Afghanistan: How did they think it would end? – Gwynne Dyer

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US flag lowered as Americans leave their Afghanistan base.

Gwynne DyerWestern armies lose no matter how big and well-equipped they are because the insurgents are fighting on home ground. – Gwynne Dyer

I will never kneel before such a destructive force (as the Taliban),” declared Ashraf Ghani, the soon-to-be ex-president of Afghanistan. “We will either sit knee-to-knee for real negotiations at the table, or break their knees on the battlefield.” Good luck with that, Ashraf.

General Sami Sadat, still commander of Helmand province as I write this (although perhaps not by the time you read it), was equally confident, but warned that the safety of the world is at stake: “This will increase the hope for small extremist groups to mobilise in the cities of Europe and America, and will have a devastating effect on global security.”

And how did it all come to this? Ashraf Ghani pointed out that it is obviously America’s fault. “The reason for our…

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Birds from Walden Goldfinch

Birds from Walden Goldfinch

Words from Walden

Goldfinch

The goldfinch is one of the brightest most colourful birds that frequent the gardens and bird feeders around Walden. ‘Finch’s’ are seen throughout the summer in the northeast.

These miniature birds are yellow with black markings (almost like a miniature yellow oriole). Sometimes they are green and look as if they are wet even though they are not.

They travel in packs and will most often be seen flocking a feeder together in numbers of four or five at a time. 

If there is safety in numbers there is also beauty in numbers as a group of goldfinch’s together will radiate remarkable sharpness and vivid deep detail. These little birds tend to stick together because in their world there truly is safety in numbers.

If you are really fortunate you may witness blue finch’s. The same small bird but blue. the blue finch is another wonderous sight to…

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Birds from Walden Canada Geese

Birds from Walden Canada Geese

Words from Walden

Canada geese

As I sat staring at the water in deep thought I heard a noise from far away getting closer. It was the unmistakable honking of a pair of Canada geese flying directly towards the pond in anticipation of a late afternoon swim.

Canada Geese are graceful for their size and when they arrive, they come in like flying ninjas. Originally appearing as if they will land on the ground feet first, but alas they opt for the water.

They immediately look like they were swimming in the pond for hours already.

They can be seen careening their necks back and forth in order to move in the water. After some time the geese eventually step out of the water to dry off in the sun as they walk over to the lily pads searching for frogs.

Awestruck by this treasure provided by nature, I noticed the bird staring…

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Buxwaha Forest Issue- A Major Environmental Concern

Buxwaha Forest Issue- A Major Environmental Concern

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Forest is important

Forest is life. It is part of each of us. Unlike our ancestors, we are not having a direct relationship with forests, still our survival is wholly dependent on the forest resources. For animals and other mute beings, forest are the primary sources for survival needs. Their future is forest and still they could not afford to help in protecting forests from growing cruelty of humans.

Greed in humans

The most important question for humanity is, “why they are cruel to forest despite all the needs getting met by its vast resources?” The answer is “Greed”. It is well said that there is much resources available for human needs, but not for greed. The greed has destroyed the intelligence of humans. This greed is again bringing a havoc in the forest world, if not timely prevented.

Buxwaha forest – latest target of the human’s greed

This article…

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How new discoveries in west Africa could rewrite pre-history

The Extinction Chronicles

https://qz.com/africa/1996308/what-do-we-know-about-human-evolution/

Tourists visit the ruins of Kunta Kinte island in the Gambia River, near Jufureh, Albreda
Archaeology in West Africa could rewrite the textbooks on human evolution.

ByEleanor Scerri

Independent Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human HistoryApril 17, 2021

Our species,Homosapiens, rose in Africa some300,000 years ago. The objects that early humans made and used, known as the Middle Stone Age material culture, are found throughout much of Africa and include a vast range of innovations.

Among them arebow and arrow technology, specializedtool forms, the long-distance transport of objects such asmarine shellsandobsidian,personal ornamentation, the use ofpigments,water storage, and art. Although it is possible that other ancestors of modern humans contributed to this material culture in Africa, some of the earliest Middle Stone Age stone tools have been found with the oldestHomo sapiensfossils foundso far.

The textbook view…

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Scientists find a strange signal coming from our closest neighboring star

Exposing the Big Game

Don’t count on aliens.

https://www.engadget.com/proxima-centauri-strange-radio-signal-164510331.html

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Parkes Radio Telescope - The radio telescope at Parkes, NSW, Australia, also known by its nickname,  The Dish. In 1969 it received television signals from the Apollo 11 moon landing and transmitted them to the world.
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Astronomers have encountered a mystery surprisingly close to Earth. TheGuardianandScientific Americanhave learned thatBreakthrough Listenastronomers using the Parkes telescope in Australia discovered a strange radio signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the star system closest to the Sun. The signal occupies an oddly narrow 982MHz band that’s unused by human-made spacecraft, yet not possible through known natural processes. The frequency shifts up, too, rather than down like you’d expect for a planet.

Don’t count on this as a sign of aliens. Although Proxima Centauri does host apotentially habitable planet, the signal hasn’t been detected since its…

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A newly discovered space object called ‘Farfarout’ is the most distant thing in our solar system

Exposing the Big Game

Morgan McFall-Johnsen 20 hours ago

https://www.businessinsider.com/astronomers-discover-solar-system-most-distant-object-farfarout-2021-2

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An artist’s interpretation of Farfarout.

Astronomers have discovered the most distant object ever found in our solar system.

The planetoid — the term for a small chunk of rock or dust or ice orbiting the sun — is appropriately nicknamed “Farfarout,” after the previous record-holder, “Farout,” which was discovered by the same astronomers in 2018. After years of observing the object’s trajectory across the sky, that team of researchers announced on Wednesday that they could confidently say Farfarout is, well, much farther out than any solar-system object seen…

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The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record

Exposing the Big Game

photo illustration of Iceland glaciers
Brendan Pattengale

A new guide to living through climate change.Robinson Meyer brings you the biggest ideas and most vital information to help you flourish on a changing planet.

Photo Illustrations by Brendan Pattengale | Maps by La Tigre

Images above:Glaciers from the Vatnajökull ice cap, in Iceland


Brendan Pattengale is a photographer who explores how color can convey emotions in an image. In his photo illustrations throughout this article, the colors of the original photos have been adjusted, but the images are otherwise unaltered.


This article was published online on February 3, 2021.

We live ona wild planet, a wobbly, erupting, ocean-sloshed orb that careens around a giant thermonuclear explosion in the void. Big rocks whiz by overhead, and here on the Earth’s surface, whole continents crash together, rip apart, and occasionally turn inside out, killing nearly everything. Our…

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