2. Chuckles: Bit of stirring the pot, I think:
3. JD: Some days back, I was looking at an old Monograph sent to me by Vivien Linacre of the BWMA. It was abstracted from the pre-publication manuscript of a book by Anne Macaulay dealing with megalithic geometry. But it was much more than dry academic stuff. Here’s a part of the first page-
Anthropology has been infected by ‘political correctness’, treating mankind as merely an animal whose conception was a chromosomal accident and whose evolution was as episodic descent (not ‘ascent’!) from species of apes – a zoological dead end which bypassed cultural history altogether.
Denigrating humankind by exalting and sentimentalising wildlfe is yet one more manifestation of our millenial malaise – a collapse of self-esteem at the end of a century whose highlights were two world wars, the holocaust and the gulag.
Modern society, with its materialistic bias, has no time for investigation of the essentially spiritual origins of science and mathematics.
And that is what the book is about. Our ancestors were nowhere near as stupid as modern science wants us to believe. They understood the universe and that is reflected in their ancient monuments. Last time I looked for the book it was not listed but this time I found it (it wasn’t published until 2006 about 7 or 8 years after I got the monograph.)
4. AK Haart:
Sometimes both bloggers and commenters set a really chatty, familiar tone going to such a degree that you may even feel like an intruder if you leave a comment yourself. It’s rather like going to the pub and joining a table of people you don’t know. Yet it isn’t really like that at all, because new commenters are generally much more welcome than the pub intruder. Comments are the lifeblood of any blog really. Nobody can toss their words into a well of silence for long.
5. Chuckles: Tall ships and tall tales:
We have, so we are told, an enormous shortage of housing … Yet over in Spain they have the opposite problem. So why can’t the two problems be solved together? We have thousands of non-productive families clogging up our towns and cities and making no direct contribution to the economy and many draining our wealth in benefits dot dot dot
7. Haiku: Quote of the century, maybe even the millennium. This came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out.
“The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.