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April 15, 2016

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It maybe shallow but a lot of the things that guide my life came from books,movies,poetry anything written really.Writers taught me how to live,the different choices taken by others and the outcomes of their stories.They showed me that language could express so much more than only transferring information.It could express feelings,thoughts that are confused like wild horses straining at the fences to break free,to run.And how to gentle them,soothe the fear and doubt writing them down.Writers know this and before them storytellers.They give us the gift to learn and choose from many stories and then write our own.

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Lost Civilization Found: Archaeologists Discover 1500-Year-Old Giant Spherical Stone in Bosnia [Photos]

April 15th, 2016 | by Amando Flavio
Lost Civilization Found: Archaeologists Discover 1500-Year-Old Giant Spherical Stone in Bosnia [Photos]

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A team of archaeologists have discovered a giant spherical stone in a forest called Podubravlje, near the Bosnian town of Zavidovici, after spending years digging in the area.

The discovered stone is said to have a radius between four to five feet, as well as an extremely high iron content. It is said the area where the stone was discovered used to be a home of such spherical stone into the 20th century, but many of them were destroyed in the 1970s, due to mythological rumors that there was gold hidden in the middle of them.

Bosnia’s famous archaeologist, Dr Semir Osmanagic said the giant round stone could be the oldest stone sphere made by human hands. Dr Osmanagic is the leader of the team that discovered the giant stone.

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He told local media outlets that the sphere proved the existence of an advanced lost civilization, which could date back more than 1,500 years ago.

However, some European archaeologists have dismissed Dr Osmanagic’s claim that the stone was man-made. Critics believed the stone was formed naturally by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains.

Mandy Edwards, a lecturer at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences in the University of Manchester, told MailOnline that the spherical stone may be an example of concretion.

But Dr Osmanagic is still holding on to his claim, saying that access to the rock is granted to researchers who would like to verify that it was made by humans in the past.

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Dr Osmanagic is not new to criticisms. In 2005, he made the headlines in the media in Europe for his work on the supposed existence of ancient pyramids in the Visoko Valley, which he said then, that the pyramids are hidden in plain sight as a cluster of hills.

He said then that once his research is completed at the Visoko valley, it will be taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. He was widely criticized and ridiculed by his fellow academicians for his claims on the pyramids.

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But regardless of the criticisms, the Bosnian government has given him financial backing, enabling excavations to be carried out in the region. The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization has also given the excavation its backing.

Dr Osmanagic is known as Bosnian Indiana Jones. He now lives in Austin in Texas, United States, and travels around the world to investigate ancient sites.

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According to Osmanagic, the phenomenon of this new stone discovered could be linked with ancient civilizations around the world, especially the stone spheres of Costa Rica.

The stone spheres of Costa Rica numbering around 300 and weighing up to 15 tonnes, are believed to have been created by the now extinct Diquis culture in the pre-Columbian indigenous culture of Costa Rica. The stones are also believed to be about 1500 years old.

It is unclear how those stones were created, but it is believed they were first sculpted from a local stone before being hammered and polished with sand.

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If what Dr Osmanagic and his team have found is proven by an independent body to be man-made, it will be the largest man-made stone ball ever found, twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones.

Osmanagic is said to have been researching stone balls for the past 15 years. He has said in the past, that the ancient civilization used the stone balls in the belief that it attracted positive energy, and was able to offer healing benefits.

On his new discovery, Osmanagic was quoted as saying “It is once again further proof that there was an advanced civilization here with a high level of technology about which we know very little.”


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Breadline Britain: Rising malnutrition & death linked to low wages, welfare cuts

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Foodbank use has risen to record highs in the UK, with over a million three-day emergency food supplies being handed out by the Trussell Trust charity last year. Government figures also indicate a shocking rise in deaths linked to malnutrition.

The charity’s latest figures point to delays and changes to benefits as the biggest causes of foodbank use by those relying on its 424 centers across the UK.

Low incomes, insecure work, high living costs and problems accessing in-work benefits are all leading to a rise in working people being referred to food charities, according to the Trussell Trust’s latest data.

Hunger games: Food blogger takes poverty challenge

Care professionals such as doctors, teachers and social workers identify people in crisis and issue them with foodbank vouchers for non-perishable food, which is donated to centers across the country by members of the public.

David McAuley, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, insisted the situation “must not become the new normal.”

“Today’s figures on national foodbank use prove that the numbers of people hitting a crisis where they cannot afford to buy food are still far too high. One million three-day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many,” McAuley said.

Datamapping by the University of Hull, where researchers collaborated with the Trussell Trust, suggests foodbank use is highest in areas where there are larger numbers of people unable to work due to long-term sickness or disability, or those in skilled manual work.

However, the true scale of hunger in the UK could be much greater than the data indicates. A separate report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger, also released on Friday, estimates more than half of the emergency food aid supplied to families in crisis comes from independent foodbanks and organizations not on the Trussell Trust’s radar.

Further compounding this grim picture, a report by the National Child Measurement Program for England shows that thousands of children in England started school underweight last year.

This is backed up by the Trussell Trust figures, which state that of the 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supplies provided to people in crisis last year, 415,866 went to children.

The spread of hunger correlates with the rising number of cases in England in which malnutrition was mentioned as an underlying cause of death. These have risen from 58 cases in 2005 to 73 cases in 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Cases where the effects of hunger and malnutrition were mentioned on the death certificate have also risen sharply, from 255 cases in 2005 to 375 cases in 2014.

Six years of harsh fiscal measures have driven thousands of people to gather for an anti-austerity protest in London’s Trafalgar Square this Saturday. The national demonstration has been organized by the People’s Assembly against Austerity, in response to ongoing austerity measures and recent revelations about offshore investment funds linked to Prime Minister David Cameron’s family.

“David Cameron’s stake in his father’s off shore tax haven, prove that this is a government for the privileged few, not for the majority. This shows beyond all doubt that Cameron is divorced from the life of any working person,” the organizers said.

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10 Forgotten Movie Starlets Of Nazi Germany

SHANNON QUINN APRIL 15, 2016

After rising to power, Adolf Hitler assigned Joseph Goebbels as the Reich’s new “minister of propaganda.” Goebbels controlled the German public bycreating films that either numbed the population with comedy and musical numbers, or brainwashed people into believing in Nazi ideals.

Beginning in 1939, American films were banned from the country. Instead, there was now a huge demand for films produced by the Universum Film-Aktien Gesellschaft (UFA), the main studio controlled by the Nazi Party.

All these changes made things a bit tricky for German starlets. Actresses who refused to join the Nazi Party were blacklisted from the German film industry. Many other actresses fled the country, expanding their careers to other parts of Europe. Some even made it to Hollywood.

However, for a few women, the promise of money and fame was enough to set aside their moral judgments, and in some cases, they embraced the Nazis with open arms.

Photo credit: Alexander Binder

10Lida Baarova

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Lida Baarova was an established actress from Prague, and she signed a contract with the UFA for her first German film, Barcarole, in 1935. She was offered Hollywood roles, but she declined in order to stay in Germany. Lida was engaged to Gustav Frohlich, a famous actor who’d divorced his Jewish wife in order to continue his acting career. The couple fully embraced the Nazis to benefit their own careers.

Goebbels was absolutely obsessed with Lida Baarova. They began having an affair that lasted for two years, and obviously, this did wonders for Lida’s career. She was cast in all the choice roles, and she became very wealthy and successful.

Naturally, their relationship caused turmoil for both Gustav and Magda Goebbels, Joseph’s wife. Hitler himself eventually stepped in, deciding that in order to stop this domestic dispute, Lida Baarova would be deported back to Prague immediately.

In 2016, a German movie titled Devil’s Mistress dramatized the relationship between Baarova and Goebbels. Their story was also explored in a documentary titled Zkaza krasou.

9Brigitte Horney

Brigitte Horney

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While many actresses eagerly signed with the UFA, Brigitte Horney turned down the money and fame. She wanted to continue working with whichever actors and directors she wanted. Specifically, she wanted to keep working with her friend and former co-star, Joachim Gottschalk.

Gottschalk’s wife and children were Jewish, which caused him to be blacklisted from UFA films. In 1941, Gottschalk learned Gestapo agents were on their way to his house. They were planning on taking his family to the concentration camps. In order to avoid such a horrible fate, the Gottschalks committed group suicide so they could all die together.

Losing her friend shook Brigitte Horney, and it made the power of the Nazis all too real. Most likely fearing for her own life, she agreed to work on a propaganda film called Am Ende der Welt (The End of the World) in 1944. However, the movie wasn’t released until after World War II because Joseph Goebbels wasn’t satisfied with the film.

The fear soon became too much to handle, so Horney escaped to Switzerland, leaving her husband behind in Germany. After the war, she eventually became a US citizen and married Hanns Swarzenski, a Jewish art historian.

full story at :Listverse

Memories Can Be Inherited, and Scientists May Have Just Figured out How

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Our life experiences may be passed on to our children and our children’s children – and now scientists report that they have discovered that this inheritance can be turned on or off.

WHAT IS EPIGENETICS?

Epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in gene expression…changes that are inherited, but they are not inherent to our DNA. For instance, life experiences, which aren’t directly coded in human DNA, can actually be passed on to children. Studies have shown that survivors of traumatic events may have effects in subsequent generations.

The question, of course, is how are these genetic “memories” passed on?

This is the question that a Tel Aviv University (TAU) was seeking to answer when they reportedly discovered the exact mechanism that makes it possible to turn the transference of environmental influences on or off.

Their research was recently published in the journal Cell, and was led by Dr. Oded Rechavi along with a team of faculty members from TAU’s Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience.

UNDERSTANDING THE MECHANISM


Image Credit: Leah Houri-Ze’evi et al./Cell

According to their study, epigenetic responses that are inherited follow an active process as it gets passed on through generations.

“We previously showed that worms inherited small RNAs following the starvation and viral infections of their parents. These small RNAs helped prepare their offspring for similar hardships,” Dr. Rechavi said. He goes on the explain the research, noting “We also identified a mechanism that amplified heritable small RNAs across generations, so the response was not diluted. We found that enzymes called RdRPs are required for re-creating new small RNAs to keep the response going in subsequent generations.”

From there, scientists were able to determine that specific genes, which they dubbed Modified Transgenerational Epigenetic Kinetics (MOTEK) are also involved in turning epigenetic transmission on and off. Switching on/off are based on the feedback interaction between RNAs (which are inherited) and the MOTEK genes that are necessary to producing and transmitting the RNA through each generation.

The current study was conducted on worms, but understanding the principles behind the process of passing on epigenetic information will ultimately lend itself to a more comprehensive theory of heredity, especially for humans.

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