Monday, October 15, 2018

 

Elizabeth Warren's Latest 'I'm an Indian' Salvo

The mainstream media is abuzz about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) latest salvo in her battle to validate her claim to American Indian ancestry. Out of curiosity, I had a look at the report Warren commissioned from a "famous geneticist".

A few things that I haven't seen discussed in the mainstream media stand out to me. First, the Bustamante report has no discussion about how it was verified that Warren provided the sample that was tested and how the chain of custody was maintained and verified.

Second, it is curious that Bustamante does not more specifically identify the segments he used to conclude that the results of Warren's test "strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor". He merely speaks of "five genetic segments", averaging 5.8 centiMorgans long (with the longest being on chromosome 10). Bustamante says the entire human genome is 3,595 centiMorgans long.

Finally, check out the image below from the Bustamante report. Notice anything major missing?


If your answer was "only the most populous continent on earth" then you get a gold star. Yes, Asia is missing, and since most geneticists believe American Indians descend mainly from early Asian immigrants to the Americas then inquiring minds wonder what that scatterplot would look like if Asians had been included. And how did Bustamante decide that the "five segments" in Warren's putative DNA aren't from long ago admixture with an Asian ancestor—a Hun or Magyar, perhaps?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

 

Classic Caldwell


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Even More Country Music




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Let's not talk about that, shall we?



It's 1987 and Rep. Brooks (D-TX) asks Lt. Col. Oliver North about Garden Plot, REX 84, etc. and, boy, is Ollie miffed. Sen. Inouye (D-HI) stops that line of questioning and the mainstream media, for the most part, dutifully ignore the story. And the American public, for the most part, dutifully stay asleep. As far as I can tell Brooks never again bucked the powers that be on the subject.

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Yes, they're playing a harpejji



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Don't let this happen to you


According to the findings of a 2014 poll by the Pew Research Center: "consistent liberals ... are the most likely to stop talking to or being friends with someone because of politics".

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Dolly Parton are "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"



I think the sound quality is better here.

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If this doesn't make you smile ...


... then your smiler might be broken.

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"Known" & "Bleed the Same"



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"Front Line" By Stevie Wonder


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