News Briefs 30-05-2008

“When the blind beetle crawls over the surface of a globe, he doesn’t realize that the track he has covered is curved…

Quote of the Day:

…I was simply lucky enough to have spotted it.”

Albert Einstein

  1. Re: Stonehenge the cemetery
    Quite a while ago (early-mid 90’s), while reading up on general archaeology, I read a fascinating article in Antiquity regarding a mortuary interpretation of Stonehenge. It was the first statement of the concept I encountered, and one of the authors was from Madagascar. The Malagasy still erect elaborate stone shrine complexes to their dead, as their ancestors did, and these complexes are near but separate from the living settlements. The article’s authors make an analogy from the historic Malagasy mortuary behavior to the activities in Stonehenge and its relationship to other structures on the Plain.

    1. Where’s the ‘bling’ then?
      The idea that Stonehenge represented a neolithical Necropolis is interesting, but supposing that this was the final resting place of some sort of royal family seems a bit of a stretch.

      For one, where’s the ‘bling’? They have only found one stone mace that could be a symbol of authority; but as I linked last thursday, on the ‘New World’ people was already adorning themselves with golden necklaces around the same chronological period.

      Maybe the people interred on Stonehenge were not the elite, but the baddies. You know, really bad people that would be buried there so the power of the stones would keep their spirits trapped and prevent them from bothering the living. Pure speculation, I know, but right now it’s as good an idea as any other I’ve read in the past weeks.

      If they could show that these remains are of people in good physical health that show no signs of having done any hard physical labor in their lifetime, I’ll start to believe they were royals.

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      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. There is bling
        There was one find near to stonehenge which they called the Amesbury Archer. He was buried with gold and all sorts of trinkets. They even called him the “King of Stonehenge” in this article. He was found 5 kilometres away, but he dates from the time that the henge was built and they feel he would have had something to do with the henge.

        1. Wow!
          That is so interesting. Thanks for the link RonB.

          However, this is just one find of a seemingly wealthy individual, among the hundreds buried there. You would think that as time passes the royal lineage would beome more wealthy and powerful, just as in Egypt.

          I hope I can visit Stonehenge one day. Has any of you visited it? And if so, have you experienced something out of the ordinary during your visit?

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          It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
          It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

          Red Pill Junkie

          1. Stonhenge visit.
            I did visit there in ’99 or 2000…whenever the solar eclipse happened over Cornwall. I was really looking forward to visiting the site, and considering the oddities that had happened to us thusfar I was hoping for the best. But even though the weather was cool and the sun I got a silly tour recording, astro turf carpet, and fences. Granted, this was because of a recent pile of irreverent “pagans” that had recently decided to sit on top, if memory serves. It’s nice out there, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of the mystique is butchered by poorly dressed tourists, info kiosks, and a portable tour guide the size of an old fashioned cell phone. Kind of a “the stuffed animals wait to party until the human’s left the room” sort of feeling. It .. um … wasn’t too mystical.

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          2. I hear… ear… read you 🙂
            The same thing happens when you visit some of the ancient ruins of Mexico, like Teotihuacan. Too many people clmbing to wherever they want, especially on the spring solstice when they neo-shamans go to “charge with energy” anc climb on top of the pyramids. But, since it’s good for the economy, I don’t see that changing in the near future.

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            It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
            It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

            Red Pill Junkie

          3. Yes, Red
            I went to Stonehenge long before the fences went up and the guided tours happened. It was bloody cold and windy. I was greatly disappointed and felt nothing mystical about the site.

            Avebury, just 20 miles further north, was a different thing altogether. There is a very calming yet uplifting feeling inside the circle – quite magical.

            Regards, Kathrinn

  2. Ray Kurzweil
    OT, just finished watching an hour of Ray Kurzweil on Glenn Beck’s show (CNN HLN) for those of you who can get it. Great chance to here Ray discuss his ideas in a relaxed interview venue. His main claim is his success at predicting the arrival of information-based gains in technology on schedule (Moore’s law stuff) compared to say, flying cars. Also, claims that solar power is only a few years away from a tipping point where it becomes cheaper than conventional power generation. That and energy storage (fuel cells) will pretty much resolve the current energy crisis.

    Good stuff to ponder

    X_O

    1. 200 a day
      Did he stop every 10 minutes of the show to swallow one of the 200 pills he takes every day to keep old age and death at bay? 🙂

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      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. Pills?
        Well, ya gotta know they do commercials every five or ten minutes, so it would have been easy to swill some down during the breaks 😉

        Actually they said he used to take about 230 and was down to about 150 now. He mostly grazes on them while doing e-mail, etc.

        He actually looked pretty fit for a guy in his 60s who shagged Type 2 diabetes and had a father that died in his 30s.

        X_O

        1. I agree
          The man looks like his in his early 50s instead of his 60s. I don’t know if that’s got to do with the “miracle pills” prescribed for his doctor—that charges $5000 for every consult, if I remember correctly— rather than a sensible diet & exercise regime.

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          It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
          It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

          Red Pill Junkie

          1. TV stuff
            you know they use make-up on TV

            It can make most people look better.

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            if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

            it’s not how fast you go, it’s who gets there first

          2. Oh you…
            Can make-up make dead people look AND act as if they were alive?

            Yes, yes… Weekend at Bernies’ comes to mind—sometimes I feel the only thing my mind is good for is as a portable TiVo! 🙂

            By all chances the man—Kurzweil— should be dead and he isn’t.

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            It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
            It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

            Red Pill Junkie

          3. evidence?
            What evidence do we have?

            Is he really popping those vitamins at the rate he claims?

            Is he really 60 years old?

            Is that him, is he alive ?

            I wish him a long life, I just don’t believe his predictions.

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            if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

            it’s not how fast you go, it’s who gets there first

          4. Me neither
            I mean, I do believe he’s got it right on many things concerning the pace of technology. I just do not believe he will attain true immortality. 120? 130? Sure. But Forever? Mmmm… nah!

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            It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
            It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

            Red Pill Junkie

          5. Immortality
            Strange word, immortality. We think of it only in terms of individuality and life span. Immortality also means remembered forever. Maybe some people COULD approach it. Plato, Christ, Shakespeare, Newton. Just four who come to mind.

            I’m fanatical about moderation

            Anthony North

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