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Farmer accidentally unearths ancient Greek statues and historical graves

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The statues were discovered in the Greek town of Atalanti.
A Greek farmer's discovery of an antique fragment while tilling his field has led to the discovery of four ancient statues from the Archaic era and several historical graves.

The country's Culture Ministry says they were alerted to the stunning discovery by a farmer who stumbled upon the torso of an ancient kouros - the Greek name given to free-standing sculptures of nude young men.

Archeologists have been excavating the site near the central Greek town of Atalanti, about 150 kilometers (94 miles) northwest of Athens, since mid-October. The Archaic era spanned from about the eighth century BC to the fifth.


Did ancient people really die young?

Edward the Confessor
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Edward the Confessor, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England, died when he was in his early 60s. This illustration depicts the deposition of his body in a tomb at London’s Westminster Abbey in 1066.
You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right - our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.'

This cartoon reflects a very common view of ancient lifespans, but it is based on a myth. People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this. In the 24th century BCE, the Egyptian Vizier Ptahhotep wrote verses about the disintegrations of old age. The ancient Greeks classed old age among the divine curses, and their tombstones attest to survival well past 80 years. Ancient artworks and figurines also depict elderly people: stooped, flabby, wrinkled.

This is not the only type of evidence, however. Studies on extant traditional people who live far away from modern medicines and markets, such as Tanzania's Hadza or Brazil's Xilixana Yanomami, have demonstrated that the most likely age at death is far higher than most people assume: it's about 70 years old. One study found that although there are differences in rates of death in various populations and periods, especially with regards to violence, there is a remarkable similarity between the mortality profiles of various traditional peoples.

Comment: It says a lot about our age, as well as the variability and factors involved in health and mortality, when some so-called first world countries are actually seeing a decline in health and expected life spans: Spain will overtake Japan in world's life expectancy ranking, US set to plunge to 64th by 2040

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Film unearthed from Russian WWII trench reveals faces of Soviet fighters who battled against Nazis

restored WW2 russian film
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Screenshot from video
A photo from a Leica camera, which spent 77 years buried in a WWII trench near Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don, has been restored by researchers, revealing a stunning image of volunteers fighting Nazis.

A team of amateur archeologists, devoted to recovering remains and artifacts from WWII sites, made the discovery when they unearthed the trench in one of the city's suburbs.


Huge numbers of deformities found in ancient human remains

Ancient Bone Abnormalities
© Erik Trinkaus
Some examples of developmental abnormalities in Pleistocene people.
Analysis of remains from 66 ancient humans reveals that they suffered from an astonishing number of physical deformities, research reveals.

Anthropologist Erik Trinkaus from Washington University in St Louis, US, compiled examination records for two Late Pleistocene infants, six children, four juveniles, six adolescents, 30 prime age adults, and eight older adults, from several archaeological sites around the world.

He discovered that all up they showed evidence of 75 skeletal or dental abnormalities. Based on rates of similar disorders in modern human populations, Trinkaus finds the probability that the total is merely an artefact of comparatively small sample size to be "vanishingly small".

In a paper published in the journal PNAS, the author says that there is no single factor that could plausibly account for the high number of deformities.

"A substantial number of these abnormalities reflect abnormal or anomalous developmental processes, whether as a result of genetic variants altering developmental processes or as the products of environmental or behavioural stress patterns altering expected developmental patterns," he writes.

The deformities found included soft bones caused by the blood disorder hypophosphatemia, hydrocephaly, dwarfism, abnormal bone growth, and a wide variety of skull, jaw and dental problems.


Nazis: A Modern Field Guide

Einmarsch Gols
In the Fall of 1943, as American troops were working their way northward through Italy, U.S. commanders were doing their best to address a basic problem of military intelligence: troops in the field couldn't tell different kinds of German troops and weapons apart.

This could have life or death consequences: An American squad armed with a bazooka could stand fast against a thinly armoured halftrack, but had little chance of harming the heaviest German tanks. Likewise, GIs had to be far more careful when fighting elite German infantry units than with the conscripts and armed prisoners from the eastern front that the Wehrmacht threw into the field as the conflict wore on. And so the U.S. War Department produced a 400-page book called Handbook on German Military Forces, with the purpose of giving officers and enlisted men "a better understanding of their principal enemy." A set of colour plates within the book show German soldiers in a variety of uniform styles and poses, from the Continental uniform style seen in most war movies, to tropical uniforms (which included shorts), to winter-wear for mountain troops. An updated edition of that handbook was published in early 1945. But then the war ended a few months later, and the books were discontinued: The war-fighting machine that Handbook on German Military Forces described no longer existed.

Comment: The author's clarification of what Nazis are, and aren't, while informative, is likely to dissuade few activists from utilizing the term as a wholesale stand-in for "person I disagree with". While the efforts above are important to keep in mind, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that the actual truth of the term is being drowned out in the modern media landscape by its hyperbolic usage and losing all meaning.

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Talking treason: How corporate America cashed in on Nazi connections

John Walker Lindh
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John Walker Lindh
Let John Walker Lindh be a lesson to you: Never betray your country, or even look like you may be trying to betray your country, unless you first become a very powerful corporation, like the International Business Machines Corporation. Oh, you remember John. He's the young American who, with the sappy enthusiasm of his years (20), went abroad to study Islam and wound up carrying a rifle in the ranks of the Taliban. Was he thereby a traitor? The U.S. Constitution says that treason "shall consist only in levying war" against your country or helping your country's enemies by "giving them aid and comfort."

Aside from marching to the point of fevered exhaustion across the harshest terrain, getting little water and less food, his soldiering consisted mainly of being captured and thrown into an Afghan prison. There is absolutely no evidence he ever fired his rifle at anyone. So much for "levying war" against the United States. And if the Taliban got any "aid and comfort" from him, they must have been extremely hard up.

The elder George Bush, perhaps remembering some pretty sappy youngsters in his own family, couldn't see much evil in John and dismissed him as merely another "misguided Marin County hot-tubber."

But President George W. and his pious henchmen weren't going to pass up this opportunity. They couldn't catch Osama bin Laden. They couldn't catch Osama's chief lieutenant, Omar. But by God they'd caught John Walker Lindh and they were going to make the most of him. Attorney General John Ashcroft, nicely ignoring major portions of our history, said, "The United States is a country that cherishes religious tolerance, political democracy, and equality between men and women. By his own account, John Walker Lindh allied himself with terrorists who reject these values."


Scholar unearths journal series lost for over a century: Walt Whitman's guide to 'Manly Health'

Walt Whitman
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Walt Whitman
In 1858, when Walt Whitman sat down to write a manifesto on healthy living, he came up with advice that might not seem out of place in an infomercial today.

"Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else," Whitman wrote, sounding more than a little paleo.

As for the feet, he recommended that the comfortable shoes "now specially worn by base-ball players" - sneakers, if you will - be "introduced for general use," and he offered warnings about the dangers of inactivity that could have been issued from a 19th-century standing desk.

"To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler, the same advice," he declared. "Up!"

Whitman's words, part of a nearly 47,000-word journalistic series called "Manly Health and Training," were lost for more than 150 years, buried in an obscure newspaper that survived only in a handful of libraries. The series was uncovered last summer by a graduate student, who came across a fleeting reference to it in a digitized newspaper database and then tracked down the full text on microfilm.


What Aldous Huxley's Devils of Loudun can tell us about our present mania

devils of loudun
There are many people for whom hate and rage pay a higher dividend of immediate satisfaction than love. Congenitally aggressive, they soon become adrenalin addicts, deliberately indulging their ugliest passions for the sake of the 'kick'...Knowing that one self-assertion always ends by evoking other and hostile self-assertions, they sedulously cultivate their truculence...Adrenalin addiction is rationalized as Righteous Indignation and finally, like the prophet Jonah, they are convinced, unshakably, that they do well to be angry.
These words first appeared in 1952, in the pages of Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun. While many of Huxley's works are better known and more widely read, there may be no more relevant text, past or present, to our turbulent era than this account of a seventeenth century witch trial.

Huxley composed this passage to shed light on the mind of a thoroughly unlikeable individual by the name and title of Father Urban Grandier, in particular. But he also offered it as a more general analysis of the mindset afflicting those who burned Grandier to death - with the approval of both the Catholic Church and the State of France - for being a sorcerer in 1634. In the context of the entire work, this passage was part of a close inspection of the susceptibility of humanity to moral panics, show-trials, and mob justice across the ages.


Arthur Balfour was a white supremacist - And an anti-Semite

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A century ago, 67 words changed the course of history in the Middle East. In a statement that could fit into two tweets, Arthur Balfour, then the British Foreign Secretary, announced that the British government would support establishing a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

One hundred years later, the profound legacy of what became known as the Balfour Declaration continues to define the dynamic between Israelis and Palestinians. And though Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in London this week commemorating the centennial with Theresa May, it's worth understanding why the Declaration is really nothing worth celebrating.

Though he may be most known for aiding the Zionist cause in 1917, it's crucial to remember that Arthur Balfour was a white supremacist. He made that much clear in his own words. In 1906, the British House of Commons was engaged in a debate about the native blacks in South Africa. Nearly all the members of Parliament agreed that the disenfranchisement of the blacks was evil. Not so Balfour, who - almost alone - argued against it.

Comment: As we can see by the fruits it has borne today, the creation of the state of Israel was a political move that would benefit the West and Zionism rather than some altruistic gesture for the Jewish community: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Identity Politics on Steroids: How Zionism Outdoes Them All


Ye olde false-flag terrorist attack: The 'unsolved' Wall Street bombing of 1920

wall street bombing 1920
If Lower Manhattan's Financial District was the center of American capitalism in the 1920s, then the southeast corner of Wall and Broad Streets was its most important junction. It was dominated by the headquarters of J.P. Morgan and Co., a financial leviathan that had come out of World War I as the most influential banking institution on the globe. Across the street stood the U.S. Sub-Treasury and the Assay Office. The bustling New York Stock Exchange was located just down the road.

Rain was in the forecast for September 16, 1920, but as the bells of nearby Trinity Church rang in the noonday hour, "the Corner" was its usual hive of activity. Bank clerks and stockbrokers swarmed around the building fronts, and the streets were clogged with automobiles and messenger boys. Few in the lunchtime crowd paid any notice to the battered horse-drawn wagon parked in front of the Assay Office, nor the driver that had anxiously dropped the reigns and hurried off down the street.

The final ring of the church bells was still hanging in the air at 12:01, when the 100 pounds of dynamite concealed in the wagon detonated with an ear-splitting roar. "That was the loudest noise I ever heard in my life," J.P. Morgan employee Andrew Dunn later remembered. "It was enough to knock you out by itself." The blast derailed a streetcar a block over and sent debris soaring as high as the 34th floor of the nearby Equitable building. Pieces of the wagon's ill-fated horse landed hundreds of yards away. Stockbroker Joseph P. Kennedy, father of future President John F. Kennedy, was lifted clear off his feet by the concussion, as were many others.

Comment: Fast-forward a century. We're all older and wiser. We're now so familiar with the concept of false-flag terror attacks that they're portrayed in movies.

With the benefit of hindsight, it's quite clear that the Rothschild-JP Morgan building was targeted to generate sympathy for the world's most powerful financial syndicate, thus blocking/stymieing/silencing increasing popular dissent at that syndicate's inordinate influence over the US government.

The reason this kind of 'self-inflicted wound' type of attack keeps happening is because it's so bloody obvious to a psychopathic mind that it's the logical thing to do 'when the host population get restless'...