It’s the Once of You-Lie and again the outer boundary of Week Out so I have to go through and clear some tabs. Tempting to call it bush-hogging but tabs aren’t all that bushy, usually, and the hogging is a trite metaphor. So just the studied closing will have to suffice.
First, there is a report [Link] from a smurg of U that the construction of Stonehenge had to be a collective effort involving much of the population of England. Not really surprising given the scope of the effort and the magnitude of the facility, rather a Disney World of the day, but it does bring home the fundamental tyrannical nature of the English peoples. Somehow it seems fitting that the identities of the sociopaths who imposed this servitude on good folk should have been forgotten. Nothing, it seems, is more galling to a tyrant than for history to forget them. Except perhaps when the oppressed rise up and eviscerate the tyrant. Sadly that latter did not happen.
But as we approach the observance of our own independence holy day it reminds us of the near run of the thing. We should not flag in either our celebration of expelling the cruel and evil English overlords from our hallowed ground at point of bayonet (spear substitute) or in our vigilance and defense against enemies of that freedom, furrin or domestic. Especially politicians in these contemporary times.
Next, the justicers of New Zealand have decided the efforts in their country against MegaUpLoad were ILLEGAL. [Link] And the seizure of property, material, electronic, and intellectual, were WRONG and need to be reversed. Not that such is actually possible. Sadly, the real villains, the corporate intellectual property overlords and their political myrmidons will not be punished although the ROam practice of crucifixion would seem appropriate given the treasonous nature of their actions. If anything it reminds us that perhaps in the New New World of Australia and New Zealand, citizens are still humans and not organizations, as they are in the New World of Amerika.
Of course, firing parties would be acceptable. Especially if they used rubber bullets. Might take several hundred of them to discorporate. Most painfully. But that would mean that the human slime mold would have gotten up off its mind enslaved derrière and retaken freedom from the modern slave masters.
Next, we have research from U Alberta that identifies the oldest known “complex” organism from 585 MYA. [Link] This reminds us that life has been around a lot longer than that nonsense promulgated by Bishop Ussher and the creationists – not to be confused with the continuous creationists who are physicists and not mongers of superstition and mysticism, maybe . On which note I seem to recall that Baden-Powell, the chap who started the Boy Scouts, considered faith in miracles to be atheistic. Rather an appropraite remembrance on a sundae in the Old Confederacy given the profusion of religionists of that stamp.
In somewhat related work [Link] Spanish scientists have unearthed what may be the oldest examples of early modern humans (homo sapiens) DNA. The bone fragments the DNA was recovered from date back 7 KYA. This is a bit surprising given that modrn humans were supposed to have originated in Africa. Maybe. Depends on whether the definition now includes miscegenation with neandertals? Having grown up in the Old Confederacy with all the Lu Klux Klan propaganda about purity of essence and unsullied genetic material and all that rot, it is comforting to know that the caucasians are the mutts and the non-caucasians are the pure breds. Gad, isn;t it wonderful when mind tyranny is outed?
Next, we have work from Cardiff U of a meteorite strike in western Greenland 3 BYA. [Link] What is important about this is it changes the numbers on frequency of occurrence of extinction collisions of meteorites with Tellus. So look to the sky, bogs, your demise is up there. And also geeks and nerds as well. One more bit of indication we need to get off our duffs and work towards a meteorite prevention force.
I do love the art work though. The ultimate belly flop that spells the end of life for all.