1. Mungo man
The real story is more complex than that SBS piece.
A 2001 study looked at Mungo man DNA and concluded:
- that Aboriginal origins were the result of two independent migrations, one of which was from a population whose origins were firmly linked with ancient Java (Indonesia).
It hadn’t said exactly that modern Aborigines were not the true First Peoples of Australia, but that’s the way it was taken by some, as per the front page of The Australian at the time.
Now superior DNA technology has established that Mungo man was from the same mob as modern Aborigines and refutes the earlier suggestion that another extinct lineage of people predated Aboriginal Australians.
- The archaeology and the genetics provide very strong evidence that our First People have been here over the past 50,000 years. This was long before people first arrived in Europe.
Scientists think a humungous ape may have lived in the forests of Asia from 2 million years ago, and possibly rubbed shoulders with Homo erectus for a million years after they arrived 1.7 million years ago.
This whopper, called Gigantopithecus is thought to have been up to 3.5 metres tall and weighed around 540kg. This gives you some idea:
Scientists are not entirely sure, because we only have lots of teeth and four jawbone bits. It could have been something like the panda. Apparently the ancestor of the porcupines likes to drag off bits of bones and chew them up because they needed the calcium to to make their quills.
It’s possible that Homo erectus out-competed or killed Gigantopithecus. Human species can be like that.
3. Hillary Clinton is a thing
Here’s a mob who don’t like her. They sound like she’s the worst.
But what if Trump is the only alternative? It should take Hillary haters a nanosecond to decide that one, but this is the United States. Anything can happen!
Any way Obama says, “I’m with her”, declaring “I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary”.
Obama had a chat to young Bernie:
- Emerging from the White House after a meeting with Obama that lasted more than an hour, Sanders warned that a Trump presidency would be a “disaster” and that he would “work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.”
“I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%,” Sanders told reporters.
4. Rousing farewell to Muhammad Ali
When I was young there was an American boxer called Cassius Clay who I thought of as a loud-mouthed braggard, who could fight a bit. I remember him when interviewed by David Frost looking as though he was going to punch Frost’s lights out. Admittedly David Frost could be quite annoying.
Then when he refused to go to Vietnam I thought he probably didn’t like being shot at, which was understandable. Then he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became a Muslim. I thought he’d lost the plot entirely, but he could still fight a bit. Three times heavyweight champion, won 56 of 61 fights, and 31 straight until beaten by Joe Frazier.
I believe when someone was doing a poll for the sportsman of the 20th century Ali got more votes than everyone else put together. And I was wrong about him, he was a genuine man of peace, inclusive religiously, a humanitarian and a figure of cultural significance.
Anyway he was given a rousing farewell in a manner I believe he planned himself.
In later life he took an interest in Sufism which is “defined as the inner mystical dimension of Islam.”