My genetic origins, according to Ancestry.com DNA

Source: DNA Origins

Just for fun, and potential interest! My genetic origins, as analyzed by Ancestry.Com DNA. The upshot? I am indeed, as I have always known, a “Northwestern European mongrel”!

More Norwegian than I had thought, but that’s not really surprising, since the Norse invaded, traded, settled, and generally intermingled with folks in most if not all of my other regions…

Ancestry.com DNA – Updated Estimate:

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 57% (Decreased by 22%)

Ireland and Scotland 20% (Increased by 17%)

Germanic Europe (new) 10%

Norway 8%, Sweden 2% (Refined from: Scandinavia 6%)

Finland 2%

Baltic States 1%

Migrations

Mid-Atlantic States Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

• Delaware Valley Settlers

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Pennsylvania Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

• Susquehanna River Valley Settlers

Pennsylvania, Ohio & Indiana Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

One thing that’s abundantly clear: I am European, through and through. Ave Europa!

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Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

The saga of Elizabeth Warren demonstrates once again that the ugly new identity politics dominating the Left drives its own acolytes to radical dishonesty

Source: Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

Senator Elizabeth Warren – a woman I used to admire for her stance against corporate greed, before I realized just how radical she actually was, and who is currently attempting to position herself for a 2020 presidential campaign run – has long been pilloried in the conservative media (such of it as exists) and blogosphere as “Fauxahontas,” for her repeated portrayal of herself has having Cherokee blood: based, reportedly, on family oral history.

Now, I am an admirer of family oral histories as much as anyone, and more than some! But I am also aware of their limitations. Such accounts can be misremembered, misreported, change over time (remember the children’s game, “Telephone”…?), be “embellished” for a variety of reasons, or simply be in error. Now she has released a DNA test that may have done her more harm than good. As reported in the linked National Review article above,

“Irked at President Trump’s irreverence regarding her purported bloodline, Warren released the results of a DNA study done by Professor Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University. Those results showed that a Native American ancestor may have [emphasis added] existed in Warren’s family tree ‘in the range of 6–10 generations ago.’ This would make Warren somewhere between 1/64th Native American and 1/1024th Native American.”

Backlash has been predictable, and much of it has come from Native American sources. If the National Review is a conservative publication, the New York Times is not; a Times article published yesterday notes that “her announcement of the results angered many Native Americans, including the Cherokee Nation, the largest of the country’s three federally recognized Cherokee tribes,” and continues,

“DNA testing cannot show that Ms. Warren is Cherokee or any other tribe, the secretary of state of the Cherokee Nation, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said in a statement. Tribes set their own citizenship requirements, not to mention that DNA tests don’t distinguish among the numerous indigenous groups of North and South America. The test Ms. Warren took did not identify Cherokee ancestry specifically; it found that she most likely had at least one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago.”

The statement referred to above follows:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” [emphasis added]

There are dissenting voices, of course; but that sentiment seems to be pretty general. Continue reading “Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review”

Surgeon: More Trans People Requesting Sex Change Reversals (But No One’s Talking About It) | Intellectual Takeout

Surgeon: More People Requesting Sex Change Reversals (But No One's Talking About It)

The “world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon” is getting more and more requests to reverse sex change procedures.

Source: Surgeon: More Trans People Requesting Sex Change Reversals (But No One’s Talking About It) | Intellectual Takeout

So, any normal (!) person who reads the above headline and caption would logically conclude precisely what the author of this article, Michael Liccione, PhD, suggests:

“I have a theory. When trans people change their minds and want to detransition, that isn’t because they think they have ceased to be members of the sex they had transitioned to, and now believe they have returned to being members of the sex they had transitioned from.

“Rather, they have come to believe that they always have been members of their ‘natal sex,’ but came to mistakenly believe otherwise. In other words, they have come to believe they were suffering from ‘gender dysphoria,’ regret what they did in response to that disorder, and now want to return to a state as close to normalcy as they can achieve.”

This is probably not, to most of us, particularly radical or shocking (except for the sadness that such individuals actually underwent sex-change operations in the first place): most of us realize that most people, at some point or other (often in their preteen or teen years, but sometimes later), find themselves wondering what it would be like to be the opposite sex; and some even feel frustrations of various types at being the sex they actually are, physiologically and genetically. Continue reading “Surgeon: More Trans People Requesting Sex Change Reversals (But No One’s Talking About It) | Intellectual Takeout”

Ancient Egyptians more closely related to Europeans than modern Egyptians, scientists claim | The Independent

Scientists who managed to obtain full genome sequences of Ancient Egyptians for the first time have concluded the people of the pharaohs were more closely related to modern Europeans and inhabitants of the Near East rather than present-day Egyptians.

Source: Ancient Egyptians more closely related to Europeans than modern Egyptians, scientists claim | The Independent

The researchers, writing in the journal Nature Communications, admitted their sample “may not be representative for all of ancient Egypt.” Nevertheless, they concluded the mummified people were “distinct from modern Egyptians, and closer towards Near Eastern and European samples”.

“Our analyses reveal that ancient Egyptians shared more ancestry with Near Easterners than present-day Egyptians,” they wrote. And they added: “We find that ancient Egyptians are most closely related to Neolithic and Bronze Age samples in the Levant, as well as to Neolithic Anatolian and European populations. 

“When comparing this pattern with modern Egyptians, we find that the ancient Egyptians are more closely related to all modern and ancient European populations that we tested, likely due to the additional African component in the modern population.”

Some of us would not find this particularly surprising. I don’t! But the dissenter they found for this article, this Professor Stephen Quirke, “an Egyptologist at University College London,” is “quirky” all right. Regarding his comment that “When we are discussing it, we have to be much more sensitive to how these kinds of statements are read outside where we are at the moment,” it’s not hard to read between the lines: a less careful and euphemistic way of stating that would be along the lines of, “we have to be careful not to offend those people who have bought into the Afro-centric narrative.”

In other words, preserving a Leftist narrative that privileges sub-Saharan Africans over people of European and Middle Eastern ancestry with respect to the high culture of Egypt – and the “multiculturalist” (read: anti-Western) agenda that entails – is the most important consideration, even if the science clearly demonstrates that that’s a load of bull-puckey. Once again, it’s ironic how the Left trumpets “science” when they think they can use it to discredit traditionalist ideas, but abandon it in a hurry when it supports traditional understandings, rather than their revisionist agenda!

At any rate, it seems fairly clear that the primary survivors of the “original” ancient Egyptians are the Copts, who survive as an often-persecuted minority of Christians in modern Egypt, having been converted by the missionary work of St. Mark the Apostle. It should not be forgotten that Egypt was host to a thriving Christian civilization – centered on Alexandria, one of the five ancient Patriarchates and a major center of Christian learning and devotion – prior to Egypt’s violent subjugation by Islam.

And it was with that shift that the genetic composition of Egyptians, which as this article points out had remained “genetically relatively unaffected by foreign conquest and rule” prior to the Islamic invasion, shifted as well.

Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders, December 15, 2017 | Anglican Church in North America

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We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.

Source: Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders, December 15, 2017 | Anglican Church in North America

With all empathy, respect, and compassion toward those who may be struggling with one or another aspect of their gender or sexual identity, I must affirm my agreement with this statement; inter alia:

“We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.

“We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good…

“A person’s discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth [however]…

“The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation.”

While aware that there is a very small percentage – less that one-half of one percent, as I understand it – of person who are born to some degree (usually not in a way that is detectable by observation, apart from specialized tests) intersexed, the reality is that we are, as humans, biologically, genetically, either male or female.

If our self-awareness does not match that bio-genetic reality, that is indicative of an issue (gender dysphoria) that needs to be addressed – and not by hormone treatments or surgical alterations which can lead to other issues, and do not address the underlying condition. It is, as this letter points out, especially harmful when children are subjected to attempts to “reassign” their gender, at a time when confusion, uncertainty, and perhaps even a degree of exploration are natural and human, and deserve sensitive and compassionate attention – not attempted alteration.

The idea that one can “reassign” one’s sex, which is in fact encoded in one’s genetic makeup and cannot be altered, or that one can be “gender-fluid” and switch back and forth at will, is both factually incorrect and psychologically and spiritually disordered. It is, as some have termed it, “LARPing” (Live-Action Role-Playing), an attempt to deal with a deep-seated psycho-emotional issue which is neither healthy nor helpful over the long term.

The given-ness of our sexual identity – male or female – is one of those things with which, like gravity or the boiling point of water, we have to deal, whether we want to or not, whether we like it or not. If we do not, when we need to deal with that disjuncture, not mask it or pretend to alter it.

We live in an era in which the very concept of objective truth, indeed of objective reality, is under assault – an assault which is one part, one portion, one prong of the larger attack on Western civilization: cause people to question everything, sow doubt in every realm, spread confusion and distrust, even of biological reality.

It is interesting – to say the least – that some of the same people who insist that we should “accept the science” on global warming also insist that we ignore the much more self-evident and “settled” biological reality of human sexual identify! We cannot conclusively “prove” that human activity is causing global warming; but we can count chromosomes. Yet we are told to commit to the first, but ignore the second. Other than a socio-political agenda, this dichotomy makes no sense.

But whether part of a coordinated movement or simply a synchronicity of societal forces, the effect is the same: softening us up for an attempted complete remake of societal and cultural order. It is an attempt which, denying reality, cannot be ultimately successful; but it is one which can do significant damage – to both individuals and cultures – and so it must be resisted. With sensitivity and compassion when it comes to individuals, some of whom are clearly hurting! But resisted, nonetheless.

As this essay points out,

“Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it…

“We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.”

Amen, to all of the above!


Note: The picture above was not from the linked article, it is one I selected to illustrate this post.

DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

Scientists analyzing mummy DNA find that the closest ancient relations were from the Near East and Europe.

Source: DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

The “Black Egyptians” theorists are not gonna like this…

Ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less in common than you might think. That is, at least genetically, a team of scientists have found.

Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have decoded the genome of ancient Egyptians for the first time, with unexpected results.

Publishing its findings in Nature Communications, the study concluded that preserved remains found in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, were closest genetic relatives of Neolithic and Bronze Age populations from the Near East, Anatolia and Eastern Mediterranean Europeans.

Modern Egyptians, by comparison, share much more DNA with sub-Saharan populations.

This is, of course, basically what ancient sources and traditional scholarship alike have been saying for centuries, indeed millennia. But the classical narrative has been challenged by people who, for contemporary social and political reasons, wanted to advance a counter-narrative which gave a higher profile to sub-Saharan Africans. Interesting to see that the latest science tends to confirm traditional understandings, not modern political correctness!

The Greeks really do have near-mythical origins, ancient DNA reveals | Science | AAAS

Ever since the days of Homer, Greeks have long idealized their Mycenaean “ancestors” in epic poems and classic tragedies that glorify the exploits of Odysseus, King Agamemnon, and other heroes who went in and out of favor with the Greek gods.

Although these Mycenaeans were fictitious, scholars have debated whether today’s Greeks descend from the actual Mycenaeans, who created a famous civilization that dominated mainland Greece and the Aegean Sea from about 1600 B.C.E. to 1200 B.C.E., or whether the ancient Mycenaeans simply vanished from the region.

Now, ancient DNA suggests that living Greeks are indeed the descendants of Mycenaeans, with only a small proportion of DNA from later migrations to Greece…

Source: The Greeks really do have near-mythical origins, ancient DNA reveals | Science | AAAS

The title of this piece is a touch misleading, in that it may seem to imply that the ancient Greeks really were descended from the gods, or at least their heroes were. But although the truth is somewhat more prosaic, it is no less interesting!

In addition to the usefulness to historians, archaeologists, mythologists, and students of literature of confirming that there was and is a Mycenaean – and indeed, Minoan – connection with modern Greeks, and a very significant one, this also is further evidence that ancient myths and legends, originally carried down through the oral traditions of a people and only later put to writing, may nonetheless have striking validity.

This is not news to many of us, of course; but it may be to others, who have bought into the popular misrepresentation of “myth” as a synonym for “fallacy.” Leaving aside the 19th centuries discoveries of such men as the highly controversial Heinrich Schliemann (Troy) and the brilliant but political Arthur Evans (Minoan Crete), it is remarkable how many biblical accounts have been either confirmed or at least rendered markedly more probable by archaeological discoveries.

Nowadays, it seems that genetics is following in those hallowed footsteps!