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  •  I wanted to add another comment (7+ / 0-)

    .... this is pretty amazing that you posted this diary, after all the various strange things I was looking at this week.

    First off, some right wing radio pervert posts a letter to the editor in the local newspaper, which he complained about a blog post that referred to him that was made by another local person who was also blogging for the Dem during the last campaign, and they pulled that blog off.  So I researched his site, and it is vile, vile, vile, did I say disgusting. And he's lying about being associated with this white supremist who recently got arrested. So I add some pithy commentary under that thanking all the conservative Republicans for sending me to a porn site to research, which I figured would keep them busy for at least a few days.

    But they've got this link to this other blog, and not only is it more racism and porn (I didn't know you could photoshop that way) but they have all these archaeology links to legitimate stories about the Vikings going from Greenland to northern Canada, some mysterious South American tribes in Peru, arrowheads found in Colorado the same as in Europe, and 2,000 year old well preserved Caucasian mummies being found in Western China's desert.

    You may wonder what the catch is.  Their particular racism makes them have to create a legend that it was the Caucasian race that first settled the Americas.  They even have a name for this, it's the Solutrean hypothesis. http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    So they use this (flint working in the same styles on two continents)  as a rationale for all their racism, manifest destiny, and the hating on the descendants of people from Africa.

    It's insane. It's like they never heard that humans originated in Africa in the first place and are meant to be nomads.  In their minds if you get to be first anywhere you are the superior creature.

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 08:20:09 PM PDT

    •  Reminds me (5+ / 0-)

      the idea that Spain introduced the flute to the indigenous people, then they started making it out of cedar and so on - because the Spanish were so "superior."

      She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

      by Winter Rabbit on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 08:53:27 PM PDT

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    •  They have found (4+ / 0-)

      some extraordinary dessicated remains in Western China that are red-haired white people whose faces are tattooed in the manner of Celts. The racists want to make it look like white people settled America, but of course the SCIENCE says that Asians were probably here much further back than we have been thinking. People just moved around a lot and took their "technology" with them, demonstrating it as they went along. And honestly, since we are all descendants of the humans left after the Great Bottleneck anyway, what does it matter?

      Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

      by crose on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 10:07:45 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, you MUST google the images of those! (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        marina, Lashe, RosyFinch

        ... really, it will just amaze you.

        Taklamakan mummies, then "google images"

        Taklamakan is a high altitude, (or low altitude, I am a little confused as it is being described both ways on different sites)  extremely dry desert in the Tarim Basin (less than an inch of rain a year, for hundreds of years) with a single river running thru it, in Western China, where some traders had outposts along the Silk Highway trade route. Taklamakan means "where you go in and don't come out."

        The extraordinary dryness and salty sands preserved buried bodies, which began to be discovered in the 1980's but at first were not publicized much outside of China. My previous comment had the ages wrong, some of the mummies are even older, 2400,  3000, 3500 years old. They were not only redheads or ash blondes with neat braided hair, and quite tall for their time in history, they were dressed extremely stylishly in colorful woven woolen tunics and leggings, some with wool felt hats-  these were travelers, movers, horseback riders.  When I first saw a photo a few years ago, of a woman, that was my very first impression-  we know the outfits!

        This link has a good description of the textiles and how they are woven:
        http://www.centralasiatraveler.com/...

        This website has some background story
        http://www.tangdynastytimes.com/...

        some pictures on flickr (note the tattoos on her forehead !)
        http://www.flickr.com/...

        picture of the landscape, showing the desert, hill dunes, and an oasis, that has some more explanation under it
        http://www.flickr.com/...

        "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

        by AmericanRiverCanyon on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 11:48:32 AM PDT

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