The Cradle of Civilization

I think that I have mentioned this before, but I just found this nice History Channel video. Clearly showing that Turkey is indeed, the Cradle of Civilization.

http://www.wimp.com/unexplainedstructure/

12,000 year old, very advanced ruins found in Turkey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-temple-83613665/
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/gobekli-tepe/mann-text

In the first link, they speculate that these carvings are proof of Noah’s Ark, and the great flood.

Say what?

I have no idea where that came from! Perhaps in boiling down the story to fit in the time allowed, they left out a huge section of the evidence. It seems a bit like finding a quill pen, and deciding that it was used to sign the American Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and to write the first five books of the Bible.

Also, the National Geographic site suggested this was the first temple. I have no idea why they say that. I tend to concentrate on what is visible, and not so much on speculation.

But, I think it is indisputable that this is a site that is more than twice as old as anything else that we have found, that was constructed by humans. And was made at a dramatically higher level of artistic sophistication than Stonehenge. And, about 2000 years after was built, it was very carefully hidden. The site provides far more questions than answers. But, it is indisputable proof that there is ever so much that we do not know about human history.

Enjoy,

Dave

What ever happened to, “Make love, not war.”?

In that irony that is life, now Madison Avenue has me pimping for a deodorant company. I think you really need to watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63b4O_2HCYM

You’re welcome,

Dave

PS, Oh and about what’s going on in my life. Last Monday, Jul 14, I dislocated a rib, which then pinched a nerve and I could only take about a 5% breath. The National Lung Association has it right when they say, “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”

Naturally it was at midnight, but I woke up my dear friends John and Maggie and John was able to snap it back in place. It was instantly almost perfect. There were a couple of relapses, but after about three days, things got back very close to the normal. Now I’m just trying to get rid of the indigestion caused by the NSAID’s that the doctor prescribed me. It makes me kind of worry when they give you two things to help the problem, and another, very powerful drug, (proton pump inhibitor) to try to counteract the side effects of the first two.

And when the third party website says of the NSAID, “Take the smallest possible dose, for the shortest possible time.”

But, the rib seems to be completely fine, although I’ve been told to pamper it for a month to make sure of no relapse. And I sure as Heck don’t wanna relapse.

We need to get more folks to watch that video. The Ukraine and Gaza are just two of the places that come to mind. The propaganda mills of all the major governments, are working three shifts. Be very skeptical of ANYTHING you hear about either place. There is a TON of baloney floating around. Don’t jump on any bandwagons. The people that drive them rarely have your best interest at heart.

Guns and statistics

Yesterday I found some very interesting statistics online. Many people are very sharply divided about guns. “An epidemic in America!” Some of them have their minds so firmly made up, either pro or anti, that there’s no point in talking about it.

But, I think that one homicide is too many whether it’s by firearm, or using a wet dishrag.

I just want to show you some interesting statistics.

This one says that Americans own more guns per capita than any other nation. 0.97 guns per person
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country

Yet, Switzerland, for example owns half as many per capita. 0.457 guns per person

This link shows how many intentional homicides by firearm there are per capita.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

Yet, Switzerland only has 0.6 homicides by firearm per capita.
As opposed to the US with a number of 4.8. I think they have 1/8 as many homicides by firearm, because they raise better people. There are 16 times as many guns, available per homicide. Correct?

I think it is just better people.

Which I find very interesting, because I think that the primary problem is how we raise Americans. This includes ingrained attitudes that are learned as they are growing up, while they’re watching Saturday morning cartoons, the propaganda is everywhere. Not including KKK meetings.

Add to that a welfare system that may have begun with noble intentions, but seems to me to trap people into welfare. I’ve known single mothers that, every so often, have another baby because that will increase their welfare payments.

What could be more noble than motherhood?

And just the whole idea of a single mother. Clearly, with the right mother, that can be a wonderful environment, but I think a lot of factors conspire to have unwanted children, that are unloved, and are raised in an environment that poisons their mind. Check out a rerun of the TV series, “The Wire.”

Do those people look like they got a healthy upbringing? Did they live in Mr. Rogers neighborhood, eat organic food, and play with Lassie every day?

I think that bad choices in nurturing have really screwed up America. And then what happens when one of these challenged people, goes to jail? Because America puts 707 out of every hundred thousand people in jail. Switzerland puts 87 out of 100,000 in jail. It says that San Marino has no one in jail. Do they just shoot them? Or are they really nice people?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rate

I see American jails as an incubator for gang membership, and a continuing education program for learning antisocial behavior. And then you put these people back out on the street and have them raise little criminals. Little rapists. Little drug dealers.

I think it’s no mystery, but is a big, tragic, problem and it is complicated. And, unless someone starts trying to fix it, then we need to just get used to it.

Switzerland is certainly not the only country to look at. There’s a lot of interesting data in these tables. You might want to have an honest conversation with people that you know, about these subjects. Who knows, you might change the world.

The total deaths, accidental, and intentional from firearms in America, are 9.42 per hundred thousand. As compared with Venezuela, which is 50.9. And that was just the worst one I noticed. There could be worse. Switzerland was 3.84. Since their homicide rate was 1/8th that of the USA, does that mean they have more gun accidents?

Far, far more people die every year in America from driving while using alcohol, drugs, or sleep deprivation, or some combination. And vastly more are injured due to those very preventable causes. Like one a minute. Yet most Americans just ignore it. Many countries don’t. And they have far fewer problems as a result.

Back in the early 1970s, one single drunk, hit 5 different automobiles in five, totally separate, accidents. And those are just the ones I know of, because they were five of my very good friends. This happened within the space of a couple of months. In each case my friend’s car was parked. One time, the car was inside of a backyard with a six-foot high wooden fence around it. It was always at night right after the bars closed.

Does that mean the solution is to not close the bars? Or to not tolerate drunk driving?

Does that mean the solution is to not close the bars? Or to not tolerate drunk driving?

IMHO, it is because, in America, drunk driving is OK. It is a badge of honor for many. How many times of you heard self-aggrandizing stories, about someone who was so drunk, but they did blob blah blah, and got away with it?

When will being pie faced drunk, not be cute? Or the sign of a ‘real man.’

Like the Marlboro Man, “Wow! He looks so manly, riding that horse, with his chaps, his gun and his big hat, and his handsome wrinkly face. I want to run out and buy a carton of Marlboros, so that I can pretend to be a real man too!”

Change it over to, “He looks so manly with that nearly empty whiskey bottle in his hand.” Hopefully, you get the idea.

When we returned to America aboard Alegria, in 1989, it was way before cell phones, and we needed to call my mom and dad, which meant a pay phone.

We were traveling along the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) which is a very nice canal system that runs from Brownsville taxes almost all the way to New York City. There are a few small gaps.

It was built for commercial barge traffic, but it can be a lot of fun, if you have the right attitude.

We were somewhere near Corpus Christi, Texas, and we pulled out of the canal system, and into a small river that drained into the Gulf of Mexico. As we got ready to anchor we happily noticed a pay phone on shore, right by our anchorage.

There used to be more of them in those days. This one was right next to a tavern, and while I called my parents, Janet stood around in watched in amazement. There was a lot of automobile traffic coming and going at the tavern.

Janet said that almost everyone arriving, had difficulty walking to the door of the tavern.

These people were right on the verge of falling down drunk, when they arrived! And nobody cared.

Texas was one of the last states, to have an open container law. Generally that means that, you are not allowed to have a container of alcoholic beverage, in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, if the seal has ever been broken.

Obviously, these laws are done in the hopes of reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road. I think that it was only a couple of years before that, that it became technically illegal, in Texas. This will be really hard for most rational Americans to believe. But, I think until 1985, somebody help me out here. No. I will go look.

Holy Mackerel!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_open_container_laws

Seems to say that there is still very little control in America. Well, impaired driving, only injures about one person a minute, in America. So, it is clearly not worth worrying about.

I often get into unnecessary arguments with people, well actually for lots of reasons, but in this case I was thinking, because I often recognize a literal, and logical, interpretation of a statement, where most people use a more practical, and realistic interpretation.

For example, I am certain that it is perfectly possible to safely drive an automobile while drinking a bottle of beer. We have the issue of the distraction, that is, just how well can you be driving, while you are lifting something up to your mouth and drinking it? And I completely recognize that that impairs your driving. So does tuning the radio. The new cars with a touchscreen display, where you must focus your full attention on a low part of the dashboard, while inputting surprisingly complicated commands, scare the hell out of me.

I totally admit that even carrying on a conversation in a car, is a distraction of the driver. And of course the movies where, they show the driver staring at the passenger, for frighteningly long periods of time, while arguing or expressing love or some powerful thought. All the while I’m going, “HEY! Guacamole brain! Drive the G*d d*mn car, or park it!”

I realize that most of us have driven a lot. Usually we have discovered that 95% of the time there’s not a lot going on. We can think about other things. We can be bored out of our minds. But, that’s the whole point. It’s that 1/100 of a percent of the time, when that little girl walks out in front of your car, while teasing her parents and playing runaway.

Lots of disasters happen in a blink of an eye. If driving does not have your full attention, every single second that the car is in motion, then you’re not really driving. And I admit that I am very guilty of not giving it 100% attention. But, I usually get away with it. I think that’s the excuse all of us use. “Well, the way I drive usually works just fine.”

But, back to alcohol. I don’t think that most of us believe that one drink, for example a SINGLE, 12oz American beer in a can, will dangerously impair a 200 pound man, who is in good health, and has plenty of sleep. Even though that may not be actually true. You may actually be able to measure impairment. But I think most people are comfortable with that level of impairment. “It usually works just fine.”
And, if someone is then driving down the road, while extremely cautiously, paying full attention to their driving, eyes on the road at all times, catlike reflexes, sipping on a beer, it might not be a problem.

The problem comes with reality. I think that in reality, by no means all, but a few of us, did not know when to stop. Alcohol, sleep deprivation, arguments with the person in the car, even talking on the cell phone or texting, the list goes on. We think of the limited of safety as being an extremely gray area.

In the real world, I think mistakes are very common. So, I for one am willing to give up the right to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Which is easy for me to say since I barely drink alcohol. But, an open container law, seems like a reasonable sacrifice, in the interest of public safety.

And, I believe that the police department of the City of Everett, should have looked at the driving record, including any other location anywhere, that had data on this particular driver. The one that hit five of my friend’s cars, and who knows how many other cars?

I don’t think they had to be a statistician, or specialist in alcohol and its perils, to realize that this guy should not be on the road, even under America’s very lax ideas about public safety versus the joys of alcohol.

The problem was, that they didn’t care. It’s a democracy and when most people don’t care, nothing happens. Well, actually plenty happens. Five cars were hit that I know of. But, useful laws do not get past.

I’m told that some countries that allow alcohol, have a zero, or near zero tolerance to alcohol while driving. I assume that means if they can detect alcohol in your system at all, and you are driving, that the poop hits the fan! The penalty is severe.

I recognize that that is unfair to someone who was not measurably affected, and was no threat to society, but I also recognize that it is a relatively low-cost way to delineate a situation, in order to keep us all much safer.

IMHO, America looks the other way on alcohol-related dangers, far more than it should. So, too close by wrapping this back to the beginning, it seems to me that intelligent laws regarding driving under the effects of alcohol, prescription and nonprescription drugs, sleep deprivation, and several other factors, can save a whole lot more lives, than some of the, in my opinion, poorly constructed gun laws, that try to get passed in America.

And, I have no problem with intelligent gun laws. I think there are some.

Let’s put on our thinking caps, minimize ‘knee-jerk reactions’ and try to come up with good laws on MANY subjects in America. Let’s try to encourage, intelligent laws, that make America a much better place to live.

“He prayeth well, who loveth well

Many thanks for reminding me of the following quote:

“He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

I read that about 50 years ago and I had forgotten about that part of the story. But I wonder if it became indelibly printed in my brain. Subliminally. Because I very strongly believe every word of that.

Sent to me by a high school friend that I have kept in touch with. Thanks Mike.

hallucinogens

“Everyone knows that hallucinogens are evil.” Right? Even those that abuse them.

I will bet that
1) You think you know about this subject.
2) If you will just watch this 15 min film, you will change your mind.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz3CFD2pCXE

Will any one take that bet?

(Everything that she did was legal where and when she did it.)

See also http://reset.me/

Let’s support logical laws that also benefit humanity, not Monsanto, not Drug Cartels.

I am opposed to harmful activity. I am not a Party Animal. I mean, I try to eat Organic! I am not a druggy.

I also support HONEST research and rational laws. If you don’t, please don’t let me know about it. It can be your secret.

Dave

What a German whistles in the shower.

I was just up at the shower block, having a shower, and I heard an amazingly deep voice, ‘singing in the shower.’

I cannot be sure who it was. The only person that I know in the Marina that has a voice that deep, is a German friend that had entered the building just before I did. I had stopped and visited with a couple of friends that I ran into near the entrance, and so I do not know for certain if my German friend was the singer. But I assume that he was.

Perhaps you can imagine my surprise when he finished singing a German song, and he switched to whistling, “The Battle hymn of the Republic.”

Somehow I was surprised that the German would have the words of that song close at hand:

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
“He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
etc, etc

And I wondered if there was a German song with the same melody. They’re not many words when you whistle.

So I have a look at this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic

I did not read the whole thing but it looks like there is not a similar German song.

Why would I even wonder such a thing? Because I remember learning that the American National Anthem has a British melody.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner

And, COMPLETELY changing the subject. But, it has to do with melodies that have vastly different meanings to different cultures.

The common melody or riff, “Shave and a haircut, two bits.”
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Shave_and_a_Haircut_percussion.mid

Is commonly heard with Americans and Britts knocking on the bow of my boat. However, when we were in Mexico, we were told that it was an almost unimaginably offensive insult. I will let you research what it means, because it is too gross to be published here. But it involves the insulted person’s mother being a prostitute and gets much worse from there.

As a group, Mexicans revere their mothers, perhaps second only to a devout Catholics opinion of the Virgin Mary.

We were told, and I believe, that if, for example, you were stuck in traffic, and honk your horn in that manner, and a Mexican, who thought your honking at him, got out of his car and shot you. That all the police would do, would be to help push your car out of the road until the tow truck could come.

As a traveler, even within the United States, one always takes a chance on unintentionally offending another culture, that has different rules.

I do my best to not do so, but my backup defense is that, “Hey, I’m not from around here. Please cut me some slack.”

Years after visiting French Polynesia, I learned that, apparently, in that beautiful land, is extremely rude to talk to a person, while wearing a hat or sunglasses. Anything that covers your face and head. They want to be able to see you when they talk to you. I wish I had known that when we were there.

I am not offended when someone does that with me, however, I do find it weird to be talking to someone with opaque sunglasses on, and therefore I cannot see their eyes. I wonder how often I forget, and do it to someone else.

I worked with a man one time that told me he had previously worked with a woman who had grown up in an area where women wore modesty veils. Only their eyes showed to the public.

Now that she was in America, apparently she was comfortable not wearing any head covering at all. So, at first, she looked totally ‘normal.’

Yet, he noticed within minutes of meeting her that there was something strange about her. Not bad, just something unusual. But he could not figure out what it was. He had known her for some time before he finally found out about her past life and then the pieces fell together. She had VERY expressive eyes, but the rest of her face was not very expressive. In her formative years it had not needed to be. Or, at least that was his theory.

Human expression is very complicated. Or, at least I think it is. And I was really impressed with how well Janet could sometimes mimic someone’s expressions and mannerisms when she was making a comment about them. At those times she was absolutely frighteningly good.

I also respect greatly, actors and their directors, when a male or female actor, conveys a million, powerful words, in one brief expression. How do they know how to do that?

Poker players and people pretending to be psychic are very good at reading the subtleties of expression. Kind of the basis of the Sherlock Holmes series.

But, I need to get back to organizing my computer data. It has been a glacially slow process.

Back in the 1990s with my first computer, I understood the idea of backing things up to CDs, DVDs or, later other hard drives. But, I never got around to ‘throwing out the trash’ and combining the bits that I did want to save, into one collection, where I could find things I want them. And very often I backed up a hard drive, that already had backups on it. So I had backups of my backups. But, do you think I could find anything very easily?

A year ago I had something like 12 TB of backups on 10 hard drives and countless CDs and DVDs with similar collections. I have, so far, boiled that down to about 400 GB of data. Is that just over 3% of the original size?

I still have lots of useless files to be cleaned out of that 3%. But, the stuff that I know how to automate, to sort hundreds of gigabytes automatically, with the computer just running unattended for 24 or 48 hours, has been done.

Now I’m into the, ‘opening each folder to see what is in it,’ and all too frequently opening each file. This is slow work, but I only have 111,000 files, and 43,000 folders left. And, hopefully most of those I want to keep. Time will tell.

Have a wonderful day…

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
“He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored….

Simply ignore them

As a sailor, with a ‘think outside the box’ kind of attitude, it seems obvious to me that people traveled across the oceans and explore the world a very long time before Columbus.

I first contracted this particular affliction, when someone gave me a book by Barry Fell. But, now days if you Google it, you can find a great deal. Try Googling:
Scientists Debate Who Sailed to the New World First

But, you can spend days reading about that stuff.

The reason I interrupted you today, was that I found, what I consider to be a very important quote from this next link. You will notice that the page it refers to, is full of typos. It was computer transcribed from a tape, and no one proofread it. Like ‘tire,’ where they meant ‘the.’ I felt right at home.

http://www.ancientamerica.org/library/media/HTML/1ofnf5kk/15.%20THE%20PHOENICIANS%20AND%20THE%20ANCIENT%20CIVILIZATIONS%20OF%20AMERICA.htm?n=0

“You see, people sometimes bring to our attention things that are uncomfortable to think about and that lead to uncomfortable conclusions. And if we cannot explain them away, the thing to do is simply to ignore them. The question is, how long can we keep ignoring them?”

If it were not quite so long, I would embroider it onto a piece of cloth and mount it on the wall.

I think it applies to global warming, which IMHO is absolutely not debatable, but we can argue about whether humans have anything to do with it or not. It can apply to health care. Like taking a couple of capsules of dried nettles, works so much better to control my hayfever, than the drug company antihistamines, and have no side effects. Like, when I sprained my back quite badly, and I was in a lot of pain, my chiropractor fixed it, literally as fast as you can snap your fingers. But Western Medicine, says that we need several days of bed rest, some muscle relaxants, and some pain pills. And, be aware that there may be permanent damage.

There are far too many things being carefully ignored these days for me to list them all. Make your own list.

Dave’s commandments:
Number one, Love.
Number two, Keep An Open Mind. And then, be careful what you ignore.
And to reverse Gandhi’s quote, Number three, ‘Learn as if you were to live forever.’
Number four,’Live as if you were to die tomorrow.’

See also

http://www.chinese.tcu.edu/www_chinese3_tcu_edu.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennewick_Man

And MANY more.

All the while, be sure to keep an open mind. Humans make mistakes. Humans falsified data. And many researchers forget that humans have a sense of humor.

I remember reading about an anthropologist, who was gathering information about the belief system of people that lived on a remote island in the Pacific.

In this two-way exchange, a native thought it ridiculous that the white person believe that human gestation was nine months.

The native said, “How in the world can you say that that is true? Vaea’s wife just had a baby last week. But Vaea returned from a 14 month ocean voyage, yesterday.”

The anthropologist realized that he was having his leg pulled, just before the native began to get a big grin.

The person relaying this story assumes that much of the data that scientists collect in this manner may be byproducts of a sense of humor.

Another story is about an anthropologist in the American Southwest, who had found a very old Indian, that knew a lot about ‘the old ways.’ He was literally of fountain of knowledge.

But, sometimes when he was asked a question, he would excuse himself and go inside his lodging for a few minutes, and then come back with the answer. Did he have to pee often? Prostrate trouble?

To shorten the story, the punchline was that ‘wise old Indian’ was referring to a well-worn copy of a tome, written by the very same anthropologist, many years ago. His method was discovered, when he brought the book out on the porch and suggested, “You seem very interested in our people. I really appreciate that. You honor us. You should buy a copy of this book. I refer to it all the time.”

Namaste