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May 31, 2021

Innocent-Looking Jar From 2,300 Years Ago Holds 'Curse' Against 55 People in Athens

(Or what disgruntled workers did in the good old days before guns)

A 2,300-year-old ceramic jar filled with the bones of a dismembered chicken was likely part of an ancient curse to paralyze and kill 55 people in ancient Athens, archaeologists say. The finding reveals new evidence for how people tried to use "magic" in the city.

They discovered the jar, along with a coin, beneath the floor of the Agora's Classical Commercial Building, which was used by ancient craftspeople.

"The pot contained the dismembered head and lower limbs of a young chicken," Jessica Lamont, a classics professor at Yale University, wrote in an article published in the journal Hesperia.

At the time, around 300 BC, the people who made the curse also gouged a large iron nail through the vessel.

May 19, 2021

The Global Death Toll From Working Too Much Has Been Calculated, And It's Awful

Long hours and overwork are likely to be causing hundreds of thousands of deaths a year around the globe, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) – and the problem is getting worse.

In 2016, researchers estimate that around 745,000 people died worldwide from strokes and ischemic heart disease linked to working more than 55 hours a week, an increase of 29 percent over the same figure from 2000.


This has been well known in Japan for a very long time, "overwork" being a valid COD. Most of Europe mitigates it by mandating generous vacations and offer no reward for working through them, they rather insist employees take the time off.

The US has fallen so far behind the rest of the world, I wonder if we'll ever catch up, and it's killing us.

May 19, 2021

Dump is losing the blog wars

Or why deplatforming him from major sites was essential:

Even his fan club doesn't want to take the time and trouble to go looking for infusions of crazy. Once he was more difficult to find, instead of the one click a lot of browsers feature for social media, people stopped looking.

I sincerely hope FB and Twitter keep it up. He's toxic. He needs to be quarantined permanently.
May 18, 2021

Progress of wall to block lava in Iceland

The main thing they want to preserve is the fiber optic infrastructure. I think its lifespan will be measured in days. Lava is hot and heavy as hell and will just snowplow that rubble "wall" ahead of it.

There is an alternate highway that just about triples the trip from Gri9ndavik, the main town, to Reykjavik that is currently in no danger.

Well, until one of the systems to the west becomes active, and it will, although most seismic activity has been to the northeast of the current eruption.
May 13, 2021

Stonehenge and standing stone construction duplcated

This is a little old and I don't know if it's been posted before, but it bears repeating if it has. I think this guy is onto something. Using no metal at all beyond a tractor as a stationary object, he's transported and erected huge blocks of stone all by himself.

If this is how it was done, it would have taken far fewer people over a shorter period of time to do this stuff. Some of it, especially the 19 stone circles, were probably observatories. Other stone monuments, like Men an Tol in Cornwall, look like sporting sites, I agree with Robert Soskin about that one. Likely some of the single standing stones had practical purposes, marking boundaries or just providing landmarks for traveling traders.

I think this guy has a handle on how they did it. Tipping these things into a hole to stand them up was a given. Moving them to the sites and raising them high enough to tip were the mysteries.
May 13, 2021

Review of a Chinese EV delivery van

I thought this was interesting, it looks like a nothing fancy, get the job done vehicle. It also looks like they're ahead of us in developing EVs for things other than basic transportation.

I should note that Beyond the Press is my favorite channel for mischief and mayhem and using machine shop equipment and other things very inappropriately. Thermite in a blender, anyone?

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