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  • 'Extinct' Volcano Near Rome Rumbles to Life

    07/14/2016 5:58:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    A volcano outside Rome, long thought extinct, is rumbling to life. But don't panic: The volcano isn't likely to blow its top for at least another 1,000 years. Colli Albani is a volcanic complex of hills located 19 miles (30 kilometers) from the center of Rome. There are no historical records of eruptions from Colli Albani, so it was long thought to be extinct, according to the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Now, researchers have reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that Colli Albani just doesn't erupt that often. In fact, it enters an eruptive phase every 31,000 years or...
  • Fooling the Nazis: How a Roman hospital invented ĎK Diseaseí to save dozens of Jewish lives

    06/28/2016 3:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jesķs Colina
    The name was terrible, but the ‚ÄúK Disease‚ÄĚ was not a lethal virus. It was actually the clever invention of Professor Giovanni Borromeo and a religious of the Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, to save the lives of dozens of Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.When the SS entered the Fatebenefratelli hospital located on the Tiber Island in Rome, medical personnel and religious explained to the Germans that behind the doors of two special wards, there were patients suffering from this terrible K Disease, some of whom were terminally ill. The...
  • All transactions to be conducted in the presence of a tax collector

    07/05/2016 4:30:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 22 replies
    SovereignMan.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | simon black
    In the terminal collapse of the Roman Empire, there was perhaps no greater burden to the average citizen than the extreme taxes they were forced to pay. The tax Ďreformsí of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century were so rigid and unwavering that many people were driven to starvation and bankruptcy. The state went so far as to chase around widows and children to collect taxes owed. By the 4th century, the Roman economy and tax structure were so dismal that many farmers abandoned their lands in order to receive public entitlements. At this point, the imperial government was spending...
  • Benedict Endorses Pope Francis in Unprecedented Vatican Ceremony

    06/28/2016 10:24:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | AP
    Backing from retired pope at event to mark his 65th year as a priest may help Francis gain favour among church conservativesBenedict XVI has endorsed Pope Francisís ministry in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pontiff honouring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. The ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for the formerís tradition-minded papacy. Francis had invited the entire Vatican Curia, or bureaucracy, to celebrate Benedictís anniversary, and prelates turned out in...
  • General Staff: It is Russian Patience, not USí, that is Waning over Syria

    06/20/2016 1:18:52 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 44 replies
    TASS ^ | June 20, 2016 | TASS
    It is Russiaís patience - and not the United Statesí - that is waning over the situation in Syria, the chief of Russiaís General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, has told the media. Earlier, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said that while the Syrian President, Bashar Assad and Russia were demanding strict compliance with ceasefire in the whole territory of Syria, the Syrian government troops were pushing ahead with their operation to recapture Aleppo. He remarked that Russia should be aware that patience on Assadís Syria was wearing thin. "If anyoneís patience on Syria is waning, it is our patience, not...
  • U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

    06/19/2016 7:33:05 PM PDT · by traumer · 189 replies
    American and Russian fighter jets had a tense showdown in the skies above Syria as the Russians dropped bombs on U.S.-backed rebels. U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syriaís skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war. The near-clash also highlights the escalating...
  • Populist Surge Puts First Woman Virgina Raggi In Charge Of Rome

    06/19/2016 4:19:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 19, 2016 | Breitbart News
    Rome (AFP) Ė Virginia Raggi was elected Sunday as Romeís first female mayor, exit polls showed, in an electoral triumph for the populist Five Star Movement that represents a major setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
  • Italian team finds earliest footprints of Homo Erectus

    06/18/2016 12:42:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | June 16, 2016 | unattributed
    A team of Italian researchers have possibly uncovered the oldest ever fossilized footprint left behind by modern man's ancestor, Homo Erectus. The prints are thought to date back some 800,000 years and were unearthed in the desert of south eastern Eritrea... Alfredo Coppa... from Rome's Sapienza university... and his Italian colleagues were working with researchers from Eritrea's National Museum when they unearthed the 26 m2 slab of stone containing the footprints. Today, the area lies in the middle of an arid desert, but 800,000 years ago the environment was very different. The fossilized footprints, which are almost indistinguishable to those...
  • Falling birth rates could spell end of the West - [Rabbi] Lord Sacks

    06/07/2016 1:51:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6 June 2016 | John Bingham
    Western civilisation is on the brink of a collapse like that of ancient Rome because the modern generation does not want the responsibility of bringing up children, the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned. ... ultimately, he said, European society as we know it ďwill dieĒ because of the demographic crisis. And mass immigration is not a solution because of problems integrating new arrivals into existing society. "Europe is going to die because of this because Europe can only maintain its population by unprecedented levels of immigration" - Lord Sacks This makes him one of only a handful of...
  • Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement in the lead for Rome mayor

    06/05/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6.June.2016 | Chiara Palazzo
    Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (5SM) took a large lead in the first round of voting for the mayor of Rome, in a possible blow to prime minister Matteo Renzi. Some 13 million people, or a quarter of the adult population, were eligible to vote for mayors in around 1,300 towns and cities, with attention focused firmly on a handful of major centres, including the capital. Victory in Rome would be a huge breakthrough for anti-establishment 5SM, which was founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo and has grown to be Italy's second largest party. A victory by the populist...
  • The Treasures of Santa Maria Antiqua: Christianity Emerges Out of the Ashes of Imperial Rome

    06/05/2016 7:03:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 6/5/16 | Elizabeth Lev
    A recently completed restoration and exhibit shows how Christians put their mark on Rome after the emperors exited the stage.For 1200 years the Roman Forum thrived as the legislative, religious and administrative nerve center of Rome. From the little kingdom founded in 753 BC to the SPQR of the Roman Republic to the mighty Empire, the little open area grew from marketplace to city center to hub of the world. But then what happened? When the Empire fell in 476, did the Forum just cease to be? No, it did not. Despite the implosion of the Roman government, the Forum...
  • Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Drops in May

    06/03/2016 6:44:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CNS ^ | June 3, 2016 | Susan Jones
    A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May -- 664,000 more than in April -- and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14,179,000 Americans have left the workforce -- some of them retiring and some just quitting because they can't find work. "By almost every economic measure, America is better off than when I came here...
  • Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero's prayer breakfast speech

    06/02/2016 3:46:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    A Kansas military base abruptly canceled an upcoming prayer breakfast that featured retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin after complaints were lodged that Boykin is anti-Muslim and anti-gay. Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein told Army Times that Boykinís invitation had caused great angst among soldiers at Fort Riley Ė leading some to break down in tears. ďI have clients of ours weeping on the phone about this,Ē he said. Weeping? Oh, please. ďI sincerely doubt that America can expect to win wars if the people who are tasked to do so are frightened by an old retired general with...
  • Discovery of 410 wooden tablets gives glimpse into life of London's first Romans (ed)

    06/01/2016 7:41:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    An archaeological dig has turned up the earliest known handwritten documents in Britain among hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets. Some 410 wooden tablets have been discovered, 87 of which have been deciphered to reveal names, events, business and legal dealings and evidence of someone practising writing the alphabet and numerals. With only 19 legible tablets previously known from London, the find from the first decades of Roman rule in Britain provides a wealth of new information about the city's earliest Romans.
  • Bible translated into emojis Ďfor millennialsí

    05/31/2016 2:50:48 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | 5/31/2016 | staff
    A new translation of the Bible updates the religious text with modern technology, replacing several words with emojis. The digital text titled ďBible Emoji: Scripture 4 MillenialsĒ uses Appleís vast library of emoticons to retell all 66 books of the Bible in a way intended to relate to young people.
  • Grim reality of life in ancient Rome revealed: Average worker was DEAD by 30 [tr]

    05/28/2016 5:01:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2016 | Ekin Karasin
    The average ancient Roman worker was riddled with arthritis, suffered broken bones and was dead by 30 thanks to a diet of rotting grains and a lifetime of hard labour. The grim realities of the Eternal City were revealed in a study carried out by an Italian team of specialists that used modern-scanning techniques to analyse 2,000 ancient skeletons. The majority of the skeletons from the first and third century AD, found in the suburbs of the ancient city, had broken collar bones, noses and hand bones.
  • It Came from Outer Space?

    11/25/2004 5:13:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 972+ views
    American Scientist ^ | November-December 2004 | David Schneider
    Speranza points out another difficulty with the impact-origins theory. Large blocks of limestone sit within the boundaries of the Sirente "crater." Such limestone would not have survived an impact. So if OrmŲ's theory is correct, one must surmise that somebody set these giant chunks of rock in place since the crater formed. To Speranza, that just didn't make sense. Speranza and colleagues further argue that OrmŲ's radiocarbon dating gave one age for the main feature (placing it in the 4th or 5th century a.d.) and a completely different age for a nearby "crater" called C9, a date in the 3rd...
  • Paramedic stole James Gandolfiniís Rolex as he lay dying

    05/17/2016 9:58:59 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 69 replies
    A paramedic has been accused of swiping James GandolfiniĎs $3,000 Rolex as he laid dying from a massive heart attack. Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, allegedly stole the Submariner watch from ďThe SopranosĒ star after he collapsed in the Boscolo Luxury Hotel Exedra in Rome during a family trip in June 2013, according to NBC News. He was rushing Gandolfini to the hospital that night when the timepiece disappeared, though it is unclear if it vanished from his hotel room or while the actor was wearing it
  • Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city

    04/29/2016 11:50:53 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 29, 2016 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block. Romans are starting to take back their city, which for years was plundered and neglected by City Hall officials and cronies so conniving that some of them are on trial as alleged mobsters. In doing the work, Romans are experimenting with what for many Italians is a...
  • Legal Immigration Destroyed the Roman Empire.

    04/29/2016 8:32:42 AM PDT · by dangus · 13 replies
    Dangus
    You probably know the Visigoths as the Germanic tribes who invaded the Roman Empire. You're wrong. The Visigoths did not "invade" the Roman Empire. They were legal immigrants, who simply never fully assimilated into Roman law. The Visigoths lived in Dacia, the region beyond the Northern frontier of the Roman Empire, north of Greece and what is now Bulgaria. Invasions from Huns led Goth leader Fritigern to appeal to Roman Emperor Valens to immigrate to Rome. Valens perceived of them as potentially productive workers and even soldiers. The Visigoths soon became impoverished, and began selling their women for food and...
  • Italy says uncovers possible plot to attack Rome, arrests suspects

    04/28/2016 1:14:49 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 14 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/28/16
    Italian police issued arrest warrants on Thursday for six people suspected of conspiring to join Islamic State, and court documents said three of them had been discussing possible attacks on the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome. Four of the suspects - a couple living near Lake Como, a 23-year-old-man and a woman, all of them Moroccans - were detained in Italy on Thursday, Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli told a news conference. The other two - a Moroccan man and his Italian wife - left Italy last year, traveled to Iraq and Syria and are still on the loose,...
  • Ara Pacis Illuminated: 3D models shed light on shadowy theory [update]

    04/25/2016 9:54:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Using NASA data and 3D modeling, Indiana University Bloomington professor Bernard Frischer and his research team have dispelled a long-held theory regarding the relationship between two famous monuments in ancient Rome. The Ara Pacis Augustae, or Altar of Augustan Peace, was built in 9 B.C.E. in ancient Rome's Campus Martius. The marble altar stood as a propagandistic celebration of the peace and prosperity ushered into the new empire by Rome's first emperor, Augustus. Near the Ara Pacis sat a 71-foot-high granite obelisk brought from Egypt by Augustus, which served as the gnomon, or pointer, of a meridian line. Following a...
  • Pope Francis Abandons Christian Syrian Refugees, Takes Only Muslims To Vatican Instead

    04/24/2016 10:36:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    POPE FRANCIS ABANDONS CHRISTIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES, TAKES ONLY MUSLIMS TO VATICAN INSTEAD Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident 'regrettable' - adding: 'The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey. Mr Signifredi said: 'Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican. CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER REFUGEES FROM SYRIA SAY THEY HAVE BEEN ĎLET DOWNí BY POPE FRANCIS AFTER HE LEFT THEM BEHIND IN A LESBOS REFUGEE CAMP DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD BE...
  • Bernie Sanders takes an opulent private plane trip to Rome

    04/17/2016 7:18:56 AM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Blasting News ^ | April 16, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Sen Bernie Sanders has gotten a lot of mileage from her persona as a cranky, old socialist and a man of the people. The issue of global warming has also been one of his main talking points. However, as the UK Telegraph noted, Sanders is starting to get seduced by the trappings of power even before he has gotten the nomination. At the same time his opponent Hillary Clinton was being jeered at by Sanders supporters for hobnobbing with the likes of George Clooney and Steve Spielberg at a ritzy fund raising dinner, the socialist from Vermont was winging his...
  • LIVE:Trump Rally in Rome, NY 4/12/2016 @ 4pm EDT Griffiss Airport

    04/12/2016 3:55:34 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 673 replies
    Trump will address supporters at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Griffiss International Airport, Nose Dock Hangar 785, 615 Bomber Drive, Rome. Doors to the event will open at 1 p.m. For tickets, RSVP through Trump's campaign website. Rome, NY Rome is a city in New York State. It is located in Oneida County, which is in north-central or "Upstate" New York. The population was 33,725 at the 2010 census. Dominick Street Then Today The Old Capital Theater The West Rome 500 Car Drive In Movie Park Today's Trivia 1. Name this Rome, NY native and what was he noted for? 25pts...
  • Amazing 6th Century Church Uncovered in Rome

    04/02/2016 3:58:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 30, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    After 30 years and millions of dollars of restoration, 1500-year-old Santa Maria Antiqua, buried beneath the Roman Forum by an earthquake in 847, has finally reopened to the public, and it is¬†stunning: ‚ÄúThis church is the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,‚ÄĚ Maria Andaloro, an art historian involved in the project, told Reuters. ‚ÄúIt collected the very best of figurative culture of the Christian world between Rome and Byzantium.‚ÄĚ Being buried by the earthquake saved the church from being altered in later centuries, particularly during the Counter-Reformation, said Prof Andaloro. Among the most significant frescoes is a depiction...
  • The Exotic Animal Traffickers of Ancient Rome

    03/30/2016 7:21:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2016 | Caroline Wazer
    In what might be the worldís oldest recorded awkward situation, the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero spent much of his term as Ciliciaís governor trying to ignore a very specific request from his former legal client Marcus Caelius Rufus. In several letters sent over the better part of a year, Caelius repeatedly begged Cicero to capture and send him a group of local leopards. He needed the animals, he explained, because he was trying to launch his political careeróand nothing won over votersí hearts better than live exotic animal hunts in the arena. Caeliusís opponent Curio had no trouble collecting...
  • Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple:

    03/29/2016 5:41:03 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    SMU Research Home ^ | 3/28/2016 | SMU
    Archaeologists in Italy have discovered what may be a rare sacred text in the Etruscan language that is likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship of a god or goddess. The lengthy text is inscribed on a large 6th century BCE sandstone slab that was uncovered from an Etruscan temple. A new religious artifact is rare. Most Etruscan discoveries typically have been grave and funeral objects. ďThis is probably going to be a sacred text, and will be remarkable for telling us about the early belief system of a lost culture that is fundamental to western traditions,Ē said archaeologist...
  • ISIS Video Warning of More Attacks Shows Rome Airport Departures Board

    03/28/2016 10:32:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/28/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    A new, highly produced video released by ISIS' Al-Furat media features a French-speaking jihadist equipped with a suicide belt warning that the worst is yet to come. The video begins with the televised address of King Philippe of Belgium talking about last Tuesday's attacks at the Brussels airport and a metro station. It transitions to shady scenes of an airport with an English-language boarding call to Gate A03 -- the only English in the French-and-Arabic video. That's not a gate number used, for one, at the Berlin airport by Air Berlin. A video released by ISIS supporters last week, with...
  • For America, the Fall of the Roman Empire Is the Best Case Scenario

    03/28/2016 8:05:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    A lot of people, especially Millennials with degrees in Intersectional Climate Change Gender Studies, may not know it, but there is a way to anticipate whatís going to happen in the future. Itís not perfect, but it helps you make educated guesses about whatís next. Itís called ďHistory,Ē and apparently no one in our ruling class has ever heard of it. Roman history is especially applicable to America and all of Western civilization. The Romans had a good run, but then their moral, political, and cultural weaknesses grew insurmountable and the empire fell. Not all at once, mind you, but...
  • After Brussels, Rome Announces ĎMaximumí Terror Alert for Easter Festivities

    03/24/2016 11:11:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 24, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    After the horrendous jihadists attacks in Brussels Monday, Rome has declared a maximum terror alert in view of the impending Easter celebrations when more than 150,000 pilgrims and tourists are expected to descend upon the Vatican. Vatican security was already exceptionally tight, but the recent assault has raised the ante considerably and Rome has responded with intensified security measures at railway stations, subway, airports and famous landmarks.
  • Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public

    12/25/2013 3:43:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Wanted In Rome ^ | December 16, 2013 | editors
    A 12-year restoration programme at the fifth-century church of S. Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum is almost complete. Rome's superintendent for archaeology Mariarosaria Barbera said that once the final works had been carried out on the floors, preparations would begin in January to cater for visits on a limited basis in the spring. Barbera said the church would then open to the public for at least three days a week, "allowing adequate breaks to ensure the microclimate." Located on the north-western slopes of the Palatine hill, the church is one of Rome's earliest surviving Christian monuments. Its richly decorated...
  • Buried church gives up secrets of Byzantine art in Rome

    04/12/2004 10:48:56 PM PDT · by Destro · 7 replies · 106+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | Sat 10 Apr 2004 | AIDAN LEWIS
    Sat 10 Apr 2004 Buried church gives up secrets of Byzantine art in Rome AIDAN LEWIS IN ROME BURIED for 12 centuries by a landslide and closed to the public for 24 years, the oldest Christian church in the Roman Forum has been reopened, offering glimpses of Byzantine frescoes that changed scholarsí views of medieval art. Guided tours of the Santa Maria Antiqua, nestled under the imperial palaces of the Palatine Hill and facing the main ruins of the Forum, begin this weekend and continue through May. Werner Schmid, a restoration expert for the project, says visitors will get a...
  • Rome church opens after centuries under rubble

    04/12/2004 10:00:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 99+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 2004
    After 12 centuries under rubble and 24 years of restoration, Rome has opened the doors to Santa Maria Antiqua, the oldest church in the Roman Forum's ancient ruins and its rare collection of early medieval art. An earthquake buried the church and its numerous Byzantine and early Christian frescoes in 847 and it remained untouched until excavation and reconstruction began in 1900. Much of the structure had survived and restorers have been hard at work on the interior since 1980 with the site to reopen to the public on April 10 until the end of May. "The Santa Maria...
  • 'Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages' buried for a millenium by an earthquake reopens

    03/23/2016 9:35:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nick Squires,
    A 1,500-year-old church which was buried under debris from an earthquake for more than a millennium has reopened to the public after a painstaking restoration of some of the worldís earliest Christian art. The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua is located in the ancient Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, where Roman emperors lived for centuries in sumptuous palaces.
  • (Rome HBO Series) Octavian - The True Story

    03/13/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 29 replies
    YouTube
    If you're a fan of HBO's series "Rome," here's the producers and actors revealing Octavian's true storyline. It's HBO, so the mature warning should be obvious. https://youtu.be/XnwpjE4MrB0
  • The Pope and the Baby Killer [Catholic Caucus]

    02/28/2016 3:54:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 26, 2016 | Hilary White
    The Pope and the Baby Killer In 2010, after I had lived in Italy about two years and had begun to understand the byzantine complexities of this country's politics, Emma Bonino decided to run for the office of governor of the region of Lazio. Once I found out what kind of person she was, I was seized with the urge to buy a crate of spray paint and go around Rome writing, "10,000 bambini assassinati non abbastanza per Emma 'la Bicicletta' Bonino," on all her posters. "10,000 murdered babies not enough for Emma 'the bicycle' Bonino." I thought of it...
  • The Ancient Battle Generals Still Love To Copy (Cannae)

    02/28/2016 5:31:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 27, 2016 | Robert Bateman
    I went to the most famous battlefield in Western History, and had a surprise. Not a good one. It is a stomp, well off the path, to get to Cannae. The main train lines in Italy run up and down the coasts. Going inland, particularly in southeast Italy, is somewhat more episodic. My train had two cars. At the fourth stop, ďBattleĒ, I got off.
  • How Pompeii brought ancient Roman wine back to life

    02/27/2016 12:39:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | February 25, 2016 | Patrick Browne
    Made from ancient grape varieties grown in Pompeii, 'Villa dei Misteri' has to be one of the world's most exclusive wines. The grapes are planted in exactly the same position, grown using identical techniques and grow from the same soil the city's wine-makers exploited until Vesuvius buried the city and its inhabitants in AD 79. In the late 1800s, archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli first excavated some of the city's vineyards from beneath three metres of solid ash. The digs turned up an almost perfect snapshot of ancient wine-growing - and thirteen petrified corpses, huddled against a wall. Casts were made of...
  • Pope calls Italy‚Äôs foremost abortion promoter one of nation‚Äôs ‚Äėforgotten greats‚Äô

    02/25/2016 5:09:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/25/2016 | John-Henry Westen
    In a February 8 interview with one of Italy's most prominent dailies, Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy's leading proponent of abortion - Emma Bonino -- as one of the nation's "forgotten greats," comparing her to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. Knowing that his praise of her may be controversial, the Pope said that she offered the best advice to Italy on learning about Africa, and admitted she thinks differently from us. "True, but never mind," he said. "We have to look at people, at what they do." At 27, Bonino had an illegal...
  • Clues about human migration to Imperial Rome uncovered in 2,000-year-old cemetery

    02/16/2016 9:47:28 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | PLOS
    Isotope analysis of 2000-year-old skeletons buried in Imperial Rome reveal some were migrants from the Alps or North Africa, according to a study published February 10, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Kristina Killgrove from University of West Florida, USA, and Janet Montgomery from Durham University, UK. Previous work has focused on the overall human migration patterns within the Roman Empire. To understand human migration on a more granular level, the authors of this study examined 105 skeletons buried at two Roman cemeteries during the 1st through 3rd centuries AD. They analyzed the oxygen, strontium, and carbon isotope...
  • Could You Stomach the Horrors of 'Halftime' in Ancient Rome?

    02/06/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 4, 2016 | Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
    The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petaurua, the men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and suddenly find himself 15 feet in the air while his partner on the other side of the seesaw descended swiftly to the ground. How strange. In the stands, tens of thousands of Roman citizens waited with half-bored curiosity to see what would happen next and whether it would be interesting enough to...
  • Pope Francis, Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba to heal 1,000yr rift [Rev 17]

    02/05/2016 9:50:47 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Russia Times ^ | 2/5/2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba. The meeting between heads the two major Christian churches would be an unprecedented move to mend a millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of the religion, which started with the Great Schism of 1054. The upcoming meeting confirms Russia's status in the Christian world, according to Alexandr Avdeev Russia's ambassador to the Holy See. "In light of the Western sanctions, the meeting between...
  • Pope Francis Said to Bless Human-Animal Chimeras [Genesis 6, Luke 17]

    02/02/2016 9:23:25 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 1/27/2016 | Antonio Regalado
    A Spanish scientist working at the Salk Institute in California told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting-edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to grow the mixtures inside surrogate animals. Much of Belmonte's work occurs in collaboration with a team in the province of Murcia in his native Spain,...
  • Bill Maher: I Wish Liberals Would Have Same Intolerance For Muslims That They Do For Christians

    01/31/2016 11:11:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 30, 2016 | unattributed
    On the Friday broadcast of his HBO show Real Time, Bill Maher told liberals see the world the way they want it rather than the way it is when it comes to the threat of Islam and Islamic terror. Maher, a religious critic, told his fellow liberals he wishes they would have the same "intolerance" for Muslim-related terror around the world that they do for Christians and Christian fundamentalists at home. Maher brought up the decision by the Italians to cover up nude statues during a state visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "This is the horribleness of what's going...
  • Mass rally against gay civil unions in Rome [Italy]

    01/30/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 30 Jan 2016 09:14 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to protest in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. "As many people as possible must take part. Remember; this is the only weapon we have!" organizer Massimo Gandolfini said ahead of the "Family Day" rally, which begins in the capital's ancient Roman chariot racing stadium at 1100 GMT. Gandolfini said he expected to fill the arena, which can take 350,000 people without counting the surrounding streets, while authorities in Rome said they were preparing for up to...
  • Romans cover their nudes for Iranian leader's visit

    01/26/2016 9:15:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Tucker Reals
    The Romans have censored themselves to make visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani feel more comfortable during his historic stop in Italy. Rouhani -- the first Iranian leader to visit Europe in almost 20 years -- met Tuesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but another stop on his agenda was the famed Capitoline Museum, where classic Italian nude sculptures were covered with plain white boards to avoid offending the Muslim president.
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • Italy hides ancient museum nudes from Iranian president (dhimmitude)

    01/26/2016 11:59:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran's visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a news conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. When images of the cover-up made the Italian media Tuesday, politicians from across the spectrum decried and derided the decision. The museum said Tuesday that the premier's office wanted the statues along Rouhani's path to the news conference covered up. Renzi's office declined to comment. ...
  • 'A bronze age Pompeii': archaeologists hail discovery of Peterborough site

    01/13/2016 8:02:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | January 12, 2016 | Maev Kennedy
    Silty fen preserved burning houses and domestic objects inside them to reveal unprecedented view of life 3,000 years ago. Almost 3,000 years after being destroyed by fire, the astonishingly well preserved remains of two Bronze Age houses and their contents have been discovered at a quarry site in Peterborough. The artefacts include a collection of everyday domestic objects unprecedented from any site in Britain, including jewellery, spears, daggers, giant food storage jars and delicate drinking cups, glass beads, textiles and a copper spindle with thread still wound around it. The remains of the large wooden houses, built on stilts in...