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Frontiersman, November 2010
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Survival Bottlenecks and Ockham's Razor
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI've seen several documentaries that report various theories about our ancestors.  One program reported that, 140,000 years ago, there was a survival bottleneck that was caused by environmental changes in what we now call Africa.  Reportedly, at that time the entire human population of the world dropped to 600 breeding pairs of people.  Scientists claim that they were all in Africa.  Another program reported that, about 70,000 years ago, after the Toba eruption near what we now call Sumatra, there was another survival bottleneck for humans.  Reportedly, the entire human population of the world at that time included no more than 5,000 breeding-aged women.  Again, scientists claim that the survivors were in Africa.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSuch claims of survival bottlenecks among our ancestors are based on studies of human DNA.  Such survival bottlenecks have reportedly caused humans to have a very small amount of genetic diversity, as compared to other species.  The scientists claim that we're all 99.9% genetically identical.  By contrast, they claim that other primates have as much as ten times more genetic diversity than we do.  That's very peculiar.  I'm not aware of any explanation by the scientists of why environmental changes that reportedly threatened our ancestors with extinction, at least twice, weren't a problem for other primates that were living in the same geographical regions.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo, every 70,000 years or so, humans reportedly go through a survival bottleneck.  Why are there survivors only in Africa?  If the bottlenecks are caused by environmental conditions in that part of the world then, after all of the many human migrations out of Africa, why don't humans survive elsewhere?  Why aren't other African primate species similarly affected?  Scientists appear to have accepted without question that ancient Africa was the cradle of human survival.  There's a big world outside of Africa.  People ought to have survived elsewhere besides Africa.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMaybe there weren't any bottlenecks at all.  Near extinction of humans isn't the only possible explanation for the small number of our ancestors.  In fact, the balance of the human population at the time need not have died at all.  Maybe 140,000 years ago, 600 pairs of people were selected from the human population and subjected to genetic modifications.  Maybe their descendants were incapable of interbreeding with people in the main population.  Maybe 70,000 years later, something similar happened to 5,000 women who were selected from the descendants of the first group.  Maybe those people are our ancestors and their descendants, being unable to successfully breed with the main population, gradually replaced it.  The genetic result would be the same as if a bottleneck had occurred and everybody else had died.  Here's another consideration.  The recurring origination of other human species or subspecies only in the region that we now call Africa suggests that other groups besides our ancestors, only in that region, might also have been modified but that those other modified groups didn't persist.  Only ours did.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhat could cause such genetic changes and cause them only in Africa?  Maybe the aliens have a facility somewhere in Africa, periodically reactivate it, and conduct genetic modifications of humans.  It's as good an explanation of the observed results as climatic changes and volcanic eruptions.  That is, in either case we'd have the same number of ancestors at that time, and they'd all be in Africa.  In that regard, I recommend my ninth Ravings essay, Born to Rave.  Here's another important point to consider.  It's happened to our ancestors at least twice, and maybe more times than that.  It seems to happen about every 70,000 years.  It's been about 70,000 years since it most recently happened.  There have been a lot of alien sightings lately.  It might be time for it to happen again.  As December 21, 2012 approaches, watch Africa to see if we're scheduled for replacement.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


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Neoanderthals
Sam Aurelius Milam III 
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't have much confidence in the ability of scientists to arrive at correct conclusions.  One of their most deplorable failures is their attitude toward a lack of evidence.  That is, a scientist will absolutely refuse to consider the existence of something unless there's actual evidence of its existence.  It's an idiotic attitude.  A lack of any evidence is merely inconclusive.  It doesn't prove or disprove anything.  Consider that, because of the apparent lack of any fossils for the past 65 million years, scientists believed that Coelacanths were extinct.  In fact, Coelacanths remain alive to this day.  Sadly, too many scientific conclusions are based on false assumptions, preconceived notions, educational blinders,1 and excessive concerns for reputations and careers.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBack in September, I took a little break and watched my recording of Clash of the Cavemen.  I paid special attention to the speculations about the behavior of the Neanderthals and their adaptations to the slowly encroaching Cro Magnons.  The scientists speculated that the Neanderthals were gradually driven into marginal habitat, their numbers were reduced, and they eventually became extinct.  The scientists claimed that the process took about 5,000 years.  If they're right (and such a thing must occasionally happen, if only by chance), then the interaction between the Neanderthals and the Cro Magnons lasted longer than the entire known, recorded history of the human race.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageA lot of things can happen in 5,000 years.  If you've been paying attention to Life After People, then you'll understand that, after only a few hundred years, much of the evidence of even an advanced technology will disappear.  After a few thousand years, little will remain beyond chunks of stone, fragments of bones, and bits of ceramics.  The Cro Magnons were every bit as intelligent and inventive then as we are now.  Presumably, the Neanderthals were similarly intelligent.  Their brains were actually larger than those of the Cro Magnons.  In 5,000 years, we've gone from stone arrowheads to spacecraft.  Why wouldn't they do the same kind of thing in the same span of time?  Why would any scientist conclude that the lack of any remaining evidence, after 30,000-years, proves the lack of any such activity by the Neanderthals and the Cro Magnons?  The Neanderthals and the Cro Magnons had plenty of time to develop technologies similar to ours.  There has been plenty of time, since then, for all evidence of such technologies to vanish.  To conclude that nothing more than a lack of evidence proves the lack of any such past technologies is about what I've come to expect from scientists.  Sometimes, I wonder if the scientists can think at all.  They actually wonder if the Neanderthals could talk.  It's been only 30,000 years.  In terms of human society, that's a long time.  In terms of human evolution, it's the blink of an eye.  The Cro Magnons reportedly had the same kind of tongues, teeth, palates, throats, and larynxes as we do.  The Neanderthals were similarly equipped, with only minor variations.  Their FOXP2 gene was reportedly identical to ours today.  Why would such organs, structures, and genes arise except through a previous and long evolutionary process of being used?  Of course the Neanderthals could talk.  They could probably sing.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe two groups of people lived together on the European continent for 5,000 years.  Did they interbreed?  You can be sure that at least they tried.  Whether or not they produced viable and fertile children can be debated.  My opinion is that they did and that the Neanderthals didn't become extinct.  Instead, they merged into the Cro Magnon population.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHere's another possibility.  The scientists claim that the Neanderthals were reduced in number and driven into marginal habitat.  If so, then they would have been driven ahead of the Cro Magnons, wherever the Cro Magnons went, all around the world.  They would have learned to stay out of sight.  In that case, their extinction becomes a matter of speculation.  The lack of a fossil since 25,000 or so years ago doesn't prove the extinction of the Neanderthals.  Maybe they're not extinct but merely furtive.  Maybe we still get glimpses of them in various places around the world.  It's as good an explanation as any for Bigfoot, Yeti, Yeren, and Mono Grande.2  It's more credible than the scientists' thoughtless denials of the existence of either Bigfoot or the Neanderthals.  Maybe we're not alone.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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A colleague of mine commented that scientists undergo irreversible brain damage in college.
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I was going to include vice cops and network censors in the list but it occurred to me that to do so might be unnecessarily insulting to the Neanderthals.

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Prune the Tree, Not the Fruit
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTake a careful look around.  As my brother used to say, "Do a slow 360 with your eyes open."  Try it.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDo you see a nation where justice prevails, where courtesy, humility, integrity, and tolerance rule the land?  Do you see a country where people can travel freely without the supervision and regulation of a group of strutting, armed highway thugs, where they can work without the supervision and permission of a despotic central taxing authority?  Do you see a country where people respect and trust one another, and deal honestly with one another?  Do you see a place where children can play in the streets at night, where they come home from the schools with good educations?  Do you see a country where important events are reported completely and accurately by an intelligently directed and objective news service?  When you look around, do you perceive good or do you perceive evil?
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFor no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;  for each tree is known by its own fruit.  For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.  The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil;  for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
—Luke 6:43-45
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs my brother suggested, do a slow 360 with your eyes open.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMany people will regard the country as a good place.  They will believe what the government tells them.  They will accept the news as it is reported to them.  They will be happy to apply for every possible form of permit, license, or certificate before they can do any of the things that are necessary for survival.  They will happily submit to regulation and control.  The result isn't good.  The result is evil.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe result follows from the cause but the result isn't the problem.  The cause is the problem.  We cannot solve the problem by "voting the bastards out of office" or by declaring that "there ought to be a law".  Those are nothing more than childish manipulations of an evil result that follows from an evil cause.  We cannot solve the problem at the result.  We must solve the problem at the cause.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWe are the cause.  We have made the country what it is.  We cannot solve the problems in the country by making changes in the country.  We must solve the problems in the country by making changes within ourselves.  Here's an even more important truth.  I cannot make the changes in you and you cannot make the changes in me.  I must address my own deficiencies and you must address yours.  When each of us corrects his own deficiencies, when we each remove the evils within ourselves, then the evils in the nation will cease to exist.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun

Stray Thoughts
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageInarguable Truth — A so-called security check, whether it's at a school, at an airport, or anywhere else, represents a presumption of guilt.  It's a requirement that a person must attempt to prove his own innocence.  It's a requirement that a person must provide information that might be used against him.  Those are three good reasons to refuse to cooperate with the gestapo thugs at the so-called security checkpoints.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMisplaced Charity — Just because a person needs something doesn't necessarily mean that he also deserves it.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBrainwashing Machine — People ought to be ashamed of themselves for sending their children to the schools.  Brainwashing in the schools is a form of child abuse.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun

A White Man's Notes
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageGender Inequality — Why aren't nagging and crying regarded as forms of domestic abuse of men or, at least, as extortion?10x5 Page Background GIF ImageMale Symbol

Old Timers' Lore
Overheard by Sam Aurelius Milam III 
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOn the Road Again — If the road kill ain't flat yet, then you can still cook it.  If it's flat, then make jerky.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

Kids Are Quick
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Sir Donald the Elusive.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTeacher:  Winnie, name one important thing that we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWinnie:  Me!10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol


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Frontiersman 
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You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you afraid.
—Thursday, October 1, 1992
Milam's Notes
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Acknowledgments
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy thanks to the following:  SantaClara Bob;  Lady Jan the Voluptuous;  my mother;  Dewey and Betty;  and Eric, of Ione, California. 
— editor
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Court Quotes
From Humor in the Court and More Humor in the Court, by Mary Louise Gilman, editor of the National Shorthand Reporter.  Forwarded by Don G.
Q:Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition that I sent to your attorney? 
A:No, this is how I dress when I go to work.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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Observations
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by David, of Idaho Falls, Idaho 
•A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
•All generalizations are false.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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Funny Questions and Answers 
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by David, of Idaho Falls, Idaho 
Q:What's the difference between the Pope and your boss? 
A:The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring. 
Q:How is a government worker like a shotgun with a broken firing pin? 
A:It won't work and you can't fire it.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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Funny Statements 
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by David, of Idaho Falls, Idaho 
•My mind works like lightning.  One brilliant flash and it's gone. 
•Never trust a stockbroker who's married to a travel agent. 
•The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

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