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JFK journal's stunning admission: 'No complete evidence' Hitler's body was ever found

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If you aren't convinced, you're in good company — recently revealed documents from a personal journal make candid skepticism from a man who could arguably be termed the Führer's polar opposite — President John F. Kennedy.

While questioning the official narrative pertaining to one of the most opprobrious tyrants in history might not be a comfortable matter, the theory has gained wide traction from a number of reputable sources and analyses in recent years — but, apparently, the beloved former president harbored qualms about the April 30, 1945 deaths.

"Hitler's Reich Chancellery was a shell," Kennedy penned in 1945, several years before ascending to the White House.
"The walls were chipped and scarred by bullets, showing the terrific fight that took place at the time of its fall. Hitler's air-raid shelter was about 120 feet down into the ground — well furnished but completely devastated. The room where Hitler was supposed to have met his death showed scorched walls and traces of fire. There is no complete evidence, however, that the body that was found was Hitler's body. The Russians doubt that he is dead."
That Kennedy and Hitler share in common entire tomes positing theories on their lives and the manner of their deaths makes the former president's skepticism on the latter's dubious demise an especially fitting observation.

Archaeology

Archeological find affirms Heiltsuk Nation's oral history

Settlement on B.C.'s Central Coast dated back to 14,000 years

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Members of the archeology team, from left to right, John Maxwell, Alisha Gauvreau, and Seonaid Duffield work on excavating the site.
An ancient archeological find on Triquet Island on B.C.'s Central Coast is adding credence to the oral histories of the Heiltsuk Nation.

"Heiltsuk oral history talks of a strip of land in that area where the excavation took place. It was a place that never froze during the ice age and it was a place where our ancestors flocked to for survival," said William Housty, a member of Heiltsuk Nation.

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Ancient Mega-Sloths dug massive tunnels in South America

© Heinrich Frank
Researchers have found several colossal burrows in South America that are so huge and neatly constructed, you'd be forgiven for thinking humans dug them as a passageway through the forest.

Turns out, they're far more ancient than they look, estimated to be at least 8,000 to 10,000 years old, and no known geologic process can explain them. But then there's the massive claw marks that line the walls and ceilings - it's now thought that an extinct species of giant ground sloth is behind at least some of these so-called palaeoburrows.

"I didn't know there was such a thing as palaeoburrows," lead researcher behind the latest study, Heinrich Frank from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, told Andrew Jenner at Discover.

"I'm a geologist, a professor, and I'd never even heard of them."

Archaeology

Mammoth tusk which could date back 14,000 years found washed up on British beach


This 6 foot long mammoth tusk found off the coast of West Mersea, Essex could easily be mistaken for a piece of driftwood
Scientists have urged Brits to get digging around our coastline after discovering a massive mammoth tusk which could date back 14,000 years, was found on a beach.

Britain's last known woolly mammoths died after they fell into holes left by melting ice blocks. It's not clear how old the tusk is, but the last mammoths are believed to have walked Britain 14,000 years ago.

The incredible find was made by volunteers with Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) on Thursday morning off Mersea Island.

Project officer Stephanie Ostrich said: "We came across it by chance. It is incredibly fragile and quite a rare find." Dog-walkers and beachgoers have been urged to keep an eye out for unusual pieces of wood that could turn out to be invaluable artefacts.

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'Wish you well against Jewish invaders': Himmler's letter to Palestinian Arab leader discovered

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German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Amin Al-Husseini meet in Berlin, 30 November 1941.
An old telegram uncovered by the National Library of Israel shows a letter from Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler to Palestinian Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini, voicing his support for "freedom-seeking Arabs" against "world Jewry."

The telegram, dating back to autumn 1943, appears to show how in their hatred for Jews, Nazis in Europe have been seeking to support Palestinians against the "Jewish invaders."

"To Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini," the letter read. "From the outset, the National Socialist [Nazi] movement of Greater Germany has been a standard-bearer in the battle against world Jewry. For this reason, it is closely following the battle of freedom-seeking Arabs, particularly in Palestine, against the Jewish invaders.

The shared recognition of the enemy and the joint fight against it are creating the strong base [uniting] Germany and freedom-seeking Arabs around the world. In this spirit, I am pleased to wish you, on the anniversary of the wretched Balfour Declaration, warm wishes on your continued fight until the great victory."

Sherlock

'Highly unusual' 2,500-year-old chariot and two horse skeletons unearthed at a Yorkshire building site


An Iron Age chariot and two horse skeletons have been unearthed.
An Iron Age chariot and two horse skeletons have been unearthed at a Yorkshire building site. The 2,500-year-old remains have been dubbed by experts as 'highly unusual'. The find is the first of its kind in the last 200 years and one of only 26 ever excavated in the UK.

It has been described as a find of 'international significance'. The peculiar remains were found at a new housing development in Pocklington, East Yorkshire, which has forced planners to hold off on their builds. Archaeologists working on the site say that the remains may link to a strange human burial ritual.

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Creating an alternate reality with a psyops 'bureaucracy': How the U.S. swamped the world

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Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that - over the past three decades - have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home.

The documents reveal the formation of a psyops bureaucracy under the direction of Walter Raymond Jr., a senior CIA covert operations specialist who was assigned to President Reagan's National Security Council staff to enhance the importance of propaganda and psyops in undermining U.S. adversaries around the world and ensuring sufficient public support for foreign policies inside the United States.

Raymond, who has been compared to a character from a John LeCarré novel slipping easily into the woodwork, spent his years inside Reagan's White House as a shadowy puppet master who tried his best to avoid public attention or - it seems - even having his picture taken. From the tens of thousands of photographs from meetings at Reagan's White House, I found only a couple showing Raymond - and he is seated in groups, partially concealed by other officials.

But Raymond appears to have grasped his true importance. In his NSC files, I found a doodle of an organizational chart that had Raymond at the top holding what looks like the crossed handles used by puppeteers to control the puppets below them. Although it's impossible to know exactly what the doodler had in mind, the drawing fits the reality of Raymond as the behind-the-curtains operative who was controlling the various inter-agency task forces that were responsible for implementing various propaganda and psyops strategies.

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Ancient palace complex unearthed in Oaxaca Valley, Mexico

© Elsa M. Redmond and Charles Spencer
El Palenque royal palace
A pair of archaeologists with the American Museum of Natural History has unearthed a palatial compound in El Palenque's plaza in the Oaxaca Valley in Mexico. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Elsa Redmond and Charles Spencer describe their work, what they have uncovered and how their findings fit with the emergence of organized states in Mesoamerica.

The Oaxaca Valley near the southern tip of Mexico has been offering up clues of past civilizations for several decades—a team has been working at the El Palenque site in particular since 1993. In this new effort, the researchers focused on a dig on the north end of the plaza—the site of what the researchers believe was the home and business center for the ruler of an ancient empire.

The palace has been dated to approximately 2,100 to 2,300 years ago, a time before the Aztecs. Most in the field believe that the civilization that existed in Oaxaca was among the earliest states to come into existence in Mesoamerica. Redmond and Spencer suggest that their findings at the palace site back up that theory.

The palace, the pair report, was well preserved and covered approximately 2,790 square meters and had not only living quarters for the ruler and his family, but business offices, a staircase, a dining area and a place to perform sacrifices.

Comment: See also: Oldest temple in Mexican valley hints at possible human sacrifice


Family

Something to remember: The differences between Rich and Poor in the Victorian era

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The quality of life during the Victorian times depended on whether you were rich or poor.

Wealthy Victorians enjoyed a good and easy life. Poor Victorians had a rough and hard life, often ending up in the workhouse or early death.


Archaeology

Jurassic highway: Thousands of dino footprints uncovered, including rare stegosaurus tracks

© University of Queensland
An area of Australian coastline has been dubbed 'Jurassic Park' after paleontologists scouring the landscape discovered an "unprecedented" number of dinosaur tracks dating back around 130 million years.

The Dampier Peninsula has been identified as a former home to scores of prehistoric beasts, thanks to researchers from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, who successfully documented thousands of footprints along the 25km (16 miles) stretch of coast.

New analysis of the area took five years (2011-2016) to complete, and has just been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.