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  • The Oracle of Delphi -- Was She Really Stoned?

    06/03/2020 7:50:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BAR / Archaeology Odyssey ^ | March 20, 2020 / November/December 2002 | Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and John R. Hale
    Numerous classical authors report that natural phenomena played an essential part in one of their most sacred religious rituals: the oracle at Delphi. According to the geographer Strabo (c. 64 B.C.–25 A.D.), for example, "the seat of the oracle is a cavern hollowed down in the depths … from which arises pneuma [breath, vapor, gas] that inspires a divine state of possession" (Geography 9.3.5). Over the past five years, a team of researchers -- a geologist, an archaeologist, a chemist and a toxicologist -- has put that claim to the test, making it much more likely that we will actually...
  • Schumer compares Trump's Lincoln Memorial protection to Tiananmen Square

    06/03/2020 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/03/20 | Susan Ferrechio
    The Senate’s top Democrat compared the Trump administration’s use of the military to protect the Lincoln Memorial from protester damage to the 1989 Chinese government crackdown and killing of demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. “Rows of camouflaged troops standing at attention on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, like an occupying force defending a critical position,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. “When you see the image of troops dressed for combat, flanking the Lincoln Memorial, an altar to freedom, you cannot help but think of Tiananmen Square.” President Trump ordered the D.C. National Guard...
  • Did Rod Rosenstein Just Commit Perjury Today? Going by How the DOJ Treated Michael Flynn - Yes.

    06/03/2020 5:33:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/03/20 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it’s former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s day to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russian collusion fiasco. And it’s not going very well. Well, for starters, Rosenstein doesn’t feel that disgraced ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe lied to him. McCabe was fired because he lied. He, like Robert Mueller, also appeared to put the second act of this clown show on autopilot. As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, Rosenstein was either incompetent or complicit in this whole witch hunt. He also said that knowing what he knows now, he would not have signed off on the...
  • The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump and Russia Now Looks Even Worse

    06/03/2020 5:24:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
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  • Obama Sees Hope in Protests: “There Is Something Different Here”

    06/03/2020 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6/03/20 | Delilah Friedler
    On a Wednesday afternoon livestream, President Obama delivered an optimistic message about the protests gripping the nation in response to police violence: “There is a change in mindset that’s taking place,” he said. .@BarackObama: "There is something different here." We're witnessing “a far more representative cross-section of America out on the streets, peacefully protesting…That didn't exist in the 1960s." In a town hall, organized through My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched as president, Obama acknowledged that while the last few weeks have been “difficult, uncertain, and scary,” we are also living through “an incredible opportunity for people to be...
  • Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

    06/03/2020 4:01:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | December 10, 2019 | Andrew Lawler
    In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists discovered the church 30 miles northeast of Aksum, the capital of the Aksumite kingdom, a trading empire that emerged in the first century A.D. and would go on to dominate much of eastern Africa and western Arabia. Through radiocarbon dating artifacts uncovered at the church, the researchers concluded that the structure was built...
  • David Dorn!(language warning)

    06/03/2020 12:05:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6/3/20 | Jericho Green
    David Dorn
  • List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country

    06/03/2020 11:46:43 AM PDT · by daydreamer · 6 replies
    Community Justice Exchange, Tides Network ^ | June 3, 2020 | National Bail Fund Network
    “. . . The National Bail Fund Network works with community bail funds that have been established across the country to counter the impact of mass incarceration as well as those created to meet the needs of specific communities or in response to specific organizing actions. . . We believe that bail funds can play a critical and immediate harm reduction role and have a long and important history as a way for communities to push back on an unjust system. . . “
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    06/03/2020 6:37:14 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/3/2020 | myself
    We've got some Country Roots with I've Got The Big River Blues by the great Delmore Brothers (1933). THE WESTERNER
  • Confederate monuments collapse: Statues in Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee are torn down and vandalized with graffiti amid George Floyd protests

    06/03/2020 4:11:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2020 | Marlene Lethang
    Confederate monuments have been toppled in Southern states including Alabama, South Carolina, and Virginia during the historic George Floyd protests sweeping the country. On Tuesday morning the bronze statue of Confederate soldier 'Appomattox' was taken down in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia by its owners who feared it would be vandalized in demonstrations. The statue, erected in 1889 to honor Confederate soldiers, has been a point of controversy for years but remained standing despite repeated demands for removal, until this week. Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson tweeted photos of the statue removal saying: 'Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and...
  • Ex-Department Of Justice Leader Who Appointed Mueller To Testify In Senate (Rosenstein)

    06/03/2020 3:42:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 6/03/20 | Philip Ewing
    Against the backdrop of a national crisis over race and law enforcement, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to convene a hearing on Wednesday about the now-closed investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. **SNIP** The sole witness is former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who'll likely be grilled about revelations about the Russia investigation that have come to light since he left the Justice Department last year. The political context has evolved: Republicans want to tie former Vice President Joe Biden into what they call the abuses of power from the end of the Obama era. **SNIP** In the...
  • Last US citizen receiving a Civil War pension dies in North Carolina

    06/03/2020 2:31:06 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd June 2020 | Andrew Court
    The last American citizen receiving a Civil War pension has died in North Carolina at the age of 90. Irene Triplett, whose father fought for the Union Army between 1863 and 1865, passed away Sunday in Wilkesboro from complications following surgery. Irene suffered from from mental disabilities and therefore qualified for federal financial support as a 'helpless adult child of a veteran', according to The Washington Post. She received a monthly check of $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which went towards expenses for the nursing home where she lived. Her father, Mose Triplett, was 83 years old when...
  • Veterans Affairs to remove Nazi headstones in Texas, Utah

    06/02/2020 10:08:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2020
    The process to remove grave headstones of German prisoners of war that display swastikas and markings related to the Nazi regime at cemeteries in Texas and Utah will begin later this month, Veterans Affairs announced. The VA said Monday in a statement that it has decided to replace the headstones on gravesites of three German POWs. Two are located at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, and one is at Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Americans must always remember the horror of the Nazi regime and why so many Americans sacrificed so much...
  • Texas Democratic Leaders Invoke George Floyd As State Convention Moves Online

    06/02/2020 4:42:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | 6/02/20 | Andrew Schneider
    The death of George Floyd and the resulting national protests set a somber tone as the Texas Democratic Convention kicked off Monday, even as the annual meeting of state Democrats moved online because of COVID-19. One by one, during a livestreamed roll call of Texas democratic leaders in the executive committee meeting that preceded opening speeches, voice after voice answered, “Black Lives Matter.” And party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa took up that message in his remarks to the committee. Hinojosa compared the outrage over Floyd’s death to what he had seen as a high school student in 1968, following the assassinations...
  • Nancy Pelosi lifts Bible and quotes scripture while urging Trump to 'heal' the country

    06/02/2020 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 73 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/02/20 | Madison Dibble
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held up a Bible and quoted scripture to chide President Trump one day after he held up a Bible for a photo opportunity at St. John's Episcopal Church during the protests in Washington, D.C. At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Pelosi took a shot at the commander in chief as she joined other members of Congress in a ceremony recognizing the House bill to defend the human rights of Uighurs. "Last night, when I saw the president hold up a Bible, I was thinking of so many things in the Bible that would have been appropriate...
  • New Flynn Transcripts Confirm Mueller Team Lied To The Court And The Country

    06/02/2020 3:06:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/02/20 | Margot Cleveland
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office deceived the country and a federal court about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s late-December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Now, more than three years later, Americans are only first learning about that deception thanks to the release of recently declassified transcripts of the calls. Newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Friday shared with congressional oversight committees the summaries and transcripts of intercepted communications between Flynn and Kislyak. The move followed former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell’s decision to declassify nearly all portions of the Flynn-Kislyak telephone conversations...
  • Justice Department Submits Brief to Appeals Court in Flynn Case (read it)

    06/02/2020 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Lawfare ^ | 6/02/20 | Elliot Setzer
    The Justice Department on Monday, June 1 filed a brief urging the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to force district court judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That move came after the Justice Department moved to drop a charge against Flynn, who previously pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, and Sullivan declined to immediately abandon the case. In their brief on Monday, the Justice Department said Sullivan was wrong to seek outside input by appointing an amicus curiae to argue against dismissal and...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    06/02/2020 7:38:20 AM PDT · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 6/2/2020 | myself
    Fresh Red Apple Cheeks by George Morgan (1951) is out tune today. THE WESTERNER
  • An Open Letter from Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren (creates the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition)

    06/02/2020 7:12:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Big Ten Conference ^ | June 1, 2020 | Kevin Warren
    On Monday, May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a proud Black man, was killed by a member of law enforcement in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Emmett Till. The list goes on and on. Prior to joining the Big Ten Conference as Commissioner and relocating to Chicago, my family had lived full-time in the Minneapolis area for over 15 years as I worked as an executive with the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League. Our kids were raised in Minnesota and attended school in Minnesota before leaving for college and the people of the great state of...
  • Mathematician John Horton Conway ... known for inventing the ‘Game of Life,’ dies at age 82 [OF COVID]

    06/02/2020 6:56:17 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 21 replies
    Princeton University ^ | 14 April 2020 | Catherine Zandonella
    John Horton Conway, a legendary mathematician who stood out for his love of games and for bringing mathematics to the masses, died on Saturday, April 11, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from complications related to COVID-19. He was 82. Known for his unbounded curiosity and enthusiasm for subjects far beyond mathematics, Conway was a beloved figure in the hallways of PrincetonÂ’s mathematics building and at the Small World coffee shop on Nassau Street, where he engaged with students, faculty and mathematical hobbyists with equal interest. Conway, who joined the faculty in 1987, was the John von Neumann Professor in Applied...