Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all | Ars Technica

“Over 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of present-day Lebanese was derived from the Canaanites,” said Chris Tyler-Smith, who was on the research team. “In light of the enormously complex history of this region in the last few millennia, it was quite surprising.”

Source: Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all | Ars Technica

Brutality of occupation 

Even though shame has been outlawed by the current Israeli government, there are still honorable Israelis who have this last chance to keep their honor by supporting Palestinians, peace, and humility.


My youngest daughter has been debating recently with us the value of peace with Israelis. She is a strong believer in peace and thinks that it is up to us to do this . In the series of the last week we have been going to the old city in solidarity with al Aqsa . She witnessed a brutal attack on one young boy after prayer by a group of angry soldiers and she freaked out thinking of how close it was to us getting shot in that instant .

Today , as Jerusalemites flooded in celebration to the aqsa after opening it , she went with her brother and cousin. The soldiers were so mad and furious , they were hitting people from all directions and closed the mosque on people and started shooting sound and rubber bullets and beating with their rods and guns .Among all that was…

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This transcript of Scaramucci talking trash about Priebus, Bannon is incredible – U.S. News –

“Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. Lizza adds that Scaramucci then “channeled Priebus as he spoke: ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’”

In a wry manner, the magazine added that “Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.”

Scaramucci also used the opportunity to voice his opinion on Steven Bannon, President Trump’s senior White House strategist, by telling Lizza that “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” Bannon, just like Priebus, declined to comment.

Source: This transcript of Scaramucci talking trash about Priebus, Bannon is incredible – U.S. News –

Allies Warn Trump of Conservative Revolt Unless He Backs Off Sessions – The New York Times

So is the new communications chief going to fire these guys – ROTFLMAO: “Among those urging Mr. Trump to spare Mr. Sessions have been Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist; and Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, according to officials who asked not to be named describing internal deliberations.”

Texas reports first local Zika case of 2017 | CIDRAP- Drip, drip, drip – pandemic start?

Texas health officials today announced the state’s first probable local Zika infection of the year, which also appears to be the first local case reported in the United States for 2017.The patient is a Hildago County resident who had not traveled outside the area or had any other risk factors, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TSDHS) said in a press release. Hildago County, located in the Rio Grande Valley, is in far southern Texas on the border with Mexico.The virus was probably transmitted by a mosquito bite in South Texas some time in the last few months, and lab tests show that the person is no longer at risk of spreading Zika to mosquitoes.In April the TDSHS expanded its recommendations for testing pregnant women and people with Zika infections in six South Texas counties, which led to thousands of tests being conducted and to the identification of the newly identified case.

Source: Texas reports first local Zika case of 2017 | CIDRAP

Inoreader – Protests continue after newly installed al-Aqsa cameras

“The Israeli government has announced the presence of a large number of security forces, along with the cameras, for the coming six months to secure the site … These measures are neither necessary nor proportional to their purpose,” Yara Jalajel, a Palestine researcher at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, told Al Jazeera. “They exceed what Israel, the occupying power, is allowed to do to ensure safety and public order. These measures seem to aim to ensure control and impose a de facto sovereignty over the site, which Israel does not have under the law.”Usama Halabi, a lawyer and writer on Israeli surveillance practices, said that surveillance of Palestinians is already the status quo in the Old City.“I don’t understand the issue surrounding the cameras. It is definitely an intensification of the surveillance through more technically advanced cameras, but they can already see who goes in and out of al-Aqsa and the Old City,” Halabi told Al Jazeera.“The camera feeds into their computer systems and they can find out everything about me already. They can extract my whole family tree in minutes,” he added. “On a daily basis, I see tens of young men in court who they bring in after a week or two of seeing them on the surveillance cameras, and accuse them of throwing stones and they present the video proof. Some of the soldiers and guards in the Old City have built-in cameras in their headgear, and every group of soldiers that is stationed in the Old City has a handheld camera with them to film confrontations.”Still, for Palestinians, the issue of installing cameras on the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is yet another manifestation of Israeli control over the holy site.“Agreeing to the new measures means agreeing to Israeli control over al-Haram al-Sharif and over Palestinians even more,” Shaheen said. “What matters to us is that Israel is sticking its fingers into the eyes and throats of Palestinians, and we must reject it.”

Source: Inoreader – Protests continue after newly installed al-Aqsa cameras

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