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By Tom McLaughlin ~

Even archaeology is political these days and it slows down research. Muslim Arabs discourage Israeli Jews from excavating ancient sites like the Temple Mount because findings might bolster Jewish claims to disputed territory. Christians and Jews tend to be more open to whatever may emerge from archaeological digs. They’re happier when the research bolsters Biblical writings, but they don’t try to re-bury evidence that would conflict with religious teachings. Radical Muslims, however, threaten to kill anyone whoever even suggests finding that would cast doubt on one or more of their teachings.

For Palestinian Arabs, fostering the view that they’re victims of Israeli “oppression” is their most potent political weapon, so historical evidence of Israeli settlement predating Palestinians by millennia threatens them.

That’s true for many Indian tribes here in America too, unfortunately. It seemed to begin with a remarkable find of a nearly-complete, 9000-year-old skeleton in…

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During this last week, another two music legends passed away, adding another two wonderful voices to the choir of angels.

They were Robin Gibb and Donna Summer, and I’ll mention each in turn, with Robin Gibb first.

ROBIN GIBB

Robin Gibb was a member of that famed group Bee Gees. They had a huge volume of hits throughout the years, in fact re-inventing themselves a number of times to reflect what was happening in music at the time. You could pick any number of songs from this wonderful band to feature, so I have selected one from the early career of the band, from 1968, titled I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You. This was one of their major hits that was written by Robin Gibb.

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The song is about a young man on…

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China and Russia reaffirm support for Syria

The renewed support by Moscow and Beijing for the Damascus regime came as numerous Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, expelled Syrian diplomats in the wake of Friday’s massacre and after France floated the idea of armed intervention to protect civilians.

“China opposes military intervention in Syria and opposes regime change by force,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters in Beijing.

Liu added that China urged all parties to implement UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s ceasefire proposal in Syria and to seek to end the bloody crisis through negotiations.

With Russian and Chinese support, the UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned the Syrian government for using artillery in a massacre in the central town of Houla in which at least 108 people were killed.

But Russia, which along with China has vetoed two UN Security Council resolutions highly critical of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, on Wednesday said it was “premature” for the council to consider new action.

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The Two Hillbillies

Sodahead.com

Two hillbillies were sitting around talking one afternoon.

After a while the first fellow says to the second, “If’n I was to sneak over to your place Saturday and make love to your wife while you was off huntin’, and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us kin?”

The second fellow crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head and squinted his eyes like he was thinking real hard about the question.

Finally, he said, “well, I don’t know about kin but it would make us even.”

Children’s Science Exam

theguardian

If you need a good laugh, try reading through these children’s science exam answers…

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?

A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
(Brilliant, love this!)

A: Keep it in the cow.
                       
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?

A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?

A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?

A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?

A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. (The kid gets an A+ for this answer!)

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.

A: Premature death.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen)

A: The body is consisted into three parts — the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. Th e brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?

A: A small lie.

Q: What does ‘varicose’ mean?
(I do love this one…)

A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarian Section.’

A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word ‘benign’ mean?’

A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

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A Dry Bones Cartoon ~

We don’t know what’s really going on because we are forced to rely on the media.

Maybe the talks with Iran are just a meaningless smoke-screen? What if the war has already started? What if their attempts to build a Doomsday Device are being torpedoed and being taken out by our Viral Internet Weaponry?!

This is just in from an Indian News site:

Sophisticated spyware virus targets Iran’s N-prog?Jerusalem: An unprecedented “cyber espionage worm” considered the most sophisticated spyware virus yet unleashed, attributed to a “state player”, has hit Iran and other Middle Eastern countries with the possible goal of foiling Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.Security experts discovered the new data-stealing virus dubbed Flame which they say has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.

Russia-based Internet security company…

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