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4,000 photos, 4 social networks, 1 family: #Romanovs100 kicks off with release of its first stories

Thousands of rare photos from the Romanovs' private archives are hitting the web, starting April 8, in a hundred-day-long project dedicated to the lives of Russia's last reigning royal family.

Nicholas II was a real photo buff and his wife and five children followed suit: they used different cameras, including the legendary Kodak Brownie, to take photos of their daily lives. #Romanovs100 will publish these images via four major social media accounts: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram


Greco-Roman temple unearthed in remote Egyptian oasis

greco roman temple egypt
© Egyptian Antiquities Ministry
A newly discovered Greco-Roman temple was unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert.
A sculpture of a man's head and two limestone lion statues were among the artifacts uncovered at the archaeological site.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday that archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Greco-Roman temple in Egypt's Western Desert. Found at the Al-Salam site, which is roughly 200 miles south of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins include the front section of the temple and parts of its foundation and main entrance. The archaeologists also found a three-feet-thick outer wall leading to a front courtyard, which is surrounded on both sides by entrances to other chambers.

Ayman Ashmawi, the head of the Ministry's Ancient Egyptian Antiquities department, says the archaeologists expect to find more temple remains after other excavations are carried out later this year.


March 1952: U.S. dropped plague-infected fleas on North Korea

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© International Scientific Commission (“Needham”) Report
There is a great deal of misunderstanding between the people of the United States and North Korea. This is largely due to the lack of information the average U.S. citizen has about the suffering endured by Koreans during the Korean War, including war crimes committed by U.S. forces.

While U.S. forces carpet bombed North Korea, bombed irrigation dams, and threatened nuclear attack, their most controversial action was the use of bacteriological or biological weapons during the war.

For decades, the U.S. has strenuously denied the use of such weapons. At the same time, evidence of such use was kept from the American people. Even today, very few are aware of what really happened. Only in February 2018 was a full documentary report on the U.S. use of germ warfare during the Korean War, prepared and written by mostly West European scientists 66 years ago, released online in easy-to-read format.Some former Cold War researchers have maintained that China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea perpetuated a fraud in their claims of germ warfare. They rely on a dozen or so documents supposedly found by a rightwing Japanese journalist in Soviet archives. But these researchers never counted on the fact that someday the public could read documentary accounts of the biowar campaign for themselves.


3,000 year old drawing of god found in Sinai could undermine our entire idea of Judaism

Is that a 3,000-year-old picture of god, his penis and his wife depicted by early Jews at Kuntillet Ajrud?

Is that a 3,000-year-old picture of god, his penis and his wife depicted by early Jews at Kuntillet Ajrud?
More than four decades after its excavation wound down, a small hill in the Sinai Desert continues to bedevil archaeologists. The extraordinary discoveries made at Kuntillet Ajrud, an otherwise nondescript slope in the northern Sinai, seem to undermine one of the foundations of Judaism as we know it.

Then, it seems, "the Lord our God" wasn't "one God." He may have even had a wife, going by the completely unique "portrait" of the Jewish deity that archaeologists found at the site, which may well be the only existing depiction of YHWH.

Kuntillet Ajrud got its name, meaning "the isolated hill of the water sources," from wells at the foot of the hill. It is a remote spot in the heart of the desert, far from any town or or trade route. But for a short time around 3,000 years ago, it served as a small way station.

Comment: What is clear is the tales mainstream history tells us is far from the truth, as Laura Knight-Jadczyk writes in Judaism and Christianity - Two Thousand Years of Lies - 60 Years of State Terrorism:
Judaism supposedly created Israel, and Judaism also is the parent of Christianity and Islam, so the issue of Judaism and Ancient Israel, from which it supposedly emerged, are not trifling topics. The fact is, as a growing body of scholarship demonstrates, there was no "ancient Israel" as depicted in the Bible. The Hebrew Bible is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a historical document, and trying to understand the history of Palestine by reading the Bible is like trying to understand Medieval history by reading Ivanhoe.
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Scientists are starting to care about cultures that talk to whales. Why?

Arctic people have been communicating with cetaceans for centuries. The rest of the world is finally listening in
“Tattooed Whale, 2016” by Tim Pitsiulak. Screen-print on Arches Cover Black.
© Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts
“Tattooed Whale, 2016” by Tim Pitsiulak. Screen-print on Arches Cover Black.
Harry Brower Sr. was lying in a hospital bed in Anchorage, Alaska, close to death, when he was visited by a baby whale.

Although Brower's body remained in Anchorage, the young bowhead took him more than 1,000 kilometers north to Barrow (now Utqiaġvik), where Brower's family lived. They traveled together through the town and past the indistinct edge where the tundra gives way to the Arctic Ocean. There, in the ice-blue underwater world, Brower saw Iñupiat hunters in a sealskin boat closing in on the calf's mother.

Comment: Scandinavian Stone Age society more reliant on fishing than previously thought - particularly aquatic mammals

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DNA from unknown ancestor lingers in Africa's Yoruba tribe

The majority of Yoruba people live in Nigeria
© Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images
The majority of Yoruba people live in Nigeria
Some of us carry mysterious genes that may belong to another species of early human. The finding in people from West Africa hints that primitive hominins lingered in Africa until fairly recently.

Our species has repeatedly interbred with other hominins, in particular with the Neanderthals and a less well-known species called the Denisovans. This happened after some members of our species first left our African homeland, probably within the last 100,000 years. As a result, all people whose recent descent is non-African carry some Neanderthal DNA, and some Asian people also have Denisovan DNA.

But it is hard to spot if people whose ancestors never left Africa also carry DNA from other species. We don't have DNA from any extinct African hominins to compare because the hot and wet climate there tends to destroy preserved DNA.

Comment: See also: There's a lot of misleading nonsense in this article. The reader is advised to check out Wolpoff's and Caspari's book: Race and Human Evolution: A Fatal Attraction.

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The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881

american mission foglesong
"The contemporary vilification of Russia may be less about the rationalization of U.S. interests and policies and more about the affirmation of an American identity," stated David S. Foglesong, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, and former Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute. Speaking at a 9 June 2008 Kennan Institute lecture, Foglesong said that his book, The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881, explores the American concern with liberating and remaking Russia over a span of 130 years. Using a wide array of both visual and rhetorical images of Russia in the United States, from advertisements and magazine covers to political cartoons and policy idioms, Foglesong demonstrated how the political crusade for a free Russia can be seen as part of the broader missionary enterprise that reflects America's national purpose, meaning, and identity.

Foglesong identified some of the predominant images of Russia that occur currently in the U.S., and then linked them to their historical origins. In contemporary representations of Russia, Foglesong recognized strong traditions of mission and crusade, powered by dichotomous paradigms such as good and evil, light and dark, freedom and oppression, and democracy and autocracy. According to Foglesong, U.S. politicians today denounce and disparage Russian leaders in an effort to gain favor with certain domestic groups. The U.S. media, he noted, regularly invoke the image of Russia as a prison, with former Russian president Vladimir Putin as its warden.

Comment: Interesting as far as American perception of Russia goes, but structural (recurring, cyclical, underlying) russophobia predates the US.


Archaeologists discover 50 new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs using high definition drone cameras

new nasca lines
© Luis Jaime Castillo, Palpa Nasca Projec
This newly discovered Nasca line feature, captured by a drone, consists of several straight lines with no discernible pattern which were likely made at different times and for different purposes. Earlier "lines," made by the Paracas culture, often feature depictions of humans and animals.
Etched into the high desert of southern Peru more than a millennium ago, the enigmatic Nasca lines continue to capture our imagination. More than a thousand of these geoglyphs (literally, 'ground drawings') sprawl across the sandy soil of Nasca province, the remains of little-understood ritual practices that may have been connected to life-giving rain.

Now, Peruvian archaeologists armed with drones have discovered more than 50 new examples of these mysterious desert monuments in adjacent Palpa province, traced onto the earth's surface in lines almost too fine to see with the human eye. In addition, archaeologists surveyed locally known geoglyphs with drones for the first time-mapping them in never-before-seen detail.

Some of the newfound lines belong to the Nasca culture, which held sway in the area from 200 to 700 A.D. However, archaeologists suspect that the earlier Paracas and Topará cultures carved many of the newfound images between 500 B.C. and 200 A.D.

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Secret report reveals how the Nazis planned a Fourth Reich

SS chief Heinrich Himmler with Max Faust, engineer

Plotters: SS chief Heinrich Himmler with Max Faust, engineer with Nazi-backed company I. G. Farben
The paper is aged and fragile, the typewritten letters slowly fading. But US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128 is as chilling now as the day it was written in November 1944.

The document, also known as the Red House Report, is a detailed account of a secret meeting at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on August 10, 1944. There, Nazi officials ordered an elite group of German industrialists to plan for Germany's post-war recovery, prepare for the Nazis' return to power and work for a 'strong German empire'. In other words: the Fourth Reich.

The three-page, closely typed report, marked 'Secret', copied to British officials and sent by air pouch to Cordell Hull, the US Secretary of State, detailed how the industrialists were to work with the Nazi Party to rebuild Germany's economy by sending money through Switzerland.

They would set up a network of secret front companies abroad. They would wait until conditions were right. And then they would take over Germany again.

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The story behind Moscow's nuclear missile shield

© Unknown
The most heavily defended city in the world is not Washington, DC. It's Moscow. While the District of Columbia has legions of Secret Service and Homeland Security police defending it, the Russian capital is the only one in the world - that we know of - defended with nuclear-tipped missiles. It's all the result of an exception built into a forty-four-year-old arms control treaty.