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Ancient Viking warrior blade unearthed by goose hunters in southern Iceland

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Hunters tracking geese in the wilds of southern Iceland have returned with an unexpected catch - an incredibly well-preserved 1,000 year old Viking sword.

The group of hunters fortuitously stumbled upon the weapon in Skaftárhreppur, south Iceland, a region badly hit by floods last year.

Pictures of the Viking weapon of war - a double edged sword - show it to be in remarkably good condition, save for the tip which has broken off.

The sword is slightly curved at the point and due to years of exposure the metal blade has partially corroded. But despite years out in the open, splinters of wood can still be observed around the handle.

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The life and works of Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party


Huey P. Newton, visionary, poet, thinker, writer, gangster, revolutionary
Dedicated to my friend and comrade Marland X aka @CharlieMBrownX

Huey P. Newton was a visionary, a poet, a thinker, a writer, a gangster, but above all a revolutionary. Without his brilliance and daring the Black Panther party would never have been created. Fifty years after its creation the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is as relevant as ever because shockingly little has changed except for the worse. Black life is as cheap as ever, police gun down people at an alarming rate. Much of the country lives in poverty while the ultra-rich get ever richer. In Huey's time American imperialism was waging a genocidal war across Southeast Asia spanning Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia (and other places as well). Today American imperialism is waging an even larger war stretching from central Africa, through southwest Asia (the Middle East), and into Central Asia and even Eastern Europe (Ukraine). Police brutality, poverty, and war have only grown worse. In fact the Obama administration oversaw the greatest economic looting of the country in general and the Black community in particular in American history. Capitalism is in crisis, imperialism is out of control, and once again revolution is in the air. Thus now the year of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Black Panther Party on October 15, 1966 (or more likely October 29th), is the perfect time to revive the heroic figure of Huey P. Newton, a man who inspired millions with his courageous example.

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The Plot to Kill King: New book claims MLK survived shooting and was killed in hospital

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin's bullet. - William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)
The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and "Dixie Mafia" crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

Comment: More on the MLK assassination:


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The Dashka Stone - A 120 million year-old map?

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The controversial Dashka Stone: 120 Million-year-old map?
The Dashka Stone is a controversial artifact that it is believed by some to be the guidelines used by the architect of the world. Known as the Map of the Creator, this stone tablet has baffled researchers since its discovery in 1999. As impossible as it may seem, Russian experts believe the stone map, could be 120 million years old.

The Dashka slab depicts not only the environs of the Ural Mountains, but also a series of civil engineering projects including 7457 miles (12,000 km) of channels, several dams, and hieroglyphic notations of unknown origin. The accuracy and perspective of the map suggest that it was created from an aerial point of observation. The hieroglyphs have not, as of the time of writing, been deciphered but are thought to be related to an ancient form of Chinese.

Archeologists from the Bashkir State University discovered the Dashka stone in the Ural Mountains of eastern Russia on July 21, 1999. The discoverers were immediately struck by the size of the tablet. It measures 58 inches (148 cm) high, 42 inches (106 cm) wide, 6 inches (16 cm) thick, and weighs one ton. Upon further examination, the researchers were even more stunned: the tablet appears to show a highly accurate topographical map of Bashkiria, a specific area of the Ural Mountains, at a scale of approximately 1:1.1km. Alexandr Chuvyrov, a professor at Bashkir State University who led the team, named the stone Dashka in honor of his granddaughter who was born on that day.

The Map of the Creator is comprised of three levels, strongly suggesting that it did not originate in nature but was artificially made. The first layer is roughly 7 inches (18cm) of a cement or ceramic compound based on dolomite. The second layer is roughly 1 inch (2.5cm) of diopside glass enriched with silicon. The third layer is only a few millimeters thick and is made of a calcium-porcelain mixture, perhaps to give the tablet added protection or perhaps to create a diffused light to better illuminate the stone.

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'A great and good man, cruelly murdered and slandered' - Alternative view of Russian mystic Rasputin

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no hope.

Psalm 145, 3

As the Truth of God begins to be revealed, so everything in Russia will change.

Elder Nikolai (Guryanov)
Foreword

My interest in Gregory Rasputin was first sparked by a television programme fifty years ago on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination. Although, as a child, I could not investigate the claims made, I knew instinctively that there was something wrong with what was being said. I sensed a manipulation.

Forty-two years ago I went to study at Oxford at the oldest college in Oxford, where Prince Felix Yusupov, the supposed murderer of Gregory Rasputin had studied and visited the 'Yusupov room' where the prince had lived. I still could not understand the story since, with the Soviet Union and the Cold War still in full swing, I could not access the necessary archives on either side.

Others have since done that and their results, given below, provide long-awaited justice.

Comment: For more information about the possible hidden hand in the murder of Gregory Rasputin and Tsar Nicholas II and his family, read: The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reed.


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Mussolini message found under Rome obelisk

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A message from the Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini lies underneath a giant obelisk in Rome, a new archival research has discovered.

Written on parchment in Latin, the 1,200-word essay was carefully placed in a metal box with a few gold coins. It was then buried beneath the base of a 300-ton obelisk bearing the Latin inscription MVSSOLINI DVX, meaning Mussolini Duce (Mussolini the Leader).

Still standing in the Foro Italico sports complex in Rome, the 120-foot-high white marble monolith was unveiled to cheering crowds in 1932 as a monument to the power of fascism.

At that time, Mussolini (1883 - 1945) had already turned the Italian government into a dictatorship.

Titled "Codex Fori Mussolini," the text was supposed to remain an unreachable secret for contemporaries.

Mussolini's message from his rule, which ended in 1943, was intended to reach the future. The dictator believed the text would have only been read at the fall of the obelisk and consequently, of fascism.

The obelisk's physical collapse, however, wasn't necessary to find the Codex.

Two classics researchers, Bettina Reitz-Joosse at the University of Groningen, and Han Lamers, from Humboldt University Berlin and Catholic University of Leuven, were able to piece together the text from three sources found in libraries and archives in Rome.

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Watch Nelson Mandela's first TV interview ever, just unearthed by Dutch archivist

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A 1956 television interview believed to be Nelson Mandela's first has been found in the archives of Dutch broadcaster AVRO.

The 24-second clip predates any other known interviews with the South Africa freedom fighter by at least five years.

"It seems to have been filmed during a break at the 1956 Treason Trial which lasted four-and-a-half years," according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which received the clip from AVRO after it waived its licensing fee for one year.

The interview occurred outside the Old Synagogue in Pretoria which was used as a court during the trial. Mandela was one of 156 people put on trial accused of treason as part of a government crackdown on opposition to apartheid.

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Michelangelo painted symbols of female anatomy in the Sistine Chapel, says new study

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An undated picture showing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.
Michelangelo painted some of the most recognizable images in art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. He also, evidently, included a bunch of heretical body parts.

Among a number of famous scenes depicted on the ceiling of the chapel is the Creation of Eve, which depicts the first female pleading with God in the Garden of Eden. Both Eve and Adam are shown without clothes, but Michelangelo took care to cover select parts of the female anatomy.

This was likely due to the Catholic Church's ban on dissection of the human body, as well as patriarchal ideas about who was in charge (hint: men).

But a study published in the journal Clinical Anatomy reveals that the Renaissance artist appears to have hidden a number of references to the female body throughout his Sistine fresco.

In the Creation of Eve, for example, Eve's arm is positioned so that it "clearly resembles the shape of an inverted triangle...thus, in the exact center of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling...Michelangelo may have placed a notorious pagan female symbol," says the study, according to the International Business Times.

Researchers used imaging software to detect triangles throughout the ceiling, many of which play a clear, symbolic role.

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Body parts of Nazi experimentation victims discovered during Max Planck Institute renovations

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The horrors of the Holocaust are continuing to seep into the present. A Munich research institute has discovered jars containing body parts and the brains of human victims from gruesome experiments carried out at concentration camps.

The Max Planck Psychiatric Institute made the grim discovery during renovations last year but have only released details this week, reported Arutz Sheva.

The samples were used by Nazi neuroscientist Julius Hallervorden who performed much of his research on the brains of executed prisoners from concentration camps including Auschwitz.

"We are embarrassed by these findings, and the blemish of their discovery in the archives," the institute said in a statement. "We will update the public with any further information that comes to light with complete transparency."

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Origins of the ancient Roman vomitorium

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Though ancient Romans didn't have special "vomit" rooms so they could empty their tummies and fill them back up, they did love a good feast, scientists say.
As far as pop culture is concerned, a vomitorium is a room where ancient Romans went to throw up lavish meals so they could return to the table and feast some more. It's a striking illustration of gluttony and waste, and one that makes its way into modern texts. Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series, for example, alludes to vomitoriums when the lavish inhabitants of the Capitol — all with Latin names like Flavia and Octavia —imbibe a drink to make them vomit at parties so they can gorge themselves on more calories than citizens in the surrounding districts would see in months.

But the real story behind vomitoriums is much less disgusting. Actual ancient Romans did love food and drink. But even the wealthiest did not have special rooms for purging. To Romans, vomitoriums were the entrances/exits in stadiums or theaters, so dubbed by a fifth-century writer because of the way they'd spew crowds out into the streets.

"It's just kind of a trope," that ancient Romans were luxurious and vapid enough to engage in rituals of binging and purging, said Sarah Bond, an assistant professor of classics at the University of Iowa.