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Fossilized scales found from 200m-year-old butterflies

200 million year old butterfly wing scale
© Bas van de Schootbrugge
One of the scales under the microscope
Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years.

Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany. The find pushes back the date for the origins of the Lepidoptera, one of the most prized and studied insect groups.

Researchers say they can learn more about the conservation of butterflies and moths by studying their early evolution.

They used acid to dissolve ancient rocks, leaving behind small fragments, including "perfectly preserved" scales that covered the wings of early moths and butterflies.


Archeologists unearth evidence of 'unusually sophisticated' technology beneath ancient 'pyramid' on Greek island of Keros

Cambridge Keros Project
© Cambridge Keros Project
Archaeologists were not aware that the ancient civilization that occupied the site was capable of such feats of engineering, and are continuing their research to find out more about who lived there.
Archaeologists excavating an ancient pyramid-like structure on the Greek island of Keros have found evidence that its creators were far more sophisticated than previously thought.

The builders of the settlement of Dhaskalio carved the headland into stepped terraces, and added approximately 1,000 tons of white stone to make it look like a giant, gleaming, stepped pyramid. The stone was transported from 10 kilometers away.

New research on the 4,000-year-old site has revealed a range of impressive features, including a complex series of drainage tunnels, and metalwork that was "unusually sophisticated" for the time.

Comment: Read more about discoveries on Keros:

Che Guevara

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 speech: 'A genuine revolution of values'

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Earlier today, I read Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 speech on Vietnam at Riverside Church. It was both uplifting and depressing.

Uplifting in the sense that he so eloquently expresses the timeless spirit necessary for humans to take the next evolutionary step forward into a more conscious paradigm. Depressing in the sense it's crystal clear the American public quite spectacularly rejected his plea, further descending quite enthusiastically into a culture defined by depravity, violence and selfishness over the past 50 years.

While the entire speech is illuminating, the following paragraphs really connected with me on a deep level, as they reflect many of the themes I've been exploring over the past year or so.
A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

Star of David

Book Review: Norman Finkelstein's 'Gaza' is an exhaustive act of witness

Norman Finkelstein book Gaza


An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom
Norman Finkelstein
440 pp. University of California Press. $34.95.

After the 2012 war, I told my Gazan team that we needed a new word. 'War' was a goal-oriented pursuit, tempered by mortal and strategic risk. Israel's conflict maintenance was neither.

After the 2014 war, while we still wore those 1000-yard stares, I set out to assign proportionate responsibility. I read books on military accountability, the arc from force projection to force protection, law of war handbooks, and every report I could find. I could not unpick their crazy-making inconsistencies. From their conclusions, I could not recognize what I had seen. I told my team that we needed a new kind of scholarship.

Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom, enables a different scholarship. Norman Finkelstein has set out to deconstruct the false narrative of war in Gaza, by refuting its component parts. One by one. Finkelstein is an author, activist and scholar with decades of archives and outrage to bring.

Gaza is one exhaustive act of witness. I differ with some of its choices, and I note that in order to emphasize that agreement is not required. I found Gaza hugely valuable as an argument, a demand for accountability, and as a response to the question my team repeated, "What do they think we are?"

Snakes in Suits

Col. Jacques Hogard: The Hague has been biased & anti-Serbian for 25 years

Jacques Hogard
The head of the French special forces in Kosovo in 1999 for the Serbian newspaper "Novosti":
For 25 years, The Hague tribunal has been ruling in a biased and anti-Serbian way. Kosovo is not a Serbian and Albanian problem, but a problem of the entire international community

I was only called once from Brussels, not from The Hague, and they asked me if I wanted to testify about what I saw in Kosovo. When I told the clerk that I was entirely at their disposal and that I could testify about KLA crimes against the Serbs, no one contacted me later. It was over. And I had a lot to say.
This is what Jacques Hogard said exclusively for "Novosti", the head of the French special forces who was the first to arrive in Kosovo and Metohija during the transition period that lasted between the signing of the Kumanovo agreement up to the arrival of the international peacekeeping forces in 1999.

Comment: Further reading:

Russian Flag

Scapegoating Jews, whitewashing Anglo-Saxons. Idea of Western supremacy over Russia is not a Jewish invention

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Propaganda depiction of a barbaric Russian invasion of Europe. Early 19th century, France.
In 1788 John Ledyard, an American explorer who had sailed with James Cook and kept up a correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, returned to Germany from an extensive voyage spanning Siberia, European Russia and Poland. Upon crossing the border, he wrote down:
I have within the space of 3 English miles leapt the great barrier of Asiatic & European manners; from Servility, Indolence, Filth, Vanity, Dishonesty, Suspicion, Jealousy, Cowardice, Knavery, Reserve, Ignorance, Basses d'Esprit & I know not what, to everything opposite to it; busy Industry, Frankness, Neatness, well-loaded tables, plain good manners, an obliging attention, Firmness, Intelligence, &, thank God, Cheerfulness & above all Honesty, which I solemnly swear I have not looked full in the Face since I first passed to the eastward & northward of the Baltics. Once more welcome Europe to my warmest embraces.
In the late 18th century, when the US and Russia were perfect strangers to each other with no interest to unite or divide one another, an American could visit what was then only begun to be imagined as 'Eastern Europe' and decide its Russians, Poles, Jews and Tartars were filthy Asiatics, inferior in every way to Western Europeans and Americans.

Yet today, when a massive American trillion-dollar military-industrial complex desperately seeks out enemies to justify its existence in a world where Russia is still the only other nuclear and mil-tech superpower, American contempt for Russia might supposedly be explained by the influence of Jews?


Churchill: Hero, racist, and imperialist

Churchill, ‘Darkest Hour,
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." So said Oscar Wilde and so describes the life and legacy of Britain's most famous and revered leader, Winston Churchill, a political giant who wore his racism and imperialism proudly.

New Churchill movie: history or hagiography?

In the wake of the release of the Hollywood biopic on Churchill, 'Darkest Hour,' which is attracting rave reviews and features Gary Oldman as Churchill and Kristin Scott Thomas as his long-suffering wife Clementine, a raft of articles on the man and his legacy has been produced, confirming that his place in history remains the subject of dispute and conjecture over half a century after his death in 1965.

'Darkest Hour' focuses on the period of Churchill's life for which he is most famous, when as prime minister he led Britain during the darkest period in its history after the military disaster of Dunkirk in May 1940.


The radical legacy of Martin Luther King - 'The Most Dangerous Negro'

martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Today marks the 89th birth anniversary of legendary Black leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a charismatic orator who played an instrumental role in the U.S. civil rights movement.

But in the years following his assassination in 1968, conservatives have tried to tarnish King's image by co-opting his philosophy and by convoluting his messages and using them to promote their narrow agenda through the prism of theology.

King was a theologian and promoted non-violence but not in the way commonly portrayed by conservatives. On the contrary, his radical, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist stance on a litany of issues, such as being against war, pro-choice, for LGBT rights, access to health care, immigration reform, speaks of his revolutionary acumen.


Russian Flag

Debunking Russia Insider editor Charles Bausman's view of Jewish origins of Russian history's ills

Charles Bausman

Charles Bausman

Russia Insider's editor-in-chief railed against the supposed Jewish origin of the world's ills, but totally fails to understand Russia's history or its people

Going After Jews Instead of Neo-Liberals

Charles Bausman, the editor-in-chief of Russia Insider, has chosen a path well-trodden: he decided to woo his audience by discovering the "Jewish origin" of today's wars and tensions.

Nothing could be a greater service to the globalist neoliberals and neoconservatives, who try to present the alternative voices (and in the first place the alternative voices from Russia) as a chorus of anti-Semites, conspiracy theorists and Putin's pals.

The detractors of RT and Sputnik in the United States and the EU may quickly forget that RT's Paula Slier made award-winning documentaries on the horrors of Holocaust, which did not prevent Paula from reporting on the horrors of Israel's bombardment of Palestinian areas. But the detractors of RT and Sputnik will remember Mr. Bausman's recent opus headlined "It's Time to Drop the Jew Taboo."

They will remember it and cite it as an example of "Putin's man going fascist," quickly spreading its ill fame to all the media outlets which Mr. Bausman happened to visit. Such reactions from the representatives of the Western mainstream media are already coming. Judging from the text of his article, Mr. Bausman was fully aware of this kind of reaction before starting to pen out his feelings about Jews, but nevertheless proceeded with its publication.

Microscope 1

Divers in Mexico discover underwater tunnel network that could shine new light on ancient Mayan civilization

Sac Actun underwater cave system
© Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS
Scuba divers tour an area of Sac Actun underwater cave system
A team of divers have discovered what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet in eastern Mexico.

By connecting two underwater caverns, the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) project identified the 216-mile (347km) cave after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels.

The project, which is dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula, said the discovery could shine new light on the ancient Maya civilisation.

Near the beach resort of Tulum, the group found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 163 miles (263km), communicated with the 52-mile (83km) Dos Ojos system, the GAM said in a statement. Because of this, Sac Actun has now absorbed Dos Ojos.