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I took a brief hiatus from here, and decided to come back. I've missed you guys, and hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe that fall is around the cornerThere's not much of a fall where I live. Having said that, I love Halloween. I don't…Continue

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I put my trust in my cancer fighting teams

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Optical Illusions

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 10:41pm

Ian, I read the same thing by an Egyptian archeologist who stated the bones, ligament connections and body shape was different in the hard laborers. 

It was like going to Catal Huyuk, a Neolithic village in Turkey that had 22 known layers built on top of each other. In the bottom layers, the oldest, the bodies showed no sign of hard physical labor, the bones were strong and no wounds to heads, shoulders and limbs. There were no weapons of conflict and no fortifications. They were well nourished. 

A few layers up, the people clearly were malnourished, revealed many deadly skeletal wounds and signs of ligaments and muscles pulled away from bones, indicating heavy weight bearing activity. There were many remnants of stone, then bronze axes and knives. Heavy and high walls were found at those layers. 

"Gimbutas believed that the expansions of the Kurgan culture were a series of essentially hostile, military incursions where a new warrior culture imposed itself on the peaceful, matriarchal cultures of "Old Europe", replacing it with a patriarchal warrior society,[17] a process visible in the appearance of fortified settlements and hillforts and the graves of warrior-chieftains:

"The process of Indo-Europeanization was a cultural, not a physical, transformation. It must be understood as a military victory in terms of successfully imposing a new administrative system, language, and religion upon the indigenous groups.[18] "

"In her later life, Gimbutas increasingly emphasized the violent nature of this transition from the Mediterranean cult of the Mother Goddess to a patriarchal society and the worship of the warlike Thunderer (ZeusDyaus), to a point of essentially formulating feminist archaeology. Many scholars who accept the general scenario of Indo-European migrations proposed, maintain that the transition was likely much more gradual and peaceful than suggested by Gimbutas. The migrations were certainly not a sudden, concerted military operation, but the expansion of disconnected tribes and cultures, spanning many generations. To what degree the indigenous cultures were peacefully amalgamated or violently displaced remains a matter of controversy among supporters of the Kurgan hypothesis."

Gimbutas maintained that the digs support her hypothesis and not those who challenged her. The old school archeologists dispute her peaceful matrilineal, matrilocal hypotheses, even as the grave goods, carvings, and pictographs support her.  

One additional thought, Gimbutas said the earlier matrilineal, matrilocal people were not matriarchal. Traditional archaeologists maintain the patriarchal replaced matriarchal cultures. She said those earlier cultures did not have a hierarchy of female over male, but rather men and women recognized the generative ability of women to bleed without dying, give birth and suckle. Grave goods reveal an equality of genders. Cave art and figurines played a part in her hypothesis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 10:03pm

sk8eycat, I just love the photo of your aunt and kitty. That looks like a good idea to have such a soft treasure to touch. 

I loved: 

"My Dinner With Andre" "actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between."

"Mindwalk" "A physicist, poet and politician, (Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, Thomas Harriman)at crucial points in their own lives, discuss the world's many problems, attempting in the process to redefine the way the universe is perceived."

If you come across others like these, please let me know!

Steph, these words must be repeated: 

“If this is your god, he’s not very impressive. He’s got psychological problems. He’s so insecure; he demands worship every seven days. He creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He’s a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.”

~ Spock, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

Loren, I like your Trailer to "The Unbelievers" and hope they come out with it on DVD soon, or download on internet. Dawkins and Krauss make a great pair. 

Mindy, how is your daughter doing with her classes? I wish I could give her a pep-talk about mastering these subjects. There is a trick to it, and it involves having a great teacher. In any event, I take small bites out of the problem, wee little steps and take the time, have a nice walk, visit with Mom.  Loren, I bet you have some ideas to help crack the codes of these classes. Who is the other math teacher here? Sorry, I forgot.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 28, 2013 at 9:36pm

Joan, that's a viscious looking weapon you've got there. Hope your body starts to right itself soon.

I'd heard the same about pyramid workers too but there was also something that came up recently on how many Egyptians PAID to become temple servants in order to "escape the draft" when pharoah needed labour on a big project. There weren't any health and safety laws in those days and, even though the workers were respected, well-paid and well-fed, their lives were notoriously short and could end painfully. Sounds a bit like oilrig workers or deep-sea fishermen in our time: super macho with a high mortality/ injury rate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 9:18pm

Mindy, sorry about your retiring Gastro; have you met his replacement? 

We continue to have rain as well; it feels like living on the Seattle side of the state. Everything, weeds and all, grow like a jungle. I don't have my machete arms yet. 

Looking forward to seeing the colors your husband paints. 

Cat scan is great ... a keeper. I'll put it in my file. I have so many damned chemicals in my body, I feel like a Chinese herbal packer. I feel awful. The only things that get my mind off this old body is reading and writing on Atheist Nexus, and watching science videos. Thus, you good folks get to tag along with me on my little jaunts through time and space. 

My computer loads the videos for about a minute, stops, waits and then loads another minute. I talked to Com Cast today and guess I will live with it, or pay more for more whatever it is they call it. Right now, I am on the cheapest program I can get. Get what I pay for ...!!!!

Cary fixed me the most delicious scrambled eggs I have ever had! Oh yes, there are pleasures, still.  

Comment by booklover on May 28, 2013 at 8:48pm

Hi Friends!  Went to the Gastro in Madison today and was disappointed to learn he is retiring.  It scares me a little, since I have only felt well since becoming his patient about 4 years ago.  I'm sure he will train his replacement well though.  I was so surprised to learn that he is 80!

Steph, I love the Spock quote.  Interesting about the Pyramids Joan!

Hubby is on vacation this week, and we had planned to work outside, but Mother Nature has her own plans!  He is going to paint 2 of the walls in our upstairs living/dining area an accent color.  I hate painting!

This afternoon the kids and I saw The Hangover 3.  It was okay.  I laughed a few times. 

There is thunder and lightning right now.  I like it!  Have a good evening everyone!~ MindyI thought of you getting a CT scan when I saw this Joan!  I hope you are feeling well!  Many Hugs!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 6:15pm

Egypt: New Find Shows Slaves Didn't Build Pyramids

Egyptians, not Jews, built pyramids, in spite of what religious claim. The Egyptian builders were honored trades people, given honorable burial beside the pyramids and burial tombs of pharaohs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 6:11pm

Great Spock quote Steph!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 5:50pm
Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2013 at 5:49pm

Thank you Grinning Cat and Patricia for Tardar. Appreciate it.

sk8eycat thanks for the picture of your aunt and her kitty.

Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2013 at 5:46pm

 

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