Grinding into June

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Bullet Points:

** In Florida (Rogan).

** Pride gets its own month, but what about the other six deadly sins?

** From the Mailbag: Thanks for asking about the NEXT collection of shorts to be published. I’ll answer a couple of e-mails here. I’m mulling some working titles. I am shooting for 300 pages for each of the short collections. The next won’t have case studies on “how to make money by being a government informant” unless you, the readers, request them. At the moment, I’m about 3/4 through the next edition. Please review “The Shorts” positively if you enjoy the stories. That’s how you encourage me to write more of them.

** (right) How bullet points are created.

** Pedo Joe announced that the Israeli military operations in Gaza were to end…but wait.

The Israeli Defense Forces say they’ve completed their operation in Jabilia after twenty days of fighting. They also announced they had discovered more than 80 terror tunnels leading from Rafah to Egypt. The military operation in Rafah continues as Israel wages battles in other parts of Gaza and along the Egyptian border. Despite the recent advances in the Philadelphi Corridor, the fate of the remaining hostages looks grim.

The hostages taken by the Mohammedans were likely tortured to death early on. It’s simply how they roll.

** If a trans-person goes missing, do we put their picture on a carton of half-and-half? And more to the point, who would use a carton with the picture of Big Mike or Admiral Dick Levine on the side?

 

It’s a Small World

In 1950, near Chua, near Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, a farmer, while working his field, dug into the ground and found a large stone basin engraved with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures. The peasant had no idea what he had found and used it as a basin for pigs. This vessel is called “Fuente Magna.”

It is unknown exactly how, but over time, the “Fuente Magna” ended up in a small local museum for about 40 years, and everyone ignored it. Someone finally noticed an incredible oddity in this vase: its interior was filled with cuneiform engravings, quite similar to Sumerian or proto-Sumerian, a script used in present-day Iraq over 5,000 years ago.

Ancient inscription expert Clyde Ahmed Winters carefully examined the “Fuente Magna” and stated that the vase had similar characters and characteristics to those of ancient Sumerian, Indian Dravidian, Iranian Elodite, and Libyan Berber from 5,000 years ago. Bolivian archaeologist Max Portugal Zamora also examined the vase and said it was at least 5,000 years old.

How can a proto-Sumerian inscription be found on a vessel near Lake Titicaca, 3,800 meters above sea level, on another continent, thousands of kilometers away from where the Sumerians lived? Modern science and archaeology are silent. There are no official explanations for this anomaly.

One possible explanation is that 5,000 years ago, someone transported that pot from present-day Iraq to Bolivia. Evidence shows that navigators from Sundaland, a sunken region of the Pacific Ocean, of which only Indonesia remains, arrived in the Americas and brought the coconut palm there thousands of years ago. The semi-submerged city of Nan-Madol may have been built before the thaw 14,000 years ago. Therefore, it is possible that these navigators transported the “Fuente Magna” vessel from one continent to another. Or, it is possible that the navigation skills of the Sumerians were much greater than what we know of.

Some call the bowl part of an elaborate hoax. Maybe. What do you think? I’m just throwing the spaghetti against the kitchen wall here.

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Identify the Aircraft

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2

3

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Identify the Tank

4

5

Yes, we all know that it’s a Marder. Which model?

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Parting Shots

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40 thoughts on “Grinding into June

  1. IDA-
    1. HUNTER F.6/FGA.9
    2. Supermarine Spitfire MKXV111
    3. Avro Lancasrtian 1946
    4. M53 GMC
    5. Panzerjäger “Marder III”

  2. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Hawker Hunter
    2. Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII
    3. Avro Lancastrian C.1 fitted with outboard Nene jet engines
    Identify the Tank:
    4. Multiple Gun Motor Carriage T52
    5. Marder III Ausf. M

      1. As I understand it, the Aircraft 2 burning were fitted, but it was a prototype where they attempted to work out the bugs.

        1. An engineer looking at the pile of parts on his bench coupled to some free time…but hey, it works!…which is more than we can say for our Moronic Government (altho they’d say what they are doing is working to achieve their cliff diving goal).

  3. Fuente Magna had writing on it similar to “Sumerian, Indian Dravidian, Iranian Elodite, and Libyan Berber”?

    That immediately made me think of the Rosetta stone and I’ve got to assume somebody looked at them to see if it said the same thing in those four languages? It would be neat if it had a message from the aliens who carried it around the Earth in their flying saucers, like Clarke’s message in 2010:
    ALL THESE WORLDS
    ARE YOURS EXCEPT
    EUROPA
    ATTEMPT NO
    LANDING THERE
    USE THEM TOGETHER
    USE THEM IN PEACE

      1. That’s my new favorite BPM Techno tune now…it’ll be stuck in my Polish, etc. noggin all day now.

      2. Some folks will know this, but the origin of “All your base are belong to us …” goes back to a bad “Engrish” translation of part of the 1989 video game “Zero Wing”. Although famous in song and story, few of us have had the opportunity to actually play the arcade game and the YT video is the entertaining remnant therefrom. I expect that there is a downloadable version available that allows a simulated experience of the game for diehard fans.

  4. I would not be surprised if the bowl-thing was brought over from the old world in antiquity,
    nor would I be surprised if it had been brought over more recently – there were a few centuries
    before 1950 it could have been done by Europeans. If modern, it might not even be a hoax.
    I doubt we’ll ever know for sure.
    *
    – Kle.

  5. Pride is not so privileged. “Our” society pushes gluttony each day. Greed is generally fashionable, but so much more so at the heights of Big Finance. Lust (and perverted lust at that) is a staple, and broadening its reach and influence constantly. Envy is encouraged for multiple reasons (fueling class and race hatreds, and just plain to get people to buy crap no one needs). And, weirdly enough, envy and its step-sibling (yes, that’s a snarky porn reference) resentment, are most prevalent among that tiny minority that creates “our” contemporary culture. So, yeah, pride gets a named month, but it’s got competition.

  6. “Fuente Magna”- C’mon Rahib, do we really have to cart this ugly bowl your mother gave us for our wedding all the way to our new home? I mean, it’s even chipped.”

    Brings to mind, “How long has this farmer been plowing this field and he never noticed anything else unearthed?” If I found a funky oddball bowl not indigenous to my location I’d be digging up half my acreage. I was building a cabin for a gal about 30 miles due West, Sand Creek area (not the Massacre) at the base of Bull Mountain, she’d owned the grassy area 35 acres for half a dozen years, camping mostly, exploring it as one would do. Small brook running through, nice spot. Sited the cabin for her just off the eyebrow of the hill overlooking the lower brook grassy area, started building the sleeping porch, which as elevated about 8ft up from the easy sloping grade. Sun was heading down…so you get “the shine” on the grass. From the elevated position – never before seen by here or myself, even after building in the area for folks – I started seeing Tipi ring outlines…all over, including the Main Counsel one. The grasses were different, and light discovery efforts brought up a few arrowheads. It was fascinating…but made sense: breezy area to keep the insects at bay, water, and good grazing.

    I think the more we listen to “experts” on such things, the less we know. Heck, even Indian Jones turned into an aged drunkard to the point his gal students were no longer enamored (no, I won’t be watching The Dial of Destiny, don’t want to ruin the image for myself.)
    *
    Schrödinger’s Plates- Been there before, saying to myself, “Now what?” Luckily it was a freestanding cabinet, tipped it back 20 degrees…very gently.

    1. I’m firmly of the opinion with significant evidence, that ancient mariners followed shore lines and circumnavigated the planet long before Magellan. When we get into the weeds of what the inscription on a clay bowl means – is anyone’s guess. Thor Heyerdahl put a lot of the speculation of what COULD be done to rest. Now if you want me to walk back in time and prove one thing or the other (with a bowl or a chicken scratching), I can’t. Ockham’s razor.

      1. As DaveG below suggests, we give those who came before short-shrift based on our modern mentality. “Can’t be so” is limited to our proclivities and inclination, while others may say, “Hmm, might be tough but let’s give it a go!” You’re a Navy Seal…elite by any standard…and yet few make it through the program. There is no equity in reality…up to the individual what their limitations are (well, save for Darwin Award winners…at least they went out on their own wacky accord.)

        1. I don’t know that there’s much intellectual difference between people 3000 years ago and today. The information available to them and the understanding of the world they had may have been vastly different but DNA is DNA and there’s no evidence of much changing. “Man’s reach must exceed his grasp or what else is heaven for?” – They explored like the Vikings, because they were discontent or they had wanderlust or they were expelled from traditional society. The Polynesians crisscrossed the Pacific because they could.

          1. In his book “The Third Man Factor” (benevolent 3rd man apparition/helper during survival situations when the world noise and thoughts are eliminated and focus is intense…always on the right side) – think Shackleton, mountaineers, etc… – author Geiger has a chapter on the brains ability to be more tuned that we know in our modern era. He attributes our “dullness” to distraction and ambient noise being much more elevated, whereas ancients (eg. Old Testament dwellers) had a better spiritual focus and awareness of God and natural world impressions.

            Interesting take that I can wholly agree. Intelligence is one thing, but clarity and awareness of the natural world I always held as a higher/better aspect. My guess is those who came before were smart in their time but much more aware.

          2. Without other entertainment, they viewed the night sky every night they could and charted it. As you wrote, it was silent. To us, the silence would be pervasive and uncomfortable after the first peaceful night.

    2. > I’d be digging up half my acreage

      Yeah, but you have curiosity. Which not everyone has.
      So far as “official history” goes, it certainly seems as if both History and Anthropology are in the vile grasp of those who hate both Western civilization and the people who created it.

      Not sure if I’m ready to “go full Graham Hancock” but I am pretty sure that a lot of what we’ve been taught is flat out wrong.

      1. I’ve seen Hancock interviewed, and there are evidentiary problems with much of what he presents, IMHO. Everyone has their take on things, and that’s cool. The ability to discuss, present, consider, etc., is central to being human. I’m not a space alien theorist, but many people are out there beating that drum, including Tucker Carlson, who I respect. That the Egyptians were capable of remarkable engineering with deep insight into stellar cartography can’t be denied. The evidence is there. Was there extraterrestrial influence on ancient peoples? Maybe. God is, by definition, extraterrestrial, right? Angels, etc. come and go from heaven to Earth. I can ask the questions but I’m more comfortable not taking things that far.

        1. Tucker’s take is it these alien apparitions are actually demonic manifestations. I tend to agree with that. I somewhat wonder if that bull didn’t wash over here during the great flood. If nobody can translate that cuneiform and just say they looks like something else and perhaps it was pre flood.

  7. Reference Old Stuff: In 1970, Thor Heyerdahl and crew sailed Ra II, a papyrus boat, from Morocco to Barbados. Pieces of gem stones and trade materials are found all over the world far from where they were mined or manufactured. Folks today want to think that before we had fancy stuff everyone lived at home in their huts. That just ain’t so.

    1. I commented the same way about twenty seconds before you did (above) great minds think alike.

      1. The Polynesians did similar, heck, so did The Norsemen. Neighbor…born in Bergen, total Norwegian…did his Ancestry DNA. Came back with a little Australian. I quipped, “You know your ancestors got around and dragged their “spoils” back to Norway.” He laughed.

  8. Regarding the impossible bowl of doom, so? There’s evidence of Phoenician coins in South America, potential ‘Viking’ runes in Minnesota and tales of taking the NW Passage over now-Canada to America’s West Coast, evidence of Chinese ships off America’s West Coast, stories of ‘strange men’ washing up in Ireland and Scotland in narrow paddled boats (think kayaks,) and so on and so forth.

    L’anse aux Meadows, a Norse settlement in now-New Foundland, was thrashed by the History World until the evidence was so overwhelming that it couldn’t be denied.

    And, of course, the issues with ‘Greenland’ not being ‘green’ in modern times though it was green during the height of the Viking Age, only succumbing to ice in the 1300’s.

    1. Global warming and cooling are functions of mankind burning hydrocarbons. Anything else, Beans, including your suspicious allegations of an ice age in the past, must be viewed skeptically. If we can’t tax it (therefore cure it with taxation), does it exist?

  9. The problem, IMO, is the mindset those living today are smarter than all humanoids in the past. Mathematics, astronomy, lodestones, etc. are nothing new. There is no reason humanoids couldn’t have roamed the four corners of the Earth since the dawn of time. Throw in the possibility, nay probability, of aliens in the mix. If there is a constant, it is the probability of social groups rising above bare subsistance levels allowing some to devote time to inventing.

  10. Your opening art…invokes the era, like I’m there sailing up a tributary to the James at the height of Colonial life. Love it.

    1. I was thinking that too, but for weekend sailor, I was thinking too much sail hanging for a shallow tributary. You wouldn’t want to be driven up in rocks or an unescapable mud bank going too fast to react in time.

      1. Way too much sail. They’d likely have the longboats pulling them along with a man swinging the lead. It would depend on the current and whether it was a tidal flow to overcome. They might need more sail to counteract an ebbing tide. If they intend to careen, they’d want some momentum to get them as high as possible, anchors out to windless them back into the channel. It’s an art.

        1. I was a weekend sailor, a 26′ ketch on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and on occasion out on the coast after launching off of Cannons Beach in Oregon, or Oyster Bay in Washington. I wasn’t going across no bars at the mouth of the Columbia… and didn’t gain the skills to sail up too many rivers along the coast, if I did, I motored in…

  11. Ah hah, the old cunieform Lake T conundrum. No shortage of mystery in that as in other things surrounding.

    Nice photo of your Man ‘o War sailing down the Potomac.

  12. The Nene Lancaster was a Rolls Royce ‘test’ platform for the jets. They needed the larger airframe to house all the test instruments, and coincidently used it as a PR tool too!

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