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  • New Fossils Hint 'Hobbit' Humans Are Older Than Thought

    06/08/2016 7:56:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 8, 2016 | Adam Hoffman
    For the past decade, a fossil human relative about the size of a toddler has loomed large in the story of our evolutionary history. This mysterious creature—found on the Indonesian island of Flores—has sparked a heated debate about its origins, including questions over its classification as a unique species. But now, a scattering of teeth and bone may at last unlock the mystery of the “hobbits,” also known as Homo floresiensis. The 700,000-year-old human remains are the first found outside Liang Bua cave, the site on Flores that yielded the original hobbit fossils. The much older samples show intriguing similarities...
  • Indonesian 'Hobbits' may have died out sooner than thought

    03/31/2016 2:58:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 30, 2016 | Griffith University
    An ancient species of pint-sized humans discovered in the tropics of Indonesia may have met their demise earlier than once believed, according to an international team of scientists who reinvestigated the original finding. Published in the journal Nature this week, the group challenges reports that these inhabitants of remote Flores island co-existed with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. They found that the youngest age for Homo floresiensis, dubbed the 'Hobbit', is around 50,000 years ago not between 13,000 and 11,000 years as initially claimed. Led by Indonesian scientists and involving researchers from Griffith University's Research Centre of...
  • Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us: study

    02/17/2016 9:02:35 PM PST · by Utilizer · 41 replies
    Phys.org, Science X network ^ | February 15, 2016 | Unknown
    Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate. Fossils of Homo floresiensis--dubbed "the hobbits" due to their tiny stature--were discovered on the island of Flores in 2003. Controversy has raged ever since as to whether they are an unknown branch of early humans or specimens of modern man deformed by disease. The new study, based on an analysis of the skull bones, shows once and for all that the pint-sized people were not Homo...
  • Ancient tools may shed light on the mysterious ‘hobbit’

    01/15/2016 7:21:04 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    Science Mag ^ | Jan. 13, 2016 | Elizabeth Culotta
    The "hobbit" had neighbors. Back in 2004, researchers announced the discovery of this tiny, ancient human, which apparently hunted dwarf elephants with stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 18,000 years ago. Its discoverers called the 1-meter-tall creature Homo floresiensis, but skeptics wondered whether it was just a stunted modern human. In the years since, researchers have debunked many of the "sick hobbit" hypotheses. Yet scientists have continued to wonder where the species came from. Now, an international team originally led by the hobbit discoverer reports stone tools, dated to 118,000 to 194,000 years ago, from another Indonesian island,...
  • McCain Sees Very Good and Very Bad Choices in GOP Field

    12/02/2015 11:55:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 2, 2015 | Emily Cadei
    John McCain was in a reflective, wisecracking mood Wednesday morning in Washington, but even in his most upbeat moments, he couldn’t find much kind to say about Senate colleague Ted Cruz. The GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee told reporters at a press breakfast that he wanted to “accentuate the positive” in the 2016 race. He tiptoed around real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s steely grip on the Republican presidential primary. When asked about the possibility of Trump becoming the party’s nominee, he emphasized that he’s a loyal Republican. McCain did point out that he had disagreements with Trump. But then, unbidden, he...
  • Unite or Die: The ‘Hobbits’ Plan to Take Over the GOP

    08/17/2015 5:04:03 PM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 08-17-15 | Dan Schultz
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • UNITE OR DIE: THE ‘HOBBITS’ PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE GOP

    08/12/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8-12-2015 | DANIEL J. SCHULTZ
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • The Debt Ceiling and the Renunciatory Quest

    11/13/2013 8:33:58 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 3 replies
    Ortho Opinions ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 | The_Reader_David
    Let's forgive Senator McCain for confounding Middle Earth with The Shire. The Senator's sudden insertion of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings into the debate over the U.S. national debt immediately evoked in me the reaction "Senator McCain is, evidently, casting himself as Saruman." Saruman and his minions are the only characters in the entire trilogy to sneer at hobbits, and Senator McCain's brand of bipartisanship so often seems to echo the fallen wizard: "But we must have power, power to order all things as we will, for that good which only the Wise can see." "And listen, Gandalf, my old...
  • The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought

    04/17/2013 10:34:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Date: 16 April 2013 Time: 07:01 PM ETThe hobbit, Homo floresiensis, lived on the island of Flores some 18,000 years ago, and now researchers have more evidence (its relatively large brain) the diminutive creature was a unique human species. The brain of the extinct "hobbit" was bigger than often thought, researchers say. These findings add to evidence that the hobbit was a unique species of humans after all, not a deformed modern human, scientists added. The 18,000-year-old fossils of the extinct type of human officially known as Homo...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal

    05/16/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year’s elections to disclose their donors. McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress’s leading champion of campaign finance reform, has kept a low profile on the issue in recent years. He raised the ire of many Republicans a decade ago for pushing comprehensive reform, and many Republicans still held it against him during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  • McCain to Romney critics: 'Lighten up!'

    03/11/2012 9:45:37 AM PDT · by bkopto · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2012 | Josh Fatzick
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday defended GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney from critics who mocked him for calling himself an "unofficial Southerner" at a campaign stop the previous day. "Now they’re attacking Romney for joking about learning to say “y’all”? According to the left, no one can have a sense of humor - lighten up!" In Mississippi, Romney told the crowd that his bodyguard, a Mississippi native, was turning him into an "unofficial Southerner." "I'm learning to say 'y'all' and I like grits, and strange things are happening to me!" the former Massachusetts governor added. Critics were quick to...
  • McCain: Hispanic vote 'up for grabs'

    12/04/2011 6:29:33 PM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 4, 2011 | Anne Flaherty
    Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the potentially powerful Hispanic vote in the upcoming presidential election remains "up for grabs" because neither President Barack Obama nor Republicans have convinced these voters that they are on their side. The one-time GOP presidential hopeful, whose own 2008 candidacy was shaped in part by immigration, said that large Hispanic populations in his home state of Arizona and elsewhere are listening carefully to what Republican candidates have to say on immigration and could become a "major factor" in 2012. "I think that the Republican Party has to discuss this issue in as humane way...
  • Fed up! McCain predicts rise of third political party

    11/08/2011 4:51:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-11-08 | Steve Holland & David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain predicted on Tuesday a third political party will emerge in response to Americans' economic frustrations and said it might as well be called "the Fed-Up Party." The Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008 raised the possibility of a third party about a year ago, but his comments on Tuesday suggest he has hardened his views as polls show Americans increasingly disillusioned with Washington politics. The 75-year-old McCain may now be the most prominent politician forecasting Americans will look to another party to compete with Democrats and Republicans. "Unless both parties change, then I think...
  • GOP Empire's Plan to Crush Tea Party Rebels

    10/13/2011 9:26:50 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 207 replies
    atlantic wire ^ | 10-12-11 | Elspeth Reeve
    Step 1: The first rule of the establishment is: Do not admit you are part of the establishment! Step 2: Disarm them with praise Step 3: Moderate whoever they pick as the 2012 nominee. Step 4: Teach them about compromise. Step 5: Never forget reality
  • McCain: Libya inspires people in China, Russia, Iran, Syria (Rubio is flanked by multiple RINOs)

    09/30/2011 4:17:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-09-30 | William Maclean
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday the fall of Muammar Gaddafi was inspiring people all over world, including citizens of Syria, Iran, China and Russia, but he twinned his praise with caution about Libya's many revolutionary armed groups, saying they had to be brought under control. Leading the first visit to Tripoli by members of the U.S. Congress since Gaddafi's fall last month, McCain added at a media conference that U.S. investors were eager to do business in the oil-exporting country but this would be difficult as long as fighting continued. Many residents of the capital...
  • The Battle For Middle Earth

    09/12/2011 4:17:08 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 34 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 9/12/11 | jim funkhouser
    Evidently John McCain couldn’t stay awake for the entire movie. If he had he would have discovered that the real heros in the battle for Middle Earth were not the kings, or queens, or any other establishment type. The real heros were the lowly hobbits of the shire, led by Frodo, a reluctant but lion-hearted and trustworthy warrior-poet who was capable of denying himself the corrupting influence of the ring of power. John McCain, you are no Frodo.
  • (Vanity) McCain on The Tea Party: More Right Than He Knew

    08/23/2011 8:05:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    The ringless paws of the typing tabby ^ | 8-23-2011 | grey_whiskers
    Several weeks ago, during the fight over the debt ceiling (remember THAT?), John McCain (Mummy-AZ) gave a speech from the floor of the Senate, during which he ripped into conservatives, calling them "Tea Party Hobbits" and claimed that their refusal to back the GOP plan for the budget would help re-elect Barack Abyss Obama (Joker--Chicago). Conservatives rightly took offense at this remark, seeing that it was intended to be both insulting and dismissive: by comparing the Tea Partiers to hobbits, he was essentially calling them inconsequential, and hoping to imply that they were overestimating themselves. But, like many elitists, especially...
  • McCain Explains ‘Hobbit’ Dig (McCain unrepentant for attacks on conservatives)

    08/21/2011 12:22:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2011-08-21 | Melanie Starkey
    Sen. John McCain was put on the defensive Sunday for comparing some of his GOP colleagues to hobbits during the debt ceiling debate. The Arizona Republican had taken to the Senate floor in July to admonish conservatives for “unrealistic” expectations and quoted a Wall Street Journal editorial that compared them to the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” “What I was talking about, quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial, was that there was a segment of the Republicans in the Senate — Republican Senators — that said we cannot raise the debt limit until we pass...
  • FREEP McCAIN: McCain Town Halls - Mon. Aug. 22 (Prescott, Ariz.), Tue. Aug. 23 (Goodyear, Ariz.)

    08/20/2011 6:59:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    The Arizona Republic / The Daily Courier, Prescott, Ariz. | 2011-08-19
    Sen. John McCain to hold town hall Tuesday in Goodyear Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3 pm Goodyear Justice Center 185 North 145th Avenue, Goodyear, Ariz. McCain town hall here Monday Monday, August 22, 2011 Noon First Congregational Church 216 East Gurley Street, Prescott, Ariz.