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Massive magnetic anomaly discovered near ancient stone circles in Scotland

Magnetic Anomaly
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The monuments created thousands of years ago in what is now known as the Outer Hebrides have stunned researchers and history fans for decades. Traces of a massive lightning strike or smaller ones might give scientists a clue as to the origins of this enigmatic creation.

A team of researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of Bradford has stumbled upon the evidence of a massive magnetic anomaly near one of the Outer Hebrides' main stone circles, known as the Tursachan Chalanais, located on the Isle of Lewis.

Studying the nearby satellite sites in the search for lost circles concealed in the peat, they noted the abnormality near Site XI, or Airigh na Beinne Bige, with a lone-standing stone facing the main site. They suggested that this is the result of a massive lighting strike or many smaller strikes, as the outlet Phys.org reports.
"Such clear evidence for lightning strikes is extremely rare in the UK and the association with this stone circle is unlikely to be coincidental. Whether the lightning at Site XI focused on a tree or rock which is no longer there, or the monument itself attracted strikes, is uncertain," project leader Dr. Richard Bates from the University of St Andrews told the outlet.
According to the researcher, this "evidence suggests that the forces of nature could have been intimately linked with everyday life and beliefs of the early farming communities on the island."


Poland wanted to 'erect magnificent monument' to honor Hitler's plan to send Jews to Africa - Putin cites WWII archives

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Hitler greets troops after the 1939 invasion of Poland
Some nations in Europe that colluded with Adolf Hitler and applauded his anti-Semitic crusade, now demolish Soviet war memorials and seek to equate the USSR with Nazi Germany, the Russian president noted, during a formal speech.

Vladimir Putin recalled the vicious developments that preceded the Second World War, in an address to the Defense Ministry board on Tuesday, telling his audience there was one particular fact in the archive files that touched him the most. Back in 1938, Adolf Hitler hosted the Polish Ambassador to Germany Jozef Lipski and shared with him a plan to send European Jews to Africa where they would surely perish, Putin said.

"The Ambassador in Poland replied, and then wrote it down in his cable to the Polish Foreign Minister: 'I told Hitler that, if he does, we will erect a magnificent monument to him in Warsaw'," the President quoted from the archive data, before turning somewhat emotional.
He was a bastard, an anti-Semitic pig, there's no other way of saying it. He fully agreed with Hitler in his anti-Semitic sentiments and, moreover, promised him he'd erect a monument in Warsaw to his abuse of the Jewish people.

Christmas Tree

Fossilized roots are revealing the nature of 385-million-year-old forests

River bed fossils
From the air, the Archaeopteris root system (left) and possible Stigmarian Isoetalean lycopsid system (right) look like long-dry rivers.
Welcome to the ancient woods of Cairo, New York.

If you woke up one day and found yourself rocketed back to the dawn of the Devonian period, more than 419 million years ago, you would encounter a forest-free world. Before there were leaves and woody trunks, there were other things, like carpets of fuzzy green mosses and ferns, unfurling their fronds. Trees arrived a little later.

Scientists want to understand the earliest forests, including one that sprouted in present-day Cairo, New York, by the mid-Devonian, about 385 million years ago. But today, the landscape is full of the usual suspects of an Eastern hardwood forest: maples, oaks, beeches, and birch. Modern-day trees bear little resemblance to the plants that could have survived there when the climate was much different, and the region was a temperate wetland that sometimes flooded.

What researchers do have at their fingertips at the Cairo site, an abandoned quarry, is roots — massive, sprawling systems of them, preserved in fossil soil. In a new paper in Current Biology, a team led by William Stein, an emeritus biologist at the State University of New York's Binghamton University, point to the root systems as proof that the some of the plants that one sprouted on this site were important precursors to modern forests.


Birch bark tar was used in medieval England

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Skeleton from grave 293, Anglo-Saxon child burial.
Birch bark tar was used in prehistoric times in England. Now, researchers have discovered that this manufactured product was even used in early medieval England.

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the British Museum, in collaboration with Oxford Archaeology East and Canterbury Archaeological Trust, were able to find two examples of the product during recent excavations.

The use of birch bark tar dates back to the Palaeolithic era. It is very sticky, and is water resistant, and also has biocidal properties mean that it has a wide range of applications, for example, as a multipurpose adhesive, sealant and in medicine.

Archaeological evidence for birch bark tar covers a broad geographic range from the United Kingdom to the Baltic and from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia. In the east and north of this range there is continuity of use to modern times but in western Europe and the British Isles the use of birch bark tar has generally been viewed as limited to prehistory, with gradual displacement by pine tars during the Roman period.

Comment: Recently birch bark tar discovered on an archaeological site contained sufficient traces of DNA for scientists to recreate the genome of a 5,600 year old Dane. With this new realisation of just how commonly used it was, and over such vast stretches of time and geographic regions, one wonders how many more insights it could provide.

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7,000 year old "sea wall" in Israel lost to Neolithic sea level rise

Tel Hreiz
© Ehud Galili
A segment of the sea wall at Tel Hreiz.
Seven thousand years ago, long before modern industry began to heat the planet, rising seas threatened a community on the coast of Israel. The villagers needed to defend their home, so they built a wall.

Comment: Sea levels don't appear to be rising, and the above just reaffirms the cyclical nature of climate on our planet.

It failed. People abandoned the village. The Mediterranean Sea swept inland and drowned the buildings.

But the sea may protect what it ruins. Cool water and a meter-thick layer of sand preserved the paraphernalia of Neolithic life, such as olive pits, bowls, animal bones and graves. The wall stands out: It is a 100-meter row of boulders that runs parallel to the ancient shoreline.

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Light Saber

Filmmaker Frank Capra: The battle against Hollywood and the Deep State in the Cold War Era

Frank Capra

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For those who find themselves with excess time this holiday season which they would prefer not to squander with idleness or Netflix binges, then I'd like to offer this serving of Frank Capra films to uplift the soul.

Frank Capra (1897-1991) stands as one of the most brilliant directors/producers of the 20th Century, and sadly also one of the least understood- known at best for the film It's a Wonderful Life played every year as a Christmas tradition, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Unbeknownst to even many film connoisseurs today, Capra was not only a pre-eminent cultural warrior who took every opportunity to expose fascist movements during the 1930's and 1940's but also fought to provide a positive principled understanding of the divinity mankind's higher nature in all his works. When asked to put into words what motivated him to create movies he said:
"My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other"

Comment: Read SOTT editor Niall Bradley's look back at Capra's directed film Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia :

Historical anomaly: U.S. WWII propaganda film ACCURATELY portrays Russia and 'most epic battle in history'
The incredible thing is that not two years after this film was made, Russia became the new 'enemy of freedom'. In fact, we now know that the Atom Bomb was dropped on Japan in 1945 specifically to 'send Russia a message'. The international financiers pulling the strings behind Hitler and the Western Allies could not allow a parallel 'United Nations' to exist on the vast Eurasian landmass while they set about creating one centered on New York City.
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"It's a Wonderful Life": The Most Terrifying Movie Ever


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are megalithic solstice sites older than we think?

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As the seasons come and go, ancient cultures across the planet marked solstices with megalithic blocks. Adams calendar in South Africa is among the oldest on the planet, but what if sites like Stonehenge are far older that we are told and through the last century reworking of stone faces on the blocks make it appear much more recent. Did you know Stonehenge has been restored / reconstructed twice in the last 100 years. You will be fascinated by the black and white images.

Comment: Many questions remain regarding the construction, layout and true purpose of Stonehenge. See also:

Star of David

How Mossad's attempt to smuggle Jews out of Ethiopia ended in rape, torture and imprisonment

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In the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s, Tel Aviv organised several large-scale operations to get over 23,000 Jews out of Ethiopia, a country plagued by hunger, civil unrest, and Cold War conflict. However, in mid-1986, one of those secret missions ended in disaster.

For over three decades, details on 'Operation Djibouti', a Mossad extraction mission so secret that not even the Israeli foreign ministry or the army knew about it, remained largely hidden from the public. Officials have refused to talk about it, and those involved have been largely ignored by the media.

The clandestine operation, which kicked off in August 1986, saw a Mossad agent infiltrate Ethiopia's Gondar region, then home to a large population of Ethiopian Jews, offering assistance to help take young Jews out of the country to Israel.

The new route was needed after 'Operation Moses', an earlier operation lasting between 1984 and 1985, and involving Jews being airlifted to Israel via Sudan, collapsed after Arab governments found out about it and put pressure on the Sudanese government to stop it. An estimated 8,000 Jews made it to Israel as part of Operation Moses, although some 4,000 more are thought to have died along the way.

Operation Djibouti, kicking off a year later, was much more modest in scale, with a Mossad agent named 'Z' managing to gather together a group of just 27 people, of whom 23 would eventually reach Israel. The plan was for the group to sneak into Djibouti, from where they would be flown to France, and on to Israel.

However, the operation quickly became a disaster and, as Haaretz contributor Roni Singer explains, "the ordeals [the emigres] underwent along the way - brutal violence, sexual abuse, in some cases abandonment in prison - left them scarred to this day."

Comment: Seventy years of lies, murder, backstabbing and double-dealing. It's unfortunate that intelligence agencies don't have the lifespans of people. It would be a great day to see Mossad die a suitably ignoble death in its 8th decade.

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Star of David

Israel's takeover of Hebron forges ahead

© Ariel Schalit/AP
Jewish settlers jump on a trampoline as an Israeli solider stands guard in a Jewish-only settlement in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, March 7, 2019.
Hebron, Alkhalil, Palestine - Israel's Defense Minister Naftali Bennett recently announced the approval of a new Jewish only neighborhood in the old section of the Palestinian city of Hebron. This new neighborhood, which lies in the heart of the Palestinian city, will include as many as seventy residential units. The move is not Israel's first attempt to colonize Hebron. In 2017, the Israeli government approved the building of 31 housing units in a new settlement in the Old City on the now infamous Shuhada Street. According to a statement from the Defense Ministry, the construction project will double the number of Jewish residents in the city.

It often seems that Israel's actions in the West Bank are spurred by little more than a desire to compensate for lost opportunities and settle old scores. The ancient town of Amwas in the Latrun region was leveled immediately after 1967 as revenge for their fierce fighting against invading Zionist militias in 1948. Hebron is no expectation. At the end of 1948, when Zionist authorities occupying Palestine were discussing whether or not to continue their conquest and ethnic cleansing campaign, the southern portion of what is now the West Bank, and the ancient Palestinian city of Hebron specifically, were on the table.

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MindMatters: The Best Thing About Communism Was The Jokes

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A judge walks out of his chambers laughing his head off. A colleague approaches him and asks why he is laughing.

"I just heard the funniest joke in the world!"

"Well, go ahead, tell me!" says the other judge.

"I can't. I just gave someone ten years for it."

With the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the world lost one of humanity's greatest cultural productions: the communist joke. Crossing cultures and borders, the jokes were unique, ubiquitous, and jam-packed with information. They were funny too. The mix of totalitarian power, propaganda, censorship, and ineptitude created the perfect climate for an underground joke-telling tradition.

In his book, Hammer and Tickle, Ben Lewis tracks down all the best jokes from the era, providing not only a handy compendium, but a cultural history of communism in the process. As communism changed, so did the jokes, revealing the different experiences and attitudes of the people during the times of Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and then into the stagnation of the Brezhnev years and finally the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Note, MindMatters will be back in January. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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