Canadian kids watch same violent movies & play same violent video games. In their 10M households r 7M guns. Why don't they kill like we do?—
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 21, 2012
Archive for December, 2012
Well, that’s the end of the liveblog. We’re alive.
The end of the world is now!
Portrait Gallery (@NPGLondon) December 21, 2012
12 minutes to go.
Apparently, an alien graveyard has been found in Mexico:
Close to the small Mexican village of Onavas, south Sonora, archaeologists have uncovered the first pre-Hispanic cemetery of that area, dating to around 1,000 years ago.
The burial ground consists of 25 individuals; 13 have intentional cranial deformation and five also have dental mutilation, cultural practices which are similar to those of pre-Hispanic groups in southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit, but until now, have not been seen in Sonora.
…For archaeologists, the discovery is exciting new evidence of cranial deformation, something which has not been recorded before in the Sonora cultural groups.
…The archaeologist said that, “Cranial deformation in Mesoamerican cultures was used to differentiate one social group from another and for ritual purposes, while the dental mutilation in cultures such as the Nayarit was seen as a rite of passage into adolescence. This is confirmed by the findings at the Sonora cemetery where the five bodies with dental mutilation are all over 12 years in age.”
However, she continued,“In this case, you cannot recognise any social differences because all the burials seem to have the same characteristics. Nor have we been able to determine why some were wearing ornaments and others not, or why of the 25 skeletons only one was female. “
Well, not long to go. However, this will give some people a fright this morning;
M4.3 – 92km S of Champerico, Guatemala 2012-12-21 07:05:10 UTC
Guatemala was home to the ancient Mayan empire.
This video amuses me…
An odd conversation topic at work; as an atheist, I was asked if the Bible actually contained a verse I either a) liked or b) admired. Oddly enough, I do. Ruth 1:16
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
The reason I enjoy this verse, I can even quote it word for word, is the compassion and desire for companionship. Whatever dilemmas and trials we face in life, true friends will be by your side until the bitter end – and will never judge you.
As a libertarian, I passionately believe in the defence of individual rights and, strangely, Ruth 1:16 reminds me of those values.
It is not often that you can find a way to place Norwich City and Barcelona in the same sentence, but at this moment in time, of all 98 teams in the big five European leagues, the Spanish giants are the only side that can boast a longer unbeaten league run than the Canaries.
I decided to wait a few days to pen my thoughts; but still, I really don’t know what to say. This is a heinous crime, and one of the most shocking in recent years. Whilst I still believe in humanity and its enormous potential, these unspeakable acts remind us that some individuals are capable of utter destruction.
I really still don’t know what to say.
Oh dear, oh dear…
John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, launched an inquiry after The Telegraph published details about Mrs Miller’s expenses this week.
Between 2005 and 2009, the Culture Secretary claimed the cost of the mortgage and other expenses associated with a South London property, which has been her parents’ home for “nearly two decades”.
Mrs Miller insists her expenses are “absolutely in order” but the watchdog has decided to look at whether there is a case to answer.
Looks like this story could result in the downfall of the Culture Secretary….