Western Hunter-Gatherer facial reconstructions and media manipulation [Short post]

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Last night I was making the below image for a short article explaining why Western Hunter-Gatherers were not “black” (I will publish the longer version some other time).

I noticed that the Loschbour Man reconstruction video (https://youtu.be/2NJ6Ks9qwRQ?t=382) clearly uses different lighting on his skull versus his face, subtly darkening the image to the point that his features blend into the background. The difference is pretty subtle, but it’s definitely there.

Something similar was done to the La Brana Man facial reconstruction sketches used in the press release (https://phys.org/news/2014-01-spanish-hunter-gatherer-blue-eyes-dark.html). It looks like someone messed with the brightness/contrast levels and darkened the whole image. You can see that it looks pretty unnatural and grayed-out compared to the adjusted version below. Again, the difference is small but it’s definitely there. I’ve been photoshopping things for a long time, so it’s quite easy to spot these minor tweaks.

The same thing was done to…

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Know Your History: Now and Then – The Spanish Republic (Part 6, The Conspiracy)

Now and Then: The Spanish Republic (Part 6, The Conspiracy)

If you have not been reading this series, I highly urge you to take some time and jump into it.

The Spanish Civil War offers some very relevant lessons for our community.

Know Your Weapons: Nordic Cooperation – The Swedish M96 in Finnish Service

Nordic Cooperation: The Swedish M96 in Finnish Service

 

One of the significant foreign rifles in Finnish service during the Winter War and Continuation War was the Swedish M96 Mauser. These rifles began arriving in Finland even before Finland’s independence, and in 1919 the Civil Guard was given ownership of 1,390 of them. The numbers increased slowly through individual purchases by Finnish sport shooters and Civil Guardsmen in the 1920s, but it was in 1940 that Finland arrange the purchase of a large number. In total, 77,000 more M96 rifles were bought from Sweden during the Winter War, plus about 8,000 more brought and left in Finland by men of the Swedish Volunteer Corps.

About 30,000 of these rifles were returned to Sweden in mid 1940, with the remainder staying in Finnish inventory until the early 1950s. In both the Winter War and Continuation War they saw significant combat service, with the Swedish volunteers, with Finnish forces in northern Finland, and with Costal Infantry and Coastal Artillery units fighting in the south. When they were finally surplussed by Finland in the 50s, they were repurchased by Sweden, overhauled, and put back into service. The Finnish examples found today on the US collector market can be identified by their “SA” Finnish property stamps and (usually) Swedish single-screw stock disks.

9 Hole Reviews Taking the M96 to the 1000-Yard Range:

C&Rsenal History of the Swedish M94 Carbine:

C&Rsenal History of the Swedish M96 Rifle:

 

Crime Awareness: The Fourth Mafia

Pay or Burn: An Italian Mafia’s Message to Businesses

 

Contrary to popular belief, the “Mafia” in one form or another, is not dead in 21st Century Italy.

 

Know Your History: Paramilitary Organizations in Germany 1871-1945

 

This is a very well put together Thesis Paper (pdf) from 2014 on Paramilitary Organizations in Germany 1871-1945.

I would highly recommend you download this to a thumb drive for reference purposes.

Relevance: Understanding how a Well-Organized and Financed Paramilitary Group (ie Citizen Action Groups) can effect REAL CHANGE in the Political and Social Spectrum of a Nation.