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Cremated human remains in unearthed in China may belong to the Buddha

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An inscription on a box found in Jingchuan County, China says the human remains within belong to Buddha, though archeologists have not yet confirmed the finding.
Cremated human remains found inside a ceramic box in Jingchuan County, China, might be those of the Buddha, though archeologists have not confirmed that.

An inscription says the remains were buried June 22, 1013, and belong to the Buddha, who is said to have lived from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C.

More than 260 Buddhist statues were found buried near the remains, but researchers are not certain they were buried at the same time since the inscription does not mention them.

Researchers noted this isn't the first time remains of the Buddha - also known as Gautama Buddha or Siddhārtha Gautama - have purportedly been found.

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Top 10 most expensive works of art sold at auction - Pictures

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ has sold at Christie's in New York for $450.3m, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction. Here are the other nine most expensive works to go under the hammer

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Bidding representatives react after Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for $400 million at Christie’s ($450.3m, including auction house premium)

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200 years of grime removed from oil painting in seconds during incredible restoration (VIDEO)

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The restoration revealed magnificent details underneath the varnish
An art dealer's incredible restoration of an oil painting covered in varnish for 200 years has left viewers mesmerised.

Philip Mould, who presents BBC art show Fake or Fortune?, shared footage with his Twitter followers showing the careful removal of a yellowish brown protective varnish from the painting.

"A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish ... what a transformation!" he captioned the clip.

Comment: One almost gets used to seeing very old pictures with those dulled tones which can fool us into thinking that's how things actually appeared; seeing them cleaned up really does bring them to life.

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Boat

Most scientists now believe earliest Americans arrived on the continent by boat


Researchers are embracing the kelp highway hypothesis in “a dramatic intellectual turnabout.”
It's been one of the most contentious debates in anthropology, and now scientists are saying it's pretty much over. A group of prominent anthropologists have done an overview of the scientific literature and declare in Science magazine that the "Clovis first" hypothesis of the peopling of the Americas is dead.

For decades, students were taught that the first people in the Americas were a group called the Clovis who walked over the Bering land bridge about 13,500 years ago. They arrived (so the narrative goes) via an ice-free corridor between glaciers in North America. But evidence has been piling up since the 1980s of human campsites in North and South America that date back much earlier than 13,500 years. At sites ranging from Oregon in the US to Monte Verde in Chile, evidence of human habitation goes back as far as 18,000 years.

Comment: See also: First Americans took coastal route to get to North America


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JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info


CIA counterspy James Jesus Angleton
The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show.

"Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods."

Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent.

The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency.

Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.

Comment: Angleton was also the CIA's Mossad liaison. Thanks to him, Israel is a rogue nuclear state: The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel


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Admiral Lord Nelson's facial scarring and missing eyebrow revealed in portrait restoration

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A painting of Admiral Lord Nelson, showing his facial scarring and missing eyebrow following restoration to remove the paint concealing them
It is not uncommon for prominent figures to have their imperfections airbrushed out of history.

But Admiral Lord Nelson's facial scarring and missing eyebrow will now be presented in all their glory, after the the discovery and painstaking restoration of a "lost" painting, which included the removal of paint that had covered up to maritime hero's blemishes.

Part of a series of portraits of the famous admiral painted by Italian artist Leonardo Guzzardi in 1799, the painting was last publicly seen in a newspaper article in 1897.

The painting was rediscovered from an American private collection by art dealer and presenter of BBC programme Fake or Fortune, Philip Mould. On discovering the painting, he found Nelson's missing eyebrow, and some of the scarring he sustained at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 had been painted over.

Bad Guys

Project MK-Ultra & Dr. Ewen Cameron "stole my mother away from me"

'They stole my mother from me. They used her as a human guinea pig. They stripped her of her emotions'

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Alison Steel holds a photo of her mom, Jean Steel, in her home in Knowlton, Quebec November 10, 2017.
On October 9, 1957, Dr. Ewen Cameron, a Scottish-born psychiatrist and director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in Montreal noted that his 33-year-old patient, Jean Steel, was on her 23rd day of drug-induced sleep.

Steel had undergone four electroconvulsive shock-therapy treatments. Several more were planned. In previous days, while awake, she had shown some aggressiveness toward staff, behaviour Cameron felt needed to be "broken up."

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14th century mass graves discovered in Czech Republic

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Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have uncovered some 1,500 skeletons from 30 mass graves dating back to the 14 and 15th centuries, in what is being described as the largest discovery of its kind in central Europe.

The graves, each filled with 50-70 people believed to be victims of famine and plague epidemics, were unearthed on a plot of a historical ossuary in Kutna Hora, according to Jan Frolik from Prague's Institute of Archaeology.

"It is the biggest group of medieval mass graves in central Europe, and probably in the whole [of] Europe," said Frolik to RT.com. The skeletons are a "perfect sample for [the] study of [the] medieval population in [an] important medieval Czech town," he added.

Star of David

The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel

The special relationship between the United States and Israel is usually viewed as the product of great forces, the imperial interests of the United States in the cold war and the work of establishment Jewish groups after Israel's two regional wars 50 years ago. But individuals play a part too; and a new biography of the secretive CIA official James Angleton shows the power that a non-Jewish rightwing nationalist played in knitting the two countries together, and building up Israel.

"Angleton was was a leading architect of America's strategic relationship with Israel that endures and dominates the region to this day," Jefferson Morley writes in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. More than any other man, the longtime chief of U.S. counterintelligence made possible Israel's shift "from an embattled settler state into a strategic ally of the world's greatest superpower."

Angleton did so chiefly by burying any effort in the U.S. intelligence establishment to question Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons in the 1960s. "Angleton's loyalty to Israel betrayed U.S. policy on an epic scale," Morley writes. "Instead of supporting U.S. nuclear security policy, he ignored it."

Comment: See also: James Jesus Angleton: Inside the paranoid and pathological mind of a CIA chief


Black Cat 2

Ireland's history with witch detectives

Being a witch in Ireland has always required a certain amount of versatility. You had to be good with animals as well as people, and as adept at curses as you were at cures.

And you had to be able to solve crimes.

In 1916, PJ McCorry sought the help of a witch when his local police proved incapable of providing either clues or suspects in the short time they devoted to investigating a burglary at his home.

The thief had taken £50 while the farmer laboured in the fields in Aghadalgan, near Crumlin, County Antrim. It was a significant sum, and McCorry wanted it back.

Comment: There have and probably always will be people with an understanding of folk medicine and perhaps with a certain psychic sensitivity which can be used in beneficial ways such as that mentioned above. With the advent of monotheism and the ponerization of the Christian doctrine, the idea of wise folk in the local village was turned on it's head, probably because those very same people saw through the lies being espoused by those claiming to be holy, and also because terror has always been used by a corrupt establishment to control its population.

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