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  • Human Sacrifice In The Pre-Columbian Americas

    10/14/2019 4:29:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 39 replies
    In modern minds, the term “human sacrifice” conjures up macabre satanic rituals performed by bloodthirsty barbarians. In the ancient Americas, however, cultures now considered to be highly influential and civilized saw human sacrifice as a necessary part of everyday life. Whether it was to appease the gods or ensure success in battle and agriculture, for the following peoples, the lines between sacrifice and simple survival were often blurred. The Mayans are mostly known for their contributions to astronomy, calendar-making, and mathematics, or for the impressive amount of architecture and artwork that they left behind. They are also believed to be...
  • 'Destroy all monuments of genocide': Christopher Columbus statue in San Francisco vandalized

    10/14/2019 4:10:28 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 14, 2019 | Amy Graff
    A statue of Christopher Columbus in San Francisco was vandalized the day before the federal holiday commemorating his arrival in the Americas in 1492. On Sunday, city workers cleaned up the statue at the foot of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill that had been covered in red paint. Graffiti on the base read “Destroy all monuments of genocide” and “Kill all colonizers.”
  • Mass child sacrifice discovery may be largest in Peru

    08/28/2019 2:04:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 Aug 2019
    Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed what is believed to be the largest single mass child sacrifice in history. The bodies of 227 victims, aged between five and 14, were found near the coastal town of Huanchaco, north of Peru's capital Lima. The children were believed to have been sacrificed over 500 years ago. The discovery comes barely a year after 200 child victims of human sacrifice were found at two other sites in the country. Archaeologists told AFP news agency that some of the bodies in this latest collection still had hair and skin when they were dug up. The...
  • So why did 'Columbus sail the ocean blue' in 1492?

    08/04/2019 8:37:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/4/2019 | Bill Federer
    “There are but 155 years left … at which time … the world will come to an end,” wrote Christopher Columbus in his book “Libro de Las Profecias,” composed in 1502 between his third and fourth voyages. Columbus continued: “… The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end of the world is the preaching of the Gospel recently in so many lands.” Though his predictions were off, Columbus’ writings revealed his motivation for setting sail on his first voyage Aug. 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He sought to find a sea...
  • Two more states are dumping Christopher Columbus to celebrate indigenous people instead

    04/22/2019 6:44:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2019 | By Christina Maxouris
    More states are ditching Christopher Columbus. Vermont and Maine are the latest to join the growing number of cities, states and municipalities that have renamed the October holiday for the people who lived in America long before the explorer arrived. The legislatures of both states passed bills last week that would change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. The bills are awaiting the governors' signatures. ACLU of Maine Advocacy Director applauded the state's efforts.
  • Some construction projects in Syracuse overwhelmingly white, male, report finds

    03/28/2019 10:04:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    WRVO ^ | March 18, 2019 | Tom Magnarelli
    White, suburban men are reaping the benefits of public construction projects in the Syracuse area, despite the city's demographics, according to a new report. Advocacy groups are sounding the alarm, before a decision is made regarding the future of the Interstate-81 viaduct in Syracuse. The I-81 project is expected to be a massive undertaking with the potential to create lots of jobs for local residents. Andrew Croom, staff attorney with Legal Services of Central New York, which issued the report with the Urban Jobs Task Force, said they reviewed the payroll records for five construction projects in the Syracuse area,...
  • Spike Lee: Christopher Columbus Was a 'Terrorist,' USA Built on 'Genocide and Slavery'

    02/13/2019 8:16:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 116 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With the Academy Awards in the offing, Morning Joe had Spike Lee on today to promote his "BlacKkKlansman" movie, which has been nominated for a number of Oscars. Lee predictably seized the opportunity to bash America. He first referred to Christopher Columbus as a "terrorist," and a bit later claimed that the USA was built on the "genocide of Native Americans and slavery."Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Notre Dame to Cover Up Christopher Columbus Murals

    01/21/2019 9:05:01 PM PST · by ppaul · 87 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/21/2019
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school's president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers. The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment. But they conceal another side of Columbus: the exploitation and repression of Native Americans, said the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame...
  • Letter to [Notre Dame] Campus Regarding Columbus Murals [from Jenkins]

    01/21/2019 6:50:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Office of the President of Notre Dame ^ | 1/20/19 | Fr. John Jenkins CSC
    January 20, 2019 Feast of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy CrossDear Members of the Notre Dame Community, As we celebrate the feast of Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision. The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus. Painted in 1882-84, not long after a devastating fire and...
  • Christopher Columbus' Legacy Defamed not just by Marxists, but WASP Anti Catholics

    10/24/2018 12:46:45 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | October 17, 2014 | Rick Menzel
    Another Columbus Day came and went...although not as such in Minneapolis, which voted this year to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead, a time to reflect on the price American Indians paid for the greed and ruthlessness of my European ancestors. Yet it is ironic that Columbus should take the blame, for he was our first “multicultural” hero. An Italian Catholic who sailed for Spain, Columbus was one of a handful of celebrated Americans who did not fit neatly into the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant mold. The worst strike against Columbus was that he was a Roman Catholic. Catholics had a special...
  • No Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio: What the city is doing instead

    10/08/2018 9:29:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 8, 2018
    The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Ohio's capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business Monday after observing Columbus Day probably "for as long as it had been in existence," said Robin Davis, a spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther. City offices will close instead on Veterans Day, which falls on Nov. 12 this year. Native Americans and allied groups have long used Columbus Day to elevate issues of concern to...
  • Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Language

    10/08/2018 6:15:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    SpanishDict. ^ | Columbus Day | Nicole B.
    In the U.S., today is "Columbus Day". Not much is done to celebrate it, although most schools and government jobs have the day off. It occurred to me that in part, it is due to Spain and Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus and the discoveries of the New World that has led most of us to even be interested in this site. Just think of how many millions of people speak Spanish now around the world as a result of this discovery. When you think of most of the continent of South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic,...
  • Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?

    09/27/2014 8:41:05 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | Oct 2014 | Ariel Sabar
    For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources mention the footloose Italian. The only record of his 13th-century odyssey through the Far East is the hot air of his own Travels, which was actually an “as told to” penned by a writer of romances. But a set of 14 parchments, now collected and exhaustively studied for the first time, give us a raft of new stories about Polo’s journeys and something notably missing from his own account: maps. If genuine,...
  • Marco Polo discovered America 200 years before Colombus, according to map

    08/09/2007 3:28:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 92 replies · 5,820+ views
    AFP via translation ^ | August 9, 2007
    Possible discovered of America by Marco Polo before Colomb: account in VSD 'America - its West coast - would have been discovered by Marco Polo some 200 years before Christophe Colomb, according to a chart of the Library of the Congress in Washington examined since 1943 by the FBI and whose history is told in published review VSD Wednesday. This document, brought to the Library in 1933 by Marcian Rossi, an American naturalized citizen originating in Italy, “represents a boat beside a chart showing part of India, China, Japan, the Eastern Indies and North America”, indicates the report/ratio of...
  • Columbus' Arrival Linked to Carbon Dioxide Drop

    10/21/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by MoJoWork_n · 60 replies
    Science News ^ | November 5, 2011 | Devin Powell
    By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and other explorers who followed him may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate. The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, Stanford University geochemist Richard Nevle reported October 11 at the Geological Society of America annual meeting. Such carbon dioxide removal could have diminished the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooled the climate, Nevil and his colleagues have previously reported....
  • Columbus blamed for Little Ice Age

    10/13/2011 2:17:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 118 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | 10-22-11 | Devin Powell
    Depopulation of Americas may have cooled climate MINNEAPOLIS — By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and the other explorers who followed may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate for centuries. The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist at Stanford University. “We have a massive reforestation event that’s sequestering carbon … coincident...
  • This Week’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and the Astronomy of Columbus

    10/14/2013 2:33:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    In Columbus’s day, the Moon was often used to get a rough fix of a ship’s longitude at sea. Columbus was especially intrigued with the idea of using lunar eclipses to determine longitude. If you can note the position of the Moon in the sky from one location versus a known longitude during an event— such as first contact of the Moon with the Earth’s umbra during an eclipse —you can gauge your relative longitude east or west of the point. The sky moves 15 degrees, or one hour of right ascension overhead as we rotate under it. One of...
  • Briton found America in 1499

    08/29/2009 12:03:39 AM PDT · by OldSpice · 36 replies · 1,365+ views
    The Daily Mirror ^ | 29 Aug., 2009 | By Tom Pettifor
    The first Briton sailed to the New World only seven years after Columbus, a long-lost royal letter reveals.Written by Henry VII 510 years ago, it suggests Bristol merchant William Weston headed for America in 1499.In his letter the king, right, instructs his Chancellor to suspend an injunction against Weston because "he will shortly with God's grace, pass and sail for to search and find if he can the new found land".Bristol University's Dr Evan Jones believes it was probably the earliest attempt to find the North-West Passage - the searoute around North America to the Pacific. He said: "Henry's...
  • Alabama fights to reinstate plaque celebrating Welsh ‘Columbus’

    03/18/2009 11:26:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 582+ views
    Wales Online ^ | 18 Mar 2009 | Darren Devine
    A GROUP of Welsh Americans are hoping their campaign to reinstate a plaque celebrating the arrival of Prince Madoc ap Owain in the US will overcome its final political hurdle. The plaque was blown out of its position on the Alabama shoreline at military museum Fort Morgan by Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The Alabama Welsh Association (AWA) wants the plaque restored to its original position and last year won the backing of the state’s House of Representatives. Though the motion then stalled in Alabama’s senate the AWA believes a resolution calling for its reinstatement could be passed when the local...
  • Was Columbus from Chios, Greece?

    10/11/2004 10:12:25 AM PDT · by Destro · 7 replies · 1,401+ views
    Was Columbus from Chios? Read Matt Barrett's review of the Book by Ruth G. Durlacher-Wolper Christophoros Columbus: A Byzantine Prince from Chios, Greece Was Columbus a woolworker from Genoa or a Byzantine Prince and sailor from the island of Chios in what was then the Republic of Genoa? There has been more written about Christopher Columbus than about any person with the exception of Jesus Christ, and yet his past has been shrouded in mystery. We all have been told that he came from Genoa, a city in Italy and sailed for Isabella and Ferdinand, the king and queen of...