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  • Mysterious Stone Labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island

    02/19/2018 4:40:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Weird Russia ^ | 2015 | unattributed
    Exact purpose of these ancient stone constructions is unknown. The main assumption is that they, perhaps, symbolized a border between the world we live in and the world of spirits. Labyrinths were used for rituals to help souls to cross over to the other world. Other hypothesis is that labyrinths, perhaps, served as fishing traps. However, the major flaw in this argument is that many labyrinths have been found inland throughout the world... After entering a labyrinth and circle several times around the center, you leave it through the same entrance. Just after several turns it becomes unclear how much...
  • Norway's new government criticized for lack of diversity

    01/22/2018 8:02:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 19 January 2018 18:20 CET+01:00
    The Norwegian Center Against Racism has criticized Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s newly-formed cabinet for failing to “reflect the population”. Rune Berglund Steen, who is head of the NGO, also said the lack of diversity represented a “democratic problem”. “Even Trump’s government has more people with minority ethnic backgrounds than the Norwegian [government],” Steen, who was speaking to broadcaster NRK, said. Among the 68 ministers and secretaries presented by Solberg as she unveiled the new government on Wednesday, only two appear to be of minority background, according to NRK — State Secretary Anne Karin Olli, who is of indigenous Sami heritage,...
  • How to learn 30 languages

    05/31/2015 8:01:33 PM PDT · by Cronos · 88 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 May 2015 | David Robson
    Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, Mandarin and Thai – they’ve barely spoken one language before the conversation seamlessly melds into another. Together, they pass through about 20 different languages or so in total. It can be difficult enough to learn one foreign tongue. Yet I’m here in Berlin for the Polyglot Gathering, a meeting of 350 or so people who speak multiple languages – some as diverse as Manx, Klingon and Saami, the language of reindeer herders in Scandinavia....
  • Lapps, Finns, Cold Winters And Intelligence

    Tuesday, 3 June 2014Dr James Thompson Renée Zellweger cropped.jpg Cold Winter theory is very simple: warm blooded, warm climate adapted humans drifted North in search of game, and perished unless they could hunt, cope with the climate, and plan wisely so as to live from one winter to the next. Hence, survivors had more forethought, more behavioural restraint regarding immediate gratification, and a whole lot of other changes to help them adapt to hunting and later farming in cold climates. If any of this is true, people living in the far North should be very bright. All the short-term-ist, happy...
  • Saving Endangered Languages from Being Forgotten [Siberian Ob-Ugrian languages Mansi and Khanti]

    01/31/2010 7:24:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 346+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, January 28, 2010 | University of Vienna, via AlphaGalileo
    With only 3.000 speakers in Northwest Siberia the Ob-Ugrian language Mansi is on the verge of extinction. Predictions say it will be extinct in ten to twenty years at the latest. The same holds true for Khanti, a member of the same language family. It is for this reason that extensive documentation is so important. Johanna Laakso, professor for Finno-Ugrian Studies at the University of Vienna concerns herself with the documentation of this and other minority languages in the framework of an FWF project and the EU project ELDIA... The documentation of the languages Mansi and Khanti is additionally of...
  • Before the Fall of the Reindeer People

    12/21/2009 8:32:22 AM PST · by BGHater · 95 replies · 2,487+ views
    Environmental Graffiti ^ | 13 Dec 2009 | EG
    A Sami (Lapp) family in Norway around 1900Photo: Library of CongressIn the freezing far northern reaches of Europe live an indigenous, semi-nomadic people of fishermen, fur trappers and reindeer herders. Like a thin but stubborn sheet of ice, these people have inhabited Sápmi, a large but sparsely populated area covering parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula for thousands of years. They remained closely tied to nature throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, as their clothes, dwellings and other trappings of culture bear witness – here beautifully frozen in film. These people are the Sámi.Sami family in...
  • SAAMI Testifies at U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

    07/16/2012 5:27:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 July, 2012 | SAAMI
    NEWTOWN, Conn. --( The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI), as a recognized non-government organization (NGO) of the United Nations, testified at the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations this week, saying “that hundreds of millions of citizens regularly use firearms for the greater good” and that a “treaty that does not support the positive use of firearms is doomed to cause more harm than good.” Richard Patterson, managing director, addressed the delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York City. SAAMI was established in 1926 at the request of the U.S. government to create safety and reliability standards in the...
  • Mystical marks in virgin forest explained

    07/04/2012 6:07:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Science Nordic (?!?) ^ | June 27, 2012 | Nina Kristiansen
    During a recent mapping of the rare virgin forest in and around the Řvre Dividalen National Park in Troms, Norway, scientists noticed some scars reappearing on the trees. Many trees had some of their bark cut away on one side, leaving marks that were hard to explain. Arve Elvebakk of the University of TromsŘ (UiT) headed the study. He worked together with Andreas Kirchhefer, an expert in dating old trees by tree-ring analysis. He had already used ancient pines to chart weather and climate conditions. Could the cuts in the bark have been left by settlers who started farms in...
  • Remarkable Russian Petroglyphs

    03/22/2012 5:41:26 AM PDT · by Renfield · 32 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 3-18-2012 | Hanne Jakobsen
    Artefacts are usually displayed in museums but sometimes there are some that just can’t be put on exhibition – as is the case with one that is hidden deep in the Russian forests. It was known that there were rock carvings on some islands in Lake Kanozero, and Jan Magne Gjerde, project manager at the Tromsř University Museum, went out there to document them as part of his doctoral work however, when he and his colleagues had completed their work, the number of known petroglyphs had risen from 200 to over 1,000. “I still get chills up my spine when...
  • Those Boys Really Will Be the Death of You, Mom

    05/10/2002 5:59:36 AM PDT · by Cagey · 12 replies · 2,432+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-10-2002 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mothers who have complained through the centuries that their sons will be the death of them may be right -- a Finnish study published on Thursday shows having boys shortens a woman's life span.Each son takes an average of 34 weeks off a woman's life span, evolutionary biologist Samuli Helle and colleagues at the University of Turku found.On the other hand, having daughters adds, but only very slightly, to a woman's life span, said the report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.Helle, a Ph.D student at the university, was trying to prove having large families can...
  • Seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Saami people, have become subjects of renewed interest

    06/15/2010 6:34:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 242+ views
    Helsingin Sanomat Int'l Ed ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | Jussi Konttinen
    The low rays of the sun caress the rough surface of a strange stone arrangement on the shore of Inari Lake in Sápmi, or Finnish Lapland. In the shallow water sits a boulder, on top of which rests the Päällyskivi ("Top Stone"), the shape of which resembles the head of an elk. The top stone is supported by three smaller stones. "Everything suggests that this is a seita", says Inari Sámi seita expert Ilmari Mattus, while observing the construction... Seitas, or the old sacred places of the Sámi people, have become the subject of renewed interest. The name varies, depending...
  • Saami not descended from Swedish Hunter-Gathers

    09/28/2009 8:11:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,322+ views
    Science blogs ^ | 24 Sep 2009 | Razib Khan
    A few weeks ago I posted on a paper, Genetic Discontinuity Between Local Hunter-Gatherers and Central Europe's First Farmers.Another one is out in the same vein, Ancient DNA Reveals Lack of Continuity between Neolithic Hunter-Gatherers and Contemporary Scandinavians: The driving force behind the transition from a foraging to a farming lifestyle in prehistoric Europe (Neolithization) has been debated for more than a century...Of particular interest is whether population replacement or cultural exchange was responsible...Scandinavia holds a unique place in this debate, for it maintained one of the last major hunter-gatherer complexes in Neolithic Europe, the Pitted Ware culture...Intriguingly, these late...
  • Sporting Arms Industry Statement on Failures of Ballistic Imaging Database

    10/03/2008 10:26:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 424+ views
    SAAMI ^ | October 2, 2008 | NA
    ___________________________________________________________PRESS RELEASE To: ALL MEDIAFor immediate releaseOctober 2, 2008 For more information contact:Ted Novin 203-426-1320 Sporting Arms Industry Statement on Failures of Ballistic Imaging DatabaseNEWTOWN, Conn. -- Following an AP article (“NY new-gun database has yet to lead to prosecution,” September 29, 2008) citing the failures of the New York and Maryland ballistic imaging databases, and testimony yesterday in a Washington, D.C. City Council hearing where the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence conceded that ballistic imaging has “not been successful,” the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) – an association of the nation's leading...
  • Native Sweden

    06/15/2008 8:34:34 AM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 416+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | July/August 2008 | Zach Zorich
    Native Sweden Volume 61 Number 4, July/August 2008 by Zach Zorich Indigenous Saami are rediscovering their long-lost heritage Smithsonian archaeologist Noel Broadbent and Tim Bayliss-Smith of Cambridge University walk past a line of 1,100-year-old hut foundations at Grundskatan. (Zach Zorich) Smithsonian archaeologist Noel Broadbent offers me a handful of blueberries he has picked from the shrubs that hug the forest floor. I pop them into my mouth. The pulp and seeds are sugary, rough, and slick at the same time. In early September the leaves change color and the berries ripen on Sweden's Hornsland peninsula. Broadbent crouches by the trail...
  • Russia's Sami Fight For Their Lives

    07/24/2007 3:11:20 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 672+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-21-2007 | Jorn Madslien
    Russia's Sami fight for their lives By Jorn Madslien BBC News, Lovozero, Russia Bored youths kick a football against a grey concrete wall. A husky dog languishes in the quiet street. In this town, where many would struggle to pay for a bus ticket, there are hardly any cars. Most Sami have been forced to quit their nomadic lives "The last villagers came to Lovozero in 1968," says Nina Afanasyeva. "But there were no jobs for them." These days, some make traditional garments and souvenirs for the occasional tourist. And the Tundra reindeer farm cooperative provides some 300 jobs. Yet...
  • Archaeological sensation in Oestfold [ Inca remains from 11th c Norway? ]

    06/26/2007 11:34:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 1,285+ views
    Norway Post ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2007 | Rolleiv Solholm (NRK)
    Norwegian arhaeologists are puzzled by a find which indicates an Inca Indian died and was buried in the Oestfold city of Sarpsborg 1000 years ago. The remains of two elderly men and a baby were discovered during work in a garden, and one of the skulls indicates that the man was an Inca Indian. There is a genetic flaw in the neck, which is believed to be limited to the Incas in Peru, says archaeologist Mona Beate Buckholm. The Norway Post suggests that maybe the Vikings travelled even more widely than hitherto believed? Why could not the Viking settlers in...
  • Lockyer holsters ammo-coding measure (CA)

    08/24/2005 8:27:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 591+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 24, 2005 | James P. Sweeney
    COPLEY NEWS SERVICE SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Bill Lockyer has shelved a novel gun-control measure that would have required manufacturers to stamp microscopic serial numbers on all handgun ammunition sold in California. Sen. Joe Dunn, a Garden Grove Democrat carrying the legislation for the attorney general, said he needed more time to resolve a heated debate over how much the potentially landmark tracking system would cost and who would pay for it. The bill, SB 357, has passed the Senate and is pending in an Assembly fiscal committee as the Legislature pushes through its final three weeks of this year's...
  • SAAMI Gains Seat At U.N. Table

    08/23/2005 11:00:27 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 6 replies · 329+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 8/19/05 | n/a
    SAAMI Gains Seat At U.N. Table Friday, August 19, 2005 With the United Nations' continued attempt toward international gun ban treaties marching forward, it is heartening to finally get some good gun-related news out of the U.N. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) has recently been granted official consultive status to the U.N. Founded in 1926, SAAMI publishes voluntary industry quality and safety standards, coordinates technical manufacturing data, and promotes safe and responsible firearms use. Virtually all new firearms sold in the United States adhere to the approximately 700 standards set by SAAMI that are reviewed by the...
  • SAAMI: Senate Bill 357 Could Ban Handgun Ammunition in California

    07/07/2005 9:18:51 AM PDT · by Redcloak · 30 replies · 1,881+ views
    SAAMI ^ | 07/05/2005 07:16:32 AM
    Senate Bill 357 Could Ban Handgun Ammunition in California Californians Take Action NowIndustry Members Take Action NowThe California legislature is considering a bill that would require serial numbers on all handgun ammunition, including rimfire ammunition, beginning in January of 2009. This bill, introduced by Senator Joseph Dunn and strongly supported by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, is strongly opposed by SAAMI. The bill, if enacted, amounts to a de facto ammunition ban in California. Serialized ammunition would affect what is now a sophisticated, highly efficient bullet-manufacturing process that could lead to the bankruptcy of the ammunition industry in America....
  • SAAMI weighs in on ammunition serial numbering scheme

    05/05/2005 2:18:30 PM PDT · by BCR #226 · 60 replies · 1,296+ views
    SAAMI ^ | 4/26/05 | SAAMI