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  • Kiev Junta joining AQ?

    05/17/2014 10:06:27 AM PDT · by varmintman · 20 replies
    New Eastern Outlook ^ | Gordon Duff
    NATO believes they are setting up a base of operations against Russia in the Ukraine. Saudi Arabia is recruiting jihadists from across Europe, with 5000 to be in Ukraine, armed and trained both in Poland and Ukraine, in a month. However, command of this force falls, not to Kiev or even Langley but to the most extreme elements fighting in Syria and Iraq. NATO and now Saudi Arabia are establishing the Ukraine as a base of operations for Al Qaeda, AQIU (Al Qaeda In Ukraine). Many of those recruited are from veterans of the Syrian war, having survived the infighting...
  • Neanderthals may have been wiped out due to INTERBREEDING and not because of a lack of intelligence

    04/29/2014 6:49:50 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 111 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 April 2014 | JONATHAN O'CALLAGHAN
    They are often depicted as dim-witted evolutionary losers, but Neanderthals were not driven to extinction by their lack of brains, a new study suggests. Instead, it is more likely that they disappeared 40,000 years ago because of interbreeding and assimilation with our early modern human ancestors, scientists believe. An analysis of archaeological evidence dating back 200,000 years strips away some of the myths surrounding Neanderthals and reveals they were more advanced and sophisticated than has widely been thought. Why did Neanderthals go extinct? It's often thought their lack of intelligent ultimately led to their demise, but new research suggests it...
  • Neanderthals were ancient mariners

    03/02/2012 7:31:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 55 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 2-29-2012 | Michael Marshall
    IT LOOKS like Neanderthals may have beaten modern humans to the seas. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago - though not everyone is convinced they weren't just good swimmers. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could be explained in two ways: either the islands weren't islands at the time, or our distant cousins crossed the water somehow....
  • Whose Side is God On?

    04/05/2014 8:09:38 AM PDT · by varmintman · 100 replies
    "But the war to be waged with the West is not with rockets. It is a cultural, social, moral war where Russia's role, in Putin's words, is to "prevent movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state." Would that be the "chaotic darkness" and "primitive state" of mankind, before the Light came into the world? This writer was startled to read in the Jan-Feb. newsletter from the social conservative World Council of Families in Rockford, Ill., that, of the "ten best trends" in the world in 2013, number one was "Russia Emerges as Pro-Family...
  • Russia, Putin, Ukraine: Some Background

    03/18/2014 9:10:05 PM PDT · by varmintman · 288 replies
    I'm not the world's foremost expert on Russia... But I believe I know enough to at least try to clear up a few of the misconceptions I see on forums and have been listening to on talk radio for the past few weeks. A bit of Russian history for starters... Slavic farmers invited Vikings (Verangians) into what you'd now call Russia and set up the Kievan state which adopted Christianity around 988 AD so that the territory controlled by the city of Kiev was the dominant power in Russia prior to the Mongol invasion in 1236. In other words, they'd...
  • Ukraine: Who's doing the sniping?

    03/12/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by varmintman · 22 replies
    Apparently going viral tonight:
  • Hitler's Super Gauge Train

    03/08/2014 9:28:41 AM PST · by varmintman · 73 replies
    On the off chance you might encounter people who don't understand why George Soros and Monsanto might want the Ukraine.... The official title of the tsars was "Tsar of all the Russias", meaning primarily 'Great Russia' (Russia), 'White Russia' (Belorus), and 'Little Russia' (Ukraine). That is the heart of the Slavic Orthodox world and Ukraine is the breadbasket of that world. The Ukraine could feed everybody from the Volga to the Atlantic and that in fact was Hitler's plan; the idea was to build a super-gauge train to haul foodstuffs from Ukraine to Europe and, as I read it at...
  • Human origins on Jupiter's moon system? and Red Ice both deal in strange stuff. This may be the strangest thing you'll find on either or both of them any time soon. At least the Red Ice interview seems logically coherent. Definitely a different take on human origins...
  • Neanderthals' large eyes 'caused their demise'

    03/25/2013 10:21:41 AM PDT · by varmintman · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 March 2013 Last updated at 20:50 ET | By Pallab Ghosh
    Neanderthal skulls and brains were a bit larger than ours but they were not inventive like humans, and presumably not as bright. Their basic tool-kits and technology never changed from the first day they walked the Earth to the last. There has always been a question of what they were doing with the larger brains and new studies appear to shed some light on the question: ...Results imply that larger areas of the Neanderthal brain, compared to the modern human brain, were given over to vision and movement and this left less room for the higher level thinking...
  • Neanderthal: New Images of an Ancient Enemy

    03/18/2012 5:24:33 PM PDT · by varmintman · 147 replies
    Danny Venderamini's main site.Vendramini thesis on Youtube. All Neanderthal images here courtesy of This thing starts off with Danny Vendramini figuring out something which should have been figured out 100 years ago i.e.. that (other than for the larger brain area) a Neanderthal skull is a near perfect match for ape profiles and a very bad match for one of ours: That is consistent with what we know about Neanderthal DNA i.e. that it's no closer to ours than to an ape's. The funny thing is that Vendramini did not tell his artist to produce the world's scariest monster,...
  • Even parity error checking in DNA/RNA

    06/19/2011 7:49:38 AM PDT · by varmintman · 6 replies ^ | Keith McPherson "The purine–pyrimidine and hydrogen donor–acceptor patterns governing nucleotide recognition are shown to correspond formally to a digital error-detecting (parity) code, suggesting that factors other than physicochemical issues alone shaped the natural nucleotide alphabet." Implications of this one should be fairly obvious...
  • Neanderthal Bone Could Push Back Evolution of Complex Speech

    01/02/2014 8:44:12 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Archaeology mag`` ^ | January 02, 2014 | editors
    The near-complete skeleton of a 60,000 year-old adult male Neanderthal found in a cave in Israel contains a bone in the area of the throat whose shape and relation to other bones suggest it provided modern human's extinct relatives with the capability for complex speech. The Neanderthal's horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone has a similar appearance to that of modern humans. It is wider than in non-human primates, like chimpanzees, that cannot make human-like vocalizations. An international team of scientists created a computer model of the Neanderthal hyoid and showed that its positioning would have likely allowed the hominins to speak. Further,...
  • "Cave men"

    Interesting counter argument to the recent claims of human/hominid interbreeding from Max Planck: ...Cosmos in Collision includes a claim that there are two basic human groups on the planet, i.e. Cro Magnon descendants, and descendants of the familiar antediluvian people of the Bible including IndoEuropean, Semitic, and Hamitic groups. The difference has nothing to do with race or color since both groups are capable of producing any color or feature you'd ever see in humans. The difference was in the original cultures and technologies, the most major such difference being the question of stone tools. There was never any...
  • Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

    12/08/2013 4:52:03 PM PST · by DemforBush · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/8/13 | Adrian Lee
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn't honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians...
  • Second Solar System Like Ours Discovered

    11/27/2013 7:30:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Shannon Hall on
    KOI-351 is “the first system with a significant number of planets (not just two or three, where random fluctuations can play a role) that shows a clear hierarchy like the solar system — with small, probably rocky, planets in the interior and gas giants in the (exterior),” Dr. Juan Cabrera, of the Institute of Planetary Research at the German Aerospace Center, told Universe Today.
  • Modern Humans Were in China Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

    09/15/2013 6:27:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | editors
    Study suggests anatomically modern humans may have been in eastern Asia as much as 100,000 years ago... A team of six researchers from four institutions, using high-precision mass spectrometric U-series dating techniques, were able to determine a reliable and constrained date range of between 81 and 101 ka (thousand years) for seven human fossil teeth recovered from the Huanglong Cave in the Hubei Province of central China... Reports Guangun Shen, et al., "the existence of localized thin flowstone formations bracketing the hominin [ancient human] fossil-bearing deposits enables us to firmly constrain the human teeth into the range between 81 ka...
  • Handaxe design reveals distinct Neanderthal cultures

    08/19/2013 8:43:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | Monday, August 19, 2013 | Peter Franklin
    Dr Ruebens' investigations uncovered new evidence that two separate handaxe traditions or designs existed – one in a region now spanning south-western France and Britain – the other in Germany and further to the East. In addition, she found an area covering modern day Belgium and the Netherlands that demonstrates a transition between the two. She comments: "In Germany and France there appears to be two separate handaxe traditions, with clear boundaries, indicating completely separate, independent developments. "The transition zone in Belgium and Northern France indicates contact between the different groups of Neanderthals, which is generally difficult to identify but...
  • Two Basic Human Groups?

    Compared to other animals, humans have very little genetic diversity, e.g. People today look remarkably diverse on the outside. But how much of this diversity is genetically encoded? How deep are these differences between human groups? First, compared with many other mammalian species, humans are genetically far less diverse – a counterintuitive finding, given our large population and worldwide distribution. For example, the subspecies of the chimpanzee that lives just in central Africa, Pan troglodytes troglodytes, has higher levels of diversity than do humans globally, and the genetic differentiation between the western (P. t. verus) and central (P. t....
  • Bow and arrow forever changed ancient cultures

    08/19/2013 6:27:17 AM PDT · by Renfield · 29 replies
    Columbus Dispatch (OH) ^ | 8-4-2013 | Bradley T. Lepper
    The invention of the bow and arrow allowed users to shoot projectiles more rapidly and more accurately than with the traditional spear. A new theory argues that this innovation resulted in more than just a technological revolution. It also had profound social consequences wherever the bow was adopted. Stony Brook University biologists Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza developed the “social-coercion hypothesis” as an explanation for the rise of social complexity. They recently outlined their work in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology. According to this idea, the introduction of a more-effective weapon system gave social groups a safer, more-reliable way to coerce...