The 8000 BC ‘Tower’ of Jericho at the site of Tell es-Sultan

It’s an 8.5-meter-tall (28 ft) stone structure, that wasn’t apparently intended to serve as part of the defenses of Jericho.

Diagram: Tower of Jericho
Walls of Jericho

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BCE), almost to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch of the Earth’s history. Copious springs in and around the city have attracted human habitation for thousands of years.

Epipaleolithic construction at the site appears to predate the invention of agriculture, with the construction of Natufian culture structures beginning earlier than 9000 BCE, the beginning of the Holocene epoch in geologic history.

Jericho has evidence of settlement dating back to 10,000 BCE. During the Younger Dryas period of cold and drought, permanent habitation of any one location was impossible. However, the Ein es-Sultan spring at what would become Jericho was a popular camping ground for Natufian hunter-gatherer groups, who left a scattering of crescent-shaped microlith tools behind them. Around 9600 BCE, the droughts and cold of the Younger Dryas stadial had come to an end, making it possible for Natufian groups to extend the duration of their stay, eventually leading to year-round habitation and permanent settlement.

There isn’t any evidence that the walls were ever breached (tumbled down) as in the Biblical accounts. Then again that could realistically have been to a different town called Jericho.


The world’s largest ocean sunfish compared to their size at birth.

Choke Point

There’s a backlog of more than 200 ships left waiting to cross the Suez Canal, after a container ship hit the side and got wedged in Egypt’s Suez Canal. Tug boats have been working to pull the stuck ship free, but the process could drag on for days.

Was the “wreck of the Ever Given” an exercise in how to do it, or an accident? Now that’s the question.


Number of deaths – caused by 1999 NATO bombings in Serbia


In Georgia, African-Americans comprise over 30% of the population. It should disturb you that there is a category in this map annotated as “American”.  I won’t comment further because it would be considered to be ‘racist’.


  1. It may or may not be interesting to readers that Evergreen Group (which owns the stuck ship) was linked at the hip with Evergreen International Airlines, established by Delford Smith (founder and owner) and began operations in 1960 as Evergreen Helicopters. It acquired the operating certificate of Johnson Flying Service and merged it with Intermountain Airlines from Pacific Corporation in 1975 to form Evergreen International Airlines. The holding company, Evergreen International Aviation, formed in 1979, wholly owned the airline. Evergreen purchased the assets of Air America which had provided fixed wing and helicopter support for the US Government in southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.

    Even though the parent company, Evergreen Group is Taiwan based, there has always been a lot of skulduggery attached to the brand. I worked with Evergreen contractors here and there around the world from time to time. They provided hardware and pilots at remote points on a contract basis. USGOV money gave the company the capital to expand to what it is today.

    Things fell apart with the airline when Smith passed away and its assets were sold off. Were those assets sold (the hydra’s teeth) to another contract group that took Evergreen’s place? You’d have to check for yourself.

  2. Stuck boat on purpose ?? – Anything is possible…heck, the U.S. Special Operations Command unveiled their new “chief of diversity and inclusion”, another moron that compared Trump to Hitler, which in their mushy heads justifies their rabid mentality. I weep for our fighting men and woman.

    With today’s liturgical Palm Sunday remembrance I remind myself that one could compare and contrast the leadership at that time to the current day leadership that stole their power positions and are wielding them with impunity. The “Give us Barabbas!”crowd is present, and, are they not merciful!?

  3. It’s Palm Sunday, alright.
    Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, not a warehouse as a conqueror, but as a king receiving a kingdom.
    In fulfilling Zechariah 9:9, it was in contrast to the amazingly prophetic description of Alexander the Great’s conquering approach earlier in chapter 9.

  4. My feeling is that the Ever Given was not an accident… but also not a terror act.

    The steady decline in quality and professionalism in the international merchant mariner ranks over the last few decades, combined with the insane conditions and treatment merchant mariners have had to endure over the last year have led to a situation where people in positions of extreme responsibility have zero morale and a very strong case of the “fuck-its”.

    I expect the Wakashio loss can be laid at the same place – “Hey, if we hug the shore, maybe we can get cell service… ah, fuck it, why not?”.

    Note the reports of the previous course of the Ever Given,,,


    • I don’t think that it was an act of terror.

      You nailed it.

      BUT it doesn’t mean that the people who would commit a political act with the same result were not paying close attention. What if you hijacked and jammed three or four container ships in the same tight maritime corridor?

      • I thought it was a cas of not thinking it through.
        Stacking so many containers they presented a sail to the high winds they unexpectedly encountered.
        Similar to that Hyundai car carrier that capsized for being top heavy (though no wind).

        • Different news sources have much the same story. High winds, low visibility from dust, and a huge wall/sail were factors.

          Amusing to see a clapped out Komatsu backhoe digging around the bow. Nothing bigger in the area?

        • You’d think they’d grab a bunch of minster cranes, take a few container layers off, get unstuck, then reload at the far end.

        • The new Car and Driver magazine has a good article on the car carrier that went over. It had been reloaded at an intermediate stop, and the cargo handlers loaded it wrong. They laoded a LOT os SUV’s where compact cars had previously been, and CoG was way off.

    • I’m English and live in a denoted English section of one of the north metro Atlanta counties. Guess I’m in the right place.

  5. RE: BCE (Before Common Era) It is ironic that in the attempt to avoid mention of Jesus Christ (BC/AD) they still divide time by His birth.

    It could be that the Pilot was not satisfied with the amount of contraband he received as off-the-books compensation.

    The sunfish is the AMC Gremlin of the fish world. I’ve seen some pretty big ones out there. Just leave them alone, they taste not so good and very oily. Now if it is an Opah, get ’em on deck!

  6. Receive this palm and acknowledge Christ as your King.

    That in mind, it’s always struck me as odd that these very primitive hunter gatherers were building sophisticated temples (Gobekli Tepe etc) and building watch towers and walls around cities while they were busy grubbing for roots, berries and the occasional bit of “road kill.”

    Doesn’t seem to add up. Have we got the timeline wrong and/or is there another factor? I opt for both, but that’s just me.

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