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  • New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were

    09/16/2020 9:53:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 16, 2020 | Simon Fraser University
    ...the research team extracted and analysed DNA from the remains of 442 men, women and children... from archaeological sites in Scandinavia, the U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and mostly date to the Viking Age (ca. 750-1050 AD). The team's analyses yielded a number of findings. One of the most noteworthy is that contrary to what has often been assumed, Viking identity was not limited to people of Scandinavian ancestry -- the team discovered that two skeletons from a Viking burial site in the Orkney Islands were of Scottish ancestry. They also found evidence that there was...
  • Medieval DNA suggests Columbus didn't trigger syphilis epidemic in Europe

    08/17/2020 8:50:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | August 13, 2020 | Charlotte Hartley
    Researchers have long clashed over the circumstances of the 1495 European syphilis epidemic. The so-called Columbian theory posits that Columbus and his crew carried the bacterium, or an earlier progenitor of it, when they returned to Europe in 1493 after their American journey. Skeletons of Native Americans who died prior to Columbus's arrival show bone lesions from Treponemal diseases, including yaws and bejel, and some researchers suspect syphilis was also present. However, other researchers believe syphilis itself circulated in Europe for centuries and became more virulent in the late 1400s. They point to a growing body of archaeological evidence: skeletal...
  • Deutsche Bank to pay $150M penalty for transactions with Jeffrey Epstein, 2 foreign banks

    07/07/2020 2:30:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/07/20 | Sommer Brokaw
    July 7 (UPI) -- New York regulators announced Tuesday a $150 million penalty on Deutsche Bank tied to suspicious transactions involving Jeffrey Epstein and two foreign banks, Danske Estonia and FBME Bank. Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay $150 million as a result of "significant compliance failures," Linda Lacewell, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, said in a statement. These failures were related to its banking relationships with Epstein and the two foreign banks. The statement said the settlement marks the first enforcement action by a regulator against a financial institution for dealings with registered sex...
  • Moscow plans to ruin the Baltic states' ports and to destroy the "Baltic railway" project

    12/24/2019 2:15:37 AM PST · by NorseViking · 21 replies
    Tygodnik TVP ^ | December 20, 2019 | MAREK BUDZISZ
    The Baltic States earn a lot on transit of goods and raw materials from the East to the West, but Moscow intends to deprive them of their income, moving its transit to its own ports. Moscow uses a combination of military and economic means against the Baltic states that may be workable. The American Ministry of Finance within the so-called Global Magnitsky act introduced in December included a black list of people, blocking their assets in the United States. That list include several high-ranking foreign officials and politicians suspected of involvement in large scale corruption. Magnitsky was a lawyer and...
  • Palestinian clans reject treaty ending discrimination against women

    12/22/2019 6:57:10 PM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/22/2019 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Several Palestinian clans have rejected The Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a move widely seen as a revolt against the PA. Critics of the treaty claim that it goes against Arab and Islamic norms and teachings. “This treaty is unacceptable to Arabs and Muslims,” remarked Palestinian activist Abu Ghassan Shaheen. “It goes against our religion and traditions.” On Saturday, leaders of large Palestinian clans in Hebron called on the PA to withdraw from the treaty. They also called for banning feminist groups from entering Palestinian schools. The clan leaders expressed opposition to the PA’s...
  • Turkey drops block on defence plan for Baltics - NATO chief

    12/04/2019 10:33:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 4, 2019 | Reuters
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Turkey had dropped its block on a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia. He told a news conference after an alliance summit outside London that NATO leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Ahead of the summit, Ankara had refused to back the NATO defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members recognising it as a terrorist group. In a final press conference...
  • Trump’s Openness Is Forcing A Stronger NATO And Europe

    12/03/2019 1:50:09 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 9 replies
    The American people and the world are witnessing a revolution of openness brought on by none other than the frank, brusk, always to the point methods of President Trump. This was on full display this week as Trump held public press conferences with world leaders during the NATO meeting in London, and repeatedly had shockingly open and honest discussions — the things that have always been kept behind closed doors in the past, and then reported via leaks through a partisan media. Trump’s method forces difficult issues out into the light without the bias filter. With French President Emmanuel Macron,...
  • 'Circumcision ban will end Jewish communities in Europe'

    12/01/2019 9:13:25 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 79 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/19 | Yoni Kempinski
    Arutz Sheva spoke with Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), at a gathering of its Standing Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. How more challenging and scary has being a Jew in Europe become? "It's very challenging, as an individual and as a community." You're referring to fears of anti-Semitism? "Yes. We witnessed an attack on Yom Kippur in eastern Germany, not ISIS - Neo-Nazis. In the last years, no Jews were killed by neo-Nazis in Europe. It's a whole new phenomenon." "We have problems today from the left and the right and the center. This is...
  • Trump administration to reduce NATO aid

    11/27/2019 5:49:00 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 27 replies
    No Excerpt due to USA Today. Link: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-administration-reduce-nato-aid-215515120.html
  • DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture

    10/14/2019 8:16:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Uppsala University
    In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe Culture was found when constructing a roundabout in Linköping. 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried together with a child, a dog and a rich set of grave goods including one of the eponymous battle axes. "Today, we call this site 'Bergsgraven'. I have been curious about this particular burial for a long time. The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists allows us to understand more about these people as individuals as well as where their ancestors came from," says archaeogeneticist Helena Malmström of Uppsala University, lead...
  • 80th anniversary of Stalin-Hitler friendship: All you need no know about Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    08/23/2019 12:03:14 PM PDT · by AdmSmith · 23 replies
    112 UA ^ | 23AUG2019 | Staff
    The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a document that became the "last prelude" before the outbreak of World War II. After 80 years, we’ll try again to look back into the past and remember how it all happened. At the end of June 1939, negotiations on the normalization of relations between the Soviet Union and Germany began. In July, there was the talk of a trade agreement and a plan to improve relations between countries, which included political rapprochement. During a meeting with the military on August 14, Adolf Hitler announced his intention to start a war with Poland, since "UK and...
  • Protecting Christians: Hungary and Estonia Forge Ties

    07/16/2019 5:15:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/12/19 | Martina Moyski
    Orbán and Estonian deputy prime minister meet in BudapestBUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) - Hungarian President Viktor Orbán's mission to protect Christian culture is moving up toward the Baltic. The Hungarian president met with Mart Helme, Estonian deputy prime minister, minister of the interior and chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) to build new alliances between Hungary and the Baltic states. The talks occurred in the Carmelite monastery next to the presidential palace in the Castle District of Budapest on July 8. Toward the goal of protecting Christian values, the two leaders agree that national control of external borders...
  • U.S. Gov Official: Current Generation of Policymakers Lack Understanding of Technology

    04/04/2012 12:48:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Dailytech ^ | - April 3, 2012 12:52 PM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Rose Gottemoeller said the next generation will change how cyber defense is handled A U.S. government official said that cyber defense has been slow-moving due to the current generation of policymaker's lack of technological understanding. Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, recently visited the Estonian IT College in Tallinn to deliver a speech about cyber attacks and defense. In this lecture, she noted that a major issue with current cyber defense is the fact that many policymakers around the world don't fully understand technology used today. "The truth is there are a lot of senior...
  • Cyberwar Threat to U.S. Grows Worse

    10/09/2008 10:45:26 PM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 1 replies · 347+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 9, 2008 | Lawrence Sellin
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Viruses, worms, identity theft, extortion and other forms of criminal activity are not the only illicit uses of the Internet. "Malware" -- malicious software designed to exploit weaknesses in programs and the computers on which they run -- has now spawned the capability to digitally "soften up the battlefield." The cyberattack has become a major weapon of psychological operations and information warfare in both hot and cold wars. It also will grow as a weapon of choice for transnational terrorists because it provides a relatively inexpensive means to disrupt global communications covertly and, in some...
  • Origins of Domestic Horse Revealed

    07/16/2002 7:03:04 PM PDT · by jimtorr · 12 replies · 357+ views
    BBC News ^ | 16 July 2002 | Helen Briggs
    The story of how wild horses were tamed by ancient people has been pieced together by gene hunters. DNA evidence shows modern horses are descended from not one but several wild populations. It suggests horses were domesticated - for meat, milk or to carry loads - in more than one place. As few as 77 wild mares passed on their genes to today's modern horse breeds, from the American mustang to the Shetland pony. "We see traces of original wild populations of horses that have been incorporated into the domestic horses of today," says co-researcher Dr Peter Forster of the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Omar facing campaign finance probe

    04/01/2019 2:34:50 PM PDT · by amorphous · 29 replies
    Sinclair Broadcast Group ^ | 1 April 2019 | by JAMES ROSEN
    WASHINGTON (SBG) - Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., the controversial freshman House Democrat, is soon to learn the results of a probe into her campaign spending as a state lawmaker in Minnesota, Sinclair has learned, with authorities there having recently completed their investigation and preparing to issue rulings in a pair of complaints Omar faces. The complaints were filed last year, while Omar cruised to election to the House of Representatives, by a Republican state lawmaker, Rep. Steve Drazkowski. In referring Omar to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, Drazkowski alleged that Omar improperly spent close to $6,000 in campaign funds for...
  • Estonia is Building a “Robot Judge” to Help Clear Legal Backlog

    03/31/2019 4:32:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Futurism ^ | March 25th 19__ | Victor Tangermann
    Estonia, a tiny Northern European nation of fewer than 1.4 million inhabitants, has made impressive strides in digitizing, streamlining, and modernizing its government functions. Estonia famously launched its “e-residency” program that allows practically anybody — including foreigners — to access Estonian government services. Its digital national ID smartcard blazed the trail of next-generation government-issued IDs — despite its (significant) security vulnerabilities. And it’s not just the court system that’s getting an AI overhaul in the country — in fact, AI already has automated a number of government functions. It’s scanning satellite images with algorithms to determine if subsidized farming operations...
  • Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

    03/28/2019 11:58:33 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 19, 2017 | George Neumayr
    An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s. Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday-Monday 3/3/-3/4/2019

    03/04/2019 3:49:53 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/3/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    At least 23 are reported dead after tornadoes ripped through Lee County, Alabama. The National Weather Service believes the first tornado to strike had winds up to 165 miles per hour, classified as an EF-3 tornado. The tornado said to be a half-mile wide..... Four American tourists and a pilot are dead in Kenya following a helicopter crash Sunday night.... Venezuela's Interim President Juan Guaido calling for mass protests Monday and Tuesday in Venezuela. Guaido asking for protests to start at 11 am Monday. Guaido set to return home Monday..... 16 Syrian soldiers killed, one captured and beheaded by Al-Qaeda...
  • Scientists found common genes in different peoples of the Ural language family

    10/18/2018 10:45:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 15, 2018 | AKSON Russian Science Communication Association
    The Ural family languages are the third after Indo-European and Turkic most common in Northern Eurasia. According to linguists, the Ural family languages were built from a single proto-language 6000-4000 years old, which was divided into two large branches: Finno-Ugric and Samoyed languages. Ural-speaking peoples live on giant territories from Baltics to West Syberia and include Finns and Estonians, Karelians and Hungarians, Mordovian Erzya and Moksha, West Siberian Khanty and Mansi, Nenets and others. Do this different peoples share common roots and biological history? And how did these related languages spread over such a wide territory? This questions are addressed...