Saturday Morning Links

1. Ever heard of Cantabria? Me neither. It is a historical autonomous community in Spain and belongs to “Green Spain”, as it sits between the Bay of Biscay, the Basque province of Biscay, the principality of Asturias, and the Cantabrian Sea. That all sounds like a fairy tale description.

Photo by Mathew MacQuarrie on Unsplash

2. Ever heard of the Azores? Well, yes, you have, especially if you’ve been reading in December of 2020, and last time I just had really great photo, but this time there’s a video, which is dubbed, but it is fantastic in terms of knowing exactly what you are looking at in terms of the island. It looks just amazing.

3. Speaking of getting to know a place through video and I long to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Youssouf, but until that day does happen, I just get this. The best part is that you get to meet the people to an extent and if you ever wonder if people across the world are normal and humans, they are. We’re all pulling together. I don’t know who any of these people are, but I found the words of Fredy, but be pretty terrific.

1. Put God first in your life.
2. Work as hard as you can.
3. Be a blessing to somebody.

4. A new theory on who were the first people in North American, via The Atlantic:

In 1979, the Canadian archaeologist Knut Fladmark proposed that before the inland corridor opened for the Clovis people, humans traveled along the west coast of the Americas on small watercraft. According to Fladmark, the first Americans were not the storied big-game hunters of popular culture. They were skilled mariners who Braje thinks might have gorged themselves on otters, shellfish, and strips of campfire-dried seaweed.

Fladmark’s theory remained a fringe position for decades, but in 1997 scientists gave it a second look after archaeologists excavated Monte Verde, a coastal site that is roughly 14,500 years old—a full 1,000 years more ancient than any Clovis site. Its former inhabitants did not appear to be big-game hunters. They did, however, collect nine different types of seaweed. Strangest of all, Monte Verde is in Chile. If people were living down there 14,500 years ago, their ancestors probably began their southward trip from Beringia, the region connecting Siberia, Alaska, and the Yukon, well before the Clovis people speared their first American mastodon. And along the way, they may have stopped in the Channel Islands.

5. Via The Jerusalem Post, an ancient weight used by a scammer in First Temple era of Jerusalem.

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