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What sharp teeth they had! New study suggests ancient whales were ferocious predators

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A study by Australian paleontologists at Monash University and Museums Victoria reveals that archaic whales had sharp predator's teeth that resemble those of lions, discarding the hypothesis that ancient whales filter-fed.

"Contrary to what many people thought, it seems that whales never used their teeth as a sieve, and instead evolved their signature filter feeding strategy only later - maybe after their teeth had already been lost," the study's lead co-author Associate Professor Alistair Evans said.

Modern whales have comb-like plates in their mouths that can be used to filter plankton and small fish."Filter feeding is the defining trait of modern whales - there are few ways in which this unique strategy could have evolved from tooth-bearing, predatory ancestors, and our study firmly rules out one of them."

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'Stones of the first encounter' thought to depict Mayan-ET contact

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With so many Mayan artifacts seemingly depicting what we today would describe as extraterrestrials or aliens, it gets harder to dismiss them as hoaxes or misinterpretations of Mayan drawings and carvings of conventional objects, animals or people. Get ready for more. Word is spreading about a discovery in March 2017 of jade stones carved with so many realistic engravings of what look like aliens and spaceships that they're being called "Stones of the First Encounter." Are they?

As with many of these discoveries, it's difficult to determine who found the stones first due to language differences and the involvement of parties with television shows or YouTube channels. According to alien-ufo-sightings.com, these jade (jada) stones were found by local residents in a forest cave between Puebla and Veracruz, Mexico, in March 2017. At some point, the stones were either given to or viewed by Javier Lopez Diaz of CincoRadio, who claimed on Twitter that some of the images showed "contact" with beings from other worlds.

That apparently got the attention of Jose Aguayo at JAC Detector, a YouTube channel described as "searchers of treasure." Aguayo says he led a team through the jungle where the stones were said to have been found and "by chance" came upon the cave. It was in this cave that they found small thin sheets of gold and broken stones with designs of what look like "a spaceship with a gray alien-like being with an oval object in his hand and a former head of pre-Hispanic culture who apparently has an ear of corn." It was this group that gave them the name "Stones of the First Encounter" or "Stories of the First Meeting."
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Propaganda

The New York Times 1917 - 2017: Publishing Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies

It has been amusing to watch the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets express their dismay over the rise and spread of "fake news." These publications take it as an obvious truth that what they provide is straightforward, unbiased, fact-based reporting. They do offer such news, but they also provide a steady flow of their own varied forms of fake news, often by disseminating false or misleading information supplied to them by the national security state, other branches of government, and sites of corporate power.

An important form of mainstream media fake news is that which is presented while suppressing information that calls the preferred news into question. This was the case with "The Lie That Wasn't Shot Down," the title of a January 18, 1988, Times editorial referring to a propaganda claim of five years earlier that the editors had swallowed and never looked into any further. The lie - that the Soviets knew that Korean airliner 007, which they shot down on August 31, 1983, was a civilian plane - was eventually uncovered by congressman Lee Hamilton, not by the Times.

Mainstream media fake news is especially likely where a party line is quickly formed on a topic, with any deviations therefore immediately dismissed as naïve, unpatriotic, or simply wrong. In a dramatic illustration, for a book chapter entitled "Worthy and Unworthy Victims," Noam Chomsky and I showed that coverage by Time, Newsweek, CBS News, and the New York Times of the 1984 murder of the priest Jerzy Popieluzko in Communist Poland, a dramatic and politically useful event for the politicized Western mainstream media, exceeded all their coverage of the murders of a hundred religious figures killed in Latin America by U.S. client states in the post-Second World War years taken together.1 It was cheap and safe to focus heavily on the "worthy" victim, whereas looking closely at the deaths of those hundred would have required an expensive and sometimes dangerous research effort that would have upset the State Department. But it was in effect a form of fake news to so selectively devote coverage (and indignation) to a politically useful victim, while ignoring large numbers whose murder the political establishment sought to downplay or completely suppress.

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Unraveling the mystery of Zorats Karer, Armenia's 'Stonehenge'

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The misty and mountainous valleys of the south Caucasus have been host to human activity continuously for thousands of years, but only recently has the Western archaeological world had access to them.

From the cave in which researchers found the world's oldest shoe and the oldest winemaking facility, to traces of an Urartian city with hundreds of wine-holding vessels buried in the ground, the last four decades have witnessed extraordinary interest from scholars and tourists alike in the smallest republic in the former Soviet Union. None, however, are as quite as tantalizing as the 4.5 hectare archaeological site whose name is as contested as its mysterious origins.

Located in Armenia's southernmost province, Zorats Karer, or as it is vernacularly known, Karahundj, is a site which has been inhabited numerous times across millennia, from prehistoric to medieval civilizations. It consists of a prehistoric mausoleum and nearby, over two hundred neighboring large stone monoliths, eighty of which have distinctive, well-polished holes bored near their upper edge.

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Peru discovers 16 Chinese migrants in pre-Incan burial site

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The remains of one of the recently discovered 19th century Chinese immigrants lies at Huaca Bellavista in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. According to the Ministry of Culture of Peru, the tombs where located in a pre-Inca sacred site because Chinese immigrants could not be buried in the Catholic cemeteries of the time.
Peruvian archeologists have discovered in a sacred pre-Incan site the bodies of 16 men from China who arrived to South America almost two centuries ago as semi-enslaved workers.

The secret tomb in Lima is the biggest burial site of Chinese migrants ever found in Peru and was presented Thursday to journalists. Found alongside the bony remains were opium pipes and other personal objects used by the migrants.

As many as 100,000 Chinese migrants arrived to Peru in the second half of the 19th century and for little pay performed back-breaking work on farms, building railroads and removing guano, which is bird excrement coveted as fertilizer.

The Chinese were discriminated against even in death, having to be buried in the pre-Incan sites after being barred from cemeteries reserved for Roman Catholics.

Red Flag

Antifa flag comes directly from German Communist Party in 1932

On the Left, the 1932 flag of the paramilitary wing of the Communist Party of Germany. On the Right, the 2017 flag of the paramilitary wing of the Democratic Party of America.
Everything theses Alt-Left thugs use today is exactly the same as back then. Their logo, weaponized words, double standards and lack of logic. Its all from Germany 85 years ago. They call everyone Nazis because that is who their opposition in Germany was. Antifa prefaced The National Socialist German Workers' Party and empowered them. Without Antifa's violence the Nazi party would have never won anything.

Comment: Curiously, it's also similar to the Ukrainian fascist flag.


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Genetic analysis of mummy DNA reveals ancient Egyptians closely related to Middle Easterners, not central Africans

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Excavations in the ancient city of Abusir el-Meleq.
The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure - human DNA - has proved elusive. Now, scientists have captured sweeping genomic information from Egyptian mummies. It reveals that mummies were closely related to ancient Middle Easterners, hinting that northern Africans might have different genetic roots from people south of the Sahara desert.

The study, published on 30 May in Nature Communications1, includes data from 90 mummies buried between 1380 bc, during Egypt's New Kingdom, and ad 425, in the Roman era. The findings show that the mummies' closest kin were ancient farmers from a region that includes present-day Israel and Jordan. Modern Egyptians, by contrast, have inherited more of their DNA from central Africans.

Archaeological discoveries and historical documents suggest close ties between Egypt and the Middle East, but "it is very nice that this study has now provided empirical evidence for this at the genetic level", says evolutionary anthropologist Omer Gokcumen of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Scientists discover ancient works not read since the Dark Ages at Egyptian monastery

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The library at Saint Catherine’s monastery has been in continuous use for 1,500 years
Ancient works not read by humans since the Dark Ages have been found at an Egyptian monastery, using a technique that allows researchers to reconstruct documents long ago scrubbed off parchment.

The finds at Saint Catherine's monastery on the Sinai peninsula hailed a "new golden age of discovery", according to the scientists behind the research, who believe that the methods could reveal many other lost texts.

They have been chronicling the monastery's library, which has been in continuous use for 1,500 years, but which is today threatened by growing Islamic fundamentalism and attacks on Christians in the region.

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Antony Sutton, Skull & Bones, Hitler, The Bush Family

The prodigious author and researcher, Antony Sutton (1925-2002), wrote about hidden men behind momentous events. I recently came across a 1999 interview with Sutton, conducted by Kris Millegan, researcher and head of TrineDay publishers.

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Princess Diana's driver: That night in the hospital

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Nearly twenty years after Princess Diana's death, her longtime driver, Colin Tebbutt, is speaking out about losing his friend. Tebbutt was one of the two British drivers who retrieved Princess Diana's body from the hospital where she passed away in Paris, France. In a recent interview, Tebbutt talked about what he witnessed on that fateful night at the hospital.

From the sounds of it, the chauffeur was in such a state of shock when he saw Princess Diana's lifeless body that his mind played tricks on him and made him think she was alive. He said,
I plugged the fans into the room to get some air circulating. I look 'round, and the eyelids and the front of the hair of the Princess were moving. I thought, 'God, she's alive,' Within a second, I realized what was happening. Turned around, a couple seconds to myself, I managed to get it together again. But that was the one bit when I felt I lost myself.
Colin Tebbutt offers the description of the hospital scene during The Story of Diana, an upcoming television event by People and ABC. The story is one Tebbutt has touched on before. He previously talked about having to put up blankets over the windows because paparazzi standing on adjacent buildings were trying to use zoom-lens cameras to capture a picture of Princess Diana through the hospital windows. Naturally, the temperature of the room went from hot to sweltering, which is why Tebbutt turned on all of the fans. He has said that he wanted not to be emotional at the hospital but that seeing her hair flutter tore him up inside.

A similar story previously came from Paul Burrell, the other driver who joined Colin Tebbutt in retrieving Princess Diana's body. In an interview, Burrell said he honestly thought Princess Diana was not dead when he entered the hospital room. He said the thought crossed his mind that the whole situation was nothing more than an elaborate joke. Sadly, that was not the case.