Nov 27 2010

Oh. My.

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 6:23 pm

You can’t take THAT onto an airplane!

Click the link, read it and weep.

Nov 27 2010

Look at the photos. Read the names.

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 6:18 pm

Here is a handy list with names and faces of who has committed (or been stopped from committing) terrorist acts against Americans.

This is not to say that we should automatically distrust anyone with an Islamic sounding name or Middle Eastern appearance. 

But it is a reminder of the demographic from which the terrorists come, and it has implications for a great many things, among them TSA screening policy at airports.

Look at the photos.  Read the names.

The next time you hear someone say that “religious fundamentalism” is the problem, point the finger at them and say, “Liar.” 

Islamic fundamentalism is the problem.  Essentially all the terrorists come from that strata.  Everything else is the fevered imagination of Hollywood script writers who wish, more than anything else, that some white Christian Aryan types would blow something up, anything at all, so the left can broad brush all of Christian fundamentalism along with the Islamic terrorists.

Won’t work, of course,  There would have to be a bombing a week, for about a year, just to catch up with the last couple of years.

Nov 27 2010

Viking human trafficking before Columbus

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 12:03 am

Vikings May Have Taken a Native American to Iceland

Ten years ago, Agnar Helgason, a scientist at Iceland’s deCODE Genetics, began investigating the origin of the Icelandic population. Most of the people he tested carried genetic links to either Scandinavians or people from the British Isles. But a small group of Icelanders – roughly 350 in total – carried a lineage known as C1, usually seen only in Asians and Native Americans. “We figured it was a recent arrival from Asia,” says Helgason. “But we discovered a much deeper story than we expected.”

Helgason’s graduate student, Sigridur Sunna Ebenesersdottir, found that she could trace the matrilineal sequence to a date far earlier than when the first Asians began arriving in Iceland. In fact, she found that all the people who carry the C1 lineage are descendants of one of four women alive around the year 1700. In all likelihood, those four descended from a single woman. And because archeological remains in what is Canada today suggest that the Vikings were in the Americas around the year 1000 before retreating into a period of global isolation, the best explanation for that errant lineage lies with an American Indian woman: one who was taken back to Iceland some 500 years before Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492.

Until now, the historical evidence has suggested that while the Vikings may have reached the Americas, they didn’t really engage with the indigenous population. “According to the sagas, the Vikings had troubles with the locals and couldn’t settle there, so they returned to Iceland,” says Helgason. “But if we’re right, it will mean they didn’t just sail there and come back. They had real contact with them.”

For now, the story of the lone American Indian woman taken on a Viking ship to Iceland remains a hypothesis. To prove it will require finding the same genetic sequence in older Amerindian remains elsewhere in the world – family members, as it were, of that 1,000-year-old woman who ended up so far from home. That sounds like a daunting task, but Helgason and his team hope that as news of their finding spreads, other geneticists will re-examine remains they have already studied for evidence of the same lineage.

Of course, all this proves to some people is that, like the Southern Europeans represented by Columbus, the Northern Europeans were just as evil, including apparent kidnapping and/or human trafficking.

Evil colonial Europeans.  Yes, that works for me.  Of course, being a good American, I think of myself as the descendant of one of those who escaped their evil clutches.