Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ripped Wound Sterilization Bacon

And I ran
Scatter
Fatter
Splatter
All along
The road
Fresh to eat
Tasty meat
Admit defeat
You could never
Resist the smell
Of fresh kill
The morbid still
Dance upon pleasure
Found not the treasure
A strong blow to the face
Puts consciousness in place
Space the eternal expansion
The destruction of crystal mansions
Here in never.

In the East, Hidden

The Spirit of my Times
Lost yet so sublime
Hidden from the plain
Drilling deeper in the brain
Caught in endless loop death
Stagnant stuffed pet
Conspire about the same
The toys flung to tame
Boys playing for power and land
Lost in the mystery of the sand
Bitter struggle old as time
Push button and rewind

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DNA study shows yeti is real (sort of) – and Oxford scientist prepares expedition to find it

Results back from first scientific test into Abominable Snowman

'Bigfoot' has been the subject of many hoaxes, such as this April Fool's joke at Mount Everest in 1992 - but has he now been found to exist?

By ADAM WITHNALL

Wednesday 02 July 2014

An Oxford scientist has discovered the world’s first verified DNA evidence that the “yeti” exists – albeit not quite in the monstrous, manlike form of legend.

Two hair samples taken from remote regions of the Himalayas have been found to show a 100 per cent genetic match to a prehistoric polar-bear-like creature that existed more than 40,000 years ago.

The extraordinary find suggests there are bears roaming the mountain range that have not been seen since the Pleistocene period, which experts say may well be “the biological foundation of the yeti legend”.

Bryan Sykes, a geneticist from Oxford University, said that his research was proof enough to start planning an expedition to the Himalayas to capture a “yeti” bear specimen alive.

He told NBC News that his team’s study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, should encourage “Bigfoot enthusiasts to go back out into the forest and get the real thing.”

People from around the world answered Prof Sykes’ call to send in hair samples that may or may not be from what he describes as “anomalous primates”.

In the first study of its kind, his team then analysed 36 specimens reported to be yeti, Bigfoot from the US, Almasty from Russia or orang pendek of Sumatra.

The vast majority of the samples turned out to be from easily-explained, modern species, including horses, cows, bears, canines and even one unidentified human.

Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes posing with a prepared DNA sample taken from hair from a Himalayan animal (AP)

But a golden-brown sample from an animal shot by a hunter in the northern region of Ladakh, India, 40 years ago and a reddish-brown hair from a high-altitude bamboo forest in Bhutan both matched the presumed long-lost bear.

Prof Sykes admitted that the study has not yet come across a hidden human-like creature – the Holy Grail of cryptozoologists – but that the anomalous bear was the next best thing.

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In the study, he and his team wrote: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, colour variants of Ursus maritimus (polar bear), or U. arctos/U. maritimus hybrids.”

If hybrids, the “yeti” specimens were likely to have been descended from ancient cross-breeding soon after brown and polar bears separated on the path of evolution.

Prof Sykes is writing a book about the link between the samples and the 40,000-year-old bear fossil remains entitled The Yeti Enigma, and said a Himalayan expedition was “the next logical step”.

“We need a live ‘yeti’,” he said.

Caribbean Coral Reefs are Declining

By TOM BAWDEN

Wednesday 02 July 2014

The existence of most Caribbean coral reefs is threatened over the next 20 years without action to stem dramatic declines, conservationists have warned.

Caribbean corals have dived by more than 50 per cent since the 1970s, and are at just one sixth of their peak, mainly due to the loss of parrotfish and sea urchins which graze on the reefs, a new report shows.

“The rate at which the Caribbean corals have been declining is truly alarming,” said Carl Lundin, director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the groups behind a new study.

“But this study brings some very encouraging news: the fate of Caribbean corals is not yet beyond our control and there are some very concrete steps that we can take to make them recover,” he added.

Measures such as restoring parrotfish populations and protecting reefs from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution could help reefs recover. They would also make them more resilient to the impacts of climate change, the experts said.

The report, which was put together by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) analysed more than 35,000 surveys at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970.

The experts said that while climate change - long thought to be the main culprit in coral degradation - posed a serious threat by making the seas more acidic and causing bleaching of corals, the main cause of declines has been the loss of grazing creatures.

“Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow, these reefs would continue their decline,” said Jeremy Jackson, lead author of the report and IUCN’s senior advisor on coral reefs.

“We must immediately address the grazing problem for the reefs to stand any chance of surviving future climate shifts.”

Sea urchins suffered a mass decline from an unidentified disease in 1983 and extreme fishing has pushed parrotfish to the brink of extinction in some areas.

Reefs protected from overfishing, as well as coastal pollution, tourism and coastal development are more resilient to climate change, the report said.

Ayana Johnson, of the Waitt Institute's Blue Halo Initiative which is collaborating with Barbuda in the development of its marine management plan, said: "Barbuda is about to ban all catches of parrotfish and grazing sea urchins, and set aside one third of its coastal waters as marine reserves.

"This is the kind of aggressive management that needs to be replicated regionally if we are going to increase the resilience of Caribbean reefs."

The Caribbean is home to nine per cent of the world's coral reefs, generating £1.75 billion annually from tourism and more than a hundred times more in other goods and services, which 43 million people depend on, the experts said.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

World Cup 2014: Brazil fan dies of heart attack as Neymar penalty wins tense shootout vs Chile

By ADAM WITHNALL

Sunday 29 June 2014

A Brazil fan has died after having a heart attack while watching his team’s penalty shootout victory over Chile in the World Cup.

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The 69-year-old man was in a bar not far from the match itself at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte when he fell ill and was taken to hospital.

According to a spokesperson for the state health department, the man was taken to hospital but died two hours later. Officials said he had suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, the Estado de Minas newspaper reported.

Health officials said that in total they had to treat 98 people during the match, including a 50-year-old woman who also had a heart problem while watching the shootout and a man whose nose was broken in a fight.

Brazil went on to win the game 3-2 on penalties, with the score 1-1 after extra time, and progress to face Colombia in the quarter-finals.

Yet despite the high standard of football on show and the furore around Luis Suarez’s on-field antics, the tournament has seemingly been just as eventful away from the pitch.

In Bogota, Colombia, last night a woman was reportedly killed by a stray bullet fired in celebration for the country’s win against Uruguay.

The mayor of Bogota was forced to issue a statement calling on people to be more careful when celebrating, after a number spilled out into the streets and fired guns into the air.

And it has also emerged that an England fan had a part of his ear “bitten off” during his team’s own match against Uruguay in the group stages.

The fan has made a formal complaint but the attacker, who is thought to be another England fan, has not been identified.

Friday, June 27, 2014

4,000-Year-Old Burial with Chariots Discovered in South Caucasus

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By Owen Jarus, Live Science ContributorThu, Jun 26 12:00 PM GMT+00:00

An ancient burial containing chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices has been discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia, in the south Caucasus.

The burial site, which would've been intended for a chief, dates back over 4,000 years to a time archaeologists call the Early Bronze Age, said Zurab Makharadze, head of the Centre of Archaeology at the Georgian National Museum.

Archaeologists discoveredthe timber burial chamber within a 39-foot-high (12 meters) mound called a kurgan. When the archaeologists reached the chamber they found an assortment of treasures, including two chariots, each with four wooden wheels. [See Images of the Burial Chamber & Chariots]

The team discovered ornamented clay and wooden vessels, flint and obsidian arrowheads, leather and textile artifacts, a unique wooden armchair, carnelian and amber beads and 23 golden artifacts, including rare and artistic crafted jewelry, wrote Makharadze in the summary of a presentation he gave recently at the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, held at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

"In the burial chamber were placed two four-wheeled chariots, both in good condition, [the] design of which represents fine ornamental details of various styles," Makharadze wrote. Thechamber also contained wild fruits, he added.

While the human remains had been disturbed by a robbery, which probably occurred in ancient times, and were in a disordered position, the archaeologists found that seven people were buried in the chamber. "One of them was a chief and others should be the members of his family, sacrificed slaves or servants," Makharadze told Live Science in an email.

A time before the horse

The burial dates back to a time before domesticated horses appeared in the area, Makharadze said. While no animals were found buried with the chariots, he said, oxen would have pulled them.

Other rich kurgan burials dating to the second half of the third millennium B.C. have also been found in the south Caucasus,said Makharadze in another paper he presented in February at the College de France in Paris. The appearance of these rich burials appears to be connected to interactions that occurred between nomadic people from the Eurasian steppes and farming communities within and near the south Caucasus, Makharadze said.

These interactions appear to have led to some individuals, like this chief, getting elaborate burials. The newly discovered armchair symbolizes the power that individuals like the chief had. "The purpose of the wooden armchair was the indication to power, and it was put in the kurgan as a symbol of power," Makharadze said in the email.

The kurgan was found in eastern Georgia near the municipality of Lagodekhi and was excavated in 2012.

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4,000-Year-Old Burial with Chariots Discovered in South Caucasus

LiveScience.com

By Owen Jarus, Live Science ContributorThu, Jun 26 12:00 PM GMT+00:00

An ancient burial containing chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices has been discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia, in the south Caucasus.

The burial site, which would've been intended for a chief, dates back over 4,000 years to a time archaeologists call the Early Bronze Age, said Zurab Makharadze, head of the Centre of Archaeology at the Georgian National Museum.

Archaeologists discoveredthe timber burial chamber within a 39-foot-high (12 meters) mound called a kurgan. When the archaeologists reached the chamber they found an assortment of treasures, including two chariots, each with four wooden wheels. [See Images of the Burial Chamber & Chariots]

The team discovered ornamented clay and wooden vessels, flint and obsidian arrowheads, leather and textile artifacts, a unique wooden armchair, carnelian and amber beads and 23 golden artifacts, including rare and artistic crafted jewelry, wrote Makharadze in the summary of a presentation he gave recently at the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, held at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

"In the burial chamber were placed two four-wheeled chariots, both in good condition, [the] design of which represents fine ornamental details of various styles," Makharadze wrote. Thechamber also contained wild fruits, he added.

While the human remains had been disturbed by a robbery, which probably occurred in ancient times, and were in a disordered position, the archaeologists found that seven people were buried in the chamber. "One of them was a chief and others should be the members of his family, sacrificed slaves or servants," Makharadze told Live Science in an email.

A time before the horse

The burial dates back to a time before domesticated horses appeared in the area, Makharadze said. While no animals were found buried with the chariots, he said, oxen would have pulled them.

Other rich kurgan burials dating to the second half of the third millennium B.C. have also been found in the south Caucasus,said Makharadze in another paper he presented in February at the College de France in Paris. The appearance of these rich burials appears to be connected to interactions that occurred between nomadic people from the Eurasian steppes and farming communities within and near the south Caucasus, Makharadze said.

These interactions appear to have led to some individuals, like this chief, getting elaborate burials. The newly discovered armchair symbolizes the power that individuals like the chief had. "The purpose of the wooden armchair was the indication to power, and it was put in the kurgan as a symbol of power," Makharadze said in the email.

The kurgan was found in eastern Georgia near the municipality of Lagodekhi and was excavated in 2012.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Petition to make Father Ted's 'My Lovely Horse' Ireland's Eurovision song turned down

Irish MPs said they 'didn't have the musical expertise' to decide

By LIZZIE DEARDEN

Thursday 26 June 2014

The Irish parliament has turned down a petition to make “My Lovely Horse” fromFather Ted Ireland’s official entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The petition, entitled “legislate to make “My Lovely Horse” Ireland’s entry for Eurovision 2015”, was formally submitted to the government in May.

It claimed to come from an unincorporated association called “The People of Ireland (and interested Britons too)”.

The Oireachtas petitions committee did actually consider the request on Wednesday but said it could force Ireland’s national broadcaster to submit the entry, the Irish Examiner reported.

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, the chairman, said the committee “didn't have the musical expertise” it needed to consider the issue.

The song was made famous in the "A Song for Europe" episode of Father Ted.

A mock music video featured in the comedy series showed Ted and Dougal frolicking in fields with a horse, hugging it and singing to it.

Memorable lyrics included: “I want to shower you with sugar lumps, and ride you over fences, polish your hooves every single day and bring you to the horse dentist.”

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Biblical Floods Threaten USA-Germany World Cup Match in Recife, Brazil


USA fans head to the stadium in Recife, Brazil ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team's match vs. Germany on Thursday, July 26, 2014.

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The city that's playing host to Thursday's much-anticipated USA vs. Germany World Cup match is underwater.

Recife is located in the northeastern most portion of Brazil, only about 190 miles south of Natal, which was also struck by flooding rains this month. News reports show that the city has received at least three inches of rain in less than 24 hours, which comes after an already unusually rainy month.

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The culprit is a flow of moisture-rich air off the ocean, and Brazil's meteorological service as well as international centers had flagged that part of Brazil, as well as the southeast, as having a likelihood of above average rainfall this summer.

Fans of both teams who are headed to the noon ET match are struggling to reach the stadium, with some roads nearly impassable due to what looks to be foot-deep water. But as things stand now, FIFA officials say the game is on.

Many people are sharing photos and videos of their epic march to the game on Instagram. You can see some of the footage in the interactive map, embedded below. Keep scrolling to see all the tweets and photos from Recife, Brazil.

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Ancient Tattooed Aryan Mummies of Asia

Saturday, June 21, 2014


The barren desert of China’s southern Tarim Basin has been the source of some of the ancient world’s most mysterious tattooed mummies.

 

Central Asian Caucasoids, tall people with red or blond hair and light eyes, had long been the subject of ancient Chinese legend. Then, in the early 20th century, archeologists digging in the Tarim Basin in western China, unearthed mummies resembling these legendary "gods". At first, no one leapt to any conclusions. The prehistoric graveyard must have marked the final resting place for an unfortunate band of migrants.

 

 

But more recently, Chinese archeologists working in the Taklamakan Desert, made further discoveries that forced them to reconsider - hundreds more Caucasian mummies, many of them tattooed with geometric designs.

 

 

They were clothed in garments resembling Celtic plaid, complete with tam-o'-shanters and Robin Hood caps. Perhaps the ancient Chinese legends of how their civilizations were originally started were accurate.

 


Radiocarbon dating established the mummies as living over 4,000 years ago during the height of the Bronze Age, in the 21st century BC. Italian geneticist, Paolo Francalacci, tested the DNA of a few of the mummies and found two of them to be related to modern-day Swedes, Finns, Tuscans, Corsicans, and Sardinians.

 

Struck by the similarities between Ötzi the Iceman and these Caucasoid mummies, Sinologist, Victor Mair, remarked, "These guys out in the Tarim (Basin) are just like him - one's in ice and the others are in sand."

 

These were Indo-European people, ancient Aryans, cousins of the Celts and Scythians, a branch of the family that controlled the Silk Road to Europe from 2500 BC to 400 BC. They influenced cultures as far as Japan, spreading their Caucasoid tattoo culture to the ancestors of Japan's indigenous Ainu.

 

If enterprising Caucasians might have once inhabited Xinjiang province, it was a theory that the Chinese government wanted 'classified'. The version of history they guarded was of a Chinese civilization blossoming in isolation, without any Western influence. Consider, too, that the mummies were exotically tattooed - tattooing had been a crime in China for over two centuries. The less said, the better.

 

 

But not far from the Chinese discoveries, in Russia, on the western edge of the Siberian Plain, dramatic evidence of an ancient tattoo culture was unearthed. And this time, highly publicized. In 450 BC, the Greek writer Herodotus wrote about Scythian nomads to the north, tribes of horsemen who ruled the Eurasian Steppe by horseback, their tattoos acting as 'a mark of nobility, and not to have them was testimony of low birth.' Skeptics assumed Herodotus was dreaming, and held to that opinion for over 2000 years.

 

 

But in 1948, not far from the border with China, a Russian archeologist named Rudenko discovered an astonishingly well-preserved corpse in a frozen Pazyryk burial mound - and ice-bound Scythian chieftain covered with tattoos of mythical animals. He would have been alive as Herodotus was writing about him.

 


They were formidable Iron Age horsemen and warriors. The artifacts found with the mummies suggest they had an appreciation for art - saddles, rugs, clothing, fine gold jewelry, musical instruments, amulets and tools and fabrics from Persia and China.

 

 

But the most artistic of all the wonders were the tattoos, an interlocking array of fantastic beasts on the mummy's arms, shoulder, torso, and one leg. When the evidence was made public, much interest focused on a pair of stylized deer and a mountain ram on the chief's right arm. Stylistically, they recalled the art of Persia, Assyria, India, and particularly China. Boldly graphic, this 'animal style' art influenced cultures wherever the Scythians roamed. Over the years, the Pazyryk burial mounds would produce more frozen mummies, but none more exciting than the 'Ice Maiden'.

 

 

In 1993, the Russian Academy of Sciences went hunting with the latest arsenal of archeological technology and were rewarded with the discovery of another frozen corpse, this one a young woman of obviously high birth, a 'warrior-priestess' buried with six horses. (Some of the burial mounds were up to 100 metres in diameter.)

 

Her white silk dress, elaborate headdress and exotic jewelry were an exciting find, but upon discovering flesh they began peeling back the fabric over her shoulder to reveal dark blue tattoos - once again those familiar mythical creatures. One striking image portrayed a deer's horns morphing into flowers, the muzzle becoming the beak of a bird.

 

The Ice Maiden had more tattoos on her wrist, and one on her thumb. One of her tattoos so closely resembled the chieftain's that it was either drawn from the same stencil, or perhaps by the same artist.

 

This recurring 'deer' motif has puzzled the experts, not least because its convoluted posture with hind legs turned upward suggests an altered state. Signifying what? That those hooves no longer touched this earth, possibly celebrating transcendence or spirituality. 

 

The largest burial mound being 100 meters across and containing not only the royal deceased but many of his horses arranged in spoke-like fashion around the central tomb. Alignments of the galleries with stone mounds in the surrounding area strongly implies that this burial structure has astrological and probably ritual relationships.
 

  

These ancient Aryan horsemen had many rituals, and rites of passage to adulthood were one of them. An examination of the tattooed mummies' subcutaneous fat revealed it to be free of ink, while the deeper layer of muscle was discolored. These tattoos were applied when the person was young, before he put on that layer of fat, later in life.

 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Struggle With Praise

Bottled inside
Creeper catches
Shapes broken
Fallen waste
The vision
Idea of elegance
Founder of
Shit
Gaze upon self
Mirror of
Torment
See the nothing
It's not there
Is it?
Well the
Trap pulling
Water
Over our
Heads
Never growing
Shame
Shame is
Born
The needle missed
The target
Foul forgetful
Miss
The penetration
Possible reflects
Again
Inside tomorrow
The sign remains
Same
Broken
Broken
Broken
Boy lost
When
Found
Shaking away
Fear
Remembering
The Dawn of
Someone's
Faded
Experience
Paths are there
Take them
Or lost interest
Bones fragile
As Father walks
The steps
Faith
Loser sect
Control your
Puppets
Torn from the oneness
Of Same
Strangers transform
The dust blown
In breeze
Forgotten
Wandering
Cosmos
Shall I
Be this
Because
Fortune smiles
And others have
None to savor
Why must I
Reach strong
Top of
The
Food chain
Struggles happen
No matter
The skin
That which is
Will always be
Same
Forget
It