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  • Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

    01/22/2019 7:36:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.defenseone.com ^ | January 20, 2019 | By Patrick Tucker
    Hundreds of vets have tried out an experimental new treatment that could change how the world addresses mental disorders. Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble concentrating, remembering, and was given to explosive bursts of anger. “If somebody cut me off driving, I was ready to kill ’em at the drop of a hat,” he said. And...
  • Wealthy prostitutes who ruled the French capital from their beds pose in notorious 19th Century [tr]

    01/22/2019 6:55:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2019 | Julian Robinson
    From a courtesan famed for her wealth to a mistress of a future King of England, these are the women who ruled Paris from their bed. Photos show prostitutes who featured in 'The Pretty Women of Paris' - the nineteenth century directory for the French capital's best courtesans and brothels. Published in 1883 and limited to 169 copies, the notorious guide listed the names of the city's most famous scarlet women - along with their addresses, qualities and faults. The handbook - which was aimed at visiting English gentlemen in Paris - meticulously described the sexual specialities and background of...
  • Piers Morgan blasts campaigner who says WWII bombers committed a 'war crime' in fiery [tr]

    01/22/2019 6:47:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2019 | Martin Robinson
    A controversial academic today risked to wrath of Britain's veterans and their families after calling the RAF airmen who bombed Nazi Germany war criminals. Dr Kehinde Andrews, a professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, said the decision to build tributes like the Bomber Command Memorial desecrated with white paint yesterday was like 'justifying terrorism'. He said: ‘We are talking about a war crime. I think it is a tragedy they died, but we don’t need a statue.’ His extraordinary statements came on ITV's Good Morning Britain today where host Piers Morgan asked him: 'Why do you see everything...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    01/22/2019 5:21:49 AM PST · by cowpoke · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/22/2019 | myself
    I'm craving some Mel Tillis this morning, so here is his 1980 recording of Steppin' Out. Tillis fans might also enjoy my Mel Tillis - A Tribute - Nine Tunes which I made upon his passing in 2017. 9 of my favorites which span his entire career.
  • Harper’s Weekly – January 22, 1859

    01/22/2019 5:00:50 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
    Harper's Weekly archives ^ | January 22, 1859
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  • Bulgaria's Largest Thracian Mound Proves to Be Tower Tomb [tr]

    01/22/2019 12:42:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | January 16, 2019 | Ivan Dikov
    The massive 3rd century AD Antiquity building exposed in July 2018 underneath the Maltepe Mound, Bulgaria's largest Ancient Thracian burial mound ever, has turned out to be a tower tomb like the ones in ancient Middle East cities such as Petra and Palmyra, and could contain the remains of Roman Emperor Philip I the Arab (r. 244 - 249 AD)... In 2018, archaeologists began excavating the huge Ancient Thracian burial mound from the top down, and at first exposed only the roof of the building found underneath, which they said was of a square building, nearly 7 meters wide and...
  • Seagrass Safeguards Human History

    01/22/2019 12:23:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | January 7, 2019 | Gemma Conroy
    Ancient weapons, prehistoric fishing tools, and textiles are just some of the items scientists have discovered buried beneath the protective cover of seagrass, says Oscar Serrano, a marine ecologist at Edith Cowan University in Australia. Until now, Serrano says, no one has investigated the cultural value of seagrass meadows, which "play an important role in revealing clues about the human past." ...To highlight the link between seagrass and archaeological preservation, Serrano and his colleagues compiled evidence from the literature and from consultations with archaeologists in Denmark, Australia, the United States, and around the Mediterranean. The team's investigation revealed a clear...
  • Fossil shark named after 80s video game

    01/21/2019 10:29:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/21/2019 | Staff
    A newly discovered species of ancient shark has been named after a 1980s arcade game. The shark swam in the rivers of what is now South Dakota, US, about 67 million years ago, living alongside iconic dinosaur species such as T. rex. It's been named Galagadon, after the 1981 Japanese-US game Galaga, because its teeth resemble the spaceships in the game. The specimen is described in the Journal of Paleontology. "It may seem odd today, but about 67 million years ago, what is now South Dakota was covered in forests, swamps and winding rivers," said co-author Terry Gates, from North...
  • Antony and Cleopatra's long lost tomb 'FOUND and is set to be uncovered'

    01/21/2019 8:23:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated15:40, 21 JAN 2019 | ByBradley Jolly
    Archaeologists in Egypt have identified an area in Taposiris Magna, around 18 miles from Alexandria, where they believe Mark Antony and Cleopatra (VII)'s bodies are. ================================================================= The long-lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra will be "uncovered soon," historians in Egypt say. Archaeologists believe they have identified the hidden location of the crypt in which they say the leaders are buried together. "The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered. "The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30km (18 miles) away from Alexandria," Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said. The...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    01/21/2019 6:24:55 AM PST · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 1/21/2019 | myself
    Its Swingin' Monday and we have another visit from Luke Wills' Rhythm Busters and their 1948 recording of The Fly In My Ointment. THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/
  • Some things that need to be changed for America to be the “Land of the Free” again.

    01/21/2019 3:47:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 12 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 21JAN19 | editorial staff
    There are many things that a person can do to improve themselves. In my case, I could lose some weight, and eat better. I could be kinder to people, and stop reading the news so much. I could spend more time with friends and family, and I could spend more time in nature. I think that if I did those things, I would be a better person. It’s not just me. I look around the world and see all kinds of things that could be improved with a modest amount of effort. The key here is the word “modest”. For...
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Custer and His Last Stand – Little Big Horn

    01/21/2019 12:17:14 AM PST · by vannrox · 76 replies
    War History Online ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Greg Jackson
    In most cases, movies based on real incidents tend to make those events more exciting. Not so in the case of Custer’s Last Stand. Of course, moviegoers wouldn’t likely want to see all of the scalping, animal killing, decapitation and other grim horrors of this battle. There would not be enough time in these movies to allow for the minor but still intriguing facts surrounding Little Big Horn. These facts and/or believed stories are well worth to read! 1. Custer Ordered Horses Killed to Build a Defensive Wall The Cavalry, armed with single shot carbines was no match against Native...
  • France seizes Corsica's Lava Treasure coins

    01/20/2019 8:07:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    TANN (The Archaeology News Network) ^ | December 14, 2010 | Richard Giedroyc | Source: Numismaster
    France recently seized an unannounced number of third century A.D. Roman gold coins as well as an ancient gold plate allegedly with a pedigree linking the material to the Lava Treasure... first encountered about 25 years ago when three Corsicans diving for sea urchins spotted gold in the shallow waters there... the official French national police statement released Oct. 27 in which it says, "This submerged treasure, identified as a maritime cultural asset, belongs to the state." ...As Ancient Coin Collectors Guild spokesman Wayne G. Sayles commented in the October 2010 issue of The Celator magazine, "[coins are] utilitarian objects...
  • Where Did Those 93 People Go?

    01/20/2019 12:35:23 PM PST · by FrogMom · 46 replies
    Self ^ | 1-20-2019 | FrogMom
    What the hell!? This alarms hell out of me. I remember reading about the 93 total people, only 8 or 9 of which were actual Congress Critters. They mentioned Pelosi's family included on the plane. The "Source URL" link above is to a Free Republic thread on the topic. That thread provides a CNN link. The FR thread was posted at 5:24 PM on 01/18/2019 (is it safe to assume PST?). The linked CNN article was "Updated 7:02 PM ET, Fri January 18, 2019". That would have been 4:02 PM PT. So, today I'm in a discussion about this in...
  • QUEEN DYING, REGENCY FORMED

    01/20/2019 8:45:37 AM PST · by NRx · 82 replies
    New York Tribune ^ | Sunday January 21, 1901 | Staff
    Dispatches from Cowes, Isle of Wight, at an early hour this morning give unfavorable news from the Queen's bedside. The Queen is said to have been stricken with paralysis last night, and to be lying at death's door. A practical Regency is reported to have been created, the Prince of Wales receiving power to transact state business. Nearly all the members of the Royal Family were gathered at Osborne
  • 50,000 year old tiara made of woolly mammoth ivory found in world famous Denisova Cave

    01/20/2019 5:53:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 73 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | Wednesday, December 12 2018 | reporter
    ...and it was worn by a man! The suspicion is that the tiara - or diadem - was made by Denisovans who are already known to have had the technology 50,000 or so years ago to make elegant needles out of ivory and a sophisticated and beautiful stone bracelet. The tiara maybe the oldest of its type in the world. It appears to have had a practical use: to keep hair out of the eyes; it's size indicates it was for male, not female, use. Another theory, although related to tiaras made 20,000 years later by people living around river...
  • Historical Events You Most Want To Go Back and See

    01/20/2019 5:25:20 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 116 replies
    Ranker ^ | no date given | Genevieve Carlton
    Every history buff has considered the historical events they would want to witness—from the construction of the pyramids to the moon landing, the historical milestones on this list would have been amazing to see firsthand. And don't forget, woolly mammoths were still alive when the pyramids were built, though you probably wouldn't spot one in Egypt.
  • Netflix Is Rebooting Unsolved Mysteries, the OG True Crime Show

    01/20/2019 12:26:32 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    TV Guide ^ | January 18, 2019 | Liam Mathews
    The mystery of whether or not there will be an Unsolved Mysteries reboot has been solved: Netflix is bringing back the cult classic investigation show. Deadline first reported the news. The 12-episode reboot will keep the original series' format of interviews and reenactments to investigate true crime and paranormal cases, updated for the streaming era. Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy will produce Unsolved Mysteries for his company 21 Laps, alongside the show's creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Over 500 episodes of Unsolved Mysteries have been produced for various networks. The show's original and longest run was from...
  • Seals and Crofts: Remembering a musical plea for life

    01/19/2019 10:30:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2019 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, March 16, 1975. | Warner Brothers Records/Public DomainThis month marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion-on-demand the law of the land. It also marks the 45th anniversary of what is arguably the most courageous act in pop culture history.In the early 1970s, the Texas-born duo of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts was at the peak of their popularity. After spending a few years in a band with Glen Campbell, among others, they began to perform under the name “Seals and Croft.”It took a few years, but eventually they hit it big....
  • A Mysterious Cluster of Neatly Decapitated Skeletons Have Been Unearthed in England

    01/19/2019 3:07:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Science Alert ^ | January 8, 2019 | Michelle Starr
    An archaeological dig in Suffolk, England has yielded up a Roman-era cemetery treasure: 52 beautifully preserved skeletons dating back to the 4th century. And of those skeletons, many had been decapitated, their disembodied heads placed neatly at their sides or feet for burial, or buried without bodies altogether. Only 17 skeletons had been buried normally... It's known that Great Whelnetham was a Roman settlement, starting around the mid- to late- first century CE, and occupied for nearly 2,000 years; but, because the ground is fine sand, it was expected that any skeletons would have long disintegrated. So when the team...