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Water Always Seeks its Own Level

Havasu waterfalls, Arizona

Havasu waterfalls, Arizona

Has this ever happened to any of you, where you find yourself reading something and somehow find yourself attracted to the mind and personality behind the words?

This has only happened to me twice, once with Alan Watts (but given the way he loved women and women loved him right back, that’s really not very surprising) and the second time with Scottish historian , William Dalrymple.
William Dalrymple, probably the coolest historian in the world right now.

William Dalrymple, probably the coolest historian in the world right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into him or anything. In the great tradition of intrepid English travel writers, he has that foppish, slovenly air about him. An unabashed Indophile and Islamophile (he lives 6 months out of the year in Old Delhi with his lovely wife Olivia and their kids), I first encountered Dalrymple when I read his first book “In Xanadu” where he followed the footsteps of Venetian merchant Marco Polo and like Polo, he took holy oil from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and then travelled overland via the ancient Silk Route and Central Asia to Xanadu, the summer palace of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan in Inner Mongolia.
The book...

In Xanadu, the book…

The mythical Pleasure Dome, a part of the Xanadu palace.

The mythical Pleasure Dome, a part of the Xanadu palace.

Polo gifted the holy oil to the great Khan and Dalrymple poured out the oil over the ruins since that’s all that’s left of Xanadu these days. I know, it sounds extravagant, impractical and pretentious but completely adventurous and wildly romantic at the same time, combining erudition, history, myth and cultural anthropology…and exactly the sort of thing I would sign up for in a heartbeat.
All that's left of the ancient palace is a bit of rubble.

All that’s left of the ancient palace is a bit of rubble.

Aside from just being an amazing historian and whose writings are positively delicious in their detail and scope, Dalrymple represents one of a handful of Western public intellectuals who strive to look for the commonality amongst different people and their ways as opposed to looking for the “clashes of civilizations“, which other negatively fixated (and xenophobic) public intellectuals seem to always stress and then use to infect the public discourse of these issues, say like Samuel Huntington or that diabolical dinosaur, Bernard Lewis.
Bernard Lewis = classic example of an academic shyster

Bernard Lewis = classic example of an academic shyster

I bring up the qualities of Dalrymple and his ilk because I had a funny incident this past weekend. A buddy of mine and I went out for a drink after attending a dinner party we both were invited to. Now, buddy is a nice enough lady and a real knock-out of a brunette (she could easily pass as Brooke Shields’ younger cousin)  but at 36, she is positively freaking out and looking for a “life-partner” and seems to always be scoping out every room we walk into. She’s pretty frantic about this stuff now and I keep telling her to tone down the over-enthusiastic vibe she gives off because it can easily be misread as desperation, a turn-off for most people. Not that she listened, because she made a bee-line for a blonde dude at the bar and started chatting him up and later found out that he’s 28 and he kept talking about video games and gaming for 30 minutes, much to her chagrin.
Not really them but you get the idea.

Not really them but you get the idea.

I belong to the school of thought where a person should really honest-to-God figure out what they want and what they DON’T want first, what are their non-negotiables because if you don’t know what you want, then who knows?
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I don’t think anyone should ever settle for anything less than what they truly want and I believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with finding love later in life, particularly if values like spiritual and emotional maturity are important to you (there are always exceptions to every rule, some sleek young bucks are old souls, it’s true it happens).  In the meantime, I think the safest bet is to focus on making yourself to be the person you want to be and become the person which will attract another who has those qualities you really need and want in your life.
Recipe for disaster if you ask me.

Recipe for disaster if you ask me.

I know that places me in a marginalized minority particularly in this let’s-beat-the-biological-clock-and-accumulate-lots-of-stuff-culture but when I see that I’ll-grab-anything-I-can-get mentality, I can’t help but shake my head at all the mismatched unions, bad marriages, headaches and heartaches which have come out of this obsession with time and physical expediency…and convenience.
Like I wrote, water always seeks its own level,  I just wished more people figured out what their own levels were.
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The Schoolyard Bully gets bitten by the Dog he kicked

The US government and Edward Snowden

The US government and Edward Snowden, guess who is who?

 

I’ve been quite engrossed in watching this Eddy Snowden/NSA drama unfold. You have to admit it’s not everyday that you see the proverbial elephant in the room get scared because of the little mouse. The US government’s reaction to Snowden’s actions has been nothing short of extraordinary. Extraordinary in it’s nationalist hubris, extraordinary in it’s hypocrisy, extraordinary in it’s fear.

Edward Snowden Supporters Gather In Hong Kong

Eddy told the Chinese everything about the extent of American spying and hacking in Hong Kong and mainland China, particularly of their private citizens. According to Glenn Greenwald it was precisely because of the outrage the extent of these revelations generated, that Hong Kong officials gave Eddy a free pass to leave for Moscow. I find it funny that on one hand Americans are spying on the Chinese and then from the other side of their mouth “politely” asked that they return Snowden to them. That’s like the schoolyard bully kicking the little kid in the corner and then having the nerve to ask the same kid to invite the bully to his birthday party. It’s just not going to happen.

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Eddy is now apparently holed up in some half-way zone at the Moscow airport and I’m willing to bet money he’s exposing stuff to Russian officials and intelligence agents while he’s there and he’ll probably leave after they’re through with him. I should add those Russian hackers are probably the most talented in the world.  They are gonna have a field day after this, I’m sure.

Putin is also a Judo champion.

Putin is also a Judo champion.

I normally don’t really admire leaders and presidents and such but I have to say I’m going to give full marks to former KGM agent, multilingual Vladimir Putin for having the balls to stand his ground and indirectly tell former Bonesman, husband to the ketchup queen and bad plastic surgery patient, John Kerry to screw off. (While I profoundly disagreed with how Putin handled the Chechnya situation, he is by far the smartest, shrewdest world leader right now. He knows exactly how things work behind closed doors and more importantly, he’s not afraid.)
I really hope Eddy makes it to South America or Iceland safely.

This story has exposed the worst, most sinister aspects of state behavior and the nation-state model. Maintaining order always involves violence. People need to ask questions like “Who’s version of order?” “Who benefits or profits from this order?” “Who defines this order?” but outside of activist circles, these kinds of questions are unfortunately never discussed.

This story has also exposed that empires have a shorter and shorter shelf-life. The Western and Eastern Roman Empire lasted nearly 2000 years. The Ottoman Empire lasted 700 years. The British Empire lasted just shy of 500 years. The American Empire barely lasted 60 years.

Timeline of Empires

Timeline of Empires

Some people speculate that China will be the next superpower, I don’t know. My own opinion is that the age of Empire and superpowers is on its way to being over. No more scenarios where you have one giant shark and lots of tiny goldfish in the pond. Rather, you’ll have a number of big fish and lots of medium and smaller sized fish, but no one fish will rule over all.

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That’s a good thing, it keeps things in check and it prevents the development of the bully mentality and the myth of exceptionalism whether it’s American, Anglo-Saxon, Slavic or whatever.

Just remember this one thing, suspicious minds are generally guilty ones.

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Skeletons in the closet…(or the parking lot)

Richard III, then and now

Richard III, then and now

If you have not already heard the story, the skeletal remains of England’s Richard III have been found and verified, after 500 years of mystery. Yes, he’s the same Richard III, from Shakespeare’s play, the hunchbacked king who allegedly murdered the two princes in order to grab the throne for himself and then demanded a horse for his kingdom on the battlefield right before he died.

Sir Ian McKellan, played Richard III brilliantly set against a Nazi-like background.

Sir Ian McKellan (aka Gandalf or Magneto), played Richard III brilliantly set against a Nazi-like background.

Normally, my interest is next to nil when it comes to royal families and the sort.  Sorry, but I don’t have a lot of respect for them. Most of them were (or are) inbred degenerates who were usually married off to either siblings or first cousins in order to strategically keep power and wealth within certain families and dynasties, not unlike the CEO’s, presidents and prime ministers of today who send off their kids to specific schools for the exact same purpose.
Sir Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Sir Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Richard III has been portrayed and vilified as the misshapen  evil king and while I have no doubt he was probably no innocent at all, to his credit he did a few noteworthy things. Namely instituted what later became known as the Court of Requests, a court to which poor people who could not afford legal representation could apply for their grievances to be heard (today it would be called Legal Aid). He also introduced bail to protect suspected felons from imprisonment before trial and to protect their property from seizure during that time. He also banned restrictions on the printing and sale of books and he ordered the translation of the written Laws and Statutes from the traditional French into English. In other words, he was for Freedom of the Press. I’ll give him points there.
Errol Flynn as the Earl of Essex - Dude, don't hook up with her, you'll regret it!

Errol Flynn as the Earl of Essex – Dude, don’t hook up with her, you’ll regret it!

Much of his evil reputation was created by the Tudors, the dynasty which took over Britain after he was killed (Not that they are much to write home about either; Elizabeth the First took a bath once a year, even with all those wigs and white powder make-up and lack of dental hygiene. Imagine!) and the propagandist for the Tudors was Shakespeare who knew which side of the bread was buttered and curried favor for them. (I did not know this but it would seem that the English Bard had major interests in the slave trade which I only recently found out after watching this.)
l tor: Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, if you're into conspiracies, here's a handful for you.

L to R: Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, if you’re into conspiracies, here’s a handful for you.

What’s my point?
This story does interest me because it really shows how sometimes the truth of any matter just has a strange way of resurfacing, even centuries after the fact. With an entire generation growing up watching shows like CSI, breakthroughs in DNA analysis, (so for my fellow conspiracy buffs, hang in there, there is still hope about finding out who shot JFK, who killed Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hoffa and the mystery of Tom Thompson), I have a feeling that a lot more will be coming out of the woodwork in coming years and setting the historical record straight.
Genghis Khan monument in Mongolia - dude is still deeply revered there.

Genghis Khan monument in Mongolia – The Great Khan of Asia is still deeply revered there.

Already, there are claims that apparently the long-forgotten burial mound of Genghis Khan has been found (to prevent looting, he left orders that the entire funeral party were to be killed upon their return to camp, thus sealing the secrecy of the location), the Jimmy Saville incident is now proving to be the stray thread in the carpet which is unraveling the British establishment even more with each passing day, the Catholic Church will probably be wiped out within the next 25 years because of all the sex scandals and the financial wormhole that has created, First Nations are speaking up more and more about the trauma they lived through, stuff that was held in secret for generations. That dripping sink is no longer just a drip. It’s starting to really trickle. I’m just waiting for the deluge.
Cool dude.

Cool dude. And super smart and nice.

I remember about 8 years ago, I attended a lecture to hear Dr. Norman Finkelstein speak. He was talking about the Israel/Palestine issue and like David, for years he’s been fighting the Goliath of the American and Israel lobby and their various, highly tentacled interests. He said something which has always remained with me: Truth and Justice may be slow-moving and heavy weapons to wield, but they are the most powerful weapons to wield. Nothing can stop you if you use them correctly.
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Cultural Ignorance is for Lazies

This is something which has been bugging me for a while now within the conspiracy-theory set.

Kerry Cassidy - a walking botheration

Kerry Cassidy – a walking botheration

I guess what set it off was this interview by Project Camelot’s Kerry Cassidy, who for the record, I can’t stand. From what I have read, she is someone who tried to go into acting and it just didn’t work out but even watching and listening to her interviews online, she drives me nuts because she’s constantly interrupting her guests and interjecting comments to try to show off how knowledgeable she is, when she isn’t and I just wish she’d learn some journalistic manners. She’s almost as bad as Lilou Mace.
David Wilcock - classic New Age shyster

David Wilcock – classic New Age shyster

When the whole Drake/David Wilcock-thing blew up and there was no rounding up and mass arrests of Illuminati members, Cassidy should have been accountable from the get go. Here is the pathetic interview she aired with David Wilcock crying his crocodile tears and freaking out over the (non)danger to his life.
But that’s not what bugs me about her. It’s her complete and total and utter cultural ignorance of anything out of the American, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant (WASP) paradigm which she is a product of. I mean in that first interview, she’s interviewing some dude who is convinced the Jesuits are more powerful than the Illuminati. While I agree that there probably are not-very-nice secret societies and groups within the Catholic Church like Opus Dei, what strikes me over and over again within the conspiracy-world set is that many of them are either British or American. They view the world through that same British-American, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant paradigm. Not all, but most.
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Before any of you freak out on me, I’m generalizing of course. I’m generalizing about the general public, most don’t know about the Catholic world and churches which predate Catholicism by millenia. Most of them know zilch about the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church or even earlier churches like the Nestorian , Manichaean or Sabian Christians. They know even less about Islam. What boggles my mind is that these earlier churches and cultures are the roots of their own Western civilization and bridged that period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages and eventually laid the groundwork for the Renaissance and Enlightenment. They only know about Hinduism and Buddhism because they are popular due to yoga, Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. Or Bruce Lee movies.
Lalibela - Do many WASPs know that this church in Ethiopia is also a part of their religious background?

Lalibela – Do many WASPs know that this church in Ethiopia is also a part of their religious background?

Of course these other cultures and traditions do not speak English. Many of their original writings have not been translated into English or French or Spanish (the imperialistic languages) properly. They are usually in their original archaic Greek, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian or Copt. However, very often, if you’re not alert, there usually is a hidden agenda of indirect cultural supremacy which is being promoted.
When you read history, you always have to keep in mind about biases and why those biases are there.

When you read history, you always have to keep in mind about biases and why those biases are there.

To give you an example of this cultural underhandedness, let’s use historian Thomas Cahill and the book he wrote “How the Irish Saved Civilization”. Cahill posits that after the fall of Rome, when Europe began to be overrun by barbarians like the Huns, Saxons and Visigoths and plunged into the Dark Ages, all those precious manuscripts and tomes from Classical Greece, the works of Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras, Socrates etc. were saved by Irish monks who painstakingly preserved those works by copying them by hand, generation after generation and that they were the ones who saved these works which eventually were the cornerstones of the European Enlightenment.
A typical page from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript from ireland.

A typical page from the Book of Kells, a beautiful illuminated manuscript from Ireland.

While I don’t disagree with Cahill on that point, he makes it out that ONLY the Irish saved civilization. What Cahill fails to mention is that while Europe slid into the Dark Ages, Islam was experiencing it’s Golden Age. All those classical Greek and Egyptian treatises were also copied, saved, studied and discussed in cities like Baghdad, Damascus, Alexandria, Timbuktu, Constantinople, Tehran, Bukhara leading to discoveries in algebra (al-jabr), advanced mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, optics, plumbing, water management and medicine. Much of that knowledge was then hauled off back to Europe during the different Crusades. The Crusades were not just about “re-capturing Jerusalem for the Christendom”. It was about economics, hauling back silks, carpets and most importantly, spices. That’s the equivalent of the American military saying that they want to “liberate” Iraq, when everyone now knows it’s about the oil, stupid. Same shit, different century.
The Silk and Spice routes

The Silk and Spice routes

More recently a THIRD area has now been identified by scholarship where many works from the ancient world were saved and that is the ancient monasteries of Armenia, in and around Yerevan. Polish writer Rzysard Kapuscinski (especially in his book “Imperium”) and Russian scholars have increasingly found that the ancient world was much more inter-connected than we realize. That knowledge did not go only in one direction (i.e West) but spread out like a cloud in ALL directions from the Mediterranean basin, Asia Minor and Near East.
Civilization and knowledge from the classical world did NOT just go into the orange areas on this map, unlike what most Western history textbooks will tell you.

Civilization and knowledge from the classical world did NOT just go into the orange areas on this map, unlike what most Western history textbooks will tell you.

Much has been written about and speculated about the Vatican Archives and library, about the fabulous treasures hiding there and how no one can access that library except the Pope. The Vatican Library is not the end all and be all of ancient human knowledge. In recent years, there has been an effort and push to catalogue and assess the holdings of Mount Athos, Greece. Mount Athos, in case you did not know is probably the holiest site in Orthodoxy and the Orthodox Church is far older that the Catholic one. The monasteries there have survived, uninterrupted, nearly for 1500 years and even survived the Nazi Occupation of Greece during WWII when the Patriarch outwitted Hitler. Mount Athos is also still regularly producing saints and seers in modern times like Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain.
Modern day saint - Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Modern day saint – Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Like I mentioned earlier, the older centers of learning were Baghdad, Damascus, Timbuktu, Alexandria, Tehran, Mount Athos and Yerevan.
Baghdad–> Iraq (museums were looted, libraries destroyed, ancient manuscripts gone)
Damascus–> Syria (in the throes of civil war)
Alexandria–> Egypt (still in transition)
Tehran–> Iran (ear-marked for war eventually)
Mount Athos–> Greece (in economic disarray)
Yerevan–>Armenia (your guess is as good as mine)
Almost daily demonstrations in Athens against austerity measures being imposed on the Greeks.

Almost daily demonstrations in Athens against austerity measures being imposed on the Greeks.

Iraq, Syria, Mali, Egypt, Iran, Greece…does anyone here see a pattern?
There is hope against this imperialistic attitude, historical revisionism and all-out bullshit. People are waking up and questioning things, slowly but surely but more needs to be done.
Watch what happens here when he showed up in New York City, in Times Square and tried to incite a crowd…
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