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Underwater ‘lost city’ found to be geological formation

The ancient underwater remains of a long lost Greek city were in fact created by a naturally occurring phenomenon – according to joint research from the University of East Anglia and the University of Athens (Greece).

When underwater divers discovered what looked like paved floors, courtyards and colonnades, they thought they had found the ruins of a long-forgotten civilization that perished when tidal waves hit the shores of the Greek holiday island Zakynthos.

But new research published today reveals that the site was created by a natural geological phenomenon that took place in the Pliocene era - up to five million years ago.

Lead author Prof Julian Andrews, from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: “The site was discovered by snorkelers and first thought to be an ancient city port, lost to the sea. There were what superficially looked like circular column bases, and paved floors. But mysteriously no other signs of life – such as pottery.”


Quinnipiac poll finds majority support marijuana legalization

The majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana, according to a national Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning.

By a margin of 54 to 41 percent, respondents agreed with the statement “marijuana should be made legal in the United States.”

Men support marijuana legalization by a slightly wider margin than women, 60 to 37 percent, vs. 48 to 46 percent.

The only demographics measured by the Quinnipiac poll who oppose marijuana legalization are Republicans, with 62 percent against and 36 in favor, voters over the age of 65, who are 57 to 37 percent “no,” and white women, who oppose it narrowly, 48 to 47 percent.


Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest




LA Times


Monday Toon Roundup 1-Remembering Ali

French Open Men's Tennis Results (Spoiler Alert)

French Open men's final: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win title

Novak Djokovic plays spectacularly well to come from a set down to wallop Andy Murray; he wins his first French Open and becomes the first man since 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles concurrently


Trump shifts position on Libya

Donald Trump reversed himself again on Libya on Sunday, saying in an interview that he would have authorized a “surgical” strike to take out Muammar Qadhafi, after months of telling voters the country would have been better off if the dictator were still alive.

“I didn't mind surgical. And I said surgical. You do a surgical shot and you take him out,” Trump said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

It’s his latest reversal on a crucial element of the Obama foreign policy. Trump has spent most of the 2016 campaign contending that a bungled Obama intervention in Libya is proof that the United States should’ve stayed out altogether.

"I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya?” Trump said at a Texas debate in February. “We would be so much better off if Qadhafi would be in charge right now."

That statement itself was a reversal from 2011, when Trump in a video blog argued that Qadhafi was slaughtering his citizens and that the United States should, “on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives." (NATO intervened on behalf of Qadhafi's foes, and anti-Qadhafi forces captured and killed him in October 2011.)



Charles P Pierce- A child of contradiction, Muhammad Ali was an essential American

Ever since the word came out of Phoenix that Muhammad Ali had gone off to just about the last remaining glory it was his to attain, I’ve had a bit of Walt Whitman’s verse banging around in my head. It’s from Song Of Myself, and it’s just about the most American fragment of poetry I can recall.

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

It was true of him, and it is certainly true of the country that produced him, because what is America except a massive contradiction in history? It’s right there in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the country’s original birth certificate.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

And there it is, written by a Virginia slaveowner. Dr. King called it a promissory note that had gone unredeemed by the country that had been founded on that revolutionary assertion. But it was more than that. It was a land mine in history, exploding over and over again, usually in bloody murder, but also in the bloodless language of law and custom. If he is remembered as nothing else, let Muhammad Ali be remembered as a child of that great contradiction, as are we all. Even the name he abandoned as his “slave name” had a story that doubled back on itself in fascinating and, yes, violent ways.

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Mr. Fish Toon- You Know What To Do

Why let them have all the fun? I love a good Piñata party!

Sunday's Non Sequitur- The Gold Standard

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Weekend Toon Roundup 2: The Rest




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