atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#5735: [title or something]

Start off with how settled science is! The people of Easter Island, who made all those stone heads, may not have starved themselves to death due to deforestation. There's evidence that they had quite advanced agriculture, even to fertilizing the soil to maintain its ability to support crops.

They were fishing longer, and farming more sustainably, than anyone previously suspected.
Although the story of the Rapa Nui's self-destruction serves as a good fable to teach environmental awareness and responsibility, the Binghamton team concludes that it's not that simple. The history of Easter Island is more nuanced, and the ancient people shouldn't be written off as reckless and careless.
Or stupid. People are people, and they always have been.

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Similarly, ice shelves have been calving since there were ice shelves, long before humans existed. An ice shelf is an extension of a glacier. Glaciers grow. When they grow out over water, they form ice shelves. The reason the oceans are not covered with ice shelves is that chunks break off from time to time.

Exactly the way this one is.

It's happened millions of times before, and it will happen again, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with how many SUVs are on the road.

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Hey, I've seen this!

Over at Kim du Toit's place! In fact, I saw it there first.

"5,000 years old" is a long time ago. Neolithic. Ought to be quite interesting, whatever they find there.

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Two Clinton-related "suicides" in one week. Vox Day talks about the suicide of a Haitian official who was due to testify before Congress about misappropriation of funds by the Clinton Foundation.

Guy who "had a history of doing opposition research against President Bill Clinton and had a hand in exposing the 'Troopergate' allegations about Bill Clinton's sex life" and who was trying to get the Clinton e-mails from Russian hackers was also found dead of suicide.

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"It’s a touch ironic that [Andrew] Wyeth should be receiving all this attention while his contemporaries--Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Elaine de Kooning--over whom the art world once swooned, have been sequestered to quiet showrooms in urban haute bourgeois galleries." That's because Andrew Wyeth paintings looked like something, rather than being random crap slapped on canvas that a monkey could replicate in about fifteen minutes.

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I suppose this is one way to get women out of the military. Simply require men who identify as women to use female facilities such as barracks, showers, etcetera. The only requirement is that their records show they're female; if a person's "gender marker" says "F", regardless of the configuration of their genitalia they're required to use female facilities. And the same is true of the opposite.

So: you can have a person with penis and testicles showering with the women, and a person with breasts and a vagina showering with the men, as long as their paperwork is ticked correctly.

And the soldiers have to put up with it. That means young women have to be perfectly okay with taking showers in a communal shower, where there are no partitions, when men are also showering.

I wonder how long it will take for this insanity to be identified for what it is?

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I remember this. There was a huge witch-hunt in Florida because there was a day care center where the owners were accused of molesting their charges. One kid was having trouble pooping, and even though the kid said no one had done anything to him, the doctor claimed it was because someone had penetrated his anus. So in an attempt to get evidence, adults unctuously badgered the children to tell them what the bad people had done to them. The kids, wanting to please the adults, told them all kinds of outlandish things which were presented as fact to the court.

And a day care center which had operated without complaint since 1966 suddenly became a hotbed of satanic orgies and blood feasts. Except none of that happened, and innocent people were railroaded into jail.

The article concludes, "The blunt fact is that the 'satanic' day-care ritual-abuse cases of the 1980s and early '90s were our contemporary version of the Salem witch trials of the 1690s...." And that's all it was.

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What in the hell...? "The Oregon State Police said that no one was injured in the crash, but the hagfish have not spent hundreds of millions of years evolving to survive on a highway, and they perished." And Pacific hagfish have spent hundreds of millions of years evolving a defense mechanism: when in distress, they emit slime. Lots of it. Extremely sticky, thick, gloppy, gooey slime.

And one could charitably call it "distress" to be ejected forcefully onto a highway which--not to put too fine a point on it--is not the natural habitat for the Pacific hagfish.

Wow.
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