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MindMatters: Critical Race Theory's Race To The Bottom

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Critical Race Theory did not come ready-made out of a box. What we see and know today as CRT has, as its basis, several schools of pseudo-philosophical thought and areas of academic study - one built and twisted on another. But these influences and the progression of these ideas can, for all their wrongheadedness, be traced and seen for what they are. Today on MindMatters we delve further into the ideological roots, conceptual frameworks, contemporary movements and ultimate end game of CRT as described in James Lindsay's new book Race Marxism: The Truth about Critical Race Theory and Praxis.

Other sources:
Andrew Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology
Arthur Versluis's New Inquisitions


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Blue Planet

Evidence of slash-and-burn cultivation in Europe during Mesolithic 9,500 years ago

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Using pollen analyses, micro and macro charcoal remains, and reconstruction of the paleoclimate from sediment cores, the research team studied the landscape evolution of the Ammer Valley.
A new study by the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution has revealed that people in Europe used slash-and-burn methods to make land usable for agriculture during the Mesolithic period.

The team took core drill samples in the Ammer Valley in Germany and reconstructed the paleoclimate through a pollen analyses on micro and macro charcoal remains. The study, published in the "Journal of Quaternary Science" reveals that the samples date from around 10,100 and 9,800 years ago and suggests that the open and moisture-rich vegetation at the time was dominated by natural fires.

The Mesolithic began with the Holocene, a climate change that saw a warm period about 11,700 years ago which also brought about reforestation of pine, birch and hazel. The herds of ice-age steppe animals such as reindeer or mammoth were replaced by forest animals such as deer and wild boar.


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Blue Planet

Neolithic peoples buried near Stonehenge had same parasites as their dogs, may have eaten raw cattle organs

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Fossilised human faeces from Durrington Walls, England. An analysis of fossilised faeces found near Stonehenge suggests the people who built the monument ate raw cattle organs and shared the leftovers with their dogs.
The people who built Stonehenge probably ate cattle organs and shared leftovers with dogs, according to an analysis of parasites trapped in ancient faeces.

Fossilised excrement roughly 4500 years old was discovered several years ago at Durrington Walls, a Neolithic settlement in England thought to have housed the people who built Stonehenge. Previous research suggests the village held a few thousand residents who travelled to the location seasonally to erect the stone pillars.

Piers Mitchell at the University of Cambridge and his team analysed 19 faecal fossils, determining that some were from humans and some from dogs. When they examined the faeces under a microscope, they saw the eggs of a type of parasite called a capillariid worm, which they could identify from its lemon-like shape. This led them to conclude that the sample came from someone who had eaten raw organs of an infected bovine.

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Butterfly

Rice cultivation recorded at Neolithic site from 8000 years ago

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A study by the joint archaeological team of the National Museum of China, Nanjing Museum and Sihong County Museum has found evidence of rice cultivation at a Neolithic site from 8,000 years ago.

The researchers conducted a microscopic analyses of macro and micro-plant remains, food residues and the rice-field like features from the mid-Neolithic site of Hanjing in the Huai River region of China.

Charred rice grains and spikelet bases recovered by floatation confirmed that domesticated rice and wild rice co-existed, and a direct radiocarbon date of charred rice grains revealed a a date from between 8400-8000 cal. BP. The rice-field-like archaeological features suggest some initial forms of management of local hydrology at Hanjing which would have facilitated irrigation and drainage.

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Blue Planet

Denisovan girl's fossil tooth may have been unearthed in Laos

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© F. Demeter et al/Nature Communications 2022
A newly discovered fossil tooth (shown from multiple angles) from Southeast Asia probably belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived between 164,000 and 131,000 years ago, scientists say.
A newly discovered fossil tooth (shown from multiple angles) from Southeast Asia probably belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived between 164,000 and 131,000 years ago, scientists say.

A molar tooth from Southeast Asia probably belonged to a member of a cryptic group of Stone Age hominids called Denisovans, researchers say.

If so, this relatively large tooth joins only a handful of fossils from Denisovans, who are known from ancient DNA pegging them as close Neandertal relatives.

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Attention

Empire of Hypocrisy

THE NICE IMPERIALISTS
British Empire
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In the middle of the 19th century, the British Empire ran into what what would today be termed a "public relations crisis".

Influential domestic voices were starting to criticise its industrial system and worldwide domination on ethical grounds, not least the art critic John Ruskin.

He wrote that all he had found at the heart of what was supposedly a great civilization was "insane religion, degraded art, merciless war, sullen toil, detestable pleasure, and vain or vile hope".[1]

Lack of public support for the empire at home from the wave of "Little Englander" sentiment also risked affecting the way Britain's activities were viewed abroad.

As Carroll Quigley writes, its success was partly due to "its ability to present itself to the world as the defender of the freedoms and rights of small nations and of diverse social and religious groups".[2]

It was therefore decided, by a powerful group based around Cecil Rhodes and Lord Milner, along with aristocrats such as Lord Esher, Lord Rothschild and Lord Balfour[3], to rethink the form and appearance of Britain's economic sphere of influence.

Gradually, the Crown's possessions were encouraged to become supposedly independent nations, though very much remaining under Britain's wing, and eventually, after the Second World War, The Empire was rebranded "The Commonwealth", whose current flag features at the top of this page.

Patricia Scotland
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Patricia Scotland
In her foreword to a very useful 2019 collection of the Commonwealth's declarations, its current secretary-general, Patricia Scotland, writes[4]:
The 1949 London Declaration marks the opening of a new movement, maintaining the familiar harmony, yet developing it in ways never before attempted - the transformation of an empire into a mutually supporting family of nations and peoples. It was this brief yet visionary declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today"
Today we are very familiar with the two-faced language of power, which is constantly deployed to hide unpalatable truth from the public.

Whether in the form of corporate greenwashing, warmongering "humanitarian interventions" or censorship disguised as "fact-checking", this cynical misuse of words has long since surpassed the satire of George Orwell's mendacious Ministry of Truth.

The phenomenon is global now, but Britain can look back with pride at its leading role in developing this fraudulent double-speak.

The British Empire's self-declared commitment to "the protection and advancement of the native races" [5] did not stop it from opening fire on unarmed Gandhi-supporting Indian independence protesters in Amritsar in 1919, killing 379 people, [6] or from using mass murder, torture and concentration camps to crush the anti-imperialist Mau Mau revolt in Kenya between 1948 and 1955.
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The self-righteous defender of worldwide freedom acquiesced in the rise of Hitler's Germany, simultaneously denounced (in public) and tolerated (in private) Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and did all it could to hinder resistance to Franco's far-right coup in Spain in 1936, despite its own public's overwhelming support for the other side.

"Britain's attitude was so devious that it can hardly be untangled,"[7] writes Quigley about this period. "The motives of the government were clearly not the same as the motives of the people, and in no country has secrecy and anonymity been carried so far or been so well preserved as in Britain". [8]

Over the 70-plus years of his existence, The Commonwealth has proudly continued this official practice of manipulative and virtue-signalling language.

Blue Planet

1,000 year-old Native American carvings of mysterious giant humanoids discovered on the ceiling of an Alabama cave

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A study uncovered massive human-like figures etched in the ceiling by Native Americans more than a 1000 years ago.
A scientific study has uncovered massive, ghostly figures carved into the ceiling of an Alabama cave more than 1,000-years ago.

The figures, three of which were humanoid in shape, are among the biggest ever uncovered in the Northern Americas. Some are more than 6ft long per a study presenting the findings published in the peer-reviewed journal Antiquity on Tuesday.

Known as glyphs, the unique carvings sculpted in the soft mud on the cave's ceiling could provide clues into the traditions of Native American peoples of this southeastern US, say the study's authors.

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Colosseum

Stonehenge: Archaeologists unearth 10,000-year-old hunting pits

Stonehenge
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Researchers say the largest pit is the most ancient trace of how land was used at Stonehenge
Thousands of pits believed to have been used by prehistoric hunters have been unearthed near Stonehenge.

The find, by University of Birmingham and Ghent University researchers, included sites over 10,000 years old.

One of the pits, which was 13ft (4m) wide and 6.5ft (2m) deep, was the largest of its kind in north-west Europe, the archaeologists said.

The discoveries were made using a combination of novel geophysics and "traditional" archaeology, they added.

Comment: See also: Stonehenge 'enhanced sounds for people inside the monument'


Rose

Caesar's favourite herb was the Viagra of ancient Rome - until climate change killed it off

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King Arcesilaus II of Cyrenaica overseeing the packaging of silphium. Perfume, tonic - even love potion - silphium was prized by the ancient Romans, but in its success lay the seeds of its own downfall.
Of all the mysteries of ancient Rome, silphium is among the most intriguing. Romans loved the herb as much as we love chocolate. They used silphium as perfume, as medicine, as an aphrodisiac and turned it into a condiment, called laser, that they poured on to almost every dish. It was so valuable that Julius Caesar stashed more than half a tonne in his treasury.

Yet it became extinct less than a century later, by the time of Nero, and for nearly 2,000 years people have puzzled over the cause.

Researchers now believe it was the first victim of man-made climate change - and warn that we should heed the lesson of silphium or risk losing plants that are the basis of many modern flavours.


Comment: That's a real stretch of the term 'climate change'. Moreover, it's known that there was a Roman Warm Period, that spanned from approximately 250 BC to AD 400, and over vast distances, and was followed by a sudden period of significant cooling - that was noted in as far away as Southwest Florida - that, along with a variety of other unusual phenomena; are they now trying to claim that human activity caused all of that, too? Even though there's no evidence that 'human activity' of that kind can have such a wide reaching and immediate affect?


Paul Pollaro and Paul Robertson of the University of New Hampshire say their research, published in Frontiers in Conservation Science, shows that urban growth and accompanying deforestation changed the local microclimate where silphium grew.

Comment: It's possible that human activity disrupted the micro-climate and destroyed the habitat that led to the loss of silphium, however the evidence suggests that there was an overall shift in climate that occurred, and across vast swathes of the planet, a process seen both then and now, and it appears to due to much greater drivers including the cycle of solar activity, its effect on cosmic rays and cloud cover, as well as the effect of cosmic catastrophes: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Secret British 'black propaganda' unit targeted cold war enemies revealed in declassified papers

Israeli convoy passes Egyptian prisoners
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An Israeli convoy passes Egyptian prisoners in the Sinai during the six-day war, June 1967. The Information Research Department put out fake Soviet comment on Egypt's war effort.
The British government ran a secret "black propaganda" campaign for decades, targeting Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia with leaflets and reports from fake sources aimed at destabilising cold war enemies by encouraging racial tensions, sowing chaos, inciting violence and reinforcing anti-communist ideas, newly declassified documents have revealed.

The effort, run from the mid-1950s through to the late 70s by a unit in London that was part of the Foreign Office, was focused on cold war enemies such as the Soviet Union and China, leftwing liberation groups and leaders that the UK saw as threats to its interests

The campaign also sought to mobilise Muslims against Moscow, promoting greater religious conservatism and radical ideas. To appear authentic, documents encouraged hatred of Israel.