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  • Brutal Viking Ritual Called 'Blood Eagle' Was Anatomically Possible, Study Shows

    12/20/2021 6:30:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | Dec 20, 2021 | LUKE JOHN MURPHY, HEIDI FULLER & MONTE GATES
    Man lying on his belly with another man using a weapon on his back. (Stora Hammar Stone) Famed for their swift longboats and bloody incursions, Vikings have long been associated with brutal, over-the-top violence. Between the eighth and 11th centuries, these groups left their Nordic homelands to make their fortunes by trading and raiding across Europe. Particularly infamous is the so-called "blood eagle", a gory ritual these warriors are said to have performed on their most hated enemies. The ritual allegedly involved carving the victim's back open and cutting their ribs away from their spine, before the lungs were...
  • Mammoths still roamed the Earth when Egypt's pyramids were being built

    10/31/2021 5:48:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Previous studies had indicated that while most mammoths likely died out around 10,000 years ago, a few had managed to survive in small populations on remote islands off the coast of Siberia. There had even been suggestions that some of these isolated island populations had held on until around 4,000 years ago. Now though, the results of a ten-year study involving the collection and analysis of 535 samples of sediment and permafrost from Siberia, Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia have yielded evidence to suggest that mammoths had still been roaming the wilds of mainland Siberia as recently as 3,900 years ago....
  • Five Scandinavian countries limit or halt Moderna: Iceland Halts Moderna entirely

    10/08/2021 10:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Suburban ^ | 10/08/2021 | Joel Goldenberg
    Finland has joined Sweden, Denmark and Norway in either banning or discouraging young adults or teens from getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, because of the increased risk of myocarditis — heart inflammation.Dr. Hanna Nohynek, chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, had told the media a decision was coming down Thursday. Finland's health authorities announced that men under 30 will not get the Moderna shot, and should get the Pfizer vaccine instead. Sweden banned Moderna for people under the age of 30, and Denmark did the same for people under 18. Instead of issuing a ban, Norway...
  • Major New Runes Find in Denmark

    09/22/2021 7:14:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 15, 2021 | Jackson Crawford
    A significant new find of golden artifacts, many of them with runes in the Elder Futhark, has been uncovered in Denmark.Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus.Major New Runes Find in Denmark | Jackson Crawford | September 15, 2021
  • Denmark, Norway, Iceland suspend use of AZ vaccine

    03/11/2021 5:53:47 PM PST · by SecAmndmt · 17 replies
    RTE.IE ^ | March 11, 2021 | RTE.IE
    (...) Denmark, Norway and Iceland have temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine over concerns about patients developing post-jab blood clots, as the manufacturer and the European Medicines Agency insisted the vaccine was safe. The EMA said that information available so far indicated the risk of blood clots in those vaccinated against the coronavirus was "no higher than that seen in the general population." It also said that European countries could keep using the AstraZeneca vaccine while the issue was investigated, concluding that "the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh its risks". Denmark, the first to announce it was suspending...
  • How Socialism Really Works

    11/17/2020 10:44:52 AM PST · by WTanner1776 · 35 replies
    Gen Z Conservative ^ | 11/16/2020 | Gen Z
    Americans, especially young, left-leaning Americans don’t have much of a conception of the reality of socialism. They have some idea that it means the government taxing the wealthy and providing “free” (read: taxpayer-funded) services to those that are left fortunate. That is completely wrong. In fact, it’s a semi-rosy view of how the Nordic welfare systems work, and those aren’t even socialist systems in the first place. Plus, they tax everyone quite heavily, not just the upper class; the average tax in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark is between 40% and 60%, but it is a more or less flat tax....
  • 1854: Aslak Hetta and Mons Somby, Sami rebels

    10/14/2020 6:01:40 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies ^ | October 14, 2014 | Headsman
    On this date in 1854, two Sami men were beheaded for Norway’s Kautokeino Rebellion. The indigenous Sami people — often known as Lapps, although this nomenclature is not preferred by the Sami themselves — had by this point become territorially assimilated to the states of the Scandinavian peninsula across which their ancestral homeland had once spanned. The material benefits of this association for the Sami were much less apparent. In Norway — our focus for this post — Sami shared little of the economic growth in the 19th century save for a startling proliferation of alcoholism. In the 1840s a...
  • Researchers find genetic signature of ancient MacDougall bloodline

    09/28/2020 12:51:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies ^ | Monday, September 21, 2020 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
    Genetic markers for the Clan MacDougall... descends from Dougall, King of the Isle of Man and founder of the ancient Scottish Kingdom of the Isles and Lorn. Dougall (c1140-c1207) was the eldest son of Somerled, the ancient warrior sea-king and progenitor of the MacDonald, MacAllister, and MacDougall clans. Somerled expelled his Scoto-Norse rivals from Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles but was himself a Norseman paternally, having a genetic signature that is more common in Scandinavia than in Scotland. The first genetic signature for Somerled was discovered and published in 2005 by researchers at the University of Oxford, and since then,...
  • The Democrats’ socialism looks more like Venezuela than Scandinavia

    06/20/2020 11:46:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 20 2020 | Dinesh D'Souza
    One might think that our experience with the coronavirus has given Americans a scary foretaste of radical socialism. Empty shelves, shortages and limits on basic commodities, economic stagnation, and all of this combined with a sustained assault on our privacy, our freedom of assembly and our religious freedom. We have endured on a temporary basis what some socialist societies typically provide on a permanent basis. Yet the socialist gang is still out there — Bernie and the Squad — touting the virtues of socialism. And they’re pulling the Democratic Party in their direction, with Biden now climbing on the free...
  • DNA increases our understanding of contact between Stone Age cultures

    06/12/2020 8:52:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 5, 2020 | Uppsala University
    Archaeological remains have shown that in the middle part the Stone Age, there were at least three different but partially contemporary cultural groups in Sweden. The groups are often called: Funnel Beaker culture, which is associated with Scandinavia's first farmers; Pitted Ware culture, which is mainly linked to fishing and hunting; and Battle Axe culture, which represents a blended culture of herding and farming... The researchers have analysed DNA from 25 Stone Age individuals from four Pitted Ware culture burial grounds on Gotland. About half of the individuals were buried in typical Pitted Ware culture graves and the other half...
  • Eurasian ice sheet collapse raised seas eight metres: study

    04/21/2020 11:20:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | AFP
    Earth's last Glacial Maximum period began around 33,000 years ago, when vast ice sheets covered much of the Northern Hemisphere. At the time, the Eurasian ice sheet -- which covered much of Scandinavia -- contained approximately three times the amount of frozen water held in the modern-day Greenland ice sheet. But rapid regional warming saw the ice sheet collapse over a period of just 500 years, according to authors of the study published in Nature Geoscience. Analysing sediment drill cores from the Norwegian Sea, the team found that the ice sheet's collapse contributed to an event known as Meltwater 1A...
  • Why Bernie Sanders’s Dream Of Turning The United States Into Scandinavia Is Stupid

    03/12/2020 10:43:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/12/2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he wants to transform America into Scandinavia. In a recent town hall, Sanders argued, like every freshman student after reading a page of “State and Revolution,” that what happened in the Soviet Union was not “real socialism” but “authoritarian communism.”“When we talk about democratic socialism, I’m talking about Finland, I’m talking about Denmark, I’m talking about Sweden,” Sanders said. “And communism, whether in Cuba, whether in the Soviet Union … was marked by totalitarianism, was marked by throwing millions of people into the Gulag.”This is a trope, a “no true Scotsman” fallacy, that...
  • Insights into the Tax Systems of Scandinavian Countries (tax rate of 36-44% for average worker)

    02/29/2020 5:25:50 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | February 24, 2020 | Elke Asen
    Scandinavian countries are well-known for their broad social safety net and their public funding of services such as universal healthcare, higher education, parental leave, and child and elderly care. High levels of public spending naturally require high levels of taxation. In 2018, Denmark’s tax-to-GDP ratio was at 44.9 percent, Norway’s at 39.0 percent, and Sweden’s at 43.9 percent. This compares to a ratio of 24.3 percent in the United States. So how do Scandinavian countries raise their tax revenues? A first breakdown shows that consumption taxes and social security contributions—both taxes with a very broad base—raise much of the additional...
  • Let’s stop pretending that Bernie Sanders wants to duplicate Scandinavia

    02/02/2020 12:37:40 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    Bernie Sanders supporters are quick to make clear that their guy doesn’t want to turn America into Cuba or Venezuela or the old Soviet Union. By “democratic socialism,” the US senator from Vermont means Scandinavia, more or less. And what’s wrong with that? The Nordic nations are pretty nice. Even President Trump has conceded that Norway produces a quality immigrant. I could do on and on, mentioning how the Nordics score highly in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Economic Freedom Index, especially when it comes to government regulation. They’re also free traders, unlike Sanders, who opposed the North American Free Trade...
  • Scandinavian socialism is less real than Santa Claus: Bernie Sanders Hit Hardest

    12/24/2019 9:17:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2019 | Chris Talgo
    If you believe that a large man in a red suit can fly around the world on a sleigh guided by reindeer and deliver presents to billions of homes on Christmas Eve, then you should also believe in Scandinavian socialism. In other words, the Nordic countries' proclivity for socialism is about as real as Santa Claus living at the North Pole with his army of toy-making elves. Even though prominent politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) would like you to believe that the Scandinavian countries are socialist utopias, the exact opposite is actually true....
  • Scandinavian Wine? A Warming Climate Tempts Entrepreneurs

    11/10/2019 5:07:31 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2019 | Liz Alderman
    SKAERSOGAARD, Denmark — On a mild autumn morning, Sven Moesgaard climbed a sunbathed hill and inspected an undulating expanse of neatly planted vines. A picking crew was harvesting tons of hardy Solaris grapes that he would soon turn into thousands of bottles of crisp white and sparkling Danish wine. A decade ago, winemaking was regarded as a losing proposition in these notoriously cool climes. But as global temperatures rise, a fledgling wine industry is growing from once-unlikely fields across Scandinavia, as entrepreneurs seek to turn a warming climate to their advantage. “We’re looking for the opportunities in climate change,” said...
  • Genetic analysis reveals Vikings had a wide and diverse family tree

    11/03/2019 7:06:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | July 30, 2019 | Michael Marshall
    "Viking genetics and Viking ancestry is used quite a lot in extremist right-wing circles," says Cat Jarman at the University of Bristol in the UK, who wasn't involved in the study. Many white supremacists identify with a "very pure Viking race of just people from Scandinavia, who had no influence from anywhere else".
  • Archaeologists find 'mini-Pompeii' [ Norway, 3500 BC ]

    10/04/2010 5:14:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Views and News from Norway ^ | October 1, 2010 | Sven Goll
    The discovery of a "sealed" Stone Age house site from 3500 BC has stirred great excitement among archaeologists from Norway's Museum of Cultural History at the University in Oslo. The settlement site at Hamresanden, close to Kristiansand's airport at Kjevik in Southern Norway, looks like it was covered by a sandstorm, possibly in the course of a few hours. The catastrophe for the Stone Age occupants has given archaeologists an untouched "mini-Pompeii," containing both whole and reparable pots... the team working on the site at Hamresanden has discovered so many large shards of pottery that they think they can put...
  • How Europeans Evolved White Skin

    02/15/2018 9:21:23 PM PST · by Crucial · 149 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 02/15/2018 | Ann Gibbons
    How Europeans evolved white skin By Ann Gibbons ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—Most of us think of Europe as the ancestral home of white people. But a new study shows that pale skin, as well as other traits such as tallness and the ability to digest milk as adults, arrived in most of the continent relatively recently. The work, presented here last week at the 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, offers dramatic evidence of recent evolution in Europe and shows that most modern Europeans don’t look much like those of 8000 years ago. The origins of Europeans...
  • How Asian Nomadic Herders Built New Bronze Age Cultures

    11/30/2017 10:22:42 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    Science News ^ | 11-30-2017 | Bruce Bower
    BIG MOVES Ancient DNA indicates horse-riding pastoralists called the Yamnaya made two long-distance migrations around 5,000 years ago. One trip may have shaped Europe’s ancient Corded Ware culture, while the other launched central Asia’s Afanasievo culture. Nomadic herders living on western Asia’s hilly grasslands made a couple of big moves east and west around 5,000 years ago. These were not typical, back-and-forth treks from one seasonal grazing spot to another. These people blazed new trails. A technological revolution had transformed travel for ancient herders around that time. Of course they couldn’t make online hotel reservations. Trip planners would have searched...