News Briefs 28-01-2013

There ought to be a better way of beginning the day than waking up in the morning.

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emlong's picture
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The stressor theory of poltergeist phenomena makes perfect sense. Stuck spirits use human emotional and psychic energy to help them manifest as part of their "Hey, look at me" agenda. Most stuck spirits are looking for assistance from this plane to help them move on to the light.

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I dunno,

I had a lovely pair of 3" heeled shoes in 1973/74. They had morrocan red leather heels, soles and toes, and the body was a lovely camel-colored suede. Russet leather laces, too. :)

Of course, if you were playing, as I was, in a funk band, then it was a required part of your wardrobe, along with brushed denim camel-colored bell bottoms, and a dark brown brushed-denim blazer.

Quite the look, that. :)

Respects,
Gwedd

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Kat wrote:

There ought to be a better way of beginning the day than waking up in the morning.

If you find one I'll pay you for it :P

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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I have been watching the "America Unearthed" series on The History Channel which in the usual hokey manner of "adventure" shows lately has our hero flying all over the planet back and forth and back and forth when just a few trips might have sufficed. (I wonder if these shows might be clandestinely supported by the airline industry LOL) The dashing archaeologist is of course finding some very compelling evidence, and I support the idea of pre-Columbian arrival from the West, but really Barry Fell worked most of this out years ago. At one point in the show while our hero was examining some glyphs in Oklahoma a guide mentions that this fellow named Barry Fell had already been there and translated the Ogam, and you could see the modern hero clam up. That's not in the script! The script calls for this to appear to be a cutting edge archaeological investigation. Not paying tribute to Fell in this series is a scandal. Much of the evidence they cite had been formally analysed by Fell years ago.

"America BC" by Barry Fell published in 1989:
http://www.amazon.com/America-B-C-Ancien...

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I've also been watching the show because I read Fell's books many years back. Sadly, they went away with lots of other stuff when my house was broken into about 10 years back. We lost lots of stuff in that, including several shelves worth of books.

Anyway, Barry Fell made some VERY convincing arguments based upon linguistic evidence he noted among early American tribes. Many of the Abinaki (of Maine)indians used words of aramaic as well as arabic that not only had the same pronunciation but the very same meaning. They knew what a compass was, and had an arabic word for it when the Portugese fishermen appeared in the mid-1500's.

Fell also had no problem showing linguistic matches with other American indian languages and some ancient ones, including Phoenecian, Greek & Latin. Same pronunciation, same meaning. That's NOT coincidence.

Respects,
Gwedd

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You reminded me of something that happened about a decade ago. We were having a little dinner party at our home and among the guests there was an academic linguist from some Canadian University. I went and fetched the Fell book to see what he thought of those linguistic correspondences that were chsrted very clearly in the book. The parallels are uncanny and way, way, way beyond statistical chance, and you would think I had lit a firecracker in the room. He was very uncomfortable even discussing the subject. I am continually amazed at how conservative and groupthinking most academics are. Tenure and the threat of losing it by veering into forbidden territory loom enormously over their mindspace.

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;)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................