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Nazi Holocaust mastermind Eichmann's last clemency letter release: 'I don't feel guilty'

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Israeli police flank Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi S.S. colonel who headed the Gestapo's Jewish Section and was responsible for millions of Jews' deaths in Nazi concentration camps, as he stands trial inside a bulletproof booth in a Jerusalem court.
Nazi Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann who was executed by Israel back in 1962 for numerous war crimes, considered himself "a mere instrument in the hands of the [Nazi] leaders," a letter to the then-president asking for clemency reveals.

The information was released on Wednesday by the office of Israel's President Reuven Rivlin. The documents will be officially made public at a ceremony at Rivlin's official Jerusalem residence at International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The request of one of the masterminds of the 'Final Solution', a German plan for the extermination of the Jews during World War II, was made to then president Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

Jupiter

Ancient Babylonian astronomers found Jupiter 1,400 years before Europeans did

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Ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablet text A provided essential clues to understanding four other tablets numbered text B to text E.
The earliest known examples of mathematical and geometric astronomy have been identified in a series of ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablets.

An analysis of the tablets, reported in the journal Science, reveals ancient Babylonians were able to calculate the position of Jupiter using geometric techniques previously believed to have been first used some 1,400 years later in 14th century Europe.

"These texts are the earliest evidence we have from antiquity of mathematical astronomy," said the study's author Dr Mathieu Ossendrijver, a historian on Babylonian astronomy with the Humboldt University in Berlin.

"It describes Jupiter's velocity across the sky and how that changes with time."

The tablets, which are housed at the British Museum, are believed to have been unearthed from an archaeological dig in what is now modern day Iraq sometime in the 1800s.

The almost completely intact tablets are thought to have been written in Babylon between 350 and 50 BCE.

The tablets are part of a larger collection of 450 astronomy tablets from Babylon and Uruk containing celestial data arranged in rows and columns, together with instructions.

Dr Ossendrijver examined five tablets numbered as trapezoid text A to trapezoid text E, four of which deal with geometrical trapezoid shapes, but nobody understood what they were about.

Sherlock

Giants of the Americas: Who were they and where did they come from?


Selection of news accounts featured in the book, Giants on Record.
"The Iroquois, the Osage, the Tuscaroras, the Hurons, the Omahas, and many other North American Indians all speak of giant men who once lived and roamed in the territories of their forefathers. All over what is now the U.S. are traditions of these ancient giants." 1
Did Giant humans roam Ancient America in the past? Did the Native American's have a royal class of giant rulers entombed in massive burial mounds?

The historical record certainly seems to support this reality. Over a two hundred year period, more than 1000 accounts of seven-foot and taller skeletons have been reported unearthed from ancient burial sites in North America. Newspaper accounts, town and county histories, letters, scientific journals, diaries, photos and Smithsonian ethnology reports have carefully documented this. These skeletons have been reported from coast to coast in burial chambers, stone crypts, caves, ancient battlefields and massive mounds. Strange anatomic anomalies such as double rows of teeth, jawbones so large as to be fit over the face of the finder, and elongated skulls, were documented in virtually every state. Smithsonian scientists identified at least 17 skeletons that stood at over seven feet in their annual reports, including one example that was 8 feet tall, and a skull with a 36-inch circumference (an average human skull has a circumference of about 20 inches). The Smithsonian Institution is mentioned dozens more times as the recipient of enormous skeletons from across the United States.

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Bomb

1993 Belfast bombing blamed on IRA was actually carried out by British intelligence agent

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The aftermath of the Frizell’s Fish shop bombing in Shankill Road in 1993, which killed nine in a Loyalist Belfast community... was carried out by the British government and used to justify reprisal attacks against the Nationalist community
Highly-sensitive documents suggest terrorist who plotted attack that killed nine civilians in 1993 was British agent

The police watchdog in Northern Ireland is probing claims that the senior IRA operative who planned the 1993 Shankill Road bombing was an informant who passed on details that could have allowed the security forces to prevent the atrocity.

Nine civilians, including two children, were murdered in the attack on a fish shop in Belfast's loyalist heartland 23 years ago which became one of the most notorious incidents of the Troubles and led to a wave of sectarian reprisal killings.

Highly-sensitive documents stolen by the IRA during a break-in at the fortified headquarters of the then Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 2002 have now been claimed to show that the terrorist who plotted the bombing was a British agent known as "AA".

Leaks from the stolen papers suggest AA had extensively briefed his MI5 or Special Branch handlers on the aim and likely timing of the attack, which was designed to inflame sectarian tensions by killing the leadership of the loyalist Ulster Defence Association (UDA) terror group as they met above Frizzell's fish shop on a busy Saturday in October 1993.

Comment: There is nothing 'extraordinary' about this incident. It's standard operating procedure for British and American false-flag terrorism.

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The caste system has left its mark on Indians' genomes

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Lord Parshuram with Brahmin settlers commanding Lord Varuna to make the seas recede and allow Brahmins to make their homes in Kerala.
Over 1,500 years ago, the Gupta emperors ruled large parts of India. They helped consolidate the nation, but they also popularized India's caste system, making it socially unacceptable for people to marry outside their castes. Now, a new analysis of genetic variation among contemporary Indians has revealed that this social shift left a distinctive genetic signature behind.

A group of researchers in India conducted this analysis by comparing the genomes of hundreds of Indians from throughout the country. As they write in a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, samples came from "367 unrelated individuals drawn from 18 mainland and two island (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) populations selected to represent geographic, linguistic, and ethnic diversities." Previous studies had suggested that today's Indians came from two ancestral populations, but the new analysis revealed four distinct "haplotypes," or bundles of genetic elements that travel through generations in a package. People with the same haplotypes likely came from the same ancestral groups. The researchers also found a fifth haplotype among people of the Andaman archipelago.

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The world's oldest known monument - Göbekli Tepe

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Göbekli Tepe, showing sites A through D.
Located in the southeastern region of Anatolia in Turkey is an archaeological site known as Göbekli Tepe. Deemed "unremarkable" when the site was first discovered in the early 1960s, Klaus Schmidt thought otherwise, and we should be glad he did.

Were someone to ask you what is the oldest monument known to mankind, most people would say the Pyramids of Egypt or perhaps, Stonehenge. However, Gobekli Tepe predates Stonehenge by 7,000 years and Egypt's pyramids by 7,500 years.

The site was first excavated in 1963 by Istanbul University and the University of Chicago. American archaeologist Peter Benedict thought it might be Neolithic, and proposed the upper layers were topped by Byzantine and Islamic cemeteries.

And because the hill where the site was located had been under agricultural cultivation for generations, the site was dismissed because of the number of rocks that had been moved by the area's inhabitants.

When German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt began excavating the site in 1994, he really didn't know what he would eventually find. But until his death in 2014, he uncovered six temple-like structures built on top of each other, spanning a time period of 1,000 years.

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Bones from suspected African burial ground found under street in New York City

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Archaeologists have found evidence of a burial ground beneath a bus depot in Harlem, New York. The remains, which were found on 126th Street, are believed to be of New Yorkers of African descent and are thought to date from between the 17th and 19th century.

More than 140 bones were found by archaeologists who were working for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York Times reports. The researchers also came across a skull, which they believe is likely to have come from an adult woman of African descent.

The finds were made during the summer of 2015; however, they were only announced this week.

Comment: See more: Two centuries-old tombs unearthed beneath historic New York City park


Arrow Down

Winston Churchill left a legacy of global conflict and crimes against humanity

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Sunday January 24th 2016 marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most lionized leaders in the Western world: Sir Winston Churchill.

The current British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has called Churchill "the greatest ever Prime Minister", and Britons have recently voted him as the greatest Briton to have ever lived.

The story that British schoolbooks tell children about Churchill is of a British Bulldog, with unprecedented moral bravery and patriotism. He, who defeated the Nazis during World War II and spread civilisation to indigenous people from all corners of the globe. Historically, nothing could be further from the truth.

To the vast majority of the world, where the sun once never set on the British empire, Winston Churchill remains a great symbol of racist Western imperialist tyranny, who stood on the wrong side of history.

The myth of Churchill is Britain's greatest propaganda tool because it rewrites Churchill's true history in order to whitewash Britain's past imperialist crimes against humanity. The Churchill myth also perpetuates Britain's ongoing neo-colonial and neo-liberal policies, that still, to the is day, hurt the very people around the world that Churchill was alleged to have helped civilise.

The same man whose image is polished and placed on British mantelpieces as a symbol of all that is Great about Britain was an unapologetic racist and white supremacist. "I hate Indians, they are a beastly people with a beastly religion", he once bellowed. As Churchill put it, Palestinians were simply "barbaric hordes who ate little but camel dung."

In 1937, he told the Palestine Royal Commission:
"I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."
It is unsurprising that when Barack Obama became President, he returned to Britain a bust of Churchill which he found on his desk in the Oval office. According to historian Johann Hari, Mr. Obama's Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was imprisoned without trial for two years and was tortured on Churchill's watch, for daring to resist Churchill's empire.

Magic Wand

Popular fairy tales date back to the Bronze Age, answering many questions about British cultural heritage

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, academics discovered that the fairy stories passed down from generation to generation may have originated much earlier than previously believed, with some tales dating back to the Bronze Age.

Researchers at Durham University used techniques normally used by biologists to trace the stories back to prehistoric times. The academics examined the common elements from different stories to establish which roots had contributed to modern-day fairy stories.

Anthropologist Dr Jamie Tehrani worked with folklorist Sara Graca Da Silva from the New University of Lisbon, and both believe that the research has answered many questions about British cultural heritage.

Comment: Oral history, oral tradition, legends, or folklore are how stories were passed down from generation to generation . It is what people did before books were made to keep their stories alive for the next generation to learn, laugh, share and add their own.


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Pythagorean theorem and ancient Babylonian


Deriv; A brickwork lion on the ancient Babylonian Ishtar’s Gate.
Very much like today, the Old Babylonians—20th to 16th centuries BC—had the need to understand and use what is now called the Pythagoras' (or Pythagorean) theorem. They applied it in very practical problems such as to determine how the height of a cane leaning against a wall changes with its inclination. This sounds trivial, but it was one of the most important problems studied at the time.

A remarkable Old Babylonian clay tablet, commonly referred to as Plimpton 322, was found to store combinations of three positive integers that satisfy Pythagoras' theorem. Today we call them primitive Pythagorean triples where the term primitive implies that the side lengths share no common divisor.