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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Sep 8, 2014
 


8 September 2014 at 10:23:37 AM
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I've been wondering for awhile WHY Diane Feinstein has been trying so hard to keep the Senate Intelligence Report about torture and the CIA out of the public eye. Here's one reason. 

The CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Telegraph. The description of the torture meted out to at least two leading al-Qaeda suspects, including the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, far exceeds the conventional understanding of waterboarding, or “simulated drowning” so far admitted by the CIA.

“They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth,” said the source who has first-hand knowledge of the period. “They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.” …

Tomorrow's Supermoon

I don't wear watches- don't actually like them much... but I DO like what I'm reading about iwatch! 

You walk into a clothing store and pick up a pair of jeans. You approach one of 10 automated checkout computers. You scan the jean's bar code, and when the computer prompts you for payment, you simply hold your iWatch up to the console and let the Touch ID button on your iWatch verify your identity by scanning your fingerprint. Once you have been verified, the NFC chip securely passes your encrypted payment information to the checkout computer, it charges your account and prints you a receipt.

This transaction has eliminated the need to fumble through your wallet for a credit card, sign a credit card receipt, and deal with a young clerk who is on the phone with her boyfriend. What would have easily taken at least two minutes is now a 15-second event.

Hikers evacuated from Yosemite- look at that smoke! 

Jerry Coyne-We can dismiss there being a literal Adam and Eve pair of ancestors with near scientific accuracy. 

Unfortunately, the scientific evidence shows that Adam and Eve could not have existed, at least in the way they’re portrayed in the Bible. Genetic data show no evidence of any human bottleneck as small as two people: there are simply too many different kinds of genes around for that to be true. There may have been a couple of “bottlenecks” (reduced population sizes) in the history of our species, but the smallest one not involving recent colonization is a bottleneck of roughly 10,000-15,000 individuals that occurred between 50,000 and 100,000 years ago. That’s as small a population as our ancestors had, and—note—it’s not two individuals.

Further, looking at different genes, we find that they trace back to different times in our past. Mitochondrial DNA points to the genes in that organelle tracing back to a single female ancestor who lived about 140,000 years ago, but that genes on the Y chromosome trace back to one male who lived about 60,000-90,000 years ago. Further, the bulk of genes in the nucleus all trace back to different times—as far back as two million years. This shows not only that any “Adam” and “Eve” (in the sense of mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA alone) must have lived thousands of years apart, but also that there simply could not have been two individuals who provided the entire genetic ancestry of modern humans. Each of our genes “coalesces” back to a different ancestor, showing that, as expected, our genetic legacy comes from many different individuals. It does not go back to just two individuals, regardless of when they lived.

 


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