Weird Wednesday Open Thread

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Live Science:

Nazca Lines of Kazakhstan: More Than 50 Geoglyphs Discovered

More than 50 geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across northern Kazakhstan in Central Asia, say archaeologists.

These sprawling structures, mostly earthen mounds, create the type of landscape art most famously seen in the Nazca region of Peru.

Discovered using Google Earth, the geoglyphs are designed in a variety of geometric shapes, including squares, rings, crosses and swastikas (the swastika is a design that was used in ancient times). Ranging from 90 to 400 meters (295 to 1,312 feet) in diameter, some of them are longer than a modern-day aircraft carrier. Researchers say that the geoglyphs are difficult to see on the ground, but can easily be seen from the sky.

Over the past year, an archaeological expedition from Kazakhstan’s Kostanay University, working in collaboration with Vilnius University in Lithuania, has been examining the geoglyphs. The team, which is conducting archaeological excavations, ground-penetrating radar surveys, aerial photography and dating, recently presented its initial results at the European Association of Archaeologists’ annual meeting in Istanbul.

Many of the geoglyphs were made of earthen mounds, although one example, a swastika, was made using timber.

Archaeological excavations uncovered the remains of structures and hearths at the geoglyphs, suggesting that rituals took place there, said archaeologists Irina Shevnina and Andrew Logvin, of Kostanay University, in an email to Live Science. Ancient tribes may also have used the geoglyphs to mark ownership of the land, the researchers noted.

“As of today, we can say only one thing — the geoglyphs were built by ancient people. By whom and for what purpose, remains a mystery,” said Shevnina and Logvin.


At some point before recorded history people (or someone/something else) created geoglyphs. Some of them are so big they can only be seen from an airplane. These things show up all over the world. There are some in Brazil that were hidden until deforestation of the Amazon rain forest exposed them.

There is no natural explanation for them. They are not the ruins of cities nor the remnants of roads. Many have no discernible purpose. Even the most informed opinions about them are mere speculation.

Things like this come to my mind when someone says “The science is settled” or something equally ignorant.


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95 Responses to Weird Wednesday Open Thread

    • votermom says:

      I remember my friend’s parents (her mom was an anthropologist) skeptically discussing that with other “grown-ups” when I was a kid. So I had to read it. It was so convincing to a 7 yo.

      • driguana says:

        I read very deeply in this subject, especially about earth history prior to the time of biblical Abraham. I have a particular interest in researching the very first ever language….which, of course, has not yet been discovered. The book that really started it for me was Zecharia Sitchin’s book, The Twelfth Planet…..came out a bit after Chariot’s. There is no doubt that this planet has been populated on numerous occasions by very advanced and very different civilizations. Historically and scientifically, we have not yet been able to put the puzzle together.There is also no doubt, because the evidence is strewn everywhere, that between 500 AD and 10000 BC, the planet was “sculpted” from one end to the other with pyramids, circles, glyphs and magnificent, massive structures used for unknown purposes but probably having to do with astronomy, astrology or sacred rituals. Sitchin suggested in many of his books that they are messages from previous times.

        My other favorite writer in this tradition is British author, Lewis Spence, who wrote The Mysteries of Britain back in 1928….another great look at this.

        If you really want to get a jolt….just google Gobekli Tepi in Turkey or Tiwanaku in Bolivia.

        The really bizarre thing, to me, is that pi…you know that mathematical thinga-muh-bob you once had to memorize….circumference divided by diameter….has something to do with all of it…

        Happy Wednesday….love that you put these things up, Klown…

        http://www.sitchin.com/

    • Constance says:

      I love the Ancient Aliens show. It’s on H2 channel on Friday nights. It’s a Chariots of the Gods type show and even if you don’t believe in it it is a good travel show.

  1. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      I disagree with the folks there in the photo, but I am 100 times more willing to listen to what they have to say than arse-licker Dana Milibank.

  2. The Klown says:
  3. Lulu says:

    Bronco at 35% approval. This is a five day average rolling poll so his current actual approval is lower. At this point he looks snake-bit. Bombing, global climate change meeting and edicts, and waves of illegal invasion hordes is just pissing everyone off more. All he can do is make a hole in the carpet with his “pivoting”. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/388704/obama-slumps-35-latest-approval-poll-brendan-bordelon

  4. The Klown says:
  5. DeniseVB says:

    Why didn’t the judge put this guy in jail ? A restraining order is like keeping a mad dog behind an invisible fence. “Haley Dunphy” verbally and physically abused for 4 years by her (real life) boyfriend with threats to kill her? Even his rehab place warned her. Yikes.

    http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/23/sarah-hyland-restraining-order-matthew-prokop-modern-family-choked/

    • 49erDweet says:

      Silly! Everyone knows perps have more rights than victims.

    • Propertius says:

      So he was in “rehab”, huh? The all-purpose Hollywood rite of absolution. I thought there was absolutely nothing that couldn’t be fixed by “rehab”. For some reason this reminds me of the exchange from the BBC series Torchwood:

      —————–
      Captain Jack Harkness: So, uh, how was rehab?

      Captain John Hart: Rehabs. Plural.

      Captain Jack Harkness: Drink, drugs, sex and…

      Captain John Hart: [grins] Murder.

      Captain Jack Harkness: [laughs] You went to murder rehab?

      Captain John Hart: I know, ridiculous! The odd kill, who does it hurt?

      Captain Jack Harkness: [sobers] You clean now?

      Captain John Hart: Yeah, kicked everything. Living like a priest.
      ——————

      She should get a handgun and learn how to use it.

  6. The Klown says:
  7. DeniseVB says:

    Hee, hee Jimmy Fallon:

    “More bad news for the president. Chicago is reversing its plan to name a high school after President Obama because it received multiple complaints from people in the community. I guess — I guess parents are afraid their kids would spend 8 years at the school and still not get anything done.”

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Video from the WH’s instagram account of Obama’s “latte salute”. The link also points out President’s don’t have to salute back, so shut up racist, Reagan started it… 😉

    http://www.wtop.com/209/3708295/Obama-criticized-for-latte-salute-in-New-York-City

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Isn’t that what WE’RE doing ?

    • Lulu says:

      I see moving vans full of office furniture trying to sneak across the Canadian border on rafts. Canadians complain of shortage of post office boxes and overwhelmed Kinko’s and coffee shops from flood of illegal business migrants.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I hear once they are settled they try and get all their subsidiaries in by saying they are just family on vacation.

    • votermom says:

      I like Ben Carson but I have mixed feelings about him running.

      • Lulu says:

        He is a really good guy but has ZERO government experience of any kind that I know of from anything. No. I feel the same way about Jim Webb who has some experience but again NO. I like both of them much better as thinkers, observers and writers.

        • driguana says:

          Well, this is an interesting topic, Lulu. Perhaps it’s time we had a president with actual, practical experience….like managing something, understanding how to finance it, how to bridge diversity of opinion among your employees, understanding the context in which you operate in terms of other businesses like yours and those beyond your scope. Obama really had no government experience of any kind…he had political experience. Look where that got us! Sometimes thinkers, observers and writers in combination with practical experience make the best leaders. I think this is why I tend to like governors. And mayors, to some extent. They have to have, or should have anyway, both practical business or government experience and political savvy.

          There are several reasons I’d like to see Carson run. He is articulate and well-spoken on a lot of diverse subjects….that will create some very interesting discussions. He’s sincere and believable. He has incredible real life experiences. I agree with you that he does not have political experience but that’s why you surround yourself with people who do. And, sometimes he says things that get him into controversy, not that that can be entirely avoided when you are in the public realm. Obama is always trying to politically out-fox everyone around him….he thinks that’s ultimate cool….that’s why he double speaks, changes positions of everything and while to some this may be a good thing, to me, it shows his lack of real, practical governing experience.

          Appreciate your thoughts.

          • Somebody says:

            Governors and Mayors have political experience, not in DC but still they’re politicians. What they have that Obama didn’t have was executive experience. Usually if someone was a successful executive whether in the private sector or in an elected office they have leadership abilities. Obama was a legislator, which is a completely different beast. That’s not to say that a legislator can’t also have leadership qualities but the roles are quite different, unless said legislator is in their party’s leadership.

            We’ve had Presidents that had executive experience and some that haven’t. Some that had executive experience were good Presidents, some were not. The same is true of the ones that didn’t have executive experience. I think the critical difference is whether or not they had leadership skills. We need a LEADER whether that person comes from the private or the public sector.

            There was nothing in Obama’s resume to indicated he had any leadership ability. There isn’t anything since he took office to indicate he’s gained those skills either.

            Romney brought a unique set of qualifications to the table, IMO. He had executive experience, but he also had successful private sector experience.

            I’d be open to someone from outside politics, but they’d have to be a proven leader. If for instance some successful CEO decided to run for POTUS. They wouldn’t have government experience, but they certainly would have proven leadership ability. I would also presume someone like that would be smart enough to surround themselves with the right people AND to listen to those people when it came to matters where they weren’t well versed. So with that in mind, I’d want someone with proven leadership skills that wasn’t a narcissist….NO MORE NARCISSISTS!

          • leslie says:

            It would be impossible to have a non-narcissist run for public office. But as long as s/he has brains and experience and doesn’t have a narcissistic personality disorder, that will be just fine with me.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          honk

    • DandyTIger says:

      No thanks! No more inexperienced people running. And really, if you haven’t been a governor, I don’t want to hear from you. Seriously, without political experience, Carson would be a massive disaster. Period.

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m with VM. I respect his intellect, diligence and integrity, but know zilch about his political views and our national interests. I’d sooner vote for Ted Cruz, if it was between the two of them, because I know where he stands. (Not saying TC is my 2016 guy).

      • Somebody says:

        I wanted to counter the skepticism I’m hearing from my fellow crawdaders. I was about to post how silly you all are…….I mean after all if someone is running for the highest office in the land by the time you cast a vote they would be thoroughly vetted. By the time you cast a vote of course you’d know where they stand on issues……how silly to rule someone out just like that…….and then I thought, oh wait.

        So I shall revise my thoughts to this…….if a Republican is running for the highest office in the land……see above. Trust me you’ll know what each of the candidates wrote their 3rd grade book report on and what grade they received. Every stupid comment they’ve ever made or comment that can be twisted appropriately will be discussed and debated ad nauseam.

        • The Klown says:

          I know what I am looking for in 2016 but I am willing to consider all candidates with an open mind. I’ll read and watch and listen and then decide.

          But some candidates will have a headstart over others.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Nice photo essay of Presidential dogs. Please note no human in the photo with the Obama dogs, also their body language tells me their trainer is just out of the photo with a “Down, Stay” command and a whip (/s). Heavy panting for a relaxed position? Were they just let out of their kennel in the basement?

    http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/23/dogs-politics-day-photo-essay/

  11. The Klown says:
  12. votermom says:

    Had to turn the tv off. You know who is on.

  13. The Klown says:
  14. Kathy says:

    He speaks again–God help us..He is all over the place in that hectoring tone. No up lifting, soaring here.

    • leslie says:

      I heard an excerpt of yis speech yesterday. I swear, he thinks he doesn’t have to practice. He sounded like a first grader reading word-for-word instead of speaking with any understanding or expression. Thank goodness it was only a very brief excerpt. I got up to get the remote and mute the tv, but it was already over. (For me, it was over the moment I heard his voice.)

  15. Kathy says:

    More Islam is love stuff–I can boil this down to a couple of phrases and we have heard it all before.

  16. Kathy says:

    This is new– calling on imams to stop preaching hate and Muslim community should denounce it

    • Lulu says:

      Is this drug environmentally safe? /S/ Is there any money in it for a Bronco donor? /not/S/ These questions are the story of Obama.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    But Bush……! LOL……….

    • lyn says:

      On Facebook, progs are using the Bush photo in response to criticism of President Latte’s salute.

    • lyn says:

      Obama’s lap dogs are cleaning up after their master this morning, because the videos are disappearing.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Not worried, the internet’s forever 🙂 Oh, and it was the White House who twittered out the latte salute photo initially. Twitchy’s got the tweets together, funny stuff 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      They are leaving out the part about Barney saluted too!

    • cynic says:

      Joe & Mika were on it this a.m., while holding their drinks high. Then they showed the picture of Bush holding his dog. I really hate that show, but somehow, at 5:00 a.m., I just gotta watch. It’s a sickness.

      • leslie says:

        I know, right?

        • cynic says:

          I have been know to be disgusted enough to turn it off. You know the White House/VJ is sending them their talking points. Hope Joe is happy with what they’re paying him. He’s sold his soul, if he ever had one. Maybe there is more to the dead girl in his office. Blackmail anyone???

    • DandyTIger says:

      Ah, they went there. Some of my FB friends point at the Bush picture and say “reverse the colors” (meaning prez and dog), and notice how people respond.

  18. driguana says:

    Another beheading…this time a Frenchman in Algeria…this from Le Figaro…I’ll search for an English translation but sure it will be in the news shortly…
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2014/09/24/97001-20140924FILWWW00282-l-otage-francais-en-algerie-decapite-par-ses-ravisseurs-video.php#xtor=AL-155-%5BFacebook%5D

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Looting back on in Ferguson …. St.Michael of Brown’s memorial burned down so let’s destroy some local businesses that have nothing to do with it !

    http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/09/24/more-unrest-in-ferguson-overnight-after-michael-brown-memorial-burns/

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Hmmmm? We’re not just blowing sh*t up, we’re making up sh*t too ?????

    • cynic says:

      Richard Engel was on Morning Joe today. He’s turned on Obama. He pointed out that bombing ISIL is benefitting Assad, and then we’re giving weapons to the Syrian fighters. He said we’re setting up a ‘permanent state of Civil War’ there.

      Richard appears quite often on the show, and I remember over a year ago him reporting from Turkey. He said he was witnessing men going over the border into Syria to fight, and they were really scary looking, and that he’d like to know what they were carrying in there.

      It was then that I knew it was too late to arm the moderates. Who are these people that we are arming? so called shop keepers? haha

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    big mistake to arm the rebels they will use them against us

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