Saturday, November 14, 2015

Stories below the fold

this Prehistoric circle in the Golan Heights may date back 3500 years.

Wikipedia article HERE.

no, it wasn't giants, but it is fascinating to check out all the monoliths and cairns built in the ancient world.

Improbable research  links to an article on squeaking artificial hip replacements.

People tend to think the Inca empire was ancient, when actually when the Spanish arrived it was a recent conquerer of the locals. And the dirty little secret is that they killed the kids of those they conquered.

DNA from a child sacrifice suggests he was a pre-Inca but they are trying to find which tribe he is related to.


the "let's get the blood pressure lower" study shows that the lower your blood pressure, the fewer heart problems and strokes.

one of the least discussed public health miracles of the last half century has been the lowering of these problems thanks to medicine.

But let me be sceptical: to lower BP to 120 for patients not at risk (i.e. non diabetics) means putting a lot of people on drugs that cost a lot of money.

It lowers the rate of heart problems and strokes, but does it lower the absolute death rate?

 And does it improve quality of life? Lowering the BP in some elderly increases the risk of a fall and fractures for example, and diuretics mean incontinence which limits the social life, and some BP meds cause impotence. Older BP medicines cause sedation which might be mistaken for senility.

the medical journal is behind a firewall and no heated discussion in the comments, unlike what happens on political sites.

Heh. Screenwriter RogerSimon (not entirely tongue in cheek) compares the SJW public humiliation of College professors to the silencing of speech in Cultural revolution.


the original photo was of a professor specializing in LadyGaga was threatening an Asian student journalist.

ah but we know colleges never discriminate against Asians....

quote of the day:
. I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I gotta tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. I think you should be able to — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with ‘em. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”---BHObama.
On the bright side: At least they aren't shooting reporters as the crooked politicians do here in the Philippines....


in a related item: Manila is worried about foreign activists causing violence at the APEC summit.

Uh, violence will result in fewer people willing to invest here so poor people can get jobs.

But never mind. They are purists who want their ten minutes of fame, not people trying to improve the lives of poor people.

Besides, we have plenty of home grown leftists who will demonstrate for free.

 (But if you do want to help the poor: the going rate for rent-a-demonstrator is only 100 pesos.)


Is Paris Burning? 
BBC report.

Well, that is one way to encourage the EU to admit more refugees...

Sigh. In our prayers.

The "bullet in the luggage" scare at the airport in Manila turns out to be a shakedown scheme, not a security breech.


During the Nazi era, many Jews fled to Shanghai. Most eventually ended up in the west, but not all of them.

AlJ has a story of one who stayed behind.

Statue outside Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum [Allison Griner/Al Jazeera]

More here.

the present day migration of refugees from poor and war torn lands is not new: it is just that few in Europe or the USA remember their own ancestors did the same and often were seen as threatening and undesirable too.


for later reading: AlJ on the present and historical rivalries between Japan, China and the Koreas.

yes, and this doesn't even mention the Manchus, the Hakka or the Hairy Ainu...

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