It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era.
Last week as part of a calculated publicity stunt Greenpeace defaced the cultural landscape surrounding one of the best preserved examples of the Nazca lines. Drone footage just released (link below) shows how significant the damage the caused is and how permanently visible it is.
A stone vessel discovered over 50 years ago has been identified by Dr. Patricia Sutherland as further evidence of a Viking or Medieval Norse presence in Arctic Canada during the centuries around 1000 A.D.
As reported in Geoarchaeology the artifact was excavated 50 years ago from a site on Baffin Island. It was recently identified as a crucible that would have been used for melting bronze for use in ornaments or small items. This find further bolsters the evidence for the Norse traveling and establishing way points to trade for arctic trade goods such as walrus ivory and soft pelts that were in high demand in northern Europe.
We all know Archaeologists do not earn much, but this quick form will make what you earn seem a lot more equal to your engineer cousin when you are both compared to Warren Buffet
Click on the image to open the interactive version. (Source: http://pennystocks.la).
This is going to be a great story to watch unfold. The cigar sized box was buried in 1795 by Gov. Samuel Adams, patriot Paul Revere, and William Scollay, a militia officer during the Revolution at the cornerstone of the capital that was then finished in 1798. The box is currently being examined and imaged prior to being opened.
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A timeless Christmas class to enjoy!
In the recent National Defense Authorization Bill H.R. 4355 was a rider granting a legislative land swap near Superior, Ariz., for the benefit of a foreign company Rio Tinto PLC who seek to mine copper. When land swaps do occur, according to a 2010 policy brief by the University of Montana they occur through administrative channels. This land swap though is being included as a rider on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 which is guaranteed to pass which then subverts the normal administrative process for authorizing a land swap. The gist of the land swap is that Resolution Copper -- a Rio Tinto venture with a foreign company BHP Billiton Ltd. -- would trade more than 2,000 acres of federal land in return for more than 5,000 acres of company land. It is an important detail to note that many article state the land is being "given" to the corporation, where it is technically a land swap. The use of the word "give" instead of "trade" or "swap" is an important nuance that people need to be careful of in discussing this if they want to present the issue in a balanced perspective.
I was excited to read today from one of the internets most reliable news sources that the Native American Council officially offered Amnesty to the 220 million undocumented whites living on Tribal land. Some highlights from their decision are:
My thoughts go out to the group of CRMers who were just laid off out West. Two weeks before Christmas, thats tough folks. I am really sorry to hear that.
For those of you looking to get into CRM this is also a cautionary tale. Funding for projects can be capricious. The general rule of thumb for a company is that for each employee a company has they need to bring in $100,000/yr per head to meet all the backend expenses (utilities, insurance, etc… all add up really really fast) so your project managers are always having to be looking out 6 months, 12 months, 18months+ ahead and making sure their budgets meet their needs. And if one or two key projected projects are delayed or cancelled, or not received and there is not forewarning it can throw a huge monkey wrench into the works.
(UPDATE I): If you hear from your friends the links are not working having them visit either the home page of www.ShovelBums.org or give the page 15 seconds to load, the server is getting slammed right now with inbound requests, which is not a bad thing in the big picture!)
(UPDATE II): It appears the link that is not working is the ability to register to vote using your social media ID (which I prefer also rather than creating a new account yet again) If you are having this problem please let me know using the contact form at the lower right of this page and I will inform the developers. We don't want them to loose votes because you can't register! What a PIA).
(UPDATE III): You can use this shortened link to share this page. There was a glitch in in me SEO software and it created a bizarrely long URL for this page. Use this one to share this page:
(UPDATE IV): It looks like they *might* have fixed the social media login problem. But just an FYI the sign up is several steps long and you have to verify your email address. I know it is a pain, but this is a cool thing and we should support (and isn't that why you keep a disposable email account anyway? :-)
The developer of the female science legos, Alatariel's Atelier, has asked for ShovelBums help in getting this new line featuring a, you guessed it, FEMALE ARCHEOLOGIST [sic] (I am working with them to get the name spelled properly ;-)…that and they don't show any craft brews and there is not Brunton, but it is a great start!
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Greenpeace in an effort to draw the attention of 190 delegates in Lima, Peru for climate change talks tried a publicity stunt to raise awareness that the "future is renewable". And in the process destroyed part of the Nazca lines (which are not renewable!).