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Ice Age animal bones discovered during Los Angeles subway excavation

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Jasmyn Nolasco (left) and Janis Basuga (right) put the leg bone of either a mammoth or mastodon (it's unclear which) into a protective plaster cast.
The discovery of ice age mammal bones — one belonging to an extinct camel and the other to either a mastodon or a mammoth (it's hard to say which) — temporarily stopped construction of Los Angeles' subway line extension last month.

Paleontologists found the fossils just down the street from the La Brea Tar Pits in L.A.'s Miracle Mile district, where a future subway station will be built. On April 12, scientists discovered the camel bone, and on April 13, they uncovered the bone of the proboscidean (the ancient elephant relative).

"It's one thing to read in a history book that these animals used to live all over North America, but it makes it more real when they're found in your city," said Ashley Leger, the paleontological field director for Cogstone Resource Management Inc., a company that surveys sites for paleontological and archaeological remains before construction projects begin. "[For] the people of Los Angeles, this is their history. This is what lived there thousands of years before they were ever there."

Star of David

What Zionists really mean when they say "there was no Palestine" - and why they're "not even wrong"

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Central area of the woodblock mappamundi from the Rudimentum Novitiorum, Lubeck, 1475. Note Palestine, Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Syria, and Carmel.
Palestine never existed — or so, I have often been told, is a stock Zionist claim.

But what is meant by Palestine having, or having not, 'existed'? Humans have lived and died in the region we call Palestine for about as long as our species has walked the earth, regardless of who had the biggest club, the grandest throne, or the most F16s. What does it mean for the land to have been, or not to have been, 'Palestine'? And how does it alter the present-day political, legal, or ethical landscape?

I have occasionally argued with people who claim that Zionists deny the existence of the geographic term 'Palestine' before the post-1948 resistance. Well, maybe there are such individuals, but it is not the claim made by any savvy Zionist. The misunderstanding leaves individuals supporting Palestinian justice open to being proven 'wrong' on a straw issue.

Cow Skull

Study suggests humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than previously believed

A team of scientists believe they have found evidence of human activity in North America that dates back 130,000 years — more than 100,000 years earlier than believed.

The evidence comes from an archeological site in San Diego County, Calif. In 1992, a site was uncovered containing mastodon bones, along with stone anvils and hammerstones. Dating the tools proved to be challenging. However, using recent technology, including uranium dating, the team believes they have firm evidence that humans were using tools to break apart the bones and make other tools.

Pirates

Mississippi historians: Around 20,000 freed slaves perished in barbaric Union Army's Devil's Punchbowl encampment

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Say the words concentration camps, and most will surmise the topic surrounds World War II and the Nazis; but the hard labor, constant threat of death, and barbarism these microcosmic hells presented weren't unique to Adolf Hitler — in just one year, around 20,000 freed slaves perished in the Devil's Punchbowl — in Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A.

After the Civil War, a massive exodus of former slaves from Southern plantations trekked northward in hopes of reaching a location of true freedom; but embittered soldiers, resentful the people considered property were now free, had other plans.

One tiny town's population mushroomed twelvefold from the influx, as researcher Paula Westbrook, who has extensively studied Devil's Punchbowl, noted, "When the slaves were released from the plantations during the occupation they overran Natchez. And the population went from about 10,000 to 120,000 overnight." Unable to grapple with an instant population swell, the city turned to Union troops still lingering after the war to devise a merciless, impenitent solution.


"So they decided to build an encampment for 'em at Devil's Punchbowl which they walled off and wouldn't let 'em out," former director of the Natchez City Cemetery, Don Estes, explained.

Attention

Still think the US government is innocent? - Dr William Pepper reveals who really killed MLK

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Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert F. Kennedy with Civil Rights leaders, June 22, 1963.
Dr. William Pepper's remarkable 40 year investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is summarized in his equally remarkable book, The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this conversation we discuss Dr. Pepper's relationship with Dr. King, the mind-blowing evidence that destroys the official story of the assassination, who really killed MLK, and the complete media blackout that has served to keep this information from the public for half a century.


Info

Mythical sounding stories aren't always just flights of fancy - True story of volcanic eruption told by Aboriginals for 7,000 years

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We're all storytellers at heart, but we often prefer the more mythical and legendary tales of times long gone than ones of real scientific discovery. However, on occasion, some ancient stories turn out to be grounded almost entirely in fact, not fiction.

Take this story that's been passed down through more than 230 generations of Gugu Badhun Aboriginal people, for example.

Once upon a time, a huge explosion rocked the land and a massive crater appeared in the ground. A malicious dust filled the air, and when people wandered into it, they disappeared forever. The air was so hot that along the waterfronts, the ground appeared to be on fire.

This story was first definitively documented in the 1970s, when a recording was made of an Aboriginal elder talking about it. At the time, it was considered to be nothing more than a work of someone's imagination.

As it so happens, a brand new study has just confirmed that this 7,000-year-old epic has likely been true all along, and it probably won't surprise you that it was based on a volcanic eruption.

Comment:

Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters - Scientists are now listening


Books

Robert Wilton: How Jewish extremists hijacked the Russian revolution, aided by Germany


Yakov Sverdlov, the original moderate rebel.
Robert Wilton, Russia's Agony (1918) and The Last Days of the Romanovs (1920).
Wilton was correspondent of the Times of London at St Petersburg. Peter Myers, April 19, 2001; update May 4, 2003. Chapter 16 of The Last Days of the Romanovs added April 28, 2017.

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Robert Wilton, St Petersburg correspondent for the London Times, documents that the October Revolution was a Jewish Revolution, led by "Pseudo Jews", i.e. Jews who had renounced religion, many of whom had come from Western Europe with Lenin, or from America with Trotsky. Even religious Jews were afraid of them; the viciousness of the Bolsheviks arose from Jewish alienation from things Russian. Wilton says that, assimilation of Jews in Poland and other countries having failed, the only solution to the Jewish Question is Zionism.

The 1920 book is presented here first, because it gives the suppressed facts on who led the Bolshevik Revolution; the 1918 book gives more explanatory material.

ADDED April 28, 2017: Chapter 16 of The Last Days of the Romanovs, naming the Jews running all the revolutionary parties, was omitted from the British & U.S. editions. Here a translation from the French Edition is published for the first time.
  1. The Last Days of the Romanovs
  2. Chapter 16 of The Last Days of the Romanovs, naming the Jews running all the revolutionary parties
  3. Russia's Agony by Robert Wilton

Comment: A glimpse of some contemporary coverage of an aspect of the "Russian" Revolution forgotten by many. One hundred years later, many of the dynamics are repeating. Instead of the "Jewish problem", today it is the "Muslim/immigrant problem". In the first half of the 20th century, Europe saw the terror of two extremes: the anti-Jewish terror of the Nazis, and the largely Jewish terror of the Bolsheviks. Today, the world faces similar nightmares: anti-Muslim pogroms, and the success of Islamist revolutionary groups like Al-Qaeda, Daesh, the Free Syrian Army, etc.

For more on the involvement of Jews in the Russian Revolution, see Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Two Centuries Together: A Russo-Jewish History to 1972.


Blackbox

What happened to the missing people of Pennsylvania?

For six centuries, a native people lived in the region that is now southwestern Pennsylvania.

Then they vanished without a trace.

"We have no idea what happens to them," John Nass, director of the California University of Pennsylvania's anthropology program, told PhillyVoice. "They basically vacate this part of the state, but we don't know where they relocate to."

Nass and his undergraduate archeology students are studying the history of the Monongahela people, who occupied parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland from about 1050 A.D. into the 1630s.

Attention to their work picked up recently with a local interest piece in the hometown Herald-Standard newspaper, which was followed by a feature from the Associated Press.

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Info

Early history and impact events in India

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Getting acquainted with 1st millennium Indian History is a daunting task.

However, Wikipedia provides a helpful Outline of South Asian History that lists the various Kingdoms and Empires that emerged during the 1st millennium.
History of South Asia - South Asia includes the contemporary political entities of the Indian subcontinent and associated islands, therefore, its history includes the histories of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and the island nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The level of detail associated with each Kingdom or Empire is fairly variable.

Some histories are short and vague. Others are long and detailed.

Stop

Yeltsin was prevented from burying Lenin's body & demolishing his Mausoleum

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Boris Yeltsin in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Red Square, 1990.
Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, made a decision to "demolish Lenin's Mausoleum" in Red Square, former prime minister Sergey Stepashin has revealed. The politician claimed it was he who stopped the then Russian leader from doing so.

"Boris Nikolayevich [Yeltsin] ordered me to demolish the mausoleum. It was in 1998," said Stepashin, who at that particular time served as minister of interior affairs and later in 1999 was appointed PM, in an interview with Istorik (Historian) magazine.

He said he was summoned to Yeltsin's office, where the president told him he had "made a decision." When the minister asked what the role of his department in the planned demolition would be, he was told that it was to secure order during the process.