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Mysterious Wooden Idol Found in Russia is 11,000 years old

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The Shigir Idol was found in a peat bog in Russia over 125 years ago. It had previously been dated at 9,500 years old, but new research from Mannheim, Germany suggests the idol is actually 11,000 years old. That’s twice as old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids. Even more mysterious, the idol is covered in some kind of “encrypted code.”

Professor Mikhail Zhilin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archeology said: ‘The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information. People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol.’

The researchers in Mannheim, Germany used tiny fragments of the idol for analysis by Accelerated Mass Spectrometry to determine its new age.

For more reading: The Huffington Post and Yahoo News.

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With Final Stamp of Approval, White House Places Fate of Arctic in Shell’s Hands

Activists in Seattle protest against Shell's Arctic drilling plans. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc)

Activists in Seattle protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc)

This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Lauren McCauley’s posts here.

Placing the “fate of the Arctic” in the care of Big Oil, the Obama administration on Monday granted Shell the final permit to drill deep into the waters off the Alaskan coast.

The permit, issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), comes days after President Barack Obama announced an upcoming Alaska visit to highlight what he said was “one of the greatest challenges we face this century: climate change.”

Shell applied for the permit after the icebreaker, the MSV Fennica, was held up due to damage. The vessel carries the “capping stack,” which the BSEE requires to be easily deployed ahead of drilling in potential oil-bearing zones “in the unlikely event of a loss of well control.”

“The capping stack, staged on the vessel M/V Fennica, is now in the region and capable of being deployed within 24 hours,” the BSEE statement said.… Read the rest

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Are we entering a digital dark age?


This podcast explores the risks of humanity storing as much info as it is on digital formats. Of interesting note, when NASA turned off Voyager 1‘s camera to save on battery usage, no computer remained in existence which could decode the date from the satellite’s camera system.

It is possible for the cameras to be turned on, but it is not a priority for Voyager’s Interstellar Mission. After Voyager 1 took its last image (the “Solar System Family Portrait” in 1990), the cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. Mission managers removed the software from both spacecraft that controls the camera. The computers on the ground that understand the software and analyze the images do not exist anymore.

From OnTheMedia’s website:

On this week’s episode of On the Media, we’re engaging in some chillingly informed speculation: what would happen if we, as a species, lost access to our electronic records?

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Is There a Human Right to Kill?

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Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon write at CounterPunch:

On a cool spring day in May 2012, the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met in McCormick Place, Chicago. The 28 heads of state comprising the military alliance had come to the Windy City to discuss the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan, among other strategic matters. Nearly a decade before, in August 2003, NATO had assumed control of the International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of more than 30 countries that had sent soldiers to occupy the most troubled regions in Afghanistan. Not long before the Chicago summit, President Barack Obama had publicly declared that the United States would begin pulling out its troops from Afghanistan and that a complete withdrawal would be achieved by 2014. NATO was therefore set to decide on the details of a potential exit strategy.

A few days before the summit, placards appeared in bus stops around downtown Chicago urging NATO not to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.

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How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

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Seth Sawyers (CC BY 2.0)

“Having goals in life and a sense of directedness; feeling there is meaning to present and past life; holding beliefs that give life purpose; having aims and objectives for living” can help you live longer.

Romeo Vitelli via Psychology Today:

a new research study published in the journal Development Psychology(link is external) demonstrates that having a purpose in life is especially important in successful aging.

Conducted by a team of researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, the study examined older adults who were part of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging(link is external)(ALSA). Started in 1992, ALSA has followed over two thousand older Australians for decades to examine how health, emotional well-being, and living conditions have changed over time and to identify factors involved in successful aging.

As part of the broader ALSA study, 1,475 adults were questioned about their sense of purpose in life and whether they had objectives they wanted to achieve.

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Should People Give Up Nutella For the Sake of Our Trees?

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This post originally appeared on HoneyColony.

Palm oil is used in a mind-boggling range of everyday products including shampoo, toothpaste and Nutella. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually.

As a result, tens of millions of acres of forest have been cut down to make way for large-scale palm oil plantations, lending to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. There are more sustainable oils out there that offer more nutrition.  But what is the likelihood of giving up an iconic product like Nutella for the sake of Mamma Earth?

Food Fight: France VS Italy

Italy and France are going at it again, this time it’s a food fight over Nutella, arguably the world’s most popular ‘chocolate’ hazelnut breakfast spread. About 365,000 tons of Nutella is made each year (about the same as the weight of The Empire State Building).

Earlier this week, Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal stated on the French television network Canal+ France that, “We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming.… Read the rest

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8 Reasons to Ignore the News

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Amit Sodha writes at Unlimited Choice:

…(Most of it anyway”) “Poor sleep pattern may be early sign of Alzheimer’s”

Does that headline look familiar to you? I saw one just like it in a paper recently and I really had to stop myself from laughing out loud in the middle of a packed train.

The statement itself is so vague and if you read the papers on a regular basis you’ll see dozens of those kinds of headlines. I ignore a large portion of them. Why?

The trouble is with a headline like that is 3 fold:

  1. The validity of the claim is negated when a word like ‘may’ is you used.
  2. The headline itself is designed to scare people into reading the article.
  3. Although based on research. If you often read to the end of articles it will often end with the words “although not conclusive”.
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Texas woman claims Bigfoot just had a baby

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The woman from Texas, Brenda, claims (via Cryptozoology News):

“We didn’t know what was going on until just a few years ago. At first, we found the house that they were living in. My husband and I didn’t know what it was, and he kind of joked at me about it… at that time we didn’t realize it was a Bigfoot. Since then, our property had a fire, it burned down, so we moved a mile and a half from where we knew they were into another house. Little did we know that we were just coming into a family of them,” she told Coast to Coast guest host Dave Schrader late Friday in an open-line phone call made to the nightly radio show.

“They throw rocks on the house, I hear them talking. People thought I was crazy, but I know what I heard.

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[Poll] What are your favorite sites?

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Dennis Skley (CC BY-ND 2.0)

We’re going to be running a different kind of poll this week. Instead of having us choose the choices, you’ll be able to input your own. Unfortunately, the plugin we use for the polls does not allow write ins. So, we’ll have to resort to a Google Form. With that being said, we want to see which websites are most popular with the Disinfo crowd. The sites can be any kind: Reddit, Twitter, Boing Boing, Politico, Vice, AlterNet, Scientific American, etc. Ideally, we’d like to see where everyone gets their news, but feel free to include others.

Also, the results for “Favorite Occultist” are in. I consulted Thad McKraken to help me compile the list as I’m not well versed in the Occult.

Aleister Crowley 188
Alan Moore 81
Grant Morrison 79
Austin Osman Spare 47
Madame Blavatsky 41
Jack Parsons 38
Thad McKraken 35
Kenneth Grant 10
Marjorie Cameron 2
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