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I thought this was funny, and just wanted to share.

Jeanine Pirro falls silent as she's reminded she's vaccinated - Priceless!


An archeologist learned about Neanderthals (and ourselves) by digging in one cave for decades

He points to the way prehistoric Homo Sapien and Neanderthal crafts are vastly different. “We might not know much about Neanderthals,” he goes on, “but through what they created, we can see something incredible. When you take Home Sapien tools made of flint, spanning tens of thousands of years, in different parts of the world, they’re always the same. Standardised. It can’t be cultural.” There was likely little contact between these different settlements. “There’s something innate within the behaviour of Homo Sapiens – within our behaviour – to act and think in a certain way. It’s in our nature.” Neanderthal crafts, though, don’t share this pattern of standardisation. “Look carefully at Neanderthal tools and weapons. They’re all unique. Study thousands and you’ll find each is completely different. My colleagues never realised that. But when I did, I saw there was a deep divergence in the way Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals each understand the world.”


Slimak feels this comparison can and should be made with Neanderthals. “Their tools and weapons are more unique than ours. As creatures, they were far more creative than us. Sapiens are efficient. Collective. We think the same, and don’t like divergence. And I don’t just mean western culture. Go to any Aboriginal society: there are clear rules and customs, and shared styles of clothing. Expectation to act in a certain manner; to follow regulations.” Our ancestors, he says, lived like this instinctively. “You don’t see that with Neanderthals.” By seeing Neanderthals as a reference point against which we can measure ourselves, Slimak reckons humanity is offered a gift: “We have an opportunity to look in a mirror and see ourselves for what we truly are. To help us redefine, which we must do urgently.”

The way he sees it, this isn’t just an interesting philosophical theory. “Neanderthals vanished, I think, because of high human efficiency. And this efficiency now threatens to destroy us, too. That’s what’s killing the planet’s biodiversity.” For Slimak, The Naked Neanderthal isn’t a history book. “It’s about us in the present. Urging humanity to see itself for what it is by comparing us to something else, in the hope of changing the course of our future. Because by understanding our nature – and the risk this efficiency poses – we can save ourselves from a similar fate.” Over millennia, humankind has also developed an advanced, impressive technology and culture, of a type Neanderthals could never have imagined. “So while there is something dangerous in our nature, as a collective we can control and reshape it. Understanding this is the key to humanity’s future. Because if we don’t think carefully, next time it won’t be Neanderthals that our efficiency destroys, it’ll be humankind itself that’s the victim.”


Labor Day seemed like an ideal time to share this Klezmer-style call to activism!

Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird:

A small Alabama town whose white former-Mayor holds onto power by shutting off democracy

In the nearly two centuries since the town’s founding, it has retained two aspects of its early days: it has a majority Black population, with, until Braxton, a majority white leadership. Newbern is about 80% Black and 20% white. Until Braxton appointed the four members of his city council, there had only been one Black city councilmember.
Until Braxton decided to throw his hat in the ring, people in Newbern did not realize they had the option to run for mayor or council, or that elections were at all possible. Braxton said he never heard anything about elections in Newbern as a child. Nor did LaQuenna Lewis, who has been supporting Braxton in his efforts to be recognized as mayor.

“We were just told that this is who your mayor is,” Lewis said. “It’s been that – this is like 60 years plus. We’ve been told that this is our mayor and this is how things have been. When you look at the town and the history, years of oppression create a certain condition and a certain way of thinking. It has been accepted.”


3.5 million black Americans targeted for deterrence from voting in 2016

The Trump campaign, using Cambridge Analytica, methodically categorized individual African Americans in key battleground states, and used that information, not to win them over to vote for Trump, but to convince them not to vote (that's why the label 'deterence' was used).
This video is a couple of years old, but i had never heard about any of this until yesterday.


Borowitz strikes again!

MADILL, OKLAHOMA (The Borowitz Report)—Clarence and Ginni Thomas became stranded over the weekend after the engine of their quarter-million-dollar recreational vehicle suddenly ran out of caviar.

The R.V. was passing through Madill, Oklahoma, when the Thomases made the unfortunate discovery.

After their attempt to buy enough caviar in Marshall County for their beluga-powered motor home proved fruitless, the couple was forced to reach out to their roster of super-donor friends for a new shipment of roe.

Ginni Thomas said that the caviar mishap had ruined their summer vacation. “After a gruelling year as a Supreme Court Justice, this was the last thing I needed,” she said.


Body caught in Rio Grande floating barrier, says Mexico

Source: The Guardian

A body has been found stuck in a floating barrier installed by Texas authorities in the Rio Grande river on the US border, Mexico’s foreign ministry has said

Authorities were working to identify the body found in the river and determine the cause of death, said Mexico’s foreign ministry, as it reiterated safety concerns.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/aug/03/body-caught-in-rio-grande-floating-barrier-says-mexico

It was only a matter of time.
Now the question is, will the specifics of this death, when they are revealed, melt any of the hearts of the right-wing politicians or their supporters?

"... search for answers as Antarctic sea ice stays at historic lows"

Loss of ice means less of the sun’s energy is reflected back to space, causing more warming of the ocean. Antarctic sea ice also influences the way the ocean circulates oxygen and nutrients around the globe.
But the sea ice also protects the ice attached to the land by buffering waves, and this is what many scientists find the most troubling.

“Without it, the waves break on the ice shelves and cause them to break away faster. Then the ice sheet could slide into the ocean faster, raising sea levels globally,”

Seems like our world is falling apart faster and faster!

On Alabama wanting states to turn over info on Alabama residents who travel to access...

medical care that is illegal in Alabama, but legal in other states, I've been trying to think of when in the nation's history has a state demanded that another state help it to enforce a law that was detestable to the second state.
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
Not really a good direction for this country.
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