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Link to Nigeria

Years ago, at the very beginning of my "journeys into cyberspace", I was quite careless with my e-mail address. As a result I became the target of junk-mails, spam-mails and what you have. Meanwhile I've got a powerful firewall and filter which kicks all of them into killfile-oblivion. Only two categories of junk-mails still manage to sneak through: A heap of advertisement from Korea (Which I can't even read -- the bot ignores the most obvious of all 'cultural borders', the language-barrier-reef. 'Cause of that those advertisements vanish into oblivion, too.) and mails from Nigeria which promise midean fortunes to me ... and others. My poor old e-mail address (which I still keep for nostalgia's sake and as a default-option) has fallen prey to the Nigerian-Connection's search-bot.

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Guatemala-exhibition in VIENNA

i d like to inform all viennese ants about this exhibition


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Once upon a time in the Atacama desert

Prehistoric research in Chile's Atacama-desert sheds new light on the origins of the Americas' first population.

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Witch Trials in Massachusetts

Salon about some famous and heavy witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692. Interesting is the fact, that a whole city falls in some kind of paranoia.

A interesting assumption is, that the english wars against indian tribes in this region are responsible for the afraid mood in this time: "Norton (...) offers the theory that the Trials were a displaced response to the trauma of the Indian Wars on the frontiers of the British settlements in New England. She traces the connections the various participants had to Maine, the location of some especially bloody conflicts with the Wabanaki tribes and their French allies. Today, knowing as we do that the Indians would ultimately lose everything, it's easy to forget how fragile those early British settlements felt to their residents, especially in 1692, when it seemed that the Indians and French were enjoying "continued and seemingly unstoppable successes," and the Indians were boasting that they'd soon have the continent to themselves again."

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