Underwater and Oceanic Oddities : WebUrbanist Underwater and Oceanic Oddities Most of the planet is covered in water and many of the world’s strangest stories and most amazing mysteries surround the vast expanses of it that cover the Earth. From remote islands to underwater cities, sea forts to floating utopias, here are some of the most mysterious, intriguing and impressive wonders of the world’s lakes, seas and oceans. 7 Underwater Wonders of the World: As modern technologies have evolved so to has our ability to see deep underwater and locate long lost cities and other buried treasures. 7 Island Wonders of the World: Each of these islands holds a world record though some of them are more dubious than others. Amazing Private Islands of the World: Most of us dream of owning a private island of our own – but for some of the super-rich this dream is an amazing reality. Extreme Houseboats and House Boat Designs (and More Houseboats and House Boat Designs): Can’t afford your own private island?
200,000 YEAR OLD(!?!?) CITY FOUND IN AFRICA? SPECULATIONS.... - Cosmic War This one I just have to talk about, because, if true (skeptics, please note my use of the subjunctive here!), then it promises to throw yet anotehr king-sized monkey wrench into academic reconstructions of early human history: Ancient Human Metropolis Found in Africa Now, the key question here is how this area was dated, and I draw your attention to their own article on this subject, here: Dating the site: Now, it is evident that the authors of these articles have constructed a complex structure of contextual argumentation to date there discovery, and it should be noted that Michael Tellinger(author of Slave Species of God) is an enthusiast for the theories of Zechariah Sitchen, who, of course, maintained that mankind was engineered into existence by the "Anunaki" for the purposes of being a slave to mine gold precisely in this region of Africa. I must be honest; this has my antennae pulsing with suspicion and has my suspicion meter registering in the red zone, for a number of reasons.
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MORE MYSTERIES IN THE HUMAN GENOME - GMO Scrapbook There is more interesting news on the growing mystery of humanity's genetic history, and since this is a topic of interest to us here on this website, this one(courtesy of Mr. T.W.), following in the wake of the story I reported from Russian genetic studies a few weeks ago, is rather important: Sex with early mystery species of humans seen in DNA, UW researcher says What is interesting here is something that I have speculated upon in my various books, and that on the basis of consideration of some ancient texts, and some modern genetics. Here, however, we seem to have indications of yet another major "intervention" - or perhaps a better word would be, mingling - within the human species, one which for whatever reason does not have appeared to have spilled over into the European population but remains confined to Africa. What I find the most interesting in this article, however, is the language in which it is couched: ....but don't hold your breath. See you on the flip side. Joseph P.
Sex In The Middle Ages: 10 Titillating Facts You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask By David MortonImages: History of Sex: Middle Ages Without the Christian church of the Middle Ages, Sigmund Freud of the 19th century would have been out of work. Many of the deepest ideas and notions of sex that we hold today were formulated and laid down in the Middle Ages, especially by the Church’s sometimes confused and other times severe pronouncements. The Church had opinions and laws about every aspect of sex. But despite the Church’s overall opposition to sex, it appeared to be very interested in the subject. Courtly Love: You can look, but you’d better not touch The Church forbade open expression of sexual desire, but the medieval notion of “courtly love” suggested that love and admiration could exist somewhere between erotic desire and spiritual attainment. Courtly love is associated with the Knight who falls in love with the married woman – or at least the idea of the pure woman. Her adoring boyfriend meets her there: a mountain stag makes the waters stir.
'Horrific' Construction Revealed in Texas Post-Christmas Tornado Damage Survey | The Weather Channel Death Toll Continues to Rise From Winter Storm Goliath Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari looks at the total devastation that has resulted from tornadoes and severe weather in the Midwest. When engineer Tim Marshall viewed the damage left behind by a dozen tornadoes in North Texas, he soon realized the region had a very big problem that might put residents in danger for years to come. Many of the homes in the path of the tornadoes were shoddily built, he told the Dallas Morning News. “We saw a tremendous number of improper attachment of the walls to the foundations, which just made walls fall either in or out,” Marshall, a forensic engineer and meteorologist who volunteered to join the National Weather Service's damage survey, told the Dallas Morning News. (MORE: Residents Begin Long Task of Recovery) At Donald T. “We saw problems at [Donald T.] Once he saw the inside of the building, Marshall said he was floored to discover the walls were hardly connected together, or to the roof.
Europe’s Top 25 Castles – The Best Castles in Europe There is something about castles that inspires awe and at the same time touches a gentler, more romantic side in each of us. And if you want to visit and tour some of the best castles in the world, then Europe should be your destination as this continent certainly has more than its share. Here are the top 25 castles in Europe, in no particular order. 1. Castle Neuschwanstein in Germany Neuschwanstein Castle For many of those that see this castle for the first time, they get a niggling feeling that Castle Neuschwanstein looks so familiar. 2. Peles Castle Known as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle can be discovered in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, near the town of Sinaia, Romania. 3. Bojnice Castle Bojnice Castle is located in Bojnice, Slovakia and is one of the most delightful romantic castles in Europe. 4. Castillo de Coca 5. Brodick Castle Situated in the Isle of Arran in Scotland, this castle is one of the oldest. 6. Veliki Tabor Castle 7. Ksiaz Castle 8. 9. 10.
Signing an Arbitration Agreement With Your Employer Many employers ask employees to sign arbitration agreements, in which they give up their right to sue in court over job-related issues such as wrongful termination, breach of contract, and discrimination. An employee who signs an arbitration agreement promises to pursue any legal claims against the employer through arbitration, rather than through a lawsuit. It might not sound like a big deal when you're just starting a new job and don't see any legal disputes on the horizon. But if your rights are later violated at work, that arbitration agreement might come back to haunt you. The Disadvantages of Arbitration You may wonder why you should care where your claims get heard, as long as they are heard somewhere, whether in an arbitration proceeding or a court of law. Most important, an arbitration is heard and decided by an "arbitrator" -- a private citizen (often a retired judge) who is paid by one or both sides to listen to the evidence and witnesses. The Advantages of Arbitration
How did the ancient city of Palmyra support such a large population? Published on June 20th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks The ancient Roman city of Palmyra once supported a population of 100,000 people in the middle of the desert. Now researchers, using satellite photographs, believe they have figured out how this was possible. Professor Meyer and his colleagues came to realise that what they were studying was not a desert, but rather an arid steppe, with underground grass roots that keep rain from sinking into the soil. The archaeologists gathered evidence that residents of ancient Palmyra and the nearby villages collected the rainwater using dams and cisterns. Local farmers also cooperated with Bedouin tribes, who drove their flocks of sheep and goats into the area to graze during the hot season, fertilising the farmers’ fields in the process. [Full story] Story: Physorg | Photo: J.C. Tags: Cities, Desert, Palmyra, Romans
Filipino plantation experiments with growing buckwheat for soba noodles in Japan BUMBARAN, PHILIPPINES – A Japanese company is growing buckwheat, popularly known back home as soba, in the southern Philippine province of Lanao del Sur on Mindanao Island with the aim of exporting it to Japan starting later this year. Notification You’ve reached your story limit as a non-registered user. To read more, please sign up or log in via one of the services below.
Jordan Times AMMAN — Regional politics, Jordanian hospitality and a stroke of luck kindled a three-decade-old love affair between a team of French archaeologists and one of the Kingdom’s most important archaeological sites. Last week marked the 30th anniversary of an excavation by the team that led to the reconstruction of the ancient city of Jerash and the shattering of many assumptions about daily life 2,000 years ago. According to the archaeologists, their lifelong bond with the Greco-Roman city sprouted from a chance encounter. The archaeological team from the French Institute of the Near East that is now synonymous with Jerash was originally destined for Lebanon, but the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country forced them to relocate to Jordan. “It turned out 1982 was not the best time to be in Lebanon,” said Jacques Seigne, who has overseen the Jerash project since its inception. “They simply asked us if we wanted the Temple of Zeus. Cultural clues
Florida's 'Tire Reef' Has Turned Into an Environmental Disaster | The Weather Channel 'Reef' Tire a Florida Nightmare In the 1960's an artificial reef was created to solve two problems, but now efforts to clean it up are underway. Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari has the details. It was once believed to be a life-saver for the environment, but now, everyone just wants it to go away. The artificial reef made of 700,000 old tires that was "built" off the coast of Fort Lauderdale in the 1970s was supposed to attract fish and allow new coral to grow, the Sun Sentinel reported. "There are just tires for as far as you can see," Pat Quinn, a Broward County biologist, told the Sun Sentinel. But this 35-acre graveyard of rubber needs to be removed as soon as possible because the project has not gone as the experts had hoped. (MORE: Why You Shouldn't Give Coral as a Gift) "Right now it's just a wasteland," Alex Delgado, coordinator of the dive project to remove the tires, told CBS News. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Coral Reefs Around the World
Excavations at Ancient Galilean Synagogue Expose Samson Mosaic December 2012 update: The Samson mosaic was published for the first time ever in Huqoq excavation director Jodi Magness’s article “Samson in the Synagogue” in the January/February 2013 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Read more about the Samson mosaic here in Bible History Daily here, or read Magness’s full article in the BAS Library here. Recently discovered mosaics at the Late Roman Galilean synagogue at Huqoq include Hebrew texts (see accompanying photo) as well as narrative scenes, including a depiction of Samson from Judges. Photograph by Jim Haberman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Monday that recent excavations at Huqoq, Israel, have exposed a monumental 4th-5th century C.E. synagogue with detailed mosaic floors. Jodi Magness gave a statement in the IAA press release. Read the press release on the IAA site. Interested in early synagogues? Not a library member yet? Atkinson, Kenneth, Eshel, Hanan, Magness, Jodi.
The Big Lie About the 'Life of the Mind' - Advice A year ago, I wrote a column called "Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go," advising students that grad school is a bad idea unless they have no need to earn a living for themselves or anyone else, they are rich or connected (or partnered with someone who is), or they are earning a credential for a job they already hold. In a March 2009 follow-up essay, I removed the category of people who are fortunately partnered because, as many readers wrote in to tell me, graduate school and the "two-body problem" often breaks up many seemingly stable relationships. You can't assume any partnership will withstand the strains of entry into the academic life. Those columns won renewed attention last month from multiple Web sites, and have since attracted a lot of mail and online commentary. I detected more than a little sanctimony and denial in most of the comments from the first group and a great deal of pain and disillusionment in the latter. Graduate school in the humanities is a trap.