2008-04-21 links

Ancient Britain: First druid burial discovered?
The extraordinary find was made at the Essex village of Stanway, near Colchester. It is among a number of graves of eminent people interred around the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43.

Following Queen Boudica's uprising in AD61, Emperor Claudius ordered the druids be wiped out. Their Anglesey stronghold and sacred groves were destroyed, along with their entire history.

In the grave, archaeologists uncovered a board game with the glass counters laid out, medical equipment – the earliest ever found – a tea strainer still containing some kind of herbal brew, and some mysterious metal poles.

Comedy: A confused Rienzi rants against "anti-southern European Nordicist" Iceman. Iceman is actually a part-Jewish communist who believes "white and Caucasoid mean the same thing", who considers his views to be directly opposed to those of "Nordicists", and who is merely parroting Rienzi's old friends "Dienekes Pontikos" and "Racial Reality" in holding up his end of the ridiculous "debate". Here is the original thread, in which RR absurdly declares the 38,500 year-old IJ Y clade proves "Nordics are derived from Mediterraneans"; supposed "Nordicists" (Poles and Finns) attempt to inject some common sense, and Dienekes and "EagleEye" (Iceman) line up in the Racial Ridiculousness camp.

DNA testing: WaPo mulls "deeper" uses in legal system; author Weiss and "ethicist" Botkin predictably detect "Shadows of Eugenics":
Genes have had a rocky relationship with justice, dating at least to the early years of the last century, when eugenics laws encouraged forced sterilizations to break the cycle of "inherited criminality."

"Shiftlessness, nomadism, pauperism all were assumed to have biological and genetic causes," said Jeffrey R. Botkin, a physician and ethicist at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Longevity: Is it her genes?
Maybe it was a lifetime of chores on the family farm that accounts for Edna Parker's long life. Or maybe just good genes explain why the world's oldest known person will turn 115 on Sunday, defying staggering odds.

Scientists who study longevity hope Parker and others who live to 110 or beyond — they're called supercentenarians — can help solve the mystery of extreme longevity.
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Two years ago, researchers from the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University took a blood sample from Parker for the group's DNA database of supercentenarians.

Her DNA is now preserved with samples of about 100 other people who made the 110-year milestone and whose genes are being analyzed, said Dr. Tom Perls, an aging specialist who directs the project.

"They're really our best bet for finding the elusive Holy Grail of our field — which are these longevity-enabling genes," he said.


Daryl Basarab said...


Daryl Basarab said...

I responded to you guys again in another thread. This should take away all the confusion in where I stand.

Anonymous said...

Pardon me for a slightly off-topic question, but I discovered your blog while doing repeated web-searches on WHO IS this mysterious guy "Dienekes Pontikos".
I would appreciate if you could shed some light on this mystery.

Of course, you know more about him, but...
1) I wonder if you know that "Dienekes" is a Greek magazine, basically about Ancient Greek religion, among other things.
2) I wonder if you know of any serious scientific papers on genetics and anthropology written and published in PEER-reviewed journals, by Dienekes Pontikos, rather than in forums and blogs.

Thanx in advance for any useful information.

Anonymous said...

(1) "Dienekes Pontikos" obviously is a pseudonym. "Dienekes" was a legendary Spartan. "Pontikos" signifies what you'd think.

(2) No.