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  • 30,000-Year-Old Relics Reveal Pre-Historic Civilization Along Qinghai-Tibet Railway

    06/24/2006 2:47:34 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 833+ views
    30,000-year-old Relics Reveal Pre-historic Civilization along Qinghai-Tibet Railway 2006-06-24 13:59:42 Xinhua Chinese archaeologists claim that relics unearthed in the areas along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway proved that human beings lived there at least 30,000 years ago. Archaeologists with the Qinghai Provincial Archaeological Institute said they collected large number of chipped stone tools including knives and pointed implements dating back 30,000 years in the Tuotuo River valley, Hoh Xil, a habitat for Tibetan antelopes, and Qaidam Basin, where the railway runs through, during recent excavations. More than 30 stone implements were also discovered at the site of Sancha River bridge on the...
  • Japanese Researchers Discover Remains Of What Appears To Be 4,800-Year-Old Temple In Peru

    06/20/2006 3:13:48 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 718+ views
    Asahi ^ | 6-20-2006 | Asahi Shimbun
    Japanese researchers discover remains of what appears to be 4,800-year-old temple in Peru 06/20/2006 The Asahi Shimbun CHANCAY, Peru--Japanese researchers said they have discovered--with the unintended help of looters--what appears to be a temple ruins at least 4,800 years old that could be one of the oldest in the Americas. The temple is believed to have been built before or around 2600 BC when Peru's oldest known city, Caral, was created, the researchers said. The ruins were found in the ruins of Shicras located in the Chancay Valley about 100 kilometers north of Lima. The team started full-scale excavation work...
  • 11,000-Year-Old Grain Shakes Up Beliefs On Beginnings Of Agriculture

    06/19/2006 1:04:07 PM PDT · by blam · 90 replies · 2,127+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-18-2006 | Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    Jun. 18, 2006 0:24 | Updated Jun. 18, 2006 10:4511,000-year-old grain shakes up beliefs on beginnings of agriculture By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Bar-Ilan University researchers have found a cache of 120,000 wild oat and 260,000 wild barley grains at the Gilgal archaeological site near Jericho that date back 11,000 years - providing evidence of cultivation during the Neolithic Period. The research, performed by Drs. Ehud Weiss and Anat Hartmann of BIU's department of Land of Israel studies and Prof. Mordechai Kislev of the faculty of life sciences, appears in the June 16 edition of the prestigious journal Science. It is the...
  • 2006 Decisive Year for Iraq

    05/30/2006 4:32:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 167+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, May 29, 2006 — The ratification of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s cabinet ministers is another sign of progress toward unity, security and prosperity in Iraq. This past week, I met with delegations from two of the 29 nations that comprise Multinational Force-Iraq to discuss future support to Iraq’s democratic government. The El Salvadoran Minister of Defense Gen. Otto Alejandro Romero, accompanied by several Salvadoran Congressmen, reviewed the contributions of their battalion and discussed progress with Iraqi and coalition leaders. In the same week Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen inspected the Danish contingent and met al-Maliki and senior officials...
  • Climate Change May Be Key To 10,000-Year-Old Mystery...Disappearance Of Ancient People

    05/16/2006 11:41:02 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 1,020+ views
    Newswire ^ | 5-16-2006
    Climate change may be key to 10,000-year-old mystery - University of Alberta leads investigation into disappearance of ancient people OTTAWA, May 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced an investment of $2.5 million in a research project that will investigate the link between climate change, human genetics and the disappearance of an entire culture from the Boreal forest region of Siberia between 7,000 and 6,000 BC. With the help of DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and climate modeling, University of Alberta professor Andrzej Weber will lead an international team of scholars in...
  • Company spent past year helping install lines throughout Iraq (Troop Home Coming!)

    05/12/2006 7:27:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 374+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers of the 69th Signal Company returned home after nearly a year in Iraq where they put in a number of communication infrastructures. The 142 men and women of the unit — most of whom are cable dogs, individuals who install communication lines — stepped off the charter aircraft at 8 p.m. Thursday, concluding a trip from Kuwait to Arizona. Waiting for the ramp to be put up to the plane, soldiers of the 11th Signal Brigade, to which the 69th belongs, were as anxious to see their fellow soldiers get off the commercial airliner as probably...
  • Blair: I'll Quit Next Year - Trust Me

    05/08/2006 9:03:48 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 256+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-9-2006 | George Jones - Brendan Carlin
    Blair: I'll quit next year - trust me By George Jones, Political Editor and Brendan Carlin (Filed: 09/05/2006) Tony Blair abandoned his election promise to serve a full third term last night, indicating that he could stand down next summer. Although he refused to set a timetable for his departure, saying that it would paralyse government, he anointed Gordon Brown as his successor and promised to give him sufficient time to establish himself before the next election. Tony Blair was in no mood for compromise yesterday As the Labour Party stood on the brink of civil war over the timing...
  • N.J. Scraps 2nd Slogan in Less Than Year

    05/07/2006 12:02:59 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 128 replies · 2,154+ views ^ | 5 6 06 | associated press
    TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey: We're Not So Good With Slogans. The state has jettisoned "Come See For Yourself," its second attempt at a tagline in less than a year. It was the product of a statewide contest set up by then-acting Gov. Richard J. Codey last fall, after he rejected a consultant's offering: "We'll Win You Over." State tourism officials said legal issues led them to scrap the latest slogan, explaining that West Virginia and other states previously used "Come See For Yourself." "We are proceeding without the slogan. We will revisit the next steps at the end of...
  • 84-Year-Old Widow Hits $10 Million Jackpot

    04/20/2006 9:20:20 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 711+ views ^ | 4 19 06 | JOHN CURRAN
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (April 19) - For 84-year-old Josephine Crawford, the golden years just got a lot more golden. After a night playing the slot machines, the retired waitress widow was about to call it quits Tuesday when she hit a $10 million jackpot - the biggest in the history of casino gambling in Atlantic City. Crawford, who gambles here twice a week and has been going to the casinos since the first one opened in 1978, had never won more than $1,000 before she came into the big money at the nickel slots at Harrah's Atlantic City. The widow...
  • Archaeologists Unearth 9,000-Year-Old Settlement In Seydiþehir (Turkey)

    03/16/2006 2:05:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,707+ views
    Archaeologists unearth 9,000-year-old settlement in Seydiþedir Thursday, March 16, 2006 As a result of four years of painstaking excavation, a settlement dating back 9,000 years was discovered in central Anatolia. The tumulus is unique for the region as it is surrounded by walls ANKARA - Turkish Daily News A settlement dating back 9,000 years was discovered during archaeological excavations in Seydiþehir, a district of the central Anatolian province of Konya. Following a visit to Gökhüyük, where the settlement was unearthed, Konya's Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdüssettar Yarar told the Anatolia news agency that excavations have been conducted for the...
  • Harrisburg, Penn. native experiences year in Iraq

    03/02/2006 5:08:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 245+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Mar. 2, 2006) -- In late February 2005, a 26-year-old Harrisburg, Penn. native deployed to the western part of the Al Anbar province, Iraq with Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division. One year later, he returned to the U.S. forever changed. Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller, a combat photographer with RCT-2, recently came home after a year deployed to Iraq, where he had been supporting Marines and Iraqi Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Keller’s job in Iraq consisted of documenting the security and stabilization operations the RCT conducted for historical, training and intelligence purposes....
  • Qasr'e Shirin's 6,000-Year-Old Mystery

    02/26/2006 3:45:38 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 633+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 2-26-2006
    Qasr'e Shirin's 6,000-Year-Old Mystery Feb 26, 2006 Discovery of some clay relics from Obeid Site (an ancient site in Mesopotamia and current Iraq belonging to the 4th Millennium BC) in the city of Qasr'e Shirin has laid the origin and destination of this city’s migrants about 6,000 years ago under ambiguity. Archeologists want to know whether these migrants came to this region from Mesopotamia or they were traveling among different regions of Zagros Mountains. "Continuation of the surveys and identifications in this city led to the discovery of 75 ancient sites most of which belong to the Obeid Site," said...
  • 8,000-Year-Old Drill To Make Fire Found In Zhejiang (China)

    02/21/2006 11:57:59 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 913+ views
    8,000-year-old drill to make fire found in Zhejiang 2006-02-21 17:54:57 BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists said that parts of an instrument to make fire, dating back to 8,000 years ago, have been found in east China's Zhejiang Province. The relics, made of bones and wood, were discovered at the Kuahuqiao Relics Site in Xiaoshan, Zhejiang Province, according to Qianjiang Evening News. Liu Zhiqing, a retired professor from Zhejiang University, was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the relics were part of an instrument to drill wood to get fire. Some relics in strange shapes were unearthed...
  • Ancient Find (30K Year-Old Village, Australia)

    02/01/2006 10:48:50 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 604+ views
    The Standard ^ | 2-1-2006 | Liz McKinnon
    ANCIENT FIND By LIZ McKINNON February 1, 2006 Damein Bell stands in the remains of an ancient stone house uncovered by a bushfire at Tyrendarra. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT THE bushfire at Tyrendarra last month has unearthed some of the biggest Aboriginal stone houses ever seen in Gunditjmara land. Undocumented sites have been uncovered including a village thought to be 30,000 years old. The Winda-Mara Aboriginal Co-operative made the discovery yesterday during an analysis of its Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area. On January 22 fire burnt 240 hectares, blackening 90 per cent of the property's rocky outcrop on the Mt Eccles lava...
  • 7000 Year-Old Sacrificial Altar Found In Hunan

    01/29/2006 2:23:12 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,002+ views
    7000 year-old sacrificial altar found in Hunan 2006-01-29 11:23:54 BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A sacrificial altar, dating back about 7,000 years, has been discovered in central China's Hunan Province, according to Chinese archaeologists. The altar is the earliest sacrificial site so far found in China, said He Gang, a researcher with the Hunan Institute of Archaeology. "Ancients prayed to the gods of nature, such as the gods of the earth, river and heaven," said He at a archaeological forum held by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently in Beijing. Archaeologists have found China's oldest white pottery specimens...
  • International Coalition Strong Heading into Fifth Year

    01/28/2006 11:31:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2006 – Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the coalition, which is headquartered at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Today, CENTCOM officials said, 63 nations are supporting the global war on terror. Since the coalition's inception, 27 nations have deployed more than 22,000 troops to Iraq. In Afghanistan, coalition nations have deployed more than 3,000 troops hailing from 42 nations. These figures exclude U.S. forces....
  • Oregon State University Archaeologists Uncover 10,000 Year Old Coastal Site (Bandon, Oregon)

    01/27/2006 1:05:10 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 608+ views
    Apple Gate ^ | 1-26-2006 | Mark Floyd
    7:27 am PT, Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 Using New Methods, Oregon State University Archaeologists Uncover 10,000-Year-Old Coastal Site By Mark Floyd, 541-737-0788/OSU CORVALLIS, Oregon - Researchers from Oregon State University have analyzed a second archaeological site on the southern Oregon coast that appears to be about 10,000 years old, and they are hopeful that their newly fine-tuned methodology will lead to the discovery of more and older sites. Results of their study were just published in the journal Radiocarbon. The site, located on a bluff just south of Bandon, Ore., included a large number of stone flakes, charcoal pieces and...
  • A Year of Opportunities

    01/26/2006 5:16:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2006 — Iraq is a nation overcoming the fear of terror that gripped them for decades under Saddam's dictatorship and challenges their ability to become a free and democratic people today. Through indiscriminate acts of violence terrorists attempt to cause fear and doubt in the minds of Iraqis and the world on what otherwise is a bright future. Much has been accomplished in the past 18 months that should allow Iraqis to confront their fears-and give hope for the future: Iraq established an interim government, mobilized Iraqi Security Forces, increased the pace of economic development, created...
  • AIDS activist charged with sex crimes (on 13-year-old boy)

    01/10/2006 3:52:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1,985+ views
    AIDS activist charged with sex crimes Tuesday, January 10, 2006 The Associated Press BURLINGTON An AIDS activist was one of two people accused of sex crimes against a 13-year-old boy last year over several weeks. Ricky Odell Yow, 42, of Elon, was charged with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, three counts each of a first-degree sex offense with a child, using a minor to assist in an obscenity, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, crimes against nature, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was in jail Tuesday under $1.5 million...
  • Broken Ice Dam Blamed For 300-Year Chill

    01/10/2006 2:47:01 PM PST · by blam · 95 replies · 2,573+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-10-2006 | Kurt Kleiner
    Broken ice dam blamed for 300-year chill 14:21 10 January 2006 news service Kurt Kleiner A three-century-long cold spell that chilled Europe 8200 years ago was probably caused by the bursting of a Canadian ice dam, which released a colossal flood of glacial meltwater into the Atlantic Ocean. Two new papers, using different computer models, show that the massive freshwater flood accounts for evidence of the sudden climate change, which cooled Greenland by an average of 7.4°C, and Europe by about 1°C. It was the most abrupt and widespread cool spell in the last 10,000 years. Evidence for the...
  • Ninety-Nine-Year-Old Inmate Will Be Paroled(Utah child molester)

    01/10/2006 2:08:33 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,700+ views ^ | 1 10 06 | associated press
    SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 10) - Utah's oldest inmate, 99-year-old Bert Jackson, will be paroled and serve the rest of his sentence on home confinement. Jackson has served three years of a sentence of one to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing at least two children. "I don't want you to die in prison," state Board of Pardons and Parole member Keith Hamilton told Jackson during a Jan. 3 parole hearing. The Board of Pardons decided Thursday that Jackson will be paroled Feb. 7 to live with his son and daughter-in-law. The parole hearing lasted longer than usual because...
  • The John Kerry New Year's Wish...

    01/06/2006 9:07:07 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 37 replies · 904+ views ^ | January 6, 2006 | Seadog Bytes
    ...That it's not as bad as 2005...!!! Why YES... That *IS* 'Village-Idiot' font... So nice of you to NOTICE...!!!
  • Coast Guard team commissioned last year tells about disaster relief

    01/05/2006 8:04:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 697+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Dorian Gardner
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (Jan. 6, 2006) -- Sixteen members of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 deployed to New Orleans to assist in provide assistance and security in recovery missions from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 While very few depot Marines see opportunities to deploy, Coast Guard security teams were called upon to assist in searches for survivors of the hurricane. This past year, the 175 mile-per-hour winds of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. A storm surge broke through the levee system that protected the city from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, resulting in...
  • Bush: New Year to Build on 2005 Progress in Terror War

    01/04/2006 5:23:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2006 – The new year will build on 2005's progress in the war on terror, President Bush said at the Pentagon today after meeting with his national defense team and top military leaders overseeing operations in Iraq. During today's Pentagon meeting, the president met with Vice President Dick Cheney; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and three top Army generals supporting the war on terrorism: Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command; Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq; and Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey,...
  • Iraqi Elections Part of 'Monumental' Year

    01/04/2006 5:00:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 265+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 4, 2006 — The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. Last year was a monumental year. The year began with the successful election of a transitional government, the Iraqi people wrote and ratified a constitution and recently held another successful election. Along the way, more than 15 million Iraqis registered to vote and an increasing number voted in each event, due in part to an increasingly secure environment. A key to the improved security environment was the growth and capability of Iraqi police and army...
  • New year, new MREs

    01/04/2006 4:11:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 62 replies · 1,259+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Lance Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks
    U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii (01-03-2006) -- If you are tired of trying to make Meal-Ready-to-Eat menus more palatable, then your search may be over. The field rations have progressed a long way from the C-rats of the past, and they continue to change even to this day. Four of the current 24 MREs have been removed and are being replaced by new and improved menus, according to the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, located in Natick, Mass. Usually the ASSC only replaces two MREs a year, but this year they wanted to give the...
  • Afghanistan: year in review

    01/03/2006 3:29:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 226+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Jess Harvey
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Jan. 3, 2006) – One year can change the face of a nation. Afghanistan made significant advancements in 2005 toward autonomy and security. The changes started in the first few days of the new year. January The Ghazni Province held a women’s shura, or council, with the help of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team. The shura proposed to give the women of Ghazni more of a voice in government and was supported by the governor of Ghazni, Asadullah Khalid. February Afghanistan’s 120 cadets took their place in history when they reported for duty at the...
  • Disasters: Searching For Lessons From A Bad Year

    01/03/2006 3:18:10 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 1-3-2006 | John Bohannon
    Disasters: Searching for Lessons From a Bad Year John Bohannon No doubt about it, the 12 months since the last Breakthrough of the Year issue have been an annus horribilis. Three major natural disasters--the 2004 "Christmas tsunami" in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Pakistan earthquake--left nearly 300,000 dead and millions homeless. In Pakistan, the disaster is still unfolding as winter engulfs the devastated communities. Insurance companies classify such events as "acts of God": misfortunes for which no one is at fault. But in their aftermath, many scientists are pointing out that natural disasters...
  • President Rings in New Year Visiting Wounded Troops

    01/02/2006 9:50:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 470+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 1, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2006 – President Bush visited Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, today to wish wounded troops undergoing treatment there a happy new year, thank them for their sacrifice, and present nine Purple Heart Medals. "I can't think of a better way to start 2006 than here at this fantastic hospital," Bush told reporters during a stop at the San Antonio post, where he met with 51 soldiers and Marines, most of them injured in Iraq. "This hospital is full of healers and compassionate people who care deeply about our men and women in uniform,"...
  • Dick Clark Returns to Television to Mark Another New Year

    12/31/2005 9:15:55 PM PST · by beyond the sea · 115 replies · 4,180+ views ^ | 12/31/05 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK -- There was more to celebrate than the ball dropping in Times Square for Dick Clark _ the personality who's been ringing in the New Year for decades made his first television appearance since a stroke in late 2004. Clark, sitting behind a desk with the street scene in the background, sounded hoarse and occasionally was hard to understand, but he said, "I wouldn't have missed this for the world." "Last year I had a stroke," he explained. "It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It's been a...
  • democratic response to the President's New Year's address:

    12/31/2005 1:42:36 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 10 replies · 445+ views
    me ^ | 12/21/2005 | Rakkasan1
    'tax cuts for the rich'... blah,blah Iraq quagmire,blah,blah, worst economy since Hoover. blah,blah, hurting the middle class, blah, medicaire cuts,,blah, education cuts ,blah,blah cut cuts, blah,blah no exit strategy, blah,blah, endangered caribou blah, Halliburton, gas prices,evil corporations, blah,blah, middle class,blah,blah,poor, heating costs, energy assistance programs cuts poor, blah,blah, cuts,cuts, blah, spying on middle class Americans, blah, leaks, blah,blah, middle class, liveable wage, blah,blah, Bush's fault. the end.
  • Ancients Rang In New Year With Dance, Beer

    12/31/2005 11:28:56 AM PST · by blam · 92 replies · 1,432+ views
    Discovery ^ | 12-30-2005 | Jennifer Viegas
    Ancients Rang In New Year with Dance, Beer By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Dec. 30, 2005 — Many ancient Egyptians marked the first month of the New Year by singing, dancing and drinking red beer until they passed out, according to archaeologists who have unearthed new evidence of a ritual known as the Festival of Drunkenness. During ongoing excavations at a temple precinct in Luxor that is dedicated to the goddess Mut, the archaeologists recently found a sandstone column drum dating to 1470-1460 B.C. with writing that mentions the festival. The discovery suggests how some Egyptians over 3,000 years ago...
  • NC gasoline tax slated to rise on New Year's Day (RATS mixed on special session to kill it)

    12/31/2005 8:11:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 872+ views
    Franklin Press ^ | 12/30/05
    Gasoline tax slated to rise on New Year's Day Lawmakers scramble to freeze nearly 3-cents hike From staff reports Macon County motorists are bracing for a state gasoline tax hike that will greet them at the pump on New Year's Day. On Sunday, the state tax on gasoline will jump by nearly 3 cents to a total of 29.9 cents per gallon. The increase will boost the tax to its highest level in state history. And North Carolina's gas tax will become the highest per gallon in the Southeast and the sixth highest in the U.S. The automatic tax also...
  • One year after Operation Al Fajr, Fallujah continues to rebuild

    12/28/2005 9:50:50 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 1,332+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 27, 2005 | Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 27, 2005) -- A little more than one year ago, the Iraqi people faced a fierce insurgency in Fallujah, and the Marines were called in to correct it. The battle which caused its population to be displaced also caused damage to the city’s infrastructure. Now, Marines and coalition forces assist in rebuilding the city. Before the fight to clear the insurgent stronghold, Fallujah had a population of about 300,000 people, according to John K. Weston, U.S. State Department spokesman. By the time the attack was launched, the vast majority of the population left the area. After...
  • Germany To Reopen 6,800-Year-Old Mystery Circle

    12/21/2005 11:02:02 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,563+ views
    Expatica ^ | 12-20-2005
    Germany to reopen 6,800-year-old mystery circle 20 December 2005 BERLIN - At the winter solstice this week, Germany is to open a replica of a mysterious wooden circle that is believed to be a temple of the sun built by a lost culture 6,800 years ago. The circle of posts, in a flat river plain at Goseck south of Berlin, has mystified scientists since its discovery in 1991 by an archaeologist studying the landscape from the air. An excavation found post holes and what may be the remains of ritual fires. Goseck has been dubbed the German Stonehenge, though it...
  • Man leaves children in cold car for six hours(father of the year alert)

    12/20/2005 2:19:07 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 46 replies · 1,637+ views ^ | 12 20 05 |
    Greenwood, IN - An Indiana man is behind bars for intentionally leaving his girlfriend's children in a car in the frigid cold. On Sunday, police say Gary Willhoite left a six-year-old, a four-year-old, and a two-month old at a Greenwood gas station just south of Indianapolis. Authorities say he was angry with his girlfriend, so he left her kids in a car for six hours. By the time the children were found, police say ice had formed inside the car. Lt. Bob Dine with the Greenwood Police Department says, "The baby was in the car seat, had a wet diaper,...
  • 2,800 Year Old Treasures Brought To Light (Zhou Dynasty)

    12/19/2005 11:37:37 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 543+ views
    2,800-year-old treasures brought to light Great archaeological progress has been made in the excavation of the large-scale ruins and the tombs of noble lords of the Zhou Dynasty (771-221 BC) in Liangdai Village of Hancheng, Shaanxi Province as learned from the Shaanxi Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology on Sunday in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, reports the overseas edition of People's Daily on December 19. Great quantities of various treasures with a history of more than 2,800 years have been discovered through the initial excavation of the three large graves and one chariot and horse pit. They include...
  • One year later, out of the rubble comes the ballot box

    12/15/2005 3:59:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Ronna M. Weyland
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 15, 2005) -- Buildings and structures still stand riddled with bullets, evidence of last year’s encounter in Fallujah where Marines battled insurgents. However, the marketplace was thriving as locals turned out for the National Election today. Two months after the constitutional referendum, the people from the city of 80 mosques supported democracy in a peaceful manner once again for the second time this year. “The Fallujahans support democracy and want peace,” said Mayor Dhari Youssef al Arsah. “They want unity for Iraq and a government that represents all of Iraq.” An estimated 108,000 Fallujah residents voted during...
  • Alleged 40,000-Year-Old Human Footprints In Mexico Much, Much Older Than Thought

    11/30/2005 11:24:19 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies · 3,674+ views
    Eureka Alert/UC-Berkeley ^ | 11-30-2005 | Robert Sanders
    Contact: Robert Sanders 510-643-6998 University of California - Berkeley Alleged 40,000-year-old human footprints in Mexico much, much older than thought Berkeley -- Alleged footprints of early Americans found in volcanic rock in Mexico are either extremely old - more than 1 million years older than other evidence of human presence in the Western Hemisphere - or not footprints at all, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature. The study was conducted by geologists at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley, as part of an investigative team of geologists and anthropologists from the...
  • Hurricane season finally ending Wednesday, but next year could be bad, too (Epsilon forms)

    11/29/2005 2:09:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 847+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 11/29/05 | JOHN PAIN
    Hurricane season finally ending, but next year could be bad, too By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer November 29. 2005 4:27PM The busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record officially - and mercifully - draws to a close Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of Americans still dealing with the devastation wrought by Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Despite the end of the June 1-to-Nov. 30 season, hurricanes could still form over the next few months. In fact, a tropical storm took shape in the Atlantic on Tuesday. But no hurricane has been known to hit the United States between December...
  • Two people die in horrendous car accident (U.S. toll year-to-date - 38,706 killed)

    11/23/2005 8:04:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 93 replies · 2,457+ views
    WNDU ^ | 11/23/05
    Two people die in horrendous car accident Posted: 11/23/2005 10:27 pm It is not yet known if weather was the cause of the accident Niles, MI - A deadly crash occurred Wednesday night near the Indiana/Michigan state line, on south 11th Street in Niles, just north of State Road 933. Two people died in a violent crash that left the cars completely mangled. At least three other people were hurt. One car ended up in a building, another smashed up like an accordion. One witness we spoke to was amazed that anyone was able to walk away. Linda Miller says,...
  • Archaeologists Find 4,500-Year-Old Fortune-Telling Instruments

    11/23/2005 2:08:02 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 683+ views
    Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments 2005-11-23 19:09:12 BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A Chinese archaeologist said Wednesday that a 4,500-year-old jade tortoise and an oblong jade article discovered in east China's Anhui Province were China's earliest fortune-telling instruments found so far. The two jade objects were discovered in an ancient tomb in Lingjiatan Village, Hanshan County, Anhui Province. Gu Fang, an expert with the jadeware research committee under the China Society of Cultural Relics, told Xinhua that the jade tortoise is made up of a back shell and a belly shell. Several holes can be found on the jade...
  • 1,700-Year-Old 'Roman Glass' Discovered In East China

    11/20/2005 1:31:32 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,242+ views
    Xinhua/ ^ | 11-20-2005
    1,700-year-old 'Roman Glass' Discovered in East China Glass remains over 1,700 years old, possibly imported from ancient Rome, have been discovered in an ancient tomb located in east China's Anhui Province, local cultural relic department said on Sunday. The tomb was found during the latest road project in Zhulong Village of Dangtu County in Anhui. Archaeologists believed the tomb was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420). Covered with white mantlerock, the glass remains seem to have ancient Roman shapes and craftwork. According to the local cultural relic department, the owner of the tomb was possibly from an...
  • 2,000-Year-Old Periwig Unearthed In Sichuan

    11/09/2005 4:43:26 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 898+ views
    2,000-year-old periwig unearthed in Sichuan 2005-11-09 17:18:32 CHENGDU, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese might have learned to adorn themselves with periwigs more than 2,000 years ago, said archeologists who unearthed a skeleton wearing a hairpiece from an ancient tombs in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The wig, found on the lower part of the skull, was made of hemprope, says Zhang Rong, a heritage repairs technician with a local museum in Liangshan prefecture, where the finding was reported. Zhang said she had consulted several seasoned hemp knitters in the prefecture before she came to the conclusion. The wig dates...
  • 3,000-Year-Old Warrior Still Fighting At Gohar-Tappeh

    10/30/2005 12:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 799+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 10-30-2005
    Tehran: 19:39 , 2005/10/30 3000-year-old warrior still fighting at Gohar-Tappeh TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) -- A team of archaeologists working at the 3000-year-old site of Gohar-Tappeh in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran have recently unearthed a skeleton of a warrior buried in an attacking pose with a dagger in his hands, the Persian service of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency reported on Saturday. “He is holding a 26-centimeter dagger and appears to be making a forward thrust. The evidence shows that he was originally buried in this pose,” the director of the team, Ali Mahforuzi, said. This is the...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • Ever stuck a Lego up your Nose (real life vanity)

    10/21/2005 6:58:46 PM PDT · by LowOiL · 68 replies · 2,071+ views
    Self | 10-21-05 | Myself
    Today we had to take my middle boy for surgery. Seems my 4 y/o decided to stuff a lego up his left nostril. I could not fish it out, our peditrician couldn't fish it out, so surgery was the only option. I guess it only is fair, as a 4 y/o I managed to plug my left ear with a piece of popcorn, that once swelled looked like a tumor.
  • Governor stakes political capital on 'year of reform' initiatives

    10/19/2005 6:46:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 230+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/19/05 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    The Nov. 8 special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains a mystery to many California voters. Public opinion polls show they don't understand its urgency and are turned off by its $50 million price tag. But to Schwarzenegger, it's an essential next step to the recall election that swept him into office in 2003. And he says its cost is a bargain when compared to the fiscal and political changes it will bring if he's successful. The movie star-turned-governor sees the special election as simply the middle chapter of a three-part series that is needed to turn around California's...
  • 5,000-Year-Old Treasure Rediscovered In Library Storage Room (Valdosta, Ga)

    10/19/2005 4:21:03 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,996+ views ^ | 10-19-2005 | Charles Harmon
    Charles Harmon Director of University Relations Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations 5,000-year-old treasure rediscovered in library storage room Dr. Melanie Byrd, professor and coordinator of planning and program review in the History Department, holds a piece of the treasure in the palm of her hand. Valdosta State University Odum Library has uncovered an ancient treasure that excites even the mildest Indiana Jones wanna-be. The treasure is a collection of 5,000-year-old Babylonian cuneiform clay tablets, dating back from 2300 BC to 500 BC. Cuneiform is one of several writing systems of the ancient East, in which wedge-shaped...
  • Bird Flu 'Will Kill 50,000 People, But Not This Year' (UK)

    10/16/2005 5:58:25 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 655+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-17-2005 | David Derbyshire
    Bird flu 'will kill 50,000 people, but not this year' By David Derbyshire (Filed: 17/10/2005) A bird flu pandemic would kill about 50,000 people in Britain but will not necessarily strike this winter, the Government's chief medical officer said yesterday. Sir Liam Donaldson said that it was a question of "when, not if" the disease infecting birds in Asia and the fringes of eastern Europe mutated into a deadly form of human influenza. Sir Liam: deaths could be higher than 50,000 The number of deaths in Britain could reach 750,000 if the human strain were particularly serious, although a lower...