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Monday, March 19, 2018

David Frum writes: Congressional Republicans and conservative pundits had the chance to signal Trump his attacks on law enforcement are unacceptable -- but they sent the opposite message. read more

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Former CIA Chief John Brennan tweeted: ": "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trump will almost certainly do nothing to assist Britain during this crisis. While he has said he is with Britain "all the way", he has provided no measures to punish Russia, no measures to support May, and has been purposely vague when it comes to blaming Putin for the attack. ... "As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be," Trump told reporters read more

Jennifer Rubin writes: Trump takes the prize on this one. read more

A teacher who is also a reserve police officer trained in firearm use accidentally discharged a gun Tuesday at Seaside High School in Monterey County, Calif., during a class devoted to public safety. A male student was reported to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The weapon, which was not described, was pointed at the ceiling, according to a statement from the school, and debris fell from the ceiling. read more


"A drawing of the red ladder symbol from the La Pasiega cave. Dating shows it has a minimum age of 64,000 years but it is unclear if the animals and other symbols were painted later."

In Maltravieso cave in western Spain, a hand shape – thought to have been created by spraying paint from the mouth over a hand pressed to the cave wall – was found to be at least 66,700 years old. At the Ardales cave near Malaga, stalagmites and stalactites that form curtain-like patterns on the walls appear to have been painted red, and have been dated to 65,500 years ago. What the creators sought to express with their efforts is anyone's guess. "We have no idea what any of it means," said Dirk Hoffmann at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

It is not the only question left unanswered. "It's fascinating to demonstrate that the Neanderthals were the world's first artists, and not our own species," said Paul Pettit, professor of palaeolithic archaeology at Durham University. "The most important question still remains, however. What were Neanderthals doing in the depths of dark and dangerous caves if it wasn't ritual, and what does that imply?"

In a second paper, published in Science Advances, Hoffman and others show that dyed and decorated seashells found in the Aviones sea cave in southeast Spain were made by Neanderthals 115,000 years ago, pointing to a long artistic tradition.

Historically, works of art and symbolic thinking have been held up as proof of the cognitive superiority of modern humans – examples of the exceptional skills that define our species. Neanderthals, by comparison, have suffered a bad press since the first skeletons were unearthed in the Neander valley near Düsseldorf in the 19th century. While the German biologist Ernst Haeckel failed to convince his fellow scientists to name the species ---- stupidus, Neanderthals were still described as incapable of moral or theistic conceptions, and depicted as knuckle-dragging apemen.

"To my mind this closes the debate on Neanderthals," said João Zilhão, a researcher on the team at the University of Barcelona. "They are part of our family, they are ancestors, they were not cognitively distinct, or less endowed in terms of smarts. They are just a variant of humankind that as such exists no more."

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