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A European look at Trump #round 4

The beauty will save the world...not yet

We hope Trump will get the place he deserves in the WH

2017 : I will play the show

when Trump moved to the WH

Trump's execute ordre ban

A European look at Trump #round 3

if I had known, I would have helped Hillary

KKK and NAZI then? It was two for the price of one

New summer game : which is Don?

Trump's presidency drawn by a french caricaturist

What to tell? It is sarcastic for sure, but not funny.

I don't know how describe the feeling. As if Plantu is dishartened.

A European look at Trump #round 2

I solemnly promise to do worse than GW Bush

Exquisite manners


Paris climate agreement

Trump's political agenda : lucky bag

Resurgence of rabies

Does it make sens to you?

First they came...

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

"Dear" white supremacist, your grandpa was black

Humans in Europe Only Recently Developed Light Skin

A new study has revealed that humans living in Europe had dark skin for the majority of the time they have inhabited the continent.

The study, presented at the 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Anthropologists (AAAS), suggests that many of the characteristics associated with European genetics are a recent development in the broader history of human evolution and migration. Led by Dr. Iain Mathieson from Harvard University, the international team of researchers analysed 83 human gene samples collected as part of the ‘1000 Genomes Project’ (an initiative designed to sequence the genomes of a large number of people and allow public access to the data for scientific research).

Focusing on two genes, SLC24A5 and SLC45A2, which are responsible for de-pigmentation and pale skin, the team studied samples taken from a wide range of ancient populations spread across different periods and different locations.

Home sapiens resided solely in Africa up until 700,000 BCE, with the first examples of Australopithecus afarensis, the precursor of Homo erectus, appearing there around 3.3 million years ago. Exactly when the ancestors of humans began their migration to other continents is open to debate, but the oldest human fossil ever found in Europe was discovered near Heidelberg in Germany, and dates back to 650,000 BCE.

The study confirms the existing presumption that the first modern humans migrating from Africa to Europe had dark skin, which would have been beneficial in the hot African climate. However, it also found that early hunter-gatherers in Spain, Luxembourg and Hungary lacked the genes responsible for pale skin as recently as 8500 years ago.

Migration from the Near East is believed to have been responsible for the arrival of the genes associated with lighter skin pigmentation. As these farmers first came to the continent their interbreeding with the existing inhabitants saw the SLC24A5 gene spread through central and southern Europe, leading to lighter skin pigmentation in those regions. As the AAAS reports: “As they (farmers from the Near East) interbred with the indigenous hunter-gatherers, one of their light-skin genes swept through Europe, so that central and southern Europeans also began to have lighter skin. The other gene variant, SLC45A2, was at low levels until about 5800 years ago when it swept up to high frequency.”

In northern Europe however, the situation seems to have been different. Remains studied from Southern Sweden were found to have the gene variants responsible for lighter skin and blonde hair as far back as 7,700 years ago, indicating the inhabitants of Northern Europe had light skin and eyes before the migration from the Near East.

It is still unclear why the genes related to paler skin spread so quickly and so widely, but the study suggests it was probably connected to a need to absorb Vitamin D. The climate of Europe generally provides shorter days and less sunlight, particularly in the north. Lighter skin pigmentations allow the more efficient absorption and synthesis of Vitamin D (the crucial vitamin that humans can synthesize from sun light).

The focus of the study was the process and rate of natural selection in Europe. By successfully charting the timing and spread of the SLC24A5 and SLC45A2 genes, the study has raised some fascinating questions. Exactly why the change in skin pigmentation occurred when it did is unclear, while the speed at which natural selection took place was much faster than typically expected.

For more information: http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2015/10/10/016477

A french look at Trump

Meme dates from primaries. Alas...a pious wish

Road accident victims heading White House

Wall not meant to prevent Mexicans from entering, but to prevent Americans from getting out

Sh*tty Christmas gifts we would love to get rid of

Creationism (edited)

I did not mean to post anything specious.

I'm not a native English speaker. I might not understand or see some subtleties.

My understanding of this meme :

Trump and his Administration are not doing much, people are hired and fired almost everyday, each day or so, a new scandal appears, and so on...It looks more like as a ghost organisation rather than a serious Administration that cares about the citizens needs.
Trump constantly claiming he will create jobs but still have done nothing, the meme seemed to me being pertinent.

Why is it specious? What did I miss?

I will delete it if I went wrong.

For all those I have offended, please accept my apologies.

Et si nous faisions un tour du monde a la decouverte de ces inenarrables extrmistes?

Ca n'a rien d'une denrée américano-américaine exclusive. Loin s'en faut !

Les abrutis ont en commun la faculté de "s'épanouir" sous tous les climats, dans toutes les langues, cultures ou religions...comme les mauvaises herbes en somme. Ca se contente de peu, voire presque rien quand il s'agit de s'instruire. En fait, l'instruction, c'est leur kryptonite...

Allez, ouvrons le bal :

Marine Le Pen qui manifestement s'y connait mieux en relookage "dédiab" qu'en français.

Dilem, un caricaturiste algérien très talentueux :

Bon, là je donne ma langue aux chats, je ne sais pas trop d'où ça vient, les caractères n'étant pas latins. Mais il est assez mignon dans le style "brainless in disguise"

Incroyable ! Y'en a même kisson très culturationnés , ouaip, ils savent que la Suède existe et quel humour, quel finesse

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