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Pat Condell: Can I say this?


As always, Pat Condell is right on with his view of Islam, as any objective individual should be. We need millions more like him in this world, especially as leaders of the western world. TGO

Video: YouTube

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Horror on the sand in Tunisian hotel massacre


Muslims are terrorizing people all over the world. They will stop at nothing to destroy the lives of those who don’t believe in their extremist ideology, otherwise known as Islam. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

Tunisia

SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) – Casually dressed in dark shorts, a necklace and T-shirt, he would have looked like any other young Tunisian among the German, British and Irish sunbathers soaking up the Mediterranean heat on one of Tunisia’s long, yellow beaches.

In just five minutes, armed with the black Kalashnikov he had hidden in his beach umbrella, Saif Rezgui unleashed horror across the Imperial Marhaba resort, leaving 39 victims dead among the deck chairs and pool loungers.

It was the worst attack of its kind in Tunisia’s modern history. Islamic State claimed responsibility though authorities say Rezgui, a 24-year-old student, was not on any terrorism watch list or a known militant.

Witnesses say the gunman, dressed like a tourist, drew little attention. He opened fire suddenly, making his way from the beach to the pool and hotel, selecting foreigners, pursuing his victims even as they fled indoors.

Rezgui was apparently well aware of the hotel’s layout, a security source said. He had time to reload his rifle at least twice before he was finally confronted and shot dead by police outside the hotel.

Panicked tourists fled from the beach, running among the umbrellas, some falling among the white plastic sun loungers, their bodies later to be covered with towels and sheets. Blood was smeared over the steps leading into the hotel.

“It was horror what we saw, he was killing in an incredible way. It was clear he knew the hotel, he was everywhere,” said Neil, an English tourist leaving Sousse with his wife. “He took seven minutes killing. They was no sign he was an extremist, he just looked like a normal young man.”

A popular tourism destination, Tunisia has emerged from political upheaval after its 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Praised for its transition to democracy, the country is also struggling with rising Islamist militancy.

Tunisian authorities were already on the alert, months after two gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, gunning down Japanese, French and Spanish visitors as they arrived by bus.

Like the Bardo attackers, the young Tunisian gunman appears to have fallen prey to extremist recruiters, radicalized and drawn away from his life as a student in a very short time, security sources said.

Since the 2011 uprising, Tunisia has seen radical imams and ultraconservative groups extend their influence, taking over mosques and setting up religious schools in the early turmoil of the country’s transition.

More than 3,000 Tunisians are fighting for Islamic State and other groups in Iraq, Syria and neighboring Libya. Some have warned they will return to carry out attacks in their homeland, one of the most secular nations in the Arab world.

By official accounts, Rezgui was a dedicated student from a stable family who enjoyed partying and practiced break-dancing. In a pattern similar to other Tunisia jihadists, he appeared to have come into contact with extremist preachers about six months ago, a senior security source said.

The two Bardo gunmen were also radicalized in their local mosques by hardliners. They were sent to Libya for training and showed no outward signs of their new extremist beliefs.

“He was a good student and always attending class,” Prime Minister Habib Essid said. “Our investigations show he didn’t reveal any signs of extremism, or ties to terrorists. He wasn’t even on a watch list.”

‘GET OUT OF THE WAY’

It was not the first time Sousse had been targeted. In October 2013, a young Tunisian militant blew himself up on a Sousse beach, killing only himself, after he was refused entry into a hotel. A fellow attacker was caught before he could detonate his bomb among tourists at a popular monument not far away.

The Bardo killings in March had been the worst massacre since the 2002 attack on a synagogue on the tourist island of Djerba, where an al Qaeda suicide bomber killed 21 people.

The Imperial Marhaba is an all-inclusive resort on the long stretch of beach that makes up the Sousse waterfront. A giant pool sits among palm trees set back from the beach.

Packed with European holiday-makers, the resort would have been a desired target for Islamist groups who have attacked North African tourist sites before, seeing them as legitimate targets because of their open Western lifestyles and tolerance of alcohol.

Islamic State praised the gunman’s operation against a “bordello”.

“I was on the beach when he started shooting. We got everyone back toward the hotel, but he followed us. He targeted the foreigners but not the Tunisians,” said Wadia, a waiter.

“When he saw a Tunisian he shouted out ‘Get out of the way’ and shot at foreigners.”

(Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Digby Lidstone)

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French police grill attack suspect after grisly beheading


Muslims. In my dictionary, this is a bad word, as is Islam, Allah and Muhammad/Mohammed (however one chooses to spell it). The reason is obvious, these people are barbarians. And for those of you who consider yourselves ‘peaceful’ Muslims, realize that your ideology, your faith, is badly broken and will remain so because your so-called “holy” book, the Koran/Quran (however one chooses to spell it) is despicable.

You ‘peaceful’ Muslims are a contradiction in terms. It’s like being a “peaceful” member of the Mafia, because you don’t happen to be a hit-man. That doesn’t change the fact that you would still the member of a criminal organization. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFP

Special forces of France's Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) escort an unidentified woman and a child as they leave the building housing the apartment of a man suspected of carrying out an attack in Saint-Priest near Lyon on June 26, 2015

Paris (AFP) – French police were grilling a suspected Islamist Saturday about an attack in which the man displayed his boss’s severed head, in what appeared to be the second jihadist attack in France this year.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who cut short an official trip to South America to rush home, warned France faced more attacks and that Friday’s assault on a gas factory near the second city of Lyon would increase tensions in the country, putting citizens’ resilience “to the test”.

No jihadist group has claimed Friday’s attack, which came on the same day as a massacre at a Tunisian beach resort in which 38 people were gunned down and a suicide bombing in Kuwait that killed 26.

The other two attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Suspect Yassin Salhi, a 35-year-old married father-of-three, was arrested after causing an explosion by driving a delivery van into a warehouse containing bottles of dangerous gas and chemicals at the US-owned Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Lyon.

The prosecutor in the case said firefighters overpowered Salhi as he was trying to open acetone bottles in what is believed to have been an attempt to cause a larger explosion.

The firefighters then discovered the decapitated body of his 54-year-old boss Herve Cornara — who ran a delivery firm — near the car, along with a knife.

“The head was surrounded by two Islamic flags bearing the Shahada, the profession of (the Muslim) faith,” said prosecutor Francois Molins.

– ‘Unable to speak’ –

Authorities hope an autopsy, expected to be carried out later Saturday, will offer more clues. A source close to the case said it would seek to determine if the victim was first killed before being decapitated.

Meanwhile, in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, shocked residents held a minute’s silence, followed by a pulsating rendition of France’s national anthem.

One man, Philippe Ouastani, said he turned out in solidarity with the victim. “It’s unheard of to decapitate someone in the 21st century. What weapons do we have to combat that? Being here, together.”

“These acts have got nothing to do with religion. The Prophet never said to kill innocent people,” raged the woman, who requested to remain anonymous.

She tried to find words to explain the killing to her four-year-son.

“There are naughty people who have done bad things. The police will put them in prison to punish them for their silly, silly actions,” she told him.

– ‘Better armed’ –

The gory attack in France came nearly six months after a three-day Islamist killing spree in Paris left 17 people dead, most of them gunned down in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday Salhi had been investigated for links to radical Salafists in Lyon, but was not identified as having participated in terrorist activities and did not have a criminal record.

Speaking after a ministerial meeting on Saturday with President Francois Hollande, Cazeneuve vowed the government would “continue to work relentlessly” against terrorism.

France is on high alert over hundreds of citizens who have gone to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria, as well as those involved in recruitment or radicalisation online.

Similarly, Europe has for months been bracing for so-called “lone wolf” attacks by supporters of Islamic State, which has urged its followers to strike wherever they can.

Cazeneuve outlined measures taken by the government in recent months to face “a threat which has never been as high” such as the creation of hundreds of new jobs for police, gendarmes and intelligence agents.

Some 230 million euros ($256 million) will also go to modernising surveillance methods to keep track of jihadists online.

Earlier this week, France passed a controversial new spying law granting sweeping powers to snoop on citizens.

Cazeneuve said the law allowed security services to be “better armed” to fight the jihadist threat

Valls warned Friday’s attack would fuel tensions in France — home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim population — that “will be exploited”.

“This macabre act of decapitation, staged with flags, is new in France” and aimed at “making an impact,” Valls said.

“It’s difficult for a society to live for years under the threat of attack,” he told AFP on a flight back from Colombia.

“The question is not… if there will be another attack, but when.”

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Ex-Scientologist Carmen Llywelyn Pens Revealing Essay About the Church and Ex Jason Lee


People who are dumb enough to join a cult such as Scientology shouldn’t whine about it later. What did they expect? Anyone with half a brain can plainly see that Scientology is at best a shady organization and at worst a criminal one. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Yahoo

Jason Lee and Carmen Llywelyn (WireImage)

Another one of Scientology’s ex-famous members is speaking out against the church.

Carmen Llywelyn, who had roles in Never Been Kissed and The Mod Squad and was once married to actor Jason Lee, recently penned an essay for Gawker titled, “Why I Left Scientology.” In it, she makes harsh accusations against the church and her ex-husband.

Llywelyn, 41, was a Scientologist for eight years. “I’ve spent the last 13 years keeping Scientology out of my life,” she begins. “It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve realized that the religion is built on a foundation of violence. I’m proud to add my voice to the many who, despite fear of retribution and humiliation, have come forward to tell of our experiences.”

Lee is the one who introduced Carmen to the church. They got married in 1995 after one year of dating. At the time, the My Name is Earl actor had been a Scientologist for five years.

“When I think back, I believe a part of me knew if I didn’t accept Scientology the marriage would be over before it even started,” she writes. “But in truth, regardless of how different I feel about Jason and Scientology today, I was very much in love with the guy and wanted our marriage to work. I did what I thought was right. But I made the mistake of immersing myself completely in his world. I did what so many other people who join Scientology do: I lost all sense of individual identity in the name of the cult.”

After an unusual tour of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in L.A. — including a stop by founder L. Ron Hubbard’s office, which was set up perfectly for when he comes back in another lifetime — Carmen joined Scientology. “As we kept going, it occurred to me how unreal and expensive Scientology was going to be,” she shares, estimating that her involvement with the church cost her around $50,000 over the eight years she was a member. “To me, Scientology seemed more of a surreal lifestyle for the privileged than a kind of belief system.”

According to Llywelyn, the church is also not an easy place to make friends. “You’d never think that speaking your mind could get you in that much trouble, but if you knew what the average Scientologist’s perspective was on friendships you’d understand,” she says. “It becomes a lonely world… In Scientology, your friend can become your worst enemy overnight.”

Carmen said her Scientologist pals, like Jenna Elfman and Gay Ribisi, became her “faux friends.”

When Carmen ran into Elfman shortly after she left the church, “[Jenna] didn’t ask me how I was. She didn’t wish me well or ask me about my life… I was just supposed to listen to her while she lectured me in that tone-40 type of voice and told me I needed to get back on ‘the bridge’… It was a very cold encounter.”

Carmen is happy she left Scientology (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Carmen was labeled a “suppressive person” after she read the book A Piece of Blue Sky that opposed the church’s beliefs.

“Most people know the only view you’ll see of any Scientologist once they disconnect from you will be their backs,” she notes. “Before I was disconnected with him, I still got along with Jason as long as I agreed with his and the church’s demands. But when I revealed over the telephone to my talent manager, Gay Ribisi, that I’d read an anti-Scientology book, it started the chain of events that led to me being disconnected with everyone I had known.”

After that, Carmen says she lost Jason, all of her friends, and Gay, who allegedly got United Talent Agency to drop her. She claims Jason disconnected with her in a one paragraph letter, ending “in the same meaningless way and insinuated the same serious things.”

“Scientologists have no boundaries and their cruelties exclude no one,” she says. “There are no choices in Scientology. There never were. It is all a ruse. In truth, after I left Scientology, I had to learn how to think for myself again, to speak for myself again. It’s very different from the language Scientology promotes in its advertisements: ‘think for yourself.'”

Today, Llywelyn lives and works in Atlanta. She has been in a long-term relationship since 2003 and has twins who are about to turn 11.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to travel and film a documentary on all different ways people incorporate their beliefs into their lives all over the world,” she concludes. “And I one day hope to help and be of service to other survivors who have suffered through the experiences of predatory cults.”

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Terror probe after French factory attack leaves 1 beheaded


When are western-world governments going to wise-up and prevent these barbaric Muslims from entering their countries, while simultaneously tracking down and exporting anyone remotely considered to have terrorist affiliations? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — France opened a terrorism investigation after an attack at a gas factory Friday left one person decapitated and multiple people wounded, officials said. One official said banners with Arabic writing were found near the body.

Two French officials said the attack began mid-morning when two men crashed a car into the entrance of a gas factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France, hitting gas canisters and touching off an explosion.

One of the attackers was arrested, they said. It was unclear what happened to the other attacker.

The decapitated body and banners with Arabic inscriptions were found near the factory entrance, one of the officials said.

Both officials spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.

In a statement, France’s anti-terror prosecutor said an investigation was opened into the attack, which he said was carried out by “a terrorist group.”

France went on high alert after an attack in January that left 20 people dead in the Paris region, including the Islamic extremist attackers.

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It’s no hallucination, that creature is just really weird


There have been some really weird creatures on this planet, and most of them have lived in the world’s oceans. Then again, maybe we are the weirdest creatures on earth. One thing is for sure, we are certainly the most destructive of all. Ironic, considering that we are also the most intelligent. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

An artist's colour reconstruction of Hallucigenia sparsa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was a creature so strange that experts literally could not make heads nor tails of it.

But scientists said on Wednesday a new analysis of fossils of Hallucigenia, so named for its fantastical appearance, has given them for the first time a complete understanding of this little sea oddball that lived about 508 million years ago.

Hallucigenia is one of the species emblematic of the Cambrian Period, a pivotal juncture in the history of life on Earth when most major groups of animals first appeared and many unusual body designs came and went.

“It is nice to finally know rather fundamental things such as how many legs it has, and to know its head from its tail,” University of Cambridge paleontologist Martin Smith said.

Hallucigenia, whose fossils have been unearthed in the Burgess Shale site in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, belongs to a primitive group of velvet worms, animals that still exist today.

Hallucigenia, 0.4 to 2.2 inches long (10-55 mm), possessed seven pairs of nail-like spines protruding from its back, with an equal number of pairs of long, flimsy legs underneath tipped with claws. There were three pairs of skinny tentacles toward the head, perhaps used to process food or as antennae.

Hallucigenia has long baffled scientists. In the 1970s, it was thought its back spikes were legs, its legs were tentacles along its back and its head was its tail.

“The head was once thought to be represented by a large balloon-like orb at one end of the animal. We can now show that this orb was not part of the animal at all, but a blob of decay fluids that oozed out of the anus during decay and burial,” Smith said.

The actual head, the scientists have now learned after using sophisticated imaging techniques on the fossils, is at the end of a long and slender neck resembling a hose-like tube. Near the end of the head were two bean-shaped eyes.

“Below the eyes, like an almighty grin, sits a ring of teeth,” Smith said.

There was a small mouth cavity in front of these teeth to suck food into the throat. Once there, the food was gripped by tiny needle-like teeth lining the throat to speed it to the stomach.

“It would have been quiet a sight,” said Royal Ontario Museum paleontologist Jean-Bernard Caron.

The research appears in the journal Nature.

(Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Pope says family separation can be ‘morally necessary’


I must admit, compared to his predecessors, Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. Unlike the idiotic popes before him, this guy seems to be living in the 21st century, is logical and has the testicles to say what he believes. Too bad it took hundreds of years for the Catholic Church to have a representative like Pope Francis. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFP

Pope Francis leads the weekly audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 24, 2015

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis said Wednesday that it may be “morally necessary” for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church’s attitude to troubled marriages.

“There are cases in which separation is inevitable,” he said during his weekly general audience, with a message hoping to encourage greater compassion in the Church ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October.

“Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it’s about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation,” he said.

Francis said there were many families in “irregular situations” and the question should be how to best help them, and “how to accompany them so that the child does not become daddy or mummy’s hostage”.

The issue is likely to be addressed during the upcoming synod — a gathering of bishops — on the family, which Francis hopes will help reconcile Catholic thinking with the realities of believers’ lives in the early 21st century.

A first synod on the issues last year saw riled conservative bishops mobilise to block the approval of language heralding an unprecedented opening to the gay community and greater flexibility on the treatment of divorced Catholics.

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Tsarnaev speaks: ‘I am sorry for the lives I have taken’


Too little too late you stupid, indoctrinated slime-ball. Thanks to your devotion to the fictitious Allah and your barbaric Mohammad you ruined your life, and obviously the lives of many, many others; those who really matter. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Yahoo News

Before he was sentenced to death, Boston Marathon bomber addresses the court

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest, telling a packed courtroom at his sentencing hearing Wednesday that he was sorry for his role in the 2013 attacks that that killed three people and injured nearly 300.

“I would like to now apologize to victims and survivors,” Tsarnaev said. “Immediately after the bombing that I am guilty of… I learned of some of the victims, their names, their faces, their age. And throughout this trial, more of those victims were given names, more of those victims had faces, and they had burdened souls.”

The 21-year-old, who declined to testify on his own behalf during his trial, was given the opportunity to speak before he was formally sentenced to death. He spoke with a soft voice and a slight accent to a courtroom full of family members and survivors that seemed stunned to finally hear his voice more than two years after his arrest.

“If there is any lingering doubt, I did it, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, choking up as he spoke. “I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering I have caused you, and for the damage I have done, the irreparable damage.”

The courtoom remained silent as Tsarnaev spoke. Many of the jurors who convicted him and sentenced him to death in May were seated in the jury box, and some cried as he offered his apology to the victims. Tsarnaev offered no explanation of why he did what he did–only that he was guilty and that he was sorry  for the suffering he had caused.

At several moments, Tsarnaev, who was criticized for showing little emotion during his trial, seemed to be on the brink of tears. His voice became choked, and at several points, he paused to clear his throat and regain control. He did not look back at the victims who sat behind him in court as he addressed them.

“I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on you,” Tsarnaev said. “I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength.”

He concluded by asking “Allah to have mercy upon me, my brother and my family” and for those “present here today.”

Earlier, bombing survivors and family members of those killed or injured in the bombings delivered victim impact statements, directly addressing Tsarnaev about the suffering and loss he caused.

“I don’t know what to say to you,” Patricia Campbell, mother of bombing victim Krystle Campbell, told Tsarnaev. “What you did to my daughter was disgusting.’’

Later, Judge George O’Toole addressed Tsarnaev before handing down a sentence of death by lethal injection.

“When people remember you, they will remember only the evil you have done,” O’Toole said. “No one will remember that your teachers were fond of you, that you were funny, a good athlete. What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people.”

Tsarnaev was then cuffed and led out of the courtroom by U.S. Marshals.

His attorneys looked grim and victims stared, but he didn’t look back.

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IS calls for jihad, martyrdom during Ramadan


How is it possible that an entire group of people, and I speak of Muslims, can be so completely f*cked up? Did they all drink the same brainwashing Kool-Aid? Really folks, imbeciles in this day and age are not that easy to find en masse. Yet with Muslims, it’s like finding grains of sand in the desert; no pun intended. Must be the Koran… Yeap, the Koran. It’s doing for Muslims what the Bible did for Christians during the Dark Ages.

“Religion poisons everything” – Christopher Hitchens. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFP

Baghdad (AFP) – Islamic State group spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani called on Tuesday for Muslims to engage in jihad and become martyrs during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Adnani also announced an amnesty for people who fought against IS in Iraq’s Anbar province, and called on residents who had fled violence there to return home.

“The best acts that bring you closer to God are jihad, so hurry to it and make sure to carry out the invasion this holy month and be exposed to martyrdom in it,” Adnani said in an audio message posted online.

“These are your weapons and this is Ramadan.”

Ramadan, which began last week, is the holy month in the Muslim calendar during which believers observe a fast from dawn to sunset every day.

Adnani repeated a call by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for those who fled Anbar, where IS seized provincial capital Ramadi last month, to return.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 275,000 people fled the Ramadi area between April and mid-June.

Adnani also announced a “last chance” for tribesmen, soldiers and police, calling on them to “repent” and surrender their weapons as a sign of good faith.

He singled out the Jughaifa tribe that is besieged in the town of Haditha, saying it faces utter destruction if it does not surrender.

If they do not “repent”, then “for generations those passing Haditha will say: ‘The Jughaifa were here, and their houses’.”

As IS has previously executed hundreds of security personnel and tribesmen who opposed the group, it is unlikely that many will take up the offer.

IS launched a brutally effective offensive last June that overran large areas north and west of Baghdad.

Iraqi forces have made major gains in Diyala and Salaheddin provinces north of Baghdad, but much of the country’s west is still in IS hands.

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Ancient Romanian jawbone sheds light on Neanderthal interbreeding


Many people on earth still act like Neanderthals, mostly because their brains haven’t developed much in the last 40,000 years or so of evolution… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

Jawbone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You may not know it, but you probably have some Neanderthal in you. For people around the world, except sub-Saharan Africans, about 1 to 3 percent of their DNA comes from Neanderthals, our close cousins who disappeared roughly 39,000 years ago.

Scientists said on Monday a jawbone unearthed in Romania, of a man who lived about 40,000 years ago, boasts the most Neanderthal ancestry ever seen in a member of our species.

The finding that also indicates that interbreeding with Neanderthals occurred much more recently than previously known.

“We show that one of the very first modern humans that is known from Europe had a Neanderthal ancestor just four to six generations back in his family tree,” said geneticist Svante Pääbo of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

“He carries more Neanderthal DNA than any other present-day or ancient modern human seen to date.”

Harvard Medical School geneticist David Reich said 6 to 9 percent of this individual’s genome derived from a Neanderthal ancestor.

The study, published in the journal Nature, indicates that our species interbred with Neanderthals in Europe as well, not just in the Middle East as previously thought, Pääbo said.

Previous research suggested this interbreeding occurred 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, before our species, arising in Africa, trekked into Europe, Asia and beyond.

“Modern humans arrive in Europe after 43,000 years ago, and Neanderthals went extinct by 39,000 years ago,” Reich said.

The scientists said a Neanderthal was among the individual’s ancestors as recently as perhaps 100 to 150 years.

Reich said genetic analysis showed the individual, a hunter-gatherer, was from a “pioneer population” that entered Europe but did not contribute much or anything at all genetically to later Europeans.

“This is interesting because it means that Europe has not been continuously occupied by the same lineages ever since the first waves of migration of modern humans into Europe,” Reich said.

The robust, large-browed Neanderthals prospered across Europe and Asia from about 350,000 years ago till shortly after 40,000 years ago, disappearing in the period after Homo sapiens arrived.

Despite an outdated reputation as our dimwitted cousins, scientists say Neanderthals were highly intelligent, as shown by their complex hunting methods, likely use of spoken language and symbolic objects, and sophisticated use of fire.

The lower jawbone was found in 2002 in Oase Cave in southwestern Romania. Previous attempts to extract DNA were unsuccessful but recent technological advances facilitated the new findings.

(Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Anti-doping report: Riis knew about drugs on cycling team


What a shame that professional cycling is such a tainted sport. My disillusion with the sport began when my favorite rider, Jan Ullrich, tested positive for doping. At that point I knew that Lance Armstrong was also doping, although it was years before the story got out. Now, a decade later, and still there are stories of rampant doping within the sport. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A report by Denmark’s anti-doping agency says Bjarne Riis chose to ignore drug-taking by riders on the former Team CSC.

Michael Ask, head of Anti-Doping Denmark, says Riis, then manager of the team, “failed to intervene,” and “it is totally unacceptable.”

Senior Team CSC members Johnny Weltz and Alex Pedersen also were aware of the practices, according to the 97-page report published on Tuesday. It was based on 50 interviews with present and former riders, aides, and officials, including disgraced Danish rider Michael Rasmussen.

Rasmussen was leading the 2007 Tour de France when he was sacked by his team for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests. In 2013, he admitted he doped for more than a decade.

Riis revealed in 2007 that he used blood-boosting EPO to win the Tour in 1996. He later managed CSC, which eventually became Team Tinkoff-Saxo.

The report said Riis gave the telephone number of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes to Tyler Hamilton, telling the American rider, “Fuentes is the best in the business, with blood doping he is the doctor to go to.”

Andi-Doping Denmark said it did not interview Fuentes, who was convicted in 2013 of endangering public health in the Operation Puerto doping case but received a suspended sentence.

Rasmussen, who was interviewed for two days in January 2013, said he “experienced a widespread use of banned cortisone” on Team CSC with the acceptance of its leaders and doctors. He said teammate Hamilton also received cortisone.

Another Danish rider, Nicki Sorensen, who has become Tinkoff-Saxo’s sport director, admitted to doping, according to the report.

The report said the interviews were conducted by telephone or email with people involved in cycling since 1998.

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A modern Snow White… TGO

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Richard Dawkins: Interview


We need more people such as Richard Dawkins in this world. TGO

Video: YouTube

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So very nice… TGO

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My kind of woman… TGO

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Death threats for Saudi satire star who fights Islamic State with laughs


You couldn’t make this stuff up if you wanted to… Here we are, living in the 21st century (at least some of us are) then you have IS/ISIS/ISIL, whatever. What a freakin’ throwback to the days of barbarism these people are!

Meanwhile, the rest of the world, especially the West, continue to dance around the real issue with these people, which is Islam (RELIGION). TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi TV star has earned death threats for deploying a new weapon against Islamic State: laughter.

“Selfie”, a sketch comedy show which debuted last week on Saudi-owned pan-Arab satellite channel MBC, has won praise from influential voices in the Middle East for daring to mock the hardline militant group.

In one scene, a group of buffoonish holy warriors at a “girl market” picks concubines from a line of chained women abducted from the battlefield.

“Come on guys!” interjects a naive character played by the show’s Saudi star, Nasser Al Qasabi. “This is forbidden by Islam, these are just children!”

“God forgives!” the ringleader snapped back.

As one fighter picks a slave “wife” of a moustachioed man in a woman’s black robe, a friend points out the apparent mistake.

“No problem!” the first fighter says. “If he’s an infidel, he deserves this!”

Saudi Arabia observes a strict form of Sunni Islam but is fiercely opposed to Islamic State, the group also known as ISIS or ISIL which has seized much of Syria and Iraq and declared a “caliphate” to rule over all Muslims.

Al Qasabi says his show’s message, though presented in the form of satire, is deadly serious. He says he has been unfazed by threats he has received from the militants’ supporters since the premier.

“God is my protector. I’m an artist, and the artist’s essential role is to reveal society’s challenges even if he pays a price,” he said in an interview with Saudi-owned al Arabiya TV on Sunday.

“Warning the people about ISIS is the true jihad, because we’re fighting them with art not war.”

The militants are known for their own skilful use of media, filming beheadings and distributing well-produced war documentaries that attract footsoldiers to the field and virtual armies of backers in online social networks.

In a typical response from a supporter of the militants, a Twitter user named Jalabeeb al-Jizrawi wrote to Al Qasabi: “I swear to god you will regret what you did, you apostate.”

“The holy warriors will not rest until they cut your head from your body, in just a few days hopefully,” he wrote in a post that was retweeted over 3,000 times.

But other media figures in the Middle East have declared themselves fans.

“For many years, (news networks) al Jazeera and al Arabiya have aired ISIS filth and no one reacted against it,” Shams, a Kuwaiti singer, tweeted to her almost half a million followers.

“But in twenty minutes, ‘Selfie’ gave the Islamic nation a wake up call,” she said.

(Writing By Noah Browning, Editing by Peter Graff)

IS ties 2 boys to pole for eating in Ramadan: monitor


I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: “Just when I thought I’d heard it all…” Yes, members of the religion of ‘piss’ strike again. Yet another example of why Islam is FUBAR (f*cked up beyond any recognition). What else can be said of this anti-human cult that hasn’t already been said? Read on and you’ll find out. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFP

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the Islamic state militant group in the Syrian city of Raqa

Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group on Monday made two youths hang from a beam by their wrists after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.

“Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS suspended from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hissba”, the jihadist police, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

“The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening,” he said.

“Apparently, they were caught eating.”

A placard was attached to the bodies reading “They broke the fast with no religious justification”.

Throughout the month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday, believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.

IS, which controls swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq where it has created a self-proclaimed “caliphate”, advocates an extreme view of the application of Islamic law, or sharia.

The jihadists do not hesitate to impose brutal punishments including beheadings, stonings, floggings and crucifixions.

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Beautiful legs. TGO

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