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So often questions arise and there's nobody to answer them.

Questions

My Dad had an ordinary primary school education, starting in 1906 and from day one had his left handedness thrashed out of him. He never went to secondary school, instead, he worked in his father’s coal supply business. He did ok in life though, starting his own business during which time he proved his skill at adding columns of figures by competing against his accountant’s office girls. They using their adding machines and he totting the figures in his head. He was never beaten. Y’know, when you work alone through the night, all sorts of ideas pass through your head, which I guess prompted him to ask me to draw a scroll for him, and a few weeks later, he arrived with a wooden duplicate of my drawing, inscribed were the words, ‘Never be afraid to question!’ It was beautifully done and he instructed me to take it to the Scout group I belonged to, and hang it on the wall… So here are a few questions.

Among the first star constellations I recognised as a lad were the Southern Cross and the Pot, (saucepan). The Southern Cross is on our flag and the Pot, forms part of the Orion constellation. During my youth, all the text books we had, came from the UK, so although the Big Dipper is only visible in the northern hemisphere, took my eye because of its similarity to the Pot. But something intrigued me. The Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major, The Great Bear, and the drawings of The Great Bear in my books showed it has a long tail… and real bears don’t. I also found that the early peoples of both Eurasia and North America, knew The Great Bear, therefore astronomical knowledge must go back a very long time. So how come a bear has a long tail? It can’t be a mistake because the ancients, especially the Greeks were very good at astronomy, and had calculated the circumference of Earth with great accuracy.

If there’s a nature or natural history documentary, I’ll probably watch it, and there’s a series on at the moment narrated by Attenborough. He describes how the planet was totally covered by water, and volcanic islands popped up spewing lava… whoa, now that’s interesting on its own, how deep was the water covering Earth? We know that the amount of water on the planet has always been static, the volume’s the some it’s the distribution of it that varies, but it was basically the same water that’s here today! Anyway he said that in the Pacific Ocean, mountains were, and are still being pushed up, only to gradually erode to form the flattish archipelagos we know today. And then he said, that these low-lying archipelagos are in danger of disappearing because of sea level rise… So has natural erosion suddenly stopped? The natural continuum should be that the islands will eventually disappear, wouldn’t it be? This smacks of subliminal messaging about climate change. Subliminal messaging is a tool that can alter the human mind and behaviour. The media uses it constantly and because I’m interested, I notice how the method is used when it comes to climate change. At any mention of climate, or a damaging weather event, media shows smoke stacks billowing, falling ice or an emaciated polar bear. How many of us fall for this sort of thing?

The same documentary showed how, through volcanic activity, land has gradually built up. So where’s all the molten lava coming from? 4.5 billion years ago the whole of Earth’s core was molten but the centre has now solidified. Well, there’s still a plenty of magma down there, but can it keep coming up eternally without being fed in some way? If lava keeps coming up, is there a space developing down there? The answer is, no. Plate tectonics is a science that’s only fifty years old. Ocean tectonic plates are forced under a continental tectonic plate, forming a subduction zone, melting the crust as it goes down to become magma, and often volcanoes form on the continental plate, pushing the magma, lava back out. Recycling. On the other hand, when two continental plates merge, there’s uplift, like India forcing the Himalayas up.  As well, we have the Great Rift in Africa, most of the continent is moving to the west, while the land east of the rift is moving eastward. Sometime there will be sea between two blocks of land. So how does this tie in with the so-called sea level rise we’re being warned about? And while these events are about as fast as fingernail growth, is it possible that the movement could cause a human catastrophe?

Mankind, as we know ourselves has existed for 150 000 years, give or take, and yet the written word goes back only 5000 years, give or take. So given that the people even 75 000 years ago had brains the size, capability and presumably the intelligence similar to ours, what were they doing before the written word? During the past 150 000 years, there have been several events that, had they happened today, civilization would be severely compromised. Of course just like any period of mass extinction, there would be survivors. Could this be how some ancient knowledge survived? Maybe there have been restarts… recycling. The ancients around the planet had similar ideas and technologies that we don’t understand even today. How come?

I’ve long wondered how ancient leaders convinced their followers to build massive stone structures like the Pyramids, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu or the Inuksuk(s), and while slaves may have been used, the preciseness the work means that skilled and dedicated people needed to be on the job. So were the peoples ‘encouraged’ by subliminal messaging? If they were told they would go to heaven for eternity as long they please their gods, would that encourage the shifting of 40 tonne rocks? I know an Irishman who after you help him, always says, ‘Your reward will be in heaven.’ Is that subliminal? And there’s always the antithesis, if you don’t do as you’re told, is ending up frying for eternity a big enough threat? The same device is used by evangelists, who stir up their congregations, showing them the way to heaven, or some other form of grace, on condition they come along each whichever day and bring a pocketful of money with them. It’s easy to stir up ferment discord. It reminds me of one of my dogs, he held pigs with such ferocious power that he became blinded by his bloodshot eyes. It took him two days before he would come right. It’s a bit like when people get the bit between their teeth! Oft times, I’ve heard my workers at union meetings being wound up by a visiting rep and he would confront me with plainly outrageous gripes and demands. I found reasonable dialogue always won the day. Is that called ‘diplomacy’?

The storming of the Bastille is an example where hatred rippled through the population, their anger blinding them and wonton killing ensued. Over and over throughout history this sort of thing has happened, and look, it repeated itself in the USA just recently. It’s hard to believe such a thing could happen in this day and age, but it was there for the world to see. Whether or not Trump incited the attack on the Capitol building isn’t my focus here, the mob managed to stir themselves up to become no better than ISIS in Mosul, or the Irish in London. The uprising makes an interesting anthropological study on how people can be whipped into a frenzy and if subliminal messaging, or not-so-subliminal had any effect. It’s immaterial what good Trump might have done in making America great again, but the simple fact is, he botched the Covid response at great cost to his people. So a question for the rebels and their supporters. If say, Obama or someone else had been running the ship, and told the population the pandemic, is just a flu that will quickly fade. And if they suggested that injecting disinfectant would be an effective cure or inferred that freedom outweighs the advice of the highest qualified health official in the country, what would your response have been?

Relating to the invasion of the Capitol building… what’s this baloney we heard commentators saying, ‘the Capitol building is the cradle of democracy’! Really? Those ancient Greeks who put a tail on a bear and measured the circumference of the planet raised the infant democracy to become a system adopted by many nations today. Therefore, my last question: Is history just fake news these days?

 

 


Submitted: January 28, 2021

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Serge Wlodarski

The masses have always been clueless about history. Modern communication and the internet just makes that more obvious.

Thu, January 28th, 2021 11:52am

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Yeah Serge, I think you're right. Thanks for reading. Usianguke

Thu, January 28th, 2021 11:16am

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