Thursday, January 31, 2013
They were humble farmers who grew corn and dwelt in subterranean pit houses. But the people who lived 1200 years ago in a Utah village known as Site 13, near Canyonlands National Park in Utah, seem to have had at least one indulgence: chocolate. Researchers report that half a dozen bowls excavated from the area contain traces of chocolate, the earliest known in North America. The finding implies that by the end of the 8th century C.E., cacao beans, which grow only in the tropics, were being imported to Utah from orchards thousands of kilometers away.
Attention, please step away from the flaming police officer. That is all, thank you for your cooperation.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
“If anyone is alive 100 years from now, they’re going to wonder what the fuck was wrong with us; that we didn’t fight like hell when our planet was going down.”
Fifty miles north of Mazatlan in Sinaloa State, north west Mexico, there is a beach known as Las Labradas where the rocks are covered in over 600 petroglyphs. Now Mexican investigators have uncovered archaeological sites in the vicinity dating to the Archaic period (2500-1000 BCE) along with another later site that may provide clues to the creators of the Las Labradas petroglyphs.
The Case of the Miraculous Bullet, 1874
In November 1874 an unusual article appeared in the introductory volume of The American Medical Weekly, a Louisville medical journal. It was written by Dr. LeGrand G. Capers and was titled, "Attention Gynaecologists!—Notes from the Diary of a Field and Hospital Surgeon, C.S.A." In the article Dr. Capers recounted an unusual case of artificial insemination he had witnessed on a Civil War battlefield in Mississippi, in which a bullet had passed through a soldier's testicles, and then traveled on before hitting a woman and impregnating her. The event was said to have occurred on May 12, 1863 at around 3 p.m. at the "battle of R." (battle of Raymond), where "Gen. G's brigade" (Brigadier General John Gregg) of the Confederate forces fought Grant's army led by "Gen. L." (Major General John A. Logan).
Scene from the Battle of Raymond, where the insemination occurred.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) is a network of 29 monitoring stations located in communities surrounding and downwind of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly the Nevada Test Site (NTS), that monitor the airborne environment for manmade radioactivity that could result from NNSS activities. The CEMP is a joint effort between the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office (NNSA/NSO), and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
An individual that vanishes is one thing, but how about an entire village of 2,000 men, women and children?
In November, 1930, a fur trapper named Joe Labelle made his way on snow shoes to an Eskimo village on the shores of Lake Anjikuni in northern Canada.
Labelle was familiar with the village, which he knew as a thriving fishing community of about 2,000 residents.
When he arrived, however, he found a deserted village. All of the huts and storehouses were vacant. He found one smoldering fire with a pot of blackened stew. Labelle notified the authorities and an investigation began, soon after some bizarre findings were reported:
no footprints of any of the residents were found, if they had vacated the village; all of the Eskimos’ sled dogs were found buried under a 12-foot-high snow drift – they had all starved to death; all of the Eskimos’ food and provisions were found undisturbed in their huts.
Maybe the most intriguing detail was that the Eskimos’ ancestral graves had all been emptied.
Friday, January 18, 2013
“Unless we think it’s important, we’re going to destroy the places we live. If you destroy the place you live, you have to move someplace else. And there isn’t someplace else left anymore. Unless you understand the place where you live in terms of its natural system, you’re not going to understand anything, anyplace.”
Forget Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa. Onychomys torridus — a small, carnivorous mouse with tiny pink paws — may just be the roughest, toughest outlaw the West has ever known.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
...They have never forgotten this and they have been plotting their usurpation of humanity for hundreds of years....there can no longer be any doubt in your mind that cats are evil and plan world domination.....
From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, and the North; from Seattle to Genova and the “War on Terror” in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq, The Fourth World War documents the stories of women and men all around the world who resist being annihilated in this war. Centred around economics and systems such as NAFTA, GATT, the G20, APEC and others, this is a war which plays along with the spread of rapacious globalisation, a feat that has pervasive consequences in the real world…
A look at man’s relationship with the natural world.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Oh don't mind me, I'm only a fictional character in a simulated universe, after all.... I have nothing better to do.....
...really... I'm just made up of a bunch of electrons floating around your console, and a few hundred kilobytes of data stored on your DHS disk...