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Scientists Just Discovered a Mysterious Organ Lurking in The Centre of The Human Head

The edge of Martian chaos Scientists also believe that volcanic processes contributed to Kasei Valles’ formation, especially in its upstream regions near Mars’ giant volcanoes. As we scroll down the wide context image to the right, we move into the chaos sections of this canyon, areas where instead of flash floods, glacial activity probably dominated. The glaciers eroded faults or cracks in the ground that appear patterned like the cracks one sees when one shatters tempered glass.

We also could be seeing the leftover ancient remains of polygons, which are Mars resemble mud cracks found when wet mud dries. The glaciers would have favored the cracks for finding routes downhill, and would then have widened them over time, creating the chaotic patterns we see today.

The white box delineates the area covered by the high-resolution MRO image, taken on July 12, 2020.

In defence of knowledge   Ovenden allows his scholarly mien to soften while describing the Bodleian’s single greatest illuminated manuscript, the Romance of Alexander, of which he evocatively writes: “Even after seventeen years at the Bodleian, this volume still sends a shiver of delight down my spine — the sensory pleasures of the glimmering gold leaf, and the rich pigments brightening the page in combination with the beauty of the script, and the heavy sound that the large sheets of parchment make as you turn the pages.” It later proved a direct inspiration for William Morris, and arguably the entire pre-Raphaelite movement.

Google Search: Happy Black Woman

Then Google Search: Happy Asian Woman

Then Google Search: Happy White Woman

I guarantee you will be surprised.

Did Cavemen Ever Really Exist?   Imagine you are in a cold steppe like the tundra in modern-day northern Siberia. There is plenty of game to hunt, but hardly any wood to build a shelter or make fire. How do you protect yourself from the cold wind blowing over the open plains? Our inventive ancestors had a surprising answer to that: Build a hut out of mammoth bones.

Jonathan Edwards: Total depravity and empiricist philosophy    Edwards preached the total depravity of human beings, asserting flatly that all of us, including babies and saints, are infested by original sin and deserving of eternal hellfire (“every unconverted man properly belongs to hell; that is his place”). And whether we are among the “unregenerate” or the “unconverted” is not up to us, for we cannot in any way redeem ourselves by our own voluntary efforts, all of which are beset by sin: a disease of the heart, an irremediable condition of our inmost constitution. Only God’s entirely arbitrary grace, arbitrary in that the likes of us cannot possibly explain why some people receive it and others don’t, can redeem us. 

Trafalgar Group Polling Predicts Trump Win |  Trump isn’t there yet in Pennsylvania, according to Cahaly. “Right now, we’ve got him down in Pennsylvania,” he says, “I think if it were held today, the undecided would break toward Trump and there’d be some hidden vote. He’d probably win Pennsylvania. But I’m going to give a caveat on only Pennsylvania. I believe Pennsylvania to be the No. 1 state that Trump could win and have stolen due to voter fraud.”

For many Californians, the pandemic marks the end of ‘barely making it’  Home to 166 billionaires who made over $235 billion since the beginning of the pandemic, the Golden State also has the nation’s highest poverty rate: 17.2% percent when adjusted for the cost of living, according to a recent Census Bureau analysis. Even with a $66,129 salary, Rivas couldn’t make her more-than-$2,000 monthly rent in the Bay Area. According to 2017 data, the median household income in Sunnyvale is $134,234, and the median rent is $2,390.

“How can you be normal when that’s what it takes?” Rivas said. If Summit Denali charter school resumes in-person classes this year, Rivas will have to face a difficult choice: either quit her job or find a new place to live in Silicon Valley. “I’ll never be able to buy a home, I’m never going to be able to comfortably raise a family there.”

When Political Fire Means Failure  The only chance to suppress the populist rebellion cheaply was through something like Crossfire Hurricane. But it failed and now the progressive project is facing what is at best a protracted campaign, a long slow slog that may prove too expensive for even them to mount.

If that enterprise seemed formerly viable it was because it could command enough assent through the application of nudges and prestige to make way. But those powers to persuade have been expended in the bitter acrimony. The prestige well is dry and friction has gone way up. What changed was that the progressive project lost its ability to compromise with those it would govern, compromise not merely of a feigned tactical kind but the genuine ability to change course when it was wrong. Somebody once said a side could always achieve success for as long as it didn’t demand victory. The trouble with progressive ideologues was that in pursuing their vision they couldn’t give up total victory. And so the fires burn.

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  • joe October 22, 2020, 12:46 PM

    6 million?

  • Stargazer October 22, 2020, 1:10 PM

    12 million. 6 million Jews. 6 million non-Jews.

  • nunnya bidnez, jr October 22, 2020, 1:15 PM

    Hitler didn’t get 6 million to “follow along”; he may have gotten 65 million Germans to follow along, but the jews were forcibly made to “follow”.

  • Roy Lofquist October 22, 2020, 1:16 PM

    Those must be oriental cats. They all look alike to me.

  • John Venlet October 22, 2020, 2:27 PM

    Reading the Jonathon Edwards’ linked piece, and the talk of determinism, free will, etc. as presented within the piece, but more specifically about raising one’s right hand as discussed in paragraph 11, I was reminded of something I read about Wilder Penfield’s views on free will. Penfield was a neurosurgeon who is known as a pioneer in epilepsy surgery, and he thinks free will is definite, and bases his assertion on studies where he applied electrodes to individuals’ brains, and could cause the individuals to raise their right hand, against their will, but the patient knew it was against their will. Anyway, it’s an interesting read in light of the Edwards’ link.

    Neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield on Free Will

  • Joe October 22, 2020, 4:53 PM

    Stargazer, Do not believe everything that you read. Do a little honest research at a good public library. You might be amazed at what you find.

  • Rob De Witt October 22, 2020, 4:55 PM

    Okay, I googled.


  • ghostsniper October 22, 2020, 5:28 PM

    Rob, it should have said, “Do a google image search” on each of those categories.
    I did.
    It’s being manipulated.

  • PA Cat October 22, 2020, 8:59 PM

    All the cats in the Japanese cat café video are black– that makes me wonder whether Gerard is planning to open a cat café in Chico, with Miss Olive as the gracious hostess. Catnip tea as an option, of course, along with the usual high-octane cuppa.

  • julie October 22, 2020, 10:05 PM

    For the image search, perhaps it should be clarified: specifically, use Google (not just any search engine), and search all three sets of terms. One of these things is not like the other two.

  • Sam L. October 23, 2020, 8:30 AM

    The newly found salivary gland: Is THIS the reason my nose runs after I get up in the morning? Inquireing minds, and all that…

  • WDS October 23, 2020, 10:46 AM

    I remember back in the 7th grade (1969) our history teacher had us watch William L. Shirer’s “The Third Reich” and while schools taught actual history back then, this film caused me to become a full on history junkie. I cannot fathom the amount of mental damage this film would cause today considering the actual (and graphic) footage of the liberated concentration camps, the endless stacks of bodies and the survivors that were left. I’m sure grief counselors would be on standby.

  • James ONeil October 23, 2020, 11:39 AM

    My memory runs as far back as the forties. I still can recall V E & V J Day. For decades I couldn’t figure Hitler and the Nazi’s support by the people. Japan was easier to understand, when you’re emperor is god, you must obey!

    Then came Clinton & a glimmer of insight into ’30s Europe, & Germany therein. Obama and sadly ‘it can’t happen here’ became an I hope it can’t. Now Slow Joe and the Camel, brown shirts dressed in black, all that is not expressly ordered is forbidden, churches closed, Thanksgiving canceled, -welcome to 1939!

    Another concept I’m trying to stretch my mind around; How did the whole world we live in today become one great big banana republic? Maybe I should ask the Bidens.

  • ghostsniper October 24, 2020, 4:34 AM

    Jim axed: “How did the whole world we live in today become one great big banana republic?”
    Good times = lazy, stupid people.
    It appears to be cyclical.

  • Joel October 25, 2020, 9:47 AM

    What was that cat video about? I kept waiting for somebody to do something recognizably funny or informative or something, and now I just want my four minutes back.