region's farmers and herders and local criminal gangs who invaded their grazing lands, sabotaged their equipment and ran a protection racket. At 20, while still a soldier on active duty, Zilberman learned that his father was on the verge of going out of business, unable to maintain the ever-rising cost of securing his property.
  • Austrian MP Ewald Stadler adresses Turkish Ambassador

    12/06/2010 5:37:34 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    LAST JUNE, Luigi Padovese, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Turkish port city of Iskenderun, was murdered in his home by a 26-year-old Muslim who stabbed him eight times in the heart and then severed his head while shouting “Allah is the greatest.” He is one of many priests murdered in Turkey since 2008. Here are words of appropriate outrage from Europe. Austrian MP Ewald Stadler, in a speech addressed to the Turkish ambassador last week, decries the Islamification of the West and the “romance of tolerance and human rights.” “Your devotion to freedom of religion is pure hypocrisy,” Stadler...
  • The Truth About Islam: In Rebuttal to a Recent Article Published in The Tennessean

    12/01/2010 9:16:35 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 40 replies
    New English Review ^ | Vijay Kumar
    The politically correct apologists for Islam claim that it is a “religion of peace” with the numerous acts of terror and murder perpetrated by Islamists being dismissed as the misguided acts of a minority. One must consider however that the majority of Germans during World War II were not active members of the Nazi party, were not waging war, and were not involved in the Holocaust. The leaders, though, were active members of the Nazi party, were waging war, and were involved in the Holocaust. The majority of Russians and eastern Europeans under the rule of the U.S.S.R. were not...
  • Masters of Math, From Old Babylon

    11/27/2010 12:09:10 PM PST · by pillut48 · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | November 26, 2010 | EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
    If the cost of digging a trench is 9 gin, and the trench has a length of 5 ninda and is one-half ninda deep, and if a worker’s daily load of earth costs 10 gin to move, and his daily wages are 6 se of silver, then how wide is the canal? Or, a better question: if you were a tutor of Babylonian scribes some 4,000 years ago, holding a clay tablet on which this problem was incised with cuneiform indentations — the very tablet that can now be seen with 12 others from that Middle Eastern civilization at the...
  • “Israel Is Fighting Our War”

    11/22/2010 4:42:06 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | Geert Wilder
    “Israel is the lighthouse and the only democracy in this backward and dictatorial part of the world,” he proclaims. “Israel is very close to us, to our European identity. Israel fights our war.”
  • “Human Rights in the Middle East”

    11/18/2010 7:56:14 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 5 replies
    UN Watch ^ | Robert L. Bernstein
    You may wonder why a man just shy of his 88th birthday would get up at 5 in the morning to fly to Omaha to give a speech. Frankly, since accepting this kind offer, I’ve wondered myself. Here’s why. Having devoted much of my life to trying to make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights come alive in many places in the world, I have become alarmed at how some human rights organizations, including the one I founded, are reporting on human rights in the Middle East. In reading about the discussions and actions of students on American campuses, I...
  • Another Tack: Roll over Beethoven

    11/14/2010 9:28:43 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sarah Honig
    Even Barack Obama’s midterm electoral humiliation won’t redeem US foreign policy. The problem didn’t begin with the history-deficient mind-set of American students who’ll earn their bachelor’s degrees in 2014. But the intellectual rootlessness of the class of 2014 exacerbates the flaws. Today’s students/ tomorrow’s leaders fertilize the soil into which bad seeds are sown by the current Washington elite. On the simplistic level it was a hoot to read that to the class of 2014 Beethoven is a movie pooch, Michelangelo was a computer virus and Czechoslovakia never existed. For the past 13 years Beloit College’s Mind-Set List by Tom...
  • New footage of World War I shows war-torn battlefields

    11/07/2010 1:51:50 PM PST · by Flavius · 71 replies
    bbc ^ | 11/4/10 | bbc
    Extraordinary pictures of the aftermath of World War I, which have been hidden away for nearly a century, have been discovered in a vault in Paris. The film is a part of a special BBC One programme that includes unique aerial photographs of the battlefield taken by British pilots. Nick Higham reports on the footage that gives an amazing insight into history. More of the footage can be seen on the BBC One programme 'The First World War from Above' on Sunday at 2100GMT.
  • Who Says Islam Is Totalitarian? Not long ago, Bernard Lewis sounded almost like Geert Wilders.

    11/06/2010 9:49:07 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    Spencer echoes Lewis when he elaborates that “all the mainstream sects and schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach as a matter of faith that Islam is intrinsically political and that Muslims must wage war against unbelievers and subjugate them under the rule of Islamic law.” The fact that most Muslims do not engage in violent jihad, whether out of practicality, indifference, or what have you, does not change what Islamic doctrine says. Nor does it mean these Muslims are “rejecting” that mandate. They are ignoring it. Moreover, as I’ve noted on several occasions, the point of jihad is to spread sharia,...
  • Alice Dem Dancing under the Gallows H264 ( worth watching)

    November 2010 Alice will celebrate her 107th birthday. A holocaust survivor.
  • 400,000 year old spears found in an German coal mine!

    10/11/2010 6:38:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies ^ | 07-04-2010 | Staff
    Researchers in Germany have unearthed 400,000 year old wooden spears from what appears to be an ancient lake shore hunting ground stunning evidence that human ancestors systematically hunted big game much earlier than believed. The three spears, each carved from the trunk of a spruce tree, are 6 feet to more than 7 feet long. They were found with more than 10,000 animal bones, mostly from horses, including many obviously butchered. That indicates the ancient hunters were organized enough to trap horses and strong enough to kill them by throwing spears, perhaps ambushing herds that showed up for water. “There’s...
  • Ancient Roman helmet sells for $3.7m

    AN ancient Roman helmet found in a British field by a treasure hunter with a metal detector has sold for 2.3 million pounds ($3.7 million), auctioneers Christie's say. The "exceptional" bronze cavalry parade helmet dates from the late first century or early second century, and features a well-preserved face mask, locks of curly hair and a griffin atop the cap. Read more:
  • CNN: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus

    10/21/2002 9:04:51 AM PDT · by jern · 353 replies · 4,568+ views
    Oct. 21, 2002 | CNN
    BREAKING: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus
  • David Goggins: The Toughest Athlete On The Planet?

    In 2005 Petty Officer First Class David Goggins’ life took a tragic turn. Several of his fellow U.S. Navy SEAL(s) were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. To honor them, Goggins vowed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives college scholarships and grants to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. Goggins rationalized that to raise money, he would have to do something extreme, something phenomenal— something incredibly painful. He decided to race ultramarathons when he Googled the 10 most difficult feats in the world. First on the list was the Badwater...
  • Were Some Ancestral Puebloan People the Victims of Ethnic Conflict?

    09/27/2010 5:06:29 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 24, 2010 | Heather Pringle
    Not so very long ago that many archaeologists regarded the Ancestral Puebloan people–or the Anasazi, as researchers once called them–as a rather peaceful, mystical group of astronomers, artists, priests and farmers. They based this idea largely on their observations of modern Puebloan peoples: the Hopi, the Zuni and others who lived in traditional pueblos, such as Taos, and who often lived quiet lives of ritual and spirituality. In the early 90s, some Southwestern archaeologists began questioning this received wisdom. David Wilcox, an archaeologist at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, hypothesized that the rulers of Chaco Canyon, a massive...
  • Ancient Egypt's Pyramids: Norwegian Researcher Unlocks Construction Secrets

    09/25/2010 1:07:46 AM PDT · by Palter · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 24 Sep 2010 | Science Daily
    Scientists from around the world have tried to understand how the Egyptians erected their giant pyramids. Now, an architect and researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) says he has the answer to this ancient, unsolved puzzle. Researchers have been so preoccupied by the weight of the stones that they tend to overlook two major problems: How did the Egyptians know exactly where to put the enormously heavy building blocks? And how was the master architect able to communicate detailed, highly precise plans to a workforce of 10,000 illiterate men? A 7-million-ton structure These were among the...
  • Did Uruk soldiers kill their own people? 5,500 year old fratricide at Hamoukar Syria

    09/24/2010 3:17:03 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 42 replies ^ | 09/23/2010 | owenjarus
    Five years ago an archaeological team broke news of a major find that forever changed our views about the history of the Middle East. Researchers from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and the Department of Antiquities in Syria, announced in a press release that they had found the “earliest evidence for large scale organized warfare in the Mesopotamian world.” They had discovered that a city in Syria, named Hamoukar, had been destroyed in a battle that took place ca. 3500 BC by a hostile force. Using slings and clay bullets these troops took over the city, burning...
  • Theater of the absurd

    09/17/2010 10:28:54 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 3 replies
    Ynet news ^ | Martin Sherman
    Obama, after the "pragmatic" Palestinians have repudiated any idea of "historic compromise," any recognition of Jewish national sovereignty: "…so far the talks are moving forward in a constructive way…" You couldn’t make this stuff up! In a different universe the recent events regarding the rekindling of the "peace process" could well be the stuff of a macabre comedy, couched and conveyed in deliberately overstated caricature. But sadly in this universe they portend tragedy.
  • Rome's Ancient Aqueduct Found

    09/17/2010 7:54:05 AM PDT · by wildbill · 37 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 9/17/10 | Dislcovery News Staff
    The long-sought source of the aqueduct that brought clean fresh water to ancient Rome lies beneath a pig pasture and a ruined chapel, according to a pair of British filmmakers who claim to have discovered the headwaters of Aqua Traiana, a 1,900-year-old aqueduct built by the Emperor Trajan in 109 A.D.
  • ‘Palestinianism’ no more than political construct, rather than legitimate national identity

    09/14/2010 8:41:10 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 23 replies
    Ynet news ^ | Moshe Dann
    Prime Minister Netanyahu has called upon Palestinian leaders to recognize the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination – "two states for two nations." But are Palestinian Arabs a nation, or a people? What is "Palestinian national identity" based on? Although taken for granted today, Palestinianism has neither a long, nor distinguished history, which may explain why the peace process between Israel and the Arabs has failed and will continue to fail. Palestinianism, inherently meant only one thing: the rejection of a Jewish state in any form. A few elite Arab intellectuals did talk about Palestinianism, but it was...
  • The Political Violence of the Bible and the Koran

    09/09/2010 8:40:32 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Bill Warner
    One of the most frequently used arguments in the defense of Islam is that the Bible is just as violent as the Koran. The logic goes like this. If the Koran is no more violent than the Bible, then why should we worry about Islam? This argument suggests that Islam is the same as Christianity and Judaism. This is false, but the analogy is very popular since it allows someone who knows nothing about the actual doctrine of Islam to talk about it. "See, Islam is like Christianity; Christians are just as violent as Muslims." If this is true, then...
  • Prayers needed for brand new Freeper Baby(DCBryan1 and JenBean update at #74

    09/06/2010 6:16:21 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 131 replies
    06 SEP10 | dcbryan1
    FRiends: My wife, Jenbean and I are announcing the birth of another Freeper baby (our first), Ethan, tommorrow morning. We would like for you guys to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Jenbean has gone 40+ weeks, and they will induce labor tommorrow morning (07 SEP 10). I've been painting and putting baby stuff together and reading "how to books". Ethan will soon be a life member of the NRA, a named co-trustee in our NFA of 1934 trust....for you banglist guys, and will get a screenname soon ;) times for us and Free Republic. Looking forward to...
  • Will Obama Use His UN Veto?

    09/02/2010 6:49:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | Steven J. Rosen
    Just before dawn on May 31, 2010, a team of Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish ship to enforce a blockade against the terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza. As they came aboard, the Israelis were assaulted by a violent faction of Islamic militants. A melee followed in which several of the commandos were seriously injured and nine of the Turkish militants were killed. The clash was over before the sun came up. It was still daylight when, 5,600 miles away, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations was summoned to appear before an emergency session of the Security Council to be...
  • Istanbul: Press Freedom Alla Turca

    09/01/2010 5:42:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    Standpoint Magazine ^ | CLAIRE BERLINSKI
    In May, a ship full of civilians -- but not full of humanitarian aid -- sailed from Turkey to join the Free Gaza flotilla. Having warned the Mavi Marmara that it would not be allowed to breach the blockade, Israeli commandos raided the ship. In the clash, nine Turks were killed. I've lived in Istanbul for five years and I've spoken to hundreds of Turks about these events. A Turkish documentary filmmaker and I have filmed some of these conversations. Something will immediately strike the viewer: the Turkish people have no idea what happened. This is because the most basic...
  • O, Palestine!

    09/01/2010 2:31:51 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Moshe Dann
    The notion of a Palestinian people and Palestinian identity, although taken for granted today, has neither a long nor a distinguished history. Understanding its origins and what it represents explains why the peace process between Israel and the Arabs has failed and will continue to fail. Inherent in Palestinianism, from its origins, is the rejection of a Jewish state in any form. That opposition is not negotiable and not open to compromise; it is essential. Palestinianism was never for anything; its raison d'?tre was to prevent the establishment of a Jewish state. That purpose has never changed. Concern for Palestine...