The Guardian is reporting that the world’s oldest shipwreck ever has been found in the Black Sea.
An ancient Greek ship with it’s mast, rudders, and benches all still in place has been found at 2400 meters deep. It has been preserved due to the lack of oxygen at that depth.
This is the first time a ship like this has ever been actually seen, other than as depictions on Greek pottery.
From the article:
“A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime ArchaeologyProject (MAP), the team that made the find. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”
This is a pretty fantastic find! I love ancient artefacts that connect us to our history like this. And it is truly amazing they we can still unearth things like this.
Read the full article here: World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea
Photograph: Bjorn Vaughn/AP
Here is yet another sad tale, from the Guardian, about the destruction of nature by humans.
On the 11th and 12th of October, London will be hosting a summit to discuss the illegal destruction of nature and various wildlife species. It’s a problem that officials are saying isn’t being taken seriously enough.
With what’s being called the 6th great mass extinction being blamed on human activities, something has got to change quickly. The article reports that, “Over 80% of all mammals and half of plants are thought to have been lost since the rise of human civilisation.” That is a pretty depressing statistic.
I often think about what we have been robbed of by the generations that came before us and am astounded by their short-sightedness and greed. Nothing has changed!
I often refer people to these harrowing images, taken not that long ago, of buffalo skulls piled high:
Imagine what North America must have looked like to the European settlers; a bounty of wildlife – more fish, trees, buffalo, etc. than they had ever seen. And what did they then proceed to do? Destroy it all. …in record time.
It is hard to fathom how anyone could think this was acceptable. …but we haven’t stopped.
Read more about the summit: ‘Terror being waged on wildlife’, leaders warn
Amber Guyger’s Booking Photo. Sept. 10th, 2018
Amber Guyger, the cop who returned ‘home’ to the wrong apartment and killed the actual tenant, Botham Green, has been fired.
I think it’s interesting that she was fired not for killing the innocent man, but for how she reacted when she was arrested:
Guyger, who was hired in November 2013, was fired after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the officer “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the chief’s Tweet read.
They kept her around long enough (on ‘administrative leave’, i.e. paid holiday), but obviously had to cut her loose after all the outrage.
Furthermore, she’s clearly not being on the level about the chain of events. The situation is just too implausible as it stands.
Read more: Dallas Police Department fires Amber Guyger after manslaughter charges
Ryugu, seen here, is a diamond shape asteroid about 1km across.
In quite an incredible technological feat, Japan has successfully landed two robotic rovers on an asteroid that’s just 1km across.
The MINERVA-II1 rovers were launched from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft which was orbiting, the asteroid dubbed Ryugu. They sent back a few images on their way down, several which were a bit blurry, but a couple of nice ones. Including this one, which clearly shows the asteroid just before the rover touches down:
The robots are designed to capitalise on the low gravity on the asteroid, by hopping, rather than rolling, along its surface. They will send back data and images that the lead scientists hope will answer questions about the formation of the universe.
Next month the orbiting spaceship will deploy explosives to the asteroid so the rover can look below its surface. Following that, yet another rover, a collaborative effort between French and German scientists will be sent to the asteroid to explore even further.
Read more: JAPAN’S SPACE ROVERS SEND PICTURES BACK AFTER FIRST EVER SUCCESSFUL LANDING ON ASTEROID
Have we finally found the aliens?
Lots of conspiracy theories abound after the FBI suddenly whooshed in dramatically in Blackhawk helicopters and ushered everyone out of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, putting the facility on lockdown.
The FBI is refusing to explain why the sudden closure, nor even that they were involved.
The Albuquerque Sheriff, Benny House, reportedly said:
“There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything.”
Now of course, the internet is going wild with speculation. Theories range from aliens, to killer asteroids, and everything in between.
Mysterious indeed! Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.
Culture sure can be a load of bullshit. Why are people so blinded by their upbringing that they can’t see how insane their ingrained notions of what’s right and wrong are?
A Egyptian man was filmed eating breakfast with a female colleague (in a full burka no less), and subsequently was jailed as a result!
The man was arrested by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, who accused him of “committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis”.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is purporting to be on a drive to modernise the country. Speaking of drives, he recently oh so generously granted women in the country the right to drive.
Apparently modernising the country’s often grotesque laws and human rights violations doesn’t extend to dining with a woman.
The comments on the article are just as insane.
I can’t even tell if this one is a joke:
“I need to understand why men are constantly punished and not women,” said Twitter user Malak. “I am a Saudi [woman] and I swear I want them to punish her with him. Laughter, eating at the workplace… where are your limits?”
Or how about this:
developing jobs for Saudi women among foreigners is considered an explicit breakdown of customs, traditions, and values.
Duh! It should be an explicit breakdown of traditions and values if those are your traditions and values.
Traditions are just that – traditions. They are manmade, not some divine natural law. They were usually invented in an older, very different time. Let’s update them instead of trying to live on values that were established when people lived to the age of 30 and rode horses or camels through the street.
Read more: Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia
From Texas (go figure) comes the story of an off-duty cop who returned home after work, only it wasn’t her home she returned to.
After some sort of altercation with the actual resident, a man from St. Lucia, named Botham Shem Jean, the cop, still in her uniform, ends up shooting and killing him.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, summed up my thoughts when she said:
“Right now there are more questions than we have answers.”
Come on, how does someone first think they’re in the right apartment, when it’s obviously not theirs? And then to get to the point where they whip out their gun and kill the guy, all while she’s wearing a cop uniform? The mind boggles.
The victim must have been in a serious state of confusion before he met his untimely end.
Read more: Off-Duty Texas Cop Enters Wrong Apartment, Kills Man Inside: Police
The International Space Station has a hole in it. Last week after noticing a drop in pressure inside the station, the official statement was that a meteorite had caused the hole.
Now the story has changed. Apparently, the hole was done with a drill, either accidentally or on purpose, either on Earth or in space.
As you can see in the picture, there are marks from a sliding drill, so they think that it could just have been a bungling technician who slipped and made the hole and glued it up without telling anyone, and now the epoxy has come lose.
At any rate, the astronauts have fixed it temporarily with epoxy, so they are safe for now. If they hadn’t caught it, they would have run out of air in 18 hours!
Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-iss-hole-man-made-international-space-station-roscosmos-human-a8522036.html
Well this is certainly a catastrophe. 20 million historic artefacts from around the world, including the oldest fossils ever found in Brazil, have all gone up in flames in a massive fire at Brazil’s 200 year old national museum.
They’ve not yet said what the cause was, but apparently fire hydrants close to the museum were not working, hampering efforts to put out the fire.
Brazilians, especially the indigenous, are understandably upset that more was not done to safeguard so many valuable items of historic significance.
“The tragedy this Sunday is a sort of national suicide. A crime against our past and future generations,” Bernard Mello Franco, one of Brazil’s best-known columnists, wrote on the O Globo newspaper site.
Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45392668
Whoops! Not there!
Ok, seriously, how could you be an adult and not where you are suppose to stick your dick to make a baby?
The Metro, always a source of the most absurd tales (where do they find this stuff?), is reporting that a Chinese couple were trying to have a baby for 4 years, and finally went to a doctor to ask why they weren’t conceiving.
The doctor then does an examination on the woman, only to discover she can stick 3 fingers up the woman’s butt (what?!), and enquires what that’s all about. Lo and behold, they’ve been having anal sex, trying to make a baby, for years.
How can you be an adult in this day and age and not know how to make baby? Cavemen did it, and they didn’t even have internet porn. This really can not be true.
How does this strange tale end? Well, the couple go on home, have sex the (other) way Mother Nature intended, and a baby is on the way just weeks later!
And as what I can only presume is some sort of symbolic gesture, the doctor for her troubles receives from the couple 100 eggs and a chicken!
Source: Couple trying to conceive for four years had mistakenly been having anal sex