Kneeling decapitated skeleton found in 'sacrificial pit' is eerie evidence of brutal ancient Chinese ritual

AN ANCIENT decapitated skeleton buried in an kneeling position has been discovered in central China.

Archaeologists think it could be evidence of a particular sacrificial practice that is mentioned in Chinese scriptures.

The skeleton was found in the Chaizhuang archaeological site in Jiyuan, near China’s Henan province.

This is according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Previous excavations at the site have revealed houses, wells, stoves, roads, tombs and more.

They all date back to the Shang Dynasty, which ruled in China from around 1600 BC to 1046 BC.

Pottery, jewellery, seafood and even evidence of ancient fireworks has reportedly been found there.

Excavations have been occurring at the Chaizhuang site since 2019.

The recent sacrificial burial discovery was made by archaeologists from the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology and the Jiyuan Municipal Cultural Relics Team.

The pit containing the decapitated victim is thought to be evidence of important social and spiritual customs during the Shang Dynasty.

The skeletons body was facing north with its arms folded in front and its hand clasped together.

It's in keeping with descriptions in ancient Chinese scriptures of sacrificed people being buried in an upright position.

An "oracle bone" found at a different Chinese site has ancient Chinese writing etched onto it that describes these practices.

A fragment of an oracle bone was also found at the Chaizhuang site and it contained a symbol thought to represent the practice of sacrificing people or livestock in pits.

The ancient script referring to a sacrifice is known as "Kan".

Liang Fawei, leader of the Chaizhuang site excavation project, told Xinhua that they found a "well-preserved human bone [that's] shaped like the oracle bone inscription of the character ‘Kan'."

However, despite scripture referring to upright burials, most sacrificed skeletons from this period have been found lying down.

This is why the new discovery is so important for piecing together ancient Chinese ritual practices.

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And, a mysterious ring of mammoth bones built by our ancient ancestors has left scientists puzzled.

What do you make of this ritual skeleton discovery? Let us know in the comments…

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Facebook removing events that defy coronavirus social distancing guidelines

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Facebook will remove posts and other content that encourage people to gather in defiance of government health guidelines.

"Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson said. "For this same reason, events that defy government's guidance on social distancing aren't allowed on Facebook."

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The statement comes as some groups have used Facebook events to organize rallies against shelter-in-place orders.

CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reported on Monday that Facebook said it was trying to get answers from New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania about planned protests possibly breaking social distancing guidelines. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services told FOX Business that no communications with Facebook had been receieved or initiated.

Protesters rally at the Tennessee state capitol to speak out against the state’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak Sunday, April 19, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A spokesperson for the Ohio governor told FOX Business that his office shared the following response with Facebook: "The Governor values the First Amendment and asks that protesters practice social distancing by standing at least 6 feet apart."

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The social media giant's decision comes as lockdown protesters throughout the U.S. have gathered in state capitals over the past week. Some demonstrators have ignored social distancing while others remain in their cars to avoid spreading the virus. Photos showed that many #FreeTN rallygoers in Nashville did not stay stay six feet apart on Sunday.

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"We encouraged everyone to take precautions. … We encouraged masks and distancing for those who wanted it, riding in cars for those who wanted it, but we were not going to force anything on anyone," #FreeTN organizer Kimberly Edwards told FOX Business.

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Twitter back after mystery 'over capacity' error left thousands unable to log on

A MYSTERIOUS Twitter outage left many users unable to log on and check their feeds earlier today – but is now resolved.

The website appears to have stopped working on Monday, with an error message about the site being "over capacity" appearing.

Twitter down – what's happened?

According to outage tracker Down Detector, thousands of users have complained about Twitter today.

That likely means many more users were affected – as Down Detector only logs people who hit the "report" button on its website.

A live tracker map suggests that Twitter was having issues around the world, including the UK, Europe and USA.

The Sun has confirmed that users were experiencing an error page that reads: "Twitter is over capacity."

Reports of the issue began appearing at around 3pm London time / 10am New York time, but subsided around one hour later.

Twitter not working – what are people saying?

It's not clear how many users were affected, but the number is likely to be large.

According to Down Detector, the issue is affecting the website, as well as the iOS and Android apps.

The Twitter feed was failing to load for some users, and the search function also appeared to be experiencing issues.

Twitter not loading – is there an official response?

The Twitter Status page wasn't reporting any issues.

And it says that there weren't any problems on Monday, April 20.

We've asked Twitter for comment and will update this story with any response.

In other news, Twitter is testing vanishing tweets called Fleets.

WhatsApp’s new dark mode branded ‘ugly' and 'gross’ by furious users.

And Instagram has finally added Direct Messages to desktop.

Have you experienced any issues with Twitter today? Let us know in the comments!

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Fired Amazon workers spearhead coronavirus response 'sick out'

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Two fired Amazon employees are organizing a "sick out" for tech workers on Friday and are asking the company's warehouse employees to share about conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic on a livestream that day.

Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, both members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, lost their jobs last week after AECJ created an online meeting invitation for a discussion about warehouse conditions, the group said.

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"We support every employee's right to criticize their employer's working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies," an Amazon spokesperson said. "We terminated these employees for repeatedly violating internal policies."

In 2019, AECJ pushed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to sign a corporate climate pledge to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years early. The group has since said the pledge is not enough.

Amazon employees hold a protest and walkout over conditions at the company’s Staten Island distribution facility on March 30, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Cunningham and Costa were user-experience designers who worked in Seattle, according to Reuters. AECJ's focus on warehouse workers came after Amazon took heat for firing Chris Smalls, a New York warehouse employee who staged a small walkout. Amazon said Smalls lost his job for repeatedly violating paid quarantine.

"Amazon must not be allowed to censor internal conversations between employees," AECJ said in a post. "We are outraged that Amazon deleted a meeting invitation to prevent us from talking with our own coworkers about their working conditions. What is Amazon so afraid of?"

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AECJ's list of demands includes reinstating workers fired "based on selective enforcement," publicly disclosing how the company tracks and reports coronavirus cases and reaching zero emissions by 2030.

Other companies including Instacart and General Electric have faced contractor or employee action in the wake of coronavirus.

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Elon Musk promises 'all-American' SpaceX trip to orbit next month with first astronaut launch from US soil in a decade

NASA astronauts will launch into space from US soil next month for the first time in nearly a decade.

The agency's top boss confirmed on Friday that billionaire Elon Musk's space company, SpaceX, will send two astronauts to the International Space Station aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on May 27.

The historic flight will mark the California company's first mission carrying humans aboard.

"BREAKING: On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!" Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter.

The US space agency had previously said the mission, in which Nasa astronauts Bob Behnken, 48, and Doug Hurley, 52 will ride SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to the space station, would launch sometime in May.

As with most high-profile missions, the new date could slip.

If all goes as planned, the mission would mark the first time Nasa launches its astronauts from US soil since the 2011 retirement of the space shuttle.

The space agency has since relied on Russia's space program to ferry astronauts to the space station.

A decade in the making, next month's mission is the final test for Crew Dragon before regularly flying humans for Nasa under its Commercial Crew Program, a public-private initiative.

Boeing is developing its competing Starliner astronaut taxi as the agency's second ride to space.


The agency is mulling whether to extend Behnken and Hurley's stay aboard the space station from a week as originally planned to up to six months in order to ensure US astronauts are staffed on the station continuously.

Timelines for the crew program have been pushed back by years, with the first crew launch originally slated for early 2017.

Only three countries have launched people into orbit since 1961: Russia, the U.S. and China, in that order.

SpaceX would be the first company.

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  • It is made up of many pieces, which astronauts had to send up individually on rockets and put together from 1998 to 2000
  • Ever since the year 2000, people have lived on the ISS
  • Nasa uses the station to learn about living and working in space
  • It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet just like a satellite
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SpaceX successfully conducted its first test flight of a Dragon crew capsule a year ago, sending the capsule minus a crew to the space station.

The returned capsule was accidentally destroyed during ground testing at Cape Canaveral, further delaying the astronaut launch.

SpaceX has been using Falcon 9 rockets to launch cargo to the space station in the company's original Dragon capsules since 2012.

The company plans to regularly send astronauts to the ISS and eventually carry humans to the Moon and Mars.

In other news, Musk recently unveiled SpaceX's new Starship rocket designed for private trips to the Moon and Mars.

An amazing SpaceX video recently revealed how the company will one day fire astronauts to the ISS.

SpaceX apparently wants the US Army to use the 18,000 mile-an-hour spacecraft to transport troops & supplies across the planet in "minutes".

Are you excited for more space launches from US soil? Let us know in the comments!

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Piers Morgan Says Trump Is Failing America With Self-Serving Briefings

Long-time Donald Trump chum and supporter Piers Morgan lashed out at the president on Sunday for failing America amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Morgan, who won Trump’s reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2007, said he’s been watching the president’s daily press briefings on the pandemic with mounting horror.

“All that’s required from the president in those moments, and any world leader, frankly, is they’ve got to be calm, they’ve got to show authority, they have to be honest, they have to be accurate, entirely factual with what they’re telling the people and they have to have an ability to show empathy,” Morgan told Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“On almost every level of that, Donald Trump at the moment is failing the American people,” he added.

Morgan said it seemed as if Trump believes it’s more important to win the election in November than defeat the outbreak.

“No, it’s not, Donald Trump,” Morgan said. “What is more important right now is saving American lives.”

Morgan also said the tricks that populist leaders like Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used to get elected don’t work in a crisis.

“It’s not about partisan politics anymore,” he said. “It’s about plain war crisis leadership.”

Check out the entire interview in the video above.

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Sycophant Senator Touts Trump's Non-Existent Psychic Powers

Republican from South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said that President Trump saw into the future while making his State of the Union speech on February 4 and claimed Trump referenced the coming financial collapse that would eventually hit America because of the coronavirus.

“I think during his State of the Union speech when he was talking about the great American comeback, he was talking foreshadowing the necessity of a v-shaped recovery coming out of this virus before we even knew about a virus,” Scott told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning.

Scott, of course, has zero evidence that Trump thought, or could have imagined any such thing — especially when he did everything he could to downplay it. But that didn’t stop Scott from making the claim, especially on a show with a host like Bartiromo, who is also a big supporter of the president. Though Bartiromo did seem taken aback a bit by Scott’s ridiculous remark when she immediately reacted with a “huh.”

A quick search of the president’s SOTU speech transcript shows only one mention of the virus, where Trump spoke about working closely with China on safety and health matters. No mention of economics was made whatsoever.

Scott’s performance today is right in line with the Dear Leader-esque treatment Trump receives from cabinet members and supporters in Congress alike. So it should have been predictable that someone would eventually add psychic ability to the long list of the president’s supposed characteristics.

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Turkey Extends Virus Quarantine in Cities for Another 15 Days

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Turkey’s government extended quarantine measures in major cities for another 15 days as the spread of the coronavirus shows signs of slowing.

The rules — first announced in early April — apply to Istanbul, which has the bulk of reported cases, and 30 other cities. Daily confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 4.8% on Saturday, compared with a 12% increase 10 days earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Health Ministry data.

Turkey reported another 121 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, raising the total to 1,890, while the number of intensive-care patients increased to 1,894, the highest yet. Of 40,520 people screened for the virus over the past 24 hours, 4,353 tested positive for virus. The number of people on ventilators rose by 40 to 1,054.

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Trump Assails Democrats in a Series of Tweets

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain about Senate Democrats for what he said was their attitude on a call with Vice President Mike Pence about the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nothing that anyone could have said, including ‘it’s over,’ could have made them happy, or even a little bit satisfied,” Trump said, without offering evidence. “They were RUDE and NASTY.”

Pence, who’s spending Saturday attending the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado, hasn’t provided a readout of the call, which took place Friday afternoon, and neither have the Democratic lawmakers.

The president will hold a press briefing Saturday evening, he announced on Twitter, after the White House earlier said Trump had no public events for the day.

Trump is likely to continue pressing individual states and their governors to quickly open their economies and lift social-distancing measures put in place over the past month to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Trump cited several states, including Montana and Utah, as being close to safe to reopen, and said that 29 states will be able to reopen “relatively soon.”

He followed up Friday morning, tweeting that Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia, should “liberate” themselves in an apparent criticism of stay-at-home orders in the states, which all have Democratic governors.

A smattering of protests have sprung up this week by conservative activists in Michigan, Ohio and other states, fueled by demands that the strictest measures taken at curbing the spread of Covid-19 be eased.

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U.S. judge blocks Twitter's bid to reveal government surveillance requests

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Twitter will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the U.S. government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm national security after a nearly six-year long legal battle.

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The social media company had sued the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014 to be allowed to reveal, as part of its “Draft Transparency Report”, the surveillance requests it received. It argued its free-speech rights were being violated by not being allowed to reveal the details.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss Twitter’s lawsuit in an eleven-page order filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California.

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The judge ruled on Friday that granting Twitter’s request “would be likely to lead to grave or imminent harm to the national security.”

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“The Government’s motion for summary judgment is GRANTED and Twitter’s motion for summary judgment is DENIED,” the judge said in her order.

Twitter had sued the Justice Department in its battle with federal agencies as the internet industry’s self-described champion of free speech seeking the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance.

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The lawsuit had followed months of fruitless negotiations with the government and had marked an escalation in the internet industry’s battle over government gag orders on the nature and number of requests for private user information.

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Tech companies were seeking to clarify their relationships with U.S. law enforcement and spying agencies in the wake of revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that outlined the depth of U.S. spying capabilities.

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Twitter’s legal battle spanned the tenures of four U.S. attorneys general — Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Jeff Sessions and William Barr.

Through the use of confidential declarations, the Justice Department was able to show that revealing the exact number of national security letters from 2014, as requested by Twitter, posed a risk to national security, Friday’s order said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

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