HUBRIS—

pronounced

WHO(ME? NAAAAH!)BRIS

with the grey bit silent.

I offer nothing more this time than

(a) this snippet—

“But when Oshima said in 1943 that the raids were having little effect, and when he said the following year that German armaments production was in fact increasing, the Allies refused to believe him. First-hand evidence was no match for the biases of Bomber Command” … and

(b) history itself (doncha just love hindsight?); and

(c) human nature (the great eternal).

NOW, MUSING PERSON

stop a moment to ponder whether the word can be applied to anyone you know, or may know of—and be advised, this is a mental exercise offered for your amusement only (no prizes are offered beyond a certain joyless smugness if you get it right).

Snippet snup from—

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https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/how-japan-helped-the-allies-spy-on-hitler/?c=77867#comment-77867

—with thanks.

(If you want a look at the future it pays to look at the past and GP objectively lays it bare for the looking.)

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I CHALLENGE …

but still

NO ANSWER~!

Honestly, it’s enough to make one conclude that all the rational folks out there in blog-land have no answer. No? If you were to

STATE THAT JESUS

was a cowboy, not … then the airwaves run blistering hot with debate. Feelings can get heated; everyone has a satisfactory answer and is willing to bombast it. But—

OFFER A GENUINE PUZZLER

that neither God nor science can answer and all goes quiet. People do the blog equivalent of walk-away-whistling …  I’m left unsatisfied and they’re off the hook*. (Win/win?)

IT ALL BOILS DOWN

to belief.

So:

  I BELIEVE~

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I believe in concrete, granite, limestone, and facts. Let me put you out of your misery by revisiting an unanswered question, setting the scene with this snap taken of a modern machine transporting a massive boulder (stated to be in the region of 350 tons) in modern America—

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—our rock is the white bit suspended under the roadster. Wow.

I had been considering re-posting the photos of the ancient Temple of Jupiter at Baalbeck, and of the wee 1000 (yep. Thousand) ton sculpted rocks in the local quarry but I gave it away. Instead my mind was taken by some damaged ancient walls over in South America—

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—ao look inside that red square. See how the brickwork goes all squiggly? Here’s a close-up for those who appreciate good squiggles:

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—and you may now tell this dum’ old dog what you think may have been done that to the wall (or was it built like that)? (Put me down for ‘done’ …)

ANY THOUGHTS?

Or must we consider that the cranks (when they babble about space aliens and ancient star-wars) … may possibly have something? Jesus, in a fit of pique?

OKAY, SMOOTH TALKER

here’s your refresher shot of the Temple of Jupiter at Baalbeck—

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—and those dots are genuine full-size bog-standard human beans. The larger stones** (we are told) came from the local quarry some half a mile or more away — and in the period allocated to the builders there weren’t all that many massive red-painted road machines around (nor smooth highways on which to run them).

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the melted walls, it’s all just too self-evidently obvious really — just ask any archaeologist. Or even a vulcanologist— I’m always hip for a reasonable explanation. Try me, and stop one.

Do I have a theory to offer? Apologies, no … I never got past all them well-whipped slaves and endless wooden rollers …

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*   Oh … really?

** 800, 1000 tons~?

WHY BOTHER

with an up-to-date

ATLAS

giphyor printed whirly ball on a stick that we call a ‘globe’?

All it can give you is a brief glimpse of the current situations—physical and political—and they are transient anyway. (Any religion claiming that there is no permanence has it spot on, no?)

So in brief here’s a wee thought for you:

“It’s among more than a dozen other dated cave paintings on Sulawesi that now rival the earliest cave art in Spain and France, long believed to be the oldest on earth.

The findings made headlines around the world when Aubert and his colleagues announced them in late 2014, and the implications are revolutionary. They smash our most common ideas about the origins of art and force us to embrace a far richer picture of how and where our species first awoke.”

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/#cbw1TFgCELhuEmTJ.99

ARGUSAnd now let your mind drift back through the millennia, to a time when sea levels were some four hundred feet lower

… and ponder what we may be missing?* .

And for those of a religious bent—as in ‘Bible’ based—did God sneak down there (on his day off from creating the Creation six thousand years ago) and daub the walls with His very own technique of pre-aged daubing, to test our wavering faiths?

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* Given that folks seem to prefer living on, around, or close by the coastlines—you know, fish, surfy beaches, nautical trade (and easier access to Viking diplomacy if so inclined).

REAL ‘KICKASS’

… WIMMIN?

Fly Pig, left bigI was brought up (it means raised) to respect and admire the female of our species—you know, all soft and fluffy with big batty eyelashes, swirly hair and flowing movements. Delicate, even … graceful … gentle … and almost the same as people.

NOW ANOTHER ILLUSION SHATTERS

under the never ceasing hammer blows of Women’s Lip movements. But one sin of which I have never been guilty is underestimating the ‘gentler gender’. Brrrr. Never have, never shall.

BUT MY OWN GENDER

as a whole has done exactly that on and off down through the ages, and more the fool it. Us. Wotever …

… as one by one the skittles tumble, illusions shatter, and the ideas inculcated and nurtured for their own nefarious benefit by the ‘gentler sex’ over generations and millennia are invoked. ‘Twas ever thus—

Read more:  CLICK HERE

—go there if you wish. Or not, it’s still a dog’s world after all*.

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* Some of it. (If ever it really was, that is …)

CAVE ART

QUESTIONS ABOUND

3 gerbilsCLUE:  I once thought that a thousand years was a quite long time. Actually … it’s not.)

My fascination with cave art stems from my own limitations—and an imagination that fills some of the gaps.

When I’m told

that a work of art was done by a brutish hairy monkey-man, deep underground, tens of thousands of years ago using only a wee flame for illumination … I go a bit gaga.  (We moderns aren’t so stupid—when we go down it’s in full regalia, as required for modern Health & Safety compliances) (and we don’t use no polluting sooty flames) …

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SADLY IT TAKES

an active imagination and/or a wee bit of experience to square an appreciation (of what those ‘hairy brutes’ accomplished 40,000 years ago) with our own arrogance and sense of wonder.

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Then again, it could all perhaps be a huge April Fool’s type practical joke (and as always ol’ Argie is first in line to fall for it)?

I did read an almost convincing argument to the effect that the ancient artists were mostly ladies, because sprayed silhouettes like this one (found in many places around the world) often looked ‘feminine’ … so, hairy brute damsels?*  Naaaahhh …

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The Comments are interesting too …

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GVP on the Origins

OF RELIGION

I found it interesting, but then again … I’m easy …

In research I have just two guidelines:

  • lead, and I shalt follow
  • hold me tight, and
  • I follow anyone worthy

(whaddya expect? Us dogs can’t count beyond two paws without falling over):

“Religion is a phase where species become intelligent enough to ask profound questions but not intelligent enough to answer them … “

—quote above borrowed from—

It’s just under twenty minutes … but who’s counting?

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