Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Homo Sapiens interbred with four other hominid races, two as yet unknown

"Of these hominins, only Neanderthals and Denisovans are currently known; the others remain unnamed and have only been detected as traces of DNA surviving in different modern populations."

http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/humans-hominin-introgression-07438.html

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Easter Island / Rapa Nui: Polynesians did NOT ruin the island

A counter to the greenstory about humans triggering ecological collapse on Rapa Nui is here:

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/07/easter-islands-ecological-suicide-myths-and-realities/

For example:

"Easter Islanders never cut their palm trees at all! According to their cultural legends, when the Polynesians’ canoes reached Easter about 1000 AD, the island was covered in grasses. There were only a few palms. Modern pollen studies confirm this, showing that the island did have palm trees in the ancient past – but most died in the cold droughts of the Dark Ages (600–950 AD). The few surviving palms died during the Little Ice Age after the Polynesians colonized the island. The last palm died about 1650."

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Borneo cave art redated from 10k years ago to 40k: now world's oldest?

"A group of cave paintings in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, depicting a group of local cattle, has been dated to at least 40,000 years ago by researchers who believe the paintings are the oldest figurative art in the world. The limestone caves’ ancient images include painted outlines of human hands, a human figure, and what appear to be renderings of wild cattle, including an animal similar to the banteng, a large bovine mammal still found in the region."

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-worlds-oldest-figurative-art-discovered-caves-borneo

Original article in Nature:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0679-9.epdf?referrer_access_token=imx2MRpXd-FdfjkfAHtZc9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0M0jjIe4uuvYR-SGD4FhS_f73hI8aK38xmP-Lp16R5XlsFpzBVgrrgtPtus3QpzEJg2_TfpnR6VWkbjp69TdqOUcsq3wJn8zNRJOwjx_XkU83YWewRN4WXRHa-JNHRrVmr2ckx00AuKFZ8dDZEDGqXFYcYkjfTOqgDgMTIrVmiiwoS3YJJpYEdSu5zMpHLwnaChK-4OjmKW7o4Bj0ZJZ7_Z19pITOHcsWJIPKFKMmmlhw%3D%3D&tracking_referrer=qz.com

Friday, 3 August 2018

Okay, okay, be evil - Google embarks on information suppression in China

Google is not only tailoring a biased version of its search engine for Communist China, but blocking its own employees' access to the relevant documents:

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/03/google-search-engine-china-censorship-backlash/

But that's OK, because it's no longer committed to fighting evil:

https://gizmodo.com/google-removes-nearly-all-mentions-of-dont-be-evil-from-1826153393

Saturday, 5 May 2018

China extending its influence in Australia and the West

British website The Conservative Woman reviews a new book by Canberra academic Clive Hamilton: "Silent Invasion: China's influence in Australia."

Apparently, last year Chinese parties nearly defenestrated an Australian MP in a key Sidney constituency, which could have wiped out the wafer-thin Parliamentary majority of the current Liberal government.

Elsewhere, Chinese individuals abroad may still be kept under close surveillance:

"Stalking of expat dissidents is facilitated by digital technology. Activity on Facebook (a website blocked in China) is monitored, but it doesn’t stop there. Western governments have shown unbelievable lack of caution in giving contracts to Chinese firms for sensitive work such as surveillance systems. Advanced internet-linked CCTV cameras with face-tracking capacity in use on the London Underground and Gatwick Airport are supplied by Hangzhou Hikvision, a company under Chinese state control. Potentially the data may be sent to Chinese servers, allowing agents to track people wherever they go, recording them visiting church or holding a copy of Epoch Times."