What an eight-year-old Neanderthal boy can tell us about how our extinct relatives developed

A Neanderthal boy of around eight who died almost 50,000 years ago still has things to tell us: mainly that our extinct human relatives grew up at a pace similar to our own. Knowing that can give us clues to Neanderthal social structure, as well as how our hominid cousins raised their children.

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Communism Most Cruel: New at Reason

Communism’s death toll overshadows other contemporary human cruelty. Marian Tupy writes: Writing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch , A. Barton Hinkle remembers “A century of ghastly communist sadism,” which started when a relatively small number of Bolshevik anarchists led by Vladimir Lenin managed to overthrow the Russian government of Alexander Kerensky in November 1917.

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Government Almost Killed the Cocktail

I’m not sure this is a fair headline as I can’t blame government when it was the population that passed prohibition.  At any rate….this is a good article on the effects our current decisions have on the future.

The classic “old fashioned” is the simplest of cocktails—sugar, bitters, and whiskey, stirred over ice, then served on the rocks with a citrus rind—and also, possibly, the best. Thanks to the federal government, we almost lost it forever.

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A Century of Ghastly Communist Sadism

“Let there be floods of blood,” declared Krasnaia gazeta, the official newspaper of the Red Army in 1918. From the enemies of the revolution, there should be “more blood, as much as possible.” A few months before, the Bolsheviks had seized power from the provisional government that had been installed in the final days of Russia’s Romanov dynasty.

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The Babylonians discovered a strange form of trigonometry

Enlarge / The 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet known as Plympton 322 turned out to be a trig table, expressed in ratios of the lengths of the sides of the triangles, rather than angles. (credit: UNSW/Andrew Kelly) The Babylonian civilization was at its peak roughly 4,000 years ago, with architecturally advanced cities throughout the region known today as Iraq.

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