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5000 year-old sword discovered in the Armenian Monastery of Venice

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One of the oldest Anatolian weapons in the world has been discovered in a display cabinet at the Mekhitarist Monastery on the Saint Lazarus Island.

Vittoria Dall’Armellina of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice made the discovery whilst inspecting a cabinet of medieval artifacts whilst visiting the monastery.

Having studied a masters degree in the origins and evolution of swords in the Ancient Near East, Dall’Armellina believed that the sword resembled swords found in the Royal Palace of Arslantepe (Eastern Anatolia) and was incorrectly identified as medieval.

A scientific study has now dated the sword to around 3000BC, making it one of the oldest swords in the world.


An analysis of the metal composition was carried out in collaboration with Ivana Angelini, professor at the University of Padua, and the CIBA, an interdepartmental centre for the research, study, and conservation of archeological, historical and artistic heritage.

According to the latest studies, this type of sword was common in a relatively small region in Eastern Anatolia, between the high course of the Euphrat and the Southern shore of the Black Sea. The analysis of trace elements could further pinpoint the exact source of the metal.

The sword, contrary to some of the Arslantepe specimens is not decorated: there are no visible inscriptions, embellishments or distinctive features. Due to the less than optimal conservation conditions, it was not possible to detect any traces of usage.
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police discovered troll factories of russian oposition. massive social media operation.

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In Moscow, law enforcement officers discovered the factory of trolls of Navalny

On August 19, security officials rushed into one of the apartments in Maryino near Moscow. Several girls were taken from there, who were put in a special bus and taken away, according to the local edition of the Bulletin of the Moscow Region. According to a source in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, this group was writing provocative comments and encouraging citizens to engage in illegal activities at Moscow rallies. In addition, the source added: there is every reason to believe that several more similar “offices” operate in Moscow and the region. “Krasovsky’s Shavki” also published a video from surveillance cameras installed in the underground apartment of Navalny’s bots. On the frames you can see the movement of local employees, their working equipment. Apparently, the blogger does not trust his staff too much, and this can turn into a criminal liability. Previously, political technologist Stanislav Belkovsky reported that Navalny had an entire army of bots. In his opinion, such a “support” is needed by a blogger when he has nothing to say to his detractors. Confirmation of his words was found by the RT editorial, who discovered a special Bosslike application for cheating subscribers and likes.

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Oklahoma inmate dies vomiting, convulsing during execution by lethal injection

Oklahoma administered the death penalty Thursday on a man who convulsed and vomited as he was executed for the 1998 slaying of a prison cafeteria worker, ending a six-year execution moratorium brought on by concerns over its execution methods.

John Marion Grant, 60, who was strapped to a gurney inside the execution chamber, began convulsing and vomiting after the first drug, the sedative midazolam, was administered. Several minutes later, two members of the execution team wiped the vomit from his face and neck.

Before the curtain was raised to allow witnesses to see into the execution chamber, Grant could be heard yelling, “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!” He delivered a stream of profanities before the lethal injection started. He was declared unconscious about 15 minutes after the first of three drugs was administered and declared dead about six minutes after that, at 4:21 p.m.

Someone vomiting while being executed is rare, according to observers.

“I’ve never heard of or seen that,” said Robert Dunham, executive director of the nonpartisan Death Penalty Information Center. “That is notable and unusual.”

Michael Graczyk, a retired Associated Press reporter who still covers executions for the organization on a freelance basis, has witnessed the death penalty being carried out about 450 times. He said Thursday he could only recall one instance of someone vomiting while being put to death.

The Oklahoma attorney general and governor did not respond to questions about Grant’s reactions to the drugs. In fact, Department of Corrections spokesman Justin Wolf said by email that the execution “was carried out in accordance with Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ protocols and without complication.”
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high school teacher Emily Salazar resigns

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Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use

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Virginia lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But legalization will not occur until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin. A compromise bill cleared the sate House and Senate on Saturday evening. That makes Virginia the the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana. It joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization. The bill was a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of color under current marijuana laws.
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Fox News deceptively edits video to make it appear Biden used racist slur about Satchel Paige

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For two days, Fox News repeatedly promoted the false claim that President Joe Biden used the word "negro" when referring to baseball legend Satchel Paige. Video of Biden's speech showed that he was actually referencing the Negro Leagues, where Paige played.

In a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Biden used an anecdote about Paige to make a joke about his own age.

At one point, Biden appears to stutter while talking about Paige, who was a pitcher in the Negro Leagues and, later, in Major League Baseball. Biden has spoken in the past about his struggles with stuttering, which he has dealt with since childhood.

Conservative media latched on to Biden's verbal misstep, taking it out of context to make it look as though Biden had referred to Paige as "the great negro."

Here is the full context of Biden's quote that Fox News left out:

>I want to welcome all the Cabinet members and honored guests joining us today, including the father of our Secretary of State, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War Two, Ambassador Donald Blinken, whose birthday is today. Happy Birthday. Thank you for your service to our country.

>And I just want to tell you, I know you’re a little younger than I am, but, you know, I’ve adopted the attitude of the great Negro — at the time, pitcher in the Negro Leagues — went on to become a great pitcher in the pros — in the Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige.

>And Satchel Paige, on his 47th birthday, pitched a win against Chicago. And all the press went in and said, “Satch, it’s amazing — 47 years old. No one’s ever, ever pitched a win at age 47. How do you feel about being 47?” He said, “Boys, that’s not how I look at it.” They said, “How do you look at it, Satch?” He said, “I look at it this way: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”
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NYT finds a type of immigration it dislikes

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Black Americans farmworkers being replaced at their jobs by white South Africans
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Boomer with guns dies in blaze of glory after city government tried to mow his unkempt lawn

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A Southwest Austin man, who had been in a standoff with police after firing a gun from the residence when city code personnel came to cut his lawn, was fatally shot by police Wednesday afternoon.

The man, who was only described by police as being in his 50s, was not immediately identified by Austin police on Wednesday night, pending notification of his family, Police Chief Joe Chacon said.

City code enforcement and Austin police personnel had an administrative warrant to conduct lawn maintenance at the home in the 10600 block of Pinkney Lane in the Circle C Ranch neighborhood off Escarpment Boulevard.

They were visiting the home around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, said officer Jose Mendez, a police spokesman.

"At some point during the maintenance process, personnel on scene began taking fire from the resident inside," Mendez said. "Officers and personnel on scene were able to escape the gunfire and get to safety."

No one was reported injured.

“They attempted to cut the lawn for him, and this is the reaction they got,” Mendez said.

SWAT officers arrived at the home around 10:45 a.m., joined by mental health officers and a crisis negotiator, Chacon said. The neighborhood was closed to traffic, Kiker Elementary School was placed on lockdown and nearby residents were asked to stay in place.

The man, who had not communicated with police, then began firing at officers behind the residence during the standoff at around 3:20 p.m., Chacon said.
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What's next in Trump's scramble to stop the House from getting his White House docs

A federal appeals court Thursday granted former President Donald Trump's request to temporarily block the National Archives from turning over his White House records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The committee had been set to receive the first batch of documents, which lawmakers say is key to their investigation, on Friday. In papers filed Thursday, lawyers for Trump asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to temporarily delay the turnover and to "maintain the status quo" while they push ahead with an expedited appeal.
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Capitol riot suspects had more ties to Oath Keepers than

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previously known

Prosecutors have brought some of the most serious charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol against alleged members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right group that targets law enforcement and military veterans for recruitment. More than 20 suspected members of the Oath Keepers have been arrested, and some are facing charges of conspiracy. Now, an examination of hacked records - purportedly taken from Oath Keeper web servers - shows more defendants may have ties to the group than has been previously known.

The Oath Keeper records were obtained from the nonprofit organization Distributed Denial of Secrets. The organization describes itself as a "transparency collective" and has publicized a variety of leaked material. Included in the Oath Keepers leak were chat logs, emails and a list of nearly 40,000 names and contact information for members. Many of the people whose information appears in the Oath Keepers leak have confirmed to NPR and other news organizations that they did, in fact, sign up with the group.
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