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Our ancient ancestors possessed substantially more genetic data than we do now

Adding to the number of unsolved mysteries regarding the ancient origins of humanity and the biology of our species, scientists have discovered that we have less DNA now than our ancient ancestors possessed. Are we de-evolving?

A study published this week in the journal Science has found that modern humans lost DNA as we evolved after our split from apes. Our ancient ancestors, early humans, possessed substantially more amounts of genetic data than we do now. This surprising discovery raises many questions, the most obvious one being: why did we lose all that genetic information? Also, what difference has the loss made?

The short answer is: we don't know yet.

According to news website Gizmodo, the team of researchers led by Professor Evan Eichler, geneticist at the Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, sequenced the genomes of 236 individuals from 125 distinct populations. They found that Homo sapiens have shed approximately 40.7 million base pairs of DNA after breaking from our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, around 13 million years ago.

Comment: Modern humans are often confronted with sophisticated technology and structures from ancient cultures, yet in the hubris of modern science, it is generally assumed that life in prehistoric times was primitive and that we are continually evolving. This new study gives more credence to the idea that humans have much less knowledge and capabilities than the ancients. It could also be posited that cyclical cosmic catastrophes that decimated advanced civilizations has also had an impact on human DNA. For more history on ancient civilizations, legends and the nature of cyclical cosmic catastrophes see: The Secret History of the World and its sequels, Comets and the Horns of Moses and Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.


Arrow Down

DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

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In this undated file photo, former President Warren G. Harding. DNA testing is rewriting a chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s. AncestryDNA, a division of Ancestry.com, says genetic analysis has confirmed President Warren G. Harding fathered a child out of wedlock with his long-rumored mistress Nan Britton. She set off a scandal when she went public nearly 90 years ago with her tale of forbidden love in the White House.
Washington — DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.

Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored mistress Nan Britton, according to AncestryDNA, a DNA-testing division of Ancestry.com.

Britton set off a Jazz Age sex scandal when she went public with her tale of forbidden love in the White House, boldly publishing her story in a 1927 best-selling memoir, The President's Daughter. But historians long questioned her claims, and Harding defenders vilified her as a liar for nearly 90 years.

Based on DNA from Britton's grandson and descendants of Harding, the results are 99.9 percent certain, Ancestry.com said. The findings were first reported Thursday by The New York Times.

The child born of their union, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was the only known offspring of the 29th president. She died in 2005. Britton died in 1991.

James Blaesing, 65, who grew up hearing the story of his grandfather, the president, from Britton, his grandmother, told The Associated Press he long wanted to prove she was telling the truth. He was delighted by the DNA results.

"You know what this is? It's a love story," he said of his grandparents. "It was true love, especially on her side, and I know he felt the same way. And he got trapped."

Harding was a heartthrob U.S. senator from Ohio when the affair began. The relationship continued when Harding was president, with Britton later writing of how they made love in a White House coat closet. It ended with Harding's sudden death during his presidency in 1923.

Harding's family long maintained that Britton's book was a lie or a childhood fantasy or was perhaps dreamed up by Democratic opponents of the Republican president. Some people maintained that Harding was sterile because he had mumps as a child.

The Library of Congress recently published love letters between Harding and another woman, Carrie F. Phillips, opening further doubts about the family's denials.

Bizarro Earth

City of London rail development project uncovers another 30 skeletons from Great Plague of 1665

Skeletal remains of 30 people thought to have perished during The Great Plague of 1665 have been unearthed by construction workers in London's financial district.
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Railway construction workers discovered the skeletons 350 years after the Bubonic plague engulfed London, as they set about digging up the Bedlam burial ground in Liverpool Street.

A headstone at the historic site marked "1665" was discovered, suggesting that the mass graveyard dates back to the outbreak of the deadly plague across London.

Experts believe the bodies were buried on the same day in individual coffins, which have since rotted away, leaving a mass of distorted skeletons.

The skeletal fragments will now be analyzed by the Museum of London Archaeology, which will carry out tests to determine the causes of death.

Crossrail lead archaeologist Jay Carver said the railway construction was an opportunity to delve into a period of history that remains a relative enigma.


"The construction of Crossrail gives us a rare opportunity to study previously inaccessible areas of London and learn about the lives and deaths of 16th and 17th century Londoners," he said.

Comment: The sheer number of remains being turned up illustrates how massive this epidemic was.


War Whore

Raining death from above: Laos After the Bombs

From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped two million tons of bombs on Laos. The horrendous effects are still being felt.

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In April 2012, Nengyong Yang, a farmer in Laos, was cutting a tree in his field, preparing to plant corn. As Nengyong was hacking away, a bomb lodged in the trunk of the tree exploded in his face. Nengyong survived, but lost both his eyesight and his ability to provide for his wife and four children. Two months later, his wife found his lifeless body hanging from a tree.

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The day the 'Kursk' sank: 15 years on, Russia remembers one of worst-ever submarine tragedies

The nuclear submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea during a maritime exercise on this day in 2000. All 118 crew members died after international efforts to save them frustratingly failed.
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The May 2000 file picture shows the Kursk nuclear submarine docked at Vidyaevo naval base.
The Russian Oscar II class submarine K-141 Kursk was the pride of Russia's fleet, having symbolized the power and strength of the Russian Navy. Having been set afloat in 1994, the 154-meter-long nuclear sub had been in service for less than six years when it sank.
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A July 30, 2000 file picture shows the crew of the sunken Russian submarine Kursk lead by Captain Grigory Lyachin (R) during a naval parade which was held in Severomorsk.
The nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine could carry up to 130 people on board. At the time of the tragedy, 118 sailors and officers were on board, under the command of first rank captain Gennady Lyachin. Most of the crew members were under 30 years of age.

Comment: Watch the following video to understand more. From PRESIDENT - Putin's 15 years in power - EN Subtitles (VIDEO)

The film contains never-seen-before footage from some of the biggest highlights of Putin's career, and of Russia's history for the last decade and a half: the war in Chechnya, the battle with the oligarchs, the Kursk submarine tragedy, Beslan, the 2008 crisis. Among the revelations Putin makes in his interview sections is the admission of direct involvement of Western intelligence agencies in supporting Islamic terrorism in Chechnya. While it's no surprise to the alternative media, it's the first time Putin has officially confirmed such involvement. Nothing has changed since the CIA created the mujaheddin to battle the Soviets in Afghanistan.



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Holodomor Hoax: Joseph Stalin's alleged crime against Ukraine is modern myth

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Stalin, like Putin, was portrayed as a psycho in the West. Coincidence?
Playing into the hands of Ukrainian nationalists, a monument to the so-called Ukrainian "Holodomor," one the 20th century's most famous myths and vitriolic pieces of anti-Soviet Propaganda, has been erected in the US capital.

Remarkably, the roots of the "Holodomor" ("deliberate starvation") myth lie in the longstanding Cold War standoff between Soviet Russia and the West. After the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, infamous Nazi collaborators — members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and their paramilitary UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) units — fled into Western Europe and the United States, escaping punishment for their hideous crimes, including ruthless terror against peaceful Jewish, Ukrainian and Russian civilians.

In 1949 the CIA and the US State Department sponsored the OUN-UPA leaders' immigration to the United States, planning to use them as subversion groups and intelligence agents in the Cold War against the Soviet Russia.

Pharoah

Archaeologist claims to have evidence that lost Queen Nerfertiti was buried in King Tut's tomb

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A British archaeologist claims to have found evidence that the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti was buried inside the tomb of Pharoah Tutankhamun, who some historians have claimed was her son.

The long lost tomb of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti may have been found, located in the burial chamber of Tutankhamun, or 'King Tut', according to an analysis of high-resolution images which reportedly reveal the presence of two secret, sealed-off doorways hidden in the tomb's painted walls.

"The implications are extraordinary, for, if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west; to the north there appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV 62 (Tutankhamun's tomb), and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment - that of Nefertiti herself."

Bomb

Another unexploded WWII bomb discovered in London building site


The MoD said the German WW2 air delivered bomb could have caused "mass destruction" if it had detonated
Scores of families in east London were evacuated Monday night as bomb disposal experts were called to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb discovered at a building site.

The bomb was unearthed by contractors working in Bethnal Green just after midday Monday, triggering the introduction of a police hazard zone and the evacuation of 150 local residents.

Sappers were called to the scene at 17:00 BST and worked through the night to defuse the 500lb device.

Families were evacuated to a local school where Tower Hamlets Council set up a rest center. The exclusion zone was also extended to 200 meters from the bomb's location.

Comment: The legacy of WWII - unexploded bombs are still being found in the UK, France and Germany.


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The original Americans: First settlers came from Siberia over 23,000 years ago

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The migration route of Siberians into North America and the subsequent split into northern and southern Amerindian populations. A new analysis of current and ancient genomes shows that there also was some later interbreeding between East Asians and Inuit.
The original Americans came from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age.

New research says they hung out in the north of the country - perhaps for thousands of years - before spreading in two distinct populations throughout North and South America, according to a new genomic analysis.

The findings, which will be reported in the July 24 issue of Science, confirm the most popular theory of the peopling of the Americas, but throws cold water on others, including the notion of an earlier wave of people from East Asia prior to the last glacial maximum.

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Indigenous memory technology used to explain Stonehenge

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Dr Lynn Kelly is pictured holding a 100-year-old girl's coolamon, an Indigenous Australian carrying vessel and memory device.
Castlemaine science writer and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at La Trobe University Dr Lynne Kelly says she has uncovered the true meaning of famous archaeological sites including Stonehenge using Indigenous memory technology.

Dr Kelly uses logic to understand how ancient cultures stored knowledge and found all of them fit the same pattern by which practical information is stored.

Whether they were a mobile hunter gatherer culture or a settled culture, Dr Kelly says they all used the same methods for storing information.

The devises may have changed over time but the methods remained the same.

She sees Stonehenge and many other ancient structures including hand held devices as memory technology.

"What the theories don't include is how much practical knowledge and how much rational intelligence these people must have had because biologically they are exactly the same as us," said Dr Kelly.

She said there is a tendency for oral cultures to be understood in simplistic terms using spirituality and religion to explain structures where in fact they developed complex systems.

"In all oral cultures they have to store the information in memory, they can't write it down so they have the most extraordinary memory methods," said Dr Kelly.