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Russian meteor stream study of 1966

© NASA-ARC/Image courtesy A. Scott Murrell and James W. Young
by Alexandra Terentjeva (Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia): [email protected]


3600 individual photographic orbits of meteor bodies and about 2000 visual meteor radiants with corresponding velocities were compiled and carefully studied in detail. 154 minor meteor streams were detected in the Solar System, their basic orbital and other data are given.

Firstly some remarkable shower and stream properties are established: examples of the large elliptic radiation areas with semi-major axes perpendicular to the Ecliptic; the existence of the Northern (N) , Southern (S) and Ecliptical (Q) branches of some streams; stream-antipodes and radiant-antipodes (symmetrically arranged relatively to the Ecliptic) with angular distances from the Ecliptic to 40-80°; а number of short-perihelion streams (q ~ 0.05-0.07 A.U.); some meteor streams perpendicular to the Ecliptic's plane.

There are also some unique meteor bodies with their orbits enclosed within the limits of the Earth's one, or having the clockwise and anticlockwise direction in two similar orbits.

Comment: See also: New study: Threat of asteroid collision on Earth higher than previously thought


Archaeology

500-year-old Aztec ball court discovered along with the Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl temple in Mexico City

© Reuters
Archaeologists have uncovered a giant temple dedicated to the Aztec god of wind, and a court where the Aztecs played a deadly ball game in the heart of Mexico City
Archaeologists have uncovered a giant temple dedicated to the Aztec god of wind, and a court where the Aztecs played a deadly ball game in the heart of Mexico City. The bizarre game involved players using their hips to keep a ball in play, as well as ritual human sacrifices.

Excavators also uncovered 32 sets of human neck bones at the site, which are likely to be remains of people who were decapitated as part of the game. The rare finds, including the semi-circular temple of Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl and nearby ball court were revealed yesterday.

Archaeologists believe the temple celebrated the god of the wind and was built between 1486 and 1502.

And records indicate that Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes first watched the ritual Aztec ball game at the court in 1528, invited by the last Aztec emperor, Montezuma - whose empire he went on to conquer.

Candle

'Strange Fruit': The bone chilling first recorded song about racism in America


Billie Holiday
With such a great deal of concern over racism, hate and division these days, it seems that the human race is so terribly fractured that it will take a miracle of sorts to unite us before we kill each other off entirely. We are in need of healing, and music is the one force of nature that has the power to inspire the awakening of humanity within even the most callous of souls.


Comment: Unless of course one is a psychopath, or irretrievably ponerized.


Even the saddest of songs can make a painful truth universally bearable, and in America's dark history of slavery, segregation and injustice, one remarkable composition has achieved just that. Strange Fruit, as performed by renowned jazz musician Billie Holliday was America's first recorded song about racism, and is a haunting reminder of why we still struggle to understand our relationship with one another in this melting pot.

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Info

300,000-year-old homo sapiens unearthed in Morocco

© Jean-Jacques Hublin/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
An almost complete adult mandible discovered at the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco.
Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Dating back roughly 300,000 years, the bones indicate that mankind evolved earlier than had been known, experts say, and open a new window on our origins.

The fossils also show that early Homo sapiens had faces much like our own, although their brains differed in fundamental ways.

Until now, the oldest fossils of our species, found in Ethiopia, dated back just 195,000 years. The new fossils suggest our species evolved across Africa.

"We did not evolve from a single cradle of mankind somewhere in East Africa," said Phillipp Gunz, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Liepzig, Germany, and a co-author of two new studies on the fossils, published in the journal Nature.

Today, the closest living relatives to Homo sapiens are chimpanzees and bonobos, with whom we share a common ancestor that lived over six million years ago.

Star of David

50 years of illegal occupation: Norman Finkelstein explodes the myths about Israel's illegal 1967 war (VIDEO)

In the first of an extended three-part interview on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein debunks the enduring myths surrounding that historic confrontation — myths that have sustained​ the ensuing Israeli ​occupation of Palestinian lands​.

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He currently teaches at Sakarya University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Turkey. Finkelstein is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions.


Star of David

Activist launches website to set Zionist myths straight vs. the historical record

"A pack of lies!" the well-known pro-Israel activist yelled as he jostled his way to the front of the lecture hall to commandeer my meeting at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). "A pack of lies! It's undocumented! You won't find any proper sources!" The event organizers paced helplessly. "How dare he!" A gesticulating finger scolded me. "He says that the Jewish Agency was against the Marshall Plan! I've never heard such a load of rubbish!" [see sample documents below regarding this load of rubbish]

Mr. Saboteur (who is well known here in London) is so adept at his craft that when Security arrived to ask him to desist or leave, he instead cowered Security into leaving.

Star of David

Israel planned atomic explosion in 1967: Key organizer of the project reveals secret contingency plan


This file photo by AFP taken on June 5, 1967 shows Israeli armored forces in action in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Israel developed a secret contingency plan to move an atomic device atop a mountain in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and detonate it in a display of force during the Six-Day War in 1967, says a key organizer of the project.

Retired Israeli Brigadier General Itzhak Yaakov detailed the initiative to Israeli nuclear scholar Avner Cohen in interviews back in 1999 and 2000, whose extracts were published in The New York Times newspaper on Saturday and a full text will be released on Monday.

Yaakov said he had initiated, drafted and promoted the plan, code-named Shimshon or Samson, and it would have been activated if Tel Aviv feared it was going to lose the war.

Comment: See also: 50th anniversary of Israel's infamous attack on the USS Liberty


Dig

Ancient underground city with 52 chambers discovered in Turkey's Kayseri province

© Daily Sabah
An ancient underground city with 52 chambers has been discovered in Turkey's central Kayseri province after shepherds and local residents informed authorities about a cave in the area, reports said Saturday. The city is expected to be opened to tourism and welcome tourists.

Researchers carrying out a project in collaboration with the Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, Obruk Cave Research Staff and the Foundation for the Protection and Promotion of the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ÇEKÜL) were informed by locals that there was a cave in the Gesi district. The project they were working on had been launched in 2014 with the aim of taking inventory of Kayseri's undergrounds, reports said.

Upon examination, the researchers discovered the 80-meter long Belağası Underground City.

Çekül Kayseri Representative Dr. Osman Özsoy told reporters that they were previously within the borders of Melikgazi district and started working in the Belağası district after notification from locals and shepherds.

MIB

Former CIA operative exposes secrets about JFK, Che, and Castro

© ROBERT W. KELLEY/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY
Antonio Veciana stands in a meeting with members of the anti-Castro action group Alpha 66, on October 1, 1962.
In the early 1960s, Antonio Veciana was the CIA's man in Havana. With a senior position in the Cuban government, he wreaked havoc on Fidel Castro's Communist regime, firebombing the capital's largest department store and plotting to kill Castro with a bazooka. When the Cuban strongman's security forces forced him into exile, Veciana didn't quit. From 1960 to the early 1970s, he funneled CIA funds to a network of Miami-based counter-revolutionaries who carried out an armed revolt against the Cuban government.

Veciana has long since retired from his covert war against Castro, who died peacefully in his own bed last year. Now, the ex-Cuban operative is telling his story in a memoir, Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots Against Castro, Kennedy, and Che, which weighs the cost of the anti-Castro crusade, both for himself and the United States. Veciana writes to justify and to apologize, to express pride and regret. He doesn't regret fighting Castro, but he does regret that his fight led him to miss so many events with his family and children.

Most of all, he wants to share what he knows about one of the most enduring traumas in American history: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Comment: This is yet another example of how the psychopathic deep state operates: in the shadows, with the aim of disrupting peace and causing chaos wherever possible with no concern for the ramifications of such actions on people. For more information see SOTT's series on the JFK assassination and the book JFK: The Assassination of America.


Dig

Lithuanian mummies reveal medical mysteries

© Kiril Cachovski of the Lithuanian Mummy Project, 2015
One of 23 mummies found in a crypt under a church in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Hundreds of skeletons have lain scattered around a crypt beneath a church in Vilnius, Lithuania, for centuries. But 23 of these remains are unlike the rest: Flesh wraps their bones, clothes cover their skin, and organs still fill their insides.

They are mummies, and since they were recovered about five years ago, scientists have investigated their secrets, seeking insights into the lives of people in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and the diseases they suffered.

"They are so well preserved that they almost look alive," said Dario Piombino-Mascali, an anthropologist from Italy who has studied the mummies since 2011.

Recently, Dr. Piombino-Mascali and his colleagues have uncovered remnants of the smallpox virus in one of the mummies, gaining new insights into the origins of a deadly scourge that killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone.

The work follows on their earlier discoveries: signs of rickets, osteoarthritis and intestinal parasites in the mummies. And they are not the only researchers unearthing new findings from the bodies of the long dead but well preserved.