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    Ethics Is it better to set your own moral rules than to follow religious ones?

    Although I am an atheist, I have only one rule and its corollary: Don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you, and do to others what you do want them to do to you. The first part is basically says do no harm, the second is help others and improve your community.
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    The only other option, other than the models are faulty is that the R1a and I2a haplogroup people were very close genetically to the classical steppe people.
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    It's like they were a lot of Balkan women and very few Slav men.
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    I am still "bothered" that we have such good fits with Anatolian farmers+Steppe+Iran for modern Greek populations. It is as if the slavic migration+Vlah+Arvanite migrations never happened. It is as if the Slav migration was almost exclusively men driven since we have Y-DNA evidence that it...
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    Can you provide us a source for Ancient Macedonians' admix?
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    The other thing that needs to be taken into account is that the Sclavinae settlements were dispersed during Justinian II's reign and resettled in Cappadocia. Follow up efforts by Empress Irene to reconquer Western Peloponnese were fruitful but it was during Nicephorus reign that the last remnant...
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    Comparing modern Greek/Balkan populations to Classical/Hellenistic sample from Macedonia.

    See, very good fit with no Slavic admix, history be damned!😎
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    Neolithic Refuge and Continuity in Transylvania

    I think the ones that were not enslaved were dispersed throughout the empire. The Romans were pretty brutal like that. They did it to the Carthagenians also.
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    Politics How comes that several developed countries still do not required voters to show a photo ID?

    Voters in NY get automatically registered when they obtain a drivers license or any kind of photo ID. They then can vote without presenting a photoID by obtaining a provisional ballot which can then be counted if they go to the vote registrar's office with any valid id such as: Current and...
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    Politics How comes that several developed countries still do not required voters to show a photo ID?

    I am not sure about that US map. I know that Florida requires a photo ID to vote. I should know, I live there.
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    Pompei, capsula del tempo dell'Impero Romano: analisi paleogenomica dei resti umani rinvenuti nell'antica città

    I think eye color is a bit more complicated than people only looking at DNA assume. For example all the sites that I have submitted my DNA to think that I should have grey eyes, the same as my father and younger sister. I have dark chocolate eyes like my mother and other sister. So unless these...
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    Society The housing crisis fuelled by immigration and gentrification

    Today I heard an interview with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and part of the interview dealt with immigration. Canada has done a wonderful job dealing with immigration recognizing that seasonal labor (farm and construction) is needed and organized an orderly process to satisfy that demand. He...
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    Genetic study The Genetic Origin of the Indo-Europeans

    From the illustrativeDNA discussion group, 2.179 Cypriot Greek 2.605 Dodecanese Greek 2.716 Anatolian Greek (Konya) 2.890 Anatolian Greek (Kayseri) 3.291 Anatolian Greek (Niğde) 3.475 Cypriot Turk 3.785 Romaniote Jew 3.958 Cretan Greek 4.181 Sephardic Jew 4.223 Cretan Turk Hybrids...
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    Genetic study The Genetic Origin of the Indo-Europeans

    Right now the Phrygian/Brygian branch is supposedly through Yamnaya>Southwest Balkans>Anatolia. What if it actually went the other way, Yamnaya>South Caucasus>Anatolia>Southwest Balkans with the main body settling in central Anatolia and a smaller one migrating to between the Macedonians and the...
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    Society The housing crisis fuelled by immigration and gentrification

    I think that gentrification, air B&B's and investment companies that are buying the houses to rent them out are the main drivers in the US. Where I live there is a limit to how far people can commute to downtown Tampa. There is no commuter trains although there is an elementary bus network. So...
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    Immigration Sweden or how to destroy a country through poor immigration policy

    From what my Greek/Swedish immigrant friends tell me, not all is what it seems in Sweden. Now I don't have the statistics to back their empirical observations but there is increased crimes committed by autochthonous Swedes and immigrants from Eastern Europeans associated with the drug trade...
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    Religion Why are there still Christians?

    I think Christianity made a mess of the whole trinity dogma. So many different points of contention around the trinity. People need something simple like one god like the Jewish or Muslim God. I mean 100 years after the start of Christianity the Orthodox and the Catholics were arguing about...
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    Palestinian Dabke Dance

    Now I am not going to take sides in the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. What attracted my interest is a marvelous Palestinian Dabke dance group performing in Dearborn, Michigan: Enjoy!
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    K12b aDNA (Dodecad K12b)

    I am surprised at the closeness between Italians and Croatians samples. What is the explanation? Western Balkanites migrating to Italy during the Slav migrations or maybe pre-slavic inhabitants in Croatia were close to Italians and were not autosomally affected by the Slavs, they just adopted...
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